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Penny Dreadful video

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is set to air on May 11th. Penny Dreadful is a horror series where some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
From Variety comes the newest TV spot.

Cold In July trailer

Cold in July

cold_in_july_poster-620x918Based on the novel by Joe Lansdale, The Cold In July trailer has arrived. Cold In July bought by IFC, will debut in theaters and VOD May 23rd.

Tribeca film festival ‘SummerOf Blood’

Indiewire definitely has the low down on some of the hot films being showcased at this years Tribeca Film festival. case in point, Summer Of Blood. Here’s the synopsis and trailer.
“Summer of Blood”Writer-director Onur Tukel’s wacky New York satire centers on self-involved Brooklynite Eric (Tukel), who finds a new sense of hedonistic purpose after he’s bitten by a vampire. No longer worried about his deadbeat job, looming rent deadlines, or pining for his ex-girlfriends, Eric throws himself into a wild, erotic nightlife, running his mouth with bawdy one-liners at every turn. Envisioned by the director as a mixture as “Larry Fessenden meets Woody Allen,”Tukel’s savage assault on frantic urban living does the description justice. Synthesizing the neuroses on display in his previous feature, “Richard’s Wedding,” with the traditional outline of a post-modern vampire drama, “Summer of Blood” is hilarious both because of its absurd plot and because, in spite of each ridiculous twist, much of it rings true.


Early last month word spread across the net about this horror comedy after the first artwork became available. Today, in case you missed it, we’re bringing you the trailer for Zombeavers. My prediction is that at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival it will be a quick sell and out on VOD by summers end.

The Originals ‘An Unblinking Death’

The OriginalsHere’s the synopsis for this weeks CW’s the Originals episode# 119.
THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode. After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson (#119).

The Vampire Diaries- Man On Fire

Here’s the synopsis from this weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries.
FLASHBACKS TO THE 1960s — Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to distract Elena (Nina Dobrev) from obsessing about the state of her relationship with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), while Bonnie (Kat Graham) does her best to be realistic about how the changes happening on the Other Side will affect her existence as the Anchor. Damon demands the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig) to admit it has gone missing. Through flashbacks to election night, 1960, Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) reveals to Elena, Stefan and Bonnie that he has learned what happened to his long-lost love, Maggie (guest star Heather Hemmens), and then, with the unwilling help of Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), things take an ugly turn. Trying to calm Enzo down, Damon intervenes, but his words cause Enzo to make a desperate and dangerous decision that leads to a violent confrontation with Stefan. Finally, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) enlists Sloan’s (guest star Caitlin McHugh) help in a ritual designed to break an ancient curse against the Travelers. Tyler (Michael Trevino) is forced to play a dangerous part in the ritual, while witnessing the incredible power the Travelers now possess. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Matthew D’Ambrosio (#519)

Scavenger Killers

scavenger killers emailMIDNIGHT RELEASING

Court Of Last Rites Convenes July 1st on DVD, VOD and Digital Download

Los Angeles, CA –Everyone’s heard of the “long arm of the law.” What if there was a homicidal maniac attached to it? Midnight Releasing announces the July 1st DVD, VOD and Digital Download release of SCAVENGER KILLERS, a blood and guts contemporary tale of justice gone very, very wrong. SCAVENGER KILLERS will be available across the US & Canada on a variety of platforms, for the ultimate convenience in viewing. DVD availability is set to include Walmart, Target, Redbox, and more. On the digital side, the film will be available on all major and minor cable VOD channels as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, and others. SRP for the DVD is $24.98, with DVD pre-book on 5/20/2014.
A no-holds-barred, wickedly modern spin on the Bonnie and Clyde legend, SCAVENGER KILLERSfeatures a stellar line-up of classic character and veteran genre actors including Eric Roberts (“In Cold Blood,” The Dark Knight), Charles Durning (The Sting, North Dallas Forty) and Robert Loggia (Scarface, Independence Day) along with a quirky appearance by Dustin Diamond (“Saved by the Bell”), among others. Directed by Dylan Blank and co-written by Kenneth Del Vecchio and Rachael Robbins, SCAVENGER KILLERS goes over the top with the voluptuous contributions of scream queens and Playboy models Rachael Robbins, Suzi Lorraine and Angela Little.
Starring Robert Bogue (“The Following”) as charismatic and respected Judge Taylor Limone, and co-starring Rachael Robbins (Bikini Bloodbath Christmas) as sultry, scheming attorney Clara Lovering, SCAVENGER KILLERS graphically portrays what can happen when the pressures of bringing the most heinous criminals to justice ferments into a darkly psychological and sexual pursuit of perverse pleasure. The sensual becomes seethingly sinister when these two citizens see to it that justice is served their way!
Bonus features on the SCAVENGER KILLERS DVD include Behind-The-Scenes, Behind-The-FX and footage from the world premiere at the 2013 Hoboken International Film Festival.
About Midnight Releasing:
Midnight Releasing is a premier distributor of quality independent films in North America. They specialize in discovering and releasing some of the best movies from around the world with a focus on horror, thriller, sci-fi, and other dark genres.

Delivery: The Beast Within

The deliveryLOS ANGELES, CA (April 16, 2014) – Los Angeles-based entertainment management and production company The Collective has acquired the U.S. rights to paranormal thriller DELIVERY: THE BEAST WITHIN (aka DELIVERY), and will be releasing the feature in theaters and on VOD this May. A limited theatrical run in NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, and Indianapolis is set for May 30th, 2014 with the movie hitting cable VOD on all major platforms three days prior on May 27th.
Directed by Brian Netto and produced by Adam Schindler (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Netto), DELIVERY: THE BEAST WITHIN stars Laurel Vail, Danny Barclay, and Rob Cobuzio in the paranormal thriller that has been generating buzz since it premiered last summer at the L.A. Film Festival.
DELIVERY: THE BEAST WITHIN tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. As the camera continues to capture strange events, Rachel begins to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child. Told through the show’s un-aired footage and interviews with friends, family and production members, this savvy debut feature leverages the voyeuristic properties of reality television to present a fresh perspective on classic horror themes of possession and the paranormal– and delivers enough eeriness to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Emma Roberts vid on American Horror Story

From Gold Derby comes a vid confession about American Horror Story from Emma Roberts.

“We were all duped!” exclaimed “American Horror Story: Coven” star Emma Roberts regarding what all of the actresses were told behind the scenes about who would be the ultimate Supreme witch to replace Jessica Lange’s character at season’s end.
Writer/creator Ryan Murphy finally settled on Sarah Paulson’s character, but Roberts told GoldDerby exlusively, “We were all kind of told in so many words that we were all the Supreme. And I think that was the point, that Ryan kind of wanted all of our attitudes to be like, ‘It’s me.’ And then toward the end, we were like, ‘Wait, they told you you were the Supreme? They told me I was the Supreme!’”
Roberts chatted with Gold Derby Wednesday evening to discuss all things Emmy awards, how she got the part in “Coven” and the upcoming fourth season titled “Freak Show.”

We are the Walking Dead

TWD original poster with rick season 1Since the comic book/television series discussion begins today, I thought I’d post the Introduction Robert Kirkman put at the beginning of Issue 1/Volume 1. It holds true for the TV series just as much as the comic book.


I’m not trying to scare anybody. If that somehow happens as a result of reading this comic, that’s great, but really… that’s not what this book is about. What you now hold in your hands is the most serious piece of work I’ve done so far in my career. I’m the guy that created Battle Pope; I hope you guys realize what a stretch this is for me. It’s really not that hard to believe when you realize that I’m delving into subject matter that is so utterly serious and dramatic…


To me, the best zombie movies aren’t the splatter fests of gore and violence with goofy characters and tongue in cheek antics. Good zombie movies show us how messed up we are, they make us question our station in society… and our society’s station in the world. They show us gore and violence and all of that cool stuff too… but there’s always an undercurrent of social commentary and thoughtfulness.

Give me “Dawn of the Dead” over “Return of the Living Dead” any day. To me, zombie movies are thought provoking, dramatic fiction, on par with any Oscar worthy garbage that’s rolled out year after year. Movies that make you question the fabric of our very society are what I like. And in GOOD zombie movies… you get that by the truckload.

With THE WALKING DEAD, I want to explore how people deal with extreme situations and how these events CHANGE them. I’m in this for the long haul. You guys are going to get to see Rick change and mature to the point that, when you look back on this book, you won’t recognize him. I hope you guys are looking forward to a sprawling epic, because that’s the idea with this one.

Everything in this book is an attemp at showing the natural progression of events that I think would occur in these situations. This is a very character driven endeavor. How these characters get there is much more important than them getting there. I hope to show you reflections of your friends, your neighbors, your families, and yourselves, and what their reactions are to the extreme situations in this book. Continue reading “We are the Walking Dead” »

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