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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Manitou (1978)

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When I think of some of my favorite B films of the 1970s, my mind tends to drift towards the works of the late filmmaker William Girdler. This man made nine movies in six years before his tragic death in ’78 at the age of thirty; chief among them Abby (’74), Grizzly (’76), and Day of the Animals (’77). Now, quantity obviously doesn’t equal quality, and he made a few outright stinkers. But he was exciting to me because he became a better, more confident filmmaker with each film; this is especially evident with his final release, The Manitou (1978), your typical ancient Native American little person demon growing out of the back of a woman’s neck who fights the heroes in space with laser beams kind of flick. You know the type.

Independently produced, The Manitou was released by Avco Embassy in late April, with a June rollout across North America, and worldwide the following year. »

- Scott Drebit

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Batman Assembles a Superpowered Team in New Justice League Trailer

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"We have to be ready—you, me, the others." Batman brings together his own motley crew to save the world in the new trailer for Justice League.

Warner Bros. will release Justice League in theaters this November:

"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

http://JusticeLeagueTheMovie.com"

The post Batman Assembles a Superpowered Team in New Justice League Trailer appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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Robert Rodriguez to Helm Escape From New York Remake?

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We haven't heard much about the Escape from New York remake since Fox picked up the rights to reboot the franchise back in early 2015, but now it's being reported that Robert Rodriguez is in talks to take the directing reins on the project.

According to THR, Rodriguez (Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn) is in discussions to direct the Escape from New York remake for 20th Century Fox, with John Carpenter—the director of the original film and its 1996 sequel (Escape from L.A.)—on board as an executive producer with considerable creative input on the project (he's also doing something similar in the Michael Myers franchise by executive producing the new Halloween movie). On Facebook, Carpenter shared his excitement for Rodriguez's potential involvement, writing, "I am thrilled. He is a great director."

The remake will also be produced by Picture Co.'s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, and it's believed »

- Derek Anderson

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Interview: Writer / Director / Star Alice Lowe Discusses Her Feature Directorial Debut Prevenge

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I’ve been a huge fan of Alice Lowe’s ever since I watched Ben Wheatley’s sadistically dark comedy Sightseers, and for her latest project, Prevenge, the UK actress not only directs, but also wrote the script and went into production on the project while she was more than seven months pregnant.

In Prevenge, Lowe portrays Ruth, a grief-stricken pregnant woman who takes out her vengeance on those involved in the horrific accident that claimed the life of her boyfriend, leaving her to be a single mother. Ruth’s actions are egged on by the voice of her unborn child, whom she is convinced is pure evil, but as Ruth’s path of destruction continues, she finds herself conflicted about her misdeeds, and her plan spins wildly out of control.

Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Lowe about her feature directorial debut, and she discussed how »

- Heather Wixson

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Director Dominic Bridges Talks Two Pigeons

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First-time feature filmmaker Dominic Bridges’ dark comedy Two Pigeons recently enjoyed its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The movie stars Javier Botet as a man so obsessed with his pursuit of revenge that he stealthily moves into the home of his intended victim, a slick real estate agent Hussein (Mim Shaikh), and spends all of his alone time sabotaging the man’s entire life—from his toiletries to his relationships to even his promising career.

Daily Dead recently had the chance to catch up with UK director Bridges about his first time at the helm of a feature film, and he also discussed his approach to the story of Two Pigeons, his experiences working with Botet, and more.

Great to speak with you, Dom. I’d love to start off with where the idea for the story came from, because Orlan is such an interesting character in that »

- Heather Wixson

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The Mist TV Series Showrunner Talks Adapting the Novella & Stephen King’s Reaction to the Pilot Episode

24 March 2017 2:08 PM, PDT

The news front on Spike TV's adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist has been relatively quiet in recent months, but that's now changed thanks to a new interview Lilja's Library conducted with Christian Torpe, the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of The Mist TV series, who discussed adapting King's novella, his respect for Frank Darabont's 2007 film, King's reaction to the pilot episode, and more.

Speaking with Lilja's Library, Torpe expressed his desire to do something different with his take on King's seminal novella, including not retreading Darabont's adaptation, which he greatly admires:

"It is not the same story as in the book and the movie, nor is it the same characters – but fans of the story will still see clear parallels... Some things are exactly the same, some are totally different. Some things you think are the same as in the original, but turn out to be something else entirely. »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Power Rangers Taps into the Over-the-Top Fun of its Source Material

24 March 2017 12:04 PM, PDT

When you pit dinosaur robots against a massive monster made out of gold, you’re better off not taking yourself too seriously. Thankfully, for the most part, the new Power Rangers movie from Saban and Lionsgate embraces its sillier side while still delivering a surprisingly grounded story, gold-eating space witch and all.

What if The Breakfast Club had a lot more on their plates than figuring each other out and writing that essay for Assistant Principal Vernon? That’s the type of approach taken in the new Power Rangers movie, as a group of outcasts in detention band together to form the titular team after finding some glowing, otherworldly goodies at the local mine. And similar to John Hughes’ beloved characters, these teens are much deeper and complex than the stereotypical labels society has placed on them.

The film delivers refreshing new takes on the characters from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. »

- Derek Anderson

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Cover Art & Exclusive Excerpt for Alien-Zombie Mashup Last Chance

24 March 2017 11:26 AM, PDT

If you loved Simon Clark's Blood Crazy and you're looking for thrills of the same vein on the printed page, then you might want to check out Gregg Hurwitz's Last Chance this fall. Set in a world where adults become bloodthirsty killers, the follow-up novel to The Rains hits shelves in hardcover on October 17th from MacMillan's Tor Teen line, and as a special treat for Daily Dead readers, we've been provided with an exclusive excerpt and a look at the cover art for Last Chance.

You can check out the exclusive excerpt and cover art below, and to learn more about Last Chance, visit the book on Macmillan's official site.

Last Chance synopsis: "The New York Times bestselling author of the thrillers Orphan X and The Nowhere Man returns with his next chilling young adult page-turner: Last Chance (Tor Teen, On-sale: Oct 17, 2017), which continues the pulse-pounding alien-zombie »

- Derek Anderson

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Arrow Video’s June Blu-ray Releases Include Madhouse (1981) and Dario Argento’s The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

24 March 2017 10:19 AM, PDT

Arrow Video is already looking to make this a summer to remember for fans of Italian horror, as they recently revealed that their June Blu-ray / DVD releases will include Ovidio Assonitis' Madhouse (1981) and Dario Argento's first feature film, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

From Arrow Video: "New UK/Us Title: Madhouse (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)

Fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of ‘80s Italian terror.

Pre-order your copy in the UK: http://bit.ly/2nN0nOK

North American pre-orders links should be live soon!

Release Dates: 12/13 June 2017

Many People Visit … No One Ever Leaves.

Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favourites as The Visitor and Piranha II: The Spawning, Madhouse is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme.

Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch Major Dive into Someone’s Memory in New Ghost In The Shell Clip

24 March 2017 9:05 AM, PDT

"I have to do a deep dive. I have to get inside her memory." Paramount Pictures recently showed Major jump off a skyscraper in a nearly five-minute-long clip from Ghost in the Shell, and now they've revealed a look at the character taking a very different type of dive... into someone's memory.

"In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out »

- Derek Anderson

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New Wish Upon Trailer Hints at the Haunted History of a Malevolent Music Box

24 March 2017 8:23 AM, PDT

The disturbing history of a magical (and malevolent) music box is teased in the second trailer for Wish Upon, which now has a new July release date from Broad Green Pictures.

"Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes.

While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Life Features a Killer Creature, But Lacks Personality

24 March 2017 7:22 AM, PDT

You know the old saying “curiosity killed the cat?” Well, Daniel Espinosa’s Life proves that curiosity can certainly kill the astronaut, too, as a crew aboard a space station discover the hard way that some questions shouldn’t be answered… or probed with an electric wand.

A small team of astronauts, one alien, and one isolated setting where no one can hear them scream. Yes, the setup for Life, penned by Zombieland and Deadpool co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, may sound familiar, and although it never strays far from the story beats many sci-fi horror fans will be expecting, it does execute them (and its characters) with efficient, even ruthless, precision.

Despite its title, death is omnipresent throughout Life, and when characters do die, the emotional toll it takes on the surviving characters is painfully palpable. From its first brutal, unexpected kill scene, you know that Life treats »

- Derek Anderson

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Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Anthology Graphic Novel Preview Pages, Cover Art & Release Dates

23 March 2017 3:44 PM, PDT

The great imaginer Clive Barker has more sights to show you in the new graphic novel Hellraiser: Anthology. Its panels packed with new stories by a wide range of authors (including Barker himself), Hellraiser: Anthology will be available in hardcover at Monsterpalooza April 7th–9th, followed by a wide hardcover and digital release on April 14th, and to give readers a glimpse into the pleasure and pain to come, Seraphim Comics has provided us with preview pages and cover art for their anticipated release.

Press Release: Clive Barker’s graphic novel imprint, Seraphim Comics, have revealed the cover and release date for Hellraiser: Anthology.

Hellraiser: Anthology, a 90-page hardcover collection featuring 11 original Hellraiser tales, will debut at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, CA on April 7th 2017, and will subsequently go on sale on April 14th through Clive Barker’s online store, www.realclivebarker.com, both as a hardcover »

- Derek Anderson

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Behind The Mask Cast & Crew on the Past, Present, and Future of Leslie Vernon

23 March 2017 3:17 PM, PDT

While in Austin at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, I had the opportunity to catch up with a variety of folks responsible for the modern cult classic Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with several screenings as part of the fest’s midnight lineup. Those on hand for the interview included co-writer/director Scott Glosserman, co-writer/producer David J. Stieve, star Nathan Baesel, and co-star Ben Pace.

As it turns out, when you get a group of filmmakers who also happen to be great friends together in one room for an interview, things can get a little nutty. That being said, we have some great highlights from Daily Dead’s in-depth chat with the gang behind one of the more boundary-pushing genre films of the last several decades, including the risk involved with making Behind the Mask, the legacy of Leslie Vernon, how they »

- Heather Wixson

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Face Your Fears in the Official Trailer for Rupture

23 March 2017 1:46 PM, PDT

Imagine being kidnapped and forced to face your worst fear. That's the unfortunate predicament Renee (Noomi Rapace) experiences in the official trailer for Rupture.

Synopsis: "Rupture follows Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace), a single mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders. While in route to meet up with a friend, she is violently abducted by a group of strangers. After enduring intense yet strange questioning and examinations, some about her fear of spiders, Renee soon discovers that she is now the subject of an underground experiment. Her captors explain to her that she has a genetic abnormality that can potentially allow her to “rupture” and reveal her alien nature. Renee must find a way to escape before it is too late."

Directed by Steven Shainberg, Rupture stars Noomi Rapace, Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe, and Michael Chiklis. Rupture will be shown exclusively on DirecTV beginning March 30th, followed by an April 28th theatrical, »

- Derek Anderson

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Death Note Pop! Vinyl Figures from Funko Feature Ryuk, Light, and L

23 March 2017 12:18 PM, PDT

Netflix recently shared a glimpse into their live-action world of Death Note, and Funko is also celebrating the franchise with new Pop! vinyl figures based on the 2006–2007 anime series (which, in turn, is based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga series of the same name).

The new Funko Pop! vinyl figures feature Light, the Shinigami Ryuk, and the brilliant detective L. You can view all four items below (including the Hot Topic exclusive version of L with his cake), and be sure to keep an eye out for these collectibles when they're released this June.

From Funko: "Pop! Animation: Death Note

Light Yagami and the characters of Death Note are coming to Pop! vinyl! Collect Light, who attempts to rid the world of crime; L, the detective; and Ryuk, the Shinigami!

You can also collect L with cake, available exclusively at Hot Topic!

Coming in June!"

Images via »

- Derek Anderson

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New Twin Peaks Photos Feature Familiar Faces, Including David Duchovny’s Return to the Series

23 March 2017 10:54 AM, PDT

"It is happening again." Ahead of the series' anticipated return on May 21st on Showtime, EW has some damn fine photos (and covers) featuring familiar faces from the revival of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, including the return of what looks to be Denise Bryson (aka Dennis), the resourceful agent that David Duchovny played before he stepped into Mulder's shoes.

You can check out the new photos below, and be sure to visit EW for more information, including a behind-the-scenes video with the show's cast. And, in case you missed it, check out the official key art for the return of Twin Peaks.

From the Previous Press Release: "Kyle MacLachlan reprises his role as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. Twin Peaks, the 18-part limited event series will debut with a two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9Pm Et/Pt. Immediately following the premiere, Showtime subscribers will have access to the third and fourth parts, »

- Derek Anderson

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Entertainment Earth to Exclusively Release Funko’s Bloody Ash Vs Evil Dead Pop! Vinyl Figure

23 March 2017 10:34 AM, PDT

Following the release of Funko's Ash vs Evil Dead Pop! vinyl figures last fall, Entertainment Earth will hail to the king of the Starz series when they release an exclusive bloody version of Ash in Funko's Pop! vinyl form this spring.

Priced at $12.99 apiece, the new Pop! vinyl figure depicting a blood-spattered Ash will be released in April and is now up for pre-order. In addition to the extra crimson, this version of Ash comes equipped with his trusty chainsaw and effective boomstick that also came with the regular edition from Funko. Pre-orders are now open, so visit Entertainment Earth's official site if you want to add this groovy collectible to your shelf.

From Entertainment Earth: "Things are about to get bloody as Ash battles the evil dead. With a chainsaw hand, Bruce Campbell returns to his Army of Darkness roots as Ashley "Ash" J. Williams in the Starz's series Ash vs Evil Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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Enter the Firehouse & Start Snagging Specters in Ghostbusters: Now Hiring Vr Experience

23 March 2017 10:12 AM, PDT

The Ghostbusters are now hiring, so you can enter their firehouse and start busting some ghosts in a new PlayStation Vr experience, Ghostbusters: Now Hiring, which is teased in a brief trailer.

"Step into the immersive virtual world of Ghostbusters and explore the iconic firehouse, where you’ll meet Mooglie for the very first time and get up close and personal with everyone’s favorite troublemaker, Slimer! You’ll have the chance to explore Ecto-1, assemble and fire a proton pack, check out the basement where the Ghost Containment Unit lies and much more! Don’t leave any stone unturned as ghostly surprises await your discovery.

Ghostbusters: Now Hiring is available on Playstation for $6.99.

http://sonypictures.us/IKwE8P"

The post Enter the Firehouse & Start Snagging Specters in Ghostbusters: Now Hiring Vr Experience appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Tamika Jones

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Watch a “Bigger and Better” Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for the Power Rangers Movie

23 March 2017 9:53 AM, PDT

If you feel like there's not enough morphin' time in the day to keep up with all the Power Rangers goodies that drop before the movie hits theaters this weekend, then Daily Dead's got you covered. A new featurette was revealed, giving fans an inside look at how Saban and director Dean Israelite sought to make the Power Rangers bigger and better this time around.

Synopsis: "Saban’S Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers."

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac »

- Tamika Jones

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