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Review: Late Phases

14 hours ago

2014 has ended up being a record breaking year in horror, with so many quality films being put out for genre fans. It’s a time and era that is completely full of creativity, from cults to parenting to everything in between, the genre has put out film after film, releasing something for everyone. A subgenre that has been lacking in recent years though, is that of the werewolf film. We’ve been given countless bad CGI werewolf films, and even action films disguised as horror films (I’m looking at you Underworld), but as far as a good, practical effects-heavy werewolf film goes, there really hasn’t been much…until now. Here Comes The Devil director Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases is not only the movie that fans of werewolves have been waiting a good while for, it’s also an emotionally charged drama, packed to the gills with excellent performances. »

- Jerry Smith

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Beyond Fright Review: The Mule

16 hours ago

Good, original crime thrillers can be extremely difficult to come by. For ever Goodfellas or Fargo, there are quite a few efforts that end up falling a bit flat, giving viewers a definite “been there, done that” feeling. When original crime films do come, it’s typically out of nowhere and a lasting effort that ends up acheiving some form of cult status. The Angus Sampson-led crime thriller/comedy, The Mule, is just that kind of film, one that pulls you into its web and gives its audience a suspenseful and comical look at one bad situation.

The Mule‘s plot is not only somewhat original, but one that will keep you on edge and well,..almost throwing up at times, with the film’s protagonist, Ray, making the mistake of agreeing to hide a kilo of heroin in his stomach and transporting it back to Australia. The idea »

- Jerry Smith

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Grindhouse Releasing Giving Fulci’s The Beyond Deluxe Edition Blu-ray In 2015!

20 November 2014 1:49 PM, PST

Grindhouse Releasing, the Criterion of horror/cult releases started by Oscar winning editor Bob Murawski and the late Sage Stallone, are prepping a Blu-ray of Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece The Beyond! Bursting through the gates of hell on February 10th, 2015, this deluxe edition will be sporting 3-discs of Tba goodies, but this is Grindhouse we’re talking about, so expect the best in terms of supplements.

They’ve provided a peek at the packaging, which will actually glow-in-the-dark! Streeting the same day is Duke Mitchell’s insane Massacre Mafia Style, which along with Gone With The Pope (another must-see Mitchell joint that hopefully rears into HD next year), must be seen to be believed.

Grindhouse writes from their official Facebook page:

“We are also pleased to announce our Blu-ray release of Lucio Fulci’s supernatural masterpiece The Beyond, also arriving February 10 in a super-deluxe 3 disc special edition. Both titles will »

- Justin Edwards

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Beyond Fright: Marilyn Manson Teases “The Pale Emperor” Album With “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” Track

20 November 2014 12:42 PM, PST

It seems that in between filming a role in the final season of Sons of Anarchy, playing songs with Johnny Depp, and various other things, Marilyn Manson has recorded a brand new album. Titled “The Pale Emperor,” Manson gave fans a glimpse of what’s in store with the album, by releasing the brand new “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” track, and from the sound of it, The Pale Emperor just might be quite the album.

Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” kicks off with an immediate groove, before clean guitars enter and Manson enters with his trademark vocals. It sounds almost like a hybrid of the Eat Me, Drink Me and The High End of Low, both of which were pretty awesome in my opinion. “I’ve got bullets in the booth, I’d rather be your victim than be with you” is a recurring line in the song, »

- Jerry Smith

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Official Trailer For The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death Heads Back To Eel Marsh

20 November 2014 11:52 AM, PST

The official trailer for The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death, the sequel to the 2012 Daniel Radcliffe-led film, Woman In Black is official here. The sequel skips a head a good forty years following the events of the first film, and judging from the trailers, things haven’t gotten any less creepy with time. I personally loved The Woman In Black and though it appears that Radcliffe isn’t returning for the sequel (for obvious reasons that anybody who watched the first film can understand), I still can’t wait to see where the story goes on January 2nd, when Angel Of Death is unleashed from Relativity Studios and Hammer Films. Are you fright fanatics looking forward to this one?

The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death was written by Jon Crocker, directed by Tom Harper, and stars Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory.

“During the »

- Jerry Smith

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El Rey Network Brings A Monstrous Holiday Season With Kaiju Christmas Marathon!!

20 November 2014 10:58 AM, PST

Destruction!! Atomic Monsters!! Kaiju!! Fans of monsters, buildings being destroyed and just Kaiju films in general can rejoice, with the announcement of the El Rey Network’s “Kaiju Christmas Marathon”. Bringing fans a whole 48 hours comprised of Godzilla, Rodan and just about every other creature looking to step on people and business, the lineup looks to be one hell of a time! Read below for the complete lineup!

The marathon begins with the classic Gojira on Wednesday, December 24 at 6 Pm Et and culminates with “Godzilla Vs. Biollante” on Saturday, December 27 at 3:45 Am Et.

The “Kaiju Christmas” Godzilla films will air in the following order:

Godzilla King of the Monsters

Wednesday, December 24th

“Gojira” at 6 Pm Et

In the very first Godzilla film a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea, becomes a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. »

- Jerry Smith

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Scream Factory Heads Into Supernova This January!;Full Specs

20 November 2014 10:25 AM, PST

While this one might seem odd to some of you fright fanatics, I for one, am completely excited to see Scream Factory’s upcoming Bluray of 2000’s Supernova. The James Spader-led sic-fi/horror film was notorious for it’s reshoots/editing, and it’s a mystery whether Walter Hill or Jack Sholder really directed the film (after forced reshoots, Hill disowned the film and used the pseudonym “Thomas Lee”), but with all of that being said, it’s always been quite the entertaining genre film, and the gang at Sf are giving the brand new Bluray to fans on January 13th. No word on whether the PG-13 or the R-rated version will be on the disc, but as soon as we know, you will!

“Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy…life as we know it is about to end! James Spader (The Blacklist »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons Of Fright Interview With Late Phases Star Nick Damici!

19 November 2014 5:54 PM, PST

Know to be be quite intense in his roles, Actor Nick Damici has played everyone from a Leiutenant in World Trade Center, to a tough guy in the short lived (yet completely entertaining) TV series, The Black Donnelly’s. Damici came to the attention of genre fans all around, with his performance in Jim Mickle’s Mulberry St, which aside from a short film called The Underdogs, kicked off a collaborative partnership between Damici and Mickle that has already given fans exceptional films such as Stakeland, We Are What We Are and the recent film adaption of Joe Lansdale’s novel, Cold In July. Never being one to slow down, Damici jumped at the chance to play Ambrose, an blind veteran man coming to terms with how close he is coming to death in Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil)’s Late Phases (review tomorrow). It’s bad enough »

- Jerry Smith

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Lionsgate Sends Stephen King Story-Inspired Big Driver To DVD/Digital This January!

19 November 2014 1:23 PM, PST

After making waves at Lifetime, the folks at Lionsgate are now gearing up to bring the Mikael Salomon-directed Big Driver to DVD (and Digital) on January 27th. Based on a Stephen King short story of the same name, the Richard Christian Matheson-penned film first made its premiere on the Lifetime channel of all places, but still looked like a revenge-filled good time. Revolving around a novelist seeking revenge against a serial killer who brutally attacked her, Big Driver has a solid cast and look like it could very well be a decent adaption of the King story.

A good amount of King’s work has been getting the film adaptions lately, with both Big Driver and A Good Marriage each making their mark on TV, and a handful of King’s novels being turned into theatrical films as well, it seems good ol’ Uncle Stevie isn’t slowing down anytime soon. »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons Of Fright Interview With The Mule/Saw/Insidious: Chapter III’s Leigh Whannell!!

18 November 2014 7:27 PM, PST

 Since making one hell of a splash writing (and acting in) 2004’s epic franchise starter, Saw, Leigh Whannell hasn’t really stopped for a second. Being involved with the Saw series, along with collaborations with Saw director James Wan, Leigh wrote films like Death Sentence, Dead Silence, Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two, as well as acting in a decent amount of films outside of that collaborative team. While just finishing up writing the upcoming horror/comedy Cooties, making his directorial debut helming the third film in the Insidious franchise and a million of other projects, Whannell co-wrote and co-stars in The Mule (hitting theaters/VOD/iTunes on November 21st via XLrator Media), a crime thriller revolving Insidious star Angus Sampson (read our recent interview with Sampson here) getting entangled in some nasty situations, when he decided to smuggle drugs.

We had a chat with Whannell recently about his role in The Mule, »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons of Fright Interview With The Mule/Insidious Star Angus Sampson!

17 November 2014 6:29 PM, PST

Interviewing an actor or director regarding their current film is always a lot of fun. The interview typically tends to head in one of two directions: either the subject gives short, very brief answers and it’s like pulling teeth asking someone questions or having a nice conversation with them, or the preferred way: the subject is very happy to have to chat, and it becomes much more like a conversation and the sometimes tedious standard of “ask question/get answer” fades away and it’s much more organic.

Such was the case, when we recently had a chat with Insidious/100 Bloody Acres star Angus Sampson, regarding The Mule, a crime thriller/comedy that Sampson not only stars in, but co-wrote with Leigh Whannell (the Saw/Insidious series, direction of Insidious: Chapter III) and also produced and co-directed. If there was a role in front and behind of the camera with The Mule, »

- Jerry Smith

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