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The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ dramatically captures the last 12 hours of Christ’s life on Earth, based on the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Love it or loathe it, believe it or not… the film is an exceptional piece of art and mandatory viewing, especially at this time of year.

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The Green Inferno – Trailer

Open Road Films are set to release the long awaited Eli Roth directed cannibal thriller The Green Inferno on September 5th after aquiring it at last years Toronto Film Festival. It’s Roth’s first directing gig since 2007′s disappointing Hostel 2. He co-wrote the film with Guillermo Amoedo as well as producing the film.

The film follows a group of students who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a tribe from extinction. Unfortunately the tribe has other plans. The film stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy and Daryl Sabra. Here’s the first official trailer, which promises some Cannibal craziness but reveals none of it…


Salem – Trailer

“Precious Salem – caught up in a stinking witch panic.” Here’s the two-minute trailer for WGN America’s first scripted series. The producers have apparently taken some flak over their reinterpretation of the actual events of 1692, but what Salem imagines is: The witches were real. And they were in charge… dumb fun. 


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Tyrion Lannister – By David Hardy

Another fantastic caricature from Sydney artist David Hardy (check out his “Rick” from The Walking Dead HERE). This one is of Tyrion Lannister from “Game of Thrones”. Head over to Dave’s facebook page HERE and his online portfolio HERE

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Universal Monsters – Infographic

If you have a monster fan in your life who isn’t quite as in touch with the Universal Monsters legacy as they should be, send them this handy chart, which highlights all of the major films involving these core characters from 1923-1960. Courtesy of  Movie.com

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Shaun of the Dead – FREE Illustrated Script

shaun-dead-screenplayTo celebrate the 10th anniversary of Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have released an interactive screenplay that is 100% free for anyone to download and enjoy. The script’s pages are adorned with images from the film and behind-the-scenes stills for extra flair. They’ve also released the screenplays for Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

Check them out HERE


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Game of Thrones – Poster Art

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LEGO – The Shining

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Ringu – Sadako Figurine

Ringu_The-Ring_Sadako-YamamuraBandai S.H. Figuarts series is releasing a new figure, Sadako Yamamura from 1998′s Japanese classic horror movie, The Ring.

The movie features a cursed video tape that will kill everyone who watches it in 7 days.  The movie is such a hit in Japan, it even has a US remake.

The figure will come with spare hands and heads.  There will even be a television set and VHS tape.  A perfect collection for all horror movie fans. The figure is set to come out in July for 4.


Fangoria – Cover To Cover

Fangoria_banner_headerOnce I’d discovered the magazine in our local comic book store in the early 80′s, I bought as many Fangoria back issues as I could get my hands on… I couldn’t afford the latest ones. That was okay though as I was busy going through all the 70′s and early 80′s horror in the video store at the time and Fangoria was a wishlist bible. So… I really want this…

Since 1979, Fangoria magazine has been the bible for horror fans worldwide.  Combining first-rate writing, reporting with unparalleled expertise on the fright-film genre, and eye-popping color photos, Fango has set a standard and become a name recognized by anyone who knows and loves scary cinema. One of the signature elements of the magazine has always been the eye-catching and controversial covers that have grabbed the attention of readers everywhere for the past three decades.

Fangoria_Cover-to-CoverFangoria: Cover to Cover is a lavish, oversized, and full colour hardcover book that celebrates the magazine’s long history and the genre it reports on, reproducing every one of those terrifying covers in stunning full colour and providing a history of modern horror cinema that has been thirty years in the making. This special edition volume collects a wealth of information, trivia, frightening photos, and every legendary cover of this acclaimed magazine, serving as a celebration of horror and a “coffee table” book that readers will turn to time and time again.

A Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive hardcover edition, there are no other editions planned anywhere in the world at this time!

Special Features:
* Massively oversized “coffee table” style book
* Four color printing throughout on coated stock
* Includes a full color reproduction of every Fangoria cover
* Foreword by Bruce Campbell and Afterword by Michael Gingold
* Includes trivia and frightening photos for the diehard fans
* Each edition features a unique dust jacket design to make them more collectible
* A Cemetery Dance exclusive hardcover edition with no other editions planned anywhere in the world at this time


Aquarius – The Manson Family

david-duchovny_Aquarius_Manson-FamilyAs his Showtime dark comedy series Californication, comes to an end (7 seasons!), David Duchovny reunites with Bob Greenblatt for Aquarius, a gritty 1960′s cop drama at NBC about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree. The project has received a 13-episode straight-to-series order.

Aquarius marks the return to broadcast TV of Duchovny, who starred in Fox’s hit The X-Files, in which Greenblatt also was involved while at Fox. The project stems from a script McNamara developed for FX a long time ago with Adelstein producing.

Manson-Family_Murders_Vincent-BugliosiSet in the late 1960′s, Aquarius stars Duchovny as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The man’s name is Charles Manson. The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that eventually will lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons. “Event series are a big priority for us, and the combination of a show that charts the lead-up to the Manson murders, along with a television star of the magnitude of David Duchovny, is the very definition of an event,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. Added Greenblatt, “After being involved in the production of both The X-Files and Californication, it gives me great pleasure to work with David Duchovny for the third time on this compelling drama.”Aquarius joins another Charles Manson project, a limited series is in development at Fox with writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Rob Zombie.

It all sounds very similar to the 1976 move Helter Skelter which was based on the best selling book by Vincent Bugliosi who prosecuted the Manson Clan.


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – TV Spot

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


The Walking Dead – Season 4 Final

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Amityville Horror… Again

'THE AMITYVILLE HORROR' FILM - 1979Franck Khalfoun (“Maniac”) wrote and will direct the horror movie for Dimension Films and Blumhouse. Fresh off supporting turns in “The Giver” and “Vampire Academy” for the Weinstein Company, “Shameless” star Cameron Monaghan is nearing a deal to join Disney Channel star Bella Thorne in the new “Amityville” horror movie that Blumhouse is producing for Dimension Films, an individual familiar with the project told The Wrap online.

Franck Khalfoun (“Maniac”) wrote and will direct the film, which will star Jennifer Jason Leigh as a single mother who moves her three kids into the “Amityville” house that has a very dark history. Gotta say this is great news as Khalfoun did a fantastic job with Maniac, the most original take on a horror film of 2013.

Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular “Amityville” horror franchise using a found-footage angle but that idea has been dropped in favour of a fresher take. The original “Amityville Horror” was released in 1979 and received a high-profile remake in 2005 that starred Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George and Chloe Moretz. The franchise is based on Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror: A True Story.”


Mystique & The Western X-Tra Bacon Thickburger at Carl’s Jr.

Just because I love Mystique… Man up with 2X the bacon and watch Mystique devour the new Western X-Tra Bacon Thickburger. Served with onion rings, cheese, BBQ Sauce and 2X the bacon on a Fresh Baked Bun. Only at Carl’s Jr. #EatLikeYouMeanIt


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Dracula – By Geraldo Moreno

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Horror Icons – By Diego Parpa

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Evil Dead 2 – Behind the Scenes

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Hollywood Disaster Maps

At the movies a city-destroying disaster is just the expected conclusion of any big action movie. Politicians and the media can argue all day long about whether Hollywood is destroying America in the spiritual sense, but filmmakers definitely love wrecking the country as part of a blockbuster narrative.

Check out this Hollywood disaster map that illustrates just how and where the movies like to hit. Not surprisingly, New York and Los Angeles lead the rest of the country in terms of general destruction. The infographic was put together by Reuben Fischer-Baum and Samer Kalaf. Their map covers 189 cinematic attacks (it doesn’t count post-apocalyptic adventures or small-scale attacks), which means it’s by no means a comprehensive list. For “fictional or undefined locations” like Gotham City, they assigned an approximate real-world analogue. Thanks to /Film for the link.


Nosferatu – Poster Art

Two new Nosferatu prints from Phantom City Creative.

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Maleficent – Full Official Trailer

“Maleficent,” the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty,” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.


The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo

The-Wolfman_Nicholas-PekearoMacmillan Entertainment and Everest Entertainment Group are developing a feature film from The Wolfman, the 2008 novel written by Nicholas Pekearo and published by Tor Books. It’s about a lost soul who happens to be a werewolf who struggles with his affliction until he decides to focus on the bad guys who deserve it, including a serial killer preying on young girls. This development would be a dream come true by Pekearo, a crime and comic book buff who was just getting his footing as a novelist. He was also an auxiliary policeman for the NYPD who died seven years ago after being shot six times by a crazed gunman who also killed Pekearo’s partner in Greenwich Village. That partner, 19-year-old Yevgeniy Marshalik, was the star of his high school debating team and a student at NYU. The murders created controversy and pointed up the ludicrousness of sending out auxiliary cops who are not allowed to carry weapons. Despite this, and the fact that unarmed auxiliary cops weren’t supposed to engage armed suspects, the duo chased down the gunman after he had already killed a bartender and was looking for other victims. The book was published posthumously in 2009.

“I read The Wolfman shortly after its release and couldn’t get the character of Marlowe Higgins and the world Pekearo created out of my head,” Davis said. “This is not your typical werewolf piece, and I was amazed by how much new territory he uncovered in this first novel. I have high hopes for this as it seems there is now finally a market for pieces like this, seeing the success of brilliant limited series such as True Detective, and audiences now have a hunger for out-of-the-box anti-heroes. In talking with those around him while he was alive, it was Nicholas’ hope to see this turned into a series, whether it was film or television, taking a similar journey to the one Bruce Banner did in The Incredible Hulk. Having died a hero’s death trying to protect people while chasing down a madman while he was unarmed, I hope Nicholas’ voice as a writer finally gets the attention it deserves and the journey he started with Marlowe continues.” Courtesy of Deadline.


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