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All the Right Snuff: A Review of “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”

All the Right Snuff: A Review of “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”

The year is 2007. The brothers Dowdle (John and Drew) just finished shooting a controversial mockumentary on a faux serial killer out of Poughkeepsie, NY. The film is originally picked up and shelved by MGM. Bootleg copies of the notorious film begin making their way across the convention scene and throughout the internet. John and Drew move on with their lives; making various films in and out of the genre including the American remake for the incredible “REC”, “Quarantine”. Almost out of nowhere, in 2014 the film officially hits on demand services, however, a proper home media release is still long out of reach. Aside from rumors among the horror community, no announcement was made. Flash forward to the summer of 2017. Scream Factory, the horror media giant, announces that they will finally be giving the controversial film a proper bluray release. The hype has been built. I’ve heard so many things from people who have watched it in a variety of ways. Some state the film is disturbing in all ways possible. Some state the film was well made but ultimately fell flat. Honestly, it’s been a long time coming and I’m truly looking forward to how it all plays out.

Shot mockumentary style, think the ID channel, “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” revolves around a set of 800 videotapes found by the police. Throughout the film we are shown the various shocking clips, grotesque even. Each more sickening than the last. The tapes are interspersed throughout what could be mistaken for an episode of “Snapped”. If it wasn’t for the tapes being so horrific, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking this was a Sunday evening show your mom stumbled upon. We meet various towns folk, police officers, and others who worked on the case; each affected by the “The Water Street Butcher” in their own way. Was the psychopath eventually caught and put away, or is he still roaming the streets right this moment?

Alright so let’s start with the good. The video tapes shown throughout the documentary are nothing short of disturbing. No doubt, even the most devout horror fan will most likely leave this film feeling unsettled. The performance by Ben Messmer who plays Ed, our killer, is truly sickening. There’s a moment early in the film where he approaches a little girl playing in her yard. Even as he simply speaks to her you are screaming at the television for this child to run. It’s moments like that that make the “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” worth a watch. It’s going to affect each viewer in a different way. I also need to bring up the performance of Stacy Chbosky. Chbosky plays one of the primary victims, Cheryl Dempsey. Without giving too much away, Cheryl is kidnapped by Ed and forced to perform multiple devious acts. The way Stacy Chbosky plays this role is masterful. One second I’m fearing for her life and another I want to run from her. You’ll better understand what I mean by that statement when you watch the movie.

Now since we started with the good…there is definitely some bad. Besides the two mentioned, and even them at points, the characters throughout the 86 minute mockumentary are, for lack of a better term, dumb. Like, the parents from “Pet Sematary” dumb (GET THAT KID OUT OF THE ROAD!). About halfway through the film, a victim is handed a large knife by our killer. He then instructs his victim to kill another person who is tied up. Why not just stab the killer?! He’s standing right next to you! Another moment takes place between two 12 year old girl scouts and Ed. The scouts are going door to door selling cookies. Ed asks them to come inside for one reason or another. Of course, they do! This was set during the early 90’s. Wasn’t this the height of Stranger Danger? I understand, they are children, but they are 12 years old. They should understand the right and wrong of the situation.

All of that being said, I believe the “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” was worth the wait. It’s an unsettling movie that is definitely better watched alone rather than at parties. Along with the main feature, the bluray includes recent interviews with the Dowdle brothers and one of the main stars, as previously mentioned, Stacy Chbosky. If you were interested in seeing the “Poughkeepsie Tapes” I believe you will not be disappointed. However, I also believe it was impossible for the film to live up to the hype it built. It’s not perfect, but it is disturbing. Turn off your brain for an hour and twenty, and you’ll be able to enjoy, “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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John Bradley On Pushing His Creative Limits In Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’

John Bradley On Pushing His Creative Limits In Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’

John Bradley exploded onto the pop culture landscape with his breakout role as Samwell Tarly on HBO’s incredible hit series, ‘Game of Thrones.’ A true fan favorite, we’ve watched his character grow by leaps and bounds of the course of the series. However, a quick look at John Bradley’s work outside the world of ‘GoT’ proves that the young actor isn’t one to rest on his laurels. One of his latest and most captivating projects is ‘American Satan’ from the mind of director Ash Avildsen (Creator of Sumerian Records). The film focuses on a young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. In the film, Bradley plays Ricky Rollins, who is the brains of the operation that is The Relentless. He may not look the part or always walk the walk…or even talk the talk…but what Ricky has in spades is dedication and a willingness to do whatever it takes. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with John Bradley to discuss his journey as an actor, his passion for bringing unique tales to the screen, sharing moments on set with the legendary Malcolm McDowell and more!

Over the past few years you’ve become a familiar face in film and on television so I want to start at the beginning. What made you pursue a career in the arts?

I think I wanted to be an entertainer from the start, long before I wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be some kind of entertainer before I even knew it was a job and certainly before I knew what it took to become an actor with the technical specifications or the classes where you learn to be an actor. I just wanted to entertain people! I think that came from watching comedy on TV as a child. We weren’t a family who went to the theater very often. We weren’t a family who even watched a lot of high-brow drama on TV. Actually, we started off by watching comedies. We watched things like “Monty Python” and even American stuff like “Married With Children.” I really liked “Married With Children” as a kid. I obviously didn’t understand all of it at the time but there was something about watching those comedy performers that made me feel very, very happy for some reason that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I didn’t know that it was a job! [laughs] I didn’t know that John Cleese had written this down on paper and was performing it on camera in front of an audience to be broadcast on TV. I didn’t know how that happened! All I knew was that I wanted to make people feel the way he was making me feel. I wanted to have that reaction from people and to make people as happy as he was making me. It was only later on that I discovered what an actor was and how you became an actor through things like drama school. I suddenly decided it was an option for me. I had never considered it as an option in the past because where I come from, and in the sphere of people around me, there was no one who had done it before. There was no blueprint for somebody like me to follow and go into that world with no contacts, experience or anyone to turn to. I didn’t think it was an option but I was desperate to entertain in some way. It was only later that I discovered it was an option, went to drama school, got into “Game of Thrones” and started to do it professionally when I fulfilled that ambition. At the start, it was just about trying to elicit a similar feeling that I was made to feel by my heroes when I was a kid and somehow it managed to happen! It was a pie in the sky when I was a kid experiencing all of that. I still pinch myself to this day that it’s managed to come true!

In addition to becoming a fan favorite on “Game of Thrones,” you continued to take on interesting projects along the way. “American Satan” is a great example! How did you get involved with this unique project?

The great thing about being on a project like “Game of Thrones” is that you have your annual schedule set out for you. Most of the time we know that the last six or seven months of the year are going to be set out by “Game of Thrones” and we have to commit to the series for the second half of the year. Usually, the fall part of the year is yours to do whatever you want with. What is handy and a luxury about that is, in terms of schedule but also in terms of relative financial security, we know the first half of the year can be taken up by projects that are slightly risky or maybe not quite as financially lucrative but are interesting projects. You can take on these projects to feed some kind of artistic views within you or maybe go into slightly uncharted territory as far as your acting is concerned. When the “American Satan” script first came through and I was told about this character of Ricky Rollins, the first thing that captured my attention about it was that it was just such a different character from anything I had been able to do before. I’ve played so many characters, especially Samwell, of course, who tend to live in quite a dark place. They inhabit quite a dark mental space. If you take Samwell for example, he sort of carries around a lot of damage with him and psychological scars from the abusive childhood he suffered. Those experiences inspired a lot of darkness in his life and he’s plagued by low self-esteem and crippling self-doubt. You really see, in the first season, he doesn’t have a shred of belief in himself and that is quite a dark place to inhabit for what is essentially seven years now. What I liked about this character of Ricky was that he is the polar opposite of that! He is brimming with self-confidence and brilliance. He never goes into a situation thinking he isn’t going to get on top of it or that it isn’t something he can’t handle. He goes in and takes over the situation with experience, grabs it by the scruff of the neck and has total belief in his abilities. It’s almost misguided a lot of times. He’s not quite as able as he thinks he is. He’s a lot more inept than he suspects he is but he still lives in a very bright space of extreme self-confidence. That was quite a nice change of pace to play somebody who has that much contrast to the roles I have played before. He has so much spark about him and so much get-up-and-go, that it was nice to inhabit a slightly brighter, more positive mindset for a change.

When it comes to the project in general, you do worry when you are attached to something about the rock world, the music industry or the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, that it’s going to be told by people without much experience in it. You fear it’s going to be written and performed by people who have never been on the road with a band or someone who may have messed around with a band in high school but have no real knowledge of that landscape or the world we are trying to portray. The thing about this one is we have Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce and this world has been their life since they were very young men. They have lived that life, existed in that landscape and they know all of these characters. Ash [Avildsen], the director, owns a record company and is very well-versed in that language and very familiar with that world as well. What I knew you would get is a very authentic account of what it’s like to live that life and to exist in that world. You can always tell when you have a project that has been directed by people who know what they are speaking about. They have that confidence about them and you know there is not going to be anything plastic or synthetic about it. It allows you to provide a very faithful account of what it’s like to be a touring rock band at the start of your career. I like the authenticity of that and I knew they would have a certain amount of credibility because of that, which is another thing that definitely drew me to “American Satan.”

Ben Bruce, John Bradley and Andy Biersack on the set of ‘American Satan.’

In addition to working with real-life rock stars like Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce, you also worked with a cinematic icon. What was it like sharing the screen with the legendary Malcolm McDowell?

It was interesting timing-wise when I found out Malcolm was going to be part of this project. About 12 months before we started “American Satan,” I had become a very absorbed Stanley Kubrick obsessive! [laughs] It all came about from watching the film, “Room 237,” which is about all the hidden meanings in “The Shining.” I watched that and became obsessed with Kubrick, his methodology, his working methods, how he has become synonymous with perfection and his obsessive attention to detail. The way he works with actors is so unique and interesting. It’s so uniquely his own methodology, so it was interesting to find myself working with someone who had experience with that. Not only was he in a Kubrick movie but was the lead in a Kubrick movie and is someone who’s worked with him very closely all the way through the making of “A Clockwork Orange.” I felt it was just written in the stars that I happened to be working with Malcolm McDowell just when my Kubrick obsession had reached its peak. Then, I thought, “Maybe Malcolm wants to get away from that. Maybe he sees ‘A Clockwork Orange’ as one movie in an entire career. Maybe he feels he has spoken enough about Stanley Kubrick.” I didn’t want to press the issue in case he didn’t want to talk about it. As it turns out, Malcolm will talk about Stanley Kubrick all day if you want to! He is so forthcoming about talking about that period of his life! He is so proud of that movie, as he should be, and he is so proud to have worked with Stanley, as he calls him. It was such a wonderful thing to sit around and listen to a guy talk with such insight and a rich personal experience about something you are so fascinated and absorbed by! It was a real treat to have him among us, especially for me, as I’m such a fan of his performance in “A Clockwork Orange.” It was a real thrill to work with him! He’s exactly the kind of actor I like! There is something about him that is very dangerous — even now as an older man, he still has it! The same danger and unpredictability he had about him in the ‘60s is there today. You can’t watch Malcolm McDowell act and be comfortable! There is something about him that is really unsettling and it makes you feel on edge and quite nauseous. I don’t know what it is but there is something about this dangerous, charismatic attitude that he has about him on screen that is so absorbing. It has a visceral effect on you. When you see Malcolm McDowell on screen, you’re instantly nervous because you don’t know what he’s going to do next. We associate him with all of these twisted, psychological parts that he has portrayed so beautifully over the years and there is something that is so powerfully unsettling. As you can tell, he is one of my favorites and working with him was a dream come true!

John Bradley opposite Malcolm McDowell in ‘American Satan.’

How do you take on a new character and what were your biggest challenges on “American Satan?”

In terms of playing a character like Ricky, it’s the same as you approach every character, which is as a completely blank canvas. I try not to bring any of my tricks or methodology that I’ve used to play Samwell Tarly in the past into Ricky because it’s a completely different character, completely different rhythm and pace. Sam is very low-key, he talks to himself quietly and speaks slowly. He has a kind of doing about him but it doesn’t appear on the surface. He barely moves, Samwell, his movements are so small and subtle that sometimes you can miss them if you’re not too careful. With Ricky, I had to approach it really differently. I had to attack every single thing with so much energy and a hyper kind of friendly energy that I’ve never really played before. Ricky is the kind of person who instantly lights up the room, picks everybody up who’s in there and tries to be a source of positive energy for the people. I’ve never played a character like that before so it was about conserving my energy so when I arrived on camera I was able to hit the ground running and attack it with all the exuberance I have in my performance. It was interesting to try and maintain that level of energy throughout the piece.

One of the things I found so interesting was how the film almost starts off as a buddy comedy and not as a satanic psychological thriller. It’s starts as a buddy comedy with a bunch of guys coming from England, meeting up with a bunch of American guys, trying to have fun, starting to make a band and having all of the laughs and fun and games that a young band has in their early days. When I was playing those scenes, we couldn’t think about how it would end up. We couldn’t think about, SPOILER ALERT, they were going to make a pact with the Devil and everything was going to go wrong. We couldn’t have that in our mind! All we could have in our minds was the fact that these are actually good times for these guys and it was exciting. We couldn’t let ourselves foresee what was going to go wrong because they couldn’t foresee what was going to go wrong. So, that’s how it goes from a buddy comedy for the first part to a psychological satanic thriller for the second part. We just had to concentrate on keeping those two bits separate. The change is going to happen when it happens, so our challenge for the first half of the movie was to get our chemistry right and make sure our friendship and energy as a group of young men came across. I think that was easy because we all got on as a cast very well. We had that friendship off the bat and kept maintaining that and tried to light up the screen with it in the early stages with the joyful, youthful fun and games! Keeping those two halves of the movie separate in our minds was a challenge.

Andy Biersack and Jon Bradley living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

Our time is short, so I have one more question. You are building a great career and it’s inspiring to see you put in all the hard work. What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist?

The best lesson you could take is to always be aware that what you consider to be your shortcomings, imperfections or what some may say are your failings could be exactly what people are looking for. I’m somebody who, prior to “Game of Thrones,” struggled with my weight. I had all kinds of weight issues and I was trying to lose weight, manage it, get on top of it and solve a lot of the problems that I had which I thought were connected to my weight. As it turns out, that’s what people were looking for. What you consider to be an imperfection or something you don’t like about yourself may prove to be exactly what somebody else is looking for and that sort of thing can project you and give you a springboard into a career. I’m not necessarily saying that it’s good to be overweight because there are health issues associated with it. All I am saying is that the one thing I considered to be the thing that would hold me back in my life turned out to be my unique selling point in my early days and got me my first job. It’s just really about not beating yourself up about the things you consider to be wrong with you because they may be what makes you unique. If you think you have a big nose or that you have big ears or are overweight or going bald, you have to remember one thing — they are casting characters of every shape, size and description! If you want to be an actor, embrace what makes you unique and don’t try to iron yourself out to be like everybody else!

Well said, John! Thank you so very much for your time today! I really appreciate it and I wish you continued success! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you, Jason! It’s been lovely talking to you! Take care!

Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’ hits select theaters on Friday, October 13th! Get all the latest info and screening info for the film via the official website — www.americansatanmovie.com.

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Forgiveness Is A Virtue: A Review of Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song”

Forgiveness Is A Virtue: A Review of Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song”

Occult horror has made an excellent comeback in recent years. From the 70’s homage “The House of the Devil” to the gruesome tale of self-destruction that is “Starry Eyes”, occult horror is taking over independent filmmaking in a big bad way. Independent distributors such as IFC Midnight and Scream Factory have been assisting in this resurgence in occult films and I couldn’t be more excited. So when “A Dark Song”, the directorial debut of Liam Gavin, landed in my lap I found myself extremely intrigued. Would we have another hit on our hands or can we just chuck this to the back of the shelf to never be seen again? Let’s see!

When her seven year old son, Jack, is murdered by a group of teen cultists, Sophia (Catherine Walker) hires occultist Joseph Solomon (Steve Oram) to summon the grieving mother’s Guardian Angel. The two go through a series of dark and sadistic rituals that pushes each of them to their physical and psychological limits. Sophia and Joseph make a disturbing descent into the most depraved corners of dark magic. A descent that needs to be seen to be believed.

What I was expecting when I put this film on was a sadistic story dealing in black magic that saw every character reach a grisly demise. That wasn’t what I got. What I got was a powerful tale about how far a woman will go for her son; a tale about the beauty of life and what is truly important. I don’t want to go much further plot wise because this film is an experience, go watch it now!

Let’s talk cast! There are only two main characters in the entire film, Sophia and Joseph and in order for a movie like this to work you need these two actors to be perfect. Catherine Walker and Steve Oram do not disappoint. You truly feel the heartache experienced by Walker. You want her to reach her goals, which I can’t expose here. Oram, however, is horrifying and dirty in the greatest way possible. He plays Joseph in such a way where you’re second guessing his motives with every twist and turn. In a film that could’ve fallen flat, these two truly pulled it together.

Since it’s distributed by IFC Midnight and Scream Factory, you know it’s gonna be packed with extra content. Included are lengthy interviews with the director, actors, and DP. There’s also multiple deleted scenes. Honestly, this is one of those films where I would’ve loved a commentary track; a bit disappointed in that regard. It’s a great disc regardless.

As I’ve stated in multiple reviews already, IFC Midnight has been hitting it out of the park! From “The Devil’s Candy” to “68 Kill”, I just can’t get enough. Well add this to the list now! Just know, you’ve never seen a film like this before. It’s not what you’re going to be expecting. Go in with an open mind and leave with a changed heart.

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‘Attack of Life’ Filmmaker Drew Fortier Launches New Production Company

‘Attack of Life’ Filmmaker Drew Fortier Launches New Production Company

Very few people are having as productive a year as Drew Fortier. Fortier first exploded onto the scene with as the filmmaker who brought ‘Attack of Life: The Bango Tango Movie’ to the masses. He would go on to play rhythm guitar with Bang Tango and launch a supergroup known as Zen From Mars, who are currently finishing up work on their debut album.

Drew Fortier

It was announced in late summer of 2017 that Fortier had joined the cast of director James L. Edward’s upcoming film, ‘Her Name Was Christa,’ which is currently in pre-production.

Hot on the heels of all of these developments comes news that this multi-faceted artist has launched Drew Fortier Productions.

Fortier had this to say about the new venture: “For all the years that I have been shooting and editing promo videos, music videos, documentaries, etc. I have only done it for close friends and friends of friends. Now, I have taken the next step and am providing my services publicly.”

You can check out the official Facebook page for Drew Fortier Productions at this location >

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One of Horror’s Hottest Flicks, ”Annebelle: Creation,’ Hits Blu-ray On October 20th!

One of Horror’s Hottest Flicks, ”Annebelle: Creation,’ Hits Blu-ray On October 20th!

Your favorite creepy doll is back when “Annabelle: Creation” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by David F. Sandberg, who also wrote “Annabelle.” The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (“Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher,” “The Last Witch Hunter”), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s “Without a Trace”) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s “Homeland,” “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).

Serving as executive producers on “Annabelle: Creation” are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter.

“Annabelle: Creation” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own “Annabelle: Creation” via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 20.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, and deleted scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of “Annabelle: Creation” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

SYNOPSIS: In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their young daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shut-down orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Annabelle: Creation” Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

· The Horror Continues
· Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
· Director’s Commentary
· Directing Annabelle
· Deleted Scenes Featurette

“Annabelle: Creation” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
· Deleted Scenes Featurette

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Scream Factory To Release ‘Misery’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray On November 28th!

Scream Factory To Release ‘Misery’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray On November 28th!

Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive.  On November 28, 2017, Scream Factory proudly presents the iconic thriller Misery in its definitive home video release. The 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray comes complete with a new 4K restoration from the original film elements and hours of bonus features, including new interviews with director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride) and special effects artist Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).

Novelist Paul Sheldon doesn’t remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. He doesn’t remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. But he will never forget Annie Wilkes.

James Caan and Academy Award® winner* Kathy Bates star in the bone-shattering thriller Misery, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. As Paul (Caan) recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin of his benefactor Annie (Bates), he begins to discover that beneath the seemingly kind and naive exterior of his self-described “number one fan” lurks a mind that is cunning, unhinged, and bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his “cock-a-doodie” life … and Sheldon must engage his savior-turned-captor in a battle of wills that will push them both to the brink.

Adapted by two-time Oscar®-winning** screenwriter William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner, Miseryis considered by critics and fans (number ones and others) to be among the greatest horror-thrillers of all time. Revisit this classic tonight with your friends … after all, Misery loves company.

*1990: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Misery

**1969: Writing, Screenplay Based On Material from Another Medium, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; 1976, Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced, All The President’s Men

Special Features:

  • NEW4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements
  • NEWInterview With Director Rob Reiner
  • NEWInterview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
  • Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman
  • MiseryLoves Company” Featurette
  • “Marc Shaiman’s Musical MiseryTour” Featurette
  • “Diagnosing Annie Wilkes” Featurette
  • “Advice For The Stalked” Featurette
  • “Profile Of A Stalker” Featurette
  • “Celebrity Stalkers” Featurette
  • “Anti-Stalking Laws” Featurette
  • Trailers

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Scream Factory To Release ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Land of the Dead’ Collector’s Editions On October 31st!

Scream Factory To Release ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Land of the Dead’ Collector’s Editions On October 31st!

This Halloween, get ready for a double dose of zombie apocalypse mayhem and trips to hell! On October 31, 2017, Scream Factory™ is proud to present DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray  and George A. Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition2-Disc Blu-ray.  These two definitive collector’s editions boast new 2K transfer, revealing extras and new interviews with cast and crew. A must-have for movie collectors, horror enthusiasts and loyal fans,  DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition and LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition are available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com

Avid fans and collectors please take note: Order from ShoutFactory.com and get a FREE 18″ X 24″ poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last! Also get it shipped Two Weeks early!

DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition

Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romero’s apocalyptic horror classic, Dawn Of The Dead! From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), this pulse-pounding jolt-a-thon stars Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sarah Polley (Splice), Jake Weber (Wendigo), Mekhi Phifer (Divergent) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).

The world is in danger when a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. In a mall in the heartland, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive … and human!

DAWN OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray bonus features:

DISC ONE – Theatrical Version:

  • NEW HD master derived from the digital intermediate archival negative
  • NEW Take A Chance on Me – an interview with actor Ty Burrell
  • NEW Gunn for Hire – an interview with writer James Gunn
  • NEW Punk, Rock & Zombie – an interview with actor Jake Weber
  • NEW Killing Time at the Mall: The Special Effects of Dawn of the Dead – an interview with special makeup effects artists David Anderson and Heather Langenkamp Anderson
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Zach Snyder and producer Eric Newman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC TWO – Unrated Version:

  • NEW HD master derived from the digital intermediate archival negative with HD inserts
  • Audio Commentary with director Zach Snyder and producer Eric Newman
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads
  • Attack of the Living Dead
  • Raising the Dead
  • Andy’s Lost Tape
  • Special Report: Zombie Invasion
  • Undead and Loving It: A Mockumentary
  • Drawing the Dead featurette
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Hidden Easter Egg

George A. Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition

In a harrowing vision of a post-apocalyptic world, zombies have turned all but a few fortified cities into desolate wasteland. Behind city walls, pockets of humanity cling to survival in a brutal society built by a handful of enterprising, ruthless opportunists like Kaufman (Dennis Hopper), who insulate themselves in high-rise towers and employ a band of mercenaries led by Riley (Simon Baker) to scavenge the countryside for food and other necessities, while the poor fend for themselves. When the previously mindless, slow-moving zombies begin to evolve into cunning, crafty killers and organize for a final catastrophic attack, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead, even as they battle a rogue mercenary (John Leguizamo) who threatens the existence of their safe haven.

LAND OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray bonus features:

DISC ONE: Theatrical Cut

  • NEW 2K Scan of the interpositive
  • NEW Cholo’s Reckoning – an interview with actor John Leguizamo
  • NEW Charlie’s Story – an interview with actor Robert Joy
  • NEW The Pillsbury Factor – an interview with actor Pedro Miguel Arce
  • NEW Four of the Apocalypse – an interview with actors Eugene Clark, Jennifer Baxter, Boyd Banks and Jasmin Geljo
  • Dream of the Dead: The director’s cut with optional commentary by director Roy Frumkes
  • Deleted footage from Dream of the Dead
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

DISC TWO: Uncut Version

  • NEW 2K Scan of the interpositive with HD inserts
  • NEW Audio Commentary with zombie performers Matt Blazi, Glena Chao, Michael Felsher and Rob Mayr
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director George A. Romero, producer Peter Grunwald and editor Michael Doherty
  • Undead Again: The Making of Land of the Dead
  • Bringing The Dead To Life
  • Scenes of Carnage
  • Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene
  • Scream Test – CGI test
  • Bringing the Storyboards to Life
  • A Day with the Living Dead hosted by John Leguizamo
  • When Shaun Met George

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AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN, the Rated-R supernatural rock & roll thriller from SUMERIAN RECORDS mastermind ASH AVILDSEN, continues to make waves in the music and film industries with their latest official trailer.

Starring ANDY BLACK, (Black Veil Brides), JOHN BRADLEY (Game Of Thrones) and Golden Globe Nominee MALCOLM McDOWELL, best known for his iconic role in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and currently on Amazon’s Mozart In the Jungle, AMERICAN SATAN opens on the big screen Friday the 13th of October in 50 US cities, many of them already on sale at AMC theaters. Internationally, cinemas in Canada, UK, Australia and Mexico are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

AMERICAN SATAN introduces BEN BRUCE (Asking Alexandria) and OLIVIA CULPO (Miss Universe) to the screen, as they star alongside an ensemble cast that includes Disney’s BOOBOO STEWART (The Twilight Saga, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), MARK BOONE JR, (Sons of Anarchy, Batman Begins), DENISE RICHARDS (Starship Troopers, Wild Things), WWE’s BILL GOLDBERG, BILL DUKE (Predator) and DRAKE BELL.

In the summer of 2015, while director ASH AVILDSEN was working on the AMERICAN SATAN script, he met his father for the first time, Oscar-winning director JOHN G. AVILDSEN (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID, LEAN ON ME). As fate would have it, they collaborated on the movie together and formed a very close bond. John gave crucial notes on the script and some great tips to Ash during production. John also has a cameo in the film, playing a CNN news anchor. This would go on to be the last finished film John worked on before he passed away in June of 2017.

Already a winner of several awards on the festival circuit including Best Picture and Best Director at New York’s Peekskill Film Festival as well as Best Feature at California’s Oceanside Independent Film Festival, AMERICAN SATAN is set to play this Friday, September 22nd at the 33rd Annual Boston Film Festival.

About the release of AMERICAN SATAN, Ash Avildsen said:
“This story comes from a very real place. I dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. I’ve toured as both an unsigned and a signed artist. I’ve been a promoter, a booking agent, a manager, a producer and am an active record label owner. With the exception of a physical manifestation of the devil and an angel, everything in the film is based on real events that either myself or the producers of the movie have experienced in our careers working with bands. I’m excited for our music community to go on this ride and understand why we chose the Neil Young quote, ‘Rock & Roll is where God and the Devil shake hands,’ to be put on top of the poster at theaters.”

The music-centric film features an original score by composer JONATHAN DAVIS of KoRn, debuting two unreleased tracks from Davis. Additionally, songs from Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, Skid Row, Crosses, In This Moment, Meg Myers, Circa Survive, Dorothy, After The Burial, Barns Courtney, Palaye Royale, Animals As Leaders, Slaughter and more.

Some of the AMERICAN SATAN producers Ash references are: Andy Gould, best known for producing Rob Zombie’s Halloween & The Devil’s Rejects and co-managing Pantera & Linkin Park.; John Reese, former tour manager and band manager for Guns N’ Roses as well as concert festival producer for Knotfest meets Ozzfest and Rockstar Mayhem Festival; and Jeff Cohen, entertainment attorney best known in the public eye for handling Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:
Albuquerque, NM | AMC Albuquerque 12 | Click Here For Tickets
Atlanta, GA | AMC Southlake 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Boston, MA | AMC Methuen 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Camp Hill, PA | AMC Camp Hill 12 | Click Here For Tickets
Chicago, IL | AMC Streets Of WoodField 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Charlotte, NC | AMC Concord Mills 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Cincinnati, OH | AMC West Chester 18 | Click Here For Tickets
Cleveland, OH | AMC Solon 16 | Click Here For Tickets
Columbus, OH | AMC Lennox 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Dallas, TX | AMC Mesquite 30 | Click Here For Tickets
Denver CO | AMC Highlands Ranch 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Detroit, MI | AMC Star Southfield 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Elizabeth, NJ | AMC Jersey Gardens 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Houston, TX | AMC First Colony 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Louisville, KY | AMC Stoneybrook 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Los Angeles, CA | AMC Universal Citywalk 19 | Click Here For Tickets
Madison, WI | AMC Desert Star 15 | Click Here For Tickets
Miami-Ft Lauderdale, FL | AMC Aventura 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Minneapolis, MN | AMC Arbor Lake 16 | Click Here For Tickets
Milwaukee, WI | AMC Johnson Creek 12 | Click Here For Tickets
New York City, NY | AMC Empire 25 | Click Here For Tickets
Orange County, CA | AMC Orange 30 | Click Here For Tickets
Orlando, FL | AMC Universal Cineplex 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Philadelphia, PA | AMC Cherry Hill 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Phoenix, AZ | AMC Classic Arizona Center 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Pittsburgh, PA | AMC Waterfront 22 | Click Here For Tickets
Raleigh-Durham, NC | AMC Southpoint 17 | Click Here For Tickets
San Diego, CA | AMC Mission Valley 20 | Click Here For Tickets
San Antonio, TX | AMC Boerne 11 | Click Here For Tickets
Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA | AMC Hampton 24 | Click Here For Tickets

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Scream Factory To Unleash “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” On October 10th!

Scream Factory To Unleash “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” On October 10th!

From the filmmakers that brought you Quarantine and As Above, So Below comes a descent into the twisted crimes of a serial killer! Long sought-after by horror enthusiasts after its original 2007 theatrical release was infinitely delayed, this highly anticipated documentary-style thriller has never before been officially released on home entertainment formats. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut October 10th, 2017 from Scream Factory, The Poughkeepsie Tapes also includes new interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky, as well as the original theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Throughout the 1990s, a serial killer terrorized upstate New York. After a decade-long crime spree conducted largely under the radar of law enforcement, the killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had even seen – hundreds of homemade videotapes that chronicled the stalking, abduction, murder and disposal of his victims.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes examines these horrific tapes at length: what they reveal about the killer, why they were made and how FBI profilers have used them to better understand violent, psychopathic behavior. The Poughkeepsie Tapes combines interviews surrounding the devastating impact of the “Water Street Butcher,” with shocking footage from the tapes themselves.

Special Features:

  • NEW interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

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Scream Factory Brings ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Home For The Holidays!

Scream Factory Brings ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Home For The Holidays!

Community leaders tried to stop the release. The P.T.A. fought to ban it. Now one of the most controversial slasher films of all time, Silent Night, Deadly Night,is back in a new high-definition release!  On December 5, 2017, Scream Factory™ will celebrate the horror holiday favorite with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, complete with a transfer restored from the original vaulted film negative and hours of bonus material.

Scream Factory will also offer a limited edition set that includes a poster, slipcover and the exclusive Billy/Killer Santa action figure from NECA, available for pre-order on shoutfactory.com.  This 8-inch clothed Billy Chapman action figure is dressed in a fabric Santa suit with removable sculpted hat and features the authorized likeness of actor Robert Brian Wilson. The figure is fully poseable and comes with an ax accessory in window box packaging.

Silent Night, Deadly Night is the heartwarming story of little Billy Chapman who was traumatized by his parents’ Christmas Eve murder, then brutalized by sadistic orphanage nuns. But when grown-up Billy is to dress as jolly St. Nick, he goes on a yuletide rampage to “punish the naughty!” Santa Claus is coming to town … and this time he’s got an axe! Robert Brian Wilson and Scream Queen Linnea Quigley star in this jaw-dropping horror classic that a nation of angry mothers still cannot stop!

Special features (at press time):

  • Original Theatrical and Unrated versions of the film taken from a NEW 4K scan of the original Camera negative.
  • NEW Slay Bells Ring: The Story of Silent Night, Deadly Night – featuring interviews with writer Michael Hickey, co-executive producers Scott J. Schneid and Dennis Whitehead, editor/second unit director Michael Spence, composer Perry Botkin and actor Robert Brian Wilson
  • NEW Oh Deer! – an interview with Linnea Quigley
  • NEW Christmas in July –  Silent Night, Deadly Night Locations – then and now
  • NEW audio commentary with actor Robert Brian Wilson and co-executive producer Scott J. Schneid
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV spots and Radio Spot
  • Audio Commentary by Michael Hickey, Perry Boykin, Scott J. Schneid and Michael Spence
  • Audio interview with director Charles E. Sellier, Jr.
  • Santa’s Stocking of Outrage
  • Poster and Still Gallery

*** SHOUT FACTORY.COM SITE EXCLUSIVE OFFER***

Fans of the film will want to take note of two exclusive offers on the release—which are only available at www.shoutfactory.com while supplies last.

STANDARD OFFER

–          Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover

–          Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson

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DELUXE OFFER (Limited to 2,000 orders only – pictured below)

–          Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover

–          Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson

–          Receive an exclusive, limited edition 8″ tall Billy Chapman figure by NECA

–          Free Shipping

Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/silent-night-deadly-night-deluxe-limited-edition-with-exclusive-action-figure?product_id=6463

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