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Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights To ‘The Final Wish’ Starring Lyn Shaye

Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights To ‘The Final Wish’ Starring Lyn Shaye

Lin Shaye in ‘The Last Wish’

Cinedigm has announced that it has acquired all North American Distribution rights to Status Media & Entertainment’s THE FINAL WISH, a horror film starring Lin Shaye (Insidious, Ouija)Michael Welch (Twilight Franchise, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane), Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key, Resident Evil: Extinction), Melissa Bolona (The Hurricane Heist)and Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination).  The film is set to be released by Cinedigm in early 2019.

Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., and written by Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of the horror franchise Final DestinationTHE FINAL WISH follows a young man (Michael Welch), struggling in his life and career, who returns home to his devastated mother (Lin Shaye) following the passing of his father, an antiques collector.  Once home, he encounters a run of good luck, including winning the lottery and re-connecting with an old flame, but he can’t shake the feeling that there is something sinister at work, and these events may be tied to a mysterious antiquity that, legend has it, grants wishes but kills and steals souls in return.

THE FINAL WISH premiered this past October at the 2018 Screamfest Horror Film Festival, where horror icon Lin Shaye served as the Festival Ambassador.

“Anchored by amazing lead performances from Lin and Michael, THE FINAL WISH is a suspenseful horror film with emotionally-complex characters and themes that remain with viewers long after the credits roll,” said Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions for Cinedigm. “Timothy and his team further elevate the picture with rich production design and beautiful cinematography and, of course, ample scares that will not fail to satisfy genre fans.”

“Finding a partner like Cinedigm has been a ‘wish’ come true,” said Woodward.  “They have been so supportive of this project, and we are all thrilled to finally be sharing it with everyone.”

THE FINAL WISH was produced by Timothy Woodward Jr., Lauren de Normandie, Johnny Cleveland, Jeffrey Reddick and Thommy Huston. Executive Producers include Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Joe Listhaus, Patrick DePeters, Arthur Wylie, Dale Godboldo.

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‘Room for Rent’ Starring Lin Shaye Finds A Home At  Uncork’d Entertainment

‘Room for Rent’ Starring Lin Shaye Finds A Home At Uncork’d Entertainment

Suspense thriller Room for Rent, starring veteran actress Lin Shaye (the Insidious franchise, Ouija), will be released by leading genre distributor Uncork’d Entertainment

The deal for worldwide rights was finalized this week at AFM between Keith Leopard, President of Uncork’d Entertainment and Tommy Stovall, President of Pasidg Productions Inc. 

?“We’re very excited to be releasing Room for Rent in 2019” said Keith Leopard, President of Uncork’d Entertainment. “I loved this movie and I think audiences will really enjoy this unique and spine-tingling thrill ride, which features a powerhouse performance by Lin Shaye, in what’s a very different role for her.”

Room for Rent director Tommy Stovall believes Uncork’d is the perfect home for the film.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Uncork’d to get this film out there and can’t wait for people to see it.”

Room for Rent, expected to be released second quarter 2019, stars Shaye as a lonely widow who rents out a room in her house and becomes dangerously obsessed with one of her guests.

Uncork’d Entertainment’s upcoming releases include Chad Archibald’s The Heretics, released in November, festival favorite Lifechanger in January 2019, and Darren Lynn Bousman’s spooky thriller St. Agatha in Q1 2019.

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Blu-ray Review: “Tales of Halloween” Brings Mixed Bag of Halloween Tricks and Treats

Blu-ray Review: “Tales of Halloween” Brings Mixed Bag of Halloween Tricks and Treats

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Anthology films have been around since the early thirties. The anthology film has always been something that has peaked my interest, especially in the horror genre. Blame it on a short attention span, but I love the idea of a director telling a complete story in short form. I always feel like you’re getting more bang for your buck when it comes to anthologies. There have been great anthologies (e.g. “Creepshow”) and not so fantastic anthologies (e.g. “The ABCs of Death”). That being said, even the “worst” of the bunch usually have a strong segment or two. In an anthology film you can always find something to enjoy. Now, being a fan of horror and anthology films, you can imagine my excitement when a new Halloween anthology was being put together 2 years ago. “Tales of Halloween” hit VOD last October and was released in an excellent bluray set by Epic Pictures a couple of weeks ago. Let’s take a look at that set and the film, going segment by segment.

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‘Tales of Halloween’

Naturally, being a Halloween anthology film I believe there is a natural comparison to the mecca of Halloween anthology films, “Trick R Treat.” Few films have captured the essence and feeling they were going for quite like “Trick R Treat.” The Michael Dougherty film truly brought the Halloween spirit to life and introduced a new horror icon in Sam the trick or treater. I will honestly tell you that while “Tales of Halloween” may not become the classic that Trick R Treat has become there is an immense amount of fun to be had. The spirit is alive in “Tales” and it kicks in right at the opening credits.

When the credits kick in we get a familiar voice over a radio station. Oh Adrienne Barbeau, you are mah woman……sorry….where were we? So there’s a very neat opening credits sequence runs through the creators of each segment and then we’re pushed right into the first story, “Sweet Tooth,” directed by Dave Parker.
“Sweet Tooth” is a tale of Halloween legend. A young boy was forbidden to eat his candy after trick or treating. Once he discovered his parents sat up all night eating his candy he introduced them to a grisly demise. Now, every Halloween Sweet Tooth comes back to get the candy that is owed to him. This was a fun story and a great way to introduce the town of the film we were about to watch. We also got our first taste of the fun eclectic cast we were going to have moving forward as we see appearances by Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, and Greg Grunberg. Not much more to say about this segment other than it set up the tone for the rest of the flick.

“Sweet Tooth” from 'Tales of Halloween'

“Sweet Tooth” from ‘Tales of Halloween’

Our next segment is titled “The Night Billy Raised Hell” and it’s directed by “Saw 2” writer and director, Darren Lynn Bousman. I’m a huge fan of “Repo! The Genetic Opera” so I was curious as to what Bousman had instore for his segment. The short begins with a little boy, played by Marcus Eckert, being pressured into egging his next store neighbor’s house. Well the door opens up and it just so happens that Barry Bostwick is his next store neighbor. Bostwick plays the Satan-like character Mr. Abbadon. What follows is a night of fun and entertainment for the young boy and his new “mentor”. This segment, like the first, was a lot of fun. Of course there were a few unusual cameos by Adam Pascal and Adrianne Curry but that was a reoccurring theme throughout the movie. The team of Bostwick and Bousman did not disappoint.

Adam Gierasch's "Trick" from 'Tales of Halloween'

Adam Gierasch’s “Trick” from ‘Tales of Halloween’

So far, two for two, how much longer could this 10 segment anthology hold up? Well I’m happy to say that they kept the weird but fun trend going in segment three “Trick”, directed by Adam Gierasch. We begin with a group of immature adults sitting around a tv watching “Night of a Living Dead” and chatting it up. When the doorbell rings we are expecting normal trick or treaters but what follows is anything but. I immediately smiled as it was the first time I had seen Trent Haaga on screen without Killjoy makeup in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it was also nice to see Miss Tiffany Shepis and a cameo by Killer POV’s own Rebekah McKendry. While I enjoyed the segment as a whole, I felt like the twist at the end could’ve held a bit more weight with even the slightest of explanation. Don’t get me wrong, it was neat, but I was left with wanting more…….which, in turn, could always be a good thing.

Next up we have “The Weak and the Wicked” directed by Paul Solet. Honestly, I found this segment to be the weakest of the bunch, no pun intended. The whole scenario of a young man coming back to town to take revenge on a trio who killed his parents when they were children sounds like a recipe for awesome action and satisfaction. Sadly, this story did not fit well in the anthology timeframe it was given. It seemed like it was all set up just to show a cool bike chase. I’d honestly like to see what Solet could do with this story in a full length setting. The “evil” trio just seemed like assholes who did bad things for the sake of being shitty people. I’d love to see where Solet could go with this in full length form but, for me, it didn’t work here.

“Grim Grinning Ghost” is our next segment and it sadly doesn’t pick up after the last weak segment. There are a couple of notable faces here in Lin Shaye, Barbara Crampton, and actually many others gathered around a living room telling ghost stories. Honestly, the rest of the segment is a set up for one predictable jump scare. There’s nothing else to say. Nothing else happened. It came across more as a Facebook video rather than an actual movie segment.

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Lucky McKee’s “Ding Dong” from ‘Tales of Halloween’

Rounding out our “why?” segments is Lucky McKee’s “Ding Dong”. This segment stars Pollyanna McIntosh as a woman who’s unable to reproduce and becomes overtaken by a witch when she becomes upset or angry. This segment, while overall goofy as hell, suffers from the same problem as “The Weak and the Wicked” there’s not enough time for proper exposition. To explain my full reasoning would give away a lot of the story but in my opinion it didn’t make much sense. McIntosh also made me cringe with some of her over the topness while Marc Senter, from “Starry Eyes” and “Cabin Fever 2”, was oddly charming. Hopefully, one day McKee can put out a director’s cut of this segment as I feel like we lost a lot on the cutting room floor.

The following segment is probably my favorite of the bunch. It truly encapsulates the Halloween spirit. “This Means War” directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp sets up a war between old school and new. This segment stars Dana Gould and James Duval as competing Halloween decorators. One is into the old school macabre while the other is into the blood and gore. Which one will come out on top? You need to watch and find out. Kasch and Skipp do a great job with their take on the argument of what type of horror is best. In the end, if we’re arguing about it then we both lose. The best way to go about it is to enjoy what you like and let others celebrate and love what they love. This segment was, no doubt, my favorite of the bunch.

Here we are, the final three segments of the bunch. This one is a unique take on the slasher genre. Mike Mendez’s “Friday the 31st” is a reverse take on the old summer camp killer tale. Our final girl is on the run from her hunter but things take an unexpected turn when an unidentified object comes into play. This segment was probably the most charming of the bunch and it includes one of the cutest little claymation creations I’ve ever seen. This is one that I don’t want to say much about as I want you guys to see this segment fresh. It’s definitely a good time.

The second to last segment is directed by Ryan Schifrin and is entitled “The Ransom of Rusty Rex”. Two criminals are hoping to make a big score when they kidnap the “son” of a rich family. When they call the father he seems strangely excited that he no longer has to be responsible for the “child”. We find out why shortly after. Jose Cantillo and Sam Witwer are great as the two idiots looking to make a quick buck, and we even get a cameo by director John Landis. Sadly this was Ben Woolf’s final performance before his death in February of 2015. He went out with a bang, I will tell you that much. This segment is fun, creepy, and goofy. What more could you want?!

“Bad Seed” from 'Tales of Halloween'

“Bad Seed” from ‘Tales of Halloween’

And finally, we have reached the final segment of “Tales of Halloween”. “Bad Seed”, directed by Neil Marshall, is about man eating pumpkin causing chaos throughout the town. The detective on the case is played by the gorgeous Kristina Klebe and we get appearances by Pat Healy, Cerina Vincent, and Greg McLean. It’s the perfect segment for a bookend with “Sweet Tooth”. It carries the same holiday spirit and lore as the first segment, and ends on a high note.

Whew, that was a lot to get through. Like most anthologies, this movie has stronger segments and weaker ones. Thankfully, the strong outweigh the week and even the worst segments have quality to them. Will this become the classic that “Trick R Treat” has become? Not exactly, but you can tell that every person involved loves the genre and the holiday. It certainly has its charm and is non-stop fun. Now that we’ve discussed the film, let’s look at the Epic Pictures release itself.

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With four discs this release includes the film on bluray and dvd, a bonus features disc, and the soundtrack on CD. There’s a feature length commentary by most of the creators and segment by segment commentaries for “Ding Dong,” “Sweet Tooth,” “This Means War” and “Trick”. The meat of the special features lies in the Bonus Short Films included. Almost each director has a bonus short film included on the disc. These short films range from early works to commercials. It’s almost as if it’s a bonus movie in itself. Stand out bonus short is definitely Kasch and Skipp’s “Thirsty” starring writer and director Joe Lynch. Also included are deleted scenes for “Grim Grinning Ghosts”, behind the scenes for “Friday the 31st”, a feature length “FUN FACTS” reel, a photo gallery, storyboards, and diaries from the sets. As you can see this set is jam packed with content! It honestly reminds me of Epic Pictures release of “Turbo Kid” from last year, a release that was also overflowing with special feature content. This is a great pick up for all fans of Halloween and horror. Although it’s a bit expensive at $40, you definitely are getting your money’s worth when you pick this up. If you enjoy fun Halloween flicks that are easily digestible, check this out whenever possible!

Visit the official website of the film at www.talesofhalloweenmovie.com

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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!
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THE GODMOTHER OF HORROR: Lin Shaye Discusses Her Amazing Career!

THE GODMOTHER OF HORROR: Lin Shaye Discusses Her Amazing Career!

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Over the past three decades, Lin Shaye has established herself as a familiar face to film fans around the globe. Instantly recognizable from her outstanding work in the industry. She has kept us laughing with roles in comedy classics such as ‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Kingpin.’ Most notably, she has appeared in countless genre flicks over the years, including ‘The Signal,’ ‘Snakes On A Plane,’ ‘2001 Maniacs,’ ‘Critters’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, just to name a few. Her hard work in the horror industry and impact on the genre was acknowledged by Fangoria as they honored her with the title of “The Godmother of Horror” at Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia on Mother’s Day weekend.

Her role as Elise Rainier in the ‘Insidious’ franchise is one of her most undeniably powerful roles to date. This summer, Shaye returns to the role of the gifted psychic heroine, in the latest installment of the beloved horror franchise with ‘Insidious: Chapter 3. The new movie in the terrifying horror series, is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. The film is set years before the haunting of the Lambert family, and Elise’s battles with spirits from The Further, in Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. In the prequel, teenaged aspiring actress Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) senses that her late mother is trying to contact her, and seeks out a gifted psychic – Elise. Elise feels protective of sensitive Quinn, but tragedy in Elise’s past has left her reluctant to use her abilities. Soon a shocking accident leaves Quinn recuperating at home, as her widowed father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) struggles to hold his family together. Then Quinn is attacked in her bedroom by a malevolent supernatural entity, and Sean pleads with Elise to help. Wrestling with her faith and sense of purpose, Elise summons her powers to contact the dead – with support from two new acquaintances, unlicensed parapsychologists Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell). Forced to venture deep into The Further to protect Quinn, Elise soon finds herself facing off against the most ruthless enemy she has ever encountered: a demon with an insatiable craving for human souls.

Jeremy Morrison, long-time host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, takes Icon Vs. Icon’s readers on a guided tour Into the Further with Lin Shaye! The duo discuss Lin’s amazing journey in the entertainment industry, the secrets to her success, the experience of being on of the driving forces behind the ‘Insidious’ franchise, what the future may hold for her and much more! It is an in-depth interview that’s not to be missed!  

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Lin Shaye Named “Godmother of Horror” At Wizard World Philadelphia

Lin Shaye Named “Godmother of Horror” At Wizard World Philadelphia

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Wizard World, one of North America’s most diverse entertainment and events companies, named legendary actress Lin Shaye the “Godmother of Horror” at this weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia.

Lin Shaye will next be seen reprising her role as Elise Rainier, the gifted psychic heroine, in the upcoming horror film INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, out in theaters June 5th.  In addition to the INSIDIOUS franchise, Shaye has appeared in more than 20 horror films including the classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and cult favorite SNAKES ON A PLANE.

“Honoring Lin Shaye as the Godmother of Horror was a no-brainer as we celebrate Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia this Mother’s Day weekend,” said Wizard World spokesman Jerry Milani. “Lin’s legacy in films of all genres make her queen of the movie scene, and her unparalleled, haunting performances in so many movies, especially the INSIDIOUS franchise, make her the obvious and deserved choice for the Godmother of Horror Award.”

Of her role in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, Shaye says “I’m kind of the unlikely hero.  I’m not the hot young guy or the gorgeous girl. I love the character, and so do the fans.  I have a really youthful fan base, which is so much fun for me because I’m so old.  I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life.”

Aaron Sagers, renowned horror and film enthusiast, officially presented Lin with the honor during a special Wizard World Presentation.  Shaye provided fans with insider information on INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 and discussed her status as the rare older woman to defy industry stereotypes while staking her claim in the horror genre.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Synopsis

The darkest Insidious chapter plunges audiences back into the otherworldly realm The Further, revealing how Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) first braved it in her fight to save a young woman from demonic possession.

Insidious: Chapter 3, the new movie in the terrifying horror series, is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. The film is set years before the haunting of the Lambert family, and Elise’s battles with spirits from The Further, in Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. In the prequel, teenaged aspiring actress Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) senses that her late mother is trying to contact her, and seeks out a gifted psychic – Elise.  Elise feels protective of sensitive Quinn, but tragedy in Elise’s past has left her reluctant to use her abilities. Soon a shocking accident leaves Quinn recuperating at home, as her widowed father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) struggles to hold his family together. Then Quinn is attacked in her bedroom by a malevolent supernatural entity, and Sean pleads with Elise to help. Wrestling with her faith and sense of purpose, Elise summons her powers to contact the dead – with support from two new acquaintances, unlicensed parapsychologists Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell).  Forced to venture deep into The Further to protect Quinn, Elise soon finds herself facing off against the most ruthless enemy she has ever encountered: a demon with an insatiable craving for human souls.

A Focus Features presentation in association with Stage 6 Films of an Entertainment One presentation. A Blumhouse Production. An Oren Peli Production. Insidious: Chapter 3. Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, and Lin Shaye. Casting by Terri Taylor, CSA. Costume Designer, Ariyela Wald-Cohain. Music by Joseph Bishara. Edited by Tim Alverson, ACE. Production Designer, Jennifer Spence. Director of Photography, Brian Pearson, ASC. Executive Producers, Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman, Xavier Marchand. Produced by Jason Blum, p.g.a., Oren Peli, James Wan. Based on characters created by Leigh Whannell. Written and Directed by Leigh Whannell. A Focus Features Release.

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Terrifying New Trailer For ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Unleashed!

Terrifying New Trailer For ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Unleashed!

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‘Insidious 3’

The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series, ‘INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3,’  is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Written and Directed by Leigh Whannell, the film stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell. ‘Insidious 3’ hits theaters on June 5th, 2015.

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‘Insidious 3’ To Receive 2015 Release, Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

‘Insidious 3’ To Receive 2015 Release, Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

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The newest chapter in the terrifying ‘Insidious’ horror series, written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell, is slated to hit theaters on May 29th, 2015. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

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‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ To Hit Theaters On Friday 13th In September!

‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ To Hit Theaters On Friday 13th In September!

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This September, on Friday the 13th, FilmDistrict will release “Insidious: Chapter 2” nationwide.The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

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