New Release Dates Announced for “Army of Darkness” – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Varèse Sarabande Records

army of darknessThe captivating soundtrack for Sam Raimi’s 1990’s classic Army of Darkness, with a newly remastered score by composer Joe LoDuca is now available on CD exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records and will soon be available on double LP in record stores.

The rescheduled CD release date is on April 10, 2020, while vinyl is on June 20, 2020. Previously, the CD and LP was schedule for release on April 18th release for CD and LP. But the LP release will be rescheduled in accordance with the recently postponed Record Store Day, which is now set for June 20th. The CD release has moved up a week to today, April 10th.

This double LP or single disc CD soundtrack for Sam Raimi’s 1990’s classic Army of Darkness film (a continuation of Raimi’s Evil Dead series, which also starred Bruce Campbell as Ash) features the original cover graphics with new notes and images, and a newly remastered score by composer Joe LoDuca. Years later, LoDuca continued to score Evil Dead projects through the Starz series, Ash vs The Evil Dead, which ran from 2015–2018. Army of Darkness is musically distinct, however, in having a secondary composer contribution: Danny Elfman’s (Batman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, The Simpsons) killer theme “March of the Dead.”

The CD will be available exclusively at VareseSarabande.com and is available now available for purchase. As part of Record Store Day 2020, the vinyl version will be available on the rescheduled date of June 20, 2020 at thousands of independent record stores. A list of participating stores can be found at recordstoreday.com. For more info about the products visit VareseSarabande.com.

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Dark Sky Films Brings “The Dark Red” to Theaters + Digital March 6th

Written and directed by Dan Bush, The Dark Red is ranked the #1 movie at FrightFest Film Festival by Entertainment Focus.

The film is a sophisticated, supernatural revenge thriller that will appeal to fans of Unsane and The Uninvited.

The film stars April Billingsley (The Walking Dead, Last Vegas), Kelsey Scott (How to Get Away with Murder), and Rhoda Griffis (Parental Guidance, The Blind Side)

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital claiming that her newborn has been abducted by a secret society called the Dark Red — an ancient, underground cult that harvests and controls an incredibly rare blood type that gives one the power to hear and guide another person’s thoughts. She says that she is special: that she carries a pure and powerful strain of the blood like nothing seen before, and that the society sees her and her child as its next evolution or perhaps its greatest threat, should she turn against them.

Is the Dark Red entirely a figment of her imagination a complex coping mechanism to overcome a terrible personal tragedy or is there some truth behind her story?

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Intense First Trailer For ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Released

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It was just two years ago when John Krasinski completely transformed his career; when his modestly-budgeted horror directorial debut, “A Quiet Place” became a massive commercial and critical hit.

Now he’s back behind the camera for the highly-anticipated sequel, “A Quiet Place Part II.” On New Year’s Day, Paramount Pictures released the film’s stunning first full-length trailer.

The trailer shows us a few flash backs of how it all started, showing Emily Blunt’s character Evelyn, driving her kids amidst the street chaos and glimpses of monsters on the loose.

The family runs away, searches for a safe haven as well as the father Lee (John Krasinski), who didn’t appear in the trailer. We know now that they survived that ordeal based on what transpired on the first film.

The trailer then picks up shortly after the events of the original. We see the The Abbotts leaving their home as their farm burns. They journey by foot into an unknown ghost town, baby in tow. Later we see another survivor, Cillian Murphy’s character, who seem determined to cut contact with other humans.

“The people that are left are not the kind of people worth saving,” Murphy’s character warned Evelyn, suggesting there might be more to the terrifying monsters than what we have seen so far. There is also Djimon Hounsou, but details of his character is unclear.

It remains to be seen how much of the film takes place in the past. But its an intense and slick trailer, and looks to be a much bigger undertaking for Krasinski. This certainly looks like another winner for the actor-director, who is also working for his own script.

Paramount Pictures is set to release “A Quiet Place: Part II” on March 20, 2020.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis, for those who can’t resist:

“Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.”

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The Trailer for ‘The Grudge’ Reboot Released

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Sony Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming reboot of “The Grudge,” a supernatural horror film written and directed by Nicolas Pesce

The Grudge is a reboot of the 2004 film of the same name featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar and is based on the Japanese horror franchise Ju-On which was created by Takashi Shimizu.

Following the 2004 original and the 2006 and 2009 sequels, this is the fourth installment the the “Grudge” franchise.

Sam Raimi, the creator of the horror classics series “Evil Dead”, serve as the film’s producers, along with Rob Tapert and Taka Ichises.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin and John Cho, the film is set for release on January 3, 2020.

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The Screenwriters Network Launches 1st Annual “Killer Shorts” Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Award-winning screenwriter and contest director Alison Parker announced today the launch of the first annual “Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition”.

In the past few years, horror shorts have become a goldmine for Hollywood. Feature films such as The Babadook, Lights Out, Mama, and Saw originated as proof-of-concept shorts. Shorts like Whisper, The Burden, Behind, Sweet Tooth, and Milk, were discovered by producers like James Wan and Sam Raimi and are now in development as features.

It all starts with the script.

“Our goal is to motivate, inspire, and guide screenwriters to write horror shorts with feature adaptation potential.” said Alison Parker, Contest Director. “We’re looking for big ideas. The best horror shorts rely heavily on visual scares and unique world building. Putting this kind of terror on the page isn’t for the faint of heart. For the few who succeed, this could be the break that launches their career.”
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Ruairi Robinson’s “Corporate Monster” Debuts Free Online

Director Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Silent City, BlinkyTM & Leviathan), Academy Award-nominated Irish filmmaker dropped his latest film, Corporate Monster, a proof of concept short, free to view online.

Written by Robinson & Eoin Rogers, the sci-fi horror film, with VFX by Robinson’s The Kaiju Meat Company, stars Kett Turton and Jenna Coleman as a couple confronted with the reality that either he is just dangerously unstable, or there are in fact monsters all around us.

“There’s a growing sense of unease and distrust of authority that’s not really being reflected in popular culture today the way films of the 1970s did in a post-Watergate era. I really miss those movies, and nobody is making them, so I felt compelled to go make one myself,” said Robinson.

In Corporate Monster, after being phased out of his job, a dangerously unstable man’s life spirals out of control when the prescription pills he takes start to have a side effect: they allow him to see the parasitic beings that have long been puppeteering our world from the shadows. The rich and powerful are not even human, and they are feeding on us. He sets about trying to save his girlfriend from them, but it’s just as possible they are just a side effect of the pills, a hallucination. Is he a savior or a monster himself?

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Dan Torrance Returns To Overlook Hotel In Creepy Final Trailer To “Doctor Sleep”

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On the same week that Warner Bros. Pictures’ “IT: Chapter 2” is dominating the boxoffice comes the release of the final trailer to the studio’s upcoming horror film “Doctor Sleep”.

“Doctor Sleep” is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining.

The film follows Danny (played by Ewan McGregor) now an adult and an alcoholic, battling the childhood trauma that he experienced with his family in the Overlook Hotel, the main setting of The Shining’s film adaptation from Stanley Kubrick.

The trailer is heavy on nostalgia and references, featuring some iconic characters and images from the original Kubrick film, such as the Overlook Hotel, the Grady twins, young Danny riding his bike through the haunted hallways of the hotel, the elevator gushing blood, and room 237 giving viewers a peek of what may be inside.

We also see a new character named Abra, a teenage girl who has her own powerful extrasensory gift. “I don’t know about magic. I’ve always called it the shining,” McGregor’s Danny tells Abra when the two meet in person for the first time.

There’s a couple of characters from 1980 original that are returning in the sequel: Dick Hallorann, the former cook from the Overlook Hotel and Danny’s mother Wendy, this time played by Carl Lumbly and Alex Essoe respectively.

The film is written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who directed the highly underrated Oculus from 2013, the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of the Hill House” as well as King’s “Gerald’s Game” for Netflix.

The film co-stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game), and child actress Kyliegh Curran. “Doctor Sleep” is set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on November 8, 2019.

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Principal Photography Begins For New Candyman Film

Principal photography commenced in Chicago this week on Candyman from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Euphoria) have signed on to star in the film and will be accompanied by a lineup of talented local actors from the Chicago area.

Written by Peele and Rosenfeld and directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), Candyman is a spiritual sequel to the 1992 gothic horror film by Bernard Rose, originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden. The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Universal Pictures will distribute Candyman globally with the U.S. release date slated for June 12, 2020.

Collaborating with DaCosta is a creative team led by EP and UPM David Kern (The Age of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer), director of photography John Guleserian (Love, Simon, Like Crazy); production designer Cara Brower (Us, Twin Peaks [2017]); costume designer Lizzie Cook (Sense8, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and VFX supervisor James Mcquaide ( The Boy, Underworld franchise).

Abdul-Mateen II can next be seen in the upcoming HBO superhero series Watchmen. His additional credits include Black Mirror, The Get Down, the box-office smash hit Aquaman and the Oscar-nominated film The Greatest Showman. It was recently announced that Parris will join the cast of Marvel’s upcoming WandaVision series for Disney+, starring as the iconic superhero “Monica Rambeau.” Parris has also given memorable performances in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Spike Lee’s Chi-Rraq and Justin Simien’s breakout independent film Dear White People.
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Dafoe And Pattinson Loses Their Sanity In “The Lighthouse” Trailer

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Robert Eggers is back with his follow up to his 2016 directorial “The Witch”, this time pairing Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse”, an upcoming black-and-white horror film from A24.

The highly-anticipated film’s riveting first trailer has just been released, see below.

Set in a remote and mysterious lighthouse on a New England island in the 1890s, the film follows two lighthouse keepers “just looking to earn a living, on the run,” as they face solitude and their worst nightmares on a storm-ridden deserted island.

“How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect,” Dafoe’s asks Pattinson.

The film had its world premiere on May 19, 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019, where Dafoe, Pattinson and director Eggers received critical acclaim, along with the film’s technical aspects.

Pattinson has recently appeared in indie films and worked with renowned directors as Werner Herzog and David Cronenberg as well as gained positive reviews in the crime film “Good Time” and this year’s science-fiction horror film “High Life”. He is also set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s film “Tenet,” set to open July 17, 2020, as well as Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman film.

Dafoe recently portrayed \Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate (2018), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, which shockingly is his first in that category throughout his stunning career.

‘The Lighthouse’ is set for release on October 18, 2019.

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Trailer Premiere of upcoming horror film “Bliss” from Joe Begos

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Dark Sky Films has released the official trailer premiere for the upcoming horror film, Bliss.
Written, produced & directed by Joe Begos, the film is set to open in theaters and on digital platforms on September 27, 2019.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.

With his previous films, Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015), filmmaker Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante, BLISS roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison. Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles, BLISS harkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’s Maniac were the norm.

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