Friday, April 28, 2017

A Cage Dive Descends into a Watery Hell with 47 Meters Down: First Trailer

Formerly titled In the Deep, the first trailer for 47 Meters Down has been released. This title, from Dimension Films, focuses on two young women and their first cage dive. Swimming with sharks, Lisa and Kate have chosen their initial dive poorly. This title, from director Johannes Roberts (Storage 24), stars Mandy Moore, Claire Holt and Matthew Modine. A preview of the film's June launch is available here.

The official synopsis begins with a break-up. Lisa (Moore) and Kate (Holt) decide to head to Mexico, to chase away heartbreak. Once on the sandy beaches, they make a potentially fatal mistake, by trusting a shady dive instructor. Events take a worse turn when their cage breaks and they are left 47 meters below the surface, with their oxygen running out. There is no escape, outside of facing several Great White Sharks.

The latest artwork for the film is hosted above. It is one of the weakest graphics, for a horror film, in the last little while. The predators look cartoony, while the main characters are inactive. Very little of the movie poster suggests horror. Even the tagline: "how do you survive the world's greatest predators?" sounds poorly thought out. Still, the latest on 47 Meters Down is hosted here as the film approaches a June 16th release date.

Release Date: June 16, 2017 (Theatrical).

Dir. Johannes Roberts.

Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine.

The first trailer for the film:

Source: EPK TV. Press Kit. 28 April 2017.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rings Invites You to "Watch Me" in this Home Entertainment Release Preview

Rings was released in many theatres in early February. Since then, this sequel has released through Video-on-demand. There are now plans to release this fourth? film via a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. This third release will take place in early May. Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe and Johnny Galecki each star in this latest sequel, which follows The Ring Two (2005). Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall, 2008) has directed this latest picture. More details on the film's home entertainment launch are hosted her

This latest Rings title follows Julia (Lutz). She is worried about her boyfriend, Holt (Roe), who has recently watched a cursed video tape. The curse states that he has only seven days to live. But, this time, there is a "movie within a movie" and it might be too late to rescue Holt.

Paramount will handle the home entertainment launch. Extras on this release include: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, "Terror Comes Full Circle," "Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back," "Scary Scenes," and Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes (including an alternate ending). As well, fans of the series can find a "Watch Me" clip, for the film, below and the Blu-ray combo artwork above.

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo).

Dir.: F. Javier Gutierrez.

Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe and Johnny Galecki.

The "Watch Me" movie clip:

A trailer for Rings: A Rings' Trailer

The film's homepage: A Rings' Homepage

At Amazon (VOD version):

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An Uninvited Visitor Emerges from the Gloom within It Comes at Night: Early Stills

More horrifying images are coming out for Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night. The film was developed, by the director, after the death of his father. The film involves a pandemic, which eats its hosts. In February, a trailer for the film was released (found below). Now, horror film fans can view the monsters, found in this thriller. It Comes at Night stars: Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott and Kelvin Harrison Jr. A preview of this mysterious horror feature is hosted here.

The story revolves around an isolated family. In a viral pandemic, a remote home is their only refuge. But, a survivor has found their hideaway and they need help. Now, this family must decide to help or hinder them as their own survival is challenged.

The film is slated for a theatrical run, this Summer. Distributor A24 will handle the United State's theatrical launch. Meanwhile, Mongrel Media will host the Canadian screenings. Other territories have also announced 2017 screenings, in Europe. And, a home entertainment release will be announced later this year. All of the latest details, including two, new photos (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly), are hosted below.

Release Date: August 25th, 2017 (Theatrical).

Director/writer: Trey Edward Shults.

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Carmen Ejogo.

A trailer for It Comes at Night:


It Comes at Night at the EW

It Comes at Night at Horror Fuel

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary and Returning from the Grave: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by distributor Terror Films. This writer has worked on some online marketing for this title.

Directors/writers: John Campopiano and Justin White.

Interviewees: Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Carlene Hirsch.

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is a documentary on the 1989, Mary Lambert produced film. Developed over five years, the documentary shows dedication and careful editing. Mostly told through interviews with cast and crew, this documentary offers a lot of behind-the-scenes trivia. It also delivers a cohesive breakdown on how the original film was developed. From set location scouting to character motivations, almost everything (in production) is covered. There is one thing missing though; there is no actual footage of the film, which is owned by Paramount Pictures. Still, did you know there were multiple endings shot for the film? This viewer did not, nor how Stephen King based his original novel on an actual animal burial ground. This film fan enjoyed this nostalgic return to the original film, about: a family and an old MicMac burial ground; others will find something of value or interest within this thorough release.

The foundation of the documentary is found within its interviews. Many of the former cast and crew have returned to this documentary. Actress Denise Crosby (The Watcher, 2016) relives some of her interactions with the child actors. Meanwhile, central actor Dale Midkiff relates the difficulties of shooting Gage's (Miko Hughes) death scene. Choked up, Midkiff shows authenticity and how, being a parent now, the scenes affect him and have affected him in the past. Other interviews are just as compelling. Interviews range from the Berdahl twins (Blaze and Beau Berdahl) to Gage, to Brad Greenquist as the ghostly Victor Pascow and many others. The film is a comprehensive look at the challenges, of shooting this ground-breaking film.

It is best to do away with this viewer's only criticism, of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. There is no actual footage of Pet Sematary, in this documentary. The filmmakers have relied on behind-the-scenes photos, taken by: the cast, crew and visitors to the set as visual reminders. It would have difficult and expensive to use footage from the original film. So, it would be best for viewers to view Pet Sematary first, before watching the documentary. This way, the creepiness of the original title is still fresh in the memory. As well and as an aside, the filmmaking magic (and how seamlessly it is brought to screen) is contrasted by all of the hard work, put into production and discussed in the documentary. For instance, in one of the final scenes, a facade of a building is burned to the ground. The scene lasts only a few seconds. Yet, it took the crewmembers several weeks to build this combustible set. There is very little not to like within Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary and much more to enjoy.

There is much to learn, trivia-wise, from Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. As it should, the documentary begins with the development of Stephen King's book. Read by this film fan years ago, it was compelling to see how King's experiences led to his most terrifying book: "can Stephen King scare even himself?" Much of the novel was built upon the near loss of one of King's children, near a busy roadside. Later in the documentary, on character motivations, actress Susan Blommaert as Missy Dandridge relates how she created a story for her character's suicide; her mom made her do it! It was also interesting to hear Blommaert relate her experience in a theatre, showing Pet Sematary and how the audience reacted to her on-screen death. Blommaert has a few comedic stories to tell. Other writers and horror fans relate their experiences on set, or on watching the original film in theatres. There is lots of material here, for people who want a complete look at Pet Sematary and how it was shot.

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary has already released via Video-on-demand, on several platforms, worldwide. It has just been announced that this title will see a home entertainment launch, via Synapse Films. Having seen the film, this film critic can relate that Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an affective film. This hair raising title has dug itself out of this viewer's memory and he is glad it is has. Pet Sematary is an absolutely horrifying film. And, directors John Campopiano and Justin White's revisit the material in a comprehensive manner. Though, the film has lost cast and crewmembers, such as Fred Gwynne, Pet Sematary and Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary will not soon be forgotten by fans of the horror genre and they should both be darkly celebrated.

Overall: 7.75 out of 10.

A trailer for the film is available here: A Trailer for Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary on 28DLA

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary at Terror Films: Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary Details at Terror Films

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dark Web Captures More Cast and Crew: A Series Update

A few more details are emerging for the webseries Dark Web. This fourteen part serialized sci-fi release will star screen legend Robert David (Die Hard) and Julie Benz. As well, Hannah Marks and Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams), will star in the episode "Zero." Meanwhile, Davi and Hayley Marie Norman will show in "Transplant." Writers include: Chris Webster, Mario Miscione, Tim Nardelli and many more. A look ahead, at some of the webisodes, is available here.

Episodes, such as "Rideshare," look at the dangers of the deep web. Themes of: paranoia, isolation, vanity, loss of identity and others are looked at. Other named episodes include: "Zero," "Rideshare," "Viral," and "Eat Prey, Love." The short "Viral" looks at a college freshman and the vicious of rumours. More story details will be announced as more episodes are completed.

The series is expected to finish shooting this Summer. At this point, Dark Web and its creators will begin to look for a distributor. Stay tuned as this series moves through production, with a trailer expected shortly.

Completion Date: Q2, 2017.

Director: Boman Modine

Writer: Chris Webster, Mario Miscione and Tim Nardelli.

Cast: Robert Davi, Julie Benz, Hayley Marie Norman, Dora Madison, Griffin Freeman, Cole Bernstein, Duane Shepard Sr., Cameron Cruz, Cassi Thomson, Brian Elerdng, Brandon Scott, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Shannon Collins.

*a trailer is coming soon!

Dark Web on Twitter: Dark Web Tweets

Also from Felt Films (a Circle review on 28DLA) :

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary Offers an In-depth Look on Home Entertainment Formats in Late 2017

Directors John Campopiano and Justin White initially intended to photograph the sets, shown in Stephen King's Pet Sematary. Finding enough material, they spent five years developing their documentary, titled Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. The film was initially released, through Video-on-demand, in early January. Now, Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary will be released on home entertainment formats in late 2017. Terror Films and Synapse Films will team-up for the second launch of the film. More details on the home entertainment debut of the film are hosted here.

This critic has recently seen the film. Campopiano and White focus on interviews with cast and crew, to relate the difficulties of production. Maine was not a film producing locale, until Stephen King intervened. Also, the documentary looks at the challenges of make-up. One castmate underwent 20 plus hours of make-up effects, to play Zelda (Andrew Hubatsek). This was necessary for a male to appear as an aged female. Other segments look at set building and the magic of filmmaking. Gage's (Miko Hughes) death was particularly challenging to film as he was only three years old at the time. All of these tidbits and more are offered in this comprehensive look at Pet Sematary (1989).

Currently, Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is available on various Video-on-demand platforms. The documentary can be found on: Google Play/You Tube, Sony PSN, X-Box, Vudu, Vimeo On Demand, I Bleed Indie and 3 Roku channels. In late 2017, this title will see more permanent formats. A specific release date is coming soon. For now, a trailer for the documentary is hosted below.

Release Date: Q4, 2017 (DVD).

Directors/writers: John Campopiano and Justin White.

Cast: Blaze Berdahl, Susan Blommaert, Sean Clark and Denise Crosby.

A trailer for the documentary:

The Unearthed & Untold Official Facebook Page:Unearthed and Untold on Facebook

The Terror Films’ Website: Unearthed and Untold at Terror Films

The Synapse Films’ Website: The Synapse Films' Homepage


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Dying Light and Emerging New Zombie Filled Worlds: A Digital Game Review

28DLA continues to bring you game reviews, from 2015! The latest is Dying Light, from Polish-based production house Techland. Techland has teamed up with Warner Bros. to bring game fans the best in zombie bashing fun. Dying Light is a vast improvement over 2011's Dead Island release (also produced by Techland). Much has changed as Techland has brought their latest to the new generation of consoles, including the PS4, XBox One and Personal Comp'. There are more character movements in this latest release and a much larger environment. Though, the main story in Dying Light is very shallow and almost forgettable. As Kyle Crane, you must bring in a rogue, disenchanted agent (possibly a cargo hoarder too). In the meantime, you will have thousands of zombies to pound into mush, survivors to rescue and online players to harass. There is lots to do in Dying Light; the game is best enjoyed in small chunks, though.

This game fan had to actually research the story, to figure out the main campaign details. Basically, as Kyle Crane, you have been sent into Harran, to take out a rogue GRE agent, named Kadir Suleiman. Harran was the center of some sort of major sporting event. But now, the city is littered with the undead. Zombies, in wrestling outfits, do their best to bite your neck, while survivors demand your attention. Their is lots to do in Harran as the GRE (Global Relief Effort) shows its true evil hand. They don't care about you or the survivors, just their mission. It is all very Apocalypse Now-esque; you play Willard (Martin Sheen), forever destined to kill Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Though, the final campaign moments come across as confusing and poorly set up.

This gaming fan only had a couple of criticisms, for this release. One of the major complaints has already been mentioned above, the shallowness of the story. If you are a writer of any competency, then you might want to work in the gaming industry, where competition is sparse. Still, there is very little not to like within Dying Light. From climbing multi-storied bridges to knocking zombies over cliffs, there is a lot to explore in this release. Other complaints are fairly petty. The programmers like to span zombies, over your right shoulder. If you are fighting an enemy in front, then you can be guaranteed that a zombie is spawning behind you. Where do they all come from, so quickly? Also, this gamer grew tired of the multi-player, fairly fast. As the zombie, experienced players will know how to counter your attacks. In a group, players have the advantage and being a zombie is not all it is cracked up to be. This player found himself watching more in the multiplayer (at higher levels), than actually doing. It takes a bit of patience, to find your moment to strike. Overall, there is much more to congratulate Techland on, than criticize within Dying Light.

On the positive end of the spectrum, Dying Light offers a number of improvements, over Dead Island. The setting has increased in general size. Instead of one main map, there are at least three in this release, including Old Town, The Slums and various other remote locations. Even after completing the campaign, this player was investigating darkened areas of the map. Also, the player movements have improved greatly, over the 2011 release. You can sidestep, now. You can also use a grappling hook to stay above the zombie hordes. You can backpedal quickly to avoid the explosive bomber. Or, you can climb buildings and cliffs, to your heart's content. The number of weapons, to craft, are plentiful. You can use swords, batons and sickles with: poison, flame and electricity. The zombies offer a moving landscape, on which to test your vast weaponry. As well, the landscape is not just expansive horizontally, but vertically. The player will find himself or herself climbing vast radio towers, or incomplete skyscrapers. The highlight and the greatest source of frustration, within this gaming experience, was climbing a multi-storied bridge. On top, players can see the expanse of the gaming environment and a few hidden items, too. There is a lot to admire in this expansive digital release.

Techland continues to innovate in the gaming industry. Along with the DLCs (The Following, The Bozak Horde), Dying Light offers a lot of material here. You can explore, you can bash, you can run dangerous errands, or help random survivors. There is always something to do in this digital, imaginative world. Meanwhile, household chores, or writing deadlines are temporarily forgotten. But, Dying Light is best played in small chunks as some of the action becomes repetitive over time. Great for some of the gloomy Canadian winters, Dying Light offers an energetic visual and aural experience. This game fan looks forward to what Techland can come up with next and will take a look at the DLCs, in the meantime.

Overall: 8 out of 10.

*it is great to see programmers use Day to Night immersion and environmental effects.

A thorough review of the story is available here: A Dying Light Review at the Washinton Post

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jason Horton Brings his 5 Sins to Burbank, CA: Early Casting Details and Concept Art

“Morgan is Going to Die Tonight... a Lot!”

Jason Horton's (Monsters in the Woods) latest project is titled 5 Sins. Shooting will begin this May, in Burbank, California. The film deals with a curse and the Devil's desire to steal Morgan's soul, bit by bit. Partial casting has been announced and includes: Robert C. Pullman, Rachel Amanda Bryant, Aaron Groben, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Justin Chamberlain and Scott Menville. Special and creature effects will be handled by spfx veteran Robert M. Bravo. A preview of this supernatural film is hosted here.

The story involves Morgan (Bryant) and her relationship with her father. Her father has brought a curse on his family, which is passed to the next generation. Now, Morgan must find a way to outsmart the Devil, before she loses her soul forever!

Early concept art has been released for the film. The graphics show some of the demonic entities, therein. As the film moves through production, more promotional material will be released to horror fans. For now, film fans can look out for Horton and his crew in Burbank, this May.

Release Date: TBA.

Director/writer: J. Horton.

Producer: Sean Reid. Executive Producers: John Mitchell and Robert Chambers Pullman.

SPFX/creature design: Robert M. Bravo.

Cast: Robert C. Pullman, Rachel Amanda Bryant, Aaron Groben, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Justin Chamberlain and Scott Menville.

More details at Gas Money Pictures: 5 Sins at Gas Money Pictures

The film’s fan page: 5 Sins on Facebook

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