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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Sentinel (1977)

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In regards to his filmic output, director Michael Winner was wildly inconsistent at his worst and wholly divisive at his best (and vice versa). The remarkable thing is that those two extreme opinions can be about the same film; some find the kinetic sleaze of Death Wish (1974) powerful and disturbing, others find its ham-fisted social grazing problematic and off-putting. But it was a big hit, so naturally Universal let him ride the satanic tide with The Sentinel (1977), a Good vs. Evil, Portal to Hell potboiler that warms this Fulci-loving heart three years before Lucio even set foot in New Orleans.

Given a limited release in January stateside, The Sentinel barely broke even on its $4 million budget, and the critics hated it, deeming it lurid, reprehensible trash. Which it is; but it’s also ridiculously entertaining and has a few truly haunting moments. Turns out Winner could do horror—and yet »

- Scott Drebit

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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: King Cohen is a Lively and Entertaining Celebration of a Filmmaking Pioneer

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While his roots may be in television, it’s most likely his indelible work in cinema as a writer/director/producer that has made filmmaking maverick Larry Cohen such an influential force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. With a professional career that kicked off in the late 1950s, Cohen has yet to slow down at all, and it’s that enduring creative spirit that King Cohen documentarian Steve Mitchell celebrates in his loving and lively look back at the brazen trail that Cohen has journeyed on thus far.

In King Cohen, Mitchell takes us all the way back to the beginning of Cohen’s life, as we hear stories about Larry’s childhood in New York City, and how his experiences growing up there continued to define him, especially in his film work, which was usually set around the Big Apple, or in New York in general. Cohen also »

- Heather Wixson

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Watch a New Clip from Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out

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Santa Claus isn't the only one making house calls during the holidays in the new home invasion horror comedy Better Watch Out, and ahead of the film's release this October from Well Go USA, a new clip has been revealed that shows technology failing and tensions rising as isolation sets in.

"This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks."

Written and directed by Chris Peckover from a story by Zack Kahn, Better Watch Out stars Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen, and Patrick Warburton.

Well Go USA will release Better Watch Out in theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th. The film will also be released »

- Derek Anderson

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Enter the Unsettling Community of an Eerie Cult in Teaser Trailer for Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s The Endless

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Following its well-received (and shocking) world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's new film The Endless was picked up for North American distribution by Well Go USA back in May, and ahead of its theatrical and home media release in early 2018, a new teaser trailer for the film has been released, immersing viewers in the unsettling atmosphere of a cult's isolated—and otherworldly—community.

You can watch the new teaser trailer below, and in case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's Tribeca review of The Endless, as well as her interview with co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, as well as producer/co-star David J. Lawson. An exact release date for The Endless has yet to be announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.

"Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic Spring, writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead »

- Derek Anderson

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Experience Mind-Bending Horror & Watch the First Episode of Channel Zero: No-end House Online for Free

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There's no going back. Syfy opened the doors to the No-End House with the second season premiere episode of Channel Zero on September 20th, and if you have yet to experience the mind-warping horror of the show or you need to decipher what you saw in the recent episode, you can now watch the first full installment of the No-End House online for free, courtesy of Syfy.

"Inspired by Brian Russell’s “creepypasta” tale, Channel Zero: No - End House tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator, played by Amy Forsyth (“The Path”), who visits the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed. The second six-hour installment will be directed by Steven Piet (“Uncle John”). Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” “Teen Wolf”) will return as executive producer, showrunner and writer for »

- Derek Anderson

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Exclusive Poster for Mercy Christmas Reveals a Gory Gift Under the Tree

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Visiting your better half's family during the holidays for the first time can be stressful in itself, but it becomes a literal fight for survival for poor Michael when he discovers that he's on the menu for Christmas dinner in the new holiday horror film Mercy Christmas. Directed by Ryan Nelson, Mercy Christmas will be opening this year's Shriekfest film festival in Los Angeles, and we've been provided with an exclusive poster to share with Daily Dead readers.

Check out the exclusive poster below, which reveals a gory gift under the tree (maybe skip unwrapping that one, kids), and we also have a look at a teaser video for the film as well.

Mercy Christmas will screen as the opening film for Shriekfest on Friday, October 6th, and you can keep an eye out for the film's VOD release beginning November 28th from Gravitas.

"'Mercy Christmas,] was directed by »

- Derek Anderson

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Q&A: Composer Fabio Frizzi Discusses the Thrill of Performing Live & Reflects on Working with Lucio Fulci

22 September 2017 4:50 PM, PDT

They collaborated creatively through multiple decades, creating cinematic magic on the screen that still resonates with horror fans today. As far as one-two punches go when it comes to directors and composers, Lucio Fulci and Fabio Frizzi pack a huge wallop, and in the years since Fulci's passing in 1996, Frizzi has kept the spirit of Fulci's movies alive through his music, including recent live performances of his scores, two of which will take place on October 29th and the 30th at the New York City's Music Hall of Williamsburg. Ahead of the anticipated shows, I had the honor of catching up with Frizzi for our latest Q&A to talk about the joys of performing live, collaborating with Fulci, The Beyond Composer's Cut, and more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Fabio. Fans of your work have been able to see you perform »

- Derek Anderson

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Forbidden Tomes: Bleeding Hearts and Slicing Tongues – The Morbid Poetry of Dorothy Parker

22 September 2017 3:29 PM, PDT

Very few people write like Dorothy Parker. Her poetry and short stories are marked by vicious wit, mainly aimed at the ridiculous romantic standards enforced upon her generation and gender. She laments her lack of love in delightfully economic verses, refers to her enjoyment of sex in not-so-subtle terms, and writes nihilistic advice regarding relationship downfalls. Yet there is a darker side to her. Aside from the Gothic imagery that sarcastically accents her more dramatic work, Parker explores the irony of despair in a disarming, often heartbreaking way.

Parker is famous for her acidic wit and brilliant twists of phrase, often transforming what seems like a simplistic and cheesy rumination on life into biting satire. Her witty destruction of expectations upend ideas of goodness, health, and romance—these don’t apply to Parker, not in this life. In “Love Song,” nice anecdotes about her lover end in the resolve, “I »

- Ben Larned

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Fantastic Fest 2017 Interview: Writer/Director Luke Shanahan Talks ’70s Horror and Defying Expectations for Rabbit

22 September 2017 2:46 PM, PDT

Enjoying its Us premiere later tonight at the 2017 Fantastic Fest is Luke Shanahan’s haunting sci-fi-infused psychological thriller, Rabbit, which features a beautiful performance from the film’s star, Adelaide Clemens, as a twin sister named Maude whose sibling has been abducted, and a series of startling visions sets her on the path to discovering what happened to her identical twin, Cleo.

Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Shanahan in advance of the film’s premiere, and he discussed being able to represent Australia in the States with his latest project, collaborating with Clemens, paying tribute to his favorite era of genre filmmaking, and much more.

Look for our review of Rabbit in the coming week, as well as more coverage from all the great films being celebrated at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin. To catch up on our Fantastic Fest 2017 coverage, visit here.

Glad you made it safely to Austin, »

- Heather Wixson

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Q&A: Director Simon Verhoeven on Exploring a Supernatural Side of Social Media in Friend Request

22 September 2017 1:27 PM, PDT

Social media can be a real time killer in everyday life, but in the new movie Friend Request, it kills more than just time, thanks to a supernatural social outcast who seeks vengeance on a group of tight-knit college classmates (suffice it to say that there are some people you should never unfriend). With the new horror film now out in Us theaters from Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, I had the pleasure of catching up with co-writer/director Simon Verhoeven for our latest Q&A to discuss how he came up with the idea for the film, exploring a supernatural subconscious of the Internet, mixing ancient rituals with new technology, and much more.

You can read on for my full Q&A with Verhoeven, and, in case you missed it, check out our Q&A with Friend Request co-star Liesl Ahlers and my review of the film, as well as »

- Derek Anderson

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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Fright Night (1985) on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

22 September 2017 11:45 AM, PDT

You're so cool, Corpse Clubbers! Over thirty years ago, Tom Holland brought undead scares into the suburbs with his directorial debut, Fright Night, introducing viewers to a lovable cast of characters that includes Peter Vincent, Evil Ed, and the suave vampire next door, Jerry Dandrige. The film's effects, performances, and clever writing have made it a fixture of the horror genre over the past three decades, making it the perfect bloodsucking subject for the Corpse Club to sink their teeth into on the latest "Horrigins" episode of Daily Dead's podcast.

In a special "Horrigins" installment of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley and Heather Wixson discuss Tom Holland's directorial debut, Fright Night (1985), including their first experiences watching the "vampire next door" movie, the film's endearing blend of horror and humor, the intriguing cast of characters, the movie's most humanizing moments, and they also talk about the 1988 sequel and the 2011 remake. »

- Derek Anderson

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Official Trailer for M.F.A. Masters the Art of Revenge in a Predatory College Culture

22 September 2017 11:06 AM, PDT

As scary as a cabin in the woods can be, one of the most disturbing backdrops for a film can be the college campus culture, where horrors all too real take place all too often. Such is the case in Natalie Leite’s M.F.A., which made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival (read Heather's review here) and is now teased in a new trailer from Dark Sky Films ahead of its release this October:

Press Release: Dark Sky Films proudly announces the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A. will be released on October 13th.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to »

- Derek Anderson

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Listen to The Walking Dead ’Cast Discuss the Latest Episode of Fear The Walking Dead

22 September 2017 10:36 AM, PDT

With the return of Fear The Walking Dead right around the corner and The Walking Dead Season 8 not far behind, The Walking Dead ’Cast team has a lot of living dead news to dive into on the latest episode of their podcast that you can listen to right now.

From The Walking Dead ’Cast: "Some great classic zombie action in the sewers this week! Plus some manipulations and machinations, some reunions, and even a happy ending of sorts (for now at least). We liked it! Join Jason, Cindi, and special guest Ryan Gray of MedicalSchoolHQ.net for the run down! This podcast is made possible by listeners like you who have supported us at patreon.com/jasonandkaren. So thank you! Our exclusive 90-minute It-focused podcast episode is up and available to all Patreon supporters at any level. Our next call-in show (with Jason and Karen) will be on Thurs, Sep 21 at 5pm Pacific. »

- Derek Anderson

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Haunting Secrets & Ravenous Rats Are Unleashed in Official Trailer for Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s 1922

22 September 2017 8:02 AM, PDT

One of the more haunting stories to come from the mind of Stephen King this century is his novella 1922 (included in Full Dark, No Stars), his tale of farm life, familial murder, and ravenous rats. In what has already been a year filled with adaptations of the master of horror's work, Netflix has even more for Stephen King fans to look forward with their October premiere of 1922, and we have the new trailer for you to watch right now... just make sure no sounds are coming from within your walls first.

Synopsis: "1922 is based on Stephen King's 131-page story telling of a man's confession of his wife's murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story's unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Friend Request is a Fright-Filled Blend of Ancient Witchcraft and Modern Social Media

22 September 2017 12:38 AM, PDT

Social media outlets like Facebook are supposed to bring people together, but anyone who has an online account nowadays knows that isn’t always the case, and it especially isn’t true for a college student named Marina (Liesl Ahlers) in Friend Request, a new horror film featuring witchcraft, disturbing visions, and face-eating wasps. But perhaps the most haunting thing of all is the number lurking under the friends tab on Marina’s page: “0.”

Marina’s classmate Laura (Fear The Walking Dead’s Alycia Debnam-Carey) has an opposite online life. Her social media friends are in the healthy 800+ range, but more importantly, she enjoys spending time with a tight-knit group of pals in real life, including the tech-savvy Kobe (Stake Land’s Connor Paolo) and her boyfriend, Tyler (William Moseley).

Admiring Marina’s dark fantasy digital artwork, Laura becomes friends with her reclusive classmate online, but as that dreaded “0” is »

- Derek Anderson

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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Thelma is a Powerful Coming-of-Age / Superhero Mash-Up

21 September 2017 9:05 PM, PDT

When it comes to genre-related, female-centric coming-of-age stories, there are always certain movies that will undoubtedly be brought up in the conversation: Carrie, Ginger SnapsThe Company of Wolves, and The Craft being older examples, and more recent offerings like Jennifer’s Body, It Follows, and Raw have also brought new perspectives into the fold as well. And with so many thought-provoking takes on this well-worn cinematic trope already in existence, it may seem like there’s no real new territory to traverse here.

But then along comes Joachim Trier’s Thelma, which recently premiered at Tiff and is currently screening as part of the 2017 Fantastic Fest, to show us that this well-worn terrain is still fertile enough to cull for some new ideas. Anchored by a beautifully nuanced performance from Eili Harboe, Thelma is a masterful exploration of religious suppression and sexual awakening, melding together into a superhero origin »

- Heather Wixson

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Found Footage 3D, Train To Busan Prequel Seoul Station & More Coming to Streaming Service Shudder This October

21 September 2017 5:07 PM, PDT

The Halloween season used to be the time to huddle around the horror shelves at the local Blockbuster, but in an era when most physical video shops are few and far between, you can now stream your screams on services like AMC's Shudder, which will have a few new treats for horror fans to dig into this October.

According to EW, the self-aware horror comedy Found Footage 3D (read Patrick Bromley's review here) will debut on Shudder in the Us, Canada, and UK beginning October 26th, and as a special presentation, viewers will have the option to watch the film in both 2D and 3D. Also coming out on Shudder starting on October 26th is the documentary Spookers, which explores the hard work that goes into running a family-owned haunted house.

Several weeks earlier on October 5th, Seoul Station, the animated prequel to Train to Busan, will be released on the streaming service, »

- Derek Anderson

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Tiff 2017 Interview: Co-Writer/Director Vicente Amorim on the Allegorical Horror of Motorrad

21 September 2017 4:10 PM, PDT

As the only film entry to represent Brazil at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Vicente Amorim’s Motorrad enjoyed much success as part of the fest’s Contemporary World Cinema slate earlier this month. Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of catching up with Amorim to discuss his supernaturally infused moto-horror project that follows a group of dirt bikers who head out to a remote region of Brazil, and are in turn hunted down by a sinister gang of motorcycle riders hell-bent on killing the travelers who have apparently entered an area in which they are not welcome.

During the interview, Amorim discussed the inspiration behind the story of Motorrad, striving to make an unusual horror movie in Brazil, the technical and physical challenges that he and his entire cast and crew were up against during production, and more.

Congratulations on the film, Vicente. How do you feel everything went over at Tiff this year? »

- Heather Wixson

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A Zombified Superhero Survives a Headshot from a Tank in New Installment of Jeff Fuller’s Living Dead Comic Strip Zomics

21 September 2017 3:16 PM, PDT

Since the first panels premiered on Daily Dead during Comic-Con, we've been excited to showcase artist Jeff Fuller's living dead comic strip Zomics, which finds the macabre humor in the everyday horrors of a zombie apocalypse. We'll be releasing a new installment of Zomics every Thursday, and we're excited to share the latest panel with Daily Dead readers today!

This week's installment of Zomics shows that although a hard hit to the head usually kills an average zombie, the same approach doesn't work with superhero zombies... even when you have the firepower of a tank.

In case you missed Fuller's previous Zomics panels, you can check out all of them in the gallery below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead next Thursday for another installment!

Influenced by Dr. Seuss and The Addams Family creator Charles Addams, Fuller has worked as an award-winning art director for nearly a quarter of a century, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Leatherface is a Giant Step Backwards for the Texas Chainsaw Franchise

21 September 2017 2:41 PM, PDT

So, here’s the thing: going into Leatherface, I was primed to love it, despite not being a huge fan of Texas Chainsaw 3D (whose only saving grace was giving us the endlessly quotable line, “Do your thing, cuz!”). I’ll never write off a beloved franchise when I’m not crazy about a particular sequel—after all, if I had done that, I may never have fallen in love with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare or went bananas for Jason Lives. And for the most part, I was on board for Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s exploration of the Sawyer family’s demented dynamics, despite the fact that Leatherface feels like two-thirds The Devil’s Rejects and one-third Natural Born Killers.

But then, the film takes such an egregious misstep in the film’s third act that I completely checked out on Leatherface, and it left me wondering »

- Heather Wixson

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