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‘Mandy’ Film Review: Nicolas Cage Takes a Big Bite Out of This Mad, Metal Midnight Movie

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‘Mandy’ Film Review: Nicolas Cage Takes a Big Bite Out of This Mad, Metal Midnight Movie
Half revenge thriller, half trippy mural on the side of a van, Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy” is the kind of pretentious horror thriller that will drive some folks crazy and others into throes of ecstasy. It’s a deliberately paced, ultraviolent, outlandishly stylish delivery system for Nicolas Cage’s wild-eyed acting style, and a thoughtful meditation about why Death Metal totally rules.

Cage stars as Red Miller, a logger and heavy-metal enthusiast who lives with a fantasy artist named Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough). Their lives are peaceful, filled with dreamy glances over vast horizons, watching cheesy sci-fi movies on television and reading pulp fantasy novels at work.

Into their lives drives the Children of the New Dawn, a cult led by Jeremiah Sand, who drive past Mandy on her way to work. Jeremiah decides that since all the fruits of this world are his for the taking — and they are — then he must have Mandy,
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Contest: Win Night Of The Lepus on Blu-ray

Massive breeding rabbits run rampant in Scream Factory's new Night of the Lepus Blu-ray, and to celebrate the new home media release of the cute creature feature, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Night of the Lepus.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Night of the Lepus Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on June 26th. This contest is only open to those who
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June 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pacific Rim Uprising, Unsane, Night Of The Lepus

There may not be a ton of genre-related home media releases coming out this week, but the films that are coming to Blu-ray are an impressive bunch all the same. Universal has both Unsane and Pacific Rim Uprising on tap in a variety of formats, including 4K Ultra HD, and Scream Factory has a double dose of classic terror coming your way this Tuesday with Night of the Lepus and Alien Predators. And rounding out this week’s Blu-ray and DVD offerings is the indie thriller The Hollow Child, which comes home courtesy of Lionsgate.

Alien Predators

When Nasa’s Skylab fell to Earth the threat was over ... but five years later the horror is just beginning.

Three American teens on a European holiday are about to experience their worst nightmare. They are about to be trapped in a quaint Spanish town infested with a parasitic alien virus that drives
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Scream Factory Reveals Night Of The Lepus Blu-ray Release Details & Bonus Features

Scream Factory details the June 19th Blu-ray release of Night Of The Lepus, which includes new audio commentary and a 2k scan of the original film elements:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – How many eyes does horror have? How many times will terror strike? Giant mutant rabbits are on the loose in the campy 70’s cult classic Night Of The Lepus for the first time on Blu-ray on June 19, 2018 from Scream Factory. This release features a new 2K scan of the original film elements and comes complete with new audio commentaries. There was no limit to the horror ... no end to the Night Of The Lepus! A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning Arizona ranchlands ends up turning them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters in Night of the Lepus. Stuart Whitman (Eaten Alive), Janet Leigh (Psycho), Rory Calhoun (Motel Hell) and DeForest Kelley (Star Trek) are among
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Night Of The Lepus, The Curse Of The Cat People, and Alien Predators Coming to Blu-ray This June from Scream Factory

One of the many great things about Scream Factory's Blu-ray releases is that they often align with the movies of the past that we love to celebrate and discuss on Daily Dead, and their latest batch of Blu-ray announcements are no exception, including two films highlighted in our special features columns: The Curse of the Cat People (featured in Perry Ruhland's Crypt of Curiosities) and Night of the Lepus (spotlighted in Bryan Christopher's Catalog From the Beyond).

Alien Predators Blu-ray: "We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the 1985 sci-fi /horror film Alien Predators (also known as The Falling), which makes its Blu-ray format debut in the U.S. & Canada on June 19th!

Three American teens on a European holiday are about to experience their worst nightmare. They are about to be trapped in a quaint Spanish town infested with a parasitic alien virus that drives the
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At The Earth’S Core – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Based upon the classic first novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seven-book Pellucidar series and produced by British genre film company Amicus Productions, At the Earth’s Core (1976) is a star-studded tale of science fantasy complete with dinosaurs, a psychic master race of pteranodon-like monsters, and a caste-like civilization featuring a monkey-faced race who have enslaved the humans who populate the prehistoric land found inside the Earth.

Directed by Kevin Connor (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Warlords of the Deep; Motel Hell) and starring Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Roots; Humanoids from the Deep), the gorgeous Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me; Starcrash; Maniac), and the inimitable Peter Cushing, At the Earth’s Core is a fun, kid-oriented special effects extravaganza, with the emphasis on kid-oriented.

Though Amicus is best known for its portmanteau
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Buzzard Hollow Beef Trailer Dines Down on Tasty Human Flesh

Buzzard Hollow Beef Trailer Dines Down on Tasty Human Flesh
The Cannibal genre is an odd one. You're either with it or against it, and that all depends on your taste for quality meat. Most vegans will surely turn away in disgust. But if you like your steaks raw and with very little seasoning, then boy, do we have a tasty horror treat for you. Today, we have the first trailer for Buzzard Hollow Beef.

On the surface it looks like your standard Hills Have Eyes knock-off. But there is something much more sinister lurking under this tale of a family who experiences vivid hallucinations at a special dinner. They soon come to believe that they've been poisoned by the local cannibalistic hillbillies who are hunting them for a fresh food supply. Our own reviewer Evan 'Mushy' Jacobs recently got invited to an old barn out in the middle of nowhere to watch the soon-to-be indie horror classic on an
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Buzzard Hollow Beef Review: A Gory, Teeth-Gnashing Cannibal Classic

Buzzard Hollow Beef Review: A Gory, Teeth-Gnashing Cannibal Classic
With a title that could very well be a product at a local A&P in Connecticut, it would be easy to dismiss Buzzard Hollow Beef as one of 'those' horror movies. People in the woods. Cannibal hillbillies. A story that only exists to deliver a kill count. And in some ways, Buzzard Hollow Beef is 'one of those horror movies' and that is precisely why it works.

Buzzard Hollow Beef follows the classic scary movie trope of people going to a home in a remote area for a little R&R. There's obviously two guys and two girls as well some other people thrown together in this idyllic setting. Amidst this setting are the townies who are, of course, a bit weird. The fact that they will eventually confront a family of cannibalistic hillbillies (or is it each other?), who also happen to control the local meat supply, only
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Horror Highlights: Comet TV’s June Viewing Guide, Horror Boards, You’Re So Dead!

The rematch between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is just one of many horror and sci-fi films available to watch on Comet TV in the month of June, and we have a new viewing list for you to check out in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes crowdfunding details for both the tabletop game Horror Boards and the comedy thriller You're So Dead!

Comet TV June Viewing Guide: "Only Airing On CometTV.com in June

You Don’T Need A Subscription To Watch These Great Movies

They’Re Airing For Free On Comet!

The Prophecy (1995)

Friday June 9 at 8P/7C

Saturday June 10 at 8P/7C

Wednesday June 14 at 6P/5C

The Prophecy II (1998)

Saturday June 10 at 10P/9C

Thursday June 15 at 6P/5C

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)

Saturday June 10 at Midnight/11C

Friday June 16 at 6P/5C

Galaxina (1980)

Friday June 16 at 8P/7C
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Don’t Miss April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama This Weekend!

Horror fans can watch some of their favorite characters rev their chainsaws on the silver screen this weekend at the annual April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, which will feature 35mm screenings of Motel Hell, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, and more.

A companion marathon to September's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (one of Daily Dead's favorite events of the year), the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama takes place April 28th–30th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa.

Tickets are $10.00 for an adult each night, with overnight camping also priced at $10.00 per adult. Beginning at dusk and stretching into the late hours of the night, here's the complete lineup of 35mm screenings for the event:

Friday, April 28th:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 Motel Hell I Drink Your Blood Deranged

Saturday, April 29th:

Child's Play Black Christmas (1974) Madman Trick or Treat

Official details are below, and to learn more about this year's April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama,
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Alien: Covenant Poster Teases a New Xenomorph Queen

Alien: Covenant Poster Teases a New Xenomorph Queen
Xenomorphs and their Neomorph offspring are becoming the key marketing factor when it comes to Alien: Covenant. 20th Century Fox knows what the fans want to see. And their latest offering delivers just that. A new poster has arrived, and it features the new monsters on the attack. It also teases the arrival of one scary looking mama.

The path to paradise begins in hell! And this latest one-sheet certainly looks like it's swimming in the bowels of Hades. 20th Century Fox has released this new poster for Alien: Covenant! Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. And we get a tease of the horrors that await when this sci-fi thriller hits theaters May 19, 2017.

This teaser is presented as a tribute to H.R. Giger, who created the original Xenomorph that scared the world in Scott's original 1979 masterpiece Alien. The poster
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April Ghouls Drive-In 2017 Lineup Includes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, Child’S Play & More

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With spring right around the corner, you might hear the wind carrying the sound of a chainsaw starting up, or perhaps it's the maniacal cackle of a Good Guys doll gone bad that you hear. Leatherface and Chucky are just two of the many film fiends that will stalk the silver screen at the annual April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama in Pennsylvania, and we have details on the anticipated event's full lineup of eight movies screening over two festive nights.

A companion marathon to September's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (one of Daily Dead's favorite events of the year), the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama takes place April 28th–30th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa.

Tickets are $10.00 for an adult each night, with overnight camping also priced at $10.00 per adult. Beginning at dusk and stretching into the late hours of the night, here's the complete lineup of 35mm screenings for the event:

Friday,
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Fright Rags Teases Upcoming Apparel for Motel Hell, Friday The 13th & More

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Fright Rags is getting the New Year off to a happy start for horror fans by unveiling some of their upcoming apparel, which includes a trip to the Smith slaughterhouse and Camp Crystal Lake, as well as a tribute to the Master of Suspense.

On Wednesday, January 11th, Fright Rags will release a new Motel Hell T-shirt and poster (limited to 100). Then, on Friday the 13th, Fright Rags will unleash a Midnight Madness T-shirt (available for 24 hours only) that pays tribute to the victims and survivors of Jason Voorheees.

The following Wednesday, January 18th, Fright Rags will release their Alfred Hitchcock collection comprised of four shirts featuring the Master of Suspense.

You can view all of these items below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details. Which of these shirts do you plan on picking up?

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Test Your Knowledge of Horror Movie Trivia with Slash Cards

A great card game can liven up even the deadest party, and Slash Cards is almost certain to scare up a good time amongst your horror film trivia-loving friends.

From Slash Cards' official website: Slash Cards is a horror movie trivia game for 1-6 players. It consists of two card decks: The Trivia Deck, and The Categories Deck. The Trivia Deck contains 1,375 questions that span the entire history of horror cinema.

The trivia questions cover everything from the silent era all the way up to films released in 2015, including classics like The Exorcist and Halloween, lesser-known movies like Motel Hell and Session 9, and foreign horror films like Eyes Without A Face and Rec.

Slash Cards is more than just a box of trivia. Players can choose between two horror-themed game modes: The Slasher and The Survivor.

In The Slasher, players take turns drawing Category Cards and answering questions. The
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TV Review: American Horror Story, Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2

I started watching American Horror Story back in 2011 because I wanted to see how Dylan McDermott had aged since The Practice and because it was a horror TV show on a premium cable channel that wasn’t about zombies or vampires. I’d quit The Walking Dead right at “Cherokee Rose” for the same reasons that a lot of TV critics love about that episode (though it was really Darabont’s absence that did it) and since I’d seen commercials for American Horror Story during Archer, I’d figured I’d give it a shot.

I did not regret it. I loved everything about the show, though in particular I loved the gay couple Chad and Patrick (played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears) and what with Quinto having just come out, it was a thrill to see a gay man playing a gay character in a horror TV show!
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'Love Boat' parody imagines a murderous high seas adventure

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'Love Boat' parody imagines a murderous high seas adventure
There are no shortage of parodies floating around on YouTube. Some are funny, others, let’s just say those people should keep their day jobs. We’ve since come across one that’s not only a good laugh, but we’d actually like to see it come to fruition. The Love Boat was one of the great shows in the history of television. Where else could a bunch of D-list celebs fall in love, fall out of love and then fall back in love within an hour (less commercial interruptions)? With this parody, however, they take the show and turn it on its head. No longer is there Gene Rayburn, Jamie Farr or Charo, but it’s a cast of murderous fiends from great horror movies of yore. The video features ne'er-do-wells from Alien, Motel Hell and Salem’s Lot among others. The biggest laugh comes when you find out who the chief engineer is.
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Blu-ray Review: Bride Of Re-animator

All images in this post are taken from the DVD from this Arrow Video Release.

The Movie

Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator is one of the greatest ‘80s horror movies of all time. No other horror flick up until that point successfully combined gore, horror, and humor quite like that movie did. There were horror movies that were intentionally funny (like Motel Hell for example), but what made Re-Animator special and original is that it took the fear of death and poked fun at it. Blood and guts are now funny thanks to director Stuart Gordon. The idea that something disturbing like a severed limb or a dead body could actually be funny still fascinates me. I have Re-Animator to thank for that.

Bride of Re-Animator has a cult fan base; if it didn’t, Arrow Video would not have wasted their time releasing it on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t as good as the first. This is typical among most horror sequels. The thing that bugs me the most about Bride is the number of plot holes the filmmakers didn’t even try filling. What the sequel gets right is the gory goods that definitely deliver. What the sequel gets wrong is the story details.

Eight months after the events that took place in the previous movie, Herbert West (played by Jeffrey Combs) and Dan Cain (played by Bruce Abbott who now has a mid-90s Bruce Campbell styled haircut) are now doctors at the Miskatonic University Hospital where they are secretly still doing reanimation experiments. How both men are now employed as doctors at the same hospital in the previous movie makes no sense to me after everything that happened, not to mention Herbert West’s death scene. Both men (especially Herbert) are now more focused on reanimating body parts stolen from the Hospital’s morgue and combining these parts to create living freaks.

Dr. Hill (whose head is clearly seen crushed to the size of a grapefruit in the previous movie) is now back and reanimated to get his revenge on Herbert and Dan while they are in the process of completing a huge experiment. Using the body parts from the morgue and Dan’s dead girlfriend’s heart, Herbert and Dan create a whole living female. Other complications take place that jeopardize the experiment such as a detective who becomes suspicious of the missing body parts and Dan’s 2 love interests.

Not every movie needs a sequel. Re-Animator is perfect the way it is. If you feel you absolutely must see these characters again for one more movie, then here it is. Not everything about the movie is disappointing however. The special make-up effects from Knb Efx Group and Screaming Mad George (just to name a few) make up for the plot holes and are definitely worth checking out. I really feel that Bride of Re-animator is a success as a gory FX freak show, but a failure as a story. Sorry horror fans.

Audio/Video

Arrow Video brings Bride of Re-Animator to Blu-ray for the very first time in America, and the results are satisfying. For this 3 Disc Limited Edition release, both R-rated and Unrated cuts of the film are offered in 1080p with a 1:78:1 Aspect Ratio. The transfers for both cuts look identical except the brief scenes added in the Unrated cut take a bit of a noticeable dip in quality. Added shots in the Unrated cut appear darker than the rest of the movie and show much less detail. The rest of the image however looks great and feels like a lot of time and care went into this restoration. A fine looking image that I feel fans will be pleased with. The Lpcm 2.0 Audio Track offers some real kick, especially during the final showdown. Dialogue is clear and the gooey sound effects are top notch.

Special Features

Disc 1 (Blu-ray) & Disc 2 (DVD)

Unrated Version of the film.

Director’s Commentary – Director Brian Yuzna discusses getting the cast to come back for the sequel, shooting on a short schedule, the make-up effects, low budget challenges, and comparisons to the first movie. Moderated by David Gregory.

Cast & Crew Commentary – Brian Yuzna, Jeffrey Combs, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Tom Rainone, Mike Deak, Screaming Mad George, & John Buechler all participate in this commentary. An FX heavy commentary with each artist detailing their work on the film during their scenes and the challenges of working under strict time constraints.

Cast Commentary – Actors Jeffrey Combs & Bruce Abbott deliver a funny and amusing commentary here. They spend most of the time making fun of the movie MST3K style. Pretty entertaining stuff.

Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator (10 minutes) – A lot that’s covered here is already covered in Yuzna’s Audio Commentary.

Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator (15 minutes) – FX artists Robert Kurtzman, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin, and John Buechler look back on the work they did on Bride. Pretty sweet stuff with some behind-the-scenes home video footage.

Getting Ahead in Horror (24 minutes) – An archive making-of piece composed of behind-the-scenes footage. Here, we get a great look at almost all of the special effects in the movie. My favorite extra on the disc.

Deleted Scenes:

– Meg is Re-animated (8 minutes) – Probably came from the workprint. We also see some behind-the-scenes footage on the making of this scene. Interesting to note that this deleted scene fixes one plot hole.

– Carnival Sequence (2 minutes) – Only shown in still photos with a filmmakers commentary.

Theatrical Trailer (2 minutes)

Disc 3 (Limited Edition Exclusive)

R-rated version of the film.

Behind-the-Scenes Reel (14 ½ minutes) – More home video footage of the special effects scenes and make-up

Other Goodies:

24 Page Booklet – Includes new writing by Michael Blyth and a few color photos.

Re-animator: Dawn of the Re-animator (Limited Edition Exclusive) – Full 1992 comic prequel to the original Re-animator. Booklet is glorious and thick!

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Manhunt: The Legacy of a Rockstar Horror Masterpiece

Matthew Byrd Apr 22, 2019

Before there was Red Dead Redemption, there was Manhunt, a gritty survival horror game from Rockstar. We take a look back...

You walk down 42nd street as the rain falls slowly all-around you. You tip your hat lower to shield yourself from the rain and block your face from the strange faces that feel as if they suddenly know you. Eventually, you reach a run down theater manned by a dead-eyed attendant. Above you, upon the faded and dimly lit marquee, is the title of the evening’s showing: “Vampire Women of the Third Reich In: The Sexkrieg.”

You have arrived at the grindhouse.

Though they’ve long since faded from relevance, at the height of their popularity in the '60s and '70s, grindhouse theaters are where film fans went to watch the movies nobody wanted them to see. They were low-budget films usually made
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New Motel Hell Apparel from Fright Rags

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The folks at Fright Rags commemorate Vincent and Ida's ghoulish garden with a new collection of Motel Hell apparel.

Currently available to order online, Fright Rags' new Motel Hell set includes two shirts, a screenprinted poster, and a trucker hat. The shirts are priced at $27.00 apiece, while the poster costs $35.00 and the hat sells for $25.00.

We have a look at all four items below, and to learn more, visit:

http://www.fright-rags.com/motel-hell

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Contest: Win The House Where Evil Dwells / Ghost Warrior on Blu-ray

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The macabre side of martial arts kicks off the New Year in Scream Factory's Blu-ray of The House Where Evil Dwells and Ghost Warrior. Ahead of the double feature's release tomorrow, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The House Where Evil Dwells / Ghost Warrior double feature.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The House Where Evil Dwells / Ghost Warrior Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 10th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the previous press release: "Scream Factory presents a double dose of samurai action with
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