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Reborn is a Live Wire: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Jinga Films. Tagline: "Carrie for the Z Generation." Director: Julian Richards. Writer: Michael Mahin. Cast: Barbara Crampton, Michael Paré, Kayleigh Gilbert, Rae Dawn Chong and Chaz Bono. Reborn is a horror thriller from director Julian Richards (Darklands) and writer Michael Mahin. Just coming off a film festival run, Reborn is slated for an upcoming U.S. release, this September. Influenced by films of the past, like Carrie (1976) and Firestarter (1984), Reborn gives one traumatized, young woman electrokinetic powers. Determined to reunite with her mother, Tess (Kayleigh Gilbert) will not let anyone stand in between her and her goal. Reborn is an entertaining thriller, which moves along at a quick clip. And, this is one indie, horror film that should be seen by audiences. Right from the film's poster, Reborn admits its influences. The graphic references Carrie in the tagline: "Carrie for the Z Generation.
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Freddie Jones, Actor in ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 91

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Freddie Jones, Actor in ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 91
Freddie Jones, the British actor who over a nearly 70-year career played such memorable roles as the sadistic freakshow owner in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man,” died July 9 in the U.K., according to numerous British media reports. He was 91.

The father of actor Toby Jones, he had more recently been appearing on British soap “Emmerdale” as Sandy Thomas.

In 1980, he starred his first film for Lynch, “The Elephant Man,” which starred John Hurt as a deformed man in Victorian London. Subsequently, the actor continued working with Lynch and appeared in “Dune” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), and the three-part U.S. TV series “Hotel Room.” Upon news of Jones’ death, the filmmaker shared his remarks on Twitter.

“Dear Twitter Friends, I loved, loved, loved Freddie Jones,” Lynch tweeted. “Man-o-man will he be missed.”

Dear Twitter Friends, I loved, loved, loved Freddie Jones. Man-o-man will he be missed.

— David Lynch (@DAVID
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Stranger Things: Eleven’s Journey and the Need of Powers

David Crow Jul 9, 2019

We examine Eleven's character arc over all three seasons of Stranger Things, and why the loss of super powers is a good thing.

This article contains major spoilers for Stranger Things 3.

Eleven’s journey is one of contrasts on Stranger Things. As the veritable star of the series, and certainly its most enigmatic character, the young woman who was born without a name is defined by her contradictions. She is the doe-eyed girl who’s been systematically robbed of a childhood, and she’s also the superpowered messiah whose telekinesis is the solution to all problems; she is the victim of the powers-at-be and their protector when she alone can shut the gate to the Upside Down; she is the child bleeding from the nose in Mike’s arms during the season 1 finale and the unstoppable force who just slaughtered the dozen other exploded corpses around them.
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Next 2 Halloween Sequels Shooting Back-to-Back & Releasing in the Same Month?

Next 2 Halloween Sequels Shooting Back-to-Back & Releasing in the Same Month?
We recently got word that Halloween 2 is definitely happening, with much of the same team that made last year's movie a success expected to return, including Jamie Lee Curtis. That alone is tantalizing enough for horror fans, who had to endure nearly a decade without seeing Michael Myers on screen. Now, we have a fancy new rumor that suggests things could potentially be getting a whole lot more exciting, and ambitious, as Blumhouse Productions may be looking to shoot two sequels back-to-back and release them very close to one another.

Before digging in, we must caution this should only be regarded as a rumor for the time being, as it has yet to be confirmed by the studio or anyone associated with the production. That having been said, a new report claiming to have info from an "extremely reliable insider" states that Blumhouse wants director David Gordon Green, who helmed 2018's Halloween,
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All of Stranger Things 3's Pop Culture References

All of Stranger Things 3's Pop Culture References
From the beginning, Stranger Things has been comfort food for fans of the '80s. Although it offers its own unique narrative, the show has hinged on its ability to borrow from and build upon pieces of entertainment from the past, from Eleven's (Millie Bobby Brown) Firestarter-style telekinesis to

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Are Stranger Things And It Set In The Same Universe?

While Stranger Things has worn its Stephen King influences on its sleeve since its launch, a new theory considers whether the series shares a universe with the author’s It. According to ScreenRant, a direct link might come through Sean Astin’s character Bob Newby. This connection’s based on a conversation between Bob and Will in season 2, whereby Astin’s character describes a traumatic encounter with a clown called Mr. Baldo at a county fair in his youth.

Now, just throwing a clown reference into a series that’s made liberal uses of King’s tone and 1980s-set novels seems like a stretch to connect the two. After all, from the title cards inspired by John Carpenter’s Christine, to Eleven’s similarities to the lead in Firestarter, the Duffer Brothers are unapologetic King fans. In fact, the author even gets name-checked during the series.

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Are Halloween 2 Talks Heating Up Between Jamie Lee Curtis & Blumhouse?

Are Halloween 2 Talks Heating Up Between Jamie Lee Curtis & Blumhouse?
It looks like Halloween 2 is closer to becoming a reality, as teased by producer Jason Blum. What's more, it appears as though Jamie Lee Curtis, if all goes well, may even return once again as Laurie Strode. Blum, the head of Blumhouse Productions, helped to revive the iconic slasher franchise last year with the first movie to feature Michael Myers in nearly a decade. It made a ton of money at the box office, was well received and, with that, a sequel seemed inevitable. At this point, one hasn't been officially announced, though it now seems all but an eventuality.

Jason Blum likes to engage with his fans pretty regularly on Twitter. Recently, he shared a photo of himself alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, who reprised her role as Laurie Strode in 2018's Halloween for the first time since her unceremonious end in Halloween: Resurrection. Curtis is pictured holding an action
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‘Stranger Things 3’: New Poster Arrives With A Month’s Worth Of Clues

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Stranger Things 3 won’t arrive on Netflix until Independence Day but a just-released poster image gives fans a month’s worth of eerie clues to ponder while they pass the time.

The plot of the eight episodes is under wraps but the new 1980s-style illustration suggests that the intrepid youngsters of the sci-fi mystery series will soon be contending with a horrific, otherworldly creature with talons, who looks a bit like the alien visitor from Super 8. The season will also include some unattractive dead vermin, a menacing gunman outside the Fun Fair, and whatever secret dangers are locked up in that especially forbidding industrial site.

The illustration also shows Fourth of July fireworks billowing in the night skies above the glorious neon glow of the Starcourt Mall and the Fun Fair’s flag-draped Ferris wheel. Most of the visual real estate is reserved for the intense faces of the show’s young characters,
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Class of 1984: How a Tale of at Risk Youth Became the Edgiest Teen Film of the 80s [Rewind]

Class of 1984: How a Tale of at Risk Youth Became the Edgiest Teen Film of the 80s [Rewind]
Director Mark L. Lester is known for many things. Roller Boogie, Pterodactyl and Showdown in Little Tokyo are one side of this iconoclastic coin. The other side includes movies like Firestarter, Armed and Dangerous and the legendary Commando. Yes, for all that Mr. Lester has given the world of cinema, he helmed this Arnold Schwarzenegger kill-fest, which saw that iconic actor head to Latin America on a death mission after some bad guys kidnap his daughter. The action is tight, on point, and this film works in just about any era because it is so visceral. In fact, Lester acquits himself so well here that one wonders why he didn't make Predator or Total Recall?

However, somewhere amidst the big budget Hollywood films and the cult classics, Mark L. Lester managed to helm a film called Class of 1984. This gem from 1982 is neither big budget nor as fun as
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Prodigy Singer Keith Flint Took Drugs Before Apparent Suicide

Prodigy Singer Keith Flint Took Drugs Before Apparent Suicide
Keith Flint, the late lead singer of the British electronic group Prodigy, had unspecified amounts of cocaine, alcohol and codeine in his system when he died in March

Though the new report confirms Flint died by hanging — as reported in an earlier inquest released one week after his death — the Senior Coroner for Essex, Caroline Beasley-Murray, officially recorded an open conclusion, saying that there was not enough evidence to rule that Flint killed himself, the BBC reports.

“We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date,
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Stephen King Adaptations: Every Film and TV Series In the Works From the Master of Horror

Stephen King Adaptations: Every Film and TV Series In the Works From the Master of Horror
It’s a good time to be a Stephen King fan, as the master of horror’s many works have gotten new blood thanks to a slew of successful adaptations, from the box office record-breaker “It” (soon to be extended with a sequel!) to a number of streaming outlets getting their King fix to long-rumored adaptations finally coming to fruition. While much-hyped feature films like “It: Chapter Two” and “Doctor Sleep” gear up for 2019 releases and a pair of quite different series based on King’s works are preparing for new seasons, it seems like a new King adaptation is announced every week.

Case in point: in just the past two weeks, two King-inspired offerings have gotten the green light, with indie filmmaker darling Alex Ross Perry taking on a big screen version of short story “Rest Stop” just days after Julianne Moore announced she’d be starring in an
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Heathers of Horror: Heather Locklear in The Return Of Swamp Thing (1989)

[To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic Heathers, we're celebrating all week long with "Heathers of Horror" special features highlighting our favorite horror performances by women with the same name as the iconic clique from the 1989 dark comedy! Check here to catch up on all of our Heathers Week special features!]

Zoom! Pow! Zap! These are the familiar utterances of my childhood, as comic book heroes on the screen were given over to the less ethereal and the more pragmatic: diamond thieves, bank robbers, maybe the occasional mad scientist to remind you of the fantastical origins of the material. Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing (1982) had certain campy elements, but didn’t completely reach that sugar-coated rush I was looking for. Jim Wynorski’s The Return of Swamp Thing (1989), however, is overflowing with teeth-rotting material that my inner 10-year-old craves.

Let’s be clear: I’m down with the grittier iterations of comic books that have boomed at
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Michael Shannon & Shea Whigham Reteam ‘The Quarry’ Starts Production

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Michael Shannon & Shea Whigham Reteam ‘The Quarry’ Starts Production
Scott Teems’ The Quarry starring Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham has commenced production down in New Orleans, La.

The two actors have worked together numerous times before including the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire and Paramount Network’s Waco last year, but also such movies as Take Shelter, Tigerland, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

Laura D. Smith and Kristin Mann produced The Quarry in partnership with Rockhill Studios, Metalwork Pictures and Gold Star Films. Film follows Whigham (The Man) who is on the run from his own sins, and finds himself in a small border town in Texas, impersonating a reverend. The town are quickly drawn to the man’s unorthodox sermons, but so is police Chief Moore (Shannon) who has his suspicions. Scott Teems directs, and co-wrote The Quarry with Andrew Brotzman. Teems, who is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Paradigm, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern,
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Pet Sematary review – disinterred and definitely shaken

This second attempt at a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s dark tale of a family pet rising from the dead mixes things up to chilling effect

Stephen King once described his output as “the literary equivalent of a Big Mac” – nothing fancy, but it feeds the needs of the audience. While many of King’s early novels (up until 1987’s self-reflexive Misery) fulfilled that reliable fast-food remit, screen adaptations of the horror maestro’s work proved far more varied, ranging from such upmarket cordon bleu dishes as Brian De Palma’s Carrie, David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (which famously incurred the author’s ire), all the way down to dog’s dinners such as Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn and Mark L Lester’s Firestarter, the last of which King called “flavourless…like cafeteria mashed potatoes”.

In 2017, the King screen
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Every Stephen King Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)

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Every Stephen King Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Stephen King isn’t just an author by this point: He’s an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak — when he’s at his best — to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.

King’s books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool’s errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.

And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. We’re not including the made-for-tv films (which are legion), and the sequels to King’s work rarely have anything to do with the source material,
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Spectrum Films promotes Catherine Armstrong, hires Dave Hollingsworth

(L-r) Catherine Armstrong, Josh Pomeranz and Dave Hollingsworth (Photo credit: Daniel Asher Smith).

Strengthening its management team Spectrum Films has promoted Catherine Armstrong to general manager, Sydney, and hired Dave Hollingsworth as executive director.

Both moves have been triggered by the resignation of general manager Adam Scott, who departs next month to take up an international position yet to be announced.

Armstrong’s promotion rewards her efforts over the past three years as head of post production. Hollingsworth, who starts on Monday, will oversee the technical operation and workflow as well as focusing on the company’s strategic growth in Australia and internationally.

Both report to managing director Josh Pomeranz, who tells If: “Catherine has made an outstanding contribution to the company and this promotion is a natural progression for her.

“Dave’s experience internationally with post and VFX divisions in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Warner Brothers Studios post facility
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Pet Sematary Review: Remake Brings Surprises and a Terrifying Cat

The Pet Sematary remake brings scares, a terrifying cat, and surprises if you have read the Stephen King book or seen the original movie.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

“Sometimes dead is better” in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s new take on Stephen King’s cautionary fable Pet Sematary, a gothic, glossy remake which goes hard on the horror. For a time ‘remake’ was a dirty word in genre circles but after the storming success of It in 2017, digging up back catalog King and bringing it back from the dead is all the rage

Would Pet Sematary have been better left to rest in peace? Not exactly. But sadly, many of those new spins in Kolsch and Widmeyer’s take are the parts that don't work as well as they should. On the plus side, the cat is great.

Essentially a "The Monkey’s Paw" story
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The Prodigy Invite Fans to Line Keith Flint’s Funeral Procession Route

The Prodigy have invited fans to take part in a funeral procession for Keith Flint ahead of the singer’s March 29th memorial service in Essex, England.

Flint died by suicide on March 4th at the age of 49; a coroner later revealed that Flint hung himself in his Essex home. A toxicology report is still in the works, with a July 23rd hearing scheduled.

On Saturday, the Prodigy mapped out the procession route ahead of Flint’s private funeral for fans “to pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef!
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Death of Prodigy’s Keith Flint Ruled Suicide

The death of Prodigy singer Keith Flint has been ruled a suicide as a result of hanging, the BBC reports.

A coroner revealed the cause of death to an inquest in Essex, England Monday. A toxicology report is still in the works and a full hearing is scheduled to take place July 23rd. The coroner also confirmed an earlier police statement that Flint’s death is not being considered suspicious.

Flint died March 4th at his home in Essex, England at the age of 49. While a cause of death was not immediately revealed,
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Riverdale: Season 3 Episode 14 Review - Chapter 49: Fire Walk With Me

A plot-driven episode has our characters learning and growing. Well, maybe not Archie so much.

This Riverdale review contains spoilers.

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 14

"I don't know what to do Jug, I remain marked for death"

As the second half of this season of Riverdale moves forward, most of our characters are now in flux, narratively being pushed ahead into the storylines that will dominate upcoming episodes. Thus we have Betty doing her best Firestarter homage, Veronica scrambling to regain control of her fledging business, Jughead figuring out the Serpents' future, and Kevin getting in deep with The Farm. It's a handful.

Annnnnnd then there's Archie. Who gets played (and then stabbed) by a child in this episode. Sigh. Riverdale's Archie problem shows no sign of going away anytime soon, but hopefully his decision to play the Gryphons and Gargoyles game he is unwittingly involved in to its bitter end will
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