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Review: It: Chapter Two (2019)

It is not really accurate calling this second chapter to Andy Muschietti’s immensely successful 2017 film It: Chapter One a sequel. Instead, I prefer to think of it as one whole monster of an adaptation of Stephen King’s mighty horror tome It, a novel many think of as the legendary author’s magnum opus. However, after the first half of the story conquered the box office and won acclaim from fans and critics alike, this second chapter always had serious hype to match, not to mention wrangling the more problematic – and fantasy driven – end of King’s narrative to the big screen (see how the 1990 miniseries version suffered with its second half). Miraculously, Muschietti’s It: Chapter Two stands side by side with his first chapter beautifully and advances the past as well as the present.

To say the film’s hefty (just shy of) 3-hour running length has been hotly debated,
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Exclusive Interview – Editor Jamie Kirkpatrick discusses We Summon the Darkness and more

We chat with editor Jamie Kirkpatrick about We Summon the Darkness

With Halloween quickly approaching, the season of horror is officially here. Highlighting these darker films, along with other genre projects is Austin’s Fantastic Fest, beginning September 19th and running until September 26th. One of the films making its U.S. premiere at the festival is Marc MeyersWe Summon the Darkness starring Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch), Keean Johnson (Euphoria), Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa) and Maddie Hasson (Twisted). The film follows a group of friends heading to a heavy metal concert in the Midwest. Along the way, they meet a trio of seemingly fun-loving guys and eventually head off to a secluded country home for an afterparty. What should be a night of fun and youthful debauchery instead takes a dark, deadly turn. With killers on the loose, no one be trusted. Ahead of the screening we spoke to the
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Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter's Vampires

Shout Factory's horror imprint Scream Factory add another of John Carpenter's back catalog of films to its roster for release next week --- 1998's horror western Vampires. As with a lot of Scream Factory's John Carpenter Blu-rays, this release has an awesome amount of feautures included on the disc. All of the interviews were engaging, and I particularly loved the interviews with Carpenter himself, as well as with special effects master Greg Nicotero. Vampires stars James Woods as Jack Crow, a pissed-off, alpha male vampire hunter who leads a pack of vampire hunters whose team is destroyed by a master (Thomas Ian Griffith as Valek). The practical special effects are pretty gnarly and still impressive. There's...

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Halloween Kills Begins Shooting, Michael Myers' Knife Returns in First Set Photo

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Halloween Kills Begins Shooting, Michael Myers' Knife Returns in First Set Photo
The next round of Michael Myers murders are officially underway, as Halloween Kills has kicked off production. The upcoming sequel in the long-running, beloved horror franchise recently started filming, as confirmed by Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind the latest installment. While much remains mysterious about what to expect from the movie, the studio has shared a set photo that promises some familiar weaponry will be featured.

Blumhouse took to their official Reddit page to share the set photo. It features director David Gordon Green's chair, with a familiar-looking kitchen knife laid upon it. So, with any luck (for the viewer anyway), we'll get to see Michael Myers once again putting that kitchen knife to use in bloody fashion. The photo was shared with the following caption.

"Hey Reddit, thought you might like to see the way we welcomed the director to set on the first day of filming 'Halloween Kills.
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Link Tank: Halloween Will Return To Theaters This Month

Spencer Mullen Sep 18, 2019

John Carpenter's Halloween, Edward Snowden, The I-Land, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's why recycling carbon dioxide as fuel can lead to zero-emissions flight travel.

"Air travel may be a convenient way to see the world, but its growing carbon footprint has given some travelers pause in recent years. A creative new solution could help reduce the environmental impact of air travel, though."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's why Britta Perry deserved better than the later seasons of NBC's Community.

"Community, a show with the highest of highs and lowest of lows, had a great ensemble of characters, but none were torpedoed quite as badly as Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs). Britta began the show as a snarky, earnest feminist and ended it as the butt of nearly every joke. To coin one of the many in jokes from the show, they Britta’d Britta.
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New ‘Halloween’ Sequels Will Bring Back “All the Characters Whose Lives Were Affected” By the Original Movie

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New ‘Halloween’ Sequels Will Bring Back “All the Characters Whose Lives Were Affected” By the Original Movie
What will happen in the upcoming new Halloween sequels, Halloween Kills, and Halloween Ends? We know that Jamie Lee Curtis is coming back, and we also know from casting news that several other characters from John Carpenter’s original are back as well. Now, Curtis is offering the tiniest bit of insight into what we can expect when Michael […]

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Halloween Kills & Halloween Ends: Jamie Lee Curtis Breaks Down What to Expect

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Halloween Kills & Halloween Ends: Jamie Lee Curtis Breaks Down What to Expect
Jamie Lee Curtis has given us some idea of what to expect from Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Given the success of 2018's Halloween, Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures hatched an ambitious plan to shoot two more movies in the series, which will provide a definitive end to this version of the franchise. Now, we have a better idea of what these next two big screen encounters with Michael Myers will look like.

Laurie Strode herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, has been making the rounds promoting her latest movie Knives Out. During a recent interview, she explained how director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride are approaching the next two stories. Halloween Kills will be an examination of how the events of Michael Myers' murders in 1978 affected everyone involved, whereas Halloween Ends will be a cultural examination of violence. Here's what Curtis had to say about it.

"What I love
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Listen to an Exclusive Track from Composer Trevor Gureckis’ Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Ever since seeing Bloodline at the 2019 Popcorn Frights Film Festival, I've had its infectious, synth-infused soundtrack stuck in my head, as the original music by Trevor Gureckis is like its own character in the film, giving the serial killer story a deadly pulse that hearkens back to some of the most memorable collaborations between John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. With Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack coming to digital via Lakeshore Records on September 20th (the same day the film will be released in theaters and on Digital and VOD by Momentum Pictures), we've been provided with an exclusive track from the film's score to share with Daily Dead readers.

Below, you can listen to the exclusive "Good Boy" track from Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ahead of its September 20th release from Lakeshore Records.

In case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's 4-star review of the film, and we
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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Next ‘Halloween’ Films Will Dig Deeper Into Laurie’s Trauma

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Next ‘Halloween’ Films Will Dig Deeper Into Laurie’s Trauma
Though masked killer Michael Myers will be sitting out this October 31, next year we’ll be getting “Halloween Kills” in the fall, followed by “Halloween Ends” in 2021. In a recent conversation with Collider, franchise star Jamie Lee Curtis, who will reprise her iconic role of Laurie Strode, spoke about what we can expect from the upcoming films, directed by David Gordon Green.

“The ass-kicking part is the fan-favorite part, but from my standpoint, I didn’t go into it because I got to kick Michael’s bottom. I was particularly drawn because it was a movie about trauma,” said Curtis. “We have horror movies that are horrific and we have these horrific events take place, but we leave the movie theater and then we complain that the dishwasher doesn’t work. The trauma that occurs for these character for forty years, I felt was very important that David understood that
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10 Secrets Behind The Making Of John Carpenter's The Thing

John Carpenter directed a slew of classic films including Escape From New York, They Live, Halloween, and Big Trouble In Little China. One of his most celebrated works is 1982's The Thing. Upon release, the bleak horror movie was panned by critics as boring and over-indulgent with its violence. The masses barely bothered heading to the cinema to see it.

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In the years since, however, it has found an audience who recognize its excellence. The atmosphere, special effects and performances are all top notch. As a celebration of the horror classic, the following list will present ten secrets behind the making of The Thing.
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Tyler Mane Reveals Which Of Rob Zombie’s Halloween Movies He Prefers

When it comes to a film franchise as enduring and expansive as Halloween, I’m sure we all have our own favorite installments. Strangely enough, the series has adopted a “choose your own adventure” model, as the timeline has branched in so many different directions over the years.

Though most entries follow the 1978 original in some capacity, director Rob Zombie’s two contributions, respectively released in 2007 and 2009, keep it simple by existing within their own continuity. In other words, you can sit down to watch both in one evening and not get a headache over whether this film acknowledges the events of another, etc.

Considering how Zombie himself once said that he prefers Halloween II, I couldn’t help wondering which picture was favored by the guy actually playing Michael Myers. And when I had the chance to interview Tyler Mane this past weekend at The Monroe Pop Fest, he
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Big Trouble In Little China Collector's Edition Comes with a Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack and More

If you’re a fan of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, there’s a collector’s edition blu-ray box set coming from Shout Factory and Sacred Bones Records that you’ll probably want to get your hands on.

On top of the Blu-ray, Steelbook, and official lithograph artwork, it comes with a limited edition vinyl soundtrack featuring recent recordings of some of the film’s score by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. I’ve included all of the details regarding this bundle below.

I’ve seen this movie a thousand times and it’s one of those films that never gets old. No matter what, it has always entertained me.

Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a tough-talking truck driver whose life goes into a supernatural tailspin when his best friend’s fiancée is kidnapped in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China. Jack suddenly finds himself in a murky,
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Haunt Review: A Quiet Place Duo Deliver Twisted Haunted House Slasher

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Haunt Review: A Quiet Place Duo Deliver Twisted Haunted House Slasher
Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the duo who penned last year's breakout hit A Quiet Place, have returned with a new movie, Haunt. This time around, they're in the director's chair(s) as well, for this surprising little haunted house slasher flick. While this certainly isn't as big or as flashy as the movie that put them on the map, this serves as a nice, twisted surprise heading into the Halloween season.

Haunt centers on a group of friends led by the mysterious and quiet Harper (Katie Stevens). On Halloween, this unlikely group makes their way to an extreme haunted house off the beaten path that promises to feed on their darkest fears. As the group reluctantly delves further and further into this warehouse of nightmares, things turn deadly and they must try to escape with their lives, or risk being murdered by the creepy proprietors of this perverse attraction.
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Scott Beck & Bryan Woods Talk Haunt, The Boogeyman and More [Exclusive]

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Scott Beck & Bryan Woods Talk Haunt, The Boogeyman and More [Exclusive]
Scott Beck and Bryan Woods broke out in a big way with last year's A Quiet Place, which was both a critical smash and a huge commercial success. Now, the duo is back with Haunt. In addition to writing the haunted house flick, this also marks the duo's feature directorial debut. This serves as a major departure from their previous, inventive horror endeavor, but Beck and Woods are all about doing something new and different each time out, if they can.

Haunt follows a group of friends who on Halloween night encounter an "extreme" haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real. Additionally, they've got their Stephen King adaptation The Boogeyman in the works at Fox, and they've been meeting with the likes of Lucasfilm to discuss future projects as well.

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1980s Horror Documentary In Search Of Darkness to Celebrate its World Premiere on October 6th at Beyond Fest

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It was a time when horror reigned supreme, when slasher icons stabbed their way through cinemas, when practical effects oozed from the pores of mind-bending creations that had to be seen on the big screen to be believed. It was the ’80s, and this magical era of horror is dissected with more than 40 top-level interviews in the new film In Search of Darkness: The Definitive ’80s Horror Documentary.

Featuring Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures author and Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson as one of the documentary's interviewees and producers, In Search of Darkness will make its world premiere at Beyond Fest this Halloween season.

In Search of Darkness will screen at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theater on Sunday, October 6th at 6:00pm. We have the official festival trailer and press release with more details below, and to learn more about the world premiere screening,
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John Carpenter’s Halloween Returning To Theaters Later This Month

Haddonfield has never seen terror like the walking abomination that is Michael Myers.

Ever since John Carpenter’s creation first loomed onto the silver screen back in ’78, he’s become the one true boogeyman of the horror genre – that elusive killer capable of wiping out multiple victims without leaving so much as a trace. So it was with great excitement that we caught wind of Blumhouse’s plan to resurrect Myers for a modern audience, ultimately delivering the nostalgia-filled sequel, Halloween.

It’s set to get two sequels of its own – namely Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends – over the coming years, but closer to home, and the Powers That Be are plotting a surprise for the spooky season. That’s right, kicking off the festivities early, CineLife Entertainment has announced plans to bring the seminal Halloween of 1978 back to select theaters across North America beginning September 27th. And you can get your tickets right here.
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10 Movies To Watch If You Love The Halloween Franchise

John Carpenter's Halloween is a horror classic, no questions asked. It was a chilling, iconic, and genre-shaping film that helped bring forth a new age of horror. But the horrors of Michale Myers are all numbered, and the well does, unfortunately, run dry. So where do we go from here?

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Fear not, horror hounds, there are still buckets of bloody good times to be had. Because of Halloween's popularity, a slew of slasher films followed in Michael's footsteps if you still need to satisfy your creepy cravings. Here are ten slasher flicks you'll enjoy if you loved Halloween.
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Shout! Factory Releasing Big Trouble In Little China Steelbook & Collector’s Edition Bundles

John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China was an anomaly when released in 1986 and, 30+ years later, there’s still nothing like it. Though a rumored reboot/sequel appears to have stalled, today brings word that Shout! Factory is releasing a new steelbook and Collector’s Edition of Big Trouble in Little China; they’ve got some great […]

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Halloween Kills Begins Shooting This Week in North Carolina

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Halloween Kills Begins Shooting This Week in North Carolina
Michael Myers can't be kept down for long as Halloween Kills is set to begin filming this week. This movie will serve as a sequel to last year's Halloween, which very successfully revamped the iconic slasher franchise that was first introduced to the world by the legendary John Carpenter in 1978. The entire core creative team is coming back for this one, which is just the beginning, as this will be shooting back-to-back with Halloween Ends, the third and final chapter of this horror saga.

According to a report from a local news outlet, filming will begin on Thursday, September 12 in Wilmington, North Carolina in the Port City area. Not much is known about the plot of the upcoming sequels and this particular report doesn't offer much in the way of specific details, only that some "news reporter dialogue" will be filmed, information which came from the film permit application. But
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Tiff Review: ‘Color Out of Space,’ Featuring Nicolas Cage at His Cage-iest, Feels Beamed from Another Planet

“The way it’s made an’ the way it works ain’t like no way o’ God’s world. It’s some’at from beyond.”

H.P. Lovecraft, Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space has long been one of H.P. Lovecraft’s scariest stories and central to that is its focus on a fear of not just the unknowable but the intangible, the things happening all around us all the time that we can’t even begin to perceive or comprehend. Lovecraft himself saw the story as a direct confrontation of contemporary sci-fi writers who thought of aliens in terms of human physicality and organization; a rebuke of the idea that when contact is made that we could remotely understand or be understood.

This is precisely why South African genre filmmaker Richard Stanley was an excellent choice to adapt it. Before being sent to director’s jail for
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