Mandy the Haunted Doll – UK, 2018

‘Don’t play with evil’

Mandy the Haunted Doll is a 2018 British supernatural horror feature film directed by Jamie Weston (Fox Trap) from a screenplay by Shannon Holiday (Curse of the Scarecrow; Bride of Scarecrow; House on Elm Lake). The movie stars Phoebe Torrance, Faye Goodwin and Amy Burrows.

In 1910, Mandy, a young girl was lead into an abandoned church and locked in. She froze to death and was found by the priest several weeks later, clutching nothing but an old china doll. Since this fateful day, Mandy’s spirit is said to have latched itself onto the doll – thus dooming her to wonder the earth in the guise of her toy doll for eternity.

We meet a young couple decades later, the young girl complains of a recent baby sitting job where she wasn’t allowed to see the child and felt very uncomfortable all evening. Despite not wanting to return to the house, she is being contacted on a regular basis by her previous employer who appears desperate for her to return. A doll is found wrapped in a box on her doorstep – once they discover that the doll is in fact alive, it is too late for the couple to save themselves…

Reviews:

“The story and plot for Mandy the Doll starts out with potential but winds up being hindered by the lack of creative direction. Point put, the story is very much similar to other like-minded films it feels like you’ve already seen it and you know how the film will play out.” Stacy Cox, Decay Mag

“The three young leads are actually decent actors, although Torrance does vacillate wildly between good and bad at times. Read is also believable as Mandy’s crazed keeper and she gives her all in the finale where she smacks folks with a hammer. Director Jamie Weston should also get some credit for trying to make it look like a real film.” William S. Wilson, Video Junkie

Cast and characters:

  • Phoebe Torrance … Amber Ross
  • Faye Goodwin … Mandy
  • Amy Burrows … Carly
  • Penelope Read … Dorothy
  • Manny Jai Montana … Neil
  • Kate Lister … Shelby
  • Darrell Griggs … Mark
  • Cassandra French … Suzanne
  • Louisa Warren … Cassie
  • Oliver John Lee … John
  • Tommy Vilés … Darren
  • Vincent Leleu … Bert
  • Tara MacGowran … Diane

Release:

Released in the USA by Redbox on 19 June 2018.

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Gary Dauberman’s SWAMP THING TV Series Will “Go Graphic with the Violence”

As a writer, Gary Dauberman is a rising star of the horror genre. He’s been a major force behind the scripts for 2017’s IT and 2019’s IT: Chapter Two, not to mention The Conjuring spinoffs Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun (the latter of which just hit theaters nationwide where it enjoyed a record-breaking weekend).

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In addition to Annabelle 3, which will see Dauberman pulling double duties as both the screenwriter and director, he plugging away on a TV Series based on DC’s Swamp Thing. While superhero movies are hit and miss with horror fans, many genre aficionados have a soft spot for Swamp Thing; the comic was adapted for the big screen back in 1982 with Master of Horror Wes Craven at the helm and Scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau in a starring role.

As for what entertainment seekers can expect from a Swamp Thing TV series, Dauberman recently dished details with the folks at /Films:

“We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible. Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark I think run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s. Then, of course, it allows us, Swamp Thing himself looks incredible what Justin Raleigh and the guys over at Fractured are doing with the suit. So, it’s going to look amazing and less of the ‘man in suit’ that you’ve seen in the movie and the other TV show.”

For the uninitiated, here’s DC’s official bio for Swamp Thing/Alec Holland:

Alec Holland was an idealistic scientist who was synthesizing a top-secret chemical in his hidden lab in the marshlands. But after a bomb in his office explodes, the young scientist is murdered. Or so it seems. Because rising in his place is the Swamp Thing, a creature made of vegetation that’s absorbed Alec Holland’s memories, personality—and grief.

The monstrous Swamp Thing can control every iota of plant life on this planet, from the fungus on stale bread to forests of towering oaks. Superhumanly strong and grotesque, he can grow himself a full array of titanic bodies from even the tiniest sprout of green. A living embodiment of the power and terror in our environment, the Swamp Thing protects both humanity and the environment—usually from each other.

We don’t have a release date or a trailer for Dauberman’s Swamp Thing series, although IMDB states the production will premiere sometime in 2019. We’ll keep you posted as additional detail emerge. In the meantime, you can check out the synopsis and trailer for 1982’s Swamp Thing below.

Synopsis:
On the verge of a breakthrough in his quest to wipe out world hunger, altruistic botanist Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) is placed under the protection of special government agent Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau). Mad outlaw scientist Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan) wants to steal Holland’s research for his own nefarious ends, but an unforeseen accident during the heist turns Holland into the Swamp Thing, an enormous plant-like creature that fights back against Arcane’s henchmen to save Cable.

Are you a fan of Gary Dauberman’s? Are you excited to check out his spin on Swamp Thing? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Fan-made Remake of ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Opening Cutscene Dazzles

With this month being the 20th anniversary of “the last great PlayStation game” (according to Next Generation magazine) in the form of Metal Gear Solid (check out Mike’s retrospective and Neil’s talk about the horror within the series, by the way), a former Crytek artist came up with a sweet little tribute for the game.

Erasmus Brosdau, an art director who worked on Crysis, Ryse and Star Citizen, has created the perfect send-up by recreating the opening scene of Metal Gear Solid using Unreal Engine 4, Unreal marketplace assets, and the original audio from the cutscene (tweaked, mind you). And dammit if it isn’t almost spot-on throughout. Brosdau even included the updated Konami logo at the start of the cutscene, complete with the Snatcher jingle!

While it seems highly unlikely that we’ll ever get a remaster of Metal Gear Solid (because, you know, Konami), if you have a Gamecube, you can snag Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes as a (sort of) remaster. Or, if you’re an old-school retro gamer, just pick up and play the original. But really, do you need a reason to play Metal Gear Solid?

‘Catherine: Full Body’ to be Released in Japan February 14th

It’s been a long while since we last heard from Atlus regarding their remake of their “romantic horror” RPG Catherine entitled Catherine: Full Body. The game was slated to hit the PS4 later this year, however Atlus announced via Famitsu magazine that the game is now set for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on February 14, 2019 in Japan.

Atlus has also announced that they’ll be having a live stream featuring the latest trailer, gameplay, and more game info on September 15 at 19:00 JST (aka 6am EST). Atlus will also have a stage event at Tokyo Game Show 2018, where the game will be playable.

No release date has been announced for a release outside of Japan, which is still being planned.

Jason Blum Would “Love” to Make More HALLOWEEN Movies, If…

Remember back in late 2017 when John Carpentered stated emphatically that the upcoming Halloween reboot/sequel would be the last film in the series, like, ever? Did you roll your eyes too? If Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street have taught us anything, it’s that supernatural slashers are tough to kill, even after “Final Chapters” and taglines insisting one of our favorite icons is “Dead” or in “Hell”. Hollywood isn’t known for abandoning lucrative properties before they’ve sucked them completely dry.

As if there was ever any doubt, maverick producer Jason Blum is making it very clear that we’ll be seeing more of Myers, as long as the upcoming film brings in major box office dollars. In a recent interview with Forbes, he finally stated what many of us already assumed was obvious:

“I’d love to do sequels, and I hope we do a sequel and we will do a sequel if the movie performs. We’re not going to decide if we do a sequel or not until we see the reaction to this movie. But I really hope to make it.”

Reaction to Halloween following its premiere at TIFF last weekend was good. Scratch that: It was phenomenal. Indeed, you’d be hard pressed to find a negative review online (and yes, I’ve tried). The consensus seems to be that director David Gordon Green and his collaborator Danny McBride have done exactly what they set out to do: They’ve made Michael Myers scary again! Check out our own Jonathan Barkan’s review below.

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Halloween will take bows at the upcoming events Fantastic Fest and Salem Horror Fest before slashing into theaters nationwide on October 19th, timed to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of Carpenter’s original Halloween. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis:
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. She now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, Laurie is ready for him.

Are you excited to check out Halloween in October? Are you down for even more Halloween movies in the future? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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