‘Assassination Nation’ Heads Home Next Month With Deleted and Extended Scenes

It failed to make waves at the box office back in September, but Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation is likely to develop a cult following once it hits home video. When can you expect to add it to your collection? We’ve learned today that the film will hit DVD/Blu-ray on December 18.

Special features will include:

  • Deleted/extended scenes
  • Gag reel
  • Trailers

In Assassination Nation

High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just like the rest of the world. So, when an anonymous hacker starts posting details from the private lives of everyone in their small town, the result is absolute madness leaving Lily and her friends questioning whether they’ll live through the night.

The film stars Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Bill Skarsgard, Bella Thorne, Colman Domingo, Joel McHale, and Aniki Noni Rose.

‘Antlers’ Set Photography Teases Possible Creatures

Production is underway in Vancouver, British Columbia on the Guillermo del Toro-produced Antlers, the supernatural horror-thriller set up at Fox Searchlight with Scott Cooper (Hostiles) directing. The studio continues sharing cool behind-the-scenes looks at the film, including this creepy art of what could be one of the creatures.

In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Graham Greene (Molly’s Game), Scott Haze (Venom), Rory Cochrane (Hostiles) and Amy Madigan also star.

The film is written by Henry Chaisson (Open 24 Hours) and Nick Antosca (The Forest, “Channel Zero”) with revisions by Scott Cooper, from the short story The Quiet Boy by Antosca.

 

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Dennis Quaid Goes Full-blown Horror In This Bonkers Trailer for ‘The Intruder’!

Looking a bit like a modern-day take on Pacific Heights, below is the first ever trailer for Deon Taylor’s (Chain Letter) psychological thriller The Intruder, which looks absolutely bonkers.

The film centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meaghan Good) who buys a beautiful Napa Valley home only to find that the man they bought it from (Dennis Quaid) refuses to let go of the property… and he slowly terrorizes them.

“Terrorizes them” is an understatement as Taylor appears to have taken The Intruder to the very line of thriller and horror. The trailer begins like a typical PG-13 thriller hailing out of Screen Gems, only it pulls a complete 180 and goes full-blown horror. There are a handful of horror references – from Psycho to The Shining – with the footage promising a horrifying performance from Quaid.

[Video] Watch a Six Minute Trailer for ‘The Party’s Just Begun,’ Next Year’s ‘Night of the Demons’ Documentary

From writer Chris MacGibbon comes the upcoming The Party’s Just Begun: The Legacy of Night of the Demons, a fan documentary from Dead Mouse Productions LTD, Cult Screenings UK LTD and Michael Perez Productions that’ll bring you back to Hull House with exclusive cast interviews, behind the scenes material and more, covering the entire franchise.

Night of the Demons premiered in 1988, spawning 2 sequels as well as a remake in 2009 – this documentary covers each film extensively with interviews from the cast and crew.

Fully supported by original director Kevin Tenney and hosted exclusively by Amelia Kinkade, returning once again as the evil Angela, this documentary will unearth the behind the scenes shenanigans of the making of the original trilogy and 2009’s remake. With behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast and crew and a wealth of never-before-seen interviews, ‘The Party’s Just Begun!’ is the ultimate celebration of Night of the Demons!

Check out the trailer below and expect the doc in 2019!

[Black Friday 2018] All the Best Horror Movie Deals You’ll Find at Walmart and Target

If you want to bulk up your horror movie collection, you’ll probably want to hit up Best Buy later this week, as they’ve got a ton of DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD releases for really great prices on Black Friday. The great thing about Best Buy is that their Black Friday ad shows *all* of the titles that’ll be on sale, which is something that Walmart and Target do not do.

In the Black Friday ads for Walmart and Target, you’ll find only small selections of their sale titles, with many other titles not revealed unless/until you go into your local store on Black Friday. This means that we have no way of putting together complete lists for the two stores, but we did peruse both ads to at least put together small selections of what they’ll have.

Here’s what you can expect…

WALMART

  • $1.96: Jurassic Park DVD, Jurassic World DVD, IT (1990) DVD
  • $3.96: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom DVD
  • $5.96: Rampage Blu-ray, Split Blu-ray, Annihilation DVD
  • $7.96: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Blu-ray
  • $8.96: A Quiet Place Blu-ray, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 4K, Rampage 4K
  • $9.96: The Walking Dead Season 8 DVD

TARGET

  • $4: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom DVD, Jurassic World DVD
  • $9: IT (2017) Blu-ray, Rampage Blu-ray
  • $10: The Walking Dead Season 8 Blu-ray

Again, both Walmart and Target will have many more titles for sale on Black Friday (likely, a handful of them horror), so be sure to check both stores to see what else they’ve got!

First Look: Original ‘IT’ Miniseries Actor Returns in Short Film ‘Georgie,’ Which Just Wrapped Production

Our friend John Campopiano is one of the biggest fans of Stephen King’s IT out there, a fandom that led to him writing and co-producing the forthcoming documentary, Pennywise: The Story of IT. As we recently told you, Campopiano is now teaming with filmmaker Ryan Grulich on Georgie, a short film that will bring the *original* Georgie Denbrough back to life.

The fan-made short from Creepy Kingdom is essentially an unofficial sequel to the 1990 mini-series adaptation of King’s IT, with actor Tony Dakota reprising the role he originated 28 years ago, as a young child. The upcoming short will be his first acting role in 25 years.

Ben Heller, young Stanley Uris from IT 1990, will also star!

Co-writer/producer Campopiano tells us this week that filming just wrapped on the short, which Grulich directed. The team also sent over some comments about the shoot.

GEORGIE is now wrapped and we’ll soon be moving into post-production. In many ways, working on this short film project has been a dream come true,” Campopiano told us. “Collaborating with Tony Dakota on this fever dream story was surreal and very rewarding. Our West Coast crew who helped make this idea a reality were all top notch. It seems the stars have been aligning for us and we’re all anxious and excited to present it to the world. I think that fans of IT and Stephen King will find something inside the tiny universe we’ve created that will satisfy their darkest cravings. That’s the hope, anyway!

Grulich added, “GEORGIE is an intentionally disorienting film, the production was no different. All I can say now is that taking this film from concept to wrap was a super wild ride. The most intense short film I’ve worked on. We were graced with a very special cast, a highly capable and dedicated crew and backers who believed we could execute a unique reimagining of a cherished American story. As we move into post production, our goal is to honor all those folks by making something really fun to watch.”

Check out a first look image of Dakota in the short below.

‘Venom’ Nears $800M With Overseas Box Office Explosion

There’s nothing more frustrating than celebrating a bad film’s success. I’m a huge fan of Venom, who was my favorite childhood villain and antihero. Whether you like his solo feature adaptation or not, the film was problematic and executives did, in fact, fuck it up. This massive hit is just a signal to the top execs that they were right in toning down the violence and tweaking it for children. It also tells them that all the decisions they forced down onto the creative were the right thing to do. It’s empowered them to fuck shit up. No matter, Venom is a hit and it’s pretty damn cool. It’s bigger than almost all of the Spider-Man films and that’s mind-blowing (it could pass Sam Raimi’s 2002 film).

Digressing, Venom added another $87M in China and is now sitting at $570M internationally and $210M here in the States for a $780M global take. It’s smashing predictions and just $40M from being the biggest Spider-Man movie ever (prior to inflation).

This is impressive for a critically panned film that cost a whopping $100M to produce. No matter, the studio’s big gamble has paid off as the film is a monstrous hit and has officially launched Sony’s darker cinematic universe that continues with the Jared Leto-starring Morbius. There will also be a Venom sequel that will star Woody Harrelson as Carnage.

RELATED: Venom Just Opened Huge in China After a Bonkers Marketing Campaign Presented the Beast as the Perfect Boyfriend

In the film, “One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined – where does Eddie end and Venom begin?”

[Trailer] PG-13 ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Spoofs ‘The Princess Bride’ and Gives Zero F’s

On December 12, 20th Century Fox is unleashing the PG-13 Once Upon a Deadpool, which is essentially a brand new movie that’s been made out of the very much “R”-rated Deadpool 2. Rather than just being a simple PG-13 edit, as many initially believed, a whole new holiday experience has been pulled out of it, with brand new material shot exclusively for it.

Spoofing The Princess BrideOnce Upon a Deadpool stars Fred Savage, who appears in the film’s trailer. You can check that out below, along with all the info you need.

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick recently explained to Slash Film

“We definitely shot new stuff. And recently too. After Deadpool 2 came out and we were all sitting around, we came to it less about the idea of let’s make a PG-13 movie and more, ‘Let’s talk a little bit about Deadpool.’ We were kicking around some ideas and then I think it was Ryan [Reynolds] who had the great (Princess Bride-inspired) framing device and we all got excited and went to the studio. They said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. Fire up the cameras.’ About two months ago we were out on soundstages shooting again. Ryan was in the suit and the gang was back together, Dave Leitch and Ryan and us having a great time and laughing. It comes together great so we’re super excited about it.”

From what we gather, eight new scenes have been added to the existing film’s footage.

[Editorial] How ‘CAM’s’ Masterful Pre-Title Card Sequence Sets The Tone

After a buzzy, successful run at film festivals throughout the year, Blumhouse’s CAM is finally available for public consumption on Netflix. The film has earned positive accolades from reviewers (including Bloody Disgusting’s own Kalyn Corrigan) for its sex-positive messaging, its neon fuschia colour aesthetic and Madeline Brewer’s go-for-broke performance as lead Alice.

CAM is a confidently assured first film from director Daniel Goldhaber and screenwriter Isa Mazzei. The film is a technology-driven psychological thriller about Alice, an ambitious camgirl whose online identity is compromised by an identical-looking doppelganger who assumes control of her life. CAM is deeply concerned with issues of power, autonomy and the drive to excel in your chosen profession; these themes are all present in the masterful pre-title card opening sequence, which not only introduces audiences to Alice and the world of webcamming, but also anticipates and foreshadows the remainder of the film’s significant developments…all in what amounts to a six minute and 30 second short.

The film opens with Alice jumping into frame and apologizing for being late because she had to pee. It is evident from her verbal response to the television screen in front of her that this is a trademark statement from her, which immediately establishes the kind of rapport and an historical relationship Alice has with the clients in her group. There is also an element of theatrical performativity on display: despite the fact that the audience is unaware of exactly who this woman is, Alice is clearly playing into their wants and desires.

Although Madeline Brewer is acting solo in this scene, Goldhaber shoots her exchanges with the men on the television in a series of shot/reverse shots, just like a conversation. The screen displays the chat room where these virtual interactions occur: a large window is visible on the right that scrolls as comments and tips pour in. On the left-hand side is a mirrored image of Alice, or rather her camgirl persona, “Lola”.

This set-up immediately introduces the concept of a double – an identical-looking recreation of our protagonist who “exists” exclusively in the virtual realm under a different name. The distinction between the cam world and the real world is visually represented when Alice interacts with the “real” world of her mother’s hair salon, or shops for supplies at the dollar store: she wears less make-up, the lighting is dull and her clothes are comfortable, even drabby (not theatrical). On screen Lola is vibrant, dynamic and flirtatious; in real life, Alice is still driven, but her confidence is threatened by the cam girls who occupy higher ranks on the leaderboard. This insecurity even has its own visual tic: in real life, Alice frequently bites her nails.

The majority of the opening scene is a single night in Alice’s calendarized attempt to climb into the coveted top 50 camgirl rankings. She compliments her clients and expertly draws tips from them for various playful activities such as jumping up and down and dancing to a favourite track. In doing so, the personalities and tastes of various clients are revealed, including Tinker (Patch Darrragh) and high roller Barney (Michael Dempsey).

These activities also serve to educate the audience about how camgirling works. All of these interactions are aurally monetized; the soundtrack is filled with pings and other electronic exclamations that reinforce the level of engagement in the virtual room (even when Goldhaber isn’t visually displaying the chat screen). These sound effects create a dynamic energy, a Pavlovian response that mirrors the way society is increasingly addicted to social media and glued to our screens. Shortly thereafter, Alice will cheekily tease Barney with PG-rated T&A pictures on her phone in full view of her mother at the hair salon. Later, after she’s locked out of her account by her doppelganger, Alice becomes increasingly frustrated by her inability to control the consumption of her curated online personality and the financial damage it costs her.

Alice eventually turns to the sex work at hand, excavating three dildo options from a tickle trunk for the room to “vote” on. This is where Massei expertly introduces in the film’s psychology thriller component: Alice is harassed and threatened by an anonymous client – Visitor 003128 – who encourages, then demands that she cut herself with a knife. In addition to reinforcing the potential for online harassment, particularly for women, this swift change in tone foreshadows a narrative development later in the film when a celebratory milestone is cut short by an unfortunate turn of events. CAM suggests that these publicly accessible online forums offer potential for gainful employment and empowering independence, but they are also subject to hacks, identity theft and dangerous trolling. Consider the speed at which the comments in the chat turn from talk of dildos to egging “Lola” to harm herself in front of hundreds of viewers.

The fact that Alice does commit suicide – by slitting her throat – is a fascinating development. Considering how this opening scene plays, it (briefly) seems entirely possible that Alice is actually dead and this is a cold open in the vein of Scream and its countless copycats. After all, horror is filled with introductory scenes that are designed to hook audiences with a shocking act of violence.

Another Trailer for ‘Break’, Which Looks Perfect for Fans of ‘Frozen’

Following the teaser trailer ahead of AFM in Santa Monica, CA, Russian World Vision has released the first official trailer for Break, which looks like a bigger-scale version of Adam Green’s Frozen.

Directed by Tigran Saakyan, “The company of three guys and two girls makes their way to the old funicular to have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration at the top of the mountain. A fun adventure turns into a nightmare when the funicular stops over the abyss. Coldness, height, and fear of a slow death make them reveal their true essence and get in a fight with each other.” Irina Antonenko, Andrey Nazimov, and Ingrid Olerinskaya star.

Watch this spot for news when Break lands U.S. distribution. It opens in Russia this coming January. Thanks to Fabien M. for the news.