A Geisha Kills in Exclusive Clip from Horror Anthology TERROR TALES

The horror anthology craze of the early 2010s may have cooled some as we reach the tail end of the decade, but there are still some incredible offerings coming down the pike. Fans of anthologies and Christmas-themed horror movies received All the Creatures Were Stirring in December and, now, we’re getting word that Terror Tales will be arriving on VOD platforms January 8th. Sounds like a perfect way to ring in the New Year!

Written and directed by Jimmy Lee Combs, Terror Tales brings together cast members from classic horror properties like Friday the 13th, Maniac Cop 1 & 2, George Romero’s The Crazies, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, Sleepaway Camp, Critters 2 and more.

Today, we’re pleased to share an exclusive clip from Terror Tales. While Geishas are known for their intellect and creativity, this one has murder on her mind. Her weapon of choice is both shocking and apropos. Give it a look-see at the top of the article. You can read the full synopsis for Terror Tales below and the trailer at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

Synopsis:
When Michael wakes up he is horrified to find that he is riding shotgun with a psychopath (Christopher Showerman, “Supergirl”) who reveals to him that his wife and daughter are held captive in the attached cargo trailer. The trailer is rigged to release a deadly toxin when triggered by a switch in the car. Thinking of his family’s safety, he cooperates with everything the psychotic driver asks him to do even if it means breaking the law.

 During this bizarre ride, the driver subjects Michael to three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon that takes a mother (Lynn Lowry, “Shivers”) on a journey of self-discovery and reveals to her the horrifying truth behind her son’s suicide. The next tale transpires in the ’80s where a Detective is hot on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sledgehammer (Jonathan Tiersten, “Sleepaway Camp”) who is terrorizing a video store owner and his wife. In the final tale, an evil deity (Yan Birch, “Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs”) is using the human body as a host to possess its victims. When the deity destroys one victim it jumps to another causing an epidemic of possessions being reported.

 With a burning desire for the truth behind his abduction and the safety of his family, will Michael have the will to survive the madness? Your sanity will be tried and tested in Terror Tales.

Are you a fan of horror anthologies? What do you think of our exclusive clip from Terror Tales? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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R.L. Stine Reflects On the ‘Goosebumps’ Movie That Tim Burton Almost Produced in the ’90s

Beginning in 1995, R.L. Stine‘s mega popular Goosebumps stories began exploding onto the small screen, but the road to the big screen wasn’t as easy. Though attempts at film adaptations date back to the 1990s, it wasn’t until 2015 that the very first Goosebumps movie was finally unleashed into theaters, and a sequel of course followed earlier this year.

The earliest iteration of a feature adaptation was in the early-mid ’90s, when Tim Burton was on board to produce. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Stine reflects on that project.

We had a movie deal to do a Goosebumps movie, and I can’t tell you what year it was,” Stine told the site. “It was like at the height of Goosebumps, back in ’94, ’95, around there, and we actually had a deal with Fox to do a movie, and Tim Burton who was going to be the producer. We had a big meeting, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’ll be great. Tim Burton and Goosebumps. It’ll be great.’ And we had a nice meeting with him, and we had a great time and we talked about what we should do, and then nothing happened.

Stine continued, “He got involved in some Superman project (Superman Lives, starring Nicolas Cage) that also never happened. He was going to do Superman, and then we never heard from him again. That was the end of it. I think we were going to do a new story, but use some of the elements. But we never got that far, you know? It’s very strange. I don’t know. People couldn’t figure out for a long time which story to do, what should we do. And then Goosebumps wasn’t as popular, and then it came back.”

Mandao of the Dead – USA, 2018

‘This Halloween… Jay and Jackson are going astral.’

Mandao of the Dead is a 2018 American science fiction comedy horror feature film written , directed and starring Scott Dunn. The movie also stars Alexandre Chen, Sean Liang and Gina Gomez.

A sequel, Mandao of the Damned, is apparently already in development.

Plot:

Unambitious Jay Mandao (Scott Dunn) lives frugally off his late father’s cereal royalties. He wants nothing more than to live in solitude, but is duped into taking in his adult nephew-in-law, Jackson (Sean McBride).

As Halloween approaches, Jay begins having odd dreams, and comes to find that he has the ability of astral projection. Jay and Jackson are approached by a ghost who has a small window of opportunity to reverse his death at the hands of Jackson’s murderous ex-girlfriend…

Release:

Mandao of the Dead is available exclusively on Amazon Instant Video and will be released on  iTunes in February 2019.

Reviews:

“Dunn beats the odds and delivers an impressive horror comedy that hurls the classic duo dynamic into ’90s slacker culture” Film Threat

Cast and characters:

  • Scott Dunn … Jay Mandao
  • Alexandre Chen … Raymond Mandao
  • Sean Liang … Cousin Andy
  • Gina Gomez … Fer
  • Erin Leigh Neumeyer … Mrs. Mandao
  • Marisa Hood … Maeve
  • Linda Loysen … Maeve’s Mother
  • Samara Kohne … April
  • David Gallegos … Darth
  • Sean McBride … Jackson
  • Tenoch Gomez … Dj Miguel (voice)
  • Rosa Ledesma … Lucinda
  • Max Moreno … Young Jay

Technical credits:

74 minutes | 2.35: 1

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(Video) Full Plot of Unmade HELLRAISER ORIGINS Has Been Unearthed

“In the beginning, there was darkness. Before there was man, before there was any life, there was Hell.”

Over the past few weeks, one of our favorite UK film critics and academics, Mr. H, has been producing a series of videos looking at films that will most likely never come to fruition. He’s given special attention to the Hellraiser franchise, procuring not only the notoriously hard to get screenplay for Clive Barker’s unmade 2014 reboot, but a 40-page treatment that proceeded it.

Today, Mr. H reveals he’s gotten ahold of another Unholy Grail.

It’s been over 5 years since a faux trailer for a prequel film called Hellraiser: Origins set the internet aflutter. It was massive in scope and featured an intriguing new iteration of the iconic Hell Priest, Pinhead. Director Mike Le Han hoped to expand the 2-minute trailer into a feature film; when he was unable to find studio backing, he announced plans to turn Hellraiser: Origins into a short film, but that project also failed to materials.

Mr. H has unearthed a PDF of the entire plot breakdown for Hellraiser: Origins—and it’s simply fantastic. In his hypnotic baritone voice, he narrates a “blood-soaked tale of sex, magic, and esoterica.” If you haven’t seen the “trailer” for Hellraiser: Origins yet, check it out below before playing Mr. H’s exploration embedded at the top of the article.

If you can’t stream, I’ve included a brief summary at the bottom of the article.

Hellraiser: Origins takes place in a pre-biblical world where man and the older gods walk the same scorched earth. Pinhead is a human ambassador, the ruler of the Cenobites and master of the largest citadel in the land. He forces shards of metal into his chakra points as a method of meditation. After a coup attempt that sees Pinhead’s daughter and wife murdered, the Hell Priest seeks a relic that will grant him power over both a King God and a Deviant God. It culminates in an original Armageddon that sees Pinhead’s domain collapsed into “Leviathan’s seed”. Millennia later, toymaker Phillip L’Merchant discovers the “seed” in a peddler’s wagon; the peddler asks: “What’s your pleasure, Sir?”

What do you think of the plot summary for the unmade Hellraiser: Origins? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Colin Trevorrow Teases ‘Jurassic World 3,’ Which Sadly Won’t Center on Dinosaurs Destroying Cities

When I got home from seeing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I excitedly wrote up an article about the film’s final moments and what they seemed to promise about Jurassic World 3, which is being directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). I had noted that Fallen Kingdom makes Jurassic World 3 one of the most exciting sequels ever promised, as this year’s film ends with several dinosaurs being set free into our world. I was envisioning a dinosaurs vs. humans war movie not unlike the Dinosaurs Attack! trading cards. Alas, it’s not happening.

Speaking with Jurassic Outpost, Trevorrow just tempered those expectations a little bit.

I just have no idea what would motivate dinosaurs to terrorize a city,” Trevorrow told the site. “They can’t organize. Right now we’ve got lethal predators in wild areas surrounding cities all over the world. They don’t go pack hunting for humans in urban areas. The world I get excited about is the one where it’s possible that a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food. A world where dinosaur interaction is unlikely but possible—the same way we watch out for bears or sharks.”

He added, “We hunt animals, we traffic them, we herd them, we breed them, we invade their territory and pay the price, but we don’t go to war with them. If that was the case, we’d have lost that war a long time ago.

Emily Carmichael is writing with Trevorrow. JW 3 will be unleashed on June 11, 2021.

[Gift Guide] Mondo’s ‘Beetlejuice’ Pins Celebrate 30 Years of the Tim Burton Classic

To browse BD’s 2018 Gift Guide in full, click that link you just passed!

If you’re looking for cool and geeky gifts for yourself or a friend/loved one this year, Mondo probably has a little something for everyone. We recently spotlighted their high quality Freddy Krueger sweater, which is screen accurate to the 1984 original classic, and over in their online shop you’ll also find a few enamel pins in tribute to another ’80s classic.

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and Mondo is offering up enamel pins of Barbara Maitland, Adam Maitland and the Sandworm!

These pins originally debuted at Beyond Fest earlier this year (others in the line have sold out), and they’re selling for $10 each. The 1.25″ high soft enamel pins were designed by WBYK.

For guaranteed Christmas delivery (US) from Mondo, be sure to order by midnight CT *tonight*!

World Premiere! DREAD: THE UNSOLVED Episode 2: “The Watcher”

It’s time to unleash the latest chapter of Dread Central’s new original bi-monthly web series Dread: The Unsolved, in which we explore strange and terrifying true stories currently making the rounds on the web. This episode will likely creep the hell out of you… because the story itself is taken directly from today’s headlines.

It’s one of the most terrifying true-crime cases of the year, surpassing even the infamous Twitter tale of “Dear David” (more on that one in a future episode), and it’s recently taken social media by storm, generating nightmare-inducing memes around the world.

Today’s episode tackles the entire history of “The Westfield Watcher” and the ongoing ordeal of Maria and Derek Broaddus, who purchased the house in 2014, but still haven’t moved in… and they don’t plan to either, for reasons you’ll soon find out.

The rights to this horrific tale have reportedly been optioned by Netflix for a feature film adaptation. But in this case, the (alleged) truth is definitely stranger – and more horrifying – than any scary story you could dream up.

Turn the lights down and give “The Watcher” a spin… and be sure to let us know what you think. Also, if you’re a resident of Westfield, New Jersey, you’ve probably got a Watcher story of your own… so be sure to share it with us!

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Lionsgate Sets 2019 Release Date for Murder Mystery KNIVES OUT, Starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Toni Collette

Fans of Clue, take note: Rian Johnson’s next film, a murder mystery mansion film titled Knives Out, is set to be released late next year from Lionsgate.

Deadline reports that Lionsgate is teaming up with MRC to release Knives Out on November 27th, 2019. Featuring Daniel Craig in the lead role of a detective, Knives Out is a modern-day murder mystery (also described as an “Agatha Christie-style murder mystery”) that is expected to take place in a mansion.

Written and directed by Johnson, Knives Out has a star-studded cast comprised of the aforementioned Craig, as well as Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, and Don Johnson.

Via Deadline, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake shared his excitement for distributing Johnson’s latest film:

“Knives Out redefines the detective movie genre in a cool and original way With a superstar filmmaker, an amazing ensemble cast and the perfect partner in MRC, we can hardly wait to bring this big, crowd-pleasing property to a global audience next Thanksgiving.”

We’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details on Knives Out are revealed.

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Netflix Lands ‘Conversation with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’

It looks like Netflix is set to hit it big once again with another true crime documentary series. E! News is reporting that the streaming giant promises to give an unprecedented look at serial killer Ted Bundy in Conversation with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The series comes from Emmy-winning filmmaker Joel Berlinger whose credits include Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru.

Prior to his execution via electric chair in 1989, Ted Bundy confessed to 30 murders between the years of 1974 and 1978. The serial killer was considered charismatic and handsome by many of his victims, traits which helped lure them into in a false sense of security.

Docuseries have helped Netflix strengthen their grip on the world of streaming TV. Hits such as Making a Murderer, The Keepers, Evil Genius, 13th, The Confession Tapes, and The Staircase have gained national recognition while bringing more viewers to Netflix.

The series is set to premiere Friday, January 25 on Netflix. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more on Conversation with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.

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