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Super 8 Blu-Ray and DVD release information

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 22: Called “this year’s most thrilling movie” (Richard Corliss, Time), writer/director J.J. Abrams’ (Star Trek) breathtaking adventure SUPER 8 debuts in a Blu-rayâ„¢/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy November 22, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Produced by Amblin, Bad Robot and Academy Award® winner* Steven Spielberg, the exhilarating story follows a group of friends in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie. When they realize that it was no accident, they set out to find the truth—something more shocking than any of them could have imagined. Combining action, humor and heart, the film features outstanding performances from a fresh young cast including Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Gabriel Basso (“The Big C”), Zach Mills (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and newcomers Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee, along with veteran actors Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) and Ron Eldard (“Blind Justice”). The SUPER 8 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy includes more than two hours of enthralling special features including eight behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring the origins of the story, the casting, the locations, the music, the impact of 8mm film and more; an in-depth deconstruction of the breathtaking train crash; interviews with cast and crew including J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg; deleted scenes; and commentary by J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong. SUPER 8 will also be available as a single-disc DVD.

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Silent Night Zombie Night interview with Sean Cain

Silent Night Zombie Night horror movie

Silent Night, Zombie Night chronicles a viral outbreak the week before Christmas that turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in, their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman.

We caught up with writer/director Sean Cain to talk about Silent Night, Zombie Night.

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Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode interview

Dracula documentary

Few mythic figures have captured the imagination as has Dracula. But much confusion surrounds Count Dracula, the fictional vampire, and Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) Draculea III (1431-1476), the Voivode, a real-life royal whose violent, 6-year rule of Romania and many believe inspired the famed, fanged figure. Separating fact from fiction, sink your teeth into Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode.

We caught up with director, Michael Bayley Hughes to learn more about this fascinating documentary.

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The Walking Dead season 2 poster revealed

AMC revealed the official Season 2 poster for The Walking Dead with artwork featuring Rick Grimes running, toward a farmhouse. In this latest season of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, the survivors arrive at Hershel’s Farm, where we will meet Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), a vet; his daughter, Maggie (Lauren Cohan); and Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince), the middle-aged ranch foreman who’s such a sweetheart that he all but loses it when he accidentally shoots a fellow survivor. The new cast members join series regulars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale, Steven Yeun as Glenn, and Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes.

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Hannibal TV series in the works

Deadline reports that French film studio Gaumont has become the latest foreign production company to establish a U.S. outpost and tap a seasoned U.S. TV executive to run it. Gaumont today announced today the launch of Gaumont International Television, an independent studio based in Los Angeles, designed to produce drama and comedy television programming for the U.S. and international markets. Former NBC head of drama Katie O’Connell will run the company as CEO, with Sony Pictures TV business exec Richard Frankie tapped as COO. GIT also announced its first two projects that will be taken to MIPCOM next month: Hannibal, a one-hour drama series written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, and Madame Tussaud, a six-hour miniseries written by The Tudors creator Michael Hirst. Hannibal will explore the early relationship of Thomas Harris’ signature character, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis who has produced three Hannibal Lector features: Hannibal, Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising.

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Vanessa Hudgens joins the cast of The Frozen Ground

Deadline reports that Vanessa Hudgens will join Nicolas Cage and John Cusack in The Frozen Ground. The Frozen Ground is described as: It follows Alaskan detective Glenn Flothe (Cage) who sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to add up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Detective Flothe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer and risks his life to find him before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee (Hudgens) comes running to the law, Detective Flothe finally finds his lead and nears his killer. But will he catch him in time to save the next victim, or will it be too late?

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Pacific Entertainment releases three horror films

Creeping into the ever popular marketplace for horror films on DVD and Blu-ray, Pacific Entertainment Corporation today announced a slate of three terrifying titles for release in September and October 2011. Silent Night, Zombie Night will be released October 4, The Hagstone Demon will be released September 27, and Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption will be released October 18, 2011. SILENT NIGHT, ZOMBIE NIGHT Just in time for Halloween – and positioned for sale throughout the entire 2011 holiday season – is the DVD debut of Silent Night, Zombie Night, the film that proclaims, “This Christmas, you are the holiday feast!” Written, produced and directed by Sean Cain (Naked Beneath the Water, Breath of Hate), Silent Night, Zombie Night chronicles a viral outbreak the week before Christmas that turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in, their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman. THE HAGSTONE DEMON Director Jon Springer combines horror and noir in The Hagstone Demon, a film about drunken ex-reporter Douglas Elmore, played by Mark Borchardt (American Movie), who finds himself entangled in a hyper gothic web of taciturn ghosts, naked Satanists and hairless cats in this moody send up of 60’s Hammer films. Deep within the dilapidated brownstone under Douglas’s care lurks a blonde succubus whose sexual overtures provide a welcome distraction from the spectral visitations of his deceased spouse, and from the dead bodies piling up in the hallways. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: REDEMPTION Horror, adventure and over-the-top, post-nuke comic realism converge in Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption, a film that provides huge must-see appeal among adult male audiences. At the end of civilization, zombies greatly outnumber people and every day is a fight to see tomorrow. Rugged wanderer John Knox is saved by a ragtag group of survivors. As he settles in with his new family, maniacal raiders assault the camp and kidnap Sarah – Knox’s love interest. Knox and the few who escaped the attack join up with zombies and launch an all-or-nothing rescue mission on the raiders’ home fortress.

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Thomas Hayden Church set to star in Nothing to Fear

Deadline is reporting that Thomas Hayden Church is set to star in Nothing to Fear. Nothing to Fear is the debut horror film produced by Slasher Films, Slash’s production outfit. Church would play an “unbalanced” priest who disrupts a family’s life in a small town supposedly sitting on one of the seven gateways to hell.

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Throwing Stones web series news

In July Highland Myst and Throwing Stones Productions wrapped on Season Two of the award-winning teen horror web series THROWING STONES, which stars Chad Cox (Powder, The Good Guys), Cherami Leigh (Fast Food Nation, HBO’s Temple Grandin), Rebekah Kennedy (Creature, Season of the Witch), Lindsay Seidel (The Final), Bryan Massey (Mad Money, Boggy Creek), Kayla Carlyle (From the Dark), Lynn Andrews (MTV’s: High School Stories, The Ghost of Godnight Lane), and other up-and-comers. The teen series about students sent to Saturday School to learn a lesson has become one of the most watched series on KoldCast TV ever since the cliffhanger episode aired earlier this year and MTV producers recently fell in love with series and began posting episodes on their Facebook pages. Whereas the first season was about getting to know the students at Blair High while focusing more on the psychological elements, the second season moves into full Slasher Mode. After finally coming together to overcome their differences, the students of Blair High are violently separated and forced to follow Mr. Beckett’s new set of rules. One by one he challenges each student’s will to live as he pushes his Broken Window Theory to the test. Their objective is to survive. The web series is loosely based on a feature length screenplay of the same name by writers Bart D. Van Bemmel and Jason A. Wheeler. Joining the team, Jon Keeyes signed on to direct Season Two. THROWING STONES is currently in post-production with an autumn release planned. Look for the premiere date to be announced soon.

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Maniac Cop Blu-ray release date

Synapse Films is bringing Maniac Cop to Blu-ray on October 11th. Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This “maniac” cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge!

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