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Amazing how things tend to work out. A few days back I stumbled upon info about a new Olivier Gruner action-horror flick called War of the Dead that would pit the marble-mouthed French kickboxing asskicker against zombies during World War 2. I couldn’t find any info other than a brief synopsis and assurances that it was a real film. I wanted to do a story about it but damned if I had much of anything to go on. And then this morning I surf over to Twitch Film and find that they’ve just filled in the blanks complete with trailer. What timing.

Now War of the Dead is definitely what I would call an international production: Finnish director and locales, French leading actor, Scandinavian cast, US and Lithuanian producers, and the dialogue will reportedly be almost completely in English. Directed by acclaimed Finnish director Marko Mäkilaakso – I’ll just take their word for it that he’s acclaimed since I don’t know enough about Finnish cinema to dispute it – and produced by the people behind John Carpenter’s Vampires, War of the Dead‘s plot goes a little something like this:

“In the frozen arctic forests, Captain Martin Stone is leading a finely-trained, elite platoon of American and Finnish soldiers as they attack an enemy bunker. Underestimating their enemy’s strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest. As they try to regroup, they are suddenly attacked by the same soldiers they had just killed a few minutes earlier. Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of war’s most terrifying secrets and realize they have woken up a far more deadlier enemy.”

Despite the fact that War of the Dead only began shooting last month there’s already a teaser trailer online and I must say I’m digging what I’m seeing thus far. You certainly can’t fault the cinematography. That said, “Fear has a new temperature” may very well be the lamest tagline I’ve come across in a long time.

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Blumhouse Reveals Halloween Poster With Michael in Full Glory!

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The poster for Blumhouse’s Halloween has been revealed and it’s almost brilliant in its simplicity. Featuring Michael’s iconic mask in the upper left, it practically looms over the blackness of the bottom right, Michael’s almost entirely black stare looking at the Halloween font. His mask is cracked and weathered, almost as though it aged and wrinkled with him, dirt and grime collecting around the eyes and nostrils. In short, it’s absolutely fantastic.

Speaking recently with Halloween Daily News, Nick Castle, who plays Michael Myers, explained, “Yes, and it’s very neighborhood-centric, you know, like the first one. It feels a lot like (the first film). There are a lot of things coinciding (in the new film) that feel like clever ways to introduce a kind of déjà vu of the first one, without feeling like it’s being copied. The script had some very clever people working on it. They were very clear on wanting to find the tone that was in the first one. It was the first thing out of their mouths really: ‘We want to do it like John did it.’

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer, the latter two who play Curtis’ granddaughter and daughter, respectively. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer and composer.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Venture back into Haddonfield when Halloween goes trick or treating on October 19.

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Trailer: Alex Aja’s Campfire Creepers Starring Robert Englund

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Later this month we will finally see the release of director Alexandre Aja’s original VR anthology series Campfire Creepers starring Robert Englund and inspired by cult classics like Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt.

The first two episodes, “The Skull of Sam” and “Midnight March,” premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this Friday before hitting Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift April 27.

You can check out the series’ poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The VR series is directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes), who created the project alongside Casey Cooper Johnson and Martin Andersen. Oculus, Future Lighthouse, and Dark Corner produce.

The first two episodes hit Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift via Dark Corner April 27.

Synopsis:

An original anthology series that brings classic campfire stories to life in stunning Virtual Reality, Campfire Creepers invites viewers to join the fire circle at a summer camp called Camp Coyote as a group of kids take turns telling spooky tales. Inspired by cult classics like Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt, every episode of Campfire Creepers is a wild ride that will have you laughing and screaming in equal measure.

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Grindhouse’s Planet Terror Score Hits Vinyl

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Grindhouse’s Planet Terror soundtrack hits on vinyl for the first time this Saturday via Varese Sarabande. The LP is pressed on opaque white vinyl and limited to 2,000 copies.

Rose McGowan sings on three tracks exclusive to this soundtrack with the majority of the score composed by Robert Rodriguez with contributions from Graeme Revell, (The Crow, Sin City), Chingon and Nouvelle Vague.

Are you excited about own this score on vinyl? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and starred Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, and Bruce Willis.

The score will be hitting vinyl for the first time ever on Record Store Day April 21.

Synopsis:

An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on the prowl. Cherry (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer, and Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), her ex-lover, band together with other survivors in a no-holds-barred effort to escape the carnage. The odds become a bit more even when Cherry, who lost her leg to a hungry ghoul, gets a machine-gun appendage and lets the bullets fly.

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