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#SDCC15: To Dust Return Kicking Off Independent Film Festival’s Horror Block on July 10th

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The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) returns as part of San Diego Comic-Con for its 16th year in 2015, featuring a complete schedule of films from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Spain, England, Israel, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Norway.

The Festival features the very best in genre films in seven categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture-Oriented), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. The films have been judged by a panel of industry luminaries (Letia Clouston, Orlando Jones, and Dan Sachar), and awards will be given out to the best film in each category, plus an overall “Judges’ Choice” award, on Sunday, July 12th, in the Film Festival room. The award recipients’ films will be re-screened on Sunday following the awards ceremony.

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All films will be screened at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, located on Harbor Drive, north of the Convention Center. The Film Festival room is Grand Ballroom D on the lobby level of the hotel. The schedule also includes the return of the popular ongoing panel series Comic-Con Film School, plus additional film-related panels on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the day.

Also of interest to the horror crowd is the Saturday, July 11th, screening of Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World. Click here for the full CCI-IFF schedule.

The horror block kicks off on Friday, July 10th, at 6:10pm PT with To Dust Return (official site here), a short film that will have its World Premiere just before a Q&A featuring stars Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time”) and Sam Jaeger (American Sniper, “Parenthood”) and the film’s writer/director Chris Peters.

To Dust Return – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 6:10pm – 6:35pm
A couple struggle to cope with the death of their newborn son. In his despair, the husband must transform how he sees his wife and find a way to accept her dark wisdom.

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Hag – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 6:35pm – 7:05pm
Inspired by true events. Scott Somers mysteriously experiences sleep paralysis when his wife, Marie, sleepwalks at night. Unbeknownst to him, she lives with a horrible secret that slowly begins to eat away at their relationship.

Polaroid – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 7:05pm – 7:35pm
Sarah and Linda are moving out Sarah’s house after her mother has died. In the clearing they find an old Polaroid camera that is possessed by a dark past. Participating panelists include director Lars Klevberg (SyrianHeroBoy), producer Petter Onstad Lokke (SyrianHeroBoy), and producer John Einar Hagen (SyrianHeroBoy).

The Bridge Partner – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 7:35pm – 8:05pm
A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity at her weekly bridge club when she think she hears her new partner utter a threat. Participating panelists include Gabriel Olson (director/screenwriter), producer Sean Barney (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), and actress Beth Grant (Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine, No Country for Old Men, “The Mindy Project”)

The Timeshare – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 8:05pm – 8:25pm
A killer on the verge of taking his latest victim receives a phone call with an offer he can’t refuse. Participating panelists include director Matt Gibson (Divergence) and actors Aleksander D’Avignon (The Turtle) and Erik Cram (Instant Justice).

The Mill at Calder’s End – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 8:25pm – 8:55pm
In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, intent on breaking an ancient family curse. A Gothic horror tale in the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe and horror films of the 1960s, this film utilizes bunraku puppetry and traditional in-camera practical effects. Participating panelists include director Kevin McTurk (special effects artist; Hellboy, Jurassic Park), Ryan Murphy (writer), and Eli Presser (lead puppeteer).

All I Need – Friday, July 10, 2015 – 8:55pm – 10:30pm
The paths of a desperate man and an imprisoned young woman cross unexpectedly in the den of a mysterious killer. Participating panelists include writer/director Dylan K. Narang (Dark Was the Night), composer Jacob Yoffee (Finding Carter), and actor Markus Taylor (Deadheads).

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World – Saturday, July 11, 2015 – 9:30pm – 11:05pm
Surrealist artist H.R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos, and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death, and sex. Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger’s oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin’s definitive documentary shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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