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Gremlins: What You Didn’t See! Joe Dante Speaks!

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Gremlins: What you Didn't See! Joe Dante Speaks! (click for larger image)Tonight horror fans got the rare chance to relive their childhood at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, which hosted a Joe Dante double feature of his 1984 creature feature masterpiece Gremlins that was followed up with his 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

The night got even better when Dante announced to fans at the beginning of the evening that he’d be showing us the workprint copy of Gremlins with a bonus six minutes of footage that had never been shown in public before.

The bonus six minutes included more shots of the gremlins in action in addition to some scenes that gave Judge Reinhold’s douchebag character Gerald a chance to show what a perfect comedic foil he was to Zach Galligan’s Billy.

One other key piece that was edited out of the theatrical version of Gremlins was a scene where Billy and Kate (Phoebe Cates) discover Mrs. Deagle’s dastardly plan of foreclosing on Kingston Falls in order to sell the land to a chemical company so that they could build a plant in their charming small town. While I don’t necessarily see losing this scene as detrimental, I think keeping it would have added a little more dimension to Deagle, who generally just comes off as an evil, money-hungry cat lady.

Gremlins: What you Didn't See! Joe Dante Speaks! (click for larger image)During the Q&A session the audience listened to Dante as well as actor Glynn Turman (who played doomed teacher Mr. Hanson) discuss some of the lesser known facts surrounding the Gremlins films.

Dante said, “Chris Columbus’ original script was definitely more of a horror film than what we developed Gremlins into. His original version had the monsters killing the dog and cutting off the mom’s head and tossing it down the stairs. We realized as we continued developing the project we needed to have a different tone.

One thing that almost got pulled in the sequel was when the film ‘breaks’ and then we have a featured cameo with Hulk Hogan,” added Dante. “The studio didn’t think it would go over well with viewers so I really had to push to convince them that these people paid good money to see a movie and that they’d find the break as entertaining as I did.

Dante also discussed his latest project, The Hole, which centers around two brothers who find a hole in their basement that unleashes their worst nightmares into the world around them.

We shot the movie on a RED camera and are using 3D technology, which was really exciting to try out,” explained Dante. “We don’t have an exact release date for it yet, but I imagine it should be coming out sometime in 2010.

Dante also told the audience that his long-rumored project, Bat Out of Hell, has been officially shelved. “At this point it’s not going to happen,” Dante stated.

When asked about a possible third installment of the Gremlins franchise, Dante acknowledged that he figured at some point Warner Bros. would want to dust off Gizmo for another round.

Dante said, “I think Warner Bros. would be crazy not to do another one. The only thing is, I can’t imagine they’d ask me to direct it though. If Gremlins 3 ever happens, the person who would take the reins has my total blessing for it.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night – Poster Premiere!

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The official one-sheet for The Strangers: Prey at Night is here and it features some ghoulishly scare yet familiar “faces.” Lock your doors and windows and check it out!

The Strangers: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

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New Trailer Arrives for Overkill’s The Walking Dead Video Game

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Over two years after it was announced, we’ve finally been given our first good look at Overkill’s Walking Dead video game in the form of a series of new videos posted on the company’s YouTube channel.

The first video introduces Aiden, one of the playable survivors, and confirms that the game will be set in Washington D.C. No gameplay is shown, but it still serves as a pretty decent intro for yet another story in the Walking Dead universe.

Following on from the trailer above, Overkill also released a video introducing the team working on the game, in addition to an extended 28 minute interview with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be a four player co-op action FPS in which you’ll have to fight crazed fellow survivors in addition to zombies. There will be four playable survivors in total, each with their own unique upgradable abilities.

Starbreeze Studios will publish the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime next year. Keep an eye on Overkill’s YouTube channel for more updates in the meantime.

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New Insidious: The Last Key Trailer Speaks Softly But Carries a Big Whistle

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The last word we brought you guys on the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise was when we let you know the new film had snagged a PG-13 rating from the MPAA for “disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language”.

Today we have a new trailer/TV spot for Insidious: The Last Key, and if you aren’t already on board for a fourth round of spooky shite courtesy of screenwriter Leigh Whannel, maybe this quick trailer will do the trick.

You can check out the new trailer below; then let us know how excited you are for Insidious: The Last Key!

I’m digging what I’ve seen from the new film thus far, and this new trailer only strengthens that. Plus I’m excited to see what director Adam Robitel can do with this series after his fucking terrifying previous film The Taking of Deborah Logan.

The film is directed by Adam Robitel from a script by Leigh Whannell and stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker, and Marcus Henderson.

Insidious: The Last Key hits theaters January 5, 2018.

Synopsis:

Parapsychologist Elise Rainier and her team travel to Five Keys, N.M., to investigate a man’s claim of a haunting. Terror soon strikes when Rainier realizes that the house he lives in was her family’s old home.

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