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Director Brian Feeney provided Dread Central with an exclusive first look at the trailer for his supernatural slasher flick The Echo Game (see it below) as well as a piece of promotional artwork and a couple of stills from the flick, which is currently in post-production.

The film stars Alisha Seaton and Jeannie Bolet as April Reilly and Casey Lin, “a young lesbian couple who must protect their daughter (Melissa Lee) from rogue scientist Anne Cassavettes (Judy Clement), who’s on a murderous rampage to steal the girl’s psychic powers for herself,” Feeney says. “It’s low-budget but looks great (Jeffrey Waldron served as director of photography), and we got some great gore out of it, too.” Liliya Czarina, Angela Landis, Laurel Vail, and Robert McAtee round out the principal cast.

Shot over the course of several weeks last August and September and co-scripted by Feeney and writer John Ross, the director tells us that making The Echo Game “has been one the best experiences of my life. I was incredibly fortunate to have the producers (Doug Spice and Asa Shumskas-Tait), cast, and crew that I did. Every single member of the crew committed themselves to working incredibly hard on a very tight schedule.

Director of photography Waldron says of his reaction to Feeney’s initial conceptual art for The Echo Game, and the visual approach he took accordingly, “Though we had a very tight shooting schedule, we paid special attention to creating visually motivated camera moves to progress the tension, danger and drama. Working with production designer Kim Seff, we were able to choose and dress locations that teemed with color, adding our own in the lighting where appropriate. It thrilled me because that meant steering clear of the contemporary hand-held, uber-dark, monochromatic generic (genre)conventions and bringing back color, control and motion.

We used the Panasonic 500,” says Feeney in shooting the feature. “The 500 is able to produce very inky, film-like black levels, unlike most HD, where the blacks tend to look grey, and we shot with a cine-zoom lens, which also provides a more film-like look.

Regarding the aural component, “Our composer, Austin Wintory, is a protege of a guy named Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Drag Me to Hell) and created a very strong, haunting score for the film,” relates the director. “Austin even brought in some pro musicians and vocalists and got them to work for free when doing the final music recordings. I honestly think that the score is really pretty great.

As for when audiences will be able to see The Echo Game, “We have not yet begun looking for distribution,” says Feeney, “but will once we’ve finished both FX and sound mix, which we should be completing the first week of August.

Stay tuned to Dread Central for further developments. Check out the stills and the trailer below.

Promotional Art for The Echo Game (click for larger image)

The Echo Game - Exclusive Still (click for larger image)

The Echo Game - Exclusive Still (click for larger image)

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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.

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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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