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Things Get Chilling at Sundance Frozen ScreeningsAbout an hour ago we got an e-mail in our inbox from DC reader Gary Luchessi, who attended the last screening of Frozen at Sundance. Gary had two reasons for writing: one, to let us know that our Frozen review (read it here) was on the money, and two, to let us know that someone fainted in the bathroom during last night’s screening. Interesting.

If you recall, someone also fainted during Grace‘s festival run so this just seemed too funny to not follow up on. The first thing we did was call the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City to get a statement. The person whom we spoke with refused to comment on the grounds of liability so we hit a dead end there. Immediately we got director Adam Green on the phone to find out what the deal was.

“Actually, there’s been an incident at all three screenings,” said Green. “Somebody passed out in the Egyptian the first night, two people vomited during the second screening (one of whom came back into the theatre to finish the movie, which I thought was pretty cool), and then again as we were leaving last night, the theatre manager told us someone had passed out in the bathroom.”

“We’ve been ignoring it because it’s becoming ridiculous for us. Similar stuff happened during Grace’s run, and now there’s this,” Green continued. “My theory about why this happens during festivals is that people just buy blocks of tickets for movies without really realizing what they’re going to see. For a diehard horror fan there’s nothing in Frozen that’s gonna make you faint. You may be unsettled or get a little squeamish here and there, but that’s about it.”

Frozen (click for larger image)“Now that people are talking about it, I have no choice but to acknowledge what has been happening,” added Green. “The whole thing is kinda silly to me and everyone on my crew, and that’s why you haven’t seen anyone from the Frozen camp rushing to the sites to talk about it. We don’t need this kind of thing to get people excited. Hopefully the movie will do that and speak for itself. The last thing we want to happen is to scare people away because they think this is some kind of a gorefest. It’s just not. If I could put my finger on it, the reason why we’ve had reactions like this is because the movie deals with very realistic injuries to the human body, and as a result it’s eliciting some sort of personal response from people. This is the last thing that we expected to happen.”

“The strangest thing to happen to us thus far was during last night’s Q&A. We again told the story about the haunted spot on the ski lift (see that story here). Afterward a woman came up to me, introduced herself, and said that she knew the person who had killed himself. That’s a really eerie kind of confirmation, ya know?

From there Adam told us that he wasn’t the only one with an odd tale to tell about Frozen‘s Sundance run, and he pointed us in the direction of star Shawn Ashmore.

“At the midnight screening Sunday I was sitting next to Kevin Zegers, who’s also in the movie, and one of Kevin’s agents,” says Ashmore. “Around the middle of the movie his agent went to the bathroom, and when he got back, he told us that there was some woman passed out in the lobby and people were busy fanning her. Then each night after that we kept hearing about something else. People getting sick, etc. We were really surprised that the movie is affecting people that way by physically overwhelming them.”

“Anyway, I was at the Salt Lake airport, and this woman walked past me in the airport and recognized me from Frozen,” continues Ashmore. “She asked if she could get a picture with me, and I said absolutely. While we were taking the picture, she let me know that she was the one who had passed out on Sunday and that she came back and finished the movie once she came around! She had a big smile and was really excited about the whole thing. She seemed kinda proud. Both she and her boyfriend said that they really enjoyed the movie. Too funny and really cool!”

Having seen the movie, all I can do is echo Adam’s statement … for horror fans there really isn’t anything in Frozen that is going to freak you out to the point of fainting. It’s a realistic film with a lot of crazy shit that happens to its protagonists. It’s scary because it could happen. As big fans of the genre, I guess we’re not as sensitive to such things as those people who refer to themselves as “normal”. Either way, you can judge for yourselves soon enough!

Check out the ArieScope site’s listing of all the theaters where Frozen will be playing, and don’t forget to check out the film when it hits cinemas on February 5th!

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD

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We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

Synopsis:
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!

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We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

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