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Robert Englund Plays a Blind Man in Nightworld

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Robert Englund may be turning 69 this year, but the Freddy Krueger actor and one of the most recognizable faces in horror is showing no signs of slowing down. In his next film, Nightworld, he’s portraying a blind man.

We have more details on that below, along with the early word on Havana Darkness from the same production team, the first English-language horror film shot in Cuba.

From the Press Release:
Havana Darkness is a joint production of Bulgarian-based Open Frames and New York’s Golden Ceiba Productions. Directed by Guillermo Ivan, the film stands out as the first English-language thriller to be shot in Cuba.

Magi Halvadijan and Loris Curci produce together with Ivan and associate producer Zair Montes, with principal photography beginning April 2 in New York City. The crew will then move to Havana later in April.

“We are telling a very scary story, loosely based on the discovery of a manuscript that was said to have been written by Ernest Hemingway during his stay in the Caribbean Island,” says director Ivan.

Havana Darkness lines up an international crew and cast from Europe, the U.S., and Cuba. “We are making history here,” concludes Halvadijan.

The project saw life a few months ago in the offices of Open Frames, a subsidiary of Global Group, the largest independent production company in Bulgaria – the very same people that produced Nightworld, directed by Patricio Valladares (Hidden in the Woods) and starring Jason London and Robert Englund.

A drama that ventures into horror, Nightworld is scheduled to make its official debut at the Cannes film market this coming May.

“I had never played a blind man before,” jokes Englund. “It was challenging, fun, and my character had some great lines… Nightworld is one of the scariest scripts I have read in a long time. The story is haunting and original and opens up to possible sequels…”

Jason London, of Dazed and Confused fame, states, “American filmmakers could learn a thing or three from shooting films in Bulgaria. Top-drawer artistry, passion, and talent have not been forgotten there…”

Open Frames is also working on a TV series titled “Samodivi.”

“It”s about beautiful witches who are the essence of pure evil,” explains CEO and creator Halvadjian, who went out to hire showrunner Robert Parigi (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) and director David Boyd (“The Walking Dead,” Dark Skies).

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Exclusive: Cadabra Brings Chilling Eeriness With M.R. James’ Casting the Runes

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For those who haven’t heard of them, Cadabra Records is a boutique record label that specializes in creating audio plays of fantastic horror stories. They did it with The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers and have done stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Today, we’re thrilled to help them announce their new project, which is a full cast audio play of M.R. James’ Casting the Runes. Below is an audio sample, which give you a taste of the magnificent scope of the production.

Starring David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek, In The Mouth of Madness), produced by Bleak December, and adapted by Anthony D.P. Mann, the limited edition vinyl will be released on January 26th with the first edition of 500 copies to be pressed on 150-gram colored vinyl and housed in deluxe heavy weight gatefold tip-on jacket with newly commissioned art by Adam Burke.

Speaking about lending his voice to Casting the Runes, Warner states, “I was brought up only with radio, so it means so much to me to be able to imagine for myself what is being presented. And we can all imagine differently what is being presented to us via audio and radio, and that’s what the magic of it is – our own imaginations are able to take over. As an actor (and a voice actor, sometimes), I’m so glad to be able to contribute to peoples’ visual take on whatever it is we’re presenting. I just think it’s so invaluable, you know – the images and dreams in the mind.

You can follow Cadabra through their official website, Twitter, and Instagram. To order any of their records, head on to their online store.

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Beyond Skyline Clip Is Blinded by the Light

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Vertical Entertainment just dropped a new clip from the upcoming sequel Beyond Skyline (review), and we have it for you right here.

Visual effects artist and original Skyline screenwriter Liam O’Donnell directs the surprisingly well-received installment starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy & Election Day), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jonny Weston (Project Almanac), and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Beyond Skyline will not be getting a wide theatrical release. Instead, Vertical Entertainment will release the sequel on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD on January 16th.

Synopsis:
When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the Earth, Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

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Check Out Episode 1 of the New VR/360 App Narrative Series Find Me

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Let me get this out of the way right off the top. I’m not really into the whole VR/360 experience. I’ve tried it out and it’s cool and all, but I’m not sold just yet.

That said, if you are into such games/experiences, you might want to check out “Find Me”.

The mobile app is a 360/VR narrative series from BlackBoxTV, James McFadden, Eric Jacks & Collab, as well as #YouTubeSpaceLA and The Los Angeles Times.

Each episode features visual codes and puzzles for you to solve, unlocking additional content and information available only in the app. That is until IRL gameplay begins in Los Angeles on December 25th and the app becomes your key to unlock locations in the real world.

“Find Me” will have one winner with a one-of-a-kind prize for the person who “finds” and frees the main protagonist Julia Zamora (played by Madison Lawlor) via the app.

Again, I’m not into these VR/360 apps but if you are – or want to try one out – I highly suggest taking on “Find Me”.

You can watch “Find Me – Episode 1” below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

Get the “Find Me” App for iOS HERE and Android HERE.

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