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Ash vs. Evil Dead – A Gang of Evil Dead by Ted Raimi

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Evil Dead 2, Ted Raimi

Just when I thought I was OUT, they pull me back IN!

This whole trial is outta order!

Wait, not the first part, or… just the first part and not the second.

I’m not Michael Corleone, but I am in a gang that keeps calling me back.

Ted Raimi

It’s the Evil Dead gang. That sounds like something that belongs with the Dead Rabbits and the Pug Uglies. It’s neither – we don’t live in New York in the 1850s – we’re from Detroit, we bathe and we don’t really kill people. But we do pretend to kill people – all the time.

When Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell decided to reanimate the Evil Dead franchise for Starz, I was thrilled for them. Those three have had a great chunk of deserved success after the original picture was released: successful movies and television shows, books – even Oscar nominations. Their talent is immense and undeniable.

Tapert, Campbell, Raimi

Since the time the first Evil Dead was released in 1980 (think The Cars, Blondie for you Millennials), it’s been some kind of a juggernaut – two sequels, books, comics and more action figures than you could pose in a lifetime. I was in those sequels and lived the fast-lane life of an Evil Dead gangster: conventions, book signings, you name it. I was just a soldier doing my duty for the bosses – and I was in.

But it was all too much.

I wanted to go straight. I really did. I wanted a normal actor/writer/director life full of sweet movie openings and pleasant edit sessions and call times that started after 9:00 AM with no gore EFX folks to glue prosthetics to my face and hook blood pumps to my nostrils.

Evil Dead 2, Ted Raimi

Years passed, and I mostly forgot about the thing as I had TV shows and movies of my own to do. I was a peaceful Hollywood citizen going about my pleasantly gory business… But Rob, Sam and Bruce decided it wasn’t over yet. I owed the gang, and I was going to pay – with a TV show.

So I’m back in the gang with “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 2 playing Chet Kaminski – Ash’s old buddy from Detroit (it’s a part I know well). Maybe the soft, double-decaf Frappuccino Hollywood life I lived was a dream – because now I’m awake – in the land of Deadites!

And you know what? I’m really glad – and darned lucky. Here’s to the undead gangster life.

It’s going to be an awesomely bloody year.

Ted Raimi, Hollywood, CA

Ted Raimi

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Body-Horror Frankenstein AKA Larry Fessenden’s New Flick Depraved

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I’m not sure if you guys are aware or not, but legendary horror producer Larry Fessenden is all set to return to the director’s chair with his Frankenstein flick Depraved.

You can check out the film’s poster to the right and a rundown on its cast, crew, and synopsis below.

But today we have a new update on the film as Fessenden recently sat down with Daily Dead and discussed the film a bit more in-depth.

“In a funny way, I want to make all the classics again,” Fessenden told the site. “I’ve made a vampire movie. I want to make a werewolf movie, but Frankenstein is one of the greatest creations of pop culture. The original version is a masterpiece, and oddly enough, it’s a story that hasn’t been done that well since. And it’s often attempted. I feel there’s a core theme in that story that I would like to explore and bring it very much back to this idea of loneliness.”

He continues: “It’s about waking up, and you’re someone, and you don’t know who you are or why you are. And then there’s the question of what brought you into this world. In my story, there will be conflict of the parental figures as the scientist who made him and the other people around him. I’m very interested in the subjective lonely experience of being alive in this world and in this culture, and Frankenstein is such a fantastic, iconic way to look at it. And also, there is the physical body horror aspect to this story, of someone being sewn together, and there’s identity horror, too. There’s so much possibility in it that I’m just overflowing with excitement.”

Are you excited about Larry Fessenden’s return to directing? Let us know below!

Depraved is written and directed by Larry Fessenden and set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. The movie will be produced by Fessenden, Jenn Wexler, and Chadd Harbold.

The film begins shooting this month.

Synopsis:

The contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

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The Harrowing Starring Michael Ironside and Arnold Vosloo Premiered at EFM

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The HarrowingOne of the great modern horror movie actors out there is Michael Ironside. No question. It is with this in mind, and our love for his performance in Turbo Kid, that we always look forward to a new Michael Ironside film.

Case in point, Jon Keeyes’ new, mind-bending horror-thriller The Harrowing co-starring and produced by Matthew Tompkins. The film held its world premiere and EFM debut in Berlin on Friday, February 18th and hopefully, this means we will be hearing about its eventual release very soon.

But until we know an official release date, you can check out the poster to the right, and a bunch of quotes from the filmmakers along with some choice stills below.

After that let us know what you think of The Harrowing thus far!

“As a lifelong genre fan, The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world,” Keeyes says. “We’ve carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this – that is both entertaining and thought-provoking – has been a joy.”

“We’re thrilled to screen The Harrowing to distributors and audiences for the very first time in Berlin.” Film Mode Entertainment’s Clay Epstein added. “Horror and thriller fans are in for the ride of their lives with The Harrowing – a gripping, mind-bending, nail-biter of a film that has a great deal of worldwide commercial appeal with the recent success of the genre.”

“The Harrowing is carefully constructed to be a powerful synergy of elements that make it one of those rare ‘elevated’ genre films with true crossover appeal to a wide variety of hardcore fans…,” Tompkins says. “The film is a potent mix of horror and supernatural elements that underpin a very smart, disturbing, and complicated psychological thriller…the idea of being able to drive the narrative utilizing all of these things, to truly pull that off, from both a commercial and artistic perspective, was a fantastic opportunity for us as Filmmakers.”

The Harrowing is written and directed by Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead) and stars Michale Ironside (Scanners, Turbo Kid), Matthew Tompkins (Sicario) and Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy).

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A Vice Detective (Tompkins) is wrongly accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend. Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers the truth behind a demonic myth.

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Spoilers: Which Major Walking Dead Actor Might Leave the Series After This Season?

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*** POSSIBLE SPOILERS ***

Like many of you out there, I gave up on AMC’s The Walking Dead a long time ago. In fact, I gave up after they fired Frank Darabont following the horrendous second season.

That said, I’m not bitter towards the series, and hell, even I watched the season premiere where Negan beat the brains off Big Red and the dude from Mayhem.

Also, I’m aware there has been some controversy surrounding the “death” (yeah, right) of Chandler Rigg’s character. I have no opinion on the matter.

Speaking of character deaths, we might want to expect another this season as it looks like Lauren Cohan, aka Maggie, has taken another job on the ABC pilot “Whiskey Cavalier.”

While this doesn’t immediately mean Cohan’s Maggie character will kick the big old zombie-bucket… it pretty much means that.

Variety reports that Cohan has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her return, but she does not currently have a contract for the ninth season and will instead take the lead in the new ABC pilot.

Do you think this means Maggie is done for? Let us know below!

“The Walking Dead” returns on Sunday, February 25th.

Season 8B Synopsis:
All-out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the people at Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.

At the very center — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.

But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop, and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.

In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.

As all-out war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.

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