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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

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Syfy Renews Z Nation for a 5th Season; Season 4 Finale Airs Tonight!

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Syfy’s popular zombie series “Z Nation” just keeps shambling on, and tonight the two-episode Season 4 finale, “Mt. Weather/The Black Rainbow,” airs. If you’re a fan of the show, we have good news for you… it’s not over yet as David Latt of The Asylum has announced on Twitter the pickup of “Z Nation” for a 5th season! So you can expect lots more adventures with the gang in 2018.

Below is the official word from David along with a brief synopsis of what’s ahead tonight in the finale, which kicks off at 9/8c.

Synopsis:
In the mind-bending two-hour Season 4 finale, Warren and the team must stop Zona from launching operation Black Rainbow, which will cleanse the landscape of both zombies and humans. In Part 2 the secret of Warren’s Black Rainbow dream is unlocked when they reach their final destination. The cast includes Kellita Smith as Roberta Warren, Keith Allan as Murphy, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc, Nat Zang as 10K, Gracie Gillam as Sgt. Lilley, DJ Qualls as Citizen Z, Ramona Young as Kaya, Justin Torrence as President Donald Trump, Michael Berryman as The Founder, Micheal Daks as Mr. Sunshine, Anastasia Baranova as Addy, Sydney Viengluang as Sun Mei, Joseph Gatt as The Man, and Natalie Jongjaroenlarp as Red.

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First Look at Chris Alexander’s Space Vampire

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Who says all vampires have to be all extra-broody or sparkly or take up residence in Transylvania? Certainly not indie filmmaker Chris Alexander, who has just unveiled the first images and posters for his latest foray into film, Space Vampire!

The movie stars Ali Chappell as a beautiful female alien parasite who falls to earth with an intent to drain women of their life forces. As if women don’t have enough problems in this day and age!

Alexander wrote, directed, edited, filmed, and even provided the score for this intergalactic terror tale. Talk about a jack of all trades, eh?

Enough talk! Dig in!

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Rob Zombie Narrates Charles Manson’s Last Words to a Wider Audience

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Charles Manson. The name alone lives on in infamy even long after his physical remains lay rotting… and rightly so. A new docudrama entitled Charles Manson: The Final Words is on its way, and we have new details and behind-the-scenes imagery for you. Check it out!

The flick made its premiere on the REELZ Channel, and Breakthrough Entertainment has announced that they’ve acquired worldwide distribution rights to the project that features narration from Rob Zombie and is home to the final interview given by America’s most notorious and now deceased cult-leader and mass murderer, Charles Manson.

The opportunity that we have to offer this distinct and truly unique documentary to our international clients is beyond exciting for Breakthrough Entertainment,” said Craig McGillivray, Vice President, Distribution at Breakthrough Entertainment. “We are continuously focused on sourcing captivating new premium content that pushes the envelope and generates mass attention such as this amazing film from James Buddy Day and Pyramid Productions.

The two-hour film narrated by musician Zombie focuses on the so-called Manson family murders told from Manson’s perspective using never-before-seen case files, pictures, and exclusive interviews with Manson himself from inside California State Prison. The feature documentary reveals new details that unveil the true story and motives behind the grisly murder spree. The audio used in the doc contains the last recorded interviews with the infamous killer conducted by director and producer James Buddy Day.

It has been a truly distinct project for us and an experience that very few producers encounter. This film has the potential to captivate global audiences, and we are very excited to have Breakthrough Entertainment on board to share this one-of-a-kind documentary,” says James Buddy Day, Executive Producer at Pyramid Productions.

Look for more on this one soon!

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