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Asylum August Update

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The Asylum's Snakes on a Plane rip offWe still have to wait until August 18th to see those mother fuckin’ snakes on that mother fuckin’ plane. However, The Asylum’s mother fuckin’ rip-off set on a mother fuckin’ train leaves the station four days earlier on August 15th.

That’s right, Snakes on a Train! Only The Asylum, folks, would go forward and produce such an obvious DTV knock-off. On the other hand, given the film’s plot, perhaps they should have instead titled it Snakes in a Woman .

“Under a powerful Mayan curse, snakes are hatched inside a young woman, slowly devouring her from within. Her only chance for survival is a powerful shaman who lives across the border. With only hours to live, she jumps on a train headed for Los Angeles. Unfortunately for the passengers aboard, they are now trapped, soon to be victims of these flesh-eating vipers.”

See, Snakes on a Train isn’t just a flat out rip-off of Snakes on a Plane. Its Snakes on a Plane meets Under Siege 2 meets Curse II: The Bite! I’ve ragged on The Asylum for doing knock-offs of big screen films, but the most aggravating aspect is that they often do so with no flare. Given the outlandish nature of both the film they’re making and the film it’s designed to capitalize on, Snakes on a Train will show some of the must missing spark these films so desperately need.

Asylum regular Peter Mervis (When A Killer Calls, The Da Vinci Treasure) is directing, and hopefully this time he won’t go overboard with that annoying shaky cam thing he loves to do with the editing. Man, that crap’s annoying.

The Asylum also picked up the distribution rights to Jeff Overstreet’s mad scientist horror flick Dr. Rage, which will be released to DVD on August 8th under the new title The Straun House. The film casts the great Andrew Divoff as Dr. Timothy Straun, a mad scientist conducting illegal and unethical experiments on others and himself involving the rage serum he has created. Denise Duff co-stars and Karen Black little more than cameos, but really this one is the Andrew Divoff show. I reviewed an import DVD of Dr. Rage a few months back and it’s an okay flick highlighted by some major league scene chewing on Divoff’s part.

The Asylum’s DVD release will also include a making of featurette, a blooper reel, and footage from the cast and crew doing a Fangoria panel to promote the film.

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Dread Central Presents: ZONE OF THE DEAD Returns From Beyond the Grave and You Can Stream It Now!

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Back in 2009, the zombie film Apocalypse of the Dead came out and, just as suddenly, vanished without a sight. Today, we’re excited to announce that the film is part of the Dread Central Presents family under its original name of Zone of the Dead and it can be watched right now on Amazon Prime!

Directed by Milan Konjevic and Milan Todorovic, Zone of the Dead stars Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, The Devil’s Rejects) and Kristina Klebe (Halloween, Hellboy) as a pair of Interpol agents who must join forces with a dangerous prisoner to fight zombie hordes.

Returning from beyond the grave, watch what Bloody-Disgusting calls “…charming and fun“! Zone of the Dead is streaming now on Amazon Prime!

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VENOM Trailer is Pure Action Horror

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Surprise news for those of you still up late as Sony has dropped the first trailer for Venom, their standalone film based on the character of the same name. For those of you who were wondering how this film might stand up in today’s age of “some are good and some are bad” comic book-to-film adaptations, I’m going to lean towards the former. While I’ll try to remain skeptical, something about the way this movie is looking is grabbing my attention and has me quite excited. Apart from the requisite action that all superhero movies have these days, there’s a wonderful amount of horror throughout the trailer.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. It infects theaters on October 5, 2018.

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POLL: Who Should Direct Wan and King’s TOMMYKNOCKERS?

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It was just last month that we learned James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) is going to be producing a new big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.

While I’m sad that it seems Wan will not be directing the film, I think it’s a great time to bring up the question: Well, then who the hell SHOULD?

You can find my top 3 choices below and then make sure to let us know who you think should direct James Wan’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky: “It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption.”

Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers will be produced by James Wan (The Conjuring), Roy Lee (Stephen King’s IT) and the ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky.

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A town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed spacecraft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop the townspeople.

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