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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Getting 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration

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One of the most disturbing horror films ever made, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and Dark Sky Films is going all out for the occasion. The film will receive a red-carpet premiere followed by a theatrical re-release in 20 cities beginning October 21st, and we’ve got all the details!

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It was a true game-changer, a film so upsetting in its blunt depiction of an amoral murderer that it made the slasher films of its time look like cartoons by comparison. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER became a lightning rod in heated debates about cinema and censorship but has only grown in stature since its first showing in 1986. Now, on the 30th anniversary of its momentous debut, it returns in a 4K restoration re-release nationwide via Dark Sky Films, with major theatrical engagements to begin on October 21, 2016.

The film will come “home” on October 14, 2016, as Dark Sky partners with the Chicago International Film Festival for a large-scale event including a festival red-carpet premiere and a Q&A with star Michael Rooker and director John McNaughton in attendance.

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER is a chilling profile of a cold-blooded killer that, 30 years after its historic festival premiere, has lost none of its power to shock. The film, loosely based on a true story, has been hailed as one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed. Henry (Michael Rooker, “The Walking Dead”) is a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without any remorse. Leaving bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where his he settles into the run-down apartment of his drug-dealing former prison friend and occasional roommate Otis (Tom Towles).

Also moving into the space is Otis’s younger sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold), who is fleeing her abusive husband. As she fends off her brother’s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry – unaware that he, along with Otis, is  continuing their murderous rampage.

Director John McNaughton completed the film in 1986, and it was shown at that year’s Chicago International Film Festival. But it wasn’t until 1990 that a U.S. distributor was brave enough to give it a wide release. Henry predates the NC-17 rating and received its predecessor, the X rating, on three separate occasions. As a result of it and related issues with Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, Phillip Kaufman’s Henry & June, and Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, the MPAA created the NC-17 as its replacement on 9/26/1990. Henry’s current rating is “X (Surrendered)” though a renewed rating is pending. The film’s violence, and the clinical, detached portrayal of Henry by the unforgettable Michael Rooker, originally earned it the MPAA’s highly restrictive NC-17 rating.

The response from both critics and the public was as visceral as the film itself, and it went on to gain praise as one of the most compelling and disturbing films of modern cinema.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER returns with a thrilling, cinematic presentation that cements its reputation as one of the most harrowing and original American films of all time. Dark Sky Films, a division of MPI Media Group, proudly presents it in a brand-new 4K scan and restoration from the 16mm original camera negatives and featuring a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by director John McNaughton.

HENRY opens in New York on October 21; McNaughton will attend the film’s New York premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and on October 28 McNaughton will present it at the Laemmle NoHo in Los Angeles.

A whole new generation of filmgoers will be introduced to HENRY with an amazing new transfer that puts the film firmly back into the vanguard of contemporary cinematic horror. Daniel M. Kimmel of Variety wrote, “[T]his is a movie that will anger and frighten audiences … Many will also find this one of the most impressive film debuts of the ’80s.”

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SHARKNADO 6 Gets Official Title and Teaser Trailer

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Today the SyFy channel has released not only the first teaser trailer for Sharknado 6, but they have also revealed the film’s official title.

Yes, the film is now officially called The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time and it will be premiering on SyFy August 19th.

Do you really think this is the last Sharknado film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen. It stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, La Toya Jackson, Dee Snider, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alaska, and Darrell Hammond.

It will be released on August 19th.

Synopsis:

Our hero Fin (Ian Ziering) has battled sharks all over the globe, but in this last installment, he will tackle the final shark-tier — time travel. In the ending moments of SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING, Fin was seen wandering alone on Earth after it was destroyed. Now he must travel back in time to stop the Sharknado that started it all. Will Fin and the gang be able to set everything right and save the world once and for all?

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New Exorcism Flick THE CLEANSING HOUR Adds Kyle Gallner

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Skubalon Entertainment is currently focused on creating low-budget supernatural horror and thriller content for film, TV and digital platforms and today we have word on their new film The Cleansing Hour.

The film has just snagged one of our beloved genre’s most consistent actor, Kyle Gallner. Gallner is best known for starring in such neo-classics as Red State, A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and Jennifer’s Body… I didn’t say these were films everyone loves…

The contained horror thriller marks the feature debut for editor turned director Damien LeVeck and will co-star Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door) and Alix Angelis (The Magnificent Seven).

You can check out the short film that inspired the feature below, and then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re excited to check out this new exorcism horror movie in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film was written by Damien LeVeck and Aaron Horwitz. Shirit Bradley (Godzilla: King of Monsters), Dan Clifton (The Den, The Belko Experiment), Natalie LeVeck and Damien LeVeck are producing under the Skubalon Entertainment banner.

The film begins shooting in Bucharest, Romania next month.

Synopsis:

The Cleansing Hour follows best friends Max and Drew (Guzman and Gallner) who run a popular webcast that stages exorcisms to look real. When the actress of the day (Angelis) becomes mysteriously possessed by a real demon, the friends must work against the show clock to figure out the demon’s sinister motive, while the demon exposes the trio’s dark secrets before a rapidly-growing global audience.

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Blumhouse Teams With DEAD SNOW Director for New Thriller INTRUDERS

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Tommy Wirkola

Director Tommy Wirkola is one of the top horror directors to keep tabs on. From Dead Snow to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to his most recent Netflix original film What Happened To Monday? Wirkola has more than earned his genre stripes.

And so we’re excited to hear via Deadline that Blumhouse is in talks to finance his new thriller Intruders from and producers Adam McKay and Kevin Messick.

You can check out the chilling synopsis below and an interview with the director regarding his underappreciated horror-comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Do we really need yet another film called Intruders? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Wirkola will direct the film based on his original screenplay and the film is heading into a summer production start date.

Synopsis:

A mother escapes her abusive husband and takes her young daughter toward refuge in a secluded home, only to be assailed by intruders hungry for the gold that’s supposedly buried in the house.

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