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TIFF 2016: Trailer Debut for Cul-de-Sac Short Film

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With Cul-de-Sac set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 9th, the short film’s trailer has been released on BitTorrent Now, and you can check it out right here!

Cul-de-Sac hails from the team behind the Oscar-winning short Curfew, and while it’s more thriller than pure horror, it still seems like it will hit all our happy buttons. Let us know what you think!

From the Press Release:
What happens when a married couple in all-too-perfect suburbia find a strange, disturbing surprise inside their toddler’s teddy bear?

It’s a simple story that opens the door to a host of complex endings and invokes the kind of lingering, uncomfortable suspense that director Damon Russell and writer Shawn Christensen have made themselves known for. Christensen stars with Phoebe Tonkin (“The Originals”), Michael Drayer, Dina Shihabi, Ryan Willard, and Joe Perrino.

The duo behind the Oscar-winning Curfew make their return to the art of short film with their latest stunner, Cul-de-Sac, a twisted and crafty thriller that combines a Stepford Wives vibe with 60’s Soviet spy paranoia and their own unique vision. Beyond the story itself, Cul-de-Sac reaffirms Russell and Christensen’s commitment to short film, a medium that can feel like a dying art but that the pair are determined to keep breathing life into.

The duo have been carrying the torch in short film for some time now. Best known for their work in Before I Disappear, Curfew, and Snow on Tha Bluff, unlike many in Hollywood, they aren’t creating short films as a stepping stone to directing the next blockbuster. What sets them apart is their passion for the power of short story and the freedom that comes with it.

“Once you get into finances and insurance and people looking over your shoulder, these are just things that don’t happen in short films. There really is no pressure; there really are no rules… The first time I discovered video cameras as a child, making movies with stuffed animals, GI Joes, whatever, it’s the same feeling of using the people and whatever’s around us to make a story. It’s the same feeling as playing in the backyard as a kid.”

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Exclusive: Terror Universal Dare You to Look Through the Mirrors

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Alright horror metalheads, it’s time to raise those devil horns and get ready for some Terror Universal! On hand we’ve got the exclusive video premiere for the track “Through the Mirrors”, which comes from the band’s album Make Them Bleed. Directed by Wacy Jahn, the video mixes band performance with the hallucinations and troubles of a man who clearly has some issues going on.

Jahn tells us about making the video, saying, “As a director, I was given the freedom to give my visual interpretation of what the song meant to me personally. The inner self that tortures the outer self into being something different no matter the cost. Now mix a twist of insanity into the recipe and you get the “Through the Mirrors” official Terror Universal music video.

Band member Massacre adds, “I am very pumped to be releasing the “Through The Mirrors” video, as this track is one of my favorite songs on our new album ‘Make Them Bleed’. This song showcases many of Terror Universal’s diverse sounds, as it’s brutally heavy, and also has a very anthemic and memorable chorus.

Made up of current and past members of Machine Head, Ill Niño, Soulfly, and Upon A Burning Body, Terror Universal is a metal band dedicated to combining their love of all things heavy with their passion for horror. Make Them Bleed also features guest appearances from bassists John Moyer (Disturbed) and Tony Campos (Static-X).

You can buy Make Them Bleed on Bandcamp.

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The Sinking City Update Dives Into the Cthulhu Mythos That Drives the Game

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If you’ve been following our coverage of Frogwares’ The Sinking City, you’ll know that it’s probably my most anticipated game not just of the year but of a long, long time! An open world game that lives in the aesthetic and atmosphere of H.P. Lovecraft? Consider me 100% hooked! This game ticks all the boxes of my love of horror and my love of gaming.

A new update video has been released and this one goes right into the ways that H.P. Lovecraft and his works directly influenced the game, the developers and the story players will experience. On top of that, it also goes into how Lovecraft’s themes inspired the creators at Frogwares to forge their own paths and create their own mythology and terror. It’s a wonderful video because we get to see these people take an established universe and build upon it with reverence, respect, and passion.

Seriously, if The Sinking City isn’t on your radar, you’re going to be missing out when it’s released.

Synopsis:
The Sinking City interprets and develops the themes that Lovecraft explored: the fear of monsters and the unknown, the search for occult truths and madness. In the game, players step into the shoes of a private detective investigating the disappearance of an expedition to the imaginary town of Oakmont, Massachusetts. Oakmont is a city experiencing unprecedented flooding due to supernatural forces, leaving a large portion of the city submerged. Secret societies, dangers, intrigues and monstrous creatures will stand in your way…

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Meet Ash’s Moody Teenage Daughter in New Ash vs Evil Dead S3 Trailer

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“Mom, what’s a chainsaw geek doing here?”

Marketing for the return of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead has really been gearing up as it was just the other day that we shared a new trailer called, you know, “Gotta Gear Up.”

That trailer was quick but cool, and today we have a new quick-n-cool “Ash vs Evil Dead” trailer, this time highlighting Ash’s daughter.

The inclusion of Ash’s daughter into the splatter this new season has me excited as hell for the premiere in a few weeks. But now I just have Pearl Jam stuck in my head.

Check out the new trailer below and then let us know what you think!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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