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Exclusive Update on the Asphyx Remake and First Concept Art for The Sorcerers

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Producer Jonathan Sothcott dropped us a line today regarding the remake of Peter Newbrook’s 1972 classic The Asphyx as well as the first word and concept art for the next film on the burner, The Sorcerers. Dig it!

With regard to The Asphyx Sothcott says, “Essentially, last week my partner, Billy Murray, and I sat down with writer/director Matthew McGuchan and ripped our story apart in order to put it back together again and make the film we really want to. What we had was (like the original) a personally-motivated version of Frankenstein – and while it was a quality piece of writing, it wasn’t quite what we want to give audiences. The Asphyx is a film I want to be judged on – I’m really proud of some of the others, but this one needs to be the special one. Where we are now is having Dr. Christina Swann in a hospital trying to isolate the soul … when she meets Daniel, a young paramedic who can see spirits as they leave the body … and together they embark on a terrifying journey into the supernatural. Matthew’s busy writing the new draft now, and I guess we’re looking at first quarter of 2011 to film, once Danny Dyer has finished Age of Honour. I want this project to be special for Danny and for the incomparable Alison Doody. I’m forever reading on the Internet that she turned down everything from Basic Instinct and Carlito’s Way to Batman and Robin and Lord of the Rings. I want Asphyx to be a film that deserves Alison.

Sothcott continues, “Once Matthew finishes the next draft of The Asphyx, he moves on to an even more daunting remake – The Sorcerers. This was always one of the most compelling and intelligent 60s Brit horror films, hamstrung by a budget of about fifty bucks. The idea of the old living vicariously through the young is utterly brilliant, and this will be an amazing vehicle for Danny Dyer in which he can show the huge range I know he has as an actor. In an ideal world I’d almost like to get these two shooting back-to-back in 2011.”

Check out the first ever concept art for The Sorcerers below, and look for more on both films soon!

First Concept Art for The Sorcerers

First Concept Art for The Sorcerers

First Concept Art for The Sorcerers

First Concept Art for The Sorcerers

First Concept Art for The Sorcerers

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Better Watch Out for This Shudder-Exclusive Clip

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Currently on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and Shudder is the dark horror-comedy Better Watch Out (review), and to kick off your week while keeping you in the holiday spirit, we have an exclusive clip for you to stuff in your stocking!

The critically acclaimed horror-comedy Better Watch Out debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, and Dacre Montgomery with Patrick Warburton Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen. Bonus materials include a making-of featurette and a special insert holiday card.

Better Watch Out has a runtime of approximately 89 minutes and is rated R for disturbing violent content, language throughout, crude sexual references, drug and alcohol use – all involving teens.

Synopsis:
This holiday season you may be home, but you’re not alone… In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.

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An Exclusive Clip Rises for The Rizen

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The government, man! You just never know what on earth they’re gonna be pulling next! One second they’re pardoning turkeys, and the next – BAM – they friggin’ unleash The Rizen.

Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (the Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest), and The Young Ones’ Adrian Edmondson all star in writer-director Matt Mitchell’s action-horror The Rizen, invading VOD on January 2nd from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis:
The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They have finally succeeded, but what they have unleashed could tear our world apart. Now one woman must lead the only other two survivors past faceless horrors that threaten to kill or capture them at every turn. They are the only ones left who can fight to close a door that should never have been opened.

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AMC Reveals When The Walking Dead’s Last Stand Will Begin

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Last night “The Walking Dead” took one of its biggest detours yet from the storyline of the comics on which the series is based, but you won’t find any spoilers here aside for a peek at the show’s midseason return trailer.  In addition to the video, we have confirmation of when Episode 8.09 will be airing… read on for the details of when our survivors’ last stand begins!

Season 8 of “The Walking Dead” resumes on Sunday, February 25th, at 9/8c.  While you wait, if you’re not totally caught up, you can binge all the latest episodes on AMC.com or the AMC app.

Season 8 Synopsis:
Last season Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

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