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A Bigger Boat Sails to Tom Shankland’s Dark Corners

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With his latest company, A Bigger Boat, Peter Block is amassing quite the horror canon with films from both up-and-comers like Adam Green and even horror masters like John Carpenter. The next talent to set sail? Tom Shankland, director of The Children. There truly are some wonderfully dark days ahead, dearest reader!

From the Press Release:
UK director Tom Shankland has signed on to direct DARK CORNERS, a film being produced and financed by A Bigger Boat with producers Peter Block and Andy Gould, in association with GreeneStreet Films. Tim Williams and Amanda Essick will executive produce, while Jeremy Platt will serve as co-producer.

Tom Shankland’s most recent feature film, THE CHILDREN, was produced in association with the BBC and released in the US under Sam Raimi’s Ghost House banner. It was also an official selection of the Sitges Film Festival 2009, where it was nominated for Best Film. Shankland has been nominated for two BAFTA awards for his short films BAIT and GOING DOWN while his debut feature, THE KILLING GENE, was released by Dimension Extreme in 2007.

The script for DARK CORNERS is penned by E.L. Katz and Tim Day. Originally based on an idea by Block and Gould, the script was developed internally at GreeneStreet and A Bigger Boat and was featured on the 2010 Bloodlist, the genre community’s version of the Blacklist, which features the year’s best horror and thriller scripts.

DARK CORNERS revolves around Jess, a beautiful blind college girl who is tormented by a methodic killer who knows her well and therefore knows what terrifies her. He is motivated by sadistic revenge, but she turns her apparent weakness into a strength and fights back.

“Tom Shankland is the perfect choice for Dark Corners,” says Block. “When you watch The Children, it’s unsettling and creepy while at the same time you find yourself being drawn in deeper and deeper. Likewise with Dark Corners; this is a cat-n-mouse thriller in the spirit of Wait Until Dark and Panic Room that gives you someone to root for, someone to fear and something going bump in the night.”

“Dark Corners will be Hitchcock re-imagined for a modern audience who love to be scared in the dark,” says Shankland. “I’ve always loved films where characters have very limited choices and tools to solve problems and survive, and then mining suspense from these claustrophobic situations.”

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A Bigger Boat Sails to Tom Shankland's Dark Corners

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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