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Dead @ 17 poster (click to see it bigger)Girls are pretty cool, no? What about girls who kick ass? What about girls who kick the ass of the undead? Perhaps the coolest girls of all.

The main character of Dead @17 happens to be one of this rare breed of female and she’s kicked so much ass that she managed to get the attention of filmmaker Mark Steensland (“Lovecraft’s Pillow”), who dropped us a line today with the very cool news that he’s run with the idea of a Dead @17 short film and is now in post-production on it.

For those not familiar, Dead @17 is the story of two friends, Nara and Hazy, dealing with a zombie outbreak in the quiet suburb of Darlington Hills. The comic was created by the one-man team of Josh Howard and became one of the biggest hits in the indie comics world for publisher Viper Comics back in 2003. Steensland’s been a fan of it for a while, going so far as to interview Howard briefly for a former column he ran at Broken Frontier (read it here), so when he wanted to do another short film after the rolling success of “Lovecraft’s Pillow”, Dead @17 was the first thing to pop into his head;

“I wrote to Josh and pitched him the idea of a short film which would cover only the very beginning of the whole Dead@17 story,” Steensland told us today. “And although the film rights are owned by someone else, he gave me his blessing. So technically, what we’ve made is *just* a fan film. I can’t ever make money from it. But then that’s one of the reasons I was able to get bands like Demon Hunter, Fewleftstanding and Impellittteri to let me use their music.”

Now there’s s good piece of advice for indie filmmakers everywhere! Shooting on Dead @17: The Short Film (a working title) got rolling just over a month ago and already they’re in the post production stage, which just goes to show how passionate they were about getting the project in the can.

Though they’ve not decided how it will be released yet, Steensland confirmed that he and Howard are toying with ideas, everything from putting it up exclusively on MySpace for a limited time (72 hours, max) as well as arranging a screening in Steensland’s hometown of Erie, PA. “[But] we will definitely be on the festival circuit for the whole year,” he verified.

Stay tuned for more news on where you can catch the short, and be sure to keep your eye on Steensland’s official site for Dead @17 (as well as creator Josh Howard’s) for more updates!

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68 Kill’s Scoot McNairy Joins True Detective Season Three

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About two weeks ago we let you guys know that none other than The Gate and Leatherface star Stephen Dorff had joined the upcoming third season of HBO’s “True Detective”.

Today we wanted to let you know that Monsters and 68 Kill star Scoot McNairy has joined the third season as well. He is all set to play Tom, “a father who suffers a terrible loss that ties his fate to that of two state police detectives over 10 years.”

Dorff will play Roland West, an Arkansas State Investigator who, along with his partner (Mahershala Ali), has his life and career influenced over three decades by a baffling crime.

I’m excited to check out “True Detective” S3. Even after the ‘meh’ second season. How about you? Let us know below!

Nic Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros, and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Fear the Walking Dead Takes a Bite Out of Home Video

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It’s taken three seasons, but “Fear The Walking Dead” has finally become as interesting as it should have been to begin with. If you lost hope after the first two seasons, we invite you to give the third a chance. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a rotting step in the right direction.

Game? Than you’ll be happy to know that Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season comes to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on March 13!

In Season 3, our survivor families are brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.-Mexico Border. With international lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but their families as well.

Special features including deleted and extended scenes and audio commentaries. Check out the artwork below.

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Panic Fest Launching Next Week in Kansas City: Dread Central Presents Taking Over!

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Next week Kansas City, MO, will be inundated with the creepy, the spooky, and the downright scary as Panic Fest celebrates its 6th annual event at the Screenland Armour Theater! The three-day festival runs January 26 through 28 and will feature over 20 feature films, two short film blocks, several live events, and special guest appearances!

We truly believe this is the most solid film line-up we’ve had to date,” said Adam Roberts, co-founder of the festival and owner of Screenland Armour.

Playing at the festival will be Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk, Ryan Prows’ Lowlife, Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid, Adam Green’s Victor Crowley, Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, and more.

But why we’re really excited about the lineup is that not one, not two, but THREE Dread Central Presents films will be playing! Attendees can see Vidar the Vampire, Terrifier, and Imitation Girl during those three days, which we highly recommend doing!

We really wanted to take a big step forward in becoming the forefront for emerging films and filmmakers in these genres,” said Tim KC Canton, co-founder of the festival and founder of DownrightCreepy.com.

Special guests include Geoghegan, Prows, They Remain‘s Philip Gelatt, and both Green and Lynch, who will not only be on hand for their films but also to do a live recording of their podcast, The Movie Crypt!

Ticket information can be found at Panic Fest’s official website.

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