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Moviescore Media is celebrating the works of composer Chris Ridenhour with three new releases: 2012 Supernova: The Sci-Fi Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour, The Land that Time Forgot: The Fantasy Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour, and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: The Monster Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour. All three releases highlight the composer’s work with The Asylum.

From the Press Release:
“I think the first time I saw the now famous scene where a giant shark eats a passenger plane midair in Megashark vs. Giant Octopus,” said Ridenhour, “I knew that film would become part of pop culture, and it has!”

Mega Shark earned a cult following after it aired on SyFy in the US, and it earned Ridenhour a fan — Moviescore Media’s founder Mikael Carlsson. Said Carlsson, “As an homage to Decca’s classical genre-orientated Bernard Herrmann albums that presented score selections in suite form, the Ridenhour albums feature lengthy suites from each of the films.”

Taking this approach to the albums makes sense, given Ridenhour’s methodology. “Musically speaking, my process begins with sketching themes, motifs, harmonic and rhythmic patterns that will define the characters. Once I have material that I feel excited about, the score almost writes itself,” said Ridenhour. “I’m from the Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams school. Themes are very important for me. Each character has to have an identity and a soul.”

Though Ridenhour began composing for The Asylum in 2007, things really took off after he worked on Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2008. Since that time he has worked on about twenty of their films, including the widely popular Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (review here), Princess of Mars, Mega Piranha, Dragonquest, The Hitchhiker, and Transmorphers chronicled on these three CDs.

“All of [these films] have their special moments for me, but I would say Merlin and the War of the Dragons was the first score I really poured my heart into and really surprised myself with the result. It was the first time I felt like I could contribute something meaningful to a film.”

2012 Supernova: The Sci-Fi Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour, The Land that Time Forgot: The Fantasy Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour, and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: The Monster Film Scores of Chris Ridenhour will be available digitally and on CD starting today, March 8, 2011.

MovieScore Media is distributed by Screen Archives Entertainment, where you can get all three CD’s as a discounted bundle.

Moviescore Media Releasing Three Asylum Film Scores by Chris Ridenhour

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View

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Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento


Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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