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After reading all the positive reviews of Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, we knew it was just a matter of time before its US distribution rights were snapped up, and today we know who has acquired them. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought the film, and its genre label, Screen Gems, will act as distributor.

The 2011 SXSW Midnighter/SXFantastic Audience Award winning film Attack the Block stars Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost. It was produced by Nira Park and James Wilson through the Big Talk Pictures banner.

Joe has created a piece of work we know the masses will enjoy, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to a larger stage through Screen Gems,” SPWA prexy Steve Bersch said in a statement released by Variety.

Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper added: “The film is, at once, charming, scary, funny, hip, clever and completely hits its mark.

No US release date has been set yet, but keep it here for more as it comes.

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Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And weapon-wielding teenage thugs into heroes. Think ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 only with monsters and a tower block. Or LA HAINE crossed with ALIENS. It’s inner city versus outer space.

Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she’s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She’s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors falls. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade, and nothing will stand in their way. THE ESTATE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A BATTLEGROUND. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block’s, only hope.

To read our Attack the Block review, click on the image below. For more check out the Attack the Block Facebook page, and keep your eye on the Attack the Block website.

SXSW 2011: Review - Attack the Block

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Eibon Press goes BLACK FRIDAY with free Fulci Comics!

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Us guys over at Eibon Press have lost our fucking minds.

AGAIN!

We’re running a Black Friday special that’s totally insane, giving away comics for free!  It’s a THREE LEVEL spacial that allows you to own up to two FREE POSTERS and TWO FREE COMICS, and that’s saying a lot because our comics and posters are all kinds of awesome.  Check out the latest issue of LUCIO FULCI’S GATES OF HELL, guys:

This one is a fucking beauty, based on the classic Fulci film City of the Living Dead, and containing all the incredible set-pieces that made that movie the notorious eye-gouging, gut barfing 1980s horror spectacular it is!  And our comics are extra amazing because they come in a special album liner sleeve, packaged in shrink wrap and sealed with stickers and extra features, just like a high-end collectible record album. You get two amazing covers and all starts of extras!

We also just came out with this bad boy:

Laserblast????  Somoen made a comic book outta that movie?

Hell yes we did.  And it’s one of the best movie adaptations ever done.  This was a film featured on Mystery Science Theater 300 and so what better way to beat the post Turkey Day blahs, yes?  We’re giving this incredible issue away for FREE also in our nutty Black Friday Special.

We’re also giving away these TWO FREE MINI-POSTERS:

Yeah, we kinda blew the horror word’s mind when we announced “Maniac Vs. The New York Ripper,” and it’s coming soon, along with “Bottomfeeder”.  Meanwhile, you can have this awesome cover poster.  For free.  Plus it it’s double sided and has a cool preview page from BF #2 on the back!  Can’t beat that with a stick, man.

Check us out at eibonpress.com and hit our social feeds too for all the info.

BLACK FRIDAY just got blacker, kids!

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Gruesome Demonic Possession Video

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

While The Blair Witch Project, released in 1999, didn’t invent the found footage subgenre of horror, it certainly popularized the concept, making it a common trope throughout the 2010s. The idea of finding misplaced film or video that reveals a terrifying truth is instantly compelling, and films like The Ring and Sinister have taken this concept outside of the found-footage arena, promoting the concept of cursed media.

One of the main goals of the found-footage presentation is to blur the line between fiction and reality. From this perspective, it’s as though a filmmaker is acting as an objective third party, offering a “discovery” without validating its authenticity. And while there are indeed real-life examples of lost media revealing compelling or harrowing secrets (surveillance footage, lost cameras, etc.) has anything ever been unearthed that compares to the terror induced by movies like Blair Witch.

Perhaps.

The Paranormal Scholar is a YouTube channel dedicated to scientific, academic explorations of supposed real-life supernatural phenomenon. While the majority of their video essays end by debunking popular urban legends and modern creepypastas, they recently explored a potentially legitimate reel of found film—and it’s utterly horrifying.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

According to The Paranormal Scholar, the footage below was discovered in the attic of a newly purchased home in Iowa around 1973. Unfortunately, no other significant details are known—which is convenient if it’s a hoax. The video looks almost too good to be real (meaning it’s genuinely disturbing) but the fact that it can’t be immediately debunked is instantly unnerving.

The subject of this supposedly found footage is one many horror fans find intriguing: Demonic possession. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you know anything about this mysterious footage? Do you think it’s real or a clever fake? Let the debate begin!

Warning: Mature Content!

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018

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Coming to blu-ray in early 2018 will be Class of 1999, which was originally released in 1990 and designed to be an unofficial sci-fi sequel to 1982’s Class of 1984, which itself received a special edition blu-ray in 2015. Confused yet?

In 1982, writer-director Mark L. Lester made Class of 1984, a slightly futuristic action thriller about teachers contending with teenage gangs in an inner-city high school. Lester would go on to grace us with Commando and Firestarter before returning to the premise in 1990 to give us the very futuristic Class of 1999. This time the action takes place near the turn of the millennium when gang violence overruns inner-city high schools to the point that the government steps in and replaces the teachers with reprogrammed military-grade battle androids. The super soldier cyborg faculty revert to their militaristic ways, naturally, and rack up quite a body count as they declare war on the student body leading to teenage gangs putting aside their difference to lead an anti-robot uprising in the halls of the school.

The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!

Boasting a screenplay by Full Moon stalwart C. Courtney Joyner and a cast including the likes of Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Traci Lind; Class of 1999 and its unique Stand and Deliver meets The Warriors meets The Terminator premise has garnered a loyal cult following over the years. We won’t mention the sequel. Forget I even brought it up. Sequel? What sequel?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced Class of 1999 will be the next title getting a blu-ray release as part of their Vestron Collector’s Series in the first semester of 2018 with a fully loaded edition guaranteed to please fans and those that have yet to be educated on this enjoyable early Ninties b-movie extravaganza.

Disc extras will include:

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Trailer & TV Spot
Still Gallery
Video Promo
Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

Class of 1999 graduates to blu-ray on January 30th.

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