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#SDCC17: Our First Impressions of Ghosted; Is This New Horror/Comedy Series Worth Your Time?

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I found myself with some time to kill on Day 1 of the San Diego Comic-Con and wandered into the room where the “Ghosted” panel was about to start. Not only did we get to hear from stars Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, and Ally Walker and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten; but first we were shown the pilot in its entirety.

From all the early descriptions of the show, it seemed to fall more on the comedy side of the horror/comedy fence; but the pilot surprised me with how much horror was actually included.  And that’s a trend that will continue…

We learned that while “Ghosted” plays for laughs, the creative team intends for it to include a lot of horror elements and wants to keep the scares as real as possible.  During the editing process they’ve actually sacrificed some jokes to keep the suspense more palpable.

John Carpenter’s The Thing was cited as a touchstone, and the series will include a “monster of the week” element similar to “The X-Files.” For instance, there will be an episode in which a character is infected by a “rage virus” and becomes a zombie. And, if we’re lucky, we could even see a Yeti in the future!

These guys aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves so expect to see reminders of your favorite movies and TV shows of the 80’s and 90’s when “Ghosted” premieres on Fox this coming October 1st (8:30-9:00 PM).

Here are a couple of photos and an entertaining video from the panel:

So, is “Ghosted” something horror fans will appreciate? In my opinion, if you enjoy a few laughs along with your shivers, it should be a fun time for you. The pilot ended on a cliffhanger, of course, and it did leave me wanting more.  There are sci-fi elements, too, such as a “multiverse” that will be explored along with the over-arching theme of alien abduction (Scott’s character is convinced his wife was abducted; whereas, everyone else believes she simply left him of her own accord following an argument).

Robinson and Scott have great chemistry, and the supporting players seem to be able to hold their own as well. With a runtime of only a half-hour, what have you got to lose?

Synopsis:
Starring Craig Robinson (“The Office,” This Is the End) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” “Big Little Lies”), “GHOSTED” is a single-camera, live-action comedy about the partnership between two polar opposites – a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal – who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.

In addition to Scott’s role as MAX JENNIFER and Robinson’s as LEROY WRIGHT, the series also stars Ally Walker (“Colony,” “Sons of Anarchy”) as Captain AVA LAFREY and Adeel Akhtar (“Unforgotten,” “The Night Manager”) as BARRY SHAW. Amber Stevens West (“The Carmichael Show”) also recently joined the cast as tech specialist/weapons expert ANNIE. Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst, Mark Schulman, and Jonathan Krisel are executive producers, with Krisel directing the pilot.

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Insidious: The Last Key Unlocks on Home Video

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The fourth chapter in the Insidious franchise, Insidious: The Last Key (review), is making its way to home video soon; and we have all the deets you need right here!

Directed by Adam Robitel from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell, Insidious: The Last Key was produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell and executive produced by Bailey Conway Anglewicz, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Couper Samuelson, and Steven Schneider. The film was theatrically distributed by Universal Pictures in the US.

The flick arrives on Digital March 20th and Blu-ray and DVD April 3rd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and will be packing the following special features:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Eight (8) Deleted Scenes
  • Franchise Recap: “Dive Into the Insidious Universe”
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Becoming Elise”
    • “Going Into the Further”
    • “Unlocking Keyface”

Synopsis:
The creative minds behind the hit Insidious franchise bring you the most horrifying chapter of the series, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. In this gripping Blumhouse film, Lin Shaye reprises her role as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier, who returns to her family home to face the unrelenting demons that have plagued her since childhood. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Specs and Tucker, Elise must delve deeper into the Further to unlock the mystery and destroy her greatest fear.

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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in IT: Chapter 2

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Jessica Chastain in Mama

It’s only early on in negotiations but it appears that Jessica Chastain is going to portray adult Beverly in It: Chapter 2, according to Variety. A script written by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first film, is being finalized and Andy Muschietti is expected to return for the sequel. Chastain has long been a favored pick for the role, which was played by Sophia Lillis in IT, even making our own personal wish list.

Also expected to return to IT: Chapter 2 is Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. The sequel has a release date of September 6, 2019, so don’t hold your breath as we’ve got a ways to go.

Related Story: Four Things You May Have Overlooked in IT

In the original film:
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

IT starred Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Sophia Lillis.

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Death House AKA the Expendables of Horror Hits Netflix, VOD, and Redbox on 4/20

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Death HouseWell, I know what I’m doing on 4/20.

Back in December, we let you guys know that B. Harrison Smith’s Death House will host public red carpet events in both Los Angeles (Thursday, Feb. 22) and New York City (Friday, Feb. 23), before landing on Blu-ray/DVD and Cable TV June 5th.

Today we have new release info today via the film’s official Facebook page, where we’ve learned Death House will not only be hitting 30 additional markets March 2nd, but will also be released on VOD, Redbox, Netflix, and foreign markets on April 20th.

While this is a film that I plan to see on the big screen, the fact that it hits Netflix on 4/20 is a pretty damn good idea.

How excited are you to finally see Death House? Let us know below!

Dubbed the “Expendables of Horror,” the film boasts an ensemble of legendary genre names such as Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Oberst, Jr., and a number of other official surprises.

Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B. Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.

Death House hits VOD, Redbox, Netflix, and foreign markets on April 20th, before landing on Blu-ray/DVD and Cable TV June 5th.

Synopsis:
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.

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