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Sometimes things get a bit lost in the shuffle on this writer’s desk, although I’d be remiss to not finally deliver a bit of exclusive news, video, and photos from the premiere of director Jack Messitt’s Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut, which took place earlier this month in Westwood, California. Read on!

Originally released on January 6, 2009, the extended and VFX enhanced “The Killer Cut” version of Midnight Movie bows to DVD this coming June 14 via Bigfoot Entertainment, and on hand for the flick’s Bigfoot Crest Theatre red carpet premiere were cast members Brea Grant, Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Dinora Walcott, Ashley Black and Christopher Page, who started the night off with a pub crawl at Westwood Brew Co. Joining them in the festivities were writer and director Jack Messitt, Bigfoot Entertainment chairman Michael Gleissner, Bigfoot Entertainment’s CEO Kacy Andrews (and producer of Midnight Movie) and many more.

Messitt told us of the supernatural slasher film’s special edition (the original cut of Midnight Movie (review here) won awards for Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography at the Chicago Horror Film Festival), “The opportunity to create a director’s cut does not come along very often for movies of our size so when I was asked to put ‘The Killer Cut’ together, I jumped at the chance. I made it clear, though, that I didn’t want to just dump in a bunch of scenes that shouldn’t have been in there in the first place. I wanted to make the movie better. So I said that I would take on the project if I could really take the film to the next level.

The director continued, “I completely revamped the edit and shot new footage to enhance the mythology of Radford (the killer at the heart of Midnight Movie) and his obsession with The Dark Beneath (the movie within Midnight Movie), and Radford’s ritual that embeds his soul into the film itself is completely different. It really kicks off the film in a whole new way – a much better way than the original version. I also did more than just add to the film – I did a lot of cutting as well. I wanted to streamline it, especially the first fifteen minutes. I wanted to get to the fun part a little faster. You won’t miss what I chopped out, but you will feel the difference.

“Another huge improvement was the enhancement to Radford’s supernatural powers,” communicated Messitt. “Due to all the new visual effects in ‘The Killer Cut’, Radford is much more menacing. He is much closer to my original vision of his character.

As for the disc’s supplements, “In addition to all the extras from the first DVD and Blu-Ray, we created a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette,” Messitt said. “It is a pretty extensive look into how we did things on set. I also recorded a brand new director’s commentary for ‘The Killer Cut’ – full of details from the shoot and explanations behind a lot of the changes I made.

Dread queried the filmmaker on what horror enthusiasts can expect from him in the future.

I have a few projects in the works,” he teased, “including a potential sequel to Midnight Movie. But getting that going all depends on how ‘The Killer Cut’ is received. So if you are looking for Radford to return, fans gotta help spread the word about ‘The Killer Cut’!

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Midnight Movie actress Brea Grant

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Midnight Movie Actress Rebekah Brandes being interviewed on the red carpet

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Midnight Movie: Killer Cut cast and filmmakers on the red carpet

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Writer/Director Jack Messitt, Executive Producer Michael Gleissner, Bigfoot Entertainment CEO Kacy Andrews

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Exclusive: GHOST STORIES Clip Just Wants to Have a Nice, Not-Creepy-At-All Chat

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Last Friday, IFC Midnight released their British supernatural horror film Ghost Stories and we want to keep the hype train a’rollin’ by giving you an exclusive clip from the film where Professor Goodman (co-director Andrew Nyman) meets with Simon Rifkind (Alex Lawther) to discuss a strange and terrifying event the young boy experienced. While Rifkind is agitated to the point that we’re not certain if what he says can be trusted or not, his fear cannot be denied and Professor Goodman is clearly unsure what to make of the situation.

Ghost Stories is directed Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, the former who stars alongside Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, and Jill Halfpenny.

Professor Goodman, a psychologist, and skeptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.

Ghost Stories made nearly $13,000 from one theater in New York City over this past weekend. A delightfully surprising and strong performance, this could see the film expand to more theaters in the coming weeks beyond Los Angeles and other major cities this Friday. However, nothing is confirmed and we can only keep our fingers crossed that each new location performs as well and we have another theatrical horror hit this year!

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7 GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB Review – Rest Easy, Indiana Jones, There’s Not Much To See Here

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Starring Kellan Lutz, Bingbing Li, Kelsey Grammar

Directed by Kimble Rendall


If it only weren’t for those friggin’ spiders. Kimble Rendall’s adventurous flick, 7 Guardians Of The Tomb is one of those “wanted to be, yet couldn’t quite hit the mark” action-films that will probably entertain those looking for some cave-dwelling escapades caught on celluloid, but for the more picky aficionado of said slam-bang pics, this one might be viewed as a bit stagnant. Let’s strap on our mining helmets and pick around this one, shall we?

Acting as a bit of a search-and-rescue formation, the movie tails alongside Dr. Jia Lee (Li) as she hunts down the whereabouts of her missing brother after losing contact with him while he was on expedition in Western China. Apparently he was looking for a secretive Emperor’s tomb that supposedly holds a potion that can reanimate, or re-invigorate…or rehabilitate – anyway you slice it, the juice has got some pretty potent powers. So a search team is assembled, led by Mason (Grammar – glad someone got Frasier off of the barstool), and he’s latched onto all-American fella Jack (Lutz) to assist this operation. As it turns out, the initial journey is cut off fairly quick when a violent electrical storm forces the group to head underground, and that’s when things get creepy and crawly…like 8-legged style. The film is ripe with some feverish action and a few decent performances, but it’s the overall framework that acts as the big bully, tauntingly kicking sand in the little guy’s face at the beach.

We’ve got love interests, a flurry of backstories, and oh my lord, those spiders! Yep, even the heartiest of CGI can effectively ruin a good case of the willies when it comes to arachnids and their powers of sucking humans and animals dry of their lifeforce. It’s an intently goofy movie, and even the dialogue seems a bit showy at times, leaving plausibility and intelligence at the entrance to the caves. Lutz is fun to watch as the burly rescuer, and he looks as the type who is just waiting for his cinematic moment to step into the spotlight. What pains me is that this movie really could have been something much bigger, and apparently it looks as if the majority of the film’s budget was wasted on those hokey-looking computerized spiders.

All in all, 7 Guardians Of The Tomb is spotty entertainment, even if you despise those little skittering aphids racing towards you, programmed or not. Give it a peek if Raiders Of The Lost Ark isn’t readily available at your disposal…even that crappy Crystal Skull one.

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A film that could have been so much more adventure-wise instead comes off looking like a lesson in how not to waste too much time on computer imagery.

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BEAST Trailer Offers Slow-Burn Chills

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Don’t be fooled by the Beauty and the Beast style poster for Michael Pearce’s Beast starring Jessie Buckley. The film promises to be a “masterclass in slow-burn chills” and “unexpected and terrifying.”

We’ll see about that once the film hits this May but until then you can check out the poster to the right and the trailer along with a gallery of stills below. After looking through all that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is written and directed by Michael Pearce and stars Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, and Geraldine James. It’s produced by Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, and Kristian Brodie. Beast hits theaters via Roadside Attractions and 30West May 11.

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Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

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