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Dread Central Tours Halloween Horror Nights’ Insidious Maze – Photos and Film Details Abound!

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This past August 21 Dread Central joined John Murdy, the creative director behind Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off September 15th at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the then-under-construction maze Insidious (based on the Blumhouse franchise, as well as the upcoming latest installment in such, Insidious: The Last Key). Read on for word and exclusive photos.

Directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel and opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 5, 2018, Insidious: The Last Key stars series regular Lin Shaye as Dr. Rainier, who faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home, and during our tour, Murdy offered us some juicy narrative tidbits of what we can expect in the film, as well as within the maze from which it spawned.

Arriving to the lower lot and to the maze’s façade just adjacent to the Jurassic Park ride, Murdy told us, “This is the third Insidious maze we’ve done during my time at Halloween Horror Nights, starting in 2013 with Insidious: Into the Further, which was really focused on the first two movies, and then in 2015 when the third movie came out, we did another maze called Insidious: Return to the Further. Insidious has always been a fan-favorite for us.”

“In working with Blumhouse,” he stated of the maze’s conceptualization, “I’m on the ground floor with them in regards to maze development, so they let me read the script well before shooting (of the film) had ever taken place, and what really jumped out at me was that this could be different from the other Insidious mazes we’ve made, particularly in the setting in which we start. In the previous mazes we did the Lambert house, which was the little boy’s house from the original film. The house we are standing in front of right now is the Rainer house (located in the film) in New Mexico, which is Elise’s parent’s house, the house which she grew up in.”

“And what’s different about this movie,” he continued, “is that (the characters) get a telephone call like they often do to investigate a paranormal happening, but Elise then realizes that the address (of the occurrence) is that of her childhood home. And through the course of the movie, we start to realize why she has such dread in returning to her home town, and particularly to the house that she grew up in, because this is where she first encountered the paranormal, and we are going to hint at that.”

In doing so, Murdy and co. will attempt to induct guests into the world of Insidious before they even enter the maze.

“First of all, (Insidious characters) Tucker and Specs, just like we’ve done in the past, will be live performers that will interact with you in the queue,” he revealed, “and (in the maze) you’ll see more than one new nemesis (from the Insidious universe) that we get to work with: there’s The Red Haired Ghost, and there’s also a demon character called The Key-Faced Demon, and then once you get into the Further there’s a bunch of other ghosts as well. So we realized that we could probably do a whole maze from the new film alone, but we also know that our fans love this franchise, and if they went through an Insidious maze and didn’t see the Red Demon, or the Black Bride, or any of the other characters from the other films, that they would be disappointed. So we decided to use the Further as a way to visit the other films, as well as to hit all of our favorite characters from all of the Insidious franchise.”

As for the new film’s narrative, and what Murdy has created from it, “The film takes place in New Mexico, and early on when Elise is a young girl, she sees a ghost in her house, and he’s wearing this weird duck mask, that looks like one of those vintage Halloween masks, before consumer (Halloween) products were available. So we use him as sort of a guide for the first part of the maze, and we’ll see him appear and disappear.”

Moving through the maze and into a period perfect living room, Murdy further revealed that, “Elise’s dad in this scene is a ghost. His name is Gerald, and he’s watching a news report about the Cold War. Because we are in the 1950’s, Elise’s dad has a bomb shelter in his house, and in this particular scene we (also) have Elise’s mother, who met an untimely end. There will be an animated character here (representing her) in the maze with cables wrapped around her throat, convulsing with its legs kicking. And not only does the dad have a fallout shelter, he has a secret cell attached to it, because we learn in the movie that he has some girl chained up (in it).”

“What’s ironic when you are working on a maze on a film that’s this far out in front of you,” concluded Murdy, “is that the shooting script is never representative of the finished film, due to editing or re-shoots. So we always have to make a decision, as to whether or not include things from the script in the maze or not. The movie doesn’t come out until January 2018, and the trailer probably doesn’t come out until October, and (as such) Jason Blum said to me, ‘This (maze) is probably the greatest trailer for the film.’ And it is, because our guests get to live parts of this movie before they’ll ever even see a trailer for it.”

For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Join the “Halloween Horror Nights” conversation using #UniversalHHN on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood and Instagram; Halloween Horror Nights on Twitter and Periscope @HorrorNights. Add username “HorrorNights” on Snapchat for nightly live content, and watch the terror come to life on the Halloween Horror Nights YouTube Page.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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