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The Barn Opens Its Doors on Blu-ray with Stunning New Artwork by Graham Humphreys

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Justin M. Seaman’s The Barn (review) has finally arrived on Blu-ray, and it’s filled to the brim with extras.

Without meaning to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, I should mention that I appear in the bonus features. I was lucky enough to attend The Barn’s UK premiere, and after the screening most of the audience, myself included, were filmed talking about how much we loved the film (and I was also sure to proudly mention that I write for Dread Central). All of our interviews were shot and edited by filmmaker Emma Dark and can be found on the Blu-ray.

I also met Graham Humphreys at the premiere, and the two of us have remained friends ever since. You probably know Graham as the artist behind the UK posters for Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street. He painted the cover for this new Blu-ray edition of The Barn, and as you can see, calling it stunning is an understatement.

The original DVD artwork for The Barn was created by Sadist Art Designs, and the Blu-ray sleeve will contain their design on one side and Graham’s on the other, so have a look below to decide which one takes your fancy.

Reversible sleeve featuring artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Reversible sleeve featuring artwork by Sadist Art Designs.

In addition to the main cover image, Graham also provided me with some early sketches and work-in-progress images before he completed the final draft. All of the images are included below, and looking at them gives you a real insight into the design process that goes into Graham’s paintings.

The Barn stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Linnea Quigley, and the original Jason Voorhees himself, Ari Lehman. The film’s already well on the way to achieving cult status, so make sure you get in on the action.

The Barn Blu-ray Official Synopsis:
You can now bring home the critically acclaimed and multiple award winning indie Halloween horror hit The Barn on Blu-ray for $19.99 at thebarnmerch.com!

It’s Halloween 1989, and best friends Sam and Josh are just trying to enjoy their last “Devil’s Night” before graduating high school. Trouble soon arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within The Barn…

The film stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard, Nikki Darling, and Nickolaus Joshua with Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, Return of the Living Dead) and Ari Lehman (the first Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th). Featuring an original score by Rocky Gray, former member of Grammy award-winning goth/rock group Evanescence.

This Special Edition Blu-ray is a jam-packed trick-or-treat bag full of over 90 minutes of bonus goodies. It also includes a reversible insert sleeve featuring the classic Sadist Art Designs artwork on one side and a brand new design by the legendary film poster illustrator Graham Humphreys on the other showcasing iconic scenes from the film.

“I’ve always been huge fan of Graham Humphreys’ artwork, so I was shocked when I heard he attended the film’s London premier at “World Wide Weird” and enjoyed The Barn so much that he wanted to create an original piece. I got in contact with him and told him I was looking to do some new art for the Blu-ray release, but this time I wanted to show scenes from the film and incorporate the cast. There is a bonus feature on the disc that includes audience reactions created by filmmaker Emma Dark from the London show, and Graham is one of them. During this filmed interview is when he actually suggests that I reach out to him about it, so it’s pretty cool to watch that and then pick up the Blu-ray cover and see that it actually happened,” said writer/director Justin M. Seaman.

“THE MAKING OF A NIGHTMARE” is nearly an hour-long documentary that tells the story of how the film began as a childhood dream and what it took for a group of dedicated individuals to create the finished project. Including interviews from the cast and crew as well as Linnea Quigley, Ari Lehman, and Rocky Gray.

Bonus Content Info:

  • Audio Commentary by Justin M. Seaman (Writer/Director), Mitchell Musolino (Actor – “Sam”) and Zane Hershberger (Director of Photography)
  • “The Making of a Nightmare” Documentary – Cast and Crew Interviews (Including Ari Lehman, Linnea Quigley, and Rocky Gray)
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • “Harvest” Music Video by Rebel Flesh
  • “All Hallow’s Eve” short film
  • “World Wide Weird” London premiere reactions
  • Trailers
  • Commercials
  • Original Storybook
  • Reversible Cover Artwork by Marc Schoenbach and Graham Humphreys

Now available for $19.99 at thebarnmerch.com

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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