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Lifetime Movie Network’s You Killed My Mother from Respected Horror Filmmakers AIRS TONIGHT!



What’s this? A LIFETIME movie on Dread Central?

Yep, bloodsuckers, you’re reading that right.

We’re giving You Killed My Mother some special love today because the screenplay for this hard-hitting TV movie was written by none other than Stephen Romano, co-founder of Eibon Press, creator of Shock Festival and co-writer of Don Coscarelli’s Incident On and Off a Mountain Road for the legendary Showtime series “Masters of Horror.” Yes, that’s right – one of our own has gone way under the radar to infect the mainstream airwaves, and it all comes down TONIGHT on the Lifetime Movie Network at 8pm PST.

When we heard about this file, we had to ask Stephen what it was all about—and it turns out You Killed my Mother has an even deeper connection to the horror genre than we realized. Namely, its executive producer. That man is Pierre David, the near-mythical Canadian movie mogul who brought out David Cronenberg’s early films such as Scanners and Videodrome, not to mention the 80s horror classics Of Unknown Origin and Visiting Hours. David was also behind the later Scanners sequels, as well as the Peter Weller sci-fier Screamers and the original Wishmaster in the 90s—um, so yeah, here’s a guy with some real street cred also. Seems that mister David has been heavy in the Lifetime Original Movie game for years. I talked with Stephen about his collaboration with the legendary movie maverick, and he had this to say:

Well, Pierre David is one of those guys who’s been around a long time and he’s done pretty much everything. You know, he was even the original producer of Oliver Stone’s Platoon. So he’s made his bones and he’s a legend. He can do whatever he wants. I met him a few years back and was really impressed with his TV movie machine. He does four or five movies a year for Lifetime and that’s a super impressive track record. He thought I could bring a valuable new perspective to his projects and I needed a gig, so we both looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s do this thing.’ I thought it would be a challenge to create memorable characters in a somewhat unfamiliar genre… but really, at the end of the day these are thrillers, and thrillers are essentially horror movies. So I plugged right in. There’s a lot of collaboration on these films. It’s a really creative think tank. Pierre is very hands-on and brilliant. It’s been great.”

Sounds good. But is it really a horror movie, Stephen?

Says Romano, “Well, no… but we’re dealing in the same themes, obviously.  It’s all about murder.  The challenge was to make it accessible to the target audience and be true to the goals of the network and also sate my own muse somehow. As a result, this first one is super intense in a few places. It goes pretty dark within the accepted format. It’s inspired by some fairly twisted stuff in my own life, actually. The next film I wrote for Pierre will be even darker in a way. It’s called Web Cam Girls. We have a psycho with a knife in that one.

You Killed My Mother is about a teenage girl who watches her mom die in a hospital and then goes crazy on the doctors, attacking one of them and getting sent to a nuthouse for two years. When she gets out, she’s still bitter.  So she goes after revenge.  And it’s not pretty revenge either, according to Romano.

Yeah, our femme fatale in this one is a real MacGyver type, who rigs houses with booby traps and stuff. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Lifetime movie where the angry woman goes after her mark with a gas bomb. (Laughs) It’s fairly risky. At least on this channel.”

However it comes down, we’re damn well tuning in tonight on LMN to see what Romano cooked up with the legendary producer of Scanners. It’s just too damn intriguing not to!

Check out the trailer below…

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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