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Casting Firms Up for Eat, Brains, Love Adaptation

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Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, along with DIGA Studios and Full Fathom Five, has announced several new cast members for the cinematic adaptation of Jeff Hart’s zombie road trip novel Eat, Brains, Love, which is currently in production. We’ve been talking about this project for a while now so it’s good to see it finally coming to fruition! Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
Actors Jake Cannavale (“Nurse Jackie”) as Jake, Angelique Rivera (“American Crime”) as Amanda, and Sarah Yarkin (“American Horror Story”) as Cass join the cast of Eat, Brains, Love, which also features Jim Titus (“Pretty Little Liars”) as Tom, Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcism) as Alastaire, Ty Headlee (Cause and Effect) as Chazz, Kristin Daniel (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) as Grace, and Kym Jackson (“American Crime Story”) as Summer.

“Jake is a talented up and coming actor with showbiz in his blood,” said Van Toffler, CEO and co-founder of Gunpowder & Sky. “His parents, Jenny Lumet and Bobby Cannavale, have great acting range and really command the screen; when we auditioned Jake for the role, we saw those exact qualities in him and knew we had found our renegade zombie.”

Directed by Rodman Flender (MTV’s “Scream”) based on Jeff Hart’s synonymous novel and adapted by writing team Mike Herro and David Strauss (“One Tree Hill”), Eat, Brains, Love follows zombie virus-infected high school seniors Jake and Amanda as they run from Cass, a psychic sent by the government to track them down, and search for a cure for their affliction.

Gunpowder & Sky announced that they had signed an exclusive deal with DIGA Studios, an independent production studio founded by former MTV President Tony DiSanto, and Full Fathom Five to develop Eat, Brains, Love in February 2016 and then revealed that writing team Mike Herro and David Strauss had signed on to adapt the novel in August 2017.

The first in a two-part book series, Eat, Brains, Love is touted as a “heartwarming and bloody blend of romance and deadpan humor” filled with laughs, heart—and brains.

Eat, Brains, Love is set to wrap up production later this month.

Synopsis:
The good news: Jake’s dream girl, Amanda Blake, finally knows his name.

The bad news: It is because they both contracted a mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class.

Now Jake and Amanda (Jake Cannavale and Angelique Rivera) are on the run from Cass (Sarah Yarkin), a teen psychic sent by the government’s top-secret Necrotic Control Division to track them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends and set off in search of a cure for the zombie virus, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own – one that will lead all three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

L-R: Jake Cannavale, Angelique Rivera, and Sarah Yarkin Join Eat, Brains, Love

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: January 23, 2018

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After a few weeks of smaller lists, this week should be a welcome breath of fresh air, with 12 pretty solid releases.  There are mainly recent films this week, but there are a couple of classics thrown in the mix as well.

Probably our top release of the week, Jigsaw will be hitting shelves on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD.  I found myself wondering recently if they will still be making films from this franchise when my son (who is a toddler now) is able to get into R-rated movies.

Up next is The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.  If you didn’t get your fill of Christmas last year, you can check out this clip for one last holiday hoorah.

In terms of classics, Dario Argento’s Opera will be heading our way as a Blu-ray release from Scorpion Releasing.  Additionally, you can check out Robert Englund in 1992’s Dance Macabre, brought to us as part of the Scream Factory collection.  Lastly, if you’re a Linda Blair fan, 1987’s Grotesque will be available on DVD this week as well.

I also have to give a nod to Let Sleeping Corpses Lie.  I’m not going to say it’s the best zombie movie ever created, but a few years back I happened upon a used DVD copy at a cool book store/café in New Haven, CT.  I didn’t go into it expecting anything miraculous, but for a very dated living dead movie it was worth the three dollars it cost me.

Keep checking back each week.  We’re going to be seeing an uptick in the quantity of release listings over the next month at least so you won’t want to miss a thing.  Pleasant viewing.



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Dance Macabre (1992)

Starring:

Robert Englund

Synopsis:

A dance instructor brings his dance troupe to Russia for training. What his dancers don’t know, however, is that he has a dual personality–and his hidden personality is a serial killer.

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Devil’s Well, The (2017)

Starring:

Bryan Manley Davis, Chris Viemeister, David Alexander, Kristen Seavey, Anne-Marie Mueschke

Synopsis:

Karla Marks mysteriously vanishes while conducting a paranormal investigation with her husband into the Devil’s Well, an underground location reported to be a gateway straight into hell, and the site of ongoing strange phenomenon. A year after her disappearance, a group of investigators go back to uncover the truth about Karla, and are faced with evil forces greater than they ever imagined.

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Grotesque (1987)

Starring:

Linda Blair, Tab Hunter, Donna Wilkes

Synopsis:

A gang of crazed punks breaks into a typical American family’s vacation home in the mountains and slaughters the entire family, except for one daughter who gets away in nothing but her pajamas. As the gang pursues the girl through the outside elements, they slowly realize that a murderous creature is chasing them all!

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Hot Tub Party Massacre (2016)

Starring:

Chrissy Cooke

Synopsis:

The sisters of the Delta Omega sorority won a free weekend at a luxurious hotel & spa. They planned on having a fun and steamy weekend. However, things go from steamy to bloody when an escaped serial killer checks in to the hotel and crashes their party. The heat will be on at the Hot Tub Party Massacre!!!

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Jigsaw (2017) (Blu-ray + 4K)

Starring:

Hannah Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Tobin Bell, Brittany Allen

Synopsis:

Bodies continue to turn up when the notorious Jigsaw killer returns for the eighth installment of one of the most successful horror franchises in history!

In the latest terrifying installment of the legendary SAW series, law enforcement finds itself chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade, embroiled in a diabolical new game that’s only just begun. Has John Kramer, the infamous Jigsaw Killer, returned from the dead to commit a series of murders and remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a different killer with designs of their own?

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Killing of a Sacred Deer, The (2017)

Starring:

Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone

Synopsis:

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

Starring:

Cristina Galbo, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy

Synopsis:

A young couple in love is travelling along the English countryside. While they plan their next stop, a man who has been dead for several days attacks, to be followed shortly thereafter by a full-scale zombie invasion which could very well be a result of the agriculturist’s distribution of ultrasonic radiation. In the end, a cop figures out the countless murders are not the work of the young couple, but the living dead.

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Lost Tree, The (2017)

Starring:

Thomas Ian Nicholas, Michael Madsen, Lacey Chabert, Scott Grimes, Clare Kramer

Synopsis:

The Lost Tree is centered around Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife. He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area.

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Opera (1987)

Starring:

Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, William McNamara, Antonella Vitale

Synopsis:

When young opera singer Betty takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces her to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will her recurring childhood nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath, or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings? Legendary horror maestro Dario Argento delivers a savagely stunning thriller featuring some of the most shocking sequences of his entire career.

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Planet Dead (2017)

Starring:

Charles Adames, Joe Debartolo, Raven Oscar Flores, Larry Greene, Emilie Jolie

Synopsis:

The world falls into chaos after a rogue scientist unleashes a virus that turns the living and the dead into flesh eating monsters. A Special Forces Team is sent into a growing danger zone to recover the cure from the scientist, but as they enter the hot zone they must seek refuge in a nearby nightclub with a few civilians as they wait for the rescue chopper to arrive. Armed with limited ammo they must battle the ever growing number of once human monsters. Mankind will pay for the nastiness of it’s inhabitance.

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Punk Fu Zombie (2017)

Starring:

Stephane Messier, Xavier Dumontier, Tommy Gaudet, Caroline Danserau-Loiselle, Jonathan Simon

Synopsis:

In 2028 a zombie invasion, coupled with a thermonuclear war, plunges the world into a new darkness. Now, in 2048, the so called leader of the original movement has a new nemesis: his son Zack. Trained in kung-fu since his childhood by his robot friend, nothing could prepare the young Zack for the political adventure waiting for him, filled with trials, love, politics and ultra-violence.

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Red Krokodil (2012) (Director’s Cut)

Starring:

Brock Madson, Valerio Cassa, Viktor Karam

Synopsis:

Red Krokodil is the story of a man (Brock Madon) addicted to mind numbing drug, Krokodil. He suddenly finds himself alone in a post-nuclear city similar to Chernobyl. His physical decay, caused by the massive intake of drugs, is mirrored in his inner world, as reality mixes with hallucinations. The breakup of the body that this drug causes, is sever in it’s graphic and yet, slow destruction while he is slowly falling into madness as his addictions to the drug, runs out of control. This movie deals with many themes, from the environment to the use of drugs, but the story is just an excuse that director Domiziano Cristopharo uses to focus on a psychological condition that brings a total detachment from oneself and from the surrounding world. A dark trip that shows no way out.

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Rapid Eye Movement Trailer Forces You To Stay Awake

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I would really love to go on vacation to New York City, so I’m damn jealous of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie Rapid Eye Movement, which was filmed almost exclusively in Times Square. In the film, a radio DJ is forced to stay awake for over eleven days after being threatened by a deranged caller, which begins to have serious effects on both his physical and mental well-being.

Rapid Eye Movement is directed by Peter Bishai and stars Francois Arnaud, Reiko Aylesworth, Chloe Brooks, Godfrey, Jamie Jackson, David Rhodes, Stelio Savante and Danny Ramirez. We don’t yet know of a release date, although we are happy to share the trailer along with two stills below.

Rapid Eye Movement Official Synopsis
In the heart of Times Square, radio DJ Rick Weider is driven to the edge of insanity as he tries to break the 11-day world record for staying awake. The stakes rise considerably when a deranged caller, who wants Rick to raise $5 million for charity, threatens to kill him unless he succeeds. With his life on the line, Rick unravels physically, emotionally and mentally, forced to confront his own demons while trying to outplay his seemingly powerful and unbeatable enemy.

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Horror is Strongly Represented at This Year’s Oscars!

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The nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards have been released and both The Shape of Water and Get Out have received some serious nods in major categories!

Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror/thriller got noms for Best Director, Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Original Screenplay, and Best Picture! For a directorial debut AND a horror movie, it’s amazing to see this film get some richly deserved love. Peele even tweeted, “I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro’s delightful fantasy creature feature The Shape of Water racked in this impressive list: Best Picture, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira), Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern), Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau), Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Costume Design (Luis Sequeira). WHEW!

Having seen The Shape of Water just recently, I can assure you that it deserves every one of those accolades. It’s a gorgeous movie that kept a smile on my face through pretty much every single moment.

Other nominations that are equally important for us are the Visual Effects nods to both War for the Planet of the Apes and Kong: Skull Island and the Day of the Dead-themed Coco getting attention for Best Original Song and Animated Feature.

Congratulations to all nominees and we can’t wait to see what happens this March!

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