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Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada Has Big Plans for 2011 Fan Expo Canada/Rue Morgue Festival of FearAll you gorehounds north of the Border, do yourselves a favor and clear your calendars for this weekend, starting tomorrow, August 25 through August 28. If you haven’t yet made plans to be at The Toronto Convention Center to attend the 2011 Fan Expo Canada/Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, don’t worry; there’s still time. And Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada is about to give you some additional motivation.

Let’s start with the featured guests Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada is boasting. Legendary veteran of Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss and Bereavement (and that barely scratches the surface) Michael Biehn will be on hand. Promoting Monster Brawl will be well-traveled Canadians Art Hindle (Black Christmas) and from 300, Robert Maillet (that would be Kurrgan for all you WWE fans).

And speaking of the WWE, what Canadian convention would be complete without Ms. Stratusfaction herself, Trish Stratus. Trish will be on hand to promote Bounty Hunters.

Aside from meet and greets with filmmakers and stars, Anchor Bay will be featuring sneak peeks at some of their upcoming projects, contests and giveaways and chances to grab some free swag (mmmm…free swag).

All the info you need is listed below so whatever you had planned, blow it off and get to Toronto.

From the Press Release
WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment at the 2011 Fan Expo Canada in Toronto

WHEN: Thursday, August 25th through to Sunday, August 28th
Fan Expo Hours are: Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm

WHERE: Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd., South Building, Toronto, Ontario, Booth #1246

DETAILS: Genre leader Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada will have a huge presence August 25th through to the 28th at the Toronto Convention Centre for the 2011 Fan Expo Canada/Rue Morgue’s Festival Of Fear, the 6th installment of Canada’s premier horror event.

Fans can meet their favorite Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada filmmakers and stars, get sneak peeks and scoops from exciting genre releases landing on screens soon such as:

THE DIVIDE: This award-winning post apocalyptic thriller starring Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) & Jennifer Blanc from Xavier Gens (Frontier(s)) comes to screens in 2012

MONSTER BRAWL: It’s The Fight of the Living Dead! This horror wrestling comedy starring Art Hindle (Black Christmas, The Brood) and Robert Maillet (300) is fresh off a world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and comes to you from the creators of Scarce.

BEREAVEMENT: Michael Biehn stars in the sequel to Stevan Mena’s chilling film Malevolence.

MEDIUM RAW: NIGHT OF THE WOLF: This horror film from Andrew Cymek and also starring Brigette Kingsley offers up a fresh and gory take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

BOUNTY HUNTERS: Exciting new action film starring seven-time WWE Women’s Champion, television personality, and fitness icon Trish Stratus.

THE COLLAPSED: Justin McConnell’s great new post-apocalyptic feature recently hit screens in Canada.

–Meet and greets with photo opportunities for fans with all of Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada’s guests will take place at the booth throughout the weekend.

–Sneak peeks at other upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada releases such as Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, A Horrible Way to Die, The Walking Dead: Season 2, The Howling Reborn, Ultimate Fighting Championship and more.

–The Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada booth will hold fun contests for attendees to win swag all weekend long!

FanExpo Canada/RueMorgue’s Festival of Fear Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada Event Schedule

Thursday, August 25
THE COLLAPSED Screening – Room 709
In the wake of the end of the world, a family of four desperately tries to survive. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home. The constant threat of a violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, soon to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries. Will they survive? A dark and unpredictable horror/thriller.
Introduction and Q & A with Director Justin McConnell, co-Producer/co-story Kevin Hutchinson and cast members Lise Moule, Steve Vieira, Vincent Thomas, Kassandra Santos and Stefano Gallo.
Duration: 82 minutes

THE COLLAPSED Meet & Greet – Booth #1246
Meet Director Justin McConnell, co-Producer/co-story Kevin Hutchinson and cast members Lise Moule, Steve Vieira, Vincent Thomas, Kassandra Santos and Stefano Gallo

Friday, August 26
MONSTER BRAWL Meet & Greet – Booth #1246
Featuring stars Art Hindle, Robert Maillet, Jason Brown, director Jesse T. Cook, producers Matt Wiele and John Geddes, The Gore Brothers (Jeff and Jason Derushie) and Paige Reynolds and Justin Erickson from Phantom City Creative.

BEREAVEMENT Screening – Room 709
In 1989, six year-old Martin Bristolwas kidnapped from his backyard. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned in his derelict slaughterhouse, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. For five years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery, until a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Her curiosity about the deserted slaughterhouse disturbs a hornet’s nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed.
Introduction and Q & A with star Michael Biehn and director Stevan Mena (Malevolence).
Duration: 103 minutes

Saturday, August 27
MEDIUM RAW: NIGHT OF THE WOLF Screening – Room 711
Capturing the sadistic serial killer “The Wolf” was just the beginning for rookie cop Johnny Morgan (writer/director Andrew Cymek). As he escorts the monster to his new home in the dark underground halls of Parker’s Asylum, bedlam ensues and Johnny along with a handful of civilians, including his girlfriend Jamie (Brigitte Kingsley), become players in a night of survival against the world’s most terrifying inmates…the Night of the Wolf. Also stars John Rhys-Davies. Introduction and Q & A with Andrew Cymek and Brigette Kingsley
Duration: 101 minutes

BEREAVEMENT Meet & Greet – Booth #1246
Stars Michael Biehn, Danielle Harris, Jennifer Blanc, and Director Stevan Mena will be signing autographs.

MONSTER BRAWL Panel – Room 709
Join the cast and crew of Anchor Bay’s upcoming Monster Brawl with stars Art Hindle, Robert Maillet, Jason Brown, Director Jesse T. Cook, producers Matt Wiele and John Geddes, The Gore Brothers (Jeff and Jason Derushie) and Paige Reynolds and Justin Erickson from Phantom City Creative. All this and a very special surprise guest!
Moderator: Adam Lopez of Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Duration: 1 hour

Sunday, August 28
TRISH STRATUS of BOUNTY HUNTERS Meet & Greet – Booth #1246
WWE star and TV personality Trish Stratus makes her feature film debut in Bail Enforcers, an explosive new action film from Anchor Bay Canada and will be signing autographs.

5:30 pm
Anchor Bay presents a look at their upcoming genre releases with sneak peeks and Q&A opportunities. Panel discussion will include guests from Bereavement and The Divide featuring stars Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc, Bereavement director Stevan Mena. Trish Stratus of Bounty Hunters and Chandler Riggs of “The Walking Dead.”
Duration: 1 Hour

Check out the website for more information about the FanExpo Canada/Rue Morgue Festival of Fear!

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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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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!

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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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