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Say what you want, but this writer is a huge fan of Paul W.S. Anderson’s Death Race franchise. With a surprisingly strong sequel/prequel released earlier this year and with production on Death Race: Inferno recently under way in South Africa, we checked in with Anderson (who helmed the first remake and has stayed on board the franchise ever since) during our recent Resident Evil: Retribution set visit to get his thoughts on this third installment and what the current status on the sequel is.

Anderson said of his involvement with the growing franchise, “I write the storylines still for each of the movies, and then Tony (Giglio) puts it together. Jeremy (Bolt) and I come on to produce each of the movies, but we’re not sitting on set necessarily worrying about all the nuts and bolts. We’re definitely very involved with the Death Race movies heavily on the creative side, though, and very involved with the post-production process as well. I think that’s one of my strengths- pulling everything together and editing during post.”

“But Death Race 3 just wrapped production in South Africa actually. Robin Shou (14K) is in it again, and he kept sending me videos from the set, usually of him beating on somebody. He’s telling me he’s having a great time all while he’s ramming someone’s head into the ground, just covered in blood (laughs). But that’s a really fun franchise to be a part of,” added Anderson.

In this all-new original feature film from Universal 1440 Entertainment, Death Race: Inferno follows a group of hardened criminals who race for their freedom in vicious new vehicles and face off in the ultimate blood sport when the popular Death Race is transported across the globe to the unforgiving and rugged terrain of South Africa.

Death Race: Inferno stars Luke Goss reprising his role as Frankenstein as well as Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Robin Shou, Fred Koelher, Dougray Scott, and Hlubi Mboya. Check out the official synopsis below and look for more on Death Race 3 soon!

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Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew, Lucas is plunged into an all-new competition more vicious than anything he has experienced before. Pitted against his most ruthless adversaries ever, Lucas fights to keep himself and his team alive in a race in South Africa’s infernal Kalahari Desert. With powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat, will Lucas’ determination to win at all costs mean the end of the road for him?

Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Death Race: Inferno

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Exclusive: GHOST STORIES Clip Just Wants to Have a Nice, Not-Creepy-At-All Chat

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Last Friday, IFC Midnight released their British supernatural horror film Ghost Stories and we want to keep the hype train a’rollin’ by giving you an exclusive clip from the film where Professor Goodman (co-director Andrew Nyman) meets with Simon Rifkind (Alex Lawther) to discuss a strange and terrifying event the young boy experienced. While Rifkind is agitated to the point that we’re not certain if what he says can be trusted or not, his fear cannot be denied and Professor Goodman is clearly unsure what to make of the situation.

Ghost Stories is directed Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, the former who stars alongside Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, and Jill Halfpenny.

Professor Goodman, a psychologist, and skeptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.

Ghost Stories made nearly $13,000 from one theater in New York City over this past weekend. A delightfully surprising and strong performance, this could see the film expand to more theaters in the coming weeks beyond Los Angeles and other major cities this Friday. However, nothing is confirmed and we can only keep our fingers crossed that each new location performs as well and we have another theatrical horror hit this year!

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7 GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB Review – Rest Easy, Indiana Jones, There’s Not Much To See Here

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Starring Kellan Lutz, Bingbing Li, Kelsey Grammar

Directed by Kimble Rendall


If it only weren’t for those friggin’ spiders. Kimble Rendall’s adventurous flick, 7 Guardians Of The Tomb is one of those “wanted to be, yet couldn’t quite hit the mark” action-films that will probably entertain those looking for some cave-dwelling escapades caught on celluloid, but for the more picky aficionado of said slam-bang pics, this one might be viewed as a bit stagnant. Let’s strap on our mining helmets and pick around this one, shall we?

Acting as a bit of a search-and-rescue formation, the movie tails alongside Dr. Jia Lee (Li) as she hunts down the whereabouts of her missing brother after losing contact with him while he was on expedition in Western China. Apparently he was looking for a secretive Emperor’s tomb that supposedly holds a potion that can reanimate, or re-invigorate…or rehabilitate – anyway you slice it, the juice has got some pretty potent powers. So a search team is assembled, led by Mason (Grammar – glad someone got Frasier off of the barstool), and he’s latched onto all-American fella Jack (Lutz) to assist this operation. As it turns out, the initial journey is cut off fairly quick when a violent electrical storm forces the group to head underground, and that’s when things get creepy and crawly…like 8-legged style. The film is ripe with some feverish action and a few decent performances, but it’s the overall framework that acts as the big bully, tauntingly kicking sand in the little guy’s face at the beach.

We’ve got love interests, a flurry of backstories, and oh my lord, those spiders! Yep, even the heartiest of CGI can effectively ruin a good case of the willies when it comes to arachnids and their powers of sucking humans and animals dry of their lifeforce. It’s an intently goofy movie, and even the dialogue seems a bit showy at times, leaving plausibility and intelligence at the entrance to the caves. Lutz is fun to watch as the burly rescuer, and he looks as the type who is just waiting for his cinematic moment to step into the spotlight. What pains me is that this movie really could have been something much bigger, and apparently it looks as if the majority of the film’s budget was wasted on those hokey-looking computerized spiders.

All in all, 7 Guardians Of The Tomb is spotty entertainment, even if you despise those little skittering aphids racing towards you, programmed or not. Give it a peek if Raiders Of The Lost Ark isn’t readily available at your disposal…even that crappy Crystal Skull one.

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A film that could have been so much more adventure-wise instead comes off looking like a lesson in how not to waste too much time on computer imagery.

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BEAST Trailer Offers Slow-Burn Chills

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Don’t be fooled by the Beauty and the Beast style poster for Michael Pearce’s Beast starring Jessie Buckley. The film promises to be a “masterclass in slow-burn chills” and “unexpected and terrifying.”

We’ll see about that once the film hits this May but until then you can check out the poster to the right and the trailer along with a gallery of stills below. After looking through all that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is written and directed by Michael Pearce and stars Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, and Geraldine James. It’s produced by Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, and Kristian Brodie. Beast hits theaters via Roadside Attractions and 30West May 11.

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Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

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