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Nico Tortorella Joins Kevin Williamson's Still Untitled Project for Fox TVAnd the cast of Fox TV’s still untitled new project being put together by Kevin Williamson continues to grow, and one of the newest additions has provided a “mega” update on the series via his website that includes a full casting breakdown.

First off, the addition in question is Nico Tortorella (pictured right; Trespass, Scream 4, Odd Thomas), who will be portraying Will Wilson. More info on the character can be found below. He and the also newly cast Jeananne Goossen (“Alcatraz”) join James Purefoy, Kevin Bacon, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, and Valorie Curry.

The project, from Warner Bros. TV, is a thriller about ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon), who leads the search to catch diabolical serial killer Joe Carroll (Purefoy), who has created a cult of serial killers. Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries”, “Dexter”) is set to direct the pilot, written and executive produced by Williamson, creator of the Scream horror movie franchise and co-creator/executive producer of The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Secret Circle”.

It will be filmed in Atlanta later this month, and Fox will most likely announce if the show will be part of its 2012/13 lineup in May. If the show is ordered to series, it will produce only 15 episodes a season instead of the standard 22 (a concession made by the network to entice Kevin Bacon to the project).

Now here’s the casting breakdown provided by Tortorella’s website:

JOE CARROLL – James Purefoy
Caucasian, a handsome man in his 40s, with an intelligent face and a brilliant mind, Carroll moves with ease and confidence. In his past life Carroll was an English professor at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Charming and charismatic, Carroll was a favorite among the students. He was also a devoted husband, father, and novelist. His first and only novel was a critical and commercial failure, which ultimately proved to be the escalation trigger that led Carroll to brutally murder 14 female students. A devotee of Romanticism, Carroll removed his victims’ eyes as a nod to his favorite author, Poe. Captured by FBI agent Ryan Hardy, Carroll has been in Huntsville Prison ever since, plotting his next novel. After escaping from prison with a double murder, Carroll sets his diabolical masterpiece in motion.

RYAN HARDY – Kevin Bacon
In his late 30s–40s, handsome in the most damaged of ways, Ryan lives alone in Atlanta; he’s tired and textured by life and by plenty of booze. An up-and-coming FBI agent/profiler nine years ago, Ryan was responsible for arresting serial killer Joe Carroll. Following his instincts, Ryan tracked and captured Carroll, managing to save Carroll’s final victim, Sarah Fuller, in the process. However, Ryan was wounded in his confrontation with the serial killer, and thus his FBI career was cut short. With no other options, Ryan has since written a bestselling account of Carroll’s grisly crimes and pays the bills with TV appearances as an expert on true crime. He still carries the emotional scars of nine years ago and hasn’t quite been able to move on. However, Ryan is hauled out of retirement when Joe Carroll escapes from prison and plunges into the details of an FBI investigation for the first time in almost a decade. Ryan is often unpredictable and volatile in his emotions, but he proves to be a sharp, quick, insightful judge of Carroll’s character and an expert predictor of Carroll’s next diabolical move.

JENNIFER MASON – Jeananne Goossen
In her 30s, attractive and all business, she’s the Special Agent in Charge of the investigation into the escape of serial killer Joe Carroll. She’s been ordered by her superiors to oversee Ryan Hardy, who has been brought in to consult on the case. Mason is tough as nails and calls things as she sees them. She is wary of Ryan’s volatile state of mind, but Mason soon realizes that Ryan’s expertise and instincts are the key to bringing down Joe Carroll.

CLAIRE MATTHEWS – Natalie Zea
In her 40s, the ex-wife of Joe Carroll and once a Literature professor at Southern Methodist University. Claire has been able to build a new life for herself and Carroll’s son, Joey. She is a controlled woman, refined, sophisticated, and full of strength. But when Carroll escapes, Claire struggles to hold it together. Claire’s relationship with Ryan Hardy is complicated and full of history. He is the only FBI agent she trusts. During Ryan’s investigation, they are forced to meet again after years apart, thus bringing old memories and emotions to the surface.

AGENT RILEY – Shawn Ashmore
A younger FBI agent, he’s an eager Fed, more brains than brawn. Partnered with Weston, he’s assigned to assist Jennifer Mason in her search for escaped serial killer Joe Carroll and is regularly seen interacting with cops and victims.

WILL WILSON – Nico Tortorella
A handsome young man in his 20s, Will is Sarah’s next-door neighbor. The boyfriend of Billy Thomas. Will is Sarah’s support system, a friend in her time of need, ready with Chinese food and company while Carroll is on the loose.

DENISE – Valorie Curry
A sweet-faced girl of 24, she is Joey’s trusted nanny.

The remaining roles have yet to be cast so look for more soon!

AGENT MIKE WESTON
A younger FBI agent, he’s an eager Fed, more brains than brawn. Partnered with Riley, he’s assigned to assist Jennifer Mason in her search for escaped serial killer Joe Carroll, and is regularly seen interacting with cops and victims.

BILLY THOMAS
Another handsome young man in his 20s, Billy is Will’s boyfriend and Sarah’s next-door neighbor. He is also a friend to Sarah while she deals with Carroll’s prison escape. Billy isn’t afraid to throw out a quip or two in an attempt to lessen Sarah’s worry.

JOEY MATTHEWS
10 years old, he is the son of Joe Carroll and Claire Matthews; he lives with his single mom, has never met his serial-killer father, and is mature enough to know that his daddy is a bad man.

TEXAS RANGER SCOTT TURNER
In his 50s, a hardened good ol’ boy who wears a big cowboy hat, Turner is a Captain of the Texas Rangers, and he’s also deeply involved in the search for Joe Carroll. A man who knows Ryan Hardy quite well from the original investigation into Carroll, Turner regards Hardy as a one-hit wonder. Dubious about Hardy’s character, he questions just about every one of Hardy’s insights.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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