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Mark Savage’s Circus of Dread Enters Pre-Production

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Domiziano Arcangeli, Circus of DreadAustralian filmmaker Mark Savage’s Circus of Dread, a feature film with strong horror overtones, is now in active development at CineNature, an international production company with interests in American, Japanese, and Australian film production.

Synopsis:
Two brothers – one a priest, one a career criminal – find bloody salvation in a mysterious underground carnival. Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime in a twisted carnival that brings the circus freaks out of the shadows and into your nightmares!

American actor Bill Oberst, Jr., whom Savage calls “a new Lon Chaney”, is attached to play Baker, the career criminal of the brothers. The priest will be played by international genre star Domiziano Arcangeli (pictured above). Circus of Dread marks the first screen pairing of Oberst and Arcangeli (both are in the cast of the upcoming horror anthology film Scary or Die but had no scenes together.)

Oberst is tight-lipped about the film’s plot but says, “Mark Savage’s script is brutal, explicit, and disturbing; yet, it is a story of salvation. I’m convinced that if Mark can film what he has written, Circus of Dread will be a film that fans of horror and of artistic cinema will be talking about for decades. This is graphic material and the film will be controversial, but he wants to make it a work that generates universal emotions. My favorite Mark Savage quote is, ‘Despite appearances, we are all of the human race.’

Australian-born writer/director Savage first achieved fame as an underground cult filmmaker specializing in brutal, gory psychological thrillers and horror movies. He directed dozens of short films beginning at age 14 before moving on to direct feature films, numerous commercials, music videos, and industrial films. His influences for Circus of Dread’s dark underground world of sideshow exploitation include the 1932 Tod Browning film Freaks (in which Browning famously cast performers born with deformities in some key roles, something Savage is considering doing for Circus of Dread); the long history of so-called ‘freak shows’ exhibiting human oddities for profit; and an interest in the work of Japanese cult artists like Hideshi Hino, Suehiro Maruo, and Toshio Saeki.

I think the old appetite for the circus and associated ‘freakery’ remains and is perhaps becoming even more popular as popular culture evolves and becomes more bizarre,” say Savage. “The circus freak is the side of ourselves we fear.

Domiziano Arcangeli, Circus of Dread

Adds Oberst, “The homage in spirit to the film Freaks is very meaningful to me, as director Tod Browning worked with Lon Chaney, Sr., quite a bit and would have starred Chaney in Freaks had not the actor died suddenly the year before. Lon Chaney is a great hero of mine, and I see a lot of Tod Browning’s genius in Mark. So I hope the ghosts of these two great men will forgive me if I see working with Mark Savage on Circus of Dread as a 21st century version of their collaboration.

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Another WolfCop Gets Another Poster via The Dude Designs

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It was only last week that we shared the bloody new trailer for writer-director Lowell Dean’s upcoming sequel to his hit horror-comedy flick WolfCop.

Today we have another poster for Another WolfCop.

This new poster comes to us from one of my current favorite poster artists, Tom “The Dude” Hodge. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you surely know his work. To refamiliarize yourself, you can check out more of his posters right here.

Below you will find his new poster for Another WolfCop, along with the flick’s newest trailer. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:
A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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