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It was last September when we got the first word on Jon Keeyes’ The Mechanical Grave, and now the project is complete and ready for viewing at film festivals and conventions as well as on DVD. Check out the flick’s artwork, a photo gallery, and more info on Highland Myst Entertainment and Wolfclan Productions’ steampunk-horror extravaganza.

From the Press Release:
The 15-minute short film The Mechanical Grave is already playing at steampunk and comic conventions around the country, and audiences are heralding it as “the best realization of steampunk yet seen in movie format.” DVDs of The Mechanical Grave are now available exclusively through Highland Myst online.

The year is 1895. Steam-powered ships fly through the air. Clockwork robots have replaced servants. And a grisly murder has taken place in the dark night of New York City. Called to the scene of the ritualistic murder, newly appointed police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt discovers Detective Wayne and his police officers power usurped by two special investigators appointed by the White House: occultist Edgar Allan Poe, a clockwork automaton housing the soul of the literary legend, and Mrs. Emma Entwistle, a dangerous assassin with a unique connection to the Otherworld. When they elicit information from the demon Neshrew, a much darker and more dangerous plot of world domination is uncovered.

Welcome to the world of The Mechanical Grave. Steeped in the popular steampunk and horror genres, the story paints an alternative history of the Victorian Era world. Founded in the science fiction of steampunk grandfathers Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, The Mechanical Grave is an exciting adventure filled with robots, assassins, steam and clockwork powered inventions, magicians, demons, supernatural beings, and a life in which magic is very real, although taboo.

Directed by twelve-year genre veteran Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Living & Dying) and written by Charles Burnley (Yankee Rose), The Mechanical Grave was filmed in Dallas, Texas, through the producing collaboration of Wolfclan Productions’ Matthew Tompkins and Highland Myst Entertainment’s Jon Keeyes.

The Mechanical Grave stars Nicole Leigh (Karma Police, Home Run) as Mrs. Emma Louise Entwistle, head of the White House’s supernatural secret service known as The Office of Esoteric Sciences (The OES), along with Jonathan Brooks (Phobia, Spilt Milk) as Edgar Allan Poe, an automaton housing the famous poet’s soul and now working for The OES as an expert occultist. Joining them are two dynamic veteran actors. Matt Stephen Tompkins (Missionary Man, Killing Down) stars as Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, who discovers he holds some magical secret unknown even to himself, and Michael Crabtree (Temple Grandin, Tender Mercies) as the cynical Detective Wayne, who wants nothing more than to find another honest cop in New York City. Last but not least, Charles Baker – a series regular on the popular TV hit “Breaking Bad” – appears as the smarmy demon and deliciously evil Neshrew.

“We rounded out the cast with Erin Marie Garrett as our Sacrificial Girl along with Trey Walpole, Chad Cox, James Cable, and Chuck Huber – all friends of ours and very accomplished actors,” says Keeyes. “And by many great fortunes, we had nearly twenty people from Airship Isabella, The Steampunk Illumination Society, The Celestial Rogues, Airship Nocturne, and The Mal De Ojo come out to fight and die as The Minions.”

Burnley gives a bit of background on the project, “Since the majority of steampunk is set in Britain, we wanted to do an American take on it. New York City seemed like an obvious locale. And the year, 1895, was brought about because we felt it would be a great thing to have Theodore Roosevelt as a character. Roosevelt was police commissioner in 1895 so that was why that year was chosen. It just so happens we picked an extraordinary time period. So many events were either happening or fate was moving in the directions to make them happen. That was pure luck that we’re happy to exploit.”

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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