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Some quick casting news has come in for Mickey Keating’s latest indie terror tale Ritual as both Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Derek Phillips (“Friday Night Lights”) have signed up for active duty. Read on!

The film, written and directed by Keating, also stars Lisa Summerscales and Dean Cates. Eric B. Fleischman and Chelsea Peters produce. Check out a lengthy plot crunch and some sales art below.

Synopsis
The radio blares a 24-hour Halloween Weekend Fright Fest as Tom Moses drives deeper and deeper into the desert. He arrives at a sleazy motel, where his wife, Lovely, informs him through the locked door that something terrible has happened. He persuades her to let him inside and discovers a man slumped against the wall on the other side of the room, stabbed to death.

Though Lovely tries to convince Tom that she only came here for a drink, he knows the real story – this isn’t the first time she’s run off with strange men in the middle of the night. Lovely begs Tom not to call the police, and against his better judgment, he finally agrees to help. Maybe he’s a fool in love, maybe he’s just a plain fool, but his decision to stay is certainly the worst he’ll ever make in his entire life. It is not long before Tom discovers a video camera in the trunk of the man’s car and plugs it into the television. He and Lovely watch as a horrifying image crackles to life: a group of individuals, shrouded in robes and disguised in skull masks, ritualistically sacrifice a helpless girl.

The situation becomes clear, and Tom and Lovely realize that they need to get out while they still can. But the night has only just begun, and the strangers in skull masks soon arrive with a plan of their own…

Leigh Whannell Starts Cooking up a New Ritual

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First Look: The Curse of All Hallows’ Eve

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Sure, the Christmas holiday spirit is currently the one haunting you right about now, but that doesn’t mean we cannot look ahead to next Halloween, does it? Check out the first trailer for The Curse of All Hallows’ Eve!

Directed by Guy Bodart and Lorelei Lanford, The Curse of All Hallows’ Eve stars Vanessa Coleman, Sean Morelli, Jean Sulli, and Jaime Lynch. Lanford also wrote the project.

Synopsis:
On All Hallows’ Eve a secret society of priests is conducting diabolical ceremonies in which humans are being sacrificed to appease their god, Samhain.

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Jigsaw Plays Games in January

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If it’s Halloween, it’s got to be Saw. Remember that tagline? There was a time, way back when, when Saw films ruled the October roost in terms of theatrical horror entertainment. Then along came Paranormal Activity, and the king was dethroned. But then the supernatural franchise more than ran its course, leaving the door open for another icon to claim the yearly festival of fall frights. Will Jigsaw be able to game his way back into your hearts?

If you missed it in theaters, you’ll be able to make up for that soon as Lionsgate has just announced that the latest film in the Saw franchise, Jigsaw, returns on Digital January 9 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on January 23rd.

From directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers, Undead) and writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, Jigsaw stars Tobin Bell (Manson Family Vacation, The Firm, the Saw franchise), Laura Vandervoot (TV’s “Smallville” and “V”), Callum Keith Rennie (TV’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “Californication,” Memento), Brittany Allen (It Stains the Sands Red), Matt Passmore (TV’s “The Glades”), and Hannah Emily Anderson (TV’s “Lizzy Borden Took an Ax”).

In the latest terrifying installment of the legendary Saw series, law enforcement find itself chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade, embroiled in a diabolical new game that’s only just begun. Has John Kramer, the infamous Jigsaw Killer, returned from the dead to commit a series of murders and remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a different killer with designs of his own?

4K UHD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
  • “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary
    o “A New Game”
    o “You Know His Name”
    o “Survival of the Fittest”
    o “Death by Design”
    o “Blood Sacrifice”
    o “The Source of Fear”
    o “The Truth Will Set You Free”
  • “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary
    o “A New Game”
    o “You Know His Name”
    o “Survival of the Fittest”
    o “Death by Design”
    o “Blood Sacrifice”
    o “The Source of Fear”
    o “The Truth Will Set You Free”
  • “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
  • “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

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A Demon Within Emerges With Eye Candy

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We just scored you cats a fresh batch of stills from A Demon Within, which you’ll be able to dig on once it hits select theaters and VOD on January 12, 2018, via Blue Fox Entertainment. As we mentioned in our last article debuting the trailer, Blue Fox holds the worldwide rights and is currently selling the film internationally.

Charlene Amoia, Julia Larsen, Clint Hummel, Jeremy Miller, Patricia Ashley, Michael Ehlers, and Cole Crawford star in the film from directors Ayush Banker and Justin LaReau.

Synopsis:
In 1914 Crestwick, a demonic spirit named Nefas surfaced to prey on a family, which ended with the death of an innocent young girl. The mysterious events haunted the Midwestern community for years. Now, decades later, a skeptical doctor must stop history from repeating itself by confronting his personal demons and fighting to save the life of a teenage girl who has become possessed in his family’s old house.

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