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Travel Channel's The Dead FilesTravel Channel is getting in the Halloween spirit a little early by announcing its second annual “Weekends to Die For” featuring special Friday-through-Sunday night lineups running throughout the month of October.

From the Press Release:
This fall Travel Channel is the ultimate destination to satisfy your need for thrills and chills. The network kicks off the season with a collection of all-new programming sure to spook and entertain you, while showcasing a multitude of captivating destinations all over the world. The second annual “Weekends to Die For” programming event will anchored by new seasons of the original series “Ghost Adventures,” premiering Friday, September 14th, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and “Making Monsters,” premiering Sunday, September 30th, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with weekly back-to-back premiere episodes. Additional premieres include the new original series “Paranormal Paparazzi,” beginning Friday, September 28th, at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT; new episodes of “The Dead Files” resuming on Friday, October 5th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT; and the all-new original one-hour special “Halloween Crazier” on Sunday, October 14th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“We first launched the ‘Weekends to Die For’ programming event last October, and it was incredibly popular with our viewers,” says Andy Singer, General Manager, Travel Channel. “This weekend lineup encompasses a genre of programming that our viewers really enjoy. It reimagines the travel experience by exploring it from a unique perspective, appealing to those who seek a different type of thrill and adventure. Plus, it’s a fun viewing experience for anyone looking to get in the Halloween spirit.”

“GHOST ADVENTURES”
Premieres: Friday, September 14th, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
“Ghost Adventures” launches its seventh season, featuring twelve all-new episodes. Each hour-long episode follows the paranormal investigative team Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and equipment technician Aaron Goodwin as they explore some of America’s most haunted locations. After piecing together the profile of each site’s haunted past, the trio begin their dusk-to-dawn lockdown where they confront the reported activities head on in an attempt to uncover the truth. Afterwards they review and analyze their findings, often with chilling conclusions. This season the crew travels to fascinating new locations including Sugar Lands, Texas, to investigate the Central Unit Prison and Point Sur, California’s historic Point Sur Lighthouse. The group also explores the 150-year-old Black Moon Manor mansion in Greenfield, Indiana, along with the haunted happenings at Sauk Centre, Minnesota’s Palmer House Hotel. In Chicago the trio investigate paranormal activity at the Excalibur Nightclub, and Zak Bagans pays a visit to his childhood home just outside of the city.

“PARANORMAL PAPARAZZI”
Premieres: Friday, September 28th, at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT
The all-new original series “Paranormal Paparazzi” features eight half-hour episodes, each of which follows Aaron Sagers’ (journalist, pop culture enthusiast, editor-in-chief of the Paranormal Pop Culture blog) hand-picked team of reporters as they travel around the country tracking down the most current, bizarre and unsolved paranormal stories. As Sagers’ team reveals their findings in the fast-paced newsroom, the group reviews and assesses whether or not the stories are bona fide or bogus. Through the lens of each reporter, viewers will travel to New Orleans and experience Will Ferrell’s haunted trailer, a UFO sighting at the Jersey Shore, a teenage exorcism squad in Arizona, a zombie survival camp in New Jersey, and more, including segments provided by Dread Central.

“MAKING MONSTERS”
Premieres: Sunday, September 30th, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with Two Back-to-Back Episodes Every Week
In Season Two of “Making Monsters,” viewers go behind-the-scenes and on the road with Distortions Unlimited, the Colorado-based “haunt industry” animatronic and prop-making company run by Ed and Marsha Edmunds. The series, featuring ten, one-hour episodes, follows the Edmunds and their staff – including renowned Hollywood creature and mask maker Jordu Schell – as they create some of the scariest new animatronics and frightronics the world has ever seen. This season Distortions is tasked with some of the most unusual and challenging projects to date, including a red-eyed, smoke-breathing tiki for a haunt on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and a creepy, spitting, twisting centipede for Atlanta’s premier haunt, Netherworld. Additionally, the team creates an iconic stage mask for the rock band Megadeth along with a 25-foot skeleton for an outdoor Baltimore attraction and a larger-than-life custom-made Gatekeeper for Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke’s southern California home haunt, to name a few!

“THE DEAD FILES”
New Episodes Continue on Friday, October 5th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Brand-new hour-long episodes from the second season of “The Dead Files” continue. This compelling paranormal investigative series features retired NYPD Homicide Detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan as they travel to cities and towns throughout America to help solve the unexplained disturbances and phenomena in each location. The pair explore every case from their specific areas of expertise, keeping their methods and findings hidden from each other. They join together only at the end to compare notes and reveal the shocking results to the client in the compelling, undeniable, and often terrifying conclusion. This season includes “Dead Files Revisited,” special episodes in which Allan and DiSchiavi look back on previous investigations, revealing additional information from each experience and following up with the clients to see what’s happened since they left.

“HALLOWEEN CRAZIER”
Premieres: Sunday, October 14th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
The original one-hour special “Halloween Crazier” features the most terrifying and absolute best of what Halloween has to offer. From a mental hospital turned haunted house in Spring City, Pennsylvania, to running for your life at the 5K Zombie Race in Darlington, Maryland, this special reveals some of the nation’s most extreme Halloween activities. But there’s more to the holiday than just ghosts and goblins, as viewers will get to experience a pumpkin racecar derby and underwater pumpkin-carving contests in Damariscotta, Maine, and visit Highwood, Illinois – a town with so many lit jack-o-lanterns they may break a world record!

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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!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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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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