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Resident Evil. Every horror fan recognizes that title. Resident Evil is the Howard Stern of the horror world, the true King of All Media. No film or game series can claim the long-standing dominance that the Resident Evil franchise can. And it will soon rear its massive head again.

On September 14, prepare to rejoin the lovely and deadly Milla Jovovich as the uber-aggressive Alice as she again takes on the evil that is the Umbrealla Corporation in Resident Evil: Retribution. This fifth installment of the film series promises a mind-blowing revelation that will change everything you think you know about Alice, her mysterious past, and the Umbrella Corporation.

A Look Back at Resident Evil

But as we hunker down and get ready for Milla and Resident Evil: Retribution, one can’t help but marvel at how far this franchise has come. Spawned by the Capcom video game company, Resident Evil, or Biohazard (Baiohazado) as it’s known in Japan, was unleashed on an unsuspecting world of video gamers in 1996, well before they were actually officially known as gamers. The once innocent PlayStation game console suddenly became a bringer of nightmares.

I can still remember my first interaction with Resident Evil. Unknowingly popping the game disk into the PlayStation, loading it up and preparing for another shooter game that, after a few hours of fun, just kinda turned out to be…meh. I didn’t realize I was about to have my first brush with the phenomenon that would become known as survival horror. As soon as the first zombie looked up from his meal and attacked me, I was hooked. This game was able to really scare the player. It was masterful.

And from that start, Resident Evil skyrocketed. Horror fans couldn’t get enough. The initial game was followed by Resident Evil 2 in 1998, and the following year brought us Resident Evil 3. Soon after, a beautiful new face was permanently tied to the series as Milla Jovovich starred in the original movie as a new character, Alice, and launched the Resident Evil film series. Four films later, Jovovich remains in her starring role and will once again battle the evil Umbrella Corporation in Resident Evil: Retribution.

Aside from the films and video games, the Resident Evil franchise has also scored in the world of comic books, novels, sound dramas, computer-generated films, and collectible figures. Resident Evil is, by far, the most successful film series ever adapted from a video game. In fact, there’s nothing even close. Well, 1994’s Street Fighter, starring the late, great Raul Julia as M. Bison and Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile, was memorable. Milla Jovovich and the current four Resident Evil films have brought in a very impressive $675 million at the box office. Even more impressive is the fact that the films were made on just a $183 million budget. Four movies in the can for under $200 million? These days, that’s a blue-light special bargain.

As impressive as the films’ haul have been, you have to add to that the fact that the Resident Evil video game series (which includes nearly two dozen titles) has sold over 50 million games. Wow. Simply put, Resident Evil is a horror juggernaut that has been chugging along for over 15 years. The box office take, the number of games sold, the fact that Resident Evil is an instantly recognizable franchise known worldwide has to make this one of the most impressive horror franchises of all time.

If you’re reading this article, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the particulars of the Resident Evil universe. Whether you’re a fan of the films or the games (or both), you know the subjects that cross boundaries into both universes. We all know the evil Umbrella Corporation. We’re all too familiar with the horrors of Raccoon City and the ravages of the T-Virus. Resident Evil is ingrained into the fabric of the horror universe, and soon we’ll get a deeper look into the story.

Congratulations to Resident Evil (aka Biohazard (Baiohazado) for 15 years of amazing success in the horror entertainment field. To be able to haul in nearly three quarters of a billion dollars over four films and sell over 50 million video games as well as comics, novels, and action figures is an amazing feat. On September 14, we will once again see the amazing Milla Jovovich return as the resilient Alice as she takes up arms against Umbrella and a new horde of baddies. Be sure to be there as the madness unfolds.

And to get you even further prepped, the folks behind Resident Evil: Retribution have offered some cool online content. Check out the Rumble Page, the cool Google Maps-inspired Zombie Attack game, and the Undead Unleashed game. See you next month!

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!

Synopsis:

A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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Vampire Movie Living Among Us Playing In US Theaters This February

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The vampire movie Living Among Us will be playing in screens across the US on February 2, and you can learn more from the following press release.

From the Press Release:
The anticipated supernatural vampire movie Living Among Us from writer/director Brian A. Metcalf will hit select theaters across the country on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

Starring the late John Heard (Home Alone), Ésme Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), James Russo (Django Unchained), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You), Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Hunter Gomez (National Treasure), and Jessica Morris (The Wrong Man), Living Among Us is a fresh modern twist on the vampire movie genre. Vampires have been revealed to the world at a blood donation facility by a local news team. Now, the vampires’ sectional leader, Samuel (William Sadler), has spoken out to explain that they wish only to coexist with humans and mean no harm.

Vampires have just made themselves public! A group of documentary filmmakers have been invited to spend time with a family of vampires and learn how they live. But as reality sets in, the crew realizes they are in for far more than they bargained for.

Best known for his role as the father in the Home Alone movie series, Living Among Us is the final movie starring John Heard, who passed away in July 2017. Heard plays the role of Andrew, the father of the vampire family, alongside his wife Elleanor (Ésme Bianco) and their children Blake (Andrew Keegan) and Sybil (Jessica Morris).

When crewmembers Mike (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Aaron (James Russo), Carrie (Jordan Hinson) and Benny (Hunter Gomez) realize things are not what they seem, they risk everything to get as much footage as possible, but must battle to escape the scene alive and reveal their footage to the world.

Living Among Us is an entertaining, modern supernatural horror and a commentary on today’s society, media and politics. It examines how ratings can take importance over safety and how leaders will manipulate the public and shield truths.

The filmmakers have partnered with Vision Films, Prekindle and Alamo Drafthouse to present an exclusive offer for fans who pre-order tickets before January 19th. They will receive a signed headshot by Living Among Us star and producer Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year, Walt Before Mickey), and a free digital download of the film.
To find out more visit: redcompassmedia.com/theaters

Living Among Us is a Red Compass Media production produced by Brian Metcalf and Thomas Ian Nicholas and executive produced by Ben Chan, with Vision Films handling worldwide distribution.

Director and producer Brian A. Metcalf says: “Living Among Us is a contemporary American New Wave horror film that subverts the traditional vampire mythos and fuses it with modern day science and technology. I hope audiences enjoy it!”

Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “The performances are amazing. The Vampire family appears to be a normal family except for the sociopathic son. Then when things turned sadistic, while that in itself wasn’t a surprise, you are still affected never-the-less!”

Don’t miss Living Among Us when it opens at the following list of participating theaters starting Friday February 2nd.

Cinema Village, New York City, NY | cinemavillage.com
Ahrya Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA | laemmle.com/theaters/25
Galaxy Riverbank 12, Sacramento, CA | galaxytheatres.com
Davis Theater, Chicago, IL | davistheater.com
Monroe 12, Seattle, WA | galaxytheatres.com/12
Alamo Drafthouse, Dallas, TX | drafthouse.com/dfw
Galaxy Highland 10, Austin, TX | galaxytheatres.com/4
Alamo Drafthouse, Phoenix, AZ | drafthouse.com/phoenix
Royal Oak 11, Detroit, MI | royaloakmusictheatre.com
East Bethel 10, East Bethel, MN | emagine-entertainment.com

 

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Honest Trailers Takes on Stephen King’s IT

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Who out there loves Screen Junkies Honest Trailers?

Well, then today is your lucky day as the YouTube channel has just released their Honest Trailer for director Andres Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s IT.

I don’t tend to watch these Honest Trailers videos but I have to admit this one was pretty fun. I’m not for mercilessly poking fun at movies that don’t deserve it, but when someone can point out issues I never realized (that are kinda valid) then I’m all in.

You can check out the Honest Trailer for Stephen King’s IT below and then let us know what you think!

Stephen King’s IT is now available on Blu-ray.

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Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

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