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Kickstarter Success Blood Kiss Unites Stars Behind Michael Reaves' StoryAnother horror film has passed through the Kickstarter gauntlet and come out a winner. Blood Kiss, a vamp noir, was written by Michael Reaves, who is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. The horror community has rallied behind this project and is making it a reality.

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Writer/producer Neil Gaiman, actresses Amber Benson, comic artist Tom Mandrake, friend Whoopi Goldberg, and a number of entertainment industry veterans are rallying to make ailing filmmaker Michael Reaves’ final film, Blood Kiss, a reality.

Blood Kiss is set in Golden Age Hollywood, a classic film noir tale of a sexy jazz singer in distress and a private investigator who takes on a little more than he bargained for when he discovers this case involves vampire murders.

“There’s nothing supernatural about vampires,” says Reaves, “My vampires, that is. Everything in Blood Kiss is explained in terms of a symbiotic organism that alters DNA – they’re much stronger and faster than humans.”

Michael Reaves, who is in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, announced the crowd-funding campaign for his film on May 15th, with an initial goal of $50,000. Blood Kiss,\ reached that goal and went beyond.

Award-winning writer/producer Neil Gaiman is among those rallying behind Michael Reaves and will be starring in the film as eccentric movie director Julian Cross. “I’m willing to pretend that the prospect of acting doesn’t terrify me in order to help Michael Reaves make his film,” said Gaiman, who is known for his work on such series as “Dr. Who” and “Babylon 5,” the film Beowulf, as well as the popular comic book series The Sandman, Coraline, American Gods, and others.

Actress Amber Benson, slated to play Ruby Day, the sexy jazz singer in Blood Kiss, is pleased with the fans’ support. “Michael has been a great supporter of not just his friends, but many, many others in the industry, with his encouragement, advice, and his hands-on help,” said Benson, who is known for her work on the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Supernatural,” and others. “But now is our turn to give back and make Michael’s dream of making his final film a reality.”

Others notables who have come forth to back the project include legendary animation writer Paul Dini; best-selling author David Brin; famed comic book artist Tom Mandrake; actress Leah Cevoli; and actress/TV host Whoopi Goldberg, who had this to say: “Can’t wait to see…feel…the Blood Kiss!”

Reaves is known for his prolific writing and producing, which included scripts for such shows as “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Sliders,” “The Flash,” “Father Dowling Mysteries,” “He-Man,” “Dungeons and Dragons,” “Gargoyles,” and many others. He has received an Emmy Award, a Howie Award, and the prestigious Hampton’s Prize for his contributions along with many other nominations. In recent years Reaves’ health has been impacted by advanced stages of Parkinson”s Disease, forcing the once vibrant and active writer/producer into a wheelchair and unable to speak other than through an electronic voice box.

Tom Mandrake (Batman, Grimjack, The Spectre, Martian Manhunter) is creating a new Blood Kiss graphic novel simultaneous with the feature film. He’ll be working with Sian Mandrake, his gifted artist daughter.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

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Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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