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Varese Sarabande Hosting Special Halloween Concert; Iconic Horror Movie Scores Performed Live!In celebration of its 35th anniversary, record label Varèse Sarabande is playing host to one of the most can’t miss events of the year. It’s far too much awesomeness for me to summarize so read the press release for all the details!

From the Press Release
In continuation of the Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary celebration, the iconic film music label will host a special Halloween Concert Gala on Saturday October 19, 2013, at the Warner Grand Theatre located at 478 W. 6th Street in San Pedro, CA. Conducted by Steven Allen Fox and performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, the Halloween concert will showcase some of Varèse Sarabande’s most terrifying and classic film music releases including Psycho, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Omen. The concert will include performances by Emmy and Academy Award winners and nominees, including Marco Beltrami, John Debney, Christopher Young, Brian Tyler, and Nathan Barr, with introductions from several surprise guests.

During intermission, a Halloween Costume Competition will be held where select audience members will be brought up on stage and given prizes for Best in Show, Most Horrifying, Funniest Costume, Most Creative, and more. The Deco Art Deco Building gallery will be showcasing hundreds of Jack O’Lanterns from composer Christopher Young’s personal collection, whose film scores include Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3, and The Grudge Film Series. Located at 741 S. Pacific Avenue in San Pedro, CA, the Jack O’Lantern collection will be on display for one week with free admission for the general public from 3:30 to 7:30 the day of the Halloween concert gala.

The Halloween Gala is part of a global series of Varèse Sarabande events that have taken place throughout the year in honor of the label’s 35th Anniversary. Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the first music label dedicated solely to film music, releasing film scores from current box office hits to classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age, curating an illustrious catalogue that includes composers and films in all genres. Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific film music label in the world, boasting more than 1,500 soundtrack albums with 60 to 70 titles added each year. Varèse Sarabande producer Robert Townson is hosting and producing the worldwide performances celebrating the label’s 35th anniversary.

Head over to the Golden State Pops Orchestra website to purchase tickets!

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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.

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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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Annihilation – New Trailer and First Stills!

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We’ve been talking about Alex Garland’s new film, Annihilation, for a couple of years now, and finally Paramount has released some eye candy for you to digest in the form of a brand new trailer and several stills! Dig in!

Based upon Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, and Gina Rodriguez.

Look for it in theaters on February 23, 2018.

Synopsis:
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in Annihilation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Annihilation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Natalie Portman plays Lena in Annihilation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

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Desolation Review: Campers + Lunatic = Simplicity, But Not Always a Better Product

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DesolationStarring Jaimi Page, Alyshia Ochse, Toby Nichols

Directed by Sam Patton


I’m usually all in when it comes to a psycho in the woods flick, but there was just something about Sam Patton’s Desolation that seemed a bit distant for me…distance…desolation – I’m sure there’s a connection in there somewhere. Either that or I’m suffering from a minor case of sleep-deprivation. Either way, make sure you’ve got your backpack stuffed, cause we’re hitting the timber-lands for this one.

The film focuses on mother and son tandem Abby and Sam, and the tragic notion that Abby’s love and father to her son, has passed away. The absence has been a crippling one, and Abby’s idea of closure is to take her adolescent offspring to the woods where her husband used to love to run and scatter his ashes as a memorial tribute. Abby invites her best friend Jenn along as emotional support, and together all three are planning on making this trip a fitting and dedicatory experience…until the mystery man shows up. Looking like a member of the Ted Kaczynski clan (The Unabomber himself), this creepy fellow seems content to simply watch the threesome, and when he ultimately decides to close the distance, it’ll be a jaunt in the forest that this close-knit group will never forget.

So there you have it – doesn’t beg a long, descriptive, bled-out dissertation – Patton tosses all of his cards on the table in plain view for the audience to scan at their leisure. While the tension is palpable at times, it’s the equivalent of watching someone stumble towards the edge of a cliff, and NEVER tumble over…for a long time – you literally watch them do the drunken two-step near the lip for what seems like an eternity. What I’m getting at is that the movie has the bells and whistles to give white-knucklers something to get amped about, yet it never all seems to come into complete focus, or allow itself to spread out in such a way that you can feel satisfied after the credits roll. If I may harp on the performance-aspect for a few, it basically broke down this way for me: both Abby and Jenn’s characters were well-displayed, making you feel as if you really were watching long-time besties at play. Sam’s character was a bit tough to swallow, as he was the sadder-than-sad kid due to his father’s absence, but JEEZ this kid was a friggin malcontented little jerk – all I can say is “role well-played, young man.”

As we get to our leading transient, kook, outsider – whatever you want to call him: he simply shaved down into a hum-drum personality – no sizzle here, folks. Truly a disappointment for someone who was hoping for an enigmatic nutbag to terrorize our not-so-merry band of backpackers – oh well, Santa isn’t always listening, I guess. Simplicity has its place and time when displaying the picture-perfect lunatic, and before everyone gets a wild hair across their ass because of what I’m saying, all this is was the wish to have THIS PARTICULAR psycho be a bit more colorful – I can still appreciate face-biters like Hannibal Lecter and those of the restrained lunacy set. Overall, Desolation is one of those films that had all the pieces meticulously set in place, like a house of cards…until that drunk friend stumbled into the table, sending everything crumbling down. A one-timer if you can’t find anything else readily available to watch.

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