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AFM 2013: Exclusive Media Shopping Three New Projects Including One from Sam RaimiAnd the barrage of AFM news keeps rolling in even though it’s still technically the evening before the show. Next out of the gate is word regarding three projects Exclusive Media will be shopping at this year’s big dance.

According to The Wrap Exclusive Media has picked up the international rights to three new feature film titles and will be offering them to buyers, including a supernatural thriller titled Shomer that will star Aneurin Barnard. Exclusive Media will also be shopping Gillian Greene’s directorial debut Murder of a Cat, which is produced by Sam Raimi, as well as Participant Media’s Out of the Dark, which stars Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman.

Spanish filmmaker Guillem Morales is directing Shomer, which will be produced by Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds), Lauren Selig (Lone Survivor) and Ray Ricord.

Currently in pre-production, Shomer follows 25-year-old Isaac (Barnard), a shomer for the deceased who is required by ancient biblical law to stay with a corpse and recite prayers until final burial. As Isaac begins his overnight vigil with the body of Dr. Penner, inexplicable occurrences begin to take place causing an investigation into the doctor’s life that uncovers a horrific past full of cruel medical experimentation. Isaac realizes that a powerful evil possesses Dr. Penner that has not been laid to rest — and that he is no longer alone with the body. As the night wears on, Isaac must confront his own haunted memories in order to face the demonic force now determined to destroy him.

David Abram Nahmod wrote the film, which is being financed by Aviv Giladi, who is also executive producing with his AI Film partner Vince Holden, as well as Len Blavatnik of Access Industries.

Guillem Morales is the perfect director for ‘Shomer’ which is a great Polanski-esque version of ‘The Exorcist’ and we are delighted to have Aneurin Barnard who is such an accomplished young actor cast in the lead role,” said Bender.

Murder of a Cat, which is currently in post-production, stars Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, JK Simmons, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear.

A comedic murder mystery written by “New Girl” scribes Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow, story follows an endearing oddball who sets out to uncover the truth behind the secret double life of his murdered cat and finds himself in the middle of a city-wide conspiracy, unexpectedly finding love along the way.

Currently in post-production, Out of the Dark is a supernatural thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of Luís Quílez. David Pastor and Alex Pastor wrote the movie, which was produced by Dynamo, Apaches Entertainment and XYZ Films. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King executive produced for Participant Media, which also financed the film.

Story follows Sarah Harriman (Stiles) and her husband Paul (Speedman) who have relocated their family to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. As they settle into their new surroundings, their young daughter Hannah begins to act strange, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house, Hannah disappears. On a frantic search to find her they discover a shocking family secret and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.

Spanish filmmakers have really established themselves in the last decade as the specialists in delivering thought-provoking and visually stimulating super-natural thrillers that audiences can’t seem to get enough of and no doubt both ‘Shomer’ and ‘Out of the Dark’ will excite AFM buyers,” said Walton. “And sharing her husband’s dark sense of humor, Gillian Greene’s ‘Murder of a Cat’ is a comical and original film that will not disappoint Sam Raimi fans.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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