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AFM 2013: Three New Stills From The Returned Are Back From the DeadYesterday we told you that LevelFILM picked up U.S. rights to zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax and director Manuel Carballo (Exorcismus). Today we have a trio of new stills.

From the Press Release
LevelFILM has announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to The Returned, a zombie thriller starring Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire, and Shawn Doyle. Directed by Manuel Carballo and from the producers behind the [REC] franchise, The Returned will be released in U.S. theatres and on VOD day-and-date on February 14, 2014.

A Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax, The Returned recently had its world premiere at Sitges, where it was received as one of the top films in competition at the renowned horror festival, and also played at the Busan, Strasbourg, and Trieste fantastic festivals. Deals are also in place for Latin America, Taiwan, the Middle East, Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and Canada.

Set in a post-zombie world, a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the “Returned” are able to live relatively normal lives; but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that Protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful, and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret – Alex is Returned. Suspicious of a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility “for their own safety,” the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and with few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned?

“The Returned is a smart, slick, and suspenseful thriller; and we are excited to be working with Manuel Carballo”, commented levelFILM’s David Hudakoc. “Manuel has created a very raw portrayal of survival, and we are confident The Returned will continue to showcase how talented he is as a filmmaker.”

“The Returned is getting a cult status after participating at several fall festivals,” said Ivan Diaz, Head of the International Division at FILMAX, “and we’re thrilled that the movie will get a U.S. theatrical release through levelFILM.”

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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