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Audiences Decide if I, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed at the Box Office Is it really all that shocking audiences did not rush out to theaters this weekend to see Aaron Eckhart as a handsome, stick-fighting Frankenstein’s monster assisting shape-shifting gargoyles in their eternal struggle with demons in business suits?

Unlike a certain old school Toho movie, this Frankenstein did not conquer the world.

Despite having no new competition and the benefit of inflated 3D ticket prices, I, Frankenstein was such a bomb it couldn’t even overcome holdovers Ride Along, Lone Survivor, The Nut Job, Frozen, or Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Lionsgate’s attempt to reanimate a new Underworld-esque franchise opened way down in 6th place with a mere $8.3 million. Not only is that considerably less than any of the previous Underworld movies (all of which have opened north of $20 million, shocking), that’s considerably less than the loftier opening weekends of such recent January b-movie offerings as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ($19 million) and Legion ($17 million). Even the more laughable Legend of Hercules 3D opened slightly stronger two weekends ago.

On the plus side, I read the movie opened well in Russia.

It also garnered a B Cinemascore. I found myself perplexed how this of all horror films could get a fairly decent grade from the typically fickle Cinemascore pollsters until Matt Fini astutely pointed out that if you were actually willing to pay good money to see I, Frankenstein on opening night, you probably got exactly what you expected.

Meanwhile, audiences decided to throw out the baby along with the bathwater when it came to Devil’s Due. Last weekend’s middling opening was followed by the usual week two death plunge: down to 10th place with less than $2.7 million. “Paranormal Maternity” will be lucky to eke out a little upwards of $15 million for its total run.

Horror returns to the big screen in two weeks with the tweener-centric Vampire Academy. Will it sink its fangs into audiences or get staked at the box office like so many other young adult adaptations Hollywood hopes will become the next Twilight?

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Zac Efron Looks Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Ted Bundy

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We told you a while back that Zac Efron would be assuming the role of charismatic serial killer Ted Bundy in Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (that title is a wondrous mouthful); and today Efron himself took to Twitter to share the first image of himself as Bundy. Check it out!

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

Principal photography began back in October 2017.

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Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is nothing short of a friggin’ gift for fans; and if you aren’t watching it, you need to fix that like yesterday. Teally… you don’t have much of an excuse. It’s on DVD. Blu-ray. Digital. Netflix. You name it!

Season 3 is just around the corner, and the good folks over at Arrow in the Head got themselves the first look at Ash and his bride-to-be, Candy, played by Katrina Hobbs.

Look for Season 3 to premiere on February 25th at 9PM ET/PT.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell co-star alongside newcomers Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Lindsay Ferris. Lee Majors returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan, has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs. Evil Dead!

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Well, that headline’s not entirely accurate… you wouldn’t want to be a third wheel now, would you? What we’re talking about here is William Friedkin’s new documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. In it Friedkin witnesses first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist; and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!

Deadline is reporting today that we can expect to see the flick sometime this spring in theaters via The Orchard.

Known as the “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Amorth (who turned 92 not so long ago) has performed thousands of exorcism rituals to rid evil from the human body.

In the early 1970s when I directed The Exorcist, I had not witnessed an exorcism; but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin tells the site. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years; and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.

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