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Darclight Films Engages in Ghost Rituals at CannesThe directorial debut of Hong Kong Best Actor winner, Nick Cheung, entitled Ghost Rituals, is scaring up interest at this year’s Cannes Film Market, and we’ve got the details you need to see if this is one haunt you’re interested in visiting!

From the Press Release
Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven label of Arclight Films, is pleased to announce the world market premiere of horror-thriller GHOST RITUALS in Cannes. Multiple Best Actor Award Winner Nick Cheung (UNBEATABLE, THE STOOL PIGEON), who has over 60 films to his credit and a huge following at the box office, makes his directorial debut with this latest horror piece staring himself, Annie Liu (FLOATING CITY), Lam Wai (THE SILENT WAR, ADVENTURE OF THE KING) and Carrie Ng (THE SILENT WAR, HI, FIDELITY).

The Hong Kong-Malaysian coproduction will be released in July in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

GHOST RITUALS is produced by Adrian Teh, the man responsible for one of Malaysia’s most successful box office sensations: THE WEDDING DIARY, and its sequel, THE WEDDING DIARY 2. He was also an executive producer on the 2010 hit ICE KACANG PUPPY LOVE.

“We’re excited to both present and screen GHOST RITUALS to buyers for the first time in Cannes,” said Elliot Tong, Head of Asian Sales & Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “This award-winning team of actors and filmmakers have skillfully brought a truly unique and terrifying story to life, one that can claim both artistic integrity and major commercial appeal. The result is a modern ghost story that will have audiences riding an exhilarating roller coaster of fear from start to finish.”

The terror begins as ZONG (Nick Cheung) takes over an opera troupe that is plagued with supernatural phenomena. Finding the source of the inexplicable hauntings and putting it to rest lead ZONG on a journey where he must struggle to conquer his fears while confronting evil spirits and a ravenous poltergeist head-on.

“Working with this talented cast, many of whom I have worked with on past projects, was an honor,” director Nick Cheung shared. “The strong friendships on set allowed the project to flow, and I could not have had a better experience with my first project behind the camera.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Nick Cheung, who is known for his commanding presence on the stage and screen,” said producer Adrian Teh. “I am also truly impressed by his directing abilities that feel as seasoned and natural as his talent for acting. As a Malaysian production company, we are proud to collaborate with such a brilliant cast that includes, but is not limited to, Annie Lau, Carrie Ng, and Lam Wai. Their collaborative participation integrates the best parts of the cultures of both countries.”

Darclight Films is be presenting GHOST RITUALS to buyers for the vey first time in Cannes via premiere screenings by invitation.

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



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?



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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Last Toys on the Left

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



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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