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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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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date



It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language



Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror



Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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