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Artwork Premiere and First Details - Caesar and Otto's Paranormal HalloweenIndie horror’s favorite duo, Caesar and Otto, are back, and now that they’ve tackled Summer Camp and Christmas, they’re turning their attention to Halloween!

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Following Wild Eye Releasing’s successful release of Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas for the 2013 Christmas season, the distributor is once again teaming with the titular half brothers as they take on the supernatural during the spookiest time of the year in Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween.

Many of the cast and crew behind Deadly Xmas will be returning for this new installment as well. Dave Campfield, whom Josh Pasnak of Video Graveyard hails as “one of the more impressive talents to come out of the indie scene in a while,” returns to direct and star (as Caesar), and he will write the screenplay from a story he co-wrote with Joe Randazzo (returning from Deadly Xmas and fresh off his Golden Palm nomination for his adaptation of Julie C. Morse’s Out of the Box at the Beverly Hills Film Festival) and Sean Steffen (The Perfect Candidate).

In this latest installment Caesar and Otto (Paul Chomicki) find themselves watching the summer home of Governor Jerry Grayson (the returning Ken MacFarlane), where they begin to encounter the unexplained. Dave Campfield described the new film in a recent interview: “We’re going nuts this time out. We’re gonna have so many references your head’s gonna explode. It’s going to start out as [a parody of] Halloween, then we go into The Shining, we go into The Conjuring, we go into Sinister, and we go into Poltergeist, all the Paranormal Activity movies, and we’re just gonna have a lot of fun, but at the same time it’s an original storyline, and it’s gonna tie all in.”

Returning Deadly Xmas story writer and producer Randazzo adds: “With Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween we feel we have a film that may be more accessible to the general public than the last two films in the series, which were geared more toward hardcore fans of the horror genre, as we dealt with the lesser known subgenres of the summer camp and killer Santa Claus slasher movies. Here we dive head first into a parody of one of the slasher genre’s biggest franchises and tackle a whole host of very popular series as well. It will be a lot of fun and for a much wider audience.”

The comedy/horror will be shot later this year, and more casting announcements are forthcoming. Look for the film on DVD, VOD, and most cable systems’ On Demand sections in the fall of 2015. Until then, check out this awesome teaser poster by Travis Kolpack.

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View

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Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento


Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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