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Horror Stars Get Animated for MalevolentThe producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!

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Morena Baccarin (“Homeland,” “Firefly”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” Robocop), and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) have joined the cast of MALEVOLENT.

In MALEVOLENT a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. MALEVOLENT also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.

“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. “We’re really looking forward to delivering a unique visual horror experience for fans of gore, action, graphic novels and cinephiles of all types.”

“It’s possibly the first U.S. animated horror of its kind,” says Jim Cirile, executive producer and co-writer.

Morena Baccarin has been cast as Gamemaster, an otherworldly entity who entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts while her species gambles on the outcome. Ray Wise dials his malevolence up to 10 in the role of Cyrus DeKalb, the dying wealthy, embittered industrialist who gathers his family ostensibly to discuss his estate. But what he has in mind for them is something else entirely… Bill Moseley delivers the goods for fright fans as Pavel, Cyrus’ twisted henchman who is still quite the charmer (or so he believes) despite a terrible disfiguring accident. And Dani Lennon, best known for the hit series “Bite Me” (FEARnet and Machinima), portrays the film’s heroine, Miriam, Cyrus’ beleaguered activist daughter, trying her best to cope despite the damage done by growing up with a sociopath.

Jason Axinn (Starpocalypse) directs the upcoming animated feature, which is now in production. He is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinema-Television and an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director.

Malevolent is anticipated for release in early 2015.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

Synopsis:
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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