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Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)Great news, gorehounds! Stephen Romano’s latest work Shock Festival has just been officially picked up by IDW Publishing, and you can pre-order yourselves a copy right now!

Shock Festival represents something of a departure for IDW, but company president Ted Adams and publisher/executive editor Chris Ryall are very excited about this bold new frontier, citing Stephen Romano’s innovative and unprecedented work as stunning. “Nothing like this has ever been attempted before,” says Romano. “Ted knew the second he saw the book that he had to at least meet me, just to find out what kind of mind had manufactured all this nutty shit. They quickly realized that Shock Festival was something that comic fans would love. And we knew there could be a real crossover market, too, if the promotion was handled correctly. We’ve been able to get the book out for pre-order at a really low retail price without compromising the integrity of what I want to do. In fact, there will be even more stuff than originally planned. That’s mostly Tim Bradstreet’s fault. He’s been pushing for something bigger, classier, and he’s doing some new art for the book, too.

Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)The book is co-branded by the infamous Raw Entertainment, a film and publishing moniker owned and operated by comics legend Tim Bradstreet and awesome actor/director/Punisher Thomas Jane. RAW brought you the super-cool comic Bad Planet, along with hard-hitting films such as David Arquette’s The Tripper and Tom Jane’s directorial debut Dark Country, filmed in 3-D! “Tim and I have been trying to work together for years,” says Romano. “I bugged him all throughout 2007 when I was getting Shock Festival going, and now that it’s become a reality, I’ve managed to drag him into this mess. I believe Tom Jane is even going to appear on Tim’s poster for the book. I think that’s so awesome. We have Ashley Laurence from Hellraiser in there, and now we’ve got the fucking Punisher, too!

Shock Festival will be released on October 25th in bookstores everywhere. It is now currently available for pre-order through our Amazon.com EVILShop at the insanely low price of 26 bucks! At 350 glossy pages, oversized 9X12 hardback coffee table format, and in FULL COLOR from cover to cover, that’s a steal for any self-respecting film fan!

The book features hundreds of exclusive, never-before-seen movie original posters championing a bygone era of exploitation films and an underground Hollywood Babylon you’ve never dreamed of. In addition to posters, there are newspaper clippings, lobby cards, still photos, soundtrack album sleeves, movie novelization tie-in covers and a wealth of text, explaining the bizarre origins of each film. “I wanted to do Grindhouse meets Spinal Tap,” says Romano.

Stephen Romano's Shock Festival (click for larger image)It’s a big thick coffee table book filled with amusing anecdotes about the making of B-string exploitation flicks and a bunch or rare memorabilia. You see a lot of books like that, especially now that the Internet has taken over the world. Everyone wants to be Johnny Legend now. Everybody has become a learned authority on horror films or whatever. Shock Festival is a sort of parody of that type of book, of that type of self-appointed expert. But it’s done totally straight, with no obvious winks or nods to the audience. It reads like a sincere and passionate exploration of these films. But the films are all fictional. The idea is that they’ve been lost for thirty years and I have devoted myself to unearthing them. So the posters all look like they were saved from dumpsters, or maybe they’ve been sitting in some grandma’s basement for years, or they’ve been tacked up on some fanboy’s wall. Most of the memorabilia items are supposed to have come from my own ‘personal collection,’ so I’ve been collecting this stuff for years, right? But that’s’ all a fictional framework I use to present some really outrageous ideas. It’s also a very truthful, informative book about how movies like this are really made. A lot of the stories are inspired by real events I have either lived through or heard tell of.

The best part? You can also hire Stephen to do a poster for your film or as a private commission. “It’s funny,” he says, “but since I went public with the whole Shock Festival thing, people have been asking me to do posters for them. It’s almost like I started this fictional thing, and it’s become a reality in a really strange way. I actually have a side career as a fucking movie poster artist! The first one I did was for my buddies the Lewis Brothers and their film Black Devil Doll. Everyone was amazed I got the art so spot-on for that, and it’s because I’ve spent the better part of two years learning how it all works!

For more on the book and to contact Stephen, check out the official Shock Festival MySpace page and Shock Festival‘s official site.

Pretty cool shit, huh? Enough talking! Dig on these exclusive posters below and order yourself a copy ASAP! Click on each teaser image to see the whole thing!


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

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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.

Synopsis:
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

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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

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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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