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FallenI know, news about a movie set to premiere on ABC Family may not seem like the hardest of hardcore horror to you guys, but I think some of you will still dig this.

The movie I refer to is called Fallen, based on a series of books by author Tom Sniegoski. Having nothing whatsoever to do with the Denzel Washington flick of the same name, this movie (the first of what will hopefully be three) is about a kid named Aaron, newly adopted into a family who really seems to care for him and thinking that finally life is going to turn around… until his 18th birthday hits.

FallenSuddenly he’s developed all manner of strange powers and a recurring, haunting dream that is disrupting all aspects of his life. A homeless man named Ezekiel, who claims to be a fallen angel, tells Aaron that he is a Nephilim, a half angel/half human, and he’s being hunted by a band of evil angels called The Powers, who want nothing more than to see Aaron dead.

Shit goes bad, to say the least. I’ve read all four books in Sniegoski’s series, and it’s some great reading – fast paced and fun with just the right amount of bloodshed to make the drama that much more real. Hopefully the movie, which stars Paul Wesley, Tom Skerritt, and Rick Worthy, will follow suit.

Fallen premieres this Sunday night, July 23rd, at 8/7c on ABC Family. Check out their page for it here for more details. Give it a chance, it may surprise you!

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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