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Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs to Set AFM 2014 Ablaze

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We’ve been following the progress of Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs closely over the last year or so, and it’s with a great deal of joy we announce that the practical effects monster flick is heading to this year’s AFM.

From the Press Release
Fire City, with its big idea of a film noir with demons and its underdog story of two newbies looking to retain some creative control in “Hollywood,” announces its first installment of four feature films – Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs.

The franchise garnered studio attention in 2012 – one exec dubbed it Harry Potter for adults – but only received offers of an all-rights script sale. Fire City’s creators Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes instead partnered with Academy Award-winning character creator Tom Woodruff, Jr., whose special effects company’s credits include everything from the creatures in Aliens to the mutants in X-Men to the mythological beasts in Percy Jackson.

“In today’s climate, George Lucas would never be able to make Star Wars. And certainly not own any of it,” said director Tom Woodruff, Jr. “That’s why we had to go strictly grassroots.”

Fire City successfully overfunded its Kickstarter campaign in August of 2013, relying heavily on social media and the communities of practical effects and of independent horror films.

Represented by Highland Film Group for worldwide rights, the demon noir fantasy will start sales at this year’s American Film Market, Santa Monica, California. Much of its cross-platform content is available online, including:

  • a comic book
  • demon tarot cards
  • short stories
  • online game “What Type of Demon Are You”
  • short film Fire City: The King Of Miseries

About Fire City
Set in a world where demons feed off of human misery but are forbidden from causing it, the film follows a hard-boiled demon, Atum Vine, as he investigates the sudden rehabilitation of the despicable humans around him. No longer miserable and abusive, the humans have become caring, loving, happy people. Now lacking the misery they need to survive, the demons living among them begin to starve. Vine must discover the cause before the event starts an all-out war between Humans and Demons. Fire City is being produced by Okay By Me Productions.

For more visit the official Fire City website, “like” Fire City on Facebook, and follow Fire City on Twitter (@interpreterfilm).

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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’.

BUY IT NOW!

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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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