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An Australian Glitch Causes Dead to Rise on ABC

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Word of a new TV series that finds the dead returning to life has hit our desks, and we figured we’d share. Don’t know exactly how Dread-worthy this one will end up, or even if we’ll be able to see it here in the States, but we’ll keep an eye on things for you!

From the Press Release:
Matchbox Pictures, in association with ABC TV, is pleased to announce that the new six-part drama series “Glitch” has begun shooting on location in Melbourne and around Victoria. A high-concept drama, “Glitch” is a paranormal saga about love, loss, and what it means to be human.

Created by Tony Ayres (Cut Snake, The Slap, Nowhere Boys, The Home Song Stories), developed by Ayres and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe, Love My Way), and produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, The Straits, Nowhere Boys, Old School, Devil’s Playground), “Glitch” is a tale of love and redemption, of second chances gained and lost, of vengeance and forgiveness.

Tony Ayres, Series Creator said, “’Glitch’ is an elevated genre series. At its core it is a Gothic mystery with a story that is passionate and dramatic.”

“How do ordinary people deal with great love, longing, and the utterly unexpected? This is an exciting drama from a hugely talented creative team,” said ABC Head of Fiction Carole Sklan.

Featuring an impressive ensemble cast led by Patrick Brammall (Upper Middle Bogan, Offspring) with Rodger Corser (Party Tricks, Rush), Emma Booth (Cloud Street, Jack Irish), Emily Barclay (Suburban Mayhem, Lou), Genevieve O’Reilly (Episodes, Star War Episode III), Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground), Daniela Farinacci (Redfern Now, Lantana), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues), and Ned Dennehy (Sherlock Holmes).

Set in the fictional country town of Yoorana, the 6 x 1 hour series sees the run-down town take on a new life from the most unlikely of places – the past.

When six people inexplicably rise from the dead with no memory of their identities, disbelief soon gives way to a determination to discover who they are and what happened to them. Yoorana becomes the Gothic rural backdrop against which the “Risen” rediscover their past and why they have returned while those around them are also faced with a perplexing new reality, challenging all the beliefs and ideals they held dear.

“’Glitch’ is whole new type of television for ABC and for Australia. It’s not just for people who know and love genre, it’s for those who love character-driven stories with big heart and bigger thrills,” said producer Louise Fox.

“Glitch” will air on ABC in 2015.

“Glitch” is produced by Matchbox Pictures with the assistance of Screen Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Film Victoria, and NBCUniversal. The series is being sold internationally by NBCUniversal.

Production Credits: A Matchbox Pictures production in association with ABC Television, Screen Australia, and Film Victoria. Written by Louise Fox, Kris Mrksa, and Giula Sandler. Directed by Emma Freeman. Produced by Ewan Burnett and Louise Fox. Executive Producers Tony Ayres and Debbie Lee. ABC TV Executive Producers Carole Sklan and Christopher Gist.

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Joe Dante Will Executive Produce Teddy Bears Are For Lovers Feature Film!

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I’m a big fan of films that combine horror with, for lack of a better term, “cute shit.” Take for instances movies like Critters and Gremlins. Love them.

It is with this in mind that not only do I love the short film Teddy Bears Are For Lovers but I am excited about today’s news.

Today Deadline reports that “Lost” and Cloverfield cinematographer Michael Bonvillain will be making his directorial debut with the feature adaptation of the classic short (which you can peep in its entirtly below).

Yes, not only are we getting a Teddy Bears Are For Lovers feature, but Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop will be creating the film’s killer teddys, and Joe f*cking Dante (Gremlins, Piranha) will be executive producer.

Cool, huh?

“It’s rare to find a project with the right balance of humor, scares and emotions that can make a film entertaining on so many various levels,” director Michael Bonvillain said in a statement. “This project, which at its heart is a love story, builds so many different layers on top of it to create an absolutely horrifying and hilarious thrill ride that keeps you entertained from start to finish. Having been involved as a cinematographer on a number of great films over the years that blended elements of horror and thriller with comedy, I’m excited to direct a project that I think hits all those notes and is hugely entertaining”.

Najeeb Khuda, Gavin Lurie, and Andrew Joustra, who run Endless Media added: “Teddy Bears immediately drew us in from page one because it has something that has become increasingly lacking at the multiplex… it’s a blast. Taking inspiration from the type of films we grew up with, this film hits every chord of why we love going to the movies: mixing just the right amount of thrills and scares with a fun joyride.”

I hoping and thinking that this film could be the new “cute sh*t” horror movie I have been waiting for since the release of Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat (gotta love Sam). I don’t mean to get my expectations up TOO high, but if you’ve seen the original short film (again, available in its entirety below) then you know this premise and characters are utterly classic.

The original short film was directed by David Ernesto Vendrell, Matthew Hawksworth, and Almog Avidan Antonir. David Vendrell penned the script for the upcoming feature.

What do you think of the original short? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Set during a Valentine’s Day party, follows college playboy Collin and his current head-over-heels girlfriend Sarah as they are targeted by a group of bloodthirsty, but adorable teddy bears who come to life seeking revenge for the broken hearts of Collin’s ex-girlfriends. Together, the couple must evade the teddy bears and earn the forgiveness of these begrudged and wildly different ex-girlfriends before the sun rises in order to break the curse, all while confronting whether their current relationship is meant to be.

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Netflix’s The Cloverfield Paradox Scored 2.8 Million Viewers in First Three Days

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A few weeks back we brought you a news story in which Netflix shelled out a whopping $50 million for the streaming rights to The Cloverfield Paradox.

If you are like me, then you’ve been wondering how that investment is paying out for the streaming giant in the wake of the resounding “thud” the film made after it hit late on Super Bowl Sunday.

Well, it seems the movie did pretty good… but nothing special (which is the general consensus to the film itself) and scored 2.8 million viewers in the first 3 days of release.

These numbers come to us from Variety, who reports that, while 2.8 million is no small number, when compared to the 11 million viewers that David Ayers’ Bright starring Will Smith pulled in late last year, The Cloverfield Paradox pales in comparison. But is it fair to compare The Cloverfield Paradox to Bright? Shrugs.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Julius Onah from a screenplay by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung and stars David Oyelowo, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, and Chris O’Dowd.

The film is now streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:

Astronauts must fight for their lives after making a terrifying discovery in outer space.

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Toy Fair 2018: Funko’s Savage World Turns Horror Icons Into Masters of the Universe Characters

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What would happen if classic horror icons existed within the world of the Masters of the Universe franchise? That’s a question Funko have answered with their new ‘Savage World’ line of action figures, which depicts horror characters including Leatherface, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pinhead as they would look had they been birthed into the world of Castle Grayskull alongside He-Man and Skeletor. Funko have given us some pretty weird shit over the years, but this is on a whole other level.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting, Preternia, Popvinyls.com, and the Twitter account @FakeEyes22, we are able to share some images of these testosterone-fueled slasher figures, which were on display at the New York Toy Fair. There’s currently no word on when these musclebound monstrosities will be hitting stores, but I’m willing to bet that one look at the gallery below will instantly have you counting your change.

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