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Jeffrey Combs talks upcmoming slate!During the recent Monster Mania convention in Cherry Hill, NJ (“>full report here), I took some time out to sit down with Jeffrey Combs, one of the most beloved and hardest working genre actors in the scene. Though he’s almost a convention staple at this point, he’s always working on new and interesting projects, so when I got word that he had not one or two but four new films in the pipeline, I had to find out more.

”Well, I just finished a movie that was called Fast Track while we were shooting it, but the title’s since been changed to Urgency,” Combs told me. ”It’s not a horror movie by any stretch of the imagination. It’s an action/adventure, and I play a ne’er-do-well neighbor who the lead comes to when he’s in trouble because I seem to be sort of a bumbling guy who doesn’t really know what’s going on, but you eventually find out there’s a lot more to me than originally assumed. That was a nice departure for me, doing some lighter, more comedic stuff.”

Indeed, it’s great to hear there are those out there giving the man some work outside of our genre; Combs really is a talented actor and deserves more chances to shine in different roles. That being said, he’s not done with our genre by any stretch… ”I also did a movie called Darkest Evil, which is a remake of The Dunwich Horror,” he continued. ”That was fun. I’m in that with Dean Stockwell, who as you know was in the original Dunwich Horror. It’s very Lovecraftian, very focused on staying dedicated to that whole mythos, although it takes place in Louisiana so I’m not sure how that will work out…”

We gave you guys the first heads-up about Darkest Evil back in April; since the film’s been shot and is in the can now, hopefully we’ll be hearing more about it soon. If nothing else it’s got a great cast so I’m sure it’ll be worth a look, even if it was directed by Asylum regular Leigh Scott.

Combs in Parasomnia!Combs is also eagerly awaiting news on the release of William Malone’s “>Parasomnia, a film we’ve been covering for years now. ”He just screened it not too long ago and said it went really well,” Combs informed me. ”He’s in talks with people on distribution both domestic and foreign, and I see no reason why this very cool-looking movie won’t get picked up by someone. It looks so great, and I’m honored to work with Bill again because he’s just a great guy and a primo director.”

If you haven’t seen anything from it yet, I strongly encourage you to head over to the official Parasomnia site to see what you’ve been missing. ”It looks so far beyond its budget, has some great performances and a really surreal dark look,” Jeffrey enthused. ”The dream sequences are absolutely incredible. It’s the most kaleidoscopic, Dali-esque world he created, and I’ve never seen anything like it done before. I’m looking forward to wherever that ends up finding a home.”

Finally there is “>Dark House, another movie we’ve been feeding you guys info on for a while now. Combs seems especially happy with how this one’s looking. ”I play an entrepreneur who goes into communities, finds old houses and turns them into Halloween attractions. So I come into this town and find this house; then I head over to a local acting class and hire the whole class for the opening. So all these kids suddenly have this nice-paying job, but little do they know this house is really, really haunted. It used to be a foster home and the person who ran it was just horribly evil, monstrous, so there’s some very bad stuff going on in this house.”

Jeffrey Combs in Dark HouseThe premise is nothing groundbreaking, but its execution sounds solid so Dark House will definitely be one we’re keeping our eyes on. If nothing else it’ll be nice to see Combs in a horror movie and not playing a villain of some sort. ”Everyone on that was just so right for their roles, and I got to play a lighter character, which was nice. I’m not the spooky threat in any way; I’m the guy who’s saying ‘C’mon, don’t be ridiculous’ … until all hell breaks loose.”

I also asked him about the possibility of more Haunted Hill movies, to which he said he had been hearing some rumblings but nothing official. As for a return to the lab coat for a reprisal of Dr. Herbert West, nothing’s happened on that front in a while so it’s all being seen as up in the air until he hears more. And of course when he does, we’ll make sure you guys hear about it, too!

Johnny Butane

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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