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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!

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Attack of the Mushroom People Attacks Amazon Prime

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We don’t typically get excited about press releases wanting to the world to know a 55-year-old monster movie has just been made available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers, but when that movie is Attack of the Mushroom People

Not familiar with this trippy 1963 creature feature from longtime Godzilla director Ishiro Honda? If you thought Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster was the pinnacle of bizarro Toho filmmaking, then you’ve never seen Matango, aka Attack of the Mushroom People.

Synopsis:
After a yacht is damaged in a storm, its boarders stranded on a deserted island take refuge in a mysterious fungus-covered boat. With nothing else to eat, some members of the shipwrecked party begin to ingest mysterious mushrooms, transforming them into hideous monsters.

By “hideous monsters” they quite literally mean “mushroom people” that look like something Sid & Marty Krofft would have come up in the 1970’s had they ever attempted a Lovecraft-themed kid’s show.

H.P. Pufnstuf?

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce they have just released this fungal fright flick on Amazon Prime in the United States and United Kingdom.

Well, you gonna drop some shrooms or not?

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Must-Own: Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31 on DVD and/or VHS

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I make it no secret that I am a big fan of Halloween and horror anthologies. I mean who doesn’t love those two great tastes?

Well, like Reese’s peanut butter cups, someone went ahead and put the two greats tastes together for the Halloween horror anthology 10/31.

We reviewed the film recently and you can check that out HERE. But today we want to pass along the news that not only has the film hit DVD, but Scream Team Releasing has also put together a release of the film on VHS!

I literally snagged up a copy of the film on VHS as fast as I could and I am now counting down the days until it arrives on my doorstep. But if you’re not a VHS nut like me, then maybe you’ll be interested in some of the other merch the 10/31 team has put together.

These bits and pieces include a 10/31 & The Barn combo pack, a Limited Edition DVD with the film’s IndieGoGo artwork, the soundtrack on CD, and Travis Smith’s poster.

You can check out pics of all the cool merch below and then let us know what you think!

10/31 is now available on DVD and VHS RIGHT HERE.

Synopsis:

Red Letter Entertainment brings you…’10/31′ – a Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. 5 spooky tales from masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror written and directed by indie horrors best and brightest such as award-winning filmmakers Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger (The Barn), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror) an original score and segment directed by award-winning film and game composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, Killing Floor 2, Close Calls) and features web horror host Malvolia: The Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle). These blood-soaked tales of terror and the macabre in the vein of Creepshow, Body Bags, Tales of Halloween and V/H/S are sure to chill horror lovers to the bone.

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First Look: Jim Parsons and Kaya Scodelario in Zac Efron Ted Bundy Flick

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Last week we shared you first look at Metallica’s James Hetfield in director Joe Berlinger’s Ted Bundy flick Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

Today we have a few new pics from the film straight from Zac Efron himself. The actor posted these fresh photos on his Instagram today and you can check them out below.

The new pics feature Efron as creepy Bundy, along with our first looks at “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons as Lead Prosecutor Larry Simpson and Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Carole Anne Boone, the ex-wife of the notorious serial killer.

If we can say nothing more about this Bundy film at this time, we can say that it sure as hell boasts some ballsy casting choices. And we’re all for that. What do you think? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Joe Berlinger from a script by Michael Werwie and stars John Malkovich, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Jim Parsons, and Zac Efron as Ted Bundy.

The movie is currently shooting in Covington, Kentucky.

Synopsis:

Told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who went years denying the accusations against Bundy, but ultimately turned him into the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

I’m literally falling for you. ❤😎#happyvalentinesday

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