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Wes Craven Comments on MTV’s Scream Mask Change

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This past weekend we saw the first teaser for MTV’s “Scream,” which all but confirmed recent rumors that the iconic Ghostface mask will not be seen in the upcoming series. Naturally, fans are none too happy about that aspect of the show, and neither is executive producer Wes Craven.

In an interesting interview with THR, Craven revealed the nature of his involvement with the series, stating that he basically just put his name on it and didn’t do much else. He also strongly suggested that change isn’t always a good thing and surprisingly expressed regret over the changes he made to Freddy Krueger in New Nightmare.

In general we didn’t mess with the mask at all,” Craven said, referring to the Scream film franchise. “It’s something we didn’t try to change. With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare, I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface.”

It would have been safer [not to change Freddy],” Craven continued. “I’m not going to speculate in public, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it, but you know, sometimes you realize that something’s not broken, so don’t fix it. And that was the course we took on all the Scream films: Don’t mess with that; it’s just perfect.”

According to MTV Senior VP Mina Lefevre, the mask change was made not because of any sort of issues with Ghostface mask-makers Fun World but rather because they simply wanted to put a fresh new spin on the iconic mask.

If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version,” said Lefevre, “this one is a more organic-looking and, frankly, darker version.”

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“The Killing’s” Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Aubrey Jensen. Also starring in the series are Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, and Joel Gretsch. Jamie Travis directed the pilot.

MTV and Dimension TV (The Weinstein Company) bring the series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise to television.  Jill Blotevogel (“Harper’s Island,” “Ravenswood”) and Jaime Paglia (“Arrow”) will executive produce and showrun, with John Shiban (“Hell on Wheels”, “Breaking Bad”) on board as a consulting producer.  Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (“Criminal Minds,” “The Event,” and “Revenge”) wrote the original script.  Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce.  Additional executive producers are Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.

Synopsis:
After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a  killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others, and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets, and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

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Exclusive: Terror Universal Dare You to Look Through the Mirrors

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Alright horror metalheads, it’s time to raise those devil horns and get ready for some Terror Universal! On hand we’ve got the exclusive video premiere for the track “Through the Mirrors”, which comes from the band’s album Make Them Bleed. Directed by Wacy Jahn, the video mixes band performance with the hallucinations and troubles of a man who clearly has some issues going on.

Jahn tells us about making the video, saying, “As a director, I was given the freedom to give my visual interpretation of what the song meant to me personally. The inner self that tortures the outer self into being something different no matter the cost. Now mix a twist of insanity into the recipe and you get the “Through the Mirrors” official Terror Universal music video.

Band member Massacre adds, “I am very pumped to be releasing the “Through The Mirrors” video, as this track is one of my favorite songs on our new album ‘Make Them Bleed’. This song showcases many of Terror Universal’s diverse sounds, as it’s brutally heavy, and also has a very anthemic and memorable chorus.

Made up of current and past members of Machine Head, Ill Niño, Soulfly, and Upon A Burning Body, Terror Universal is a metal band dedicated to combining their love of all things heavy with their passion for horror. Make Them Bleed also features guest appearances from bassists John Moyer (Disturbed) and Tony Campos (Static-X).

You can buy Make Them Bleed on Bandcamp.

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The Sinking City Update Dives Into the Cthulhu Mythos That Drives the Game

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If you’ve been following our coverage of Frogwares’ The Sinking City, you’ll know that it’s probably my most anticipated game not just of the year but of a long, long time! An open world game that lives in the aesthetic and atmosphere of H.P. Lovecraft? Consider me 100% hooked! This game ticks all the boxes of my love of horror and my love of gaming.

A new update video has been released and this one goes right into the ways that H.P. Lovecraft and his works directly influenced the game, the developers and the story players will experience. On top of that, it also goes into how Lovecraft’s themes inspired the creators at Frogwares to forge their own paths and create their own mythology and terror. It’s a wonderful video because we get to see these people take an established universe and build upon it with reverence, respect, and passion.

Seriously, if The Sinking City isn’t on your radar, you’re going to be missing out when it’s released.

Synopsis:
The Sinking City interprets and develops the themes that Lovecraft explored: the fear of monsters and the unknown, the search for occult truths and madness. In the game, players step into the shoes of a private detective investigating the disappearance of an expedition to the imaginary town of Oakmont, Massachusetts. Oakmont is a city experiencing unprecedented flooding due to supernatural forces, leaving a large portion of the city submerged. Secret societies, dangers, intrigues and monstrous creatures will stand in your way…

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Meet Ash’s Moody Teenage Daughter in New Ash vs Evil Dead S3 Trailer

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“Mom, what’s a chainsaw geek doing here?”

Marketing for the return of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead has really been gearing up as it was just the other day that we shared a new trailer called, you know, “Gotta Gear Up.”

That trailer was quick but cool, and today we have a new quick-n-cool “Ash vs Evil Dead” trailer, this time highlighting Ash’s daughter.

The inclusion of Ash’s daughter into the splatter this new season has me excited as hell for the premiere in a few weeks. But now I just have Pearl Jam stuck in my head.

Check out the new trailer below and then let us know what you think!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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