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The Whispers

There’s never been a better time for scripted horror, mystery, sci-fi, and suspense series on television. It’s wonderful to have so many choices in top-quality programming, and there’s yet another coming down the pike and into our homes on June 1, 2015.

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ABC’s “The Whispers” is brought to us by the likes of Steven Spielberg and “Under the Dome” and “The Killing” executive producer Soo Hugh, and it stars “Revenge’s” Barry Sloane, “American Horror Story’s” Lily Rabe, horror icon Dee Wallace, and Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”). The pilot episode, directed by One Hour Photo’s Mark Romanek, is eerie and creepy as can be. While the series is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury (“The Zero Hour,” which was originally published in his Illustrated Man anthology), it feels more like something from Stephen King with just perhaps a touch of Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” miniseries.

The first episode centers on a little girl named Minx (her given name was Mink in the Bradbury tale… why change it?), who’s played to great effect by 11-year-old Kylie Rogers. Minx has an imaginary friend she calls Drill. At first, it’s all innocent fun and games. But then of course, someone dies. Drill is blamed. But Drill isn’t real… is he?

It’s interesting to note that, while the series “The Whispers” is only very loosely based on “The Zero Hour,” how topical – and chilling – it is in relevance to kids and killing today. First published in 1951, “The Zero Hour” recounted how the neighborhood children all started playing this game called “Invasion.” Invasion was invented by an evil alien entity called Drill, who plans on taking over the world by compelling those with the most fragile, suggestible minds to eliminate anyone over the age of 10. Minx’s mother laughs at this and marvels at her daughter’s imagination. However, when Mom gets on the phone with her friend in another state, she’s told that they are playing the same game with someone named Drill too. This is absolutely a foreshadowing and a scary premonition of our modern-day “Slender Man” legend that’s actually driven real, everyday kids to attempt murder.

“The Whispers” features an ensemble cast, ranging from little pixies to hardboiled cops, reporters to government agents, and ill-fated parents and scheming scientists. While it’s more a mystery and a conspiracy thriller than outright horror (at least in the pilot episode, which is all we were allowed to see this early on), “The Whispers” has no shortage of murder and mayhem. As the clock counts down throughout Season One, the race is on to save not only individual families, but the world.

I liked what I saw; if you enjoy shows like “Under the Dome,” “Jericho,” and “The Returned,” then “The Whispers” is definitely worth the space on your DVR. It premieres June 1 at 10-11 pm ET/PT on ABC.

“The Whispers” stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Kristen Connolly as Lena Lawrence, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry Bennigan.

The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Zack Estrin. The pilot was written and co-executive produced by Soo Hugh, who also developed the series. “The Whispers” is produced by ABC Studios with Amblin TV as co-producer.

Synopsis:
We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them, too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In “The Whispers” someone – or something – is manipulating the ones we love most to commit the unthinkable. In the country’s center of political power, Washington D.C., several kids have been talking about their imaginary friend, Drill. What the parents don’t know is that this friend is not as imaginary as they think. And when the mysterious games Drill convinces them to play turn dangerous, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan is called in to investigate. What is it that Drill wants, and why does he – or it – only communicate with children? As the clock counts down, a suspenseful race will begin to save not only their families, but the world. Before it’s too late.

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ALTERED PERCEPTION Opens in Theaters and on VOD/Digital in May

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We’ve been telling you about Altered Perception, from Blanc/Biehn Productions, for a while now; and today we have some exciting news to share.  The film is heading to limited theaters and will also be hitting VOD/Digital early next month. The full list of theaters, several stills, and more details can be found below.  In addition, you can watch the trailer at the top of the page.

The cast includes Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan, and Ehmrys Cooper. The producers are Danielle Artigo and Dylan Matlock with executive producers Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Jon Huertas, Hallie Jordan, Steve Romano (who also served as Director of Photography), and Lony Ruhmann.

Altered Perception was written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar, with Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc (story by Romero). SKD acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller, which was directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4th with a DVD release to follow in June 2018.

Here are the Altered Perception theater locations:

  • Laemmle Music Hall – Los Angeles
  • AMC Woodridge 18 – Chicago
  • Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley – Dallas
  • Studio Movie Grill Pearland – Houston
  • AMC Aventura Mall – Miami
  • AMC Southfield – Detroit
  • AMC Arizona Center – Phoenix
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 – Minneapolis
  • Studio Movie Grill – Tampa
  • Tower City Cinemas – Cleveland

Synopsis:
When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

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When Does That DEATH WISH Remake Hit Blu-ray?

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I don’t know about you but I went ahead and skipped Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis in theaters. But I do plan to check it out on Blu-ray.

And speaking of which today we have word that the film will be hitting 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

You can check out the cover art to the right and the full list of special features below and then let us know if you plan to own the film on Blu-ray in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is a remake of the Charles Bronson-led 1974 film of the same name, which itself was based on Brian Garfield’s original novel. This film is directed by Eli Roth from a script written by Joe Carnahan and stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, and Kimberly Elise.

It hits 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

Special Features:

  • Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
  • Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
  • Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
  • Grindhouse Trailer

BUY IT HERE!

Synopsis:

Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel — or the Grim Reaper itself.

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Michael Biehn Joins New Colm McCarthy UK Series CURFEW

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Whenever we hear that Michael Biehn is part of a new project, our ears perk up so of course we were excited to learn that he’s joining forces with Colm McCarthy for a new series titled Curfew. We have the early details, including whom Biehn will be playing, below so read on!

Curfew hails from the Sky Atlantic network and production company Tiger Aspect Productions. McCarthy serves as executive producer along with Will Gould, Matthew Read, and Frith Tiplady (all of whom worked together on Peaky Blinders). McCarthy (The Girl With All the Gifts) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Black Death) share directorial duties.

Biehn will portray “Roadkill Jim,” a grizzled racer who looks about as tough as they come. His co-stars include Andi Osho, Elijah Rowen, and Rose Williams. Curfew is described as “a fast and furious roller coaster of a series – exciting, funny, and touching with vividly well-drawn characters.

The series is expected to air in the UK in early 2019; stay tuned for updates as they come!

Synopsis:
When day turns to night, an eclectic collection of individuals compete for freedom in the planet’s deadliest street car race. The prize: a promised escape from a world changed forever by a pandemic outbreak, an authoritarian regime, and lethal nightmare creatures who roam after dark.

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