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The Ninth Configuration Arriving on UK Blu-ray in April

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William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration has been overshadowed by The Exorcist, but it’s about to make its UK Blu-ray debut, which will hopefully give the film a bit more of the attention it so richly deserves.  If you’re one of our readers from across the pond, scroll on down for the details.

From the Press Release:
From William Peter Blatty, renowned author of The Exorcist, comes one of the most unique and extraordinary films on screen, The Ninth Configuration, a taut theological thriller from 1980, which makes its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight.

This mind-blowing cult classic arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as download and On Demand, on 25 April 2016, complete with a whole host of newly produced bonus features, including brand new interviews with William Peter Blatty, Stacy Keach, and many more.

Deep in a forest of pine trees near the coast of Washington State, stands a secluded Gothic castle, commandeered by the Pentagon for use as a military asylum. Determined to establish the true nature and origin of the men’s mental illness, the Pentagon enlists the services of Colonel Kane (Stacy Keach, American History X), a brilliant, yet strangely unorthodox psychiatrist. With a reserved calm, he indulges the inmates’ delusions, allowing them free rein to express their fantasies. But some are wary of the newcomer and his methods. There may be more to Kane than meets the eye, and the insanity escalates towards an explosive revelation.

Written, directed, and produced by William Peter Blatty, this tense and gripping tale mixes theology and psychology and hosts a stellar cast including Scott Wilson (The Last Samurai), Jason Miller (The Exorcist), Ed Flanders (The Exorcist III), and Tom Atkins (Lethal Weapon).

Who is Kane? And what has is he hiding?

Bonus Features:
• Audio Commentary by Writer/Director William Peter Blatty
• The Writer/Producer/Director – Interview with William Peter Blatty
• Confessions of Kane – Interview with Actor Stacy Keach
• The Debrief of Sgt. Christian – Interview with Actor Stephen Powers
• Designing the Configuration – Interviews with Production Designer William Malley
and Art Director J. Dennis Washington
• Killer on My Mind – Interview with Soundtrack Composer Barry De Vorzon
• The Party Behind the Curtain – Interviews with Actors Tom Atkins, Jason Miller,
Richard Lynch, and William Peter Blatty
• Mark Kermode Introduction
• Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

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IT: Chapter 2 Gets New Creative Team Behind the Scenes

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Looks like director Andy Muschietti is shaking things up behind the scenes of IT: Chapter 2 and replacing the original film’s production designer and cinematographer.

Yes, Collider reports that Oscar-winning The Shape of Water production designer Paul Austerberry will join the sequel team, after Claude Paré (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) served as production designer on the first movie.

Also, Checco Varese (The Strain, Hulu’s Locke & Key) will be the new film’s cinematographer, taking over for the original flick’s DP Chung-hoon Chung (The Handmaiden, Oldboy).

All of this makes sense as the new film is set to take on a different feel when compared to the original’s which was more about the magic of childhood. The sequel (like the book) should feel scarier and darker and overall more, you know, adult.

Are you excited for this new creative team behind the scenes? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Production on the sequel begins this July with Jessica Chastain onboard to play Beverly, and Bill Hader and James McAvoy playing Richie and Bill. It hits theaters September 6, 2019.

Synopsis:

A group of young faces their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

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Ghost Stories Gets Freaky New Retro Poster

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Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman’s new British horror anthology Ghost Stories starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) hit select theaters and VOD today.

And to celebrate, we have a creepy, cool, and quite honestly scary retro poster for the film which our own Jonathan Barkan called A Truly Unsettling Journey in his recent SXSW review.

You can check it out to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman and stars Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, and Jill Halfpenny. The horror anthology is in select theaters and on VOD as of today.

Synopsis:

Professor Goodman, a psychologist, and skeptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.

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Netflix’s Mindhunter Season 2 Begins Filming This Month!

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Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you but I’m a major fan of the first season of Netflix’s David Fincher series Mindhunter. In fact, I called the series The Best Netflix Original Series to Date in my season one review a few months back.

And it’s with this in mind that I’m excited as hell to pass along the news via The Playlist that Mindhunter season 2 will begin shooting at the end of this month (!) with Fincher and crew are gearing up for a lengthy shoot in Pittsburgh after having been in pre-production for the past few months.

Are you excited about the upcoming second season of David Fincher and Netflix’s Mindhunter? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think of season one in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The first season is currently streaming on Netflix.

WATCH IT HERE

Synopsis:

Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain’s mind to figure out how he thinks. That’s the job of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. They attempt to understand and catch serial killers by studying their damaged psyches. Along the way, the agents pioneer the development of modern serial-killer profiling. The crime drama has a strong pedigree behind the camera, with Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron among the show’s executive producers.

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