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Dead @ 17 poster (click to see it bigger)Girls are pretty cool, no? What about girls who kick ass? What about girls who kick the ass of the undead? Perhaps the coolest girls of all.

The main character of Dead @17 happens to be one of this rare breed of female and she’s kicked so much ass that she managed to get the attention of filmmaker Mark Steensland (“Lovecraft’s Pillow”), who dropped us a line today with the very cool news that he’s run with the idea of a Dead @17 short film and is now in post-production on it.

For those not familiar, Dead @17 is the story of two friends, Nara and Hazy, dealing with a zombie outbreak in the quiet suburb of Darlington Hills. The comic was created by the one-man team of Josh Howard and became one of the biggest hits in the indie comics world for publisher Viper Comics back in 2003. Steensland’s been a fan of it for a while, going so far as to interview Howard briefly for a former column he ran at Broken Frontier (read it here), so when he wanted to do another short film after the rolling success of “Lovecraft’s Pillow”, Dead @17 was the first thing to pop into his head;

“I wrote to Josh and pitched him the idea of a short film which would cover only the very beginning of the whole Dead@17 story,” Steensland told us today. “And although the film rights are owned by someone else, he gave me his blessing. So technically, what we’ve made is *just* a fan film. I can’t ever make money from it. But then that’s one of the reasons I was able to get bands like Demon Hunter, Fewleftstanding and Impellittteri to let me use their music.”

Now there’s s good piece of advice for indie filmmakers everywhere! Shooting on Dead @17: The Short Film (a working title) got rolling just over a month ago and already they’re in the post production stage, which just goes to show how passionate they were about getting the project in the can.

Though they’ve not decided how it will be released yet, Steensland confirmed that he and Howard are toying with ideas, everything from putting it up exclusively on MySpace for a limited time (72 hours, max) as well as arranging a screening in Steensland’s hometown of Erie, PA. “[But] we will definitely be on the festival circuit for the whole year,” he verified.

Stay tuned for more news on where you can catch the short, and be sure to keep your eye on Steensland’s official site for Dead @17 (as well as creator Josh Howard’s) for more updates!

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Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to UPGRADE’s LA Premiere With Leigh Whannel in Attendance!

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Hey Los Angeles readers! We’ve got a pretty amazing contest available for you as we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to a random select few of you so that you can see the film at its premiere where writer/director Leigh Whannell and stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel will be in attendance! The event will be held at the Egyptian Theater the evening of May 30. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The Invitation) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out). The film is released through BH Tilt.

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AHS 8 Will Be More Like ASYLUM and COVEN

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News has been steadily coming in regarding the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story. It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the new season, which begins shooting this June.

And today we have word via Deadline regarding just what the tone will be for this new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive.

It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season,” Murphy said. “We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”

Personally, I really enjoyed the grounded tone of AHS: Cult and I think it helped rejuvenate the series. But then again, a return to the tone of perhaps the show’s most beloved season (AHS: Asylum) is just what the series needs in the long run.

Are you excited to hear AHS 8 will be going back to the tone of Asylum and Coven? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Coming To Nintendo Switch In Japan This Week

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Although it’s already been home to a vast number of horror titles, the Nintendo Switch will finally come into the possession of the crown jewel of horror video games, as Capcom have confirmed that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be heading to the system on May 24. In Japan, at least.

Because of the limitations of the Switch hardware compared to both the PS4 and the Xbox One, the Switch version of Resident Evil 7 will only be playable by being streamed directly from Capcom’s online servers onto the physical console. Meaning that after the initial 45MB download, you’ll need to have an internet connection and be permanently online in order for it to work, so even though the Switch is a portable console hybrid, you unfortunately won’t be able to play Resident Evil 7 on the move.

In Japan, the Switch version of Resident Evil 7 will be known as Biohazard 7 Resident Evil Cloud Version, and will be priced at 2,000 yen (around $18). Once purchased, you’ll have access to the game for 180 days. There’s currently no word if you’ll be able to pay for a renewal once that time is up, or even if the Switch version will be released outside Japan, but Capcom have clearly come up with an ingenious solution to releasing more powerful games on less powerful systems, so we’re curious to see if their strategy of streaming games onto consoles catches on.

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