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Ama Lea Talks This Saturday’s Year of Fear and Prom Night Massacre at Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank, CA

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For those in Los Angeles, CA, the Halloween season continues this Saturday with the event Prom Night Massacre, which celebrates the release of photographer and filmmaker Ama Lea’s Year of Fear 2018 Calendar, to be held at Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank (3204 W. Magnolia). We caught up with Lea to discuss the event; read on for the details!

Kicking off at 9pm, Prom Night Massacre encourages guests to come in reflective of the event and will feature special guests Barbara Magnolia (Suspiria), Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), Brea Grant (Beyond the Gates), Sarah French (Death House), and Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here), all in attendance and signing, as well as drinks and treats served by Year of Fear models, short films presented by Etheria Film Fest, classic horror tracks and prom tunes spun by DJ Poster Child, raffles and prices, red carpet photo ops, and the release of Lea’s Year of Fear 2018 Calendar.

Said Lea of her 2016 inspiration for the horror-centric beefcake calendar, “I created Year of Fear mainly out of a frustrated moment. I was being hired pretty much solely to take half-naked pictures of women in horror. I was like, ‘I just wanna exploit men for a change! I should make a firemen’s calendar of hot half-naked dudes, but as monsters or slashers.’ My now producing partner Nathaniel Emond, who was at the receiving end of this rant, responded with, ‘That’s actually a great idea. You should do it.’”

“We are now going into our second year,” she continued, “and have added a female calendar to our roster. I was very hesitant about shooting a women’s calendar, but as I started researching what was already out there, I actually got angry. Every horror calendar featuring sexy women was either full nude or topless, featuring them portraying male characters or being murdered. So I thought to myself, ‘If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right.’ There are tons of amazing female characters in horror, so I’m only shooting images based off them. No nudity, no dying girls, just bad-ass sexy characters!”

As for her careful approach to the project, Lea stated, “First of all we don’t own the rights to any of these characters so we have to straddle that parody line very closely. The first year we did slasher characters, and this year we did monsters, which was a fun departure but also challenging because we had to have a team of makeup artists on every shoot and build elaborate sets. We even shot with a giant Clydesdale horse which hated all the lights! The fun of it is seeing my favorite characters from old movies show up on set looking like the Halloween cast of Magic Mike! When I saw Frankenstein’s Monster (model Jade Parnell) walk onto the lab set under all the green and blue lights, I couldn’t stop giggling. It was great.”

Regarding her upcoming projects, which include the completed short film From Hell, She Rises (a Hammer Films send-up written by Michael Verrati and starring Sarah Nicklin and Emma Jacobs, which is currently winning awards on the film festival circuit), Lea teased, “Next for Year of Fear we are doing a fully 80’s calendar for 2019, which I am personally thrilled about! We will also be doing a limited edition print series that will be released in the springtime. I can’t say what it is yet, but everyone will definitely get a chuckle.”

Tickets to Prom Night Massacre are available online at shopamalea.com for $5 for one, $6.66 for two, or at the door the night of the event for $5 each. Year of Fear calendars can also be purchased there. For more information, check out Year of Fear on Instagram @yearoffear, on Twitter @theyearoffear, and on Facebook.

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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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