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It Came From The Tube: Mind Over Murder (1979)

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) was an unpopular thriller with a clever premise. Laura would have visions whenever a killer attacked someone, and she witnessed the murders through his eyes. Naturally, TV had to take a crack at the premise, which brought us Mind Over Murder (1979), a thriller that adds a few wrinkles to the basic premise and ends up being the more enjoyable of the two.

Originally airing on October 23rd as part of The CBS Tuesday Night Movies, Mind Over Murder bore down against NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies and ABC’s Three’s Company/Taxi/Hart to Hart lineup. Not hard to tell where the majority of viewers planted their eyeballs this night, but those who stayed with “the eye” were treated to a mostly effective thriller with some genuinely unsettling moments. You shouldn’t have too much Tripper in your diet, after all.

Let’s
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8 ways The Twilight Zone influenced modern TV and film

Louisa Mellor Nov 25, 2017

The Twilight Zone casts a long shadow over today’s film and TV. We salute the legacy left by Rod Serling’s seminal series…

“Damn near immortal” is how Stephen King described The Twilight Zone in his 1981 study of creepy fiction Danse Macabre, and who could argue with that. Like any decent horror monster, Rod Serling’s 1960s anthology series keeps coming back from the grave. Only last week it was announced that CBS is planning to resurrect its award-winning show once again. The new series will be the latest of several revivals over the decades, including an upcoming stage production set to enjoy its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre this December.

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The Twilight Zone doesn’t just keep returning in its own right,
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Devon Sawa Reveals the Surprising Reason He Was Cast in Eminem's Iconic 'Stan' Video

Devon Sawa Reveals the Surprising Reason He Was Cast in Eminem's Iconic 'Stan' Video
When Eminem dropped "Stan" in 2000 -- the third single off his Diamond-certified Marshall Mathers LP -- no one had any idea that the song would go on to change the world of music and pop culture forever.

The intense track -- a first-person account of an obsessed fan of the rapper's, who emulates his looks and lifestyle in an attempt to impress Em from afar -- plays out in increasingly horrifying installments, as "Stan's" fan letters document his decent into a maniacal infatuation. (Nowadays, the term "stan" has become a part of the cultural lexicon, used to denote a passionate or dedicated fan -- though in much more lighthearted context. The new definition was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.)

The music video for "Stan" is just as disturbing as the song, following the titular character -- played by actor Devon Sawa -- as he pens increasingly threatening letters to Eminem, neglects his pregnant
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Toronto After Dark Film Festival Review – Tragedy Girls (2017)

Tragedy Girls, 2017.

Directed by Tyler MacIntyre.

Starring Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Jack Quaid, Kevin Durand, Josh Hutcherson, Rosalind Chao, Timothy V. Murphy, and Craig Robinson.

Synopsis:

Tragedy Girls, a twist on the slasher genre following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

Nostalgia acts are currently a hotter commodity than ever (judging from the record-breaking territory It continues to chart every passing day subsequently causing the out of left field announcement that Jamie Lee Curtis would be reprising her apotheosized role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming Halloween reboot/sequel), but Tragedy Girls is more fascinated in flipping the slasher genre upside down while lovingly paying homage to a plethora of classic franchises (the early sight of a masked machete-wielding homicidal maniac stalking his prey stomping through the
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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’
Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free.
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Alexandra Shipp Talks ‘Tragedy Girls’, Subverting Female Roles In Horror Films, Teases ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

Alexandra Shipp Talks ‘Tragedy Girls’, Subverting Female Roles In Horror Films, Teases ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’
In Tyler MacIntyre’s horror-comedy Tragedy Girls (in theaters October 20), Alexandra Shipp plays McKayala, the perfect mix of an outgoing, popular homecoming queen hopeful and deviant sociopath who enjoys the occasional act of Final Destination-inspired homicide. Along with her Bff Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand), the two are amateur crime reporters on their “Tragedy Girls” blog and hellbent on boosting their social media popularity. To do that, they kidnap a serial killer so…
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Legacy (1978)

The Creative Death sub-sub-genre took flight in the ‘70s with The Omen (1976), as that little imp Damien (and his dad) dispatched the cast in different macabre and entertaining ways. (Variety is the spice, and all that.) The ’78 sequel continued the burgeoning tradition, leading us up to The Legacy (1978) - a film that takes its own stab at variety by marrying The Old Dark House to The Dark Underlord and delivering a fun, wicked (albeit goofy) little offspring.

Released in September in the U.K. (and the following September stateside) by Columbia-emi-Warner (and Universal in the U.S.), The Legacy brought in $11 million against its $2.5 million budget, making it a commercial if not critical success. That this British/American co-production manages to combine their unique aesthetics into something coherent is and of itself some kind of horror miracle.

Maggie (Katharine RossThe Stepford Wives) and her boyfriend Pete (Sam ElliottGhost Rider
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Husband unleashes dangerous paranormal forces when he obsesses over shocking videotapes on Evil Things

This week on Evil Things, a man inadvertently strange forces after he discovers some video footage in his attic. A husband becomes increasingly secretive after he find some videos in the attic of his house. They contain some mysterious and shocking footages and he soon becomes obsessed with them. This obsession seems to release a paranormal force and soon he and others are in real danger. In another story a student survives a terrible deadly tragedy, but Final Destination style, they begin to have terrifying visions. The series recounts allegedly real experiences people have had with the paranormal. Each of...read more
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Saturday’s best TV: Strictly Come Dancing; Later with Jools Holland 25th birthday show

  • The Guardian - TV News
The new Strictly couples dance for the first time, while Jools welcomes stars to the Royal Albert Hall for an anniversary knees-up. Plus: Swedish crime thriller Black Lake gets stranger still

Due north again for two more episodes of things going violently bump in the night in a style that mixes up elements of The Shining with the Final Destination franchise. And Black Lake does this very effectively, so long as you can accept that, hey, of course some friends would stay in a remote murder house after things start getting strange; weirdness moreover that seems linked to yucky conjunctivitis-like symptoms. Tonight, Jessan spirals out of control. Jonathan Wright

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Film Review: ‘Friend Request’

Film Review: ‘Friend Request’
We live in an era of second-screen-watching. It’s not just the theatrical experience that is being increasingly compromised by cell-phone addiction, but a majority of home viewers reportedly divide their attention between their TV screens, smartphones and laptops, too. It’s somewhat ironic, then, that Simon Verhoeven’s “Friend Request,” a disposable horror film destined to make more impact on recommendation algorithms and DVD bargain-buckets than the box office, purportedly cautions us against the evils of Facebook (or a Facebook-like site that remains unnamed for legal purposes) yet actually instills a longing for distraction, an urgent desire to share some funny cat memes with an old school friend. We might lament declining attention spans in general, but more chilling than anything in “Friend Request” is the idea that anyone’s whole attention could possibly be absorbed by so flimsy and forgettable a film, one that seems made with the sole aim of being perfectly adequate background
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Escape Plan 3 begins filming, new cast members announced

We’re still waiting on a release date for Escape Plan 2: Hades, but that hasn’t stopped Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films from kicking off production on the third instalment in the series, titled Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station.

The third film is being directed by John Herzfeld (15 Minutes) and sees Sylvester Stallone back as Ray Breslin alongside his Hades co-stars Dave Bautista, Jaime King, Lydia Hull, and Tyler Jon Olson. New additions for the third instalment include Devon Sawa (Final Destination), Harry Shum Jr. (Shadowhunters), Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries), Max Zhang and Sergio Rizzuto.

See Also: Dave Bautista says Escape Plan 2 is “completely different”

According to Deadline, Escape Plan 3 will see Ray Breslin (Stallone) and Trent DeRosa (Bautista) joining forces again in order to rescue one of their team members who is held captive at the penitentiary known as Devil’s Station, a prison where no one ever gets out.
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‘Escape Plan 3’: Dave Bautista, Max Zhang & More Join Sylvester Stallone For Sequel — Update

Exclusive: Production on Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station has commenced with Sylvester Stallone on board to reprise his starring role along with Dave Bautista, Jaime King, Lydia Hull, and Tyler Jon Olson. The are joined by franchise newcomers Max Zhang, Devon Sawa (Final Destination), Harry Shum Jr. (Shadowhunters), Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries), and Sergio Rizzuto in the film, which John Herzfeld is directing. In this installment, Ray Breslin…
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TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala

TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala
In today’s roundup, “Broad City” Season 4 made impressive ratings gains, Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon’s “Good Omens,” and James Corden set to host annual amfAR gala.

Ratings

Broad City’s” 4th season premiere on Comedy Central was up 14% among total viewers compared to the 3rd season premiere and was up 42% compared to the full Season 3 total viewers average. Among adults 18-49, the gains were even bigger, with the Season 4 premiere up 18% versus the Season 3 premiere and 49% over the full Season 3 average. The premiere also scored a 0.72 rating in adults 18-49, making it the second highest-rated episode in series history, behind only the series premiere, which registered a 0.73 rating. Among women 18-49, the Season 4 premiere set a new series high 0.57, a gain of 57% verus the Season 3 premiere. The critically-acclaimed series was created by and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

Casting

Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon‘s “Good Omens,” adapted
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James Wan, Chris Bender Team for New Line Horror Thriller 'Sweet Tooth' (Exclusive)

New Line Cinema, the Warner Bros. division behind the hit horror movie It, is keeping its incisors lodged in the genre, having picked up the rights to the short Dutch horror film Sweet Tooth[/link].

James Wan, the mastermind of New Line’s billion dollar-grossing Conjuring horror universe, and Chris Bender, whose horror credits include Final Destination and The Butterfly Effect, are teaming to produce the feature adaptation.

Dutch filmmaker Nico van den Brink, who wrote and directed the short, will direct the feature and have a "story by" credit.

The short, which premiered in July at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival,...
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Become the Grim Reaper as Death Coming enters Steam Early Access

Did you ever watch Final Destination and plot out a much more grisly end for the poor souls in the film, before the Grim Reaper sprung its giant game of Mousetrap on the soon to be dead? If your answer is, “Yes!”, then Death Coming – from indie developer Next Studio – is exactly for you as you’re going to pick up both scythe & robe and become said Grim Reaper. However, if you answered, “No!” then move along, nothing to see here…

Death Coming is a pixel art non-linear puzzle game where each level has multiple way to progress. Targets can be killed in a variety of ways, and you can use a single object to reap multiple souls if you plan and time your ‘execution’ just right.

In Death Coming, the world is filled with Npc’s that will go about their daily lives and react to events around them.
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Twin Peaks Finale Recap: It's Curtains

Twin Peaks Finale Recap: It's Curtains
Before I start my final Twin Peaks recap, let’s get one thing clear: I love Twin Peaks. And I loved this new season. And I loved the finale. I remember one hot June evening back in 1991 when the show suddenly ended on a dramatic cliffhanger and then was (seemingly) gone forever. And people hated that finale! It was so polarizing! And then we all turned against the movie. And yet…

Twenty-five years later, here we are, once again. The fans are divided. Twin Peaks has split them in two. People are either furious, or rapturous. And I am the latter.
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Lore: trailer for Amazon's creepy new anthology series

Joseph Baxter Sep 14, 2017

Here's the first proper trailer for Amazon's new series Lore, which is set to give real-life scary stories the true crime treatment.

Amazon’s television adaptation of Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast Lore is creeping up on audiences with horror-inducing intrigue in time for Halloween. The series, manifesting as a 6-episode horror anthology, will showcase the podcast’s accounts of real-life scary stories, urban legends and other assorted folklore, using a mix of animation, live-action and archival footage.

Here's the first full trailer for the series...

Podcast creator Aaron Mahnke narrates the clip and, like in his podcast, the evidence he presents in the show will no doubt serve as the chilling context.

Expect to hear and see tales about vampires, werewolves, spirits, changelings and, as notably featured in the promotional material, a creepy doll given to a young boy that purportedly came alive with evil purposes
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‘Heathers’ First Teaser: The Infinitely Quotable Cult Classic Gets a 21st Century Television Reboot

‘Heathers’ First Teaser: The Infinitely Quotable Cult Classic Gets a 21st Century Television Reboot
It’s a brave new world; it was only a matter of time before we got a brave new “Heathers.” The cult classic that inspired a generation of teenage slackers and weirdos is getting a television reboot, and it’s switching things up quite a lot from the looks of this first teaser released on Instagram, where all the aspiring Heathers hang out these days.

The original “Heathers” starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as kindred spirits who team up to take down the popular girls, who are all named Heather. Released in 1988, the movie’s pitch black comedy and dry humor stood out against the more wholesome losers of John Hughes’ high school comedies. In the reboot, the central trio has been updated to include a genderqueer person named Heath (Brendan Scannell), a black lesbian (Jasmine Mathews) and an overweight girl (Melanie Field).

Read More:‘Heathers’ Reboot: Shannen Doherty
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‘Heathers’ First Teaser: The Infinitely Quotable Cult Classic Gets a 21st Century Television Reboot

‘Heathers’ First Teaser: The Infinitely Quotable Cult Classic Gets a 21st Century Television Reboot
It’s a brave new world; it was only a matter of time before we got a brave new “Heathers.” The cult classic that inspired a generation of teenage slackers and weirdos is getting a television reboot, and it’s switching things up quite a lot from the looks of this first teaser released on Instagram, where all the aspiring Heathers hang out these days.

The original “Heathers” starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as kindred spirits who team up to take down the popular girls, who are all named Heather. Released in 1988, the movie’s pitch black comedy and dry humor stood out against the more wholesome losers of John Hughes’ high school comedies. In the reboot, the central trio has been updated to include a genderqueer person named Heath (Brendan Scannell), a black lesbian (Jasmine Mathews) and an overweight girl (Melanie Field).

Read More:‘Heathers’ Reboot: Shannen Doherty
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Death Note Review

Before wrestling with Godzilla vs. Kong, director Adam Wingard accepted the gargantuan challenge of helming Netflix’s American Death Note adaptation. Regional relocation is usually a kiss of death for cross-culture products (see: Ghost In The Shell), but Tsugumi Ohba (writer) and Takeshi Obata (illustrator), who created the cult-beloved Death Note manga, were quick to offer praise. “We love the film,” Wingard was told after a private screening scheduled just for Ohba and Obata. Outrage avoided, honor respected. The director even describes himself as an “otaku,” and it’s that obsession with the source material that sets up his (or, more appropriately Netflix’s) Death Note franchise on a platform of gory devotion and demonic influence. It may be a bit unbalanced, but it’s still worthy of Ryuk’s introduction.

Nat Wolff stars as Light Turner, a brainy high-school loner who happens upon a “magic” book. Scrawled across the front are two words,
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