News Round-up Week Ending 31 July

New Ash vs. Evil Dead Photo Released

A brand new photo of a chainsaw wielding Bruce Campbell from Starz upcoming Ash vs. Evil Dead series has been released. The first season is set to consist of ten half-hour episodes, executive produced by the original filmmakers of the franchise Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell.

Synopsis: Bruce Campbell returns as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

Ash vs. Evil Dead premieres in the US on 31st October.

Photos of New The Walking Dead Season 6 Cast Members Released

Entertainment Weekly has released photos of some of the new characters that we are set to meet in season six of The Walking Dead. Included among the new characters is Merritt Wever as Dr. Denise Cloyd, a medic in Alexandria, and Corey Hawkins as Heath, a supply runner for Alexandria – both of who you may recognise from the original books. Joining them is Ethan Embry as Carter, whose character details have yet to be announced.

Season six of The Walking Dead hits screens in the US on 11th October.

Mayhem Film Festival Announce First Films and Guest

Organisers at Mayhem Film Festival have announced the first two films and first guest for their 11th edition of festival. The festival is set to welcome back Steve Oram (Sightseers) with his directorial debut Aaaaaaaah! produced by Andrew Starke and executive produced by Ben Wheatley (Rook Films). The film, which contains no traditional dialogue, is an insane and hilarious collision of Romeo and Juliet and The Planet of the Apes in suburbia. Steve Oram will make the trip to present the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A. Closing out the festival will be Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation. Hailed as Kusama’s strongest work by Variety, The Invitation is a deeply disturbing, slow burn horror thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. “We’re really pleased to be screening both Aaaaaaaah! and The Invitation – two great films which really reflect the diversity of our programme, ranging from surreal dark comedy to atmospheric, unsettling tension, explains Mayhem’s Co-Director’s Steven Sheil. We’re also really excited to be welcoming Steve Oram back to Mayhem, after Sightseers – his collaboration with Ben Wheatley and Alice Lowe – proved such a hit with our audience in 2012.”

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 15-18 October. Early Bird Passes for the festival are available at the discounted price of £55. For more information and to book passes, visit http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem

Crowd-funding Campaign for Blood Feast Remake Goes Live

The crowdfunding campaign supporting the remake of the legendary Gore movie Blood Feast has gone live on Indiegogo. Simultaneously, Gundo Entertainment have released the first teaser along with news about the new cast member Sophie Monk. The American production company are hoping to raise money for post-production and special effects. Promises director Marcel Walz: ‘There will be no CGI blood! All the effects will be bloody and handmade! BLOOD FEAST is gonna be a dirty remake and the story will be more closely examined. The fans can look forward to a hard and bloody piece of film!’

The supporters of the crowd-funding campaign can be in with the chance of many exclusive rewards such as t-shirts, original props, set visits and even an appearance in the movie.

The cast of Blood Feast will be supported by Hollywood-Beauty Sophie Monk. Monk gained popularity for movies such as Click and Date Movie. In Blood Feast, she will be playing the role of Fuad Ramses’ daughter. Besides Monk, the horror icons Robert Rusler (Nightmare 2 – The Revenge) and Caroline Williams will be part of the cast as Fuad Ramses and his wife. Sadie Katz, who is well known by horror fans for her roles in Wrong Turn 6, will be playing the Egyptian goddess Ishtar. Makeup artist Ryan Nicholson, who has already shown his talent in Final Destination, Scary Movie and Riddick, will be head of the makeup department.

The US-American production will be shot from September 1 ­ until September 25 in the United States, France and Germany. For information about the crowd-funding campaign head over to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/blood-feast



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