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‘Night of the Living Dead’ 4K Restoration Now Has Theatrical Distribution

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Last year, George Romero raved about a 4K restoration of Night of the Living Dead that the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation whipped up from the original negatives. The digital restoration was shown just a couple times at MoMA last November, and Romero noted that it’s “closer than anything we’ve seen to the definitive version of the film.”

So when will you actually be able to see Night of the Living Dead in its proper glory? As it turns out, Gary Streiner revealed mere hours before the news of Romero’s passing broke this past Sunday that Janus Films has acquired the 4K restoration for theatrical distribution. It will begin screening at the Film Forum in New York City on October 13th.

It all feels a bit surreal, a bit anticlimactic at the same time. After years of keeping quiet about MoMA and the restoration, we are now faced with a new reality. Night of the Living Dead® has found a home at Janus Films for its theatrical distribution,” Streiner wrote on The Living Dead Festival Facebook page. “Janus Films has already started booking Night into theaters. Its exclusive opening will be Friday, Oct, 13th at the renowned Film Forum in New York City. We at Image Ten are so happy that Janus of all companies is so energized to get Night back into theaters.”

This is all very new information and as new bookings come in Janus will have their calendar up,” he added. “We will post update information here as well. This will be the chance you have all been asking for. Yes, with much pride Night will be coming to a theater near you! Could it be coming to Pittsburgh soon after its opening in NYC?

Given the relationship between Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, many have been speculating that the 4K restoration of Night of the Living Dead will be making its way onto home video courtesy of Criterion. We have no confirmation at this time, but it sounds like the most logical way to present the restoration on Blu-ray.

Stay tuned for more info.

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Slashers Strike With ‘Minutes to Midnight’ [Trailer]

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In the tradition of The StrangersMinutes to Midnight chimes in on VOD July 3rd and DVD September 4th, Bloody Disgusting learned.

In the film, which boasts the incredibly cool piece of art shared below:

“What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror?  Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda.”

Check out this insane cast:

Award-winning actor William Baldwin (Backdraft, Flatliners, Sliver), Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), John Hennigan (Never Leave Alive), Dominique Swain (Astro), Viva Bianca (“Spartacus : War of the Damned”), Jared Cohn (Pernicious) and Christopher Judge (“Stargate SG-1”) star in a Christopher Ray (Circus Kane) film. Victoria Dadi and Christopher M. Don wrote the screenplay.

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Dan Aykroyd Offering “Ultimate Ghostbusters Experience,” Including Lunch and Exclusive Access

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If you’ve ever wanted to talk aliens and vodka with Dan Aykroyd, now’s your chance.

Being run through Omaze in benefit of The For the Win Project, which gives ill, disabled and disadvantaged children the chance to be their favorite heroes in their very own movie poster and trailer, Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd is auctioning off what’s being advertised as the Ultimate Ghostbusters Experience, with entries starting at $10.

If you win, you and a friend will:

  • Get to know Dan Aykroyd (aka Dr. Raymond Stantz!) over lunch and take pictures in the original Ecto-1
  • Score exclusive access to the Sony Pictures® lot, enjoy a private tour of the Ghostbusters® prop archive at the Sony Pictures® Museum, and visit Dan and Ivan Reitman’s production company, Ghost Corps HQ
  • Have a photoshoot with the For The Win Project team and go home with a one-of-a-kind Ghostbusters® poster featuring YOU
  • Be flown out to LA and put up in a 4-star hotel

“Throw on your Proton Pack, because you’re going where few Ghostbusters fans have gone before: behind the scenes! You’ll get VIP access to the Sony Pictures backlot to visit Ghost Corps HQ, the brainchild/production company of Ghostbusters’ director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd. You’ll score a Ghostbusters poster (with you in it!) and check out some incredible Ghostbusters props—including the Ecto-1. Why not hop in, take a picture… and listen! Do you smell something? That must mean it’s time for your lunch with none other than Dr. Raymond Stantz himself, Dan Aykroyd. You came. You saw. And you kicked this day’s ass. Flights and hotel included.”

Head over to Omaze to pitch in and enter to win the experience!

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Stars Jason Statham and Li Bingbing Reflect On Challenging ‘The Meg’ Shoot

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Ahead of this coming August’s theatrical release here in the States, director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg got its own press conference in Shanghai over the weekend, with stars Jason Statham and Li Bingbing on hand to answer questions and hype up the mega-shark flick.

During the event, Statham described the shoot as his toughest to date.

Via China.Org, “Jason Statham said The Meg was probably the most challenging film he had ever worked on. He added that it was very hard to communicate when shooting underwater scenes because they require a lot physical strength, endurance, and patience.

As for Bingbing, there was a time on set where she thought she was going to die.

I’ve always been afraid of water, but one of my scenes required me to be put in a cage five or six meters underwater, and I had to hold my breath for a very long time,” the actress told the crowd at the Shanghai International Film Festival. “We had to reshoot the scene again and again and I felt like I was going to die.”

She added, “When they took me out of the water, the director came to compliment me, but I was too weak to speak, then he started to fear that I was really close to death.”

The Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.

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Flashback Bringing Brad Dourif and Tom Holland to Chicago for ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Fright Night’ Reunions and Screenings!

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The legendary actor Brad Dourif and director Tom Holland headline a 30th anniversary Child’s Play(1988) reunion at the Flashback Weekend  Chicago Horror Con to be held  Aug. 3-5, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

Other Child’s Play series guests include Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play 1 & 2, Cult of Chucky) and Christine Elise (Child’s Play 2). Vincent will be posing for photos with his screen used Chucky doll.

Tom Holland also hosts a Fright Night (1985) reunion featuring William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark, and FX master Steve Johnson.  A special make-up photo-op will be available of Stephen Geoffrey’s in his Evil Ed vampire make-up designed and applied by Steve Johnson (creator of the original 1985 make-up)!

Bloody Disgusting is presenting the Flashback Weekend Outdoor Horror Film Fest on a Drive-In Giant outdoor screen! Each screening will feature an extended discussion by the cast.

  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, a 30th-anniversary screening of Child’s Play (1988) hosted by Brad Dourif,  Alex Vincent, and director Tom Holland.
  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, will present Fright Night (1985) hosted by William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Steve Johnson, and director Tom Holland

Bloody Disgusting will also be on hand to screen WORLD OF DEATH episodes during the weekend.


Friday the 13th events include a Five Jason Costume Photo-op – you in one photo with Five Jason stars in costume including Steve Dash (Part 2), Ted White (Part 4), Tom Morga (Part 5), C.J. Graham (Part 6), and Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs Jason), and a Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) reunion featuring Ted White (“Jason”), Peter Barton, Lawrence Monoson, and Judie Aronson, and

From “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly) and Ray Santiago (Pablo). Many additional guests including director / producer legend Charles Band (Full Moon Entertainment),  Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), Paul T. Taylor (Pinhead in Hellraiser Judgment), Lynn Lowry (I Drink Your Blood), John Russo (Night of the Living Dead), and more to be announced!

Chicago Horror Host legend Svengolie (Rich Koz) will also be a very special guest posing for photos, signing autographs, and hosting the Sinister Visions Costume Contest on Sat. Aug. 4, 2018.

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con tickets are now on sale.

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