Fresh off the Slab: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’, ‘Lost River’, ‘Bloodborne’ and more

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Every week I am amazed by the amount of horror news that comes our way. From movies to television to video games, horror is flourishing. Look here to see some of the highlights of last week:

Ash vs Evil Dead

Jill-Marie-Jones-sexyThere has been another casting announcement for the upcoming Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead starring none other than Bruce Campbell himself. He will now be joined by Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow) who will play the role of Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper who tries to pin the murder of her partner on Ash.

30 years after the events of Evil Dead, Ash is a loner, living a dull existence, still not able to come to grips with the events that started at the cabin. In the event of a deadite invasion Ash must attach his chainsaw and pick up his trusty boomstick one more time, all while finally coming to terms with his past. (IMDB)

 

Lost River

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut looks like it’s going to be a very interesting, thought-provoking film. I, for one, am definitely going to check this one out.

The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.

Bloodborne

Bloodborne is scheduled to be released on March 24, 2015 and we are starting to see some promotional tidbits hitting media. Below is the story trailer that not only gives us glimpses of the monsters, but we also get to explore some of the mysteries in the game.

The game takes place in the gothic, ruined city of Yharnam which is rumored to house a potent medical remedy. Over the years, many travelers make pilgrimages to the city seeking the remedy to cure their afflictions; the player takes the role as one of these travelers. Upon arriving in the city, however, it is discovered that the city is plagued with an endemic illness that has malformed most of its denizens into bestial creatures. The player must navigate the streets of Yharnam and overcome its violently deranged inhabitants and horrifying monsters in order to survive. (Wikipedia)

The Lazarus Effect

A new featurette and TV spot have been released for The Lazarus Effect. You can read more about the film below. The TV spot promises to “unleash hell!” while the featurette explains what the Lazarus Effect is.

The film is set to be in theaters on February 27th and stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger, and Donald Glover.

From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions – producer of The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises – THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Duplass) and his fiancée, Zoe (Wilde,) who’ve achieved the unimaginable: bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil its breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.

Frank, Zoe, and their team (Glover, Bolger, and Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.

Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life – but rather, the wrath of her return.

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