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‘Bed of the Dead’ Puts Fresh Sheets on an Old Sub-Genre – Movie Review

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Killer household items are nothing new to the horror game, with titles like The Refrigerator, The Mangler, and Death Bed: The Bed that Eats. But Black Fawn Films (Bite, Let Her Out, The Heretics) and director Jeff Maher have brought us something that sets itself apart from the B-movie sub-genre standard. In Bed of the Dead, we see cursed furniture, mind-bending time warps, and haunting hallucinations. Tuck yourself in and prepare for a bloody night of fun.

In Bed of the Dead, a group of four twentysomethings meet at a sex club where they plan to have a bit of a swinger’s night to celebrate a birthday. They hassle their way into a long-abandoned room with a (haunted) antique bed and prepare for their night in. But in this room, like the Hotel California, you can never leave.

Any time a character touches and leaves the bed, they are marked for death. The stunning “Emperor size” bed was made by hand for the film, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s kind of its own character. But not in the ridiculous Sex and the City “New York is the fifth character” type of way. No, the titular bed absorbs the secrets and fears of its victims, cursing them with guilt-driven hallucinations to trick them off the bed and into their untimely demise. This bed means business.

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With the help of some time jumps, the story is told in two integrated parts. Part of the story follows Detective Virgil as he works the crime scene, trying to piece together the night’s deadly events, while the other focuses on the young group as they are picked off, one-by-one, by the cursed cradle of doom.

We’re treated to some foreshadowing that outlines the mode of death for each victim, teasing at what we can expect to see and building our curiosity of how the hell someone managed to break all their bones without a single bruise or laceration.

The character of Virgil is perhaps the most fleshed-out. We learn more about his troubled past and his motives as he races against time to try and solve this bizarre case.

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The practical effects are… meaty… and pretty damn cool. Chock-full of gruesome and gratifying deaths, they don’t spare any buckets of blood.

There’s a bit of a twist about halfway through the film involving a time-traveling cell signal. After seeing the movie, I was a bit caught up on the lack of explanation, but then I thought to myself, “it’s a movie about a cursed killer bed, just chill”. It’s an unexpected but fresh approach to the strange sub-genre of killer inanimate objects.

Bed of the Dead takes a silly title and makes a serious effort, though thankfully it doesn’t try to take itself too seriously. If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned bloody entertainment, there’s fun to be had here.

You can check out the trailer and the poster below.

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Melissa Barrera Says Her ‘Scream’ Contract Never Included a Third Movie

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The Scream franchise has done a major overhaul to its original script for Scream VII after its two main leads departed production. Jenna Ortega who played Tara Carpenter left because she was overly booked and blessed while her co-star Melissa Barrera was fired after making political comments on social media.

But Barrera isn’t regretting any of it. In fact, she is happy where the character arc left off. She played Samantha Carpenter, the latest focus of the Ghostface killer.

Barrera did an exclusive interview with Collider. During their talk, the 33-year-old says she fulfilled her contract and her character Samantha’s arc finished at a good spot, even though it was meant to be a trilogy.

“I feel like the ending of [ Scream VI ] was a very good ending, and so I don’t feel like ‘Ugh, I got left in the middle.’ No, I think people, the fans, were wanting a third movie to continue that arc, and apparently, the plan was a trilogy, even though I was only contracted for two movies.

So, I did my two movies, and I’m fine. I’m good with that. I got two – that’s more than most people get. When you’re on a TV show, and it gets canceled, you can’t harp on things, you gotta move on.

That’s the nature of this industry too, I get excited for the next job, I get excited for the next skin I get to put on. It’s exciting to create a different character. So yeah, I feel good. I did what I set out to do. It was always meant to be two movies for me, ’cause that was my contract, and so everything is perfect.”

The entire production of the original seventh entry has moved on from the Carpenter’s storyline. With a new director and new script, production will resume, including the return of Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox.

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Read Reviews For ‘Abigail’ The Latest From Radio Silence

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The review embargo has lifted for the vampire horror movie Abigail and the reviews are abundantly positive. 

Matt BettinelliOlpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence are getting early praise for their latest horror movie which opens on April 19. Unless you’re Barbie or Oppenheimer the name of the game in Hollywood is about what kind of box office numbers you pull on opening weekend and how much they drop thereafter. Abigail could be this year’s sleeper. 

Radio Silence is no stranger to opening big, their Scream reboot and sequel packed fans into seats on their respective opening dates. The duo are currently working on another reboot, that of 1981’s Kurt Russel cult favorite Escape From New York

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Now that ticket sales for GodzillaxKong, Dune 2, and Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire have gathered patina, Abigail could knock A24’s current powerhouse Civil War from the top spot, especially if ticket buyers base their purchase off reviews. If it is successful, it could be temporary, since Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s action comedy The Fall Guy opens on May 3, just two weeks later.

We have gathered pull quotes (good & bad) from some genre critics on Rotten Tomatoes (score for Abigail currently sits at 85%) to give you an indicator of how they are skewing ahead of its release this weekend. First, the good:

“Abigail is a fun, bloody ride. It also has the most lovable ensemble of morally grey characters this year. The film introduces a new favorite monster into the genre and gives her room to take the biggest swings possible. I lived!” — Sharai Bohannon: A Nightmare On Fierce Street Podcast

“The standout is Weir, commanding the screen despite her small stature and effortlessly switching from apparently helpless, terrified child to savage predator with a mordant sense of humor.” — Michael Gingold: Rue Morgue Magazine

“‘Abigail’ sets the bar as the most fun you can have with a horror movie of the year. In other words, “Abigail” is horror on pointe.” — BJ Colangelo: Slashfilm

“In what may become one of the greatest vampire movies of all time, Abigail provides an extremely bloody, fun, humorous & fresh take on the subgenre.” — Jordan Williams: Screen Rant

“Radio Silence have proven themselves as one of the most exciting, and crucially, fun, voices in the horror genre and Abigail takes this to the next level.” — Rosie Fletcher: Den of Geek

Now, the not-so-good:

“It’s not badly made, just uninspired and played out.” — Simon Abrams: RogerEbert.com

A ‘Ready or Not’ redux running on half the steam, this one-location misfire has plenty of parts that work but its namesake isn’t among them.” –Alison Foreman: indieWire

Let us know if you are planning to see Abigail. If or when you do, give us your hot take in the comments.

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Ernie Hudson To Star In ‘Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole’

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This is some exciting news! Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994) is set to star in the upcoming horror film titled Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole. Hudson is set to play the character Oswald Jebediah Coleman who is a brilliant animator that is locked away in a terrifying magical prison. No release date has been announced yet. Check out the announcement trailer and more about the film below.

ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER FOR OSWALD: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

The film follows the story of “Art and some of his closest friends as they help track down his long-lost family lineage. When they find and explore his Great-Grandpa Oswald’s abandoned home, they encounter a magical TV that teleports them to a place lost in time, shrouded by dark Hollywood Magic. The group finds that they are not alone when they discover Oswald’s come-to-life cartoon Rabbit, a dark entity that decides their souls are it’s for the taking. Art and his friends must work together to escape their magical prison before the Rabbit gets to them first.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Ernie Hudson stated that “I am excited to work with everyone on this production. It’s an incredibly creative and smart project.”

Director Stewart also added “I had a very specific vision for Oswald’s character and knew I wanted Ernie for this role from the start, as I’ve always admired iconic cinematic legacy. Ernie is going to bring Oswald’s unique and vengeful spirit to life in the best way possible.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Lilton Stewart III and Lucinda Bruce are teaming up to write and direct the film. It stars actors Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994), Topher Hall (Single Drunk Female 2022), and Yasha Rayzberg (A Rainbow in the Dark 2021). Mana Animation Studio is helping produce the animation, Tandem Post House for post-production, and VFX supervisor Bob Homami is also helping. The budget for the film currently sits at $4.5M.

Official Teaser Poster for Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

This is one of many classic childhood stories that are being turned into horror films. This list includes Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, Bambi: The Reckoning, Mickey’s Mouse Trap, The Return of Steamboat Willie, and many more. Are you more interested in the film now that Ernie Hudson is attached to star in it? Let us know in the comments below.

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