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FEARnet “A December to Dismember”

FEARnetLogoFEARnet MAKES IT A DECEMBER TO DISMEMBER WITH THE NETWORK PREMIERE OF SAM RAIMI’S CULT CLASSIC ARMY OF DARKNESS, STARRING BRUCE CAMPBELL, ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, AT 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT

 FEARnet Presents Premieres of Jennifer Lopez in ‘ANACONDA’, Kristen Stewart in ‘THE MESSENGERS’, a ‘SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT’ Trilogy, and the World Television Premiere of ‘DONNER PASS’ And Binge at the Four-Day “Holiday Buffet,” From December 26-29, with Monster Portions of FEARnet Favorites Such As ‘HOLLISTON’, ‘TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL’, and ‘FEAR CLINIC’

 

(SANTA MONICA – NOV. 18, 2013) – This December, FEARnet is coming down the chimney with a sack full of terror, featuring a loaded lineup of premieres, marathons, and stunts, headlined by the network premiere of the fan-favorite ARMY OF DARKNESS, currently making news as gossip surrounds a possible sequel in the works.

Picking up where EVIL DEAD 2 left off, ARMY OF DARKNESS—the third film in the original EVIL DEAD trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi—transports the genre’s most hapless hero, Ash (played by the iconic Bruce Campbell), into medieval times, where sinister forces menace the townsfolk. After accidentally freeing hordes of Deadites, Ash must use his chainsaw-hand and boomstick to lead the citizens into battle and defeat the ancient evil once and for all. ARMY OF DARKNESS makes its FEARnet debut on Sunday, December 1, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Also in December, who needs Santa when you’ve got FEARnet? Starting Tuesday, December 3, at 9 a.m. PT, and running until 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, January 2, participants can enter the Holiday Sweepstakes at http://fearnet.com/holidaysweeps, to win a sleigh-full of twisted treats featuring a 46” LCD BX450 HDTV; an undead uprising of DVDs that includes 28 DAYS LATERNIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and SHAUN OF THE DEAD; DL & Co. Diamond-Shaped Jewelry Box; exclusive TALES FROM THE CRYPT merchandise; FEARnet swag, and more!

Other December Highlights Include:

·         “Expedition FEAR” – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

On December 6, the international thrills are coming from across the pond, with a UK double feature. First, it’s the psychological thriller PAPERHOUSE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), where a young girl’s dream world slowly turns into a nightmare. DEATH MACHINE(12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) follows, starring Brad Dourif as a vengeful genius who sends his robotic “Warbeast” on a killing spree. On December 13, the Germans explore medical mayhem with ANATOMY (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Franka Potente as a med student who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. And a troubled British teen develops a taste for blood in CRAVINGS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).

Then, on December 20, it’s the broadcast premiere of France’s high-octane THE HORDE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as cops and gangsters battle the undead in an abandoned high-rise. And an airborne virus turns citizens into zombies in Chile’sDESCENDENTS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).

 

 

·         ‘ANACONDA’ (Network Premiere) – Sunday, December 8 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

A documentary crew—led by Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube—journeys into the Amazon, and becomes ensnared in a crazed snake hunter’s (Jon Voight) quest to capture a gigantic serpent. Eric StoltzDanny Trejo, and Owen Wilson also star.

·         “Creature Features” Marathon – Thursday, December 12 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)

Settle in for an evening of mutated fish, killer snakes, and other fine freaks of nature in FEARnet’s “Creature Features” Marathon. It all begins with FRANKENFISH (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT), as genetically-altered Chinese Snake-Heads terrorize a small Louisiana town. VENOMOUS (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) is next, as Treat Williams battles mutant snakes, brought to the surface of the earth by seismic activity. Then, a documentary crew (Ice CubeJennifer LopezOwen Wilson) is forced to join a hunter’s (Jon Voight) quest for one of the world’s biggest snakes in ANACONDA (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And researchers (led byMorris Chestnut) stumble into a nest full of mating super-snakes in ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). BOA (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT) follows, as an ancient beast awakens in a high-tech prison. THE THAW (4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT) closes out the evening, with Val Kilmer as a scientist at an Arctic outpost, where global warming has freed frozen prehistoric parasites.

·         ‘THE MESSENGERS’ (Network Premiere) – Saturday, December 14 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

Spirits haunt a family’s farmhouse in this supernatural shocker produced by Sam Raimi, and starring Dylan McDermott,Kristen Stewart, and John Corbett.

·         “Return of Killer Kringle” Marathon – Thursday, December 19 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

Santa Clause is comin’ to town… and he’s out for blood, in this four-film fright fest featuring the network premieres of SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 3, 4 and 5. Start the season screaming as Santa (Bill Goldberg), the Devil’s son, goes on a yuletide rampage after a thousand-year curse expires in SANTA’S SLAY (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), produced by Brett Ratner and co-starring Emilie de Ravin (LOSTONCE UPON A TIME). Next, Ricky “Killer Santa Clause” Caldwell is back in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 3 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), waking from a coma to stalk a clairvoyant teen on Christmas Eve. Then, a reporter investigates a cult that wants her as their queen in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 4 (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). And someone is using toys to commit murder in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5 (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT).

·         ‘DONNER PASS’ (World Television Premiere) – Sunday, December 22 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

Snowbound teens come face-to-face with members of the legendary cannibal clan, during a weekend ski trip.

·         “Holiday Buffet” – December 26-29 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

Binge at the “Holiday Buffet” this December, as the Network cooks up monstrous portions of 10 of your favorite FEARnet shows and webseries. Highlights of the four-day feast include:

TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, about the teenage Metalhead, Todd, who must save his school—and the world—from Satanic forces.

FEAR CLINIC, where Robert Englund and Kane Hodder bring your worst fears to life.

PSYCHOVILLEReece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s tale of a very odd bunch of citizens being targeted by a blackmailer.

HOLLISTON, the genre sitcom starring Adam Green and Joe Lynch, as aspiring Horror filmmakers dealing with post-college life and relationships, while trying to make their big break in the business.

MARI-KARI, an animated webseries about twin sisters—one living, one dead, both voiced by Shannen Dougherty—whose supernatural bond has consequences for anyone who tries to break it.

·         ‘REAPER’ Marathon – December 30-31 (12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT)

Catch all the soul-hunting action in this jam-packed marathon, featuring every episode from the series’ two-season run, as well as FEARnet’s exclusive reunion special with the stars and creators of the show. The quirky cult series centers on Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison), a college dropout who learns, on his 21st birthday, that he must now work as a bounty hunter for the Devil (Ray Wise), as part of a deal his parents made to heal his ailing father. Tyler Labine (TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL) and Rick Gonzalez (COACH CARTER) also star, as Sam’s slacker friends who help him in his new secret double-life of ‘reaping’ souls, using a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner as well as other modern household items.

Original vs Remake: ‘The Evil Dead’ (1981) vs ‘Evil Dead’ (2013)

cooltext1205611622Evil-Dead-1981-Poster-e1367277196109This edition of “Original vs Remake” is going to be a different one.  I have never onesheetcompared films that were produced by the same people.  I know a lot of people were pissed about this because they thought that Bruce Campbell was being replaced.  What a few people fail to understand is that Bruce Campbell was in fact involved in this picture.  He was a producer on the film and he also had a cameo at the end of the credits with his iconic line “Groovy“.

There are a lot more differences than similarities between the 1981 original and the 2013 re-imagining.  Yes I am calling this a re-imagining not a remake.  The first and most obvious difference is the name of the film.  In 1981, the film was titled ‘The Evil Dead‘, but in 2013, they dropped the “the” and just called it ‘Evil Dead‘.  That is the biggest reason I am calling the 2013 film a re-imagining.

The opening scenes of the films are also drastically different from one another.  ‘The Evil Dead‘ (1981) opened with the group driving to the cabin, whereas ‘Evil Dead‘ opened with a much more intense scene of what happened to the people that were previously at the cabin.  The first major similarity of course is in fact the cabin.  The reasoning for going to the cabin was much different in each movie however.  In 1981, the group was just out for a weekend of fun.  In the new adaptation, the group was there to help the main character, Mia (Jane Levy), get over her drug addiction.

The biggest difference that most people noticed was the absence of Ash (Bruce Campbell).  In 2013’s ‘Evil Dead‘, there were two characters similar to Ash, Mia and her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez).  David starts out in the film as an Ash-like character, with his sister being the first to be possessed, but by the end of the film, Mia is more like Ash.

Once in the cabin in the 1981 original, attention is drawn to the cellar because the door slams open, but in the re-imagining, it is the dog and a foul smell that brings the attention to the cellar.  What is found in the cellar is also different in both films.  In the new adaption, the group finds dead animals hanging from the ceiling, a much more grotesque discovery than that of the gourds hanging in the original.  The biggest similarity in the two films is of course what is found in the cellar, The Book of the Dead.  Although The Book of the Dead was found in the cellar in both films, the condition it is found in is different in both films.  In ‘The Evil Dead‘, the book is not bound by anything, it is just laying there, but in ‘Evil Dead‘, the book is bound in a trash bag and barbed wire.  There are also differences in the appearance of the book.  In the original, the book has a face, but in the re-imagining, the book has just a stitched together cover.

Obviously it is The Book of the Dead that is tied to the demons and the possessions, but how the demons are drawn in in the films are different from one another.  In the original, the group plays a tape that they find in the cellar and that draws them in.  In the 2013 version, one of the members of the group read from the book while Mia is outside.  A female is the first victim of possession in both films.  Another similarity is the movement of the cameras through the woods.  The way the first victim is possessed is similar as well.  In 1981, the first victim is wondering around the woods trying to find a way home.  In 2013, Mia is possessed after she sees a girl standing in the woods and she follows her in.  The possession happens after the first victim is held by some vines and basically raped, this scene is more violent in the original than in the re-imagining.

Once possessed, in the original, Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), Ash’s sister, she doesn’t do as much extreme stuff as Mia before revealing to the rest of the group that she is possessed.  The first character possessed in both films is also the leading man’s sister.  Although, the first possessed in the original is a supporting character, and the first possessed in the new version turns out to be the main character.  Once locked in the cellar, both Cheryl and Mia say the same “We’re gonna get you” chant.  The makeup for the possessed is much more extreme in the original than in the remake.  They seem to retain more of their human qualities than they do in the original.  The same white mucus/vomit comes from the mouth of the possessed in both films.  More of the same lines are used in both films such as “one by one we will take you” and “You’re all going to die tonight“.

The endings of both films are very different from one another.  “The abomination” that is named in the 2013 film is not talked about in the original.  Ash burns the book to bring it to an end.  Mia’s brother David buries her to “purify” her and she comes out of it.  The cabin was burnt down in the new vision whereas in the original, only the book was set on fire.  There is only one survivor in both films, Ash in the original and Mia in the new take.  The original ending is much more open than the new one.  Perhaps the biggest difference in the endings of both films has to be Mia losing her hand battling “the abomination“.  We all know that Ash does not lose his hand until ‘Army of Darkness‘.

In the battle of ‘The Evil Dead‘ and ‘Evil Dead‘, I am calling a draw.  Both films are amazing in their own ways.  ‘The Evil Dead‘ of course is a classic, but I believe that the new vision has all the makings of becoming a classic itself.  Bruce Campbell was nothing short of legendary in the original, but the performance by Jane Levy in ‘Evil Dead‘ was about as close as anyone will get to Bruce’s in the original.  I think it would be incredible to see both Jane and Bruce come together in a new film, perhaps a new ‘Army of Darkness‘?  The team of Mia and Ash would be incredible.  I know a lot of you will disagree with me, but I simply could not definitively choose between the two.  They were essentially different films and both deserve the highest recognition either of them could get.

1981 ‘The Evil Dead‘ trailer:

2013 ‘Evil Dead‘ trailer: