Excellent Short Film GIVERTAKER Mixes MEAN GIRLS With Horror Tropes

Here's a great short film called Givertaker that comes from a couple of filmmakers based out of Austin, Texas. It's about a teenaged girl who is convinced a couple of Mean Girls-esque classmates have ruined her reputation and made her life a living hell, so she turns to a mysterious supernatural creature called the Givertaker to enact her revenge on them.

The short serves as a proof of concept for the world of the "Dead Kids Club," which the filmmakers presumably hope to build out in future shorts or maybe even a feature film. Givertaker premiered at this year's Fantastic Fest, and I've embedded it below for you to check out. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Written by Peter S. Hall and directed by Paul GandersmanGivertaker is a short film love letter to '90s teen horror of all forms. Starring Nell Kessler, Caiti Ward (Rooster Teeth's "RWBY"), Jessica Perrin (Found Footage 3D), Sharmita Bhattacharya (iGirlfriend) and John James PepperGivertaker is the fun genre story of Sarah, an angry teen who conducts an ancient ritual to seek revenge on the classmates she believes have wronged her.

Return to The Twisted World of BLACK MIRROR in Two New Featurettes For Season 3 Episodes

Who's ready for the return of Black Mirror? I know I am, and I just finished binging through the first two seasons a couple of months ago. I'm sure there are some of you who watched them as soon as they originally came out and you've been waiting a heck of a lot longer than I have.

In any case, season three of Charlie Brooker's brilliant and disturbing deconstruction of society's relationship to technology debuts on Netflix on October 21st, and the company has released two new featurettes that peel back the curtain a little about two of the six episodes we'll see in the third season. Bryce Dallas Howard and Wyatt Russell star in these episodes, and they both look terrific to me. Are you looking forward to season 3?

The Duffer Brothers Say Some of Your STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Theories Are “Very Close” To Being Correct

When 2016 comes to an end, Stranger Things is going to be at or near the top of the country's biggest pop culture fascinations of the year. The combination of '80s nostalgia with addicting, thrilling, and fun storytelling made the Netflix series a mega-success, and while I think we'd all be better off if we lowered our expectations a bit in regard to future episodes, the show's creators and showrunners The Duffer Brothers are now talking a bit about season 2 in a new interview with THR.

Matt: Even way back when we pitched to Netflix the first season, we talked about where it would potentially go. They understood the potential. Season one does almost feel like a big movie that comes to a sort of ending. A lot of that was based on the character of Will and the repercussions of him being in this upside down world for a week. Exploring that would be the second season. Once we got into the room for season two, we started expanding our mythology. We never got boxed in, because we’re dealing with an alternate dimension. It feels like the possibilities are limitless. We’re building up the mythology in a way that we know now where we want the story and these characters to end. We have more of a game plan now than we did two years ago.

They also touched on the episode titles as revealed in the teaser trailer video:

Ross: That was all our idea, so if it blows up in our faces …
Matt: Netflix had another teaser, but it was about going back to stuff that had happened already. I thought it wasn’t exciting enough, and we wanted to provide some hint of where we were going in season two without giving anything away. I do think some of the titles will change. There were titles we didn’t want to put on there because we felt like it would give too much away. The whole season was already broken when we did this.
Ross: So we did have a lot that we could tease.
Matt: Even if they aren't the final chapter titles, everything in that teaser is major. But they’re ambiguous enough that no one is going to be able to figure it out. Some of the fan theories online are amazing. Most are wrong, but I’ve read a few that are right or very close. Is it Reddit? Some of those people have figured stuff out based off of the chapter titles.
Ross: Some of these theories are elaborate and smart. They're not crap. I love reading this stuff.
Matt: But we don’t go on Reddit.
Ross: No, people send us the stuff. I know I would never get out if I went in there.

So it turns out some of those fan theories you've read (or heck, maybe you originated them) are either correct or very close to being correct. I suppose that's to be expected when you have a show largely written by just two guys and then having it dissected, analyzed, and theorized about by millions of people — at that point it's a numbers game, and somebody's bound to hit on the same story ideas they do.

Now we just have to wait until next summer to find out what happens.

Marvel Studios Unveils Vibrant DOCTOR STRANGE Blacklight Poster

Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange is getting closer every day, and after debuting a new international trailer this morning, the studio has released a very vibrant and incredibly cool blacklight poster. It's super rare to see movie studios put out an official poster like this — normally art with cool gimmicks like that are confined to the fan art world, or awesome galleries like NYC's Bottleneck NYC or L.A.'s Hero Complex Gallery. But the trippy visuals appear to fit with the absolutely bonkers-looking world of this particular film, so it's definitely a good throwback to the old-school '60s vibe of when the comics first gained popularity.

ComingSoon also points out that director Scott Derrickson may have had some impact on this marketing decision because last December, he tweeted a photo of a Doctor Strange blacklight poster he managed to track down that depicts a classic panel from the comics:

Do any of you have blacklights? Would you hang this on your wall? Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016.

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Is This LOGAN Photo Teasing The Inclusion of Arcade, Another Mutant Villain?

If you're a fan of Wolverine and you aren't following the official wponx account for the upcoming film Logan on Instagram, you're missing out on some interesting teases — including one that just went live a couple of hours ago.

ComicBookMovie points out that this newly-shared image, captioned simply "Prom," might be revealing the film's inclusion of the Marvel mutant Arcade, a white suit-wearing gamemaster who created elaborate death traps for his victims. You can read much more about that character here, but I'm not convinced that we've seen enough from just this photo to come to the conclusion that he's appearing in the movie, especially when we've already heard so much else about the plot and the players involved in the larger story. What do you think?

Regardless, major props to this dude for doing what may be one of the best pelvic thrusts ever captured in a photo.

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The 51-Track LUKE CAGE Soundtrack is Now on Spotify

The impressive 51-track Luke Cage soundtrack is now available for you to stream until your heart's content on Spotify. The soundtrack features artists such as Raphael Saadiq, Charles Bradley, Method Man, and more! It also includes the score composed by famous composer Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad

If you're like me, you were silently bobbing your head to the music as you watched the series, so don't deny yourself the joy of listening to it all over again! You can find the whole thing embedded below!

First Photo of Amber Heard as Mera in JUSTICE LEAGUE

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This is our first official look at Amber Heard in the role of Mera the Queen of Atlantis in Zack Snyder's Justice League. I don't really think Heard is that good of an actress, but she sure does look great in the role! The film is currently shooting in Iceland where they are shooting scenes for Aquaman’s hometown of Amnesty Bay. 

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The movie also stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher. The movie opens in theaters on November 17, 2017. Below you'll find some additional information about Mera for those of you who aren't really familiar with her:

She rules the seas alongside Aquaman, one of the most well-known heroes in the world, and stands as one of the most powerful women in the DC Universe. Her name is Mera and you don't want to get on this quick-tempered beauty's bad side because she won't hesitate to kick your butt across all seven seas.
A princess of the underwater kingdom of Xebel who possesses enhanced strength, durability and the ability to bend water to her will, Mera trained since birth for her ultimate mission: to kill the current King of Atlantis in retaliation for her people's exile. Mera knew that to do this, she’d have to gain Aquaman’s trust. It was the only way she could get close enough to kill him. But as she got to know Aquaman, something unexpected occurred—she fell in love. And thus began the fiery redhead's constantly conflicted sense of being. To stand beside her husband is to betray her family and her people, but to give them what they want, to fulfill her mission, is something her heart would never allow her to do.
Although a hero in her own right, Mera often finds herself struggling between two worlds—whether it’s between her own people and her husband or between those of the surface and those of the sea. Her aggressive nature especially puts her at odds with the surface world, a world so much bigger and more complex than she was ever taught and with whom she finds it impossible to relate to and understand. It’s for her love of Aquaman that she even attempts to understand this world of man, and why she continues to try to be a part of both worlds while terrified of belonging to none.

Lana Condor Joins ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Lana Condor has joined the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, Deadline says. The film, which is being directed by Robert Rodriguez, is based on the graphic novel by Yukito Kushiro

The story begins when a scientist rebuilds a female cyborg with no memory of her past, except for her deadly martial arts skills. She then goes around fighting crime. Obviously things get complicated and I'm sure memories of her past come back to haunt her. 

Condor (who had a very small role as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse) joins a cast that already includes Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein, Eiza Gonzalez, and Christoph Waltz. The film has been slated for release in July of 2018.