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Curse of Chucky

We're still waiting to find out how a less jokey, more murderous Chucky will go over with fans of the "Child's Play" series. "Curse of Chucky" sets the maniacal Good Guy doll in a darker story, minus the comedy. Director Don Mancini and series writer-producer David Kirschner promised new thrills, and genre icon Brad Dourif will be back to voice the tiny terror. Star Fiona Dourif posted a photo with the new Chucky on her Instagram account this week, and we approve. The differences are subtle, but definitely creepy.

In "Curse of Chucky," Nica (Fiona Dourif) is devastated by her mother's suicide, but locks horns with her older sister (Danielle Bisutti) while trying to settle their mother's affairs. Meanwhile, big sis' daughter is distracted by a mysterious, red-haired doll named Chucky that arrives in the mail. The family doesn't realize that Chucky has a 20-year-old score to settle. The movie will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD in time for the Halloween season this year. What do you think of the new and improved killer doll?

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ABCs of Death

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but there are going to be two movies about "The ABCs of Death." A sequel to the creepy anthology is on the way, and filmmakers are promising a leaner and meaner set of horrors. You remember how this works: each director creates a short based on a theme related to a letter of the alphabet, and of course, death. Alex de la Iglesia ("The Last Circus"), Rodney Ascher ("Room 237"), and Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton have already signed on to direct, plus there will be another competition to find the 26th filmmaker. The sequel is planned for a 2014 release, so you have plenty of time to break out your camera and get to work.

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Apes

Those damn dirty apes are back. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has started filming with Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, directed by Matt Reeves ("Let Me In"). We knew that effects company WETA would return to create the same realistic, expressive apes from the first film that will be unleashed in theaters on May 23, and now plot details have emerged for the new chapter.

The film takes place 15 years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Caesar leads a band of genetically evolved apes, but the humans that survived the deadly virus a decade earlier threaten their existence. A truce is formed, but things quickly spin out of control as war breaks out in the fight for dominance. Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Gary Oldman ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Keri Russell ("Mission Impossible III"), Judy Greer ("The Descendants") also star, with Toby Kebbell ("RocknRolla") and Enrique Murciano ("Traffic") newly added to the cast. Who are you siding with during the uprising?

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The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombified take on Jane Austen's classic novel is showing signs of life again. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," following Elizabeth Bennet as she copes with life and love and the undead, has changed hands a few times. David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie were all rumored to direct at one point. Russell wrote the screenplay, and Natalie Portman was rumored to star in the film, but last we heard, Portman is now producing under her Handsomecharlie Films banner.

The latest rumor involves "Igby Goes Down" director Burr Steers and "Mirror Mirror" actress Lily Collins. The star is currently in negotiations for the role, which we hope goes well since it seems like a match made for zombified England. What do you think?

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Tomb Raider

Rumors about a "Tomb Raider" reboot have been swirling, particularly since the video game franchise was resurrected by publishers Square Enix Ltd. to rave reviews, selling more than 3 million units worldwide since its release.

Now, MGM has acquired film rights to the video game series, and a new "Tomb Raider" is on the horizon. "We didn't want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old 'Tomb Raider' films," developer Crystal Dynamics' chief Darrell Gallagher said. MGM will work with GK Films ("The Departed," "Gangs of New York," "World War Z") to develop the actioner, aiming to emphasize a character-driven storyline with fun and epic adventures.

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Breaking Bad

If you're one of the 10 people who haven't been watching Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" (seriously, stop what you're doing, and go watch it), we're going to give it to you straight: the show is as addictive as the methamphetamine that is bought and sold by the series characters.

Between the incredible talent on display, the sharp writing, and the jaw-dropping twists the story has taken, it's easy to become obsessed with the AMC drama. It's also why we weren't surprised to find out that according to Vulture, one of the final "Breaking Bad" scripts was stolen from star Bryan Cranston's car.

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Resident Evil

Earlier this month we told you that Sony had plans to release a sixth installment in the "Resident Evil" franchise. It seemed like a safe bet that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson would resume his role as director of the fan favorite, with wife and star Milla Jovovich reprising her role as Alice — who battles nefarious pharmaceutical company, the Umbrella Corporation.

First Showing confirmed that the duo have officially signed on to start shooting "Resident Evil 6" this fall, with plans to honor the September 12, 2014 release date previously announced.

It was hard to imagine the zombie apocalypse and infected/genetically mutated insanity without them. Visual effects will be handled by Mr. X VFX studio — the same company whose work you saw in the latest film, "Resident Evil: Retribution," as well as "Apocalypse" and "Afterlife."

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Bird Lindelof

There has been a ton of speculation about Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird's sci-fi collaboration "Tomorrowland" (named after a Disney theme world), formerly titled "1952." Plot comparisons to Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters" had fans extremely excited, and then a fascinating article from entertainment journalist and Disney expert Jim Hill popped up that took the mysterious project in a slightly different direction.

Hill claimed the film, inspired by a box of Disney World memorabilia circa 1952, would be based on an unproduced television series that the U.S. government approached Walt with. The show would reveal to American audiences that those alien buggers they had been hearing about all over the news were real. A scoop on website HitFix, however, suggests yet another possibility — one that could be even stranger than the "UFOs are real" plotline. A leaked synopsis being used by a Hollywood agency to cast the 2014 film reads as follows:

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Green Screen

While Seth MacFarlane was leading us into what felt like the longest Oscars ceremony ever this past Sunday, "Life of Pi"'s visual effects artists were protesting on the red carpet. Over 400 technicians outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood marched after well-known effects house Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy, shortly after nabbing a BAFTA for Ang Lee's Oscar-winning film. Over 200 employees were laid off without pay after working over a year on Lee's mystical movie, which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects that evening. Supervisor Bill Westenhofer tried to draw attention to the effects industry's struggles during his acceptance speech, but the obnoxious "Jaws" theme song played him off stage, and his microphone was cut.

After witnessing the embarrassing punch in the gut, film fans and industry professionals on Facebook and Twitter have been replacing their avatars with a green screen photo to show their support for the artists behind Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Why are these prestigious studios and the outstanding talent behind them suffering when their projects are winning Oscar gold?

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Kiss of the Damned

Xan Cassavetes — daughter of famed moviemaking couple director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands — seems to have been inspired by the sexy and twisted vampire films from the 1970s for her new movie "Kiss of the Damned." The cool, contemporary take on bloodsucking fiends tells the story of one vamp falling in love with a human, but the relationship is threatened when the undead woman's wild sister shows up.

The entire vampire community also becomes endangered thanks to the troublemaker's pathological personality. The red band trailer that popped up on Yahoo! this week reveals a very retro, erotic vibe. Look for "Kiss of the Damned" on iTunes/On Demand March 28, or see it in theaters May 3. We vote you whet your appetite in the meantime by watching this NSFW trailer.

Check out the trailer (and the rest of Horror Bites) after the jump!

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