Fango got the first news on the specific details of the RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD sequels’ theatrical play from Freestyle Releasing, a division of Innovation Film Group. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 5: RAVE TO THE GRAVE (pictured) will be going out first (likely without the number in the title), opening October 7 in wide release in Chicago, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta and Phoenix and limited release in New York and Los Angeles. RETURN 4: NECROPOLIS will go out shortly thereafter; how wide it goes (and an expansion of RAVE’s playdates) will depend on the box-office figures for RAVE’s initial release—so zombie fans will want to support RAVE in its opening weekend. Both movies star Peter Coyote and were directed by Ellory (EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS) Elkayem from screenplays by William Butler and Aaron Strongoni; you can see their official website here.
And while we’re talking indie genre dates, Regent Releasing slightly shifted its pair of upcoming fear features: the modern Countess Bathory pic ETERNAL will debut August 26 and the gay-themed slasher HELLBENT is now set for September 9. Magnolia Films, which had Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s PULSE set for August 12, will roll it out in November instead. And Dread Central reports that the slasher film starring WWE wrestler Kane (see previous item here), previously titled EYE SCREAM MAN and GOODNIGHT, is now called SEE NO EVIL (which oughta confuse people who’ll think it’s one more ’70s-horror remake) and is set for Lions Gate release in January or February 2006. —Michael Gingold