In UK cinemas October 29, here’s the international trailer with some new images from The Vicious Brothers’ upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving in the States on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st.
“Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.“
Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).
Archaeologists in Northern Turkey, who have been researching Tokat Castle, believe that they have found the dungeon that held Prince Vlad III, the inspiration for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” for 12 years. The dungeon was found when secret tunnels were revealed during a restoration project.
“The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels,” Archaeologist Ibrahim Çetin states. “It is very mysterious. It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here.”
Prince Vlad III, also known as Vlad The Impaler, was held hostage in this dungeon in the early 15th century after being captured by Ottoman Turks. He later reclaimed his throne and is said to have died in battle against the Turks in 1476.
Read the entire article over at IBT.
What lurks under the big top? Find out when the Freak Show comes to town October 8th.
Here’s a dope new one-sheet for “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, which turns a man into the big top!
The fourth season begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.
“A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.“
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
Sony Pictures will battle the supernatural of the funny bone.
The studio has acquired Ghost Cop in a competitive situation from the writing team of Matt Bass and Teddy Bressman, explains TheWrap.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project is described as “a new twist on the buddy cop comedy.”
Thankfully as to not confuse fans of Bill Cosby’s Ghost Dad, the project is currently untitled, though it sold under the working title of Ghost Cop.
David Alpert and Julian Rosenberg will produce for Circle of Confusion (“The Walking Dead”), whose Matt Smith will executive produce.
Legendary Entertainment and Sony-owned Crackle have set Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) to star in zombie chopper Dead Rising: Watchtower, the first project out of Legendary’s Digital Media division, says Deadline.
“As in the vidgame, ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.”
Leprechaun: Origins helmer and VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky is directing Dead Rising from a script by Tim Carter, based on the bestselling Capcom franchise that’s spawned two sequels and sold 7.6 million copies worldwide to date.
Filming is set to begin tomorrow in Vancouver.
Get ready for worlds to collide like never before!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you to the center of the battle between apes and humans with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on December 2 and on Digital HD November 11.
Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of The Planet of the Apes.
“It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). The two species form a fragile peace but dissention grows and the groups find themselves hurtling toward all-out war.”
With approximately two hours of special features, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray will make a perfect holiday gift for any action film fans. The Blu-ray is jam-packed with behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes, including intimate interviews with Andy Serkis on how he masterfully created Caesar and inside looks at the secrets of the relationship between man and apes.
For an even more immersive experience in the world of the apes, fans have to get the “Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection.” Witness the battle for world domination between ape and man with both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray and Digital HD on December 2. The collection comes in a limited-edition, fiercely lifelike replica bust of Caesar wearing his tribal war paint, designed by WETA, the special effects masters responsible for bringing Caesar to life on film. This must-own set includes an all-new 32-page booklet “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” that explores WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica, four battle-ready ape collectible character cards and more than 5 hours of special features.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
● Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
● 4 Galleries
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D BLU-RAY and BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
● Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
● Journey to Dawn
● Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
● Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn
● The World of Dawn
● The Ape Community
● Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist’s Medium
● Weta and Dawn
● The Fight for a New Dawn
● Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
● 4 Galleries
PLANET OF THE APES: CAESAR’S WARRIOR COLLECTION CONTENTS
● Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on 3D BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY and DIGITAL HD
● Dawn of the Planet of the Apes BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
○ Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
○ Journey to Dawn
○ Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
○ Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn
○ The World of Dawn
○ The Ape Community
○ Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist’s Medium
○ Weta and Dawn
○ The Fight for a New Dawn
○ Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
○ 4 Galleries
● Rise of the Planet of the Apes on BLU-RAY, DVD and DIGITAL HD
● Rise of the Planet of the Apes BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
○ 11 Deleted Scenes
○ The Genius of Andy Serkis
○ Scene Breakdown
○ A New Generation of Apes
○ Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
○ The Great Apes
○ Mythology of the Apes
○ Weta and Dawn
○ Composing the Score with Patrick Doyle
○ Audio Commentaries by Director and Writers
○ Character Concept Art Gallery
Look out Hollywood, you might not be “fresh enough”!
Re-Animator: The Musical has announced that it will be back for a Halloween run this October at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA. The show will run October 17th through November 2nd, Fridays through Sundays at 8pm. There will also be preview shows on October 10th through 12th. Admission is $25 with the previews being $20. Tickets can be purchased here.
Head below for a lengthy description of the event, including details on cast and crew.
Re-Animator ™ the Musical” tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius.
And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.
Also returning from the original cast are (in alphabetical order) Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson playing an assortment of doctors, nurses, and rampaging zombies.
New to the cast and Los Angeles are Darren Ritchie (veteran of five Broadway shows, including “Dracula” and “Little Shop of Horrors”) as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate) in love with the dean’s beautiful daughter, now played by vivacious newcomer Jessica Howell (recently on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”). Ken Hudson Campbell, familiar to many for saving the world with Bruce Willis in “Armageddon,” plays the doomed Dean of the medical school whom West transforms into a mindless zombie.
Stuart Gordon, the director and co-writer of “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator,” the cult film on which the musical is based, has joined his fearless producing partner Dean Schramm to prove that anything that can be done in a movie can be a hundred times more astonishing live on stage. Gordon spent fifteen years as the founder and artistic director of the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he co-created the original production of “Bleacher Bums,” and produced and directed the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.” Gordon recently co-created and directed the long-running and critically acclaimed ”Nevermore” with “Re-Animator” film star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe that is now touring the country.
Mark Nutter is composer and lyricist and his cheerfully disturbing songs have been compared to Tom Lehrer. His previous stage credits include the international hit “The Bicycle Men”; “Christmas Smackdown” (created with the equally demented Cynthia Carle): and “Wild Men.” He’s also known for his work on “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Saturday Night Live.” His CD “Twisted Songs for Twisted Sophisticates” has been banned from the airwaves.
Special effects are from by the same team that created them for the “Re-Animator” movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin, and John Beuchler. They all won LA Critics’ and LA Weekly Awards for their mind-boggling illusions. And the blood will flow so freely that the first row will be once again designated as a “splash zone” – so bring your raincoats!
Laura Fine Hawkes, who designed the almost-as-bloody “Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Taper, will provide the creepy sets, Joe Kucharski the moldering costumes and Jeff Ravitz the cadaverous lighting. Stage manager Michael Lemek will be the master of the mayhem.
“Re-Animator™ the Musical” was developed and premiered at the Steve Allen Theater under the artistic direction of Amit Itelman who also founded Trepany House.
Around this time every year, gamers gather in and around Earls Court in London for the annual gaming celebration known as EGX. This year’s event wrapped up on Sunday, but not before Deep Silver could spend some time showing off the Yager-developed Dead Island 2. This demo does a fine a job of showing off the boundless satisfaction that comes from mercilessly obliterating hordes of zombies with handcrafted weapons.
This game needs to hurry up and arrive so I can make me an electrified sledgehammer — which I will name Mjölnir — so I can finally become Thor. I’m already prepared, I even have my cape. Okay, sure, the cape is really just a blanket I tied around my neck, but it’ll do.
Dead Island 2 arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
That’s a lot of ass shaking…
Mastodon have released an official music video for their track “The Motherload”, which comes from their latest album Once More ‘Round The Sun. The video, which was directed by Adult Swim’s Jonathan Rej & Thomas Bingham, depicts several biblical scenes that are interrupted by women twerking, finishing off with an epic twerk-off.
As per usual, Mastodon have released a video that is aimed to be fun and entertaining. This time, it’s also a bit satirical in nature, commenting on the fact that over-sexualization is rampant, invading everything it sees fit. Personally, I got a kick out of it!
Sega has released the eighth video in a series of vignettes for the upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation, which releases next week. For those keeping count, this video will mark the eighth time we’ve watched Amanda Ripley endure a horrific deaths. This video isn’t too different from the rest, just swap out that frighteningly intelligent alien for a gaggle of bright-eyed androids.
Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
Growing up in Suburbia meant I never got the tree house I so desperately wanted when I was younger. That’s not to say I don’t still want a tree house. My desire hasn’t changed, but my tastes sure have. If I were offered a tree house today, it’d need to look like a makeshift tree shack a child uses to escape their parents and more like this. I want those cannibals to see it towering above the treeline and whisper “That’s where Adam, the Lizard King resides,” before fleeing in fear.
Earlier this month, The Forest evolved yet again with an update that introduced numerous bug fixes, tree houses, lizard armor that’s now visible when worn and new woodland critters to kill, eat, wear and/or mount on your wall as trophies.
I say “earlier this month” because it’s ambiguous and hints at my being very late in reporting on this. Sorry about that. Hey, at least that means there is even less of a wait for the next update, which I desperately hope will finally add the co-op they promised us prior to its release in May.
Here’s the full list of changes and additions:
Version 0.07 Changelog:
Rock holder blueprint added
Moveable log holder blueprint added
Mid sized cabin blueprint added
Tree house blueprint added
Working door added to custom build doorway
Male version of skinny mutant added
New animal added: Tortoise
New animal added: Racoons!
Animal numbers will go down over time if you kill a lot of them. Will eventually slowly repopulate
Different animal types now stay around specific parts of world
Weapon balancing, all weapons will be slower when holding an item in left hand (Lighter, walkman etc) faster when held with both hands.
More accurate weapon collider sizes, small axe smaller, stick bigger etc
You can now catch rabbits and place them into the rabbit cage
Better previous weapon switching system
Improved blueprint placement, items will now turn red and be unplaceable if intersecting trees
New rock attack animation, more powerful, uses more stamina
Cave’s now only contain blue skinned enemies and distorted mutants
Better combat theme
Better lake theme
Fixed peaceful mode (was accidentally broken in last update)
Further improved enemy pacing over time, fixed bug that could cause enemies to vanish over time
Energy now replenishes faster when sitting on bench
More small props added
Switching weapons whilst holding molotov will no longer cause it to drop
Sound effects added for adding sticks/logs and rocks to storage
Whoosh sound added when items moved around inventory
Fixed molotov pieces bouncing around causing fire to move in strange ways
Fire now scales with amount of fuel
Plants now burn for longer
Trees will tumble over if burnt now and added new burning material with embers
Tree leaves will now burn away correctly when on fire
Energy bar now flashes when playing music to make clear that your stamina is getting a boost
Crafting info pages unlocked in survival book (rough, missing lots of items)
Fixed bug where you could get infinite flares by dropping flare gun and picking it up again
Fixed bug where day count could change when entering/exiting caves
Fixed yellow axe mesh not visible when equipped
Terrain texture and shape improvements
Fires can now cook an unlimited amount of items, food will be placed at random location on fire
Fixed bug where you could sometimes get infinite sticks/rocks in inventory
Arrows should now work more effectively against enemies
Visible lizard skin armour!
After the fun visit to The Twilight Zone in Box of Dread‘s September boxes, we return in October with more mysteries. We can’t tell you yet what you’re getting in your Box of Dread mystery boxes, but we can show you what one item in the Seventh Box for Box of Dread October will be!
This giant Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man clocks in at 24 inches in height and comes from Diamond Select Toys! One lucky Box of Dread subscriber who is an active subscriber when our deadline ends at 12 midnight EST, October 9th, will receive this (and other yet to be announced items) in their mail box!
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Still happily riding the ghost- and demon-driven horror train? Well then, get ready because we have yet another supernatural affair to put on your radar… Speak No Evil!
The film is written and directed by Roze and stars Greg Bronson, Annalise Cavender, Elisabeth Cavender, Ian Cavender, Olivia Cavender, and Kameron Cochrane.
From the Press Release
The terrifying possession film Speak No Evil arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand December 2 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
After all of the children in a town become possessed by a demon, one woman will do whatever it takes to save her daughter. Speak No Evil will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
When Anna’s daughter, Joey, goes missing, it’s assumed to be the result of bad parenting – but dark forces are suspected when every child in town also disappears. The children return but show signs of demonic possession and proceed to attack the town. Forced to wage a violent campaign against the children, the townspeople go on a bloody rampage, but Anna refuses to believe her daughter is lost to the devil and will do whatever it takes to save her from the demon inside.
We’re just a few days away from the Season 6 premiere of “The Vampire Diaries,” and all of the show’s stars have recorded quick video interviews in which they give us a few hints of what to expect. Check ‘em out, and get ready for “TVD’s” Thursday night return!
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.01 – “I’ll Remember” (airs 10/2/14): After spending the past four months coping with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in an unconventional and potentially dangerous way, Elena (Nina Dobrev) has returned to Whitmore College for the start of sophomore year.
Unable to move on, Caroline (Candice Accola) is desperate to find a way to reverse the anti-magic spell the Travelers have put over Mystic Falls and grows frustrated when her calls to Stefan (Paul Wesley) go unanswered.
Tyler (Michael Trevino), who is human once again, has a run-in at a football tailgate that tests his ability to control his anger, while Matt (Zach Roerig) worries that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is dealing with the loss of Bonnie (Kat Graham) in a self-destructive way.
Alaric (Matt Davis), who is struggling to adjust to his new life as a vampire, finds himself in an awkward situation when he meets Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), a beautiful doctor at the university hospital.
Lastly, while everyone believes Stefan is off tracking a lead to get Damon and Bonnie back, Elena is shocked when she learns the truth of what he has really been up to. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Caroline Dries.
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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is set to receive free DLC on September 30th in the form of Legends of the Lawn. This update will give players the ability to play the Taco Bandits game mode, in which the plants attempt to defend three tacos from a horde of invading zombies.
Either defend the tacos as the plants or deliver them to them to nearby UFO’s as the zombies to win.
Legends of the Lawn will feature seven new character variants: Golf Star, Centurion, Paleontologist, Chomp Thing, Alien Flower, Jade Cactus, and Sanitation Expert. Each provides its own unique abilities such as sniping or quicker health regeneration.
The DLC will also offer depth to the game’s customization, boasting over 200 new options including a Mass Effect-inspired skin for the Plasma Peashooter.
The game’s last expansion, Suburbination, will be included on the PlayStation version of Legends of the Lawn, providing PlayStation fans a chance to play the DLC that skipped Sony consoles due to the later release date of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare on that system.
Legends of the Lawn will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
The fifth annual Telluride Horror Show is getting set to kick off in Telluride, Colorado, and right now we have the second batch of announced films for your perusal.
From the Press Release
The Telluride Horror Show is excited to announce its second batch of films for the 5th annual film festival, scheduled for October 10-12, 2014, in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Spanning the globe, features include CREEP starring Mark Duplass, Canadian film THE EDITOR, ABCs of DEATH 2, and horror comedy GRAVY, which includes Sarah Silverman.
Here’s the complete rundown of the second wave of films, including shorts and features.
ABCs OF DEATH 2
Various Countries | 2014 | 125 min | Directors: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Alejandro Brugués, Bill Plympton, Chris Nash, Dennison Ramalho, Erik Matti, Evan Katz, Hajime Ohata, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Jerome Sable, Jim Hosking, Juan Martinez Moreno, Julian Barratt, Julian Gilbey, Julien Bustillo & Alexandre Maury, Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper, Lancelot Imasuen, Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Robert Boocheck, Robert Morgan, Rodney Ascher, Soichi Umezawa, Steven Kostanski, Todd Rohal, Vincenzo Natali.
Fresh off of Fantastic Fest, ABCs OF DEATH 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death.
AMONG THE LIVING
France | 2014 | 90 min | Directors: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
In its only screening since SXSW…
Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned amusement park. They stumble upon a horrific vision: A woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another. They are going to meet Klarence…
USA | 2014 | 100 min | Directors: Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable
The Boxtrolls, a stop-motion feature, is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian- era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese. After this special screening of The Boxtrolls, LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro will take us behind-the-scenes with production puppets from the film and rarely seen images and time lapses.
USA | 2014 | 80 min | Director: Patrick Brice
Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.” Low on cash and full of naiveté he drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef may not be who he says.
Canada | 2014 | 99 min | Directors: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy
Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.
USA | 2014 | 93 min | Director: James Roday
It’s All Hallow’s Eve. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gaming, food and libations. The only caveat is what’s on the menu. GRAVY includes Sarah Silverman.
WORLD OF DEATH
Various Countries | 2014 | 55 min | Directors: Gus Krieger, Matt Cairnes & Brandon Pickering, Tony Wash, Félix Catala, Neil Mackay, Daniel Pizá Ruiz, Marc Schießer, Martin Vrede Nielsen, Paul Campion, Jordan Wippell, William Prince, MJ Blackman, Craig Stewart, Matthew Corbett, Dan Frantz.
This is an hour long “sampler” of the World of Death compilation. World of Death brings together the talent of over 200 filmmakers from more than 20 different countries in a compilation of short horror films that will terrorize, astonish, disturb, and excite genre fans across the globe.
France | 2013 | 10 min | Director: Didier Philippe
Claire lives alone in a large apartment. Her fear of the outside world stops her from going out and letting people in. One day, she discovers evidence revealing that a man lives in her home. The presence of that man becomes more and more threatening…
Norway | 2013 | 14 min | Director: Thomas Lunde
Arne loses an arm in an accident, but miraculously a new arm appears. This new arm’s got a will of its own and turns his life upside down. Void is replaced with joy, but miracles have a price.
Norway | 2014 | 17 min | Director: Fredrik S. Hana
Devastated by his wife’s death, a fisherman plans to put an end to his own life. His attempted suicide is interrupted by a mysterious sea creature that offers him a deal: Recover his lost love in exchange for carrying out a series of gruesome acts.
Ireland | 2013 | 15 min | Director: Michael Lathrop
Jerry is a strange and solitary boy who lives alone with his young neglectful mother in a run-down apartment. Behind the bedroom wall he discovers a seductive alien creature with which he has sex. After the creature becomes pregnant, Jerry is filled with panic and guilt and attempts to abort the alien creature, leading to a horrific outcome which neither himself nor his mother will ever forget.
Australia | 2013 | 7 min | Director: John Marsh
A desperate man, a derelict farmhouse, an ever-present menace: What happens when DARKNESS COMES?
USA | 2014 | 6 min | Director: K.W. Roach
Dead Fuck divulges to the audience an otherwise private and esoteric act. It agitates the notion of necrophilia by way of displacing that which is innately abject, the act of copulating with the dead, and forcing upon it the aesthetic treatment of the beautiful and living. The perversion can be viewed under a new pretense–untethered by the preconceptions of abjection. The image is conceived with the quiet contemplation of a nature morte, transcending the physical vility of necrophilia while arousing the parameters of beauty.
USA | 2014 | 4 min | Director: Rebekah McKendry
A mockumentary that reveals the modern day origins of found footage horror films.
THE GAS MAN
UK | 2014 | 14 min | Director: Matt Palmer
Sometimes, the gas man needs to read the meter. Sometimes, he has other things in mind.
UK | 2014 | 15 min | Directors: Adam & Joe Horton
After a viral pandemic takes its grip on the planet turning humans into flesh craving mutants, TV adventurer Hunter Smith fights back by presenting “Get Some”, a show in which he tracks and kills the infected for the entertainment of the surviving population.
USA | 2013 | 6 min | Director: Paul von Stoetzel
A short horror comedy film focusing on a filmmaker’s aggravation with film contests and their constraints to subject matter.
UK| 2014 | 15 min | Directors: Mark Vessey & Chelsey Burdon
A tragic couple are stuck in a loveless and silent relationship until an anniversary dinner when SHE plans a brutal act of revenge that will leave them both forever changed.
USA | 2014 | 14 min | Director: Rob Himebaugh
After acquiring a jar of rare silk from the vast desert expanse of Afghanistan, a CIA field operative is impregnated by the spider hiding inside.
THE SOUND OF TRAINS
USA | 2014 | 11 min | Directors: Travis Champagne & Jordan Bradley
Jacob, a middle-aged hermit, discovers an otherworldly goo that triggers an evening of disturbing events. These events lead to visitations by curious beings, causing Jacob to question his sanity and whether we really are alone in this universe.
UK | 2014 | 15 min | Directors: Alex Mathieson & Damon Rickard
Darkmoor Manor is England’s most haunted house, its doors closed to the public. It is now just part of a tour which helps attracts visitors to a struggling town. That is until the tour guide, trying to impress two attractive American tourists, promises to get them inside. But none of them could be prepared for what was waiting within the shadows of the house.
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Directed by Zach Lipovsky
Distributed by Lionsgate
You would think with a name like Leprechaun Origins that you would see, somewhere during the course of the egregious 90-minute running time of this monstrosity, a full-shot of a leprechaun. Just once. Give us one good look, not just multiple blurry, quick looks at his head or hands or feet. Or not just a super close-up of his freakishly deformed face, but just a simple, full-on shot so we can see just what our antagonist looks like. Even Cloverfield did that.
Well, that doesn’t happen in Leprechaun Origins. All you get are quick, usually in and out of focus, shots of the creature without ever getting a head-to-toe look at the beast. And, if it’s an origin movie, wouldn’t you expect it to be the beginning of something? Most likely a prequel to a movie that we’ve already seen and are familiar with? Leprechaun Origins provides none of that either. In fact, judging by the end of the movie, you can pretty much say it’s not the origin of anything.
Simply put, Leprechaun Origins takes four beautiful people (I know one of the character’s names was David and one was Sophie, but I’m not totally sure on the others. Needless to say, character development was not of the utmost importance to the filmmakers behind this atrocity) and stick them out in a cabin in a desolate area in Ireland as quickly as possible. We know one of the girls is some type of history buff, but that’s all the character development you get. After that, it’s one random leprechaun attack after another resulting in zero tension, zero thrills and zero fun. So the story goes, beautiful people on a trip through Ireland meet stereotypical Irish locals who offer them a cabin. Beautiful people accept offer from stereotypical Irish characters. Attacks from goblin-like creature intended to be a leprechaun ensue. Roll credits.
Leprechaun Origins goes completely away from the fun horror-comedy that made up the original series. Sure, by the time he got to space and ‘da Hood”, the Leprechaun films became a bit tired and overdone. But they never made the cardinal sin of film…they were never boring. This movie commits that sin in spades. And even in the one or two interesting moments of the movie (as there are few notable F/X moments), the reaction of the characters are so out of the realm of reality that you can’t take it seriously for a moment. And that’s the problem here. Leprechaun Origins wants to be taken seriously and the entire basis of the film rails against that. And the production of the movie ensured it wouldn’t happen.
If there are those of you who get through the movie and are actually inclined to see some special features, there are two featurettes included in Leprechaun Origins. The first is entitled Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn. Now, once you get through the uncontrollable laughing fit this title will certainly bring down upon your unsuspecting person, you will find the answer to why this movie was entitled Leprechaun Origins (and no, the answer isn’t because Leprechaun Steaming Pile of Crap was already taken). The filmmakers explain that they were going for the origin of the actual leprechaun legend, which would also be the genesis of the beloved Leprechaun character. And with the mention of him, let me say Mr. Warwick Ashley Davis, you were sorely missed in this role. This featurette goes on to include interviews with director Zach Lipovsky and stars Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl and Stephanie Bennett.
Additionally, for those who still decide to continue to plow ahead, there is a behind-the-scenes feature entitled Leprechaun: Behind the Blood which is actually a quite informative and interesting look into how some of the special F/X were created. Definitely the most compelling entry on the entire disk.
Overall, this thing is an epic fail. There was so much potential here. Postl has proven to be a very entertaining personality in his WWE career, and he could have used that to bring another snarky leprechaun to life who doles out one-liners as he’s terrorizing his victims. It would have certainly been an improvement over this. Aside from a couple moderately impressive F/X moments, there’s really nothing worth seeing here.
- Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn featurette
- Leprechaun: Behind the Blood Featurette
We’re just days away from the release of the Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage, potentially the Sharknado of modern Christian cinema. To help entice viewers into theaters, the film’s marketing campaign has begun quoting the Devil himself. No, seriously.
In this magical age where anyone with a blog can be a movie critic, real movie critics have devolved into quote whores, and tweets by ordinary people are regularly used in marketing campaigns, there’s something almost refreshing about PR people trying to persuade people into seeing their movie by quoting that silver-tongued devil, The Devil.
Easily the greatest quote of its kind since Swamp Thing opened his television show emphatically warning, “Do not bring your evil here!”
Obviously the distributors of Left Behind realize that there’s no chance in hell of this movie garnering genuine critical praise so they’ve resorted to gimmicky quotes from someone even more demonic than Rex Reed.
So, will this goofy attempt at reverse psychology/gimmick marketing/desperation succeed in luring in the unwashed masses only to see the light and be converted by the almighty power of Pope Nicolas the Great?
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Directed by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy
Growing accustomed to the all-inclusive Friedberg and Seltzer modern model of parody, Astron-6 (Manborg) has (thankfully) thrown its black-rimmed fedora into the ring with a meticulous mock breakdown of giallo crime fiction that doesn’t feel the need to go for easy laughs that only appeal to the lowest common denominator. With The Editor, Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy have delivered a love letter to giallo cinema so niche that it’s probably a good idea to revisit Argento’s “Animal Trilogy” or even go further back to films like Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace to fully appreciate the attention to detail on display.
The absurd story follows Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks), who loses his fingers in bloody fashion during a freak accident in the editing room. Now haunted by the ordeal, insecurity consumes him as Ciso fears he may not be as gifted at his profession as he once was. A blade-wielding killer steps on set and starts slicing and dicing, leaving the victims fingerless themselves. Naturally, as an investigation heats up, Ciso becomes the prime suspect – and maybe even the main target.
Knowing full well what has come before and whom fans of the genre hold in high regard, the production employs talent like Udo Kier (Suspiria) and composer Claudio Simonetti, whose contributions are too vast to list. Note perfect throughout, The Editor calls up all the right characteristics of giallo, including badly overdubbed ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), glowing Fulci-esque eyes staring back in the dark, and random acts of slap-happy violence where the man inflicting the damage inexplicably turns on a dime and agrees with the victimized woman mere moments later.
Shiny black gloves, gleaming scalpels, and even German Shepherds are referenced throughout the running time, which will undoubtedly cause even casual horror fans to seek out the sleek, horror noir that The Editor is having so much fun lampooning. The only thing that’s absent is copious amounts of slow motion, glass-breaking face smashing (and it’s a sorely missed opportunity).
That’s the magnificent trick that the film pulls off: It never bullies giallos indiscriminately, it just points out how gloriously ridiculous they often are. A dysfunctional marriage of sorts, the dream logic and surreal quality of giallo match up with the over-the-top, sometimes nonsensical aspects of parody and improv comedy, making the insanity of the genre even more outrageous. It’s finally okay to laugh at these movies instead of putting them up on a pedestal, sometimes unjustifiably.
At one point a character exclaims, “We’re all editors of our own realities.” That’s a good definition of giallos in general and how unaccountably surreal they can be. Interestingly, in making fun of giallo films, The Editor winds up paying tribute. Like a mother watching a child throwing a wild temper tantrum, Astron-6’s send-up doesn’t ever pretend to try to make sense out of giallo films, but it does try to understand them.
I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that Alien: Isolation is just over a week away. It looks terrifying, and much of that stems from the alarmingly intelligent antagonist xenomorph that hunts poor Ripley — along with a few other baddies — with the determination that only a perfectly evolved hunter could possess. Visuals also play an important role, but it’s clear Isolation is no slouch in that area — at least not on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Anyone who’s planning on grabbing the last-gen version knows the game they’ll be playing will look inferior to its current-gen siblings, but will that graphical sacrifice be substantial enough to have any real negative impact on it?
Video Gamer spotted some screenshots that had been republished from a Russian forum by the fan site AVP Galaxy. They’re supposedly from the PS3 version of the game, and while there’s certainly a noticeable difference, they’re not too bad.
Honestly, while I can appreciate a gorgeous-looking video game as much as the next guy, I’m more interested in whether or not the last-gen versions of Alien: Isolation will have any impact on the incredibly complex AI of its alien antagonist.
I’ve reached out to SEGA to see if they’d be willing to confirm or deny their legitimacy. Until I hear back, it goes without saying that because these aren’t official — though they look legit — we’ll have to wait and see.
Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.