Not everyone will agree with me on this, but I think 2015 has been a pretty good year to be a fan of the horror genre. It’s not been a particularly exciting one, but quiet surprises like The Hallow, Creep, It Follows, The Visit and The Gift have kept it interesting.
Then there’s the palpable anticipation for what’s to come.
The last eleven months have done a decent job of keeping the horror-hungry masses entertained while it builds up the already palpable anticipation for what may very well be one of the most intense years the genre has seen in quite some time. This is especially true if you’re fond of stab ’em ups.
In addition to the Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Child’s Play films that are expected by 2017, a growing interest in slasher games will only help sustain that momentum. The unexpected success of Until Dawn and the thousands who donated nearly $1M to the crowdfunding campaigns for Friday the 13th: The Game and Last Year is proof enough that there’s a sizable audience who’s ready to see stab ’em ups carve out a home in video games.
And since Konami doesn’t seem all that interested in continuing the Silent Hill series, maybe that’ll free them up to make another bad Saw game. That’d sure be something.
I’d like you to tell me which slasher franchises, if any, you’d like to see get video game adaptations. There are a lot of them so I’ve opened this poll up a bit to allow for your own answers. Now go, dear reader! Go forth and exercise your right to vote in online polls!
If you enjoyed the music of Trick ‘r Treat, then I highly recommend getting ready for composer Douglas Pipes‘ score to Michael Dougherty’s latest holiday horror treat Krampus, which hits theaters next Friday, December 4th.
The soundtrack, which comes out the same day as the film, will be released on CD and digital via Back Lot Music while the vinyl release will be handled by Waxwork Records, who also did a fantastic job with their Trick ‘r Treat release. The digital edition contains a bonus track titled “Krampus Karol of the Bells”, which is a rewritten version of “Carol of the Bells”.
Pipes explains his inspiration and keeping with the theme of Christmas, stating, “We used melodies of Christmas carols, sometimes just fragments, sometimes altered, as well as traditional Christmas instruments throughout.” He continues, “The greatest challenge for the score was moving through Christmas themes and comedy, into a dark fantasy tale, punctuated by aggressive horror music, without losing the thread of any of these styles – all the while keeping the Christmas spirit present.”
Below is the artwork for both CD & digital and vinyl editions.
01. A Cold Wind
02. Dear Santa
03. Family Reunion
04. Auld Lang Syne
05. The Wish
06. Special Delivery
07. Bells, Bones, and Chains
08. ‘Tis The Season
09. Into The Storm
10. Christmas Angels
11. The Snow Beast
12. Unholy Night
13. Oh Christmas Tree
14. Season’s Eatings
15. Omi’s Story
17. All Through The House
18. Creatures Are Stirring
19. Der Klown
22. The Shadow of St. Nicholas
24. When The Christmas Spirit Dies
26. The Bell
27. End Credits: Gruss vom
Bonus digital track: Krampus/Krampus Karol of the Bells
Pyramid Head may be a nightmarish manifestation of James Sunderland’s broken psyche that was given life by the same living darkness that populated the town of Silent Hill with all sorts of twisted creatures, but even he likes to go outside and play in the snow sometimes.
I just shared some Albert Wesker cosplay yesterday and I usually prefer to spread these posts out a bit, but I had to share this nifty Pyramid Head cosplay I stumbled upon while perusing the Silent Hill Reddit. This is the work of Reddit user EmPtY7even, who decided he’d take advantage of a snowy evening by scaring the crap out of his neighbors.
I’d like to see Pyramid Head try to make a snow angel. Snow devil? Whatever, the point is I want to watch him try to stand up with that giant metal helmet on his head.
You can find more of this cosplayer’s work on his Facebook page, where he’s also posted some more Pyramid Head photos, including some ‘making of’ pics.
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! As many of you probably already know, that means Black Friday is right around the corner. While stores aren’t necessarily as packed as they used to be thanks to online deals and events like Cyber Monday, Black Friday is nonetheless a very stressful and busy day for some people. There are just so many deals out there! I don’t know about any of you, but I choose to stay out of the brick-and-mortar stores and stick to online shopping in my pajamas at my home. Here is a list of some of the must-have horror toys that we think you should consider purchasing this Black Friday!Penny Dreadful CLUE (Penny Dreadful)
If you’ve never watched Penny Dreadful, you’re really missing out, but that’s an argument for another post. Showtime has gifted us with a Penny Dreadful game of Clue, and it couldn’t be more glorious. You know how Monopoly has a bunch of different editions themed after different movies, shows and themes? Parker Bros. should really do that with Clue and horror movies. They’ve got a Simpsons edition and even a Big Bang Theory edition, but it would probably boost sales put out more horror-themed editions.
Mina Murray has been killed and the murderer remains at large– lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. In this classic mystery game of CLUE: Penny Dreadful, it’s up to you to uncover the clues and find out WHO killed Mina, WHERE they killed her, and with WHAT weapon. Was it Dorian Gray with a Syringe at the London Zoo? Or was it Vanessa Ives in Ferdinand Lyle’s Mansion with Arsenic? 6 Suspects: Vanessa Ives, Sir Malcolm Murray, Dorian Gray, Brona Croft, Ethan Chandler and Victor Frankenstein Custom Sculpted Weapons: Pistol, Syringe, Tarot Cards, Arsenic, Handkerchief, and Sword Cane Beautifully illustrated game board represents locations from the show set in 1891 London Movers & Personality Cards Intrigue Cards – 24 card deck comprised of 16 action cards and 8 tarot cards Clue Sheet & Envelope InstructionsBetrayal at House On the Hill
If you’ve got an hour to spare and at least two friends nearby, play this game. There are fifty different ways the game can play out and they all involve some truly horrific events. It’s a must-have party game for any horror fan.
From the Manufacturer:
The creak of footsteps on the stairs, the smell of something foul and dead, the feel of something crawling down your back – this and more can be found in the exciting refresh of the Avalon Hill favorite Betrayal at House on the Hill. This fun and suspenseful game is a new experience almost every time you play – you and your friends explore “that creepy old place on the hill” until enough mystic misadventures happen that one of the players turns on all of the others. Hours of fun for all your friends and family. Designed for 3–6 players aged 12 and up, this board game features multiple scenarios, a different lay-out with every game, and enough chills to freeze the heart of any horror fan.
Bat Gremlin (Gremlins 2: The New Batch)
This guy won’t be in stock on Amazon until March, so now is your chance to pre-order it before they sell out!
One of the most requested Gremlins figures of all time is finally here! Our latest deluxe action figure from Gremlins 2: The New Batch is the spectacular Bat Gremlin, with a massive wingspan of nearly 18 inches. This detailed re-creation of the puppet seen in Gremlins 2 is fully articulated, including hinged ears, hinged jaw, and jointed arms that allow the wings to spread open and fold closed! At approximately 6 inches tall, it’s perfectly in scale with our previous Gremlins action figures, too. Comes with a “flight” display stand.Freddy Krueger Potato Head (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
If you’re a horror fan with kids, then this is the perfect present for them! They even have a Jason one. Who says you can’t start ’em early?Life-Size Xenomorph Egg (Alien)
This one is a real steal at only $600 on Amazon! In all seriousness though, it’s a pretty nifty toy. If you’ve got the cash, this would make for a fantastic addition to your home décor.
Transform any room into a deadly alien breeding ground with this Life Size Xenomorph Egg — complete with its own eerie lighting and life size facehugger! As seen in the 1986 horror classic Aliens, this full-sized replica stands almost 36” tall, and articulated flaps with a wire armature allow you to actually open the top folds of the egg. The included full-size facehugger has a bendable tail, so you can pose it anywhere… waiting to drop on unsuspecting prey from overhead, or simply lurking inside the egg. The Life Size Xenomorph Egg is made of detailed, hand-painted foam and stands on its own. A switch activates the LED lights inside the base to create a menacing, otherworldly glow effect. Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included.
This guy is about 10 years old, so he’s a little pricey. You can buy him on Amazon though. The set comes with sack-head Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2, along with Mrs. Voorhees and her severed head.8-Bit Jason (Friday the 13th)
From Toys on Fire:
Based on his appearance in the classic Friday the 13th video game, released in 1989 for the popular 8-bit home console, Jason stands 7″ and has over 25 points of articulation for great poses. The figure comes with machete, axe, harpoon gun and removable mask, plus new mother’s head accessory. New paint deco reproduces the game’s pixilated look. And not only does the window box packaging re-create the look and feel of the classic video game cartridge box, lift the front flap and it plays music from the game, too!Jason Mug (Friday the 13th)
This mug is a magic mug. It gets a picture as it gets hotter! It makes for a perfect gift for any coffee (or tea) drinkers out there!
From Entertainment Earth:
Prepare for the day everyone fears…with a nice, warm cup of coffee. This 11 oz. Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Morphing Mug transforms from black to full color as hot liquid is added! Watch as the heat-activated process reveals a hidden image of Jason in vivid colors. Hand wash only. Not safe for dishwasher or microwave. Measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall x 3 1/8-inches in diameter.Shaun and Ed (Shaun of the Dead)
These adorable figurines will make an excellent addition to your horror-comedy shelf. Wait, you don’t have one of those? Well time to make one, and what better way to start with these guys?Freddy Krueger Syringe Glove (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)
Freddy’s razor glove gets all the attention, but there was a time when he turned his razor hands into syringes, and it was awesome. Now you can get the replica of that glove and show up your friends who dressed as mere regular ol’ Freddy Kruegers on Halloween!
From Entertainment Earth:
- Wear the syringe glove from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors!
- Features articulated fingers and syringes that light-up in blue.
- Makes for a great addition to your Freddy Halloween costume!
From A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, it’s the Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger Syringe Glove! This glove inspired by the horror movie features copper metallic articulated fingers and plastic syringes that light up in blue. The plastic glove features a copper metallic paint deco. Whether you want to use these as part of a Halloween costume or as display at home, you’ll love the realistic replication of the Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger Syringe Glove! Requires 3x “AG13/LR44” batteries (included). Ages 17 and up.Demon Sam Statue (Trick ‘r Treat)
He walks! He stalks! He’s also adorable! Buy little Sam to make an excellent desk decoration for anyone’s desk.
From Entertainment Earth:
Decorate your desk at work or home with the Trick ‘r Treat Sam Animated Table Top Statue. This 8-inch tall plush statue of the burlap-sack-wearing Sam actually walks and plays music and audio taken from the horror movie Trick ‘r Treat! Just press the button on his left foot and watch him go! The exterior of the statue is plush. Ages 17 and up.
What are some horror-themed toys you’ve seen out there that you just have to have? Let us know in the comments below or shoot me a Tweet!
I hope you guys are keeping up with “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Starz.
This past Saturday we saw Ash (Bruce Campbell) go on an insane trip, which reveals sidekick Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) is possessed by a demon. But the biggest moment is when Ruby (Lucy Lawless) reveals that she’s in possession of Ash’s hand that he lopped off 30 years prior in Evil Dead II. The was the first time the show has actually connected back to the original films in the series, and it was welcomed with open arms. There was also the tease that Pablo (Ray Santiago) is crafting a brand new hand for Ash, which has me wondering if we’ll eventually see an amped up chainsaw like in the awesome Evil Dead video game (a circular saw, baby!).
Looking ahead to next Saturday’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” Ep 105, ‘The Host,’ Ruby and Fisher join forces in pursuit of Ash. How do they find him? Well, they let Ash’s lopped off hand point the way!
Here’s a look at the exclusive clip with the episode’s trailer…
It’s been almost exactly two years since the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and what started out as a gap between two longtime competitors has gradually become more of a chasm. With more than 30.2 million consoles sold worldwide — more than the Xbox One (10M shipped as of Nov 2014) and Wii U (10.7M sold as of Sept 30, 2015) — it’s not a stretch to say the PS4 is dominating the competition right now.
What’s particularly impressive about this is Sony has achieved this milestone with a lackluster first party line-up that’s arguably not quite as strong as what the Xbox One has going for it this holiday season thanks to Halo 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Unfortunately, even the combined talents of Lara Croft and the Master Chief can’t make up for the platform’s weaknesses, including Xbox Live Gold, which is still objectively inferior to PS Plus.
And that’s not to say the PS4 doesn’t have some strong exclusives. It does, and they’re called Bloodborne. Speaking of which, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters is out now.
Thrash metal legends Megadeth have released a stream of a new track titled “The Threat is Real” ahead of Black Friday’s Record Store Day, which will see the single released on limited edition 12″ vinyl. The B-side will feature Megadeth’s version of FEAR’s punk classic “Foreign Policy”. You can listen to the new track below!
Dystopia features 11 brand new tracks and features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra) as well as Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler. Original bassist Dave “Junior” Ellefson is also part of the team.
“The Threat is Real” comes from the band’s upcoming album Dystopia, which will be released on January 22nd, 2016. It can be pre-ordered via Megadeth’s online shop.
I have good news, and I have some bad news. First, the bad news. Today, Techland announced they’re raising the $14.99 price tag for the upcoming Dying Light: The Following story DLC to $19.99. The good news is it still totally sounds like it’ll be worth it.
“Over the past weeks Dying Light: The Following has almost reached its final stage: main quests, side quests, new skills, and driving challenges are ready.” reads a post on the official Dying Light Facebook page. “We now are moving into the polishing period. Looking at it, it’s clear how big the expansion pack has grown – it could be a stand-alone title, but since it would mean a launch delay, we decided against it.”
If you haven’t been following the, uh, Following, it’s sounds like it’ll be massive. The map it brings with it is larger than every environment in the original game combined, and in addition to that it adds new weapons, missions and dune buggies, among other things.
The reasoning for this price hike is the scale of the DLC has exceeded their initial plans. This won’t affect the season pass, so if you have that go ahead and keep being fancy, you fancy person you. However, starting December 8th, the season pass will cost $29.99. If you’re interested in getting The Following at its current price, I recommend getting it before then.
On Monday night, a screening of Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant was held for award voters and while it seems that the reception was mostly incredibly positive – we won’t know until December 4th when the review embargoes are lifted – there were some audience members who apparently couldn’t handle the violence and gore, according to THR.
Additionally, there are talks that this might be the role that finally lands Leonardo DiCaprio a Best Actor Oscar. After years and years of fantastic roles, it’d be pretty great to see him win. He definitely deserves it.
The film follows a fur trapper (DiCaprio) who is left for dead in the wilderness after an attack from both man and animal. After surviving the horrific attacks, the trapper makes it his mission to seek revenge upon those who wronged him and his family.
We’ve been covering the film here on Bloody because of how tense and vicious it looks. It also has that suspense that Gravity brought us, which gave me more anxiety than any horror film in the last several years. This looks like it’ll be the same way only on a far more visceral and gorgeous level.
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson, The Revenant comes out December 25th, 2015.
Michael Dougherty’s Krampus is nearly upon us! It almost doesn’t feel real, considering how long of a wait we had to endure for Trick ‘r Treat. But now that we’re a little over a week out, it’s really settled in that we’re going to get a new Christmas-themed horror movie that looks wildly entertaining!
But in order to fully appreciate the movie and all it has to offer, it’s good to have some background knowledge on the subject matter at hand. So, to give you a little flavor of what Krampus is really about, a new video goes into the myth and legend of this European parable. You can see it below!
In Krampus, “When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.
All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.”
Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen with Krista Stadler star in Krampus, which hits theaters December 4th.
Talking to BBC’s Newsbeat, producer Laurie MacDonald has stated that the upcoming Men In Black reboot that is currently in pre-production will get, “…a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film].” Additionally, the news that Will Smith, who was the star of the original three, wouldn’t be returning might’ve been somewhat premature. “Never count Will out,” MacDonald also told the site.
The first Men In Black film came out in 1997 and starred Smith as Agent J, a police officer recruited by Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) to assist in the policing and control of aliens on Planet Earth. A sequel came out in 2002 and a third film was released in 2012. MacDonald and her husband Walter Parkes are behind the new film, although they say they, “…are quite early on it.”
As for how they plan on entering a new film, Parkes explains that they saw, “…the first three [films] in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. Now we are looking at a reinvention. But it’s a wonderful world to get back into.”
Someone forked over millions to be the sole owner of the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
Surely nobody is willing to do the same for one of the god-awful Return of the Living Dead sequels.
The producers of Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave are selling the rights to their 2005 disappointment in an eBay auction, which is a great stunt for free press, but equally as embarrassing.
The filmmakers claim to be selling the rights due to their inability to store the 35mm film-materials, which includes all laboratory pre-print materials and including brand new prints.
If someone decides to purchase the rights to Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave it will be like purchasing several broken down 1992 Honda Civics and then figuring out where to store them.
In addition, the post hilariously points out that several international territories have been unsold – I guess they chose to not sell the territories in case they one day decided to sell the film on eBay?
For me, there’s a fun experiment hiding in this sale: if someone were to have expendable cash, it would be interesting to see if they could use the footage to edit together a better movie. Although, I’m not sure polishing a turd is worth the energy…
Anyways, the $50k asking price doesn’t include shipping, making this post even more comical. Tomorrow I plan on giving thanks for the eBay listing’s existence. It definitely made my week!
Oh, and if for whatever reason one of you dear readers buy this hunk of scrap metal, please contact us and explain why.
Watching the weekly antics of Scooby-Doo were somewhat of a childhood ritual for me. The investigative prowesses of the Mystery Gang and their ability to see the humanity behind the supernatural was something that fascinated and entertained me for much of my formative years. After all, the concept that there’s always something real behind our fears and that it can be caught and taken away was comforting and a rather good life lesson.
But sometimes things don’t always go according to plan and you’re left with a mess that takes a while to clean up, both literally and figuratively. Below, you’ll see one such example that’ll definitely give Velma some consternation for many years. Maybe next time she’ll give it a gentle tug instead of ripping it off with all her might? Jinkies!
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! As many of you probably already know, that means Black Friday is right around the corner. While stores aren’t necessarily as packed as they used to be thanks to online deals and events like Cyber Monday, Black Friday is nonetheless a very stressful and busy day for some people. There are just so many deals out there! I don’t know about any of you, but I choose to stay out of the brick-and-mortar stores and stick to online shopping in my pajamas at my home. Here is a list of some of the must-have horror albums that we think you should consider purchasing this Black Friday!
Let’s just get this out of the way right now: It Follows has one of the best horror soundtracks in recent memory. Reminiscent of the synth scores from the 70s and 80s, Disasterpeace’s score is a brilliant score that has earned its place in horror movie history with the other greats like the scores from Halloween and Suspiria.John Carpenter’s Lost Themes
John Carpenter returned to us this year not in film, but in the form of this amazing collection of original piece of music that harkens back to the scores for Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13 and many others. Made in collaboration with his son Cody and composer Daniel Davies, it’s a return to form for the director who really needed a comeback.Goblin Rebirth
Our own Jonathan Barkan gave this album a glowing review back in July, calling it a “breath of fresh decaying, rotten air that we so richly deserve.” Definitely give it a listen!Army of Darkness
The soundtrack of the third installment in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy arguably has the most memorable score out of all the films in the franchise (bold statement, I know), and it comes to life in this outstanding vinyl edition.Cooties
Cooties the film didn’t fully live up to its potential, but it did have a pretty fun (and goofy soundtrack). If anything, this vinyl is worth getting just for the minimal (but fantastic) cover art.House of the Devil
An oldie but a goodie, the soundtrack to The House of the Devil is very much like that of the soundtrack for It Follows in that it harkens back to the synth scores of the horror films from the 70s and 80s. It’s all one big nostalgia trip and it’s a total blast.Trick ‘r Treat
Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean that you can’t still listen to Trick ‘r Treat’s frivolous and light-hearted score on vinyl. Give yourself the best gift this Black Friday and check out Douglas Pipes’ extremely fun score.
What albums are you going to be purchasing this Black Friday? Let us know in the comments below!
Scream Factory presents a double dose of samurai action with The House Where Evil Dwells & Ghost Warrior on Blu-ray on January 5, 2016.
These two martial arts-themed thrillers from the 80s are now finally available for the first time on Blu-ray, in a release including a new high-definition transfer for The House Where Evil Dwells.
THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS
A century ago, a samurai brutally murdered his adulterous wife and her lover before taking his own life. Now, the Fletcher family has found what they think is their perfect Japanese home – not knowing it’s the same house where the murders occurred. But as strange events escalate and the ghosts of the dead toy with the living, the Fletchers discover they’ve become unwitting players in a horrible reenactment…one which they may not survive! This chilling ghost story stars Edward Albert (Galaxy of Terror), Susan George (Straw Dogs), Doug McClure (Humanoids from the Deep) and is directed by Kevin Connor (Motel Hell).
GHOST WARRIOR (AKA SWORDKILL)
Frozen in ice for over 300 years a deadly samurai warrior… lives again! While exploring a cave, two skiers find the body of a 400-year-old samurai warrior entombed in ice. He is brought to the United States in a hush-hush operation and revived through cryosurgery. Unfortunately, he is then forced to battle for his freedom, dignity and life. This Charles Band production stars Janet Julian (King of New York, Humongous).
• NEW High-Definition transfer (The House Where Evil Dwells)
• Theatrical Trailers
Wild Eye Releasing has opened the doors to the House of Afflictions with a new poster and trailer. The latest supernatural thriller from UK director Anthony M. Winson (The Witching Hour, Unholy) follows a crime author mourning the loss of her child as she tries to start life over in a new home. She soon discovers that she is not alone in the house. Is something from her past haunting her, or is it something deep within the house itself that wants to ensure she remain restless forever?
Kate Beckley was once a best selling crime author, but it’s been years since her last novel following the disappearance of her daughter, Julia. While attempting to write again in a new home, Kate finds herself haunted by strange visions and paranormal occurrences – which become worse each night. Has Julia returned, or is something more sinister preying on this grieving mother?
House of Afflictions will hit DVD in February of 2016 and will include a number of exclusive bonus features.
Shooting is nearing completion on New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring 2, with James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Dead Silence, Furious 7) once again at the helm.
The supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Wan shares a few new shots from set in London, while the shoot began in Los Angeles.
Reprising their roles, Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air, “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the Insidious films) star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Filming under the title of The Conjuring 2, the sequel will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.
Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”) as the single mom, with Madison Wolfe (“Zoo”) and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (“Roy”); Franka Potente (“The Bridge”); and Simon McBurney (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).
In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson.
The film is set to haunt theaters on June 10th, 2016.
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It’s nice to see Twentieth Century Fox following through with their plan to get behind one low budget genre film a year.
Just the other day we showed you the first ever imagery from The Other Side of the Door, which stars “The Walking Dead’s” Sarah Wayne Callies, as well as Wrong Turn and May fav Jeremy Sisto.
Coming out of left field, The Other Side of the Door is directed by indie filmmaker Johannes Roberts (F, 47 Meters Down, Storage 24), which is what truly makes this exciting. Until studios take more chances, we’ll continue to see films in the vein of bad Paranormal sequels. I’m supporting the hell out of this one, especially because the trailer look fan-fucking-tastic.
Speaking of, we nabbed the trailer, as well as the film’s official one-sheet, which open the door and upset the balance of nature. When you fuck with nature, you fuck with everything. Spooky stuff happens on March 11, 2016.
“Grieving over the loss of her son, a mother struggles with her feelings for her daughter and her husband. She seeks out a ritual that allows her say goodbye to her dead child, opening the veil between the world of the dead and the living. Her daughter becomes the focus of terror. She must now protect against the evil that was once her beloved son.”
Based on the 1818 gothic romance novel by Mary Shelley, Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein may be named after the Creature’s creator, but it actually attempts to separate itself from the recent onslaught of Universal Monster movies by focusing the story on Igor, Victor’s assistant. In this adaptation, the two men cross paths late one night when fate places them both at the circus under the same tent. Igor, a hideous hunchback with this face painted up like a clown waits in the shadows for his nightly humiliation; a ritual in which the crowd laughs and cheers while the rest of the circus folk kick and bully Igor in the name of amusement.
While he waits for his turn in the ring, Igor huddles by the benches, and watches as his angel, Lorelei, flies overhead, a master trapeze artist who unknowingly captured Igor’s heart ages ago. Suddenly, the ropes connecting the trapeze bar give way, abruptly and awkwardly dumping Lorelei onto the harsh ground below. As both Igor and the well-dressed gentleman Victor rush to her side, they put their heads together and quickly devise a plan to save Lorelei’s life, resourcefully pulling the lady back from the brink of death, while at the same time cementing what would become a lifelong friendship between these two strangers.
Victor immediately recognizes Igor’s intelligence and talent, and convinces him to leave the circus and come live with him, where many more daunting medical challenges await them. Igor, a slave to the three rings since birth, reluctantly agrees, just thankful to finally have a friend who can see the scientist beneath the clown makeup. Together, the two geniuses seek to permanently put an end to the threat of death, and accomplish the impossible: mastering the art of reanimation.
By setting up Igor and Victor as intellectual equals, director McGuigan touches on something special that’s quite unprecedented for films of this nature. While other Frankenstein flicks opted to focus on the relationship between Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature, or, more recently, just the Creature, this film relies on unexpected homoerotic undertones that surprisingly work to the film’s advantage.
While the Max Landis-lead script tries to highlight the romance between throwaway character Lorelei and Igor, and also, build tension with the head-butting brewing between progressive Frankenstein and throwaway conservative character Inspector Turpin, it turns out that the most interesting twosome in the film (and the one that carries the crowd over the landmine of plot holes), is the love blossoming between Igor and Frank, as they engage in several risky experiments together.
Victor immediately points out that Igor isn’t a true hunchback, but simply suffers from a medical condition that can be easily fixed, but if we’re to believe that Igor spends all of his spare time at the circus reading up on human anatomy, wouldn’t he be able to figure that out himself? Are we supposed to believe that her Lorelei’s mysterious benefactor is giving her enough money to allow her to transition from a circus performer to an aristocrat within the timeframe of a few weeks? Also, was that really a San Diego Comic-Con Hall H joke shoved into a period piece set during the early 1800s?
Yes, Victor Frankenstein is riddled with issues and unexplained moments, but in the end, all of the mishaps are easy to brush off, because that’s not why we’re really here. As the audience quickly learns, this film isn’t as much about the commentary of a man playing god by choosing who lives and who dies, or the Inspector’s Christian perception of Frankenstein’s work, and his insistence that such drastic scientific progress is the work of the devil, although those themes are so blatantly obvious that it sometimes feels like they’re etched onto a baseball bat that is then used to beat the viewers over the head with its messages.
No, the real reason to see this movie is charming bromance between Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, and the power struggle that develops in the midst of their rollercoaster of a relationship. Whether it is intentional or not, their forbidden love flourishes rapidly, and winds up becoming an angle that turns out to be just as prominent as any of the motifs dealing with the consequences of using scientific advancement to prolong life, or society’s determination of a monster. From ripping off Igor’s shirt within the first ten minutes of the film, to sharing drunken nights filled with brainstorming, to a tear-filled finale, these two scientists are concocting much more than the reanimation of a corpse in their basement.
In the end, Victor Frankenstein, although clever and humorous at times, overall still manages to blend in with the myriad of action-packed, CGI-covered, slo-mo enhanced Universal Monster movies that have come out recently With its only real saving grace being the unexpected bromance between Radcliffe and McAvoy, and the lowered expectations of audience members who have been witnesses to far too many terrible Frankenstein films, the latest adaptation is slightly more enjoyable than its recent predecessors, but not by much. Without the romantic undertones between the two male leads, it’s hard to say if this film would be worth catching, but luckily, they provide the much needed chemistry to carry this strange tonal mash-up over its rough patches.
Double Murder is back with their Parental Impostor episode: The Visit vs. Goodnight Mommy! Just in time for all your Thanksgiving travels, Danny! and Tim review and rate two films about possible family frauds. In The Visit, from M Night Shyamalan, two siblings visit their grandparents for the first time, only to encounter the strange behavior that may have made their mother stay away for all these years. In Goodnight Mommy, a pair of brothers begins to suspect that their mother is not all that she seems, but are they?
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