Odin’s Eye Heads Into Shark Infested Waters With ‘Into the Deep’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:19

Bloody Disgusting landed an early sneak peak at Odin’s Eye’s deep sea thriller, Into the Deep, which will be selling to the sharks at EFM in Berlin.

Directed by Gerald Rascionato from his own screenplay, “Three American college students head down under to capture Great White Sharks on film. But when a freak wave capsizes their boat mid cage dive they are left fighting for and against each other in the world’s most dangerous shark infested waters.

Above is the first image that looks reminiscent of Open Water.

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Arbitrator “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Calgary metal project Arbitrator to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere for “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene”, which comes from the band’s upcoming album Indoctrination Of Sacrilege (out February 13th).

Arbitrator is the brainchild of Rob Kukla, who handles nearly all aspects of the music in studio, although he did draft Soilwork‘s Dirk Verbeuren for drums and Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) did the mastering.

Kukla states:

I won’t bullshit. ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ is just that – a journey discovering the Arbitrator sound. It’s our first album and not our destined grand opus. It is, however, an excellent piece of carefully crafted music. Those that find satisfaction in ominous and progressive death metal of a grand scale will undoubtedly find something for themselves in here.

Head below for the lyric premiere and head over to Bandcamp to preorder the album.

Rob Kukla explains “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene”:

‘SBOTN’ was the last song written for the album and by far the strongest testament to the future of the arbitrator sound. Upon it’s completion I knew that writing for the album had to be concluded, as it brought about such a strong revelation of musical direction for me. It’s heavy, epic, catchy, and above all unforgivably hateful. Jorgan Redick’s tastefully crafted lyric video brings the track nothing but justice.

Arbitrator online:
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Comic Book Review: ‘Casanova Acedia’ #1 – A Welcome Return Of The Strange Spy Series

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 20:31

Reviewed By Katy Rex. I probably wouldn’t have picked up ‘Casanova: Acedia’ #1 on my own. My spy/intrigue quota is very well satisfied by titles like Velvet, but having picked it up, I’m probably not putting it down anytime soon.

WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction

ART BY: Fabio Moon

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Casanova Quinn now serves as a sort of loyal bodyguard and companion for a seriously Gatsby-like man who is named, without any winks to the fourth wall, Mr. Boutique. And as much as “reboot” is a dirty word in comics, this issue is almost a reboot of sorts. Quinn has completely lost his memory (which means he doesn’t have to try to figure out the time paradox that led him to living as his own evil twin), and although he still seems to be able to access his skills, he has the chance to be a completely different person. It’s less an opportunity and more of a necessity, since he doesn’t seem to have a choice in the matter of his memory.

This issue has two narrators, Quinn and another unknown and omniscient narrator, distinguished by their lettering styles courtesy of Dustin K. Harbin. The new story follows Quinn’s character, now going by Quentin Cassidy, in his new life. He’s been living as a majordomo for 2-3 years, but the omniscient narrator tells us that in that time, even as he lives his new life, he’s constantly alert for some hint about his past. When Quinn flashes back, in the course of his narration, to the not-explicitly-stated duties he performs for Boutique, the panel layout makes that flash as abrupt as a memory, and the washed out palette of those brief panels set them in the past. The dynamic between Cassidy/Quinn and Boutique is weirdly relatable even for someone who has never been a bodyguard and hitman for an older and possibly spy affiliated Gatsby, but it’s a little hard to believe that they know so little about each other. If Quinn’s spy training is still present enough for him to perform menial tasks like murder and chauffeuring, why isn’t it present enough for him to instinctually dig up background information on Boutique?

Because of the weird Gatsby party vibe, it’s crucial for Moon’s art to straddle 1920’s decadence and slightly more modern spy grit, which he accomplishes by meeting somewhere in the middle– there’s a very 60’s feel to a lot of the textures, implying that Quinn is very much a man out of time in golden Hollywood. New readers might not know what to make of that, since it’s not actually explained in this issue that his memory loss is a result of a crash, and that the thing he crashed was a time machine. Hopefully future issues will give the readers more explanations as Quinn gets some answers himself. The art and backdrop sets this up as even more quintessentially spy-movie-esque, and the brash lines making the characters feel angular makes it difficult to get too comfortable with the sensuous scenes.

As if that isn’t enough, Gabriel Ba (co-creator of the series) is back, drawing a short piece by none other than Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys). Chabon is famous for his heavily comic-influenced prose, and in this book he inaugurates his ongoing mini that will live in the Casanova back pages, The Metanauts. Prose authors can’t always adapt to comic scripting, but Chabon manages it seamlessly, weaving a strange story about an overnight celebrity with possibly-nonhuman genitals, a wry sense of humor, and a way with a bass. Because of Ba and Moon’s history collaborating and trading off on the art, Ba’s accompanying art with this Chabon short is consistent with the book overall and still brings something fresh to the Metanaut story. The bodies are more evocative and less about anatomically accurate representation, which brings the music scene being portrayed to life.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

 

 

 

 

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Hear the ‘Echoes’ On Home Video

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:10

Can the desert summon the dead?

An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival, winning Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director honors, the supernatural thriller Echoes arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 15th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The feature directorial debut of Nils Timm (who also wrote the screenplay), Echoes explores the murky realm between reality and dreams, and what could happen when these worlds collide.

Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, Anna (French), a young writer, retreats with her boyfriend (Brand) to an isolated yet beautiful glass house in the desert. Hoping that the desert vistas surrounding her will spur her creative juices, she welcomes the opportunity to stay behind when her boyfriend must return to the city for urgent business.

However, Anna’s sleep paralysis does not abate, despite the calming environment. And now, her attacks are accompanied by a mysterious figure, caked with dirt as if it was made of sand itself. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or is she being lead to uncover a life-threatening secret?

Steven Brand (“Teen Wolf,” The Scorpion King), Kate French (Channeling, “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill”), Billy Wirth (“Chicago P.D.”, The Lost Boys) and Steve Hanks (12/12/12, Hold Your Breath) star.

Categories: Horror News

‘Fear Clinic’ Clip Actually Has My Worst Fear…

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:07

Here’s two new clips from Fear Clinic, which will be released on iTunes and XBOX January 30th with a Blu-ray and DVD release slated for February 10, 2015 through Anchor Bay Entertainment. Ironically, one of the clips actually does carry my worst fear…spiders.

The pic stars horror icon Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker, as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut, and is directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II).

With blood-chilling special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, Fear Clinic is said to take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself.

When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…

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Comic Book Review: ‘Gotham By Midnight’ # 3 – Is Demonically Enjoyable

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:43

‘Gotham By Midnight’ #3 promises to show you the horror behind the most corrupt city in comics. This month, Detective Jim Corrigan uncovers true supernatural insanity and the tone of the book cements itself as the most unique offering in the Batman universe.

WRITTEN BY: Ray Fawkes

ART BY: Ben Templesmith

PUBLISHER: DC Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

The first issue of ‘Gotham By Midnight’ suffered from heaps of exposition that did their best to establish this new team of cops prying beneath the scummy floorboards of Gotham. With the introductions out of the way, Ray Fawkes sinks his teeth into the true horror behind the series to thrilling results.

After finding the strange nun who spoke in tongues in the first issue, Corrigan and company have plunged themselves into the heart of darkness. The first page sets the perfect tone for the issue showing that this team is the only thing the darkness fears. Every member of the team has a moment here, but this is really Jim Corrigan’s book.

He doesn’t quite get the moment here that I wanted but through the experiences of the supporting characters you understand why he was the perfect man to lead this force. The troubling evil he sensed has reared its ugly head, and now it’s time for people to get in line with his leadership. Fawkes reminds us that our hero is broken, and gives a phenomenal supporting team to buttress this odd demonic hero by giving Lisa Drake an incredible flashback that reinforces her character in a beautiful way.

Ben Templesmith’s work is moody and evocative. Certain pages are overpowering in their visceral use of contrast to cut the page, but it never proves distracting. Instead the think fog of his coloring creates a color palette that defines the dirty and dangerous work of ‘Gotham By Midnight.’ Plus when things get really out of control, Templesmith slides into his singnature use of dirty green and muddy orange to evoke a dichotomy of warmth and cold that really resonates through his panels.

A book like this couldn’t have existed a few years ago. Batman has grown into a full blown phenomenon and yet, he doesn’t grace a single page of this comic. His world stands tall and stranger without him. Fawkes is doing great work to build the occult underworld of the criminal underworld. Better yet he informs all the horror we’ve been seeing in the other bat books, as if its something more sinister at play.

‘Gotham By Midnight’ isn’t motivated by fear, instead it challenges you by giving a foreboding tone to a world we thought we knew and with every issue it builds a strong foundation for the best Bat book on the stands. I can only hope it lives longer than 6 issues, because for it to be wiped out by Convergence in April would be an absolute shame.

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[TV] “Salem” Sets Return Date; First Look At Stuart Townsend

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:18

WGN America has set the premiere date for the highly anticipated second season of its hit supernatural thriller “Salem,” which will make its return on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT.

The network also released the first-look photo from the new season of “Salem,” currently in production in Shreveport, LA for its 13-episode sophomore run, featuring recurring guest stars Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”) and Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman”).

From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), “Salem” season two opens at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of season one, with its catalyst and Salem’s deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, “Made in Jersey,” “Human Target”) at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne. In the wake of the destruction caused by the Grand Rite, completed by Mary and inadvertently triggered by Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg, “Mob City”) in the season one finale, the fates of Captain John Alden (Shane West, “Nikita, “ER”), Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel, “Arrow,” “Fringe”), Tituba (Ashley Madekwe, “Revenge”), Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant, “Jane Eyre”), Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle, “The Astronaut Farmer”) and Isaac hang in the balance.

New to the embattled 17th-century village for the second season of “Salem” are Lucy Lawless as Countess Marburg, one of the last descendants of a legendary line of ancient German witches; Stuart Townsend as Samuel Wainwright, a mysterious doctor looking to uncover the secrets of Salem as he keeps a few of his own; Joe Doyle (“Raw”) as Baron Sebastian Marburg, the charming and cultured son of the Countess; and Oliver Bell (“The Saint”) as Mary’s long-lost son, who was revealed in the season one finale to have been secretly kept alive all along by her coven.

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Stuart Townsend as Samuel Wainwright and Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley in the first look from WGN America’s SALEM Season 2, returning Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET / 9pm CT. PHOTO CREDIT: WGN America

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First Look At “Walking Dead” Spoof, ‘The Walking Deceased’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:13

Variety writes that ARC Entertainment has acquired North American rights to The Walking Deceased, a sendup of zombie movies and TV shows that aims to be a Scary Movie-style takedown of the genre.

Written by Tim Ogletree and directed by Scott Dow, here’s your first look at Walking Deceased, which “centers on a ragtag bunch of zombie-apocalypse survivors as they set out for a fabled safe haven.

Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Joel Oglesby and Ogletree star.

Personally, I’m always excited about spoofs, but they always fail to impress me. If they can avoid lame pop culture jokes, they’re already halfway there…

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Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Announces ‘Murder Collection’ Picture Disc

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:00

One of the most revered composers in the horror genre, Claudio Simonetti of Goblin has announced the upcoming picture disc release of Murder Collections, a new collection of classic tracks that have been rearranged by Simonetti.

The synopsis direct from YouTube reads:

The songs included in the compilation are the horror classics from Dario Argento’s Film and some songs of the legendary Goblin , the arrangement of the songs is much closer to the ’70s it originates mainly Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), Suspiria, Tenebre, Dawn of the Dead, Roller, Phenomena the battery Titta Tani beats less than the live versions and the sound is much sweeter. Wonderful performing on bass Federico Amorosi, poignant solos Bruno Previtali, as always keyboards Claudio Simonetti.

The LP is available for pre-order via Rustblade and is limited to 499 copies.

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Comic Book Review: ‘Quantum and Woody Must Die’ # 1 Is A Funny An Action Packed Superhero Romp

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:47

Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 kind of says it all right there, doesn’t it? Foils to heroes, even dubious ones like these, always rant on and on like that. Thank the comic book gods once again for books like this. Q&W+Goat shows us that not every hero story has to be so noble or so epic or so dark and serious that the ‘world will never be the same’.

WRITTEN BY: James Asmus

ART BY: Steve Lieber

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 28 January 2015

These two would-be-heroes are the definition of bumbling do-gooders. Brothers Eric (aka Quantum) and Woody (aka the degenerate) seem to be getting into shenanigans all over town. Good luck keeps following them wherever they go, too. Knocking French-Canadians notwithstanding, writer James Asmus continues his comical run with these characters. Plus, you can never go wrong with more Goat and a dash of hypnotism. I honestly don’t know why I never picked this dynamically hilarious series up before their last miniseries, The Delinquents. As long as writers like Asmus keep it this fun, I’ll follow their antics anywhere.

The art by Steve Lieber adds to the fast pace of the story as well. It’s no surprise to anyone who appreciated the underrated Superior Foes of Spider-Man series that Lieber can draw the heck out of funny. Shattering the Santa myth to a child is a particularly fun sequence in this chapter.

I must commend letterer Dave Lanphear. The irreverent emoticons in the word balloons absolutely fit how oddball these two and the wacky world they inhabit are. It’s nice to see there’s new ways to swear in comics without actually swearing in comics. Also the placement of sound effects is pitch-perfect throughout this issue too. Huzzah and kudos all around for making this a great introduction issue. Bring on the offspring of the Goat! Pick this up and learn to laugh at superheroes again and not ironically but because they’re so stupidly funny.

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

 

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Comic Book Review: ‘The Life After’ Volume 1 TPB – Welcome To The Fantastically Weird Afterlife

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:35

The Life After Volume 1 makes storytelling look easy yet challenging, simple yet complex and beautiful and ghastly all at the same time. Being in Purgatory for suicides and a handkerchief are what start us off on the truly bizarre voyage through the after-life…and that’s when things get weirder and weirder in all the best ways possible.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Hale Fialkov

ART and COLORING BY: Gabo

PUBLISHER: Oni Press, Inc.

PRICE: $9.99

Jude, the would-be hero, Ernest Hemingway, a dog named Gertie and the lady Nettie take readers on a journey through the bureaucratic hereafter. Breaking free of the monotonous repetition is what gets Jude noticed by the higher-ups, and that’s not a good thing. One should stick to the program, such as it is, and not cause any ripples in the system. Thankfully, suicide (and too much mercury in your blood) gives Jude someone to fight alongside: The Ernest Hemingway. Sound wonky? It is and it’s fantastically captivating. The utter mystery and not knowing what will happen next is what makes this such an engrossing read.

This creative team of Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo have made this story unlike anything else. I hope that when this book gets re-packaged with bonus material down the line that readers can get a glimpse of the notes these two came up with to pitch this tale. The amount of detailed thinking and sheer hellish details poured into this book is something to behold. Artist Gabo’s depictions of both Heaven and Hell and their residents are truly distinctive and genuinely scary.

The Life After is indeed a scary place, no matter where you end up. Yet somehow, throughout this entire first volume, there still remains hope scattered here and there. Change is never easy, no matter what dimensional plane it happens upon. The creative minds behind this attempt to change the realms of the dead truly know how to make it all make sense. They also will entertain you completely all at once. Read this and enjoy the jump off the cliff like Hemingway does herein with a pipe in one hand, a pistol in the other and leaving no one behind.

 

RELEASE: 28 January 2015

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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5 Skull Comic Review: ‘Criminal: Coward’ – The Sublime Start To A Masterful Friendship

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:13

Reviewed by Eric Switzer. “Criminal: Coward” is the first arc of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (“Fatale”, “The Fade Out”) 2006 series first published by Marvel’s Icon imprint.  This new print at Image doesn’t deliver new content aside from the original covers, but if you just started “The Fade Out” or if you are completely unfamiliar with this rockstar team of noir masterminds, “Coward” is unequivocally the place to start.

 

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker

ART BY: Sean Phillips

PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $14.99

Release: January 28, 2015

Reviewing “Coward” is sort of like giving Casablanca two thumbs up.  This is where it all began for this writer-artist team that has come to be known as the kings of crime fiction.  “Criminal” arcs are typically 5 issues and are compartmentalized, meaning each arc is its own story with its own cast.  “Coward”, the first story in the “Criminal” series, is the story of a diamond-heist-gone-wrong, and stars a tragically flawed pickpocket in way over his head.

Leo learned how to steal growing up from his dad and his Uncle Ivan.  As an adult he found he had a particular talent for orchestrating large scale heists utilizing a set up rules developed over a life of crime developed to meet one goal: never get caught.  After a particularly botched bank job, Leo leaves the business and reserves himself to take care of his elderly Uncle Ivan, who’s overcome by Alzheimers and addicted to heroin.  Now Leo is being pulled back in by the prospects of a job too good to refuse:  a single police armored vehicle transporting millions of dollars in blood diamonds to a high profile trial.  Things quickly get out of hand, no one is exactly who they appear to be, and by the end of it you’ll be absolutely winded having held your breath for 148 pages.

Like all of Brubaker’s work, “Coward” the kind of meaty plot not common to the medium, and is so densely packed with style, form, and theme, so finely polished and meticulously constructed, this is crime-fiction perfection rivaling any Lehane, Harris, or Chandler novel out there.  “Coward” is on narrative-nitrous, delivering breakneck twists and turns as any classic noir would, but it is not without its quiet moments, and delivers some intensely emotional scenes, filled with pathos and desperation and just so much god damn grit.  Leo has a well paced and satisfying character arc, the larger-than-life villain is entertainly outrageous yet genre appropriate, and the dialogue/narration is so perfectly ripped from the time period you will be completely swept away by the entirety of the experience.

It is really fun to look back and see the evolution of Sean Phillips work.  His panels are so subtly expressionistic when they need to be without betraying the hard-edged style dictated by the genre.  Phillips, better than any artist I know of, has emotive characters that compliment Brubaker’s sharp dialogue.  There is a particular scene depicting a character who is struggling against a certain elicit temptation that has stuck with ever since I first saw it back in 2006.  This girl alone in a tiny bathroom is probably the loudest moment in the entire story, and showcases just how exquisitely talented Phillips is as a story teller.  This is ground zero for the best crime comics out there.  If you haven’t read it yet, this is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on it.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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Comic Book Review: ‘Alex + Ada’ #12 Is A High Point For The Sleeper Hit

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:59

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. Coming off of a chilling cliff-hanger, “Alex + Ada” #12 is probably the most eventful issue in the series.  This is a slow burn series, but if you’ve stuck with it you will certainly be rewarded with everything that is happening here.  Luna and Vaughn have done such a fantastic job of building out this world, establishing the conflicts and social issues within it, and developing a growing cast of interesting and uniquely motivated characters.  It is quietly one of the best series going right now, and issue 12 is a high point.

WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

ART BY: Jonathan Luna

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Brutal violence, unexpected death, new sentients, and purple blood characterize this issue filled to the brim with drama and intrigue.  I’ve stayed current with “Alex + Ada” despite the fact that it traveled beyond my wheelhouse because of how much I’ve appreciated the thought and concern put into the sociopolitical ramification of sentient A.I.  It has meandered somewhat over these 12 issues, and has for the most part fit into what I would call the “relationship drama” genre, but as Alex and Ada have learned to love each other I have grown to really appreciate the intricacies of a human-robot relationship.  Call me a softie, but a monthly break from the blood and guts isn’t the worst thing.  I find this book to be uniquely sweet, even if it isn’t as pulse pounding as my typical faire.

This issue stands out from the rest, though, for the level of anxiety and foreboding brought into Alex and Ada’s life.  The threat has been swelling gradually since the incident at the mall and the new government mandate that awakened androids would not be tolerated.  The threat of exposure is present every time Ada has to interact with the outside world, and it was inevitable that she would be discovered eventually.  Here we are, and just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, something unexpectedly tragic happens, causing Alex to make another difficult decision.

I wonder how bad things can get for Alex and Ada.  I don’t know what this book will become, if they will forever be on the run and in hiding, or if they will stand up with an army of A.I. and win this battle to be recognized in court, or on the steps of the white house.  I worry that things will end tragically.  I think about this book a lot, as I’m sure Luna and Vaughn have thought a great deal about the future and the challenges we will likely face.  The themes aren’t especially deep, but every once in a while I get a new perspective from this book, or a new angle to approach the issue of consciousness with.  This is a book I wish got more attention.

You should read it.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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5 Skull Comic Review: ‘Colder The Bad Seed’ #4 Epitomizes Creep Horror

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:41

Reviewed by Eric Switzer. “Colder: The Bad Seed” #4 is like the worst acid trip you could possibly imagine.  It is twisted and shocking in a way that makes you question the potential of the creative team had they not had this kind of outlet for their madness.  The horror in this series is so charming and vividly detailed it often reminds me of “Locke and Key” in its presentation.  You’ve got a fair bit to catch up on if you want to get into the second series of this fantastic dark fantasy, but it is well worth the investment.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 28, 2015

The first scene of this issue depicts the creature Swivel on his usual tour of Boston harvesting fingers for his flower pot.  He collects a handful by slamming the car door on a guy, then feeds them to a flock of pigeons, turning them into hideous flying finger monsters that fly through the city ripping people’s faces off and collecting their fingers before murdering themselves on the sides of buildings and under car tires.  Yeah.

Meanwhile, Reese takes a jaunt through the Hungry World uncovering clues about Declan’s past as she is steadily driven insane.  Eventually we discover why Swivel is doing all of this, and what he intends to do to Declan to resolve his issue.  This is the penultimate issue of this arc, and builds perfect anticipation for the finale.

“Colder” is kind of like if Rob Zombie, David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman, and Eli Roth got together and did peyote.  It is a book about the hidden world that feeds on madness, and seems to take depicting this as a personal challenge.  Every issue is more disturbing than the last.  “Colder” epitomizes what I like to call “creep horror”.

Tobin writes with a mix of confused terror and hopeless humor that embodies the insanity of it all so well.  It is rendered in such pristine detail that I wonder how Ferreyra gets through it without making himself sick.  It is almost inevitable that we will see a film adaptation of “Colder” before long, so if you like twisted shit with tons of shock value, this issue delivers another healthy dose of medicine, ya looney freaks.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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‘Exists’ Clip Goes Behind-the-Scenes With Bigfoot! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:06

The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand.

From the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, Exists takes you back to the woods in this first-person account of a legend on a deadly attack. The Exists DVD includes an audio commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez and writer Jamie Nash, deleted scenes and two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive first look at one of the featureless in which you get to see Bigfoot – played by Brian Steele – in action!

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway — a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed — something not exactly human, but not completely animal — an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.

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5 Skull Comic Review: ‘Sex Criminals’ # 10 – Come For The Boners, Stay For The Feels

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:36

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. “Sex Criminals” #10, the finale of the second arc, has Jon and Suzie meeting up with Ms. “Kincaid” to test the limits of their sexy super powers.  This issue may have hit the threshold for tasteless nudity in comics, and I mean that as a compliment, while simultaneously having the most heart of any issue to date. With “Sex Criminals” you cum for the boners, stay for the feels.  This issue has tons of both and you’re gonna love it.

WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction

ART BY: Chip Zdarsky

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

The past couple issue confused me a little bit.  I hate to admit that, as I typically assume the blame for not reading carefully enough, but the unceremonious shift in how time is used in the series has caused me to pause and look back, and the beginning of the last issue that followed Kincaid and the beginning of this issue showing Jon’s shrink writing about his conversation with Jon before having that conversation, chronologically, the series has thrown me for a loop, but it doesn’t distract from what is otherwise a standout issue.

Jon continues to deal with his depression in an honest and relatable way. His meet up with Suzie after his session was just so god damn pure.  It was awkward and strained between them as neither knew exactly what to say about it yet both were desperate to connect in a way that words just couldn’t.  It was perfect.

Then we have Robert romantically described his passion for baby delivering to Rachelle complete with graphic graphic close ups and her responding with dick pics, all the dick pics.  It is charming and gross and funny and explicit and it touches on gender issues and sex psychology and all the things that have come to define “Sex Criminals”.  This scene plays out like a microcosm of the entire series, astonishing because it is entirely without our key players.

Susie is unbelievably charming, as always, and is oblivious to Jon’s struggle with his feelings for her, which seems to be depicted as black box in his subconscious.  Susie is all business as their quest is a little more personal for her, and when they finally achieve the 3x mutual orgasm, the reveal is bizarre and hysterical in a way only Matt and Chip could think up.  The only bad thing about this book is the wait between issues.  As sophomoric and rude as the creators would like us to think it is, this book always manages to impact me in a big way.  It’s really something special and sweet, but don’t tell them I said so.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

 

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5 Skull Comic Review: ‘Predator Fire and Stone’ #4 – A Perfect End To Predator’s Best Hunt

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:03

Reviewed By Torin Chambers: ‘Predator Fire and Stone’ #4 is the epic culmination of Ahab’s hunt for his white whale: the Engineer. Last issue was all about the calm before the storm, building a palpable sense of tension. That tension has now reached a fever pitch with grand conclusion of Fire and Stone within sight. The storm is now upon us, so trust me when I say you’re going to love being to be swept away by it.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Chris Mooneyham

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Before we get to the fight at hand the very first page finally gives us vague insight into Ahab’s motivations for his hunt to end all hunts. This opening page is incredibly subjective but gives the general sense that this has been a long time coming. Even though last issue I was clamoring for some serious Ahab backstory, I’m personally a big fan of what Williamsons done here. These are two aliens whose lives stretch on much further than ours, who have cultures that are, well, alien to us. Trying to rationalize and put human meaning into their motivations is potentially a fool’s errand. We could never truly grasp the importance of this hunt and what it means to Ahab in the context of his culture. The way Williamson does it gives us the basics that we need, as well as raising the stakes one final time.

With each player at their mark it’s time for the fight to begin. Williamson said at NYCC that this fight would last for most of the issue and he definitely delivers, aside from a small epilogue this issue is all conflict. Now this is by no means a simple, clean fight. This is an utterly brutal brawl, where neither pulls any punches and honor means nothing. Ahab is in it to win it and will do whatever it takes, pull any dirty underhanded move he can to claim victory because his opponent will rip him to shreds given the chance. He’s even willing to put his trust in Galgo if it gives him the upper hand. Being ever the wildcard Galgo could prove to be Ahab’s undoing rather than his savior.

Williamson and Mooneyham hit it out of the park and into the stratosphere, creating a glorious ending to THE BEST Predator story ever. I whole heartedly mean that, no other Predator comic even comes close, trust me I’ve read them all. I’d also count it leagues above Predator 2 and Predators. You could argue the original film is better but I’d say you’re wrong. Unlike the original film Williamson and Mooneyham’s protagonists, Ahab and Galgo, have real character arcs, something Arnold was entirely lacking. Predator has finally been done justice.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

Categories: Horror News

The Agonist “My Witness, Your Victim” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Canadian metal band The Agonist to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “My Witness, Your Victim”! The new single comes from the band’s upcoming album Eye Of Providence, which hits shelves on February 24th via Century Media Records.

The video shows the band performing in a room that looks like something Dexter would set up before he takes out one of his victims. That footage is interspersed with clips of a gas masked individual wreaking havoc and torture upon an innocent guy, who looks like a hazmat cleaner. No matter the occupation, it doesn’t end well.

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Comic Book Review: ‘Clive Barker’s Nightbreed’ #9 Is Must Read Material

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:40

Reviewed By Jorge Solis: Kicking off in a new story arc, “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #9 delivers twisted glee as its pits monsters against humans. Old faces show up in this new direction, which feels like a direct sequel to the cult classic, “Nightbreed.” Taking off where the film ended, the “Nightbreed” series extends its potential and delivers must-read material.

WRITTEN BY: Marc Andreyko

ART BY: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

The cause of Midian’s downfall and the prophetic savior of the breed, Boone must find a new home for his lost tribe. With Lori back from the dead, there may be a chance to leave their old life behind. Lurking in the shadows, Ashberry, a former priest,  damned himself with the blood of Baphomet. A holy war is coming and Boone doesn’t realize an enemy is close behind him.

I enjoyed how writer Marc Andreyko split the narrative evenly, focusing on the lost tribe and Boone’s love life. We’re learning about the changes Lori is going through since her resurrection. Setting his sights on Lori, Ashberry wants revenge for what happened to him. I loved the surprise twist at the end, which could tear Lori and Boone apart.

Remaining hidden against the world, the lost tribe, which includes Peloquin and Kinski, feel abandoned by their leader. They came up with a pseudonym and wrote the best-selling book, “The Nightbreed.” They have all the riches to ask for, but no home to show for it.

Artist Emmanuel Xerx Javier captures Lori’s new eyesight in the opening pages. Like X-Ray vision, she can see through the skin and scan the bone structure. In her character design, Lori still dresses up like an ‘80s child and still has the hairstyle.

In the second subplot, my favorite part of Devmalya Pramanik’s artwork is when the lost tribe heads out during Mardi Gras. Surrounded by men and women in costumes, no one is paying attention to the Breed. In a hilarious panel, a fan dressed up like Peloquin runs up to the real Peloquin; loving his outfit.

Horror fans should not miss out on “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #9, which serves as sequel to the movieI cannot wait to read how the Breed, Boone, and Lori deal with Ashberry.

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Terrifying ‘It Follows’ Gets Friday the 13th Release!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:54

Amazing news, guys, as David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows – already the most anticipated horror film of the year – will now be opening in theaters and on VOD March 13, 2015, giving it a well-deserved Friday the 13th release!

I gave it a perfect score, calling it “a classical horror masterpiece.” Mike Pereira referred to as a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.

“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

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