In Memoriam: September 11, 2001

Dread Central - Sun, 09/11/2016 - 01:51

At this time we here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to reflect on and honor the memories of our friends and family who were lost to us 15 years ago on September 11th. The passage of time has done nothing to ease the pain. You’ll always be loved and remembered.

And here’s to our troops. Thank you so much for continuing to fight for us every day. Get home safe.

And wherever you’ve gone… and wherever we might go…
It don’t seem fair… today just disappeared…
Your light’s reflected now… reflected from afar…
We were but stones… your light made us stars.
” – Pearl Jam, “Light Years”

God bless.

– The Dread Central Family

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You Can Get Your Own “Stranger Things” Demogorgon Statue

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 21:40

This year has been absolutely stellar for horror. From fantastic movies such as The Witch, The Shallows, Don’t Breathe, The Conjuring 2, and more, to TV shows such as the return of “The X-Files”, Stephen King’s “11/22/63”, and the polarizing sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, horror has hit this year harder than we’ve seen in a long time. Critical acclaim, massive interest, and original ideas have propelled horror forward and skyrocketed its popularity.

One property that pushed it forward in ways that we couldn’t have possibly envisioned was Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things“, which has become a household name and captivated audiences the world over. The tale of several residents of Hawkins, Indiana coming together to find the missing boy Will Byers is quite possibly the biggest release this year, at least in terms of continuing discussion and obsession.

One of the big draws for horror fans in the series was the “Demogorgon”, the creature from the upside-down realm that holds Byers captive. Even thought we see the creature a few times in all its horrific glory, the first true appearance of the creature was a small figurine that was used when the four boys were playing a campaign of Dungeons and Dragons.

If you found yourself wanting one of those figures, you’re in luck as a replica is being made and pre-orders are open right now!

The Demogorgon figure stands approximately 8 inches tall, and is solid cast resin. Fully painted and assembled, this collectible figure will be the talk of your collection. Wether you are a classic Dungeon & Dragons fan, or a Stranger Things fan, this statue is sure to be the perfect addition to your collection. Estimated shipping time on the Demogorgon statue is October 2016.

You can place your pre-orders right here.

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Exclusive: Eibon Press Talks Gates of Hell Comic Series; Fulci’s Zombie #1 Reprint Now Available!

Dread Central - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 16:29

The folks over at Eibon Press just keep on kicking the horror world’s ass with their Fulci Comics. Issue #1 of Zombie, based on the classic film, is now available again as a limited edition reprint and is rapidly selling out. Issue #2 is well on the way also, and it promises to be a gore-soaked delight!

Eibon Press co-founder Shawn Lewis provided us with the lowdown today.

We just went live with the second printing of LUCIO FULCI’S ZOMBIE #1 last night at our website, and we’re having the same great success with it,” said Lewis. “The fans of Fulci and ZOMBIE are really coming out in force for these comics. In fact, I wanted to share with your readers that we still have hundreds of unsigned copies of the #1 reprint for sale as of today. The great thing about the unsigned copies is that they come with all the same bells and whistles, and they’re a little cheaper too!

And we’ll be rolling out LUCIO FULCI’S ZOMBIE #2 in less than a month also,” he added. “Issue #2 features the most iconic scenes of the classic Fulci film, like Shark vs. Zombie and Eye vs. Splinter, but it also features a 5-page bonus story from our upcoming GATES OF HELL comic, based on Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. Check it out one time, won’t you? GATES will be a 3-issue mini-series and is actually the start of a trilogy of horrors we have planned, called THE SAGA OF THE 7 GATES. It’s a blood-soaked epic based on the films of Fulci!

A gentle reminder: Fulci Comics are not available in any store. You can only get them at EIBONPRESS.COM.

So get your ass over there!

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[Review] ‘The Disappointments Room’ Tries and Fails to Turn a Tale of Depression Into a Horror Film

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 13:01

The folks over at Relativity Media has had a rough go of it recently. After declaring bankruptcy last summer and emerging from it back in March, they have spent the past year trying to claw themselves out of their financial woes. The past year has seen many of their films get scheduled only to get pushed back by several months (looking at you, Before I Wake). One of those films is D.J. Caruso’s (DisturbiaThe Disappointments Room. Filmed in 2014, The Disappointments Room was abruptly scheduled for a September 9th release date three weeks ago after being bumped from its original release date of March. Finally seeing the light of day in a small-scale nationwide release (it’s playing on just over 1,500 screens), The Disappointments Room fails to inject horror into a story that would have worked much better had it been written solely as a straightforward psychological drama.

Following the death of their infant daughter, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Mel Raido) move to an old house in the country with their 5-year-old son Lucas (Duncan Joiner). Hoping to get a fresh start and rid Dana of her depression and guilt, the family attempts to settle into their new home outside of the city. Dana comes across a locked door in the attic that she learns is a disappointments room. While dealing with her own grief and the renovations of her new home, she tries to unravel the mystery behind this secret room.

The script is credited to Caruso and actor/writer Wentworth Miller (who also penned 2013’s exceptional Stoker), and it’s a bit shocking to learn that they are behind it because their résumés suggest that they’re capable of better. There are a multitude of issues with the script, but the biggest one is that it paints Beckinsale’s character as a shrew for the first two acts of the film. She is clearly dealing with some crippling mental issues and her husband, who is one of the most worthless characters ever put on screen, just shrugs it off for most of the film, constantly giving her “you’re being crazy” facial expressions.

A lot of jokes will be made over the film’s title, but to say The Disappointments Room is disappointing would imply that there were high expectations in the first place. A studio doesn’t just schedule a theatrical release for a film three weeks prior to said release because they think it’s good. Not even if that studio is just coming out of bankruptcy. It seems like Relativity saw the success of Lights Out, a horror film that dealt with similar themes, and tried to cash in on its success.

The Disappointments Room is being marketed as a horror film and that is a huge mistake. Sure, it will get butts in seats during the opening weekend (my theater was surprisingly half-full), but The Disappointments Room fails remarkably as a horror film. It is littered with cheap scares. There is even a medicine cabinet mirror scare in the film. Why do directors still think it is a good idea to use those? Moments of graphic violence are also edited to death so that you can’t tell what is going on during them. The film is at its worst when it is trying to be scary because never once is the film actually scary. The psychological parts are where the film is at its best. Delving into Dana’s mind is much more fascinating than some cheap jump scares.

Not helping matters is that the film is rather dull for the majority of its runtime. It’s mostly just Beckinsale walking around the house staring at things. The film attempts to build suspense around the mystery of the titular room and the circumstances surrounding the death of David and Dana’ daughter, but none of it works particularly well. Miller and Caruso try to link the history of the disappointments room to Beckinsale’s grief, but it just doesn’t mesh. It starts heading somewhere interesting for a while, but fails to stick the landing. The final act leaves so many hanging threads (one character’s fate is left up in the air entirely) that is seems like it was chopped up in the editing room during post-production.

The Disappointments Room is not a complete loss. Beckinsale gives a heartbreaking performance as Dana. The full story behind her daughter’s death, while predictable, is one of the more interesting aspects of the film. Beckinsale sells Dana’s mental trauma well and earns the audience’s empathy, despite the film sometimes painting her in a negative light. It would have behooved the film if it had more time been spent reflecting on that after the film reveals it. Unfortunately it is treated as a twist, which cheapens the plot development.

Bolstered by Beckinsale’s performance and some rather affecting insights into depression and guilt, the film at least merits a rental. It’s just a shame it had to attempt to inject so much horror into the proceedings, but a horror film called The Disappointments Room is an easier sell than a drama called Kate Beckinsale is Sad for 90 Minutes.

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[TIFF Review] ‘Free Fire’ is Adrenaline-Boosting and Hits the Sweet Spot!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 11:01

What better way to start the Midnight Madness program than a riotous shoot-em-up starring a bunch of actors that are eminently cheer worthy? That’s Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, which finds the British director back in down and dirty mode after last year’s High Rise, his detour into genre art fare that was met with mixed reviews. Free Fire is a complete about face: Wheatley exchanges the cool aesthetic and stylistic direction of High Rise for a relatively simple narrative that allows him to focus on creating a crime caper engineered to ensure maximum audience satisfaction.

The plot is straight forward: in 1978 a group of freedom fighters, led by Cillian Murphy’s Nick and Michael Smiley’s Frank, meet up to buy guns from Sharlto Copley’s Verne, with the sale facilitated by neutrals Justine (Brie Larson) and Ord (Armie Hammer). After the briefest of introductions to flesh out which side everyone is on, the deal swiftly goes south over a minor disagreement. The remainder of the film’s 90 minute run time is dedicated to extended gun battles, punctuated by brief moments of tension-defusing sarcastic commentary from the surviving participants. The entire film is situated in an abandoned factory and populated almost exclusively by our core cast (outside of a few individuals who might as well all wear red shirts). It’s a bare bones bottle action film.

At first it seems as though the thin premise will be the film’s downfall; after all, how can Wheatley possibly keep the energy from flagging without more to work with? The simple answer: create a series of highly entertaining action set pieces and let his talented cast do the rest. The staging of the action is impressive considering the limited space, but Wheatley makes good use of hallways, stairs and pillars to help divide up the space as characters run for cover. Two set pieces in particular stand out: an extended two person crawl to reach a phone on the second level that involves both a fire and a fire extinguisher and a last act chase scene with a truck going slowly in circles.

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The actors, meanwhile, all hold their own (Hammer starts off poorly, but ends up redeeming himself as the film progresses). It’s unclear how much of the dialogue is scripted, but the volley of insults and comebacks hurled back and forth is almost as lethal as the bullets. It’s worth singling out Copley, whose narcissism, flashy 70s suit and unique South African accent helps to distinguish Verne as a truly unique and offensively funny character. As the lone female of the group, Oscar winner Brie Larson manages to hold her own, despite disappearing for a long stretch in the third act of the film while the boys kill each other off.

The single biggest challenge the film faces is that there is no strict protagonist or antagonist so it’s not entirely clear who we should be rooting for. There’s barely enough time for introductions before the shooting begins and since Wheatley refuses to pick sides, our instinct is to cheer for (and against) everyone. As a result Free Fire winds up resembling a slasher film where we celebrate the great kills (of which there are several) rather than cheer for our favourite character to survive.

Ultimately, Free Fire is a solidly entertaining crime film. The action is frequent and adrenaline-boosting, the dialogue crackles and several of the set pieces are highly memorable. For audiences willing to park their brains at the door and embrace the madness, Free Fire should hit the sweet spot.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Kairo’ (‘Pulse’) Getting the Arrow Video Treatment!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 21:14

Brad and I have some strange similarities when it comes to horror movies in that we share a passion for titles that don’t get a lot of recognition. For example, we’re both huge fans of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions (when I told him there was a director’s cut, he sent me a message about 30 seconds later saying he ordered a copy), we both think John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness ranks as one of the director’s best works, and, when it comes to J-horror, we both adore Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Kairo (aka Pulse).

The film is an allegory for how technology and social media, while bringing us together online, ultimately cause us to drift apart in the real world, creating a sense of isolation. It’s absolutely fantastic and is one of the few J-horror films that manages to still terrify me with each viewing. There’s something about the atmosphere of the film that is incredibly dour and unsettling, which I relish.

Now, Arrow Video has announced that they will be releasing a Blu-ray home video edition for both US and UK audiences that will include some phenomenal extras, such as new interviews with Kurosawa and cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi as well as a new “appreciation” video featuring Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Blair Witch, V/H/S), and a reversible sleeve, plus more. The full list of specials can be found below.

A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, “Do you want to meet a ghost?” After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.

The UK version is coming out in early December (pre-order here) while the US version doesn’t have a confirmed release date yet.

•High Definition digital transfer
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
•New optional English subtitle translation
•New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
•New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
•The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You’re Next)
•Archive ‘Making of’ documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
•Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
•Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
•Trailers and TV Spots
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket

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Twisted Music Video of the Week Vol. 248: Marilyn Manson “The Fight Song” (80s Horror Remixed)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 17:30

This week’s edition of Twisted Music Video of the Week is a little different. Normally I find a video from a band, one that features content that I can connect with horror. However, today brings something a little different.

Below is a video that takes clips from various 80’s horror movies and does a visual remix, all set to the aggressive and exciting Marilyn Manson track “The Fight Song”. Kudos have to be given to video creator Steve Collender, who really put a lot of effort into making this remix, which does a whole lot more than just edit a few clips together. The effects and transitions make this a highly engaging view, so get on down there and enjoy!

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[Interview] ‘Blair Witch’ Writer Simon Barrett on Inventing New Mythology, Entering the Witch’s House!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 15:01

Those who revisit Eduardo Sanchez, Daniel Myrick and Gregg Hale‘s 1999 The Blair Witch Project will be surprised to learn that there’s little to no mythology presented in the film. There’s just enough information to deliver a scare here or there, with the most imprinted sequence being the shot of one of the campers staring into a corner. We never got to see “The Witch”, but the filmmakers pushes viewers’ imaginations to the point of freaking themselves out.

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett don’t quite play the same game with Blair Witch, in theaters September 16th. In our exclusive chat with Barrett, screenwriter on the new film, he reveals that he expanded the original’s mythology by exploring its initial ideas.

“I did, though mostly I’m just augmenting or extrapolating upon a lot of the ideas that are suggested in the first film,” he explained. “And again, I had the blessing of the original creators to do kind of whatever I wanted, but there’s so much already there in ‘Blair Witch’ lore, it’s not like I didn’t have a sufficient amount of existing mythology to consider. So it’s more about just taking things a bit further than the first film did, or in a different direction.”

As the trailers reveal, Blair Witch returns to the Witch’s house. Barrett explains how they approached the new set and its geography.

The house sequence was quite a bit easier to write than to actually produce,” Barrett tells us. “Writing stuff like that is easy: ‘There’s a house.’ Done! Perfect! Then you realize you actually have to figure out the geography and precise measurements of this thing to make the scenes work, and it’s like, oh. This was the first time we ever had the money to build a set for one of our films on an actual soundstage, previously we’d always worked around the limitations of existing locations, so creating that house was a new challenge.

“Fortunately, we have a production designer for that, Tom Hammock, who we work with on everything; he’d worked with our producers Keith Calder and Jess Wu since the beginning of his career and they brought him onto ‘You’re Next’. He was also involved with ‘V/H/S/2’, actually. In addition to being a great production designer, he’s a writer and director himself, so he understands how to make things function on a cinematic and story level, not just like, an artistic one. So, he found a lot of photos of the house from the original film, and committed to matching everything that you see in the original movie precisely, though in a more advanced state of decay, as suited our narrative.”

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He continues: “Our production offices were in a vacant high school building, so Tom mapped out the exact dimensions of the house on the floor of this indoor gym space using tape, basically creating a life size blueprint of each level of the house on the basketball court. Then he walked Adam, our cinematographer Robby Baumgartner, and me through each scripted moment in the house, walking along the actual floor, and we’d note anything that seemed off in terms of how we’d each imagined it. That way, he basically knew how everything worked before he started building, and could design things accordingly.

“Once Tom built the house, it looked incredible. There kind of wasn’t a bad angle in it. So those scenes went relatively quickly, once we were actually shooting in there. But it took awhile to get there, that was late in our schedule because building that house was an incredible amount of work. I think it nearly killed Tom. But writing that house? No problem.”

[Related Interview] Writer Simon Barrett Explains the Story Behind the Blair Witch Revival

Blair Witch is destined to launch a world of copycat filmmaking, but I can’t for the life of me picture how anyone is going to be able to replicate it. Barrett shares his thoughts on this:

“Beats me,” Barrett said when asked how anyone could replicate their approach. “That’s the thing about ‘The Blair Witch Project’, it was so influential that anything remotely similar feels like it’s ripping it off. That’s why we got lucky, we got to actually make another ‘Blair Witch’ movie.

Adam and I both knew from the start that we wanted ‘Blair Witch’ to feel more like a POV horror movie than a found footage movie, but you need some kind of story logic to sell that filmmaking style. Many horror video games have an incredible visual style to them, but how do you make that perspective work in a feature film without it just being a distracting gimmick? It’s a difficult thing to do. I’d love it if the visual and narrative style of our ‘Blair Witch’ movie influenced other horror films, obviously, but I don’t know exactly what that would entail. I’m not at all sure that I’ll personally ever make another film like this again.”

Making a movie is hard, which is why we wanted to know what Barrett was most proud of.

“That people who watch it are saying it’s scary. That was all we wanted to do, create something that would scare modern audiences and expand upon the mythology of the original film. If people are saying we succeeded at that, even a little, then I’m happy.”

Blair Witch arrives in theaters on September 16th.

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Behold the US Trailer for ‘Shin Godzilla’!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:29

It’s been confirmed for a couple of weeks now that Toho’s Shin Godzilla (also known as Godzilla Resurgence) would be hitting US theaters this October via FUNimation. Now, a trailer has been released to promote the limited theatrical event, which you can see below.

An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named “Godzilla”.

Co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of “Evangelion”) and Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 “Attack on Titan” live action movies), Shin Godzilla is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho and represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this celebrated movie monster. The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both also from the “Attack on Titan” live action movies – as well as Yutaka Takenouchi.

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It’s ‘Carrie (1976)’ vs ‘Carrie (2013)’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:23

Brian De Palma’s 1976 book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie is considered to be one of the great films in the horror genre. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of the title character has been studied and appreciated ever since its release, her traumatic entrance into womanhood that opened the movie kicking off a series of events that culminates in an explosion of telekinetic abilities. The 2013 remake? We gave it a mediocre review, citing the overuse of CGI as a very large stumbling block, one that undid a lot of the good that the film offered.

The below video compares the two films and sees what works and what fails, making for an interesting case on how both have their serious merits while each has its flaws. It doesn’t argue for one being better than the other, although it does posit that the remake – which came at a time when it was ripe for such an undertaking – doesn’t set itself apart enough to warrant its existence.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the matter? Is the 2013 version a solid entry into the category of “horror remakes that are good”? Or was it a disappointment, one that didn’t need to be made at all?

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[Exhumed & Exonerated] ‘Arachnophobia’ (1990)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 13:01

Every decade has its ups and downs when it comes to cinema, no matter the genre.  Horror fans love to loft on high the output of the ‘30s & ‘40s, the ‘70s & ‘80s, and the more recent decades.  More often than not, however, the 1990s are labeled as the worst decade for the genre.  Not only that, but ‘90s horror tends to be written off as a whole, beyond a handful of undisputed classics.  The purpose of Exhumed & Exonerated: The ‘90s Horror Project, is to refute those accusations by highlighting numerous gems from the decade.  Stone cold classics will be tackled in this column from time to time, but its main purpose will be to seek out lesser-known and/or less-loved titles that I think deserve more attention and respect from fans.  Let the mayhem begin!

Arachnophobia

Directed by Frank Marshall
Screenplay by Al Williams, Don Jakoby, and Wesley Strick
Produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Richard Vane
Starring Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Brian McNamara, James Handy, Henry Jones, Mark L. Taylor, and Peter Jason
Released on July 18, 1990

The Jennings Family has picked up and moved to the country, leaving behind their metropolitan life in San Francisco for the quiet down home feel of a small rural community of Canaima, California.  The decision was sparked by patriarch Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) accepting an offer to become the new town physician, as the current one, Dr. Sam Metcalf (Henry Jones) is retiring. Or at least so they thought.

Their lives are instantly throw into turmoil when they find out that Metcalf refuses to hang up his stethoscope just yet, forcing Ross to slowly steal patients away from the aging asshole’s practice. Lucky for the Jennings, matriarch Molly (Harley Jane Kozak) is an accomplished photographer  who can pick up the financial slack. Unlucky for them all, the town has recently been infested with a rare, supremely deadly spawn of spider hailing from Venezuela. Having mated with a local species of arachnid, our insidious eight-legged antagonist is overrunning the town with its children, thereby amping up the quiet town’s mortality rate. It’s up to Ross, an admitted arachnophobe, to help discover the source of these deaths, with the aid of a bumbling town sheriff (James Handy), two entomologists (Julian Sands, Brian McNamara), and a quirky country exterminator (John Goodman).

Man vs. nature has always been a central theme in storytelling. Focusing more specifically on the horror genre, pitting man against beast on the silver screen has been done for decades. The 1950s brought us the (often atomic-fueled) likes of The Deadly Mantis and Them!. The 1970s unleashed the entertaining terrors of Jaws and hordes of imitators (Grizzly, Piranha, Orca, etc.). The 1980s brought us Deadly Eyes, Slugs, The Nest, Venom, and many others.

Spiders in particular have always been a touchstone for the horror genre, often being utilized to randomly goose the audience with a jump scare or wielded under the power of some supernatural force (i.e. The Believers). There are plenty of spider-centric terrors as well, from Tarantula to Kingdom of the Spiders to Eight-Legged Freaks to Big Ass Spider. Others may not agree, but I count Arachnophobia among the best of them.

Given that it is an Amblin production and it was directed by one of his longtime producers, you can certainly feel the Spielberg touch here. The wholesome Americana feel is sprinkled all throughout the film, both in terms of the primary locale and the people that reside within it. Even the most surly of the town’s residents (I.e. the troublesome Dr. Metcalf) is a well-rounded character who clearly has some sound reasons for forgoing his retirement, even if some of them are wholly selfish.

One of the better aspects of it is the fact that, Metcalf and the bullying manbaby of a sheriff aside, the people of Canaima welcome Dr. Jennings and his family with open arms. Even when they start cracking a few jokes at his expense when his first few patients are coincidentally bumped off by spiders (naturally unbeknownst to everyone initially), it’s not done so maliciously. Everyone generally seems to care for one another in the own, even the surlier residents.

Because no one is an outright asshole that you can root to see done in by a venomous assailant, it gives the deaths greater impact. That even holds true when some of the kills are meant to be comical, such as the “murder” of the town mortician and his wife. This makes their deaths not only humorously tragic, but also a bit disturbing due to the black humor inherent in their particular scenario. After revisiting it, I certainly thought twice about tossing food into my mouth from a bowl without looking first.

Films of this type also often paint scientists as cold-hearted bastards who care little for the lives of others when knowledge is at stake. Not so here. Chris Collins (Brian McNamara) is very much concerned about the town’s populace after realizing the danger at hand, immediately calling his boss James Atherton (Julian Sands) in on the proceedings. As for Atherton himself, while there is a bit of a detached way about him, most of that comes from the character being played by Sands, who has always had an otherworldly quality about him. No, Atherton is fascinated by what is going on, but his primary concern from the onset is to seek out the central nest and end the threat to Canaima as quickly as possible.

Character is always essential in these types of films, as you can only demonize as non-speaking, naturally-occurring “villain” so much. It’s not like some weird monster is on the loose. These are spiders, something that virtually everyone deals with regularly in their lives, no matter where they live. Still, director Frank Marshall manages to squeeze a lot of tension and dread out of the primary eight-legged adversary, aiding no doubt by some fun SFX work, as well as real life spiders.

Jeff Daniels has always been an actor I have enjoyed and he’s great here as the straight man amidst a collection of quirkier character actors. Kozak is equally wonderful as his ever-supportive wife. In addition to Sands, who is typically great, we also have John Carpenter regular Peter Jason as a delightfully stereotypical town football coach/high school gym teacher, The cherry on top, however, is John Goodman.

Featured as the aforementioned offbeat town exterminator, Delbert McClintock (love that name!), Goodman is the MVP of them film. He’s your prototypical “good ole boy”, strutting into all of his scenes with high confidence and a know-it-all attitude that it a tiny bit condescending, but not enough to be off-putting. You can tell that they just turned Goodman loose to inhabit his role and that he had a blast filling it out.

On the “scare” side of things, this film isn’t really interested in going for terror. As an early ‘90s effort, it’s instead going for a rollercoaster thrill ride vibe. Hell, it was actually advertised as a “thrillomedy” upon release. As a result, Arachnophobia wants to goose you and/or creep you out more than scare you to death. Unless you yourself have the titular phobia, in which case they already had you in the bag before you pressed play. Not all horror has to be scary, so long as it’s fun. Arachnophobia was a lot of fun 26 years ago and it remains a lot of fun today.

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Previously On…
Species | Mute Witness | Popcorn | Wishmaster | Alien 3 | Cast A Deadly Spell
Disturbing Behavior | The Sect | The Addams Family | The Ugly
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer | Arachnophobia

 

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Syfy’s “Channel Zero” Clip Remembers Jawbone; Nightmarish Art

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:45

A new clip from Syfy’s “Channel Zero: Candle Cove” remembers Jawbone, who could become a new horror icon, while the art shows us more of the tooth monster that’s apparently a huge part of the debut season’s theme.

“Candle Cover” is an original six-part anthology series based on Kris Straub’s unnerving short story from creepypasta that gained notoriety online. It centers on one man’s obsessive recollection of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing, dreadful suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.

Independent filmmaker Craig William Macneill directs all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” which hails from Universal Cable Productions. Nick Antosca (“Hannibal”) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein, Chronicle).  Harley Peyton (“Twin Peaks”) is writer-co-executive producer. Don Mancini (“Hannibal”, creator of Child’s Play) also serves as a writer-supervising producer.

“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” stars “Newsroom’s” Paul Schneider and Harry Potter‘s Fiona Shaw.

It premieres September 27th.

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Exclusive ‘Demon’ Clip Starts a Wedding Brawl

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:38

The Orchard, who released our “Twilight Zone”-esque thriller Southbound, as well as the hilarious What We Do in the Shadows, acquired the critically acclaimed genre drama Demon (read our review) after a strong festival run.

Wrona shockingly passed away this September after the film held its World Premiere at the Vanguard section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.

In the film, “Peter is a stranger in the hometown of his future wife Janet. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land for construction, Peter finds hidden bones of human bodies in the ground beneath his new property. Then very strange things begin to happen.

Anyways, we have an exclusive clip from Marcin Wrona’s Demon, which hails out of Poland and Israel.

The film is now in limited theaters.

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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Talks ‘Happy Birthday’ (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:01

Aerosmith fans are in for a treat when frontman Steven Tyler appears in Casey Tebo’s indie horror Happy Birthday (read our review), about two friends who embark on a journey to Mexicali for a Birthday celebration, only to soon realize their psychedelic shenanigans have taken a turn for the worse.

We caught up with Tyler in an exclusive interview to chat about his role in Happy Birthday, which he calls “A crazy f*cking 90 minute ride you wont forget.

BD LUIZ: What’s your favourite movie and why? Bonus points if it’s a scary one.

“The stock answer would be YOUNG FRANKENSTIEN (because of “Walk This Way”), but I don’t know, I’m so in love with all these comic book movies that come out every year. How about The Avengers? I mean, a bunch of people with special talents who are good alone but better as a group and who need each other, but also at times can’t stand each other? Like I don’t know – a band? YA THINK?!”

BD LUIZ: Beyond music and film, what other art forms do you enjoy?

“One of the perks of being in a band like Aerosmith is you get to travel the world, so my house is full of everything from Wizard of Oz snow globes and lunchboxes, to Inui carvings. I love it all, honestly.”

BD LUIZ: While playing Kasape Suka in Happy Birthday, were you influenced by any personal experiences?

“Here’s the thing about the Mexican people and Mexico. It’s not like people think. It’s not dirty, and dangerous. Sure, there are parts but so are parts of the U.S.. Ever been to Guadalajara or Monterrey? Gorgeous. Super Cosmopolitan – amazing nightlife and restaurants, commerce, retail…. Casey has a quote in the movie about Americans views on Mexico, it’s skewed- so when he told me some people on YouTube were criticizing him for making Mexicali look “dangerous” it just made me laugh. Have these people seen the movie? How do you even know they’re actually in Mexicali?!?!? Come on YouTubers. Mexico is amazing if you know it like we do. We go down there and there’s 80,000 kids packed in a soccer stadium because they love rock and roll. So yeah, I drew inspiration from those amazing kids.”

BD LUIZ: Did your experience with the Aerosmith music videos and behind-the-scenes documentaries help with your performance, or is it just natural showbiz talent?

“I’ve been on enough movie sets and done enough videos to know it all starts with the director. Have you seen the video for ‘Janie’s Got a Gun?’ – David Fincher directed that, and you can clearly see that. He’s also very serious as is it was our most serious video. Casey kept a great atmosphere. He played lots of loud music, and had lots of laughing; it creates a bond, you know? But really he has just a great work ethic, and I think that shows in the movie.”

BD LUIZ: Do you have any plans to make more films with Casey Tebo? I really enjoyed Happy Birthday and would be delighted to see you guys working together again.

“Absolutely. I think his next feature is a sci-fi film based on his short “The Captivus 2.0″ – And that just blew my mind. I get to play a junk yard proprietor or bartender type. He said something about it last time we spoke. I guess I can only be worried when he does a sports movie or something like that. But I could be a surly Texas oil man who owns a team, why not?”

BD LUIZ: What’s your favourite use of your music in film and/or television so far?

“I think it would be ridiculous for me to say anything other than Armageddon. I mean, that movie did a lot for us as far as that song being a huge hit… And the fact that my daughter was in that scene with Ben Affleck…I mean, that has to be the one, right?”

BD LUIZ: Can we expect to see more of you in movies in the future (excluding appearances as yourself)?

“I would love to… But it’s crazy, you know, a guy like me… I’m going to be on tour for most of 2017… so if somebody calls me to play a pawn shop owner in the new Flash movie, what can I do?”

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Arrow Video Announces ‘Creepshow 2’ Blu-Ray: Reveal GORGEOUS Artwork

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:46

Arrow Video has announced today that they will be releasing a 2K remastered edition of Creepshow 2, the 1987 anthology horror film written by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and based upon stories from Stephen King (It, Carrie). The home video edition will be packed with special features, including audio commentary from director Michael Gornick, a featurette of special make-up FX legend Rick Baker, and more. The full list of features can be seen below.

In “Old Chief Wood’nhead”, a group of young hoodlums face retribution from an unlikely source after looting a local hardware store. Meanwhile, “The Raft” sees a group of horny teens wishing they’d read the warning signs first before taking a dip in a remote lake. Finally, an uptight businesswoman finds herself with some unwanted company following a hit-and-run incident in “The Hitch-hiker”.

Whilst retaining the EC comic book flavour that made the original such a hit, Creepshow 2, this time directed by long-time Romero collaborator Michael Gornick, is a decidedly darker and grimmer affair than its predecessor and remains one of the greatest horror anthologies of all time.

Arrow Video will be releasing Creepshow 2 on December 13th for North American audiences.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
•Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
•Original stereo audio
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Creepshow 2: Pinfall – limited edition booklet featuring the never-before-seen comic adaptation of this unfilmed Creepshow 2 segment by artist Jason Mayoh
•Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick, moderated by Perry Martin
•Nightmares in Foam Rubber – featurette with special make-up effects artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
•My Friend Rick – Berger on working with make-up legend Rick Baker
•Behind-the-Scenes Footage
•Trailers and TV Spots
•Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
•Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
•Original stereo audio
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick, moderated by Perry Martin
•Nightmares in Foam Rubber – featurette with special make-up effects artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
•My Friend Rick – Berger on working with make-up legend Rick Baker
•Behind-the-Scenes Footage
•Trailers and TV Spots
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo

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London Home For Sale Includes a Horror Room We’d All Love to Own

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:20

Anyone who has searched for a house to buy knows just how tiring it can be. After all, this is the place you’re going to plant your feet for several years, so you want to make sure that you enjoy yourself and really feel, well…at home! But once you find that special spot, you feel it in your bones

A home in London’s Upper Leytonshire area has gone up for sale and it’s quite massive. Seriously, there are 13 rooms set over four floors, which is probably why the price tag is a hefty £1.2 million. But when you look at the photos, you see all sorts of potential. Just look at the outside!

Or how about this quaint room with a sink and stove in the corner?

Or this living room with an atrocious carpet but large window?

Or this room dedicated to horror memorabilia and prop knives, swords, and guns?

Wait, what?!

Yeah, that’s right. This house has a guest room that is dedicated to all things horror and creepy. The Freddy and Michael statues loom over a bed that I’m guessing few people would willingly sleep upon. However, I’m not one of those folk. Count me in!

That room reminds me of a friend of mine who decided that his guest bedroom needed to be something a bit “special”. Here’s the story: A friend of his was over and everyone had a little bit too much to drink. The friend is a responsible adult, so he asked if he could crash the night, to which my pal said, “Of course!” So, with those plans laid out, they kept drinking and eventually the friend passed out without making it to the spare bed.

My pal carried him up to the guest bedroom and put him on the bed. The friend woke up the next morning to find that he was in a room with no furniture except for the bed which was suspended from the ceiling by chains! The walls, which were bright white, had splashes of red and “bloody” handprints all over. My pal thought it was hilarious. His friend? Not so much.

I wish my friend still had that room setup. Alas, he had a kid and they needed the room.

Thanks to Andrew Fox for the tip!

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Remembering McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs Toy Line

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:01

There’s a good chance that the first action figure you ever bought of your favorite horror movie icon came courtesy of Todd McFarlane and his once-mega-popular Movie Maniacs line. Long before companies like NECA, Mezco, and Sideshow Collectibles came along and gave more love to the horror genre than any other toy companies in history, McFarlane Toys was not just the dominant player in the game but, well, the ONLY player in the game.

Not to bore you with historical facts, but the basis genesis of McFarlane Toys is that the company was born out of Todd McFarlane’s dissatisfaction with Mattel. Once upon a time, McFarlane was working with Mattel to create action figures of his comic book characters like Spawn, and when that whole deal just didn’t work out for him, Todd took matters into his hands and launched a toy division of his own. That was back in the mid ’90s, and it was in the late ’90s that the Movie Maniacs line was born.

In the wake of putting his own spin on iconic movie monsters from the distant past, McFarlane began acquiring popular modern horror licenses for the Movie Maniacs line, launched in 1998. The first series, which revolutionized the toy game by bringing highly detailed action figures of beloved horror movie characters to the toy shelf for the first time, included Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, and both Eve and Patrick from Species 2 – firmly establishing that the line was devoted exclusively to horror and science fiction villains. There were even “rated R” variants of Leatherface, Jason, and Eve; Leatherface and Jason were covered in blood, while Eve’s nipples, unlike the regular version of the toy, were on full display.

Nobody ever said these were for kids. In fact, it’s cause they weren’t that they were so awesome.

Movie Maniacs Series 2, released in 1999, added Chucky, Ghost Face, Norman Bates, Michael Myers, and Pumpkinhead to the mix, and they were joined by The Crow‘s Eric Draven. Granted, Draven isn’t exactly a “Movie Maniac,” but the second series took the line down a path that it continued on until it eventually came to an end. Essentially, any character from a horror, sci-fi, cult or fantasy film was eligible, though the primary target audience always remained us horror fans.

In Series 3, Ash Williams, Edward Scissorhands, Shaft, Snake Plissken, Brundle Fly, and The Thing‘s Norris Creature (joined by Spider-Head) and Blair Monster were immortalized as Movie Maniacs. Series 4 brought the first and only Candyman toy into the world, along with Evil Ash, a new figure of Freddy Krueger, Terminator 2‘s T-800 and T-1000, and most notably, two different versions of the titular Blair Witch: “Tree Witch” and “Dread Witch.” Of course, the character was never actually seen in the original film, or its sequel, leading to much confusion among fans. Long story short, McFarlane was given free rein to design the unseen character.

For the fifth series, McFarlane and his team brought horror villains like Wishmaster‘s Djinn, the Tooth Fairy from Darkness Falls (open-mouthed and closed-mouth versions were released) and even Jason X‘s iteration of Jason Voorhees to the table, along with the Lord of Darkness from Legend, a few different versions of Sarah Conner, and the T-800 Endoskeleton. Series 6 was all about the Alien and Predator franchises, and it included Alien 3‘s Dog Alien and Alien: Resurrection‘s Warrior Alien, as well as Predator 2‘s standard Predator and Predator Hunter. Due to high demand, Lord of Darkness was also re-released in Series 6, and the figure this time around included a detailed collector’s base.

The Movie Maniacs line met its end in 2004, with the seventh series being its final hurrah. Corporal Hicks from Aliens made it into the line along with, finally, Robocop, but the last series was mostly devoted to the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Leatherface, Erin, Old Monty and Sheriff Hoyt made the cut, each of them packaged with dioramas and bases.

In addition to the standard wave of Movie Maniacs, various other collectibles were released under the umbrella. Deluxe figures of Ash, Freddy, Chucky, Michael Myers and Leatherface upgraded the movie icons to 12″ and 18″ sizes, and box sets paid tribute to movies like Freddy vs. Jason (long before the movie was actually made), Bride of Chucky, King Kong, Aliens and Jaws. There were also various exclusive figures, including Army of Darkness-inspired “Ash vs. Pit Witch” and “Ash vs. Evil Ash” two-packs.

One could argue that horror toys are better than ever in the present, and you damn sure won’t find me disputing that claim, but you never forget your first. And for most of us fans, McFarlane Toys’ Movie Maniacs line allowed us to collect our favorite monsters and madmen for the very first time. Eighteen years later, many of the villains that filled out the line have still never been given any love by other companies, and it’s for this reason that we will forever cherish what Todd and his team gifted us with back in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Today, McFarlane Toys is focused more on The Walking Dead than anything else, but without their Movie Maniacs, who’s to say that horror toys would even be as popular as they are right now? Without Movie Maniacs, companies like NECA may not even exist.

Behind every great thing is a pioneer that made it all possible, and in the world of horror movie toys, McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs was unquestionably that pioneer.

Check out some of our favorite Movie Maniacs toys below!

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Red Fang Pay Homage to ‘Predator’ in This Incredible and Gory Music Video!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:15

Hard rock/metal band Red Fang are known for their highly entertaining music videos. Whether it be running over a bunch of shit, facing the zombie apocalypse while holding onto their beers, or LARP-ing it up in beer can armor, the group has always produced videos that are outrageous and, simply put, pure fun. Their latest video for their song “Shadows” is no exception.

Directed by Whitey McConnaughy, the video is a comedic spoof of John McTiernan’s classic sci-fi action thriller Predator, only instead of soldiers being sent in under false pretenses, the band go on a mellow (“SO mellow!”) camping trip. However, before they left, they pissed off the wrong people…

The video is super gory, damn funny, and well worth your time, so head on down to check it out!

“Shadows” coms from Red Fang’s upcoming album Only Ghosts, which comes out October 14th via Relapse Records. You can pre-order the album right here.

Upcoming tour dates:
September 22 Portland, OR Northwest Hesh Fest
September 26 Brighton, UK Concorde 2
September 27 London, UK Koko
September 28 Bristol, UK Bierkeller
September 29 Leeds, UK Leeds Stylus
September 30 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2
October 2 Birmingham, UK Institute2
October 3 Glasgow, UK Garage
October 4 Newcastle, UK Riverside
October 5 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
October 7 Athens, Greece Desert Fest
October 9 Paris, France Trabendo
October 10 Munich, Germany Strom
October 11 Vienna, Austria Szene Wien
October 12 Berlin, Germany Huxleys
October 13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik
October 14 Antwerp, Belgium Desert Fest
October 15 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
October 16 Hamburg, Germany Markethalle
October 18 Odense, Denmark Posten
October 19 Oslo, Norway John Dee
October 20 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis
October 21 Malmo, Sweden KB
October 22 Munster, Germany Skater’s Place
October 23 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
October 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg (OZ)

November 18 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
November 19 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
November 20 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
November 22 San Diego, CA Casbah
November 23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
November 25 Austin, TX Mohawk
November 26 Dallas, TX Three Links
November 27 Houston, TX Warehouse Studio
November 29 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
November 30 Durham, NC Motorco
December 1 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
December 2 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
December 3 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 4 Boston, MA The Sinclair
December 5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
December 7 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Lounge
December 8 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
December 9 Detroit, MI El Club
December 10 Chicago, IL Metro
December 11 Bloomington, IL Castle Theater
December 13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
December 14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
December 15 Boise, ID Neurolux
December 16 Seattle, WA Showbox

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‘Hobgoblins,’ ‘Deathrow Gameshow’ and More Coming to Blu-ray this October!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:01

Vinegar Syndrome has announced their Blu-ray releases for October and they are delivering four treats just in time for Halloween! On October 25th VS will be releasing Blu-ray/DVD combo packs for Hobgoblins, Deathrow Gameshow, Nightmare Sisters and a David DeCoteau double feature of Murder Weapon & Deadly Justice.

This lineup is, wow. I don’t know where to begin. Hobgoblins is probably what I’m most looking forward to, but how do you top three DeCoteau films all starring Linnea Quigley? We’re living in a golden age, folks. A real golden age.

HOBGOBLINS

Synopsis: 
Kevin just got hired to be the assistant night watchman at an old film vault. Warned to stay out of one mysterious chamber, the rookie guard can’t help but satisfy his curiosity and unwittingly unleashes a group of hobgoblins: furry aliens who grant people wishes only to kill them in the process. As the body count starts to rise, Kevin, with the help of his friends, decide to track down the deadly creatures before they wreak havoc on the city.
 
Director Rick Sloane’s cult classic and Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan favorite is a sleazy, low rent tribute to creature features and drive-in fare. Long available only in tape-sourced editions, Vinegar Syndrome presents HOBGOBLINS on Blu-ray newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative.

Bonus:
• All extras on both disc formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned, restored & preserved in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• Archival commentary track with director Rick Sloane
• “Hobgoblins Revisited” brand new making-of featurette
• Brand new interview with hobgoblin creature fabricator, Kenneth J. Hall
• “Hobgoblins: The Making of a Disasterpiece” featurette
• “Hobgoblins Invade Comic-Con” featurette
• Trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

DEATHROW GAMESHOW

Synopsis: 
Chuck Toedan hosts the most controversial show on TV: Live or Die, where deathrow inmates compete against each other for a chance to beat the executioner.
 
However, when he accidentally kills a mob boss of the most feared mafia in the city, a hit man tries to put an end to him and his show once and for all. As a battle of wits and survival ensues, Chuck is forced to engage in the very tactics he uses on his contestants, or die trying.
 
From acclaimed independent filmmaker Mark Pirro, DEATHROW GAMESHOW is a playful assault against good taste, featuring outrageous kills and non-stop screwball comedy. Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this under seen piece of late 80s camp newly restored in 2K and on Blu-ray for the first time.

Bonus:
• All extras on both disc formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned, restored & preserved in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• Commentary track with director Mark Pirro, John McCafferty (actor) & Robyn Blythe (actress)
• “Revisiting Deathrow Gameshow” – 32 minute making-of documentary
• 2015 director’s cut of DEATHROW GAMESHOW
• Multiple director introductions
• “Buns” 1978 (short film directed by Mark Pirro)
• “The Spy Who Did it Better” 1979 (short film directed by Mark Pirro)
• Original theatrical trailer
• TV spot
• Image gallery
• Director bio
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

NIGHTMARE SISTERS

Synopsis: 
Three plain looking sorority sisters (Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer) decide to host a séance and invite their nerdy boyfriends to enjoy the fun. But when Omar (Dukey Flyswatter), a mystical shaman, suddenly appears in their crystal ball and tricks the girls into touching him, they’re suddenly transformed into ravishing succubi, determined to suck more than just souls. Will the guys be able to stop the madness before it’s too late?
 
Director David DeCoteau’s sexy horror comedy, NIGHTMARE SISTERS, is a non-stop thrill ride of outrageous 80s trash, starring three of the biggest names in scream queen history. Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring NIGHTMARE SISTERS to Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative!

Bonus:
• All extras on both disc formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.
• Scanned, restored & preserved in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• Commentary track with director David DeCoteau & actress Linnea Quigley
• Director introduction
• Alternate feature length TV version
• Interview with writer / associate producer Kenneth J. Hall
• Bloopers / outtakes
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

MURDER WEAPON & DEADLY JUSTICE

Synopsis: 
The beautiful Linnea Quigley stars in two erotic thrillers from filmmaker David DeCoteau.
 
First, in MURDER WEAPON, two women, who have just been released from an asylum hold a party to reunite with their old boyfriends. Soon though a mysterious black clad killer begins murdering the boys in increasingly gruesome ways. Can the murderer be unmasked before it’s too late?
 
Then, in DEADLY EMBRACE, a lonely and under-sexed housewife hires a studly houseman, only to begin an affair with him. But when his actress girlfriend (Linnea Quigley) comes to visit, as well as her wealthy husband (Jan-Michael Vincent), things start happening that no one would have expected…
 
Never released theatrically, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to have restored these nudity and blood filled direct to video classics from their long lost 16mm camera negatives and bring them to Blu-ray for the first time.

Bonus:
• All extras on both disc formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned, restored & preserved in 2k from 16mm original camera negatives
• Commentary track with director David DeCoteau & actress Linnea Quigley on both films
• Director introduction for both films
• Video trailer for MURDER WEAPON
• Outtakes for DEADLY EMBRACE
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

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Fresh Images From Rob Zombie’s ’31’ to Go With UK Release News

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 09:56

Rob Zombie’s 31 arrives in the U.S. on VOD platforms September 16 and in limited theaters October 21, while we’ve just learned that UK readers can rent it on VOD September 23.

We now have even more images from the Halloween-themed slasher starring Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle”, A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem).

We reviewed 31 out of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where Fred Topel writes:

“’31’ is Rob Zombie’s ‘The Running Man’ and it works…It’s fast-paced, violent and fun.

“It is a harrowing ordeal and you know that anyone who even survives will be traumatized for life. It’s not hard to get behind a desperate fight for your life. Set on Halloween 1976, a classic rock soundtrack propels a lot of the violence. It seems Zombie found the sweet spot between his punishing aesthetic and letting the audience have a rewarding catharsis by the end.”

In the film, five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

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