A new poster for HBO’s upcoming sci-fi/thriller series “Westworld” has been released and it takes you right into the eye of the show. Get it? Because it looks like an eye? …I’ll leave now.
The drama, arriving Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m., is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Ed Harris stars as ‘The Man in Black’ – described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man – who stars alongside Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Kyle Bornheimer and more. The Box‘s James Marsden plays Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey (source: EW).
It hails from The Dark Knight and Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan.
“People who come into this place are looking for—and this is the irony of it—the authentic experience,” Nolan explained to EW last year, before the delayed production. “They’re looking for not the virtual version, but the real version, the tactile version. Interestingly we’ve arrived at what [the original film] created—fully immersible virtual worlds. Look at Grand Theft Auto or any of these wholly imagined open-world video games. They are beautiful. They’re perfectly immersive and brilliant and filled with narrative turns … “What happens in Westworld stays in Westworld.” It’s a place where you can be whoever the f–k you want to be and there are no consequences. No rules, no limitations.”
One of the most valuable resources around for those looking to become part of the genre, the BloodList just put out an announcement for those of you out there looking to foster your inner Carpenters, Raimis, and Kings! Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release:
BloodList is on the hunt for “Fresh Blood.” The popular screenwriter-discovery platform is now open to submissions from emerging horror and dark-genre writers.
Writers are encouraged to submit a screenplay, pilot, book, or short film to BloodList.com for consideration in this year’s Fresh Blood section. Content must be uploaded by October 7, 2016, and submissions to BloodList.com are free. The list will be announced on Halloween weekend, October 26, 2016.
The annual BloodList was founded in 2009 and has become the industry standard in recognizing “dark” voices in the screenwriting world. Working Hollywood executives vote on the list, with an eye toward finding their next project. Produced scripts featured on BloodList include: The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Arrival, Stoker, The Boy Next Door, Patient Zero, The Voices, Warm Bodies, and Maggie.
“BloodList shines a light on exemplary genre writing, which is where some of the most innovative and challenging work is being done. But like comedy, horror and science fiction are often overlooked as categories for sublime writing. Without this curated list, buyers would miss out on writers who’ve built the rare breed of a well-crafted story wrapped in a commercial package. Each year’s top entries are like a masterclass in storytelling” – Eric Heisserer, writer/executive producer of Arrival (aka Story of Your Life from BloodList 2014) and writer/producer of Lights Out.
“Our business isn’t physically accessible to everyone, and there are plenty of talented writers and creators looking for new ways to get discovered in the horror, thriller, and sci-fi space. I want BloodList to be their platform,” says Kailey Marsh, founder of BloodList.com and Kailey Marsh Media.
With the success of shorts turned features such as Lights Out and low-budget films such as Don’t Breathe making a splash at the box office, horror has the light shining on it once again.
A new promo for STARZ’ second season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” has been released via Funny or Die and it’s all about Ash dealing with the frustrations of having a chainsaw for a right hand. However, as he faces his difficulties, he begins to realize that maybe his HANDicap (HA!) might not be so bad after all! In fact, maybe it’s worth embracing head on! …or head off, which will be FAR funnier when you watch the clip below.
Also starring in the promo is Barbara Crampton, who stars in Jackson Stewart’s Beyond the Gates, which is making its way through festival circuits right now. It should be noted that Crampton is NOT in the TV series, although how cool would that be?
The second season roars back into action with an extended episode where Ash is forced to leave his cushy retirement in Jacksonville, return to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan, and mount up once again to face The Evil Dead. This time, he’ll have to form an uneasy alliance with his former enemy Ruby as Elk Grove becomes the nucleus to the most dangerous horror Ash has faced to date.
The upcoming season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” will include ten half-hour episodes.
“Ash vs Evil Dead” returns to STARZ on October 2nd.
I’m going to make something very clear right away: I am NOT using this post to argue the current Presidential nominees or any related politics. Who you vote for is entirely your choice, just as it is your choice to NOT vote if you’re not feeling it this time around. You do you and let me do me.
That being said, it seems that more and more people are rather disillusioned with the choices we have for the US Presidency and this frustration is reaching fictional characters. Hell, even Ash Williams is running for President! But if he’s putting his name in the hat, don’t you think we should hear from other characters who want a shot at the Oval Office?
It looks like both Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, and Resident Evil‘s Alice are interested in the most powerful seat on the planet. Elvira went the extra mile and made a video but Alice certainly has the more patriotic image to back her up.
Personally, I say Elvira wins my vote between the two. Alice is a bit too war-weary, a bit too pissed off, and definitely a bit too infected.
The road for NECA’s NES-styled Contra figures of Bill and Lance was a long and aggravating one. First announced in December of last year, the figures were scheduled for release the following Spring. That didn’t happen. The figures were delayed for unknown reasons by Konami, but were shown again at the New York Toy Fair in February. This time, a similarly-styled Simon Belmont prototype figure based on his appearance in the original NES Castlevania was also shown. More delays followed. Fast-forward to August. Konami unfortunately nixed the Castlevania figure, but the Contra figures survived. Now after almost a year, the figures have finally shipped. Was it worth the wait? Let’s attack aggressively.
Now before anything, as a videogame fan, and fan of Konami’s properties, I have to say this: Konami’s burning of bridges with fans over the past year and a half has been really unfortunate. It’s a sad state of affairs to see once-great franchises like Silent Hill, Contra, Castlevania and Metal Gear heading to Pachinko machines in Japan. It’s especially frustrating since this month is the 30th anniversary of the Castlevania franchise, which Konami is doing nothing to recognize. However, rather than be negative, it’s important to recognize fans’ efforts like Randy Falk and the rest of the NECA crew. The fans were the reason why we’ve been able to get these Contra figures at all. It’s a small consolation that we need to enjoy. Of course, it’d have been nice if Castlevania had gotten some love, but there’s always those previous figures that NECA released (if you can find them).
Like the other figures in the line, the windowbox packaging recreates the original NES package for the game, with the obvious changes to reflect the figures/NECA. The back of the packaging features shots of the figures in place of screenshots of the game. Unlike the other figures in this line, the package doesn’t have the faux worn look to it. Inside the package, the figures are squeezed in there against the backdrop of the Level 3 boss that in no way rips off Alien. The flap that opens the front of the package features the main title screen, and is secured with a round velcro piece.
Essentially a repaint of the 7-inch Rambo figures with new heads, these are still great-looking figures. Being that this is based off of the NES version of Contra, the figures share the same bodies (save for the different colours and hands). All of the details like the wrinkles, pockets and stitching in the pants from the original Rambo figures are here, including the laces and treads for the boots. Both figures are equipped with ammo belts, holsters and knife sheaths. True, the game never used handguns or knives, but it’s a great little added detail. As for the heads, Bill and Lance are recreated here in amazing detail. Their look is based off of the famous artwork for the game (which is based off of an amalgamation of Commando, Rambo and Alien), and while there’s a bit of artistic license taken, it’s all done with the best of care.
As for the paint, the figures look as close as they do to their in-game counterparts as they can. The paint for the skin recreates the shading used for Bill and Lance on the title screen (which is about the only real detailed look for the characters in the game), while the pants do a great job of recreating their appearance according to the in-game sprite. Now I know that some people will point out that Bill and Lance have had their colours switched (Player 1 was Bill in blue, while Player 2 was Lance in red), but according to NECA, Konami asked them to do it this way. If you’re really set on their colours being accurate, you can always swap the heads. There have been some cases where Bill’s eyes tend to be a bit cross-eyed. If your figure has this issue, you can always give NECA’s QA department a shout for help.
Both figures sport over 25 points of articulation and have a great range of motion. The heads are on balljoints, and move freely without any hindrance. The arms can move outward almost to 90°, as well as move forward and back. The arms bend at the elbow to 45° and rotate, and the hands are on balljoints that move easily. There’s an ab crunch, as well as balljoint at the waist. I know that some people might not like the look of the ab crunch breaking up the sculpt, but it’s not that noticeable once you get these guys posed. The hips are on pin-and-socket joints, and can move outward, forwards and back and rotate. The legs bend at the knees to 45° and can rotate. Finally, the ankles are on balljoints, allowing you to pivot the foot. It can appear a little awkward, as there’s no boot cut and the pivot can break up the sculpt, but the range of motion more than makes up for it.
This is what makes the set. For starters, both figures come with a handgun and knife. Both figures’ right hand is sculpted to hold the handgun (with trigger finger) with no issues. The knife, unfortunately, is another story. It’s more just for show, as neither of the hands can get a proper grip on the knife. Again, it’s a cool little addition. The rifles are the big draw. Fantastically sculpted with hinged guards, both feature unique designs and paint. The ends of the gun can be modified with the included barrel extensions, which can plug into either gun. One extension is for the single rapidfire shots, the other is for the Spreader shot. Also included is an extendible buttstock that again can be plugged onto either gun. There are a series of three blast shots that can be plugged into one another for a rapidfire effect for one extension, and a three-way spread shot that can be plugged into the other. Do note that you can also plug the three separate shots into the Spreader shot to give it a fuller effect. For the ultimate effect, there’s a five-spread shot that can be set up and plugged into the included stand. The stand can also be used for the power-up capsule that’s also included, although it can stand on it’s own if need be. Really, the possibilities of customizing the way you set up these guys is awesome. Sure, we could’ve used another stand, but it’s a minor nitpick.
If you’re a fan of Contra and videogames, this is an absolute must-buy. The sculpts and paintjobs are great, and the articulation and included accessories allow for a lot of custom setups. This was definitely worth the long wait. Given that Konami probably won’t be revisiting the franchise for a good long while over here, this set is a nifty little tribute that really deserves a spot on your shelf.
Big thanks once again to Northmen Collectibles for making this figure available.
ITN Distribution wants you to enter Clowntown (read our review) in theaters on September 30 and on VOD and DVD October 4.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip from the film that follows a group of friends who get stranded in a seemingly abandoned town and find themselves stalked by a gang of violent psychopaths dressed as clowns, all which look like something out of a Rob Zombie movie.
It is loosely inspired by the clowns who terrorized Bakersfield, CA in 2014.
Directed by Tom Nagel and written by Jeff Miller (Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan), the film stars Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise (Help), Andrew Staton (Relentless), Katie Keene (Union Furnace), Jeff Denton (The Beast of Bray Road) and Greg Violand (Batman v. Superman).
Currently trending on Twitter is the hashtag #3AlbumsThatChangedMyLife. Designed to have people tweet the covers of three albums that changed their lives in some way, it’s not meant to seek their favorites, which I love. It’s much easier to think of landmark events than favorite moments as those can shift on a minute-by-minute basis. But something that left an indelible effect on one’s life? Those are far easier to pinpoint.
That hashtag got me thinking of three albums that shaped my musical life. To be 100% honest, I only needed about 10 seconds before three immediately came to mind. Therefore, I figured I’d share my own and hope that you would all let me know yours!Tangerine Dream – Legend OST
This was one of my favorite films as a child and Tangerine Dream‘s score was a big part of my love for this movie. It was also the soundtrack that got me hooked into film scores, the one that made me pay attention to the music of a movie as much as I paid attention to the visuals and story. I remember laying on my bedroom floor with a cheap keyboard in front of me, plunking away and trying to figure out to play the main theme. This soundtrack is what inspired my love of music and will forever be the most important album of my life.Metallica – The Black Album
My sister had a party once and several of her friends brought CDs over so they could have music in the background whilst doing whatever it was that they did (I wasn’t invited). One of her friends left a copy of Metallica‘s The Black Album but no one laid claim to it. It’s as though someone left it deliberately, never wanting to have it in their possession again. So, I did what any rebellious young teenager would do: I took it and played it, wanting to see if I was going to be interested in “metal”. At this point, the only real albums I owned were Green Day’s Dookie, No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, and, shame upon shame, ICP’s The Great Milenko.
The Black Album completely changed me. Suddenly, it felt like I found a genre that was meant for me, that spoke to who I was as a person. Prior to having this album, I never really took to metal, even though I liked the occasional “harder” song. But now it all made sense and I went down that path and have never looked back.Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
In the summer of 2002, I was hanging out with a core group of friends and our big thing was going to concerts and blasting music at earth-shattering volumes, all while hooking up our computers and playing Diablo II via LAN. One of those guys was a huge prog rock fan and kept talking about a band by the name of Porcupine Tree. One day I was at a music store and I saw In Absentia for $9.99. That was back when CDs were anywhere from $13.99 to $17.99, so I saw it as a great deal and said to myself, “Fuck it. If I don’t like it, it was a cheap test.”
I got into my car and popped the album into my Discman, which was connected to the stereo system via a cassette adapter. I dug the first track, “Blackest Eyes”, but it was “Trains”, the second track on the album, that hooked me. The vocal harmonies in the bridge starting at 2:55 in the below video absolutely blew my mind. I rewound and replayed that section over and over and over. Then I replayed that song over and over and over. I think I listened to it maybe 20 times before I allowed the album to progress to the third track. What followed is an album that I still return to with enormous fondness and joy, now mixed with wisps of nostalgia because it’s been a part of my life for so long.
While The Black Album introduced me to my love of metal, In Absentia allowed me to stray into new and exciting territories. It was because of this album that I felt comfortable testing the waters of anything that came across my path. After all, if I took a risk on this album and it ended up changing my life, who knew when that might happen again?
Adam Brody (Jennifer’s Body) and Amanda Crew (pictured below left in Final Destination 3; “Silicon Valley”) have been set to topline psychological thriller The Wanting from Filipino director Yam Laranas (The Echo, The Road), Deadline reports.
Said to be in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and based on a short story by Gin de Mesa and Yam Laranas, “The Wanting is about an all-American couple whose dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into the perfect New England neighborhood. Once settled, they soon after descend into the depths of terror as they struggle to survive a genuine threat from a dark presence that appears to want to end their very lives.”
Rob Heydon is producing the adapted screenplay from Donald Martin (Milton’s Secret). Sid Ganis and Joni Sighvatsson are the Executive Producers.
Shooting for the film began today in Toronto.
What will happen when aliens land on Earth? That is just one of the many questions posed in Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners, Sicario, Enemy) latest film Arrival, a science fiction drama that will no doubt be a big contender during awards season. With the film, Villeneuve has delivered his most affecting film to date that left this critic in a puddle of tears by the time the credits rolled.
After a prologue that rivals Pixar’s Up in terms of its ability to have you reaching for tissues, 12 alien ships arrive in various locations on Earth, hovering about 1,000 feet above the ground. Linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is brought in by a Colonel for the U.S. military (Forest Whitaker) to try to decipher the aliens’s language. Working with mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), Louise attempts to find out why the aliens (nicknamed “heptapods” due to their seven long tentacles) have arrived on our planet.
Viewers walking into Arrival expecting an alien invasion film will no doubt leave disappointed. The film has more in common with Close Encounters of the Third Kind than it does with Independence Day. It has bigger ideas in mind than either of those two films though. The aliens are there, and Villeneuve is not shy about showing them early on, but Arrival isn’t about them. Arrival is about the humans, and how the aliens’ arrival effects one particular character. Tackling the arrival on a smaller scale and limiting it to one side’s perspective (that of the Americans) adds to the tension that pervades the film.
A large theme in the film is trust and how fear plays a part in it. The U.S. military is working closely with the 11 other countries where the ships have arrived and tensions gradually rise as the film progresses. China wants to attack it. Australia sides with the U.S. Other countries have their own opinions on the matter. Many fear that one of the other countries learned something that they have not and will use that knowledge against them. It is a simple way to create suspense but it pays off in spades. Arrival is a slow burn but it is never boring.
Performances are strong across the board, but Adams is the star here. She is in nearly every scene and delivers an emotionally resonant performance that will stick with you long after you have walked out of the theater. Whitaker is serviceable in his supporting role, but Renner is still stuck playing the same type of character he always plays: an everyman. Again though, this is Adams’s film and she delivers a rich performance.
Credit must be given to screenwriter Eric Heisserer, whose script is an adaptation of Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life”. Heisserer’s skills as a writer improve with each subsequent script he turns out. It’s hard to believe that just six years ago he earned his first screenwriting credit for the underwhelming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. After that he wrote 2011’s Final Destination 5 and The Thing to mixed reception, followed by the Paul Walker-starrer Hours. His screenplay for this year’s Lights Out (review) was a mostly successful study of depression and grief, but he knocks it out of the park with Arrival. It is his most mature work to date and where Lights Out may have not fully succeeded in its study of mental illness, Arrival most definitely succeeds in what it sets out to accomplish.
To top things off, Arrival looks spectacular. Every shot impresses and while this is not an effects-driven movie, what little effects there are simply stun. The heptapods are CGI creations, but they look quite convincing. Bradford Young’s cinematography is gorgeous and Joe Walker edits the film with a controlled hand, supporting the film’s deliberate pace.
Arrival is a truly affecting piece of filmmaking. It deals with global themes that are more relevant today than ever before and is bookended by some tear-jerking emotional wallops. The fact of the matter is that no review can explain just how this film will affect you. This is more than a film. It is an experience. So go experience it.Arrival will be released in theaters nationwide on November 11, 2016.
Wild Eye Releasing has acquired worldwide distribution rights for Brett DeJager’s Bonejangles. “We signed with Wild Eye because we wanted to work with a distributor that understands what good horror movies are all about and had the capacity to get Bonejangles in the hands of as many horror fans as possible. You can tell they love a good horror flick just as much as the rest of us, and that is exactly why we trusted them to deliver Bonejangles to the world,” DeJager said after the deal was inked.
Over the past year, Bonejangles has made audiences and critics scream, screening at the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival, Scare-A-Con Film Festival and The Indie Horror Drive-In Film Festival.
“While transporting the unstoppable killer Bonejangles to an asylum, a group of police officers encounter a hellish pit stop: a cursed town where the dead rise from their graves. Now the only way to save their lives and the town is to release Bonejangles and fight the curse…with something much worse.”
“Sequels are a disease. Meet the cure.”
Lowell Dean returns to the director’s chair with Another WolfCop, a sequel to the crow-sourced indie smash that is having its world premiere at the ongoing Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.
In the Canadian sequel, “Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.”
The Dude Designs has just unveiled the film’s festival one-sheet that depicts the hair arm of the law.
The first film was super fun, so I’m pretty excited to see what they have in store this time around.
— The Dude Designs (@The_DudeDesigns) September 26, 2016
After having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, André Øvredal’s thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe (read our rave review) was acquired by IFC Midnight for release at a later date. Now, just a few days after its Fantastic Fest screening, a trailer has dropped teasing what to expect from this year’s sleeper indie horror hit. Yes, everyone is raving, including Joe.
Starring Brian Cox (The Ring, Red), Emile Hirsch (The Darkest Hour, Killer Joe), and Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy), “The Autopsy of Jane Doe follows two coroners – a father and son – who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.”
Øvredal is known to many for his fantastic faux-documentary Trollhunter.
Some franchises are easy to overlook in this day and age. Twenty years ago, it was hard not to be aware of exactly how many films were in any given series. After all, your eyes were forced to run across their titles as you perused the shelves at your local rental and retail outlets. Depending on the franchise, reactions would obviously range between “Whoa! There’s more of these!” and “Ugh, they made another one?!?” I sometimes find myself wondering where Scanners lands on that spectrum for most.
I can recall the box art for many a long-running series in my mind, whether or not I liked (or even watched) them. Scanners was always one that came to mind. While I didn’t finally see the original until I was in high school (and its follow-ups until much later), I was well aware of the fact that a handful of entries existed. So just how many are there? Five and, believe it or not, most of them are pretty good!
MuchoMuchoMucho Productions and Firefly Films have uploaded a new trailer and art for their new film Slasher.com. The latest feature from horror director Chip Gubera (Song of the Dead, Academy of Doom), Slasher.com puts a gruesome twist on the perils of modern dating.
Co-written by Gubera and Chelsea Andes, Slasher.com combines the time-honored tradition of young people facing unfathomable horrors in the wilderness with the every day horror of meeting people online. Ben Kaplan (ADDicted, Wingman Inc) and Morgan Carter star as the hapless would-be couple, anchoring a cast supported by R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II), Jewel Shepard (Return of the Living Dead) and Grammy winner Delious Kennedy.
“At a time where online dating could prove fatal, Jack and Kristy decide they’re ready meet in person. Aiming for an adventurous first date, they plan a weekend getaway to the woodlands of rural Missouri. While discovering each other, they soon learn of the terrorizing horrors that the forest has in store.”
Midnight Releasing has announced the October 11th Cable VOD, Digital HD and DVD release of She Who Must Burn, Canadian cinema provocateur Larry Kent’s latest feature. Kent and co-writer Shane Twerdun have crafted a thought-provoking and violent horror story centered around the all-too-real battle between personal choice, state-sanctioned law and religious dogma. She Who Must Burn will be available to rent or own starting October 11th on Dish Network, Cox, Charter, Verizon Fios, DirecTV, iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, XBox and more.
Sarah Smyth (Cedar Cove, 50/50, Supernatural) headlines as a healthcare provider at odds with the evangelical family in her small town. When she refuses to stop seeing women in need and even helps a desperate member of their own family (sci-fi icon Jewel Staite, Firefly, Stargate: Atlantis, The LA Complex), they decide she is to blame for the mysterious deaths in the community and must pay.
A deadly storm heads towards a small mining village as the local preacher feeds the dark resentments seething in the souls of its citizens. Angela is the only medical resource for women in this unfortunate town where stillbirths and cancer have become disturbingly common. The local preacher and his followers blame Angela for the miscarriages and deaths, and even her Deputy Sheriff boyfriend can’t protect her from their wrath. Dark clouds gather as the preacher’s followers, infected with religious fervor and inflamed with passionate righteousness, seek to cleanse their community. Those who sin against the Lord must pay.
Thousand Mile Media is excited to announce the LA festival premiere of Ian Truitner’s Teleios. The action-packed sci-fi thriller will screen at the 16th Shriekfest: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.
Teleios stars Sunny Mabrey (Species III, Once Upon a Time), Michael Nouri (Flashdance, Damages), Lance Broadway (Olympus Has Fallen), TJ Hoban (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Mykel Shannon Jenkins (The Bold and the Beautiful). A rescue mission for one man turns into a battle for survival as the “perfect” rescue team starts to fracture.
Shriekfest: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival:
10:30 pm, October 7, 2016
5300 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The deep space mining vessel Atromitos has been adrift for two years. It is suspected that most of the crew had brutally killed each other for reasons unknown. Genetically modified “superior” humans are sent to investigate the marooned ship and recover the only survivor. Under the stress of isolation in outer space, the crew begins to exhibit unexpected character flaws. Cracks appear within the group which threaten the success of the mission and their chances of getting home alive.
It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the “Godfather of Gore”, who passed away at the age of 87. No reason for his passing has yet been released but we’ll update as more information comes in. The announcement was broken by Something Weird Video.
Lewis is the man responsible for such films as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, A Taste of Blood, The Gruesome Twosome, Scum of the Earth!, and She-Devils on Wheels, which is only a few of the titles he worked on. Lewis took an extended hiatus from directing after 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls only to return for 2002’s Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, the sequel to the 1963 film that is widely considered to be the first splatter film.
Herschell Gordon Lewis was one of Bloody-Disgusting’s first interviews, conducted in 2002. You can read it here.
We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lewis. We also want to send our deepest gratitude to a director whose films were the foundation and inspiration for countless filmmakers since.
Rest in peace, Mr. Lewis.
Writer/director/musician John Carpenter has released a new music video for his track “Utopian Façade”, which comes from his album Lost Themes II (review).
The video, produced and directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, is 80’s-inspired sci-fi/horror cheese, even though it looks super glossy and beautiful. It shows a woman, who looks like she’s been transported right out of Tron, running through the woods with some sort of glowing package in her hand. Meanwhile, cyborg zombies and alien creatures that look like they were extras in the 1989 film Arena (awesome movie, if you haven’t seen it), are all hellbent on attacking her, stopping her at all costs.
Check out the video below and let me know your favorite 80’s sci-fi/horror film!
Clowns are one of those weird things that creep people out. They’re supposed to make people laugh, to put a smile on their face. Instead, their happiness ends up creeping some people out to no end, something that I personally don’t understand. Then again, I’m terrified of spiders that are a tenth of the size of my pinky nail, so I guess I can’t really talk.
Throughout film and TV history, clowns have been characters used to convey both joy and pain. The 1928 film adventure/horror film The Man Who Laughs introduced the world to Gwynplaine, a man who was surgically disfigured so as to always bear a haunting rictus. Played by Conrad Veidt, of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari fame, the character became the inspiration for DC’s Joker, who was played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and most recently by Jared Leto, as well as others.
Gwynplaine is but one example of clown-like characters who have gone on to haunt our dreams, proving that a smile doesn’t always equal happiness. In fact, sometimes the widest of smiles are the ones hiding the most pain.
Below is an infographic that highlights 13 iconic clowns throughout film and TV history, as well as throwing some honorable mentions into the mix. As you look through them, why not think of your own favorite and let us know in the comments?
Image Created by HalloweenCostumes.com
Bay Area thrash metal masters Metallica have released a video for their new track “Moth Into Flame”, which comes from the upcoming album Hardwired…To Self Destruct.
The track is pretty different from the first single “Hardwired“, which I felt was a return to the band’s punk-influenced roots. Instead, “Moth Into Flame” is a more modern sound, taking elements off The Black Album and Load while sounding like a progression from those albums. Honestly? I dig this track a lot! It’s fun, it’s catchy, James sounds huge, Kirk’s guitar solo is HEAPS better than “Hardwired”‘s, and Lars absolutely blasts the drums on here. I can already tell that this track is going to be absolutely incredible when played live.
Hardwired…To Self Destruct comes out November 18th via the band’s own Blackened Records. Pre-orders are available through Metallica.com.