Calendula is a video game. Calendula is a meta game. Calendula is a minimalist game. Calendula is a horror game. Calendula is an atmospheric game. Calendula is a mystery. Calendula is an experience. Calendula is a glass full of blood. Calendula is evil. Calendula is a flower. Calendula is pain. Calendula is your deepest secret.
How to play… a game that does not want to be played? What if it is not a game? What if YOU were the game? Let the darkness play with you. And please, remember, it is not your fault…
Um, yeah. I don’t know what to make of that. Calendula is weird. Calendula is really weird. Calendula is really, really weird.
Looking at the screenshots, I believe them when they say that Calendula does not want to be played. Those menus look evil!
Calendula is currently without a release date. Calendula is going to be released at a later time. Calendula is probably going to be fucking awesome.
Calendula flowers are also known as Pot Marigold, but you already knew that, didn’t you?
Strong opener for “AHS: Hotel.” I’ve started going into this show with a lot of caution after the mess that was season three and four. But I was instantly turned on by the retro yet dichotomous ambiance of the Hotel Cortez and the insanely diverse cast of characters. The setting, music, and mood of this pilot episode were stunning, haunting, disturbing, and totally arousing. The music in particular was just so spot on.
It’s not the easiest pilot episode to recap as it left a lot open to interpretation and didn’t give a lot of explanations for…anything. Though MrDisgusting does a pretty good job of recapping, which you can read here. We know there’s a hotel. And it’s special. We know Lady Gaga is some sort of vampire type thing who rules them all. We know not to go into room 64. And don’t rip open any mattresses.
Right off the bat, “Hotel” has a very similar feel to “Murder House,” which was personally my favorite season of AHS. It’s sexy, really, really sexy. It’s the first season since season one that has as much sex appeal as it does horrific elements. While the other seasons straddled the line of psychosexual horror, “Hotel” is about as psychosexual horror as you can get—as evidenced in the orgy scene that turned into a sexual bloodbath. Speaking of which, Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer are absolutely perfect. From the second they came on the scene they were viciously erotic, unbelievably daring, and flaunted a nonchalant confidence that made me swoon.
Another thing that “Hotel” really has going for it is that Murphy pushes more boundaries—even for FX—than he ever has before. And this is Ryan Murphy we’re talking about, the king of pushing boundaries. Yet still, “Hotel” beats out anything else he’s done as far as sex and gore are concerned. I’m always slightly shocked by what he is able to get away with on television. This was definitely the goriest AHS pilot to date.
I wasn’t crazy about Wes Bentley and Chloe Sevigny’s storyline. It’s a bit cliché for my tastes. Obsessive detective who works too hard, destroys his family because of his workaholic tendencies. Wife who can’t look her husband in the eyes because he reminds her too much of their lost son. I’ve seen it a million times before. The only hope I have that the storyline will improve is that he moved into room 64 by the end of the pilot. For his sake, I hope the drill-like strap-on never makes an appearance again.
“Hotel” feels drastically different from previous seasons while still keeping that quintessential Murphy flavor. It’s moodier, darker, and more sensual. It’s extremely more graphic with a juxtaposition of old-fashioned whimsy. If Murphy can stray away from his MO of throwing too many storylines at his audience while leaving so many questions unanswered, I think this could be the best thing to happen in a while. Meaning: I was a huge fan of the pilot. Let’s see how I feel next week.
I was hesitant about Max Greenfield because he’s such a doof in “New Girl,” but he was so perfect as the douchy, arrogant junkie and I truly hope to see more of him.
The real estate agent from season one and the inside joke about the dog! Perfect!
Smart move making the first hotel guests of the pilot foreign. It felt like a page out of the book of Eli Roth.
Denis O’Hare. That is all.
Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett
Directed by Freddie Francis
Distributed by Eureka! Entertainment
The second horror film – following Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors — to come from the stables of Hammer’s greatest rival, Amicus Productions, Freddie Francis’ The Skull stars Peter Cushing as wealthy curio collector and author Christopher Maitland.
Approached by a shady dealer, Maitland is offered a pair of esoteric antiques – one, a book detailing the life of the infamous Marquis de Sade (and bound in human flesh, no less) and the other… the skull of the Marquis himself.
Maitland is warned off of purchasing the grim ornament by his friend, and fellow collector, Matthew Phillips (Lee) – who reveals that it was, in fact, recently stolen from him… and he would rather not have it back. See, the skull remains the vessel for a demonic spirit that once possessed the Marquis, and will call out to its owner, leading them down an irresistible path of madness and murder.
Of course, Maitland has already found himself rather taken with the piece, and despite all warnings continues to pursue it. Soon, the malevolent power of the skull is in full swing, and poor Maitland will realise that he has bitten off far more than he can chew.
Adapted from the 1945 short story The Skull of the Marquis de Sade by Robert Bloch, The Skull is quite an effective chiller in the classical vein, but marred by a lack of momentum. Screenwriter Milton Subotsky, in sticking as closely to the source material as possible, ran into a major problem – one that was passed on to director Francis – when the completed script for his film was barely feature length.
This led to Francis being forced to dream up additional scenes and drag current ones out when shooting. The result is a number of extended sequences in which very little happens, or the events portrayed play out in drawn-out style. In testament to the skills of legendary actor Peter Cushing, however, it actually manages to work – the man proving as captivating as ever no matter what he’s doing. Cushing adds a gravitas to his slower scenes, especially given the almost dialogue-free final act, serving to increase the skin-crawling threat that pervades much of The Skull’s later runtime.
On the whole, Francis’ direction is slick – though there are moments of off-putting editing during conversations – and the lo-fi special effects employed to create the finale’s malevolent floating skull don’t actually come across as entirely ridiculous given the film’s success in generating a solid atmosphere of doom.
The Skull would perhaps have been better served by inclusion in one of Amicus’ anthologies rather than being forcibly stretched to feature length, but it still manages to succeed in its aims. With Cushing and Lee on top form and enough mystery and suspense to go around, The Skull makes for a great pick for a rainy evening in the company of a good old-fashioned spook show.
Eureka! Entertainment bring The Skull to UK homes in a double-disc set featuring both DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film. Only the DVD was supplied for the purposes of review, and it’s suitably well presented, exhibiting only very minor instances of picture instability – excusable given the source material.
Extras on the disc include two on-camera discussions of the film, one with film historian Jonathan Rigby and the other with critic and author Kim Newman. Both are entertaining and informative, though it’s natural that some duplicate information about the film, and the history of Amicus, is espoused. Physically, there’s a reversible sleeve so you can choose exactly what goes on your shelf, and a collector’s booklet featuring a very well written short essay by film historian Vic Pratt and a wide selection of historic promotional materials from The Skull’s release.
Producer and filmmaker Adam Ripp wants to get to the bottom of the supposed curse that has plagued the cast of the Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist film series, THR is reporting.
Ripp is directing “The Curse of Poltergeist,” which his company, Vega Baby, is financing and producing alongside Indonesia-based MD Pictures. He’s set to start shooting in November.
“The documentary will focus on the life and experiences of Poltergeist actor Oliver Robins, who played Robbie Freeling in the first and second installment of the franchise, as a way to explore the tragedies that have befallen those involved with the films.”
We here at Bloody Disgusting gave you a brief history of the alleged curse earlier this year.
“It will be a journey into the unknown as I attempt to understand the meaning behind the tragedies surrounding the movie,” said Robins, of the The Curse of Poltergeist. “It’s something that will hopefully bring closure to a dark chapter in my life.”
Many of the actors involved in the project have met dreadful ends, explains the site, including Dominique Dunne who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, and young star Heather O’Rourke, who died at the age of twelve of acute bowel obstruction right before the third film was released.
In 2002, the curse was the focus of an E! True Hollywood Story.
This week on Scream Queens the plot thickens as questions are answered and more arise. In a hilarious opening poking fun at Taylor Swift’s “squad” of fans (what’s Ryan Murphy’s obsession with T-Swift anyway?) we find out every year Chanel gives gifts to girls she feels are dumpy and needy, so all of them, as a way to reach out to the public. Of course, her gifts are mere crap like fake blood, severed legs, etc. We learn her favorite time of year is Halloween which is usual for Murphy. This year Chanel has her pledges carve pumpkins to send to the “less fortunate” and via pumpkin carving, Zayday reveals her plan to shove Chanel off bitch mountain and take over as president of KKT by throwing a haunted house party in an abandoned house off campus. Meanwhile, Hester is making a play for Chad Radwell and indulging all of his twisted fantasies of hooking up with dead girls. Hester plans on supporting Zayday, but we learn she eventually wants to claim KKT as her own.
Some spoilers to follow, reader beware:
Of course throwing a Halloween party in a supposedly haunted house with a killer on the loose is a phenomenally bad idea but that’s why I love this show. The party itself reveals a lot of answers, namely where the dead bodies went but also that there is a story of a mysterious old hag who supposedly lived in the house with a baby. We discover exactly who the hag is at the end of the episode, not that it’s a surprise at all, but I doubt she’s the killer. Stuck in the 90s and delusional, yes. Killer, obviously not…unless there are 3?
Dean Munsch continues to be a treat with her attempts to corner Wes and is easily let off the hook when we find out she’s bffs with the head detective on the case. Her agenda in the events is devious for sure, but I don’t think murderous. And now that GiGi is revealed to be entirely out of her mind, is Wes even safe with her?
Perhaps the most revealing point is that after speaking with one of the original girls from the Class of ’95, we learn the baby was a girl. Because we know Chanel #3’s dad to be Charles Manson (although that could be a lie) and Grace is automatically off the hook we are left with Chanel, Chanel #5, Hester, and Zayday. All signs point to Hester, but I’d really like to see Chanel #5 have a complete meltdown and reveal herself. The cliffhanger we’re left with is Zayday being kidnapped by the Red Devil which is suspicious because we know Boon’s death was a set up. And where is he anyway?
Scream Queens is coming along nicely and even creating a decent mystery and backstory out of all its outrageous antics. These last couple episodes have slowed down a bit, which is good because we still have 9 (10 if you don’t count the pilot as 2) episodes to go so a lot can still happen. I’d kind of like the killer to take on a Sleepaway Camp twist and have it be one of the guys but who knows? We don’t even know if it’s only two killers at this point.
What did you guys think? Comment or tweet me!Final Thoughts:
- Diego Boneta’s Matthew McConaughey impression is spot on…just…damn…
- That slow-mo fight scene against the douche bros is so entirely accurate that I almost rooted for Chanel…almost.
- Chad Radwell is THE scream queen.
- Denise Hemphill was a fabulous pledge.
- “I saw you come out of your mother! Big mistake, by the way.” – Wes
- “I’m as skinny as Karen Carpenter in the morgue.” – Chanel
- “By Halloween night, I will avenge your face-stabbing baby girl.” – Denise Hemphill
- “Her dreams are as dead as she is and mine are alive and breathing.” – Dean Munsch
- “Hey Jennifer, can you hop off the spectrum for just a second!” – Chanel
- Leprechaun being watched when the Red Devil attacks former KKT member
- Wes shows Children of the Corn in his film class and has a surprisingly decent analysis on the film itself
- Ms. Bean’s body is revealed ala Annie in Halloween
I am going to do my best to tell you what Blind Woman’s Curse is about, but it’s going to be a struggle. It’s a nonsensical mash-up of horror and yakuza warfare. You take those two elements, toss in a black cat with a taste for blood and mix in a little carnival freak show attraction and you basically come up with the movie that is Blind Woman’s Curse. For the most part it doesn’t make a lick of sense, but that hardly matters.
If you’ve ever given a cat some catnip you know they absolutely love it. They just go crazy for the stuff. They start rolling around, rubbing their face into anything and everything. At that moment in time, when they’re hopped up on the nip, nothing makes sense to them and it doesn’t matter because everything is perfect. Whatever feeling that is that cats experience, that’s what watching Blind Woman’s Curse feels like.
The film opens up pretty straight forward enough. Akemi (Meiko Kaji) and her clan square off to do battle with their rivals. This means the film opens with a bloody fight scene right off the bat. Pretty solid way to pull your audience in and grab their attention early. The fight ends as Akemi attempts to kill the rival gang’s leader but ends up slicing his daughter, Aiko (Hoki Tokuda) across the eyes. As Aiko lay in the ground bleeding from her eyes, a black cat approaches and begins to lick up the blood. Eventually the cat locks eyes with Akemi and attacks her.
Akemi is then tormented by both the black cat and Aiko. As Aiko hunts Akemi down she begins to pick off members of her clan one-by-one. As if this isn’t bad enough, Akemi still has to worry about the other clan who is trying to takeover their territory. Oh, and there may be a double agent working both sides! What?!
Yeah, Blind Woman’s Curse has a lot going on. There are segments here and there that you can piece together and start to build what resembles a cohesive story, but for the most part this is just bloody fun with no real rhyme or reason. Everything centers around Akemi and what’s going on with her but there’s these weird side stories that she’s only loosely involved with. For one you have this crime boss of sorts who walks around wearing what is essentially a thong. He tries to lead his gang to take over territory and mix it up with the big boys, but no one takes him serious and just makes fun of his stench. Then there’s a side show attraction full of strange performers and a room full of body parts. Honestly, everything is just strange and weird. I don’t know how else to describe it.
Aside from weird and strange the next word that comes to mind is beautiful. Blind Woman’s Curse is just a beautiful movie. Everything going on may not add up, but it sure looks stunning. This was my first experience with the work of director Teruo Ishii and for what he lacks in cohesive story telling he more than makes up with a visual style that will blow you away. The opening sequence sets the bar really high with some amazing sword action, almost all of which ends with a healthy (or un-healthy) spray of blood flying across the screen. The red of blood is extremely bright, allowing it to pop and add to the overall beauty. Just gorgeous.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo release from Arrow does a terrific job highlighting the artistic style that is dripping from Blind Woman’s Curse. The special features on this release are actually a little lighter than what we’ve come to expect from Arrow, however. There are a few trailers, which I always appreciate, and a commentary for the film with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp. That’s it as far as what is actually on the disc. Of course Arrow does provide another wonderful booklet with original art, and serving as the real winner for me is the writings on the film by Tom Mes. After watching the movie I was happy to learn that an expert like Mes was just as confused by parts of the plot as I.
So at the end of the day maybe I can’t accurately describe Blind Woman’s Curse. I can say for sure that it’s awesome fun, and isn’t that what really matters?
Let me start off by saying that I’m not endorsed or sponsored by iCanvas in any way. I just think they have amazing art and the fact that it comes ready to hang is SUCH a convenience.
Alright, with that out of the way, for those of you who have been wanting to adorn your walls with images spooky yet classy, I highly suggest checking out iCanvas. They put art on canvas material that is stretched over a wooden frame, ensuring that you have a long lasting and beautiful piece of art that will last you a long time. Hell, they even say that their pieces are water resistant and can be cleaned with a lightly dampened cloth!
My recommendation is to head over to their “World of Dark Art” portal and start checking out the pieces in each category. I found tons of things I would love to eventually own and I’m sure you’ll all find something equally appealing.
Below is a gallery of pieces that I’m obsessed with. What’s your favorite?
Epic Pictures will release Tales of Halloween in theaters, on VOD and iTunes on October 16th.
The film is an anthology of 10 halloween tales, directed by David Parker (The Hills Run Red), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die), Paul Solet (Grace), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad) & Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again) (Co-Directing A Vignette), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), Neil Marshall (The Descent).
Bloody Disgusting has a massive batch of images that show what kind of tricks are in this impressive bag of shorts.
“Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. This creepy anthology combines classic Halloween tales with the stuff of nightmares.”
Full cast includes Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell and Hunter Smit.“TRICK” (Adam Gierash) “FRIDAY THE 31st” (Mike Mendez) “BAD SEED” (Neil Marshall) “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” (Darren Lynn Bousman) “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” (Paul Solet) “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” (Ryan Schifrin) “GRIM GRINNING GHOST” (Axelle Carolyn) “SWEET TOOTH” (Dave Parker) “DING DONG” (Lucky McKee) “THIS MEANS WAR” (John Skipp & Andrew Kasch)
Select AMC theaters across the U.S. will host the “ultimate fan experience” on Wednesday, October 28th by giving fans the chance to see Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse ahead of its release. In addition to seeing the movie before it officially comes out, the screenings will host “…exclusive music and a special visual show from Dillon Francis for the regular price of admission.” All ticket holders will additionally get a commemorative t-shirt.
According to the official press release, “The visual experience blends the bold graphics of creative powerhouse Pizzaslime and Dillon Francis, short form video content from Dillon Francis’ zombie alter ego “Dead Dillon,” scenes from the film and original music from Dillon Francis.”
Furthermore, New York City folk will then get to attend an exclusive, off-site after party that features a performance from “Dead Dillon”.
Anyone interested in participating can purchase tickets here.
Directed by Christopher Landon, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.”
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will open in theaters October 30th, and as part of a new distribution deal, will arrive on home video and VOD within 17 days of the film nearing its theatrical exit.
In this clip from Todd Strauss-Schulson’s festival smash The Final Girls, which will be in limited theaters and on VOD platforms October 9th via Stage 6 Films with Vertical Entertainment, the gang end up inside a horror movie that takes place in the year 1986. Yup, the prime year for slashers! There’s nothing bloody here, but plenty of laughs for hardcore fans of the slasher genre.
Said to be a hilarious meta horror comedy with heart, our very own Patrick Cooper raved about it in his review out of the film’s premiere at the Stanley Film Festival.
In the film, “Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends find themselves trapped in the famous 80’s slasher flick that made her late mother a scream queen. The millennial gang joins the throwback camp counselors with raging libidos (Adam DeVine) to battle the psychotic killer.“
Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine, Alexander Ludwig, Angela Trimbur, Alia Shawkat, Tory N. Thompson, and “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch also are featured.
Principal photography recently got underway in Los Angeles on New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring 2, with James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Dead Silence, Furious 7) once again at the helm.
The supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Reprising their roles, as previously reported, Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air, “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the Insidious films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Check out Wan with Farmiga and Wilson with a familiar recording device.
Filming under the title of The Conjuring 2, the sequel will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.
Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”) as the single mom, with Madison Wolfe (“Zoo”) and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (“Roy”); Franka Potente (“The Bridge”); and Simon McBurney (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).
In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson.
Peter Safran, Wan and Rob Cowan, who previously collaborated on The Conjuring, are producing.
The film is set to haunt theaters on June 10th, 2016.
A channel on YouTube called The Paramount Vault is uploading Paramount films that you can watch for free! Now, this would only be worthy of writing about if there were some horror films on there, right? Well, you’re damn right there are some waiting for you!
In the channel you’ll find films such as In Dreams, The Loved Ones, Beneath, and a fantastic murder thriller called The Reckoning, which stars Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe, Brian Cox, and Vincent Cassel. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend checking it out.
For those of you who want something a little more crazy, how about heading below and watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2? Don’t say I never did nothing for ya.
For more films, just click on the link above and check out the channel!
When Capcom first introduced us to the competitive multiplayer-focused Resident Evil spin-off Umbrella Corps, it was easy for me and many other fans of the series to write it off as another misguided attempt to lure in shooter enthusiasts with guns, explosions and killstreaks. I still have my reservations about it, only they’ve been joined by a general curiosity in this strange experiment.
I can’t tell if this is going to be good, but at least it’s putting in an effort. I just can’t tell if Umbrella Corps has genuinely interesting ideas, or if I just want to brain some fools online…
And here’s a live-action trailer for the game, because you’ve earned it.
A few weeks ago, more of you were curious than upset, so in the interest of science, I’d like to see where you stand after watching this latest video.
It’s been a while since the indie horror game Among the Sleep debuted following a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. On December 10, Norwegian developer Krillbite will add the PS4 to its list of platforms, allowing a whole new audience to experience one of the most original titles of the year.
The studio shared the news in an announcement on the PlayStation Blog, along with a few reasons why even current owners of the game may want to consider buying it again.
For starters, Among the Sleep will look better than ever on PS4, thanks to a slew of technical fixes and a full visual/audio upgrade that takes advantage of the latest changes to the Unity engine. Krillbite’s Kristina Halvorsen breaks it down for us.
“One of the coolest things in the PlayStation version of the game is the full audio-visual upgrade — Among the Sleep now has even better graphics and an even better sound experience. We think frame rate is an essential part of a good game experience and have worked hard to get the game to run at a proper 60 frames per second. This was probably the biggest part of the upgrade and it makes for a super smooth experience and does a lot for immersion!”
For more Among the Sleep, I highly recommend you check out Tyler’s excellent post-mortem. It’s a fascinating read even if you’re not that interested in the actual process of making a game. You can also read my review, where I called it “a brave game with uncommon characters, a dazzling art style, and a fantastic, emotional story.”
Vampires are oversaturated, just like zombies, but sometimes we get a decent movie or two resurrecting the old hat and making something interesting from it. Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock, The Green Inferno) brings us The Stranger which follows Martin who suffers from a blood disease that is highly contagious and causes him to desire blood and flee from the sunlight. Standard vamp stuff but they never say the word “vampire”. He’s hunting his wife who fled from him after finding out she was pregnant and killing a human woman. Martin thrives off the blood of animals and is determined to wipe out his kind to prevent the destruction of the human race. He finds his wife has died but not before giving birth to their baby, Peter, who, miraculously, was born without the curse. After some street thugs, aided by their leader’s father who’s a cop, attempt to kill Martin he is saved by Peter who does not know of his past.
When I first got this movie I was apprehensive given the “Eli Roth Presents” header and Amoedo’s last work with Roth, Aftershock which I thought was utter shit. I’m glad I didn’t skip this one, though. The story of Martin is a tragic one, he is determined to kill himself, as he’s the last of his kind, but is torn between protecting his son Peter from the corrupt town he lives in. It’s revealed the lead gang member is the deputy’s son and pretty much has free run of the town, including murder and arson.
Martin describes the disease as a plague that could wipe out the human race and in a short film (of which the film is based on) included on the disc we learn it’s akin to the Fourth Horseman of the apocalypse, Pestilence. There are heavy undertones of Catholicism within the film, particularly a scene in which Martin heals Peter after a brutal attack. It’s also wrought with complex father and son relationships. Martin and the deputy both have difficult jobs in that they both have sons who are particularly dangerous, one more so than the other, but can’t bring themselves to do what’s necessary. However, the film did fall flat in it’s attempt to make the audience feel guilty for the deputy. It’s revealed early that he’s a recovering alcoholic and widower but neither of which is enough to exempt him from letting his son run amok torturing and hurting people left and right.
The Stranger was filmed in Chile as apart of “Chilewood” a film-making venture from Roth and Amoedo who want to advance the film world in Chile. Amoedo had several successes, and failures, in Chile before Roth and he collaborated on Aftershock but I’m glad to see they took a different turn with The Stranger. It’s a film that battles back and forth with morality, much like any other vamp flick, but it takes the glamorous aspect away which is refreshing. That’s not to say it’s without fault though. In one particular scene Martin uses his blood, which he is constantly telling people to stay way from, to heal Peter. It’s a bit confusing and doesn’t seem to follow it’s own rules until it becomes convenient to the plot. Also, the acting is sort of flat from various characters and tends to lag on repeating itself over and over until the climax. I get it dude, you’re blood is infectious, shut up.
That aside, I was surprised by The Stranger and maybe I can attribute that to my low expectations going in. Is it the greatest vampire film ever made? Not by a long shot, but I appreciate it trying to incorporate the Four Horseman as its explanation and it’s subtle homages to Near Dark. Give it a watch and be thankful Eli Roth doesn’t show his face in it. The cinematography is gorgeous in itself and I made me want to hop the next plane to Chile.
Eli Roth is on a streak this year! After a long delay, The Green Inferno finally hit theaters AND he’s got Knock Knock coming out to limited theaters and VOD this Friday. Considering that his films have dealt with a flesh-eating virus, business men keen on torture, cannibals, and home invaders, it’s a wonder that anyone manages to make it out of his films! I guess the questions is, could you?
Below is a quiz that asks a few basic questions that will then tell you if you could survive an Eli Roth horror film! Now, I know that many of you will assume that I’d come to a gruesome and horrific demise were I to be there…
Well, the joke’s on you! “You’d turn the tables and survive unscathed!“:
Well-done — you’ve outwitted those with sinister intentions, and made it out with barely a scratch on you! For most of your life, people have told you that you were too pessimistic, and always looking for the evil in everyone. Little did they know you were doing the right thing, because who knows if you can really trust the shady hostel owner, talking in another language while smirking at you? Overall, you’re a survivor because you’re brave, bold and know exactly when to make a break for it.
Take the quiz and let us know how you fare!
While doing the usual press tour rounds for any new movie, Danny Boyle, who is currently promoting Steve Jobs, spoke about the possibility of returning to the zombie world he created in 28 Weeks Later
“I’ve got no problem [with ‘28 Months Later‘],” Boyle explains to >IndieWire. “It’s the usual thing, …it’s not about whether people think it’s a good idea that you’re directing. It’s whether you respond to the script or not. It’s just like on [‘Steve Jobs’]. I got the script and I went, ‘That was amazing. I hope I can add to that somehow and it be even better than just the experience of reading it.’ ”
Earlier this year, writer/director Alex Garland spoke about the film, explaining that he offered an idea to producer Andrew Macdonald but he didn’t want to go any further with the series:
About two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make ‘Trainspotting 2,’ another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for ’28 Months’ arrived. I had a funny idea. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.
Again, nothing is concrete and a third film isn’t even 100% locked down. However, we’re hopeful that something will come of all these discussions. That universe is a great deal of fun!
By Thomas Alexander
Undoubtedly one of the most creative and interesting filmmakers of our time, Guillermo del Toro is the go-to-guy for all things fanciful, mysterious and dark. But his skill set is not limited to the unconventional as Hellboy and more recently Pacific Rim prove. What is strikingly clearly is that Guillermo del Toro’s abilities go beyond producing creatures designed to terrify as his latest film, Crimson Peak, illustrates.
Bloody-Disgusting caught up with del Toro to discuss his new film, the last film that scared him and what made him become a vegetarian for a while.
BD: Crimson Peak is very reminiscent of a silent horror film. Is this something you were going for when writing it?
Some of my favorite horror is silent because it has strength of composition and it has a very strong visual streak.
The way you evaluated silent film I think changed when sound arrived. I think that film is a visual & audio medium and it should be judged in the same way that you judge a painting or a visual art in terms of strokes, colors and shapes.
That sort of abstraction was very much how we read film in the silent era. When the forefront became the lines of dialogue, plot and other things like that it kind of diluted the power of it as a visual creation.
I always think film reached its maximum purity in things like Eric von Stroheim’s Greed, Nosferatu or Vampyr.
These were pure film. Not that I am against lines or stories it’s just that I think that we should not have lost the capacity to discuss film in an arena that goes beyond dramaturgy that becomes purely the audio, visuals and design content element of films.
The house in the film was built for real. How much did that and practical FX add to the film?
I think it was important to build the house for real in the same I felt it was very important to create the costuming with an eye for detail. I think having the ghosts as actors with make-up and not just digital effects was important.
You can enhance the actors digitally but the actors were there.
For example, the ghost that crawls out of the floor; we actually dug the floor. He was in a trench and he came out of the trench – we then added the floor on top.
A lot of modern day horrors and thrillers just don’t compare to the classics that came before it. What is it that seems to go wrong in these films in your opinion?
I think every aesthetic in any genre has good and bad examples. You have perfectly suited lower budget horror like It Follows. You then have others that are just interested in making a splash or using it as a stepping stone.
You then have beautiful movies like The Babadook that was financed originally through Kickstarter.
What I think is important, and I hope Crimson Peak works in the sense that it will help that we can talk about a scary, creepy, movie. It’s not horror, it is gothic romance. Even then you can talk about genre, because it is a genre movie in terms of bigger budgets.
When I was a kid I could see bigger budget genre movies treated as an event. I miss that. Not that I am against anything. I am in favor of returning to a bigger canvas for the genre.
What was it like to be working with Mia Wasikowska?
Fantastic, she is one of the actors that I’ve seen that is more capable of actually being there and making a moment real.
At the same time she is incredible easy to work with, she’s so fresh and so real. The camera just loves her.
If I could do every movie with this cast then I would.
Just a pity Ron Perlman isn’t in the movie as well…
I know. Ron is not period though [laughs]. Ron is very modern, man.
How does working on Crimson Peak compare to a massive film like Pacific Rim?
They are very different. What people need to understand with a movie like Pacific Rim is that part of that operation becomes like a military operation. You are dealing with very huge crowds, 500 or 600 extras.
There’s also motion controlled buildings, hydraulics with explosives – a lot of different things are happening.
Where as in Crimson Peak the biggest effect are the actors, camera and the lights [laughs].
So that must have made a good change in pace for you..?
I love blowing up stuff but you need to sort of rest from the big stuff.
If all you do is that then there comes a point where you need to come up for a breath of fresh air.
That’s what happened with Crimson and I was so thankful. I would arrive to the set super early, eager to see my actors and work with them.
With a script being so dark what did you do to keep things fun on set for yourself and the cast?
I’ve rarely had a difficult or sad set. One of the most difficult sets I’ve ever had was working on Pan’s Labyrinth.
It was really, really tense.
I actually feel it’s easy for me to have a fun set. I make jokes, I am very approachable with the actors and technicians.
I meet with the technical crew all the time so we love each other. I very often break out into singing because I like to serenade the crew. Every few weeks I have a mariachi band to set.
There’s a tradition on film sets that you finish the week in camera truck with a lot of food and a lot of booze so I try have a mariachi there if I can.
How much improv was there in this film and is it something that you encourage?
Oh yes, there was. I created these biographies for the actors that were about eight to ten pages each.
We went at them with great fervor but then on the day, some of the best things in the movie happened on the day. The scene of the silhouette in the park, that happened on the day. We were trying to find a solution to make the scene mysterious.
Another is the scene where Jessica is making breakfast. Originally she was meant to slap Mia but instead she throws the frying pan on the counter then picks up the scrambled egg with her bare hands.
We were always improvising.
We reckon that you don’t scare easily but what was the last film that really got to you?
I really was scared by The Babadook and It Follows. It Follows really freaked me out. I am ultimately very prudish, I am a prude. The movie struck so many repressive chords that were installed in me when I was a catholic boy.
There’s a lot of wacky rumors online about you. Is there any truth to the rumor that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre made you a vegetarian for a while?
It’s true, it made me a vegetarian for four years. I gained a lot of weight because I was into muffins. I saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and got so revolted. Everybody after the movie went for tacos and barbecue and I couldn’t do it.
I broke that streak where one day I ate something like three chickens, whole [laughs].
You’ve got The Bleak House where you keep all your memorabilia and other collectibles. What did you take from the set of Crimson Peak to add to your collection?
I really love that place, that house makes me happy. Frankenstein greets me when I enter and then you turn the corner and Hans the dwarf from Freaks is waiting for me there with a razor blade.
I bought the portrait of the mother, which makes me laugh and always cracks me up and I bought the automaton that has the trick with the silver ball.
I bought the mechanical drill. The book with the illustrations is mines to begin with so I have that.
You’ve been on Twitter recently with recommendations of films that should be revisited or discovered [RIGHTING A WRONG]. What films haven’t you seen yet you probably should have?
Films that I haven’t seen? I always end up re-watching stuff I love, more than watching stuff I need to watch.
I’ve not seen enough Antonioni and I am ashamed of that [laughs].
What are you going to recommend next?
I am going to recommend Cronenberg’s Crash because I think it is under appreciated.
Then I want to recommend a movie from Holland called Character, which won an Oscar so it is not undervalued but people need to remember it.
Do you think if films like Deadpool are commercially successful, with its Hellboy-esq quirks, could pave a way for studios softening to the idea of Hellboy 3?
I tell you, I’ve been at it for 20 years or more and cannot figure out how studios think. It’s totally random what can happen.
You cannot strategize for randomness.
When you have time between projects what TV shows are you watching right now?
I watch everything. I watch almost every pilot for every TV show because that’s the way I cast. They need to grab me.
If I am not grabbed by the pilot, I don’t continue. That’s how I got hooked on “Justified,” “The Americans,” “Mr Robot” and obviously “Breaking Bad.” I follow so many programs and keep watching them and got lost in them like “The Knick” where I watch them all at once.
I was very taken by the beginning of “Hell on Wheels” but I didn’t finish it.
Were you a fan at all of “The X-Files”?
You know, it’s curious. I only watched a few. To me the measure of success of that arena was always “Kolchak,” I was a rabid fan. But I think they were beautifully written and realized and obviously Vince Gilligan was involved.
Vince also wrote an episode of the new “Kolchak” that was genuinely scary.
So far your career has been quite varied with some work in video games. Although Silent Hills didn’t work out, what was the experience like?
It was curious.
We had a great experience and had great story sessions with hundreds upon hundreds of designs. Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I’ve seen in games that came after, like The Last of Us, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction.
The thing with Kojima and Silent Hills is that I thought we would do a really remarkable game and really go for the jugular.
We were hoping to actually create some sort of panic with some of the devices we were talking about and it is really a shame that it’s not happening. When you ask about how things operate, that makes no fucking sense at all that that game is not happening.
Makes no fucking sense at all. That’s the randomness that I was talking about.
Crimson Peak is out in cinemas on October 16th.
It seems like nearly everyone from the original Ghostbusters film has been confirmed for a cameo appearance in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot. However, one face that for sure won’t show up is Rick Moranis.
Moranis, speaking to THR, stated, “I wish them well. I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”
The 62-year old actor took an extended hiatus after his wife passed away from breast cancer. He spent his time raising his children, who have since grown up and are young adults themselves. As a result, he’s considering returning to the acting world, although he’s very careful about what projects he’ll take on.
“I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it. [But Ghostbusters] didn’t appeal to me.”
Ghostbusters stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth. It hits theaters on July 22, 2016.
As horror fans, we love a good death scene. It’s even better if the death goes beyond just being stabbed to death or a throat slashing. Sometimes a mediocre movie can be raised to “kind of good” by a really awesome death. It is obvious when the filmmakers put some effort into a character’s death, and The below list are some of the most unique kills in horror movies.*
*Technically, this list could be comprised solely of deaths from the Final Destination franchise, so we’ve left that entire franchise off the list to make room for some others.
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