What If Jurassic Park Was Listed on Business Review Site Yelp?

Dread Central - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:42

If the Jurassic Park franchise has taught us anything, it's that the idea of a dinosaur-filled amusement park is a much better one on paper than it is in reality. Death and destruction are not exactly what parents are after when they take their kids to theme parks...

So as you might imagine, the reviews for such a place wouldn't exactly be raving.

In this hilarious image we spotted over on the website Mandatory, someone imagined a world wherein Jurassic Park is a real place and is listed on business review site Yelp.

What would visitors have to say about their experience after returning home? Well, let's just say that the folks who return home are the lucky ones!

The Jurassic Park franchise continues with Jurassic World, set to hit theaters June 12, 2015. Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce.

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Borgman Sheds His Clothes in New Stills

Dread Central - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:37

Yesterday we shared with you the creepy trailer for Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, which has proven itself to be a hit on the festival circuit. A June 6th release date has been given to the flick, and on tap for you today is an image gallery full of hairy male nudity. Sound good?! Then dig in!

Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, and Tom Dewispelaere star.

Synopsis
Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful facade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children, and nanny.

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Black Fawn Set To Release 'Discopath' on DVD

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:36

After selling out its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, DISCOPATH has travelled the world leaving its ‘70s era disco stamp on festivals from Brazil to Brussels. Now, the Canadian horror feature has found a home on DVD through Black Fawn Distribution. Durango Pictures has awarded the Canadian home video rights for the award winning slasher DISCOPATH to Black Fawn Distribution, to be released on DVD in Canada on June 10th, while Juice Distribution will release the film through iTunes on April 29th.

In the debut feature film from director Renaud Gauthier, a timid young New Yorker in the mid-70s leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: Disco! Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal.

DISCOPATH celebrated its World Premiere at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival followed by numerous other festival screenings around the world including Beyond Fest (Los Angeles), Fright Fest (London, UK) and The Blood in the Snow Film Fest (Toronto) where it took home Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay honors.

“We went to see DISCOPATH because of the buzz it had received,” states Black Fawn Distribution’s Sales Manager CF Benner. “We were literally blown away because it’s a very unique film experience. It’s dark, it’s funny, and you’ll find it hard to wrap your head around the fact that this film wasn’t made over 30 years ago. Renaud’s attention to detail is really quite amazing and we knew right away that we
wanted horror fans everywhere to experience DISCOPATH the same way we did.”

Critically acclaimed for its realistic feel and setting, reviewers have been quick to point out DISCOPATH’s authentic presentation and dark comedic framework.

“Amidst a sea of films attempting to recapture the glories of bygone exploitation fare, DISCOPATH gets it right,” says Michael Gingold of Fangoria while AintItCool.com declared that “DISCOPATH is fun from kooky start to its absolutely batshit finish.”

The DISCOPATH DVD will include the following bonus features:
- Commentary by Director Renaud Gauthier
- Behind the Scenes Feature
- Music Player Featuring Songs From the Film
- Upcoming Trailers

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[Exclusive] New Poster For Hyper-Violent ‘The Demolisher’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:33

Post by BigJ

Latefox Pictures will be slamming into production with The Demolisher, scheduled to begin shooting late Spring 2014. Directed by Gabriel Carrer, The Demolisher chronicles the story of a man named Bruce (Ry Barrett), an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife Samantha (Tianna Nori), a former policewoman and survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. His rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia and overwhelming sense of condemnation, Bruce channels his inner-rage, punishing young woman, Marie (Jessica Vano), and finding refuge in a world of intense violence.

The Demolisher is both a character study, and a psychological examination of trauma, resulting in an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far. “The film is complex and character-driven, dealing with an outpouring of raw emotion,” said Gabriel Carrer, the film’s director and producer. “It delicately juggles our sympathetic nature and reactions to chance encounters, with the dangerous and addicted intoxication of violence, The film’s narrative pertains to the film industry, or any industry for that matter, and the level of abuse that can be endured” he concludes.

Latefox Pictures’ The Demolisher stars Ry Barrett, who most recently played lead villain in Chad Archibald’s upcoming, The Drownsman; Tianna Nori, leading danger in Tricia Lee’s, Clean Break, and Jessica Vano, the tortured heroine in the upcoming, The Unabomber Manifesto.

Award-winning cinematographer, Martin Buzora (Neverlost), who just completed the Oprah Winfrey Network series, To Catch a Killer, will capture the film’s fresh hyper-visual aesthetic and Gabriel Carrer will direct, a follow up role to last year’s acclaimed psychological thriller, In the House of Flies featuring Henry Rollins as the voice. The Demolisher is produced by Gabriel Carrer, Ry Barrett, AK Lamm, Andrew Bussey, Duane Frey, Christian Burgess, Martin Buzora, Nathan Hawkins and Andrew Wood.

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Get 'Lost In The Woods' With James Tynion IV

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:24

James Tynion IV has a new teen horror series coming out from BOOM! Studios this May. Since Tynion IV hit the scene a few years ago, working alongside Scott Snyder on “Batman”, he’s really hit his stride. His political horror web comic, “The Eighth Seal” from Thrillbent delivers slow burning scares, and I can’t wait to see his take on teens in the woods. Joining him on art duties is Michael Dialynas, another up-and-comer who looks like a great fit for the genre.

From the press release:

April 8, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the May release of its newest ongoing series THE WOODS, a horror suspense title from creator and writer James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and artist Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade, Spera). In THE WOODS, an entire high school campus with over 500 students, teachers, and staff suddenly vanishes and reappears in the middle of an alien-looking wilderness next to a towering, mysterious obelisk. Left to fend for themselves in a hostile environment, the group tries to find out where they are, why they’re there, and how to get back home.

“James’ pitch for THE WOODS knocked me out of my shoes,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’ve been passionate about bringing this story to comics from the jump and I’m proud to say that James’ story has surpassed even our lofty expectations. James and Michael have combined teen angst with high strangeness to create a slow-burning horror story that feels like what I love about Stephen King’s work. It’s completely gripping, and is equal parts mysterious, thought-provoking, and suspenseful.”

WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws), we were eager to publish his first original comic series for print. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, small-town horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV honed his writing craft by working with one of the best writers in comics—Batman scribe Scott Snyder—so you know he can craft a compelling tale. If you’re fan of teen conspiracy comics like Sheltered and Revival, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.
THE WOODS #1 arrives in comic shops on May 7th with a main cover by Ramón Peréz and a 1-in-10 variant by Matthew Woodson for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140952. A retailer incentive cover by Paul Duffield will also be available in limited quantities. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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Full Cast For M. Night Shyamalan's Micro 'Sundowning'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:04

Doing some fact checking on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening on IMDB, I noticed that they’ve filled in a bunch of holes for his top secret Sundowning, which is being pegged at the director’s first micro-budgeted feature (although, $5M doesn’t really sound “micro” to me).

According to the notoriously incorrect site, the film is about a single mother whom finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.

In addition to the previously announced Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould, the site claims that the horror also stars Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano.

Says TheWrap who broke the first casting news, “sundowning” is described as a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Symptoms also include agitation and mood swings.

Shyamalan is producing with Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan, while Steven Schneider of Room 101 is executive producing. Production has nearly wrapped in Shyamalan’s home base of Pennsylvania.

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Fine Dining With 'Borgman' (Images)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:14

After premiering at last year’s TIFF, a June 6 release has been set for Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, which now has a strange new imagery.

Starring Jan Bijoet, Jeroen Perceval and Hadewych Minis, “Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.

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Review: 'East of West' #11

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:14

While last month reminded me why I love “East of West” this month reminds me why reading this book is sometimes a laborious task. The world building doesn’t come easy, and all too often Hickman forgets to put a character at the core of the story. Although the world itself can be considered the most vital character of this series, it like all the others is far too bogged down by the political machinations at play.


WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hickman
ART BY: Nick Dragotta
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: April 9, 2014

I often have a hard time discerning the story of this comic. At times it feels like the narrative belongs to Death and his unyielding quest for his own doomspawn. Then Hickman will spend entire months with that story shelved in order to tell a larger political story reeling from the events of the first few chapters.

Yet, Game of Thrones this is not. There is no powerplay for wealth, gain, or control. Instead it is a lot of talk about the world, and philosophical musings on power where no real power has been demonstrated. Mind you it all remains interesting… to a degree but just feels weighed down by its own depth.

It’s hard to fault a book for depth, but its accessibility that is the real problem here. The book doesn’t concern itself for with clear character motivations, unless I’m really missing something. Contrary to how it may sound, I’m even into some of the ambiguity, as long as its heading somewhere.

Yet, for me every time this book really feels like its gaining traction is when it spends time with Death. Anything else feels like a detour that isn’t paced very well. Instead I’d love to see more of a balancing act rather than the issue on/issue off type of plot balancing being used here. It’s distracting and difficult to remain invested.

Nick Dragotta again does a wonderful job and demonstrating the massive scope of this world. Monolithic structures are dotted across every page, but what’s more are the insane angles and use of space on display. He is always able to communicate the insanely large and complex nature of this world with beautifully simple panels that rely on extreme long shots. I couldn’t be happier with his work here.

“East of West” have been running for almost a year, and for me still struggles to find it’s narrative footing. I keep holding out hope that the series will slip into a more defined kind of storytelling, but instead it seems content carrying on with the current status quo, as it stands I can hardly recommend the book in the monthly format, because the story is hard to follow when spread out over several months at a time. With the help of the collected trades the story is sure to read with a little more coherence and solve many of the pacing issues I’ve found in my month-to-month reading.

Rating: 2.5/5 Skulls.

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Over 40 Screens From The Latest 'The Evil Within' Trailer

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:00

Earlier today, we were gifted with a brand new trailer for The Evil Within, comprised entirely of in-game footage. Some of it was familiar, but there was plenty that wasn’t. If you were paying close attention, you undoubtedly noticed a few unfamiliar faces scattered about the blood, pain and dismemberment. If you didn’t, I have you covered.

I’ve gone through the whole thing, screen-grabbing every bloody morsel so you can stare at it to your heart’s content. Get real familiar with this upcoming game after the jump.

But first, here’s the trailer, in case you missed it.

The Evil Within releases on August 26th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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SpaceLab9 Shows Off "Black Smoke" Variant For The 'Walking Dead Vol. 1' Vinyl

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:00

SpaceLab9 has tweeted a picture showing off the “black smoke” edition of their Walking Dead Vol. 1 vinyl variant. The record mixes a coppery gold-ish brown with swirls of black to create a smoky, dark look that is fantastically appropriate. The soundtrack features eight tracks of licensed music, including the gorgeous and haunting cover of “The Parting Glass” by Emily Kinney (Beth) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie).

Head on down to see this beautiful record.


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Review “Shutter” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:57

Joe Keatinge and Leila De Duca breath new life into globetrotting adventure comics with their gigantic and imaginative world. Kate Kristopher may be bored with the world around her, but from everything we see, she has no reason to be. “Shutter” makes a solid effort to define itself in a genre carved out by timeless classics like The Adventures of Tintin and for the most part it succeeds.


WRITTEN BY: Joe Keatinge
ART BY: Leila De Duca
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: April 9, 2014

This comic begins by instilling a sense of wonder, adding a sense of bewilderment, and topping it off with a sense of casual complacency. You watch as Kate Kristopher is introduced into a very wild world from an incredibly young age and you’ll be in awe of the universe around her. She lives in a fantastic age filled with weird and marvelous creatures, but she claims her life is boring.

It’s hard to see. She has been on numerous fantastic adventures. The brief glimpses of her exploits that we’re treated too seem more exciting than I could possibly fathom. She’s Johnny Quest but grown up having saw enough to live a thousand lifetimes her world is far from ordinary, but doesn’t seem to faze her anymore.

The looming specters outside of the pages seem to characterize the story more that Kate herself. It’s a beautifully balanced script that shows something missing outside of the primal appeal of adventure, but it’s not quite clear what that something is just yet. It seems rooted in her relationship to her father, but surely there is more to it than that.

Leila De Duca will by all accounts blow you away. Her art is wildly imaginative and pulled off seamlessly. It’s actually quite stunning to see the scope of the world she has created here. Everything is completely outside the ordinary but manages to have a casual complacency about it. You’ll see a robot from 50’s science fiction serials sitting on the subway, and a business minotaur in a suit. Only to be juxtaposed by a swash buckling Kate swinging off a sinking ship as its attacked by a Chthulu like monster. It’s hard to fathom, but De Duca makes it look easy.

There is a lot about the power of childhood here on these pages. A child raised in constant danger comes to thrive off of it. They feel lost without it, and that certainly resonates with Kate. “Shutter” will surprise you. It’s not about all the beautiful and fantastic creatures on the page instead it’s an oddly heartfelt look at a woman’s loss of innocence and wonder in a world literally brimming with adventure.

Powerful and exciting with a flavor of the mundane “Shutter” sadly takes its time in this first issue to develop it’s characters and world a little too much without a real focus on what Kate’s story is actually about. For now though, #1 offers a tantalizing tease of the larger world to come.

Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls.

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'The Quiet Ones' Clip Burns With Scolding Hot Water

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:18

A scalding bathroom isn’t scary, it’s just hot. But damned if I wanna burn…

The following new clip from The Quiet Ones, haunting theaters April 25, channels A Nightmare on Em Street‘s infamous bathtub sequence, but it’s less effective. Olivia Cooke and Jared Harris are pretty awesome, and Hammer did deliver us Let Me In and The Woman in Black. I’m still being hopeful that they can deliver once again…

A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke all star.

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There Be Monsters In This Gory New 'Evil Within' Trailer

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:01

Bethesda released a new trailer for The Evil Within, the next horror game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. It looks terrifying, with elements of body horror — the “villagers” are impaled with spikes, wrapped in barbed wire, and/or are mutilated to various degrees — and obvious inspirations from Resident Evil 4. This is one of our most anticipated horror games of 2014, and this brand new trailer only solidifies The Evil Within as a horror game to watch out for.

The Evil Within releases on August 26th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Stream Ghoul's Upcoming EP 'Hang Ten' (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:00

Masked punk rock horror fiends Ghoul are gearing up not only for their upcoming tour with Iron Reagan and Occultist (appropriately titled the ‘Weapons of Mosh Destruction’ tour) but they’re also set to release a brand new EP on Record Store Day, April 19th! Titled Hang Ten, the EP features six tracks of pure madness and we’re thrilled that you get to hear it here first! Head on below to listen to the insanity!

Ghoul online:
Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Bandcamp

Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II
w/ Iron Reagan, Occultist:
4/9- Tempe, AZ – Club Red
4/10- San Diego, CA- Soda Bar
4/11- Santa Ana, CA- Constellation Room
4/12- Camarillo CA- Rock City
4/13- Los Angeles, CA- The Roxy
4/14- Sacramento, CA- Midtown Barfly
4/15- Portland, OR- Branx


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[Random Cool] Pizza Co. Carves Horror Icons Into Pie!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:40

They say Freddy Krueger looks like a pizza…

Thanks to Bloody reader Mike A. for sending us a link to Papa’s Pizza in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

While the link to a new pizza place is enough for me to click through, learning that they carve famous movie icons into their pie is just a bonus.

Below you can take a look at some of their edible works of art that include Chucky, the Reaper, a zombie, and of course Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

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'The Toxic Avenger' Gets New Transfer for 30th Anniversary Blu-ray

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:13

Troma bizarrely announced the 30th anniversary blu-ray release of The Toxic Avenger without an actual street date.

But, they did share the extra features from the disc barring a new transfer:

Special introduction by Troma honcho Lloyd Kaufman
New commentary track with Lloyd Kaufman
Additional commentary track with stars Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, and Dan Snow
Special interview with star Jennifer Babtist
New video with Mark Torgl (The Original Melvin)
Rare on-screen video interview with Troma co-founder and vice-president Michael Herz
Behind-the-scenes and in production slide show
Original Troma trailers
40 years of Troma video montage

Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey — a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town’s corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers, and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens.

Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger!

A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window and into a vat of hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history.

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[Record Store Day '14] Death Waltz Takes Us 'In The Wall'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:00

Yesterday we featured a brief video that showed off the beautiful vinyl for the Walter Rizzati-composed Bronx Warriors, which is a Death Waltz Recording Co. Record Store Day release.

Today we bring you yet another DWRC video, this one showing off the smokey, almost flamed vinyl for Clint Mansell‘s score to the award-winning short film In The Wall. The video also shows off the artwork and accompanying poster. Head on down to check it out.

The short film, written and directed by Mike Williamson, won Best Horror Short at the 2007 Fantastic Fest as well as the 2008 Staten Island Film Fest. It won Best Short in 2007 at the Another Hole In The Head, Screamfest LA, and San Sebastian Horror And Fantasy Fest festivals. You can watch the entire short below.


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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Imagery Prepares For War!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:58

20th Century Fox is preparing for war with new images from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the awesome Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

In the sequel to the prequel, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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[TV] New "Salem" Spot Will Take Everything... Including Your Soul!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:52

Careful, Heathens: “Salem” will devour your very soul.

While I’m getting increasingly nervous about The Quiet Ones, I can say the complete opposite about “Salem” debuting April 20 on WGNA.

WGNA continues to unload promos, clips and character bios, so much so that I figured they’d be out of content by now. Yet, with each and every new piece they seem to conjure up something new and invigorating. Take this new spot, for example, which is easily the best thus far. It’s a ferocious look at the witches of Salem, showing that they aren’t the weak and callow martyrs the original promos made them out to be. No no no, they’re anything but, and everyone in Salem better watch their ass…

“Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[BD Review] Horror-Musical 'Stage Fright' Can't Balance the Slash With the Song

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:23

When it comes to horror genre hybrids, the horror-musical may not be the first one to jump into fans’ heads. However, the classic entries in the field are really strong. Films like Phantom of the Paradise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Sweeney Todd have set the bar pretty damn high and their cult followers who can sing every song by heart will attest to that. Now Jerome Sable’s debut film Stage Fright hopes to enter the horror-musical ring with its own unique blend of camp slasher and macabre musical numbers. It works well for the film’s first half, then Sable fumbles and never manages to successfully blend the song and the slash.

In the film’s pre-credit sequence, the lead actress (Minnie Driver) of a new musical called “The Haunting of the Opera” is slaughtered in her dressing room. The murder makes the musical a one-time-only affair, ensuring its place in stage infamy. A decade later, the actress’ daughter Camilla (Allie MacDonald) and younger son Buddy (Douglas Smith) are dish dogs at a performing arts camp. The musical number introducing the camp’s many personalities is fun and genuinely entertaining with its tongue-in-cheek humor and catchy hooks. It’s easily the best song in the whole film.

The camp’s manager is none other than Roger, the producer of “The Haunting of the Opera.” He’s played by Meat Loaf, aka one of my favorite singers of all time. I was excited for him to be in another musical (a horror-musical no less!), but I’m sorry to say he’s terribly underused here. The man can sing his ass off like no other, though he’s brushed aside so these damn kids can hog the spotlight. His character isn’t too involved in the bulk of the plot, so I understand the lack of numbers he gets to do. But c’mon, Sable. You’ve got Meat Loaf in your bullpen and you’re not going to give him a number where he can really wail? Lame.

Anyway Roger decides to stage a revival of “The Haunting of the Opera,” which I would find painfully inappropriate if I was Camilla. The same producer, who’s now your boss, wants to revive the musical that basically killed your mother. There’s a faux pas there somewhere. To everyone’s surprise, Camilla tries out for the play instead. She has to duke it out with another talented young woman going out for the lead and also prove herself (sexually) to the director.

Everything leading up to the musical is played light, sorta in the vein of Fame. It’s done pretty well too. Sable has an obvious talent for music and lyrics, but it’s when the horror elements come into play where he starts dropping the ball. The musical numbers dramatically taper off during the second half, when Stage Fright delves into the slasher mystery killer realm. Who is butchering people in a kabuki mask? Is it the creepy Scooby-Doo-esque janitor? Fame-hungry Roger? The weirdo stagehand crushing on Camilla?

The presence of the whodunit element to the story is fine, however it overwhelms the second half of the film, leaving its musical aspirations in ruins. The terrific musicality is there in a strong way at first, but Sable is never able to make it work with the horror. There are some poor attempts to give the killer a hair-metal sounding music trademark. They just sound incredibly silly though. He solos on a guitar at one point. It sucks.

Rather then be a solid blend of horror and musical, Stage Fright winds up being a generic slasher with a strong musical start.

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