Eli Roth Updates on The Green Inferno and Cabin Fever Remake

Dread Central - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:06

Eli Roth is spinning a handful of plates at the moment with both directorial efforts and production ventures soon headed our way. This week he’s provided big ole updates on a couple of those projects so read on for the latest in the world of Eli!

In an interview with IGN, Roth first opened up about cannibal flick The Green Inferno, revealing that it’s pretty damn close to release, though legal issues are still being ironed out.

Trust me when I say there are no less than four lawyers from different companies on conference calls and email chains every single day trying to work this out,” said Roth. “I was hoping to have it resolved today or by Monday so we could do something to hopefully have it out this summer. That’s what everyone’s working towards. To have it out August or September. But I was 90 days out from a release, there was a trailer and posters in theaters, and it got pulled. So please don’t hold me to anything, but trust me when I say everybody is all over it working it out.”

We’re at the one-yard line, but I’ve also been there before so I don’t want to say anything, but I just thank everyone for their patience and understanding,” he continued. “And it really helps when people tweet ‘Please release it, please release it’ – it keeps the fire burning, but everyone is working to resolve it.”

Roth also spoke about the upcoming Cabin Fever remake in the same interview, clearing up the rumors that it was going to be a shot-for-shot affair.

They came to me exactly a year ago and said, ‘We want to remake Cabin Fever using your original script,’” he noted. “You’ve got to realize that from an egotistical point of view, I wrote Cabin Fever when I was 22 years old. Right out of university. And for six years everyone told me, ‘This is an un-makeable piece of shit.’ So the fact that the same script would get made twice and that 20 years later, 20 years after I originally wrote it, it got sent around Hollywood and people were reading the same dialogue. I looked at it as like staging a play – as an experiment I just wanted to see how it would turn out. So I came on as one of the executive producers.”

I saw the cut and thought that what Travis [Zariwny] did was so smart – he kept the original script, but he changed the deaths so all the kills are different. You don’t know how they’re going to come. I was watching it and he didn’t tell me that he did that and I was so happy he did – because nobody wants to see a re-do that’s the same thing that they already know. So he leads you in one direction with the audience thinking that they know what’s coming, then puts a fantastic spin on it. And it looks awesome – it’s a really fun movie. I’m happily surprised at how it’s turned out.”

This unique Cabin Fever remake is finished and presumably ready for release, though a date hasn’t been set. So for now, as with The Green Inferno, we sit back and wait.

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Categories: Horror News

Sci-fi Horror ‘Routine’ Surfaces With New Screens, Info

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:46

It’s been awhile since we last heard from the sci-fi horror game Routine. Back in August, developer Lunar Software confirmed the game won’t be coming to Steam Early Access, because they’d like to release the game when it’s finished. I can definitely respect that, especially after fairly recent controversies, like The Stomping Land’s removal from Steam.

The developer recently took to Steam to post an update about the game, which keeps looking better every time it resurfaces from the depths of that freaky abandoned lunar outpost, or wherever it keeps going for months at a time.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to get another video, but they did offer up some new screenshots.

It looks great, and that’s all Unreal Engine 3. Unfortunately, despite Epic Games’ recent decision to make UE4 free for all, “Routine is far too deep into development for us to switch engines but we can’t bloody wait to get our hands on it for future projects!” That’s too bad, but I get it.

Categories: Horror News

Danny Trejo, Briana Evigan Join “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:32

El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.”

Trejo has been cast in the roll of “The Regulator,” a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the “From Dusk Till Dawn” film franchise as “Razor Charlie.”

Briana Evigan (pictured below; Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up 2) has also joined the cast of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” as Sonja – an American expatriate working as a tattoo artist in a Mexican Mercado – who also has a sideline forging papers and passports out of her back room.

The returning cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, Shameless); and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew).

Season one of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, who were taken hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

Season Two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that travels from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santanico (Gonzalez) and Richie (Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb. And Carlos Madrigal (Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

Categories: Horror News

[Comic Review] “Hellbreak” #1 Is A Helluva Lot For $1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:18

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. Someone realized that “hellbreak” sounds like “Jailbreak” and developed the concept for this series from there.  “Hellbreak” #1 is about Project Kerberos, a team of scientists and mercenaries that have developed the means to break into hell and rescue the souls that are trapped there.  Its one of those perfect ideas that I can’t believe isn’t already a series.  If you’ve ever wanted to take a rocket propelled grenade up against the horrors that lurk in your nightmares, “Hellbreak” will be a cathartic experience for you.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn
ART BY: Brian Churilla
PUBLISHER: Oni
PRICE: $1
RELEASE: March 11, 2015

I would describe “Hellbreak” as an experience more on the side of the visceral and carnal rather than theoretical or metaphysical.  I make the distinction to let you know that what you are about to get into doesn’t ask a lot of hard questions or present anything especially high concept, but this isn’t my way of saying “Hellbreak” is low brow either.  This is a shoot first ask question later kind of book, and its really engaging and fast paced from beginning to end.  There aren’t a lot of big ideas here to sink your teeth into, but in the end, thats just fine with me.  “Hellbreak” is near the top of my “enjoy it for what it is” pile.

“Hellbreak” has the structure to be an incredibly imaginative and constantly changing book.  There are thousands of different hells, and Project Kerberos will have to explore tons of different scenes from demon dinner parties to post-apocalyptic wastelands to “Predator 2” style Los Angeles; you name it and its a potential battleground in this book.  The members of the special forces team that infiltrates these hells is introduced  “Ocean’s 11” style with a close up, a quip, and their role listed under their name.  None of them are particularly memorable or unique in the first issue, but they’re all pretty good at shooting demons in the face and I can get on board with that.

“Hellbreak” #1 is definitely more action than horror, and it will be interesting to see how dark and disturbing they decide to take things as the series progresses.  At this point even if its just a hell-of-the-month exploration I’m way into that.  You need a balance of light and heavy in your reading stacks, but that doesn’t need you have to sacrifice quality to get your action adventure fix.  In that regard, “Hellbreak” delivers

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

 

Categories: Horror News

‘Hektor’s “Jigsaw” System is a Dynamic Step Forward for Horror

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:15

From developer Rubycone comes Hektor, a first-person psychological game that visually calls to mind titles like Penumbra and Amnesia but features a quite unique little gameplay twist: as players explore the world, the world itself changes dynamically around them.

We have seen plenty of procedurally-generated games over the last few years but few-to-none which feature a system that shifts so dramatically during play, rather than during loading screens, between scenes, or after in-game deaths.

The members of Rubycone sat down for a phone interview all the way from GDC to discuss the particulars of Hektor just before its slated March 13 release.

The Jigsaw System

The idea came about when Project Lead Felix Nordanåker and Programmer Michael Notarnicola met on Reddit and began working together on a game idea, which eventually hit a snag and fizzled. The collaboration was re-sparked by a message a few months later, when Nordanåker told Notarnicola about the Hektor project and asked if he could design a system that could rearrange geometry and shift rooms around the player, a prospect that intrigued Notarnicola.

What they came up with is something they call the Jigsaw System, and it is the mechanic at the heart of Hektor. Notarnicola said, “It really is the core building block to the rest of the experience. We like to think of it kind of like the AI Director from Left 4 Dead.”

The Jigsaw System keeps a constant tally on players, as they make their way through the game, and the effect is intensified as players become uncertain or lost or afraid. It actually increases the level of insanity as players come into contact with monsters or other in-game effects.

Notarnicola said, “This insanity value that we are keeping track of over the course of your playthrough is essential, really, to all of the systems that branch off of it, such as the the dynamic music system that Shaun and Felix worked on.”

Players who get lost and lean toward insanity might experience darker, more foreboding environments — basements and so forth — as opposed to more sterile, well-lighted office spaces until they find their emotional footing again. It is sort of a cyclical system: players who get lost act more irrationally, which then drives the player increasingly insane.

It seems like an interesting way to keep players on their toes without relying on scripted jump scares, which only really work once. And for those worried about encountering a Shining-style maze moment, do not fret: the game constantly assesses the player’s location and can nudge the player in the right direction to keep the experience moving forward.

The Story

The story is sort of BioShock-ian in nature, since players are trapped in an abandoned, sort of dystopian underground facility in Greenland, and though the narrative came later, after the development of the in-game systems, it fits perfectly with a horror-themed game.

“Felix [Nordanåker] had the core idea of being trapped in this defunct mind control facility in Greenland,” Notarnicola said. “Once we kind of had that idea — we had done some research on it — but we knew from that point that that’s kind of a cool direction that we wanted to head in.” He later added, “At a later point, we did fit other aesthetics — a timeline, a story — that kind of melded into it somewhat naturally after we started with the core concept.”

One of the more compelling bits of pre-release footage was stock footage rendered as a documentary about the underground station where the game takes place, and Composer and SFX Designer Shaun Chasin put the game into perspective by discussing it: “Hektor is a very dystopian world, sort of the worst of the worst it could be, and so with that video, we almost thought about it as if it were a propaganda film, where the government puts it out and they’re like, ‘Look how grand everything is. Like, even the dog is helping out…but then it’s this terrible, terrible thing.’”

In addition to the creepy, ever-changing world in Hektor the game features a monster that will trail, menace, and attack you, but the developers are keeping mum about that particular aspect of the game. “When it comes to the details that haven’t been announced, we’ve kind of kept that under wraps. We don’t want to reveal too much. We want the first experience for every player to have a certain…finesse to it.”

One of those “core set[s] of things” as yet unreleased involves a monster deemed “The Predator.” Notarnicola said, “We’ve been really hesitant to release a lot of information regarding him, because we really are anticipating that first, initial reaction that players will have to seeing it.”

It is apparent, even without the revelation of what, exactly, this monster is, that combat is not in the cards for the protagonist of Hektor. And even though players can run, they are, for obvious reasons, encouraged to avoid any contact whatsoever.

The Music

The music, too, is dynamic, as is explained by Composer Shaun Chasin. They used a 40 piece string orchestra to give the soundscape some depth, but they also knew they needed to be able to construct an aural experience as varied as the visual one.

“We created this score that is able to change itself based on your actions and your behavior, as well as your progress into the game and specific events, [like] your insanity level,” said Chasin.

Additionally, each element of the game, including the monsters, possesses an original leitmotif or theme that accompanies an appearance in the game. If a monster looms nearby, its theme might be introduced and blended into the current musical score, and as players proceed into or recede from an encounter, the music changes to fit that experience, too.

To compound the feeling of paranoia within the game, the sound design is also meant to toy with the player’s sense of reality. Chasin said, “We’ve edited the audio in such a way and placed [hallucinations] in the game that you’re unsure, often, if it’s coming from your own mind or if you’re actually hearing that girl crying from behind the door or if you’re just imagining it altogether.”

He added, “You might go looking for a sound, and it gets closer as you get closer to the door, but then it sort of dissipates and some of them are quiet enough that you’re like, ‘Did I hear that at all? Am I actually going crazy while playing this game, or is it just the game?’”

Horror games have traditionally preyed upon the idea of messing with the player’s sense of sanity as a game construct, but until recently, those experiences had to be scripted and choreographed in a cinematic way to create tension. With games like Hektor, the scares will hopefully prove to be more organic and driven by player experience, rather than wrought manipulation.

Hektor is produced by Meridian 4 and will be available on Windows and Mac via Steam next week. You can find the developers online at meridian4.com.

Categories: Horror News

[Comic Review] “Ninjak” #1 – Is Another Stunning Debut From Valiant

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:08

Reviewed by Brady Steele. The Valiant Next movement keeps on rolling with its latest and greatest release: Ninjak #1. This 1990s embodiment is now even cooler in 2015. This book has it all in its debut: international British spy, uber-femme fatale, traumatic childhood and a ninja blowing stuff up.

WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt

ART BY: Clay Mann and Butch Guice

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 11 March 2015

There is so much going on here on many levels that reading it over and over reveals how much effort writer Matt Kindt has put into this book. You can see it all over this initial chapter. Kindt mixes things together so well that it looks effortless. Combining a look at Ninjak’s utility belt with his psychiatric assessment is a prime example. The seeding is rampant everywhere in this issue too. Simple one-off lines and off-center images are leading readers somewhere already down the line.

Kindt and his artists are working darn hard already to make readers feel they are getting value for their money. The main story is being drawn by Clay Mann, who is very capable of showing how fun this character’s world can be. There was one moment I wasn’t exactly sure how Ninjak did what he did to evade exploding bullets but I’ll let that one panel slide. The Lost Files done by former Captain America and current Velvet artist Butch Guice are an excellent addition to flesh out Ninjak’s early spy years when he was simply Colin King, rookie agent. Seeing how he became so smooth and polished will no doubt add to the depth of this character in the future. Both artists are perfectly cast in their respective eras so I’ve no doubt will be a beauty to behold month in and month out.

I really knew nothing of this character other than his cool-killer moments from The Valiant miniseries and all those old 90s hologram / prismatic covers from my formative years. Based on that and now Ninjak #1, I’m interested. The layering of story elements and crisp art tells me this is a solid read worth picking up. Once again, Valiant Entertainment is the all-star team putting out great book one after another.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

Categories: Horror News

[Comic Review] “Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return” #1 Is Mostly Triumphant…

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:47

A more accurate title for “Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return” would be ‘Bill & Ted’s Mostly Triumphant Rehash.’ Filled with recycled ideas of pre-established Bill & Ted conventions, it’s more of the same. That’s not entirely bad, in fact I’d stand by the ‘Triumphant’ part, but more originality could’ve gone a long way.

WRITTEN BY: Bryan Lynch & Ryan North

ART BY: Jerry Gaylord & Ian McGinty

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: March 11, 2015

The beauty of the original films was how totally different Bill & Ted’s experiences were both times. In the first film they have an excellent adventure through time, which is a total blast and sees them completely subvert people’s perceptions of time travel. Twisting it in their own special way. Next they go on a bogus journey through the afterlife, which is super rad and sees them distorting people’s perceptions of heaven, hell & the Reaper himself. They conquer the spiritual plane and in an impeccable pay off use their powers of time travel, learned in the previous film, to defeat the villain. Perfectly tying both films together, while each still has its own specific voice. That is what this comic is missing, it relies too heavily upon what came before instead of forging its own path. Scared or maybe unsure of how to continue on its own too legs, it takes one leg from each of the films and hobbles along on those.

Hardcore Bill & Ted fans will eat this comic up, there’s fun to be had here, especially with all of the self-referential humor. Filled to the brim with numerous little easter eggs that all those true Wyld Stallions can scour each and every page for. For their part Bill & Ted are perfectly on point, they sound and act just like you remember. Lynch & Gaylord have captured their mannerisms expertly and flawlessly transferred them to the page.

For what it’s worth the backup story by Ryan North and Ian Mcginty, ‘Bill & Ted And The Bogus Virus’, is superb. It takes way more chances and from an originality standpoint it’s much stronger than the main story. Focusing on Bill & Ted’s Robot Usses receiving an ‘e-mail’ from the future that mixes up their circuits, making them more apathetic and standoffish towards their masters. It uses time travel in a much more interesting way, having Bill & Ted circa 1991 visit their far off future and our present, 2015.

Bill & Ted are still Bill & Ted, if you love ‘em, you’ll love ‘em here. It’s the framework they are trapped in that truly holds them back. This is only the first issue in a 6 part series so things could totally turn around in the plot department. If you’re not already a fan there’s nothing here for you, but if you are I urge you to give this a read.

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

 

Categories: Horror News

[Comic Review] “Escape From New York” #4 Builds To An Exciting Cliffhanger

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:28

“Escape From New York” #4 delivers an action-packed conclusion to its first exciting story arc. In a surprising twist, readers get a chance to see a different side to the one-eyed anti-hero. It’s a really interesting take on Snake Plissken and It makes me feel the “Escape From New York” series is in really good hands.

WRITTEN BY: Christopher Sebela

ART BY: Diego Barreto

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: March 11, 2015

Th countdown has begun for Snake Plissken to stop the nukes from being launched. There are two sides in this heated battle and each one has enough reason to hate Snake. One half, the national guard, wants Snake dead because he is a wanted fugitive of the states The other half, led by the psycho twins, Romulus and Remus, just wants to see the whole world blow up. Will  Snake let Florida get nuked? Or will he stop the child lunatics from pressing the red button?

Writer Christopher Sebela focuses on Snake’s back-story and digs deep into his military background. Snake knows the soldiers in Romulus and Remus’ army are pawns, which is why he won’t kill them. Instead, Snake puts his reluctance aside and leads the charge, giving his troops something to fight for. Snake fights to take back control and become the leader he was trained to be.

Artist Diego Barreto keeps readers close to the action as the battlefield takes place. In detailed wide shots, we see tanks rolling across, missiles being launched, and bullets flying in the air. At the center of the page, Snake is running into battle with purpose. The action flows at an incredibly fast pace as Snake goes one-on-one against MeeMaw.

“Escape From New York” #4 closes on an exciting cliff-hanger. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next story arc.

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

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[TV Review] “The Returned” Episode 1.01: ‘Camille’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:46

A&E’s “The Returned” is a bit of a puzzling creature. Adapted from the critically acclaimed French series “Les revenants” (all 8 episodes of which are available on Netflix) “The Returned” is nearly an exact replica of the original series. Let’s call it like it is, though: this adaptation exists solely because Americans don’t like to read subtitles. It’s a harsh truth, but a truth nonetheless. I binged the entire original series (which is having a second season premiere later this year) a few weeks ago and I can say that this version does a fairly good job of adapting it. There are only a few minor differences (the score being the main one) but other than that pretty much all of the narrative threads remain intact. Also, the French series was 8 hour-long episodes with no commercials and this version will be 10 hour-long episodes with commercials. Rather than spend my weekly reviews comparing the two versions, I will try my best to refrain from even mentioning the original and treat this version as its own beast (even though it’s not). Also, I will not reveal spoilers from the French version. Let’s recap, shall we?

I’ve debated on how to write the recap, so I think I’ll just group it according to each member of the returned themselves to make it easier, since there are a lot of characters introduced in this pilot.

Camille

Most of the episode is spent with Camille (India Ennenga) and her family, which is appropriate considering the episode is named after her. We open on a school bus driving along a hillside road four years ago, where Camille is listening to music. The bus driver slams on the brakes and the bus drives off a cliff. Cut to the present day, and Camille (whom the episode is named after) crawls over the edge of the cliff and starts walking towards her home. Meanwhile, Peter (Jeremy Sisto) is hosting a group therapy meeting for parents of  the children lost in the bus crash that opened the episode. Jack (Mark Pellegrino) is standing in the background and makes rude remarks when the memorial to the children is revealed to be quite hideous. Camille’s mother, Claire (Tandi Wright) walks in on Camille eating a sandwich in the kitchen, thinking it is Camille’s now older twin sister Lena. Lena is at a bar getting drunk with her friends. It turns out her father is upstairs above the bar having sex with Kris (Chelah Horsdal) the female bartender. Claire calls Jack to come home (it becomes evident they have separated since Camille’s death) and she re-introduces him to his daughter, who has no recollection of dying. Peter shows up (he is now seeing Claire) and after being informed about Camille, he tries to talk to her.

Jack hightails it out of there to rush back to the bar and have more sex with Kris. It seems as though she had convinced Jack that she could communicate with his dead daughter (but only while he was inside her). He quickly learns that she was lying and he grows violent, so she runs out of the bar. While walking through a tunnel, Kris is attacked by an unknown assailant and stabbed multiple times.

In the climax of the episode, Lena sneaks into her bedroom and Camille hears her. Camille goes to her sister’s room and both girls are understandable shocked to see their sister. Lena because Camille is supposed to be dead and Camille because her twin sister is now four years older than her. The episode then flashes back to the morning of the crash, where it is revealed that Lena faked being sick the day of the crash so she didn’t have to go and then invited her boyfriend over to have sex. While this was happening, Camille somehow felt Lena have sex telepathically.

Victor

A nurse named Julie (Sandrine Holt from Resident Evil: Apocalypse) is driving home from the grocery store and sees a young boy (Dylan Kingwell) looking all creepy while waiting on the bus stop. After she gets home, she sees him standing outside the door to her apartment building. Naturally, she brings him inside and her nosy neighbor (THE “SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE” GIRL FROM MEAN GIRLS!!!) asks the boys name. Julie improvises and says his name is Victor. After threatening to call the cops (which she half-heartedly does before giving up) if he doesn’t tell her his name,he eventually just tells her that his real name is Victor (uh-huh…). That’s pretty much all we see of Victor until the final shot of the episode, where it is revealed that Victor was standing in the middle of the road and is the reason the bus swerved off the cliff.

Simon

We don’t see much of Simon (Mat Vairo) in this episode and, as a consequence, we don’t see much of Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Rowan either (which will be remedied in next week’s episode since it’s named after her). Simon walks into the bar Lena is drinking at and asks for Rowan, whom he thinks works at the bar. Kris says that she’s never heard of her but Lena tells Simon that she knows where Rowan lives. After taking him there, he sees Rowan trying on a veil. After violently knocking on the door, Rowan has a breakdown and yells at him to go away. After finally leaving Rowan is comforted by her daughter, and then Sheriff Tommy (Kevin Alejandro of Arrow and True Blood), whom I believe is her fiancé, shows up to comfort her some more. That’s all for Rowan and Simon for now!

Helen

I only know this character’s name because she’s played by the amazing Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Battlestar Gallactica) and I looked it up on IMDB. We don’t see much of her either in this episode, except that she walks back to what is supposedly her house with her husband who is now an old man. Upon seeing her, the old man panics and later commits suicide by jumping off the dam.

I liked this as a pilot, though I’m curious to know if I liked it more because I know where it is (supposedly) going since I watched the original series. Carlton Cuse wrote the pilot (and serves as executive producer), and this seems to suit him more than “Bates Motel” does (he created that show too), at least when you think about his “Lost” background.

The acting is great all around. I’m a little bummed we didn’t get to spend more time with certain characters (Rowan and Helen), but I’m sure that will be fixed as more episodes air. The standouts are Tandi Wright and India Ennenga, but that’s mostly because they are given the most screen time. I am definitely looking forward to future episodes so we will be able to get to know the other characters.

The filming style is alright for the most part. But that’s the problem with it: it’s just alright. Nothing about it is particularly creative and none of it is that creepy (though maybe I’m a bit desensitized as a horror fan. Save for one bloody shot near the end of the episode, this pilot is filmed like any other network show, and that could work against it in the future if that doesn’t change. Again, trying not to compare it to the source material, but it’s kind of difficult.

There really isn’t a lot to critique about “The Returned” without delving into comparisons with the source material. Hopefully it starts to deviate a bit so it can create its own identity, rather than live in the shadow of “Les revenants.” Ultimately, I am intrigued by “The Returned.” It’s neither as captivating nor as haunting as its French counterpart, but the performances make it worth the watch. I’m not sure if it will be worth it down the road, but you could do a lot worse on a Monday night (i.e., watch “The Following”).

Random Notes

  • Much like my “Bates Motel” reviews, these will be half recap and half review. Because of that, they will be a little wordy. The first half of each review will be the recap and the second half will be the review. I’ll split up each of them with an image so if you only want to read one section it’ll be easy to find.
  • I probably should have noted in the beginning of the review that the returned have not aged since they’ve died, which is why Helen’s husband is so shocked to see her.
  • My favorite moment of the episode was when Claire nonchalantly told Peter “Camille has come back.” It wasn’t even a big moment, but it was so deadpan that I loved it. And Jeremy Sisto’s reaction was priceless.
  • While this version isn’t as visually appealing as the French version, I did think the shot of Kris’ blood trickling down the sidewalk was pretty cool.
  • Based on the “This Season On ‘The Returned’” teaser at the end, it does look like the series will start to deviate a bit from the French show, which I am very excited about. Actually, I just looked this up as I’m writing this: Carloton Cuse says the show will begin to deviate from the French series midway through the season (so around episode five) and end up in a very different place. YAY!
  • If you have watched the French version, please don’t post any possible spoilers in the comments below.
  • If you haven’t watched the French version, I’m curious to know your thoughts on this pilot. Did you like it? Or did you find it to be a bit boring? Or did you hate it? Let me know in the comments!
  • Thanks for reading everyone! I look forward to our next 9 Mondays together. Here’s a teaser for what’s coming next week:

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Lawyers Battle Over Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’ Release

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:33

Oh boy. While this news comes as a shock, it definitely adds to the lore that is Eli Roth’s cannibal horror The Green Inferno.

While the film was slated for release last September/October, it was pulled when the distributor ran into financial issues. Since then, it’s been in release limbo, or maybe even Hell for that matter.

In an interview with IGN, Roth get candid about the pic that sends Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton into the Amazon jungle to protect a dying tribe, but are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.

“No there’s not [any updates], but I will say this: All I hear on Twitter and Facebook – no matter what I Tweet now, people say ‘Yeah shut up, where’s Green Inferno?’ Trust me when I say there are no less than four lawyers from different companies on conference calls and email chains every single day trying to work this out,” Roth revealed. “I was hoping to have it resolved today or by Monday so we could do something to hopefully have it out this summer. That’s what everyone’s working towards. To have it out August or September. But I was 90 days out from a release, there was a trailer and posters in theatres, and it got pulled. So please don’t hold me to anything, but trust me when I say everybody is all over it working it out.”

The good news, adds Roth, is that it’s close to being resolved.

“We’re at the one-yard line, but I’ve also been there before so I don’t want to say anything, but I just thank everyone for their patience and understanding. And it really helps when people Tweet ‘Please release it, please release it’ – it keeps the fire burning, but everyone is working to resolve it.”

Bloody Disgusting has already reviewed the film, twice. The Wolfman exclaimed that it reflects grimy cannibal movies, while Mike Pereira raved about it out of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, calling it “Triumphant” and Roth’s “move violent movie to date!”

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Eli Roth “Blown Away” By the ‘Cabin Fever’ Remake!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:21

Eli Roth’s 2002 horror comedy Cabin Fever has already been remade. We even exclusively shared the first image (see below) from the film that used Roth and Randy Pearlstein’s exact same shooting script.

Starring Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (“From Dusk Till Dawn” – TV), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man) and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Cabin Fever 2.0 is now in post production and could be coming sooner than you expect. In fact Roth has seen it, and was “blown away.”

Promoting his production Clown, out now in the UK, Roth spoke about how much he liked the new Cabin Fever.

“It’s great. And I’m saying that honestly,” exclaims Roth to IGN. “I saw it and I was blown away. I couldn’t believe it. Travis Zariwny the director did a fantastic job.

“They came to me exactly a year ago and said ‘We want to remake Cabin Fever using your original script.’ You’ve got to realise that from an egotistical point-of-view I wrote Cabin Fever when I was 22-years-old. Right out of university. And for six years everyone told me ‘This is an un-makeable piece of shit.’ So the fact that the same script would get made twice and that 20 years later, 20 years after I originally wrote it, it got sent around Hollywood and people were reading the same dialogue. I looked at it as like staging a play – as an experiment I just wanted to see how it would turn out. So I came on as one of the executive producers – I was actually shooting “South of Hell,” the TV show, so I was unable to be there during the shoot.”

And although it’s the exact same screenplay, Roth reveals there are some significant changes he calls “smart”.

“I saw the cut and thought that what Travis did was so smart – he kept the original script, but he changed the deaths, so all the kills are different,” Roth reveals. “You don’t know how they’re going to come. I was watching it, and he didn’t tell me that he did that and I was so happy he did – because nobody wants to see a re-do that’s the same thing that they already know. So he leads you in one direction, with the audience thinking that the know what’s coming, then puts a fantastic spin on it.

“And it looks awesome – it’s a really fun movie. I’m happily surprised at how it’s turned out.”

In this reboot a group of five college graduates rent a remote cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. As it spreads among the friends, their true feelings and personalities emerge as they struggle to survive the virus and each other.

Watch for release news as it comes in.

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Another Mash Up That Shouldn’t Work But Does: ‘Silent Hill’ Vs. Taylor Swift

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:15

I honestly don’t know where a lot of these people get their ideas. Who seriously sits around and thinks to themselves, “Hmmm, I wonder if these two songs would work together?”

Well, apparently that’s what Swordmaster Bluff does because I can’t fathom any other way for someone to think that Akira Yamaoka‘s “Theme Of Laura” from Silent Hill 2 would work so well with Taylor Swift‘s “22″. But it does. And, damn me for saying so, I like it.

Listen to it below and then drop me a comment with your favorite mashup.

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Devote Yourself to the ‘Manson Family Vacation’ Poster (SXSW)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:07

Marking its 22nd year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival runs March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 slate showcases independent discoveries from emerging directors, auteur-driven comedies and works by master filmmakers.

Today the poster was released for Manson Family Vacation, a crowd-sourced project that comes from writer/director J. Davis.

The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family.

Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick and Davie-Blue star in the film World Premiering.

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‘The Boy’ Has “The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan Loving a Doll

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:59

Filming is now underway on The Boy, which stars Lauren Cohan, one of my favorite actors on “The Walking Dead”. Javier Botet and James Russell also star, we learned.

The horror thriller comes from Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment, and could hit theaters as soon as January 22, 2016.

William Brent Bell, who directed the awful, awful WER, as well as The Devil Inside, is helming the project.

The script, written by Stacey Menear, “centers on a nanny (Cohan) who is tasked with overseeing a lifelike doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real child. The couple use the doll as way to cope with the death of their young son, but the nanny becomes increasingly convinced that it is alive.

The film is not to be confused with Craig William Macneill’s The Boy, which is playing this weekend’s SXSW Film Festival.

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‘Rings’ Is a Prequel to ‘The Ring’ (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:47

It was announced a few weeks back that Rings, the newest incarnation of the J-horror franchise that’s to be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and stars Italian actress Matilda Lutz, will hit theaters November 13, 2015.

Now, with casting is underway, Bloody Disgusting was able to find out what the 3-D Ring will be about. Our sources tell us that the new The Ring is actually a prequel, and takes place before the 2002 remake that starred Naomi Watts as a woman uncovering the mystery behind a haunted VHS tape. Rings will take place years before the creation of said tape and tell the origin of Samara’s reign of terror.

“Rings” is also the name of the short – directed by TCM 2 and TMNTs’ Jonathan Liebesman – that accompanied the purchase of The Ring 2 on home video in 2005.

Aviva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes all had a hand in writing the script, which is based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki.

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The Classic RPG ‘Mother’ Is Getting A Proper OST Release

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:30

Ship To Shore PhonoCo., the record label behind the releases of Martin and Class Of Nuke ‘Em High, has opened up a Kickstarter to raise funds to release the vinyl soundtrack to the 1989 Japan-only RPG Mother, which was the first game in the Earthbound series. This will be the first time that the soundtrack will get a proper release outside of Japan.

The Kickstarter page explains:

This, however, was no ordinary video game soundtrack. Composers Hirozaku “Hip” Tanaka (Super Mario Bros., Metroid) and Keiichi Suzuki (Tokyo Godfathers, Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman), with help from the likes of avant-garde composer David Bedford and film composer Michael Nyman, recorded several tracks from the MOTHER soundtrack with full orchestration and, in several cases, English vocals from various European musicians, including Louis Philippe, Jeb Million, The St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir and a young unknown named Catherine Warwick.

As of writing this post, the Kickstarter has already received more than 50% of its funding, which is incredible considering it only went live yesterday.

Head below to stream the original in-game music.

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[TV] “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” – ‘Who You Really Are’ Review

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:01

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. This week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lady Sif returns on another man hunt, this time for a Kree warrior on an unknown to erase some minds, including Sif’s, with a magic truncheon.  ‘Who You Really Are” first seems like a one off episode but it actually deepens the inhuman mythology in a big way and impresses with just the right amount of twisty-turny plotting.  You don’t have to say “Lady Sif episode” twice to get my attention, but I was pretty pleased with this episode as a whole.

One thing I’ve always really appreciated about “Shield” is that it doesn’t drag out the inevitable.  The status quo generally shifts just before you get fed up with waiting for Coulson to find out about X or the bad guy to do Y, so I’m grateful that Skye’s transformation is out in the open now.  If only the same could be said about Mac and Bobbi.  I detest their B plot in this and every episode, carefully circling around a big reveal, dropping hints in the worst “Lost”-esque fashion.  I’m over it.  I was over it from the start.  Their reveal

better be catastrophic or bring in a major character. Even if that is the case, I think the way they’ve dragged things out was poorly executed.  If this is something that’s meant to be timed with “Avengers 2″ I’m going to be frustrated.

The Inhumans mythos is deep and complex and opens so many doors for the MCU.  I’m glad they are using the series as a way to introduce these big ideas before the film.  This episode took a familiar “violent meta on the run” formula and subverted expectations to tie it back into the season arc in a unique way.  This was a big episode and things developed here that are going to impact the future of the MCU, that’s what I love about this connected film universe.

Positives:

-Lady Sif duh

-We have Kree contact!

-May: “Skye, do you wanna talk to us?”

-Didn’t have to wait for Skye’s secret to come out

Negatives:

-Still waiting for Mac and Bobbi’s though…

-That truncheon looked ridiculous

What did you think of Who You Really Are? Are you happy to see Lady Sif make another appearance? What character from the MCU do you want to see next?

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

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New Look At “The Walking Dead” Companion Series; Possibly Titled “Fear The Walking Dead”?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:26

On the heels of news that AMC has picked up two seasons of “The Walking Dead” companion series, Bloody Disgusting landed a brand new look at the pilot presentation that was tagged as “Fear The Walking Dead”.

The above image, sent to us by an outsourced PR firm, was tagged with the alleged new title. It has yet to be confirmed by AMC, and a representative tells us that the series title is still to be determined (TBD). We will keep you posted when it’s officially announced.

The new image depicts stars Kim Dickens as Miranda and Cliff Curtis as Sean in the pilot presentation

Just yesterday AMC ordered two seasons of a spin-off series to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.

AMC president Charles Collier has stated that the series will explore “what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’”

“Fear The Walking Dead” will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016.

The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).

Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/AMC

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Rob Zombie’s ’31′ Begins Filming With…Malcolm McDowell

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:18

Bloody Disgusting learned that filming is now underway on Rob Zombie’s fan-backed 31, his Halloween slasher that’s heading to Murder World.

Joining the previously announced cast is Zombie regular, Malcolm McDowell, who plays Dr. Loomis in Zombie’s Halloween films.

McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.

Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.

Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.

“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.

Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”

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[Review] ‘The Dooms Chapel Horror’ Brings Giant Monsters and Cults Together

bloody disgusting - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:55

As a reviewer for this fine establishment, I get a lot of movies coming my way and of them the indie’s are generally my favorites. They come with the most heart, the least amount of money, and thus they fall into my heart. Kyle inadvertently became the eye of blame when his idolized older brother is killed in a farming accident. Now, 10 years later he returns to his hometown to confront his parents and townsfolk that wrongly blamed him for his brother’s death. Kyle soon realizes a mistake he made after the accident could cost him and his friends their lives.

A cult, a monster, and angry townspeople are the glue that holds this awesome indie effort together. Dooms Chapel Horror is filmed in documentary style, as Kyle has come home with his girlfriend and cameraman to confront his past. So yes, that means it’s a found footage flick which is probably my only real gripe with it.

Bill Oberst Jr. almost steals the show as the cult leader, Jordan. His scrawny appearance mixed with an excitable personality make for a very unsettling performance. On the other side of the spectrum is Austin Madding as our main character, Kyle Cole. While the performance wasn’t finely tuned it was nice to see a newcomer give it his all. Madding is an all-American boy who could easily be your very own little brother and it’s his relatability and likeability that makes him stand out in this role. Throughout Dooms Chapel I felt for Kyle, I wanted him to get an apology from the town. Before I move on from performances I can’t forget cult member Samuel, played by Joshua Mark Robinson, who easily plays one of the scariest hillbilly psychopaths I’ve seen in recent horror efforts.

While the cult may seem the big bad for this Kickstarter passion project but what it really comes down to is a creature feature. Director John Holt and writer Jason Turner sought out to bring a monster worthy of practical monsters past and that’s what they did. The creature is great and never fear, buckets of blood come with it!

If I had to compare The Dooms Chapel Horror to another horror flick it would be Pumpkinhead. The entire time I was watching it I felt grimy and in desperate need of a shower. Dooms Chapel isn’t available yet but keep an eye out for this first-time duo’s exceptional small town horror.

As an added bonus, the original artwork (featured above) gives this throwback flick an 80s VHS feel.

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