WIN An Epic 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' Easter Prize Pack!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:18

Want to score an awesome Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (read our review) Easter Prize Pack?

Now haunting Blu-ray Combo, DVD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution, we have (1) crazy awesome prize pack that includes all five Paranormal Activity movies on Blu-ray and a bunch of Easter treats. (3) Second Prize winners will receive a Blu-ray copy of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

TO ENTER: All you have to do is put PARANORMAL EASTER in the subject line and then send your FULL NAME and ADDRESS to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winners chosen at random. U.S. entries only. No PO boxes.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones expands on the world created by the phenomenal horror franchise with an intense tale of black magic, superstition and possession set in a gritty urban environment. The Blu-ray Combo includes both the theatrical version of the film, as well as an extended, unrated cut, and intense additional found footage not seen in theaters.

The Blu-ray includes the following: Extended, Unrated Version of the Film (HD), Original Theatrical Version of the Film (HD) and Found Footage. The DVD will only carry the Original Theatrical Version of the Film (SD).

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The Soundtrack To 2005's 'Silent Horror' Finally Released

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:00

In 2005, there was an indie film called Silent Horror that payed tribute to the survival horror video game genre. The film’s synopsis reads, “A mysterious message from a dead friend sends Mark London back to Quiet Knoll, trapped in a place corrupted by evil and insanity, where monsters have replaced the simple townsfolk in our spoof on the Silent Hill series.

The soundtrack to this film was composed by Dale North, who has since become the editor for Destructoid. It has long been sought after and now, almost ten years later, it’s finally available via online retailers. You can snag it via iTunes or Bandcamp.

Listen to the dark, gritty soundtrack below.

Silent Horror Original Soundtrack by Dale North


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'U55' Returning Soon With New Crowdfunding Campaign

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:50

Effective Evolutions, the team behind the upcoming subterranean horror game U55 – End of the Line has announced their plans to launch a new crowdfunding campaign. Their Kickstarter ended back in September after raising an impressive $69,595, which, unfortunately, fell short of its $115,000 target.

It sounds like they’re taking the lessons learned from Kickstarter and applying it to the next — and hopefully last — crowdfunding campaign, which will be hosted on the European platform, FundedByMe.

For more U55, you can follow the game on Steam Greenlight and its official website.

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Who's the Suspect in this Teaser for The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper?

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:30

Albert Pyun is fighting through his health issues, and nothing's more therapeutic than doing what you love so he's back behind the camera for The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper, a one-take film for which Pyun has released a short teaser.

The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper stars Tommie Vegas, Shane Ryan, and Brittany Bochart. It's written by Cynthia Curnan, shot by Michael Su, and produced by Su and Curnan with music and sound design by Tony Riparetti.

The film is about a young woman name Cheryl Cooper (Vegas), who wakes up in what she believes is an interrogation room in a police station. She is interrogated by Detective Ben (Ryan) about being found at an unfinished Las Vegas hotel where there was a mass killing.

The detective is assisted by a young female rookie police officer named Officer Bardo (Bochart). Both try to get the details from Cheryl, and as they do, Cheryl begins to remember horrifying details that lead to the reveal of a terrifying fact.

The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper will have its world premiere on May 2nd in Los Angeles and also has an invite to screen in Las Vegas' Pollygrind Film Festival in October.

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Get Possessed by Robert Kirkman's Outcast this Summer

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:00

A new horror comic series is kicking off in June from the dark and twisted mind of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman with art by Paul Azaceta. Are you ready to enter the world of Kyle Barnes in Outcast?

Image Comics is releasing Issue #1 on June 25th, and you can click here to pre-order your copy from TFAW.

Synopsis:
Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life, and now he needs answers.

Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.

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Hidden Speaker Drops A Surprise EP With 'Bitter Year, Better Year'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:59

Disclaimer: Hidden Speaker features Bloody-Disgusting writer Evan Dickson.

Indie rock group Hidden Speaker has unexpectedly released a new EP by the name of Bitter Year, Better Year, which you can stream below. The 4-track EP features track titles such as “All My Guillotines” and “Bitcoin Vapejuice Blues” and it follows the release of this year’s Wet Recluse, which you can download for free for a limited time here.

Dickson states, “Where Wet Recluse is a touch dark this new EP is a shade lighter.”

You can purchase the EP via iTunes or through Bandcamp.

Bitter Year, Better Year by Hidden Speaker


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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Tim Lebbon's Coldbrook

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30

Tim Lebbon is a name Dread Central readers should be familiar with as we've reviewed many of his novels over the years like Bar None, Fallen, Dusk, Dawn, and more. He has a new one on the way tomorrow, Coldbrook, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive excerpt to share!

Coldbrook arrives April 8th in paperback and on Kindle from Titan Books.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our exclusive excerpt.

Related Story: Guest Blog: Author Tim Lebbon's Top Ten Alien Moments

Synopsis:
Coldbrook is a secret laboratory located deep in Appalachian Mountains. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were about to unleash.

With their breakthrough comes disease, and now it is out and ravaging the human population. The only hope is a cure, and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead.

In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race... But will they find her in time?

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Etheria Film Night Hosts 'Soulmate' North American Premiere

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:06

The 2014 Etheria Film Night is pleased to host the North American Premiere of writer/director Axelle Carolyn’s feature film Soulmate at the Egyptian Theatre on July 12th.

Etheria Film Night is dedicated to showcasing the best new genre films directed by women and screens only one feature-length film each year.

The premiere will be followed by a red carpet cocktail reception and the official Etheria Film Night short film competition lineup.

In the film, “Recently widowed Audrey moves to the countryside in a bid to get her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, she decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost…

Audrey (played by Anna Walton, who also appeared in Carolyn’s short film The Halloween Kid) is a suicidal woman mourning the recent death of her husband. Isolating herself in an old country cottage away from friends and family, she soon develops a relationship with the ghost (Tom Wisdom) haunting the property. What follows is an atypical genre film in which love is not the ultimate cure-all.

Soulmate is written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, produced by Claire Otway, and features Anna Walton (Audrey), Tom Wisdom (Douglas), Tanya Myers (Theresa) and Nick Brimble (Dr Zellaby).

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Exclusive Oculus Interviews with Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00

As a means to prep you for this Friday's theatrical release of Oculus (review), we have some exclusive video interviews to dig on with stars Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane.

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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'Nicodemus' Reveals Truths About Mankind (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:54

Norith Soth, who will see the release of his found-footage horror Face later this year, is currently in post on his latest genre offering, this one dealing with Heaven and Hell.

Below is the teaser for the micro indoe Nicodemus, starring Art Roberts, Tisha Rivera, Olivia Ku, Theresa Deveaux, and Kiziana Jean-Louis.

Nicodemus is a deeply religious boy. His desire is to connect with God. Instead he meets an Angel, in the form of a high school bully, who reveals disturbing truths about the mystery of mankind.

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'Bunny Game' Director Will 'Save a Bullet For Me' (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:44

Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures have teamed up with UK producer Mark Sandell to co-produce the ‘Western’ action horror Save a Bullet For Me, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.

Save a Bullet For Me is the latest offering from The Bunny Game (pictured) writer-director Adam Rehmeier.

Set amidst a 19th century backdrop, the film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, where two wounded frontiersmen make a desperate last stand against an Indian war party.

This is not your grandfather’s Western. There are no heroes or morality tales. This is a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible,” Rehmeier told us.

For me, this film is an opportunity to combine several of my favorite genres in an exciting way, to create something that hasn’t been seen before in the cinema” he continued. “It delivers enough splatter to quench any hardcore horror fan’s palate, yet the relentless, wall-to-wall action and historical backdrop will open it up to a wider audience.

Brightlight Pictures’ Shawn Williamson joins Mark Sandell to produce.

Save a Bullet For Me is due to be shot in British Columbia in late 2014.

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[TV] The People of "Salem": John Alden and Mary Sibley

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:37

WGN American released the latest “People of Salem” featurettes, which introduces us to Mary Sibley, “Salem’s” most powerful enchantress. Beware, Heathens. Black magic is near. They also introduce John Alden, a hardened war veteran who returns to Salem to find it in the midst of a witch hunt frenzy.

“Salem” debuts on WGNA April 20.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “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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[Random Cool] Spokane, WA Home to 'Dawn of the Donut'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:31

Only in Spokane, WA will one find a one-of-a-kind zombie donut shop with drive-thru convenience.

Below is the promo for Dawn of the Donut, a real donut shop that serves up breakfast to wake the dead for another daily grind.

Donut options include the Slayer, Zombie, Brains!, Re-Animator, El Diablo, Romero, Coco-Apocalypse, Bruce Campbell, The Cure, Coffin, Corpse, Moad, and many more!

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Kick off the Week with New Stills from The Vampire Diaries Ep. 5.18 - Resident Evil

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:30

The cast of "The Vampire Diaries" must be feeling the same fatigue we are with this season's stale storyline. Can co-star Paul Wesley's directorial debut, "Resident Evil" (#5.18), breathe some life into the show? While we wait to find out, here are a few new stills.

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.18 - "Resident Evil" (airs 4/17/14, 8-9pm)
Both Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) are suddenly having unsettling dreams of an alternate version of the life they might have had together.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) has a disturbing encounter with Grams (guest star Jasmine Guy), who warns her about frightening changes on the Other Side. Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) gives Damon (Ian Somerhalder) unwanted relationship advice, then admits he is searching for a woman he loved decades before while he was held captive by the Augustines.

Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) enlists Matt (Zach Roerig), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), and Tyler (Michael Trevino) to help track the Travelers and keep them from taking control of Mystic Falls. Bonnie is hurt and angry when she learns that Jeremy is working with Liv behind her back. Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) shows up at the Salvatore house and explains what he knows about Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) and the Travelers to Damon, Elena, and Enzo.

Matt has a terrifying encounter with inhabitants of the Other Side. Finally, when Damon finds Markos, he is both relieved and disturbed by what Markos has to tell him. Paul Wesley directed the episode written by Brian Young and Caroline Dries.

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[BD Review] Confront Your Family Bummers in 'The Hanover House'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:06

Straight out of an actual haunted farmhouse in Maine* comes The Hanover House, a moody new supernatural thriller from director/co-writer Corey Norman. On the surface the film’s premise sounds like a simple haunted house flick, but Norman fills his home with lofty ideas concerning grief, abandonment, and second chances. Sounds like a total bummer, huh? Well it is. The film offers a bleak look at the family demons that haunt the protagonists, and not much else. It presents an interesting approach of “haunted house therapy,” which I liked. But for all of its hypothetical demon exorcising, The Hanover House never has time to be entertaining or engaging.

Robert and Shannon Foster are newlyweds with lots to look forward to, including a bun in the oven. Then the phone call comes that Robert’s long-estranged father has died. Attending the funeral is real difficult for him, not just because he’s lost the father he barely knew, but also due to the presence of his shitty, self-centered mom and her scornful slob of a boyfriend. Tensions wear thin during the repast, as Robert struggles to deal with his mom and the painful memories of his father.

On their drive back home, as Shannon tries to console him, Robert hits a young girl with his car. He sees the lights on in a nearby farmhouse and takes off in search of help. Once he enters the house (of Hanover), Robert does battle with his worst inner demons – the ones that have been festering inside him so long they’ve been preventing him from reaching his full potential as a husband and future dad. That’s some heavy shit for a 72 minute movie.

Especially when the first 25 minutes play out like a drab family drama. It’s established early on that Robert and his folks had a turbulent relationship when he was growing up, but we spend a bit too much wallowing in those painful memories during the film’s first act, and then further lurching in the emotional doldrums once Robert and Shannon enter the house.

What the house wants from them is up to interpretation, which is The Hanover House‘s biggest strength. Our hands are never held as Robert and Shannon make their way separately through the house. They are forced to deal with their troubled family histories in a way that may make some audience members think about their own domestic horrors. These esoteric messages and warnings are delivered throughout the house, culminating in a showdown in the basement. There are hints of the occult in this climactic scene that are completely unnecessary. The supernatural elements are better left suggested in this kind of introspective film, not thrown in our face. This basement scene sorta weakened the emotional impact of the film with its traces of an occult ceremony that never connect to anything presented prior.

Despite the climax’s shortcomings, actress Casey Turner delivers a strong, grounded performance. Robert (played nicely by Brian Chamberlain) may be the driving force behind the film’s themes, but its Casey’s Shannon that keeps a firm grip on the story even during its most absurd moments. Director Norman, who’s been cutting his chops for years producing, editing, directing TV documentaries and short films, shows heaps of sharp craftsmanship. There’s an understated style to his work here, one that suits the film’s meditative nature and creeping death vibe.

The Hanover House is an interesting take on the haunted house motif, albeit one that tromps around the depressing murk a bit too much for my tastes. It’s well crafted and Casey Turner delivers a great performance filled with conviction, but while the film is busy bumming us out, it never has time to truly engage us.

* the film was shot in an allegedly haunted farmhouse in Maine.

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Our 5 Most Disappointing Cancelled Horror Games!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:02

A few weeks ago I took a look at the future of the horror genre, and some of the horror games that are worth being excited about. So it’s fitting that I follow that up with a retrospective, of sorts — a look at the genre’s not-so-bright past. Video games are expensive, and because publishers want a sure thing — a return on their investment and then some — some games, even promising ones, get tossed aside. I’ve collected five horror games that could have been great, had they seen a release.

Read on for my list of 5 of the most disappointing cancelled horror games!

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Vangough Release Video For 'Separation'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:00

Oklahoma City progressive rockers Vangough have released an official music video for their track “Separation”, which comes from their 2013 album Between The Madness (purchase here). Directed by Will Thompson, the video mixes performance footage with atmosphere location shots and a couple, one of whom is wearing an animal mask, embracing passionately while covered in blood.

Vocalist/guitarist Clay Withrow comments, “We wanted to capture the energy of our live show, as well as the frenetic nature of the song. …we filmed it in an abandoned church down the street from our studio. Thinking back, it was a pretty dangerous location as the floors were almost entirely rotted out.

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Top 7 Supernatural Films that Haunt Us

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:00

Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.

The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.

We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.

However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist and The Conjuring certainly come to mind. Some other haunting projects that are worth an honorable mention are Stephen King's 1408, a tiny indie called I Am a Ghost which had an incredibly freaky finale, cult favorite Session 9 that did for asbestos removal what Psycho did for taxidermy, and the ultra-creepy, ambiance-laden The Orphanage.

As you'll see, this list contains some legendary horror heavyweights because once you really scare us, we don't soon forget. Here are the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.

The Amityville Horror (1979)
The Amityville Horror kicks off this list not because it was so frightening or because of the slew of sequels and remakes it inspired, but the fact that this is a truly horrific mystery. For those who need a quick refresher, The Amityville Horror is based on a book written by Jay Anson which claims to be the true-life experiences of George and Kathy Lutz and their family after moving into the home at 112 Ocean Avenue. Just 13 months before, Ronald DeFeo, Jr., had shot and killed six members of his family. Anson's book and the original film are a representation of what happened to the Lutz family during their 28-day stay in the home... or is it? There has always been tons of speculation as to just what is real and what is fraud in the Lutzes' story, making The Amityville Horror a supernatural mystery of the highest degree.

The Shining (1980)
As tales of hauntings go, perhaps no one spins a better yarn than the great Stephen King. It's no secret that King has no love for Stanley Kubrick's vision of his classic novel, but somewhere between King's conjuring of the tale and Kubrick's mad scientist filmmaking techniques (not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Jack Nicholson), a masterful cinematic haunting was born. It's been nearly 35 years since The Shining was released, and even longer since the novel hit the stands, and still today it still stands as one of the most unsettling films of all time. This is another example of a truly excellent haunting being embraced by our culture. Sure, on the surface, The Shining looks like a slasher film to the uninformed eye. But a look deeper within the walls of The Overlook Hotel shows a much more haunted and supernatural environment. Great party, isn't it?

The Omen (1976)
Oh, young Damien. So cute. So innocent looking. But looks can be quite deceiving as Gregory Peck and company found out in this legendary Antichrist film. This was the original bad kid movie. Sure The Good Son and Orphan and plenty of movies featuring bastardly ankle-biters would follow, but Damien is the name that, to this day, is playfully reserved for those seemingly uncontrollable children we see at restaurants and shopping malls. And it's within this frivolity that the true haunting exists. It's because The Omen was such a powerful film, and it conjured the most terrifying of thoughts amongst parents, that still today the name Damien retains that power and The Omen remains such a haunting film.

The Sixth Sense (1999)
Four little words ("…I see dead people…") and a twist ending that blew audiences out of their seats made The Sixth Sense an absolute phenomenon. With every rewatch of the movie, even already knowing the fantastic surprise ending, you can't help but get chills when young Haley Joel Osment utters that iconic line. Director M. Night Shyamalan became an overnight superstar as The Sixth Sense chilled viewers and, in an absolutely amazing climax, rocked audiences beyond belief. The Sixth Sense would go on to be an absolute box office juggernaut, as many truly frightening supernatural films do. And that's because it's a damn impressive movie that works. You see something you've missed before in every re-viewing and are still haunted every time you hear those four words.

The Ring (2002)
It's not often that we give credit to an American remake over the original film, but Gore Verbinski's reimagining of the Japanese Ring truly haunted American audiences who, for the most part, would have never made the effort to see the original movie so we can thank Verbinski for bringing a very nice retelling to the American public. That being said, Samara making her climb out of the television was indeed an iconic horror moment of the 2000's. The huge box office take and the fact that the mystery and eeriness of The Ring drew audiences in, and it continues to be a staple of horror, are a testament to the brilliant writing of the original movie and the quality adaptation of the American version. The Ring is one of the few times a foreign film has been redone and captivated and haunted domestic audiences so thoroughly.

The Exorcist (1973)
Haunting?! Sweet Jesus H. Christ, when you say "haunting supernatural movie," could there be another? Believe us when we say we do try to keep The Exorcist off these lists, but it fits so well on so many of them. If you want to talk about supernatural movies that still, over 40 years later, haunt us, then look no further than The Exorcist. Sure, we all still go back and give it a viewing once a year or so, but it's still with great trepidation that we press that "Play" button and expose ourselves to the horrors we know we're about to experience. The Exorcist hasn't lost a step in four decades. It's as effective today as it was when it opened in theaters the day after Christmas in 1973 (how fucking festive). It is indeed the one true haunting that we cannot seem to shake. Pazuzu dug his claws into us, and it doesn't seem like we'll ever get them out.

Carrie (1976)
They keep trying to recapture that moment, that Carrie moment, but it just cannot be recreated. No offense to the beloved Angela Bettis (who is one of horror's most amazing assets) or Chloe Grace Moretz, but it can't be done. There was something magical between Sissy Spacek and director Brian De Palma in that original imagining of Stephen King's novel. In fact, Carrie was the first of over 100 television and movie projects based on or adapted from King's writings. So you know there was something incredibly special going on here. Carrie was the original tortured student. She was "Jeremy" as Pearl Jam sang of him. She was all the unfortunate friendless, directionless, antagonized souls we see lashing out at society today. Carrie is absolutely more pertinent now than it was when King wrote it or when the film was released. Indeed, this is an instance of foreshadowing that no one could have expected. Perhaps, with all that our society has become, Carrie haunts us more today than anything.

Mike Flanagan's Oculus opens in theaters on April 11. For the latest news and updates, be sure to "like" Oculus on Facebook and follow @blumhouse on Twitter.

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Ennio Morricone's 'Danger: Diabolik' Score Available For Download

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:00

While not exactly horror related, this post has a lot of horror connections. The rather difficult to find and own soundtrack for the 1968 Italian-French action film Danger: Diabolik, which was composed by Ennio Morricone (The Thing, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Exorcist II: The Heretic) is now available for download. Directed by Mario Bava (Black Sunday, A Bay Of Blood, Baron Blood), the film is about criminal named Diabolik who plans a heist for his girlfriend only to be pursued by a gangster, hired by the police.

The music can be downloaded via Amazon.


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[BD Review] 'Camp Dread' Blows Its Fun Premise

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:16

Here’s a cool little flick that takes an interesting approach to the camp slasher but tanks in the end. Harrison Smith’s Camp Dread has a solid premise backed up by wickedly menacing performance from the great Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight). The rest of the characters are really weak, sadly, which drags the film way down for the bulk of its running time.

Eric Roberts stars as Julian Barrett, the director of the cult “Summer Camp” trilogy from the ’80s. His career took a dive in the toilet when word of his negligence in regards to his cast’s safety got out, which led to him being blacklisted by the studios. To resurrect his career, he stages an elaborate reality game show hoax. Under the guise of a rehabilitation program, 10 troubled kids are brought to the summer camp where Barrett’s trilogy was filmed. Cameras are set up all over the place (including inside their private cabins) and if every single kid makes it through the challenges, a million dollars will be rewarded.

Barrett is full of shit, however. He’s really filming this experiment as a “Summer Camp” remake or reboot or whatever. While the 10 campers go for each other’s throats, endure “challenges,” and rub lotions on their ultra fit bodies, Barrett sneers in his control room as visions of dollar signs dance in his head. Eric Roberts (who recently had a terrific one-episode stint on Justified) plays such a good bastard. Barrett is a cocky prick and Roberts really has fun with the role. He’s easily the most interesting character in the film to watch. I didn’t root for him or anything, he’s just such a good actor.

The reality show experiment thing goes along swimmingly for a couple days or so. The kids play that American Gladiators q-tip fight game on a dock and get in some volleyball before they start being picked off one by one. None of the kids are all that interesting though, so I didn’t really care. Out of the 10, only two of them have any depth. There’s Adrienne (Nicole Cinaglia), an insular, meek girl who killed her brother after he raped her for a year and this burly guy who left the armed forces after his brother died. Both of their brothers died under entirely different circumstances, so they manage to gravitate towards each other through some cosmic force. Or just because everyone else is getting killed.

The weakest character is the goth girl, who happens to be a huge fan of the “Summer Camp” series. During the scene where a “therapist” (Sleepaway Camp‘s Felissa Rose) reads aloud all the shit the kids did to get in trouble, she’s got nothing on the little miss goth. Smiling, the girl draws attention to her black lipstick, black gloves, black tights, and goes “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” Like everyone who dresses like an asshole is inherently trouble or something. Maybe we’re supposed to figure she got busted for shoplifting some studded wristbands from Hot Topic, I dunno.

Camp Dread goes through the beats of a typical slasher, but what’s interesting is that Barrett’s true intentions remain cloudy throughout all the impaling and throat gashing. Does this prick expect to sell this as a “Summer Camp” reboot when kids are dying for real on camera? Does he even know they’re really dying? Who put up the million dollar prize money? All this shit keeps you guessing until the final minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the 88 minutes leading up the revelations to be all that interesting or entertaining. Eric Roberts is the only engaging presence, but all of the parts with the kids were flat in tone (I keep saying “kids” but they all look like they’re in their late 20s).

While I dug the premise a lot, Camp Dread blew it on its lousy characters. Roberts is great (as always), but those damn kids were nothing more than stock characters and I didn’t care if they all got killed. Murder the lot of them and serve their guts in the mess hall, it doesn’t make any difference. I think it’s worth checking out as a rental though. It’s an amusing take on the genre, just don’t expect to be blown away or anything and you’ll probably have fun.

Camp Dread hits DVD April 15.

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