Out Now: “Legends of Cthulhu” Retro Action Figures!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:01

From a successful Kickstarter less than a year ago, to toy stores across the country, Warpo is thrilled to announce the “Legends of Cthulhu” retro action figure line releases today.

“Legends of Cthulhu” are the first action figures based on the world of H.P. Lovecraft, and include ‘The Deep One,’ ‘The Professor,’ ‘The Cultist,’ and the ‘Spawn of Cthulhu’ himself, each a 3.75”, retro-styled action figure, sold separately (MSRP $19.99).

With artisan craftsmanship and detailed Method Manufacturing, “Legends of Cthulhu” figures stand easily alongside vintage action figure collections. To ensure an authentic retro look and feel, Warpo enlisted sculptor Eddy Mosqueda (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Masters of the Universe”), and artist Ken Kelly (“Micronauts,” “Manglor Mountain,” KISS’ Destroyer album cover), both pioneers of the look and feel of beloved action figures from the 1970s and 1980s, to work with them to develop Legends of Cthulhu.

“Legends of Cthulhu” retro action figures are available at BigBadToyStore, in comic book stores, and in toy and hobby shops nationwide.

Categories: Horror News

‘Roadside’ Crashes Onto Home Video

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:53

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, will release the action thriller Roadside on DVD and Digital HD April 14th, 2015.

Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County, Contracted), the film stars Ace Marrero (“Scorpion,” “Body of Proof”), Katie Stegeman (Madison County, Contracted), Lionel D. Carson (“The Unit”), and Jack E. Curenton (“Tim and Eric Awesome Show”).

“Roadside tells the story of Dan and Mindy Summers, who are on a road trip along a desolate mountain highway. When Dan is forced to exit the SUV to remove a dead tree blocking their path, their journey takes a turn. They suddenly find themselves held hostage on the side of the road and trapped in their car by a mysterious gunman. They must fight for their lives in a sadistic game of cat and mouse set against a backdrop of numbing cold, pitch darkness, and raw terror. Roadside drips with suspense until the very last frame.

Categories: Horror News

Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson Take On the Cult In ‘Regression’ (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:37

Thanks to Bloody regular Fabien M. we have an international trailer and poster for Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Sea Inside, The Others) Regression, although the trailer isn’t in English (but if you look closely you’ll see the Reaper from Bogus Journey!).

Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) star in the film that looks to be heavily based around a cult. Regression sees the return of Amenábar to genre, where he previously had great success with Dimension Films’ The Others, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

Regression also stars David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, Harry Potter), David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) , Dale Dickey (Winter´s Bone, True Blood), Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

TWC-Dimension will distribute the film in the United States.

Poster source: Sensacine

Categories: Horror News

‘The Voices’ UK Quad Piles Decapitated Heads In a Fridge

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:09

While Lionsgate already has heard The Voices (review), a genre film starring Amityville Horror‘s Ryan Reynolds, Arrow Films will release in the UK on March 20.

We now have a UK poster (courtesy of Empire) to go along with the trailer for the horror film directed by Marjane Satrapi, and also starring Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver.

My personal thoughts on the horror comedy is that it reminds me of the old Lionsgate days, meaning that it’s a film destined for home video, and that it’s a good Friday night “what should we watch?” kind of film. It’s neither good nor bad, but will ultimately fill a bland evening without regrets.

‘The Voices’ centers around Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds), a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.

Categories: Horror News

My Enemies & I “Fragile Bones” Teaser (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:00

Today brings the third entry into our exclusive weekly series of teasing the upcoming My Enemies & I EP Sick World, which comes out March 10th!

For this week’s clip, we’re teasing the track “Fragile Bones”, which has a desperation about it, the lyrics claiming, “Don’t say you know what it feels like!” as the guitars roar and the drums pulsate behind, driving everything forward.

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Categories: Horror News

[TV] Marvel’s Agent Carter – ‘A Sin To Err’ Review

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:10

Reviewed Katy Rex. ‘A Sin To Err’ is all about Peggy running from her employers, labeled a traitor by the men she works beside every day. While the A story is compelling, this episode is so much more. The B story is just as engaging as the main plot, and if you weren’t already hooked on Dottie, you are now.

Because this series only has 8 episodes that are confirmed for this season, it’s a little worrying how much is going on. One thing must be said: Marvel is giving us more than what we wanted from this show. If you’re here to watch Agent Peggy Carter take no shit from anyone and beat up the world with her bare fists while keeping her lipstick flawless, this is your episode.

The psychiatrist from last episode, who worked as a sort of emotional assistant to the engineer for Leviathan, factors heavily into this episode. At the beginning we discover that he and Dottie go way back; at his original recruitment, Dottie stood watch, and even murdered a man for wanting to go home to his family. He’s invested in helping the Strategic Scientific Reserve foil Leviathan– something about this show calls for language like “foil,” the nostalgia is more specific than even the era, it’s specific to the comic books of the forties and fifties.

However, he’s still a psychiatrist first and foremost, so who can blame him for trying to shrink Chief Dooley’s head a little? He also, delightfully, points out that often a female operative is underestimated, more able to fly under the radar, a point that seems to be lost on Dooley and might account for why women keep getting the jump on him. What we would learn if we listened to those around us, right?

Personally, I was pretty into Dottie’s performance from last week, where she was all big eyes and questions about where to go in the Big City, but this week she outdoes herself. Showing up in a lecherous dentist’s office on the auspices of an interview, Dottie waits until the dentist says something pervy about “going the extra mile” and puts his hand on her knee, which gives her the perfect opportunity to kill the fuck out of him with his own dental instruments.

The way the women blatantly punch their opponents, instead of using a projectile to compensate for their size/upper body strength, or outwitting their opponent is something to adore about “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” Dottie kicks this guy’s ass because she is a trained assassin, she has worked hard to be able to do this, and honestly he pokes teeth for a living; how strong can he even be?

I mention these side plots first, because of their crucial connection: with the dentist out of the way, Dottie can take advantage of his window, conveniently located across from Chief Dooley’s office. At first, her sniper rifle is sending the viewer a pretty clear message of what she’ll do with a clear view of the psychiatrist, but even that is not what it seems, as the psychiatrist transmits a message to her in morse: “Need more time to get item. New directive: kill Peggy Carter.” And now that it’s established that our friendly doctor is not what he seems, it’s time for him to turn to Dooley and attempt to hypnotize him. Like I said, straight out of a comic book.

All of this is happening alongside the main plot, which is ostensibly Peggy and Jarvis hunting down the Russian spy (Dottie) that Stark may once have dated, which lends itself to some pretty delightful slapstick- emphasis on slap- when Stark’s numerous exes speak to Jarvis. For the “main plot,” though, it was far from the most exciting or engaging part of this episode. That award has to go to Angie, for the scene in her apartment with the gentlemen of the SSR.

Discovered by her colleagues, Peggy has to go into hiding, but before she blows town she has to retrieve Steve’s blood from her secret stash in her room. This is, of course, the first place the SSR will look for her, which leads to the scene you’ve undoubtedly seen in all the previews and teasers for this episode; Peggy, perched precariously on the ledge to her apartment building, while the Strategic Scientific Reserve tosses her apartment. One thing leads to another, Angie discovers Peggy on the ledge, and has seconds to compose herself and decide what to do when the SSR starts to bang down her door.

And then the best thing happens, the best part of this show so far (and I love this show, so that’s saying a lot): Angie covers for Peggy. That’s what friends do. And she covers for Peggy by crying into Agent Chad Michael Murray’s chest about her grandmother: “What’s your grandmother’s name?” All the men in the room are visibly uncomfortable, because, y’know, women and tears. Agent Chad Michael Murray is so uncomfortable that he accidentally lets slip that he calls his grandmother “Gam Gam,” and I’m honestly a little unclear on what happened next because I was in tears– of the laughing variety. That was delightful.

With only two episodes left, how can they wrap this up? I know they’re open to a second season, but if we don’t get one, I might cry. If I cry in front of the right men, do you think that will get us our second season?

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com
Categories: Horror News

NSFW ‘Deathgasm’ Trailer a Heavy Metal Montage of Carnage!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 20:07

Playing as part of the SXSW Midnighters announced earlier today is Dark Sky Films’ Deathgasm, a film we caught the promo for and raved about out of the AFM in Los Angeles last September.

Now, we all get to mosh together to the festival trailer that’s quite possibly one of the best we’ve ever seen. Watch the blood flow in a heavy metal montage that’s filled with decapitations, spinal cord removals and a shot of a demon getting slapped in the face with a dildo.

Directed by Jason Lei Howden, the trailer for Deathgasm is already a cult classic. How will the movie be? It’s gonna be epic…

Here’s the plot crunch: “New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

It stars Milo Cawthorne (Blood Punch), James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, and Stephen Ure.

Categories: Horror News

What Do You Look for in the Games You Play?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 20:00

Chances are, if you have any interest in Dying Light, you probably have your copy by now. I found it to be a mostly great horror game that’s held back by many of the same issues that plagued Dead Island, such as an uninspired story and a world that’s populated by eerily animatronic NPCs who sometimes manage to be more unnerving than the actual monsters.

Video games are complex things, and the same goes for the people who play them. No one will ever be able to satisfy everyone, so there’s nothing wrong with a developer that chooses to focus on making a game that’s fun to play over constructing something with a compelling narrative, or realistic characters.

The Last of Us took the opposite approach by constructing a gritty world with a memorable story and cast of characters, the Silent Hill series built its following by being exceedingly creative with its monsters and music, among other things — the list goes on.

So what attracts you to the games you play, and perhaps more importantly, what keeps you invested in them long after their release?

Is it an engrossing story, an endlessly replayable multiplayer, the promise of must-have DLC, a world that’s rich with stunning visuals, what? Your answer doesn’t even need to be exclusive to the horror genre, though I would love to hear what you look for specifically when you’re searching for that spooky scary fix.

Categories: Horror News

‘We Are Still Here’ Trailer Satisfies the Darkness (SXSW ’15)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:57

Playing as part of the SXSW Midnighters announced earlier today is Ted Geoghegan’s debut feature, We Are Still Here, which stars everyone’s favorite Barbara Crampton Re-Animator, You’re Next), as well as Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color), Lisa Marie (Ed Wood), and Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead).

Dark Sky Films has released a trailer that delivers on all front: blood, scares and creature effects. This one looks awesome!

In the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice.

Trailer below…

Categories: Horror News

‘Spring’ Poster Blooms Tagline: “Love Is a Monster”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:37

Drafthouse Films has released the official one-sheet for the phenomenal Spring, the stunning new genre-defying supernatural love story from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, V/H/S: Viral), opening in U.S. theaters (through Drafthouse) and on VOD (through Filmbuff) March 20th.

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, ‘Evil Dead,’ ‘Thumbsucker’) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

Categories: Horror News

Go ’31′ Location Scouting With Rob Zombie!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:32

With the 31 crowd-funding campaign relaunched, director Rob Zombie is officially location scouting the Halloween-themed slasher.

You can watch the video below that takes oyu behind-the-scenes of the planned shoot, which begins this spring.

“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.

Zombie told us it will be his most brutal film to date.

Categories: Horror News

NSFW ‘Muck’ Clip Tossed Through a Window! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:24

Bloody Disgusting landed this NSFW clip from Anchor Bay’s upcoming​ old-school​ horror/slasher, Muck, starring horror legend Kane Hodder and a lot of scantily clad women.

Muck opens in limited theatrical release on Friday, March 13th, then arrives on Blu-ray & DVD on March 17th.

The clip itself is ​scene with Noah (Bryce Draper) running up to a house​ to rescue his friends​, only to watch his girlfriend (Stephanie Danielson) being thrown out a window naked after being brutally attacked.

This throwback horror film just raised the hacked-up bar: Horror legend Kane Hodder and Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012, Jaclyn Swedberg star in this scary, sexy, indie shocker that joins a group of friends just as they emerge from the thick, murky darkness of the marshes tattered, bloody, and lucky to be alive. But they will soon find out that the lucky ones are already dead. Muck is packed with old-school gore effects and brutal stunts, without any CGI or apologies. Lachlan Buchanan (“Pretty Little Liars”) co-stars in writer/director Steve Wolsh’s searing directorial debut that unfolds like a blood-stained love letter to horror fanatics everywhere!

Categories: Horror News

Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Still “May Happen”!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:19

The internet has become a powerful voice for fans that execs listen to. The newly announced Deadpool movie, as well as Spider-Man shifting into Marvel’s hands prove this point.

A month or so back District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp shared some insanely cool concept art from his Alien movie pitch, which at the time was nothing more than a pipe dream. Now, the director who has become close with Sigourney Weaver (she also stars in his upcoming Chappie) could be gaining legit momentum to go into battle against a legion of Xenomorphs.

“There was a reason,” he telles Collider in response to being asked about the aforementioned art. “I wanted to make that film. I still may make that film. [Laughs] It may happen. But I did it on my own time. Like when ‘Chappie’ was winding down in post and I had available time, I started to work on it. It was also from talking to Sigourney [Weaver] during the making of this. I mean, I asked her about ‘Alien’ all the time.

” ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ are my favorite films,” he adds. “So I genuinely wanted to make that film, I came up with the story, I came up with way more art than I put out and I never officially spoke to Fox about it, but Fox wanted to make it. So, I kind of touched on it and I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know if I was just gonna go leave directing for a whole bunch of time and then I was like, ‘I might as well put some art out.’ But I may make it. I don’t know. That’s where it stands.”

The most exciting thing is his relationship with Weaver, who has always been very open about her willingness to return to “finish what she started” by destroying the Xeno home planet. I want to see that movie, badly.

Still, what I love about all of this is that, back in 2013, I begged FOX to hire Blomkamp for a new Alien film. It looks like my wish may come true. How do you guys feel about it? I mean, all of his movies are soaked in Alien references, straight down to sound design and shot selection….

Check out a bunch of his Alien concept art here.

Categories: Horror News

Noah Segan Toplines ‘Follow’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:44

Owen Egerton, who is both an author and filmmaker, is set to get behind the camera for Follow, starring the great Noah Segan (pictured; Looper, Deadgirl), as well as Don Most and Southern Longoria.

Based on “How Best to Avoid Dying,” “In this devilishly clever collection of short fiction, renowned humorist Owen Egerton leads us on a wildly surprising, darkly comic, and often heart-wrenching ride into the terrible beauty of life’s end. With razor wit and compassionate insight, Egerton has a crafted a work that brilliantly explores the pain and wonders of life knowing that with the turn of any corner death could be panhandling for your soul.

“Happy to announce that this spring I’ll be directing my first feature film – FOLLOW,” Egerton said on Facebook. “Follow is a psychological horror set in Austin. I wrote the script based on two stories from my collection ‘How Best to Avoid Dying’. The cast includes Noah Segan, Don Most, and Southern Longoria. I’m teaming up with producers Seth Caplan, Chris Colbert and executive producer Tim League. Thanks for all the enthusiasm!”

Categories: Horror News

Amblin-style Ghost Story Acquired By DreamWorks!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:38

DreamWorks has pre-emptively purchased an original ghost-story pitch from Carter Blanchard, the scribe who most recently rewrote what is the shooting draft of Independence Day 2, says Deadline.

The site explains that the pitch is best described as a full-on ghost story rooted in classic Amblin storytelling.

Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner will produce with partner Robyn Meisinger and Madhouse’s Ryan Cunningham serving as executive producers.

Blanchard previously sold his time-travel story Glimmer to the studio in a heated bidding war.

Categories: Horror News

Genre Vets Howl At ‘Cold Moon’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:32

A series of grisly small town murders erupts into a supernatural revenge tale in Cold Moon, a horror thriller that begins shooting this month in Louisiana.

It stars Josh Stewart (Interstellar, The Collector, The Collection), three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Robby Kay (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Academy Award nominee Candy Clark (Zodiac), Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction), Rachel Brooke Smith (A Matter of Time), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and introduces Sarah Catherine.

From the writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cold Moon is a chilling tale that takes place in tiny Babylon, Florida, where Evelyn Larkin’s (CANDY CLARK) granddaughter, Margaret (SARAH CATHERINE) is brutally murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River – the river where her parents disappeared from their boat ten years earlier. Evelyn is convinced that the murderer is Nathan Redfield (JOSH STEWART), a duplicitous banker, but Nathan, and his wealthy father (CHRISTOPHER LLOYD) own the town, and with secrets of his own, Nathan’s not about to let Sheriff Ted Hale (FRANK (WHALEY) find the real killer. Meanwhile, Nathan’s budding romance with the Sheriff’s comely daughter, Belinda (RACHEL BROOKE SMITH), takes a back seat as Nathan begins to see awful specters hell bent on vengeance, ready to dole out nightmarish deaths to everyone responsible for their departure.

Griff Furst (Mask Maker, Swamp Shark) directs from a script he wrote with Jack Snyder, based on the novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by two-time Hugo Award-nominated novelist and screenwriter Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice). Furst produces under his Curmudgeon Films banner. Furst’s brother, Nathan, is composing the music. Pixel Magic is handling FX.

Categories: Horror News

[SXSW '15] Midnight Titles Include ‘Deathgasm,’ ‘He Never Died,’ ‘Pod’ and ‘The Diabolical!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:01

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed the highly anticipated features in the Midnighters section, as well as the complete short film lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Entering its 22nd year, the SXSW Midnighters section is always a favorite with SXSW audiences who relish in the weird, electrifying and sometimes, downright terrifying. Featuring 11 genre films, including nine World Premieres, 2015’s Midnighter slate includes thrillers, sci-fi and dark comedies from a mix of new and veteran filmmakers. These 11 Midnighters are included in the 145 total features screening at SXSW Film 2015.

“Creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening are just a few words that come to mind when I think about this year’s SXSW Midnighters lineup,” said SXSW Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece. “These nine World Premieres and two Festival Favorites are helmed by five, first-time filmmakers and several SXSW alumni. We will be screening four films a night at midnight during all nine days of SXSW, and we can’t wait to unleash them on the SXSW audiences!” 

**MIDNIGHTERS**
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus
Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó
(World Premiere)

Categories: Horror News

How Would You Be Killed Off In “The Walking Dead”?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:00

Now that “The Walking Dead” is back on TV, it’s easy to begin thinking about all of the characters who are no longer with us. While we often remember these people and what their characters meant to us, how many of us think about the events that led to their demise and what could’ve been done to avoid such a dreadful end?

Well, by answering only five questions you can figure out how you would meet your demise if you were in “The Walking Dead”!

I got “Looking at the Flowers”, which is explained as:

You are one crazy person that needs to take a trip to the flowers. Something is wrong with your way of thinking and there is only one way to deal with you. Talk a lovely walk, have you look at the flowers and have a friend pull the trigger. It’s okay, my mom always said everything works out the way it’s suppose to.

Head below to take the quiz and let us know what you got!

Categories: Horror News

[Review] ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ – A Directorial Debut Like Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:06

Ana Lily Amipour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the most confident and engaging directorial debuts that I’ve ever witnessed. It’s comparable to David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” or Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi” and not because it’s shot in black and white, but because it has a confident surrealism that will burrow into your psyche and remain with you for a long time to come. It’s a film that teases elements of convention only to defy expectations. It’s a beautiful entry in a genre that never quite existed before, an Iranian vampire Western, and will likely never exist again.

There is something about the cape and cowl of vampire lore that modern interpretations have left behind. The first thing you’ll notice about A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is how brilliantly it reintroduces this element of the legend. Sheila Vand stars as the girl, and in almost every scene she’s clad in a white striped shirt and Burka. This traditional piece of clothing cuts the black and white of the film like a knife. It dissects scenes with a haunting element of blackness and extends the dread of the character into the infinite expanse past the edge of the theater screen. Moreover, it flows like silk past the girl as she drifts aimlessly through her life in bad city.

Bad City is a place devoid of sense. But people still must live there, and push to survive. Bad City has a ditch filled with dead bodies, but nobody seems to care even for a moment. Especially, our main character, Arash who confidently strides by this grisly scene in the opening of the film. This grim reality is taken as fact in Bad City. Arash is as lonely as the girl, and the two take some solace in one another.

This strange reality is further exposed through brutally honest scenes of odd connection. There is something raw about the film that gives you a pathway to connection. It’s never anything as cliched as the typical romance, although those elements are there, instead the film treats you to a life of boredom through the lens of a young vampire. She is easily swayed to acts of insane violence that will make the film endearing to even the most diehard horror fans but the moonlit film, is better an inspiring an uncanny sense of dread that can’t often be found in modern cinema.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the finest films I’ve ever seen. It’s masterfully directed, meticulously shot, and has a near perfect soundtrack. I know we previously reviewed this film, but I couldn’t for the life me understand where the reviewer was coming from. So here’s a much different opinion, I’d recommend you see it immediately, and tell your friends, this is a film that will be talked about for years.

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[Review] Leigh Janiak Expertly Explores Friction In ‘Honeymoon’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:04

I’ll be honest when I say that prior to the Blu-Ray coming in the mail, I had never given much thought to Honeymoon. All I really knew was that Rose Leslie was cast by director Leigh Janiak after seeing her on Game Of Thrones…which admittedly, I haven’t watched (hey, I don’t have cable or Netflix, what do you want from me?). Anyways, Honeymoon is Janiak’s first kick at the directorial can, and given the current situation in Hollywood, it’s always great to see female directors coming forward and showing their stuff. So, what’s all the fuss about?

Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) are newlyweds, and for their honeymoon, decide to spend several days at Bea’s childhood vacation home. A few days into the trip, things begin getting tense. After an unexpected run-in with Bea’s ex at a diner, Paul wakes to an empty bed. Paul’s search leads him to find Bea outside in the woods naked, and unable to recall how she got there. Bea also has weird marks on her inner thighs, which she writes off as bug bites. Paul is skeptical, but goes on with their honeymoon. However, things start to get more tense as Bea’s behavior becomes increasingly irrational.

The thing that I loved about this film, even after the credits rolled, was the fact that Janiak had perfectly captured what it’s like for some couples considering long-term relationships and marriage. The doubt that creeps into you mind about that other person, and if they’re really who they say they are? Is this ultimately the right choice? It’s all here, and not to make it sound like it’s all gloomy, but you can’t show just the positive aspects or all negative aspects, as that’s not a genuine relationship. Janiak’s writing covers both the good and the bad, which makes the relationship between Bea and Paul feel authentic. It also makes the friction that develops when Bea unexpectedly meets up with her ex (and mixes in English and French while talking to him, alienating the English-only Paul), that much more believable. Great stuff.

Of course, the other half in making this work lies in the actors themselves. And both Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie nail it. It’s really surprising the chemistry between these two. You’d swear that they were a couple in real life. Not only do these two pull off an almost cloying display of affection for one another at the beginning of the film that, let’s be honest, there are couples who are like that, but they also pull off the increasing friction that comes with a relationship. You can feel the desperation in Paul as he wants to believe Bea, but at the same time is faced with evidence to the contrary that she’s hiding something. Likewise, you feel Bea wants to keep things going in a positive direction, while simultaneously knowing that she can’t keep holding back from Paul.

If there were any negatives, I’d have to say that the ending, while certainly a twist, was kind of “out there” for me. Then again, being involved with such excellent characters, you have a hope that things resolve themselves in a positive manner. They still do, in a way. Just not in what you’d expect. As you could probably tell, I’m not a fan of couples who are all over themselves in love. The “cloying” that I mentioned is really only in the first part of the film, and while I was able to tolerate it, my ‘single mind’ started wishing for a certain machete-wielding masked man to pop up and fix things if it continued any further. Wrong movie, but you get the idea.

It’s certainly a rarity for a writer/director to nail it on their first try, but Leigh Janiak has done it with Honeymoon. The story and script are terrific in getting through to the audience the nature of a long-term relationship, and the difficulties some couples face, even when a relationship’s difficulties (like this one) involve something not so typical. The performances by Leslie and Treadaway are very strong, and completely sell the idea of them being a couple going through increasingly difficult times. And while the ending was a bit of a downer for me, it did have me thinking, which is what a good film should have you doing once the credits rolled around.

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1080p AVC-encoded 1.85:1 widescreen, the transfer looks tasty. The overall picture is sharp, with a consistent colour palette that’s been purposely muted. Black levels are strong and appropriately dark. Picture detail is strong, overall. An excellent transfer.

Like the video transfer, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is great. The wonderful score by Heather McIntosh and the film’s dialogue are nicely balanced, with the dialogue being clear and unobscured. Ambient effects like crickets and wind add depth and immersion to the mix, while action scenes add a nice punch on the lower end of things.

Extras:

Magnolia disappoints again with some lackluster extras. You’d think these companies would spring for something worthwhile to compliment a film they fought for to get the distribution rights.

Starting things off is an interview with actors Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway. The duo describe their initial thoughts on the script, how they prepared for their roles as newlyweds and how they worked together to create the on-screen relationship.

Following that is an interview with Director Leigh Janiak. Leigh talks about her writing process, the films that inspired her and co-writer Phil Graziadei (Gareth Edwards’ Monsters, for one) and what went into the casting and production.

“The Worm Behind the Scenes” is raw footage of Rose Leslie trying to bait a fishing hook. It’s what you’d expect. “Canoe Behind the Scenes” looks at the troubles that comes with doing your own stunts (and filming) on the water.

AXS TV: A Look at ‘Honeymoon’ is another fluff piece where the film’s trailer is intercut with interviews.

Rounding things up are three trailers for the film.

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