AMC released a new “The Walking Dead” featurette that has interviews with the cast and crew discussing their expectations for Season 5.
My favorite part of the video is where Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, interprets the series for us. Why is it so funny? Because it’s the most basic and generic way to explain “The Walking Dead” to someone. After five seasons, you’d think he’d have something more inspired to say.
“I see it as a story that keeps moving forward,” explains Lincoln, who apparently has never seen anything, ever. “You start with these character in one place, and over time this world changes them.” Because, you know, in film and television, characters aren’t changed by their environment.
It’s hilarious when actors think they’re being profound and clearly aren’t. Love or hate the show, this shit is funny.
“The Walking Dead” premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
In honor of next week’s release of Alien: Isolation, we’re running features and giveaways that take looks at the upcoming visceral experience from Sega as well as gaming itself. Read on for Alien Week Day 5: Win an Alien: Isolation Crew Jacket Seen in Game!
We’ve saved the coolest thing for last! Right now we have your chance to score a crew jacket from one of the most anticipated horror games of the year, Alien: Isolation. To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on October 14, 2014.
That’s it! Good luck, and we’ll see you in space… where no one can hear you scream, that is!
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Don’t be afraid. Because if you are, he’ll come a knocking.
The Babadook will make you beleive, opening here in the States on November 28, and in the UK on October 24. In this new trailer, we learn that fear is the catalyst for the Dook!
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).
In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
Fans of Friday The 13th, have I got a treat for you! Courtesy of Videogram, we’re bring you the track “Camp Blood” which is, “…a sort of “nudge nudge, wink wink” to fellow horror fans and a mix of the disco theme of Part 3 and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller.”
The song is catchy, it’s total 80′s horror-synth, and it’s perfect for your Halloween party! You can watch a video of the song below, which uses footage from the Indonesian knockoff Srigala.
If you dug the song as much as I did, you can snag it for $1 off of Bandcamp.
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 6 is off and running, and the extended promo for next week’s Episode 6.02, entitled “Yellow Ledbetter,” just hit the Net along with a “Need to Feed” trailer. Check them both out, and let us know what you thought of the premiere.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.02 – “Yellow Ledbetter” (10/9/14)
Knowing she needs to come to terms with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Elena (Nina Dobrev) turns to Alaric (Matt Davis) to help her move on with her life.
Enzo (Michael Malarkey) convinces Caroline (Candice Accola) to join him as he tracks down a lead to get Damon and Bonnie (Kat Graham) back, but Caroline is shocked when they make an unexpected detour and uncover what Stefan (Paul Wesley) has been up to. Meanwhile, Matt (Zach Roerig) worries about Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who is spending time with Sarah (guest star Gabrielle Walsh), a mysterious girl who has recently arrived in Mystic Falls.
Elsewhere, Tripp (guest star Colin Ferguson), leader of the community protection program, makes an interesting confession to Matt about his connection to the town. Lastly, with the Other Side destroyed and gone for good, Damon and Bonnie reluctantly band together to uncover the mystery of where they are and how they are going to get back home. Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Julie Plec.
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The incredibly creepy 2D survival horror game Silence of the Sleep has finally arrived on Steam, making it the first new horror release of the month. I hate comparing such a unique game to something else, because this atmospheric gem of a game easily stands on its own, but it really does resemble what I imagine a 2D Silent Hill might be like.
Silence of the Sleep is impressive, and it also happens to be the work of one man, who handled everything from the animation, art, coding, music and marketing. I spent some time with its demo back in April; feel free to use it as a sampling of what this game has to offer.
Silence of the Sleep is available now on Steam for $16.99.
Because our posting of the 15 Of The Creepiest Things Kids Have Said To Their Parents yesterday was so well received, we went out to find even more scary things that kids have said. We just have to post it again and during the night time too so that you can enjoy the full spine-tingling effects of reading these stories.
This batch of stories came about when a redditor posted on Reddit the question, “What is the scariest thing a kid has said to you?”
What is up with creepy kids? Don’t they have better things to say? Or were these kids possessed or could see things that we adults couldn’t? Regardless, we’re not taking any baby-sitting gigs any time soon.
More Scariest Things Kids Said on the NEXT page
One thing The CW is known for is providing fans quick “Producer’s Preview” videos that go behind the scenes of upcoming episodes, and this season is no different as we already have an inside look at the Season 2 premiere of “The Originals,” Episode 2.01, “Rebirth, to share.”
Join executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci as they tease what’s ahead in the show’s October 6th return to the airwaves.
“The Originals” Episode 2.01 – “Rebirth” (airs 10/6/14)
After months of being holed up inside his compound, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) enlists the help of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) in plotting his revenge against the Guerrera werewolves and vows to take down anyone who poses a threat to baby Hope’s existence. Elijah watches helplessly as Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) spirals downward while mourning the loss of her daughter and struggling to adapt to her new hybrid status.
Exiled by the Guerrera werewolves, who now control the French Quarter, Marcel is still reeling over the destruction of his vampire family and attempts to rebuild his home with the help of Josh (guest star Steven Krueger). Elsewhere, Cami (Leah Pipes), who is attempting to regain some normalcy in her life, seeks comfort in a surprising place.
Lastly, Davina (Danielle Campbell) continues her plan to use Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) against Klaus but gets sidetracked when she meets the mysterious, yet charming Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman), who holds a few secrets of his own. Lance Anderson directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Julie Plec.
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The new season kicks off on Tuesday, October 7th. On the night before, October 6th, The CW is airing “A Very Special Supernatural Special,” which takes a past and future look at the series.
“Supernatural” Episode 10.01 – “Black” (airs 10/7/14)
Dean (Jensen Ackles) is a demon and running amok with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) while Sam (Jared Padalecki) tries to figure out what happened to his brother.
Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) is dealing with his diminishing grace. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver.
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It’s “American Horror Story Against Humanity”!
This Imgur user imagined playing the widely popular Cards Against Humanity with scenes from FX’s “American Horror Story.”
What you see are 5 cards played that end with the birth of the Antichrist, and a sad, sad hand job.
Can you think of even better cards to play?!
Techland has dropped a new trailer for Dying Light, their open-world zombie survival game — a term I’ve been using to describe a lot of games lately — that focuses on the asymmetric multiplayer mode they’ve dubbed Be the Zombie. The mode pits a team of survivors against a player-controlled monster that’s basically an overpowered killing machine, because why not?
I feel like this is a mode I’ll try once or twice to see what it’s like when another player invades my game and subsequently kicks my ass, before disabling it. That’s if I get it at all, seeing as the mode is currently a preorder exclusive.
Dying Light hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.
Undead Labs has announced their open-world zombie survival game State of Decay has passed another impressive milestone by selling over two million copies on Xbox 360 and Steam. The game was a runaway success, breaking sales records when it first hit XBLA last June, so this isn’t that surprising. It also happens to be a superb game that they’ve continued to support with numerous updates and two story expansions.
I’m sure this number will see a substantial increase when the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition arrives on Xbox One with brand new content in early 2015.
I hope you’re ready to watch Amanda Ripley die another horrible death, because that’s exactly what we’re about to do. You know, of the paltry selection of weapons Ripley has to defend herself, I assumed the flamethrower would be useful in keeping away all those pesky androids and alien. I figured with that in hand, she’d have a chance at making it.
Unfortunately, it looks like many of the enemies in Alien: Isolation don’t only possess an impressive resilience to fire, but I think I heard the xenomorph laugh when Ripley makes a futile attempt at stopping it in its tracks with her flamethrower.
Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
In honor of Texas Chainsaw Massacre celebrating its 40th birthday (yesterday), I wanted to share my thoughts on the lovely, dearly departed, Marilyn Burns who is criminally overlooked when it comes to “Final Girls”. Sally Hardesty and her friends set forth on that trip in Texas a full 5 years before Ripley survived Xenomorphs and before Laurie Strode escaped Michael Myers.
If there’s anything we know it’s that the making of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was virtually hell on Earth. Temperatures over 90 degrees, the putrid stench of actual rotting meat and often a very volatile set was anything but a glamours life for these actors. Literal blood and sweat created the perfect environment for Burns to craft herself into the perfect “Final Girl”.
Sally Hardesty and her friends are a rare exception in the “kids go on a trip to the boonies and get killed” trope. They are all pretty likable and well meaning kids. They aren’t just walking stereotypes waiting to be killed off in a gruesome fashion. Aside from Franklin being the most annoying character in cinematic history, we really connect with this group and Sally is the most commendable. If it were me I would have left Franklin’s ass high and dry five minutes into the movie but she does her best to help Franklin along the way.
But it isn’t a sweet smile and caring disposition that makes a bad as final girl. Burns was under a lot of stress during the making of this film and it shines through in her performance. You really feel her clamoring for her life against Leatherface and his deranged family, she doesn’t falter for even a second. Hell, she jumps through TWO windows to escape and one of them is on the second floor! I’ve actually turned “Marilyn Burns” into a verb.
For example: “Laurie better start Marilyn Burnsing that shit if she wants to get out of that house!”
And lastly, there is no denying Burns’ ability to knock any scream queen out of the park at the end of TCM. Here scream coupled with her crazy eyes is almost as disturbing as the family itself. All of her anguish and pain comes through in those final moments and if she gave this kind of performance in a Steven Spielberg historical drama she would be a shoe in for at least a nomination. Criminally overlooked, Sally Hardesty easily takes the crown for Queen of the Final Girls. We all miss her dearly but she gets to live on in one of the most shocking and disturbing horror films of all time.
Shout! Factory is known for giving new life to lost treasures in the genre with beautiful transfers and awesome special features. For that I am forever a loyal customer and I’m willing to give their independent movies a chance. I received The Squad in the mail and it sounded like a sort of Dog Soldiers and The Keep hybrid which sounded pretty badass to me. (Warning: Review could contain minor spoilers and major ones are noted within)
The Squad (aka El Paramo) centers around a military group of 9 guys sent to check out a base where another group is supposed to be located. Communication has been lost and the men are sent to find out what happened to them. Upon arrival the men discover everyone has seemingly disappeared except for one gnarled looking woman who has been walled up inside the camp. Surrounding her are numerous symbols to ward off evil including a chicken’s foot and a cross of salt on the ground. When the men pull her out they find she is bound by the hands. The unknown woman screeches when she sees the symbols around the room and the men quickly get rid of them. One of the men, Indio, is convinced the woman is a witch while the others think she is part of the enemy and this begins the whole rest of the plot.
When I said this movie sounded like Dog Soldiers and The Keep I wasn’t lying, it really sounded like a cool concept. After all we don’t see a lot of genuinely good witch movies anymore. But the thing that separates The Squad from a movie like Dog Soldiers is that it never pays off in the monster area. The rest of the movie shows the soldiers slowly (excruciatingly so) going mad and turning on each other but the movie goes out of its way to make it seem like it isn’t a witch at all and that it’s just paranoia.
So my question is this? Why get a truly creepy witch to be in the movie for all of 5 minutes and put so much emphasis on the symbolism only to completely disregard it later? And if it is a story just about paranoia then why (MAJOR SPOILER!!) show us the supposed witch again at the end if you already explained all the creepy happenings sans witchcraft?
It feels like this is two different movies and after a little research on IMDB I understand why. The Squad had 2 writers AND a script consultant. Unfortunately, this is just the result of too many ideas never coming to fruition. Ultimately, we get a really good looking movie visually that never goes anywhere or does anything new. Which is the real tragedy here because, as I said, a really good witch movie is something pretty rare these days. A movie about soldiers being paranoid and turning on each other? Not so much.
As for the Blu-ray itself, Shout! Factory always does a good job visually but for whatever reason I noticed a severe sync issue within the 5.1 sound option. I didn’t notice it for a while because the movie is in subtitles but there is a scene in which one of the soldiers throws open the door and causes a loud bang but the bang doesn’t come for a good 10 seconds or so. However, I found that in the audio settings you can change it to 2.1 and that completely fixes the sync issue. It could just be my copy but fair warning to those who seek this out.
The Squad does have potential and being director Jaime Osorio Marquez’s first feature I am willing to view this as a learning curve. Perhaps next time he should work with one writer and a better editor because I can see hope for him in the future. The movie has out since 2011 but this is, as far as I know, the first time it’s been on BD/DVD. Anyone else see it?
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with horror-infused thrash metal band Rigor Mortis to bring you the exclusive album stream of Slaves To The Grave, the band’s fourth and final album, which you can pre-order here. We’ve also got a whole lot more, including an interview and song descriptions, direct from the band.
The group is comprised of vocalist Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast), bassist/vocalist Casey Orr (GWAR), drummer Harden Harrison (Speedealer), and guitarist Mike Scaccia (Ministry), who passed away late December 2012.
The band, under the Wizards Of Gore moniker, will be playing at the Housecore Horror Film Festival on October 24th in Austin, TX. They will also be performing at the Double Wide in Dallas, TX on Halloween night!
On the next page we have an exclusive interview with bassist Casey Orr and the third page features the full album stream along with song descriptions of each track! Venture forth into the darkness that is Slaves To The Grave!
By now most of you should own the the complete Halloween collection, a miracle of a Blu-ray release from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory.
Included in the box set, which I binge-watched here, are two very different versions of Joe Chappelle’s 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. The theatrical release, as well as the much-bootlegged Producer’s Cut that boasts an extremely different ending.
During the month of October, we’ll be taking a look back at the franchise spawned by John Carpenter in 1978, and sharing some odds and ends you may have missed along the way.
Here’s something we’re actually pretty excited to post – some rare hi-resolution images from The Curse of Michael Myers that you may or may not have seen.
All of these are perfect for your computer background for the rest of the month…
Directed by John R. Leonetti
There’s no doubt about it; the Annabelle doll was one of the creepiest parts of James Wan’s The Conjuring. The doll is just unsettling in appearance, and the true back story documented by Ed and Lorraine Warren is the stuff of nightmares. It’s just too bad we didn’t get to see that particular tale. Instead we get a film detailing the origins of the Annabelle doll, and unfortunately it’s as perfectly mediocre as they come.
Annabelle starts off much like The Conjuring did with the only difference being that you don’t see the Warrens. This is a prequel to the prequel story introduced at the beginning of James Wan’s film. After those same characters from The Conjuring are introduced, we go further back in time and meet the single most vanilla couple in history, Mia and John, played by Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton, respectively. They’re your traditional married couple getting ready to usher a new baby into the world. Mia is a collector of dolls, and as a surprise gift John buys her the last in a line of figures she’s been collecting. I don’t think I have to tell you what doll that ends up being.
Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say that something horrific happens to their next-door neighbors, and as a result something equally as horrific happens to them, which leads to an evil spirit inhabiting the new doll’s body. From there it’s a series of sometimes entertaining events, leading up to the moment in which Annabelle goes up for sale and is bought by the mother of one of the women being interviewed at the start of both The Conjuring and Annabelle.
The film has lots of problems stemming from the leads themselves, who have next to no chemistry and just aren’t that likable. This is only exacerbated by the fact that Annabelle is home to some giant-sized pacing issues. I kept waiting for the film to get going, but it was locked solidly in neutral. Anytime you look at your watch during a movie… well, that’s just not a good sign.
Too many things and characters are introduced that go nowhere with absolutely no payoff. From noisy neighbors to random children to pointless research surrounding demonology/satanism, nothing is ever explained. Actually, each of those aforementioned things ends up being as meaningless as could be. Why even bother? It all feels like padding to get to the 90-minute mark.
As for Annabelle herself (itself?), honestly, she really doesn’t do anything. The worst thing she does is somehow being responsible for turning the stove on. It feels like the doll is playing second fiddle in a movie with her own name as the title. Don’t get me wrong; no one wants to see her running around like Chucky, but other than sitting there looking creepy, she’s just a glorified plot device who was far more menacing in The Conjuring with a tenth of the screen time.
There are a few bits throughout that are interesting and at times cool, but sadly, the best moment is ruined in the trailer and TV spots. To make matters even worse, the ending of the film is needlessly preachy. Yes, we’re dealing with something demonic, but you should show and not tell. If the movie makes you want to go to church (i.e., The Exorcist), then it has done its job. If it’s straight-up telling you to go to church, then it hasn’t.
Annabelle is a true letdown for fans of The Conjuring and serves as a stamped out of the mold prequel to the prequel story that we should have gotten in the first place. If not for the success of The Conjuring, this could easily have been a direct-to-video sequel. Both Wan’s film and the actual doll and its story deserve better. At the end of the day Annabelle is not a bad movie… it’s just not a very good one.
The most interesting thing about the new found-footage creeper Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is that it’s centered around an actual allegedly haunted site – the ruins of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Clophill, England, a place with a sordid history of grave desecration and black masses. The second most interesting thing is that I didn’t want to tear my eyeballs out entirely while watching the film, only during the last half. Directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates’ follow-up to their similarly titled The Zombie Diaries parts I and II is a wholly underwhelming thriller that managed to keep my attention by structuring itself like a cable ghost-hunting show. It’s an approach that hasn’t utterly worn itself out yet.
That being said, Paranormal Diaries suffers from the same flaws those ghost hunting shows have – namely, long periods where nothing happens and then sensationalizing these blank moments with gasps, replays, and shrill music. I was genuinely enjoying the first 20 minutes or so, when a group of documentary filmmakers are discussing their interest in Clophill. There’s a bunch of talking head interviews with folklorists, historians, occultists, etc. that add a lot of flavor to the information coming at us. The film works really well here.
The talking heads are non-actors and plenty of real stock footage is used to help ground the story in reality. It’s difficult to tell between the actors and real people, which is a pleasant change from the typical shit acting in found footage. The church’s backstory is pretty damn creepy too (there’s even creepier parts of it if you do some quick internet research) and hearing real people and locals talk about it adds a great deal of weight to the proceedings. One guy even wears a pentagram necklace so you know he’s not fucking around.
Where it starts to go downhill is when the gang arrives at Clophill. Enter the night vision cameras, the handheld shaky-cam, and a whole lotta nothing. They attempt to use EVP meters and Ouija boards to contact the spirits of Clophill, but they get zilch. Like I mentioned, nothing happens for long periods of time, so it’s a slow-burn. They try to spice things up a bit like they do in the ghost hunting shows by replaying footage in slow motion and being like “Did you see that?” (no, I didn’t see a goddamn thing). Other times they find some animal bones or something that may resemble a human tooth (it doesn’t) and everyone loses their cool over it.
The investigation remains tedious until the climax, where the film simply fizzles out. It’s like Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates had a cool premise to wrap a horror film in, with the actual Clophill ruins and all, but going the found footage route didn’t seem to inspire any creativity in them. There’s nothing new here. After an interesting set-up and the historically rich backstory presented in the beginning, the rest of the film is a massive disappointment.
Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is now available on DVD from Image Entertainment.
An exclusive one-sheet is here from Seth Grossman’s horror flick Inner Demons (review), and this one is just begging to be needled!
Look for the film in theatres and on VOD on October 3rd. Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney, and Brian Flaherty star.
INNER DEMONS follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.