[TV Review] “Marvel’s Daredevil” Episode 1.10, ‘Nelson v. Murdock’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:22

By Brady Steele / twitter: @mrbradysteele. This revelation happened last episode so this is not really a spoiler. Foggy finds out and he is not happy. The episode “Nelson v. Murdock” was so good at adding layers upon the relationship between Matt Murdock / Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) that I had to watch it again right after it ended. In an episode all about dishonesty there is something brilliantly honest about the early interactions of these two. Even the small moment where Matt almost reveals his secret feels natural and trusting. Foggy was always meant to know, but Matt never knew how to tell him. Now that it’s been a secret for so long it has destroyed them. Communication, people, it’s the only way to have a healthy relationship.

You can feel a best friend’s betrayal throughout the scenes with Henson and Cox so much. Marvel’s Daredevil continues to impress with his sophistication and mature approach to a superhero story. There are so many great moments in flashbacks between Matt and Foggy where their friendship is re-evaluated as to whether any of it was real to Matt at all. The times they were in law school together, interning, deciding to start their own law firm together are some key moments seen in a new light. Foggy’s anger is justified and he doesn’t know what to do with it.

Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall) finally catch a break in finding something stick to the elusive Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). It’s a combination of tender and poignant moments that culminate with a great payoff. These two actors really work well together and you can see some of that chemistry this episode from the way they banter with one another. Ben is pushing Karen to be something more than a innocent bystander, but Karen is far too ambitious for her own good.

Fisk has a crossroads moment with Lady Goa (whom I think may have a connection to The Steel Serpent of K’un L’un). That may give us some more easter eggs for other Netflix Marvel shows down the line. The hope that she’ll appear in an Iron Fist episode or two is VERY VERY real. The reference to Roxxon, the nefariously notorious corporation that keeps popping up in the back of Iron Man films, the inclusion of the future Mrs. Fisk, Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer) and Leland Owlsley aka The Owl (Bob Gunton) are plenty for uber-fans to enjoy this time out.

Daredevil hears too much all the time. That’s why he does what he does. Matt feels so much rage against the injustice all around him that he feels compelled to stop as much as he can on his own. Foggy’s trust in his best friend is gone and now so is he. Murdock’s crusade has put not only himself but Foggy and Karen in danger. Without that trust, can Daredevil continue on? It’s an intelligent approach to the secret identity revealed storyline on every good hero’s journey. I can’t wait to see how the resolution affects them both down the road.

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

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Two New TV Shows Coming From Horror Mastermind Wes Craven!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:56

It’s being reported by Deadline that horror legend Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, The Last House On the Left) has signed a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions to bring two new TV series’ to cable, something we exclusively reported back in September.

Both shows will be projects for Syfy, with the first based upon Daryl Gregory’s book “We Are All Completely Fine”. It tells the story of, “…enigmatic psychologist, Dr. Jan Sayer, who gathers survivors of five horror movie scenarios in a support group – and unwittingly unlocks the evils of her patients’ pasts. As their traumas are brought back to the surface, they uncover which monsters they face are within… and which are lurking in plain sight.

Craven will write the script and direct the pilot episode!

In even cooler news, the second project is a series based upon Craven’s 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs that began, “When a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, her search unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate.” Craven will be the executive producer on this show.

In addition to these two shows, Craven will be executively producing “Disciple”, a sci-fi horror based upon an upcoming graphic novel from Steve Niles. The show is set, “…in the near future where the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters of the Universe colonizing moons throughout the solar system. One colonist, McCauley Richmond, has built a new society on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, where his flocks of cultists worship him. Three “deep-space” private eyes have been hired by a high-ranking Senator to venture out to Ganymede and retrieve his teenage daughter who’s been brainwashed into joining Richmond’s cult.

Alright everyone, which of these sounds the most interest to you?

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Slayer Releases Update On New Album: Posts Massive List Of Tour Dates

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:34

Thrash metal legends Slayer have released some new information regarding their new album, which will be the first collection of new music since 2009′s World Painted Blood.

According to the band, they have finished recording their 11th studio album, which was produced by Terry Date (Slipknot, Deftones, Soundgarden) and they will be aiming for a release date this year.

Talking about the new music, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya stated:

Jeff had always been writing and demoing songs, even up until shortly before he passed. You can tell by the quality of his songwriting that this was his passion. There will be a song written by Jeff on the new album. Everything but the vocals had been completed, so we did the vocals and it’s done. And there are a few more of Jeff’s songs that we might record and release in the future.

Guitarist Kerry King adds:

With this new album Tom, Paul and I put all of our ideas out on to the table, working in a more collaborative way toward the ultimate heavy outcome. And I’ve got to give big props to Gary who played lead on several of the new songs. I think he got all of his leads done in one day – he’s a maniac!

Said Nuclear Blast America’s General Manager Gerardo Martinez:

The new songs have that iconic Slayer feel. Tom’s vocals are probably the best I’ve heard in two decades, and Kerry, Paul and Gary are playing their asses of with powerful, intense performances and riffs and beats that are absolutely lethal.

Below is a list of confirmed tour dates that sees them hitting the road starting in a few days and culminating in early August.

Confirmed tour dates:
24 Iron City, Birmingham, AL*
25 Monter Energy Welcome to Rockfille, Metropolitian Park, Jacksonville, FL
26 Civic Theatre, New Orleans, LA*

1 Lunatic Luau, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
3 Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte, NC
22 Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
23 Socorro Casino, El Paso, TX*

13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
17 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
19 State Theatre, Portland, ME
20 Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal

(Mayhem headline dates):
26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA

1 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Boise, ID
3 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Kilpsch Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion), Gilford, NH
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Whitewater Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX

1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX

* “An Evening with…” headline dates

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[Podcast] Whatever – April 20th, 2015 – “Infringement”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:06

In an episode sure to be flagged: Adult Wednesday Addams gets pulled, Star Wars is everywhere, David Hasselhoff is a True Survivor, and bad games with great soundtracks!

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[Review] ‘The Babadook’ Smartly Scares With An Excellent Story!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:56

The list of films that are both terrifying and tell a great story at the same time is admittedly pretty short. And if you’ve been paying attention to anything other than what Hollywood’s been churning out in recent years, you’d know that The Babadook definitely qualifies. Directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook made quite the noise at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and it wasn’t long before it was announced that genre fave Shout Factory had secured the home video rights in North America. But enough about the sizzle, you say. What about the steak?

Amelia Vannick (Essie Davis) is an orderly and single mother, raising her 6-year-old son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), by herself after the death of her husband. Like many kids his age, Samuel is afraid of monsters hiding in his room. So much so, that his behaviour has resulted in Amelia taking Samuel out of school. One night, Samuel asks Amelia to read him a story before bed. Samuel chooses a strange pop-up book he finds on his shelf called Mister Babadook. The book tells the story of a supernatural creature that once someone is made aware of its existence, endlessly torments the person. Amelia is understandably disturbed by the book, while Samuel claims that The Babadook is stalking them in their house. Soon Amelia begins to hear strange noises and finds strange occurrences happening throughout the house. As Samuel’s behaviour becomes more erratic, and the strange happenings increase, Amelia begins to wonder if The Babadook is real.

Understandably, the above synopsis seems silly, but that initial impression goes out the window in a hurry thanks to the actors. Essie Davis is amazing in this film as Amelia. Not only do you empathize with her as a mother to a troubled child, but also as someone who is still haunted by the traumatic experience of losing her husband. Amelia obviously isn’t stupid, and immediately dismisses Samuel’s claims of The Babadook with rationality and understandable frustration in the fact that her son frankly gets on her nerves. Speaking of which, Noah is bang-on in this role. Normally, I detest child actors and the directors using them simply for vehicles to advance the plot. Not here, as Kent manages to get a believable performance out of Noah, both as a child being scared of what goes bump in the night, but also as a child who fears for his mom. The supporting actors also chime in, bringing concern for Amelia’s wellbeing, as well as highlighting the underlying trauma with which Amelia just hasn’t been able to make peace.

And then there’s the story. In case you missed it, the film revolves around unresolved grief and loss. Some of us deal with it better than others. And in Amelia’s case, she has resolved to just ignore and bury the grief of losing her husband. Compounding things is the fact that her husband died on the same day that Samuel was born, making Samuel’s upcoming birthday in the film difficult, to say the least. Without giving much away, it’s safe to say that The Babadook itself isn’t just your typical boogeyman. It represents something deeper. Nonetheless, he’s still a creepy as hell character. Kent goes with the less-is-more approach that almost all great horror films use to some degree, and it most definitely works here. The guttural call of The Babadook is one of those moments that has you wishing you could hide under the covers just like Amelia. Bottom line: You will be scared.

Any drawbacks? At first glance, the character of Samuel can and will get on your nerves with his constant annoying screaming and calls for attention. You know, like a kid who hasn’t been properly disciplined. This is genius on Kent’s part, as you end up being put in Amelia’s shoes with having to deal with this constant source of aggravation on a daily basis. It’s a very smart move. I’m not going to lie: I wanted to throw this kid doused in gasoline into moving traffic and flick a match at him. But again, that’s the whole idea. By the end of the film, you end up sympathizing for Samuel over having to be an accessory to Amelia’s unresolved grief. The ending itself is also symbolic, but at the same time one of those “Huh?” moments. It works, but it does open up a whole other set of problems once the story has been told. But again, it’s very much a symbol for what happens after the grieving process that shouldn’t be ignored.

I had mentioned on Twitter that The Babadook is probably one of the best horror films to have come along in the past five years. And I’m not kidding. Kent has crafted a smart, scary and deceptively deep film. Davis is amazing in her performance along with Wiseman, as is everyone else. The character of The Babadook is sinister and terrifying, despite being so simplistic in appearance. Fans of horror should definitely make this a must-watch if they haven’t already seen it. And if you have, see it again. Just burn your pop-up books, beforehand.


Sporting a 2.39:1 1080p AVC-encoded transfer, The Babadook looks excellent. Details such as skin and fabric come through nicely, while colours are consistent with their muted look, particularly in the house. The darker scenes are also quite good, and although there are a few spots where the details are lost in the black, you’re still able to make out a lot of what’s there.

Films like this are why the audio needs to be good. And thankfully, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 delivers. The track easily envelopes the viewer with appropriate creaks, thumps and groans of the house, making for an especially creepy and frightening experience. Dialogue is also clear and free of any distortion, while the score by Jed Kurzel is also nicely represented and balanced with the ambient effects. There’s also a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track, but stick with the 5.1 mix for the best experience.


Being that this is the Special Edition, we get a few more goodies than the regular version.

First is Jennifer Kent’s short film “Monster”, which served as the basis for The Babadook. Presented in windowboxed format with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, the short is essentially a condensed version of the film, albeit without colour or the emotion content of the latter. The short is interesting just to see where The Babadook came from.

Following that are three deleted scenes. Though all were cut for time, I wouldn’t have minded if the scene involving Amelia attempting to connect more with Samuel while he was playing around on the keyboard was left in the film.

“Behind-the-Scenes” is B-roll footage of the birthday party scene, and a scene in the living room.

The biggest extra is an hour of Cast and Crew Interviews, featuring actors Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, Hayley McElhinney, director Jennifer Kent, costume designer Heather Wallace, producer Kristina Ceyton, and producer Kristian Moliere. The footage is presented unedited, and as such, a couple of the participants end up retelling what the film is about, albeit in their own slight interpretation. Everyone has good things to say about Davis and Wiseman, as well as talking about Kent and her experience as an actor-turned-director. While there’s a few interesting pieces of information, the featurette could have been tightened up (those repeat answers), but it’s still a great piece.

The following four extras are the exclusives. First up is “Creating the Book with Illustrator Alex Juhasz”, which has Juhasz first talking about how Kent first found him through his previous work. Juhasz then goes over the hero book used in the film (with its blue tape on the front), and a couple of the pop-ups movements. It’s a brief but neat little piece.

“A Tour of the House Set” is a walkthrough of the film’s primary location, which was actually built in a studio warehouse. Intersperced with the walkthrough are stills showing how the rooms were used. Again, brief but interesting.

“The Stunts: Jumping the Stairs” is B-roll footage showing the crew trying to work with the wire setups for Amelia’s jump up the stairs.

“Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene” has the crew briefly trying to use a leg of lamb for the scene where Amelia is stabbed.

Lastly, two of the film’s trailers are included.

As a bonus, the Special Edition also includes a sweet slipcover that mimics the look of the book in the film, and also has a pop-up feature when you open it up.

Overall, while the interviews are pretty interesting, I have to say that I’m disappointed in the extras. Granted, many of these extras are all ported over from the UK and Australian Blu-Ray discs, so those of you outside of the US aren’t missing out on much (save for the interviews). But given the brevity of the exclusives, it would’ve been nice to have had a commentary or more detail in some of the extras (such as the special effects). This unfortunately makes the Special Edition not that much more special than the regular edition. Sure, the slipcover is nice, but come on, IFC/Shout Factory.

Nevertheless, this is still a nice (if somewhat lacking) package for an excellent movie.

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Massive Dino Destruction In New ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer, Yet I’m Worried…

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:35

The online critics haven’t been too kind to Jurassic World, the Jurassic Park sequel opening in theaters June 12th. They’ve been slamming everything from the early trailers to the (unfinished) CGI, the weak poster art, and even an alleged misogynistic clip with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

With the release only a few months away, Universal Pictures is hoping to silence the critics with this new “world trailer” premiere that boasts a plethora of chaos and dinosaur destruction. There’s a lot of really interesting story plots revealed, one that focuses on the new dinosaur. As we should all know by now, the Jurassic World scientists create a hybrid with DNA from various dinos. The trailer reveals that new dinosaur attractions aren’t enough to keep customers coming (a ridiculous notion by itself), so they are forced to play God and create this Indominous Rex (the elusive D-Rex). What happens, according to the trailer, is that it’s too big, fast, smart and strong for them to contain, so it gets loose on the park. While the visitors are in danger, the trailer also reveals that the Indominous Rex is also killing all of the park’s dinos “for sport”. As this is going on, life repeats itself as a few unlucky humans are trapped in the park, cowering in fear, as the creations are running amoke around them. Apparently, Chris Pratt’s ability to tame Velociraptors is the only way to save the day (gathering this from the trailer).

The footage does look crazy, and the CGI is remarkably better (clearly the work is close to or actually finished), but I’m not impressed. Honestly, I’m feeling disappointed and even a bit worried. First, I think Universal revealed way too much, which is just going to take away from the initial viewing impact. Second, I’m not exactly sure what they’ve done to further the story as it really does feel like a rehash with a new dinosaur (many of the trailer moments even look similar to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park). But the thing that annoys me most of all is the CGI.

We’re talking about dinosaurs here, and while I don’t expect the filmmakers to build life-sized animals, I do expect them to retain some of the spirit of the original. When the first film was made, Spielberg couldn’t utilize CGI the way we can now, but I refuse to believe he would have done things differently. Everything in the trailer, whether it is or not, looks like it’s CGI. It all looks fake. Go back and watch some clips from Jurassic Park. What you’ll notice is that extreme close-ups of various dinosaurs are physical props. There were Raptor claws created for effect right down to a giant T-Rex head that was used for the iconic attack scene when the park’s security is shut down. When I see a movie that’s littered in CGI is looks like a video game to me. Jurassic World looks like a video game to me. And I don’t care how good the CGI is, there’s nothing in the trailer that suggests an ounce of realism. When this happens, my brain checks out, and I’m worried that this is going to happen when I’m in a theater, too…


Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Nick Robinson all star.

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Michael Paré Loses It All In ‘The Shelter’ Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:47

Set to screen at the upcoming Cannes market (May 16 at 4:00PM in the Gray 3 Theater) is John Fallon’s directorial debut, The Shelter, starring Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer, Streets of Fire), Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Lauren Thomas, Brigette Rose and Amy Wickenheiser.

We now have a brand new trailer for the film that was shot at Holbrook Multi Media in Lafayette, Louisiana.

On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

Fallon directed The Shelter from his own screenplay, Donny Broussard (Little Houses) and Fallon produced the picture, Erin Bennett was the production manager, Shawn Knippelberg and Colby Huvall scored the film and Thomas Wilson (James Wan’s The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2) handled the film’s VFX under his company NULL FX. The film was financed by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions.

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Richard Stanley Developing New ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ Adaptation! (BIFFF)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:34

Article by Jonny Bunning

Hardware and Dust Devil‘s Richard Stanley attended the Belgian Premiere of Lost Soul (review), the documentary about his doomed attempt at making The Island of Dr. Moreau for New Line Cinema back in 1994/95.

During the post screening Q&A he divulged some interesting information on future projects.

The Island of Dr. Moreau: The reception of the doc has put The Island of Dr. Moreau back in pre-production. In two or three years the whole thing will happen again, he said. Since January this year he has completed a new draft of the movie and has also been approached by Humanoids, a French comic company, to adapt the screenplay into a three book graphic novel! This will be hitting shelves next year.

Stanley is now more optimistic in bringing his vision to the screen citing Guardians of the Galaxy the Apes movies as paving the way for dogs with machine guns.

A “R” or “X” rating might be unlikely to attain, but at least the graphic novel will be unrated.

Hardware 2: The script was written the year after Hardware and is something he would like to revisit as advances toward drone soldiers are very timely in the real world. Projects such as DARPA developing robotic dogs and other creatures seem to have caught his attention, and he foresees these beast patrolling hostile zones. Hardware, along with his other film Dust Devil, currently belong to Disney after they took control of the Miramax catalogue. Working with the mouse seems unlikely so a non-direct sequel might be the only option available.

The Colour Out Of Space: Stanley is also set to make the old ones terrifying again for a younger generation. First announced at Fantasia Festival’s Frontiere’s market in 2013 was H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out Of Space, which will be made by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision. He wants to take the source material and make it scary again, not cute and funny as most translations to screen. He has had talks with Bruce Spaulding Fuller who might be doing the main creatures using a combination of physical and visual effects. Shooting is set to go ahead at the beginning of next year.

The Gardner family move to a remote country locale to leave the hustle of the 21st century. All is well until a meteorite crashes into their front yard. Rapidly the curious qualities of this mysterious visitor from the stars starts to infect the properties of space and time around them. Overnight the water turns brackish containing an oily rainbow sheen. The crops ripen early and new forms of flora sprout from nowhere. Most disturbingly the members of the Gardner family are changing too! Whatever is contaminating their farm is mercilessly transforming them into the living manifestation of their darkest fears.

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Missiles Deliver Evil Spirits in ‘Under the Shadow’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:21

Farsi-language horror film Under the Shadow, written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Babak Anvari (Two & Two), has begun shooting in Amman, Jordan, reports ScreenDaily.

Set in post-revolution Tehran, during the Iran-Iraq war, the film a follows a young mother who remains with her six-year-old daughter when others are fleeing local fighting.

The mother soon begins to believe an unexploded missile has carried evil spirits into her home and possessed her daughter.

Narges Rashidi (Æon Flux) leads the cast, with Bobby Naderi (Argo) and Ray Haratian (pictured; Argo, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) also set to appear.

The film is produced and financed by London-based Wigwam Films, and is supported by the Doha Film Institute, Creativity Capital and MENA Film.

Producers for Wigwam are Lucan Toh, Emily Leo, and Oliver Roskill with Donall McCusker on board as co-producer.

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IFC Midnight Gets ‘Stung’ (Tribeca)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:12

Ahead of its World Premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, IFC Midnight acquired the campy creature feature Stung, a new horror focusing on two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp.

Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) all star in the horror comedy.

In Stung, “For catering staffers Paul and Julia, Mrs. Perch’s fancy garden party at her remote country villa is nothing out of the ordinary. A mishap with toxic plant fertilizer leads to the most unwelcome of dinner guests: giant killer wasps. Director Benni Diez takes audiences on a thrilling, gory rollercoaster ride from campy to creepy, in this delightful and dreadful creature-feature.

Benni Diez directs, and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce.

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Dope D.O.D. x Virus Syndicate “Battle Royal” Music Video Premiere

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with both Dope D.O.D. and Virus Syndicate to bring you the exclusive US premiere of their video for “Battle Royal”! The two groups have come together to release a 4-track EP titled Battle Royal, which will be coming out May 4th.

Virus Syndicate explains:

After ‘The Swarm’ we needed a fresh challenge. We always team up with producers but we rarely find rappers who are in our lane. We wanted a clash, but there wasn’t an obvious choice. We found out about these crazy guys who were putting out the sickest shit we’d heard in years and when we listened to them we knew they would be worthy adversaries.

Dope D.O.D. adds:

We hadn’t heard of Virus Syndicate before… We were familiar with the UK rap scene, mainly the grime sound, but Manchester was pretty new to us as far as the artists that represent it. Once we heard their tracks we were immediately drawn to their flow and we knew this would make for a great clash of styles, their UK sound clashing with our dark boom bap.

Directed by KC Locke, the video shows the two groups battling head-to-head in a cage with a throng of onlookers.

You can pre-order the EP via iTunes.

We wanted to do something that was really gritty and represented the concept behind the EP. Both crews have a really hard and brutal style and the “Battle Royal” video really brings that home. The video was inspired by a few movies. It’s kind of like Fight club meets Book of Eli. Our Director KC Locke had a lot of creative vision with the concept and really brought it to life. Hope you guys like it.

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5 Multiplayer Horror Games to Look Forward to in 2015

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 08:00

Gamers can be a patient bunch. You wouldn’t know it by looking through what’s said in community forums or the comments section of YouTube or really any gaming blog, but those places also fail to mention the numerous difficult waits we’ve endured or continue to endure today. As much as I’d like to get my hands on another Half-Life game, I can wait for it.

The horror-loving community has had their patience tested, too. When developers first started shoehorning multiplayer components into their horror games, usually at the request of a greedy publisher, the results were almost entirely abysmal. It took a few years and a handful of failures — Resident Evil 5, Dead Space 2, Condemned 2, etc. — before we got to where we are today.

Now, we have innovative twists on multiplayer in games like Bloodborne, or the co-op mode in Dead Space 3 that doesn’t strand players with an incompetent AI.

We’ve gotten over the hump, and now we get to start reaping our rewards. If you’re interested, here are a few upcoming games that I believe could continue this trend of multiplayer modes in horror games that don’t suck.

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Campaign Posters For ‘Batman v Superman’!

bloody disgusting - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 21:20

It may be the unpopular opinion, but I strongly disliked the teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

While I’ll get into that in a second, I first want to share these absolutely badass campaign-like teaser one-sheets for the Warner Bros. pic that hits theaters March 25, 2016.

The posters look city-styled, as if the glue used to stick ‘em on walls has warped the actual paper. On them we see both Batman and Superman, played by Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively, with the opposing character’s logo covering their eyes. They’re the first good thing to come from this movie that looks to be a disaster (although it’s too early to tell for sure).

I love the look, unlike the above linked trailer that feels oddly small. It looks like Zack Snyder can’t get past the stylized Frank Miller look he used in 300 as everything looks like a bunch of green screen sets. I also can’t stand Henry Cavill has Superman, who feels empty and un-relatible. The reason Christopher Reeves was so good as Supes is because we enjoyed Clark Kent. The way Snyder is using Cavill is the opposite, which makes Kent a garbage character.

The thing that hurts the most is that Affleck looks bad ass in his bulky, “Dark Knight Returns”-esque costume – and the voice modulator is something I’ve been screaming for-for years. It’s too bad I’m being told it’s basically a Superman movie, with 20 minutes of Batman. Barf.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jason Momoa.

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Survivors Face ‘Extinction’ On First Poster

bloody disgusting - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:09

Aullidos has the international poster premiere for Extinction (formerly Welcome to Harmony), a new horror film helmed by Kidnapped‘s Miguel Ángel Vivas.

Nine years after an infection turns most of the humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the infected appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

Matthew Fox (World War Z, “Lost”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) star with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop) and Clara Lago (I Want You).

Thanks to E.M. for the tip.

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Late Night Double Feature (2015)

Dread Central - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Starring Brian Scott Carleton, Grace Armstrong, Lewis Beach

Directed by Torin Langen, Navin Ramaswaran, Zachary Ramelan, Kelly Michael Stewart, Jason Tannis

Harking back to the glorious days of public access cable TV midnight shock cinema, Late Night Double Feature grabs its audience with a refreshing mix of just enough comedy to complement its horror backbone, resulting in a pretty damn entertaining film.

Led by a five-headed Hydra of directorial proportions (just read the names above), the movie takes a sizable jab at the production and presentation of “Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horrors” show and the movies it showcases with a “behind-the-scenes” look at the drama entailed within when the drunk host of the show, Dr. Nasty himself (Carleton), continues his boozing ways and follows the lead of a womanizing director, all the while upsetting his beautiful co-host, Nurse Nasty, in the process.

In any event, the problems on the show will remain for some time so let’s jump into the two horrific features that are on the slab!

In Dinner for Monsters, a struggling chef gets the opportunity of a lifetime to step outside his fledgling restaurant and make some serious dough simply for cooking a spectacular meal for a private list of heavyweight clientele. What he comes to realize is that the meal isn’t the usual “wine and dine” product that’s thrown out on the table during one of these events – grab yer knives cause it’s time to cut right down to the bone! With an ample supply of gore and a sprinkling of black humor, this “dinner” should fulfill even the most picky eaters… that is, until you see what you’re about to chomp down into.

The second movie being broadcast among some goofy commercials is Slit – a much darker peek into the world of “cutting” and the man who offers his services to those who wish to be sliced but not necessarily diced. His undoing is clearly enveloping all around him when his next client isn’t quite that interested in being the victim. While it seems as if the comic element was abandoned for more of a bleaker atmosphere, it still worked and the story was even more worthwhile to lay eyes upon than its predecessor.

Looking at the movie as a whole, I’d have to surmise that beyond some of the lamer bits of humor that clearly came off as stale and filler-like, the premise of the seedy undertakings that went on behind the scenes of the show itself were a savior to the presentation overall. Complemented by two decent photoplays sandwiched in the middle, this “Cavalcade of Horrors” is one show that I wish would have found its way onto my public access channels. Recommended for those who reveled in the days (and nights) of the after-hours shock-a-thons that entertained the masses for so long.

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Bastards “Grave Rusting” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Denver, CO hardcore band Bastards to bring you the exclusive song premiere for “Grave Rusting”, the second track from the band’s upcoming debut EP Ethos (out April 21st).

Vocalist Jacob Belcher states:

This song revolves around the concept of losing people close to you due to suicide/drug/alcohol-related incidents. I’ve lost many of my friends and family due to these sorts of things. I spent so much of my time and energy dwelling on thoughts about taking my own life so that I wouldn’t have to deal with the anger and other emotions that come along with that sort of loss. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that we all will die and that I shouldn’t spend that energy trying to cut life short. Try to do things that make you happy. Be kind to other people, animals and the earth, because time will get us all eventually – so make it worth it, and live right now. ‘I sink, tied to the weight.’

Ethos can be pre-ordered via iTunes for a special low price of $2.99 or through Bandcamp.

Bastards online:

Tour dates:
May 8th, Summit Music Hall, Denver CO

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[TV Review] “The Returned” Episode 1.06: ‘Lucy’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:36

For a show that moves along so slowly, a lot of things actually happen in every episode. This week’s episode of The Returned was no different, featuring plenty of happenings but little in the way of answers. Let’s dive right in, shall we?


Well it looks like Lucy is now a member of the returned! After being absent since the pilot, Lucy wakes up in the episode named after her. Although she only gets three scenes, they are revealing and inspire excitement for all of the potential storylines that may sprout from her new gift. In a brutal twist of irony, Lucy is now able to actually hear the dead. Not only that, but she uses her gift in the final scene to channel Jack’s father, who warns him that he is in danger.

This is definitely a shot of adrenaline the show could use, but it does raise more questions. If all of the returned came back at the same time, why is Lucy brought back later? Is she the only one? I doubt we will get a firm answer on this anytime soon, but her ability to communicate with the dead should come in handy once she begins to interact more with other returned. Needless to say, Leah Gibson did some great work in that last scene with Jack.


Helen is in police custody for leaving Victor at the diner last week, so Nikki thinks it would be a good idea for Julie to talk to her. Alright. Luckily, Julie was Helen’s husband’s nurse, so she immediately recognizes her and they have a discussion about life and death.

Julie is still a bit unrelatable, at least in comparison to the other characters, but this conversation she has with Helen lets us see more of the real Julie than we’ve ever seen before. When Julie admits to Nikki that she is unable to feel the life inside of her, it’s heartbreaking. She hasn’t felt the same ever since Adam nearly murdered her and suddenly her previous actions with Victor make sense. It makes some of her past mistakes more understandable. They’re still frustrating, but at least we can sort of understand why she has done what she has done.


Peter gets some retribution this week in the form of a vicious hallucination played by Victor/Henry. After apologizing to Victor at the grave of his murderer, Peter sees that very same man walk towards him, point a gun at his face and pull the trigger. It’s a wicked little trick on Victor’s part, one that Peter very much deserved. It is unclear if Peter is actually a nice man, or if it is just a front he puts on to mask his true instincts. I’m betting on the former, but the latter would be pretty interesting.

Victor also gets his reunion with Julie this week, as he stops her from jumping off the roof of a building. There’s a really weird conversation between the two of them where he tells her she is his fairy, and she agrees to be his fairy. It’s a little odd but at the same time kind of endearing.


Lastly we have Adam, who is acting as caretaker for Lena. He is able to heal her back with a mixture of nettles. It’s a little disheartening that nothing more came of her scar. It was built up so much that you would assume it would play a bigger part in the overall mystery, but it turns out it’s just a normal wound.

Adam continues to be creepy this week as he cares for Lena. We still don’t have a lot of insight into what exactly makes him want to kill, but something about Lena doesn’t bring this out in him (though he does nearly pull a knife on her as she is changing).  They do have sex, though, which is weird. We haven’t seen enough of Adam to really care about him. This is a problem The Returned has with many of the supporting characters, but Adam is hit especially hard by this fact considering that all we know about him is that he’s a homicidal maniac.

This was another solid, if not spectacular episode of The Returned. What did you guys think? I’m ready to see  some more of these storylines merge together. What about you?

Random Notes

  • One of my frustrations with the characters is that no one really seems to wonder why the dead are back and if something might be wrong with them. Both of these issues get addressed this week as Helen asks the why and Claire wonders aloud if Camille has returned to them different than when she left them. Progress!
  • Camille tries to have sex with Ben, but he realizes who she is and bolts. He probably didn’t want to participate in necrophilia. Can you blame him?
  • I’m just going to keep referring to Victor/Henry as Victor, until everyone starts calling him Henry.
  • Claire and Peter have sex, so that’s a thing.
  • Adam tells Tony that he’s actually hiding their returned mother inside and that she never wants to see him again. Poor Tony.
  • Is no one trying to solve the murder of Julie’s neighbor? I feel like that should be more of a focus, considering her tongue was ripped out and her cats were found eating it.
  • Speaking of necrophilia, did you miss Mary Elizabeth Winstead this week? Have no fear! Next week’s episode is named “Rowan.” Here’s the promo:

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[TV Review] “Marvel’s Daredevil” Episode 1.05, ‘World On Fire’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:52

Fisk makes a major move in this episode of Marvel’s Daredevil and, although I’ve only reviewed as far as I’ve seen, It seems that the pace of things will significantly pick up from here on out.  The war for Hell’s Kitchen has begun and if you didn’t think Fisk was a serious threat after last episode I’m certain you do now.

The title “World on Fire” is cleverly misleading as it first comes up at the beginning when Matt is describing his powers to Claire.  We see a glimpse of his POV which I have mixed feelings about.  The metaphor and visual appeal have me partially convinced this is the perfect representation for the show to take.  Representing his radar sense this way brings a weight to his character, almost like Wolverine explaining that it hurts when his claws come out every time.  It is unfortunate that the 360 “radar seeing” is difficult to represent.  I’ve always been particularly attached to it conceptually, and I worry that “fire vision” gives Matt a little too much actual sight.

But, the city on fire turns out to be literal, as Fisk orchestrates a spectacular display of finishing off the Russians.  There is a lot to be said about the connection between Matt and Wilson that this episode emphasizes.  It is a common narrative trope to draw ideological parallels between the protagonist and antagonist.  The proverbial “We’re not so different, you and I” is served to us on a silver platter and our opponents have not even met yet.  Wilson and Matt both want to save the city.  They both see the city on fire.  Where they differ is in the Wilson sees the flames as progress.  I have commented before about the bluntness in the way the show handles themes, but I think there is a charm to that.  It isn’t heavy handed in a “see what we did there?” kind of way, more in a “got it? good” kind of way that I can appreciate.

In his review of episode one Zac talked about the lack of a traditional 3 act structure from this show and that struck me in particular in this episode because “World on Fire” has a very deliberate structure that begins and ends with opposite perspectives of the city on fire, as discussed, and is framed by 3 relationships each in the same “discovery” stage.  As the audience we are in a similar discovery stage with the show and the characters: we saw something that attracted us, we came back for more, and now we are starting to understand what “Daredevil” is and how it works.  It is a cleverly timed episode and an effective way to develop these characters, most of all Fisk and Vanessa.

This episode had a few misses, most notably the Foggy and Karen “let me touch your face” scene.  I don’t know what the hell that was, and frankly I’m not sure what these two are really adding to show right now.  I can’t stand levity characters and I’m hoping that their plot line will fit into the big picture and not distract from it.  Having said that I think this is probably the most polished episode yet in terms of plotting, and it was just the right time to give us another taste of oner action.  This show is practically everything I want it to be.

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May God Have Mercy On ‘The Vatican Tapes’ Poster

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:17

Lionsgate has unspooled a new one-sheet and release date for the next exorcism horror film, The Vatican Tapes, now opening in theaters on July 24, 2015.

Lakeshore Entertainment is behind the pic directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: With A Vengeance, Crank) that, “follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Pena) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

It comes in the spirit of films like The Exorcist, The Devil Inside Me, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, among various other recent exorcism-inspired genre films.

Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, and Cas Anvar star.

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New Vatican Tapes One-Sheet Afoot

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:59

Time to add a little devil to your day, kids! Check out your first look at latest one-sheet for The Vatican Tapes, which is opening in theaters on July 24, 2015.

The Vatican Tapes is directed by Mark Neveldine (Crank). The demonic possession drama stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Cas Anvar, Peter Andersson, and Olivia Dudley.

THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

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