Death Waltz Streams Two Tracks From 'City Of The Living Dead'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:00

About a week ago, we exclusively brought you the album artwork for Death Watlz’s upcoming City Of The Living Dead vinyl reissue. Composed by Fabio Frizzi, the score to the 1980 Lucio Fulci zombie flick is a highly sought after soundtrack and this release has brought a lot of joy to many collectors.

Now, you can hear two tracks below to get a taste of the full soundtrack. It sounds like it’s going to be a great one!


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'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Challenge: An Entire Series Recap

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:32

22 years ago, Joss Whedon scripted a forgivably awful, though undeniably charming horror film called Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which dared to challenge the active-male/passive-female dichotomy typically embedded within the genre he was tackling. Unfortunately, its subversive take on the common monster hunter/damsel in distress tropes may have been too cutting-edge for the industry executives funding the project, and Whedon’s original vision was regrettably scratched. What was supposed to be an earnest representation of female empowerment, turned into a complete and utter comedic mess. But in all fairness, when the fictionalized balance between Good and Evil rests on the shoulders of a demon-slaying high school cheerleader, it’s not particularly hard to understand why.

While the film barely garnered even a fraction of the success the television spin-off received, it was still the catalyst that sparked a pop culture phenomenon so pervasive, it became a legitimate field of serious academic study, and spawned an industry of novels, video games, clothing, magazines, statues, and comic books, etc. The TV show ended in 2003 after an impressive 7 season run, but the story continues to thrive at Dark Horse Comics, with Season 8 having debuted in 2007, followed by Season 9 in 2011. And in honour of last month’s explosive release of “Buffy Season 10” (review here), and “Angel & Faith Season 10” hitting stands today (April 2, 2014), our friends at Dark Horse have challenged us to recap the entire Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Here we go, abridged for your reading pleasure…

Season One picks up in Sunnydale, California, where Buffy Summers and her mother, Joyce have just moved, following the events that transpired in the film. Or more accurately, the events that transpired in Whedon’s original script. Having been expelled from her previous school for burning down the vampire-infested gym, she enrolls at Sunnydale High and actively tries to shirk her slayer duties, much to her new Watcher, Rupert Giles’, chagrin. Unfortunately, her school sits atop a Hellmouth, which is essentially a beacon for supernatural trouble and evil. So, as they say: resistance is futile. Giles, who is posing as the school librarian, is there to train and guide her. Joining the good fight are her new friends, Xander Harris and Willow Rosenberg, who bravely help Buffy take on the never-ending slew of vampires and demons, despite their lack of slayer abilities. Together, this merry band of misfits must stop the Hellmouth from being opened by an ancient vampire called The Master, whilst dealing with the usual teenage angst, and a bourgeoning romance with a brooding, souled vampire named Angel.

Unlike Season One’s condensed narrative of mostly “Monster of the Week” standalone story arcs, and the subtly innocent tone of the series, Season Two takes a darker turn, and includes one of the most emotionally intense, overarching storylines that slow-burned its way through 22 episodes. Buffy returns to Sunnydale after spending the Summer with her father in L.A. and tries to cope with the life-altering events that happened during her stand-off with The Master. Vampire lovers, Spike and Drusilla, are brought into the series to wreak havoc on the Hellmouth and shed some light on Angel’s soulless past. New slayer, Kendra Young, who was activated after Buffy fulfilled the prophecy regarding her and The Master in the Season One finale, makes her way into town. Willow begins studying witchcraft and starts dating a teenaged werewolf named, Daniel “Oz” Osbourne, while Xander and Cordelia Chase begin a relationship of their own. Things start to heat up between Buffy and Angel, until their romance hits critical peak and Angel loses his Gypsy cursed soul as a result, becoming the series’ new villain, Angelus. Much of the latter half of Season Two deals with the fall out of the curse, as the “Scooby Gang” tries to prevent another apocalypse, and go head-to-head with a sadistic Angelus in the process. By the end of the season, after multiple notable deaths and close calls, Willow manages to restore Angel’s soul, but in order to save the world, Buffy is forced to send him to Hell. Unable to cope, she skips town without telling anyone.

Season Three finds Buffy living in L.A. and going by her middle name, Anne, while the Scoobies are back in Sunnydale holding down the fort, and wondering where she is. When she returns, relationships are strained, but eventually mended as new characters and supernatural problems begin to pop up. Troubled vampire Slayer, Faith, is introduced, having been called after Kendra’s unfortunate run-in with Drusilla last season. Giles is fired by the Watchers’ Council for his unorthodox fatherly feelings for Buffy, and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is sent to take over his duties as Buffy and Faith’s new Watcher, though no one takes him seriously. Angel returns from Hell, mentally unstable and feral due to the centuries of torture he experienced there, but Buffy helps him overcome his torment. Accidental circumstances lead to Faith going rogue and joining forces with the season’s Big Bad, Mayor Richard Wilkins, who plans to ascend into pure demon form and destroy Sunnydale on graduation day. There is an epic showdown between Buffy and Faith that lands the latter in a coma, and another between the Mayor and the entire graduating class of Sunnydale High that ends in apocalypse-thwarting glory. After realizing they have no proper future together, Angel leaves Sunnydale for Los Angeles (to star in his own spin-off series).

Season Four follows Buffy and Willow as they adjust to college life at UC Sunnydale, while Xander opts to work after graduation, and starts dating Anya Jenkins, the former vengeance demon introduced in Season Three’s “The Wish”. Spike finds himself back on the Hellmouth, but is abruptly captured by a secret government agency known as The Initiative, stationed under UC Sunnydale’s campus. While imprisoned, a microchip was implanted in his head that physically harms him whenever he attempts to attack human beings. Unable to satiate his violent tendencies like a normal vampire, and only capable of injuring other demons, he reluctantly begins to fight alongside the Scooby Gang. Willow falls in love with a witch named Tara Maclay after Oz breaks up with her and leaves town. Buffy begins dating the most boring character in the Buffyverse, Riley Finn, and unknowingly gets tangled up with The Initiative due to his involvement with the military faction. Faith wakes up from her coma. Apparently having never learned from Dr. Frankenstein’s mistakes, The Initiative builds a monster made out of human, demon, and machine parts, and call him Adam. Expectedly, he causes many problems for Sunnydale and the gang, with Spike’s help, but is destroyed alongside The Initiative by season’s end. Interestingly enough, Adam was defeated before the season finale, which instead focused on the personal relationships and growth of the original four characters, and was used as a platform to tease and foreshadow upcoming storylines.

Season Five successfully confounded, intrigued, and shattered the fandom due to its overarching storyline involving Buffy’s younger sister, Dawn. Introduced in the season premiere, the new character went about her life in the ‘verse as if she had been present the entire time. The latest Big Bad is a Hell God named Glory, who has set up shop in Sunnydale in hopes of finding a “Key” to take her back home. Unfortunately, once activated, it would serve as an open door between dimensions, and release hordes of demons into the world. Those charged with hiding the Key gave it human form and sent it to the Slayer to protect. Buffy and Giles start working with the Watchers’ Council again after having cut ties in Season Three, but under Buffy’s conditions and demands. Riley had already left Sunnydale at this point, as his relationship ended with Buffy. Spike continues to aid the gang due to his newly realized love for Buffy. Beloved characters get killed off. Glory discovers the identity of the Key and Buffy pays the ultimate price to protect it and the world.

Season Six is probably the darkest one to date. Sunnydale is overrun with demons and the gang sans Buffy is struggling to cope. Believing the Slayer is suffering unimaginable torment in Hell, they go to great lengths to resurrect her, but they were wrong. Depressed and vulnerable after being pulled out of Heaven, she begins an unhealthy and violent relationship with Spike that ends with him leaving Sunnydale after trying to force himself on her. Willow’s reliance on magic gets out of control, and her addiction causes Tara to leave her. Xander and Anya’s relationship is just another romantic casualty of the season. The Trio, Warren Mears, recurring character Jonathan Levinson, and Andrew Wells, join forces to consistently wreak havoc on Sunnydale and disrupt Buffy’s life. Having been unsuccessful in his attempts to become the ultimate supervillain, Warren shows up at Buffy’s home with a gun, and the outcome is catastrophic. Willow succumbs to dark magic and goes on a vengeful rampage. It’s up to her friends to stop her.

Season Seven sees the return of the non-corporeal First Evil and the Bringers, set on destroying the slayer line and raising an army of Turok-Han vampires in an attempt for the First to gain corporeal form. Potential Slayers find their way to Buffy after the Watchers’ Council is destroyed, and she tries to show them the ropes. A newly souled Spike is living with the guilt of his soulless past. Faith returns to join the fight, along with new character, Robin Wood, the principal of the newly rebuilt Sunnydale High. A powerful preacher named Caleb begins tormenting the Scoobies, and as the situation escalates, loyalties are tested and characters are betrayed. By the end of the season, Angel returns to provide Buffy with a significant amulet meant to be worn by a champion to help them in their final battle; she gives it to Spike. Willow casts a spell that unleashes every potential Slayer’s powers, and Buffy takes her army into the mouth of Hell for an epic battle. The amulets power activates, destroying all the vampires and Sunnydale in the process. Significant and minor characters perished in the fight, but the TVverse managed to end on a hopeful note.

“Buffy Season 8” picks up a year after the events Season 7 in comic book form, and naturally, has a completely different vibe. The gang has since organized and have hundreds of Slayers stationed around the world, working for them in different squads. Buffy is working with Xander who is based in Scotland commanding Slayer Headquarters. Willow’s powers have evolved under the guidance of the demon, Saga Vasuki, making her an even more powerful asset than ever before. Buffy and her team of Slayers are viewed as international terrorists due to the complete destruction of Sunnydale. Past villains show up posing serious threats and obstacles, and anti-Slayer movements take rise. All of this is connected to the season’s masked Big Bad, “Twilight”, who of course, wants destroy the Slayer line and end all magic on Earth. His shocking identity is revealed, the Slayer army begins to weaken, and an important character falls in the battle to save the universe.

“Buffy Season 9” continues after the tragic events of the Twilight crisis, following the destruction of the Seed of Wonder. The Buffyverse is without magic, but it isn’t long before Willow embarks on a quest to restore it. Buffy now lives in San Francisco where she and Spike take on the responsibility of patrolling for vampires, but he leaves on a space ship to deal with his feelings for her. Xander and Dawn are still romantically involved, but the latter’s health is quickly deteriorating, and the reason why is troubling. This results in Xander making some terrible decisions and ultimately betraying his friends. A zompire pandemic has hit San Francisco, and Buffy works with SFPD officer Robert Dowling, and self-proclaimed Slayer, Billy Lane, to eradicate the problem. Rogue Slayer Simone Doffler teams up with Severin, also known as “the Siphon”, who is capable of stealing magical abilities from demons and Slayers. Buffy gets forcefully recruited by a mystical council to take him down. Willow returns in time with her powers, but she can only do so much with them. In order to save Dawn she needs to juice up on magic in an ancient tomb called the Deeper Well. It’s there where the final battle of the Season rages on against Simone, Severin, and a newly risen giant-sized ancient demon named Maloker. They ultimately succeed in their mission to restore magic to the world and save Dawn, but at a disconcerting cost.

“Angel & Faith” ran concurrently with “Buffy Season 9”, and also picks up after the Twilight crisis. Faith received Giles’ London home in his will, and lives with a guilt-stricken Angel who is trying to make amends following his actions as Twilight which resulted in Giles’ death. If only to make sure he doesn’t lose himself in grief, Faith supports his hunt for the lost pieces of Giles’ soul needed to resurrect him. The season sees complications and interferences by Whistler, Pearl, Nash, and a Slayer squad, led by Nadira, who refuse to let Angel get away with his reprehensible actions as Twilight. Willow makes an appearance on her journey to bring magic back into the world, and Spike also shows up to help Angel and Faith on their mission to restore Giles’ soul, but heads back to San Francisco after hearing about an ailing Dawn. Giles is finally resurrected, but in the body of a 12-year-old boy. Fortunately his memories are still intact. Together, along with Nadira and the other Slayers, they fight to stop Whistler’s plans to invoke a magical plague on humankind. The battle is ultimately won when Whistler realizes the severity of his actions, and puts an end to the madness himself.

If you want to keep up with the current story, issue #1 of Dark Horse Comics’ “Buffy Season 10” and “Angel & Faith Season 10” have already been released! Go buy them now.

Written by – ShadowJayd

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'Grave' Dev On Crafting The Ideal Open World Horror Game

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:12

Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy

It is evident in speaking with Tristan Parrish Moore, lead designer on Grave, an open world survival horror game, that he has thought about what makes them scary. He speaks in fluid paragraphs about where survival horror went wrong and how modern games like Amnesia and Outlast have resurrected the genre in a meaningful way.

Discussion, it should be noted, is a particular strength of Parrish Moore’s. He is an energetic conversationalist, well-spoken and passionate – and quite philosophical about game development – which makes him the perfect spokesman for Grave.

For example, to place Grave in context with earlier, more combat-focused survival games, he said, “The thing that survival horror did is it introduced a lot of mechanics that are inherently intuitive and fun to use, like shooting things and engaging in combat, killing zombies, all that kind of stuff. And then they basically set up a format where they were like, ‘But don’t use that, because it’s not effective or you don’t have enough ammo.’”

He has a point.

Which is one of the reasons why players in Grave will be equipped not with shotguns or magnum pistols but with fire to defend themselves. We’re not talking rocket launchers or flame throwers, either. Weak road flares and campfires keep the enemy at bay, but I don’t get the sense that players will be fighting monsters any more than they did in, say, Fatal Frame or the early Silent Hill games.

Grave will be about avoidance, and maybe defense, depending on how players decide to interact with this unsettling open world. They will toil in an vast desert landscape during the day, hunting for supplies that will help them survive near-hellish, nightly encounters overrun with monsters. They decided to split the game into two almost equal parts, so that the day environment would allow for a near-freedom in exploration without combat, and the other would emphasize how the environment allowed little-to-no protection against the creatures that arose from it. It’s kind of like the most horrific parts of Amnesia blended with something out a survival game.

But don’t expect to be picking berries all day. Though there is an element of resource management, Grave is not purely about going into the wild. “It’s not like ‘Don’t Starve,’ where you’re literally trying to survive in the wilderness or something,” Parrish Moore said. “It’s more akin to the old school survival horror concept of resource management as a method of surviving encounters with creatures.”

Think of the backpack from Resident Evil. Only so many items can be stuffed in there, so players will have to be cautious with how they hoard their supplies. They won’t be able to amass a collection of items to buffer themselves from danger, because the game will dynamically change in order to prevent players from becoming overpowered. In games like Dead Space, the idea of scarcity is drilled so purposefully into a gamer’s mind that s/he usually ends up with dozens of clips of unused ammo by the end. Not here. Grave doesn’t want to give the illusion of ammo scarcity but to deliver on it.

“We borrowed a little bit from stealth games, the idea of the right tool for the right job, so rather than having weapons that are inherently on a linear scale of being more or less powerful, each of those tools is contextually relevant.” Sometimes one item may be useful against one enemy and totally worthless against another, in other words, says Parrish Moore.

Which enhances the overall effect the procedurally-generated aspect of the game. Not only will players be subjected to an arid wasteland, but the wasteland will change around them to keep them from becoming too comfortable. The daytime land, from what I understand, is more or less stable – it does change somewhat – and that is when players are meant to explore, to gather resources, and to build a nest for the night.

When the sun goes down, however, nothing is safe. Not only is the physical structure of the world up for on-the-fly changes, but so is the length of night. So not only might you be subjected to an unfamiliar world, but the very length of time spent in darkness might be stretched to heighten the sense of terror and dread.

It’s a cool hook, and this divided world offers something more than just pure, unadulterated terror. Parrish Moore said, “The emotional levels that you get from exploring during the day and being in those moments of calm actually really enhances the horror experience when it comes to nighttime.”

The rules for death are less defined so far, according to the lead designer. Right now, permadeath is not a key aspect of the story mode. They are designing the game around two modes – story and survival – in which death is death in one and a more elastic concept in the other.

“We have an alternate roguelike survival campaign,”
he said, “which is just a continuous trek through the experience, and during that when you die it’s over.” The game gets increasingly, exasperatingly more difficult, and death is final.

His thoughts on the story mode aren’t entirely more magnanimous to the player. There would be a penalty for death, sure – loss of items, a forced change in environment – but players would continue on despite that. “In the story mode, we’re almost treating more like you’re stuck in Hell, essentially. The world is oppressive and unending, so when you die you’re not released from it,” he said.

Parrish Moore compares the experience to early open world games, like Grand Theft Auto, in which players become excluded from the current encounter but can persist and keep playing. Again, it seems to represent a merging of open world, roguelike, and survival horror ideas.

Grave is currently seeking $30,000 via Kickstarter, a number drawn through some serious number-crunching. A lot of the development has occurred after work, long into the night, over the course of the last several months or so in order to bring the game to fruition. Parrish Moore even offhandedly mentioned that they thought about naming the studio After Dark Games (not knowing it was already taken), due mostly to the manner in which the game was coming together.

The game is slated for release on Windows, Mac, and Linux and will feature Oculus Rift support, and the team has experienced zero interference since the much-discussed Facebook acquisition. It is expected for a 2015 release, though no exact date has been announced yet. To support the game, head on over to its Kickstarter.

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Dark Horse's Del Toro Strain Keeps Spreading With The Night Eternal!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:03

Dark Horse has been on it with Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s “The Strain.” Pumping out adaptations of these stellar vampire novels that exceed the quality of the already stellar original source material. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that FX is adapting the first novel in the series into a television show launching this summer, and today Dark Horse was happy to announce the continuation of the graphic novel series with “The Strain: The Night Eternal.” Hit the jump for the press release from Dark Horse.

From Dark Horse:

As the world gears up for the premiere of the new FX television program adapting the original novel trilogy The Strain, Dark Horse announces The Night Eternal, the third comics chapter of this ongoing vampire epic, adapted by David Lapham and Mike Huddleston.

Following the first two comics series, The Strain and the recently wrapped The Fall, The Night Eternal will begin on August 20, just after The Strain’s television debut on FX!

It’s been two years since the Master’s plan succeeded and a near apocalypse coated the world in darkness. Now able to roam freely, the Master’s legion of vampires rule the world—a horrifying police state where humans are harvested for blood. As humanity despairs, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and an unlikely team of heroes continue their fight against extinction, all the while hoping to unlock the secret to the Master’s demise. The final chapter in the Strain Trilogy, the series that put a terrifying twist on the vampire genre, begins here.

Dark Horse is giving readers a chance to catch up on what they’ve been missing with a one-dollar reprint of the first issue of The Strain. This horrifying first chapter of the original Strain saga takes readers back to the beginning of an outbreak of diabolical proportions. On shelves June 18.

It doesn’t stop there! July will see the reprint of the entire first series of The Strain in a deluxe hardcover. This all-new edition will collect the first eleven issues in 272 full-color pages for only $29.99! On sale July 9 in comic shops everywhere.

July will also see the release of The Strain Volume 4: The Fall, wrapping up the second series. This collection arrives at your local comic shop on July 2 for $19.99.

Categories: Horror News

The Resurgence Of Horror Vinyl (Editorial)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 17:00

Something that you may have noticed that has been getting a lot more attention on BD Music is vinyl. The analog format has been seeing a rise in popularity, its sales constantly on the rise. In the UK, vinyl sales broke 500,000 copies in 2013 with 4% of purchases not even owning a turntable. In the US, sales of vinyl have increased by 338% over the last seven years. What was once thought to be a dying format, one that was gasping its last breaths, has shown it not only has some life left in it but that it’s actually thriving.

When it comes to horror, several labels have begun focusing their trade on finding and bringing us the very best that the genre has to offer. As I write this, Waxwork Records has just opened up pre-orders for John Harrison‘s Creepshow, Death Waltz has announced that they will be releasing Fabio Frizzi‘s City Of The Living Dead, and One Way Static is gearing up for the upcoming release of Cannibal Ferox, composed by Roberto Donati.

But what is behind this sudden interest? What has spurred these labels to dive into the past when everything about the internet and today’s society seems to be entirely focused on the future? It’s something that’s been on my mind and I wanted to offer some thoughts I had on the topic. So, pop on your favorite horror score and join me below!

My own personal interest in vinyl began when I purchased a first edition copy of King Crimson‘s In The Court Of The Crimson King for a mere $0.25 at a garage sale. It was my first record and I purchased it because I truly loved the album. I figured someday I would be able to hear it as it was meant to be heard but, at the time, it wasn’t a pressing thought. It was only when I purchased Mondo’s re-issue of The Beyond that I got the urge to begin acquiring everything I would need to actually listen to vinyl.

My modest collection now stands at nearly 40 records. It’s nothing huge but it’s mine and I derive such joy from putting on a record, sitting back, and letting the music wash over me. As I write this, I’m listening to Waxwork Records reissue of Krzysztof Komeda‘s gorgeous Rosemary’s Baby score and earlier I was listening to Russian Circles‘ latest album Memorial.

There is something to be said about being held hostage by music. After all, when you put on a record, it’s not something you can take with you. It’s not something you can fit into your pocket, hook up to your car stereo, or anything like that. You put on a record and you are forced to stay nearby, so as to appreciate it the way that it should be appreciated. You’re forced to interact with the music rather than let it be simple background noise.

But my personal feelings towards vinyl don’t answer the questions I posed earlier. Why is horror so big on vinyl these days? Why are we seeing it rise in a way that has never before been seen? Allow me to break it down into some ideas I have on the matter.

1) People Are Craving Originality

When it comes to horror, the fans are always asking, practically begging, for something original, something unique. They bring up titles from the past that were pioneers of a subgenre, much like how Psycho practically invented slashers. This want for originality also leads to a distaste for excessive sequels and potentially unnecessary remakes.

When looking at this from a vinyl perspective, it’s easy to see that people want the originals on wax, not the music of current films. It’s the originals that hold the charm, the thrills, the real terror. We want Harry Manfredini‘s score to Friday The 13th, not Steve Jablonsky‘s. It’s John Carpenter‘s score for The Fog that sends shivers up and down our spines and not the music of Graeme Revell.

It is the past that we remember horror being the best. Once something new has been done there’s very little that can top it because it will never have that sense of originality. Our nostalgia breeds our demand for true horror that we can love as much as the films that moved us in the first place but that they can never hope to match.

2) Technology

Music is the most technologically advanced that it’s ever been. The amount that producers, engineers, even home musicians can do is astonishing. A one-person project can sound like a full band with a complete orchestra backing them up. Look at bands that embrace the future, such as Tesseract and Periphery, using tools that create absolutely fascinating tones and soundscapes. Such bands are on the rise and are ever evolving. It’s a new revolutionary movement within the music world.

However, there are the bands that eschew such technology or, at the least, stick with tried and true methods. Bands like Bloody Hammers and Helms Alee have a very raw, almost unpolished sound. But there is something deeply organic, warm, and personal about such an approach. It feels almost more human. Mistakes aren’t edited out, they are embraced. Little flaws are what give the overall product its character, much like with horror.

See, some of the best horror films are the ones that are technologically timeless. There is nothing in the movie that detracts and causes a scoffed laugh. Think of a movie like Scream 4 that uses real time streaming technology. Yeah, it was clever upon release but that technology was already around and it’s bound to be improved upon. When we see a movie like Alien (which I personally feel is a timeless classic that can never be touched), the green text black background computers are such a thing of the past that it’s immediately noticeable and potentially distracting. Is it necessary? Because of the kind of film that it is, absolutely.

But when we look at a lot of the popular horror that is coming out today, especially in TV, technology is not something utilized. Think of The Walking Dead and its total lack of technology. People are reverting to the basic necessities. Or how about American Horror Story and three seasons taking place in the past where relatable technology isn’t a factor and therefore unable to distract. And yet another example is Hannibal, a beautiful, bleak, horrific show that is far more focused on the wonder and mystery of the human mind, the organic.

It is because of this surge in an almost Luddite approach to horror that I believe horror vinyl is making its comeback. We have super fancy MP3 players and we’re able to stream high quality music through a multitude of services. Moving forward is something that we don’t necessarily need to do.

We, the consumer, have shown that there is interest in a product that many believed was not modern, not “up to date”, and on a crash course path to extinction. Mondo announces the release of a horror vinyl and it sells out within minutes. Labels like One Way Static and SpaceLab 9 are thriving, even with just a few releases. Music On Vinyl, while being a venue for more than just horror vinyl, has some truly astonishing titles that were originally released to a generation whose current living population is in the low single digit percentile, if at all, such as Bride Of Frankenstein.

While there is a portion of horror that will always be looking ahead and trying to bring us the future, there is always going to be an undercurrent of tried and true terrors that time will never touch. Horror vinyl is using the past to help rekindle that joyous fear we used to experience.



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Horror Takes a Trip to Candiland

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:56

No, not that ridiculously sweet board game we all played as kids which launched 100 dentist visits... what we're talking about here is a new horror film from director Rusty Nixon entitled Candiland. See what a difference one letter can make?

Gary Busey, James Clayton, and Chelah Horsdal star. Shooting begins this month.

Synopsis
Recently divorced and heartbroken, Tess finds herself abandoned at a bar on her girls’ night out. There she encounters the eccentric and rich Peter – a man cursed with the condition of heightened sensory perception and desperately searching for a moment’s peace. The two instantly fall in love and withdraw to Peter’s apartment for a lengthy and addicting love affair.

Days of bliss pass by, but when Tess realizes she should leave and resume her life, Peter proposes a dangerous idea – isolate each other in his apartment to create their own pure reality, one free of pain and the dictates of society. Now, cut off from the world and locked inside what Peter calls Candiland, the lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But slowly they begin to descend into madness – turning the once lovers into mortal enemies.

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The Borgman Cometh in June

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:51

More indie goodness is on its way in the form of Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, which enjoyed a very successful festival run at TIFF and more. A June 6th release date has been given to the flick, and right now we have your first look at the one-sheet!

Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, and Tom Dewispelaere star.

Synopsis
Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children, and nanny.

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Check Into The Scream Factory's Motel Hell Artwork

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:44

In case you missed it (and shame on you if you did) - the mad scientists behind the Scream Factory, Jeff Nelson and Cliff MacMillan, recently announced exclusively on Dread Central Live that Motel Hell would be hitting Blu-ray this summer, and right now we have a look at the artwork for you!

Kevin Connor’s 1980 flick will be getting the “Collector’s Edition” treatment with slipcover and the newly-designed artwork.

Synopsis:
Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters... to make Farmer Vincent's fritters.

Full specs and release details are forthcoming.

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Renegade Kid Launches Kickstarter For 'Cult County'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:41

Dementium developer Renegade Kid is asking for $580,000 on Kickstarter to fund their “slow burn” survival horror game Cult County. It was originally supposed to be a Nintendo 3DS game, but seems as if that platform has since taken a backseat to essentially every other one out there, including PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U and Xbox One. If its stretch goals are met, it will also be ported to Xbox 360.

The developer offered an explanation for this change on the game’s Kickstarter page, where they wrote Cult County has grown beyond the scope of the 3DS, and we do not want to compromise our vision for the game.” More after the jump.

Cult County is an all-new first-person survival horror game that blends the episodic story-telling of The Walking Dead with the classic tension-filled exploration and action of Silent Hill and Resident Evil, presenting an opportunity for fans to help a veteran team produce a new experience that is fresh, exciting, and scary!”

You can learn all about Cult County on its Kickstarter.

In related news, if you’ve been waiting for a new Dementium game, it looks like that won’t be happening. They don’t go into detail, but apparently, certain “contractual obligations” are keeping them from returning to the series.

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There Goes the Neighborhood in these Stills and Preview of the Being Human Series Finale Episode 4.13

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:23

These last few episodes of "Being Human" have been all over the place, but we're confident things will wrap up nicely in Monday's series finale, Episode 4.13, "There Goes the Neighborhood Part III." Here are some stills and a preview to get you ready!

In case you're a bit confused about why it's being called "Part III," a quick check of the show's episodes guide reminded us that the very first two episodes were called "There Goes the Neighborhood Parts 1 and 2." Now that's what we call full circle!

Also, if you're a bit behind, Syfy is running a "Being Human" Season 4 marathon on Monday, April 7th, beginning at 8AM with Episode 4.02, "That Time of the Month," and culminating with Episode 4.12, "House Hunting," at 6PM.

"Being Human" stars Sam Witwer as Aidan, Meaghan Rath as Sally, and Sam Huntington as Josh, and Kristen Hager as Nora.

"Being Human" Episode 4.13 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Part III" (airs 4/7/14; 9-10PM)
In the series finale, Sally makes a huge sacrifice to keep her vision of Aidan killing Josh from coming true, and that, in turn, changes Aidan's life forever as he fights to destroy the house's evil spirit. Meanwhile, Josh and Nora imagine their future roles as parents.

Related Story: Sam Witwer Talks Being Human's Cancellation, Budget Woes, Resurrection Possibilities, and More

For more info visit "Being Human" on Syfy.com, join the Syfy Google+ circle, "like" "Being Human" on Facebook, and follow "Being Human" on Twitter.

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Cover Art for Shout Factory's 'Motel Hell' Blu-ray

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:12

Shout Factory shared the art for their the summer release of Kevin Connor’s 1980 Motel Hell on Blu-ray.

Motel Hell will be getting the “Collector’s Edition” treatment with slipcover and the newly-designed artwork. In the film, “Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters…to make Farmer Vincents fritters.

Full specs and release details forthcoming.

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Amy Adams Will Speaks to Aliens in 'Story of Your Life'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:11

Sounding like a modern spin on The Day the Earth Stood Still, Deadline reports that Amy Adams is in early talks to team with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve on Story of Your Life, the sci-fi thriller based on a short story by Ted Chiang, a top contemporary author in the genre.

Scripted by The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Eric Heisserer, “the thriller takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, is financing, producing and handling worldwide sales for the project.

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The Tale of 'Borgman' Will Be Told This June

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:06

After premiering at last year’s TIFF, a June 6 release has been set for Alex van Warmerdam’ Borgman.

Starring Jan Bijoet, Jeroen Perceval and Hadewych Minis, “Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.

Check out the official poster, courtesy of The Playlist:

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First Look at Chris Hemsworth In The Heart of the Sea

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02

On tap right now are more behind-the-scenes images from Ron Howard's latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Dig on your first look at star Chris Hemsworth and more!

From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.

In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. The film also stars Tom Holland as young seaman Tom Nickerson and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic, and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

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'Candiland' Descends Into Madness

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02

Rusty Nixon is hard at work on Candiland, a new indie starring Gary Busey, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal.

In it, “Recently divorced and heartbroken, Tess finds herself abandoned at a bar on her girl’s night out. There she encounters the eccentric and rich Peter – a man cursed with the condition of heightened sensory perception and desperately searching for a moment’s peace. The two instantly fall in love and withdraw to Peter’s apartment for a lengthy and addicting love affair. Days of bliss pass by but when Tess realizes she should leave and resume her life, Peter proposes a dangerous idea – isolate each other in his apartment to create their own pure reality; one free of pain and the dictates of society. Now, cut off from the world and locked inside what Peter calls Candiland, the lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But slowly, they begin to descend into madness – turning the once lovers into mortal enemies.

Shooting begins later this month.

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Fresh Concept Art Enters the New 'Jurassic World'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:54

Movies.com scored two more pieces of Jurassic World concept art, with the first two that were hiding within the online portfolio of Nathan Schroeder, an artist whose recent work includes Avengers Assemble, Star Trek and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Below you’ll see some images of a fully-operational dinosaur theme park, which will be operated by director Colin Trevorrow.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard will star, alongside Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins and BD Wong, who returns as Dr. Henry Wu, a scientist from the first film.

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'Godzilla' Leaves An Insane Path of Destruction! (TV Spot)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:50

Warner Bros. shared a second TV Spot for their forthcoming Godzilla, this time focusing on the destructive path of the lizard king, and his nemesis!

Gareth Edwards directed the reboot in theaters and IMAX May 16.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

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5 Favorite Alien Movies From 'Alien Abduction' Director Matty Beckerman!!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:47

Matty Beckerman’s Alien Abduction hits select theaters and VOD platforms Friday, April 4, so we figured now would be as good a time as any to have him weigh in the films that inspired him to choose this subject matter for his directorial debut.

In the film, “A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.” Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Peter Holden and Riley Polanski star. Beckerman’s film is produced by Shark Night 3D, Hostel, Hostel: Part II and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)‘s Mike Fleiss along with Reservoir Dogs‘ Lawrence Bender.

Check out his 6 Favorite Alien Movies below!!

6: The Fourth Kind


“I love this movie. They use a technique I like to call squiggle porn. I’m sure you all remember watching cable tv and seeing the scrambled spice channel. If you stared at it long enough you might make out a boob or a butt. That is squiggle porn. I watched my fair share of it before the days of the internet. The Fourth Kind does a brilliant job of never showing what is actually happening yet you catch glimpses of images that freak your senses out. You never actually see anything but it scares the crap out of you.”

5: Communion


“Christopher Walken is amazing. The first hour of Communion is captivating, and freaky. Then somehow it goes completely off the rails. When he’s at a dance party with the aliens it’s straight out of an SNL sketch. I hear “more cowbell” in my mind. This movie is equal parts interesting and hilarious.”

4: Signs


“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, some people hate the twist at the end of this film with the glasses of water, but there are moments that just kick ass. When the group of kids at the birthday party in Mexico see the alien walk across the alley, a friend next to me in the theater grabbed my arm so hard that she left claw marks that wouldn’t go away for a week.”

3: Alien


“I was not allowed to see Alien as a kid – my parents thought it was too scary for me. But tell a kid NOT to watch something and it’s like telling a junkie that he can only have half a hit of the crack pipe. The plan was in motion. I went to a friend’s house (Dan Goodman) and our parents were going out to dinner, it was on HBO and he taped it. As soon as they left the driveway we raced upstairs and started watching. When my parents came back from dinner I was pale as a ghost and jumpy, they thought something happened to me, my dad caught on quickly and decided to hide in the bushes and jump out at me any moment he could. I’m still not ok. I should have listened.”

2: Fire In The Sky


“This movie completely freaked me out as a teenager. The scenes on the ship were incredible. I still never enter the woods without looking into the sky. Travis Walton’s story influenced me so much that I sought out the same editor, Steve Mirkovich, to edit Alien Abduction. His credits also include Big Trouble In Little China and Con Air, how bad ass is that shit? Steve is an incredible talent and thank God we had him on board to help me organize my madness. Thanks to Steve, I was given one of the original Alien heads from the ship of Fire In The Sky and I sneak around my house with it scaring the crap out of guests.”

1: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind


The master, Spielberg at his very best. I have watched Close Encounters over 300 times. It’s one of those films that I buy every time a new format comes out. Growing up we had it originally on BetaMax, then VHS, Laser Disc, DVD, iTunes, and when the holographic virtual reality chamber comes out it will be the first film I get implanted directly into my cerebral cortex. DA,Da,Da,da,daaaa – The song is the first thing I played on a piano, guitar, banjo, and harmonica. I know each scene so well I feel like I lived it. Check out the banjo in Alien Abduction it’s a not so small nod to one of my all time idols. Growing up as the only Jewish kid in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, Mr. Spielberg gave me hope.”

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Ghostface Delivers Scream TV Series Plot Details

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:44

We learned around this time last year that MTV was working on bringing Ghostface to the small screen for a television series based on the popular slasher quadrilogy. Today we've finally got some details to share. Read on to find out all the info you've been Craven!

Our friends over on Bloody Disgusting broke the news earlier today that Wes Craven himself will be directing the pilot episode of the TV series from a screenplay by Jill Blotevogel.

Their source indicates that the so-called "rules" of slasher movies are at the center of the series with the pilot episode centering on a viral YouTube video that captures protagonist Audrey in the middle of murder and the town's troubled past.

As a follow-up to the news, TVLine also revealed the casting breakdown for the series, which you'll find below.

Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been anointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a "Gilmore Girls"-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant, and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

Casting for these and other roles is currently under way, and the pilot is going to be shot this summer. No word yet on when it's expected to premiere on MTV.

More as we learn it!

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Massive Image Gallery Forces You to Stare into the Oculus

Dread Central - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:30

We're a week and a half away from the April 11th theatrical release of Oculus, which breaks up the extended theatrical horror drought we've been experiencing here in the first quarter of 2014. Something to be excited about? You bet your paranormal-loving ass it is!

Stare down the face of evil with this mega-sized Oculus image gallery, loaded with supernatural chills and thrills!

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

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

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

For the latest news and updates, be sure to "like" Oculus on Facebook and follow @blumhouse on Twitter.

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