Back in May we got our first look at Bill Oberst, Jr., in the found footage saga of The Black Water Vampire, and now, with Image Entertainment set to release the film in early 2014, a trailer has arrived. Check it out, and look for more soon.
Jesse Baget (Breathless, Cellmates) wrote and produced the film under his Ruthless Pictures banner. Evan Tramel directed. In addition to Bill Oberst, Jr., The Black Water Vampire stars Danielle Lozeau (The Eye, Legion), Andrea Monier (Elizabethtown, Are You Scared 2), Robin Steffen (The Lackey), and Anthony Fanelli.
The Black Water Vampire follows a documentary film crew as they investigate a series of brutal killings known as the Black Water Murders. As they delve deeper into the story, the crew stumbles upon a horrifying secret buried deep in the woods, a secret they might not survive.
Oberst was excited about portraying the alleged serial killer Raymond Banks in the film, “When Jesse asked me to play Raymond Banks, he sent along a link to one of the more disturbing pieces of real-life video I've ever seen for character inspiration; it was a clip of serial killer Aileen Wuornos on the day before her execution. That clip was a stroke of genius. It stayed with me. If my performance works, it will be because of Jesse's talent and his insistence on reality and nuance over cliche.”
What sick-minded killer brutalized four women and left their blood-drained corpses by Black Water Creek? Andrea Adams (Monier) wants to know, and she's taking her film crew to find out the truth. What they find there can only be told by the footage left behind. Blood-wrenching, soul-shattering terror waits for those who dare enter these woods.
Spend Some More Time with Headless in these Four Clips from Sleepy Hollow Episode 1.08 - Necromancer
We have to give kudos to the team behind Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" for creating such a believable - and badass - Headless Horseman. If you can't get enough of him either, get comfortable and spend some time watching these four clips from Episode 1.08, "Necromancer."
Along with Headless standing before Ichabod, Abbie, and Captain Irving as monstrous as the man Ichabod met on the battlefield more than two centuries ago, we also get another flashback of Ichabod and Katrina plus more John Cho as the titular necromancer.
"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 1.08 - "Necromancer" (airs 11/18/13)
Ichabod (Tom Mison), Abbie (Nicole Beharie), Captain Irving (Orlando Jones), and Jenny Mills (guest star Lyndie Greenwood) join forces and face the Headless Horseman.
While staring down this nemesis, Ichabod is shocked by game-changing information about the Horseman’s true motive. John Cho guest stars.
It looks like NBC decided they were giving away too much information with the ridiculously huge image galleries they've been providing for "Dracula," as evidenced by the reduced size of this one for Episode 1.05, "The Devil's Waltz."
We have to wait two weeks for this next episode, which airs Friday, November 29th, when we should all be done digesting our turkey dinners and ready to resume our weekly dose of Gothic intrigue.
"Dracula" stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Ben Miles as Mr. Browning, and Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport.
"Dracula" Episode 1.05 - "The Devil's Waltz" (airs 11/29/13)
Harker discovers that General Shaw is far from the heroic figure he presents to the public. Van Helsing’s first attempt at infusing a vampiric test-subject with his solar-serum is a disaster. Lord Davenport’s agents abduct and torture Renfield. Harker and Mina’s engagement party sets a stage for betrayal and contretemps when a single dance between Mina and Grayson unveils their true feelings.
Wild Orchid Baking Company is going to Hell…
The Wild Orchid Baking Company has shared photos via their Facebook of a cake design based on the lament configuration from the Hellraiser films.
I’d like to open this cake and let loose some calorie demons…
I’ve been adamant regarding my position on Minecraft as a horror game, even going so far as to offer a chilling firsthand account of my time with it as proof.
Whether or not you agree with me, there’s no arguing that this incredible mod for the game isn’t survival horror. Some talented soul has faithfully recreated Silent Hill 2 — arguably the greatest survival horror game of all time — in Minecraft, complete with voice acting, cinematics and monsters that have been re-textured to make them more nightmarish. It even has that lovely sound effect that triggers when you pick up an item in Silent Hill. That’s some damn fine attention to detail right there.
See it in action after the jump!
If you’re not a fan of long-winded intros, skip to about 2:05.
The first expansion for Undead Labs’ fantastic zombie survival game State of Decay will be available on both XBLA and Steam on Friday, November 29th, for $6.99. Breakdown adds quite a bit of new content, including the much requested sandbox mode.
The developer also confirmed that Title Update 4 will release alongside the new content. The update will introduce a bunch of bug fixes as well as the new loot distribution system.
Spike Lee‘s reinterpretation Oldboy hits theaters on November 27th so he’s in the middle of doing some fairly epic press for that film. Even though he was court side at the Knicks game in New York last night, he somehow made his way to LA this morning to talk about the film. I sat down with him just a few moments ago, accompanied by a few other journalists, and got a lot of great stuff. I’m going to be posting the lengthy interview next week, but first I wanted to give you guys a quick update on his next film.
For the past few months, ever since Lee launched his Kickstarter, we’ve known that the project centered around humans who are addicted to blood. Prior reports also had Michael K. Williams (Omar in “The Wire”) and Zaraah Abrahams starring in the film. What I didn’t know until today was that Lee has already shot the film! It’s called Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus (changed from Da Blood Of Jesus) and the lead is Stephen Tyrone Williams, a young broadway actor who also appeared in Children Of God.
I asked Lee about the tone of Sweet Blood and he replied, “it’s scary. Humorous. Bloody. Sexy. Go for this one.” He added that the film uses blood as a “metaphor. As we all know human beings have many addictions. Drugs, sex, alcohol, power, money, Air Jordans [laughs]. In this one they’re addicted to blood. We shot in New York, Martha’s Vineyard and we’re editing now. We shot it in 16 days, and we were one day ahead of schedule.”
As a fan of Lee’s work I’ll definitely be checking it out. While we wait for that make sure to take your parents to see Oldboy on Thanksgiving!
I have absolutely NO IDEA how this video for The Killers “Here With Me” slipped past me when it came out almost a year ago. And yet it did and now it’s up for a Twisted Music Video Of The Week due to my being oblivious. With that being said, let me explain a bit on why it’s so cool for us horror fans. It was directed by Tim Burton, who made his music video directing return after 6 years, and it also stars Lydia Deetz herself, Winona Ryder.
The video follows the path of a slightly crazed and delusional fan. He goes to a performance that features Ryder and, when she’s out afterwards signing autographs, he lurks in the back. Turns out he has a mannequin that he has altered to look just like Ryder and he is desperate to see her real. He and the mannequin go on several dates before enjoying a completely surreal candlelit dinner. Head on down to check it out!
“Here With Me” comes from 2012′s Battle Born, which you can purchase on iTunes.
Choosing just one master of horror to cover every week is a daunting task. There are so many artists in the comics industry who deserve to have their work recognized and lauded, but perhaps no man in modern horror deserves it more than manga maestro, Junji Ito. Every time a list of great horror comics surfaces, Junji Ito is always found at the top. His work is sensational, insanely original, and downright terrifying. There are few creators in any field who are capable of building fear like Junji Ito. So hit the jump and let’s dive head first into the masterpiece that is “Tomie”.
Junji Ito is, unquestionably, one of the greatest horror manga artists to ever grace the industry, boasting an impressive repertoire of fantastically frightening artwork and distinguishably eerie tales. Even as a child he possessed a keen interest in creating horror manga, and began honing and developing his skills as a mere hobby. It wasn’t until he’d already established himself as a working dental technician in Japan that he’d finally decided to endeavor into the professional world of writing and illustrating.
Shōjo horror magazine, “Gekken Halloween”, sent out a call for submissions within their first year of operations, and Junji ambitiously answered their request. By 1987, the magazine featured “Tomie”, his first published story, to a widely positive reception. “Tomie” is the cursed tale of a dangerously manipulative high school girl who falls victim to various — brutally heinous — acts of violence, only to continuously regenerate in order to wreak havoc and exact pain on a number of different characters. Junji’s work on this piece won him an honorable mention, and ultimately the Kazuo Umezu award from a panel of distinguished manga creators. Since then, “Tomie” has been serialized, reprinted twice in the United States, and adapted into a series of Japanese Horror films spanning a whopping nine installments to date.
“Tomie” is a staple of Japanese Horror manga, and it’s because of its massive appeal that Bloody-Disgusting has chosen to feature artwork straight from the bizarrely surreal pages of this series. Specifically, page 188 of “Tomie” Volume 1, Chapter 4, titled “Mansion”. Not only is this chapter significant in terms of providing readers with a greatly anticipated explanation regarding Tomie’s regenerative powers, but it’s a stylistically perfect example when it comes to showcasing Junji’s recognizable, and exceptionally skilled, artistic abilities and techniques for illustrating horror manga.
In the photo below, the artist depicts a detailed and monstrous worm-like creature, with multiple Tomies protruding from its body. His signature black and white illustrations don’t adhere to the usual stylistic framework of most manga drawings, but evoke a tone and atmosphere that is so distinctly his. The beautifully crisp, clear, and intricate line work that emanates prominently off the page is due to the lack of colour in Junji’s palette, his consistent use of light grey tones, and his stark ink renderings that provide depth and shadow. Tomie’s dead eyes and sharply elongated nails produce a feeling of dread and discomfort in the reader, and that can be attributed to Junji’s knack for effectively mastering a perfect balance between disturbing art and psychological suspense. It’s both extremely beautiful and surrealistically grotesque, but it wouldn’t be “Tomie” otherwise.
From here, Ito would go on to create some of the most disturbing works of horror manga including “Hellstar Remina”, “Uzumaki” (which was adapted to the film Spiral), “Gyo”, and others. There are very few artists working in comics who don’t draw some inspiration from Ito’s work, so if you have yet to explore his unique brand of horror, dive it. “Uzumaki” was just re-printed in one big volume in North America, and most local comic shops should have a copy. Buy yourself an early holiday present, you won’t regret it.
If you want Bloody Disgusting to cover one of your favourite horror artists, or a fantastic piece of horror-related comic book art, head down to the comment section, or hit up Farah or Lonnie on Twitter.
Directed by Trevor Juenger, and starring Bill Oberst Jr., Joe Hammerstone, Victoria Mullen, we have the first clip from the arthouse horror Coyote.
Oberst Jr. calls St. Louis’ Juenger a “Lynch/Cronenberg-esque young director.”
Oberst Jr. stars as “an insomniac writer’s sleep-deprived hallucinations distort reality as paranoia drives him to extreme violence.
The surreal shocker, which mixes arthouse and horror, is shopping for distribution and it’s first public screenings have elicited strong reaction.“
WARNING: NOT WORK SAFE!
Since AMC officially announced plans for a spinoff to “The Walking Dead”, speculation has run ramped as to what they’ll do with the new series. For one, they need a brand new writing staff, and better actors (especially considering how good the characters are in the Robert Kirkman comic).
According to TVLine there’s increasing buzz that the offshoot will be a prequel of sorts, one that would chronicle the early days of the epidemic and the effort to contain it. This seems like the obvious choice, although that would make me wonder what the “end game” would be (what’s the overall arc?)
In addition, IGN caught up with series creator Robert Kirkman, who reveals some early insight into what we may see in the new series he promises won’t be “selling out”.
“It’s a really different location with completely different people, so we are going to see an entirely different corner of the ‘Walking Dead’ world,” Kirkman explains. “It definitely won’t be set in Georgia, I can at least say that.
“It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spinoff has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spinoff, you’re like, “Wow, this is a really awesome show.” The whole other show doesn’t need to exist for this show to be cool and stand on its own.”
He’s 100% correct and in the right mindset, especially if they internally acknowledge the huge misstep they’ve made with “The Walking Dead”. Personally, I’d love a new zombie series, with a new theme, a new location, and new actors. But more than anything I want to see an entirely new showrunner and writing staff – I want a fresh start, instead of one already rotting from the inside (see what I did there?).
AMC is eying a 2015 launch for the show.
Unidentified director Jason R. Miller had some fun using a left over UFO set and created the following short film, “Probed”, starring Ed Ackerman and David Foy.
DP is Brian Sowell, with music by Scott Glasgow.
Unidentified will release on February 11, 2014 from Dark Sky Films. In it, After an ill-fated weekend of gambling in Las Vegas, four friends on the run from a loan shark find themselves stranded in the Nevada desert. But debt troubles may be the least of their worries when the group discovers that something unearthly may be stalking them. Director Jason R. Miller’s Unidentified cleverly mixes sci-fi suspense with comedy to create a truly unique take on an otherworldly encounter.“
Japanese darlings Babymetal released a video for “Megitsune” this summer that snuck right past me. The video looks almost like it was filmed in a live action version of Fatal Frame, complete with eerie traditional Japanese hallways, costumes, masks, and instruments. Check out the video below.
I honestly am becoming a huge fan of Babymetal. It’s catchy and it encourages young female audiences to give metal a serious chance, which is more than pretty much any other metal I can think of. Plus the music is catchy as hell. Don’t even try to deny it.
Snag Babymetal’s music on iTunes.
Pulp fiction and comics go hand in hand. The original pulp magazines from the early 20th century were known for their exploitative nature and their often-shocking conclusions. This transferred over to comics in their early years, and that pulpy style is seeing resurgence in contemporary comics. Up and coming writer Jeremy Holt teams with fellow rising star Chris Peterson to deliver the nostalgia-filled one-shot, “Pulp”, that captures the mood and essence of original pulp magazines. “Pulp” delivers a lightning quick story about the dangers of obsession that will leave readers shocked with its brutal truth.
WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Holt
ART BY: Chris Peterson
PRICE: Pay what you will
RELEASE: Out now
“Pulp” is a simple story about an author who holes himself up in a secluded cabin to get cracking on his next hit novel. Two storylines are interwoven throughout, but it’s difficult to say when either of them takes place. In the end, it doesn’t really matter because they collide in a way you won’t see coming.
On a broad level, “Pulp” is a story about the dangers of becoming obsessed with desire. However, at its core, it’s a story about the curse of being a writer. Let’s face it, writers are a particular breed that sometimes like to be alone so they can brood with all their deranged thoughts, and this gritty tale captures that stereotyped essence to a tee. For anyone who has laid pen to paper, or fingers to keys, the ruthless final pages will hit like a sledgehammer. The final reveal is a violent one, and exactly what you would expect from an R-rated pulp story.
Jeremy Holt’s writing comes to the forefront in this one-shot. He manages to interweave the two storylines with a furious pace. Holt ensures that the last panel of a sequence always transition seamlessly from one setting to another, until the worlds finally collide.
Holt focuses on sound effects throughout the issue. I don’t generally take the time to appreciate a good sound effect in comics, but this book shows Holt’s ability to create the illusion of sound in an otherwise silent medium. And that silence is equally potent in “Pulp”. The minimal dialogue makes for a quick read to drive you headlong into the punch line.
Due to the fast paced nature of the story, “Pulp” is an extremely speedy experience, but I think it is best read by taking the time to bask in Christ Peterson’s art. While his style isn’t exactly what you would expect from a pulp story, his beautiful single-color illustrations capture the feeling of dread and isolation that the story demands. Peterson’s exterior establishing shots are detailed and emotive, giving the secluded cabin a life of its own. He also manages to capture the film-noir style with the harsh lighting and the blue and yellow wash.
“Pulp” is available online now as a “pay-what-you-will” digital story. If you love gritty, pulpy tales that deliver, it’s worth your time and money. Plus, you get to support some rising indie creators who do it all for the love.
FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” just gets better and better as the stakes are rising, and Fiona (Jessica Lange) is getting herself backed into a corner. Meanwhile, she’s apparently in collusion with “The Ax3man”, played by the awesome Danny Huston.
Here’s a batch of images for next Wednesday’s Episode 3.07, “The Dead”, airing November 20.
“Fiona (Jessica Lange) finds new purpose in a dangerous love affair.
A night out with LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) leads Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) to question her place in the Coven.
Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) makes a fateful decision about her mother.”
It was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Bradley Buecker.
During a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, I Heart Huckabees) reveals that Eli Roth took a liking to one of his horror screenplays, and could end up developing it.
“I wrote a couple of things that someone might make, Eli Roth may actually do one, I wrote a horror a few years ago… It’ll be coupled with Eli Roth, that’s exciting to me,” he revealed. “Cause I had to write to support myself. So I wrote a horror for producer Colleen Camp a horror film that I thought was interesting. And Eli thinks its interesting, I think he’s going to make it more interesting… I don’t wanna say anything more, I’ll let Eli talk about it.
Roth has returned with his bold and violent cannibal horror The Green Inferno, opening in 2014 from Open Road. He’s also still producing great product, like Ti West’s The Sacrament, releasing through Magnolia Pictures in 2014. The question is, will Roth be directing or producing the said script, and what’s it about? Color me intrigued!
On the heels of last week’s start of production in Austin, El Rey Network today announced the newest cast members of the highly-anticipated, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” premiering in Q1 2014 on the new English-language cable network. Created in association with FactoryMade Ventures and created and executive produced by network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, the supernatural crime saga (based on the cult classic film of the same name) will feature Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files) as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless) as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) as Scott Fuller and Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium. The 10-episode serialized drama will serve as the first original scripted series to air on the new genre-busting cable network. El Rey Network will debut nationally in December 2013.
Eiza González recreates the role of Santánico Pandemonium, credited for launching Salma Hayek’s film career. Robert Patrick portrays Jacob Fuller, father to Kate Fuller (Davenport) and Scott Fuller (Soo Hoo), who are held hostage by main characters, Seth and Richie Gecko and find themselves along for the ride of their life. They join previously announced D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) who plays Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko; Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy) who plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series, and Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) who joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw.
Based on the thrill-ride film, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
Check out this insane new cover art for the UK release of director Éric Falardeau’s independently produced “dark tale of sex and gore” Thanatomorphose.
A Cronenbergian smorgasbord of rancid flesh and sexual gratification, Thanatomorphose, by Canadian director Eric Falardeau, picks up where Nekromantic left off. “Discovering several bruises on her body after a night of rough sex, a young woman is shocked as, rather than heal itself, her body begins rotting from the inside out. She faces a terrifying and gory descent into a living death, as her putrefying body begins to literally ‘fall off the bone’.”
A strange and claustrophobic tale of sexuality, horror and bodily fluids, Thanatomorphose will not only make you wince, but is strangely uplifting in its take on mortality. The title means the physical signs of a body’s decomposition, caused by death.”
The film stars stars Kayden Rose, Davyd Tousignant, Émile Beaudry, Karine Picard, Roch-Denis Gagnon, Éryka L. Cantieri, Pat Lemaire and Simon Laperrière.
A bunch more info can be found at the official site.
“Murderer. Dream demon. The bastard son of a hundred maniacs. Any way you slice it, there can only be one man – one monster – who epitomizes those words: Freddy Krueger. For decades, he has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters and shows no signs of ever resting in peace.
A Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp is your dream guide in this thrilling “shockumentary” that takes you deeper into Freddy’s realm than ever before, featuring exciting clips, never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes footage, conceptual art, publicity materials, and exclusive new interviews with over 100 key cast and crew from every Nightmare, including Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Jack Sholder, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Chuck Russell, Jennifer Rubin, Renny Harlin, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Stephen Hopkins, Kelly Jo Minter, Rachel Talalay, Lisa Zane, Alice Cooper, Patrick Lussier, Miko Hughes, Monica Keena, Brendan Fletcher, Ronny Yu, and many more.
So get ready for Freddy in the definitive account of modern cinema’s eternal bogeyman and what has been called the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!“
Badass Travis Clevenger is back doing what he does but this time he’s getting drafted. This super-human profiler starts hunting down a dangerous power broker in “Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine” #2. If you qualify for this antagonist’s offer, you too can be super powered!
WRITTEN BY: Dan Jolley
ART BY: Leonard Kirk
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: November 13, 2013
Travis Clevenger is big, brilliant, sassy-mouthed, and tough. Although he looks a little too much like X-Men villain Sabretooth, Clevenger is too clever to even compare the two beyond appearances. The big, nebulous villain of the piece is Dr. Bradley Morgenstern, who is offering The Power Chip to those he deems worthy. That is a nice carrot to dangle in front of the entire world, isn’t it? Writer Dan Jolley knows how to set up a nice storyline here.
Artist Leonard Kirk always is a class act. He comes from the same school of amazing and dynamic art as Stuart Immonen which is indeed high praise. I always enjoyed Kirk’s artwork in the Geoff Johns era of
“JSA”. I’m well aware that this artist knows how to do great team books. I’ve no doubt he’ll continue to dazzle in this series.
I actually came upon the original series when I was digging through my collection in my comics-cave last week. How fortuitous the story picks up practically where it left off all those years ago. This story was ahead of its time. I guess the one good thing from all that CSI-ish TV is that readers are open to police procedurals, and jobs like profilers and forensics are cool now.
Creators Dan Jolley and Leonard Kirk are to be commended for rekindling this concept for the world outside of the Distinguished Competition where it was an admittedly odd fit. This character somehow feels less shackled down in this storyline than in its previous incarnation. Ironic, since Cleveneger has literally hopped into a universe without any known super humans. Here’s hoping that will allow the creators to go wild with their imaginations.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady