[Review] ‘As Above, So Below’ Is Goofy but Fun Spookhouse Fare

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:33

While the ad campaign for Universal’s latest found footage horror feature (poster art featuring an inverted Eiffel Tower beneath a mountain of skulls) grabbed my interest early on, I was curious to see As Above, So Below for one reason: the legendary Paris Catacombs, which figure prominently in the story. While this subterranean City of the Dead – containing the bones of several million people, most of them relocated from overcrowded churches, ossuaries and mausoleums in the late 18th century – has been the subject of many horror tales (including the so-so 2007 thriller Catacombs), it’s my understanding that this feature from filmmaking siblings John and Drew Dowdle is the first non-documentary production to be allowed access to the actual site. Real-life urban explorers should take note of that, as the Catacombs are among the world’s most popular macabre destinations… and if nothing else, As Above might even help seal the deal on some of those alt-tourism plans.

That said, there’s sadly very little of the real Catacombs on display in this film, since much of the action takes place in a secret labyrinth of passages that diverge from the real historic tunnels. Most of this domain is represented by specially-built sets, which to the filmmakers’ credit are actually very well designed; still, the sparing use of the actual location was my first disappointment. Second, there’s nothing much new under the ground as far as the plot is concerned. It involves the quest of maniacally driven Archaeology student Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) and her crew in search of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone – a well-known legend in the history of alchemy and mysticism (centuries before J.K. Rowling dragged it into pop culture via Harry Potter). Dragging along a reluctant ex-boyfriend (Ben Feldman) and a shady team of local urban explorers, Scarlett follows a series of cryptic clues from her notes and photos, leading the crew into an unmapped region deep beneath the streets of Paris. After a cave-in blocks their original escape route, the search for another way out reveals one set of creepy ancient inscriptions after another… and when they actually encounter the tired phrase “Abandon Hope Ye Who Enter Here” etched over a doorway to darkness, you can probably sort out what’s coming next.

Now, I’m sure a lot of you already hit a roadblock in my first paragraph upon reading the words “found footage,” and I can understand your misgivings… but I’m going to risk some incoming fire by stating that I myself enjoy many found footage and/or mockumentary horror projects – sometimes even against my better judgment. (I’ll be writing more directly on this topic in a future article, so start gathering ammo for the inevitable comment wars.) Fortunately, the Dowdle brothers manage for the most part to steer clear of the genre’s usual shortcomings – such as cameras shaking way too much for comfort or realism, or their operators continuing to film long after any sane person would drop the rig and run like hell (the team members all wear pin-cams with their headlamps). The tight POV approach here often helps add to the feeling of oppressive claustrophobia, as the characters are breathing down each other’s necks while the shadows tighten around them and the bone-covered floor literally crumbles beneath their feet. The narrow, damp stone passageways – often barely wide or high enough for a single person to squeeze through – call to mind some of the most effective moments from Neil Marshall’s The Descent, a horror classic to which the Dowdles owe a creative debt; in fact, one character’s claustrophobic panic attack is almost a direct lift from that film.

For all its shortcomings – obviously scripted dialogue, awkward omissions (no one thought to bring helmets or gloves?) and a self-endangering, monomaniacal protagonist who makes Indiana Jones seem like a pussy – As Above, So Below still accomplishes what I assume to be its main goal of being an elaborate spookhouse attraction (the kind Universal knows how to pull off by now), complete with creepy random figures jumping out at the right moments (one of those scares is particularly effective, despite the fact that you know it’s coming), and an immersive sound design that serves to disorient the audience and make them more vulnerable to the usual loud sonic stingers. If that’s what you expect to find, you’ll get your ticket’s worth on this ride. If you’re looking for a new twist on the found footage concept, you won’t find it here… and sadly, you won’t be swept up in the Gothic grandeur of the real Catacombs either, since they feature a lot less on screen than I’d hoped.

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New Lords of the Fallen Trailer Is Devilishly Cryptic

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:59

“Only evil can destroy evil,” remarks the stoic narrator in a glimpse into the hidden secrets and living world of the upcoming action RPG Lords of the Fallen. Check out this latest trailer.

A red mist in a moonlit forest, a dungeon of torment, dizzying hilltop grottos... the new video is meant to showcase some of the settings found in Namco Bandai’s upcoming game. But what is truly intriguing is the trailer’s cryptic monologue, delivered by a brogue-voiced, mysterious narrator and revealing brief glimpses of some of the details surrounding the game.

It has been known since the game’s announcement that its anti-hero, Harkyn, would be battling an awakened god; and today’s trailer put a name to that ancient evil, Rhogar.

The voice speaks of an abandoned temple and that it is the gateway to Rhogar’s realm. This may indicate that the game will feature two realms: one of the living and one of the god Rhogar. This idea is further hinted at as the voice speaks of traveling to alternate dimensions.

"Find out the truth about the war." The storyline for Lords of the Fallen has long been known to be that of ancient evil gods returning to Earth and humanity looking to former criminals to save them. But these brief quotes reveal another layer to the story, adding depth beyond the simplistic goal of hunting down the bad guys.

The trailer also hints that the game may have multiple endings, as the narrator states, “There is no single end to your journey.”

Lords of the Fallen will be available on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who pre-order the game will receive a free upgrade to the limited edition, which includes the game’s soundtrack, the Monk’s Decipher DLC, and the Demonic Weapons Pack DLC.

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Gravedigger Set for Release in November by Shami Media Group

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:56

A project we've been talking about for a while now, Doug Bollinger's Gravedigger, has been acquired by Shami Media Group, Inc., for worldwide distribution in November; and we have all the details right here!

From the Press Release:
Gravedigger is set to ax the horror genre worldwide! Shami Media Group, Inc., a distribution, marketing, and media leader in worldwide film distribution, recently acquired the film and has set a DVD/VOD release date of November 18, 2014.

Gravedigger was shot in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The movie features a unique cast including TV personalities, professional sports players, reality stars, and rock legends. The original soundtrack is by guitar rock lord Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses. Gravedigger, nominated for multiple awards, has won two for Best Thriller Film and Best Actor, Keith Collins.

The film is directed by Doug Bollinger, produced by Keith Collins, and executive produced by John Stoerback, Michael Levine, and Jeff Quinlan. The co-executive producer is Brandon Ruckdashel, and the line producer is Theresa Galeani. Gravedigger was written by Joseph and Billy Pepitone and stars Collins, Ruckdashel, Stoerback, Jim McKeown, Angela Sharp, Katelyn Pearce, and Rachel Barrer with Billy Sample and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

Alongside the well-rounded cast are many special appearances by sports figures, reality show personalities, and TV stars including Jim Leyritz, Brian McRae, Annette Dziamba, Gregg Valentino, Gervase Peterson, Emilio Masella, Gary Garver, Mark Pinkhasovich, April Hunter, Anastasia Smith, Theresa Galeani, Joe Sernio, Steve Mack, Cindy Fox, and Adam (“Speed Bag Scissorhands”) Salomon.

Synopsis:
Steve Borden (Collins) is a brilliant young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local high-end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts him, Borden's conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin (McKeown) is the town's top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble (Ruckdashel) suspects Orkin's ties to crime boss Charles Muzzatti (Stoerback) may be the answer to the case. Now Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back.

As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble, and Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other, could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals, and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob, and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivors' souls forever. But will burying the guilty bury the Gravedigger's own guilt?

Keep your eyes on the Gravedigger Facebook page for updates.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Announced for Xbox One

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:51

The groundbreaking open world zombie game State of Decay is officially making the jump from Xbox 360 to next gen. Get ready for State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition for Xbox One.

Following the recent trend of remastered editions over the past summer, the game will be a reissue of State of Decay but with full 1080P graphics. The Year One Survival Edition will include the full State of Decay game, the Breakdown and Lifeline DLC’s, as well as some never-before-seen content.

State of Decay is an open world zombie game originally released on Xbox 360. The game was heralded for its unique features such as an unscripted story and a world that changes when players are offline.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2015 release. This announcement adds to what is already a promising first half of 2015 for zombie fans as Dying Light and Dead Island 2 are also due out in the first two quarters of next year.

To learn more, visit the official State of Decay website.

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Dread Central 1 on 1: Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys' Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:41

The holidays came early to the Dread Central offices when Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys sent over their Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure for us to comb over.

First and foremost one thing was immediately apparent... this is not your standard action figure despite its multiple points of articulation which are there only to afford you, the collector, the ability to pose this bad boy to your liking. Each and every figure is hand-cast, assembled, and dressed by the manufacturer.

Given the price tag of $224.99, we don't expect you'll be handing this over to junior to throw around with reckless abandon. No, this is a piece purely meant for display.

Standing about 14" tall, the Elder Predator is one of the single most stunningly detailed pieces we've seen in some time, and it is completely screen accurate as seen in 1990's Predator 2. It's all here down to the most minute of details. The old time gun, the dreadlock clip, the space machete, and oh those glorious signature retractable claws. The figure comes with interchangeable hands that can be swapped out easily so you can decide which bits of weaponry you want your Predator to be brandishing, if any at all. From top to bottom this baby is gorgeous.

If there's anything negative to say about it, it's that getting a lot of the accessories on this bad boy is a bit nerve-wracking as they're delicate as they come. Take the necklaces, for example; they're strung with the thinnest of strings that feel as if they'd just snap if the wrong amount of tension or pressure is applied accidentally. My best advice here is DO NOT dress this thing on your own. Consult the manual as it illustrates the easiest way to get everything on and off.

The bottom line is this... if you're a Predator fan or a collector, this is something you'll not just want... it's something you will NEED!

If you have the scratch, do yourself a favor and order this one NOW! It's totally worth the price tag! Highly endorsed and recommended!

Product Summary
Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to announce the Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure. This fan favorite hunter from Predator 2 features highly detailed armor, weapons, and accessories and will be the perfect addition to horror/sci-fi collections worldwide!

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NECA Plays Hockey with NES Jason Voorhees Replica Mask

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:09

Ever since NECA released an NES-inspired Jason Voorhees figure at Comic-Con last year, purple and blue Jason has been absolutely EVERYWHERE, turning in one single year from zero to hero.

And the unexpected revival of the character's most oddball incarnation is showing no signs of slowing down, as NECA has just unveiled a full-size replica mask based on the game.

Teased at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, we've now got a full look and more details about the mask, which will glow in the dark - much like the mask worn by the company's sought after 8-bit action figure.

The hand-painted reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang it on the wall. As a bonus, it comes in unique, game-inspired packaging.

Unfortunately, the mask isn't due out until November, which makes it a no-go for this year's Halloween. Sad face.

I'm typically against cool ideas being milked to death, but in the case of this particular one, I say keep the products coming!

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Stan Lee Gets Fit for Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:56

As he recently announced, Yoga Hosers will be the second film in Kevin Smith's Canada-set "True North Trilogy," which kicks off this year with Tusk. Now that principal photography is under way, Smith has revealed that an old friend is along for the ride. Read on!

Earlier this week Kevin Smith took to his Twitter account to confirm the Yoga Hosers involvement of the legendary Stan Lee, whom he had previously directed in Mallrats.

Per the picture he tweeted out, it looks like Lee will be playing a police officer in the film, though we don't yet know if he'll have a major role or just one of his trademark cameos.

The entire cast of Tusk is returning for Yoga Hosers, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, and Jason Mewes.

Yoga Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, “all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”

The characters of the convenience store clerks appear briefly in Tusk.


20 years ago, I got a chance to direct @TheRealStanLee in MALLRATS. Last night, I got to do it again for @YogaHosers! pic.twitter.com/LTGTB06cYr

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 27, 2014

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[Exclusive Preview] “The Squidder” #3

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:28

By this point we shouldn’t have to tell you that Ben Templesmith’s “The Squidder” is a once in a lifetime comic. It’s a bold mix of The Road Warrior and Cthulhu with everything in between serving as a love letter from Templesmith’s style. Our own Jorge Solis said issue two “…delivers an awesome ass-kicking action hero in the alien apocalypse. The surrealistic artwork will keep readers riveted with it’s striking images giving readers a dose of adrenaline that they will instantly crave more of.”

So we’re pretty psyched to offer an exclusive preview of issue 3, which hits shelves next week.

The Squidder #3 (of 4)

Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)

The Squidder lies broken and battered as the true enemy finally shows it’s face. Can it be killed when a world war couldn’t stop it before? New allies are found and weapons forged. Battle lines are drawn and loyalties tested as the Squidder deals with his past, his old demons and a small group of squiddly rebels who think they actually stand a chance. Also, finally, tentacles! Lots of them. Plus interesting places to put swords.

 FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

 

 

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[Exclusive Preview] ‘Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story’ #1

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:12

Well holy hell. This is exciting. “Silent Hill” love has hit fever pitch, and IDW Publishing has given us the incredibly awesome opportunity to share an exclusive preview of “Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story” #1. The chilling world of Silent Hill is faithfully being adapted into the work of comics from the co-writer of the videogame. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story #1—SPOTLIGHT

Tom Waltz (w) • Tristan Jones (a & c)

IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! In the 2012 hit video game Silent Hill Downpour, players were introduced to Anne Marie Cunningham, the enigmatic prison officer bent on bloody revenge against the game’s main protagonist, Murphy Pendleton. Now, at last, fans can learn what horrors Anne faced during her fateful journey through Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded streets… and what led her to the terrifyingly cursed town in the first place.  Written by Tom Waltz (writer ofSilent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Written by the co-writer of the Silent Hill Downpour videogame.
  • Features popular characters from the video game, including Howard Blackwood, who also appears in Silent Hill: Past Life.

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] So Much Arguing in “Deep Gravity” #2

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:44

“Deep Gravity” #2 picks up with the explosion aboard Vanguard.  All the creatures have escape and the survivors are regrouping and trying to decide the best course of action. There is one page that takes place back on Poseidon but besides that the entire issue follows the hand full of people aboard Vanguard arguing, so much arguing.

WRITTEN BY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Mike Richardson
ART BY: Fernando Baldo
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: August 27, 2014

Reviewed By Epic Switzer

I gave the first issue of “Deep Gravity” a favorable review and expressed a lot of hope for the series.  Unfortunately it seems we’ve gone from “Avatar” to “Deep Blue Sea” in just one issue.  Gone are the imaginative creatures and environments from issue one that intrigued and delighted me.  They’ve been replaced with three people shouting at each other about hierarchy and insubordination.

The focus shift to the wrecked ship doesn’t just sully my interest, it cripples Fernando Baldo’s art.  Because we are stuck on the ship with the survivors, his panels are mostly restricted to gray debris with groups of people standing around.  In one chamber there is a big fire and Baldo’s use of panelling and detail gets to shine through, but for the most part this issue is particularly boring to look at.

This issue has some things going for it: it moves very quickly for one.  Even though most of the dialogue is redundant arguing, the crew is quick on their feet and manages to cover a lot of ground in this issue.  Secondly there is a cliffhanger that, while no unexpected, presents opportunity for some really interesting conflict.

I really liked the first issue, so I will definitely stick with it for the time being.  But the reason “Deep Blue Sea” worked as well as it did wasn’t the sharks, it was Samuel L. Jackson.  This book doesn’t have a Samuel L. Jackson, it doesn’t even have a LL Cool J.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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[Comic Book Review] A War is Raging in “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge” #2

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:31

I have to thank the comic book gods (and my editor) for the sweet streak I have been on reading great books! “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge” #2 (aka The Goon #47) this week gives us another beautifully grimy rendered book of monsters, witch gangs, mobster violence, ghouls and dames. A war is raging on in this town and our big fisted galoot isn’t going to lose…easily.

 

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell

ART BY: Eric Powell

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: 27 August 2014

Reviewed by Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady

Twitter: @MrBradySteele

This saga has been percolating long before this mini-series started. Enemies of enemies have become allies. You know that is never an easy thing to pull off well but creator Eric Powell has woven such compelling characters, motivations and designs that you simply cannot look away from the page. It’s so hard for me to separate the writing and the art for this story. It’s all meshing together so succinctly that it reads as a complete package unto itself.

Again, Powell’s subdued color palette sets a grubby noir tone for each of the storylines herein. Legend Tomb of Draculaartist Gene Colon must have been in Powell’s long box or bookshelf at some point in his life. It shows and it works so well here in this story. You can almost hear the grizzled voice-over narration as you read on through all the doomed souls congregating in this tale of settling of scores. Powell has obviously kept his characters connected enough from past adventures that all of this will come to a head no doubt in explosive abundance. Combine that with the new spirits haunting and gathering and you know something big is going to go down.

I can’t spoil anything because it’s just worth reading and enjoying. Love is found and love is haunting others. There are even poop jokes here so no one takes this too seriously. Powell’s story is sweet when it needs to be, warm and touching when it wants to be, and brutal and gruesome when it has to be. Pick up last issue if you haven’t and treat yourself to a double shot of The Goon this week.

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[TV] Latest “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Teaser Gets Caged

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:44

FX recently set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT., which went along with the first promo.

A fourth has just been released and it’s a bit too small for the cage they built…

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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‘Cub’ Trailer Looks Like Jason Voorhees’ Early Years!!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:10

I was already pumped to see Jonas Govaerts’ Cub, which is World Premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (from Sep. 4-14).

The Playlist has turned that excitement into obsession with the trailer debut that pits a group of scouts against a feral child. Watch the trailer all I could think was that Cub looks like a Friday the 13th prequel that takes place between the first film and its sequel. Cub honestly looks like the younger years of one Jason Voorhees. This trailer is going to blow you away. Scouts honor.

“Cub is a horror adventure in which a young imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child. When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: the boy often tells tall tales and Sam’s mysterious past which he refuses to talk about makes his leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: the Feral Child, it turns out, is the helper of the Poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one…

 

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[In Flames Week] Day 5: Anders Fridén

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:00

Today marks the final day in our In Flames Week. Each member of the band has had the chance to tell us their most memorable moment during the recording of their upcoming album Siren Charms and now it’s time to hear from the frontman himself, Anders Fridén! Head below for this exclusive video!

Make sure to pre-order your copy of Siren Charms.

In Flames will be co-headling the “Communion Of Sirens” tour alongside fellow Swedish band Opeth. Tour dates are below and tickets can be found here.

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Tour dates with Opeth:
12/3 – Riviera Theater | Chicago, IL
12/4 – Mill City Nights | Minneapolis, MN
12/5 – Sokol Auditorium | Omaha, NE
12/6 – Ogden Theater | Denver, CO
12/8 – Warfield | San Francisco, CA
12/9 – Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
12/10 – The Marquee Theater | Tempe, AZ
12/12 – Warehouse Live | Houston, TX
12/13 – Gas Monkey Live | Dallas, TX
12/15 – Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA
12/17 – Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA
12/18 – Terminal 5 | New York, N.Y.
12/19 – Palladium | Worcester, MA
12/20 – Metropolis | Montreal, QC
12/21 – Koolhaus | Toronto, ONT

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Breathtaking ‘Godzilla’ Concept Art!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:59

The other day we shared the final fight sequence from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (review) reboot from director Gareth Edwards.

With the home video releases slated for September 16, another imgur user shares the best part of the movie – the concept art. I could easily frame and hang any of these pieces of art in my house.

Extra features include:

MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
Operation: Lucky Dragon
MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
The Godzilla Revelation
The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
Godzilla: Force of Nature
A Whole New Level Of Destruction
Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

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‘Insidious’ Producer Becomes a ‘Shut In’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:55

Here’s a movie I can relate to…

THR first reports that Beth Riesgraf, pictured, is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, La.

Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Dead Snow 2) and Jack Kesy (“The Strain”) also are starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within).

Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

The production start marks a milestone for the project, whose road began in 2010 when it was written by TJ Cimfel and David White. It won top honors at the 2011 Shriekfest and was on the 2012 Blood List of Hollywood’s top unproduced horror screenplays.

Steven Schneider, whose credits include the horror films WER, Insidious and Paranormal Activity, is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman) and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli).

Executive producing are Christa Campbell, Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto and Vicarious Entertainment.

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Kevin Smith Casts Stan Lee In ‘Yoga Hosers’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:48

Kevin Smith has revealed on Twitter that he’s cast Marvel founder Stan Lee in his forthcoming Yoga Hosers alongside Johnny Depp, Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Harley Morenstein, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes

“Yoga Hosers centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with all seven Charkas, one Warrior Pose at a time.

Principal photography on Yoga Hosers is underway.

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NSFW ‘Moebius’ Clip Stabs a Dude In His Dick (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:43

If you can watch this clip without puking, you’re a better man than I…

RAM Releasing’s fucking crazy Moebius (read our review), the latest from acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring), opens in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago throughout August (details below), and will be available to audiences nationwide via cable and digital VOD TODAY.

We’re pumping you up for the absolutely bonkers movie with this exclusive clip, one that will have you holding your crotch in pain. This is definitely vicious and NOT WORK SAFE!

When she catches her husband having an affair, a woman attempts to castrate the cheater for his wrongdoing. Unsuccessful, she instead inflicts the unspeakable act on her own son, setting off a series of grotesque yet provocative events ranging from a hurried genital transplant to pain-inflicted orgasms that all merge in a continuous thread of delirious storytelling. With both husband and son damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads towards destruction even more horrific than before.

Kim Ki-Duk, whose signature style pushes the limits of challenging filmmaking and often blows right through them, won the Golden Lion with Pieta at the Venice Film Festival last year. The prolific director is set to shock audiences again with Moebius, his latest perverse statement on family tensions, sexual boundaries and society’s issues with each.

The platform theatrical release sees Moebius opening in Los Angeles on August 8 (at The Cinefamily), New York City on August 15 (at Cinema Village) and Chicago on August 22 (at Facets). On August 29, the film becomes available on cable VOD at all major providers (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Verizon, et al) and digital VOD at iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Rovi and Samsung Hub.

In addition, we have (1) official poster signed by star Lee Eun-woo for you to enter to win. All you have to do is put MOEBIUS in the subject line and then send your FULL NAME and address to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winers chosen at random. No PO Boxes. US only.

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Who Will Play Snake Plissken In ‘Escape From New York’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:43

While most remakes don’t make a lick of sense, I’m actually intrigued and excited for the modern day take on John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, especially after what’s been going on in Ferguson. The fear of a police state is a growing concern in this country, and social commentary makes a film that much better (see Night of the Living Dead).

Assuming this long-gestured reboot gets off the ground, who may play the new Snake Plissken?

Pacific Rim‘s Charlie Hunnam, “The Walking Dead’s” Jon Bernthal and The Guest‘s Dan Stevens, pictured below, top Silver Pictures’ wishlist, according to Starlog. This means that no offers have been made, and that Silver hopes to land one of these three growing stars. Hunnam is said to be their top choice, but is my least favorite of the bunch. Frankly, I always thought Bernthal was the only thing good in “The Walking Dead” – and Stevens is just coming off an extremely badass role in Adam Wingard’s The Guest.

Something cool that may end up in the feature is that “Snake’s past will be seen in brief glimpses throughout the film, blending into his reality via Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” says a source to the site.

And although Snake is the protagonist, there will be a team aspect to this new version:

“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”

There’s still no director attached, so I’d say this is seriously premature news and I wouldn’t put any weight into it. But it is fun to imagine Shane blasting through a dark and rotting New York…

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Glow in the Dark Jason Mask: ‘Friday the 13th’ Video Game Replica!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:27

His name was Jason… and this was his mask. Or at least it was in the classic Friday the 13th video game!

NECA reveals this full-size, wearable replica of Jason Voorhees’ mask is based on the 1989 8-bit game.

The hand-painted reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang on the wall — and true to the video game original, it glows in the dark! As a bonus, the mask comes in unique, game-inspired packaging.

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