Mondo Yakuza Delivers a Stylish Black-and-White Trailer

Dread Central - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 00:06

As someone who shamelessly devours Japanese cinema on a fairly regular basis, I’ll pretty much watch anything with the word “yakuza” in the title. Big budget, low budget, micro-budget — doesn’t matter. As long as I get to see a Japanese gangster and a few guns, I’m a happy camper. Which may explain why Mondo Yakuza has ensnared my attention. Although the cast and crew are operating on a tiny budget, that isn’t stopping them from delivering something potentially cool.

This handy synopsis explains what the story’s all about:

Ichiro Kataki, a violent Yakuza gang member travels to Melbourne, Australia after his beloved sister Yuko is brutally murdered by a group of criminals. Hell bent on vengeance he teams up with Cassidy Arizona, a lady of the night with a vendetta of her own.

Written and directed by Addison Heath and produced by Black Forest Films and Team littleBIG, Monda Yakuza is aiming for a 2016 release. While we’re waiting, this stylish black-and-white trailer should keep us busy. Swing by the official Facebook page for more info.

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The Walking Dead Devours TV Competition

Dread Central - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 21:44

It’s still kind of stunning to us how popular “The Walking Dead” is but the Neilsen ratings are in and they’re nothing short of monstrous.

Per Variety, according to the Nielsen “live plus-7” estimates through mid-November, “The Walking Dead” was the No. 1 entertainment series of the year in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 and trailed only NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS” in total viewers. It averaged 19.7 million viewers per episode to hold off the year’s hottest newcomer, Fox’s “Empire” (17.8 million).

Head on over to the above link for the complete breakdown.

“The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Sonequa-Martin Green, Michael Cudlitz, Ethan Embry, Merritt Wever, Xander Berkeley, and Tom Payne.

“The Walking Dead” will resume on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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Ghostbusters to the Rescue in New Still; Villain Details

Dread Central - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 21:23

Entertainment Weekly scored some new details and a new image from Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters, and we have the latest for you right here.

Prior to today we didn’t know what the gals in the new flick will be up against other than the obvious; however, now have some idea. The new Busters will be fighting everything from “pilgrims, old-­timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, [to] even a couple of zoot­-suited gangsters.

Dig on the new image below.

In Ghostbusters, Melissa McCarthy is Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig is Erin Gilbert, Leslie Jones is Patty Tolan, and Kate McKinnon is Jillian Holtzmann. Chris Hemsworth co-stars, and also making appearances will be Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts.

Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash-forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.

The Ghostbusters reboot will haunt the big screen on July 15, 2016.

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: December 29, 2015

Dread Central - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 20:55

As this year draws to a close, I’m sorry to report another slow week, folks. While we’ve only got three releases total to speak of this week, the next few months look surprisingly good. January has more than 40 releases dropping throughout the month while February has close to 50.

It’s still too early to be completely sure, but March isn’t looking too shabby either. Keep checking back each week to get the complete rundown.

For anyone who was waiting to pick up the Some Kind of Hate Blu-ray after the DVD came out in November, this is your week.

Bava’s Blood and Black Lace Blu-ray/DVD Combo will be coming to us from Arrow on the 31st (instead of the 29th). There appears to be a discrepancy regarding the Steelbook release of this movie, particularly on Amazon. Originally it was listed to be coming out on the 31st as well but now shows up as unavailable with a release date of December 31st of next year. Other sites are reporting that both releases have been out for months. In any case, some version of the movie should be purchasable somewhere, sometime during this week. In any case I’ve included links to both versions here.

Lastly is Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, which I have heard good things about but have yet to see. I like the idea of western/horror movies so I’ll probably be picking up a copy of this at some point this week.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year. May your 2016 be filled with all the dreams 2015 didn’t deliver on. Pleasant viewing, fiends.

MOVIES

Blood and Black Lace (1964) (December 31st)

Starring:

Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner

Synopsis:

A masked man with a metal-claw glove stalks models at a couple’s fashion salon in Rome.

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Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Starring:

Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, Richard Jenkins

Synopsis:

When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy. Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Tombstone) leads an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Matthew Fox (“Lost”) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) in this gritty, action-packed thriller chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West.

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Some Kind of Hate (2015)

Starring:

Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Spencer Breslin, Michael Polish

Synopsis:

Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassment starts all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge. Hell on earth has a new meaning in this gruesome shocker “guaranteed to please any and every type of horror fan” (Fangoria).

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Spend 20 Minutes Re-Opening The X-Files; Spooky New Image Gallery

Dread Central - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 20:51

“The X-Files” returns early next year, but if you’re in need of a lengthy fix ahead of time, here’s an over 20-minute long featurette regarding the show’s highly anticipated return.

“The X-Files” returns to Fox with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee.

The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong.

“The X-Files” originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned sixteen Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. “The X-Files” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ten Thirteen Productions. Carter is executive producer and creator of the series. Glen Morgan also serves as an executive producer.

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Dread Central Site Update – Update

Dread Central - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 20:37

It turns out things are taking longer than we’d like so while the back end stuff continues to be fine-tuned (we are moving 9-1/2 years of content after all), we’re gonna continue to update like usual.

But what about the redesign, you ask? Good question! It should be ready to go within a couple of weeks. We’re on it and are sorry about the delay and any inconvenience it may have caused. In any event… back to business we go.

Look for the new stuff ASAP!

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Future of the Halloween Franchise in Question; Dimension Loses Rights

Dread Central - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 20:28

Dimension Films has been behind the Halloween franchise for the past twenty years, ever since producing The Curse of Michael Myers. Needless to say, the company has become synonymous with Michael Myers, and today brings the big news that studio and slasher icon have parted ways.

As originally reported by Bloody Disgusting, Dimension Films has lost the rights to the Halloween franchise, and former parent company Miramax Films is currently shopping the series around Hollywood. Malek Akkad will stay on board as producer, regardless of where those rights end up.

To provide a bit of context, brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein own Dimension Films, which has since 2005 been the genre division of The Weinstein Company. Dimension was originally a label owned by Miramax Films, though the Weinsteins took it with them when they left the company.

In summation, the Weinsteins no longer have any say in the Halloween franchise.

What does this mean for the future of the franchise? For now, all we really know for sure is that sequel Halloween Returns, which was being developed by Dimension Films, is now completely off the table. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan wrote the script, and Dunstan was set to direct.

More on this developing story as we learn it.

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Guns N’ Roses is Reuniting But…

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 18:51

…it’s not the full original lineup that many were hoping for. Still, it’s being confirmed through multiple sources that hard rock/heavy metal legends Guns N’ Roses will not only be headlining the 2016 Coachella concerts but also that they’ll be embarking on stadium tour through the year.

Now, when I said that it’s not the full original lineup, I can tell you that the confirmed names are vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan. Matt Sorum is said to be filling in for drummer Steven Adler and there’s no word yet on Izzy Stradlin. While disappointing that it’s not all of the original crew, I’m still pumped to get a chance to check out this lineup. That’s one helluva get together, especially after such a long and public feud.

The full Coachella announcement will come in early January.

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Hey Chicago, We Have FREE Passes to See ‘The Forest’!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 18:44

Remember, stay on the path… to FREE tickets!

Bloody Disgusting has free passes to Chicagoland readers for Gramercy Pictures’ The Forest starring “Games of Thrones” fav Natalie Dormer, who ends up at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan where the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the setting of this supernatural thriller.

We have (100) pairs of passes to the following screening:

Wednesday, January 6
7:00pm
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema
1001 W. 75th St.
Woodridge IL, 60517

Click here to score yours immediately! Print them out and bring them with.

Important: The passes are first come-first served so it’s best to arrive early to ensure seating. Refer to screening passes for more details.

In The Forest, “A young American woman, Sara (Dormer), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Kinney), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to ‘stay on the path.’ Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.

In theaters January 8th, 2016, The Forest is based on an idea by David S. Goyer.

Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa all star.

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Trace’s 10 Most Disappointing Horror Movies of the Year

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 16:28

Mr. Disgusting’s Top 10 Horror Films | 10 More Must-See Horror Films of 2015! | Adam’s Top 5 Horror Games | Chris’ Best Blu-ray Releases | Chris’ Best Double Features Blu-rays | Trace’s Top 5 Horror Films | Jon’s 5 Best Horror Soundtracks | Jon’s Top 10 Albums | 10 Most Disturbing Moments | 10 Best Horror Movie Posters | 10 Worst Horror Movie Posters | 10 Best Trailers | 10 Worst Trailers | 10 Most Surprising Horror Movies | 10 Most Disappointing Horror Movies

Last year I tried to do something a little different with my end-of-year lists: rather than do a “Best and Worst” I opted to do a “Most Surprising” and “Most Disappointing” films. This year, I’m writing those but also including a “Best Of” list! The tricky part about a “Most Disappointing” list is that my expectations for a film could vastly differ from yours, so while I may have had high expectations for The Green Inferno, you may have had none and been pleasantly surprised with it (in which case it would make it on your “Most Surprising” list). With that being said, here are my 10 most disappointing horror movies from 2015!*

*For the sake of not letting readers feel left out, I opted not to include films that only screened at festivals this year. Those will all go on my 2016 lists (should they actually get a release in 2016). Also, I was not able to see every genre film that came out this year, but I did see most of them. For a list of what films were considered for this list, take a look at everything I watched here.

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How Does This Horror Movie Character Die?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 16:00

Although I’m a firm believer that a good horror movie doesn’t need gore to be effective, that doesn’t mean that I’m not all for it when it happens! Hell, I love seeing a great kill just as much as the next person! And some kills just so happen to be a bit more memorable than others. But how good is your memory, eh? Shall we put it to the test?

Below is a quiz with 10 characters that have appeared in horror movies. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to see if you can properly state how they died in that specific movie (yes, that is a clue). I took it and got 10/10, which gave me the following message: “You can’t be stopped. You’re a master of death.

So, if you think you can show off your movie death knowledge, get below and start answering! Oh, and make sure to tell us how you did in the comments!

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Fan-made ‘Dante’s Inferno’ Film Releases Short Teaser

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 14:36

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate
(Abandon all hope, ye who enter here)

The 2010 EA horror adventure game Dante’s Inferno wasn’t exactly the most well-received title in terms of sales. Yeah, the critics were overall happy with the final product but the game itself was passed over by a great many, which is sad because it’s one of the most visually disturbing, disgusting, and creative games of its time. And while comparisons to God of War might not have been terribly off the mark, it was still unique enough to keep me entertained through two or three playthroughs.

Based upon the infamous poem by Dante Alighieri, the game is the foundation for some rather interesting ideas. Firstly, there was an animated film for the title. Then there are still rumors being bandied about that a sequel, which will focus on the second book “Purgatorio”, is in the works. Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, a film adaptation is in the works with Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) attached to direct.

While we wait for the potential sequel and live-action movie, fan Tal Peleg is directing a fan-made film called Dante’s Redemption that will see the first act being released in late 2016, according to them. However, we can get a small taste of the short with the below trailer that they released just a few days ago.

I’m all for this series getting a breath of new life as I think the world that Alighieri created is absolutely stunning and unbelievably terrifying. Never before has a description of Hell been so shocking and imaginative.

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The ‘Ghostbusters’ Battle Spooks of New York’s Past

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 14:33

They ain’t afraid of no ghost.

Paul Feig’s modern Ghostbusters take to the streets of New York in this fresh still.

The photo displays the brand new ghost-busting crew that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, in walking alongside a destroyed firetruck. Who are they battling?

“Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s under­belly past have returned to roost among the living,” EW reveals about the plot, further adding: “Pilgrims, old-­timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot­-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.”

Feig has filmed cameos (in new roles) for many of the original Ghostbusters cast, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and even Sigourney Weaver.

Andy Garcia, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh and Pat Kiernan also star alongside Chris Hemsworth in Ghostbusters blasting into theaters July 15, 2016.

[Related Post] Ghostbusters: Slimer to Make an Appearance?!

“SNL” vet Neil Casey is the main Ghostbusters villain. He is rumored to play the ghost of a murderer (sort of like Wes Craven’s Shocker, actually) who resurrects a ghost army based on historical characters.

The full plot details were previously revealed here.

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Trace Picks the Year’s 10 Worst Horror Movie Posters!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 11:01

Mr. Disgusting’s Top 10 Horror Films | 10 More Must-See Horror Films of 2015! | Adam’s Top 5 Horror Games | Jess’ Top 5 Horror FIlms | Chris’ Best Blu-ray Releases | Chris’ Best Double Features Blu-rays | Trace’s Top 5 Horror Films | Jon’s 5 Best Horror Soundtracks | Jon’s Top 10 Albums | 10 Most Disturbing Moments | 10 Best Horror Movie Posters | 10 Worst Horror Movie Posters | 10 Best Trailers | 10 Worst Trailers | 10 Most Surprising Horror Movies | 10 Most Disappointing Horror Movies | Jorge Solis’ 10 Scariest Comic Books

A poster is the best marketing tool for a film outside of its trailer. I used to get to the movie theater 45 minutes early so I would have time to walk the halls and look at all of the posters for the coming attractions. There’s just something so fun about looking at posters and horror films arguably have the best ones. They can’t all be winners though, as the posters on this list make clear. With that being said, here are (in no particular order) 10 of the worst posters for horror films released this year!*

*Keep in mind that this is a judgment on the poster only. The quality of the movie has nothing to do with the posters included on this list.

#Horror (IFC Films)

“Quick! The movie comes out tomorrow. Let’s make a poster real quick. Just get the headshot of the main girl and slap a hashtag from ClipArt on her face!” is what I imagine the creative team behind this poster said when they were “designing” it.

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[Interview] Cast and Crew of ‘The Forest’ on the Yurei, Psychological Breakdowns, and the Mythology Behind the Sea of Trees!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 10:01

Every year, dozens upon dozens of normal, everyday people travel to the stunning Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji in northern Japan, wander off of the hiking path, and take their own lives. Also known as the “Suicide Forest” and the “Sea of Trees”, despite the people of Japan’s best efforts to diminish the rumors and dismiss the negative persona that their peculiar forest has cursed them with, the amount of tourists and suicidal patrons entering the forest’s confines seems not to wither, but to flourish. No one’s exactly sure why this geographical location as come to serve as the final resting place for so many lost souls from all over the world, but like a moth to a flame, this destination hooks vulnerable minds, and reels them in to its cold, quiet quarters.

In Jason Zada’s 2016 film The Forest, a young woman named Sara (Natalie Dormer) receives a phone call from her identical twin sister, Jess (also played by Natalie Dormer), who has become lost within the clutches of the Suicide Forest, and unable to find her way back to civilization again. Though she may know little to nothing about the forest itself, and though every person she comes across in this foreign land tells her to turn back and accept the fact that Jess is probably dead, Sara refuses to lose hope. Sara has always felt an unexplainable connection to her twin, a pulsating lifeline within her heart connected to her sibling that has yet to dim, and as long as that invisible thread between the two girls still holds strong, Sara won’t accept that her sister is truly gone. Therefore, Sara travels around the world, blindly plunging deep into the heart of the Aokigahara Forest, in an attempt to save her beloved sister, and finally bring her back home.

Though the story of Sara diving into this dangerous territory to retrieve her sister is a fabrication, the Suicide Forest that the film supposedly takes place in is a real, highly active place where hundreds of people have gone to kill themselves, and still more venture back every year. The forest is supposedly filled with evil demons, including the Yurei; vengeful spirits whose souls could not pass on to the afterworld because either their bodies were never found, so the proper burial rituals couldn’t be performed, or the fact that they ended their own life prevented them from peace in life after death.

“The lore of the forest is so creepy and it’s been so embedded in Japanese culture, we didn’t have to create much,” explains producer David S. Goyer with a sense of fascination behind his eyes. “That Ubasaute woman, the Yurei, the idea of there being iron deposits and ice caves, iron deposits in the ground, so phones and compasses don’t work, all of that exists. The ice cave exists, people get lost there all the time, the ropes and the strings that people leave so that the park rangers can identify their bodies, we didn’t make any of that up. So, that aspect of it really wrote itself”.

Although the Japanese lore that is deeply embedded in the history of the centuries old forest was fascinating enough to bring everyone involved in the project on board, its eerie reputation continued to represent both a pull for those filmmakers looking to step outside of the norm and attempt a unique project, while also remaining a focal point of terror and mysterious mysticism.

“Cell phones get jumbled up and compasses don’t work”, recalls star Taylor Kinney, who plays Aiden, Sara’s newfound journalist friend who helps guide her through the woods. “It’s just a surreal place and just to know the history, and the amount of people that have committed suicide there, it’s just staggering. It’s trippy”.

At first glance, it may look like one of the most breathtaking tourist spots a world traveller could ever hope to visit, but upon closer examination, it seems that there is a certain sense of wickedness laced in with the glorious trunks of this gorgeous scenery. While those who enter the forest with the contemplation of death on their minds are clearly teetering on the brink of sanity, and battling severe depression already, there’s talk of the forest pushing its inhabitants to commit suicide through persuasion, trickery, or just plain old starvation when people who want to leave lose their way and wind up dying accidentally in a remote area of the fourteen square mile span, too isolated to seek the help that they have finally admitted they need.

“It’s been called the most beautiful place to die”, comments director Jason Zada about the infamous forest, his voice heightened with curiosity and excitement. “In building the forest as sort of the bad guy in the film, and being this dark evil presence, we made the decision based on all of my research and everything that we’ve done, that the forest isn’t necessarily evil, it has the ability to show you kind of the sadness that’s inside of you, and to enhance that and to manipulate you. The forest doesn’t kill you, you kill yourself. It’s the idea that there’s a place that could show you the worst things about your life. I think people are attracted to it, the people that have that darkness inside of them, that the forest just uses it and enhances it”.

Sara certainly falls prey to the power of the forest’s design, as she embarks on her journey to find her sister, hidden somewhere in the tall trees, and instead, finds ghostly noises in the night, paranoid delusions of her new friend Aiden double crossing her, and full on hallucinations of strangers who may be alive, or may have already crossed the threshold into the land of the undead.

To accurately display such a exasperated yet believable emotionally traumatized state, and, not to mention, while at the same time, basically putting on a one woman show, director Zada would need a very talented actress that could handle the challenge. He found the attributes he sought in Game of Thrones regular Natalie Dormer. “To sort of psychologically unravel on film is not easy, and then to play two different people is not easy, and then to play in basically every single frame of the film, we needed an actress that can pull off that level of craftsmanship, and just really wanted to put herself out there for the ride”. Needless to say, Zada was happy with the results. “I’ve worked with a lot of people, and I’d say she really has something about here where she just really pops off the screen, and that her ability to sort of be fearless in some of the decisions that she makes was really great”.

To understand Sara and Jess’ mental states as they battle the forces of darkness in today’s world, one must go back to when these twins were just little girls, and they experienced a horrifying event that would change their lives forever. Both of their parents died at an early age, leaving their grandmother to raise them, and forever casting a shadow over their once happy lives. While Jess chooses to bask in her sorrows, constantly putting her connection to the dark side on full display, Sara opts for a more controlled, positive outlook on life. However, as time passes on, Sara comes to realize that maybe she isn’t quite dealing with her inner demons in a healthy manner, but rather, ignoring her issues altogether in a fit of denial.

“I found it really fascinating that they’re just these two girls that have suffered this profound trauma early in their lives, and have almost gone in textbook polar opposite ways in how they deal with it,” interprets star Natalie Dormer. “One being wild and very connected with the darkness in her life, and the other being very repressed, overachiever, sort of control freak really, in order to feel safe”. Added Dormer, “I think there’s elements of both of the girls in me”.

Bearing a painful past an an unsure future, the sisters in this film are relatable in large part due to the damage inside of them that’s pushed to the surface, and tested to the breaking point. Every person in the world deals with some kind of inner turmoil, but the notion that the demons that these girls are carrying around on the inside could grow and manifest in the form of ancient spirits, and present themselves in the physical world as Yurei and other fearful presences, in an already frightening and unknown land, is both accessible to audiences, and petrifying in its own right.

Director Zada recalls a very specific story during his research period when connected the two elements together. “When we were in Japan, when I actually saw the forest and had a guide take us in, at the very end, like the sun was going down and we were leaving, he asked us, ‘Can I rub salt on your back and you rub salt on my back?’ And I said, ‘That’s a very odd request, but sure’, and I asked him why, and he said, ‘Well, we believe that when you go to a place like this, that the Yurei will cling to your back, and they’ll go home with you, and they’ll haunt you at your house. So, by rubbing salt on your back, you get rid of them’. So, it’s just like this incredibly strange image that stuck in my head that people could be carrying around Yureis with them”.

“We all carry demons and repressed past regrets and baggage that we all have” relates Dormer, “and that idea of when you get put in a situation where you’re forced to deal with that, I just found the suspense-thriller elements a real thinking person’s horror movie. I thought the human psychological elements were fascinating”.

The deeper Sara ventures into the Suicide Forest, the further she slips into insanity, getting just as lost in the thicket of the evergreen trees as she is in the dark corners of her mind. This is one trip she may never come back from.

Discover what happens to Sara and her sister Jess when they fall under the thrall of the Sea of Trees early next year. The Forest hits theaters on January 8th, 2016.

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New to Blu – Week of 12/29/2015

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 09:57

Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.

We have arrived at the final New to Blu for 2015! A little more this week than last week, but overall not a whole not new coming out. Personally, I’m looking forward to picking up Bone Tomahawk. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m pretty confident I’ll like it. Kurt Russell in a violent western? What isn’t there to like?!

US Releases

Bone Tomahawk (Image, Region A)

Synopsis:
Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Hitman: Agent 47 (Fox, Region A)

Synopsis:
An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

 

UK Releases

Rage of Honor (101 Films, Region B)

Synopsis:
A Japanese cop, Shiro, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Shiro follows the murderer, a sadistic drug lord, up to Singapore.

Sinister 2 (Entertainment One, Region B)

Synopsis:
A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

Victor Frankenstein (Fox, Region B)

Synopsis:
Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, the redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man and the legend we know today.

 

Australia Releases

The Gift (Roadshow Entertainment, Region B)

Synopsis:
A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a “friend” from the husband’s past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.

The Diabolical (Starz/Anchor Bay, Region B)

Synopsis:
When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence in their quiet suburban home, she turns to her scientist boyfriend to take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face.

Drunken Master (Umbrella Entertainment, Region B)

Synopsis:
The troublesome son of a martial arts master must learn the art of “Drunken Boxing” when he loses a fight with an assassin hired to kill his father.

The Night Crew (Pinnacle Films, Region B)

Synopsis:
A group of hard up bounty hunters who must survive the night in a desert motel against a horde of savage border runners. They soon realize that their fugitive, a mysterious Chinese woman, is much more than she lets on.

Categories: Horror News

Our 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games of 2016

bloody disgusting - Mon, 12/28/2015 - 22:35

The year’s almost over. It’s been good to us, but it’s time to leave it in the past where it can sit poolside with the other years we’re slowly forgetting, drowning its sorrows in Moscow mules until it forgets the fact that it was one Konami short of greatness.

A handful of games is what kept the last twelve months from feeling like the teaser trailer that arrives a few days before the actual trailer. We’re going to forget about it completely the moment we’re given the real thing, but there was some excitement to be had.

This was the year that gave gamers the opportunity to step into the shoes of a needy Pamela Voorhees, as we pooled our resources in order to buy our son a first-class ticket so he would finally come home to us. It also let us know about the remakes we’ll be getting sometime around 2017 of Resident Evil 2 and System Shock, because miracles exist, apparently.

Oh, and System Shock 3. You know what? Let’s talk about how great 2017 is going to be. I can’t see Resident Evil 7 until then, and if 2016 is going to kick off the virtual reality revolution, then 2017 is about when they’ll start being worth their price tag. I’m so over 2016, you guys. I’ll still do this — I just want you to know that my heart’s not going to be in it. It’ll be far too busy wondering if 2017 will also be the year that gifts us with a third Condemned game.

Categories: Horror News

R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead Has Passed Away

bloody disgusting - Mon, 12/28/2015 - 20:43

Some tragic news is making its way around the internet as it’s being reported that Lemmy Kilmister, the enigmatic frontman/bassist of London hard rock/metal band Motörhead has passed away. He was 70 years old. The band has posted an official statement.

There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Share stories.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 -2015
Born to lose, lived to win.

Motörhead began in 1975 and were considered by many to be part of the NWOBHM movement. During their tenure, they released 23 studio albums as well as several live albums and compilation discs. Perhaps their most famous song is “Ace of Spades”, the title track of their hit 1980 album.

We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Let us raise our horns in the air and bow our heads for one of the greats.


#RIPLemmy One life, lived your way, from the beginning, till the end See you down the road my friend… Thank you for the gift of your sound

— Triple H (@TripleH) December 29, 2015

Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.

— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015

LEMMY of MOTÖRHEAD has passed. Horns up & Heads down. Long live Rock- thank you LEMMY

— Jim Breuer (@JimBreuer) December 29, 2015

Categories: Horror News

‘Halloween’ Shocker: Dimension No Longer Controlling Michael Myers?! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 12/28/2015 - 17:13

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive so shocking that I can’t even believe I’m reporting it.

I’m told that Dimension Films allegedly no longer has the rights to Halloween. I got nervous even writing that sentence, although our scoop has been confirmed as of Monday night.

Yes, if true, Michael Myers will no longer be controlled by The Weinstein Company, who has been behind the franchise for 20 years. They first produced the 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, the sixth film in the franchise, and have since gone on to deliver us Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection, as well as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake and its sequel, H2.

While they had been in development on a third film (potentially in 3-D) with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, what I’m hearing is that Miramax is starting over with Malek Akkad.

Allegedly, Miramax is shopping the franchise and seeking a new distributor.

If you want to speculate, how cool would it be if this were to land at Warner Bros./New Line or at Paramount Pictures? While the “Universe” pot is hot, could you imagine a shared universe with Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface?

Leatherface and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre rights were once owned by New Line, as was Jason Voorhees (which was sent to Paramount in exchange to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar). It is an absolute possibility to bring all of these horror icons under one roof. Someone’s just got to be proactive to make it happen.

Warner Bros./New Line I’m looking at you…

Categories: Horror News

Dread Central Is Updating; Please Stand By!

Dread Central - Mon, 12/28/2015 - 17:05

Hey, kids! You may be surfing over here today and thinking to yourself, “Self, where’s the news? How come DC isn’t updated?” Well, we’re using this, the slowest week of the year, to update ourselves from top to bottom.

What does this mean for you? Just that once we’re back, we’ll be sexier than ever. Sit tight as this is gonna take a day or so. In the interim go read any other one of the 100k articles available here.

We’ll be back ASAP!

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Categories: Horror News