Techland released a series of videos earlier today to show off the four new Dying Light: The Following DLC bundles — Volatile Hunter, Harran Ranger, Crash Test, and Gun Psycho — that are available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Included in each $2.99 bundle you’ll find an outfit, some weapons, and a new paint job that won’t immediately be ruined by the gore and viscera the dune buggy tends to accumulate when you’re plowing through a sea of unsuspecting ghouls with my dual flamethrowers cranked to the max.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roof garden is being overseen by “Mother” as, for the 2016 season, the roof garden commission is British artist Cornelia Parker’s “Transitional Object (PsychoBarn),” which is indeed a replica of the creepy home featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic Psycho, reports Curbed New York.
Parker says she was inspired not just by Hitchcock’s iconic film, but also by the work of artist Edward Hopper, who was known for painting rural landscapes punctuated by the odd barn or rambling old house. In fact, the Bates home in Psycho was allegedly inspired by Hopper’s painting House By the Railroad, and Parker’s piece shares similar characteristics. It’s covered in reclaimed wood, which comes from an actual barn; she’s stated that she wanted to contrast the “wholesomeness” of that image with the creepiness of the Hitchcock film.
It opens tomorrow and will be on view through October 31.
A photo posted by Becky Schear (@beckyschear) on Apr 18, 2016 at 12:06pm PDT
Telltale’s has confirmed their three-part miniseries The Walking Dead: Michonne will come to an end next week with a finale filled with swinging katanas, hungry ghouls, and peppered with enough feels to leave you devastated right up until the debut of The Walking Dead: Season 3 this fall.
Are you all caught up? If so, what do you think of this series — is this something you’d like to see Telltale return to with another popular Walking Dead character?
Michonne releases April 26 for PC/Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and mobile.
I know you don’t need me to tell you that Suda 51 makes weird games, it’s a fact, like how giraffes fight by becoming mediaeval flails. His studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, is known for their punk rock hack-and-shoot-’em-ups No More Heroes and Killer7, as well as the contributions they’ve made in the general direction of horror, with Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw and the Japan-exclusive Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse.
Suda 51’s upcoming free-to-play asynchronous multiplayer brawler Let it Die seems to borrow from all of these titles, with its gladiatorial combat that blends Manhunt and Mortal Kombat with zany arenas featuring fire-spewing Tyrannosaurs, because that’s how you make a seven ton mass of muscle and teeth cool and terrifying.
After a lengthy hiatus that left me wondering if we were going to have to let Let it Die die, its publisher, GungHo Online Entertainment, confirmed the PS4 exclusive is still aiming for a release later this year, with a playable demo that’ll be at PAX East next week.
“And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche
In each of us, there is the potential for both good and evil. It’s simply a matter of how we decide to tackle any situation thrown our way. Each situation we come across in life offers a choice on how we act, whether it be for the betterment of ourselves or those around us or if we become a little naughty and choose to let the devil on our shoulder do the talking.
But what about you, eh? How about the dear readers of Bloody-Disgusting? When you look in the mirror, do you see someone that wouldn’t be set ablaze simply by stepping foot into a church? Or do you see someone who’s got a lot of work cut out for them? Why not take the simple test below to see where you land!
I got 50/50, which gave me these results:
Based on your visual associations, we found that your brain is 50% good and 50% evil. You usually tend to be quite balanced and try to see both side of the coin, though when scorned, you can be quite vengeful and do things that some may say are out of character. You’re quite level headed and see yourself as a bit of an introvert and a bit of an extrovert as well.
Take the quiz below and let us know your results in the comments!
ZaziNombies LEGO Creations is a YouTube channel that builds awesome creations, mostly from video games, using nothing but LEGO blocks. From weapons seen in Call of Duty to creatures from Minecraft, Zazi shows incredible care and attention to detail for each of the projects. And for his latest endeavor, he’s picked one of the most powerful handheld weapons to appear in video game history: the BFG-9000 from Doom!
Now, Zazi has chosen to recreate the original BFG, the one from id Software’s 1993 classic FPS shooter that ended up revolutionizing and defining the genre. Dubbed in the 2005 film adaptation as the “Bio Force Gun”, all video game players know it by its real name: the “Big Fucking Gun”, which might be the most accurate name for a weapon in the history of video games. Honestly, I think that name even beats out total descriptors like “iron sword” or “wooden shield”. What kind of sword, huh? Oh, is that oak or maple? Get outta here and give me my big fucking gun!
Check out the above video to see the LEGO weapon “in action”! Once you’re done giving it a view, why not tell me your favorite Doom weapon in the comments below?
The Umbrella Corporation really needs to get it together. They may be frighteningly effective at creating living weapons, but they’re terrible at containing them. To their credit, not that they deserve any, they are skilled at finding the most isolated and often uninhabitable parts of the world for their mad scientists to commit unspeakable atrocities against nature.
The secret facility they built in Antarctica in 1969 would certainly qualify. I like to imagine they chose that spot just so they could burrow through the core of the earth and into Santa’s house — he’s a rich white guy, so it’s probably an estate — to experiment with his wee jolly slaves while the old fat man spies on little kids. Okay, I know Umbrella is evil, but Santa is too, in a creepy sort of way. Which side am I supposed to be on in this strange scenario I’ve concocted? I’m seriously asking.
Anyway, Umbrella done goof’d and filled the antarctic base with zombies, so it’ll appear, sans the elevator to Santa’s elf plantation, as a map in the upcoming Resident Evil multiplayer centric spin-off Umbrella Corps.
Entertainment Factory’s Death House, their self-proclaimed “Expendables of horror,” is set to wrap principal photography in Philadelphia, PA.
Bloody Disgusting has some images from the indie production that feature the likes of horror fav Kane Hodder (Hatchet, Jason in a handful of Friday the 13th sequels) as well as Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, From Beyond, Re-Animator, We Are Still Here) and Dee Wallace (The Howling, Critters, The Lords of Salem, Cujo, E.T.).
In the film, “Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.”
Also starring are Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Gunnar Hansen, Bill Oberst and a number of other surprises.
Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on the original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.
The pic revolves around federal agents Cody Longo (Piranha 3D) and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers, Sushi Girl, Silent Night) fighting their way into the bowels of a federal prison that holds the worst prisoners on earth.
Practical effects are mastered through the wizardry of Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX (Gods and Monsters, Ed Wood).
According to Heat Vision, actor Willem Dafoe has been cast in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Part One. Currently in production, the follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is expected to arrive in theaters on November 17, 2017. There’s no word at this time on who exactly Dafoe is playing, but word is that it will not be a villainous role. This marks the second actor from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy to score a part in DC’s Justice League, following J.K. Simmons’ casting as Gotham City’s police commissioner, James Gordon.
The film will follow on from the events of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman (2016), David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016), and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (2017). It will also be our first formal introduction to characters that will eventually feature in Seth Grahame-Smith’s The Flash (2018) and James Wan’s Aquaman (2018). A team-up follow-up, Justice League Part Two, is already planned to arrive in 2019, with Snyder on board to direct. Further films already planned in the DC lineup include Shazam (2019), Cyborg (2020), Green Lantern Corps. (2020), Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Metal Men, Lobo, and Justice League Dark.
Justice League Part One is the fifth installment in the DC Cinematic Universe. It is directed by Zack Snyder and carries a script penned by Chris Terrio (Argo). It will star Ben Affleck as ‘Batman’, Henry Cavill as ‘Superman’, Gal Gadot as ‘Wonder Woman’, Jason Momoa as ‘Aquaman’, Amber Heard as ‘Mera’, Ezra Miller as ‘The Flash’, Ray Fisher as ‘Cyborg’, Amy Adams as ‘Lois Lane’, J.K. Simmons as ‘Commissioner Gordon’, and Willem Dafoe.
Well, 6/6/16 is close enough, I guess.
Opening June 6th on digital and VOD platforms, the “delightfully deranged” Mark of the Witch is directed by Jason Bognacki, and stars genre favorites Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem) and Paulie Rojas (Down and Dangerous, The Last Resort).
“Mark of the Witch follows Jordyn, a beautiful young woman (Paulie Rojas) who is driven into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences when she learns she may be the devil’s daughter.”
The film was included in the official selection in over 15 film festivals worldwide, and awarded Best Cinematography at Fight Night Film Fest 2014 and Best Editing in Action at the Film International Film Festival 2014.
The Marvel casting couch has been adding actors like crazy over the few days. THR reported a couple days back that Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Laura Harrier (“One Life To Live“) have joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. While details remain scarce on Harrier’s role, Revolori will reportedly be playing a friend of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) named “Manuel”. The Jon Watts-directed film arrives in theaters in July 2017 and has a cast also comprised of Marisa Tomei and Zendaya.
Next up, actor Eka Darville recently spoke to SpoilerTV about his role as reformed junkie Malcolm Ducasse on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones“. During the conversation, he revealed that we’ll actually see him before “Jones” gets its second season. That’s right, Malcolm will rear his head again in “The Defenders” miniseries arriving next year. At this time he appears to be unsure of how much screentime he will be receiving, but this marks another “Jones” co-star shaking it up with the other Netflix heroes after Jeri Hogarth’s (Carrie-Ann Moss) appearance on “Daredevil” this year.
Speaking of Netflix, their next Marvel series has added two more to its cast. The currently-shooting “Iron Fist” has cast Jessica Stroup (“90210“) and Tom Pelphrey (“Banshee“, pictured above) as siblings Joy and Ward Meachum, respectively. They are the children of Harold Meachum (David Wenham), who will be one of the show’s villains. Meachum was the business partner of hero Danny Rand’s (Finn Jones) parents and had a hand in their deaths. Rand, of course, is the titular superhero, Iron Fist.
Donner’s horror classic from the ‘70s saw such bad luck during filming you’d think it was cursed by the Devil himself!
The Omen continues to be one of those standout horror pictures that spoke to something in the human consciousness. Not only did it spawn a series of films, but also created one of the most iconic representations of the Son of the Devil, and managed to make a dent at the Academy Awards, too. Damien’s even a member of freakin’ South Park! But in spite of the mass success and long legacy that Richard Donner’s horror film would see, it’s a miracle that the movie was even completed in the first place. Sometimes films are plagued with a number of production issues that slow things down, but The Omen experienced such a horrendous slew of bad luck, the film would even be considered to be “cursed” in retrospect.
Right out of the gate The Omen was looking at a stacked deck with their being bad luck present even in the pre-production phase. Two months before filming, Gregory Peck’s son committed suicide. Obviously this is a tremendous loss to go through for the Oscar-nominated actor who’s responsible for playing Damien’s father, Robert Thorn, in the picture. The subject matter even deals with Peck’s character struggling to kill his son.
When production did commence, there were weird bouts of coincidental bad luck right from the start. An airplane getting struck by lightning is a fairly rare occurrence, and yet it happened to both Gregory Peck’s and screenwriter, David Seltzer’s separate planes. This was merely when they were heading into production to begin with, giving them a fairly tumultuous start to things. Lightning would continue to play a weird factor here though, as not long after, executive producer Mace Neufeld’s plane was also struck by lightning. The experience would traumatize Neufeld, with him describing it as his “roughest five minutes” on a plane. In a final plane-related WTF moment, Gregory Peck canceled a flight reservation of his, only to later learn that his plane had crashed and killed everyone that was aboard! Then, just so lightning could prove that it hadn’t given up, Harvey Bernard, a producer on the film was narrowly missed by lightning while in Rome.
All of that alone would be enough to warrant The Omen as being cursed, especially when dealing with the topics of God and the Devil, and lightning colloquially being seen as an “act of God.” This was merely the tip of the iceberg though. A hotel that Richard Donner was staying at while production was going on would end up getting bombed by the IRA! Miraculously he survived, although he’d also get hit by a car during production, too. Vehicles would continue to be a tricky beast for The Omen, like on the first day of shooting when a head-on car collision would injure a lot of crew members, although thankfully not killing any of them. Later on, the actor who plays the taxi driver who takes Robert Thorn around Italy had the car door slammed on his hand by Peck accidentally, nearly taking off his finger (the huge bandage is still visible in the final film).
Animals can often be a tricky area for productions, especially when being around the Son of the Devil will have a tendency to make them go bananas. In this case, the trainers for the Rottweilers were injured by the dogs, who happened to bite through their protective gear in spite of the proper precautions being taken. Then, the animal handler/zookeeper who helped with the baboon scene at the zoo was eaten alive by a lion two weeks after the completion of the film. It was this act of unnatural bad luck that sealed the deal on the film’s alleged “curse.”
What’s even crazier is that more fuel has been added to this fire in recent years, with John Moore’s 2006 remake of the film also getting some residual curse mojo. For Moore’s remake they lost 13,500 feet of film, which contained the scene where Damien’s 666 birth mark is revealed. The lab had no idea what happened and were even in tears over the matter. The most that had ever been lost before was 400 feet of film (one roll), with this being outrageous and unexplainable. In another case of the Devil just playing with these chess pieces as they try to make this film, the actor who played Father Brennan in the remake, Pete Postlewaite, had his brother die. The craziest thing is that it was after drawing the combination of three sixes in a card game. How does that make any sense!
Finally, if there are still any skeptics out there, this is the smoking gun in the whole curse case. Like, I cannot believe that this actually happened because the odds are so astronomically small. John Richardson, the set designer responsible for the infamous decapitation scene in The Omen, suffered a car accident with his wife, Liz Moore, in August while shooting A Bridge Too Far. The car crash not only saw Liz decapitated in a way that looked identical to Richardson’s set design work for the film, but this all also happened on Friday the 13th, with a nearby street sign saying, “Ommen, 66.6km” which makes no sense. That’s too bonkers of a coincidence!
Regardless of if there was some greater power at work willing this bad luck to happen or not, there’s no denying that it’s a crazy amount of loss for a production to take on. It’s amazing that on top of that the crew could remain so resilient and the film would still turn out to be so satisfying. Let’s hope that the cast of A&E’s new Damien series doesn’t need to book any air travel in the near future…
A few weeks ago, we wrote about American Murder Song, the new musical project from Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’s Carnival series). Embracing the horror aesthetics that brought the two together and channeling the early 19th century, the music promises to be exciting, full of mystery and intrigue, and loaded with murder!
To help give you a taste of what’s to come, we’ve got our hands on a video from the duo that introduces a character from their story, a lovely lady by the name of “Pretty Lavinia”! However, don’t take your eyes off the drink she pours you, lest poison and death is the journey you wish to embark upon!
Zdunich tells Bloody-Disgusting:
Wayfarers, strangers and fine countrymen, we invite you to rise for a blacker shot of Murder Ballads. Combining stop motion animation and moving daguerreotype portraits, American Murder Song features a rogues gallery of original murder ballads set in early nineteenth century America.
The first official track will drop one week from today, April 26th, on their official website (link below). You can watch the video above and see a brand new poster below!
Etheria Film Night presents the 2016 Official Lineup of “Shorts & Special Presentation Feature Film,” which will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016. I will be one of the judges for the shorts program (see the full list below).
Nine Short Films and a sneak-peek of Anna Biller’s feature-length film, The Love Witch, will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Both the Short Film and Feature Film Screenings will be followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance.
Prior to the screenings, Etheria will be honoring Jackie Kong with the Inspiration Award. Jackie Kong directed the low-budget 1983 creature feature The Being, the 1984 absurdist comedy Night Patrol, and the wacky 1987 horror film Blood Diner. Kong was a pioneering female director at a time when not many women were directing feature genre films. The Inspiration Award is presented to people who have inspired women to write and direct genre films & TV. Past recipients include Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Lexi Alexander (Punisher: Warzone), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead”, Surveillance) and Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary).
“Jackie Kong is a bad-ass,” says Festival Director Stacy Pippi Hammon. “When we talk about inspiration, it’s not just the films, but the attitudes that we look up to. Kong’s unflinching determination to tell the stories that she wants to tell is so affirming to so many women. Combined with her having directed some of the most iconic genre films of the 1980s, this attitude makes her stand out as someone we would love to honor. She’s punk rock.”
Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. Past official selections have included films from directors Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Rose McGowan (Dawn), Karen Gillan (Coward), Chloe Okuno (Slut), and Amber Benson (SheVenge), among others.
“Every year, the submissions get better and better,” says Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt. “In 2016, the horror submissions blew my mind. They’re shockingly good. I think our audience is going to freak out. I hope our audience freaks out.”
“I think we’re experiencing a unique time for women in film – particularly genre film – and we’re very proud to be at the forefront of that,” says Etheria’s Director of Creative Sevices Kayley Viteo. “But more than anything, we’re proud to be a venue for these directors who deserve all the recognition.”
The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria website.
The full 2016 Etheria Jury includes Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex), Elizabeth Stanley (Trailers from Hell), John Skipp (Book of the Dead), Peter Block (A Bigger Boat Productions), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Bryan Fuller (Hannibal”), Gale Ann Hurd (The Walking Dead), Rachel Talalay (Dr. Who”), Travis Stevens (Snowfort Pictures), Kailey Marsh (The Blood List), Sophie Sefried (Epic Pictures), Robert Parigi (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Paul Feig (“Bridemaids”), Colin Geddes (Toronto International Film Festival), James McCarthy (International Screenwriter’s Association), Molly Kasch (International Screenwriters Association), Sean Keller (“Rage”), Jessie Lilley Campbell (Mondo Cult Magazine), Jay Kay (Horror Happens Radio), Chris Alexander (Shocktillyoudrop.com), Bill Kopp (Eek! the Cat”), Martin Olson (Encyclopedia of Hell), Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter”), Brad Miska (Bloody-Disgusting.com), April Wolfe (LA Weekly/Village Voice), Jackie Kong (“Blood Diner), Rae Dawn Chong (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie), Darin Scott (“Tales from the Hood”), Elizabeth Kaiden (Tangerine Entertainment), and more to be announced.Etheria Film Night 2016 Special Sneak Peek Screening:
The Love Witch
Directed by Anna Biller (120:00) (Supernatural Exploitation) (USA) (35mm)
“A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her in this tribute to 1960s Technicolor thrillers.”Etheria Film Night 2016 Official Short Film Selections:
Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon
Directed by Kerry Yang (17:00) (Science Fiction) (USA)
In Genghis Khan’s last days, an encounter with a wizard sends him to the moon. Just as the mediaeval anti-hero thinks he’s made his greatest conquest, he finds himself on a spiritual quest realizing the absurd clash between one man’s need and the silence of the universe.
Directed by Stephanie Cabdevila (14:30) (Fantasy/Sci-Fi) (France)
In this absurdist musical, a scientist afraid to face the outside world creates her own android clone replacement.
Directed by Christine Boylan (13:00) (Western) (USA)
When a devastating tsunami destroys the west coast, a cowgirl roams the now lawless Malibu hills looking for justice.
Directed by Toy Lei (4:47) (Action/Thriller) (USA)
A middle-aged contract killer must reconcile her life between her ruthless clients and her young, unquestioning son who wants to be just like her.
Directed by Jill Gevargizian (15:00) (Horror) (USA)
Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.
The Puppet Man
Directed by Jacqueline Castel (9:08) (Horror) (USA)
A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neon-lit dive bar in this short film featuring horror legend John Carpenter.
Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond (15:09) (Horror) (UK)
It’s 1982. Twelve-year old Doug is drawn into the lurid world of VHS horror as he explores the mysterious disappearance of his father.
About Etheria Film Night:
Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. For more information, please visit http://www.etheriafilmnight.com
We’re continuing the celebrate the Netflix release of Mike Flanagan‘s slasher, Hush, which stars co-writer Kate Siegel as a deaf woman who is stalked by a psychotic killer (10 Cloverfield Lane‘s John Gallagher Jr.) in her secluded home.
Last week we shared an in-depth piece in which Flanagan revealed the secret to creating authentic scares in a horror film.
Now, we talked to the filmmaker about Hush‘s inspirations, working with silence, as well as sound, and his thoughts on gore/violence in a slasher film.
They say movies are about “showing” a story, not “telling” one. With Hush, Flanagan wanted to challenge himself into making a film with little to no dialogue.
“I’d long wanted to do a film without dialog,” Flanagan explained in our exclusive interview. “It’s such a challenge. It forces you to tell a story strictly visually, and that’s a real blast. Kate [Siegel] and I were talking about how much suspense can be generated when the audience is aware of something that a protagonist is not, and how that played so well in movies like ‘Wait Until Dark.’ When we talked about having a deaf protagonist, we both thought it would provide some fantastic narrative opportunities for suspense.?
Sound is extremely important, especially in a movie about a blind woman. Hush had some of the best horror sound design I have ever heard, which was intricate in the impact of the slasher.
“Sound is crucial to the genre in general, but never more so for me than with this movie,” adds Flanagan. “We knew going in that sound would become its own character in this film. Typically, you want good sound design to help tell the story without calling attention to itself – in our case, it needed to call almost ALL of the attention to itself. It would be front and center for long stretches of the movie.
“It’s an incredibly complicated sound design,” he continues. “During production, the camera was almost always steadicam, which means that during takes you’d hear footsteps of the whole crew moving with Kate. You’d also hear me shouting out cues the whole time, because that was the only way to choreograph Kate, John, and the camera during takes. So all of our “ambient” sound had to be built again in post production.
“Then, our ‘silence’ also had to be built… you can’t actually just ‘pull sound out’ of a movie like this, even though that’s how I’ve heard it described. When we’re in Maddie’s perspective, we’re actually hearing a lot of complicated sounds that give us the IMPRESSION of silence. Otherwise, people wouldn’t actually be hearing silence… if we really pulled the sound out, they’d be hearing popcorn being munched, or phones vibrating, or their own shuffling in their seats. Or their house settling. We needed a soundscape that would cover all of those noises, but make you feel like “all the sound went away.
“It’s extraordinarily complex.”
Hush is a slasher, though, and while visuals and sound are key, it’s got to deliver the horror goods. Flanagan speaks to balancing violence and gore in a way that’s not exploitative, and focuses more on character than death and mayhem.
“I do not,” exclaimed Flanagan when we asked if he thinks gore and violence are a necessity in a slasher. “These are movies about the threat of violence, so the idea of it is present even before a drop of blood is spilled. There is only one act of violence in ‘The Strangers’ and it comes at the very, very end… the movie could have worked just as well if we didn’t see it, in my opinion.
“What you don’t want is for violence and gore to become more important than character and structure. A lot of slasher movies from the eighties were only focused on violence and gore, which robs the human beings in the story of any empathetic reaction from the audience, and instead makes them cheer for the gore. I’m not really into that kind of storytelling. I don’t think it appeals to our better natures, and I don’t think it makes filmmakers better storytellers.
“On the flip side, sometimes violence and gore can be used to make profound statements about human nature… I am still haunted by ‘Martyrs,’ which uses both to a degree that is truly art. So they can be used brilliantly, but are not necessary by any means.
Cape Fear, North Carolina is a town whose name lives in infamy thanks to the 1962 psychological thriller and its 1991 remake. But another reason that the town has notoriety is because it’s the hometown to sludge/doom metal band Sourvein, which is fronted by vocalist/guitarist T Roy, a man who has fought tooth and nail to bring his music across the world. As a result, he’s been able to recently release Sourvein’s new album Aquatic Occult unto the masses.
To help celebrate the release of Aquatic Occult, we got Roy to share with us his thoughts on both the original and the remake of Cape Fear:
Well, I love both, I really do… Robert Mitchum is a bad ass, especially for his time. He is the pinnacle. I love the jazz club scene, with all of its attitude. Gregory Peck and Telly Savalas were great as well. Such an amazing film. It is simply a classic.
The remake is also great because Robert De Niro takes the character of Max Cady to a whole new level by pushing the limits. He scares everyone and is the guy you don’t want to mess with. His performance alone makes this version one of my all-time favorite movies and it’s on the Cape Fear river which is where I grew up.
Aquatic Occult features guest appearances from longtime supporter Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Dave Capps (All Tore Up), Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity), and many more. You can pick up your copy of via Metal Blade Records.
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.
Doing things slightly different this week and only going with US releases because I’m currently out of town. World-wide releases will return next week. With that said, what a week of US releases we have! The Stuff and Outlaw: Gangster VIP from Arrow and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2?!? In one week?! Those three alone would have made for a great week, toss in a few titles from Kino Lorber and it’s an amazing week!
Try and Get Me! (Olive Films, Region A)
A down on his luck man falls in with a criminal.
The Stuff (Arrow, Region A)
A delicious mysterious goo that oozes from the Earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the sugary treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers begin infesting the world.
The Revenant (Fox, Region A)
A man of many adventures, Hugh Glass goes West in 1822 in the employ of Captain Andrew Henry to do some profitable fur trapping. He is attacked by a bear, and badly injured. Miraculously, he survives, but the terrain makes it impossible to carry him back. Henry tries, but eventually hires two mercenaries to simply stand watch and bury him. They abandon Glass, alone and defenseless, but unfortunately for them, he recovers. He resolves to hunt down the men who abandoned him.
The Holcroft Covenant (Kino Lorber, Region A)
The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds.
The File of the Golden Goose (Kino Lorber, Region A)
A U.S. agent (Yul Brynner) and a Scotland Yard man (Edward Woodward) infiltrate a forgery ring run by someone called the Owl.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (Scream Factory, Region A)
Young DJ Vantia Block is hosting a music show when two renegade hoodlums phone her and start making trouble. The situation changes rapidly as the kids drive to a passageway and get sawed to pieces by Leatherface while the shocked DJ listens the kids’ screams. Local sheriff approaches Block and convinces her to play the recording made from the phone call on radio, hoping that the killers would show up.
Panic in Year Zero (Kino Lorber, Region A)
While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties. Not one to give up, he holds up a store for supplies and hides the family in a cave.
Outlaw: Gangster VIP (Arrow, Region A)
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After Mina witnesses her fiancé’s brutal murder by beach thugs, she sets out on a venomous spree to eradicate all human trash from Los Angeles. Armed with a knife, a gun, and an undying rage, she murders her way through the masculine half of the city’s populace. A renegade cop is hot on her heels, a trail that also leads him to the subhuman criminal overlord known as Black Pepper.
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“The 100” star Lindsey Morgan, who also starred in Detention, has been set as the lead in the independent thriller Lasso, Variety writes.
The thriller centers around Morgan’s character and Andrew Jacobs’ (pictured below in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) character as they navigate life working for a senior community center. Their lives are turned upside down when they find themselves fighting to stay alive against a group of psycho, bloodthirsty cowboys from the local rodeo.
Morgan’s character holds a huge amount of guilt for not keeping the senior citizens safe and takes on the duty of ensuring their safety throughout the film.
Evan Cecil is directing from a script by Roberto Marinas. Elaine Gibson is the producer.
IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil, Bloody Disgusting learned.
In Let’s Be Evil, “Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.”
Let’s Be Evil was written by Martin Owen with story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. It stars Elizabeth Morris, Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon and Isabelle Allen and was produced by Jonathan Willis.
The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Nicole Beharie, one of the main stars of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” who was surprisingly killed off in the season finale two weeks ago, has been set to star opposite Michael Ealy and Jessie Williams in the re-imagining of the 1990 thriller Jacob’s Ladder for director David M. Rosenthal, Deadline reported.
Jacob’s Ladder is being done by LD Entertainment from a script by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp. This version is a modern day paranoid action thriller about two brothers.
Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe at LD Entertainment will produce alongside Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films (Fright Night).
The project is expected before the cameras next month.