Out with a Whimper: When Horror Endings Disappoint

Dread Central - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:30

There’s nothing better than a horror movie that really nails its ending. The axe comes down, the blood splatters the screen spelling out “You’re Next!,” and I leave the theater giggling like a hyperactive child who’s been told he gets to fly to Disney World on the back of Falkor the Luck Dragon. That good movie high lasts all night long, and a huge part of the rush comes from it being such a rare occurrence.

(Warning: the following article contains SPOILERS for The Devil Inside, It Follows, The Blair Witch Project, and The Houses October Built.)

Horror films tend to end on a down note. It’s pretty much obligatory to tack on an ending “stinger”­­—one last scare just when you thought the survivors were safe. It’s now so clichéd that it would seem downright revolutionary to actually let the protagonist get away. But not all downer endings are cheap fake-outs. Some of the most potent horror films derive their power from a raw gut-punch of an ending (Night of the Living Dead and Martyrs come to mind). In the best of these, the whole point of the film is expressed through the bleakness of its ending. As depressing or infuriating as these endings can be, they are always powerful and rarely disappointing.

Powerful downer endings are just as rare as those finales that have the whole audience hooting at the screen with an overflow of unbridled awesome. Much more common are those flat-out letdown endings that leave you mourning your misspent 90 minutes. And they seem to be reaching epidemic proportions as of late.

No recent film has drawn as much ire for its “out with a whimper” ending as 2012’s The Devil Inside. Not only does the film end abruptly, killing off the entire cast with a car wreck, it adds insult to injury by following it directly with “For more information visit ScrewYouTicketBuyers.com.” As anticlimactic as the car wreck was, it did make sense in terms of the overall narrative. It could even have been a pretty great ending were it framed in a way that made you feel the danger of high speed driving while fighting off a possessed woman. But I’m pretty sure it was mainly the URL that pissed people off. We paid for a whole ticket, we want a whole movie.

Which leads me to It Follows.

I missed something, right? With so many people calling it the best horror film of the decade, I know something must have gone over my head. Why else would so many people be so stoked about a movie that ends with zero resolution?

My disappointment was all the more palpable because the movie was almost really good. The evil spirit as venereal disease angle was highly original, if a tad goofy. But they made it work, and I was especially eager to find out how on earth they were going to get rid of the thing. I was glad their pool electrocution plan failed miserably because that was just dumb. But I couldn’t think of a better plan, other than staging an orgy and passing it to so many people that you’d buy yourself a couple of months. I doubted they were going to take it there. I was utterly stumped. I couldn’t wait to see what those clever filmmakers were going to pull out of their bag to get those kids off the hook. And then…

The two leads walk hand-in-hand down the street with the thing still after them. Roll credits.

What? Did you run out of fucking film? Money? Ideas? You don’t tell half a story and then just shrug. And how are so many people fine with this?

I’m fine with ambiguous endings. I love them, actually. But they have to pose an interesting question, and that question should be central to the interpretation of the film. That question can’t be “What do you suppose happens next?

Since I can be a little slow on the uptake and the fact that people aren’t rioting in the streets demanding refunds leads me to believe I’ve overlooked something. It happens. Sometimes an ending sneaks up on you, follows you home, waits until you’re alone, and then pounces. My friend likes to tell the story of the first time he saw The Blair Witch Project. One of his friends hadn’t connected the last shot with the story about Rustin Parr making one child face the corner while he killed the other. It was several hours after the movie had ended, but when someone in the group pointed out the connection, everyone witnessed this guy’s face going white and saw his almost comical full-body shiver as he recalled the film’s final image.

I had a moment like that in the shower this morning. Last night I watched The Houses October Built and, for the most part, enjoyed it. Except for the ending. It wasn’t terrible, just sort of a letdown. While my claustrophobia kicked in big time during the live burial scene, I had been hoping for something more visceral and brutal. After seemingly interminable screaming and pounding from inside the coffins, the camera pans up to a masked figure and credits roll. Yawn.

But thinking about it this morning, I recalled the masked figure’s long brown hair. I thought about how almost all the “scare actors” had appeared at earlier haunted attractions, except for the one they ended with. And that hair, it looked almost exactly like… Click.

HOLY SHIT! IT WAS THE GIRL THEY JUST BURIED!

The implications of this one simple, easily overlooked detail changed everything. The whole time you’re thinking that nothing supernatural is going on, that it’s just this group of masked psychos who happen to be very good at following their prey from campsite to campsite, but no. Once you fall victim to them, you become one of them. That’s why there were 50 of them in one scene. Suddenly all the little details I’d written off as unrealistic and nothing more than moments of sloppy screenwriting made sense. Brain = Kapow!

The moral of the story is that sometimes a lame ending is actually an awesome ending that just went over my head. Which is why I’m counting on all you astute horror hounds out there to tell me what I missed in It Follows. I beg you to enlighten me to the hidden brilliance of its non-ending. Because from where I’m standing, the film just seems to

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“American Horror Story: Freak Show” Museum Inspired By Philadelphia’s “Mütter Museum”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:21

The one thing that’s so scary about FX’s “American Horror Story” is that it’s based on some level of realism. While the stories are a complete fabrication, they’re inspired by something much like Leatherface was inspired by Ed Gein.

Following an episode of the now-concluded “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Philly Now made the connection between a real-life “freak show” museum and the one in the show.

“American Morbidity Museum,” which the show locates in Philadelphia, is clearly inspired by Philadelphia’s “Mütter Museum,” which displays the nation’s most famous collection of fascinating anatomical specimens.

The site was so curious that they contacted J. Nathan Bazzel, director of communications for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, which owns the Mütter.

While Bazzel hasn’t seen the show himself, he acknowledges that “people really enjoy the program, and if it opens people’s minds to better understanding of what it means to be human, we certainly welcome that.” But he’s eager to stress that, unlike the grotesquerie portrayed on American Horror Story, the Mütter Museum is a place of education and, above all else, empathy for the human condition.

“All of the specimens from the collection have a very human story to them,” Bazzel says. “That was really one of Dr. Mütter‘s primary goals [when he gifted his collection to the college]: It was to better enable medical students to develop in the realm of compassion.”

Whereas American Horror Story‘s fictional Morbidity Museum might have acquired Ma Petite’s body through questionable means, the Mütter, of course, does not act like a plot point in a horror show. “One thing we do not — we do not — do is purchase specimens,” Bazzel stresses. “We don’t. We receive specimens from other institutions if they’re getting rid of them. For instance, we received approximately 670 brain slices and segments embedded in acrylic from St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York when they were shutting down. Other specimens we receive from private donations, such as doctors who may have various specimens from their teaching collections, and they’re retiring and decide to donate them to us. It’s very diverse.”

Celebrating the diversity of human physical existence, in fact, is a big part of the point. “The human form is not one specific form,” Bazzel says, “and that’s one of the things we hope that people understand when they come to the Mütter. It attracts people for many different reasons, but it doesn’t matter why they come. What does matter is that they walk away with an understanding of compassion, and we hope that visitors walk away with a better understanding of what it means to be human.”

Just browsing Google images you’ll find all sorts of connections to “American Horror Story”, just take a look above and below.

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Exclusive Preview: The Whispers

Dread Central - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:00

There’s never been a better time for scripted horror, mystery, sci-fi, and suspense series on television. It’s wonderful to have so many choices in top-quality programming, and there’s yet another coming down the pike and into our homes on June 1, 2015.

ABC’s “The Whispers” is brought to us by the likes of Steven Spielberg and “Under the Dome” and “The Killing” executive producer Soo Hugh, and it stars “Revenge’s” Barry Sloane, “American Horror Story’s” Lily Rabe, horror icon Dee Wallace, and Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”). The pilot episode, directed by One Hour Photo’s Mark Romanek, is eerie and creepy as can be. While the series is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury (“The Zero Hour,” which was originally published in his Illustrated Man anthology), it feels more like something from Stephen King with just perhaps a touch of Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” miniseries.

The first episode centers on a little girl named Minx (her given name was Mink in the Bradbury tale… why change it?), who’s played to great effect by 11-year-old Kylie Rogers. Minx has an imaginary friend she calls Drill. At first, it’s all innocent fun and games. But then of course, someone dies. Drill is blamed. But Drill isn’t real… is he?

It’s interesting to note that, while the series “The Whispers” is only very loosely based on “The Zero Hour,” how topical – and chilling – it is in relevance to kids and killing today. First published in 1951, “The Zero Hour” recounted how the neighborhood children all started playing this game called “Invasion.” Invasion was invented by an evil alien entity called Drill, who plans on taking over the world by compelling those with the most fragile, suggestible minds to eliminate anyone over the age of 10. Minx’s mother laughs at this and marvels at her daughter’s imagination. However, when Mom gets on the phone with her friend in another state, she’s told that they are playing the same game with someone named Drill too. This is absolutely a foreshadowing and a scary premonition of our modern-day “Slender Man” legend that’s actually driven real, everyday kids to attempt murder.

“The Whispers” features an ensemble cast, ranging from little pixies to hardboiled cops, reporters to government agents, and ill-fated parents and scheming scientists. While it’s more a mystery and a conspiracy thriller than outright horror (at least in the pilot episode, which is all we were allowed to see this early on), “The Whispers” has no shortage of murder and mayhem. To complicate things even more, Drill infiltrates the mind of the daughter of the President of the United States (played by Gary Hershberger). As the clock counts down throughout Season One, the race is on to save not only individual families, but the world.

I liked what I saw; if you enjoy shows like “Under the Dome,” “Jericho,” and “The Returned,” then “The Whispers” is definitely worth the space on your DVR. It premieres June 1 at 10-11 pm ET/PT on ABC.

“The Whispers” stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Kristen Connolly as Lena Lawrence, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry Bennigan.

The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Zack Estrin. The pilot was written and co-executive produced by Soo Hugh, who also developed the series. “The Whispers” is produced by ABC Studios with Amblin TV as co-producer.

Synopsis:
We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them, too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In “The Whispers” someone – or something – is manipulating the ones we love most to commit the unthinkable. In the country’s center of political power, Washington D.C., several kids have been talking about their imaginary friend, Drill. What the parents don’t know is that this friend is not as imaginary as they think. And when the mysterious games Drill convinces them to play turn dangerous, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan is called in to investigate. What is it that Drill wants, and why does he – or it – only communicate with children? As the clock counts down, a suspenseful race will begin to save not only their families, but the world. Before it’s too late.

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That Time Ash Used Iron Man’s Repulser Beam On a Zombie

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:53

One of the coolest fan films we’ve seen in awhile was the “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness,” courtesy of “Slash/Up,” a multiverse fanfilm web-series that was also behind “Sarah Connor vs. Jason.”

Now, they’ve informed us that they’re hard at work on “Ash vs. The DC Dead,” which they say “is basically a gigantic middle finger to the house of mouse.

Why? Well, they were forced to remove “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness”, which has now returned to YouTube in all of its glory!

It features Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, oh, and Ash using Iron Man’s repulser beam on a zombie. Fuk yeah!

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‘Lost After Dark’ An 80’s Slasher

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:42

If you thought the 80s were dead — think again! On September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. The directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, Lost After Dark is said to feature visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat.

Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It”), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group’s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?

Produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and co-written by Bo Ransdell, Lost After Dark features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn), Eve Harlow (“The 100″), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Black Widower), as well as fun cameos from Sarah Fisher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Rick Rosenthal (Director of Halloween II & Halloween: Resurrection).

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[Review] We’ve Kicked Ass With ‘Kung Fury’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:37

From Kickstarter to the Croisette at Cannes Film Festival – it’s almost a scenario as outlandish as the plot of the retro mythical mash-up.  This past weekend Laser Unicorn’s Kung Fury premiered in The Directors’ Fortnight shorts programme.

The VHS was loaded and the 30 minutes of pure nostalgia porn raised the roof with the crowd-funded final film.

Cast and crew attended as the humble director and star took to the stage and read from prompt cards to steady his nerves.

Read no further if you want to remain pure and spoiler free for the online release on May 28th. I’ll leave you by saying Kung Fury is the Avengers Assemble if it had been made in the 90’s. It’s great and I hope it beats Gangnam style as the most watched YouTube video of all time.

The short utilizes the iconic shots from the trailer while expanding on the narrative. From the douche villain skateboard flipping car moment we cut to an arcade machine where some bros get sad at ending their game. Their game is ended when the arcade cabinet transforms more realistically than anything Michael Bay has done before erupting on to the street, flipping people the bird while delivering deadly laser blows to all and sundry. With the disturbance being reported, the police send their best man to diffuse the emergency – Enter Kung Fury!

Arriving on the scene KF takes on the corrupt console in ever outlandish montage moments perforated with tracking & static VHS breaks. After giving him a game over screen we learn about KF’s origin & powers.  Through being struck by lightning & bitten a cobra he was born, naturally.

Losing his buddy in a grizzly ninja slice we learn of his reluctance to take on a new team mate in the form of Tricera-cop – a Jurassic partner in fighting crime with an inexplicable British accent & crotch homing bullets.

Hitler & Hackerman are introduced through a hilarious cell phone scene which sets into motion the events that transport KF back to the era of Vikings & dinosaurs.

Making friends through history Kung Fury eventually makes it to Nazi Germany to face off against Kung Führer & his legion of SS Soldiers.

Faux product placement & hand drawn animation connect the other events of the film before a team up across time & the Hoff sung closing credits.

There’s a lot of style, epic one liners & heart but ultimately it’s been seen before through the work of Astron-6 or more recently in Turbo Kid.  With the a feature in the works it’s hard to tell if the material can stretch out to a full length version or if the thirst for the absurd throwback culture would have quenched by that point of delivery.

If Jurassic World sucks & when Terminator Genisys inevitably does, turn to Kung Fury on repeat to make everything better in the world.

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New One Drop Teaser Lands with a Splash

Dread Central - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:30

We told you about Tricia Lee’s upcoming One Drop a little over a month ago, and now, after two years of development, one month of pre-production, nineteen days of principal photography, one day of B-unit shooting, twenty-seven drafts of the script, several buckets of blood, a big pile of guts, many many creatures, and a few sleepless nights, it is in the can!  Even better, we have a teaser trailer for the film to share!

With the exception of veteran genre king Julian Richings (“Supernatural,” “Orphan Black”), One Drop was the first horror film experience for several newcomers to the genre: Lara Gilchrist (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Defying Gravity”), Benjamin Arthur (“Working the Engels,” “Less than Kind”), Torri Higginson (“Stargate: Atlantis”), and Mark Taylor (“Flashpoint,” “Instant Star”).  The film also features an appearance by Peter Blankenstein (Human Centipede I, II, and III).

The producers told us, “This amazingly talented and dedicated cast poured their hearts into their roles and worked closely with director Tricia Lee to create three-dimensional characters that have rich layers and interesting back stories.  They embraced the horror genre with enthusiasm and provided our editor with plenty of scares, stunts, and emotionally raw moments.  Lee is one of very few female directors to lead genre projects from beginning to end and tap into something that resonates with audiences around the world.  With Tricia Lee and Chris Luckhardt at the helm, our tireless crew was able to bring the script to life, making One Drop’s two-year journey one step closer to finishing.  But as we head straight into post-production, we still need help from the fans.  With only a few days left on our Indiegogo campaign, their support to help us reach our $20,000 goal will go a long way to ensuring that One Drop will have the highest quality visual effects, a strong sound design, and the perfect music to set the mood.”

For more info visit the One Drop Indiegogo campaign and also check in with One Drop one Facebook and Twitter (@onedropmovie).

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See a Trio of Clips from Wayward Pines Episode 1.03 – Our Town, Our Law

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:06

Ready to venture back into “Wayward Pines” with us on Thursday?  We are already 100% hooked on the show, and if you are too, here are three new sneak peeks of the upcoming Episode 1.03, “Our Town, Our Law.”  Here’s hoping they manage to keep up the surprises like Juliette Lewis’ “reckoning” that ended last week’s installment!

“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.03 – “Our Town, Our Law” (airs 5/28/15; 9-10 PM)
Following Beverly’s “reckoning” in the town square, Ethan is shocked by Kate’s participation in the heinous act. Although determined to find his way out of Wayward Pines, Ethan meets real estate agent Peter McCall (guest star Justin Kirk), who gives him a new house.

Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben head to Idaho to find Ethan, who has another run-in with Sheriff Pope.

Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Justin Kirk as Peter McCall; BJ Harrison as Receptionist.

“Like” “Wayward Pines” on Facebook at facebook.com/WaywardPines. Follow the series on Twitter at @WaywardPinesFOX, and join the discussion using #waywardpines. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @Wayward Pines.

 

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New Teen Wolf Season 5 Promo Not for the Squeamish

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 21:58

With the title of “Operating Table,” it’s no wonder the new promo for “Teen Wolf” Season 5, which focuses on Tyler Posey’s Scott, left us feeling a bit queasy.  Beginning this June, “Bad blood will reign!”

The 20-episode fifth season of “Teen Wolf” kicks off via a two-part premiere on June 29th and 30th.

For more info visit the official “Teen Wolf” website, “like” “Teen Wolf” on Facebook, and follow “Teen Wolf” on Twitter.

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Mad Max Takes the Savage Road to a New Trailer

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:27

We’re still extremely high on the majesty that Mad Max: Fury Road (review) was, and we can only pray that the upcoming video game Mad Max is as good. Hell, even if it’s a tenth as good as the movie, that means it will kick a copious amount of ass.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios today unveiled the Mad Max “Savage Road” trailer, showing Max, who is left for dead as his cherished Interceptor is stolen by the merciless Wasteland tyrant Scrotus and his warboys. Max must rebuild a powerful new war machine to escape the deadly Wasteland and can only do that with the aid of his quirky sidekick and expert mechanic, Chumbucket.

Mad Max will be released on September 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Several “Fear The Walking Dead” Behind-The-Scenes Photos Posted

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:18

EW has posted several photos from the set of AMC’s upcoming spinoff series “Fear The Walking Dead“, which is currently shooting in Vancouver, Canada. The photos show stars Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens as well as show creator Dave Erickson, producer and comic creator Robert Kirkman, and more. You won’t see much in the way of action or zombies, so don’t get your hopes up too high. Still, it’s great to see the team who is making this a reality.

“Fear the Walking Dead,” which is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines, stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.

More photos can be seen at the above link.

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David Duchovny Talks Fantastic New X-Files Script

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:07

Okay, X-philes, this one’s for you! Entertainment Weekly caught up with “The X-Files” star David Duchovny to talk about what fans can expect when the series returns to Fox next year.

I just read it [the script] about an hour ago, and I started crying reading the first page,” says Duchovny. “It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].

Even cooler? Duchovny says he’s open for more after this return.

I would be open to doing another cycle. I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open-ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.

Returning actors announced thus far include stars Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (Mulder and Scully) plus Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette-Smoking Man).

“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 earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award. Look for “The X-Files” to open on Fox Sunday, January 24, 2016.

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David Duchovny Got Emotional Reading “The X-Files” Script

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:54

David Duchovny is a National treasure.

While he’s an astounding actor who’s criminally underrated, what I love most about him is how honest he is with the press. And now that “The X-Files” reunion is a real thing, he’s being asked about it in every interview.

Just the other day he told EW that he got emotional when reading the new “X-Files” revival script.

“I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].”

Duchovny got emotional because he was so happy about a project, which is as rare and magical as a unicorn in Hollywood. It makes me emotional knowing that, after all of these years, he’s still this invested in both the character and the project. Duchovny is going to put his all into Fox Mulder’s return, even if it’s only 6 episodes.

But alas, there’s always talk of more, and Duchovny is so dedicated he’d like “The X-Files” to continue past this closing arc.

“I would be open to doing another cycle,” Duchovny said. “I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”

Gillian Anderson has been just as vocal about her love of the franchise that launched her career. And being a regular on “Hannibal” is eating up much of her time, as well as a wide variety of other projects. With streaming services taking over the world, I think there’s a lot of opportunity to see “X-Files” go further than 6 episodes. And frankly, I like the idea of short, self-contained stories that get straight to the point. There’s nothing worse having to sit through “filler” episodes just to get to the finale’s big reveal, right?!

FOX is getting ready for a big push, setting “The X-Files” for return on Sunday, January 24, 2016. If it’s as big as I think it’s going to be, be prepared to believe in more than just Mulder and Scully…

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We Felt Like a Red Band Trailer; New Poster

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:52

Our friends over at IndieWire scored the red band trailer for Felt (review), a horror thriller that follows the real-life story of artist Amy Everson, who struggles to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society. Check it out here along with some new artwork!

Throughout the film Amy tries to take back the power she lost in her sexual assault by wearing costumes that re-appropriate the male form, which ends up pushing her further into a world of her own making.

Once producer/director Jason Banker was introduced to Amy’s world, he became fascinated with her story and her art and decided to make a film based on her experiences that blurs the line between narrative and documentary. Banker co-wrote the film with Everson, who also stars. Her co-stars include Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara, and Roxanne Lauren Knouse.

Felt opens in theaters on June 26th and on VOD on July 21st via Amplify Releasing. For more info “like” Felt on Facebook, and follow @FeltMovie on Twitter.

Synopsis:
Amy is an artist hanging on by a thread. Trying to overcome a recent trauma while coping with the subtle aggressions she experiences daily from the men around her, Amy’s art turns toward the creation of grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power and domination she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further from her friends and into her own world. When she meets Kenny, a seemingly nice guy who wants to understand her, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost.

Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson and completely blurring the line between narrative and documentary, co-writer/director/producer Jason Banker’s Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.

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IFC Midnight Sets a Release Date for Stung

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:45

We learned last month that IFC Midnight will be releasing first-time director Benni Diez’s Stung later this year, but at the time an official date wasn’t announced.  That changes today!

Stung will be opening July 3rd in theaters and on VOD.

The film stars Clifton Collins, Jr., Jessica Cook, and Lance Henriksen.

Synopsis:
In a remote country villa set amid foggy rural farmlands, the elderly widow of a pharmaceutical magnate holds an annual garden party for the local elite in honor of her late husband. But the festivities take a grisly turn when a plague of giant killer wasps is unleashed on the unsuspecting partygoers, leaving the caterers, Julia and Paul, pitted against the seven-foot mutant predators in a deadly fight for survival.

A delightfully gory horror comedy from first-time director/mad scientist Benni Diez, Stung revels in its outlandish premise, never shying away from the opportunity to showcase the film’s gruesome creations. With its seamless blend of CGI and oozing practical effects, this modern update of the ’80s creature feature is a thrilling and inventive roller coaster ride.

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IFC’s ‘Stung’ Flying to VOD This July (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:36

Bloody Disgusting earned today that IFC Midnight’s disappointing creature feature Stung, which focuses on two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp, will be arriving on BOD July 3rd.

Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) all star in the horror comedy, which Trace says “doesn’t leave a lingering sting.”

In Stung, “In a remote country villa set amid foggy rural farmlands, the elderly widow of a pharmaceutical magnate holds an annual garden party for the local elite in honor of her late husband. But the festivities take a grisly turn when a plague of giant killer wasps is unleashed on the unsuspecting partygoers, leaving the caterers Julia and Paul pitted against the seven-foot mutant predators in a deadly fight for survival.

Benni Diez directs Stung, and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce.

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Take a Look Inside Jurassic World with a New Featurette; International One-Sheet

Dread Central - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:36

A new featurette has arrived for the upcoming Jurassic World, and this time around we’re given “A Look Inside” the Park.  Check it out as you prep for the film’s June 12th premiere!

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released June 12th in 3D by Universal Pictures.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

Last chance not to see the creature as its image appears below under the trailers.

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Indie Horror ‘Homesick’ Haunts Steam on May 28

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:41

This year, I started posting monthly release schedules because I figured it’d be easier to digest, as opposed to one for the entire year, which I may as well have titled “here’s everything” that’s coming this year. Good luck, suckas!” When I published the release schedule for May, the selection was sparse. Now, this month has become just as saturated with spooky video games as the rest of the year has been. Isn’t this great?

The latest horror game to get a release date is Homesick. The goal of this puzzle exploration game is to explore the abandoned building you’ve been trapped inside for clues that might shed some light on why you’re there and why you’re having horrific nightmares every time you go to sleep.

Homesick hits Steam on May 28.

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“Games of Thrones” Injected Into ‘Predator’ Fan Film, “Dark Ages”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:38

The concept behind Predator is one that’s never been fully realized.

When you step back and really think about it, why do the Predator films only take place in modern day? If these alien beings have been hunting humans for sport for such a long period of time, why haven’t any filmmakers explored a historical battle?

James Bushe has just released his 27-minute long fan film, Predator: Dark Ages, which pits a Predator against a Templar Knight. It’s a really cool concept that imagines a Predator film in the world of “Game of Thrones”.

Set during the Crusades, the faith and fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from.

Personally, I think it’s way too long, and while DP Simon Rowling does an astounding job, the Predator costume is a bit clunky as are the fight sequences. Still, it’s worth checking out…

Predator: Dark Ages stars Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.

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Paul Feig On ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Dilemma

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:29

Director Paul Feig recently spoke with MTV about his upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which will feature Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the new busters.

In a brief interview, Feig speaks to the dilemma of both acknwoleding the original films, but also not letting it become a distraction. He’s found “balance.”

“You don’t want to pretend the other one didn’t exist, because I think that’s a little too in your face, but you also don’t want to be so slavish to the other one,” said Feig. “I think we found a really good balance. Katie Dippold, who is writing the script with me, is just so good, and so good at kind of going, ’these are the things I love.’ Well okay, let’s do the nods towards that. I think everybody will be very happy.

“The problem is, I’ve got so many amazing women that I know, and I can’t write movies that have enough parts for everybody. There’s so many women I haven’t worked with yet who I’m desperate to work with. I need to keep doing more movies, and more people have to hire these people, and don’t leave it to me, because I can only do so many movies. So Hollywood, start hiring these funny women and giving them movies, please.”

You can watch the short video interview below.

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