[Readers’ Choice] 7 Things You Should Never Say To Horror Fans!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:01

The horror genre isn’t exactly what you would call highly regarded, and the legions of fans that support it are no different. As horror  fans, we are occasionally looked down upon by the general population, but that’s probably because they’re jealous we have a legitimate passion for something, right? Telling someone you’re a horror fan (especially if you work in an industry that has nothing to do with horror at all like I do) can be a coming out process all on its own. People react strangely to it, and some people react worse than others. I decided to take to Twitter* and ask the horror community what they were tired of hearing from non-horror fans, and boy did I strike a nerve! Here are seven of the most prevalent responses I received from all of you.

*I plan on making this a recurring series of posts where I ask a question on Twitter and post the responses in a post here, so if you would like a chance to be included in a future post start following me on Twitter at @TracedThurman.

1. “There’s Too Much Gore!”

Lots of horror movies have gore. I personally love gore, but that doesn’t mean a horror movie has to have it in spades in order for me to like it. These people know what’s up.

@TracedThurman @BDisgusting it’s gross! You’re gross!

— Carolyn Poddig (@SoCalRamen) April 5, 2016

@TracedThurman @BDisgusting “I can’t watch horror movies because of all the gore.” So many great horror films are light on blood & gore.

— Alexandr S. (@alexsamocha) April 5, 2016

@TracedThurman when the only thing non-horror fans talk about is the gore. There’s so much more to horror movies than JUST gore.

— Tim Schilling (@timjschilling) April 5, 2016

 

2. “You Must Like Actual Blood Too!”

I actually get a little faint at the sight of real blood. I’m glad to know I’m not alone!

@TracedThurman @BDisgusting a friend once cut her finger & I looked away & she said, “but u like horror movies, I thought you liked blood”

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Deftones ‘Gore’ is a Disappointing Release (Album Review)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:30

In 2006, Deftones released Saturday Night Wrist, an album that was met with critical praise but came during a tumultuous time. The album took two years to write and record, during which vocalist Chino Moreno went through a divorce as well as suffering through drug addiction. The band acknowledges that there were strained relationships during this time, although that anger, that discord, ended up fueling the music and creating something really special.

Fast forward to 2016 and the band is now on the verge of releasing their eighth studio album Gore. Much like Saturday Night Wrist, Gore sees a band that is at odds with each other. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter admits in an interview, “…I didn’t want to play on the record to begin with,” later adding, “When we were coming up with ideas and writing the songs, the stuff that was being written, you know, the other guys’ ideas, I wasn’t too interested in it. It wasn’t the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. It wasn’t what I was expecting or wanting.

Moreno himself stated that there was competition in the studio. “Make records with Stephen. It’s pretty damned competitive. In a way, it’s a lot of this [referring to table tennis game,] back and forth. [Source]

While both Moreno and Carpenter later explained that these comments may have been taken out of context, it’s impossible to deny that there is a tension on Gore. Alas, it doesn’t have the same powerful effect as it did on Saturday Night Wrist.

Let’s talk about some good aspects, shall we? The album sounds wonderful and there is a plethora of tones that make each song interesting aurally. There was obviously a lot of care and dedication in making each instrument stand out yet blend harmoniously together.

“Hearts/Wires” has beauty and feels honest. It’s a great example of a song that presents great songwriting as each passage flows from one to the other. “(L)MIRL” has a gorgeous, almost sublime opening that slowly and tastefully introduces dissonance. It’s a brilliantly structured song that feels mysterious and haunting. Clearly a lot of effort and thought went into this track, which moves effortlessly from one moment into the next. And “Phantom Bride” is another example of an absolutely fantastic piece that exudes the unique dreamy haze that Deftones are known for. It pushes the boundaries of what the band has done in the past and feels like a wonderful step forward. It also doesn’t hurt that it features a guitar solo from Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell. Unfortunately, these tracks can’t save an album that ultimately feels disjointed.

“Doomed User” is definitely aggressive and presents an almost thrash metal approach during the verse. However, the transitions between passages feels forced and doesn’t sit well. Unfortunately, this jarring feeling becomes a theme throughout much of the album, including “Acid Hologram”, which features moments that made me wonder if pieces of other songs had somehow mistakenly been copied in. And “Geometric Headdress” is especially frustrating because there are moments in that song that are absolutely wonderful but they’re placed in a song that feels like it doesn’t know where it’s going.

Additionally, “Xenon” feels like a B-side thrown on to pad the album’s length, which is a shame because I know the band is capable of writing amazing music. This song really nails that feeling that this album is a mix of them at their peak and of them not caring enough to really put forth the effort.

At the end of the day, Gore didn’t grab me the same way that Koi No Yokan or Diamond Eyes did. Those albums hooked me from the very first listen. I spun Gore multiple times and each spin I found it harder and harder to listen to the full effort. The songs aren’t memorable nor do they grab my heart like the band’s previous material does.

The Final Word: After two absolutely stellar releases in the form of Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan, my hopes were high that lightning would strike a third time. Alas, Gore simply isn’t Deftones at their finest. It’s a mediocre release from a stellar band.

Categories: Horror News

M3 Creative’s ‘Applecart’ Gives Homage to ‘The Shining’ (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:01

I hope you’re sitting down for this announcement…

M3 Creative, the film studio and network marketing company that also produced Don Coscarelli’s indie cult classic John Dies at the End, along with Midnight Alliance, are now in production Applecart, Bloody Disgusting learned exclusively.

Conceived and directed by first-time feature director Brad Baruh, Applecart is told in a dual storyline exploring two very different perspectives about a family’s murderous encounter in the woods.

We are excited to exclusively share the above first shot of genre fav Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and H2, “Dexter,” “Heroes”) in a moment that echoes Shelley Duvall’s very famous scene in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Grant is just the tip of the iceberg as Applecart also stars 80’s horror icon Barbara Crampton, who starred in From Beyond and Re-Animator before popping back up in modern horror films such as Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and We Are Still Here.

Also starring is AJ Bowen – who broke out in David Bruckner’s festival smash The Signal before toplining A Horrible Way to Die (which I produced), You’re Next, as well as Ti West’s House of the Devil and The Sacrament – with Sophie Dalah (Satanic Unbroken), Elise Luthman and Joshua Hoffman.

Utilizing both a documentary-style news format and a classic, cinematic narrative, the film is said to explore genre themes with a new twist on structure.

Andy Meyers and Baruh are producing the film, with Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, John Dies At the End, Bubba Ho-Tep) serving as executive producer.

Principal photography is now underway in Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles.

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‘Alan Wake’ Returns in ‘Quantum Break’ Easter Egg

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:55

Remedy likes connecting their games. Max Payne showed up numerous times in Alan Wake, though you might not have realized it, since they mostly involved obscure voice work and bathroom graffiti. The studio has kept the tradition alive with their time-manipulating thriller Quantum Break, available now, with a decidedly less subtle nod that stars Mr. Wake and his trusty clicker, among other things, in a surprisingly lengthy tribute that’ll leave you aching for a sequel.

In related news, Alan Wake and its pseudo-sequel American Nightmare are now playable on Xbox One. Quantum Break is out on PC and Xbox One.

Categories: Horror News

Horrific New ‘The Shallows’ Shot Has Blake Lively Screaming in Terror!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:54

Columbia Pictures surprised us all with the brilliantly minimalistic trailer for The Shallows, which has been described as a cross between 127 Hours and Jaws.

Blake Lively’s screams are muffled out by the water as the camera takes the POV of a shark swimming in for the kill. Then, it’s revealed that Lively is stranded on a rock, and surrounded by a shark. The tension is so thick you could, well, you know.

A new image, courtesy of EW, gets more terrifying. The shot above shows Lively holding on for her life as, presumably, the Great White is attacking. There are so many nods to Jaws in both the trailer and fresh still from the film directed by Orphan and House of Wax‘s Jaume Collet-Serra.

In the taut thriller The Shallows, penned by Tony Jaswinski, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.

It turns out that Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, inspired her to take on the emotionally and physically challenging role, she tells EW.

“My husband did a movie called Buried and that was one of the reasons why I wanted to take on this movie so much, because I know how tough that was for him and how rewarding it was,” reveals Lively. “It was terrifying and one of the most vulnerable things you can do but you gotta do it, right?”

The Shallows swims into theaters June 24th.

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Interesting New Detail On the ‘Ghostbusters’ Logo Spook, Rowan

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:39

We broke the news during Toy Fair that Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters would feature a ghost that looks exactly like the logo spook tied to the storied franchise.

His name is Rowan, and “SNL” veteran Neil Casey will be playing the character.

But before he’s full of ectoplasm, Rowan is allegedly HUMAN. According to the press release for new Funko action figures, the character is being referred to as “Rowan’s Ghost.”

Rowan is allegedly a convicted murderer who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by a supercharged electrical storm. This gives him the power to raise an army of other ghosts, which could be made up of famous villains throughout history.

This idea is echoed in the “Ghostbusters” video game, in which Civil War vets haunt a museum.

In theaters July 15th, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones will be strapping on newly designed proton packs to save New York.

Coming Soon: New Ghostbusters Pop! https://t.co/NTKCxk5qRl pic.twitter.com/y3KNrJy46J

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 6, 2016

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Rapper 50 Cent to Battle ‘The Predator’?!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:20

Now that Twentieth Century Fox has locked down a March 2, 2018 release date for The Predator, casting should be getting underway soon.

Even if a little premature, it appears director Shane Black has some very specific actors in mind.

We already know Black is having lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger, potentially to reprise his role as Dutch.

Now, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is telling people that he’s probably going to star in the Predator followup, being penned by Fred Dekker.

“I’ll be doing some new feature films and stuff like that too. I’ll do Predator,” Jackson told Sirius XM’s Shade 45.

He confirms this in a second interview, this time with 99 Jamz UnCensored: “I’m working on some new projects. You heard of the movie Predator? I might be a part of that project this summer.”

Jackson already has a relationship with Schwarzenegger as he co-starred in Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone.

Producer John Davis recently exclaimed that the next Predator would reinvent the franchise, while we’ve been told by insiders that it’s a direct sequel to John McTiernan’s 1987 Predator. Most recently, Black stated that The Predator will be an expensive “spectacle”!

[H/T] AVP Galaxy

Categories: Horror News

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer Rebels!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:27

The latest (full) teaser trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is here, and it’s pretty great.

In theaters December 16th, 2016, Rebels are set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The set up is pretty great and adds an entirely new dimension to the first Star Wars. I also love the homage to Ridley Scott’s Alien in the trailer’s score!

Pictured at the bottom are Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in Rogue One, which is directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Forest Whitaker also star.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy previously stated. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”


Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley

Categories: Horror News

‘The Suffering’ Creator Interested in Sequel

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 01:26

I don’t keep a list of underappreciated horror games on my laptop, because I already have one for cancelled projects, and that’s more than enough sad to keep on one hard drive. I don’t need to be reminded of how unfair this world can often be to our favorite genre; I see it every year as more good, or even great, horror games fail to find the audience they might deserve.

Shadows of the Damned, Alan Wake and Siren deserved better, and so did the short-lived action horror series The Suffering, which managed to find a substantial audience that, unfortunately, didn’t stick around for the sequel. Ties That Bind failed hard enough to kill the franchise for more than a decade, but there may be hope for it yet.

Our friends at Rely On Horror recently sat down with The Suffering series creator Richard Rouse III to chat about his next project, The Church in the Darkness, as well as ask him about The Suffering.

The short of it is yes, Rouse is interested in making another, so long as “the circumstances were right and I felt we were able to make a good game that lived up to the legacy of the series.” The problem is Warner Bros. owns the rights, so they control any future this series might still have.

Would you like to see a third Suffering game?

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‘Castlevania’, ‘Silent Hill’ Getting Vinyl Release

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 00:01

Mondo announced a new partnership this week with the The-Once-Great-Publisher-That-Must-Not-Be-Named that’ll bring several of gaming’s most aurally accomplished franchises to vinyl. There’ll be licensed prints and collectibles too, but we’re talking about a vinyl release of the OSTs for Castlevania, Silent Hill and Contra here.

Even in the post-Silent Hills world we currently live in, that’s exciting.

A ticket to Emerald City Comicon will get you a first glance at the first wave of merch, including posters for Castlevania and Silent Hill that’ll be shown off for the first time tomorrow at booth #4132, in “The Block”. If Seattle’s too far of a drive for you, what’s left will be made available to purchase on the Mondo store at a “later date.”

At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 in July, Mondo will unveil their limited edition vinyl for the 1986 Castlevania, with artwork by renowned comic artist Becky Cloonan. They’ll also show off a limited edition polystone statue inspired by Ayami Kojima’s work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

There’s plenty more coming later, we just don’t know when yet. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night will all get vinyl releases, complete with original artwork for each. Silent Hill and Contra will get the same treatment, eventually.

Categories: Horror News

‘Ghost Theory’ Is Returning to Kickstarter!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 23:26

We have some pre-alpha footage from indie developer Dreadlocks’ upcoming supernatural horror game Ghost Theory, and it’s not quite what I thought it’d be like. That’s not a criticism either — the footage is wonderfully atmospheric and undeniably spooky, it’s just that this specific trailer reminds me a lot of Krillbite’s fantastic indie hit Among the Sleep.

Ghost Theory is a paranormal investigation game that uses haunted locales from all over the world. Each one has been painstakingly rebuilt so they mirror their real-world counterparts. It’ll feature many of the gadgets that actual paranormal investigators use, and with virtual reality support, this game is about as close as you could ever hope to get to being a ghost hunter.

The idea resonated with a fair number of people when Dreadlocks attempted to crowdfund it on Kickstarter earlier this year, where it raised about $25k of its ~$141k goal from 666 backers and even got featured as a staff pick before the campaign was cancelled.

Now, it’s coming back.

“An astounding amount of positive feedback that we received from you convinced us to invest all of our remaining resources to re-launch our Kickstarter campaign, stronger and with more content,” writes the developer in a update posted on their campaign page earlier today.

“The new campaign will launch in just a few days and it be crucial for the existence of this project. Your turn to save this game from being cancelled is coming up.”

Stay tuned!

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Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Is Now a Netflix Movie!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:15

After Warner Bros. put the film in turnaround, Netflix is getting behind Death Note, which it to be directed by Adam Wingard.

Wingard has been on a tear after helming the micro-indie Pop Skull, having got behind the camera for my A Horrible Way to Die, Bloody Disgusting’s V/H/S and V/H/S/2 as well as You’re Next, The Guest and Cinemax’s upcoming “Outcast”.

Actress-singer Margaret Qualley (pictured below) is starring opposite male lead Nat Wolff.

The story follows a student who discovers a mysterious notebook that kills whomever’s name is written in it. When the student meets the notebook’s previous owner, a demon bent on ridding the world of anyone it deems evil or useless, he ends up tracked by an Interpol officer investigating the unexplainable deaths of several criminals.

Wingard is directing with a script by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten executive producing.

Filming begins this June.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Teaser For New Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:45

Disney and Lucasfilm released a tease for the latest Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, set to blast online tomorrow.

Pictured below are Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in Rogue One, which is directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

In theaters December 16th, 2016, Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy previously stated. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”

Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to Save “The Boys,” Too!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:12

Garth Ennis‘ “Preacher” is one of my all-time favorite comics. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Neal Moritz saved it from development hell, and has allegedly delivered a one-two punch with the pilot that’s set to air on AMC this summer.

While already heroes, they are on the verge of becoming television titans.

After years of false starts, Cinemax has put in development “The Boys,” from the “Preacher” team of Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey, Moritz’s Original Film and Sony TV, Deadline reports.

“The Boys” is being developed by Rogen, Goldberg and “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke, and to be written by Kripke based on the graphic novel written by Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson.

The series is set in a time where most of the superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. It centers on a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them.

Rogen and Goldberg, who helmed the “Preacher” pilot, are set to direct.

Like with “Preacher,” which had gone though numerous TV and feature incarnations over 16 years until it was finally made by AMC, “The Boys” also has had a long development history. Over the past eight years, it had been in the works as a movie at Columbia Pictures and Paramount. Rogen, Goldberg and Moritz had previously worked on it before it went into turnaround back in 2012.

At Cinemax, “The Boys” joins another drama adaptation of a dark comic, Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast,” which was picked up to series from director Adam Wingard (V/H/S, V/H/S/2, You’re Next, The Guest, The Woods).

“The Boys” ran for 72 issues from 2008-2012, published initially by Wildstorm (#1-6) and then by Dynamite Entertainment.

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William Friedkin Hasn’t Seen ‘The Exorcist’ Sequels, Doesn’t Like Superhero Movies

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:22

Even though William Friedkin will forever be remembered as the director of the scariest movie ever made, The Exorcist, he’s also behind The French Connection, Sorcerer, To Live and Die in L.A., The Guardian and more recently the awesome Bug and Killer Joe.

He’s transcended multiple generations and continues to deliver impactful entertainment to audiences, which is why his opinion has significant meaning.

We came across an old news bit that I find fascinating, in which Friedkin slams superhero movies and identifies the biggest problem with them.

“Films used to be rooted in gravity,” he told AFP reporter Sophie Laubie. “They were about real people doing real things.

Today cinema in America is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Avengers, Hunger Games: all kinds of stuff that I have no interest in seeing at all.”

Friedkin’s interest is of no value here, as not everyone is going to enjoy comic book movies, but he does make an extremely valid argument about films losing their root in gravity. What he means is that there’s nothing believable about them. And I agree, to a degree. I think some of the best superhero movies are ones that are grounded in reality. For example, the second Captain America could have easily been a Bourne sequel, while some of my issues with the second Avengers and Batman V. Superman are that they feel overtly fantastical, which removes me from the experience.

Friedkin looks to television as our savior, where there’s time to develop rich and colorful characters, which have a more meaningly impact on the story.

Now Friedkin says “the best work” for directors is on television with cable and streaming networks that make shows such as ‘True Detective’ and ‘House of Cards’. “You develop character at a greater length and the story is more complex and deeper than cinema,” the director said, “this is the new zeitgeist. Many of the fine filmmakers of today are going to long-form TV. It is the most welcoming place to work for a director today.”

It’s clear that Friedkin is a purist, which only adds to his legacy. In fact, he said he’s never been swayed by money, and hasn’t even seen the sequels to his Exorcist.

“I am not interested in making movies just for the pay-cheque,” Friedkin said. “I have to love the film, the story, the characters. There were four sequels to ‘The Exorcist’ and I’ve seen none of them, nor do I want to or intend to.”

What do you guys think?

Would you agree with his assessment of superhero movies? Have things changed since this was published in 2015?

[H/T] The Telegraph.

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Toast is Ridding the World of Ugly Gadgets

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 15:46

With the exception of most things, there’s nothing worse than having an ugly gadget. Generations of weary men and women fought for our right to buy wildly expensive phones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles, then clothe them in the skin of dead things.

Here’s a rhetorical question: is there anything more American than swaddling the PS4 I waited to buy specifically so I could get a white one in a tasteful walnut shell, emblazoned with the fierce face of a bald eagle that silently judges me for neglecting my patriotic duties every time I try to get my video game fix? No, there obviously isn’t.

I’m kidding. Only a deranged individual would put a bird on a gaming console, so I settled on the Bloody Disgusting logo, because there’s nothing deranged about a human skull in mid-devastation by a saw blade. Some proof:

Make sure the volume’s cranked up on your computer or you’ll miss the choir of angels singing the PlayStation theme that plays when the console is switched on, and if you’re using a 4K monitor, you should see a seemingly sourceless ray of heavenly light that gently illuminates the console in an otherworldly glow. That, my friends, is what your visually impaired console could look like, so long as you’re willing to pretty it up a bit, a la Freddie Prinze Jr. in She’s All That.

You might not get it, and that’s okay. The point is, Toast does.

Toast started out with a man, a dream, and a modestly successful crowdfunding campaign. Today, it’s a rapidly growing online retailer run by a team of 10. The engraving process, which involves lasers and burning, is what inspired the name.

The site offers a myriad pre-designed cases that come in a variety of colors, styles and materials, including genuine leather (colored or natural) and various woods (ash, walnut, bamboo, ebony). You can also submit your own design, as I did, and they’ll slap it on a case of your choosing.

The quality of the materials is certainly impressive, as is the incredible amount of detail they’re able to retain in the engraving. Nothing was lost in the transition, as far as I can tell. Every gruesome detail of the original design seems to be intact.

When my PS4’s new wooden wardrobe arrived, I set about applying the sticky side of each piece to the console’s woefully plain exterior. It didn’t take long, maybe five minutes, and the result was transformative. I will note that for the PS4 or any other gadget that has an interface as small as the console’s power and eject buttons, the shell can make it somewhat tricky to get at them.

I suspect this won’t be a problem for most. It’s barely a problem for me. But if you have a little extra girth to your digits, you might want to keep it in mind.

Finding the right case for your gadget isn’t easy, nor should it be taken lightly. No sane person would ever wear a shirt that didn’t compliment their eyes so they pop. All Toast has done is take that rule and apply it to the world of technology. They’re ahead of the game, I say.

When the machines we take for granted inevitably rise against us, Toast will be there, providing General Siri and the legions of murderbots I assume she’ll command with bold accessories made from natural materials. Eventually, they’ll probably have to start using human skin, but we don’t need to get into that right now.

For more on Toast and the post-apocalyptic future they’ll soon capitalize on, head over here.

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Are ‘The Ones Below’ After Another Couple’s Baby? (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 14:03

Eagerly awaiting their first child, a young couple in a tiny London suburb become involved in a psychological battle of wills with the tenants in the apartment downstairs.

Magnet Releasing has shared the official U.S. trailer for their psychological thriller The Ones Below, opening in limited theaters and on VOD on May 27th.

The feature film debut of David Farr, who penned the script for Joe Wright’s thriller Hanna, debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It pays homage to the more paranoid entries in Roman Polanski’s oeuvre as it depicts the tragic consequences of a drunken dinner party. (Variety)

The Ones Below stars Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and “The Walking Dead” fav, David Morrissey.

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First Shot From Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters’ Netflix Series!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:47

Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix Original Series “Trollhunters” is arriving from DreamWorks later this year.

Until then, check out this first ever shot from the series, which will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around the residents of the fictional suburb of Arcadia who make a startling discovery that the world beneath their hometown is as vast and mind-blowing as anything on the surface.

Guillermo del Toro’s work as a director, screenwriter, filmmaker, producer and author is incredibly extensive and varied, ranging from novels to comic books and television to imaginative feature films. Throughout his career, he has consistently had a strong connection and lifelong fascination with fantastical creatures and in DreamWorks “Trollhunters” he has created vast and vibrant worlds with complex human and troll characters that create a cinematic television experience.

“I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary,” del Toro explained back in 2010. “It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it’s thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff.”

Del toro took a hit in the film world after the lackluster box office of Crimson Peak. He is no longer directing the sequel to Pacific Rim either, which puts his Haunted Mansion in jeopardy. It’ll be interesting to see the new direction of this colorful director’s career.

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‘The Invitation’ Clip Recollects An Awful Suicide Attempt

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:37

This is going to be a great weekend for genre fans, especially with Drafthouse Films releasing The Invitation, which hails from Girlfight, Aeon Flux, and Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama.

In The Invitation, “Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

The above clip flashes back to an unnerving and uncomfortable suicide attempt, which perfectly sets the tone for the kind of film you’re going to see.

Shit, Trace gave the film a perfect score, while Patrick Cooper also raved that “tension absolutely seethes” in the must-see chiller!

The pic stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball), Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo,” Zodiac, “American Horror Story”).

Watch the trippy trailer here:

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[Review] Face the Unexplained in the ‘Strange Septembers’ Documentary

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:00

Since the dawn of man, human beings have been looking to the sky in both awe and suspicion. Be it angels or extraterrestrials, there are literally thousands of reports of people witnessing or even coming into contact with celestial beings, stretching all the way back to ancient times. Of these alleged incidents, however, few are as emblematic to UFO-aficionados as the Betty and Barney Hill abduction, and the Exeter encounter. Jeff and Jess Finn’s documentary Strange Septembers ambitiously attempts to chronicle both events through a series of interviews featuring a collection of ufologists, government officials and a few others.

For those who aren’t familiar with these stories, Betty and Barney Hill were an interracial couple from Portsmouth that claimed to have been abducted by an alien craft in rural New Hampshire in September of 1961. Both were considered respectable members of their community, often involved in civil rights issues, so their story came as a shock when it was finally publicly disclosed in 1963, sparking a surge of public interest in extraterrestrial phenomena.

The Exeter incident, on the other hand, was a highly publicized sighting of unidentified lights in the skies over Exeter in 1965, once again in New Hampshire. The incident was considered notable due to the amount of respectable witnesses present and the apparent proximity to the Hill abduction, leading to a massive amount of conspiracy theories and a new wave of ufologists attempting to piece together the facts and find out what really happened.

Narrated by none other than the original Robocop, Peter Weller, the documentary swiftly explains the basics of these mysterious events while still leaving enough room for the imagination. Interviews with family members of the deceased witnesses help to build a sense of proximity to the events, reminding the viewer that the people involved were just regular folk caught up in extraordinary circumstances, which is refreshing when much of the film can be viewed as purely fact-based and ‘educational’.

Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones, who previous played Betty and Barney Hill in the 1975 TV movie The UFO Incident, add their own flair to the story, discussing some of the racial and political issues that plagued America at the time and proposing their own theories amongst other relevant figures. Even so, Strange Septembers is informative and surprisingly impartial in its presentation of personal opinions and government responses, neither condoning nor condemning even the most outlandish and obviously misdirected explanations.

This impartial approach is what will ultimately define how much the audience enjoys the film. Some of the information-heavy segments may carry a certain overbearing National Geographic vibe, which reduces the entertainment value considerably for those already not invested in ufology and paranormal studies. Overall, however, Strange Septembers does a remarkable job of making these real life stories seem interesting without resorting to improbable conclusions or exaggerated events, which makes it a must-watch for fans the ‘genre’ and casual viewers looking for a believable mystery.

You can rent the documentary over at the film’s official website.

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