Before I cower in the corner to hide from the wrath of Godzilla fans, I’m excited to share the official teaser poster for Attack On Titan, the live-action adaptation of the awesome anime that’s now on Netflix.
Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind this two-part live action adventure that features “Titans” that are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla (120m vs. 108m in Gareth Edwards’ remake). And unlike most movies these days, the Titans will be a mix of both CG and practical SFX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro – much like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
In addition to teasing one of the Titans on the new one-sheet, the entire cast has been revealed for Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese film in a series of banners. There will be a wide variety of new characters, which is pretty exciting. I’d say I’m more excited for this than anything else, and that includes Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Oh, and just wait until you see how big this Titan is…
“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
Just yesterday we shared a bunch of shocking Ghostbusters news, all of which came out of the ongoing Sony leaks.
It was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan were all interested in joining the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which is to be directed by Paul Feig.
Even though the ‘busters squad is all chicks, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any male leads. In fact, another leaked batch of Sony e-mails share one huge name in contention.
Via The Daily Beast, a lengthy email exchange between an exec at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and a talent manager who represents Ryan Gosling, details the exec and star’s lovey-dovey relationship. A fwd of the e-mail had a Columbia Pictures executive reveal that Gosling is interested in joining the new Ghostbusters. Furthermore, it was also leaked that there’s only one real male tole in Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, which sort of flips the original on its head.
Ryan Gosling is one of the hotter stars coming off Drive, although his resume isn’t gushing as much as we’d think. Maybe that’s why he’s so interested in joining the project, unless of course the script is that damned good (knowing that it’s attracted Jennifer Lawrence’s interest speaks volumes).
More as it comes in. What do you think of all the potential casting being reported on?
Major news broke last week when it was announced that both Emma Robert and Jamie Lee Curtis would topline FOX’s “Scream Queens” anthology series.
The 15-episode hourlong comedy will premiere in fall 2015, with season one revolving around a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders.
Vulture caught up with Roberts, who is reteaming with “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy on “Scream Queens,” who reveals tonally it’s similar to “Coven.”
“The show itself is more comedy,” Roberts told the site. “I literally was crying laughing when Ryan [Murphy] was telling me about it, and telling me some jokes on it.”
More details will be worked out in the next month, but Roberts suspects the vibe will be quite “Coven”-like: “It going to be a lot of girls, and it reminds me of ‘Coven’ in a way that it is just like having all that female energy on set.”
More than anything, Roberts is excited to continue working with Murphy. “I pretty much will follow Ryan Murphy anywhere, because I just love the worlds he creates. When he told me about this, I was like, ‘When do we start?’”
Roberts is set to topline the comedy, with a second young actress set to co-star. A casting breakdown indicates the series will center on three young women, Curtis’ role and a father.
Syfy’s “Z Nation” arrives on DVD on February 10, 2015.
“‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.“
“Z Nation” stars Tom Everett Scott (“Southland”), DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Keith Allan, and Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “Oz”). The show is executive produced by Karl Schaefer (“Eerie Indiana”, “The Dead Zone”), who is also the showrunner.
Preparing for the ZN1 Virus: Z Nation Concept and Development
Race for the Cure: The Making of Z Nation Season 1
Making of a Znado and More: Behind the Visual Effects
Creating the Gore: A Look into the World of Synapse FX
Music of the Apocalypse: Making of the Z Nation Score
Z Kill Reel
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In the works since this past February, there’s now a trailer for Terry Zarchi’s Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave, featuring Meir Zarchi, Camille Keaton, William Tasgal, Gary Needle, and more.
36 years after the making of the controversial 1978 cult classic I Spit On Your Grave, actress Camille Keaton will appear on screen with director Meir Zarchi in an upcoming documentary, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Day of the Woman a.k.a. I Spit On Your Grave was inspired by Meir Zarchi’s experience with a victim of rape. After stumbling upon a teenage girl in a park in the aftermath of a violent assault, Zarchi began to imagine how a woman in this situation might fantasize about revenge. Moreover, he wanted to depict to the audience the real horrors of rape.
The story follows Jennifer Hills, (played by Keaton), a magazine writer from New York City, as she retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. While there she is brutally assaulted, raped and left for dead. But Jennifer is alive. Emotionally destroyed, she no longer writes her novel; instead she finds herself choreographing a horrific revenge scheme to inflict punishment on her assailants.
Upon its theatrical release in 1980, the movie was described by the late prominent film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as “Easily the most offensive film” they had ever seen, yet hailed by others as a cinematic masterpiece. The debate continued as the movie was pulled from theaters in the United States, then branded a “video nasty” in the United Kingdom and placed on the Director of Public Prosecutions’ list of prosecutable films. Still, 36 years later the film continues to attract both praise and negative criticism and has even spawned a remake in 2010 and sequel in 2013.
Now in production, the I Spit On Your Grave 1978 Documentary will reveal some insight into the madness and the man behind it all. Created by Terry Zarchi (son of Meir Zarchi, who also played a small role in the film), this project will deliver both a personal and informative view that only someone who grew up with this movie can provide.
“Growing up with I Spit On Your Grave has inspired me to tell the story behind the story.” said Zarchi. “This is perhaps the most misunderstood film of all time and Camille Keaton’s involvement will shed some light on the many questions still surrounding the film.”
After what feels like years on the shelf, Open Road is now releasing The Loft, which stars Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Shoenaerts.
Set for release January 23, 2015, we now have the film’s official trailer and one-sheet, both of which sell the Hitchcockian paranoia.
Playing sort of like Fight Club, there are loft “rules,” which are broken between 5 men who are being taunted by an unknown woman.
“Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.”
The last handful of years haven’t treated some of gaming’s greatest horror franchises very well. Resident Evil lost its way a few times, Left 4 Dead 3 has been MIA, Dead Space and Alan Wake were put on hiatus — soon to be joined by F.E.A.R. — and until recently, Silent Hill was largely assumed dead. Looking at all that, you would think horror was fading into obscurity again.
Thankfully, that’s not the case.
Indie horror is healthier than ever, bolstered by several high profile releases like The Forest, Slender: The Arrival and Outlast as well as a number of upcoming games that are all worth getting excited about. We’ve begin to see this renewed interest affect AAA horror, starting with the imminent arrivals of Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within next month. That’s just the beginning. We have a veritable horde coming next year.
If my guide to the remaining horror games of 2014 left you wanting, this (working) list of releases the genre has in store for us in 2015 should remedy that.Bloodborne
If you don’t mind being broken down over and over again by a game with a thoroughly unforgiving nature that goes a long way in making the occasional victory all the sweeter. Bloodborne promises to be as challenging as the Dark Souls series that inspired it, only now that winning formula has been injected with a dose of horror.
Release Date: February 6, 2015Call of Cthulhu
This past January, Magrunner: Dark Pulse developer Frogwares revealed their plan to make a new Call of Cthulhu. Since then, the game has kept unusually quiet. After the cancellation of the two sequels that were planned to follow Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and the state of limbo that Guillermo Del Toro’s InSane has found itself in, I’m wondering if there isn’t some sort of curse that’s been put on any developer that tries to create a game based on or inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Release Date: TBA 2015DayZ
PC gamers have been able to experience the wonders of getting robbed by strangers at gunpoint over cans of beans for what feels like ages. Soon, PS4 owners will have the opportunity to experience that same joy.
Release Date: TBA 2015H1Z1
Trying to take a bite out of that juicy DayZ pie is H1Z1. It’s more or less the same game, so if you like trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wilderness where your fellow man is infinitely scarier than the walking dead, there’s a solid chance this game won’t disappoint.
Release Date: January 15, 2015 (Steam Early Access)Dead Island 2
With Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager taking the reigns, I have faith they’ll be able to elevate this troubled series. Between its renewed focus on humor, over-the-top action and vibrant environments, Dead Island 2 is already doing a lot right.
Release Date: Spring 2015Doom
After several delays, Doom is coming. We might not have seen it yet, but there’s plenty of folks who have. If id Software’s refusal to place it under the scrutinizing eye of the Internet is any indication of its quality, this may end up being a 2016 release.
Release Date: TBA 2015Draugen
The day before Halloween, indie developer Red Thread Games decided to give us something scary to look forward to with Draugen, a survival horror game that feels like Gone Home meets Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It’s set on the Norwegian west coast, so you can be sure it’s going to look ridiculously good.
Release Date: TBA 2015Dying Light
With Dead Island 2 in the hands of a new developer, Techland was left with some free time and a love for the undead. Rather than try something entirely new, the team is working on improving the foundation they created with the first Dead Island. The result is an incredibly ambitious game with a multiplayer that’s been seamlessly woven into the experience.
And parkour. Lots of parkour.
Release Date: January 27, 2015The Evil Within: The Assignment
The Assignment, the first of three planned expansions for The Evil Within, will follow Sebastian’s partner, Juli “The Kid” Kidman. We don’t know much else about it yet, but I imagine there will be lots of blood, barbed wire and nightmarish creatures — including The Keeper, which has been confirmed for this DLC and the expansion that’s slated to follow it — for us to flee from.
Release Date: Early 2015Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden
This game bums me out. Part of me takes solace in knowing this beloved survival horror franchise isn’t being entirely neglected, but most of me is too busy being frustrated to notice. If ever there was a time to release a quality horror game like this to the world — not just Japan — it’s now. The only reason this game is on this list is because I hope Nintendo just hasn’t gotten around to mentioning an international release yet.
Release Date: September 27, 2014 (Japan) / Possible 2015 release elsewhereHellraid
Originally announced as a last-gen console release, Techland gave us a substantial reason to be pumped for Hellraid when they confirmed it had been delayed to give them time to rebuild the game in a new engine for current-gen consoles. The new-and-improved Hellraid brings together the combat of Skyrim with the brutality of Dead Island, complete with a dark fantasy setting and tons of hellish monsters to battle.
Release Date: TBA 2015Killing Floor 2
Tripwire Interactive hasn’t mentioned an ETA for the sequel to their hit cooperative horror game Killing Floor. When I saw it in action last month, it looked like the game was pretty far along. The mechanics are in and the gore is top notch, but multiplayer games require a lot of tweaking to get the balance right, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Killing Floor 2 arrives early next year.
Release Date: TBA 2015Kodoku
Kodoku looks like a series of nightmares that were induced by a particularly bad acid trip. I have no idea what’s going on, but I like it.
Release Date: TBA 2015Let it Die
Despite being a fan of Suda 51′s wacky work and the worlds he’s created, I haven’t seen enough to get me enthusiastic about Let it Die. It could be a twisted ride that showers us with the blood spilled from our mostly naked enemies, or it could be shallow and use its copious amount of violence as a gimmick. We’ll have to wait and see!
Release Date: TBA 2015Resident Evil
I have two theories to explain why Capcom is re-releasing the Resident Evil remake. I’ve already gone into great detail on the first theory, but I haven’t even mentioned the other. My second theory revolves around the idea that Capcom is fully aware of our desire for a Resident Evil 2 remake, which they’ll get around to doing, but not before they every other Resident Evil first.
Release Date: January 20, 2015Resident Evil Revelations 2
Not long after Capcom announced they’d be remastering the GameCube remake, they also revealed a sequel to Revelations. Their decision to build on a spin-off that’s widely considered to be one of the best Resident Evil games of the last decade. We know it will be delivered episodically, feature offline co-op, is set on a prison island and stars Claire Redfield and Moira Burton — Barry Burton’s daughter.
Release Date: Starting February 17 (full schedule here)SOMA
Last October, Amnesia developer Frictional Games started teasing their next project, the freaky looking horror game SOMA. Here we are a year later and the game is significantly less mysterious than it was back then. Even still, I can’t help but wonder if we’ve only scratched the surface. SOMA looks like a mystery wrapped in an enigma that’s been slathered in gore, modified corpses and face-eating robots.
Release Date: Early 2015State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
State of Decay is one of the better zombie-themed video games we’ve been gifted with lately, and it’s undead hordes are slated to shamble onto the Xbox One in the near future. Other than the still glaring lack of co-op, what’s not to love about that?
Release Date: Early 2015The Order: 1886
The Order: 1886 is set in Victorian era London and follows an ancient order of soldiers with steampunk weapons and gadgets, and their ongoing war with human “half-breeds”, or werewolves. If that doesn’t have you sufficiently excited, I don’t know what will.
Release Date: February 20, 2015Human Element
Earlier this month we were treated to our very first look at the post-apocalyptic zombie survival game, Human Element. Much like The Walking Dead, the zombies aren’t the real threat — it’s your fellow man you should be worried about.
Release Date: November 2015Until Dawn
After going silent for a while, Sony re-revealed developer Supermassive Games’ teen slasher Until Dawn. It’s been improved in every way possible, including a complete reworking of the original script to make it exponentially more terrifying. This game has a lot of promise, and if it’s successful, it could pave the way for more games like it.
Release Date: TBA 2015Outlast 2
Back in October, developer Red Barrels confirmed a sequel to Outlast, their popular first person horror game set in the Mount Massive asylum. If it’s anywhere near as scary as its predecessors, we’ll all need to stock up on Depends.
Release Date: TBA 2015
Remember, this is a working list. 2015 is still a ways off and the unpredictable and always-changing nature of video games means a lot of the above will change, probably more than once, in the coming months. If I missed something, feel free to let me know in the comments.
Bethesda has begun teasing the first of three planned story expansions for The Evil Within, dubbed The Assignment. This DLC will follow Sebastian’s partner, Julie “The Kid” Kidman, as will the DLC that comes after it, which they’re calling The Consequence. I’m looking forward to seeing Juli’s character get fleshed out a bit more, because that wasn’t something we were able to see in the main game. Kidman will return to the spotlight when The Assignment arrives in early 2015.
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For more info on the first two expansions for The Evil Within, head on over to the Bethesda Blog, where they chat with the director of each, Tango Gameworks’ John Johanas.
If you were waiting for Constantine to come into it’s own, then wait no longer. “The Saint of Last Resorts” is a riveting adventure in line with the best issues of Hellblazer, that raises the stakes higher than they’ve ever been in the show, and pushes John to the absolute brink… and let’s talk about that cliffhanger.
The evolution of Constantine from a mere monster-of-the-week paint by numbers ordeal has been a slow one to be sure. But, after this week I believe the show has fully embraced its source material in new and interesting ways.
Zed’s mysterious past takes a few interesting turns and develops quite nicely. As does her relationship with John. It’s not about sexual tension anymore, and oddly enough this makes their interactions much more interesting. They seemingly don’t want anything from one another anymore, and that pushes John to keep Zed grounded at the… fuck it… House of Mystery, or at least that’s my take after this week.
I don’t know how I feel about Zed’s past. Perhaps I’m ambivalent at best. Which is all well and good because she’s the least important part of the story this week. Instead I’ll turn my focus to John.
He receives what amounts to a distress call from an old colleague. This old friend is one part of the infamous Newcastle crew, Anne Marie. She’s so deeply affected by what happened she became a nun. I buy that; her performance is great as her expectations of John come to define each and every scene.
John and Chas search the convent for something that’s stealing babies. Now that I’ve watched the episode twice I see an incredible amount of foreshadowing in the first act that shows exactly what is going to happen in the final moments.
So finally, Constantine takes the darker turn we’ve all been craving. I know that for some of you this won’t be sufficient. I know that this show is on NBC, and could perhaps go further, but for the sake of what we’ve watched previously this is a giant leap in the right direction.
Matt Ryan’s performance in the sewer is nothing short of stunning. Week after week his mix of ineptitude, blind confidence, and actual skill (I know that’s a strange combination) have proved captivating. But his willingness to drown the baby in an effort to goad the demon into playing his game was pure Constantine. He knows the stakes, he knows what he is doing is wrong, but he pushes because he can’t help it.
There, he’s left to bleed out in his own filth betrayed by the last person who you’d absolutely think. Going into this week I was sure that Chas was going to do something to sever ties with John, but it looks as if Chas will be his best mate through and through. We get to see a little more of how he figures into the group dynamic, and how really Chas holds John together at his worst moments.
This week Constantine fully embraced the rich tapestry of it’s source material and managed to create a compelling monster of the week case that begins a serialized push that doesn’t let up when the show returns in the New Year.
What happens next is simply stunning, and pushes the show to a whole new level. I can’t wait for everyone to see what happens next, but for now, you’ll just have to keep reliving those final moments in the sewer. I will say this… pay very close attention to the beginning and end of this episode. They’ll tell you a lot about what’s going to happen next.
That’s it! See you in 2015, with Constantine’s best episode yet.
For those of you excited to see the legendary ape known as King Kong rise again in 2016, you might want to dial it back just a little bit.
Legendary’s Skull Island has been officially renamed to Kong: Skull Island. Okay, that’s not bad. Gives it a recognizable name that will draw people’s attention much faster. But the harsh news comes down that the film has been shifted from November 4, 2016 to Friday, March 10, 2017. Ouch.
The film will star Tom Hiddleston (Avengers) and will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It will see a 3D and IMAX 3D release.
The story, “…will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.“
As this introduction video shows, the set-up for Techland’s open-world post-apocalyptic survival horror game Dying Light isn’t very complicated. Something goes wrong, turning everyday people into vicious monsters. The government quarantines the city, lending aid to the remaining survivors now confined within through air drops. I’m not sure what the point of that is, since they plan on bombing the city anyway, but it’s a decent gesture nonetheless.
Warner Bros released another video, which shows off one of the game’s central mechanics: night vs. day. There’s also more of that fantastic electronic music in it, too.
Dying Light hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.
This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week brings us some romance on top of violence as we dive into the “Corpse And Bride” clip from Detroit horror-themed psychobilly The Gutter Ghouls!
The video shows a rebellious young woman cavorting with a local bad boy…who just so happens to be a reanimated corpse. The woman’s mother clearly doesn’t take too kindly to her daughter’s life choices and rallies up some of the locals to dispatch this upstanding, rotting gentleman. However, things go wrong when a bullet goes astray and the angry mob understands what it means to be hunted.
“Corpse And Bride” comes from the band’s 2012 release Motor City Murderbilly, which you can snag via Bandcamp.
It’s no secret that Alien: Isolation can be an especially brutal game. Like its titular antagonist, it’s merciless, unforgiving and often terrifying. As difficult as the game can be, some folks are really good at it. Where I flee in terror at the sight of that big, black bastard, there are people out there who don’t scream and run away when it comes stomping around the corner.
For these gamers, there’s a new Nightmare difficulty mode that effectively breaks the motion tracker, removes all maps, makes the enemies even more capable than they were previously and further limits the Sevastapol’s already extremely limited supply of resources.
Yeah, have fun with that.
Meanwhile, I’ll be playing the new Novice difficulty, because I’m a big baby. Both modes are available now as a free update.
As we approach the Christmas season, our regularly scheduled TV programming prepares itself for hibernation until the New Year. Constantine is no different, but it is in need of your help.
It’s no secret that production is in a little trouble. But the show finds itself in a tough programming slot, against well-established genre competition, and has taken some time to find its voice. Well that all changes tonight with the “Saint of Last Resorts” part one.
I’ve seen both parts of the two parter, and recently sat down with Charles Halford to talk about his role as Chas in the show, what it’s like to play the best friend of a bloody bastard, the pressure of a comic book adaptation, and most importantly the future of Constantine.
Bloody-Disgusting: I just watched both parts of the two-parter and the past plays a huge role for both you and Constantine. What do you know about Chas’ past and why are he and John running away from it?
Charles Halford: We get more into John’s history in episode ten. To go further back to the Newcastle crew is to go back even further. I think a lot of the big traumatizing event in John’s life, Gary Lester’s life, and Richie Simmons’ life was this Newcastle incident. Which is this exorcism gone wrong, it was a summoning in the comics, but we have this girl who we’ve accidently sent to hell. It was a really graphic story in the comics and we’ve got every intention of revisiting it. I don’t know if we’d be able to get quite as dark as that story in the comics, but it definitely messed everyone up.
It sent Anne Marie to a convent, sent John to insane asylum, put Ritchie on pills, and furthered Gary’s problems with addiction. We haven’t reached some of the episodes with the rest of the crew. But that’s the plan for season 2.
Bloody-Disgusting: Why does Chas stick by Constantine despite the fact he’s an untrustworthy bastard? How does he keep Constantine grounded?
Charles Halford: It’s complicated. A lot of it does get sorted out in episode ten. I think John is a lonely guy by choice. He can’t help but hurt those close to him, or worse yet kill them. I think having a best mate, who is always by his side serves to give him some ground. A lot of it has to do with the world our show exists in, and Chas’ abilities. We’re in the ether between Hellblazer, a panel for panel recreation would just be Constantine walking around thinking to himself then bad things happen to him.
I had very little information on Chas coming into this show. So I did a lot of reading. In the comics John effectively takes out Chas’ mother. Who is this evil witch that keep Chas at home, doesn’t let him see light, she’s killed his father, and John finds out. Constantine takes care of Chas mother while he’s crashing on their couch. In so doing makes John Chas’ only family. John being the manipulative bastard that he is knew that in doing that he would have a guy in his pocket. The other variation on the show is that Chas has this survival ability. Now, Chas is part of the adventure. In the comics John made it a point to keep his mate out of danger.
Bloody-Disgusting: That’s an interesting distinction because the show has made you guys effectively partners with your supernaturally abilities, was there any pressure coming into a show, playing a beloved character that’s a little different than what people had come to know?
Charles Halford: Of course. As soon as I got the job, I was fully prepared to lock down a sloppy British accent. I had a dialect coach on the phone. Daniel wanted it to be accessible, for me as a comic fan; I’m in service to the fans. But, the fans are sort of murky when you’ve got comic fans, action fans, and horror fans. We’re trying to give service to everybody.
When the survival skill came into it, it was pitched to me pretty loosely. It became a concern. Chas wasn’t able to die, and that’s fantastic news for my contract. The actor in me said, if he can’t die it’s easy for him to be taken for granted. So we knew we had to answer that question.
I’m really happy with the story they came up with. We’ll soon find out why Chas is so loyal, what happened to his wife and daughter, and so it does pay service to all of those things and gives me a really nice direction going forward.
Bloody-Disgusting: The “Saint of Last Resorts” Part 2 really has some fun stuff for you to do in regard to your healing factor. I couldn’t help but laugh.
Charles Halford: [Laughs] Yeah, every time I get a new script I go “What are they going to do to me this week? How bad is it going to get?” It’s been a lot of fun. I had a great time with the scene you mentioned; it’s a unique brand. This is a genre show that gets compared left and right but it’s really something different.
With our rich history of source material we’re going to stand out within this genre. It’s ours as much as it’s DCs. We’re going to try to make it as authentic as we can.
Bloody-Disgusting: A lot of people have compared the show to Supernatural or Grimm but I feel like once the second part of this two-parter airs those comparisons will stop.
Charles Halford: I feel the same way. We got off to a slow start. We’re a new show in a tough slot. The show is character driven and incredibly serialized. In the scripts we’re unable to produce this season, we move the history along in inventive ways.
We’re coming into the second season swinging. Everyone’s sweating, but I think John Constantine has never had it easy. [laughs] He’s always in a tough spot and he has to figure his way out. The proof is in the next several episodes. We really hit our stride in the rest of this season.
Bloody-Disgusting: What are you most excited for people to see in this back half of season one?
Charles Halford: I think it’s huge fan service to payoff Chas’ backstory. There is a very evil cult of warlocks that is going to factor into the rising darkness in a huge way. A lot of little things that people will love. We free ourselves up to become more… I don’t know how much I’m at liberty to say. Zed develops more, Manny develops more, and how we go about our mission against the rising darkness really changes.
There’s a lot of really great twists. Everyone’s about to go through some really tough stuff, and pitted against one another in interesting ways. I’m really excited to get to the later seasons. We’ve got every intention of hitting the big storylines from the comics… there are plans of The Family Man storyline or Dangerous Habits.
That’s all in our wheelhouse. Plus DC’s been so supportive of letting us use other characters. We’ve been bringing in as much as the occult universe as we can.
Bloody-Disgusting: How did you and Matt Ryan develop your chemistry?
Charles Halford: Before I met with the network I did a chemistry read with Matt that felt really really good. That continued onto the casting phase, during the pilot we hung out quite a bit. That man has got a ridiculous schedule. Everyone on the show loves the story we’re trying to tell. We’re all really happy to be doing what we’re doing. Matt and I got on really well, even on the episodes that I wasn’t in, coming back was something else, such a warm welcome.
Out of everyone Harold [Prennaeu] got along brilliantly. But it remains to be seen if we’ll ever play against one another.
It’s one big happy Hellblazer family.
Bloody-Disgusting: How did you prepare your role?
Charles Halford: I just went straight to the comics. There is this certain aspect of a very loyal dog. But I really did dig into the comics. I was happy to find out to see Chas has a life. Chas has this other world, and John is like the worst friend that any family would ever want anybody to have. I did a lot of reading, and a lot of asking questions of Daniel Cerone.
Those first three or four episodes I had to play it pretty close to the hip. I had to figure things out. I could latch onto a friendship, I could latch onto John, and I grabbed onto that. You need something to ground you. Chas without John is just alone, he can’t go back to his life.
With getting uprooted and moving to Atlanta a lot of it came really naturally. I was a stranger in a strange land. This was my first time to be a series regular. It wasn’t until episode eight where I snuck an early draft of episode 10 from one of the production assistants where I really knew my character. Reading it, I couldn’t wait. It grounded me and let me know where I was going.
Bloody-Disgusting: How much do you get to channel your inner Reggie LeDoux?
Charles Halford: Well… [laughs] I don’t know if I have an inner Reggie LeDoux, but there are moments later this season where things get darker. With a show like this it’s bound to happen.
The Saint of Last Resorts Part 1 airs tonight at 10/9 central on NBC.
This Sony hack scandal is making me sick to my stomach, and I absolutely hate even acknowledging the news coming from it- but I must do my job. And this one is a doozy.
It’s no secret that Bill Murray has allegedly been a huge pain in the ass when it came to the long-gestured and now defunct Ghostbusters III. The reports were uncanny, even stating that Murray shredded the script and sent it back to Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Frankly, Murray doesn’t owe it to anyone to reprise his role as Dr. Pete Venkman, even if it would be spectacular.
Apparently, the studio felt otherwise…
Before Paul Feig came aboard to reboot the franchise, the studio brass had allegedly considered using legal action to force Murray into returning to the franchise. Click the aforementioned link to see what was said…
If true, this is some serious shady shit that hurts to read. Although, to pretend Hollywood doesn’t act like this behind closed doors, daily, is to live in a dream world.
Moving on from the negative, and now that Feig is directing the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, let’s see who may be cast. The leaked information shared some shocking names, in addition to the tease that Feig had already reached out to reunite with Bridemaids star Rebel Wilson.
Stars alleged to be interested included The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence, The Amazing Spider-man‘s Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, comedian Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan.
I give this an arousing HOLY SHIT.
For me, Emma Stone (Superbad, Amazing Spider-Man) has always been a no-brainer. But the name that excites me the most is Lizzy Caplan, pictured below, who is such a runaway standout in her work, especially “Party Down.” (She was also great in Mean Girls and Cloverfield). And how about the mere mention of Amy Schumer (pictured above)? Have you seen her show “Inside Amy Schumer”? It’s seriously hilarious, and she’s on the verge of a breakout year in 2015. The surprise here is that Jennifer Lawrence is my least favorite of the names, and I think she’s spectacular. If this is the direction Columbia Pictures and Reitman are headed, I really, really, really want to see this all-female ‘busters!
What say you?
The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy’s newest supernatural horror, At the Devil’s Door (review), will be releasing on home video through IFC Midnight on December 16.
In the supernatural horror starring Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres, “when ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.“
We now have an exclusive first look at one of the bonus features: a deleted scene. Be careful what you drink…
Check out the international trailer for Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, which is slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.
Starring “Dexter’s” Julia Stiles, Underworld‘s Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.
The trailer, added below thanks to Fabien M., shows a lot of atmosphere, and has quite a bit of children ghosts and screaming.
“Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.
As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.”
In space no one can hear you scream, “These are the coolest toys that never existed!”
The Verge writes about sculpture and toy collector Dayton Allen, who has been creating some of the greatest action figures you’ll never own.
From the 1979 Alien to Prometheus, and even the vid game “Alien: Isolation,” Allen has been sculpting the toys that he wants – and doing it better than anything you can buy in stores. In fat, he even builds out dioramas to put the toys in their rightful environments. H.R. Ginger would be so very proud!
For Allen, this made Alien an ideal project to tackle: not only was it his favorite sci-fi movie, but he’d also be helping to fill in a gap. “One of things I most enjoy about the hobby is creating figures and environments which the current toy industry would never consider producing,” he tells the site.
Take a sneak peak below at some of his Alien sculpts, with tons more – including Blade Runner and The Dark Knight Rises – over at his official Flickr page.
Here’s just about the coolest news to break this year.
Variety reports that, as Sega looks to turn more of its videogames into other forms of entertainment, it has hired former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to lead those efforts.
Cholfin now serves as head of development and production at Tokyo-based Stories International, a joint venture of Japanese gamemaker Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group (the world’s seventh-largest advertising agency) that was launched to produce films, TV shows and entertainment for digital platforms in 2011.
Of the vast library of titles that Stories has the rights to adapt, it’s moving forward with “Altered Beast,” “Streets of Rage,” “Shinobi,” “Rise of Nightmares” and even “Crazy Taxi” first as English-language live action and animated spinoffs.
“Virtua Fighter” and “Golden Axe” also are part of the portfolio of properties, says the site.
Acquired out of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the indie film Preservation (review) will be opening on VOD platforms January 9, 2015.
Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with whats’s said to be a finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire,” “Orange is the New Black”), Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”), and Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire”).
“Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.”