Signal, The (UK DVD)

Dread Central - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:00

Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by William Eubank

Distributed by Entertainment One

While taking a cross-country road trip to help their friend, Haley (Cooke) relocate, plucky college students Nic (Thwaites) and Jonah (Knapp) decide to take a detour to an isolated spot in the desert in an attempt to track down a notorious computer hacker who goes by the moniker ‘NOMAD’. Unfortunately for the trio, something sinister is afoot – and it soon becomes apparent that the three of them have been led into some sort of trap.

Things aren’t exactly what they seem, however… and this is where director William Eubank’s The Signal gets smart.

After witnessing Haley apparently being sucked into the air in a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ moment, Nic awakens in what appears to be a hospital bed – the setting abruptly shifting from the darkness of the desert to the bleached-white clinical oppression of a medical facility. Very soon, he’s introduced to Damon (Fishburne), a scientist who explains to him that he and his friends are suspected to have come into contact with an alien intelligence – and as such, they must be kept isolated and observed in case this contact has made them in any way dangerous to the general population.

As he’s taken through various tests of reasoning and mental capacity, Nic struggles to keep his aggression in check – worries about his friends remaining forefront on his mind.

But there’s a big surprise in store for him, and his friends, as things in the facility most definitely aren’t what they initially appear to be – and that’s as far as this review will go towards describing the further events in The Signal.

Straight out the gate, The Signal is one fantastic-looking film. From the beautiful natural desert and mountainous vistas of the early scenes, to the clinical presentation of the facility and on towards some staggeringly gorgeous slow motion in the climactic action sequences, Eubank’s eye for visuals is on top form.

The storyline itself is compelling – the abrupt switch of locale and complete sense of confusion remaining just on the right side of totally perplexing. The second act does tend to drag somewhat, with perhaps one or two too many short scenes of Nic’s continued resistance to Damon and will to escape the facility – but it’s aided by punctuating moments of solid mystery, for example when an unseen ‘something’ gets loose and wreaks havoc in the corridors, with only the aftermath sporting huge gouges in the facility’s walls offered to the audience.

Working within this framework of confusion and veiled intentions, the cast each do an admirable job with their roles. Brenton Thwaites leads the show with his turn as Nic, capably realising the character’s frustration with his current situation and physical disability, and his overriding will to see his friends safe. Beau Knapp is lively as the more overtly nerdy Jonah, but manages to elevate what initially feels like a standard, archetypical character to higher than expected levels of empathy as the film reaches its climax. Olivia Cooke does well as Haley, but the involvement of her character is much weaker than the other two – frequently acting as little more than a MacGuffin for Nic to chase, even if the unfolding story constantly pulls at threads hinting much bigger implications for her that never come to fruition. Laurence Fishburne does his quiet, sombre and well spoken thing in just the way that he can – there’s nothing particularly surprising from him here, but he fits the role of Damon perfectly.

The revelations, thrilling action sequences and bombast come thick and fast in The Signal‘s home stretch, winding up to an effects-laden finale that sports some very impressive CGI and a superbly cinematic feel. There are answers to be found to many of the elements of its narrative, but The Signal isn’t content to simply hand them all over on a plate – one example being the origins and fate of an elderly lady (played by the wonderful Lin Shaye) who crosses paths with the lead trio and subsequently suffers some rather peculiar effects.

It all leads to an ending that answers the big question, but leaves you to figure out the rest – making The Signal a more than capable little mind-bender of a flick with plenty up its sleeve to keep you hooked, even if some of its more forced ambiguity feels like a stretch too far at times. Despite a few foibles and some lax pacing, it’s ultimately a gripping yarn sporting some great ideas, excellent effects work and a human core that stands out when all is said and done.

On Entertainment One’s UK DVD release of The Signal, we have a collection of deleted scenes that seem to have been wisely excised in favour of preventing the second act from becoming far too bogged down, a short but hilarious outtake featuring Fishburne’s reaction to a prop failure, around 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage showcasing what looks to have been a rather difficult desert-based shoot, and an audio commentary with director William Eubank, co-writer Carlyle Eubank and co-writer/producer David Frigerio.

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R.I.P. Geoffrey Lewis Passes Away At Age 79

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:33

It’s been a terrible week for horror fans with the passing of Robert Z’Dar and Tom Towles and unfortunately it’s only gotten worse.

It’s been reported by Variety that actor Geoffrey Lewis, father of Juliette Lewis, has passed away at age 79 of natural causes.

Lewis played Roy Sullivan in The Devil’s Rejects, Mike Ryerson in Salem’s Lot, and Terry McKean in The Lawnmower Man. He also appeared in an episode of The X-Files and was also in Triology Of Terror II. This is but a scratch on the surface of Lewis’ roles in a career that spanned over six decades, which also included several films from Clint Eastwood.

We send our deepest condolences.

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Warner Brothers Ready to Spend Five Nights at Freddy’s

Dread Central - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:31

If you’ve ever played the video game Five Nights at Freddy’s you’re currently sitting in one of two camps … those who loved it, and those who sat through it in a state of disbelief that this game has gained the traction that it has. Speaking of traction…

THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Five Nights at Freddy’s, the popular video game series created by Scott Cawthon.

The feature adaptation will be produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment as well as Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions.

The game takes place in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a darker version of Chuck-E-Cheese, where an animatronic animal band performs kiddy songs by day, and goes on murderous rampages by night. The goal of the game is survive a night locked inside, knowing that a furry death machine might jump out of the dark at any moment.

We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” said Grahame-Smith.

The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to,” said Cawthon. Um… there was a story?!? Do tell!

The project is currently out to writers.

Adam Stone and Jay Ireland will exec produce. Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for Warners.

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First Clip Sailed Down The Lost River

Dread Central - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:25

The first clip has washed ashore for Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling. Check it out here and expect more on this one as we get closer to the release date.

Look for the flick in theaters April 10th, the same day as Digital HD.

Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith, and Barbara Steele.

The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.

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Warner Bros is Making a ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 20:16

In the latest edition of Hollywood Headlines That Should Surprise No One, we finally have news of a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie adaptation that Warner Bros. allegedly has in production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a film adaptation of developer Scott Cawthon’s insanely popular trilogy of horror games that mostly consist of jump scares is being produced by the same trio that’s handling the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It — Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment as well as Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions.

Judging by the comments on many of my Five Nights stories, Freddy Fazbear doesn’t seem to have many friends among Bloody Disgusting’s general audience. So, is this something you might be interested in seeing, or not so much?

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5 Creepy Real Places Horror Games Should Visit, Part 5

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 19:00

I started this series in 2010, and I’ve been sporadically returning to it about once a year since. Aside from making a solid argument for the adoption of hermitude as a life style, this series is super fun to write. It’s admittedly a little unsettling to think that this wonderful planet we call our home, with all its beauty and splendor, could also be hiding churches made from bones, a museum dedicated exclusively to the majesty of penises, a sescluded island populated by deadly snakes, and another that’s gradually succumbed to an infestation of creepy dolls.

That’s not even the worst of it. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten the Aokigahara Forest, a 35 square kilometer patch of foliage that rests at the base of Mount Fuji. Hundreds of people have ventured into those woods with the singular goal of dying, resulting in its being given the absurdly horrific monicker of Japan’s Suicide Forest.

I wanted to write this sooner, but it took me awhile to find a batch of locales that were nightmarish enough to warrant it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by these places, so without further adieu, let’s take a look at five more terrifying places.

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

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Run, Don’t Walk, To Download This John Carpenter-Themed Retrosynth Album

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 18:01

Retro Promenade, the group behind the fantastic The Next Peak trilogy, have curated yet another themed retrosynth album that should be something you immediately download. This time they’ve gathered a ton of different artists together to pay homage to the master of horror himself, John Carpenter!

Simply titled Carpenter, the 20 track album features original tracks from amazing artists such as Lazerhawk (if you haven’t gotten Skull & Shark yet, what’s wrong with you?), Gunship (the group behind this incredible music video), VHS Glitch, and a whole lot more.

These artists have written original songs based off of multiple John Carpenter films, including Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, They Live, Christine, The Thing, and more.

Downloading the album is free but I highly recommend forking over even a few bucks to make sure that albums like this can keep happening!

Carpenter by Retro Promenade

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‘Human Centipede Part 3′ Assembled For May Release!!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:59

The 500-person centipede has finally been assembled, and will head to prison this coming May!

Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence) will be released in limited theaters and VOD platforms May 22nd, 2015 (no assembly required), EW reports.

Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, who played the villains Dr. Heiter and Martin in the first and second films, respectively, are featured. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, and director Tom Six also star.

Director Tom Six has promised that the movie is “100 percent politically incorrect.”

Oh, and here’s the official plot crunch of the final Human Centipede!

Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.

Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.

The new Human Centipede is going meta once again, which is awesome. I love that Six continues to put a middle finger up to critics of the first film by launching the franchise into the “real world” where absolutely terrible things happen. Bring on the 500-person ‘pede!

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s Cosplay is a Bad Idea

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:59

The scariest thing about the Five Nights at Freddy’s series isn’t the fact that its premise revolves around a handful of animatronic abominations that spend their nights wandering the empty hallways of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. It’s the things we don’t know about them. Their origins and motivations. What drives them, aside from a seemingly insatiable bloodlust?

I understand why the Five Nights community would want to pay tribute to these games, but bringing them into the real world is not a good idea. It’s only a matter of time before that fan-made Freddy animatronic is found at the scene of a murder.

So as impressive as this cosplay from Tumblr user IguanaMouth is, it’s only a matter of time before the cosplayer starts thinking strange thoughts while wearing the costume. These thoughts will gradually congeal into whispers, telling them to do what Bonnie does. Then, murder spree.

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The ‘Dead Space’ Franchise is on Sale Today

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:18

Just a quick heads up to those of you who might be looking for something spooky to play on your PC — Steam’s daily deal for today is all about Dead Space. For the next 21 hours, the Dead Space pack — which includes the first two games — can be purchased for a (totally worth it) $8.74. That’s 75% off it’s original $34.99 price tag. Each game can also be purchased individually for $4.99.

Dead Space 3 isn’t a part of this deal because it’s not on Steam. It is however, on EA’s Origin platform, and it just so happens that the game is currently discounted to $9.99 (50% off).

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Rob Zombie’s ’31′ Wraps, and He’s Still Announcing Cast!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:02

Rob Zombie loves to cast the “oldies but goodies”, and on the eve of wrapping his Halloween slasher 31, the rocker-turned-director adds one more to the massive cast.

Meg Foster plays ‘Venus Virgo’, owner of the Venus Virgo Happy Time Fun Show.

Foster also starred in Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, as well as They Live, along many others.

You can keep up with all of the 31 news by clicking here.

“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.

Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”

Jeff Daniel Phillips will play ‘Roscoe’, the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show.

Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.

Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing ‘Schizo-Head’, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as ‘Panda Thomas’, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head. Ginger Lynn is featured as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake), as was Jane Carr, who will portray ‘Sister Serpent’, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. Pancho Moler will be seen as ‘Sick-Head’, and Tracy Walter stars as ‘Lucky Leo.’

Daniel Roebuck plays ‘Paster Victor’, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.

Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.

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The Real Reason to See ‘Lost River’ (Clip)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:55

Most people will see Lost River because it’s Drive star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. The real reason is to see Ben Mendelsohn, who will become your new favorite actor if you watch Netflix’s “Bloodline”, a new series in which Mendelsohn puts on a performance of a lifetime.

Mendelsohn stars in Lost River, which opens April 10, 2015. And while we don’t know how big his role is, we do see him in this clip with “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks.

Lost River also stars Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Barbara Steele.

The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.

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‘Killing Floor 2′ Steam Early Access Details, Release Date

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:43

Whip out your calendars and a bottle of katana polish, because Killing Floor 2 is coming to Steam Early Access on April 21 for $29.99 (₤19.99/€26.99). The game will release with three maps, four perk classes, 27 weapons, 11 enemy types, eight playable characters, one boss (not the Patriarch), and a toolset for players to create their own levels.

I’ll have a preview of the game up later this week. Until then, enjoy these new screens.

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Where In “The Walking Dead” Should You Live?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:00

The fifth season of The Walking Dead may indeed be over but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy talking about it!

Now, we all know that the series has gone through some pretty intense locations. Each season had a focus, from the CDC to the prison and on. Each setting offered its own securities as well as dangers, and, in the end, none were any safer than another. But what if you could change that? What if you could fix up one of these iconic places?

Let’s see which location would be the one for you! Take the quiz below and see where in The Walking Dead you’d best fit in.

I got “Terminus”, which simply asked me: Gross, what’s wrong with you?

Sounds about right.

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Marilyn Manson Got Punched In The Face At A Denny’s

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:34

Can’t a guy just get some disgusting late night fare without getting into a fistfight? Apparently no one is safe from the dangers of the Denny’s crowd, as shock rocker Marilyn Manson learned last night.

Supposedly, Manson was eating some food at a Denny’s in Lethbridge, AB and got into a scuffle with another patron. One thing led to another and Manson got punched in the face, possibly breaking his nose, although this has not yet been confirmed by CTV Lethbridge.

Manson’s bodyguards were involved in the fight and police were involved, although ultimately no charges were filed and the matter has been laid to rest at the request of the victim, who “…suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Manson will continue his tour in support of his latest album The Pale Emperor (review here).

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Binge On Daredevil Before The Netflix Premiere

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:17

In February we mentioned the brand new service offered by Scribd effectively creating a Netflix for comics. Ahead of this Friday’s excellent series premiere on Netflix, you can binge on the man without fear thanks to Scribd. Season one of Netflix’s original new series, “Marvel’s Daredevil” will be released this Friday, April 10. You should be prepared to watch the show in one sitting throughout the weekend. Before the binge-watching session begins, catch up on the journey of attorney Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) by binge-reading the series on Scribd, the Netflix for Reading. Check out “The Many Sides of Daredevil” for a list of the Murdock must-reads available on Scribd.

The comics fans around the Scribd office are absolutely giddy about Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series. A blind attorney gifted with heightened senses, Matt Murdock is one of Marvel’s most unusual heroes, and over the years some of the best writers and artists around have been drawn to the challenge of bringing him to life. Before the series starts this Friday, get to know the many incarnations of the Man Without Fear with these must-reads from Scribd’s library:

Daredevil, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson

Frank Miller’s classic run on Daredevil revolutionized superhero comics by ramping up the action, adding a bracing splash of realism, and mixing in a little Asian pop culture. Through Miller and artist Klaus Janson, the acrobatic Daredevil becomes a martial arts master trading moves with ninjas and the assassin Elektra, all the while dealing with his hardscrabble past as the son of a struggling boxer. Matt Murdock’s home in Hell’s Kitchen, a black hole of crime at the center of skeevy 1980s New York, is a character in itself.

Daredevil: Born Again, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

Miller’s greatest Daredevil story, drawn by the versatile David Mazzucchelli, demonstrates that energy-blasting supervillains can’t hold a candle to one really mean rich guy. The secret of Daredevil’s identity falls into the hands of the Kingpin, a crime boss who uses the information to slowly, systematically destroy his life. Matt Murdock goes through hell, redemption, and a metric ton of good old-fashioned Catholic guilt in a wrenching but ultimately uplifting saga.

Daredevil, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev

Noir crime fiction with a superhero twist. This acclaimed series emphasizes Daredevil’s detective skills and his daytime identity as a lawyer, pitting him against a complex criminal underworld. Alex Maleev’s dark, understated artwork is a perfect match for Brian Michael Bendis’s hardboiled scripts, but this volume also includes an eye-popping storyline with stunning painted art by David Mack.

Daredevil, by Mark Waid

After all these grim and gritty crime dramas, it’s time to cleanse the palate with this recent award-winning series by writer Mark Waid and artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, which serves up a sunny take on the usually dark hero. How does this version of Matt Murdock deal with having his secret identity outed? By wearing an unconvincing “I’m Not Daredevil” T-shirt. The clean, arresting art finds imaginative new ways to illustrate how a blind superhero experiences the world.

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This Infographic Will Make You The Law On Judge Dredd

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:57

2000AD’s Judge Dredd has been around in American pop culture longer than most British comics. As a mainstay in the gritty British comics scene Dredd appeals to mature audiences. Thanks to writers like Garth Ennis, readers have been digging the character’s righteous sense of right and wrong, his badass bike the lawmaster, his multitude of gear, and his unflinching commitment to brutal punishment. Joseph Dredd is an American law enforcement officer in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One. He is a “street judge”, empowered to summarily arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals.

You may remember him from the horseshit Sylvester Stallone film that turns 20 this year.

Or even you were one of the very few who caught Dredd 3D in theaters than you know the magic of what the character can be.

But even with seeing these two films one look at this infographic will show how little you may truly know about the law. So take some time and bone up on some Dredd. Once done with this go read the excellent release of The Dark Judges storyline that IDW Publishing is currently rereleasing.

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The ‘Poltergeist’ Clown Just Showed Up At My Door

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:03

My life has officially come full circle.

Those of you who know me already know the story. The film that scared me more than anything was Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist. When I was 7 years old we moved to a suburb of Chicago where my parents had to buy me a bed that touched the floor. Why? To protect me from the possessed clown that also tormented Robbie (Oliver Robins) in the 1982 movie that shouldn’t have been rated PG.

Now, with the new Poltergeist in theaters May 22nd, Fox and MGM sent me the coolest promo item I’ve received in the 14 years of the site – a custom made replica clown doll from the forthcoming Gil Kenan-directed remake. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my heart skipped a bit when I opened the box and saw the clown glaring at me…

Related Post: Director Gil Kenan Haunted By Woman In Black On Poltergeist Shoot.

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern take, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

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GosT Releases ‘Behemoth’: Stream The Full Album

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:00

Dark synth artist GosT has released his debut album Behemoth today and you can stream the entire thing below! The album, which was released via Blood Music, features 13 tracks including two remixes, one of which is from Perturbator.

The album can also be downloaded for free via Bandcamp. However, considering all the hard work that was put into writing, producing, recording, etc… these tracks, it’s highly recommended that a few bucks get donated to the cause. It only helps ensure that more badass music can be created in the future.

Get to listening below and enjoy!

Behemoth by GosT

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[TV Review] “Bates Motel” Episode 3.05: ‘The Deal’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:36

Last night’s episode of Bates Motel slowly moved the plot along, as Norman began to realize that he may not be as sane as he thinks. There isn’t really much more to say on the episode since not much else happened, so let’s just head straight into the review.

I feel like the writers of Bates Motel think that the audience find many of the plot lines in the series as interesting as they clearly do. At the beginning of the season, I was willing to jump on to the Arcanum Club bandwagon because I was just so thrilled that we didn’t have to deal with the drug trade subplot anymore. After all, kinky sex-murder club sounds a helluva lot more interesting than threatening pot dealers. I still don’t understand why pot was their drug of choice, but I digress.

Pacing has also been a problem this season. The reason I don’t care about The Arcanum Club is that I don’t know anything about it, thus making its threat nonexistent. We at least learned the (boring) contents of the flash drive Annika handed off to Norma: financial documents detailing a $15 million payoff from the pot business going to various high-profile members of the club. Since Norma essentially extorted Bob Paris in regard to the bypass (which is apparently still a thing), I’m assuming that the rest of the season will be about them going after Norma, because I don’t believe for once second that Norma “got” Bob.

After making Caleb’s story somewhat interesting last week, Bates Motel took one step back this week by bringing Chick back into the mix. The two had a whiskey date and Chick told Caleb he had a potentially dangerous job for him. That’s about all we get on this front so all I can really say is that it’s still boring.

One area where the show has never had a problem with storytelling is with Norman. His progression this episode was the sole bright spot (well, that and Norma saying very Norma-y things) of the episode.I’m a little bummed we didn’t actually get to see Norman’s conversation with fake Norma, but I guess that was the show’s way of trying to keep it a little mysterious (for 10 minutes). Emma’s brief scenes tonight were worthwhile, since she called Norman out for being a snitch, but I am genuinely happy that once Norman realized he didn’t actually talk to Norma that morning, he sided with Dylan and decided to talk to Norma with him about his relationship with Caleb.

This turned out to be a huge mistake, as Norma freaked out, packed her things and drove away. My issue with this as the episode’s cliffhanger ending is that it’s not really a cliffhanger. Last week I commented on how Dylan’s cliffhanger was an effective way to end the episode, and this is because I believe it’s possible that Dylan’s relationship with Norma could be destroyed. With the ending of this week, I don’t believe for one second that Norma is gone for good and that she will never speak to Norman again. There just aren’t any stakes involved and at the halfway point of the season, that’s not a good thing.

Random Notes

  • The password for the Wi-Fi at the motel is “MOTHER” in all caps. Because of course it is.
  • Romero is still having a little rivalry with Marcus Young, his opponent for sheriff. It’s about as interesting as it sounds.
  • After realizing he didn’t actually talk to Norma that morning, Norman goes to Norma’s closet and confiscates one of her dresses after (very) creepily holding it and sniffing it.
  • Gunner finding that flash drive was a little deus ex machina for me. Also, he was able to hack into it because he downloads movies illegally. I’m not sure being able to Torrent means you can hack through technological security. Lazy writing at its finest.
  • Romero’s facial expression in his meeting with Norma and Bob is priceless.
  • Dear Bates Motel writers: stop trying to make the bypass happen. It’s not going to happen.
  • Norma’s idea of a non-fancy pool is a 20′x40′ pool with a Jacuzzi and a fence to keep it safe.
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