[13 Days of Horror] ‘Silent Hill’ Mod (‘Left 4 Dead 2′)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:50

We’re four days into our 13 Days of Horror series, so in an effort to keep things interesting, I figured we’d mix things up. Tonight, David and I are playing Left 4 Dead 2, but not your everyday, vanilla version of the game, no sir. We’re playing a community made map called Silent Fear — obviously heavily inspired by Silent Hill. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this video.

Or don’t. See if I care.

If you’d like to play this mod for yourself, Silent Fear can be downloaded for free off the Steam Workshop.

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Categories: Horror News

#NYCC Hands on With Telltale Games’ “Tales From The Borderlands”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:59

A little late to the party, but at NYCC we were able to get a hands on demo of Telltale Game’s newest adventure Tales from the Borderlands, and it simply doesn’t disappoint.

Going in entirely unsure of how Borderlands would work with Telltale’s distinct form of storytelling, I can with the utmost confidence say that it more than works, it excels. Tales from The Borderlands as a dark sci-fi comedy is refreshing departure from the incredibly serious Walking Dead and the noir of Wolf Among Us. It’s tremendously funny, intriguing and perfectly captures the tone and feel of Borderlands.

The opening alone feels distinctly borderlands, even complete with the running over of a skag. Our protagonist Rhys and his pal Vaughn smash onto Pandora, decimating a bandit in the process and travel to a nearby bandit town.

We relentlessly mocked a bandit with a greasy face who turned out to be their leader that prompted Rhys to deploy a Hyperion Loader. What follows is a thrilling and highly comical action sequence where you control the Loader to some extent and massacre every bandit in town. Selecting targets and riddling them with bullets, rockets and sass has never been so much fun. The Loader delivers a constant commentary that gets progressively funnier and more referential as it’s slowly damaged by gunfire.

You can customize the loader’s… loadout?

As the whole grease face fiasco comes to a close Rhys and Vaughn find themselves in a bizarre museum/house of oddities. You wonder through and experience some genuinely creepy displays. The creepiest of all is the Hunter S. Thompson proprietor, who will catch you way off guard, trust me.

A complicated series of events eventually leads us to a man walking away with the vault key and two choices become available; take the vault key by force or blow his mind. We chose ‘blow his mind’ expecting his head to explode in some manner. What happens is one of the most glorious things we’ve ever experienced, we were literally howling with laughter. I won’t dare spoil it, you’ll have to play it to find out.

The final sequence delivers a surprisingly intriguing twist. What we played was actually Rhys relaying the story to Fiona and a mysterious gas mask wearing individual, who appears to be holding the two hostage.

Fiona buts in, telling Rhys that he’s lying and that she was there. We then took control of Fiona and were given four options of what actually happened, whichever you pick becomes a reality. We picked ‘A Vault Hunter showed up’ and Zero from Borderlands 2 exploded into the scene ending our demo.

We went in skeptical and left true believers. Tales from The Borderlands is an exceptionally funny romp that should be on Telltale and Borderlands fans radar. Hell, even if you’ve never played a Telltale or Borderlands game I still whole-heartedly recommend Tales from The Borderlands.

It’ll premiere later this fall (not this month) and will be available on consoles, PC/Mac, mobile, tablet, and more – all the same content and experience. Owners of Tales from the Borderlands will also unlock content in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

Categories: Horror News

[Comic Book Review] “Bodies” #4 Is An Expertly Crafted Mystery

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:31

Just when I think I have “Bodies” figured out, a series of plot developments keep me more than guessing, I’m scratching my head raw. But it’s compelling, and almost impossibly intricate, and within that I find myself transfixed. I need to get to the bottom of this.

WRITTEN BY: Si Spencer

ART BY: 1890 Dean Ormston, 1940 Phil Winslade, 2050 Tula Lotay, 2014 Meghan Hetrick

PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: October 22, 2014

You’ve got to hand it to Si Spencer. The man knows how to craft a tightly woven mystery, in fact, he knows how to craft four of them. If these stories do start tying into one another as much as it’s alluded to, then I’ll eat my hat. Except I don’t wear a hat, so I have nothing to worry about. Really, though this month the mystery spirals in new and interesting directions that tie threads from the different time periods together in really unexpected ways.

After last month, I figured I knew where things are going, and after this month I conclude I have no idea. Except that I think I might be reasoning far too much about the small details Spencer peppers into the plot. Each timeline is very distinct but has hints of the same troubles going on.

What’s most impressive is how seamless Spencer can slide into the linguistics of the given timeframe. He has no problem inserting slang from any of the periods he’s detailing, and even works to create his own in the future timeline. Color me impressed.

The art in this book is a literal tour de force. There is something genuinely unsettling about Dean Ormston’s work. The color defines it in such a subtle way that I can’t quite resist getting lost in the small splashes of orange on the page. While Tula Lotay proves she can do some incredibly heavy lifting of her own. One of her pages here is so overwhelmingly layered I had to put down the book and take a breather. She masterfully creates a world without reference but makes it familiar all the same. It’s no easy feat, but she makes it look that way.

Meghan Hetrick really sticks out this month, if only for her concluding chapter of the storyline being so important. She handles the casual tone of her scene with relative ease, but breaks into action so quickly that it’ll take you back.

The final revelation in 2014, will leave you scratching your head, but I think that’s a good thing. I feel like an active participant in the story, and that doesn’t really happen often in comics. I have this lust to figure out what the hell is going on, but I have to wait a month for any more clarity on the matter. I suppose for the time being I’ll just pine over these first four issues.

Categories: Horror News

[Rock and Shock '14] Event Report With Photos!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:15

Event Report By @BrianWilkins:

Last weekend, “Rock and Shock” returned to Worcester, Mass. for the eleventh consecutive year. 

In addition to celebrity photo ops, autograph sessions, panel discussions, film screenings, costume contests, and a vendor room, “Rock and Shock” distinguishes itself by combining the standard horror con offerings with multiple nights of (primarily) horror-inspired musical acts. While the convention itself is held at Worcester’s DCU Center, the concert portion of the event takes place (within walking distance) at the Palladium — an auditorium-size concert venue with a rich history in the area’s alternative and heavy metal music scene.

This year’s eclectic celebrity lineup included the likes of Brad Dourif (Child’s Play), John Ratzenberger (Cheers, Toy Story), Roddy Piper (WWF, They Live), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Andrew Divoff (the Strain, Wishmaster), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th ’09), Bill Moseley (Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, Hatchet III), Dee Wallace (The Frighteners, Cujo, ET), Jake Busey (The Frighteners, Starship Troopers), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet), William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween ’07), Nivel Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, True Blood), Tom Savini (From Dusk Til Dawn, Machete), Kristina Klebe (Halloween ’07, Chillerama), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons), John A. Russo (Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies), Tony Atlas (WWF), and Tom DeNucci (Almost Mercy, Army of the Damned). Original headliner Tara Reid was pulled from the show two weeks ago, following a scheduling conflict.

The musical portion of the three-day event included GWAR, Life of Agony, Over Kill, Twiztid, Blaze, The Rocking Dead (Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Alan Robert, Ace Von Johnson, Kriz DK, Virus), and several others.

While “Rock and Shock” officially kicked off with some limited programming on Friday, I wasn’t able to attend until Saturday afternoon. So this report will only cover the happenings of the second and third day of the event.

I arrived on Saturday just after 12-noon. After checking in at the ticketing/press area, I headed directly to the vendor room. Greeted by the “Rock and Shock” staff, I laid my zig-zagging plan of the convention floor. I decided to start at the south end of the hall and would systematically weave my way through the aisles of posters, DVDs, t-shirts, artists, and action figures to the north end — where the celebrities are traditionally corralled.

One of the first (and quite possibly oddest) booths I happened upon, was selling giant snakes, turtles, iguanas, a small crocodile (yes, really), and some spiders — including a tarantula, that I was convinced (after some prodding) to let sit in my hand. To be honest, holding a gigantic hairy spider was’t half as weird as you might think. I won’t be calling one a pet anytime soon, but I can now check that off my nonexistent bucket list of “weird shit to do”.

Some of the other standout booths included Horror Decor (who sell the Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees wrestling buddies, sheets with blood splatter printed on them, and a variety of horror-themed candles), the VHS Preservation Society, Troma Entertainment, Full Moon Features, and New England convention and wrestling event staple: Sinners and Saints (wrestling, horror and music merchandise), plus dozens of others offering a wide variety of memorabilia, clothing and art.

After making my way through the dealers and walking by each of the celebrity autograph tables, it was time to head over to the panel area for “The Frighteners” reunion. The panel included Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace and Jake Busey. The trio discussed their time making the 1996 film with Peter Jackson in New Zealand — which starred Michael J. Fox. Wallace explained that while shooting the film, Fox was traveling back-and-forth from New Zealand to the US to meet with doctors — as this is when he was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Wallace went on to talk about losing her husband, who suffered a heart attack, while she was working on the film — which led to her losing a considerable amount of weight. 

Next up, “The Rocking Dead” took the panel area stage. After a somewhat rocky start (due mostly to a moderator not being available), the panel — which included Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits, Doyle), Alan Robert (Life of Agony), Wednesday 13 (The Murderdolls), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), Alex Story (Doyle), Kriz DK (Deadstar Assembly) and Virus (Dope) — prodded the audience for questions. Doyle kicked things off by pointing toward the audience and telling them that they’d go down each row, so everyone could ask a question. The somewhat disorganized discussion ranged from hometowns, favorite horror movies, musical inspirations and future projects. Doyle, who is well-known for not getting too in-depth during interviews and Q&As, was especially quiet, offering little more than “yeah” or “nah” answers to most of the audiences’ questions.

After another excursion through the vendor hall, it was time for the Child’s Play panel. Brad Dourif, Fionna Dourif and Alex Vincent discussed the series, their characters, and the legacy of the franchise.

Horror convention favorite Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th (VII-X) and Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series, along with his biographer Mike Aloisi, were up next. The duo discussed Hodder’s acting career, how they went about writing his biography, and their latest project — a video series, that shares the same name as one of Aloisi’s books “The Killer and I” — which follows the antics of the ”odd couple of horror” as they travel around the world. 

You can check out a preview of “The Killer and I” below: 

Looking back on his career, Hodder explained how fortunate he feels to have had the roles and opportunities that he’s had, telling the audience: “you appreciate it more, when you never expected it.”

“There’s a lot of actors, that I’ve worked with, that I don’t care for as humans,” Hodder admitted. “They don’t seem to appreciate where they are and how tough life can be without the position they’re in.”

Asked about his favorite experience as the iconic Jason Voorhees character, Hodder cited “Part VIII”, saying: “When I was in full costume with the mask on, in the middle of Times Square on a Friday night at 10 o’clock and there’s thousands of people held back by NYPD, watching us film. It was so amazing to stand there in-between shots and do the head turn towards a certain group of people and they’d go nuts and (were) screaming.” 

“I felt like the biggest rockstar in the world. It was the only time that I didn’t want the night of shooting to end.”

The final panel of the day was a conversation with Rowdy Roddy Piper. The “Hot Rod” discussed breaking into professional wrestling after living on the street, his early days in Don Owen’s Portland Wrestling, working in the NWA and being an integral part of professional wrestling’s boom period, opposite Hulk Hogan, in the 1980s. Piper also discussed making the 1988 sci-fi/horror classic “They Live”.

Following dinner and catching up with friends, it was time to head over to the Palladium for GWAR. 

I arrived just after 11 p.m. as the band took the stage. Quickly slapping the photo pass on my shirt, I headed for the stage — camera in-hand.

If you’ve never seen GWAR, stop what you’re doing, open another browser tab and check these guys (and gal) out on Youtube. Their full stage show includes each member of the band taking on the persona of barbaric interplanetary warriors dressed in over-the-top foam and rubber costumes as they slay celebrities, politicians and monsters alike — all while shooting red and green color liquid toward the audience.

Standing to the left of the stage, I chose my position, avoided the liquid like it was the plague and shot several photos during the band’s first few songs. Aside from my elbow being covered by the blood-colored liquid, projected from Vulvatron’s huge costume breasts, I was able to escape with a dry camera and at least a few good shots. 

With the band’s decision to continue, following former lead singer/bassist Dave Brockie’s unexpected death in March, the reaction going into the show seemed mixed — with some fans feeling that “It just won’t be the same without Dave Brockie.”

By the end of the night, GWAR proved that it won’t be the same — and probably shouldn’t be. With vocals now being shared among new members; Blöthar (Michael Bishop) and Vulvatron (Kim Dylla), the group tore through a two-hour setlist — which included a tribute to their fallen comrade Oderus Uriungus (Brockie).

On Sunday morning, I made the trek back to Worcester. After shooting some photos of the costumed attendees and yet another walk through the vendor area, I caught a few minutes of John Ratzenberger’s panel. Ratzenberger, who appeared at “Rock and Shock” this year as a “make good” for having to cancel in 2013, is best known for his portrayal of ‘Cliff’ on “Cheers” and his voice-acting work in Pixar’s “Toy Story” series. He discussed his approach to voice-acting and how he adjusts according to the look, history and his feel for the character. He also talked about the ‘Cliff’, noting that he was responsible for many aspects of character’s personality.

At 1:00 p.m. it was time for “The Sick Man Panel”, which included Twiztid, Blaze, Kane Hodder and Sid Haig. While I only have a surface-level understanding of the whole Juggalo culture, I found both members of Twiztid to be fairly interesting to listen to and extremely personable. Their fans turned out in full-force for the panel — with a packed room that saw every seat filled, for the first time all weekend. As the panel continued more and more Juggalos filled the room, standing ten-deep at the entrance. Both Hodder and Haig, who star in Twiztid’s “Sickman” music video, talked about being fans of the music. Hodder admitted to listening to a lot of their music while filming “Hatchet III”. He said it helped him “get in the zone” to play the maniacal Victor Crowley. 

Here’s Hodder and Haig in “Sickman”

On Monday, Rock and Shock organizers posted a “thank you” to their Facebook page:

Everyone here at Rock and Shock would like to give our heartfelt thanks to every fan who came to the show this weekend. We try extremely hard to put on the best show we can, and your continued support over the years not only means the world to us, but keeps us going show to show. We have eleven under our belts now and are planning to finish our first dozen with a bang next year.

“Rock and Shock” returns to Worcester’s DCU Center and Palladium in October 2015.

Follow Brian on Twitter for his thoughts on horror, sci-fi, design and other general musings at @brianwilkins

Categories: Horror News

First Trailer For ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:15

Oh my god. Earlier today a few photos from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” leaked, but within a few hours, the entire trailer has leaked ahead of next week’s premiere on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s glorious in every way, and surprisingly way more dark than I had originally anticipated.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015.

What do you think of the trailer? Am I the only one who thinks Ultron is incredibly bad ass?

EDIT: In the wake of this leak, Marvel responded appropriately and released the teaser online. Enjoy it in HD glory.

Categories: Horror News

Wicked ‘Fear Clinic’ Poster Sets Up Tonight’s Premiere!! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:55

Face your fears…

Anchor Bay is gearing up for the upcoming release of Fear Clinic, starring horror legend Robert Englund. While we await its world premiere at Screamfest in Hollywood tonight (Wed., October 22nd; tickets here), Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive preview of the brand new Fear Clinic poster.

Making the leap from web series to feature film, Fear Clinic is set for release in early 2015.

Written by Aaron Drane and Robert G. Hall (Laid to Rest) and directed by Hall, the film stars Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), and Thomas Dekker and features the acting debut of Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor.

When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his Fear Chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just a hallucination…

Get full details on tonight’s screening!

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[MHHFF '14 Review] ‘That Guy Dick Miller’ Spotlights One of Horror’s Great Character Actors

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:28

For many people including myself, we first knew him as Mr. Futterman in Gremlins. Then we saw him as the shorter guy warning people against horror cinema in Matinee. His face kept popping up everywhere, in so many genre films fans hold dear. Most could recognize the face, but most didn’t know the name. Now the man, the character actor who has appeared in over 150 movies since the mid ‘50s, gets his well-deserved time in the spotlight thanks to the entertaining and charming documentary That Guy Dick Miller.

Director Elijah Drenner (American Grindhouse) gathers an impressive line up of filmmakers, family, friends, and actors (even Corey Feldman) who talk about Miller’s career and personal life. After 90 minutes of listening to them, it’s tough not to argue that Dick Miller is the man.

The film only flirts a little with his pre-acting life. We meet his brothers and they talk about growing up and the impact on Dick’s life their mother had (she was a renowned opera singer). He came up in the Bronx and that New York swagger would become a trademark of pretty much all his roles. As many of the participants point out in the film, Dick makes it look easy and steals the show no matter how small of a role he’s in.

This passion for the art of acting is contrasted nicely in the film with Dick’s workingman diligence for paying the bills. That Guy Dick Miller splits up his career into two distinct categories: Corman and Post-Corman. Roger himself pops up a lot in the doc, providing insight on his work with Dick and just what’s so damn appealing about the guy. His classic portrayal of Walter Paisley in Corman’s A Bucket of Blood is noted as the pinnacle of this era. Not just because Dick kills it as the iconic wannabe-hipster, but because it would be one of the last times he got a leading role, which is a damn, damn shame.

From there the film touches on loads of Dick’s iconic smaller roles in films like The Terminator, Night of the Creeps, and Gremlins. Joe Dante brings particularly deep insight into his love for the man and his frequent collaborations with him (including the blink-and-you-miss-it role in Innerspace). Their relationship really is a joy to hear about and as always, Dante is a terrific orator.

The glimpses into his personal life that Drenner provides show how dedicated Dick really is. They also allow viewers to get to intimately know the man whose face we’ve noticed in dozens of our favorite movies over the past decades. Even at 85, he’s quick with a joke and wildly in love with his wife. That Guy Dick Miller does a remarkable job spotlighting one of film’s great character actors. And it’s about time.

Categories: Horror News

‘Starry Eyes’ Poster, Stills Get Famous

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:16

MPI has announced a November 14th release for the incredible Hollywood slasher Starry Eyes (read our review), which will be available on iTunes and other VOD platforms.

We just now scored some hi-res imagery to go with a brand new one-sheet.

Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, who are in talks to helm Leatherface, the new Texas Chainsaw movie, “Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.

Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer, Fabianne Therese all star.

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[Comic Book Review] “Arkham Manor” #1 Gives Gotham’s Insane A Housewarming

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:55

By the end of “Arkham Manor” #1 your groans of familiarity will wash away with excitement. The Batman universe has go through a huge transformation under group editor Mark Doyle, and Gerry Duggan brings a different type of Batman to the page, one I didn’t think I wanted, but one I’m very happy to have.

WRITTEN BY: Gerry Duggan

ART BY: Shawn Crystal

PUBLISHER: DC Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 22, 2014

It’s very clear to me that “Batman: Eternal” is really trying to change the status quo of Gotham. What better and more twisted way to celebrate 75 years, than tearing down the very sturdy foundations of the old universe. Right for the opening pages, Arkham Asylum is no more. The mad house that elevated Batman to a literary icon in the eighties has closed it’s doors and the insane of Gotham are in need a new home.

Luckily billionaire Bruce Wayne’s home is just laying around empty waiting to be acquired by the city. It’s bought up, it’s secrets are put to rest, and Arkham Manor is born. The gigantic home that gave birth to Gotham’s most twisted mind now houses an entire population of maniacs.

The premise alone should be enough to sell any longtime Batman reader. Gerry Duggen ensures to make it worth your way by bleeding as much heart into the old building that he can. This isn’t a story about Batman, but about the place in Gotham that made him.  There is a sense of moving on, and longing on the page here. The transition is handled with a certain sense of trepidation, that breeds excitement.

Shawn Crystal’s distinct style brings Gotham to muddy life, and adds a little rougher edge to the New52’s Batman than you might be used to seeing. He’s a little more rugged, worn down, and weathered. But it’s for the best.

Crystal’s ability to channel the transition and longing in this moment is incredible. A two page spread showing the difference between the Manor then, and now is striking. Bruce’s jaunt down a hall is populated by ghostly flashbacks to his past that tell a deep story about his relationship to the now insane asylum.

It’s only fitting that Duggen bring his story to a boiling point at the end of the issue. But, somehow keeps in grounded in a more street level version of Gotham than we’re used to. It’s something I found in his co-writtten issue of Batman with Synder and something we’re seeing again here. In the wake of an incredible rogues gallery, Duggen opts for something a little smaller and more human. It makes the push of the issue all the more interesting.

Is Batman doing this for the prevention of crime, or does he care more about the building than his own wellbeing. Is he so concerned with petty murderers that he needs to forget about the likes of TwoFace, Scarecrow and the like, or is he just heading inside to check the locks?

I suppose we’ll find out in thirty. Until then, consider me sold.

Categories: Horror News

[Five Skull Comic Review] “Five Ghosts” #13 Has Terror On Every Page!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:50

It’s been a cold, cruel summer without my beloved “Five Ghosts” on the shelves. Luckily Barbiere and Mooneyham return with a thunderous force that will make you forget there was ever a break.

WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere

ART BY: Chris Mooneyham

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Five Ghosts has been incredibly gifted at straddling different genres. Barbiere has done an impeccable job at crafting a world so large, that anything feels possible. So this month with Fabian heading to Romania, the book feels distinctively darker, and is better for it. Within the opening pages were treated to a masterful balance of story and art that introduces the type of undead horde we’ll be seeing a lot of in this arc. It’s grisly and enchanting, and a ton of fun to watch Fabian execute zombies with arrows.

Further in the issue we’re treated to larger more picturesque pages that have an incredible scope and Gothic tone. The result isn’t dizzying but rather seamlessly inserts itself in the book to further establish this world of horror.

Fabian is still haunted by his past and this issue goes to show that even recent events have now been added to his list of sins. His heart weighs heavy but his quest remains the same, however stupid it may be. He’s still not ready to succeed just yet, and Barbiere makes sure to remind us of this.

As if that wasn’t enough we spend some time with a new villain of sorts. The final pages tease what we’re about to be up against, and it seems like one fucked up doctor who absolutely relishes the undead is about to make Fabian’s life hell.

Throughout the issue Chris Mooneyham makes the effort to further diversify his already insane art. He makes large sweeping panels layered unlike anything he’s done before and makes Fabian’s vampire the most chilling ghost of all, within one page. He’s a fucking titan and if you forgot, the opening pages displaying a zombie orgy of death will quickly remind you of his skill. I honestly can’t wait to see where things go next, because the gore in this issue had me on the edge of my seat.

It’s not often a comic can take a few months off without missing a beat, but “Five Ghosts” makes it look easy. The balance between exposition and action creates a tightly paced introduction to this new and horrific chapter that doesn’t forgive or forget past sins.

So relax, “Five Ghosts” is back and better than ever. The world of horror has never felt so fun, but thanks to Mooneyham’s sick pleasure in vanquishing the undead, and Barbiere’s ability to genre shift like a chameleon a genuine terror permeates every page and compels you to read further.

Don’t miss this book, and frankly push it on everyone you know and love.

Categories: Horror News

Horror Pumpkin Carvings Are Even Cooler When Painted (Halloween Treat)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:50

Keeping up with our onslaught of Halloween Treat articles, reader Chris Cheetham let us know about an article at Bored Panda where they have a feature article on John Neill, a famous sculptor and pumpkin carving master who creates some of the most insane Halloween pumpkin carvings you will ever see.

Neill, who is now a member of the Laguna College of Art and Design, began his career in movies as an artist for clients like Michael Jackson, Jurassic Park, and Universal Studios, explains the site.

He will be holding a live pumpkin carving demonstration on Sunday, Oct. 26th at the Laguna Beach College of Art and Design.

This shit POPS when he adds color to them. I honestly haven’t seen pumpkin carvings that were painted before, and now I think I’m in love.

Photo Credit: John Neill

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[Comic Book Review] “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” #8 Takes The Scoobies Back To Sunnydale

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:14

A special Halloween issue of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” takes readers back to Sunnydale, as the gang pursues the stolen VAMPYR book through a raging—inevitably doomed by an ancient, soul-devouring demon—bash at the Hellmouth. Lending his artistic vision to the series is legendary comic book illustrator Richard Corben, who works alongside Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs to deliver another top tier addition to the Buffyverse.

WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage

ART BY: Rebekah Isaacs, Richard Corben

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October, 2014

Reviewed By: ShadowJayd

 “Return to Sunnydale” Part One is the first of a two-part story arc which opens with the VAMPYR book being missing, and the gang pointing comical and exasperated fingers at one another. After learning that it was Andrew who stole the book, Buffy, Spike, and Willow go on a retrieval mission to Sunnydale, where occult enthusiasts happen to be celebrating the existence of magic. Unfortunately, throwing a party at the Hellmouth is never a wise decision, and quite naturally, chaos ensues.

With the perfect balance of nostalgia, wit, and sincerity, Christos Gage writes in a way that is thoroughly engaging, and not in the least bit pandering. It’s very easy for writers to delve into contrived narratives when the story calls for characters to revisit their shared pasts, but Gage allows the issue to move forward naturally, while seamlessly shifting between present obligations and addressing serious past events that ultimately shaped the characters into who they are today. He seems to have a knack for setting up reflective moments like these, and Rebekah Isaacs has a way of capturing them with her pencils.

With a fluidity that echoes Gage’s narrative perfectly, the artwork by Isaacs is equally impressive. Through conscious choice of apparel to distinguished mannerisms, she actually manages to successfully illustrate the familiar personalities of the main characters on paper. This issue also showcases her ability to effectively create a sense of space and depth as evidenced during Buffy, Willow, and Spike’s excursion through the ruins of Sunnydale. Supporting the kinetic flow of Isaacs’ pencils and livening up the fantasy elements in this installment is Dan Jackson on colours. His style is very much characterized by soft, yet dark, tones and his penchant for utilizing a wide range of hues to capture the richness of Gage’s reality. Together, both Jackson and Isaacs present another great show of interior artwork.

Multi-award winning artist, Richard Corben graces the pages of “Buffy Season 10” #8 with a 3-page flashback feature focusing on this issue’s Demon of the Week Month (the physical appearance of which was inspired by his cover art for Warren Magazine’s“Eerie” #31, first published in 1970). His signature style, though obviously very dissimilar to Isaacs’, lends itself well to the dark and macabre tale Gage has concocted for the ancient demon, and fits nicely within the context of the narrative. Expect his usual incorporation of graphic violence and exaggerated characterizations with fantastically embellished features within the book.

Overall, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” #8 proves to be another solid issue thanks to a phenomenal effort by the creative team, a surprise Halloween treat in the form of groundbreaking comic book artist, Richard Corben, and a cliffhanger panel that will set your soul on FIRE.

ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, began writing for Bloody-Disgusting in July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or praising legendary comic book artists in her art column, Visions of Horror.

 

 

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Sega Details First Expansion for ‘Alien: Isolation’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:07

Sega has offered up some new details on the first of five planned story expansions for developer Creative Assembly’s thoroughly terrifying survival horror game, Alien: Isolation. The first bit of DLC is called Corporate Lockdown and will follow Seegson executive Ransome as he tries to escape to the Torrens with valuable Nostromo data. The DLC will bring with it three new challenge maps — Severance, Scorched Earth and Loose Ends — where you can show off your sweet survival skills with the help of online leaderboards.

Corporate Lockdown will be available October 28 for $7.99 (€6.99 / £5.59) and will be followed up by four more packs that will each follow a different playable character and unique objectives, maps and game modes.

If you haven’t grabbed Alien: Isolation yet, I suggest you get on that. In my review, I called it “hugely successful” in its attempt to build a survival horror game around one of the most influential films of all time. You don’t even need to be an Alien fan to enjoy this.

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “Colder: The Bad Seed” #1 Is Delightfully Macabre

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:06

“Colder: The Bad Seed” #1 is the second arc in the critically acclaimed “Colder” series written and drawn by the power team behind “Prometheus: Fire and Stone”: Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra.  This series picks up some time after the events of “Colder” and follows Declan as he learns to use his abilities to heal the insane.  His relationship with Reece has developed, and a new big bad is in town.  Nothing at all has been lost from the first volume, this is still the book that will introduce you to the type of horrors you could never have imagined.  If this is your first introduction to “Colder”, please don’t miss out.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin

ART BY: Juan Ferreyra

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Review By Eric Switzer

In case you missed volume one: Declan was a patient in an insane asylum in the mid-twentieth century wherein horrible chemical experiments were done on the patients.  This eventually led chaos and destruction and attracted the attention of a being called Nimble Jack who eats the souls of the crazy.  Rather than consume Declan he curses him with certain abilities (including an ever falling body temperature) in anticipation of eating him in the future when he is tender.

To hide from Nimble Jack, Declan goes almost completely comatose and allows a caretaker named Reece from one of his subsequent mental hospitals to take him in.  Eventually by happenstance Nimble Jack stumbles upon Declan and Declan decides to wake up and have the most ruckus mind fucking battle of all time with the creature.

“The Bad Seed” has a new bad guy, one that may even surpass Nimble Jack in being disturbing and awful.  These are the kind of characters that make you worry about the mental stability of the creators.  Swivel collects people’s fingers by slicing them right the fuck off, is made of fingers, and has a weird thing about milk.  Its twisted, its hilarious, it makes it hard to sleep at night.

“Colder” always surprises, and each surprise is both horrible shocking and delightfully macabre.  Declan has the ability to move in an out of “The Hungry World” a place where the insane live, and what he finds there is all manners of fucked up.  Combined with a dose of humor and a healthy amount of romance, this book hits all the bases and establishes itself as a really unique horror entry on your self.

If you long for the style and flavor of “Locke and Key” you’ll want to check out “Colder”.  Volume #1 should be around $14.99 at your LCS and in my opinion it is essential reading for volume #2.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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[Comic Book Review] “POP” #3 Is A Little Too Heavy On Plot

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:56

The penultimate issue of “POP” by Curt Pires and Jason Copland takes a plot heavy direction as things build towards the grand finale.  The socially critical themes and tones that have made this series stand out are missing from this issue due, it would seem, to having so much story to tell.  Don’t expect to have your mind blown with this one, it looks like Pires is saving the best for last.

WRITTEN BY: Curt Pires

ART BY: Jason Copland

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: October 22, 2014
Review By Eric Switzer

Remember the last season of “LOST” when Jacob finally reveals himself and all the beautiful mystery he was responsible for suddenly sound like utter horse shit coming out of his mouth?

“POP” may very well have set the bar too high with issues one and two.  My feeling about this issue is that it tells its story but doesn’t really say anything worth hearing.  It tries to: in a scene in which our heroes-on-the-run examine nature of existence and the burden of ephemerality, but it is full of familiar sentiments and does little to provoke the imagination.  I realize these are high expectations to have for a single issue of a limited series, but this book has impressed to an almost soul-shaking degree and now, in issue three, I feel slightly abandoned.

A big issue I have with setting aside the social critique how non-compelling the characters are.  Elle is essentially a blank slate whose purpose has seemed to be a physical representation of the questions Pires is interested in asking, rather than a fully fledged human character, and Coop is disconnected, depressed, and representative of consumer culture, again not a dynamic human being.  Too much time is spent on the would-be killer couple hunting Elle and the enigmatic Cartel, though always fun to look in on, has the thinnest characters imaginable.

Again, I don’t mean to disparage, because this book has meant a lot to me and I’m expecting big things from the finale.  I’m just starting to feel as though I can see a hint of the wires, a edge of a stage light, and the corner of a hastily painted backdrop.  The magic isn’t lost, but it may have faded.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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Today In Horror History: The Film That Killed ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash,’ ‘Halloween III’ and An Epic Opening Massacre!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:49

October 22 is an absolutely crazy day in horror history, as we begin with a look back to 2004. Yes, today is the 10th anniversary of the day The Grudge remake killed any chances of New Line Cinema bringing us Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, a story we were very close to.

As it was told to me through sources close to the project, New Line, after the monster success of the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason, was working with Sam Raimi to bring Ashley J. Williams into the franchise sequel. Ash, best known from the Evil Dead films and Army of Darkness, was to leave S-Mart, lock on his chainsaw and battle both Jason Voorhies and Freddy Krueger of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, respectively. There was even a treatment that Bloody Disgusting still has the exclusive on.

Now, as it goes, there was allegedly a verbal agreement that was to be announced on October 25th, 2004. That was until Ramie’s Ghost House Productions’ The Grudge opened to nearly $40M, among $187M worldwide. That’s HUGE. He allegedly reneged on the deal (and didn’t inform anyone at New Line) by announcing he’d be remaking his 1981 The Evil Dead instead.

That was 10 years ago. And that’s crazy. Thank the heavens we have the Freddy vs. Jason Vs. Ash treatment to relish in. It would have been epic.

The lore of Freddy vs. Jason Vs. Ash and The Grudge‘s destructive force on Hollywood wasn’t the only thing to happen on October 22. In fact, horror fans were destroyed when they entered the theater in 1982 to see Halloween III: Season of the Witch only to discover Michael Myers wasn’t in it. I was 2 years old when Halloween III came out, so I couldn’t tell you the extent of fan rage, but I do know a lot of you still scream “fuck Halloween III“. You’re wrong, dead wrong, as Season of the Witch is one of the best Halloween-themed horror films ever made. Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, it was released by Universal and made $14M at the box office. It eventually would lead to The Return of Michael Myers in Halloween 4.

Also released on this day in horror history, Paranormal Activity 2, which released in 2010. I initially liked the movie, but it holds up terrible and is easily the second worst in the franchise. It was a monster success, though, as Paramount is currently developing a sixth film.

Lastly, and the most fun of the lot, is the 2002 Ghost Ship, one of Dark Castle’s awful awful remakes. While the film is absolutely garbage it boasts one of the greatest opening scene in cinema history. Watch below as an entire cruise line is decapitated…

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[Comic Book Review] “Edward Scissorhands” #1 Understands and Honors The Original

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:46

Edward Scissorhands is, for many of us, a classic. We loved it, during our goth phase, our angst-ridden middle school years. It’s the movie that started our crush on Johnny Depp, the movie that made us decide to try out black nail polish and lipstick. Or it’s the movie that really understood our poor tortured hormone-ridden teen souls, the movie that finally articulated what it was like to be the social outcast we imagined ourselves to be. It holds an important place in our collective psyche, campy charm and all. As we’ve grown, we’ve become more and more aware of the ludicrousness of the story, the exaggerated stylized aesthetic. But it’s still there, in our hearts, a vital memory.

 

WRITTEN BY: Kate Leth

ART BY: Drew Rausch

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Reviewed By: Katy Rex

Kate Leth, Drew Rausch, and the creative team on IDW’s “Edward Scissorhands” must know what our mall goth phase was all about. They too stomped around in New Rocks and bled Manic Panic. This comic doesn’t go back and try to re-create the movie. That would be ineffective and almost disrespectful of the original. Instead, it picks up a few years after the movie left off:

“At the end of the beloved film, we see Kim relating the story of Edward Scissorhands to her young granddaughter. Now a teenager, Megs begins to wonder about the stories she heard as a child, despite her mother’s wishes. The years and loss have not been kind to Edward, who is more reclusive than ever, and beginning to find some strange and unusual things in the shadowy halls of his castle on the hill…”

The art is a mix between Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim) and Adventure Time. It’s a playful nod toward the dark and spooky, but light and fun and engaging at the same time. The writing captures Edward’s childlike wonder and crippling depression, and the “new” character, Megs, is the epitome of teen, groaning and moaning because mornings exist and doubting everything her mother says.

As amazing as all of that is, the cherry on top of this teen-angst sundae is the aptly-named Clippings section in the back, where the creators interact with us, the readers, as we share our awful stories of high school selves. Including pictures. Eyeliner pictures. It’s as great as it sounds, I promise. Bonus: teenage picture of Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, The Wicked + The Divine) and his long hair and bass guitar.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

 

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‘F.E.A.R. Online’ Has Finally Creeped Onto Steam

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:45

Prepare your butts, because I have it on good authority that Alma’s coming for all of ‘em. After a small delay, F.E.A.R. has gone free-to-play with F.E.A.R. Online, out now on Steam. The beauty of this installment in everyone’s favorite slow-mo horror shooter franchise is there’s really no reason not to check it out, because the only investment it’ll require from you is a little over 3 GB of precious hard drive space.

If you’d rather watch me play this game before you decide if it’s worth even that, I’ll be playing through it with David in our 13 Days of Horror series later this week. Until then, here’s a trailer.

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[Comic Book Review] “The Delinquents” #3 Has a Goat! Any Questions?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:38

Bonding, drinking, and lots of debasing behavior between all of the less-than-noble champions’ blossoms in The Delinquents #3. That goat sure does come in handy, too. Having never read a Valiant comic before this series, I can attest that this is an uber-easy story to get into.

WRITTEN BY: James Asmus and Fred Van Lente
ART BY: Kano
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: 17 September 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

Hobo treasure map. Miscreant heroes and evil mutated meat making companies are chasing it down. What is going to possibly go right for anyone involved? Personally, I hope no one gets what they want here because these characters seem to become more fun when they don’t achieve their goals. Writers James Asmus and Fred Van Lente have made something truly irreverent and engaging in every way a comic should. All that plus it’s really funny how Archer, Armstrong, Quantum, Woody and the Goat stumble and bumble and pan handle their way across the country tracking down this elusive booty.

The art by Kano continues to shine in this chapter as in previous ones. It seems there’s nothing Kano can’t make truly striking. At the same time, the smaller moments where you see the heroes connect during their various shenanigans gives it unexpected warmth to these blundering, lumbering and loveable idiots. I don’t want to spoil any of the visual random buffet you’ll read but as a life-long fan, there are lots of new and original things to see here.

I concede again that I’m new to the Valiant universe. Having said that, I definitely want to learn more about it. To me,The Delinquents #3 is a great introduction to two pillar series Archer & Armstrong and Quantum and Woody. I want to know more and plan to (hopefully for Christmas). Read on now and enjoy the ride like these characters and creators do: shamelessly.

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Predator: Fire & Stone” #1 Is The Predator Comic You’ve Craved Since ’87

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:34

We’ve had Aliens, Prometheus and AVP, but now it’s time for Joshua Williamson to put them all to shame with the glorious “Predator” #1. This debut issue pulls no punches. No one is safe and death lies in wait around every corner. The tension is palpable and the action is visceral; this is the Predator comic we’ve been waiting for since ’87.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Chris Mooneyham

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Reviewed By Torin Chambers

Williamson quickly sidesteps one of past Predator comics largest potholes, introducing the Predator. We don’t spend issue upon issue following bumbling protagonists trying to figure out what mysterious creature is hunting them. Predator is in the title. There’s no need to treat each one like it’s the first time, and that’s exactly what Williamson avoids.

The protagonists here are smart and crafty, they know there’s something onboard with them and they’re going to find it. Our ‘hero’ Galgo is one slippery, slimy, greasy son of a bitch. He’s beyond cocky and looks out for himself above all else. You’d never want to be his friend (or even in his proximity) but he’s insanely fun to read. It’s an absolute joy to watch him work people, pushing the right buttons and conning others into early graves. He’s an incredibly strong protagonist in his own right, he could carry a story sans-predator — easy.

But this isn’t Galgo: Fire & Stone, it’s a god damn Predator story. More specifically it’s the story of Ahab, an old Predator who’s on his last great hunt. I won’t spoil what he’s hunting here, although if you were at Dark Horse’s NYCC panel, like me, then you know where things are going. Trust me though this, Ahab is definitely hunting his own white whale and when it comes to pass, it’ll be a spectacle.

It’d be a crime if I didn’t praise the hell out of Christopher Mooneyham’s gritty and detailed art. He was born to draw a Predator comic. The way Mooneyham works with Ahab’s heat vision is brilliant, I’ve never seen it used in such creative ways. This creative attention to detail extends to all of Ahab’s arsenal and I have no doubts it’ll just get more and more fun as the series continues.

The days of calling an okay Predator comic a blessing are over. Once this 4 issue series has concluded it will become what all Predator comics are compared to, I can feel it in my bones. Williamson and Mooneyham expertly sow the seeds for the Predator epic we’ve all wanted, and Predator has deserved, for years.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

 

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