Gillian Anderson Toplines Romantic Horror ‘Croak’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:53

Gillian Anderson (pictured; “Hannibal,” “The X-Files,” “The Fall”), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In), and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (“The Kettering Incident”) have all been attached to star in Croak, directed by Academy Award® Nominee Sam Fell (ParaNorman, Flushed Away), Bloody Disgusting learned out of Cannes.

Written by Lucy Moore, “Croak tells an unlikely love story between world-weary 17-year-old Jenny (Cobham-Hervey) and mysterious, geeky Marcus (Smit-McPhee). While Jenny is a human drawn to the dark side of life, Marcus is a young grim reaper living somewhere between the land of the living and oblivion. After several missteps in the human world, the grim “Mistress” (Anderson) declares that one more mistake from Marcus will sentence him to a lifetime of oblivion. When Marcus commits the ultimate reaper sin, the determined young lovers give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Till Death Do Us Part’!

Nicole Carmen-Davis, Rebekah Gilbertson and Philippa Campbell are producing the unique romantic comedy. Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder’s new company, Cornerstone Films will handle international sales beginning in Cannes.

Croak abandons the traditional constructs of a romantic comedy and brings a much edgier tone to the world of young love,” says Cornerstone Films co-founders Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. “Death, love and laughter are universal themes intertwined in this unconventional love story and we’re excited to introduce this project in Cannes.”

The film’s set will be brought to life by visual effects supervisor Adam McInnes (“Game of Thrones”), Academy Award winning costume designer Ngila Dickson; and Double Negative who are an Academy Award winning visual effects company.

Categories: Horror News

Wicked, Spooky Trailer For Halloween Horror ‘Hellions’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:36

Back in March we told you that IFC Midnight acquired U.S. rights to Pontypool director Bruce McDonald’s Hellions (read our review), which made its world premiere in the “Park City at Midnight” section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Just ahead of the Cannes market, Bloody Disgusting landed the international sales trailer that, you should be warned, is insanely SPOILER HEAVY. You can safely watch most of it, because the trailer is pretty dope, but don’t let yourself catch the final seconds or you’ll regret it. With that said, the promise of a new Halloween horror classic looks within our grasps, even if the reviews haven’t been all too promising. I absolutely loved what I saw. Seriously, watch the below footage and tell me you’re not excited?

“Hellions takes place on Halloween night in the town of Waterford, the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World. Hidden among the trick-or-treaters, a group of masked demonic beings roam the town and come upon Dora, a teenager home alone for the night. Cut off from the outside world and under siege in her isolated home, Dora will need to defend both her body and soul from the relentless evil beings known as hellions.

The film, with a screenplay by Pascal Trottier, stars Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha and Luke Bilyk. The film was produced by Frank Siracusa and Paul Lenart.

This is the third Sundance “Midnight” title acquired by IFC Midnight this year, coming on the heels of the company’s acquisition of Corin Hardy’s modern horror fable The Hallow (review) and JM Cravioto’s gritty revenge thriller Bound to Vengeance (review).

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Categories: Horror News

Lin Shaye is Officially the Godmother of Horror

Dread Central - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:34

Who doesn’t like veteran horror actress Lin Shaye? Honestly? If you’re reading this article and you’re not a Lin Shaye fan, then you need to seriously reevaluate your priorities. Because you know what? Shaye is awesome, and I really don’t need anyone else to tell me that.

For the majority of mainstream moviegoers, Shaye is probably best known for her work in the Insidious franchise or There’s Something About Mary. However, she’s appeared in countless genre flicks over the years, including The Signal, 2001 Maniacs, Critters, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, among many others. If I had to pick a performance that stands out among the rest, I’d go with Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa’s underrated 2003 outing Dead End.

To celebrate her numerous contributions to the world of horror, the folks at Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia officially declared that Lin Shaye is the “Godmother of Horror.” Shaye was understandably thrilled with the honor, attributing her current success to her “youthful fan base.”

Wizard World spokesman Jerry Milani described giving the “Godmother of Horror” honor to Shaye as a “no-brainer,” adding, “Lin’s legacy in films of all genres make her queen of the movie scene, and her unparalleled, haunting performances in so many movies, especially the Insidious franchise, make her the obvious and deserved choice for the Godmother of Horror Award.”

Lin Shaye fans can check out her latest cinematic endeavor, Insidious: Chapter 3, when it lands in theaters throughout the U.S. on June 5. Check out the trailer below.

The post Lin Shaye is Officially the Godmother of Horror appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Dreadtime Stories (2015)

Dread Central - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:30

Starring Bonnie Ann, Jordan Bruster, Cary Cadena, Autumn Caro, Max Caruso

Directed by Jacob Grim

We’ve entered a new era of independent filmmaking. The availability of low-cost high-definition camera and digital editing suites has changed the scope of what can be accomplished with a very small budget.

Gone are the days when low budget movies inherently looked awful, sounded awful, and held back even the most talented young director. Anyone remember how lousy Kevin Smith’s Clerks looks? That wasn’t so long ago, but he spent around $10,000 just to achieve even that washed-out, overexposed result.

Dreadtime Stories is evidence of these changing times. According to director Jacob Grim, this movie only cost around $2000. It’s full color, HD, and not found footage with a cast of three. Rather, it’s an ambitious anthology film featuring nine different shorts and a wrap-around tale with a large cast and a decent amount of visual effects.

And let’s just get this out of the way: it does NOT look like a $2000 movie. At all. For first-time feature makers Grim and his writing/producing partner Sal Hernandez, this is a really incredible achievement. I’ve seen films with ten times the budget that don’t look or feel as technically capable as Dreadtime Stories.

The structure of Dreadtime Stories is simple: a kid gets a at a mortuary and after being admonished to respect the dead, he promptly steals a book he finds on the first corpse he helps prep for burial. The stiff is an old creepy hermit into spooky stuff, so it’s no surprise that the book contains a bunch of tales of horror. As the kid and his friends take turns reading the book, we get our nine tales.

These tales offer a surprising amount of variety. From ghostly tales of the paranormal to gritty werewolf crime dramas to classic slasher pieces, Grim and his crew cover the gamut of short form horror. Given the sheer number of vignettes, even when one misfires, it’ll only be a minute before another comes along.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the film, overall, collapses under its one weakness: the acting.

Given the scope of the film, the cast is very large. Given the budget, it appears they were unable to afford any actual actors and mostly or completely relied on friends to fill the roles. As such, 90% of the acting is about high school drama class quality. Other than two or three standout performances (one of them being writer/producer Hernandez in two roles) the acting is just really, really horrible. Sometimes, the action overcomes it. Most of the time, it doesn’t.

That’s a real shame, because I can’t state this enough: there’s a huge amount of creativity and raw talent on display here. Pound for pound, every short in this film is better than the shorts in the most recent ABC’s of Death, for example. They tell their stories better, don’t get bogged down in art school hijinx and focus on the scares better. Some have Twilight Zone twists, some are just straightforward horror.

I want to like this movie far more than I do. I definitely want to see STX Productions (Grim and Hernandez’ company) do more films with better budgets. If they could hire professional actors and reshoot a good 90% of this movie, they’d have a real gem. I wish they’d made two or three of the best shorts and used those to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough cash to cast real actors.

Should you watch it? If you can be forgiving of the performances, there’s fun to be had here. The wrap-around story is the weakest point of the flick, but the shorts are very strong. Overall, though, this stands as a promise of better things from these young Texans. If I were a financial type, I’d throw them a few hundred thousand to remake Dreadtime Stories with real actors and a new wrap-around story, and I’d make money on the deal.

As it stands, though, despite the earnest efforts of their cast of friends, I can’t recommend Dreadtime Stories to a broad audience. And that just makes me sad.

The post Dreadtime Stories (2015) appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Here’s Elle Fanning, Supermodel, In ‘The Neon Demon’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:20

Nicolas Winding Refn’s supermodel horror The Neon Demon is heading to Cannes.

With production about to wrap in Los Angeles, we have your first look at Elle Fanning as ‘Jesse,’ an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles in hopes of breaking through. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by NWR and Mary Laws, the film’s principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

Alessandro Nivola plays Nicolas, a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse.

Here’s a shot of Nicolas Winding Refn on the Neon Demon set, too.

Categories: Horror News

Elijah Wood Is On a Roll: 5 Upcoming Projects to Get Stoked On!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:13

Elijah Wood may have garnered fame with his role as Frodo Baggins, the brave little hobbit that we all know and love from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but since then, he has become so much more than a stand alone performance. A connoisseur of his craft, Wood has taken on the role of producer in addition to his acting, and even gone as far as to create his own production company, called “SpectreVision”. SpectreVision has distributed many films already, including A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the brilliant vampire noir western 2014 sleeper hit from first time Iranian writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. At the same time, his roles are only growing more impressive with each choice. Wood might have been a child actor, but playing the legendary character Frodo for so long made his appearances in more modest projects like Alexandre Aja’s high-art Maniac remake and the American adaptation of the TV show “Wilfred” all the more eye-catching. His career continues to rise with each new exciting project, many of which are looming nearby on the horizon. Below, you’ll find a preview of a few of this multi-talented filmmaker’s upcoming gigs, which will hopefully tide you over until you can feast your eyes on the flicks themselves. Now, let’s gather round and celebrate one of the busiest men in Hollywood.

Categories: Horror News

A New, More Powerful ‘Poltergeist’ Trailer Delivers WTF Scares!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:10

One thing that is certain about FOX’s upgraded version Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s classic haunter Poltergeist is those who haven’t seen the original are in for some frights. We have yet another TV trailer, this one showing a handful of jump-scares, most that would be impressive had they not already appeared in the 1982 classic. Though, the new spot does deliver one insane WTF moment that we put on display above. Going into the movie with the mindset that this reboot is for a younger generation, I think there’s real promise. You guys?

In theaters May 22nd from Fox and MGM, 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.”

[Related Post] Director Gil Kenan Haunted By Woman In Black On Poltergeist Shoot

Raimi 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.

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Categories: Horror News

Netflix’s “Between” a Cross Between “Lord of the Flies” and “The Walking Dead” (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:03

A quarantine is now in effect.

Netflix has provided Bloody Disgusting with a bunch of stills and the trailer for “Between,” a new drama that looks like a cross between “Lord of the Flies” and “The Walking Dead.”

‘Between’ is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

An original survivalist thriller series, “Between” was created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan and stars Jennette McCurdy. The series is executive produced by McGowan, Don Carmody, David Cormican, and Naveen Prasad.

The six episode, one-hour drama will be available for streaming on Netflix on Thursday, May 21 at 8:30pm PT, followed by every Thursday at 8:30pm PT.

Categories: Horror News

Best Mind-F#@k Movies

Dread Central - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00

The “mind-fuck” film is exactly what it sounds like. This is a type of movie that messes with your head the entire length of the film. When the mind-fuck film is done right, it makes your jaw drop and you wind up sitting in your chair as the credits roll in a state of disbelief at what you just witnessed. I’ve been a fan of this sub-genre since seeing Jacob’s Ladder back in 1990.

What makes Jacob’s Ladder such a great mind-fuck flick is that it’s not just the ending that fucks with you; the entire movie, every second of it, keeps poking at your brain, daring you to try to understand what’s going on. When you think you’ve figured out what’s happening, BAM, the movie shifts gears and fucks with you even more.

Many people confuse a mind-fuck movie with a film that simply offers a twist ending. This isn’t the same thing. The Sixth Sense, for example, is a great film with an ending that knocks your socks off, but this isn’t a mind-fuck film. The majority of The Sixth Sense is a standard flick about a doctor trying to help a young boy.

Below is my list (in no particular order) of some of the best mind-fuck films. You can watch these over and over again and each time get something new out of it.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

There’s not a weak element in this film. From the acting to the script to the special effects, Jacob’s Ladder is a damn near perfect film. Director Adrian Lyne masterfully controls the material here and keeps the audience wondering what the hell is happening. If you haven’t seen this film, don’t look it up and don’t read anyone’s reviews of it. Just go buy the DVD and watch it. It’ll blow your fucking socks off.

The Attic Expeditions (2001)

Seth Green, Jeffrey Combs, Ted Raimi, and Alice Cooper all star in a movie helmed by the guy who directed the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake, Jeremy Kasten??!!? A man is sentenced to a mental hospital for killing his girlfriend but starts to question whether he actually killed her or if he’s just a pawn in some strange brainwashing experiment. This one keeps you scratching your head and wondering what the fuck’s going on. Repeated viewings are recommended.

Videodrome (1983)

I may be stretching the definition of what a mind-fuck film is by including Videodrome on this list, but if you’ve seen the film, you know why I’m including it. A sleazy cable TV station owner (James Woods) becomes obsessed with tracking down a television show titled “Videodrome.” This show has no script, no plot, and, as one character observes, “no recurring guest stars.” Oh, but there’s a whole lot more going on in this movie. This movie really messes with your head. Videodrome isn’t just my favorite David Cronenberg flick, it’s one of my favorite films, period.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Time travel? A near death experience? A large rabbit predicting the end of the world? What the hell is going on here?!? You may never know, but it sure is a fun ride. Donnie Darko became an instance cult classic, and after you watch it a few times, you’ll understand why.

Angel Heart (1987)

I love this film! I remember the first time I saw it: I was living in a shitty little apartment in Ottawa, Canada, and had no cable. I only got three channels, and one Saturday night Angel Heart came on at around one in the morning. I was mesmerized by Mickey Rourke’s portrayal as Harry Angel, a private detective hired by a mysterious man to find another guy called Johnny Favorite. Just sit back and enjoy all the twists and turns this one takes. And just wait until you see Robert De Niro peel that goddamn hard-boiled egg!!!

Head Trauma (2006)

A man returns home after being away for twenty years to settle his dead grandmother’s estate. As he cleans the house, he gets hit in the hea,d and this triggers a series of very vivid nightmares and waking visions. Soon the line blurs between what is real and what is “unreal.” Directed by Lance Weiler (one-half of the directing team behind 1998’s The Last Broadcast), this one keeps you on edge the entire time.

Don’t Look Now (1973)

A classic from the 70’s. Donnie Sutherland and Julie Christie recently lost their young daughter. Sutherland takes them to Venice on business, and there they meet a psychic who claims to “see” the spirit of their dead daughter. But there’s so much more going on here. This film is heavy in atmosphere and drips gloom. After watching this one, you’ll feel that there’s no hope in the universe. And just wait until you see that ending!

Chasing Sleep (2000)

This is a little known gem starring Jeff Daniels as a professor who wakes up one morning to find his wife never came home the night before. As he searches to find out what happened to her, he is stricken with insomnia. As his sleep deprivation gets worse and worse, reality and hallucinations merge together. Writer-director Michael Walker fucks around with the viewer until we get a great reveal at the end. I was way impressed with Daniels’ performance; I didn’t know he had it in him.

These are some of my favorite “mind-fuck” flicks.  I know this is an incomplete list so tell me your favorites… I wanna hear from you all!

The post Best Mind-F#@k Movies appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Sky Sharks Releases a Promo Trailer, But the Movie Needs Your Help

Dread Central - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:10

It’s definitely a good time to for B-movie fans. With the help of Sharknado, these admittedly silly low-budget endeavors are en vogue, at least for the moment. One of the many over-the-top motion pictures currently in development is Sky Sharks, a movie that finds Nazis riding — you guessed it — sharks. If ever there was a movie made with me in mind, it’s this one.

Unfortunately, Sky Sharks isn’t a sure thing just yet. In order for the film to satisfy our desire to see undead, blood-thirsty Nazis riding sharks, the producers need your help. According to Twitch, the flick needs to collect 75,000 euros before we get a finished product. If you love B-movies and have some extra cash lying around, consider throwing some scratch at the Kickstarter campaign.

Take a gander at the full synopsis for Sky Sharks.

Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory, still intact, where dark experiments had occurred. Unwittingly the geologists unleash upon the world a top-secret experiment the Germans had been working on – modified sharks that are able to fly, whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. The only thing that can stop them, and possibly save the world, is a military task force called “Dead Flesh Four” – assembled from reanimated U.S. soldiers who fell in Vietnam.

Before you dismiss Sky Sharks as a Sharknado wannabe, take a look at the proof of concept trailer. Not only does it contain Nazis riding giant sharks (obviously), the clip also features Robert LaSardo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and a surprising amount of gore. It’s definitely a lot of fun.

The post Sky Sharks Releases a Promo Trailer, But the Movie Needs Your Help appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Natalie Portman And Lily Rose Depp To Star In Period Ghost Drama ‘Planetarium’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:51

Variety is reporting that Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, have signed on for the period ghost drama Planetarium.

The film, which is directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, is set in the 1930’s and follows Portman and Rose Depp as sisters who, “…are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

According to the site:

The political context of “Planetarium” will have a modern resonance with the current crisis and rise of extremism in Europe. The character of the producer is freely inspired by Jewish producer Bernard Natan, one of the biggest French film industry figures of the ’20s and ’30s, who eventually died in Auschwitz.

The film is expected to be released in May, 2016.

Categories: Horror News

Producer’s Preview Breaks Down Supernatural Episode 10.22 – The Prisoner

Dread Central - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:42

Several of our favorite TV shows are airing their season finales this week, but per usual we get an extra episode of “Supernatural” (23 eps instead of the typical 22), and here to break down Wednesday night’s penultimate Episode 10.22, “The Prisoner,” is exec producer Jeremy Carver.  Without a cure, the road can only end one way…

“Supernatural” Episode 10.22 – “The Prisoner” (airs 5/13/15, 9PM; repeats 5/20/15, 8PM)
DEAN IS ON A RAMPAGE — When it comes to the Stynes, Dean (Jensen Ackles) decides to take matters into his own hands.  Sam (Jared Padalecki) tries to come to terms with his decision.  Thomas J. Wright directed this episode written by Andrew Dabb.

For more info visit “Supernatural” on cwtv.com, “like” “Supernatural” on Facebook, and follow @CW_spn on Twitter.

The post Producer’s Preview Breaks Down Supernatural Episode 10.22 – The Prisoner appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

A24 Knows There Are Monsters

Dread Central - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:35

Some fresh acquisition news is here for Bryan Bertino’s next film as Variety is reporting that Atlas Independent and Unbroken Pictures have sold horror film There Are Monsters, starring Zoe Kazan, to A24 for U.S. distribution. Embankment Films is selling the feature to international territories at the Cannes Film Festival.

Production will start this summer in Ottawa, Canada.

Synopsis:
From the creator of The Strangers comes a world of the lost: freezing, spitting needles of rain, thunderbolt lightning, hypothermic cold, and disorientating utter darkness.

A mother and daughter are trapped and tormented in a black forest by a screeching creature – it is unlike anything we have heard before. Not human. Not animal. Like a thousand horses, like a mother’s clamour, a baby’s wail, a father’s howl.

Their relationship at the breaking point, 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother, Kathy (Elisabeth Moss), but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge and barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness…

The post A24 Knows There Are Monsters appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Natalie Portman and More Find Ghosts in a Planetarium

Dread Central - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:27

As a New Yorker, one of the most fun things I’ve ever done was see the Pink Floyd Laser Light Show at the Hayden Planetarium. During the show the Laserium would fill with all manner of smoke… and not just from high-powered machines. Yep… saw some pretty crazy things there, but ghosts? That’s a different story and probably a different mind-altering substance.

Variety is reporting that Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny, will play spiritualist sisters in Planetarium, a 1930s-set drama to be directed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central).

Planetarium will mark Portman’s first time working with a French director since her role in Luc Besson’s Leon in 1994. She’s been beefing up on her French to prepare for the role.

Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

The political context of Planetarium will have a modern resonance with the current crisis and rise of extremism in Europe. The character of the producer is freely inspired by Jewish producer Bernard Natan, one of the biggest French film industry figures of the ’20s and ’30s, who eventually died in Auschwitz.

The film is co-written by Zlotowski and Robin Campillo, who previously penned The Returned, the feature film that inspired Canal Plus’ supernatural drama series.

Frederic Jouve’s Les Films Velvet is producing; Ad Vitam will distribute in France. Principal photography will begin in Paris in September for an expected delivery in May 2016.

The post Natalie Portman and More Find Ghosts in a Planetarium appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Our 5 Favorite Moments from ‘Alan Wake’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:00

It was surprisingly difficult choosing just five memorable moments from Alan Wake, because it’s one of those rare games that keeps upping the ante as the story progresses. I did it though, so that’s something. I eventually had to play through the game a fourth time, because I’m old and my brain hurts all the time, but that was a sacrifice I was willing to make. For you. It’s all for you.

These are the five moments that most defined my experience with Alan Wake. You might have different, possibly even superior scenes in mind, and if you do, I invite you to share them in the comments. But first, let’s kick this thing off, Barry style.

It Was Just a Dream

Alan Wake opens with some narration from the eponymous author, before making a sudden descent into a lucid nightmare. This is our first brush with the Darkness that causes all of the bad stuff that happens to Wake and the quiet town of Bright Falls over the next five episodes.

Alan meets the axe-wielding Hitchhiker — first with the hood of his car, followed by a more personal encounter when he leaves to investigate. Lots of questions are brought up in this brief introduction to the outlandish world of Alan Wake, questions that will eventually get answered, some more clearly than others, later on. Few games are willing to throw as much at the player as this one does, but I can’t think of a more fitting opener than one that’s populated by some familiar horror tropes, shadow twisters and a wise, floating marshmallow men who gifts Alan with flashlights that descend from the heavens.

Categories: Horror News

Anne Hathaway to Beat Off a Colossal Beast

Dread Central - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:14

Some quick casting news has come our way courtesy of THR, who are reporting that Anne Hathaway is set to star in Colossal, a project that’s sure to be one of the biggest curiosity factors at this year’s Cannes film market. Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is writing and directing for Voltage Pictures.

In the movie — described as Transformers versus Adaptation and Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich(!) — Hathaway will play Gloria, an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and her fiancé, decides to leave her life in New York to move back to her hometown.

But when news reports surface that a giant lizard is destroying the city of Tokyo, Gloria gradually comes to realize that she is strangely connected to these far-off events via the power of her mind. In order to prevent further destruction, Gloria needs to determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

Voltage Pictures is fully financing Colossal and will launch the project to foreign buyers in Cannes. CAA, which is representing domestic rights, packaged the movie and arranged financing in addition to representing Hathaway, Vigalondo, and producer Nahikari Ipiña. Ipiña is producing via her Sayaka Producciones. Garrett Basch and Vigalondo, who was nominated for an Oscar for his short film 7:35 in the Morning, are executive producing.

Colossal is my most ambitious script so far and probably also the most personal one. Having Anne and this terrific team around goes beyond my craziest expectations,” Vigalondo said.

Added Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier: “As huge fans of Timecrimes, we are thrilled to be collaborating with a filmmaker as talented as Nacho. He has written an extraordinarily unique piece of material, and we look forward to seeing Anne in such a challenging role.

The post Anne Hathaway to Beat Off a Colossal Beast appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

The Famous ‘Silent Hill 2′ Painting Has Been Redone With Real Blood

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:36

Polish artist Sacabria uses a slightly odd medium for many of her paintings: Blood. She uses this, “…besides ink, watercolours, acrylics…” to highlight the grotesque nature of many of her pieces, which are as macabre as they are gorgeous.

One of the pieces she did was a reimagining of the famous Pyramid Head painting “Misty day, remains of the Judgment” that is found in the Historical Society of Silent Hill 2. It is the first time that the player gets hinted at the town’s past as a place of execution, with Pyramid Head being the executioner.

Sacabria’s piece is a bit of a mix between the painting from the game and the iconic image of Pyramid Head from the 2006 film. While Pyramid Head is holding the blade and body from the film’s image, the helmet and background are more representative of the game’s painting. In any case, it’s a beautiful piece of work that is all the more eerie in that real blood was used in its creation.

You can see the image below and then follow Sacabria’s work on DeviantArt.

Categories: Horror News

Midnight Syndicate Readying Christmas CD; Announces Plans for 2015 and Beyond

Dread Central - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:17

Around these parts we love us some Midnight Syndicate. In fact, they’re the playlist of our entire day… and night… and occasional human sacrifice to the old ones. Word has come that they’re looking to put a lot more spirit in the term “Christmas spirit” and more!

From the Press Release:
Midnight Syndicate has announced that their eighteenth album will have a Christmas and Winter Solstice theme. “I think there’s a rule that after a band’s been around for ‘x’ years, they are required to produce a Christmas album. So that’s how we got here,” joked Edward Douglas. “In all seriousness, though, a Yuletide-themed Midnight Syndicate album is something our fans have been asking us for since we began; this album will not disappoint them.”

“I will say that this album has been particularly challenging because we’re taking songs that are SO familiar and that have been treated in so many different ways throughout the years and trying to make them uniquely our own,” added Gavin Goszka. “We don’t want to make yet another Christmas album – we really want it to stand on its own as something truly original. We hope that it will evoke the spirit of the Yuletide season while also reflecting our ongoing musical style and vision.”

Content-wise, the album will be a mix of new material and twists on classics. “I’d describe most of the covers on the album as being reinvented, rather than simply adapted,” said Goszka. “I’ve found myself approaching this material with a very wide palette and a limited sense of allegiance to convention. That being said, it still has to make sense in some way and stay grounded in the familiar. I think we’re stretching our creative wings more than ever here, but there’s still a consistency and overall purpose to it.”

“The original songs have been a lot of fun to work on,” added Douglas. “I think the fans are in for a lot of pleasant surprises.”

Fans will not have to wait until Christmas for this present. Midnight Syndicate will be exhibiting at DragonCon in Atlanta this year on Labor Day weekend (September 4-7) and plans to have the CD available at the show.

Midnight Syndicate Live! update:
In October of 2014, Midnight Syndicate Live! debuted at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends event. From the audience response to the critical reception to record-breaking attendance numbers, the show was an overwhelming success. Although the band will be using 2015 to focus on the new album, plans for a return of Midnight Syndicate Live! in 2016 are already under way. “The success of the inaugural run of Midnight Syndicate Live! has ensured that live Midnight Syndicate shows will be a permanent part of our plans going forward,” said Douglas.

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

The post Midnight Syndicate Readying Christmas CD; Announces Plans for 2015 and Beyond appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

Go to Hell & Back at Cannes

Dread Central - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:52

The Exchange and Brian O’Shea are heading to Cannes with a new stop-motion animated feature entitled Hell & Back, and we’ve got all the details you need right here to yuck it up!

Directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman, Hell & Back features the voice-work of Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle, Susan Sarandon, Nick Swardson, Jennifer Coolidge, and Kumal Nanjiani.

In the vein of Team America: World Police and South Park: Bigger, Long & Uncut, Hell & Back is an outrageous new comedy from the teams behind the wildly popular series “Robot Chicken” and “BoJack Horseman.” This raunchy animated comedy features an all-star cast voicing some of their most hilarious and bizarre characters yet.

Synopsis:
Remy, Augie, and Curt have been best friends since birth. When they jokingly take a blood oath and break it, Curt is dragged to Hell to be sacrificed. The guys must risk everything to save their friend from a slew of misfit demons, Greek legends, and the Devil himself. Are they prepared?… No, absolutely not.

The post Go to Hell & Back at Cannes appeared first on Dread Central.

Categories: Horror News

This Jason Wall Hanger Is Taken Directly From ‘Jason Takes Manhattan’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:35

A very cool wall piece has gone online that depicts the famous scene from Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan when Jason bursts through a porthole and attacks the heroine, Rennie (Jensen Daggett).

According to FridayThe13thFranchise, the pictures were uploaded to Facebook by F13th fan Alex Niven, who is making this in a highly limited quantity of only 10 pieces. If you’re interested in getting one, which are apparently priced around $400, you can contact Alex via his Facebook page. He also has a Facebook brand page that you can follow.

Head below for a gallery of the images.

Categories: Horror News