[TIFF '14] Midnight Madness Includes ‘[REC] 4,’ ‘Tusk’ and ‘The Guest’!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:08

The Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again. Get your passports stamped and experience an international cinematic rollercoaster which includes: a Yakuza street gang hip-hop musical epic; spine-chilling Spanish zombies with insatiable appetites; a Finnish boy hunter rescuing the President of the United States from terrorists; and Flemish cub scouts trapped in the woods with sinister companions.

Along with the triumphant return of last year’s People’s Choice Award-winner Sion Sono (Cold Fish), Midnight Madness will also welcome back renowned alumni Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next), Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!) and Jaume Balagueró (the [REC]] films). The Festival is also set to proudly celebrate indie legend Kevin Smith’s homecoming after 20 years.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse; Jaume Balagueró, Spain World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

Big Game; Jalmari Heleander, Finland/United Kingdom/Germany World Premiere
The fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a 13-year-old boy. Plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse, Oskari and the president must team up to survive the most extraordinary night of their lives.

Cub; Jonas Govaerts, Belgium World Premiere
Young, imaginative 12-year-old Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack. In the woods, he stumbles upon a strange tree house and a masked, feral child. When his leaders ignore his warnings about the mysterious boy, Sam starts to feel increasingly isolated from the pack, and convinced a terrible fate awaits them all.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films; Mark Hartley, Australia International Premiere
Director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed!) continues his delightful documentary disinterment of down-market movie detritus with this chronicle of the rise and fall of 1980s action-exploitation juggernaut Cannon Films, whose contributions to the cinematic canon include American Ninja, The Delta Force, Death Wish II and Masters of the Universe.

The Guest; Adam Wingard, USA Canadian Premiere
The follow-up to Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s wildly popular You’re Next, The Guest tells the story of a mysterious and devastatingly charming visitor, David (Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey) who arrives on the doorstep of a bereaved family claiming to be the best friend of their dead son, a young soldier who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter Anna (Maika Monroe of It Follows) starts wondering if David is responsible.

It Follows; David Robert Mitchell, USA North American Premiere
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind. With a riveting central performance from Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010). The film also stars Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.

Tokyo Tribe; Sion Sono, Japan International Premiere
Set in an alternate Tokyo of the near future, director Sion Sono continues his run of sensational films with the explosive street gang tale Tokyo Tribe. Tokyo Tribe is the first live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series Tokyo Tribe 2, by Santa Inoue, which has sold two million copies and has been published in Asia and the west to great popularity.

Tusk (pictured above); Kevin Smith, USA World Premiere
Wallace (Justin Long) is a podcaster on a mission who thinks he has found the story of a lifetime in Howard Howe (Michael Parks), an adventurer with amazing stories and a curious penchant for walruses. When Mr. Howe’s true desires unfold, things take a dark turn and Wallace faces a terrifying transformation at the hands of his captor. As his friends Alison and Teddy (Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment) search the backwoods of Canada to rescue him, they discover a nightmare from which there is no escape. Conceived from one of indie legend Kevin Smith’s own Smodcast’s, Tusk is an unprecedented tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying.

What We Do in the Shadows (pictured below); Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA Canadian Premiere
Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) are three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles—like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Tickets to screenings for this programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all 10 screenings for $180, or $115 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14, 2014.

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The Gasp Menagerie: Pub Ghost Holds His Ale Well

Dread Central - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:00

An oft-told tale is that of the haunted pub with prankish spirits that topple pints and glasses to the dismay of patron and barkeep alike. Now there's a spin to the story: a ghost that may pull a prank every now and again but respects the beer too much to spill any in the name of shenanigans.

The Crow's Nest Inn in Cornwall is an historic pub dating back to the 17th century. As with most pubs of that era, there are tales of multiple ghosts going back quite a few years, including that of a local woman who was murdered in 1844.

Some of the haunted happenings include a clock that always ran 10 minutes fast no matter how many times it was reset and a bell that would ring by itself. New owners Jenny Heard and Martic McConn blew off the tales until a recent night when the seemingly impossible happened - in front of a bar full of witnesses no less.

The Plymouth Herald in the UK reports that witnesses, including the barkeeps, say the pub went deathly chill from out of nowhere. At the same time, a pint of ale (Proper Job brand, in case that factors into the spirit's tastes) flew off the bar and landed on the floor... without spilling a drop!

The entire pub tried to find a source of the event and was left puzzled. Nobody was near the pint, and all doors and windows were closed tight.

Could this have been a former customer of the pub trying to grab a pint from the great beyond? Latent telekinesis from one of the patrons trying to grab the ale from afar? Let us know what you think!

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‘The Last Of Us: One Night Live’ Featured A Hilarious Live Performance

bloody disgusting - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:00

I haven’t played The Last Of Us, something that kills me because it looks like an absolutely incredible game. But I don’t have a PS3, so it’s kinda hard to play a game on a system I don’t own, right?

Anyways, coming to the point, yesterday there was a performance of The Last Of Us: One Night Live that was a little different, a little special. The cast and developers took the stage in Santa Monica to put on a live performance of select scenes from the game as well as select music from the game. Overall, it seemed like a really entertaining, fun event!

But perhaps the most amazing part comes in at the 1:17:00 mark in the video below, where the characters act out the musical alternate ending. All I can say is that voice actor Troy Baker nailed it!

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New Texas Chainsaw to Explore Leatherface's Teenage Years?

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:02

File this one under "Wow, Really?!?" Some quick and pretty damned strange news has come in regarding the next installment in the Texas Chainsaw franchise as it's looking like we're getting another prequel. A prequel to the tenth power even.

The filmmakers behind Texas Chainsaw 3D (UNRATED Blu-ray/DVD review here) were never big on mathematics, as proven by their "direct sequel" to Tobe Hooper's seminal classic which found the ages of characters all over the place with little to nothing making sense in terms of the whens and the wheres. That is, however, another story.

Right now Bloody Disgusting is reporting that "an unidentified writer is rumored to be in talks to pen Leatherface’s 'teenage years.' This would mean that Dan Yeager would not be returning as the iconic chainsaw-wielding slasher, and that it would be [another] sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 TCM… and a prequel to last year’s TC3D." You follow?

Somehow this is going to really fuck up our space/time continuum. Color us befuddled. Tell us what you think about this latest development below.

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Evil Changes its Identity in The Devil's Hand

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 22:50

It's been awhile since last we heard anything about LD Entertainment’s Where the Devil Hides, but the flick has undergone a name change and more! Read on for the latest details including when you'll be able to see it!

Roadside Attractions has earmarked an October 10 US release for The Devil’s Hand, formerly Where The Devil Hides, formerly The Devil's Rapture. Directed by Christian E. Christiansen, the flick stars Jennifer Carpenter, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Rufus Sewell, Thomas McDonell, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Colm Meaney, Stacey Edwards, and Ric Reitz.

Lionsgate will release The Devil’s Hand on VOD, DVD, and TV platforms.

Something very strange happened in the small village of New Bethlehem, a devout community kept under the tight reins of the town's vigilant Elders. Six girls born on the same day to different mothers. Perhaps a coincidence or, as most believe, a chilling omen of something yet to come. Now, on the eve of their 18th birthday, the young women are mysteriously disappearing one by one and feared dead. Terror has overtaken this quiet community. Could this be the work of a serial killer, one of the village elders, or an horrific prophecy come true, born of the supernatural?

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There's a Horrifying Chain of Events on the Horizon

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 22:43

And the news keeps on coming as Variety is reporting that Headhunters helmer Morten Tyldum has come on to direct the Warner Brothers adaptation of the Swedish thriller Chain of Events with Mark L. Smith attached to adapt.

Described as World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code, the book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA.

Book Synopsis
Nothing would make me keep a diary. Except for one thing. The realization that soon there won't be anyone around to read it. William Sandberg. A broken genius, snatched from his home. Christina Sandberg, his ex-wife. She does not believe their lies. Our future hangs on their survival. If they fail, we are all lost.

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Legendary Eying Joe Cornish For Skull Island

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 22:30

We told you during our coverage of San Diego Comic-Con that Legendary Pictures will be bringing King Kong back to the big screen for a Skull Island movie, and now the picture is getting a bit clearer as the studio is eying a director who knows all about dealing with monsters.

According to Deadline, Legendary has offered the directing job to Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Max Borenstein wrote the script based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule.

Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.

The film is slated for a November 4, 2016 release.

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‘Skull Island’ Was Offered to An Amazing Director!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:52

One of the biggest surprises out of the San Diego Comic-Con was the announcement by Legendary Pictures that they’ll release Skull Island in theaters on November 4, 2016.

Reports out of the Con stated that Guillermo del Toro was said to be directing, but now it’s looking as if that may have been misconstrued due to his Crimson Peak being part of the panel.

As much as I like del Toro, he’s overwhelmed and has his hands full, which is why I’m over the moon excited about whom their talking with.

Deadline reports this Monday night that Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish has been offered the job, although it’s still unclear if he’ll accept said offer.

The bad news is that Skull Island, based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule, is being penned by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. I know a lot of people gave Godzilla a pass, but that screenplay was horrid. The characters were poorly developed, and Godzilla never interacted with any of them.

Cornish is an odd choice to pair with Borenstein as Attack the Block actually understood character development (Moses!). Maybe the thinking is that Cornish will get his hands dirty and dive into Borenstein’s draft to punch it up?

Well, whatever, let’s just hope the new Kong movie ages better than Peter Jackson’s, which is about as relevant as the second Star Wars trilogy.

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Leatherface’s Puberty: New ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Details! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:13

What would Leatherface’s teenage angst be like? Well, you might find out.

About a month and a half ago we reported on the near-death of one Leatherface and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.

Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, quickly refuted telling us it was just taking longer than expected. It appears they were being truthful. How quickly things can change in Hollyweird.

Anonymous Bloody Disgusting sources have tipped us off exclusively that Lionsgate, who released Texas Chainsaw 3D, is back IN TALKS to also bring the next installment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to theaters.

As you may recall, Texas Chainsaw 3D, released on January 21, 2013, followed a young woman who travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward (and her family). The film set up Alexandra Daddario as the daughter of Loretta Sawyer and Leatherface’s (played by Dan Yeager) long-lost cousin.

While TC3D ended with a cliffhanger, setting up a sequel and new family dynamics, we’re being told that an unidentified writer is rumored to be in talks to pen Leatherface’s “teenage years“. This would mean that Dan Yeager would not be returning as the iconic chainsaw-weilding slasher, and that it would be a sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 TCMand a prequel to last year’s TC3D.

To be honest, I’ve never actually paid attention to how old Leatherface was in Hooper’s original cult classic, but it strikes me as odd that he’s being painted as a teenager. Frankly, I don’t care what story they tell as long as they actually figure out the film’s tone as the previous was completely tone-deaf. You can’t make both a PG-13 and R-rated movie – you can’t have your cake and eat it too – and whomever heads the production needs to decide early if they’re going to take it all the way or not. I’m not sure audiences want to see extreme brutality right now, which makes me pray they go for a more fun and energetic sequel along the lines of Hooper’s 1986 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. What do you want to see?

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‘The Devil’s Hand’ Burns With Sin This October

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:43

Forgive me father for I am sin.

Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell (Dark City) horror-thriller The Devil’s Hand (formerly Where The Devil Hides) from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets, reports ScreenDaily.

Roadside Attractions will release here in the States on October 10. Kaleidoscope will release in the UK and Mongrel Media will handle Canada.

The film is about six girls in a small village who were born on the same day nearly 18 years ago and start to disappear. While village edlers claim a hellish prophecy may be about to come true, some suspect other forces may be at work.

Sewell stars alongside Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell and “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter. Lionsgate will release The Devil’s Hand on VOD, EST, DVD and TV platforms.

The Roommate‘s Christian E Christiansen directed from the screenplay by Karl Mueller.

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The ‘Chain of Events’ Film Comparison Hurts My Brain

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:31

Variety just reported that Headhunters helmer Morten Tyldum has come on to direct the adaptation of the Swedish thriller Chain of Events with Mark L. Smith attached to adapt.

But here’s the kicker, they describe is as World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code, which my brain can’t compute. What the hell does that even mean? Even after reading the synopsis I’m confused – maybe I should read the book?

The book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and “follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA.

Warners preemptively acquired the rights to the book last August and will now look to attach a producer to the project while Smith pens the script.

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#SDCC14: Explore The Walking Dead's Video Comic-Con Diary; Soundbites from the Panel

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:56

It's easy for those of us who attend SDCC for work to forget what a cool experience it can be for fans... and the celebrities who are the recipients of said fans' attentions. Go behind the scenes - and to the panel - with the cast & crew of "The Walking Dead."

We have six fun videos to share, which were released by AMC as a follow-up to the show's SRO panel in Hall H:

- Fans Meet the Cast at the Comic-Con BBQ
- Backstage with the Cast
- Panel Highlights:
**Cast on Their Characters' Evolutions
**Norman Reedus on How He Is Similar to Daryl
**A Walker Fan with a Question
**Robert Kirkman on His Dark Side

As part of our coverage of "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con, we learned Season 5 will contain more action, bigger setpieces, and a new state of decay in the walkers. It kicks off Sunday, October 12th, at 9PM, on AMC, followed once again by "Talking Dead."

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

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#SDCC14: Break the Tension with this Hannibal Season 2 Gag Reel

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:05

Here at Dread Central we love "Hannibal." We brought you highlights from the show's SDCC presentation as an appetizer, the panel in its entirety as your main course, and now we're back with dessert in the form of the gag reel that was shown there.

Series creator/exec producer Bryan Fuller; stars Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams; director David Slade; exec producers Steven Lightfoot and Martha De Laurentiis; and surprise guest Raul Esparza all took part in the panel, which we've also reposted below in case you missed it.

When you work on a show as intense as "Hannibal," you absolutely need those few lighthearted moments on set, and here's a full 3-1/2 minutes' worth!

"Hannibal's" Season 2 home video package will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on September 16th and will include audio commentary with cast and crew on select episodes, a feature-length documentary on the making of Episode 2.05 ("Mukozuke"), deleted scenes, and more.

Be sure to visit "Hannibal" on NBC.com, "like" "Hannibal" on Facebook, and follow "Hannibal" on Twitter.

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‘Darkwood’ is An Early Contender for Indie Horror Game of the Year

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:04

Last week, indie developer Acid Wizard Studio dropped their first project — an open-world, procedurally generated survival horror game called Darkwood — on Steam Early Access. It’s unfinished, but after spending some time with it last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that even in its current state, Darkwood is more polished than most other games you can find on Early Access.

More than that, it’s atmospheric, terrifying, unique, and backed by some truly stellar sound design. Watch me spend some time with this extraordinarily promising indie horror game in the video below.

You can get Darkwood now on Steam for $13.49, until July 31, where it will return to its original price of $14.99.

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MUST SEE: Gary Numan Releases Beautiful, Surreal Video For “I Am Dust”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:00

Electronic icon Gary Numan has released an official video for “I Am Dust”, which comes from his latest album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). Directed by Chris Corner (IAMX, Sneaker Pimps), the clip features highly artistic imagery and fantastic texture to create a dark visual experience. In fact, many of the scenes reminded me of TV’s Hannibal.

Numan states:

‘I Am Dust’ was a very exciting promo to film. The wealth of creative ideas pouring from Chris was very impressive. He knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. Plus he was able to translate those ideas into clear instructions for me to follow. It was hard work to be honest, but very enjoyable.

Corner adds:

When I saw Gary in Los Angeles performing ‘I Am Dust’, I knew I had to try to capture his immense stage presence and energy in the video, and to combine it with the raw, abstract visual world that it evokes in my head. Primal, subconscious, mystical, wild. We asked Gary to do some strange things. He did them without question. A testament to his trust and professionalism.

I’m a big fan of Splinter. If you haven’t given it a listen, I highly recommend you snag a copy and check it out. It’s like Depeche Mode mixed with Nine Inch Nails in all the best ways.

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An International Trailer Does As God Says

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:00

Back in November we told you that Takashi Miike was heading into Battle Royale territory for an adaptation of As God Says (Kamisama no lu Tori) for Toho, and now we have the first trailer for you.

Miike was tapped to helm the film based on a popular comic about teenagers forced to play a deadly game by unknown forces. The flick will be produced by Toho. Principal photography began in June for a Japan release, also by Toho, scheduled for the fall of 2014.

Written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and drawn by Akeji Fujimura, As God Says was serialized in Kodansha Comic Magazine from March 2011 to November 2012 and has sold 1.5 million copies in paperback editions.

Stay tuned for more on this one as it comes.

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Rob Zombie's 31 - More Concept Art Bounces In!

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:53

More concept art has come running for Rob Zombie's next horror flick, the mysterious 31, and we have it for you right here... bouncing boobs included. You just can't really see 'em but they're there! Check it out!

Artist Alex Horley provides the eye candy as always. You can check out his first piece below as well.

"All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea; it’s something new," said Zombie in a previous interview. "It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything. There’s a clown thing in the movie, but it has nothing to do with Captain Spaulding, and what is in the movie doesn’t look like Captain Spaulding either; maybe the people think the poster does, but the movie won’t."

Related Story: Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis to Tell the Story of The Manson Murders

An original Rob Zombie movie that takes place on Halloween? Count us right the hell in!

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New Septic Man Images Get Dirty

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:45

On tap right now we have a brand spanking new image gallery for Starz Digital Media's upcoming release of Septic Man (review), a flick that's been on our radar for quite some time. Check it out, and look for more soon!

Septic Man Release Details
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

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[BD Review] ‘Found’ Is An Uneven Coming-of-Age Horror Film

bloody disgusting - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:35

When a film begins with a 12-year-old casually explaining how his older brother keeps severed heads in a bowling ball bag in his closet, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Such begins Found, a sincere coming-of-age drama blended with the gore and depravity one would expect from a video nasty. Sounds like a tasty recipe, but unfortunately director Scott Schirmer isn’t able to balance these two motifs (particularly during the film’s climax). Found has enough going for it to make it worth checking out, especially for those who fondly remember trips to the video store for all-night horror movie sleepovers, but overall it’s a terribly rocky film.

The 12-year-old I mentioned is Marty, a horror film obsessed youngster trying to survive the gauntlet of adolescence. He’s bullied at school, even by peers he thought were his friends, and his parents are completely disinterested in his plight. Marty wishes he could console in his older brother, Steve, but recently he’s been cold and distant towards him. Sometimes there are gleams of the close relationship they used to have, like when Steve talks to him about horror movies that’ll knock his socks off. But overall Steve’s absent from Marty’s life, leaving the poor kid alone and confused (especially about those severed heads in the closet).

Schirmer (working off of the novel by Todd Rigney) explores Marty’s complex issues in a truly thoughtful manner. His character is treated like a real person, so there’s no simple solutions to his problems or hamfisted moralizing to insult the audience’s intelligence. This aspect of the film – the coming-of-age story – is handled really well. It’s when Found dips into full-blown horror where it all begins to stumble.

This mainly occurs during the last act, when Steve reveals himself to be the depraved, perverse serial killer Marty suspected him to be (this isn’t a spoiler, it’s in the film’s IMDB synopsis). Prior to this there’s a scene where Marty watches a film called “Headless,” in which he imagines his brother in the starring role – severing heads and screwing their bleeding stumps. Although this graphic bit of debauchery prepares us a bit for what’s to come, when the climax goes down, it feels completely over-the-top and ridiculous. The leaps the narrative makes here are abrupt and sort of disheartening since everything leading up to the final moments was done so well. While the closing shot is supposed to be disturbing, it’s just came off as silly to me.

As Marty, young actor Gavin Brown does a great job carrying the emotional weight on his shoulders. His performance is terrifically nuanced for such a young kid. The other actors, not so much. Marty’s parents deliver their lines in a consistently stinted, forced manner that deflates the intensity in the last act’s intense moments. And while there’s an intense menace in Steve’s eyes, he too gives a stunted performance.

Like the acting, Found is overall an uneven film. There are a lot of inspired moments and, on the flip side, a lot of times where it feels like it’s trying way too hard to be shocking. The trials of adolescence are shocking and disturbing enough, no need to go putting your dick in a bloody stump.

Quick note: I’m also not quite sure what the film is saying about the influence of horror movies. Steven is a horror junkie (with an impressive VHS collection and posters littering his walls) and became a serial killer. Marty is coming up a horror fan and already comes off as numb to things like severed heads. While I’m glad Schirmer didn’t preach to us about his personal stance regarding violent media, Found seems to be arguing that yes, horror movies lead people to become severed head collectors and neck-stump fetishists.

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Bruce Campbell Heads Into the Afterlife in Welcome to Purgatory

Dread Central - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:33

Last month we learned that Evil Dead 2 co-writer Scott Spiegel is producing an upcoming film called Welcome to Purgatory, and today the exciting announcement has been made that Spiegel's most badass buddy has joined the cast. Read on, fiends!

Cupsogue Pictures has revealed that both Bruce Campbell and James Buckley have joined the cast of the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.

Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Stephen Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory, but with little success.

Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook and Tory Kittles.

Tony Cook and Fallaize are producing the picture for Cupsogue Pictures, which was written by Marcus Ako & Tony Cook. Filming is due to commence on Welcome to Purgatory at Pinewood Studios, ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.

According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.

Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.

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