The Babadook Scores a Scary New Trailer

Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:48

Total Film just scored itself a brand spanking new trailer for the highly anticipated new fright flick The Babadook (review), and you can let it roll off of your tongue right here!

Look for the critically acclaimed spookshow on November 28th.

The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Synopsis
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.




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It’s ‘Annabelle,’ Alive and Well!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:46

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema gave EW a second still from from Annabelle, their supernatural thriller spinoff to their incredible The Conjuring.

The first still showed a pregnant Annabelle Wallis as ‘Mia Form’ with her husband John (Ward Horton), looking oh-so nervously at the infamous Annabelle doll. The new one has a lively Annabelle looking up to no good.

Haunting theaters October 3rd, John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

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Second Annabelle Image All Sinister Smiles

Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:42

Heading our way on October 3rd, presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle will be haunting our nightmares, but right now we have a new still for you courtesy of Entertainment Weekly! Check it out!

Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Alfre Woodard, and Ward Horton are starring in the film with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe co-star.

The producers are Peter Safran, Joan Mao, and James Wan.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

For more info visit the official Annabelle website, and "like" Annabelle on Facebook.

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Image Nabs Halloween Pic ‘Houses October Built’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:34

Image Entertainment (Wolf Creek 2 is getting into the Halloween spirit by acquiring the next pic from Paranormal Activity producer Steven Schneider (who is also behind WER and SX_Tape).

The found-footage The Houses October Built premieres this October in 10 markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

“The Houses October Built examines the Halloween Haunted House phenomenon that draws over 30 million visitors every October. Lurking beneath the surface of spooky fun, the film aims to shed light on the dark world of haunting.

Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe directed the movie, which New Regency produced with Schneider. Variety first reported.

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Killer Graph Shows The Kill Count Of Several Movie Slashers

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:54

A very cool graph that was posted on Film.com shows the number of kills several movie slashers have accrued over the years of their franchise. There’s good ole Freddy from Nightmare On Elm St., Jason from Friday The 13th, Ghostface from Scream, and several more that are angling to get the number one spot.

Check out the graph below to see who reigns as the most prolific killer in horror cinema history!

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Gamsecom: Slay a Werewolf in the New Witcher 3 Trailer

Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 17:30

CD Projekt Red revealed a taste of the otherworldly horrors that dwell inside The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The new trailer, released during Gamsecom, features Geralt of Rivia facing a monstrous classic, the werewolf.

But this is no ordinary werewolf... it has supernatural powers. Villagers speak of people aimlessly sleepwalking and an ancient evil that feeds on bloodshed. It appears the werewolves of The Witcher 3 are not recent converts but have been bloodthirsty killers for millennia.

Geralt’s encounter with the wolf beast is nothing short of bone-chilling. It speaks to him telepathically in a voice so cold it will send shivers down your spine. The horrors begin before Geralt even reaches the werewolf when he attempts to traverse the swamp. There he encounters horrific beasts that disappear into the murky water only to spring out right behind him.

This latest video also provides a brief glimpse into some of Geralt’s witcher abilities. He stumbles upon the tracks of the werewolf and uses his witcher sense to find more tracks and hunt down the ancient beast. Our hero also utilizes some magic, which developers refer to as “witcher signs.” In the trailer Geralt uses a powerful stun spell and my constant favorite, a burning wave of flame.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 24th.

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Frau Blucher! Young Frankenstein Celebrating 40th Anniversary on Blu-ray!

Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:50

One of the single funniest films of all time, Mel Brook's 1974 classic Young Frankenstein is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a brand new Blu-ray that's guaranteed to electrify! Frau Blücher! *horse whinnies*

From the Press Release
The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)

Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards**. More than 40 years later, the film has stood the test of time, ranking at lucky number 13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 funniest films.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, fans of Young Frankenstein can also enter themselves for a chance to win an autographed set photo from the man himself, Mel Brooks! Beginning on September 1, fans can go to YoungFrankSweeps.com for all the rules and a chance to win.

* Best Sound, Richard Portman and Gene Cantamessa, 1975; Best Writing/Adapted Screenplay, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, 1975.

**Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical Comedy, Cloris Leachman, 1975; Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Madeline Kahn, 1975.

Special Features

  • Commentary by Mel Brooks
  • Interviews with Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder, and Cloris Leachman
  • “Inside the Lab: Secret Formulas to the Making of Young Frankenstein” featurette
  • Blucher Button
  • “It’s Alive: Creating a Monster Classic” featurette
  • “Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein” featurette
  • “Transylvanian Lullaby: The Music of John Norris” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
  • Production Photo Galleries and More!

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    [Crowd Source This] ‘Saw V’ Director’s WWII Horror ‘Earthworks’

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:42

    Saw V director David Hackl, who is also behind Grizzly starring James Marsden and Billy Bob Thornton, is crowd-sourcing a portion of his next project.

    Earthworks is a WWII horror film that follows 5 American doughboys on their first night in the trenches of the Western Front as they experience the living (and dead) hell that is No Man’s Land. It is to be directed by Hackl and produced by UK outfit Bluebeard Pictures.

    Earthworks exists in an isolated trench/ No Man’s Land set and creates a sense of abandonment from the start… 5 young American soldiers enter France and on their first night at an allied trench, everything goes wrong very quickly. Caught up in a beguiling fog, the film follows the young characters as they each come to different but understandable decisions. It is a tense and atmospheric story and the horror/ psychological thriller genres are purposefully chosen to tell their stories as the genre elements of surprise, shock, terror, fear and encroaching anxiety about the unseen all lend themselves to the story well. The film also features all the elements you would expect of a horror film.

    Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids and Adam Butcher (Dog Pound) are attached to star.

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    Casting News and More Details on Helix Season 2

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:32

    By the time Season 1 ended, we were pretty disappointed in Syfy's "Helix," but some casting news for Season 2 has come in along with a few more details of what's ahead for the members of the CDC so we thought we'd pass it on.

    From the Press Release:
    Syfy has announced that Steven Weber (pictured; "Wings," "Murder in the First") and Matt Long ("Mad Men," "Jack and Bobby") have joined the cast of its mysterious viral thriller "Helix."

    The second season of "Helix" finds the doctors of the Centers for Disease Control, still haunted by the Narvik outbreak and the events that took place in Arctic Biosystems, investigating a deadly outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer cruise ship. Their investigation leads them to a mysterious island inhabited by a cult with the hope of creating a utopian society.

    Filming for the series’ 13-episode second season is currently under way in Montreal, Quebec.

    Weber, who joins the show as a recurring guest star, will portray Brother Michael, the charismatic leader of the cult. Magnetic and charming, he is brilliant speaker and sermonizer but also a first-class geneticist. Long, who joins the show as a series regular, will play Dr. Kyle Sommer, the newest member of the CDC team, a world-class toxicologist whose charm matches his sharp intellect. A preacher’s son from Texas, he is quick with a story or a joke, able to ingratiate himself into any group.

    "Helix" is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica," "Outlander"), Steven Maeda ("Lost," "The X-Files"), who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle). The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions, and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

    "Helix" stars Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, "The Killing") and Kyra Zagorsky ("Supernatural"). Also returning for Season 2 are Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) and Neil Napier (X-Men: Days of Future Past ).

    For more info check out "Helix" on Syfy.com, "like" "Helix" on Facebook, and follow "Helix" on Twitter.

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    ‘The Babadook’ Looks Like An Instant Classic (Trailer)

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:28

    The “Ba-Ba Dook Dook Dook” is coming…and he wants the boy.

    IFC Midnight will release the acclaimed hit horror, The Babadook, here in the States on November 28. Before then, the UK will release the boogeyman tale in theaters October 24.

    Total Film has the UK trailer that is beyond terrifying. The trailer itself is better than most of the films I’ve seen this year. Watch as the Babadook comes for a little boy, and then take a look at your arms because your hair will be standing straight up. The book? Well, you’ll be able to read it soon by clicking here.

    Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).

    In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

    When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

    But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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    Godzilla Sequel Set for 2018

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:14

    Legendary Pictures confirmed during its SDCC '14 panel that Gareth Edwards will return to direct Godzilla 2. Now, a few weeks later, we have a date to pencil into your calendars should they go as far as 2018.

    Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have slated the sequel for June 8, 2018. Legendary also confirmed during its Comic-Con panel that fan favorites Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah will all be a part of the already anticipated sequel!

    Oh. Hell. Yes.

    2014's Godzilla comes to DVD and Blu-ray later this year with the following features:

    Special Features

  • MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
  • Operation: Lucky Dragon
  • MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
  • The Godzilla Revelation
  • The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
  • Godzilla: Force of Nature
  • A Whole New Level Of Destruction
  • Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
  • Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

    From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star in the film, which was rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence."

    For more on the movie visit the official Godzilla website, "like" Godzilla on Facebook, and follow Godzilla on Twitter.

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    The Strain Gets a Second Season!

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:08

    The worst part about watching a new series is you never know if the time you invest in it will pay off. Sometimes shows are cut short, and other times they're just not renewed, leaving you with a cliffhanger in nowheresville. Thankfully, that's NOT going to happen with "The Strain."

    Canada's Global News is reporting that U.S. cable channel FX is set to announce it has renewed the vampiric virus drama "The Strain" for a second season. The series will be back in production in Toronto in mid-November.

    Meanwhile, we still have several episodes left in Season 1, including Sunday night's Episode 1.06, "Occultation," once again directed by RoboCop himself, Peter Weller.

    The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

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    "The Strain" Episode 1.06 - "Occultation" (airs 8/17/14, 10PM)
    After warning Kelly to leave the city with Zack ahead of the spreading plague, Eph is arrested by the FBI. Eichhorst has one final job for Gus, while Setrakian realizes that the coming eclipse is the tipping point for virus infection and the beginning of the end. Directed by Peter Weller; written by Justin Britt-Gibson.

    For more info "like" "The Strain" on Facebook, hang out with "The Strain" on Google +, and follow "The Strain" on Twitter.

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    TIFF 2014: The Editor One-Sheet Lets the Nipple Slip

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:02

    Playing as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival is the upcoming giallo-comedy The Editor. Check out this new and nippular retro-poster!

    Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy direct the flick, which is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

    Giallo legend Udo Kier stars alongside Brooks and Tristan Risk.

    Synopsis
    A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.

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    The Bates Motel - Original Television Series Soundtrack Checks In August 25th

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:53

    Varèse Sarabande Records will release the BATES MOTEL - Original Television Series Soundtrack, featuring the original score composed by Chris Bacon, digitally and on CD August 25th. We have all the details you need right here.

    Chris Bacon burst onto the film-scoring scene with his full throttled score for Duncan Jones’ hit thriller Source Code. He earned his first Emmy® Award Nomination for the underscore for the second half of NBC’s "Smash" Season 1.

    His recent work includes the score to John Putch’s Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, Season 2 of "Smash," and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Sworn to Silence.

    “In my early conversations with the show's producers about the score's direction, they made it clear that we are not trying to re-create or pay homage to the original Psycho, which was good news because that's one of the most iconic and recognizable scores of all time and my attempts to emulate would most likely come across as a cheap imitation,” explained Bacon.

    He added, “'Bates Motel' is not so much a horror show as a psychological drama with real elements of emotion, tension, humor, as well as some horrific events. The tightrope has been trying to play the real emotion between Norma and Norman while maintaining just enough discomfort to underplay the dysfunctional elements of their relationship.”

    Produced by Universal Television for A&E, "Bates Motel" is a television series drama inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s genre-defining film Psycho. It is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates; his relationship with his mother, Norma; and the world they inhabit. Viewers have access to their dark, twisted back story and learn first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. The "Bates Motel" cast includes Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cooke, and Nestor Carbonell.

    "There are several musical themes that weave their way throughout the series," said Bacon. "Most prominent are probably the quasi-love theme between Norman and Norma and a more mysterious theme that we first hear in connection with the house, which evolved into the overall theme of the show and its psychology. In addition there are thematic accompaniments for many of Norman's relationships, which include his brother, Dylan; friend-zone girlfriend Emma; object-of-desire Bradley; and forbidden fruit Miss Watson."

    Season 3 of "Bates Motel" will premiere in early 2015. For more info visit "Bates Motel" on AEtv.com, "like" "Bates Motel" on Facebook, and stop by "Bates Motel" on Instagram.

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    Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film Gallery In Seattle!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:22

    The EMP Museum in Seattle is hosting the “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” gallery, which is an in-depth look at horror, and how it’s expressed through cinema, biology, history, and contemporary culture.

    Open all summer, guests can examine the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience.

    Three iconic horror directors — Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth — have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can safely explore the spectrum of cinematic horror, from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.

    Visitors can view artifacts that include the script from ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ the alien creature suit from ‘Alien,’ and Jack Torrance’s axe from ‘The Shining’; watch interviews with the directors; and scream bloody murder. Interactive highlights include a Scream Booth, Horror Soundscapes, Monster Timeline, and Philip Worthington’s interactive shadow monster installation.

    Beware! Due to the subject matter explored, this exhibition has a suggested rating of PG-13.

    Click on over to the official website for tons of photos and information. We’re jealous of anyone who is able to attend.

    Pictured: Axe from The Shining, 1980. From the Paul G. Allen Family Collection
    Photos courtesy of EMP staff.

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    Check Out Dark Horse’s Prometheus/Aliens/AVP/Predator: FIRE & STONE Sampler!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:01

    This is something that is available over at the Dark Horse website, but I couldn’t resist. These are easily my four most anticipated titles of the fall, and after you dig into this sampler you’ll understand why. They’ve tapped some of the best talent in the industry to come together and reinvigorate a franchise that has terrified many for years.



    GET TO DARK HORSE NOW and preorder these bad boys.

    Keep your eyes glued to the site in the coming months. My coverage will be relentless.

    A quest to salvage a lost ship sets in motion a saga sprawling forward and backward through time, with a universe of horror drawn to one world—and a fantastic team of writers and artists have gathered to tell the tale. Spread across four different titles, with a final chapter coming from Kelly Sue DeConnick, Fire and Stone starts here, in four intro chapters from the first issues of Prometheus, Aliens, AVP & Predator.

    Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham are going to give us the best PREDATOR series ever by the looks of it.

    Writers:
    Paul TobinChris RobersonChris SebelaJoshua Williamson
    Artists:
    Juan FerreryaPatric ReynoldsAriel OlivettiChris Mooneyham

     

    FOC for Prometheus is 8/18. Order it using this: JUL140053

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    Cinema’s Most Terrifying Sex Scenes!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:54

    Alfred Hitchcock once delivered a disturbing bit of directorial advice: “Film your love scenes like murders, and your murders like love scenes.” Or something like that… the details are a bit vague. Whether Hitch made that exact declaration or not, the concept is still disturbing – and says a lot about artists, storytellers and audiences’ relationship to sex in general. As open-minded and progressive as we often pretend to be as a culture, I suspect that, deep down, Americans are still pretty scared of sex – and even of ourselves as sexual beings. Of course, wherever fear lurks, eventually someone will step in to capitalize on it… and no creative medium captures the collective imagination more completely than the movies. In that light, I’ve selected some significant cinematic examples of physical love taken to its most horrific extremes.

    Not all of these scenes come from horror films, but they are all unquestionably the stuff of nightmares… and probably caused many hours of intense therapy among sensitive viewers. Please note that I’m trying to avoid scenes depicting overt rape, as that represents a very different kind of monster (in other words, no Evil Dead tree-porking or rape-revenge scenarios like I Spit on Your Grave). The intercourse in most of these scenes is more or less consensual… or at least within the context of the story. In horror, it’s sometimes hard to define these things.

    It probably goes without saying, but I should point out that there’s a few naughty bits on display here, so this post is not entirely work-safe.

    Looking for Mr. Goodbar: The Last Pickup

    This 1977 drama, based on a novel (and a true story), is the least horror-themed film on this list, but the final minutes are among the scariest I’ve ever witnessed. Diane Keaton’s deeply troubled schoolteacher tries to chase away her personal demons through drugs and a series of rough one-night stands, but when she picks up a disturbed man (Tom Berenger) on New Year’s Eve, she gets far more than she bargained for. Stephen King listed the film’s last scene in his horror thesis Danse Macabre as one of the scariest ever committed to film, and I can see why. It comes out of left field and completely flips the story in the most sudden and nightmarish way possible… and then we fade to black.

    Blue Velvet: Frank’s Frightening Fetish

    If a director could be singled out for dissecting more of his own mental hangups on film than any other artist, David Lynch would get my vote. There are probably more interpretations of his surreal images than frames of film that comprise them, but I think I’ve mapped at least one tiny fragment of the man’s worldview: he seems simultaneously terrified and attracted to sex. It’s in nearly all of his art in some form or another, but no more obviously than this scene from his 1986 cult classic, in which Dennis Hopper as psychopathic Frank Booth indulges a bizarre sexual fetish with the masochistic Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini), which involves huffing nitrous oxide and a kind of “reverse birth” role-play. No matter how creepy that sounds, Hopper’s performance makes it a hundred times more disturbing.

    Basket Case: Belial’s Betrayal

    Frank Henenlotter’s insanely sleazy debut feature boasts dozens of memorably whacked-out moments… but the most horrific of these begins as a surreal dream sequence featuring young Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) running stark naked through the NYC streets to pay a nocturnal visit to his girlfriend Susan (Terri Susan Smith) for a little sleepy-eyed nookie. What we soon realize – as does Susan, to her absolute horror – is that Duane is not actually present; it’s his lumpish, telepathic former conjoined twin Belial who’s humping the poor girl to death (I mean that literally; we even get to see the sticky aftermath). Only the seedy grindhouse atmosphere and low-rent makeup effects will protect viewers from losing their sanity after what they’ve just witnessed onscreen.

    The Howling: Bill Gets His Furry Freak On

    I’ve seen this 1981 werewolf classic a dozen times, and it just gets more entertaining with each viewing. But when I first saw it as a young pup, I didn’t pick up on Joe Dante’s biting satire and genre savvy – not because I didn’t get it, but because I was too busy pissing myself in terror. One of the scenes that freaked me out the most was the savage mating of Bill (Christopher Stone) and Marsha (Elisabeth Brooks), which begins as a fireside grope-fest and shifts quickly into a fit of drooling, hair-sprouting and (natch) howling as the pair transform into beasts – literally “bumping uglies.” In my early adolescence, the idea of sex was both fascinating and terrifying enough, not to mention the notion of sprouting hair in unexpected places, and this image made it very tangible. Sure, it looks a bit silly today, but 33 years ago… damn.

    Angel Heart: Steamy, With a Chance of Showers

    The dreamy aura of doom that hangs over Alan Parker’s supernatural noir is so tangible you can almost touch it, so you’d think that a sudden burst of unexplained surrealism would not be so shocking. But back in 1987, this sticky-hot blend of eroticism and gallons of gore was just too much for MPAA censors to handle, and a large portion of it was cut from the theatrical print. The intense and explicit bed-wrestling between Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) and Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet) would have pushed the boundaries enough without the blood-flood, but most viewers today are so jaded they wouldn’t bat an eye. Still, there’s something undeniably hot about this scene… and that may be the most disturbing thing about it.

    Rosemary’s Baby: “This is really happening!”

    Shocking and controversial for 1968, this notorious sequence from Roman Polanski’s classic is pretty PG-13 by today’s standards, but that doesn’t make it any less haunting. The scene finds young Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) in an apparently drugged, half-conscious state, during which her douchey, self-absorbed husband Guy (John Cassavetes) seems to be drunkenly forcing himself on her. That brutish act would be upsetting enough, but as it turns out, Guy may not be the real perpetrator. We catch brief, distorted glimpses of a hairy, demonic beast through Rosemary’s point-of-view, as she is seemingly offered to the thing in a shadowy occult ritual. In the scene’s most chilling moment, she experiences a sudden flash of clarity as she realizes that she’s not dreaming. Up to this point, Rosemary has been depicted as a chaste, childlike girl, which makes this supernatural violation far more unsettling.

    Shivers: Parasitic Pool Party

    Along with David Lynch, I’d also include David Cronenberg as one of very few filmmakers who splatter their fears all over the screen… and the viewer. At the start of his career, Cronenberg tackled the concept of “body horror” – which, of course, includes fear of our reproductive system and all its parts. I could pick half a dozen films that fit the bill, but his first feature Shivers (a.k.a. They Came From Within) tackles the subject without a filter, holding back nothing in its depiction of a phallic parasite that turns its hosts into ravenous sexual predators. The film climaxes in the swimming pool of a futuristic apartment complex, in which nearly all the residents – from very young children to the elderly – paw and grope each other in an all-out orgy that’s not the least bit sexy.

    Teeth: The Jaws of Justice

    Ouch. Seriously, guys, don’t be rapin’. If you’ve even considered taking a woman against her will, you should be forced to watch Teeth on an endless loop, with no bathroom breaks. You’ve probably heard this premise – virginal teenager Dawn (Jess Weixler) discovers she possesses a very literal vagina dentata, which severs the offending member (or digits, in one case) of any man who tries to violate her against her will. Lots of would-be molesters get theirs in hideously graphic ways, but my personal leg-crossing fave would have to be the literal revenge sex of the film’s climax, after which the offending wiener is gobbled by a dog. Again, ouch.

    Deadgirl: Just Another Hole?

    So, is it rape if the victim is dead? How about if she’s undead? In this disturbing but oddly touching horror drama, I’d say the answer is yes… and even more upsetting than the sexual exploitation of the nameless zombie girl (whose contagious condition is never explained) by a group of troubled high school boys is the way it reveals the living characters’ darkest natures. We’re encouraged to choose sides in favor of the mostly sympathetic protagonist Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez), but his willingness to exploit the situation makes him suspect – especially when he convinces his crush’s dickish boyfriend to have a go with the deadgirl… with predictably nasty results.

    Cabin Fever: Wrong Time of the Month

    Eli Roth’s feature debut plays its central premise of flesh-eating bacteria mostly for laughs… with a few horrific exceptions. One of the film’s most unnerving revelations comes when Paul (Rider Strong) tries to sneak a little finger-banging action with his crush Karen (Jordan Ladd), who in a previous scene is shown drinking contaminated water. Our boy slides into home, so to speak, but soon finds the situation a bit… well, stickier than he expected. For me, the film’s most genuinely horrifying moment comes shortly after, when Karen’s friends give in to their paranoia and abandon her to her grisly fate.

    Friday the 13th Part 2: The Sex-Kebab

    Yeah, I know they stole this murder scene (and a handful of others) from Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood, but let’s face it: Friday the 13th and its sequels are far more ingrained in American pop culture than Bava’s works, so I’m going with this one. It’s still effective, despite the absence of the MPAA-snipped wide shot showing Jason’s spear penetrating Jeff (Bill Randolph) – mostly thanks to the close-up of Sandra’s (Marta Kober) horrified face and the bloody spear-point striking the floor with a heavy, wet thunk. The fact that the murder is preceded by a fairly tender love scene between a loving couple makes it a bit more jarring than its Italian counterpart.

    Trouble Every Day: She Could Just Eat You Up

    This cult item from French director Claire Denis features a truly horrifying set-piece: eerie, animalistic beauty Coré (Beatrice Dalle) plays a woman suffering from an unexplained medical disorder which compels her to literally devour her lovers; in the film’s most disturbing and graphic scene, she wordlessly convinces a young burglar to break into her boarded-up room, presumably with the promise of sex, then promptly chows down on his tender young flesh, gnawing away with wild-eyed glee… while he’s still very much alive. The entire grisly scene plays out in real time, contrasting the boy’s dying screams with Dalle’s lip-smacking delight.

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    Another Look at NECA's Glorious Ultimate Freddy

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:41

    From Figures.com comes another look at NECA's Ultimate Freddy collectible, which will be hitting stores this fall in celebration of the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Check it out, and then wipe your mouth when you're done. That drool is just unbecoming.

    This deluxe 7-inch collectible comes with a new fully articulated body and a wealth of accessories.

    NECA’s 30th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy features:

  • Three new interchangeable head portraits (closed mouth, open mouth grimace, and skull face)
  • All new fully articulated legs (ball-hinged thighs and knees)
  • Alternate severed fingers (left hand)
  • Removable fedora
  • New tongue phone
  • New dead skin mask
  • Deluxe packaging

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    Take a Sledge to This New Trailer

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:31

    We've managed to get Peter Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer" out of our heads long enough to bring you word of the latest terror tale featuring a tool-wielding psychopath, Sledge. Read on for details, artwork, and even a trailer. Do it now, damn it! Don't make us bring the hammer down.

    From the Press Release
    He didn’t drown. He didn’t burn. He’s just a psychopath with a sledgehammer. SLEDGE, a "bloody" good horror comedy in the tradition of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Shaun of the Dead, premieres on VOD September 2nd and DVD on October 7th.

    A spoof of the horror genre and littered with nods and references to fright flicks of yesteryear, the film fixes on a psychopath who believes not only is he in a movie and video game, but he’s the hero of this story.

    “Sledge is a horror comedy that takes a loving poke to the horror classics we all grew up with,” says writer and co-director Kristian Hanson. “Adam Lynch is an original slasher who loves to talk and make jokes as he viciously mutilates the dumb campers who always return to a site of mass murders for no apparent reason.”

    Hanson says SLEDGE is a movie made for the horror fan like himself.

    “The overall idea of Sledge was to make a horror film that I would want to see. I love horror comedy, and instead of having the typical brooding giant mute, I went for the funny and psychotic killer who always seems to be shorter than his victims. I wanted to pay homage to the greats like Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, and Pinhead but put my own personal spin on it with my type of inappropriate humor. Adam Lynch is a slasher that brings the funny and the body count.”

    SLEDGE is directed by John B. Sovie II and Kristian Hanson and stars Dustin Bowman, Stephanie Tupper, Rachel Cornell, and Hanson as Adam Lynch.

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    Kathryn Morris Finds The Perfect Guy

    Dread Central - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:22

    Everyone out there is searching for their perfect partner. Until I found mine, I was happy just chilling with my pets and playing video games in between drunken stupors which led to polka dancing and random acts of violence and nudity. And if you think that's scary...

    Deadline is reporting that Kathryn Morris (pictured) has joined the Screen Gems thriller The Perfect Guy. Sanaa Lathan stars as a woman who meets the seemingly perfect guy (Michael Ealy), but he turns into a sociopathic stalker when she breaks up with him.

    Morris will play Karen, the mother of an all-boys family who is a close confidante of Lathan’s character and offers counsel and wisdom about her romances. Morris Chestnut and Rutina Wesley also star in the film from director David M. Rosenthal and writer Tyger Williams.

    More as it comes!

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