The Purge: Anarchy - New Trailer, Discounted Movie Tickets, and MORE!

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:34

All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year, when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters; and right now we have all sorts of goodies on tap to help you prep for the must kill event of the year!

Click here for a limited time offer in which you can Purge $2 off your advance ticket purchase and then Purge the Lies here for some viral goodies!

The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.

Related Story: The Purge: Anarchy news archive

Synopsis:
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in THE PURGE: ANARCHY.

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013's sleeper hit The Purge are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).







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Morgan Freeman Goes Through the Wormhole to Talk a Real-Life Zombie Apocalypse

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:22

This week Science Channel's Emmy-nominated series "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" returns for its fifth season with a look at a potential real-life zombie apocalypse. Yes, Morgan Freeman and zombies in one program. Read on for details about the must-see show!

Titled "Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?," the series' fifth season premiere airs on Wednesday, June 25th, at 10pm ET/PT. Check out the official synopsis for the episode below along with some short preview clips.

The eight-episode fifth season of "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" also covers such controversial topics as could poverty be genetic and how to crush a superpower.

Synopsis
It is a nightmare that has stalked us for centuries: hordes of human beings transformed into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Could this civilization-ending nightmare become reality? Scientists have discovered pathogens that turn insects into the walking dead. New strains of viruses are attacking humans every day. Mathematicians have calculated the likelihood of surviving a zombie virus outbreak: They’re not hopeful. Now neuroscientists are discovering how easy it is for us to lose conscious control of our bodies. Are we at risk of becoming puppets? And if we are already in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, would we know it?







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‘The Descent’ Meets ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ in ‘The Forest’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:12

Indie developer Endnight Games’ horror debut The Forest has been on my radar for some time. For the unfamiliar, it’s a deeply unsettling horror game set in a forested island on which your plane has recently made a crash landing. Unfortunately, this particular island is home to a ridiculously xenophobic tribe of indigenous mutant cannibals.

Now that I think about it, The Forest is so much more than The Descent meets Cannibal Holocaust; there’s also a bit of Silent Hill and Minecraft mixed in there too. It’s horrifying — watch me (try to) play it below.

If you’d like to brave The Forest yourself, you can grab it now on Steam for $14.99.

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Short Documentary Tells True Story Behind Deliver Us From Evil

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:09

As you're probably aware, upcoming horror flick Deliver Us from Evil was inspired by the real-life story of retired NYPD sergeant Ralph Sarchie, who also worked as a demonologist. Needless to say, he's seen his fair share of horrifying shit with those accounts serving as the basis for the film.

In a short 15-minute documentary that's just come our way courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Sarchie opens up about some of those bizarre cases and even shares chilling footage of a 1992 exorcism.

Check out the documentary, which is a nice little primer for the film, below!

Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.

Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Synopsis
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

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Get a Peek of the Weeks Ahead in True Blood Season 7

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:08

Following up last night's premiere of "True Blood" Season 7, HBO has released a super-sized preview of what's ahead before the show reaches its true death. The question beckons: Does anyone care anymore?

Related Story: Visit our "True Blood" archive.

Episode 7.02 - “I Found You” (air date 6/29/14)
A trio of hostages taken in the attack look to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps.

Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), a desperate Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) turns to Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) to channel her family past.

Vince (Brett Rickaby) whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place. Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Howard Deutch.

For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd.

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BD Playlist: Adam Vol. 1

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:00

Today brings you yet another list of music recommendations from us, the BD staff! Today we bring you several songs from our lovely video game editor Adam! He’s got a more mellow taste than myself or Brad, although I’m fully going to brag and say that I got him into Sohn. Yup, that was all me!

Below you can see several tracks that Adam’s all about! Make sure to tell him what you think in the comments!

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

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Silent Night, Deadly Night 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Heads Down the Chimney

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:59

One of the all-time best years for the horror genre was 1984, which saw the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Gremlins and Ghostbusters.

On the very same day that Elm Street came out, so too did the holiday horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, which has just been dated for a Blu-ray release!

As we spotted over on Blu-ray.com, Silent Night, Deadly Night will get the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray treatment on September 16th. This will mark the very first time the film has been released on Blu-ray, after a fairly troubled home video history, which has seen every DVD release of the film going out of print.

In the controversial Christmas horror flick, young Billy goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, after his parents are murdered and he's forced to stay at an orphanage where he's abused by the evil Mother Superior.

No word yet on the bonus features that will be included on the disc, nor has box art been revealed. Of course, we'll keep you posted as we learn more about this long-awaited Blu-ray release.

In the meantime, drop us a comment below and tell us your favorite scene from the film. Personally, I can't wait to see Linnea Quigley hung up on those deer antlers, in high-def!

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New Stills Provide Another Look at UK Thriller White Settlers

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:55

On tap for you today is another look at the upcoming UK horror flick White Settlers, which premiered at Cannes and stars The Woman's Pollyanna McIntosh. No word yet on a release date, but this gallery of tasty images should tide you over until we learn more. Dig in!

White Settlers, directed by the Grimmfest film festival's head honcho Simeon Halligan, is a tense, nightmarish tale of a couple who escape from the fast-paced life of London to live in a remote cottage in Scotland. But, as they soon find out, they are far from welcome.

Written by Ian Fenton, the film also stars Lee Williams ("The Tudors") and Joanne Mitchell (Before Dawn).

Synopsis
It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is; come sunset they fall in love all over again as they wander in the beautiful Scottish landscape. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate, and quickly the evening becomes a nightmare. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong here. And they’re certainly not welcome…

While we wait for a release date, head over to the official White Settlers website to learn more about the film!

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“The Strain” is a Perfect Modern Horror Comic

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:34

Great horror has an element of the supernatural that cannot be avoided. With it comes a long history of those who have fought and lost against the force causing terror. It’s part and parcel of telling a horrifying story, it makes the threat larger than the current situation, and much more threatening. The “beast” is eternal, it has won before and it will win again. That’s just terrifying to think about. With the “The Strain” it’s vampires, we’ve seen them a thousand times before, and we know their history, or at least we think we do. Since the comic takes the element of the supernatural and combines it with another core element of terror.

It combines history with a modern paranoia, something society is already deathly afraid of, and cannot come to terms with. Something that already governs how people act, and puts their behavior in chains. This something is the the disease or viral pandemic. Every year without fail some new viral outbreak grips the nation into obsessively sterilizing their hands, boiling water, and thoroughly cooking fish.

It’s an invisible threat that cannot be easily defeated. It prays on the young, the old, and the weak without fail by turning the host’s body against itself. Of course, the fear is that the virus will target the fully developed human form. So what if an eternal virus was powerful enough to target the youthful and vibrant members of society?

Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan pondered this question in their phenomenal trilogy of novels, and David Lapham and Mike Huddleston championed it for comics. Together these men created a comic that perfectly blends the supernatural with modern paranoia. “The Strain” can’t possibly be escaped or avoided. It’s brilliant and ancient.

David Lapham takes the pure cream of the story and adapts it into eleven pulse pounding issues. Mike Huddleston makes dynamic and volatile creatures whose lashing tongues cut the page like an ex-acto knife. The comic thrives in darkness, and creates a deeply troubling read that systematically dashes hope away from the reader. The modern security blanket of science does little to comfort us in the world of “The Strain.” And the creeping sense of dread typically found in horror comics is replaced with ticking clock for humanity. This isn’t about survival, it’s about hope, or rather the loss of hope.

And hope is a funny thing in horror.

The incredible Steven King says it best in Different Seasons: “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” Hope isn’t a great tool, it’s actually quite damning, and as Lapham and Huddleston dash it from the pages, the narrative gains some steam that other horror comics fail to take notice of. The darkness of “The Strain” is grounded with real world science. It’s not like other fantastical horror comics. Every moment on the page has one foot in reality so when all is lost, and hope cannot possibly exist, the characters react accordingly.

Luckily with Dr. Epharim Goodweather at the center of the story things feel a little more under control. The mass hysteria of what’s happening is still beyond measure but Eph tries his best to poke and prod at the legend of the vampire with science rather than cut it down. He represents the failed hope of humanity, and the source of modern paranoia.

While Abraham Setrakian represents the untrustworthy and legendary supernatural element of the terror in the story. He does everything he can to spread his message of dread, and sows the seeds of doubt. There is no hope for Abraham, but he pushes forward all the same. Aiming to rally together a force for good before its too late. He’s from the old world, he knows horrors outside the realm of science, and he must spread the word of fear.

This is the fear that humanity’s own bodies will now turn against them thanks to a microscopic terror. Science allows us to understand it, but not to defeat it. “The Strain” cuts this fear into something more dangerous than “The Walking Dead.” It’s inescapable, unpredictable, and ancient. The force behind it is far from the reaches of our own understanding.

Viral fear grips people on a daily basis. We’re constantly governed by it as a species and science is the church we pray to. But with “The Strain” science betrays us. It can’t make sense of vampires. People go insane, and the weakened spirit allows disease to spread with ease.

The instants of pure terror come from the idea of The Strain rather than the vampires themselves. There is nothing more chilling that watching a group of CDC scientists try to make sense of how an entire load of passengers on a flight have suddenly died. Huddleston keeps to the shadows to isolate you, and Lapham’s script makes you feel in danger at all times. Even as we build to the vampires, there are scenes where scientists try to explain something that defies explanation. The more they poke the less they know. Empty bodies in the morgue are filled with more than riddles, they are filled with a sense of uncanny dread that arrives with the empty plane and doesn’t let up until the final page.

See? Totally not scary.

Those moments hold more in them than the real root of the evil in the story. Yet, “The Strain” taps into man’s fantastical obsession with it’s own demise in a visceral and modern way. There is always this haunting sensation that something as small as a cell could undo humanity, but when that cell morphs us into ancient horrors the fear becomes much more real and terrifying.

We should have the tools to defeat it. Viral means science but it can only explain the epidemic. Supernatural forces cannot be cured, they defy logic in a world where such has become unacceptable. We can only watch and dissect our own demise, but we’re hopeless to stop it.

Hope is a pesky thing in horror. Any time it’s introduced I can’t help but roll my eyes. Yet, Lapham and Hiddleston make an interesting choice in “The Strain.” They don’t deal with hope, their story is about the demise of hope. There isn’t a single page in this dark comic that doesn’t get under your skin thanks to Huddleston. He makes the world dark and uninviting, and even in the lighter scenes there is a sense of dread with the characters thanks to Lapham’s script. The one thing that often gives us understanding and hope is used to take it all away. Science isn’t comfort, it’s confirmation of our own helplessness.

Just read the comic to see how hope is systematically dashed away. Society crumbles and chaos erupts in the streets. Our modern church is disbanded and without the comfort of our strongest tool we’re left to making the most of our own dwindling mortality. It’s tough shit, but an haunting and incredible read.

THE STRAIN VOLUME 1 HC

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Centers for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event—an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness. Collects issues #1-#11.

The hardcover hits July 9th. Don’t be foolish and miss it.

Check it out now before FX’s television adaptation hits the screen. This version allows you to have an incredible visual realization of the entire story and will simply put your anticipation at fever pitch for July 13th.

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Deadly Auction In New ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:21

Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy hits theaters July 18th and it looks to be a bigger and better take on the concept than last year’s film. This new trailer is fairly similar to the last one, but plays up the rich vs. poor angle a bit more by expanding on the auction we glimpsed earlier. There’s definitely some social satire here, which I can get behind.

Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield also star.

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

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“Fartzenegger ” A Gas-Filled Arnold Schwarzenegger Compilation!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:19

When it comes to humor I have no range, which means that toilet humor still makes me giggle like an 8-year-old.

It came to my attention that the A href=”” target=”blank”>DistractotronChannel YouTube channel edited together a hilarious compilation of footage featuring the great Arnold Schwarzenegger. What they’ve cooked up – presumably after a night at Taco Bell – is the disgusting “Fartzenegger”. Watch as Arnie lets it loose in scenes from all of his big summer blockbusters.

The summer heat is on, in his pants.

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[EXCLUSIVE Preview] Undertow #6

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:42

“Undertow” is easily one of the best new series launched from Image this year. It’s a tale of class division, of escaping your past, and never really being able to leave your home. Yet, more than all of that it’s a deeply engaging exploration into unknown worlds, accompanied by incredibly captivated art by Artyom Trakhanov. Every issue is relentlessly paced and threatens to have readers tear the book in half over the mounting tension. Issue #5 is about to hit the stands this Wednesday, and we hear at Bloody-Disgusting have an exclusive look at “Undertow” #6. If you dig this teaser art make sure to run out to your local comic shop and preorder the final issue now. Comics live and die by their numbers, and “Undertow” must rise above the rest if we want to see this incredibly talented team continue to work.

Here’s what series writer, Steve Orlando had to say about these pages:

UNDERTOW is excited to welcome Yaroslav Astapeev to close out our initial miniseries with an exciting visit to the Atlantis, from the backstreets to the ballrooms. Yaroslav brought a unique, moody style to the undersea metropolis, first seen in his pin-up in Issue 5, and now with Issue 6 he imagines the Atlantean infrastructure in a new, haunting way. Artyom and I could not be happier to have Yaroslav help us create a new vision for our first extended look at downtown Azu City, the heart of Atlantean culture. UNDERTOW has always been about showing people something fresh, aggressive and new, and with this stinger scene, Yaroslav has done something truly wonderful.    In UNDERTOW Issue 6, it’s time to find out how the other half lives.

FOC for #6 is 6/30, Cover A – MAY140741, Cover B – MAY140742

FOC for #6 is 6/30, Cover A – MAY140741, Cover B – MAY140742

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Trailer Debut Plays ‘The Midnight Game’ (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:40

With games, as with life, sometimes it’s play or be played. But beware when it’s play or be prey…

On August 12th Anchor Bay Entertainment dares you to join…The Midnight Game. An official selection at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival, Telluride Horror Show Film Festival and SF Indie fest’s Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival, The Midnight Game promises a new whole spin on the games people play.

Take a peak inside the game with our exclusive trailer premiere below!

In this eerie chiller inspired by true events, Olstead stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called ‘The Midnight Game’: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed, and now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Are you ready for the arrival of “The Midnight Man?”

With a cast including Guy Wilson (“Breaking Bad”), Renee Olstead (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Shelby Young (“American Horror Story”), Valentina de Angelis (Bereavement) and Spencer Daniels (Star Trek), the rules are simple because there’s only one: survive!

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[TV] Morgan Freeman Answers: ‘Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:11

Science Channel’s Emmy-nominated hit series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” is back for a mind-bending fifth season.

The series that has broken ratings records for the network delivers eight all-new episodes that will provoke and inspire viewers to think beyond the boundaries of what they know. Covering such controversial topics as could poverty be genetic, how to crush a superpower and exploring the possibility of a zombie apocalypse, this season guarantees to break down the walls of conventional television to investigate the puzzles that captivate us all.

The world premiere takes on the horror genre with ‘Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?’ (airing Wednesday, June 25 at 10PM ET/PT).

It is a nightmare that has stalked us for centuries: hordes of human beings transformed into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Could this civilization-ending nightmare become reality? Scientists have discovered pathogens that turn insects into the walking dead. New strains of viruses are attacking humans every day. Mathematicians have calculated the likelihood of surviving a zombie virus outbreak: they’re not hopeful. Now neuroscientists are discovering how easy it is for us to lose conscious control of our bodies. Are we at risk of becoming puppets? And if we are already in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, would we know it?

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Trailer For Vietnamese Haunter ‘Hollow’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:08

In international theaters July 19 is Hollow (Đoạt Hồn), a Vietnamese horror film that looks insanely promising.

Directed by Ham Tran, we now have an English-subbed trailer to haunt you.

A 6-year-old girl falls into a river and drowns. One week later, her uncle, a police captain, travels to a remote village to claim her corpse, only to find that the girl is very much alive. He brings her home, but does not tell her parents that she was found dead. Strange things begin to happen as her family discovers that she is possessed.

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Wilson “If You Ever Leave Me, I Will Find You” Music Video Premiere

bloody disgusting - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:00

We’ve teamed up with Detroit metal band Wilson to bring you the music video premiere for their track “If You Ever Leave Me, I Will Find You”! Put together by Tradesmen Films, the video shows a cop brutally and viciously beating down offenders, all while looking like some demon out of Hell. Things take a strange and twisted turn for the worse when the police officer’s wife is held hostage. Trust me when I say that things get a bit bloody and more than a little violent! Check it out below!

“If You Ever Leave Me, I Will Find You” comes from the band’s album Full Blast Fuckery, which you can snag on iTunes. The band will be celebrating the vinyl release on June 28th at the Magic Stick in Detroit, MI.

Wilson online:
http://www.wilsonisaband.com/
http://instagram.com/wilsonparties
http://twitter.com/wilsonparties
http://soundcloud.com/wilsonrock
http://www.youtube.com/wilsonparties
http://wilsonparties.tumblr.com/
http://wilsonparties.bigcartel.com/

Wilson live:
6/28: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick (VINYL RELEASE SHOW)
7/19: Grayslake, IL @ Austin’s Fuel Arena W/ Rob Zombie

WILSON with He is Legend and Maylene and The Sons of Disaster:
7/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/26: Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
7/27: Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
7/29: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
7/31: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
8/1: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
8/2: Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/3: Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington
8/6: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
8/7: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
8/9: La Jolla, CA @ Porter’s Pub
8/10: Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
8/11: Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
8/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/13: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
8/14: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
8/15: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/17: St. Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam Bar and Hall
8/19: Newport, KY @ Thompson House
8/20: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
8/21: Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
8/22: Fayetteville, NC @ The Drunken Horse Pub
8/23: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
8/24: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s

9/22-9/26: Miami-Mexico @ Motorboat (Motorhead Cruise)
10/4: Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival

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Exclusive: Clif Prowse and Derek Lee Talk Afflicted and Their New Projects

Dread Central - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:00

Just when you think the found footage boat has officially set sail, another flick comes along that reminds you why this sub-genre can be awesome. Derek Lee and Clif Prowse's truly killer vampire flick Afflicted (review) is just such a film, and we recently spoke with them about it!

The thing about a good found footage movie, first and foremost, is that it has to feel real. Once a false note is hit, the illusion is broken and the experience is ruined. We asked the duo how they approached this fact.

"For us it was about never breaking the illusion," says Lee. "If we managed to sell over the top in the found footage genre and people bought it? That is super gratifying. We were so hard on our selves to not break it. That final fight scene of the film, we would have way preferred to shoot that scene traditionally! I mean, come on! Two vampires kicking the shit out of each other? But in order to keep things moving and stay true to the sub-genre, we just had to suck it up. I'll tell you this though... our next movie will not be found footage as we are SO tired of living within the rules of it! *Laughs*"

"The part of a found footage movie that always drives me crazy is - Why is the camera still rolling? And why is it still pointing directly at what I want it to be looking at?" Lee continues. "That's why we came up with the idea to have our characters wearing strap-on cameras while filming their documentary. It enabled our characters to just let the camera roll even while they were doing other things. That technique would allow to have a scene like when the vampire is fighting a SWAT team so you wouldn't have to worry about why it was filming. It kept you in the thick of it!"

So was the plan for Afflicted to always be a found footage film?

"When we were initially coming up with the idea to make a movie... no," says Lee. "We wanted to make a movie using the amount of money that we could raise ourselves to be its budget. We decided on a film about vampires, which are normally very romanticized, and then completely reinterpret it documentary style through our lenses. We wondered... what would this look like it if actually happened in reality? That's what made Derek's transformation into a vampire exciting to us."

Vampires are a tricky set of creatures to work with as there are many different mythologies that they adhere to. We asked the guys how they approached their mythology and the reasoning behind the choices they made.

"We just cherry-picked what we wanted," Lee explained. "We wanted to take something that is fantasy and shine a realistic light on it. We wondered what would this creature be like if it really existed? So we got rid of things like turning into mist and being able to control rats, etc. We replaced those traits with everything that would make it feel like an Alpha Hunter. There's a true diseased feel to the plight of Derek that we approached sort of like a drug addiction model. The idea was if the vampire did not get enough blood, it would cause withdrawal. Those physical and psychological consequences would push the creature to hunt more."

Found footage films work by their own set of rules. We were curious if it limited the filmmakers to not achieving everything they wanted to do.

"Shooting found footage style gave us the opportunity to do everything that we wanted to do," Prowse says with a laugh. "Seriously, it was incredibly liberating. For instance, if we couldn't afford to do something, we just won't film it, but we can hear it and sense what's going on. That was a cool thing that enabled us to play with the context of a scene. There are instances in the film that if we had shot them traditionally, it would have been 20 times more expensive... things that were only possible because we shot it found footage."

"Totally," Lee chimes in. "We could have Clif holding up his camera and film things that you'd normally see on a YouTube travelogue, and then all of a sudden somebody punches through a rock and it feels more real because we filmed it the way that we did. Seeing that same idea filmed from a crane shot or a crazy dolly wouldn't have been as impactful."

"I remember talking to Chris [Ferguson], our producer, who would NEVER tell us no, says Prowse. "One day I was like, 'Hey, Chris, I really want Derek the vampire to run through a wall... can we do that?' Chris was like, 'Well... I guess so. Let me see what I can do.' So we came up with a simple shot. We had a stuntman run into a piece of scored drywall that was rigged with explosives. Because it was found footage and you didn't need to see the apparatus all around it, we had a guy literally run through a wall! That was such a fun day! We were all like, 'Hey, we got to do exactly what we asked for! How weird is that?' *Laughs*

So now we were wondering... is there a sequel in the works?

As Chris likes to say, if the fans ask for it... actually cared enough to want that... we'd do it. We do have some sequel ideas, but we don't want to dive directly back into this world and found footage immediately. The sequel would have to be found footage or we'd be sabotaging our fan base," Lee said.

What about any other future projects?

Lee revealed, "We're working on a couple of scripts right now... one is like a dark Bourne Identity style action movie without any horror elements, and the other one is actually an action movie set in a horror movie universe. Both of them will be shot in a far more cinematic style. When you watch Afflicted and then see our next movies, hopefully you'll be blown away by the fact that the same guys made them."

Afflicted Release Details
The award-winning, critically acclaimed horror thriller AFFLICTED spreads terror on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital July 1st, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. AFFLICTED tells the chilling tale of two best friends whose documented journey around the world takes a horrifying turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Written, directed, and co-starring breakthrough filmmaking duo Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, this excitingly original entry in the found-footage horror genre took home awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Horror Feature category) at the 2013 FantasticFest, in addition to awards of recognition at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD include never-before-seen deleted scenes as well as two fascinating featurettes. “Afflicted: Behind the Scenes” takes fans on set for an inside look at the making of this new found footage horror favorite, and “Anatomy of a Scene: The Window Jump” features the filmmakers on how they utilized a creative mix of practical stunt work and visual effects to pull off one of the film’s more jaw-dropping action sequences.

AFFLICTED was produced by Chris Ferguson and Zach Lipovsky. Executive producers are Jason Dowdeswell, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Stuart Ford, and Zak Pashak.

The film has a run time of about 85 minutes and has been rated R for disturbing, bloody violence and language.

Special Features
This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. AFFLICTED is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.

Special Features

  • "Afflicted: Behind the Scenes"
  • "Anatomy of a Scene: The Window Jump"
  • Deleted Scenes

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