Universal Studios Japan’s ‘Resident Evil’ Attraction Returns in August

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:21

Remember that incredibly cool-looking Biohazard: The Real attraction that debuted in Universal Studios Japan last year and brought me this close to dropping everything so I could move to Japan and live in the amusement park for a month? It’s returning, and I’m sure it will tease me like a faraway Siren’s call (again) until I’m left curled in the fetal position on the floor of my bedroom, wondering which organs I can sell to afford a ticket to Japan.

Biohazard: The Real 2 will run from August 8 through to September 11, where it will transform the amusement park into the crumbling, zombie-infested town of Raccoon City. Who wants to make a trip with me to Japan?

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Fans Make ‘Resident Evil 4 HD’ Even More HD

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:35

When Resident Evil 4 released (again) on PC with the Ultimate HD Edition, some fans were unmoved by Capcom’s latest attempt to wring a bit more cash out of the popular game. Me? I loved it, because it did just enough for me to warrant another purchase of a game I now own for five different platforms.

If you were one of the disgruntled fans who didn’t see it as a big enough leap forward graphically, there is a group of modders who are currently working to remedy that with an HD remaster of an… HD remaster.

For those who are interested in making their copy of Resident Evil 4 HD look even better, you can download the first release on their website.

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‘Scar Tissue’ Leaves Its Mark On the UK (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:02

Evil leaves its mark in the UK when Scar Tissue arrives in cinemas July 25 and on DVD/On Demand August 4.

In the film, which now has posters and a second trailer, “Detective Sam Cross (Charity Wakefield) never got the chance for revenge. Twenty years ago, her sister became the last victim of serial child killer Edward Jansen, moments before he was shot dead by a police SWAT team.

But now, decades later, he’s back…

Luke Denham (Danny Horn) is a normal guy living a normal life until he wakes up one morning to find a mutilated corpse in his bathroom. When the police find Jansen’s DNA all over the crime scene, Luke and Sam are thrown together on a mission to uncover the truth and stop the long-dead psychopath who stalks and taunts them. Scar Tissue is a shocking, gripping and stylish thriller from the producer of The Seasoning House that reminds us how the past can be impossible to escape – evil leaves its mark.

A Sterling Pictures production, the film also stars Shaun Dingwall (Dr Who, Rock & Chips), Helen George (Call The Midwife), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs) and screen legend Kenneth Colley (most famous for playing Admiral Piett in the original Star Wars trilogy and Jesus in Monty Python’s Life of Brian).

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‘The Woman’s’ Pollyanna McIntosh In ‘White Settlers’ (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:01

An official website has been launched for White Settlers, a new thriller starring The Woman‘s Pollyanna McIntosh, alongside Lee Williams (“The Tudors”) and Joanne Mitchell (Before Dawn).

Directed by “Splintered’s” Simeon Halligan, take a look at the first ever images and trailer from the indie pic that debuted at Cannes.

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….

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‘Alien: Isolation’ Will Look Identical On Xbox One and PS4

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:00

Afraid October 7th will arrive and you won’t be able to decide which platform you should get Alien: Isolation on? Assuming you have a PS4 and/or Xbox One, or are planning on grabbing one and/or the other by October, developer Creative Assembly is making the decision an easy one.

According to Gary Napper, lead game designer on Isolation, both current-gen versions will look “identical”. Obviously, that doesn’t extend to the last-gen versions, but at least we won’t need to worry about varying frame-rates or all that other technical junk that seems to plague so many new releases these days.

The news comes from a chat with Official Xbox Magazine, where Napper confirmed “There’s no noticeable drop or change in graphics between [the PS4 and Xbox One].”

Napper describes the game as being “platform agnostic”, because “I only think about the differences between platforms and the different mechanics we can use like the light on the PS4 pad and the stuff with Kinect 2.0.” So unless you really want to use the Xbox One’s Kinect or have a certain controller preference, it won’t matter which version of the game you get.

Alien: Isolation will release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.

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[Review] Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Machine’ Explores a Worn Out Theme

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:59

The new British indie sci-fi thriller The Machine is drawing a lot of comparisons to Blade Runner* for its exploration of what makes us human. This one’s a lot more blatant in its approach, however. The protagonist may as well have been shown actually beating a dead horse, screaming “If she loves, she’s human!” There are a lot of other ideas packed into its script though and the production design is really slick on a humble budget. It’s a mixed bag that leads up to a wholly predictable climax, but for the most part, the good parts outweigh the bad.

In an attempt to cure his fatally ill daughter, talented neuroscientist Vincent (Toby Stephens) is secretly using his hefty government funding to develop a self-aware being of artificial intelligence. The U.S. is at war with China, so the Ministry of Defense is sparing no expense to fund Vincent, but instead of repairing wounded soldiers, he’s creating a cyborg in the visage of his former assistant Ava (Caity Lotz), who met a cruel fate at the hand of enemy goons. It’s soon clear that Ava’s empathy and moral compass is superior to the humans around her, but Vincent’s boss (Denis Lawson) isn’t interested in her emotions – he simply wants her to be the perfect weapon.

Lotz’s performance as the titular machine is genuinely moving in parts as she discovers herself and her relationship with Vincent transitions from creator to patriarch figure. When she’s “activated,” she’s essentially a newborn baby, a fragile child struggling with nature vs. nurture. Vincent acts as the nurturer while Lawson represents nature, teaching her it’s better to kill your enemies before they can get the upper hand. While her heart draws her towards VThe new British indie sci-fi thriller The Machine is drawing a lot of comparisons to Blade Runner* for its exploration of what makes us human. This one’s a lot more blatant in its approach, however. The protagonist may as well have been shown actually beating a dead horse, screaming “If she loves, she’s human!” There are a lot of other ideas packed into its script though and the production design is really slick on a humble budget. It’s a mixed bag that leads up to a wholly predictable climax, but for the most part, the good parts outweigh the bad.

In an attempt to cure his fatally ill daughter, talented neuroscientist Vincent (Toby Stephens) is secretly using his hefty government funding to develop a self-aware being of artificial intelligence. The U.S. is at war with China, so the Ministry of Defense is sparing no expense to fund Vincent, but instead of repairing wounded soldiers, he’s creating a cyborg in the visage of his former assistant Ava (Caity Lotz), who met a cruel fate at the hand of enemy goons. It’s soon clear that Ava’s empathy and moral compass is superior to the humans around her, but Vincent’s boss (Denis Lawson) isn’t interested in her emotions – he simply wants her to be the perfect weapon.

Lotz’s performance as the titular machine is genuinely moving in parts as she discovers herself and her relationship with Vincent transitions from creator to patriarch figure. When she’s “activated,” she’s essentially a newborn baby, a fragile child struggling with nature vs. nurture. Vincent acts as the nurturer while Lawson represents nature, teaching her it’s better to kill your enemies before they can get the upper hand. While her heart draws her towards Vincent, Ava is wicked good at doing martial arts in a skin-tight, flesh covered suit, so some viewers may want her to stray toward the nature side of things.

Stephens and Lotz have great chemistry on screen as he struggles through his own ethical dilemma as well. Their relationship dips into romantic territory at times, but it feels like a very organic move and never overshadows the main story. The screenplay, written by director Caradog W. James, muddles through other murky side plots that are hurriedly looked at. There’s the revolution among the reborn, brain-implanted soldiers at the research facility, as well as Chinese agents running about. This leads to a climactic insurrection you can see coming a mile away, which is made up a fairly standard shootout action scene.

While for the most part The Machine is competent, it has difficulty balancing all of these stories and its “thinking man’s sci-fi” approach. In regards to the “what makes us human” theme, this film gives layman plenty to chew on, but for seasoned sci-fi fans, nothing is really brought to the table. The relationship between man and machine was even explored more deeply in last year’s Her. But for a nice blend of action and sci-fi The Machine is a suitable, enteraining film.

* more than a thematic similarity is the shot of Vincent standing over a docile Ava, his hands cradling her head in silhouette. It’s the same “Do you love me, do you trust me?” bit from Blade Runner.incent, Ava is wicked good at doing martial arts in a skin-tight, flesh covered suit, so some viewers may want her to stray toward the nature side of things.

Stephens and Lotz have great chemistry on screen as he struggles through his own ethical dilemma as well. Their relationship dips into romantic territory at times, but it feels like a very organic move and never overshadows the main story. The screenplay, written by director Caradog W. James, muddles through other murky side plots that are hurriedly looked at. There’s the revolution among the reborn, brain-implanted soldiers at the research facility, as well as Chinese agents running about. This leads to a climactic insurrection you can see coming a mile away, which is made up a fairly standard shootout action scene.

While for the most part The Machine is competent, it has difficulty balancing all of these stories and its “thinking man’s sci-fi” approach. In regards to the “what makes us human” theme, this film gives layman plenty to chew on, but for seasoned sci-fi fans, nothing is really brought to the table. The relationship between man and machine was even explored more deeply in last year’s Her. But for a nice blend of action and sci-fi The Machine is a suitable, enteraining film.

* more than a thematic similarity is the shot of Vincent standing over a docile Ava, his hands cradling her head in silhouette. It’s the same “Do you love me, do you trust me?” bit from Blade Runner.

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[DVD Review] The Essential Episodes Collection Is a Perfect Intro to “The Twilight Zone”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:54

Rod Serling’s baby has influenced popular culture for decades, and has been the basis for items ranging from comic books to stage plays to even a pinball game. The series introduced viewers to the serious side of sci-fi, as well as influenced countless artists and actors. Even today, there’s talk of a third revival of the series and another film. In preparation for the series’ 55th anniversary (and another release of the complete series on Blu-Ray and DVD), CBS and Image Entertainment have cobbled together 17 of the series’ classic episodes into a two-disc set. While I won’t go through all the episodes, I’ll give highlights, since while all these episodes are definitely essential, you probably don’t want to be sitting there for hours.

Things start off with the fifth episode from the first season, “Walking Distance”. Gig Young stars as Martin Sloan, an overworked executive longing to get back to the carefree days of his childhood, stops to have his car serviced at a gas station. Martin discovers that his hometown of Homewood is within walking distance of the gas station. After walking into town, Martin sees that things haven’t changed since he was a boy, and that in fact it’s the year 1934. While not one of Rod Serling’s favorite episodes, the focus on nostalgia and the problems it holds makes for a compelling story. Coupled with Young’s performance, Serling’s beautiful dialogue (“You’ve been looking behind you, Martin. Try looking ahead.”), and Bernard Hermann’s masterful score, this starts the set off right.

“Time Enough At Last” is the eighth episode of the first season, and concerns Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis. Henry loves books, but the world he lives in prevents him from reading them. After an explosion that devastates his city and kills everyone save for him, Henry discovers that while he now is free to read his books, there are consequences to his wish. Exploring the theme of being careful what you wish for while also covering the difference between solitude and loneliness, Serling (basing the episode from a short story by Marilyn Venable) presents probably the most popular episode of the entire series. What makes it even scarier is the fact that in the present day of eBooks, the internet and the like, a story like this one is still very much (if not more) impactful.

In “The Eye Of The Beholder”, Maxine Stuart (and Donna Douglas) plays Janet Tyler, a societal outcast who has remained hospitalized in an effort to repair her hideously disfigured face. But after eleven operations (the maximum allowed under law), there has been no change. But just how disfigured is she? Putting a twist on the societal norms of what beauty is, the real star of this episode is the episode’s cinematography: Everyone, save for Stuart and Douglas, was filmed in shadow, heightening the suspense and making the eventual reveal of Janet Tyler’s face from under the bandages that much more striking. Director Douglas Heyes also helped things by casting the episode by having his back to the performers. The episode’s legacy is cemented with it being remade for the 2002-03 revival, as well as the numerous parodies that have ensued over the years since it’s broadcast.

Being a sucker for Orwellian stories, “The Obsolete Man” immediately hooked me. Burgess Meredith returns to the series as Romney Wordsworth, a former librarian, who is sentenced to death by the State for his obsolescence. After pleading his case to the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) to no avail, Wordsworth requests that he be granted a personal assassin to whom he may privately disclose his preferred method of execution, as well as his death be televised. Coupled with Wordsworth’s comparisons of the Chancellor to Hitler and Stalin and the numerous themes that have become associated with totalitarian governments, the obvious message of the dangers of totalitarianism is plain to see. However, it would probably fall flat if the episode wasn’t backed by wonderful acting by Meredith and Weaver. Throw in another twist ending that is poetic and delightfully ironic, and you have another treat on your hands.

Then there’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, which was based on Richard Matheson’s short story of the same name, and directed by Richard Donner (yes, that Richard Donner), who went on to direct more episodes of the series. Starring William Shatner as Robert Wilson, this episode was remade for the Twilight Zone movie, and more recently, was parodied in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror IV Halloween episode (one of my favorites). Anyhoo, the story is that Robert Wilson is flying home after six months in a sanitarium after experiencing a mental breakdown on a previous flight. While en route on this flight, he encounters a horror that has him trying to save the plane from crashing. Shatner carries this episode, doing quite well at being frightened. It’s his expressions of abject horror that help drive the panic Robert Wilson is feeling. With an excellent supporting cast including Christine White and Ed Kemmer, the only real flaw is in Nick Cravat’s gremlin makeup. This was thankfully corrected in the movie version.

So, with all these classic episodes, are there any drawbacks? Well, anyone who has been keeping tabs on the series’ continued DVD and Blu-Ray releases, you’ll know that this is more or less a cash grab. The episodes, while presented intact, are just that and nothing more, leave you wanting to grab the full seasons. The individual seasons have been out on DVD for a good five years now, and the Blu-Ray versions have been out for only two years. Really, this set’s purpose is to hype the complete series boxset that’s already out, and to milk more money from the fans. If you’re a fan of the series and haven’t gotten any of sets, spring for the complete series boxset. You’ll get far more out of it rather than this sampler. If, however, you’ve never seen the Twilight Zone before, this two-disc set serves as a great (albeit barebones) introduction.

Video/Audio:
Presented in their original 4:3 full frame aspect ratio, the transfers look almost pristine. There are a few scratches, nicks and dirt, but the overall picture is clear and shows off some great detail, even for DVD.

Audio-wise, each episode is presented in its original mono track. Like the video transfer, the audio is top-notch, although given it’s origins, lacks the punch a stereo mix would have, but that’s okay. Dialogue is clear with no distortion, and music (notably Bernard Hermann’s) is also clear.

Extras:
Given that this is more or less a sampler set, there aren’t any extras.

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Bloody New Bunnyman Massacre Images Hit With a Splat

Dread Central - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:45

Several new stills from The Bunnyman Massacre have hit our inbox, and they definitively prove that blood red is the big guy's favorite color to dye your eggs with. I'm not sure why that sounds so dirty, but alas...

From the Press Release
Midnight Releasing is set to unleash the demented Bunnyman Massacre this August on DVD and VOD across North America. Additional information is forthcoming.

Also known as "Bunnyman 2", the film is a drastically improved sequel to the 2011 cult hit Bunnyman, which gained notoriety from a huge amount of press as well as being in heavy rotation on the cable TV channel Chiller.

The Bunnyman character was inspired by the true story of an axe-wielding man in a bunny suit who terrorized residents of Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1970. Going wild with that inspiration, writer/director Carl Lindbergh and his company, ANOC Productions, created and released Bunnyman in 2011. Despite mixed reviews, the film gained a sizable following and has been known to play back-to-back on the cable TV channel Chiller.

Bunnyman Massacre was completed in 2013, and it's obvious that the ANOC Productions crew took notes from the response to the first film. This one is leaps and bounds (pun intended) ahead of the original in all aspects, from the visual quality to the acting, direction, story, and horror elements. Bunnyman Massacre premiered on Chiller over Easter weekend this year.

If you like your horror served with heaps of gore, lots of kills, memorable characters, and dashes of nudity, humor, and general offensiveness, this film is certainly for you. And with a third installment in production, Carl Lindbergh's bloody and furry creation is on track for true horror franchise status.

"Inspired by the fans' requests, Bunnyman 2, aka The Bunnyman Massacre, was born," explains Lindbergh. "With Bunnyman 2 we were able to realize the potential of Bunnyman 1 and at the same time create a franchise that will continue with Bunnyman 3 (which is currently in production.) What I appreciate with The Bunnyman Massacre is that we were able to make a film that really stands apart from all the countless slasher films and deliver a film that is very unique."

Synopsis
The adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store.

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Hi-Res ‘The Guest’ Imagery Takes Aim!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:25

In addition to yesterday’s 80′s inspired trailer, Picturehouse sent us a batch of hi-res images from the Sundance hit The Guest (read our review), from the visionary team behind You’re Next: director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder. A September release is planned.

From the director and writer of V/H/S and V/H/S/2, “The film tells the story of a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible.

The Guest stars Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (“American Horror Story” and “Intelligence”).

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#SDCC14: Hannibal Is on the Menu for July 24th

Dread Central - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:15

Another fan favorite horror TV series has confirmed its presence at this year's SDCC with this simple sentence that landed in our inbox: "Hannibal" is on the menu once again at Comic-Con!

So far all we know is that the panel date is Thursday, July 24th, but we expect to be hearing more soon, including the participants (fingers crossed that Mads will make it this year!), so stay tuned.

The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con runs July 24-27 (Preview Night is July 23), and you can be sure Dread Central will be there in full force as usual.

Keep your eyes on the official SDCC website for more info and updates.

As for "Hannibal," be sure to visit "Hannibal" on NBC.com, "like" "Hannibal" on Facebook, and follow "Hannibal" on Twitter.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Trailer Reveals a Revenge Story

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:04

It’s back, and there’s imagery as well!

Originally Dracula: Year Zero, Universal Pictures has given Bloody the official first trailer and stills for Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, in theaters October 17, 2014. The trailer reveals a revenge story, where Luke Evans makes a deal with the Devil and uses the dark forces to battle even darker forces.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.

In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

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Here’s A Trailer for That ‘Fatal Frame’ Movie

bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:00

Unfortunately, it’s entirely in Japanese. This Fatal Frame will release exclusively in Japan (For those keeping count, between this and Fatal Frame IV, that’s Japan – 2, Rest of the World – 0) and star Seventeen magazine models Nakajo Ayami and Morikawa Aoi.

The film is based on the novel adaptation of the original game — or an adaptation of an adaptation, also known as ‘Fatal Frame-ception’ BAAAWWW (that was my phonetic interpretation of the Inception trailer sound) — and will be set in a dormitory where students start going missing. I do believe there’s something supernatural afoot…

Before you get too bummed out about its Japan exclusivity, you should know that this is one of two upcoming Fatal Frame films. The second will release some time after the new game that was announced a few months back.

The second live-action film is being handled by the fine folks in Hollywood, so we’ll eventually be getting our much-needed dose of spirit chicanery, we only need to be patient.

Between these two films, the upcoming game, and the new Zero manga, it seems as if the long-dormant Fatal Frame franchise will see a substantial resurgence in the very near future. Who’s excited?

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Exclusive Afflicted Deleted Scene Tests Your Reflexes

Dread Central - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:00

In anticipation of the official Blu-ray/DVD release of Derek Lee and Clif Prowse's truly killer vampire flick Afflicted (review), we have an exclusive deleted scene for you to wrap your heads around. Dig it!

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 runtime 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. The film won Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), and Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest and was the recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. AFFLICTED is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.

Special Features

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

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    ‘Nothing Bad Can Happen’ Clip: Don’t Piss Benno Off (Exclusive)

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:56

    Drafthouse Films just shared with Bloody an exclusive clip from Nothing Bad Can Happen, the acclaimed dark thriller now in Los Angeles theaters with a NYC release set for July 3rd.

    The film is said to be a brutal, unrelenting thriller from Germany, directed by Katrin Gebbe and based on a shocking true story. The clip shows you just how uncomfortable the film can be, with a kid being so terrifyingly afraid of his “surrogate father” that he prays for him not to get angry, which only makes him even more pissed off.

    Inspired by atrocious true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family curious to test his seemingly unwavering faith. After a chance encounter helping Benno, a stranded driver, and managing to help start his car again in what appears to be a miracle, Tore is invited back to Benno’s home and becomes friendly with him, his wife and two kids. Before long, Tore moves in and gradually becomes part of the family. However, Benno can’t resist playing a cruel game, designed to challenge Tore’s beliefs. As his trials become more and more extreme, Tore finds his capacity for love and resilience pushed to its limits, and beyond.

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    ‘Night Of The Demons’ And ‘Witchboard’ Coming To Vinyl This Year

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:30

    Player Two has entered the game! A new indie record label by the name of Lunaris Records has sprouted up and is already making waves by announcing the vinyl, CD, and cassette release of Night Of The Demons as well as a limited edition 7″ for Witchboard.

    This news came from director Kevin Tenney’s Facebook page, which stated:

    Hey, boys and girls. I can finally announce that Lunaris Records will be putting out a soundtrack CD of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS later this year, as well as good ol’ fashioned vinyl LPs and audio cassettes. In the meantime, they will be selling promo posters, Tee shirts, and post cards at Days Of The Dead Indy this weekend, as well as a special limited edition test pressing of the Witchboard soundtrack on a 7″ vinyl record, which has the opening theme and the end credit song on the A side, and a Witchboard design etched in the B side. What more could any horror fan want?

    Lunaris will also be releasing the soundtrack to Street Trash. More information will be posted once it is announced.

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    Survival Horror Is Alive and in No Need of a Savior

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:00

    We’ve all heard it, likely more than once. Horror games are dead and buried, waiting for the cyclical nature of the video games industry to reanimate it so the genre can claw itself from the grave for a glorious return. The problem is, horror games aren’t dead. In fact, this genre is not only alive, it’s producing some of the most exciting and innovative games we’ve ever seen.

    Now, I do realize that much of this “horror is dead” opinion is aimed at AAA horror, which has been lacking in terms of quantity lately.

    When you look at the state of Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dead Space — three horror franchises that have defined this genre for years — it’s easy to get the impression that things are bad. The reality of it is sometimes publishers lose their way.

    Capcom and EA wrongfully assumed we wanted more action, when it was actually the opposite, and with the gargantuan surge of interest in indie horror games like The Forest, Routine, and Among the Sleep, among a few dozen others, the industry’s major publishers are beginning to get the message.

    That message is “Horror can make you lots of $$$.”

    Granted, it’s not a great message, but it is one that these publishers are more likely to listen to than they have been the outcry of their communities. It’s a message that will inspire them to change their ways and produce the kinds of quality horror games that please both their fans and their shareholders.

    This can be seen in a number of upcoming releases, including Dying Light, which aims to give us the Dead Island experience fans have been clamoring for since the first game’s fantastic debut trailer. There’s also The Order: 1886, which has some very strong genre influences, Doom 4 — set to be revealed next month — and the teen slasher-inspired Until Dawn, which Sony promises hasn’t been cancelled. We also can’t forget about the promised next entries in the Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Fatal Frame series.

    All of the above is worth getting excited for, but it’s Alien: Isolation and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within that have the most to prove right now. If those games are successful, it could mark the beginning of a ridiculously exciting era for AAA horror. Things are already pretty great, but there’s always room for improvement.

    Thankfully, we don’t have too long of a wait (Isolation on Oct 7, The Evil Within on Oct 21) to see what kind of impact, if any, that these two games will have on the genre.

    Speaking of which, in case you haven’t heard, there are a lot of those to look forward to right now. Indie horror is where it’s at, currently, and my list of anticipated indies grows every day.

    Besides the quality of the releases we’re seeing — a few of which have sped past ‘impressive’ in favor of something closer to ‘mind-blowing’ — some of these games are tackling themes that are dark and personal, themes that can make you uncomfortable, but not in the sick, gross-out way.

    Remember when Silent Hill did that? When that series was known not just for its disturbing imagery, but for its mature storytelling? Suicide, incest, rape, infanticide — Silent Hill used to be a beacon of hope for anyone looking for a horror game for adults that didn’t involve buckets of gore or cheap jump scares.

    My favorite example of this is Matt Gilgenbach’s Neverending Nightmares, a psychological horror game that was inspired by Matt’s life-long struggle with mental illness, including depression and OCD. Even Among the Sleep touched on a deeply personal topic that will very likely resonate with certain people, including myself, though I’ll refrain from shedding too much light on it, as that will almost definitely ruin the ending. And we can’t forget about Fran Bow, which may be the first game in some time to offer a less stereotypical approach to institutionalized mental illness.

    We’re seeing a bit of this in bigger budget horror games too, such as Telltale’s The Walking Dead. If you haven’t played it yet, that series is an emotional roller coaster ride.

    All I’m saying is horror is here, it’s stronger than ever, and it’ll only get better as we go deeper into this new and exciting generation of consoles. The next time someone tells you horror is on its way out, I invite you to give them a gentleman’s slap across their ignorant face before you bid them farewell, because who needs that kind of negativity in their life?

    No one, that’s who.

    (Oh, and since I’ll almost definitely get chewed out for not mentioning one of any number of equally anticipated horror games we have on the way, here are a few more that prove horror is kicking hordes of zombie ass right now (and so no one attempts to kick mine): Dead Island 2, Frogware’s Call of Cthulhu reboot, Left 4 Dead 3 — it’ll happen, just be patient — SOMA, Monstrum, Killing Floor 2, HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Bloodborne, H1Z1, White Night, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and so many more)

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    Kan Wakan’s “Like I Need You” Video Has A Rather Fishy Twist

    bloody disgusting - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:46

    This is definitely not the normal style of music we cover on BD but the visuals certainly have a connection to the site, which is why this is going into The Further. Coming from rising indie group Kan Wakan, which has some similar stylings to Adele, Amy Winehouse, and similar, is their video for “Like I Need You”, which was directed by Young Replicant (Lorde, The XX).

    The story takes place over a single night and follows a drug deal, a forbidden romance, and an execution that doesn’t end up the way it was supposed to. Check it out below and make sure to snag the group’s album Moving On via iTunes.

    Categories: Horror News

    Steam Summer Sale Day 8: I’ve Been ‘Left 4 Dead’

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:41

    Have any money left? I don’t. I ran out days ago, and now I’m sitting here, unable to take further advantage of the deadly Steam Summer sale. It would probably be a good thing if I wasn’t feeling the shakes and sweats — both telltale signs of Steam Summer Sale withdrawl, which tends to follow Steam Summer Sale Fever. I’m in the late stages now, so it’s too late for me. But you, there’s hope for you yet.

    In case you missed its sale the first time around, Resident Evil 4 has again been discounted to $11.99 (40% off), and if you’re one of the five remaining people on this planet who don’t own a copy of Left 4 Dead 2, that’s been discounted to $4.99 (75% off).

    Other noteworthy non-horror deals include Dishonored for $4.99 (75% off) and Alice: Madness Returns for $4.99 (75% off).

    So if you have some cash that’s burning a hole in your wallet, you can always let Steam hold onto it!

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    New Pacific Rim Animated Series and Sequel Official

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:53

    Universal has finally officially confirmed a sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and we have a message regarding what's planned right here from the man himself. Read on for the goods, a video, and even a release date!

    According to del Toro things are ready to get cooking on two fronts. "From now until April 2017, we are going to develop a new animated series for Pacific Rim [to] continue the comic book series that we started with Year Zero and, most importantly, creating a sequel for the film," says del Toro via the below video, which appeared on Legendary's YouTube channel.

    "I'm working on this with Zak Penn and Travis Beacham, and we're all very happy to be bringing you more Kaijus, more Jaegers kicking each other's butt!"

    Pacific Rim 2, the next chapter of the epic action-adventure, will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on April 7, 2017.

    Look for more soon!

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    ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Officially Announced!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:44

    Despite a soft box office take in the US, we are officially getting a sequel to the super fun Pacific Rim (you can thank the film’s worldwide take of $400 Million and probably some decent ancillaries for this good news). The last we heard Pacific Rim 2 was just a glimmer in Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham’s eye – they were informally developing the sequel back in October – but now things are official.

    The Legendary production is switching studios from Warner Bros. to Universal, per Variety. Zak Penn (The Avengers) taking over scripting duties from Beacham. Del Toro will of course direct. This isn’t the first Del Toro sequel to switch homes, Hellboy 2 moved from Sony to Universal back in 2008.

    Universal has even announced a release date! April 7th 2017! Seems legit!

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