Apes Get Armed in a New Behind-the-Scenes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Image

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:55

We're just a few months away from the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which means that a whole lot of goodies will soon be coming our way to gear us up for the epic simian smackdown. Speaking of which, we've got one of those goodies for ya today so read on!

Empire has just scored an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, which peels back the curtain and shows the motion-capture magic in action. Toby Kebbell's alpha ape, Koba, rip-roars his way through a scene at the Ape Village in the awesome shot. Dig it!

Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species

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See Several Sneak Peeks of The Following Episode 2.10 - Teacher's Pet

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:53

After tonight's episode of "The Following," we'll be two thirds of the way through this season, and we're anxious to see the fallout from last week's reveal as Season 2 wraps up. If you are also, here are four sneak peeks of what's ahead in "Teacher's Pet."

"The Following" Episode 2.10 - "Teacher's Pet" (3/24/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/29/14, 9-10PM)
RYAN HARDY COMES ONE STEP CLOSER TO JOE CARROLL -- As his power over the Korban cult grows, Joe sets a deadly plan in action using new acolytes to carry out his demands.

Meanwhile, Ryan and Max devise a plan to contact Joe in hopes of tracking down his whereabouts, and Weston meets with a face from the past

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang

Guest Cast: Shane McRae as Robert; Sprague Grayden as Carrie Cooke; Emily Kinney as Mallory; Josh Salatin as Lucas; Theo Stockman as Patrick; Mackenzie Marsh as Tilda; Felix Solis as Agent Clarke; Gregg Henry as Dr. Strauss; Pico Alexander as Young Joe; John Lafayette as Captain Turner

Related Story: Revisit the Scene of the Crime with this Look at The Resurrection of The Following's Joe Carroll

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New Rosemary's Baby Stills Reveal the Calm Before the Satanic Storm

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:50

NBC has released a pair of new stills from its reimagined "Rosemary's Baby," and they depict the happier moments of Rosemary's soon to be thrown into a Satan-fueled shitstorm of a life! Check 'em out!

The four-hour "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, is being directed by Agnieska Holland (In Darkness, "Treme"). Look for it sometime this summer.

It stars Zoe Saldana as Rosemary; Patrick J. Adams as her husband, Guy; Jason Isaacs as warlock/coven-leader Roman Castevet; Carole Bouquet as Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary; and Christina Cole as Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend.

"Rosemary’s Baby," produced by Lionsgate TV, is set in Paris. It was penned by Scott Abbott and James Wong and is exec produced by Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin, and David Stern with Saldana, Cisely Saldana, and Mariel Saldana producing.

Related News: NBC Unveils its First Promo Teaser for Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary and her husband, Guy, move into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both Guy and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

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First Two Stars Take Up Residence in Amityville House

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:43

At the tail end of last week, we learned that Dimension Films/Blumhouse Productions had tapped a director for their upcoming Amityville movie, bringing Maniac remake helmer Franck Khalfoun into the infamous house.

Now we've got the very first casting details for the flick, formerly titled The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. Read on!

First up, our friends over on Bloody Disgusting broke the news over the weekend that Jennifer Jason Leigh (pictured) will topline the film, set to star as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history.

The Wrap reports today that Disney Channel star Bella Thorne is also on board, likely being cast as one of Joan's three kids.

Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped as the format appears to have fallen out of favor with discerning genre fans. Amityville remains scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.

Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala co-wrote the script and are expected to produce with Jason Blum of hit factory Blumhouse.

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'Diablo III' In Development For Xbox One, Not Official Yet

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:38

When Blizzard announced their plans to bring Diablo III to PlayStation 4, many Xbox fans were left wondering whether or not it’d also make its way to Microsoft’s new console. It seems like a no-brainer, but it sounds like the situation is a wee bit more complicated than that.

Though the Ultimate Evil Edition — which bundles Diablo III with its Reaper of Souls expansion — has only been confirmed for PS4, Blizzard is working on an Xbox One version too. Whether or not it releases however, is up to a pending contract with Microsoft.

This news comes from a chat with VideoGamer, where producer Alex Mayberry said “we are developing for Xbox [One] and PS4 simultaneously.

“I don’t know where we are with Microsoft right now so I can’t really comment on what that contract looks like.” he added.

If own the PC or Mac version of Diablo III, I hope you’re preparing for the arrival of Reaper of Souls. It releases tomorrow!

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Latest Penny Dreadful Teaser Stitches Things Together; See Two New Character Profiles

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:36

Eva Green is certainly riding high right now with 300: Rise of an Empire doing boffo box office and "Penny Dreadful" about to debut. Learn more about her "Dreadful" character, Vanessa Ives, along with Josh Hartnett's, Ethan Chandler.

In addition to the two character profiles mentioned above, Showtime has also released a new promo teaser for the show, entitled "Stitched." See it below.

"Penny Dreadful" is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10PM ET/PT.

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.

"Penny Dreadful" is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, "Call the Midwife"). Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directs the first two episodes.

Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. "PENNY DREADFUL" is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

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Ryan Murphy Confirms - American Horror Story: Freak Show

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:35

"American Horror Story" writer Douglas Petrie was recently interviewed on the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast, where he revealed that a carnival theme was next on their macabre menu. Today Ryan Murphy confirmed with a new title... "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

The news came via his Twitter account. Earlier this year creator Ryan Murphy hinted that Season 4 will take place in two different time periods, mainly set in the 1950s, which is the only other piece of information we really know about the season thus far.

Last we heard, Jessica Lange will be returning for one more go at it, and both Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have also recently expressed interest in returning.

More as we learn it!

For more info in the meantime, visit the show's Facebook page and Twitter feed along with "American Horror Story" on FX.


— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2014

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'October Faction' Makes Every Month Halloween!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:27

Steve Niles and Damien Worm have been pairing up a lot recently on projects like “Monster & Madman”, their “In The Dark” short story, and now “October Faction”. The ongoing series from IDW Publishing follows the grim story of the Allan family and the patriarch, Frederick, a retired monster hunter. Niles says, “October Faction will be Halloween every month if Damien and I have anything to say about it”.

Looks like another hit horror series for Niles. No release date has been set, but you can take a gander at the nice teaser/cover art below.

From the press release:

San Diego, CA (March 21, 2014) – It is said that no two families are alike, but never has that been more true than in the case of the Allan family, the subject of Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s new IDW ongoing series, The October Faction.

“The lead character is Fredrick Allan, a retired monster hunter who is now teaching Monsters & Mythology while he hides from 30 years of enemies. His heyday was in the 70′s, so October Faction will flashback to those 70′s monster hunting days,” said series writer Niles, “The main thread is about this man who is trying to get to know his family for the first time ever. Unfortunately, while he has neglected his wife she’s become a pill-popping thrill-killer. His two children, just turned 19 and 20, are starting to piece together who their father is and also whether or not he is their real father.”

“After writing mini-series for the better part of 25 years, I am thrilled to be writing a monthly ongoing and all the more thrilled it’s with IDW,” added Niles, “October Faction will be Halloween every month if Damien and I have anything to say about it.”

Steve Niles is credited as one of the contemporary writers that brought horror comics back to prominence with works such as 30 Days of Night, which was also made into a major motion picture. He is currently collaborating with another horror legend, Bernie Wrightson on Frankenstein Alive! Alive! and Damien Worm on Monster & Madman, both from IDW.

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Has a Trailer for New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:21

Tomorrow, at the beach, we meet… over and over again.

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Pictures shared this short teaser trailer for the new full trailer of Edge of Tomorrow, repeating itself over and over tomorrow.

The initial teaser already looked crazy awesome, with both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring in the pic that “unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (Aliens, HBO’s “Big Love), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Noah Taylor (Lawless), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II), Charlotte Riley (World Without End), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Masayoshi Haneda (Emperor) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Liman is directing Edge of Tomorrow from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

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New Trailer Coming for Edge of Tomorrow; See the Teaser Now!

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:17

We've been talking about Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow for quite some time although we haven't heard much about it lately. That all changes tomorrow, March 25th, with the release of a new trailer, and right now you can watch a teaser of what's coming.

The Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures sci-fi thriller is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

The screenplay was written by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie, and Joby Harold.

Check back tomorrow for the full trailer, and look for the film in theatres on June 6, 2014.

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

For more info visit the official Edge of Tomorrow website and "like" Edge of Tomorrow on Facebook. If you're a tweeter, be sure to use the hashtag #LiveDieRepeat.

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Latest L.A. Slasher Poster Has its Way with a Hollywood Icon

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:00

On tap right now is a brand spanking new one-sheet for the upcoming flick L.A. Slasher that proves that after blondes have more fun, they usually end up tied to a chair and gutted. Such is life in the City of Angels.

From the Press Release
The buzzed about feature film L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), has recently completed post-production and is currently available for distribution. 

L.A. Slasher sports an eclectic cast: Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (WWE superstar, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”).

Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. It is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. L.A. Slasher explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. 

Says producer Wright, “We are very optimistic about the commercial success of L.A. Slasher, given the explosion of Twitter and Facebook followers on our social media platforms. It's pretty amazing." 

Sollinger adds, “The L.A. Slasher is a character that everyone can relate to. He is angry and frustrated with the often toxic role celebrity plays in our society.”

Added writer and director Owen, “We are putting a funhouse mirror up to fame. The movie is vibrant and exciting, and I know whoever sees it will be changed.”

Using a meta casting angle which taps into pop culture zeitgeist, Mischa Barton plays a washed-up Actress, while Eric Roberts’ character is a Mayor who deals with a substance abuse problem. Porn star Tori Black is a Teen Mom who is the victim of “accidentally” released sex tapes, while teen crooner Drake Bell plays a teen Pop Star who spits in the face of his fans.

Riffing on familiar television/film tropes, Brooke Hogan also appears as a Reality TV Star along with a Socialite (portrayed by Korrina Rico), an Heiress (Elizabeth Morris), and real life scream queens Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Allison Kyler (Laid to Rest), and Carlee Baker (The Woman) portraying themselves. Actress Marisa Lauren appears as a Stripper with ambitions of fame, and Abigail Wright plays a Reporter trying to make sense of it all.

While we await distribution news on the film, we have found an L.A. Slasher social presence on Twitter (@LA_Slasher) and on Facebook.

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[Exclusive] Preview: Steve Niles & Damien Worm's 'In The Dark' Short

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:58

This April sees the release of the hotly anticipated anthology, “In The Dark,” put together by horror aficionado Rachel Deering who toiled for many sleepless nights to bring her dream project to life. You best preorder this before Rachel curses you (order code FEB140452). Seriously, I think she might be a witch. The book will be printed and distributed by IDW Publishing.

“In The Dark” boasts an incredible lineup of creators, all delivering their unique spin on the horror genre. Check out the full list of contributors below. We’ve also got an exclusive look Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s short tale, “When The Rain Comes”.

A message from Rachel Deering:

PLEASE get to your LCS and put in an order for your copy of In the Dark. http://t.co/luJkvbHTmk Pre-order numbers are insanely important!

— Rachel Deering (@racheldeering) March 19, 2014

The Writers:
SCOTT SNYDER – Batman, American Vampire, The Wake
STEVE NILES – 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society
JUSTIN JORDAN – Luther Strode, Shadowman, New Guardians
CULLEN BUNN – The Sixth Gun, Helheim, Deadpool
PAUL TOBIN – Colder, Conan, Bandette
DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI – Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Birds of Prey
TOM TAYLOR – Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars, Batman
TIM SEELEY – Hack/Slash, Revival, The Occultist
MARGUERITE BENNETT – Batman, Lobo, Batgirl
BRIAN KEENE – The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol, Masters of the Universe
CHRISTOPHER SEBELA – Ghost, High Crimes, Captain Marvel
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Hellboy, Dr. Who, Sandman Mystery Theatre
JAMES TYNION IV – Batman, Red Hood, Talon
SEAN E. WILLIAMS – Fairest, Artful Daggers
JODY LEHEUP – Uncanny X-Force, Quantum and Woody, Strange Tales
ED BRISSON – Comeback, Sheltered, Secret Avengers
MIKE OLIVERI – Deadliest of the Species, The Pack, 4×4
NATE SOUTHARD – Down, Lights Out, Scavengers

The Artists:
DECLAN SHALVEY – Deadpool, Conan, Venom
TRADD MOORE – Luther Strode, Deadpool, Batman
DALIBOR TALAJIC – Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Tomb of Dracula, Dexter
TYLER JENKINS – Peter Panzerfaust
DAMIEN WORM – Monster & Madman
ANDY BELANGER – Swamp Thing, Kill Shakespeare, Black Church
ROBERT WILSON IV – Knuckleheads, Like A Virus
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Hellboy, Dr. Who, October Girl
MARC LAMING – Planet of the Apes, The Activity, King’s Watch
CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE – Super 8, True Grit, Porcelain
DOUGLAS HOLGATE – Case Files 13, Flight, Zinc Alloy
BRIAN LEVEL – X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Brothers James
CHRISTIAN DIBARI – Anathema, Sebastian Hawks, Ghost Cop
MIKE HENDERSON – Masks & Mobsters, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man
MACK CHATER – Ubisoft, Earp, Ashes
ALISON SAMPSON – Outlaw Territory, Spera, Porcelain
JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER – Fubar, Imaginary Drugs
DREW MOSS – The Colonized, Baku, Zombies vs. Robots
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT – Halloween Legion, Zeke Deadwood
DAVID JAMES COLE – Birds of Prey, Star Wars, Dragonlance
ERYK DONOVAN -Super Mario Bros. 2, Dust
TADD GALUSHA – The Backwoods

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Rest in Peace Dave Brockie / Oderus Urungus

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:57

The world lost an amazing person today. Some truly shocking and tragic news is coming out of Virginia as GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) has passed on at the all too early age of just 50 years old.

According to MSN, officers were called to Brockie's home Sunday evening (March 23rd) and found the singer dead inside, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Monday. Detectives don't suspect foul play at this time, and the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, Waugh said.

The band, founded in 1984, is best known for its members' high-profile costumes and stage theatrics, but beneath it all they had a strong message and were anything but shy in terms of getting it out there and shouting it from the hilltops. Brockie was also a staple of the Adam Green and Joe Lynch show for FEARnet, "Holliston," in which Brockie as Oderus played Adam's friend and confidante.

Having met Dave a few times, I can honestly say he was one of the coolest and nicest guys we've run across in this crazy and at times ass-backwards business. He will be missed sorely by his friends, family, bandmates, and fans across the world. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to all.

Thank you, Dave... may you forever rock on, my brother! Horns held high.

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Check This Band Out: M. Akers

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:57

It’s Monday and I want to give you some music to tide you over for the rest of the week. That’s why I’m bringing your Pullman, WA by way of Detroit, MI horror synth artist M. Akers. Full of analog electronic goodness, these tracks are sure to tickle the fancy of fans of Goblin, John Carpenter, and similar. Below are streams of A History Of Arson as well as the unused score for La Puntura Velenosa Delle Notte (roughly translated as Poison Sting Of The Night).

Head on down to enjoy!

A History Of Arson by M. Akers

Unused Score For "La Puntura Velenosa Delle Notte" by M. Akers

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The Horror FPS Game 'Betrayer' Arrived On Steam Today

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:43

The atmospheric first person shooter game Betrayer has left Steam Early Access today in favor of something a little more official. From Blackpowder Games, a brand new studio comprised of former Monolith devs (FEAR, Condemned), Betrayer takes us to a big open world brimming with horrors.

This is a game that doesn’t hold your hand. Like Dark Souls, it offers some guidance but leaves the learning up to you. I’ve spent a few hours with it already, you can expect my review in the very near future. Until then, why don’t you enjoy this launch trailer.

You can grab Betrayer on Steam for $17.99 (10% off).

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See One More Clip and a Pair of Images from The Walking Dead Episode 4.16 - A

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:20

The rumor mill is in overdrive as we approach the Season 4 finale of "The Walking Dead." Is Terminus filled with cannibals? Is Jeff Kober's character really Negan? Is Rick going to die? Your guess is as good as ours...

And while we all wait to find out the answers, here are a couple of photos from and another sneak peek of Episode 4.16, "A."

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.16 - "A" (airs 3/30/14)
Many paths collide; Rick (Lincoln) faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive. Directed by Michelle MacLaren; written by Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang.

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

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[Interview] Jonathan Ross Goes Grindhouse & NSFW With 'Revenge'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:20

Image Comics new horror series “Revenge” by writer Jonathan Ross (“Turf”, “America’s Got Powers”) and artist Ian Churchill (“Cable”, “The Coven”) is unexpectedly insane. Most people would expect the creative duo to produce a superhero tale, but instead they are turning in a twisted revenge tale that overflows with sex, violence, and sheer brutality. “Revenge” is a book that revels in the trauma that it causes readers who are depraved enough to open its pages.

The book centers around Griffin Franks, a washed up action star that has seen his stardom slowly fade away with age. Franks decides his only option is to undergo a risky surgical procedure that will make him look decades younger. During the surgery things go completely awry Franks is stuck paying for his past transgressions in a very grotesque Grindhouse manner.

Bloody-Disgusting caught up with writer Jonathan Ross just prior to the release of “Revenge” #2, which hits stores this week, to talk about his twisted and downright vile horror series.

Bloody-Disgusting: You’ve written a couple series for Image Comics now, but you’ve never really dabbled in the horror genre prior to this. What was it about the horror world that was appealing to you as a creator? Were you always a horror fan?

Jonathan Ross: Yes. Always have been, always will be. As a kid I loved the “Pan Book of Horror” series, and would devour any horror anthologies I could find. My parents bought me a collection of stories by Algernon Blackwood that I loved. Then in the ‘80s, I discovered Clive Barker, James Herbert and Ramsey Campbell, and of course Shaun Hutson. I have always loved horror films. In fact, one of the things that my wife and I bonded over way back when we first met was horror. I had been sent a copy of re-Animator to watch and I lured her back to my flat with it!

BD: Reading the first issue #1 of “Revenge”, this book feels a Grindhouse movie than a comic book. Were you striving to give it that kind of feel or did it simply come out that way?

JR: Very much so. I have a lot of affection for the sleazier end of exploitation cinema. In the ’70s movies like “Mr. No Legs”, and even the outrageous “Enema Bandit” had short lived theatrical releases. I miss that kind of stuff, even if you does make you feel like you need a shower after watching it. This is sort of an homage to them, but I actually held back in the sleaze a bit, because I think when it’s an image in a comic book it has a more lasting impact then a fleeting moving shot in a movie.

BD: The protagonist of this book Griffin Franks does some despicable things in this first issue. Is it hard to write a lead character that is somewhat deeply flawed or is that what makes it compelling for you as a writer?

JR: I have much more fun trying to imagine shitty people then good ones. And normally even complete dicks have a way of justifying their behaviour. But villains of course are always more compelling. Take a look at the Thor films. Who do you want to see on screen, Thor or Loki? It’s Loki every time….

BD: It’s been said that the best writers put a little bit of themselves and their own experiences into the characters. Was any of Griffin Franks back-story inspired by any of your own experiences in Hollywood and the entertainment industry?

JR: Not really; I just like the milieu a lot, and I met and interviewed Stallone last time he was in town, he’s a super lovely guy by the way, and in no way an inspiration for anyone in this book, but I margined what it would have been like to have just the littlest bite of the cherry that is success and spend decades craving more. That’s the need that drives Griffin at the beginning of the story.

BD: You are working with Ian Churchill on this book, while is just coming off working on his all-ages book “Marine Man”. How did you manage to talk him into illustrating the most depraved and disgusting book of his career on “Revenge”?

JR: Ian has done a remarkable, brilliant, awe-inspiring job. He’s also incredibly easy to work with and we’ve had a lot of fun together. I think he really relished the chance to stretch his creative muscles in a different direction. But it’s kind of weird when we are signing at conventions and we have to keep “Revenge” as far away from “Marine Man” as possible!!

BD: Ian’s splash page with the face being ripped off should make year-end lists for most insane page. Was there ever a moment where you thought maybe the violence might be a too much, or were you trying to push things to the limit?

JR: Well, it was scripted just like that but Ian took it to another level. In fact, there is an earlier version of that splash that was great, but then he redrew it for maximum impact. All of the same components are there, every last one, but it’s the size and angle of the main image that he worked on and its much better. I just wanted a very bold strong crazy image right up front so people would know where we were heading. I love that splash and it’s kind of why I love comics; it’s just crazy over the top fun.

BD: Issue #1 sold-out almost instantly the day it went on sale. Is it frustrating as a creator to have a book sell-out so quick and know that more copies should have been printed, or is it rewarding to know that your book is reacting with comic readers?

JR: It’s neither really. We just try to make something that we would like to read and hope others will too. But it’s a crowded market place so you go out there conservatively when it comes to print runs. No one wants to get stuck with a warehouse full of mouldy unsold comic books! The nice thing is that it does seem to have clicked with a lot of people, and Ian had already drawn that fabulous homage to 1970′s Marvel cover that we were holding onto, which is now the cover to the second print of book one. But it’s a pragmatic, supply and demand equation so I try not to take it personally too much either way! I just want to try and write fun exciting comics.

BD: Give us some insight into where the series is heading with issue #2 and beyond. What can readers expect?

JR: Well it starts to get weird. Griffin breaks out of his tank and out of the drug paralysis they have him in, with help from Ignacio, the put upon dwarf with horns, but he needs skin to cover his bleeding skinned face, and there isn’t any spare laying around, so they opt for a radical short term solution. People will either think we have gone completely nuts or really love it I think. I love it, and again, Ian has turned in some incredible pages. So hope you stick with it for the big, gruesome twists in Book three and the somewhat stomach-churning finale in Book 4!!

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[TV] "American Horror Story" Reveals Its Season 4 Title!!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:49

Last week ago series writer Douglas Petrie revealed that the overall arc for the fourth season of FX’s “American Horror Story” would take place at a carnival. “We just started season 4,” Petrie stated on the cast before confirming that the setting will in fact be carnival-themed, “Yes, it does not have a title. That’s the idea, very roughly that’s the idea.

But that not having a title thing changed quickly, as series creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that it will be called “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. The only other details at this time is that the series will take place in the 1950s and that Jessica Lange will return with a German accent. It will be her last appearance on the series.

As with every other season of AHS, “Freak Show” will debut on FX in October.

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'Underworld: Next Generation' In Development (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:36

With the introduction of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve (pictured above; India Eisley), in the 2012 Underworld: Awakening, Screen Gems passed the torch to another star in hopes of continuing the franchise.

After a decade-long battle between vampires and werewolves, like it or not, the Underworld franchise is legit. After four successful films, I’m told by my studio Intel that Screen Gems is actively developing the fifth, currently titled Underworld: Next Generation.

While the title could change by the time they go into production, right now they’re seeking a writer and director for the fifth film, although Len Wiseman remains producer. It’s also unclear what direction they will be going as Beckeisale is not attached yet, officially. Hence the title, Next Generation, it’s implied that the new film will follow Eve as the film’s protagonist.

Again, since a director and writer have yet to be assigned, things could change. But in the early stages of development, this is where the studio hopes to take the franchise come 2015.

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Life Of Agony Announce First Stage Performance Since Singer's Transformation

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:07

Hard rock group Life Of Agony have announced that they will be performing at Belgium’s Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival on August 8th. This will be the band’s first stage performance since 2011, when singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender. The lineup will feature guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Sal Abruscato (A Pale Horse Named Death), which the lineup of the band’s River Runs Red album.

Robert comments, “We’ve helped so many people around the world cope with their emotional struggles through our music, it was time to get back out there. Our songs connect with people on an emotional level because they were written out of real pain and hardship. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, blue, green, gay, straight, trans or whatever. Our fans know it comes from a real place and have stood by us. We’ve always worn our hearts on our sleeves. That is just who we are and that is something that will never change.

More information on the Belgium Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival can be found here or at the band’s official website.

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