[Fantastic Fest '14 Review] ‘ABCs of Death 2′ Is Sick, Twisted Fun!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:50

Reviewed by Jay Hawkinson

If you’ve seen the first ABCs of Death (2012) then you know what to expect from ABCs of Death 2 (2014), which had its world premiere at the ongoing Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Applying the same format, a horror-tinged short film for each letter of the alphabet done by a different director, ABCs of Death 2 is a tighter, more consistent follow-up that is less the mixed bag of the first film and a hell of a lot more fun. Sick, twisted fun.

Kicking off with “A for Amateur,” directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the dark humorous tone is established. His short was also an audience favorite, which is saying a lot with the level of quality on display; pulsating music over the glossy, gross underbelly of Los Angeles, Katz maneuvers an assassin in for the kill. However, things don’t go as planned leading to a rather unexpected and hilarious outcome.

The bar is set high from the beginning. Framed within a grim children’s book (the opening credits sequence is a delight, watching animated teachers slice off body parts of their pupils), this loose anthology of sorts follows that lead, in which nearly all the directing teams step up to the task. From killer animals to beheadings gone wrong and home invasion, ABCs of Death 2 covers a lot of ground without ever reducing to the toilet humor found in the first installment (which apparently was one of the ‘new’ mandates thrown down by producer Ant Timpson, “No more fart jokes”).

Clearly, these directors accepted that challenge and rose above it. The contest winner, “M is for Masticate,” directed by Robert Boocheck, was viewable online and yet works even better on the big screen. The letter Y, by VFX artist and first time director Soichi Umezawa, was a late entry after another director dropped out. Older by a few years, this creative short still fit in perfectly with the rest and is another standout.

Other highlights include the segment by Bruno Samper and Kristina Buozyte, the writing and directing team behind Vanishing Waves (2012), a previous festival darling, and Jerome Sable (Stage Fright) turns in a wicked “get what you deserve, Brodude” short for the letter V. The man behind Astron 6, Steven Kostanski, doesn’t disappoint with another audience favorite that’s basically a toy commercial that becomes reality. Directors Jim Hosking and Chris Nash each file comical, yet grotesque segments about becoming someone you’re not. They couldn’t be more different in approach but both are unforgettable.

Like the initial ABCs of Death movie, plenty of festival favorite directors are included, but give a hat tip to producer Tim League & Co. for the international flavor. From Canada to Israel, Lithuania to Spain and more, distinct voices and countries are represented. Not every segment is a knockout but there are easily more hits here than misses. Whether you saw the first movie or not, ABCs of Death 2 brings something new to the table that makes it worth seeing.

Surprising no one, a third film is teased at in the end credits…

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Sergey Kuznetsov’s Top 13 Serial Killer Movies!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:52

Sergey Kuzentsov’s debut novel from Titan Publishing Butterfly Skin, hits on September 23rd, and to celebrate the release of this chilling serial killer story, we have the author himself here to give us a list of his top 13 serial killer films. In Butterfly Skin, Moscow is plagued with a series of gruesome murders. Ksenia, an ambitious young editor in the news department of a small but influential online journal decides to track down the serial killer, devising an elaborate website to entrap him and thereby boost her company’s profile. She soon realises, however, that her obsession with the psychopath reflects something more deeply disturbing: her own unconscious mixture of horror and fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders.

Through his riveting plot and singular characters, Sergey Kuznetsov explores the sometimes pathological fallout resulting from our instant connectivity in the emerging world of emails, facebook, twitter, and other forms of electronic “intimacy.” The novel has enjoyed a cult following in Russia.

I couldn’t be more overjoyed to share this with you, so without further adieu, here it is:

Many years ago I used to be a movie critic, so when I wrote my novel Butterfly Skin, a story about violence, love and mass-media, by force of habit I referred to many movies. The most important for me were Aliens and Last Tango in Paris, however my characters mostly spoke about serial killers movies — because of the issues and the plot of the novel. While there were Hollywood movies such as Natural Born Killers and Silence of the Lambs, I later realized that my favorite serial killer films were from areas outside the English-language. So, I’m glad to introduce the readers of Bloody Disgusting my personal list of the top 13 serial killers films which need subtitles for the US audience.

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‘Scarecrow’ Highlights Unbroken Pictures’ Massive Film Slate

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:22

Sony’s Screen Gems has bought Mike Scannell’s horror-thriller Scarecrow with horror specialist Unbroken Pictures producing, Variety reports.

Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s The Strangers, and Adrienne Biddle are producing through their Unbroken Pictures banner.

Unbroken is currently in pre-production on There Are Monsters with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script.

It’s also developing supernatural horror movie February with Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts attached and supernatural thriller Stephanie with Blumhouse and The Gotham Group with Akiva Goldsman directing.

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Cub (2014)

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 20:10

Starring Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Jan Hammenecker, Maurice Luijten

Directed by Jonas Govaerts

Many still believe that the French horror phenomenon is responsible for the most twisted and vicious genre films in the past decade, although Belgium is surely giving France a run for its money with the advent of a new wave of depraved horror films.

First-time director Jonas Govaerts only supports this fact as his first feature, Cub, puts a brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare.

After the film’s creepy and at first misleading prologue, viewers are introduced to Sam (Luijten), an introverted twelve-year-old on the way to a camping trip with his fellow cub scouts and three teenage camp counselors. When a mishap with two bullies reroutes the group further into the woods, the counselors try scaring the boy scouts with a campfire tale about Kai, a werewolf rumoured to be stalking its prey in those very woods.

When the impressionable Sam runs into a savage young boy wearing a mask, he is convinced he has found the real Kai and is promptly ridiculed for his theory. Although the boy is not a mythical beast, the threat of something sinister brewing in the air is very much real as the group is being stalked by a flesh and blood skilled and patient killer, and Sam quickly realizes that the legend of Kai is the least of his worries.

One of the things that makes Cub stand out from the archetypal “slasher in the woods” movie is its usage of its supporting characters. Like a majority of slashers, the supporting characters exist simply to pad the numbers. However, what makes them unique from regular slashers is that besides one villainous character, none of them are particularly unlikable. For instance, in Cub, not all of the camp counselors are horny wing bats, and the one female counselor who is, is actually the film’s most empathetic character. By making the minor characters less detestable, it makes the nihilistic events to follow that much more shocking to watch, and be warned: This is not a film for the easily offended.

Govaerts also succeeds in displaying the most inventive set-pieces in a camp horror film since Severance. The fatal booby traps that the members of the group fall victim to one-by-one are particularly well thought-out and will invoke cheers from the audience.

On the downside, Cub loses its momentum and falls apart in its final act, when it inexplicably turns into a generic and over-the-top slasher and ends with mediocre results. This wouldn’t be such a disappointment if the acts that preceded the finale weren’t full of enjoyable, yet sadistic moments.

Cub may end on a weak note; however, director Jonas Govaerts still manages to take a generic plot and deliver a solid horror experience by taking his viewers on a dark and unexpected ride through the woods.

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An Itsy Bitsy Tusk Clip Climbs Up the Water Spout

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:47

In a year filled with one mediocre flick after the other, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is a breath of maniacally fresh air and will stand proudly on my top 5 of the year list. If it’s playing near you, SEE IT! If not… dig this clip!

Tusk (review), written and directed by Kevin Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ’s Nate Bolotin are executive producers.

Look for the flick in theatres NOW.

For more info visit the official Tusk website, “like” Tusk on Facebook, check out Tusk on Instagram, and follow @Tusk_TheMovie on Twitter using the hashtag #WalrusYes.

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Exclusive: Camille Keaton BACK for First Official I Spit On Your Grave Sequel

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:24

Following up on this morning’s news, Dread Central has learned exclusively that Camille Keaton, who played Jennifer in Meir Zarchi’s 1978 cult classic I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman), will be starring in the next film.

The project is now titled I Spit on Your Grave – Deja-vu and, as it turns out, is an actual sequel written by Zarchi that shares characters as well as continuity with his original 1978 cult classic Day of the Woman, aka I Spit on Your Grave. Chad Ferrin and Terry Zarchi are producing with Meir once again directing.

The project has nothing to do with CineTel Films or Anchor Bay.

Stay tuned for more as it comes.

Following her rape, Jennifer Hills wrote a best-selling account of her ordeal and of the controversial trial in which she was accused of taking the law into her own hands and brutally killing her assailants. In the small town where the rape and revenge took place, the relatives of the four rapists she killed are furious that the court declared her not guilty and resolve to take justice into their own hands.

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Amityville: The Awakening and James Wan’s Demonic Fall Victim to Indefinite Delays

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:58

Well then. We can’t say we saw this one coming.

Respectively scheduled for release in late 2014 and early 2015, both the James Wan-produced Demonic and franchise reboot Amityville: The Awakening have unexpectedly been pulled from release by TWC-Dimension, and at the moment it doesn’t look like there are any set future plans for either film.

December 12th of this year was the planned date for Demonic, starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo. The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question one of the few survivors, who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.

As for Amityville: The Awakening, that one was slated for release on January 2, 2015. In the Frank Khalfoun-directed film, Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother, Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh), in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

While we wait for news about new dates, you can check out the trailer for Amityville: The Awakening below.  

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 153: Phantogram “Don’t Move”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:30

We feature a lot of metal videos on the Twisted Music Video Of The Week series, so this week we’re going into a different genre, one that’s a little more relaxing. That’s why we’re featuring “hazy dream pop” duo Phantogram and their video for “Don’t Move”, which is shot almost like a Dario Argento film, using beautiful and colorful lighting (a lá Suspiria) along with dreamlike vignettes to create an atmospheric and haunting video.

The song can be downloaded for free right here and you can purchase the album from Barsuk Records.

Phantogram online:
Official Website

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[Album Review] Myrkur ‘Myrkur’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:38

I remember a few months ago when I was sent a press release describing a one-woman Danish metal band by the name of Myrkur. Now, even without my belief that women are underrepresented in metal, that alone would’ve been enough to pique my interest. But upon hearing the track, “Nattens Barn”, I was immediately hooked not by the personnel but by the music itself.

Much like Russian CirclesMemorial, there was a cold beauty about the song, calling to mind an endless horizon of glaciers, majestic yet dangerous.

And that was my mindset upon entering Myrkur, my opportunity to hear the full album in one journey.

Myrkur by Myrkur

The album opens innocently enough with “Ravnens Banner”, ethereal vocals that call to mind a choir in a medieval church, light streaming through stained glass windows. It all comes crashing down in a moment as the black metal aspect of the album takes over, drums punching through the mix of hazy, raspy distorted guitars. The track ends by combining the beauty and the rage that were previously separate.

“Frosne Vind”, the next track, sounds like it is a reimagining of “Greensleeves”, creating a lovely waltz that once again showcases the glorious vocal harmonies that this album thrives off of.

These two tracks embody the spirit of the album, some tracks focusing on metal while others focus on acoustic tones.

The atmosphere and images that kept coming to mind as I listened to Myrkur were those of foggy forests, ancient stone castles, winter nights where snowflakes swirled and danced in the moonlight.

While the album is beautiful and ofttimes wondrous, it feels like it never reaches its full potential. I can hear the hunger in this music but the bite wasn’t as fierce as I wanted. A little more risk, a little more daring, and the songs would’ve been stunners, aural journeys that took one’s breath away.

Additionally, a journey is meant to have valleys and peaks, each offering something memorable and unique that stands out as a cherished memory. While Myrkur tries to offer that kind of journey, it falters in creating those stand out moments, instead creating an album where it’s easy to recall certain parts of a song but mistake it for being in a different track.

The Final Word: Myrkur is an example of how metal, in its rawest, most passionate state, can often be unbelievably beautiful. Still, it is unpolished and the songs are difficult to discern one from another. And yet, even with the flaws I mentioned, I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the world of Myrkur.

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See a Trio of Clips from the Under the Dome Season Finale Episode 2.13 – Go Now

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:36

This coming Monday night is home to the Season 2 finale of “Under the Dome,” and if you’ve been sticking with it like we have (lord only knows why!), here are three sneak peeks of the upcoming Episode 2.13, “Go Now.”

“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2 guest stars include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Max Ehrich.

Related Story:  “Go Now” to See Some Stills and a Preview of the “Under the Dome” Season 2 Finale

“Under the Dome” Episode 2.13 – “Go Now” (airs 9/22/14; 10-11 PM)
A potential exit from the Dome is revealed just as the walls begin closing in on those trapped in Chester’s Mill.

For more info visit “Under the Dome” on CBS.com, “like” “Under the Dome” on Facebook, and follow “Under the Dome” on Twitter (@UnderTheDomeCBS).

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‘Amityville’ and ‘Demonic’ Just Got Delayed…

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:13

The Weinstein Company – or Dimension Films – or TWC-Dimention have just pulled the plug on two major horror releases that were slated for later this year, early next.

The James Wan-produced Demonic, starring Maria Bello, Scott Mechlowicz, Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Cody Horn, was to release in December of this year. It has been pulled from the schedule. In it, a police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts. Wan is the director behind The Conjuring, Saw and Insidious.

The more surprising pull is that of Amityville: The Awakening, the new official Amityville Horror sequel that was slated for January 2, 2015. The film, directed by Maniac‘s Franck Khalfoun, already had a trailer and started to gain heavy PR. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann and Jennifer Morrison.

Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

No word on if and when these dates will be rescheduled. This is a massive blow to the horror genre heading into the fourth quarter.

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ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:12

Starring A Lot of People

Directed by A Lot of People

The first ABCs of Death received the sort of reaction you’d expect from an anthology film comprised of 26 shorts from 26 different filmmakers: “meh.” Some were good (Marcel Sarmiento’s “D is for Dogfight”), and some were bad (Ti West’s lazy “M is for Miscarriage”) so to walk away with anything more than a tepid reaction would be asking for a lot.

In the case of the sequel, however, the credo “learn by doing” was taken to heart with the majority of the shorts proving to be a wicked good time and far surpassing their predecessors.

Above all else, the film as a whole stands out for its wickedly funny, yet haunting intro credits scene: The sounds of a child’s lullaby permeate as a children’s book’s pages turn, revealing the credits as animated children succumb to death in darkly humorous ways. If anything, it helps to tame the preconceived notions one might have about the anthology, suggesting that a bit more thought and care went into making the experience unique, rather than a carbon copy of the first.

It would be a fool’s errand to discuss each and every film, especially in light of the fact that half the fun is discovering that gem in the rough. As such, if half your fun with the first film was derived from guessing the names of the shorts, then beware as spoilers abound in the following paragraphs.

The good far outweighs the bad in ABCs of Death 2. Right off the bat expectation are sent to insane levels with the humorous “A is for Amateur,” directed by Cheap Thrills helmer E. L. Katz and featuring an assassin doing what he does worst. Letter placement aside, it served as a good intro, if only for its clever naming convention. The best shorts typically use an idea or theme as a means of death, rather than an explicit item (either as a tool or as a factor). For example, Alejandro Brugues’ hilarious “E is for Equilibrium” follows a duo of marooned men on an island whose, well, equilibrium is interrupted by the arrival a young woman. They keep you guessing, adding another level of enjoyment to the anthology as a whole.

Conversely, others, such as Julian Barratt’s “B is for Badgers,” which aims for a send-up of David Attenborough’s nature shows, and Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s “X is for Xylophone,” which features Inside‘s Beatrice Dalle, are pretty obvious in their naming convention. From moment one you know exactly what the title is going to be, even if you hope for a bit of cleverness. Thankfully, more often than not the finished product is good enough to allow for this dismissal of naming creativity.

Other standouts among the pack include Larry Fessenden’s “N is for Nexus,” which sees a calamity befall a group of people at an intersection; Robert Morgan’s twisted claymation “D is for Deloused,” which is just… just gross and weird and filled with all sorts of nightmare-inducing madness; and Rodney Ascher’s deviously clever and funny “Q is for Questionnaire.”

The whole shebang is rounded out with Chris Nash’s twisted “Z is for Zygote,” which is sure to give future mothers horrible, horrible nightmares for years to come.

Conversely, there were plenty that elicited little more than a tired shrug, while one, Jen and Sylvia Soska’s “T is for Torture Porn,” just felt lazy and horribly pandering. Others, such as George Plympton’s “H is for Head Games” and Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s “L is for Legacy,” simply didn’t live up to the standard set by their superior brethren.

But such is the beauty of this anthology. While each short has its merits, they will invariably elicit a wide range of responses, and unlike the first film, the good far outweighs the bad. If you can’t catch it in the theater, watch it with a six-pack and a handful of good friends who relish in the absurd.

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Closer to God (2014)

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:54

Starring Jeremy Childs, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, Shelean Newman

Directed by Billy Senese

Human cloning is a divisive subject, and while many films tend to err on the side of science fiction or an already established world where cloning is an accepted reality, it’s rare to come across a film that deals with the ramifications of such groundbreaking science in as real and terrifying a way as Billy Senese’s debut feature, Closer to God.

The film’s protagonist is Victor Reed (Childs), a genetic scientist who holds the distinction of being the first doctor to successfully clone a human being. Using his DNA mixed with another’s, the baby is named Elizabeth and, save for a transponder seemingly inserted directly into her brain, appears to be the picture of health. Almost immediately the ramifications of such a scientific breakthrough begin to weigh heavy on Victor, but the real trouble lies in a dark secret he keeps from his wife, Claire (Hoppe), known only to him and a pair of caretakers named Richard (Alford) and Mary (Newman) living in a guest home on his property.

The problems associated with cloning a human being come to light almost immediately. Obsessed with his groundbreaking work, Reed’s home life begins to suffer as it becomes apparent that he is neglecting not only his wife and two daughters in favor of baby Elizabeth, but also his “son,” Ethan (Isaac Disney), a heretofore unseen child that is the source of major consternation for Richard and Mary. Furthermore, a crowd of protesters begin to gather around his house, shouting religious mantras that decry Reed’s work and make the claim that Elizabeth doesn’t have a soul.

While the stress of keeping Elizabeth out of the public eye begins to build, his secret past is slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks, allowing him to subtly build up the more horrific and Frankensteinian elements without overpowering the film’s strongest points in any significant manner. This “B” story is inextricably linked to the tension that pervades the “A” story, and while sporadic moments toward the end find the film devolving into cliched monster territory, Senese never strays from the real life implications of cloning. He manages to blend the two seemingly conflicting tones in a way that suggests an incredibly assured man behind the camera.

Thus is the beauty of Closer to God. Even when taking detours to focus on the more horror elements, Victor Reed’s reality remains front and center, with Senese placing the focus entirely on his struggle to maintain order amidst the chaos he unwittingly caused. Supported by a stellar performance from Jeremy Childs, his stoic personality and gaunt appearance supports the image of a man whose goal in being at the forefront of one of the most life-changing discoveries in human history has become more important than considering the consequences of it.

There is this beautiful sense of objectivity in Closer to God that makes it stand out as something special.

Dealing with the moral, ethical, legal, and, most importantly, religious ramifications of human cloning, this stellar low-budget thriller doesn’t seek to pick a side but rather explores both as playing an almost equal part in the aftermath of a lone doctor putting ambition before everything else. The consequences of successful human cloning are unknown, but Senese has crafted a unique and fascinating twist on the Frankenstein tale that brings them to light in an incredibly real and poignant way.

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Step Right Up for Another American Horror Story: Freak Show Teaser and UK Promo

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:36

Yep, another day, another “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser… but this time it has some company in the form of a promo that’s airing on Fox UK and combines a little bit of each of the videos we’ve seen so far.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.

It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Related Story: Enter the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Costume Contest

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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‘Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead’ Clip Builds a Zombie Army! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:01

I strongly disliked Tommy Wirkola’s zombie homage Dead Snow when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival all those years ago. I was even shocked that a sequel was to go into production, especially considering Wirkola had reached Hollywood rock stardom with his Hansel and Gretel. Yet, here we are, with Well Go USA Entertainment releasing Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (read Ryan Daley’s review) on VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 10, 2014.

The trailers have been incredible (see below), and I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. I was able to catch an early press screening of the film, and am beyond excited to report that Dead Snow 2 is fantastic. It’s wickedly entertaining, super funny, and jam-packed with gore. I can’t recommend it enough, which is why I’m pumped to share this exclusive clip that gives just a small taste of the film’s tone: it’s serious, big, and funny. But this is nothing, I swear, check it out on October 10…

Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battallion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.

The film is a sequel to Tommy Wirkola’s Sundance hit Dead Snow, which got him the Hollywood gig Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters.

Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer star.

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[TV] More Freakish “Freak Show” Imagery In New Teaser

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:50

The latest “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser swings with frights! FX is set to debut the fourth season on October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.

It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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[TV] New “The Walking Dead” Trailer: Hunt or Be Hunted

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:41

AMC a new trailer for the fifth season of “The Walking Dead”, which premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Season Four of “The Walking Dead” ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…Who do they become?

It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

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5 Fav Graphic Novel Adaptations of ‘The Scribbler’ Creator Dan Schaffer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:01

XLrator Media has released today – in limited theaters, VOD and iTunes – the highly anticipated The Scribbler, an adaptation of the 2006 popular graphic novel by Daniel Schaffer.

Schaffer, who also penned the screenplay, caught up with Bloody Disgusting to discuss his favorite graphic novel adaptations, which include The Crow to Ghost World.

“The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?

Dan Schaffer’s 5 Favorite Graphic Novel Adaptations:

1. GHOST WORLD. This is my favourite adaptation of any graphic novel because it captures perfectly the melancholic vibe that runs through the blue toned art and deceptively simple panel spacing of Dan Clowes’ book. The characters move through a desolate, directionless limbo between their pasts and their futures and this is expertly translated to the screen by way of a brilliant soundtrack and lead actors who perform with a kind of permanent thousand-yard-stare, like they want to look to the future but can’t see past the moment. I don’t know if it was a wonderful accident or all by design but, either way, it’s a great adaptation.

2. THE CROW. The film’s still great even though it’s looking a bit dated now. O’Barr’s book has a purity that you don’t find in any mainstream comic and, in a rare case of Hollywood integrity, the filmmakers seemed to respect that. Here’s a guy with a pen exorcising his demons, coming to terms with loss, and somehow producing this wonderful story. The film could have ignored all that but, for the most part, it preserved the book’s soul and, through Brandon Lee’s perfectly tuned performance, ended up being much more than the sum of its parts, just like the comic.

3. OLD BOY. If Park Chan-wook is filming your graphic novel adaptation then you’ve struck gold! He’s one of the cleverest filmmakers on the planet and OLD BOY in particular is not only a remarkable film for any genre, it’s also a lesson in complex, intelligent and committed filmmaking that all directors could learn from.

4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Cronenberg changed a handful of details from the John Wagner/Vince Locke graphic novel in his adaptation but he’s always been pretty respectful of his source material – COSMOPOLIS is virtually word for word from Delillo’s novel and NAKED LUNCH is, well, that was unfilmable but he still managed to do something remarkable by getting inside Burroughs’ head. Cronenberg’s a smart guy so if he’s got his fingers all over your work you know that you’re in safe hands and the result going to be something intelligent and not a dumb mess of movie clichés.

5. DREDD. I grew up reading 2000AD, it’s why I got into comics. This film is on the list even though I hated it the first time I saw it. I thought it was a by-the-numbers, two dimensional, video game movie with no soul. But it got stuck in my head so I watched it again to find out why and ended up pulling a complete U-turn. Second time around I thought it was a genius piece of slick, simple, linear storytelling. And I’ve watched it a couple more times since then so figure that out. The two leads were perfect and Lena Headey always rocks. Somebody make a sequel.

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Uni Secretly Developing Out New Monster Franchise

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:16

While Universal Pictures secretly develops out their new Universal Monsters franchise, some news sneakily appeared in an article over at Deadline.

Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of “Fargo,” is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.

No word on which monster will be revitalized on screen, although Uni is working hard on their reboot of The Mummy.

I want to see Van Helsing built up as an awesome character – and to have it all come together in one final Avengers-style epic.

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Zombaby Attacks “Z Nation”! (Exclusive Clip)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:10

We have an exclusive new clip from the widely successful “Z Nation,” airing again tonight on Syfy. In it, you’ll see a zombie baby that gets his fill of gore. This series seriously looks awesome!

Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russel Hodgkingson and Keith Allan star.

‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

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