I once called the indie survival horror game Silence of the Sleep the “2D Silent Hill we deserve,” because it shares many of that series’ best traits. It’s delightfully atmospheric, has a fantastically creepy score, unique art style, and plenty of freaky monsters to evade and clever puzzles to solve. It also has something the Silent Hill series was once known for, and that’s a steady build-up of dread, an ominous feeling that something terrible can happen at any time.
In a post on the Silence of the Sleep Steam page, Jesse Makkonen — the ridiculously talented one-man team behind the upcoming game — announced his goal to get it in our hands by October 1st. If he’s successful in that endeavor, we’ll have one more horror game to look forward to in a month that already includes Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within.
In related news, Jesse’s also looking for translators. If you’re fluent in German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, or Japanese and have some spare time, I highly recommend sending him an email.
I never thought I’d say it, but I am now jealous of a Dinosaur Eel. This is because of the grand home its owner is gifting it, along with a Butterfly Fish and a Electric Blue Jacks Dempsey. The owner in question is a one Kelsey Kronmiller, a graphic designer who decided her fish friends deserved something better than the generic aquariums other fish pets get. What makes this particular aquarium even better is the fact that it’s also a recreation of World 8-1 from Super Mario Bros.
This is one of those things that makes me wish I was crafty.
Now, it’s only about 90% finished, but Kelsey’s offered enough pictures of the progress she’s made so far to give us a solid idea of what this glorious creation will look like when it’s done. Check it out below.
Like all good geeks, I love me some science fiction. I’m also more than a little fond of dark fantasy, and since I’m a fan of all things horror I absolutely love it when the two genres are twisted into something nightmarish. HR Giger is a prime example of this, as his surreal take on those two genres was as unsettling as it was refreshing.
UK-based artist Jethro Lentle’s work doesn’t really resemble Giger’s, but I’d still use the same words to describe his stuff. It’s surreal, nightmarish, dark, and manages to twist and transform science fiction and fantasy into the result you see below.
For more of Jethro’s work, check out his gallery.
Entertainment One Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Catch Hell, a suspense thriller that will star Ryan Phillippe (who was fantastic in “Damages”), Deadline reports.
“Phillippe plays a former Hollywood star, who, on location in Louisiana, is kidnapped by two men connected to his past. He awakens, chained in a rundown shack, and discovers the real motives of his captors and finds himself in the middle of a twisted scheme with little chance to make it out. Survival and revenge become the actor’s motivations.”
The actor makes his directorial debut in a film that is slotted for theatrical release in the fall.
Phillippe wrote the script with Joe Gossett and is producing alongside Robert Ogden Barnum and Holly Wiersma. Mark Burg and Cassian Elwes are exec producers.
Thanks to Fabien M. we now have the trailer (unfortunately, without subs) for the Danish monster movie Danny’s Dommedag, directed by Martin Barnewitz (Messengers 2: The Scarecrow, Room 205), and starring William Jøhnk J. Nielsen, Lars Mikkelsen and Camilla Bendix.
The trailer has a sort of 1980′s children’s horror movie kinda vibe, which makes it look stylish and fun.
Due to climate change a new race of flesh eating predators arise, who invade and eat everything living on earth. In a residential neighbourhood in a Danish suburb nightmare like scenes are being experienced first hand through the eyes of Danny and William Grahn, two teenage brothers, who can’t stand each other, but are now suddenly forced to barricade themselves in the basement together, to avoid getting eaten.
From one day to another, without parents and without electricity, food, water and contact to other people, the brothers have to learn to live together in their vital protection bunker, while shadows of monsters move past the basement windows and heavy, sharp claws can be heard moving around upstairs on the wooden floors.
While William is set upon getting out of the basement, to look for their mother, whom might still be out there; Danny’s convinced that the best chance to survive is for them to stay as long as possible down in the basement.
In a changed, deadly world where the food chain has been turned upside down the brothers will have to learn to trust one another, let go of their fears and learn life’s true values in order to become real men and (maybe) survive doomsday.
Universal Pictures gave Yahoo! a new clip from their Scarlett Johansson-starrer, Lucy, in theaters July 25. In the footage, Lucy enters an operating room and demands to have a bag of drugs removed from her body.
From La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The Fifth Element (such an underrated film) writer/director Luc Besson, “Lucy is an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”
The latest TV Spots are pretty great, especially because you end up dying to know what happens when she uses 100% of her brain.
We previously learned that in "American Horror Story: Freak Show" Sarah Paulson is portraying a two-headed woman named Dot and Bette, and now, thanks to exec producer Ryan Murphy on Twitter, we have another view of the character on her first day at work.
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" begins in October. But first "AHS: Coven" is heading to the San Diego Comic-Con on July 26th, where the powers-that-be are sure to drop a few more clues about what we'll find in the "Freak Show" so stay tuned!
Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Michael Chiklis star in "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Guest stars include Wes Bentley, who'll appear in the Halloween episode.
Dot and Bette's first day pic.twitter.com/ZKFS1pEGed
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 17, 2014
To further get you cats pumped for Kevin's Smith's Tusk, which will be having its trailer premiere at next week's San Diego Comic-Con, A24 Films has released the first still from the flick, which features your first look at stars Justin Long and Michael Parks.
Tusk will take to Hall H on Friday, July 25th, from 6:35-8:05 pm, and the presentation will feature Smith along with stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment. The event even has a name - “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening With Kevin Smith."
Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.
Tusk, written and directed by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. In the horror film 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.
Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written/directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick, is available now on Direct TV VOD; and we've got the first clip for you right here!
The film centers on a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead. Look for it in limited release on August 15th.
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her, and before long Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
A few weeks ago the next Friday the 13th was reported to be in 3D. Recently, though, Bloody Disgusting caught up with Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller, who said that things aren't exactly set in stone just yet.
"I can’t make any determination about found footage or 3D until we have a story that we all agree on and that we all like. The story is the most important thing, and the way you tell the story, to me, is secondary," said Fuller.
He continued, "We have some writers writing, but, because we don’t have a script that everyone has signed off on, I can’t speak to how the story is meant to be told. All of those things have been considered, but no decisions have been made. We don’t know what story is being told."
Director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) was in talks to helm the new film, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time. Friday the 13th is slated to be in theatres on November 13, 2015.
It's always fun to see what horror projects are among the TV shows gracing the keepsake bags given out each year at San Diego Comic-Con, and we have a whopping six entries this year thanks to Warner Bros. Are your favorites among them?
From the Press Release:
The bags are back! Comic-Con 2014 attendees hoping for a colorful and commemorative keepsake bag to hold their best swag are once again in luck.
For the fifth year running, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking it at the Con. The highly coveted bag, which can also be worn conveniently as a backpack, has been called a “must-have” by Variety and Comic-Con’s “ubiquitous accessory” by Entertainment Weekly. Here are some stats:
For more information about WBTV activities at San Diego Comic-Con, follow @warnerbrostv on Twitter and join in the conversation by using hashtag #WBSDCC, or visit TheWB.com, where you can see the other bags.
Some girls just want to watch the world burn…
A24 released the first clip from Jeff Baena’s Sundance horror comedy, Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser.
While NOW available on DirecTV, it will be in theaters August 15.
“Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.”
Here’s details on the below clip:
As Beana tells us via email, the above clip is the moment in which Zach sees a future for he and his undead love — albeit a complicated one, at that. “Zach breaks into Beth’s family home and discovers she’s inexplicably alive. His cognitive dissonance, coupled with her naïveté and her parents’ plausible deniability, creates a tense standoff that spirals out of control.”
The zombie pic had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January.
A24 announced today a September 19, 2014 release for Kevin Smith’s Tusk, while also setting a debut for the trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Smith also released the first image (below) for the flick depicting the film’s antagonist (Justin Long) and protagonist (Michael Parks) in what looks to be an awkward conversation.
The film will take to Hall H on Friday, July 25 from 6:35pm – 8:05pm, and will feature Smith, along with stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment. It’s being called “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening With Kevin Smith.” And those who know Smith’s work know that this is going to be a highly entertaining panel!
“After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged man who once worked with BatFleck! Ask ComiKev questions and get ready to say #WalrusYes as Kev premieres the trailer to his first film in three years: the twisted, transformative tale of Tusk! Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con!”
Inspired by The Human Centipede, Tusk is about a man (Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Parks).
Shooting is underway on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freakshow,” the fourth season of the anthology series.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy just tweeted out a backside tease of Dot and Bette’s first day on set. The two are actually one, played by Sarah Paulson in the new season that is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.
Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.
Michael Chiklis, also stars with Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts returning.
Dot and Bette's first day pic.twitter.com/ZKFS1pEGed
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 17, 2014
Photographer Yvette Meltzer answers this question with an emphatic “YES!”
In her new photo series “Revolutions” her eagle-eyed work catches glimpses of why socks go missing from our laundry.
Here’s what she had to say about the genesis of the project, which took place in Chicago (I need to move, ASAP!).
I enjoy the convergence of color, light and form that emerges through photography. And I am continually thrilled by how photography often takes me further than my eye can see and sometimes in unexpected directions.
After taking multitudes of outdoor laundry images over the years, it was in Chicago in the cold of winter when my curiosity led me into local Laundromats where, drawn to the colors of laundry spinning in the dryers, I began taking photos. I never imagined the mandalas I would ultimately see when I went to the computer to view the digital images of this spinning laundry. Therein I saw faces and forms – both human and animal-like. Thus was born my revolving laundry series which I call “Revolutions.” What has been most exciting for me has been capturing the abstract forms that have emerged on this journey.
As Picasso said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” I believe that is what this series does. I start with fabric in a dryer and in collaboration with my camera the concrete reality is transformed.
Photo Source: Yvette Meltzer
RLJ and Image Entertainment are bringing Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s outrageous horror-comedy All Cheerleaders Die to Blu-ray and DVD This Tuesday, July 22. I dug the film (read our review here) and thought it was very entertaining despite some hiccups in the satire department. The mix of high school dramatics and the supernatural are handled really well without seeming ridiculous.
The film follows a group of attractive cheerleaders who bring in a new member of the squad, Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), who only joined to avenge the death of her former best friend. She infiltrates the squad and starts turning them against one another. Typical high school drama plays out, until tragedy strikes and the girls find themselves granted supernatural powers that help them all wreak havoc on a band of loathsome jocks. There’s a lot of fun aspects that come into play, like Wiccan stones, soul-switching, and sweet revenge.
Upon a second viewing, I want to note how great the acting is across the board. I didn’t talk about it in my review, but the filmmakers banded together a talented group of young folks to play both the cheerleaders and jocks. The head jock is played by Tom Williamson, who is filled with charm and venom. Other folks like Stasey, Brooke Butler, and Michael Bowen, they all bring their A game here. It’s rare to be able to enjoy so many teenage to early 20 actors without hating on at least a couple of them. I’ve got no complaints about the talent on display here though.
The behind the scenes feature on the Blu-ray and DVD give lots of insight on the casting and how these young actors got into their characters. That’s actually the bulk of what the 23 minute feature is made of – casting and characters. Turns out about half the cast was from Australia or New Zealand. This was purely coincidence and helped boost camaraderie on the set. Many of the actors talk about what it was like to work with McKee and Sivertston, how the two directors worked together, and other small insights. It’s a decent little doc that fans of the film will have fun checking out.
That’s the only feature on the disc, which boasts a crispy 1080p transfer (the Blu-ray I mean, naturally). Colors really pop during the daytime scenes and at night, details remain clear. The 5.1 sounds great as well, with dialogue and the soundtrack balanced nicely.
All Cheerleaders Die hits home video July 22.
In case you haven't noticed, we're living in a true renaissance period for horror on television, and one of the best of the bunch is "Salem," starring Janet Montgomery. In this new video she discusses why she loves playing the bewitching Mary Sibley on the show.
The Season 1 finale, which aired this past Sunday, left plenty of questions that we can't wait to see answered in Season 2. We should have a few tidbits for you following the "Salem" San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 26th (you'll find more details on that below).
Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them. In Season 1 the series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe as Tituba, Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale, Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis, and Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton. Stephen Lang guest stars as Increase Mather.
Saturday, July 26, 5:45-6:45 pm - Room 6DE - "Salem"
The star-studded cast -- including Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg, and Elise Eberle -- along with executive producers Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, and Josh Barry look back at intriguing footage from the groundbreaking first season of the series from WGN America and Fox 21. Followed by an audience Q&A.
With both The Purge: Anarchy (read my review) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting screens within two weeks of each other, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has a lot on his plate but took some time out of his schedule earlier this week to speak with us about a few of his companies projects. Our full interview with him will be hitting tomorrow, but first we wanted to clear up some stuff concerning the upcoming Friday the 13th film, which is due in theaters November 13th, 2015.
Let’s get it out of the way. I’m a huge fan of the 2009 reboot. Last month I went on the record by saying, “for those of you who think that the most recent entry is cynical, I actually don’t think it is so much. Remember, the studio had zero respect for the franchise during its first incarnation, these were turn and burn gigs that people were turning down left and right because there was no money and the powers that be insisted on unrealistic schedules to keep the money flowing in. I’d argue that the folks behind the 2009 version actually cared more about the quality of the film than most of the people involved in the original sequels (especially later on).” While I don’t love all the rumors that have been circulating, the goodwill from the 2009 entry alone has me very much in an optimistic wait and see mode.
And Fuller’s quotes today only help that:
What’s the status of the 2015 Friday the 13th? We’ve heard found footage and we’ve heard 3D. Have either of those shifted?
“I can’t make any determination about found footage or 3D until we have a story that we all agree on and that we all like. The story is the most important thing and the way you tell the story, to me, is secondary. We have some writers writing but, because we don’t have a script that everyone has signed off on, I can’t speak to how the story is meant to be told. All of those things have been considered. But no decisions have been made. We don’t know what story is being told.”
Fuller also confirmed to me that the very talented David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) is still onboard which has me just as hopeful as the news that all avenues seem to apparently be open for the film.
Check back tomorrow for my entire interview with Fuller.
On tap right now is a headsy trailer (you'll get it once you watch it) for the upcoming horror comedy Science Team. Be warned though... although it's pretty much safe for work, you may wanna keep the volume low and be careful whom you watch it around.
The promo poster below was illustrated by Brendan Mauer. Science Team was written and directed by Drew Bolduc and stars Vito Trigo, Richard Spencer ,and Emily Marsh with Mariea Terrell, Matt Chodoronek, and Lloyd Kaufman featured.
Science Team is a completely independent sci-fi feature length film produced and shot in Richmond, Virginia. For more visit the official Science Team website, "like" Science Team on Facebook, and follow Science Team on Twitter (@ScienceTeamFilm).
Chip returns home to find his mother brutally murdered and a sessile space alien living in her house rent free. A somewhat xenophobic and bureaucratic government agency called Science Team is brought in to eliminate the extraterrestrial threat. Drama ensues. People die. Inner and extraterrestrial demons are engaged. Men in pink suits use cool-looking technology. Events culminate in a destructive orgy of violence as people's minds are literally blown out of their heads.
In addition to daily writings here on Dread, I also write for a fairly new website called iHorror, which I'm excited to report is making the move into feature film territory. Their first co-production is titled 10 Seconds to Run, and it'll only get made with YOUR help!
A joint production between Iyrus Entertainment and iHorror, 10 Seconds to Run is the story of a group of five friends driving to an electronic music festival. What was supposed to be a fun road trip ends up being a deadly mistake when they find themselves on a country road without cell and GPS service.
The friends become victims of a game that a few of the local backwoods residents like to play called "10 Seconds to Run." Players have 10 seconds to try to escape, and every new game has an added challenge to slow the victim down. The game is part of a bigger scheme perpetrated by the most corrupt and evil resident of the town, The Duke. With their lives on the line the group members fight to survive this twisted game.
Jake Jalbert, who made his feature debut with last year's House Guest, is the director of the film, which is packed with recognizable faces including Michael Milhoan (Field of Dreams, Pearl Harbor), Tony Senzamici ("Burn Notice"), and Rob Mello (Bad Ass).
Also noteworthy is the special effects crew, which includes Derek Garcia from Syfy's "Face Off" and his brother, Eric. The effects in the film will be entirely practical, which should be music to the ears of all horror fans.
Perks for donating to the cause range from thank you shout-outs on Facebook to an executive producer IMDb credit with appearances in the film, on-set passes, and copies of the finished movie also available.
Filmed in a creepy old house, an apparent ghost was spotted in the 10 Seconds to Run Kickstarter pitch video, which you can check out below. Underneath that you'll find the complete pitch video, and you can learn more and help out original independent horror over on the 10 Seconds to Run Kickstarter campaign!