Review: 'Ghosted' #8

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:59

An incredibly fun read, “Ghosted” #8 is an entertaining supernatural adventure filled with spooks, witches, and action. With two engaging and humorous protagonists, readers will find these characters easy to root for. The “Ghosted” series takes an amusing approach at poltergeists and ghost-hunting.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Davide Gianfelice
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 19, 2014

The Teacher of the Dead has been waiting for Jackson Winters, the haunted thief, to arrive at his hidden and ancient temple. Jackson has found himself lost in the jungle and captured by the Brotherhood of the Closed Book. Jackson keeps waiting for Anderson, his ghostly partner-in-crime, to spring him free. But she keeps teasing him as they wait for the Teacher to torture him. Somehow Jackson has to free himself and rescue the damsel-in-distress, Nina, who also has a ghost inside her head.

What really makes the narrative by Joshua Williamson feel so energetic is his sarcastic and witty dialogue. Even when all seems lost, I find it hilarious that Jackson is able to throw a cynical one-liner at the face of danger. I was laughing out loud when Jackson was hoping that the Teacher, the big bad, would be some kind of Bond villain. Jackson expects someone to torture him and throw him into a pit full of giant snakes.

What I really like is the snappy dialogue between the Teacher and Jackson. Like a true Bond villain, the Teacher explains his grand scheme in detail. Williamson then twists the idea and has these two characters play around with each other, like a cat and mouse. The Teacher knows Jackson is talking to his ghost partner and conjures up a spell to make her go away. Even while the Teacher is revealing his master plan, Jackson is secretly planning to steal something valuable from the temple.

Artist Davide Gianfelice is able to portray the two different sides of the Teacher. In his character design, the Teacher is elderly and flailing with his wrinkly skin. The antagonist shuffles his feet as if his bad knees would break at a single moment. But there is something deadly about him when he flashes his teeth, which are sharp as fangs. His fingers have extended nails to scratch your eyes out.

Gianfelice makes great use of the jungle setting throughout the narrative. In a wide shot, Gianfelice illustrates the ancient temple with thousands of stone steps. If you look carefully, the steps form into the shape of a hand. The walls and narrow tunnels are lit by flickering candles. The Teacher’s throne is made up of bones and skulls, the remains of humans who have been eaten by giant snakes.
Readers should definitely be on the lookout for “Ghosted” #8. With its surprising cliffhanger, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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[Remember This?] Stephen King Scares The Hell Out Of You In This 'Maximum Overdrive' Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:56

As a kid Maximum Overdrive was one of my holy grail movies. It just dripped with menace and a sweaty inappropriate quality I couldn’t get enough of. The greasy, hot vibe of The Dixie Boy. The down and out characters. The way it hits the ground running. The way it kills children. The AC/DC soundtrack. The wonderfully lazy comet explanation. The mean-spiritedness of it all. It made me feel… grown up? In hindsight this is a funny thing to take away from such a gleefully immature movie. I don’t think I ever saw the film in the theaters during its initial release, but between multiple rentals of this and The Lost Boys I probably kept the lights on at my local Blockbuster.

I was unaware at the time that Stephen King had directed it, or at least I didn’t lend much attention to its significance. I knew it was based on one of his short stories (“Trucks”) and I had read several of them, but didn’t quite have the stamina at that point to make it through one of his novels. I had no idea how any of this stuff worked back then, and I certainly had no idea that King was upset with how some of the adaptions of his work had turned out (even including Kubrick’s masterpiece take on The Shining).

Even as an adult, I had no idea that this trailer existed until I saw it at a screening (can’t remember the movie – may have been this one) at the New Beverly here in Los Angeles a few years back. But it’s glorious. King has stated that during the making of Maximum Overdrive he was “coked out of my mind.” That more than comes across here.

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Fox's 'Frankenstein' Story Told Nine Months Later...

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:29

We told you to expect a bump after I, Frankenstein failed this past January, and now it’s come into fruition.

20th Century Fox has shifted their Frankenstein a whopping nine months, moving it out of the same slot (January 16, 2015) shared by the aforementioned Lionsgate release, and into an October date.

Starring James McAvoy as Viktor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, it will now hit theaters on October 2, 2015.

Watch for more as it comes in.

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More Invited to the New 'Jurassic World'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:25

According to THR, French star Omar Sy (pictured below; The Intouchables) has joined the cast of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, the reboot of the blockbuster dinosaur action franchise.

The Cesar-winning actor this morning tweeted the news – in French and English – to his fans, saying he was a “fan of the saga from the beginning, I’m very proud to be part of the cast.

Sy did not reveal details about his role in the 3D feature, which stars Chris Pratt, Idris Elba, Irrfan Khan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jake Johnson.

Trevorrow wrote the screenplay to Jurassic World with Derek Connolly.

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Kate Bush Announces First Tour In 35 Years

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:25

British songwriter Kate Bush has announced that she will be performing 15 shows at the infamous Eventim Apollo in London this August and September. Bush stated, via her website, “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.“. It is the first time that Bush will go on a tour since 1979. She had done a six-week tour through the UK as well as mainland Europe and then retreated away from live performances almost entirely, popping out occasionally for festival dates or charity events.

Bush is one of England’s most successful solo female artists, having released several albums that went on to achieve platinum status. Her most popular album, Hounds Of Love, features the hit songs “Running Up That Hill” and “Cloudbusting”, both of which have been covered multiple times by various bands (such as Placebo, Novembre, Within Temptation, and more). Her last album was 2011′s 50 Words For Snow.

The full schedule can be seen below.

AUGUST

Tuesday, 26th August
Wednesday, 27th August
Friday, 29th August
Saturday, 30th August

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, 2nd September
Wednesday, 3rd September
Friday, 5th September
Saturday, 6th September
Tuesday, 9th September
Wednesday, 10th September
Friday, 12th September
Saturday, 13th September
Tuesday, 16th September
Wednesday, 17th September
Friday, 19th September


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'June' Will Burn the World Down (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:22

It was reported a week ago that The Pact‘s Casper Van Dien, best known for his role in Starship Troopers, had joined “The Walking Dead’s” Addy Miller in the supernatural thriller June, shooting in Louisiana.

This morning a teaser trailer was already uncovered for the end-of-the-world pic also starring Death Valley‘s Victoria Pratt, Eddie Jemison, Theodora Greece and Lance Nichols.

“The Walking Dead’s” Kennedy Brice also stars as a 9-year-old orphan who shares her body with an ancient supernatural being whose mission is to destroy mankind to allow nature to prevail on earth.

L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb.

“June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June quickly bonds with her new adoptive parents Lily and Dave. But she must discover her true identity to overcome this inner demon in order to save herself, her new family, and to find love and acceptance in a chaotic world.

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'Under the Skin' Clip Carries Hitchcockian Vibe

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:16

Here’s yet another tense clip of Scarlett Johansson intently driving a car in Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, now in UK cinemas and in U.S. theaters April 11 via US distributor A24 (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring and The Spectacular Now).

The pic is “about a voracious alien seductress (Scarlett Johansson) who scours remote highways and backroads for human prey.” Walter Campbell wrote the screenplay.

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[Record Store Day] 'Ghostbusters' Theme Gets Super Cool Glow-In-The-Dark 10" Vinyl

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:00

The infamous Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters theme song is coming to glow-in-he-dark 10″ vinyl with some “rare dance remixes” on Record Store Day, April 19th. While some think that the vinyl won’t sound good because of the material it’s crafted from, it’s still an awesome collector’s item for those of you who ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Check out the full vinyl below.


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[Tribeca '14] Family Fights for 'Preservation' in New Images!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:28

Screening as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s Midnight sections, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City, we were just provided with new images from Preservation.

Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with whats’s said to be a finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire,” “Orange is the New Black”), Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”), and Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.

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Looking Back On 20 Years Of Hellboy

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:18

On March 22 Dark Horse Comics celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its most popular character, the tough and gruff Hellboy. The “Hellboy” series is known for its deep roots in multi-cultural folklore, pulpy spy adventures, and Lovecraftian horror. In celebration of the big guy’s 20th, let’s take a look at how the world’s greatest paranormal investigator won critical acclaim, numerous awards, and made his way onto the silver screen.

What initially defined the “Hellboy” series is the visually stunning masterwork, “Seed of Destruction.” The first book in Hellboy’s life starts out as a simple haunted house story that suddenly steers into an epic-sized tale of cosmic terror. Mike Mignola and John Byrne establish our horror superhero, a demonic creature with a giant red right hand, in a WWII adventure gone horribly wrong. Just an innocent child, Hellboy is brought into our world against his will. Orchestrated by the Nazis, Hellboy is supposed to bring about the end of the world, but the Americans luckily step in at the last minute.

Byrne’s writing is fully enriched by creator Mike Mignola’s incredibly stylish, unique artwork. Each panel dives deep in shadows, evoking a moody sense of German Expressionism. In Mignola’s illustrations, Hellboy is introduced wearing a long brown trench coat, with a huge gun in his holster. His head is oddly shaped with his devilish horns chopped off. Mignola captures the blue-collar look by showing Hellboy smoking a cigar. This is also reflected in Byrne’s script as the red demon delivers witty comeback lines throughout the book.

As the series progressed, with Mignola taking on writing and illustrating duties, Hellboy traveled the world, looking for monsters to fight and making friends with other outcasts. In my favorite short tale, “Heads,” Hellboy finds himself on a solo mission in Japan. Mignola makes you feel like you’re in another world with his detailed illustrations of Japanese settings and architecture. Mignola brings in his witty sense of humor in the one-shot special, “The Corpse.” The story is a hilarious take on the zombie genre and buddy-cop movies as Hellboy finds himself stuck with a reanimated corpse who just won’t shut up.

With the blockbuster success of Blade II, writer/director Guillermo del Toro had his eyes set on one particular project. Before the first movie got off the ground, the “Hellboy” film unfortunately found itself in developmental hell. If you remember back then, del Toro was holding out from making the movie because actor Ron Perlman was his first and only choice. Del Toro wouldn’t have made it without Perlman as the lead. Because The Fast And The Furious was a box-office hit, the studio originally wanted action star Vin Diesel as Hellboy. Honestly, the movie would have been a totally different and could have possibly bombed if del Toro had given in to studio pressure.

If you had previously seen the ’80s TV series, Beauty And The Beast, then you automatically knew Perlman was a perfect fit. Having done heavy makeup work before, Perlman knew how to emphasize the facial expressions through layers of prosthetics. Hellboy is not only sarcastic, but he is also an orphan, a victim of bad luck, tormented by his past. In the sequel, Perlman showcases his artistic range, even though you don’t see his actual face.

Over the past 20 years, Hellboy has become a phenomenon in the comic book and pop culture spheres. There are now several comic titles running in what is known as the Mignolaverse, including the “Abe Sapien” solo title and the “B.P.R.D.” series among countless other graphic novels and miniseries. There seems to be no end in sight for the loveable red demon. Even his untimely death didn’t put an end to his storyline as he continues to romp around in “Hellboy in Hell”, which has received critical acclaim across the board. It’s rare for a character to last 20 years, and it’s even rarer for the story quality to remain consistent.

Whether he’s clashing with a giant-sized dragon, taking down the conqueror worm, or fighting his way through Hell, Hellboy already knows his entire body is going to feel sore in the morning. Through his sharp writing, extensive knowledge of literature, and stunning artwork, creator Mike Mignola has given fans a unique comic book hero with a keen sense of wit, drama, and adventure. A major reason to celebrate, here’s to another 20 years of more fantastic stories (and hopefully another Hellboy movie).

Editorial by – Jorge Solis

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[Record Store Day] 'The Last House On The Left' Gets Limited Picture Disc Vinyl

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00

One Way Static has announced that their remastered Last House On The Left soundtrack, which was composed and performed by David Hess, will be getting a limited picture disc variant for Record Store Day. Limited to only 1,5000 copies, the records are almost certainly going to sell out within minutes and become a collector’s item, so be sure to keep this title in mind when you hit stores on April 19th!


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[Tribeca '14] Blood-Sucking Chupacabra Gets 'Indigenous'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:59

Probably the most intriguing film screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is Indigenous, Alastair Orr’s indie film about a blood-sucking Chupacabra!

Bloody Disgusting did some digging and came up with two brand new images that head deep into the jungle.

A group of five American friends on the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a local woman in their hotel bar—and despite some ominous whispers—she goes against the specific instructions of her brother and brings the Americans on a day trip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking them.

The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

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[BD Review] Drew Barrymore's 'Happy Camp' Made Me Very Unhappy

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:44

From executive producer Drew Barrymore (Cat’s Eye) comes Happy Camp, a found footage thriller set in the actual rural logging town of the same name in California. It’s located in northern Siskiyou County on the Klamath River, home of the annual Bigfoot Jamboree festival. Bigfoot lore is rich up in those hills, making it a terrific spot to set a thriller about kids who get dragged into the woods never to be heard from again.

But what’s truly remarkable about Happy Camp is how simple it is, and I don’t mean that in a good way. It’s like Barrymore and the rest of the filmmakers just saw Blair Witch yesterday and said “Let’s do that.” They ignore the past 15 years of found footage highs and lows to present a formulaic bore that takes an interesting premise half rooted in reality and trashes it in favor of flaccid jump scares, aggressive attempts to sell itself, and some jarringly bad CGI.

If you hate found footage, stay the hell away. If you like found footage, Happy Camp is one of the reasons you’re forced to constantly defend the genre.

The film follows four friends as they visit Happy Camp in hopes of learning more about the disappearance in 1989 of a child named Dean Tanner. Dean’s brother Mike is one of the four crew members. He hasn’t been back to town since the incident 20 years ago, and watching him throughout the film you’d think he never agreed to the project. He’s constantly bitching about how he “doesn’t want to talk about it” and throwing hissy fits whenever he becomes emotional.

At one point during the first act Mike’s girlfriend Amy is asking him about his brother, and he starts crying and says “Are you really going to make me talk about this?” The fuck, dude? Did you not know what this “documentary” was about? Your brother’s vanishing is the focal point of the film! His attitude gets annoying very quickly.

I genuinely enjoyed the start of the film. Like I said, setting it in the actual Bigfoot-obsessed town of Happy Camp is a cool idea. But they take that idea and use it create a film that takes itself way too serious. Found footage has been around for a couple decades now. We know it’s not real. Nobody “found” this “footage.” At this point, there’s no reason to try to pass it as authentic – especially if it bogs down whatever thin narrative there is.

The biggest offense is the list of missing children at the end. It scrolls up before the credits as a dedication to the Happy Camp locals who have disappeared over the years. This goes on for about three minutes. The “footage” is “dedicated” to those missing kids. Good grief.

After a tediously repetitive middle act, Happy Camp tries to throw the scares in. I guess the following can be considered a spoiler, so heads up if you’re still planning on watching this crap. Yes, it turns out Bigfoots, or a gang of Bigfoots, has been abducting people from Happy Camp. They’re shown briefly on film and holy hell they look dumb. The CGI is terrible, first of all, and they jump around the woods and throw shit around like Hulk in The Avengers. They look like hairy bodybuilders. It’s easily my least favorite depiction of Bigfoot in cinema.

Is there anything good to say about Happy Camp? It’s certainly nice looking. There’s barely any shaky cam bullshit, which is pretty rare in the found footage genre nowadays. And..that’s all I got. Stay the hell away from Happy Camp when it hits VOD platforms on March 25th.

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[Original] If Bands Were Horror Subgenres

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:00

For a long time now, horror and licensed soundtracks have been a killer combination (no pun intended). From Lost Boys and “Cry Little Sister” to the gold certified Scream 3 to the metal and industrial-laden soundtracks of the Saw franchise, some of the best licensed soundtracks have come from the blackened depths of horror. That’s what got me thinking, “If I had to compare a subgenre to a band, who would I choose?”

So I came up with a list of 10 bands that I feel near perfectly represent 10 different horror subgenres and I wanted to share it with you! Head on below, check it out, and weigh in with your opinions in the comment section!

Action – Rammstein

Ex: Resident Evil, Aliens

If you want explosions, action, weird sexy stuff, and full on monster goodness, what better band is there to represent the action horror genre than German industrial metal behemoths Rammstein? These guys are action horror personified! Huge bombastic songs, explosive (literally) live performances, and some seriously twisted themes throughout their catalog. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I nailed this one right on the head!

Check out “Mein Teil

B-Horror – Avatar

Ex: Basket Case, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

For B horror flicks, I figured you’d need something aggressive yet playful, something that’s heavy but also a damn good time. I mean, that’s what B horror is, right? It’s vicious, violent, and something you can’t help but love every cheesy second! That’s why I went with Swedish metal band Avatar, who mix metal with an almost carnival-esque charm to create something that’s fun as hell!

Check out “Hail The Apocalypse

Psychological – Tool

Ex: Se7en, Silence Of The Lambs, Session 9

For psychological, I needed a band that was cerebral, one that made me think while drawing me in seductively before turning into something eerie, something sinister, something brooding in a dark corner, waiting for me to let my guard down for just one second. This is why I chose Tool. What other band fulfills that kind of description?

Check out “Sober

Religious – Ghost

Ex: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Wicker Man

This one should be pretty obvious. However, it’s not only the band’s lyrical content that makes them so good to portray the worship of evil deities, it’s also their atmosphere and tone. They completely embody the tone and style of many of these films and are a spot on representation of the genre and its many offerings.

Check out “Year Zero

Sci-Fi – Aphex Twin

Ex: Alien, Event Horizon, The Thing

Alien, dissonant, foreign, disorienting… These were the words that came to mind when thinking of sci-fi horror. Theses were also the words that have always come to mind when I think of Aphex Twin. A marriage made in heaven…well, more like the universe for this example, but you know what I mean.

Check out “Windowlicker

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Arch Enemy Release First Official Video With Alissa White-Gluz As Vocalist

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 08:00

Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy have released an official video for “War Eternal”, the title track from their upcoming Century Media Records album (out June 10th in the US). It is the first official video that features ex-The Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, who took over vocalist duties from Angela Gossow, who in turn has stepped down to focus on band management as well as spend time with her family.

Head on down to check out the new Arch Enemy in action.


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Exclusive Chat with Ken Foree from the Set of The Divine Tragedies

Dread Central - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00

It’s a sunny day in Southern California. That’s not unusual. An independent movie is being shot in a quiet residential neighborhood. That’s the norm. There are a few horror icons sprinkled throughout the cast. Typical.

What’s not so usual is that The Divine Tragedies isn’t your basic stab and slab. It’s a layered family drama which just happens to have some blood and gore. At the center of this dangerous dynamic is a cop who’s hunting a team of killer brothers – but he’s got an advantage because he’s psychic. That, and he’s played by the great Ken Foree.

We caught up with Ken on set (and some of the other cast... stay tuned for more interviews) and asked him what it’s been like to play the eccentric detective.

Dread Central: I know a little bit about it, that you get to play a psychic cop. Is that what made you want to take the plunge?

Ken Foree: I thought the script was interesting. Certainly a new take on psychotic horror. Well, it’s based loosely on [real-life killers] Leopold and Loeb. So I thought that was interesting. You know, give me a true crime from that era, or any kind of mass murder, and I am right there. Very fascinating. You should read the script. It’s really good. He did put a lot of that in it... that is what impressed me. I had a meeting with Jose and we talked and he was open for collaboration and I am always looking for that. It’s always a good starting point for an actor and a director. So we worked together on a few things, and it came out real well. I thought, 'Okay, let's do this. It sounds wonderful.'

DC: He told me he did jigger the script to make it a little more humorous for you. Was that one of your requests, or was that his idea?

KF: I think we both came to the conclusion that we wanted it to have a little more color. You know, some more colors in the character. And certainly there are some lines there that could use a little humor so we added it and it worked. The important thing is that it works, you know, and it did. We had a meeting about a few things, we worked on a few things, he got back to me on a few things like rewrites. And I was like, 'This is great; we really have something going with this character so let's run with it. Let’s do this.' It worked well. It was done well.

DC: I think it's great that you have the editor on set.

KF: Yeah, it’s a good thing. It is different. I have had the opportunity to work with the director and the editor on set at the same time. It doesn’t happen often, but it is nice to have an editor on set. I think it's great to have an editor on set. I think it's great for Jose, and it's great for the film because he gets a different view instead of getting it somewhere else and then getting it prepackaged. He gets to make a suggestion here and there for cutting purposes and putting it together. That’s nice to have on your set.

DC: So, how is the psychic detective gift manifested? Do we see visions or just him emoting like, ‘I see something’?

KF: No, you see visions. You will see visions, you will see the actual... I don’t know how much I can give away here! [laughter] Homer is a psychic and he does touch someone, feel them, or just sense them and he sees what is going to happen.

DC: Does everyone around him know that he is psychic, or is it something he keeps to himself?

KF: No, most of the police department knows that he is a special cop. They consider him special because he has this talent of course. And he is a little unnerving cause most psychics, if you have ever watched them or seen them interviewed or just watched them on a show, you will find that they don’t do it long in terms of constantly seeing people. There is the Long Island Medium, she has been on for a long while, and there was John Edwards and a few others that have been on and there was this woman who had a British accent and she was on for a long time... It's very draining. Very, very draining psychologically and emotionally for them. I watched John Edwards for a while, and in the beginning of the shows, he was very fresh and energetic and engaging, but then after 8 to 10 shows you could see he looked a little haggard. So it does take a lot out of him.

DC: Do you take that into account when you play Homer?

KF: I did. I did. But this is happening within two days. I hope it reads well; I think it will. There are some great moments that we captured.

DC: Who are most of your scenes with? The brothers, or do you have any with Barbara Crampton coming up?

KF: I don’t have any scenes with her. She shoots me in the back, and we just shot that. And someone else would be standing there later when she comes on set. So I don’t have any scenes with Barbara. I think it was [similar with] Sid Haig for one of the crazy films we did, Brotherhood of Blood... who would have a film with Ken Foree and Sid Haig and not have scenes together, right? And I kind of thought about it and was like, 'Barbara and I are in the same film, and we don’t have any scenes together?' I think it works for this. It’s a little bit different though, and I think it will work for this. It would be nice to have a scene with Barbara, but it’s just not going to happen.

DC: How does Homer find out about these criminals?

KF: The bodies lead me to the suspects. They lead me to… I investigate where she worked, and eventually I get clues there. And I am psychic as well. And I pick up on these two characters immediately... they become my number one suspects. I begin to poke around and eventually find out they are the ones.

DC: I heard you had kind of an intense scene with Graham [Denman] and Jon [Kondelik] in the Jumpcut Café the other day. What’s the story on that one?

KF: It was a good scene. It was my interrogation scene. It worked well. And that is where I get my first indication that these guys... actually it's not an indication; I am almost certain at that point that these are the guys. Of course, I am involved with touching and communicating that the woman was murdered and she takes me back to the murder, to the scene in the morgue. And I have another scene we are shooting tomorrow where you will see me go back and talk to her. So she takes me back to the murder and I see who-done-it.

Synopsis
Based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, the film tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother, Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives, they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.

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Level 33 Brings to Light The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger While Harold's Going Stiff

Dread Central - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:30

Two flicks we've been talking about for a long while, The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger and Harold's Going Stiff, are heading to DVD; and we have your details right here.

From the Press Release
The critically cheered British horror “mockumentary” HAROLD’S GOING STIFF is now available on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment. Following a successful multi-platform run, the title makes a unique and worthwhile addition to the DVD collection of zombie-lovers everywhere.

The same can be said for the bloody and hilarious 1980’s throwback horror film,THE LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER. Full of laughs and gore, this film delivers the campy entertainment of slasher movies from days gone by.

Both titles are available at Amazon.com and other fine retailers at an SRP of $14.99.

Written and directed by Keith Wright and produced in the U.K. by Richard Guy, HAROLD’S GOING STIFF stars newcomers Stan Rowe and Sarah Spencer in performances which HorrorTalk.com has called “a real triumph.” During the movie’s theatrical run, the film’s trailer ranked #1 on iTunes Trailers.

HAROLD’S GOING STIFF takes place in grey-skied, rural England and centers on Harold (Rowe), who is suffering from a new disease that is slowly transforming him into a zombie. A young, lonely nurse, Penny (Spencer), is sent to help ease the symptoms of Harold's frightening illness; and they quickly and unexpectedly become very close. After an experimental treatment fails, Harold's condition deteriorates rapidly, and the two end up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes seeking to rid their town of zombies.

Written, directed, and produced in Canada by Brad Mills, THE LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER was an official selection at the Atlantic Film Festival. The movie is a fun, campy throwback to those old 80’s VHS horror flicks that you would rent at your local video store.

Full of plot holes and cheesy dialogue, THE LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER is a B horror movie straight out of the 1970s and ‘80s. After taking a wrong turn down an abandoned road, the Jock, the Joker, the Blond Bimbo, and the Paranoid Brunette run out of gas and find themselves stranded in the middle of the woods. What a total bummer! What’s that noise? Why is everyone vanishing? Is it all one of Bradley's dumb practical jokes, or could the legend be true? Your compass can't help you in these woods!

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Breaking: Sony Traps Hot Duo for 'Ghostbusters' Reboot!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:17

Twitter writer Nikki Finke is reporting that Columbia Pictures already has their proton packs strapped on and are aiming to trap two directors for the long-gestured Ghostbusters III.

According to her tweet, 21 Jump Street and Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are currently in talks to replace Ivan Reitman, who left the project after the sad passing of Harold Ramis.

This is pretty spectacular news as not only are these guys killer directors, but it also sort of indirectly confirms the speculation that Jonah Hill was in talks to play one of the new Ghost Busters.

Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver were all at one time rumored to be returning, although now the story is completely being rewritten. It’s said to be about a ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits.

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6 MORE Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:00

As we continue to get used to our shiny new consoles and prepare for the glorious games — some familiar, some not — they have in store for us, I’d like to take a moment to look back at some of the standout horror franchises of yesteryear that have yet to make the transition to next-gen. These are the games that deserve a second chance, an opportunity for another generation of gamers to experience their wonders much like many of us did so many years ago.

Read on for my list of 6 MORE Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!

System Shock/System Shock 2

I couldn’t decide between the two, so I decided to cheat and include both. The reasoning behind this is that while it’d be weird to remake System Shock 2 before tackling the original, personally, I would much prefer a remake of the second game over the first. Granted, System Shock 2′ “big reveal” is fairly well-known by now, but that doesn’t keep me from craving another go through the Von Braun.

System Shock and its sequel released in 1994 and 1999, respectively, so I’m sure there’s a large number of horror fans out there who haven’t experienced the creepy survival horror majesty that is this series, and specifically, its malevolent rogue AI antagonist, SHODAN. It’s been so long since she called me a “pathetic sack of meat and bone.”

Fatal Frame

Every time I think about Fatal Frame and start to feel myself getting bummed out, I remember DreadOut — indie gaming’s answer to the industry’s seeming inability to give gamers what they want. While there’s a solid chance we’ll never hear from this series again, or at least not outside of Japan, I have hope that someone, somewhere, at some time will decide to give one of the early entries in this beloved franchise a reboot. No other series offers the visceral thrill that comes with waiting until the very last second to snap a picture of the malevolent spirit that’s coming your way.

I’d even settle for an “HD” port. That seems to be the craze these days, and while it wouldn’t even come close to a next-gen reboot, at this point, I’ll take any opportunity I’m given to return to this awesome survival horror series.

Clive Barker’s Undying

Back in 2001, Clive Barker took a break from wrapping people up in leather and hanging them from chains and various torture devices to bring us the overlooked and largely underappreciated horror gem that is Clive Barker’s Undying. A bit of the occult mixed with elements of the supernatural, Undying might not have aged well, but it’s still very much worth your time. I’d venture to say it’d be even more worthy if it had a fresh coat of paint slapped on it.

I still need something to wash the bitter taste left by Jericho out of my mouth.

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Vitals Interview Series Part 4: Kalex Reno

Dread Central - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:00

Vitals tells the harrowing tale of a man (Christopher Showerman) who is kidnapped while on vacation in India. He wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. Little does he know, it’s his heart his captors want next. It's only a matter of time before he discovers his wife (Charlene Amoia) in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to the organ-harvesting goons.

Having taken the vacation to work on their failing marriage, the couple must now set their differences aside and use each other's intellects and skills to escape before their captors return.

We sat down with Vitals producer on set one day, midway through shooting, to see what was up.

Dread Central: So, you’re the producer. What does that mean, exactly, on this set? Seems to me like you’re doing a little bit of everything!

Kalex Reno: It is so very ambiguous. I do whatever needs to be done. I met Marc after the screenwriting conference and he and I started talking about a different project. We got together for lunch afterwards and it wasn't something I could really take on but I was looking forward to the project about this scope and well I got a script like that and I already read the other scripts and I said let’s do it. He said do you want to read the scripts. You pitched it to me, I know what it is. I read the other script, I know you can write, so let’s go. So we got going.

DC: Now that's one of the things that sort of the pervading theme here in my interviews is been how very well written this script is…

KR: Well I don't, as a producer, I don't take on scripts. That's not I'm looking for. I started off as a writer myself so I got enough of my own stuff to do. I don't need to find other people's projects. I'm actually looking more for people to collaborate with. To answer your question, in the script itself you have fairly complex characters which is unusual. The fact that you have a strong female lead which is very rare, I like that. The fact that, even when you get down to, you know you have Kaliah and then you have these three henchmen. These henchmen have very distinct voices and they also have a sense of what they're back story might be and how those relationships work. You don't see that a lot in scripts to this level. You don't see that sense of a fullness of the world. That makes it a good script just from a storytelling point of view. It takes a kind of urban legend cliche but a lot of writers would say oh and yeah the twist is at the end, he gets his kidney taken out. It's where our movie opens up. That's what happens. It's like okay. It's not really about how it got there but you know it twist and turns from there. That's also, it's that sense of elevation makes it good just as a story. In terms of this project it was something that I know I could shoot in a space like this with a cast like this. It's a self-contained casters there's no extra, it's like a cast of thousands of unnecessary characters. It's a fairly self-contained show. There's maybe five locations, five six locations, in the entire piece, a lot of which is these two hotel rooms that we built, I'm like okay. We get the hotel rooms. We need half a dozen, six to eight, really great actors. I know we can get those, I know some people I can plug into it. Sending it to them you know we get Chris, we get Charlene, how we get Tim and it's a combination of those things. It's a story that comes together but it's also a story I can produce because I hear stories, like that's a good story but I can't make it. And then I also hear stories that's like okay I can make that but it's not a very good story.

DC: Chris mentioned that he heard about Vitals while he was vacation, that you emailed him the script.

KR: I've worked with Chris on a couple of other projects and he jumped to mind. I recommended him. Funny thing was that I hadn't worked with him in a couple of years and I literally just put him a web pilot that I was doing. So he was fresh in my mind and I'm talking to Marc, I say well hey Marc I just put Chris in this other thing you should take a look at him. Yeah the casting process in this was incredibly simple because it's such a great show. We moved very quickly once we got a cast out, we're getting calls like hey I got these people that want to be in it, we've already casted sorry. I tend to find, when a project picks up momentum like this you can feel who you're supposed to get.

DC: What, about this story, made you want to make the movie?

KR: Well, one of the things that I like about this show is that it, I don't work in horror. The last show I did was a thriller before that it was a comedy. I don't do a lot of horror work and what I like about this show is that it's not just about a man who gets his kidney taken out. It's about this relationship between these two people and whether or not their relationship is redeemable and I can't spoil for anybody what happens in the end. But you know it's, the twists and turns are about these two characters and their relationship. Marc and I talked early on and fairly regularly about us looking for that touch tone, that true line of what's going on. For everybody it's about love and for everybody it's about relationship. When you look at Kaliyah as the villain. We've talked to all the actors, it's like okay what you know you look at the story of the surgeon. Tim's character, his motivation by a love that was ripped from him and that to me elevates this sort of thing. It's easy to do blood. It's easy to do jump scares and to scare people but it's when you get down to the heart of who humanity really is and these characters. That's what appeals to me about this sort of thing.

Vitals comes to us from writer/director Marc Morgenstern. Christopher Showerman, Charlene Amoia, Sachin Metha, Tim Russ, and Claudia Wells co-star. In it Showerman stars as an unassuming electrician who wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. It’s only a matter of time before he finds his wife in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to a horrible organ harvesting organization. Now they must use each other’s wits and skills to escape before their captors return and their dark secrets are revealed.

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