WIN ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Black Maria SE Box!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:06

It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre appears in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras.

Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic ‘Black Maria’ cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty’s rescue when she’s being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of TCSM enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre throughout for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece.’

This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack will include a wealth of extras, including:

-A Leatherface apron
-Theatrical mini-poster
-Five audio options
-Four feature commentaries with the filmmakers and cast,
-Several making-of featurettes
-Deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, trailers and much more

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre received a mixed critical reception upon its initial release – the Los Angeles Times called it “despicable” – but horror fans immediately recognized it has a breakthrough in unbearable suspense. The story, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, is dreadfully simple: Five young people on a weekend getaway in remote Texas countryside fall prey to a chain saw-wielding butcher (dubbed Leatherface because of his mask made of human skin) and his demented cannibalistic family. Thanks to startling scenes such as a woman being impaled on a meat hook, horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational and shockingly realistic, the film terrified audiences and was the most buzzed-about release of its time (a buzz fueled by the marketing campaign that claimed it was based on a true story).

Thrust upon an America disillusioned by the Vietnam War and Watergate, the 1974 shocker faced a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry. But this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone, having opened the (sliding steel) door to the entire slasher genre of the 1980s and beyond.

In addition to the Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , the film will also be released as a standard DVD, Blu-ray and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on September 16 at retail outlets nationwide.

Street Date: Exclusively at only September 16, 2014
Street Date: retail outlets nationwide October 14, 2014
SRP: $99.98
Rate R
4K Digital Transfer, 7/1 Surround audio
A Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $49.98
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY DVD OR BD
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $24.98 DVD / $29.98 BLU-RAY
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
4 Feature Commentaries:

* Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
* Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns
* NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
* NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou

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Groots Bloody Groots

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:28

It took a while, but one very talented motherfucker named Luke Gibson finally figured out that the name of the most lovable character in Guardians of the Galaxy rhymes with Sepultura’s most well-known album and song, “Roots Bloody Roots.” Pablo Arriaga needs you to check it out.

No word from Sepultura if they will officially change the song lyrics because of this…yet. All we know is that it’s here and that a headbanging Groot is just as adorable as the shimmying original. Check out the video <here> and sing along! Oh yeah, there are lyrics.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.

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[Exclusive] Behind The Scenes Look At “Forever Evil: Arkham War!”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:21

Tomorrow sees the release of the collected edition of “Forever Evil: Arkham War” from DC. So in partnering with them we’re giving a behind the scenes look at the sketches that will be found in the final pages of this collected edition. They offer an incredible insight into the new designs found in the book and the process that goes into crafting such an epic event like this.

Plus we’ve got the exclusive look at Bane in the batsuit from Scott Eaton.

From DC Comics:

Madness and mayhem hit the streets as both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison unleash their prisoners upon the helpless citizens of Gotham. And with no Dark Knight to protect the city, what horrors will follow? Arkham and Blackgate face off in this series featuring Scarecrow, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, and more.

Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN) brings you FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR, detailing the battle for Gotham City in the midst of the epic crossover event FOREVER EVIL from comics superstars Geoff Johns and David Finch. Collects Forever Evil: Arkham War #1-6, Batman #23.4: Bane and Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman Vs. Bane #1.


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Which Zombieland Rule Would Be Your Flaw?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:00

Zombieland was one of this millennium’s most entertaining and unique zombie films, mixing humor, story, and gore into a fantastic story of trust and friendship.

It also had several rules, courtesy of Jesse Eisenberg’s “Columbus”, which were rather well thought out, pretty damn practical, and meant to ensure one’s survival.

But that doesn’t mean everyone would be able to follow those rules! And that’s what this week’s quiz aims to ask: Which Zombieland Rule Would Be Your Flaw?

I got “Rule #2: Double Tap”, which states:

You are a smart person and tend to think ahead, preparing for what is to come. This is definitely an important survival skill in the apocalypse. But while preparedness and saving resources can be a good thing… it might also become your downfall. When in doubt, don’t get stingy with your bullets. Nobody likes to turn their back on a “dead” zombie and get a nasty surprise. Maybe bring a baseball bat or a sword to get in that second hit, saving some bullets.

Take the quiz below and let me know which rule would be your flaw!

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[Review] ‘Motivational Growth’ Is a Weird, Thought-Provoking Tale

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:56

Let’s face it: This past summer hasn’t exactly been the most positive. Between the crap going on with war and disease, to the passing of one of the most beloved comedians of a generation, it’s pretty depressing. Depression isn’t the nicest of topics, and it’s talked about even less so (in a realistic fashion) in film. So it’s interesting that director/writer Don Thacker decided to throw that into the mix with his first feature-length film, Motivational Growth. The film made it’s premiere at the 2013 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, where it won Best Feature. It also snagged a couple more awards and festival selections before the year was out. But is it really worth your time?

Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) is a depressed mess. He pretty much crosses off every indication that he’s depressed: he hasn’t left his increasingly messy apartment in a year, hasn’t bathed in months, and hasn’t had any human contact for what seems like forever. His only constant “companion” is Kent, an old cabinet-style television set that’s been really the only thing keeping him going. So naturally, Kent up and dies. Ian is distraught and decides life isn’t worth living. Going to the bathroom to off himself, Ian succeeds in only hitting his head on the bathtub. When he wakes up, Ian discovers that the mold (voiced by Jeffrey Combs) that’s accumulated on the bathroom wall is talking to him. The mold has a plan for Ian, and promises that if Ian follows it, the payoff will be worth it.

Right away, you know a film’s going to be fun when you have Jeffrey Combs involved. The man’s a legend, and like the rest of the cast, are spot on. DiGiovanni is superb as Ian. He comes across as believable, and it’s pretty cool to see him go from the mope on the couch to seemingly turning things around for himself. And yeah, he probably has the same reaction as anyone would have if a fungus (sorry, THE MOLD) started talking to you. The duo wax linguistics in their conversations as if it were second nature, which is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Pete Giovagnoli as Ian’s landlord, Box The Ox, is a treat. The guy threatens Ian with unintentionally-humourous stories over not paying the rent (breaking chimpanzees’ arms is hard), and is stereotypically a goon. Danielle Doetsch is sweet as Leah, the literal girl-next-door and Ian’s love interest. She, like Ian, is a bit quirky herself, which is all the more endearing. I don’t think I’d have the same reaction as she did if someone hurled on me. Everyone else involved is equally impressive.

Thacker also deserves praise for just how he crafted this weird little tale. It’s set in the 1990s, uses chiptunes by Alex Mauer for a soundtrack that sound straight out of a video game, and even has 8-bit video game style cutscenes for certain scenes that add even more character to the film. What’s even more interesting is the film’s budget, and what Thacker was able to do with it. Shot for just over $176K, the limited number of effects that Thacker was able to pull off were quite impressive. As far as the gore goes, there isn’t too much going on, but there are more gross-out moments than gore, such as Ian eating fungus, vomiting various types of goo, rotted dead bodies and more.

On the negative side, the film is understandably weird. While that might not seem like a bad thing, it might be too weird for some people. It keeps itself together for the first hour, but after that, it begins to lag. Compounding things is the acid trip-like happenings that Ian sees or doesn’t see, causing confusion for not only him, but the viewer trying to follow the story. Things only get more confusing once the ending rolls around, leaving you wondering just what exactly happened. I can understand and appreciate Thacker for trying something so out of the box, but it threatens to alienate viewers and limit it’s audience, which is a shame.

Once the cabinet TV doors closed at the credits, I was impressed with Motivational Growth. It sports great acting from all the players, some great touches of humour mixed with it’s weirdness, and who doesn’t love listening to Jeffrey Combs? And while the film may be a little too out there for it’s own good, it’s also what endears it, along with it’s moral message. Thacker definitely deserves to be noticed for his work, and while it may take repeated viewings to just figure out what the hell is going on, Motivational Growth is certainly impressive.

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‘Jessabelle’ Rescued In Latest Imagery

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:53

The dead are back for life this October.

Lionsgate just send us two new images from Jessabelle, their new haunter from Saw VI director Kevin Greutert.

In the film that opens in theaters and on various VOD platforms November 7, “Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, Ana De La Reguera and Amber Stevens star.

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[TV] The Symbolism Behind “Hannibal” Season 2 (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:19

Go behind-the-scenes of a pivotal moment in the second season of “Hannibal” when Mads Mikkelsen finds himself in a (rare) vulnerable state. The cast and crew talk about the moment in this exclusive clip from the forthcoming home video release of “Hannibal: Season Two.”

“Hannibal: Season Two,” the next chapter of the smash hit series will keep viewers on the edge of their seats when it arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of TV’s “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies,” comes the complete second season of the deliciously dark and twisted show.

Premiering to over 4.8 million viewers, “Hannibal” continues its second season with Will Graham (Dancy) locked in a mental asylum, accused of Hannibal Lecter’s (Mikkelsen) crimes. Jack Crawford (Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack’s new consultant on cases. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show nothing can ever be the same again.

Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks, stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy and Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne. The show co-stars Caroline Dhavernas (TV’s “Off the Map”) and guest stars Hettienne Park (Young Adult), Scott Thompson (TV’s “The Colbert Report”), Aaron Abrams (TV’s “The LA Complex”), Gillian Anderson (TV’s “X-Files”), Raul Esparza (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie), Cynthia Nixon (HBO’s “Sex in the City”), Michael Pitt (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Katharine Isabelle (SyFy’s “Being Human”).

Before Hannibal Season 3 airs on NBC catch up with Hannibal: Season Two, which contains all 13 episodes on three-discs loaded with special features that include select episode audio commentaries with the cast and crew, a feature-length documentary on the making of episode 205, featurettes on the style of Hannibal Lector and the prosthetics and effects in the show, cast and crew reflections on Season 2, webisodes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

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Bloodbath’s New Vocalist Has Been Revealed As…

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:00

Swedish death metal band Bloodbath recently announced their return after several years, unveiling a new album by the name of Grand Morbid Funeral, which will come out November 17th via Peaceville Records. But the question on everyone’s mind was, “Who is the new vocalist?” After all, Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) had left the band in 2012, four years after the release of The Fathomless Mastery.

Well, the answer to that question has been answered and the new vocalist for Bloodbath is none other that Paradise Lost‘s Nick Holmes!

Bassist Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) tells Metal Hammer:

Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in 1990, Nick Holmes has been one of my favourite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!

Lead guitarist Anders Nyström (Katatonia) adds:

Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre-defining Gothic and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath’s grand morbid funeral!

This sounds like it’s going to be one massive record! I loved The Fathomless Mastery, so I’m definitely keeping close eyes on this one.

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Elevated ‘Extraterrestrial’ Poster (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:24

You won’t have a choice…

From Grave Encounters‘ The Vicious Brothers, we have an elevated new one-sheet for their upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st. The poster shows the legs of a woman, presumably being abducted. The film gives a hefty dose of homage to classics like Close Encounters, Fire In the Sky, Alien and Aliens.

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Image and Poster Vamps Out

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

Above we shared a new look at The Orchard’s newest acquisition, What We Do In The Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark). In addition, we scored the first poster that’s found below the previously released trailer.

Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.”

The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘Tusk’ Clip Shows Haley Joel Osment As a Shit-Talkin’ DJ

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:59

Two more clips from Kevin Smith’s Tusk have been released, one with Justin Long in bed with the gorgeous Genesis Rodriguez, the other showing an older Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment as a shit-talking DJ.

In theaters September 19 via A24, Smith’s Human Centipede-esque Tusk (read our review) is about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).

Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea — and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness.

The official website will now allow you to “Tuskify yourself” – upload your picture and go full walrus!

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[Review] Ti West’s Disturbing ‘The Sacrament’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:56

I know that people will give me flak, and others will agree, but I’m not the biggest fan of Eli Roth. Despite being hailed as one of the “Splat Pack”, the guy’s really only done five films in his career starting in 1998. While I know that’s still more than some members of the group, and the fact that Roth has dabbled in producing and acting, he still comes across as more of a spokesperson for horror rather than someone who has broken new ground. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. Roth has had his hand in producing several successful films and helping out younger directors. One of whom is Ti West. Fresh from directing segments in V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, West returned to feature-length work with the Jonestown-inspired The Sacrament.

Patrick (Kentucker Audley) is a fashion photographer who travels to meet his sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) at Eden Parish, a remote Caribbean island commune in which she’s been living since she left her drug rehab program. In spite of Caroline’s lack of details regarding the happenings in the commune, Patrick travels to Eden Parish with his friends and co-workers Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg), who are hoping to score a story for their employer, Vice Magazine. Once there, Patrick is met by his sister, who seems much happier and healthier than she did when Patrick last saw her. Sam and Jake begin filming interviews with Eden Parish’s inhabitants, all of whom sing praises of the commune. However, once they’re introduced to the head of Eden Parrish, a man referred to only as The Father (Gene Jones), the sinister truth about the commune quickly comes out.

Now before some of you moan and rage over another found-footage film, this is one time that it works. Yes, there’s a bit of shaky cam involved, but not to the point that it’s distracting or annoying. And yeah, it’s obvious that the film has been altered in post to have the picture more akin to what you’d see on television, but that’s the point. West’s decision to go the found-footage route gives the film a very visceral feel, upping the tension and those uneasy feelings as if you’re there witnessing the entire thing. It also gives West the excuse for some of the shots to look as good as they do, as the guys who are supposed to be filming those shots? Their jobs are to make it look like that good. It’s almost like they’re reporters or something, you know?

The biggest draw for this film is the cast. Every player is on the ball. Audley not only gets the wheels turning for this film, but you believe in his character’s concern for his sister. Likewise, Amy Seimetz does a great job of portraying a psychologically fragile individual in Amy, who is ripe to be preyed upon. Speaking of which, Gene Jones is definitely the standout for this film as The Father. The way the man talks and acts fits the definition of a cult of personality perfectly. Behind the smiles, there is definitely an evil streak, and Jones has you believing that his character could have his followers literally do whatever he wanted them to do. West also has his mainstays in Bowen and Swanberg, who also contribute nicely to the film. Even though Swanberg is relegated to being behind the camera for much of the film, he still plays a significant role that eventually leads to the film’s climax.

In spite of the cast’s work and how mesmerizing Jones is in his role, the film falters in a couple of areas. One area is the fact that some of the characters could’ve been given more attention past their introductions. Leaving some of them not fully developed was probably a tough decision, since it probably would have disturbed the pacing of the film had we been given more time. Still, it feels like there’s more that we’re not seeing. The other sore spot is that if you’ve been doing your homework and researched what happened in Jonestown, you’re going to be kind of disappointed, since West follows closely what eventually happened there in his film. In other words, you know what’s going to happen. I know, it’s a bit of a spoiler, but even then, you still get the sense of what’s going to happen, even if you didn’t know about Jonestown. It’s still quite disturbing and horrifying, but at the same time, you’ve seen it before.

Regardless, The Sacrament definitely deserves top marks for being one creepy thriller. The cast do a remarkable job in their roles, and Jones is absolutely perfect. The violence is not particularly gory, but it definitely didn’t have to be, since the tension and the emotional quotient take care of the horror part, and I liked it. If you’re in the mood for a found-footage film that takes advantage of the concept and executes it almost flawlessly, or are looking for your doomsday cult fix, then look no further than The Sacrament.


Presented in an AVC encoded 1.78.1 widescreen 1080p transfer, The Sacrament looks quite good. Detail is very good, even with the added grain and tweaks to the picture to give it more of a film look. Colour reproduction is great, with the greens of the jungle being the ones that stand out the most. Black levels are good, skin tones look accurate and quite lifelike. The only real drawbacks are in the darker scenes, when the shadows tend to swallow much of the picture and it’s detail.

Audio-wise, the film gets an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. While most of the sound is relegated to the front, the track still puts out some great directionality and immersion. Dialogue is kept in the centre, and is clear and free of distortion. Tyler Bates’ score hits in the right places in creating ominous and tense moments. Bass is appropriate for this type of film and isn’t overpowering. Overall, the track is very good.

First up is an audio commentary with writer/director Ti West and actors AJ Bowen and Amy Seimetz. The trio have a lot to say about making this movie, and make this an easy and well-paced listen. Ti talks about things such as the writing process, his experience working with producer Eli Roth, shooting the film in Georgia, the happenings on the set, as well as deleted footage that unfortunately was not included on the disc. Why people do this in commentaries drives me nuts. Bowen and Seimetz chime in with some insightful comments about their experiences in front of the camera, as well as discuss their characters.

Following that is a twenty-one minute featurette called Creating The Sacrament: Revealing The Vision, which includes interviews with producer Eli Roth, director Ti West and some members of the cast and crew. Topics include the experience of filming in Georgia, the film’s references to Jonestown, the characters, the origins of some of the ideas used for the film and more. It’s an interesting chat that compliments the commentary without repeating too much information.

Working with the Director: The Ti West Experience is your typical piece gushing over the director by the cast and crew, saying how wonderful it was to work on the film with West, how great he is, etc.

Preparing for Takeoff: Behind the Scenes Helicopter Sequence is a picture-in-picture sequence that shows the film footage of the aforementioned sequence in a small window, while the rest of the picture is the footage of the sequences being shot. The whole thing just shows the differences between what was shot, and what the final cut looks like.

AXS TV: A Look at The Sacrament rounds out the extras as your typical three-minute EPK puff piece that just functions as a brief overview of the film.

Also included are six bonus trailers, none of which are for The Sacrament.

Overall, the Blu-Ray shows off some great audio and video, with some good extras. Again, the deleted footage that West talks about in the commentary is absent (again, why do they do this?!), along with the film’s trailer. In regards to the deleted footage, this would’ve been a much-welcomed addition, since it would’ve fleshed out those areas of the film that needed development.

And come on, including trailers for your own film are a no-brainer.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Clip Goes Full ‘Matrix’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:50

Universal Pictures sent us this new clip from Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella in theaters October 10, 2014.

The clip shows Luke Evans, as Dracula, forced to be a one man army. He turns on his Dracula “vision” and then goes full Matrix on hundreds of soldiers. It’s pretty cool.

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

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

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Faust: Masters of Cinema Edition (UK Blu-ray/DVD) Review

Dread Central - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:55

Starring Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Directed by F.W. Murnau

Distributed by Eureka!

Widely regarded as Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau’s crowning masterpiece, Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage – to give it its full original title – is not only a shining jewel of the filmmaker’s oeuvre but an historical cinematic milestone of major significance.

A telling of the German folk tale of the same name, Faust concerns a wager made between heaven and hell (in the form of an Archangel and the Devil Mephisto) for the fate of all mankind: If Mephisto can completely corrupt the soul of one man – the eponymous alchemist Faust (Ekman) – then the world will be his.

Putting his plans in motion, Mephisto unleashes a deadly plague on Faust’s home village. As his desperate search for a cure proves fruitless while the dying citizens call for his help, Faust enters into a one-day-only ‘trial’ pact with Mephisto. Suddenly, he is able to cure the sick with his bare hands, driving back the plague. All comes to a rough end, however, when the people discover that Faust can no longer look upon or touch the sign of the cross, and so to escape impending execution, he commands Mephisto to make him young again and whisk him away.

Consumed by the pleasures of his newfound youth and power, Faust goes on to accept the full agreement – his soul for indefinite command of Mephisto’s power – and sets about attempting to woo the innocent Gretchen (Horn). Tragedy abounds, however, as Mephisto’s scheming leads to increasingly dire consequences for Gretchen, her family, and Faust himself – pulling them all down a path of darkness which may very well spell the end of the world as we know it.

A product of the silent era of cinema, Murnau’s Faust continues to stress its historical importance, and impact on the art form, to this day. While grounded in the level of visual theatricality customary (and necessary) at the time, it nevertheless produces consistent displays of technical marvel via camera movement, sweeping miniature vistas, and brilliantly effective special effects – to name just a few of the elements Murnau has up his sleeve. Convincingly medieval costuming and set design provide a backdrop for touches of Expressionist style, though somewhat less overtly representative of the movement than similar output of the decade such as Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Story wise, Murnau’s Faust is closer in narrative to that of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play than any other version, though various elements are tweaked to suit the filmmaker’s vision. Emil Jannings relishes his part as the devious Mephisto, full of theatrical mischievousness, wide-mouthed grins, and evil stares. He seems especially happy during the second act’s racier sex farce elements, grinning cheekily as he cops a feel of Gretchen’s aunt, for example. Camilla Horn’s performance as the aforementioned tortured innocent is truly something else – a brave and standout turn at a time when perfection in physical performance was required to truly communicate with audiences, and she communicates all too well.

Faust is a classic for a reason; anyone with even slightly more than a passing interest in cinema ought to cherish this film outright – though a bemoaning of the rather abrupt and saccharine ending would be a forgivable umbrage. It’s a superlative, inventive piece of work by a masterful, visionary director that remains as engrossing and surprising today as it was almost 90 years ago. Yes, it’s that old – and yes, it’s still that good. In a great turn, it’s now actually even better with this “Masters of Cinema” release from Eureka!, which, for the first time outside of Germany, gives us Murnau’s domestic cut – the original cut created for screening within the country of origin which contains all of the best takes and shots and forms his actual, preferred vision.

Picture quality for the domestic cut is startlingly good. Sporting a 1080p high-definition transfer, it’s as close to perfect as one could likely ever expect Faust to look. Grain and print damage are obviously prevalent given the age of the material, and the image can appear rather soft at times, but honestly – you’ve never seen it as wonderfully presented as this, trust me. The export cut that most will be used to by now is also included but doesn’t receive the same meticulous treatment. It still looks decent but can’t compete with the clarity of the main showpiece. Both versions of the film also come on separate DVDs alongside the Blu-ray disc.

For the domestic cut you also have the choice of one of three different musical scores: Timothy Brock’s orchestral score, Stan Ambrose’s harp accompaniment, or Javier Pérez de Axpeitia’s piano arrangement. Backing this up is an incredible amount of special features which include a circa 40-minute discussion of the film with learned critic Tony Rayns; a German-language documentary that runs almost an hour dissecting nearly every facet of the film’s creation, entitled “The Language of Shadows”; a feature commentary by David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn which proves very informed, insightful, and entertaining; a lengthy video comparison of the differences between the domestic and export cuts; and a 40-page booklet featuring various writings on the film (not included for review).

It all combines to form an excellent presentation and package for a film whose importance and ongoing relevance to cinema simply cannot be overstated and adds another gold star to the chart for Eureka!’s fantastic “Masters of Cinema” label.

Special Features
• Restored 1080p transfer of the domestic German print with three optional scores: Timothy Brock orchestral score, Stan Ambrose harp score, and Javier Pérez de Axpeitia piano score
• Export version of the film
• DVD versions of both cuts of the film
• A discussion of the film with critic Tony Rayns
• Audio commentary by critics David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn
The Language of Shadows documentary
• 40-page booklet containing an essay by Peter Spooner, writing on the film by Eric Rohmer, and rare archival imagery
• Version comparison (Domestic and Export)


5 out of 5

Special Features:

5 out of 5

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Dread Central Tours Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood; Exclusive Video and Images!

Dread Central - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:30

This past Friday, September 12th, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Creative Director John Murdy gave Dread Central a preview of their then-under-construction “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” fright mazes.

Read on for the details, exclusive video, and our photo gallery!

Arriving to a heavily under-construction Universal Studios on a sweltering Los Angeles afternoon (these heat waves seem to historically hit the week of the preview), we hopped in a van to the backlot with mastermind Murdy, where “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” maze was in its final days of preparation for Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off next Friday, September 19th.

In keeping with the narrative of Season 4 of the popular AMC series, this year’s “The Walking Dead” maze (the third year running for Universal’s HHN) recreates the prison in which the majority takes place and introduces as well the show’s principals’ search for the purported sanctuary of Terminus. Upon arrival we were greeted by the maze’s exterior, a rather convincing correctional facility façade, with a perimeter ringed with high chain-link fencing. Just inside sat a burned out military tank (repositioned from Fast & Furious 6), as well as the prop carcass of a fallen steed (echoing Season 1 of “The Walking Dead”).

Once inside the impressive and at times two-story attraction, we were greeted by a catwalk, myriad cell doors, rotted zombies, a morgue, a recreation of the show’s convenience store ‘Big Spot’ and much, much more. See our video clip of Murdy chatting about the maze below.

From there it was on to the “An American Werewolf in London” maze, erected just outside the park’s Jurassic Park attraction. Nailing it from the onset, the exterior of the attraction was decked out to resemble the pub ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’ from director John Landis’ classic 1981 film, as was the first room we entered, replete with a bar and requisite pentagram.

Determined, Murdy and crew are set to deliver within the attraction the iconic moments of the groundbreaking flick, which, in addition to the pub, include the film’s hospital room, the demon soldier slaughter, the porno theater (screening See You Next Wednesday, a nice attention to detail), the London tube (which features a clever scare not from the film, but in keeping with it) and most importantly, the famous Rick Baker-created werewolf transformation. See our clip of Murdy talking about that below.

While we don’t want to give much more away in terms of the narrative and scares (these attractions are best experienced without heavy spoilers), you can check out our photo gallery, and keep your eyes on Dread Central for our annual coverage of the Eyegore Awards and the grand opening of Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off this coming Friday, September 19th.

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.


About Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood
Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 will feature a slate of all-new haunted attractions including “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” inspired by Season 4 of AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series. The bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

The engrossing television series will seep into other parts of Universal’s backlot with predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. “Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead” will take guests down the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the “burned moonshine cabin,” “charred walkers” and “mud walkers.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s acclaimed supernatural TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn” will debut at this year’s event in a new maze designed to thrust guests into its deviant world where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the Earth for centuries.

Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose the first-ever original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”

Other marquee mazes will include “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” a terrifying new haunted attraction based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” bringing together the most deadly species spawned from two blockbuster films; “An American Werewolf in London,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film; and “Face Off: In the Flesh,” featuring gruesome characters from Syfy’s hit TV series.

A series of unnerving scare zones will also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” terrorizing guests as they navigate the darkness from one terrifying maze to another, beginning with “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster thriller. “The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus” will awaken swarms of predatory walkers in a gruesome scare zone situated adjacent to the new “The Walking Dead” maze.

Additional scare zones will include “Mask-a-Raid,” featuring hordes of bloodthirsty cannibals masquerading as French aristocrats; “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed area where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell; and “Skullz,” based on the Native American legend of Wendigo, a malevolent supernatural half-beast monster with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are as follows: September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 2014.

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Exclusive Clip Shows Off The Devil Incarnate

Dread Central - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:00

Indie filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper is back with another tale of terror called The Devil Incarnate, and it’s getting set for an October 7, 2014, DVD release from RLJ / Image Entertainment. Read on for an exclusive clip.

Graci Carli and Rod Luzzi star.

The future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror.

On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. As the child grows within her, Holly begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. Soon their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within her womb. Desperate to save his wife and unborn child, Trevor searches for answers and discovers Holly may have fallen prey to an ancient curse spawned by an evil demon with an insatiable lust for blood.

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Titan Books Releasing Kim Newman’s An English Ghost Story in October

Dread Central - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:30

Looking for something new to read during the upcoming Halloween season? Acclaimed author Kim Newman (Anno Dracula) has a stand-alone novel entitled An English Ghost Story heading our way in early October, and we have all the details right here.

Newman has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Look for his latest, An English Ghost Story, on October 7th from Titan Books.

We’ll be back with an excerpt soon!

A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

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‘Disaster L.A.’: Zombie Attack Clip! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:18

We’re continuing to rollout exclusives for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, this time with a second clip that has your first look at a zombie attack. During an apocalypse, always hope that you have a friend with a gun ready to save your ass…

Independent filmmaker Turner Clay’s newest sci-fi zombie thriller arrives September 16 Direct-to-Video Blu-ray and DVD release, plus Digital Download.

Clay wrote, directed and produced (with John Will Clay) Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here which “tells the story of a group of friends desperately trying to escape the toxic smoke that is the deadly result of a meteor shower strike in the middle of Los Angeles. In its wake, neither friends nor strangers are safe from each other. The only hope for survival is to try to reach the coast before it’s too late.

Justin Ray and Jerod Meagher star and Stephanie Estes, Ron Hanks, Michael Taber, Dennis Leech, Ali Williams, Morgan Jackson and Kendall Mayhew are featured.

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[Halloween Treat] Enter Cakeageddon, the Edible Horror Farm!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:16

There are four things that dominate my life: horror, basketball, pizza and cake. Just the mere thought of combining two of those things could make my head explode (if not my heart, first).

I just now learned of Cakeageddon, which is described as an “edible horror farm.” Yes, a farm of horror filled with delicious treats; it’s like treat-or-treating from the gods!

Unfortunately, I’m here in the States, so a trip to Standalone Farm in the UK is out of the question. Those UK readers who Hansel and Gretel the hell out of that shit, be sure to share your photos and stories from the event.

A perverse cake box of fairy tales including deformed Animal Farm characters, ‘Three (Slaughtered) Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and her basket of intestines and the nemesis of Miss Muffet, a giant 7ft spider… all of course in 100% edible form. Cakeageddon is coming… Miss Cakehead presents a twisted fairy tale for your taste buds as the world’s first edible horror farm opens at Standalone Farm in Letchworth Garden City this Halloween.

The event combines live horror action with cake for the first ever time, creating an incredible terrifying edible experience the likes of which have never been seen before. The family farm attraction taken over by renowned creative and food art curator Miss Cakehead for a special event targeted strictly at older teenagers and adults which features some of the world’s most infamous cake makers.

Red Riding Hood chasing you through the woods and the remains of the three slaughtered little pigs strung up and dripping ‘blood’ (strawberry sauce) are just some of the CAKE treats in store for you when the mistress of macabre cake takes over Letchworth Garden City’s Standalone Farm every night from the 29th October to the 1st November. Cakeageddon – the World’s first edible horror farm – will be extreme gruesome cake at its most terrifying.

Scattered around the farm will be a series of large scale cake installations which brave visitors will be able to tuck into if there dare… There will be plenty of nasty surprises in store as they go on their cake-walk though the night… Even the children’s play barn on the farm is touched by Miss Cakehead’s twisted mind, taken over by a nightmarish edible creation of Animal Farm.

Not forgetting her macabre cake roots, Miss Cakehead’s extreme cake shop – Eat Your Heart Out – will be back for the fourth year. In fact this year there are two; one based at Standalone Farm itself (which can be visited without having to enter the farm) and another at The Hoxton Shoreditch.

More information on tickets and the event can be found at or by following @miss_cakehead on Twitter.

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Meet ‘The Wicked One’ In This New Indie Slasher

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:05

Jonestown Films has announced the start of production on The Wicked One.

The indie slasher is “A story about a girl who claims a monster sized slasher is after her and is admitted into a mental institution. Her psychiatrist is skeptical until the killer shows up.

The Wicked One is directed by Tory Jones and stars Katie Stewart, Jack Norman, Dale Miller, and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th).

Here’s your first look:

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