Whether you loved Annabelle (review) or you hated it, there’s no denying that the titular character – first seen in The Conjuring and based on a real ‘haunted’ doll – is pretty damn creepy. With long pigtails, rosy red cheeks and a sinister smile, Annabelle is hands down one of the most nightmarish pint-sized terrors the genre has ever birthed.
Nightmarish. Yea. That’s a word that doesn’t even begin to describe the video we’ve just dug up, wherein a male makeup artist uses his tools of the trade to literally transform into the Annabelle doll, right before your eyes. You have been warned.
Like David Naughton’s transformation in An American Werewolf in London, this one is both horrifying and awe-inspiring, as it’s truly amazing how doll-like the artist becomes, with a few strokes of the makeup brush.
London-based artist Charlie Short is the man behind the makeup, going by the name PinkStylist over on YouTube. Check out the full transformational tutorial below, which somehow manages to make Annabelle even creepier than she already was!
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From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigfoot. We have a brand new clip that drops you right in the middle of an attack where said Sasquatch is going absolutely crazy!
“For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.“
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
Directed by Bobby Roe
Let me be clear. I am sick to death of found footage movies. The subgenre has been weakened, overdone, and generally speaking, I can’t imagine anyone looking for more footage as all the interesting stuff has already been found. Or so I thought… Just when it seemed I was out, something came along and pulled me back in: the truly frightening The Houses October Built.
In it our characters, who play themselves, are about as fed up with homogenized haunted attractions as I am with first-person movies. Rather then spend their Halloween season headed to the usual haunts, they decide to take a trip to the not as well known towns who host their own spook houses each year. Our group, made up of a pair of brothers along with several life-long friends, are in search of the most extreme haunts imaginable. One in particular hits their radar that’s supposed to be the apex of scares. The only problem? No one knows where it is or whom to ask for directions. This isn’t something that’s advertised. It’s only known through word of mouth.
Once on the road, our protagonists hit up several haunted attractions, each one spookier than the next, and while there they start their pursuit of the holy grail of haunts by asking around each town. Finally they get a lead and lo and behold end up there. The only hitch? They might never leave.
Filmed in actual haunted attractions, each with their own scare-actors, The Houses October Built masterfully captures the look and feel of both the industry and the season with eerie sights and jump-scares aplenty. The film’s characters are ridiculously natural, and their relationships and reactions are both fun and frightening. You really feel as if you’re there with the gang having a blast. This illusion is pulled off flawlessly, and I don’t think any other style of filmmaking could have done such a service to this particular movie. I will say this though… if you’re not a fan of shaky-cam, you may want to steer clear as there’s a lot of it, but if you don’t mind or can just deal, there’s quite an experience to be had here.
As with every other found footage film, you’re going to have to suspend logic every now and again. That’s always a painful task because you want things to make perfect sense, but here you’ve just gotta accept that the camera is rolling and take the ride. Believe me, it’s worth it!
By the time we get to the finale, we’ve been thoroughly assaulted with nightmarish imagery that leads to a third act that’s home to some of the most intense situations we’ve seen in some time. It’s frighteningly real and leads you to wonder exactly how all of this happened and who was behind what. There’s much discussion to be had by the time that the credits roll, and that’s the hallmark of a great film.
Tis the season, kids, and this is a great Halloween-time tale of absolute terror. Revel in it!
“Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”
There’s a new trailer mashup that’s sort of a bit lazy and thrown together as click bait (well, it worked didn’t it?). On the heels of the success of Annabelle, this new mashup combines the haunted doll movie with Pixar’s Toy Story.
The faux trailer for Woody is clever in theory, but doesn’t work until the last gag, which is why I decided to share this Halloween Treat with ya!
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, best known for Cold Prey and Escape, is preparing Scandinavia’s first disaster movie, The Wave (Bølgen).
The film, writes ScreenDaily, budgeted at $7.9m (NOK50m), will depict a tsunami that is predicted to hit Norway at some point in the future.
There was a previous instance in 1934 when 2 million cubic metres of rock fell into Norway’s Tafiord, triggering a 85-metre wave, which left 40 people dead.
Currently, a 700-metre crevice in the Åkneset Fjell, aka the Fjell of Death, expands by 10-15cm annually. This will eventually result in a rockslide, creating a tsunami in the fjord and destroying everything in its path before it reaches land in Geiranger.
Filming on Norwegian locations and in Romanian studios, the cast include Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Eili Harboe and Jonas Hoff Oftebro.
The script, about an experienced geologist (Joner) who finds himself separated from his family 10 minutes before he knows the disaster will take place, has been written by John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw-Eeg.
The Wave will be released in August 2015 by Nordisk Film Distribusjon.
Apparently Universal is cleaning house of old Blumhouse films as they’ve dumped not only Mockingbird direct-to-VOD, but now Stephen King’s Mercy. Yes, both can be rented or purchased on various VOD platforms, right now with absolutely zero press. This makes you wonder if we’ll finally see Blumhouse’s Area 51, on shelves since pretty much a year after Paranormal Activity released (although, that’s released through Paramount Pictures)…
Anyways, we now have the trailer for Mercy, directed by Haunting in Connecticut‘s (yuck) Peter Cornwell. It looks sort of like an Evil Dead ripoff, without all the cool deadites.
In Mercy, “Two young boys (“The Walking Dead’s” Chandler Riggs and Super 8‘s Joel Courtney) who move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, they fear she might not be the only one who won’t make it through the summer alive. Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and overcome the evil forces threatening their family.”
The film stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, and Chris Browning.
Ever since we were teased with a “BioShock” movie, I’ve been dying for Gore Verbinski to return to horror. His The Ring remake is of huge inspiration for me, and is part of the genesis of the V/H/S films.
Verbinski is getting paranoid with comedian Steve Carell in an untitled thriller that New Regency will put in production in March. But that’s not all, Deadline reports that the plan is for Verbinski to follow this one by shooting back-to-back projects for New Regency. Those films will be A Cure For Wellness, an elevated horror film written by Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe, and the comedy Passengers.
Verbinski, who signed the deal in April, is coming off The Lone Ranger and before that the Oscar-winning Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films.
With the amazing announcement that Showtime has secured a third season of the cult murder mystery TV show Twin Peaks, I thought I would bring back this old interview where composer Angelo Badalamenti discussed how he sat with creator David Lynch and came up with the infamous “Love Theme” that has haunted and entranced listeners for almost 25 years.
What I love about this clip is how passionately Badalamenti recalls the exact circumstances when this piece was composed. His story conveys a deep appreciation of the power of music and how it can be used to enhance what is happening on the screen.
Much of the audio was used as the introduction to this free electronic mix.
With Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films’ ABCs of Death 2 now on various VOD platforms, Bloody Disgusting caught up with Dennison Ramalho, who directed one of my favorite of the 26 short films.
In his “J is for Jesus,” a man is kidnapped by his own father and given an exorcism to cleanse his soul only to learn he’s not the demon.
We talked to Ramalho about the genesis of his short, his hatred of religion, and whether or not he fears backlash for spiritual horror fans.
BD: You surprisingly share a very similar view on religion we me, I was wondering what promoted such, hatred?
Dennison Ramalho: “Most religions use fear as a prime tactic. I was raised in a churchgoing environment and saw how huge of a toll the maintenance of dogma made lives horrible for many people around me. So far, that’s ok. Some people choose that lifestyle, all difficulties included. But then things get hairy when extremists articulate themselves in whatever manner — from “politics-politics” to “sexual politics” to “home politics”, and so on… — to impose their beliefs and lifestyle on others using, guess what? Yes. FEAR TACTICS. And LIES. In comes the fear of Hell, the fear of being morally or mentally anomalous, the fear of not having acceptable moral good-standing… That’s where I tell (extreme) religion to fuck off, and make movies against it. To expose all that cruelty. It’s not about spirituality anymore. It’s about mind control, and it’s unacceptable. Brazil is a particularly cruel country when it comes to not being religious, or being gay, or being a humanist or a free-thinker. It’s a mostly-conservative society pretending to be cool and progressive. It’s not my first movie on the subject, btw.”
BD: Are you afraid of any sort of backlash from religious folk?
Dennison Ramalho: I’m damn hungry for it!
BD: Can you talk about the genesis of the short, and the affects of social commentary on film?
Dennison Ramalho: “I can talk about the genesis of the short. About the affects of social commentary on film, well… I don’t feel I know, historically that much about it. Suffice to say Romero is my great idol on this strategy, in all his zombie films. He uses Horror and Death as metaphors of ethical subjects going rotten in American Society. I try to do the same. In my previous short film (NINJAS, 2010) I unleashed a vicious attack against the Brazilian Military Police, showing them as the sadistic monsters they really are. As for the genesis of the short, I created a number of possible stories for the anthology. Some of them with my dear friend, Screenwriter Jeff Bühler (of INSANITARIUM and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN fame). I was pretty outraged at a few evangelical politicians in Brazil at the time (basically media preachers who used their popularity to become congressmen). These fellas proposed a project of law that revoked a decision of the Superior Federal Council of Psychiatry, which banned the treatment of homosexuality in Brazil as a mental disease. In other words, if that law passed (which it didn’t!) gay people would be legally considered mentally-ill and, thus, eligible for psychiatric treatment — a human rights catastrophe!”
BD: Religion and horror always seem to hit the spot, it’s like peanut butter and jelly, can you speak more to this…
Dennison Ramalho: “As I said: it’s all about fear of a deep Evil lurking right around the corner, or inside your mind. Religion, with ethical and compassionate approaches, always zealed for the human soul. Then fanaticism took over, and turned this zeal into hysterical dictatorial lust — you see it from ISIS beheadings to my neighborhood’s chapter of the Assembly of God. But in movies the uses of the religion-horror combo are not that immoral. After all, the Devil — you beautiful! — was always there as a villain to inspire stories about possessions, the Occult, etc. But in movies there is pure evil — and I don’t believe in pure evil in real life. Even Satan was an angel once, after all… However, it’s one thing is to invent a black-metal demon named Baghuul for your movie, or come up with Satan, the absolute evil one, possessing little girls. The other thing is to use Fiction and the mass-media to demonize minorities, which is what these fuckers do. Well, this little movie is my personal answer to that.”
“ABCs of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.”
Bloody Disgusting was excited to share with you the first ever review of Mockingbird, directed by The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino.
The direct-to-video Blumhouse production is now on VOD platforms, which means we now have a trailer for the found-footage thriller starring Todd Stashwick (“Justified,” “Heroes”), Audrey Marie Anderson, and Alexa Lydon.
“Three individuals each receive an anonymous, unmarked video camera and a horrific ultimatum to continue filming… or die. Experience the terror through the eyes of these unsuspecting victims, with a chain of found-footage events so real and absolutely dreadful, you’ll have to watch it again to believe it.”
Some interesting news for fans of the US version of The Ring has come in… Gore Verbinski is directing a trio of new films for New Regency, including one “elevated” horror project plus a “paranoid thriller” starring Steve Carrell. The other’s a comedy, but two out of three ain’t bad!
Per Deadline, first out of the gate is the Carrell vehicle, still untitled but written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
Verbinski will then helm A Cure for Wellness, penned by Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe. (If you’re curious about the final project, it’s Passengers, also scripted by Conrad, said to be a “large-scale action comedy.”)
We’ll have more on A Cure for Wellness for sure and possibly on Carrell’s thriller depending on how it shakes out genre-wise so stay tuned!
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Some FX stills from Wolves have arrived, and they warm our hearts in the most practical of ways. Ya see? Practical werewolf effects. That so hard, Hollywood?
Directed by David Hayter, Wolves stars Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, and Jason Momoa. Look for it Thursday, October 16th, on Video on Demand and Friday, November 14th, in select cities nationwide.
Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable, and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like himself – including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves.” And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.
So what if the Sin City sequel was around a decade too late? The point is it eventually ended up in theatres and it’s now making its way to home video. Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce today the home entertainment release of FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. The action-packed sequel, directed by acclaimed filmmakers Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven, is headed to retail on November 18th. The 3D Blu-ray™ combo pack, available for a suggested retail price of $39.99, includes Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD and UV. The DVD is retailed at $29.98.
FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use. Fans will be rewarded with eye-popping special features that include never-before-seen Robert Rodriguez-approved exclusives such as ‘The Movie In High-Speed Green Screen—All Green Screen Version’, ‘Makeup Effects Of Sin City With Greg Nicotero’, ‘Stunts Of Sin City With Jeff Dashnaw’, and ‘Character Profiles’.”
In FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery surround the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in the follow-up to the groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY (2005). Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
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Check out these awesome effects-heavy first images from Wolves, X-Men and Watchmen writer David Hayter’s feature directorial debut.
The pic, starring Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson, Stephen McHattie and Jason Momoa, will be released VOD on October 16th and opens in theaters on November 14th.
“Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him — Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves”. And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… A grisly fight to the death, against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.“
There’s a new film coming out that nobody is talking about, but should be. It’s Dark Sky Films’ absolutely hysterical Summer of Blood (read our review), arriving on VOD and limited theatrical October 17.
Written, directed by and starring Onur Tukel, I call the vampire comedy “hipster-horror” – so the film may not connect with every viewer. I think this new exclusive clip is a great way to find out whether or not you should be circling October 17 on your calendar (you should). Below we have an exclusive new look at the film in which Tukel becomes a vampire. Another vampire stops him in the street and quizzes him before putting the nail in the coffin. The scene is not only gut-bustingly funny, but also has deep-seeded social commentary, something that I believe makes a movie great. Summer of Blood is easily one of the best films of the year.
“Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.”
Onur Tukel (Septien, Red Flag), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip) all star.
It’s no secret that the 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien is one of the greatest genre films ever released. The amount of films, characters, and creatures that it has inspired is unfathomable. Plus, it’s scary as hell and the Xenomorph has become an icon of fear, terror, and strangely beautiful horror.
Now, when it comes to the original film, each character was important and had a significant reason for being there. From Dallas, the ill-fated captain, to Ash, the treacherous android, each character brought purpose and developed the story.
In most horror films, characters are disposable, meant to be killed as quickly as possible to keep the action going. But in Alien they took their time and let the viewer see these people, see how they interacted, saw their friendships and their annoyances. They were human, they were real, and their loss was palpable. God, I love this movie…
If you’ve ever asked yourself which character you would be in Alien, look no further as you can test yourself and get the answer below! I took it and got Parker. Now, who’s going to be the Lambert that I sacrifice myself for, huh?
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Blair Witch Project, this new “Academy Originals” clip features the untold story of how one small horror film became a worldwide phenomenon overnight.
“Academy Originals”, the Academy’s first official web series that launched in May – examines everything from the creative process, to the moments that changed the course of filmmaking, to the artists who are charting its future. New episodes post every Monday, and the series has already generated over a million views.
In the below behind-the-scenes, they take look at the making of The Blair Witch Project and its impact on the future of movies – from sparking a found footage genre boom to its innovative use of Internet marketing.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Bristol goth punk band Ashestoangels to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Run”, the group’s upcoming single!
The band states:
We set out to just make a straight performance video for this song, but when we arrived at the location it just spiraled out of control. Before we knew it we were sharpening sickle and chasing the residents around the farm with an axe. As you do. Maybe we watch too many horror movies….
Head below for this exclusive video premiere and make sure to pick up “Run” when it comes out October 16th!
Thursday 16th – Pontypridd – Clwb Y Bont
Friday 17th – Cheltenham – Hillview Commie
Sunday 19th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Monday 20th – Manchester – Satan’s Hollow
Tuesday 21st Leeds – Key Club
Wednesday 22nd – Sheffield – Corporation
Thursday 23rd – Glasgow – Shadow Sound Live
Friday 24th – Dundee – The Shore
Saturday 25th – Newcastle – Think Tank
Sunday 26th – Doncaster – Diamond Lounge
Monday 27th – Plymouth – Tiki Bar
Thursday 30th – Bristol – Tunnels
Friday 31st – Coventry – The Arches
Saturday 1st Nov – London – The Dome W/Fearless Vampire Killers
Sludge psych rockers Monster Magnet have released an official music video for “The Duke”, the latest single from last year’s release Last Patrol. Directed by Phil Mucci (Opeth, High On Fire), the video tells the story of a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing who then undergoes years of scientific experiments. However, there is far more going on and things don’t end the way you’d think.
I personally love Mucci’s style and work. It’s always incredibly unique and visually arresting while telling a story that demands thought and attention. “The Duke” is no different and I know that you’ll love the hell out of it if you give it a chance!
Make sure to preorder the band’s upcoming album Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol via Napalm Records.
This one goes out to all of the guitarists who enjoy AMC’s The Walking Dead!
If you’re a diehard fan of the zombie horror drama and you also happen to be a guitarist, there are several official guitars crafted by Artist Series Guitar that feature character artwork from the series as well as brand new designs. Several of the guitars are sold out but a few of them are still available and are in highly limited quantities. So, if you want one, you better act fast and head on over to The Walking Dead Shop to snag your axe.
Check below for a gallery of some of the guitars.