Jack Black Returning in ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel ‘Slappy’s Revenge’

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We’re still not sure about the approach Sony is taking to next year’s sequel to Goosebumps, as we’ve heard they’re working two different scripts at this time – one that would bring Jack Black back as R.L. Stine, and another that reportedly would not feature Black’s return. With the news of a new October 12, 2018, release date, Deadline is also claiming that Black will be returning to sping a new tale… possibly Slappy’s Revenge.

Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) was recently tapped to pen the script, with Ari Sandel (The Duff) attached to direct.

Shooting is to take place in Atlanta early next year.

The site notes that, on its new release date, Goosebumps 2 will compete against Lionsgate’s Hellfest and Universal’s men-on-the-moon biopic First Man. In addition, that’s Columbus Day weekend at the B.O.

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Rest in Peace: Chu Ishikawa

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Very sad news to report as Japanese composer and industrial musician Chu Ishikawa, pictured above, passed away several days ago on the 21st. The news has only just come out and has been shared by friends and colleagues. Ishikawa was only 51 at the time of his passing.

Ishikawa was known to horror fans for his work on Shinya Tsukamoto’s films, including the Tetsuo series. He also worked with Takashi Miike on a few titles, such as Dead or Alive 2 and Fudoh: The New Generation. He combined industrial noise with haunting melodies to create eerie and memorable soundtracks that amplified the terror and unease of these films.

Ishikawa was also the founder of industrial groups Der Eisenrost and Zeitlich Vergelter.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ishikawa-san in this very sad and tragic time.

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WORLD OF DEATH Ep. 142 – The Valiant Monster Hunters / Mistaken Identity

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Today’s episode features a couple shorts with interesting twists. So obviously I don’t want to reveal too much in my review, but check them out!

First up is Matt Kollar‘s The Valiant Monster Hunters, which is a ton of fun. A group of people are having a party when some uninvited guests show up and mayhem ensues! It’s quirky, well produced, and a great story. I’ve always been intrigued with Kollar’s work and hope to see more from him as Monster Hunters shows tremendous potential.

Next up is Steve Sedlock II’s Mistaken Identity. A good Samaritan tries helping a “damsel in distress” when he notices there is someone in the backseat of her car. Little does he know the surprise is on him! Short and sweet with a little bit of Sin City coloring to it for added artistic flavor. Check it out now!

We’re nearing episode 150 folks. Can’t believe WOD is still going strong, with new submissions every week. If you have a cool horror short, submit it now!!!

– Tony Wash

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 10am CST.




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Horror Movies We Can’t Wait to See In 2018!

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If you’ve been keeping up on our 2017 year-end coverage, then you’re on top of what a tremendous year this has been for horror. But as 2017 is almost over, it’s time to look ahead to what next year will bring. Luckily, it looks as though there’s a lot on the schedule in 2018. From blockbuster summer horror to festival darlings finally seeing release, and surprise reboots to tried-and-true franchise sequels, 2018 might just be another year where horror saves the box office. Again. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to:

Insidious: The Last Key – January 5

Picking up after the events of Insidious: Chapter 3, Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) moves on to investigate supernatural activity in her former childhood home. Which appears to make this sequel function as a sort of prequel within a prequel, as actresses Ava Kolker and Hana Hayes both portray the franchise heroine at varying ages. This sequel also seems to hint that we’ll get a much deeper dive into the creepy depths of The Further, which has long been a highlight of the series. Outside of Lin Shaye’s butt-kicking Elise, of course. Written by Leigh Whannell, he’s handed the directorial reins over Adam Robitel, who caught audiences off guard with 2014’s The Taking of Deborah Logan.

Mom and Dad – January 19

Written and directed by Brian Taylor (Crank), this horror-comedy is every bit of the over-the-top fast-paced thrill ride you’d come to expect from Taylor’s work. When a strange phenomenon causes parents to turn violently against their own children, Selma Blair and Nicolas Cage become completely unhinged in the best possible way. There’s a ton of humor, the best product placement of a home-improvement tool that I’ve seen in a while, surprising violence, a horror cameo, and superb performances by Cage and Blair. It’s not perfect, but it is a very enjoyable way to spend 83 minutes, especially with a crowd.

Annihilation – February 23

Directed by Alex Garland and adapted for screen from a book by Jeff VanderMeer, the trailer for this sci-fi horror is nothing short of stunning. There’s a surreal, almost dream-like quality about the expedition that Natalie Portman’s character steps into, full of alien creatures with big teeth. I’m not sure I know what’s going on in the trailer, but I know I want to see it.  Strange, monstrous creature encounters, beautiful cinematography, and a very talented cast indicates this might be something special. Of course, VanderMeer’s source novel is the first in his bestselling Southern Reach trilogy, so Annihilation might just be the sneaky first entry in a new franchise.

The Strangers: Prey at Night – March 9

Quite possibly the most anticipated sequel, and one that fans have been asking for since Bryan Bertino’s hit in 2008, we finally get to reunite with Dollface, Pin-up Girl, and Man in the Mask. If the film is half as good as the marketing has been leading up to release, I think we’ll be in for a good time. This time targeting a family in a mobile home, the scale and body count promises to be much higher. Directed by Johannes Roberts, fresh off the success of 47 Meters Down, and starring Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman, and Christina Hendricks, there’s a lot that indicates this sequel might be well worth the wait.

The Endless – Early 2018

If you follow reviews out of the festival circuit, then the latest by filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring) probably has you salivating. There’s not really a facet of the film untouched by the duo; from writing, directing, producing, and even starring in the film as two brothers returning to the cult they escaped years ago, only to find things may be stranger than they ever believed possible. As Brad described in his review, it is every bit the mind fuck, and the festival reviews are justified. Thanks to Well Go USA, The Endless will finally see a yet to be determined release in early 2018. I recommend you revisit their previous films while you wait.

Revenge – Early 2018

As Julia Ducournau did the previous year with her debut Raw, Coralie Fargeat also makes a bold declaration in the French horror movement with her debut Revenge. The plot set up is simple; when Richard’s friends show up early for their annual hunting trip, they catch him with his mistress. The encounter escalates into a twisted tale of rape-revenge, but Fargeat manages to make it far less exploitive than it sounds while being every bit as violent and bloody as you’d expect from French horror. It’s visceral, leading up to one of the bloodiest finales I’ve seen in a while, and still manages to feel fresh thanks to Fargeat’s perspective. Luckily, Shudder picked this one up for early 2018 release.

Slice -Early 2018

There’s no question A24 puts out some risky stuff; titles like The Witch, Green Room, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, and the polarizing It Comes at Night. Which makes any horror release of theirs something worth noting, and Slice definitely invokes curiosity. For one, it stars Chance the Rapper. Two, it follows a pizza delivery driver murdered on the job, who then searches for someone to blame. Three, the footage revealed. Yes, please.  A24 announced dates for two undisclosed horror films: March 16 and April 27. Slice will be one of them.

The New Mutants – April 13

Superhero movie fatigue is a real thing, which makes it difficult to get excited about most of them these days. But if you cast Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and frame this origin story like something out of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, well, that’s enough to get me to take notice. How it plays out is a whole other story, but giving the superhero origin story a horror spin is enough for me to want to give it a shot.

The Nun – July 13

The Nun made quite the appearance in The Conjuring 2, so it’s no surprise that the demon would get its own movie. Like Annabelle: Creation, James Wan and Gary Dauberman opted to set the story in the 1950s, making for a much more interesting setting. That it stars Vera Farmiga’s younger sister Taissa Farmiga isn’t likely a coincidence, though the actress has proven her mettle in horror with American Horror Story. The Conjuring films and its spinoffs have been box office juggernauts, and it won’t be slowing down with this entry, either.

The Predator – August 3

The original Hawkins himself, Shane Black, returns to the franchise, this time as director as well as co-writer with Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad). This alone is what makes the potential for this entry, set to take place between Predator 2 and Predators, so exciting. The interesting cast choices also makes this one stand out; I don’t know that anyone would have expected Keegan-Michael Key, of Key & Peele or Jacob Tremblay (Before I Wake) to face the Predator, and you can bet I want to see how Predator handles suburbia. Pretty well, I’d think.

The Meg – August 10

Jason Statham versus giant megalodon shark. Do we really need any more than that? Sold.

The Little Stranger – August 31

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on a novel by Sarah Waters, this post-WWII set Gothic ghost story will follow a country doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) whose new patient is dealing something far more ominous in their crumbling Hundreds Hall during the hot summer of 1947. Also starring Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling, this one promises to exude quiet, haunting atmosphere. There’s something about period ghost stories that make them great for dread and mood, and that the source novel got a ringing endorsement from Stephen King makes The Little Stranger one to pay attention to.

The House with a Clock In its Walls – September 21

Based on a gothic horror novel geared toward child readers, originally published in 1973 with illustrations by Edward Gorey, this adaptation stars Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan, and Jack Black. Black already impressed with his work on Goosebumps, so already this seems like a promising horror fantasy. Most peculiar, though, is that story, which follows a 10-year old who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a ticking heart, is being directed by Eli Roth. Interesting cast, and very interesting directorial choice for horror aimed at a younger audience, so color me intrigued.

Halloween – October 19

If there’s any 2018 release more highly anticipated than The Strangers: Prey at Night, it’s this one. The more information trickles in, the stronger the fan reaction grows. From the early announcement of Danny McBride as co-writer, to John Carpenter’s involvement as executive producer, creative consultant, and possibly even partial composer. Toss in the news that this entry is effectively ignoring all sequels past the original, therefore erasing anything Cult of Thorn, Jamie Lloyd, and beyond, and you’ve got polarizing fan buzz. Whatever would entice Jamie Lee Curtis and Carpenter back to the series, though, is enough to make this one a guaranteed hit.

Anna and the Apocalypse – Awaiting distribution/December 2018?

This Christmas-set Scottish, high school zombie musical had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, and attendees went nuts for it, including our own Trace Thurman (review). Despite the very concept of a high school musical, director John McPhail doesn’t shy away from the gore or the surprising deaths. It also helps that the soundtrack is catchy.  This one still doesn’t have a distributor for release, despite its film festival reception, but I bet that’s more to do with its niche Christmas setting than anything. 2016’s festival favorite Christmas horror Better Watch Out wasn’t acquired until May 2017, with just enough time for holiday release. Look for Anna and the Apocalypse to follow the same pattern.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?
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The 10 Best Horror Toys Released in 2017!

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*Keep up with our ongoing end of the year coverage here*

With companies like NECA, Funko and Mezco on our side, there’s truly never been a better time to be a collector of horror toys. Every single year sees the release of countless new toys that bring our favorite horror characters to our shelves, and we do our best to cover all of them all year long here on Bloody Disgusting.

Now that the year is coming to a close, we combed through this year’s archives to dig up the 10 best horror toys that were released between January 1 and December 31, 2017!

In no particular order…

Pennywise POP! Vinyl Toy, IT – Funko – FYE Exclusive

No horror icon dominated 2017 more than Pennywise, brought to the screen in a terrifying new incarnation in Andy Muschietti’s IT. Actor Bill Skarsgård’s take on the character received a whopping five different POP! vinyl toys from Funko this year, the coolest of which was the FYE Exclusive. Fittingly dubbed “Pennywise With Teeth, it’s one of the scariest POP! vinyl toys we’ve seen to date, depicting the killer clown in his “about to eat a kid” state.

Leatherface Retro Figure, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III – NECA

After years of incessant begging from yours truly on social media, NECA finally gave R.A. Mihailoff’s version of Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 his very first action figure this year. You may remember that Mezco showed off a Part 3 Leatherface figure many years ago, which they never actually delivered on, so you can imagine my excitement when NECA finally brought this badass version of the chainsaw-swinging freak to the toy shelf.

Now we just need a Next Generation Leatherface…

Horror Villain Madballs – Kidrobot – Best Buy Exclusive

This year’s biggest surprise in the toy department was unquestionably Kidrobot’s line of Horror Madballs, which exclusively hit Best Buy shelves just a few months back. For the first time ever, Kidrobot turned our favorite horror villains into ’80s-style Madballs, bringing Jason, Freddy, Predator, Leatherface, a Xenomorph and a Face Hugger along for the ride in the first wave. The Horror Madballs are incredibly well designed and true to the original Madballs from my own childhood – for me personally, a fantasy toy made reality.

Ashy Slashy Puppet, “Ash vs. Evil Dead” – NECA

In the second season of Starz’ “Ash vs. Evil Dead” we met “Ashy Slashy,” a Muppet-like Ash Williams puppet whose name was derived from the moniker given to Ash by the citizens of Elk Grove following the events of the Evil Dead films. We all wanted our own “Ashy Slashy” puppet the second we laid eyes on it, and NECA made that happen for us this year. The puppet, originally teased one year ago, is currently in stock and ready to become your new favorite possession.

Billy Action Figure, Silent Night, Deadly Night – NECA/Scream Factory

Another highly unexpected offering this year was NECA’s Silent Night, Deadly Night action figure of “Billy Claus,” made exclusively available as part of a Deluxe Edition version of Scream Factory’s new Silent Night, Deadly Night Blu-ray. Only 2,000 of the Billy figures were made, and you could only get one with the purchase of the Blu-ray package. Featuring the authorized likeness of actor Robert Brian Wilson, the 8″ retro-style figure is dressed in tailored fabric clothing and wields a bloody axe.

Can’t honestly say I ever expected we’d get a SNDN figure!

“Stranger Things”/Ghostbusters POP! Vinyl Toys – Funko

One of the best TV episodes of the year was “Trick or Treat, Freak” from the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” set on Halloween 1984. The nostalgia was heavy in Season 2’s second episode, which provided us with one of this year’s most majestic sights: the lovable “Stranger Things” kids… dressed as Ghostbusters! To our surprise and delight, Funko released “Stranger Ghostbusters” POP! vinyl toys shortly after the new season premiered, depicting the young heroes of Hawkins as their favorite Ghostbusters.

New character Max was also given a POP! toy in her Michael Myers mask!

Ultimate Chucky Action Figure – NECA

When NECA promises an “Ultimate” action figure of your favorite horror icon, they always make sure to fully deliver on that promise. Just released in the tail end of 2017, NECA’s “Ultimate Chucky” is just that, an action figure of the pint-sized killer doll that essentially can be turned into any incarnation of the character you wish. The 7″ figure features four interchangeable heads and all sorts of weapon accessories, including the interchangeable bladed arm from the end of Child’s Play 2!

Hadley’s Hope 2-Pack, Aliens – NECA

No company has given more love to Alien/Aliens fans than NECA, who surprised this year with their Aliens “Hadley’s Hope” two-pack. The set features a special edition Aliens Warrior based on James Cameron’s original concept, and most notably, the first ever action figure of Carter Burke, with the likeness of actor Paul Reiser! “Officially an action figure,” Reiser tweeted after the set was revealed. “Never been prouder.”

The set comes complete with the Hadley’s Hope population sign.

Grady Twins POP! Vinyl 2-Pack, The Shining – Funko – Target Exclusive

There are some horror classics that just never got much love on the collectibles front over the years, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is unfortunately one of them. But Funko picked up some of that slack this year by releasing an entire line of POP! vinyl toys based on the 1980 Stephen King adaptation, including Jack, Wendy, Danny and, coolest of all, the creepy Grady Twins. The twins were put up for grabs as a Target Exclusive, with a “bloody & dead” chase variant also released in Target stores.

Sam Vinyl Figure, Trick ‘r Treat – Mezco

He may be smaller and without a franchise, but there’s no denying that Trick ‘r Treat‘s Sam has quickly become one of the most beloved horror icons of them all. In the wake of toys from both Sideshow Collectibles and NECA, Mezco picked up the license this year, releasing a highly stylized 6″ vinyl figure of the lovable pumpkin boy just in time for Halloween. Depicted in Mezco’s “super deformed” style, the figure comes with Sam’s treat sack and his half-eaten lollipop/murder weapon. The cutest horror toy of the year, without question.

So which is YOUR favorite horror toy of 2017?

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Mike Flanagan Wants to Adapt ‘The Shining’ Sequel Novel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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With hits like Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game under his belt, it’s safe to say Mike Flanagan is one of the hottest directors working in the horror space today. Now that he knocked Gerald’s Game, previously thought to be un-filmable, out of the park, does Flanagan hope to bring any other Stephen King tales to the screen?

Speaking with Lilja’s Library, Flanagan revealed his dream King adaptations.

There are so many,” Flanagan answered, when the site questioned him about which other Stephen King stories he’d love to adapt. “But the ones I’d want to do the most are DOCTOR SLEEP and LISEY’S STORY. In both cases, it’s because I identify with the protagonists so much. LISEY’S STORY is a stunning piece of work, a beautiful exploration of marriage. And who wouldn’t want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrance?

Recently, King himself expressed interest in a Lisey’s Story adaptation.

As for Doctor Sleep, that’s of course King’s recent sequel to The Shining

Doctor Sleep takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on the the now middle-aged Danny who is still traumatized. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat.”

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The Best Feel-Bad Horror Films of 2017

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*Keep up with our ongoing end of the year coverage here*

One of the draws of watching some of our favorite horror movies is that we can often turn off the noise of reality and dive into a world where over-the-top scares, insane monsters, and non-stop chills provide for some blood-pumping good times. Occasionally though, you also come across horror that isn’t, for lack of better words, all that fun. In fact, it’s hard not to feel emotionally drained, disturbed, or just outright shitty after watching some of these movies.

Despite this, many of these films are still rather brilliant when all is said and done, even if you don’t feel all that great once the credits rolls. Flicks of this caliber often masterfully tap into the dark reality of humanity, explore truly damaged characters, and bypass comeuppances and emotional catharsis for outright tragedy–with great success.

This crop of “feel-bad” horror films tends to really divide some audiences and can be majorly disappointing and/or off-putting for the moviegoer looking for a quick, fun scare. Still, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t gravitate towards these kinds of movies for whatever reason, in all of their upsetting, emotionally complex glory. I particularly love that many films of this ilk manage to cross genre barriers in fascinating and atypical ways–shifting from horror to dark drama to suspense, while sporadically peppering in dark comedy or bursts of action to shake up the mood. Luckily for those of us who rather enjoy this approach to the genre, 2017 had no shortage of these horror downers.

If you aren’t a fan who particularly enjoys horror that takes a toll on your serotonin levels, have no fear; we have an accompanying list of the 2017’s more fun, crowd-ready genre entries just for you. For the rest of us, however, we are happy to present our top feel-bad horror flicks of 2017!

*Some spoilers ahead*

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

The directorial debut from Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins, saw its first screening all the way back in 2015. While its long journey to distribution might have signaled to horror audiences that the film was perhaps not all that good, this could not be less accurate. The Blackcoat’s Daughter–which retains its original title of February on Netflix in the UK–is a rather dreary, but exceptionally chilling film set at an isolated boarding school over winter break. With very strong performances from its female leads Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Lucy Boynton (I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House), and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) and an ending that is deeply sad in ways you’d never expect, I’d say we are rather fortunate that Perkins’s debut finally saw proper distribution earlier this year.

Hounds of Love

Australian filmmaker Ben Young’s directorial debut Hounds of Love is an upsetting exercise in both psychological and realistic horror. Set in the 1980s, the film follows serial killers John (Stephen Curry) and Evelyn White (Emma Booth), who have been abducting and murdering young girls in the Perth suburbs. After kidnapping Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) while on her way to a party after a fight with her mother, John and Evelyn engage in a course of violent, abusive acts that will change not only Vicki’s life, but also their own relationship. Reportedly inspiring numerous walkouts during early screenings, Hounds of Love is most disturbing due to how much of the violence is left to the imagination. Yet beyond these horrific moments, the film also does a number on its audience’s emotions by additionally making Evelyn–embodied in a stunning performance by Booth–a complex villain who is also a captive of sorts in her own relationship with Curry’s domineering and manipulative John. Without saying too much, Hounds of Love features my favorite final moments of a horror film this year. You won’t be feeling particularly happy by the end, but damn it if it isn’t a gut punch of a finale.

It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night seemed to divide many horror fans who went into it expecting more traditional scares. Granted, the marketing for Trey Edward Shults’s follow up to 2015’s drama Krisha did admittedly paint the film as a straightforward horror entry, setting up an expectation that perhaps an unseen creature would ultimately be revealed by the film’s end. Instead, the movie focuses on a family struggling for survival in the midst of post-apocalyptic paranoia. It Comes at Night is ultimately a slow burn far more rooted in reality than audiences probably expected, focusing more on the horrors that can result of man’s own doing and fear of the unknown. There is ultimately no catharsis here either; the film’s ending packs an emotional punch that matches the heavy, bleak tone that precedes it. For those willing to take the ride, however, It Comes at Night is a striking nightmare.

The Devil’s Candy

I argued with myself for quite a while about whether to put The Devil’s Candy on this list or the aforementioned one (2017 Best Horror Films to Watch with a Crowd). Sean Byrne’s long-awaited follow up to 2009’s The Loved Ones is quite a blast to watch with a crowd, mind you; it’s a serial killer/possession/supernatural/heavy metal flick all at once that explodes in a blaze of glory–quite literally–by its finale. Still, it is also a dingy, tonally discordant film drenched in sweat and blood that focuses heavily on child murder–all things bound to make some people feel outright icky, even if its ending is probably the most cathartic on this entire list. For that reason, I’m content including it here, but will simply say that you need to see The Devil’s Candy. It is a narrative rollercoaster of horror that simply works, backed by fantastic performances from Kiara Glasco (Maps to the Stars), Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills), and Shiri Appleby (UnREAL), as well as a majorly unsettling turn from Pruitt Taylor Vince (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Super Dark Times

First-time feature director Kevin Phillips imbues the 1990s-set Super Dark Times with a welcoming and nostalgic air early on. It’s no surprise then that the film’s subsequent turns of violence feel all the more unsettling later on because of it. Following Owen Campbell’s Zack and Charlie Tahan’s ticking timebomb Josh after a horrendous accident, Phillips does a killer job of authentically exploring both the naivete-fueled, hormone-driven, and emotionally trying experience of teenagers, as well as the darker side of what can happen in this confusing stage of life when mental health concerns and compounding social problems go unchecked. The brief bursts of violence in Super Dark Times are definitely difficult to endure, if for no other reason than that they seemingly explode out of nowhere. Above all though, the film succeeds in its ability to channel the unstable and often frightening emotional experience of being a teenager–albeit to an exceptionally heightened and horror-audience-friendly degree.


British filmmaker Alice Lowe shines as she pulls triple duty in Prevenge–writing, directing, and starring as the film’s unhinged antagonist Ruth, a recently widowed mother-to-be in the midst of a blood-soaked tear of revenge. While you can read all about just why I loved this film in my SXSW 2017 review, I will say that one of its greatest draws is its ability to handle very heavy emotional content–grief, sadness, fear–with a profoundly effective sense of humor. Yet by the time we reach the film’s surprisingly poignant denouement, you are reminded once again of how, for all of its overt bloodshed and outlandish death scenes, the reality of Ruth’s loss is genuinely still very heartbreaking. You’ll laugh then you’ll cringe, and you may even be tempted to shed a tear… even if Ruth is an unapologetic killer.

The Transfiguration 

A dark drama in the guise of a “vampire film,” Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration is a strikingly beautiful but especially melancholic experience. The film follows Milo (Eric Ruffin), a lonely teenage orphan living in a low-income neighborhood in Queens, New York who is obsessed with vampire movies, so much that he regularly feeds on the blood of unsuspecting strangers. O’Shea crafts this urban fairy tale with sharp psychological horror and dramatic sensibilities and gets the most out of his young stars, including Ruffin and Chloe Levine, who plays Milo’s equally damaged confidant Sophie. As is the case with many films on this list, the film’s finale will absolutely break hearts, but it is executed with such a cinematic grace that you probably won’t mind.


Another of my favorite films of the year also featured on this list is Icelandic director Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen’s Rift, a gay horror/romance/drama hybrid of a film that follows two men who reunite under mysterious circumstances at an isolated cabin after their relationship has ended. Set against a chilly Icelandic backdrop, Rift successfully channels the loneliness and emptiness that often accompany a love turned sour. Compounding these with the very real (or are they?) threats surrounding the secluded cabin make for a chilling slow-burn of a film that recalls Don’t Look Now with touches of Lynch. Needless to say, Rift is not the movie you want to watch on date night.

Personal Shopper

You can say what you will about Kristen Stewart, but it is hard to deny how much she shines amidst the effective minimalist horror of Personal Shopper. As Maureen, a personal shopper in Paris who has recently lost her twin brother Lewis, Stewart wears the masked pangs of loss and depression that accompany the death of a close loved one with an effortless skill. What begins as a typical indie drama set-up ultimately ventures into horror territory in very creative ways, slowly overtaking audiences with fear for Maureen as an unknown individual begins intruding into her life. Though the film consists of almost no violent images, it is surprising how disconcerting some of its sequences ultimately are. Above and beyond these moments though, Personal Shopper is a look at death, grief, and belief, and while the ambiguous last act may not provide the answers many will want, there is no denying its curiously resonant emotional effect.

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‘The Open House’ Trailer: Something’s Already Inside Netflix’s Wintry Thriller! [Exclusive]

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You can’t lock out what’s already inside.

Netflix shared with Bloody Disgusting the exclusive world trailer debut for the thriller The Open House featuring Don’t Breathe, Goosebumps, and “13 Reasons Why” star Dylan Minnette.

The Open House centers on a teenager (Minnette) and his mother (Piercey Dalton) who find themselves besieged by threatening forces when they move into a new house.

The trailer promises the perfect post-holiday thriller, kicking off the New Year with a horror film that looks like it takes inspiration from The Shining and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. In The Open House, Minnette and his character’s mother move into a new town that’s soaked in suspicion. The people in the town are strange, but how does that tie into the even more bizarre occurrences taking place within locked doors. Someone or something is already inside.

The pic written and directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote will premiere everywhere Netflix is available January 19, 2018.

The film is produced by Dan Angel and Chip Rosenbloom.

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[Kill of the Week] Pyramid Head Skins a Woman in ‘Silent Hill’

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Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.

Fresh off a revisit, I feel pretty comfortable saying that Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill is one of the best video game adaptations ever made. Granted, it’s a bit too long and deeply convoluted, but the 2006 film is also one of the most nightmarish and gorgeously shot horror films in recent history. It’s pure insanity from start to finish, loaded with moments that are as unforgettable as you could ever hope for a horror movie to be.

Pyramid Head, an iconic villain from the video games, doesn’t get to do all that much in the movie, but holy shit does he make an impact when he decides to strike.

Easily the most unforgettable moment in Silent Hill is the death of Anna, a Brethren member who briefly hangs around with main characters Rose and Cybil. After the alarm sounds and the town begins to turn into a nightmarish hellscape, Rose and Cybil seek refuge inside the church. As for Anna, she’s left out in the cold.

With Pyramid Head.

The big guy picks up Anna with one hand, holding her above his head like she’s an action figure. He then rips off her clothes and then, well, her skin comes next. Pyramid Head grabs hold of Anna’s flesh, twisting and pulling until he rips all of the skin on her body completely off. Naturally, he tosses the skin suit at the church doors.

Legit one of the wildest, most jaw-dropping kills you’ll ever find in a horror movie.

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Raise Hell with this ‘Devil May Cry 3’ Dante Statue

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Okay, so that last Devil May Cry news was a bummer. However, Good Smile Company has something a little more accessible for those DMC fans with the cash to spare.

Set for release in April 2018 is a 1/6 Scale PVC Statue of Dante from Devil May Cry 3. Originally manufactured by Genesis, the statue will set you back $189.99 USD (according to Big Bad Toystore). In terms of customization, you have the option of having Dante wield one of his pistols, or to have it holstered in the back. It’s not the greatest customization, but it’s supposed to be a statue, after all.

For those who missed out on NECA’s Ultimate Dante figure from a few years back, this is probably the next best thing when it comes to having Dante on your mantle.

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A New ‘Devil May Cry’ Game…in China?

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With Capcom rumoured to be working on Devil May Cry 5, this piece of news comes as a bit of a surprise. Well, given the Chinese market, maybe not.

According to MMO Culture, Yunchang Game, a Chinese game studio and publisher, has obtained the IP rights from Capcom to develop the first mobile game based on Devil May Cry. Devil May Cry: Pinnacle of Combat is a mobile action RPG expected to launch in China in 2018. The game will be using the Unity engine, and will include online modes such as team battles and real-time PVP.

This isn’t the first time that Capcom has loaned out one of its IPs for use in mobile gaming. Korean-based game developer Jenoi was commissioned by Capcom to create a mobile game based on the Mega Man series entitled Rockman GoGo!. Unfortunately, the end result was less than spectacular. However, the amount of revenue generated in Asian countries like China and Korea from mobile gaming is crazy, so it’s no wonder why Capcom would do this.

And yet, for the rest of us, we wait for Dante’s real return…

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[Video] Relive Agent Scully’s Best Moments On “The X-Files”

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We’re less than one week away from the return of “The X-Files, kicking off its eleventh season next Wednesday. The new season will continue the paranormal adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, two of the most iconic TV characters of all time.

Speaking of Scully, FOX uploaded a new video this week that compiles together some of Gillian Anderson’s best moments on the show. It’s far from comprehensive, running less than 2-minutes long and missing so many great moments, but it’s nevertheless a fun reminder why we love Scully so much. And why we’re so excited to have her back.

In the Season 11 premiere, airing Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)…

“Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) learn that they aren’t the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it in the all-new My Struggle III.”

The 10-episode season is executive produced by creator Chris Carter, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director WALTER SKINNER.

Additionally, the all-new episodes will feature guest-star appearances by Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment, and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Along with Carter, series veteran Glen Morgan serves as an executive producer.

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Virtual Pros #56 – The 2017 Award Show!

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It’s the 3rd Annual Virtual Pros year end awards show as we go over the best and some of the worst and most ridiculous things that happened in pro wrestling this year. Plus: Which wrestler is the hero of white trash everywhere, would you pay $100 to hang out with a wrestling personality at Hooters, awkward interactions with fake Bullet Club members, the exciting conclusion to the Jurassic Powers story, an old man fight and the hottest wrestling event to take place in the back room of a bar in Brooklyn.

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Virtual Pros is the least cringe worthy wrestling podcast on the internet! Al and Mike buck trends and seamlessly weave in brash humor, lifestyle tidbits and a general sense of level headedness rarely heard from a wrestling podcast. If you like conversations about awkward wrestling celebrity encounters, dealing with relationships while being a wrestling fan, space flying tiger drops and vintage death matches, this is the comedy graps podcast you’ve been looking for.

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The Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network consists of The Horror Show, CREEPY, Women in Caskets, Forever Midnight, Test Pattern, and Virtual Pros. All of these shows can be found on our iTunes Provider Page as well as the Bloody Disgusting App on all iOS and Android devices.

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Here Are the 15 Best Monsters of 2017!

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*Keep up with our ongoing end of the year coverage here*

As 2017 comes to a close, we break down the very best monsters from the year’s film, television, video games, or wherever!

2017 has been a phenomenal year for not only horror, but also sorts of genre content. Whether television, film, video games, or even comics, the year has been full of new and exciting tributes to the supernatural. While there have never been more options for people to check it, it’s sometimes easy to get overwhelmed or completely miss a great program because there’s too much out there. In lieu of this, we’ve culled the many different forms of 2017’s media and put together a list of the very best monsters that came forward this year. Whether they were in a huge blockbuster film or a niche comic, here are the creatures that gave us the most joy in 2017.

The Mind Flayer – Stranger Things

The arrival of the second season of Stranger Things was one of the most anticipated television events of 2017. Miraculously, the series continues to rise to the occasion and somehow tops the magic that it created back in its debut season (which is high praise). If the show’s first year introduces the audience and the residents of Hawkins, Indiana to “The Upside Down,” then season two spends time with the Big Bad of the shadow world.

The Mind Flayer is all sorts of terrifying and it’s the sort of creation that would even make Lovecraft shudder. If the Mind Flayer’s disturbing appearance wasn’t enough, the way that it’s able to take over people’s bodies is even more upsetting. The sequence where the Mind Flayer “invades” Will is one of the most frightening from the show’s second season and also develops the powerful hive mind capabilities of the dark Mind Flayer. The most disturbing thing here is that it looks like the show is far from down with this beast and that he’ll back with a vengeance in season three.

The “Cannibals” – Channel Zero: No-End House

Channel Zero is the best anthology show that you’re not watching. Much like with American Horror Story, each new season tells an entirely new story, but unlike American Horor Story, Channel Zero sticks the landing and is consistently creepy throughout its entire season. The show’s second year deals with an elaborate, “living haunted house” that keeps a group of friends hostage.

Channel Zero finds a lot of different ways to be creative and in No-End House the monsters take the form of loved ones and familiar faces. These creatures that populate the fake mirror neighborhood of No-End House are known as cannibals and they survive by eating memories. It’s a thoroughly disturbing visual and the cannibals’ “memory food” has this weird pomegranate-esque quality. It’s all unique as well as a brilliant new take on how danger can hide in plain sight and the way that someone’s memories aren’t always reliable. Even without these creepy monsters, Channel Zero should be mandatory viewing for horror nuts.

Pennywise – IT 

You guys ever hear of this one? Sure, IT hit super status this year and became one of the most popular films of 2017, something that’s a tremendous feat for a horror film. So while it may not be original to throw some more praise in the way of IT and Bill Skarsgård’s uncanny portrayal of the nighmare “clown,” there’s a reason that the film was so successful. It’s goddamn terrific.

What’s so fantastic about Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise is how unpredictable he is. He’s not trying to be scary so much as he just wants to seem like he’s fun. It feels more like the Genie from Aladdin than it does one of the titans of horror, like Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers. It’s all of these specific details that make this portrayal of Pennywise so memorable and there’s no doubt that Skarsgård will only bring more to the table in Part 2.

“Calvin” – Life

Life is the hard-boiled sci-fi horror mash-up that Alien: Covenant should have been. Life works so well because it’s full of smart characters that in spite of doing the right thing in each situation they still are outsmarted by the growing alien organism. On that note, the ways in which “Calvin” evolves are alarming and glorious and they inject a real sense of danger into what’s going on. This alien is also just straight up brutal. He does not like people and it’s jarring to watch this cast of A-Listers get murdered.

Fun fact: There’s an unofficial fan theory that’s popular on the Internet that Calvin, the alien in question here, is actually the Venom symbiote from the Spider-Man series. While this is most certainly not true, there’s nothing to directly dispel this theory and the film is certainly a lot of fun if you imagine it as a weird puzzle piece of the Spider-Man universe.

The Werepony – Stan Against Evil

No one’s going to hold anything against you if you don’t watch Stan Against Evil. “Name Pun Titles” are the worst and they’re always a hurdle to get past. That being said, while Stan Against Evil isn’t perfect, it’s a pretty glowing love letter to horror cinema. It’s the perfect series to watch between new episodes of Ash Vs. The Evil Dead and John C. McGinley always delivers gold.

The best episode from the show’s latest season is “Curse of the Werepony,” which sees the series take on the typical werewolf transformation story. The show subverts this in the best way possible by having the afflicted victim turn into a pony instead of a wolf and for whatever reason it’s just so damn funny. Once you see a man go all American Werewolf in London and turn into a pony, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Marcus – Ouija: Origin of Evil

This one is a series shock, but it’s a testament to how with horror, what’s important is the director and not necessarily the story. The original Ouija film is nothing to get excited about and it’s the generic sort of PG-13 mass-produced horror that comes and goes. However, the film’s sequel takes a different approach and tells a whole new Ouijia-based story and brings on the always-amazing Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game), who directs the hell out of this film.

The big threat in Origin of Evil is the spirit Marcus, who the film’s family summons. Marcus was an immigrant during World War II and experimented on by a twisted doctor that gives him a powerful, frightening rage. Every set piece in this film is frightening stuff but the way in which Marcus possesses and frightens the young girls in this film hits especially hard. This is one evil spirit that doesn’t hold back.

The Kaiju Monster – Colossal

Nacho Vigalondo is a madman genius and even his worst films deserve to be seen. Colossal is not perfect, but it’s an incredibly original, exciting premise for a film. Basically, whenever Anne Hathaway’s Gloria stands in a playground at 8:05 AM, a giant kaiju monster (think Godzilla) appears in Seoul. Gloria’s actions become the monster’s actions and as she flails around the playground, the monster wreaks havoc in Seoul.

The plot considerably thickens when Jason Sudeikis’ character causes a similar effect (but with a giant robot) when he enters the playground. The kaiju monster and the giant robot are the real dangers in this film, but Jason Sudekis also plays the slimiest asshole in this film and it’s great to see him excel as a bad guy. What follows is truly unlike anything else and it’s a story that’s all about addiction in the end, too. Vigalondo’s take on a giant kaiju looks great and is a true highlight of the year.

Mr. World – American Gods

Crispin Glover. That is all.

Seriously though, simply Glover’s name and this bonkers character design is really all you need to know that this is worth your time. On that note, anything that Bryan Fuller does is worth your time and it’s probably time to binge through Hannibal again if you recently haven’t. Fuller’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is a homerun on all fronts and he not only brings some impossible visuals to life in this television show, but he also manages to elevate Gaiman’s source material, too.

Admittedly, Glover’s Mr. World is seen very sparingly throughout the first season of American Gods, but his appearance is so distinct that it’s impossible not to mention. In all honestly, Yetide Badaki’s Sex God, Bilquis, is probably the more fitting entry here. Take your pick, both of these “monsters” are super powerful and will take away your life in ways that you didn’t think were possible.

“Nicole” – The Exorcist

The Exorcist continues to quietly kick ass in its second season, but still manages to be one of the most satisfying horror programs on television. The show’s second season has had some serious fun as it plays around with both the audience and the characters’ perception of what’s real. This angle does the show a lot of favors, but there’s also a genuinely disturbing demon that’s present this year. The Exorcist’s first season dove into the film’s infamous Pazuzu, but this year introduces “Nicole” who’s the very worst kind of threat. She’s described as a demon that targets weak families who have lost children and are susceptible to grief. The demon attacks during these moments and takes advantage of the parents’ vulnerabilities. The full damage of this spirit has yet to be seen, but at this point it’s already messed with people’s minds and presented enough visceral visuals to earn a spot as one of the year’s best.

Jack Baker – Resident Evil 7

Resident Evil 7 was the return to form that the series desperately needed. The past few entries in the franchise had burned up the audience’s good will and a change was demanded. What follows is Resident Evil doing its best Texas Chain Saw Massacre impression with the game’s Baker family acting as the de facto hillbilly psychopaths.

Resident Evil 7 slows things down and really lets gamers get lost in the horrors of the Baker family. The most tragic story amongst the clan is probably what happens to Jack Baker. Every time he appears he’s more of a twisted shell of his former self and it’s a lot take in. Straight up monsters from previous games like Lickers or Regenerators might still be more frightening overall, but Jack Baker is still very much the stuff of nightmares.

“The Beast” – Split

There’s so much to love about Split and James McAvoy truly throws everything into his layered performances of 23 personalities that are all “trapped” within one body. Just watching McAvoy navigate through the tightrope walk of a performance of all of these different “people” is a sight to behold. Split does the smart thing by having these many voices continually tease one ultimate evil personality that’s hiding at the end of the tunnel. This effectively creates suspense through the film and when “The Beast” finally gets unleashed, man oh man, things get crazy. McAvoy’s character essentially turns into an animal at this point. He’s capable of bending steel and operates with almost a spider-like quality to his movements. It’s an incredible performance, which will surely only become deeper with the next chapter in the story, Glass.

The Saint of All Killers – Preacher 

Look, the Saint of All Killers is too much for some people, but he’s a character that’s all about excess. He’s designed to be an invincible monolith of a threat. The first season of Preacher allows the character to fire his guns a bunch and prove what a spooky motherfucker he is, but the second season doubles down on the character. Audiences learn a whole lot more from the character’s past and he goes through a number of trials this year that are maybe even more impressive than what Jesse Custer has to get done. This year simultaneously made the Saint of All Killers more terrifying and more empathetic, which is pretty damn impressive.

The Chucky Brigade – The Cult of Chucky

The Child’s Play franchise has an insane amount of resilience and versatility. While other series come and die, the Chucky films continue to plus along. The series has experimented around a little with shifting the films’ priority from horror to comedy, but the latest installment, The Cult of Chucky, pleasantly embraces its horror roots. There’s not a whole lot to Cult of Chucky, but it wisely combines the killer doll idea with the mental institution trope and it finds real success. Chucky terrorizing an insane asylum is a delight, but the series also ups its game when it brings multiple Chuckys into the mix. Each of these Good Guy dolls has a different quirk to help distinguish them from each other, but they’re all equally murderous. The Chucky films have done a lot of scary things, but somehow it’s taken them this long to multiply the little guy and allow him to multi-task his murders.

Worldender – Rick and Morty

The way that the Rick and Morty writing staff describe Worldender is basically the perfect distillation of the character:

“If you think Thanos fucked Darkseid and, like, had a baby, and that baby then fucked some other giant creature monster, that’s Worldender”

He’s Thanos to the extreme, got it?

It’s a lot of fun to see Rick and Morty take on the Avengers and Justice League with their analogous Vindicators group. The show paints a real image of the genocidal horrors of Worldender (and even if it didn’t, his name is a big giveaway to what his whole deal is), but the character itself is barely present in the episode. So while Worldender is the official monster entry, the fellow Vindicators of Million Ants, Alan Rails, and Crocubot all deserve honorable mentions and make more of an actual impact in the entry.

Korg – Thor: Ragnarok

Who said that all of these monsters had to be scary? Thor: Ragnarok’s break-out character, Korg, is as laissez-faire as they come, but he’s still a sufficiently awesome character that deserves some attention. Korg might simply be around to help raise morale and stoically pontificate on the nature of existence, but he’s also the most memorable rock monster to come around in recent years. And if Korg really needed to frighten someone, the rough guys is probably capable of turning up the aggression.

And just for a little fun, here is what we considered to be the worst monster of 2017.

It’s a Tie: The Taheen – The Dark Tower and Mr. Hyde – The Mummy

Goodness gracious. It’s a little bonkers that in the same year some of the best Stephen King adaptations of all time were released, as well as one of the absolute worst. What’s even more crushing is that the culprit happens to be one of King’s most glorious texts, his Dark Tower series. There are too many things wrong with The Dark Tower movie to get into here, but the biggest what the fuck moment is in the form of Mid-World’s Taheen demons. These are likely the equivalent to the “low men” from the novels. The portrayal of these demons, who hide under human skin—complete with zippers—is outright laughable and the film never recovers from this point. It’s utterly confusing why this take is taken with these characters, but it’s one that just looks sloppy and doesn’t work.

Speaking of things that don’t work, remember that whole “Dark Universe” thing that was supposed to happen? This plan for a connected universe of Universal Monsters seems like a crazy fever dream now and a lot of that has to do with the big mistakes made in The Mummy. Tom Cruise’s take on gaining “mummy powers” is something else, but good Lord, Russell Crowe is also in this as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and it’s the worst thing. This guy mumbles through scenes and reduces this classic character to surly stereotypes. It’s such a disaster and one of the biggest misfires of the year.

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‘Mom and Dad’ Trailer Delivers All the “Rage Cage” You Can Handle!

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Brian Taylor directs Mom and Dad, a high concept film about a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.

The parents are played by none other than Nicolas Cage (Season of the Witch, Wicker Man, Ghost Rider) and Selma Blair (Hellboy, The Fog), who are both shown in the brand new trailer going absolutely bonkers. If you thought Cage was wild in Wicker Man, just wait until you see “Rage Cage” in this!

Momentum Pictures will release Mom and Dad in theaters and VOD platforms January 19, 2018.

Joe Lipset reviewed the film out of the Toronto International Film Festival world premiere, explaining that it has “plenty of violence and humor,” touting Blair’s performance.

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Colin Trevorrow Promises That ‘Fallen Kingdom’ is Nothing Like ‘The Lost World’

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Life finds a way when we enter the Fallen Kingdom on June 22, 2018.

When the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hit earlier this month, many fans of the franchise were comparing the Jurassic World sequel to the sequel to the original film, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Indeed the film does appear to have similar plot elements, but writer/producer Colin Trevorrow promises it’s a far different experience.

It looks like it is [similar to The Lost World] because they all go to a fog-covered, scary island with dinosaurs on it, but it goes to a very, very different place than anyone expects,” Trevorrow said during a recent interview. “Really the heart and soul of the movie, the turn of the story, is not what we’ve shown in this trailer. It’s very much not like The Lost World.”

As Trevorrow recently noted, everything on display in the trailer was taken from the first 57-minutes of the movie, meaning that we really haven’t seen anything yet.

During the same chat, Trevorrow confirmed that a JW trilogy is still the plan.

J. A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) directed the new installment.Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel, which also stars Jeff Goldblum, along with Justice Smith, James Cromwell and Toby Jones. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, wrote the script for the sequel with Derek Connolly.

Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again join executive producers Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow. Belén Atienza also produced.

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.  Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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New Trailer Invites You into the Crazy World of ‘Like Me’

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From the producers of The House of the Devil and Compliance.

Rob Mockler makes his directorial debut with Like Me, which Kino Lorber is bringing to select theaters on January 26 and VOD in February. Produced by indie horror veteran Larry Fessenden, it promises to “take the viewer into a world of fabricated personalities and offer a thought-provoking portrait of isolation in our increasingly digital world.”

The new trailer we’ve been provided with this week has a bit more footage than the previous one, introducing a neon-bathed world and a visual feast of pure insanity.

Color us interested in this one!

In the film…

“A reckless loner (Addison Timlin) sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. After releasing a video of herself robbing a convenience store, she amasses a huge following. While traveling along the coast, she encounters a drifter, an Internet troll, and a paint huffing outsider who are all pulled into her circle of chaos, junk food, and drugs.”

Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Stuart Rudin and Nicolette Pierini also star.

Peter Phok, Leo Joseph, Anya Joseph, Anthony Gentile, and John Gentile executive produce. Jenn Wexler, Jessalyn Abbott, Robert Mockler, James Belfer, and Larry Fessenden produce. The wicked music comes courtesy of Giona Ostinelli.

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2017’s Best Horror Films to Watch With a Crowd

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*Keep up with our ongoing end of the year coverage here*

There is nothing quite like getting together with some friends, grabbing a few drinks, and having a horror movie night. Whether you’re revisiting the classics or catching up on the latest in the genre, there’s no denying the ability of a horror movie to bring people together and make for a hell of a good time.

Granted, some films tend to be more explosive and outright entertaining than others, making for more of a crowd-pleasing time than perhaps the latest arthouse horror flick. While there’s nothing wrong with the latter, you’d probably get a more enthusiastic response if you popped in The Evil Dead or Hatchet at a party than, say, The Witch or The Innkeepers (though I suppose that depends on how you and your friends like to get hyped on horror). In any case, we compiled a list of some of the year’s top horror flicks that we feel are best enjoyed with a crowd of good friends–either because they are non-stop thrill rides, deeply satisfying crowd-pleasers, or just plain hilarious.

Alright, here we go…

The Babysitter

McG’s The Babysitter seemingly came out of nowhere, with an action-packed trailer dropping just a couple of weeks prior to its Netflix premiere. The film follows Cole (Judah Lewis), a 12-year-old boy who discovers that his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving) is the leader of an evil, murderous cult. While some have argued that The Babysitter is not quite as riotous as they’d hoped it would be (I’d disagree!), it is hard to deny that everyone is having a blast here. The outlandish death scenes and gleefully wicked performances from Weaving and her fellow cult members (Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor, Hana Mae Lee, and Bella Thorne), who play up a few of our favorite high school archetypes, definitely make the film a worthy group watch.

Don’t Kill It

Catching Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It back at its Fantastic Fest premiere last year with a packed crowd unquestionably convinced me that we need to see at least one Dolph Lundgren-fronted horror flick released every year. The perennial action icon delivers a riotously self-aware performance as demon hunter Jebediah Woodley in this underrated and under-praised gem, tracking down an evil force that body-hops to a new host every time the previous one is murdered. Characterized very quickly by outrageous, hyperviolent action sequences and laughably-written dialogue, Don’t Kill It is the best made-for-Syfy movie that Syfy never made.

Get Out

For all of the focus on its effective social commentary, it may be easy to forget that Jordan Peele’s breakout horror hit is also one of the year’s most undeniably enjoyable genre rides. Adeptly using humor to both call out racism and break up the tension in an otherwise dark story, Peele succeeds in bending genres and broaching sensitive subject matter in a way that mainstream audiences can truly get on board with. You and your friends will no doubt root for Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as he begins to discover the truth behind his girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) very suspicious family and friends, and it’s impossible not cheer when the film finally reaches its cathartic finale.

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day got some notable flak once it was stamped with a PG-13 rating–a brand in the horror genre often conflated with watered down violence and hack-job edits for the sake of reaching wider audiences. Yet Christopher Landon’s film–which follows Tree (Jessica Rothe), a sorority girl who must relive the day of her murder over and over again until she finds her killer–genuinely feels like it was always meant to be a more accessible in its execution, focusing more on snarky dialogue, familiar college stereotypes, and humor than gruesome death sequences. Say what you will, but I found Happy Death Day–and Rothe’s insanely likable performance particularly–to be pretty damn fun. Sure, it may not bring much new to the table and it is clearly geared towards the genre’s younger fans, but where it lacks in lasting chills and gore, it delivers in spirit and enough entertaining twists and turns to make for a good (if not inoffensive) time.


Joe Lynch’s Mayhem boasts a general set-up comparable to that of this year’s The Belko Experiment:  workers in an office complex commit violent acts against each other, this time due to a mysterious virus. Yet Mayhem succeeds for me where Belko faltered in that it makes ingenious use of its office setting and the props at hand in its wild and violent ride. Beyond being a fast-paced and comedic thrill ride, the film is worth watching alone for Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Samara Weaving (who deserves to be a genre staple at this point); the pair’s chemistry and pitch-perfect comedic chops are electric as they fight off infected coworkers acting out their worst and most violent impulses. Think of it as horror’s comedy-tinged answer to Gareth Evans’s The Raid.

Lake Bodom

Finnish slasher Lake Bodom starts off in very familiar territory, with four teens stealing away to the woods for a camping trip at a site where famed murders once took place. Once its more traditional first act ends, however, Lake Bodom heads into a very different direction, recalling some of Europe’s other well-known horror favorites. And even so, the film doesn’t stop there; it continues to unapologetically twist and turn, either to the sheer enjoyment or laugh-laden incredulity of its audience. Whatever you may ultimately think of it by way of plausibility, it’s hard to deny that Lake Bodom is one of the most enjoyable straightforward horror rides this year. Stick around at least for the second twist if nothing else–which is paired with a Fast & Furious-worthy chase scene that everyone slasher lover should see at least once.

Better Watch Out

Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out is primed to be a new holiday favorite for modern horror fans, taking the very familiar home invasion formula and turning it on its head with nasty glee. Starring impressive Levi Miller and The Visit‘s Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould, the film pairs perfectly with the aforementioned  The Babysitter, sharing a similarly dark sense of humor and unpredictable narrative course. Simply put, Better Watch Out is a demented spin on Home Alone, and you’re likely to hear numerous gasps at the film’s audacious use of violence between its young cast members.

Tragedy Girls

Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls is both an effective take-down and outright celebration of modern millennials dressed up in very stylish horror-comedy trappings. Where films like Detention did not necessarily work for me in similar execution, Tragedy Girls more cohesively and humorously weaves familiar slasher tropes with commentary on social media, teenage narcissism, and the vapidity of youth. The film, boasting quick-witted humor reminiscent of 2009’s Sorority Row, is carried by razor-sharp dialogue and biting performances from Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp as two high school students exploring the world of murder in the name of fame. Tragedy Girls also features some of the year’s best sequences of physical comedy, as well as two hilarious appearances by Craig Robinson and millennial icon Josh Hutcherson.

Cult of Chucky

If you haven’t followed the last few films in the Child’s Play franchise, you will likely be extremely taken aback by how damn weird the world of Chucky has become. Cult of Chucky is by and large the most out there entry to date–which of course makes it a perfect flick to pop on with a crowd of unsuspecting viewers. Some will love it, some will outright loathe it, but Cult of Chucky delivers some of the franchise’s most fun death scenes, ridiculously entertaining twists, and memorable Chuckyisms in years. Almost 30 years later, it remains a joy to revel in the insanity of Don Mancini’s creation, and franchise fans particularly will be hollering at the return of Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly, and (new franchise favorite) Fiona Dourif in one film. Stick around for that post-credits stinger, too, and you’re bound to hear some major cheers from the more die-hard fans of the series.

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[Podcasts] Test Pattern – Episode 58: The Movies That Define Us – The Thing (1982) & The Fly (1986)

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To close 2017, Jacob and Tab talk about their favorite movies of all time – John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) (Tab) and David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986).

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“Test Pattern” is made in the spirit of the old hosted monster movie shows of our youth – a little bit spooky, a little bit silly, but always informative! Jacob and Tab have a new topic each week, with a focus on old school macabre films, favorite creature features, and B-movies.

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Test Pattern can also be heard on 103.5 FM in Wisconsin

The Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network consists of The Horror Show, CREEPY, Women in Caskets, Forever Midnight, Test Pattern, and Virtual Pros. All of these shows can be found on our iTunes Provider Page as well as the Bloody Disgusting App on all iOS and Android devices.

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Here’s the Cover Art for Walmart’s Exclusive Release of ‘IT’

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And yes, an Extended Director’s Cut is coming soon.

We’re under two weeks away from the 4K/Blu-ray/DVD release of Andy Muschietti’s IT – the film can be digitally purchased now – which will have different versions available in different stores. Best Buy is getting an exclusive Steelbook, while Target is getting their own version that includes a lenticular cover and “Welcome to Derry” postcards.

As for Walmart, it seems to only be getting an exclusive DVD release, oddly enough. The website lists the DVD, with its own artwork, as the store’s only exclusive.

You can check out that Walmart Exclusive art below.

IT arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack/Blu-ray Combo Pack/DVD on January 9.

Special Features include:

  • Pennywise Lives! –  Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
  • The Losers’ Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “IT” as they bond together during the production,
  • Author of Fear  Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise
  • Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film

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