It's Alucard's Turn To Kick Demon Butt In This New 'Revelations' Trailer

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 16:47

With the arrival of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2′s first DLC less than a week away, Konami has released a new trailer to help prepare us for its arrival. Revelations will follow fan-favorite Alucard as he uses his unique arsenal of weapons and abilities to kick mountains of monster butts. Hopefully, developer MercurySteam will use this as an opportunity to make up for the disappointing main game. Trailer after the jump.

Revelations releases on March 25.

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A Field in England Opens on Blu-ray and DVD

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:35

Ben Wheatley's (Kill List) new film, A Field in England (review), is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD via Drafthouse Films, and we have the skinny on what to expect once it arrives. Read on for details.

From the Press Release
From Drafthouse Films and director Ben Wheatley comes the original horror film A Field in England, available on DVD and Blu-ray April 8.

This is the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in anthology horror film The ABCs of Death.

Billed as "a psychedelic trip into magic and madness," A Field in England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. A Field in England will be distributed on home video by Cinedigm at an SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $27.95 for the DVD.

With a new feature, the JG Ballard adaptation High Rise, currently in pre-production with Tom Hiddleston attached to star, Wheatley and producers Claire Jones and Andy Starke assembled A Field in England with financing via Film4's talent and ideas arm Film 4.0 headed up by Anna Higgs. The film stars Reece Shearsmith ("The League of Gentlemen") and Kill List's Michael Smiley and features Julian Barrett ("The Mighty Boosh") in a small role.

Wheatley's work has been lauded by both critics and moviegoers, placing him at the forefront of a new wave in contemporary cinema emerging from the festival circuit dubbed "art-house horror." Chris Hewitt of Empire Magazine has proclaimed, "In only three years, Ben Wheatley has gone from unknown to one of the UK's most exciting, hilarious, and most violently disturbing filmmakers."

England: 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom dowcircle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting, and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. A Field in England is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley - award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List, and Sightseers.

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Help Pick the 'Joy Ride 3: Road Kill' Fan Favorite Cover Art (Exclusive)!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:11

Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain, slams terror into overdrive in this all-new UNRATED chapter of Joy Ride!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes road rage to an all new level with Joy Ride 3: Road Kill, arriving on Digital HD June 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 17.

Bloody Disgusting is once again getting the help of our readers to choose the fan favorite cover art for this third hellish installment in the bloody series that finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.

The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!

Check out the 3 options below, then head to the Bloody Disgusting Facebook page page and “like” your favorite to vote!

Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content, and a gruesome unrated version of the film. They include: Pre-Vis Sequences, Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3, Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s DIE-aries, Finding Large Marge and Audio Commentary.

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BoulderLight Pictures and Indie Horror Stars Team Up to Give You Dementia

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:10

Perfectly timed with this week's home video release of Contracted, word has come that the film's DP is directing a horror flick of his own with some of the most impressive indie horror actors by his side. Read on for full details about Dementia, coming our way courtesy of BoulderLight Pictures!

From the Press Release
BoulderLight Pictures (CONTRACTED, WEEP) has tapped Contracted DP Mike Testin to direct DEMENTIA, a new horror thriller in the vein of Misery and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Set to begin production in Los Angeles next week, the film's cast includes: Gene Jones (The Sacrament), A.J. Bowen (You're Next), Kristina Klebe (Proxy), Marc Senter (Red, White, and Blue), and newcomer Hassie Harrison, amongst others. The script was penned by Blood List writer Meredith Berg (FACELESS).

DEMENTIA is about an elderly war veteran who is forced by his estranged family to hire a live-in nurse after finding out he has been diagnosed with dementia, only to find that she harbors a sinister secret.

"We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Mike on this,” said producer Raphael Margules. “We've been looking to collaborate with him since CONTRACTED and can't think of a better project in which to showcase his unique and fresh voice to the global marketplace and audiences worldwide."

Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz are producing for BoulderLight Pictures. XYZ is handling North American sales with BoulderLight’s sales division looking after international.

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'The Quiet Ones' Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:10

Haunting theaters April 25, Buzzfeed scored an engaging behind-the-scenes featurette for The Quiet Ones, which shares interviews and on-set footage.

From the producers behind Let Me In and The Woman in Black, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke all star.

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'The Expedition' Images Reveal Dinosaurs in the Amazon! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:06

Dinosaurs have ben discovered deep in the Amazon jungle, and Bloody Disgusting has proof!

Directed by Adam Spinks from a screenplay by Spinks and Ben Loyd Holmes, we have an exclusive image gallery for The Expedition, which discovers that the Triassic period from 231 million years ago is still booming in the jungle!

Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor embark on an expedition to protect vulnerable and endangered species. After a series of strange events their superstitious guides abandon them and the team choose to remain deep in the jungle, dedicated to the project… but as night falls in the camp they begin to realize that all is not as it seems, and that they are in the hunting ground of a predator…. one they never could have expected.

Ben Loyd Holmes also stars with Sarah Mac, Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, Rebecca Kiser, Ernesto Cantu, Ross O’Hennessy, Simon Burbage and Dolores Reynals.

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UK Production Wraps on Documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:00

Back in November we told you about an upcoming documentary called Leviathan, the latest addition to the growing trend of comprehensive fan-made docs which will cover the making of both Hellraiser and its first sequel.

Today comes the exciting word that production is nearing completion, and you'll find full details by opening up that weird box that sits in front of you...

... or by simply reading on, if you prefer.

After wrapping interviews with the original film's third assistant director, Rupert Ryle-Hodges, as well as make-up effects artists Beverly Pond-Jones and Simon Sayce, the latter of whom designed and created the iconic puzzle box, the UK portion of the documentary's production is now completed.

Sayce shared never-before-seen original design images for the Lament Configuration box and even revealed hidden meanings within the box's design. All of that information will be included as part of the documentary in addition to a wealth of other rare images and behind-the-scenes stories.

The documentary crew will soon be heading to the US to film interviews with Doug "Pinhead" Bradley and Hellraiser 2 director Tony Randel.

Learn more over on the documentary's official website and Facebook page!

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a feature length documentary uncovering the history, making of, and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.

With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, it will bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films.

Following the story of the films from their inception through production to release and their subsequent lives and growing fan base, fans and those less familiar with the films will see the technical skills, the creative ideas, the symbolism, and the legacy of these movies.

Delving deep into the director’s vision and ambitions for the project, Leviathan explores where he came from, where his career had taken him, and the inspiration for the story and world he created... the story of his journey of making them and how close they came to his vision at the time and how he feels about them over 25 years later.

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[Exclusive] Top 5 Horror Movies I Wouldn't Want To Relive

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:00

Some horror films are great for parties because they’re perfect for commentary, mockery, jump scares, visual gags, and more. Some horror movies are meant to be watched and savored, each scene something offering something that requires attention to every microscopic detail so that a great discussion can be had afterwards. And then there are the horror films that are truly horrific, the ones that make you sit back and question what you’ve just seen.

Bassist/vocalist Christopher Cruz of New York based post-black metal band So Hideous decided that since his style of music had that kind of impact, that soul crushing darkness, that he would put together a list of his Top 5 Horror Movies I Wouldn’t Want To Relive along with some notable mentions. Having seen each of these films (and it’s a great list), I can agree that they are not for the faint of heart. If you have any amount of empathy in you, these films will have an emotional impact that can last for a long time. Head below to read the list but be warned of spoilers!

Make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Last Poem First Light here. The album comes out April 29th via Prosthetic Records.

Last Poem/First Light by So Hideous

Christopher Cruz:
There are quite a few movies that resonate with me as being something I would not want to “relive.” When narrowing down this list, I thought to myself “what films are difficult for me to revisit and left me with a depressed “need to watch a comedy” feeling?” and I came up with these 5 films. Enjoy:
5. Kairo
Translated as “Pulse”, Kairo is without a doubt one of the creepiest films I’ve ever seen. The entire film is so eerie and everyone in the film seems like they are at the point of completely giving up. After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another’s computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Just wait for the “walking down the hallway scene”.
4. Seven
“WHATS IN THE BOX!?” What more is there to say?
3. Martyrs
I have a serious love/hate relationship with this movie. The beginning of this film has a supernatural element, which is excellent and the rest of the film is 45 minutes of a woman being beaten and tortured. The whole concept of the film is overreaching in concept (trying to contact the “other side”) but the journey there is brutality depressing as you live through this woman’s tortured last moments.

2. Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob’s ladder is not only an incredible film, but it has been the inspiration for various different franchises such as Silent Hill and Twisted Metal. The duality of reality that Jacob Singer has to go through between his happy life with his family and the hallucinations with suffering of cheating with another women and seeing horrifying images makes for a truly cerebral horror movie.

1. The Mist
A So Hideous trolling favorite. Stephen King and Frank Darabont came together to make a zombie-esque Alien invasion film, a mixture that would work for just about any horrorholic. This film was pretty standard from the beginning, supporting cast used for gore, religious bitch that creates mob mentality… However the ending of this film is what threw a wrench in the gears. David (played by Thomas Jane) is driving through the mist, eventually, they run out of gas and pull over to the side of the road, disheartened that they haven’t seen any other survivors. While David’s son is sleeping, the four adults discuss their fate, deciding that there is no point in going any further. With four bullets left in the gun and five people in the car, David shoots the three adults and his son to spare them violent death by the creatures, all to be saved by the military.
Honorable Mentions:
Serbian Film

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Upcoming Anthology Will Send A Christmas Horror Story Down Your Chimney

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:56

Here on Dread Central we absolutely love movies that infuse a whole lot of horror into the holiday season, and though Christmas is a long ways away at the moment, it's never too early to take a peek under the tree.

Read on for details about an upcoming anthology flick that will bring blood, guts, and carnage to this year's holiday proceedings! As reported by our friends over on Bloody Disgusting, filming is currently under way in Toronto, Canada, on A Christmas Horror Story, an anthology comprised of three tales of yuletide terror.

Santa's trusty elves become flesh-hungry monsters in the first story, which centers on a mysterious disease that sweeps through the North Pole, transforming the elves into the ravenous undead. Santa and the Missus wage a desperate battle for survival.

The mythical demon Krampus comes to life in the second, with the wicked Bauer family discovering that the stories of an evil Santa Claus are all too real. And they will be punished for their dastardly deeds.

And in the third and final tale of this holiday horror anthology, a troubled cop takes his wife and young son out to pick up the perfect Christmas tree, which stands tall on land owned by the nefarious Big Earl. Daddy goes missing on Big Earl’s land, and when he turns up again, he isn’t quite himself.

A collaboration among writers Doug Taylor (Splice), Sarah Larsen ("Darknet"), James Kee ("Darknet"), and Pascal Trottier (Hellions), the film will feature segments directed by Grant Harvey (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning), Brett Sullivan ("Orphan Black"), and Steven Hoban ("Darknet").

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Stare Down Evil in this New Oculus Clip

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:49

The box office has been pretty light on horror this year, which is why we cannot wait for the arrival of Oculus, which has been doing a damn fine job of scaring audiences so far. On tap today is a brand new clip from the film, which will haunt theaters April 11th. Dig it!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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More Actor Flesh Munched on in iZombie

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:44

Ya gotta be careful with actor flesh. One wrong bite, and you're chewing on something silicone-based and that shit is nasty. That's why it's always best to get fresh meat on your menu which is untainted by Hollywood glam.

Variety is reporting that U.K. up-and-comer Rahul Kohli (pictured) has been set as the final series regular role in the Rob Thomas/Diane Ruggiero CW pilot “iZombie.”

Kohli will play an enthusiastic nerd who befriends the lead character in the show based on the DC Comics/Vertigo property about a medical student-turned-zombie. He'll star alongside David Anders, Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Alexandra Krosney, and Malcolm Goodwin.

"iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv (McIver), a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective (Goodwin), she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.

Related Story: The Vampire Diaries' David Anders and More File into "iZombie"

Goodwin’s Clive is a detective who recently received a promotion from Vice to Homicide but has been floundering for his first two months and is in desperate need of making a case. Though dubious at first about Liv’s “psychic” powers, she demonstrates too much accuracy for him not to take her seriously.

Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable.

Krosney plays Peyton, Liv’s best friend and roommate who is baffled by Liv’s recent behavior and feels like they’re drifting apart. Anders plays the show’s bad guy, Blaine, an entitled rich kid who bites off more than he can chew in the drug business.

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New Quiet Ones TV Spot Believes in Ghosts

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:30

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I'm a sucker for a good ghost story, and that looks like exactly what we're gonna get once Hammer's The Quiet Ones comes haunting a theatre near you. Check out this latest TV spot!

The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.

It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).

Look for The Quiet Ones in UK theatres on April 10 and US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.

The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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Trailer Begins Broadcasting for The Signal

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:19

Yesterday we brought you cats some new viral goodies for The Signal, a sci-fi thriller about three college students who take a dark road-trip detour. Today we have the trailer. The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.

William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. "Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.

Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest.

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Maggie Q Joins Kevin Williamson's Pilot for CBS

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:47

The female lead in Kevin Williamson's still untitled pilot for CBS has been found, and it's the always kick-ass Maggie Q, best known for her title role in "Nikita."

Per Deadline, Q (Priest, Divergent) will play Detective Beth Davis, the opinionated and obsessive, workaholic Division Captain of LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit, who also narrates the story.

She joins the previously announced Dylan McDermott and Mariana Klaveno in the CBS/Warner Bros. TV project written by Williamson (Scream, "The Vampire Diaries," "The Following") and directed by Liz Friedlander ("The Secret Circle," "The Following").

The psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. McDermott’s Jack Larsen is a recent transfer from New York. His healthy confidence and quick thinking have gotten him into trouble in the past — a past he hopes to leave behind.

Klaveno's Janice is underestimated in her unit because of her somewhat flashy appearance.

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Review: “The White Suits” # 2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:40

Lethal and visceral “The White Suits” feels like a whisky soaked love letter to violent international crime movies. The pages flow with a certain strangeness that Toby Cypress seems to revel in. His style is all over the book. The use of loose paneling and fast scratchy coloring compliments Frank Barbiere’s fever dream of a narrative. It all comes together to create an engaging momentum that still doesn’t concern itself with making too much sense.

WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Toby Cypress
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 19th, 2014

Prizrak has clearly seen some shit. The White Suits have torn through his psyche, and surely he was once one of them. What our plucky FBI Agent, Sarah, hopes to get from him is anyone’s guess. Yet, the two push forward to take on the unstoppable force that is The White Suits.

The disjointed narrative and art style lend to the Prizrak’s plight. If that seems like a negative, it’s totally not. This is a book that seems to plunge itself into the depths of a broken man against insurmountable odds, who fears what he may have been. The mythical White Suits cut through the pages just like they do their enemies.

Cypress is a little more subdued than the debut issue. It helps to convey some forward momentum that the story needs. Outside of the action his wild style can rest on his fantastic character designs and helps the script push the exposition out while still remaining visually engaging.

The use of only black, white, and red really helps certain elements of his style pop. The darkness of this book speaks just as much as its white counterparts, and the hand drawn sound effects lend to a visceral and gritty feeling in the action scenes. There is something about the oblong character designs, with the long limbs, the extended angles and the hard backgrounds that is irresistible.

Things actually end up moving extremely quickly in the later half of the issue. Barbiere wastes no time attempting to payoff the plot points he sets up only pages ago, and he does so in a pulse pounding race to the final page. When you finally get to the end, you’ll feel like you hit a wall and were forced to stop dead. You’ll want to keep flipping but there is no more fun to be had this month.

There really isn’t anything quite like “The White Suits” out there today. It is wholly unique and reading it provides a dynamically different experience than most comics. It’s wild, sketchy, and completely untethered. Yet, its moved along with brisk dialogue and larger than life criminal violence that never lets you catch your breath. You’ll still be trying to piece it all together by the time the last page hits but the mysteries brought on by the bigger picture should have you coming back next month.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls

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Review: “Five Ghosts” # 10

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:31

“Five Ghosts” does what it does best this month. It provides an action packed adventure, which further deepens its world, characters, and ideas while looking beautiful. The whole thing reads like silk. The main protagonist is noticeably absent throughout the bulk of the issue but that somehow doesn’t stumble writer Frank Barbiere for even a moment. Come away to a strange island and join “Five Ghosts” for some giant crabs, stay for the mysterious witch.

WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Chris Mooneyham
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: March 19th, 2014

This comic exists in a league of its own. The storytelling is conveyed with such confidence that the larger world outside of the pages feels fully developed. The series has an incredible voice that manages to be unique and still drip with tribute. It never feels strained and it always feels unpredictable. Which is basically the highest praise I can give to a comic. If you can continue to surprise me, I’ll be back month after month.

So yet again, “Five Ghosts” surprises me. I find Fabian Grey to be magnetic, almost irresistible. His powers notwithstanding, he’s an enterprising and confident hero who is motivated for the wrong reasons. So extracting this magnetic force should create a lull in the book. Instead, it deepens the mystery.

We’re finally given some time to meet Sinbad (as she calls herself.) She has a dreamstone, and we learn what happens when dreamstones get too close. It’s not pretty, and it’s overwhelmingly ominous. Barbiere weaves the narrative around disorientation and makes Fabian all the more important by removing him. The action is still present, and the supernatural is everywhere. In fact we get a supercharged jolt of it with the introduction of a new character whose sure to mix shit up in all the wrong ways.

Chris Mooneyham and Lauren Affe are a match made in heaven. Their work compliments each other so well that the pulpy, washed out but colorful look to the paper has come to define the book as much as the characters. Mooneyham finds fantastic ways to keep the action exciting and overwhelming. The looming beasts at the beginning of the issue are only rivaled by the ship-destroying climax of the script. Everything is communicated with polish and poise.

It’s hard for me to find a fault in an issue like this. The voice is carefree, the action is heavy, and the implications for the future are far-reaching. The particulars of this book are made with such confidence that you could easily believe lifelong comics pros were behind everything. Instead it’s the commitment to creating a unique and developed world with complex characters that wins out over everything else. At the end of the day “Five Ghosts” exists in an endlessly complicated world that is communicated with relative ease. It’s not an easy task, but it sure looks that way.

Rating 4.5/5 Skulls.

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'The Sacrament' Stars Diagnosed with 'Dementia'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:29

Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz’ BoulderLight Pictures, who produced Contracted, begins production next week in Los Angeles on Dementia, which is said to be in the vein of Misery and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Mike Testin, cinematographer of Contracted, will direct Dementia, “about an elderly war veteran who is forced by his estranged family to hire a live-in nurse after finding out he has been diagnosed with Dementia, only to find that she harbors a sinister secret.

Gene Jones, who can be seen as the Father in Ti West’s The Sacrament, pictured above, stars with A.J. Bowen (pictured below; You’re Next, The Sacrament), Kristina Klebe (Proxy, Halloween), Marc Senter (Red, White, and Blue, The Lost), and newcomer Hassie Harrison.

The script was penned by Blood List writer Meredith Berg (Faceless).

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Trailer For 'The Signal' Heavy On Vibe, Low On Spoilers

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:27

Yesterday Focus Features started a viral campaign for their June 13 release of William Eubank’s thriller The Signal, which Ryan Daley reviewed out of the Sundance Film Festival. Today they’ve released the trailer, which does a nice job of hinting at the film’s tone without overexplaining its surprises.

Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Lin Shaye, Robert Longstreet, Jeffrey Grover and Laurence Fishburne, the pic follows a group of college students are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Head below to check out the trailer. If you’re into viral campaigns, go to RUAGITATED.COM to access important information about your condition.“

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Review: “Curse” # 3

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:15

A horror story never gets better for anyone involved. Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel are very aware of that fact this month as they push all of their characters to the brink. The small town politics erupt into chaos and the mythology of the werewolf is uniquely developed in another chilling chapter of “Curse.”

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
ART BY: Colin Lorimer & Riley Rossmo
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 19, 2014

Finishing this issue actually had me utter the words “God fucking damn it.” I couldn’t believe how screwed things were for Laney, and how this guy believes he’s just trying to do the right thing.

Except he’s not. He’s a noble man with a seemingly noble cause, but he’s caught in his past. Moreci and Daniel remind us of this constantly. Yet, this month it becomes abundantly clear Laney isn’t acting with the best intentions. His motivations are selfish and blind. Within an issue of revelations the script makes an effort to put its own spin on werewolf mythology and succeeds admirably. I love the new approach and find it brings a new flavor something already so delicious.

The artwork is still dark, brooding, and gorgeous. In fact the hollow settings of the narrative actually pop off the page thanks to Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo. Again, Lorimer takes the duties for the bulk of the book, and manages to use hard angles to create a great sense of dread. His work in the latter half of the issue shows Laney in complete control and evokes a certain sense of domination. While Rossmo’s work in the past is completely different and stellar. He adds a layer of vulnerable reality to the character that I haven’t seen in a werewolf story. It makes the character of Anton a tragic and compelling asshole reminiscent of Cassidy.

“Curse” is one of the greatest looks at werewolf mythology there has even been. It doesn’t focus on the beast but instead opts to concern itself with the human side of the problem. The loss of being a werewolf coupled with the losses brought on by a werewolf and everyone in between. Within this balance it strikes a distinctly different chord with familiar stories and characters. It humanizes the beast and monsterizes the human.

You still root for Laney, but its becoming increasingly clear he’s not the best man that he could be. His mindless pursuit of the beast makes him unable to move on and care about the things close to him. He isolates himself in the cold in the name of some higher calling but he doesn’t manage to save himself or anyone else. It’s not even clear what his endgame is, it’s just blind pursuit at this point, driven by something he should have walked away from years ago. Yet, amongst all this he still remains compelling and sympathetic, because who among us would do anything different?

Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.

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[Special Report] Epic Sets, Amazing Scenes, Brand New Creatures And A Sense Of Wonder On The Set Of 'Godzilla'!!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:01

Back in July of last year I took a quick flight up to Vancouver to join some other journalists on the set of the new Warner Bros/Legendary film Godzilla, from Monsters director Gareth Edwards (you can read the entire on set interview with Evans here). Normally I walk away from these visits with a checklist of things I expect to go wrong and a checklist of things I expect to go right. But I typically never feel as bullishly positive as I did after this.

Not only did we see some breathtaking renderings of scenes from the film, we also got to tour the production’s war room – which gave us a vast understanding of the tone, flavor and designs of the new Godzilla. We also nabbed some killer on-set interviews and Bryan Cranston brought in an ice cream truck (complete with “Breaking Bad” and Godzilla themed concoctions) to round out the day.

The film, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Richard T. Jones, is an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, and Edwards seems to be paying respect to the past while making something very current.

Check out the whole report below!

Metaphors aside, the closest I’ll ever get to standing in the belly of the beast is right here on a soundstage in Vancouver. Here I am, walking around a highly detailed and slickly painted plaster spine. Giant – and I mean giant – ribs jut up all around me. If you’ve seen the trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ new take on Godzilla, and if you’re reading this I’m sure you have, then you’ve seen this massive ribcage (albeit with some of the corners of the room painted in a bit in post). Is this Godzilla? One of his ancestors? Another creature entirely? I have no idea.

But that’s not to say that we didn’t get any information on our trip to the film’s set last July. Not only did we see pre-viz of several astounding action sequences and chat with the cast and crew – we were also privy to the film’s war room. What’s the war room? More or less what it sounds like – an astounding space full of concept drawings, art, designs and models – most of which seemed to be laid out in almost chronological order. Even if what we saw in the room doesn’t tell the entire story of the film (and I’m sure it doesn’t), it gave us a nice comprehensive look at the overall flavor of the piece. And I gotta say, it looks pretty damn tasty.

One of the first things that’s made clear is that this isn’t necessarily a sequel, as some have been speculating. In fact, Edwards is keen to point out that it’s an origin story, “it’s supposed to be the beginning.” Nor is it in any way a comment or riff on Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version of the film. One of our guides explains, “The ’98 version was never even looked at. It looks like how Gareth would do Godzilla, but inspired by the classic Godzilla. I think it looks like it’s inspired by all the best classic versions of Godzilla. It has the DNA of Godzilla, but it’s how Gareth has interpreted it.

We continue our walk through the room, getting glimpses of sick bays, Hawaiian jungles, Japanese ruins, tsunami wreckage and more tantalizing visual information than we can even really process. It’s clear that something big did this. This version of Godzilla his downright huge. “Around 400 feet,” our guide replies. “At one point he was bigger, then he was smaller, but he’s big enough.” An additional piece of information to assuage any concerns? This Godzilla is 100% Toho [the studio behind the very first films] approved. “They were nervous going into it in the early days, just in how we would treat Godzilla and what he was going to look like. And honestly they embraced [both] the vision and Gareth the way we did and it’s been great.

Producer Mary Parent (who also worked on Pacific Rim – a film that this new Godzilla surprisingly has very little in common with tonally) addresses the style of the reboot amongst the art surrounding us. “It’s very ‘Close Encounters.’ That is a good tonal and visual [reference], if you had to pick a touchstone. It looks very different from when you go back and actually look at ‘Close Encounters’, but it has a 70s vibe.” Someone asks if Cloverfield had any kind of influence on Edwards’ vision, which is met with a resounding “no no no no” from just about everyone in the room. As far as the action in the film goes, Parent gives another encouraging touchstone, “There’s a ‘Black Hawk Down’ aspect to it. When you get dropped into this stuff, it’s all incredibly visceral because it’s so real. There’s nothing campy or heightened. It’s as though this is really happening. Gareth has done a really good job of making you believe that this could happen and, if it were to happen, how people would react and behave and what those set pieces would be like.

She’s not joking. Later on we sit down in an editing bay to watch a few extended pre-viz segments. In a film as large as this one and with as many intricate, expensive set pieces – it’s always a wise decision to make a detailed map of exactly what you’re going to be filming (and CGI’ing). It’s a rough form of computer animation, but it is an invaluable tool. Sometimes pre-viz looks blocky and ill-defined, a utilitarian approach just to get down the basic camera movements, edits and requirements for a scene. Other times – especially when you’re trying to sell the tone and mood of a set piece – they can be extremely detailed and fleshed out. The scenes we’re shown are most certainly of the latter, more detailed variety. In fact, it may have been the best pre-viz I’ve ever seen.

The first scene we see is an extension of what you guys saw in the teaser that hit a few months back. The one where the soldiers perform a halo jump from a plane high above San Francisco, the red streamers from their flares streaking across the sky as they cascade downwards toward the destruction below. As striking as the sequence appears in the teaser, the uncut sequence from the film is much longer and – when married to the polished look of the finished film – I expect it to be utterly breathtaking for a sustained period of time. You see the cluster plunge through more layers of atmosphere, and through significantly more frame space, to an incredibly dramatic piece of music from composer Alexandre Desplat. It’s jaw dropping and epic and I immediately got concerned that it was too good not to be meddled with.

The second scene involves a different group of soldiers navigating their way through some jungle terrain until they reach a train trestle high above a seemingly bottomless ravine. They cautiously branch out onto the tracks only to notice that they’re not alone. This sequence is fairly exemplary of that Spielberg/Close Encounters touch Parent mentioned earlier. We see the eye of a huge creature pop up over the track, below we see the legs of perhaps another creature. There’s no destruction here, and the emphasis isn’t just on suspense (even though there’s plenty of that) – it’s on wonder. That’s what Edwards really seems to be getting at with everything we’ve seen up to this point. Anyone can arrange a bunch of pixels and simulate the leveling of a city, but very few directors can make us engage with something so destructive in such an intimate way. This sequence is the cinematic equivalent of swimming next to a whale shark. It’s indelible.

But the film isn’t just about monsters. It’s about the people trying to fight, understand and perhaps even protect them. Later that day we watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, playing reunited father and son Joe and Ford Brody, film a scene. They navigate though the ruins of an office or lab. And I mean ruins, the place isn’t freshly pulverized – it’s grown over. Abandoned. A mystery at this point to even the man who designed it. At one point the camera lingers over the glass of a long empty terrarium, about the size of the average fish tank. A faded label on the glass reads “Mothra.”

Though we’re not exactly sure if that’s what they’re looking for (I’m betting “Mothra” is an easter egg joke since everyone else seems more focussed on creatures called “MUTOs”). On a break between set-ups, Cranston elaborates, “I go into my old office searching or something specific, something that’s alive.” Not much info, fair enough – it’s early in the game. He’s less cagey when it comes to explaining why he was eager to sign onto the film, “The reason I’m here is because this story in interestingly driven by strong character motivations. If you saw [Edwards’] movie ‘Monsters’, which is one of the things that got me involved in conversations, it was like a character-driven monster movie, and I’m much more attracted to character-driven pieces. There is very strong father-son component to this, and my character makes huge, sweeping decisions that reverberate throughout the rest of the story, that are emotional as well, which is really what brought me here.

What about all the talk about Frank Darabont (“The Walking Dead”,The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) being brought in near the end of preproduction to overhaul the script? Cranston admits he had some initial notes on the piece but what they were in regard to is “hard to say. As you know, there are a lot of writers on this. I don’t know who did what, and whose sensibility was woven through. There were some minor things, just points of view. For instance there was a thing where my character assumes that my son is going to go with me on this dangerous excursion, and I just thought that was wrong. It was an easy fix. Nothing that I raised was, ‘Oh no, we have to draw the line there!’

If there’s one thing Cranston is even more clear on, it’s the enormity of the new Godzilla design and his appreciation of it. “My god, yeah!  Actually, the new design is basically back to an old design, I think. The scale surprised me. The extreme size of it compared to the MUTO’s that they are fighting.  Even that! When you see the MUTO it’s enormous, but it’s not nearly as big as Godzilla.

After Cranston is pulled away for another shot we’re given a few minutes with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is looking pretty ripped for his role here as a Marine. He carries himself like one as well, explaining, “We have a Marine sergeant/major, Jim Dever, who has worked on many films before as well. He did ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Man Of Steel’. He does a lot of movies like that and works really closely with us. There’s a lot of military stuff going on throughout this so he keeps an eye on everybody and everyone. I spent a bit of time with him. It was really great fun. A new experience for me altogether. I play a lieutenant in the Navy, EOD which is explosive ordinance disposal so he operates bombs. They’re always onhand, we have Navy captains onset to approve things. And see how they go about doing things, if this was to happen the way they go about operations. Everything is as accurate as can be.

After the shoot breaks for lunch we all gather with director Gareth Edwards on the opposite end of the set. He’s obviously tired, but there’s a refreshing wide eyed quality to him – you can tell he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. He’s even excited about the added challenge of not having Godzilla be the only monster in the film. “I’m not sure what I can and cannot say, but I’ll say that it was really important that we didn’t do a Godzilla movie where it wasn’t just one creature because you can quickly run out of people pointlessly trying to fire and stop the thing storyline, which is why Toho movies were always him versus something else. The whole “franchise” or whatever you want to call it was involved in the creatures. So when you get into it, you have to make that choice that you mentioned and we made…a choice. But without giving too much away, it’s not as simple as that.

Perhaps most importantly to, someone asks what makes a Gareth Edwards Godzilla different than, say, a Michael Bay version of the same material. “I don’t know. I think something that’s coming through that I’m quite pleased about and I’m really proud of is that there’s a lot of scenes we’ve already shot that are quite engaging. Like you’re really pulled in with the way the characters are coming together and the actors. I can’t go into too much detail because it will ruin the movie for you, but we’ve watched dailies and teared up on a few occasions, so I’m really proud. Obviously, there’s a giant, epic spectacle to it as well. I think, for me, if I’m honest, I’m personally not a fan of some of the Hollywood blockbusters that come out, and we’re trying to hark back to the movies we all grew up and loved like early Spielberg stuff, and trying to get a bit more restraint and suspense, and not this cutting-every-three-seconds and explosions-every-two-seconds mentality. So hopefully we’ve been quite brave with the storytelling that we’re doing.

While this is the type of thing most filmmakers say on set – it’s rare that I actually see them back it up. But Godzilla really looks to be something special. A film that operates within the general parameters of the modern blockbuster, but offers up a sense of wonder and awe that we perhaps haven’t seen since Jurassic Park. Of course, it’s too early to tell if this really takes hold in the final product, but I’m seeing far more positive indicators than I’m accustomed to. And that’s not just because Bryan Cranston ordered an ice cream truck for us. That happened on the way out.

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