I’ve always been drawn to dark comedies, in particular; how they can take sinister, morbid subject matters and give them a dash of humorous air to contrast against. More specifically, comedy and horror have always gone hand in hand. The very best (An American Werewolf in London and The Return of the Living Dead) can be funny and scary in equal measures. In the case of The Voices, the dark comedy is the perfect dwelling for its central character and his fractured state of mind.
The Voices is about Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds), an unusual but happy-go-lucky shipping clerk. Outside of work, his world consists of his two pets…that just happen to talk. The dog is the positive reinforcement and the cat is anything but. Things start to go sour once Jerry stops taking his prescribed anti-psychotics. After the accidental death of his lovely co-worker he’s be crushing on, the affable Jerry’s mental state quickly begins to deteriorate and things start to grow increasingly more disturbed.
Director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) does a fantastic job reflecting Jerry’s outlook on life via the film’s aesthetic. The Voices establishes itself from the get-go as dark comedy on the lighter and quirky end, much like a John Waters film. Jerry’s sunny disposition is represented via a bright, colorful visual palate. Soon as the harsh reality of Jerry’s torment is revealed to himself and onto the viewer, the look bluntly reflects that, courtesy of Director of Photography Maxime Alexandre (High Tension, as well as the Maniac and The Hills Have Eyes remakes). When the film’s tone turns dark, boy does it ever! It feels all the more startling because Satrapi effectively lures the viewer in with the first half’s charming disposition. The vibrant, likable cast which includes Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Ella Smith greatly assist in creating such an inviting place to spend your time in.
Without a doubt though, Ryan Reynolds’ high wire act of a performance is the film’s centerpiece. He valiantly goes above and beyond the call of duty to convey Satrapi’s highly audacious tonal shifts. He not only plays the lead character but also voices the animals. Despite the increasingly horrible acts Jerry commits, I somehow pitied him and his inner struggle. This character brilliantly showcases Reynolds’ skills as both a comedic actor and his underrated dramatic chops. The genuine depth and complexity he displays through Jerry helps ground the material, much like Christian Bale did in American Psycho. Dark comedies have a way of sometimes being trumped by the filmmakers’ indulges in style over substance which often gives them an air of superficiality. Thankfully that isn’t quite the case here.
As Jerry’s sanity crumbles, unfortunately so does the film’s. The third act continues to play with the contrasting tones to a far higher volume and it’s a mess. Satrapi can’t seem to decide what to settle on and if this schizophrenic nature was her intention, it’s commendable but just doesn’t work. I won’t even begin to delve into the ill-advised musical number (unmemorable tune at that) which left many viewers leaving the cinema scratching their heads all the more. The only thing that keeps us watching is Reynolds, who despite these issues, is still mesmerizing to the very end.
Flaws aside, The Voices is an audacious, unique dark comedy that makes too many interesting decisions for me to dismiss it entirely. Even at its most problematic, the film’s still very much watchable. We’ve seen many films in the past play with tone, yet I feel that Satrapi takes it to some bold, new areas for filmgoers. Again, I can’t praise Reynolds’ performance enough. It proves that Reynolds is far better than his career’s current sour streak, a reminder of what he’s capable of when given something of substance to chew on. Hopefully the sky is the limit from now on. At the very least, it’ll keep me revisiting this unusual film from time to time.
As if we needed another reason to be pumped for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, UK gaming magazine GamesMaster has offered quite a few more that should go a long way in pleasing longtime fans of the series. GamesMaster had the chance to sit down with Revelations 2 producer Michiteru Okabeto for a feature that will appear in their November issue.
Last week, we noticed some similarities between the prison island that serves as the setting for Revelations 2 and Rockfort Island from Code: Veronica.
We still don’t have closure on that, but even if they aren’t the same island there’s still going to be some Code: Veronica in the game. According to GamesMaster, Revelations 2 will star Claire Redfield as the lead. Apparently, Claire has become a “seasoned veteran” since we last saw her. It will also feature Moira Burton, the daughter of gun aficionado Barry Burton, in a supporting role.
The feature also confirms that Revelations 2 will take place between the events in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, and it will feature single-player and co-op. The first Revelations had both too, but the co-op was restricted to its Raid Mode. If the co-op extends to the campaign, I hope Capcom takes inspiration from Dead Space 3, which smartly didn’t burden players with an AI companion if they chose to go it alone.
The issue also touched on the game’s enemies, called the “Afflicted”. It sounds like Revelations 2 will continue the series’ trend of introducing another twist on the classic zombie type with each new game. Hopefully they’ll be as terrifying as the stuff the T-Abyss virus created. Below you’ll find our first look at what looks like a basic baddie below.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.
In related news, next week we’ll be celebrating gaming’s biggest horror franchise with our first ever Resident Evil Week. It’s going to be a good time.
This past January, the original Silent Hill turned 15. Because we like to go big here on Bloody Disgusting, to commemorate the anniversary we held a week-long celebration of all things Silent Hill. You all seemed to enjoy it, so I started planning a similar event for the other franchise genre fans are likely to pick when asked what their favorite horror series is: Resident Evil. All I needed was the perfect time kick it off. Now, I do believe that time has come.
Unless you’ve been living under a particularly sizable rock, you may have noticed the steady trickling of some gargantuan Resident Evil headlines. First, Capcom announced an HD re-release of the Resident Evil REmake that graced the GameCube back in 2002. The following day it was revealed the franchise may be dipping its toe into the warm waters of television with an Arklay TV series from Mance Media.
As if all that wasn’t enough, earlier this month, Capcom announced Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which the company plans on releasing in early 2015, alongside the HD remake.
If you were under a rock — first off, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make light of your situation — don’t fret, as we’re about to run in and Chris Redfield that thing right off of you with our first ever Resident Evil Week! This means we’ll have five days worth of content to honor the most iconic horror game franchise of all time, and it all starts on Monday.
Fifty years is a long time. As far as exclusives go, I’m beside myself for this one. We’ve got a first look for you at the cover and interior of the upcoming 50th anniversary issue of “Creepy.” The book doesn’t hit shelves until the first week of October, but get your first taste of terror right here, right now.CREEPY #18 (50th Anni. issue) On sale Oct. 8th. Cover: Dustin Nguyen (Batman Eternal) Frontispiece: Arthur Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hellboy) The Executor: Script by Fred Van Lente (Conan the Avenger, Archer and Armstrong) Art by Alison Sampson (Genesis) Weird, supernatural goings on surrounding the death of Edgar Allen Poe and the posthumous editing and publishing of his work. Over the River to Charlie Script by Corrina Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Planet of the Apes) Art by Drew Moss (In the Dark) Young girls are haunted throughout their childhood by a hanged man who’s taken up residence in their dollhouse. Keeping Up with the Creepys: Script and art by Peter Bagge (Hate) Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie’s attempts to outdo each other with their classic rides escalates into neighborhood-destroying hilarity. The Man Who Walked Through Walls: Script by Dan Braun (Creepy consulting editor) A man who discovers a way to become intangible takes his revenge on the neighbors who have wronged him. Gallery: Kevin Ferrera (Dead Rider) Kelley Jones (Batman) Eric Powell (The Goon) Pete Woods (Terminator Salvation) Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man
Capcom is giving Resident Evil fans a chance to unlock additional content in the upcoming Resident Evil HD REmake through a special Contagion mini-game. It can really only be considered a game on the most superficial level, since there isn’t much you can do, but there’s a point to it. Every time someone registers here, a meter is filled. Once that meter reaches 100%, Capcom will reward everyone who participated with special content in the upcoming HD REmake.
We don’t know what the content is, but I imagine they’ll shed some light on that when enough people sign up. At the time of this writing, the meter has reached 34%, meaning we’re a third of the way through “infecting Raccoon City.”
The Resident Evil HD REmake is slated to release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.
Humanity’s war with the scariest thing to come from the ocean since its scarier, older sibling claimed dominance of it back when dinosaurs still walked the Earth will heat up with the release of the competitive multiplayer horror game Depth. Its underwater arena and teams of combatants — consisting of a team of divers and another of sharks, each player-controlled — makes Depth unlike the myriad other multiplayer games we have to choose from, and that’s what has me most excited for it.
That and the aforementioned team of sharks. I’ve wanted to play a game where I could be Jaws since I first picked up a controller, and Depth is likely to be as close as I ever come to getting that.
Depth releases on PC (through Steam) this November.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in the new Terminator film, Terminator Genisys, which Paramount Pictures will release on July 1, 2015.
Before that even hit theaters, the studio is already committed to two sequels, locking in the original planned trilogy. Dates set this Friday evening are the sequel on May 19, 2017, with the third film hitting on June 29, 2018. It looks to me as if they’re going to shoot the next two back-to-back!
Alan Taylor shot the newest film in New Orleans. It stars Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as a T-800), with Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons.
Whip out your calendars, folks! Netherrealm has finally narrowed down the nebulous “2015″ release window for Mortal Kombat X. The game will arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on April 14, 2015. If you prefer to guarantee your copy, they’ve also revealed Goro as the exclusive pre-order bonus fighter for all retailers.
Whoever made the smart decision not to force us to choose between multiple different retailer exclusives gets four giant thumbs up.
Nighthawk Cinema in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn has a seriously stellar plan in mind for this Halloween. Presenting The Return of… A Nite to Dismember 2014, the Nighthawk Cinema is offering a midnight slate of five classic horror movie sequels for your viewing pleasure.
The lineup for The Return of… A Nite to Dismember includes some amazing sequels. Those lucky enough to be in the Nighthawk Cinema in Brooklyn on October 31 will be seeing (in order of screening):
Evil Dead II (1987),
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
How's that for a kick-ass lineup? Fuck yeah!
The event starts at 12:00 midnight on Halloween, and in addition to the five headlining films, there will be shorts and swag and all kinds of cool stuff. Hell, they're even going to make you breakfast in the morning. Now that's a class act.
For more information visit the Nighthawk Cinema Return of a Nite to Dismember website. Nitehawk Cinema is centrally located in Williamsburg at 136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue.
From the Press Release
Like all good monsters who return from the grave, Nitehawk is bringing back its all-night horror movie marathon with The Return of… A Nite to Dismember! Starting at midnight on Halloween, we will celebrate our second year by presenting only the very best in horror film sequels: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead. There will also be horror shorts, inspired montages, giveaways, trivia, and a costume contest plus breakfast in the morning. Hosted by Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s Kris King! Forget trick-or-treating; spend the nite with us!
McDonald's has been serving fast food for decades and has probably stopped more hearts than even the worst of horror's heavyweights. Still, sometimes we cannot resist the allure of that tasty pink slime, especially around McRib season. I tell you this though... if they sold these Happy Meals, I'd be there every damned day!
Artist Newt Clements has added a vast selection of cult movie Happy Meals based upon the kid-friendly crapmeals offered to today's tots.
All we can say is BRAVO! We'd be collecting these things until a need for a bedside defibrillator became as common as a small reading lamp.
Check out a few of our favorites below, and hit up the above link for many more!
Electronic legend Aphex Twin has released the first single off his upcoming album SYRO, which comes out September 22nd via Bleep Records (pre-order here. You can listen to the track down yonder.
I was going to write the song title in the headline, but making “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” fit is not exactly an easy task, I assure you.
SYRO is Aphex Twin’s first album in 2001′s Druqks.
Are you watching BBC America's "Intruders"? Get used to hearing about it because we are hooked! On tap now we have a clip from Episode 1.03, "Time Has Come Today," plus an introduction to Millie Brown, who portrays Madison in her debut lead role on a series.
"Intruders," from writer/exec producer Glen Morgan, is based on Michael Marshall Smith's novel The Intruders. The series stars John Simm and Mira Sorvino with James Frain, Tory Kittles, and Millie Brown.
The creative team includes directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Stamm plus production designer Mark Freeborn. The series is executive produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for BBC Worldwide Productions, Morgan, and Rose Lam.
"Intruders" Episode 1.03 – "Time Has Come Today" (airs 9/6/14)
Jack returns home to find Amy sleeping soundly in bed. She has a logical explanation for her whereabouts in Seattle and professes her love to him, only to ask for a separation the next day. Jack is terrified for Amy’s mental state.
Meanwhile, Gary calls with alarming news. Things get dangerous as Madison hitches a ride to Seattle, determined to evade capture. A deal from Richard’s past continues to haunt him. Written by Glen Morgan and directed by Eduardo Sanchez.
Spiders can give people an extreme case of the heebie jeebies. Myself included. Giant mutant spiders attacking unsuspecting victims? Well, that's a whole other story. If you have the time to watch only one video today, let it be this one.
Actor/director SA Wardęga just uploaded the following prank video to YouTube in which he takes his cute as a button dog and dresses it up as a killer arachnid. The first scare seems kind of silly, but it's all hilarity from there.
As a matter of fact, this has become a favorite video around here, and we're willing to be that you end up sharing it again and again too.
Check it out, and beware of giant webs and multi-legged attackers who are just looking for a good place to poop.
Yesterday, a surprise announcement was made on the official Facebook page of Re-Animator: The Musical that states the stage production is returning!
The last performances were in 2012, when the show hit New York and Edinburgh. However, this fall will see the return, although no details have yet emerged.
We’ll keep an eye out for additional information on their official website. In the meantime, check out a trailer below, which shows what the performance is all about!
We revealed yesterday that the Blumhouse remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown is premiering at the BFI London Film Festival on October 18th and 14th, while it was also announced that it will screen at the second annual Beyond Fest in Los Angeles.
We now have two new images from the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed film that shows the Phantom Killer in his modern form. We say modern because it’s actually a sequel!
“65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.”
The film stars Addison Timlin, Gary Cole and Spencer Treat Clark.
Here’s the festival’s breakdown:
Drawing inspiration from the 1976 classic of the same name, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking debut is not so much a remake as it is a shrewd reinvention, resulting in a genuinely innovative and unexpected meta-horror experience. Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc on the town decades before. Is history repeating itself? Or has somebody just seen the original film too many times? Perhaps the key to the mystery lies with a young high school girl Jami, who must uncover the truth if she wants to survive the carnage. Meticulously styled with an unmistakable 1970s genre vibe, but with an ultra-modern twist, this is that rare beast; a horror reboot that actually feels like it has been made with horror fans in mind.
Metrodome will release in the UK.
Charles B. Pierce directed the 1976 original.
Miguel Ángel Vivas' Kidnapped (review) is one of the most shockingly brutal home invasion flicks out there. Now UK audiences will be able to invite the mayhem across their own thresholds when it hits DVD and download on 13 October, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution. Steel your nerves!
Jaime, Marta, and their daughter, Isabel, a well-off family, move to a luxurious new house. On the first evening in their new home, a group of three hooded men burst into the house. Their objective: to get as much money as possible out of them in one night.
Season One of "From Dusk Till Dawn," Robert Rodriguez's expanded TV take on his film of the same name, hits UK DVD this September 22; and to celebrate, we have an exclusive NSFW clip that gets the bloody party started! Sink your teeth into this, folks!
The series stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as the Gecko brothers. Other cast members include Jesse Garcia, Eiza González, Wilmer Valderrama, Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey, Don Johnson, Madison Davenport, Lane Garrison, Robert Patrick, and Brandon Soo Hoo.
From Dusk Till Dawn Season One is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) with his deputy Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead.
While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season One comes to UK DVD courtesy of Entertainment One, sporting the following special features:
Last September we showed you a Kickstarter project from Emily DiPrimio, a 13-year-old girl who appeared to be helping her father, Ron, with his dream of becoming a horror filmmaker.
Emily, who is now 14, received funding for Carver, her 80′s style slasher film, which she co-write and co-directed. Now, a trailer has been released, and it’s pretty impressive. Although, it’s hard to tell without seeing much of the gore gags or killer pumpkin…
“Carver is about a group of teenagers who are haunted by a despicable act they committed on Halloween when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now, on the anniversary of those deaths, an ominous calling card in the form of a carved pumpkin has been placed at each of their homes. Someone is out for revenge. The question is…who?”
"Supernatural" Season 10 kicks off in just a few weeks, and TV Guide thought it might be fun to track the times Sam and Dean died during the first 9 seasons and how they were brought back to life. Who passed on the most? Hardcore fans should have no problem answering that one!
Season 10 begins with Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) frantic search for his missing brother, Dean (Jensen Ackles), who is gone without a trace. The road to recovering the wayward Dean takes Sam down dark paths with consequences that will shake the boys to their core.
Meanwhile, Castiel (Mishal Collins) has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatron’s campaign. With his grace failing and rogue angels still on the loose, Cas will face the ticking clock of his own mortality as all-new threats emerge to once again push all of our heroes to their limits.
10 Seasons. 200 Episodes. 2 Brothers. "Supernatural" returns Tuesday, October 7th, at 9PM. And don't forget a retrospective special airs the night before, October 6th, at 9PM on The CW, in which the show's executive producers and stars share their favorite memories over the last nine years and tease what’s to come.
Vin Diesel took to Facebook today, as he often does, to share with fans the first look at his character of Kaulder from the upcoming flick The Last Witch Hunter. The flick pits Diesel up against a coven of vengeful she-bitches. What could go wrong?
Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht, and Olafur Darri Olafsson co-star, and Breck Eisner directs from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. The film centers on a semi-immortal witch hunter (Diesel) wandering the streets of modern New York City who is forced to partner with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie).
Mark Canton is producing via his Mark Canton Productions banner along with Bernie Goldmann and Diesel via his One Race Entertainment banner. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaevitz, and Matthew Janzen oversee the project for Summit Entertainment.
Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.
Today, he is the only one of his kind–-the last witch hunter. With the help of Father Dolan, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is Belial, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.
With the help of Chloe, a goodhearted young witch (Rose Leslie), Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.