[BD Review] Drew Barrymore's 'Happy Camp' Made Me Very Unhappy

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:44

From executive producer Drew Barrymore (Cat’s Eye) comes Happy Camp, a found footage thriller set in the actual rural logging town of the same name in California. It’s located in northern Siskiyou County on the Klamath River, home of the annual Bigfoot Jamboree festival. Bigfoot lore is rich up in those hills, making it a terrific spot to set a thriller about kids who get dragged into the woods never to be heard from again.

But what’s truly remarkable about Happy Camp is how simple it is, and I don’t mean that in a good way. It’s like Barrymore and the rest of the filmmakers just saw Blair Witch yesterday and said “Let’s do that.” They ignore the past 15 years of found footage highs and lows to present a formulaic bore that takes an interesting premise half rooted in reality and trashes it in favor of flaccid jump scares, aggressive attempts to sell itself, and some jarringly bad CGI.

If you hate found footage, stay the hell away. If you like found footage, Happy Camp is one of the reasons you’re forced to constantly defend the genre.

The film follows four friends as they visit Happy Camp in hopes of learning more about the disappearance in 1989 of a child named Dean Tanner. Dean’s brother Mike is one of the four crew members. He hasn’t been back to town since the incident 20 years ago, and watching him throughout the film you’d think he never agreed to the project. He’s constantly bitching about how he “doesn’t want to talk about it” and throwing hissy fits whenever he becomes emotional.

At one point during the first act Mike’s girlfriend Amy is asking him about his brother, and he starts crying and says “Are you really going to make me talk about this?” The fuck, dude? Did you not know what this “documentary” was about? Your brother’s vanishing is the focal point of the film! His attitude gets annoying very quickly.

I genuinely enjoyed the start of the film. Like I said, setting it in the actual Bigfoot-obsessed town of Happy Camp is a cool idea. But they take that idea and use it create a film that takes itself way too serious. Found footage has been around for a couple decades now. We know it’s not real. Nobody “found” this “footage.” At this point, there’s no reason to try to pass it as authentic – especially if it bogs down whatever thin narrative there is.

The biggest offense is the list of missing children at the end. It scrolls up before the credits as a dedication to the Happy Camp locals who have disappeared over the years. This goes on for about three minutes. The “footage” is “dedicated” to those missing kids. Good grief.

After a tediously repetitive middle act, Happy Camp tries to throw the scares in. I guess the following can be considered a spoiler, so heads up if you’re still planning on watching this crap. Yes, it turns out Bigfoots, or a gang of Bigfoots, has been abducting people from Happy Camp. They’re shown briefly on film and holy hell they look dumb. The CGI is terrible, first of all, and they jump around the woods and throw shit around like Hulk in The Avengers. They look like hairy bodybuilders. It’s easily my least favorite depiction of Bigfoot in cinema.

Is there anything good to say about Happy Camp? It’s certainly nice looking. There’s barely any shaky cam bullshit, which is pretty rare in the found footage genre nowadays. And..that’s all I got. Stay the hell away from Happy Camp when it hits VOD platforms on March 25th.

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[Original] If Bands Were Horror Subgenres

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:00

For a long time now, horror and licensed soundtracks have been a killer combination (no pun intended). From Lost Boys and “Cry Little Sister” to the gold certified Scream 3 to the metal and industrial-laden soundtracks of the Saw franchise, some of the best licensed soundtracks have come from the blackened depths of horror. That’s what got me thinking, “If I had to compare a subgenre to a band, who would I choose?”

So I came up with a list of 10 bands that I feel near perfectly represent 10 different horror subgenres and I wanted to share it with you! Head on below, check it out, and weigh in with your opinions in the comment section!

Action – Rammstein

Ex: Resident Evil, Aliens

If you want explosions, action, weird sexy stuff, and full on monster goodness, what better band is there to represent the action horror genre than German industrial metal behemoths Rammstein? These guys are action horror personified! Huge bombastic songs, explosive (literally) live performances, and some seriously twisted themes throughout their catalog. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I nailed this one right on the head!

Check out “Mein Teil

B-Horror – Avatar

Ex: Basket Case, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

For B horror flicks, I figured you’d need something aggressive yet playful, something that’s heavy but also a damn good time. I mean, that’s what B horror is, right? It’s vicious, violent, and something you can’t help but love every cheesy second! That’s why I went with Swedish metal band Avatar, who mix metal with an almost carnival-esque charm to create something that’s fun as hell!

Check out “Hail The Apocalypse

Psychological – Tool

Ex: Se7en, Silence Of The Lambs, Session 9

For psychological, I needed a band that was cerebral, one that made me think while drawing me in seductively before turning into something eerie, something sinister, something brooding in a dark corner, waiting for me to let my guard down for just one second. This is why I chose Tool. What other band fulfills that kind of description?

Check out “Sober

Religious – Ghost

Ex: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Wicker Man

This one should be pretty obvious. However, it’s not only the band’s lyrical content that makes them so good to portray the worship of evil deities, it’s also their atmosphere and tone. They completely embody the tone and style of many of these films and are a spot on representation of the genre and its many offerings.

Check out “Year Zero

Sci-Fi – Aphex Twin

Ex: Alien, Event Horizon, The Thing

Alien, dissonant, foreign, disorienting… These were the words that came to mind when thinking of sci-fi horror. Theses were also the words that have always come to mind when I think of Aphex Twin. A marriage made in heaven…well, more like the universe for this example, but you know what I mean.

Check out “Windowlicker

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Arch Enemy Release First Official Video With Alissa White-Gluz As Vocalist

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 08:00

Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy have released an official video for “War Eternal”, the title track from their upcoming Century Media Records album (out June 10th in the US). It is the first official video that features ex-The Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, who took over vocalist duties from Angela Gossow, who in turn has stepped down to focus on band management as well as spend time with her family.

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Exclusive Chat with Ken Foree from the Set of The Divine Tragedies

Dread Central - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00

It’s a sunny day in Southern California. That’s not unusual. An independent movie is being shot in a quiet residential neighborhood. That’s the norm. There are a few horror icons sprinkled throughout the cast. Typical.

What’s not so usual is that The Divine Tragedies isn’t your basic stab and slab. It’s a layered family drama which just happens to have some blood and gore. At the center of this dangerous dynamic is a cop who’s hunting a team of killer brothers – but he’s got an advantage because he’s psychic. That, and he’s played by the great Ken Foree.

We caught up with Ken on set (and some of the other cast... stay tuned for more interviews) and asked him what it’s been like to play the eccentric detective.

Dread Central: I know a little bit about it, that you get to play a psychic cop. Is that what made you want to take the plunge?

Ken Foree: I thought the script was interesting. Certainly a new take on psychotic horror. Well, it’s based loosely on [real-life killers] Leopold and Loeb. So I thought that was interesting. You know, give me a true crime from that era, or any kind of mass murder, and I am right there. Very fascinating. You should read the script. It’s really good. He did put a lot of that in it... that is what impressed me. I had a meeting with Jose and we talked and he was open for collaboration and I am always looking for that. It’s always a good starting point for an actor and a director. So we worked together on a few things, and it came out real well. I thought, 'Okay, let's do this. It sounds wonderful.'

DC: He told me he did jigger the script to make it a little more humorous for you. Was that one of your requests, or was that his idea?

KF: I think we both came to the conclusion that we wanted it to have a little more color. You know, some more colors in the character. And certainly there are some lines there that could use a little humor so we added it and it worked. The important thing is that it works, you know, and it did. We had a meeting about a few things, we worked on a few things, he got back to me on a few things like rewrites. And I was like, 'This is great; we really have something going with this character so let's run with it. Let’s do this.' It worked well. It was done well.

DC: I think it's great that you have the editor on set.

KF: Yeah, it’s a good thing. It is different. I have had the opportunity to work with the director and the editor on set at the same time. It doesn’t happen often, but it is nice to have an editor on set. I think it's great to have an editor on set. I think it's great for Jose, and it's great for the film because he gets a different view instead of getting it somewhere else and then getting it prepackaged. He gets to make a suggestion here and there for cutting purposes and putting it together. That’s nice to have on your set.

DC: So, how is the psychic detective gift manifested? Do we see visions or just him emoting like, ‘I see something’?

KF: No, you see visions. You will see visions, you will see the actual... I don’t know how much I can give away here! [laughter] Homer is a psychic and he does touch someone, feel them, or just sense them and he sees what is going to happen.

DC: Does everyone around him know that he is psychic, or is it something he keeps to himself?

KF: No, most of the police department knows that he is a special cop. They consider him special because he has this talent of course. And he is a little unnerving cause most psychics, if you have ever watched them or seen them interviewed or just watched them on a show, you will find that they don’t do it long in terms of constantly seeing people. There is the Long Island Medium, she has been on for a long while, and there was John Edwards and a few others that have been on and there was this woman who had a British accent and she was on for a long time... It's very draining. Very, very draining psychologically and emotionally for them. I watched John Edwards for a while, and in the beginning of the shows, he was very fresh and energetic and engaging, but then after 8 to 10 shows you could see he looked a little haggard. So it does take a lot out of him.

DC: Do you take that into account when you play Homer?

KF: I did. I did. But this is happening within two days. I hope it reads well; I think it will. There are some great moments that we captured.

DC: Who are most of your scenes with? The brothers, or do you have any with Barbara Crampton coming up?

KF: I don’t have any scenes with her. She shoots me in the back, and we just shot that. And someone else would be standing there later when she comes on set. So I don’t have any scenes with Barbara. I think it was [similar with] Sid Haig for one of the crazy films we did, Brotherhood of Blood... who would have a film with Ken Foree and Sid Haig and not have scenes together, right? And I kind of thought about it and was like, 'Barbara and I are in the same film, and we don’t have any scenes together?' I think it works for this. It’s a little bit different though, and I think it will work for this. It would be nice to have a scene with Barbara, but it’s just not going to happen.

DC: How does Homer find out about these criminals?

KF: The bodies lead me to the suspects. They lead me to… I investigate where she worked, and eventually I get clues there. And I am psychic as well. And I pick up on these two characters immediately... they become my number one suspects. I begin to poke around and eventually find out they are the ones.

DC: I heard you had kind of an intense scene with Graham [Denman] and Jon [Kondelik] in the Jumpcut Café the other day. What’s the story on that one?

KF: It was a good scene. It was my interrogation scene. It worked well. And that is where I get my first indication that these guys... actually it's not an indication; I am almost certain at that point that these are the guys. Of course, I am involved with touching and communicating that the woman was murdered and she takes me back to the murder, to the scene in the morgue. And I have another scene we are shooting tomorrow where you will see me go back and talk to her. So she takes me back to the murder and I see who-done-it.

Synopsis
Based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, the film tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother, Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives, they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.

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Level 33 Brings to Light The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger While Harold's Going Stiff

Dread Central - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:30

Two flicks we've been talking about for a long while, The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger and Harold's Going Stiff, are heading to DVD; and we have your details right here.

From the Press Release
The critically cheered British horror “mockumentary” HAROLD’S GOING STIFF is now available on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment. Following a successful multi-platform run, the title makes a unique and worthwhile addition to the DVD collection of zombie-lovers everywhere.

The same can be said for the bloody and hilarious 1980’s throwback horror film,THE LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER. Full of laughs and gore, this film delivers the campy entertainment of slasher movies from days gone by.

Both titles are available at Amazon.com and other fine retailers at an SRP of $14.99.

Written and directed by Keith Wright and produced in the U.K. by Richard Guy, HAROLD’S GOING STIFF stars newcomers Stan Rowe and Sarah Spencer in performances which HorrorTalk.com has called “a real triumph.” During the movie’s theatrical run, the film’s trailer ranked #1 on iTunes Trailers.

HAROLD’S GOING STIFF takes place in grey-skied, rural England and centers on Harold (Rowe), who is suffering from a new disease that is slowly transforming him into a zombie. A young, lonely nurse, Penny (Spencer), is sent to help ease the symptoms of Harold's frightening illness; and they quickly and unexpectedly become very close. After an experimental treatment fails, Harold's condition deteriorates rapidly, and the two end up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes seeking to rid their town of zombies.

Written, directed, and produced in Canada by Brad Mills, THE LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER was an official selection at the Atlantic Film Festival. The movie is a fun, campy throwback to those old 80’s VHS horror flicks that you would rent at your local video store.

Full of plot holes and cheesy dialogue, THE LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER is a B horror movie straight out of the 1970s and ‘80s. After taking a wrong turn down an abandoned road, the Jock, the Joker, the Blond Bimbo, and the Paranoid Brunette run out of gas and find themselves stranded in the middle of the woods. What a total bummer! What’s that noise? Why is everyone vanishing? Is it all one of Bradley's dumb practical jokes, or could the legend be true? Your compass can't help you in these woods!

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Breaking: Sony Traps Hot Duo for 'Ghostbusters' Reboot!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:17

Twitter writer Nikki Finke is reporting that Columbia Pictures already has their proton packs strapped on and are aiming to trap two directors for the long-gestured Ghostbusters III.

According to her tweet, 21 Jump Street and Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are currently in talks to replace Ivan Reitman, who left the project after the sad passing of Harold Ramis.

This is pretty spectacular news as not only are these guys killer directors, but it also sort of indirectly confirms the speculation that Jonah Hill was in talks to play one of the new Ghost Busters.

Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver were all at one time rumored to be returning, although now the story is completely being rewritten. It’s said to be about a ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits.

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6 MORE Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:00

As we continue to get used to our shiny new consoles and prepare for the glorious games — some familiar, some not — they have in store for us, I’d like to take a moment to look back at some of the standout horror franchises of yesteryear that have yet to make the transition to next-gen. These are the games that deserve a second chance, an opportunity for another generation of gamers to experience their wonders much like many of us did so many years ago.

Read on for my list of 6 MORE Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!

System Shock/System Shock 2

I couldn’t decide between the two, so I decided to cheat and include both. The reasoning behind this is that while it’d be weird to remake System Shock 2 before tackling the original, personally, I would much prefer a remake of the second game over the first. Granted, System Shock 2′ “big reveal” is fairly well-known by now, but that doesn’t keep me from craving another go through the Von Braun.

System Shock and its sequel released in 1994 and 1999, respectively, so I’m sure there’s a large number of horror fans out there who haven’t experienced the creepy survival horror majesty that is this series, and specifically, its malevolent rogue AI antagonist, SHODAN. It’s been so long since she called me a “pathetic sack of meat and bone.”

Fatal Frame

Every time I think about Fatal Frame and start to feel myself getting bummed out, I remember DreadOut — indie gaming’s answer to the industry’s seeming inability to give gamers what they want. While there’s a solid chance we’ll never hear from this series again, or at least not outside of Japan, I have hope that someone, somewhere, at some time will decide to give one of the early entries in this beloved franchise a reboot. No other series offers the visceral thrill that comes with waiting until the very last second to snap a picture of the malevolent spirit that’s coming your way.

I’d even settle for an “HD” port. That seems to be the craze these days, and while it wouldn’t even come close to a next-gen reboot, at this point, I’ll take any opportunity I’m given to return to this awesome survival horror series.

Clive Barker’s Undying

Back in 2001, Clive Barker took a break from wrapping people up in leather and hanging them from chains and various torture devices to bring us the overlooked and largely underappreciated horror gem that is Clive Barker’s Undying. A bit of the occult mixed with elements of the supernatural, Undying might not have aged well, but it’s still very much worth your time. I’d venture to say it’d be even more worthy if it had a fresh coat of paint slapped on it.

I still need something to wash the bitter taste left by Jericho out of my mouth.

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Vitals Interview Series Part 4: Kalex Reno

Dread Central - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:00

Vitals tells the harrowing tale of a man (Christopher Showerman) who is kidnapped while on vacation in India. He wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. Little does he know, it’s his heart his captors want next. It's only a matter of time before he discovers his wife (Charlene Amoia) in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to the organ-harvesting goons.

Having taken the vacation to work on their failing marriage, the couple must now set their differences aside and use each other's intellects and skills to escape before their captors return.

We sat down with Vitals producer on set one day, midway through shooting, to see what was up.

Dread Central: So, you’re the producer. What does that mean, exactly, on this set? Seems to me like you’re doing a little bit of everything!

Kalex Reno: It is so very ambiguous. I do whatever needs to be done. I met Marc after the screenwriting conference and he and I started talking about a different project. We got together for lunch afterwards and it wasn't something I could really take on but I was looking forward to the project about this scope and well I got a script like that and I already read the other scripts and I said let’s do it. He said do you want to read the scripts. You pitched it to me, I know what it is. I read the other script, I know you can write, so let’s go. So we got going.

DC: Now that's one of the things that sort of the pervading theme here in my interviews is been how very well written this script is…

KR: Well I don't, as a producer, I don't take on scripts. That's not I'm looking for. I started off as a writer myself so I got enough of my own stuff to do. I don't need to find other people's projects. I'm actually looking more for people to collaborate with. To answer your question, in the script itself you have fairly complex characters which is unusual. The fact that you have a strong female lead which is very rare, I like that. The fact that, even when you get down to, you know you have Kaliah and then you have these three henchmen. These henchmen have very distinct voices and they also have a sense of what they're back story might be and how those relationships work. You don't see that a lot in scripts to this level. You don't see that sense of a fullness of the world. That makes it a good script just from a storytelling point of view. It takes a kind of urban legend cliche but a lot of writers would say oh and yeah the twist is at the end, he gets his kidney taken out. It's where our movie opens up. That's what happens. It's like okay. It's not really about how it got there but you know it twist and turns from there. That's also, it's that sense of elevation makes it good just as a story. In terms of this project it was something that I know I could shoot in a space like this with a cast like this. It's a self-contained casters there's no extra, it's like a cast of thousands of unnecessary characters. It's a fairly self-contained show. There's maybe five locations, five six locations, in the entire piece, a lot of which is these two hotel rooms that we built, I'm like okay. We get the hotel rooms. We need half a dozen, six to eight, really great actors. I know we can get those, I know some people I can plug into it. Sending it to them you know we get Chris, we get Charlene, how we get Tim and it's a combination of those things. It's a story that comes together but it's also a story I can produce because I hear stories, like that's a good story but I can't make it. And then I also hear stories that's like okay I can make that but it's not a very good story.

DC: Chris mentioned that he heard about Vitals while he was vacation, that you emailed him the script.

KR: I've worked with Chris on a couple of other projects and he jumped to mind. I recommended him. Funny thing was that I hadn't worked with him in a couple of years and I literally just put him a web pilot that I was doing. So he was fresh in my mind and I'm talking to Marc, I say well hey Marc I just put Chris in this other thing you should take a look at him. Yeah the casting process in this was incredibly simple because it's such a great show. We moved very quickly once we got a cast out, we're getting calls like hey I got these people that want to be in it, we've already casted sorry. I tend to find, when a project picks up momentum like this you can feel who you're supposed to get.

DC: What, about this story, made you want to make the movie?

KR: Well, one of the things that I like about this show is that it, I don't work in horror. The last show I did was a thriller before that it was a comedy. I don't do a lot of horror work and what I like about this show is that it's not just about a man who gets his kidney taken out. It's about this relationship between these two people and whether or not their relationship is redeemable and I can't spoil for anybody what happens in the end. But you know it's, the twists and turns are about these two characters and their relationship. Marc and I talked early on and fairly regularly about us looking for that touch tone, that true line of what's going on. For everybody it's about love and for everybody it's about relationship. When you look at Kaliyah as the villain. We've talked to all the actors, it's like okay what you know you look at the story of the surgeon. Tim's character, his motivation by a love that was ripped from him and that to me elevates this sort of thing. It's easy to do blood. It's easy to do jump scares and to scare people but it's when you get down to the heart of who humanity really is and these characters. That's what appeals to me about this sort of thing.

Vitals comes to us from writer/director Marc Morgenstern. Christopher Showerman, Charlene Amoia, Sachin Metha, Tim Russ, and Claudia Wells co-star. In it Showerman stars as an unassuming electrician who wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. It’s only a matter of time before he finds his wife in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to a horrible organ harvesting organization. Now they must use each other’s wits and skills to escape before their captors return and their dark secrets are revealed.

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De La Tierra Go Tribal And Creepy In "San Asesino" Video

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 09:45

Latin metal group De La Tierra have released an official music video for their track “San Asesino”, which comes from their self-titled debut album. The video, directed by Hermanos Dawidson Films, primarily features band performance footage but it also incorporates tribal members dancing and a small storyline of a little girl walking through a dilapidated factory only to be met by a strange priest-like figure that sinisterly offers her an apple (an homage to Snow White?).

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[TV] Playstation Orders Full "Powers" Series!!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 09:31

Sony Pictures Television has found a new home for Image/Icon comics adaptation “Powers,” says THR.

Following years of development, including a pilot at FX, video game console PlayStation has picked up the superhero drama straight to series!!

“Powers,” based on Brian Michael Bendis’ Image/Icon comic that revolves around a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities, will likely be a 10-episode production for Sony’s PlayStation.

The Sony-owned gaming console will recast the entire project with writer Charlie Huston stepping in for Charles Eglee.

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, “Powers” is a one-hour drama set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. The series follows Detective Christian Walker (played by Jason Patric in the FX pilot), who is in charge of protecting humans like us and investigating cases involving the God-like men and women, referred to as “powers,” who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below.

For its part, Microsoft’s Xbox has yet to formalize its first scripted series order.

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First Stills, Art for Anchor Bay's 'House of Dust'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 09:27

Redding House Asylum. For some, it’s a distant reminder of a time when medical treatment of the clinically insane bordered on torture. For an unsuspecting group of college students, it’s the first stop on a journey into terror!

On May 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment unlocks House of Dust on DVD. Saif to be a chilling possession shocker, it features Inbar Lavi (Street Kings 2: Motor City, Underemployed), Steven Grayhm (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Eddie Hassell (The Kids are Alright, Jobs), Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”), John Lee Ames (Days of Darkness), Alesandra Assante, Joy Lauren (“Desperate Housewives”), Nicole Travolta (“Two and a Half Men”) and Stephen Spinella (“24”).

Emma (Lavi) is one of the bright new faces at Camden College. Plagued with visions and voices all her life, she’s now trying to move past her personal demons of schizophrenia, and substitute hallucinations with higher learning. Emma joins her friends when they break into the shuttered remnants of the abandoned Redding House Asylum on campus. When they accidentally shatter canisters holding the ashes of former mental patients and subsequently inhale the dust-filled air, they’re soon possessed by the souls once held within them. One of them happens to be a convicted serial killer from 1959…

Inspired by true events, House of Dust opens the door to a nightmare of murder and mayhem.

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[BD Review] 'House of Good and Evil' Makes a Good Case for Sleeping With an Axe

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 09:25

Living in a duplex can be pretty awkward sometimes. It’s not as suffocating as a large apartment building, where you’re immediately surrounded by hundreds of “neighbors,” but in a duplex you only have one person or one family directly adjacent to you – just on the other side of the wall. So you should get to know them, right?

I’ve lived in a duplex for three years and I suck as a neighbor. There’s an old man no less than 15 feet from me at all times and I still don’t know his name. From my office I can hear him singing in the shower, for chrissakes, and I’ve never once introduced myself when we cross paths outside. He looks like Truman Capote and has long fingernails, that’s all I’ve got on him.

House of Good and Evil, the directorial debut from David Mun, is about a couple who moves into a secluded duplex to start fresh following a tragic miscarriage. Maggie (Rachel Marie Lewis) was eight months pregnant when a blowout fight with her husband Chris led to the loss of her unborn. Chris is a mean drunk who likes talking with his fists after a few swigs from the bottle. Why Maggie stays with him after that horrible night is never really addressed, but the psychology of abused women is a complicated maze I’m not qualified to try to solve.

From the get-go, even before anything crazy happens, Lewis is captivating in her role as Maggie. She’s charming, sympathetic, and I wanted to shield her from that abusive prick Chris the entire time. He gets a gig as a firefighter, leaving her at home alone for days at a time. But Maggie isn’t entirely alone, or is she?

The real estate guy tells them there’s an elderly couple living in the other part of the duplex, but once they move out they can knock out the walls and have the whole joint to themselves. There are no phone lines in either apartment, but one day Maggie hears a loud ringing from the elderly couple’s side. And it rings and rings and rings…

Once the ringing starts, House of Good and Evil transforms into a paranoid psychological thriller that contains some disturbing moments of domestic horror. Maggie’s sanity gradually melts away to the point where she’s sleeping with an axe and breaking into her neighbor’s apartment. A duplex in a rural setting creates a pretty damn unique combination of claustrophobic terror and alone-in-the-woods-oh-god-can-somebody-hear-me-type-of-shit.

There are several effective moments where it’s unclear if Maggie is simply paranoid or the walls really are closing in on her. Some of the scenes didn’t really work for me though and failed to hold my interest. There’s a part where Maggie takes off on her bike and freaks out, for example, that felt pointless to me. The movie closes in on two hours and would definitely benefit from some trimming.

Everything builds up to a potent finale that I genuinely didn’t see coming. House of Good and Evil is a creative film that’ll please fans who prefer a slow burn, psychological mind fucking, creepy old people, haunted houses, and some of that good old fashioned ultra violence. Lewis carries this movie very nicely as she covers a gauntlet of emotions. If you like Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby definitely check out House of Good and Evil when it drops on DVD April 1.

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Neo-Tokyo Is About To Explode As 'Akira' Gets Vinyl OST

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 09:00

Perhaps one of the most popular and revered anime titles in existence, Akira will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s one of the first animes I’d ever seen and, during my first viewing, I couldn’t believe that cartoons could be so violent and adult (I was seven years old, okay?). It blended beautiful animation with a deep storyline and featured a fantastic score that to this day fills me with apprehension and wonder.

Composed by Shoji Yamashiro, the soundtrack has been primarily available of CD and, even then, it’s been a long time since there was a substantial release. But now the soundtrack is coming to vinyl and you can pre-order it right here at the price of £19.79 (which is approximately $41 with shipping to US). The soundtrack is set to be released in early April, although no exact date has been set.

Oh, and you better believe I’ve already got my copy pre-ordered. KANEDA!!!!!!!!


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'The Forest' Enters Steam Early Access On May 22

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:49

Easily one of the scariest looking indie horror games of 2014 is The Forest, a game that resembles the video game offspring of Cannibal Holocaust and The Descent. It looks horrifying, and while I’ve been ridiculously excited to get my hands on it since day one, each new trailer they’ve released since then has only amped up that excitement. If you feel the same way, you’ll be happy to hear that it will be hitting Steam Early Access on May 22nd.

Mark your calendars, folks. One of our most anticipated horror games of 2014 just took a step closer to an official release date. Let’s celebrate with a new trailer.

For more of The Forest, follow it on Steam Greenlight.

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'Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent' Review: Best Of The Worst

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 21:14

Written by Jason Nawara, @JasonNawara

This is it, the fourth and final “Lost Chapter” from the saga of Los Perdidos. It’s a bittersweet end to what has been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs. If you’ve followed my reviews of the first three Dead Rising 3 DLC packs, you know this is the part where I tell you that I loved the base retail release, but I’ve largely loathed this DLC. In fact, this has been some of the worst post-release content I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing. Mostly because it’s overpriced and lazy, but we’ll get into that in more detail in my review of The Last Agent.

The final of the ‘Lost Chapters’, thankfully, is one of the best. Unfortunately, that isn’t saying much, and it’s too little, too late. I had high expectations for this add-on content when it was first revealed, as there’s plenty of cool ways to continue the adventures and exploits of Nick Ramos and friends, but the half-baked missions and lack of effort into forwarding the mythos left me running from point A and point B once again, with nothing but crumbs of plot left for me to feed on.

It’s a total bummer too, because the plot of The Last Agent is one of the best yet. I’ll try to remain as spoiler-free as possible for those of you that want to pay for this overpriced season pass, but let it be known that you are ZDC agent Richard Park, one of the good guys. You know how those ZDC agents were vilified? He’s one of the clean ones, and he’s out here to save those in need and kick some zombie ass with his host of new weapons and cool ZDC vehicle.

The weapons in this DLC are pretty neat and the ZDC tank is one of the more clever vehicles in the game. You shoot a cannon that freezes the zombies then you can run them over and shatter them into little pieces of frozen zombie giblets with little effort. This was hugely satisfying, but in the end, you’re still just driving from one objective to the next like you have been for the last 30-60 hours (who knows?) and what makes it worse is if you’re at level 50, you’re not gaining any more XP. I hate this.

The mission structure is beyond tired. While the act of killing zombies in hundreds of different ways takes a while to get old, all of ZDC agent Richard Park’s quests are merely “go here, bring me X” or “go here with me so we can get X.” It truly is boring at this point, and it’s disheartening how little Capcom seemed to care about such an important franchise for them.

While the patch before the dropping of this suite of DLC really, truly improved Dead Rising 3 on a technical level, there’s still a weird and unforgivable amount of bugs months after release. Pop up is prevalent to an alarming degree, especially if you are driving at fast speeds, some button combinations are too squishy and unresponsive, and spoken dialogue is difficult to hear which is just another slap in the face of those who are here for more plot, because they like Dead Rising (like me).

Yes, I know it’s ridiculous to be into the plot of Dead Rising 3, but I am, because at this point at level 50, it’s all I got going for me, and The Last Agent has some legitimate cool things going for it as far as tying into the base plot… But I can’t hear half the dialogue. I hate this.

This encapsulates entirely into the fact that the Lost Chapters are overpriced as hell. It’s like one of those survivors in a post-apocalyptic wasteland who is selling his wares at ridiculous prices because he can. We get it, there isn’t much out for the new systems, but each one of these chapters can very realistically be completed in an hour or two (three if you’re a major completist), so let’s call it 8 hours total for this $30 season pass – that’s just way too much considering the content is rehashed in the extreme.

If there were more cut-scenes, dialogue you could here, and marginal effort in creating missions that had more than fetching as the mechanic, you’d have something that might be worth the near $8 an hour you paid for it (at least).

The Final Word: The Last Agent is the kid who gets a trophy for effort. It’s the best of what’s probably been the worst DLC suite I’ve ever played. This episode doesn’t make up for the rest, but it has cool new collectibles and isn’t quite as soul-crushing as the previous chapters, mostly because the interlocking with the main game is fun and something Capcom seriously should have invested more time into.

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New 'Godzilla' Poster Stomps Through Town!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:43

I know you already read my Set Visit this morning, but since it’s hitting theaters May 16, Warner Bros. Pictures is really ramping up the hype for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. This newest splash comes in the form of a poster that again highlights the size of the big guy.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira) Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

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, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant amphibious creatures that evolved at a time when the surface of the Earth was over ten times more radioactive that it is today. Godzilla can convert his radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of atomic ray. Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, “Gojira” was last spotted in 1954, when the U.S. Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear.

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NBC Gives Grimm an Early Renewal for the 2014-15 Season

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:30

This was pretty much a no-brainer given its track record, but we still think NBC's early renewal of "Grimm" is some of the best news we've gotten all week! To celebrate, we're happy to finally share the preview of Friday night's Episode 3.16, "The Show Must Go On."

From the Press Release:
With the renewal, “Grimm” — the popular Friday night series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales — will now head into its fourth season.

“Grimm” is the #1 Friday series on ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox so far this season in adults 18-49, averaging a 2.5 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 in “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research. This is a 4% gain versus the show’s rating at this point in the season last year, while “Grimm’s” average of 8.1 million viewers overall is up versus one year ago by 17%.

Related Story: Monroe Joins a Wesen Carnival in these Stills from "Grimm" Episode 3.16 - "The Show Must Go On"

David Giuntoli stars as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms. He increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. The series also stars Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, and Claire Coffee.

The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, and Norberto Barba serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf. “Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. It has been nominated for two People’s Choice Awards, two Satellite Awards, and a Saturn Award. “Grimm” was also nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding stunt coordination.

Congrats to all parties involved!

"Grimm" Episode 3.16 - "The Show Must Go On" (airs 3/21/14; 9-10PM)
A WESEN CARNIVAL COMES TO PORTLAND - A double homicide leads Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to a traveling carnival where the performers are not what they seem.

To get a better understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) go undercover. On the wedding front, Monroe has a really important question for Nick.

In Austria an invaluable member of the Resistance makes the ultimate sacrifice to help Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star; Sam Witwer guest stars.

For more info visit "Grimm" on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, "like" "Grimm" on Facebook, and follow "Grimm" on Twitter.

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Metallica Release Studio Demo Of New Song "Lords Of Summer"

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:20

Heavy metal legends Metallica have released a “garage demo” version of their new track “Lords Of Summer”, which saw its debut this past weekend when the band played it live in Bogota, Columbia. This is the first new track from the band’s since 2008′s Death Magnetic (putting aside 2011′s Lulu). The band is supposedly hard at work on a new studio album, which will be their 10th. There are rumors that it might be released late this year although an early 2015 release date is more likely.

Head below for the studio demo.


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New Godzilla One-Sheet Starts Tailgating!

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:17

A new one-sheet has arrived for Legendary Pictures Godzilla, and it focuses on Big G's least flattering sides. Check it out, and then stare at your calendar damning every single second, minute, hour, day, week until its release.

In theaters May 16, 2014, an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

Visit the official Godzilla website here.




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New Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Quiet Ones

Dread Central - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:11

Buzzfeed nailed down an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette in support of Hammer's The Quiet Ones, and we have this special look for you right here. Dig it... and remember to keep quiet until the flick's release!

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.

Synopsis:
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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