One of the most intriguing and raw comic books on the market is back this week with its 15th issue. “Saga” has all the qualities that could make it one of the all-time great books of our time. The past few issues slowed down a bit, giving us insight into the characters thoughts. but this book really pushes the pace. Brian K. Vaughan continues to build his world up as he introduces new characters to the mix, and Fiona Staples rocks the art as per usual.
WRITTEN BY: Brian K. Vaughan
ART BY: Fiona Staples
PUBSLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: October 30th, 2013
Over the course of this most recent arc, the addition of the paparazzi has brought an interesting twist to the story as they continue to ask questions about the disappearance of Alana. Since both parties are trying to keep this under wraps, it seems that this aspect of the story will have a large impact. Hazel and the gang are currently seeking refuge, but now time is running short for them and they need to begin to take action or risk being caught. Probably the most crucial, most interesting at least, story line in this book is that of The Will, having been battling inner demons of his own while deciding whether he should quit the bounty business it seems he’s come to a decision. As this issue closes out there is a massive twist that leaves us hanging on until next month.
BKV continues to amaze me. From story points to dialogue, there are constant fresh ideas that continuously evolve the book. Some of my most favorite parts of “Saga” are come from his witty dialogue between characters. The candid nature in which the characters act is strikingly real.
With each review of Image’s “Saga” comes my praise of Fiona Staples’ incredible art, both stylistically in the illustrations and the way the colour is splashed onto the page. Famous for her ability two push the envelope, this issue holds a couple gems that might make some squirm.
This story is on an upward trend as the many plot lines are being slowly weaved together.
Reviewed by – GreenBastard
In the indie horror game Contagion, you’re tasked with teaming up with your friends to survive a zombie outbreak. Sounds familiar, I know, but this game is good. It strives for realism, and that means you can’t take many hits, there’s no on-screen reticle and all resources are precious, whether that’s health — an extremely rare item — ammunition, or other goodies.
It’s in beta now on Steam, so I decided to team up with a friend to see how long we can survive. Watch us play it after the break!
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Paramount Pictures International has just released an animated version of the really eye-catching one-sheet for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, haunting theaters on January 3, 2014. The only difference between this motion poster, and the static version, is this one stinks.
Written and directed by Christopher Landon, and starring Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez, “After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.”
UK based filmmaker Ant Carpendale wants to make a film. Not any film, mind you — this film would follow, disect and discuss one of my favorite things in the world — horror video games — and would be accompanied by a web series. A lot of the games that are set to be featured in Ant’s documentary are indie horror titles I’ve spent quite a bit of time covering here on Bloody Disgusting. Unique and incredibly promising titles like Among the Sleep, Darkwood, DreadOut, Neverending Nightmares, Fran Bow, Routine and Eyes, among others.
The documentary is called Playing With Fear and it’s currently seeking funds, £25,000 in total, through the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter. Learn more about it after the jump.
I fully support projects like this and you should too. If you would like to donate to Ant’s film, you can do so here.
Over the last handful of years, indie horror development has grown exponentially. There are more promising indie titles than ever and more or on the way from one or two-person studios and even larger developers, like Zombie Studios, Red Barrels and The Astronauts.
However, we don’t celebrate this as well as we should. Asylum Jam is a fantastic start, but with a library of games so expansive and a community that grows every day, Playing With Fear has a lot of content to mine from and I am very much looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
I also really want this shirt…
Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno after was a hit at its Midnight Madness screening at TIFF and sold to Open Road soon thereafter. I’ve been a big fan of everything Roth has actually directed (including Hostel 2 which I think is a misunderstood masterwork), so naturally I can’t wait to see this cannibalistic opus.
Our own Mike Pereira loved the film out of TIFF so that’s also a good sign!
Roth recently went on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, complete with a Halloween costume, to introduce the very first clip from the film. The footage starts about a minute in, but Roth is always an entertaining raconteur so it’s worth hearing his intro to it as well.
Check it out below! There’s still no release date, but I imagine that will change soon.
Undead Labs’ zombie-infested sandbox, State of Decay, is easily one of the best zombie games of the year. It’s fun, addictive and its survival mechanics and customization run surprisingly deep. Yesterday, the developer confirmed on their blog that the game’s final release — it’s in early access now — will arrive on Tuesday, November 5th.
If you haven’t played it yet, this is a game I highlyrecommend. I know there are a ton of zombie games out there with more on the way, but this is by far one of the best.
After a string of disappointments — Resident Evil 6, DmC: Devil May Cry, Resident Evil: Revelations, Lost Planet 3 — Capcom has high hopes for their Xbox One launch title, Dead Rising 3. The publisher released their second quarter financial report, which managed to improve over the previous quarter by 20 percent. Not bad. Capcom also revealed their sales target for the next-gen zombie bash ‘em up, which they’re expecting to sell 1.2 million units between November 22 and March 31, 2014.
With the exception of a poorly optimized Gamescom build and an unfortunate comment regarding Call of Duty, Dead Rising 3 has some great buzz surrounding it. It’s gorgeous, improves over its predecessors in really neat way and it manages to take on a grittier, more realistic art style without sacrificing the series’ trademark zaniness.
I hope it performs well, because the game looks great. Anyone here planning on grabbing a copy?
It’s Friday and it’s the day after Halloween, which is both uplifting yet depressing at the same time. So I thought I’d keep the Halloween feel going a little bit longer by bring you the latest video from Deltron 3030, “City Rising From The Ashes”, which features Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle). The video take place in a post-apocalyptic world where three children do their best to survive, eating bugs and living amongst the ruins. The kids each wear a mask, which gives this an ever-so-slight Halloween feel, although I can understand if you think I’m stretching things a wee bit.
Head on down to check out the track and make sure to snag theCity Rising From The Ashes single via iTunes.
Just before Halloween, Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut hit Steam, bringing its unique flavor of zany horror to PC. We’re going to celebrate this release with a caption contest, because I know you all love those.
The goodies I’m giving away include five codes for Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut on PSN,which I’ll pair with five codes for Agent York’s Field Ops Suit (PSN), one Official Visual Companion (for iBook and iPad) and two Ultimate Editions — these include all of the game’s DLC — for both PSN and Steam. All that means we’ll have nine winners, so your chances are good. Details after the jump.
To enter in this contest I’ll need you to comment on this article with a caption for the below image. Like all our caption contests, you can enter as many times as you like, just make sure you limit it to one caption per comment.
I’ll be choosing the winners on Friday, November 8th, so that gives you a decent amount of time to get creative. Now make me proud!
Recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, check out a really artsy first trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, which stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin.
Maybe I’m alone here, but I think Swinton is easily one of the greatest actresses ever, and to see her in a vampire film immediately has my attention. The footage has sort of a Stoker feel to it, with some serious Near Dark inspiration. I’d be shocked if Jarmusch wasn’t a huge fan of the 80′s classic…
“Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?”
Rap rock band Limp Bizkit has just releasd their cover of Ministry‘s track “Thieves” (which appeared on 1989′s The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste) and are making it available as a free download. The track will also appear on the band’s upcoming album Stampede Of The Disco Elephants, which is tentatively scheduled for a January 2014 release date.
Head on below to give the track a listen.
Why are we fascinated by horror? Why do some of us love to scream and get scared out of our mind… while the rest of us cringe and recoil? It’s time to get our hands bloody and find out.
In Why Horror?, a new feature-length documentary set to premiere in October 2014, horror journalist Tal Zimerman brings his years of passion and expertise to the big screen. Through examinations of other cultures, the media, science, and the psychology of horror worldwide, Tal’s purpose is simple: to understand why we love to be scared.
“Why do I not only subject myself to multiple shocking sights and sounds, but why do I thrive on it?” asks Tal, an actor/comedian/part-time zombie. “Isn’t this stuff supposed to repulse me? With all the real-life tragedy in the world, why would anyone want to escape to the world of horror?“
Produced, directed, and edited by the award-winning team of Rob Lindsay and Nicolas Kleiman, Why Horror? is the first-ever documentary of its kind, with unparalleled access to the world’s most influential horror masters – including such genre-defining creators as John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Steve Niles, and Eli Roth – and unequaled scope as we travel the world to find out why horror succeeds everywhere.
And in an unprecedented move, the final stage of fundraising for this irreverent, much-anticipated documentary comes to life today – Wednesday, October 9 – at Kickstarter.com with the launch of Why Horror?’s “31 Days of Horror” campaign, running until Friday, November 8, 2013.
Contributors to the Why Horror? Kickstarter fundraising campaign will be able to access Tal and our filmmakers, suggest ideas for the film, and even become a part of the documentary themselves, with an incredible array of exciting perks and rewards for the various contribution levels.
“This documentary is a way to connect horror lovers, film buffs, sociologists… everybody can come together with a different interest in this project,” explains Tal. “We’re offering ourselves up to the community in a way nobody has attempted before. We just hope we make it out alive!”
For more information, visit www.whyhorror.com.
The Weinstein Company shared a new “trailer cutdown” for Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, in theaters February 14, 2014.
In the film, “Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.””
Based on the New York Times bestselling book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. Mark Waters is directing the project.
“Next Halloween, Hell Comes Knocking.”
Maverick indie director Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo, Pontypool) started principal photography this week on the Halloween horror thriller Hellions.
The story follows a pregnant teen, played by Chloe Rose (Degrassi: The Next Generation), who must survive a Halloween night from Hell when three malevolent trick-or-treaters come knicking.
Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures are producing from an original screenplay by Pascal Trottier (The Colony).
The producers, Frank Siracusa (Hobo with a Shotgun) and Paul Lenart, promise that “Hellions will deliver a perfect balance of scares, fun, and blood.
“Chloe Rose’s Dora is a drop dead gorgeous warrior princess who is going to blow people away— and not just because she’s packing a shotgun.”
The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada. More casting news to follow in the coming weeks…
Lionsgate has released a new theatrical one-sheet from I, Frankenstein, the Stuart Beattie-directed adaptation stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Yvonne Strahovski, and Miranda Otto.
The poster depicts Eckhart as the Frankenstein creature standing on a ledge that’s slightly reminiscent of the one for Underworld.
In theaters January 24, 2014, “200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.”
The pic also gets the IMAX treatment.
Fuck clowns. Seriously. Their painted faces, soulless, beady eyes — they’re awful and nightmarish in every way and every last one of them needs to be killed with fire.
With that said, Bloober Team just released the first teaser trailer for their PlayStation 4 exclusive, Basement Crawl. I’m looking forward to the game, which blends horror with a Bomberman style multiplayer, but I’m also torn because, well, clowns. If those horrible painted monsters don’t bother you, I suggest you watch the unsettling debut teaser I have waiting — lurking — after the jump.
Highly addictive, horror fans will be eager for another fix after reading “Next Testament” #5. The stakes are higher and the tension mounts as our heroes find themselves lost in a new world order. The “Next Testament” series continues to be an exciting thrill ride that keeps the heart racing at full speed.
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
ART BY: Haemi Jang
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: October 30, 2013
After being exiled for thousands of years, the powerful entity known as Wick wants to know what he has been missing. Billionaire Julian Demond joins along for the ride as Wick looks for something to quench his thirst for power and lust. After wiping out the fakers and posers in Hollywood, Wick has set his sights on San Francisco. After surviving a plane crash, Tristan, Julian’s son, and his fiancée, Elspeth, travel the hidden back roads of America to find out Wick’s secrets. But when they are greeted by religious fanatics, Tristan and Elspeth realize they are a long way from reaching Providence.
Clive Barker and co-writer, Mark Miller, interweave the two subplots as the protagonists and antagonists make their own road trip across America. In the previous installment, Tristan and Elspeth meet the best in human nature, a kind stranger who offers them a ride. Now it’s time for them to meet the worst in human nature. Because of Wick’s twisted influence, there are now religious fanatics worshipping this false idol. Trapped in a small town, Tristan only has his common sense as he listens to the ravings of a maniacal pastor.
What I really liked is how the writers don’t have the two storylines competing against each other. Wick’s subplot is just as interesting as the couple’s. Wick has fallen in love with humanity because they managed to cook their own version of opium. Fascinated with the addictive taste of heroin, Wick instantly sees an opening where he could gain new followers. We’re seeing Wick becoming a cult leader as he starts a new religion.
Focusing on the normality of the situation, artist Haemi Jang is able to build the suspense during Tristan and Elspeth’s confrontation with Pastor Sam Calhoun. At first, Jang depicts Calhoun with a warm and charming smile in the medium shots. The illustrations look like Calhoun is preaching a sermon to Tristan and Elspeth. Readers will start to notice something is wrong with Calhoun when he tightens his teeth in a close-up.
My favorite of Jang’s illustrations happens in the opening pages. To demonstrate his all-mighty power, Wick strikes his fist into the ground. In a wide shot, two giant hands, made of dirt, jump out of the pavement and reach for Julian. Wick then kneels and melts into a blob of colors as his entire body sinks into the mud.
Epic horror at its best, “Next Testament” #5 delivers a surreal atmosphere of dread and suspense. The beginning of its second story arc, this is a very easy jumping-on point for newcomers.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis
[Free Download] Metal Blade Records Posts "November Releases 2013" Stream Including Satan's Wrath, Artillery, And More
Metal Blade Records, home to some of the best and most brutal metal bands in the world, has issued a short November Releases 2013 EP, which features free music from Artillery, Satan’s Wrath, Pentagram Chile, and Demonical. On November 12th you can snag Aeons of Satan’s Wrath from Satan’s Wrath, Darkness Unbound from Demonical, and The Malefice from Pentagram Chile while on November 26th you can snag Legions from Artillery.
Below you can stream these tracks as well as snag a free download of all four! Let’s all give thanks to Metal Blade Records!
Thoroughly engaging and easily accessible, “Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein” #2 is a rarely mastered genre hybrid of crime-horror and seamless comedy. Moreover, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten deserve the objective mind’s everlasting gratitude for providing readers with the charmingly ludicrous image of Frankenstein’s overgrown monster, donning a pair of hipster glasses. I mean, what else is there to say?
WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Christopher Mitten
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: October 30, 2013
With only two more issues left in the miniseries, Niles and Mitten keep the story zooming right along, creating a sense of purpose and connectedness to a greater overall narrative that seems to lead back to the brutal childbirth scene that opened the series. In this installment, the Frankenstein monster’s vision continues to worsen; Cal maintains his love affair with pills, alcohol and projectile vomit; and Mo’Lock sets in motion the next stage of the book with his suggestion to enlist the help of alleged supernatural expert — and distinguished surgeon — Jason Hemlock. This ostentatious occultist is able to save the Frankenstein monster from going blind, and potentially solve the mystery behind the dying ghoul dilemma. But of course, there’s a catch.
The character dynamics, and the welcomed familiarity of the “Criminal Macabre” universe, really make up the essence of the story. Behind the serious aspects of their relationships, there’s a lightness to the overall tone that shines through Niles’ humor, and Mitten’s pencils. As expected, Cal and Mo’Lock are as fully developed and engaging, as they are aggressively compatible. But it’s Frankenstein’s monster who really steals the show this time around. His sullenly polite and intellectual interactions with Cal, as well as his incredibly delightful dynamic with a few enamoured children are arguably some of the best moments the issue has to offer. There’s a specific scene in which Mitten illustrates the most wonderfully cheesy grin to ever grace the face of the beast, and it’s almost impossible to imagine readers not adorning the same expression in that instance.
That said, there’s some naturally dark and mysterious imagery to be enjoyed, as always. Specifically in Hemlock’s dungeon-esque office, and the final splash page at the L.A. Eye Bank where Cal and Mo’Lock go scavenging for new eyeballs for the monster. Unfortunately, what they find is another horrific obstacle standing in their way, and a perfect lead-in to next month’s issue.
Niles writes these characters, and presents the naturally paced narrative in a way that’s not overbearingly expository, but thoroughly engaging; and Mitten’s art continues to produce a perfectly gritty atmosphere to his entertaining script. They feed of each other’s talents really well, and deliver another commendable installment to the “Criminal Macabre” repertoire.
Reviewed by – ShadowJayd
With enough disturbing imagery to mess with your head, horror fans should not miss out on the scary and darkly humorous “Hellraiser Annual 2013″ #1. As a stand-alone issue, this is a great place for newcomers to jump into the “The Dark Watch” series. For longtime followers, this is a another reason why they should be excited that Clive Barker is back at writing another “Hellraiser” movie.
Written By: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert, and Ben Meares
Art By: Jesus Hervas and Janusz Ordon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release: Oct. 30, 2013
In “Good Intentions,” Elliot Spencer has just been released from the orb and found a new body. Spencer is learning how to use to demon-like powers, but someone else is getting in his way. Butterfield is testing Spencer every chance he gets, forcing the former Pinhead to lose his nerves. In “Something To Keep Us Apart,” Edgar Boyle is on an endless search to find the love of his life, Kirsty Cotton. After being back from the dead, Edgar has to go back to Hell if he wants to find himself back in Kirsty’s loving arms again. But the only way to make that horrible voyage is to solve the puzzle box and relive eternal damnation.
With “Good Intentions,” writer Brandon Seifert has pitted a dangerous and deadly enemy against Spencer. Unimpressed by Pinhead’s reign in Hell, Butterfield makes fun of Spencer, attacking his pride and ego. Butterfield is definitely playing around with Spencer, setting him up for a big fall. Seifert wants to show that there is nothing inherently good about Butterfield, the complete opposite of Kirsty. With Abaddon’s troops for the taking, Butterfield wants to prove he is much worse than Spencer.
Artist Jesus Hervas gets the readers ready for an epic battle between monster vs. monster. In his new body, Spencer looks more like a giant spider, with claws for hands and tentacles sticking out of his chest. Keeping with the spider-like character designs, Abaddon’s troops seem more like scorpions, especially when they whip out their tail. Spencer is always smiling in Hervas’ close-ups, as if he is enjoying his new body.
In “Something To Keep Us Apart,” writers Barker and Ben Meares have crafted a love story gone horribly wrong. Edgar is willing to do anything to prove his love for Kirsty, even if it means going to Hell. His only desire is to be with Kirsty again, but his dedication is slowly becoming an obsession. What makes the journey even worse is that Edgar doesn’t know there are different levels of Hell. Even if Edgar goes through each level, Leviathan will do anything he can to keep him and Kirsty separated at all costs.
Artist Janusz Ordon makes sure Edgar isn’t seen as a wimp just because he believes in true love. In the opening pages, Edgar stabs a dealer in the hand, just to get to the puzzle box. Blood oozes around the panels as Ordon focuses on the dealer’s stab wound. Vladimir Popov does a great job in the flashback panels, highlighting the red hues in the black and white illustrations. Ordon finally lets loose on the dark imagery, drawing giant dragons and demons with horns on their heads, as Edgar enters a new level of Hell.
With two excellent short stories by side, “Hellraiser Annual 2013″ has plenty of gore that will satisfy even the most worn-out horror fan. By the time they reach the last page, readers will be psyched with what’s coming up in the “The Dark Watch” series.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis