Another Asylum Horror Pic, ‘Facility 31′

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:22

Empress Road Pictures is to handle international sales on Facility 31 from UK based horror production company Bad Blood Films, reported ScreenDaily yesterday. We’ve now updated the story with the film’s first look trailer!

The horror film centres around an army prisoner who has to lead a group of detainees to safety from an abandoned asylum.

LA sales and finance company Empress Road Pictures is fronted by Faisal Toor and Galen Christy, both formerly of the CAA.

We’re looking forward to working with Empress Road Pictures to bring the horror fans an original, high quality horror production with a story that will grab them from the opening scene,” said Mark Kenna, CEO & Producer – Bad Blood Films.

Facility 31 will be represented by Empress Road Pictures at AFM in November 2014 for a 2015 release.

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Get Teased by this First Look at Annabelle

Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:18

Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle is heading our way on October 3rd, and today we have the official teaser trailer for the film to share.

Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Alfre Woodard, and Ward Horton are starring in the film with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe co-star.

The producers are Peter Safran, Joan Mao, and James Wan.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

For more info visit the official Annabelle website, and "like" Annabelle on Facebook.

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One-Woman Metal Band Myrkur’s Self-Titled EP Available For Pre-Order

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:15

Danish one-woman black metal project Myrkur has opened up pre-orders for her self-titled debut EP, which can be snagged physically through Relapse or digitally via Bandcamp.

The EP is described as the combination of, “… the rawness of second wave black metal bands like Ulver and Darkthrone with the natural sonic beauty of Sigur Ros.

Mrykur adds:

Nature is a big part of the reason black metal even exists. And all types of pure music that comes from a pure place. The word ‘Myrkur’ means ‘darkness’ in Icelandic. The place where there are no boundaries, where no one can hurt me. And when I have sung the screams it, physically hurts but it feels like something is leaving my body. I can’t remember it afterwards.

You can listen to the single “Nattens Barn” below.

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‘Annabelle’ Trailer Reveals Genesis of the Haunted Doll!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:07

This morning we shared a tiny teaser for New Line Cinema’s Annabelle, their spinoff of The Conjuring. Now, the studio has released the full trailer that completes one hell of a doll collection.

Haunting theaters October 3rd, the trailer is pretty fantastic, showing the genesis of the haunted doll. It looks as if the footage takes from the opened scene of the movie, where a couple is murdered by some psychopaths. While dying, the blood of the owner drips onto the doll, presumably infecting “Annabelle” with her owner’s anguished soul. It’s very classic horror and I can’t even contain my excitement about that. This looks SO COOL.

Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Ward Horton are starring in Annabelle with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe also star.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Speaking of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 is still penciled down for release on October 23, 2015, taking that weekend away from a potential sixth Paranormal Activity. Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are penning the sequel.

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Take a Sneak Peek Inside Facility 31

Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:00

Just yesterday we told you about the new UK flick Facility 31, and now we have a special never-before-seen sneak peek of the flick. The "never-before-seen" thing only applies to those who haven't seen it yet so screw you with your claims of false advertising! Enjoy!

UK-based horror production company Bad Blood Films has signed a deal with LA-based sales company Empress Road Pictures, who will now represent Bad Blood's debut horror feature Facility 31 worldwide.

Empress Road is fronted by Faisal Toor and Galen Christy, both formerly of the CAA, who sell to all the major buyers (e.g., Universal, IFC, Lionsgate, etc.) and specialize in selling horror, sci-fi, and action films internationally.

We’re looking forward to working with Empress Road Pictures to bring the horror fans an original, high quality horror production with a story that will grab them from the opening scene,” said Mark Kenna, CEO & Producer – Bad Blood Films.

Facility 31 will be represented by Empress Road Pictures at AFM in November 2014 for a 2015 release.

Synopsis
Rosie Hinton, an officer in the British Army and now a convicted military prisoner, is on her final work detail before being released back to her unit. Along with five other detainees she is tasked with cleaning a long deserted military facility, but when they arrive, it gradually becomes clear that the bunker is not as abandoned as they were lead to believe.

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It’s Jack Black As R.L. Stine In ‘Goosebumps’!!! #SDCC

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:31

Before Jack Black takes the San Diego Comic-Con stage Thursday, July 24 for Columbia Pictures‘ Goosebumps panel, EW has the first ever stills from the adaptation directed by Rob Letterman, who Black worked with on Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels.

In Goosebumps, in theaters August 7, 2015, Black plays the book’s author R.L. Stine.

The adaptation of the R.L. Stine books series follows a young boy who moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Greendale, Maryland. There, he meets veteran Young Adult horror author R. L. Stine, played by Jack Black. The infamous Slappy – a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy – comes into play and sets free the many many demons of Stine’s mind. Stine’s niece teams with the boy to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

Black tells EW that he chose to do the movie because “It’s funny and scary—something that would be great to take my kids to.,” adding, “and something that would be fun to make.

Kids like scary movies, but you can’t take them to what are the big scary movies now where Satan comes out and bites your genitals off,” he joking continues. “Those movies can actually leave you mentally scared; that’s not for kids. But kids still like to get a little thrill and a little danger, so you need projects like this.

Hopefully a trailer will debut next week at the Comic-Con!

Image Source: EW and Columbia Pictures

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[TV] Sony’s “Powers’ Adds Three to Cast

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:15

Coming off a recurring role on the Fox drama “The Following,”Susan Heyward has been tapped as the female lead in “Powers,” the Sony Playstation Network series based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, reports Deadline.

Also cast in the direct-to-series project, whose first two episodes will be directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night) from scripts by Charlie Huston, are Max Fowler (pictured left in “The Killing”) and Adam Godley (“Breaking Bad,” “Suits”).

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, “Powers,” produced by Sony Pictures TV, “is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.

Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful and loyal but may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy. In the project’s previous incarnation as a pilot at FX, Pilgrin was played by Lucy Punch, Cross by Charles S. Dutton.

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[SDCC '14 EXCLUSIVE] Bill Morrison Gets “Dead Vengeance” with Dark Horse!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:10

Bill Morrison has had an eclectic career. I mean the man co-founded Bongo comics with Matt Groening, served as an illustrator at Disney, and even designed the iconic poster for 1986′s House. So it’s rather cool for me to announce that in 2015 Morrison will be launching a creator owned comic at Dark Horse. This book is a complete labour of love that combines Morrison’s passion for horror, with his passion for history.

This unique mix promises something completely unique called “Dead Vengeance.” As described by Dark Horse: It’s 1940 and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all, he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead?

Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Bill to talk about his exciting return to horror and squeezed some intriguing details out of him about this amazing new project. So check out Bill talking about the allure of the forties, pulp crime fighters, and why horror is in his veins.

Bloody-Disgusting: The 1940’s were a vulnerable time, but also a world before modern science and technology, what interests you most about the timeframe and why set your story in it?  

Bill Morrison:  I think I was born too late because I’ve always been fascinated by the 40’s. I wear 40’s clothes, I own a 1948 Buick, and my favorite Batman is the 1940’s version. I love the way everything looked back then, the fashion, cars, architecture, signage, etc. And I also love the movies, the music, the slang – - basically everything in the popular culture from that time turns me on. Originally I had planned to draw Dead Vengeance myself, and like most artists I wanted to have fun drawing the sort of things that are eye candy to me, so that was one reason.

But I think the main reason I chose this time period for this particular story is because I initially wanted to create a new twist on the pulp adventure characters of the ’30’s and ’40’s like the Shadow and the Spider. As I developed the story, the character sort of wandered away from the idea of being a masked adventurer, but the time period stuck.

BD: John Doe is a name that carries a surprising amount of weight, we know many missing person’s get saddled with it when we can’t dig up their past, why give that name to your main character?

BM: John Doe’s real name is Johnny Dover, and he’s a radio commentator in Detroit in 1930. Sort of a local Walter Winchell. He uses the moniker “John Doe, the everyman” on his radio program as a way of connecting with his audience. It’s a generic term for an average guy…sort of like John Q. Public. Also as you pointed out, it’s a name that is used to identify a person who’s past is a mystery or who’s identity is unknown. And of course, we refer to an unidentified male corpse as John Doe. Throughout the course of this story, the name John Doe fits Johnny Dover in all three of those definitions.

BD:What can you tell me about the supporting characters of “Dead Vengeance?”

BM: First there’s Joe Preston, a childhood friend of Johnny Dover and small town cop in a suburb south of Detroit. Joe helps Johnny break out of jail in 1930, and then in 1940 it’s Joe, now a mechanic and inventor, who helps Johnny remember his past. He’s based loosely on Preston Tucker who was actually a cop during prohibition in my home town of Lincoln Park. He used to run down bootleggers who brought illegal booze over from Canada across the Detroit River in small boats. He went on to become a car designer and inventor, and is most famous for the ill-fated Tucker automobile.

The female lead is the exotic Madame Cansino, a beautiful carnival fortune teller. Johnny meets her after his jail break while he’s lying low. They have a steamy love affair and she teaches him the secret of astral time travel.

The main villain of the story is Clarence Bowden, the mayor of Detroit in 1930, and owner of the hot Detroit night spot the “Aztec Club” in 1940. Bowden is in league with the Purple Gang, Detroit’s notorious mob who had their fingers in every criminal activity you could think of back in the early part of the 20th century. When John Doe gets evidence of the Mayor’s connection to the Purple Gang’s bootlegging activities and threatens to expose him on his radio program, the Mayor retaliates resulting in Johnny being framed for his wife’s murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair.

BD:What were your sources of inspiration for the story?

BM: As I mentioned, I was inspired by the pulp crime fighters of the 1930’s, but also Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer always seems to influence me. It was a big inspiration for me when I was developing my Roswell series, and even though it may not be apparent, it inspired Dead Vengeance as well. Todd Browning’s 1932 film “Freaks” also had an impact on the story, likewise Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson’s “Freakshow” graphic novel. And because I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the city itself was an inspiration. Dead Vengeance is set in Detroit which seems to be a punchline more than a city to most Americans these days. But back in the ’30’s and ’40’s it was a major city, right up there with Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and I’m excited to have the story play out in that version of my town.

BD: How does your comedic past at Bongo work into telling this story, which seems much more horrific?

BM: My first work in comics, both writing and drawing came when we started Bongo, so most of my work as a writer since then has been in humor. But I was never a natural at writing comedy. I could come up with interesting story ideas pretty easily, but then had to work very hard when it came to adding the jokes.

But I grew up reading Creepy and Eerie magazines and watching horror movies. When I was nine or ten I kept a running list of all the monster movies I had seen, so horror is in my veins. Not many know this but prior to Bongo I was an illustrator and painted a lot of movie posters. Many of those were for Disney animated films, but I also did a lot of low and medium budget horror movie posters. One of the most famous is the poster for “House,” which depicted a severed rotting hand pressing a door bell. So I guess I’d have to say that writing horror actually comes easier to me than comedy, even though I’ve devoted so much of my career to humor.


BD: What goes into weaving a good and complex conspiracy story like “Dead Vengeance?”

BM: I think the story started out reasonably simple, but because it’s a time travel story I eventually realized that I had a whole set of paradoxical problems that had to be solved in a logical way. My wife, Kayre was instrumental in helping me with that. She gave me a lot of notes about things that weren’t working or didn’t make sense and offered solutions. I finally realized that I needed to give her credit as co-creator because she added so much to the integrity of the story by making sure that everything was solid.

I also think you have to dislike your hero enough to make things difficult for him. You have your basic story that goes logically from A to B to C, but if it happens too easily it’s not satisfying. I tend to like my characters too much and want them to have an easy time, but that’s boring so I have to force myself to be a jerk and put obstacles in their way.

Another thing that I think that adds interest to this story are the limitations that existed back then. Earlier you mentioned that the story takes place in an era before modern science and technology, and that fact creates more problems for the characters. In 1940 there was no internet, cell phones, DNA identification, etc., so the characters have to work harder to fulfill the needs of the story. I was watching 24 the other night, and in the current season Jack Bauer and everyone he’s working with all have these wireless com-link devices in their ears so they can talk to each other no matter where they are. I don’t know if that’s real technology or just something the writer invented out of convenience to keep the story moving, but in 1940 they didn’t even have cell phones so if a character in my story needs to contact another character he has to find a pay phone and hope he has a dime because guess what? Pay phones didn’t take credit cards back then. And by the way, the credit card as we know it today didn’t even exist!
BD: What else can we look forward to with this series?

BM: Well, I haven’t even mentioned the art work yet, which is fantastic! Like I said earlier, I was originally planning to draw the series myself. Well Scott Allie at Dark Horse took the series on in 2008 with that in mind, but I was so busy that I couldn’t seem to find time to start drawing and the project languished and was eventually shelved. Scott graciously invited me to pitch it again if I ever found the time to commit to it, but years went by and I never did.

But last year at Comic-Con I had the good fortune to get a dinner invitation from my pal Paul Dini, and one of our fellow diners was Paul’s friend and collaborator Stephane Roux. We were seated side by side and got to know each other, and by the end of the evening I felt that he, not me, might be the perfect artist to draw Dead Vengeance. He loves the ’30’s and 40’s like I do and is also a huge fan of Dave Stevens and the Rocketeer. I briefly explained the idea for Dead Vengeance to his jaw dropped. He loved it! Later I sent him my full outline for the story and his level of enthusiasm was so high I decided to pitch it to Dark Horse again with Stephane as the artist. So that’s what else you have to look forward to! Stephane’s art is just stunning. He’s doing pencils, inks, and colors, and you can tell it’s a labor of love. He’s having a fantastic time and it shows!

BD: You’ve got me intrigued. What did you say to Stephane, what was your pitch?

BM: Well, you might want to issue a SPOILER ALERT here, but the thing that takes this crime story into the realm of horror is this; Johnny’s lover, Madame Cansino learns of his desire to get revenge on his wife’s killer and to clear himself of the murder charge, but unfortunately the real murderer, Izzy Shapiro, has been sentenced to ten years in Joliet prison for having sex with a minor during a party thrown by Al Capone. She convinces him that he can project his spirit ten years into the future to inhabit his future body. Then he can get his revenge on Shapiro, clear his name, do whatever he needs to do in 1940, and come back to his body in 1930 just seconds after he left. After some demonstrations, Johnny is convinced and decides to try it, but in his haste he fails to consider one devastating thing. In 1940, his body is dead and when his spirit arrives at its destination, Johnny reanimates his own corpse.

BD: Surely you had conceived of a specific look and feel for the book when you planned to draw it, how did that look evolve once Stephane came in? and how do you two collaborate on creating this world?

BM: Yes, the look I had in mind was along the lines of the 1950’s Harvey horror comics by Lee Elias. I have many horror heroes like Bernie Wrightson, Steve Ditko, Graham Ingels, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Michael Kaluta…but I’m aware of my own capabilities and felt that the Caniff-like style of Elias was something I could get close to.

Once I brought Stephane in and saw some of his preliminary designs for the characters I realized that this book was going to look WAY better than what I could do on my own. It’s more lush and realistic, and very cinematic. When the movie version comes out I know it’s going to look exactly the way Stephane drew it!

The collaborative process is that when I’m scripting I gather reference that I think will be helpful, basically what I would use myself if I was drawing it. Then I send it to him or send him links to web pages. He’s free to use what I send him or gather his own reference, but he does send me his roughs so I can give him input and let him know if something isn’t right. Because it’s an historical piece, I’m concerned with things like fashions of the time, hair styles, autos, local Detroit buildings, etc. I want it to be authentic and accurate, so I’m a bit of a stickler on those things. But beyond that I want Stephane to have fun and not feel restricted. I know from experience that if you’re having fun as an artist, the work will look fantastic, and that’s what we all want!

Dead Vengeance #1 is Written by Bill Morrison with Art by Stephane Roux and hits finer comic shops on 01/21/2015

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[TV] Gris Grimly Animating “The Haunted Mansion” Special For Disney!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:09

Just days after learning that Guillermo del Toro is having troubling cracking a feature-length screenplay, THR writes that Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s “The Haunted Mansion” attraction in a big way.

Says the site, the studio is developing a Disney Channel and Disney XD animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction!

“The Haunted Mansion” special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (“Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes”), who also will exec produce and art direct!!! Scott Peterson (“Phineas and Ferb”) will serve as writer, EP and story editor. Joshua Pruett (“Phineas and Ferb”) is on board as a consulting producer and writer.

Art courtesy if Gris Grimly

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Who Will Make the ‘Raw Cut’? (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:01

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming indie thriller Raw Cut from director Zoe Quist (Mining For Ruby, Fetch) which opens theatrically in Los Angeles on August 1st and is available around the country on VOD August 5th.

Starring Daniel Ponickly (Mining For Ruby, Mona Lisa Smile) and Christopher Kelly (Ink, August Falls) and C. Ashleigh Caldwell (Ashes, Not In My Backyard), “When Adam Cohen invites his best college friends, Jack and Amanda, to his new Wyoming home for a week’s getaway to meet his new fiance, Stephanie, the two couples get much more than the peace and solitude they were hoping for. Stephanie asks for help with her thesis film, a ‘found footage’ piece. The friends are going to play-act a traditional horror story: two ingenues are stalked and murdered by two crazed hillbillies. But who is stalking whom? How far are we willing to go for our art? How much will people take before they burst? Raw Cut explores the meta world between found footage and reality. What starts as a traditional horror film turns into something far darker, more suspenseful. How well do any of the friends really know each other? And who will survive the cut?

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#SDCC14: First Look at this Year's Exclusive Teddy Scare

Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:00

For those of us who prefer our cuteness to be on the macabre side of the fence, digging on the yearly San Diego Comic-Con Teddy Scare exclusive has become a bit of a tradition. Said tradition is now set to continue for 2014, and we have your first look!

From the Press Release
Applehead Factory is excited to reveal the details of their Teddy Scares/2014 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive! This year, for the first time, a 12” Teddy Scare will be made available exclusively at the event.

Teddy Scares are back!! A set of three (3) new bears will be available in the “Collector’s Series” due this summer.

To coincide with this release, a special Edwin Morose will be available only at Comic-Con. The SDCC version will have a special scarf. Edwin has always been a fan favorite and will disappear quickly. He is limited to only 250 pieces and is packaged in the classic 12” Teddy Scare windowed box.

In addition to our SDCC Exclusive, the new “Collector’s Series” will be available. Stop by Booth #4923 and get them while they last.

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Face Off Comes to Halloween Horror Nights

Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:30

That's right, kids! Both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage will be simultaneously haunt... what's that? Not the John Woo flick? Damn it! We're talking about the amazing creatures created for the Syfy channel's TV show "Face Off." My bad. Yep! They're coming! Read on for details.

From the Press Release
The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Friday, September 19.

Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists from the show are brought to life.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by Season 5 “Face Off” winner and Universal Orlando make-up artist Laura Tyler. The hair-raising, horrifying characters will inhabit five unique and immersive environments within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights maze, “Face Off: In the Flesh,” will recreate the morbidly disturbing inventions masterminded by visionary make-up special effects artists over the course of the show’s past six seasons. Twenty-two original “Face Off” designs – from human-insect hybrids to horror villains, ancient mummies, and zombies – will cascade throughout the dark corridors of the terrifying new maze, bringing to life multiple incarnations of these select characters and adding to the cast of characters designed to scare the life out of every guest. “Face Off: In the Flesh” will also feature new sounds from acclaimed electro house artist “Figure,” who returns to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with a haunting mix of electronica- inspired dance music.

“Face Off” is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (“CSI: New York,” “Heroes,” Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor. Stepping in to complete the judging panel for Season 7 while Ve Neill is working on The Hunger Games is Lois Burwell, an Academy-Award winning artist known for Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, and War of the Worlds. Season 7 of “Face Off” premieres on Syfy on July 22.

The series will feature Universal Studios Hollywood for an episode airing September 9, in which the artists must create an original horror villain inspired by evocative titles and vivid graphics from a movie poster. The winning makeup from this challenge will be featured at the 2014 Halloween Horror Nights.

“We’re excited that some of 'Face Off’s' most memorable and visually stunning creatures ever will be brought back to life for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights,” said Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content, Syfy Original Programming. “Over the years, the talented artists of 'Face Off' have dreamed up some amazing creatures that we know will make terrifying additions to the Halloween Horror Nights experience.”


"The gruesome creatures imagined on 'Face Off' are the perfect fit for the streets of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment - Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Our goal is to bring to life the macabre artistry displayed in the characters seen week after week. We are also very excited to be featured in a Season 7 episode of 'Face Off' and to include that episode’s winning makeup in the maze. For our guests, I know it will be a uniquely terrifying opportunity to come face to face with these creations for the very first time now 'In the Flesh.'”

“'Face Off’s' inspiration to create original movie-quality creatures makes for very compelling television,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Creative Director for and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. Collaborating with the show’s creative team, however, gave us a unique way to extend the life of these exceptional characters that make-up artists have poured blood, sweat and tears into creating. We’re excited to put these incredible works of art to the test and see just how scared our guests will become when they are face to face with live versions of these nightmarish characters.”

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” Other announced experiences include “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” haunted mazes.

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

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‘Annabelle’ Video Teaser Asks, “Miss Me?”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:11

With New Line Cinema’s Annabelle, their spinoff of The Conjuring, haunting theaters this October 3rd, the studio has shared this brief teaser. The video, featuring the creepy doll from The Conjuring, asks, “Miss me?” We sure did!!!

Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Ward Horton are starring in Annabelle with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe also star.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Speaking of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 is still penciled down for release on October 23, 2015, taking that weekend away from a potential sixth Paranormal Activity. Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are penning the sequel.

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The Walking Dead - Draw Inspiration from This Home Video Clip

Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00

AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 4 is coming home, as always, in three different editions: DVD, Blu-ray, and Collector's Edition Blu-ray featuring another round of packaging to die for. On tap right now is a clip from the special features. Dig it!

"The Walking Dead" Season 4 Release Details
August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th.

Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes, and audio commentaries with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time!

Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet, $69.98 for the DVD, and $129.99 for the Blu-ray limited edition.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, or escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the ongoing story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale.

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Emily Kinney. New characters introduced this season include Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard, Jr.), Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos), and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermott).

Special Features

  • Inside THE WALKING DEAD
  • The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
  • Drawing Inspiration
  • Goodbye to Hershel
  • Goodbye to The Governor
  • Society, Science & Survival
  • Inside KNB Studios
  • A Journey Back to Brutality

    Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October.

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    Cavity Colors Releasing Four Amazing Turntable Slipmats

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:45

    BD fave horror artist Cavity Colors will be releasing four incredible turntable slipmats today, each one featuring different artwork. The four films that inspired the artwork on these slipmats are Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch, Videodrome, Scanners, and The Fly. Only 25 of each slipmat will be released, each at $20. Pre-orders will open up at 5pm EST on the official Cavity Colors website.

    Personally, I kinda want each one. I know that I wouldn’t swap them out all that often but does that really matter? They’re badass!

    Head below to see an image of the four slipmats.

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    #SDCC14: First Images From Goosebumps

    Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:30

    In anticipation of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly scored the first pair of images from the feature film adaptation of R.L. Stine's mega-successful Goosebumps series! Check 'em out right here, and look for more soon!

    Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, and Dylan Minnette star.

    In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children's horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it's up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.

    Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.

    Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.

    And speaking of Comic-Con, the movie's presentation is part of Sony's panel on Thursday, July 24th; the details are as follows:

    12:30-1:30 PM - Sony Pictures Entertainment (Goosebumps) - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    Get your first look at two of next summer's most anticipated films. First, Scholastic's iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R. L. Stine, has already captured the world's imagination, selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now it's coming to the big screen with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Letterman directing. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine's monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015). You'll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance to be a part of the movie.

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    [BD Review] ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is Exactly What You Want It to Be!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:07

    James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy is almost exactly the movie general audiences had in their head when they became intrigued by the premise of The Purge over a year ago. And intrigued they were. Fascinated, even. The word “purge” has now taken on an additional meaning in our vernacular despite the fact that the first film wasn’t especially memorable, trading in much of its promise in favor of a serviceable home invasion thriller.

    But I’m glad that the initial Purge was a hit, because now we have a sequel that so fully embraces the lunacy of its central conceit its almost impossible not to find it just a little bit satisfying. Is it perfect? No. There’s some goofiness here and there (such as a character trying to engage someone she’s never met in a socioeconomic discussion during a gunfight), but Anarchy never rests on its laurels in its attempts to explore the urban jungle of a purge night via three intersecting stories. Bonus? The film is boldly political. Especially for a summer “blockbuster” (even if it only makes $50 million its return on investment will still trump every wide release this season). I’m not comparing this movie to Snowpiercer in the quality department, but if you showed the two films to an objective sociology class they could easily diagnose the United States as an entity grappling with staggering economic inequality issues.

    Getting away from the admirable all caps surface text, The Purge: Anarchy knows exactly the right tone to strike. Severe, gory and (this is a compliment) full of silly swagger, the movie marches through the chaotic streets of downtown Los Angeles putting its protagonists (a revenge-bent Frank Grillo chief among them) through the ringer. While there’s a bit too much in the way of convenient circumstance to fully suspend your disbelief, that hardly impinges upon the entertainment factor. Even when the second half of the film’s third act devolves from striking to rote, it’s kind of hard to complain. After all, purging is sometimes a little sloppy.

    In pretty much the best of ways, The Purge: Anarchy is exactly the movie you think you’re signing up for when you buy your ticket. If you walk out of it unsatisfied, you might want to reconsider what you were expecting from such a thing.

    The Purge: Anarchy is out on Friday, July 18th.

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    The Purge: Anarchy Review Arrives in Time for Lockdown

    Dread Central - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00

    A few days ago we had a chance to check out an early screening of this weekend's horror offering, The Purge: Anarchy, and we're back with our verdict. Is this something you're gonna love, or will you feel the need to purge yourself of it the second it's over? Read on!

    Read our The Purge: Anarchy review.

    All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.

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    The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy.

    Returning with DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).

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    Strange Disc Previews Upcoming ‘Surf Nazis Must Die’ Vinyl Reissue

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:10

    Strange Disc will be opening up pre-orders today for their vinyl reissue of the Surf Nazis Must Die score, which was composed by Jon McCallum. This is the first time that the score will be released on vinyl.

    There is no determined time when these pre-orders will open. Rather, the Official Website states that they will go up at a random time and that orders from Europe should be ready to order from fellow horror vinyl label One Way Static. The record is expected to come out on September 2nd.

    To preview the upcoming album, you can watch a video below as well as stream one of the tracks.

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    Creepy New Promo and Stills from The Strain Episode 1.02 - The Box

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:54

    We have over a dozen new images and a fresh promo to share for Episode 1.02 of FX's "The Strain," entitled "The Box." Having already seen the ep, we can assure you that you do NOT want to open that box!

    The ensemble cast of "The Strain" includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

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    Attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con? "The Strain" panel is being held on Sunday, July 27th, from 1:45-3:45 pm in Hall H and includes a preview screening of Episode 1.03, "Gone Smooth."

    "The Strain" Episode 1.02 - "The Box" (airs 7/20/14, 10PM)
    Strange symptoms begin to show in the four survivors. Meanwhile, Setrakian (Bradley) gets a surprise visitor. Directed by David Semel; written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson.

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