[Toys] New ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Zomb MD’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:43

A slew of new action figures have been announced over the past few weeks, so we’re playing a bit of ‘catch up’ in this latest news post.

NECA went ape crazy announcing new 7″ figures, as well as an 8″ clothed doll, while 3A revealed an awesome Adventure Kartel Zomb MD doll.

Planet of the Apes – 8″ Clothed Figure – George Taylor (Charlton Heston)

Based on the beloved 1968 film, Planet of the Apes, and featuring the likeness of actor Charlton Heston! The poseable 8″ figure is dressed in fabric clothing similar to the toy lines that helped define the licensed action figure market in the 1970s. Other versions of George Taylor have been released in the past, but this is the first that features Heston’s likeness.
George wears his astronaut uniform and comes with a removable backpack that opens. Blister card packaging with removable protective clamshell.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 7″ Scale Action Figures – Series 2

Series 2 includes the truly massive gorilla Luca, who comes with interchangeable heads, plus new versions of Caesar and Koba that feature all-new head sculpts and shotgun and machine gun accessories. The figures stand approximately 6″ tall and are entirely authentic to the movie.

Planet of the Apes – 7″ Scale Action Figures – Classic Series 2

Our second series of 7″ scale action figures from the classic Planet of the Apes films brings even more of your favorite characters! Series 2 includes General Ursus, Dr. Zira, and an all-new version of Dr. Zaius. These fully articulated figures stand approximately 7″ tall and are entirely faithful to their original on-screen looks.
Based on his appearance in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, General Ursus is the commander of the ferocious Gorilla Army, and comes with pistol and holster accessories. From the original 1968 film, brilliant psychologist and veterinarian Dr. Zira comes with notepad and pencil accessories. Also from the original film, the zealous Dr. Zaius is dressed in a long coat and comes with cane and scroll accessories.

Gremlins – 7″ Scale Action Figure – Mogwais Series 5 Assortment

Continuing the ever popular Mogwai series, we went deep into the vaults for this new assortment of cuddly creatures. These are concept Mogwais that were created by Rick Baker Studios for Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Over the past 20 years the original puppets have turned up at auction or in the hands of private collectors. We gathered all known references to create three of these special Mogwai figures.
This series includes Patches, Zoe, and Gary. Each Mogwai is articulated at the ears, neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists and thighs and also features our signature poseable rolling eyeball mechanism.

3A – Adventure Kartel ZOMB MD

Lastly, Figures.com reports: Ashley Wood’s latest 1:6th scale 3A figure offering is now available for order (bambalandstore.com). ADVENTURE KARTEL – ZOMB MD, shipping 4th quarter 2014, is available as a single figure ($140) and also in a 2-pack ($260) that includes an ALBINO NURSE. Prices include free international shipping.

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Bullets, Blades and Blood: ‘Killing Floor 2’ is a Game for Gorehounds

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:01

Back in 2009, developer Tripwire Interactive dove into our favorite genre with Killing Floor, a cooperative horror game that pit a team of humans against hordes of terrifying monsters that were the result of failed genetic experiments conducted by Horzine Biotech. It had a Left 4 Dead meets Evil Dead vibe, a unique blend of B movie charm, gore and twisted humor.

Killing Floor was a hit, and its community remains strong to this day thanks in no small part to Tripwire’s wise decision to support the game with a steady stream of new content — much of it free — five years after its release.

In May, Killing Floor 2 was revealed, along with the promise that it would surpass its predecessor in every way possible. I had the opportunity to see the game in action at a live presentation held in San Francisco earlier this week, and while I didn’t get to spend any hands-on time with it, the demonstration successfully sold me on at least one thing.

Killing Floor 2 looks absolutely badass.

It took Tripwire, which also brought us the gritty World War II era shooter Red Orchestra, all of five minutes to pique my interest when they referred to their other major series as “realism” and Killing Floor 2 as “coolism”.

With this game, they’re focus is on three areas: Bullets, Blades, and Blood.

Killing Floor 2 does plenty of cool things, but it’s the time and attention that’s being invested into the smaller things, the little details, that really makes it shine. For example, each gun has four different reload animations, created using 200 frames, rather than the usual 30. They even brought in an expert at gun reloading — who knew that was a thing? — and captured the animations using motion capture. A tremendous amount of effort was put into making each gun look, feel and act realistically, and the end result really quite impressive.

ZED time has also been tweaked. For the uninitiated, this feature slows down time when activated, giving players additional time to set up the perfect headshot, ideal for popping ZED heads like the bud off a Dandelion. ZED time has a nifty feature that desaturates the world when activated, turning much of it black and white with the exception of certain colors, like red, which are made more vibrant.

Matrix fans should enjoy the fact that ZED time now turns every individual bullet into a projectile that moves in slow motion with a distortion wake behind it. Watching as a torrent of bullets whiz by in slow motion seeking soft flesh to annihilate is nothing short of spectacular.

Ranged combat isn’t the only system that’s being overhauled, as Tripwire is paying quite a bit of attention to the melee combat as well. The Katana was the only close quarters weapon they had available at the presentation, but it did a fine job at getting me adequately pumped to get in some ZED personal bubbles so I can proceed to go about ruining their day.

There will be certain skills that improve your character’s melee abilities (more on those later), including a Quick Draw Strike that strikes with the weapon as its unsheathed. If you prefer precision over blindly flailing about, there are directional attacks (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) so you can more easily remove a ZED’s arm from its torso, cut its head right off, or if you’re feeling particularly nasty, you can use a well-placed vertical swipe to bisect it from head to scrotum.

The melee system is surprisingly deep. There will be light and strong attacks, and even a block and parry system — they share the same button, so it’s all about timing — so you can open up a strategic can of ZED flavored whoopass, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

As an unapologetic gorehound, my favorite system, hands down, is what the team affectionately refers to as MEAT (or Massive Evisceration and Trauma). According to the developer, gore is the most important visual feature in Killing Floor 2. I’m okay with that.

Now bodies can be sliced and diced into 19 pieces (for those keeping count, that’s 14 more pieces than in Killing Floor), they can be damaged and defiled post-mortem, and thanks to a combination of mocap and ragdoll you’ll never see a ZED die the same way twice.

All that sounds fantastic, but the thing that really stood out to me is a feature called Persistent Blood Rendering. This essentially means that all of the gore, viscera, and assorted red and squishy bits you just painted every wall, floor and ceiling with won’t disappear between waves. It stays there, like a glorious monument to your sins.

Proving this will never get old, one of my favorite parts of the demo came when a ZED’s head was blown off with a shotgun, after which it proceeded to walk around the room for a few hilarious seconds leaving a wake of blood behind it before it finally fell to the floor.

The ZEDs won’t be the only things you’ll be wreaking havoc upon, as the environments can also be destroyed. More than that, doing so can affect the gameplay. For example, bullets and explosives have been endowed with the ability to disable lights, so you’ll need to be careful lest you force you and your team to fight in the dark.

Thankfully, the new character progression will aid you in the event that you’re struggling to survive. Perk Passives will be returning, and they’ll be joined by a new system called Perk Skills. This unlocks a pair of skills every five levels — there are 25 levels in total — and you’ll only be able to choose one. This will help to ensure that every character on the team has a more diverse skillset that’s been tailored to fit each individual’s unique playstyle.

Some examples of these Perk Skills include Night Vision goggles, a “Callout” ability that lets everyone on the team know there’s a cloaked enemy strolling about, faster reloads, larger magazines, increased weapon damage, and even a shared ammo bag for each teammate to take from. Tripwire pointed out the fact that each skill has been designed to give you the option to help yourself or help your team.

In the first Killing Floor, each class came with a pair of specialties that had to be used in order to level the character up. For example, to level up a Support class character, you had to spend a lot of time with the shotgun and welding tool. To make this a bit less frustrating, Killing Floor 2 introduces something called Unified XP Earning so you only have to focus on one to gain XP for both.

Another very welcome improvement is that each class starts the game off with a weapon loadout fit for their abilities (Support class starts with a shotgun). This gives Tripwire room to make the initial wave of baddies — a “gimme” in the first game — more intense, since players start the game off with a more powerful weapon.

And when you’re ready to upgrade your arsenal, you can head on over to the new-and-improved weapon dealer that’s been replaced by a vending machine. It makes more sense and no one liked the weapon dealer anyway.

Not content to leave anything the way it once was, even the AI behavior has seen some substantial changes. Because we can all agree that giving enemies more health and/or greater numbers on harder difficulties is a bowl full of dull with a helping of lame sauce — now, every difficulty brings with it a unique set of abilities and behaviors for each ZED. As you move on to harder difficulties — four in total, with Hell On Earth being the most challenging — every ZED will get a new bag of tricks.

That’s my experience with the game. There’s a lot more to it though, and we can expect to hear all about it in the coming months. Tripwire has only showed off two of the game’s maps — Burning Paris and a remade Biotics Lab, which they explained will actually show us how some of the ZEDs are made — a handful of the weapons, and most of the ZEDs. We’ve only scratched the surface.

They did tease a new boss that isn’t the Patriarch, and when asked about the possibility of Killing Floor 2 coming to consoles — inspired by the presence of left and right bumper icons on the main menu — Tripwire didn’t confirm or deny it. I can’t say for sure, but I think there’s a good chance we’ll see it on consoles, it’s really just a matter of when. I imagine PC will be the focus, so a console release may follow sometime after its release. But again, they gave us nary a nod or knowing wink on the subject, so that’s all conjecture on my part.

I can’t say much about how the game plays or how the weapons feel, because I wasn’t able to play it for myself. But what I can say is it’s clear Tripwire cares about this game, they see it as a franchise, and they clearly have a lot of love for their fans. If you enjoyed the community created content the original game saw so much of, they’re making it even easier to create unique levels, stories, and even monsters this time around. Unsurprisingly, it was also confirmed that they plan to lend Killing Floor 2 the same longtime support its predecessor enjoyed.

If you enjoyed the first game, you’re going to love this. Killing Floor 2 takes everything that made the original so special and addictive, and amplifies it. Tripwire aims to blow us all away, and in that endeavor, I think they may succeed.

Full Disclosure: the studio paid for all travel expenses.

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‘Killing Floor’ is Getting a Live-Action Short Film!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:00

At a Killing Floor 2 preview event held earlier this week, Tripwire Interactive announced their plans to release a live-action short film based on their hit horror series titled Killing Floor: Uncovered. The film is being crafted by Type AB, the studio that brought us the 2014 horror short Delivery: The Beast Within. I had the chance to see an early cut of the film’s trailer, which seems to take some inspiration from Resident Evil and Doom.

Similar to the teaser for Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the trailer starts off as a faux commercial for Horzine Biotech, the corporation in Killing Floor that’s responsible for the monsters you spend so much time mowing down in the game. When the video feed gets the disrupted, it transitions to some first person footage of a man with a gun as tries to shoot his way through a room filled with ZEDs.

I was only given a brief look at Killing Floor: Uncovered, but it was enough to get my attention. It certainly looks interesting, and after enduring some spectacularly awful Dead Space animated films I’m glad they’re taking the live-action approach.

The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but I imagine they’ll want to get it out around the same time that Killing Floor 2 releases. Until then, enjoy these stills from the trailer!

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Rob Zombie Hosting Live Q&A With Fans Today At 1pm EST

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:12

Musician/director Rob Zombie will be hosting a live Q&A with fans today at 1pm EST to discuss his upcoming movie 31, which is being funded through a crowdfunding campaign at www.RZ-31.com.

You can ask questions on twitter using the hashtag #RZ31, via Facebook under the Live Stream Launches Now post or in the comments section at RZ-31.com.

Zombie states:

I’m interested in taking things to the extreme, because that’s just the way I see things. Get on board! Get involved! Be part of this horrifying business! The world of horror needs you!

31 has the following synopsis:

It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.

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Film Adaptation of Anne Rice's The Tale of the Body Thief and More Back On at Universal

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:02

Thus far adaptations of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles have been a mixed bag, but it looks like her fans have a lot to look forward to now that Universal Pictures has acquired movie rights to her entire The Vampire Chronicles series for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.

Per Variety, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce. Imagine president Erica Huggins will oversee films based on the series for Imagine Entertainment, and Bobby Cohen will exec produce.

Even better, the deal includes the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice. Both Anne and Christopher tweeted the news today, and we couldn't be more excited!

Rice's Chronicles as a whole include Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), The Queen of the Damned (1988), the aforementioned The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), Memnoch the Devil (1995), The Vampire Armand (1998), Merrick (2000), Blood and Gold (2001), Blackwood Farm (2002), Blood Canticle (2003), and the upcoming Prince Lestat (October 2014).

The series is centered on the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French aristocrat living in poverty who became a vampire in the late 18th century. Both Interview and Queen of the Damned were previously turned into films, and while the former was quite good - and successful - the less said about the latter, the better.

Look for lots more soon!


"Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles'' Takes Flight at Universal." !!!!! And look who's writing the... http://t.co/GMvozjHn5o

— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) August 7, 2014


So basically Universal Pictures has bought the screenplay I wrote of my mother's novel THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF and I'm happy about it

— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) August 7, 2014

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Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’ Pulled From Release

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:44

It sounds as if The Green Inferno literally just entered hell, and that sucks for fans of Eli Roth.

Deadline is reporting that Green Inferno, the Roth-directed film about student activists who travel from Gotham to save the Amazon rainforest only to be pursued by a cannibal tribe, has been taken off Open Road’s release calendar. The film was scheduled for wide release on September 5. We’ve been supporting the film heavily here on the site after we posted this positive review last September.

They write that this happened because financier Worldview Entertainment is balking at ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to provide the P&A.

They have also confirmed from Open Road that the release date is scratched, though the distributor won’t comment further, including whether there will be a later release date or if this goes straight to video. Worldview has been going through a restructure since the abrupt and largely unexplained exit of CEO Woodrow, which Deadline revealed last June.

Add the writer, it looks like the scrapping of Green Inferno from Open Road’s fall schedule has little to do with the quality of the film Roth directed, co-wrote and produced.

Worldview doesn’t intend to leave Roth high and dry, they add, and behind the scenes talks are going on to try and figure this out.

Green Inferno was acquired by Open Road after it premiered in the Midnight Madness program at 2013 Toronto City to raucous response.

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Get a Sneak Peek of True Blood Episode 7.08 - Almost Home

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:34

It used to be that a clip from an upcoming "True Blood" episode was cause for celebration. Now that the show is nearing its end? Not so much. Even so, enjoy this sneak peek of Episode 7.08, "Almost Home," and remember the glory days.

Episode 7.08 - “Almost Home” (air date 8/10/14)
With his prey in sight, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) reconsiders his end-game strategies against Sarah (Anna Camp). Sookie (Anna Paquin) puts her life at risk in hopes of saving Bill (Stephen Moyer).

Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) urge Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) to join them in their V-fueled search for Tara (Rutina Wesley). Violet (Karolina Wydra) eyes payback against those who betrayed her, while an old love is reborn for others.

Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Jesse Warn.

For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd.




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First Trailer Scared Up for The Pact 2

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:19

2012 Marked the release of Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, and it fared pretty well with horror fans. So well, in fact, that a sequel was ordered entitled The Pact 2, and right now we have your first look at the trailer. Dig it!

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).

IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.

Synopsis
A truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

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Holly Deveaux Cast Under a Hunter's Moon

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:12

More horrific shenanigans are afoot in the Great White North as Screen Daily is reporting that production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men of Characters thriller Hunter's Moon.

Matt Campagna (Six Reasons Why) directs the story of an eccentric billionaire who spirals out of control at the extravagant launch party for his new werewolf mobile game, sparking a sequence of events that lead to murder.

Holly Deveaux (pictured), Steven Morana, Katie Boland, Art Hindle, and Ari Millen star. Steven Morana, who founded Men of Characters with Nic Izzi, is the executive producer.

Hunter’s Moon will be the first production in Canada to shoot on Sony’s 4K full-frame A7S camera.

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Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” Finally Happening…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:58

We’ve been reporting since 2009 that Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles were held at Universal Pictures – and at one point they were targeting Robert Downey Jr. as the new Lestat.

It was acquired by Universal Pictures for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment, a new article at Variety states, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on board to produce. It sounds as if they’re attempting a “Universal Monsters”/Avengers-style reboot here, as well. People have been venomously against Kurtzman and Orci, who are behind some of the worst summer blockbusters in years, from The Amazing Spider-Man to Transformers and Star Trek. Orci is also directing The Mummy for Universal.

The deal includes the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice. Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”

An earlier version of the story, “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 1994. Rice’s “Queen of the Damned,” also part of “The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend in 2002.

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An Ass-Smackin' Good Trailer for Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:55

From legendary producer Roger Corman, the director of Dinoshark, and the screenwriter of Sharktopus comes Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, and the EPIX original movie is available NOW on various VOD platforms.

Kevin O’Neill directs. Former Georgia Teen USA 2007 Jena Sims stars as Cassie Stratford, an aspiring college cheerleader who consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and enough athletic ability to make the cheer squad. It also has a very unfortunate side effect that you should be able to ascertain from the film’s title.

Sean Young (Blade Runner) appears as Cassie’s mom, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) plays a professor. Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Ryan Merriman (“Pretty Little Liars”), and Treat Williams (Deep Rising) also appear in this cheerily campy Corman creation.

Synopsis
Cheerleader Cassie Stratford (Sims) downs an experimental drug that’s supposed to enhance her looks and athletic abilities. But instead, it makes her grow into a 50-foot giant!

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BioWare Causes Destruction in Third Teaser Trailer

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:45

A downtrodden girl steps towards the brink. I’d swear she could double as an elven princess. She repeats, “It’s not my fault,” as she stares into the sinkhole containing a decimated house now lying in ruins below the surface.

This was the subject of the latest teaser trailer released by BioWare for a mysterious new title.

The new trailer breaks with the horror and nightmare theme of the previous videos that were released over the past month. Both were hinting that the game would be a horror title.

But this new trailer, bathed in sunlight, may have proven otherwise.

While the new bit of eye candy could still be the subject of a nightmare, Game Informer cited the line in the trailer, “Can you control your power?” and infers the trailer’s subject is “a young person apparently struggling with some kind of superpower.” This may mean that Xbox users will get a chance to play something that is similar to the Sony exclusive Infamous series.

BioWare’s third teaser comes less than a week ahead the Gamescom conference in Germany. Experts agree that these videos are to build interest ahead of a full reveal at the conference.

When the game’s first teaser was released, a tentative title for the game leaked, Shadow Realms, but the title has not been mentioned in any of the released material. That being said, the website YOU’VE-BEEN-CHOSEN.com has appeared in each one. But chosen for what? No one is quite sure yet.

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Exclusive: Writer Jeff Buhler Enters Pet Sematary Remake

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:36

Writer Jeff Buhler tipped us off exclusively this morning to the news that he’s come aboard director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount as the project’s screenwriter, and we chatted with him regarding the property. Dive in!

Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium (and who is also penning the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for LD Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge franchise), said of Pet Sematary, "I’ve been working with Juan Carlos on his rebooted, re-imagined version."

He added, "Paramount had a script from Matt Greenburg and then brought Juan Carlos on, and they were looking to do some work on the script, and then I came in. Juan Carlos and I collaborated on a new outline for the film, Paramount loved our pitch, and I’ve been writing the first draft of the script. It’s very exciting."

Commenting on the original 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and based on the novel of the same name by horror legend Stephen King, "The original has a very special place in my heart," said Buhler. “The film fits perfectly in the time period [in which it was produced], and the source material is one of the Stephen King books that I read as a teenager that made me flip out, and I’ve read it more than once since then. It’s a fantastic book and a fantastic story.”

With the narrative revolving around a family that moves into a new home next to a cemetery with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead, Buhler stated of his approach to the remake, “Now that I’m a father and I have a six-year old and a two-year old, all of the horror within that story that comes from losing a child is suddenly very real and tangible and utterly tragic [to me]. I think the one element that we are trying to bring to this version of Pet Sematary is a sense of truth and honesty in the horror and really take it back to the original material. I think that in the 80’s movie it’s a little campy in places, and we are trying to get away from all of that and really get back to the core of the story, which is that of the family dealing with grief from the loss of their child and the horror of breaking the laws of nature as a result of that. Juan Carlos in particular is very focused on the emotional elements and how they could be represented in a visual context that is compelling.”

“We are being very respectful to the book,” he continued, “and we are not tying ourselves to anything in the first two films at all. We are [also] bringing in some fresh elements that speak to the spirit of the story that aren’t in either one.”

“If you look at the core of it, of what’s going on with the family, it’s an absolutely disturbing story,” Buhler offered. “I think the heart of the story has to do with Louis and his relationship with his kids and grappling with that dilemma when kids ask you what happens when you die and what you believe in. It deals with these big questions in such a personal way, and that is classic Stephen King. They are huge ideas, but they are told through a very identifiable, close-knit family unit, and that’s so powerful so we are just immersing ourselves in that - the loss, the grief, and the horrific results of people making really, really bad decisions.”

As for the tone of the script as it pertains to the eventual film’s intended rating, “I try not to get too hung up on that while writing, especially because this isn’t like a Texas Chainsaw where there’s going to be a lot of ripped open abdomens and people chewing on intestines or anything like that,” he said. “It’s already going to exist somewhere on that line between R and PG-13. If the studio feels like they need to market it as PG-13, then it will be the most hardcore PG-13 movie you could get away with. There are a couple of deaths, but with this one the horror is a little more atmospheric. The big concern of course is that you are killing children, which studios are always loathe to do, but it’s a King story and that’s at the center of it so Paramount knows what they are getting into. There’s no question that kids are gonna die.”

“We’ll be done with the first draft by the end of the summer,” Buhler said of the current status of Pet Sematary, which is being produced for Paramount by Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Mark Varhadian.

“Juan Carlos and I have been working very closely from the beginning so I think the process will be very quick. It’s not going to be one of those situations where there’s a script that the studio likes but then they bring on a director who has a bunch of new ideas and then it goes back into the scripting process for another six months. Because we are doing everything with the director from the beginning, hopefully we won’t be far from where we need to be [with the first draft] when we are done.”

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Sony Teases Horror Hell Ahead of Gamescom

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:30

Snow may bring up the image of Christmas, family, presents, and, for me personally, climbing out of the bathroom window to have a smoke; but all the cheeriness and merriment of wintertime was bludgeoned in two as an axe falls in Sony’s latest teaser trailer. All before a foreboding ice crack.

This is the second teaser trailer Sony has released ahead of Gamescom next week. The first displayed a snowflake getting smacked by a spattering of blood. No one knew what upcoming game they were teasing, but the presence of an axe now has everyone narrowing down the subject to horror.

Pundits are suggesting that this could be one of two games. Most feel this means fans are finally going to get their hands on Until Dawn, the slasher game that was slated for the now dead PlayStation Move. There have been rumors of the game having been reworked for Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset Project Morpheus.

But there have been some saying that this could be a teaser for an upcoming Resident Evil game. With the original Resident Evil receiving the remaster treatment in 2015, the timing for a new entry in the series would make sense. This would be a huge announcement and could easily anchor Sony’s appearance at Gamescom.

Expect a full reveal at Sony’s upcoming press conference at Gamescom on Monday, August 12th, at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET.

Check out both teasers below.




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‘Rocky Horror’ Fav Barry Bostwick Stars In ‘The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:15

So much for our exclusive as Deadline dropped the full cast for Darren Lynn Bousman’s now-filming The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia.

The sequel boasts an impressive line-up that includes surprises such as Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick, Jesus Christ Superstar himself Ted Neeley, Rent‘s Adam Pascal, and “Baywatch‘s” David Hasselhoff.

Returning officially are Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan (Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up All In), Marc Senter (The Lost), and Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy”).

Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.

Alleluia continues the saga and sees the forces of Heaven and Hell face off in a showdown.

Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman.

Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.

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NSFW: Watch An Actress Embarrass Herself In ‘Septic Man’s’ Opening Scene!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:02

You get the callback, you’ve scored the part! You call mom and dad, who then calls grandma and grandpa, and the next thing you know everyone in Mississippi is buzzing about their hometown girl who “made it” in Hollywood.

And then this happens…

Can you imagine the first day on set for this poor girl who stars in the opening scene in Starz Digital Media’s Septic Man (read our review)? Her acting prowess was used to squeeze out farts and shit herself all over a disgusting bathroom. Mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, everyone in Mississippi, please don’t want this…it’s too embarrassing.

Everyone else, ENJOY! Get ready for Septic Man available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and in limited theaters August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

“Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

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HE’S Back! ‘The Pact II’ Trailer Drags You Back In…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:55

We just revealed that The Pact II will be released via IFC Midnight on VOD September 5 with a limited theatrical run set for October 10, and now, we have the film’s official trailer.

From what I can tell, the supernatural being from the first film is back tormenting once again. Why they can’t just leave the house is beyond me? Thankfully, they play detective and find all sorts of crazy shit.

The pic is, “a truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Patrick Fischler (“Californication”) and Scott Michael Foster all star in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie. The film was directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath.

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‘Hunter’s Moon’ Launch Party Becomes a Race For Survival

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:44

Production begins August 13 in Toronto, Canada on Hunter’s Moon, a film by Matt Campagna (Six Reasons Why) and produced by Men of Characters, sources tell Bloody.

In the film, “An eccentric billionaire spirals out of control at the extravagant launch party for his new werewolf mobile game. It’s all fun and games until they find the body of the first victim — beginning a heart-pounding race for survival of the fittest.

Holly Deveaux (Spun Out, Hemlock Grove), Steven Morana (Gemini Award Winner), Katie Boland (Reign), Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black) star.

Rounding out the creative team includes Director of Photography David Stuart (Centuries of Torment) and Producer Nic Izzi (Gallop Meets The Earth).

Hunter’s Moon will be the first production in Canada shot on the new Sony A7S Camera.

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Get the Complete ‘Saw’ Collection For Only $17?!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:39

Can you escape this price trap?!

I’m not sure if this is misplaced or what, but on Amazon you can order Saw: The Complete Movie Collection on Blu-ray for only $17.49.

Arriving on September 23, the collection includes all seven of Lionsgate’s Saw films on Blu-ray or DVD UNRATED.

Is this Lionsgate’s way of telling fans their closing the loop on the franchise and gearing up for a reboot? Odds are this is just a double-dip, which already worked on me (I just pre-ordered).

Now you can re-live James Wan’s 2004 classic, which turns 10 this October, as well as several sequels that became more and more brutal leading up to a shocking finale.

Which one was your favorite? I still love Saw and Saw III.

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Complete Saw Box Set Coming in September

Dread Central - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:22

If you're like us, then the Saw franchise is taking up some considerable space on your Blu-ray or DVD shelves. Well, Lionsgate gets that and as a result will be releasing a complete box set of all seven films. We have no details for you at press time, but we do have the artwork.

Lionsgate is currently actively developing an eighth Saw film based on the franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. They are looking to get back to their torturous ways and seeking a new direction for the franchise that took over Halloween for nearly a decade.

There appears to be no rush on Lionsgate’s part, however, as they’re seeking the perfect take to move forward. There were rumblings of a remake while many insiders say that they want to continue with Saw 8.

So what do you guys want? A remake/reboot? Another sequel? Or should well enough just be left alone? Sound off below!

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