The arrival of Cotton's father is sure to rock the town of "Salem," and these new stills and first clip from Episode 1.08, "Departures," give us a taste of just how much. Check them out, and let us know what you think about the show - we're LOVING it!
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
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The series stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.
"Salem" Episode 1.08 - "Departures" (airs 6/8/14)
Increase Mather (guest star Stephen Lang) makes it his first order of business to catch a real witch, and starts by pinpointing a prominent figure from Salem's most sinful district. Mary worries that Increase will detect that his old friend George is under a spell and enlists the help of Isaac to deter Increase from uncovering the truth.
Meanwhile, accusations within Salem intensify, and Cotton must deal with a painful turn of events – and Anne’s suspicions of her father reach a fever pitch.
In addition to Lang, guest starring are Christopher Berry (“Resurrection”) as Petrus and Morgana Shaw as Mab. "Departures" was written by Jon Feldman and directed by Alexander Zakrzewski.
My brother turned me on to “Attack On Titan”, a new animated series that hails out of Japan.
It’s been quite a long time since I enjoyed some “new” Japanimation, and the eclectic mix of Ninja Scroll, Godzilla and Spider-Man was so exciting that my weekend was ruined by binge watching the adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.
Here’s a breakdown on the series, via IMDB:
2000 years from now, humans are nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
There’s an insane amount of action, and even a pretty solid amount of gore. But what truly makes this such a special series is the storytelling. Instead of each episode being its own arc, it’s a continuous story that continues to build each and every episode – and they still manage to drop a massive cliffhanger as the end of each chapter. My personal favorite aspect of the show is that they aren’t afraid to bail on the main characters for an episode in order to spend 20 minutes developing a new character, which helps build tension throughout.
The best, though, is news that a live-action feature is already in development with Harumira Mira leading the cast. It will be filmed on Hasima Island off the coast of Japan (also where they filmed Skyfall). Get on this bandwagon early…
“Attack on Titan” is on Netflix Instant, which means you too can binge watch as giant humanoid creatures snack on the townspeople as if they were delicious candy.
Zen Pinball 2 has played host to a number of great concepts and titles reinterpreted into a pinball format. From Dr. Strange to Star Wars, the game has always had the nerdy in mind, but today Zen Studios announced that it has one in the pipe for horror fans...
The Walking Dead Pinball will be available for download later this summer on Zen Studios pinball platforms across console, PC, and mobile stores.
From the Press Release:
The pinball masters at Zen Studios have partnered with leading developer of digital entertainment Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics, to create an all-new digital pinball table based on the award-winning The Walking Dead game series, continuing an age-old tradition in celebrating some of the biggest icons in entertainment on the classic pinball playfield.
A true collaborative effort, both Zen and Telltale have worked together on each detail of the table design, sharing ideas and fusing their passion to bring the story and choice-driven gameplay of The Walking Dead: Season One journey to the playfield. Touring locations from Clementine's treehouse and Everett's pharmacy in Macon, all the way down the tracks to the walker-infested streets of Savannah, players will find an authentic tour of Season One capturing the peril and drama of Lee and Clementine's story.
The Walking Dead Pinball table features choice-driven gameplay across each of Season One's five episodes, along with original story dialogue from the award-winning cast. Scenarios include choosing whom to save and whom to leave behind in a walker attack, solving problems, and keeping up morale within the group, searching for food and supplies, acquiring important tools, and navigating through the herd amidst an oncoming walker breach.
Anyone looking to get their hands on this promising new title can get a taste at this year’s E3 at the Telltale booth in the Concourse Hall.
I have played a lot of games on the next-gen consoles and can report that Zen Pinball 2 is by far the most genuinely fun title available. It features lavish graphics and fully animated tables, providing an experience beyond what is possible in real life arcade. Look for this game to be a must-play for anyone who enjoys zombies or unadulterated fun.
To continue our coverage of this year’s Rock On The Range we’re bringing you another video interview, this time with Pepe Clarke, drummer of LA rock band Kyng! The band is touring in support of their new album Burn The Serum, which came out earlier this year via Razor & Tie (iTunes). Check out the video interview below.
Wrenches and scissors and handguns? Oh my! Techland and WB Games have announced their upcoming presence at this year’s E3 with authority by giving us a brand new trailer for the upcoming zombie game Dying Light.
The trailer itself is an onslaught of violence with a variety of improvised weapons, showcasing a level of gore that would make H.G. Lewis blush.
Gamers have been waiting a very long time on news of Dying Light’s release date. Finally, our unholy prayers have an answer. The game is slated for a February 2015 release, but there's no concrete day as of yet. It will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.
Aside from being gleefully violent, Dying Light’s new trailer is meant to show off the game’s natural movement feature. It allows for movements to be more intuitive and combine parkour-style movement with brutal combat. The trailer does nothing to explain this though, but Techland promise to provide full details about it at E3 this year. Yet another reason to attend the world series of video games.
The trailer also showcases some of the more powerful enemies that will be encountered in Dying Light. A large super soldier, effortlessly swinging a rebar club, and a flaming behemoth-like brute charging headlong are just a taste of the more powerful undead that the game will feature.
For those of you who go outside and thus haven’t heard, Dying Light is an action survival horror game where, during the day, you utilize movement and agility to defeat hordes of zombies and complete missions. At night you are on the run, as the zombies become much more powerful and are accompanied by nocturnal predators that leave their hives to feed. In the game’s night segments, the hunter becomes prey as you flee the ravaging undead.
The game will incorporate the RPG elements of collecting and crafting, which the player will utilize to craft their many weapons and find the supplies needed to survive a zombie filled hell on earth.
Check out the new trailer below
“Nailbiter” #2 pushes the serial killer fascination to a whole new level with a deeply engaging look at what makes Buckaroo, Oregan such a special place to live. Joshua Williamson spares no time getting into a rich history of murder and just when you think you’ve figured things out, he blends his history into something entirely new.
“Nailbiter” is stunning. The story defies anticipation and goes to marvelous lengths to redefine comic book horror. Mike Henderson has brilliantly crafted slasher movie tropes into his art and the book is infinitely more chilling for it. It’s hard to gush about it without spoiling the magic, but rest assured the perspectives at play on these pages will actually haunt you.
The mystery deepens within the opening pages. We’re treated to a resolution to last issue’s final page reveal that adds more intrigue than answers. Finch’s temper basically channels our frustration into the page. He’s looking for answers and the deeper he looks the more confusing things become.
Everyone is tied together in Buckaroo. Small towns exist within a tangled web, and when you pull at one thread you pull at them all. Finch learns this hard and fast. Things start to implode and as if to celebrate someone sets fire to Carroll’s motel room. From here Williamson plunges the script into darkness. He takes a wild tour through some insane and terrifying killers that haunt Buckaroo’s past. Each of them are more unique than the last, and prove that Edward Charles Warren was a pussy compared to his coworkers.
Mike Henderson will get under your skin this month. He’s really flexing his skills with this book, and if he’s use of one-panel insanity flashbacks don’t get you than you’re stronger than I. He does something this issue that effectively changes the game for horror comics for all time. The warped perspective of a serial killer takes its full toll and Henderson ensures you’ll feel the whole thing. It’s a bone chilling sequence and one of the most exciting and terrifying things I’ve experienced in my life.
“Nailbiter” comes with a hefty recommendation from those of us at Bloody-Disgusting. I can’t even fathom where this story is headed but it’s an enthralling and horrific look at what makes a town go insane. Chances are good Williamson still has plenty of surprises left up his sleeve, and Finch’s anger still hasn’t really got the best of him.
With a unpredictable narrative, innovative paneling, and a rich horrific setting “Nailbiter” is everything you could want in a horror comic, in fact it’s the crowning achievement of the genre, and it’s only two issues in. It’s my new favorite comic on the stands. I’ll be biting my nails in anticipation as I go through the agonizing wait for #3.
It's been called one of the best zombie films in years, and after scooping up heaps of acclaim on both the festival and VOD circuits, Jeremy Gardner's must-see film The Battery (review) is headed to home video, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Release details await!
Over on their Facebook page, Scream Factory revealed that the Blu-ray release of The Battery has been given the street date September 16th, with pre-order links set to make their way onto the net real soon. No details have been confirmed about extras, but we're told they will be available real soon.
In the meantime, check out the reversible artwork for the release below, featuring the original theatrical poster on one side and a brand new piece of alternate art on the other. Dig it!
The film follows Ben (Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), two former baseball players with clashing personalities, as they trek through a bleak landscape overrun with the walking dead searching for a glimmer of hope.
With the emphasis placed less on the zombies and more on the dynamic between the two diametrically opposite main characters, The Battery is an incredibly ambitious film that defies convention and is loaded with emotion and a sense of sentimentality not often seen in your traditional zombie flick. It’s also proof positive that a great movie is made through passion and dedication, not a huge budget or crazy special effects.
RoboCop officially took over the city of Detroit yesterday as the crime fighter hit the streets to meet and take pictures with fans in celebration of #ROBOCOPDay and the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.
RoboCop visited iconic landmarks including The Monument to Joe Louis, The Spirit of Detroit, 8 Mile, and Comerica Park. Additionally RoboCop visited top radio stations at Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Greater Media Detroit and even did the weather on WJBK-TV, the local Fox affiliate.
The day concluded as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative RoboCop poster and some lucky fans taking home a copy of the new Blu-ray. RoboCop took photos with players, invaded the press box, and kept the peace with passionate fans.
Directed by José Padilha, RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson. InRoboCop, the year is 2028 and OmniCorp – the world’s leader in robot technology – sees a golden opportunity to reap billions for their company. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman)–a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing – no matter the cost to Alex – to make sure the program succeeds. But OmniCorp never counted on one thing: there is still a man fighting inside the machine. The film is written by Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, and produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures released RoboCop theatrically on February 12, 2014.
Check out the images courtesy of Robert Bruce Photography below.
Progressive rock legends King Crimson have announced a 17-date nine city US tour for later this year. This will be the first live appearance of the band since a few shows in 2009 and it follows guitarist/songwriter Robert Fripp’s announcement last September that the band was back and would be touring again. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
The new iteration of the band features seven members, including three drummers. The full lineup is Robert Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, and Tony Levin.
King Crimson burst into the music world with 1969′s stellar progressive rock landmark In The Court Of The Crimson King, which is widely regarded as one of the best albums of its kind. The band’s last studio album was 2003′s The Power To Believe.
King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates
9/9 Albany, NY – The Egg
9/10 Albany, NY – The Egg
9/12 Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center
9/13 Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center
9/15 Boston, MA – Colonial Theatre
9/16 Boston, MA – Colonial Theatre
9/18 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
9/19 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
9/20 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
9/23 Madison, WI – Barrymore Threatre
9/25 Chicago, IL – The Vic
9/26 Chicago, IL – The Vic
9/30 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
10/1 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
10/3 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
10/4 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
10/6 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
“Five Ghosts” #12 provides an incredible finale to the stupendous Lost Coastlines arc. Fabian is tested in every measure and Frank J Barbiere reminds us of the hero’s ultimate quest with a fantastic turn that’s bound to bring the series in a new direction.
This is pure comics perfection.
I’m always stunned with how tightly crafted this series feels. Barbiere wastes no time getting into his finale and does so with bloodshed, history, and an immense challenge for his hero. There is a ton happening on these pages but none of it ever feels forced or out of place, rather everything has bled into this moment organically.
Fabian is challenged by his past, and forced to confront his demons. It’s a beautiful way to bring the whole arc full circle and provides one hell of a battle for Chris Mooneyham to sink his teeth into. Everything moves quickly but the focus is purely on Fabian. His ghosts take a seat out to watch the fight and Mooneyham quickly takes hold. Fabian is raw and determined in this confrontation, but it doesn’t prove enough.
The result is a huge finish to a conflict that’s been bubbling for a long time. The script pushes Fabian to the edge, and forces him into a corner. Luckily he lashes out wildly and the resulting pages are a flurry of awesome death. Amongst all the magic and wonder the book still finds time to inject horror into Fabian’s world. The power he must draw from is dark and draining, and only time will tell how this will permanently affect the hero.
For now it seems for the better. The ultimate choice made within these closing pages comes to define a new era for the book with a glimmer of hope. I’m still not convinced Fabian’s a good dude, but he’s making efforts to become something better. The ultimate question is whether or not he’s capable of it. Something I hope to see more of in the forthcoming arc.
The team on “Five Ghosts” have created a beautiful and polished love letter to pulp storytelling that can stand among giants. It’s terribly entertaining. The magical color work of Lauren Affe will take you to another world and dare you to leave. The visceral art of Chris Mooneyham will sink it’s claws into you and defy everything you know about paneling. While Frank J Barbiere’s script will push you through 24 pages faster than previously thought possible.
Lost Coastlines was decidedly different than what came before, and the risk paid off. “Five Ghosts” is still an insanely good time with relentlessly paced storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m sad to see it go for a couple months, but already can’t wait for it to return.
Around these parts we love Lin Shaye. This lady can do it all, especially act... shall we say... not all there? You'll see what we mean when you dig on this latest clip for the new flick from William Eubank entitled The Signal (review) !
The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.
William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. "Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.
Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.
Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest.
Yesterday morning we saw the first teaser trailer for Blanc/Biehn Productions' upcoming Fetish Factory, but that just wasn't enough for the powers-that-be. Today we have a slightly revamped version that includes a killer ending... so be sure to stick around for it!
Fetish Factory, written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson, stars Chase Williamson, Carrie Keagan, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Diane Ayala Goldner, Tristan Risk, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Ruben Pla, Benjamin Easterday, Tom Ayers, Stephen Wastell, and Daniel Quinn.
Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard and go-go icon Jenimay Walker round out the cast. Lony Ruhmann is executive producer, cinematography is by Steve Romano, and the original Fetish Factory score is by Mars Homeworld with new original songs by guitar superstars The Ventures.
It’s “SURVIVAL OF THE FOXIEST!” in Fetish Factory, a thrilling and darkly comic horror suspense film with a heaping helping of vintage burlesque bawdiness.
Imagine a wickedly saucy by invitation-only stage show and posh private peeps in which your every fantasy can come true, fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating the sex goddesses of yore: Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – you are in for the night of your life at the Fetish Factory. That is, until your life is at stake when the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies, and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts, and spike-heels into deadly weapons.
A nonstop laugh riot all the way, “Big Trouble In Little China” #1 is an entertaining read that always delivers the kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s are over, Jack Burton, the goofball action hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for.
Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig, the Pork-Chop Express, back safe and sound. Everything is where it should be, except for the hideous stowaway hiding in the back of the truck. Just when Jack thinks he’s in for another round of fighting and kicking, the ugly beast licks his cheeks. All of sudden, the loner has a new best friend and they are inseparable. Jack might need his new monster pet, nicknamed Pete, to stick around awhile longer because his kung-fu adventures aren’t over.
Much like how Clive Barker is involved in his horror titles at BOOM!, especially Hellraiser, I’m really glad John Carpenter has his own input on the series as well. You really feel in the dialogue that writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat. Though you don’t hear Kurt Russell doing a really bad John Wayne impersonation, I completely enjoyed reading Burton’s witty and off-the-wall comments. There’s actually a story within a story, adding layers to the dim-witted action star.
The timeline suggests everything is taking place about a few days after the movie ended. I’m really hoping Gracie Law, Kim Cattrall’s character, makes a return as well. I thought it was just hilarious that Jack came back just to ruin Wang’s wedding. The first issue sets up everything nicely, including a new villain, that I can’t wait for the next issue.
Artist Brian Churilla caricaturizes Kurt Russell’s likeness in his illustrations. Jack Burton has to be presented two ways, as a tough guy and a goofball. Churilla captures both sides of Jack’s personality and even adheres to the ’80s wardrobe. In three panels, Churilla delivers a side-splitting pratfall just for Jack in the opening pages. This is actually a comedy disguised as an action movie.
I definitely like the new dynamic relationship between Jack and the ugly beast, now named Peter. Churilla illustrates the drooling monster as a loyal dog following his master. Jack even has his new pet on a leash and gives him a spiked collar. I want to see where this relationship is going in later series.
“Big Trouble In Little China” #1 is a hilarious start and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to cherish the comic book series.
Another clip from Juno Mak's Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis has come our way courtesy of Well Go USA, and it cries out for a clean-up crew wearing the most protective gear that they possibly could. Somebody made one hell of a mess!
Well Go USA has announced that they'll be releasing Rigor Mortis on VOD outlets June 6th along with a limited theatrical roll-out on the same day. The theatrical listings thus far include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Honolulu.
Along with the clip, check out the film's poster art, trailer, and a gallery of stills below!
In this eerie and chilling contemporary action/special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980’s, writer-director-producer Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic Mr. Vampire series, Rigor Mortis is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants, we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires, and zombies.
RIGOR MORTIS stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star, separated from his wife and alienated from his son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into Room 2442 in the housing estate, an allegedly haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other "occupants" of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment. Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him and the situation are far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires with unsettled business begin to rise from the dead...
An incredibly spine-chilling read, “Afterlife With Archie Vol. 1: Escape From Riverdale” delivers a perfect balance of laughs and scares in each page. The wholesome town of Riverdale will never be the same again as the zombie virus begins to spread. With its first story arc collected, discover why “Afterlife With Archie” is one of the best series for horror fans.
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
Jughead suddenly saw his beloved pet Hot Dog get run over by a speeding car and drive away. Because he couldn’t bear to lose his best friend, Jughead went to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Though her aunts warned her, Sabrina recited the cursed words from the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead. Hot-Dog did return from the grave but he also brought back Hell with him. The zombie infection spread onto Jughead and slowly grew in numbers. No one at the Halloween Dance at Riverdale High really thought that zombie Jughead was going to turn them all into the undead.
Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is able to put a spotlight on Archie and the rest of the Riverdale gang throughout the narrative. Archie starts out as second fiddle and grows up in his own coming-of-age tale. Sabrina the Teenage Witch makes an impressive debut that you just want her to back for more. The dumb jock Moose, my favorite of the group, delivers the best line in the whole series. We also discover there is more to Veronica than being a rich and snobby drama queen.
Aguirre-Sacasa makes excellent use of flashbacks though the viewpoints of Veronica’s butler Hubert H. Smithers and Archie’s dog, Vegas. In the theme about unconditional love, Aguirre-Sacasa delivers these touching and heartfelt back-stories that enrich the relationships. The love story about a boy and his dog feels genuinely earnest and honest. I thought it such a fresh take on Smithers that he would actually see Veronica as his own daughter.
The phenomenal imagery from Francesco Francavilla is an extra special highlight for me. I just love how Francavilla is able to make the blue and orange tones work. Everything about the color scheme makes your eye glued to the page. The Halloween Dance is actually where all the gory stuff really happens. In an incredible splash page, Francavilla illustrates the blood flowing from Ethel’s fingertip, dripping onto her fallen apple.
Francavilla delivers a unique experiment on the panel layouts that works perfectly each time. In a single page, through 15 panels, Francavilla matches each panel neatly to deliver a story within a story. As the reader, you understand what Francavilla is saying through his illustrations, without needing the use of captions and dialogue balloons.
An artistic triumph, “Afterlife With Archie Vol.1: Escape From Riverdale” takes Archie and friends to new territory without losing its creative essence. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla is a team-up made that must be worshipped by horror fans.
MPI/Dark Sky Films has shared with Bloody a new clip from Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek, in theaters and demand on June 6. In it, we get to see our exclusive image (above) image come to life as two people listen in fear as something horrific howls outside their tent.
“Set in Humboldt County, California, ‘Willow Creek’ centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, ‘Pretty Little Liars’) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie Gilmore, World’s Greatest Dad), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns.
The two stop off first in Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world and home to an annual Bigfoot festival, where various locals talk to Jim’s camera, warning them to keep out of the woods, singing ballads about Bigfoot, and generally enjoying their 15 minutes in the spotlight while Jim and Kelly have a blast, cracking wise amidst all the touristy Bigfoot kitsch on display. But when they strap on packs and head into the forest via a two-hour drive down a dirt road, they start to feel like they might be in over their heads. Well, Kelly does, at least. Jim, as he approaches what he considers hallowed ground, is in heaven.
That night they’re awakened by mysterious sounds echoing through the woods, and whooping vocalizations that might be Bigfoot, but that might also be locals screwing with them. Either way, they’re not welcome here and so Jim and Kelly decide to get out come sun-up but, as they quickly discover, it might already be too late, and as the sun goes down for the second time and they find themselves retracing the steps of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin they discover the truth behind Bigfoot and the disturbing meaning of the term “forest bride.””
Steven Wilson is easily one of my favorite songwriters in today’s generation. His work in Porcupine Tree and Blackfield is nothing short of fantastic and his production work with Opeth really added a lot of depth and dimension to their already stellar work.
That’s why it’s really fascinating to hear about his upcoming solo album Cover Version, which features six original tracks and six covers that give an insight to Wilson’s musical influences. This album takes the material the limited edition Cover Verion singles series offered between 2003 and 2010. Coming out July 8th, you can pre-order the album here.
Below you can hear Wilson’s cover of “The Day Before You Came”, which was originally written and recorded by ABBA. It’s a somewhat mournful version, especially considering the somewhat upbeat nature of the original.
On tap right now is an exclusive clip from the upcoming sliver of sasquatchploitation from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek (review). What better way could there be to spend your hump day? Dig it!
With Willow Creek Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film is driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” The flick is home to various characters who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch. They each give differing accounts and at times even come to blows. Goldthwait is said to use this kind of tension to get in some observations on faith and religion.
Look for it in theaters and On Demand June 6th!
Jim and his girlfriend, Kelly, are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who in 1967 recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.
The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community: Sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.
On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.
Director and two-time IFFBoston alum Bobcat Goldthwait (WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, 2009; GOD BLESS AMERICA, 2012) pumps new life into the found-footage horror genre with WILLOW CREEK. His characters’ genuine humor gives them a humanity that is essential to setting up the scares. The satire is so successful that the film’s audience will have no idea what to do with the tension and fear that comes later—other than to white-knuckle it while sitting in the dark.
If you're as big a fan of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" as we are, this news should make your day: The network has picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed series. Read on for more details!
From the Press Release:
As announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc., the network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series, which was created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan.
"PENNY DREADFUL" has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green, "PENNY DREADFUL" will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland, for a 2015 launch.
“Picking up 'PENNY DREADFUL' was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” said Nevins. “The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for Season Two.”
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"PENNY DREADFUL’s" series premiere was sampled early across online, On Demand, and authenticated platforms; and the debut episode now ranks as the biggest sneak preview ever and the largest online streaming sampling ever for SHOWTIME, surpassing "Ray Donovan's" and "Masters of Sex’s" premieres by half a million viewers through the premiere week.
"PENNY DREADFUL" is not only a hit in the United States but has also attracted an early global audience, debuting as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest program of the week in pay TV homes for the premiere episode in the U.K. Additionally, the John Logan created world of "PENNY DREADFUL" has inspired unprecedented interest with a wide range of licensees. Special edition classic horror books boxed sets, cast action figures, and tarot cards are among the early items hitting the marketplace.
The fifth episode of the series airing this Sunday (June 8th) at 10 p.m. ET/PT is not to be missed – viewers will learn the shocking truth behind the bond that connects Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Vanessa (Eva Green), and Mina (Olivia Llewellyn). Leading up to this Sunday’s episode, SHOWTIME will air two "Penny Dreadful" marathons on Saturday, June 7th, before and after the 10 p.m. television premiere of The Last Exorcism Part II. Episodes 1.01 through 1.04 of "Penny Dreadful" will air from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then again from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Viewers hoping to catch up on what they’ve missed so far can also watch the first four episodes on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.
"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.05 - "Closer Than Sisters" (airs 6/8/14)
Vanessa recalls her past and the events which ultimately lead to Mina's disappearance.
Don't forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" store to receive 20% off all "Penny Dreadful" merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!
Next out of the gate for you indie horror loving cats is a new sneak peek from the next flick from Brett Kelly, The Bonesetter! Even the title unnerves us a bit. Check it out along with the previously released trailer, artwork and details.
From the Press Release
Director Brett Kelly (My Fair Zombie) is hard at work on pre-production for his latest horror film THE BONESETTER. The Bonesetter is the tale of a town with a dark secret. A century ago a traveling healer was lynched for killing the town's children, and now, in the present, the current generation of townsfolk are faced with the supernatural return of the murderous Bonesetter.
If this sounds somewhat familiar, it's because Kelly originally made a version of The Bonesetter in 2002 and a sequel in 2005, both of which found their way to DVD. In revisiting the tale, Kelly says; "I was never able to tell the story in the scary way I really wanted to back when I first started in this biz." He continues, "I made the original Bonesetter early in my career and now the tools of production, post-production and my own experience have finally given me what I need to truly scare the pants off of an audience. My previous films have all had elements of tongue-in-cheek to them. Not this new Bonesetter; I want people frightened and disturbed."
Kelly adds, "I should mention also that the script of this movie is completely new and is not the same movie as my originals. It's a new take."
The Bonesetter is based on a folk tale from Quebec (known in French as Bonehomme Sept-Heures). While technically in pre-production, Kelly and his crew have already filmed the opening scene of the movie. This scene is set in the past when the titular villain of the film was still alive and committing his murderous crimes upon the unsuspecting populace.
Production of the film will resume in the fall once Kelly has completed filming a western for Lionsgate.