Survival is not an option.
Canadian filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews is set to film Save Yourself, which stars Jessica Cameron of Truth or Dare who shared a link to the film’s newly launched Facebook
The pic follows five women on a road trip to LA cross paths with a deranged mad scientist.
Antisocial‘s Ry Barrett also stars as “Chris Sauter”, the film’s villain.
Swedish melodic death metal masters In Flames have announced that they will be releasing Siren Charms, their 11th studio album, on September 9th via Sony/RED. The album will be preceded by the single “Rusted Nail”, which is set to be released on June 13th (although it can be released earlier through <>a href=”http://www.inflames.com/whywait/”” target=”blank”>this website). The album is the follow up to 2011′s Sounds Of A Playground Fading.
The band comments:
We recorded in the legendary Hansa Tonstudios in Berlin over the course of six intense weeks. This is In Flames 2014, all for the fans to use and abuse.
Head below for a sample of “Rusted Nail”, the album track list, and the album artwork.
Siren Charms track list:
1. In Plain View
2. Everything’s Gone
4. Through Oblivion
5. With Eyes Wide Open
6. Siren Charms
7. When the World Explodes
8. Rusted Nail
9. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters in the Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth
The way a horror film opens up can set the tone for the whole movie, creating a sense of unease, dread, and palpable fear. Or it can let you know that you’re in for one helluva ride, that you’re about to embark on a cinematic roller coaster of fun and insanity! Either way, hopefully it leads to something really badass!
Below are a few of my favorite openings to horror movies. After you check them out, do me a favor and leave me a comment with some of yours!
“11:55, almost midnight… Enough time for one more story…”
If you’re going to show me a ghost movie, starting it off with a ghost story is the PERFECT way to open the film! John Carpenter nailed the atmosphere of this movie by crafting a spine chilling opening that still raises the hair on my arms. And that background music? Terrifying!
We're just a couple of days away from the release of Stephen King's latest, Mr. Mercedes, which arrives on Tuesday, June 3rd. To celebrate, his publishers have released some promo and teaser videos - one of which stars our old pal Pennywise.
The ever-vigilant Lilja's Library brought the vids to our attention, and if you click the link to their site at the bottom of the page, they'll point you in the direction of more familiar faces introducing King's new book: Danny from The Shining and Carrie from, well, Carrie.
Before you watch the teasers, though, be sure check out King himself talking about the news story that inspired him to write the novel in the first place.
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
My fellow heathens, a fierce new witch hunter is on his way to "Salem" by way of ship, and you'll get a taste of his wily ways in this new clip from tomorrow night's Episode 1.07, "Our Own Private America."
"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.
In addition to Stephen Lang as the aforementioned witch hunger, Increase Mather, guest starring in the ep are Sammi Hanratty as Dottie, Mary Catherine O'Donnell as Emily, Daniel James as Joe Barker, Sharon Landry as Mrs. Barker, Rachel Whitman Groves as Mrs. Trask, David Jensen as Captain, Morgana Shaw as Mab, and Ben Mouton as Lamb.
"Salem" Episode 1.07 - "Our Own Private America" (airs 6/1/14)
When a shakeup within the coven leaves Mary with more power than ever, she hatches her most nefarious plan yet to bring the witches closer to achieving the Grand Rite. Alden and Cotton, reeling from the aftermath of their interrogation, question the efficacy of the trials while Cotton is left to wonder if his life's work has amounted to anything.
Alden finds himself weaker by the day – a victim of a dream spell that Mary uses to search Alden’s subconscious to locate the Malum – and work out her sexual frustration in the process. Meanwhile, with Mary’s attentions increasingly focused on her old flame Alden and her new pupil Mercy, tension escalates between Mary and Tituba.
Elsewhere, Anne makes an eerie discovery about her father's activities. When Cotton’s father, Increase Mather, makes an unanticipated entrance, Salem and its coven faces the arrival of the most feared witch hunter. Written by Adam Simon and Brannon Braga; directed by David Von Ancken.
Keep your eyes on the "Salem" Facebook page for updates and more info.
HBO has just released the second trailer for the upcoming seventh and last season of “True Blood,” which returns June 22 at 9PM. Looks like an episode of “True Blood!”
In the return episode, “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (airing Sunday, June 22; 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), “A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source.”
It was written by Angela Robinson and directed by the one and only Bill Compton, Stephen Moyer.
Most of the regulars appear in this new trailer for Season 7, the last hurrah of HBO's "True Blood." It arrives in just a few more weeks with a premiere directed by Stephen Moyer, and while we're not expecting a full return to the show's previous glory, we do have hopes that it will end on a high note.
The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Created by Alan Ball, the show is based on the bestselling "Sookie Stackhouse" novels by Charlaine Harris.
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Other Season 7 cast members - both old and new - include: Sam Trammell as Sam, Ryan Kwanten as Jason, Rutina Wesley as Tara, Chris Bauer as Andy, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Amelia Rose Blaire as Willa, Lauren Bowles as Holly, Tara Buck as Ginger, Gregg Daniel as Rev. Daniels, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Aaron Christian Howles as Rocky, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Noah Matthews as Wade, Bailey Noble as Adilyn, Nathan Parsons as James (previously played by Luke Grimes), Adina Porter as Lettie Mae, Carrie Preston as Arlene, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Nicole, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, and Karolina Wydra as Violet.
Episode 7.01 - “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (air date 6/22/14)
A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Stephen Moyer.
Here’s a very special Saturday treat, courtesy of Bloody reader “Nostromo89″.
Being that Ridley Scott and Prometheus has been in our news quite a bit as of late, he wanted to share with us the very, very, very first ever teaser trailer for Scott’s Alien.
It’s something that a lot of you may not have seen, and featured the voice talents of the great Percy Rodriguez (Jaws). Even for the late 70′s, the edit by Twentieth Century Fox makes the film look truly frightening (which it is). Check it out below!
In the 1979 film, “The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bio-form has joined them.”
It starred Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, and Veronica Cartwright.
Columbia Pictures hasn’t given up on Ghostbusters III, yet, and have set their sights on another in-house director to take the reigns for Ivan Reitman, who stepped out of the director’s chair after the passing of Harold Ramis.
Says TheWrap, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is being considered to direct Ghostbusters III for Sony, for whom he directed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, though that project isn’t heading into production nearly as soon.
I’d welcome Fleischer with open arms, especially because Zombieland carries a similarly fun tone to Ghostbusters, and even more so because he’s worked with Bill Murray (maybe he can convince him to return?)
Ultimately, though, it sounds as if the project really has been put on the back-burner, unfortunately, and it looks as if this “merry-go-round” will continue to twirl. Any rumored cast names should be swept under the rug as the “reboot” button has clearly been pushed.
I know what you’re thinking. Watch Dogs? Horror? Yeah right, Adam, you stupid bastard. But before you pick up your pitchforks and light your torches, allow me a few paragraphs to explain myself. By the way, what is this, the 1600s? Who uses pitchforks anymore?
For the most part, Watch Dogs is Grand Theft Auto mixed with a liberal helping of Refn’s Drive. It’s a solid action-packed open world game that lets you do pretty much whatever you want, including using your smooth hackery to track down a creepy ass serial killer who’s roaming the streets of Chicago, murdering people and leaving their bodies in eerie, remote locations. And did I mention the blood markings? Yeah, there are those too.
There are six bodies Aiden will need to find, scattered about the city’s most isolated locales, from lighthouses to abandoned trains cars. Once they’ve all been found, a super secret — okay, not that secret — bonus mission will unlock that lets you take this psychopath down.
It’s an incredibly small piece of an otherwise massive game that has no real ties to our favorite genre, but it stood out to me so I thought I’d mention it.
Oh, and you’ll find these missions by hunting down the missing persons investigation missions (the magnifying glass icons) on the world map. Trust me, they’re worth it.
And the merry-go-round that is Sony's Ghostbusters reboot/sequel continues spinning as some more non-news has hit the Net with regard to the long-gestating project's director. The Wrap reports that a name familiar to the horror crowd is now in the mix...
While doing a story on the shake-up behind the scenes of Marvel's Ant-Man, the site included this tidbit about Ghostbusters III:
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is also in the mix for the high-profile [Ant-Man] job, but he just had a baby with his wife, publicist Holly Shakoor Fleischer, and may be reluctant to take a demanding gig that will require such a big commitment. He's also being considered to direct Ghostbusters III for Sony, for whom he directed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, though that project isn't heading into production nearly as soon.
So take that bit of info as you will, and as always, expect more soon.
Production could start as early as this fall, but it's expected to begin early next year in New York. Etan Cohen penned the new script, which is cut from the same cloth as the original films. The original Ghostbusters will have a very small role in the sequel. Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, who played Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, respectively, are expected to return, though Bill Murray's involvement is questionable. You may recall that Murray had a cameo in Zombieland so maybe Fleischer can get him to commit after all!
Last week I took a quick break from the movies section to review Diploid Love, the new Brody Dalle (formerly of The Distillers and Spinnerette) record. It wasn’t an assignment, just one of those albums that came along that I happened to get really into so figured I’d share my enthusiasm.
Last night I caught Dalle’s show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. I was unsure what I’d be getting, the American punk stylings of The Distillers or the more melodic, slightly ethereal, aesthetic of her new record. The answer, it turned out, was a perfect blend of both. Opening with “Rat Race” and “Don’t Mess With Me,” it was clear that her voice was as strong as ever and that her new band featured capable musicians who could not only play the material, but elevate it to a deafeningly loud arena-polished level (often a rarity in punk music).
All was well and good for those first two numbers and then the band launched into “I Am a Revenant” from The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House at which point the crowd, for lack of a better expression, went f*cking apesh*t. I’ve lived in LA for nine years and have gone to my fair share of shows and it’s usually industry types and heavily affected hipsters just standing there with their arms folded. While there was some of that here around the periphery, this was the first time I’ve seen an actual pit break out in years. Dalle and her band kept up the pace with Coral Fang’s “Die on a Rope” and successfully peppered in material from Diploid Love among their older hits throughout the evening.
The energy never flagged during the set. While fans naturally saved their most rapturous responses for the familiar older material, the new stuff went over incredibly well. The evening’s most powerful moment came during Diploid Love’s closer, “Parties For Prostitutes.” The lone slow number in a deafening set, it showcased Dalle’s voice as the loudest, most powerful instrument onstage. Her new material may be less propulsive, but it’s heads and tails more melodic with a wider palette of emotion. It was refreshing to see something like “Prostitutes” pulled off with both volume and nuance.
In punk rock fashion the show ended almost exactly an hour after it began, defiantly and without an encore (but with a confetti cannon blast). None was needed. Dalle got on, made her point and got off – adhering to one of the oldest showbiz axioms “leave them wanting more.”
Brody Dalle heads out on a North American tour with Queens of the Stone Age next month. Get there early. You can buy Diploid Love on iTunes. Thanks to Raymond Lew for the pic!
It’s clear that developer Ready at Dawn is pushing The Order: 1886′s cinematic aspirations and unique narrative over everything else, as almost everything we’ve seen of the game so far has been comprised of cinematics and CG trailers. In the latest video, game director Dana Jan discusses the studio’s focus on the game’s story, as well as developing for the PS4 and how the new tech helps them in creating characters that are believable.
The Order: 1886 releases exclusively on the PS4 in early 2015.
Last week we got word that Canadian TV network Space had committed to a second season of "Bitten," their most-watched original series ever, and Syfy is hot on their heels with an announcement of their own...
From the Press Release:
Syfy has acquired the popular supernatural thriller "Bitten" for a second season consisting of 10 all-new episodes. Production on Season 2 will begin this summer in Toronto, and the series, from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), will return to Syfy in 2015.
Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy: "'Bitten' is a fast-paced and edgy series which has found a growing and passionate fan base on our channel. We’re delighted to bring the series back to Syfy next year.”
Said Prentiss Fraser, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions, eOne Television International: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the tremendous support and enthusiasm from fans across social media since the debut of 'Bitten.' We look forward to working with the talented cast and crew on another compelling season and continuing our partnership with Syfy in bringing the series back to viewers in the U.S. next year.”
During its first season on Syfy, "Bitten" averaged 1.1 million total viewers based on Live +7 data.
Based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, "Bitten" stars Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville," Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. "Bitten" also stars Greg Bryk (A History of Violence, "Rookie Blue") as the Alpha pack leader Jeremy Danvers, Greyston Holt ("Alcatraz" "Durham County") as passionate pack enforcer Clayton Danvers, Steve Lund ("Being Erica") as Nick Sorrentino, and Michael Xavier ("The Best Years") as Dr. Logan Jonsen.
"Bitten" is executive produced by J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, John Barbisan, and Patrick Banister for Hoodwink Entertainment, and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for Entertainment One (eOne). Daegan Fryklind is showrunner. eOne is the worldwide distributor for the series. "Bitten" is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with Space and Bell Media. Rebecca DiPasquale and Tom Hastings are Production Executives, Drama, Bell Media. Trish Williams is Director of Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.
We're big fans of horror photog Joshua Hoffine here at Dread Central, and so too are the folks at Mezco, who just signed him up for their upcoming book 16 Years of Terror- Art Inspired by The Living Dead Dolls, heading our way by year-end.
From the Press Release:
Award winning photographer Joshua Hoffine is well known for creating some of the most disturbing and horrific images in modern photography.
Often utilizing elaborate and meticulously detailed sets, he eschews Photoshop and relies on props, special effects, costumes, and old-fashioned camera tricks. The end results are lushly cinematic nightmares.
Now, for the first time, he is teaming up with The Living Dead Dolls to create an image for their upcoming book, 16 Years of Terror- Art Inspired by The Living Dead Dolls. The book, set to be published in the 4th quarter of 2014, will feature the work of over a hundred artists, each inspired by The Living Dead Dolls.
"It is a great thrill to be working with Mr. Hoffine," said Mezco's Mike Drake. "We've all been fans of his work for some time now... one of his photos even hangs in the Mezco offices. To have a photographic genius and master of the macabre like him team up with The Living Dead Dolls is both exciting and terrifying. I have a feeling there will be more than a few nightmares once he unveils the unholy spawn of this union."
Added Joshua Hoffine, "I'm excited about working with The Living Dead Dolls. My wife and daughters own several. This project is a fun opportunity to pay homage to a unique and influential contributor to the horror landscape."
Damien Glonek, one of the original creators of The Living Dead Dolls, added, "Any artists out there, if you have Living Dead Doll-inspired art, send us an email at LivingDeadDollsArt@gmail.com before June 6th; we may have a place for you in the book!"
Stay tuned for the official 16 Years of Terror release date and more.
We may not be living in the End Times, but we are certainly living in strange times. Nicolas Cage starring in a remake of a Kirk Cameron movie? The power of Cage compels you to feast your eyes upon the official trailer and new poster for the Rapture reboot Left Behind.
A while back we got to see the first footage from the remake of Left Behind featuring Cage uttering something along the lines of "If my wife had to leave me for another man, it might as well be Jesus." Keep in mind the film is not meant to be a comedy.
No. This Left Behind is from the same people responsible for the Kirk Cameron series, but this time they're aiming for more secular viewers by making the film a bit less preachy and a bit more disaster-y. One look at the trailer, and yes, indeed, "disaster" comes to mind.
The trailer still has nothing on the Photoshop disaster that is the official poster. Who in their right mind approved that? The expression on Cage’s face! As if he’s staring back at the viewer agreeing that he has no clue what the hell he’s doing in this movie either.
Stuntman-director Vic Armstrong helms the reboot that co-stars Chad Michael Murray, Jordin Sparks, and Nicky Whelan amongst those left behind when God raptures all the good and righteous Christians up to heaven, leaving every airplane in the air at the time ready to come crashing down to earth like so many fallen angels.
The trailer swears Left Behind will be in theaters on October 3rd despite looking even more direct-to-video than The Omega Code movies.
Hey, maybe they can remake those films next also starring Nic Cage but as more of a National Treasure by way of the Bible Code. Yep, I definitely smell the "In God We Trust" all over the money those films will mint.
This video isn’t new, but I missed it the first time around, and it’s just too good not to share. It’s a music video for a song titled Sympathy for Slender Man, and boy, does it make me feel bad for the poor guy. Or, at least it does for a little bit, then I remember that one time I was lost in a forest and he wouldn’t leave me alone.
I get it, dude. You’re looking for prey friends, I’m just not looking for that kind of relationship right now. Also, I think you’re uber creepy.
On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Juno Mak's Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis courtesy of Well Go USA, and it's bound to bring a great dosage of grim to your otherwise happy weekend. Check it out!
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...
In case you haven’t heard, this may very well be the best month ever for horror fans, at least as far as video games are concerned. We’ve seen a record number of new games get released, and now we can add two more to the list: The Forest and The Stomping Land. The former is brimming with murderous indigenous peoples and weird, Silent Hill-esque monsters and the other has dinosaurs. What more could you want?
Now, it’s worth mentioning that neither of these games are official, full releases. Both games are currently in Steam Early Access, so they’re largely unfinished. I haven’t been able to spend any time with The Stomping Land yet, but The Forest has some technical issues — many of which will likely get fixed in future patches (the first is scheduled to arrive in about two weeks).
Those problems aside, The Forest is a deeply unnerving game with serious potential.
I can’t think of many things that are quite as unsettling as desperately trying to scavenge for building materials as the sun sets so you can build a shelter only to look to the horizon and see half a dozen cannibals watching you. Also, there’s this:
So, apparently, I suck at #TheForest. I got my base camp set up, then I was swiftly massacred by a guy with a flashlight on his head.
— Adam Dodd (@BabyColada) May 31, 2014
I did not last very long my first time, but that’s normal, right?
If you’re unfamiliar with either game, I’ve included trailers for each below.
You can grab The Forest here.
You can grab The Stomping Land here.
Sony is releasing something a bit special ahead of the July 2 release of Deliver Us From Evil, which is allegedly based on the accounts of a real NYPD sergeant, Ralph Sarchie, who spent many years on the force while assisting with exorcisms in his spare time.
The NY Post shared the following clip from a forthcoming 15-minute documentary about Sarchie, where he talks about his real-life experiences investigating demonic possessions. Says the site, te worked in the company of a breakaway Catholic priest who split with the church over exorcisms.
Sarchie, who wrote a 2001 book about his demon-chasing career called “Beware the Night,” says he assisted at more than 20 such rituals, and investigated more than 50 spooky cases in all. He and his crew would typically roam a spirit-infested house to spread holy water, incense and holy oil, then pray in unison.
The documentary-thriller which will be released in advance of Deliver Us From Evil.