So far "Supernatural" seems to be thriving in its new Tuesday night time slot, and a clip from this week's Episode 9.03, "I'm No Angel," popped up online today to remind us of the fact that Dean has never been a morning person.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.03 - "I'm No Angel" (airs 10/22/13, 9-10pm)
CASTIEL IS HUNTED BY THE ANGELS — Ezekiel tells Dean (Jensen Ackles) a group of angels is hunting Castiel (Misha Collins). Dean and Sam (Jared Padalecki) race to find their friend before the angels do.
Meanwhile, a homeless Castiel is trying to make his way through the city and comes across some unexpected surprises.
Kevin Hooks directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.
Horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red) took the high-tech approach to Argento’s Dracula (formerly Dracula 3D), which he filmed in new 3D technology. I recently hopped on the phone with Argento to discuss the film, particularly his use of the 3D format. We also touch upon the that rich vibrant red he uses for his blood and what it’s like to work with his daughter, Asia Argento.
“Horror master Dario Argento returns with a bloody, luridly creepy 3D version of the classic vampire tale, drenched in gore and sex. An unsuspecting Englishman arrives in Transylvania, lured by a job with a local nobleman. But the undead Count Dracula’s real target is the man’s innocent young wife. Featuring the iconic Rutger Hauer as vampire hunter Van Helsing and the inimitable Asia Argento (the director’s own daughter) as a local all-too-eager to fall under the Count’s sway.” Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Rutger Hauer, Asia Argento, Miguel Angel Silvestre, and Miriam Giovanelli all star.
Head below to check it out! Argento’s Dracula is now available both in select theaters and on cable and digital VOD. Just a note: we had a bad phone connection and Argento’s English isn’t perfect (though he was still a pleasure to speak with). I’ve transcribed this to the best of my ability.
When you decided to adapt Dracula did you see it as a unique opportunity to imprint your voice on it?
Yes, I had the idea to do an adaptation but I couldn’t find a good way to do it. But I liked the character and found him interesting. Then I saw the new technology for 3D which was very good, a new way to put the story onscreen. I thought it was a good way to put Dracula on the screen again.
How was it working in that format? It changes the way you frame your shots, correct?
Yes. It’s different. It’s a challenge. It’s important to do that. For the first time in my life I saw the difference from character to character. It has such great possibilities.
How did you come about casting Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula?
I’ve known him for a long time and when I knew the project was good, I called him. He was very enthusiastic. He’s European and close to the character. We have a good relationship, we are very good friends.
The blood in this film is that signature Argento red…
Red is important. The color of blood. Like Deep Red. It’s very important. It’s a moment of the films. Red and then black. I saw a DCP of Suspiria because for this film I wanted the color to be very strong.
What’s it like working with your daughter Asia? Do you find that it’s easier or more difficult than working with other actors?
I worked with her on five films. It’s a very good number. I work with her very well. She knows my deep love of film. My love of cinema. It’s good to work with her. This time I had her prepare for the character of Lucy, a very strong character. It’s a very important role.
Justin Aclin’s “S.H.O.O.T. First” #1 is an Angels vs. Demons vs. Atheists tale that articulates the author’s ideologies, which — for clarity’s sake — seem to be congruent with Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry’s, particular brand of secular humanism. This is demonstrated through his incorporation of viewpoints that are specific to the right of mankind to develop freely, the importance of utilizing science as a means for explaining the universe, as well as the risks of using religion as a tool of manipulation.
WRITTEN BY: Justin Aclin
ART BY: Nicolás Daniel Selma
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: October 16, 2013
Aclin presents an intriguing approach to atheism in comic books, in that the four-part miniseries follows a Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce (S.H.O.O.T.), which defends humanity from the religiously mythologized supernatural creatures it doesn’t believe in. The weapons S.H.O.O.T. uses to kill these monsters are fuelled by psychic energy derived from their doubt and anger. On its surface it seems a bit bizarre considering the universe the team functions in, but the distinction lies in their stance on the nature of these creatures. While possessing a disbelief in ‘God’, they seem to accept that angels, demons, and other supernatural forces exist, but as ‘Outside Actors’ (dimension hoppers) that gain power from feeding off the devout and faithful. The problem is these Outside Actors are aware of the continued advancements in science, and are gearing up to stage a global apocalypse, a là end times, in order to ensure mankind’s belief in organized religion.
This book will not only focus on S.H.O.O.T.’s ongoing battle with these creatures, but on the emotional ups and downs of characters living life without faith. The first issue offers a very basic introduction to a fantastically diverse cast of monster fighters, led by an African American woman named Mrs. Brookstone, and a newly recruited Afghani man, who calls himself Infidel. The latter ironically finds himself in a state of disillusionment while praying in a mosque. In the process of rejecting God by way of alluding to multiple ‘Cynicism Catalysts’ and some other trauma tropes, things take a turn for the violent. Aclin, along with artist Nicolás Daniel Selma, draw upon Islamic mythology to produce their interpretation of evil, fiery jinn (genies), wreaking havoc in the mosque and feasting on believers. Infidel is caught in the conflict when S.H.O.O.T. arrives, and the narrative takes off from there.
Selma’s artwork for the series fits the story well. His creativity shines through his take on various supernatural creatures and certain characters. Most interesting of whom is Lord Byron, an aging British punk with a rainbow died mohawk, and Kenshin, the Japanese tech guru on the team. His monsters are exceptionally large and menacing, and are brought to life through Marlac’s scorching oranges and yellows. His detailed and clean line work in his illustration of the Vatican near the end of the issue is also worth mentioning.
While ‘The End of the World as We Know It’ trope is probably one of the most common aspects of Speculative Fiction, a full cast of ethnically diverse atheists is not. In fact, Aclin’s “S.H.O.O.T. First” might be the first of its kind. The first installment ends on an unexpected cliffhanger, but not before dropping a major plot twist on the readers to ensure their continued interest in Part 2.
Reviewed by – ShadowJayd
Somehow this great video slipped under our radar until now. However, now is the perfect time to be showing this anyways, so…lucky us! YouTube user JakeWoody has mashed up scenes from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story with the opening credits music and stylistic themes of The Walking Dead.
It’s beautifully executed and works unbelievably well, so get on down to check it out!
Last month Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez told us that original trilogy director Sam Raimi was now focussed on making Army Of Darkness 2. Now it seems as though Bruce Campbell is confirming both his involvement and the fact that the movie will happen.
He told the crowd at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, ““The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here. He then joked, “Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”
But the whole thing isn’t a lark. He ended up on a more serious note and apparently came clean, “Alright sir, the answer is yes.”
I’ll be the first one in line.
It’s October and it’s not only time for us to revisit the horror movies that we know and love but it’s also time for us to introduce our beloved genre to the children around us. One of the places that might be a good place to start is with Goosebumps, the ridiculously popular series from R.L. Stine, be it the books or the TV series. And if you go the latter route, then this video is perfect for you!
YouTube user Metalrr5 has taken the TV theme song (originally composed by Jack Lenz) and given it a serious metal edge, complete with a Ghostface mask. Check it out down below!
The horror classic, The 7th Guest, arrived on Steam last week. Released in 1993, this game had a huge impact on the games industry, thanks to its mature content and use of pre-rendered 3D graphics — two things that weren’t very common at the time — and it even helped push sales of CD-ROMs. Basically, what I’m saying is it was crazy influential and if you haven’t played it already, you now have one less reason not to get it.
If you’re interested in experiencing a bit of video game history, you can now grab The 7th Guest on Steam for $9.99. They also have a bundle, which also includes its sequel, The 11th Hour, for $5 more ($14.99).
Between Outlast, Doorways and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, September was a pretty great month to be a horror fan. I was worried October wouldn’t be able to stack up against it, but between How to Survive (Oct 23), Nazi Zombie Army 2 (Oct 31), Slender: The Arrival’s arrival on Steam and No More Room in Hell, this month may actually be better than the last.
No More Room in Hell supports up to eight players, multiple game modes and a few dozen weapons, and it’s completely free. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can follow the game on Steam Greenlight, but before you do that, I recommend checking out the new trailer I have waiting for you after the break.
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has released a live performance video of “Storytime”, which comes from their last album Imaginaerum. Originally recorded with Anette Olzon, the live video features new vocalist Floor Jensen (Revamp) and the performance is taken from the band’s upcoming live DVD Showtime, Storytime, which comes out December 10th. The performance was recorded at the band’s 2013 show at the Wacken Open Air festival. Head on down to check it out!
Pre-order Showtime, Storytime on Amazon.
Welcome back to our fourth annual 13 Days of Horror series, where we celebrate all things scary because it’s October and that’s what the cool kids do. Every year I do something different, so this year won’t be like the previous three. For the next two weeks, I’ll be playing horror games — a new game every day. If thirteen days of me freaking out sounds fun, you’re going to love this.
If you’d rather play the game yourself, you can get it here.
I’ll admit that prior to this new trailer, I was having a little trouble getting excited for Eko Software’s upcoming zombie arcade game How to Survive. After watching this and seeing how deep the customization and survival systems are, it looks pretty great. State of Decay may have some competition, but we won’t know for sure until this hits Steam, PSN and XBLA on October 23rd. Trailer after the jump!
Rebellion’s follow-up to their cooperative zombie and monster shoot ‘em up will arrive this Halloween, exclusively on PC. If you didn’t play the first game, it’s actually quite a bit of fun, assuming you have some friends to play it with. The first time you get to watch a well-placed shot enter a zombie’s cranium in slow motion is particularly satisfying. I’m looking forward to more of that when Nazi Zombie Army 2 launches on Steam and Rebellion’s GameStore.
After the break I have a brand new trailer for you to enjoy. It shows off some of the game’s creepy new environments. They’re pretty now, but come Halloween, I’ll be painting their walls with the grey squishy brainstuffs of a thousand unsuspecting zombies.
You know a soon-to-be-married couple is going to do well when they share similar passions and interests AND they’re willing to show off that connection in an engagement photo shoot. Cute engaged couple Josh and Van had an engagement photo session scheduled with photographer Brandon Gray, who decided to spice up the shoot by setting the location at the worst possible campground known to horror fans: Camp Crystal Lake.
Now, as if you couldn’t guess it, things started off well and nice and then quickly devolved into a full on slaughter fest. Check out the beautiful, deceased couple below!
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Premium network EPIX gets special with the effects when it presents “All Hallows’ Evil” Halloween marathon, October 30-31. The evening features 9 demonic-plagued films, including the World Premiere of the EPIX Original Documentary “Nightmare Factory” at 8pm on October 30.
“Nightmare Factory”, is a 90-minute documentary about the acclaimed Oscar-winning Hollywood special effects house KNB, responsible for creating “The Walking Dead” zombies and the makeup effects for close to 1000 feature films!!
“Nightmare Factory”, directed by Donna Davies (Zombiemania), is the story of how one Pittsburgh boy’s fascination with monsters drove him to the very top of the Hollywood food chain. In 1989, Greg Nicotero, much to his parents’ chagrin, quit medical school and headed for Hollywood to pursue a dream of making monsters. Together with gore masters Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, Nicotero went on to create KNB EFX Group, one of the most prolific makeup effects studios in the world. After twenty years as the “go to guy” for the world’s most successful horror/sci-fi films, Greg Nicotero is the first one directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez call.
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Those appearing in “Nightmare Factory” include George A. Romero, John Carpenter, John Landis, Tom Savini, Frank Darabont, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden.
Farah Al-Hakkak (ShadowJayd) and Lonnie Nadler (Lonmonster) are back to showcase more first-rate horror artwork from the finest artists the comics industry has to offer. This week, the Visions of Horror spotlight will be shining on Ghastly Award winner Riley Rossmo, and his critically acclaimed work on Kurtis J. Wiebe’s “Green Wake”. Specifically, Bloody-Disgusting will look at his wicked cover art for issue #2, as well as a particularly powerful page from issue #5. So, without further ado, kindly hit the jump to check his pieces out.
In 2006, Canadian artist Riley Rossmo broke into the comic book industry through AIT/Planet Lar, thanks to his collaborative work with Alex Grecian on “Seven Sons”. Together, they went on to create an ongoing series called “Proof”, which was published by Image Comics the following year. His subsequent — and notable — work with the aforementioned publishing company quickly helped him establish a name for himself, and even garnered Hollywood attention from Disney and Universal Studios. The latter is set to bring Rossmo and A.J. Lieberman’s “Cowboy Ninja Viking” series to life in a film adaptation directed by World War Z’s Marc Forster. How rad is that?
In 2011, Rossmo and Kurtis J. Wiebe’s psychological horror series “Green Wake” was released. Though the book flew under the radar, it received high critical praise, and the book — along with its creative team — received a number of well-deserved nominations and awards for their exceptional work. Wiebe was named Outstanding Comic Book Writer by the Joe Shuster Awards, and “Green Wake” won a 2011 Ghastly Award for ‘Best New Series’ alongside Rossmo, who was named ‘Best Artist’.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it’s a remarkable murder mystery story of loss and horror, set in the forgotten town of Green Wake. The residents deal with confusing memory lapses and can never leave; and it’s rife with insanely messed up — though incredibly significant — imagery involving grisly murders and gross monsters that just drip through Rossmo’s pencils and colours. Fitting the dark tone of the series perfectly, his surreal artwork is moody, gritty, dramatically evocative and strikingly atmospheric. His manically unique style is so distinguishably his that Rossmo’s confidence in his art shines through his frenetically loose presentation on paper. His jagged, unclean lines, while chaotic in nature, are purposefully illustrated and fit exceptionally well with Wiebe’s world.
The splash page from issue #5 (below) is one of the most memorable from the series, revealing all of the traumatic events of protagonist Morley Mack’s past in just two pages. “Green Wake” is one of those books that feels so intimate yet so vast at the same time, and this piece is testament to the amount of work, care, and creativity put into the series by both Rossmo and Wiebe.
The page depicts Morley’s dark history with his lover, from wedding to death, in a stunning arrangement. Rossmo guides the reader’s eye across an array of images, evoking feelings of dread, sorrow, and pleasure simultaneously. He seamlessly brings all these elements together with his signature sketchy line work and vibrant colors, making for one of the most memorable splash pages of the series. It’s a shame the book was cut short, as we only got a glimpse of the expansive nightmarish world that was Green Wake.
Rossmo donated this fantastic Batwoman & Swamp Thing piece to the Fourth Annual San Diego Comic-Con Autograph Card CBLDF/TFAW Auction. It’s not related to “Green Wake”, but we love it. So look at it.
Next up from Riley Rossmo is his book “Drumhellar”. The first issue drops in November 6th, 2013.
If you want Bloody Disgusting to cover one of your favourite horror artists, or a fantastic piece of horror-related comic book art, head down to the comment section, or hit up Farah or Lonnie on Twitter.
Mondo will celebrate EC Comics & “Tales From The Crypt” this Halloween with a gallery show that will run from October 25 through November 23. Thirty-plus artists will honor one of the greatest horror television shows of all time and its origins in EC Comics, which produced some of the most original and striking horror artwork, inspiring a generation of artists and genre fans. The gallery show will feature original works of art and blood-drenched screen prints.
Bloody Disgusting has your exclusive first look at the 7″ vinyl releases that will be available at the gallery show next Friday….
The gallery opening on Friday, October 25 will be from 7:00 – 10:00pm with regular hours to follow for the show’s duration. The Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX.
Here’s a full roster of artists for the gallery show: Angryblue, Jacob Bannon, Florian Bertmer, Mike Budai, Jack Davis, Luke Drozd, Jason Edmiston, Graham Erwin, James Flames, Francesco Francavilla, Ken Garduno, Michael Hacker, Shane Hillman, Brandon Holt, Alex R. Kirzhner, Shawn K. Knight, Kraken, Jeff Lemire, Drew Millward, Chris Mooneyham, Phantom City Creative, Ed Piskor, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Jim Rugg, Neal Russler, Scarecrowoven, Eric Skillman, William Stout, Ken Taylor, Ash Thorp, Mark Todd, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Bruce White, and Christ Wright.
Tales From The Crypt 7″
Side A) Tales From The Crypt theme song by Danny Elfman
Side B) The Crypt Jam
Edition of 500
Artwork by ‘Ghoulish’ Gary Pullin, featuring Die-Cut jacket & Black vinyl.
Edition of 250
Artwork by Randy Ortiz, featuring Blood Red vinyl w/ Black haze
Edition of 250
Artwork by ‘Ghoulish’ Gary Pullin, featuring Slime Green vinyl.
Fresh off an acting break to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Haley Joel Osment – the kid from The Sixth Sense – has landed a pair of indie comedies, one of which is the Kevin Smith-helmed Tusk, Deadline reports.
In Tusk, Osment will play Teddy, whose best friend and podcast co-host (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Canada. He joins forces with his friend’s girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) to search for him.
This was the first time I’ve seen the movie referred to as a “comedy”, which fascinates me a bit. I always thought Human Centipede 2 was a comedy (I’m not being facetious), so I’m curious what that film with Smith’s comedy would look like. I am definitely intrigued…
Production begins next month in North Carolina and LA.
There’s nothing better than diving into some classic 1950s horror comics at this time of year. These stories have a special je ne sais quoi that you just don’t get from modern horror comics. Thankfully, we have IDW and Yoe Books bringing us another issue of “Haunted Horror”, packed with short stories from the best the comics industry has ever seen. Hit the jump to read the full “Wings of Death” story from Frank Giacoia, as featured in “Haunted Horror” #7, in stores October 23rd.
WRITTEN BY: Various
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: October 23rd, 2013
Listen to what fans are screaming about our full color reprints of banned 1950s comics:
“The dead walk again in Haunted Horror!” -Martin Hirchak
“Haunted Horror is absolutely disgusting, gory, & VERY entertaining!” -Tommy Stanziola
“From straight A student to teen junkie, the stories in this ghoulish gallery made me the man I am today!” -Ghastly Gilbert Smith
“The stories the Comics Code Authority didn’t think you could handle!” -Sean MacLellan
Friday has arrived!!! It’s time to cut loose, have a few drinks, pick up a lady or two (Who am I kidding? I’m alone all the time), and then get handcuffed to her bathtub and chainsawed in half!
Wait, what?!?! Oh yeah! That’s the premise of the new music video from Canadian punk rockers The Creepshow! Head on down below to check out their latest fare in the form of “The Devil’s Son”, which comes from their upcoming album Life After Death (out October 22nd, so pre-order here). Oh, and keep your eyes peeled to the site on Monday as we’ll have a very special treat for all you fans of the band!
The first expansion for Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, will introduce a new class, the Crusader, and a bevy of new enemies, quests and environments. I had some worries that it wouldn’t come to consoles, but it looks like those worries may have been unfounded as Blizzard just confirmed they’re also bringing it to the PlayStation 4. They promise it will make full use of the console’s social features and DualShock 4′s touchpad. It’ll be playable at BlizzCon next month (Nov 8-9), if you plan on attending.
No word yet on whether or not this will also come to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but I sure hope it will. I just got my Monk to level 50 — she’s a total badass — so I’d very much like to kick the Reaper’s undead hiney in this expansion.