Horror legend Clive Barker and rising star Brandon Seifert continue their work on Hellraiser this week with “Hellraiser: The Dark Watch” #9. Elliott Spencer’s new role will finally be revealed as the war in Hell gets even hotter. Check out the exclusive preview below, courtesy of BOOM! Studios.
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
ART BY: Tom Garcia
COVER: Sami Makkonen
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: October 16th, 2013
As the wars between Hells heat up, Elliott Spencer’s new role in the battle is revealed, while Tiffany tries to figure out where she fits in the new world order.
While Machete Kills didn't exactly light up the box office, its star, Danny Trejo, cannot possibly be shining any more bright. Just in time for AFM we have the sales art for his newest flick, A Voodoo Possession. Yeah, we'd expect an eventual title change.
Directed by Walter Boholst for Red Sea Media, A Voodoo Possession explores what happens “When a man must search for his missing brother in a Haitian insane asylum he discovers that all of the patients are possessed by an evil voodoo spirit hungry for sacrifices of blood.”
Haitian insane asylum? Yep! We are IN! More on this one soon!
This month, Titan Books is releasing “Great Showdowns: The Return”, a hardback collection from acclaimed artist Scott Campbell, chronicling some of the greatest confrontations in movie history. These pictures are adorable and epic at the same time. Titan hooked us up with a collection of Scott’s horror themed Showdowns including, The Shining, 28 Days Later, Hellraiser, and more for you to feats your eyes on.
They’re back! Following the bestselling first volume, here’s an all-new collection of artist Scott C’s strangely good- natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters.
Marty vs Biff. The Tramp vs a shoe. George Bailey vs his wonderful life, and hordes more… Scott Campbell’s inimitable Great Showdowns return, bigger, better and more sequel-er than ever, with even more charming confrontations between his favorite movie heroes, villains and, occasionally, inanimate objects.
Be it Leonidas vs the Persian Empire or Mookie vs the Right Thing, there’s always a good-natured struggle to be had. These memorable moments of melee deserve to be celebrated — again! Behold, the Return of The Great Showdowns Featuring a foreword by Edgar Wright.
Scott Campbell’s watercolor paintings can be found in magazines, comics, children’s books, video games, and galleries around the world. His projects include illustrations for the children’s books Zombie In Love and East Dragon, West Dragon, and art direction for the video games Psychonauts and Brutal Legendfrom Double Fine Productions.
With Maniac hitting home video, there's some great news breaking for collectors of VHS! That's right, kids! You can get one of the best damned movies of the year on VHS complete with stellar clamshell case and Mondo artwork! Dig it!
From the Press Release
A disturbed young man who gives the mannequins in his story some very lifelike touches is the monster at the center of the shocker of the year. Elijah Wood, in a role unlike any he has ever undertaken, stars in MANIAC, the new macabre masterpiece from the creator of the hit thrillers High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes. The film slashes its way onto Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films on October 15, 2013. MANIAC will also be released as a highly sought after collectible edition VHS through MONDO VIDEO. A total of 500 copies of this limited edition will be available in a clamshell case with a randomly inserted purple cassette.
In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life. To the outside world, he's a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet façade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him.
When a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House) appears one day at Frank's shop and asks for his help with her new exhibition, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to completely destroy his already fragile psyche. Soon the streets become unsafe for any woman after dark as this newly awakened maniac begins to stalk and kill.
A remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell's 1980 cult classic of the same name, MANIAC, was written by Aja Alexandre, the screenwriter of The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension and Mirrors. The film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
“Ghosted” writer, Joshua Williamson, assembles a chillingly effective tale that’s thoroughly engrossing, and intelligently crafted; with intense and masterfully rendered illustrations from Goran Sudzuka, that easily rank amongst his finest in the series so far.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Goran Sudzuka
PUBLISHER: Image Comics / Skybound Comics
RELEASE: October 9, 2013
The creative team behind “Ghosted” #4 produce a moody eeriness on paper that builds and sustains its narrative suspense, until its eagerly anticipated cliffhanger ending. Everything Williamson and Sudzuka present in this supernatural-horror crime series is undeniably significant to the overall storyline, and nothing in the script or art is seemingly left to chance. Thanks to a deft literary hand, a fantastic attention to detail, and some deliciously entertaining performances from an eclectic cast of characters — as scripted and illustrated by writer and artist — the latest installment proves to be another hit for Image Comics; and the best issue of the series thus far.
Back inside the secluded Trask Mansion, the story revolves around the paranormal experts’ latest plan to steal a ghost for Markus Schrecken’s supernatural artifacts collection. Like all good aspects of paranormal-horror, this plan deals with possession and exorcism; but unfortunately, it doesn’t work out as smoothly as the team expects. Though, expecting things to work out in your favour whilst conducting unethical business inside a haunted mansion, might be asking for a little too much. That said, if it wasn’t for the numerous unexpected, and disturbing, events consequently transpiring through Jackson and his team’s interference within the house of horrors, this series wouldn’t be half as exciting as it currently is.
Williamson orchestrates all his major plot developments wonderfully. He knows how to build up to the frightening scenes slowly and delicately, teasing the readers and making them anticipate the critical moments without getting detached from the story. Evidently, since issue #1, there have been recurring dialogical warnings, delivered by certain characters, to be out of the mansion by nightfall. It was only a matter of time before Williamson trapped our favourite characters inside. What’s brilliant about the end of this issue, as well as what readers can anticipate for the next, is the inevitable deterioration of the unit once faced with one of the most primal human fears: being confined in an isolated house. Considering it’s a haunted house with murderous ghosts and evil spirits, that makes it all the more terrifying.
The art by Sudzuka, with the help of colorist Miroslav Mrva, achieves a level of atmosphere both inviting, and foreboding. Illustrating mostly darkened interiors within the Trask Mansion, Sudzuka and Mrva create an environment of impending danger, layering on the shadows, and forgoing a lighter palette, as usual. The artist’s creepy interpretation of a character possessed by an evil spirit is perfect, and fits the horror genre well. His last three pages are of particular note as well. They show an abundance of fantastically drawn spirits, swooping and gliding through the walls and emerging from the ground in an eerily intimidating fashion. Nighttime at the Trask Mansion is going to be wickedly frightening now that horror has taken the front seat. The next installment can’t come soon enough.
Reviewed by – ShadowJayd
In the remake of the South Korean film, Oldboy, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) has been kidnapped and locked away in solitary confinement for twenty years. After being suddenly released, Joe seeks revenge against the people responsible for his imprisonment. One of those responsible is Haeng-Bok, who happens to be the bodyguard of a mysterious stranger.
At the New York Comic, Bloody-Disgusting participated in the roundtable interview with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend), actress Pom Klementieff (Sleepless Night), who plays Haeng-Bok, and Michael Imperioli (Sopranos), who plays Joe’s best friend, Chucky. Our man on the scene, Jorge Solis, was able to able to ask them what director Spike Lee brings to the American remake.
Bloody-Disgusting: Tell me about how the barroom brawl between Haeng-Bok and Joe Doucett came about.
Mark Protosevich: You can probably answer that better than I can! [Laughs]
Pom Klementieff: Yeah that’s for me! I had to train for two months with amazing stuntmen on the movie, with J.J. Perry, David Wald, and Jeff Bart. Yes the choreography is not in the script actually, maybe the last one.
MP: The thing is, you can write an action scene, and you actually write them fairly detailed, at least I like to, but when they’re on the set, and the stunt coordinators working with the actors and the stunt people, it becomes this whole other thing. And with Spike working with them, it takes on a life of its own. I can have a vision of it in my head, but when you get to the set and working with the actors, it becomes this whole other thing.
PK: Yeah, we’re wondering if we had to do more Asian-style, like Tae-Kwan Do, or street style. We worked on it with the stuntmen.
BD: Tell me about working with director, Spike Lee, again after “Summer of Sam” and “Clockers,” and how you managed to keep the collaboration fresh each time.
Michael Imperioli: This is my sixth Spike Lee joint. But it had been almost 17 years since the last time we worked together. Actually no, we did a commercial in-between somewhere. The thing about Spike is he’s really collaborative. He really wants input.
I forget which movie it was. Oh! “Clockers!” I show up on the set. “I rewrote the whole scene, Spike.” He goes, “Okay. I’ll see it when we rehearse.” Like he didn’t say, ” What do you mean? Let’s look at it.” Then I went and I did the scene. He was like, “All right. Keep everything, except the second line. Then use the original.” That was it.
But I mean, it’s really what you want to bring. He really tries to cast people who are going to bring a lot. He encourages that. And, the great thing is you rehearse. A lot of directors don’t rehearse before production starts. I flew to New Orleans a month before I worked. I rehearsed for a couple of days. The other actors were there, I think Josh was there much longer. Go through the dialogue. See what works. What comes out of your mouth in a good way. What else do you want to add? Flesh things through. And it’s a very collaborative process.
I think for something like this, that’s really kind of a genre film. It’s not a movie you’d associate with Spike Lee. He’s such a very character-driven director. But, to have those two things, operating at the same time, it’s really interesting.
Interview by Jorge Solis
Archie’s glowing new zombie series (my review here) made quite the splash last week, selling out on the retail level in under 5 hours at Diamond. In case you couldn’t snag a copy, “Afterlife with Archie” #1 will receive a second printing with a brand new cover from Francesco Francavilla. Moral of the story, if you want the book, order it from your LCS.
Official Press Release:
NEW YORK – October 14, 2013 – Afterlife with Archie, the brand new ongoing series written by Harvey award winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s The Stand) and Eisner award winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle) sold out in less than 5 hours at Diamond and will be immediately going back for a 2nd printing.
The highly anticipated horror series dominated New York Comic Con and has received rave reviews from notable comic and news sites including THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, USA TODAY, HUFFINGTON POST, FANGORIA MAGAZINE, IGN, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES, NEWSARAMA, BLEEDING COOL, BLOODY DISGUSTING and many more.
“It is blood-soaked and wonderful” — Complex Magazine
“Afterlife With Archie #1 not only surpasses expectations, it’s one of the few truly scary comics in recent memory” — Comic Book Resources
“A genuinely terrifying horror comic that looks absolutely stunning” — IGN
“It’s everything about Archie taken to this moody, blood-soaked extreme, and Francavilla’s art hits that note with absolute perfection” — Comics Alliance
“Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa bridges the world of horror and Archie in a way you never thought possible” — Comic Vine
Series artist Francavilla created a special cover for the 2nd printing of Afterlife With Archie #1. The debut issue was the fastest selling Archie comic of all time and is Archie’s first direct market only series ever, taking the Archie characters in a dark, horror inspired direction.
**Archie Comics urges consumers to order Afterlife With Archie #1 and future issues through their local comic shop as the series has already generated buzz from all corners of the media and will continue to do so in the coming months with more sold out issues anticipated.
Afterlife with Archie, the most anticipated new horror series of 2013, is exclusively available at your local comic shop and digitally on the Afterlife with Archie App.
The Colony is a sharp-looking survival thriller that’s actually a zombie movie in disguise. The baddies here aren’t technically zombies, but they’re set up just be be mowed down and massacred much like they are in the horror fare that’s so popular today. At least they’re slaughtered in an interesting environment – one that harkens back to claustrophobic terrors like Aliens and the more recent film The Divide. But The Colony suffers from too many half-assed ideas, unfortunately, making the showdown at the end feel terribly anti-climactic. It’s got a lot going for it, especially the terrific cast, but in the end it’s nothing more than a glossy cinematic shrug.
Following another ice age, the surviving humans form colonies and shack up inside industrial-looking outposts. One such location is headed up by Briggs (Laurence Fishburn), a natural leader trying his damndest to keep everyone from killing one another under the extreme circumstances. Fishburn’s really good at this kinda role – he manages an authoritative tone without sounding like a dick. If he wasn’t acting he’d be a great shift manager at Starbucks.
One of the biggest issues at Briggs’ colony is the way they’re handling sick people. In the past, a flu bug killed off a bunch of people, so they’re not screwing around when it comes to the sniffles. When someone is confirmed sick, they have the option of walking off into the icy wasteland, where they’ll surely freeze to death, or taking a bullet to the head. The colony executioner, Mason (Bill Paxton), is starting to jump the gun, literally. Rather than give people a choice, he’s bucking them down on sight. Paxton is wonderfully menacing as Mason. Even if he does have the best intentions, he displays the first evidence of shrinking humanity.
The loss of humanity and how far we’ll go to survive are the big themes in the film. These ideas don’t really break the surface though when hordes of feral, blood-thirsty humans are you’re only enemy. C’mon, of course ya gotta kill those bastards. See, the colony gets a distress signal from a neighboring settlement. Unable to contact them, Briggs and two others head over to see what’s what. When the team arrives at the other colony, they find humans who have been inexplicably reduced to a pack of frothing cannibals.
They also come across a huge revelation that could possibly lead to the end of the crippling ice age. But instead of exploring this life-saving progression, The Colony makes it pointless by completely tossing it aside in favor of a dull chase-kill-chase-kill formula. None of the ideas and conflicts brought up in the film are ever really explored, which significantly lowers the stakes of the action. If writer/director Jeff Renfroe had stuck with one idea – dehumanization of colonists, feral cannibals, thawing salvation, how Laurence Fishburn would make a great barista – and really dug into it, The Colony wouldn’t feel so trifling.
It’s not all garbage though. Like I mentioned earlier, the cast is great, including Kevin Zegers who plays Sam, the Florence Nightingale of the colony. He has some intense moments with Mason near the end as his character is transformed from reluctant hero to extreme survivalist. I’m not sure what the significance of his arc is – it muddles the film’s loose message about humanity a bit – but it’s a pleasantly gory moment to watch. The world-building is terrific too. The filmmakers did a good job of creating an epic-scale with a small budget.
There isn’t anything to really sink your teeth into though. The Colony presents a lot of ideas, then fails to address them in any meaningful way. It’s a forgettable survival horror flick that wants to be a heady sci-fi thriller. It had potential but it’s squandered so a bunch of snarling cannibals can get slaughtered. Ah well.
The Colony is presented in 1080p in 2.35:1 widescreen. This is a dark film with some deep, deep shadows. The Blu-ray’s crisp contrast highlights them nicely. Detail is great as well. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track displays nice range – both inside the echoey industrial colony and outside, where the wind howls. Nothing particularly good stands out in the audio, but it’s a perfectly fine track.
The only feature is a 10-minute look behind the scenes. This is your pretty standard BTS, with the actors talking about their characters and why they were interested in the project.
Nick Robinson, one of the breakout stars of The Kings of Summer, is landing a leading role in Jurassic World, Universal’s latest installment of the Jurassic Park movie series, says THR.
Robinson is in talks to join Bryce Dallas Howard and likely Ty Simpkins, the kid actor from Iron Man 3 who is expected to receive an offer soon.
Logline details are being kept secret but Robinson will play the older brother to Simpkins’s character. The movie is being built as an ensemble.
Colin Trevorrow is directing the movie, which is being produced by Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. Steven Spielberg, who is heavily involved in the casting process, is exec producing.
Jamie Madrox is back again with another Dark Horse Comics review. This time, he takes on Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s “Baltimore: The Plague Ships”.
After careful consideration and a few impromptu conversations with some of the local comic shops I ventured into, I chose “Baltimore – The Plague Ships” by Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden with art by Ben Stenbeck and colors by Dave Stewart as my fourth comic title to read and review from Dark Horse Books.
The main story is about a character named Lord Baltimore and his quest for a particular vampire called Haigus who has a horrible scar and a missing right eye.
During a war in France, Baltimore and his troops were defeated and left for dead. As they lie there, most dead and the rest quickly dieing, giant vampire bats flew down out of the sky to feed off the still warm blood of the fallen. Baltimore, still alive, grabbed a bayonet blade and slashed the face of the bat that was trying to feed off him, kicking off what becomes a war between him and and the vampire know as Haigus.
Joined by a witch’s granddaughter, Vanessa, Baltimore and her jump aboard a ship and set sail to find Haigus but soon become faced with an all new type of infected evil in the form of fungus zombies.
This book has it all, a main character / hero with a wooden leg that kicks ass, vampires, infection, fungus zombies, a plague and monstrous villains.
Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden deliver on the story aspect making the reader’s crave for more with the turn of every page and the dark timely mood is perfectly established courtesy of Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart.
Pick up Freaks of the Heartland from ‘Baltimore: The Plague Ships’ here.
Written by Kevin Kennedy, @thekevmiester
Set in Vetigo’s ‘Fables’ universe written by Bill Willingham, The Wolf Among Us is the latest game from Telltale Games. Instead of getting straight into the second season of The Walking Dead, they instead decided to go in a completely different direction. While the engine, mechanics and story telling techniques are similar, the tone and style is fairly different, How does it pay off?
The story is set in the New York area of Fabletown, a ‘safe haven’ for fairy tale characters that have been exiled from their home land and forced to make a living in the real world with some fairing better than others. The sheriff of Fabletown is Bigby, AKA the Big Bad Wolf, who is trying to shake off his evil past of blowing down houses and eating grannies and make a decent name for himself. When fairy tale characters (who also go by the name ‘Fables’) start showing up dead, it’s up to Bigby to sort things out. The first episode largely sees him team up with Snow White as they chase down leads.
As bonkers as that plot description sounds, the game pulls it off brilliantly. While the tone is grim, thankfully The Wolf Among Us doesn’t take itself too seriously. After all it is a detective story featuring characters from Sleepy Hollow to Snow White. Dragging these fairy tales kicking and screaming into the real world and hearing Beast complain about his multiple jobs or watching the Huntsman drink himself into a stupor is very comical and the game knows it, though that doesn’t mean you can’t come to care or sympathise with these characters.
Speaking of the characters, they’re all great. From the Huntsman to the Big Bad Wolf himself, there are no stock characters here; everybody has baggage and seems to be striving for some form of redemption. Fables are immortal or can at least live for a long time, time enough to reflect on past mistakes. Snow White may come off as weak when compared to the other more colorful cast members, but even she is well defined and relatable. A few characters only briefly show up, as if to just set themselves up for further appearances (the Beauty and the Beast cameo wis very noticeable in that exception) but quite frankly I can’t wait to see more of these characters and what they have to bring to the story.
While the game features similar choice moments as The Walking Dead and has many similar features, they are quite different beasts. The Walking Dead was a dour tale of survival and humanity, The Wolf Among Us is very much a noir detective story. Whereas Lee would run from danger, Bigby calmly swaggers into it.
The only real drawback in terms of story is that it behaves very much like a first episode because, well, it is. A third or so of the episode is mainly about dolling out exposition to the player, which is where the Walking Dead had it easy; there, the only exposition needed regarded Lee’s past and that was a deliberately kept in the dark. This time, there is an entire world with it’s own government, rules, settings and characters with varied pasts to get across, as such the tale takes a while before it gets truly interesting. I’m still not entirely sure why the characters moved to Fabletown, there is the occasional mention of something called “The Exodus” but that’s all.
Also, and this may be simply a personal preference, but I find opening text scrawls, akin to Star Wars, to be a fairly useless trick in storytelling. Don’t tell, show. Though I’m just nit picking now; things are never boring, infact the intro is great fun, it just may take a while before you are truly invested until the main storyline kicks in and the game starts to feel more confident in itself.
A touch less exposition may actually have improved my enjoyment though as by the end of the first episode, I was so invested that I actually started reading up on the characters when bio pages were unlocked. Not since Mass Effect was I so keen to read more about a game’s world and relished seeing the “more fable pages unlocked” icon in the corner of the screen.
All in all, The Wolf Among Us gets off to a great start and with the story and characters largely set up now, I can only see things getting better in the coming episodes.
If you’ve played The Walking Dead, you know what to expect in terms of gameplay, in fact The Wolf Among Us is almost identical. You’ll walk about rooms searching for little circles to click, hit quick time events when it’s time for action and will constantly get confused when given control of Bigby and end up walking in the wrong direction.
The fight scenes solely consist of quick-time events which have you hammering buttons and clicking on circles. Again, if you’ve played The Walkin Dead you’ll find nothing new. The circle clicks are as tense as ever and every so often hammering on the button is useless for story reasons which is a nice touch. The main difference this time around is that the fight scenes are more fun than tense. Like previously mentioned, Lee would rather avoid fights, but Bigby trashes entire rooms and pubs in this first episode.
The controls may not be great, but quite frankly who cares? They work well enough that I never felt that any mistake made wasn’t my fault. The timer on conversations can still feel punishing at times as taking in four different responses on a time limit is no easy task, but other than that it controls as well as it needs too.
The Wolf Among Us is quite a cool game to look at. While the The Walking Dead was quite drab and lifeless to fit it’s world, The Wolf Among Us has a dark, noir aesthetic to it, with moody shadows and cell-shaded graphics helping set the mood. There is the occasional splat of neon color, but for the most part the color palate is rather select, as such the game looks a lot better during night time. Far more impressive are the character designs, from anthropomorphic Toads to little piggies. The music is also cool, I had the main menu music playing whilst writing this review. While the jump to the opening credits is a little jarring, the sights and sounds all come together to make an extremely appealing package. The operative word here, of course, is cool. A very cool game.
The Final Word: A very stylish, unique and cool game with a first episode that definitely leaves you wanting more. I honestly spent the rest of the day after completion thinking about little else. As much as I was anticipating season 2 of The Walking Dead, I’d much rather see more of this series. The first episode was over far too soon for my liking and the rest of the series can’t come soon enough.Telltale Games are on fire right now and I dearly hope it doesn’t go out any time soon.
If there was a bright spot in the original V/H/S anthology, it was Radio Silence's haunting entry, which just blew us away. That's why we're really jazzed to see what the guys have cooked up for their feature film debut. Speaking of which...
Twentieth Century Fox has set a date for Radio Silence’s Devil’s Due, featuring “Terra Nova’s” Allison Miller (pictured) and “Friday Night Lights” star Zach Gilford.
The flick is expected to open in theaters everywhere January 17, 2014, hoping to capitalize on the success of The Devil Inside, which performed insanely well in January 2012. Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens January 3, 2014, which means the month will see the release of two found-footage horror movies.
Penned by Lindsay Devlin, the plot of Devil’s Due is being kept secret but is described as female-driven with horror elements. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett directed for Radio Silence.
We told you that the haunting new flick House of Bad is set to hit DVD this December, and right now we have the official artwork and home video trailer right here on tap for you. Check 'em out!
House of Bad, winner of the fan favorite award at the 2013 Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival, is being released by Osiris Entertainment on VOD and DVD December 3rd.
The film features an electric mix of young up-and-coming stars including Sadie Katz, Clint Jung, Heather L. Tyler, Cheryl Sands, and Lisamarie Costabile.
Written and directed by Jim Towns, House of Bad tells of three sisters on the run with a suitcase full of stolen drugs, yearning to break free from their sordid pasts. When the eldest sister, Teig (Tyler), decides they’re going to hide out in their old, abandoned family house, its painful memories quickly become too real to fight off. Unable to distinguish dreams from reality, this attempt at a new lease on life turns into a race for survival.
Travel deeper into the House of Bad over on the film's official website!
I’m actually one of the people onboard with the new RoboCop, although Alex Murphy’s near-demise is so incredibly lame it’s alarming.
And with the trailer, we’ve seen multiple versions of the RoboCop armor, from classic to stealth black. But this is the one I like the most…
Figures.com writes that San Diego Comic-Con this past summer revealed that Square Enix was doing a Play Arts Kai action figure of RoboCop based on the original 1987 film. Now, New York Comic Con unveiled two new additions based on the upcoming 2014 reboot, starring Joel Kinnaman at Murphy and the title character.
While release and pricing is still to be decided, fans can look forward to a sleek silver Robocop 1.0 (pictured) and what appears to be a more advanced Robocop 3.0 (see that pic here) all in black. Personally, I love that you can see his spine in the armor, which is crazy cool looking. I just hope the movie, in theaters February 7, 2014, is good…
Not to be confused with Tobe Hooper's Djinn, word has come this morning that another horrific genie is being let out of the proverbial bottle, and will be wreaking havoc at a theatre near you.
From the Press Release
Detroit-based Exxodus Pictures and Freestyle Releasing announce North American wide theatrical release date of April 4, 2014 for JINN, a tension filled supernatural thriller. The film, written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad was produced by Ahmad, Benjamin Dresser, Alan Noel Vega and stars Dominic Rains (“Flight 93”), Serinda Swan (USA’s “Graceland”), Ray Park (“Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”), Faran Tahir (“Elysium”) and William Atherton (“Die Hard”). Richard Mandell, Najam Syed and Shahid Syed executive produced the film for Exxodus.
The amazing story of JINN involves ancient mythological beings that have rarely been explored in US cinemas. The premise of the jinn concept, known to over 1 billion people around the world, involves ghost-like entities and revolves around creation mythology.
Already generating a substantial amount of early attention, this is the first film to accurately introduce and portray the jinn concept. JINN is also unique in that the vehicle used in the action sequences in the film, known as the “Firebreather,” was designed by the director, Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, and is the first vehicle in motion picture history available to the public for purchase. The “Firebreather” is a V8, 618 horsepower super exotic American muscle car with 50 limited editions being produced as the exact replica of the vehicle in the film. The car, several of which have already been sold, was designed by Exxodus to honor their hometown by creating modern design that fuses the soul of classic, American muscle.
The distribution deal was negotiated by Freestyle’s Co-President Mark Borde, Head of Acquisitions Chris Charalambous and Richard Mandell and Najam Syed from Exxodus Pictures.
“The Exxodus team and I are very excited to be releasing JINN to the world. We have a tremendous responsibility to live up to the collective imagination of the people that already know about the jinn as well as revealing the concept to those who have never heard of it. Freestyle Releasing is the perfect partner as they have had many successes in the genre and we feel they understand the originality of the concept,” said Exxodus’ Ahmad.
“We are happy to be distributing a film that will introduce western audiences to an entirely new, entirely different supernatural concept, and I know that our team is excited to get this movie out to the public,” said Freestyle’s Borde.
Freestyle Releasing is responsible for distributing some of the most successful independent films, including THE ILLUSIONIST, THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY, AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, BOTTLE SHOCK, THE COLLECTOR, ME AND ORSON WELLES.
In the beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten this third race ever existed. It is time for him to remember.
New installments of "Sleepy Hollow" return on November 4th with Episode 1.06, "Join, or Die," featuring guest stars John Noble and James Frain. We don't have the official synopsis yet, but we do have a preview!
In three weeks the Horseman returns, and it gets personal. Secrets, sins, and sacrifice - November 4th on Fox!
In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
Are you a little bummed out that we recently finished up our Outlast playthrough? It’s over, sure, but that only means we’re free to play another horror game — possibly even a better one. I think we should celebrate the end of that epic playthrough with a retrospective, of sorts.
I hope your body is ready, because I’m about to unleash an Outlast Montage.
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Sony Pictures and MGM will release Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie on October 18th. In the film, Julianne Moore plays Margaret White with her own patented brand of religious vengeance, more than making the part her own. I recently spoke with her about the benefits of re-adapting Stephen King’s book and how the process allowed her to step out of the shadow of the role’s previous inhabitant, Piper Laurie.
“Carrie tells the supernatural tale of a telekinetic teenage girl tormented by her peers. The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.”
Chloë Grace Moretz, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer, and Portia Doubleday also star.
Red Sea Media is also delivering a new Danny Trejo horror flick at next month’s American Film Market as the Machete star is featured in A Voodoo Possession.
Directed by Walter Boholst, “When a man must search for his missing brother in a Haitian insane asylum he discovers that all of the patients are possessed by an evil voodoo spirit hungry for sacrifices of blood.”
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A disturbed young man who gives the mannequins in his story some very lifelike touches is the monster at the center of the shocker of the year. Elijah Wood, in a role unlike any he has ever undertaken, stars in Maniac (review), the new macabre masterpiece from the creator of the hit thrillers High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes.
The film slashes its way onto Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films on October 15, 2013.
Maniac will also be released as a highly sought after collectible edition VHS through Mondo Video. A total of 500 copies of this limited edition will be available in a clamshell case with a randomly inserted purple cassette.
“In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life. To the outside world, he’s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet façade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him.
“When a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House) appears one day at Frank’s shop and asks for his help with her new exhibition, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to completely destroy his already fragile psyche. Soon the streets become unsafe for any woman after dark as this newly awakened Maniac begins to stalk and kill.”
A remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell’s 1980 cult classic of the same name, Maniac, was written by Aja Alexandre, the screenwriter of The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension and Mirrors. The film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
Special features on the BD/DVD release will include: Commentary, feature length making-of that covers all aspects of production, deleted scenes, and alt poster gallery
Bloody-Disgusting.com hailed it as “the single best horror film of the year.” “A shocker of a remake, equal parts stylish and scuzzy,” raved Rob Nelson of Variety. “Each killing is suffused with a strangely surreal empathy for both murderer and victim that recalls Jonathan Demme’s genre-redefining The Silence of the Lambs,” said Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York. “This is down and dirty genre filmmaking,” said The Hollywood Reporter’s Meghan Lehmann. Nicholas Rapold, writing in The New York Times, called the film as “efficiently grisly.”