Review: Joe Hill's 'Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland' #4

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:39

A thrilling nail-biter, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #4 never lets its readers off its hooks. Based on Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed novel, “NOS4A2,” readers will surely be drawn to this new breed of vampire known as Charlie Manx. If you loved the novel, you must definitely get your hands on this prequel.

WRITTEN BY: Joe Hill
ART BY: Charles Paul Wilson III
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 26th, 2013

Three hardened criminals have escaped from the law and found help from an unlikely source. Afraid to get caught, the three fugitives locked themselves to the backseat of a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. As they pass by the numerous police blockades, the Wraith driver, Charlie Manx, is actually taking them on a terrifying ride to Hell. Known only as Christmasland, they will find a place to hide, a chance to redeem themselves, and meet their own deaths. Whatever is inside Christmasland doesn’t want them to leave.

This is where writer Joe Hill lets loose on the scares and shocks as Christmasland springs to life. Now we actually see the bloody carnage that goes on behind the steel gates. Hill uses the themes of Christmas and turns it into a gory bloodbath. Charlie Manx’s diabolic minions were previously innocent children who died under mysterious circumstances. Now that these children have no souls, evil can run amok with no morals. Readers will be asking themselves, who’s worse? Charlie or his band of evil children?

Hill also manages to take on a topical issue through the back-story of criminal, Llewellyn. Forced to take matters into his own hands, Llewellyn went after the hospital and doctor who turned down his dying son because he had no healthcare. With an honest message at its core, Hill really hits home with his social commentary about universal healthcare. Though he is guilty of his crimes, Llewellyn walks the line between redemption and punishment as he pays for his sins at Christmasland.

Artist Charles Paul Wilson III illustrates with ease the devilish smiles of Charlie Manx’s evil children. Using the theme of Christmas, the evil children dress up as the Nutcracker, the Mad Hatter, firemen, and doctors. Letting the blood flow in the panels, Manx’s minions play operation on a prison guard and chop off his leg while he’s screaming. I know the children are supposed to be vampires but it’s still shocking when one of the criminals pulls out his gun on one of these kids.

I particularly liked the detail to Llewellyn’s character design. Notice in the opening pages, Llewellyn’s eye is smeared in blood. Look closely at how the bloodstain drips from Llewellyn’s eye as if he is crying. This is Wilson’s way of symbolizing that Llewellyn has never stopped crying for his dead son.

Horror fans will enjoy every single page of “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #4. If you haven’t bought the novel yet, this comic will make you run out and get it.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Review: 'The Wake' #6

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:36

A clever apocalyptic thriller, “The Wake” #6 continues to be a terrifying and visually breathtaking read. Each page keeps the reader’s attention sustained in endless mystery and suspense. The second half of an epic tale, the story unfolds in a vibrant twist.

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ART BY: Sean Murphy
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: February 26, 2014

In 2014, marine biologist Lee Archer was asked by the Department of Homeland Security to advise on a top-secret project. Lee traveled to the murky bottom of the ocean and discovered an ancient evil that has been hidden in the depths of the Arctic Circle. Now 200 years later, the humanoid creatures that Lee first encountered have decimated cities and taken back the seas. Time has forgotten Lee’s discovery and humanity has paid the price. In search of hope in her flooded future, Leeward thinks she has found a way to stop the bloodthirsty reign of the humanoids.

In the first installment, writer Scott Snyder kept most of the narrative centered underwater. Now in the second part, we see what is really going on above the surface in the future timeline. With a different setting and a new batch of characters, Snyder uses his nonlinear storytelling to explore humanity’s rise and downfall. Whatever Lee Archer did in the past has direct consequences in the future. Whatever choice we make in the present day cannot be undone and affects others in the near future. Snyder foreshadows that Leeward and Lee will meet, but not in the way you think.

What really makes the story so engaging is how the protagonists are completely different . Snyder presented Lee as a mousy scientist and a maternal figure, making her decisions based on being a parent. Snyder introduces Leeward with a personal attachment to the dolphin, Dash. In the opening pages, Leeward finds herself surrounded by a swarming army of humanoid creatures. Smart and confident, Leeward isn’t afraid to get her hands bloody as she swings her machete.

Readers will be glued to the pages because of Sean Murphy’s punkish and gritty illustrations. Murphy explores the apocalyptic setting through wide shots and splash pages. Buildings have been abandoned and are seen floating above water. In a splash page, Murphy captures the loneliness and seclusion of Leeward’s hideout. Leeward rests inside a deserted plane that crashed on top of a mountain. In a nice little detail, Murphy illustrates how Leeward has to climb her way to the top and then use a ladder, just to get home.

In a two-pager, Murphy illustrates different aspects of the flooded future through a map. We see how the United States has been divided into sections because of the floods. Because there are no more cities, the Tree People live off the land through vegetation. Murphy marks certain spots on the map with a skull and with sketches of a broken wall.

Leaping forward in time, “The Wake” #6 explores its sci-fi premise and sets up a new tale. An exceptional team-up, Murphy and Snyder continue to be at the top of their game with “The Wake” series.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Review: 'Sheltered' #7

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:33

With such suspenseful pacing, “Sheltered” #7 keeps readers riveted until the very last page. As each installment gets better and better, the “Sheltered” series must be on every reader’s must-buy list. Once you’re finished reading this issue, you’ll understand why this comic was recently optioned for the big screen.

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Johnnie Christmas
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: Feb. 26, 2014

With horrible timing, Clifford discovered what was really going on behind the gates of the Safe Haven compound. Lucas and his sadistic teen followers murdered their parents, hoping to save themselves from the upcoming apocalypse that would never happen. If Clifford escapes and reaches civilization, the police will raid upon the compound and arrest everyone. Lucas has to prevent this from happening and orders the others to kill Clifford. But luck may finally be on Clifford’s side as Victoria comes along to threaten Lucas’ control of his cult.

Writer Ed Brisson keeps the pacing running at full speed while transitioning between multiple subplots. After disappearing from the previous installment, Victoria returns from her hiatus tougher than ever. Brisson uses Victoria as the voice of reason as she argues against one of Lucas’ followers, Mitch. Because Mitch murdered his parents and Victoria’s father in cold blood, there is no forgiveness, no chance at redemption for him. Victoria strikes at Mitch’s heart, forcing him to realize that it was all for nothing. The end of the world that Lucas prophesized is never going to happen.

I really like how Brisson is also depicting Lucas’ downfall as he slowly loses control over his cult. His once-obedient disciples aren’t following his orders anymore. Lucas may have been convincing and resourceful as a leader but his followers have a taste for blood now. You really feel for poor Clifford because he has to deal with an army full of psycho teenagers with itchy trigger fingers.

In the opening pages, artist Johnnie Christmas unleashes the rage and terror lurking inside Victoria, Mitch and his sister. Christmas is able to depict each vibrant personality through their facial expressions. Mitch is always angry at himself because he failed his parents. Mitch’s sister is just a scared little kid who wants to the nightmare to go away. Obsessed with finding Lucas, Victoria seeks revenge for her father’s murder.

In a shocking scene, Clifford takes down one of Lucas’ followers as he shoots the teen in the chest. You can argue that Christmas’ illustration is exploitative, maybe gratuitous, but it never steers towards offensive. There is a subtle message underneath Christmas’ depiction of violence. How do you live with what you’ve done? Christmas captures that emotional turmoil Clifford is facing in his close-up.

“Sheltered” #7 ends on a series of gripping cliffhangers, each one better than the last. I can’t wait to see what happens when the next issue gets here.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Chris R. Notarile Unleashing Smith on Aliens

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:30

Aliens can be real pains in the ass. Literally even. Though we have no idea just what their fixation is with the human anus, we are glad that someone, somewhere plans on kicking a little ass back! Enter Chris R. Notarile's new film, Smith.

Notarile of Blinky Productions Inc. is happy to announce his next feature will be a sci-fi/horror film with a satirical twist. It will star Bree Olson (Human Centipede 3), Andrew Roth (My Name Is Paul), Roberto Lombardi (Perfect: Android Rising), and Drea-Nichole Olivas (The Retcon Chronicles).

Synopsis
A sci-fi/horror comedy about a secret government agency dedicated to responding to and investigating crank calls. While on a routine investigation, Agents Smith and Salisbury discover the 911 call about a homicidal alien on the loose in the woods, killing off campers, is true. Now the pencil-pushing duo must take on the larger than life menace before it rips them to shreds.

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Review: 'Pariah' #1

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:29

An interesting new story comes out of Dark Horse this week. The tale infuses some subtle mystery with a large dose of science fiction to produce “Pariah”. There is a ton of space-related material already in circulation, but rarely in recent years is humanity the primary scope of the story. I’m not surprised to see the market flooding with material like this after Gravity, and I’m sure we’ll see even more grounded-in-reality sci-fi stories in the near future. “Pariah” #1 offers a decent start, but it offers little in the way of story or character development.

WRITTEN BY: Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt
ART BY: Brett Weldele
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: February 26
PRICE: 3.99

The book follows a group of people in Earth’s future who have volunteered to live on a space station. The individuals call themselves Vitros and each have certain skills or knowledge that give them a role within the team. Already things are going wrong with the mission. What exactly is wrong isn’t clear, and by the end book the situation isn’t completely hopeless, but not much has changed.

I have to admit at the onset of this book there is so much information thrown in your face in an effort to world build it took me more than one read of the first few pages to get the facts straight. Essentially all of the questions that popped up throughout the book remained unanswered by its end. I get that the mystery should entice the reader, but some more clear direction would have helped to bring me into the story. This left me a tad disgruntled, but the the book does pique my interest enough to find out just who these group of Vitros are and why exactly they find themselves on an out of date space station that’s not as safe as it seems.

The script is clever, with a lot a whit infused in the narrative that adds both comedic relief and insight some into the other characters, though not enough. As the story rolls on however, the plot draws me in and the events at the end of the book help to solidify my interest in the book.

The art is a bit of a miss, but, like the writing, it grew on me towards the end. It has a very cartoony look that lacks significant details. With a story that’s meant to reflect a futuristic time I would have liked the art to have more clean crisp lines and the colour pallet more vibrant than the softness that is offered. When the story takes place on the exterior of the station, it’s the only time I find myself satisfied. Unfortunately, there are a lot more panels inside the station than out.

“Pariah” has a lot of potential and even though the first issue leaves some to be desired. There’s something about the book that makes me want more, I’m just not sure what it is yet.

3/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GreenBasterd

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'Zombie Safari' Opens Undead Theme Park!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:21

I’m not big on genre films riffing on classics, but this is just too clever to ignore.

Red Sea Media is in development on Zombie Safari, a complete riff on Steve Spielberg’s Jurassic Park – only with zombies!

Years after the zombie apocalypse, life has returned to normal. A billionaire, driven mad by what happened to his family years ago, opens a zombie safari theme park. But when the power goes out, nothing is left to stop these “captive” zombies from escaping.

Piranha Sharks‘ Mark Burman is producing with no director or writer revealed, yet.

But we do have some awesome art…

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New Behind-the-Scenes Haunt Image Shows Off the Ghostly Goods

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:15

Our brothers in harm over at Bloody Disgusting scored themselves an exclusive behind-the-scenes still from Haunt, and it was just too wicked to not share with you cats. Look for Haunt on VOD now.

Haunt will also be in limited theaters March 7, 2014.

The Mac Carter-directed horror film stars Harrison Gilbertson as Ethan, an introverted teen who makes friends with his new neighbor. As the duo become romantically involved, they also begin to explore the haunted house Ethan’s family has unknowingly just moved into and discover a terrifying alternative dimension.

Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) and Liana Liberato (Trust) also star. Haunt is produced by Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Steven Schneider, and Will Rowbotham.

Check out the viral Morello House site here.

Synopsis:
A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: It’s cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, leaving only one survivor (Jacki Weaver). The moody 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor/girlfriend inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the skeletons in its many closets. Mac Carter’s atmospheric debut feature is an unusually character-driven haunted house film that isn't afraid to take the action outside.

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Exclusive: Joe Begos and Josh Ethier Talk Almost Human

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:00

For their first feature, Almost Human (review), director Joe Begos and actor/editor Josh Ethier have put together an ambitious, effects-heavy alien abduction story that’s as unrelenting as it is exuberant.

An intense ride that shows the love for the Eighties era, Almost Human is a standout first entry for Joe and his crew. Now, through IFC Midnight, the film is enjoying a limited theatrical run and is also available on VOD.

DC: I know House of the Devil, the Ti West film, did a limited VHS run, but there are very few films that get a chance to do it and where it actually makes sense to put it out. Is the VHS of Almost Human just going to be a limited run, or will any copies be for sale? Or are you just handing them out at screenings?

JB: I actually made a hundred of them and I know that they’re giving out about half of them, and then some of them will be with press stuff. So I think they’re going to slowly trickle their way out there. It’s definitely a giveaway and publicity thing only. So they’ll be hard to track down since they’re not for sale. which I think is kind of cool, ya know?

DC: How much credit does Stephen King deserve for getting you guys into horror, and when did you make your first short?

JB: For me, the thing with Stephen King is, with his books and his movies, when I would watch them as a younger kid, I could identify with them because they felt so much like home. It felt like the town that I lived in. Those movies were much more scary because I felt like they could happen at any time. Silver Bullet felt like it was shot in my town, and Pet Sematary seemed like it could’ve taken place ten minutes up the road. I just had a much bigger connection to those movies because of that.

And our first short... I started making stuff when I was around twelve or thirteen and I probably met Josh a year or so later and he joined in pretty quick on that front.

DC: Yeah, I’ve seen Bad Moon Rising; was that the first thing that you guys worked on together?

JB: Yeah, that was only made for a few hundred bucks in our living room. We shot the whole thing in our apartment. We always wanted to be shooting and making something, and I would get so bored with the locations that I had. So I try to make the coolest thing that I can. It’s like, all right, I’ve got a few hundred bucks and an apartment, how could I make a werewolf movie? A couple friends of ours saw it and tried to get it in the hands of some festival directors. Then FEARnet asked us if they could license it. It was something that we didn’t think any more than a dozen people were going to see it. We just wanted to try out some new techniques and some new equipment that we had, and then, all of a sudden, it’s playing in different countries and different festivals. It was pretty bizarre.

DC: So you definitely would say that Bad Moon Rising helped get Almost Human made? Did you start with shorts because it made more sense to do something smaller to hone your skills, or do you have a passion for short film? I’ve always thought to make a feature if you can because it has more of a chance of getting out there and having success.

JB: We started when we were thirteen or fourteen so shorts just seemed like the most obvious thing, just to kind of cut our teeth on it. We always wanted to make a feature, it was just figuring out when the time was right. With Bad Moon Rising, the way that it helped make the feature is when we went to these festivals, people had features that cost a couple hundred grand that were on the same technical level as our short. And these people were profiting on these movies so that’s when we thought, "We gotta make a movie." People always say they got money and then it’s just a waiting game so we just looked at how much we had in our credit line and how much we had in the bank and decided to go and start this. We pretty much self-financed it until it was in the can, and then we started cutting it and using the pieces we weren’t cutting to raise additional money to take us to post. We literally had twenty dollars in the movie account when we wrapped shooting. Because we had made so many shorts, it helped us overcome a lot of the problems in making such a do-it-yourself movie like this.

DC: Yeah, I think you guys only shot for about three weeks so obviously you needed that experience to get all the work done. Is there something you weren’t able to do on set that you didn’t have time for? You’ve spoken of a sequel, but is it more likely you’d move on to something else?

JB: I do definitely want to do a sequel at some point, but I don’t want it to be my next movie. I had just written in so much action and set pieces and effects that by the time we were actually shooting, there was a lot of it that I literally didn’t have time to pull off. Every time there’s a neck snap in the movie, there was supposed to be a much more complicated kill there, but we just didn’t have time so we just went with the neck snap and hurried up and moved on. It was mostly stuff like that, but as a whole the movie is pretty much there.

DC: Josh, so you were pretty much the one breaking necks the entire time. Was acting something you kind of fell into through editing, and was it difficult to edit yourself and all those neck breaks and be objective about your performance?

JE: Well, when we started making films in high school, I was the only person that was as one hundred percent available as Joe. So I would naturally end up in front of the camera and then behind the computer when we were editing. I got really used to Joe telling me, "Okay, fall down really hard" or "Throw that over here." When we went to go make the movie, we weren’t going to be able to get the kind of cast that we’d normally love to work with. So he wrote it based on the idea that I could just be an incredibly large, physical presence in the movie. Then, on set, that actually felt like home standing with an axe or a knife and walking towards the camera and walking through the woods at night. We’ve been doing this stuff since we were kids. In editing we actually toned down a lot of my performance because we realized that just silence was absolutely better. Most of the film is just looks and glares and feral action. It wasn’t hard to objectively edit myself just because Joe’s constantly in the room. Of all the directors I’ve worked with, Joe is the most present in the editing room just because that’s how we’ve always worked together.

Almost Human is now available on Video On Demand and is also playing at IFC in New York City.

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Robert Rodriguez Talks the Challenges of Bringing From Dusk Till Dawn to TV and More!

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:30

Recently we had a chance to take part in a Q&A session with visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez about bringing a new version of his much beloved film From Dusk Till Down to the El Rey Network! Read on for thoughts from the man himself.

"I was looking forward to the challenge of it," says Rodriguez of the series. "I thought about doing it. Someone had asked about it even before the network, and I said, 'No, Quentin and I control the rights to it. We really wouldn’t want to do it for television unless, you know, at least one of us was heavily involved,' and I didn’t see myself getting into television at that time."

"But then I thought of a way to do it. This whole season takes place from dusk till dawn, and we kind of retold the original Quentin story with the Gecko brothers and Santanico. When I first read the film script, it didn’t really take Mexico into account, and I added that into the original movie... things that I researched on my end... Aztec cultures and mythologies, etc. I found a blood cult that worships snakes, and I included that in the film. The last shot of the pyramid sort of hinted a larger mythology."

"I always thought that was a cool idea that we didn’t get to explore further in the film because it just wasn’t written that way. I left it there just to kind of, you know, tickle people’s imagination about what it could be. Now years and years later when I got involved in the El Rey Network, I thought that would be a great first show to do. A known title to lead people to the network to show them what the network was about, while also having a chance to go re-explore some of those ideas I had researched way back in the first film and expand Quentin’s story to include new characters, new trajectories and story lines for the original characters, and really build that mythology up more with the Santanico cult so that we could follow with more seasons later on."

"The challenge was finding a good new writing team. I would write the original script to the first episode to show how it would be expanded so that they could emulate that style for other episodes. It was just a lot of fun. I mean, Quentin writes the best characters, so to take those characters and expand on them and see where else they could have gone or come from was really, really exciting and fun to work with. I think that what drew a lot of our cast in as well was just getting the chance to play Quentin Tarantino characters in a television series."

So how did Rodriguez prep for a return to this vampire-infested world?

"I went back into my old archives, found original artwork I had done back at the time, original drawings I’d forgotten about, dug up all my own notes, dug up old versions of the script. Found a bunch of handwritten script pages that Quentin had written that we never shot. You know, it was kind of really awesome to go back into the archives and unearth some of the stuff we had done back then that never made it into the film and dig into it and adopt it for this new version. So it’s kind of cool going back."

"The other thing that really hit me was when I was on the bar set, which was a recreation of the original bar. That was like a time machine. There were several people in my crew that also worked on the original Dusk Till Dawn, and it really felt like we had gone back in time. It was quite a jolt to be there again, doing it again in a different way, bringing all the experience that we’ve had since the first film in all these years and bringing that to enhance this new experience. It was pretty amazing. Most people don’t get that experience in their careers."

For more info keep your eyes on the show's Facebook page, the official El Rey Network website, El Rey Network on Facebook, and El Rey Network on Twitter.

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New Dead Sea Clip and Stills Swim On In

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:15

Another new clip is here from the sea-faring indie monster flick Dead Sea along with a pair of stills. Look for the flick to be hitting DVD on April 15th! Enough talk - dig on the goods courtesy of FEARnet!

Synopsis:
Dead Sea follows a marine biologist who reluctantly returns to the town she grew up in, only to encounter the violent paranoia that has overtaken its locals as they prepare for the return of a serpentine creature said to appear every thirty years to feed.

The science fiction thriller is written and directed by Brandon Slagle (2012 Shockfest Award Winner - Best Director, The Black Dahlia Haunting) and stars Alexis Iacono (The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, Blue Caprice), Britt Griffith (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters"), Devanny Pinn (Nude Nuns with Big Guns), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko), Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go to Hell, BASEketball), Candace Kita (Barb Wire, "Nip/Tuck"), Jw Wiseman ("Deadliest Warrior"), Tawny Amber Young (The Guilt Trip, Bloodsucka Jones), and KJ McCormick (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters").

Creature effects are being provided by Phil Nichols of Facades FX Lab (Arlington Road, Boggy Creek, the upcoming Bigfoot Wars).

For more information "like" the Dead Sea Facebook page.




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Gamera Finally Getting Some Blu-ray Love Just in Time for Godzilla's Big Screen Return

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:00

With the mega-sized Godzilla reboot less than three months away, it's no surprise to see some classic King of the Monsters flicks getting Blu-ray releases. Zilla’s big screen return can no doubt be the inspiration for all of Gamera’s classic adventures getting their first-ever US Blu-ray releases.

The films of Daiei Studios’ monster series Gamera are unleashed and available on Blu-ray for the first time! Your favorite giant turtle returns to Earth, leaving no fire-spitting scene behind.

Beautifully captured to their lavish original cuts, viewers can experience four times the thrills of these legendary sci-fi classics like they have never seen before!

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing what they’re billing as the Gamera: Ultimate Collection on April 29th. The good news is that this is the first time ever any of the eight Showa-era Gamera movies have been released on Region 1 Blu-ray. The bad news is that since this is Mill Creek Entertainment, it remains to be seen what the actual quality of the prints are, and even if they are HD pristine, they’re still cramming four films onto a single one-sided Blu-ray. Depending on how you feel about this next bit, it could be good or bad news; all reports indicate these will be original Japanese language version with English subtitles only – no dub jobs. Volumes One and Two will retail for $19.98 each.

Gamera: Ultimate Collection – Volume One obviously begins with Daei’s original 1965 black & white Gamera that successfully piggybacked off the popularity of Toho’s Godzilla series by introducing the world to the giant flying, fire-breathing turtle and a diluted little boy that believes this destructive prehistoric, radiation-unleashed, city-stomping daikaiju is really his best friend in the whole wide world.

With Gamera vs. Barugon (1966) the turtle-shelled titan got a Technicolor makeover as he protects Japan from a lethal quadruped creature with a battering ram tongue that shoots freezing rays and back spines that launch doomsday rainbows. Seriously, Barugon’s spines can generate an incinerating rainbow of mass destruction.

Gamera would fully take on the mantle of being the friend of children everywhere with his third outing, Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967), in which he contends with his bat-like arch-nemesis for the very first time in order to save Japan and settle a labor dispute all at the same time.

A race of evil alien squids conquering the universe in a UFO that looks like colorful beach balls strung together are the threat to beachcombing children everywhere in Gamera vs. Viras AKA Destroy All Planets (1968). This is the sequel that marked both the beginning of Daei’s cheapness (nearly half the running time is a recap of the previous films) and the beginning of what would become the go-to plotline for almost all of the this era’s remaining Gamera films (aliens disguised as humans along with a giant monster terrorize American and Japanese children until Gamera arrives to save the day).

Gamera: Ultimate Collection - Volume Two begins with my personal favorite, Gamera vs. Guiron (1969). This time Turtlezilla had to travel to an alien planet to save nosy kids abducted by brain-eating alien babes by flambéing their monstrous watchdog: an audacious looking knife-headed behemoth whose knife-head also fires ninja stars. Many consider Guiron to have been the inspiration for the kaiju “Knifehead” in Pacific Rim.

The Osaka World Expo is the battleground for Gamera vs. Jiger AKA Gamera vs. Monster X (1970). This entry marked another rarity for the kaiju genre as the four-legged dart-shooting Jiger is a female adversary. How else to explain it parasitically impregnating Gamera with a little Jiger, forcing children in a yellow submarine to take a fantastic voyage inside their favorite monster’s body?

The Showa era of Gamera movies would come to end, along with a financially bankrupt Daei, with 1971’s Gamera vs. Zigra. Japan’s answer to SeaWorld becomes the hunting grounds for bodysnatching aliens led by a colossal goblin shark plotting the enslavement of mankind. They would have gotten away with it, too, if hadn’t been for those meddling kids and their dumb fire-breathing turtle.

Rounding out the disc is the rarest of Gamera flicks (and with good reason): the deplorable 1980 Gamera: Super Monster. Primarily a lame clip show featuring only a few seconds of new Gamera footage, if you like seeing alien invaders being thwarted by kids assisted by sexy Japanese women in Superman-style costumes, then you might find something to like about it.

If you don’t have Blu-ray technology, then Mill Creek still has something for you in the form of the Gamera Legacy Collection, also streeting April 29th. All eight of the original movies being released to Blu, along with the 1990’s “Heisei” Gamera trilogy (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, Gamera 3: Revenge of Irys), are being released together in a four-disc DVD set. That’s every Gamera flick sans 2006’s failed juvenile reboot Gamera the Brave all in one collection for $14.98.

Here’s a question to ponder: If the new Godzilla is a mega hit, will some US company try to get in on the daikaiju genre with their mega-sized Americanized reboot of Gamera? I’m fairly certain Disney owns the company that currently owns the rights to Gamera. Just sayin’.

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Official Home Video Trailer for Paranormal Activty: The Marked Ones Checks In

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:30

Paramount just hit us off with the official trailer for their upcoming home video release of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (review), and we have it for you right here! Check it out!

The so-called "spin-off" will hit Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD outlets on April 8th in the wake of a digital release on March 18th. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes an extended unrated version and some new found footage while the DVD boasts only the theatrical cut.

In the film questions are answered, the mythology is taken ten steps further, and when the witches show up, it's for a hell of a lot more than just to say "BOO." This flick delivers on all counts and is not to be missed. It's nothing short of a gift to fans.

Written and directed by Christopher Landon, the film stars Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez.

Pray all you want. It won't save you. But you can follow Paranormal Activity on Twitter (@TweetYourScream) for more upcoming announcements, as always keep an eye on the official Paranormal Activity Facebook page, and check out official Paranormal Activity on Instragram!

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[Exclusive] 'Eat' Your Way Into These Bloody Pics!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:28

We’re getting word on a fleshy new horror movie called Eat, whose poster and stills certainly don’t shyfoot around with gore and there for have my attention. It has just finished post-production and we should be hearing a lot more about it soon.

It comes from writer/director Jimmy Weber (who made a splash at Fantastic Fest with his short, “Incubator”). The film tells the story of “Novella McClure, an aspiring but aging actress staring desperation in the face. Her anxiety turns into an extreme eating disorder causing her to bite, chew and swallow her own flesh. As her personal life begins to deteriorate around her and new struggles arise, she must overcome this fatal dysfunction-before it’s too late.Meggie Maddock and Dakota Pike star.

The film is expected to screen at the this years Cannes market. BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) is handling Worldwide sales.

Head below for some exclusive pics along with a look at Weber’s short, “Incubator.”

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First Official Stills From Harbinger Down

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:15

Back in May of 2013 we told you about Harbinger Down, a tense, claustrophobic creature film that will feature only practical animatronic and makeup effects. Today we have the first official images from the movie. Check 'em out!

Amalgamated Dynamics' Alec Gillis writes and directs.

Synopsis:
A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for three decades, the creatures aren't about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., are among the most talented and passionate FX men working today, and with Harbinger Down they hope to send a message to Hollywood that there is no substitute for good ol' fashioned practical creatures. And they're taking their approach one step further by hiring the best vets in the business to create models, miniatures and stop-motion techniques to create an experience that feels 100% authentic. How awesome is that?!?

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First Images From 'Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Look The Part!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:04

We’re finally getting some images, per EW, from Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (note the new, longer, title). It… looks like a Sin City movie! Alba looks in character and I like JGL’s slight prosthetics.

The film reunites Robert Rodriguez and Miller for the next chapter in the series. “Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City.

The film’s cast includes Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises). Ray Liotta, Eva Green, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Dennis Haysbert and Powers Boothe also appear.

The sequel hits theaters August 22, 2014.

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Watch a Trio of Clips from Hannibal Episode 2.01 - Kaiseki

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00

We're just a day away from the return of "Hannibal" to NBC, and if you guys are excited as we are, you'll want to devour this trio of new clips from Episode 2.01, "Kaiseki," first thing along with your morning coffee. Friday cannot get here soon enough!

"Hannibal" Season 2 premieres TOMORROW, February 28th.

"Hannibal" Episode 2.01 - "Kaiseki" (airs 2/28/14; 10-11PM)
Will (Hugh Dancy) is determined to fight for his innocence as Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) try to wrap their heads around the fact he’s behind bars.

Meanwhile, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) faces a strained relationship with Will while Kade Purnell (Cynthia Nixon) with the FBI pays him a visit.

Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Gillian Anderson.

Related Story: See all of our "Hannibal" coverage here.

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Animals As Leaders Release New Song "Lippincott"

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:30

Progressive instrumental group Animals As Leaders has released a new track entitled “Lippincott”, which comes from their upcoming album The Joy Of Motion (out March 25th via Sumerian Records). You can hear the song by heading on down yonder.

Pre-orders are available for the album via Sumerian Merch, including limited edition transparent red and transparent blue vinyls.


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Turkey Gets Their Own Boogeyman In 'Gulyabani'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:02

The first trailer and a bunch of still have been released for Orçun Benli’s Gulyabani, a new cabin in the woods-esque horror film out of Turkey.

Roughly translated, “The movie goes to the house of a hunt in the forest. Discover the spirit of the place when they try to predict future events. They heard the legend of a woman fortune teller ghoul empty overtakes them, especially with the live event, they will realize that they wake up the area Boogeyman…

Check out some bizarre stills below, as well as the pretty fun looking trailer.

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Full Trailer for Hideo Nakata's 'Monsterz'!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 09:53

Nakata Hideo, who you may know as the director of Ringu and Dark Water, has remade the 2010 Korean Haunters under the new title Monsterz.

The final trailer has been unveiled for the Japanese-language release, starring Battle Royale‘s Fujiwara Tatsuya, as well as Takayuki Yamada and Satomi Ishihara. Monsterz is to premiere in Japan on May 10, 2014.

In it, “A man (Fujiwara Tatsuya) possesses a special ability to manipulate others with just his eyes. Because of this special ability, he killed his abusive father and was abandoned by his mother. He now lives a lonely life in the dark side of a city.

Meanwhile, Tanaka Shuichi (Yamada Takayuki) doesn’t have a family and lives with his friends. Even though he is poor, he has a bright outlook on life. One day, these two men meet. The man becomes confused, because he can’t manipulate Shuichi with his eyes.

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'Dracula Reborn' Gets Official Trailer, Art

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 09:44

A trailer has finally been released for Dracula Reborn, originally announced way back in 2010.

Dani Lennon, Rene Arreola, Linda Bella, Corey Landis, and Stuart Rigby star. Patrick McManus directs.

Set in modern day Los Angeles, the story revolves around Jonathan Harker, a man who had it all… a good job, a beautiful wife, and a family on its way. But in the dark of night a wealthy and enigmatic stranger, Vladimir Sarkany, will come forth to destroy it all. Now, in order to get his life back, he has to join forces with unlikely crusader Abraham Van Helsing and prepare himself to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Forget what you know about the legend… all is about to be Reborn.

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