Splatter Fest ‘Demon’s Rook’ Dated With New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:29

Available on iTunes and On Demand September 30th from Tribeca Film is the insanely gory indie Demon’s Rook.

Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Armed with demons’ magic, Roscoe is the only fighting chance to put an end to their eternal path of destruction.

Check out the new trailer below from the ode to the DIY creature-feature classics of the 1980’s.

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[TV] “iZombie” Recasts Another Role

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:22

The CW’s comic book adaptation “iZombie” has recast yet another role, this time of Olivia “Liv” Moore’s mom, tapping Molly Hagan, pictured, to replace the originally cast Nora Dunn, EW reports.

Based on the DC Comics property, the new series stars Rose McIver as Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who works in the corner’s office to gain access to the brains she needs to eat in order to keep her humanity intact. Using the memories of the people whose brains she digests, she now helps solve homicide cases.

Hagan will recur as Eva Moore, a hospital administrator and overbearing mother who watches her ambitious daughter become a zombiefied couch potato who breaks off her engagement to every mom’s dream son-in-law.

In addition, “Devious Maids” star and “Scrubs” alum Judy Reyes will guest star as Lola Abano, an artsy bohemian who becomes the prime suspect when her artist husband is murdered.

“iZombie” will premiere midseason on The CW.

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Revenge Thriller ‘Cold In July’ Dated For Home Video

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:18

A man simply trying to protect his home and family commits a spur-of-the-moment act that will have unforeseen – and unimaginable – consequences in the simmering thriller Cold In July. The film, boasting a powerhouse cast, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films and MPI Media Group on September 30, 2014.

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Dexter star Michael C. Hall in an affectingly vulnerable performance) puts a bullet in the brain of lowlife burglar Freddy. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Richard soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard, August: Osage County, The Right Stuff), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. But not all is as it seems in this seemingly peaceful community, and soon Richard’s life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence that will pit him against the most unlikely of foes.

Co-starring Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Miami Vice) and Vinessa Shaw (Eyes Wide Shut, 3:10 to Yuma) and adapted from the Joe R. Lansdale novel by director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) and cast member Nick Damici (Stake Land), Cold In July is a pulpy Southern noir whose twists and turns continue to pile up right up to its shocking conclusion.

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The Parlour Trick Featured In ‘The Mill At Calder’s End’ Trailer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:00

BD favorite The Parlour Trick has been featured in the trailer for the upcoming puppet gothic horror The Mill At Calder’s End. Their track “The Yellow Wallpaper” is heavily utilized throughout the 40-second teaser, which you can see below.

Meredith Yayanos, who is half of The Parlour Trick, will be scoring this film. She co-scored the director’s previous short, The Cabinet of Victor Karloch, alongside Lustmord and Zoe Keating.

The Mill At Calder’s End is, “…heavily influenced by the classic Hammer horror films of the 1960s and the films of Mario Bava…

Director Kevin McTurk (creature effects artist and puppeteer on Jurassic Park 1, 2, & 3, King Kong, Hellboy 1 & 2) states:

The Mill at Calder’s End is a gothic tale that will be told with the traditional Japanese theater puppetry technique known as bunraku. Each puppet figure is controlled by three (or more) puppeteers dressed in black and hidden behind each character. It is my goal to make a film that celebrates practical effects and therefore there will be almost no computer generated imagery in the final film. In my first film, The Narrative of Victor Karloch, I utilized several silent film era camera techniques, such as a shot of a miniature ship on a stormswept ocean (which, in fact, was made up of painted flowing garbage bags). I plan to continue to use many more of these techniques to give a hand crafted look to The Mill at Calder’s End.

The Mill At Calder’s End – Official Teaser HD from Kevin McTurk on Vimeo.

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[Exclusive Excerpt] “Fringe – Sins of the Father”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:04

I’ve never been a huge fan of Fringe. I understand the appeal, and I even enjoyed multiple ideas the series dealt with. (Hello Multiverse!) In any event I failed to follow through on my commitment to watch the entire series, and the whole thing feels like a daunting task at this point. However, Titan Books is making it easier for new, casual, and diehard fans alike to jump back into the world of Fringe with their new original novel “Fringe – Sins of the Father.”

And thanks to the fine folks at Titan Books, I’ve got an exclusive preview to offer all of you.

The adventure that awaits you next week:

A fatal incident in Walter Bishop’s lab estranges his volatile son Peter. In Bangkok, Peter steals a briefcase containing a mysterious vial and becomes the target of a group willing to kill to get it back. Seeking answers, he becomes entangled with Ella Lachaux-—the woman behind  the lab disaster—and David Robert Jones, a terrorist whose goal is to create an army of shape-shifting killers.

Uncover never-before-revealed secrets of the characters, leading to the creation of the government’s covert Fringe Division.

In 2008, Peter Bishop is estranged from his father and running shady operations in Southeast Asia. His latest scam lands him in a life-or-death situation involving weird events beyond the ken of modern science. On the run, he finds himself pursued by strange
specters of his past… and his future.

The Fringe Division is summoned when the unimaginable occurs. Armed with experimental technology, special agent Olivia Dunham, “fringe” scientist Walter Bishop, and his son Peter Bishop investigate cases that lie beyond the realm of possibility.

Releases: 08/26/14 from Titan Books

 

 

 

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Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl For Simon Boswell’s ‘Stage Fright’ Now Available To Pre-Order

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:20

A limited edition picture disc of 1987′s Stage Fright is now available for pre-order through composer Simon Boswell‘s website. The vinyl is limited to 300 pieces, so make sure to order yours now before it’s too late!

Directed by Michael Soavi, Stage Fright‘s IMDb synopsis reads:

A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the theater with the killer! Which one of them committed the murder, and who will get out alive?

Check out the trailer below.

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Dead Rising Feature Film for Crackle Finds a Director

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:02

The Wrap is reporting that Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky has signed on to direct the previously announced Dead Rising film adaptation from Legendary Entertainment and Crackle.

Sony's Crackle will give the 90-minute feature an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV while Content Media Corp. (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn) will distribute both feature-length and episodic formats on international platforms.

Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic -- with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage will all play a key role in the movie's story.

The script will be written by Tim Carter, who will also produce the film alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.

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Radio Broadcast in ‘Silent Hills’ Demo Teases Aliens

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:57

There’s no shortage of fan theories regarding Silent Hills right now. The game was creatively revealed through a demo for a fake horror game called P.T. at Gamescom last week. Because official details are still scarce, we’re forced to pick it apart for any clues that may have been hidden by Kojima and Co. YouTuber SirDaidv Gaming decided to do just that by translating a Swedish radio broadcast that plays during the demo, revealing the possibility of aliens having something to do with this game.

The broadcast, which you can read or hear — your choice! — below, mentions a radio drama from 75 years ago. It also says they’re hear on earth, watching us. This is almost definitely a reference to the radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds, which scared the shit out of our grandparents back in 1938.

Aliens aren’t new to Silent Hill, though their presence has been relegated to special endings for many of the games. I wouldn’t be surprised if Silent Hills will continue that tradition.

Close your eyes.
Let your ears listen to the radio.
Do you hear my voice?
Can you hear the screams of your own soul?
Let us choose:
My voice, which tells the future, or your tormented [struggles?].
Well? What do you choose?
You can choose.
Your life. Your future!

Wise as you are, you may already have noticed.
As the radio drama from 75 years ago was the truth.
They are here on our Earth.
And they oversee and see all.
Don’t trust the news.
Don’t trust the police.
They are already controlled by them.

So has it been for 75 years now.
Only [our master?] can keep them [at bay].
You have a right.
A right to become one of us.
So welcome to our world.
Very soon, the gates to a new dimension will open.
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2-0-4-8-6-3…

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Step Right Up for the Newest Teaser for American Horror Story: Freak Show

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:06

More than any other TV show out there, "American Horror Story" is known for the WTF-ness of its teaser spots, and this latest one for "Freak Show" might just have outdone them all. Step right up, the show is about to begin...

"American Horror Story" ("AHS") returns with an all-new gritty and gripping season, premiering Wednesday, October 8th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Season 4, "Freak Show," is set in 1950s Florida and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.

From bearded ladies to Siamese twins, "Freak Show" features some of the series’ most familiar faces.

Emmy® Award-winning actress Jessica Lange returns as Elsa Mars, Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates plays Effil Darling, celebrated actress Angela Bassett is Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson will do double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts is Maggie. Plus, "AHS" newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and joining the cast this season is John Carroll Lynch ("Fargo"), who will play a core villain.

Also appearing in "Freak Show" are Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle.

For more info visit the "AHS: Freak Show" Facebook page, check out "AHS: Freak Show" on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with "American Horror Story" on FX.




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‘Dead Rising’ Movie Straight to Digital

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:57

Sometimes you have to wonder if the suits behind a project even watch the previous directing efforts of filmmakers.

Legendary Entertainment is enlisting Leprechaun: OriginsZach Lipovsky to direct the zombie survival movie Dead Rising for Crackle and executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, TheWrap reports.

Leprechaun: Origins is super disappointing, which is what makes this such a bizarre hire. Alas, people deserve second chances, and maybe Lipovsky will deliver with this vidgame adaptation?

Sony’s Crackle will give the 90-minute feature an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD and TV, while Content Media Corp. (“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”) will distribute both feature-length and episodic formats on international platforms.

Set during an epic zombie outbreak that a mandatory government vaccine failed to stop, “Dead Rising” debuted on the Xbox 360 console in 2006 and has since spawned a video game franchise that has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.

Tim Carter wrote the script and will produce with Tomas Harlan via their Contradiction Films banner, which also produced Machinima’s successful digital series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.”

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Anne Rice Unveils the Updated UK Artwork for Prince Lestat

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:37

At the end of July author Anne Rice revealed her UK publisher, Chatto & Windus', artwork for the upcoming Prince Lestat; and it was, to say the least, rather underwhelming. Well, they listened to the fans and have modified it.

Per Anne herself on Facebook: You may remember I recently unveiled the UK cover for Prince Lestat. Many of you liked the handsome young man on the cover but others commented he wasn’t the Lestat you saw when reading my books.

My UK publishers have listened to your responses and designed a beautiful new typographical cover instead, which allows you to keep Lestat in your mind. It will be in a luxurious supermatt finish with my name embossed along with the title AND fronds, on the front, spine and back! I think it is gorgeous and powerful.

We agree, Anne. Nice job, Chatto & Windus!

Prince Lestat, the first of several upcoming new installments in The Vampire Chronicles, arrives in the US on October 28th and in the UK on October 30th.

Synopsis:
A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return... From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology—a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.

“What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again...” —from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of The Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all The Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis... vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, 4th century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all The Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia, along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...

And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat...

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Get Impaled by These Latest Horns Images

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:33

On tap right now are several new images from Alexandre Aja's Horns (review) that are honestly the coolest we've seen thus far. Check them out, and look for more as we get closer to the film's release.

Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.

Look for Horns on October 31st in both the US and the UK.

Synopsis:
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.

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New Exists Poster Offers a First Look at the Creature

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:23

Lionsgate gave Entertainment Weekly the first look at the poster for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, which will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th. Dig it!

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

Related Story: Four New Stills Exist for Exists

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

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[TV ] “AHS: Freak Show” Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:00

Admit one…

FX has set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT., a press release reveals.

In addition to the first ever story details, revealed below, we also have the first (of I’m sure many) teasers. Admit one? I’ll take a ticket for each and every episode, please!

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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‘Exists’ Poster Teases the Legend of Bigfoot

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:31

EW shared the first official poster for Exists, the new found-footage movie from the co-director of The Blair Witch Project and V/H/S/2.

It will be discovered on various VOD platforms October 3, a few weeks before it hits limited theaters on October 24.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.

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‘Horns’ Images Hope to Snake-Charm You

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:25

RADiUS-TWC is hoping to charm you into seeing Alex Aja’s Horns with these new images, most featuring Danielle Radcliffe with a set of demon horns. I like the pic of him charming a snake, the other of him with a pitchfork.

Based on Joe Hills’ graphic novel of the same name, the film is slated for release on Halloween, October 31.

Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer.

Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan, and James Remar.

Bloody Disgusting’s Mike Pereira was a huge fan – read his review here – calling it “an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy.”

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Watch the First Five Minutes of Giallo-esque Sonno Profondo

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:56

Luciano Onetti's Giallo homage Sonno Profondo is arriving on Limited Edition DVD August 26th (with a September 23rd VHS release to follow), and we have the first five minutes of the film for you to check out right here!

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep) is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film that brings Giallo back using some of the best 70's horror style filmmaking and design. It's being released by BrinkVision.

If you're old school and eying the VHS, note that it will be strictly limited to 200 copies on a red VHS collector's tape and will include some great vintage extras.

The film, which was written, directed, and edited by Luciano Onetti, stars Daiana García, Silvia Duhalde, and Onetti himself. Onetti also served as its cinematographer and composer.

Synopsis:
After murdering a woman, a killer who is traumatized from his childhood memories gets a mysterious envelope slipped under his door. The hunter becomes the prey when he finds out that the envelope contains photos that show him killing the young woman.

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Prep for True Blood's Series Finale with a Sneak Peek of Episode 7.10 - Thank You

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:29

All in all this final season of "True Blood" has been a cut above the last couple but still nowhere near the glory days of its early years. We're hoping it goes out on a high note, and here's a sneak peek of what's ahead in Episode 7.10, "Thank You."

Mostly, though, we're hoping it's Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" that will be playing when the final credits roll. Do you agree?

Episode 7.10 - “Thank You” (air date 8/24/14)
Sookie (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill (Stephen Moyer).

Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) while Andy (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd.




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Exclusive Poster Variant for Promiscuities; See the Film NOW!

Dread Central - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:54

Fan of David Cronenberg's Videodrome? Then you just may want to check out the new indie flick Promiscuities from commercials director Jonathan Leder. Even cooler? Dread Central readers get a special VOD discount!

That's right, kids! We have 20 coupon codes to get 60% off a rental on the VHX platform. The first 20 readers to visit the above link and enter the code TeamDread will receive the discount and immediately be able to watch the film.

Please note: Each coupon enables unlimited HD streaming and an HD download of Promiscuities.

Enjoy!

Synopsis
Diane has a problem. Prescription pills used to ease the temptation. But like pause buttons worn low, meds no longer suppress the fire inside. Pitch black memories Diane formerly repressed are now drawn into the destructive light. And the clock ticks on a spiral of promiscuities that will immolate her.

Desperate for a solution, any solution, Diane consults a psychotherapist. His track record is stellar; yet, his method is strict. He recommends permanently exhausting Diane’s carnal neurosis. Each unruly session will be recorded and subjected to scrutiny. Diane’s therapist promised a cure. Instead he unlocked their sickness. To traverse the nightmare, Diane must push her body to the brink.

Check out the trailer below with an exclusive Dread Central intro from star Amy Hood.

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Review: “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland” #3

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:54

The third issue of “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland” does a few things right but many things wrong. It’s dialogue heavy, takes too much time to set up events that should already be unfolding, and the writers are perhaps being a little too coy? Yet while I worry about some of these issues, I can’t help but feel pretty satisfied with the end result. 

 

WRITTEN BY: Kim Newman and Maura McHugh (Created by Mike Mignola)

ART BY: Juan Ferreyra

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2014

PRICE: $3.50

Reviewed By Bree Odgen

“Witchfinder” #3 picks up right after last issue’s untimely death of Diggory Fenn. As Grey returns to Hallam, he’s greeted by Constable Lawless who’s set up a couple of residents to put on a “normal” act for Grey. This, combined with the argument that directly follows the Constable’s dog and pony show, shows the reader that if you didn’t think Lawless was involved before, you should now. Even though Fenn and his death are all but brushed off, issue #3 continues to focus on Hallam’s secrets and who’s in on them.

The writing is both exhilarating and infuriating. Newman and McHugh do this thing where they are coy as hell until the last few pages where they unleash a torrent of information that won’t be satisfied until the next issue. It’s a great technique to build the tension and give a sense of payoff for the reader but it wreaks havoc on the pacing. Issue #3 spent a great deal of time in the bedroom to Horace Poole. While he yells out unintelligibly due to his recent “stroke,” Grey and Mrs. Poole argue about witchcraft. Grey, up to this point, has exhibited the emotional urgency of a snail. But now that he’s finally met Horace face-to-face, he makes the conclusion that this is definitely no stroke, it’s witchcraft.

Nothing feels right about the way that Grey has jumped to this conclusion (other than the fact that it’s been made entirely too obvious to the reader). A man drowning in Poole’s Elixir, eels busting through your window threatening your life, a man disintegrating into a pile of bones, guts, and eels, these are all weird things that would cause one to jump to conclusions. But Grey takes those in stride. However, a man spouts off unintelligible words after having a stroke and this is what feels wrong to Grey?

Though Grey accurately supposes the events to be tied to witchcraft, this jump in logic feels too much like the writers are holding our hand through Grey’s process; giving us the answers before we have a chance to figure them out on our own. I don’t like the feeling of a writer doing my math problems for me.

My biggest concern is the pacing of the arc. For a 5-issue arc, I feel like it’s moving incredibly slow. Get to Unland already! The town of Hallam and the creepy events within have all but put up neon flashing arrows straight to Unland, yet Grey is taking his sweet ass time getting there. There comes a point where setting up ground work just feels like a really poor way of revealing secrets.

Having said all that, the story is still entertaining. It makes good use of ominous tones and unreliable characters. I can sense that it’s headed for something terrific. And with Ferreyra’s perfect art, it’s hard to feel too let down.

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