From demons to zombies, Jane Levy, who starred in Evil Dead and reteamed with director Fede Alvarez for Sony’s A Man in the Dark, will battle the undead in Office Uprising, Bloody Disgusting can exclusively report.
Levy joins previously announced Australian actor Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Maleficent, Oculus) in the zombie actioneer directed by Steven C. Miller (Aggression Scale, Under the Bed, Submerged, Marauders) from a script written by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble.
“Office Uprising is set inside one of the world’s leading arms manufacturers where a substance is slipped into the employees’ drinks by the board of directors that supposedly makes them work more efficiently. Due to a slacker within the company, though, they are fed the wrong formula and start turning into homicidal maniacs — leaving the slacker needing to step up his game to rescue himself and his friends from the growing zombie plague inside the company compound.”
The Exchange is selling Office Uprising at the EFM in Berlin.
“Fear the Walking Dead” will return with its second season on Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m.
AMC heads to sea in the first trailer that also teases a tie-in to the online series, Flight 462.
The 15-episode season will be split into two parts with the first seven episodes airing in the spring, starting in April, and the back half airing later in 2016.
Season one left off with Madison (Kim Dickens), Travis (Cliff Curtis) and their extended family taking temporary shelter in Strand’s (Colman Domingo) gated estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As civil unrest continues to grow and the dead take over Los Angeles, Strand prepares to escape to “Abigail,” his large yacht moored offshore.
“Fear the Walking Dead” takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.
Didn’t their parents tell them to never talk to strangers?
Those of you keeping up with the film know that I produced Southbound (in the interest of full disclosure), which is now in limited theaters (and expanding this coming weekend) and launching on all VOD and digital platforms tomorrow, February 9th.
Southbound includes stories directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner (The Signal), Patrick Horvath (Entrance) and Radio Silence, several of whom were involved in Tom and my V/H/S films.
The below clip comes courtesy of Deadline and showcases the directing of Benjamin in “Siren,” where a band gets stranded in the middle of nowhere. Should they trust the couple who offer them a ride?
In Southbound, “On a desolate stretch of road, weary travelers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.”
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The Big Game Super Bowl trailer for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence has arrived and it brings back familiar faces, new technology, and a swath of destruction that makes the original 1996 film pale in comparison!
“We always knew they were coming back. After ‘Independence Day’ redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”
Jeff Goldblum’s “David Levinson” is featured and tosses out a hilarious one-liner as London falls from the sky: “what goes up, must come down.”
Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward.
Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters on June 24th, 2016.
BRINKvision will release Dan Riesser’s independent Bigfoot horror Stomping Ground on DVD and VOD platforms March 8th, Bloody Disgusting learned.
The official trailer has been discovered from Stomping Ground, which is “The story of Ben and Annie, a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie’s small North Carolina hometown. At the local bar they run into Paul, a charming old friend of Annie’s, and Ben learns something he never knew about his girlfriend: She believes in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to “hunt” for the creature when they were kids. Before Ben knows it, he’s off on an impromptu Squatchin’ trip deep in the Carolina backwoods. Amidst the Squatch calls, campfire stories and beers, Ben quickly realizes that Paul may have an ulterior motive in bringing Annie to the woods. And something else out here seems to be after her as well. Everyone but Ben thinks its Bigfoot. But it can’t be, can it? After all, Bigfoot isn’t real.”
Limited edition DVDs which include an 11×17 cast & crew signed film poster will be available directly from BRINKvision.com on March 8th. The film will also be available digitally from Amazon Prime and Google Play, with additional VOD outlets coming soon. The film is available for Cinema-On-Demand screenings through Tugg.com.
The film features a cameo performance from Theresa Tilly, best known as one of the original “Ladies of the Evil Dead” from Sam Raimi’s horror classic, The Evil Dead. Stomping Ground world premiered at the 2014 Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood, CA and received the “Soul of Southern Film Jury Award” at the 2014 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Filmmaker Dan Riesser, formerly an Emmy- nominated producer on E! Entertainment’s “The Soup” with Joel McHale, wrote, directed and produced Stomping Ground as his first feature film. Mike De Trana produced through Anvil Entertainment.
“Hell is empty and the devils are here.” – Shakespeare
What the hell is the Tension Experience?
This morning we awoke to the following flyer and website link that led us to something sinister brewing in Los Angeles.
“There is a beast in a man that needs to be excerised, not exorcised.” – Anton LaVey
By clicking on the aforementioned link, you’ll be directed to a website riddled in quotes and symbolism that’s the beginning of a puzzle. Solve this one, and you get added to some sort of list that teases you’ll be “indoctrinating yourself.”
It’s accompanied by the following quote:
“We are what fear aspires to be…
The are the dread that proceeds the dreadful..
All that was dark, will soon be light..
The path to illumination begins here.”
The Tension Experience is both terrifying and enlightening? Please, tell me more!
Even though Krang was created as part of the animated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon series just to sell toys, the alien villain has become the most memorable character in the franchise.
Krang was inspired by the alien beings (the Utrom) in Eastman and Laird’s original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comics, and are responsible for the TCRI canister that created the iconic turtles.
It was reported months ago that Krang will be making his live-action debut in TMNT 2, with the site reporting that the production filmed a scene involving a number of extras and the character’s arrival on Earth through a portal of some sort.
While Krang was all but confirmed via an early look at the accompany Playmates action figures, the new Super Bowl TV Spot shared our first ever look at the alien overlord and his Technodrome!
Those who never read the original comics should know a few things: Shredder dies in the debut issue. The Turtles are created by alien ooze known as TCRI. And there’s no “Krang”, just aliens overtaking the Earth. Oh, and there’s no Bebop and Rocksteady. The new movie is pandering to fans of the cartoon, and that’s okay with me!
I love the fleshy and bizarre nature of the new “Kraang,” which goes hand-in-hand with the cartoon-y Technodrome. It’s pretty faithful to the cartoon and even the bizarre spinoff to the old action figures that created all sorts of weird ass mutants that never appeared in the series. I’m just curious if there’s only one Krang, or if the Kraang is the main antagonist?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is directed by David Green (Earth to Echo) and is scripted by screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec. The film stars Megan Fox (Transformers), Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Tyler Perry (Gone Girl), Brian Tee (The Wolverine), Laura Linney (“The Big C”), and William Fichtner (Armageddon).
A&E shared this new trailer for their upcoming supernatural drama/thriller “Damien,” which reflects back to the series’ direct tie-in to The Omen, where the title character is apparently trying to outrun the demons in his past.
“Bates Motel” returns March 7 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the debut of “Damien” at 10 p.m. ET.
The teasers have all hearkened back to an iconic line from the 1976 original, which stated, “Damien… It’s all for you.”
“The ten-episode “Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.”
Bradley James plays the titular character “Damien” and Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”) acts as showrunner.
Oh, those wacky Aussies. The people from The Land Down Under have gifted the world of horror with the likes of Rogue, Snowtown, The Babadook and Wolf Creek, to name a few. Speaking of wolves, after years of directing commercials and shorts, Nick Robertson has gifted horror fans with The Pack (no relation to the 1977 film of the same name). The idea of a group of killer dogs always gets people going, and is far more believable than the oft-quoted stereotype of dingoes running away with your baby. It’s even scarier when they start doing it for fun, rather than sustenance. And this pack doesn’t mess around.
At a remote farm in rural Australia, Carla and Adam Wilson (Anna Lise Phillips and Jack Campbell) are finding life a bit rough. While Carla’s animal clinic is faring well, an increasing number of Adam’s livestock are being munched on. Throw in the bank becoming more insistent with money and their 18-year-old daughter Sophie (Katie Moore) resenting their decision to live out in the country, things aren’t so great. The sole member of the family who doesn’t mind is Henry (Hamish Phillips), who spends much of his time wandering around the property. However, the same pack of dogs that have been going after Adam’s livestock have decided that humans are much more tempting.
Atmosphere is always a key thing for films like this, and The Pack brings it in spades. Getting the expected night attacks in a pitch-black barn with only a flashlight out of the way, the film’s isolated and picturesque setting gets things off to a good start. Countless films have demonstrated that an isolated area is not only beautiful, but also leaves you stranded if things go south. From the establishing aerial shots at the start of the film and the various ground shots of Adam patrolling the property, it’s almost a no-brainer for Robertson to have this easy of a time communicating that to the viewer. Of course, things dramatically change once the sun goes down, and the tension and feeling of dread is increased. It helps that we don’t get a good look at the dogs when they attack (which seems odd given that everyone knows what a dog looks like), leaving the mind to fill in the blanks in its oh-so-devious ways. Purists will be happy that there’s little in the way of CGI, but at the same time, many attacks are suggested with quick shots of blood and snarling teeth. It’s not gratuitous, and does leave the mind to do its thing, but at the same time, you want to see the goods. Oh well.
As far as the cast goes, there’s nothing offensive about the performances here. Anna Lise Phillips and Jack Campbell turn in adequate performances, and the film gives us time to actually grow to like them. Thankfully, newcomers Hamish Phillips and Katie Moore don’t fall into the trap of annoying young actors, whose sole existence is to be one-note plot vehicles. Really, they too turn in appropriate performances. While the performances do well, the script starts to lead The Pack astray with some questionable happenings.
Getting the whole predictability of The Pack out of the way (quiet establishing first act, family bands together to fend off the siege for the rest of the film), the problems occur start with some rather unbelievable things, starting with the dogs themselves. While it’s established that the dogs are to the point of killing just for fun, apparently they also take joy in toying with the family. Prior to descending upon the farmhouse, the pack is seen to simply scare Adam while he’s out in the woods, rather than ripping him apart. Once they do reach the farmhouse, one dog is particularly keen to sneak past Carla and the kids rather than outright attacking them. Even the humans aren’t immune to the script. When an officer shows up at the house looking around for the dogs, Carla decides to just watch him instead of opening the window and yelling at him to get back in the car. Then you have Adam being attacked in his truck and surviving as the dog runs off, leaving Adam bloodied and vulnerable instead of dead. Oh, did I mention that for plot’s sake, Adam runs his truck into the cop car, effectively leaving the group no working vehicles to escape? Then you have Carla putting the kids in the cupboard to hide, forgetting that dogs can smell better than humans. Seems the script thought it was dealing with a human antagonist…
By this point, you’re probably thinking that The Pack is a throwaway waste of time. Well, it kind of is, but it’s at least somewhat entertaining. Getting the lame plot devices and nonsensical script elements out of the way, it’s a decent way to spend an evening if your expectations aren’t too high. The atmosphere and locale were definitely the highlights, and the acting by everyone involved won’t insult your intelligence if you don’t think beyond the individual characters. It’s not going to replace Cujo as one of the best “killer animal” movies, but you could do a lot worse.
Nikkatsu is the oldest major movie studio in Japan having got their start in 1912. In the hundred plus year Nikkatsu has been active they’ve dabbled in a number of different genres, changing focus every so often. Their Golden Age came in the mid-50’s when they released a number of successful films that were a little mystery, a little noir, a little action and so forth. During this time they had a stable of actors that they referred to as their Diamond Guys. These were their franchise guys, the big faces that brought in the money.
Arrow Video has released a number of Nikkatsu films over the years and their newest release is Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 1, which is a set of 3 films, each one starring one of the Diamond Guys. The 3 films included are Voice Without a Shadow, Red Pier and The Rambling Guitarist and they all offer up a little something different.
Voice Without a Shadow (1958)
The first film on the set is 1958’s Voice Without a Shadow from director Seijun Suzuki. Asako is the phone operator for a local newspaper. One evening while placing a call to a local pawn shop a strange voice answers. Concerned that the voice on the other line isn’t that of the owner, she calls the police to investigate. When the police arrive on the scene they find the owner of the shop dead. The only clue and witness they have is Asako and the voice she heard. After failing to catch the culprit, Asako eventually leaves the newspaper and settles down with her new husband. Three years later when her husband brings business associates home to entertain she hears the voice that has been haunting her for all these years.
Not expecting anyone else to believe her, Asako places a call to Ishikawa (played by Diamond Guy Hideaki Nitani), a journalist at her old newspaper. Ishikawa takes on the case hoping to prove that Asako’s husband’s business partner is the voice Asako heard three years ago. Ishikawa ends up chewing off more than he had bargained for as he unravels a tale of murder, mystery and blackmail.
I was absolutely blown away by Voice Without a Shadow, finding it to be far and away to be the best film on this set. The whole approach is very Hitchcock-ian or similar to something you’d see from Brian DePalma. The film is a ticking time bomb. There is suspense in the reveal of the killer and then suspense as you wait for the killer to figure out that Asako is on to him. Plus it all ends with a twist!
Nitani is really good, but it’s not your typical lead role. I wouldn’t call him the focus of the story, but he definitely drives it. He has a sort of calmness to him, which allows you to trust him to take you through this tale and get you to finish line. The star for me is Jô Shishido, who pretty much steals the show in every movie he plays in. He plays the business partner of Asako’s husband and he’s just so obnoxious. He has little to no respect for Asako, her husband and pretty much everyone else he comes in contact with. He’s so easy to hate that he becomes the perfect villain.
If you’re a fan of Hitchcock or DePalma I think Voice Without a Shadow is a film you will definitely love. It’s an intriguing mystery that plays out quickly and grips you from the start. I wouldn’t say it’s ever scary, but it keeps you on edge.
Red Pier (1958)
The second film on the set comes in the form of Red Pier from director Toshio Masuda. This film stars Yujiro Ishihara as Jiro the Lefty and the synopsis labels him as a killer with a special talent. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I think it may refer to his suave attitude. Jiro definitely has way with the ladies and is extremely confident to the point that I’d say it’s a bit arrogant. He returns home to Kobe where he sees a man get killed by a crane in what appears to be an accident out on the pier. Soon after we learn that it was a cover-up for murder and Jiro finds himself stuck in the middle all with a cop closely tailing him.
Out of the three films on the set Red Pier seemed like it would be the most action-packed going into it, but that actually turned out not to be the case at all. At least from my perspective it felt a bit slower than the other two movies. Maybe I’m a bit biased because it was simply my least favorite of the three. The film just didn’t hook me as much and I think that may be because Jiro is sort of a hard guy to like. He’s basically a dick and treats girls like shit. To make matters worse he appears to get a kick out of the way he treats these women by laughing in their face when he embarrasses them in public. It was a bit off-putting.
The cop who is constantly tailing Jiro is a bit weird too. Because by tailing him he’s actually just hanging out with him and Jiro knows he’s a cop and the cop knows Jiro participates in illegal activities. The cop constantly says he doesn’t have enough to book Jiro yet he beats people up right in front of him. It’s just kind of weird to digest.
I wouldn’t call Red Pier a bad movie, it’s just something that is kind of there. It would probably fair better standing on its own but I can’t help compare it to Voice Without a Shadow and The Rambling Guitarist. Looking at the film in that regard and it certainly falls a bit short.
The Rambling Guitarist (1959)
The final film on this wonderful set is 1959’s The Rambling Guitarist. The Rambling Guitarist comes from director Takeichi Saitô and stars arguably the biggest star on this set of films in Akira Kobayashi as Taki, a wandering musician. Taki stumbles into a small town and finds himself in a bar fight defending some seemingly innocent men who are getting picked on by a couple of Americans. Little does Taki know that the men he saves are actually henchmen for a mob boss named Akitsu. Akitsu offers Taki a job which he initially rejects before later finding himself in a position where he can’t really say no. Akitsu’s first major assignment for Taki is to evict an offshore fishery which turns out to be a very strange domestic dispute.
The Rambling Guitarist is without a doubt heavily influenced by Western cinema. This could easily be any American film from the 50’s. In fact it feels a lot like the type of movies Elvis starred in. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of those Elvis films served as an influence for Saitô when he was making this. As I result the movie felt very familiar to me and definitely resonated with me from the start. In a way it was very comforting for this to be a new experience for me while still being something I very much knew.
Taki is such an interesting character and Kobayashi plays him perfectly. He’s a quiet drifter who you can tell wants to keep to himself. He seems like an unassuming guy that just wants to play his guitar and travel the world. When hectic situations arise, however, he always manages to have the upper hand, hinting to a darker, more sinister past. His backstory plays out very well.
Jô Shishido appears once again in a supporting role. In what I believe to be a further nod to American cinema Shishido plays a character named George and again he is a very ruthless gangster. He works for Akitsu and he’s sort of your wild card. You can tell he’s ready to go off at any moment. He plays a crucial part in unraveling Taki’s history. George knows Taki from somewhere, but he just can’t remember where. When he finally figures it out, the fireworks really begin.
The Rambling Guitarist is a lot of fun, but a little on the short side. It clocks in at just less than 80 minutes and that disappointed me a bit. I thought the characters were very fascinating and I could have spent a lot more time with them.
For a three film set from Arrow this doesn’t have a ton of special features, but what’s there is really good. There are some discussions with Jasper Sharp, a Japanese cinema expert, on Nikkatsu and their various diamond guys. The booklet also includes essays by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Mes and Mark Shilling on each film. Like you would expect from Arrow the picture quality on all three films is very good, but I think you can tell the source material here wasn’t as good as what Arrow normally has to work with. You could see some more scratches and imperfections that you don’t see in a typical Arrow release. With that said these films all still look awesome. I think this is a great starting point for Japanese cinema and would highly recommend it.
2016 is shaping up to be quite the year for Bob Clark fans. With Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things scheduled to hit Blu-ray in a couple of weeks from VCI, we’ve just learned Deathdream (aka Dead of Night) will be following suit thanks to Germany’s Subkultur Entertainment. No specific release date yet but the target date is sometime in March or April.
The film has received a 2k restoration and will be uncut. Previously the complete, uncut ending of the film was only available via VHS. The film will be part of Subkultur’s Grindhouse Collection which includes titles like Don’t Go in the House, Cannibal Man and Switchblade Sisters. The release will be region B.
Deathdream was Clark’s second collaboration with writer Alan Ormsby, following Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things. The film stars Richard Backus, John Marley, Lynn Carlin and features the special makeup effects work of Tom Savini.
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.
The frightening foliage-themed horror game The Cursed Forest reached another milestone this weekend with the release of its second act. Russian developer Noostyche is taking a piecemeal approach to its development by dividing it up into multiple parts that will arrive on Steam Early Access as they near completion.
The Cursed Forest is a pseudo-remake of a freeware horror game of the same name that released back in 2014 — much like how Slender: The Arrival remade Mark Hadley’s phenomenally successful freeware hit The Eight Pages. Another update is expected later this month, according to an announcement post that mentions “a more stable version” of the game that Noostyche is looking to have finished by the end of the month.
Until then, it’s just $7.69 on Steam (reg. $10.99), courtesy of the Lunar New Year Sale.
A new teaser for J.J. Abrams upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane has been released as part of the spate of commercials during Super Bowl 50. The big excitement for this teaser is that it ends with a massive monstrous roar, which hearkens back to the first film Cloverfield. You can see and hear it for yourself below!
J.J. Abrams explains the movie, stating, “The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. It hits theaters March 11th.
— 10 Cloverfield Lane (@10CloverfieldLn) February 8, 2016
We’ve all heard this question a million times before, in some format or another. Whether it be about books, albums, specific types of food, etc…, we’ve all had to think long and hard about what kind of life we would choose for ourselves should we be in a precarious and compromised position.
So, it’s time to throw this question at you, the horror loving readers of Bloody-Disgusting: “What would your five “Trapped on an Island” horror movies be?” Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you had a portable blu-ray player that never ran out of power and it had five movies built into it (kinda like an old school record jukebox). That’s how this magical situation plays out, okay?
Now, keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily your favorite horror movies. After all, some of your favorites might be movies that are good to watch once every now and again but aren’t meant for repeat viewing. And when you’re stuck on an island with little to do, sometimes you just need a movie that you can watch over and over again to pass the time, regardless if it’s good or not.
Below are my five picks (which will probably change 10 minutes after I hit ‘Publish’, but that’s a different story altogether) for you to check out and then I want you to tell me in the comments your own choices!The Hitcher
I absolutely love this movie. It plays out so well and has this unbelievable rhythm that makes it incredibly exciting for me as I watch it. Additionally, I’ll fully admit that I’ve watched this movie, let the credits roll, and let the movie start over again without a problem. I can easily watch this movie over and over again and enjoy it every single time.Doom
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’m gonna get crucified for this but hear me out! This movie is just pure fun. Additionally, it’s 105 minutes, which means it takes up a good portion of the day. Lastly, Karl Urban is one of my favorite actors, so boom goes the dynamite.Aliens
Need I even go into why this is a great decision? After all, it’s probably the greatest sci-fi/horror action film ever created. If you’ve seen it, which I hope all of you have, then you know why this is on here.Big Trouble in Little China
Many of you will say, “This isn’t a horror movie!” Umm, yeah it is. It’s also comedy, martial arts, action, adventure, romance (ehhh…), and a whole bunch of other genres all rolled into one amazing package that I will never, EVER get sick of.Predator
How can you go wrong with Arnie being hunted and then hunting one of the deadliest hunters in the universe (clearly I like various conjugations of the word “hunt”). And while it might be stupid to watch a sci-fi/horror film that’s set in the jungle whilst being stranded on an island, I’m thinking I’d be okay with it. Know why? Cuz I’m a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus.
In the latest installment in Conan’s ongoing Clueless Gamer series, the eponymous host tackles the new Doom. Or, perhaps more accurately, Conan enlists a couple of Sportsmen who then take turns emptying multiple Big Boy-sized cans of whoopass on the unsuspecting legions of Hell.
It’s been fun watching Conan attempt to play games like Outlast, he can’t fully appreciate the satisfying brutality of a game like Doom. Sure, he could tear a Cyberdemon’s arm off and bludgeon them to death with it, but his heart wouldn’t be in it. The same cannot be said about Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, or Josh Norman and Marshawn Lynch of the Carolina Panthers. They’re loving it.
Doom releases on May 13 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Update: It’s over! You can watch it in full in the above video.
At 7pm CST / 5pm PST we’re headed to Endnight Games’ fantastically creepy open-world survival horror game The Forest, in search of some of the sweetest foliage you’ll ever see in a video game, horror or otherwise. I’m joined by my old friend David — aka The Gecko Ninja — from the Gaijin Gamers Play YouTube channel, and Chase, from the eponymous Chase Face Show. Come join us!Watch the Livestream!
On February 17, the Daybreak Game Company will split their open-world zombie survival game H1Z1 into two separate video games complete with their own dedicated teams and resources. The decision was made last year, when the company realized the game’s Survival and Battle Royale modes had amassed substantial audiences who “almost exclusively play one or the other.”
The split will “give both titles the support they need and deserve to truly flourish,” explains Daybreak in a post on the game’s Steam page. In addition to the PC release, both titles are headed to PS4 and Xbox One, starting with H1Z1: King of the Kill this summer.
King of the Kill features the fast-paced, fight-to-the-death modes like Battle Royale, while H1Z1: Just Survive is “where scavenging, crafting, and base building are the difference between life and death.” Just Survive will remain in Early Access for the foreseeable future.
Current owners of the game will see both games listed in their Steam libraries when the split goes into effect on Feb 17. “Additionally, existing crates, keys, and items will be duplicated across both games. As originally intended, Airdrop tickets will be useable in H1Z1: Just Survive and Event tickets will be usable in H1Z1: King of the Kill.”
We have another Arrow announcement! Arrow Video has announced their May titles for the US and UK and I must say we are a lucky bunch. These Arrow announcements are the type of days I live for. It’s like Christmas morning. You never know what you’re going to get, but you always know to expect the best! And Arrow never fails to deliver!
Let’s take a look at those films, shall we?
UK/US Title: Hired to Kill
UK Release Date: May 16, 2016
US Release Date: May 17, 2016
NO MAN ON EARTH COULD GET HIM OUT OF PRISON ALIVE. SEVEN WOMEN WILL TRY.
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and The Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is an essential slice of ‘90s action fare featuring guns, girls and a plethora of budget-busting explosions for good measure.
Action movie staple Brian Thompson (whose brief turn in 1984’s The Terminator led to a starring role in the 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cobra) stars as Frank Ryan, a mercenary sent to track down a rebel leader in hostile territory. Posing as a fashion designer, he won’t be going it alone, as he’ll be aided by seven beautiful – but deadly – female fighters.
Whilst the opportunity to see Oliver Reed chewing up the scenery behind an elaborate moustache merits the price of the admission alone, Hired to Kill is also noteworthy as being co-directed by Nico Mastorakis – the man behind such cult favourites as Island of Death and The Zero Boys.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
•Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Audio Commentary with editor Barry Zetlin
•Hired to Direct – a brand new interview with director Nico Mastorakis on the making of Hired to Kill
•Undercover Mercenary – a brand new interview with star Brian Thompson
•Original Theatrical Trailer
•Original Freedom or Death Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
•Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
UK/US Title: Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia
UK Release Date: May 23, 2016
US Release Date: May 24, 2016
At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. This limited edition double pack features two distinctive offerings by Emilio P. Miraglia, which meld twisty whodunit narratives with gothic chills.
In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave…
Meanwhile, in The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first… and are Kitty and Franziska next?
With both films making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 2K restorations, there has never been a better time to explore these little-seen giallo gems!
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
•Limited Edition box set (3000 copies) containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
•Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray Discs)
•Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
•Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet
THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE
•New audio commentary by Troy Howarth
•Exclusive introduction by actress Erika Blanc
•Writer Stephen Thrower on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
•The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave – exclusive interview with Erika Blanc
•The Whip and the Body – archival interview with Erika Blanc
•Still Rising from the Grave – archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
•Original Italian and US theatrical trailers
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES
•New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
•Writer Stephen Thrower on The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
•Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi
•Dead à Porter – archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi
•Rounding Up the Usual Suspects – archival interview with actor Marino Masé
•If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today – archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé
•My Favourite… Films – archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
UK/US Title: Blood Bath
UK Release Date: May 30, 2016
US Release Date: May 31, 2016
The films of Roger Corman are often as well-known for their behind-the-scenes stories as they are the ones unfolding on the screen. He famously made Little Shop of Horrors in just two days using sets left over from A Bucket of Blood and shot The Terror over a long weekend because bad weather prevented him from playing tennis. But none of these tales is quite so complex, or quite so extraordinary, as the making of Blood Bath.
The saga began when Corman invested in a Yugoslavian Krimi-like picture entitled Operation Titian just prior to it going into production. Insisting it be filmed in English, he sent actors William Campbell and Patrick Magee, and uncredited story editor Francis Ford Coppola (all fresh from Dementia 13), to Dubrovnik to make a US-friendly movie but wasn’t satisfied with the end results. First it was re-cut and re-scored to create Portrait in Terror, a film more in line with drive-in tastes, then it was handed over to Jack Hill (Spider Baby), followed by Stephanie Rothman (Terminal Island), each undertaking reshoots that resulted in a vampire picture by the name of Blood Bath. One final twist was provided when a TV version was required, chopping scenes and adding others to create Track of the Vampire.
For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath, newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release of one of Corman’s craziest ventures.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
•Limited Edition collection of the complete ‘Blood Bath’
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: Operation Titian, Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire
•Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire from original film materials
•Brand new reconstruction of Operation Titian using original film materials and standard definition inserts
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
•The Trouble with Titian Revisited – a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of Blood Bath and its multiple versions
•Bathing in Blood with Sid Haig – a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
•Outtakes from Track of the Vampire, scanned from original film materials
•Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
•Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Peter Stanfield, Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt and Cullen Gallagher
A couple of weeks back, I posted about artist Sarah Sitkin and her gruesome yet hypnotic work, which is completely NSFW but is right up the alley of any horror fan.
During my research for Sitkin, I found that she also directed a music video for Harry Cloud, who is part of a group called Orphan Goggles. Both of these are quite mysterious and difficult to investigate. In fact, I can’t even find a place to buy this specific track!
But coming to the video, it’s essentially a living, breathing, moving version of Sitkin’s works, all overlain by a droning, experimental metal that adds to the unsettling beauty that we’re witnessing. My recommendation? Don’t watch this on any hallucinogenics.
Ate de Jong’s Highway to Hell is a pretty insane movie. The overall premise is pretty straightforward and simple. Charlie (Chad Lowe) and Rachel (Kristy Swanson) are a young couple on their way to Las Vegas to elope. Charlie decides to take a side road and it results in Rachel being kidnapped. This could be the setup of any thriller, but there is a pretty major difference – the kidnapper is some type of demon, known as a Hell Cop (C.J. Graham), and he takes Rachel to Hell! Now we’re talking!
Before this happens Charlie and Rachel stop at a small gas station run by an elderly man named Sam (Richard Farnsworth). Sam warns the couple of the backroad they’re traveling but they ignore him, writing him off as a crazy, old man. With his girlfriend now kidnapped, Charlie rushes back to Sam to get some more info. Sam tells Charlie all he knows about Hell Cop, even giving Charlie a shotgun with special ammo that he can use to stop him. With the new information Charlie is off to save Rachel!
Once in Hell Charlie meets so many strange and fascinating characters. I suppose this should come as no surprise. I think we all kind of expect Hello to be full of weirdos and freaks. There’s a weird diner with Anne Meara is a waitress, Jerry Stiller is a patron and Ben Still is a cook. Later we go to a club of sorts where Ben returns as Attila the Hun and is hanging out at a table with a group that includes Cleopatra (Amy Stiller) and Hitler (Gilbert Gottfried). In between all this Charlie has to deal with a biker gang and a hitchhiking Lita Ford. So yeah, this one is a bit out there.
I had never seen Highway to Hell before this viewing but I’m a big fan of de Jong’s Drop Dead Fred so I was very interested in this. I can’t really say what my expectations were going into this, but I can definitely say Highway to Hell wasn’t really what I expected. I absolutely mean that in a good way though. The film is this weird adventure that never stops being fun. It sort of reminded me of Cool World but instead of going into a world of animation it takes you on this journey through a world of practical creature effects. Steve Johnson, who has an impressive list of special effects work under his belt, supplied the makeup effects for Highway to Hell and did an absolutely wonderful job.
The film is now out on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and it’s a very good looking Blu-ray. There are a few moments where you can tell the source material had some scratches, but these are all very minimal and never really get in the way at all. I imagine this was a fairly low budget movie that most expected to just fall into obscurity so the fact that it’s on Blu-ray and looks this good is very much welcomed. Kino Lorber has made more of an effort to include special features as of late and this release has a couple. There’s a commentary with de Jong, an awesome interview with Johnson about the production experience on the film, a trailer and then a pretty cool animated image gallery of publicity shots and such.
Highway to Hell is a fun experience that I would definitely suggest checking out. It’s a little comedy, a little horror, a little fantasy, so you’re likely to find something enjoyable with it. Worst case scenario it’s a movie that is sure to stick with you.
Highway to Hell is now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.