Even in death, Jack the Ripper is causing people to be judged guilty until proven innocent.
Back in September we wrote about an article in which they claimed to have proven the identity of the illustrious Jack the Ripper.
They were wrong.
A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried out the atrocities in 1888, according to a detailed analysis of DNA extracted from a silk shawl allegedly found at the scene of one of his murders, as The Independent recalls.
However, the scientist who carried out the DNA analysis has apparently made a fundamental error that fatally undermines his case against Kosminski – and once again throws open the debate over who the identity of the Ripper.
The apparent error, first noticed by crime enthusiasts in Australia blogging on the casebook.org website, has been highlighted by four experts with intimate knowledge of DNA analysis – including Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of genetic fingerprinting – who found that Dr Louhelainen made a basic mistake in analysing the DNA extracted from a shawl supposedly found near the badly disfigured body of Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes.
They say the error means no DNA connection can be made between Kosminski and Eddowes. Any suggestion therefore that the Ripper and Kosminski are the same person appears to be based on conjecture and supposition – as it has been ever since the police first identified Kosminksi as a possible suspect more than a century ago.
I guess the lesson here is, do your due diligence and don’t judge people until they’re proven guilty.
They’ve got their checklist, an exit strategy, and weapons. Now, they need other survivors…
AMC shared this crazy cheesy commercial for the Microsoft Surface in which fans of “The Walking Dead” prepare for a zombie apocalypse with the tablet.
At least they’re getting into the spirit of Halloween.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of “Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set.
For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking Original Series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s Series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set.
With only 7,500 sets created, this limited edition 41-DVD box set is available on November 11, 2014.
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In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined), and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited Edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.
Over 20 hours of bonus features include:
· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboards
· Isolated music scores
Riffing on Monster Squad(?), the American Film Market is going to be introduced to 13 Films’ Ghost Squad.
The family horror comes from director Joel Souza and stars Kevin Nealon (Weeds, Just Go With It, Blended), Jennifer Grant, Madison Iseman, Phillip Wampler, Preston Strother, Carly Peeters, Will Spencer and Cade Sutton.
“After being challenged by the town bullies, three socially inept best friends must spend an entire night in a creepy county Mansion long rumored to be haunted.”
Chris Barish and Jim Valdez produce.
The Buffalo, New York, area is making quite a name for itself in the indie horror realm, and set to kick off in just a few weeks is the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which shines a light on both notable new international films and homegrown talent involved in the genre and beyond. Here are ALL the details for 2014:
From the Press Release
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs Friday, November 7th, through Thursday, November 13th, at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema, has announced a diverse selection of films for its sophomore season. Eastern Hills Cinema is located in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville, New York.
The mission of Buffalo Dreams is to bring the finest independent films from around the world to Buffalo and to spotlight the most talented artists from Buffalo’s burgeoning film production community. The festival focuses on science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, and animation and this year included comedy for the local categories.
Some highlights from this year’s slate include the Buffalo Premiere of The Romans, a crime drama written and directed by Korey Green and co-written and executive produced by Larry Quinn, former owner of the Buffalo Sabers; a new spaghetti western, 6 Bullets to Hell; the Mexican metaphysical mindbender El Incidente/The Incident, which premiered at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival and sold out four screenings at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas; and the sci-fi flavored action film Channeling, which combines reality TV, car chases, and cutting edge technology. In all, the festival will screen 19 feature films, two medium length films, 39 shorts, and 12 music videos. In addition, the festival will judge 18 entries in its Original Screenplay Competition. Eighty-six works were selected from almost 300 submissions from around the world.
“This year’s roster of outstanding films proves we’re about more than horror films, ” says Dreams co-founder Gregory Lamberson. “We program all genres and feature several comedies and a local drama, and we continue to support locally produced films such as Rhonda Parker’s romantic comedy Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends, Ken Consentino’s horror thriller Within, and 13-year-old Hope Muelbauer’s short film Zombie Kids.”
Many films at the festival will be followed by Q&As with the filmmakers. Green, Quinn, and several cast members from The Romans will attend their gala event, and Isaac Ezban is traveling to Buffalo from Mexico City to present El Incidente. Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly will screen his James Bond spoof Spyfall, and Ryan Bellgardt is coming from Oklahoma to show his raucous time travel adventure Army of Frankensteins.
“The notifications from filmmakers who will be attending are already pouring in,” says Lamberson’s partner, Chris Scioli. “Last year 30 filmmakers came to screen their work. This is what makes a film festival truly special: the opportunity for festival goers to interact with filmmakers of all stripes and for the filmmakers to network with each other. A real camaraderie develops that shows the city at its best.”
A complete listing of all selected films follows. Admission is $9.00 per block, usually consisting of one micro-short or music video, one short, and one feature, with a $7.00 discount available for students, seniors, and patrons with military ID. A Day Pass for four features on Saturday, November 8th, costs $25, and Day Passes for Sunday-Thursday (three features per day) cost $20. An All Festival Pass costs $99. Advance tickets will go on sale soon from Dipson Theatres, and you can get more info on the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival website. Submissions for 2015 will open in December.
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival Official Selections 2014 – 19 features, 17 Original Screenplays, 2 Medium Length Films, 31 Short Films, 3 Micro Short Films, 12 Music Videos = 84 works
6 Bullets to Hell
Army of Frankensteins
Axe to Grind
B.O.Y.D. (WNY, Non-competition)
Call Girl of Cthulhu
The Drownsman (Canada)
Elizabeth Bathory (WNY)
Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive (WNY, World Premiere)
El Incidente/The Incident (Mexico)
The God Question
Mostly Dead (WNY)
The Romans (WNY, Buffalo Premiere)
The Search for Simon (UK)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS (Feature Length)
“Belzec: The Made Undead” by Steffan Postaer
“The Crimson Confession” by Raymond Just
“The Cursed Flesh” by Anders Nelson
“The Devil Inside” by Gabriella Messina
“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite” by Ron Brawer
“East Side Girl the Musical” by Max Segal
“Hangover Man” by Nick Roth
“Iron Dogs” by Neil Chase
“The Last Vikings” by David Throndill
“Lost Cause” by David Schroeder
“Love & Robots” by Dennis Schebetta
“Midnight Daisy” by Jesse Vigil
“The Night Witches” by Steven Prowse
“Rain of Terror” by Matthew Lorentz
“The Roman Downsizing” by John Leary
“Sardis the Merciful” by Christian Thomas
“Silverblood: Dawn of the Wolf” by Fiore Derosa and Samantha Talbot
“Steal Away” by Jon Paul Reese
“The Witch’s Hand” by Wendy Joseph
MEDIUM LENGTH FILMS
The Outlaw: Evil Women (WNY)
Scope of Practice (WNY)
Bodies in Irreversible Detriment
By the Hair of the Head
Dead Hearts (Canada)
Dieu Reconnaitra les Siens/Let God Sort Them Out (France)
Gave Up the Ghost (WNY, Non-competition)
Hands Like Suitcases (WNY)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Zombie (Belgium)
Henry and the Midnight Dentist (UK )
In Fear Of: Glossophobia, the Fear of Speaking in Public
In Fear Of': Toxiphobia, the Fear of Being Poisoned
Job Interview (Germany)
Meet Your Maker
One More Day
Orbit Ever After (Ireland)
Road Test (WNY)
Ruby’s Skin (UK)
The Shepherd 9m, (Canada)
Stolen from Society (WNY)
Sunshine for Breakfast
Waterborne (Australia )
Watch Over Me (UK)
Zombie Kids (WNY)
A Fight to Propose
Leviathan Ages (UK)
Ace in the Hole: Enthralled (WNY)
Bill Carter – “Anything Made of Paper”
Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition
Burn Away: Shane Cole
Delica-m: Mean Something
Delica-m: Pretty in the Dark (Canada)
Find a Little Boogie (WNY)
The Outlaw: Theme Song (WNY)
Stay With Me
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What would really happen if you could magically catapult into the fantasy land of your favorite toys? Probably just a lot of death. And this clip from the ABCs of Death 2 happily displays the horrors of that fantasy world perfectly.
Check out footage from easily the best of the 26 shorts from ABCs of Death 2, now on VOD platforms everywhere. It was directed by Manborg‘s Steven Kostanski.
“ABC’s of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.”
“Broken” is the new stop motion short from director Adam Ciolfi and was inspired by the cult movie classic The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962).
“Broken” tells the story of a damaged robot who attempts to keep his companion alive after a catastrophic accident.
This short was an independent production and completely self financed. It was in fact, a one man show. It sort of reminds me of the old Tool videos, which is awesome.
“The Walking Dead” continues next Sunday with Episode 5.03 – ‘Four Walls and a Roof.’
In the episode, Rick and the others find themselves pitted against a group of nasty people.
Below we have the promo, unfortunately not in HD, as well as a clip that goes inside the Church.
At the end of April, Syfy announced a third installment in its Sharknado juggernaut will be heading our way in summer 2015, and today they dished some new details. Read on and bring an umbrella.
After the original Sharknado swept across Los Angeles and Sharknado 2: The Second One turned its deadly fury on New York City, be on the lookout for Sharknado 3 to hit the entire Eastern Seaboard. The announcement was made at the network’s Orlando-based press tour this morning and reported by IGN.
Interestingly enough, beginning with an attack on Washington, D.C., where, as Dave Howe, President of Syfy and Chiller, said they will finally be giving the nation’s capital “what it deserves,” the sharks will move along the coast, landing in none other than Orlando, FL. The airborne water beasts will wreak havoc on the “Feast Coast.”
Sharkado 2: The Second One co-stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath. Among the guest stars are Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, and Perez Hilton. The movie, which was filmed in New York City, was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin (both of whom worked on the original Sharknado).
The upcoming Sharknado 3 will once again be produced by The Asylum. Look for more soon!
It first happened in A Haunting In Connecticut, then in The Quiet Ones, now MTV continues the lack of imagination in “The Dorm,” where a character spews up a bunch of ghosts.
The psychological horror movie stars Pitch Perfect and Project X‘s Alexis Knapp.
The pic, directed by Rachel Talalay (Freddy’s Dead) from a script by Sean Hood (Halloween: Resurrection), “revolves around Vivian (Knapp), an awkward college freshman who struggles with major self-esteem issues but undergoes a transformation into a flawless, seductive beauty at the hands of her new dorm mates.”
Cassie Steele (“Degrassi”) plays Sarah, a funny and unpredictable queen bee who turns Vivian into her pet project. Max Lloyd Jones (“Teen Wolf”) also co-stars. (Deadline)
Bloody Disgusting learned today that RLJ/Image Entertainment is releasing Lowell Dean’s crowd-sourced Wolfcop (read our review) on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download early 2015.
In the film, “Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal copwould be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop…he’s a WOLFCOP.”
We also have the exclusive first look at the new art, as well as a gruesome batch of imagery!
It stars Leo Fafard (I Heart ReginaM), Amy Matysio (Just Friends), and Jonathan Cherry (House of the Dead, Final Destination 2).
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It isn’t often that I have the time to do book reviews these days, but when Christopher Rice’s The Vines showed up in my mailbox just days before I was leaving on a cross-country trip, it seemed serendipitous, and I excitedly packed the thin volume in my suitcase, planning to check it out on the return leg of my journey. I cracked it open just moments into my four-hour flight home, and now, less than three hours later, here I am writing this review, feeling happy to have spent time with such interesting characters and situations, yet slightly sad that our time together had come to such a swift conclusion.
The book’s synopsis, which mentions “dark forces” residing in the ground beneath a former Southern plantation located just outside New Orleans, didn’t quite prepare me for the wild ride I was about to take. The Vines begins the night of a birthday party for Caitlin Chaisson, wealthy owner of the aforementioned estate, known as Spring House, during which she spies her husband, Troy, cheating on her with a pretty blonde. All her life Caitlin has felt unattractive and inadequate so needless to say, this discovery leaves her in quite a state; and she retreats to the gazebo located on the grounds, where she cuts her arms and wrists, ready to end it all. But those forces – the “vines” of the title – have other plans and absorb her blood. They spring to life, consuming Troy, traumatizing his paramour, and leaving Caitlin questioning reality. They also heal her wounds and leave her feeling empowered so maybe they’re not all bad?
Meanwhile, Nova, the Spring House groundskeeper’s daughter, sees just enough of what transpired to begin her own investigation, teaming up with Caitlin’s childhood friend, Blake, to try to put the pieces together. Currently Blake and Caitlin are estranged because he tried to warn her about Troy’s two-timing ways, and she wouldn’t hear of it. When he tries to overcome their differences and learn more about the vines and their magic, she shuts him out, leaving him no alternative but to work with Nova and, later, her father, Willie Thomas, to save himself and Spring House.
A lot of bat-shit crazy stuff happens that would probably sound ridiculous if I were to attempt to summarize it so suffice to say that although The Vines is lean (just 214 pages), it’s also quite mean, and horror fans should eat it up! Oh, and did I mention that there’s also some very nasty business involving massive swarms of bugs that do the vines’ bidding? That ought to get your attention if you’re the squeamish type.
As you’d expect for a story set on and around a plantation, slavery and racism play a big part in the history and subsequent actions of the vines, and there’s also a subplot regarding a hate crime that took place several years prior involving Blake and his young gay lover during their high school years. To Rice’s credit, neither of these hot button issues feels heavy-handed or preachy in any way as things organically unfold and the vindictive vines begin wreaking havoc on those unlucky enough to find themselves in their path.
Most of the action revolves around Nova and Blake, and things move quickly with the entire tale taking place over just a few days. Rice’s style is brisk and spare with no fluff or filler; every word belongs and advances the story. The violence the vines and their insect minions leave in their path is brutal and vivid, and the characters are richly drawn, proving that just a few well chosen words can convey volumes. As for that hasty ending I mentioned above, while it does leave a few questions open for a possible sequel, it is so completely satisfying that if one never comes, I won’t be mad at anyone.
The Vines is the first of Christopher Rice’s books that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. He may have only just begun to dip his toes into the supernatural waters his mother, Anne Rice, has mined so richly over the years, but here’s hoping he continues on that path with his entire foot, leg, etc.
Given the time of year, it’s only fitting that we have a quick update on everyone’s favorite October franchise, Halloween.
In Orlando, producer Malek Akkad was on hand at a small Halloween screening event at the AMC located on the Universal CityWalk Orlando, and he offered the following update. Thanks to STYD who was in attendance.
“It’s been a joy to work with so many creative people – ten films,” Akkad said, touching the franchise’s legacy. “We’re working on eleven as we speak. We’re working on a script right now. A new draft – perfect timing – is supposed to hit the day before Halloween. Hopefully my Halloween night reading will be a good read.”
Earlier in the year, reboot and sequel director Rob Zombie confirmed to SciFi Now that he wouldn’t be returning to direct: “I’m definitely not directing it if they ever do go ahead with a third movie.” Keep in mind that at one point in his career Zombie also stated he’d never do a remake.
Chris Pine stars in “Vampire Lawyer,” a film about a blood-sucking attorney that really takes flight once the credits roll.
While the super short has a hilarious pun to sell the premise, this Halloween Treat doesn’t get rolling until the hysterical end credits.
The end credits have all sorts of funny shenanigans ranging from dead-pan serious actor interviews, to green screen footage and even a theme song that’s on part with “BoJack Horseman”.
When Capcom revealed Resident Evil: Revelations 2, a decidedly more survival horror take on the franchise that first coined the term back in 1996, most fans were pleased. The game is an attempt to return the series to the genre it once pioneered, but it’s also more than that. This is a stab at introducing a little innovation into a series that’s grown stale over the years. It’s an experiment, and Capcom isn’t afraid to call it what it is.
Polygon recently had the chance to glean some information from one of the game’s producers, Michiteru Okabe, who shed some light on their decision to break the game up into four episodes that will release a week apart starting early next year.
According to Okabe, the decision to break the game up into bite-sized chunks was made to provide enough of an incentive for players to want to finish each episode, as well as to keep it on their minds after the fact. Capcom looks at hugely popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, and specifically at how their respective audiences turn to social media to discuss each episode after the fact.
Capcom wants us to do that with Resident Evil: Revelations 2, they’re just not completely sure how to get it to happen. One idea they have is to take a page out of the latter show’s book with a Talking Dead style recap show.
“It will be like watching a TV drama so people can talk,” Okabe said. “I think our format is a bit different, but we definitely had an eye on Telltale and the games they put together. One thing they do really well, and we took inspiration from, even though their episodes are really spread out, people remained very interested because they talked about the game with each other.”
Capcom is doing some really smart things here. They’re looking to successful TV shows and video games for inspiration, while at the same time experimenting on their own. We won’t know how it turns out until next year, but I have high hopes.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is scheduled to hit PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Finnish hard rock band Lordi to bring you the exclusive song premiere of “The United Rocking Dead”, which comes from the band’s upcoming seventh studio album Scare Force One!
The stream can be found below along with the band’s lyric video for “Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein”.
This week, Don and Justin are all over the map. From the new flick The Book of Life, to the new game “The Evil Within,” to “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, to “Dino Crisis” they cover it all. Maybe they should rename it “A.D.D. Podcast.”
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Night at the Museum 3) outs on The Terminator‘s glasses in The Guest, a new action horror from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the duo behind A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and You’re Next.
While we await word on the U.S. home video release, the UK Blu-ray and DVD arrive December 29 boasting 7 deleted scenes, the trailer and audio commentary with Wingard and Barrett,
Maika Monroe (At Any Price, Labor Day), Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men, Singles), Leland Orser (Seven, Taken) and Lance Reddick (American Horror Story: Coven, Fringe) also star.
“Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, the Peterson family find great comfort when David, a young charismatic former soldier, arrives at their home, claiming to be a friend and colleague of their late son. He is quickly welcomed into their lives, and begins helping out in unexpected ways that seem to change the family’s fortunes for the better.
A troubling and violent chain of events cause Anna (Monroe), the oldest daughter, to suspect David’s real intentions, and she begins to realise that his motives are more extreme than the family could ever imagine. This steely-eyed stranger might appear to be a dream come true but as bullets start to fly and the body count rises, the Peterson family’s nightmare is just beginning.”
Hoping to build hype for his ongoing Indiegogo crowd funding campaign, IBTrav Illustrations & Design has released a slew of new “Lost Mysteries” from his “Scooby-Doo” collection.
Below you’ll see he’s now put Scoobs and the gang in the middle of Maniac Cop, Bloody Valentine and even Sorority Row.
There’s no shortage of amazing Silent Hill cosplay on the Internet — I’ve even spent some time covering some of it — but with Halloween less than two weeks out, I figure the timing is right to check out some more. This Pyramid Head costume was hand-made by Reddit user hkygoalie30, and it’s some damn fine work.
I’m especially fond of his decision to paint the muscles onto his body. I do that too, but for everyday things, like for getting groceries. Exercise is for suckers (also, I’m really lazy).
Is anyone here planning on dressing up as one of their favorite video game characters for Halloween, or can we expect nothing but Groots this year?