Cannibal Flick The Bad Batch Eats Up Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:22

Today marks the VOD release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and so it’s only fitting that today also brings casting news for her next film. It’s a cannibal flick titled The Bad Batch, and holy balls is the cast impressive.

Deadline reports that both Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves have signed on to star in the dystopian love story, alongside Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse. As was recently rumored, the always badass Jason Momoa is also officially on board.

Production is set to start in L.A. on the Texas wasteland cannibal tale next month. Waterhouse will play the charter of Arlen, Luna will play Jimmy, Reeves will play The Dream, Carrey The Hermit, and Momoa is Miami Man.

Amirpour penned the screenplay and is directing.

Described as a cross between The Road Warrior and Pretty in Pink, The Bad Batch is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside. The film is a love story about a cannibal (Momoa) and his food.

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Rob Zombie’s 31 – Jane Carr Slithers as Sister Serpent

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:09

The lazy part of me wishes Rob Zombie would announce the cast of his film 31 all at once so I wouldn’t have to keep writing a new story every day. The fun part of me though, it can’t wait to see who Zombie will announce next!

According to the official Rob Zombie Facebook page, Jane Carr is the newest member of the growing 31 cast. Jane plays Sister Serpent a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose.

Carr joins the previously announced Richard Brake as “Doom-Head”; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, a very special friend of the main man Doom-Head; Malcolm McDowell, who will play Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; Judy Geeson as “Sister Dragon”; David Ury as “Schizo-Head”; Daniel Roebuck as Pastor Victor; Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as “Panda Thomas,” the manager of a traveling roadshow known as “The Venus Lux Happy Time Fun Show”; E.G. Daily as the character “Sex-Head”; Torsten Voges as “Death-Head, as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.

Synopsis:
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

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Dredd 2 Likely Never Happening, Says Alex Garland

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:07

Ever since the 2012 release of blood-soaked action flick Dredd, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. Regardless, it is no closer to being made at the time of writing this, and sadly it seems that the same will be true for the rest of eternity. Read on for the crushing latest.

In an interview with MTV, Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland cut right to the chase when he was asked about the fate of the project, laying out the painful facts about this particular case.

One of the things that’s bugged me is that I feel like fans have been slightly exploited to a degree, by having things dangled in front of them,” said Garland. “The mechanics of film finance are complicated and tricky, and one thing that’s obvious and kind of irreducible is that if a film really bombs at the box office, it’s hard to get money for a sequel. And Dredd bombed.”

And that’s that. Dredd was a box office flop, no matter how much we loved it, and so a sequel is HIGHLY unlikely. Shame, but that’s just the way Hollywood works. So when you really enjoy a movie, no matter the genre, spread the word and make sure people support it!

You can watch the brief interview snippet below.

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Infernal (2015)

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:00

Starring Alyssa Koerner, Andy Ostroff, Heather Adair

Directed by Bryan Coyne

If it weren’t for non-functional parents in horror movies, all children would thrive and lead terror-free existences…but that would be exceedingly boring, now wouldn’t it? If Mom and Dad love to scratch and brawl at every conceivable turn, with no hope of reconciliation, topped off with no sense of where their offspring is at differing moments, then by all means, there is no greater environment in which to bring a young’un into the world!

Take Bryan Coyne’s latest supernatural thriller, Infernal for example: we’ve got the newly married couple consisting of Nathan and Sophia (Ostroff, Adair), who hardly give the off the impression that they’re in love, or even willing to be compatible with each other, as the majority of their dialogue between each other boils down to screaming and an endless barrage of f-bombs aplenty. Enter their newest addition to the family, baby Imogene – as her little life crawls along, she becomes increasingly more creepy with every passing day. Whether it be the constant need to comb her long blond tresses, or the covert ability to sneak off at a moment’s notice undetected, it’s clearly obvious that something else is in control of this little one, and Mom and Dad are WAY too involved with themselves and their problems to focus solely upon their daughter’s issues. At the request of a psychiatrist, it’s concluded that maybe the intervention of a running camera would be the best way to track her progression…well then, isn’t it always?

Never mind with speaking to the child, or having her under the direct supervision of a qualified professional – nonsense! The only licensed proficient in the house apparently is Doctor Go-Pro (at least they’ll save on health insurance). As would be expected, Nathan chooses to record every single moment of little Imogene’s calendar, from birthday parties to her love of the neighborhood dogs, regardless of whether they love her or not. A few instances even capture the voice (and image) of a dark, horned presence in her bedroom at night, almost taking watch of her as she sleeps, all the while Nathan and Sophia continue to piss and moan at each other like a couple of petulant children, which was kind of a sneaky move by their therapist.

As her behavior grows more and more mechanical and laid-out, unfortunately so does the progression of the movie, and aside from a fairly surprising turn of events towards the movie’s conclusion, we’re left with that overdone feeling that’s been far too commonplace in today’s brand of horror.

Now I’m not one to play the evil reviewer here, and if you believe that statement, I’d like to announce a casting call for Cabin in the Woods Part 2 (just kidding). Look, performances are what you’d expect from a “found-footage” styled presentation, a lot of infighting, a crapload of “fucks!!” being hurled in every direction, and the inability (at least in this movie) to convince me to sympathize with virtually any character…ever. In the end of all things, when you’re hankerin for a big ol’ slice of angry kid-right-hand-of Satan type of film, allow me to offer up a little gem from 1976… anyone? Starred some guy named Gregory Peck? Anyone? Give me a little while, and I’m sure it’ll come to me.

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“Houdini and Doyle” Investigate the Paranormal

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:43

Fox is exploring the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, reports TVLine.

The network has bought, and sent straight to series, the 10-episode supernatural crime drama “Houdini and Doyle”.

The project is inspired by the real-life friendship between the illusionist and the author famous for bringing life to Sherlock Holmes.

In the series — from writers David Titcher (“The Librarians”) and David Hoselton (“House”) and executive producer David Shore (creator of the “Sherlock”-esque “House”) — Houdini (who believes in nothing) and Doyle (who believes in everything) grudgingly team up to investigate supernaturally tinged crimes.

Houdini and Doyle will also air on U.K.’s ITV and Canada’s Shaw Media.

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[Comic Review] “Batgirl Endgame” #1 Is Expressive and Incredible

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:26

For what its worth, the main “Batgirl” title really isn’t for me. I understand the appeal and I love the new creative direction but I’ve never been that interested by the character. So when the “Batgirl Endgame” book arrived on my doorstep I was more than a little sceptical. But, despite this I really enjoyed the one shot. Perhaps because it’s one of the most bold experiments in comics recently and it pays off magnificently.

WRITTEN BY: Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher
ART BY: Bengal
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: March 18, 2015

This end game tie in takes place within the continuity of the ongoing “Batman” title and sees Gotham fallen to anarchy under the joker virus, yet again. In the midst of this Barbara finds herself tasked with saving a young girl who has the onset of the virus, and she has to do anything to stop her from falling victim to Joker’s murderous pathogen.

From the opening pages the art is crisp and clear. It’s expressively colored but really only uses dark colors and earth tones. The world is on fire and every page makes you feel it. But, most impressively is the distinct lack of dialogue within the issue. The entire ordeal goes down without so much of an utterance from Batgirl and the result is an overwhelmingly brisk issue that throws you into a moment of heroics like nothing else.

The script from Stewart and Fletcher is something to marvel at. Without a single line of dialogue to carry the story the trust in Bengal is gigantic. It was well warranted as nothing in the issue suffers from a lack of clarity or purpose. Instead you get thrown into the moment and the comic barely lets you catch your breath until the final page.

Tie in issues often feel bloated with heavy exposition, stating their reasons for existence and forcing an otherwise unnatural narrative. “Batgirl Endgame” doesn’t concern itself with any of that. Instead it throws you into the situation and allows you to fill in the details for yourself. It’s as experimental as super hero comics get, and it’s one of the best examples of a tie in event comic that DC has ever released.

 

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‘V/H/S Viral’ Is Now Available On Netflix Instant

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:16

Magnet Releasing’s V/H/S Viral is now available on Netflix’s instant streaming platform.

The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).

“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”

Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.

Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.

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Alex Roe Lands Male Lead in The Ring Prequel Rings

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:05

Pre-production has begun on F. Javier Gutierrez’s Rings, set to be a prequel to the 2002 remake of The Ring. We recently learned that a female lead had been found, and today another piece has been added to the casting puzzle. Read on for the latest!

Deadline reports that Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) has nabbed the male lead in the prequel, starring opposite Italian actress Matilda Lutz. He will be playing Holt, who is the boyfriend to Lutz’s character and becomes distant from her after watching the tape.

Related Story: First Look at Rings Shows Return of Samara

Rings will hit theaters on November 13, 2015.

Gutierrez is directing from a script written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka, and Jacob Aaron Estes.

Based on a Japanese cult success, the first U.S. film went on to gross $249 million at the worldwide box office. That was enough to justify a sequel, which didn’t match the first one’s B.O. power but still grossed $160 million worldwide.

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“Salem” Gets a Full Trailer That Unleashes Hell!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:05

The full Season 2 trailer has been released for WGN America’s “Salem,” returning on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET/9pm CT. In it, we see that war in waged on the witches, while Lucy Lawless is introduced as the last “true” witch. Will she also battle Janet Montgomery and her coven, who are about to unleash Hell upon the town?

“Salem”, a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, returns for season two at the dawn of a Witch War. As the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne.

“Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”), Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”), Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”).

Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Spartacus”) and Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) joined the series for season two. Lawless joins the cast as “Countess Marburg,” one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches and Townsend portrays English aristocrat “Samuel Wainwright” – a doctor looking to uncover the secrets of “Salem” and keep his own from those who would seek to discover them.

Check out some really cool posters here:

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Ana Lily Amirpour’s Cannibal Film Gets Interesting Cast

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:02

Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a stunning, singular debut film. Thankfully we won’t have to wait long for her next film, The Bad Batch, which is being described as a dystopian love story centered on a community of cannibals living in a Texas wasteland. Production starts next month and according to Deadline, it’s set to have an interesting cast.

Diego Luna, Suki Waterhouse, and Jason Momoa (starring as a character called “Miami Man”) are all on board. Now it’s been announced that Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey have signed on. Wow. Even cooler, Reeves is playing a character called “The Dream” and Carrey is “The Hermit.”

I adore A Girl Walks Home At Night and am really looking forward to this one. It’ll be interesting to see what Amirpour can do with a decent budget.

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Within Madness (2015)

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:00

Starring Matt Story, Kaci Champion, Jessica Dickory

Directed by J.M. Stelly

Aah, the ramblings of a madman – whether conceptually fictional or right out of the newspapers, some of them can make for interesting reading (or watching, dependent upon which type of media they choose to utilize). Some of the all-time favorites have got to be Manson, Bundy, Dahmer, and even good old Hannibal the Cannibal himself, but not too many folks recognize the name of Ricardo Lopez, the infamous stalker of Icelandic singer Bjork, who in 1996 took his own life, but not before making a nearly nine-month video rant at his home in Hollywood.

Director J.M. Stelly used Lopez’s maniacal tendencies to inspire Within Madness, a thriller basing its focus upon Donovan Summer (Story), a personal trainer who had become obsessed with a former client (Champion), and sat down (in painful lengths) to prattle on about his morbid fascination with her. His deep descent into complete mental separation is drawn out over the course of its relatively short runtime, and with Selly’s usage of 16mm stock, the grain and feel is that of a retro art house production – nice touch, indeed. Summer’s slip into depravity is wrought with cut scenes of a slave and her master in some antiquated S&M footage – odd in appearance and it just looks out of place. As the movie slogs along in its attempt to convince the viewer that Summer is flipping his loon-switch (as if we couldn’t already tell), his rants become more fervent in their emergence, and the way that Stelly shoots the video diary shots is a way to pull you in, yet if you’ve seen and heard the musings of sociopaths in the past, this dialogue can seem both tedious and pedestrian.

Story does a respectable job in his portrayal of the damaged soul, and at times offers up memories reminiscent of one Mr. Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, but it’s the slowdown that will whittle away at your patience (at least it did mine) and almost slams the brakes so hard that your skull bounces off of the dashboard – quick on the startup, even faster to decelerate, and that is nothing short of a terminal diagnosis for a presentation with a 75-minute life span. My advice for those looking for the real deal when it comes to true schizoid delirium on tape? – Google some of Lopez’s actual video diaries, as that’s the kind of stuff what will keep you up at night, because when it comes to this kind of “madness,” my prescription would be to sleep it off, and save yourself the psychological wear and tear on your melons.

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‘John Wick’ Kill Count Shows All of the Shots to the Head!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:54

The Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick was easily one of the most underrated and best films of the year.

Reeves plays a ex-hitman who goes on a bloody rampage after a gangster’s son murders his dog (given to him as a gift by his deceased wife). Yup, the character’s motivation is puppy revenge, which is insanely badass.

From John’s house to the Red Circle, Church and Compound, this reddit user created the following “Kill Count” that breaks down all of those who stood in Wick’s way – and ended up with a bullet to the head.

How many people did John Wick kill? How accurate was he? Find out below, and don’t miss John Wick out now via Lionsgate.

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[Exclusive Comic Preview] Steve Niles’ “The October Faction” # 5

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:53

Steve Niles is often regarded as a master of horror in modern comics. His work in Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night show him as a storyteller who isn’t afraid to use the medium of comics against the reader. He has a talent for finding strange new artists to present his scripts in the most horrific way possible and his work on “The October Faction” is no different.

Now, before the impending release next week, here’s an exclusive preview of issue #5.

The October Faction #5

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

Geoff is sick and tired of a certain Robot-Faced menace stalking his sister and threatening his father, so the two have an all-out brawl to settle the score. Meanwhile, Lucas reveals a terrible secret to his former partner, and an old enemy of the Allan family comes back from the dead!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

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Today on VOD: Backcountry, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Spring and Zombeavers

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:18

Today is thus far the biggest horror VOD release date of the year, as a handful of 2015’s hottest gems are now available for instant viewing. Read on for all the details, and get ready to spend the weekend on the couch!

First up, writer/director Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry (review) has been unleashed by IFC Midnight today, and our own Matt Boiselle raves that the flick “does for the woods what Jaws did for the ocean.” High praise, to say the very least.

Starring Eric Balfour, Missy Peregrym, and Jeff Roop, Backcountry follows an urban couple who embark on a camping trip in the Canadian backcountry. When they enter a predatory bear’s territory, their trip turns into an horrific tale of tragedy, will, and survival.

We go from survival horror to vampire horror with Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review), which is being touted as the world’s first Iranian vampire Western. Is your interest piqued? Because it should be!

In the film, the Iranian ghost town of Bad City, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

One of this year’s most anticipated horror films has been Spring (review), the latest from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution). It has received predominantly rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it, and today it’s available for all to enjoy.

Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film, centered on a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

And last but certainly not least, those looking for a whacky horror-comedy need look no further than Jordin Rubin’s Zombeavers (review), which chomps its way to VOD outlets today courtesy of Freestyle Releasing.

When a trio of sexy college girls arrive at a remote cabin for a weekend getaway, their vacation is quickly jeopardized by a hungry bear, a menacing hunter, and the girls’ own party-crashing boyfriends. However, these disturbances are nothing compared to what lurks in the lake by the cabin: The result of a local chemical spill, a horde of bloodthirsty, zombified beavers closes in on the unsuspecting co-eds.

 

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Rob Zombie’s ’31′ Has a Satanic Sister Serpent

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:17

Jane Carr is the latest to join Rob Zombie’s 31, his Halloween-themed slasher that’s now in production.

Carr will portray Sister Serpent, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose.

She started her long career in 1969 with The Pride Of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Maggie Smith and has continued on in everything from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to “How I Met Your Mother.”

The Devil’s Rejects‘ Ginger Lynn recently was added as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake).

Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.

Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.

Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.

Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.

“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.

Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”

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‘Attack On Titan’: Full HD Teaser Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:10

Yesterday we showed you a clip from a Japanese program that shared footage from Attack On Titan, the live-action adaptation of the awesome anime that’s now on Netflix?

Now, below we’ve added the full teaser trailer, in HD nonetheless. How big is it? Well, it’s larger than Godzilla!

Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind this two-part live action adventure that features “Titans” that are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla (120m vs. 108m in Gareth Edwards’ remake). And unlike most movies these days, the Titans will be a mix of both CG and practical SFX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro – much like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

In Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese Attack On Titan:

“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”

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‘Rings’ Gets Its Male Lead Who Watches “THE” Tape

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:06

The Fifth Wave star Alex Roe will see the Rings as he’s been cast in the lead of The Ring prequel opposite Matilda Lutz. He will play Lutz’s boyfriend ‘Holt’, who watches the tape.

F. Javier Gutierrez directs with a theatrical release planned for November 13, 2015.

Bloody Disgusting was able to find out what the 3-D Ring will be about. Our sources told us last week that the new The Ring is actually a prequel, and takes place before the 2002 remake that starred Naomi Watts as a woman uncovering the mystery behind a haunted VHS tape. Rings will take place years before the creation of said tape and tell the origin of Samara’s reign of terror.

“Rings” is also the name of the short – directed by TCM 2 and TMNTs’ Jonathan Liebesman – that accompanied the purchase of The Ring 2 on home video in 2005.

Aviva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes all had a hand in writing the script, which is based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki.

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Exclusive – Lou Taylor Pucci Talks Spring

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lou Taylor Pucci, whose latest horror/romance feature film, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring (review), will be opening up next week; and after coming to the conclusion that we both were reeling from the effects of different St. Patrick’s Day celebrations the night before, we settled in and discussed a number of topics. So grab some aspirin and a little black coffee along with us, but more importantly, enjoy!

Dread Central – Can you give us a little insight about how you got your start in the business?

Lou Taylor Pucci – I did The Sound of Music on Broadway – I was running around in a sailor’s suit, singing “Do-Re-Mi.” I did community theater as a kid and that’s where it led to in New York City – I lived about an hour away, and almost my entire family has been in the entertainment industry in some way or another. My Dad was a musician, and my Mom did some modeling, and they said that they gave me a good stage name, because they thought I was going to be a musician, so I guess that’s what I aspired to, but nobody said that, which was nice because I never felt the pressure to become a musician, and honestly I didn’t have the talent for it. Something in me just picked up singing so fast – I had the right pitch, and maybe because it was from me hearing my Dad sing so much when I was younger. So I was on Broadway about a year and a half after I started auditioning, and then film came way later – there was a year in between where I was trying to figure out what the hell to do next. I remember thinking after The Sound of Music was done, I thought “I hope this isn’t the coolest thing I ever do in my life” (laughs). Then film started coming around, and that was because of one awesome woman: Rebecca Miller, who is married to Daniel Day-Lewis – she made this movie called Personal Velocity, where I played this dark, dark role, and coming from Broadway to being a hitchhiker who’s been beaten, and picks his fingers until they bleed, it was so different and real that it actually shocked my system when I went for the audition, and I realized what acting was like for film, and from then on, I’ve just been riding the wave.

DC – Tell me about your character Evan in Spring.

LP – It’s a little hard for me to describe it because he’s so real…just a regular guy. The one thing that’s really special about him in some ways is that he has no one. He starts the movie off by losing his mother, and he finds out later on that he’s lost his mother, and that it occurred before his mother’s passing. He’s a regular guy, and I kind of base him on my brother, Zack, in terms of the masculine figure – he’s just the normal dude – he doesn’t give away his feelings very easily, and he’s not very emotional outwardly, but when he finds this woman, everything changes, and he opens up and falls in love. From there he realizes that he’s got someone, and they’re the only person that matters in his life – he’s a lonely character, and he’s at that point in his life where he’s got to try something different.

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DC – Now I’ve wanted to nail someone down from the Evil Dead cast for a while for this question: How rigorous was the filming? It looked like a lot of you took quite a beating during the shoots!

LP – Dude, that was one of the coolest things I ever did. Using all practical effects like that – there was no green screening at all – when someone’s arm was getting cut off, that was it! It felt like a throwback to when you could make horror films well, because people could see what the hell was going on, and everyone was covered in fake blood, and they all were frustrated and angry that they stuck to everything! My hair was stuck to my shoulders the entire movie – I’d wake up and have to get a spray-down on my shoulders just so I could life my cheek off (laughs). We make it in New Zealand, which is beautiful, but we were filming in Winter, so it was shockingly cold in this giant warehouse, and I honestly got to see the biggest production that I’ve ever been a part of. The house had each room rolled away from each other room, so that they could film in it as best they could, and each room was built to exact specifications so that they could fit all the crew in there, yet make each room look tiny in the cabin, and it was really well done. Fede Alvarez was one of the coolest dudes ever, and I just could believe that he had the immediate ability to not only make amazing homages to the original, but also make his own thing happen, and not be too precious about the original stuff either. Making the lead character a girl, and not having Bruce Campbell be a part of that was awesomely smart – no one can replace him, and only Bruce Campbell can be Bruce Campbell – he’s just a personality all to himself.

DC – You’ve had your hands in both TV and film projects, so do you have a preference, or just happy to be acting as a whole?

LP – I just love acting different characters and playing parts that look different. I know that sounds weird, and a lot of people start from the inside and work their way out with it, but I do the reverse. If I can’t look at myself in the mirror, and I look like a different person, then it’s very hard for me, and that’s why my character of Evan in Spring was so hard to play because it was just me – head shaved bald, so I had to start from the inside with that, but most of the time whatever part will give me the ability to do that, I’ll try. I once played a transvestite on Law & Order, and I said “only if I get to keep the beard that I have!” I looked whacked out – I had makeup and a beard, and it looked hilarious, and he was also sad and strange – it was awesome. I always look for those kinds of parts where people are going to allow me to make the audience forget that its me, as if they ever had any idea who this person ever was, because I don’t think that’s real acting, and I don’t think it should be a fucking popularity contest. If you’re a musician, you’ve got to create a personality,if you’re a comedian, you’ve got to create a personality, but if you’re an actor, you’ve got to create a personality that can fit into anything. Personally, I don’t like the whole “Tom Cruise in the next shootout movie!” – to me, it doesn’t make sense – I want to feel the story, and believe that story, and forget that it’s Tom Cruise.

DC – I recently saw on your IMDb page that you’re listed as a producer on a movie titled Poor Boy – what’s going on with that?

LP – Yeah, we’re going to be making it in a month – it’s about two brothers in Nevada living on a houseboat on Lake Mead. I play Romeo “Prickface” Griggs – big beard, mohawk, and my brother, who is kind of called “Poor Boy” – you actually never hear his name in the movie, which I think is cool. It’s sort of a brother-love story about these two people trying to take care of each other, but at the same time it’s a total comedy – not slapstick, but the dialogue is smart, and it’s very realistic, and it reminds me of a real version of Run Ronnie Run. Robert Scott Wildes is directing, and he’s a first-time feature guy, and I came on early, and helped him in a couple of ways, and it’s the first time I’ve gotten the chance to produce, which is really cool, and I’ll be one of the main characters in the movie – it’s really different for me, which is cool.

DC – Last one I’ve got for you – after the work on Poor Boy, how full is the future slate for you?

LP – Honestly, the last thing that I did was the Law & Order and Spring, which comes out in a week, so that’s the most major thing out right now, and I’ve been working on Poor Boy for about a year – doing research and working for that specific reason – I have a nine-month beard on me right now – it’s huge! With pilot season coming up, combined with a nine-month beard, you’re not going to find a lot of stuff (laughs). The film I’m working on right now is such a passion-project, and it’s so much of what I want to do, that I’ve got to focus on that.

Benson and Moorhead directed from Benson’s script. Evil Dead star Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film.

Synopsis:
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci; Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

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It’s Raining Men in This ‘Dying Light’ Fall Compilation

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00

There are a lot of ways to die in Dying Light. An angry Volatile might grab you, you could fall off a building, drown, get bludgeoned to death by a crowd of Biters, or — and this one’s my favorite — you could sneak up behind an unsuspecting ghoul, only to get blown to pieces because that wasn’t a ghoul, it was a Bomber, you fool!

This vertigo-inducing fall compilation from YouTuber OchiDO is a fun watch, even if I can’t stop wondering why asphalt is deadlier than the roof of a vehicle. Unless the city of Harran constructs their vehicles out of a marshmallow-like substance, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

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AMC’s Preacher Pilot Finds Its Arseface

Dread Central - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:46

Casting news for AMC’s upcoming “Preacher” pilot is coming at us hot and heavy this week, and today the latest announcement has been made. Who will be playing the lovable character known as Arseface? Read on to find out!

Deadline reports that young actor Ian Colletti (“Rake”) has landed the role of Arseface, whose real name is Eugene Root. The character has a horribly disfigured face and a severe speech impediment but is an otherwise nice kid, looking up to main character Jesse Custer. However, the town’s reviled monster is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears might have turned God himself against him.

As we reported yesterday, Ruth Negga has landed the female lead in “Preacher,” playing Jesse’s ex-girlfriend, Tulip. The character is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill, or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.

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“Preacher,” a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production, was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film.

The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ‘90s comic book series, “Preacher” is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

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