#SDCC14: Funko's Next Exclusives Announcement Includes Battle-Damaged Buffy and Invisible Predator

Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:21

Funko is back with another announcement of some exclusives they'll be bringing to next month's San Diego Comic-Con, which include a variant Buffy to supplement their "BTVS" Pop! Vinyls and an "invisible" Predator.

With regard to Buffy, it looks like The Chosen One has been slaying quite a few vampires - and has the scars and bruises to prove it!

As for the Predator, even when he's invisible, he can't hide his green blood splatter!

You have until 4PM PT today to win these two figures (along with the Star Wars and Flintstones figures announced at the same time) on Funko's social media sites:

  • Funko on Facebook
  • Funko on Twitter
  • Funko on Instagram

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    IFC Midnight Opens The Den at Home

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:03

    Did you miss out on the VOD and limited theatrical release of The Den (review)? Fear not, young horror seeker! The flick will be hitting DVD on July 29, 2014!

    After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam.

    While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Soon she finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are now targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

    With nail-biting suspense, The Den plunges the viewer into the darkest depths of humanity and technology. Or at least that's what the press release tells us!

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    Minecraft Creator Bought Aphex Twin’s ‘Caustic Window’ For Over $46,000

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:00

    Remember when I posted that the long lost Aphex Twin album Caustic Window had surfaced and was going for the steep price of $13,500 on Discogs? And then remember how a Kickstarter came about that got to buy the album and then give supporters a digital copy? Well, that test pressing was then auctioned on eBay and it looks like Minecraft creator Notch won the auction at the oh so reasonable price of $46,300. You know, basically on par with a thrift shop find.

    A portion of the auction’s proceeds will go to charity, so there is always that! Head below to stream the album as well as see Notch’s tweet.

    So I kinda paid a lot for a double LP from the '90s..

    — Markus Persson (@notch) June 23, 2014

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    DVD Release Invites You to Rockabilly Zombie Weekend

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:53

    Over a year ago we told you about an upcoming indie flick called Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, which promised all kinds of undead insanity. Today we've gotten word that the film has been dated for home video release, and you're not going to have to wait very long to get your hands on a copy!

    Head over to the official Rockabilly Zombie Weekend website to pre-order the DVD, which begins shipping out on July 1st. While there, you can also purchase the soundtrack CD and learn more about the film.

    Written by Tammy Bennett and directed by Jaime Velez Soto, the flick stars Christina Bach, Daniel Baldock, Seth Petruzelli, J. LaRose, Randy Molnar, Melissa Gruver, Julie Moss, Michelle Elise, J. Benedict Larmore, Emily Cutting, Mark Chandler, Greg Neff, Jason Ripoll, Scott Singer, and Mandaddy.

    Synopsis
    When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!

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    Calvaire Director's Alleluia Picked Up for North American Distribution

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:40

    We recently told you about Vinyan and Calvaire director Fabrice du Welz's next film, Alleluia, which brings a ripped-from-the-headlines tale to horrifying life. Today comes word that a distribution home for the film has been found so read on for the scoop!

    Per Variety, Chicago-based arthouse distributor Music Box has acquired all North American rights to the Belgian genre filmmaker’s gritty horror movie. The film was also acquired by Carlotta Films, a company specializing in classics, for French distribution.

    Head over to the official Alleluia website to learn more.

    Written by Fabrice du Welz and Vincent Tavier, the film stars Laurent Lucas, Lola Dueñas, Héléna Noguerra, David Murgia, Stéphane Bissot, Renaud Rutten, and Philippe Résimont.

    Synopsis
    Manipulated by a loving and jealous husband, Gloria has run away with her daughter and started a new life far away from men and from the rest of the world. Impelled by her friend, Madeleine, she agrees to meet Michel through a dating site. The first time they see each other, there is a spark. Michel, the small-time crook (profession: gigolo), is thrilled; and Gloria falls deeply in love.

    Out of fear Michel runs away, but Gloria comes to find him and makes him promise never to leave her again. She is ready to do anything to salvage this love. She abandons her daughter and pretends to be Michel’s sister so that he can continue his “widow” scams.

    But jealousy drives Gloria crazy, and she eventually kills Marguerite, one of the widows. Michel is in shock, but the two lovers remain tied to each other by some powerful link. They will keep going on their sordid path. Beyond the morbid pact that unites them, Michel finds in Gloria a sort of mother figure he has always been deprived of; for Gloria, Michel is the incarnation of absolute love in a life she thought was over.

    Alleluia is the free adaptation of a news item that shook the United States from 1947 to 1949: the story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, or how a young nurse and a swindling small-time gigolo will fall into a deadly tragedy.

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    New Clip Shows Tender Side of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:37

    Most of the clips we've seen thus far from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have centered on the glorious gun-toting action, but today we take a breather from all that to explore the film's softer side, courtesy of a brand spankin' new clip. Check it out, and make sure you've got tissues handy!

    Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo. James Franco has a minor cameo.

    Synopsis
    A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

    For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).










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    The Guest Checks in With a Teaser Trailer

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:32

    The first trailer has arrived for The Guest, the latest film from the team behind You're Next, and though it's only a teaser, it's packed with enough awesomeness to get you excited - including a particularly smile-inducing homage to Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Dig it!

    You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard is directing from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment.

    The Guest stars Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (“American Horror Story,” “Intelligence”).

    The flick scored itself distribution via Picturehouse, which is planning a September release for The Guest.

    Synopsis
    The film tells the story of a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter, Anna, starts wondering if David is responsible.

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    See the Chaos-Filled Second Trailer for Into the Storm

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:24

    Sometimes Mother Nature can be the biggest baddie of them all. The new trailer for the found footage flick Into the Storm, directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), illustrates this perfectly; and we have it for ya right here. Dig it!

    About Into the Storm
    From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film Into the Storm. Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (Zookeeper, Knight and Day).

    In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

    Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

    Quale is directing the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein, and Bruce Berman.

    The film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Matt Walsh (Ted), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Where the Devil Hides), Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Jon Reep (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), and Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer, TV’s “Friday Night Lights”).

    Quale’s behind-the-scenes creative team consists of several members of his Final Destination 5 roster, including director of photography Brian Pearson, production designer David Sandefur, editor Eric Sears, and composer Brian Tyler, as well as costume designer Kimberly Adams (associate costume designer for the Chronicles of Narnia films).

    New Line Cinema production, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Broken Road production, Into the Storm. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.







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    Aubrey Plaza Zombie Pic ‘Life After Beth’ Gets Trailer and Posters

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:20

    Some girls just want to watch the world burn…

    A24 shared with Indiewire two character posters for Jeff Baena’s Sundance horror comedy, Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser, will be releasing on August 15. MTV also just released the trailer for the pic that received strong critical acclaim out of its world premiere this past January in Park City, Utah.

    Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.

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    ‘Into The Storm’ Looks Like Way Too Much Fun (Trailer)

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:17

    There is no calm before the storm…

    A brand new poster and trailer were released rom New Line Cinema’s Into the Storm, helmed by Final Destination 5‘s by Steven Quale (who is also a James Cameron protégé), and it looks absolutely bonkers. They promise this is the biggest storm ever.

    In theaters August 8, “In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

    Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence all star.

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    ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’ Director Shares His Fav Infection Films!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:02

    In anticipation of today’s VOD release of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (also, in theaters August 1), Bloody-Disgusting asked me to write my top five infection movies. But I’ve always been a bit of an over achiever and couldn’t stop at just five. Buckle up for my TEN most favorite infection movies, in no particular order. Try not to debate me in the comment section below if The Fly is or isn’t an infection movie. It’s MY list. Go make your own! (Seriously, I’m going to read the comments and would love to know what I forgot to include.) Right after you check out Cabin Fever: Patient Zero of course. Did I mention the US VOD release is June 26th? Just to make sure, let me personally invite you to check out the VOD release of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero on June 26th. SPOILER ALERT: Sean Astin may or may not be… Patient Zero.

    The Ruins: “Infected by plants”. While the iffy CG effects threatened to ruin this movie for me, man, this is clean crisp filmmaking. All beautifully shot by Darius Khondi—an amazing looking film that stars one of my screen crushes Jena Malone. And perhaps THE most amazing thing about it is that this was executive produced by Ben Stiller. Yes… THAT Ben Stiller. Strange for a studio horror film to be so gory. But also great.

    The Evil Dead: “Infected by demons”. While I had watched Evil Dead II at maybe 12 years old, I didn’t end up watching this film until I was 17, drinking beers in my friend’s basement. I must have been expecting something a little campier because of that fact. But even though this film is quirky, it’s actually pretty horrifying. Watching Ash’s girlfriend oscillate between the woman he loves and the demon that’s trying to kill him just plain freaked me out. This was part of a one-two punch movie night we had paired up with The Exorcist.

    The Exorcist: “Infected by Satan”. A master class in verite filmmaking. The Exorcist is amazing. I’m sure you’ve all seen this one. And if not—what the hell is wrong with you? (See what I did there?) While a few of the special effects gags have become dated, it’s the image of a little girl plunging a crucifix into herself that will be forever burned into my brain. I wasn’t raised Catholic but can only imagine the same experience if I was.

    The Thing: “Infected by aliens”. And one of my favorite films on the planet! Directed to perfection, badass leads and the most mind-bending special effects of its time by Rob Bottin. What’s really weird is that this movie was considered such a disaster in its day that it almost destroyed John Carpenter’s career– but has now become a true classic. What movie did it open against? Blade Runner, believe it or not. A movie that suffered the same weird fate. And another one of my favorites. We can all blame Spielberg’s E.T.

    Rabid: “Infected by plastic surgery”. This is some classic Canadian cult filmmaking by David Cronenberg. Do yourself a favor and find this one. Produced by Ivan Reitman (who directed Ghostbusters!) and starring porn starlet of the moment, Marilyn Chambers (Reitman’ idea). This is a rather zany film about cutting edge plastic surgery that unleashes the strangest sort of epidemic. Spoiler Alert: Everyone dies. There are some really amazing ideas hidden in this movie. It doesn’t always work but when it does, it really is a unique film. I love watching early work like this and seeing how an artist can grow. I actually read a script for a remake of Rabid a few years ago that was floating around. It will be interesting to see if that ever happens. A fairly unknown Cronenberg classic.

    The Fly: “Infected by one bug”. A Cronenberg two-peat. As the fly genome slowly overwrites Jeff Goldblum’s biology we see body-horror at its finest. A truly terrifying movie that explores hubris, intellect and sexuality. In other words: pure Cronenberg. While Rabid was an early effort, this is a polished gem. Does anyone else remember the buttered piece of toast that sticks to Goldblum’s bottom as he is romping and rolling around with a naked Geena Davis? Did that actually happen or just a strange fantasy of mine. This is also the movie that made me fall in love with Geena Davis. The buttered toast may or may not have had a part of that. There is an amazing DVD of this film stacked with features. Well worth the pick up.

    Slither: “Infected by, err… aliens”. I will always have a soft spot for Slither. Directed by the very friendly, rugged and handsome James Gunn. A man who has the craziest hair this side of Mickey Rourke. I can’t wait to see what James has gotten himself into with Guardians Of The Galaxy. This is actually a funny-strange crossover but another handsome (well not as handsome), funny and rugged pal of mine, Skottie Young is writing and drawing Rocket Raccoon, of “Guardians” fame, this summer for Marvel Comics. Pick it up. You can find it on the shelf right beside “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,” written and drawn the handsomest of all.

    Bug: “Infected by many bugs”. How did Billy Friedkin make this list twice? Because he’s just that good. This film, based on a stage play, is just pure creep. Relive General Zod’s early days as an “unhinged war veteran” who falls for Ashley Judd. Tell me which one of these two is dating above his station? No wonder Superman snapped his neck. It was to restore order and balance in the Cosmos. Cue inspiring speech by Neil Degrasse Tyson flying around in his space machine. If anything, this list is probably some kind of clue to how my mind works. In bits and bobbles of unrelated madness.

    The Stuff: “Infected by yogurt”. When I saw this movie I was young enough to find it terrifying. I watched it again recently and was surprised at how campy this killer yogurt movie was. (Did I really just type that?) But I hold onto my childhood memory of my experience dearly. It was also the first time my young mind learned that you could become a corporate spy. I’ve always felt this movie could be remade deadly serious. I would be first in line to see it.

    Dawn Of The Dead: “Infected by dead people”. O Romero, Romero! Wherefor art thou Romero? Right here bitches. And I just changed the face of horror for decades. ‘Nuff said.

    Well, I hope you enjoyed my list and did as many “click-throughs” as possible. I’ve always been a fan of Bloody-Disgusting. A great place to start your horror surfing day. A great place to finish being wherever you can order your viewing of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, coming to VOD on June 26th!

    Article by Kaare Andrews

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    Exclusive Clip Bound by Flesh

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:00

    It was back in 2012 when we first heard about Bound by Flesh, a documentary focusing on the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were featured in Tod Browning's classic film Freaks. Here we are years later with an exclusive clip and lots more.

    From the Press Release
    Sundance Selects will open the new documentary BOUND BY FLESH, about conjoined twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton, theatrically in Los Angeles on June 27 and on VOD. The award-winning film was directed by Leslie Zemeckis (BEHIND THE BURLY Q).

    American sideshows were in fairs, circuses, and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wandered past. The Hilton sisters, however, were trained to put on a winning performance. They sang, danced, and played a variety of musical instruments. Once they quit the carnival world and started playing vaudeville houses, they made tens of thousands of dollars, setting box office records. They were soon considered “the royalty of vaudeville,” but the exploited twins would see little of their fortunes after the money was pocketed by unscrupulous managers.

    BOUND BY FLESH explores the American sideshow, its origins, and its heyday when the Hilton sisters were on display for huge streams of crowds pouring into tents to get a glimpse of these gorgeous multi-talented sisters.

    The film includes interviews with Ward Hall, known as the “King of the Sideshow.” He is the last of the sideshow promoters in the style of a P.T. Barnum.

    In June, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon will stage a reimagining of the hit musical show SIDE SHOW about the famous sisters as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers. Additionally, AMC recently renewed its popular series "FREAKSHOW."

    BOUND BY FLESH is produced, directed, and written by Leslie Zemeckis; produced by Jackie Levine; and executive produced by Robert Zemeckis.




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    ‘The Pact’ Director’s ‘At the Devil’s Door’ Gets a Trailer!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:57

    The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy’s newest supernatural horror, Home, world premiered at SXSW this past March where it was acquired by IFC Midnight.

    Newly titled At the Devil’s Door, IFC Midnight will release the film pre-theatrically on VOD/digital on August 8 with theatrical release to follow on September 12, Bloody Disgusting learned while also being provided with the film’s first official trailer!

    In the supernatural horror starring Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres, “when ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

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    Fantasia 2014: Second Wave Titles Include New Ju-On Film, Open Windows, Life After Beth, The Drownsman, Let Us Prey, At the Devil's Door, Creep; Tribute to Tobe Hooper

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:55

    We're back with more titles heading to the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival as well as a few new images and word on a Lifetime Achievement Award for Tobe Hooper. Read on for all the details!

    From the Press Release:
    Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for our July 10th Press Conference, where our full 2014 film lineup will be revealed.

    Official Closing Film - Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK
    Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK, NEW ROSE HOTEL and the recently re-released MS 45.

    WELCOME TO NEW YORK is loosely based on the DSK scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset.

    Abel Ferrara will be on hand to host this special evening, unveiling his audacious and bold new classic for its first appearance on this continent after explosive bows at Cannes (out of official selection) and Edinburgh.

    JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END to launch its Western haunt in Montreal
    Fans of classic J-Horror, rejoice! The curse of Kayoko and Toshio is back! Fantasia will be the site of the International Premiere of JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, the anticipated new Japanese production that reboots one of the most successful and terrifying horror franchises of the 21st century in a very wise way: by remaining faithful to the original material.

    Director/co-writer Masayuki Ochiai (HYPNOSIS) brings us back to the haunted house and reinstates, slowly but surely, its oppressive atmosphere through a refined and efficient use of mise-en-scene. Co-scripted by none other than Taka Ichise.

    A Lifetime Achievement Award For Fear Pioneer Tobe Hooper
    In 1974, Austin-based former professor and documentary cameraman Tobe Hooper assembled a team comprised mostly of fellow faculty members and recent students and essentially gave birth to the modern horror film. Viscerally frightening, bursting with dark social commentary and an even darker sense of humour that would become one of Hooper’s staples, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE remains a seminal work in American cinema. The influence it had on the genre landscape was transformative.

    In the years that followed, Tobe Hooper reshaped what televised horror could be with his terrifying mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s "SALEM’S LOT" and was an architect of the trend of blockbuster supernatural horrors with which to traumatize entire families with POLTERGEIST. His ensuing list of individualistic genre film accomplishments is considerable, and today, at the age of 71, he continues to explore the fantastic with vigour. From his bold themes and Grand Guignol sensibilities to his brilliant use of close-ups, cutting and sound, Tobe Hooper’s approach to storytelling is daring, singular and ferociously cinematic. It’s impossible to imagine what the genre might be like today had this imaginative professor simply stayed on campus.

    We are proud to be presenting Tobe Hooper with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the 40th anniversary of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in front of the Canadian premiere of the film’s stunning new 4K restoration.

    A Subterranean New Section in our Programming
    Fantasia is proud to announce the creation of a new section in our programming: Fantasia Underground, dedicated to showcasing outrageous indie outsider visions created in the counter-cultural spirit that we associate with classic underground film works. For its inaugural edition, Fantasia Underground will sport four features from Canada, Japan, and the USA, three of them World Premieres.

    BAG BOY LOVER BOY
    USA Dir: Andres Torres
    A return to the kind of classic New York Underground filmmaking that the city no longer produces, oozing with unusual characters, seedy situations and subversive sleaze as we follow a borderline autistic hot dog vendor’s journey into photography and criminality. A blackly funny social grenade evocative of early Paul Morrissey, Andy Milligan and Richard Kern. World Premiere.

    BLOODY KNUCKLES
    Canada Dir: Matt O’Mahoney
    An underground comic artist mocks the wrong mobster and loses his drawing hand in retribution. The artist may be silenced, but the severed appendage returns, to continue drawing comics on its own - and commit some seriously bloody acts of vengeance! A splatter horror comedy about freedom of expression that’s as touching as it is profane. World Premiere.

    HANA-DAMA: THE ORIGINS
    Japan Dir: Hisayasu Sato
    A seemingly mundane high-school bullying drama builds into a cathartic and absurd farce of excessive, bloody, colourful revenge and retribution, care of underground cinema legend Hisayasu Sato (NAKED BLOOD, LOVE & LOATHING LULU & AYANO), co-scripted by Shinji Imaoka (of the demented pinku musical UNDERWATER LOVE). A poignant and strange social critique of girl-on-girl violence and institutional abuse at large. North American Premiere.

    I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS
    USA Dir: Bennet Jones
    An international Europop star is holed up with his manager at a secret Los Angeles location after a fatwa has been taken out on his head. Hysterically funny lines are deadpanned into instant immortality, rough animation, lo-fi psychedelia, catchy electropop and the odd burst of eccentric action collide to make this a microbudget work truly unlike anything else on the planet. World Premiere.

    Additional Second Wave Highlights
    AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR (formerly titled HOME)

    USA Dir: Nicholas McCarthy
    The maker of THE PACT returns with a nightmarish work that jumps decades and narrative paths, brilliantly juggling mood-drenched atmospheric dread and visceral bursts of horror, telling the tale of a young real estate agent (Catalina Sandino Moreno) asked to sell a house with uniquely diabolical history. Official Selection: SXSW, New Zealand International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    OPEN WINDOWS
    Spain-USA Dir: Nacho Vigalondo
    Offered a chance to spy on his it-girl fixation (Sasha Grey), fan-site webmaster Nick (Elijah Wood) is drawn into in a sinister, voyeuristic plot. An ever-surprising, Hitchcock-inspired mind-bender from genius trickster-director Nacho Vigalondo that breaks all kinds of storytelling ground in exciting ways. Canadian Premiere.

    CHEATIN’
    USA Dir: Bill Plympton
    Tipping his fedora a touch to film noir and romantic revenge thrillers, Bill Plympton, the Oscar-nominated one-man army of American indie animation, delivers a screwball sex-farce cartoon for more-or-less-grown-ups. Adored at Slamdance, awarded jury prizes at Annecy and Gijún, CHEATIN’ is yet another gem in Plympton’s brilliant filmography. Canadian Premiere.

    CLOSER TO GOD
    USA Dir: Billy Senese
    The first successful cloning of a human pulls a brilliant genetic scientist into the center of volatile battle between science and religion in this unique reinterpretation of the Frankenstein story that’s equal parts philosophical science-fiction/horror and paranoid thriller. Hypnotically cinematic and evocative of early Cronenberg, this is a fiercely intelligent knockout of a feature debut from award-winning short filmmaker Billy Senese (THE SUICIDE TAPES). International Premiere.

    CREEP
    USA Dir: Patrick Brice
    This collaboration among director Patrick Brice, producer Jason Blum (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) and the ubiquitous co-writer/co-producer/co-star Mark Duplass (BAGHEAD, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) is unlike any horror work you’ll see this year, a major film event on the tiniest of budgets and a shockingly effective genre hybrid, riding on two excellent performances. Official Selection: SXSW, Tribeca. Canadian Premiere.

    THE CREEPING GARDEN
    UK Dir: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp
    A fascinating, hallucinatory documentary on plasmodial slime mold - a unique and bizarre organism, worthy of the weirdest science fiction, inviting profound reflections on intelligence, engineering, social dynamics, and the intersection of art and science. Enriching the otherworldly atmosphere is an appropriately subtle yet unsettling score by post-rock icon Jim O’Rourke (Tortoise, Sonic Youth, UNITED RED ARMY). One of the most astonishing films you’ll see anywhere this year, co-directed by polyvalent artist Tim Grabham and Midnight Eye co-creator Jasper Sharp. World Premiere.

    DANCING KARATE KID
    Japan Dir: Tsukasa Kishimoto
    Jaw-dropping dance numbers, a flood of jokes amongst the funniest you’ll see all year and eye-popping action scenes are all part of DANCING KARATE KID, an off-the-chain action-comedy blending martial arts and musical moves. Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    THE DEVIL’S MILE
    Canada Dir: Joseph O'Brien
    “The road will never let you go…” A trio of criminals transporting two captives through the desert takes a wrong turn onto a stretch of blacktop traversing into supernatural territory. A fully committed combination of road/crime saga and supernatural terror that marks the feature debut of longtime Rue Morgue Magazine contributor O’Brien. World Premiere.

    THE DROWNSMAN
    Canada Dir: Chad Archibald
    A washing machine, the bathroom sink, even a puddle on the floor - only a few drops and the hideous Drownsman can pull you down into his watery hell! A new twist on the classic horror-movie stalker scenario, from the Canadian genre genies that brought you ANTISOCIAL and NEVERLOST. World Premiere.

    FIGHT CHURCH
    USA Dir: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkle
    A multitude of “fight ministries” combine Christianity and mixed martial arts. By turns shocking, touching and even inspirational, FIGHT CHURCH is unlike any sports-oriented documentary you’ve ever seen. Directors Daniel Junge (Academy Award-winner SAVING FACE) and Bryan Storkle (HOLY ROLLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF CARD COUNTING CHRISTIANS), keep the film even-handed and compelling. WINNER: Grand Jury Prize, Boston Independent Film Festival. International Premiere.

    FRANK
    UK Dir: Lenny Abrahamson
    An aspiring musician falls in with a band of art-rock weirdos whose enigmatic frontman (Michael Fassbender) never removes his giant plaster head. Co-starring Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, FRANK hits all the right notes as it examines the fine arts of fame and failure. A major hit at this year’s Sundance, SXSW and Calgary Underground Film Festivals. Quebec Premiere.

    FROM VEGAS TO MACAU
    Hong Kong Dir: Wong Jin
    The King of Cool, Chow Yun-Fat, is back in a signature role he made famous in the classic GOD OF GAMBLERS (seen way back at Fantasia Year One!). A royal flush of comical action madness in Wong Jing’s trademark Hong Kong style, co-starring Nicholas Tse and Chapman To. Canadian Premiere.

    FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS
    Japan Dir: Yosuke Fujita
    One part quirky slapstick absurdity and two parts poignant character study, FUKU-CHAN is the feel good, laugh-out-loud indie comedy hit of this year’s fest, mixing humour and pathos in the way only fan-favourite Yosuke Fujita (FINE, TOTALLY FINE) can. Official Selection: Frankfurt Nippon Connection Festival, New York Asian Film Festival. Canadian Premiere

    HOUSEBOUND
    New Zealand Dir: Gerard Johnstone
    Fresh, fun and frightening, this wonderfully inventive comedy/horror from New Zealand launched at SXSW and emerged on many critics’ lists as one of the top discoveries of the festival. It deconstructs conventional formulas of haunted house narratives and surprises with left-field twists that will leave you joyously slack-jawed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Stars Morgana O'Reilly and Rima Te Wiata. Canadian Premiere.

    THE HUNDRED YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED
    Sweden Dir: Felix Herngren
    A pitch-perfect picaresque adventure laced with loads of decidedly Scandinavian black humour, Jonas Jonasson’s 2009 novel quickly became a Swedish bestseller and has since sold over three million copies worldwide. Felix Herngren has struck gold with his brisk, witty, wisely assembled big-screen adaptation starring comedian/actor Robert Gustafsson, who captures Karlsson’s character through so many stages of his tumultuous existence. Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    INGTOOGI: THE BATTLE OF INTERNET TROLLS
    SOUTH KOREA Dir: Um Tae-hwa
    “Koolkidneyz” and “Manboobs” take their online feud into the real world. INGTOOGI is a deep dive into the national geek consciousness of South Korea, an upbeat outsider comedy that evolves into a truly heartfelt story of alienation and loss. Writer/Director Um Tae-hwa shed a dark light on the social media generation in a very promising first feature. International Premiere

    IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
    Norway-Sweden-Denmark Dir: Hans Petter Moland
    “A father must avenge his son.” These words, spoken often on film, have yet to be answered with more darkly comic consequences than in this violent pitch-black comedy from director Hans Petter Moland (A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN), reteaming the filmmaker with the great Stellan Skarsgard. A key standout at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, this is the must-see European action thriller of the year. Canadian Premiere.

    JELLYFISH EYES
    Japan Dir: Takashi Murakami
    A lively celebration of the Japanese pop-culture tropes that feed the Superflat sensibility of pop-art superstar Takashi Murakami, his JELLYFISH EYES is also a heartfelt critique of Japan’s institutions in the era of Fukushima. This is a gorgeous and enchanting family friendly film with an edge that makes it a must see for film lovers of all ages. Official Selection: Sitges Film Festival. Canadian Premiere

    KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER
    USA Dir: David Zellner
    A lonely Tokyo office worker seeks the Minnesotan loot cache from FARGO in one of this year’s most beautifully unusual films. Quirky and melancholic, funny and haunting with enchanting traces of the surreal, anchored by a mesmerizing lead performance from the extraordinary Rinko Kikuchi, KUMIKO is the latest miracle from award-winning US indie heroes David and Nathan Zellner. Official Selection: Sundance, Berlin. Canadian Premiere.

    KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT
    South Korea Dir: Yoon Jong-bin
    In a time of turmoil and tyranny, a band of outlaws rises against the nobility. From the director of NAMELESS GANGSTER, a rough and ruthless adventure epic with a universal theme - righteous fury in the face of deep injustice with a stellar cast featuring Ha Jung-woo (THE CHASER) and Gang Dong-won (HAUNTERS). Quebec Premiere

    LET US PREY
    Ireland-UK Dir: Brian O’Malley
    An isolated, understaffed police station becomes a fortress of horror in this atmospheric and ultra-violent Irish chiller, which unfolds like an especially sinister "TWILIGHT ZONE" episode crash-landed into hell. Stars Pollyanna McIntosh, Liam Cunningham and Douglas Russell. Winner of the Melies D’argent at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. North American Premiere.

    LIFE AFTER BETH
    USA Dir: Jeff Baena
    The assured directorial debut of I HEART HUCKABEES co-screenwriter Jeff Baena is a brilliantly cast, howlingly funny heartbreaker of love and undeath that poignantly utilizes the zombie mythos to explore the difficulties of letting go when relationships change. A standout selection at this year’s Sundance and New Zealand International Film Festival, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser and Matthew Gray Gubler. Canadian Premiere.

    3D NAKED AMBITION
    Hong Kong Dir: Lee Kung Lok
    Fresh from the international festival rounds in Hong Kong, New York and Udine, this hairy beast finally comes to the country of the beaver with a hardcore vengeance. This stand-alone satire sequel written by Hong Kong’s funniest writers, Chan Hing- Kar (BREAKING NEWS) and Ho Miu-Kei, mercilessly pokes fun at the adult industry, celebrity and Asian culture on all fours while retaining a socially relevant subtext. Canadian Premiere.

    NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
    South Korea Dir: Lee Jeong-beom
    In the tradition of Luc Besson’s THE PROFESSIONAL and and John Woo’s THE KILLER, a guilt-wracked assassin sides with his target in the hotly anticipated new film from Lee Jeong-beom (THE MAN FROM NOWHERE), a whirlwind of furious action scenes. Quebec Premiere

    STARRY EYES
    USA Dir: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
    Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan and Pat Healy star in this horrific tale of an aspiring actress unhinging herself by plunging headlong into the demeaning depths of Tinseltown. A chilling examination of the grisly fallout when a soul-corrupting industry seizes upon a soul that has already begun to fester from the inside. A hit at the Stanley Film Festival, winner of the Director's Choice Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    STEREO
    Germany Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein
    Eric (Jürgen Vogel) is a gentle giant leading a calm, quiet life, until a dark past he doesn’t remember catches up with him. An intimate dramatic crime thriller that gradually distorts into an absolute monster that plays with assaulting ferocity, this stunningly directed powerhouse co-stars Moritz Bleibtreu. Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. North American Premiere.

    SUMMER OF BLOOD
    USA Dir: Onur Tukel
    Its cup bleeding over with inspired writing, exhilaratingly sharp comedic performances, hyper-unconventional sex scenes and an oddball sense of grunge poetry, this film is an absolute revelation. Writer/director/editor/star Onur Turkel has created one of the most individualistic vampire works we’ve seen in a very long time and also one of the most blazingly entertaining. An adored breakout at Tribeca, SUMMER OF BLOOD will be the Closing Film of our Camera Lucida section. Canadian Premiere.

    UGLY
    India Dir: Anurag Kashyap
    An actor’s young daughter is kidnapped in this unforgettable, gut-churning thriller from India, the polar opposite of the usual colourful Bollywood fare. A crushing urban noir — the title of which is to be take very literally. An official selection in last year’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes, UGLY is finally going to be shown in Canada. Canadian Premiere.

    WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
    USA Dir: Gregg Araki
    Indie cinema icon Gregg Araki surprises again with his elegant adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel, capturing the trials of passage to adulthood with this dark, emotionally authentic suburban mystery, starring Shailene Woodley as a teen whose mother (Eva Green) has vanished. Official Selection: Sundance. Canadian Premiere.

    The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival runs July 17 to August 5, 2014. For more info visit the official Fantasia 2014 website.

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    ‘Dead Island: Epidemic’ Trailer Wants to Recruit You

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:31

    Deep Silver just released a new trailer for Dead Island: Epidemic, their ZOMBA — Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena, or a MOBA with zombies — set in a more vibrant and colorful version of the Dead Island universe. Between this and Dead Island 2, it looks like they’ve completely eschewed from the serious tone of the first two games to focus on a world with substantially more personality. I approve!

    It’s also worth mentioning that Dead Island: Epidemic is currently 33% off on Steam.

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    Victor Garcia's Gallows Hill Becomes The Damned and Gets New Poster

    Dread Central - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:30

    IFC's latest acquisition, Victor Garcia's Gallows Hill (Encerrada), starring The Twilight Saga's Peter Facinelli, has gotten itself a brand new name and a poster to go along with it! Look for The Damned on VOD platforms July 25 and in select theaters August 29.

    Sophia Myles and Nathalia Ramos co-star. Written by Richard D’Ovidio (Thirteen Ghosts), the story follows an American (Facinelli), widowed from his Colombia-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill (Ramos).

    Synopsis
    A widower takes his children on a trip to their mother’s Colombian hometown. En route, the family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement and set in motion a terrifying sequence of events.

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    ‘Nether’ Review: Waste of a Wasteland

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:45

    Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy

    I’ve always joked that I would love to play an apocalypse game centered wholly around scavenging. It was my pleasure, for example, to wander the fields of Red Dead Redemption and pick flowers or shoot buffalo to collect their hides. I happily foraged for supplies in The Last of Us and sought out every last nook and cranny of Far Cry 3 and the BioShock games.

    So I should be happy with Nether, right? It’s a horror-themed survival MMO. Think Day Z mixed with FallOut 3 without the zombies. As a survivor, you battle with people and Half-Life-esque alien creatures in a dilapidated, grimy wasteland. This place makes Ravenholm seem like a sunny, bustling metropolis.

    The fact that I came away feeling sort of ambivalent has more to do with the game’s stage-of-development than the actual gaming experience. As a whole, it has some problems. Severe, game-breaking bugs and a lack of mission types and public instances hamper a game that could be really quite interesting. Like plenty of PC titles (and I guess console games, at this point), Nether was released without being entirely done, so you might have to take a wait-and-see approach to playing it. With some continued development and support, it could be a viable PVP roguelike MMO. At present, though, it’s kind of underwhelming.

    Nether revolves around a giant solar flare that wiped out society nine years ago, save for the few remaining people left to pick over what’s left of supplies and weapons. Players fight the Nether – evolved (infected) humans that look like headcrab zombies from Half-Life – but mostly they just struggle to survive. Die and, well, all weapons and supplies are lost, along with a chunk of earned money. In that way it’s close to a roguelike, which is kind of a fantastic idea. Leveling up through combat and looting means so much when the consequences are dire, so it would seem to make trekking through the wasteland more immediate and harrowing.

    As you acquire skill points, you can apply them to a variety of standard character traits, like Stealth, Melee, and Survival, but because the world is so chaotic and unforgiving, you’ll likely end up dying in one way or another before you hit max level. Other humans are far more dangerous than their mutated AI counterparts, and on more than one occasion I stumbled onto someone who plugged me before I managed to reach a high level. It can be super frustrating, but if you buy into the world, it’s not that big a deal.

    The problem is that there’s not much to do in Nether. Items are few and far between – an element that is expected – and combat can best be described as “occasional.” It wouldn’t be so bad if there were a variety of mission types to keep you busy during lulls between the exciting bits, kind of like being a cop in a small town. However, as a player, you’ll spend much more time wandering around, looking for glowing trash bins and soda machines than you will doing anything of significance.

    They’ve begun to add the option to play as members of the Nether, which is a nice touch, but still the game feels woefully underpopulated. For veteran players, there’s plenty to do, but for novices and beginners, it’s darkness, emptiness, and – likely – death. I don’t know that most people would put enough time into Nether to be able to see the fruits of their labor manifest.

    Not to mention the fact that the combat can be frustrating and imprecise, which reinforces the idea that avoidance is a key component of traversing the world of Nether. I’ve not found a weapon I feel comfortable wielding or firing – though the shotgun comes close – but the crafting system allows for players to build weapons that fit whatever play-style with which you’re most comfortable.

    Combat isn’t generally what is good here, though. The real fun and fear come from avoiding other players. In the hours I’ve put into the game, no single computer-generated enemy has elicited even a fraction of the fear that someone dressed in military garb does. Hearing the crack of a rifle and glancing around frantically is way more heart-stopping than, say, happening upon a gaggle of monsters. In that way, the “evolved” Nethers are merely a backdrop for the PVP struggle, and if there aren’t very many people online or you don’t happen upon them during play, the game can be quite anticlimactic.

    The widespread problem with servers has also plagued Nether’s release. Until that gets updated and fixed, many people might have trouble finding their way onto a stable server. I’ve only had minor problems with getting into a game, but I have experienced several game-crashing bugs. None have been permanent, but they are also predictable. Once I tried to exit but got hung up in-world and had to end the game via Task Manager. Another time I spawned in as a HUD-less floating character with no agency, though it was neat to fly around the world sans combat. For a game that is contingent upon the danger of the immediate experience, enduring game-ending glitches definitely hurts playability, since you might also have trouble getting back into a game.

    However, I haven’t grown bored with wandering around, hunting for loot and hiding from the Nether. Survival bonuses help with leveling up quickly, and the game is pretty generous with XP, so even though everything disappears upon dying it doesn’t ruin the game. I died with a Level 7 character and was back to Level 3 in another fifteen minutes, and that was with fighting off only a handful of Nether.

    The game couldn’t require a ton of grinding and still be viable, but also there just isn’t that much to grind out. My strategy revolves around mere survival, so the price of that is avoiding huge encounters. The benefit of playing a game where quest progression is not necessary means that you can sandbox the world in a way that interests you. If you’re not having fun tracking down the Nether or other players, then you can do something else entirely.

    Consequently, players have decided to make their own fun in the game, not entirely unlike Day Z or S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and I would be remiss not to mention those games as passing analogues in terms of expectations. However, Nether is far smaller in size, scope, and complexity. Even in terms of itself, the game falls below expectations and yet could benefit from continuous updates and development, a criticism I feel I could copy and paste throughout the review to reiterate its validity.

    All issues aside, Nether is not an inherently bad game; it just feels incomplete, which makes it a difficult game to review. It is changing even as I type this, so who really knows what it will look or play like in a month.

    If the community continues to flood in – the servers seem to be broken due to an abundance of players – then popularity will drive the game’s development and evolution. If, however, the game doesn’t fill its world with enough content, or else the devs cannot keep up with the community’s demand for content, then it may wither on the vine. Despite its problems, I still kind of recommend Nether, if only to wander around and try to avoid dying for a few hours.

    Again, I’m a sucker for traipsing through vast worlds and picking items from garbage cans, so even without combat this game would do something for me.

    The Final Word: At full price, it’s a dubious buy, but discounted on Steam Nether seems to be worth it, if you’re interested in peeking around under the hood for a little while. Otherwise, keep an eye on the community and maybe pick up the game when it is more stable.

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    [DVD Review] “The Twilight Zone” Essentials; What Are Your Favorite Episodes?

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:54

    Even in the age of streaming and YouTube, it’s always wise to have the classics on hand. Since there’s no denying The Twilight Zone is an undisputed champ, fans should have some Rod Serling on their shelf if they know what’s good for them. For those who don’t want to shill out a hundred or so for the complete series box set, Image Entertainment has released two different “fan favorite” collections and two “treasures” collections, covering a total of 45 episodes. Now they’re condensing the condensed with this slim and affordable set: The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection).

    This new set includes 17 episodes, two less than The Twilight Zone: Fan Favorites set that was released by Image in 2010. That set contained the exact same episodes as Image’s “40th Anniversary Gift Set.” They also released “More Fan Favorites” in 2012, which featured 20 episodes, and Treasures of The Twilight Zone in 1999, which contained three episodes typically excluded from show’s syndication run. This was followed up by More Treasures of the Twilight Zone in 2001. Clearly Image Entertainment is sweet on Serling.

    Episodes featured on this new set are:

    • “Walking Distance”
    • “Time Enough at Last”
    • “The Hitch-Hiker”
    • “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
    • “A Stop at Willoughby”
    • “The After Hours”
    • “The Howling Man”
    • “The Eye of the Beholder”
    • “Nick of Time”
    • “The Invaders”
    • “The Obsolete Man”
    • “It’s a Good Life”
    • “The Midnight Sun”
    • “To Serve Man”
    • “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
    • “Living Doll”
    • “The Masks”

    There are no special features in the “Essential Episode” collection, which kinda sucks, just the episodes spread across two discs. The A/V is standard DVD quality. It’s certainly worth buying, however, if you’re looking to have an affordable set of what many consider to be core episodes. If you’re interested, the set drops on July 1.

    Of these 17 episodes, there are five that have never been included on one of Image’s collections. It seems bonkers that there’s so many different Twilight Zone sets out there (aside from the complete series box set), but when you think about the show and the resonating impact it made, it’s really not so crazy.

    The series’ initial run from 1959-64 contained 156 episodes and drew in an average weekly audience close to 18 million people. Since then it’s been consistently in syndication, developing millions of more fans. And each one of those cultured individuals has their own favorite episodes. Putting together a set of “fan favorites” and “essentials” seems almost arbitrary. It’s like trying to pick the best “Seinfeld” episodes without going by Emmy wins.

    For the sake of conversation, I’ll throw my favorite Twilight Zone episodes out there. I enjoy a mixed bag of the series’ social commentary and straight up horror.

    • “It’s a Good Life”: based on Jerome Bixby’s 1953 short story of the same name, this episode’s suffocating with suspense as it presents one of the series’ greatest monsters, little Anthony. Stay on his good side and don’t sing if you don’t want to be set out into the cornfield.

    • “The Incredible World of Horace Ford”: this one’s about a toy designer who longs for the happiness and carefree times of childhood. When he’s given the opportunity to revisit them, he finds the good ol’ days were filled with rejection, beatings, and ridicule. A powerful and well-acted piece on the trappings of nostalgia.

    • “Night Call”: a horrifying episode penned by the late great Richard Matheson. What remains unseen here is always more terrifying than what’s on screen. Matheson’s original story (“Long Distance Call”) contains a much more gruesome ending, but the episode’s build up is deftly executed.

    • “The Dummy”: I’m biased here because I have a fascination with ventriloquism and creepy ass dummies.

    • “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up:” this is a fun one filled with humor and style. A light commentary on Communist witch hunts, but with a silly, classic ending.

    Man, I could go on about Talking Tina in “Living Doll,” who to this day scares the shit out of my father. Or about “The Invaders,” which made me terrified to go in my attic.

    Those are some of my favorites, how about you?

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    [Fantasia '14] Underground Section Jam-Packed With New Titles!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:07

    Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil additional highlights to rev you up for their July 10th Press Conference, where their full 2014 film lineup will be revealed.

    JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END will launch its Western haunt in Montreal! Fans of classic J-Horror, rejoice! The curse of Kayoko and Toshio is back! Fantasia will be the site of the International Premiere of JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, the anticipated new Japanese production that reboots one of the most successful and terrifying horror franchises of the 21st century in a very wise way: by remaining faithful to the original material. Director/Co-Writer Masayuki Ochiai (HYPNOSIS) brings us back to the haunted house and reinstates, slowly but surely, its oppressive atmosphere through a refined and efficient use of mise-en-scene. Co-scripted by none other than Taka Ichise.

    Also, Tobe Hooper will receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award For Fear Pioneer”. In 1974, Austin-based former professor and documentary cameraman Tobe Hooper assembled a team comprised mostly of fellow faculty members and recent students and essentially gave birth to the modern horror film. Viscerally frightening, bursting with dark social commentary and an even darker sense of humour that would become one of Hooper’s staples, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remains a seminal work in American cinema. The influence it had on the genre landscape was transformative. In the years that followed, Tobe Hooper reshaped what televised horror could be with his terrifying mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s SALEM’S LOT, and was an architect of the trend of blockbuster supernatural horrors with which to traumatize entire families with POLTERGEIST. His ensuing list of individualistic genre film accomplishments is considerable and today, at the age of 71, he continues to explore the fantastic with vigor. From his bold themes and Grand Guignol sensibilities to his brilliant use of close-ups, cutting and sound, Tobe Hooper’s approach to storytelling is daring, singular and ferociously cinematic. It’s impossible to imagine what the genre might be like today had this imaginative professor simply stayed on campus. Fantasia is proud to be presenting Tobe Hooper with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the 40th anniversary of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, in front of the Canadian premiere of the film’s stunning new 4K restoration.

    Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK will close the festival. Fantasia will close its 2014 edition with the North American Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s WELCOME TO NEW YORK, the controversial latest from the legendary filmmaker behind such landmarks as BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK, NEW ROSE HOTEL and the recently re-released MS 45.It’s loosely based on the DSK scandal and stars the iconic Gérard Depardieu in one of the bravest performances of his career. Co-starring is the equally sensational Jacqueline Bisset. Abel Ferrara will be on hand to host this special evening, unveiling his audacious and bold new classic for its first appearance on this continent after explosive bows at Cannes (out of official selection) and Edinburgh.

    A Subterranean New Section in our Programming: Fantasia is proud to announce the creation of a new section in our programming: Fantasia Underground, dedicated to showcasing outrageous indie outsider visions created in the counter-cultural spirit that we associate with classic underground film works. For its inaugural edition, Fantasia Underground will sport four features, from Canada, Japan, and the USA, three of them World Premieres.

    BAG BOY LOVER BOY
    USA Dir: Andres Torres
    A return to the kind of classic New York Underground filmmaking that the city no longer produces, oozing with unusual characters, seedy situations and subversive sleaze as we follow a borderline autistic hot dog vendor’s journey into photography and criminality. A blackly funny social grenade evocative of early Paul Morrissey, Andy Milligan and Richard Kern. World Premiere.

    BLOODY KNUCKLES
    Canada Dir: Matt O’Mahoney
    An underground comic artist mocks the wrong mobster and loses his drawing hand in retribution. The artist may be silenced, but the severed appendage returns, to continue drawing comics on its own – and commit some seriously bloody acts of vengeance! A splatter horror comedy about freedom of expression that’s as touching as it is profane. World Premiere.

    HANA-DAMA: THE ORIGINS
    Japan Dir: Hisayasu Sato
    A seemingly mundane high-school bullying drama builds into a cathartic and absurd farce of excessive, bloody, colourful revenge and retribution, care of underground cinema legend Hisayasu Sato (NAKED BLOOD, LOVE & LOATHING LULU & AYANO), co-scripted by Shinji Imaoka (of the demented pinku musical UNDERWATER LOVE). A poignant and strange social critique of girl-on-girl violence and institutional abuse at large. North American Premiere.

    I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS
    USA Dir: Bennet Jones
    An international Europop star is holed up with his manager at a secret Los Angeles location after a fatwa has been taken out on his head. Hysterically funny lines are deadpanned into instant immortality, rough animation, lo-fi psychedelia, catchy electropop and the odd burst of eccentric action collide to make this a microbudget work truly unlike anything else on the planet. World Premiere.

    Additional 2nd Wave Highlights

    AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR (formerly titled HOME)
    USA Dir: Nicholas McCarthy
    The maker of THE PACT returns with a nightmarish work that jumps decades and narrative paths, brilliantly juggling mood-drenched atmospheric dread and visceral bursts of horror, telling the tale of a young real estate agent (Catalina Sandino Moreno) asked to sell a house with uniquely diabolical history. Official Selection: SXSW, New Zealand International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    OPEN WINDOWS
    Spain-USA Dir: Nacho Vigalondo
    Offered a chance to spy on his it-girl fixation (Sasha Grey), fan-site webmaster Nick (Elijah Wood) is drawn into in a sinister, voyeuristic plot. An ever-surprising, Hitchcock-inspired mind-bender from genius trickster-director Nacho Vigalondo that breaks all kinds of storytelling ground in exciting ways. Canadian Premiere.

    CHEATIN’
    USA Dir: Bill Plympton
    Tipping his fedora a touch to film noir and romantic revenge thrillers, Bill Plympton, the Oscar-nominated one-man army of American indie animation, delivers a screwball sex-farce cartoon for more-or-less-grown-ups. Adored at Slamdance, awarded jury prizes at Annecy and Gijún, CHEATIN’ is yet another gem in Plympton’s brilliant filmography. Canadian Premiere.

    CLOSER TO GOD
    USA Dir: Billy Senese
    The first successful cloning of a human pulls a brilliant genetic scientist into the center of volatile battle between science and religion in this unique reinterpretation of the Frankenstein story that’s equal parts philosophical science-fiction/horror and paranoid thriller. Hypnotically cinematic and evocative of early Cronenberg, this is a fiercely intelligent knockout of a feature debut from award-winning short filmmaker Billy Senese (THE SUICIDE TAPES). International Premiere.

    CREEP
    USA Dir: Patrick Brice
    This collaboration between director Patrick Brice, producer Jason Blum (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) and the ubiquitous co-writer/co-producer, co-star Mark Duplass (BAGHEAD, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) is unlike any horror work you’ll see this year, a major film event on the tiniest of budgets and a shockingly effective genre hybrid, riding on two excellent performances. Official Selection: SXSW, Tribeca. Canadian Premiere.

    THE CREEPING GARDEN
    UK Dir: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp
    A fascinating, hallucinatory documentary on plasmodial slime mold – a unique and bizarre organism, worthy of the weirdest science fiction, inviting profound reflections on intelligence, engineering, social dynamics, and the intersection of art and science. Enriching the otherworldly atmosphere is an appropriately subtle yet unsettling score by post-rock icon Jim O’Rourke (Tortoise, Sonic Youth, UNITED RED ARMY). One of the most astonishing films you’ll see anywhere this year, co-directed by polyvalent artist Tim Grabham and Midnight Eye co-creator Jasper Sharp. World Premiere.

    DANCING KARATE KID
    Japan Dir: Tsukasa Kishimoto
    Jaw-dropping dance numbers, a flood of jokes amongst the funniest you’ll see all year and eye-popping action scenes are all part of DANCING KARATE KID, an off-the-chain action-comedy blending martial arts and musical moves. Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    THE DEVIL’S MILE
    Canada Dir: Joseph O’Brien
    “The road will never let you go…” A trio of criminals transporting two captives through the desert takes a wrong turn onto a stretch of blacktop traversing into supernatural territory. A fully committed combination of road/crime saga and supernatural terror that marks the feature debut of longtime Rue Morgue Magazine contributor O’Brien. World Premiere.

    THE DROWNSMAN
    Canada Dir: Chad Archibald
    A washing machine, the bathroom sink, even a puddle on the floor – only a few drops and the hideous Drownsman can pull you down into his watery hell! A new twist on the classic horror-movie stalker scenario, from the Canadian genre genies that brought you ANTISOCIAL and NEVERLOST. World Premiere.

    FIGHT CHURCH
    USA Dir: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkle
    A multitude of “fight ministries” combine Christianity and mixed martial arts. By turns shocking, touching, and even inspirational, FIGHT CHURCH is unlike any sports-oriented documentary you’ve ever seen. Directors Daniel Junge (Academy Award-winner SAVING FACE) and Bryan Storkle (HOLY ROLLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF CARD COUNTING CHRISTIANS), keep the film even-handed and compelling. WINNER: Grand Jury Prize, Boston Independent Film Festival. International Premiere.

    FRANK
    UK Dir: Lenny Abrahamson
    An aspiring musician falls in with a band of art-rock weirdos whose enigmatic frontman (Michael Fassbender) never removes his giant plaster head. Co-starring Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, FRANK hits all the right notes as it examines the fine arts of fame and failure. A major hit at this year’s Sundance, SXSW and Calgary Underground Film Festivals. Quebec Premiere.

    FROM VEGAS TO MACAU
    Hong Kong Dir: Wong Jin
    The King of Cool, Chow Yun-Fat, is back in a signature role he made famous in the classic GOD OF GAMBLERS (seen way back at Fantasia Year One!). A royal flush of comical action madness in Wong Jing’s trademark Hong Kong style, co-starring Nicholas Tse and Chapman To. Canadian Premiere.

    FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS
    Japan Dir: Yosuke Fujita
    One part quirky slapstick absurdity and two parts poignant character study, FUKU-CHAN is the feelgood, laugh-out-loud indie comedy hit of this year’s fest, mixing humour and pathos in the way only fan-favourite Yosuke Fujita (FINE, TOTALLY FINE) can. Official Selection: Frankfurt Nippon Connection Festival, New York Asian Film Festival. Canadian Premiere

    HOUSEBOUND
    New Zealand Dir: Gerard Johnstone
    Fresh, fun and frightening, this wonderfully inventive comedy/horror from New Zealand launched at SXSW and emerged on many critics’ lists as one of the top discoveries of the festival. It deconstructs conventional formulas of haunted house narratives and surprises with left-field twists that will leave you joyously slack-jawed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Stars Morgana O’Reilly and Rima Te Wiata. Canadian Premiere.

    THE HUNDRED YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPEARED
    Sweden Dir: Felix Herngren
    A pitch-perfect picaresque adventure laced with loads of decidedly Scandinavian black humour, Jonas Jonasson’s 2009 novel quickly became a Swedish bestseller, and has since sold over three million copies worldwide. Felix Herngren has struck gold with his brisk, witty, wisely assembled big-screen adaptation starring comedian/actor Robert Gustafsson, who captures Karlsson’s character through so many stages of his tumultuous existence. Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    INGTOOGI: THE BATTLE OF INTERNET TROLLS
    SOUTH KOREA Dir: Um Tae-hwa
    “Koolkidneyz” and “Manboobs” take their online feud into the real world. INGTOOGI is a deep dive into the national geek consciousness of South Korea, an upbeat outsider comedy that evolves into a truly heartfelt story of alienation and loss. Writer/Director Um Tae-hwa shed a dark light on the social media generation in a very promising first feature. International Premiere

    IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
    Norway-Sweden-Denmark Dir: Hans Petter Moland
    “A father must avenge his son.” These words, spoken often on film, have yet to be answered with more darkly comic consequences than in this violent pitch-black comedy from director Hans Petter Moland (A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN), reteaming the filmmaker with the great Stellan Skarsgard. A key standout at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, this is the must-see European action thriller of the year. Canadian Premiere.

    JELLYFISH EYES
    Japan Dir: Takashi Murakami
    A lively celebration of the Japanese pop-culture tropes that feed the Superflat sensibility of pop-art superstar Takashi Murakami, his JELLYFISH EYES is also a heartfelt critique of Japan’s institutions in the era of Fukushima. This is a gorgeous and enchanting family friendly film with an edge that makes it a must see for film lovers of all ages. Official Selection: Sitges Film Festival. Canadian Premiere

    KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER
    USA Dir: David Zellner
    A lonely Tokyo office worker seeks the Minnesotan loot cache from FARGO in one of this year’s most beautifully unusual films. Quirky and melancholic, funny and haunting with enchanting traces of the surreal, anchored by a mesmerizing lead performance from the extraordinary Rinko Kikuchi, KUMIKO is the latest miracle from award-winning US indie heroes David and Nathan Zellner. Official Selection: Sundance, Berlin. Canadian Premiere.

    KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT
    South Korea Dir: Yoon Jong-bin
    In a time of turmoil and tyranny, a band of outlaws rises against the nobility. From the director of NAMELESS GANGSTER, a rough and ruthless adventure epic with a universal theme – righteous fury in the face of deep injustice with a stellar cast featuring Ha Jung-woo (THE CHASER) and Gang Dong-won (HAUNTERS). Quebec Premiere

    LET US PREY
    Ireland-UK Dir: Brian O’Malley
    An isolated, understaffed police station becomes a fortress of horror in this atmospheric and ultra-violent Irish chiller, which unfolds like an especially sinister TWILIGHT ZONE episode crash-landed into hell. Stars Polyanna McIntosh, Liam Cunningham and Douglas Russell. Winner of the Melies D’argent at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. North American Premiere.

    LIFE AFTER BETH
    USA Dir: Jeff Baena
    The assured directorial debut of I HEART HUCKABEES co-screenwriter Jeff Baena is a brilliantly cast, howlingly funny heartbreaker of love and undeath that poignantly utilizes the zombie mythos to explore the difficulties of letting go when relationships change. A standout selection at this year’s Sundance and New Zealand International Film Festival, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser and Matthew Gray Gubler. Canadian Premiere.

    3D NAKED AMBITION
    Hong Kong Dir: Lee Kung Lok
    Fresh from the international festival rounds in Hong Kong, New York and Udine, this hairy beast finally comes to country of the beaver with a hardcore vengeance. This stand-alone satire sequel written by Hong Kong’s funniest writers, Chan Hing- Kar (BREAKING NEWS) and Ho Miu-Kei, mercilessly pokes fun at the adult industry, celebrity and Asian culture on all fours while retaining a socially relevant subtext. Canadian Premiere.

    NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
    South Korea Dir: Lee Jeong-beom
    In the tradition Luc Besson’s THE PROFESSIONAL and and John Woo’s THE KILLER, a guilt-wracked assassin sides with his target in the hotly anticipated new film from Lee Jeong-beom (THE MAN FROM NOWHERE), a whirlwind of furious action scenes. Quebec Premiere

    STARRY EYES
    USA Dir: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
    Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan and Pat Healy star in this horrific tale of an aspiring actress unhinging herself by plunging headlong into the demeaning depths of Tinseltown. A chilling examination of the grisly fallout when a soul-corrupting industry seizes upon a soul that has already begun to fester from the inside. A hit at the Stanley Film Festival, winner of the Director’s Choice Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

    STEREO
    Germany Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein
    Eric (Jürgen Vogel) is a gentle giant leading a calm, quiet life, until a dark past he doesn’t remember catches up with him. An intimate dramatic crime thriller that gradually distorts into an absolute monster that plays with assaulting ferocity, this stunningly directed powerhouse co-stars Moritz Bleibtreu. Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. North American Premiere.

    SUMMER OF BLOOD
    USA Dir: Onur Tukel
    Its cup bleeding over with inspired writing, exhilaratingly sharp comedic performances, hyper-unconventional sex scenes and an oddball sense of grunge poetry, this film is an absolute revelation. Writer/director/editor/star Onur Turkel has created one of the most individualistic vampire works we’ve seen in a very long time, and also one of the most blazingly entertaining. An adored breakout at Tribeca, SUMMER OF BLOOD will be the Closing Film of our Camera Lucida section. Canadian Premiere.

    UGLY
    India Dir: Anurag Kashyap
    An actor’s young daughter is kidnapped in this unforgettable, gut-churning thriller from India, the polar opposite of the usual colourful Bollywood fare. A crushing urban noir — the title of which is to be take very literally. An official selection in last year’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes, UGLY is finally going to be shown in Canada. Canadian Premiere.

    WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
    USA Dir: Gregg Araki
    Indie cinema icon Gregg Araki surprises again with his elegant adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel, capturing the trials of passage to adulthood with this dark, emotionally authentic suburban mystery, starring Shailene Woodley as a teen whose mother (Eva Green) has vanished. Official Selection: Sundance. Canadian Premiere.

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    If You Like Siouxsie & The Banshees Then You’ll Probably Enjoy This

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:00

    Brooklyn synth duo Kodacrome have released a stop-motion video for their new single “Immaculada”, which you can see below. The track has some strong elements and influences of Siouxsie & The Banshees as well as dashes of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.

    Member Elissa LeCoque explains the video:

    After reading a book called ‘The Decline & Fall of Practically Everybody,’ I decided to write a series of historical portrait songs as an exercise. The piece I did on Christopher Columbus ended up being the only one I kept, and after some tweaking, it turned into ‘Immaculada.’ I was really amused by how the author, Will Cuppy was able to pair down a lifetime of obsessive ambition to a little man chasing down some cinnamon sticks in his boat. Ryan and I had been playing with the idea of water with the record so far, and had touched upon how water can be soothing, or foggy, or a slow drip, so this idea of water being a feverish vehicle for exploration was a new twist for us to work with for the album.

    The track comes from the band’s upcoming debut album Aftermaths, which comes out July 8th (pre-order here).

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