[BD Review] Get Zane-y With the Greek Zombie Apocalypse Comedy 'Evil In the Time of Heroes'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:50

After percolating for four years, the Greek zombie apocalypse comedy Evil In the Time of Heroes has hit the U.S. VOD circuit, courtesy of Doppelganger Releasing. If you like absolutely ridiculous films that shrug off any narrative expectations in favor of complete mayhem, then you’re in luck! Director Yorgos Noussias has crafted a gleefully excessive bloodbath that’s consistently entertaining, though not without its share of flaws. Overall it’s a great party movie.

Billy Zane stars (kind of) as a time traveling prophet who can move really fast and has cool knives. We first meet him in a flashback to ancient Greece, where a bunch of dead soldiers rise from the grave. I literally got done watching the film about 10 minutes ago and I can’t remember if he had any lines. It’s suggested that he’s supposed to be important to the battle against the undead but besides being real good at killing them, I’m not sure how. It’s Billy Zane though, so fuck it. If you can’t have fun watching B-Zane tear through a zombie horde, check your pulse.

When Brad reviewed this film 1,000 years ago, he mentioned a part where a “black and white Billy Zane head spins across the screen for an entire minute.” I can now confirm that this does in fact happen and it was my favorite part of the movie. It would be the best screensaver of all time. I also enjoyed the part where the camera pans down a zombie infested street and a dozen Zanes zip around cutting them to ribbons. Zane really mugs it up during that part.

The Billy Zane parts take place mainly in the past, with the ancient events paralleling the present, where in Athens the population has been nearly wiped out by a zombie outbreak. A ragtag group of survivors bands together to try and get out of the city alive. Neither of the story lines are really explained nor does it really matter. Noussias is more interested in showing you his next ridiculous set piece rather than spend time with any character development.

The two stories eventually collide when B-Zane transports to the present and resurrects a taxi driver who’s destiny it is to stop the zombies. I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. And the taxi driver is an immortal (I think). Don’t stress over exposition though because Evil In the Time of Heroes shouldn’t be taken more seriously than a Looney Tunes cartoon. It’s clear that Noussias is out for a good time and didn’t sweat the small stuff like structure or story. The climax is a goddamn marvel too that literally takes the film into orbit.

If you’re looking for a fun movie to rent with some friends, Evil In the Time of Heroes is a good choice. I’d also recommend drinking booze while watching. Booze would help.

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We're Bringing You An Exclusive Look At "I Am Everything That's Normal" From Chiodos (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Michigan post-hardcore band Chiodos to bring you an exclusive first look and listen to “I Am Everything That’s Not Normal”, which comes from the band’s upcoming album Devil, their first since 2010′s Illuminaudio. The below video puts the studio version of the song overtop a montage of live performance footage, behind-the-scenes antics, studio footage, rehearsals, and more.

Singer Craig Owens states, ““I am Everything That’s Normal” is a track that sums up this record best, lyrically. It states where I am in my personally, professionally.. and more importantly it tells you the status of Chiodos. We know that we have been inconsistent in the past, and with Devil we are looking to right that wrong.. for all of the fans that Chiodos meant something to, this is my explanation, and my promise. As the song says “I swear I’m different now”.

Devil was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Stone Sour). You can pre-order it via iTunes, Amazon, or MerchNow.

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Chiodos tour dates:
4/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
4/02 Lansing, MI The Loft
4/03 Flint, MI Flint Local 432
4/04 Indianapolis, IN The Irving Theater
4/05 La Crosse, WI The Warehouse
4/06 Des Moines, IA Woolys

DEVIL DANCE TOUR 2014 WITH EMAROSA, OUR LAST NIGHT AND 68

4/15 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room
4/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
4/18 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
4/19 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
4/21 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
4/22 Norfolk, VA The Norva
4/23 Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club
4/24 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Heaven
4/25 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
4/26 Jacksonville, FL / Welcome To Rockville Metropolitan Park
4/27 Vero Beach, FL Polish American Club
4/29 Houston, TX The Studio At Warehouse Live
4/30 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
5/01 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
5/02 Mesa, AZ The Nile Theater
5/03 San Diego, CA SOMA
5/04 Pomona, CA The Glass House
5/05 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues

DEVIL DANCE TOUR 2014 WITH EMAROSA, OUR LAST NIGHT, 68 AND HANDS LIKE HOUSES:
5/07 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
5/08 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
5/09 Portland, OR Branx
5/10 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
5/11 Seattle, WA El Corazon
5/13 Murray, UT Murray Theater
5/14 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
5/16 Burnsville, MN The Garage
5/17 Joliet, IL Mojoes
5/18 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
5/19 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
5/20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall – Indoor Stage
5/21 New York, NY Irving Plaza


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UK Readers - Win Blood C: The Last Dark on DVD!

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:15

Following on from the award-winning series, Blood C returns with The Last Dark, a film that has monsters, lots of violence, a lust for revenge, great visuals, and action to boot!

Blood C: The Last Dark is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray now, and courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK, we have a copy on DVD to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send us an E-MAIL HERE (that's contests@dreadcentral.com in case clicking won't work) including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS. Then get practicing your sweet katana moves. We'll take care of the rest.

Please note that this competition is open only to UK readers and will end at 12:01 AM GMT on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Synopsis:
Saya is part human/part monster and has one thing on her mind: revenge. Visions of twisted experiments and creatures slaughtering everyone she loved fuel her thirst for vengeance. With blade in hand and rage boiling in her veins, she tracks her tormentor to Tokyo, where flesh-hungry beasts have begun to feed. There she joins a group of young hackers hunting for the same man. As Saya slices her way through lies, traps, flesh, and bone, how much blood will she shed to cut down the mastermind behind her madness?

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Preview: Robert Kirkman's New Horror Series 'Outcast'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:44

“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman is aiming to add another jewel to his crown with the launch of new ongoing horror series, “Outcast,” from Image Comics. Paul Azaceta is on board to handle the artistic duties and the book is set to land in stores on June 25th.

“Outcast” is the the story of Kyle Barnes, a man who has been plagued by possession his entire life. Barnes sets out to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Image Comics and Skybound wanted to give Bloody-Disgusting readers first glance at this exciting new series with the following 4-page preview of “Outcast” #1.

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Bond Over Booze and Another Sneak Peek of The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.17 - Rescue Me

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:02

With The CW's affinity for triangles, this new clip from "The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.17, entitled "Rescue Me," contains a threesome we sure wouldn't mind being a part of! Enjoy some bonding among Damon, Matt, and Tyler over alcohol and shared sorrows.

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.17 - "Rescue Me" (airs 3/27/14, 8-9pm)
MARKOS ARRIVES IN MYSTIC FALLS — In order to keep Stefan (Paul Wesley) from being harmed by Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh) and the Travelers, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) agree to make a trip to Atlanta to find a newly discovered doppleganger. Caroline is surprised when Enzo opens up to her about his past.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) spend an awkward afternoon at Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) parent-teacher conference, where they hear bad news about his behavior at school. Afterwards, Damon reluctantly tells Elena upsetting news about Jeremy's personal life.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) has an unsettling encounter with Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) and learns more about his family history. Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) fills Jeremy in on the rumors about the Travelers’ next move and demonstrates her considerable power.

Jeremy makes an unexpected deal with Liv, then makes a decision that is devastating to Elena. Stefan and Caroline share a special moment of friendship. Finally, a terrifying turn of events at the Travelers’ camp leads to the appearance of their mysterious leader, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian).

Related Story: Jeremy's the Topic of this Clip from "The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.17 - "Rescue Me"

Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Brett Matthews and Neil Reynolds.

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GWAR Manager Issues Expanded Official Statement On Dave Brockie's Death

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:39

Jack Flanagan, band manager for GWAR, has released an expanded official statement regarding the circumstances surrounding the recent passing of vocalist Dave Brockie, whose stage name was Oderus Urungus. Brockie was found dead in his home by a band mate on Sunday. He was 50 years old.

You can read Flanagan’s statement below.

On behalf of Dave Brockie’s family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year’s GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad’s Lake.

More information shall be released as the details are confirmed.


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AMC Developing Walking Dead Companion Show, New Chris Carter Area 51 Series, Plus Pilots Involving Exorcism, the Occult, and More!

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:30

TV's 2014 Upfront presentations are currently under way, and while the horror news has been light so far, today it was AMC's turn, and they have several projects in development that caught our eye.

First, the thus far untitled "The Walking Dead" companion series has landed Dave Erickson ("Sons of Anarchy") as an executive producer and co-writer along with Robert Kirkman.

As Kirkman said previously, "After ten years of writing the comic book series... I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of 'The Walking Dead' universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing."

Now, as for the rest, along with "The After," which is heading to Amazon, Chris Carter has "Area 51" in the works at AMC. Written by Carter and and executive produced by him and Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” The Terminator), the show is based on the NY Times best-seller Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobson. It's a contemporary conspiracy thriller revealing the true story behind the infamous Area 51, America’s most mysterious military installation. (If this sounds a bit familiar, we got the first word about this back in November of 2011 with a follow-up in July of 2012. Things do move slow in TV land!)

Next is "Strange Angel," executive produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker of Scott Free. AMC has optioned the book Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle, based on the life of Jim Parsons, a brilliant rocket scientist and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While a pioneer in research that had only recently been dreamed up in science fiction, his bright future gave way to ruin as Parsons headed down another, darker path into the occult community of mid-century Los Angeles.

Then we have "The Sparrow," written and executive produced by Michael Perry (“The River,” Paranormal Activity 2). Based on Mary Doria Russell’s acclaimed science-fiction epic, “The Sparrow” tells the story of a Jesuit-led mission to make first contact with an alien race.

Now, about that exorcism project... It's called "Outer Darkness," written and co-executive produced by Jim McDermott. The other executive producers are Stacey Sher (Pulp Fiction) and Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) of Double Feature Films. It's said to be a "grounded" take on exorcism by exploring everyday evil in an idyllic Midwestern town.

The network has also optioned Somewhere East of Life by Brian Aldiss with an eye toward developing it as a scripted drama series. Set in the near future, it tells the story of a man as he tries to reclaim his identity after having the last 10 years of his memories stolen.

Lastly, for fans of Kevin Smith (we know you're out there!), AMC renewed his "Comic Book Men" for a fourth season and is expanding their relationship to include the development of a late-night project, "Hollywood Babble-On," starring Smith and his co-host of their popular podcast, Ralph Garman, to be produced by Wilshire Studios and executive produced by Smith, Garman, and Gary Auerbach. Additionally, AMC is also working with Smith on the development of a docu-series featuring super-collector and "Comic Book Men" regular Robert Bruce. Produced by Original Media and Smith’s Smodcast Pictures and exec produced by Dan Laikind, Charlie Corwin, Elyse Seiden, and Smith, Bruce and his fellow experts scour the country searching real estate sales, auction houses, and flea markets on a quest to find rare items that will feed the needs of his demanding clients and add to Bruce’s own colossal collection.

Look for more on these projects as it comes!

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Stanley Film Festival Announces 'Doc of the Dead'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:16

By Erik Myers: Returning to the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining, the Stanley Film Festival announced today Doc of The Dead as the festival premiere. Set at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, the festival – dubbed Chapter II in its second year – has promised via Facebook the full programming lineup in coming weeks.

Set to take place April 24-27 2014, the festival describes its mission of “procuring the most imaginative tales of fright from around the globe, we will proudly present short and feature films that offer a vast spectrum of tantalizing thrills and ghastly delights throughout the weekend.”

Doc of The Dead, from Colorado-born director Alexandre O. Philippe, explores the rise of zombies in popular culture through a wide variety of interviews including Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, World War Z author Max Brooks and the undisputed godfather of the genre George A. Romero. The film made its U.S. premiere at SXSW 2014 earlier this month. Check out the clip below for a sneak peek of the film and stay tuned for updates as the festival reveals its full line-up of programming in the next couple of weeks.

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First Trailer Explores Damned Love (Maldito Amor)

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:56

We told you about the Chilean slasher flick Damned Love (Maldito Amor) back during the holiday season of last year. Now, months later, we are super stoked to unwrap this trailer for the romantic comedy meets 70's Italian Giallo flick with a dash of 80's American slasher!

Gonzalo Badilla directs a script co-written by him and Sebastián Badilla, who also appears in the film.

Synopsis
Prom night is ruined for a group of teenagers thanks to the assassination of their teacher Marion, who was brutally murdered just two days before the big event by a faceless maniac. This will ruin the plans of Arturo (Sebastián Badilla), who was waiting for that exact moment to declare himself to the girl of his dreams, María Elena (Trinidad de la Noi), who just suddenly started a relationship with a mysterious magician called Tatán (Nicolás Luisetti).

Arturo will start a friendship with Beatriz, the most popular girl in school, to get María Elena jealous. But what Arturo doesn’t know is that the faceless maniac isn't done killing. He and Beatriz will have to begin solving the mysteries for all the wrong reasons and, in the meantime, also try to survive the hands of the killer.

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'Goat Simulator' Hilariously Remakes 'Dead Island's' Trailer

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:53

This is the funniest thing you’ll watch today, guaranteed.

If you’re unfamiliar with Goat Simulator, it’s a simulation game that takes us in the day of the life of a goat. Because video games. Its official trailer might look familiar to those who have seen that depressing Dead Island trailer, but whereas that video made me want to drown my sorrows in a lake with a cement brick tied to my ankle, this one makes me cry because it’s just that funny. Enjoy.

In case you need a refresher on the video it’s referencing, here’s that Dead Island trailer again:

Goat Simulator arrives on April Fools’ (no joke), pre-order it here.

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New 'Caffeine' Gameplay Footage Was Brought To You By Unreal Engine 4

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:24

Ever wondered what it would look like if a developer decided to blend Routine with Among the Sleep and sprinkled on everyone’s favorite drug? If you answered that with a resounding yes, then the indie horror game Caffeine should have been on your radar weeks ago. It follows a child who wakes up on a seemingly abandoned caffeine mining station where something terrible happened. Now that something is on the prowl.

It made our list of 30 indie horror games you should be excited about for a reason. See its gorgeous Unreal Engine 4-powered graphics in action after the jump.

For more Caffeine, head on over to IndieDB.

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First Films and Events Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:23

The amazing crew behind the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, April 24-27, has selected Doc of the Dead as its opening night film. Read on for details and more!

From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (The People Vs. George Lucas), the film explores the evolution of the zombie genre in film, television, and literature as well as its impact and influence on pop culture. The film features footage taken at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival's "George Romero's Zombie Town Hall Meeting."

"We are thrilled to open this year's Festival with a locally-produced film. The Denver Film Society is excited by the strength of the work we are seeing come out of our home state, and we cannot think of a better way to celebrate the iconic status of the Stanley Hotel than with a film produced right here in Colorado," says Denver Film Society Festival Director, Britta Erickson.

In addition to the Opening Night film, SFF announced it will host a series of events sure to satisfy even the most dedicated horror fans. Throughout the Festival, "players" of the Horror Immersion Game will use multiple media platforms and game elements to delve deep into a mystery/horror narrative that uses the Stanley Hotel and the Festival as a vehicle to engage its participants in a story that seamlessly exists concurrently with everyday life. On Friday evening, Fangoria Entertainment and ShockTillYouDrop.com will bring their Dead Right Horror Trivia from Los Angeles to Estes Park. Saturday evening, Glass Eye Pix will present The Stanley Edition of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE with hosts Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, featuring two brand new tales performed at the Historic Park Theater in town by special guests with films at the Festival. Additional events include a Murder Mystery Dinner Friday evening, Zombie Crawl Saturday afternoon, and a Big Wheel Death Race on Sunday morning, all at the Stanley Hotel.

"While we are incredibly excited to announce our full film line-up next week, we are just as ecstatic to unveil some of the atmospheric and interactive special events that will immerse our guests completely in the horror experience" says Landon Zakheim, Stanley Film Festival Program Director. "The entire weekend is designed to work as one big dark carnival."

The Stanley Film Festival will celebrate their programming announcement this evening with an advance screening of the film Oculus at the Reel Mountain Theater in Estes Park. The film will be followed by a post-screening Q&A with director Mike Flanagan, producer and SFF alum Jason Blum, and producer Trevor Macy and an after-party at the Stanley Hotel.

FEATURE PRESENTATIONS:

● Doc of the Dead - USA (Director: Alexandre O. Phillipe, Featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, Max Brooks, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman) - Could there be a real zombie outbreak? If so, Doc of the Dead can help you prepare. This definitive guide to all things undead delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in film and literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture, to deliver a comprehensive, fast-paced, highly entertaining look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

● HORROR IMMERSION GAME: Bleeding seamlessly into the atmosphere of fear and suspense, we are excited to announce the Stanley Film Festival's Inaugural Immersive Horror Game, a real horror/mystery narrative using the Festival itself as its medium. Those who follow the clues opt in to the game, becoming the protagonists of an engaging and creepy interactive thriller culminating in an irreproducible climax you can never unsee.

● Glass Eye Pix Presents TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE - The Stanley Edition: An ongoing series of audio dramas penned by luminaries from the world of contemporary horror from JT Petty (HELLBENDERS) to Simon Barrett (YOU'RE NEXT) and Kim Newman (ANO DRACULA), featuring players from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) to Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM) and Mark Margolis ("AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM"). The Stanley edition will feature performers culled from the film lineup. Join horror impresarios Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden as they invite you to close your eyes and... listen.

● DEAD RIGHT HORROR TRIVIA HOSTED BY FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOCKTILLYOUDROP.COM: Do you consume horror as voraciously as zombies eat flesh? The hit Los Angeles horror event comes to the Stanley Film Festival! Join Fangoria's Rebekah McKendry and ShockTillYouDrop.com's Ryan Turek and test your horror knowledge in eight rounds of terrifyingly titillating trivia. Scare yourself with how much you actually know about horror. Trivia will be held early Friday evening at the Wheel Bar in Estes Park. Come with a team or join one there. All are welcome.

● MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: Murder is afoot at the old Stanley Hotel. Guests of the festival are welcome to register for a night of intrigue and deception unraveling over a wonderful three-course meal as they become their very own detectives.

● BIG WHEEL DEATH RACE: Guests will race through the expansive grounds of the Stanley Hotel on their very own adult sized Big Wheel, just like Danny Torrance. Festival pass holders will have an opportunity to race using adult sized Big Wheels on a course that runs the grounds of the Stanley Hotel. Registration will take place at the guest relations table for teams of four for a relay style race between 32 teams to determine one winner who will walk away with a complimentary stay at the Stanley Hotel.

● EYE HEART BRAINS ZOMBIE CRAWL: When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth. And now you can, too. Converge upon the Stanley Film Festival in style by participating in a good ol' fashioned Zombie Crawl hosted by Eye Heart Brains, purveyors of the world's largest zombie gatherings. The death march will move along the Stanley Hotel grounds and through the neighboring streets of Estes Park in search of brains. BRAAAAIIIIIIIIINNNNNS!!

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Cheap Thrills' Release Expands! Don't Like it? Slap the Founder of Drafthouse Films

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:13

After a successful first weekend, Cheap Thrills will open in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Tempe, AZ, this weekend before expanding to more cities on April 4. Cheap Thrills will also play at The Crest in LA this weekend.

In New York at Cinema Village, actor Michael Shannon will moderate a Q&A with Cheap Thrills star Pat Healy at the 9:15pm showtimes on Friday and Saturday.

And in case you haven't seen his offer on Twitter, Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League will let you slap him in the face if you don't like Cheap Thrills. Here's your video guarantee...

Cheap Thrills is also now available on all VOD platforms.

The directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award."

Synopsis
Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.




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A Launch Trailer For 'Burial At Sea' Episode 2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:00

Irrational Games has released a launch trailer for the second episode of Burial At Sea. If you’ve been hankering to return to BioShock Infinite, or maybe you just really want to see if you can beat that Thief-inspired 1998 mode, it’s available now. We’ll have our review of what is sadly Infinite’s last morsel of DLC for you to peruse over shortly. Until then, enjoy this new trailer.

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Bloody Visits the 'Summer Camp' Set; First Images! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:00

Bloody Disgusting was lucky enough to have a stringer who was able to get his 80′s gear out of his closet and hit the set of a highly anticipated new camp-inspired slasher!

Guillermo Tato – who penned the Spanish-language El torreón de las muñecas – was lucky enough to spend time on the set of the now-filming Summer Camp, the Alberto Marini-directed horror pic that follows unsuspecting American camp counselors who confront a virus unlike any seen before.

Check out his report, along with some exclusive first photos from set!

After several minutes driving through a winding road leading to the outskirts of Barcelona, I finally arrive to the set of Summer Camp. This is the first film as director of Alberto Marini and it has been produced by Filmax, Rebelión Terrestre, The Safran Company and Pantelion Films. I know little about this new horror film beyond that, as the title promises, it is set in a summer camp where a group of young people are targeted as counselors only to discover that they will become victims of a strange infection causing extreme and violent anger.

The team gathered for the project has huge talent. Alongside Alberto Marini is Pablo Rosso, known for his work in the [REC] franchise or Sleep Tight (directed by Jaume Balagueró). The cast is also impressive. By the more experienced within the horror genre Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil) we can find Maiara Walsh find (The Starving Games), Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and the spaniard Andrés Velencoso (Fin). We can also spotlight the presence of Jaume Balagueró in the project, as Marini explains: “his presence is not only in a creative level, with his opinions in the script or during the shooting, and their future contribution with the edition, he has also been essential in getting this project funded. Definitely, Jaume has an active participation in Summer Camp.

The chosen location may not be more peculiar. It’s a house consisting of a large number of rooms in which one can easily get lost, as well as a swimming pool and stables area. I’m feeling a little upset as I move along the corridors of the old house, sign that the place is an excellent choice for a horror movie. It’s the kind of place you won’t be at on your own for a whole weekend. In addition, I find that the place is full of original art elements designed for the movie, all of which shows the figure of the owl, the logo is used in the camp. We can see signs for the toilets, the bedrooms or the dining room. We could even find a fountain presiding the pool with a sculpture of the charismatic owl. “This place is very different from the stereotype of the classical american summer camp. No cabins, no lake, no canoes… This is the paradigm of the film,“” says Marini. Walsh remarks the importance of this environment in their performance. “This place is incredible. When I first step on the property I was blown away. I didn’t even have words. It makes so much easier to be in character. To allow things to terrify me here. The way we are shooting it is really terrifying.

But everything in this movie is not what you can imagine, as Marini says. Do not expect to find the typical location of films like Friday the 13th or Sleepaway Camp. In this case it is an almost gothic cottage, almost like if was taken from a ghost movie. So we do not want to imagine what it will be when the creatures that threaten counselors within some of the shadows casted in the corners of this house and the woods that surrounds it. Marini explains: “Summer Camp was born as a bet style. Danielle and I wanted to make a horror movie, to play with the conventions of a horror movie in a summer camp and turn them over to become something completely new and surprising.” Something that Donahue remarks, “this script has a lot of the classic elements of horror movies like Friday the 13th. Since Beto knows so much about the genre he really knows how to play with the expectations of the audience.

The night begins to take over the place, making everything even more disturbing for us. The production team is ready to begin the shooting of the first shots of the session abroad a small barn (we could see minutes ago that they actually have real chickens and goats in there). In the shoot we can see how Walsh, with fearful expressions hits Donahue with a stone on the head. It is a curt and tense shot, which can give us an idea of ​​the kind of tension that Marini seeks for the movie. It is also a sign of the kind of physical shooting in Summer Camp. “What was really amazing is that we had two weeks of rehearsal. We got to go through the entire script and through all the action and we had action rehearsals,” explains Walsh. Diego Boneta also emphasizes the idea, “It’s a very physical movie and it’s very important to manage our energy to be one hundred percent when necessary.

Summer Camp is also a story of four strangers who meet at a summer camp. As Walsh explains, “at the end, it’s a film about trust.” The director emphasizes the importance of trust in this environment, with the survival as the background theme. “We recovered the playful concept of horror, in a fun place where some strangers are going to have a good time. But along with this playful concept becomes the horror. It is a place where you know no one, far from your home and in an inhospitable place.

Inevitably, given the previous experience of Marini, the [REC] series comes to our head. Marini has been executive producer of the three films of [REC] that have been released so far. But Marini warns us about this, “Summer Camp is not the daughter of [REC] but it would be different if there had been no [REC]. The main difference: there is no comedy in Summer Camp.” But one element in common is the intention to make a frenetic horror film, as explains Boneta. “Reading the script there is no time to breathe. You are all the time really stressed.” There is also a primal nexus of a threatening infection surrounding the characters. The way it behaves within the film remains a complete mystery to us.

In the last scene of which we are witnesses before leaving the set, Walsh runs away through the woods. In his hands a mobile illuminates her spooky face as he approaches an old well. Looks like she’s running away from someone (or something). At the same time she’s trying to find coverage. It is a shot with a stylish camera movement and fantastic lighting by Pablo Rosso.

One of the key elements of Summer Camp, which constantly reminds us in the interviews, is the importance of the crew. Despite his inexperience as a director Marini spent many years in different sets and shootings. As Donahue explains, “Beto has been in so many sets and you can tell that he knows what he’s doing. I never felt like I wasn’t in good hands. Ha has such a strong vision.” In addition, Marini explains that “I am relaxed because I am wrapped with the excellent cast we have, but also by the crew in which I have a lot of confidence.” That’s something that Diego Boneta reinforces, “The whole team is fantastic and wants to do the best possible horror movie.

We say goodbye to the location by midnight. We are tired from all these hours on the set, but we realize that the crew has still five hours ahead of hard work, which makes me appreciate even more the efforts being they’re making. As they told us they still have several more night sessions ahead. But from what we have seen and the enthusiasm and ability to work shown by the people we have spoken to, we have no doubt that this effort will be worth it. We must be attentive to the progress of Summer Camp, because it promises to be one of the most interesting horror films of the year.-Guillermo Tato

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'Jurassic World' Reteams Colin Trevorrow with Jake Johnson

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:59

According to the Huffington Post, New Girl Jake Johnson will be reteaming with Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World.

Now, I’m…a huge fan of Jurassic Park,” he tells the site. “When I was growing up and Jurassic Park came out, I freaked out like every other kid. I was born in ’78, so I was, like, 12. If it wasn’t Colin and someone said they wanted me in Jurassic Park, I would jump on it. The fact that it’s Colin, written by Derek Connolly (who wrote Safety Not Guaranteed) and both those guys are personal friends, I’d go through a wall.

He joins both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard, alongside Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins and BD Wong, who returns as Dr. Henry Wu, a scientist from the first film.

The new Jurassic Park will see a fully operational theme park.

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New 'The Signal' Poster Replicates Over and Over

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:47

Focus Features continues their viral campaign for their June 13 release of William Eubank’s thriller The Signal, which Ryan Daley reviewed out of the Sundance Film Festival.

Starring Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke and Laurence Fishburne, the pic follows a group of college students are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

The campaign “R U Agitated” continues, sharing the following triptacular poster.

Check out this sweet poster, too.

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New Poster for The Signal Is All an Illusion

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:12

A new poster is here for The Signal, a sci-fi thriller about three college students who take a dark road-trip detour. The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27. Check it out!

William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. "Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.

Synopsis
Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest.




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Trailer for Chilean Neo-Giallo 'Damned Love'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:02

Chilean filmmaker Gonzalo Badilla has given Bloody a teaser trailer for Maldito Amor (Damned Love), which is said to combine the romantic comedy aspects with the classics 70′s giallo and the 80′s slashers.

We’re paying several homages with this movie to the classic ones, even our killer looks just like the Blood and Black Lace killer from the great Mario Bava,” explains Badilla, “and for the music we’re doing an alliance with the greek group Vercetti Technicolor for the soundtrack (they’re specialized in horror disco).

Directed by the Badilla Brothers (Gonzalo y Sebastián Badilla), here’s the official plot crunch: “A group of school teenagers get their prom night gets ruined by the assassination of their teacher Marion who got brutally murdered just 2 days before the big event by a faceless maniac. This will ruin the plans of Arturo (Sebastián Badilla) who was waiting for that exact moment to declare himself to the girl of his dreams, María Elena (Trinidad de la Noi), who just suddenly started a relationship with a mysterious magician called Tatán (Nicolás Luisetti). Arturo will start a friendship with Beatriz, the most popular girl in school to get María Elena jealous, what Arturo doesn’t know is that the faceless maniac has more deaths in its way between these kids school partners, and that he and Beatriz will have to begin solving the mysteries for all the wrong reasons, and in the meantime, also, try to survive from the hands of the killer.

Watch for more as it comes in.

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New Clip from Mr. Jones Found in the Dark

Dread Central - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:40

A new clip has arrived from Mr. Jones, and we urge you to blink a few times so that your eyes can adjust a bit to the darkness. Once they do, you'll see the air vibrating around it. Please note: We don't guarantee the whole vibrating thing, but it works for the folks in the clip.

From the Press Release
“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $24.98 for the DVD.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).




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