In news that will make you cringe, a young, unwed couple in China are in jail for selling two of their kids to fund their gaming habits. According to the mother, the first child, a baby boy, was the result of an unplanned pregnancy. He was sold, along with his sibling, to traffickers from Fujian to alleviate the financial burden of raising kids — and so the couple could use the money to purchase virtual items for an unnamed free-to-play video game.
“[The father] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes,” the mother explained in an interview. According to her, the father never had any intention of supporting the boy, so they made the decision to sell him. Because, clearly, that’s the only option.
Then, when she got pregnant again, they did it again. It wasn’t until they sold the second child when the kids’ grandfather turned the couple in to the authorities.
It’s no secret that child trafficking is a massive problem in China, where it is illegal. Unfortunately, horrible stories like this are way more common than they should ever be, as awful people sell their kids to other families, gangs, and even street peddlers.
The couple is now awaiting trial.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Deadman’s Cross is Square Enix’s zombie-themed mobile shooter and card collecting game that also happens to be ridiculously popular. Our very own T. Blake Braddy had a chat with producer Shinichi Tatsuke back in April, where they discussed the game’s goal of being the ultimate zombie card game.
Seeing as the Resident Evil franchise is one of the most popular zombie-themed franchise out there — despite its recent stumblings — pairing the two really is a no-brainer (sorry).
This crossover brings a hefty dose of new content to Deadman’s Cross, including an explorable Raccoon City that’s brimming with monsters and collectible Deadmen cards that should be familiar to fans of Resident Evil. There are also special items, like herbs and permits. If you own the game, you can enjoy all this content, for free, from now to July 27.
Being both a writer and producer, I’ve been blessed to be part of the casting process of a movie – I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it is, especially for an indie film. But it doesn’t take expert eyes to recognize talent like this.
Released by Universal Pictures in Sweden, below is footage of Henry Thomas auditioning for the role of Elliot in Steven Spielberg’s E.T..
You can hear Spielberg in the background giving Thomas direction, explaining to him what his character’s mindset would be.
Then, someone else off-screen lazily reads off lines from the screenplay that sound as if they’re a work in progress (or the delivery is just awful). Being that this is who young Thomas had to react to makes the video all the more magical.
Behold Thomas’ conviction followed by an emotional explosion. It’s powerful stuff from such a young actor. I can only imagine what he used to get motivated – possibly he was thinking about his dog dying or maybe he wanted the job so bad that he thought about being rejected by one Steven Spielberg? Whatever the case may be, prepare to be transported to planet awesome and enjoy the end when Spielberg quickly exclaims, “You got the job!”
Note: I’m not an extra features kinda guy, so I couldn’t tell you if the following footage is on any of the domestic releases.
There’s no denying how beautiful the underwater city of Rapture is. It’s a haunting look at the potential, both good and bad, of unrestricted science and technology. Without boundaries, humans are capable of some truly remarkable, and disturbing, things. I’ve always been a big fan of video game concept art, especially when the game looks as good as BioShock does. In this video, we get a look at game that defined a console generation. Enjoy.
Oh, and there are some spoilers here, but if you haven’t played BioShock yet, I’m afraid I’ll have to curse you with an itch that your arms will be too short to scratch.
Fox TV is one of the first out of the gate to reveal the artwork it's bringing to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have a look at both "Sleepy Hollow" Season 2 and "The Following" Season 3.
The panel for "Sleepy Hollow" will be held on Friday, July 25th, and Season 2 begins September 22nd.
5:45-6:45 PM - Room 6BCF - "Sleepy Hollow"
Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe, Spider Man 2), Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall), Mark Goffman, and Heather Kadin return to Comic-Con with the breakout show of the year, featuring an exclusive look at the highly anticipated second season followed by a fan Q&A featuring cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, and Lyndie Greenwood.
Fans of "The Following" have to wait until Sunday, July 27th, for that panel.
11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Hall H - The Following Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Hit thriller "The Following" returns to Comic-Con for a third year. Series stars Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Sam Underwood ("Dexter"), and Jessica Stroup ("90210") will join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (Scream) and executive producer Marcos Siega ("The Vampire Diaries") for an on-stage Q&A and video presentation. With Joe Carroll once again behind bars, Lily Gray shot in cold blood by Mike Weston, and Luke dead at the hands of Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy's conviction to forge a new life will be put to the test in the psychologically intense third season, when a new villain emerges from the shadows, proving to be even more insidious and dangerous than his former archenemy, Joe Carroll. From Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following's third season premieres midseason on FOX.
Metal band Slipknot are being rather silent and mysterious about their upcoming album, the follow up to 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. But now they might be letting some sibilant whispers creep out of the shadows in the form of a brief video teaser that is very dark and horror-fueled. You can watch the teaser below.
Also, make sure to check out their 3-day festival Knotfest. More information can be found here.
Last week we asked “What Kind Of Zombie Are You?” and a ton of you got to figure out what type of undead brain eater you’d end up being. This week, we want to go larger than life and find out what destroyer of cities you’d be! Below is a quiz that asks, “Which Godzilla Kaiju Are You?” Head on below to get your answer!
I got Rodan, which states the following:
A Drifter and a Loner, you’re the definition of ‘cool’ and absolutely ooze charisma. You live life in the fast lane, and are on a constant hunt for the next big thrill. Others find your aura irresistibly magnetic, yet you’d rather just be left to your own devices. The further you push people away, the closer they want to be. Selfish? Maybe… But you’re flying too fast to care.
Basically, I’m the 80′s cool kid who got the hot girl without trying…because he literally did nothing to try and get her.
Back at the end of 2011, we told you about a monthly horror web series called Shivers Down Your Spine; and now, thanks to Dead Lantern Pictures, 10 of the episodes are being compiled into a feature-length Blu-ray/DVD.
From the Press Release:
Dead Lantern Pictures, a micro-budget indie horror outfit based in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be releasing the feature-length horror anthology SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE this fall on DVD and Blu-ray.
SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE is a group of 10 short films, offering horror across the entire spectrum from comedy to slashers to a crime film noir and many more! Here are the synopses of the various shorts included:
- "Out of the Lamp" (wraparound): A man discovers a genie lamp in his microwave. Upon rubbing it, a beautiful genie named Sabiah appears, offering him three wishes. Much to her surprise, he wishes for her to tell him nine horror stories...
- "Deadbolt": A young girl home alone on Halloween night discovers that the deadbolt on her door is no match for an angry ghost.
- "Convention Girl": Two best friends try to figure out what to do when one of them believes he staked a vampire hooker at a horror convention. Did he stake a vampire or a cosplayer?
- "Birthday Dinner": A mother and father punish their young daughter on her birthday in order to teach her a lesson.
- "Whispering Board": Three sorority girls attempt to commune with a dead boyfriend using a whispering board with terrifying results.
- "I Dream of Djinni": Sabiah the Djinn tells a story of how wishes can go horribly awry if you're not careful with your wording...
- "Shortly After Nightfall": A creepy motel caretaker pays a hired gun to take out a young woman who is haunting one of his rooms in a ghostly film noir.
- "A Bad Heart": Two years after being stabbed in the heart and nearly killed by the serial killer Ray Dean Foster, a young woman decides to get back into the dating game on Valentine's Day only to find her geeky date may be more dangerous.
- "Last Breath": A young woman descends into madness and depression after being stood up by her boyfriend.
- "A Christmas Horror Story": It's 1987, and a group of teens are cleaning an old movie theatre. Meanwhile, a killer Santa is on the loose and looking to make them his next victims.
SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE will be released in October/November 2014. Extras will include a documentary, blooper reel, audio commentary tracks for all films, and a bonus short film entitled "Midnight Kiss."
Check out the trailer and several stills below.
IFC Midnight just sent over the skinny regarding their DVD and Blu-ray release of Zack Parker's latest, Proxy (review). Read on for artwork and details.
In the last month of her pregnancy, Esther Woodhouse is savagely beaten in an alleyway by an unknown assailant and loses her baby. To aid in her recovery, she attends a support group for grieving parents where she meets Melanie, who claims her son and husband were killed by a drunk driver.
Esther and Melanie develop a friendship, but soon it becomes clear that both are harboring much darker secrets than they initially let on. And when both their lives are transformed by another shocking act of violence, they find that recovery may be impossible.
With wildly unpredictable twists and turns, PROXY is a "fascinating, unnerving and endlessly unpredictable" (Inkoo Kang, LA Times) psychological thriller.
Look for it in stores and online on August 12th.
Bloody Disgusting reader Karl Howell introduced me to an online comic strip that spoofs Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Created in the style of Mad Magazine‘s legendary artist Mort Drucker, renown comic book artist Mark Harrison (“2000AD,” “Durham Red,” “Glimmer Rats,” “Star Wars,” “AVP”) shared “PrometheArse,” a joke strip that takes on Scott’s no-so-well received Alien prequel.
Explains Harrison, on the site where you can read the strip in its entirety:
I assumed MAD would have latched onto Prometheus like the proverbial facehugger given it’s obvious potential for parody, but was surprised to see it had passed them by. With the encouragement of friends, born out of cathartic need and our seemingly endless debate on the film, I decided to do my own version of a MAD magazine strip. I wanted it to look authentic, not just in the writing (keeping the American references, humor) and copying the strip format and art style of Mort Drucker (one of my art heroes) but also the paper texture and the worn fade look of the inks. I worked entirely in PhotoShop, customising brushes and actions to create a traditional pen and ink wash look. After many weekends of work, what started out as a joking promise ended up as what you see here. Hopefully it strikes the right MAD magazine tone of being mildly amusing and irreverent but not cruel and abusive.
Aside from my obvious affection for MAD and the art of Mort Drucker, I do (believe it or not) have an amount of respect for those involved in the making of the film. At the risk of undermining the humor, Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors (principally for two of my favorite films; Alien and Blade Runner). I think the cast are very good actors, (especially Charlize Theron!) The concept art and design of the film is excellent. The directing is mercifully free of camera shake, edit-fu and lens flares. The story is… the story is…. errr …see parody!
Click the above link for the entire strip. Harrison also created concept art for the “Aliens vs Predator” game for SEGA.
Image Source: Mark Harrison
If you haven't yet gone out to your local theater to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (review), we strongly encourage you to do so as it's one hell of a kick-ass summer blockbuster. So what the hell are you waiting for, fool?!
On tap for you today are a couple of fun Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tidbits so let's get right to it, shall we?
First up, /Film has just revealed details about a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes deleted scene, which would've ended the film on a different note.
Director Matt Reeves spilled the beans on the alternate ending in an interview with the site, and you'll find his full explanation of the scene, and why he cut it, below. We encourage you to avoid reading the next paragraph if you've yet to see the film as it includes spoilers!
"What was different about the ending was that after the ending that you see in the final film, the idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships," said Reeves. "And I felt that it was taking us too far into the next movie. And almost starting the next movie and not letting the emotion of what had just happened, of what Caesar had just achieved and... the price that he had paid. It wasn’t letting that resonate... but the final shot was actually in a way the very same final shot. It was actually him on top of the Golden Gate Bridge which was covered in apes, all looking out way, way into the distance and to see this really like messed up armada way in the distance showing up like... ships in disrepair. And it moved into his eyes as he took in the uncertain future."
"It was kind of cool," he continued, "but I realized that we had skipped too much of the emotion by doing that. And that it actually in a way boxed us in too much... also when we started showing this to people, some people are going, 'Wait, so does that mean the battle…' like I meant for those ships to be way in the distance and they hadn’t even seen the apes, ’cause obviously the apes weren’t gathering to begin the fight. The apes were gathering to look and see the fight that was coming toward them... but it was hard to render that idea. And when I showed it to some people they were like going, 'So that’s it? They’re gonna start fighting right now?' And I was like, 'Well no...' and I realized that we didn’t have the right ending. So actually that last beat, that is the last beat on Andy; this is actually kind of a cool thing too."
In another interesting tidbit that's sure to put a smile on your face, ABC News reports that a safari park boss in South Carolina took two young chimps to the theater to see the movie, where they munched on popcorn and sipped sodas.
Most amazingly, the two-year-old chimps appeared to actually pay attention to and follow along with the movie and even picked out which characters were good and which were bad. Over 1,000 humans were in attendance at the same showing, with many of them expressing fears about the chimps learning world-dominating skills from the film. Most, however, basked in the awesomeness of the unique experience.
Check out video footage of the chimps watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes below, which is about as adorable as life gets!
For more info 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).
Right at the tippy top of my list of most anticipated 2014 home video releases is Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Pumpkinhead Blu-ray, which has just been dated for September 9th.
Read on for a full listing of the disc's bonus features, including brand new material never before featured on previous releases!
From the Press Release
Scream Factory has announced a September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.
When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.
Also starring Jeff East (Deadly Blessing), Joel Hoffman (Slumber Party Massacre II), and Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), this “atmospheric, moralistic tale” (TV Guide) delivers demonic horror at its blood-drenched best.
Scream Factory has officially announced the September 9 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead, which includes several bonus features including new interviews.
“When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen; Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.“
Also starring Jeff East (Deadly Blessing), Joel Hoffman (Slumber Party Massacre Ii) and Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge).
Pumpkinhead Special Features:
NEW – REMEMBERING THE MONSTER KID: A TRIBUTE TO STAN WINSTON featuring new interviews with actors Lance Henriksen and Brian Bremer, special effects artists Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and Shannon Shea
NEW interviews with producer Richard Weinman and actors John D’Aquino and Matthew Hurley
Audio Commentary by Co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and Creature & FX Creators Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis
PUMPKINHEAD UNEARTHED (now in HD) – a documentary on the making of PUMPKINHEAD featuring Evolution of a Demon, The Cursed and the Damned, The Torture Soul of Ed Harley, Constructing Vengeance, Razorback Holler
Featurette: Demonic Toys
Were you one of the few people in the world who LOVED Vampire Academy so much that you want a sequel? Yes? Good! Then this story is for you! A rather interesting announcement just found its way online.
As per the Vampire Academy Facebook page:
"We are excited to announce that we have raised the majority of our funds for FROSTBITE - but there is one small catch (we told you this wouldn't be easy)... We need proof that the fans truly want to see the franchise continue. And so, we will be launching a crowd-funding campaign and putting the power in your hands. More details to come later this week. So, #VAFamily - Are you ready to make history? #Frostbite2015"
Well, are you? If so, keep up with the whole crowd-funding thingie by staying tuned to the above Facebook page. More details are supposed to be coming later in the week.
Universal sent over a few new images from Dracula Untold to go along with the older ones, and they're a mix of behind-the-scenes stuff along with Drac standing around or being all touchy-feely with the important folks in his life.
The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.
Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.
Look for it in theaters October 17, 2014.
Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.
If you're a fan of Syfy's "Eureka" and "Haven" and also watch The CW's "The Vampire Diaries," then you're about to see a familiar face arrive in Mystic Falls for "TVD" Season 6. Read on for the details of who will be playing militia leader Tripp.
Per THR, Colin Ferguson, best known for portraying Sheriff Jack Carter in "Eureka," will play Tripp, a character described as "handsome, strong, and disciplined." He will first appear in the October 2nd season premiere.
Tripp is the head of a community militia and surrogate father to his young trainees, who will do anything to protect his town. According to "The Vampire Diaries" exec producer Julie Plec, he will "give Sheriff Forbes a run for her money." See her tweet along with Ferguson's announcing the news below.
Returning in Season 6 as regulars are Matt Davis (Alaric) and Michael Malarkey (Enzo). We learned previously there will be a substantial time jump when the show resumes in the fall, and we'll have more for you during San Diego Comic-Con, where the "TVD" powers-that-be will no doubt reveal a few hints of what's ahead.
Hmmm.... Seem to have 'tripped' my way into a new role... Mystic Falls, hunh? This is gonna be fun :)
— Colin Ferguson (@colinferg) July 14, 2014
He's in town to give Sheriff Forbes a run for her money. #TVD
— julieplec (@julieplec) July 14, 2014
Lasse Hallstrom's The Hypnotist is getting set to make its DVD premiere in the UK on September 15, 2014, via Studiocanal, and right now we have the box art along with a six-pack of new images. Dig it.
Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit), Lena Olin (The Ninth Gate, Chocolat), and Tobias Zilliacus (Iris) star.
In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.
Couldn’t be happier to offer a preview of Scott Snyder and Jock’s “Wytches” from Image comics. This is the team that worked so beautifully together on a chilling run for Detective Comics and I couldn’t be happier to see the two working together again, and on horror no less. This is easily my most anticipated book of the year. Snyder belongs in horror, he cuts to the human core of characters and exposes fear with relative ease. Jock’s art is sure to get under people’s skin and this preview should show you exactly why. Enough of my talk, just look at this gorgeous book! From Image:
STORY: SCOTT SNYDER
ART / COVER: JOCK
OCTOBER 8 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived. This October, superstar creators SCOTT SNYDER (SEVERED, Batman) and JOCK (SNAPSHOT, Batman) unveil WYTCHES, and introduce you to a world of unimaginable horror in a special EXTRA-SIZED FIRST ISSUE with 30 pages of story and no ads for just $2.99
Scott Snyder says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have this series sit on the shelves with other great Image Books like Lazarus, Manhattan Projects, Southern Bastards and of course The Walking Dead. Forget everything you think you know about witches.”
The last entry in Visceral Games’ Necromorph genocide simulator series might not have been as well-received as the first two games, but that shouldn’t keep you from checking out this awesome — and expensive — Isaac Clarke figure. It features everyone’s favorite Necromorph slaying badass as he was last seen in Dead Space 3.
I like the snow suit, it’s a nice look. You’d think it’d be difficult to clean though, what with all those red and squishy giblets flailing about during every fight. Cleaning the fury bits must be a real pain.
Or maybe that’s something the suit kiosk handles?
Anyway, this 1/6th scale replica will run you $190. It can be preordered now, with shipping expected on July 18th.
Dead Space 3 1/6 Isaac Clarke (Snow Suit version) specs:
*figure stands at 1/6 scale, ~12-inches (30.5 cm) tall
*Isaac snow suit gleams a dull greenish under the lights, and to bring out the texture of the metals & fabric material.
*fully articulated figure based on his latest look in Dead Space 3.
*one pair of relaxed palms, one pair of fists, one right palm for holding gun, one left palm for holding rifle.
*lots of attention to details, inducing incredibly detail mechanic parts, resembling characters as seen in the video game.
*realistic paint application to highlight all the details in armor parts and fabric clothing with impressive weathering effect.
*comes with highly details weapons 211-V Plasma Cutter & Aug Shotgun.
*light-up LEDs feature at front shield of the helmet & backpack.
*AG1 X 6 button cell batteries (battery not included)
Check out all of Isaac’s angles in the gallery below.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Winnipeg, Manitoba melodic death metal band Laika to bring you an exclusive first listen to their song “Escalation Of Terror”, which comes from their upcoming album Somnia (out September 30th). The track features tight riffs with old school influences injected into a modern approach. Head on below to check out this exclusive premiere!
Somnia can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
Somnia track list:
1. Restless Mind (1:31)
2. Escalation of Terror (4:26)
3. Somnia (5:26)
4. Fidelity (3:48)
5. Caligae A Galea (5:29)
6. Dream of Nothing (5:35)
7. The Immortal (3:52)
8. Predictions (Tide Bearer) (5:48)
9. Invaders (4:13)