[Fantastic Fest '14] ‘Alleluia’ Trailer Loaded With Sex and Violence

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:01

Fantastic Fest is set to screen Music Box’s latest acquisition, Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, starring Stéphane Bissot, Lola Dueñas and Édith Le Merdy

Fabrice du Welz is the director behind the 2004 Calvaire and the criminally underrated 2008 Vinyan.

Below you’ll find the brand new trailer to of with a bunch of images we were able to dig up, as well as a lengthy 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 swindler, small-time gigolo, will fall into a deadly tragedy.”

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Display Of Decay ‘Outbreak Of Infection EP’ Album Stream (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Edmonton death metal band Display Of Decay to bring you an exclusive stream of their upcoming EP Outbreak Of Infection (pre-order here), which comes out exactly one week from today! The EP contains 5-tracks of, “…grim and gore,” perfect for fans of Deicide and Cannibal Corpse. The final track on the album is a cover of KISS‘s “Black Diamond”.

Guitarist Sean Watson explains the song “Manchurian Candidate”:

Much like the film, this song represents the conspiracies that surround us all; government cover-ups, media brainwashing, and populations manipulated by controlled “outbreaks.” This song is a powerful example, both musically and lyrically, of the defined imagery which is carried out throughout the ep, “Outbreak of Infection.”

Stream everything below!

Display Of Decay online:
Official Website

Tour dates:
Aug 22-24, 2014 – Harvesting Hell – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Aug 31, 2014 – Loud As Hell – Drumheller, Alberta, Canada

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Director Jesse Thomas Cook Talks Septic Man

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00

A more serious take on slime punk films like Toxic Avenger and Slime City, Jesse Thomas Cook's Septic Man (review) has more in common with Cronenberg’s tragic transformation tale The Fly.

Thanks mostly to the twisted mind of screenwriter Tony Burgess (Pontypool), Septic Man has a lot more going on under the surface than just a basic story about a man trapped underground inside a tank of absolute filth who begins to transform into something monstrous.

Director Cook spoke with us about the film and how it was one of the hardest, grossest experiences of his professional life thus far - but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a hell of a time doing it.

DC: How was your experience at Fantasia with your latest sci-fi film Ejecta? Is there a favorite project you and [Tony] Burgess have worked on so far?

JTC: Oh, Fantasia was awesome, man. It’s sort of the Fantastic Fest of Canada. Everyone’s open to new, original content and Ejecta went over tremendously well. We got to take Tony Burgess there and Julian Richings, who had a big role in Septic Man, too. We love doing these fests; it’s what gets our films out there and spreads the word.

DC: This is my second time seeing [Septic Man], I just watched it again a couple days ago, and last weekend I was trapped in an elevator and had an unexpected panic attack here in Brooklyn. So, watching it a few days after that and seeing that kind of confinement really hit home for me! Do you have any claustrophobia yourself or fear of confinement?

JTC: (laughs) I definitely do, yeah; my entire life I have, and with this film in particular I wanted to make that sort of claustrophobic atmosphere and do sort of a chamber play all set in one confined space. Initially the idea was just about a man trapped in a well, which I had pitched to Tony Burgess, and his disgusting mind was able to transform it into what he later called 'a gift' for him as a writer, to be able to do this movie about a guy slowly entering this existential crisis and transforming into this shit demon. But yeah, absolutely, the idea was about a claustrophobic, in the vein of Buried and Saw; I looked at it as a straightforward survival horror film. Tony was able to add a ton of philosophical underpinnings that only he can add to a project.

DC: Did the space restriction make this one of your most difficult shooting experiences? What was the day-to-day like?

JTC: Well, you see early in the first act there’s a few scenes set outside of the septic tank. Those were fun and easy, and we banged them out fairly quickly; everything in the septic tank was incredibly difficult. It was a big set that we had built with all sorts of windows and secret hatches so that we could film by staying out of the tank for a little bit. But, for the most part, there were seven or eight of us stuck in this nightmare of a film set that became very difficult to work in. Simple things on a film shoot you take for granted, like walking across the set and moving an apple box or tweaking a light - all of those were elaborate coordination amongst the crew that were stuck in there. So we would kind of get in there, shut the door, and we wouldn’t come out for six hours until our lunch because we were worried if you did come out, you wouldn’t want to go back in! It stunk, it was wet, it was cold and just generally uncomfortable - but those type of things tend to develop a brotherhood, I think, with crew members that you’re collectively suffering with.

DC: I’m sure just trying to go out for a smoke break or a “safety meeting” must have been pretty difficult.

JTC: (laughs) Well, thankfully, the crew were all fine with us just smoking right in there and just tossing our cigarette butts right in the septic tank. We had this very squeamish focus puller who, I think, once or twice actually vomited right in the set. We couldn’t clean it up, and even if we could of, it just added to the realness of the set.

DC: How big was the set?

JTC: It was 16 x 20 x 16, I believe. We could do bird’s eye views through the hatch. Six weeks before the shoot, [Jason Brown] had been a production designer on our last films with small acting roles in them, so he was primarily a designer. But we went to him to play the role and who better to build it than the guy who’s gonna be trapped in it. The whole set actually blew up on us. We were filling it with water before wrap, we had to fill the tank up into ten feet of water, and midway through the entire set walls just buckled and unleashed a wave of water and we had to scramble to repair it for the last day of the shoot. We had to change a couple major scenes in the script to work in the fact that the tank could not hold ten feet of water.

DC: With Septic Man, it feels like an origin story. Is there any chance of a Septic Man crossover with Bad Milo? If you saw that film, they could be the shit demons of Groot and Rocket Raccoon.

JTC: I just saw Bad Milo about two weeks ago! Yeah, it would be interesting to explore the character outside of his little hive of where he grew to become Septic Man. You’re right; it was all in the back of our mind that it was supposed to be this kind of origin story sort of like The Fly and Toxic Avenger. Tony [Burgess] was able to add in all sorts of bizarre existential underpinnings so that it does leave it open-ended for sure.

Septic Man is now in limited release in theaters and is also available on VOD across multiple platforms.

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Demonic ‘Horns’ International Poster

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:38

Daniel Radcliffe is up front and center on this international one-sheet for RADiUS-TWC’s Horns, which demonizes Radcliffe as a Devil.

Based on Joe Hills’ graphic novel of the same name, the film is slated for release on Halloween, October 31.

Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer.

Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan, and James Remar.

Bloody Disgusting’s Mike Pereira was a huge fan – read his review here – calling it “an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy.”

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‘Soulmate’ Opening Cut By British Censors

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:37

Soda Pictures has shared a deleted opening scene from Soulmate, which is now on home video in the UK. The clip was too much for British censors, who I guess have issues with suicide on screen.

In the film, “Recently widowed Audrey moves to the countryside in a bid to get her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, she decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost…

Audrey (played by Anna Walton, who also appeared in Carolyn’s short film The Halloween Kid) is a suicidal woman mourning the recent death of her husband. Isolating herself in an old country cottage away from friends and family, she soon develops a relationship with the ghost (Tom Wisdom) haunting the property. What follows is an atypical genre film in which love is not the ultimate cure-all.

Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale) and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) star. Writer-director Axelle Carolyn’s feature debut is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) presentation for Sterling Pictures.

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First Look At Paul Rudd In ‘Ant-Man’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:33

It feels like just yesterday when I talked about getting our first look at Paul Rudd in Ant Man. Well turns out USA Today got the exclusive scoop along with offering some more musings on the plot. Really seems like this heist is going to be the cornerstone of the film, and Scott Lang looks a little rough around the edges.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man (in theaters July 17, 2015) began production in San Francisco Monday.

I dig it. Now I can’t wait to see him in the suit itself.

In Ant-Man, Lang is an ex-con and thief who finds a mentor figure in Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a genius scientist and inventor of a technology that allows a man to shrink down to the size of an insect but also increase his strength.

When powerful forces — including Pym’s star employee Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), aka Yellowjacket — want the secret to the breakthroughs for their own nefarious uses, Pym passes the mantle — and helmeted supersuit — of Ant-Man to Lang and the two men plan an ambitious heist that if successful will save the world.

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Get an Exclusive Preview of The Damned Soundtrack by Frederik Wiedmann

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:30

IFC Midnight, in association with Five 7 Media, is releasing The Damned in theaters on August 29th, but first, thanks to Lakeshore Records, the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available today, August 19th!

From the Press Release:
Lakeshore Records will release the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on August 19, 2014. The album features original music by Frederik Wiedmann (Beware the Batman, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), who is a frequent collaborator of director Victor Garcia.

“I hope this soundtrack will keep you on the edge of your seat!” said Wiedmann.

“I met Freddie seven years ago for what was going to be our first movie together (Return to House on Haunted Hill) and ended up being the first of several collaborations,” said Garcia. “The amazing cues he's accomplished and the organic way in which his score fits the pacing makes The Damned be, without a doubt, my favorite collaboration with Freddie so far.”

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Frederik came to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a film composer. After a couple assistant positions, Wiedmann scored his first feature, Return to House on Haunted Hill for Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier, in 2007. Since then he has written music for a wide variety of feature films such as Hostel: Part III (Sony) and The Hills Run Red (Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier).

“In The Damned we follow a family as they deal with their hidden secrets while, at the same time, try to defeat an ancient evil,” described Garcia. “The only thing I can say about the amazing score Freddie created this time is that I thought that I had a very clear idea of what I wanted for it to sound like until the moment I listened to the first sample that he sent me.”

“Early on in the process, Victor and I discussed how we can create an environment for this film that has a distinct flavor and concept,” Wiedmann described. “Since most of the film takes place in Colombia, I suggested the use of South American woodwind instruments, used in an unconventional way, merely to evoke a sense of place, but in a subtle, not too obvious way.

The Damned, which also hit VOD on July 25th, tells the story of American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli; Twilight movie series, "Nurse Jackie"), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles; Underworld) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill (Nathalia Ramos; "Switched at Birth"). En route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a run-down isolated inn. When they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, they are determined to set her free. In saving the young girl, they ultimately unleash an ancient evil that's been waiting to wreak havoc on all that cross its path.

You can pre-order the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the EvilShop below or from iTunes.

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‘Feed the Gods’ Trailer Reveals Creature and Decapitation…

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:19

We now have the latest promo trailer for XLrator Media’s horror-thriller Feed the Gods, which will release through its “Macabre” brand from Bleiberg Entertainment’s genre label Compound B.

The film, which stars Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Diary of the Dead), Tyler Johnston (“The Killing,” “Supernatural”), Emily Tennant (Jennifer’s Body) and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), “follows the journey of two brothers in search of their long lost parents. Their quest leads them to Tendale, a small mountain town that is home to mythical Bigfoot-like creature with a “taste for tourists.”

Drawing inspiration from early Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and “Cabin in the Woods,” “Feed the Gods” marks the second feature film from writer/director Braden Croft. When slacker/aspiring filmmaker Will (Shawn Roberts, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) finds the parents of his adopted brother Kris (Tyler Johnston, “The Killing”), he sees the opportunity to get some closure for his brother, as well as maybe capture a heartwarming reunion on camera. With Kris’ fiancé Brit (Emily Tennant, “Jennifer’s Body”) in tow, the three of them head out to discover this long-lost family. What they are unprepared for though, is what exactly the cryptic small town has in store for them. Weird locals abound and rumors of a Bigfoot creature haunting the area at first seem silly… but things quickly escalate into a frantic, scary and action-packed nightmare with more than a few casualties along the way.

(l-r) Shawn Roberts, Tyler Johnston, Emily Tennent — photo credit Courtney Paige Theroux

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Slender Man Haunts Dread Central! The Eidolon State to Premiere HERE!

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00

We are happy to announce that we are working with Freeze Frame Film to premiere their short film The Eidolon State, which focuses on the haunting sensation that is The Slender Man. Read on for details!

Freeze Frame will be releasing the flick on YouTube Friday, August 29th, but we're going to be exclusively hosting it beginning Wednesday, August 27th!

The filmmakers' goal was to make a short film based on The Slender Man myth that stayed true to the original sources as well as being inspired by other depictions of the character. Along with this, the film's tone and atmosphere were influenced by other horror films such as The Conjuring and Sinister. The film is directed by Dion Cavallaro and Paul Thomas, who also plays the lead role of Josh alongside supporting actress Sarah Pike, who plays Ally, Josh's friend. Cain Harrip portrays The Slender Man and is also the associate producer of the film.

"Originally we were going to call our antagonist 'The Tall Man' but ultimately decided that 'The Slender Man' was more fitting and more favourable with the fans," says director Cavallaro. "After 8 months of production in total, we are happy to announce the release of our 20-minute short film, The Eidolon State. Making this film has been an enjoyable journey for us, and we hope our adaption pleases fans of the character, something we hoped to achieve and hopefully have."

As for our involvement, he explains, "We contacted Dread Central about our project in earlier stages of production and they were more than happy to help promote our film. As a result, we have chosen to premiere the film through them as Dread Central felt like the perfect place for a Slender Man film to be announced and released. Dread Central not only offer the latest in Hollywood news but also help upcoming, independent filmmakers gain some exposure. The support they offer to the industry is fantastic, and we thank them greatly for their support. We are glad to have collaborated with them and would not hesitate to do so again in the future."

You're very welcome! It's our pleasure!

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The Eidolon State follows Josh, a student who has been experiencing reoccurring dreams of a tall, faceless being stalking him. As the dreams become more constant, he confides in his friend to help understand why they are happening.

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I Wish I Didn’t Watch ‘Wishmaster’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:49

My God. As horror fanatics we all know how cold and lonely the Netflix instant streaming can be. There are some real gems, but among them are some real pieces of shit, like Wishmaster. A 1997 effects heavy reimagining of genie lore that will numb your brain into jelly before destroying your mind with horrible acting, atrocious editing, and a severe misuse of Robert Englund.

The movie’s heart is in the right place. It’s practical effects heavy and features nods to horror classics like The Exorcist. However, the plot is so ill conceived and inconsistent that the list of things to love is pretty much that short.

Everything begins with a gigantic infodump. Several screens of text are hurled at you in quick succession before whisking you away to Persia, amidst a ton of insanity caused by an evil Djinn who sits at the side of the Sultan whispering sweet nothings into his ears. Chaos erupts and there is a cavalcade of death all brought on by the deceptive wish granting of the Djinn. He’s a tricky bastard with dicks for ears.

We instantly travel to America in the present day. SEE?

The Djinn is trapped in a stone. He quickly escapes and asks a very important question of a bystander in the room where he is revived.

”Am I to understand this is something you do not wish to see?” YES, this fucking movie. Make it stop.

For 1997, there are a lot of good ideas here. The design of the Djinn is super inspired. His body reminds me of Gary Oldman’s Dracula armor, and his slithering head tentacles really captivate when the evil bastard is on screen. It’s just a damn shame he changes into this freak about halfway through the film.

On the left: the newly formed exposition machine.

You see now that he’s a human we’re treated to an assortment of scenes that force us to think about the premise of the film. He challenges an assortment of one off supporting characters to make a wish for their soul. Often after the deed is done, he turns to the camera and explains his motivations right to us the viewer. Just look at the photo above, he’s about to do it, I swear.

So just when you’re thinking this movie couldn’t get any worse. Shit like this goes down. I’m not sure if this is awesome or makes everything worse.

So Wishmaster should be watched by those of you brave enough to see the insane depths of hell that horror was at in 1997. This movie had a 5 million dollar budget but looks like it was shot by people who knew nothing about framing or editing. There are a ton of good ideas here, but the execution is just plain awful.

But let’s take a look at some of the excellent deaths it features, because boy it features a lot.



So now I’ll watch the rest of these fucking things, and, I imagine wish that my soul had been eviscerated long before I finish. Wish me luck.


Hey bro it’s Wishmasta, just wanted to let you know I’ve got 3 more sequels.


Did any of you ever see Wishmaster,  what did you think? Am I being to hard on it?

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New Destination America Series Ghost Asylum and Amish Haunting Debuting in September

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:45

Destination America has two new paranormal-themed TV shows hitting the airwaves in September, and we have all the info you need on both of them right here so settle in and check out the details of "Ghost Asylum" and "Amish Haunting."

From the Press Release:
Investigating abandoned insane asylums is dangerous and downright terrifying, but in Destination America’s all-new series "Ghost Asylum" a fearless crew is on a quest to hunt down chain-rattling ghosts and scary apparitions by any means possible, even if that requires luring themselves as the decoy.

"Ghost Asylum" follows the most passionate paranormal team in America, the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, as they examine some of America’s most frightening asylums, sanitariums, and mental hospitals. Their goal isn’t just to conjure spirits and collect evidence, but they are on a mission to physically capture restless souls with their cutting-edge ghost traps and self-trained Tennessean wit.

TWC hunts the most lethal stories: clinics where murdered nurses still roam the halls, hospitals that drive anyone who enters to utter insanity, and rehabilitation centers with earth-shattering cries coming from the windows. Staffed with experts in every aspect of paranormal investigation, these wraith chasers are not your average Ghostbusters but an elite team of ghost whisperers who mesh methodology and skill with old-fashioned common sense and a taste for adventure in order to debunk, disprove, or validate each case.

"Ghost Asylum" premieres Sunday, September 7th, at 10/9c on Destination America. Check out a sneak peek below.

“Every town in America has some sort of haunted building up on the hill with a mysterious legend or local ghost story that leaves to question the truth and reality of lingering spirits," said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. "'Ghost Asylum' follows the clever Tennessee Wraith Chasers as they enter the most petrifying locations, sharing shocking evidence and real life experiences on the hunt to trap the spirits lurking around these haunted institutions.”

“Respect, detect, collect” – that’s the Tennessee Wraith Chasers’ motto and the core process they follow in each episode. Led by its founder Chris Smith, the team seeks to separate facts from folklore using every trick in their arsenal attempting to bag a wandering spirit.

In the September 7th premiere the team travels to Old War Memorial Hospital in Scottsville, Kentucky. Throughout its years of operation this institution transformed from a place of healing to a holding cell for the mentally disturbed. Between the ER and the mental ward, it has been the site of countless deaths and could be bursting with lost souls. Locals believe that a doctor lost his mind while in residence at the hospital and that after his death his spirit returned for a permanent shift in the exam rooms he loved so much. Now the Tennessee Wraith Chasers venture beyond the waiting room to track down the doctor’s spirit and finally discharge him for good.

Destination America will also be premiering "Amish Haunting" on Sunday, September 14th, at 9/8c. The all-new series will bring to life the most chilling ghost stories ever to emerge from within the Amish community.

The Amish are no strangers to horror in all its dreadful forms as their full belief is that living in the modern world will lead to sin and inevitably the frightful evil spirits. For the first time ever, these tales will be brought to life by brave narrators from the Amish community who will guide viewers on a grim, captivating trip into the Amish crypt.

"Ghost Asylum" is produced for Destination America by Tremendous! Entertainment with Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, and Tim Hamilton as executive producers. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer. "Amish Haunting" is produced for Destination America by Hot Snakes Media with Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista, and Mark Marabella as executive producers. For Destination America, Sara Helman is executive producer. At Destination America, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Marc Etkind is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health.

For more info visit the Destination America website, "like" Destination America on Facebook, and follow @DestAmerica on Twitter.

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Aphex Twin Announces New Album ‘SYRO’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:30

Last week a blimp hovered over London that stated “2014″, with the Aphex Twin logo inside the 0. There was also graffiti of the logo in New York City, stenciled in the streets. Now, the story goes even further with a supposed new album reveal.

How this went down was that Aphex Twin shot out a tweet that only contained a URL: http://syro2eznzea2xbpi.onion. These types of domains are supposedly only for those who wish to go into what’s known as the Deep Web. Working through the site, people found a page with text that seemingly announced the title of a new album, SYRO, as well as the titles of 12 new tracks. The numbers to the right of the tracks are being hypothesized as BPM but there’s no word on that just yet.

A new album from Aphex Twin will be the first since 2001′s Druqks.

The “track list”:
01 minipops 67 (source field mix)
02 XMAS_Eve10 (thanaton3 mix)
03 produk 29
04 4 bit 9d epi+e+6
05 180db_
06 CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix)
07 fz pseudotimestrech+e+3
08 CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix)
09 syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix)
10 PAPAT4 (pineal mix)
11 s950tx16wasr10 (earth portal mix)
12 aisatsana

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The Canal's Ivan Kavanagh Talks Getting Away with Things in Horror Films, the Slow Burn, and More!

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:30

Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal will be playing in select theaters day-and-date with VOD on October 10th, and to help get you ready for it, here's our exclusive interview with him at the eerie film’s premiere during Tribeca 2014.

Irish writer/director Kavanagh discusses with Dread Central the strengths of horror as a vehicle for low-budget but expressive and inventive filmmaking, reflects on some of his own influences and favorites from the genre, and shares a few nostalgic video store VHS memories.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, and Hannah Hoekstra star in The Canal, heading our way in October via The Orchard.

The creepy Irish horror film THE CANAL tells the story of a film archivist (Evans) who finds his suspicions about a possible infidelity by his wife (Hoekstra) taking a darker turn—that might be connected to the murderous history of their house and the growing possibility of the presence of an otherworldly entity. When his wife vanishes, all eyes turn to him as the suspect. As his world crashes in, he finds himself struggling on the borders between madness and the supernatural.

A return to the classic, slow burn style of horror, THE CANAL is both a chilling tale of the unknown and an unsettling mystery.

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Exclusive Sales Art Debut for The Inhabitants; See a Pair of New Production Stills

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:15

Back at the beginning of 2013, we got the first word on The Inhabitants, Michael and Shawn Rasmussen's follow-up to Dark Feed; and now today the brothers are debuting the film's new sales art plus a pair of production stills.

Written and directed by the Rasmussens, The Inhabitants stars Michael Reed and Elise Couture Stone. They told us that with regard to the film, "We were fortunate enough to shoot in one of the oldest houses in New England as well as parts of Salem, Massachusetts, including The Witch House Museum."

"Built in 1690, the Noyes-Parris House was at one time owned by Samuel Parris, who played a role in the Salem Witch Trials. His daughter and niece were two of the accusers. It was also a stop on the underground railroad and has the hiding places to prove it. The current owner is convinced the house is haunted, and after a few late nights shooting there, we're not ready to disagree."

As for the tone of the film, they confirmed what they told us last year: "[It] is very much a throwback to some of our favorite horror films from the 70's and 80's like The Changeling, Rosemary's Baby, The Haunting of Julia, and of course The Shining."

Lascaux Media and Sinister Siblings Films produced the project.

Enjoy the eye candy, and look for more soon. For additional info in the meantime, be sure to "like" The Inhabitants on Facebook.

A young couple buys a bed and breakfast in New England only to find that the old house may be haunted.

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‘Silent Hills’ Demo Bug Undermines its Scare Factor

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:00

The P.T. “interactive teaser” used to announce Silent Hills has been seriously effective both as an example of clever marketing and as a solid, standalone horror game that was terrifying before the world gleefully discovered its true purpose. Or, at least it is until you run into stuff like this.

In this video from YouTuber NSX Hosni, we’re treated to a more humorous side to the otherwise deeply unnerving game that can only be experienced when one of its best scares decides to break.

If you’re in dire need of more Silent Hills reading material, you can check out our list of reasons why you should be excited for it. If you fear you may have missed out on some major news to come out of Gamescom last week (there was a lot), you can use our rundown of the biggest horror headlines from the event to get caught up.

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Soulmate - Check Out The Opening Too Nasty for British Censors

Dread Central - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:00

So British censors have deemed the opening of Axelle Carolyn's Soulmate too nasty for public consumption. Well, here in the States we like nasty. We like it a lot. Check out the uncut opening right here.

Soulmate is currently available on DVD over in the UK with no Stateside release yet announced.

The supernatural thriller stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale), and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and was penned by Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday.

Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.

The film is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme, and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex, alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media.

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‘Meadowland’ Search Begins In New York With Juno Temple

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:37

Filming has begun in New York on Meadowland, which marks the feature directorial debut of Reed Morano, whose cinematography credits include The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO’s “Looking” and Frozen River, reports ScreenDaily.

Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, pictured, and Ty Simpkins (Insidious) are among a host of cast joining the previously announced Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.

Chris Rossi wrote the screenplay about a police officer and his wife who attempt to deal with their son’s disappearance.

Also joining are Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein and Kevin Corrigan.

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‘WER’ Was Just Dumped to VOD This Morning

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:30

After quietly going to DirecTV, we learned this morning that Universal Home Entertainment has silently dumped Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra/Affinity’s beyond terrible WER to VOD platforms this morning. It will then arrive on DVD September 23 without a Blu-ray release (as of this writing) through “Focus World”.

The new found-footage pic that takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf.

William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman – the duo behind Paramount’s The Devil Inside – have re-teamed to tell the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.

Brian J. O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Vik Sahay also star in the film produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities. As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend. When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading.

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[Toys] Mezco’s Latest Exclusive, Black and White ‘The Mummy’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:18

Buried beneath the sands of time he rested, until he was awoken by Mezco’s award-winning design team. Now, Mezco proudly presents…“The Mummy”!

Imhotep, the iconic terror from the beneath the sand is presented in glorious black and white, just as he was in the terrifying 1932 classic film.

One of the most limited Universal Monsters ever produced by Mezco, he is an edition of only 250 pieces worldwide. Will he protect those lucky 250 from the curse of Amon-Ra? Only time will tell.

He stands 9″ tall and captures the intricate detail of each ancient bandage: from his mysterious eyes, to his legendary scarab ring.

With 11 points of articulation he’ll be able to take out any explorer who dares to come between him and his tana leaves. He is packaged in a full color, collector-friendly window box.

This Mezco Exclusive is a Limited Edition. A select number of collector’s items will be available online beginning August 22nd.

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Remember This Clip From ‘Before I Go to Sleep’?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:14

Kidman’s character wouldn’t…

From Rowan Joffe, the director of Bright Rock, and the writer of 28 Weeks Later, here’s the first clip from Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

In theaters September 12, 2014, “A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

The clip shows Firth explaining to Kidman her lifelong disease.

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