Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce (UK DVD)

Dread Central - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 05:00

Starring Michael McCarthy, Kane Hodder, Jordan Elizabeth, Wade Gallagher

Directed by Kevin McCarthy

Distributed by Monster Pictures UK

In Kevin McCarthy’s comic book-styled Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce, eponymous rogue cop Ronan takes the law into his own hands in the wake of his family’s targeting by the brutal and sadistic criminal overlords that rule his city from the shadows.

Cue lots of low budget violence, brutality, torture, popular comic pastiche and some of the most horrendously obnoxious ADR you’ll ever bear witness to.

Now, with that out of the way — and so that spending these precious few minutes of your life reading this isn’t a complete waste of time — here are 5 Amazing Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know (Number 3 Will Blow Your Mind).

Feel free to take these with you so that you can astound your friends/colleagues/postman/pets with your scholarly insight into totally random popular misconceptions at your next meeting/cocktail party/housewarming/orgy or whatever. You’re welcome.

FACT 1: The fear of the number 666 is called Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

FACT 2: Human beings actually have at least 9 separate, scientifically agreed senses. Alongside the primary pentad of Sight, Hearing, Taste, Touch and Smell, it is now commonly agreed that Thermoception (the sense of heat on our skin), Equilibrioception (our sense of balance), Nociception (perception of pain) and Proprioception (the unconscious sense of where our body parts are in relation to the rest of us at any one time, even when they’re out of sight) are standard senses that are at the core of our biology. Eat that, M. Night Shyamalan.

FACT 3: In ancient Rome, when the Emperor desired the death of a defeated gladiatorial combatant… he gave their opponent the thumb up. The signal for fighters to be spared was, in fact, the thumb tucked into a closed fist. The thumb down was never a gesture in these times. Eat that, Ridley Scott.

FACT 4: Contrary to popular belief, chameleons do not intentionally change colours in order to blend in as camouflage. They merely change colour in response to emotional state — for example fear, excitement or sexual stimulation. The actual colour produced is decided by skin pigments reflecting different spectrums of light, and is ostensibly random. They’re also deaf.

FACT 5: The guillotine was not, in fact, invented by Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotin. He suggested the initial idea of such a standardised and efficient method of execution in 1789, but was shot down by the French National Assembly. Regardless, Dr. Antoine Louis took the idea and ran with it, eventually producing what was known in its early days as the Louison or Louisette in 1792. Still, Guillon’s name became attached to the device despite him being a rather humane and pacifistic fellow — and there it remains despite the protestations of his family.

Many thanks to the QI Book of General Ignorance for these, and many, many other enlightening anecdotes.

Alright… I guess I owe a few more words on Fury. Listen — I don’t like to be the bad guy. I don’t get off on being an asshole, and I don’t like to pick on the little guy in any situation.

But I also don’t like to have my time so completely, inexorably pissed away by shoddy, talentless product like Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce.

The Sin City-on-a-shoestring vibe doesn’t work at all. The acting is atrocious, except, perhaps, for Brad Potts and Harry Aspinwall as a couple of decent villans. Kane Hodder does his best but just looks lost for the whole couple of minutes that he’s involved. Editing and direction are simultaneously all over the place — including a fast-mo club sequence that suddenly made both the “eject” button and the copy of Punisher: War Zone on my shelf look very, very inviting indeed — and the eye-pummeling visuals, which somehow manage to be both garish and indecipherably murky at the same time, make it seem as though the production team have figured out the first technological step toward capturing moving images using only a carrot… but have just reached the prototype stage at this point in time.

No more. That’s it. Hey, go ahead and watch it — you might love the hell out of it, and can tell me I’m being unfair. I don’t even know at this point. All I know is that, for the first time in what has been an incredibly long time, I was genuinely, deeply angry that I had to continue to bear witness to a film.

Monster Pictures bring Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce to UK DVD looking like it was shot, edited, mastered and transferred to disc through the magic of CarrotVision(tm). No special features worth mentioning, thank fuck.

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Exclusive Wer Clip Unleashes the Beast

Dread Central - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 04:30

On October 19, director William Brent Bell’s brutal and bloody take on the werewolf genre, Wer, gets loose on UK DVD. To celebrate, we’ve got an exclusive clip that sees the film’s flood of mayhem kick off in grand style. Beware the moon!

Wer stars A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”), Brian Scott O’Connor (Epic Movie), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vic Sahay (“Chuck”), and Sebastian Roché (“The Originals”).

When something slaughters a family camping in the French countryside, the freakishly large and powerful Talan Gwynek (Brian Scott O’Connor) is arrested for the crime.

While his public defender, Kate (A.J. Cook), argues his case, she begins to suspect he’s suffering from a rare medical condition that causes physical abnormalities. But as they begin the tests, Kate discovers Talan’s truth is far more monstrous than she ever imagined…

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Exclusive: October Beckons! Check Out this Interactive Map of the UK’s Scariest Attractions

Dread Central - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 04:00

As we enter the spookiest month of the year, and subsequently look forward to the October 5 UK DVD release of The Houses of Halloween, we’ve gotten our hands on an interactive map that lets you uncover some of the UK’s most terrifying and extreme horror attractions.

So… no matter where you are, now you can plan exactly where you’ll be headed to get the shit scared out of you this Halloween! Enjoy!

The Houses of Halloween, aka The Houses October Built (review), stars Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, Zack Andrews, and Jeff Larson and is directed by co-star Bobby Roe.

The Houses of Halloween Synopsis:
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening, and it becomes clear that the haunt has come to them…

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‘Blood and Lace’ to Finally Receive Home Entertainment Release

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:57

On November 24, 2015 the 1971 cult favorite, Blood and Lace, will make it’s debut on home entertainment for the first time thanks to a Blu-ray+DVD combo pack release from Scream Factory. This film from American International Pictures had been considered long-lost so this news should be very welcomed by horror fans everywhere. Blood and Lace was directed by Philip S. Gilbert.

After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is suddenly orphaned. She is sent to a home for children run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame, a 1952 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® winner for her role in The Bad and The Beautiful), in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mother’s killer. But as terror strikes again and again, it becomes unclear who might be the bigger threat to Ellie’s life: the mysterious murderer with a hammer…or her sadistic new caretaker.
With borderline insane plot twists, and some unexpected performances by two faces familiar to fans of classic sitcoms – Vic Tayback (“Mel” from Alice) and Len Lesser (“Uncle Leo” from Seinfeld) –  this little-known horror gem is a jolting, terror-filled thriller you’ve got to see to believe.

Special Features:
• Brand New High-Definition transfer
• New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
• Alternate Opening Title
• Original Theatrical Trailer

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[TV Review] ‘Scream Queens’ Dueling Chainsaws

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:20

This week on Scream Queens proved the main point from my last review. With a Monty Python style limb slicing, this show careens into full-fledged satire. While the Chanel group begins to implode the rest of the pledges, lead by Grace, are still hunting the Red Devil. In a hilarious attempt to do away with the Red Devil as the school mascot, Dean Munsch introduces a new mascot known as “Coney” a giant dancing vanilla ice cream cone and moves into the KKT house with KKT representative GiGi. Munsch may have ulterior motives, though, she is incredibly jealous of the relationship blooming between GiGi and Grace’s father Wes (Oliver Hudson). Oh, and Chanel #2’s body has also disappeared.

The third episode opens on Grace and Zayday heading to the convenient store to get some much need snackage since the cook is dead. While discussing the benefits of syrup covered chips they encounter the red devil and in a perfect final girl style, Grace zaps him in the nards with a taser and Zayday topples him with a display. Unfortunately, this devil was just a stand in school mascot.Ooops.

Meanwhile, Grace tries to hold it together and proceed with classes as normal, until her father shows up as her Film Analysis professor. After she storms out, Wes is left to teach the class about what he deems the greatest movie of all time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We get a few iconic snippets from the film as well as shots of students throwing up in their backpacks. Where was this class when I was in college?

SCREAM QUEENS: Pictured L-R: Nasim Pedrad as Gigi, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Cathy Munsch and Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin in the “Chainsaw” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Skip Bolen/FOX.

We’re reaching prime KKT explosion time. Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin) has decided she is out and that Chanel (Emma Roberts) should be overthrown as house president. And when Chanel decides to make over Hester and turn her into Chanel #6 shit really hits the fan. I’m really loving Abigail Breslin in this show, she’s crass and hilarious. I don’t see her as being the killer but now that we know not only she and Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) were hooking up with Chanel’s main squeeze, the King of Dudebros, Chad Radwell (Glen Powel) anyone could be the killer.

But that brings me to what I really wanted to mention in this review, the boys. Last episode, Chad’s bff Boone (Nick Jonas) was going to leave the Dicky Dollar Scholars and join KKT under their new rule of accepting anyone. Supposedly he wanted to join so he could come out as gay on his own terms and help the KKT house instead of being ruined by Chanel. The night he decided to join he ended up face to face with the Red Devil and got his throat slashed. But not really, at the very end of the premiere it’s revealed Boone is not dead but actually scheming with the Red Devil. “Chainsaw” brings Chad Radwell, who is the most superficial crier I’ve ever seen, out for revenge. He and the rest of the Dicky Dollar Scholars decide to go out and find the Red Devil themselves using the “gang rule” of going out in the street and yelling for someone until they come out and fight you, according to Chad Radwell it’s fool proof. Unsurprisingly, he turns out to be right but not before he and his bros don their all-white outfits and go on a bashing spree with baseball bats to the tune of “Backstreet’s Back” and which point 10-year-old me cracked up. As the Devil appears with a chainsaw the bros charge him but soon realize you never bring a wooden bat to a chainsaw fight. Also, there are two devils both wielding chainsaws causing the group to separate with Chad taking on one himself. As he is about to get sliced up like Thanksgiving turkey a fellow bro runs to save him and promptly gets his bat arm sliced off but that doesn’t stop him! Oh no, with his other hand he grabs the bat from his detached limb only to have his other arm sawed off as well. We know that Boone is involved somehow and most likely one of the faces behind the masks. His motive still remains unknown.

As the Devils walk off leaving the decimated Dicky Dollar Scholars, we head back to KKT where GiGi and Dean Munsch are having issues of their own. In an earlier scene, we see Munsch warn GiGi about staying away from her man so when they appear later as roomies we know something is up. As bedtime arrives Munsch explains she needs a white noise machine to sleep. No problem, except that the volume is cranked and the sounds as less then soothing, as a “compromise” Munsch decides on Slasher Movie sounds. GiGi, who is so totally not putting up with it heads to the couch downstairs only to be attacked by the Red Devil, chainsaw and all. The Devil flees when Wes bursts in to save his lady love, just in time for Munsch to run downstairs to see what the commotion was. Wes and GiGi accuse her of being the killer and that’s where we end.

From the first episode, I was wondering if they would make Jamie Lee Curtis a villain, which I would totally be for despite it’s predictability, but after this episode I’m thinking it’s not her. Announcing her as the killer this early in the season generally means she’s a red herring but who knows in this weird ass universe. What do you guys think? Comment below or tweet me!

Notable Cameos

While Grace and Zayday investigate the disappearance of Chanel #2 (whom they do not know is dead) they visit her parents played by the beautiful Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Roger Bart (Stepford Wives 2004).

SCREAM QUEENS: Pictured L-R: Roger Bart as Dr. Herfmann, Charisma Carpenter as Mrs. Herfmann and Skyler Samuels as Grace in the “Chainsaw” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Skip Bolen/FOX.

Favorite Lines

“I was bored so I came out here to look at #2’s body”

“Stabbed her in the face and she wasn’t that cute to begin with but that is not the point!”

“You violated my closet vag”

Favorite Deaths

RIP Coney the Ice Cream Cone, may your sawed off head be found in hilarious glory.

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Ryuhei Kitamura Films ‘Vessels’ Aboard the Haunted Queen Mary!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:18

Before helming The Midnight Meat Train and the awful No One Lives, Ryuhei Kitamura delivered the Japanese indie Versus as well as Godzilla: Final Wars.

Now, he’s been tapped to helm Vessels, a supernatural thriller based on the legendary history and hauntings aboard The Queen Mary, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Vessels is the first in a slate of films for Ubiquity Studios, whose team will finance production. The script is from Gary Dauberman whose credits include Annabelle.

The Queen Mary has a storied and legendary haunted past. Larger than The RMS Titanic, the Queen Mary was the Cunard Line’s flagship until being commissioned as an allied troop transport in 1936. Nicknamed “The Grey Ghost” for its uncanny ability to avoid Nazi U-Boats, the craft was so vital to war efforts that Hitler offered $250,000 and the Grand Iron Cross to anyone who could sink it. Despite this, the Queen Mary would make exactly 1,000 ocean crossings before being retired in 1967 with the record for most people ever transported on a single vessel at one time. The great boat did suffer its share of tragedy, though. In 1942, she jackknifed her own escort ship, but due to the presence of U-Boats, had to flee without a rescue mission leaving 239 soldiers to perish in the freezing waters. Later that year, a ninety-five foot wave hit and nearly capsized the Queen Mary while 16,000 soldiers were aboard, an incident that inspired the original Poseidon Adventure which was shot on the Queen Mary in 1971.

Vessels will be shot on-location aboard the ship in Long Beach, CA, as well as at Ubiquity’s studio in Irvine, CA.

Brett Tomberlin of Ubiquity is producing with Andrew Trapani (Haunting in Connecticut) and Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn) of Nine/8 Entertainment and Mali Elfman (Before I Wake). Ubiquity’s Chris Carmichael and Connie Jordan are Executive Producers.

Vessels will begin filming in early 2016.

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New Clip Introduces ‘Deathgasm’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:07

Deathgasm, the hilarious, action-filled, blood-soaked ode to heavy metal horror that’s blown away festival audiences worldwide hits U.S. cinemas on October 2, 2015 from Dark Sky Films.

I said Deathgasm delivers on its bloody promise, while Patrick’s review raves that it’s the party movie of 2015!

Now, in addition to our exclusive clip, here’s new footage that introduces “Deathgasm”.

In DeathgasmNew kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

For more insanity, check out the full trailer!

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‘Maniac Cop’ Remake to Shoot Next Spring in NYC

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:54

John Hyams will be shooting his Maniac Cop remake in spring of 2016 in New York City, according to Variety. The film is being produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and William Lustig, who directed the original 1988 film, and the script is written by Ed Brubaker.

Hyam, who directed both Universal Solider: Regeneration and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, explains:

I’m a huge admirer of both producers and I’d been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this. The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew.

According to the site, the film will have a budget between $5 and $6 million.

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Zombi Unveil Their “Shadow Hand”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:29

Instrumental duo Zombi have released a new track from their forthcoming album Shape Shift titled “Shadow Hand”. The track has strong elements of vintage electronic horror soundtracks from the 60’s and 70’s and calls to mind late night drives through city streets that are bathed in orange light.

Shape Shift comes out on October 16th via Relapse Records. The band is hitting the road in early November with support coming from Pinkish Black.

Tour dates with Pinkish Black:
11/5 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11/6 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
11/7 – Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
11/8 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
11/10 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
11/13 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
11/15 – San Antonio, TX – Housecore Horror Festival*
* no Pinkish Black

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Snapchat Basically Says “F*ck the Children” (Random Treat)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:22

Okay, so Snapchat never actually said that. HOWEVER, parents and relatives of young children had a blast with Snapchat’s “selfie lenses” feature. This allowed people to do things like barf rainbows, add googly eyes or, and here’s where it gets fun, turn your face into a screaming monstrosity akin to something out of a J-horror film.

Below is a video of people letting young children try out this feature. Admittedly, they don’t warn them in advance, so the reactions of the kids are tears, gasps, and displeasure. However, I’m a fan of seeing kids traumatized by playful things like this, so kudos to all involved!

Unfortunately, this feature has apparently been retired but it was good while it lasted!

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Ubre Blanca “The Sadist” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:15

We’ve teamed up Giallo Disco Records to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “The Sadist” from Scottish retrosynth electronic duo Ubre Blanca. The song is the title track of their new album.

Giallo Disco overlord Anton Maiof explains:

Picking up the studded gauntlet thrown down by such luminaries as Heldon, Goblin, Zombi and Simon Boswell comes Glaswegian duo Ubre Blanca. Five tracks of Gothic Distopia with an occult leaning matched only by the legends that were Jacula. Giallo Disco is proud to present ‘The Sadist’ by this incredible group. Recorded by Luigi Pasquini, mixed and art by Joel Stone, Mastered by Alek Stark, layout by Eric Lee.

You can buy the album digitally via Bandcamp or on vinyl via Bordello A Parigi.

Ubre Blanca online:
Official Website

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‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Gets a Live Action Music Video

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 16:30

Five Nights At Freddy’s has gotten an original song and music video! Cosplayer Angie Griffin and her fiancé Chad Nikolaus, along with Screen Team, have created an original song and video for the wildly popular horror game.

The video features a, “…real stage performance by Freddy, Chicka and Bonnie” along with an “…extremely creepy Marionette, and Security Guard Mike himself.

You can watch the video below.

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Cursed ‘Rings’ Tape Won’t Be Recovered Until Next Year

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 15:05

With trailers already dropping for films releasing in January, we checked in on Paramount Pictures’ Rings, the latest sequel to The Ring, the U.S. remake of Hideo Nakata’s J-horror Ringu.

Bloody Disgusting can report that Rings will not be hitting theaters on November 13th of this year, as originally slated. Watch for a new 2016 date as it’s announced.

Rings stars Johnny Galecki, best known as Leonard in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Galecki will play Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden rounds out the main cast.

It’s a direct sequel to The Ring 2, although there were plans on having it be part prequel, which didn’t come into fruition when the filmmakers were allegedly unable to lock down original star Naomi Watts.

The original cursed video will once again play as a device to Samara’s curse.

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‘In Case’ Presents Vampire and Demon Displays (Random Treat)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 15:00

In Case, the company that makes “emergency cabinets against unnatural threats“, is back in the nick of time for Halloween with two new cases! This year they’re bringing the Vampire Decorative Display and the Demon Decorative Display, each box being handmade limited editions that come with serial numbers, a wax seal of authenticity, and a certificate of authenticity to boot!

We’ve got images of both creations below and I gotta tell you that they would like mighty fine on a bookshelf, a mantle, or atop an office desk to show your clients that you mean business.

The Vampire Decorative Display, even just displayed, may be a powerful deterrent for vampires. The heavy duty vampire stake can be a formidable weapon in the hands of an experienced wielder. Sturdy and well-built, the stake does the job: goes in and stays in.

The scroll of abolishment contained in the Demon Decorative Display is one, if not the most, powerful script/prayer against demons and unholy creatures. Even just displayed, along with the blessed protective cross, the sacred scroll may be a powerful impediment for demons.

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[Blu-ray] ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ is a Wonderful Journey

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 14:57

This is the second of a four-part review of Via Vision Entertainment’s The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen boxset. Be sure to check out the first review for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

When I was younger The Golden Voyage of Sinbad used to be my favorite Ray Harryhausen movie. I’m only onto my second of four films from the Via Vision Entertainment released Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen set, but I think this one is still my favorite. It had been a number of years since I watched this one however, and I will say I noticed a few things that I didn’t pick up on so much when I was a kid. More to come on that later.

This Sinbad adventure from 1973 sees John Philip Law in the role of fearless our hero. While Sinbad and his crew are out exploring the sea they spot a flying creature up above. From a distance the creature looks like a bird but once it gets closer it kind of looks like a small dragon. The creature is carrying something shiny which it drops on the deck of the ship. Sinbad picks the item up and it turns out to be part of a golden tablet. Naturally Sinbad decides to wear this around his neck.

That night while Sinbad is having an odd dream an unexpected storm hits sending the ship off course.  The next day the crew comes across a small coastal town. Sinbad decides to explore, because that’s what he does, and there he encounters Koura (Tom Baker), a mysterious figure dressed in all black. Koura informs Sinbad that the tablet around his neck belongs to him. Instead of avoiding any conflict by retuning the golden tablet, Sinbad makes a mad dash to the city.

Once in the city Sinbad meets Vizier (Douglas Wilmer). Vizier explains that he has the second piece of the tablet and that they must not let Koura get it as it comes with great power, power that Koura will use for evil. Vizier explains that once the tablet is completely put together it reveals a map that leads to the Fountain of Destiny. Sinbad and Vizier head out together to follow the map but Koura is hot on their tail.

Sinbad is always portrayed as very heroic, the good guy here to save the day, but watching this now and I got a bit of a different vibe. For starters once the golden tablet falls on his ship a member of his crew warns that it is bad luck and advises Sinbad to get rid of it. Sinbad is like, “nah, it’s gold I think I’ll keep it.” That night the storm hits out of nowhere blowing them off course.

The next day when the crew approaches the coastal town that same crew member tells Sinbad that it’s bad luck and asks him once again to get rid of the tablet. Sinbad decides he’s getting out and then he meets Koura. Koura turns out to be a sorcerer of sorts who chases Sinbad and his crew down. A few crew members die during the chase. Do you see the pattern? Sinbad is kind of a dick.

Sure, Sinbad still saves the day, but he creates these situations that put people in a position where they need saving. If Sinbad wasn’t so selfish and so obsessed with chasing gold and treasure then perhaps he wouldn’t need to save everybody all the time? Just a thought.

Despite my newfound theory that Sinbad is actually just a major dick, I still do love The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Like basically all Harryhausen work it holds up incredibly well. The creature design is fantastic and as always the movements are flawless and incredibly fluid. It’s a pure thing of beauty. Harryhausen definitely had a way with stop-motion that no one before or since has been able to capture.

I also think this is one of the scarier Harryhausen pieces of work and is actually quite violent. The last two battles in particular take things up a notch. First you have two awesome creatures going at it and things get pretty dark when Koura gets involved. I know these are fictional stop-motion beasts, but seeing one choke the other out is pretty grim. Then the fight between Koura and Sinbad raises the stakes even more, ending in what is essentially a fountain a blood. It’s all very gnarly.

As a nice little bonus for horror fans Caroline Munro stars as Margiana, a girl who Sinbad buys to provide her with her freedom. Munro will most likely be remembered for her role in William Lustig’s Maniac. Munro actually isn’t given much to do here, but she is nice to see on screen. She kind of serves as Sinbad’s love interest, but they don’t really get into that too much. It’s mostly just implied.

I don’t know if this is the same transfer as the long since sold out and OOP Twilight Time release (I think it likely is), but what Via Vision has included here is absolutely gorgeous. This movie is full of bright, vivid colors and they all pop. Every detail looks wonderful. You have a little bit of grain during some of the darker scenes, but this is all minimal.

Furthering my belief that this Via Vision release is the same as the Twilight Time version is the special features. Here we get three featurettes about some of Harryhausen’s other work, all of which were also on the Twilight Time release. These are nice and informative tidbits that offer up clips of the other films as well as insight from Harryhausen himself. The best of the three is for Earth vs Flying Saucers because Joe Dante is actually interviewing Harryhausen. I’m a huge Dante fan, so seeing him interview a legend like Harryhausen just adds an extra layer of special to this one.

I’m half way through the Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen and at this point it seems like a no brainer to pick this one up. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is one of two films on this set that is no longer available on Blu-ray in the US (without paying a TON from a third party). You can order this set, which is Region Free so it will play in any US player, from JB Hi-Fi for just over $50 whereas getting just The Golden Voyage of Sinbad US release from a third party on Amazon will currently cost you over $150.00. If you want these Harryhausen films, and I think you should want them, this is definitely the way to go.

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[Review] ‘The Invitation’ is a Masterful Exercise in Unbearable Tension!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 14:01

It has been a long time since Karyn Kusama has gifted us with a film, six years to be exact. She’s had a spotty track record too. After her breakout film Girlfight in 2000, Kusama faced critical and commercial failure with the 2005 Charlize Theron film Aeon Flux. In 2009, all hope seemed lost with Jennifer’s Body, another commercial failure (critics were mixed, though I actually enjoy that film). Now, Kusama presents us with The Invitation, which screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX on Sunday. It may very well be her strongest directorial effort to date. Co-written by her husband Phil Hay and his writing partner Matt Manfredi, The Invitation is a brilliant film that will have the audience feeling uneasy until it’s heart-pounding climax.

When the film opens, Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are driving towards the house of his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods, Blue Jasmine) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman, World War Z, Game of Thrones), where they have just been invited for a dinner party serving as a reunion for old friends. Eden ran off to Mexico two years prior, after the death of their son, cutting off all contact with her friends and family. Will begins to notice that something seems off about Eden and David’s behavior. Over the course of the film’s 97 minutes, we sit back as guests to the dinner party as Will’s paranoia over Eden and David’s strange behavior begins to throw everything into chaos.

To say anything more about The Invitation would truly spoil this fantastic gem of a film. Of course, it is best walked into knowing little to nothing about it, but that is so difficult nowadays when trailers spoil entire films.

Aside: Director Karyn Kusama was present for a Q&A after the screening and asked (along with a Drafthouse Films representative) how they should market the film. They even took suggestions from the audience on what kind of trailer to cut. I can only hope they listen to our suggestions when the film is released next year. End Aside.

The Invitation is deliberately paced. That is not to say it is slow (though some might say that), but it is best viewed as an examination of the different ways that people handle the grieving process. This is Kusama’s strongest directing effort to date. The way The Invitation is shot creates some of the most unbearable tension I’ve ever felt in a film.

For much of the film, we are constantly second guessing ourselves over what is actually happening at this dinner. Do Eden and David have something insidious planned? Is Will just overly paranoid and letting his grief over his son’s death get the better of him? Or are we watching some weird social experiment? By the third act, all questions are answered, but the film never loses steam and the tension carries over all the way to the final shot.

Performances are strong all across the board. Marshall-Green, a dead ringer for Tom Hardy, plays the tortured soul well. Blanchard and Huisman are great at making the audience feel incredibly uneasy about their motives. The standouts for me were Corinealdi, who is in the difficult role of “the new girlfriend” and Michelle Krusiek as the wild party girl in the group of friends. Of course, you can’t forget about John Carroll Lynch, whose role in the film evokes his similar role in Fincher’s Zodiac.

The Invitation may very well be one of the most unsettling films I’ve ever seen. It works in so many ways and is a tour de force from Kusama. Here’s hoping she stays directing genre films. It will get a release sometime in 2016 so make sure to seek it out when it does.

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J-Horror Returns in Suicidal ‘The Forest’ Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:48

If you dare enter the Aokigahara “Suicide” Forest, remember one thing above all else: STAY ON THE PATH.

Even though the J-horror craze was short-lived, I loved it. From The Ring to The Grudge, there was something special about the fish-out-of-water aspect to the horror genre.

Now, years after J-horror died a horrible death, it’s being resurrected in Jason Zada’s The Forest, which stars Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and The Hunger Games.

In it, “A supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. A young American woman, Sara (Dormer), goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate – only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who wanders into the forest.

The first trailer has just arrived and it’s jam-packed with frights. I love the look of the film, as well as some of the creepy scares that are set up. My only worry is that they’re giving too much away, especially what looks like a shot from the film’s finale (I could be wrong). No matter, it’s exciting to see Dormer in the lead role and I’m curious to see if this can deliver on the same level of films like Ring and Grudge.

In theaters January 8th, 2016 via Gramercy Pictures, The Forest is based on an idea by David S. Goyer.

Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa all star.

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Exclusive Clip From Takashi Miike’s ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ Sucks Out All the Blood!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:47

The great Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition, Ichi The Killer) is back with Yakuza Apocalypse, in theaters and VOD on October 9th.

Starring Hayato Ichihara, Lily Franky, Yayan Ruhian and Den Den, Bloody Disgusting gets revenge with this exclusive clip in which a vampire sucks out all the blood of his victim!

From cult Japanese director Takashi Miike, Yakuza Apocalypse is a martial arts extravaganza and vampire action film. In the film, Yakuza boss Kamiura is a legend. Rumored to be unkillable, the truth is he is a vampire – a vampire yakuza boss!

“Among Kamiura’s gang is the loyal Kageyama. However, the young Kageyama is looked down on by the other yakuzas due to the sensitive skin that prevents him from being tattooed. One day, men arrive from abroad and deliver Kamiura an ultimatum: return to the syndicate he left years ago or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, Kamiura passes on his powers to Kageyama. As his newfound abilities awaken, Kageyama’s desire to avenge his boss sets him on a violent confrontation with the seemingly unstoppable foreign syndicate.

One of Japan’s most successful filmmakers, Takashi Miike has directed almost one hundred films. He has been thrilling audiences worldwide with movies such as Audition (1999), Ichi the Killer (2001) and 13 Assassins (2010).

Watch an insane red band trailer here.

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John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ In Theaters One Night Only

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:13

It’s becoming an annual tradition to see John Carpenter’s Halloween back in theaters.

The horror classic is coming to more than 220 movie theaters around America for one night leading into Halloween weekend, 37 years after the low-budget tale of teenage terror captivated audiences, says Variety.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which includes a special introduction of the film by writer and director John Carpenter. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 — two days before Halloween.

“Halloween told the story of Michael Myers, a six-year-old who brutally murders his sister on a cold Halloween night in 1963. After 15 years in a mental hospital, he returns to his sleepy hometown of Haddonfield, Ill., with a plan for more bloodshed. Michael (played by Nick Castle and Tony Moran) stalks Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis, in her big screen debut) and her friends as they babysit. Donald Pleasance plays the psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis.

The 1978 film debuted Oct. 25, 1978 in Kansas City and slowly spread to theaters across the U.S. It spawned a total of nine sequels and spinoffs and became a model for future horror films, like The Blair Witch Project, that drew big box office on tiny production budgets. Halloween earned $47 million on a budget of just $325,000. Based on return on investment, that makes it one of the most successful films in history.

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5 Chaotic Horror Movies from Children of Bodom

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:00

This Friday marks the release of Finnish band Children of Bodom‘s ninth studio album I Worship Chaos. Packed to the brim with 10 tracks of blistering melodic death metal, it’s a release that many have been eagerly anticipating since 2013’s Halo of Blood.

To celebrate the release of I Worship Chaos, we got drummer Jaska Raatikainen to share with us his “5 Chaotic Horror Movies”, which features some damn fine titles!

Check out the list below and make sure to snag your copy of I Worship Chaos via Nuclear Blast.

1) Piranha 1978

This is B-class horror and comedy the same time. Piranhas spread up to the summer camp and the water park, hence the chaos.

2) The Descent 2005

Scary as hell and chaotic because of the darkness. Extraordinary territory places the characters into a very weak position against the enemy. Senses play a major role in winning this race.

3) Alien film series

The atmosphere in Alien movies is so anxious from the beginning to the end. The whole environment is terrifying and scary.

4) Blair Witch Project 1999

I liked the style how the advertising company built the hype around the movie. You were scared before you even saw the movie.

5) Bodom (coming out on 2016?)

Well you know why. I wonder why they didn’t do this before. I know there are documentary ones about this case but not a real movie.

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