'October Faction' Makes Every Month Halloween!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:27

Steve Niles and Damien Worm have been pairing up a lot recently on projects like “Monster & Madman”, their “In The Dark” short story, and now “October Faction”. The ongoing series from IDW Publishing follows the grim story of the Allan family and the patriarch, Frederick, a retired monster hunter. Niles says, “October Faction will be Halloween every month if Damien and I have anything to say about it”.

Looks like another hit horror series for Niles. No release date has been set, but you can take a gander at the nice teaser/cover art below.

From the press release:

San Diego, CA (March 21, 2014) – It is said that no two families are alike, but never has that been more true than in the case of the Allan family, the subject of Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s new IDW ongoing series, The October Faction.

“The lead character is Fredrick Allan, a retired monster hunter who is now teaching Monsters & Mythology while he hides from 30 years of enemies. His heyday was in the 70′s, so October Faction will flashback to those 70′s monster hunting days,” said series writer Niles, “The main thread is about this man who is trying to get to know his family for the first time ever. Unfortunately, while he has neglected his wife she’s become a pill-popping thrill-killer. His two children, just turned 19 and 20, are starting to piece together who their father is and also whether or not he is their real father.”

“After writing mini-series for the better part of 25 years, I am thrilled to be writing a monthly ongoing and all the more thrilled it’s with IDW,” added Niles, “October Faction will be Halloween every month if Damien and I have anything to say about it.”

Steve Niles is credited as one of the contemporary writers that brought horror comics back to prominence with works such as 30 Days of Night, which was also made into a major motion picture. He is currently collaborating with another horror legend, Bernie Wrightson on Frankenstein Alive! Alive! and Damien Worm on Monster & Madman, both from IDW.

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Has a Trailer for New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:21

Tomorrow, at the beach, we meet… over and over again.

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Pictures shared this short teaser trailer for the new full trailer of Edge of Tomorrow, repeating itself over and over tomorrow.

The initial teaser already looked crazy awesome, with both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring in the pic that “unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (Aliens, HBO’s “Big Love), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Noah Taylor (Lawless), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II), Charlotte Riley (World Without End), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Masayoshi Haneda (Emperor) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Liman is directing Edge of Tomorrow from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

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New Trailer Coming for Edge of Tomorrow; See the Teaser Now!

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:17

We've been talking about Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow for quite some time although we haven't heard much about it lately. That all changes tomorrow, March 25th, with the release of a new trailer, and right now you can watch a teaser of what's coming.

The Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures sci-fi thriller is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

The screenplay was written by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie, and Joby Harold.

Check back tomorrow for the full trailer, and look for the film in theatres on June 6, 2014.

Synopsis
The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

For more info visit the official Edge of Tomorrow website and "like" Edge of Tomorrow on Facebook. If you're a tweeter, be sure to use the hashtag #LiveDieRepeat.

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Latest L.A. Slasher Poster Has its Way with a Hollywood Icon

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:00

On tap right now is a brand spanking new one-sheet for the upcoming flick L.A. Slasher that proves that after blondes have more fun, they usually end up tied to a chair and gutted. Such is life in the City of Angels.

From the Press Release
The buzzed about feature film L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), has recently completed post-production and is currently available for distribution. 

L.A. Slasher sports an eclectic cast: Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (WWE superstar, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”).

Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. It is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. L.A. Slasher explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. 

Says producer Wright, “We are very optimistic about the commercial success of L.A. Slasher, given the explosion of Twitter and Facebook followers on our social media platforms. It's pretty amazing." 

Sollinger adds, “The L.A. Slasher is a character that everyone can relate to. He is angry and frustrated with the often toxic role celebrity plays in our society.”

Added writer and director Owen, “We are putting a funhouse mirror up to fame. The movie is vibrant and exciting, and I know whoever sees it will be changed.”

Using a meta casting angle which taps into pop culture zeitgeist, Mischa Barton plays a washed-up Actress, while Eric Roberts’ character is a Mayor who deals with a substance abuse problem. Porn star Tori Black is a Teen Mom who is the victim of “accidentally” released sex tapes, while teen crooner Drake Bell plays a teen Pop Star who spits in the face of his fans.

Riffing on familiar television/film tropes, Brooke Hogan also appears as a Reality TV Star along with a Socialite (portrayed by Korrina Rico), an Heiress (Elizabeth Morris), and real life scream queens Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Allison Kyler (Laid to Rest), and Carlee Baker (The Woman) portraying themselves. Actress Marisa Lauren appears as a Stripper with ambitions of fame, and Abigail Wright plays a Reporter trying to make sense of it all.

While we await distribution news on the film, we have found an L.A. Slasher social presence on Twitter (@LA_Slasher) and on Facebook.

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[Exclusive] Preview: Steve Niles & Damien Worm's 'In The Dark' Short

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:58

This April sees the release of the hotly anticipated anthology, “In The Dark,” put together by horror aficionado Rachel Deering who toiled for many sleepless nights to bring her dream project to life. You best preorder this before Rachel curses you (order code FEB140452). Seriously, I think she might be a witch. The book will be printed and distributed by IDW Publishing.

“In The Dark” boasts an incredible lineup of creators, all delivering their unique spin on the horror genre. Check out the full list of contributors below. We’ve also got an exclusive look Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s short tale, “When The Rain Comes”.

A message from Rachel Deering:

PLEASE get to your LCS and put in an order for your copy of In the Dark. http://t.co/luJkvbHTmk Pre-order numbers are insanely important!

— Rachel Deering (@racheldeering) March 19, 2014

The Writers:
RACHEL DEERING – CREEPY, Diablo III, Anathema
SCOTT SNYDER – Batman, American Vampire, The Wake
STEVE NILES – 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society
JUSTIN JORDAN – Luther Strode, Shadowman, New Guardians
CULLEN BUNN – The Sixth Gun, Helheim, Deadpool
PAUL TOBIN – Colder, Conan, Bandette
DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI – Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Birds of Prey
TOM TAYLOR – Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars, Batman
F. PAUL WILSON – CREEPY, EERIE, The Keep
TIM SEELEY – Hack/Slash, Revival, The Occultist
MARGUERITE BENNETT – Batman, Lobo, Batgirl
BRIAN KEENE – The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol, Masters of the Universe
CHRISTOPHER SEBELA – Ghost, High Crimes, Captain Marvel
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Hellboy, Dr. Who, Sandman Mystery Theatre
JAMES TYNION IV – Batman, Red Hood, Talon
SEAN E. WILLIAMS – Fairest, Artful Daggers
MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY – Hoax Hunters
JODY LEHEUP – Uncanny X-Force, Quantum and Woody, Strange Tales
ED BRISSON – Comeback, Sheltered, Secret Avengers
MIKE OLIVERI – Deadliest of the Species, The Pack, 4×4
NATE SOUTHARD – Down, Lights Out, Scavengers
VALERIE D’ORAZIO – X-Men, PunisherMAX

The Artists:
DECLAN SHALVEY – Deadpool, Conan, Venom
TRADD MOORE – Luther Strode, Deadpool, Batman
DALIBOR TALAJIC – Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Tomb of Dracula, Dexter
TYLER JENKINS – Peter Panzerfaust
DAMIEN WORM – Monster & Madman
ANDY BELANGER – Swamp Thing, Kill Shakespeare, Black Church
PATRIC REYNOLDS – Abe Sapien, Let Me In, CREEPY
ROBERT WILSON IV – Knuckleheads, Like A Virus
STEPHEN GREEN
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Hellboy, Dr. Who, October Girl
MARC LAMING – Planet of the Apes, The Activity, King’s Watch
CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE – Super 8, True Grit, Porcelain
DOUGLAS HOLGATE – Case Files 13, Flight, Zinc Alloy
BRIAN LEVEL – X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Brothers James
CHRISTIAN DIBARI – Anathema, Sebastian Hawks, Ghost Cop
MIKE HENDERSON – Masks & Mobsters, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man
MACK CHATER – Ubisoft, Earp, Ashes
ALISON SAMPSON – Outlaw Territory, Spera, Porcelain
JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER – Fubar, Imaginary Drugs
DREW MOSS – The Colonized, Baku, Zombies vs. Robots
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT – Halloween Legion, Zeke Deadwood
DAVID JAMES COLE – Birds of Prey, Star Wars, Dragonlance
ERYK DONOVAN -Super Mario Bros. 2, Dust
TADD GALUSHA – The Backwoods

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Rest in Peace Dave Brockie / Oderus Urungus

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:57

The world lost an amazing person today. Some truly shocking and tragic news is coming out of Virginia as GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) has passed on at the all too early age of just 50 years old.

According to MSN, officers were called to Brockie's home Sunday evening (March 23rd) and found the singer dead inside, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Monday. Detectives don't suspect foul play at this time, and the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, Waugh said.

The band, founded in 1984, is best known for its members' high-profile costumes and stage theatrics, but beneath it all they had a strong message and were anything but shy in terms of getting it out there and shouting it from the hilltops. Brockie was also a staple of the Adam Green and Joe Lynch show for FEARnet, "Holliston," in which Brockie as Oderus played Adam's friend and confidante.

Having met Dave a few times, I can honestly say he was one of the coolest and nicest guys we've run across in this crazy and at times ass-backwards business. He will be missed sorely by his friends, family, bandmates, and fans across the world. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to all.

Thank you, Dave... may you forever rock on, my brother! Horns held high.

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Check This Band Out: M. Akers

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:57

It’s Monday and I want to give you some music to tide you over for the rest of the week. That’s why I’m bringing your Pullman, WA by way of Detroit, MI horror synth artist M. Akers. Full of analog electronic goodness, these tracks are sure to tickle the fancy of fans of Goblin, John Carpenter, and similar. Below are streams of A History Of Arson as well as the unused score for La Puntura Velenosa Delle Notte (roughly translated as Poison Sting Of The Night).

Head on down to enjoy!

A History Of Arson by M. Akers

Unused Score For "La Puntura Velenosa Delle Notte" by M. Akers

M. Akers online:
Bandcamp
Big Cartel
Blogspot
Soundcloud
YouTube


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The Horror FPS Game 'Betrayer' Arrived On Steam Today

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:43

The atmospheric first person shooter game Betrayer has left Steam Early Access today in favor of something a little more official. From Blackpowder Games, a brand new studio comprised of former Monolith devs (FEAR, Condemned), Betrayer takes us to a big open world brimming with horrors.

This is a game that doesn’t hold your hand. Like Dark Souls, it offers some guidance but leaves the learning up to you. I’ve spent a few hours with it already, you can expect my review in the very near future. Until then, why don’t you enjoy this launch trailer.

You can grab Betrayer on Steam for $17.99 (10% off).

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See One More Clip and a Pair of Images from The Walking Dead Episode 4.16 - A

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:20

The rumor mill is in overdrive as we approach the Season 4 finale of "The Walking Dead." Is Terminus filled with cannibals? Is Jeff Kober's character really Negan? Is Rick going to die? Your guess is as good as ours...

And while we all wait to find out the answers, here are a couple of photos from and another sneak peek of Episode 4.16, "A."

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.16 - "A" (airs 3/30/14)
Many paths collide; Rick (Lincoln) faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive. Directed by Michelle MacLaren; written by Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.







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[Interview] Jonathan Ross Goes Grindhouse & NSFW With 'Revenge'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:20

Image Comics new horror series “Revenge” by writer Jonathan Ross (“Turf”, “America’s Got Powers”) and artist Ian Churchill (“Cable”, “The Coven”) is unexpectedly insane. Most people would expect the creative duo to produce a superhero tale, but instead they are turning in a twisted revenge tale that overflows with sex, violence, and sheer brutality. “Revenge” is a book that revels in the trauma that it causes readers who are depraved enough to open its pages.

The book centers around Griffin Franks, a washed up action star that has seen his stardom slowly fade away with age. Franks decides his only option is to undergo a risky surgical procedure that will make him look decades younger. During the surgery things go completely awry Franks is stuck paying for his past transgressions in a very grotesque Grindhouse manner.

Bloody-Disgusting caught up with writer Jonathan Ross just prior to the release of “Revenge” #2, which hits stores this week, to talk about his twisted and downright vile horror series.

Bloody-Disgusting: You’ve written a couple series for Image Comics now, but you’ve never really dabbled in the horror genre prior to this. What was it about the horror world that was appealing to you as a creator? Were you always a horror fan?

Jonathan Ross: Yes. Always have been, always will be. As a kid I loved the “Pan Book of Horror” series, and would devour any horror anthologies I could find. My parents bought me a collection of stories by Algernon Blackwood that I loved. Then in the ‘80s, I discovered Clive Barker, James Herbert and Ramsey Campbell, and of course Shaun Hutson. I have always loved horror films. In fact, one of the things that my wife and I bonded over way back when we first met was horror. I had been sent a copy of re-Animator to watch and I lured her back to my flat with it!

BD: Reading the first issue #1 of “Revenge”, this book feels a Grindhouse movie than a comic book. Were you striving to give it that kind of feel or did it simply come out that way?

JR: Very much so. I have a lot of affection for the sleazier end of exploitation cinema. In the ’70s movies like “Mr. No Legs”, and even the outrageous “Enema Bandit” had short lived theatrical releases. I miss that kind of stuff, even if you does make you feel like you need a shower after watching it. This is sort of an homage to them, but I actually held back in the sleaze a bit, because I think when it’s an image in a comic book it has a more lasting impact then a fleeting moving shot in a movie.

BD: The protagonist of this book Griffin Franks does some despicable things in this first issue. Is it hard to write a lead character that is somewhat deeply flawed or is that what makes it compelling for you as a writer?

JR: I have much more fun trying to imagine shitty people then good ones. And normally even complete dicks have a way of justifying their behaviour. But villains of course are always more compelling. Take a look at the Thor films. Who do you want to see on screen, Thor or Loki? It’s Loki every time….

BD: It’s been said that the best writers put a little bit of themselves and their own experiences into the characters. Was any of Griffin Franks back-story inspired by any of your own experiences in Hollywood and the entertainment industry?

JR: Not really; I just like the milieu a lot, and I met and interviewed Stallone last time he was in town, he’s a super lovely guy by the way, and in no way an inspiration for anyone in this book, but I margined what it would have been like to have just the littlest bite of the cherry that is success and spend decades craving more. That’s the need that drives Griffin at the beginning of the story.

BD: You are working with Ian Churchill on this book, while is just coming off working on his all-ages book “Marine Man”. How did you manage to talk him into illustrating the most depraved and disgusting book of his career on “Revenge”?

JR: Ian has done a remarkable, brilliant, awe-inspiring job. He’s also incredibly easy to work with and we’ve had a lot of fun together. I think he really relished the chance to stretch his creative muscles in a different direction. But it’s kind of weird when we are signing at conventions and we have to keep “Revenge” as far away from “Marine Man” as possible!!

BD: Ian’s splash page with the face being ripped off should make year-end lists for most insane page. Was there ever a moment where you thought maybe the violence might be a too much, or were you trying to push things to the limit?

JR: Well, it was scripted just like that but Ian took it to another level. In fact, there is an earlier version of that splash that was great, but then he redrew it for maximum impact. All of the same components are there, every last one, but it’s the size and angle of the main image that he worked on and its much better. I just wanted a very bold strong crazy image right up front so people would know where we were heading. I love that splash and it’s kind of why I love comics; it’s just crazy over the top fun.

BD: Issue #1 sold-out almost instantly the day it went on sale. Is it frustrating as a creator to have a book sell-out so quick and know that more copies should have been printed, or is it rewarding to know that your book is reacting with comic readers?

JR: It’s neither really. We just try to make something that we would like to read and hope others will too. But it’s a crowded market place so you go out there conservatively when it comes to print runs. No one wants to get stuck with a warehouse full of mouldy unsold comic books! The nice thing is that it does seem to have clicked with a lot of people, and Ian had already drawn that fabulous homage to 1970′s Marvel cover that we were holding onto, which is now the cover to the second print of book one. But it’s a pragmatic, supply and demand equation so I try not to take it personally too much either way! I just want to try and write fun exciting comics.

BD: Give us some insight into where the series is heading with issue #2 and beyond. What can readers expect?

JR: Well it starts to get weird. Griffin breaks out of his tank and out of the drug paralysis they have him in, with help from Ignacio, the put upon dwarf with horns, but he needs skin to cover his bleeding skinned face, and there isn’t any spare laying around, so they opt for a radical short term solution. People will either think we have gone completely nuts or really love it I think. I love it, and again, Ian has turned in some incredible pages. So hope you stick with it for the big, gruesome twists in Book three and the somewhat stomach-churning finale in Book 4!!

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[TV] "American Horror Story" Reveals Its Season 4 Title!!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:49

Last week ago series writer Douglas Petrie revealed that the overall arc for the fourth season of FX’s “American Horror Story” would take place at a carnival. “We just started season 4,” Petrie stated on the cast before confirming that the setting will in fact be carnival-themed, “Yes, it does not have a title. That’s the idea, very roughly that’s the idea.

But that not having a title thing changed quickly, as series creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that it will be called “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. The only other details at this time is that the series will take place in the 1950s and that Jessica Lange will return with a German accent. It will be her last appearance on the series.

As with every other season of AHS, “Freak Show” will debut on FX in October.

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'Underworld: Next Generation' In Development (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:36

With the introduction of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve (pictured above; India Eisley), in the 2012 Underworld: Awakening, Screen Gems passed the torch to another star in hopes of continuing the franchise.

After a decade-long battle between vampires and werewolves, like it or not, the Underworld franchise is legit. After four successful films, I’m told by my studio Intel that Screen Gems is actively developing the fifth, currently titled Underworld: Next Generation.

While the title could change by the time they go into production, right now they’re seeking a writer and director for the fifth film, although Len Wiseman remains producer. It’s also unclear what direction they will be going as Beckeisale is not attached yet, officially. Hence the title, Next Generation, it’s implied that the new film will follow Eve as the film’s protagonist.

Again, since a director and writer have yet to be assigned, things could change. But in the early stages of development, this is where the studio hopes to take the franchise come 2015.

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Life Of Agony Announce First Stage Performance Since Singer's Transformation

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:07

Hard rock group Life Of Agony have announced that they will be performing at Belgium’s Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival on August 8th. This will be the band’s first stage performance since 2011, when singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender. The lineup will feature guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Sal Abruscato (A Pale Horse Named Death), which the lineup of the band’s River Runs Red album.

Robert comments, “We’ve helped so many people around the world cope with their emotional struggles through our music, it was time to get back out there. Our songs connect with people on an emotional level because they were written out of real pain and hardship. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, blue, green, gay, straight, trans or whatever. Our fans know it comes from a real place and have stood by us. We’ve always worn our hearts on our sleeves. That is just who we are and that is something that will never change.

More information on the Belgium Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival can be found here or at the band’s official website.


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Some Incredible 'Diablo III' Cosplay To Celebrate The Arrival Of 'Reaper Of Souls'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00

Did you hear? The long-awaited expansion for Diablo III hits tomorrow and it’s bringing with it a ton of new content. Reaper of Souls introduces a whole new act to the main storyline that follows the fallen angel Malthael who’s on a quest for the Black Soulstone that contains within it the essence of Diablo and his ilk. You can be sure my review is incoming, I only ask that you be patient — this expansion is huge.

To celebrate the arrival of Reaper of Souls, let’s take a minute to enjoy some intensely cool Diablo cosplay. This must’ve taken forever to make, because the attention to detail is ridiculous. Thankfully, we already have a warrior to fight for us, so you don’t need to worry about this well-crafted Diablo running loose.

This is the work of Filipino cosplayer Krizdel Ingreso. You can see how it was made on Facebook.

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Set Visit Coverage: Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks Godzilla from the Set!

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00

Not unlike the ‘Big G’ himself, our coverage is unstoppable! Up next is an interview with Aaron Taylor-Johnson from the set of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s upcoming May 16 release of Gareth Edward’s reinvention of Godzilla, stemming from our visit to the Vancouver set last June.

Emanating from director Ishiro Honda’s classic 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Brian Rogers produce alongside executive producers Alex Garcia, Patricia Whitcher, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

(Writer’s Note: Spoilers ahead so proceed at your own discretion.)

“They’ve kept it very classic to the original,” Taylor-Johnson, sitting down with us on the massive soundstage, told us between takes of the look of the titular character.

“I never really saw any of the other versions really, but I guess it went more dinosaur/T-Rex. This has gone back to the way it looked in the Toho version. I think Toho has approval to use the original creatures. I think people will be happy.”

As for the narrative of Legendary’s Godzilla, the film takes place in three separate time periods: the 1950’s (in which the U.S. Navy discovers the last surviving member of an ancient radioactive amphibious species surviving under the waters near the Marshall Islands and metes out a failed attempt to kill it with nuclear weapons), the 1990’s (in which the creature arises to smack the crap out of Japan) and in 2014, in which the appearance of creatures known as ‘M.U.T.O.’s’ (kaiju who look vaguely reminiscent of the creature at the center of the feature Cloverfield) appear, which in turn elicits the return of Godzilla from the depths of the ocean.

At its center however is the estranged relationship between Cranston’s character, a scientist obsessed, and his son, ‘Ford’ (Taylor-Johnson), an explosive ordinance disposal expert in the U.S. Navy, whose lives are displaced emotionally and geographically by the appearance of Godzilla and the ramifications of such.

“I think there’s a lot that relates to family in the relationships (of the characters),” Taylor-Johnson offered of the dynamic between his role of ‘Ford Brody’ and Cranston’s patriarchal ‘Joe’.

“You know, I play a father in this also. I guess we’re aiming for a pretty strong story that people can relate to. To make it feel like we can feel sympathy, or feel something towards these characters, and that we can embark on a journey (with them).”

We queried Taylor-Johnson as to whether the introduction of his character in Godzilla takes place during his childhood years, which he confirmed.

“A kid, yeah. And then we jump ahead fifteen years. In the years, in story terms, is when the radiation thing is happening. The monster is generating over that time period.”

As for his preparation in portraying a U.S. Navy specialist, “We have a Marine Sergeant Major, Jim Dever, who has worked (as a military technical advisor) on many films before onset,” said the actor.

“He did Black Hawk Down and Man of Steel, the next ‘Superman’ movie. He does a lot of movies like that, and is working really closely with us. There’s a lot of military stuff going on throughout this (film), so he keeps an eye on everyone. I spent a bit of time with him. It was really great fun; a new experience for me altogether. We have Navy captains on set to approve things and for us to see how they go about doing things. Everything is as accurate as can be.”

Regarding the physical demands inherent, “It’s a very demanding role, so you have to be pretty fit,” stated the twenty-four-year-old British actor.

Obviously a massive undertaking in regards to production, we asked Taylor-Johnson if he himself felt it a ‘massive movie’.

“Not really,” he answered.

“When you think about Gareth Edwards and his ethos of working and what he’s done before, it’s really just as small and intimate as an independent would feel like. It’s very family oriented in a sense. It’s a small group of people and we’re all working together to create great relationships with the filmmakers and producers and the cinematographer (whom) I’ve worked with before. This is my third one with Seamus McGarvey. It doesn’t feel like it’s on a huge scale, and I don’t think I’ve really done much green screen, considering the amount of special effects that will be needed. We’re shooting on location and they put it in afterwards. It’s not being shot in 3D. You don’t get a sense of this huge blockbuster type of feel(ing), but it’s got a raw and intimate energy.”

Given the subject matter, we asked if there is a glimpse of humor within the narrative.

“Not really. It’s more sort of thriller (with) drama and passion,” stated the actor.

“Emotionally in scenes I think I’ve been challenged more so in this than most dramas I’ve been in, which is kind of the reason I wanted to be a part of it. I knew Gareth had such a strong idea of having it full of heart and soul, and he wanted to attack those emotions. It’s really my journey in trying to get my family back together with this thing causing havoc across the world, where you do anything for the one you love.”

As for his perspective of Godzilla itself, “It’s more from the POV of people. You’d be in a car and see it through the (window). It’s like kind of ‘feeling it’. You’re a part of it, the audience. You’re starting to see it, and then it comes on to a TV screen or a news channel. It’s trying to sort of break it up a bit, so it’s not just ‘here’s great big monster fights.’”

We questioned him in regards to the military response to the threat.

“You know, I think it’s the usual thing of being given orders to take something down,” Taylor-Johnson offered.

“They’re also experiencing for the first time how these creatures respond to our weapons and things like that. It’s ongoing. I think the only one who has a different perspective on Godzilla is Ken Watanabe’s character, who is a science technician who has kind of been following it. So you see that through his point of view, what the creatures are capable of.”

Concerning his working relationship with Cranston, “Um, Bryan’s fucking brilliant,” he stated.

“He’s the most professional actor I’ve worked with in a long time. He brings so much energy and preparation (and) he’s always exploring new bits within a scene and giving ideas. It’s what you want, really; someone who will always kind of be there on the other side of the camera to act off of. He’s very giving (and) a warm, wonderful man. He’s really incredible (and) super funny. It’s been great (and I) couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Given the digital aspects of the production, we queried him on his approach to acting with Godzilla itself.

“There was one time when we were on location... a lot of it is on location, but this is the first time we’ve seen the monster rise up, and I remember saying to Gareth, ‘Well, how big is it then?” And he says, “It’s about 300 feet.’”

Stay tuned for more from producers Alex Garcia and Mary Parent coming soon.




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This 'Godzilla' Poster Shows All!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:56

This new poster for Warner Bros. Godzilla is the best look at the creature yet, showing a full-frontal look at the giant lizard presumably awakened to save mankind from another giant monster.

In theaters May 16 from Gareth Edwards, the pic is an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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New 'Purge: Anarchy' Image Arrives at Your Door

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:50

Via the official Instagram, here’s a new look at The Purge: Anarchy, now opening in theaters July 18, 2014.

The still shows star Frank Grillo arriving at someone’s door, with Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield also starring in the sequel that will finally take to the streets (watch the trailer below).

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

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Buzzed About Feature In the House of Flies Heading to VOD and Limited Theaters in May

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:30

Parade Deck Films has acquired worldwide rights to up-and-coming director Gabriel Carrer’s In the House of Flies (review here) from Latefox Pictures and will be giving it a same-day VOD and limited theatrical release in select cities beginning May 9th.

For his third and most diabolical outing as director, Carrer (If A Tree Falls) brings retro 80s psychological terror back to the masses. The film tells the story of Heather and Steven (Lindsay Smith and Ryan Kotack), who find their lives changed forever when they’re suddenly abducted.

The psychological thriller is produced by Carrer, Chad Archibald, Nathan Hawkins, and Dave McLeod. With a killer score by composer Steve MacDougall, the film also features music from 80s icons Saga and Brighton Rock.

“Parade Deck Films is the perfect home for our little movie, and I couldn’t be happier with what plans they have in store for it," says director Gabriel Carrer.

"The moment I first saw this film, I knew Parade Deck Films had to acquire it. It's a terrific thriller, showcasing solid acting from the lead actors, Lindsay and Ryan. I absolutely love In the House of Flies, and I can't wait to share it with audiences worldwide," says co-president and founder of Parade Deck Films, Michael Ingram.

Synopsis:
Two young lovers, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and Steven (Ryan Kotack), find their lives inadvertently changed forever when they’re suddenly abducted. With no idea who has taken them, or for what purpose, the couple struggle to escape. Alone, isolated, and imprisoned in a cold, unforgiving basement, Heather and Steve soon find themselves pawns in the psychological game of their captor. In the House of Flies is “intense, horrific, well acted, and thought-provoking” (Dread Central).

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New Godzilla Poster Goes Full Frontal

Dread Central - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:15

Patrons of the electronics store FYE will be coming across their very own poster in support of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, and we have your first look at it right here for you. Check it out. The weeks are ticking away...

In theaters May 16, 2014, an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

Visit the official Godzilla website here.




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[Exclusive] Nexilva Share Their Top 10 Horror Films

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:00

Hailing from Sunderland, England, Nexilva are bringing their own take on what constitutes a horror movie. The band has submitted their own Top 10 Horror Movie list and some of the choices on here might make some readers cry, “Those aren’t horror!” However, with a little bit of an open mind, it’s actually very obvious these selections fall under the umbrella of our genre. Several of these films deal with truly horrific ideas/themes and, at the very least, they have some super creepy imagery contained within. You can check out the list below.

Also, make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Eschatologies via iTunes.

1. The Matrix – This film is the main inspiration for our track ‘Cybernetic Lucidity’. Humans being harvested for energy by sentient machines while existing inside a simulated reality? It doesn’t get much cooler than this!

2. Alien – Intense, terrifying and claustrophobic. Alien is without a doubt a staple film in the sci-fi horror genre, that also paved the way for badass heroines as lead roles.

3. The Book of Eli – Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis and one hell of a plot twist. That is all… oh, and Mila Kunis…

4. 28 Days Later – This film definitely reinvigorated the zombie genre at the time. As gritty and British as they come, 28 Days Later depicts the breakdown of a country a month after a highly contagious virus is accidentally released. Turning humans into rage filled killing machines. The realistic possibility of an outbreak like this actually occurring is what makes this film all the more grim.

5. Resident Evil – Unlike “28 Days Later”, Resident Evil steers clear of the gritty realism and goes for a Hollywood blockbuster feel, which in turn means that the possibilities within the feature are limitless. The first installment of the sequence of films is particularly chilling. Let’s just try and forget they ever made the second film, or the third, or the fourth… or fifth.

6. The Road – A strong contender for one of the most depressing and realistic post-apocalyptic films out there. No zombies or crazy mutants in this one, just the darkest sides of the human condition coming out to play when an ‘every man for himself’ situation arises. This film really shows the dark side of humanity and how prone we are to destroying ourselves. Which is a prevalent theme in the lyrical content for many songs on the album.

7. The Thing (1982) – An 80′s classic. Kurt Russell battles against a parasitic alien life form that can imitate other organisms, in a remote Antarctic research station. The films induces a feeling of paranoia in a claustrophobic environment much like Ridley Scott’s Alien, and it’s use of practical special effects are second to none.

8. Blade – This film features Wesley Snipes as a vampire, who hunts vampires, and doesn’t pay taxes. This action based horror holds jump scares and a deep storyline which pans over 3 gory films. With many a gruesome vampire death, the Blade trilogy holds its place high amongst critics, with an almost comic book level of accentuated violence.

9. Dawn of the Dead (2004) – This modern remake of George Romero’s classic has been dubbed as one of the best modern zombie/horror films of all time. It incorporates both classic shock horror, jump scares and a sprinkling of black comedy, with a terrifyingly intrusive story which thrusts you into the mindset of the characters, and what you yourself would do in the situation of a zombie apocalypse.

10. Black Death – Another gritty British horror/thriller. Set during the time of the bubonic plague in Europe, a group of knights are on a mission to investigate a village that are supposedly bringing the dead back to life. A concept that our new single ‘Necromancer’ is based on. Spoiler alert: Sean Bean dies… surprise surprise.

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