With the title of "Possession," Episode 1.07 of "Penny Dreadful" looks to be heading even deeper into demonic territory, and we couldn't be happier! If you're ready to venture there along with us, here are several new stills, a pair of clips, and a preview of the ep.
A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.
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"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.07 - "Possession" (airs 6/22/14)
Sir Malcolm (Dalton), Ethan (Hartnett), and Sembene (Danny Sapani) do everything they can to save Vanessa (Green).
Don't forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" store to receive 20% off all "Penny Dreadful" merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shared with Bloody an exclusive clip from Joy Ride 3: Road Kill now on Digital HD, a day before its June 17 Blu-ray and DVD date.
The new sequel finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.
In the third film, “The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!“
Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content, and a gruesome unrated version of the film. They include: Pre-Vis Sequences, Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3, Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s DIE-aries, Finding Large Marge and Audio Commentary.
Perhaps no other rock band in the history of music has had such an impact on future generations as The Beatles. Their fusion of pop, rock, and psychedelic paved the way for countless artists and their music is still widely regarded as some of the best ever written. And now people will be able to hear the band as close to their original sound as possible with an upcoming 14-LP vinyl box set that features “…the band’s nine UK albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork“.
The albums have been mastered for vinyl from the original tapes that at Abbey Road without any digital technology, keeping the signal chain as pure as possible. They made great use of notes left by the original engineers. The end result is perhaps the most pristine version of the band’s work since they were first released.
Below is a short film about the upcoming release, which will be coming out this September.
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (2-LP)
Mono Masters (3-LP)
This year’s E3 didn’t have as many surprises as I anticipated, one of the exceptions being the out-of-the-blue reveal of Dead Island 2, which is now in the extremely capable hands of Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager. They’ve made it pretty clear already that this next entry in the very popular zombie bash ‘em up franchise will be a radical departure from what fans have come to expect from the series, including the tone, which eschews the serious nature of the first two games in favor of a sillier, more over-the-top style.
Some early previews are coming out of E3, so I’ve decided to scour a few for some new information on Dead Island 2. Much of the game is still under wraps, but it looks like Yager is determined to mix things up in regards to the combat.
For starters, that stamina meter? That’s no more.
On top of that, Dead Island 2 will introduce a new set of tools for players to use to dispatch the undead hordes. The new motorized weapon type will include powerful weapons that are fueled by gasoline players will need to scavenge from the environment. They’re stronger than the other weapon sets, but they bring with them the potential drawback of being extraordinarily loud, so they could attract unwanted attention.
Like cats? You do? Really? Okay then. I suppose you’ll be excited to know that Yager has motion captured a cat for the game — an apparent first for video games — so an NPC’s feline companions can look and act more realistically. I’m guessing that means it’ll spend most of the game out on its own, sleeping or doing whatever it is cats do.
There is truly nothing like a classic movie poster. They can be found everywhere from pinned up on a teenager's bedroom wall to framed in an art gallery or museum. And when talented artists come up with variant artwork for some of our favorite films, that's a fun time, too!
Reelizer is a fantastic website that focuses on the art of film and art inspired by film. After seeing what we have here, be sure to swing by the site to check out some of the other amazing art that's on display.
We've included several of our favorites below, including Mike Mignola's The Bride of Frankenstein, RoboCop by Kevin Tong, Ghoulish Gary Pullin's work for The Howling, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch by Dani Blázquez.
There are dozens more works of art based on beloved films over at Reelizer.com and loads of other themes as well. You're certain to find something that puts a charge in your britches!
Those of you who love DC Comics should be familiar with DC All Access, a weekly web series that gives you a look behind the curtain of the comics giant. This week we here at Bloody-Disgusting are happy to offer an exclusive peak at tomorrow’s episode, by debuting a clip that shows Troy Baker talk about voicing the Joker in the brand new animated feature Arkham Assault.
Those of you rolling your eyes at Troy Baker should check out his work in Arkham Origins. He does the mad bastard brilliant justice. Trust me. This guy rocks.
In the exclusive clip from Season 2, Episode 16 – airing on Tuesday, June 17, “DC All Access” has an exclusive interview with Troy Baker, the voice behind the JOKER in the forthcoming film Arkham Assualt. The original animated film is based on the hit video game series, where BATMAN must find a bomb planted by the JOKER, while dealing with the SUICIDE SQUAD.
The full episode will go live on Tuesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. PT and readers can watch it here:
Blanc/Biehn Productions' latest, the psychological thriller Mindless, features rising star Hallie Jordan and a script by Alyssa Lobit; and to help kick off your work week, we have a few behind-the-scenes photos from the set.
Jordan plays a young woman with amnesia who pieces together her past... with deadly consequences. The cast also includes Lobit (Among Friends, The Victim), Ben Kurland, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Tiffany Shepis, J. Michael Trautmann, Heather DeVan, Cassius DeVan, and Lorraine Ziff.
Jason DeVan directs while Vance Crofoot serves as DP and editor. The film is exec produced by Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn via Blanc/Biehn Productions in association with Small Red Star Productions. Other producers include DeVan, Ziff, Jordan, Dylan Matlock, and Devon Biehn.
For more on all of the company's current projects, "like" Blanc/Biehn Productions on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter with @jenniferblancb, @michaelbiehn, and @blancbiehnfilms.
Poor Creative Assembly. I feel for them, because they have a steep hill to climb with Alien: Isolation, and it’s all because Colonial Marines tried to ruin things by being awful. Apparently, past Aliens games aren’t the only thing causing problems, as the developer noticed an alarming number of players who simply didn’t understand the concept. It sounds as if some people went into the game — despite the myriad screens, developer diaries, and gameplay footage — expecting it to be a shooter, in the same vein as its predecessors.
Why anyone would want another game that’s anything like the last handful of Aliens games we’ve seen is entirely beyond me, but it’s now another hurdle Creative Assembly has to vanquish in their honorable, even admirable, attempt to bring fans the Aliens game we’ve wanted for years.
In a chat with OXM, Isolation creative lead Alistair Hope mentioned reactions from numerous players who didn’t quite understand what the game is about.
“I think what shocked us while seeing people play the announcement demo was the stories people came away with that were so alien to what the game was about,” Hope said. “People would come over and say there were no weapons in the game and no fire button and all you can do is run away from the Alien. The next question was, ‘well how would that last fifteen hours?’
“I remember thinking, ‘well, we definitely told people that there were weapons and we definitely said there was a melee weapon in that one.’ I was thinking about all the information we’d given people, but when people actually sat down and played the game they became so immersed in it they just took away exactly what they thought it was and told everybody.”
I’m not surprised players are hesitant to get excited for Isolation after the abysmal last game, I’ve even seen numerous comments here on Bloody Disgusting that mirror that hesitation. It’s understandable, I was too in the beginning. But this ignorance surrounding its core concept, which sometimes takes a path similar to other successful horror games like Outlast and Slender is a little odd to me. Occasionally, you will be unarmed and hunted by something that wants you dead, but the alien isn’t the only enemy in the game and there are weapons.
Hopefully Isolation’s PR team can find a way to educate fans, because so far, this game looks fantastic.
Alien: Isolation is scheduled to arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
BookExpo America is a massive event, hosting nearly every publisher on the planet. To walk into it and say, "I've got it easy... I'll just be covering horror and spooky-themed titles!" is LAUGHABLE. Team Dread hit the show hard this year, determined to squeeze it for all it was worth...
It took us two days to walk every aisle of the Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City and find those 5,000 new zombie books you'll see on the shelves later this year. Yeah, zombies are still hot.. with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. I bet you're shocked.
We came back with over 100 images (shot by the ninja-like Galaxia Siandre), and so the challenge became how to present this pile to you in a way that will satisfy hard-core bibliophiles but won't give our editors night terrors for the next three weeks. So we've posted the crème de la crème here, and you'll find the rest on the Dread Central Google+ page.
Just know that any title you see should be easily Google-able or, more specifically, Amazon-able. From there you can gather more info on your favorite titles and pre-order. Remember: On Amazon, if a book is extra large (deluxe edition) or some such, chances are the pre-order price will be greatly reduced from the release day price so do your homework, and you just may save some cash!
On tap we've got books for everyone from the tiniest creeper to the fully grown adult ghoul in your home from Abrams, Insight Editions, Quirk, DK, Papercutz, Chronicle, Quatro, Capstone, Scholastic, BOOM! Studios, IDW Comics, Diamond Comics Distributors, Random House, Schiffer, Rizzoli, Red Wheel Weiser, and Chaosium. Whew!
Highlights of upcoming horror titles include:
• Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema by Ozzy Inguanzo, Foreword by Max Landis (Rizzoli) - Zombies on Film chronicles popular culture’s greatest and most terrifyingly intriguing monsters in the very medium their shuffling, rotting, flesh-eating characteristics were shaped—at the movies! Spanning nearly a century, the zombie genre has been built by a creative and cultural transfer of influences from generation to generation of storytellers, filmmakers, and artists. This book tells the remarkable true story behind the creative and independent spirit that shaped a legacy, from its cinematic inception and evolution to its ultimate rise to pop culture prominence, covering the most popular, most influential, most overlooked—and of course, the most gory and terrifying—films featuring zombies.
Author Ozzy Inguanzo’s insightful, witty, and informative text is complemented by more than 300 photographs, movie posters, and behind-the-scenes images spanning nine decades of classic films including Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie (1932), George Romero’s landmark Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Lucio Fulci’s cult classic Zombie (1979) as well as offerings from blockbuster directors such as Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1990), Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004), and more recent entries like the breakthrough series "The Walking Dead" (2010) and the international sensation World War Z (2013).
• Six-Gun Gorilla by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely (BOOM! Studios) - Welcome to “the Blister” -- a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there. This one is bloody as all hell and insane from minute to minute... two of our favorite flavors!!
• Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (Quirk) - Something strange is happening at the Orsk Furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.
A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!
• Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (Random House) - Jason Segel, multi-talented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town. Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!
Charlie Laird has several problems:
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself in after dark.
3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true... well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.
• Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters by August Ragone (Chronicle) - Now in paperback! Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone who’s thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburaya’s film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create.
• Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Drew McWeeny (Insight Editions) - Not much news on this one yet other than that it's tentatively scheduled for September 2015, but dig the eye candy and AWAIT THE COMING OF GOZER!!
BookExpo America (BEA) is the #1 book and author event that offers access to new titles and education about the publishing industry. BEA is also the best place to experience the latest technology trends and meet face-to-face and network with your favorite and up-and-coming authors and other industry professionals. BEA combines the largest selection of English language titles on the planet and is the most comprehensive gathering of booksellers, librarians, and retailers in North America.
Dates have already been set for 2015 and 2016:
Thursday, May 28-Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Javits Center, NYC
Thursday, May 12-Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Chicago
Learn more on the official BookExpo America website, and happy reading!
The Southern Gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King with music and musical direction by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, respectively, will tour across North America this fall.
The tour kicks off right outside Bangor at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine, on November 8, traveling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before wrapping in San Francisco on December 5.
Tickets for the performances go on sale June 20 at AXS.com unless otherwise noted.
From the Press Release:
This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The staging of Ghost Brothers is an amalgam of different styles – both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and yet, modern and unique in its interactive use of storytelling, music, and singing to move the macabre Ghost Brothers story forward.
The story goes that Joe McCandless saw his two older brothers battle over a girl, which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now, with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. As the story continues, a malevolent Shape circles the stage, singing about heaven and hell. Joe McCandless lingers in the dream-land café, remembering the events of his life, and is urged to action by the friendly bartender.
In 2007 he goes to his family cabin in Darkland County, Mississippi, where his brothers died in 1967, to tell his own sons, Frank and Drake, his tale of brotherly love gone sour. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family. Will Joe bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own sons? Find out whether the ghosts left behind will help him—or tear the McCandless family apart forever.
After Mellencamp brought the story idea to King and the musical developed, it became clear to the collaborators that Ghost Brothers had taken them into unfamiliar territory — and they liked it that way. "John can make rock & roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives," says King, "but that’s the safe way to do it, and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age that’s an accomplishment." Eventually they enlisted T Bone Burnett, who produced Mellencamp’s last two albums as well as Grammy-winning albums like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and the Robert Plant-Alison Krauss collaboration “Raising Sand”, to bring his signature shadowy ambience to the music.
Throughout the production the eerie blues ‘n roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with only a few songs directly advancing the plot. Acclaimed director Susan Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, who calls the musical “a kind of new age traveling medicine show,” explains, “I want the emphasis to be on this fantastic score and our great singers and how the story advances us from song to song. In most musicals the songs advance the narrative. With Ghost Brothers, the story will advance the songs.”
Below are the dates and locations; for more info visit the official Ghost Brothers of Darkland County website.
Nov 8 - Orono, ME - Collins Center for the Arts
Nov 9 - Orono, ME - Collins Center for the Arts
Nov 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Nov 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre*
Nov 14 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov 15 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
Nov 16 - Baltimore, MD - The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
Nov 18 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Nov 20 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
Nov 21 - Boston, MA - Emerson Colonial Theatre
Nov 22 - Providence, RI - The VETS**
Nov 24 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Nov 26 - Detroit, MI - Fisher Theatre
Nov 28 - Chicago, IL - Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Nov 29 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
Dec 1 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Dec 3 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theatre
Dec 5 - San Francisco, CA - SHN Curran Theatre
*Philadelphia goes on sale June 27
**Providence goes on sale June 19
Dominion's Chris Egan & Vaun Wilmott Talk Mythology, the Hero's Journey, Differences from Legion, Future Seasons & LOTS More
With "Dominion" premiering June 19th, Syfy recently hosted a conference call with star Chris Egan and exec producer/creator Vaun Wilmott, and we have the highlights for you here.
Settle in a bit because it's a long, wide-ranging discussion that touches upon the mythology of the TV show vs. the movie (2010's Legion) and how things have changed - Wilmott promises for the better - in this adaptation. He also describes the caste system in place in Vega society, what other worlds and supernatural beings we might see, and what the plan is for future seasons.
Egan elaborates on his character (soldier Alex Lannon) and his relationships with both the Archangel Michael and the upper class Claire Riesen. Of course the great Anthony Head's name comes up as well as how much like the angels we know from religion these guys really are.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in, and be sure to tune in Thursday night for the premiere of "Dominion" on Syfy.
Q: Chris, how did you get involved in the project, and what attracted you to it?
Chris Egan: I was approached by my managers. There was a few things I was looking at, a few different scripts, and I heard about this one through the same management company [that reps exec producer] Scott Stewart [director/co-writer of Legion]. They brought it up to me and discussed it… I’d had a look at the script, and it fascinated me straight away. Definitely wanted to get on the call with Scott and Vaun and just talk through the idea and where the series was going to go.
And I was very impressed with Vaun’s vision, Scott’s vision for the pilot, where they wanted to take the story and where they were going to take Alex. So I was just - in that presentation, in that call with both of them - I was completely blown away. And I loved the idea that we were taking this to Cape Town, South Africa, as well. To me, it just sort of felt that they were really taking this seriously. We weren’t just sort of going off to Vancouver or somewhere local, you know; we were really going to take this production somewhere that was really special. I was totally blown away by it.
Q: Vaun, how much of the mythology from Legion is going to be in the series? Is it completely the same mythology, or have you changed things?
Vaun Wilmott: It was definitely the jumping off point. But for the TV show it’s definitely expanded and changed, and there’s all kinds of new stuff. Legion was definitely kind of our foundation, and then from there the show grew into its own thing with new rules, new terms, new angels, new mythology for the chosen one. Then of course a whole new setting, all new characters with just a couple of the characters from Legion moving into the TV show… the baby growing up to be Alex, Michael, Gabriel, Jeep. But it’s definitely become its own thing in terms of the TV show, "Dominion."
Q: Can you walk us through what the world of Legion is now like in "Dominion," a quarter century later?
Vaun Wilmott: In terms of what the world is like, 25 years in the future, it’s got contemporary aspects… it’s definitely grounded. It’s definitely a big "what if?"…what if angels appeared in the sky? What if this actually happened; what would life - or what could life - be like? So it’s not an alternate reality. It is very much based in what could have happened, and Vega has a lot of giant casino hotels that could actually be perfect for housing people if need be. And we use all of that to basically create this new city, this new civilization, [ and] built a wall around it to protect this from the angels. But it will definitely be a recognizable world in terms of things we know…
Chris Egan: For those that are fans of Legion, this will be a whole new story, and for those that haven’t seen Legion, it really is a whole new world 25 years in the future. The world of Vega and this fortified city… the land is desolate apart from these fortified cities. It’s a completely different spin to the movie.
Q: Chris, Alex has been described as rebellious in nature; can you talk about that a little bit?
Chris Egan: The story is that hero’s journey that he takes to discover himself, to discover who he is. And that’s sort of between being a man and the responsibility that’s laid on his shoulders to save mankind. It’s from that beginning, and the pitch of the story for me was so interesting and where that was going to go. We establish that in the pilot, but then as the episodes come on, it gets crazier and crazier, and the relationships around him are redefined between [the Archangel] Michael and [Alex's true love] Claire. And really it’s about which path is he going to take as a man to realize and understand his calling in a sense upon his life.
Vaun Wilmott: I’ve always loved characters that have a strong point of view and something’s thrust on them that they didn’t expect or didn’t want or something’s asking them to change in a way that’s uncomfortable for them. And they fight against that - like John Conner in The Terminator. You know, characters that have something about their personality that fights against what’s being done to them or have had… Alex’s journey has been a tough one. And so he’s had to take care of himself; he’s had to survive. So that rebellious nature has actually kept him alive. But now he’s being asked to do something that he didn’t expect, that he didn’t ask for; it becomes a trick - like what is that rebellious nature going to do in terms of how he handles that destiny that he’s been given? And I think from a character point of view that’s where all of the fun of the storytelling comes in. And we get to watch Alex go through really the thing that we all watch characters for, which is just growth and change. We want to see what they’re going to do. And that’s what’s exciting for me about Alex’s character, about Chris’s character.
Q: Alex and Michael seem to have a complicated relationship. How will we see that evolve throughout the season?
Chris Egan: I’d like to think there’s a Star Wars element to this, the teacher, the student, and those roles that reverse. It’s a great relationship, and it is constantly getting redefined. Alex is constantly learning more about Michael, and Michael is learning more about Alex. So it grows. It’s constantly growing, and as Alex is struggling with this responsibility and learning about the tattoos and learning about his destiny, it gets tense with Michael and then it’s back on track, and it’s this back and forth. It’s been really wonderful to play with Tom [Wisdom] as well, the actor who plays Michael. It’s just been fantastic. He’s a great actor, and yes, it’s a great relationship.
Q: And what about Claire, played by the lovely Roxanne McKee? It sounds like it’s also a complicated kind of thing.
Chris Egan: Yes, Romeo and Juliet. And really it’s that great unattainable love. Their love is full of tribulation. And the responsibility; in the pilot Alex just wants to get out of Vega. He’s got the love of his life; he’s got his family. He’s just ready to get out and he’s over the system; he wants the freedom. But then there’s what happens in the end and the responsibility and this great calling. And then there’s a responsibility that Claire has to Vega, and we go into that back and forth. They take that road, sort of discovering themselves, discovering the responsibility that they both have, and it’s going to be interesting to see where that goes.
Q: Vaun, will the action primarily occur in Vega, or will we be moving on to other cities as well?
Vaun Wilmott: In the first season we’re very much based in Vega. It was important to establish that world, establish all the characters, establish "Dominion" the series. But definitely in future seasons we’ll be expanding out to New Delphi. We’ll learn what the camp is; the camp is a city that moves, which is very mysterious. We don’t really know much about it or who they are. So we will definitely explore the world, and the world will grow out with each season as we go. But for the first season it was kind of important to orient the audience I think in the world of "Dominion" and then Vega so we didn’t overwhelm right upfront. And so that definitely was the focus for the first season.
Q: These angels are so different from the traditional ones that we were brought up with as children. Do either of you personally believe in angels? And does that affect your performance, Chris? And your writing, Vaun?
Vaun Wilmott: That is a great question... Two things: One is the show is very much non-denominational. You know, I always intended it to actually not make a statement about religion. I really view the angels, Michael, Gabriel, and all the other angels, as literary characters, storytelling characters, as interesting as supernatural characters, as interesting as vampires and werewolves and ghosts or anything else that’s being used in genre right now. So for me it was very much about just simplifying it, just seeing it as a literary creation. There’s a 'God' and that God has angels and these angels are doing X, Y, and Z in this story.
For me, I have my own personal faith, but it isn’t like I grew up fascinated by angels or had that be a focus of my religion. This show is purely for entertainment, purely for storytelling purposes, and they don’t really intersect with my own personal beliefs other than the way that all storytelling is informed by what you believe in all ways, not just in your religious beliefs. You know, the themes you’re interested in, the things that attract you to characters of the storym but for me, those two things are separate.
Chris Egan: I agree with Vaun. Yes, I have my own personal faith and I think really it’s about… there’s a greater good, you know. I’ve always been very fascinated with that outer world. Like with "Kings," we took a biblical story [and made it modern day. Now we’re taking angels that are in the bible and we’re putting them into this world… it interests me, and I want to know these guys, I want to discover their world. This story resonates with me, and I think - as an actor and as a person - maybe I don’t quite understand subconsciously why I’m so attracted to it and what it is the message in this story, what we’re trying to say. But yes, I think it hits on all those points.
Q: Will we be seeing any other sort of beings coming into play during this series? Will a 'God' or a higher power or anything that can kind of rival these angels be coming into play during the series as it develops?
Vaun Wilmott: There definitely will be new and exciting angels, new additions, and expansions of the mythology. But you know… those will all be spoilers if I were to say anything now
Q: We've heard from people that are pre-judging the show because they were a bit disappointed with Legion. How can you get those people to tune in?
Vaun Wilmott: I think the most important thing is to give it a shot. If they have interest in genre, if they have interest in supernatural anything, if they have interest in angels or just good characters and drama, give it a shot because it really is its own thing. It’s not called Legion. It’s called "Dominion."
Chris Egan: Yes, essentially this is a hero’s journey, this is a hero’s story, this is Alex, this is his discovery of himself. And really it’s about taking the audience with him… I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. It really is a completely different world to where the movie is at. And of course, being 25 years in the future, it really is far from the movie.
Vaun Wilmott: One quick thing… "Buffy" was [first] a movie that some fans loved, some fans didn’t. And then it became a very new and different show that was very popular that people really loved and embraced. I think they’re two separate things. Personally I liked the movie. I saw Legion and I was a very attracted to it and I thought it was well done, but in terms of our show, it really is its own thing.
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Q: With regard to Vega, there's some CGI and green screen of course, but did you guys also have practical sets built?
Vaun Wilmott: We actually used a mix of both; we did build a lot. That was one of the advantages of going to Cape Town; the level of crew was really high in terms of their talent and experience, but also in terms of what we could build, how far our dollars went. Scott Stewart, director of the pilot, was the founder of a special effects house called the Orphanage, one of the founders. And so he’s a real genius at special effects, and he’s just a really talented guy.
He used to always say to me, "Real is better. Whenever you can point your camera at something real is better." So we built a lot of sets, but we also had [VFX company] Spin working for us, and they could create unbelievable vistas and landscapes and buildings so we did a lot of that as well. And then of course, wherever there’s angels flying, we do something more practical with the wires or we use green screen and those as well.
Q: I understand that David Peterson created a language for "Dominion." How much of this language will be spoken in the series?
Vaun Wilmott: David Peterson is an absolute genius, and the stuff that he creates is just incredible… he created a language called Lishepus for the angels, and we feature it here and there depending on where it’s the most dramatic and the best used. But it definitely is going to be in series. We try not to have it be used in an entire scene where you’ve got giant blocks of dialogue being said in it. But we definitely utilize it, and when we do, it sounds cool. David is amazing.
Q: Vaun, you mentioned "Buffy" earlier. Certainly American genre fans have a fond affection for Anthony Head. Can you talk a little bit about working with him and what he’s brought to the series as a cast member?
Vaun Wilmott: Tony Head is just… you know, he’s Tony Head. He’s so funny, he’s so talented, he’s smart… he just pops off the screen, and I think the "Buffy" fans will be really interested to see him in such a different way because he plays such a different character than he did on "Buffy." [Secretary of Commerce] David Whele is this rakish and manipulative, charismatic, articulate kind of power broker. And I think it will be a big surprise for the fans of "Buffy" and Tony Head to see him in "Dominion." It’s really a whole new Tony.
Q: From what we've seen of the way that the social society is structured, it’s a very strict caste system. What’s the thinking behind having these very specific social structures and people unable to move between them?
Vaun Wilmott: It basically was a system that General Riesen [Claire's father, played by Alan Dale] created at the beginning, basically at the founding of Vega when they were still fighting the war against the angels. They were quickly trying to build a wall at the same time as fighting off these onslaughts… So it was a chaotic time and they needed a way to kind of give everybody a job, give everybody a designation, give everybody a way to pitch in and be classified. It was a very military system that Riesen used. It was called the V system for Vega, the V one through six. And each level had a different designation in terms of what it means and who’s in it.
But then, like all systems that start out intended to be one way and often become something else, that happens. Over time you have the elites getting entrenched, taking control of more and more of the resources of the city, installing themselves as senators, as basically the fat cats of the city. And then everybody else below them getting further and further cemented into their V system or their V level and not being able to move about. So I think that one of the great conflicts in the season and in the series will be, certainly in Vega, what is right and what’s wrong and what’s happening to the people and is it fair?
I think Claire certainly represents a very different point of view than her father in terms of believing that it needs to change; whereas, although he recognizes that it did get warped and… became distorted basically over time, he’s not really willing to get rid of it. But that was the thinking at the beginning. It was definitely created for survival, and then over time just unfortunately it turned into something else.
Q: Talking about the caste system, is Alex going to maybe to some extent move up, or is he going to continue for most of the series to hide who he is since nobody else knows anyway?
Vaun Wilmott: I’m sure we can both answer that. From my point of view, he’s got bigger fish to fry because of what kind of landed on his shoulders. But certainly, as we clearly see in the pilot, he does not like the system. He hates it. He wants to escape it. And who knows? Down the line we’ll get to see if he does anything about that as part of his journey, and that’s just something that we’ll learn as we go. But I’m sure Chris can speak about that from a character point too.
Chris Egan: It comes down to that saying: 'With great power comes great responsibility.' I think we’re going to see that struggle, that constant struggle with himself and with his relationships around him. And by the end you’re really going to be left with: What’s going to happen? Is he going to leave? Is he going to join? With the relationship with Michael, where does that leave us? He goes through stages and he makes sacrifices and it’s really about someone owning that calling on his life.
Q: Vaun, it sounds like a lot of planning went into this series. As far as what’s ahead, how much do you have planned out for this season and possibly beyond?
Vaun Wilmott: When I wrote the pilot, I spent about six weeks working on a series document that broke down the first three seasons in detail. And then another three seasons after that more macro. And one of the main spines through the series is, of course, Alex’s journey and the stages that he goes through - through each season. I’ve got loads of ideas, loads. So yes, we have all kinds of stories to tell for many seasons for "Dominion"!
Our thanks to Chris and Vaun for their time, moderator Stephen Cox, Garrott Smith, and everyone at Syfy.
"Dominion" follows the perilous journey of soldier Alex Lannon, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth. The series stars Christopher Egan ("Kings"), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee ("Game of Thrones"), Alan Dale ("Lost"), Anthony Stewart Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), and Luke Allen-Gale ("The Borgias").
It premieres Thursday, June 19th, on Syfy (9-10 pm ET/PT) with limited commercial interruptions.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), "Dominion" is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes), has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael (Wisdom), turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25-year battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control; and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier (Egan) begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.
"Dominion," produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, is executive produced by Vaun Wilmott, Todd Slavkin, and Darren Swimmer, along with executive producers Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed the feature film Legion, Michael Litvak, and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the original film. Film Afrika serves as the local production entity in South Africa.
Known to many as “#3″, the percussionist for Iowa metal band Slipknot, Chris Fehn has been working with Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour for the past year creating visual art pieces based upon his rhythmic drumstrokes. The art takes the strokes and shows the path they take by adding in color. They then fused those images with “…found imagery that is intended to reveal itself with each viewing over time.”
SceneFour creative director Cory Danziger comments:
We’re excited to be working with Chris on this collection and are excited to see artwork coming forward that requires time to decode. It is sophisticated, vivid and perplexing.
A trailer for the project can be seen below and highly limited prints can be purchased here.
The PlayStation 4 exclusive, From Software developed horror fantasy game — and not to mention confirmed spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls — Bloodborne ended up being one of the more exciting reveals from last week’s E3. It looks fantastic, as it manages to appeal to my horror-loving side, as well as my fanaticism for all things Souls and Souls-esque. The game won’t arrive until 2015, but all that means is we can look forward to a steady trickle of information, images, and footage leading up to its release. It’s all about the antici-
Bloodborne game director Hidetaka Miyazakin shed some more light on the upcoming game in an interview with Dengeki Online (translated by Dual Shockers), where he discussed its penalty for death, which has been a more unforgiving element of the Souls series.
We are still conducting final reviews of the death penalty, though we don’t plan on making it quite so severe. While death will occur often in this game, it’s important that it both does not place too much stress on the players and still makes them want to take on the challenge again, so we are regulating the death penalty with these things in mind.
This is a bit off-topic, but to make sure the player still wants to give it another go, it’s also vital to give them a wide breadth of options in battle. The intention with our design is to provide a rich system that includes weapons such as guns and traps, among others. And while I said you will die plenty in this game, we similarly want to give the player the rush of nearly dying or thinking they are about to die, so we are always considering the best ways to govern this balance.
The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!
This week my choice came down to two movies directed by a prolific no-budget auteur named Dennis Devine: Don’t Look in the Cellar and Alice in Murderland. (Fun fact: In 2000 Devine directed a movie called Bloodstream. Full circle!) Knowing both movies would likely be nigh unwatchable, I decided to choose whichever was shorter. As a result, I won’t be looking in the cellar this week. At 87 minutes it's a full minute longer than Alice and who has time for that?
The story, insofar as it's coherent, is this: A seven-woman sorority decides to throw a party to celebrate the 21st birthday of fair-haired sister Alice. Do they throw this party at the sorority house? A local bar? Showbiz Pizza? No, they do not. They choose a house known as "the old Glass place", which is described as a rundown mansion situated next to a garbage dump. (We never actually see the exterior of the building, just an alley and a metal door as characters enter and exit.) The Glass place also just so happens to be where Alice's mother was brutally murdered exactly 20 years ago to the day. These girls know how to make a birthday special.
For no goddamn reason whatsoever, they decide it will be an Alice in Wonderland theme party. Because 150-year-old children's books are all the rage with college kids. Furthermore, they decide, there will be no boys allowed and no cellphones. No cellphones! What, no mandatory "split up to check out strange noises" rule?
As you've no doubt surmised, this is an awful movie even by amateur standards. It suffers from choppy editing, inconsistent ambient noise from shot to shot and atrocious camera work. Most shots appear to be autofocused on whatever's in the foreground. The back of a listener's head will often be in perfect focus while the speaking character in the center of the scene is fuzzy.
Most of the girls are high school theatre caliber actors, with Alice unfortunately the dullest of the bunch. (There are three men in the movie too, all of whom are just as bad.) However, while I wouldn't call her quite a professional, I genuinely enjoyed Donna, the obligatory ditz. She alone is consistently likable and amusing. Her endearing innocence and unforced delivery allow for some cute, funny lines. ("I made a pun! I said blow chunks...and it's a junkyard!")
The whole movie takes place in approximately two locations: an improbable ranch-style sorority house and the old Glass place itself, which in real life is probably a rental studio space. At least that's the most likely explanation for the black box theater half the scenes take place in. (Hey, free lighting!) I have no idea why there's a basement full of sewing machines. They certainly have nothing to do with the narrative.
I have a special affinity for terrible independent horror movies made on shoestring budgets. I admire films whose plots are determined by what kinds of props and sets are available for free. These movies are built on the belief that if you put in enough energy and love, even a bad horror movie can sell. All it takes is a little gore, a little humor and, ideally, the promise of a little T&A.
I was involved in just such an endeavor many years ago. I remember tearing a hole in a pair of jeans and applying corn syrup and provolone cheese to my kneecap to simulate a gunshot wound. It was a lot of fun.
The movie I was in was just as dreadful as this one (and I was among the worst parts). But we all worked really hard and we had a blast. Making shlocky movies to turn a buck is a fine goal, even if the end product is all but devoid of artistic merit. Though I've never understood the term "so bad it's good", I imagine there are enough masochists out there to make this thing profitable. After all, Devine has made five movies since. So good for him.
But, as a sophisticated consumer of entertainment, Alice in Murderland is not good for you. It's a technical disaster. It's not scary. It's not sexy. It's a little gory and a little funny, but even at 86 minutes it's way too long.
Instead, read Lewis Carroll's original novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, then watch Scream for the hundredth time.
Clearly inspired by one of my all-time afavorite films, Defending Your Life, Scott Spiegel, the director of Hostel 3 and co-writer of Evil Dead II, is to executive produce the afterlife fantasy film Welcome to Purgatory.
Cupsogue Pictures announced today that The Graves and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero‘s Jillian Murray, pictured, has landed one of the lead roles as the character of ‘Danni’.
Directed by Gene Fallaize, Welcome to Purgatory also stars Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tory Kittles and Stephen Marcus.
“Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor and Danni – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right, before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.“
A sequel is also in development as Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell.
This Imgur user has shared this fantastic horror map of the United States. I don’t know what else to say except that it’s a really cool visual representation of our favorite genre’s geography. It also makes me happy that You’re Next made it on here.
Fortress Features (The Collector and The Collection) and producers Patrick Rizzotti, Brett Forbes and Josh Stewart have teamed up with Tugg.com to launch theatrical screenings of the hunting-themed thriller The Hunted in cities across the country. Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises, The Collector, Criminal Minds) wrote, directed and stars in the film, which is based on an experience from his college days. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Stewart spent much of his youth bow hunting in the sprawling woods where The Hunted is set.
“The Hunted follows family-man and hunter Jake, played by Stewart, alongside his best friend Stevie as they journey deep into the Appalachians of West Virginia on the hunt for a renowned, massive buck all the while filming. Chasing their dream of landing a television hunting show, the duo head into the dense, secluded mountains armed with only their bows and camera equipment. Given a timeframe of just a few days to win over producers with the legendary kill the friends quickly realize there is something else that stirs within the woods. Something that turn-by-turn begins to hunt them…“
Fans and horror buffs are also able to visit the popular web-platform, tugg.com and request to bring The Hunted to their local theater.
Following theatrical screenings this summer via Tugg.com, the film will be released nationwide by eOne Entertainment on both DVD and VOD in September 2014.
Who knows more about survival gear than REI, the outfitter for the outdoors? Probably no one outside of that "Man vs. Wild" guy on TV, and who really wants to live if you have to drink your own pee? REI offers some more palatable alternatives to surviving when the zombie outbreak occurs.
Take a look at the snappy graphic from REI below and learn all you need to know to help you stay alive when the living dead are milling about.
The first section gives tips on what to wear and what to carry with you. The rest of your education comes in the form of explaining survival skills like how to exterminate a zombie with a frying pan, applying moleskin to a blister, and disorienting the undead with a flashlight. These all sound like really important abilities to have when the ultimate crapstorm finally hits.
There's also a handy reference area at the bottom that contains useful articles, books, movies, television shows, and websites that can give those interested additional information on zombies.
HBO has just released the countdown trailer for the upcoming seventh and last season of “True Blood,” which returns June 22 at 9PM.
In the return episode, “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (airing Sunday, June 22; 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), “A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source.”
It was written by Angela Robinson and directed by the one and only Bill Compton, Stephen Moyer.
Originally Dracula: Year Zero, Universal Pictures shared the first one-sheet and image from Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, in theaters October 17, 2013.
Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.
In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.“
The poster and image display Evans as Dracula, presumably the north of Vlad the Impaler. I’m fairly excited for this, although I’m unsure we’ll ever see a Dracula movie as cool as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula.