‘Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition’ Review: Identity Crisis

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:00

Because Capcom cares about the PC Master Race, earlier this month they brought the latest entry in their zany zombie-infested sandbox series to PC with the Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition. Like a good friend coming over for a slumber party, it brought all its toys with it. That alone should make it the best version of what many consider to be a great time, except for the fact that much of its potential for greatness is still being held back by a number of issues that could have — should have — been fixed with this edition.

Don’t get me wrong. I really like this game. It’s incredibly addictive, sporadically charming, has one of the best arsenals in gaming and is, for better and for worse, decidedly Dead Rising in its flavor.

I spent enough time with the Xbox One version and all but one of its DLC expansions to max out my character and I had no problem returning to Los Perdidos for another go on PC. It was almost like reuniting with a friend I hadn’t spent any time with in nearly a year.


I would normally welcome the chance to see how many thousands of zombies that my PC is capable of displaying at once so I could use my arsenal to bring it to its knees by freeing as much gore and viscera as possible. The Apocalypse Edition comes with the unspoken promise that it will let you paint the city’s streets red with the coagulated blood of your enemies, and if that’s all you want then you may as well stop reading now because nothing I say in the following paragraphs is going to deter you.

If it’s praise or a more in-depth examination of its mechanics you seek, there’s plenty of both in our review of the Xbox One version.

It also promised a joyous reunion with an old friend who I haven’t seen in some time, but looks to have changed for the better. Only this friend hasn’t changed, and where I thought I saw the result of ten months of improvement, I only see those same flaws, those frustrating quirks and many of the overarching problems that have permeated Dead Rising since the beginning.

If you haven’t played Dead Rising 3 yet, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a gritty reboot. It isn’t, and that’s a very good thing. We have lots of gritty zombie games to pick from right now with more on the way, so a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously is refreshing. While it may look different, this sequel is just as silly as its predecessors, only where they fully embraced their wackiness, Dead Rising 3 seems to aspire for more.

What it wants to be is a question best left to Capcom. What it is is a conflict of style and substance. Stylistically, and sometimes tonally, this game wants to be taken seriously. Its visuals lean toward realism and much effort went into making its world and its ghoulish population look and feel real. Its core cast was designed to be relatable in an attempt to inspire us to invest emotionally in them and almost everyone else was intentionally exaggerated because that’s how Dead Rising does it.

The flaw in this approach is we’re never given enough substance to make us care about the serious stuff, and I’m not just saying that because I was running around dressed as Uma Thurman from Kill Bill, dropping zeds with teddy bears I armed with machine guns not five minutes before you used a rapidly deplenishing timer to get me to sit down long enough to watch that emotional cinematic. It doesn’t work that way. If you’re going for serious, be serious. If you’re going for comedy, be funny.

Rather than pick a side and pursue it, Dead Rising 3 tries to mix the two in an effort I wouldn’t even call admirable, since both sides were left underrealized and half-assed in their execution. That gritty style might help this game appeal to that Call of Duty audience Capcom so desperately wants to attract, but all it did was make this series’ most glaring issue even more obvious.

Scouring every bloody foot of a big open world that’s brimming with the undead for blueprints to craft insane weapons and vehicles to unleash on those unsuspecting ghouls isn’t likely to ever grow old. Dead Rising has gotten that part right since the beginning and done a fine job at introducing steady refinements to that winning formula with each new game.

What will grow old is having to quit all that fun to make room for what feels like work.

It’s like if your parents gave you an hour to play, made sure you never forgot how much playtime you had left, then forced you to do a chore before you could resume playing. That’s what the campaign feels like to me. I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun until that timer comes perilously close to running out. I’ve made a game out of seeing how much aimless fun I can cram into my limited amount of playtime before I need to progress the story or risk failure.

Even if the tonal inconsistencies don’t bother you, the tiresome dialogue, repetitive quests that rely too heavily on insubstantial filler (or, as I sometimes call it, MMO quest design) and the occasional breaks it takes to let its psychopaths (boss fights, essentially) poke fun at certain types of people. It’s meant to be funny, but it comes off as mean-spirited.

As good as Dead Rising 3 can get — and believe me, it can get good — it has some quirks that can leave a lingering bitterness where there should be childlike glee. Los Perdidos may not have the personality of say, Fortune City, but it’s a fine sandbox to play in and we’ve been given more than enough toys to make ridding it of its undead inhabitants fun for a long time.

This is why I can’t help but look at the Apocalypse Edition as a missed opportunity. Capcom had a lot of time to take the negative feedback the original version received and use it as a foundation for improvement. If using ridiculous weapons to mow down hordes of zombies was all of it, then this review would have an entirely different tone to it.

When the thrill of using a new weapon combo or hunting for every single collectible I could find — I do this, because I’m that guy — start showing signs of turning monotonous, the story should offer a brief a palate cleanse, not something I reluctantly partake in just so I can continue having fun.

Since one of the major draws to getting the Apocalypse Edition is that it comes with all four of the Untold Stories of Los Perdidos expansions, it’d be irresponsible of me to touch on that in this review. I’ve already gone into great detail regarding the many mistakes Capcom made with Dead Rising 3′s DLC, so the gist of it is not one of the expansions is worth your time.

Seriously. Not even one. None raise the level cap, they can’t be played in co-op, they’re short (a couple hours long each), shallow (the quests are copy/pasted from previous expansions or the main game) and add nothing to the story.

The positive score I’m about to give this game may fly in the face of pretty much everything I just wrote. Just know that I’m only critical because I’m a fan of this franchise and I want it to succeed so I can continue using its creative arsenal to eviscerate each and every ghoul that’s dumb enough to get in my way. It’s worth mentioning that Dead Rising is still a relatively new franchise, and that fact comes with a certain amount of leniency for mistakes.

The Dead Rising series has definite potential, a talented developer behind it and plenty of room to grow. If Dead Rising 4 is as much of a step forward as this game was, this series has a very bright future ahead of it.

The Final Word: The Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition may be a missed opportunity for some much-needed improvement, but that doesn’t change the fact that a great time can be had, assuming your PC is up to the task. Just make sure you go in fully aware of its many frustrating quirks.

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‘Neverending Nightmares’ Brings Real Psychological Horror This Month

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:56

We finally have a solid release date for Neverending Nightmares, a crowdfunded psychological horror game that was inspired by developer Matt Gilgenbach’s battle with mental illness — specifically depression and OCD. It’s also another crowdfunding success story, as Gilgenbach managed to raise over $106k to fund its development last September.

Neverending Nightmares will release on PC and Ouya on Sept 26, almost exactly a year after its Kickstarter campaign ended.

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Leaked ‘Sinister 2′ Set Photos

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:59

Barry Lee Caldwell, script supervisor on Sinister 2, leaked out two photos from the set out of Chicago.

One of the pics, clearly taken off the monitor, shows two kids, covered in blood, creepily standing around a bed. Bloody tipster ‘Mike A.’ also alerted us to the Facebook page for Sinister 2 extras that lead to clues of a “messy” scene shot on September 2nd and a need for classic cars from the 1960s. “There was also mentioning of a grain silo, a diner, electrocution, and a Lutheran Church” said Mike, who added: “Something tells me we’ll be getting some Children of the Corn nods in this one.

James Ransone will return to his Sinister role with the beautiful Shannyn Sossamon (“Wayward Pines”). Real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan also star.

“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death. James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff’s deputy in Sinister, will be reprising his character in Sinister 2.“

Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing from a script by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

Focus will unleash Mr Boogie on August 21, 2015.

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Trailer for Syfy's Dead Still Is Now Live!

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:03

Airing as part of Syfy's seventh annual "31 Days of Halloween" is The Booth Brothers' Dead Still, and following up on the first look at the production we gave you a few weeks ago, the flick's trailer has arrived!

Syfy presents, in association with Plus Entertainment, Hollywood Media Bridge, Twintalk Entertainment, and Spooked Productions, A Booth Brothers Film, Dead Still, airing on Monday, October 6th. The film was shot on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Christopher Saint Booth and Philip Adrian Booth are identical twins who make up the dynamic filmmaking duo of The Booth Brothers. Their previous films include Death Tunnel, The Exorcist File, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, and Children of the Grave.

Dead Still stars Ben Browder ("Farscape," "Stargate SG1"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Jeepers Creepers), Gavin Casalegno (Noah, When the Game Stands Tall), and Elle LaMont ("From Dusk Till Dawn," Machete Kills).

Upon the death of his great grandfather, wedding photographer Brandon Davis (Browder) inherits an antique camera famous for taking Victorian death photography. After photographing his subjects, they start to die from horrible, bizarre deaths and then reappear as eerie death portraits.

One by one Brandon begins to lose people very close to him as he struggles to uncover the haunting mystery behind the cursed camera. When his eleven-year-old son goes missing, Brandon discovers the camera has supernatural powers and has trapped his son inside of it. He must now risk all and journey beyond the realm of all imagination to fight the hideous entities within, save his son, and reverse the deadly curse that plagues them before they all become... Dead Still.

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Our 5 Favorite Haunted House Games!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:00

It’s impossible not to love a haunted house. I dare you to even try it. Go ahead, walk into one and try not to have a good time. You won’t be able to fight off all that anxious glee, it’s best to just let it wash over you. The same goes for haunted house games, which tend to involve the confinement of a player in a single area — not necessarily a house, it could be an apartment or even a spaceship — that’s filled with horrors.

In a way, haunted house games are superior to actual haunted houses, because unlike the real thing, which takes place in public, these games can be enjoyed without putting your pride in any sort of danger. So when something jumps out at you causing you to emit a sound you didn’t think was humanly possible, it’s okay, because there’s no one around to make fun of you.

Now lock your door, turn off the lights and try your best to ignore the scraping sound at your window, because it’s time to take a look at five of the greatest haunted house games ever.

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival Announces First 10 Titles!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:54

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit. These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Preview all 10 trailers of the announced films at the Youtube Playlist below. Scroll on further down this page for more info on the films.

HELLMOUTH (Canada) World Premiere
From the twisted mind of writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOL) comes a stunning, spectacular ode to classic horror and fantasy. HELLMOUTH tells the tale of gravekeeper Charlie Baker, (WATCHMEN’s Stephen McHattie) assigned to tend to a mysterious cemetery. Charlie’s routine journey to his new place of employment turns out to be a dark and fantastic voyage through a Gothic landscape, filled with demonic forces, and a life-altering encounter with a beautiful woman he must try to rescue from the bowels of hell.

In the scary new horror hit from Australia, single mother Amelia must battle with her son Samuel’s fear of a monster lurking in their house. After a creepy pop-up book called Mister Babadook is found on the doorstep, Samuel begins to sense a sinister presence, and strange things begin to happen around the house. Amelia is at first dismissive, but then begins to question whether THE BABADOOK is a figment of Samuel’s troubled imagination or whether there might be something genuinely evil lurking in their midst.

Based on a story by acclaimed sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein (STARSHIP TROOPERS), the Spierig Brothers (DAYBREAKERS, UNDEAD) direct Ethan Hawke (GATTACA, TRAINING DAY) in this riveting sci-fi thriller in the mold of LOOPER and MINORITY REPORT about a Temporal Agent, tasked with traveling through time to stop crimes before they’re committed. On his final assignment, the agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time, the elusive Fizzle Bomber, determined to unleash mass destruction upon New York City, and who somehow always seems to be one step ahead of the Temporal Agency.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (NORWAY) Toronto Premiere
The gruesome army of awakened Nazi Zombies from fan favourite DEAD SNOW once again return to terrorize the Norwegian countryside! In this crowd-pleasing zombie action comedy follow-up, Martin, the sole survivor of the first movie, must join forces with an American zombie hunter (cult favourite FREAKS AND GEEKS’ Martin Starr) and a reanimated squad of dead Russians if he is to try to defeat the undead Nazi horde and their evil commander! Trailer NSFW Poster

WOLVES (USA/CANADA) North American Premiere
In this coming of age werewolf action movie from David Hayter (writer of X-MEN, X-MEN 2), Lucas Till (XMEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) plays Cayden Richards, a high school senior who awakens one day to find his parents brutally murdered and his body transforming into a wild, savage wolf. In search of the truth behind his animalistic tendencies, Cayden heads to the small town of Lupine Ridge, only to find himself caught between an ongoing war between two opposing werewolf clans, led by Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) and Stephen McHattie (WATCHMEN). As the past begins to reveal itself, so does Cayden’s power to put an end to the savage violence around him and within him.

In the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW comes this gripping cyber-thriller from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) that exposes a terrifying dark side to internet voyeurism. When an unwitting celebrity fan-site operator (LORD OF THE RINGS’ Elijah Wood) is persuaded by a mysterious caller to hack into the personal webcam of a movie actress he idolizes (Sasha Grey), he finds himself not only uncovering a dark and sinister plot, but also trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a psychopath.

ZOMBEAVERS (USA) Toronto Premiere
From the producers of CABIN FEVER, THE HANGOVER, and AMERICAN PIE comes ZOMBEAVERS, a crowd-pleasing zombie comedy co-starring Cortney Palm (SUSHI GIRL) that delivers exactly what you’d want from its title and more! A group of college kids’ weekend of sex and debauchery at a riverside cabin turns gruesome when they find themselves menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. Riding the line between scary, sexy, and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the blood-thirsty undead beaver horde!

SUBURBAN GOTHIC (USA) Toronto Premiere
Richard Bates Jr. follows up his acclaimed horror film EXCISION with a supernatural comedy about an unemployed graduate (CRIMINAL MINDS’ Matthew Gray Gubler) who returns to his small-town family home, only to encounter a vengeful ghost and a mystery that must be solved before everyone’s lives are lost. A spooktacular treat of a movie, SUBURBAN GOTHIC features an endearingly quirky script with numerous fan favourites in scene-stealing supporting roles, including Kat Dennings (THOR), Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS), Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) and John Waters (PINK FLAMINGOS).

TIME LAPSE (USA) Toronto Premiere
In this award-winning new sci-fi thriller, three friends, including Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH) discover a mysterious machine in an abandoned apartment that seems to print photos taken 24 hours into their future. The trio conspire to use the device for personal gain, but it’s not long before the images start to reveal a disturbing and dangerous chain of events they must somehow try to avert before it’s too late. Co-stars John Rhys-Davies (INDIANA JONES TRILOGY).

ABCS OF DEATH 2 (USA/New Zealand/Canada/Israel/Japan) Canadian Premiere
Get ready to gasp, laugh, shriek and cheer at this latest anthology of 26 short tales, each punctuated by a different shocking, wickedly entertaining death. Completely one-upping its predecessor, ABCS OF DEATH 2 is packed with outstanding thrills, chills and kills, brought to you by some of the acclaimed film-making talents behind fan favourites CUBE (Vincenzo Natali), AMERICAN MARY (The Soska Twins), BIG BAD WOLVES (Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado), MANBORG (Steven Kostanski), ROOM 237 (Rodney Ascher), INSIDE (Alexandre Bustillo) and JUAN OF THE DEAD (Alejandro Brugues), just to name but a few!

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13 MGM/Fox Horror Films Get Artistic New Releases For Halloween! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:48

Just in time for Halloween, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment re-release 13 cult classic horror films on Blu-ray and DVD September 9. Each iconic movie will be decked out with an all-new, limited-edition artist-rendered faceplate by Skuzzles.

Major retailers – including Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada and Walmart Canada – will be carrying the product on Blu-ray for only $7-8, with a DVD running only $5-7.

In addition to this exclusive news, Bloody Disgusting has your first look at the absolutely stunning art from films including:

-The Amityville Horror (1979)
-Carrie (1976)
-Child’s Play (1988)
-Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
-Jeepers Creepers (2001)
-Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
- The Last House on the Left (1972)
-The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
-Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)
-Teen Wolf (1985)
-Species (1995)
-Misery (1990)
-The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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Indie Horror ‘Pathologic’ Raises $160k in First Week

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:35

Indie developer Ice-Pick Lodge is looking to return to the game that put them on the map seven years ago. Following its release in 2005, Pathologic flew under the radar for most despite plenty of glowing reviews that praised its atmosphere and creative use of psychological horror. Unlike many other cult classics, Pathologic is being given a second chance. To make it happen, the studio has once again returned to Kickstarter.

This isn’t the first time Ice-Pick has turned to crowdfunding to get a game made. Their last project, the quirky horror game Knock-Knock, raised over $41,000 in 2012.

With the Pathologic reboot, the studio wants to raise $250,000 to help bring it to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The amount sounds ambitious, but the campaign has already accrued over $167,000 in its first five days. Unless the donations slow down considerably, this game is happening.

To learn more about Pathologic, feel free to check it out on Kickstarter.

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Tusk - Read the Review and Toke Up!

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:30

On tap right now we have our verdict on Kevin Smith's horror comedy Tusk as well as a look at one of the more unique ad campaigns to ever be launched in support of a movie. Don't blame us if you get the munchies. At least 7-Eleven is open 24 hours.

Read our Tusk review.

Let’s get blazed! A24 partners with The World's Best Ever and Buds & Roses, a Los Angeles based medical-marijuana dispensary, to sell two brand new cannabis strains inspired by Kevin Smith’s TUSK! Buds & Roses will sell the two strains - “Mr. Tusk” and “White Walrus” - beginning today through September 26, 2014.

Tusk, written and directed by Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.

Related Story: New Tusk Poster Offers Spoilers

Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.

For more info visit the official Tusk website, "like" Tusk on Facebook, check out Tusk on Instagram, and follow @Tusk_TheMovie on Twitter using the hashtag #WalrusYes.

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[TV Review] “The Strain”: Episode 1.09, ‘The Disappeared’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:24

“The Disappeared” represents a lot of what’s wrong with The Strain’s first season. It’s a bothersome step to the left in terms of character, plot, and exposition. The moments of horror are genuinely terrifying but fail to elevate the episode past the point of mediocre.

The obvious issue in this episode is the heavy focus on Eph’s relationship with his son. The actor playing Zack is bothersome in his performance. I just really wish TV would stay away from child actors, since this is a constant reminder that one of the supposed strongest relationships in the show is so terrible.

Speaking of terrible why the hell would our group of heroes decide to slpit up this week after the hell they lived through last week. It defies all logic and pushes the show into a more make believe world where people don’t seem to react to the world around them.

Hell most of the dialogue is atrociously referencing exposition this week. With most characters dumbfounded and reacting to the chaos of the city around them like it’s something completely normal.

The flashbacks are the only saving grace of the week. They push to add even more to Abraham and Eichorst’s relationship and push the overall conflict of the series in an even more interesting direction. There were a couple reveals inside that added a great deal of complexity to the time in the concentration camp. And the scenes with The Master were terrifying. The immense stature of that creature makes any scene he’s in dominate you.

Everything with Vasily and the hacker girl felt forced bordering on unnecessary. I didn’t quite understand the motivation for having those scenes between them. Especially when the vampire came into her house and she just looked at him with wide eyes. Jesus woman, you just say legions of these things descend upon a gas station. It defies logic.

Which is the biggest problem with “The Disappeared.”  Everything defies logic. Nothing has consequence and everything just feels like it’s stalling to carry us into next week. Don’t even get me started on the sex scene between Nora and Eph. I thought it was profoundly useless and completely out of place. But I digress.

The show was hitting it’s stride only to take a maddening detour in what could be the worst episode of the series. Everything really chugged along this week and barely held my attention. I wanted new developments, I wanted more conflict, and I wanted that insane action from last week. Instead I waited forty minutes for the one scene between The Master and Eichorst.

Let’s hope next week is better.

Stray Thoughts:

-       The bread truck is a amazing set. I just love seeing Abraham take himself so seriously surrounding by loaves of bread.

-       Nora’s mother is the worst, and the feeble attempt at comedy with her as so groan inducing.

-       Are we really to believe anything that our characters did this week, Jesus Christ, these are supposed professionals and they’re acting worse than sexed up teen archetypes from 80’s slashers.

What did you think of “The Disappeared” ?

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First Trailer Emerges From the Dark

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:14

Finally the trailer is here for the Kickstarter success story Dark, which was executive produced by Joe Dante’s Renfield Productions. Check it out, and look for more on this one as it comes. Stay tuned!

Nick Basile (American Carny) directs from a script written by Elias (Gut). Michael Eklund (The Divide, The Call) and Brandon Sexton (Boys Don’t Cry) star with Whitney Able (Monsters) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“American Horror Story”).

Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah's Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate's paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

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The Guest Seeks Military Action

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:03

Another new clip from Adam Wingard's next film, The Guest (review), is here and with it comes the military. Well, not really. That would just be awkward.

You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard directs from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment. Look for the flick in theatres on September 17th.

The Guest stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick.

David is the perfect guest. Friendly and helpful, this young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible. Distributed by Picturehouse, THE GUEST visits theaters Wednesday, September 17th. Let us know if you'll be letting him in.

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5 Questions With Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:00

When one thinks of legendary horror punk band The Misfits, it’s hard to think of their music without thinking of guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein, the brooding, monstrous behemoth who wields a vicious spiked axe that emits forth demonic riffs.

Right now, Doyle is on the road touring in support of his solo album Abominator, which you can snag on iTunes.

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to talk with this legend and asked him five questions. They may be short, but his answers cut right to the point, leaving no room for misunderstanding.

Check out our exclusive interview below!

Bloody-Disgusting: Do you find anything terrifying in horror movies anymore?

No. Nothing. I’ve seen it all.

BD: What in horror still inspires you musically?

Movie soundtracks. I find that when I watch horror movies I pay attention more to the music and then I have to watch the fucking movie again to pay attenion to it.

BD: What’s been the biggest change in music that you’ve seen over the years?

People stealing music like a bunch of cocksuckers.

BD: What keeps you going?

I love music, man. That’s why.

BD: What’s next?

We’re gonna book some more shows. We’ve got another record in the can. We’ve got to do the drums because our drummer left us two hours before everybody was getting on the jet from fucking LA. We get word from the manager that he decided not to show, so we got Tiny [Biuso] and he came in on an hour’s notice, got on the plane, flew in, jet lagged, and learned four songs. Dropped him off at the studio the next day for 6-8 hours with myself, learned another four, went through a bunch of Misfits songs he happened to know, and we’re just killing it now!

Remaining Doyle tour dates:
9/8 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
9/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
9/10 – Denver, OR @ The Roxy
9/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/12 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
9/14 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
9/15 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Doyle online:
Official Website

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‘Nightcrawler,’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Getting Huge Festival Buzz

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:56

A film we have not covered here on Bloody Disgusting is Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which stars Donnie Darko fav Jake Gyllenhaal as a self-made journalist in a very dark and violent social commentary on the “American Dream.”

The buzz out of the Toronto International Film Festival is that not only is the film right up Bloody Disgusting’s alley, but that Gyllenhaal could be in the running for an Oscar.

We caught wind of the hype and wanted to push it on over to you. Open Road is releasing in theaters October 31, so maybe it truly is the perfect movie for Halloween night?

“Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

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Surprising First Look at Blackburn

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:54

According to Blackburn's teaser trailer there's a surprise waiting for someone. For us the surprise was how good this latest indie slasher actually looks. We love us some deranged disfigured family films, I tell ya!

Lauro Chartrand directs. Calum Worthy, Emilie Ullerup, Sarah Lind, Zack Peladeau, Alexander Calvert, Brandi Alexander, Maja Aro, Lochlyn Munro, Brad Loree, and Ken Kirzinger star.

A forest fire and rockslide leave five bickering college friends trapped in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside an abandoned mine, they must band together to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.

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Xbox Head: ‘Alan Wake’ Sequel Needs to Come From Remedy

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:39

Ever since Remedy revealed their Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break last May, people can’t stop asking them about Alan Wake 2. While the game isn’t currently in development, Remedy has said in the past that they’re still very interested in returning to Alan Wake when it feels right, and possibly through a crowdfunding campaign.

When asked for an update on the sequel, Xbox head Phil Spencer said on Twitter that [Remedy] is pretty busy with [Quantum Break] right now. I think any future [Alan Wake] would have to be a Remedy game.”

I can’t imagine another developer taking the reigns on this series, even if it means we’ll have less of a wait for Alan Wake 2. As badly as many of us want to return to that charming blend of Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone, I’m willing to wait for Remedy to get around to it.

Oh, and when our favorite writer returns, he better be joined by Mr. Scratch.

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First Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Teaser Attacks!

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:16

We live in a world in which there will soon be six Wrong Turn movies. Ponder that if you will. That's amazing since the only deformed killer who survived in the original was Three Finger. So is this another prequel? Looks like it. I think. Does it matter?

Helmed by Re-Kill's Valeri Milev, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on October 21. Sadie Katz, Aqueela Zoll, Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley, and Roxanne Pallett star.

Check out the trailer below courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

The unrelenting terror starts when an emotionally troubled young man, Danny, inherits an isolated backwoods hotel that may hold the key to his secret past. A trip to the peaceful resort quickly transforms into a blood-soaked killing spree as Danny’s friends are brutally murdered one by one.

Danny discovers that Three Finger and his flesh-eating kin are to blame, but the chilling surprises they have in store for him have only just begun. Danny ultimately learns that he has an unthinkable connection to the clan of hillbilly cannibals, but now that he knows the shocking truth, he will face an even more horrifying choice.

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New Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Sneak Peek Explores Ichabod's Relationship with the Founding Fathers

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:14

Sleepyheads, rejoice! Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" kicks off in just two more weeks on Fox, and we have a new sneak peek that explores the relationships Ichabod had with some of the Founding Fathers.

"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern-day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).

Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, and John Noble return along with Mison and Beharie, and joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin; Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Reyes, filling in for the incarcerated Frank Irving (Jones); Heather Lind as Mary Wells, Crane’s English ex straight out of the 18th century; Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work; and Aunjanue Ellis as Abbie and Jenny's (Greenwood) mother, Lori Mills.

"Sleepy Hollow" Season 2 begins September 22nd and will be an expanded 18 episodes. You'll find the synopsis for Episode 2.01 below. If you're still not quite caught up on Season 1, the Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.

"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 2.01 - "This Is War" (airs 9/22/14)
Picking up immediately after the spellbinding events of the Season 1 finale, Ichabod finds himself buried alive in a coffin; Abbie is trapped in purgatory; Ichabod's wife, Katrina, has been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman; Capt. Frank Irving is behind bars for a murder he did not commit; and Abbie's sister, Jenny, is among the wreckage of an horrific car crash. These events were due, in large part, to the shocking revelation that Henry Parish, the trusted friend of Ichabod and Abbie, is actually Ichabod and Katrina's son and the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. Now, with Henry's emergence as the Horseman of War alongside the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow has never been so close to destruction.

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‘Resident Evil: Revelations 2′ Will Be Playable at Sony’s TGS Booth

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:04

I usually don’t get that excited for Tokyo Game Show, especially for what it’s become in recent years. This year’s event is threatening to change that, as it’s shaping up to be something special.

Following Konami’s recent confirmation that Silent Hills will be at the event in some capacity, Sony has revealed their TGS line-up, all of which will be playable on the show floor. Some of the standouts include Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Bloodborne, The Evil Within and The Order: 1886. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on any of those games, but I’m super bummed I won’t be able to get my anxious, sweaty hands on Revelations 2.

TGS runs from September 18-21. You can find Sony’s full line-up below.

PlayStation 4

Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
One Upon Light
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign
EA Sports UFC
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War & Nightmare
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
Omega Quintet
The Order: 1886
The Playroom
LittleBigPlanet 3
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
Disgaea 5
Dragon Ball Xenoverse
The Evil Within
The Lego Movie Videogame


Airship Q
Minecraft Vita
Deemo: The Last Rehearsal
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014
Chaos Rings 3
Deadman’s Cross
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax
Phantasy Star Nova
Murasaki Baby
The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki 2
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Gundam Breaker 2

PlayStation 3

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix
Tales of Zestiria

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Radius Says Goodnight Mommy

Dread Central - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:54

More distribution news has come in for one of the films playing as part of the Vanguard Lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. THR reports that following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Radius has picked up North American rights to the horror thriller Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh Ich Seh).

Directed by Austrian filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the creepy movie takes place in an isolated home and centers on a pair of twins whose mother returns home from the hospital. But with a bandaged-up face and off-kilter behavior, the twins begin to think that perhaps this isn’t their mother after all.

Real-life twins Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz star. Radius plans a 2015 release.

10-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she returns with her head wrapped in bandages after surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.

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