This is Why You Shouldn’t Tap on the Glass

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 21:11

If you’ve ever looked at an aquarium display and wondered why we’ve all been forbidden to tap on the glass — because everyone knows when you’re told not to do something, that’s when you really want to do it — then this video should offer a decent reason as to why it can be a bad thing. It’s not because of the aural sensitivity of the marine animals contained within, it’s for your own safety.

If you’d like to lure a friend or family member, preferably one with a strong heart, into this delightful prank, you can find it at the International Spy Museum’s Earth Redesigned exhibit in Washington D.C. Just make sure you have the camera rolling when Jaws inevitably strikes.

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You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat (For All This ‘Jaws’ Beer)

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 20:39

In celebration of the film’s 39th anniversary last month, Narragansett is giving Jaws fans another chance to Crush it Like Quint with a re-release of the 1975 version of the can seen in the horror film that made everyone terrified to enter the open water. I’m still terrified of swimming in the ocean, but that fear mostly stems from Jellyfish. I haven’t been the same since I witnessed my sister getting peed on by a life guard after she was stung on a family vacation. How do you recover from something like that? Seriously, tell me, I’d like to know.

Anyway, the special edition can will be available for a limited time this summer in 12, 18, and 30-packs. They’ll also be giving fans a chance to name and track an adopted shark, because, ya know, Jaws. If you’d like to name a random shark, you can offer some suggestions on the ‘Gansett Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NameTheShark.

Me? I’ll be keeping a respectable distance between me and all of Jellyfish kind.

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Horror Short Story: ‘Autopilot’

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 19:57

I’d like to try something different and see if it appeals to any of you. We have this fancy new section here on Bloody Disgusting, The Further, and since it’s sort of experimental I figured I’d take the opportunity to experiment with it. In this series, I’m going to share all sorts of scary stories with you. They’ll range from the supernatural to the strange, supposed real-life accounts to creepypasta shorts, and everything in-between.

This first story is just disturbing, and it’s made all the more effective by how plausible it is. Enjoy.

Autopilot, written by Skarjo

Have you ever forgotten your phone?

When did you realist you’d forgotten it? I’m guessing you didn’t just smack your forehead and exclaim ‘damn’ apropos of nothing. The realization probably didn’t dawn on you spontaneously. More likely, you reached for your phone, pawing open your pocket or handbag, and were momentarily confused by it not being there. Then you did a mental re-step of the morning’s events.

Shit.

In my case, my phone’s alarm woke me up as normal but I realized the battery was lower than I expected. It was a new phone and it had this annoying habit of leaving applications running that drain the battery overnight. So, I put it on to charge while I showered instead of into my bag like normal. It was a momentary slip from the routine but that was all it took. Once in the shower, my brain got back into ‘the routine’ it follows every morning and that was it.

Forgotten.

This wasn’t just me being clumsy, as I later researched, this is a recognized brain function. Your brain doesn’t just work on one level, it works on many. Like, when you’re walking somewhere, you think about your destination and avoiding hazards, but you don’t need to think about keeping your legs moving properly. If you did, the entire world would turn into one massive hilarious QWOP cosplay. I wasn’t thinking about regulating my breathing, I was thinking whether I should grab a coffee on the drive to work (I did). I wasn’t thinking about moving my breakfast through my intestines, I was wondering whether I’d finish on time to pick up my daughter Emily from nursery after work or get stuck with another late fee. This is the thing; there’s a level of your brain that just deals with routine, so that the rest of the brain can think about other things.

Think about it. Think about your last commute. What do you actually remember? Little, if anything, probably. Most common journeys blur into one, and recalling any one in particular is scientifically proven to be difficult. Do something often enough and it becomes routine. Keep doing it and it stops being processed by the thinking bit of the brain and gets relegated to a part of the brain dedicated to dealing with routine. Your brain keeps doing it, without you thinking about it. Soon, you think about your route to work as much as you do keeping your legs moving when you walk. As in, not at all.

Most people call it autopilot. But there’s danger there. If you have a break in your routine, your ability to remember and account for the break is only as good as your ability to stop your brain going into routine mode. My ability to remember my phone being on the counter is only as reliable as my ability to stop my brain entering ‘morning routine mode’ which would dictate that my phone is actually in my bag. But I didn’t stop my brain entering routine mode. I got in the shower as normal. Routine started. Exception forgotten.

Autopilot engaged.

My brain was back in the routine. I showered, I shaved, the radio forecast amazing weather, I gave Emily her breakfast and loaded her into the car (she was so adorable that morning, she complained about the ‘bad sun’ in the morning blinding her, saying it stopped her having a little sleep on the way to nursery) and left. That was the routine. It didn’t matter that my phone was on the counter, charging silently. My brain was in the routine and in the routine my phone was in my bag. This is why I forgot my phone. Not clumsiness. Not negligence. Nothing more my brain entering routine mode and over-writing the exception.

Autopilot engaged.

I left for work. It’s a swelteringly hot day already. The bad sun had been burning since before my traitorously absent phone woke me. The steering wheel was burning hot to the touch when I sat down. I think I heard Emily shift over behind my driver’s seat to get out of the glare. But I got to work. Submitted the report. Attended the morning meeting. It’s not until I took a quick coffee break and reached for my phone that the illusion shattered. I did a mental re-step. I remembered the dying battery. I remembered putting it on to charge. I remembered leaving it there.

My phone was on the counter.

Autopilot disengaged.

Again, therein lies the danger. Until you have that moment, the moment you reach for your phone and shatter the illusion, that part of the brain is still in routine mode. It has no reason to question the facts of the routine; that’s why it’s a routine. Attrition of repetition. It’s not as if anyone could say ‘why didn’t you remember your phone? Didn’t it occur to you? How could you forget? You must be negligent’; this is to miss the point. My brain was telling me the routine was completed as normal, despite the fact that it wasn’t. It wasn’t that I forgot my phone. According to my brain, according to the routine, my phone was in my bag. Why would I think to question it? Why would I check? Why would I suddenly remember, out of nowhere, that my phone was on the counter? My brain was wired into the routine and the routine was that my phone was in my bag.

The day continued to bake. The morning haze gave way to the relentless fever heat of the afternoon. Tarmac bubbled. The direct beams of heat threatened to crack the pavement. People swapped coffees for iced smoothies. Jackets discarded, sleeves rolled up, ties loosened, brows mopped. The parks slowly filled with sunbathers and BBQ’s. Window frames threatened to warp. The thermometer continued to swell. Thank fuck the offices were air conditioned.

But, as ever, the furnace of the day gave way to a cooler evening. Another day, another dollar. Still cursing myself for forgetting my phone, I drove home. The days heat had baked the inside of the car, releasing a horrible smell from somewhere. When I arrived on the driveway, the stones crunching comfortingly under my tires, my wife greeted me at the door.

“Where’s Emily?”

Fuck.

As if the phone wasn’t bad enough. After everything I’d left Emily at the fucking nursery after all. I immediately sped back to the nursery. I got to the door and started practicing my excuses, wondering vainly if I could charm my way out of a late fee. I saw a piece of paper stuck to the door.

“Due to vandalism overnight, please use side door. Today only.”

Overnight? What? The door was fine this morni-.

I froze. My knees shook.

Vandals. A change in the routine.

My phone was on the counter.

I hadn’t been here this morning.

My phone was on the counter.

I’d driven past because I was drinking my coffee. I’d not dropped off Emily.

My phone was on the counter.

She’d moved her seat. I hadn’t seen her in the mirror.

My phone was on the counter.

She’d fallen asleep out of the bad sun. She didn’t speak when I drove past her nursery.

My phone was on the counter.

She’d changed the routine.

My phone was on the counter.

She’d changed the routine and I’d forgotten to drop her off.

My phone was on the counter.

9 hours. That car. That baking sun. No air. No water. No power. No help. That heat. A steering wheel too hot to touch.

That smell.

I walked to the car door. Numb. Shock.

I opened the door.

My phone was on the counter and my daughter was dead.

Autopilot disengaged.

This story was republished from Reddit.

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Real-Life Jaws Attacks in California - Insane Video!

Dread Central - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 16:31

There's no bargaining with a shark. If it decides to bite you, it's going to. If it decides you're tasty enough to devour, it will relentlessly attack, hoping to be able to either kill or come away with a part of you for its meal. This is why I only go in pools. My own pool, too. Screw those public urine-filled ones.

KPCC reports that a swimmer was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a great white shark off the Manhattan Beach pier in California. Said swimmer was bitten and was treated by lifeguards and later taken to a local hospital.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Rick Flores told KPCC that he suffered "moderate bite wounds." Conflicting reports say he was either bitten in his "upper torso" or on his thigh and hand. He is listed in stable condition.

The shark was hooked by a fisherman on the pier at about 9:30 a.m., and the fisherman struggled to reel in the 7-foot fish for up to 40 minutes. The shark was trying to free itself by biting the line when a group of long-distance swimmers, including the bite victim, swam by. In its agitated state, the shark ended up biting the swimmer. It should also be noted that fishing for sharks is illegal in California.

The entire incident was caught on video, and you can see it below. Here's a hint to the pinhead chick swimming leisurely while being told to get the hell out of the water... If someone tells you there's a shark in the water that has already bitten someone, you don't ask, "How big is it?" You haul ass to land. Moron.

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Two International Trailers for the Young Ones

Dread Central - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 16:13

Filmmaker Jake Paltrow has assembled a pretty amazing cast comprised of Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee for his futuristic flick Young Ones, and right now we have two international trailers to share. Check 'em out!

Canadian distributor Elevation has acquired rights for Canada, Potemkine Films has taken rights for France, and Signature will distribute in the UK. Screen Media previously acquired US rights.

Synopsis
When Ernest and his son, Jerome, use the last of their family's savings to purchase a robotic mule to deliver food rations to a work crew drilling water wells in the mountains above their home, they never thought it would alter the course of their futures so completely.

Enter Flem with his designs on Ernest's daughter, Mary, and his hope to take back their land, which his father had once owned in the heyday of early 21st Century industrial farming. When Flem's desires are actualized through his brilliantly managed lies and careful manipulations, a series of events are set into action that will alter their young lives forever, and Jerome will be forced to make choices that no child should ever have to make.




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Did Deliver Us from Evil Deliver Us from the Horror Box Office Slump?

Dread Central - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 16:09

To say the horror genre on the big screen is currently in a slump would be an understatement. Did the first wide release fright flick in two months, Deliver Us from Evil, finally put an end to that downward trend this Fourth of July weekend?

The first question that needs to be asked is whether Independence Day weekend is the wrong time to open a horror movie or if audiences are tiring of the endless stream of ghost and possession films that seem to make up about 90% of what constitutes theatrically released horror movies these days.

Last year four horror movies managed to gross more than $70 million; this year none of the big screen horror wide releases (almost all falling into the supernatural subgenres previously mentioned) has made more than $33 million. Unfortunately, Deliver Us from Evil will not be the film to end that slump.

Depending on what website you’re reading, Deliver Us from Evil is either a total flop or performed respectably, if unremarkably. It earned $9.5 million over the three-day holiday weekend, nearly $15 million in the five days since opening Wednesday; that’s still considerably less than the $18 million Scott Derrickson’s Sinister opened to in its first three days and certainly less than Derrickson’s adaptation of Marvel’s Dr. Strange will open to in the future. A spike in Saturday viewership pushed Conjuring Cop into a neck-and-neck tie for third/fourth place with meta sequel (22 Jump Street) but still proved no match this Fourth of July weekend for the unstoppable junk pile that is Transformers: Age of Extinction or Melissa McCarthy’s full-fledged descent into Adam Sandler-dom Tammy.

Deliver Us from Evil received a B- Cinemascore, indicating that audiences were very mixed and word-of-mouth will not be good enough to bolster the film in the coming week. Yes, in the bizarre world of Cinemascore anything less than a B+ is considered bad. Why does anyone take this rating seriously again?

Meanwhile, Snowpiercer grossed a million dollars despite playing on only 250 screens. Hey, here’s a wacky idea, Weinsteins – release it wider!
In two weeks the survival horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy gets its shot at ending the horror slump by grossing enough money to become an actual annual (movie) tradition. But first we'll see the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on July 11th.

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What Is Your Favorite Horror Remake?

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 15:00

I can already hear the angry mob rising and see the torches and pitchforks on the horizon with this question! After all, what topic is as heated and hated as horror remakes? There have been some serious stinkers over the years but among that sea of garbage are some sparkling gems, some films that have stayed with us as excellent versions of tales that we dearly love.

So, with that, I ask you to join me as I show a few of my personal favorite horror remakes and then I want you to list some of your own favorites in the comments below!

The Ring

Gore Verbinski’s 2002 J-horror remake was critically acclaimed and a smash hit at the box office. And you know what? It was well deserved! Smart, scary, well acted, and featuring some fantastic performances, this remake took the original and gave it a great remake that is still highly entertaining!

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DVD Release Details Swim in for Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys

Dread Central - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 14:42

James Cullen Bressack is a young filmmaker whose career we've been keeping an eye on, and his latest, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, is heading to home video in just a few weeks. We have all the details right here, including the flick's new artwork.

Having aired on Animal Planet with millions of giddy creature feature fans tuning in, the network's first original horror film, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (review here), is arriving on DVD July 22nd from the folks at The Asylum under the title Blood Lake.

Directed by James Cullen Bressack, Blood Lake was written by Anna Rasmussen and Delondra Williams and stars Shannen Doherty, Christopher Lloyd, Jason Brooks, Ciara Hanna, and Zack Ward.

The DVD will contain a "making of" featurette on the film.

Synopsis:
After chomping through massive fish populations, thousands of starved lampreys begin attacking the citizens of a sleepy lake town, leaving the community scrambling to stay alive.

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Batman Meets Dethklok In “Batmetal”

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:25

I have no problem saying that Batman is pretty much my favorite comic book character ever. He has no superpowers whatsoever but he’s all about spending BILLIONS of dollars to fight crime. Honestly, he’s probably nearly as nutty as The Joker (although with far fewer homicidal impulses). So seeing him metal the f*ck out to Dethklok‘s “Face Fisted” is just a super treat for me!

In the cartoon, which you can watch below, Batman rocks out on stage with three different Robins (including Red Hood) while clips of him beating the crap out of baddies flash in. Amusingly animated and well worth a few minutes, you should be heading down to watch this video!

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Incredible ‘Silent Hill’ Nurse Cosplay Gets Stabby

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:00

Mike Rollerson is a photographer whose work I’ve featured numerous times before. He’s brought us some of the highest quality cosplay I’ve ever seen — and, of course, the cosplayers themselves deserve serious props, too — including creatures from Silent Hill: Downpour and Left 4 Dead. It had been awhile since I last perused his gallery, so I figured I’d check it to see if there was anything new. There was, and you can find some of it below.

For more of Mike’s work, check out his gallery.

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Blizzard Debating Post-Launch Support for ‘Diablo III’ on PS4, Xbox One

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:00

This is odd. With the launch of the Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition about six weeks away, Blizzard has admitted they’re still unsure about whether or not they’ll support the game with patches and new content following its release. This means if you decide to drop $60 on the latest version of the game — which carries the potentially ironic Ultimate monicker — then you may not get any or all of the content that comes to PC.

They’ve confirmed the game will likely see a patch that brings it up-to-date with the most current version on PC, but they’re already working on bringing new content to PC, including leaderboards and other content. It sounds as if console players may not see any of this.

It’s worth noting that, as is, the Ultimate Evil Edition is still very much worth getting if you haven’t played Diablo III. There’s more than enough content there to justify the price tag, but I’m sure that won’t keep some gamers to second guess their pre-orders. Hopefully, Blizzard will confirm either way before the game releases next month.

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition launches on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 19.

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After a Lengthy Hiatus, ‘Doom 4′ Will Need to Prove Itself

bloody disgusting - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:00

Bethesda has already proven itself more than capable of breathing new life into a “tarnished brand” with the MachineGames developed Wolfenstein: The New Order, but the stakes are arguably much higher for Doom 4. The game is in the capable hands of its creator, id Software — sans John Carmack, who moved to Oculus last year. We still don’t know when the game will see a release, but it will likely be late 2015, at the earliest.

In the latest issue of MCV UK, Pete Hines, VP of marketing and PR at Bethesda, discussed how they’re going about making the long-anticipated fourth entry in one of gaming’s most renowned franchises.

“The last couple of games were either ‘ok’ or ‘not great’. It wasn’t a franchise where people were desperate for the next one. Wolfenstein isn’t Uncharted. We knew this would take some explaining. But developer Machine Games has now untarnished the IP.

“We view that similarly to Wolfenstein, because it’s been so long since the last Doom game,” Hines continued. “We are going in as if we need to prove ourselves all over again. We have no free passes. Nobody will assume this is going to be awesome.

“We are going to have to prove that this is something that’s going to be fun and different that you need to pay attention to. That has to be our default position, we can’t be: ‘It’s Doom, of course you’re going to play it’. But that just makes us work harder.”

Doom 4 will have a strong appearance at QuakeCon later this month, though Bethesda has confirmed it won’t be leaving the event until they’re ready to reveal the game to the rest of the world. I suppose you can watch its debut trailer (below) again and again until that time comes.

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A Giant Boar With a Man’s Face Chased Me in ‘DreadOut’

bloody disgusting - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:36

If you’re looking to scratch a very specific itch for scares of the supernatural variety, Digital Happiness’ Fatal Frame inspired indie horror game DreadOut should do the trick. There’s a lot to love about this game, but the things that really stood out to me during my playthrough were the monsters. From giant boars with people faces to a massive wall-crawling spider woman, DreadOut’s baddies will likely stick with you long after you’ve stopped playing.

You can watch me spend some time with the game in the video below, and afterward, I highly recommend checking out Tyler’s review.

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War Has Begun in this New TV Spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dread Central - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 14:30

We've seen tensions rise and attempts being made to avoid it, but in this latest TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the inevitable happens: War has begun, and nothing will be the same for either the apes or man.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matthew Reeves, stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.

Look for the film in theatres on July 11th.

Synopsis
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).




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A New Pink Floyd Album Has Apparently Been Confirmed!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:50

Word is spreading fast that a new Pink Floyd album is not only confirmed but will be released this October! Entitled The Endless River, the album will be the first new Floyd album since 1994′s The Division Bell. No other information has yet been released.

This news is coming about from a couple of sources. First, David Gilmour’s wife tweeted the statement, “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Then, a backup singer by the name of Durga McBroom-Hudson posted a studio photo of background vocals being done for the album. You can see both posts below.

Alright, it’s been twenty years since we’ve had a new Floyd album. Are you excited or apprehensive? Let me know below!

Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.

— Polly Samson (@PollySamson) July 5, 2014

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Cemetery Dance's Limited Edition 'Detours' Collection Going Fast; See Some Artwork and Pre-Order Here!

Dread Central - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:37

Cemetery Dance just announced Detours, featuring some of the biggest names ever collected in one book (like King, Koontz, Barker, Blatty, and Straub), so of course it's selling fast. Don't be disappointed; read on for ordering info and to see some of the amazing art it contains.

Every now and then your favorite author takes a detour while writing a new novel: a chapter gets chopped, a connected short story is dreamed up, an essay about the book's origins is composed, or an oddity is created on a day off.

Collected here together for the first time are such Detours. Join these bestselling authors as they share the other works they wrote while they were writing the books you already know and love.

Detours is edited by Brian James Freeman with cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin. Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the publication date hasn't been revealed, but expect to see the collection sometime in 2015.

Featured authors: Stephen King, Clive Barker, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Michael Koryta, David Morrell, Michael Marshall/Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Poppy Z. Brite, Stewart O'Nan, and Owen King.

Artwork by: Mark Edward Geyer, Donn Albright, Erin S. Wells, Glenn Chadbourne, Will Renfro, Jill Bauman, Chris Odgers, Steve Gilberts, Alex McVey, and Keith Minnion.

Important Note for Collectors:
Currently the only edition still available is the Oversized Limited Edition at $50. It is signed by the editor and the artists, and there are no other editions planned at this time.

Table of Contents:
"Introduction" by Brian James Freeman
"Memory" by Stephen King
"When I was Twenty-four and Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" by Dean Koontz
"Peter and PTR: Two Deleted Prefaces and an Introduction" by Peter Straub
"An Abandoned Fragment" by Ray Bradbury
"The Hunt" by Kelley Armstrong
"Winter Takes All" by Michael Koryta
"Dead Image" by David Morrell
"The Curious Odyssey of James Deacon (AKA James Dean)"/ "Where Darkness is the Only Light" by David Morrell
"Spares: The Missing First Chapter" by Michael Marshall Smith
"The Straw Men: Excerpt from Ch. 29, First Draft" by Michael Marshall
"Ash Wednesday: The Missing Chapter" by Chet Williamson
"Lost Chapter From the First Draft of Lost Souls" by Poppy Z. Brite
"The Ghost Ship: An Unfinished Manuscript" by Stewart O'Nan
"If There Were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty's Own Story of The Exorcist" by William Peter Blatty
"The Curator" by Owen King
"A Night's Work" by Clive Barker

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Final Exam’ Is a Uniquely Wacky ’80s Slasher

bloody disgusting - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:16

Jimmy Huston’s 1981 college slasher Final Exam has been released a couple times over the years. Code Red put out a DVD and then Scorpion Releasing did the same. Now the oddball film gets its Blu-ray debut thanks to Scream Factory, in collaboration with Code Red. If you’re tired of the same old slasher formula, check this one out. It makes some weird and unpredictable decisions that help set it apart from the wave of early ’80s slashers.

The film opens with a standard prologue in which two horny teens are murdered in their car on lover’s lane. From there, Final Exam is anything but standard. Another killing doesn’t happen for nearly an hour. It has a very slow pace for an ’80s slasher, but it’s certainly doesn’t lag. We’re introduced to a handful of characters that you can actually tell apart. They fill in tired stereotypes, but there’s enough tweaks to the characters to make them feel unique.

Take Radish (Joel S. Rice) for example. First off, his name is Radish. And although he’s playing the nerdy character, he’s got a serious dark side. He’s wicked paranoid over the double murder we saw in the prologue, so much so that he’s excessively anxious at times. Rice moves and talks in a really strange manner too. It’s a wholly weird performance.

Rice is the first one to freak out when a bunch of frat boys show up at the school in ski masks and pretend to commit a mass murder. I mean, I would shit myself too, but while the rest of Lanier College’s student body is laughing it off, Rice is cowering in an office, calling the cops. Turns out the stunt was just an elaborate ruse to distract faculty while buffoon jock Wildman (Ralph Brown) can cheat on an exam. A phony act of terrorism has got to be the most insane method of cheating I’ve ever heard.

Wildman himself is an exaggerated version of the dumb jock. He’s like ogre from Revenge of the Nerds turned up to 11. He sprays deodorant into his pits and his mouth. He keeps buckets of fried chicken in his dorm room. When he breaks into his coach’s office to steal pain pills, he smashes a trophy on his way out for good measure. He doesn’t even leave the pills in their bottles when he steals them either – he just pours them on coach’s desk and clumsily pockets handfuls of them, leaving a lot behind. It’s a super baffling, funny performance.

Then there’s the killer, a chubby guy in a jumpsuit who shows up at Lanier out of nowhere and starts slaughtering the student body. There isn’t much of a student body to begin with. Seriously it appears only about six or seven kids attend this school. Extras are pretty much non-existent. When I say the killer comes out of nowhere, I mean there’s barely any build-up whatsoever – nothing to signify that a serial killer is lumbering around the campus.

There is a cool shot, where the film’s virginal heroine Courtney (Cecile Bagdadi) sees the killer creeping outside of her dorm window – inspired by Halloween no doubt. Other than that, he’s an enigma. He’s never given a name or a motivation, which some viewers may not like. I didn’t mind the lack of killer characterization though because the weirdo students filled any void there. I could’ve watched 90 minutes of Wildman raising hell on campus and been satisfied.

It may not be filled with gore and sex, but Final Exam stands apart from other slashers of its time solely because of its unique approach and bizarro characters. There’s quit a bit of humor as well, resulting in a uniquely wacky slasher.

The new Scream Factory 1080p transfer was apparently sourced from the original camera negative. Colors appear bold and details are strong. I haven’t seen any of the prior DVD releases, so I can’t comment on how much of an improvement it is. There’s some minor print damage peppered here and there but overall nothing to gripe about. The mono mix is strong as well, with no problems to report.

The Blu-ray carries over the commentary from the Code Red DVD, which includes Joel Rice, Sherry Willis-Burch, and Cecile Bagdadi. With so many participants, it’s a very lively track with no awkward pauses. They cover a lot of ground, including the theory that it was twin killers carrying out the murders.

Scream Factory has also carried over cast interviews with Willis-Burch, Bagdadi, and Rice. They cover the usual ground of how they got involved and what it was like to work with Huston.

While it doesn’t contain any new extras, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of Final Exam sports a really bold transfer. Still, I’d only upgrade if you simply can’t live without it on Blu.

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Weird ‘Young Ones’ Trailers Hunt for Water

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Bloody reader ‘Fabien M.’ just sent us a pair of international trailer from the post-apocalyptic Young Ones, starring Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Michael Shannon, which we’ve been teasing since Cannes.

Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

The trailers are a bit of a slow burn, but have some really cool futuristic stuff within it. The only problem is that it looks like Waterworld, only they’re seeking water instead of land.

Jake Paltrow directs from his own screenplay.

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‘Rigor Mortis’ Haunts Buildings Everywhere This July

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Drawing on a range of influences from Hong Kong and Japanese horror-film tropes, pop singer-turned actor and first-time director Juno Mak references vampire myths worldwide for the eerie and chilling Rigor Mortis (read our rearview), debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment July 8.

A feast for genre fans, the film follows a depressed actor (Chin Siu-ho) who moves into an even more depressing apartment complex and attempts suicide, only to be rescued by Uncle Yau (Anthony Chan). Unfortunately, the suicidal actor has imbued the dark spirits who haunt the apartment with strength. And to add to their worries, one of the building’s residents has brought a man back from the dead… and he’s about to wake up.

He lives in a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, Taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead are among his neighbors.

The pic is produced by T akashi Shimizu (Ju-On, The Grudge).

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Two More ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Spots Prepare for War

bloody disgusting - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 11:05

It’s a slow news weekend because of the holiday so check out these two new spots for 20th Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the awesome Rise of the Planet of the Apes, that asks, “How many were there?”

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

In the sequel to the prequel, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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