UK rock band Rivertairs have released a music video for their track “Jack”, which is inspired by the serial killer Jack The Ripper, who terrorized the streets of London over a century ago.
The band describes the song as, “…a suspenseful sonance plucking the strings of imagination.” If you’re a fan of the movie From Hell, you’ll probably dig this video and track!
You can download the song for free via the band’s website.
Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment has set up feature Pentacle at Lionsgate, based on an original pitch by Black List writer Ian Fried (Gaslight, The Ever After Murders), writes Deadline.
The story is described as a dark, Amblin-style thriller set in the world of magic.
Fried sold his sci-fi pitch Prism to Paramount, which John Davis and Davis Entertainment are producing. He also sold supernatural action pitch Spectral to Legendary, which has James Badge Dale starring for director Nic Mathieu and is already slated for an August 2016 release.
Lightning Entertainment released an unimpressive sales trailer to Louis Mandylor’s thriller The Blackout, being sold at the ongoing AFM. The footage reminds me of poor man’s “Under the Dome”.
Directed by Louis Mandylor (In the Eyes of a Killer, Jimmy Bones) and written by Steve C. Yoon and Jordan Marder, The Blackout stars Lymari Nadal (American Gangster, Battlestar Galactica, America), Costas Mandylor (Saw film series, Picket Fences), Jordan Marder ( American History X, Lord of Illusions), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Dark Knight Rises, Joe, Seven Psychopaths), Bill Sage (American Psycho, Precious, Boiler Room), Abe Benrubi (U Turn, Wristcutters: A Love Story), and Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Save the Date, Geography Club).
Martin and Julia (Lymari Nadal) leave New York City to return to the small town where Martin grew up. The house his father lived in hasn’t been touched since his passing. People in the town recognize the handsome man as his father’s son. Julia, his pregnant wife, likes the cozy countryside and makes herself at home.
Four college kids hike through the woods and camp at the top of a scenic hill. Jim (Costas Mandylor) has lived in the town for years, and since his wife’s passing he has built a comfortable life for himself, fishing and playing chess with friends over his short wave radio.
Then the power goes out.
It doesn’t take long before food and supplies become scarce, fights break out, and people start to panic. The worst of humanity surfaces in only a few days. Things take a turn for the worse when a few men, lead by a convict named Lee (Ronnie Gene Blevins), decide to take what’s left for themselves. The Sheriff makes a stand to try and stop them and regrets it.
Jim gets his weapons ready and prepares for what’s coming. Martin tries to stay calm until his wife’s pregnancy is no longer at risk. The college kids come down from the peaceful woods into the middle of a whirlwind of fear and violence.
Everyone eventually crosses paths and things come to a violent head. Some people live, some do not. It only takes a few days of living in fear, with no power or food or water, for humanity to unravel. There was light. Then there was darkness.
Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.
Lightning Entertainment has just released the sales trailer for Brookstreet Pictures’ horror thriller GirlHouse, directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (Jack Broks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine).
The footage doesn’t really do much for me as it looks like a 90′s horror mixtape that even steals shots from modern films like [REC]. Oddly enough, the premise sort of reminds me of Halloween: Resurrection…
Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrin) is a beautiful young co-ed with cover-girl looks and a desperate need for money to pay her college tuition. Having convinced herself that Internet porn may be the answer to her financial problems, Kylie is recruited to join GirlHouse, a live web-feed broadcasting the sexy antics of a group of stunning young women living in a secluded – and highly-secure – wooded mansion. One night while Kylie is out, one of the other girls insults an online client (Slaine), a deranged psychopathic computer technician, who then hacks in to determine the house’s location, seeking twisted revenge. Kylie returns to the house to find herself cut off from the outside world and in a terrifying fight for survival.
The film stars Ali Cobrin (Neighbors, American Reunion), Slaine (Killing Them Softly, The Town) and Adam DiMarco (Words and Pictures, Date and Switch), and features Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch), and Erin Agostino (18 to Life, You Are So Undead).
The film is being sold as one that gives nods to classic slashers such as Halloween and Nightmare On Elm Street. Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.
XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the American Film Market to the demonic truck horror-thriller Wrecker from IndustryWorks Pictures, which is currently in post-production.
“The story follows best friends Emily and Lesley as they take a road trip to a music festival in the desert. Emily “borrows” her boyfriend’s Mustang GT to make things exciting, but the partying ends when they find themselves pursued by a seemingly psychotic truck driver, who forces them to play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. With an unknown evil force bearing down on them and a long stretch of deserted highway ahead, their idyllic road trip becomes their worst nightmare.”
Wrecker stars Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods) and Drea Whitburn and is directed by Michael Bafaro.
“Evoking such classics as Steven Spielberg’s Duel and Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, Wrecker’s monster-truck-from-hell will thrill and terrify audiences and make them reconsider that summer road trip” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
“Wrecker will revive the classic horror-thriller genre and keep audiences at the edge of their seats,” said Evan Tylor, CEO of IndustryWorks Pictures. “It was fun to create a modern genre film that pays homage to a classic. We don’t see a lot of originality anymore so we wanted to create something a little different this time.”
XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label. IndustryWorks Pictures will release the film in Canada and is selling the international rights at AFM.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to evil, as the horror film Gnome Alone arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand January 20th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Starring Verne Troyer (Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise) as The Gnome, the DVD includes behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew.
“When timid college student Zoe witnesses a hit-and-run, the dying victim gives her a strange amulet. Suddenly, all those who have offended Zoe in her life begin dying horrible deaths at the hands of a malicious gnome (Troyer). When Zoe discovers the horrible history behind the amulet, will she be able to harness its magical power before the gnome begins killing those closest to her?“
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to the Roache-Turner Brothers’ zombie/military apocalypse horror Wyrmwood, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.
“Wyrmwood follows Barry, a mechanic and family man, as he struggles to rescue his sister, who was kidnapped by soldiers on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. He sets out through the harsh, blood-splattered Australian bushland to battle both the undead and the military alike.”
The film, directed by Kiah Roache-Turner with a screenplay from Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner, stars Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey and Leon Burchill. The film was produced by Tristan Roache-Turner and executive produced by Jamie Hilton and Josh Pomeranz. Wyrmwood had its world premiere at the 2014 Fantastic Fest.
The deal was negotiated by Sean Berney, Manager of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Altitude Film Sales will be handling international sales. Raven Banner Entertainment is acquiring Canadian rights and plans to release day and date with IFC Midnight.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with mysterious Berlin electronic duo Kiko King & creativemaze to bring you the exclusive song premiere of “Wolves”, a gloriously dark track that permeates with eeriness. Infused with trip-hop elements and seductive vocals, this uses swirling highs and aggressive lows to create a deliciously sinister track.
“Wolves” comes from the duo’s newly released EP Intellect Illuminated, which you can purchase via iTunes.
I’m absolutely devastated to report that Under The Gun writer Justin Proper passed away earlier tonight at 6pm. He was 26 years old.
Under The Gun Editor in Chief James Shotwell wrote a brief description of Justin:
Justin wrote for Under The Gun Review since inception in 2008, and was the site’s original film editor. He was also a diehard horror fan and a lifelong reader of Bloody-Disgusting. His idea of a good first date was hosting an Evil Dead marathon or listening to the music of See You Next Tuesday. He was sick for a long time, but he passed quickly. He’ll be missed greatly.
I had met Justin last year at the fourth year of my Three Corpse Circus film festival and I was immediately drawn in by his charisma, his passion, his friendliness, and his professional attitude. He and I maintained a relationship through Twitter over the past year and chatting with him was always a highlight to my day.
I’m writing this post with tears in my eyes. Twenty six is so damn young. I keep trying to come up with words but nothing seems right and everything escapes me. I’m honestly crushed.
My deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and the entire Under The Gun staff for this tragic loss.
Rest in peace, Justin. You are sorely missed.
Looks like we’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer to enter The Further once again as Focus Features has announced that they have pushed back Insidious: Chapter 3 one week for a new release date of June 5th.
The film is directed by Leigh Whannell, who also stars alongside Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, and Angus Sampson.
The synopsis reads:
This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Head below for the teaser trailer.
A new season of Epic Rap Battles Of History is upon us and this one is just too good to resist posting! In it, the New York paranormal busting group known as The Ghostbusters take on the Discovery Channel’s own Mythbusters! It’s a damn solid way to kick off the 4th season and I’m thrilled that these guys are back!
Watch it below and, as the video asks, who won? Let me know in the comments!
Get your silver shotgun shells ready for director Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases, a practical effects heavy werewolf film Patrick Cooper raves about.
Opening in limited theaters November 21, check out the first clip that digs through some wallpaper only to discover a…tooth?
In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…“
Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
Breaking news this Monday afternoon as Variety reports that Starz has ordered a follow-up series to the cult The Evil Dead film franchise, titled “Ash vs. Evil Dead”!
The new show will reteam director Sam Raimi with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell, who will reprise his iconic role as Ash(!), the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.
“When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons — personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
The series is slated for 10 half-hour episodes set to debut in 2015.
“Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on ‘Spartacus,’ and we are thrilled to be back in business with them,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “With Sam writing and directing and Bruce Campbell returning to the screen, we are certain the show will give ‘Evil Dead’ fans around the world the fix they’ve been craving.”
“ ‘Evil Dead’ has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it,” said Raimi.
“I’m really excited to bring this series to the ‘Evil Dead’ fans worldwide — it’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor,” said Campbell.
“Starz has always been a great creative partner and we are excited to be working with them on this project,” added Robert Tapert.
Raimi will direct the first episode as well as serving as executive producer alongside Tapert and Campbell. “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” was written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam will serve as producer.
“They should call you WIMP-lash!”
Skeletor hasn’t just mastered evil, he’s also mastered the art of the BURN! Watch some of skeletor’s funniest, punniest, most rediculous insults in the history of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” thanks to DreamWorksTV.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of inviting Sarah Ann, bassist of alt-metal band Conquer Divide, into my home for an exclusive interview. I was joined by my friend David McDonald of sports and entertainment website The Pit and together we were both turned from our everyday normal selves into the living dead as Sarah applied her makeup and practical FX work on us.
Once this process was complete, we sat Sarah down and dove into the world of Conquer Divide, who were recently signed to Artery Recordings. The band is currently working on completing their debut album alongside renowned producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans, Of Mice And Men) and will be playing the South By So What festival in Texas in March. Head below for this exclusive interview.
Purchase the band’s new single “At War” via iTunes.
We can sometimes write off animation as something only built for kids, that deals with themes reserved for simple minds, or something that can’t inspire terror. I assure you “Over The Garden Wall” isn’t any of those things. These past week Cartoon Network debuted the bold and ambitious project as a five night miniseries. It’s a surreal mystery told in ten parts about two children who find themselves lost in a mysterious forest.
If you love horror, if you love Halloween, and you love a good mystery, you need to watch Over the Garden Wall.
The series follows the darkly comedic adventures of Wirt (Elijah Wood) and Greg (Collin Dean) who become lost in a mysterious forest called the unknown. They must traverse a great many locations of this enchanted world in order to get home, but there are all sorts of horrifying creatures who populate the wood, and will stop at nothing to ensure the kids never make it back.
Wirt is indecisive and annoyed by the prospect of adventure. He blames his little brother for getting lost, and bemoans his sense of adventure. Yet, little Greg gives the series it’s charm. Even when it’s dealing with some seriously heavy stuff. See, without giving too much away the story is something that is deeply routed in horror. A loss of control and a feeling of helplessness tied to a really heavy theme that slowly reveals itself over the course of the miniseries.
The tone of the show is incredibly dark for something built for kids, but has a beautiful Fall charm that helps battle the darkness. This show was very purposefully aired last week to capitalize on a mood and a tone for why these children are missing. More over, it’s something that I truly haven’t seen before, it’s animation done right on television. This isn’t rushed, this isn’t episodic, it’s a heavily serialized story told in ten parts. The performances are fantastic, and the horror is real.
I was completely sideswiped by this incredible series. If you’ve ever loathed your sibling, got lost, or just didn’t know how you fit into a strange world, then Over The Garden Wall is for you. I dare say, it’s for everyone. It grapples with some real fear, adventure, and magic. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I can’t wait to watch it again.
Over The Garden Wall aired last week on Cartoon Network, you might be able to catch a rerun over the next few nights, but if you feel compelled to take it in now. Head to iTunes to grab all of the episodes for $9.99. It’s worth every penny.
Collider reports, days after it was rumored that Jared Leto seems to be circling “Suicide Squad” that the film has cast it’s Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie is an interesting choice because she doesn’t come with a certain expectation for insanity. As this is the first time we’re seeing a live action Harley, anything can happen. Although assume this will be the one character less grounded in reality, and more grounded in insanity.
For those of you that don’t know. Harley Quinn first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series created by Paul Dini to serve as a girlfriend to the Joker. Dr. Harlequin Quinzel was a psychiatrist saddled with the monumental task of diagnosing the joker, she then became obsessed and was courted by the clown prince of crime into being his loyal servant. As of late she’s had a resurgence of popularity in her own right as an antihero. Let’s see what David Ayer’s “dirty dozen with superheroes” does for her.
Let’s talk about that Jared Leto rumor for a moment. Apparently jaded after not being the first choice to play Dr. Strange, Leto has jumped camp to Warner Brothers to ink his first deal since winning an Academy Award to follow up a performance on the most powerful comic book movie character depiction of the last 20 years. How and why would he do such a thing? Is he capable of making it his own? I like to think so, but I’m of the camp that why bother? Leave the Joker well enough alone for a few more years. I don’t want to see him “Suicide Squad” I want him going toe to toe with Batfleck.
My buddy Kris sent this over to me this past weekend and it literally blew my mind.
According to News Center 7, a “$1.00 Store” in Dayton, Ohio carries a princess wand that, when turned on, revealed a flashing image of a girl slashing her arm.
A closer look at the packaging revealed that the wand is actually called an “Evil Stick,” yet it was lumped in with other pink princess toys.
The owner of the store basically blamed the parents for not checking out what they were purchasing for their children.
You’ve got to see this “Evil Stick” in action (below) and judge for yourself. Was this a twisted joke or just an accident by a moronic clerk? Either way, I know I’d be a pissed off parent…
Video and image source: News Center 7
Not to be confused with Eric England’s Madison County, here’s the AFM sales art for Audrey Cummings’ Berkshire County, which also features a pig-faced slasher (I’d be a little pissed off if I were EE).
In the film, “Kylie Winters, a bullied and self-loathing teen, reluctantly agrees to babysit two children at an isolated country mansion on Halloween night. When a mute boy in a pig mask appears at the door trick-or-treating, Kylie’s night transforms from the mundane into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game, hunted by three deranged butchers through the maze-like estate. Forced to confront her own cowardice, Kylie must go beyond what she ever thought possible if she and the children are to survive until help arrives.”
The stories are different but both have similar titles and a poster with a pig-faced slasher on it. Hmmmm.
Alysa King, Samora Smallwood and Bart Rochon star in the film that premiered at this past October’s Shriekfest in Los Angeles.
In UK cinemas November 21, Metrodome shared yet another hysterical clip from What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).
The film is played as a documentary, and the clip shows the clan of vamps preparing to go out – even though they’re “sexy” and classy, they have problems seeing how they look in their clothes because they’re invisible in mirrors…
“Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.””
The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.