In probably the coolest and funniest news of the day, "American Horror Story: Freak Show's" Sarah Paulson has revealed what her character is going to be on the upcoming fourth season of the FX series.
“So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season,” she reveals via Twitter. “Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW”
Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Michael Chiklis will star.
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 12, 2014
One Way Static Records has released a few tracks from their upcoming Phantom Of The Opera vinyl release, which you can hear below. Taken from the 1925 film and performed by The Laze, the release has no confirmed release date but more news will be coming in the near future!
I’m personally a member of the OWS member club and I cannot wait to get my hands on this release! It’s going to be incredible!
The first image from Spike Lee's Kickstarter project, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, is here courtesy of Black Film, and you can check it out right here. Look for the flick to premiere on Sunday, June 22, at the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival.
Zaraah Abrahams, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Michael K. Williams, Felicia Pearson, Steven Hauck, and Elvis Nolasco star in the film, which focuses on human beings who are addicted to blood. It's a new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).
“It’s scary. Humorous. Bloody. Sexy,” said Lee in a previous interview, adding that the film uses blood as a “metaphor. As we all know, human beings have many addictions. Drugs, sex, alcohol, power, money, Air Jordans [laughs]. In this one they’re addicted to blood. We shot in New York, Martha’s Vineyard... We shot it in 16 days, and we were one day ahead of schedule.”
Look for more on this one soon!
From Focus Features and LAIKA, the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline, comes the latest stop-motion animated 3-D extravaganza, the “Jungle Book” and “Frankenstein”-esque The Boxtrolls!
Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, check out the film’s first trailer below.
In theaters September 26, the film is “A family event movie that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.”
The voice cast includes: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.
The new supreme is going to be able to show us her supreme acting talent come this fall.
Sarah Paulson, one of the most compelling actresses in FX’s “American Horror Story” series, revealed her character for the forthcoming forth season.
She tweeted out this afternoon that she’ll be playing a two-headed carny in “American Horror Story: Freakshow.”
“So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season,” she reveals. “Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW“
EW previously reported that, the seres, returning this fall, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.
Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.
Michael Chiklis, also stars with Denis O’Hare and the gorgeous Emma Roberts returning.
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 12, 2014
For around a year the people behind the Xbox One managed to make just about every bad decision that they possibly could regarding the new console. Thankfully they've done a lot of damage control, and with Phil Spencer at the helm they seem to be getting on the right track by focusing on games. Speaking of which...
Below you'll find your first look at Grave from Broken Window Studios. In this open world survival horror experience, you must survive the night with an arsenal of defensive tools and explore an ever-changing world filled with frightening creatures.
Grave is a hybrid of environmental exploration and combative horror, promising constant tension as the player balances exploration and survival.
Check out the trailer and a couple of screenshots below. Look for Grave to arrive on the Xbox One on March 30th, 2015.
Following his memorable work this year on NBC's "Hannibal," Laurence Fishburne will next be seen by genre fans in William Eubank's The Signal (review); and you can hear from him about the new film, opening in select markets tomorrow, right here!
"Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker. Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.
William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio.
Related Story: New Clip Escapes for The Signal
The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.
Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare…
Those of you familiar with the history of Dread Central are aware that we know a thing or 20 about launching (and not launching) a horror channel. Why this is such an under-appreciated and arduous task is anyone's guess... but know that your favorite psychos need your help and home.
In the wake of the demise of the truly great channel FEARnet, the Chiller network is here to remind us that they are still alive... and kicking mucho ass.
Don't believe us? Well then, this latest PSA from Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, should do a lot to warm your heart before tearing it straight out of your chest cavity.
Take a look, and bravo, Chiller. BRAVO!
Our friends at BlackFilm scored the first ever still from Spike Lee’s latest film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which will have its World Premiere on Sunday, June 22 at the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival.
Be warned, the image is crazy boring.
The film stars Zaraah Abrahams, Stephen Tyrone Williams, “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams and Felicia Pearson, Steven Hauck and Elvis Nolasco.
Funded through his Kickstarter campaign, the independent romantic horror comedy is described as “Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).”
At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Creative Assembly is giving Alien: Isolation an incredible showing to the attending media and guests! Today we get to bring a bit of that goodness online as SEGA released an additional set of terrifying screenshots for the game.
With the station in lockdown and a vicious creature on the loose, getting around requires cunning, tactics and stealth… and a great deal of courage.
The Alien is here, in the shadows, in the vents and the walkways, and the slightest noise will bring unwanted attention your way... and fast. With a small band of armed looters scavenging for supplies, that noise may be hard to avoid.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows.
Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions, and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission but to simply stay alive.
Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One, PlayStation4, Windows PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation3.
It wasn't long after the release of Texas Chainsaw 3D (UNRATED Blu-ray/DVD review jere) that rumors begin swirling around the internet about a possible sequel, though it seemed that a series of unfortunate events derailed those plans.
Now the sequel is apparently back on track, and we've got the latest for ya today.
Bloody Disgusting reports that a rep from Millennium Films reached out to them this week, revealing that the film is still very much on their priorities list. "While the film’s development is taking a bit longer than usual," they wrote, "it is still an active project on Millennium Films’ slate."
While it's likely that many horror fans have little to no interest in the highly polarizing film being given the sequel treatment, I personally welcome one with open arms as I was a fan of the bold choice to toss aside the narrative of the remake and go ahead and give the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre a direct sequel. You must at least applaud the attempt, even if you didn't dig the results.
And besides, it's always a good thing when Leatherface is back on the big screen, right?!
We'll have more on this one as we learn it.
Casting news for A&E's upcoming series "The Returned" has been coming hot and heavy in the past week with all sorts of familiar faces being added to the roster of attached talent. Today comes yet another new addition, and you "True Blood" fans out there are going to like it!
Per Variety, Michelle Forbes has joined the cast, set to play Helen Goddard, a mysterious woman who is one of the returnees. You may remember Forbes as the evil Maryann Forrester, the main antagonist of the second season of "True Blood." Currently she can be found in "Orphan Black."
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will portray Rowan, the girlfriend of late musician Simon (Mat Vairo), who had a very difficult time getting past his death 10 years ago and now will have to adjust to his return.
Also cast in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode adaptation of the acclaimed French series "Les Revenants" are Sandrine Holt ("House of Cards") and Agnes Bruckner (The Woods, "24"). Holt plays Julie, a competent, compassionate doctor who is struggling in her personal life, while Bruckner plays the sheriff’s chief deputy. Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro, Mark Pellegrino, and Sophie Lowe.
Keith Gordon ("Dexter") will direct.
"The Returned," from A&E Studios and FremantleMedia North America, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences.
Look for more soon!
It's that special time of year again... another Friday the 13th! And right now we have a massive look back at some of our most memorable Friday the 13th related coverage - old and new. Sit back and enjoy, kids, and don't tell your mama.
Have a great and safe day, and make sure you scare those you love at least once!
Tomorrow is of course Friday the 13th, which means it's once again time for all of us horror fans to revisit our favorite installments in the slasher franchise. Personally, I tend to stick with the original film through The Final Chapter, as those are the movies that personify the franchise for me.
Evidently the folks over on the Skeleton Crew Horror Podcast feel the same way because they've just uploaded a video to their YouTube channel that recaps those first four Friday the 13th films in the form of a pretty hilarious rap song.
Yeah, I know. Horror and rap don't exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly, but we ask you to put those bad memories of Busta Rhymes in Halloween: Resurrection on hold and give this one a chance. We think you'll dig it.
Check out the song, which was written and performed by Alex Edwards, below!
The first set of images from the set of Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World have arrived to welcome you to the jungle, and we have the trio of them right here courtesy of the AV Club. They're dino-less, but hey, at least they're not paparazzi pics.
Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, which is set to hit theaters June 12, 2015.
Look for more as it comes.
Two years ago, UK alt-rock band Anathema released their ninth studio album, Weather Systems. To this day, it is an album that I will revisit with great frequency. The opening half of the album is nothing short of heartbreaking, with some of the most poignant and powerful lyrics I’ve heard in a long time. The second half breaks away, creating a series of songs that act almost like an affirmation of the beauty of life and all that it offers, even in the midst of pain.
Now, the band has released their follow up in the form of Distant Satellites, a 10-track album that furthers the evolution of the band, from their beginnings in doom metal to the current electronic-infused rock that they just released. But is this release as strong as their past few releases or has it faltered and failed to reach the same heights? Read on for my thoughts.
Listening to the first few tracks of the album, I was struck by how much it reminded me of the opening tracks on Weather Systems. Both began with a track that built to soaring crescendos (“Untouchable Pt. 1″ vs. “The Lost Song Part 1″), ultimately fading out before entering a “sequel” track that utilized elements of its predecessor in a more mellow manner (“Untouchable Pt. 2″ vs. “The Lost Song Part 2″).
The third track on the album “Dusk (Dark Is Descending)” continued that pattern, reminding me strongly of the combined structures of “The Gathering Of The Clouds” and “Lightning Song”.
“Ariel” reminded me of their eighth studio album, We’re Here Because We’re Here. It’s a soft track, heavily reliant upon the piano, with simple, lovely melodies. As with many of their tracks, it dynamically builds before gently releasing the listener with a soft fade, like slipping into a soft slumber.
As the album progresses, more and more electronic influences start peeking out from behind the curtain, often times drawing them back entirely for a full revelation. Tracks like “You’re Not Alone” and “Distant Satellites” are punctuated with sharp, static programmed loops.
“Anathema” is an intensely beautiful song that echoes with pain and heartache. The end result is a song that is wholly befitting of bearing the band’s name, demonstrating elements throughout the entirety of their career.
The Final Word: While I have extolled many of the virtues that Distant Satellites has to offer, I must admit that the album didn’t grab me by the throat the same way that Weather Systems did. It’s a strong album that will get many replays but my admittedly astronomical expectations were not met.
Killer bug and insect invasion films are some of the most challenging to really nail in a memorable manner. I honestly believe that’s why so few directors and production companies will even entertain the idea of approaching the critters.
They’re typically goofy flicks, and most who would consider themselves “serious” filmmakers (whatever that is) probably wouldn’t waste a scoff at the thought of creating one. But every once in a while something special arrives and leaves its mark on our psyche.
Perhaps it’s an over-the-top exploitation piece that happens to piece the puzzle together properly. Maybe it’s a film so astonishingly complex and multi-layered that one cannot avoid the intrigue of a grand mind fuck. It doesn’t matter why bug flicks work or how bug flicks work. What matters is that when the truly innovative minds out there set out to make a film of this nature, they manage to make it work.
Here are five (with a few bonus recommendations for good measure) movies all about the creepy crawlies that make our flesh tingle and sprout goosebumps. Purchase a can of insecticide before you read this one if you’re squeamish or suffer from entomophobia. Just a heads up.
Spiders scare the shit out of me. I mean petrified, cannot run, cannot move, cannot think straight in the presence of an eight-legged monstrosity. “Daddy Longlegs’” strike fear in my heart. Babies send me into hysterics. And if I spot an egg sack, oh good night... I’m done. Haul me away and beat the shit out of me with the pansy stick. That’s why I can’t watch Frank Marshall’s Arachnophobia. It’s also why I respect and love it so much. For someone like me it’s about as close to the perfect horror presentation as you can get. It genuinely terrifies me to the point I’m able to experience that special feeling that we become so desensitized to at a very early age. I honestly can’t watch the film. It’s a tremendously successful production, illustrating very real personalities, delivering jaw-dropping, truly jarring visuals (due in large part to pure realism), and combining humor and scares like few pics ever manage. But you’ll have to bribe me to sit through it... without shielding my eyes with my sweaty palms. If you’re not particularly frightened by spiders, this one won’t climb under your skin in quite the same fashion, but it’s still an entertaining and well shot pic. You can’t lose when John Goodman steps into the shoes of a mouthy and overtly cocky exterminator.
Mimic doesn’t seem to be recognized as a “bug flick” often. Perhaps that’s due to the overall intensity of the film, or even the technical mastery that Guillermo del Toro thrusts – quite unexpectedly – in our faces. Regardless of reasoning, Mimic is a big buggy bastard of a flick that defied the neglect it did and still does receive thanks to a functional drive to succeed on all fronts. Succeed it does. The story is mesmerizing, the onscreen performances can be considered nothing short of the product of elite thespians, and visually it’s absolutely genius; you cannot take your eyes off of this movie. While giant ants may not be a paralyzing idea by today’s standards, giant cockroaches capable of actually mimicking the physical appearance of man – whom they target and dispose of – most certainly is. Guillermo del Toro has gone on to make some amazing features. I don’t care what anyone says, Blade II was a fantastic example of horror and action combined to produce pure entertainment, the Hellboy flicks are a blast, and Pan’s Labyrinth has such an astounding ethereal quality that it’s hard for me to even express my feelings about the movie. Cronos came first, but Mimic was an amazing follow-up for del Toro.
Now here’s an interesting selection. Technically William Friedkin’s Bug is a psychological affair rather than a tangible insect-attacks-the-populace form of feature. But that doesn’t steal away from the fact that Bug is disgustingly unnerving. Stupid creepy. We’re talking pick at your skin for no good reason, disturbing. The degree of paranoia boiling over on the set feels so overwhelmingly organic that a brief mental hiatus from the insanity unraveling before our eyes feels utterly unmanageable. The fact that hordes of vicious insects never even need to really swarm the screen doesn’t change the fact that Bug is one of the most overlooked pictures to hit the market in the last decade. It also holds the rare distinction of being a film that sucks you in while you’re begging, but incapable of escaping. Bug is the equivalent of the proverbial car crash on the side of the road, and it’ll leave you feeling just about as distressed as the nastier collisions we inevitably stumble upon at least once in life. It’s just a... fucked up and savage film.
Eight Legged Freaks:
There’s a certain charm that comes in watching vintage ‘50s and ‘60s giant insect films. The vast majority of those old clunkers are just that, clunkers. They’re not typically well-assembled slices of cinema, but cheap hokey laugh-fests designed to produce brainless entertainment for roughly 70 minutes. And there’s something quite special about those films, as terrible as they may be. When they work their way into your heart, they stay there. Up until 2002, I wasn’t convinced I’d ever see a modern motion picture capable of replicating that goofy, must-have sensation that was alive and well on screens in 1960. Then along came Ellory Elkayem’s Eight Legged Freaks, and as is the norm in my life, my beliefs were proven wrong. Elkayem nails the golly gee do-gooder appeal of yesteryear’s cult favorites with a piece that functions as an obvious homage to grand camp and big bugs. David Arquette feels as though he was teleported here directly from Awshucksville, 1960, and it’s hard to refute the lighthearted appeal of it all. One of the few freaky bug flicks that actually totes serious replay value and comedy tame enough to appeal to the whole family without feeling entirely watered down.
Speaking of throwback insect invasions, what kind of list would this be without the oddly addictive and massive cult fave Them!? A masterful performance from James Whitmore transforms another preposterous product into a vehicle of joyful entertainment. There isn’t anything about the idea of the tale itself that stands out as distinctive, but the dialogue is generally engaging and there’s a fluidity to the storyline that captivates. My daughter gets a kick out of poking fun at me whenever I watch this one, but what’s interesting is, she never seems too eager to get away from the flat screen while the flick unfolds. And that’s what a prodigious picture will do: win the hearts of all viewers, regardless of age or genre preference. In 2014 giant ants aren’t even remotely near frightening, and yes, I again fully acknowledge that. No one’s tuning in to a film like Them! and struggling with nightmares for weeks on end. But they are tuning in and walking away with a fuzzy little feeling inside that comes when art impacts life for one reason or another.
Starship Troopers isn’t universally adored. I personally find it quite enjoyable. Massive alien bugs, loads of severed limbs and exploding heads and impaled torsos... it’s good fun, in a sadistic way. Paul Verhoeven creates an interesting visual experience that proves worthy of pursuing.
Infested (AKA Ticks):
Infested wasn’t a fantastic movie, but it was a picture that made an attempt at being memorable during a time in which the market had slumped into a virtual black hole and memorable genre works were thinning out at a staggering rate. Infested gave the chills a go, putting ticks at the forefront of danger. It’s worth a look.
So. Bad. It’s. Good.
There have been a couple of clips floating about for the Drew Barrymore-produced horror flick Animal, but none of them featured the creature. Yep, that's where we come in! Behold! The flick is poised and ready to hit limited theatres and VOD on June 17th.
Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye, and Jeremy Sumpter star.
Barrymore is an executive producer alongside Flower Films’ Nancy Juvonen and producers Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Smith, and Thommy Hutson. Hutson and Catherine Trillo penned the script, which is directed by Brett Simmons. Gary J. Tunnicliffe created the creature effects.
When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.
When RiffTrax hit their $100,000 goal trying to raise the funds needed to secure the rights to lampoon the disastrous 1998 Godzilla, they set a $250,000 stretch goal to nab the rights to Anaconda for their Halloween show...
RiffTrax fans clearly have a lot of disposable income.
We’re just a month out from hearing Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett unleash a Category 5 riffing on Sharknado at theaters around the country on July 10th.
Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter, Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla will get similar treatment on August 14th. How successful, you ask?
So successful was the Kickstarter that they even surpassed the $250,000 stretch goal to ensure Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, and a very large Anaconda will get theirs at theaters around the country on October 30th.
The RiffTrax Kickstarter ended with 4,887 fans putting up $265,011.
I believe the final $11 will be used to finance their second stretch goal: the rights to Uwe Boll’s Alone in the Dark.
Ever wondered exactly how big your favorite movie monster is in comparison to other beasties and maybe even yourself? Check out the graphic here to see just how everything sizes up.
Brought to us by the good people at TSG (Technology Services Group), the chart below documents everyone from the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man to the Xenomorph alien queen and so many in between.
By all means, dig into this collection of horror research and have some fun with it!
We're still wondering where Ron Jeremy fits in, but that's a story for another time...