In last week’s Remake vs. Remake segment I pitted Dawn of the Dead (2004) against the much maligned Fright Night (2011). While I don’t dislike that version of Fright Night as much as I used to, there’s no doubt that Zack Snyder (aided by James Gunn’s script) trounced it thoroughly in this bracket with his take on Romero’s 1978 masterpiece.
Singing my many praises of Dawn, I forgot to mention that one of the reasons I feel the movie works so well is that it largely abandons the structure, tone and characters of the original film. It doesn’t try to compete on that playing field, instead taking the basic premise – zombies in a mall – and doing its own thing with it.
But what happens when you pit the Dawn of the Dead remake against Chuck Russell’s now classic 1988 take on The Blob? You have bracket of riches. Like John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing in 1982, The Blob was a commercial dud. Also like John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing, it has subsequently gone on to be celebrated and is now many fans’ favorite installment in the franchise (or “ongoing IP exploration”, if you will).
While I greatly enjoy Dawn of the Dead, I think The Blob is a movie I could probably watch 20 times a year. Russell and his co-writer Frank Darabont were hot off A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and it turns out that that (admittedly very good) film was just a dry run for what they’d be able to pull off with The Blob. Not only does the film have some of the most intensely entertaining and inventive kill sequences of the 80′s, it strikes a pitch perfect tone. Seriously, this is a horror movie that it actually feels good to watch!
The setting is perfect, Arborville might be in my list of the top 10 fictional places I’d like to live. The characters are smart (enough) and the plot chugs along quickly without ever sacrificing detail or atmosphere. The film has a fantastic sense of humor that is perfectly juggled, never bogging down the scarier elements. Even the stinger at the end contains a nice sociopolitical element. The movie also isn’t afraid to kill off perfectly decent, lovable characters with some of the most outstanding gore effects of its time.
At the end of the day, I still love Dawn of the Dead but The Blob might be one of only three remakes in my top 20 horror movies of all time. It’s hard to compete with that. Blob wins… for now.
How about you?
The long rumored third entry in the Crackdown franchise has just been made official, though we don’t have much in terms of details right now, outside of its being an Xbox One exclusive. Microsoft finally gave in and revealed the game today during their pre-E3 media briefing, and it looks like they’re trying to bring the series back to its roots in cel-shaded gang domination.
The second game wasn’t particularly memorable, but the first is very much a classic. I remember it was one of the first open-world games I was truly excited about. Yes, I was one of those sad souls who spent countless hours collecting all of those orbs.
As the hatch opens and the vastness of the dead calm of space is revealed, the serenity of it all is so overwhelming. But this is Master Chief, and he’s carrying a spacemine. This was the precursor to a massive explosion in the trailer unleashed by Microsoft during their E3 press conference for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Microsoft’s powerhouse event was anchored by the announcement of this upcoming cornerstone of the Xbox One lineupm which is to be in your hungry hands on November 11, 2014, for just $59.99.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a remix and next-gen update of Halo titles one to four, all seamlessly integrated into one game.
Just when things couldn't get any better, Dan Ayad took the stage and had some major news.
Coupling the advantage of having all four Halo games on one disc with the diminutive attention span of the Twitter generation, players will be able to make a play list of favorites from all four Halo titles. This will allow you to play your favorite moments during the history of the franchise while skipping anything you feel isn't worth a second look.
The other landmark news delivered by Ayad was that the signature multiplayer from Halo 2 will be available in its original form in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
What is very big contextually about the announcement is that Microsoft has answered back to the problems they have been having of operating at the graphical level of Sony’s PS4: Halo: The Master Chief Collection will run at full 1080P in a glorious 60 frames per second.
And the news just wouldn’t stop, Halo 5: Guardians will be in beta later this year.
The first trailer from the WWE's Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, is here along with some release news! Look for it on Digital HD and Video On Demand on August 26th and then Blu-ray and DVD on September 30th via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
From the Press Release
WWE Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl stars in Leprechaun: Origins, a brand new take on the horror franchise Leprechaun, reinventing the cult favorite and terrifying a new generation.
The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View on August 26th and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 30th. Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
The Blu-ray and DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher), and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town's residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon the friends will find that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
Everyone’s favorite raider of tombs will be returning in Rise of the Tomb Raider, a direct sequel to the 2013 reboot. In its reveal trailer, which you can find below, Lara Croft is seen struggling to cope following the aftermath of the events in Tomb Raider. As of last August, the game was already “well into development,” and now it’s slated to release in late 2015.
If you missed the reboot, don’t fret, as Crystal Dynamics recently brought a remastered version called the Definitive Edition to PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year. It’s definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already.
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to thriller A Good Marriage, adapted from Stephen King’s short story from the collection “Full Dark, No Stars,” says Variety.
King wrote the screenplay and Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang.
Screen Media plans to distribute the film in early October — the start of the Halloween season — with a nationwide theatrical release accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.
LaPaglia and Allen portray a married couple with the wife discovering the horrifying stranger inside her husband while he’s away on a business trip — ending a good marriage.
Joe Hill’s “Wraith” is gearing to wrap up this Wednesday and the world of comics will be a lonely place without a book by this chilling master of horror. However, you can rest easy knowing that Bloody-Disgusting has an advanced and exclusive preview of the final issue!
Wraith #7 (of 7)
Joe Hill (w) • Charles P. Wilson III (a & c)
Epilogue: “Phantoms.” You have worked the big grift your whole life, conning a fortune off the rubes and always on the run from enemies, shadows, and phantoms. But no one outruns the Wraith… not with Charlie Manx behind the wheel.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- Spinning out of the NY Times Bestselling novel NOS4A2
- Written by NOS4A2 author/Locke & Key scribe Joe Hill!
- Variant cover by painter David Stoupakis!
- Special series-ending incentive cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Frank Grillo is going to help you survive the night…
I’ve gone from a cynic to major supporter of Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy, in theaters June 20th.
It always bothered me that a bunch of idiots found themselves stranded in the middle of a purge, thanks to a broken down car; it’s a stupid set up, in my opinion (why would you even risk going outside?).
A new TV Spot trailer changes the focal point and protagonist displaying Frank Grillo as an ass-kicking vigilante badass who takes to the streets to protect the innocent. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!!!
Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield also star.
Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).
All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year, when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters, and to get you ready for all of the bloody excitement, we have a new TV spot for you!
The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in THE PURGE: ANARCHY.
Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013's sleeper hit The Purge are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
It looks like the steady stream of DLC Dead Rising 3 has seen since its release on Xbox One last November isn’t over yet, as Capcom just confirmed another bit of DLC called — no joke — Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha. It’s available now exclusively on Xbox One and it gives players the opportunity to play as classic Dead Rising characters.
This news comes right after Capcom revealed their plans to bring Dead Rising 3 to PC. It sounds like this DLC won’t be joining the game on Steam, at least not yet.
In news that will likely surprise few but nevertheless excite many, the announcement was made today that this year's Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios will once again feature a "Walking Dead"-themed walkthrough, as it has for the past few years.
As executive producer/make-up man Greg Nicotero explained in the announcement video, which you'll see below, the maze will be based around the show's recently completed fourth season, allowing you to relive and actively take part in its most memorable moments and scenarios.
Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”
The "Walking Dead" maze will be coming to both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood, and Halloween Horror Nights 2014 will kick off sometime in September, running through Halloween. Head over to the Halloween Horror Nights website to learn more.
Though I'm willing to bet that those who attend the event every year are probably hungry for something a little different, I personally am quite happy to see "The Walking Dead" returning to this year's Halloween Horror Nights because I'm actually attending for the very first time in my life. One of those bucket list goals I've been meaning to knock off for many years, and I can't wait to take the trip to Terminus!
From the Press Release:
After rave reviews from fans on both coasts, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience all-new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning television series.
This year’s bone-chilling mazes will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
“The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one show on television for adults 18-49. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for Season 5 this October.
“This has been an incredible collaboration, and I am thrilled to be working once again with the creative teams at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood to bring the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ to our dedicated fans,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effects Makeup Supervisor for the series. “I can’t wait for visitors to experience first-hand some of the iconic moments from Season 4 in what will be the biggest, most exciting and frightening ‘Walking Dead’ maze to date.”
About Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights:
Universal Orlando's maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Guests will encounter iconic scenes from Season 4 of the hit show – beginning at the prison, fans will enter the cell block where the infection began, escape into the massive Big Spot location with a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling, and journey to the dilapidated country club overrun with walkers. These and other incredibly immersive environments culminate to the maze’s finale taking you to the End of the Line – Terminus. This year’s maze will be an entirely new experience, featuring never-before–seen walkers and brand new scares.
“Bringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, 'The Walking Dead' is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and Season 4 offered many new and unique environments and walkers,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “This year we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done in the history of our event.”
About Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights:
This year Universal Studios Hollywood will bring multiple interactive experiences from “The Walking Dead” to life throughout its “Halloween Horror Nights” event. “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” will channel the many iconic scenes from Season 4 into a new maze, inviting guests to encounter the terror they viewed from afar. From infected walkers whose bleeding eyes struck a new chord of fear throughout the prison to the walker-filled tunnel on the crusade to Terminus, the ominous attraction will evoke a countless barrage of distressing images that will traumatize guests over and over again. The contemporary urban city streets, towering skyscrapers, brick-faced facades, and industrial exterior movie sets that make up Universal Studios’ world-famous production facilities will serve as the backdrop location for this all-new, frighteningly realistic maze. Swarms of walkers will also reawaken in an all-new terrifying scare-zone located adjacent to the maze.
The engrossing cult favorite television series will seep into other parts of Universal’s backlot with predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. “Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead” will send guests on the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the “burned moonshine cabin,” “charred walkers,” and “mud walkers.”
“'The Walking Dead' is a once in a lifetime property that has greatly expanded and redefined the horror genre,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood. “Our fans are as intense as the walkers when it comes to new interactive experiences that put them at the heart of the show, so it’s our responsibility to create characters and environments that are as authentic to the series as possible. Working in partnership with the show’s Executive Producer and four-time Emmy Award-winner, Greg Nicotero, is incredibly rewarding. His expertise, combined with our vision, delivers the most outstanding and credible ‘Walking Dead’ experience anyone could imagine, outside of being on the show.”
Oni Press is known for publishing quirky titles telling stories that fall outside of the norm: At their best, they manage the tenuous balance between comedy and drama, wackiness and pathos, most notably accomplished in the Scott Pilgrim series. Other times, that balance is tilted too far in one direction or the other, leaving the reading experience lopsided and dissatisfying. While not an outright failure, the latest Oni original graphic novel “I Was The Cat” is more the latter than the former. WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Benjamin Dewey
PUBLISHER: Oni Press
RELEASE: August 6, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
I Was The Cat follows the duo of American reporter/biographer Allison Breaking and her best friend Londoner Reggie as they are pulled into the world of Burma, a mysterious figure who hires Allison to come across the pond and write the story of his life. As the title might indicate, it is soon revealed that Burma is not a human but rather a talking cat, a cat who has lived 8 previous lives woven between turning points throughout human history. As he tells his story, we see how his life has influenced the world, all to the ends of his ultimate goal: Ruling the world! As we see Burmas sordid past through his narrated flashbacks, we are also privy to the intrigues of the present day where his current activities are surrounded in a world of spies and assassinations, eventually revealing his true intentions with this, his ninth and final life.
The primary issue with this story is its inconsistent tone: A veteran of the Marvel Adventures line, writer Paul Tobin manages to keep the dialogue moving along as a light banter, but never manages to find much in the way of comedy; the characters bicker amongst each other, jokes feeling forced and hackneyed, failing to charm or delight. The majority of the story is told through flashbacks, there is very little in the way of dramatic tension. Other than the clever conceit that multiple famous cats were in fact one and the same, these long stretches do little to advance the story and become predictable by the end: Burma gains influence, loses it and dies, and moves onwards to the next life.
Meanwhile, the present day story attempts to up the ante as nameless agents battle each other to prevent… something. And therein lies the problem, as a lack of any real investment in these conflicts prevents them from having any real weight or sense of danger. Similarly, the fates of Allison and Reggie seem largely irrelevant: other than their relationship to each other, we know nothing about their connection to the world at large and have very little reason to care about what happens to them. Like Burmas stories, they seem stuck in a holding pattern, listening to the cat tell his tales, bantering amongst each other, rinse and repeat.
Benjamin Dewey’s art may be contributing to this: While the entire book is well rendered, (aside from a questionable take on Audrey Hepburn) there is a lack of grit that might otherwise add to the ambiance of menace that one assumes is intended to surround the stories present day mysteries. Dewey’s cartoonish style brings to mind Eric Powell’s “The Goon”, but with substantially less life and dynamism. As a result while the art is perfectly functional, it lacks a life that could help elevate the attempts a fun, or a darkness that could lend some gravitas to the action.
There are some interesting moments in “I Was The Cat” and the premise holds promise, but the execution fails to capitalize and leaves one with a feeling, largely, of indifference. That may tie into some of the story’s plot points, but I imagine it is not the effect the creators were going for.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com
John Mueller’s “Oink” is coming back with a new edition from Dark Horse Comics. The new printing is entirely re-edited and features new story sequences from Mueller, who returns to creator owned work for the first time in over fifteen years.
From the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PHOENIX, AZ — OINK flies again with a twentieth-anniversary edition of the original graphic novel, newly updated by the book’s creator, John Mueller!
In a dark, oppressive future, pig-men work tirelessly feeding a society they cannot fathom as slaves of human masters. When Oink realizes that the dogma being forced on them is all lies, he undertakes a path of revenge and revelation.
“When I produced the first edition of OINK in the nineties I was very young, and now in the journeyman stage of my career I wanted to tell a story that really reflected all that experience. This is my first creator-owned work in sixteen years. Dark Horse really understands what creator owned means, and I just could not be more excited about the future for OINK,” notes Mueller.
Re-edited and repainted with entirely new sequences of story and art, Mueller’s OINK is set to open readers’ eyes to the sometimes terrible and brutal world in which they live.
“The new edition really reflects everything I love about art, fiction, and comics. I also feel the message of the story has become increasingly relevant as science, technology, and religion seem more and more pervasive in our lives. OINK is a tale of both a monster and a man seeking truth in a very strange world.”
OINK hits stores February 25, 2015. Preorder your copy today!
In the wake of the box office success of Godzilla, we're willing to bet that we'll be seeing many more giant monster movies on the big screen in the coming years, and one of those films we're definitely hoping for is a sequel to last year's Pacific Rim.
While nothing is set in stone, Guillermo del Toro has dropped some tasty tidbits about the flick, so read on!
BuzzFeed reports that despite the fact that Legendary Pictures hasn't yet fully committed to a Pacific Rim 2, del Toro is nevertheless working on the script, with both he and Zak Penn proceeding as if the green light has been given. That's the spirit!
"We’ve been working for a few months now in secret," the visionary filmmaker told the website. "We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul."
Del Toro hopes to tackle the sequel after producing his next project, and he says that it'll pick up directly after the events of the first film, with Charlie Hunnam reprising the role of Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi returning as Mako Mori.
"Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion,” del Toro said. “I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle."
What are you waiting for, Legendary?! Give this bad boy the green light!!
We’ve raved about how vile and disturbing “Crossed” can be here at Bloody-Disgusting, and now with the help of Avatar Press was kind enough to offer up a little taste of the series for your reading pleasure. See if you have the stomach to take on the “Crossed” by reading the first two chapters of “Crossed: Wish You Were Here” for free after the jump.
In the story, a contagion-or a curse-has decimated the planet. Marked with a bloody cross, the Infected are driven to indulge their sickest desires. In this world of psychos, savages, and sexual predators, the few remaining uninfected learn to keep moving: endlessly fleeing fate. This is the story of those who refused. Those who are too desperate, too angry, or too broken to hide from horror. It’s the story of a comic-book writer who witnessed the downfall of London, and now finds himself in the midst of a new community, a new start, on a barren island off the Scottish coast. Pretending, just for a while, that he’s safe, that he’s useful… that he has a future. It won’t last.
There’s no sanctuary. No fighting back. No hope. There’s only the “Crossed”. Simon Spurrier delivers a harrowing tale of survivors living Scottish island, and how they cope in a Crossed infested world. “Crossed: Wish You Were Here” is completely character driven and emotionally gut-wrenching, as characters are faced with the choice of being predator or prey in this new world.
After a brief hiatus from his most popular creator-owned work, Steve Niles is set to return to Cal McDonald and his world of horrific mysteries in “Criminal Macabre: The Third Child”.
From the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PHOENIX, AZ —Steve Niles (Breath of Bones, 30 Days of Night) returns to his old haunt with a brand-new four-part miniseries: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child!
The Third Child, which directly follows Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein, will take readers into a dark place in a tale that only Steve Niles could tell, through Christopher Mitten’s fantastic artwork.
Cal’s changed . . . and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?
June 19th marks the premiere of the Syfy series "Dominion," based on Scott Stewart's 2010 film Legion. In the meantime, check out a snazzy new piece of art for the upcoming series, which makes for a pretty heavenly Facebook cover photo!
"Dominion" premieres Thursday, June 19, on Syfy (9-10 pm ET/PT).
The series stars Christopher Egan ("Kings"), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee ("Game of Thrones"), Alan Dale ("Lost"), Anthony Stewart Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), and Luke Allen-Gale ("The Borgias"). It follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), "Dominion" is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25-year battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control; and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.
"Dominion," produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, is executive produced by Vaun Wilmott, Todd Slavkin, and Darren Swimmer, along with executive producers Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed the feature film Legion, Michael Litvak, and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the original film. Film Afrika serves as the local production entity in South Africa.
1971’s Duel revved the engines of cinematic road-ragers everywhere and put many a vicious vehicle on the old highway to hell. What horror fan doesn’t love The Car, Christine, and Death Proof?
Those are classics. But what sets the Joy Ride film franchise apart from the rest is that it’s more about the diabolical driver and less about the terrifying truck. Which is not to say the big rig isn’t badass in its own right, but let’s face it: The 18-wheeler isn’t nearly as fun to chat with as actor and stuntman Ken Kirzinger.
Dread Central: Were you familiar with the Rusty Nail character before stepping into the role?
Ken Kirzinger: I auditioned for Rusty in Joy Ride 2 but didn’t get the part. Instead it went to a good friend, Mark Gibbon, who I ended up stunt doubling for in the movie. So yes, I was more than familiar. It’s funny how similar the situation was to Freddy vs. Jason.
DC: We recently chatted with John Jarratt, who also plays a highway murderer (in the Wolf Creek movies). His ongoing schtick is tasteless taunts just before he kills his victims. So, what's Rusty’s defining characteristic?
KK: A fearless and tireless obsession for seeking personal justice to the extreme.
DC: Did you have to learn to drive a big rig?
KK: Yes, I did. Although the great stunt driving sequences belong to Rick Skene, the Stunt Coordinator on the show, and his team. Trust me; it doesn’t handle like my ‘Vette.
DC: What was one of the more challenging things about the role?
KK: I have to say there was nothing hard about this. It was fun, the people were fantastic, and I loved playing Rusty.
DC: Is it just my imagination, or is this the most brutal of the Joy Ride films?
KK: Yes, this installment has gone way more towards horror. Especially compared to the more psychological thriller based original. Joy Ride 2 was more of a blend, but this one definitely leans more toward the horror genre.
DC: What's the best kill?
KK: Ha ha. You are a horror fan. The next one of course! As far as Joy Ride 3 goes… you tell me.
DC: Well, I wouldn’t say it’s a spoiler since it’s the first kill. But the way it’s all set up, really, er, hooks you. Good, gory stuff.
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill<./i> is available now via video-on-demand and is coming to home entertainment formats June 17th (DVD, Blu-ray).
Joy Ride 3 Release Details
Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain, slams terror into overdrive in this all-new UNRATED chapter of Joy Ride! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes road rage to an all new level with JOY RIDE 3: ROAD KILL, arriving on Digital HD June 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 17.
This third hellish installment in the bloody series finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.
The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!
Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the JOY RIDE 3: ROAD KILL Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content, and a gruesome unrated version of the film.
The slow drips of information continue to trickle out of the coffee machine that is Electronic Arts, letting a few spatterings of info drop into the cancer black decanter ahead of their E3 press conference.
Following suit with their recent character reveal, they would like you to meet the Christmas morning of violence that is The Iron Bull, the latest addition to the cast of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
In the screenshot he looms double wide with a weapon slung over his dinosaur back as he laments the number of pieces into which he can divide a foe in a single blow, only to conclude with the promise of more. Couple this with a gargantuan helm, capable of giving Lucifer horn envy, and The Iron Bull has all the makings of a fearsome tank in any adventuring party.
The Iron Bull comes after the unexpected arrival of precision masochist Sera. The character reveals change the intriguing pace set by EA in the months previous, as they revealed several of the locations players would venture across in their latest quest. These included the winter palace and the fade.
For all of the professional virgins, like myself, who would rather cast fireball than go on a date, you can see news on Dragon Age: Inquisition during EA’s press conference here today, June 9th, at 12 noon PT. Until then, enjoy your coffee.
Dark Horse has a killer book called “Mandala” that has missed mass-popularity for some reason. I hadn’t heard about the book until producer Kevin Foxe (The Blair Witch Project) contacted me to reveal the news that he will be adapting it into a digital live-action series. After some investigation, “Mandala” has all the ingredients to be a hit, coming from writer Stuart Moore (former editor at Vertigo) with art from Bruce Zick (Disney and Pixar concept artist). I have no idea why word hasn’t spread about “Mandala”, but it’s definitely a book you should be reading.
Foxe tells that they are currently working on the script for the adaptation and the team is working on a second graphic novel.
Foxe says of the series, “this is not a comic as much as it is a wake up call for all of us to change the world. think matrix, but after you take the red pill (or blue pill, if you so choose) what do we do to get out of the matrix?”. “Mandala” is full of metafictional goodness and crosses genres constantly. A simple comparison to The Matrix doesn’t do it justice in my opinion. It’s entirely different beast because it manipulates the medium of comics.
They are also doing some social media scavenging to promote the book. If you sign up for their facebook app and help recruit “the 144,000″, you can actually read the entire first graphic novel for free. I’m surprised more companies aren’t doing this. It spreads the word and gets people to read the book.
Still not convinced? Check out the trailer.