Tim Clarke is the co-creator of Boglins – a toy that has undoubtedly become a cult favorite among toy collectors and nostalgia enthusiasts alike. Earlier this year Clarke announced the return of Boglins through several pictures posted on social media. The toy/horror/nostalgia world simultaneously rejoiced at the idea of a new line of monsters (including me — our household has four of them!)
So, in light of this simply spectacular news, Dread Central caught up with Clarke to find out which of the many Boglins created over the years hold a special place in his heart. This is what he told us:
1. Dwork! Because he so much resembles the original prototype that I sculpted.
2. Sponk! He’s the glow-in-the-dark Boglin. You’ve got to love that beautiful, squishy face.
3. Slobster! He is just so weird.
4. Gulp, the Mini Boglin! He lives in a hamburger – where else would a Boglin live?
5. The new Boglins! We are working on them now. They’re being produced by Clutter Toys and will be out this fall.
*Boglins were created by Tim Clarke, Maureen Trotto, and Larry Mass. They are licensed by 7towns.*
To keep up with all things Boglins, follow Tim Clarke on Instagram
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More often than not, short films stay short films, and the filmmakers either never get the chance to expand upon them or simply have no interest in doing so. But every once in a while, short films grow up to become big, beautiful features, and it’s those feature films with small beginnings that we’re here to talk about today.
You’ll notice that we’ve included each of the shorts down below, so feel free to watch ’em as you read!
THE EVIL DEAD
After making a handful of low-budget short films together, friends Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell decided to go bigger in the late 1970s, and make their very first feature length horror film. Of course, they didn’t exactly have enough money to do that, so they headed out to a friend’s farmhouse and made a 30-minute short called Within the Woods, essentially to show potential investors what they were capable of. Made on a budget of less than $2,000, the short film generated the attention they hoped that it would. Just a few years later, the idea of an evil force overtaking a group of friends in a remote cabin was expanded upon in The Evil Dead – one of the most beloved horror movies of all time.
TRICK ‘R TREAT
It was in 1996, while at film school in New York, that Michael Dougherty (Krampus) made a four-minute animated short film called Season’s Greetings – a delightfully creepy and atmospheric tale about a young boy trick or treating on Halloween night. Dressed in orange footy pajamas and wearing a burlap sack on his head, the short was our very first introduction to the lovable protector of Halloween known as Sam, who came to life a decade later in Trick ‘r Treat and instantly became a fan-favorite icon of the holiday. We love you, Sam. So very much.
In 2003, a bizarre seven-minute film called Rare Exports Inc. made its way onto the internet, written and directed by Jalmari Helander. The short followed three men as they hunted down a naked Santa Claus, and it became such a hit online that Helander expanded upon the idea for another short a couple years later, called Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions. Seven years after the original short was made, Rare Exports became a feature film, with Helander himself turning the boldly original idea into a truly magical fantasy adventure.
It was in 2001 that Leigh Whannell wrote the screenplay for Saw, which he and James Wan shopped around in their home country of Australia. Having no luck, the two moved to Los Angeles and decided to pluck out a scene from the script and bring it to life, hopeful that a visual aid would help sell their idea. Running just under ten minutes, the original Saw short starred Whannell as a man who gets kidnapped and locked in the infamous reverse bear trap – the role that Shawnee Smith ended up playing in the film. With the interest of producers piqued by the short, Wan and Whannell were given $1 million and 18 days to turn it into a feature, which grossed over $100 million worldwide and spawned six sequels.
In 2006, with a few shorts under his belt, Paul Solet came up with the idea for Grace, a twisted tale about a baby that needs a little bit more than formula and mother’s milk to stay alive. Realizing he didn’t have enough money to turn the idea into a feature, Solet instead adapted the opening scenes from the script into a five-minute short, taking it to the festival circuit in a bid to generate interest. Solet, who would walk around convention halls at the time carrying the dead baby prop from the short, caught the attention of Hatchet writer/director Adam Green, whose company Ariescope Pictures produced and released the feature-length expansion of Grace in 2009.
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Mickey Keating’s superb new thriller, Darling, is making some serious noise during its first week of release.
Now on VOD and in limited theaters, critics are raving about Keating’s psychological horror story that stars up-and-coming genre titan Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face, The Mind’s Eye), as well as Brian Morvant, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and V/H/S fav Helen Rogers.
We are huge fans of this little indie gem and reached out to Keating to talk about the film’s influences.
“My new film ‘Darling’ is out in theaters and available on VOD this week and so I decided to celebrate the only way I know how – by talking about a bunch of movies that I adore,” Keating tells us. ” ‘Darling’ is a love letter to surreal, strange, often nightmarish films that bury themselves deep into your mind and make your skin crawl. Here’s a list of films I love that do just that. Enjoy!”
- That Cold Day In The Park – Robert Altman made this film quite early in his career and it so brilliantly captures the quiet descent of a very troubled protagonist. Sandy Dennis is perfectly unsettling from frame one and it makes her increasingly violent obsessions all the more terrifying.
- Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy (Repulsion, The Tenant, and Rosemary’s Baby) – Three masterworks of crushing paranoia, internalized claustrophobia, and the nightmare world of a fractured mind.
- Barton Fink – I included this next because it’s a clear love letter to the “Apartment Trilogy,” specifically The Tenant. Barton Fink is another film that throws the audience into the head of a truly untrustworthy narrator and forces them to watch as the world literally goes to hell.
- The Innocents – What more do I need to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said thousands of times? It’s bliss.
- Diabolique – A perfect combination of crime and madness. I’d argue that the bathtub scene in this film is the best in horror history. This is a perfectly creeping, atmospheric trip, with beautiful black and white images and a terrorized girl in a white nightgown. What’s not to love?
- Eraserhead – The perfect nightmare. It seems ridiculous to even mention it on this list because every filmmaker owes some sort of creative debt to Eraserhead, I’m sure. But still, I just can’t resist. It’s perfect in every single way. Shot in LA, it feels like another world. It’s a beautiful hallucination.
- Tetsuo, The Iron Man – Another upsetting, surreal, nightmare. You can feel it burning itself into your brain as you watch. There are absolutely no rules to the way it’s told and that’s what makes it so dangerous.
- Images – Another Altman head trip that takes a step even further into the surreal. The soundtrack was created by John Williams and Stomu Yamashta and served as the primary inspiration for the score in Darling. This film is totally intoxicating.
- Surface Tension – This 1968 experimental short by Hollis Frampton was a huge inspiration for Darling. From the flashing text, to the rhythmic phone ringing, and jarring view of New York City. Frampton’s work is astounding and a standout example of film as an individual art form.
- Persona – Perfection.
Karyn Kusama’s breakout film was 2000’s award-winning Girlfight, and since then she’s gone on to direct Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body, and, most recently, The Invitation (review), which opened this weekend.
If you’re curious what movies Kusama herself might watch in her down time, then check out her curated collection of her top five favorite horror films for streaming service Shudder.
From the Press Release:
Shudder, the popular horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, continues to add to its offerings for die-hard horror fans. This month’s guest curator, director Karyn Kusama, is the third in Shudder’s program, which kicked off in February with collections by director/writer Robert Eggers (The Witch) and Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes). Each guest curator carefully selects their top five horror films based on personal taste and impact on the genre. Shudder plans to continue the program on a monthly basis with collections from more guest curators.
The full collection by Karyn Kusama, now available on Shudder, is detailed below (with comments from the filmmaker).
Ganja & Hess
“This early ’70’s film about black identity, class politics, and vampirism plays across my memory like a beautiful hallucination. Bill Gunn made a stylish, kaleidoscopically ambitious film about lovers with a thirst for blood. It’s hard to find — so watch it pronto!”
“I remember seeing this film when it first came out in the mid-90’s and being struck by its twin narrative threads: the story of a man possibly entangled in a romance with a vampire and, more profoundly, the story of a man spiraling into catastrophic alcoholism. The film is an incredible thematic companion piece to Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction and is a grimy, vivid portrayal of a life getting very out of control.”
Let the Right One In
“One of the world’s rare perfect films, centering on a brilliantly realized main character, whose pre-teen loneliness and alienation help fuel a lifelong romance that’s doomed from the start. Utterly sublime filmmaking.”
Nosferatu, the Vampyre
“Four words: Herzog. Kinski. Adjani. Ganz. I don’t really think I need to say any more, but if you like vampire films (and judging from this list, I obviously do), this beautiful film is a must. In more traditional treatments of this story, The Count is a dashing seducer. I love that Herzog and Kinski allowed this Count to be monstrous from the start — there’s no Frank Langella suaveness in sight. AND THOSE RATS!”
The House of the Devil
“I love the simplicity and purity of this movie. Ti West’s film stuck with me in an unexpected way, probably because I spent so much time hanging out with the main character waiting for something momentous to happen. Once it does, you can’t really ‘erase the icky’ from your mind.”
Shudder houses a variety of films that span all decades and sub-genres of horror in detailed collections created by lead curators Colin Geddes, a prominent film aficionado and historian, and Sam Zimmerman, writer and expert on anything horror. Shudder’s growing library of curated horror is available ad-free and for unlimited viewing on Shudder’s website, mobile apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform with a free 14-day trial or $4.99 monthly/$49.99 yearly membership. To sign up or learn more, visit shudder.com.
About The Invitation:
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama, the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) and his girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi, Miles Ahead), show up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden, (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods), and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda.
Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will—and the audience—are unsure what threats are real or imagined.
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For the better part of a decade, The Chinese Room has been doing for atmospheric walk ‘n talks what Telltale has done for episodic gaming — and like Telltale, the stories they tell expand on a preexisting universe, rather than create one. It’s an odd approach to game development, but it’s one that gave us narratively ambitious titles like Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, which weren’t at all afraid to get weird.
It was the experimental Half-Life 2 mod Dear Esther that first showcased their ability to make going for a walk while someone talks at you a worthy premise for a video game. There’s a mystery it asks you to solve, but there’s no urgency to it. Without enemies or objectives, the narrative becomes the carrot-on-a-stick that carries its relatively brief 2-3 hour running-time.
Dear Esther won’t click with everyone, but I it’s worth checking out to see if it does for you. It’s available now on PC, Mac and Linux, with a planned release for PS4 and Xbox One this summer.
We’ve had a whole year to paint every surface in Killing Floor 2 with the red and squishy insides of those nasty Zeds. It’s been fun mulching monsters with my mates, covering their sixes and taking time between each firefight to gently wipe the blood from their face while I give them a friendly pat on the bum. We’re blood brothers and sisters now, and nothing gets between that.
Okay, I fibbed. Friendship is a fleeting, amorphous thing with a definition and value that varies depending on the person. It can erode over time, so it’s totally okay if you’re thinking about speeding that process up a bit with Killing Floor 2’s new versus mode.
Revenge of the Zeds gives players like myself the chance to find our former comrades on the battlefield so we can promptly set about making a messy meat pie out of their tummies. We’ll do this because we’re monsters, and monsters don’t know what it’s like to cup the ass of a friend to give them the strength they’ll need to survive. Monsters can’t understand that, all they know is what the mad scientists at Horzine Biotech designed them to do, and that mostly involves killing things.
The versus mode takes a page from the book Left 4 Dead has yet to finish by dropping two teams inside a locked arena and leaving them in there until they’ve sorted out their differences. The update also comes with various technical improvements, a handful of weapons and a map, the prison, which you can check out below.
There are some days where you just feel like a zombie, shambling and aimlessly wandering around, performing your day-to-day task with a certain kind of mindlessness. On days like those, sometimes all you can do is keep going with the blankest of expressions and act like nothing phases you.
Such is the case with Jamie T and their video for “Zombie”, which shows the band performing the song in bar as they slowly turn into the undead. Once the transformation is complete, they begin falling apart, sometimes with the assistance of each other, and the limbs and blood begin flowing freely!
You can hear “Zombie” on Jamie T’s album Carry on the Grudge (iTunes).
There’s a lot to love about Alan Wake, from its stunningly atmospheric visuals to the quirky Twin Peaks-esque charm that could be used to describe its narrative, cast and the world they both inhabit. Remedy’s supernatural thriller gave us gaming’s second best Barry, introduced us to “Night Springs”, and then it left us with some wonderfully strange epilogue DLC in The Signal and The Writer, which are now available on the Xbox Marketplace at no charge.
The two episodes pick up where Alan Wake left off, as the eponymous writer struggles to escape from a surreal new prison in the icy depths of Cauldron Lake, where words can be transmuted into the objects they represent using the power of product placement (thanks, Energizer!) and sinister flocks of sentient murder-books seek vengeance for all the times we’ve dog-eared them.
The internet community is still buzzing about the season six finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead“. The introduction of Negan was something the comic book readers have been desperately awaiting for a while, knowing full well that his introduction into the series was a turning point that brought violence and death in ways never before seen.
Now he’s in the show and the finale ended with a scene that mirrors a pivotal moment in the comic. Whereas we know what happened in the graphic novels, the show left us on a cliffhanger, one that has fans desperately seeking any clue or piece of evidence that will give them an answer.
While Greg Nicotero has made it clear that no one knows who bit the bat bullet, there are people who are scouring every moment of the finale’s ending to see if they can figure it out on their own. And a new theory uses Negan’s actual motions and movement to see where the bat fell.
Check it out above and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments!
The slasher motif of a campfire story sets the stage for the new horror series “Dead of Summer,” which will premiere on Freeform Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
“Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.”
Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”), Alberto Frezza (“Charlie’s Angels”) and Eli Goree (“The 100”) star with Candyman‘s Tony Todd.
Williams will play a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group. Frezza is Deputy Garrett Sykes, a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add up. Goree will play Joel, an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counselor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening. (Deadline)
In addition, the network announced that series creators/executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (“Once Upon A Time”) will direct the first episode. Williams, Frezza and Goree join previously announced cast members Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”), Ronen Rubinstein (“Orange Is The New Black”) and Paulina Singer (“Gotham”).
Just yesterday we showed you the first shot of Jane Levy holding her breath in Sony Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures’ Don’t Breathe, which reteams the starlet with Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez.
Levy stars as one of three teens who break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. Dylan Minnette (Prisoners, Goosebumps, Let Me In) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) play the other thieves.
But the real star of the film is Avatar‘s Stephen Lang, who plays the vicious and brutal super-soldier blind man.
Here’s what Trace said in his review, which he also says “is like Hitchcock on crack.”
‘Don’t Breathe’ may not qualify as an actual horror movie, but Lang imbues the film with plenty of horror, and his casting pays off in spades.
We now have your first ever look at Lang, who is walking right by a terrified Minnette.
Said to be an extreme crowd pleaser, an August 26th date has been set by Screen Gems.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”
Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
The film was shot last summer in Budapest and Detroit. Our very own Jon Barkan visited the set. Watch for his report soon.
MTV has announced that they will be premiering the second season of their slasher series “Scream” on Monday, May 30th, a day earlier than originally announced. To give fans a taste, a new “Killer Cast Promo” has been released and can be seen above.
“What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.”
The new cast includes: Kiana Ledé (Republic Records Recording Artist), Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First”), Sean Grandillo (“Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company) and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan”).
“Scream” stars and series regulars Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke) will return for the second season.
Michael Gans and Richard Register serve as EPs and Showrunners for the second season along with Harvey and Bob Weinstein as EPs under the Dimension TV umbrella.
Here’s a breakdown of who the new characters play:
- Kiana Ledé (ZOE – Series Regular)– a fellow high school student, Zoe is a driven overachiever who harbors a secret. Credits include: Republic Records Recording Artist
- Santiago Segura (GUSTAVO ACOSTA – Series Regular) – A high school student, Gustavo is dark and brooding. An outsider, observing from the sidelines, he’s a skilled artist who’s deeply into horror, serial killers and comic books. Credits include: 47 Meters Down and “Silicon Valley.”
- Anthony Ruivivar (SHERIFF MICHAEL ACOSTA – Recurring) – An outspoken, competent and experienced cop, Sherrif Acosta returns to Lakewood, where he grew up. He is a devoted, if sometimes strict, family man who’s very protective of his son, Gustavo. Credits include: “Banshee” and “American Horror Story.”
- Austin Highsmith (KAREN LANG – Recurring) – A young, idealistic high school psychology teacher who becomes a confidant and mentor to her students. Credits include: “Murder in the First” and “Criminal Minds.”
- Sean Grandillo (ELI – Recurring) – Eli is Kieran’s (Amadeus Serafini) cousin. He presents as squeaky clean image, but may have ulterior motives. Credits include: “Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company.
- Karina Logue (TINA HUDSON – Recurring) – Tina’s proper and polite, but with a grifter’s sense of self-reliance. Credits include: “Ray Donovan” and “Bates Motel.”
Ever since Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain saw Massacre graced us with that chilling opening crawl, informing us that the following carnage actually happened, many horror films have strived to scare us with similar forms of ‘realism’. As filmmaking evolved, audiences caught on, leading into a blurring of the line between documentary and fiction. Keith Arem’s The Phoenix Incident is one of the most recent projects attempting to blend reality with sci-fi, as found-footage horror meets with Discovery Channel-esque interviews and formatting concerning the infamous Phoenix Lights.
Although the film focuses more on the fantastical elements than the characters witnessing them, The Pheonix Incident stars Troy Baker (If you’re a gamer, you know who this is), James L. Brewster, James C. Burns and a few others as an ensemble cast of ill-fated thrill-seekers, interviewed military personnel and family members. The bulk of the running time is comprised of allegedly real footage shot on DVR cameras by a group of friends in the Arizona desert back in 1997. Characterization is paper thin here, but as drama isn’t meant to be the main attraction, this doesn’t exactly detract from the experience..
Though structured like an exposé mockumentary, there is a linear narrative organizing the film, creating suspense as you’re not presented with all the information at once. This style has been done better in the past, with films like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, but Arem’s style keeps things from getting stale, as his direction manages to avoid many of the found footage clichés that we know and hate. Once the action starts, it’s obvious that the film isn’t afraid of showing you what’s going on, which is a breath of fresh air in this sub-genre, though the effects don’t always do these scenes justice.
The Phoenix incident isn’t just about the reported UFO sightings, however, as the extraterrestrials eventually crash land near the protagonists, and begin attacking them on sight. The aliens themselves are disappointingly uninspired, especially coming from a director who’s worked on masterful horror games like Metro 2033 and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, but they do provide the film with some of its scariest sequences. Even so, it does seem fitting to hear Adam Jensen’s raspy voice dealing with aliens and government conspiracies outside of the Deus Ex franchise.
As a reviewer, it’s important to remember that liking a film and considering it good are two totally different concepts, which is why I honestly enjoyed The Phoenix Incident, but can’t exactly call it a groundbreaking piece of cinema. The realism is easily shattered by the film’s set pieces and recognizable actors, but that still doesn’t completely take the viewer out of the experience. The artistic liberties taken with the ‘source material’ are understandable, however, as the real life incident was much more mundane than the events depicted in the movie. In the end, the film is meant to entertain, not educate. UFO and conspiracy enthusiasts may dislike the fictional take on the ‘real’ story, but this is still an effective horror/sci-fi flick, despite a certain lack of depth.
The director of Martyrs is set to begin shooting his next horror film this summer.
We broke the news back in March that French filmmaker Pascal Laugier‘s next would be Incident In a Ghost Land for Radar Films.
Laugier penned the script, which we were told follows a mother of two who inherits a home from her Aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters’ lives.
When the girls suffer this terrible childhood trauma, their disparate personalities diverge even further. One is said to become a famous horror author, with a perfect family and life in Los Angeles, while the other can’t cope, and loses her mind.
The movie takes place 16 years later when the daughters reunite at the house, and that’s when things get strange.
Bloody Disgusting has confirmed with multiple sources that the two female leads have been cast: Mylène Farmer, Crystal Reed and Anastasia Philipps.
Farmer, pictured below, will play the MOTHER. She is an extremely famous French singer who has sold more than 30 million records in France, and is among the most successful recording artists of all-time there (Wiki).
Reed and Philipps will play the film’s sisters. You’ll recognize Reed, above, as the star of “Teen Wolf.” She has also appeared in Crush and Skyline.
The script as been described to me as being Stephen King-esque, and extremely dark and scary.
Clement Miserez and Jean-Charles Levy produce Ghost Land.
Shooting begins this August in New York and Toronto.
A24 just sent us the red band trailer for Jeremy Saulnier’s uber-violent Green Room (read our review), which they’re calling a “John Carpenter-influenced, gore-filled horror [film].”
The trailer is spoiler heavy, but has all kinds of horrific moments us genre fans are going to ooze over; I’m dying to know what happens with the machete…
Green Room is set for a New York and Los Angeles bow April 15th, with an expansion planned for April 22nd and Nationwide opening on April 29th, 2016.
The thriller is said to be a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox also star.
“Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.
Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, GREEN ROOM is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.”
Next Thursday, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Brooklyn, NY will be hosting The Sign of An Open Eye: Grimposium 360, a celebration of extreme metal. The event will feature 360-degree world premiere screenings by Canadian filmmakers David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh and Jason Wallin, and the United States premieres of soundscape performances by Norwegian composer Ivar Bjørnson and Canadian artist Owen Chapman.
Grimposium will also be hosting the world premiere of Blekkmetal, a documentary about the one-off 2015 festival that celebrates the original of Norwegian black metal. The documentary features interviews and performance footage of bands such as Enslaved, Taake, and Aeternus.
To celebrate this upcoming event, we’ve got an exclusive first look at Enslaved’s performance of “Jotunblod” from Blekkmetal. You can watch the performance above.
Tickets for Grimposium can be purchased right here.
In this new clip from The Darkness, Silent Hill and Rogue star Radha Mitchell checks the attic after hearing something come from above.
The trailer for Greg McLean’s supernatural horror, also starring Kevin Bacon (“The Following,” Stir of Echoes), displays the journey of a family that returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon and innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.
David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison also star in the film opening on Friday, May 13th.
One of my favorite things in the comic book world are one-shots, or stories that run parallel to the main arc of a series.
“Preacher” had some of my favorites, giving us the origins of all of the comic’s characters. And while I’m a bit behind on reading Image’s “The Walking Dead” series, I’m pretty stoked to learn that Robert Kirkman is going to reveal the origin story of Negan, and his barbed-wired baseball bat Lucille.
THR shares the first ever page from “Here’s Negan,” which will be told in 48 pages — with four a month included in Image+. (The latter will also be part of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly Previews Catalog and available to buy separately for $1.99.)
What you see below is Negan creating his weapon of choice, which he calls “Lucille”. “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard collaborated on this new miniseries.
This past Sunday Jeffrey Dean Morgan made his first appearance as Negan on the AMC adaptation, which ended in extreme controversy.
While we wait to find out who Negan’s first victim is, Morgan said this week that he hopes Kirkman’s upcoming Negan backstory comic series will be weaved in onscreen.
“I talked to Robert Kirkman after we did Talking Dead, and he is doing the backstory of Negan right now. But whether or not — or when — we see that, and I hope we do, I can’t answer that. But hopefully we’ll find out more as we go,” he told THR during a conference call with reporters. “I approach [Negan] … like he used to be a used-car salesman. That’s what I know, and there’s not a lot beyond that. … He’s a car salesman who has survived as long as Rick and his gang, so what has he done to get there?”
The first issue of Image+ will hit stands April 27 and will feature other bonus creator-owned comics content.
Horror doesn’t get enough representation in the service industry (not a phrase I ever thought I would say, but here we are), so imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a horror-themed bar while I was in Scotland one year. There are actually quite a few horror-themed bars in the world, you just have to know where to look. Here are few options to get you started!Frankenstein – Edinburgh, Scotland
This is the one bar on this list that I’ve actually been to, and boy is it a lot of fun! The interior is decked out in a ton of Franktenstein memorabilia and even has an “It’s Alive!” setup with a hanging Frankenstein on a lab table. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, definitely check out their karaoke contest!
Cambiare – Tokyo, Japan
Who would have ever thought there would have been a Suspiria-themed bar in Japan? The bar uses the brilliant color palette from Dario Argento’s classic to a pretty great effect. Just look at those stained glass windows!
The Lovecraft Bar – Portland, OR
This particular bas just so happens to be expanding this year! It also has events going on all the time, so definitely check out their calendar the next time you’re in Portland. The owner seems like a pretty decent guy, too. You can read his story here.
Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den – Minneapolis, MN
“Zombies are attracted to brains and Minneapolis has a lot of good ones.” These are the words that help explain Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den’s existence, and the bar serves as a safe haven from those pesky zombies! Also from the website:
Donny Dirk’s is half cocktail lounge and half dive bar with fancier furniture. We are not a restaurant and our food options are always limited. We have seating for approximately 52 people. We are an intimate venue serving quality beer, fine spirits, housemade infusions, and cocktails made with fresh produce.
This is a nifty little dive bar if I ever saw one. It’s definitely on my hit list!
H.R. Giger Bar – Chur, Switzerland
There’s actually another one of these in Gruyères, but the design of the bar in Chur looks just a bit more Alien-y. Just look at those seats! The bar basically doubles as a museum completely devoted to the artist”s work in Alien, and it’s truly a thing of beauty.
The Slaughtered Lamb – New York, NY
I know I should be focused on the bar itself, which is modeled after a pub straight out of An American Werewolf in London, but those wing flavors sound absolutely amazing. Do you think they’ll ship them to Texas?The Jekyll & Hyde Club – New York City, NY
Located on 7th Avenue in New York City, The Jekyll & Hyde Club warns that anything can happen within its walls. While you are dining, creatures and memorabilia come to life and interact with you, but the club informs all guests that something “unusual” happens every 10 minutes or so. What that unusual thin is, I’m not sure, but hopefully it’s not the same thing every time!
Vampire Café – Shinjuku, Japan
Out of all of the places on this list, the Vampire Café is definitely the most gorgeous one. Just look at the detail put into the décor! Those private booths look pretty cozy too, don’t they?
Have you been to any of these bars? If so, what did you think? If you haven’t, which one sounds the best to you? Let us know in the comments below!
This weekend, Hardcore Henry smashes up the big screen with a first-person action experience unlike any other, and we urge you to head out to your local theater and take part in the fun. If you’d rather stay home, we’ve got some tasty alternatives for you today, as this weekend is a huge one for indie horror. Read on for the rundown!
First up, Mickey Keating unleashes his Darling (review) today on VOD outlets, which our own Ari Drew favorably compared to the early work of Roman Polanski. Keating’s latest stars Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and Helen Rogers.
Darling follows a lonely young woman who moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past—stories that slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness.
Courtesy of IFC Midnight comes Jason Stutter’s The Dead Room, which employs groundbreaking sound design technology designed to increase pulse rates, heighten blood pressure, and temporarily release cortisol in viewers. The film stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen.
Step inside the Dead Room, where something sinister guards a home’s horrifying secrets. Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve-shredder follows two scientists (Thomas and Brophy) and a young psychic (Petersen) as they travel to the countryside to investigate mysterious goings on at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror, as the researchers’ presence unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home.
Upping the haunted house movie ante with visceral camerawork and unsettling sound design, The Dead Room creates a sense of palpable danger lurking in every corner and hallway.
In the heart-pounding thriller Hush (review), from writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living alone in the woods. Starring Kate Siegel. John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan, the Blumhouse-produced film exclusively hit Netflix today.
Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated from society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night her fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.
And finally, Drafthouse Films brings Karyn Kusama’s critically acclaimed latest, The Invitation (review), to limited theaters and VOD outlets today. Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the thriller stars Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman), Emayatzy Corinealdi, and John Carroll Lynch.
Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?
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