Show Full Moon Your Trophy Head; Watch the Trailer!

Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:35

On tap right now is the trailer premiere for Full Moon's latest fright fest, Trophy Heads, but wait! That's not all! The house that Band built is also giving you, the viewer, a chance to have your noggin mounted! Read on for details.

You can now submit your head, and Full Moon will chop it off! Yep, Full Moon is going to cut off your head and mount it for you! Simply submit a close-up photo of yourself (no larger than 1000 X 1000 pixels) here, and they’ll send you a custom decapitated Trophy Head version of your own face!

Look for the series via Full Moon Streaming on June 4th!

Synopsis
It's the present day, and our heroines, real life Scream Queens who starred in those infamous movies back in the 80’s and 90’s, have gone on with their lives since those days, some still acting or in new businesses of their own. What none of them suspect is that somewhere, down in the basement of an old house, an obsessed fan, Max, sits in the dark, watching clips from those movies over and over, his obsession growing into a diabolical plan. Soon, Max, with the help of his neurotically enabling mother, begins to put his plan into effect.

Six Scream Queens are on our mad fan's list: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Denice Duff, Jacqueline Lovell, and Darcy DeMoss.

One by one, with his mother's help, he begins to "collect" them, transporting them to a makeshift prison he's set up in his basement. The Scream Queens have no idea what's going on, until they find themselves forced to re-enact movie scenes from their horror heyday, a nightmarish process since Max remembers every line and gesture and they haven’t watched them in years. And they definitely don’t remember the new and terrible outcome of the scenes. Their numbers rapidly dwindle down as their attempts to escape are revealed as booby traps designed to ensnare and kill them, their heads attached to trophy plaques and mounted on a wall.

Things take a twisted turn as the disembodied heads start speaking to Max. Why is he doing this? What have they ever done to him?

Because he loves them! They're the only girls he's ever loved. And they're being forgotten. Cast aside. But see? He's going to preserve them. Keep them alive the way they were meant to be. And share their heads – soon to be preserved forever with all the fans who loved them.

It’s a battle to the finish as our favorite Scream Queens fight for their lives. Who will survive, and who will lose their head?

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A Foreign Aura Lights Up Your Screen

Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:26

On tap right now is your first look at Zsolt Bernáth's foreign flick Aura, starring Szénási Bálint, Szénási Kristóf, and Kapócs Panka. Once you're done trying to figure out how to sound out those names, check out the trailer, stills, and artwork.

Look for more on this one as we get it!

Synopsis
Four kids wake up in their stranded car in an abandoned field only to find that the sun did not rise. What’s more, they discover that a strange 30-foot diameter, almost invisible bionic “aura” is covering their surroundings. It reacts to their touches, and soon mysterious things start to happen that are much more than they would have ever hoped for.

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An Artist is Remaking the Greatest Scene in ‘System Shock 2′

bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:25

I’ve spoke often and loudly about my undying love for System Shock 2. It’s one of the first horror games I ever played, and there are certain scenes that have managed stick with me even 15 years later. If you haven’t played the game, I’m going to go ahead and spoil the big reveal, seeing as it’s been available for some time now. If you’re still planning on picking it up, this is the point where you cover your ears.

Throughout the game you’re guided by the voice of who you think is the sole other survivor aboard a starship called the Von Braun. Everyone else is dead, so Dr. Janice Polito’s voice is essentially your only source of hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. So when you finally make your way through the horrors of the Von Braun, the malevolent AI known as SHODAN reveals herself in a rather spectacular way.

It’s an amazing, unforgettable moment.

So that’s the scene Polycount forums user Mr Smo is working on recreating in CryEngine 3. So far, the results are nothing short of amazing.

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‘Willow Creek’ Poster and Trailer Discovered

bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:12

Existing soon.

MPI/Dark Sky Films has announced Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek for release in theaters and demand on June 6.

EW has “discovered” the film’s first trailer and poster, the latter which is really striking.

Here’s the most insanely long synopsis ever written:

“Set in Humboldt County, California, ‘Willow Creek’ centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, ‘Pretty Little Liars’) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie Gilmore, World’s Greatest Dad), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns.

The two stop off first in Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world and home to an annual Bigfoot festival, where various locals talk to Jim’s camera, warning them to keep out of the woods, singing ballads about Bigfoot, and generally enjoying their 15 minutes in the spotlight while Jim and Kelly have a blast, cracking wise amidst all the touristy Bigfoot kitsch on display. But when they strap on packs and head into the forest via a two-hour drive down a dirt road, they start to feel like they might be in over their heads. Well, Kelly does, at least. Jim, as he approaches what he considers hallowed ground, is in heaven.

That night they’re awakened by mysterious sounds echoing through the woods, and whooping vocalizations that might be Bigfoot, but that might also be locals screwing with them. Either way, they’re not welcome here and so Jim and Kelly decide to get out come sun-up but, as they quickly discover, it might already be too late, and as the sun goes down for the second time and they find themselves retracing the steps of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin they discover the truth behind Bigfoot and the disturbing meaning of the term “forest bride.”

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8-Bit ‘Donnie Darko’ is Still Creepy

bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:08

CineFix has done it again, and this time they’ve tackled one of my all-time favorites with their excellent 8-bit version of Donnie Darko. I actually just watched this film again about a week ago and it hasn’t lost any of its dark, brooding edge since its release back in 2001. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you get on that, but only after you watch this.

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Scream Factory Explores The Legend of Hell House on Blu-ray

Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 15:24

It seems like not a day goes by where we don't have a new tidbit of Scream Factory news to share with you fine readers, and we're certainly not complaining about that, because we damn sure love us some Scream Factory.

Up next, the company sets their sights on the 1973 haunted house classic The Legend of Hell House, birthing it onto Blu-ray for the very first time. Read on!

From the Press Release
For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn’t true! Scream Factory brings you The Legend of Hell House on Blu-ray on August 26, 2014. Special features include a new interview with Director John Hough, a new audio commentary with actress Pamela Franklin, and the theatrical trailer.

It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call "the Mt. Everest of haunted houses." It's already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. But before they succeed, they must suffer through madness, murder and everything else that the spirits who dwell here have in store for them. Yet learning the truth just might drive them all insane.

An ingeniously devised ghost story, The Legend Of Hell House will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow.

Special Features:

  • New Interview With Director John Hough
  • New Audio Commentary With Actress Pamela Franklin
  • Theatrical Trailer

    For more visit the official Scream Factory website and "like" Scream Factory on Facebook.

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    First 2 Synopses for True Blood Season 7

    Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 15:13

    The final season of "True Blood" will be arriving soon and those sneaky bastards over at Spoiler TV just posted the synopses for the first two episodes! Read on if you're in the market for some spoilers or just hang tight and let it all unfold unnaturally.

    Episode #71: “Jesus Gonna Be Here”
    Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

    A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source.

    Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Stephen Moyer.

    Episode #72: “I Found You”
    Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

    A trio of hostages taken in the Bellefleur’s attack looks to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps. Sookie and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), a desperate Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) turns to Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) to channel her family past. Vince whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place.

    Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Howard Deutch.

    Related Story: Visit our "True Blood" archive.

    For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueBloodForever.

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    Independence Day 2 Getting a Script Rewrite

    Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 15:02

    We recently learned that Will Smith has officially declined involvement in Independence Day 2, which has naturally left 20th Century Fox scrambling for a way to make the decades-later sequel work without him. And it seems they may have finally found that way, in the form of a new writer. Read on for the latest!

    Variety reports that Fox has brought Carter Blanchard on board to re-write the first draft of the script, penned by James Vanderbilt. Blanchard previously wrote a couple episodes of the TV series "Good vs. Evil," and is currently working on Oculus director Mike Flanagan's thriller Diver.

    No plot details have been revealed for the sequel, tentatively titled ID Forever: Part 1.

    Roland Emmerich is still attached to direct with Dean Devlin set to produce. Emmerich will also produce along with Harald Kloser.

    The 1996 blockbuster Independence Day hit theaters on July 3, 1996, and went on to gross a still-impressive $817 million worldwide.

    Look for the new flick in theatres on July 1, 2016 — or almost exactly 20 years after the original hit the big screen.

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    New Video Takes You Behind the Scenes of John Schneider's Smothered

    Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:50

    Described as the horror version of The Expendables, "Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider's Smothered is noteworthy for boasting the largest number of horror icons ever to grace the screen at the same time, which is a claim that certainly grabs hold of our attention.

    Want a sneak peek? Ask and you shall receive!

    Fairlight Films has just dropped a new promo video in our inbox, which peels back the curtain and invites you to be a fly on the wall of the film's set, and hang out with the likes of Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley. Sounds like fun, right? Check out the behind the scenes video below!

    From the Press Release
    Smothered, written and directed by Hollywood legend John Schneider (Smallville, Nip/Tuck), sees horror icons Kane Hodder (Freddy vs. Jason, Jason X), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Repo! The Genetic Opera), Don Shanks (Halloween 5, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer), and R.A Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Pumpkinhead 2), playing themselves in a scenario that sees them attending a small, disheartening horror-convention on Friday the 13th. Running out of patience but principally money, the group accept a cash-offer to go and scare-up the local RV park – but things take a surprising, dark turn when they arrive. The tables are turned as the monsters of the movie screen become the prey!

    Early reviews have compared the film - which had it's official premiere in New Orleans in mid-May - to the hit comedy This is the End, which featured actors Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and Jay Baruchel as themselves, in a scenario that infused humour with horror. Critics are calling Smothered “a horror-comedy with some bite” (Shock Til You Drop) and ” A must see cinematic event” (Examiner).

    Smothered, filmed in Louisiana, also features Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Brea Grant (Halloween II), John Kassir (‘The Crypt Keeper’), Dane Rhodes (True Detective), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism), John Schneider (Smallville), Adria Tennor (Mad Men), Andrew Bowen (Magic City), and Amy Brassette (Pawn Shop Chronicles).

    To learn more, "like" Smothered over on Facebook!

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    Found Footage 3D Starts Filming; Cast Fills Out

    Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:42

    The last time we told you about a film called Found Footage 3D, which is being produced by Texas Chain Saw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel, was a couple of weeks ago and in that release the first casting news was announced along with a proposed start time.

    Right now we can confirm the flick began shooting this past Sunday and one trip to IMDB (which can be iffy to say the least) gave us the skinny on who else will be in the film. Joining the previously announced Jessica Perrin are Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, and outspoken film critic Scott Weinberg.

    Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, and find themselves in a 3D found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film starts showing up in their behind-the-scenes footage.

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    New One-Sheet Crawls Up From Beneath

    Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:28

    The IMP Awards has doled out a new poster from Ben Katai's latest film, entitled Beneath; and we have it for you cold off the old slab, kids! Check it out, and look for the film on VOD June 27th from IFC Midnight.

    The film stars Jeff Fahey, Eric Etebari, Kelly Noonan, and Joey Kern as well as Brent Briscoe, Rene Rivera, Mark L. Young, Kurt Caseres, David Shackelford, Ashway Lawver, and Jason Masek.

    Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano wrote the screenplay on spec, and former Dimension Films and Screen Gems executive Nick Phillips and veteran casting director Kelly Wagner’s Revolver Picture Company picked it up late last year.

    Synopsis
    A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.

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    80′s Inspired Poster For Micro-Indie ‘Invasion of the Undead’!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:27

    Independent production company MonsterBuster Entertainment shared with Bloody the poster for its first feature film, Invasion of the Undead, an 80′s-style horror comedy in the vein of The Evil Dead and Big Trouble in Little China. It was designed by comic artist Brian Hardison (“Run by the Gun”) and was modeled after the painted artwork that graced movie theaters and VHS boxes in the eighties.

    The micro film is said to feature sword fights, stop-motion monsters, practical creature effects and video game-inspired boss battles!

    Partially funded through Indiegogo, “Invasion follows Allison, a young woman who gets more than she bargained for when she enlists the aid of two freelance paranormal exterminators to combat an undead infestation in her new home.

    Currently in post-production, the ambitious $17,000 indie film will receive a limited theatrical release in October 2014 with VOD and DVD/Blu Ray to follow.

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    MPAA Put Kibosh on New Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Character Poster

    Dread Central - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:15

    Nipples. We all have them. We all know what they look like. We'll never understand why these two little portions of our anatomy can cause such an uproar. Apparently this new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster featuring some harmless side-boob from Eva Green was too much for the MPAA.

    The poster was disapproved by the MPAA “for nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.

    Please... lord... give us a friggin' break already!

    Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.

    Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

    Related News: More Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Golden Eye Candy

    The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.

    Synopsis
    Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.




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    [Remake vs. Remake] ‘Fright Night (2011)’ or ‘Dawn of the Dead (2004)’?

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:00

    About three weeks ago I did our first Remake vs. Remake segment in which I pitted Fright Night (2011) against Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake. In that piece I discovered that, while I’m pretty far from loving either of those movies, I didn’t hate the Fright Night update as much I remembered upon its release.

    But if I’m going to keep doing these Remake vs. Remake brackets I can’t continuously mire in failures and mixed success. I’m going to have to be unfair in order to keep myself motivated. I need to remind myself that these kinds of enterprises can work on occasion. I need something that knocks it out of the park.

    And Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead knocks the Fright Night remake out of the f*cking park. It might not have the same kind of social commentary as George Romero’s original 1978 classic and it will never match that film’s legacy, but the script by James Gunn is heads and tails better than what we’re normally served up when a studio decides to capitalize on its IP. It’s a complete story with real characters and a propulsive narrative that doesn’t shove them to the side.

    Snyder does fantastic work here as well. While 300 has proved to be visionary in hindsight (it took me a few years to accept this) and The Watchmen for my money actually works, Dawn is most certainly the film of his that I revisit the most. It’s a complete experience (and the opening 10 minutes alone could get any director meetings for years). The cast is great as well. Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Ty Burrel and Michael Kelly (et al) might not pack the marquee names of Gillespie’s film, but they’re one of the more successful ensembles in modern horror history.

    It may seem unfair to pit a rare example of the remake nailing it against the standard example of one flailing for thematic and narrative purchase, but sometimes life is cruel. Dawn of the Dead (2004) kills Fright Night (2011) and leaves it bleeding on the floor.

    Any of you disagree?

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    Review: “Trees” #1

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:47

    Ever been ignored? If you’re a human in this story, that’s exactly how the invading horde treats the entire population. Don’t you just hate it when the world is invaded and said invaders don’t tell you why? How rude. Master storyteller Warren Ellis’ latest sci-fi tale is “Trees” #1. It’s straight-to-the-point and thrilling to read.

    WRITTEN BY: Warren Ellis
    ART BY: Jason Howard
    PUBLISHER: Image Comics
    PRICE: $2.99
    RELEASE: 28 May 2014

    Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady

    Humanity. We think we’re so important to the universe. How utterly humbling and degrading it must be to be completely ignored in our first encounter with alien life on Earth. Genre-bending writer Warren Ellis gives us this engrossing new story about extraterrestrial invasion. Giant Trees have sprouted all over the globe. They have been no demands or any contact of any kind made from them. They do what they want to Earth and ignore us intelligent life forms. They have been here for ten years and show no signs of going anywhere. It’s a fascinating approach. I’m captivated after only one issue of what Ellis has planned for this tale.

    The art by Jason Howard is just the right amount of coarseness for this story. I imagine the world would feel much more unsettling with these gigantic alien Trees everywhere. There’s a simplicity and grand amount of detail at the right moments in this chapter. The intersecting perspectives all feel like different parts of the world impeccably. New York, the city of SHU, and the arctic BLINDHAIL Station all look distinctively diverse. And they should since no two parts of the world look the same, especially after aliens move in.

    This is a great first issue to what I’ve no doubt will be a great chronicle of how humanity makes our alien visitors notice us and leave. The perspectives are so unlike one another that I can only anticipate what gloriously profound things they will all discover. Trees #1 is as solid a start as you can ask for. Pick it up and pay attention.

     

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    Review: “Sheltered” #9

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:41

    “Sheltered” #9 ups the ante before delivering a thrilling conclusion to it second story arc. Full of shocking twists, the “Sheltered” series keeps readers riveted with its nail-biting suspense. I can’t wait to see “Sheltered” and its edgy characters on the big screen.

    WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
    ART BY: Johnnie Christmas
    PUBLISHER: Image Comics
    PRICE: $3.99
    RELEASE: May 29, 2014
    Reviewed by Jorge Solis

    With bad luck on his side, Clifford discovers the bloody massacre that went on behind the closed gates of the Safe Haven compound. Lucas and his sadistic teen followers murdered their parents, hoping to save themselves from the volcanoes exploding and the upcoming apocalypse. If Clifford reaches civilization and communicates with the outside world, the police will raid upon the compound and arrest every teen for cold-blooded murder. Victoria though just wants to put a bullet in the head of Lucas, the cult leader who killed her father.

    Wrier Ed Brisson puts readers in the minds of the troubled teens at Safe Haven. Nancy’s dialogue echoes disenchanted feelings from those who have been brainwashed by cult leaders.

    Nancy saw herself as a nurse but her parents wanted a different path for her. This is teen rebellion heightened to the extreme. Nancy wants to believe she did the right thing, getting rid of her parents, even though she doesn’t see it as murder.

    Clifford is the underdog everyone else has given up on and can only rely on himself. This unlucky loser will just about surprise you, even when all the odds are against him. I lost count at how many times Clifford has faced death and somehow managed to save himself at the last second. Every time he survives and makes it to the next issue, I end up rooting for this guy more and more.

    Artist Johnnie Christmas knows how to deliver suspense, especially when there is no dialogue and the panel is just silent. Victoria and the others are so uncomfortable being in the same room together, they cannot look at each other. If you notice carefully, Lucas’ eyes are pointed at another direction, towards the windows. Lucas is still planning something, even though his arms and wrists are tied up.

    Christmas’s illustrations of the teens getting killed are indeed shocking, but they are never aimed to be gratuitous. The drawings never depicts the teens as morally strait-laced; instead presents them as murderers at their core. Curt could’ve been simply portrayed as an annoying brat. Christmas adds details to his twisted facial expressions, showing him more as a psychotic nut job.

    “Sheltered” #9 closes its second story arc with a promising open-ending. Readers will definitely have lots of wicked fun with “Sheltered.”

     

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    Another Thrilling Trailer For Steampunk Horror ‘Snowpiercer’!

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:38

    With Radius-TWC finally releasing Bong Joon-ho’s absolutely phenomenal Snowpiercer in theaters on June 27, they have now released the film’s official “theatrical” trailer that boasts even more insane post-apocalyptic footage. It looks like a live-action Manga, in my opinion.

    It is rumored that U.S. audiences will be treated to the original cut, which had caused a rift between director in studio over the past year.

    The film takes place, “In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

    Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Song Kang-ho, Ewen Bremner, and Kenny Doughty all star.

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    Review: “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #1

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:30

    An impressive first installment, “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #1 delivers a surreal nightmare with exotic and monstrous creatures. Based on Clive Barker’s “Cabal” novella, this prequel comic explores the inhabitants that live in the subterranean city of Midian. Just like with the “Hellraiser” series, I think there’s potential here to tell new and original stories that could make “Nightbreed” a real winner.

    WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Marc Andreyko
    ART BY: Piotr Kowalski
    PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
    PRICE: $3.99
    RELEASE: May 28, 2013
    Reviewed by Jorge Solis

    Down in the bayou swamps of Louisiana, an innocent couple is being hunted down by a group of racist murderers. Lizzy continues to paddle through the murky waters, hoping to find salvation. She unfortunately bumps into the disfigured and violent stranger, known as Peloquin, hiding in the shadows. Will Peloquin be Lizzy’s saving grace from the real monsters chasing after her? While Peloquin decides whose side he is on, a politician steps into a secret brothel, where a mysterious girl will fulfill his every sexual desire.

    Though I have memorized every single line of “Cabal,” and “Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut” is my all-time favorite movie, I am so glad Barker decided not to retell Aaron Boone’s story in comic book form. Barker keeps the essential themes, such as monsters seen as outcasts, in the narrative while co-writer Marc Andreyko gives larger roles to minor characters. Peloquin looks visually interesting and I really like how his back-story deals with racism.

    What’s interesting about Andreyko writing is the juxtaposition between Peloquin’s quick-paced slasher subplot and Senator Emery’s slow trip to the brothel. I want to know more about Peloquin and the history of the location Emery stepped into. As a reader, I’m wondering how these two subplots will connect to each other in later installments. There’s enough mystery and intrigue to make me want to come back for more.

    Artist Piotr Kowalski captures two distinct time periods, the 1850s and the 1940s, in his illustrations. Notice how different the wardrobes and settings are in Kowlaski’s drawings. Kowalski takes readers on a visual trip to the Louisiana swamps, then to the seedy and upscale Boston streets. I also noticed something weird about the working girls of the brothel. Kowalski draws the prostitutes with the same hairstyle and facial expressions, as if they are all supposed to be twins.
    Kowalski stays true to Peloquin’s character design that was memorably created in the cult classic film. Though hideous-looking, Peloquin has scars and wounds as if he was persecuted, which harkens back to the racism theme. Just like in the movie, Peloquin’s hair looks more spiky, like a twisted form of dreadlocks. His dirty and rugged wardrobe suggests he may have been a prisoner and escaped from his cell.

    Horror fans will definitely enjoy every bit of “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #1. After finishing the first promising first issue, the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to reread Clive Barker’s novella and check up on “The Cabal Cut.”

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    Sharlto Copley Wakes Up In An ‘Open Grave’ This July

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:27

    Featuring genre favorites Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Joseph Morgan (“The Originals,” “The Vampire Diaries”), the zombie apocalypse film that takes psycho thrillers in a new direction, Open Grave, awakens on Blu-ray and DVD July 15 from Cinedigm and Tribeca Film.

    Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18), the film also stars Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Josie Ho (Contagion), Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones) and Max Wrottesley (“24: Live Another Day”).

    A complicated story that pits characters against each other, Open Grave examines how important memory is to a person’s identity by forcing six strangers—stripped of all recollection—to confront their inner demons. While these strangers seek to identify their past, evil demons lurk beneath them, forcing them to fight for survival, even if it means betraying their allies.

    A man wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives away to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that’s more vicious and hungry than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together—before it’s too late.

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    ‘Aura’ Blocks Out the Sun (Trailer)

    bloody disgusting - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:23

    With shades of The Explorers comes Zsolt Bernáth’s Hungarian sci-fi thriller Aura.

    You can tell this film is micro as it looks to take place all in one location – in a field. But, the concept is so interesting I can see it being engaging for a full hour and half.

    In it, “Four kids wake up in their stranded car in an abandoned field only to find that the Sun did not rise. What’s more, they discover that a strange, 30 foot diamater, almost invisible, bionic “aura” is covering their surroundings. It reacts to their touches and soon mysterious things start to happen. There are much more than they would have ever hoped for.

    Szénási Bálint, Szénási Kristóf, and Kapócs Panka star.

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