'The Visitor' Confused Audiences (Exclusive Clip)!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:52

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25.

In The Visitor, which we now have an exclusive clip from, “John Huston plays an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multidimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced – somewhere between hell, the darkest reaches of outer space and … Atlanta.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi – Fellini’s 8½), the film artfully fuses elements of some of the biggest blockbusters of the time (The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Fury, Star Wars, The Birds) and features a fittingly unique cast that includes Shelley Winters (Lolita), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django), Mel Ferrer (War and Peace), Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch) and, in the leading role, legendary director-actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown).

Special Features on The Visitor include:
• Interviews with star Lance Henriksen, screenwriter Lou Comici and cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri
• Theatrical trailer
• 16-page booklet
• Digital download

The following exclusive clip is from the bonus featurrette on the Blu-ray and DVD with an interview from Lance Henriksen describing how confused audiences were when they saw in theaters in NYC!

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[BD Review] Video Chat Thriller 'The Den' Transcends the Tired Found-Footage Genre

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:27

We all need to come to terms with the fact that found footage is here to stay for the time being. While some fillmmakers are at least trying to be innovative with their approach to the sub-genre, others seem content to wallow in well-worn “and two months later, their tapes were found” territory. The makers of The Den are thankfully among the innovators. Director Zachary Donohue and his co-writer Lauren Thompson present a tense, sometimes downright unnerving thriller told through a Chat-Roulette type of site and lots of phone/webcams. I’m as sick as the next guy of found footage, but The Den manages to present a solid take on the tired genre while adapting to changing technologies (like the shit show that is Chat-Roulette).

Besides the tech involved, the story is pretty damn sharp with loads of wickedly dark twists. It follows Elizabeth (Melanie Papalia), a grad student just awarded a grant for her thesis on social media. She loosely explains that her thesis requires her to be on a video chat site called “The Den” 24/7 so she can meet as many people as possible (something like that), but she winds up talking to the same handful of friends for most of the film. The strangers she does come across are the typical breed of dick swingers, dick puppets, and dicks begging to see her boobs. But hey, man, it’s research.

Then Elizabeth witnesses what looks like an actual murder, but no one believes her. The cops are no help and her boyfriend insists that it must’ve been a prank. Then more disturbing shit starts to go down, with Elizabeth at the eye of the storm. Whoever the killer is, he begins screwing with Elizabeth’s life in varying degrees of awful ways. It seems like a game at first – the work of some clever hackers maybe – but it soon becomes apparent that whoever is fucking with Elizabeth has a terrifying end game planned. Papalia gives a really solid performance, even when the character of Elizabeth is tough to sympathize with. She’s so naive at times it hurts.

Before you know it, the story goes from being a found footage gimmick to a genuine horror film drenched with suspense. It definitely blindsided me by going into some territories I didn’t expect. The third act has a Hostel vibe to it that takes the film beyond its found footage trappings, GoPro style! The majority of the film is set during the day, inside Elizabeth’s bright and cheery home. When the film heads into darkness, particularly during the third act, the shift is jarring. I mean that in a good way – another example of how Donohue and Thompson aren’t just hopping on the found footage bandwagon. They’ve got something sound to say about the internet and the dangers of putting a face on the millions of anonymous voices online.

If the concept of a movie being told entirely through video chats immediately turns you off, then you’ll probably want to stay away from The Den. If you can handle that kinda storytelling, definitely check this one out.

IFC Midnight is releasing The Den on VOD and select theaters March 14.

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Grimm Creature Profile: Meet the Wildesheer and Win His Coat!

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:21

On last Friday night's episode of "Grimm," Nick and Monroe faced the Wildesheer, a vicious, ritualistic Wesen who targets strong, formidable opponents and takes trophy scalps from its victims. Check out a profile of the creature along with info on how you could win his coat.

Here's a more detailed description of the Wildesheer from the "Grimm Diaries":

Known by many different names, these Wesen go into a rage on the battlefield with no fear of death, mad as hounds, faces smeared with blood of victims, fighting in trance-like fury, scalping their defeated enemies. They sew these trophies of war into cloaks of hair, supposedly giving them the power of the warrior they've defeated. These Wesen achieve such fearsome reputations, they also became known as Berserkers.

The vile cloaks of scalped hair they wear into battle seem to protect them from weapons, making them nearly invulnerable. I do believe that, like Samson, they have a weakness. If one could take their hair as they had taken the hair of others, it would weaken them - but I was unable to get close enough and was forced to retreat before I could test my theory.

If you saw the episode (#3.13, "Revelation"), you already know Nick proved the theory. As an extra bonus, we also included their fight scene.

Now, as for the contest, all you have to do is "tweet" your best Wesen transformation face for a chance to win the actual Wildesheer scalp coat from the episode. Watch the below video for more details.

Related Story: New Stills and First Promo for "Grimm" Episode 3.14, "Mommy Dearest," Bring Out the Beast

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Scarygirl Coming to the Big Screen in 3D

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:18

Kids today need to be raised right. If you have a little girl at home who's a budding horror fan, then listen up because Nathan Jurevicius’ Scarygirl is getting adapted into a 3D animated feature film.

Now in pre-production, Scarygirl explores what happens when Arkie’s world is shrouded in darkness and she must travel to a city of light, save her best friend from a mysterious scientist, and discover the history behind her own unique self.

Matt Everitt, the lead animator on Happy Feet 2, The Lego Movie, and Legend of the Guardians, is directing from a screenplay by Polly Watkins.

The film is based on the award-winning colorful, wordless graphic novel by Australian artist Nathan Jurevicius.

Graphic Novel Synopsis:
Abandoned on a remote beach, Scarygirl doesn't know who she is or where she's come from. Blister, a kind and intelligent giant octopus, wants to keep her safe, but Scarygirl needs answers. Who is the strange man haunting her dreams? Will Bunniguru help her unlock the mysteries of her past? Can she trust the wily forest dwellers? Her journey takes her to the edge and beyond...

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"You Only Live Once", So Watch Randy Blythe And Robb Flynn Rock Out With Suicide Silence

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:00

Metal Hammer has premiered a clip from the upcoming Ending Is The Beginning DVD, the tribute CD/DVD to Suicide Silence vocalist Mith Lucker, who died in November of 2012. The clip is of the song “You Only Live Once” and features Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) on vocals and Robb Flynn (Machine Head) on guitars. It’s pretty incredible seeing everyone come together for an event like this.

All proceeds from the CD/DVD go towards funding the education of Lucker’s daughter.

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'Lords Of Shadow 2' DLC Outed, May Feature Alucard

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:28

The first expansion for the newly released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 may have just been outed, thanks to a few text files hidden deep within the game and the sleuth-like nature of the Internet. After a bit of digging, user UbiSergei found information regarding potential Alucard-centric DLC called “Revelations”. In it, we’ll be able to “uncover new plotlines and discover the true extent of Alucard’s involvement.” I wouldn’t mind getting the chance to play as Alucard, even if the base game was more than a little disappointing.

Sadly, I wasn’t very impressed with Gabriel Belmont’s latest adventure. I labelled Lords of Shadow 2 as an exercise in frustration. It could have been so much more — it should have been so much more — but instead we’re left with a hugely disappointing end to what started out as a promising trilogy,” in my review.

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Bates Motel Season 2 Premiere Tune-In Reminder Promo and a Few New Photos

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:23

Horror TV fans have a lot of choices to make tonight - Mondays are now crammed full of genre shows - but one that should be a no-brainer is the premiere of "Bates Motel" Season 2. Here are a new promo and a few more images from Episode 2.01, "Gone But Not Forgotten."

In addition, don't forget that "Bates Motel: After Hours" will be broadcast tonight at 11PM ET/PT immediately following the series premiere of "Those Who Kill" at 10PM ET/PT and the Season 2 premiere of "Bates Motel" at 9PM ET/PT.

On "After Hours" series stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), and Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett) and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin will share their insights into the first episode and answer fan questions about the upcoming season of "Bates Motel."

Related Story: Bates Motel Q&A: Vera Farmiga and Kerry Ehrin Talk Norma's Love Life, Multiple Tones, Season 3 Possibilities, and More

"Bates Motel" Episode 2.01 - "Gone But Not Forgotten" (airs 3/3/14)
Norman fixates on the death of Miss Watson. The economic livelihood of the motel is threatened when Norma finds out the bypass is moving forward, ahead of schedule. Bradley's hunt for her father's killer drives her to dangerous extremes.

Guest stars checking into “Bates Motel” throughout the new season are Michael Vartan ("HawthoRNe," “Alias”), Kathleen Robertson ("Boss"), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Rebecca Creskoff ("The Practice," "Hung"), Kenny Johnson ("Sons of Anarchy"), Michael Eklund (88 Minutes, "Supernatural"), and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”).

For more info visit "Bates Motel" on AEtv.com, "like" "Bates Motel" on Facebook, and stop by "Bates Motel" on Instagram.

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First Terminator: Genesis Plot Details Revealed; Schwarzenegger Gives Script Two Thumbs Up

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:02

Even though it's headed our way in a little over a year, we still know next to nothing about Terminator: Genesis, the fifth installment in the storied franchise. Today some beans have been spilled. Read on!

First, MovieHole reports that they've learned from a reputable source that the film is being dubbed a fresh reboot but that it will also revisit iconic moments from the first two Terminator films. So, essentially, it's looking like it's going to be a reboot that's tailor-made for fans of the originals, which sounds like music to our ears.

The film will take us back and forward between the future, 1984 (The Terminator), 1991 (Terminator 2 : Judgement Day) and other important and influential time periods in the life of the Connor family. Iconic scenes, including the Terminator's arrival on Earth, will be given a fresh new makeover, making the film both a reboot and its own movie.

The Arnold Fans also reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is very happy with the Terminator: Genesis script and is excited to reprise one of his most memorable roles. "The movie preparation is going well. The script is fantastic so I’m really looking forward to this film," says Arnie.

The four-month shoot is set to begin in April, with the film being primarily shot in New Orleans. A July 2015 release is planned at this time.

Jai Courtney will play Kyle Reese alongside Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke's John Connor.

Skydance and Annapurna will co-finance along with Paramount with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script, and Alan Taylor will direct.

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Watch Us Play: 'Resident Evil 4 Ultimate Edition' Episode 3

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:56

And thusly, our heroes set forth and continued their journey through Resident Evil 4!

In this episode, David and I solve the easiest puzzle, wonder who would paint a picture of the Big Cheese, I reveal how deep my inventory OCD goes (the fish must face true north), and we prepare to hunt ourselves some catfish. Or salamanders. Whatever. Video after the jump.

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Kevin Bacon Reprises Friday the 13th Role in Hilarious Commercial

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:54

It's no secret that Kevin Bacon got his big break in the horror genre, playing the role of Jack Burrel in Friday the 13th. Jack of course met his demise at the hands of Mrs. Voorhees, who plunged an arrow through his neck...

... but now he's back!

In this totally awesome commercial over in the UK for the EE mobile network, Bacon reprises some of his most iconic film roles, including Capt. Jack Ross from A Few Good Men, Ren McCormack from Footlose and yes, even Jack Burrel from Friday the 13th.

Check out the hilarious commercial below, which also features a cameo appearance from Hollow Man himself!

.... and yes, we know the arrow is in the wrong place. Get over it and just appreciate it.

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'Scarygirl' Is Getting Animated Into A Feature!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:45

Nathan Jurevicius’s popular Scarygirl is getting adapted into a 3-D animated feature film, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.

Now in pre-production, when Arkie’s world is shrouded in darkness she must travel to a city of light, save her best friend from a mysterious scientist and discover the history behind her own unique self.

Matt Everitt, the lead animator on Happy Feet 2, the Lego Movie and Legend of the Guardians, is directing from a screenplay by Polly Watkins.

The film is based on the award winning graphic novel and by Nathan Jurevicius.

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Experience Evil in the Time of Heroes in Your Home

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:39

Billy Zane. Zombies. Heroes. Villainy. Flesh eating! Greece. Do we have you attention? Yes, those buzz words more than get our ghosts, and to have 'em all wrapped up into one movie has us grinning from ear to ear. Get ready for Evil in the Time of Heroes!

From the Press Release
Guts and gore, brutality, blood, dark humor… and a serious helping of Billy Zane can all be found in excess in EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES, writer/director Yorgos Noussias’ outrageous zombie apocalypse action-horror extravaganza set in his native country Greece.

Greece’s first-ever foray into the gnashingly popular zombie apocalypse sub-genre, EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES is an epic Greek action-horror-comedy zombie film that requires little introduction. An ancient evil has transformed the population of modern-day Athens into flesh-hungry undead—just as it did nearly 3,000 years earlier.

A rag-tag group of four survivors—a taxi driver, a pair of hot-blooded soldiers, and a doctor—must shoot, stab, decapitate, vivisect, impale, and just plain bulldoze their way through swarms of insatiable zombies, not to mention a bunch of nasty, degenerate humans. They receive some unexpected help from the ancient world in the form of immortal cloaked hero Prophitis (Titanic’s Billy Zane, in an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like guest appearance!), who arrives to randomly slice and dice the zombie horde and impart the wisdom of the ages upon the surviving humans.

EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES received its world premiere at the 2009 Athens Film Festival. It went on to receive accolades by horror film critics as it screened at the world’s most prominent genre film fests, including the 2010 Manchester’s Grimm Up North, 2010 Fantasia Film Festival, and 2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, as well as the Singapore and Edinburgh International Film Festivals.

Filled to the bloody brim with vicious battles, gore-infused struggles, period-style mythology, and a pitch-black sense of humor a la Shaun of the Dead, EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES arrives on VOD for the spring thaw, so get ready to take a bite—before it takes a bloody one out of you. And don’t say we didn’t tell you to “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!”

Look for it on VOD beginning March 25th.

Thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, a horde of bloodthirsty zombies begin wreaking havoc on humans, and only a mysterious cloaked hero known as Prophitis (Billy Zane) and his otherworldly weapons can save them. Flash forward to modern-day Greece, where Athens is once again plagued by the carnivorous undead, and a ragtag band of human survivors—a taxi driver, a pair of hot-blooded soldiers, and a doctor—is on the run. And the elusive Prophitis is back, too. But zombies are only half the problem, as Greece has been targeted for destruction with a mega-bomb in order to contain the growing zombie virus. So now, the remaining humans must race against both zombies and time to ensure their survival!

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Apey & the Pea Release "Nazareth" Music Video

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:30

Hungarian metal band Apey & The Pea have released an official music video for their track “Nazareth”, which comes from their Devil’s Nectar album (purchase here. You can watch the video below.

These guys were featured on here as part of the Check This Band Out series that we run when we find bands that are deserving of a few minutes of your time. You give them that and you might just find yourself a new favorite band!

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Gravity Wins BIG at the Oscars

Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:22

Wanna talk about scoring some gold? That's just what Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity did when it took home the Academy Awards for “Best Visual Effects,” “Sound Mixing,” “Sound Editing,” “Cinematography,” “Film Editing,” “Original Score,” and “Best Director.” That's 7 Oscars, baby!

GRAVITY, directed by Oscar® winner Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar® winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space.

Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Special Features

  • Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space (Narrated by Ed Harris)
  • Aningaaq - A short film by Jonás Cuarón with optional introduction
  • Gravity Mission Control
  • Shot Breakdowns
  • Gravity: Silent Space Version
  • Sandra's Surprise!

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    First Images from The Walking Dead Episode 4.13 - Alone

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:21

    The weekend's over, which means it's time for our typical Monday morning look at a few new images from "The Walking Dead." On tap now are a pair of photos from Episode 4.13, "Alone," featuring Emily Kinney as Beth Greene and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., as Bob Stookey.

    Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

    The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

    "The Walking Dead" Episode 4.13 - "Alone" (airs 3/9/14)
    As one group finds what may be an ideal shelter, another group comes to realize that the best protection comes from those around them. Written by Curtis Gwinn and directed by Ernest Dickerson.

    To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

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    Why Is Supernatural Horror So Hard To Get Right?

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:30

    One of my favorite horror movies from last year was James Wan’s The Conjuring. I just watched it for the third time this weekend, showing it to someone who had yet to see it, and I was surprised by how easy it was for me to reinvest in the film. Especially since it can flatly be categorized among my least favorite of the horror subgenres – the supernatural thriller.

    Sure, you’ve got classics like The Exorcist and Kubrick’s take on The Shining but those rise so far above the bar I’m not sure I’d include them in the genre. Analytically, of course they belong. But I have to work really hard to even remind myself of that because the bulk of movies where “things go bump in the night” (and it may be the total absence of such a trope that helps elevate the Exorcist and Shining for me) are flat out f*cking boring. Even the ones that work for me generally have very little replay value. Something like 2001′s The Others, I remember how amazing Nicole Kidman was in it – I remember the twist ending – and I remember being fairly engaged by the whole thing. Yet, 13 years later, I have absolutely zero desire to spend another 2 hours wandering around that house being quiet with her family. Will I ever watch The Grudge again? Nope. What about Mama? Probably not.

    And those are the really good ones! We get a lot of screeners at the site and the vast majority of them seem to be leaning towards supernatural these days. I’m talking a lot of low budget stuff that makes dreck like The Haunting In Connecticut 2: The Ghosts Of Georgia – one of the most painfully dull “respectable” movies in recent memory – seem like Terminator 2. There are only a handful of greats like Poltergeist, and for every one of them there are thousands of barely watchable forays into the unknown.

    “But every genre is like that,” you say. And you’re right. The main difference is almost every other genre has some narrative thrust. Their stories are required to move. Not supernatural horror, which is a genre predicated on being as slow and methodical as possible. Except most times the filmmakers leave out the “methodical” part and concentrate solely on the “slow” aspect. This usually means we get to spend the running length of any given supernatural entry watching the director spin their wheels, setting up long shots with zero significance, lulling us to sleep and expecting us to be thankful the minute something even remotely kinetic happens – like a match blowing out, an occurrence that in relation to the rest of the film is practically the third act of a Michael Bay movie.

    Even the very worst slashers, replete with stalk and slash scenarios that never pay off, have more to offer. At the very least they have brighter lighting and the internal obligation to kill off a few characters. Supernatural horror often aims for stately, deliberate and classy pleasures – and falls short on every count. I’d rather watch something incompetent and obnoxious than a polite bore any day of the week. Which sort of dovetails into my new cardinal rule, “don’t be boring.” Even if your movie has ghosts, even if it’s about things that go bump in the night, even if it’s a “slow burn” – it doesn’t have to be dull.

    What makes The Conjuring work is the fact that it has a story to tell and it goes through the effort of drawing and developing its characters into three dimensional beings. We invest as an audience, and therefore we care about the peril that is created (it also doesn’t hurt that Wan is a master of making otherwise banal moments suspenseful and terrifying). That’s what makes Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Shining work as well. They have actual stories to tell. That’s it, really.

    If you have enough story for a movie, make it. If you don’t, make a short.

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    Waxwork Records Teases Upcoming 'Creepshow' Vinyl Artwork

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:15

    Waxwork Records has tweeted a teaser of the artwork for their upcoming Creepshow vinyl reissue. The artwork is done by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, who also did the label’s Reanimator release. You can view the teaser below.

    There is no set release date but we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears very much peeled to let you know when you can snag it!

    Creepshow was composed by John Harrison, who also composed director George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead. The film was written by famed horror novelist Stephen King.

    Here's a sneak peek of our upcoming Creepshow release with artwork by @GhoulishGary. pic.twitter.com/WfH2sFUPHi

    — Waxwork Records (@waxworkrecords) March 3, 2014

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    Monkeybrain Monday Review: “The Remains" # 1

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:08

    While Monkeybrain comics may not specialize in horror, they do specialize in quality comic books. For those of you looking to expand your palette this is “Monkeybrain Monday” showcasing some of the digital titles this smaller publisher has to offer.

    Cullen Bunn has recently taken the comics world by storm with “Sinestro”, and the new “Magneto” ongoing from Marvel launching this week. “The Remains” follows two young girl’s horrific encounter after their struggling father decides to take in a rat-like drifter. The dusty art style of A.C. Zamudio lends the book a homespun feel that is filled with skittering scares.

    WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn
    ART BY: A.C Zamudio
    PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics
    PRICE: $0.99
    GET IT HERE: http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/

    After reading his stellar short story in “In The Dark” it’s clear the man has an obsession. Cullen Bunn seems to revel in the world of rats. “The Remains” is comfortable in the dirt and grit. Getting low to the ground with a children’s perspective of a terrible and horrific plight.

    Birdie and her little sister Abbie don’t know what to think when a rough looking drifter interrupts their playtime. He’s looking for work and their father’s more than willing to oblige. He’s a scarred and scary looking man. He smiles with a certain glint of malice, and from the right angle, he looks remarkably like a rat. Although Birdie is uneasy about all this, she knows her father needs the help, so she keeps quiet.

    The girls are ordered to clean out the barn, and what lies in wait for them there makes for one of the most disgusting, engaging, and horrifying sequences in any horror book. If something like this happened to me as a child I think I’d be mute today.

    This is just the beginning. Bunn builds a tale of horror wrapped in mystery. The girls don’t get a ton of development, and the characters are somewhat archetypal, but the drifter intrigues enough to keep interest. Something supernatural is going on, and it’s clear this drifter has everything to do with it. Just how it all fits together isn’t clear but the setup is tantalizing enough to tease dire consequences in the future.

    Zamudio’s art has a homespun feel that really understands the environment of the book. Characters look weathered and tired. The drifter has an air of otherworldly personification, but only from the right angles. It’s the type of chilling stuff that’ll have you giving the book a second glance. The sequence in the barn is paneled in such a way that feels overwhelming and hopeless. Which only adds to the girl’s plight.

    Bunn has crafted a simple tale of horror around a questionable love of rodents to create a chilling tale of lost innocence and threatening strangers. It’s straightforward in its setup and smooth in its execution. It may not do anything new for the genre, so to speak, but it’ll assuredly get under your skin.

    Rating: 4/5 Skulls.

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    Past and Present Collide in these Stills from The Originals Episode 1.15 - Le Grand Guignol

    Dread Central - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:00

    We can't hide our affection for "The Originals," and if you're planning to experience "Le Grand Guignol" with us tomorrow night, here are a dozen and a half photos from Episode 1.15, which sees the return of Sebastian Roche as Mikael.

    "The Originals" Episode 1.15 - "Le Grand Guignol" (airs 3/4/14, 8-9pm)
    A NIGHT AT THE OPERA — In a series of flashbacks to 1919, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) opens up to Cami (Leah Pipes) and reveals details of the devastating secret Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) were trying to keep from him.

    Elijah (Daniel Gillies) forms an unlikely alliance with Monique (guest star Yasmine Al Bustami) and asks for her help in locating Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane.)

    Elsewhere, Thierry (guest star Callard Harris) is reluctant to get involved when Marcel and Rebekah approach him with a plan to take down the witches. Meanwhile, in the bayou, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is at her wits’ end and holds Sabine hostage in an attempt to get information that will reverse the curse on Phoebe’s werewolf clan.

    Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Declan de Barra and Diane Ademu-John.

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    [Interview] Tony Moore Talks About His Love Of Horror & The Longevity Of 'Fear Agent'

    bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:38

    Tony Moore is one of the best artists working in the horror genre today. His detailed, hyper-violent artwork has produced some terrifying and stomach churning images that are now burned into the minds’ of his readers. Moore’s work on “The Walking Dead” and “Fear Agent” are both considered timeless classics.

    Moore will be appearing at Toronto ComiCon March 7th-9th and he jumped at the chance to speak with Bloody-Disgusting about his work. Moore spoke in-depth about his love for the horror genre, the longevity of “Fear Agent”, as well as why he thinks Kickstarter will change the whole publishing paradigm.

    Bloody-Disgusting: You are coming to Toronto Comic Con in March and you’ve been to the city multiple times for conventions. What keeps you coming back year after year?

    Tony Moore: It’s just a really great, friendly city. Generally I don’t like the city and I live out in the country, but every time I’ve been to Toronto I’ve always enjoyed it. The people are friendly, the city is pretty, and I like it. At most conventions you see the same few square inches on concrete where your booth is and whatever is on the path to the bathrooms or hotel room, but I’ve been fortunate to get to see some of the city. Toronto is one of the few cities I have been able to get out to see a little bit of.

    BD: Do you notice any difference between American and Canadian conventions at this point or are they sort of the same?

    TM: I do and it’s weird for me because I’m from the south where everyone is very nice and courteous. Then there is this chunk of the country where you don’t know if people are going to be nice or not. Then you cross the border into Canada and everyone is nice again, which is part of the reason why I’ve enjoyed all my trips to Canada. It seems like the fans there feel a little less entitled and they are much more respectful. Conventions can sometimes be a bit of a pressure cooker in that people are walking around and they are tired and tense, but in Canada everyone is always so nice. If I’m sitting at my table trying to eat a sandwich I don’t get people rushing up to me with a stack of books to sign. They might seem like simple things that most people would take for granted but you would be surprised at how many other conventions are not like that.

    BD: Any time that you’ve come to Toronto there is always a long line for signings and commissions. Are there any fan interactions that stick out in your mind of fans that have went to great lengths to show their admiration for your art?

    TM: Well some of our friends are fans that have come up to us at conventions. We’ve had some guys that have done stuff like brought me a coffee in the middle of the convention, but some of the ones that really stick out are the ones that have made huge commitments to show their appreciation for the work I’ve done. The last several times in Toronto I’ve seen guys come up to me with tattoos of my work on their bodies. That’s always amazing for me to see, as I’m someone that has a lot of tattoos and the ink that I have are things that mean a lot to me. For someone to get a tattoo of my work is really an honour, and it still blows my mind when someone likes my work that much that they want to put it on their body forever.

    BD: Walk us through your creative process when it comes to creating a page…

    TM: As far as work flow goes, I’ve developed a sort of standardized process to allow myself to work through ideas quickly. Generally speaking, I get the script and I read through it while trying to visualize it as if it were a movie. I get a feel for the scene inside my head after reading the script several times, so that when I sit down I can figure out which scenes need more visual weight. I do thumbnail breakdowns of the whole page at 2 inches by 3 inches, which keeps me from getting mired in drawing little details that are not necessary to the storytelling. I just focus on major camera angles and figure placement, and I don’t have to draw every book on a book shelf or anything like that. I lay the whole book out like that so I have it in front of me, so I can make everything flow properly. I then take those thumbnails and scan them into Photoshop so I can blow them up onto an 11×17 art board so I can execute the piece. The breakdowns take me about a week to do, which is where all the hard thinking is done and unfortunately that is where I have the least amount to show. When I’m working with an editor they will often ask, “Do you have any pages?” and I’ll tell them that I have the book broken down into small postage stamp sized images. (Laughs) I put those images on art boards so that I can tighten up the pencils and begin inking. Once the inking is done I scan the finished product and then everything is done.

    BD: When you’re working do you listen to music or watch movies? I read somewhere that you listen to a lot of Sirius Satellite Radio…

    TM: I like listening to Sirius, because they play a lot of stuff that I don’t own in my music collection and I can only listen to my stuff so much before I get tired of it. I listen to a lot of country music, and not the Toby Keith sort of Top 40 country, but the older honky-tonk stuff and outlaw country. There are a ton of guys out there making great country music, but you just don’t hear them on the radio a whole lot. For me I love good storytelling and good country music does that for me. I keep a lot of that stuff playing while I work, so I can keep part of my brain engaged while I execute a page.

    BD: You are a big fan of outlaw country, but I’ve read you are also a fan of the hip-hop label Rhymesayers and even Norwegian black metal, which is a pretty eclectic musical taste.

    TM: When I put together a mixtape it pretty much sounds like a crazy person made it because it jumps all over the place. (Laughs) Music is one of the ways I stay engaged while I work, because I can’t languish too long.

    BD: Being a fan of Black Metal, did you ever read the book “Lords of Chaos”’?

    TM: I’ve never had that chance to read it but I am familiar with all those crazy stories from that era. I love reading about all the crazy stuff that happened with the Emperor guys, Mayhem and Varg Vikernes.

    BD: I know they optioned it for a movie quite a few years back, but I think it got stuck in development hell.

    TM: Those would be some really cool stories to see and it would make for a pretty engaging movie.

    BD: I think at one point they were in talks to have Jackson Rathbone from “Twilight” to play one of the lead roles, which is kind of funny.

    TM: I think that would grind that to a screeching halt (Chuckles). I always loved the story of Mayhem when they found the murdered body of guitarist Euronymous and they made necklaces out of his skull fragments. I know it might sound a little bit disrespectful to the dead, but I think it would be an amazing story to see in a movie.

    BD: The horror genre has played a large part in your career, what is it about the darker more grotesque things that you seem to find so inspiring as a creator?

    TM: I’m not really sure what it is. On some levels something like an old dilapidated “Evil Dead” looking shack is comforting to me because I grew up out in the sticks. I grew up on a farm, so I was familiar with all kinds of dead things and just facts of life type shit. There are things that people see and think are creepy like an old run down house, but I’ve always found comfort in them because that is what the countryside looks like and that’s where I grew up. Even where I live now, I could walk to a collapsed barn right behind my house and there are lots of old abandoned houses all over the place. I like to sneak into those types of places and take pictures or stuff like that. Then, when I was a kid, horror was all over the place. Growing up my Grandmother worked second shift at a factory, so I would wait up watching the “Twilight Zone”, “Tales from the Darkside” or even Elvira. Horror was pretty ubiquitous back then and very accessible to anyone, even kids. I always loved it and I remember inheriting a big batch of horror comics from my uncle, who left them behind when he moved out. I learned to read by reading old MAD Magazines and old EC Comics. I don’t know what it was, but I would sit there white-knuckle gripping the couch watching this stuff, as a sort of endurance test to see how much I could take. There was also a feeling like I was getting away with something by watching or reading that stuff. I felt like I was pulling the wool over someone, somewhere and it was empowering. As a kid that sort of experience really sets you up for thinking like an individual and doing your own thing. Yes, some of it was somewhat goofy, but every once in a while there would be one really creepy concept that would stick with you to the point where you would be laying awake staring up at the ceiling all night. There is sort of this giddy feeling that you get from that, because you know that you’re safe and that you’re not really going to get hurt by any of it. There is just that creepy feeling that you can’t shake and I love that still to this day. Even now, I try and soak in as much horror as I can because it’s still fun for me.

    BD: I know you’re a big fan of the old EC Comics and guys like Jack Davis and Wally Wood. What was it about those books that had such a lasting impression on you?

    TM: I think it was the mixture of horror and humor. Horror can be so dark and bleak at times, but a little levity can go a long way, which is where EC Comics really shined. I had learned to read from MAD Magazine and that’s where I discovered guys like Jack Davis and John Severin. I saw their work and I immediately wanted to know what other stuff they had done, so I would go to the comic shop and dig through the crate to find the books. That’s how I came to discover the old EC Comics. Jack Davis and John Severin were two of the first artists that I could recognize their work by style. They are two of my biggest formative influences and still to this day they are two of my favorite artists.

    BD: I’ve noticed that you’ve referred to yourself as a cartoonist many times, rather than a comic book artist. Is there a distinction between the two in your mind?

    TM: Well, honestly, I don’t know that I’ve earned the title of cartoonist in my mind because that’s a sort of all in one package. Guys like Frank Miller, Will Eisner or Mike Mignola are cartoonists because they do everything. I don’t know if I’ve earned the style of cartoonist yet. As far as the style of my work, I don’t feel like there is any shame in cartooning or being overt with body language. I feel like generally the term cartoonist is considered a dirty word in comics, and I don’t know why that is. I think that some people who are praised or want to be taken seriously, they don’t want to see that term when they are reading a book about a person running around with their underwear on the outside of their pants fighting giant robots. There is only so much seriousness I can give those types of things and only so much seriousness I can take in life in general. The work that always spoke to me was a little bit more freewheeling, so that’s the type of work I try to produce. I don’t feel like there is any shame in being a cartoonist and I don’t think that every superhero book should have to be the most dead serious thing you’ve ever read either. We can’t all be “Watchmen” and I think that the more serious that some of that shit gets taken, the more of a joke it becomes.

    BD: But you also have guys like Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt that are doing a style of cartooning that is more accepted today than it was in say the 90s.

    TM: I think that the stalwart comic book audience grabs onto the thing that they love, so you end up with a decade of DC Comics house style snooze fest books. I think the audience at large can appreciate someone like Cameron Stewart or Darwyn Cooke who can appreciate a bolder style that is a little more outside the box of your standard house style of comics. I feel like the door has been opened up a lot for guys like Jeff Lemire that have an offbeat cartooning style. I think that there is room for that in comics, because that is the joy of comic books and things shouldn’t be narrowed down to make every peg fit into the exact same hole.

    BD: Do you ever reflect on the work you’ve created or are you constantly looking ahead to the future?

    TM: I look back through my old stuff and as I get older and become a better artist I’ve slowed down. When I was younger I was sort of fearless and just plowed through things a lot quicker. The better I get as an artist I look back at my old stuff and try not to repeat my mistakes, but I also look back at the older work I’ve done and I can see where I didn’t get bogged down with worrying about the piece. Sometimes just doing it and not over-thinking a piece can give it energy. It’s always a constant balance of trying to keep things fresh without worrying about the mistakes, but also learning from the past to make better art. I always want to be cognizant of my growth as an artist, but I also don’t want to rest on my laurels either.

    BD: What are you working on at the moment? I know there was talk of you doing a cover for “My Little Pony”.

    TM: That was something that I did just for fun. The writer for “My Little Pony” is a friend of mine, and she just had a baby so my wife, daughter, and I went to visit them. While we were there hanging out we came up with the idea to do a sketch cover. We just sat down and doodled it out over the course of a night and just had fun with it. For the most part I’ve been working on this comic convention that my wife and I put together with some friends in Cincinnati where I live. That’s become an endeavour that’s taken up quite a bit of time, but we’re really proud of the way that things are going with it. I’m also always cooking up new comic ideas and I have a book full of outlines for properties that I’m developing. I’ve got some westerns and some horror stuff, so I’ll stick with the genre stuff because it’s typically what I enjoy working on the most. I’m also working on a fine art project where we’re doing a series of large art prints that will sort of be my manifesto in visual format I guess. I don’t really know how to describe it other than that, but that’s the theme of it. I’m trying to branch out and do some things outside of comics until I get a project that I’m pretty excited about.

    BD: We’re huge fans of your work on “Fear Agent” here at Bloody-Disgusting and we all love the series. Even though the series wrapped up years ago, it continues to go back to print again and again because new readers keep discovering it. Is it surprising that the book is still in demand and continues to be discovered by new fans years later?

    TM: As we were doing the book it would have been a real help to have that readership at the time, but it’s nice that people are still picking it up. As creators the number one goal is for people to pick it up and enjoy it. As Rick and I worked on it we had to start looking at other venues to pay the bills and Marvel was especially attractive to us because they were allowing us to do our own thing in their sandbox. I think that is where a lot of the new readers came from is because Rick has went on to do some of the top selling books at Marvel and I’ve had the chance to work with him and some other guys. I think that some of those readers have gone back and dug through the crate to find other work that we’ve done. We’ve been very fortunate that people have maintained an interest in “Fear Agent” and that the publisher has been willing to go back to press and put out the work in new formats.

    BD: I know at one point there was talk of you and Rick coming back to “Fear Agent” to do another story, but is that still an option or is it a completed story?

    TM: I don’t like to speak in absolute terms, but as it stands I think we told the story that we wanted to tell it and Heath’s saga plays out as we intended. That’s not to say that we don’t have ideas for things that we would have liked to do with the character and we do entertain these notions when we’re on the phone with each other. That’s just kind of what we do is bounce ideas back and forth off of each other. We’ve kicked around a lot of things and I can safely say that they won’t happen in the immediate future, but maybe at some far flung future date; I don’t know.

    BD: I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Kickstarter and artists using crowd-funding sites to get projects off the ground, as there has been a great deal of debate about it in recent months.

    TM: Realistically, any time you are putting out a project you are begging. You are either begging the public to buy it or you are begging an editor to look at it, or you’re begging a publisher to roll the dice by putting it out. Shy of taking the reins and public be damned you’re putting it out yourself whether they want it or not, you’re still putting it into someone else’s hands. I don’t think there is any shame in going to a site like Kickstarter and selling it direct to the buying public because you’re asking them if they want to see this project pledge your cash and I’ll use the money to produce it. It’s basically a pre-order and it’s not really that different than the regular system of pre-ordering comics that’s in place now. I really think that it’s great and that it will help change the entire paradigm. God knows how many books have been pitched to publishers and the creators have been told, “Westerns and Sci-fi doesn’t sell.” I can distinctly remember a time when horror didn’t sell. It was not a commercially viable genre that had been proven to be that way time and time again. There was always an audience for it, but the audience didn’t get to decide what came out; the publishers did. If the publishers were looking at the market and decided that horror books weren’t conducive to sales then the book just died on the vine. I think in the not too distant future publishers and editors could find themselves being less and less of a necessity. Kickstarter allows a creator to take a project directly to the buying public and modern digital formats make it so that projects don’t require a lot of overhead for things like printing or shipping. It is a feasible new avenue for creators to come up with new properties and help make them successful.

    BD: So to wrap things up what’s next for you as an artist and creator?

    TM: Well I’ve got a notebook of ideas that I’ve kept since before I started drawing comics. A lot of these ideas rattle around in my head and I jot them down in a notebook. Some of them get stuck together or just develop into something new over time. I’ve always worked with someone else when I was working in comics, but I’ve always wanted to do my own stuff. That’s never really been much of an option because I’ve always been committed to other projects or I’m just paying the bills doing a mainstream book. Those ideas have been kicking around for a while now and they’ve gotten to the point where they are fully formed, so I just need to sit down and do them. It’s exciting for me to know that I’ve got options for my next project and that I’ve been working on these concepts in the background to the point where I would feel good about doing any one of them. That stuff will be coming in the not too distant future and I’ve got a western, as well as a couple horror stories that I want to work on. I really want to work on genre stuff and I’ve got a couple cool horror things that I think I could really sink my teeth into. In the meantime, I’ve got that fine art project coming up, which will be really cool and cover art for some different books in the meantime. I want to really make a go at being a cover artist because I really enjoy doing that stuff. When you work on the interior of a book you sometimes have to say that it’s good enough, as they can’t always be home runs, but on a cover that’s the one opportunity you have to make it all that it can be in one static image.

    BD: Well we are huge fans of your work at Bloody-Disgusting and we look forward to your upcoming new projects as they will be at the top of our reading pile.

    TM: Thanks man. I really appreciate that because I started reading the site back when I was doing “Battle Pope”, and I was working at UPS at the time, but I remember reading the site when it was still new. Bloody-Disgusting has been one of my go to sites for horror, so it’s really cool that you guys are enjoying my work.

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