[Crowd Fund This] Progressive Death Metal Supergroup Alkaloid Recording Debut Album

bloody disgusting - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:00

A new progressive death metal supergroup has arisen in the form of Alkaloid and they’re looking for your help to record their debut album The Malkuth Grimoire, which they hope to release in Spring of 2015.

The band features vocalist Morean (Dark Fortress), guitarist Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, Ex-Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist), guitarist Danny Tunker (Aborted, ex-God Dethroned), bassist Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid), and drummer Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist).

Grossman states, “The music we write with Alkaloid is very diverse, it’s radical, new, and it’s very progressive. Music labels want music that they can label.

Below is the pitch video as well as the track “Carbon Phrases”. The Indiegogo page can be found here.

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[Comic Book Review] “Escape From New York” #1 Is The Sequel We Deserve

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:22

Christopher Sebela’s “Escape From New York” #1 does the heavy lifting of defining a world created by John Carpenter. For the most part he succeeds, but there is a lot of heavy lifting required to get this story in motion. It suffers from heavy amounts of exposition but it’s a thousand times better than Escape From L.A. It’s the sequel we deserved.

WRITTEN BY: Christopher Sebela

ART BY: Diego Baretto

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: Dec 3, 2014

A moment of reflection on Escape from New York will remind you that the actual plot of the film is a little empty. It had some really big ideas within it, but you have to unpack them to really get immersed in this world. Christopher Sebela isn’t afraid to unpack these ideas, in fact he comfortably builds Carpenter’s world in a fun and faithful way. But, far too much of it happens here, which sadly damages the momentum of this first issue.

It’s still an incredibly fun to see Snake Plisskin grace page. Sebela nails the tone of the character, and offers some truly stellar Snake dialogue. The script features some fantastic problem solving from Snake, and when the action is ramped up there are no shortages of awesome moments.

The series picks up literal moments after the conclusion of the film. The President is about to deliver an address to the public and Snake all but spits in his face. He takes off on the run, and becomes public enemy number one, yet again. A concept that people may find silly, but it’s okay because Sebela directly addresses it, seriously, that makes it okay. I don’t mind if something is silly, so long as it’s still silly within the world of the book.

Anyway. Snake takes to the road. And while there he runs into a collection of devout travelers who tell tale tails of a beautiful place called “Florida.” I’m sure Sebela is actually conning us since Florida is already hell, but perhaps in some strange state of affairs the wang of the United States is where this book really kicks into high gear.

Of course, just as things get really interesting. The first issue closes. I can’t wait to see what lies within the free state of Florida.

Diego Baretto does a fine job in brining Carpenter’s bleak world to life. He adds a certain edge to Snake that really makes the antihero stand out in every panel. His action scenes are serviceable if not a little confusing at times, but for the most part his work is clean, exciting, and does justice to the world.

“Escape From New York” #1 is a first issue that takes its time to build the world around it. It’s a fine introduction to fans new and old to the property and nails the tone of the main character. However, it’s far from anything new. The real treat is to see how well Christopher Sebela’s style compliments this world. With future issues taking us into the great unknown of this crazy and fucked up version of the United States, I have no doubt this book will become legendary. As it stands it’s merely a heavy-handed reminder of a movie I loved. But one things for sure, “Escape from New York” will kick your ass out of the world.

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Dracula Untold Tells Home Video Tales in February

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:22

You know… I kinda dug Dracula Untold. Yeah, it was a bit on the goofy side, but all-in-all I had a good time with it. Will you dig it? Come February you can come back and let us know!

From the Press Release:
One of the most enduring and captivating figures of all time unveils his beginnings in Dracula Untold, a gorgeously realized, never before seen, story of the legendary vampire’s origin story. Dracula Untold debuts on Digital HD on January 20, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 3, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul.

Joining Evans is an all-star international cast featuring Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Art Parkinson (HBO’s Game of Thrones). In this epic tale of heroism and sacrifice in the face of savagery, the Dracula Untold Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD takes audiences behind the scenes with exclusive bonus content including interactive features, filmmaker commentary and much more.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™.

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™

  • Alternate Opening
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Land of Dracula – An exclusive interactive map that takes fans deep into Dracula’s mysterious world, including Castle Dracula, Cozia Monastery, Broken Tooth Mountain and Borga Pass.
  • Luke Evans – Creating a Legend

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD

  • Day in the Life – Luke Evans – Personal moments with the film’s star provide a glimpse into life on set.
  • Dracula Retold – An exploration of the production, including costumes, sets and how the real history of Dracula is woven into the story.
  • Slaying 1000 – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Vlad’s epic battle against an army of thousands, from the script and visual effects.
  • Feature commentary with director Gary Shore and production designer François Audouy.

Synopsis:
Witness the origin story of one of legend’s most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series). But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys – including Vlad’s own son – become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must enter into a Faustian bargain to save his family and his people. He gains the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, and the power to crush his enemies. In exchange, he’s inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood that could force him into a life of darkness and destroy all that he holds dear.


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Terminator: Genisys – Trailer Sneak Peek

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:02

We told you yesterday that on Thursday the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys would be coming. Now we have a trailer for the trailer… you know in case you need anymore convincing!

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the T-800, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Conner, and Matt Smith as John Conner’s ally (his role is being kept quiet).

Byung-hun Lee, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons also star. Alan Taylor directs.

Look for the film in theatres July 1, 2015, via Paramount.

Synopsis:
The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post-apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.

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The Pyramid – Exclusive Clip Unfolds

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:00

It’s exclusive time, Dreadies! On tap right now is brand new clip from the year’s final theatrical horror offering, The Pyramid, that you won’t find ANYWHERE else… for now! Dig it! Or should we say unearth it?

Gregory Levasseur’s directorial debut, The Pyramid, will be in theatres on December 5, 2014. Look for our review soon!

Alexandre Aja produced the film, which stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, and Daniel Amerman. Levasseur worked from a script by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon.

Synopsis:
A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped… they are being hunted.

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[Comic Book Review] “Five Ghosts” #14 Is Fantastically Paced Pulp

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:48

“Five Ghosts” #14 is a fantastically paced piece of pulp that introduces new characters, puts old favorites through hell, and pushes us somewhere I never thought we’d go. It’s the perfect example of how well Frank J Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham work together, their collaboration is poetic, and the results are thrilling.

WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere

ART BY: Chris Mooneyham

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: Dec 3, 2014

It often feels like far too long of a wait between issues of “Five Ghosts.” This is thanks to the issues reading like silk. The pacing is always on point, and Barbiere’s scripting methods remind me a lot of Rick Remender. There is only the pure cream of the storytelling here, and just when you think you know where you’re going, Frank takes the issue off the side of a metaphorical cliff, forcing you to rethink everything.

This month we’re introduced to Van Helsing, he’s perfectly at home in this world, and beside Fabian he is incredible. The two make fantastic allies. There is a particular scene in the middle of this issue that shows the two heroes back to back. It’s thrilling, but a little foreboding. Van Helsing is a hunter, he’s no-nonsense, and you can already tell he won’t stand for Fabian’s shit.

So after his awesome display of skill and power the fight ends with a nice twist. Fabian is “turned” by a vampire. Now, I’m only guessing here, but it seems Fabian is about to have his ass handed to him as he submits to the power of the vampire. He might easily become the villain of this arc, if we shift focus to Van Helsing.

Right now, I hope that’s the case. Since the mysterious masked villain from last issue rears he’s awesomely cool head once more. Except he’s spitting on the nose dialogue and feels like a mustache twirling moron who’s just tied Fabian to the train tracks. I know “Five Ghosts” is capable of more, and right now this masked guy isn’t doing it for me. The horror of the story should be two-fold we’ve got the genuine loss of control, but where is the thing that inspires terror?

Chris Mooneyham… I’ve yet to find the right hyperbole to explain how incredible his work on this series really is. Every single time I think he’s outdone himself he does it again. This issue has a phenomenal two page spread that shows scope and action all in one. While his fight scenes are awe-inspiring. I could watch Fabian and Van Helsing fight the undead all day.

“Five Ghosts” constantly revives the pulp genre in new and fascinating ways each month. It reads like the work of creators with decades of experience, but establishes itself as uniquely contemporary. It’s a joy to read each month, and while this issue is a little light on the horror, and little heavy on the action, it’s still a damn good comic. Seriously, you won’t find better value for your $3.50.

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Wolf Moon” #1 Offers Wonderful Werewolf Bloodlust

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:35

A heart-pounding rollercoaster ride, “Wolf Moon” #1  lets loose on the bloodlust found in the lycanthropy lore.  This is an unflinching look at the hairy creatures who howl at the full moon. The “Wolf Moon” series delivers a promising introduction with such intensity, I cannot wait to get my hands on the second issue.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn

ART BY: Jeremy Haun

PUBLISHER:  Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: December 3, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

Dillon has been haunted every night by the deaths of his hunter pack. Though they were well-armed, nothing could have prepared them for the bloodthirsty and savage beast waiting for them. Though Dillon survived, he has been scarred physically and must always live with that reminder that he failed his friends. Because the lunar cycle is almost coming to an end, Dillon is up against time itself to find his friend’s murderer.  

Writer Cullen Bunn takes an interesting twist on the werewolf mythology, removing the “curse” aspect. Instead, the werewolf is a more of a symptom to an ever-spreading disease. Dillon, the hunter, is more interested in finding a cure to the disease, than putting the monster out of its misery. Bunn uses Dillon’s narration to voice the everyman’s internal conflict to explain the extraordinary.  

The werewolf transformation is still painful to the human host before and after. Bunn portrays the host as a victim and the wolf itself as thrill-seeker.  Plus the human host has to vomit the people he ate as a werewolf afterwards. Those gagging scenes are jaw-dropping,  but I’m really glad that Bunn explained that course of actio;, instead of being gross  for gore’s sake.

Artist Jeremy Haun goes to the max when it comes down to graphic violence. In an extreme close-up, Haun illustrates the wolf’s claws going through the man’s cheeks. Haun then kicks it up a notch, by drawing the fingers in the wolf’s fanged mouth. Notice how Haun also follows continuity, making sure there are always three marks on the side of Dillon’s face.

I enjoyed the vivid colors by Lee Loughridge in each panel. In a striking scene, Dillon attempts to run over the werewolf with his jeep. The tones are brightly yellow because the headlights are the main source. We then see the shape of the creature through its silhouette.

Off to a great start, “Wolf Moon” #1 oozes with bloody goodness. I really hope the second issue holds up to this intensity.

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8 Horror Films Plagued By Real-Life Death Curses

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:30

Is it possible for a horror film to be cursed, the mere act of making it evoking some sort of malicious entity hell-bent on inflicting harm to those involved? It sounds pretty silly, I’m well aware, but the truth is that many horror films over the years have seemingly incurred the wrath of an evil force.

Of course, it’s impossible to ever know if what we’re dealing with in these situations is coincidence or something far more sinister, though the stories we’re presenting to you today certainly seem to indicate the latter. So turn off all the lights and prepare to be spooked.

Here are 8 horror films that were (allegedly) plagued by real-life death curses!

1) THE EXORCIST

One of the most infamous tales of a horror movie curse is tied to The Exorcist, many believing that an evil entity took up residence in the celluloid itself. So plagued was the production by strange occurrences that E! aired a two-hour special a decade ago to collect all of the stories together, ranging from on-set fires to nearly a dozen mysterious deaths in the immediate families of crew members.

At several points a real priest was brought in to bless the set, and he seemed sure that Satan didn’t want the film to be made. Furthering belief in the alleged curse is the fact that Jack MacGowran, who played Burke Dennings, died of influenza shortly after completing his scenes. Other oddly timed deaths included actress Valsiliki Maliaros, Max von Sydow’s brother and Linda Blair’s grandfather.

The strange activity continued after the movie was shot, with many fainting, passing out and/or vomiting upon its theatrical release. At one screening in Rome, a church nearby was struck by lightning after the audience filed into the theater, a giant cross landing in the plaza below.

2) THE OMEN (1976)

Just three years after the release of The Exorcist, The Omen fell victim to a similar rash of mysterious activity, and many cast/crew members lost their lives before, during and soon after the film was shot. Star Gregory Peck’s plane was struck by lightning, director Richard Donner was hit by a car right around the time of filming and an animal wrangler was eaten alive by one of his tigers a mere two weeks after production wrapped.

The most chilling example of the so-called “Omen Curse,” however, is tied to special effects artist John Richardson. The artist, who designed the film’s memorable decapitation scene, was involved in a fatal car accident in late 1976, which beheaded his female passenger. It’s even been rumored that when Richardson got out of the car, he saw a sign indicating that he was 66.6 miles from a town in the Netherlands called Ommen.

These stories are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Omen Curse, which nearly claimed the life of a stunt coordinator as well as the producer – the latter narrowly avoiding being struck by lightning.

MORE Real Life Death Curses on the NEXT page!

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[Comic Book Review] “Nailbiter” #8 Superbly Stings With Tense Thrills

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:22

I’m running the risk of sounding like a broken record but “Nailbiter” #8  is another absolutely superb issue. This book is consistently outstanding and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, which is a blessing.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: Dec 3, 2014

Reviewed By Torin Chambers

We’ve been with these people for 8 months now and it shows. We have an excellent sense of who these people are, what drives them, how they see themselves, and in turn how the world around them sees them back. Our care for their safety and wellbeing is at an all time high, which makes life or death situations altogether more immediate and visceral.

Williamson is on track to cover as many phobias as possible over the course of Nailbiter’s run. He’s done body horror, cannibalism, fire, stabbing, and now this month we’ve got bees thrown into the mix. That also means another potential serial killer/at the very least an incredibly unhinged individual. We open on a sight that should intimately familiar to any psychopaths out there: cutting off the wings and pulling out the stinger of a bee with an x-acto knife and tweezers.

Well at least it’s all set to the tender humming of “I’m bringing home my baby bumblebee,” that keeps it at a special level of unsettling. The especially cryptic dialogue that follows may initially come off as a madman’s ramblings but don’t take it lightly. There’re a couple other hints throughout the issue that make it almost sound like he’s really onto something. I’m sure we won’t understand the implications fully for some time.

This issue does an excellent job of juggling Finch and Crane in separate situations that don’t intersect. They’ve spent most of the series in more of a buddy cop capacity, so it’s super interesting to see them go about their own business. Finch especially because his scene would have gone down infinitely different if Crane was present. Without Crane to act as a moral compass of sorts for Finch, he’s free to dig even harder and get his hands dirty. Warren also gets a lovely moment this issue but that’s his extent of involvement.

“Nailbiter” is the pinnacle of horror in comics right now, it’s also a tense thriller, an emotional drama and it’s got a wicked sense of humor. The complete package any way you look at it, even under a tree this holiday season.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

 

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The T-1000 Returns In the ‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:21

#HeIsBack

The Terminator Genisys trailer doesn’t arrive until tomorrow, but right now we have some footage from it. It’s both spectacular and disappointing. How? Well, take a look at the CGI-heavy sequence as depicted above (see an opposing scene from T2 below). Really? It’s totally unnecessary. It looks like the T-100 arm is coming out of Arnold’s stomach.

Otherwise, I love the aesthetics of the footage, and the epic tease of the T-1000′s return!

Tune in this coming Thursday for the full trailer premiere to the latest Terminator sequel, in theaters July 1, 2015.

Alan Taylor shot the film in New Orleans. It stars Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as a T-800), with Jason Clarke (as John Conner), Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons.

Why is the below gif so much cooler? Well, because the arm was real. Physical effects will always look better.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Updates on Sandman Adaptation

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:21

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series, and yesterday Joseph Gordon-Levitt offered up a long-awaited update on the exciting project. Read on for the latest!

In an AMA session over on Reddit, Gordon-Levitt revealed that the screenplay is still in the works and that things are coming along smoothly. As we previously reported, the actor plans on both starring in and directing the feature film.

Been doing a lot of work with David Goyer and Jack Thorne, working on the screenplay,” the filmmaker said. “We’ve been doing our meetings at the DC office, which is a frickin rad place to work. Also just had a great conversation last week with David and Mr. Gaiman. Neil has been extremely big hearted with me, and he’s the one I want to please most.”

Meanwhile, Goyer recently offered up an update of his own to Deadline, which should be music to the ears of all fans of the comic books.

I hesitate to definitively say when it might go before the cameras, but the one thing different between other iterations and ours is that Neil Gaiman has been in the room with us and is a vital part of the team,” Goyer said. “We have a draft Warners is very happy with and we’re moving forward, knock on wood.”

The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge, and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros. has tried for some time to get a script right, and they may have finally cracked it.

Expect more on this one soon!

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[Comic Book Review] “Robocop” #6 Favors Exposition Over Action

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:11

“Robocop” #6 favors exposition over action and focuses in on clearing up some plot elements that have been somewhat vague up until this point.  Knowing me you might expect rejection or disdain for a lack of bloodsport, but I actually welcome the detail. Unexpectedly, I found some depth and proper motive has been provided to Killian.  The picture gets a bit bigger, but its still a picture of a robot punching a crack heads eye out.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Carlos Magno
PUBLISHER: BOOM!
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: December 3, 2014

Reviewed by Eric Switzer

As much as I love the upgraded (both in function and in shit-talking) enforcement droids, I think my favorite thing about them is how everyone says their entire model number aloud when referring to it:  “Hey, ED-2000x show Robocop your new toys!”, “You did good today ED-2000x”.  There is no cutesie abbreviation or anything, say that outloud and try not to sound ridiculous.

Regardless, more robots with attitudes is always a good thing.  Robocop himself is also getting an upgrade.  Yes soon Robocop will have the ability to run, he is being upgraded to the Joel Kinnaman model, or JK-4000§.  (The “§” means you make a fart sound in your armpit)

Killian’s plan becomes clear here and I won’t spoil it but when I read it I gave a little nod and thought “I’d buy that for a dollar.”  The reveal doesn’t drastically change what the book is but it pulls things into focus in a way I think it needed.  “Robocop” may be staunchly escapist reading, but everyone can appreciate good story telling.

I’m not certain what to make of Lewis and the dinner party, it sort of comes across as foreshadowing mixed with the introduction of an important character.  It was effective, but it seemed to go on a little too long.

“Robocop” is consistently killer and shows no signs of stopping.  Everything I have said about it tonally and artistically remains true through each and every issue.  There are ebs and flows to the action but the book is never boring, and never drags.  It makes me yearn for more Robocop, and I think that is just about the best thing that can be said about any series.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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Abysm Finds a Mad Scientist on the Loose in New York City

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:00

We just don’t have enough mad scientist movies anymore, man. Thankfully a new flick which is filming now in New York is out to change all that. Read on for your first details on Abysm.

From the Press Release:
Dark and terrifying, ABYSM follows Sam Miller, a man who spirals into depression after the death of his brother in war-torn Iraq. Following a failed suicide attempt, Sam finds himself directed to a research facility under the supervision of Doctor Julian Loro.

Utilizing new technology, Sam undergoes a series of experiments to scan and alter human emotions. But when his neurology proves to be unlike anything they’ve seen before, Dr. Loro pushes the machine to its limits, opening unforeseen abilities within Sam: the unrestricted power to manipulate and alter the emotional state of others. Seeking gruesome revenge for those who have wronged him, Sam tries to stay one step ahead of those who want to turn him into a science experiment or, even worse, a military weapon.

Written and directed by Serge Levin (Paragon Algorithm), ABYSM stars Charles Baker (first picture below; “Breaking Bad,” Splinter) as Sam Miller, Michael Ironside (second picture below with Serge Levin; Total Recall, Scanners, Terminator: Salvation) as the scheming Dr. Julian Loro, and Alex Veadov (The Equalizer, We Own the Night) as the mysterious Kaine.

In conjunction with Isle Empire Pictures, ABYSM is being produced by award-winning filmmaker Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead, Nightmare Box) and Matthew Panepinto (The Harrow, Redrum). They are also joined by director of photography Richard Clabaugh (The Prophecy, Phantoms, Hellraiser 3).

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[Comic Book Review] “The Ghost Fleet” #2 Is Complex, Absorbing Fun

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:56

“Ghost Fleet” is back for round two and it’s a knockout. Issue #1 intrigued me, a comic about big trucks goin’ fast and smashing shit on the surface but with the glimmers of something deeper. That something deeper is what issue #2 opens with and now it’s got me hook line and sinker. The mysteries are boundless and my questions are counting up to immeasurable levels. However, this never feels cheap or lazy, it’s a deep seeded mystery that becomes exponentially more exciting with every teenie-tiny tidbit and kernel of information.

WRITTEN BY: Donny Cates

ART BY: Daniel Warren Johnson

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: December 3, 2014

Reviewed By Torin Chambers

The opening scene alone has so much new information and new mysteries it’s almost staggering when you really think about it. I’m not even sure where to begin. A Senator named Roland Cohle walks down an industrial looking hall, wearing a red hooded cloak. He comes to a wooden door with an incredible design, it looks like something HP Lovecraft would think up, that doesn’t fit in with its surroundings. Possibly the facility was built around it?

Next to the door is a fingerprint analyzer that Cohle must use to gain access to “The Silhouette,” an ominous backdoor shady government cult name if ever there was one. Things only escalate exponentially from here. The room contains a raised platform, surrounded by a small lake of what looks like blood. On this platform there are numerous others dressed like Cohle sitting around a fire with a few armed guards overlooking them. On top of all that there’s a massive carving of what appears to be an owl overseeing everything in the room, their God/Master?

All of that happens in the first 3 pages, I can never stop reading Ghost Fleet now until I know what that was all about. Not that I wouldn’t read it regardless, you could take away all the intrigue and you’ve still got genuinely funny humor and balls to the wall action. Ghost Fleet is definitive proof that you can have stupid fun and tell a complex, absorbing story all at the same time.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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Go Behind the Scenes of Animated Horror Lake Villa Vamps

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:45

Lake Villa Vamps, which marks Sonny Fernandez and Down Twisted Studios’ ninth production and first animated feature, follows a group of bloodthirsty, murderous vampires as they are tasked to save the world from the mighty Brethren, a werewolf empire intent on taking over.

Full of blood, action, drama, and romance, Lake Villa Vamps was written and completely animated by Down Twisted founder Sonny Fernandez. It promises to take viewers places they’ve never gone before, including a whole new world.

Fernandez has posted a video peek behind the curtain in which he explains the process behind animating a 2-1/2-hour film all by yourself, including the programs he uses, the technique behind it, and what it takes to bring something so insane to life.

With voice work from DT veterans Cody Tergesen, Sam Ova, and Edgardo Osorio and introducing a whole new slew of talent including Matthew Brooks, Andrew Gilliland, Nicole Sachiko Nitta, and Meredith Williams, Lake Villa Vamps attempts to set a new standard for the company as well as bring an entirely new genre to the table.

Check out the goods below, and look for more soon. In the meantime visit the Down Twisted Studios website and befriend Sonny Fernandez on Facebook.

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The Great Horror Campout – 2015 Tickets On Sale NOW!

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:30

There’s really nothing like The Great Horror Campout, and the sickos who bring us this woodsy mayhem are back to chill your winter with promises of blood, boobs (both figurative and literal), buffets, and beasts! Read on for details.

From the Press Release:
Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, has announced the return of The Great Horror Campout.  The production will begin touring in June 2015.

Kicking off its run in Los Angeles on June 5th and 6th, the production is a 12-hour, overnight, interactive horror camping adventure unlike any other in the horror-themed events genre.  Tickets are on sale now. Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, the tickets are the perfect gift for your friends and family who enjoy distinctive and one-of-a-kind experiences.    

“We are developing a night that is packed with layered interactive content to provide our campers an experience that they will never forget.  This chapter will again continue to push the envelope and kill the spectator sport status quo in the live attraction space. Campers will leave feeling like they have been fully submerged in the experience for the entire night,” says Melissa Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions.

“This year’s Campout will be the best yet,” added Carbone.  “Our goal is to get campers to go further and further down the rabbit hole.  The further they go, the more they engage, the bloodier, scarier, more challenging the experience will get.  The content and characters will be unmatched.  At its core Campout is just fun where there is something for everyone.  Campers can choose their level of scare.”

The Great Horror Campout offers campers a choice to sleep in two- or four-person tents.  Campers can choose their level of engagement when they choose their activities and tent zone.  The experience can be an extreme horror adventure or a more mild horror adventure based on preference.  Additionally, Hellmasters from previous years will receive VIP status and many perks at all future Campouts and TTO productions. 

For more info visit the official Great Horror Campout website, “like” The Great Horror Campout on Facebook, and follow The Great Horror Campout on Twitter.

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Mick Garris’ New Novel Salome Arriving in January

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:15

Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris has a new book heading our way next year from Cemetery Dance, and on tap today is a look at the cover art, synopsis, and more details on Salome.

With cover artwork by Alex Ruiz, expect Salome in January 2015. It’s at the printer now, and Cemetery Dance has two options available:

• Hardcover Limited Edition of 750 signed copies bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($40)
• Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 26 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, and featuring illustrated endpapers ($175)

You can also snag a copy from the EvilShop below, but you’ll have to wait until mid-February for it to arrive.

Synopsis:
I thought I hated my wife. Until she was murdered.

I thought I knew her, too. Better than anyone.

The spouse is always the first suspect. You feel guilt regardless of how far you are from the scene of the crime. I couldn’t help but feel complicit, that our mutual and growing hatred had somehow taken root and led to this. I knew it wasn’t true in a legal sense, but I felt dirty with responsibility regardless.

Maybe I never really hated my wife. Maybe she just drove me mad. Maybe I would miss her.

But mostly, I needed to know who killed her, and why…

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Fascinating Short Film Follows A Song That Is Meant For The Dead

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:09

Director Troy Morgan has uploaded a fascinating short film entitled Musical Recordings From the Realm of the Dead that follows a requiem as it travels through a musical telegraph, a device that is meant to transmit musical tones through telegraph wires.

The synopsis reads:

Four separate individuals at the dawn of wireless technology become accidental collaborators in a musical composition that is pieced together through radio waves.

It’s a fascinating film that, at just over five minutes long, is well worth watching. Plus, the vast majority is done via stop motion, so if you’re into that it’s right up your alley.

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‘The Fantastic Four’ Remake Follows Awesome Ultimate Universe

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:05

The official plot details have been revealed for FOX’s new The Fantastic Four, and sites are butchering the filmmakers for it.

Frankly, I think the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” storyline was awesome, and am excited to see this new universe with its new origin play out.

Here’s the synopsis:

THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

In theaters August 7, 2015, the pic stars the incredibly underrated Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm.

It should also be noted that Josh Trank of Chronicle fame directed this pic, which is definitely going to be FX intensive. I loved what Trank did with Chronicle, especiallyy the film’s finale. Imagine what he’ll be able to do with the third act (if it’s similar to the comic) as the FF battle Doom!

Personally, I just love that the new FF is grounded in reality.

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Sugar Skull Girls Plus Horror Icons Equals SWEET!

Dread Central - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:00

Your first look at the upcoming kid-friendly horror flick Sugar Skull Girls has arrived. Sit back, relax, and dig on this image gallery along with the first official trailer.

Christian Grillo directs. Addy Miller, Carmela Hayslett, Cece Hagen, Anika Buchanan, Isabella Sobejano, Michael Berryman, John Amplas, and Leslie Easterbrook star.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with the flick’s progress, check out the official Sugar Skull Girls Facebook page and follow Sugar Skull Girls on Twitter.

Synopsis:
Three demonic sisters who resemble neo-Goth voodoo dolls are accidentally conjured from the other side during a failed attempt to raise a little girl from the dead. With impeccable fashion sense and teenaged angst, the Sugar Skull Girls will stop at nothing to escape the clutches of The Pale Witch, the ruler of The Shadow world.

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