'La Danza Macabra' OST To Be Released: Composed By The Late Riz Ortolani (Cannibal Holocaust)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:30

FilmMusicSite will be releasing the original soundtrack to the 1964 Italian horror film La Danza Macabra (aka Castle Of Blood), which was composed by the late Riz Ortolani. The OST will be released on February 28th and pre-orders are being taken here. Ortolani passed away just a few weeks ago in Rome and is recognized for the infamous and controversial Cannibal Holocaust.

The IMDb synopsis reads, “A writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a haunted castle on All Soul’s Eve. Once night falls at the castle, several who had been murdered therein return to life, reliving their deaths and seeking to kill the writer for his blood in a vain attempt to stay alive beyond that one night. Barbara Steele, as one of the living dead, tries to aid his escape from the castle.

A trailer for the film can be seen below.

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Toy Fair 2014: NECA Unleashes LOTS of Predator Collectibles

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:28

The Predator continues to one of the more popular creatures to ever grace the silver screen, and you cannot deny its badassery. Even in those crappy AVP movies they kicked mucho ass, and NECA is certainly making the most of the franchise's license.

From Figures.com comes a look at a slew of upcoming predatory goodies. Arriving this June are both the “Bad Blood” and “Enforcer” figures (both based on the “Bad Blood” comic) along with a new version of the “Predator 2 Elder” that’s massively improved with new sculpted materials, articulation, and accessories.

Series 13 will be here late summer and features “Cracked Tusk,” “Renegade,” and “Scavenge,” all based on Kenner designs.

Even before those we’ll see a “NES video game Predator” celebrating the 1989 classic in May!

In addition, the site reports that NECA isn’t just sticking with figures, but expanding the lineup with a huge new vehicle! Based on the original Kenner design but massively upgraded and updated to modern sensibilities, the “Blade Fighter” is coming in August. The huge two-foot long fightercraft is visually striking with tons of weaponry, and the underslung cannons are removable and can be used as hand-held weapons by the included pilot, the “Viper Predator.” Also based on the original mini-comic, this orange, black, and yellow themed Predator has a removable mask, short dreadlocks, and blade gauntlets.

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Buck Up, Fannibals - Here's Some New Hannibal Season 2 Promo Art and More

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:22

The "Hannibal" Twitter and Facebook pages have released some new antler-themed poster art for the show's Season 2 premiere along with a creepy photo with the tagline "I know who you are" and the promise of some big news tomorrow.

"Hannibal" Season 2 premieres on Friday, February 28th. For more info in the meantime, visit "Hannibal" on NBC.com, "like" "Hannibal" on Facebook, and follow "Hannibal" on Twitter.

Related Story: See all of our "Hannibal" coverage here.

Fannibals, keep your eyes peeled [literally if you'd like] for a BIG announcement tomorrow. #Hannibal

— Hannibal (@NBCHannibal) February 17, 2014

"Hannibal" Episode 2.01 - "Kaiseki" (airs 2/28/14; 10-11PM)
WILL'S INNOCENCE CONTINUES TO BE TESTED AS CYNTHIA NIXON AND GILLIAN ANDERSON GUEST STAR -- Will (Hugh Dancy) is determined to fight for his innocence as Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) try to wrap their heads around the fact he’s behind bars.

Meanwhile, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) faces a strained relationship with Will while Kade Purnell (Cynthia Nixon) with the FBI pays him a visit.

Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Gillian Anderson.

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ReAction Figure Image Explosion! Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Tons More!

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:17

We told you a few days ago that the geniuses behind the Super7 line of Alien figures were hard at work creating similar figures based on popular movie characters from the horror genre, and now we have a gallery and a half for you.

Get ready to feel your wallet start burning! I know ours is!

Each figure is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.

The ReAction line was introduced to great excitement at Comic-Con 2013 with action figures from the film Alien. Their popularity led Funko and Super7 to expand the product line to many more great licenses.

Release dates range from April to October of this year so be sure to click the pre-order link below for additional info.


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Children's Books Get a Genre Spin Thanks to Josh Cooley

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:07

When I was growing up, my children's books consisted of Creepy, Eerie, Fangoria, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and The Savage Sword of Conan. Yep, I grew up kind of strange, but hey, if someone would have shown me these, I wouldn't have argued at all!

Below you'll find a gallery of images from artist Josh Cooley, who has taken some of the most memorable scenes from horror history and otherwise and transformed them into what they would have looked like if they were children's stories. You want cool? These are pretty damned cool. Even better, if you really like 'em, you can own 'em as they're all for sale! Just click here.

Enough talk... dig!

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Listen To A New My Chemical Romance Song "Fake Your Death"

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 15:57

On March 25th, Reprise Records will be releasing May Death Never Stop You, a greatest hits collection of tracks from rock group My Chemical Romance and their four studio albums (as well as four previously unreleased tracks). In anticipation of this release, a teaser video for the album has been released that features a brand new, unreleased track entitled “Fake Your Death”. Head on below to give it a listen!

You can pre-order a limited edition of the album here or a digital version here.

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Another Clip and the First Images from The Walking Dead Episode 4.11 - Claimed

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 15:43

It's Monday, which means a lot of our headlines involve a certain zombie-themed show that happens to be the most popular thing on TV right now. Of course it's "The Walking Dead," and up next are the first photos of next week's Episode 4.11, "Claimed," along with another sneak peek.

The new clip is the third video below - just beware that the size and quality leave a bit to be desired. It focuses on Michonne, as does one of the new photos. The other gives us a better look at Josh McDermitt as newly introduced character Dr. Eugene Porter.

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 4.11 - "Claimed" (airs 2/23/14)
Just when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) thinks he's going to be able to relax, he's faced with multiple immediate threats. Other members of the group deal with their past. Written by Nichole Beattie and Seth Hoffman; directed by Seith Mann

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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[Now Playing] 'Alan Wake' Episode 17

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:44

In this episode of our Alan Wake series, we wonder what an Imulsion-ified Lambent Alan Wake would be like, pit Marcus Fenix against Mr. Wake, and find a wonderful place to watch the world burn. Oh, and there’s also a thrilling discussion on the possibilities of Alan Wake 2 that’s aimed directly at any of our viewers who may also work at Remedy.

Want a tease? Alright, how about Alan Wake 2: Army of Darkness? YES.

In case you lost track, here are the two questions we asked you all in this episode:
What country are you from?
What should we call you, our viewers?

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Art For Anchor Bay's 'Mr. Jones'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:42

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist, with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare… From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons Of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: an infamously reclusive artist – known only as ‘Mr. Jones’ – lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend) and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

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Monkeybrain Monday Review: “Art Monster” # 1

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:42

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.

Jeremy Holt is about to become a household name with numerous exciting projects in development. “Art Monster” is one of the few horror books the publisher offers. So naturally it’s the perfect fit for today’s feature. The story follows Victor Stein, a listless art college student who has been lost in his educational institution for seven years. Through a macabre voiceover Victor ponders the question of artistic innovation to ghastly results.

WRITTEN BY: Gabriel Hardman
ART BY: Francesa Ciregia
PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics
PRICE: $0.99
GET IT HERE: http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/

Anyone who has been to art school knows the place is filled with weird people. This strange place gathers a society pulled from different houses of inspiration. The effect can be alienating for those who don’t have it all figured out. Which is exactly Victor’s problem. He ponders the line of innovation: the difference between not going far enough and going too far.

This is all brought to life by a grim voiceover that amounts to a very telling analysis of the artistic process. Brought to life by Francesa Ciregia’s dark and bold art. Contrast is this black and white books best friend. The blacks motivate most panels and special attention is paid to shadows. They are often closing in on the subject of a frame and create a claustrophobic look that adds to the vulnerability of the narrative.

Naturally the reason Holt ponders the question of going too far is so he can take Victor into a dark place with a moral high ground. It’s the type of excellent character premise that fueled stories like “Re-Animator.” To push the boundaries, to try something different, to enrich the medium we must break down taboos.

There is an assortment of supporting players who briefly introduce themselves in this debut. Holt takes the little time he has to suggest who they are and how they will ultimately influence Victor.

While the book only ponders this question the real disgusting stuff has yet to come. The hints of the horrific art on the horizon are enough to fuel this exciting read. For anyone who has even been lost as an “artist” or has contemplating how to contribute to the ever-expanding canvas of art history than this book will surely resonate with you. It’s a wonderfully written look into being lost in art brought to life in a dark and brooding style.

Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls.

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[TV] New "Hannibal" Promotional Posters Peak Through the Antlers

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:22

NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “Hannibal” returns at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) Friday, February 28 following “Grimm” after the previously-announced conclusion of the 10-episode run of “Dracula.”

Check out two brand new promotional banners that peak through the antlers, a motif for season 2.

In the premiere episode, 2.01, “Kaiseki,” “With Will still in custody for the murder of Abigail, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. The big question is whether or not Dr. Bloom will be able to help Will regain his memories.

From creator Bryan Fuller, “Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novels, this series is the prequel to the story that began with the feature films “Red Dragon” and “Silence of the Lambs.”

The series also stars Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.

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[Random Cool] "House of Cards" Intro Styled Like "The Walking Dead"!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:17

District 7 Media created this fabulous “House of Cards” meets “The Walking Dead” intro.

We decided to combine our two favorite shows with an overhaul of their intros and showcase them with this parody video” they explain. “We combined the theme of ‘The Walking Dead’ and incorporated as many elements from ‘House of Cards’ that we could. Since the original ‘HOC’ intro is nearly 90 seconds long and ‘TWD’ intro is only 35 seconds it was quite the challenge fitting in all of the credits and choosing the best scenes that represent the darker side of the show.

Watch as Kevin Spacey and the rest of the cast prepare for the zombie apocalypse, in Washington.

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[Toy Fair '14] I Must Have This 'Ghostbusters' Stay Puft Bank!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:07

Out of the New York Toy Fair, Toy Ark revealed Diamond Select Toys’ mind-blowing Ghostbusters collectible that’s a “Battle Damaged Stay Puft Bank,” all burnt and toasty.

They also have a regular bank, but who wants that when you can put your pennies inside this monstrosity!?

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5 Questions With 'Hellbenders 3D' Director JT Petty!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:00

Hellbenders 3D arrives on 3-D Blu-ray (includes 3-D and standard version of the film plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD tomorrow February 18 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. I really enjoyed this horror comedy, it has a great Coscarelli-esque vibe but also manages to bring its own vulgar brand of lunacy to the proceedings. The stakes are incredibly high, and the humor is executed well enough to serve that and not diminish it.

The film was written and directed by JT Petty (The Burrowers), whom I hopped on the phone with last week to talk about achieving the film’s delicate balance and pulling off a project that, to my eyes at least, feels incredibly fresh.

Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), Clancy Brown (Cowboys and Aliens) Andre Royo (HBO’s “The Wire”), Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight) and Robyn Rikoon (Bridge And Tunnel all star in this tale of rebel ministers who drag the worst demons back to hell.

Check it out below!

The movie achieves a really nice tonal balance between horror and comedy. You really care about the characters. Can you talk about balancing all of those notes?

I think a lot of the character stuff works because the actors are so strong. Clancy [Brown] is obviously great and Clifton [Collins Jr.] can disappear into his roles. To me it’s a weird question because horror, when it works, is pretty funny. Even the least funny movie possible, like The Exorcist, if you watch that in a crowded theater there are at least three or four laughs in that movie. You’re so tense and you’ve got to do something, so you laugh. The last thing I wanted to do was make something like Scary Movie, where it’s making fun of horror movies. But I do feel that comedy and horror work together.

You mentioned this great cast. Clifton, Clancy, Andre Royo, Dan Fogler and this great newcomer Robyn Rikoon. It had to be a thrill as they each fell into place.

I was shocked when Clancy Brown signed on, and he’s a fan of these movies and loves all of this stuff. And Clifton I was always a fan of but didn’t even think to talk to because he always just seemed like the people he was playing, like in Capote or whatever. Half of me geeks out on getting to work with these guys and the other half just feels grateful that they’re up for it.

As a director, pulling something off with this kind of scope – what was the biggest challenge for you?

Shooting on 3D is pretty fucking terrible on a budget. I still love the idea creatively. I went into this with the idea that giant Hollywood blockbusters were killing 3D because if you’re making a 200 million movie it’s usually about giant robots or giant monsters and you’re putting them against these giant cityscapes. And anything that’s more than 100 feet away from you, the parallel axis between our eyeballs doesn’t read the 3D. Something like Gravity is different because even though it’s this giant thing you’re still 3 to 4 feet away from the characters and you’re getting all of the parallel axis information. It kills me that most people are probably going to watch this movie in 2D because I think for both comedy and gore all of the texture plays better in 3D.

The demons in the film have a simple yet striking design. Can you talk about bringing that to life?

I liked the idea going into this that the demons we are dealing with are pre-Christian. We’re going back to Norse mythology and that old Scandinavian writing. Our makeup guy, Brian Spears, who did a lot of Ti West’s stuff really helped. We really centralized what we were dealing with so that with the demons a lot of what you see are things they could have realistically done to themselves. This sort of self scarring with fingernails. And with Robyn at the end we went with this tiny little scratch writing to cover her face. We wanted them to look like demons, but also people. We wanted them to be somewhat believable.

What’s coming up next for you?

I wrote a video game last year called Outlast and we actually just recorded the voices for the DLC which should be out in a couple of months. I’m also working on a Walking Dead video game. As far as movies go, that’s anybody’s guess. I’ve been making movies long enough to know that it’s all kind of bullshit until you’re shooting.

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First Look at the Official LEGO Ghostbusters Set

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:00

They're finally here! Just in time for Toy Fair 2014, we have your first look at the official LEGO Ghostbusters set, and it is pretty friggin' amazing. Thank Zuul for the riches he hath bestowed upon us!

The line was original conceived by fan Brent Waller.

"We’re thrilled to take the ECTO-1 and minifigure characters from Brent Waller’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary project..." said the company in a prior press release. "This is an amazing model, and the set will be a fantastic representation of the cult classic film."

The LEGO Ghostbusters will make their debut in early June. Fans will have the chance to build brick versions of Ecto-1, the ghost-fighting team's classic vehicle, and play with minifigure versions of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore.

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Waxwork Records To Release Vinyl OST For 'Chopping Mall'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:55

Waxwork Records has officially announced that they will be releasing Chuck Cirino‘s score to the 1986 sci-fi/horror film Chopping Mall. Cirino has scored a vast amount of B-horror and made-for-TV horror films since he began composing in 1980, including Terror Squad, Return Of The Swamp Thing, 976-Evil II, Ghoulies IV, and more.

The remastered vinyl reissue does not yet have a release date.

The IMDb plot reads, “Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Head below for the film’s trailer and poster.

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The Walking Dead Meets House of Cards In New Opening Mash-Up Video

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:30

What happens when the opening credits of the hit Netflix series "House of Cards" collides head on with the opening credits of AMC's "The Walking Dead?" You're about to find out. Politics and the zombie apocalypse? That just sounds so right.

It arrived via Drew Geraci (District 7 Media), who writes:

"House of Cards" meets "The Walking Dead" intro. What could be better?! We decided to combine our two favorite shows with an overhaul of their intros and showcase them with this parody video.

We combined the theme of "The Walking Dead" and incorporated as many elements from "House of Cards" that we could. Since the original "HOC" intro is nearly 90 seconds long and "TWD" intro is only 35 seconds, it was quite the challenge fitting in all of the credits and choosing the best scenes that represent the darker side of the show.

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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Get Your Sneak On With The Official 'Thief: Director's Cut' OST

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:08

Sumthing Else Music Works has announced that they will be releasing the official original soundtrack to the upcoming Square Enix/Eidos-Montreal action-stealth game Thief, which comes out February 25th on current and previous gen consoles as well as PC. The music was composed by Luc St. Pierre, who also composed the 2009 TV horror fantasy Hellhounds as well as the 2008 horror drama The Watch. You can preview all the tracks and pre-order the album here.

Head below to watch a trailer for the game.

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Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead Scores Distro

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:00

Thomas J. Churchill's ambitious new zombie/period feature Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead has scored itself some distribution, and we have all of your details right here. Read on for the latest on this zombie-filled opus.

From the Press Release
Writer/director Thomas J. Churchill's (Syfy's Monster Man, Emerging Past) 1957 styled zombie film Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead tells the story of the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is scheduled for a July 2014 summer release through Origin Releasing.

Established in late 2012, Origin's team of executives have over 100 years of experience in distribution, production and acquisitions for disc distribution, VOD, television and theatrical. “We are very excited to be working with Thomas and his team at Church Hill Productions and look forward to being a part of the distribution of his films,” stated Brian Jaynes, COO at Origin.

"The film will be available everywhere, including but not limited to Redbox and all wholesale stores such as Walmart and Best Buy and will also be available on all major cable and satellite providers for VOD, including Netflix, iTunes and more," stated Churchill.

Produced by Churchill and David M. Parks with cinematography by Wolfgang Meyer, Lazarus revolves around the character of George Lazarus (Ray Capuana), an insurance investigator who schedules routine interviews with twelve employees of the Deadly Sin Cigarette Company upon the receipt of a rather suspicious insurance claim. In the process, he learns that all twelve had recently been fired for being sick at the job, and then subsequently and without a trace, they disappeared. Two weeks later, with Lazarus now a missing person, his heart-sick fiancée Bethany Loomis (Natalie Victoria) and Chip (Kevin Franklin) undertake the task of finding him. While retracing his steps, they learn that what was initially regarded as a simple fraud investigation case may actually be the beginning of the end of the human race.

Set in Hollywood in 1957, the film also stars Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night), Brooke Lewis (iMurders), Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2), James Duval (Sushi Girl), Brian Andrews (Halloween), Janet Tracy Keijser (House on Haunted Hill), Kenneth J. Hall (The Puppet Master), Krista Grotte and Taylor Morgan Lewis. Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX provides the special effects, with Clayton Brickert and Robert Giddens assisting.

"What we are hoping for audiences to take from their viewing experience of the film," explains Churchill, "is that we want them to say, 'If Hitchcock told a zombie film, this would be it.' I think it's a very intense, graphic and fresh entry to the zombie genre, and we want them to want more as this is the first in a proposed Lazarus trilogy."

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[Interview] 'You're Next' & 'V/H/S/2' Production Designer Tom Hammock Talks 'Will O' The Wisp'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:53

You might know Tom Hammock for his production design work on some of the biggest independent horror films in recent years including You’re Next, V/H/S/2, and All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. But when Tom’s not busy with his movie projects, he’s writing graphic novels. Recently released from Archaia and BOOM! Studios is “Will O’ The Wisp”, from Hammock and artist Megan Hutchison. The story follows a peculiar young girl, Aurora Grimeon, who is forced to move to Ossuary Isle after her parents die from eating strange mushrooms. What ensues is a dark young adult adventure that combines elements of the supernatural with the slasher genre. It’s a unique concoction, and the creative team has built a world that is magical and grim to go along with it. There’s also an adorably bizarre pet raccoon named Missy.

I spoke with Hammock and Hutchison about the release of their first graphic novel. Hammock goes into detail about the history of the story, his special blend of horror, and potential future work with Hutchison.

BD: You open the book with an interesting forward explaining how important storytelling and tradition was in your family – specifically, Hoodoo. Can you tell us a bit more about this aspect of your childhood? Do you continue any of those traditions yourself?

Tom Hammock: I’m afraid I don’t have any kids to read to, but I think that was really a great way to grow up. As far as Hoodoo goes, just a few things continue with me. For example burning a green bayberry candle on New years day and having your Christmas decorations all put away to ensure good luck for the coming year. Those sorts of simple traditions for luck are mostly what I stick to.

BD: Was it difficult to stay true to the traditions of Hoodoo while trying to write a fictional story?

TH: Interestingly, it was very easy to stay true. For every story point that required Hoodoo to be used there was always at least one traditional choice we could verify from multiple sources, and often several choices for the given situation (like putting out a fire, or protecting a house).

BD: Do you struggle between your scientific beliefs and your religious beliefs? Why do you think this divide is one that comes up time and time again in horror stories?

TH: For me personally there isn’t any struggle. It’s all science. Hoodoo functions more as an interesting occasional ritual. One needs good luck of course. Burning a green bayberry candle on New Years day doesn’t necessarily cross over to religion. But this divide really is prevalent in horror stories. I think it’s because horror so often deals with the unknown as a threat and the protagonists trying to explain that unknown; questioning their own beliefs, or embracing new beliefs in the face of something that turns their world upside down. That’s what makes horror so great, it gives the opportunity to push characters into the most extreme of situations.

BD: The book combines elements of dark fantasy, horror, and young adult fiction. How do you strike a balance between them all? Are there times when you want to go darker, but reel it back to maintain that sense of innocence?

TH: There were certainly times when we wanted to go darker, but that sense of innocence really is key to the story and Aurora’s character. She can’t be too jaded. Striking that balance was tough, but we just gave it our best shot. We did track each element to make sure the storyline got the elements in approximately equal doses.

BD: YALSA recently nominate the book for Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Did you expect that kind of reaction from the YA community?

TH: To be quite honest we were floored. We had no idea we were even being considered.

BD: Aurora Grimeon appears quite gloomy upon first glance with her stark white hair and striped clothing, but she’s actually quite gleeful underneath it all. Was this contrast something you planned or did it just come out naturally?

TH: Thanks for noticing. We wanted to explore that contrast and planned it from the beginning. There’s something fascinating about having a character in that type of environment be a little gleeful around the macabre. Plus it makes her more fun.

BD: You combine a lot of horror elements in the story; it’s a slow-burning supernatural slasher without all the gore. That’s a rather unique combination…

TH: I love that combination. As great as gore can be in the right project, I thought that the little piece of hell the antagonist carries had the possibility to be very scary in its own right and something that I hadn’t seen before. Gore didn’t seem to be necessary and was a step away from the rules of the world that seemed to fall naturally into place with the flame as the slasher weapon.

BD: Will O’ the Wisp is also a coming of age story in a lot of ways. What made you want to tell a story within that genre?

TH: Coming of age forms a really rich place to explore a character. You have Aurora transforming; on the threshold of becoming a woman. Then you add to that the transformative attributes of Hoodoo. It makes for a really interesting point in her life for the audience to meet her.

BD: Okay, I have to ask about Missy the raccoon because she is just awesome. Megan, you portray her perfectly and she adds so much to the story. Why a pet raccoon? Please tell me one of you has one.

TH: I’m afraid neither of us have a pet raccoon. However, my father had a pet raccoon named Willy when he was growing up, and he always had such great stories about Willy and his antics that it seemed like a natural fit. Many of the details of what Missy does are things Willy used to do. For instance he loved jam, but would insist on washing it in water, which would always end in an upset raccoon. In addition, many things on the isle are like real life, only one step removed to put Aurora on edge. Having a raccoon instead of a cat or dog seemed perfect.

BD: Tom, you do production design when you’re not writing comics and you’ve worked on some major horror movies including, You’re Next, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and V/H/S/2. I imagine that must help with your comics writing in terms of being able to envision the world.

TH: Absolutely. This really ties into the next question quite elegantly. Megan and I actually use the film making process that I used while working with Adam (Wingard) and Jon (Levine). We spent a lot of time building a reference book of paintings and photos of all aspects of the world to get ourselves on the same page and to establish the rules of the world before doing any writing or drawing. Then I go out and start writing and Megan starts in on the drawings.

BD: The book’s landscape is very dark and Gothic. How did you go about creating this world?

Megan Hutchison: Tom and I did tons of research. We spent weeks pulling photo references for the island, architecture, flora, graves etc. I think my art tends to be on the darker/gothic side, which lends itself to the tone we wanted. We also wanted to make sure that the island itself was an important character for the book – so we invested a lot of time establishing the world.

BD: Megan, your art style fits perfectly with the story. What was your collaborative process like?

MH:I did a lot of sketching and tests to figure out the look of the book. Though all my research and character development, the style came though. Since Tom and I have been collaborating on films for years, our process was pretty seamless. Once we knew what visual direction we wanted to take, he would hand me the script and then just let me do my thing.

BD: And with the full title of the book being “An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp”, is it safe to assume we’ll be seeing more of her?

TH: There will be more for sure. We’re excited to take Aurora and Missy on other adventures.

BD: Anything else you’d like readers to know?

MH: I’m a Sagittarius and I am rather fond of cookies and baby pandas.

TH: You can’t be too careful choosing which mushrooms you eat.

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