Top 13 Haunted House Favorites

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:30

There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.

Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.

We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, the audience was forced to question if the paranormal events were real or a hallucination from medicinal side effects.

Additionally we must mention the underrated The Sentinel as well as The Haunting, Burnt Offerings, Shutter Island, The Legend of Hell House and, for the kiddies, Monster House.

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And now, on to the Top 13 Haunted House Movies!

Paranormal Activity (2007)
Paranormal Activity got movie theaters screaming again. With a razor-thin budget, director Oren Peli took Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston (who played Micah and Katie... the budget was so small they couldn’t even afford to change their names!) and about $15,000 and created a movie that knew how to get under an audience's collective skin. Shot in the found-footage style, Paranormal Activity went from its meager beginnings to eventually earning over $200 million and spawning four sequels, all of which were huge box office earners themselves. But it wasn't the box office take that was the most impressive thing about Paranormal Activity, it was the ability of the film to make the audience afraid, not just with jump scares, but with brilliantly built tension. The movie gives you just enough to keep you interested until the next big scream. A wonderfully frightful experience.

The Changeling (1980)
While perusing titles in a video store (remember them?), I once asked a clerk, "What's the scariest movie you ever saw?" His answer was quick and sure: The Changeling. George C. Scott plays John Russell, a character based on real-life writer Russell Hunter, who claimed to have experienced paranormal events while staying at the Henry Treat Rogers mansion in Denver, Colorado. The story is a fantastic tale heavy on the scares and full of mystery. Although not a huge box office smash, the film was widely honored, including winning the first Genie Award for Best Canadian Film. Scott won the Genie for Best Foreign Actor, and female lead Trish Van Devere took the honor for Best Foreign Actress. Highlighted by an impressive séance scene, The Changeling is powerful enough to still scare the bejesus out of audiences today, nearly 35 years after its initial release.


Session 9 (2001)
Sound is such an integral part of making something scary. Mercedes McCambridge's voiceover work in The Exorcist is every bit as important in making Regan into the incredibly scary monster that she was as any prosthetic or makeup. And in Session 9, so much of what is frightening is on cassette tapes. And, of course, the voice we keep waiting to hear in Mary Hobbes' sessions is Simon's. And Simon turns out to be just the malignant, malicious force he is billed as by Mary's other personalities. Now, whether you believe Simon was actually one of Mary's personas or a genius loci (spirit guardian) of the Danver's State Mental Hospital, one thing is certain: some vicious and vindictive entity was exerting its will on the workers in that hospital, and director Brad Anderson did a fantastic job bringing it all to life in the outstanding Session 9.

1408 (2007)
A less famous Stephen King-penned haunted hotel jaunt, 1408 was adapted from a short story with the same name. It seems that King just has a knack for dreaming up haunted locations. Starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, 1408 is the kind of movie that gets into your mind and grows roots, especially if you're a parent. The scenes of Cusack's character, Mike Enslin, with the ghost of his deceased daughter are absolutely haunting and are, without a doubt, the most powerful parts of 1408. The manic, disjointed dream/haunting sequences of the movie really draw the viewer into the story and create an atmosphere where you can believe you are watching a man actually experiencing a true haunting and losing his mind. Powerful and memorable.

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Michelle Pfeiffer was unforgettable in that Catwoman getup, but her performance in What Lies Beneath was quite impressive as well. And the film itself takes audiences by surprise. How scary can a movie starring Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford be? Turns out the thing was pretty damn scary. Brilliant director Robert Zemeckis seemed to know exactly what buttons to push to build tension and suspense. The telltale doorknob opening on its own repeatedly signaled to viewers that it was time to sit up because something scary was coming. And how great was Ms. Pfeiffer delivering that classic line, "I think she's starting to suspect something." "Who?" "Your wife."

House (1986)
William Katt was "The Greatest American Hero," and he was a damn fine ghost hunter as well. Katt starred as Roger Cobb and headlined House, a film with a cast of crazy characters, ghosts, beasties, and baddies. Additional cast members included George Wendt and Richard Moll, but the real thrill of House was in the creatures doing the haunting. Moll's Big Ben was great, but it was Sandywitch that really stole the show. She was one of the more gruesome supernatural beings you'll ever find, but check out the clip; she definitely had the bosom to fill out the skimpy lingerie she wore. Horror-comedy has been all the rage lately and many filmmakers are now doing it well. House was a successful horror-comedy in 1986 when good films in that sub-genre were hard to come by.


House on Haunted Hill (1959)
We certainly would be remiss if we didn't turn back the clock to 1959 and include House on Haunted Hill, directed by memorable horror personality William Castle and starring one of the original masters of the macabre, Vincent Price. House on Haunted Hill had a fantastic story about an eccentric millionaire (really, is there any other kind?), Frederick Loren, and his wife, Annabelle, who invite a group of people to a haunted house party, which, if they stay the night, will earn them $10,000. Kind of like "Survivor" in a ghost-filled mansion with death, murder and destruction going on all around them. Good times, good times. The film was remade in 1991 starring Geoffrey Rush in Vincent Price's role, but this version failed to stir audiences the way the original did. In fact, the original was so impressive that it inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make his own low-budget horror film… and Psycho was born.

The Others (2001)
It's not every day that Nicole Kidman shows up on a 'Best of…' horror list, but when it comes to haunted house movies, you've got to give it to her for The Others. The real power of this movie is the fantastic twist ending that turns the entire film on its ear. When you realize that Kidman's character, Grace, and her children are actually the ghosts in the house, the whole thing becomes like a very dramatic version of Beetlejuice. Among the other accolades the film collected, Kidman won the Golden Globe and Saturn Awards for Best Actress. A well-paced and brilliantly suspense ghost story.

Beetlejuice (1988)
Can you really have a haunted house list and not include Beetlejuice? In Tim Burton's house loaded with ghosts, including those played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, Beetlejuice himself (Michael Keaton) managed to upstage the entire production as "The Ghost with the Most." Running the gamut from childish to NSFW, Beetlejuice is not only a haunted house film, but it provides a comedic look into just what happens when we die. Filled with classic lines and hilarious scenes, Beetlejuice is a treasure of texture and color and entertainment. At times fall down funny, sometimes loving and even a little scary here and there, Beetlejuice scores on all points. As for Baldwin and Davis, if your house has to be haunted by supernatural entities, these are the folks you want doing it. Good times all around. Shake senora!

The Amityville Horror (1979)
As far as iconic haunted house movies go, there may be none that stands out more than The Amityville Horror. The film (and novel) are based on the story of George and Kathy Lutz and their three children, who claim to have been terrorized by paranormal forces for 28 days after moving into the house where Ronald DeFeo, Jr., shot and killed six members of his family just 13 months earlier. The first thing we have to ask ourselves is: How tight was the real estate market in Amityville when a home that was the location of six murders only stays on the market for 13 months? That's hot property! Indeed, The Amityville Horror sits as one of the most memorable haunted house films ever made. And the prolific filming of sequels and remakes only helps keep the name alive.


The Conjuring (2013)
It seems fitting to follow The Amityville Horror entry with that of The Conjuring as the two are tied quite closely together. Featuring Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were best known for investigating the Lutzes' story, which became The Amityville Horror. Audiences flocked to The Conjuring and made it the most popular new haunted house film in recent memory. Director James Wan scored big with Insidious and Insidious 2 and the creepy ghost in those films, but with The Conjuring he absolutely knocked it out of the park. The film was hailed by critics and fans alike and was an absolute monster at the box office. Sequel and spin-off to follow.

Poltergeist (1982)
Tobe Hooper's haunted house masterpiece, Poltergeist is perhaps the only film franchise about hauntings that may very well be haunted itself. Of course we've all heard the stories of how Poltergeist is cursed. (Apparently Hooper forgot to move the bodies when he cleared tombstones off the land for the Sawyer home in Texas Chain Saw, and he's been paying for it ever since!) Co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist was the ultimate haunted house movie for those who grew up in the late 70's/early 80's. There were so many iconic moments and scares… the parapsychologist hallucinating that he's tearing his face off after eating a chicken leg covered in maggots, Carol Anne's line "They're heeere!" and that goddamn clown. Poltergeist handed out nightmares aplenty which still reside in our psyches to this day. Why didn't you just move the bodies?!

The Shining (1980)
Okay, this one is an obvious no-brainer for the list. Adapted from one of the all-time scariest novels ever, The Shining was simply the perfect haunted house film. With extremely freaky ghosts, plenty of blood, a great backstory and a legendary performance by Jack Nicholson, The Shining is the perfect storm of horror. From the grotesque woman in the bathtub (that's Mrs. Massey for those of you keeping score at home) to the utterly creepy sisters (the Grady girls… and although the actresses who played them were twins, in the story the Grady girls were not) to Jack marauding around the hotel swinging an axe like Mark McGwire in his prime, The Shining was incredible. A horrific tale with an interwoven mystery as to just what the hell was going on. This is how it's done.

Need more haunted house histrionics? Don't miss The Invoking TOMORROW, February 18th, available on DVD, digital download, and VOD. The film is directed by Jeremy Berg and stars Trin Miller, Brandon Anthony, Josh Truax, and D'Angelo Midili.

After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Samantha Harris (Miller) and three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property. Soon after arriving, Sam begins to experience horrific visions of savage brutality and unspeakable evil. Plagued by the sinister forces closing in around her, Sam descends into a waking nightmare when the demons from her past refuse to stay buried any longer.

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The 5 Favorite Religious-Themed Horror Films of 'Holy Ghost People's' Mitchell Altieri!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:16

Holy Ghost People, the latest genre film from Mitchell Altieri, one half of “The Butcher Brothers” (The Hamiltons, its sequel The Thompsons, as well as April Fool’s Day and The Violent Kind) is set to be released on VOD and iTunes on February 18 and in theaters February 21 by XLrator Media.

Starring Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson and Roger Aaron Brown, the film begins on the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. It World Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Bloody Disgusting caught up with Altieri who picked five of his favorite religious-themed horror films. Dig the list below!

5. Frailty

“Well besides the fact that Bill Paxton is a badass, I really dig the unique subject matter. A man who talks to an angel and believes he has to do the work of God as a demon slayer… all wrapped up within a coming of age film. Something I’m a big fan of if you’ve seen THE HAMILTONS.”

4. Stigmata

“I really love the style of this movie. Though at times it’s more drama than horror, I like that it steers away from the norm. And such a cool concept of a young, single girl who receives the stigmata, which leads us on a journey all the way to the Vatican. It’s powerful when it needs to be.”

3. Jacob’s Ladder

“This is just an awesome film. It’s not really religious-themed but it does dive deep into the subconscious and make you wonder what is waiting out there for us. That is scarier than most anything else out there.”

2. Rosemary’s Baby

“This movie just freaked me out the first time I watched it. It wasn’t until I saw it again as an adult did I really understand the brilliant filmmaking (the moveable walls – just amazing). And it still freaks me out. There is something about its tone and paranoia that eats at you like if you’ve taken five hits of acid. Such a slow burn that chips away in huge, hearty chunks.”

1. Angel Heart

“This is my all-time favorite horror film – has been since the first day I watched it. Horror mixed with Film Noir. It’s so beautifully shot, the performances are beyond amazing, and its concept is so frightening. It really makes you think when you look in the mirror — is it really your soul hiding behind your eyes? I haven’t seen anything that comes close to this film in its particular sub-genre. Alan Parker killed it.”

Special Mention: Serpent and the Rainbow

“Bill Pullman, Wes Craven, Voodoo…”


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McFarlane Shows Off More of The Walking Dead

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:15

Fan of both The Walking Dead comic series as well as the AMC TV series "The Walking Dead"? Then you, oh purveyor of everything that shambles and eats the living, are about to be one happy camper. Lock and load for some new eye candy from Toy Fair.

We're talking statue protoypes, figures based on both properties... hell, even your first look at the upcoming special edition "The Walking Dead" Season 4" Blu-ray set made an appearance. Check them out. Drool. Wipe your mouth. Drool some more!

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'Daylight' Coming To PC And PlayStation 4 In April

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:00

Zombie Studios, the team that brought us the Saw games as well as Blacklight: Retribution, has been hard at work on another horror game that emphasizes a strong, immersive narrative and terror. The game is Daylight, and it’s looking to achieve the latter through an unpredictable, procedurally generated environment and the fact that you have no real way of defending yourself from the horrors that lurk within its Mid Island Bay Hospital.

In a video walkthrough, Zombie studio director Jarred Gerritzen teased an April release. This narrows its nebulous “early 2014″ window a fair amount, and it makes a month that already includes The Elder Scrolls Online (PC) even more exciting.

Daylight is slated to release on PC and PlayStation 4.

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These Two Clips from The Following Episode 2.05 - Reflection Hurt So Good!

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:00

A pair of sneak peeks have arrived from tonight's Episode 2.05 of "The Following," entitled "Reflection." Lily asks Luke to keep Emma occupied while she tries to finagle some alone time with Joe; meanwhile Max injures her hand punching a suspect but also gets a rush out of the experience.

"The Following" Episode 2.05 - "Reflection" (2/17/14, 9-10PM; repeats 2/22/14, 9-10PM)
In an attempt to learn new information, Ryan and Max capture a suspect. But complications lead to a game of dangerous cat and mouse.

Also, Joe grows accustomed to his surroundings and establishes a plan of his own, while Emma realizes she is in dangerous company.

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang.

Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami; Wendy Hoopes as Bella.

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Helix Q&A: Jeri Ryan and Steve Maeda Talk Forthcoming Answers, Upping the Gore, Season 2, and Lots More

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:30

Syfy hosted a Q&A with "Helix" guest star Jeri Ryan and exec producer/showrunner Steve Maeda last week, and they revealed quite a bit about what's ahead now that Constance Sutton (Ryan) has arrived in the Arctic.

Things kick off with some discussion about Sutton, who she really is and her motives, and then we hear about topics ranging from the likelihood of a second season, Jeri's love of gore, how long they can keep up the series' intensity, Hatake’s obsession with Walker, the current state of genre TV, and much, much more.

If you're a fan of the show and/or Ryan (whose appearance as Ilaria's corporate "face" first occurred this past Friday night in Episode 1.07, "Survivor Zero," and will continue in future eps), you'll want to grab your morning coffee or tea and settle in for a bit.

It's President's Day; you don't have to work anyway, right? There's a lot of good stuff here!

Q: When we first see Sutton, she pretends to be this nice woman who’s there to help, and we learn pretty quickly that's not true. Can you talk about playing the more cold, calculated side of the character?

Jeri Ryan: She was just fun. This was a really fun role to play because it’s... she’s kind of out there. You know, she’s not subtle, which I love. So it was fun to just sort of let go and just really play and let her go to those places... that was a treat as an actor.

Steve Maeda: Sutton for us was someone who put on a very sort of benign and corporate face, which is why she does a lot of corporate speak, but then underneath there’s obviously a lot more going on, and Jeri just ate it up. It was fantastic.

Q: This is more for clarification. We see obviously that Julia has the silver eyes, and now your character has the silver eyes. Does that mean possibly she’s had the virus, or is it something else completely, entirely different that has nothing to do with the virus or the cure? Or can you not tell us that?

Maeda: You're asking all the right questions.

Ryan: Well, that’s part of the mystery, isn’t it?

Maeda: Yes. You're asking all the right questions, and answers will be forthcoming, I promise. It’s going to be answered really quickly. But, yes, those are the questions we want you to be wondering about.

Q: Steve, are you completely done with Season 1? Is it totally out of your hands now?

Maeda: Not totally. We are locking our last episode, Episode 13, today [February 10th], and then we are actually on the mix stage right now. We are watching a playback - a sound playback of Episode 8, which is the second episode that Jeri is in, and we’re working through those. So that’ll be going on almost until... a couple weeks before we air this last episode.

Q: Are you waiting to finalize this finale until after you hear about a Season 2 pickup?

Maeda: You know what? We’re locked into our finale. We don’t have the luxury. So we are cautiously optimistic on a Season 2 pickup, and [Episode] 13 is going to lock today, so we’re crossing our fingers and toes.

Ryan: I'm not cautious. I'm not cautious. I'm going out there. They’re picked up… I'm making the prediction right now.

Q: Whose idea was it to have Constance have to file her teeth down? And is that a hint that maybe she has to keep doing that or otherwise they’ll grow longer and longer?

Maeda: That’s absolutely the hint, and that idea… I think that was something that came from Cameron [Porsandeh]'s original script. It may have actually been in the original pilot. I don’t remember, but it’s something that we always liked because it was so freaking weird. And we just had to put it in. It’s just the best so yes, it was there originally. It was something that fell out of the pilot I think, and then we ended up finding a nice place for it.

Q: This show can be very tension-filled, but you guys always break it up. Either with Alan and Sarah being unsure of themselves after having sex in this Friday’s episode or the music. The music has been really great. Like "Fever" being used in this episode. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Maeda: We decided from the get-go that we wanted to do some things a little bit differently and be unsettling not only in, you know, storytelling and how we were shooting the show, but also in post and in how we cut the show and in music… "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?," which started the whole thing, came from Ron [Moore] when we were sitting in post on the pilot. And... one of our other producers… we bought it on iTunes and watched it just kind of temped in, and it was like, “Wow. That works really well.” So it was something we had talked about. When we saw it, we thought it was great, and so that’s why we continued to do it. And "Fever" is the perfect one. That’s probably the best song we’re using in the entire show.

Q: Jeri, how would you best describe Constance and what motivates her?

Ryan: She’s kind of a ball-buster. I think that’s the best way to describe her, which I love. What motivates her? Well, I can’t - see, I can’t really tell you exactly what motivates her. That you sort of find out.

Maeda: She’s a company employee, and so I would say she is trying to be loyal to the corporation and to the folks that she has been working with and been developing this whole plan with. And once she finds out that Hatake has since been working on his own agenda, she gets pretty damn angry about that. And it’s an interesting thing… I thought Jeri walked that line really well, that line between the corporate kind of niceties and the polite things that you say versus the things that you actually do. And once the fangs came out, it’s all over. So it was a lot of fun to watch.

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Ryan: It was a lot of fun to play. And I also love, as you'll see without trying to give too much away, she’s definitely, as Steve said, in the corporate world and very much looking out for the best interests of Ilaria, but you find out that there’s a little more personal issue for her at stake as well, which I really loved...

Maeda: We tried to do with characters, even if they seem to be - both with Hatake and with Sutton - even if they seem to be very kind of on point and you know their agenda comes first, we try to infuse them with some emotion down the road so you understand where they’re coming from, and it’s not just about money. It’s not just about greed or this sci-fi illness of the show, but there’s an emotional component as well.

Ryan: And I love that.

Q: Jeri, what was it like to work on a series that’s sometimes kind of gory and gross?

Ryan: Oh, I love the gore. Are you kidding me? Oh, God, more gore. I love it. The goo and the guts and all of it. I love it. So much fun. Come on. I observed autopsies when I was on "Body of Proof"! I love this stuff. I love the science of it. I love the gore. I love all of it.

Q: Steve, "The X-Files" was very dark [Ed. Note: Maeda served as writer, story editor, and executive story editor on the show] and certainly a pioneer in that sort of vibe, and "Helix" has a really dark edge. But "The X-Files" had at least a little humor with the interplay between Scully and Mulder, but this one is just relentless. Do you plan to keep up this intensity, or are you going to maybe let us breathe every now and then somewhere in the series?

Maeda: No. We want to keep up the intensity. There are light moments coming, but they tend to be kind of in the service of… it's black humor definitely, and they tend to be in service of keeping everything moving. and just sometimes you find those moments in the worst situations. So yes, we have 13 episodes and we really want to… our mantra was to keep the show moving, and so we want to have down time, we want to have character time, but we definitely want to keep everything twisting and turning and keep you coming back for more hopefully.

Q: You got to kind of get rough with Hatake there when you were mad at him. Would you like to maybe explore some more action and physical roles after getting a little taste of that?

Ryan: Oh, yes. It’s not my first taste of it either. I did Mortal Combat, and I've done some other roles with a little bit of action here and there. Yes, it’s a lot of fun. I always enjoy those scenes. But I have to tell you, I have to brag about Hiro [Sanada] for a minute. That man is unbelievable. I was in awe of him. I still am in awe of him. He’s… the man is a ninja. The scene where I had to throw the book at his head, and I have to throw it directly at his face…it’s on me. I can’t like pretend to throw it. I have to wail it at him, and he’s standing like six feet away from me. And I was a wreck shooting the scene. I was so nervous. I was like, “Dude, I have no aim. I can’t.” He was like, “Just throw it. Just do it. Just right at my face. Just go.” And there’s cameras set up right behind him, and so he has to knock the book away, and we’re worried about hitting the lens and all this expensive equipment. He never even blinked. Never flinched. Never breathed heavy. Nothing. Every take, he just batted it out of the way like it was nothing in the exact spot that it was supposed to land so it didn’t hit any equipment. He is amazing. He is amazing.

Maeda: Yes, he pretty much didn’t flinch for the entire series… everything he was asked to do, yes. He really is amazing. And just… Was he dancing on set at all?

Ryan: No, I didn’t see the dancing.

Maeda: Because the last time I was there, he’s also really graceful. I mean, he can dance and sing. It’s unbelievable. He’s really talented.

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Q: Jeri, could you tell us who is this character? How would you describe Constance for those people who have just met her for the first time?

Ryan: I'm not trying to tiptoe the line about not giving too much away, but she’s certainly driven, and she definitely has an agenda that she is there to do. Hatake has gone off the rails. He is supposed to be finding them a virus and a cure, and he’s screwed up. He’s messing around and doing his own thing, and that’s not okay so she’s there to fix it, and whatever she has to do to make that happen is what has to happen.

Maeda: Yes. She’s a fixer. She comes in and she takes care of things. And you know under the guise of corporate benevolence, she really has this very, very clear agenda, and you know if Hatake has gone off the rails a little bit, Sutton has not gone off the rails of this. Firmly on the rails and is trying to make sure that everything happens the way it’s supposed to be happening and try to figure out what Hatake’s game is.

Q: Steve, what can you tell us about Ilaria?

Maeda: Well, they’re a pharmaceutical giant. They are - you know, they do good work and they make lots of drugs…their public face is actually benevolent. But behind the scenes there’s a lot more going on than what you might expect. And I can’t tell too much more than that, but the foundation of Ilaria, the origin story and how all that happened and how the company became what it is, is something that we’re going to see over the back half of the season.

Q: Do you know exactly where Constance's arc is going?

Maeda: Oh, yes. We know where she’s going. We know exactly… Sutton was a character who we knew very early on that we wanted to get into the show, that we wanted to have someone come from the corporation. And then the idea of Sutton was something that we talked about very early on. And then the rest of it just sort of came in kind of discussing and breaking stories with her.

Q: Steve, do you see what gets posted to "Helix’s" Access Granted website? And how consequential or crucial do you think the content of that site is to understanding what’s going on with the show?

Maeda: It’s not critical to understand the show, but we do try to add some value to that experience… I did not do all that material myself, but I certainly saw all of it and approved it all. But it’s something that if you watch the show, if you really like the show, the Access Granted stuff is something that can add a little more insight… it’s planting clues and little things. If you don’t watch it, you're still going to enjoy the show I think, but if you do, you'll get other little hints of things and get a little more background. [But] the answers will all be in the show.

Q: Answers like why Hatake’s so obsessed with Walker? Will that be fully explained this season, or is it a mystery that might carry over until the next season if there is one?

Maeda: It will be fully explained this season.

Q: How do the other characters react to Sutton’s arrival?

Maeda: Oh, gosh… I think that they are all sort of dismayed… for their own reasons because I think very quickly, very early on you discover that Sutton is putting on a performance for the gang. And so Hatake certainly knows who she is and where she’s coming from. I think that Daniel has an idea. And I think that Alan and company learn very quickly what’s going on… what appears to be, you know, “Oh good, help is here,” is really not help at all. Look, she arrives with gun-toting soldiers, too. She comes loaded for bear.

Q: And will this also kind of shift some of the bad guy image away from Hatake? So far he’s seemed like our villain, but will he be teaming up with the CDC now?

Maeda: Absolutely. One of the things we wanted to do was take our characters who seemed to be villains and try to humanize them and create some kind of unlikely pairings. And also take our characters who seem to be on the side of the angels and turn them a little bit and twist them and give them some unsavory motives perhaps. And so yes, we’re trying to find those balances, and I think you'll see them.

Q: Steve, obviously "The X-Files" was iconic for the 1990’s, and here we are in 2014. How has the state of genre TV changed in your opinion? It seems to have almost gotten to the point where it’s now the mainstream.

Maeda: Yes. I think it definitely has gone more mainstream, and there’s so much good stuff out there I think both in TV and movies. It’s so great... I've done genre shows and shows that are not genre, and I just love these because of the storytelling; you get to first off come up with whatever you can imagine and put it out there. But then also when you do want to get a theme in, it’s so much easier to couch that in science-fiction or in genre because for some reason it just doesn’t feel as heavy-handed, and you can tell stories that are much more… you can layer in something without feeling preachy because you have the genre kind of as your shield and still do a really entertaining [show] but have something to say. So it’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy it.

Q: The themes of "Helix" are very much a cautionary tale about where we’re going with genetic research and medicine and pharmaceuticals. Where do you mine the science for the show? Do you have science advisors?

Maeda: We do, and we’ve done a lot of research ourselves. We do have an advisor who reads all of our scripts. We have an advisor on set as well, but we have a CDC doctor who reads all our scripts and then comes back to us with, “You know what? It would really be this way, guys, and not that way,” and we try to take those cues when we can. Dramatically, we’re always trying to tell the best story, but we also want to be as grounded as possible. And yes, sometimes we take flights of fancy, but in doing so… it’s something I actually learned on "X-Files," which is the more you tie your fantastic story, your science-fiction story, into actual science, the easier it is to buy. And so, that’s what we’re trying to do. You know, we may not hit it all the time, but it’s something we certainly are mindful of.

Q: Dr. Hatake stabbing himself was one of the many shocking things that have happened on the show, and the idea of this virus being a delivery system or something genetic leads us to wonder what that has to do with Hatake’s ability to heal quickly and his own chromosomes and what experiments he’s been doing on himself. Can you shed some light?

Maeda: I would say it very much has something to do with that, without giving too much away. It’s part of just who he is and what will be revealed in later episodes. But yes, we delved as deeply as we could into [the] research and into trying to take a lot of really arcane science and make it understandable to us, understandable to the audience. And without dumbing it down too much, to get in as much real stuff as we could.

Q: Jeri, any chance you'll be out hitting the convention circuit again?

Ryan: I have been. I wasn’t able to do them for a few years because I have stalkers, and so I had security issues. And then Creation Entertainment, who organizes most of the "Star Trek" conventions, got a really great security detail for me, and so I was able to start doing them again, and it’s a lot of fun. That’s a great way to see the fans and to meet them. It’s fun… it’s a great treat to get to meet the fans. They’re a very enthusiastic, very loyal, very passionate group of people, and they’re amazing. And you know, none of us would be anywhere without the fans. It’s another reason why I love social media so much now. It’s another way to safely interact with your fans.

Maeda: Yes. I would second that. The sci-fi fans are so passionate. I mean, that’s the really great thing, too, about the response we’re getting. Science-fiction fans either love you or hate you, but very, very passionate. And you know, going after those fans is… it’s a great fan base.

Q: Lastly, can you tease how many episodes Constance will be appearing in? Will there be a chance for the character to return in future episodes or seasons?

Maeda: This is Syfy; there’s always a chance. Yes. Without giving too much away, she’s… I don’t want to say how many episodes or the why or the why not; all that will come to bear, but we love having Jeri. She’s in a number of episodes, and we’ll just leave it at that.

Our thanks to Jeri and Steve for their time, moderator Stephen Cox, Garrott Smith, and everyone at Syfy.

"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica." The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.

"Helix" Episode 1.08 - "Bloodline" (airs 2/21/14)
The vectors attack and take Peter's (Napier) body; Walker (Zagorsky) is held prisoner by Sutton (Ryan) after the true nature of Sutton's relationship with Hatake (Sanada) is revealed. Meanwhile, Daniel (Fairbrother) gets closer to the truth about his past.

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NECA Unveils New Planet of the Apes, Alien, Jason, Ash, and Eddie Figures

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:15

NECA is unleashing all manner of incredible plastic play things at this year's Toy Fair ,and we have a gallery of some of the most devilish collectibles to hit the show floor. Check 'em out!

Below you'll find shots of new Mego-styled Evil Dead 2 Ash, Evil Dead 2 Deadite Ash, Iron Maiden’s Eddie, Friday the 13th Part 2 Jason Voorhees, and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning Jason Voorhees via Toy Ark, and then check in with images from the following:

Planet of the Apes
Available summer 2014, the program will include a wide assortment of collectible products designed to excite audiences of all ages such as action figures, giftware, apparel, accessories and more.

The new product lines will be made available to coincide with the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and will incorporate characters and elements from both the classic movies as well as the newest installment. Items will feature fan-favorite characters Caesar, Koba, Maurice, Cornelius and the rest of the world’s most well-known primates.

"Dr. Zaius" and a "Soldier Ape" from the original franchise. Zaius serves a dual role in Ape society, as Minister of Science in charge of advancing ape knowledge and also as Chief Defender of the Faith. In the latter role, he has access to ancient scrolls and other information not given to the ape masses.

You’ll also see some new apes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, such as Koba, opening in theaters July 11.

Alien / Aliens
Now these are cool. Later in the year are new figures from both Alien and Aliens which include The Power Loader, Bishop, played by Lance Henriksen, and Kane with a facehugger attached to his face. How friggin' awesome is that? Check out all the eye candy below.

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Horror-Themed Platformer 'Grimind' Arrives On Steam

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:00

The horror-themed puzzle platformer Grimind has brought its eerie world of forgotten caves and ancient crypts to Steam. It reminds me a bit of Limbo, if that game had a more colorful personality. In celebration of its arrival, the game has been discounted to $8.49 (that’s 15% off) until February 20th. That gives you three days to decide whether or not you’re capable of traversing its deadly and often unforgiving world.

If you’re on the fence, its developer promises that “Your brain will be tested and you’ll not get bored.” Trailer after the break.

Grimind is available now on Steam.

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Exclusive Hazmat Clip Starts Swinging

Dread Central - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:00

Exclusive time, kids! On tap for you Dreadheads right now is an exclusive clip from Lou Simon's Hazmat. Check it out, and start plotting your revenge on someone who deserves it!

When a prank goes horribly wrong, a group of friends must fight for their lives in the pulse-pounding thriller Hazmat, coming to VOD March 11 and DVD April 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Norbert Velez, Aniela McGuinness, Todd Bruno, Gema Calero, Giordan Diaz, Tom Stedham, Daniela Larez, Reggie Peters, Dennis Spain, Mario Nalini, Massiel Checo, and Brandi Rudicil star.

Presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Hazmat won “Best Horror Film” at the 2103 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2013 Bram Stoker International Film Festival and the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival.

It’s been years since a chemical plant accident killed 138 employees, including Jacob’s father—which has left Jacob obsessed with the plant ever since. Jacob’s friends lure him to the plant to play a prank, hoping he will come to his senses and realize the plant is not haunted. When Jacob discovers he has been duped, he snaps, picks up an ax, and goes on a rage-filled, killing spree. Now, everyone trapped in the building, pursued by this disturbed ax-wielding maniac, must fight for their lives.

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Kick Off Your Week With This Weirdly Charming Nightmarish Fantasy Music Video

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:35

I was sent a really cool video over the weekend that I just had to share with you. Coming from artist Tree, the video is a short film that uses his track “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Hole” as the backdrop to a Alice In Wonderland-esque story. The video follows a teenage boy who sees a white rabbit running in the distance. Deciding to follow him, the boy goes through several amazing locations (I want that treehouse) before descending into a dark hole where the video then becomes fully animated. Give it a watch below!

The song comes from Tree’s debut EP Demons, which you can pick up here.

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[Random Cool] Intense Movie Scenes Drawn As Children's Books

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:16

Disney artist Josh Cooley released a series of prints where he takes classic scenes from famous intense movies and recreates them as though they are pages in children’s books.

There are some great horror ones in the mix, such as Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Jaws, and more.

Check out the full gallery below and you can also purchase prints of your favorites here.

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'Patrick: Evil Awakens' Clip Feels Pain (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:13

Bloody Disgusting has your exclusive first look at Mark Harley’s Patrick: Evil Awakens (review), checking into limited theaters and on VOD platforms on March 14 from Phase 4

You’re Next‘s Sharni Vinson is featured in the clip in which she’s convinced Patrick can hear her. The doctor on the other hand, says the only thing he registers are “farts”. LULZ.

A remake of Richard Franklin’s 1978 horror pic, “When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move, and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

Charles Dance and Rachel Griffiths also star.

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