In 1958 Gerald Crew hoaxed the United States into believing in Bigfoot when he plastered fake foot prints of the beast.
While the origins come from Native American folklore, this hoax is what thrust Bigfoot into the minds of everyone in the States. Since then, many hoaxed sightings have furthered the belief in this non-exirtstant creature. In fact, I personally know who was allegedly behind the infamous 1967 “Patterson-Gimlin” footage (wish I could report this).
Now, Bigfoot is apparently also walking around in Britain as a mysterious figure was filmed lurking in Lincolnshire Woods. There’s audio and video, as well as footprints.
The article appears over at The Daily Mirror, where they break down the sighting and evidence, while also sharing the below video.
After hearing of previous Bigfoot sightings at the nature reserve, Adam, from Nottingham, ventured into the woodland in search of clues. He followed some strange noises and suspiciously large footprints in the woods before capturing what he believes is the mysterious beast on camera.
Adam, co-founder of the British Bigfoot Research organization, believes the shadowy figure could be the most convincing evidence that it’s living in Britain yet. He said: “My investigators and I were tipped off that this small patch of woodland in Friskney could be a hotspot for Bigfoot beasts. There is at least one reported sighting here, so we decided to check it out.”
“We stayed there for a few hours that day and felt watched and followed the whole time. I took various photographs throughout the investigation and when I checked back through them I spotted the creepy picture. It looks like a shadowy figure stood within the trees staring at us from afar.”
Although he did not spot the creature at the time he took the photograph, Adam, who has been investigating bigfoot sightings in the UK for more than two years, is convinced of the creature’s existence. It was on holiday in Florida, aged 15, when he claims to have first encountered the Sasquatch phenomenon. He spotted a large orangutan-like creature with reddish-brown hair crouching in the bushes and has been obsessed with the legend ever since.
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Do any of you get asked why you love horror films so much? I know there are countless studies on the whole “why do we love being scared” question and people who aren’t into horror think we’re all demented for loving such a brutal genre; but for as long as I remember I have always been into them. I think a part of it was because I was never allowed to watch them (or any R-rated movie, for that matter) until I was in my late teens, so of course I wanted to watch everything that I wasn’t allowed to. My dad was really into horror films though, and I think he really wanted to be able to share that passion with me. So lucky for me, whenever my mom was out of town (which was very rarely) he would sneak me a movie or two that wasn’t too inappropriate so I could get my fix. My mother probably still thinks my first R-rated movie was The Patriot (well, probably not anymore after she reads this…sorry Dad). While all of that backstory isn’t completely necessary, it’s all part of the memory of the first R-rated horror movie I ever saw: The Faculty. I have a lot of strong emotion and vivid memories of watching it, so my question is: what was yours?
I didn’t see The Faculty until I was in fifth grade, so I would have been ten old. I remember spending an insane amount of time looking for PG-13 (or in some cases PG) horror films that didn’t look terrible which, as you know can be a rather difficult thing to do. I’d made my way through Poltergeist, Temple of Doom (I consider it to have many aspects of horror), Gremlins, Tremors and other various classics but at some point I was really scraping the bottom of the barrel and watching things like Komodo and King Cobra (I really liked creature features). I used to walk around my local Blockbuster (RIP) and just stare at the VHS covers and read the backs of the boxes just to get an idea what watching an R-rated movie would be like. Similarly, I would roam the halls before every movie at the AMC Theater in my town looking at all the posters hanging on the walls, to see if there was something new coming out. I remember coming across the poster for The Faculty, which got me really excited because it had Elijah Wood in it, whom I had loved ever since seeing him in North (not proud of that statement, but I was 10).
Anyway, my dad had rented the movie to watch himself (my mom isn’t really a fan of these types of films so he never got to go see them in theaters) and for some reason, my mom was not going to be home all afternoon the Saturday after my dad watched it, and it wasn’t due back until Sunday. My sister was going over to a friend’s house for a few hours so he called me upstairs and (very seriously) told me that he would let me watch the movie but I couldn’t tell my mom or my sister and if I had nightmares I had to stay in my room and deal with it. Also, if my sister or her friend came back home we had to turn it off. I agreed to his terms.
Needless to say I got to watch the whole movie, but there was a point near the very end of the film when Mary-Beth had just punched Stokely and started turning into the queen alien where my sister and her friend came back. Luckily I saw them coming in the backyard through the window and I ran and locked the door so they wouldn’t be able to come in. They eventually left on their bicycles and went back to the friend’s house, probably thinking my Dad had left to run an errand. I know it was kind of douchey but I was on a mission: I was going to finish this movie and no one was going to ruin it.
In the end, I got to finish the movie, and then I went to school the following Monday and told everyone about it. It was the highlight of my life at that point, which sounds dumb now but my 10-year-old self was ecstatic. I also got to watch Deep Blue Sea and Halloween: H20 that same year which pretty much made my memories of fifth grade the best ever (it’s also why I love all 3 of those movies, no matter what their quality is).
While I know some of you might not find this story that interesting, it’s one of my favorite memories and I just thought I’d share it to ignite some friendly discussion. I’m very curious to know what your memories are of your first time seeing a R-rated horror movie (or ANY horror movie, for that matter). Discuss in the comments below and share your experiences!
The Dead director Howard J Ford’s latest feature, Never Let Go, has entered post production, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Shot under wraps in Morocco, Spain US and the UK, the action thriller “follows the harrowing journey of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday. In a desperate race against time Lisa will stop at nothing to find her missing child. Also starring is Bafta award winning actress Lisa Eichhorn.”
“I want to take audiences on a very believable but nerve shredding journey that throws them into the visceral plight that is the worst fear of parents everywhere,” said Howard. “There are tragically so many missing children out there, it’s something that affects people deeply all over the world and my hope is that this film does not only work dramatically but also forms part of maintaining awareness of the subject matter and need for vigilance in a time where the lives of a family can change forever in that split second”.
Never Let Go will unveil a teaser trailer in time for Berlinale Fillm festival and will be ready for delivery prior to Cannes 2015.
Deadline reports that The Blair Witch Project vet Joshua Leonard, pictured, has joined the Season 3 cast of A&E’s Psycho prequel “Bates Motel.”
It sounds as if he’ll be a new baddie as he’ll play James Finnigan, a handsome community college psych professor whose pull toward Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away as his carefully constructed house of cards.
In addition, Gbenga Akinnagbe has booked a role on “The Following,” which is shockingly still on television. In Season 3 of the Fox thriller, he’ll play Tom, a handsome and charming Hostage Rescue Team agent for the FBI. Akinnagbe’s TV credits include “24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Graceland,” “Damages,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife” and “The Wire.”
XLrator Media’s Poker Night begins on iTunes and VOD platforms December 5 with a light theatrical run slated for December 20.
We now have an exclusive clip to go with the official art and stills from the film starring Hellboy‘s Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large
“In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.”
Greg Francis directs.
So, I have to warn you right now that the video AND the album artwork in this article are incredibly NSFW due to nudity, so venture forth at your own risk.
We’ve teamed up with Chicago doom/noise metal band Lord Mantis to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Possession Prayer”, which comes from the band’s third LP Death Mask. Directed by Gretchen Heinel (Statiqbloom, Batillus), the video shows people bound in rope while others engage in a strange ritual only for one to escape into a nearby forest, strip naked, and then…not to spoil anything but it doesn’t end well, that’s for sure. It’s dark, it’s vicious, and it’s unsettling, just like it should be.
Head below for this exclusive video premiere and see for yourself exactly what happens!
/Film has the scoop that Warner Brothers have revealed the cast to Suicide Squad.
Jared Leto is The Joker, Will Smith is Deadshot, Tom Hardy is Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney is Boomerang, and Cara Delevinge is Enchantress, according to the site.
David Ayer (Fury) will direct.
The movie is expected to shoot this coming spring, and with a cast this big, they are showing Marvel that they are done screwing around. It’s been described as The Dirty Dozen of superhero movies, and we’ll just have to wait and see if that holds true.
What do you guys think of the casting? It’ll be nice to see Hardy actually act as opposed to always being behind a mask as Bane. With that said, what about Will Smith as Deadshot? That’s a weird one. People seem to hate Leto, although I know Brad is excited to see him play The Joker.
Personally I’ve never really been a big fan of Suicide Squad. I get why people are into it. It’s an exciting and risky team that plays up the anithero thing that has really dominated superhero comics lately. The inclusion of the Joker seems like an excuse to cast Leto earlier than we’ll actually see him in the role. Truth is, Joker has no place here. I know Harley is part of the team but she has proven that she doesn’t need Joker to function.
If the story pits the team in a precarious place between good and evil then I’m certainly more interested. This is a team that isn’t meant to get along, but there are a lot of big names at play here. It’ll be hard to introduce all the key players and give them a storyline that makes sense for the character. I sincerely hope we see the idea of the explosive wristbands from the New52.
In any event, I know Tom Hardy will be incredible. I think Margot Robbie will kill as Harley Quinn, and Courtney may as well be a husk of corn. He has zero personality, luckily he’s playing boomerang. The final part of the puzzle is who will take the role of Amanda Waller. Current speculation is pointing towards Oprah Winfrey and I can easily say that would be a dream come true.
Image source: Fan art by Bosslogic/twitter
In my restless dreams, I see that town… Silent Hill…
Easily one of the most iconic locations in horror, Silent Hill is a town full of terror and beauty, horror and introspection, light and darkness. It’s a place that has bewitched many, luring them in with its mournful call.
But if you found yourself in that ashy town, what would be the reason for your visit? That’s what this week’s quiz tackles! So, strap yourself in for a 20-question quiz that will tell you why you found yourself wandering the terrifying streets of Silent Hill!
I got “Suppressed Memories”, which results in this explanation:
The last thing you remember is being wheeled into an ambulance…?
After the ambulance crashes, you climb out of the wreckage and emerge in a different world, ashes catching in your hair. For what feels like an exhausting forever, you battle against monsters so personally terrifying it chills the very core of your mind. You ask yourself, “What did I do to deserve this?”
After falling from grace in your community (unpopular opinion? crime? who can tell…), you became depressed. But something in your mind clicked into a different place. Just when it got to be at its worst, you invented a paradise to escape into. While your body was locked away in a mental hospital, your mind wandered about daily life as it was when you loved yourself. Silent Hill has shown you this. But will you use the tools that may help you reclaim your sanity, or will you choose to believe in a world that no longer exists for you?
Head on down and make sure to let us know why you wound up in this town!
Well, after yesterday’s mysterious teaser we now have details concerning “Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return.” Seriously something that the world of comics never knew it needed so bad. This is something that make complete sense, and with Bill and Ted trying to bring Galactic harmony to the universe, I’ll be sure to be there.
Could this kickstart the ill-fated third movie? Probably not, that would mean someone would have to drag Alex Winter out of his own vomit.
BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1 (of 6)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
On sale: March 2015
Authors: Brian Lynch, Ryan North
Artists: Jerry Gaylord, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: A. Felipe Smith B. Trevor Hairsine C. Goñi Montes
Format: 32 pages, full color
WHY WE LOVE IT: Similar to our Big Trouble in Little China comics, we’re returning readers to one of our favorite—and most excellent—cult-classic properties with a new Bill & Ted adventure of epic proportions. And because we’re fans first, we’re making sure it’s something WE would read. Wyld Stallyns forever!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re a fan of 1980s films, our comics will pick up where they left off—silly humor and likable characters mixed with some cool historical science fiction. Haven’t seen the Bill & Ted movies? Bogus! Still, if you like tongue-in-cheek humor books like Nextwave and our own Adventure Time series, then this is right up your alley!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony! How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal! Featuring a main story by Brian Lynch (Angel, the upcoming Minions movie) and Jerry Gaylord (Loki: Ragnarok and Roll), and a backup story by Ryan North (Adventure Time) and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors).
Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World just can’t seem to escape criticism, although the latest blast is definitely eyebrow-raising.
The below video places the newly minted Jurassic World teaser next to trailer footage from the original Jurassic Park.
While I’m unsure if the JP trailer is the one cut by Universal or the YouTube creator, it sure as hell points out that the new film – 20 years later – features a shocking amount of similarities. Some will call it a loving homage, others will exclaim that it’s just plain ol’ lazy.
What say you?
In the recent anthology of “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #4,” (BOOM! Studios) a little girl is terrified of her abusive father. Afraid of being hit again, the frightened child calls out to a higher power for help. The one who answered the girl’s prayer may shock you when you read “And God Will Send His Angels.”
After solving the puzzle box, the Cenobites arrive at the doorstep of the little girl. Pinhead debates about what o do with the innocent little girl standing in front of him. Writer/digital painter Christian Francis spoke to me about how “And God Will Send His Angels ” came about, working on “Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut,” adapting Clive Barker’s works, including “The Damnation Game.”
An interview by Jorge Solis.
Bloody-Disgusting: Tell me how you became involved in the recent issue of “Hellraiser: Bestiary?”
Christian Francis: Mark Miller (Seraphim’s VP and writer of “Next Testament”) has been my writing partner for two years since I started working with Seraphim after my work with Occupy Midian. He mentioned that “Hellraiser: Bestiary” was a possibility and asked whether I’d be interested in writing anything for it. Next thing, in a fit of over-excitement, I had 6 stories written. I sent them in to Ben Meares (Seraphim’s comic “Tsar”) and he singled out two of my stories as being contenders. As I wasn’t au fait with comic scripts, he helped me craft them into what you see now.
The second story “The Science of Madness” is the story that I am most proud of and I believe will appear in issue 6. This writing really got me excited to the possibilities of comic book storytelling, which I hadn’t appreciated before, as all of my previous writing has been for film and television, in a script-editing or ghost-writing capacity.
BD: Tell me about keeping the story through the perspective of the little girl. In “And God Will Send His Angels,” she sees the Cenobites as heroes.
CF: That story was actually based on a dream I had when I was about 15 years old. After seeing “Hellraiser,” I was fascinated by the Cenobites. On the UK cinema poster, it had the tag line ‘Angels to Some… Demons to Others’. This must have resonated with me as I dreamt of being a child that had been kidnapped, and the Cenobites came to save me. That stayed with me for many years; how someone could see these beings and could consider them angels.
The story itself, especially as it is not that long, needed to stay with the girl as much as possible. I felt you had to see the girl’s life, and feel for her, empathize with her and the hell she lived in; which would better lead the reader to understand why she would see them as angels.
BD: Because many fans quote lines from the “Hellraiser” films, was it a challenge to write dialogue for Pinhead?
CF: It sounds weird but writing for Pinhead was easy. As he is such an established character, and Doug has given him a distinct voice, his words seem almost natural. If you cannot hear Doug say them, then they are the wrong words. The humans are so much more difficult. As a middle aged Englishman, writing as a small American girl is, understandably, more alien to me! [Laughs]
BD: Tell me how you became involved as a digital painter for “Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut.”
CF: I speak to Mark Miller daily. Over the past few years we have become good friends and we use each other as sounding-boards for ideas, as well as the person the other one b*tches to when either of us are annoyed. While he was overseeing the editing of “Nightbreed: The Directors Cut” with editor Andrew Furtado, he told me that he was having major issues. They couldn’t find the final shot; the mural painting of Boone and Lori on the hill. Andrew had checked hours upon hours of footage and nothing could be found. Mark didn’t know what they could do.
So I spent the next thirty minutes taking elements of the murals currently available from “Nightbreed,“ and made a final frame. I sent it to Mark and said “Like that?” After a few minutes I got a reply back from him, overexcited saying how that was exactly what was needed. After some magical work from Andrew, that one photoshop image transformed into what you see in the film, and the final shot of “Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut.“ Being a part of that legacy is, without a doubt, the most proud I have ever been.
BD: Now that the Director’s Cut is now available for audiences, is it a relief to finally have it out?
CF: A huge relief! After all the work of Ryan Danhauser and José Leitão, and with their tireless efforts building and cultivating an amazing community of fans. The fact the missing footage is available is one thing, but the finished product is beyond anything a fan could hope for. Clive’s actual vision finally realized in HD! It is proof that the fans have more power than they think and, with it being Clive’s exact vision, is a joy to behold. The pinnacle was the premiere in LA, for which I designed the poster. Seeing it on screen and Clive’s reaction was as much as I could have asked for.
BD: When you design the audio and print covers for Barker’s books, do you focus on the imagery from the text or from the themes?
CF: First and foremost I look at the art Clive has made for the book, then use that as a basis. If there is no available art, I read the book again and try recreate the central theme as an image. After I am done with a few variations, Clive has a look, and he will normally ask for a change, whether big or small; every time it improves the design a thousand percent. I cannot take credit for any of my designs for his work as they are all from his head, whether words or art. I merely interpret what he provides.
BD: You also created the look of the website for Seraphim Inc. Tell me about the images behind the icons for comics, about, news, and shop?
CF: That was also from Clive’s head. Each icon is a piece of his art from his extensive archives. I would never try and ape Clive’s style. I merely look to him for creative input, and the work does itself. The idea of the icons were all down to Mark Miller. He asked if we could have pictures instead of words, so I scoured Clive’s archive, and found so much suitable work. This allowed me to source around 50 icons that I felt suitable. Then between Mark and I, they were whittled down to those chosen for the website.
BD: Tell me about working on the typesetting and designing Clive Barker’s “First Tales?”
CF: That was such an exciting project – And the first typesetting and designing I had actually done for a hardcopy book. It was a good 5 months, and many hours a day, choosing fonts, cover images, logos that would fit together. And I am so appreciative to have been trusted with a job so big – but looking at the finished product I couldn’t feel more satisfied. But, I will say this, if Photoshop and InDesign never existed, I would not be talking to you right now!
BD: Do you have favorite work of yours amongst the collection?
CF: My favorite designs are probably the concept UK book cover for “The Scarlet Gospels,” the audiobook cover for “Thief of Always,” or the mural for “Nightbreed: The Director Cut.” My favorite written piece is the adaptation of “The Damnation Game,” which I wrote with Mark. Hopefully soon you will be able to see both!
With everything, I am always learning. Ask me in a year and I am sure that answer will change as the best is yet to come!
BD: What other projects are you working on now?
CF: Most new projects cannot be spoken about as they are all hush-hush, so the most exciting projects will have to remain a mystery! However I can tell you that I have written many, many scripts for Seraphim which are currently circling producers. “The Damnation Game” being one. I have written comics with Mark Miller and Ben Meares, which are awaiting approval.
I am also involved with the designing of images/covers for forthcoming books/movies. Along with this I find myself assisting with the development of a new TV series and working as a builder for Madefire motion comics, which has so many amazing Clive Barker stories to tell in a new and innovative ways. Not to mention that I have co-written the forthcoming movie adaptation of “Jacqueline Ess,” as well as scripting a stage adaptation of one of Clive’s short stories! There is so, so much coming, that I wish I could tell you…
Time is ticking as the motion poster for Terminator Genisys teases.
Tune in this coming Thursday for the 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.
I have zero interest in Spike Lee’s latest joint.
We just now landed the trailer for Lee’s crowd-funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which had its World Premiere at the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival.
It will release on February 13, 2015 through Gravitas Films.
The film stars Zaraah Abrahams, Stephen Tyrone Williams, “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams and Felicia Pearson, Steven Hauck and Elvis Nolasco.
Funded through his Kickstarter campaign, the independent romantic horror comedy is described as “Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).”
“A Spike Lee Joint, ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ is a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess”, which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.”
One of horror’s most iconic directors is famed Italian mastermind Dario Argento, the man who brought us such films as Suspiria, Profondo Rosso, Phenomena, and the like. Now, the maestro of terror is returning with a new film entitled The Sandman, a tale of a student who deals with the childhood trauma of seeing a serial killer kill his mother.
The synopsis reads:
Nathan, a young student in the city struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed “The Sandman”: a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon and claims their eyes as trophies. Nathan killed The Sandman years ago, on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother, and the nightmare seems to be buried in the past… until he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that very same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey into the night country of his past, his dreams…and the buried secrets of The Sandman, who’s on the hunt again.
The film stars legendary punk musician Iggy Pop in the title role and we’ve got an exclusive interview with the man himself! Head below to read about Iggy’s take on the film, his role, and much more, but be warned that there are potential spoilers!
Also, make sure to swing by the Indiegogo page for a last chance to pledge and earn a reward!
How are you doing, sir?
Hey, I’m doing alright. How are you doing?
I’m doing very well! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you had one as well.
Hey, I did too! You know, I overate [laughs]! I kept thinking about the turkeys and how nobody eats turkey except [laughs] on Thanksgiving. It really bothered me! But anyway, it was really good. I carved!
Tell me about how you got involved with ‘The Sandman’. What started this journey?
A movie called ‘Suck’, really. Rob Stefaniuk’s movie that I did. Jessica Paré played the star vampire in that. It was a musical vampire film I did in Canada a few years ago. One of the producers stayed in touch and started sending me a couple of the early scripts for [The Sandman]. I liked his script, liked the part and, la dee da, when I sort of attached myself, when I signed an intent letter, somewhere along the line, lo and behold, they got Dario signed on. And that’s a BFD!
I’d seen Suspiria, which is scary as hell but also is a great work of art. There are so many great things about that that I wouldn’t know where to start. I watched a couple of Dario’s other movies, ‘Deep Red’ and ‘The Bird With The Crystal Plumage’. Then, I went back and reread the script and it was pretty obvious it was written with him in mind.
That’s where it is now. It’s somewhere in between me being hustled into going on Indiegogo to beg for money [laughs]! It’s pretty funny but I think it’s pretty cool. I get a big kick out of it. I like people and you can’t stage dive for 43 years without liking to mix with people and I kinda felt like it was a virtual form of stage diving.
They gave me a script the night before and I kind of read it tongue-in-cheek and hoped that people would find it interesting because I’d like to work under [Dario]. And I’d really like to gouge your fucking eyes out [laughs]! It sounds cool to me!
Talking about Indiegogo, it made its goal, which means it can only do bigger and better from here on out. What does that mean to you that the fans responded so positively?
I don’t know what the word is. I’m bloodied over it! It’s just great. I don’t use a device every day of my life, myself. I was out of the country, I was in Europe shooting something else for a month without a device, so I would hear every once in a while, “Ten people signed up to get your autograph action figure!” or “Two people signed up for lunch!” I was just real pleased.
The best thing about the whole thing so far was there’s a little clip of Dario going, “I don’t like these nice Christmas movies. We need a Christmas movie with strength.” [laughs] He’s a bad motherfucker! He’s fascinating.
The Sandman is a character that is both loved and feared, showing up in stories, legends, movies, songs, and more. What kind of Sandman will we be seeing in this film?
I think I’ll try to bring out the side, the very real side of my personality that can do great harm to others without giving it a second thought, basically. That’s how I would play him. In this particular script, if you want to look at it this way, in this Sandman’s mind there’s a justification because his own mother lost his sight and he has a sort of OCD. He’s obsessively, compulsively, repeatedly restoring her sight by stealing the eyes of other people. But I just like the idea that he could do harm and it just rolls off his back and he can do it again and again and again. He enjoys it! He’s an artistic Sandman who enjoys a little bit of craftsmanship. He makes dolls that represent the images of each victim and then he decorates the dolls with the eyes of his victims. It’s a nice touch.
There’s a bit where he has a human counterpart at the beginning of the movie, who’s kind of a smarmy Eurotrash art gallery owner, which I’m looking forward to playing because I know a lot about Eurotrash [laughs].
It’s interesting how you describe this Sandman as artistic yet ruthless, it’s almost as though he’s creative and spontaneous, which a lot of artists and musicians and directors are in reality.
I think you want to have that moment of spontaneity and inspiration. With most people, there are two areas that are the typical areas of enormous piles of preparation. One is technically just getting everyone in the same place and the same time with every detail planned, the lighting, the sound, the music, the costumes, et cetera.
But the other, which is equally important, and that’s the artistic direction of sin and degradation. You won’t find a good artist who doesn’t have a dark wellspring. That is generally and inevitably overused to the artist’s detriment. You find that again and again with people who tell these stories well, whether it’s guys in heavy bands who creep themselves to convince themselves every day that they really are the Devil or whatever [laughs].
It’s hard not to overdo either. It’s hard not to get caught up in the sinful bullshit and it’s hard not to get caught up over-concerned with the details of the movie crafting.
Earlier you had mentioned Dario’s quote in the Indiegogo video, which I pulled out as well, where he states that he wants to create a Christmas movie, “…where there is also strength, violence, horror…” What impact does it being Christmas have on the story?
It could, depending on how it comes out in the script, there are a lot of displays of folk art and what you might call brute art or outsider art. There are also musical interludes done with music boxes. There are use of landscapes, very picturesque. With all that, I think there’s a lot of room for the holiday itself to create an atmosphere. There’s something about Christmas that a lot of people get depressed. There’s something about it that becomes a time of reckoning of the year for our lives. If someone were to twist that time or that atmosphere a bit, it can make a brutal or savage act much more horrific, I think.
‘Tis the season of joy but when murder happens, it’s much more horrific because of the season that it took place in?
Well yeah, exactly. And [Dario] really nailed it with that quip, “I want a Christmas movie with strength.” The use of the word “strength” with horror and blood and gore, I thought to myself, “Oh dear! Oh dear, dear, dear!” [laughs]. I kept my own effort tongue-in-cheek because it was scripted and I was basically going out and asking people for money and I didn’t want to be too serious about it. But that’s okay because I won’t get the money, it’s not a money spinning gig. It’s just something that I’d like to do.
What do you feel this role offered you, aside from working with Dario Argento?
There was just enough in the character of Coppola, who is The Sandman’s human personality, who is kind of a smarmy asshole gallery owner, who quickly reveals himself to be the Sandman. There’s a really good character to play there and it’s fun because what’s more fun than being an asshole? [laughs]
That doesn’t go on too long and what I saw in the rest of it was an opportunity to do some dance and mimicry. I could hopefully bring some of the things I’ve learned to do on the stage. There are a lot of scenes where it’s the way in which he approaches the people and darts from room to room, chasing them. It was written almost like dancing. That’s how I saw it and I wanted to do that.
The films of Dario Argento are often associated with fantastic scores, featuring haunting themes that have become iconic. The score of a film is often an unrecognized yet incredibly powerful character, creating the atmosphere and terror. Do you have any particular favorite Argento scores?
[Claudio] Simonetti is really bloody good. ‘Suspiria’ made a really big impression. It was creepy in a way that was not unlike certain Stooges songs. I could relate to it. Simonetti also has that approach that Morricone has. And when he goes out as Goblin and gets heavier, that’s really interesting music. But it sets a very strong mood and it always serves whatever the action is. That’s what I noticed.
I don’t know, I was asked if I’d be interested in doing some vocal work at some point, which I am, so that might come into play at some point.
You stated that the music reminded you of some of your own music with The Stooges. It seems that rock, metal, and punk have a very strong connection with the horror genre. Why do you think that is?
That’s a very good question. The first thing that popped into my mind, and this isn’t necessarily what you asked, is going back to Buddy Holly or Elvis or even Ike Turner, the roots of American “rock and roll”, there’s very little that’s creepy or horrific in there. It’s mostly having a great time, or maybe getting a little drunk, or chasing the girl, or I’ve got the girl, that’s it. It may have started out, the approach may have started out with some of the angrier blues musicians, like the old Holwin’ Wolf arrangements, those are pretty scary, eerie. If you listen to “Moaning At Midnight” particularly, here were a bunch of people who were repressed and they didn’t have a way, they weren’t allowed to express as much directly.
I think it has something to do with the eerie nature… You know, it was Nabokov, and I don’t remember the exact quote, but he said about World War II, what basically happened was the Germans unleashed a huge army of weird machines to send the blues all over Europe. They just attacked this world with a bunch of weird gizmos. I think the young people sense more and more in modern life that there is something that has been set loose that is inhuman. One of the new alarms being raised now in technology is smart weapons that don’t need human guidance anymore. They can find their own target. At what point are they going to get together and determine that the humans are aren’t good for the planet anymore? [laughs]
Something about that makes it fun to be creepy in the music. And the other thing, for some reason, happy just doesn’t seem to get it these days [laughs], you know what I mean? To be fair, maybe there’s just something about negative energy that is just easier to get to. Maybe it’s not even historical. Maybe it’s just that life’s hard and then you die.
There people who are saying that the Islamic State has a hit, they have a song that is done mostly a cappella that is going viral for people who are interested in that kind of thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a bit eerie as well.
Maybe it’s just the times, that’s all I can say.
Without revealing too much, if this film is a success and spurs great interest, is there a chance that we might see The Sandman return?
I’m already hoping! I’d love to do it, yes. I’d definitely like to do that. Of course there is. It’s not a novelty to me, not at all.
Mr. Pop, thank you so much for your time. I wish you all the very best and I truly can’t wait to see this film!
It was good talking to you! Thanks a lot!
Deadline not only has the first casting, but also the vague scope of AMC’s new “The Walking Dead” companion series.
Frank Dillane, pictured above, and Alycia Debnam Carey, below, have been cast in the pilot, created by Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel “The Walking Dead” was based, and Dave Erickson.
Adam Davidson will direct the pilot, known as “Cobalt,” which takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on “The Walking Dead” but in a different location.
It revolves around a male divorced teacher and a female guidance counselor. Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) plays the woman’s son, who has battled a drug problem. Aussie Debnam Carey (Into the Storm) plays the woman’s ambitious daughter.
I just read an incredibly interesting new interview with Colin Trevorrow, who has the monster task of getting people back into Jurassic Park, and have them leave with a smile.
After the pre-Thanksgiving Jurassic World trailer hit, the internet exploded like a bitch-fest I’ve never seen. The majority of the complaints were fucking stupid, if you ask me. Although, it was disappointing reading that the sole reason Universal created the new D-Rex hybrid – instead of using the original, and real, scary dinos- was to create an IP they would own.
In said interview (over at Empire), Trevorrow discusses this a bit, and I really like what he says. Jurassic World is either incredibly self-aware, or he has one hell of a publicist helping him clean up his shit.
“There is no shortage of awesome [real] dinosaurs. We could have populated this entire story with new species that haven’t been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the Earth right in front of us, but for some reason that’s not enough. We’re always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger. The focus groups want something bigger than a T-Rex. And that’s what they get.”
From what I’m gathering, focus groups, as well as our society’s need for bigger, better and badder technology, forced Universal and Trevorrow’s hand into creating this new big baddie. I do love the social commentary in that sentiment, and that merchandizing – in real life and in the Jurassic World theme park – are forced by consumer greed. It’s really interesting stuff when you really think about – and almost a bit self-deprecating, no?
There’s a lot more in the interview, such as talk about the creation of the Mosasaurus, an aquatic dinosaur that devours a great white.
“The idea came out in one of our first meetings. I didn’t know if Steven [Spielberg] and Frank [Marshall] had considered an underwater reptile, so I pitched the mosasaurus and went off on the idea.”
“I thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food. There could be a whole other facility where they used shark DNA to mass-produce them to feed the bigger beast. It’s a bonkers idea, but I’m comfortable going to Crazytown, because I used to live there when I was a kid.”
Personally, I wanted to know a bit more about the shot at the end of the trailer where star Chris Pratt is riding a motorcycle alongside a handful of velociraptors.
“Owen’s relationship with the raptors is complicated. They aren’t friends. These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move. But there are men and women out there today who have forged tenuous connections with dangerous predators. That’s interesting territory to me.”
It sounds as if there’s a complicated arc within Jurassic World, which will re-open for business in June 2015. I wish I could get my tickets now.
The annual Rock On The Range festival has announced their lineup for 2015, which will be headlined by Linkin Park, Judas Priest, and Slipknot. The festival will also see performances from bands such as Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Ministry, In Flames, and, perhaps the band I’m most excited about, Babymetal! The festival will take place May 15th-17th at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot says:
It’s been way too long since Slipknot has played ROTR…five years is too long. We’re coming back with a new album and a new show. It’ll feel good to headline again. Everyone, prepare for hell…
Ben Burley of Breaking Benjamin adds:
We’re very excited to be back and playing Rock On The Range. It was an honor to be a part of the very first ROTR back in ‘07 and we’re grateful to return to be a part of this amazing rock n roll event.
Now through Friday, you can enter the code “Ranger4Life” at Ticketmaster to get special pre-sale ticket pricing.
The current band lineup for Rock On The Range is as follows:
Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames, Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed, Periphery, Nonpoint, Baby Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot, Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron, Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz, with more bands and entertainers to be announced soon.
I’ll be the first to admit that Uwe Bolls’ 2010 Rampage is not only his best movie, but also an enjoyable one (review).
The sequel, Rampage: Capital Punishment, released this past August, not so much (read Patrick’s review).
I was actually excited about the sequel, only to realize that there’s not much more Boll can say, and that a tighter sequel budget really put the hurt on Billy Williamson’s political carnage.
Even though nobody is demanding it, Boll has enlisted Brendan Fletcher to pitch you on why you should help them finance Rampage 3: No Mercy.
The project has been launched on Indiegogo with a campaign goal of a mere $100k (that’s surprisingly low for such an action-heavy franchise). The catch – as of this writing – is that you can’t actually buy the DVD or Blu-ray until the $100 tier. Yes, that means for $20 you only get a “thank you,” while $40 nets you a commentary mention and end credit thanks. But no copy of the movie – not even a digital download. Yeah, no thanks.
But if you’re rich and dying to see this happen, Boll promises that Rampage 3 will have way more action than the sequel, which was pretty damned gory if you ask me.
Thanks to Fabien M. we have the international trailer for Tom Hammock’s post-apocalyptic thriller, The Well, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past June.
“At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.”
The Well, to be released by Dark Sky Films, stars Haley Lu Richardson in a breakout role as a young woman with grit, smarts, and an incredible will to survive.
Additional cast includes: Booboo Stewart (Twilight), Jon Gries (Taken), Nicole Fox (America’s Next Top Model winner), Michael McCartney (The Amazing Spider-Man), Michael Welch (Twilight), Rena Owen, Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Michael Massee (Seven).
NECA’s Alien Series 4 celebrates 35 years of Ridley Scott’s original Alien film with all-new character debuts.
It includes two versions of ‘Ellen Ripley’ — for the first time ever featuring the likeness of Sigourney Weaver — and ‘Dallas’ in his Nostromo Spacesuit.
‘Ripley in Nostromo Jumpsuit’ comes with flamethrower and Jonesy the cat. ‘Dallas in Nostromo Spacesuit’ comes with removable helmet, pistol and flashlight. ‘Ripley in Nostromo Spaceuit’ comes with removable helmet, harpoon gun with two different attachments, and a frightened version of Jonesy the cat.
Each fully articulated figure stands approximately 7″ tall and comes in special 35th Anniversary packaging.
Ships in March 2015.