‘The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen’ Making Australian Blu-ray Debut

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:23

Via Vision Entertainment is proud to present The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen on Blu-ray and DVD. This 4-disc boxed set highlighting four selections of work from the stop-motion animation god will hit shelves August 19th, 2015. This will be the first time the films will be available on Blu-ray in Australia.

From the Press Release:

Pioneer. Innovator. Auteur. Harryhausen is all of these superlatives and more to movies. Dynamation, the incredible and painstaking process of splitting live action to facilitate the interaction of models with actors, became to fantasy fans, movie buffs, historians and awestruck kids his signature. Now the legacy lives on in the films of Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi, Tim Burton and many others. Revered and beloved films such as Army of Darkness, Jurassic Park and Corpse Bride all owe him a debt as do many of the blockbuster special effects driven films of today.

Harryhausen, whose own inspiration for fantasy cinema originated as a child after viewing The Lost World and later King Kong, honed his skills as a visual effects technician, before making the jump to artist. In doing so he elevated the much undervalued process of stop motion into an art form especially on action-adventure classics such as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and Jason & the Argonauts; all of which are included in this collection in limited edition packaging.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Dir. Nathan Juran

Synopsis:
When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Jason & the Argonauts (1963)

Dir. Don Chaffey

Synopsis:
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

Dir. Gordon Hessler

Synopsis:
Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an eye on her palm. They encounter strange beasts, tempests, and the dark interference of Koura along the way.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Dir. Sam Wanamaker

Synopsis:
Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Along with the 4 films, the set also includes an extensive collection of bonus features, including a rare documentary on Harryhausen. In addition to Harryhausen’s mastery, the set offers up a look at many pop culture icons before they were stars with the likes of Tom Baker (Dr. Who), Patrick Troughton (Dr. Who), Caroline Munro (For Your Eyes Only), Nigel Green (Zulu) and Nancy Kovak (Bewitched) appearing among the cast of performers.

This set sounds pretty incredible, particularly because both Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and Golden Voyage of Sinbad are no longer available in the US (unless you want to pay a pretty penny for them on eBay). If you’re in the US and you want to pick this set up (or any other release that isn’t Region A) I highly recommend paying 220-Electronics.com a visit and getting a Region Free player. You won’t regret it.

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Charlie’s Farm’ is a Gory Slasher from Down Under

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:23

This review is for the German Mediabook release of Charlie’s Farm from Illusions Unltd.

Slashers may be my favorite horror subgenre. They just seem to be a pretty safe bet. They may not always result in a good movie per se, but more often than not I find them to be entertaining and I’m ok with that. Charlie’s Farm is the type of slasher that perfectly fits the criteria. The plot is merely ok and some of the acting and dialogue is atrocious, but man is this movie a ton of fun!

Before even getting into the film though I have to talk about the cover art for this release. The artwork is a drawing of Charlie in the middle sitting on what looks almost like a makeshift throne, I think it might be part of a tractor, but I’m not entirely sure. Surrounding Charlie are the decapitated and now impaled heads of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface. Laying dead at Charlie’s feet is Mick Taylor. Oh and Charlie is picking his teeth with Freddy’s glove. The expectations are set really high here.

The story is pretty basic. Somewhere in the Australian outback is Charlie’s Farm. This is where the Wilson family – father John (Bill Moseley), mother Merideth (Trudi Ross) and young son Charlie (Cameron Caulfield) – all lived. The Wilsons were a very violent family. John would torture and sexually abuse young girls and then Merideth would murder the poor girls for coming on to her husband. This was all done with Charlie forced to watch. One day the townsfolk had enough and stormed the Wilson house killing both John and Meredith. Charlie escaped and was never seen again, but rumor had it he still hung about the old house, which was eventually dubbed Charlie’s Farm.

A group of 4 friends – Natasha (Tara Reid), Jason (Dean Kirkright), Donkey (Sam Coward), and Melanie (Allira Jaques) – decide to venture out to the farm and check it out. Natasha is very hesitant to do so, however, and she makes it clear over and over again that she think it’s a bad idea. This is one of the worst parts of Charlie’s Farm. Natasha is just nagging nonstop about how going to the farm isn’t a smart move. Look, I get it. Every slasher needs this one friend, the one who seems afraid but in actuality is the smart one for not wanting to go, but don’t make her so annoying. She can be against going and not be annoying. It’s all about balance.

I’m not sure where to place the blame for the character of Natasha. The dialogue for the most part isn’t great. In fact, it’s really subpar, even for slashers. It also doesn’t help that Reid’s performance is very flat and unconvincing. I haven’t seen enough Tara Reid movies to judge her as an actress overall, but I can say for certain that she’s not very good in Charlie’s Farm. In fact, all 4 of the friends are pretty poor characters represented by mostly week performances. Aside from Donkey, who is actually a bit interesting and seems to have a little more depth that it would first appear. Not a lot, but there seems to be something there.

What’s great about Charlie’s Farm is that these poor characters don’t really matter at all. If you’re a fan of horror and in particular slashers, you’ll find a lot to enjoy. You get a pretty large Kane Hodder cameo that ends with him getting into a fist-to-fist showdown with adult Charlie, played by a hulking Nathan Jones. This is fun for horror fans because in our minds we know that Hodder is Jason Voorhees so basically we’re getting to watch Jason take on Charlie and horror fans love to see two killers square off.

Kill count is always important for a slasher and in that regard Charlie’s Farm more than delivers. If memory serves me, there are 12 kills and every one is on screen. Don’t hold me to this number though, I could be off a kill or two. Either way, it’s a healthy kill count. The movie actually opens with the first of three decapitations. Every kill looks pretty awesome as well. Great use of practical effects. Two kills in general really stand out. I won’t spoil them completely for you, but I will say pay close attention to the skinny dipping scene with Donkey and Melanie. That’s when Charlie’s Farm really amps things up and takes off.

The weak story and bad acting are totally worth the end result. Charlie’s Farm is super fun slasher that I would absolutely love to see get a sequel.

The mediabook release from Illusions Unltd is truly fantastic. The book comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD of the film and inside there’s a 16-page booklet. Now unless you read German, the writing in the booklet is mostly useless, however, there are some really great storyboard drawings that make for a great addition. From what I can gather from the German is that the booklet almost serves like the program to a play, listing the cast and crew with short bios. This is a nice touch, even if I can’t read it.

Charlie’s Farm is now available on Region B Blu-ray/DVD from Illusions Unltd.

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They Shot Three (More) ‘Witchcraft’ Sequels Back-to-Back-to-Back

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:18

There’s nothing quite like a clearly half-assed, rushed sequel that nobody asked for. Shit, how about three of them.

The official Facebook page for Witchcraft reveals that a trio of sequels have been shot back-to-back over an extremely short two week period. Yes, they made three movies in two weeks. Quality is the name of the game here.

The titles, for those excited, Witchcraft 14: Angel Of Death, Witchcraft 15: Blood Rose and Witchcraft 16: Hollywood Coven.

There are now 16 unwatchable Witchcraft movies. David Palmieri has now directed three of them.

Three movies shot in just two weeks? Sounds like they need Witchcraft to be good…

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Effects Heavy Creature Feature ‘Harbinger Down’ Gets Final Trailer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:28

Harbinger Down, a new indie in the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics such as Alien and The Thing, is releasing in both Canada and the U.S. tomorrow with a DVD/VOD release set for September 1st.

We have a new trailer to go along with the final poster and some fresh stills.

Harbinger Down celebrates animatronics and makeup effects via Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis, who wrote and directed, with ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. producing the film.

I already reviewed the film and didn’t like it, unfortunately.

In the creature feature, “A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Milla Bjorn, Winston James Francis, Mike Estime, and Edwin Bravo star.

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‘The Exorcism of Molly Hartley’ Trailer Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:01

The darkness comes for her again as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment prepares the sequel to 2008’s The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive extended trailer and artwork premiere for The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, which arrives on Digital HD October 9 and on Blu-ray and DVD October 20.

The trailer, which originally debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con, has shades of The Omen and The Exorcist, and is filled with all sorts of crazy imagery. The biggest selling point, however, is that those who witnessed the haunting/possession can now experience the exorcism…

In the film, “Molly Hartley (Sarah Lind; ‘Wolfcop’) is all grown up, but the unholy demon inside her lives on in this all-new, UNRATED sequel that takes terror to the next level! Six years after graduating high school — and discovering that a secret pact assigned her soul to the devil — Molly is suspected of murder and confined to a mental hospital, where she wreaks supernatural havoc on the staff and patients. Her only hope is an exorcism by a defrocked priest 
(Devon Sawa; ‘Final Destination’) looking to redeem himself and save Molly’s life before her hideous “transformation” is complete…but Satan has other plans!

Directed by Steven R. Monroe (I Spit on Your Grave) the UNRATED Blu-ray and DVD features bonus features including a sit-down with experts to discuss the origins of demonic possession, bonus security camera footage giving fans a closer look into Molly’s exorcism and Director Diaries showcasing some of the best scenes from the film.

Special Features
• Exorcism: Beyond One Truth – Sit down with professionals and religious experts to gather facts about demonic possession and debate whether it is a form of psychosis or if there is something more sinister involved
• Clovesdale Institute: Classified Security Camera Footage – Follow Dr. Laurie Hawthorne as she checks in with each of her patients through security camera footage giving fans full view of the origins of Molly’s exorcism
• Hartley Admission Hospital
• Surveillance of Fr. Barrow
• Dr. Hawthorne Visits M. Hartley
• Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 1
• Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 2
• Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 3
• Director Diaries – Follow Director Steven R. Monroe as he shoots some of the film’s most intense scenes
• Makeup Fx
• The Exorcism
• The Black Church
• The Facility

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The Midnight Candle Anthology Raising Funds on Indiegogo

Dread Central - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:00

Jolene Houser worked in the comic industry for many years, for both independent and major publishers, before forming her own company, Vivifica Studios.

She enjoys seeing the gratification that new writers experience from seeing their work published so much that she reached out for them to work on The Midnight Anthology, a graphic novel containing a collection of horror stories. What the stories will entail is mostly being kept under wraps, but as you can see from the images, creepiness and brutality are in no short order.

Click here to bring a little bit more fear into the world.

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New UK Trailer for The Nightmare Comes Creeping In

Dread Central - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 04:00

Rodney Ascher’s new film, The Nightmare, seems more polarizing than most, having earned itself a 4-1/2-star review from Mr. Dark but only 1-1/2 from Brad McHargue.  If you’re in the UK and have been wanting to decide on a rating for yourself, you’ll have your chance on October 9th, when it hits cinemas courtesy of Altitude Film.

We don’t have the UK quad poster yet, but we do have a new trailer to share so check it out below!

In The Nightmare filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237) combines captivating interviews, otherworldly bedtime re-creations, and heart-stopping scare tactics to explore sleep paralysis, a condition between wakefulness and sleep in which the victim is conscious of his or her surroundings but completely immobilized.

Synopsis:
THE NIGHTMARE’S subjects hail from different backgrounds and walks of life but share eerily similar visions of malevolent, near-human beings that grow increasingly aggressive the longer the sleep paralysis recurs. Are these just random hallucinations or something more? Rational explanations get challenged by the similarities of the “shadow people” multiple subjects describe looming over them. Ascher, who has first-hand knowledge of sleep paralysis, brings the full intensity of this experience to the screen while maintaining empathy and respect for his subjects. As the film unfolds, distinctions between the documentary and horror genres fade as do easy lines between reality and the imagination.

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New Line Developing Another Nightmare on Elm Street Remake

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 20:19

Samuel Bayer’s 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street was nothing short of an abomination, completely missing the opportunity to do something fresh and new with the franchise and instead poorly recreating moments from Wes Craven’s original. Now, we shall pretend it never existed.

The Tracking Board reports tonight that New Line Cinema is currently developing yet another reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with David Leslie Johnson (Orphan) attached to write the screenplay. Specific details about Freddy’s return, however, are being kept under wraps.

Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line.

Related Story: A Nightmare on Elm Street Box of Dread August 2015 Seventh Box

Your first response to this news may be to question why it’s necessary, but given how poor of a note Freddy went out on back in 2010, I can’t help but be genuinely excited about this one. The way I see it, this is New Line’s chance to redeem themselves and give Freddy the respect he deserves.

We’ll of course report more on this one as we learn it.

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Fox Gives Horrorstör a Put Pilot Commitment

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:54

It was back in October of last year when The Jackal Group (a co-venture between Fox Networks Group and Gail Berman, who first made her mark developing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”) acquired Grady Hendrix’s novel Horrorstör, published by Quirk Books. And now word had come that Fox TV has given a put pilot commitment to “Horrorstör,” an hourlong dramedy inspired by Hendrix’s supernatural mystery.

Per Deadline, Berman, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire, and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) are executive producing the project with David Borgenicht, CEO of Quirk Books. Michael Vukadinovich will co-executive produce, and Hendrix will serve as a consultant. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is under an overall deal, is the studio.

Written by Schwartz and Black List screenwriter Vukadinovich, “Horrorstör” will center on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways.

We’ll have more on the project as it comes so stay tuned!

 

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Insidious Products Sold In Fox’s “Horrorstör”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:45

Josh Schwartz and Gail Berman have united for a drama project at Fox written by Schwartz. The network has given a put pilot commitment to “Horrorstör,” an hourlong dramedy inspired by the supernatural mystery novel by Grady Hendrix, reports Deadline.

Written by Schwartz and Black List screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich, “‘Horrorstör’ centers on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. Flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways.”

It actually reminds me of the hilarious “Rick and Morty” episode ‘Something Ricked This Way Comes,’ spoofing Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Director of Japanese Reboot Promises Scariest Godzilla Yet

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:26

While we’re patiently waiting on a sequel to the American reboot of the Godzilla franchise, you might be pleased to learn that the King of the Monsters will soon be returning to Japan. Toho Company Ltd. is working on a brand new film, and today we have some more information.

Per ABC News, director Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) recently spilled some beans about the first Japanese Godzilla film in 12 years, revealing his desire to make the scariest monster movie of all time. He says he will bring the monster to life through a hybrid of CGI and practical effects.

Higuchi insists his incarnation of Godzilla won’t be the cuddly kaiju his generation grew up on, as the times are different and he wants to make a monster movie fit for modern audiences. He implied that the film will tackle real-world issues, including human accountability for the monster’s existence.

I’m confident I am among the top 50 lovers of Godzilla in the world. That’s how much I love Godzilla,” Higuchi told the outlet. “Maybe I’m not in the top 10, but definitely in the top 50.”

Filming on this brand spankin’ new Godzilla flick begins next month, much of the film being shot at the legendary Toho Studios. Animation master Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) just finished the script and will help oversee direction.

While we wait for more, dig on the first concept image of Godzilla’s footprint, which indicates that this creature will be even bigger than Legendary’s.

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‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Is Getting Remade… Again

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:04

New Line plans to bring the Dream Demon back from the dead.

In 2010 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema released their Platinum Dunes-produced reboot of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, which didn’t exactly raise any eyebrows at the box office – or with fans of the 30 year old franchise.

Now, just 5 years after being resurrected, Freddy Krueger is getting yet another fresh start.

This pretty reputable tracking board dropped a bomb Wednesday night reporting that New Line is planning to remake A Nightmare On Elm Street once again. As of Thursday morning, we here at Bloody Disgusting can confirm this information.

What’s interesting to note is that Platinum Dunes isn’t listed as a producer on the project, which is still vacant.

As for a writer, New Line has tapped Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson to bring the red-and-green sweater/fedora wearing Freddy Krueger back to the big screen.

Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line.

For those unacquainted with Johnson, the site explains that just earlier this week was announced to write Warner Bros. Dungeons and Dragons adaptation, fits the series like a glove with razors, as the former “Walking Dead” writer is forging a new presence in the horror space. The Wrath of the Titans scribe is next penning James Wan’s Conjuring sequel The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Disney’s horror Something Wicked This Way Comes.

That’s quite a resume.

Samuel Bayer directed the 2010 reboot that introduced Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy. While Haley did a bang up job, he just wasn’t Freddy. Robert Englund played the iconic slasher from Wes Craven’s 1984 A Nightmare On Elm Street through several films, concluding in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason.

The biggest hurdle New Line is going to have to overcome is finding a new Freddy, again. If you look at various other slasher franchises – Friday the 13th, Halloween and even Texas Chain Saw Massacre – it’s easy to throw someone else behind a mask. With Elm Street, it’s the one slasher with personality, and a vital look that sells the character. Jackie Earle Haley was never going to be “better than,” and thus the impact of the character weakened on screen.

Some of you are going to laugh, but here’s my solution: I’d love to see a female Krueger slashing up teens, turning their dreams into nightmares. It would be a fresh take on both the character and slasher subgenre.

I’ve actually read Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer’s screenplays for the 2010 remake. They introduced the brilliant micro-napping, which was underutilized and realized like shit on screen. Bayer, frankly, is an awful director. The one thing that really plagued the reboot, though, was the lack of creativity. It went for primal scares and mimicked scenes from Craven’s classic. After 30 years, we’ve seen Freddy turn people into cockroaches and pizza, so the mere idea that a rotating room was going to thrill us was just silly. Going forward, I hope the new writer will inject some serious creativity so that the title actually carries some meaning. Let’s see some fucked up nightmares this time around…

There’s a lot of rich mythology that has barely been touched, but it’s constantly a victim to studio’s focusing on selling to the teens who are hoping for one good scare on a date. It’s hard to sell an R-rated slasher, and it’s a business, so sometimes the art suffers. But other times art can elevate a film to a new place, further the genre, and revitalize fans’ faith in the franchise. This has to be that film. This has to be a unique vision. I am very curious to see who they hire to direct – especially now that James Wan is Warner Bros.’ go-to guy with his Conjuring franchise. Anyone want to take some wagers?

Anyways, this is a good thing, believe it or not. New Line Cinema is “The house that Freddy built,” and it’s been a damn shame to see them turning their back on the genre that made them who they are today. New Line’s identity is shrouded in horror, and the fact that they sold out Jason Voorhees to Paramount just to make Interstellar still rubs me the wrong way. Maybe this is the film that brings New Line back to their roots, and thus revives our beloved genre in the production house that once lived and breathed horror?

And one more thought for the naysayers: It’s this or nothing. Would you rather Freddy stay dead forever? Tell me below…

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Gamescom 2015: Killer Instinct Season 3 Kicks Off With Battletoads

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 19:02

When Microsoft first announced Killer Instinct as a free-to-play Xbox One exclusive with a seasonal purchase model, many people’s reaction was, “how the hell is that gonna work?” While mechanically sound, the game languished for some time from a sparse roster. Even now, two years after release, the 18 character roster falls short of the now 28 kombatants of Mortal Kombat X. Progress has been slow, with an average release of 9 characters a years. While I am all for continued support of content, it is hard to stay interested in a game for that long, much less get excited for every new release.

That is, unless the new release is a radical toad with attitude. Check it out:

Oh… oh God. It is so glorious. KI is no stranger to badass characters that push the limits of design, but none of them so far have been mutant combat amphibians who turn into wrecking balls. While all of you were playing Mario and dress up with your sister, I was cutting my teeth in the “Turbo Tunnel”. Oh yeah, that’s right, you just realized that you’re talking to a real man.

Kicking off Season Three with a spiked boot to the ass, Rash from Battletoads joins the KI lineup. Releasing sometime in March 2016, he will herald the end of new fighting games forever. I mean, what’s the point? You will never match the ‘tude of the toad. Fans of the game can look forward to pulling off some seriously tubular combos, while people who aren’t fans can look forward to becoming fans of the game.

But wait, there’s more! Anyone who has bought any Killer Instinct content can download the character right now and play the Beta version for the next month. If you have purchased any characters in the past, pick your jaw up off the floor and download this rad tad’ goin’ mad now. Full release is a ways off, but the hype is real. I’m stoked to see my favorite of the toads back in action. He’s got so much style, he wears sunglasses without pants. Try to wrap your head around just how awesome that is, and maybe you’ll be ready by March.

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Watch Scream Addicts Episode 2 – Our First Time

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:32

Welcome back!

Today’s episode of “Scream Addicts” (“Our First Time”) finds we three hosts discussing all the horror that scarred our young minds and cemented our love for our favorite genre. From “Scooby Doo” to Fangoria, Nightbreed to A Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters to late night HBO, we delve into the influences that shaped our childhoods and molded us into the maniacal fanboys we are today.

Here’s hoping you enjoy! And be sure to jump into the discussion below. Use the comments section to tell us about YOUR first experience with with horror and how it formed your own love for all things weird and scary. Let us know!

And if you missed our premiere episode, catch up here.

Be sure to join us back here on Friday for a special new episode along with the very first installment of our new podcast!

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And be sure to scream away in the comments section below to tell us what you thought! Liked it? Hated it? Let us know!

 

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Harbinger Down Dredges Up a New Trailer, Poster, and Stills

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:15

With its US and Canadian release date fast approaching, a new trailer has arrived for Harbinger Down along with a few stills and some updated artwork.  Look for the film in limited theaters and on VOD this Friday, August 7th, from Vertical Entertainment, followed by a DVD on September 1st. Check out the cities where it will be playing below the new poster.

Alec Gillis wrote and directed Harbinger Down; Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Milla Bjorn, Winston James Francis, Mike Estime, and Edwin Bravo star.

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Synopsis:
A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for three decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

 

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Sony Gives Release Dates to Several Upcoming Films; Ghostbusters Moved Up

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 16:30

Sony Pictures Entertainment just unveiled release dates for a handful of hotly anticipated 2016 and 2017 horror films, most notably shifting Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot from July 22, 2016, to July 15, 2016. But that’s only the beginning, so read on for the latest.

Per Deadline, Austrian writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Patient Zero will be released by Screen Gems on September 2, 2016. In the film, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as “The Infected.”

Also set for release in 2016 is Underworld: Next Generation, which marks the return of Kate Beckinsale. The sequel will arrive in theaters on October 21st, with Anna Foerster directing. It will center on a younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races.

The long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is due in theaters on January 13, 2017. Nikolaj Arcel has been tapped to direct the adaptation, which focuses on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, establishing the relationship between Roland and young protege Jake Chambers.

Finally, Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter star in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, slated for release on January 27, 2017. The film picks up after Resident Evil: Retribution, as the Project Alice is forced to race against time before the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.

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Exclusive: Poster Art Invites You to the Death House

Dread Central - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 16:03

Back in June we exclusively provided the first details for B. Harrison Smith’s upcoming horror film Death House, produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase and based on a script that was penned by none other than Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen. Today we’re happy to debut the poster art by “Monster” Mark Kosobucki along with a lengthy plot synopsis.

Originally envisioned as “The Expendables of horror,” Hansen’s script was rewritten by Smith, who is directing the film. The cast will soon be announced, and we’re told that it’s going to be jam-packed with both big name stars and beloved horror icons.

From what Smith tells us, the new script combines the grittiness of Assault on Precinct 13 with the gore of Saw and the action of Jurassic Park – minus the dinosaurs. Films like Escape from NY, Resident Evil, and even The Wizard of Oz served as inspirations for the tale.

This will not be a gimmick horror film,” Smith promises us. “No satire. Straight-up nasty horror.”

Synopsis:
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.

Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.

Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. The victims are homeless, bused into Death House to play literal victims while killing habits are studied. The results are sick, but only a hint of what goes on here.

Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication and… releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hordes led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg. The monsters are freed, and they’re going down.

Boon and Novak’s fight through Death House turns into a house of horrors gauntlet; their only hope of escape is descending into Hell and enlisting the help of the Five Evils. Events culminate in a violent face-to-face standoff with absolute evil… only to find that they have traveled down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass. Black is white and white is black and the definitions of good and evil no longer apply.

Who are the monsters? Who will escape?

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‘Ghostbusters’ Shifts a Week, ‘Patient Zero’ Infects In 2016

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:53

In addition to giving release dates to Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, as well as both Resident Evil and Underworld sequels, Sony Screen Gems is infecting theaters with Patient Zero on September 2, 2016.

In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Stefan Ruzowitzky directs the film starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Terminator Genisys), Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans), and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).

In addition, Sony is moving Ghostbusters by a week into a new July 15, 2016 slot.

The above photo displays the ghost-busting crew that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Andy Garcia, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh and Pat Kiernan have been cast alongside Chris Hemsworth in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

“SNL” vet Neil Casey recently landed the lead villain role. He is rumored to play the ghost of a murderer (sort of like Wes Craven’s Shocker, actually) who resurrects a ghost army based on historical characters.

The full plot details have been revealed here.

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First Look at ‘Sundown’, Rare’s Canned Horror Game Inspired by ‘The Thing’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:47

Almost exactly two years ago, I shared a list of horror games that might’ve been great, had they not all been canned at some point in their development. Among the games on that list was a survival horror game called Sundown that was announced in 2006 by Banjo-Kazooie developer Rare only to get cancelled early on so the studio could focus on two other projects.

Sundown could’ve been huge, with its parasitic twist on the post-apocalyptic genre and a cast of frightening creatures that would’ve been at home in Dead Space or John Carpenter’s The Thing. They were even planning to tie it into a movie or TV series. It’s too bad, because this freshly exhumed concept art makes it look super creepy.

I’ve taken a few screens from the video so it’s easier for you to get a good look at the beautiful assortment of faces the concept artists at Rare were able to come up with before Cthulhu gargled an incantation that transformed the game into vaporware.

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Sony Sets a Date For Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:43

The long-gestured adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is showing signs of life.

Sony Pictures is feeling so confident they went as far as to date the feature for January 13, 2017, which means production could commence anytime in the next year.

Last month the studio committed to A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel to get behind the camera.

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Arcel has brought on Anders Thomas Jensen to rewrite the script, which was most recently put together by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.

The Dark Tower will be the first in a franchise, with a TV series planned alongside several films.

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