Hail Satan and ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ This July!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:28

One of the best films I saw in 2015 was Osgood Perkins’ masterful February (read our review), starring Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”) and Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers), with Lucy Boynton (Miss Porter), James Remar (“Dexter”), and Lauren Holly (Dumb and Dumber).

A24, who released The Witch, acquired this Satanic masterpiece out of the Toronto International Film Festival. retitled to The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Bloody Disgusting learned that you’ll finally be able to see this chilling tale on July 14th, specifically on DirecTV. There’s more release plans to come, but at least you won’t be waiting much longer.

Here’s the new, official synopsis:

“A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.”

Principal photography took place in Ottawa on the film written and directed by Osgood Perkins, son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. (Everly), Zed Filmworks’ Rob Menzies and Alphonse Ghossein of Go Insane Films. Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow are executive producing under their Traveling Picture Show (The Quiet Ones) banner along with 120dB Films’ Peter Graham and Steve Hayes, and Arianne Fraser.

Here’s an international trailer that I would probably avoid watching (spoilers).

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Gojira Announce ‘Magma’: Release New Single “Stranded”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:10

French metal band Gojira have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album Magma on June 17th via Roadrunner Records. To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band has released a stream of the 4th track from the album, “Stranded”, which shows that the band has definitely evolved their sound. There is still a lot of aggressive rage bursting forth but there is also a mature restraint and quiet beauty through the song.

Vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier explains, “We are very excited to release our new album ‘Magma’. We put everything we had into these songs. This album is our flesh and blood.

A North American tour will be announced on May 2nd. You can pre-order Magma right here.

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Call Girl of Cthulhu Director Working on Tales from the Crypt Style Comic

Dread Central - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:00

The original Tales from the Crypt comics were nothing short of magnificent, so we can’t wait for the upcoming comic Burial Plots, an all-new horror anthology coming from Chris LaMartina, the director of Call Girl of Cthulhu, that will evoke the feel of the classic series.

Check out the press release below, and if it’s of interest, be sure to contribute to their crowdfunding campaign.

From the Press Release:
Pick up your copy… before you end up bagged and boarded.

Filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George are unleashing a Kickstarter campaign for their new horror project, BURIAL PLOTS.

Inspired by creepy comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Witching Hour, BURIAL PLOTS contains thirty ghastly black & white pages, featuring two macabre adventures. With dread-inducing artwork and blood-soaked storylines, it’s perfect for creeps who like their fear mixed with fun.

In BUM WRAP, a wronged homeless man discovers an ancient mummy and uses the decrepit creature to seek revenge. It’s a real rags-to-riches story!

In SHAPESHIFTERS, a scrawny recruit transforms after he joins a gym run by a pack of muscle head werewolves. Will this killer workout get him ripped in thirty days?

Since 2007, Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George have written and produced six award-winning, critically-acclaimed horror features. With an anarchic knack for sharp wit and stylized bloodshed, their work has been praised by the New York Times, VICE, NPR, and MTV. Their film WNUF Halloween Special is currently streaming on Shudder, and their Lovecraft comedy Call Girl of Cthulhu tore up the international film fest circuit.

Illustrator John de Campos (aka GHOSTBAT) has been producing artwork professionally since 2013. Specializing in show posters, album covers, and logos, de Campos has covered a wide range of illustration needs while sharpening a versatile but accessible style. He is a founding member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

If their Kickstarter campaign is successful, BURIAL PLOTS will be the first comic from Baltimore-based Midnight Crew Studios.

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‘Hellraiser’: The Movie vs. The Book

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:00

The Hellraiser series is a topic of a lot of contention here on Bloody-Disgusting. There are some who are extremely passionate about the series and all the entries it has offered. However, there are some, like myself, who feel the series has gone down significantly in quality, even though there is an amazing universe and lore available to pull from. I even went so far as to say the best way of fixing the Hellraiser series is by getting rid of Pinhead. That one definitely drew some ire.

All that aside, I think we can all agree that the premise of the Hellraiser films is really awesome! A malevolent puzzle box that acts as a gateway to Hell and releases the demonic Cenobites to absolutely wreck eternity for those who simply wanted to beat the world record time on a shimmery faux Rubik’s cube? Count me in. But considering that the story truly began with creator Clive Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart”, it begs the questions, “What’s different? What was changed?”

Well, the folk over at Cinefix have decided to look into just that and compare “The Hellbound Heart” with Hellraiser. And while there aren’t too many differences, there are enough that the films would’ve been quite different had Barker been 100% faithful to his original story!

Check out the video above and then let us know if you would’ve rather seen Barker keep to the original story or if you’re happy with the way things turned out!

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Sadistic ‘Knock Knock’ Star Joins ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:40

It was announced the other day that Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, will be released worldwide on October 6, 2017.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), today it was reported that Ana de Armas, one of the sadistic beauties in Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, is co-starring in the followup that begins filming this coming July.

The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details are not being revealed.

Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.

Warner Bros will release the film in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.

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‘Okja’ Reunites Tilda Swinton With the Director of ‘Snowpiercer’!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:33

Netflix announced that principal photography began yesterday on its feature film Okja in Seoul, South Korea.

From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton ( Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) in a bold, global adventure.

“With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” said Director Bong.

Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.

Joining the cast are acclaimed actors from around the world, including Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Okja will be shot in South Korea, Canada and the US, in English and Korean.

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho are producers on the film. Okja is a Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production.

Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day and date theatrical release in the US.

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Exclusive: Glen Mazzara Talks Mid-Season Scares for Damien

Dread Central - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:30

With “Damien” kicking ass and taking names (he has so many names) for A&E, we checked in with showrunner Glen Mazzara to get the scoop on fan reaction to the series and what’s next for everyone’s favorite Antichrist!

Be warned… if you’re not completely caught up with the show, there are a few spoilers below.

I think fans were surprised by ‘Damien,’” says Mazzara. “A lot of people were expecting something a bit more campy like “Lucifer,” but that was never on our agenda. We’re trying to basically serve up a horror movie in ten parts. People are really getting it. It’s exciting to see how nuts the fans get on Twitter. The thing I feel greatest about is everything comes together in the season finale. Episodes 7 and 8 continue to get darker and crazier, and then 9 and 10… they’re just absolutely bonkers and incredibly well directed. All the storylines we’ve set up are about to start paying off… and things will be put in motion for Season 2. It’s all there, man. I cannot wait for people to see it!

Related Story: Glen Mazzara Talks Resurrecting The Beast in Damien

Mazzara gets into detail regarding where the titular character is right now in Season 1. “Damien has spent so much of his time avoiding something that he feels in his gut is true. He’s been on the run, he’s been in hiding… Now the running has to stop. In the beginning of the season Damien approached his situation like anyone would… as a problem he needs to gather information to try and solve. But then in the fifth episode, “Seven Curses,” he comes face to face with the supernatural. He learns that he is the Antichrist and that Hell follows behind him. At that point he decides he doesn’t want to carry that cross, and he attempts suicide. However, that doesn’t work; he cannot kill himself. From here on we’re going to see a Damien who knows that now what he’s been fearing is true. He’s not crazy or hallucinating. He knows he can’t run anymore so now he’s like, ‘Okay, well, what am I going to do about this?’ We’re about to see Damien taking action to get ahead of this. He has no choice but to run head-first into the storm. You’re going to see him being pushed to a breaking point over the next several episodes. The noose just keeps getting tighter and tighter around his neck, and believe me… it’s going to be really exciting seeing it all come together.

Mazzara always wanted this show to be socially conscious… and that’s the realistic direction he wants to maintain in the series. “A lot of times what happens in horror films is that people have a tendency to buy into a supernatural explanation for things a little too easily, and then you start playing by those type of rules. Damien is an atheist. He doesn’t believe in any god or a devil, so for him to come to the realizations he must accept, he has to be confronted with both his inner and the external demons that surround and encompass him. He’s a war photographer who faces true horrors as a means to try and connect with people. There’s some stuff coming up that’s very reminiscent of things that have happened in this world. We take the realistic approach to telling his story very seriously. We want people to be frightened and entertained, but if the audience can come away also thinking that, ‘Ya know, that’s like something that’s currently happening in the news… what’s really happening in the world…’ then we have done our job as artists.

In terms of the possibility of a Season 2…

The fans online are so enthusiastic. That kind of rabid fandom is important to any new show. We hope to see that base continue to grow. I think once people hear about the finale and how everything ties together that there’ll be a surge of new viewers who’ve been basically waiting to binge-watch the series. It’s crazy, though; I don’t think anybody expected the fans to embrace this show as quickly as they have. A&E and Fox love the show… they’re fans of it, so I’m hopeful of a second season. I would love to get the writers together to start working again. I have a lot of ideas, setup and payoffs, new things… we have such a great cast, and I have so many new ways to torture them in mind!

About “Damien”:
“Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 horror film The Omen, who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist. The saga begins when Damien, an acclaimed war photographer, returns home to New York after experiencing a traumatic event while on assignment in Syria. Strange occurrences and flashbacks plague him, and he is then forced to confront his true identity.

“Damien” stars Bradley James (“Merlin,” “Homeland”) along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”), Megalyn E.K. (“House of Lies”), Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”), David Meunier (“Justified”), and Robin Weigert (“Sons of Anarchy”).

“Damien” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios for A&E Network. Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”) serves as writer and executive producer via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive produces through his company, Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield also serves as executive producer.

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London Told #DontWakeUp As ’28 Days Later’ Goes Live

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:25

The rage virus from Danny Boyle’s seminal zombie-esque thriller is still running rampant in the streets of London.  Plucky Brits are being thrust in the midst of the action as film event specialists Secret Cinema are bringing the movie to life with their latest set spectacle.  

Running until the end of May, a disused printing press building has been transformed into a scare attraction climaxing with the most unique way to watch the movie.  Participants are instructed to arrive in medical scrubs only to be greeted by army and medical personnel.  After being ushered through to a mock medical facility the fun really begins when you get to inhabit prequel elements of the outbreak story as well as following the original celluloid protagonist’s path.  The attention to detail is suburb and begs the question – just when are we going to get 28 Months Later?  Until that happens this experience happily fills the monkey bite shaped hole left in our existence .

You can sign up for the experience here.  It’s only a matter of time before the infection reaches the US border as the Secret Cinema founder has teased their service launching America soon.

Secret cinema America coming to a secret city soon. Tell no one pic.twitter.com/NiJzpwT7Xd

— fabienriggall (@fabienriggall) April 21, 2016

 

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NECA Has Updated Kenner’s Ripley From ‘Aliens’!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:09

NECA just revealed the astounding “Kenner Ripley,” which is an upgraded version of the toy company’s classic Aliens toy line from 1992.

“Celebrate Alien Day 2016 with a special edition tribute to the classic Kenner Ripley figure from the early ’90s!

“Lt. Ellen Ripley comes with bandolier and smartgun accessories, plus a commemorative reprint of the Dark Horse mini-comic that was included with the original release in 1993.

“The 7-inch scale figure features the likeness of Sigourney Weaver, and has over 25 points of articulation. The blister card packaging is an homage to the classic as well, and features a collectible file card with bio.”

It will be available only in Toys R Us and Hastings stores the week of April 26th, while a super limited number will be available on the Toys R Us website the same day – use necaonline.com/AlienDayRipley to take you there.

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Aliens Attack in New Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer

Dread Central - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:09

Today is Earth Day. But on June 24, aliens will destroy the Earth. I’m of course talking about Independence Day: Resurgence, the decades-later sequel to one of the most iconic films from the 1990s. In celebration of Earth Day, a new trailer has just been released, and we’re happy to report that it includes even more Goldblum.

Enjoy the trailer below, along with an Earth Day PSA!

Oh and if you want to revisit the original Independence Day, it will be digitally available for a limited time for only $0.99, with all of Fox’s net proceeds being donated to Earth Day Network. Get your $0.99 download of ID4 over in the Google Play store.

You can also participate in a global #IndependenceDayLive Earth Day Watch Party, starting at 4pm PT by following #IndependenceDayLive and @IndependenceDay

Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Angelababy, William Fichtner, and Sela Ward all star in this epic next chapter. It’s directed by Roland Emmerich and produced by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, and Harald Kloser.

Synopsis:
After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

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PAX 2016: Umbrella Corps Heads to Antarctica in Latest Trailer

Dread Central - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:00

The online multiplayer shooter Umbrella Corps continues to embrace the rich history of the series to which it belongs with the latest trailer, which was unveiled at PAX in Boston, taking place at the base in Antarctica featured in Code Veronica.

I wasn’t entirely sold on this game at first because I thought it would just be a cheap cash grab that took the hugely popular formula of online shooter games and stuck the Resident Evil license onto it, but I have to say that the more I see, the more and more promising it looks.

The snow will turn red when Umbrella Corps hits PS4 and PC on June 21.

Synopsis:
Refamiliarize yourself with Umbrella’s hidden Antarctic base by watching this new Umbrella Corps trailer, which begins with Resident Evil Code: Veronica story footage (as seen in Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles).

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Does ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Have Heart? (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:00

The new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence is trying to prove it’s more than big set pieces and insane CGI.

Does the sequel, which takes place 20 years later, have heart? The trailer attempts to reconnect characters to the past and even takes a moment of silence to remember Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith).

Yes, there’s still a ton of CGI, which include massive alien ships, new technology (and a Prometheus ripoff), as well as a giant extraterrestrial creature. Oh, and the trailer wouldn’t be complete without a hilariously obvious observation by the great Jeff Goldblum.

We always knew they were coming back.

After ‘Independence Day’ redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe (It Follows), and Sela Ward.

Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters on June 24th, 2016.

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‘Cabin In the Woods’ Star Climbs ‘The Dark Tower’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:47

The Cabin In the Woods stoner Fran Kranz will join Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in Sony’s The Dark Tower, says THR.

Based on the Stephen King-penned fantasy series, the film will follow a wandering knight (Elba) who is the last hope of the fallen land of Mid-World. He is charged with finding the Dark Tower while battling his nemesis the Man in Black (McConaughey).

Kranz will play Pimli, the right-hand man of the Man in Black.

A Nightmare On Elm Street Jackie Earle Haley, who just joined AMC’s “Preacher,” was recently cast as Richard Patrick Sayre, “…a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.”

Nikolaj Arcei is set to direct, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer set to produce under their Imagine Entertainment banner. King and Erica Huggins also will produce.

The Dark Tower will be released on February 17, 2017.

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Exclusive New Poster for Christian Horror Film ‘The Channel!’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:39

Indican Pictures new Christian horror film, The Channel, will be in 5 theaters on Friday, April 29, 2016. To help celebrate this limited theatrical release, Indican Pictures has provided Bloody Disgusting with an exclusive look at the film’s poster!

By “Christian” horror film I’m not sure if that means there will be some type of moral or if the movie just deals with Christian themes. I’m very much not a religious person, so either way most references will likely be lost on me.

Synopsis:
Following a near-death experience in a car crash, teenager Cassie Stevens finds herself haunted by a shadowy figure…something which has apparently followed her back from the other side of death. As these visions escalate, Cassie’s sanity teeters on a breakdown and her only hope is a skeptical priest, who himself harbors doubts about her sanity.  Will she break free from the living nightmare that torments her, or will she succumb to the darkness that seeks her soul for cheating death?

Directed by Tom Lewis
Starring: Kristen Stephenson Pino, Nick Clark, Andrew Olson, Jared Boghosian, Carol Anne Watts, Corrin Evans, Myron Natwick, Larrs Jackson

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‘Neverending Nightmares’ Arrives On PS4, Vita Next Month

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:37

Infinitap Games is bringing an enhanced version of Matt Gilgenbach’s 2014 horror game Neverending Nightmares to the PS4 and PS Vita on May 3 in North America and May 4 in Europe. Inspired by its creator’s battle with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, this surreal is about as psychological as psychological horror can get.

“Through eliciting feelings of darkness and despair and drawing on strong metaphorical undertones, I’m seeking to express my feelings of struggling with mental illness through the game,” explains Gilgenbach in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “While the story isn’t autobiographical, the feelings in the game very much are. Everything in the game was designed to recreate the feelings and thoughts I experienced at my darkest point in my mental health struggles.”

It’s a very personal project that also works as a satisfying and often very frightening horror game. It’s an easy one to recommend, especially with the various upgrades that have been made since the PC release. Neverending Nightmares targets 1080p/60fps on PS4, 60fps on the Vita, and features an improved branching narrative and cross-buy support, all for for $14.99. They’re also giving PlayStation Plus members a 20% discount for the first two weeks following its release.

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Exclusive ‘Sacrifice’ Clip Finds a Body in the Bog

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:36

In this exclusive clip from Peter A. Dowling’s thriller Sacrifice, heading to New York theaters and VOD on April 29th via IFC, Radha Mitchell (Rogue, The Darkness, Pitch Black, Silent Hill) uncovers a freshly sacrificed body that sets her off to investigate a mysterious cult.

Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.

Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George, V For Vendetta, Made in Dagenham) also stars.

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‘The Ring’ and ‘The Grudge’ Spirits Battle in Second ‘Sadako vs Kayako’ Trailer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:22

Earlier this week we told you that Paramount hopes Rings, their long-gestured sequel to The Ring and The Ring Two, will become an annual Halloween event.

Gore Verbinski’s 2002 The Ring, starring Naomi Watts as a journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it, was a remake of Hideo Nakata’s Japanese Ringu (1998). I still consider it to be one of the scariest and most unnerving horror films ever made.

And while The Ring was one of the most successful horror films ever here in the States, the Ringu franchise was also huge in its native land. It started the “J-horror” craze, and is responsible for the birth of the 2000 made-for-TV movie Ju-On, which would also get a U.S. remake in 2004 (the film was produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House, and its success is one of the reasons we never saw Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason) under the moniker The Grudge.

While both franchises centered around a curse and feature a super scary evil spirit, they were inherently different stories, but had equal the spooks. I’m unsure which is bigger, but there are way more sequels to Ju-On than that of Ringu.

We’re pretty excited for Rings to reignite the franchise here in the States this coming October, but there’s a primer coming out of Japan on June 18th.

As previously reported, after a brilliant April Fool’s Day joke went viral, Kadokawa and NBCUniversal Japan have joined forces for the ultimate J-horror battle: Sadako vs Kayako.

Grotesque director Koji Shiraishi is behind the camera with Mizuki Yamamoto caught in the middle of the two battling horror icons.

We’ve already seen a teaser trailer, but now have a full-length version to go along with a handful of awesome screengrabs.

It looks as if both stories are seemingly separated, at least until the two spirits come across the same victim in the final shot (it reminds me of Monica Keena’s scene in Freddy vs. Jason). The coolest shot is that of Kayako being choked by Sadako’s famous hair, although the trailer loses its power with an awful Japanese pop song playing over much of the footage.

Ju-On: The Final, billed as the final Ju-On, opened in Japan last June, while Sam Raimi is producing a re-remake here in the States.

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Official Dark Souls Board Game Hits Kickstarter Goal in Three Minutes

Dread Central - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:00

When they work together, the power of geeks knows no bounds. The official Dark Souls board game took only three minutes to reach its £50,000 goal on Kickstarter. Three. Minutes. Not three weeks, not three days. Three minutes.

At the time of writing, the amount of money raised is £625,992, more than twelve times the original goal. Geeks are a force to be reckoned with.

The game can be played by up to four people at a time and will attempt to replicate the experience of the video games as closely as possible, albeit in board game form. Usually I’d encourage you to contribute some money yourself, but in this case they clearly don’t need it as the speed at which the money is flowing their way is just crazy! By the looks of it, their final two stretch goals will be reached later today.

From the Press Release:
Dark Souls™ – The Board Game is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players set in the Dark Souls™ universe. Players choose from a number of core character classes and explore dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights.

Designed specifically for the Dark Souls™ universe and introducing a number of innovative gameplay mechanics, with world-class miniatures faithful to the rich universe, this game delivers an experience that captures the very essence of the original video games.

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‘Husk’ Teaser Welcomes You to Shivercliff

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:15

We have a new survival horror game to look forward to, and it involves the creators of Kholat.

Husk is a first-person collaborative effort that’s being co-developed for PC by UndeadScout and IMGN.PRO. It’s set in the fictional town of Shivercliff — a town I would absolutely move to, just to have Shivercliff in my address — which sort of sounds like some a tourist-eating Devil’s Triangle disguised as Bright Falls. See, there’s a page on the town’s website that opens with a vague tease of the possibility that something might keep you from leaving Shivercliff by calling it “a place you’ll never want to leave…” That sounds nice, you might say. That’s a town you might want to buy a gift shop snow globe from to remember it by, perhaps.

I recommend saving your $3.00, or whatever snow globes cost these days, because that ambiguity transforms into something sinister by the end, where Shivercliff becomes “a place you will not be able to leave.” Is the town cut off from the world somehow, like Silent Hill, or is its invitation for us to be the “next big plot twist” in the lives of its complex locals a euphemism for their inflicting violent murder upon us?

Find out when Husk releases, whenever that is! Until then, enjoy some screens.

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Documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story to Explore the Life of the Man Who Became Jason Voorhees

Dread Central - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:37

He may be known to many as Jason Voorhees, but Kane Hodder has encompassed all manner of roles throughout his extensive career. The upcoming documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story will shed light on the life of the man who has become an icon of modern horror cinema.

From the Press Release:
Masterfully Macabre Entertainment (“MME”) is raising contributions for its latest documentary, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, through the rewards crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This definitive and exclusive biographical documentary on horror icon Kane Hodder features co-stars and colleagues such as Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Danielle Harris, Sean S. Cunningham, Adam Green, Twiztid, and many others.

The campaign sets out to raise at least $50,000 to bring attention to the documentary, engage fans in a variety of events, donate funds to the Bothin Burn Center, and change the public perception from ‘burn victims’ to ‘burn survivors’. The Indiegogo campaign launches on Thursday, April 21, 2016, and runs for 33 days, ending on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

The Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco, CA, is not only responsible for bringing horror icon Kane Hodder back from the brink of death, but also saving countless lives since opening in 1967. As the first burn center in California, the Bothin Burn Center continuously innovates and treats burns from critical care through rehabilitation. “At the essence of it, we are helping these patients through the most traumatic experience they will have,” said Nurse Paula Fillari, Clinical Director of the Bothin Burn Center. “It’s our job to give the patients back their lives.”

Producer Andrew Barcello added, “As we’ve learned through making this documentary, those affected by burns want to be known as survivors, not merely victims. MME wants to aid in the efforts to further research and education to help those affected.”

In connection with the Indiegogo campaign, Masterfully Macabre Entertainment is announcing the “pull your heart-strings, then cut your head off” documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. This gripping documentary reveals the struggles and horrific experiences that encapsulate the complex life of Kane Hodder. It is the story of his dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada, to his adolescence on a small military island through his near-death burn accident and his ultimate rise to the unforgettable horror icon Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th movies and the upcoming Friday the 13th video game. With powerhouse performances in over 100 movies, Kane has killed more people on-screen with his hands than anyone in history. He further solidified his iconic killer status by becoming Victor Crowley in the cult classic Hatchet trilogy. “You will go from crying with Kane to being on the edge of your seat, and that’s what we love about it.” (Andrew Barcello, Co-Founder of Masterfully Macabre Entertainment)

The campaign offers staple crowdfunding perks such as Blu-rays, downloads, and merchandise but also features unique experiences like a day on the set with Kane to one-of-a-kind collectibles such as a video call with Kane, Kane writing a custom dating ad, or the “666 package.” Some of the more exclusive perks can only be redeemed by one super fan. Director Derek Dennis Herbert says, “I’m really excited about all the awesome perks we have; one of my favorites is the ‘Killer’s Cut’ edition, where Kane hacks your Blu-ray with a machete!”

Masterfully Macabre Entertainment was founded in Los Angeles, California, and is the brainchild of Derek Dennis Herbert and Andrew Thomas Barcello. MME is a horror production company focused on the niche market of documentaries profiling horror icons, unique feature horror films, and groundbreaking horror genre reality shows. “We want to bring cult phenomenon to mainstream audiences. Horror is in our blood; it’s a way of life, not just movies!” (Derek Dennis Herbert, Co-Founder of Masterfully Macabre Entertainment)

Check out the Indiegogo campaign at KaneHodderMovie.com, follow them on Twitter @MasterfullyM, and like them on Facebook.

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