[Review] ‘Project Almanac’ Is One Big Jump to the Past

bloody disgusting - 11 hours 57 min ago

When David Raskins was seven years old, he lost his father in a tragic car accident. David doesn’t remember much about his dad, other than he was a brilliant scientist, and he loved his only son. Now, as a senior in high school, he’s quickly following in his father’s footsteps, as he, too, takes on the challenges of being an inventor. When David finds out that the project that he, his sister Christina, and his friends Quinn and Adam have been slaving away on for the past several weeks has only granted him a partial scholarship to MIT, naturally, David is devastated. His mom plans to sell their house and move into an apartment with his sister to come up with the other $40,000 they’ll need to send David to college, but David knows there must be another way. Like an answer to his prayers, clues start popping up in his home that lead him down to the basement, where his dad worked on his creations so many years ago. It turns out that his father had constructed a time machine, which if proven effective, could be the meal ticket David’s been looking for to grant him a full scholarship, and allow his family to keep their home, all at the same time.

At first, it seems like the time machine is the best thing that’s ever happened to this band of outsiders. David has been lusting after Jessie, one of the most popular girls in school, for as long as he can remember, but could never find the courage to approach her. However, once she becomes entangled in this secret “jumping” scenario, their relationship grows, and soon, blossoms into love. The group calls it their “second chance machine”, as it allows them to fix all of the problems of their lives with ease. Quinn failed his chemistry test, but with the help of the machine, he’s able to re-live his test over and over until he aces it, successfully advancing him out of the twelfth grade, and onto the next step of education. David’s little sister is being bullied at school, but with one quick jump to the past, she’s able to bring out her claws, and surprise the school bully with her own act of malice. It seems that the machine can’t steer them wrong, until the freak accidents begin to occur. Planes crashing, bones breaking, people disappearing — it can all be attributed to the ripples these kids are causing. However, cleaning up the messes that these quick fixes have created means erasing everything good that has come into their lives as a result of changing the past. Soon, David will have to decide between the perfect life he’s created for himself, and the rest of the world he’s destroying in the process.

Undoubtedly, the most innovative and intriguing aspect of Project Almanac is its use of found footage in a time travel movie. In the past, with films like Groundhog DayBack to the Future and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the audience was only able to experience time travel from a third person perspective. Now, viewers can see first hand what it’s like to jump through time, as David and his sister film every moment of their adventures with a handheld camera, from their time at Lollapalooza, to actually seeing themselves in the flesh a few days prior. It’s a unique concept that gives an inside look into traveling to the past, and gives a better understanding as to how a person can spend hours in the past, while only wasting a few precious seconds of time in the present. If only they had spent the time in the past on more meaningful events than scamming the lottery so they can pay dozens of food trucks to cater to the kids at their school.

Sadly, other than the new first person perspective on temporal relocation, Project Almanac offers little in the originality department. The truth is, we’ve all seen this movie before, only it was starring Ashton Kutcher, dealt with a much darker subject matter, and used notebooks to travel to the past instead of a time machine. Project Almanac plays like a birth child of The Butterfly Effect and Chronicle, recycling the same storyline and camera angles as its predecessors, and offering up sub-par acting and loud house music in return. However, since it’s clearly geared towards a younger audience, it will probably get away with its copy-catting quite easily, since most teenagers only know Kutcher as the Punk’d guy, and will be too distracted by the half-naked dancing girls at the music festival and pompous attitudes screaming out from the screen to think that this film is anything but “totally awesome”. In a way, the most successful facet of this film is that it waited an appropriately long ten years after Kutcher’s attempt at the dramatics to be released to audiences that were born in the 1990s.

Overall, Project Almanac is a fun, light-hearted movie that at least uses found footage to capture time travel in a way that hasn’t been done to death. In all honesty, it’s probably the most successful time travel film that’s been released in years, even if like many that have come before it, it fails to accurately describe time travel, breaking some of its own rules in the latter part of the film that it set in the opening premise. The final act is messy and contradicts its own guidelines, but if you ignore logic and films of the past, it makes for a pretty entertaining little movie that teens will definitely love. Unfortunately, this writer is too old and experienced to find it anything but one big trip to the past, specifically, 2004.

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Ragnarok (UK DVD)

Dread Central - 15 hours 7 min ago

Starring Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin

Directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose

Distributed by Studiocanal

When the culmination of his years of research into the mysterious disappearance of the Oseberg vikings results in little more than a few leads and a mysterious, carved message – “Man Knows Nothing” – archaeologist and single father Sigurd Svendsen (Hagen) finds his funding pulled from under him by his outraged backers.

But he isn’t about to just give up on his life’s mission, and after some personal investigation alongside his friend, Allan, Sigurd manages to uncover what he believes to be a map hidden in the runes of some ancient relics. Along with Allan (Broch) and kids Ragnhild and Brage, Sigurd sets off for the suspected location of the legendary “Eye of Odin”, where he believes the remains of the vikings will be found. Along the way, the group meet up with Allan’s assistant, Elisabeth (Helin), and local guide Leif (Sundquist) before setting off into the glorious Norwegian landscape in search of their treasure.

And as fate would have it, Sigurd isn’t wrong. The Eye of Odin exists, and it is indeed where the Oseberg vikings met their end. Unexpected by everyone (except the audience, it would seem), greed fuels internal struggle; and soon Sigurd, his son, daughter and pals are abandoned in the caverns at the centre of the Eye of Odin… and their presence has drawn the attention of an ancient guardian that is none too pleased with their meddling.

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s Ragnarok has drawn many a critical comparison to the work of Steven Spielberg, and in particular Jurassic Park — and such comparisons are more than apt. It’s a thoroughly accomplished film with some excellent cinematography and breathtaking natural environments whose scope and scale offer a real sense of our main characters heading on a grand quest. The setup is very similar to the aforementioned dino-fest, with the main character and his two kids, alongside the fitting love interest and friend, placed in some very difficult-to-escape peril and the hungry chompers of a giant reptilian antagonist.

Sandemose wrings some effective tension through this peril – something certainly helped by the eminently likeable natures of the lead characters and his cast’s performances. There’s a real dynamic between them, and Sigurd’s sense of responsibility and devotion to his children very much rings true. Obviously, things can’t go too far as Ragnarok is, in essence, a family-friendly flick – so while there is indeed a massive monster on the loose, you’re not going to get any gory goods, nor even a Jurassic Park-style chomping for good measure. That’s perhaps indicative of Ragnarok‘s biggest issue – it consistently plays it too safe throughout the final stretch.

The Spielberg influence is there in spades, and the formula hardly ever deviated from, making much of the affair very easy to predict. The body count is low and all kills ostensibly off-screen. The ending, too, takes a rather mushy turn that is robbed of all tension by the film’s consistently harmless approach once the two main tension-building set pieces are over and done with. It’s defiantly uninventive, yet formidably adept at its chosen formula.

And when it’s at full steam, Ragnarok is a thrilling adventure. It looks great, the cast are admirable and the creature effects and design are excellent. Alluded to as the potential influence for the Midgard Serpent (also known as Jormungand) in Norse mythology, the massive beast that inhabits the Eye of Odin is a sight to behold and should make this a more than pleasant diversion for monster movie fans – especially if they’re looking for something that allows them to get their creature feature fix while remaining accessible, suitable and enjoyable for the whole family.

It’s a shame that the film throws pretty much all of the actual mythological and viking stuff out the window once the beast is on the loose – there’s really no threat of the actual Ragnarok of legend kicking off here – but it’s a perfectly solid effort at recreating a (modern) classical Western adventure film on Northern shores. Check it out.

Unfortunately, the only extra that Studiocanal saw fit to include in their release of Ragnarok is a trailer for the film.

Special Features:

  • Trailer


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Get a Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 10.12 – About a Boy

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 21:31

We’re now at the halfway point of Season 10 of “Supernatural,” and while the show is showing its age a bit, we’re still hanging in there with Sam and Dean. If you are, too, then check out this sneak peek from next week’s Episode 10.12, “About a Boy,” which proves the theory that once someone says aliens, it’s time to leave!

“Supernatural” Episode 10.12 – “About a Boy” (airs 2/3/15)
DEAN IS TURNED INTO HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SELF Looking to get Dean (Jensen Ackles) out of the bunker, Sam (Jared Padalecki) finds a case for him and Dean to investigate – people are disappearing into thin air with only their clothes left behind. Sam and Dean suspect fairies or angels, but the truth turns out to be much more shocking – Hansel (guest star Mark Acheson), from Hansel and Gretel lore, is kidnapping people and turning them into their younger selves to placate the evil witch (guest star Lesley Nicol).

Unfortunately, Dean finds this information out the hard way after he becomes Hansel’s next victim and reverts to his 14-year-old self (Dylan Everett).  Madeleine Arthur also guest stars. Serge Ladouceur directed this episode written by Adam Glass.

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The Neon Demon Snags Abbey Lee

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 20:30

Some more casting news has come in for Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film, The Neon Demon. Deadline is reporting that Refn’s choice to star with Elle Fanning in the project is Abbey Lee, the Australian supermodel-turned-actress who co-starred in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road for Warner Bros. and Gods of Egypt for Summit/Lionsgate.

Lee’s negotiating to play the role of Sarah, a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable, and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end.

Refn said of The Neon Demon, “One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.

Refn’s regular collaborators, editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, will be joined by The Grandmaster director of photography Philippe Le Sourd on the film. Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum, will produce under their Space Rocket banner.

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‘Neon Demon’ Sucks Out Virginal Youth and Beauty

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 20:13

Max Max‘s Abbey Lee, pictured, is joining Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon, says Deadline who adds that she will play the role of Sarah.

Her role is absolutely bonkers as she’ll play a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. After first creeping Jesse out by sucking the blood out of her wound, she ends up killing and later eating Jesse to absorb her virginal youth and beauty.

I love the retro vamp vibe to this.

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Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered – AVAILABLE NOW!

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:10

A few days ago we told you that a remastering of the classic video game Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy was looking like a certainty. Well, we were right! Gamers, say hello to Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered! Oh, and did we mention that it’s… ummm… available NOW?

Even cooler? It’s only $10 bucks, and if you ask us… that’s money WELL SPENT. The only hitch? It’s available exclusively on iOS, Mac, and Steam, which means console gamers are being left in the cold. At least for now.

A Brief History of Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
It’s exceedingly rare that video games attempt to upend traditional approaches to the medium. When it debuted in 2005, however, Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy) did just that and represents developer Quantic Dream’s attempt to open players’ eyes to a new way of experiencing the form. The ambitious title was designed by Quantic Dream founder and CEO David Cage and served as a statement that games could be about character and genuine emotional connections in more powerful ways than the games before it.

Originally released in 2005, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America) was a breakthrough in interactive narrative, teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape. This newly remastered edition features updated graphics and full controller support for all platforms and is based on the uncut and uncensored international version of the game.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a chilling musical score by famed Hollywood composer Angelo Badalementi, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered serves as the definitive version of the supernatural murder mystery and (re)introduces the groundbreaking title to old and new fans alike.

Key Features

  • Interactive Drama — An intuitive control scheme and spectacular split-screen presentation complement the game’s mysterious noir narrative.
  • Extensive Replayability — With branching dialog and multiple endings, each playthrough of the game yields a different outcome.
  • Multiple Characters — Take control of the narrative through four different playable characters, each illuminating a different perspective of the story.
  • Fully Voiced Script — Every line from the extensive script is voiced by professional actors in English, French, German, and Spanish. Voice files may require free in-game download.
  • Cinematic Score — Fahrenheit features a fully orchestrated score composed by Angelo Badalamenti, famous for his extensive work with director David Lynch.
  • Uncut version of the game — Unlike the original North American release, Remastered contains all of the game’s original scenes, uncensored and uncut.

Key Upgrades

  • High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop.
  • Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s cinematic qualities while also providing players with a better sense of their surroundings.
  • Elegant Touch Controls — An intuitive control scheme has been implemented that works on both phone and tablets, and brings the player closer to the narrative.
  • Full Controller Support —Support for MFi hardware controllers on iOS, as well as various popular controllers for desktop. See system requirements for full list of supported controllers.
  • Live Graphics Comparison — Players can switch between the updated visuals and the original art assets with the touch of a button.

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See the Producer’s Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.12 – Prayer for the Dying

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:05

A new sneak peek has arrived for tonight’s Episode 6.12 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “Prayer for the Dying,” in which exec producer Julie Plec explains how there is a consequence for every action. Check it out as you prep for the ep!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.12 – “Prayer for the Dying” (1/29/15)
THE MERGE When Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke’s (guest star Chris Brochu) father arrives to town to celebrate their birthday, they try to convince him to let Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) and Kai (guest star Chris Wood) take their place in the merge ceremony. After Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds out that the merge is happening sooner than he expected, he urges Liv to let him talk to her father.

Meanwhile, after Caroline’s (Candice Accola) plan to cure her mother takes an unexpected and devastating turn, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) gather at the hospital, while Jo attempts to save Sheriff Forbes’ (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) life.

Lastly, with the merge set to take place, Damon’s risky plan quickly sends things spiraling out of control, forcing one of the twins to take matters into their own hands. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Brett Matthews and Rebecca Sonnenshine.

Related Story: Celebrate Bonnie’s Birthday with Some Stills from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.13 – The Day I Tried To Live

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Jurassic World – Meet Indominus Rex

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:54

The official Jurassic World website has just pulled the curtain back a bit on what will be its main and deadliest attraction, the Indominus Rex (formerly known as the Diabolus Rex or D-Rex). Bigger. Louder. More teeth. Who could resist?

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures.

Related Story: Jurassic World Viral Site Bids You Welcome

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World.

In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

More as it comes.

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Variant Cover of Legenderry: Vampirella Issue #1 Exclusive to this Month’s Box of Dread!

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:30

As we told you a few days back, the February Box of Dread has a Vampirella theme, and today we’re very excited to announce that each and every box sent out this month will come equipped with a very special edition of Legenderry: Vampirella‘s first issue, which is exclusive to subscribers. Read on!

Yes, we have partnered with Dynamite Entertainment to create something very special for horror and comics fans everywhere. The very first issue of Legenderry: Vampirella will be included in Dread Central’s February 2015 Box of Dread with exclusive cover art drawn by artist Roberto Castro that will only be available for Box of Dread subscribers.

This collaboration is destined to be an exclusive collectible that both comic book collectors and horror fans will seek out for many years to come if they are not subscribed to Box of Dread.

It’s an honor to have Dynamite Entertainment on board with our Box of Dread initiative,” said Steve Barton, Dread Central’s editor-in-chief, “and we couldn’t think of a finer way to kick off Women in Horror Month than this!”

Subscribing to Box of Dread is simple: Just head on over to the Box of Dread website and sign up!

Vampirella kicks off our “Women In Horror” initiative at Box of Dread, where we want to bring much more well-deserved attention to the amazing contributions of women within the horror genre. This is only the beginning!

Box of Dread is Dread Central’s horror subscription box service where every month, our subscribers get a box filed with horror toys, collectibles and other horror goodies, some of which are one of a kind or signed by your favorite horror stars! That’s right; for around the cost of a t-shirt each month or a video game every quarter, you get all these and more.

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Exclusive Comic Preview: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ #3

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:27

Michael Moreci has proven himself to be a master storyteller over the past year. With series like Roche Limit and Burning Fields he´s telling challenging stories with compelling characters, and you may just not have known he also pens DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES‘ which functions as a stellar buttress to one of this summer’s best films. With incredible art by Dan McDaid, this is one comic you don’t want to miss. Check out the exclusive preview of #3 right here, right now, before it goes on sale next week.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #3 (of 6)
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: Main: Christopher Mitten Variant: “Hazard” Graffiti Design
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: As Caesar’s search group ropes new apes into the fold, Pope begins to implement his siege for power and dominance over his newfound tribe. On the other side of America, Malcolm must decide between two worlds—a community built on stability and support or going back on the road for the rumored cure in Austin.

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Man-Eating Sharks Attack Under the Deep

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:56

Save for a few notable exceptions, sharks have mostly been the subject of Syfy-style fare in recent years, which is a total bummer. Once genuinely terrifying movie monsters, they’ve become laughable computer-generated jokes, though Under the Deep hopes to change that.

We tip our hats to Bloody Disgusting for the news that Odin’s Eye Entertainment is selling the shark attack flick at this year’s European Film Market, the film directed by Gerald Rascionato. Check out the first still below along with the plot crunch!

Written by Rascionato and Stephen Lister, the film stars Megan Peta Hill, Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, and Pete Valley.

Synopsis:
Three American college students head Down Under to capture great white sharks on film. But when a freak wave capsizes their boat mid cage dive, they are left fighting for and against each other in the world’s most dangerous shark-infested waters.

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Directing Dead West for The Asylum

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:56

Well now. There’s a headline I wouldn’t have expected to ever write. The Asylum has long made a career of giving forgotten actors something new to do, and now they’ve claimed themselves another pop artist to go along with Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.

In an interview with Noisey, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter dropped the following on fans…

“Actor, director, writer. I’m getting ready to do a deal with a movie company called Asylum, so I’m getting ready to do cool stuff on my own. It’s called Dead West. [laughs.] It’s a zombie horror western movie. It’s a hybrid movie. I created the story, co-wrote the story with a writer, and just did our meeting last week with Asylum. They’re the same people that did Sharknado, so it’s definitely a B-movie, but with this movie it’s something I wrote from my creative brain. Now they’re coming in, and we’re going to partner together, and we’re going to shoot the movie in March. I’m acting in it and possibly bringing in some friends of mine. It’s pretty insane, I’ll tell you, and we’re really, really excited. I’m passionate about this, and I enjoy being artistic in a sort of quirky way that’s unusual. That’s why I’m putting together the cast; there’s some names floating around like Joey Fatone from N*SYNC or an old buddy of mine Shaquille O’Neal. Just an out of the box thing.”

Stay tuned.

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Introducing ‘Jurassic World’ Dino, “Indominus Rex”!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:48

The official Jurassic World website just dropped a bomb, teasing a brand new dino that will be seen in the Jurassic Park sequel this summer (June 12, 2015).

The site, which also shared the three visual teases, breaks down the soon-to-be-legendary ‘Indominus Rex,’ which was formerly known as ‘Diabolus Rex’ (or, ‘D-Rex’). This is the hybrid dinosaur that’s alluded to in the film’s trailer, and one that’s allegedly a hybrid of a T-Rex and a Raptor.

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 mph…while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.

You can ppke around the the site to read about other dinosaurs, with more fun stuff waiting to be unlocked in the coming months.

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Ejecta Scores a New Trailer

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:38

We told you a few weeks ago that Ejecta (review) had been scooped up by IFC Midnight, and now they’ve released a new trailer. Look for the flick slated for VOD on February 27, 2015.

The flick stars Julian Richings (Cube), Lisa Houle (Pontypool), and Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity).

Synopsis:
The film tells the terrifying story of two men whose lives cross paths on a fateful night during a once in a lifetime solar storm. An unknown presence besieges the men on a remote farm, triggering an intense struggle to survive not only the night but also the horrific interrogations and tortures of an anonymous organization who will stop at nothing to learn the truth about what the two men witnessed.

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‘Ejecta’ Trailer Leaves Something Behind

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:43

IFC Midnight released a new trailer for Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald’s awesome-sounding sci-fi horror Ejecta, slated for VOD February 27, 2015.

In Ejecta, “reclusive UFO conspiracy theorist William Cassidy is taken prisoner by a secret government agency investigating the arrival of an alien life form. Through flashbacks they uncover the terrifying details of what happened the night the alien returned and changed everything we thought we knew about the universe.

The film was written by Tony Burgess and stars Julian Richings, Lisa Houle (PontyPool), Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity) and a small cameo by Dee Wallace (E.T.).

Ejecta had its world premiere in August at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival.

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The Alternate ‘Evil Dead’ Ending Aired In the UK!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:36

We’ve been investigating missing footage ever since Fede Alvarez’s insane Evil Dead remake hit theaters back in 2013. Bruce Campbell denied its existence, even though early trailers and stills proved there was in fact a variant finale.

Bloody Disgusting reader Alexis Ekizoglou just tipped me off to an IMDB thread where a user alleges that a UK television presentation of the remake was a never-before-seen extended version that carried a heap of missing footage.

Proof? Ah, we gotcha. Below we not only have the alternate ending, which shows Mia (played by Jane Levy) – arm missing and all – on the side of the road begging for help, but three other scenes clipped from the theatrical cut of the movie! It would be awesome to see this released in an extended version here in the States. After multiple viewings, I’m still a fan of the movie.

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The Hilarious ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Joke You Missed…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:32

This morning I was reading up on Oscar wins for Jonathan Demme’s 1991 The Silence of the Lambs, and that’s when I came across a shocking discovery.

While I’m sure a few of you smart-asses (I say that with love) already know this, I literally had no idea that Hannibal Lecter’s infamous quote, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” was a joke, as well as a very declarative statement.

Reddit user mrcchapman explains:

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Great line from Silence of the Lambs everyone knows. But most people don’t realise Dr Hannibal Lecter is making a medical joke.
Lecter could be treated with drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors – MAOIs. As a psychiatrist, Lecter knows this.
The three things you can’t eat with MAOIs? Liver, beans, wine.
Lecter is a) cracking a joke for his own amusement, and b) saying he’s not taking his meds.

Another user, bICEmeister, chimes in with another deep thought:

In the book he actually said Amarone and not Chianti. Amarone would be a much better fit for liver, and a such shows off his sophistication and further strengthens just how psycho he is – making sure to pair the liver with the proper wine. The movie execs just thought that people wouldn’t know what amarone was, so they switched it out to a wine that everyone would have heard of.

A huge “thank you!” for making one of the best genre films ever even better!

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The Babadook Strikes Gold at Australian Academy Awards

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:03

Here in the states, it’s quite rare for horror films to get any love at the Academy Awards, and only a small handful over the years have been honored at the ceremony. But things are a bit different in Australia, where hometown favorite The Babadook (review) has just scared up some gold!

THR reports that Jennifer Kent’s debut feature has tied with Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent film and TV awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday.

Kent also took home the AACTA Awards for best direction and best original screenplay for The Babadook, one year after her low budget thriller film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Congratulations, The Babadook. Your Oscar gold is well deserved!

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Synopsis:
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her “out of control” 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about.

His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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Mondo Gearing Up To Release ‘Alien’ Soundtrack?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:02

A gorgeous new poster for the classic sci-fi/horror film Alien has been making its rounds since yesterday. Designed by Tyler Stout, the poster states “Sometimes The Scariest Things Come From Within“, and shows the Xenomorph mouth, the classic facehugger egg, and the spacesuits that the crew wore when investigating the emergency signal.

However, eagle eyed viewers spotted an interesting tidbit on the poster in the bottom left. The poster states, “Soundtrack Available On Mondo Records”. Looks like an upcoming vinyl release for Jerry Goldsmith‘s score is in the works! However, nothing is set in stone, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground on this one.

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First Look at Alexandre Aja’s The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:52

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja has given us some real gems over the years, ranging from High Tension to last year’s Horns. Up next, he heads into supernatural territory with The 9th Life of Louis Drax, and we’ve got the first look for you today.

Courtesy of Empire comes an exclusive still from the thriller, showing star Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as the title character’s neurologist, Dr. Allan Pascal. Check it out below and expect more soon!

Aja’s latest also stars Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth.

The feature screenplay, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, was written by Max Minghella.

Synopsis:
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor, Allan Pascal (Dornan), finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.

With echoes of The Sixth Sense and Gone Girl, The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a supernatural thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.

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