Biblical Release Giallo-Inspired Video For “The Quiet Crooks”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:16

Psychedelic rockers Biblical have released an official video for their track “The Quiet Ones”. Directed by Sean Wainsteim, the video was shot entirely in Italy and is an homage to the giallo films of the 70′s.

The description reads:

In this ode to Italian Giallo films, a mysterious woman haunts macabre streets of an ancient city as she hunts for her wretched consorts. Amidst the leering statues, creeping shadows and licking flames of this primeval game, a young girl stalks the stalker. What is the design of her awful purpose? What will quench the thirst that each woman desires? Who will satisfy the Quiet Crooks?

Head below for the video, which is wonderfully shot and builds layer after layer of atmosphere. Also below are tour dates, which sees the band playing with Death From Above 1979, Eternal Summers, Eyehategod, and more.

BIBLICAL: THE QUIET CROOKS from Sean Wainsteim on Vimeo.

Tour dates:
11/03/14 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre *
11/04/14 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works*
11/05/14 Little Rock. AK Juanita’s #
11/06/14 Houston, TX Warehouse Live *
11/07/14 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest ∆
11/08/14 Dallas, TX Granada Theate *
11/09/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad ^
11/10/14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre *
11/12/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues *
11/13/14 Santa Ana, CA Observatory *
11/15/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl *
11/17/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
11/18/14 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
11/19/14 Seattle, WA Neumos *
11/20/14 Boise, ID Crazy Horse
11/21/14 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue *
11/22/14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre *
11/23/14 Omaha, NE Slow Down
11/24/14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue *
11/25/14 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre *
11/26/14 Pontiac, MI Crofoot *
11/28/14 New York, NY Terminal 5*
11/29/14 Philadelpia, PA Union Transfer *
12/01/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
12/02/14 Boston, MA House of Blues *
12/04/14 Montreal, PQ Metropolis *
12/05/14 Toronto, ON Sound Academy *

* Supporting DFA1979
# Supporting ETERNAL SUMMERS
∆ Supporting WOVENHAND, PONTIAK
^ Supporting EYEHATEGOD, TODAY IS THE DAY

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5 Shows to Binge-Watch This Halloween!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:01

Author: Amber Newberry

If you’re a horror-addict, you’ve probably tapped out a few of your favorite shows and movie series several times over. You’ve watched Dexter through twice, or more, you can recite “Twin Peaks” dialogue on queue, “Tales from the Crypt” is a yearly ritual that repeats itself over and over at your house. I feel your pain. I have a list of must-watch Halloween movies and specials for every October. This year, I decided to tap into some things that had not been a part of my previous tradition because I had to mix it up a little. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t share my picks with you fine folks? So, here it is, a list of five shows for you to camp out in front of the TV and binge-watch this October. Just remember to feed yourself between episodes.

“Todd And the Book of Pure Evil”

Why to Watch:
If you are not familiar with Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, get thee to Netflix and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and dismayed all at once. This cancelled Canadian TV show centers on high school stoner metal head, Todd Smith. Todd and his best friend, Curtis, a one-handed drummer, have formed the band Barbarian Apocalypse in hopes of winning the school talent show and impressing Jenny, the hot rocker girl. When the audition fails miserably, Todd discovers (swelling music) THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL! The book gives him the power to beat nemesis cock-rocker Stewart in a battle of riffs. Of course, the book has its own agenda and causes various havoc throughout each episode up to and including contagious obesity, a ‘stupid’ epidemic, cannibalistic zombified Goth rockers, a killer cake… the list goes on and on. There are some fantastic treats scattered throughout the show… great metal shirts and songs, Jason Mewes as the voice of wisdom (seriously), and no boundaries where content and humor are concerned. While Todd only had two seasons, there is a reasonable wrap-up and a huge cult following, not to mention a movie on the way.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Netflix in all its glory!

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”

Why to Watch:
22 episodes of frightful fun for the whole family is just waiting for you to press play on Netflix. A revival of the made-for-kids horror television, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour takes a fresh look at an old trick. If you recall the Goosebumps show that was popular back in the 90’s, you might have a good idea of what to expect from this show. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique story lines and even a few episodes that were darn scary even to a, dare I say it, adult like me. My favorites included a cemetery episode with a body jumping spirit and another with a creepy monster that lives in the walls. I should express my joy at some of the monster costuming, which I found truly disturbing in one of the aforementioned episodes, I’ll let you find out which. If you enjoyed the 90’s classic ‘kids’ horror shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps, this show is right up your alley.
Where to Watch:
Again, Netflix has got your back. It’s only one season, but that’s twenty-two episodes and there is more to be found on Youtube.

“Masters of Horror”

Why to Watch:
If you’re a true horror fan, you’ve probably heard of the made-for-tv film series called Masters of Horror. With each episode directed by a different person with a history in the horror movie business, Masters of Horror has some gems throughout its two seasons. From John Carpenter to John Landis to Takashi Mikke, this show is certain to have at least one of your favorite directors involved. My personal favorite was Dario Argento’s ‘Jenifer’ which is shown in the above trailer. Of course, you can’t have such a well-rounded group of directors without throwing in some spectacular actors and special appearances; Norman Reedus, Meat Loaf, Fairuza Balk, Angus Scrimm, Robert Englund, (deep breath), Robert Picardo, Steven Weber, Lori Petty– just to name a few. If you haven’t sat down to watch a few of the films from this collection, I highly recommend you do while it is still available online!
Where to Watch:
Hulu!

“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”

Why to Watch:
One part comedy, one party suspense, two parts horror… If you bypassed this classic and chilling TV show, now is your chance to remedy that! Here’s a piece of advice I learned in my earliest days or horror fandom: You can’t go wrong with Hitchcock. The very grandfather of modern suspense himself presented a weekly half-hour of spooky goodness to the masses. Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its debut on October 2nd, 1955 and ranked number 79 on a list of Best Written TV Series by The Writers Guild of America. The shows opening, linked above, is one of the most memorable show openings and is often parodied in cartoons and TV shows even today. There’s something to be said for the added eeriness that comes with black and white television in the middle of the night. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a soda pop and snuggle up with your wife and kids for an evening of classic terror.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Hulu!

“Dark Shadows”

Why to Watch:
If you have a taste for the gothic and supernatural, Dark Shadows is a classic that you must watch. Originally on the air from 1966 to 1971, the show gained so much momentum that it is hailed as one of the most popular daytime TV series of all time. I know what you’re thinking, daytime TV usually means soap opera, and yes, this series does fall into that category. Even with the touch of melodrama, Dark Shadows manages to remain a thrilling and engrossing tale of gothic suspense. The show was even revived as a TV series in 1991 and re-imagined in a Tim Burton film starring none other than Johnny Depp. With decades of popularity attributed to Dark Shadows, it is certainly worth the time of a well-watched horror fan. I can also recommend the 90’s version of the show, which is a campy and fun watch.
Where to Watch:
A ton of the show is available on Hulu, but you can also find various episodes online.

Author Bio:
Amber is a lover of horror and all things creepy. With a taste for 80’s and 90’s pop culture and an infatuation with the macabre, Amber found a niche with the Facebook page ‘Halloween in TV Land’ which is devoted to reminding us all of the Halloween episodes from vintage television shows. Amber also writes gothic fiction and you can find her most recent novel, ‘Walls of Ash’ in print or via Kindle or Nook online.

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AFM 2014: Red Sea Media Parts; Zombie Babysitters in Vegas and The Plague

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:00

The American Film Market is approaching, and that can only mean that new and exciting b-movies are beginning to let the world know that they will one day exist – hopefully.

Red Sea Media (the company behind the inexplicable sequel Beyond Skyline) look to be getting in on the act with a horror sex comedy and an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare.

The title-of-the-week award goes to Zombie Babysitters in Vegas. How Troma didn’t come up with this one first is beyond me.

Synopsis
Four babysitters go to Vegas for a bachelorette party – a sexy, fun weekend of through their weekend of debauchery, a different breed of men finds them. What happens in VEGAS may EAT YOU…


The second title boasts a far more generic title but a truly icky sounding premise: The Plague.

Synopsis
A species of spider previously unknown to man is transported to America via cargo ship from South America. The spiders begin to lay eggs inside unsuspecting humans, using them as hosts for their eggs. As the carnivorous spider infestation spreads, it is up to a team of scientists and police officers to figure out the cause of the plague.

Aside from Perry Teo (director of Necromentia, The Gene Generation, Witchville) being behind the camera of The Plague, there really isn’t anything else to report on these two titles as they are that early into pre-production.

Stay tuned. There’s no doubt more AFM fun to come.

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Categories: Horror News

Class of the Killer Clowns Infographic!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:47

Fly53.com has created this awesome “Class of the Killer Clowns” yearbook, featuring the finest floppy shoed serial killers that have graced our screens.

From Captain Spaulding (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) to “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” Twisty, they have handpicked the very best masked murderers and mutilators.

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Inside, The (DVD)

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:30

Starring Karl Argue, Kellie Blaise, Vanessa Emme

Directed by Eoin Macken

Distributed by Revolver Entertainment

Let’s see, where was I? Oh yeah, aisle 6 has allergy medication, Band-Aids and aspirin. Moving on to aisle 7 – AHA! Anti-nausea pills… I’m going to pop these things like they were Tic Tacs, especially after the torturous activity that my stomach has gone through during and after watching The Inside, a film from director Eoin Macken, who apparently has a VERY favorable opinion towards motion sickness and the effects of dishing it out in large quantities to the unsuspecting viewer.

Added to the extensive totality that is the unrelenting, front seat point-of-view ocular assault called “found footage,” there is an appropriate sprinkling of just enough illogical action from the characters in this film, giving you a solid haymaker to your temple as you bend over attempting to cement yourself on solid ground, all the while wishing that the damn spinning would cease in your breadbasket.

The most troubling thing about this particular film, you ask? Here’s the kicker: drop the first-person shaky-cam garbage and scale back on the incessant screaming from the female cast members, and you’d probably have a halfway decent presentation. Hell, I’ll even contend with the moronic actions of the characters. Take my hand as I lead us all to the anatomization of a movie that defines the term “missed opportunity.”

The premise is as simple to read as the liner notes in your favorite Michael McDonald CD (come on, you know you dig the guy). A man wanders into a pawn shop with the hope of scoring some greenbacks for a wedding ring he’s trying to unload. The clerk offers him a paltry amount plus a video camera that was recently brought in off the street, and the man accepts. We then witness (through the viewfinder) the events that unfold when a group of friends are attacked at a birthday celebration and the aftermath.

Okay, problem #1: The five girls and their male counterpart come up with the ever-so-intelligent prospect of bypassing a restaurant or a nightclub or maybe even someone else’s home to let loose and revel in to celebrate one of their own’s name-day, instead opting to hang out in an abandoned apartment building. There’s only SO much that can be said for brainpower and the correct time frame in which to use it.

As the party moves along, tempers flare due to some over-imbibing, and it’s not long after when the bash is crashed by three transients (possible squatters), and our male event-organizer is beaten to death by one of the goons, leaving the women to fend for themselves. What happens next is a true test for those with weak stomachs and low tolerance for monotonous screaming. As the trio of tormentors commence their heinous behavior towards the birthday girl and her friends, the allowance of dizzying camera work and shrieking from the women is unrelenting – so much that I was begging for the scenes to speed along.

In the film’s second act a rather quick departure from the usual disturbing psychological thriller turns into a slow moving night-vision foray that deals with a supernatural force that begins to stalk all participants once the lights begin to dim in the apartment. One would hope that with a sudden turnaround in the storyline such as this one, the effort would be seamless and stable, but those hopes had gone swirling as soon as more of the shaky-cam and shouting marathon raged on – talk about disappointing.

What remains to be seen in the closing act is a deluge of nonsensical excitations that will make you question each and every turn – no one is ever willing to drop the damn camera regardless of peril, or maybe they should choose to NOT re-enter an area that proved hazardous to whoever just escaped it moments before.

As I said earlier, a missed opportunity is the most accurate description that I can muster in order to give this movie the caveat that it so rightly deserves. Aside from a few very brief jump scares and situational frights, it falls right in line with so many others that came before it… although the annoyance level was ramped up to unpardonable heights. If it’s true chills you’re after, I suggest walking the perimeter and completely bypassing The Inside altogether.


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‘Child’s Play’ On a Train? Freddy Vs. Chucky? Don Mancini Dreams…

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:13

Crave Online posted a really fun online exclusive commentary track for Richard Attenborough’s killer doll movie Magic, which featured Child’s Play creator Don Mancini.

It’s no secret that Mancini is working on a follow-up to his Curse of Chucky, which Universal Home Entertainment released last summer. And while he’s keeping his cards close to his chest, he does share an idea he had that would put Chucky on a train with an old woman with Alzheimers.

“One of the ideas that I once had… I just have a whole file of different Chucky scenarios. I probably shouldn’t give this away because who knows, I might end up doing it somewhere, but why not?” Mancini said.

“The notion of Chucky on a train… I thought it would be interesting to do something where you’ve got this archetypal or certainly stereotypical notion of the kid who says, ‘The doll is alive and he’s doing this,’ but the kid befriends an old lady who’s also on the train. Like the old lady is the only one who will listen to this kid, and she’s like, ‘Okay, tell me what you’re thinking. I believe that you believe it and let’s investigate it.’ As the story goes on it turns out that the old lady… and also the old lady has early onset Alzheimers. There’s just something, another reason [why] other people aren’t listening to her either. But she turns out [to be] a charmed confidant of Chucky.”

Earlier this month, Mancini playfully talked about how he would pit Chucky vs. Annabelle, but now dreams of how Chucky could end up in a battle with A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger.

“I would like to do Freddy and Chucky, just because I think they would be a fun double act,” he explains. “I’m more really interested in the characters.

My pitch for Freddy vs. Chucky is Child’s Play on Elm Street. Chucky ends up in some kid’s house on Elm Street, and Chucky and Freddy inevitably meet in the dreamscape. Chucky sleeps. Why not? Chucky sleeps, Chucky dreams. And they have this admiration for each other. But they realize quickly that Elm Street isn’t big enough for the two of them, so in a riff on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels they have a contest: who can kill the most teenagers before the sun comes up?”

What do you guys think?

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Billy Club (2014)

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:00

Starring Marshall Caswell, Erin Hammond, Nick Sommer

Directed by Drew Rosas and Nick Sommer

Distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment

To all those non-believers that continue to bash the all-American national pastime that is baseball (games take too long, the steroid issue), one simply needs to insert the missing piece of the puzzle in order to restore a sense of regaled opprobrium… and that is the implementation of the Billy Club.

Okay, so I MAY have been stretching my wish list a bit too long there, but come on, who could resist the opportunity to see a nail-studded Louisville Slugger do some real damage to not only the horsehide being tossed around, but any positional player that may object to said rule change?

Look, any way you swing it, this goofy and gory addition to the horror heavyweight lineup deserves a crack at the cleanup spot, and while the movie certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously, there’s just something fun about watching a revenge-fueled kook swinging for the fences with a home-crafted thunder-club that would make Roy Hobbs from The Natural run to the visiting team’s dugout for safety. I’m serious when I say that the bat is a work of art itself, with a fully-retractable bayonet of sorts in the head to complement the assortment of driver-tacks that are sure to send any batting average through the roof.

The movie follows a group of four friends that are reuniting to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic killings that took their Little League coach and fellow teammates from them years ago. Now older (and slightly more annoying), the foursome have an odd connection to the killer, who was sent away after the initial killings, and the first part of the movie (aside from some very enticing kills) is spent cementing the relationships that the group has with each other. Both humor and terror are combined, and aside from some side-stepping actions that will have the audience shaking their collective skulls, a nice foundation is laid out for the second half, where the home run derby truly commences.

Allison (Erin Hammond), Bobby (Marshall Caswell), Devon (Matthew Dunlop), and Kyle (Nick Sommer) are the type of crew that make the atypical “trapped in their high-school glory days” bunch that much more believable, and when all is said and done, and the identity of the catcher’s mask-wearing killer is revealed, there actually is a slight bit of remorse for the character, especially with the bullying undertone that the movie slightly focuses on.

As I mentioned earlier, Billy Club uses not only a sizable amount of gore, but an appropriate helping of flaky laughs provided by both Dunlop and Sommer (one scene involving a potential drug overdose is worth the price of admission). I know that I can be a severely critical goon when it comes to low-budget flicks, but there certainly is a way to distinguish one from the other, not only in presentation, but how the end result can be taken in by the viewer’s eyes and mind.

Billy Club won’t take the place of some of the great 80’s slashers that it was modeled after, but it definitely deserves mention as a nice accompaniment to the trailblazers that set out long before it, so don’t tip over your DVD collection just yet with these words I’m typing, but pop this one in your player when the mood strikes you, and enjoy some good old-fashioned diamond-slaughter from a guy that swings harder than A-Rod on roids could ever do.

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Joe Avella’s Parody Web Series Wheelchair Werewolf Rolls Out on Halloween

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:45

Chicago writer/director Joe Avella has released a trailer for his upcoming web series “Wheelchair Werewolf,” an homage to B-movie horror and educational films of the early 80s. The seven-episode series begins its weekly release on October 31st (Halloween).

A genre mashup between classic 80s horror and educational videos on disability etiquette, “Wheelchair Werewolf” follows a series of grisly murders plaguing a small town that share a curious set of characteristics: an attacker from relatively low to the ground (almost as if the killer were sitting down) and mysterious wheel tracks at the scene of the crime. Who could it be? Everyone in town is a suspect! Well, almost everyone.

The series is written, produced, and directed by Joe Avella (“Delivery Dudes”) and features performances by Tim De la Motte and Chris Blake as befuddled State Troopers, Jimmy Pennington as the world’s best werewolf hunter, and Brian Duff as Terry, a disabled man with a dark secret.

Visit JoeAvella.com and subscribe to the Joe Avella YouTube Channel for more info, especially on Friday when the first episode goes live!


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‘Beetlejuice 2′ Being Developed With Natasha Lyonne

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:29

In this Funny or Die spoof, American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne is tapped to star in Beetlejuice 2, but the unfunded project needs investors.

It’s incredibly stupid but also charming, which is why I felt like sharing this “pitch video.”

I love that Lyonne is able to poke some fun at herself, and the make-up is pretty special.

Just give them the money to make this, cool?

Categories: Horror News

Will You Answer The Call Up?

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:15

Pre-production has kicked off for The Call Up, and with the American Film Market about to do the same, we have the flick’s early details and artwork for those of you who enjoy a bit of sci-fi flavor with your horror meal.

Written and directed by Charles Barker and produced by Matt Wilkinson and John Giwa-Amu, The Call Up is set to star Matt Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook, Parker Sawyers, Tom Benedict Knight, Boris Ler, Douggie McMeekin, and Adriana Randall.

Yeah, none of those names rings a bell with us either, but the film’s ambitious synopsis has us intrigued so read on for that plus the poster and let us know what you think. The anticipated completion date is sometime during 2015.

Synopsis
When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it’s a dream come true and impossible to resist. Arriving at the test site, the group members step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism.

At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience. But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting-edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister. Once they are attacked by enemy combatants, the player soon realizes this is no game after all. Make a mistake here, and you pay with your life. Now these masters of the shoot ‘em up will have to fight for survival within a game gone bad, but this time it’s for real.

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Leatherface Bill Johnson and Nurse Hatchet Collaborate on Faust Haiku Part 3

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:00

Bill Johnson, who gained genre fame by playing Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2, and his musical partner, Nurse Hatchet, are proud to announce the release of their latest collaboration, Faust Haiku, Part 3. Dig it!

Johnson and Hatchet (sounds like a great name for a bluegrass band!) have long been working together on their Faust Haiku project. Always envisioning it as a three-song compilation, the duo already have the first two segments completed (see videos below) and will be dropping the conclusion on, when else, Halloween.

So if the Halloween holiday season wasn’t awesome enough, now you can add this to your list of things to see and do. Nurse Hatchet (a.k.a. Mixtress Demonatrix) and Wild Bill Johnson describe the music style as Electro Erotic Industrial Horror Punk Fetish Metal, and as you’ll see by the videos below, they live up to it.

The original segment of Faust Haiku was number one on the industrial metal music charts for over nine months, and each time Johnson and Hatchet have collaborated, their song has hit number one on the industrial and industrial metal charts. Their influences include Slayer, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, David Lynch, Wendy O. Williams, John Carpenter soundtracks, and Danny Elfman.

Both of the original Faust Haiku parts are below in their entirety. They were created by Wild Bill Leatherface Johnson and Nurse Hatchet with Johnson writing and performing the lyrics/vocals and Hatchet providing additional vocals and composing the music with Patrick D-Day Madcox. Hatchet also directs the videos, which feature F/X by Demonatrix Trax & FX and comic/video visual artwork by Lyndal KONG Ferguson, the official Mixtress Demonatrix comic artist, and featuring additional artwork by Ju Gomez and Fernando Ignatuis Martin.

Faust Haiku, Part 3 will be released on Halloween, and the video can be seen on the Mixtress Demonatrix YouTube Channel. You can also purchase CDs of the entire Faust Haiku compilation at the Mixtress Demonatrix SoundClick page. Be the first on your block to own this insanely original piece of music. You won’t be disappointed.

We spoke with Nurse Hatchet herself, and she was more than happy to share a nightmare or two. “For fans looking for more psychodelik creative collaborations from Bill Johnson and me, we are gearing up to release our next project very soon,” Hatchet said. “Still top secret and in the works right now, but there is already more from our collaborative efforts to check out right now with our recent release of the P.I.L. cover mixes of Death Disco Demonatrix & the Nurse’s Orders of Death (tribute). Lick the kink and enjoy thoroughly.”

And for more from the duo, ‘like’ Bill Leatherface Johnson on Facebook and Nurse Hatchet (Mixtress Demonatrix) on Facebook and follow Nurse Hatchet on Twitter (@nursehatchet_69). as well as on the official Mixtress Demonatrix LastFM page.

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Exclusive: Creative Director Tom Gilliland Talks Bringing Sideshow’s Court of the Dead to Life; Win a Queen of the Dead Figure

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:30

We’ve seen a lot of impressive collectibles lines over the years, but few have captured our imagination quite like Sideshow Collectibles’ Court of the Dead, based on an original story and characters created by Creative Director Tom Gilliland.

After meeting Tom at this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con and seeing several of the figures up-close, we simply had to learn more about both the man and his masterpieces. Following New York Comic Con earlier this month, Tom was finally able to sit down, take a breath, and share a few more details.

And that’s not all he and Sideshow are sharing with us. One lucky Dread Central reader can win a Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure. All the info you need is found at the end of Tom’s Q&A.

Dread Central: When we met at SDCC, you mentioned that despite their ominous name, the members of the Court of the Dead are actually the good guys in a war between Heaven and Hell. Can you explain a bit about the line’s mythology for our readers?

Tom Gilliland: The Court of the Dead takes place in a universe where human souls are being enslaved as a power source to fuel a war that has long existed between the laws of Heaven and the chaos of Hell – a war that is now rapidly racing towards total destruction of all creation.

In this maelstrom, only Death himself stands between these two celestial forces. Having been the shepherd of men’s souls from very the beginning, he is now compelled by the fates of so many to take action. Death assembles the Court in order to unite the Underworld with the mortal realm and stop the madness that Heaven and Hell have created.

While Death and the members of the Court are very flawed heroes, their quest for noble ideals drives them to attain a level of grace not often bestowed on characters consigned to such dark roles.

DC: Along with Death and his Queen, the Court consists of reaper generals, assassins, spies… you even have a mermaid and an eater of the dead. Where did you get your inspiration for the characters? They seem to be a rich mixture of the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, literature, Norse legends… your own nightmares perhaps?

TG: You list some impressive sources, many of which employ the archetypal heroes and great epic struggles that typically capture my imagination, and have certainly been part of the inspiration behind Court. Pantheon storytelling with large casts of characters have always appealed to me; I love stories about teams and confederations, which are as much about the whole as they are the parts.

War movies probably set me in that direction as a teen, and then comics and role-playing games picked up where that left off. Fantasy has also long been one of my favorite genres. All in all, I wanted to tell a story that felt like one of these sweeping epics, and insisted on doing it with the most unlikely cast I could imagine.


DC: The Court sits divided into the Factions of Spirit, Bone, and Flesh. Can you elaborate on each group’s strengths and weaknesses and how they do or don’t work together in this conflict?

TG: The factional aspect of the Court is indeed one of my favorite parts of the story, as it provides a rich mechanism to highlight the duality of unity and division among the Court members. The Factions symbolize the story’s major themes of balance and judicial moderation, as the characters struggle with their individual philosophies while together reaching for their united purpose.

The Faction of Bone relies on structure and a linear order to get things done for the Underworld, making it extremely efficient. However, their inflexible outlook on what’s best creates plenty of rifts, especially with principal rivals in the Flesh Faction. As history has shown, any establishment that is unwilling to change threatens to eventually leave itself with only one option  – to crush all voices of dissent. Bone’s cautionary tale is that it’s the Faction on the fastest track to becoming the type of extremism the Court is fighting against from Heaven and Hell.

Flesh, on the other hand, is a Faction of adaption, which gives it a significant dexterity in exploring unusually masterful ways to achieve its ends. However, if not moderated, the Flesh outlook can lead to a wantonness of expression that breaks down rather than builds sustainable solutions. Ultimately, the Flesh faction must rely on strategic partnering with Bone to create a strong moderation of their combined potential.

The Spirit Faction’s grasp on its strengths and weakness is entirely situational. Because it is not tethered to any foundation as the other two Factions are, Spirit can swing wildly in its identity. When galvanized with purpose Spirit can be a juggernaut of force, but when its focus is lost it becomes scattered and unproductive. Spirit represents the greatest body of entities in the Underworld, and requires the other two factions to act in concert in order to create a mandate that binds their attention into forceful action.

DC: The Court is filled with intrigue and deception. Can any of these assembled souls be trusted? Are there some alliances that are stronger than others, even within the various Factions?

TG: This is just the question the story is looking to answer, and one that will take time to truly unravel. Can these diverse entities, that in many ways represent our own condition, get their act together in order to cooperate and succeed?

In this story, as in reality, there will definitely be times that trusted sources betray their allies, but also unexpected moments where the lowest of the low will rise to become great heroes. It all comes down to motivation – and the quest to restore a balance for freedom within the Celestial realm will prove to be a very compelling force for the Court of the Dead. While the Factions are a powerful instrument to create allegiance, I believe it’s among the individual characters and their commitments to each other that the sharing of this ideal will take the firmest root and provide the strength the Court needs to overcome its titanic challenge.

DC: We saw the Court character prototypes at Comic-Con and were blown away by the size and scale of the sculpts, not to mention their breathtaking beauty and craftsmanship. What goes into making just one of these statues? Can you give us an idea of the timeline from the design stage to a finished product, ready to ship, and how large your team is for this endeavor?

TG: Sideshow is renowned for offering some of the best collectible art from a wide spectrum of popular movie and film licenses, and we are approaching the Court of the Dead with the same level of enthusiasm and artistry.

Working on the Court of the Dead has been a welcome creative charge, and our team has grown fairly extensive. It’s been a fortunate and exciting opportunity to explore this new world with contributions from friends and colleagues, who also happen to be some of the best talents in the business.

Our 3D development team typically spends six months to create an original prototype, a process which requires design work, sculpting, molding, painting, and costume fabrication. From there, the final production of a limited edition run can take an additional 9-12 months. The Sideshow website actually has a cool Studio Tour video series that will give a more in depth look at each step. Most of the pieces that we have shown so far at conventions should be available through 2015-16.

For those looking to catch up on the display mentioned, it can be seen in our blog on CourtoftheDead.com.

DC: Do you have the entire line mapped out, or is it constantly evolving? I suppose you have to have an end point in mind… or is it just open-ended for now?

TG: There’s definitely a method to the madness. We introduced a large number of characters visually in our gallery showroom at San Diego Comic-Con and are now working to tell their stories in more depth via the Court website. There is still a lot of room for us to explore the mythology, and a few key players yet to come, which have already led us to start evaluating additional storytelling outlets and product categories.

DC: Do you use human models, or are the faces all imaginary? Have any of your friends or family members been immortalized here? You must get volunteers all the time! Who wouldn’t want to be a badass executioner or Valkyrie warrior?!?

TG: It’s true that in times past Sideshow has snuck our own likenesses into projects, but so far everyone has eluded Death’s grasp for Court subjects. Although I’m sure any character I put a handlebar mustache on will undoubtedly cast suspicion my direction, regardless of how much I protest that it’s purely coincidental.

DC: We’ve seen some Court of the Dead comics and videos already; what else do you have planned in terms of supplemental materials, viral media, and social networking to raise awareness?

TG: The Court of the Dead website and Facebook page will continue to be our main sources of news and interaction. So far we have released a trove of exclusive artwork and content, held contest giveaways, and even had a personality quiz geared towards discovering which Faction of the Underworld our fans would belong in. Keep your eyes there to watch the Court “Rise, Conquer, and Rule.”

DC: The concept seems ideal for a TV miniseries or film franchise.  Is that something you’d like to, or maybe already have begun to, pursue; and which avenue do you think it’s best suited for?

TG: It’s flattering to hear remarks like this. I’d be delighted to see the project elevated someday with cinematic storytelling or a video game franchise.

DC: Thanks so much for your time, Tom!  Having seen the Court first-hand, congratulations on a job well done, and we can’t wait to see what you and your team have up your sleeves next.

TG: It has been very rewarding to work on something original that we can share with like-minded individuals, who are able to find their heroes in some of the darkest places.


Now it’s your turn to be rewarded. Just click here or on the image below and enter NOW for your chance to win a 21.5-inch Queen of the Dead Premium Format Figure. This contest ends on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 11:59pm PT

She is the first-born creation of Death, his Eve; the embodiment of his dark creative spirit, limitless guile, and soaring ambition. From high atop her spired tower, Gethsemoni, Queen of the Dead, oversees the realm of the Underworld before her. As Death’s appointed Regent she rules the Court of the Dead, a contentious assembly of beings of the netherworld that are driven by Death’s quest to Rise, Conquer, Rule!

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10 Fun Things You Might Not Know About Trick ‘r Treat

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:15

We’re fast approaching Halloween, and there’s no better movie to help get you into the spirit of the season than Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat.

Halloween just isn’t Halloween until you’ve watched that adorable pumpkin boy known as Sam deliver swift Halloween justice to those disrespecting the holiday, so make sure to do so – at least once – before the big day.

Think you know everything there is to know about Trick ‘r Treat? Take a break from your holiday festivities by checking out a list of ten things you just might be surprised to learn!

1) Writer/director Michael Dougherty’s original idea for the film was for it to be an anthology of stories that had no direct connections, tales that he envisioned would be directed by different horror filmmakers. Development executives weren’t so keen on the idea, which prompted Dougherty to repackage the concept – deciding to connect all of the individual stories into one seamless narrative. After years of working on the story, he also decided he didn’t want other filmmakers to bring his vision to life, feeling that his passion for the project made him the perfect person to direct the film.


2) It was actor Brian Cox who came up with the look for his character Mr. Kreeg, taking initial inspiration from old rockers like Jerry Garcia and David Crosby. The biggest inspiration for the look, however, was a man who knows a little something about Halloween: John Carpenter. Story goes that Cox had met Carpenter several years prior, taking note of the fact that he looked like he was plucked straight out of the 70s. That’s precisely the way Cox wanted Kreeg to look, and so various prosthetics were added to his face to make him look like Carpenter.

3) It’s common knowledge that it was 7-year-old Quinn Lord under the Sam costume, but did you know that Lord also has a cameo earlier in the film, before Sam even pops up? During the scene where Laurie and the gang are getting ready in the Halloween shop, there’s a little boy dressed as a monkey who is briefly seen peeping in on them as they’re changing into their costumes. That’s Quinn Lord, whom Dougherty was so impressed with that he wanted to feature him in the film outside of the costume!

MORE Trick ‘r Treat Fun Facts on the NEXT page!

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Dark Sky Pulls the Muck Out of ‘The Well’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:04

Dark Sky Films has acquired Tom Hammock’s post-apocalyptic thriller, The Well, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past June.

At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.

The Well stars Haley Lu Richardson in a breakout role as a young woman with grit, smarts, and an incredible will to survive.

Additional cast includes: Booboo Stewart (Twilight), Jon Gries (Taken), Nicole Fox (America’s Next Top Model winner), Michael McCartney (The Amazing Spider-Man), Michael Welch (Twilight), Rena Owen, Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Michael Massee (Seven).

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‘[REC]4: Apocalypse’ Motion Poster Screams for Help

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:02

After world premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (read Mike’s review here), the Spanish horror [REC]4: Apocalypse is set to open this week in Spain.

Bloody Disgusting landed this new motion poster that has Angela screaming for help.

In the fourth film, “Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

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Fun Size Horror Halloween Week – UNDER DARK

Dread Central - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

Time for horror audiences to go trick or treating! Fun Size Horror is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween! You can find all of the terrifying shorts distributed across Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop, Collider, and HitFix during the week of Halloween.

Today’s Entry – UNDER DARK

Written and Directed by Max Isaacson.

CAST
Man – Jon Cahill
Girl – Leona Liskey
Monster – Alan Maxson

Synopsis
A burglar looking for the right score picks the wrong house.

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Top 10 Possession/Haunting Films By WVM

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

If ever there was something that screams “Halloween”, it’s got to be haunted houses and demonic possessions! After all, don’t we wear costumes to channel our favorite characters? Don’t we go to haunted attractions, seeking out thrills and scares?

That’s what drove LA-based electronic artist WVM to whip up this great list of his Top 10 Possession/Haunting Films that feature some great titles! Culled from over four decades of cinema, this list has some great titles that you can definitely use for this weekend’s movie marathons.

Head on in to see the list and make sure you leave a comment with some of your favorites!

Make sure to pre-order a copy of WVM’s upcoming album Waves Of Nothing via Bandcamp.

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Universal Monsters Return In This Awesome Stop-Motion Short Film (Halloween Treat)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:58

Trick or treat!

Diamond Selects Toys is using stop-motion animation to bring their new Universal Monsters action figure line to life!

The action figures of Diamond Select Toys’ Universal Monsters Select line are at home for Halloween, as three costumed kids come around looking for candy! See how each famous monster responds to the little monsters at their doorstep!

Stop-motion animation by Alex Kropinak.

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‘The Screaming’: The Latest “Fun Size Horror” Treat

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:51

Mixing in with our bag of Halloween Treats is a daily goodie set to release each day leading up until Halloween.

“Fun Size Horror” is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween!

We continue this morning with Dick Grunert’s “The Screaming,” about a girl who hears someone screaming for help.

Dick Grunert is a writer on the hit Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time.” In 2013, his feature-length screenplay “Community Service of the Damned” was named one of the “Top 5 Best Un-Produced Screenplays” at the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival. His other credits include “Birthright,” “Scary Mask” and “House Call.”

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[Review] ‘The Scribbler’ A Better Origin Story Than Most

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:45

“Stylized” is often a hit or miss term for me in film because it habitually becomes the prime focus of the film itself with only a bare thread of story sewn in. However, The Scribbler manages to get it right while also bringing to life an origin story of a graphic novel that I had previously didn’t know existed.

Suki (Katie Cassidy) has Dissociative Identity Disorder and is sent to live in a sort of high rise half way house for the “recovering” mentally ill. I use “recovering” lightly here considering most of the patients have seemingly been throwing themselves off the top of the high rise. Suki arrives and meets a variety of interesting characters including a pseudo-gypsy named Cleo (Gina Gershon), Emily (Ashlynn Yennie) who has a crippling fear of wearing clothes, Hogan (Garret Dillahunt) who happens to be the only male in the high rise, and Alice (Michelle Trachtenberg) who makes it almost impossible to use the stairs.

With a great cast of characters, The Scribbler keeps an ongoing entertaining narrative without ever really getting caught up in its visual style. While I was watching I couldn’t help but compare it to Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch which failed unendingly in narrative. Each character has their own personality and quirk that differentiates them from the others. No one is completely crazy but in a way they are far more in touch with themselves than “the mundanes” as Hogan refers to regular people.

Upon some research I realized director, John Suits, also wrote the film Static which I happened upon about a month ago. Had I known that going in I would have realized that I was getting into a relatively original story, as original as an adaptation can be anyway. Suits has a clear voice and he seeks out projects that give a slightly different spin on traditional story telling. His talent is not only backed up here but he proves himself as a decent director who can give over the writing work to others.

As an origin story goes The Scribbler is up there with the best of them though while some become too bloated-Captain America- this comes in at a lean 88 minutes and doesn’t waste a single one. Suki is being treated to get rid of her “alters” with an experimental machine called “The Siamese Burn” (which does exactly what it says), a souped up version of electroshock therapy that is meant to burn out the other personalities. Instead it seems to be making them stronger and Suki is unable to decide which personality is really her or if she is actually all of them.

Katie Cassidy does an excellent job of portraying the confused and ever cynical Suki, whether she is stone cold serious or sarcastically hilarious I never found myself getting annoyed with her. I’ll also give her some major credit for being a character that has virtually no love angle. She has Hogan but he is her friend, someone who understands her. Of course, I haven’t read the graphic novels so I can’t speak for her future love life but it was nice to see it more or less dispensed with here.

A movie that can’t be understood unless you have read the book is fundamentally flawed as a movie, but a movie that makes you want to read the book is an overwhelming success. It’s a damn shame that The Scribbler, which is a part of the extremely popular Superhero phase that’s currently happening, was not given a wider release. It’s a great story and extremely fun to watch, I only hope Suits comes back for more because I would love to see where he can take it. The Scribbler is a great example of how you don’t need a few million dollars to make an entertaining superhero movie. Oh, and if any of the female readers are into cosplay I would recommend going as The Scribbler next con.

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