What We Do in the Shadows is Quote Critics!

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:45

That’s right! Deep in the shadows we huddle together and quote various critics until we find something we can come up with that can make it to the posters of upcoming films! Case in point…

What We Do in the Shadows Release Details:
Unison Films, in association with Funny or Die and Paladin, will release “Flight of the Conchords” creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award-winning WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS in New York and Los Angeles on February 13, followed by an expansion into major markets, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., on February 20, with a continued national rollout throughout February and early March.

Unison Films will be heading up the theatrical release along with Paladin, and Funny or Die will leverage its social media and marketing reach leading up to the film’s release. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, produced by Unison Films and Defender Films, along with producers Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley, and Emanuel Michael, follows the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. The highly acclaimed comedy sensation premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has since gone on to play Berlin, SXSW, TIFF, and AFI, winning every audience award for which it has been eligible.

Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends ranging in age from 183 to 8,000 years old squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in fashion and technology, antagonize the local werewolves, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars FOTC’s Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek.

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Terminator Genisys – Big Game Spot and New Poster!

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:38

Gearing up for the big game, if only to see the commercials? Looking forward to another look at Terminator Genisys? Well, you don’t have to wait because we’ve gone forward in time to bring you back Sunday’s Super Bowl trailer for the film now. See how that worked? Clever, eh?

In Terminator Genisys Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the T-800, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Conner, and Matt Smith as John Conner’s ally. Byung-hun Lee, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons also star. Alan Taylor directs.

Look for the film in theatres July 1, 2015, via Paramount.

To stay up-to-date on all things Cyberdine related, visit the official Terminator Genisys Facebook page, follow Terminator Genisys on Twitter and dig Terminator Genisys on Instagram.

Synopsis:
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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First Details on Supernatural Psychological Thriller Good Family Times

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:37

Blanc/Biehn Productions is at it again with a new feature on the way: supernatural psychological thriller Good Family Times, which is being directed by our own Staci Layne Wilson. Read on for the early details!

From the Press Release:
Blanc/Biehn Productions will go into production on the supernatural psychological thriller feature Good Family Times on February 28, 2015, in Topanga Canyon, CA.

Good Family Times is based on a story by producer Lony Ruhmann (Psychophonia). It is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and cinema pundit Staci Layne Wilson (Fetish Factory, The Night Plays Tricks). Good Family Times is produced by Blanc/Biehn Productions (Hidden in the Woods), created by famed husband and wife filmmaking team Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Crow). It is also produced by Danny Bellens, Tony DeBenedetto (Treachery, Psychophonia, Jacob), Cynthia Paredes, Garrett Longley, and Jenimay Walker (Psychophonia, The Lincoln). The film is also being sponsored by Kathy Fielder Designs.

The cast features Arielle Brachfeld (pictured below; Watch Me Die), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, The Victim, Hidden in the Woods), Douglas Tait (Star Trek, The Fiancé), Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here), The Richard, aka Richard Cardinal (Fetish Factory, Psychophonia), Sean Keller (The Cartridge Family), Aaron Kai (Day for Night), and Nikita Black (Fembot, Psychophonia, The Lincoln).

The main character of Beatrice is played by sexy scream queen Brachfeld, who is known for her work in genre films such as The Haunting of Whaley House, Return of the Ghostbusters, and LOVE: As You Like It. Arielle is actively involved in several charity organizations including The Horror Starlets, a group that fundraises to fight breast cancer, and The Young Storytellers Foundation, which encourages literacy through the arts.

Cinematographer Steve Romano, whose credits include Blanc/Biehn Productions’ She Rises, The Night Visitor, and Altered Perception, has also shot music videos for Beyonce (“Rocket”), Vassy (“Beautiful”), and many more. The original score is by Randy Chance, a former member of rock supergroup The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”), with additional songs by up-and-coming Japanese heavy metal band MergingMoon (“Greyen”).

Synopsis:
Meet Beatrice. She’s happily married, has a darling young son, and is a talented artist. Her home is a happy one. Beatrice dotes on her family, and they love her back. Too bad her husband and child are not exactly alive. When Beatrice comes into some money, another family – one that’s not quite so happy – decides it’s more deserving of the dough and sets out to rob her by breaking into her home under the cover of night. In the course of that one evil evening, both families soon learn the true meaning of “blood relations.”

 

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Slamdance 2015: Shout! Factory Nabs Bloodsucking Bastards

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:26

The new, and very good, vampire comedy Bloodsucking Bastards (review) has an official home, and it couldn’t possibly be a better one! Read on for the skinny, and don’t forget to wipe your mouth when feasting.

From the Press Release:
Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos and the producers of the film.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution, and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

“Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the twisted sensibility of a cult favorite. It’s right at home here, and we plan to take good care of it across all distribution channels,” states Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as an overworked office worker whose telemarketing company is slowly taken over by vampires led by his longtime nemesis (Pedro Pascal of “Game of Thrones”). Described as “Office Space” meets Shaun of the Dead, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS also stars Emma Fitzpatrick (The Collection), Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice), and Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) as well as Dr. God members Justin Ware, Neil Garguilo, David Park, and Sean Cowhig.

The film made its World Premiere as the opening night feature for the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23rd, where it received rave reviews, and followed its debut with a well-attended Slamdance opening night party presented by Social House and the video game ZOMBEER with the cast and crew in attendance. “We are very grateful to Slamdance for picking our movie to kick-start this year’s festival, and we couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with Shout! Factory,” producer Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features said. “Shout! represents some of the most respected titles in the genre world, and we have no doubt they will do a killer job releasing BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS to the masses.”

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS was developed by Fortress Features and Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions in partnership with Dr. God and director O’Connell. The film was written by Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, financed by Fortress and MTY, and produced by Fortress’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti (The Collector and The Collection), MTY’s Brandon Evans and Colleen Hard, and Dr. God’s Justin Ware. “We had an incredible time making this movie, and we can’t wait for Shout! Factory to unleash it on audiences everywhere,” Ware said. “They know the genre inside and out, they completely get the film, and they’re as excited as we are. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

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The Beyond’s Coast-to-Coast Trek Rolls On

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:00

To celebrate the upcoming release of Lucio Fulci’s legendary film The Beyond on Blu-ray on February 10th, Grindhouse Releasing has returned the movie to the big screen and is touring the country with it.

We’ve got all the current tour dates listed below with more to come. For those of you interested in getting your hands on the Blu-ray, you can get all the specs and pre-order The Beyond from Amazon.

Prepare yourselves; The Beyond is coming!

From the Press Release
Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond back to select theaters to celebrate the film’s upcoming U.S. Blu-ray debut. Don’t miss this chance to see Fulci’s masterpiece of supernatural horror on the big screen in glorious 35mm!

The current tour dates are below, and we’ll be adding more cities in the coming weeks. The Beyond arrives on Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing February 10, 2015.

The Beyond Tour
2/9/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, Yonkers, NY
2/20/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
2/21/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
2/21/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
2/27/2015 – Landmark Nuart, Los Angeles, CA
3/18/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
3/20/2015 – Northwest Nightmares, Vancouver, BC
3/24/2015 – Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
3/27/2015 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL


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Invada Announces ’30 Days Of Night’ Vinyl For Record Store Day 2015

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:53

Invada Records has announced that they will be releasing composer Brian Reitzell‘s score to the 2007 vampire film 30 Days Of Night as one of three releases for Record Store Day. This is the first time the soundtrack will appear on wax and it will be limited to 1,000 copies of 2xLP on blood red vinyl. The artwork was designed by Marc Bessant using director David Slade’s photography.

Invada last year released Reitzell’s score to the incredible TV series Hannibal. I can personally vouch that the care and love they put into that release is unbelievable. Trust me when I say that picking anything up from them is an incredibly safe and sound bet.

Also coming from Invada will be Powerglove‘s debut EP EP 1, which features four tracks of “pure 80′s synth madness never before released on vinyl.” It too will be limited to 1,000 copies, this release on bright red vinyl (download card included). These are the same guys that did the soundtrack to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, so if you enjoyed that music, this is right up your alley!

The last release will be Sleaford ModsTiswas EP (picture disc with print version). The 5-track EP will be pressed on picture disc vinyl and housed in a clear heavyweight PVC sleeve with a 350gram 12″x12″ print of Sleaford Mods ‘Tiswas logo’.

Head below for cover art for all releases.

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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard – New Clips!

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:30

A pair of new clips from Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard starring Billy Zane, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, and Dee Wallace are here for you to ogle. Check them out!

Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Release Details:
The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die; instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?

On February 3, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, an exciting survival thriller about a fallen world that’s as provocative as it is chilling. Written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and with a stellar genre cast including Billy Zane (Electrick Children, Titanic, Dead Calm), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.,” Walled In), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’s Playground), and Brian Anthony Wilson (Law Abiding Citizen, Limitless), Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is presented in an unrated version on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an SRP of $26.99 for Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for DVD.

In the film the “Zombie Killers” are a small band of young adults, trained by military vet Seiler (Zane), who have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood’s last survivors.

Bonus features on Zombie Killer: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-ray™ and DVD include the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Bloodbath and Beyond,” “The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” and “Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Behind the Scenes.”

For more info visit the official Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard website, “like” Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on Facebook, and follow Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on Twitter.

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Super Bowl Spot Is All Arnold!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:14

It’s time to reset the future…

Arnie teased it and now it’s here, a new official teaser poster to go along with the Big Game Super Bowl TV Spot for Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.

The new TV Spot is basically a highlight reel of Arnold Schwarzenegger, only older (see above), and younger, and who knows. It’s still pretty cool.

Oh and there’s a synopsis, too!

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Pat Healy

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:00

Horror hits like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death have proven that the anthology film format has been revived, and so a new omnibus is afoot for 2015 – assembling the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Bousman (The Devil’s Carnival), and Lucky McKee (The Call) behind their collective cameras.

Epic Pictures Group financed and produced Tales of Halloween, which brings together ten segments from different directors into one unified series of stories, all set in an Anytown, USA, suburb terrorized by ghouls, ghosts, and slashers on one, er, epic Halloween night.

We had a chance to chat with one of the actors, Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), on the set of Neil Marshall’s segment, which shot in Eagle Rock, CA, one nippy November night.

Dread Central: So, how do you know Neil?

Pat Healy: I don’t. I mean, I’m familiar with his work, but he called me because he was a fan of mine and asked me to be in his short here so I said yes right away. He’s a really lovely guy.

DC: Is this your first night of work?

PH: No, I worked last night, but working at night has its own special, strange, creepy kind of vibe.

DC: It does! Doesn’t it just lend itself to the horror?

PH: Yeah, especially in this dark neighborhood. It feels very much like Halloween around here. People creeping around in the shadows.

DC: Are you a fan of the holiday Halloween, and do you get dressed up for it?

PH: I dress up and put on make-up so much for a living that when it comes around to Halloween, it’s like, “Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore.” I have nieces and nephews who are young and I take them trick or treating and so I always enjoyed it as a kid so getting to experience it again as an adult again like a kid, you know, through their eyes. As an adult I tend to stay in on New Year’s Eve and things like that, trying to stay out of trouble.

DC: But you’re not staying out of trouble in this film!

PH: No, I’m walking right into the eye of the storm.

DC: Tell me a little bit about it; is it a forensics character you play..?

PH: Yeah, so Kristina [Klebe] plays the cop. She’s a really tough cop and I guess, you know, it’s a little bit of a role reversal. She’s a tough cop and I’m a bit more of the ingenue – the forensics guy who discovers that the killer is actually a giant pumpkin and has a crush on her.

DC: I heard that, yes, and how does he discern that it’s a pumpkin of all things?

PH: Ron measures the bite marks on the body that bit this guy’s head off and I run the data through a computer and make a 3D model and it comes out like a big giant smiling jack o’lantern and that gave her the impetus to start looking for it. And then I come and aid her in the field mostly because I have a crush on her.

DC: Kristina was so great in Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween and more recently in Proxy. Are you a fan of those rather gruesome slasher films?

PH: Yeah, I enjoy a lot of different horror movies. I’m sort of enjoying the rebirth of the anthology horror movie like V/H/S and ABCs of Death because I grew up in the era with Creepshow and Cat’s Eye and Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Dark Side and all that stuff so it holds that type of special nostalgic place in my heart because I was, I’d say, 10 to 13 when all that stuff was happening so it played on my mind in a certain way that brings back memories; both good and sinister, weird and creepy. Very deep in your subconscious.

DC: Yeah, so as an actor, what are some of the factors that go into your decision to play a role such as this? I know you like Neil Marshall, but is it the script, the role itself, or is it the people you’ll be working with?

PH: Well, I like Neil and I like Kristina and I thought the script was fun; it’s not a lot of heavy lifting, you know… an acting teacher that I have says, “Make sure you know how deep the pool is before you dive in; you might hurt yourself.” This is not, you know… we’re not doing anything incredibly deep. I don’t think anybody would argue with that so, in that respect, it’s just really fun and playing around and again, like Halloween, dressing up in costume and playing a character; there’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of smiling… we were working last night, and it’s silly. You can sort of exercise all of the tools of the profession, but at the same time I’ve gone to a lot of dark places, especially in the last few years, so it’s nice to do something where it’s just fun.

DC: Kristina said she hadn’t read the other scripts; was that something that you were offered… to look at the scripts to kind of see if you fit into the context of this world?

PH: I suppose I could have, [but] I didn’t read the other scripts and I didn’t ask so… I know that there are references to those other sequences in our script, but I don’t know specifically what they are. It makes it kind of exciting because when I see them, I’ll see how I fit into the grand scheme of things.

Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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5 Skull Comic Review: ‘Bitch Planet’ #2 Demands Your Compliance… Again!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:58

‘Bitch Planet’ #2 continues the strong  debut of this empowered series,  by both fleshing out the hierarchy of the world and developing our hero, Kamau Kogo, as a person. We are introduced to an athletic competition, known as either a Duemila or a Megaton depending on your socioeconomic background, which seems like it might possibly be a horrifically violent sport. It’s not completely clear how it’s played. What is clear, though, is that it will factor hugely into the futures and freedoms of the women at the ACO, in particular Kamau.

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Sue DeConnick

ART BY: Valentine De Landro

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Review by Katy Rex

In contrast to the first action-packed issue, this one has focus. Specifically shifting the narrative to Kamau and the aftermath of the riot. Last issue, Marion proved her naivety about the system with her wailing protests of innocence. This issue we get to see Kamau’s resolve; she knows she’s innocent but that her innocence is irrelevant to her incarceration. The giant pink Welcomebot has been transformed into a giant pink Guiltbot, and the emotional burden of being barraged with her own presumed guilt as a form of punishment says a lot about the way the genders are valued in this world.

The focus of this issue is the Duemila/Megaton, about whether Kamau will put together a team of women from Bitch Planet upon the request/demand of a guard, and about the role that the sport plays in their society. Sports-viewing and athleticism are, according to Kamau, part of the indoctrination their society mandates, but at the same time, the (literally paternalistic) authorities on the world are concerned with the viewership and equally with the engagement of society with this sport. However, the countermovement also seems to place value on it, as the women with the resistance (Lizzie and Keiko, from last issue) encourage Kamau to participate.

The art is stunning, with vibrant colors by Cris Peters and bold textures from Valentine De Landro. The dramatic differences in style and palette between Bitch Planet and the home world are wonderful– the home world is done in a much more traditional house line style, and the palette is a little more muted, while the ACO is awash with white screens and faded, almost-transparent backdrops, lending it an air of the surreal in the face of its brutality.

Whatever the future holds for Kamau, it is your duty to be part of it. ‘Bitch Planet’ is one of the best books on the stands, add it to your pull list now.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics
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Comic Book Review: ‘Gotham Academy’ #4 Is A Game Changer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:47

‘Gotham Academy’ is getting lukewarm reviews from longtime Gotham fans, but I think this new direction adds some variety. The story so far follows a mysterious high school student named Olive Silverlock, who doesn’t seem to have very many friends, who hasn’t spoken to her boyfriend in months despite not actually breaking up with him, and who can’t remember something cataclysmic last summer.

WRITTEN BY: Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher

ART BY: Karl Kerschl

PUBLISHER: DC Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Review by Katy Rex

If you were wondering if DC was intentionally making an ongoing comic in the tone of a high school romance manga, and Kyle’s weird visor/hair situation wasn’t enough to clue you in, I’ll help you out: At one point in this issue, Olive trips and falls down the stairs, literally into the arms of the mysterious stranger/hot guy who she’s seen hanging around campus. Who is that boy? And does he have a clue about her mysterious missing summer?

Make no mistake, this isn’t a criticism. From a company that has taken dark & gritty to new depths, this is sweet, refreshing, and honest fun. It’s still on the dark side of YA, but it’s so accessible. Maps is easily the most likable character, with her buoyant and infectious enthusiasm serving as the catalyst for many of the major plot points, without her encouragement Olive would probably mope in her dorm room. But while the past issues were about character development and build-up, this issue hits the ground running, facing the mysteries head-on, accumulating more key points in the inexplicable haunting, and confronting some pretty serious shit.

The best part of the art in this issue takes place in the actual art classroom. Remember how I mentioned how Maps is my favorite? Well, it turns out she’s a fantastic artist and a total weirdo. She’s in her class, just casually painting some seriously Lovecraftian monstrosity. It’s just delightful. I could actually probably just write this whole review about how much I love Maps, but that wouldn’t be fair to the book as a whole, which can hardly help the fact that Maps is unparalleled in how great she is. But all of the character designs walk this manga/western line beautifully, and are each singularly appealing in their own way.

If you’re one of the people who have been on the fence about this series, and you’ve been waiting for something to just happen already, jeez, this isn’t the issue to drop. Pick it up, this one’s a game-changer.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics

 

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Quotes Fill ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ U.S. One-Sheet

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:39

We just landed the U.S. poster for What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), which highlights the critics love for the hilarious mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).

The film opens on Friday the 13th of February in NY and LA, although the filmmakers hope you waste your money to help them get a full theatrical run. They’re surprisingly close.

Clement and Waititi co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.

Check out the trailer and huge image gallery here.

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Project Almanac – Exclusive Interviews with Actor Jonny Weston and Director Dean Israelite

Dread Central - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:30

In Project Almanac (review) (which sounds more like a tedious covert military operation than a teeny-bopper thrill flick), a group of high school hotties discover the long-long blueprints to a time machine and construct it. Of course things go terribly, terribly wrong.

Project Almanac is director Dean Israelite’s first feature – and it’s a big one with Platinum Dunes! We wondered how this heretofore Joe Schmoe got such a great opportunity to do a movie under Michael Bay, after having done only a handful of shorts and TV work. So we asked him. He said, “To win the job and convince both the producers and the studio that I had a vision for what Project Almanac could be, I put together a very robust presentation that included a 90-second teaser trailer for the film. I shot it with a bunch of friends over a day in and around my apartment, cut it with my roommate, who is an editor, and did some visual effects with another friend who is a great artist to create the piece. This piece was really successful in capturing the energy and the tone of what I thought the movie should be and got the producers and the studio really excited about my vision for the film.

Dean Israelite

Jonny Weston really carries Project Almanac (though he is well supported by a crew of likable fellow time travelers), so we asked Israelite if he had a lot to do with the actual development and hires. He did, he said. “I was very involved in the development of the script once we sold the movie to the studio. The screenplay changed immensely in development, but what was important was that the themes of the coming-of-age story always remained intact. The constant central idea of this character’s journey helped keep our focus throughout the process. We always knew what the story was trying to say. I can’t even remember all the versions of the plot that we broke, but what the movie was about thematically never changed. What was important to me was that we grounded every aspect of the script – the high school characters needed to feel relevant and contemporary; the time travel had to be dangerous and full of obstacles,” Israelite stressed.

I wanted to see the characters make mistakes all along the way, to make the time travel feel as unpredictable as possible, all in an attempt to render such a fantastical concept in as credible a way as possible. In terms of the casting, I was involved from the start with our brilliant casting director, Denise Chamian. It was a long and arduous process to find the right cast because the chemistry and love between these kids is what carries the entire film,” said Israelite. “They need to feel real and relatable, but somehow be movie stars too, because the whole film is on their shoulders. They also needed to be funny and be able to improvise, which is something I encouraged in rehearsal and, to a degree, on set.

Weston had already done sort of a time travelish movie, John Dies at the End. So we asked him, “Did that make you more inclined to do Project Almanac… or less so?” The actor laughed and replied, “I think they’re so different, it never crossed my mind. I mean, I was a gangster zombie in John Dies at the End!” [Not exactly the same character…]

Jonny Weston

Weston plays David in the movie, a character who makes some pretty outrageous decisions in the pursuit of love. Since we have no personal lives of our own, we were curious about the actor’s own affaires d’amour and popped the question. He revealed that the most romantic thing he’s ever done was to “take my new girlfriend of a week to a cabin in the mountains of Hawaii. We stared up at the glass ceiling while it poured rain.”

Prior to filming Project Almanac, Israelite shared several touchstones with his cast and crew. “The movies were all films that captured the mood and energy of teenage fun, recklessness, and growth – Risky Business, Ferris Bueller, The Goonies – but also films that have great soul while being unflinchingly entertaining like The Apartment. The cinematographer shared Elephant with me; that is obviously a wildly different film but plays with time and reality in an amazing way.” In the movie the characters talk about Looper, Timecop, etc., which was no stretch for Westin. He’d already seen “all of them. I geek out!

An obvious question to ask was whether the director and actor actually believe time travel is possible. So, we asked it! “Oh man. Someone asked Spielberg after he made ET and Close Encounters if he believed in aliens,” sighed Israelite. “He said no. I couldn’t believe it. How could one put so much care, time, and effort into something that they believed was pure fantasy? Well, now I get it. To me, it’s not important whether time travel is real or not; it’s just important that we explore the magic of what it could be like if it [is], to let our imaginations take us to weird, wonderful, and playful places with it. I don’t believe in aliens and I don’t believe in time travel, but I love to imagine both.

Westin concurred. “I’d say it is possible, but I hope it’s never perfected for the sake of the world.

Lastly, we wanted to know if each could send the other back in time, when it would be. “Dean? I think he’d be a great mind of the Renaissance,” said Weston. For Westin, Israelite chose the swinging 60s. “Jonny loves The Doors, so I would send him back to their first concert and somehow align it so that he could meet Jim Morrison and join the band. Who knows what would happen to the music, or the world for that matter, but Jonny would have the time of his life.

The Dean Israelite-directed film was written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. It stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, and Ginny Gardner.

Look for Project Almanac in theatres on January 30, 2015.

If you could redo something in your past, what would it be? Share your story at ProjectAlmanac.com/Redo, and your redo could be seen on theater screens and billboards across the US. To change the past, would you risk your future? Choose wisely!

For more info visit the official Project Almanac website.

Synopsis:
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

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Shout! Factory Nabs ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ Out of Slamdance

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:18

Multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards (review), a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and written by the comedy troupe Dr. God based on an original script by Ryan Mitts, reports TheWrap.

The film’s producers and Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos announced that the rights deal includes theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

Described as an Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as “Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

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Just a Really Cool Shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger In ‘Terminator Genisys’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:11

Arnold Schwarzenegger teased his return as the T-800 in Paramount’s Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.

Alan Taylor shot the film in New Orleans. It stars Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as a T-800), with Jason Clarke (as John Conner), Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons.

Watch the trailer here, with a Super Bowl spot forthcoming.

The below is poster-worthy.

I'm back.

Ein von Arnold Schwarzenegger (@schwarzenegger) gepostetes Foto am 29. Jan 2015 um 8:01 Uhr

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[TV] “Hannibal” Casts “True Detective” Villain

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:54

“True Detective” villain Glenn Fleshler, pictured, has joined the cast of NBC’s “Hannibal,” writes TheWrap.

Fleshler will portray Cordell, the attentive and creepy doctor in Season 3, they explain. A character from Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal” novels, Cordell cares for the disfigured Mason Verger.\

Here’s how the network describes Cordell: “The personal doctor to a disfigured Mason Verger, quiet, very intelligent, and definitely creepy. He is attentive and gentle with Mason, a professional who cares about his work but we get a sense he might be as sadistic as Mason Verger and a perfect fit to become his potential henchman.”

Richard Armitage was recently cast to portray serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a “The Tooth Fairy.” Rutina Wesley, of “True Blood,” signed on for the role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who is Dolarhyde’s last chance at humanity.

The show also replaced “Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Pitt with Joe Anderson for Verger’s role.

Created by Bryan Fuller and produced by the Dino De Laurentiis Company, the series also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.

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[Preview '15] First Look At Alex Aja’s ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:44

Now in post production via Miramax is Alex Aja’s (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha, High Tension) latest supernatural thriller, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Last House On the Left, Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Empire landed the first ever image, which shows Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan hooked up to some sort of machine.

“It reminded me of films like Vertigo or Bunny Lake Is Missing,” enthuses Dornan’s co-star Sarah Gadon to the mag.

“‘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.”

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, The Road) as Detective Dalton; Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, Falling Down) who will play Violet, Louis’ grandmother; and Aiden Longworth (Hector and the Search for Happiness, A Christmas Story 2) in the title role of Louis Drax.

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

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‘The Babadook’ Wins Best Film and Director At Australian Oscars!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:37

It’s nice to know other countries take the genre more seriously than ere in America. The Academy Awards are a fuckin’ joke, littered with a bunch of pretentious jerks self-congratulating themselves.

The last time our genre was taken seriously was back in 1991 when Silent of the Lambs won the Oscar gold.

THR has exciting news writing that Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed horror film, The Babadook (review, review), has tied with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, 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 local time.

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.

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

“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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Odin’s Eye Heads Into Shark Infested Waters With ‘Into the Deep’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:19

Bloody Disgusting landed an early sneak peak at Odin’s Eye’s deep sea thriller, Into the Deep, which will be selling to the sharks at EFM in Berlin.

Directed by Gerald Rascionato from his own screenplay, “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.

Above is the first image that looks reminiscent of Open Water.

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Arbitrator “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Calgary metal project Arbitrator to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere for “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene”, which comes from the band’s upcoming album Indoctrination Of Sacrilege (out February 13th).

Arbitrator is the brainchild of Rob Kukla, who handles nearly all aspects of the music in studio, although he did draft Soilwork‘s Dirk Verbeuren for drums and Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) did the mastering.

Kukla states:

I won’t bullshit. ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ is just that – a journey discovering the Arbitrator sound. It’s our first album and not our destined grand opus. It is, however, an excellent piece of carefully crafted music. Those that find satisfaction in ominous and progressive death metal of a grand scale will undoubtedly find something for themselves in here.

Head below for the lyric premiere and head over to Bandcamp to preorder the album.

Rob Kukla explains “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene”:

‘SBOTN’ was the last song written for the album and by far the strongest testament to the future of the arbitrator sound. Upon it’s completion I knew that writing for the album had to be concluded, as it brought about such a strong revelation of musical direction for me. It’s heavy, epic, catchy, and above all unforgivably hateful. Jorgan Redick’s tastefully crafted lyric video brings the track nothing but justice.

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