The Walking Dead: The Alien One-Shot Comic Now Available; Name Your Price!

Dread Central - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:33

Are you missing your weekly dose of “The Walking Dead” now that the series’ sixth season has come to an end?  Well, a new entry in the comic world of The Walking Dead has arrived, but it’s a bit different from what we’re used to…

As THR explains it, The Walking Dead: The Alien is the first installment not written by creator Robert Kirkman.  Instead, the issue was written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga) and Marcos Martin — who founded digital distribution platform Panel Syndicate, which released the issue earlier this week.  The price?  Whatever you can afford!

The single issue reveals the fate of Rick Grimes’ younger brother, Jeff Grimes, who was first mentioned in the third issue of The Walking Dead.

“I’d been fascinated by the idea of Rick Grimes’ long-lost kid brother ever since he was first mentioned waaaaaay back in Walking Dead #3,” Vaughan wrote in the afterword of the issue.

The one-shot takes place in Barcelona — where Martin is from — and reveals that the apocalypse isn’t just happening in America.

“In the comics, we’ve stayed in the continental United States; we haven’t really ever explained what’s happened outside of it,” Kirkman said. “I used to joke that people are hanging out in Australia and they’re fine and it’s just the American continents that are all messed up — but that’s not the case.”

Hear more from Kirkman and Vaughn about The Walking Dead: The Alien in the below video from Skybound.

Synopsis:
The Walking Dead: The Alien centers on Jeff Grimes, who wakes up in Barcelona and meets local girl Claudia, a museum curator, and their efforts to return to the States, where the American government is rumored to have found a way to contain the outbreak.

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Deadworld’s King Zombie Action Figure Arriving Soon

Dread Central - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 18:26

If you’re a zombie fan and a comics fan, chances are pretty good you’re well aware of Deadworld, first published back in 1986 and considered by many to be the original zombie comic. Now, thanks to Caliber Comics and Executive Replicas, you’ll soon be able to place the first ever King Zombie in your collection of action figures.

Product Description:
Based on the long running classic Deadworld comic book series, this iconic figure is sure to not only please fans of the granddaddy of all zombie comics but worldwide horror fans in general. King Zombie – the sadistic, chain-smoking, Harley motorcycle-riding, intelligent zombie – is the main villain within Deadworld, who made his debut back in 1986 and continues on to this day. He is on a mission to take over the world, and he wants to control everyone… alive, dead, and undead.

Highlighted Features:

  • 12” Tall Fully Articulate Figure
  • 2 Head Sculptures
  • 6 Interchangeable hands
  • Leather Biker Jacket
  • Wood Axe
  • 2 Pairs of Glasses
  • 1 Cigarette

“This King Zombie figure perfectly complements the comic book series and our recent nationally launched soda beverage line Deadworld Zombie Soda,” commented Caliber Comic CEO Gary Reed.

The King Zombie figure is now available to pre-order from Executive Replicas for $135.00 with delivery scheduled for mid-July, 2016.

 

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Stephen King Gets Loud About Hush

Dread Central - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 18:19

So, how good is Mike Flanagan’s new film, Hush (review)? Good enough for Stephen King to get the word out about it, and he is damned right! The flick is available right now on Netflix, and you should make it your business to check it out!

Flanagan directs the film from a script he wrote with star Kate Siegel. John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan also star.

How good is HUSH? Up there with HALLOWEEN and–even more–WAIT UNTIL DARK. White knuckle time. On Netflix.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 21, 2016

Synopsis:
In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living alone in the woods. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated from society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night her fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne Season Finale Launch Trailer Delivers the Goods

Dread Central - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:50

With the season finale of The Walking Dead: Michonne now just days away, we got our hands on the launch trailer, and man, it packs a punch.

From the Press Release:
Today we can share the all-new launch trailer for ‘What We Deserve,’ the third and final episode in The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries.

Episode 3: ‘What We Deserve’ will be available starting Tuesday, April 26th, on PC/Mac via the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

In ‘What We Deserve,’ feeling the weight of choices both recent and long ago, Michonne tries to protect an innocent family… but Norma and the vengeful Monroe crew are closing in. As reality shatters and the ghosts of the daughters she abandoned demand to be heard, your choices will determine who lives, who dies, and what redemption really means in a world gone to hell.

The miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic books, portrayed in-game by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”). Haunted by her past and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne across a three-episode miniseries event. Players will dive into the mind of Michonne to discover what took her away from Rick, Carl, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid, and GamesRadar and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.

The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series and offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player’s actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.

The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries Episode 3 – ‘What We Deserve’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood & Gore, and Strong Language by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter.

For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit Skybound.com and TheWalkingDead.com.

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‘Tale of Tales’ Clip Weighs One Life Against One Death

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:45

The European fantasy/horror film Tale of Tales was recently released on DirecTV and is getting a limited theatrical run tomorrow. But for those of you want a little sneak peek into the film, a new clip has been released and can be seen above.

“Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres and sorcerers. Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of “Gomorrah.” “Tale of Tales” is based on 3 spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile. It unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of 3 kings. In the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (John C. Reilly) and his Queen (Salma Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means. Meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries off his daughter to brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea. The sex-obsessed crown of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman he falls in love with is not quite what she seems. This intoxicating cinematic spectacle is full of surreal surprises, and a journey into the dark heart of fairy tales.”

Tale of Tales stars Selma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly. It was directed by Matteo Garrone and features music by Alexandre Desplat.

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‘The Bye Bye Man’ Getting Holiday Release

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:39

STX Entertainment has announced that they will be moving their horror film The Bye Bye Man once again. Originally, the movie was supposed to come out this October. Then the studio bumped it up to June 3rd, which delighted many excited viewers. However, the current move is sure to upset a few people as the new released date is December 9th, just in time for the holiday wave.

The studio did this because the June date put the film against the summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, explains Deadline. The new date is wide open and doesn’t have any competition, as of yet.

“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, when three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.”

Bye Bye Man stars Doug Jones, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Faye Dunaway and is directed by Stacy Title.

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‘Alien 5’: Sigourney Weaver Would Be “Surprised” if Fox Didn’t Make Blomkamp’s Sequel!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:25

The status of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is something of a mystery. When announced, it was the hot ticket. Then, Ridley Scott decided to move forward with a sequel to Prometheus, a film now titled Alien: Covenant. That event seemingly brought the filming of Blomkamp’s Alien film to a grinding halt.

Related: ‘Alien Covenant’: What We Know About Ridley Scott’s Next ‘Alien’ Film!

But now new news has been released and it comes directly from the mouth of Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver.

Weaver explains:

Well, I *think* it is. Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien til after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.

This information comes from Weaver’s appearance at VMware and the quote comes from Aggressive Comix.

Obviously, this is huge news as it means that Blomkamp’s Alien is still very much in the cards and not cancelled indefinitely as we previously thought. That being said, no concrete filming dates have been set nor is there an anticipated release date. All we can do is sit back and wait.

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John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ is One Big Metaphor for Chess (Theory)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:06

Some horror movies end with a question so big, they never fade away, instead becoming a mystery that the community will go above and beyond to try and solve. Horror is a big culprit of leaving us on a cliffhanger with questions unanswered. After all, sequels have to be made, right?

One of the big horror endings is John Carpenter’s The Thing, which leaves us observing the tense back-and-forth between Kurt Russell’s MacReady and Keith David’s Childs. Viewers have been trying to figure out if either one of them was a “thing” even since the movie first hit theaters and the topic still resonates with people.

YouTuber Zombater has created an interesting fan theory that takes a scene from the movie, one in which MacReady is playing chess against a computer, and used that as the foundation for an interesting take on the film’s ending. It posits that MacReady is free from the alien biological threat but that Childs may very well be the “thing” in human form.

Check it out above and let us know your thoughts on the ending to The Thing!

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Deny Your Maker: 6 Utterly Chilling Portrayals of Satan in Cinema

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:01

Evil exists. It genuinely does. We can try to laugh it off or undermine it, but evil very much exists and is constantly all around all of us. It is said the average human will walk by three serial killers in their lifetime. Just that fact alone should open your eyes to the evil in the world. All I am saying is that if there is a spiritual war going on right now in the world, maybe the bad guy is winning. Maybe the big-bad is getting closer and closer than any of us have ever imagined. It is with that thought in mind I offer you a slow and guided journey through six chilling portrayals of Satan in cinema, the one place that dares show us what the “beast” may actually look like and how it would potentially sound.

If you are easily scared or overly spiritual, I do not recommend reading this list, as it is said he can smell weak people from miles away. I would hate for this piece to be an “in” for him, so do not read on if you are not spiritually strong.

Just kidding. It’s just an article. Read on, regardless.

Also please note the lack of “Black Phillip” from The Witch was intentional, as we never see his final form.

Okay, read on my little lambs, read on… But beware of spoilers!

Tim Curry as The Darkness in Legend

Start with the best, and this Ridley Scott film easily has the best cinematic Satan ever put on film. Exactly how a child’s mind would imagine the Devil, Darkness is bright red, with MASSIVE, onyx horns branching out from either side of his skull. His voice sounds like it comes from belly of hell, itself, deep and overpowering. Dark and unforgettable, like Satan should be.

But Darkness was more than that. Tim Curry transformed so much for this role. You cannot see him or hear him, which is the mark of an unforgettable performance.

Hell (pun intended), I would put this performance up there with Ledger’s Joker. It is THAT haunting and unforgettable, and sets a great tone for the rest of the list.

Robert De Niro as The Devil in Angel Heart

For the few of you who may not know, let me warn you now. This 1987 movie starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet (who was still a Cosby kid at the time) will all sorts of f*ck you up. I won’t spoil any of the twists or turns here, but will talk a bit about how eerily De Niro (yes, THAT De Niro) portrays Satan.

First off, gone are the obvious traits of the above mentioned devil, replaced by a man in a suit who looks and sounds worldly. He has a heavy air of wisdom and darkness about him. Yet, he has long, well kept hair and is very well dressed. The only real clue early on are those sharp fingernails. Again, a small touch but one that works brilliantly here.

So if you think De Niro is scary in all his gangster movies, you should give him a shot as the Devil.

He is not a Satan you will soon forget.

Viggo Mortensen as The Devil in Prophecy

Prophecy was a good movie with a good cast, though few seem to recognize that. Walken and Mortensen both standing out for their performances as fallen angels but it was Mortensen who stole the show as the Devil himself. He played a nice mix in between pure hellfire and self contained intensity.

Well dressed and well spoken (which seems to be a theme with Satan), what makes this performance so unforgettable is the exchange he has with Walken’s Gabriel before tearing out Walken’s heart and eating it.

Seriously, if you have not seen that scene, it just might be included in clip above.

Jack Nicholson as The Devil in The Witches of Eastwick

Jack may play over the top sometimes, but people need to understand, sometimes over the top works. His role as Satan in The Witches of Eastwick was a perfect example of a performance where larger than life and over the top were necessary.

Though the movie centers around Satan’s attempted seduction of three women (who just so happen to be witches, who then put a spell on him, because movies), it is Jack who shines with the above scene being a perfect example. “Or did he do it to us ON PURPOSE???!!!” Classic Jack and one of celluloid Satan’s best lines.

A scary Devil but also damn if he is not funny and spot on. I feel like this Devil should have a podcast. I would listen.

Al Pacino as the Devil in The Devil’s Advocate

Where many actors go for subtle when they portray the angel of darkness, Pacino goes the other way. He starts out like a successful “every man”, but across the course of the movie his true intent (and origin) become more and more obvious.

What makes this performance stand out is, you can tell with most of the entries on this list that playing something so remarkably evil was, well, exhausting on them. Thing with Pacino is, he seems like he is eating it up. Having fun, if I may? Louder, more passionate, more convincing, more manipulative, and just overall more Pacino, if you have not seen this on-screen version of Lucifer, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

And man, that ending makes it even more worth it.

Rosalinda Celentano as The Devil in The Passion of the Christ

As I was researching this list, I found a strange trend. Satan is very rarely portrayed as anything but a white man. Was a bit relieved to recall that the Devil was played by a woman in the extremely infamous The Passion of the Christ, by the ever-angry Mel Gibson. Whether he was making some sort of veiled statement with the choice or not, we have no idea, but cinematically, she worked very effectively.

From the lack of eyebrows to the weird, mutant, midget she carried (hey, no one said I was P.C), there was a deep, dark, unsettling energy to her that just brought everyone to a standstill the few times we got to see her on-screen (which wasn’t enough, frankly). But the Devil as a woman? That is something I can get 100% behind.

So who is YOUR favorite cinematic Satan (Peter Stormare?) Hit us up in comments and let us know. Enough good ideas and we will do a follow-up, written by Satan himself!

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10 Years Ago, The Fog of ‘Silent Hill’ Rolled Into Theaters

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 14:36

Ten years ago today, director Christophe Gans’ vision of Silent Hill came to theaters and presented us with what might very well be the most faithful video game-to-film adaptation ever churned out. While the film didn’t do insanely well, earning nearly $100 million against a $50 million budget, it was praised for its atmosphere, set design, and visuals, all of which are crucial when it comes to a Silent Hill title.

Related: In Defense Of ‘Silent Hill’ (2006)

As many of you know, my love for the Silent Hill games is pretty high up there. I’ve played every game (except for Book of Memories and that’s because I don’t own a Vita) multiple times so that I could earn each ending. At one point, my collection of Silent Hill music in my iTunes library could be played from beginning to end, without any repeats, for several days. I could go on and on about my love of the series but I want to focus on Gans’ film for now because it really was a special moment for me the day it came out.

Ever since the first Silent Hill game came out in 1999, I’d been wanting a film adaptation. Something about the game and its story, no matter how convoluted and messy it got, seemed perfect for the silver screen. After all, here was a game that was inspired and influenced by the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and many more of horror’s greatest authors, all of whom I’d read many times in the years leading up to the game.

When the movie was announced, I was beyond excited. I was still young enough to have boundless enthusiasm and loads of wide-eyed optimism, especially when they stated that Gans was going to direct. Having been a big fan of Brotherhood of the Wolf, I felt like this was going to be a faithful recreation of the town that gave me so many delicious nightmares. And you know what? While not flawless, it gave me everything I could’ve wanted and more.

You see, for me I knew that doing a shot-for-shot recreation of the game was out of the question. What I wanted was a lot of practical FX (check), a creepy and exciting atmosphere (check), beautiful music (check), and an ending that was more in line with the game than some BS Hollywood nonsense (check). Yeah, some of the dialogue was kinda corny and the story a bit too nonsensical, but that’s what the game is all about. And while a few people complained about the runtime – which, at over two hours, is long for a movie of its kind – I saw it as more time to spend in that industrial nightmare.

I’m not saying this movie is perfect, because it’s clearly not. But I saw this movie twice on opening day and another two or three times before it left the theaters. I love this movie, I love this franchise, and I’m thrilled that there’s a chance for me to talk about the movie.

Just don’t expect anything like this from me when it comes to the sequel.

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Here’s a Trailer for Next Week’s ‘The Walking Dead: Michonne’ Finale

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:43

Telltale released a trailer earlier today for the imminent conclusion to the three-part miniseries The Walking Dead: Michonne. I hope you made all the right choices in the last two episodes, because it all ends with what could very well be one of the most intense episodes in the series so far. Even the title of the episode, ‘What We Deserve’, is an obvious tease of the very real possibility that it’s all going to come crashing down on Michonne next week.

What We Deserve releases April 26 for PC/Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and mobile.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes in Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ With This Documentary

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:32

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the release of Pet Sematary, the book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel. Starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, and Fred Gwynne, the Mary Lambert-directed picture performed strongly at the box office but was met with mixed reviews. It has since become a cult classic that draws in new viewers every year and still fascinates many.

Several years ago, filmmakers John Campopiano and Justin White decided to embark on a journey to create a documentary that went behind-the-scenes on Pet Sematary. And today, they’ve released a trailer, a poster, AND opened up pre-orders for the documentary, which has an official release currently set for October this year. The long-awaited documentary is finally going to be able to be seen by the masses.

Campopiano and White explain:

“When we first set out for Maine nearly six years ago we thought, at most, we would take some photographs of the filming locations from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and post them to social media. But upon that very first visit we knew that we had stumbled upon something special — stories, people, and places that had been barely documented for the extensive, global horror fan community. We knew within that first year that we needed to go back to Maine and continue to dig, not just to satisfy our own curiosities but also to try and bring an in-depth making of story about Pet Sematary to others who also share a deep appreciation for the film. Terror Films has stepped up and showcased a similar love for Pet Sematary but, more importantly, the belief that the stories, people, and places we’ve documented have significance and ought to be shared with anyone who has an interest in Pet Sematary, Stephen King, the horror genre, or film in general.”

The documentary features, “…interviews with Director Mary Lambert and the entire cast; including Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl Twins and many more. The film also features never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine, interviews with key crew, the town’s people and packed full of bonus features, including a fan appreciation sizzle reel, a personal interview with the documentary filmmakers and much, much more.

If you want to order a copy, head on over to the Terror Films website to snag a copy.

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R.I.P. Prince Has Passed Away at 57

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:20

Shocking news is hitting the internet as many sources are stating that Prince has passed away at age 57 at his home estate, just days after being released from the hospital for undisclosed health reasons, according to AP via BBC.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the musician/actor has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most successful recording artists of all time. He recorded the mega hit albums 1999 and Purple Rain, the latter of which was also released as a rock musical that won an Academy Aware for Best Original Song. Prince also put together the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s 1989 superhero film Batman.

Prince’s last releases were 2015’s HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, which were both released in fall and winter of 2015.

We are incredibly saddened by this news. Rest in peace, Prince and thank you for your music.

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New ‘Dead by Daylight’ Footage Introduces the Killers

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:07

We’ve met their victims and explored their hunting ground, and now it’s time to get acquainted the killers with the third Dead by Daylight developer diary. Unlike Last Year and Friday the 13th: The Game, Behaviour Interactive’s asymmetrical multiplayer stab ’em up will feature more than one bad guy, because it’s always good to have options.

Keeping with the game’s focus on making each match unpredictable for both sides, each killer will have a special skill — the Rick Taylor looking guy lays bear traps, for example — in addition to four unique perks, the first-person perspective and the rather nifty ability to “see” noises, like Daredevil.

Behaviour has also shared profiles for the four aspiring survivors, which you can find in the gallery below. Dead By Daylight releases this fall for PC.

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10 Fun Facts About the ‘Critters’ Franchise You May Not Have Known!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:01

Last week New Line Cinema’s Gremlins ripoff Critters turned 30, and it got me reminiscing about the kooky franchise. After breaking into theaters in 1986, the film spawned one more theatrically released sequels and two direct-to-video sequels The last Critters film was released in 1992, and that’s a real shame, because the world could always use another Critters film. I thought we’d inform you about some facts you may not know about the film franchise (or maybe you do know them already, who knows?) to celebrate its 30th anniversary.*

*Don’t worry, “Leonardo Dicaprio’s film debut was in Critters 3” is not one of them. I assume you know that one already.

1. Voice actor Corey Burton developed the language of the Krites by using a combination of French and Japanese.

Corey Burton has done a lot of voice work in his decades as a voice actor. Not only has he acted in Disney films like Aladdin and The Hunchback of Nortre Dame, but he also created the language and originated the vocals for the Krites in Critters and Critters 2: The Main Course! He combined elements of Japanese and French to get the little guys talking. You can hear what he has to say about coming up with the language right here (don’t worry, I cued up to the part where he talks about Critters). It’s actually quite fascinating!

 

2. The first film knew how similar it was to other films, and  references several monster movies that were popular at the time, including Gremlins, Ghoulies and Ghostbusters.

Critters was fully aware that it had come after some pretty popular monster movies at the time, so rather than hide behind that fact, it embraced it! When the characters lift the lid of the toilet to see if a Krite is in there, that’s a nod to Ghoulies and the fact that they come out of toilets when summoned. Also, the logo on the back of the Grover’s Bend bowling shirts being a direct homage to Ghostbusters (you can catch a brief glimpse of the logo, which features a bowling pin behind the red sign right here). And of course, who could forget Critters’ not-so-subtle nod to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial?

3. The script was actually written before Gremlins came out, and had to undergo extensive rewrites to reduce the similarities present between the films

You know how I called Critters Gremlins ripoff? Turns out, it wasn’t! Stephen Herek, the director of the first film, maintains that co-screenwriter Domonic Muir wrote the script for Critters long before Gremlins went into production. It just took the success of Gremlins to get New Line Cinema to make the damn thing.

4. Sugar apples were use to make the “Easter Eggs’ in Critters 2: The Main Course.

Did any of you know that this fruit existed? If you live outside of the States you probably did, but I’m quite curious to try it. It would be difficult not to think that you were about to bite into a Krite egg though!

5. Critters 2 was the screenwriting debut of David Twohy.

Twohy, as you may know, would go on to direct films like Pitch Black and (the extremely underrated) 2009 thriller A Perfect Getaway. Before those films, he wrote the screenplays for Waterworld and G.I. Jane. And before those films, he got his start writing the screenplay for Critters 2: The Main Course (with Mick Garris, no less). We’ve all got to start somewhere, right?

6. Lin Shaye makes a cameo appearance in the film.

As many of you may already know, Lin Shaye is the sister of executive producer Robert Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema. Robert gave his sister many bit parts in movies (including A Nightmare on Elm Street), but one of the more cartoonish ones was Sal in Critters 2. She’s a hoot!

7. Cary Elwes passed on the role of Josh, which eventually went to Leonardo Dicaprio.

This one is just plain weird, as Elwes would have been 28 when Critters 3 was filming (compared to the 17 that Dicaprio was). Still, Elwes admits to this on the DVD commentary for Saw. Maybe Josh was originally meant to be an older character, but it’s not surprising that Elwes, who was already famous from The Princess Bride and fresh off of higher profile films like Glory, passed on the part.

I mean, imagine this:

Instead of this:

8. In Critters 4, the footage of the cargo retrieval ship, and docking with the spaceship are from Android(1982) but the footage of Ug’s ship at the end are taken from Critters 2 (1988).

You can’t blame the movie for using old footage, especially since it probably didn’t have enough money for decent looking space effects (it was DTV and filmed back-to-back with Critters 3). Still, it’s a fun little bit of trivia!

9. Warner Bros. announced plans to produce a web series reboot of the franchise

Let me temper your excitement on this one for a second. This web series was announced back in October of 2014 (along with plans for a Static Shock web series which….alright). If plans for this were serious, it would have premiered by now (or at least had a release date), but no further news has been announced on the project.

10. Jordan Downey wrote and directed a totally awesome 6-minute short film “audition” for said web series reboot.

If you’re a regular reader of Bloody Disgusting then you probably already know this, but if you missed it back in December of 2014 (just two months after the web series was announced) then give it a watch! Jordan Downey was so in love with the Critters franchise that he wrote and directed this short film hoping that Warner Bros. would let him direct the web series! I’m surprised there hasn’t been any momentum on that, because Downey’s short film is awesome.

Share your Critters stories in the comments below and help celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary!

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The Best Horror Films of the Year Since 1920!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:37

Taste is a totally subjective thing. What one person likes, another person can easily hate. But I think we can all agree that there are classics that must be respected for what they brought to the horror genre, whether it be advancements in technology (King Kong), notoriety (Cannibal Holocaust), or even the occasional critical acclaim (The Silence of the Lambs).

Throughout the years, horror has come to us in many different forms. From monsters to demonic entities, mental illnesses to vicious psychopathic murderers. But one thing is certain: Since movies started, there’s always been a fascination with horror and the macabre.

Imgur user ScreamingVegetable has compiled a list of the “Best Horror Films by Year” since 1920. As I mentioned above, taste is a subjective thing and ScreamingVegetable’s list doesn’t seem to be based on anything specific but more so on personal taste. While I don’t agree with every year, I do love the effort and obvious passion put here.

Check out the full list below and let us know which years and movies you’d swap out!


Best Horror Film By Year

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Bad Science: Are Horror Movie Trailers Getting Scarier?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:05

There’s a new video making the rounds that poses the question, are horror movie trailers getting scarier?

Vocativ showed ten people two horror film trailers, one classic and one modern. Using data from heart rate tracing wrist bands and facial emotion detection software, they analyzed the viewers reaction to see if they could tell which were scarier.

At the end of the above video they share their results: “On average, our viewers heart rate was higher at the end of the modern trailer.”

I think this is a really fun experiment, although the science behind it is flawed, and I hate that people are immediately piggy-backing these results as if they proved something. They didn’t.

First of all, older horror films and their trailers can feel dated, especially to younger viewers. The easiest point I can make here is to point you to this old article in which I ask, is the Lumiere Brothers’ silent short film, “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat” (“The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station”), the scariest movie ever made?

The 1896 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed and produced by Auguste and Louis Lumière shows a train pulling into La Ciotat Station.

Over 100 years ago, this short film was so realistic that theatergoers would panic and run out of the theater because they legitimately thought the train was going to crash into them. To a modern audience, this looks like nothing more than stock footage. Does this mean that a shot of a train crashing in HD is scarier than this short?

The point is, this experiment is highly flawed, although it’s fun to see how trailers have changes over the years and how studios are forced to change how they sell a movie. Are modern trailers scarier than the ones we grew up on? You know, it’s quite possible. Back in the day, it was all about star power, while now you’ll see a lot more “jump scares” crammed into a 30-second spot.

What do you guys think? Are there any older horror trailers that you think are still terrifying? Remember the rarely seen trailer for The Exorcist that was once deemed too disturbing for audiences?

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‘Terminator’ Sequels Lose Their Sarah Connor…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:40

Here’s a surprising bit of news that comes courtesy of an interview with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, who was the latest to play Sarah Connor in Paramount Pictures’ Terminator: Genisys.

It’s common knowledge that when an actor or actress sign on for a huge franchise role, they’re locked in for at least two sequels.

While Genisys was a huge flop here in the States ($90 million), it performed huge overseas, especially in China (it has topped $350 million overseas).

And with the international explosion came news that the franchise would continue on.

Paramount quickly announced plans for a sixth film to be released on May 19, 2017. Things went quiet until reports started to surface that the sequels were put on hold.

Back in October Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg responded to those reports: “I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as re-adjusting,” she explained in regards to the company’s plans to pursue a big-screen trilogy as well as a new TV series announced in late 2013.

Nobody really knows what’s going on behind-the-scenes, but one thing just became clear, they aren’t continuing forth with the “new trilogy” as we knew it. Emilia Clarke is out.

When asked if we’ll see her playing Sarah Connor in the future, she told Comingsoon, “No,” while adding, “Can I say that? It’s okay. No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.”

Whoops.

This news is slightly shocking in the sense that they had planned a new trilogy around her character, and her exit means that they truly are “re-adjusting.” I think it’s time they stop trying to live in-canon and find a way to side-step the franchise and do something that really furthers the sci-fi genre. They’re going to need some supremely talented screenwriters to pull it off, but I have faith in you Hollywood (is that a mistake?).

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Remake of Erotic Horror ‘Vampyres’ Hits Cannes Market

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:25

Victor Matellano’s Vampyres, starring Marta Flich (Omnivores) and Almudena Leon (Wax), as well as Christian Stamm in the role of Ted, Veronica Bacorn as Harriett and Caroline Munro (Maniac, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), has been done for over two years – but it’s finally finding homes at the Cannes market.

According to ScreenDaily, the title has sold to Japan (New Select), the UK (Soda Pictures), South Korea (Alto Media), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Scandinavia (Njuta Films) and Munich-based Donau Films has acquired it for Germany and Austria.

The remake of Vampyres keeps its sensuality, its gruesomeness, its insolence and the twisted atmosphere, but includes more action, more horror and more gore, according to modern times. This is the story of two vamps that “live” in a dark manor where they bring men with the promise of sex orgies that finally become blood orgies.

The rest of the cast includes Anthony Rotsa, Victor Vidal, Luis Hacha, Alina Nastise and Remedios Darkin.

Matellano penned the film based on Joseph Larraz’s original 1974 movie.

Vampyres is being produced by Ángel Mora for Artistic Films.

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Devilworks Heads to Cannes to Shop Film About the Devil

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:13

Genre sales company Devilworks will introduce four titles to buyers at Cannes this year, one of which is visited by The Devil himself.

Sacred Heart, produced and directed by Kosta Nikas, which stars Chopper actor David Field in “The tale of a man who receives a visit from the devil after losing his wife and child.

Dennis Ho’s feature debut A Better Place, pictured, “Tells the story of a young man who uses his abnormal regenerative powers to heal people, despite the cost to himself.

The film has already picked up prizes at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (best independent film, emerging actor for star Stephen Todt), and the Los Angeles Movie Awards (Best Narrative Feature).

Also on the slate is Jennifer Liao’s debut feature, the comic thriller End Of Days, Inc, which “Follows a group of laid-off employees who discover that processing the last of their inventory will lead to catastrophic consequences.

Devilworks has also picked up world rights to Massimo Natale’s Double Crossing (Il Traduttore), which stars The Passion Of The Christ actor Claudia Gerini alongside Kamil Kula in, “The story of a young student who becomes entangled in a passionate affair with an older woman.

Devilworks president Samantha Richardson said: ‘’These titles all display intelligence and captivating cinema; they really stand apart, which is predominant in a market as hungry as Cannes.”

ScreenDaily reports.

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