We recognize that there are plenty of incredible comics competing for your cash, but there can be only one HORROR COMIC OF THE WEEK. This week, the honored editor’s choice designation belongs to the revealing “Nailbiter” #12 from Image Comics.
“Nailbiter” has been the high water mark for horror comics for the last year, and to celebrate Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson are giving readers the closest thing to answers since the series began with #12. After Finch’s scary interrogation of Warren last issue, things have been on edge. The story is reaching a tipping point, what exactly is happening in Buckaroo and what the hell makes a serial killer?
The answers start to come this month. “Nailbiter” crafts another must read issue with a smart mix of tension and reveals. This is the month that pushes the comic into brand new territory as a new antagonistic force emerges that threatens to be more dangerous to Finch than anything that came before. It’s damn good reading, and it can be yours this Wednesday.
Image Entertainment, an RLJE Entertainment brand, has acquired all North American rights to the Caliber Media-produced horror film, Some Kind of Hate, Bloody Disgusting learned.
“Some Kind of Hate tells the story of a troubled teen who’s subjected to severe bullying. He accidentally conjures Moira Karp, a teenage girl pushed to commit suicide by bullies years ago. Moira is now a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of gruesome retribution. But when she goes too far, Lincoln must prevent her from spiraling out of control in this passionate and vividly violent take on the supernatural slasher.”
The buzz-worthy film made its world debut at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer, from a script by Mortimer and novelist Brian DeLeeuw (The Dismantling), Some Kind of Hate stars Ronen Rubenstein (It Felt Like Love), Sierra McCormick (Disney’s “Ant Farm”), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Spencer Breslin (The Happening, The Kid), Lexi Atkins (The Boy Next Door, Zombeavers), Noah Segan (Looper), and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho).
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, Amanda Mortimer, and Gabriella Revilla Lugo, the deal was negotiated by Caliber’s Sonnier and Heller on behalf of the filmmakers and Ward on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment.
I’m no longer upset about the inevitable train wreck that is going to be the rebooted Universal Monster franchise. How can I be when everything I would want in a reboot is already happening on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”. After last year’s compelling season finale, “Penny Dreadful” instantly became one of my most anticipated Summer returns. Delightedly, “Fresh Hell” doesn’t wait around to address major cliffhangers and get right into telling the tragically beautiful stories of our characters.
Josh Hartnett and Eva Green continue to dazzle in their performances, being the main focus in the return. For the first time in years, the art of possession has unlocked the secret to being scary again. This season promises to dive further into the black arts and sorcery which implies some serious Devil interaction from Green as well as our “big bad” for the season, Madame Kali (Helen McCory) who’s back as the leader of a vicious coven. Opposite Green is Hartnett’s lonesome werewolf, Ethan Chandler. The final scene of last year’s season finale revealed what most already knew to be true, Chandler on the brink of a classic looking werewolf transformation. While dealing with his own inner demon, Chandler confides in Vanessa revealing to here that he has “black outs” and doesn’t remember things but that he usually wakes up covered in blood. Whether that means he actually doesn’t know he is a werewolf or not remains to be seen.
Our other returning characters aren’t finding themselves much better on the other side of town. Harry Treadway’s portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein continues to pull from the Universal and Hammer incarnations by combining Peter Cushing’s scientific and proper demeanor with Colin Clive’s energy and madness. I was excited to have the Bride of Frankenstein teased. Billie Piper’s performance as the doomed Brona Croft was the stand out for me last season and the idea of having her as the focus character for one of my favorite entries in the original Monster’s line up is exciting. The show writers seem to be taking the idea of “Bride” in a very literal sense however so I predict an even more tumultuous relationship forming between creator and child.
In historical interest, the introduction of a Waxworks museum is not only a nice homage to House of Wax but also very telling of the time period. 56 years before “Fresh Hell” opens, a wax museum by the name of Madame Tussaud’s opened up in London and would go on to become one of the most famous wax houses of the 20th century. Of course, the Waxworks portrayed isn’t Madame Tussaud’s but in addition to being historically relevant the inclusion of it also made me realize the characters are in many was could be molded into exhibits themselves. Using Europe’s rich culture has made the city into a character in its own right. The stark white snowscape of winter blends right into the drab slums of London town.
I’ll leave you with this, last season there was a lot of Egyptian mythology and iconography surrounding the vampires. This season seems to be shifting gears in ancient beliefs by introducing a character by the name of Hecate, who in Greek mythology is a goddess of sorcery and necromancy. Unless that just happens to be her name, which I doubt, it implies we could see more Greek mythology incorporated in later episodes.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron, $40 for Batman: Arkham Knight‘s season pass, the “Fight of the Century,” Yooka-Laylee, and more!
Mortal Kombat X is about to get a much-needed injection of spooky scary with the Jason Voorhees Bundle, which will be available tomorrow if you have the Kombat Pack, or on May 12 for everyone else. For $7.99, you’ll get a playable Jason Voorhees and the Horror Pack, which includes Vampiress Mileena, Kraken Reptile and Pharaoh Ermac skins.
Jason and the Horror Pack can also be purchased separately for $4.99 and $3.99, respectively.
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer debut for Franck Khalfoun’s techno-thriller i-LIVED, which stars Jeremiah Watkins!
XLrator Media will be releasing i-LIVED in limited theaters on July 3rd and on VOD on July 7th.
“Josh Fosse is a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self help app called i-Lived for fun. He’s signs on and immediately his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can’t refuse. Convinced it’s him and not the app, he signs out… and loses everything. He signs on again but this time the terms are different, the app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone… but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be.“
Khalfoun directed the incredible remake of Maniac, starring Elijah Wood, as well as the forthcoming Amityville sequel for Dimension Films. He also helmed P2 for director-turned-producer Alex Aja.
“I wanted to find a concept where I could tell a story using all of the technology available on a smart phone and immerse the user into a story in an innovative way,” Khalfoun told us last year. “I thought if I could center the plot around an app, use the camera on the phone to shoot parts of it, and connect the audience through the phone while they are watching the movie then the device would become a tool for storytelling rather than an annoying distraction.”
Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who also helmed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, as well as the upcoming Presto/Nerve starring Dave Franco, have finished the Blumhouse production Viral.
Starring Sofia Black D’Elia and Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies, Crazy Stupid Love), Bloody Disgusting has the first ever image, thanks to ‘Fabien M.’
Penned by Barbara Marshall, “Struggling after a recent family tragedy, teenager Emma Drakeford begins a video documentary about her life for a school project. Her life is turned upside down as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town, turning her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Quarantined with her family, Emma believes they are out of harm’s way but when the contagion finally infiltrates their home Emma and her family are faced with an impossible decision – if someone you love becomes a threat, do you kill them in cold blood or save them at the risk of your own life? From the executive producer of ‘Cloverfield’ comes a terrifying new twist on the monster movie that is the first in a trilogy.“
The Daily Mail has posted several photos from the set of DC’s upcoming anti-hero film Suicide Squad. The photos reveal many of the cast members in their outfits, as well as several shots of Harley Quinn, who is played by Margot Robbie. The photos can be seen at the above link.
Quinn is known as the accomplice and girlfriend of the supervillain The Joker, and first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. She is also extremely close friends with Poison Ivy.
Also featured in the film are Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Echantress (Cara Delevingne), with Deathstroke, King Shark, and Plastique also said to appearing in the film.
The film opens on August 5th, 2016.
“Sons Of The Devil” follows one man’s discovery of familial ties to a cult. Announced at Image Expo by creators Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, Injustice) and artist Toni Infante, SONS OF THE DEVIL launches on May 27. Image Comics is pleased to reveal early artwork (not for the faint of heart) for the chilling new series.
SONS OF THE DEVIL is a dark look at a blue collar 25-year-old orphan who learns he is the son of a cult leader. Akin to True Detective and The Following, SONS OF THE DEVIL is an exploration into the dark side of human psychology. It’s a grounded take on cults that balances the real world with the supernatural. It’s gritty, character-driven, and tonally lays somewhere between SOUTHERN BASTARDS and NAILBITER. Watch the trailer for the new series here.
SONS OF THE DEVIL #1 hits stores on May 27. Cover A (Infante) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150481. Cover B (Francis Manapul) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150482. Cover C (Paolo Rivera) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150483. The final order cut-off deadline for retailers is today, May 4.
Vanity Fair has posted photos, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, from the set of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, showing off characters such as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and more. The gallery can be seen below with more photos at the above link.
The film also stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Peter Mayhem, Andy Serkis, and Domhnall Gleeson.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield) and is also co-written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back). The film sees the return of composer John Williams. It comes out December 18th, 2015.
Funny or Die keeps making horrible It Follows spoofs, but this one actually features the return of Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist and Daniel Zovatto in a faux sequel that plays more like a epilogue that isn’t funny, at all.
The spoof is entitled “Just Calling To Say It Follows“, and goes from character to character as they warn of a sex demon, the same one that follows them in the indie feature making huge waves in its limited theatrical run through TWC-Radius.
The site asks you to vote if it’s funny or not, I think this one needs to die.
Uli Edel’s Pay the Ghost, which stars Nicolas Cage as a hard-working NYU English professor bucking for tenure when his 8-year-old son mysteriously vanishes from a Halloween day parade, is heading to Cannes.
Bloody Disgusting has landed the first ever still from the film, thanks to our regular tipster Fabien M.
“Almost a year after his young son suddenly disappeared from his side during a Halloween parade in New York City, Mike Cole (Nicolas Cage) is inexplicably haunted by terrifying visions of his son and begins to sense his presence in frightening ways. Sparked to action, MIKE reunites with his estranged wife KRISTEN and together they uncover a string of terrifying clues while desperately searching for their son. They soon discover that every Halloween a vicious and vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct children and if they don’t recover their son within a short window of time, he will be lost to the spirit world forever.”
Sarah Wayne Callies and Veronica Ferres also star with Saw II, III and IV‘s Lyriq Bent.
This first shot from Pay the Ghost is pretty impressive, no?!
YouTuber Muted Vocal has taken five iconic horror themes and transposed them from minor to major keys, resulting in a very strange bit of music. Who would’ve thought that Freddy Krueger’s theme from A Nightmare On Elm St. could’ve sounded so jovial? Or that The X-Files would sound like some kind of Christian rock ballad? But what’s best is that Halloween sounds like something that Coldplay would put out.
Listen to the tracks below and hopefully Muted Vocal will make this into a running series because they’re great!
If ever there was a game that could inspire some truly freaky cosplay, it’s The Evil Within. It’s practically begging for some talented cosplayers to tackle its cast of its genuinely frightening monsters, and tackle them they have. Just last month we were treated to some fantastic Laura-in-a-tub cosplay, and today, we have even more.
Three cosplayers teamed up to create this scene, in which Sebastian and his partner Joseph are about to be bludgeoned with the Keeper’s comically oversized meat tenderizer.
The new TV Spot for Poltergeist already knows what scares you, and it looks like an upgraded version Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s classic haunter.
In theaters May 22nd from Fox and MGM, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern take, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
Raimi reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Filmax (the [REC] franchise, Summer Camp) has shared with Bloody Disgusting several clips (they’re not in English, unfortunately) from Sweet Home, which has Rafa Martinez at the helm. It will open in Spain on May 8th, 2015, while a U.S. date has yet to be set.
The English-language Sweet Home is described as a realistic and claustrophobic film that keeps track of the scariest side.
Here’s a translation of the film’s synopsis: “The plot is situated in a daily environment: a couple decides to spend a romantic evening in a floor of a semi-abandoned building that slip because she works as a consultant for the council house and got the keys. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building…and they have become the new target.“
Ingrid Garcia Jonsson (Beautiful Youth) stars with Bruno Sevilla (Mindscape).
Martinez co-wrote the screenplay with Teresa of Rosendo and Ángel Agudo.
Embankment to sell international on Sophie Cookson horror Hush, says ScreenDaily.
The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.
Sophie Cookson, riding high on the success of global hit Kingsman: The Secret Service (pictured), “plays a young woman who runs a ghostbusting racket with her sibling. When the pair investigate a haunted foster home where a sadistic killer used to operate, they uncover a far more terrifying supernatural force.”
Iceland’s Olaf de Fleur will direct Hush and Sigma’s Brian Coffey and Thruline’s Danny Sherman produce. Coffey produced The Legend Of Barney Thomson and Citadel.
Ben Ketai, whose credits include The Forest and The Strangers 2, adapted the screenplay from a novella by EM Blomqvist. Eva Konstantopoulos made script revisions.
Principal photography is set to kick off in October in Scotland.
A kinetic tale of loneliness and madness, Stanley Film Festival World Premiere Sun Choke explores the psychotic break of a young girl and the bizarre holistic treatment her manipulative caretaker subjects her to. Ben Cresciman’s film is equal parts fever dream and bold horror that splashes crimson blood on the freshly washed sheets. Anchored by two solid roles in which genre icon Barbara Crampton and Sarah Hagan (Freaks and Geeks) both shatter any misconceptions you may have about them, the film is a divisive, hypnotic tale of female psychosis.
Something happened in Janie’s (Hagan) past to spark a violent breakdown. Ever since, she’s been left in the care of her live-in nanny Irma (Crampton), who keeps Janie isolated in a minimalistic secluded house. There she undergoes questionable treatments to help her reassemble her fractured psyche. As things progress, Janie is granted leave, if only for a few hours. During one leave, she is drawn to a beautiful stranger named Savannah (Sara Malakul Lane) and begins to follow her. Each leave sees Janie’s obsession with Savannah grow increasingly intrusive, culminating in a wickedly tense and nicely ambiguous third act that will leave many heads reeling.
Crampton takes a wicked turn here as the nanny/holistic healer whose intentions may be more sinister than bringing normalcy into Janie’s life. There’s a danger in the air every time she’s on screen. Sara Malakul Lane does a terrific job as the woman who genuinely means well, even towards her stalker. The scenes she shares with Hagan get gut-wrenching at times.
But here it’s Hagan that shines. She does an impressive job expressing the abstruse character of Janie – an emotional hodge-podge of mental issues and lethal ticks. Cresciman gives us a handful of brief flashbacks that contain sparks of murder and possible rape – though none of these are fully explained. Are they just dreams that Janie has? Why isn’t she being given proper treatment or simply thrown in a psyche ward? This ambiguity will make Sun Choke divisive for viewers, but for those that dig the vagueness, Sun Choke is a tremendously engaging work.
I need to know what the age cap is on Five Nights at Freddy’s themed birthday parties, because this home-made recreation of the eponymous pizza joint makes me want one something fierce. What’s most impressive is the attention to detail that can be seen here, from the clay recreation of Freddy Fazbear’s head to the subtle in-joke that is the branding on those paper towels.
Lionsgate Premiere released a new still from Cooties, which opened this past weekend’s Stanley Film Festival.
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
The Sundance hit Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.