Investigating strange noises, spilling up to explore a seemingly abandoned cabin, gratuitous nude scenes — we have film franchises dedicated to making fun of these overused 80′s horror movie tropes, even though we secretly love them. Last Year is the kind of game that embraces these familiar clichés, because they’re great. It’s dripping with love for the genre, it even has a stereotypical jock named Chad. That’s fantastic.
With its asymmetrical multiplayer, which pits five teens against a masked murderer, Last Year sounds a lot like Damned. The serial killer can even turn invisible — something the monsters in Damned can also do — giving the player who controls him the chance to find the perfect spot to spy on and/or sneak up behind those unsuspecting teens.
If its Kickstarter successfully raises the $50,000 they’re asking for, Last Year will bring its 80′s horror goodness exclusively to PC.
Variety has acquired the scoop that Bryan Singer has pegged Oscar Isaac to play Apocalypse in 2016′s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He’s an inspired choice. My only familiarity with Isaac was the Coen Brother’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” which I absolutely loved. He seems to be more comfortable in a moody and introspective role. Apocalypse has a stoic side, and this casting has surprised me but doesn’t dissuade my excitement after this summers “Days of Future Past.”
Looks like the X-Men franchise is here to stay for a little while longer.
Bryan Singer is back to direct with Simon Kinberg penning the script.
Singer has described the upcoming X-Men film, which is expected to feature all cast members including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, as the most destructive movie in the franchise.
“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”
Singer also suggested that “Apocalypse,” set in the 1980s, could feature younger versions of familiar characters.
Fox will release on May 27, 2016.
The most recent “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” co-starring Hugh Jackman, has earned a monstrous $745 million worldwide at the box office.
Singer had been meeting with actors for the past couple of weeks but sources say Isaac always seemed like the type of actor Singer wanted for the role and the long-time favorite from the start.
Isaac is set to have a big year ahead of him with A24′s “A Most Violent Year” set to bow in December, with the company feeling it will have major awards play for Isaac. He is also set to star in the next “Star Wars” pic for Disney.
What do you think of Isaac’s casting? Will he make a good En Sabah Nur?
Today brings another BD Playlist, a selection of tracks and albums that we, the BD writers, compile for your enjoyment! We like showing a bit of ourselves to our readers, so this gives us a chance for you to enter our world.
Today we’re featuring our comic book editor, Zac Thompson, who has a list comprised entirely of movie soundtracks!
I should preface this with saying that I’ve spent the last month engrossing myself in the soundtracks I love. I’m writing a horror novel for National Novel Writing Month, and these were the five pieces I’ve listened to over and over again while writing. They inspire a certain sense of emptiness in me that I haven’t been able to find much anywhere else, each of them are hauntingly beautiful in their own way.
Head on in for Zac’s musical selections!
Article by Trace Thurman
Full confession: I love horror comedies. Any movie from Evil Dead 2 all the way to the more recent Cabin in the Woods holds a special place in my heart. That is why it really bums me out that more people don’t like Drag Me to Hell . There are even horror buffs like myself, who swear by director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, who hate Drag Me to Hell. Since I fell in love with the sub-genre when I saw Critters (a hilarious ’80s creature feature that is essentially a rip-off of Gremlins) as a child, I have always tried to watch all of the horror comedies that came out (many of the ones that released nowadays see rave reviews but also very low box office numbers). Drag Me to Hell is one of my favo
Horror comedies are a tough sell. Years ago, when I was a junior in college working at Blockbuster (yes, Blockbuster), I got a lot of insight as to what kinds of movies people my age liked and what they didn’t. Horror comedies were definitely on the “dislike” list. There was the occasional film that everyone loved and thought was hilarious (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland) but for the most part, they just weren’t anyone’s cup of tea. Take this list of movies and think about any of them that you like (although if you are reading this post you probably actually do like most of them):
- Gremlins 2: The New Batch
- Evil Dead 2
- Army of Darkness
- Fright Night
- Dead Alive
- This is the End
- An American Werewolf in London
- The Cabin in the Woods
- Sorority Row
- Snakes on a Plane
- Piranha 3D
- Drag Me to Hell
Some of these are very obviously comedies with elements of horror (Shaun of the Dead, Ghostbusters, This is the End) and others are horror movies with elements of comedy (Misery, Gremlins, Fright Night). Obviously, your enjoyment of any of these movies depends on your sense of humor, but I have to tell you that they are all in the same genre. Out of that list, the films that seem to have the lowest standing in the mainstream are Slither, Piranha 3D, Sorority Row and Drag Me To Hell. With the exception of Sorority Row, all of those movies received very good reviews (I still love Sorority Row, but that’s a discussion for another post), with Drag Me to Hell scoring the best reviews at 216 positive and 19 negative, for a 92% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Alright, enough of the history lesson. Let’s get down to the meat of things. While working at Blockbuster, I loved to recommend Drag Me to Hell to customers, but I quickly learned that I had to recommend it with a bit of a precursor. People would return it (and the other movies listed in the above paragraph) and tell me how stupid each one is and that they weren’t scary at all. I realized something: no one knew that they were watching comedies.
Granted, Drag Me to Hell kind of screwed itself over with its trailer:
By marketing itself as a pure horror movie, the movie had already firmly cemented the expectations for anyone walking into it. If you didn’t read any reviews or articles about the film, you would enter the theater expecting “the return of true horror.” This they most definitely did not get. Drag Me to Hell is a fun, goofy little horror movie and you really have to know that to get the most enjoyment out of it. It has a lot of cheap jump scares to pump some adrenaline through the audience, but is it a truly terrifying film? Not really (one caveat for this answer would be the final scene of the film, but more on that later). This is not to say there aren’t serious aspects to the film. There are scary moments and genuinely disturbing moments (in the film’s opening scene, a small child is literally dragged to Hell), but overall it blends the comedy in with the horror seamlessly.
What puzzles me most is that many of the people that didn’t like the movie actually thought it was trying to be serious. It seems that the more straightforwardly comedic the movie is (Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland), the more people seem to like it. But if a film has too much horror in it, then audiences will view the comedic aspects of the film as “stupid.” My only response to that is the infamous cursing-goat scene in the film. How could anyone think a movie in which a goat gets possessed and starts slinging obscenities at the lead character is anything but hilarious (and not trying to take itself seriously)? I mean, look at this:
How do you not laugh at that? Or better yet, how do you watch that and still think that you are watching a serious horror film? Drag Me to Hell is full of moments of humor (the superbly choreographed parking garage fight scene, the literal geyser of a nosebleed, the Looney Toons-ish anvil-on-the-head gag, I could go on) so it’s not like the talking goat just comes out of nowhere. This is such an enjoyable film and I’m just puzzled as to why I seem to be in the minority with this one.
To anyone who has not seen this movie, Drag Me to Hell tells the story of Christine Brown, a bank loan officer who refuses to extend a mortgage payment to an old gypsy woman named Sylvia Ganush. Mrs. Ganush curses Christine with the Lamia, a goat demon that will mess with her for three days before finally dragging her to Hell to burn for all eternity.
I get it, it doesn’t exactly sound like the lightest material; and I actually jumped a lot throughout the film. I don’t really qualify “jump scares” as being actually scary, but this movie kind of toyed with your expectations of the jumps and clearly has a lot of fun doing it. That’s all I can really say about how to enjoy this movie as a horror comedy. If you’re not sold with that then you probably won’t find anything to enjoy about the movie, and I feel bad for you.
Moving on to just why this is a good movie, I have to start with the performances. Alison Lohman is put through a lot in Drag Me to Hell (especially when it comes to various things flying into her mouth) and I applaud her for putting up with a lot of this stuff. Ellen Page was originally cast as Christine but dropped out do star in Drew Barrymore’s Whip It. When she left, Alison Lohman was cast and, even though she is a lesser-known actress, I’m really glad. Lohman sells the part of a former fat girl who just wants to move up in her career and have a steady relationship with her boyfriend (Justin Long). You actually feel for her when bad things happen to her (and trust me, they happen). Speaking of Long, he gets the thankless boyfriend role but he does get some good moments to play against-type (unless you’ve seen Jeepers Creepers).
You also can’t talk about Drag Me to Hell without mentioning the villainess herself. Lorna Raver doesn’t have a lot of screen time as Mrs. Ganush, but damn if she doesn’t leave a lasting impression. She is one of the most hateful, disgusting, and unlikable characters I have ever seen put to film, and I am surprised the actress agreed to do the role considering all of the things she was required to do (see below) Raver infuses Mrs. Ganush with a menace that you feel throughout the entire film, and you learn to hate her so much that you actually begin to enjoy when gross things happen to her.
Sam Raimi does a great job directing (and co-writing, with his brother Ivan) the film as well. Although many horror fans were disappointed that his return to the horror genre was not Evil Dead 4 (which is fine considering we got an Evil Dead remake 4 years later), you would be hard-pressed not to see the influence those films had on the making of Drag Me to Hell. The CGI he chooses to use is laughably bad in some parts (although that may have been intentional) so I do wish he would have used more practical effects like he used to, but that may have been in an attempt to get a PG-13 rating. Nevertheless, Raimi is trying something (sort of) new here and I believe it works.***SPOILER ALERT***
Finally, the reason why I think this movie works is the ending. If you’ve never seen the movie, stop reading now if you don’t want to know how it ends. What I love most about Drag Me to Hell is that even though there is a lot of comedy in the film, it is book-ended by completely horrifying, serious scenes. As I mentioned earlier, a young boy is dragged to Hell in the opening scene of the film. In the finale, Christine does indeed get dragged into Hell to burn for all eternity as her boyfriend (who was about to propose to her) helplessly watches from above before the film cuts to a black screen with nothing but the film’s title showing.
I admit, when I first saw the movie, I was kind of angry. I didn’t want Christine to go to Hell because she had done nothing wrong (reading online, you can actually see people debating whether or not she deserved it based solely on the fact that she refused to extend Mrs. Ganush’s mortgage payment, or for sacrificing her cat to the Lamia in exchange for her life which….ugh). I fully expected Christine to survive by passing the curse on to her annoying co-worker Stu. But alas, it was not meant to be. Sam Raimi wanted to sucker punch the audience and in my case, he did. I walked out of the theater (both times I saw it) quite depressed. This tonal shift may have been too jarring for the audience and further confused them as to just what kind of movie they were watching. I totally understand that. It took me several viewings of Drag Me to Hell to get over it (and it still packs an emotional punch even though I know it’s coming every time I watch it).
That being said, I think that is the point (if there is a “point” to Drag Me to Hell other than to entertain). We are supposed to care about Christine and hope the worst for Mrs. Ganush. If we didn’t, then the ending wouldn’t have the effect it does. In the end, Drag Me to Hell becomes the ultimate tragedy. After everything Christine went through (and she went through a lot in three days), she couldn’t save herself. It is just very jarring to have the movie be so silly and then be slammed with an ending like that. That is probably why the opening scene was what it was: to remind the audience that even though Raimi knows how to have fun, he can still stick it where it hurts.
With all of that being said, I hope you give Drag Me to Hell a second chance. It really is a great movie with a lot of moving parts that work perfectly together 99% of the time. Like most of the movies in my “In Defense Of” columns, it’s not for everyone, but I think if you watch it again from a new perspective (or for the first time at least knowing what you’re getting in to), you will enjoy Drag Me to Hell. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
This article originally appeared on Wine and Watch.
ABOUT TRACE: Trace is a graduate of the Radio/TV/Film program University of Texas at Austin and still lives in Austin. An avid fan of the horror genre, he spends most of his free time reading about/watching movies and TV shows and endlessly harassing his friends to watch underrated gems. He has a strong dislike for the lack of tact/respect present on Internet message boards and is on a mission to promote thoughtful, polite discussions between people who disagree about things online.
Si Spencers’ “Bodies” has been one of my favorite reading experiences of 2014. It’s daringly unique, and startlingly different. It’s something that commands your attention and features a painful mystery. How does the same body end up in multiple different timelines? And what is the mysterious marking found on it?
Such is the compelling mystery of Bodies. Featuring a collection of stellar art by a creative team that any one of them would make for a must read book.
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While Whiteman is summoned to the high court, Edmond is busted out of jail, which leads each to very different near-fatal encounters. Shahara has lost the most important part of her case while Maplewood comes face to face with hers. The killers are approaching…and the wind begins to howl.
Art by: Tula Lotay, Meghan Hetrick, Phil Winslade, Dean Ormston
Cover by: Brian Bolland
Written by: Si Spencer
A German tour group, who recently got the chance to walk around the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, CA., came across a photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his T-800 make-up in the forthcoming Terminator: Genisys.
Those paying attention to story rumors (spoilers), this looks to be the Schwarzenegger from Terminator 2: Judgement Day, although there’s also supposed to be an “elder” version of Arnold. It’s been reported that the new film – starring Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Jason Clarke (as John Conner) – will go back parallel to the previous Terminator films.
Alan Taylor shot the film in New Orleans.
— cClinkenbeard (@sicky_south) November 19, 2014
The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places…
And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!
Grindhouse Releasing announced the full specs for Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond Blu-ray, in stores February 10, 2015 and now available for pre-order exclusively at Diabolik DVD.
The Beyond arrives in a lavish 3-disc set with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK artwork housing two Blu-ray discs and a bonus CD of the classic Fabio Frizzi soundtrack, remastered from the original studio tapes. The release is packed with new bonus features, all listed below.
From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. The Beyond is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!
– Spectacular hi-definition digital transfer of the original UNCENSORED director’s cut
– Breathtaking 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottoman
– Provocative commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and genre superstar David Warbeck
– Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
– New in-depth interviews with stars Catriona MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci
– Rare archival interviews with director Lucio Fulci and David Warbeck
– Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR
– Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and EuroHorror expert Martin Beine
– Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes
-AND OTHER SURPRISES!
Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers) and based on the short story “All You Zombies” by the late Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination is said to be an ingeniously constructed puzzle-box, as emotional as it is thrilling.
After making the festival rounds this year, Stage 6 recently announced a January 9, 2015 theatrical run for Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor.
“Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.”
Check out the brand new theatrical trailer below.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with rappers Ho99o9 (pronounced “horror”) to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Da Blue Nigga From Hell Boy”, which comes from the group’s EP Mutant Freax.
The video, which is absolutely NSFW (due to violence, gore, and sexuality), shows two preachers walking through a small desert town, intent on performing the Lord’s work. They then see a woman collapse onto the ground and rush over to help. Turns out she was completely faking and what happens next is a story of mental destruction and manipulation.
Head over heels, eat your heart out, horror love story, potential DP went wrong, da blue nigga from hell boy snorting ketamine off the Devil’s dick.
Also, and this might just be me, but the backbeat reminds me a little bit of Portishead‘s “Biscuit”. Give it a listen and tell me if I’m just hearing things.
You can listen to the full EP via Soundcloud.
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WellGo USA is releasing Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (review) on DVD and Blu-ray, and right now we have your chance to score a copy on us! That’s right! Free! How could you do any better than that?
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on December 8, 2014, at 12:01 AM PT.
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Release Details
Dubbed “Bigger, brasher, bloodier” by Film Threat’s Brian Tallerico, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD debuts on DVD and in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray December 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck), and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).
Picking up immediately where the original left off, the film wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Wirkola comes up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than anyone ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic shocked the weak-of-heart and delighted even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre when it made its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The DVD and the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition both feature audio commentary with the director and writer, a VFX featurette, and Dead Snow comic book; while the Collector’s Edition exclusively features the international version of the film and the short film ARMEN.
DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD has a runtime of approximately 101 minutes and is rated “R” for strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout and language, including some sexual references.
Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.
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Broad Green Pictures together with filmscience announced last month that Patrick Stewart has been added to the cast of Green Room, written by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Murder Party), who will also direct.
We now have a first look at Patrick Stewart as Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.
Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
In the crime thriller Green Room, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.
Principal photography began in and around Portland, OR. this past October.
Showtime is giving viewers the first look photo from the highly anticipated second season of the network’s drama series, “Penny Dreadful” currently in production in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 debut on the network.
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says, “This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together.”
This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
“Penny Dreadful” is a drama series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions.
One of the most hilarious scenes in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is when Ace gets stuck in a robotic rhino and is forced to disturbingly slip out of its rear-end.
YouTubers “What’s the Mashup?” has brilliantly inserted this scene into Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park – specifically when Doctor Grant first catches a glimpse of a dinosaur. It may just be the most perfect mash-up in years…
Some interesting news comes in via Deadline who reports that NBC has halted production on the inaugural season of “Constantine,” based on the “Hellblazer” comic book.
The freshman season of NBC drama will consist of solely 13 episodes as the cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order.
“Constantine” will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run – and has yet to be canceled. In fact, the site reports that “Constantine” remains in contention for a second-season renewal.
NBC had to make a decision whether to keep “Constantine” in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.
The negative to this story is that it’s unclear how the production stoppage with affect the season finale. Did they complete the story arc they had planned or will fans be left in the dark with a weak cliffhanger? The fact that it was originally a 13-episode order bodes well for the finale.
UK’s ITV has commissioned a 10-part action adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde,” says Deadline.
“Jekyll & Hyde” will focus on the young, attractive and troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor. Newly-qualified, Robert is on a quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’ which is being controlled with medication by Dr Vishal Najaran. One actor will play the lead role, transforming into Hyde in moments of extreme anger and stress, and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
It is set in 1930s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies. It’s also the second time in recent days that ITV has resurrected a classic monster: The network announced last week that Sean Bean is leading its six-part period crime drama “The Frankenstein Chronicles.”
CGI will play a “huge” part in the transformation and subsequent superhero sequences, adds the site. Certain recurring characters, including monsters, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, vampires and general freaks of nature, will also be created by CGI techniques in the ambitious ITV project.
The series, “Jekyll & Hyde,” hails from British actor and author Charlie Higson whose credits include “The Enemy” and the “Young Bond” series of books. He’ll write and executive produce.
The first word on Gemini Cell, an upcoming novel from Myke Cole that’s being released by Ace early next year, landed in our inbox; and since it features an “undead” main character, it sounded like a perfect fit for our readers. Read on for the details!
Gemini Cell is the first novel in a new series that serves as a prequel to Myke Cole’s popular Shadow Ops series about an Earth where humanity develops magical powers. It promises to be action-packed, combining realistic modern warfare with magic.
Cole’s background (which includes three tours in Iraq and a career that has run the gamut from counterterrorism to cyber warfare to federal law enforcement) provides the perfect base for writing realistic military fantasy.
The book arrives January 27, 2015; check out its synopsis and artwork below.
US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.
That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…
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Yahoo has some early casting news for the second season of FX’s “The Strain,” writing that “West Wing” alum Ron Canada landed the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor.
In addition, the FX drama is looking to add a series regular in the form of David, an 11-year-old boy who, as the strain spreads, must make a very difficult decision regarding his parents.
After the weak final episodes, it’s going to take a lot to get me to stick with the Guillermo del Toro-created series.
“When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. With help from a mysterious Holocaust survivor (David Bradley), “Eph” and his colleague (Mía Maestro) uncover the outbreak’s ties to vampirism. Now, the only way to stop the terrifying disease from wiping out mankind is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature known as “The Master” – whose evil intent seems more powerful than any other force on Earth!”
This week: Jurassic World teasers, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V: Next-Gen, and a movie called Septic Man, Anything less would be uncivilized.
Thanksgiving is that special day of the year when America celebrates that time when our ancestors traded bigotry and racism for valuable, life-sustaining lessons in agriculture and medicine from the native americans before stealing their lands and murdering them.
We celebrate this horrific moment in history by eating, because ’Merica!
If gathering around a table with your family to explore the warm, tasty insides of the Birdception abomination that is the Turducken doesn’t sound all that appealing, I’ve come up with a way to eschew holiday traditions in favor of something even better. Video games.
As fond as I am of gaming, ignoring the Turducken’s Siren call is no easy feat. This is why I’ve come up with this list, because if we’re going to combat this holiday and its formidable army of delicious meats, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce, we’ll need a weapon.
On this list are five fantastically gruesome and gory horror games that I hope you will use to fight your Thanksgiving appetites.
2015 is looking to start off with one hell of a chill as Hammer’s The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death will begin haunting US theaters on January 2nd courtesy of Relativity. For you cats across the pond, it will also be released by eOne in the UK on January 1, 2015. That being said, how about some exclusive stills, one of which reveals the Woman in all of her ghastly glory?
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).
The film is directed by Tom Harper.
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.
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