Vertical Nabs Diablo’s ‘The Remains’ and ‘Recovery’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:22

Worldwide distribution rights for Diablo Entertainment’s inaugural titles Recovery, pictured below, and The Remains have been acquired by Vertical Entertainment with plans to release both films in late 2016.

Directed by Darrell Wheat and written by Kyle Arrington and Darrell Wheat, “Recovery follows Jessie (Kirby Bliss Blanton) and her friends the night before their high school graduation as they are guided by a ‘Find My iPhone’ app to recover her lost device from a house whose demented tenants intend on making her a flesh and blood member of the family.

The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment’s Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian.

In The Remains, written and directed by Thomas Della Bella, “After a family moves into an old Victorian home, they discover a chest in the attic containing antiques tainted by a malevolent spirit. As the antiques slowly possess each family member, the spirit grows stronger, hellbent on kidnapping the children.

The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment’s Eric Fleischman and Sean Tabibian.

Categories: Horror News

Can 2016 Horror Improve on 2015 Horror?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:01

Last month, I lamented the fact my opinion that 2015 hadn’t really been that great of a year for horror. There were a lot of films that I thought were alright, but very few that I thought were great. Mr. Disgusting disagreed with me, but I stand by my opinion. This is mostly because I didn’t include horror films that only screened at festivals and he did. Had I included those festival films in my end-of-year lists, I would have 100% agreed with Mr. Disgusting. As you may have seen from some of my posts this week, horror fans have a lot to look forward to in 2016, and I can confidently say that as long as many of the independent films I’ve seen get released, we are all in for several treats this year. I wanted to take some time to look back at 2015 to see what exactly went wrong, and how 2016 can (and probably will) improve on it.

Before we dive into things, let’s tale a look at the majority of genre films that came out in 2015. Below is a spreadsheet I made when I was making my end-of-year lists and is comprised of pretty much every film that was up for consideration on any of my lists last month. You will note that calling some of these films horror films or even “genre” films is a bit of a stretch, so forgive me for that. I just wanted to cover all of my bases. There is also a chance I missed a film or two, so also forgive me for that. Anyway, here we are:

If we were grading the major studio releases from 2015, the year wouldn’t receive very high marks (I’m thinking a solid C). Just looking at this list, the films that received a wide release (which I’m qualifying as over 1,000 U.S. theaters) were

Crimson Peak
The Gallows
The Gift
The Green Inferno
Insidious: Chapter 3
It Follows
The Lazarus Effect Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Sinister 2
The Visit
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death






That is only 15 wide release films this year, and of those 15 about three of them are great, four are good, four of them are mediocre and the other four are terrible. That is of course just my opinion, but that seems to go with the general consensus as well.

Looking at the other 53 friends on this list, it’s clear that independent horror had a better 2015 than widely released studio horror films did, but even they didn’t have a large amount of truly standout films. There were a couple of fun surprises, but when taken as a whole there just aren’t that many films that you’re going to remember in 10 years. 2015 actually led to quite a few crushing disappointments in the horror genre.

That may be a bit of a contentious statement, but other than films like The Final Girls, Backcountry, Bone Tomahawk and Spring (the latter two of which I regrettably left off of my “Best Of” list last year), nothing made much of an impression. I know many of you adored Deathgasm, but it just wasn’t my cup o’ tea.

When you think of a great year for horror, which year(s) do you think of? The obvious choices would be 1978 (Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, Piranha, I Spit On Your Grave), 1984 (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Gremlins, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) and 1997 (Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Mimic, Anaconda). Okay, that last one is more or less my favorite year for horror because I love all of those movies, but I’m in the minority there.

Courteney Cox in Scream 2

I would argue that in the 21st century we haven’t had a better year than 2009, which saw the releases of films like Drag Me to Hell, The House of the Devil, The Collector, Zombieland, Dead Snow, Grace, Jennifer’s Body, Sorority Row, The Loved Ones, Laid to Rest, [REC] 2, the remake of The Last House on the Left and Saw VI (What? I like that one). Looking at the list of 2015 films, are there a large number of films that you think you will look back on and say “Man, 2015 was a really great year for horror?” If you do, that’s awesome. I respectfully disagree.

Mind you, it is not my intent to completely shit on 2015 horror films. I did like many of the films, there just weren’t that many that blew me away. There were a ton of films that were “just fine,” but I would like something more. Maybe that is asking too much from a bunch of horror films, but it really shouldn’t be. The reason why I feel sort of let down by 2015 horror is that I have had a small sampling of what is to come in 2016, and it’s glorious.

When we look at 2016, there is definitely a wider variety of different types of films that are getting released, and many more widely released studio horror films. Below is a list of the majority of the genre films seeing a release this year, but it is possible that I missed a few.

Of course, 2016 has already gotten off to a pretty bad start with The Forest (review), but I implore you to be patient. There were five films I saw at Fantastic Fest back in September that I am 90% sure will end up on my “Best Of” 2016 list in December (some of them already made Mr. Disgusting’s “Best of 2015” list). And it’s not just that they would make the cut because they’re probably going to be the best compared to everything else, it’s that they are legitimately great films that I am positive I will be telling people to watch years from now. In an attempt to avoid over-hype, I won’t name these films, but you can find my reviews for them online.

It is impossible to predict whether or not all of the films on this list could improve upon the films released last year. Admittedly, I’ve only seen 14 out of the 70 films on this list, but the fact that I have found a good chunk of those 14 to be spectacular is pretty impressive.

I apologize for the blog-iness of this post, but I’m using this as an experiment to see how posts like this resonate with all of the readers (you). I’m actually more curious to know how all of you feel. Think back to a year ago. Were there a lot of films you were really looking forward to? How many of them lived up to your expectations?

Will I be right or will I be wrong about the quality of 2016 horror? Can 2016 horror improve on 2015 horror? My answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Check back with me in a year and we can see how accurate I was.

Categories: Horror News

Sundance: Netflix Makes Bold First Movie By Acquiring ‘Under the Shadow’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:49

Netflix attacks first, making a bold and speedy move to nab all digital streaming rights, worldwide, to the farsi-language horror film Under the Shadow, written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Babak Anvari.

The film is World Premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Set in post-revolution Tehran, during the Iran-Iraq war, Under the Shadow follows a young mother who remains with her six-year-old daughter when others are fleeing local fighting. Things get weird when the mother soon begins to believe an unexploded missile has carried evil spirits into her home and possessed her daughter.

Shot in Amman, Jordan, below is the first footage from the film in which the mother has a bad dream.

Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi star.

Here’s the official synopsis: “Tehran, 1988: As the Iran-Iraq War rumbles into its eighth year, a mother and daughter are slowly torn apart by the bombing campaigns on the city coupled with the country’s bloody revolution. As they struggle to stay together amidst these terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment.

Watch for theatrical news, if there’s a player involved, as it’s announced. Variety first reported this news.

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‘The Final Project’ Gets Colorful New Poster, Full Trailer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:25

Cavu’s The Final Project is the debut film from indie filmmaker Taylor Ri’chard and hits theaters beginning February 12th in Atlanta and Houston, and March 4th in New York and Los Angeles.

Bloody Disgusting has the full trailer and one-sheet for the found-footage horror that gives a little nod to The Blair Witch Project.

Six college students have organized the ultimate graduation project… a documentary film about one of the most notorious haunted houses in America, the Lafitte Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. A Civil War landmark with a dark past, complete with stories of mutilated soldiers, murdered families and restless shadows roaming its abandoned corridors… no one has entered Lafitte in years- until now. Outfitted with high-tech recording equipment in order to capture every moment of their great adventure, these intrepid young filmmakers bravely venture deep into the misty backwoods of Louisiana. But on this plantation that time has forgotten, something evil still waits and watches. When darkness falls, their deepest fears come to life, as one by one they’ll learn the horrifying truth that awaits all who dare seek the secrets of the Lafitte Plantation. The dead are awake, and there are some places the living should never go.

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ABOUT THE PLANTATION: Utilizing real locations in and around Georgia, THE FINAL PROJECT features a crew and ensemble of dedicated locals well acquainted with the haunted history of the South. Combining the “found footage” genre with authentic local folklore, it updates the classic American ghost story by tapping into a history too chillingly real to deny. The backstory of THE FINAL PROJECT combines an Old Hollywood touch with a real-life twist. Chretien Point Plantation in Sunset, Louisiana, the real-life model for the film’s Lafitte Plantation, was also the inspiration for the interior of the legendary “Tara” from Gone with the Wind. Its true claim to fame, however, lies closer to home. The site of a pitched and bloody battle between Union and Confederate soldiers at the height of the Civil War, with a bullet hole still embedded in one of its front doors, Chretien Point has long been rumored to be one of the biggest supernatural “hotspots” in North America. Ghostly sightings have been reported for decades, with stories of buried treasure, a vengeful “house mistress”, and even a nearby haunted bridge.

Categories: Horror News

‘The Hoarder’ Stockpiles Photos (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:11

RLJ Entertainment is collecting horror when they release The Hoarder on DVD and Digital HD April 5th.

Directed by Matt Win, Mischa Barton stars as “Ella, who sneaks off one night to snoop through her fiancée’s storage unit on the seedy outskirts of town. But deep in the lower levels of the warehouse, Ella and a half dozen storage unit customers discover there’s more than old furniture and memorabilia being locked away here. A relentless psychopath has started his own “collection,” and unless Ella and the others can survive the blood-soaked rampage of the Hoarder, and find a way out of the maze-like building, they’ll never see the light of another day.

Bloody Disgusting has compiled a batch of exclusive images to go along with the film’s DVD art.

Robert Knepper (“Prison Break”), Valene Kane (“The Fall”), Charlotte Salt (“The Tudors”) and Andrew Buckley (“The Extras”) also star.

Categories: Horror News

Mill Creek February Releases Include ‘My Science Project’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:46

Bargain brand favorite Mill Creek has announced their February release lineup and there are a handful of titles that may be over some interest to Bloody Disgusting readers. The one I’m most looking forward to is the Blu-ray release of My Science Project, the debut film from director Jonathan R. Betuel. It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen the film, but I liked it when I was a kid and am eager to re-visit it. If memory serves My Science Project is a lot of fun. I’ve included the trailer below so you can take a look for yourself. Also I find Mill Creek Blu-rays to usually be pretty solid. They’re almost always bare bones releases, but they have solid transfers.

My Science Project
Release Date: 2/16/2016

Michael Harlan (John Stockwell, Top Gun) has procrastinated on his science project until the last minute, and his teacher (Dennis Hopper, Speed) issues him an ultimatum; turn in a science project or flunk. So Mike scavenges a military base’s junk pile for a suitable gizmo to pass off as his project. He finds one…and unwittingly unleashes the awesome power and energy of the unknown. Twisted dimensions and time warps collide to create a whirling vortex that takes the class on a startling adventure back in time and into the future.

Release Date: 2/16/2016

What happens when man violates the laws of God and science? For Captain Walton (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games) and the crew of a weather-beaten ship stranded in the icy sea, the answer follows their rescue of a scientist close to death, frozen in fear, and insane with dire warnings. Viktor Frankenstein (Alec Newman, Frank Herbert’s Dune) has a story to tell—a story as chillingly real as the tortured howls emanating from the Arctic fog and as timeless as the need to be loved.

Bump in the Night: The Complete Series
Release Date: 2/16/2016

The hilarious stop-motion animation adventures of Mr. Bumpy, Squishy, Molly Coddle and the various “household monsters” who make sure their humans are protected from dirty socks and other scary things.

Categories: Horror News

10 Creepiest Dolls in Horror Movies!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:45

The Boy, a movie about a possessed doll, comes out this weekend, and you know what that means: it’s time for another obligatory list about scary dolls! May you read this list and possibly come across a film that you haven’t seen. If that’s not the case, then enjoy reminiscing on many of these classic (and not-so-classic films)!

Amy (May) ***Spoilers***

You’d be forgiven for thinking that May’s actual doll Suzie would be on this list, but the honor must go to her life-size human doll made of body parts: Amy. Lucky McKee’s directorial debut is still his strongest effort to date, and the final moments of the film are one of the more unsetlling moments in horror in the 2000s. It’s nice to see that May got her happy ending though.

Categories: Horror News

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Clip: Lily James and Lena Headey Do Battle!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:00

Set for release February 5th, 2016 is Sony Screen Gems’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (read our report from set in London), which focuses on the Bennett sisters – Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) – several badass women who have been trained to brutally slay the undead.

The events in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies begin with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies.

Bloody Disgusting has another clip that has “Game of Thrones” baddie Lena Headey once again playing a vicious villain, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who stick a blade to the craw of Elizabeth Bennett (Lily James).

Categories: Horror News

NECA: ‘Alien3’ Ripley in the Works

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:53

NECA is awesome on Twitter and stays connected to fans throughout the day.

This afternoon they revealed an entire Alien3 wave is in the works, which would give us a version of clone Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) all bald and badass.

If you’re dying for a sneak peak, NECA did share a look at a Yutani Commando figure taken from the end of David Fincher’s 1992 disaster, which has since become a cult classic.

you'll love the figure then, the whole wave in fact

— NECA (@NECA_TOYS) January 20, 2016

Categories: Horror News

‘Terminator’ Won’t Be Back Anytime Soon

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:43

Back in October Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg responded to reports that the Terminator franchise was “on hold.”

“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.

The franchise was all but dead until it exploded for all kinds of records in China.

Terminator Genysis only made $90 million here in the States, but pulled in an impressive $350 million overseas.

Paramount Pictures had planned on releasing a follow-up on May 19, 2017. It has now been pulled off the schedule.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the report from October. And even with the booming success internationally, internally they need to figure out how to bring this franchise back in a way that doesn’t feel stale or behind on the times. Laeta Kalogridis is currently the writer in charge of that.

My suggestion, get historical and tie the Terminator assassins to the murders of great leaders like JFK and Abraham Lincoln.

Categories: Horror News

Netflix Nabs XYZ’s Post-Apocalyptic ‘ARQ’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:32

THR writes that Robbie Amell and Rachael Taylor, known to fanboys for their work on comic book shows “The Flash” and “Jessica Jones,” respectively, have teamed up to star in ARQ. a sci-fi thriller that will be released by Netflix.

“ARQ is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future when the oil supply has run dry. Trapped in a house and surrounded by a gang of mysterious masked intruders, an engineer (Amell) must protect a technology that could deliver unlimited energy and end the wars that have consumed the world. The only problem is that the technology has created a time loop that condemns him and his friends all to relive the same day over and over.

Lost City and XYZ Films are producing the low-budget pic, which was written and is being directed by Tony Elliott (“Orphan Black”).

The movie is set to begin shooting this winter in Toronto.

Mason Novick and John Finemore of Lost City are producing along with Kyle Franke and Nick Spicer of XYZ Films, in association with MXN Entertainment.

James Hoppe is executive producing, while Elizabeth Grave and Michelle Knudsen are co-producers.

Categories: Horror News

Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ a Digital ‘Avatar’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:28

Netflix has picked up a 10-episode series, “Altered Carbon,” based on the 2002 book of the same name, Variety reports.

The sci-fi series hails from Skydance Television with Laeta Kalogridis writing, exec producing and serving as showrunner. Kalogridis co-wrote the screenplays for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Shutter Island, plus Terminator Genisys and she’s attached to the sequel for the latter.

Based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel, “‘Altered Carbon’ is set in the 25th century. In the futuristic story, the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he had tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.

Along with Kalogridis, Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will also serve as exec producers.

Categories: Horror News

‘Friday the 13th’: David Bruckner’s Vision Was to Make an 80’s Coming-of-Age Monster Movie!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:01

After the success of V/H/S, David Bruckner went on to develop a new Friday the 13th for both Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes.

Originally set to be a found-footage remake of the 1980 classic, a second attack at the script was to take a more traditional approach.

Unfortunately, back in December a new writer was brought on to take yet another crack at Jason Voorhees, which ousted Bruckner from the project.

While in development, Bruckner filmed a segment in our upcoming Southbound, in theaters February 5th and VOD February 9th, and is doing a press tour.

One of his first stops was with Fangoria, who got some inside info on both Friday the 13ths that could have been.

“When I came on board that project,” he tells the site, “Paramount was exploring whether or not they could do a found-footage FRIDAY, and they brought me in to crack it. I had some very specific ideas; if we were going to do that, I felt it needed to be single-camera. I didn’t think you could bring a whole bunch of media into the room, and that we had to do a kind of classic found-footage movie.

“So writers Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg and I set out in earnest to see if there was a movie there,” Bruckner continues. “There are certain restrictions to found-footage; just the fact that you’re locked into a single perspective almost makes the slasher formula impossible, because characters tend to wander off on their own all the time and get knocked off. Also, part of what defines some of the greatest slashers is the additional perspective. That was a really fun obstacle to tackle, and we ended up structuring it a little bit more like a monster movie. All the mythos surrounding Jason Voorhees opened up a lot of possibilities, and for a moment in time, we had a story that took place in the ’80s, which worked with the found-footage conceit. It was a return to form in a lot of ways, and we really focused on the characters.”

Things changed when “Hannibal’s” Nick Antosca was brought in as scripter and took a more traditional approach.

“We were set free from that mandate,” Bruckner recalls, “and did a draft that was not found-footage. We were allowed to truly explore what the film could be as a proper ’80s reboot—what that would look like. My take on it was that I wanted to do DAZED AND CONFUSED meets Jason Voorhees [laughs], a genuine last-day-of-school coming-of-age story. Nick wrote a great draft, and we really wanted to see that movie come to life. It was a very exciting process for me.”

Aaron Guzikowski is currently penning Friday the 13th. He is the writer behind Prisoners, which was one of the hottest screenplays in Hollywood. He is also writing the remake of Universal’s The Wolf Man.

Paramount recently shifted the release date to January 13, 2017 in order to allow more time for development, being that they’re starting from scratch.

What do you think about the direction Bruckner was taking the franchise? Would you have wanted to see a found-footage version of Friday? Or how about a coming-of-age 80’s movie with Jason Voorhees?

Categories: Horror News

Final ‘The Boy’ Trailer is All Kinds of Scary!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:42

While William Brent Bell has yet to make a good movie – I don’t like Stay Alive, The Devil Inside or WER – I’m really stoked to catch The Boy, which stars “The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan.

In The Boy , “Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

A final trailer has just been released that adds one really great scene – when Cohan’s character proves the doll is alive. All sorts of insanity ensues.

The Boy comes to life this Friday, January 22, 2016.

Categories: Horror News

‘Category 5’ Mixes Heist Thriller With a Catastrophic Natural Disaster

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:09

We’re a big fan of natural disaster movies here on Bloody-Disgusting. For one thing, they usually allow for epic levels of death and destruction. For another, they’re just so damn fun! There’s something deeply satisfying about watching hundreds, thousands, and possibly even millions of people meet their demise at the hands of Mother Nature, usually accompanied by explosions on a level the likes of which have never been seen before.

While those kinds of movies used to be really plentiful, they’ve kinda taken a break. But that’s about to change with Category 5, a disaster action thriller from director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious).

‘Category 5’ follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102M in cash, just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane, the storm of the century, is about to strike and level it to the ground. The only other two people left in the town, a meteorologist and a female treasury agent, must survive the horrific storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.

Director Rob Cohen explains, “Crossing a heist movie set amidst the intense action of a natural disaster was an idea to which I truly responded. It’s a chance for me to get back to my roots in doing the adrenaline-pumped action/special effects films I love to create.

Casting is currently underway and Foresight Unlimited will handle foreign sales and introduce the film to buyers in Berlin next month.

Categories: Horror News

8 of the Scariest Horror Movie Forests!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:42

Forests are a fairly popular setting with horror films, mostly because they’re terrifying. With The Forest coming out last weekend (to some admittedly terrible reviews), we thought it might be fun to look at some of the most memorably and scary ones! Full disclosure: some of the forests listed below didn’t have an actual name, so I used my expert naming skills and named them myself. Enjoy!

Flesh-Eating Virus Forest – Cabin Fever

I don’t really think there’s anything scarier than a flesh-eating virus. I just freak out any time I see something abnormal on my skin so I would probably die from the anxiety of having a flesh-eating virus before the actual virus killed me. That being said, as goofy as Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever is, it’s still a terrifying idea. I wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near that forest.

Camp Crystal Lake – Any Friday the 13th Film

Does this one even need a description? The forest at Camp Crystal Lake is where Jason Voorhees himself lives. That automatically makes it one of the most terrifying forests on Earth. Stay far, far away!

Amazon Rainforest – Cannibal Holocaust

People may still have The Green Inferno on the brain, but Cannibal Holocaust is where it’s at. No movie will ever make you want to avoid the Amazon like this movie will.

Forest of the Ancient Ones – The Cabin in the Woods

What makes these forests so scary is that anything can come out of them (depending on what item the group of friends play with first, of course). Just watch out for that merman!

Inbred Hick/West Virginia Forest – Wrong Turn

Call me crazy, but the inbred family in Wrong Turn creeps me out. They may be simple, but they know how to use a wide variety of weapons and they know their woods like the back of their hand. I would never want to get lost in this forest because it would mean certain death.

Deadite Forest – The Evil Dead

Do you want to get raped by trees? I didn’t think so (and yes, I know the below still is from Evil Dead II, but it was too creepy/funny not to post).

Burkittsville, Maryland – The Blair Witch Project

Don’t enter these woods or you may find yourself with your heart ripped out! Or even worse, standing in the corner of a basement in a really old cabin. In all seriousness though, the unknown is scary, and the Blair Witch is one of the scariest unknowns in the history of horror. We never see her, but she is still terrifying and has left a lasting imprint on the genre. Her woods are just that: hers. Stay out!

Aokigahara Forest – The Forest

The latest horror film to utilize a forest as it’s main setting is…not that great. Nevertheless, it does have a few creepy moments (including a scene in an underground tunnel with some fantastic makeup effects) and some scary ghostly figures. The fact that this is actually a real place where, sadly, people actually do go to commit suicide, makes it all the more haunting.

What are some forest-set horror films that scare you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Sets Release Dates for ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:05

Disney is rolling in the dough as Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to bring them colossal amounts of money (it’s pulled in nearly $1.9 billion worldwide). To keep that cash cow going, they’re beginning the opening marketing pushes for another Star Wars: Episode VIII as well as another moneymaker: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the franchise and the sequel to the 2011 On Stranger Tides.

The studio has announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be hitting theaters on December 15th, 2017, which means the film has been pushed back nearly a full seven months from its original release date of May 26th, 2017. Additionally, they’ve announced Dead Men Tell No Tales will be coming out on July 7th, 2017.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently in post-production.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, “Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow with Geoffrey Rush back on board as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner, and a terrifying new adversary, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, in the mix.

No details regarding the plot of Star Wars: Episode VIII have been released. What we know is that it’s written and directed by Rian Johnson with Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman producing and J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason McGatlin acting as executive producers. It is set to begin principal photography in London next month.

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El Rey Marathoning ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Series: Hosted by Robert Englund Himself!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:02

Valentine’s Day is all about roses, chocolates, romantic candlelit dinners, Barry White music in the background, and possibly some gifts of jewelry, yes?

Well, I say fuck that. Let’s take the rose red of Valentine’s Day and soak it in blood! And what better way to do that then by joining El Rey and their 45-hour (!!!) A Nightmare on Elm Street marathon?

That’s right, El Rey will be hosting a nonstop smorgasbord of Freddy Krueger goodness that kicks off February 13th and doesn’t end until late night on February 14th. And even better is that this entire event is being hosted by Robert Englund, the man who played Freddy in every incarnation aside from the remake. Oh, and the remake is not going to be shown, although sadly neither is Freddy’s Dead or Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.

However, to make up for those two losses, El Rey will be showing several episodes of “Freddy’s Nightmares”, so those of you who haven’t seen them can get a taste of what the show had to offer!

Below is the full schedule.





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Watch the Opening 7-Minutes of ‘Southbound’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:37

You’ve watched the trailer for Southbound, my latest venture into producing, now enjoy the opening 7-minutes from the anthology that’s being compared to “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits.”

Set for a limited theatrical run on February 5th before heading to VOD just a few days later on February 9th, the clip is from a story told by Radio Silence, who directed “10/31/98” in our first V/H/S, as well as Devil’s Due for Fox. In the footage, two men are on the run, while being stalked by reapers. Every turn leads them back south…

The movie, set for release through The Orchard, includes stories directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner (The Signal), Patrick Horvath (Entrance) and Radio Silence, several of whom were involved in our V/H/S films.

In Southbound, “On a desolate stretch of road, weary travelers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.

Roxanne Benjamin, who produced the film with me, and directed one of the segments, recently talked a bit about doing something different with the anthology subgenre:

“After producing a couple of anthologies, and seeing a bunch more come out in the past few years, ‘Southbound’ was an attempt to make the anthology format feel interesting and new again,” Benjamin explained to EW. “We wanted to make a film that felt more cohesive, and unified, that ideally you wouldn’t know had multiple directors by watching it. We wanted it to feel like one world, from different viewpoints, that shifted seamlessly between the different storylines like a traditional narrative. It also came together through wanting to work with these guys again, and all of us being drawn to this idea of the desolation of the open road, and long road trips leading to intense self-examination and reflectiveness. Basically it’s an emotional existential crisis horror movie…. All of our stories deal with guilt in some way, and karmic retribution.”

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UK Trailer For ‘Backtrack,’ Starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill

bloody disgusting - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:12

Saban Films has released the new UK trailer for Michael Petroni’s psychological thriller Backtrack (read our review), which stars Adrien Brody (The Jacket), Sam Neill (In The Mouth Of Madness, Jurassic Park), and Robin McLeavy (The Loved Ones, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

The psychological thriller, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, will release exclusively on DirecTV January 28th and in theaters and on-Demand on February 26th.

In Backtrack, troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers the horrifying secret shared by his patients, he is put on a course that takes him back to the remote hometown he fled years ago. There in False Creek he is consumed by solving a decades-old mystery that holds the key to his strange and menacing delusions.

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