‘Kristy,’ Dimension’s Thanksgiving Slasher, is Now On Netflix Instant!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:01

If you’re wondering when you’ll see Donkey Punch director Oliver Blackburn and the Weinstein Company’s slasher Kristy, the answer is: whenever you want.

Formerly titled Random and Satanic, the film starring Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Erica Ash, Chris Coy and Lucas Till is now streaming on Netflix Instant.

In an homage to 90’s slashers, “It takes place when the rest of a campus home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine spends the weekend in her college dormitory: studying, relaxing and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold. Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine’s quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as she is terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who her attackers are…and if they can be stopped.

Here’s what one of our readers said about Kristy when it released in Germany last year.

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Pathfinder RPG Co-Creator F. Wesley Schneider Releasing First Novel Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound

Dread Central - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:00

On December 1st Tor Books and Paizo are releasing Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound, the first novel from Pathfinder RPG co-creator and noted game designer F. Wesley Schneider.  It’s a dark fantasy adventure of murder, intrigue, and secrets best left buried, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder role-playing game; and we have more details for you here.

Since its launch in 2008, Pathfinder has topped RPG sales charts for several years running and has grown to become one of the most important and best-loved tabletop RPGs in the world. In 2010 the “Pathfinder Tales” novel line was launched by the game’s publisher, Paizo, and has included more than 20 exciting fantasy novels by Tim Pratt, Michael A. Stackpole, Ed Greenwood, James L. Sutter, Howard Andrew Jones, and Liane Merciel, among others. Since then, Pathfinder has been translated into five languages, released a wildly popular card game, and inspired computer games, comic books, audio dramas, gaming figurines, and toys.

As for Schneider, he has published countless gaming products for both Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons and is a former assistant editor of Dragon magazine. Bloodbound is his first novel.

Fans of the DragonAge, Dragonlance, and Forgotten Realms series will be swept up in this brand new novel set in the highly acclaimed world of Pathfinder.

Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound follows the story of Larsa, a dhampir—half-vampire, half-human. In the gritty streets and haunted moors of Gothic Ustalav, she’s an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital’s secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Yet, when a noblewoman’s entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, Larsa is drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will reveal far more about her own heritage than she ever wanted to know.

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‘The Thing’ – The Movie Poster, The Costume!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:48

I’m sure we can all agree that Heidi Klum claimed Halloween as the plasticized red headed nightmare Jessica Rabbit succubus.  Meanwhile over in Canada a simple yet effective outfit won the kudos of many a horror nerd.  Will Perkins from Art of The Title illuminated the night as Drew Struzan’s classic movie poster for John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Hey @drewstruzanart is this a 1st⁉️ #TheThing movie art as a costume❓Via @dorkshelf's Will Perkins #EpicTweets

A photo posted by Epic Pictures Group (@epicpicturesgroup) on Oct 31, 2015 at 1:32pm PDT

We’d love to know if Drew saw this & what his reaction was.  Struzan was last seen in a hilarious cameo at the climax of Tales of Halloween, for which he also made a pumpkin poster for.

Spent #SundayFunday catching up on #Drawloween for #Inktober. Day 2️⃣5️⃣ on our #HalloweenCountdown for #TalesOfHalloween ✏️✏️

A photo posted by Epic Pictures Group (@epicpicturesgroup) on Oct 26, 2015 at 5:07am PDT

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Succulent Sales Art Straight Outta Santa Monica – #AFM2015

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:44

As over 8000 industry pros descend to the American Film Market to do business on home soil instead, of escaping to Cannes or Berlin, it’s prime sales art spotting time!  These one sheet movie posters & adverts are aimed at luring people to screenings or stopping by office spaces for companies looking to buy & sell.  Here are a selection of some of the most promising genre titles being introduced at the conference. Keep up with all of our AFM news in our hub.

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First Ever ‘Living Dead Horror Convention’ Embarks on Portland, OR

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:43

November 13-15, 2015 is going to be a weekend for the ages for horror fans in the Pacific Northwest as the first ever Living Dead Horror Convention takes over the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, OR. The convention is shaping up to be a huge one with nearly 100 vendors and a wide range of guests across multiple horror platforms scheduled to be in attendance, along with screenings and after parties.

More than just a  film convention, Living Dead Con stays true to the brand’s spirit of welcoming and promoting everyone in the horror culture/community from writers to musicians and artists to actors. This is the first of many Living Dead Conventions that will takes place annually in Portland, OR, and right off the bat we are bringing in some of the most obscure and the most sought after appearances, live bands, horror burlesque, oddities, nonstop film screenings, celebrity led workshops, personalized VIP parties, and panels from authors, actors, directors and makeup artists.

The minds behind the convention are the creator and owner of the horror lifestyle/culture magazine Living Dead Magazine, Deanna Uutela and NW horror writer and sales director James R. Beach.

The impressive list of guests, which is subject to change, includes Barbara Steele, Adrienne King, Ari Lehman, Lisa Marie, John Dugan and a whole heck of a lot more. Vendors include Something Weird, Cult Classic Posters and one of my favorite companies to ever exist in Vinegar Syndrome, just to name a few. For a full list of vendors, guests, screenings and other events as well as ticket information please visit LivingDeadCon.com.

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Artsploitation Nabs ‘Observance’ and ‘Blue Family’ Out of AFM

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:37

Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of two English Language films – Observance and Blue Family – from Shoreline Entertainment. The deals are for all rights for North America. Artsploitation plans early 2016 releases for both titles.

Polanski’s The Tenant meets Hitchcock’s Rear Window in the claustrophobic psychological thriller Observance which is coming off a festival run which included Fantasia where it had its World Premiere, Vancouver International and London Film Festivals.

Directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett (Bad Behaviour), the Australian production stars Lindsay Farris (Primal, Bad Behaviour), Stephanie King (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek, Django Unchained) and involves an emotionally fragile private detective whose world is gradually upended as he observes a woman from an abandoned apartment.

Blue Family is an American production co-written, co-directed and starring Guillermo Ivan as a pleasant young car salesman who harbors a terrifying secret – he has kidnapped three women and keeps them locked up in his basement.

Artsploitation’s Ray Murray, who negotiated the deal with Sam Eigen of Shoreline says, “I am excited about these two very dissimilar thrillers. Observance is a visually surreal and disturbing tale of a man’s mental deterioration while Blue Family upends the familiar “women held captive” dramas with a story of unexpected humor and characters one can relate to.”

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‘The Woman of the Woods’ Spooks Lena Headey

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:33

Myriad Pictures announced today that its Scoundrel Media label will finance and handle worldwide sales for the thriller The Woman of the Woods, written and to be directed by Russell Friedenberg (Wind Walkers, Among Ravens) and starring Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones,” The Purge, 300, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

In The Woman of the Woods, “Kelsay (Lena Headey) and her husband have just decided to separate. They agree to go on one last family camping trip in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest to break the news to their young daughter. But an evil presence lurks in the woods – and it soon influences the daughter who succumbs to a strange and frightening world of violence. Upon their return to Seattle, a police detective investigating a series of missing persons becomes convinced that the daughter is responsible. Kelsey must prove her daughter’s innocence – but to do so she must face the terrifying entity – and finds herself spiraling into greater and greater danger.

The Woman of the Woods will be produced by Academy Award nominated producer Heather Rae (Frozen River, The Dry Land). Myriad/ Scoundrel will begin sales on the new film at the American Film Market.

Director Friedenberg stated, “‘I’m totally amped to bring The Woman of the Woods to audiences around the world with Myriad Pictures and the incredibly talented Lena Headey. Lena brings an authenticity and emotional power to her work that is uncompromising. And Myriad has a track record of elevated and poignant work that we are proud to be a part of. Full speed ahead!”

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[Review] “Scream Queens” ‘Beware Of Young Girls’ They’ll Rip Your Heart Out

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 00:00

Now that baseball is over we can get back to our snarky bitchy Tuesday night viewing. This week on “Scream Queens” Ariana Grande made a guest appearance as dead Chanel #2, Gigi revealed herself to be even crazier than we thought (yeah, sure you’re not “touched in the head”), Dean Munsch is straight Single White Female crazy, and Grace and Pete continue to be the least interesting part of the show.

We open on a funeral for Chanel #2 (Grande) and Chanel #1 narrating her disdain for the fallen sister. She’s glad she’s dead and she doesn’t care who knows it, especially since Chanel #2 was sleeping with Chad Radwell, who will sincerely miss porking her. After the funeral the Chanel’s gather around a Ouija board to ask Chanel #2 some questions and find out who the killer is. After the board seemingly works, Chanel #2 pegs Chanel #1 as the killer causing the rest of the group, lead by #6, to decide Chanel must die. After all, they are all guilty of being involved with Chad Radwell behind Chanel’s back.

Any episode that features Chanel #4 and #5 predominately automatically makes me smile. I can’t get over how hilarious Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd are both together and separate. The girls consider various plans to kill Chanel but can’t seem to agree on either grinding up her diamonds and feeding them to her at a sugar party (this is not a thing, I refuse to believe it is) and Breslin’s overly complicated plans crack me up.Any episode that features Chanel #4 and #5 predominately automatically makes me smile. I can’t get over how hilarious Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd are both together and separate. The girls consider various plans to kill Chanel but can’t seem to agree on either grinding up her diamonds and feeding them to her at a sugar party (this is not a thing, I refuse to believe it is) and Breslin’s overly complicated plans crack me up.

Their plan is foiled when Chanel #2 comes back from the grave in a dream(?) sequence to reveal hell is not all it’s cracked up to be and to warn Chanel what her cohorts are up to. Of course, she confronts them and gains their trust back with material goods in true Chanel fashion. But we all know from the past that these girls are out for blood, figuratively or not, and can’t be entirely trusted to be back on Chanel’s side. My only issue with this sequence is introducing the possibility of supernatural occurrences. I will take the campy attitude and over the top dialogue but I have to draw a line somewhere and that line is introducing the idea of a spirit world that could be a really big plot killer. I’m going to just assume it was a dream and that the Ouija board was being controlled by the Chanels.

After a week off I was happy to join the show again and for me it seemed to be much funnier than the last couple of episodes. It also gave us more background on Dean Munsch, which may have been superfluous to everything else, but I will take any and all extra time with Jamie Lee Curtis. In fact, one of the more clever references I thought was the use of “Beware of Young Girls” by Dory Previn. The song’s title is the title of this week’s episode and comes to a head at the end of the episode with Munsch dancing around to it revealing that she did, in fact, kill her husband because of his affair with former KKT member Feather. Previn wrote the song after her husband had an affair with Mia Farrow, whom Feather looks almost identical to. Curtis is the absolute best part of this show and her tumble down psycho hill makes me smile.

Finally my least favorite aspect of the show, Grace, and Pete. I don’t dislike either character and I certainly don’t understand the hate for Grace’s hats (I mean why? They are just hats…) but these two are extremely uninteresting compared to the rest of the characters. Pete’s Matthew McConaghuey’s accent was entertaining once but using it as a running gag makes me want to punch him in the teeth. Also, are we just going to forget about his former obsession with Chanel and chalk it up to a lazy red herring or will that come back into play?

“Beware of Young Girls” cements what I had been thinking the whole time. This show is not about Grace’s journey to becoming some kind of final girl it’s about the idea of everyone being certifiable. Yeah, it could have been a paint by numbers whodunit with some snark thrown in but it’s focus is on the crazy and absurd which is fine by me.

And speaking of absurd, where is Denise Hemphill? I know most of you hate her, but I’ve been missing her these past few weeks.

Favorite Lines:

“Didn’t you see the movie?”
“The movie Ouija? No! No one did!”

“I don’t trust a girl with a big bush of pubic hair. Makes me think she’s got something to hide.”

*On the subject of hell and the lack of dinosaurs* “We know, Jesus broke in and stole them.”

“I was probably in a bad mood because Adolph Hitler was motor-boating my boobs.”

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Sam Lake Is Confident We’ll Get ‘Alan Wake 2’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 23:17

It’s been a few months since we last mentioned Alan Wake 2, so I thought I might remedy that with this illuminating video — sorry — in which Sam Lake, Remedy’s eternally youthful creative director, fares better than most probably would in enduring a barrage of questions covering everything from Quantum Break to the return of “Twin Peaks”.

The interviewer wastes no time getting to the big question, as “Will we ever get to play Alan Wake 2?” gets an enthusiastic “Yes!” from Sam Lake within the first ten seconds of the video.

The rest of Game Informer’s interview is worth watching in its entirety, if only to find out what, exactly, happened at the end of Alan Wake.

I also recommend you spend some time perusing our Week of Wake hub, where you’ll find all sorts of Alan Wake goodness, including every “Night Springs” episode and a little something I wrote titled Barry vs. Barry: Which Barry Barry’d Best?

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‘Depth’ Celebrates a Jawsome First Year

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 22:20

The makers of Depth were onto somefin special when they decided to build a jaws-dropping asymmetrical multiplayer horror game in which a team of human-shaped rubber-coated candies must fight a battalion of living torpedoes made from teeth and hunger who, I might add, also have the added benefit of home field advantage.

Depth celebrated its one-year anniversary yesterday with an infographical breakdown of a year’s worth of stats, and while the Tiger shark’s popularity is certainly interesting, what’s most fascinating to me is how much the game has evolved over the course of just a year.

Digital Confectioners have kept their community alive with a steady drip-feed of patches and new content, much of it free. That’s no easy feat for an indie outfit with limited resources, and that only makes this infographic more impressive.

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OMG! WTF! Has a New Red Band Trailer!

Dread Central - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 21:19

Of course the first official trailer for Peter Herro’s WTF! is of the red band variety, and you can check it out right here. Produced by Kyle Zingler and executive produced by Jody Wheeler and Steve Parker, WTF! is expected to be released in 2016.

Lensed around Los Angeles this past summer, WTF! follows a survivor of a mass killing on a trip with six close friends, when her nightmare threatens to begin again.

Herro directed from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Centanni and Adam Buchalter. Callie Ott (The Horror), Sarah Agor (Hatchet II, VH1’s “Scream Queens”), Andrea Hunt, Ben Norris, Johnny James Fiore, Nick Reilly, and Adam Foster star in the Cthulhu Crush Productions film as the unfortunate group of friends.

Three years ago, 22-year-old girl-next-door Rachel (Ott) barely survived a brutal massacre that left her friends in pieces. Time has passed, and Rachel has moved on, but unfortunately history has a way of repeating itself. Her close friends are spending Spring Break in a secluded house in the woods, and they have cordially invited her to join. Little does she realize that another bloodbath will be showing up as a plus one. Once Rachel and her friends arrive at the cabin, the partying, sex, and terror begins.

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The Flash Villain Enlists for the War for the Planet of the Apes

Dread Central - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 20:21

More casting news is here for for Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes, as Deadline is reporting that “The Flash’s” Chad Rook (pictured) will be playing one of the human soldiers under the command of Woody Harrelson’s character.

Along with Harrelson, the film also stars Steve Zahn, Sara Canning, Judy Greer, Chad Rood, Terry Notary, Amiah Miller, Aleks Paunovic, and Gabriel Chavarria. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar.

Matt Reeves, who directed 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is returning to helm from a script by Mark Bomback. Chernin Entertainment, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver are producing the film, shooting in Vancouver.

War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14, 2017.

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Freaks of Nature (2015)

Dread Central - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 20:11

Starring Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Vanessa Hudgens, Denis Leary

Directed by Rob Pickering

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (review) wasn’t the only horror comedy unceremoniously dumped into theaters this past Halloween weekend. After languishing in limbo for some time now, Sony finally decided at the last minute to roll out Freaks of Nature onto about 100 or so screens with little fanfare.

Originally titled Kitchen Sink, no doubt a reference to the “Adult Swim” anything goes nature of the premise, a better title for this unfocused genre comedy might have been Clusterfuck since that’s a more accurate description of what’s in store for viewers. Freaks of Nature hits the ground running with no setup to this world of man and monsters living side-by-side, leaving the viewer to figure out what little there is to figure out. Not that specifics matters much since the plot has that “making it up as they go along, throw something against the wall and hope it sticks” quality.

The aliens can’t see you if you’re wearing clothes. Why? Because nudity alone is supposed to be inherently funny, I suppose?

Too much of the humor consists of long-winded diatribes that confuse yelling lines with being funny and assumes just saying the most irreverent thing possible in the situation will automatically induce laughter. You can practically see the flop sweat trickling down Denis Leary’s wooly cheeks as he struggles to make his usual aggressively above-it-all attitude work with the material he’s been given.

Welcome to Dillford, Ohio. Humans, vampires, and zombies live side-by-side and attend school together as if there’s nothing really all that out of the ordinary about it. Dillford is also the home of the “riblet,” a hugely popular meat sandwich product that factors into the climax in the stupidest way possible. Stupid… and not in a good way.

Dorky baseball pitcher Dag has the hots for his sexy pothead neighbor, Lorelei, too hormonally charged to realize she only uses him as nothing more than her “weed locker” to hide her stash from her parents. Dag’s hippie parents warn him that he will soon experience a big change, a twist you will see coming from many miles away and one that takes so long to pay off, I began to wonder if they’d forgotten about it.

Dag used to be good friends with school nerd Ned until he decided he wanted to try to be cooler. Ned now finds himself a bullied loner constantly living in the shadow of his jock older brother, whose promising baseball career is all their idiot parents care about. When Ned tells his father he wants to go to college to become an engineer, Dad replies, “How many times have I told you: Nobody rides trains anymore.” That’s one of the better jokes.

Ned befriends a cute zombie girl and decides the walking dead’s perpetual numbness is what he needs to deal with his own crippling emotional pain. Even zombified, his smarts quickly make him the de facto leader of the zombies. His brainiac know-how will also be required to help save the town when aliens attack, an odd quirk of zombies in this world being that the longer they go without eating brains, the smarter they become. The rule only seems to apply to Ned, though.

Mackenzie Davis (“Halt and Catch Fire”) proves to be the movie’s standout as Petra, a Bella Swan-esque teenage girl being seduced by the hottest vampire in school. One thing Freaks of Nature gets right is the true nature of what a high school populated by vampires would really be like. They’re arrogant pricks that seduce lovelorn teenage girls and use their powers to bully mortals. Sounds about right.

Petra’s story arc can easily be construed as a metaphor for naive teenage girls falling prey to romantic advances of sexual predators that take their virtue, dump them as soon as they get what they want, and leave them with a permanent STD. Though, in this instance, the STD is vampirism. Davis is so good in her role that I kind of wish the whole movie had been a Twilight riff about her using her newfound bloodsucking powers to gain revenge against the Edward Cullen-esque vampire that preyed upon her.

When an alien mothership parks itself over the town, the humans for whatever reason instantly distrust the vampires because, I guess, they naturally assume vampires are supposed to make first contact with extraterrestrials. Beats me. Equally stupid and prejudiced, the vampires get riled up, believing the humans have somehow summoned forth the aliens to destroy their kind. The mindless zombies just want to know why their daily delivery of brain-in-a-sardine-can rations haven’t arrived. This leads to a gory three-way battle royale between the human/vampire/zombie factions that gets interrupted when the aliens decide to launch their attack.

The calamity brings together human Dag, vamp Petra, and zombie Ned, forcing them to put aside their differences and, in the case of Petra and Ned, overcome their monstrous hunger, to figure out what the aliens want and how to stop them. It’s also at this point that Freaks of Nature takes an unexpected turn into John Hughes territory and finds some actual traction. The chemistry between the three leads as they bond almost salvages what had been up until this point a messy mash-up comedy with far more misses than hits.

That goodwill gets scuttled during the simultaneously lazy and stupid climax when we learn the moronic motivations behind the alien invasion, and far too many of the jokes simply rely on someone dropping a version of the f-bomb as the punchline.

If you get Werner Herzog to provide the voice of the lead alien and random profanities are the best lines you can provide him, talk about a wasted opportunity.

Herzog isn’t alone. Bob Odenkirk and Joan Cusack are criminally wasted as Dag’s dippy parents. Patton Oswalt does another variation of the basement-dwelling, momma’s boy nerd he’s done many times before. Keegan-Michael Key plays yet another version of his high-strung schoolteacher character, except in this case he’s also a vampire and gets fewer laughs. Much of what little marketing there has been for the movie would lead you to believe Vanessa Hudgens has a larger role than she does. She’s barely in it, and when she is, all she does is look gorgeous and play stoned.

Freaks of Nature scores a few laughs here and there and occasionally threatens to turn into an actual movie, but it never lives up to the outlandishness of its own setup. If not for the strength of the three leads, I’d be able to write it off completely. Instead I can only recommend it as a mild diversion to kill some time with when it arrives on DVD/VOD, which is where it probably should have debuted to begin with.

But it’s still better than Vampires Suck. That has to count for something, right? Right?

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AFM 2015: Leave this Reclusion Trailer and Artwork Alone

Dread Central - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 20:05

Seriously… some things should be left alone. I mean, why rouse something that can and will lead to your imminent demise? Because we enjoy watching your stupidity, that’s why! Darwin rules!

Below you’ll find the sales trailer for the new horror flick Reclusion. Nicholas Bianchi penned the psychological horror thriller, and Norman Lesperance directs. Chelsea Gilligan, Lauren Maher, and Jason Faunt star.

Concourse Film Trade is repping the project at this year’s AFM.

Tim has lived as a shut-in for years. When a young couple attempts to help re-socialize their recluse neighbor, they unleash a sinister force that preys upon the people who get close to him.

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AFM 2015: The Phoenix Incident – Get Abducted By a Sales Trailer

Dread Central - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 19:56

We may never know what really happened that 1997 evening when millions of Phoenix, Arizona, residents all reported a UFO flying over their city, but the new trailer for The Phoenix Incident makes it seem pretty damned scary!

From the Press Release:
Concourse Film Trade, a division of the newly minted entertainment group Concourse Media, has closed a multiplatform North American distribution deal with XLrator Media for the fact-based UFO conspiracy thriller THE PHOENIX INCIDENT, which will include an event-style theatrical release. Concourse Media partners Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced the deal today.

Blurring the lines of fiction and reality, THE PHOENIX INCIDENT is based on the largest UFO sighting in North American history, known as the Phoenix Lights, which occurred on March 13, 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona, where thousands of people, including then-state senator John McCain, claimed to have simultaneously witnessed unexplainable lights in the night sky. The fact-based sci-fi thriller revolves around a military conspiracy and the controversial missing persons case surrounding the infamous event.

The phenomenon hit close to home for director Keith Arem, an Arizona native, who wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller about four unsolved missing persons cases connected to the Phoenix phenomenon using whistleblower testimony, recovered military footage, and eyewitness accounts to explore the U.S. military’s alleged engagement of alien spacecrafts that night.

While THE PHOENIX INCIDENT marks his feature directorial debut, Arem has spent two decades in video games as the talent director for AAA franchise hits such as Call of Duty, Saints Row, Ghost Recon, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Persona, Prince of Persia, and Rainbow Six.

“We are thrilled to partner with the dynamic team at XLrator Media,” said Shreder and Felts. “As the leading distributor for top independent genre content, XLrator is the perfect fit to launch this property.”

The cast features some of the gaming industry’s biggest stars, including Troy Baker (The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City)and Yuri Lowenthal (Prince of Persia, Sunset Overdrive, Dragon Age, Castlevania), as well as Jamie Tisdale (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”).

Arem produced the film with Ash Sarohia and Adam Lawson for their PCB Entertainment banner. The release date has not yet been set.

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon with Concourse principals Matthew Shreder and Andrew Felts. Concourse is handling worldwide sales for the film.

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SyFy Films Announces First Film ‘400 Days’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 19:45

SyFy Films is a new banner from SyFy Venture that aims to develop and acquire sci-fi films to release on VOD platforms as well as potential limited theatrical releases in partnership with XLrator Media.

The first film that’s been announced is the sci-fi psychological thriller 400 Days, which follows a small crew of astronauts as they’re put into a simulated mission to see what psychological effects they will undergo when faced with deep space travel. The duration of the test is, you guessed it, 400 days. SyFy is aiming for a theatrical release on January 12th, 2016.

The film stars Brandon Routh (Dylan Dog), Caity Lotz (The Machine), Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks), and Ben Feldman (As Above, So Below, Friday the 13th) and is written and directed by Matt Osterman.

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‘SHARE IF YOU AGREE’ This Is Your Favorite New FB Page!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 18:03

“1 Like = 1 Prayer” or “Ignore If You Want Grandma To Die” showed that social media quickly became the new blackmailing chain letter with threats of family hurt in exchange for leveraging social media reach.  Now a Facebook page has sprung up parodying the meme your mom falls for on a daily basis.  “SHARE IF YOU AGREE” infiltrated my newsfeed with stone headed movie God from ‘Zardoz’ hovering over the simple call to action.  Here are the 10 best horror movie posts nestling in the surreal updates.  “LIKE” the FB page here & set it so you get updates each time they post.


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STX Welcomes ‘The Bye Bye Man’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 17:56

STX Entertainment has announced that they have acquired the horror film The Bye Bye Man, which is based off of Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island”, according to Deadline. The film will be directed by Stacy Black (Hood of Horror, Let The Devil Wear Black) and produced by Trevor Macy, Simon Horsman, and Jeffrey Soros.

While no specific details have been released, the site claims the plot is about, “…a man who wants to prove his brother innocent from the crimes of a supernatural murder.

Jonathan Penner and David Prior wrote the script and confirmed casting includes Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson), Cressida Bonas (Tulip Fever), Lucien Laviscount (“Scream Queens”) and Doug Jones (Ouija).

The film will also be co-produced by Intrepid, who have Safe House and Oculus under their belts.

We previously reported on the film last September.

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Screamworks: John Williams’ ‘Jaws 2’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 17:00

Written by Charlie Brigden

If you were to ask me what I was listening to at this moment, I’d tell you it was a playlist of short samples from an upcoming soundtrack. You’d probably shrug. But what would your reaction be that this is the eighth or ninth time I’ve played this playlist? You’d probably write me off as a crazy person. And I am a crazy person, and right now I’m going nuts for Jaws 2, or rather the imminent CD reissue.

Now this is a huge deal for me – not only do I love horror soundtracks and scores, I love those from the Jaws series (if you’re one of those queer folk who think Jaws is somehow not a horror, well, come at me bro) so seeing the second score, written again by super-composer John Williams, get its eventual dues is like seeing a movie like Halloween III get the Arrow Video treatment. The score was originally released on LP and cassette on the MCA label in 1978 when the film came out, and was issued on CD by Varese Sarabande in 1990, a disc long out of print and subsequently commanding a huge secondary market price.

Now people I imagine some will be asking “Why Jaws 2?” Well, there are a ton of reasons. Firstly, I like the movie – I think it gets a lot of short shrift, probably because it followed such a perfect flick, and it’s really a decent attempt at following but not imitating Jaws, and is a bit more in the horror movie mode as it is, for all intents and purposes, a slasher flick. The shark (actually a female, at least in Hans Searls’ novelisation) is basically a serial killer of the sea, going after sailing teenagers that are all up to no good, even getting a pretty awesome burnt face that puts her alongside Freddy and Cropsy in the barbecued-killer stakes. Also, it eats a freaking WHALE (suck it, Dino!) and a helicopter. Sadly, despite the appearance of Roy Scheider, it wasn’t Blue Thunder (that sounds like a Di Laurentiis brainstorm come to life).

And they got John Williams back to score, the guy who made the first movie so effective. The best thing is, everyone saw the shark eventually so they couldn’t really do in the suspenseful way Spielberg did it. Instead, the shark was everywhere, and this meant Williams had carte blanche to do whatever the hell he wanted. And what he did was beautiful – from the amazing underwater harps (thank you, Bernard Herrmann) that segue to the orchestral swell of the main title, to the ferocious use of the shark theme (the attack on the water skier has the most badass shark attack music) to the whole brass section shaking loose on the helicopter and poor, poor Marge (see below). Note to self: don’t ever be
friends with anyone called Brody that lives near a beach, river, or inlet.

Because Williams came back it had that classy feel, which was important for what was as much of a B-picture as you can get, but he gave it real impact. There’s a scene where Brody has just shot up the beach after thinking he sees the shark, and his kid is helping pick up his bullets. Brody looks out to the see and this cue plays, and it just really gives the picture another dimension that it maybe wouldn’t have with another composer.

And the fact is that so much of this great music has previously gone unreleased. The original album was made up of film cues, unused takes, and alternate takes, and the new CD reissue from Intrada Records (who have released many, many great horror scores previously) has two discs worth, with the entire score in film order and bonus tracks on disc one, and the original 1978 album on disc two, all assembled and mastered by the best in the business, a guy called Mike Matessino. John Williams has also supervised this release, which tells you it means business. I literally cried when I first heard the samples this morning – it sounds beautiful and it’s just so bloody great to know this is literally on our doorstep; it’s up for pre-order now and ships next week.

On the subject of horror B-pictures that followed Jaws that have amazing soundtracks, might I point you in the direction of a certain Orca – Killer Whaler. Coming between Jaws 1 and 2 in 1977, it was kind of a reversal, with a vengeful killer whale going after the bastard sea captain who murdered his mate and unborn child in a pretty gruesome scene. Orca occasionally surfaces on the usual bad movie blogs but it’s an effective picture, especially with Ennio Morricone’s emotive score. This one only had an LP release in Japan, which was reissued in the 90’s on CD by an Italian label. Sound quality isn’t great, so hopefully this won’t be too far behind Jaws 2 – it’s certainly the best of the Jaws rip-offs musically (and probably not far behind in film quality – behind Piranha I guess).

Pre-order Jaws 2 here

Charlie Brigden is a longtime horror nerd who runs his own site about film scores and soundtracks, Films On Wax. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter as well as subscribe to his podcast on Soundcloud.

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‘The Forest’ is Coming to PS4 “Sometime in 2016”

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked what’s going on with the PS4 release of developer Endnight Game’s fantastic open-world survival horror game The Forest. In an effort to get you some answers, I reached out to the studio in search of answers.

I don’t have much to tell you, but this is what I learned.

When the PS4 version was announced earlier this year, the plan was to get the port out by the end of 2015. That’s no longer happening, but The Forest is still headed to Sony’s platform, we’re just going to have to muster up a little extra patience now that Endnight is targeting a release in 2016.

When The Forest finally does make it to the PS4, it will have benefitted from about two years of additional polish, thanks to the Steam version. In addition to that, PS4 owners will also get to “show off the bases they have built, the places they’ve encountered or just how many trees they’ve cut down,” as well as enjoy exclusive features that will make use of the PS4 controller’s speaker.

The less patient among us can grab the game right now on Steam for $14.99.

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