Producer Ryan Murphy’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning anthology miniseries “American Horror Story” has paid big dividends as his newest installment, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” has broken all ratings records for FX with its premiere episode last Wednesday night (10/8/14, 10-11:32PM).
In light of that record-setting performance, FX has rewarded “American Horror Story” with a 13-episode order for the fifth and next installment of the show, which will debut in October 2015, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.
With Live+3 time-shifted viewing, the premiere telecast of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” has become the most-watched single program in FX’s 20-year history, and that includes all programs with Live+7 deliveries. “AHS: Freak Show’s” debut delivered 10 million Total Viewers, 6.54 million Adults 18-49, and 4.08 million Adults 18-34, surpassing the network’s previous record holder, the recent seventh and final season premiere telecast of the hit drama series “Sons of Anarchy” on Sept. 9th (9.25 million Total Viewers and 6.1 million Adults 18-49). “American Horror Story: Coven” held all previous records in delivery Adults 18-34.
The premiere and two encore telecasts of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” combined to deliver 13.36 million Total Viewers, 8.6 million Adults 18-49, and 5.25 million Adults 18-34.
“The ‘American Horror Story’ anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition,” said Landgraf. “With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, and Tim Minear, at the helm, the show’s success is not surprising. ‘AHS’ continues to deliver amazing stories, a brilliant troupe of actors led by Jessica Lange, and a visual style unlike any other on TV. With ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘The Normal Heart,’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ Ryan Murphy has established himself as one of the most successful and prolific producers of this generation. We expect ‘AHS: Freak Show’ and the next incarnation of ‘AHS’ to further his legacy.”
The premiere ratings for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” topped the premiere episode of last year’s third installment of the franchise, “American Horror Story: Coven,” by +38% in Total Viewers (10 million vs. 7.27 million), +29% in Adults 18-49 (6.54 million vs. 5.07 million), and +40% in Adults 18-34 (4.08 million vs. 2.92 million).
The premiere ratings for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” topped the 13-episode average of “American Horror Story: Coven” by +53% in Total Viewers (10 million vs. 6.53 million), +44% in Adults 18-49 (6.54 million vs. 4.55 million), and +61% in Adults 18-34 (4.08 million vs. 2.53 million).
Since its launch in 2011, compared with the average of its full first installment, “American Horror Story: Murder House,” the franchise has grown +148% in Total Viewers (4.03 million), +119% in Adults 18-49 (2.98 million), and +127% in Adults 18-34 (1.79 million).
“AHS: Freak Show” has 12 all-new episodes airing Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT through January. In Wednesday night’s episode, “Massacres and Matinees” (Oct. 15), a citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), a strongman from Ethel’s (Kathy Bates) troubled past, arrives at camp. Gloria (Frances Conroy) arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy (Finn Wittrock). The Tattler Twins (Sarah Paulson) reveal a talent that could knock Elsa (Jessica Lange) from the spotlight (Written by Tim Minear; directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon).
“Freak Show” features an extraordinary cast including Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett, Emmy Award nominee Sarah Paulson, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis, Oscar and Golden Globe award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Frances Conroy, Emmy Award nominee Denis O’Hare, Emmy Award nominee Patti LaBelle, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Finn Wittrock, John Carroll Lynch, and Wes Bentley.
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, and Brad Buecker are executive producers of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Last week FX announced the spin-off anthology miniseries of “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” beginning with the 10-episode “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which starts production in 2015.
On Friday, October 13 1989, Michael Myers got his revenge when Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers hit theaters. That was already 25 years ago.
Today we celebrate the film’s iconic anniversary with 3 rare high resolution photos that are perfect to use for various backgrounds (mobile, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc).
Directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard, and widely considered the worst in the entire franchise, Halloween 5 continued the mystery of the Thorn with Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). She was eventually recast in Halloween 6 at the eventual regret of the producers.
These are 3 absolutely beautiful stills, with one showing a panicked Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence), another of Harris as Jamie Lloyd, and lastly, a gorgeous shot of Michael Myers (presumably Don Shanks) with a sickle.
You guys can (and should) pick up Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory’s Halloween Complete Collection, now available in stories on Blu-ray.
We’ve featured several weeks of BD Playlists, which have the writers of sharing their current musical tastes and sharing them with all of you. But this week we’re featuring someone that lurks in the shadows of Bloody-Disgusting: Tom Owen, co-owner/co-creator of BD. He is our very own “wizard behind the curtain”, the guy responsible for making sure the site works, bringing forth all the new features, and basically dealing with us writer’s nagging him incessantly when anything breaks or goes down. Pretty much, he’s the unsung hero that deserves our love and thanks.
Below is Tom’s current playlist, which features five varied tracks. From metal to punk, electronic trip hop to DnB, the list has a little dash of everything you need to get your week started off right!
After you’re done checking out his playlist, make sure you head on over and ‘Like’ the Facebook page for SLPRS, Tom’s DnB/EDM project that he does with his friend Dan. They’ll have new music coming out very soon!
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Season Four of “The Walking Dead” ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season 5, which premiered last night (read our review), picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.
AMC released a new video taking us behind-the-scenes of the “making of” Episode 5.01, ‘No Sanctuary.’ In it, the cast and crew describe how the numerous action scenes at Terminus were created.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.
The release of “Hannibal’s” The Complete Season 2 (on video now) got us in the mood for some gore.
We found ourselves fishing the net to find some gruesome horror clips, but what we came across was this super gory “Hannibal” tribute video created by Hannibalfan77.
Warning! Only continue if you don’t mind a lot of blood and gore.
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Given that it’s a Playstation Original, maybe the budget isn’t enough to deliver what the “Powers” comic does?
The new trailer suggests where in for an exposition heavy inaugural season of “Powers,” the new dramatic series from Sony Pictures Television and inspired by the graphic novel series of the same name.
“‘Poweres’ follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals? Enter the men and women of the Powers Division, the only people brave enough to go up against the overpaid, commercialized, superhumans who glide through the sky imposing their power over the crowds below who both worship and fear them.“
The series stars Susan Heyward (Deena Pilgrim), Eddie Izzard (Wolfe), Noah Taylor (Johnny Royalle), Olesya Rulin (Calista) and Logan Browning (Zora).
Author: Amber Newberry
If you grew up in the 90’s, chances are you watched at least a few episodes of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. Nickelodeon’s anthology-style horror show began the same way each week: the blue lighting on an empty boat, creaky swings blowing in a phantom wind, queue the ghostly child laughing. Can anyone forget that hobo clown doll sitting in the attic during a thunderstorm? Certainly the most memorable part of the opening sequence was a sudden fade to black, a hand holding a match that lights itself revealing the show’s title that begs the question, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”? Well, I sure as hell was and if you need proof of why, shut out the lights… Go ahead, do it!
Pretend you are your 10-year-old self and then watch the opening below.
I’m a little tougher these days, and can handle watching the intro on my own… With all of the lights on and another living human being within shouting distance, of course. There are a few episodes that stick out in my mind as being truly haunting and some, even disturbing. Maybe it’s partly that a wussy-pants is still deeply rooted within, but I dare you to watch a few of these alone in the middle of the night and not have your skin crawl just a little.
“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” aired on Nickelodeon, produced by Canadian children’s entertainment company, Cinar, now known as The Cookie Jar Group. A pilot episode aired on SNICK (that was Saturday Night Nick, for those of you who don’t remember) called The Tale of the Twisted Claw. While it was the fourth episode in the first season, it was chosen as the pilot because of its setting on Halloween night. The episode was televised only in Canada, in October of 1990, and was a complete success to both critic and youth viewers. The show held its own for seven seasons of freaky fun, and was even syndicated until 2008 on various channels and had a smattering of cameos and child actors who grew up to be famous. Of course, now you can watch on DVD, or via Youtube. Having been on the air for an awful lot of the 1990s and in syndication for much of the early 2000s meant that it was a part of my childhood, and nightmares, for years and years. In that time, some of the episodes had a lasting effect, and I’ve compiled these episodes below for your horror and enjoyment.
‘The Tale of the Prom Queen,’ Season 1 Episode 12
‘The Tale of the Prom Queen’ is one of my absolute favorite episodes of all time. So much of the episode takes place in a cemetery, there’s a twist at the end, and the story is reminiscent of the well-known urban legend of Resurrection Mary. Like many “AYAOTD” episodes, the acting is sometimes less than stellar, but the cheese-factor doesn’t ruin the plot and sometimes even adds to the amusement. Add a seance on a boat, a Scooby-Doo style scare, and ‘keen’ twist at the end and you have The Tale of the Prom Queen.
‘The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float,’ Season 5 Episode 1
While this also episode has its roots in a vintage setting, The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float has an entirely different level of gruesome. For any kid with even a subtle fear of water, this episode was likely to turn that fear into a full-blown phobia. With a great story-line that includes an abandoned underground pool, the premier of season five was sure to hook the audience and have kids everywhere awake all night and worrying how they’d get out of their next swimming lesson. I’d also like to add that the ghoul’s costuming is sure to give any 10-year-old night terrors for years to come.
‘The Tale of the Whispering Walls,’ Season 2 Episode 8
Another episode that begins with a costumed member of the midnight society, ‘The Tale of the Whispering Walls’ does not disappoint. What happens when a leap year lands on a full moon? Terror ensues, of course! Two kids traveling with their baby sitter have lost their way in the middle of nowhere and stop at The Whisper Inn for directions. Once inside they meet Master Raymond, a creepy fellow with a gothic taste in his clothing choices who gives them ‘directions’. After getting back on the road, the car stalls out beside… Get this… A spooky old mansion! Of course, this was before those newfangled iPhones were available, so our main characters are forced to ‘use the phone’ inside the spook-house. The babysitter leaves the kids and promises to return ‘in a flash’, but wouldn’t you know it, she never comes back, leaving the kids no choice but to go inside and look for her. This house taps into all kinds of childhood terrors with ghosts trapped in mirrors, poisoned banana splits, moving walls, and a soul-stealing caretaker.
‘The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle,’ Season 2 Episode 10
‘The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle’ stayed with me for years just for the sheer simplicity of the story. Two kids, Ricky and Mike, are out riding bikes, a bridge partially collapses, one of them dies and one of them lives. Needless-to-say, years later Mike is still dealing with some major guilt and the opening to the episode is really just a recurring nightmare of the terrible. Mike’s parents believe he just needs to stop blaming himself and he’ll get through the loss, but things start to get worse when Mike starts seeing the shiny red bicycle. When Ricky himself shows up, Mike thinks he’s cracking up. The image of a foggy Ricky, with his pale face and ghostly eyes staring expectantly at Mike is what always prompted me to change the channel when the rerun came on.
‘The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors,’ Season 1 Episode 8
I’ve often referred to this episode as the ‘Fright Night’ episode because of the ‘vampires next door’ story. After re-watching the episode for the first time in years, the similarities are definitely there, but almost in a silly and fun way. The episode really is lacking what Christopher Sarandon brought to the table and the twist is that the vampire neighbors are a family of three. The cameo by Mark Camacho (who played Mike’s father in ‘The Shiny Red Bicycle’ episode) did not make up for Sarandon’s absence.
‘The Tale of the Twisted Claw,’ Season 1 Episode 4 (Pilot Episode)
The pilot of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” begins unlike any other, with the tale-end of an unfinished story in a cliff hanger. There’s a scream, and we see the Midnight Society for the first time, sitting around their camp fire, telling their stories. What better way to kick off a spooky kids’ TV series than to begin with a tale set on Halloween! Two kids go out on ‘mischief night’, October 30th, and prank several houses including an old woman who turned out to have a trick up her own sleeve. When the kids go trick or treating the following night, the old woman treats the children with a vulture’s claw that promises the gift of three wishes. Unfortunately, we all know that wishing always comes with a price! This episode is an obvious homage to W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw, and was the perfect tale to kick of the series.
‘The Tale of the Crimson Clown,’ Season 3 Episode 2
Mike Carter, played by Christopher Redman (Ginger Snaps, CSI: Miami), has a little brother who gets away with absolutely everything. Seriously, his kid brother Sam (who even looks like a little twerp) is rotten to the core and the plot of this episode centers on him stealing his brother’s paper-route money that he was saving to buy their mother a birthday gift. What does little Sammy spend his brother’s hard earned money on? A video game with a clown on the cover, of course! Before heading home, Mike tells Sam about the Crimson Clown, hoping to scare him into guilt. Mike claims that when Sam is snotty, selfish, or hurts someone, the Crimson Clown is watching and that he’d better watch out or the clown would get him. Of course, we don’t see the wholesome quick turn around from Sam. Oh no, he continues being a little jerk, even after he starts catching glimpses of the clown or hears laughter when he does something rotten. When a giant clown arm starts to reach out of the television, Videodrome style, things get really disturbing, and it takes Sam calling his brother a “turd-face” to bring give you a little laugh to help shrug the creepiness off for a second.
‘The Tale of the Midnight Madness,’ Season 2 Episode 2
‘The Tale of the Midnight Madness’ is an episode that is truly meant for the classic horror movie fans out there. Pete works in an old movie theater that’s about to go completely bottom up. While Pete and a coworker prepare to open the theater, a peculiar old ‘nut-bag’ called Mr. Vink, who kind of resembles Hagrid, bursts in exclaiming how everything is ‘perfect’. It turns out that Mr. Vink made a movie about Nosferatu. many years before, that he wants to finally release to the public. He claims the twist in his horror story is that the vampire wins. The lush of a theater manager is against the idea from the beginning but when he realizes he might make a buck or two off the deal, he finally agrees. The audience loves the film but when Mr. Vink pushes for more it gets weird, and here’s where my movie-loving heart flutters, and the movie monster steps out of the movie screen and into real life! It might not be the scariest of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” episodes, but most people I’ve talked to about the show often refer to it as one of their favorites.
‘The Tale of the Super Specs,’ Season 1 Episode 6
‘The Tale of the Super Specs’ is a fun watch that is sure to remind you a little of ‘They Live’ because of the use of sunglasses that give you the ability to see hidden things. While the hidden things that Rowdy Roddy Piper saw in They Live were darn scary on a consumerist level, the hidden things in ‘Super Specs’ are frightening in an entirely different way. Once again we see why it isn’t always the best decision to pick up things from mysterious magic shops. For you TV buffs out there, Weeds is played by Eugene Byrd, known for his role as Dr. Clark Edison on the long running forensic drama, Bones. What made this episode so memorable? Let’s just say wearing special glasses that allow you to see figures dressed in all black with their faces covered is not something easily forgotten.
‘The Tale of the Frozen Ghost,’ Season 2, Episode 7
Here’s an episode that’s sure to give you a chill! ‘The Tale of the Frozen Ghost’ begins when Charles is sent to visit his weird old aunts, along with his babysitter, Daphne, played by special guest Melissa Joan Hart. Upon their arrival, Daphne sees that the aunts live in a big old house with all kinds of troubles, including a draft and a ghost. It isn’t too long before Charles hears the faint sound of a child saying, ‘I’m cold’. Of course, the aunts are very familiar with their ghost but are reluctant to discuss him because of the strange things that inevitably happen at his mention. Charles finally sees the ghost, a small boy standing beneath a tree outside in the middle of the night in the dead of winter. This scene is the one I recall making it very hard for me to sleep the following night and the line, ‘I’m cold’ is constantly quoted between my “AYAOTD”-loving friends.
‘The Tale of the Vacant Lot,’ Season 5, Episode 10
As with many episodes of “AYAOTD,” there is a lesson to be learned in ‘The Tale of the Vacant Lot.’ The episode begins with a show and tell where each member of the Midnight Society reveals their most valuable possession. Shy Catherine can’t seem to catch a break, even though her little sister, Joyce, envies everything she has and does. When Catherine stumbles upon a mysterious gypsy shop in a vacant lot, she is offered everything she could possibly want, in exchange for something she won’t miss. Of course Catherine agrees and can you believe she’s shocked when she discovers the thing she wouldn’t miss is actually something of great value. Yet another episode that teaches us to be careful what we wish for, otherwise we might end up as lepers.
‘The Tale of the Midnight Ride,’ Season 3, Episode 1
In view of the upcoming holiday of horrors, Halloween, ‘The Tale of the Midnight Ride’ seemed a perfect choice for the final episode of this list. Yet another of my favorites, the premier of season three is based on ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and takes place on Halloween, of course! Awkward new kid, Ian, has just moved to Sleepy Hollow where he’s having trouble making new friends. When he meets pretty Katie, it’s crush at first sight, regardless of the scary ex jock boyfriend, Brad always watching. Just like in the old story, Ian is sent into the woods and is chased down by what appears to be the Headless Horseman, but turns out to be Brad. While walking Katie home, they come across a well-costumed fellow who refers to himself as the new school master, Ichabod Crane. When they send him down the wrong path at the fork, the table turns and instead of the real Headless Horseman chasing down Mr. Crane, he’s after Ian and Katie in search of a replacement head. Who doesn’t love a classic spooky story for Halloween, and what is more classic than The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
Amber is a lover of horror and all things creepy. With a taste for 80’s and 90’s pop culture and an infatuation with the macabre, Amber found a niche with the Facebook page ‘Halloween in TV Land’ which is devoted to reminding us all of the Halloween episodes from vintage television shows. Amber also writes gothic fiction and you can find her most recent novel, ‘Walls of Ash’ in print or via Kindle or Nook online.
I just moved into my new place, and with Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been searching for a way to display our various holiday-themed posters.
The worst thing about movie poster frames is they’re both expensive and finite, meaning, you can commit to one poster and one poster only. That’s great if you want your wall to look the same for 10 years. I don’t, which I why I went on a hunt for something different – and came up empty, that is until my buddy Micah pointed me to Spotlight Displays Movie Poster Frames.
The Illinois-based custom framing company has affordable (yes, only $80!) front-loading poster frames made from the highest quality Anodized Aluminum, which means you never have to take the frame off your wall, and can quickly switch your poster from Jaws to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Halloween or Trick ‘r Treat.
Spotlight Displays has various options including border width and size, in case you have older posters you want to put on display. (I also just noticed they have custom frames for Pinball Translites!) My buddy told me that they can even custom cut any size frame. Just e-mail the company through the website.
And for those of you who want a celebrity connection, we also learned that Quentin Tarantino purchased frames from Spotlight Displays for his freshly invigorated New Beverly in Los Angeles, CA.
I’ll snap some shots when I get mine in the coming weeks and share @BDisgusting.
The soundtrack to the 2005 live action survival horror film Silent Horror, which was composed by Dale North, has become available as a free download.
Dale North surprised everyone with his 2005 score to Silent Horror, a film paying tribute to popular silent horror video games produced by X-Strike Studios. His soundtrack captures the essence of survival horror with its dark atmospheres and gritty trip-hop styles. North’s background as a singer/songwriter is also channeled through the score’s emotional character themes, providing listeners with themes that they will cherish and remember alongside the fitting score that makes for perfect late-night listening.
Head below to stream the album and head over to Bandcamp to pick up your free download.
“The Walking Dead” returned last night with ‘No Sanctuary,’ and it was not at all what I expected. I’m mildly shocked that the threat of Terminus started and ended in one episode. After all the hype from last season, all the time spent getting there, I’d have thought—in typical “Walking Dead” fashion—that it would have dragged on for at least three or four episodes. And although I love the idea of ‘the intelligent and thoughtful cannibal,’ I’m happy that Terminus is not going to be this season’s major event.
Bookended with flashbacks, ‘No Sanctuary’ shows us a bit of what used to be the humanity of the now sociopathic Terminants. These flashbacks are quick and dark, so don’t blink or you’ll have absolutely no clue what happened. Other than the 30 seconds spent on flashbacks, we remain completely in the present, following three storylines: Tyreese in a run-down shack with a Terminus member and baby Judith, Carol as she breaks necks and takes names to save the captive survivors, and the rest of the crew being held in Terminus, waiting to die. While Rick, Glenn, Bob, and Daryl are taken from the box car (where they were last seen at the end of season four) to a trough to be killed, strung up, and eventually eaten, the rest of the survivors (Maggie, Michonne, Carl, etc.) are forced to wait it out in the box car, fashioning weapons from…I seriously have no idea what.
Taking a step back. That opener was brutal. In more ways that one. Cannibalism is a tough pill to swallow, but watching weeping men hang their heads over a trough as their throats are slit to drain their blood is the type of behind-the-scenes action I’d rather not witness. That’s “brutal” meaning number one. “Brutal” meaning number two is that it was problematic in the practicality sense. There’s a great idiom for it and an accompanying cheeky 90s TV theme song: saved by the bell. Why are they always saved by the damn bell? This is a disease so many shows suffer from. I’d be thrilled if writers could come up with something other than the cliché of the oh-so-perfectly timed distractions to save a life. Glenn is about to be slain and…oh! The bossman walks in the room with an unimportant, completely non-pressing question for the executioner. Glenn is about to be slaughtered a second time and…oh! Another well-timed distraction! It’s not that I want Glenn to die (in fact I’ve said on many occasions that I’ll stop watching the show the day that he DOES die), it’s that I want the writers to work a little harder to make something, anything, believable in this show. And being saved by the bell over and over again, episode after episode, is just so farfetched.
On the flip side, I will say that for the first time in several seasons, I’m quite impressed with the urgency the writers displayed. They moved us from point A to point B with incredible dexterity and for once didn’t waste our time with long-drawn-out…well…everything. It gives me a lot of hope for the rest of this season. The faster things move, the more excited I become. Last season felt like the movement of frozen molasses.
Lastly, we are finally seeing the emotive results of some major events that transpired last season. Rick has gone full metal jacket. I guess it started with him tearing Joe’s throat out with his bare teeth, but it’s now become completely evident that he no longer has any reservations about anything. It’s a refreshing change. Let someone else be the moral compass for a moment. Second, Carol’s emotional state is very much dictated by the events that happened last season: being cast out and abandoned by Rick, only to end up taking care of his baby girl and eventually having to kill Lizzie, a girl who’d become somewhat of a daughter to her. And because of all this and how it’s transformed Carol, I can honestly say that I’ve never loved her more. She feels like the most realistic character to me. After all she’s been through, she’s arrived in season five showing both a hardness and practicality that will keep her and the others alive, as well as vulnerability about being accepted into the group again. After seasons of being all over the place in her actions and emotions, she seems to have grounded herself in the perfect Zombie Apocalypse survival mode.
‘No Sanctuary’ offered a violent, fast-paced, no-holds-barred introduction to season five and for someone who’s felt continually let down by the previous seasons, I feel confident in saying: Bring it, Season Five. I’m enthusiastic about the future of this show.
FYI: My new favorite thing ever is the ‘zombie torch.’
What did you think of “The Walking Dead” season five premiere? Would you have liked to see more of Terminus? Who is you current favorite survivor badass?
Leading German production house Constantin Film is stepping up its TV series business with TV series spin-offs of the “Mortal Instruments” and Resident Evil movies, reports Variety.
“Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. For instance, we own the rights to the book series ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows,” said Company chairman Martin Moszkowicz.
The only other details are that “Resident Evil” would become a TV series after the next feature film.
AMC has just kicked off the premiere episode of the fifth season of “The Walking Dead” where the survivors find (no) sanctuary. The true motives of the Terminans come to light, while Rick and the others end up in another sticky situation.
What did you think of the Season 5 premiere? Talk about it below and then check out the promo for next Sunday’s Episode 2, ‘Strangers.’
In it, Rick will lead a risky mission for a possible small reward when the supplies run low.
Also check out a sneak peak below!
The Underworld films is surprisingly popular here on Bloody Disgusting, and when news hit that the franchise would spin off into a new, expanded direction, it left a big question mark surrounding franchise badass/babe Kate Beckinsale.
It was just announced that the new film, Underworld: Next Generation, will star franchise vamp Theo James, and potentially focus on Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve. Thus, implying the end of Selene’s arc. You know what they say about making assumptions…
“There’s a few things being developed right now,” franchise director Len Wiseman told IGN at this past weekend’s New York Comic Con. “There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with Rise of the Lycans, then we have another film in the works with Kate [Beckinsale] as well,” he revealed before dropping another bomb: “…and then there’s a television series.
“So we’re expanding that universe in many ways. They’re all in development. There’s a lot of releases out there that aren’t actually true; it would take too long to wrap up [what we'll see first in one answer].”
A television series makes a lot of sense, and each of the sequels have performed quite well. It’s sort of crazy to me that these continue on and yet Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th are taking forever to slash forward.
In regards to Next Generation, Lakeshore Entertainment hired Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) to pen the screenplay wit a shoot set for spring 2015. Watch for tons more, presumably, soon.
Something that I personally feel doesn’t get enough love on BD is anime. I grew up on the stuff, watching Japanimation on the Sci-Fi network when it was hosted by Ralph Bakshi, the insane genius behind Fritz The Cat and Cool World. That’s where I first saw Project A-Ko, Dominion Tank Police, Venus Wars, and, perhaps most important and relevant to this article, Vampire Hunter D.
It was the start of an on-off relationship with animation, one that never faded away but one that I certainly have not fed enough over the years.
When I look at some of the titles that have been released, I’m blown away by the gorgeous animation, the beautiful music, and the amazingly complex and interwoven story lines. Some of the films and series’ have stayed with me for well over half my life, some even longer.
And so I wanted to pay homage to some of the titles that I love dearly. Then, I want to hear from you about some of your favorite titles!
The soundtrack for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth, the rogue-like horror dungeon crawler that’s coming out in just a few weeks on Steam, PS4, and PS Vita, is now available for pre-order. The album, composed by Ridiculon, contains 32 tracks and costs only $3. However, if people, “…humor us by purchasing the OST for $6.66, [they] will have delivered to their inbox an especially-evil BONUS track not available to the general public.”
You can listen to six tracks below and pre-order the album here.
Yesterday Marvel’s head of television and the cast of Netflix’s “Daredevil” took to the main hall of New York Comic Con to showcase the most exciting Marvel TV property. It wowed the audience by playing as an incredibly gritty take on the street level hero, and they show offed some Bourne like fight scenes along with debuting some official photos.
They also debuted some footage, and for now I’m going to go with IGN’s description of what it was like:
It begins with Karen Page coming to her apartment on a rainy night. The door’s ajar and all the lights are out. She enters gingerly, noticing blood stain on the floor. Understandably panicked, she reaches up into a vent to retrieve a cell phone stashed inside. As she turns to hightail it out of there, a man steps out from the shadows. It’s Wesley who proceeds to throw her into the wall a couple of times, knocking her for a loop. He retrieves the phone she dropped in the struggle, whips out a switch blade and approaches her for the kill.
That’s when we see Matt Murdock — dressed in his black pro to-Daredevil suit straight out of Man Without Fear — enter and immediately start brawling with Wesley. The fight is incredibly brutal and vicious, very much like the hand-to-hand combat scene in the Bourne films or the recent Bond movies. The sounds of punches, knife slashes, grunts, and damage act as the soundtrack. Matt and Wesley’s brawl leads to them crashing out of the window together and down to the alley below. Matt tries to get up but he passes out face down on the road as the rain drenches him.
At the end of the panel, they showed us an extended version of this scene that fades to Matt dreaming of himself as a little boy sitting in the kitchen of his apartment with his dad, Battlin’ Jack Murdock. He tells his tired son to keep up his studies so he doesn’t end up like him. “I never studied. Look at how I turned out,” said Jack, immediately noticing the sad look on his blind son’s face. He takes the boy’s hands and lets him feel the lumps and wounds on his battered face. “Come on, Matty. Get to work,” said Jack and the scene cuts back to Daredevil waking up in alley just as Wesley attacks him with his knife. A brutal brawl in the rain ensues, ending with Matt wrapping Wesley up in a chain he’d heard jangling. Matt retrieves Karen’s phone off Wesley just as Karen shows up, shocked at this black-clad rescuer. Daredevil tells Karen he will take this phone and the data on it to people who can help, but she pleads for him not to take it to police because no one can be trusted.
There was another scene featuring Wilson Fisk AKA the Kingpin:
Wilson Fisk at an art gallery where he first meets Vanessa, the woman who will one day become his wife. He’s staring at white painting, his hulking frame and bald dome seen from behind as Vanessa approaches him. She tries making small talk with him (it appears it’s her art gallery or she works there). Fisk seems agitated not by her but by the painting. She asked him what he sees in the painting, how it makes him feel. “It makes me feel alone,” Fisk replied, far more vulnerable than you could ever expect from this legendary villain. Marvel’s Daredevil would seem to be as much Fisk’s origin if you will as Murdock’s as a vigilante.
I should see the footage soon, and when I do I’ll update with my impressions. For now this is all incredibly exciting stuff.
“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”). “Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Professor Nikolai Ovcharov, dubbed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”, has been digging in the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient city in Southern Bulgaria that is believed to have been home to the Temple Of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. The city, found only 20 years ago, is thought to have been inhabited as far back as 5,000 B.C.
However, an interesting find has been discovered as a the body of a 40-50 year old man has been unearthed…with a stake through his heart. The metal was, “…a piece of iron rod used in a plough known as a ploughshare hammered through its chest.” [Courtesty]
Professor Ovcharov states:
We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out. Often they were applied to people who died in unusual circumstances – such as suicide.
A picture of the skeleton can be found below and the story has further details at the link above.
AMC has uploaded the first five minutes of tomorrow’s season 5 premiere for The Walking Dead. The scene shows our captured heroes using whatever they can as weapons, getting ready to take on their captors in Terminus, the supposed “safe haven” that turned out to be the home of a group of cannibals.
One things for certain, Rick didn’t say it lightly when he proclaimed, “They’re screwing with the wrong people.”
Watch the clip below and get ready for tomorrow’s premiere.
Tomorrow night brings the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and we enter Season 5 wondering what will happen to Rick and his crew as they deal with the Terminus folk and their rather unsavory appetites.
But maybe you’re not completely caught up with the show and don’t know the exact circumstances that led to this situation. If that’s the case, why not tune into The Fine Bros. as they take nine minutes to explain the story of The Walking Dead from the very first episode until our current predicament.
Injecting a bit of humor and poking fun at many of the recurring themes and situations, the guys do a solid job of getting you ready for the new season. Head on below and get brushed up!
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Australian industrial metal band Darkc3ll to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Hollywood Scars”, a track that tackles the band’s views on mainstream popular society and its effect on those who feed into it.
Darkc3ll’s vocalist Dracman states:
Hollywood Scars is our visualization of a society so plastic, so fake. Time to stop feeding the youth make-believe bullshit. Fuck the mainstream.
Check out the video below and make sure to pick up the single via iTunes.
Director Dan Jensen of Darklight Studios adds:
After three successful videos I couldn’t wait to make another one with Darkc3ll. Getting the fans involved was such a blast and I think the fun we had making it is evident when you watch the video.
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