“AHS: Freak Show” just got intensely dark. ‘Massacres and Matinees’ the season’s second episode introduced us to two new freaks and sadly (really, genuinely horrifically sad) took away a freak. The turmoil in last week’s premiere episode was created by the townies against the freaks, but this week brought a whole new type of struggle, and it’s rooted deep within the flaps of the Freak Show tents.
When Strongman Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis!!!) shows up with his wife and fellow performer Desiree, a three-breasted hermaphroditic sensation (Angela Bassett), the troupe of monsters begins to face problems they don’t even realize are coming yet. Chiklis knows how to play one role but he plays it very well. He was a corrupt strongman in “The Shield,” a literal strongman in “Fantastic Four” and he’s a dick of a strongman in ‘Freak Show.’ He shows up with the confidence of a mountain, only to crumble into desperation when Elsa rejects his act (as well as Desiree’s three titties, ding-a-ling, and working female parts). Immediately Elsagives in and…boy, was that a mistake. Now Toledo is calling the shots, running the show, beating up Jimmy, and billing Elsa lowest on the show roster. The jump in logic here defies gravity but hopefully it will clear itself up.
Meanwhile, Dot and Bette remain the headliners of the show, only it’s the unsuspecting Dot who shows up her conjoined twin and turns out to be the one with real talent (which we see in yet another anachronistic performance of Fiona Apple’s Criminal, complete with slow motion mosh pits and crowd surfing like it’s a Nirvana show, not a 1950’s carnival). I’ll have to get back to you on these musical numbers because I simply don’t know how I feel about them yet. I will say that, stylistically, this one worked much better than last week’s Life on Mars disaster. The twins provide a complex emotion for the show. All of a sudden their lives are in upheaval, their yearnings for different and separate lives has reached a zenith and is figuratively pulling them apart. It doesn’t help that the overshadowed Elsa isn’t pleased and that just might mean she’ll have to kill off her brand new monster-darlings by turning them against each other.
Perhaps the most exciting element of ‘Massacres and Matinees’ is the teaming up of Dandy and Twisty. But more on that in a moment…
Is it just me or is Dandy the most unexpected character of this season? He whines like a man-child (he is very reminiscent of Veruca Salt and her lovely demanding nature…“I WANT IT NOW!”), he’s bored all the time, possibly kills the neighbors’ pets, drinks cognac from a monogramed crystal baby bottle, and it turns out, is pretty fucking sadistic…all in all, Dandy is my favorite character thus far. He is such a bewildering spectacle and is rising to the top as one of the quirkiest of the bunch. Which is impressive since he couldn’t even secure himself a spot as part of the freak show talent after pleading with Jimmy.
As mentioned above, this episode saw the unlikely duo of Twisty the Clown and Dandy the sociopath team up under a bizarre (albeit well-intentioned) push from Dandy’s mother, Gloria (the impeccable Frances Conroy). But what we see in their time together is that Dandy is the true monster, and Twisty is just…broken. He’s truly a clown who just wants to entertain children, even if he’s a bit misguided in what might entertain them (severed head, little boy?). In some ways, he reminds me of Lennie from Of Mice and Men. Except he’s got that serial killing side hobby. While none of us want to feel sympathetic toward this beaten down clown, part of us does.
Aside from Toledo’s inexplicable rise to ultimate power over Elsa in less than a day, this episode showed a lot of plot strength. It flowed nicely and made a surprising amount of sense for such a chaotic source of entertainment. More so than any “AHS” season, ‘Freak Show’ is really playing up the style. Each season has been highly stylized, but this season seems to put a great amount of focus on it, as if it’s its own character. The show plays out almost like an elaborate music video, or a moving painting. Along with some of the darker moments (MEEP!) and deeper character development (Jimmy has a heart that’s going to make our eyes and our panties wet) ‘Massacres and Matinees’ brought back a lot of the signature cinematography, music, and eerie sound effects that have worked so well to unsettle “AHS” audiences for the last three years. This show can, will, and should be completely kitschy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to get dark and rough, again I say Meep! The pacing is quick; the heat is being turned up inside the carnival walls while Dandy and Twisty turn up the heat on the innocent townsfolk of Jupiter. This thrill ride just got a little more ill.
But of course, it’s not all lollipops and balloons. The show has a few quirks that I can’t get past. For one, Lange and Bates’ accents are insanely bad. I let it go last week to give the show the benefit of the doubt, but after another hour of that madness, I have to say something. Second, are the viewers the only people who see how disgustingly horrific Twisty is? How is he able to walk up to any given person and pass himself off as a perfectly acceptable work-for-hire clown? Something tells me I’ll just have to deal with these issues. But something tells me that’s okay.
Sad news to report as Elizabeth Peña passed away yesterday at age 55. Her manager has stated that she died of natural causes.
Peña was known to many for her voice acting as Mirage in The Incredibles. However, for us in the horror community, she will forever be known as Jezzie from the 1990 horror mystery Jacob’s Ladder, which was one of the main inspirations for the Silent Hill franchise. She also appeared in the 1996 murder mystery Lone Star, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award.
Rest in peace, Elizabeth. You are missed.
To celebrate the release of Zombeavers, out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Download 20th October, we have a DVD copy up for grabs!
From the producers of American Pie, Cabin Fever and The Ring comes Zombeavers: the horror comedy not to be missed with hysterical interludes, gross-out gore and old school animatronics that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.
The film follows a group of college students headed out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers, a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife, and Zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs, and debauchery gets under way, the beavers close in on their prey; and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.
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A somewhat Lovecraftian horror from beyond the stars is unleashed on rural England’s Yorkshire Dales in Gary Fry’s sci-fi/horror novella, Mutator. Having just moved into his beautiful new country home along with his devoted beagle, Damian, recently retired university professor James is looking forward to settling down to his new stress-free existence. His expected serenity isn’t quite to be, however, with the discovery of a hidden laboratory beneath the cottage housing all manner of incredibly strange research tomes and custom stargazing equipment. This, coupled with the whispered rumours regarding the activities of the home’s previous owner operates as prelude to the arrival of a strange silver ball that comes crashing from the sky in the dead of night to punch right through the ground and into the lab.
Seemingly summoned by the apparently dormant equipment beneath James’s cottage, the hieroglyphics-covered ball houses a particularly slimy passenger – one that defies all physical laws of Earth’s organic creatures and will soon be making its presence known in stupendously gory style.
Mutator is a short tale, clocking in at 18 short chapters, but a thoroughly engrossing one that you’re pretty much guaranteed to devour in a single sitting. Fry focuses most heavily on his protagonist, James – a learned man with much prestige, and many a credential, under his belt who simply can’t help himself diving headlong into the mystery of the ball and the research undertaken by his house’s previous occupant. James’s lower-class origins form a strong part of who he is; rightly proud of his wealth of achievements in the face of inherited adversity, but still grounded enough to respect his origins. A particular little moment in which he plays up on his tellingly working class accent in order to have a little fun with the reaction of his newly acquainted, horseback-mounted toff of a neighbour is wonderfully played, and Fry continues to capitalise on little elements such as this in a manner that ingratiates us very, very quickly with the protagonist and his protective canine companion. Thusly, much of the fear in Fry’s tale is generated as James takes it upon himself to dig around in the darkness beneath his abode, following trails of slime and impossibly large tunnels created by God-knows-what as he attempts to get a proper look at the thing that crawled from this interstellar ball.
When the creature is revealed, Fry’s imagination and prose conjures those aforementioned popular Lovecraftian images of insectoid physiology grimly combined with a wealth of slime, deadly pincers, a greater cluster of eyes than could ever be thought necessary for such a being and an expanding maw capable of reducing animals to little more than quivering piles of macerated meat and bone in mere moments. Most surprising, though, is the direction in which Fry sends his tale when the inevitable hunt and confrontation with the beast begins. As James’s vengeful, shotgun-toting neighbour determines destruction of the monster as the only course of action, the professor begins to overcome the overriding terror of the situation insomuch as to consider the wonder of a creature whose physical skills of adaptation and evolution are truly something to behold. And so the stage is quickly set for a denouement which sings not of the more common fear of the unknown (and resultant drive to destroy the ‘other’), but a healthy reverence and, indeed, respect for it and all that it may teach us – even if, of course, it could quite easily have any of us as its next meal in a heartbeat. It’s a refreshing finish that offers much more than the basic ‘beat the monster’ ethos, and one that, in its final moments, sparkles with that same personal sense of awe and wonder found when man turns gaze to the stars.
If anything, Mutator‘s largest failing is its length. It’s very well paced, yes, but over too quickly. Widening the scenario and giving more room for each of his characters to breathe – especially the secondary ones – would have served Fry very well here. There are certainly the makings of a novel-length tale, which would likely have been eaten right up by aficionados of monster fiction and creature features – more carnage, more investigation, and more characters are things that Mutator cries out for, but doesn’t exactly need considering it already works as well as it does. That’s reader’s gluttony talking, perhaps, but it’s disappointing to see the scope that could have been employed here and wasn’t.
Still, maybe we’ll see the return of the professor and his trusty beagle in future tales. That certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
The amazing Rock And Shock convention returns to Worcester, MA for its 11th year this weekend, rocking and shocking from October 17th through 19th. As if the event wasn’t already packed with enough awesomeness, the ultimate Child’s Play photo-op has just been added to the lineup of festivities, which is a MUST for all hardcore Chucky fans. Read on!
As reported tonight over on the Rock And Shock Facebook page, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), Alex ‘Andy Barclay’ Vincent and even Chucky himself will be posing for photos throughout the entire weekend, and fans will have the rare opportunity to take a group picture with all four of the franchise stars.
While Brad, Fiona and Alex will also be signing individually, the meet and greet with Chucky is only included with the group photo-op. And yes, he is an actual screen-used doll!
Prices will range from $30 to $40 for individual shots and group shots will range from $50 to $70, depending on how many actors are in the photo.
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This past Sunday night kicked off the fifth season of “The Walking Dead,” and good lord was the premiere episode intense. Packed with action, drama and a whole lot of gore, it was an hour of television that was well worth the anticipation, delivering all the goods that hungry fans could’ve possibly desired.
Kim Atkinson Fiorini was one of those fans who was eagerly anticipating the new season of AMC’s hit series, and she celebrated the return in what I can only describe as epic fashion. Kim and her family hosted a little premiere party of their own, and the zombie-themed meal they put together is nothing short of completely awesome.
Laid out buffet style on the family’s dinner table was a whole host of tasty treats, including sausages, chicken wings and ribs. But it’s not the food that’s noteworthy so much as it was the preparation, as each tray was laid on top of a human form, and made to look like the various entrails and bodily organs of an unlucky victim.
Check out the full spread below, which is sure to make you hungry for some brains, guts and leg meat. Job well done, Fiorini family!
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Scream Factory Runs Amok Announcing Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, Jaws of Satan, and Reptilicus for 2015
Nature must be running amok at Scream Factory seeing as how they decided to follow up their Food of the Gods/Frogs double feature Blu-ray surprise with news that Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, Jaws of Satan, and Reptilicus are also going Blu next year.
Did I call this in my Food of the Gods/Frogs article or what? Substitute Yongary with Jaws of Satan, and I would have nailed all four of these titles.
It probably would have made more sense to pair Bert I. Gordon’s Empire of the Ants with his Food of the Gods, but who am I to argue with how Scream Factory operates? Instead, Gordon’s 1977 H.G. Wells’ adaptation that sees the likes of Joan Collins and Robert Lansing battling giant ants in the Florida Everglades mind-controlling humans into toiling in their sugar plantations will be paired with the more obscure satanic snake flick Jaws of Satan.
Jaws of Satan is what you get when you combine your Seventies satanic panic flick with your even more Seventies nature gone amok flick and then wait until 1981 to release it. Fritz Weaver and an adolescent Christina Applegate star in this tale of a Southern preacher battling a cobra possessed by Satan and a horde of its slithering, venomous minions.
The second double feature Blu-ray they announced is simply mind-blowing. I mean, Tentacles, one of the very worst Jaws rip-offs of all time, is actually getting a hi-def transfer before some of the greatest movies of any genre have made their way to the format? Don’t get me wrong. I have a soft spot for Tentacles simply because it is so astoundingly awful in every conceivable way, but still.
Beyond the Door director Ovidio G. Assonitis somehow managed to wrangle major name actors of the time (John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins, Claude Akins, and even Henry Fonda) to appear in this ineptly assembled, Italian-produced, 1977 Jaws rip-off about a giant man-eating, roaring octopus terrorizing a seaside resort.
Paired with Tentacles will be the finest Danish Godzilla rip-off ever made. Of course I speak of Sid Pink’s 1961 giant creature feature Reptilicus.
After copper miners discover the tail of a long dead prehistoric creature, the serpentine behemoth regenerates and unleashes marionette monster mayhem on the nation of Denmark.
Odds are even Scream Factory will not be releasing the original Danish cut of the film that featured not only silhouette model on string flying monster effects that would make even Edward D. Wood Jr. recoil in horror, but also the movie’s big musical number American audiences have long been denied where a kindly oaf sings a nursery rhyme about the legend of Reptilicus as school children rhythmically frolic.
Even Scream Factory concedes extras will be slim when it comes to these titles for what should be obvious reasons. No matter. Just go ahead and take my money already.
Look for Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan and Tentacles/Reptilicus double-feature Blu-rays courtesy of Scream Factory sometime next summer.
What will Scream Factory announce next? You can pretty much look up what titles MGM previously released as part of their “Midnight Movies” series for a good idea of what’s left to pick from. I’m personally still holding out hope for The Vindicator, The Hidden, Critters, Chopping Mall, Split Second, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, and/or King Kong Lives. Honestly, I’m just tossing out a series of titles in hopes that I get even one correct so I can do the Nikki Finke “Toldja!” again when they announce it.
Alex de Campi, Joshua Williamson, Chris Mooneyham, Paul Tobin took the stage in New York Friday night to talk about the legacy of the Alien franchise.
Paul Tobin spoke first about Prometheus. Saying it is about the fear of the unknown. He talked a little bit about the development process. The Fire and Stone development involved all of the writers meeting at Scott Allie’s house and beat out all the scripts over dinner. They worked tirelessly on how to coherently connect it all together.
Predator is all about Ahab. He’s an old predator on his last great hunt. Going after the great white whale: a Promethean Engineer. Williamson said Issue #4 one long fight scene start to finish.
Alex De Campi spoke about the breaking news of Archie vs Predator. Where a predator slays all Archie characters with prejudice. Will look nice and pretty but before long the skinning’s begins. Includes as many original predator film references as possible. Feels like Final Destination, because the predators only attack armed people. Example, someone picks up a fork to eat and is dismembered.
“Archie VS Predator” hits in April 2015
With the 14th Annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival having kicked off last night at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA, we were there on the carpet to capture the excitement. Read on for our photo gallery.
In attendance for the prestigious event were directors Kenny Gage and Kevin Downs of the ‘tourists in peril’ Opening Night flick Parlor, as were producers Andrew Pagana, Bill Ceresia, Todd Slater, Thomas Mahoney and Brett Donowho, along with the film’s stars Jordan James Smith, Tiffany Demarco, Sara Fabel, Ben Whalen, Claire Garvey, Anthony Del Negro, Beth Humphreys, Joey Fisher and villainous lead Robert Lasardo (“Nip/Tuck”, Death Race, The Human Centipede III).
Also gracing the carpet were American Mary filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (their latest film See No Evil 2 has its World Premiere tonight at the fest), the cast and crew of Creep Behind the Camera, actress Carlee Baker (The Woman, L.A. Slasher), Filmquest head/filmmaker Jonathan Thomas Martin and many more, along with ABC’s George Pennacchio, who interviewed this Dread Central writer (and co-host of next week’s Screamfest Awards Ceremony), as well as Screamfest’s founder, Rachel Belofsky.
Following the screening of Parlor, the Opening Night Party was held at neighboring Madame Tussauds, where attendees mingled with fellow filmmakers and wax statues alike, well into the morning hours.
“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now…” Oh, Kurt, how we miss you. In any event, a new flick is on the way called The Territorial Pissings and we have stills, the pitch trailer, and artwork.
Directed by Juancho Otalvaro, The Territorial Pissings stars Peter March, Andrés Kaune, Pinoski, Pablo Solano, Juan Valverde, Estefanía Gutierrez, Irene Rossi, Mariana Salazar, and Fanny Moya.
Sometime during the 1980’s a storm began, and for 50 years it did not stop. Now, survivors struggle to thrive in a wild world with most of the past below sea. Surf has become the ultimate rush throughout the known territories. The surf leader of The Squids, Tom Mix, finds his community threatened by the Piranha surf gang after one of his partners gets kidnapped. Surf battling and dirt road motorbike slaughter will not only gush out blood, but uncover the secrets this new world holds.
I love American Halloween history – so much so that I had planned a pilgrimage to Salem this year, only to bail once I found out that over 1 million other people have the same idea annually. My back-up plan was “Sleepy Hollow.”
WRITTEN BY: Marguerite Bennett, Noelle Stevenson
ART BY: Jorge Coelho, Noelle Stevenson
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: October 15, 2014
Reviewed by Nick Brehmer
One of my earliest memories of my fascination with horror and the macabre is seeing the theatrical trailer for Tim Burton’s 1999 cinematic re-imagining of Sleepy Hollow. I pieced together the montage and created my own story arc in between the time I saw the trailer and the film’s actual release. My grandmother gifted it to me on VHS for my birthday. I had a crush on Christina Ricci.
I had heard about the FOX television adaptation last year when it premiered, and was intrigued by the apparent collision of the classic tale with that of Rip Van Winkle to create this new contemporary crime “drama.” There are also some “Just Visiting” elements thrown in to keep the tumblr community hooked and giggling. I know Kate Beaton sure does love it.
I’ve missed out on keeping up with the show, so I thought that taking a look at the comic adaptation would be the next best thing.
Going into this first issue blind is, I’ll admit, unfair, but I was nonetheless left unimpressed. I was pretty confused and found the framing of the narrative to be very jumpy and immediate. A lot happens and I’m still not exactly sure why or how. Like most buddy-cop plots, the conflict is resolved way too quickly and the peril to the community isn’t detailed enough to leave the readers concerned or compelled. There’s a lot of stretching, and I’m not just talking about the arms of the possessed.
I will say that the artwork is a draw. The content is uniquely stylized and there’s some pretty creepy imagery within. The show has been reviewing well; if you’re a fan then this quick read will probably keep you interested.
For me, I dunno, it’s no Christopher Walken.
A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer
“The Evil Within” is an unoriginal, bland and just plain bad tie in to the recently released The Evil Within video game. From what I can tell this is a completely separate story with entirely new characters, just set in the same world. A world that has looked intriguing in the trailers/demo for Evil Within but comes across as anything but in this comic. So with the only similarity between the two being a letdown we have no place left to go but down.
WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ART BY: Alex Sanchez
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
RELEASE: October 15, 2014
Reviewed By: Torin Chambers
To be fair the book does start off promisingly, with a beautiful cover by Ben Templesmith but this is the only highlight. Our protagonists are Dana and Paul, both are mysteriously sucked into some strange world. Dana was out putting up missing person’s posters for her friend Kate who disappeared when she found herself lost and with no signal. She comes upon a diner/gas station and goes in to investigate. It’s devoid of life and maybe has plates with strange fleshy chunks on them. I say maybe because I really can’t tell and Dana doesn’t seem to mind them, so whatever.
Next she looks out the window and sees a shadowy figure then suddenly on the following page she’s outside the diner looking over her shoulder running yelling at it. I’m assuming it’s somehow supposed to be her closing the door as she goes back outside but I honestly can’t tell what is happening. The art isn’t ‘bad’ it’s just the lay outs are confusing as all hell.
This continues throughout the whole book, you’re constantly fighting with the layouts to understand what is actually happening. The general sense I’m getting form the world is that things are a bit off and weird stuff is constantly happening, but writing off these insanely difficult to follow sections as being deliberate would be giving the book way too much credit.
It’s a horror book but all we ever see are the protagonists successfully running away. They avoid literally every trap set for them and escape every monster pursuing them. There’s no sense of danger at all. Dozens of monsters are chasing them and Dana has the time to take a good few moments to stare at a ghost of her disappeared friend. Then later they escape the big bad guy from the cover by putting a rolling medical table in front of the door. A ROLLING medical table!?
If you’re excited for Evil Within this comic will kill that excitement. If you’ve already played Evil Within and are looking for more then please look elsewhere. I cannot even recommend this book to hardcore horror fans. Trust me and give The Evil Within #1 a hard pass.
Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers
Given just about everyone’s hatred for the found footage sub-genre I’m not sure how this one is gonna work out for the makers of Found Footage 3D, which is being produced by Texas Chain Saw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel.
From the Press Release
Today, the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign, to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, we aim to do for found footage,” says writer/director Steven DeGennaro. “Being the first found footage horror movie shot in 3D allows us to do things that no found footage movie or 3D movie has ever been able to do before.”
The Found Footage 3D team has set its goal at $35,000 on Indiegogo for post-production costs, adding 3D visual effects and festival entries.
Found footage fans can claim rewards that include digital downloads, 3D glasses, props from the film, signed Texas Chain Saw Massacre memorabilia, and private screening invitations.
Jessica Perrin, Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, and outspoken film critic Scott Weinberg star.
“Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, and find themselves in a 3D found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film starts showing up in their behind-the-scenes footage.”
Developer Pure FPS has released some new DLC for their survival horror MMO, Nether. The content introduces an arena in which combatants can partake in a free-for-all on four different maps to see who can become the last man standing. The DLC is free to those who purchased the Chosen and Believer packages, otherwise it’s $2.99 if you grabbed the Watcher package.
Tyler wasn’t very impressed with Nether in his review, where he called the game “a dubious buy” in the state it was in back in June.
It’s worth mentioning that, like any MMO, Nether is constantly changing and evolving. Pure FPS has done a fine job in providing consistent updates, so it may very well be worth checking out now.
Get ready to check out the hilarious opening moments from writer/director Onur Tukel’s vampire comedy Summer of Blood! The flick will be having its premiere in theaters and on VOD on October 17th. Dig it along with our exclusive clip from a couple of days back!
Tukel (Septien, Red Flag) also stars along with Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), and Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip).
Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.
Around these parts we’re pretty stoked for a new entry into the Tremors franchise and we were delighted to hear that Tremors 5 began production in South Africa on September 22nd. Right now we have the very first image and more details for you!
Tremors 5 stars Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy, Both pictured below. Look for it on Blu-Ray Hi-Def, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.
“The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters. In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.“
“The Tremors franchise has built a reputation for high intensity fun and suspense and this installment takes it to a whole new level,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment.
Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.
The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).
After the longest wait, The Evil Within is here. I’ve spent a lot of time with the game and found it to be a flawed, but still pretty damn good horror game. Its few weaknesses are largely drowned out by its inventive boss battles, fantastically atmospheric world, varied combat and creative creature designs. Below you’ll find the game’s launch trailer, and I’ve also included its first TV spot, because everybody likes those.
If you’re still on the fence about it, I suggest you check out our review.
The Evil Within is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Currently available on all digital platforms from RLJ / Image Entertainment, check out this exclusive clip from Scott Di Lalla’s I Am Zozo.
“On Halloween night, five teens decide to liven up their party with some innocent fun: by summoning the spirits. At first, it’s all nervous laughter and scoffing. Then, the night takes a sinister turn: the board reveals truths, exposes secrets it cannot possibly know, and triggers inexplicable events within the darkened house. As the session continues, an entity reveals itself: Zozo. And as the terrified teens are about to discover, once you make contact with this ancient, demonic force, you’re no longer playing a game… the game is playing you. A pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller based on multiple reports of spirit board encounters with this savagely malicious spirit.”
Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, Caleb Courtney, Darren Wayne Evans star.
Dan Polydoris of Chicago Toy Collector just released a Halloween Treat for the ages – a slew of custom vintage-style “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” based on horror movie slashers.
“In the 90’s, Playmates created a line of ‘Ninja Turtles’ for just about everything, including Olympians, astronauts, Universal monsters, mildly racist Wild West characters, and more,” he explains. “Those crappy (in a good way) ‘Ninja Turtle’ sets were the inspiration to make some of my own vintage-style custom ‘Ninja Turtles’ based on classic horror movie slashers.
“I kit-bashed about a dozen different vintage figures to create these guys (individual breakdowns below), and I even accompanied them with a logo similar to the kind Playmates used for each of their lines. Given the company’s love of alliteration and apostrophes (ie. Mutant Military Turtles, Rock n’ Rollin’ Turtles, Wacky Wild West Turtles, etc…), this line was dubbed “Sewer Slashin’ Turtles.” “
Check out the four turtles rocking costumes inspired by Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Undercover Don’s hat
Punker Don’s face and legs
Star Trek Turtle’s body and arms
Robotic Bebop’s glove
Casy Jones’ mask
Somebody’s head (I can’t remember at this point)
Road Racin’ Mike’s body and arms
Make My Day Leo’s legs
Some weapon that I can’t remember
Crazy Clownin’ Mike’s body
Make My Day Leo’s arms
Slapshot Leo’s head
Star Trek Turtle’s crotch
Casey Jones’ legs
Body Slammin’ Mike’s cape
Killer Bee’s chainsaw
Undercover Don’s body and arms
Star Trek Raph’s head
Make My Day Leo’s crotch
Rappin’ Mike’s legs
Robotic Bebop’s sword
More laughs come in this opening scene from Dark Sky Films’ absolutely hysterical Summer of Blood (read our review), arriving on VOD and limited theatrical October 17.
Written, directed by and starring Onur Tukel, you’ll get to see his wit in action in the following clip. If you don’t laugh or connect with it, I’m not sure this film is for you. I really do hope you guys enjoy this indie gem as much as I do…
“Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.”
Onur Tukel (Septien, Red Flag), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip) all star.
Here’s a second clip that’s equally funny.