‘Chappie’ Trailer Built to Be More Human Than Action-Packed

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:07

Sony Pictures Entertainment has just released the first trailer for Chappie, the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame.

“Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.

The trailer isn’t what I was expecting, turning in something way more human than action-oriented. It’s clear where this movie is headed, and if the audience isn’t crying during the final scenes (I guarantee Chappie will die), the filmmakers have failed.

In theaters March 27, 2015, the film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters. Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver also star.

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Proof the “American Horror Story” Seasons Are Connected?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:01

“American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed the obvious, all seasons of the hit FX series are connected.

Some proof comes in this fresh Internet theory that puts Jessica Lange’s “Freak Show” character in the world of “Asylum.”

So, how did Elsa Mars lose her legs?

In this past week’s episode, we learn of Elsa Mars’ (Lange) past. She confesses to Edward Mordake that, back in 1932, she was a German dominatrix. The best at her job. That was, until several men drugged her and cut off her legs to create a “snuff” film.

The connection heads back to the second season, “Asylum,” where it was revealed that Dr. Arden was a Nazi doctor who had a fetish for removing people’s legs.

This is just one of many Easter Eggs floating around. What have you noticed in the four seasons of “American Horror Story”? Do you see any connections?

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Stephen King Really, Truly Hates Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:52

If anyone has a right to shit all over Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, it’s Stephen King.

The 1980 film was an adaptation of King’s novel that he feels is not only cold, but incredibly misogynistic. This isn’t the first time he’s slammed the critically acclaimed psychological horror film that stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, but he does add some new clarity.

“I don’t get it. But there are a lot of things that I don’t get. But obviously people absolutely love it, and they don’t understand why I don’t,” he tells Rollingstone. “The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the screen, “Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part.” And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just me, that’s the way I am.”

There’s a lot more in the interview, including King’s implied hatred for Rodney Ascher’s 2012 Room 237, which is an exploration of various interpretations of Kubrick’s horror film.

…Well, let me put it this way – I watched about half of it and got sort of impatient with it and turned it off.

These guys were reaching. I’ve never had much patience for academic bullshit. It’s like Dylan says, “You give people a lot of knives and forks, they’ve gotta cut something.” And that was what was going on in that movie.

You gotta love the guy’s honesty.

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See Kurt Russell In Horror Western ‘Bone Tomahawk’!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:42

EW shared the first look at The Thing star Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, a horror Western that also features Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Lili Simmons and Sid Haig.

In Bone Tomahawk, “four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.

Wilson says he was drawn to the project by both the script and the opportunity to ride out with Russell. “I mean, if you’re a child of the 80s, your Westerns are Silverado and Tombstone,” says the Insidious star. “To do a movie with Kurt is one thing—to do a Western with Kurt is like, ‘Alright! I’m going to be next to Wyatt Earp up there on a horse!’”

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‘Jack Brooks’ Director Returns With ‘GirlHouse’ (AFM)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:32

Lightning Entertainment announced today and it has acquired international sales rights to Louis Mandylor’s thriller The Blackout, pictured, and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror thriller GirlHouse, directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (Jack Broks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine).

Directed by Louis Mandylor (In the Eyes of a Killer, Jimmy Bones) and written by Steve C. Yoon and Jordan Marder, The Blackout stars Lymari Nadal (American Gangster, Battlestar Galactica, America), Costas Mandylor (Saw film series, Picket Fences), Jordan Marder ( American History X, Lord of Illusions), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Dark Knight Rises, Joe, Seven Psychopaths), Bill Sage (American Psycho, Precious, Boiler Room), Abe Benrubi (U Turn, Wristcutters: A Love Story), and Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Save the Date, Geography Club).

THE BLACKOUT: Martin and Julia (Lymari Nadal) leave New York City to return to the small town where Martin grew up. The house his father lived in hasn’t been touched since his passing. People in the town recognize the handsome man as his father’s son. Julia, his pregnant wife, likes the cozy countryside and makes herself at home.

Four college kids hike through the woods and camp at the top of a scenic hill. Jim (Costas Mandylor) has lived in the town for years, and since his wife’s passing he has built a comfortable life for himself, fishing and playing chess with friends over his short wave radio.

Then the power goes out.

It doesn’t take long before food and supplies become scarce, fights break out, and people start to panic. The worst of humanity surfaces in only a few days. Things take a turn for the worse when a few men, lead by a convict named Lee (Ronnie Gene Blevins), decide to take what’s left for themselves. The Sheriff makes a stand to try and stop them and regrets it.

Jim gets his weapons ready and prepares for what’s coming. Martin tries to stay calm until his wife’s pregnancy is no longer at risk. The college kids come down from the peaceful woods into the middle of a whirlwind of fear and violence.

Everyone eventually crosses paths and things come to a violent head. Some people live, some do not. It only takes a few days of living in fear, with no power or food or water, for humanity to unravel. There was light. Then there was darkness.

Horror thriller GirlHouse is directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (The Shrine, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) and written by Gersh client Nick Gordon. The film stars Ali Cobrin (Neighbors, American Reunion), Slaine (Killing Them Softly, The Town) and Adam DiMarco (Words and Pictures, Date and Switch), and features Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch), and Erin Agostino (18 to Life, You Are So Undead).

GIRLHOUSE: Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrin) is a beautiful young co-ed with cover-girl looks and a desperate need for money to pay her college tuition. Having convinced herself that Internet porn may be the answer to her financial problems, Kylie is recruited to join GirlHouse, a live web-feed broadcasting the sexy antics of a group of stunning young women living in a secluded – and highly-secure – wooded mansion. One night while Kylie is out, one of the other girls insults an online client (Slaine), a deranged psychopathic computer technician, who then hacks in to determine the house’s location, seeking twisted revenge. Kylie returns to the house to find herself cut off from the outside world and in a terrifying fight for survival.

More out of the ongoing AFM in Santa Monica this week.

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Chilling New Photos From Eli Roth’s ‘Clown’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:24

Check out these incredible new images from Clown, a new horror film produced by Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever, The Green Infenro).

Roth became attached to the project after seeing Jon Watts’ awesome faux trailer. It was then turned into the following feature starring Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Christian DiStefano, Elizabeth Whitmere, Matthew Stefiuk, and Andy Powers.

In the spoof trailer and the upcoming feature, a loving father dons a clown outfit, wig, bulbous nose and pancake makeup to entertain at his son’s sixth birthday after the clown-for-hire is a no-show. Unable to take off the clown garb, dad’s personality changes in horrific fashion. He and his family race to break the curse of the evil outfit before he undergoes a complete transformation into a homicidal killer with over-sized shoes.

Here’s the previously released Italian one-sheet (wow!) and trailer, along with the old U.S. trailer. The new version, while it doesn’t have subs, has quite a bit of new footage edited in.

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Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ Has Been Dated for Home Video

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:13

From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes Tusk (review), arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon’s “Alpha House,” The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called “Kevin Smith’s very best work” (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Midnight Madness program and was released theatrically by A24.

A podcaster (Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Parks) with a lifetime of adventures-and a disturbing fondness for walruses.

The Tusk Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, multiple “making of” featurettes, a career retrospective featurette with Kevin Smith, an audio commentary with Kevin Smith plus the original podcast that inspired the film.

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Fan-Made Doc Explores How New Line Cinema Destroyed the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:05

My buddy sent me a really fun – and sad – homemade documentary that details how New Line Cinema destroyed the Friday the 13th franchise.

The 37-min doc uses old interview footage to show how the franchise digressed from Jason Takes Manhattan to Jason X and even Freddy vs Jason. It also shares shocking interview quotes from franchise creator Sean Cunningham who allegedly never saw the sequels, and only made new ones to get into bed with New Line (I wish there were denotations shared below the video).

I don’t necessarily agree with everything, but, either way, it’s actually a breath of fresh air to see a doc that shows the dark side of the franchise, instead of celebrating garbage like Jason Goes to Hell.

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Exclusive ‘The Pyramid’ Poster Is Pure Gold!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:01

The curse is real, and will be unleashed upon the world on December 5.

Bloody Disgusting is celebrating ‘King Tut Day’ with this exclusive alternate one-sheet for Gregory Levasseur’s The Pyramid, produced by Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton, Chady Eli Mattar and Scott C. Silver

‘King Tut Day’, is the day of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, as well as the awakening of its curse. I absolutely love this variant artwork that gets up close and personal with the most impressive King this planet has ever known.

In the film, “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped; they are being hunted.

Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa Nicola, and Amir K. star.

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VMI Drives ‘Monster Truck,’ ‘Afterdeath’ Into AFM (Trailers)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:46

VMI Worldwide is driving Daniel Wise’s Monster Truck into this week’s AFM, showing the below art and trailer.

The meaning of cryptic prophesy splits apart a team of secretive guardians as they transport by 18-wheeler truck, a deadly creature and it’s half-human sister from their now ineffective holding place to a more secure location. The sister’s hidden agenda undermines the mission releasing the beast and they end up battling for the fate of the world when the true meaning of the prophesy is discovered in this mysterious and thrilling, action-packed creature feature.

Also being shared with buyers is Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt’s Afterdeath. “Five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realizing that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of hell. Between in-fighting and attacks by a demonic shadow creature, they recall the collapse of the nightclub that brought them here – and begin seeing hope of a second chance in the cabin’s two mysterious paintings.

Art and trailers below.

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‘Kill Game’ Mimics ‘Saw’ and ‘Halloween’ (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:42

If you don’t have an original bone in your body, copy someone who does!

VMI is introducing Kill Game to AFM buyers this week, a new slasher that looks like a mix between SAW and Halloween.

Robert Mearns directs the indie that stars Joe Adler , Sari Sanchez, Michael Galante, Laura Ashley Samuels, and Pierson Fode.

Check out the market trailer and sales art below.

“In the fictional town of Grace Arbor, the answers are never clear.

Who is underneath the mask?

KILL GAME is the story of a group of high school kids who amuse themselves by pulling pranks on unsuspecting students and teachers. They are all popular, good looking, the kids voted most likely to succeed. But at their core lies a cruelty and shallowness which comes with the territory of privilege. One night, a prank goes horribly wrong and a teenager is killed. The gang covers it up as a drowning accident but five years later, their lives are turned upside down when Jimmy Edwards, is killed by a serial killer wearing a haunting Marilyn Monroe mask. Soon, the gang are killed one by one in manners mirroring the pranks they pulled in high school. Is it revenge? Is it karma? Is it the dead boy’s spirit coming back to avenge his death? Is it his twin brother, Liam, who has come to Grace Arbor asking questions?

One thing is certain… No one is laughing now.”

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The Egyptian Myth Behind ‘The Pyramid’ (Featurette)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:32

FOX UK released a new feature for The Pyramid, in theaters December 5, that tells of the ancient myth behind the massive man-made structures. It features interview with Alex Aja, as well as the cast.

Gregory Levasseur, who worked with Alexandre Aja on the screenplays for High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, directed the flick starring Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman.

In The Pyramid, “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

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First ‘Yoga Hosers’ Image Shows Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith’s Daughters

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:24

Now shooting in Los Angeles, Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers stars Johnny Depp as a Quebec police detective who is enlisted by two convenience store clerks — played by Smith’s and Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, both 15.

THR shared the first ever image from the Tusk spinoff, which depicts both Harley Quinn and Lily-Rose in their clerk uniforms.

The movie, also written by Smith, centers on two teenage yoga nuts who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a 12th-grade party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with “all seven chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time,” according to the producers.

Yoga Hosers also stars Tusk alums Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes.

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This Romantic Zombie Short Goes Full ‘Lady and the Tramp’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:15

You want romance? You want suspense? You want zombies? You want gore?

“Chomp!” has it all!

In the wake of “The Walking Dead’s” monster success, Adam & Joe Horton’s 2011 award-winning short is making waves across the Web.

Starring Marc Pickering and Georgina Strawson, the short takes place during an undead apocalypse where two zombies come across the same corpse, and dine until they end up kissing all Lady and the Tramp style.

How romantic.

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“Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clark Hears the ‘Voice From the Stone’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:05

13 Films has signed on to co-finance and handle international sales on the supernatural thriller Voice From the Stone, which will stars Emilia Clarke (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Terminator: Genysis), a release tells Bloody Disgusting.

Eric D. Howell (Ana’s Playground) directs.

Marton Csokas (The Debt, The Equalizer) has also joined the cast alongside Clarke.

“Voice From the Stone is the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As Verena’s relationship with the father and son grow, she becomes ensnared and consumed by Malvina’s severe force. If she is to save the boy, and free herself, she must face the phantom hidden inside the stone.

Written by Andrew Shaw and based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo, Voice From the Stone marks Eric D. Howell’s feature film directorial debut.

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Alien Video Goes Viral During An ‘iNvasion’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:55

Did you like Magnolia Pictures’ indie Splinter? Yeah, that movie was dope, which is why I’m excited to see British director Toby Wilkins back behind the camera for a feature (and not television; he directs “Teen Wolf”).

Wilkins will direct the indie film iNvasion, a young adult-oriented sci-fi thriller written by Paul A. Birkett and Jason Bourque, says TheWrap.

The film revolves around a viral video that starts turning the residents of a small town into pawns of an alien intelligence, and a group of high school seniors who decide to fight back, unaware that mankind’s survival hangs in the balance.

Casting is now under way with principal photography scheduled to begin Spring 2015 in Vancouver.

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[TADFF '14 Review] ‘Time Lapse’ Is a Clever Cursed Camera Thriller

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:45

There are some really fun works of genre about cursed cameras and the prophetic photos they take. There’s that Twilight Zone episode “A Most Unusual Camera” and that early Goosebumps book with the devastatingly awesome title “Say Cheese and Die!” Stephen King took on the concept with his novella “The Sun Dog” and it got stretched out to full length in 2004 with the Thai horror flick Shutter (which I’ve never seen, any good?).

Now entering the ring is Bradley King’s Time Lapse. This clever little chamber play takes typical roommate tension and elevates it into a reality-bending thriller, complete with time paradoxes and enough twists and turns to confuse the most advanced GPS. Driven by a great, young cast, this bad boy is one fun flick that vibes like a 90 minute Twilight Zone episode, with some bursts of the macabre and violence along the way. Time Lapse is a rock solid piece of entertainment.

Aspiring painter Finn (Matt O’Leary, Brick) lives in a small apartment with his girlfriend Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and best friend Jasper (George Finn). Supporting himself as the apartment complex’s manager, Finn goes to check up on an elderly tenant who’s two months behind on rent. In the old man’s living room he discovers a camera the size of a Prius, aimed directly at his living room window. It turns out this tenant (whose corpse is soon found) is a scientist who’s figured out how to snap photos exactly 24 hours into the future. The camera is programmed to take one Polaroid every night at 8pm, offering a window to the future that the three characters soon realize how to manipulate.

Now Finn can paint the perfect picture. Jasper can score big with his bookie. And Callie can write the poetry she’s always dreamed of. But what they don’t count on quickly begins to haunt them when the camera starts spitting out pictures with futures they don’t agree on.  But if they don’t reenact the photos, they’re afraid of winding up like the old man’s corpse. So despite understanding how to manipulate the camera, the three friends are complete slaves to it. I really dug that angle of the story – it raised the tension exponentially. Even when it does work to their advantage (Jasper’s sudden monetary gain), it draws the attention of some unwanted players.

Time Lapse is a taught thriller that builds upon its simple premise swiftly and smartly. It lays down some simple rules as far as the time manipulation goes and never gets tied up in them. This isn’t Primer, folks. The economy of the setting and characters gives it a classic, Hitchcockian feel (think RopeRear Window). It’s also interesting to note the complete lack of dependence on technology in the film (aside from one cellphone camera moment). This too adds to the classic feel King has created. There’s also some great moments of dark comedy thrown in at the right moments to relieve the tension.

Sharply directed, well-written, and finely acted, Time Lapse is definitely one to watch out for. It’s been kicking much ass on the festival circuit this year, so here’s hoping for an official release sooner than later.

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[TADFF '14 Review] ‘Hellmouth’ Is Ambitious But Unfocused

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:28

I haven’t really dug the releases of Foresight Features, the Canadian production company responsible for Monster Brawl and Septic Man. Their latest venture, Hellmouth, piqued my interest since it comes from Pontypool writer Tony Burgess and stars the reliable Stephen McHattie, who’s always a welcome face on screen. The 67-year-old actor kills it in every role he takes on – from big productions like The Fountain to smaller outings like Pontypool and A History of Violence, McHattie always brings the heat.

In Hellmouth he plays Charlie Baker, a terminally ill cemetery caretaker who’s forced to travel into the inferno to take on his own personal demons and rescue the soul of a beautiful woman. The film is meant to be a throwback to 1950s horror, combining gothic adventure with CGI-laden backgrounds and characters. For the most part, the visuals are very potent, particularly during the black-and-white-heavy first act. The cemetery Baker works at is steeped in shadows and eerie contrast (à la Sin City) – the perfect stage for a little throwback fun.

As the film progresses, the visuals get worse and worse. This was the perfect opportunity to deliver some face-crushing demon designs, but instead the ones on screen are pretty damn boring and kinda cheap. Luckily, the visuals always serve McHattie. It’s meant to be like his fever dream – a heightened reality from hell he’s traveling through. This background noise never detracts from McHattie’s phenomenal, commanding performance.

Baker’s worked his whole life as a gravedigger and caretaker. On the cusp of retiring to sunny Florida, his boss informs him that he has to keep working at another, even more isolated cemetery. If he refuses, they take away his pension. When he travels to this other cemetery, the tale begins twisting and turning into fields that don’t always feel coherent. A few scenes and scenarios feel tacked on (there’s an escaped convict interjection that feels terribly out of place) and some of it is downright confusing. I never expected the nether regions of Hell to make a whole lotta sense, but some cohesiveness in Hellmouth’s story would’ve been appreciated. It’s not entirely a cluster-fuck, but this bastard’s all over the place at times.

All of this confusion follows a lengthy expositional scene in which a local sheriff explains the history of the other gravediggers to Baker. Despite making the film drag, this scene’s pretty cool and features cameos from Julian Richings (Cube) and Pontypool director Bruce McDonald. Ultimately the film suffers under both its heavy exposition and muddled second half. McHattie does a terrific job anchoring the film where he can, but in the end Hellmouth is damned by its unfocused ambition.

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[Interview] Daniel Radcliffe on ‘Horns,’ ‘Frankenstein’ and More

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:42

This Halloween saw the long-awaited US premiere of Horns, the big-screen adaptation of Joe Hill’s acclaimed novel about Ig Perrish, a young man who suddenly sprouts a pair of devil horns following the grisly murder of his beloved lady friend Merrin. Equal parts twisted fairytale, Twin Peaks-style murder mystery and pitch-black horror comedy, Horns is helmed by extreme-horror icon Alexandre Aja (Piranha, The Hills Have Eyes) and stars Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, who seems to be carving out a solid niche for himself in the horror genre with roles in Hammer’s The Woman in Black and an intriguing new screen adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Front-and-center in nearly every scene, Radcliffe shoulders the dramatic and comic weight of Horns in arguably his bravest screen role to date – one which will no doubt shock fans only familiar with his relatively kid-friendly Potter persona.

I had the good fortune to chat with Radcliffe on the eve of Horns‘ stateside premiere, where he talked about the challenges of playing such an unusual character, and his ongoing interest in the horror genre.

BD: I was amazed by your performance in Horns. It’s such a departure from anything you’ve ever done before.

RADCLIFFE: Thank you very much! I’m really very proud of it. It was an incredible film, and I’m so happy with the way it came out.

Ig is such a horribly tormented character from the outset… he must have been a challenge to play.

Yes, especially because the film starts off at a very intense pitch, and emotionally it just goes up from there. The nature of the horns, the way they force people to reveal their darkest truths… sure, it’s all good fun when Ig’s in a hospital surrounded by comparative strangers, but when we get into the scenes with his mom and dad, his brother, and other people he loves and trusts, it becomes really gut-wrenching to have those things revealed. There’s something about the situation where you want to give every scene its requisite emotional weight, but there’s such a graduation of intensity from one scene to the next; for example, when Ig’s mother tells him she doesn’t want to see him again, I couldn’t actually let him be too wracked with grief at that moment, because in the very next scene we learn his father thinks he’s a murderer.

Do you feel the thread of humor in the story helps to temper that raw emotional aspect?

Oh, definitely. I think when people go to the cinema, we’re to a certain extent desensitized to the way characters react to crazy, horrific things; they often respond  in a way that seems perfectly natural. In the new Godzilla, for example… apart from Bryan Cranston, it seems that the characters were reacting to the monster like, “Oh look, there’s Godzilla,” like they were totally used to the idea. But in the movie The One I Love, people do very much the opposite, reacting to crazy situations like normal human beings: they’re freaking out, just trying desperately to make sense of it. That kind of reaction is where a lot of the comedy in Horns comes from. Ig reacts to the horns by freaking out and wondering if he’s actually going insane, while everyone he meets seems perfectly okay with them. It’s kind of heartbreaking, but it’s also very funny.

Had you read Joe Hill’s novel prior to taking the role?

Not beforehand, but after I read the script and met Alex [Aja], I knew I had to do it, and I read the novel after that. It’s such a fantastic book. Some elements of the story were moved around – as you often must do – but the spirit of Joe’s story is unmistakably present. I think fans of the book will really enjoy the movie.

Did you draw from elements of the book in developing your character?

Yeah, the great thing about playing a character based on a book is that you have a whole world of resources at your disposal in doing your research, as it were, and I looked for things that I felt could illuminate the character more for the audience. I found it useful to do that early on, but once you start filming, it helps to actually dispose of that approach; you don’t want to be the guy who’s still bringing the book in on day 40 of the shoot, saying “This scene isn’t supposed to happen this way!”

It does diverge from the book in terms of the murder mystery, for obvious reasons…

Yeah, particularly when it comes to the killer’s backstory. Early in the book, you see a lot of this character’s home life and inner life that isn’t shown in the movie. I think it’s necessary to omit that, because otherwise the guessing game would have been over a lot earlier for the audience.

You’re no stranger to working with all kinds of special effects, but you were covered in some really heavy prosthetics toward the finale. How long did you spend in makeup to become the demon?

Believe it or not, it only took about two hours! Mike McCarthy and Mike Fields, who did my prosthetic work every day, were just amazing. I mean, if they had achieved what they did in four hours would have been incredible, but to do it in two? That was just ridiculous. I’ve never seen anyone work that fast and do such fantastic work before. When you’re an actor used to doing that kind of prosthetic work, how good those artists are at their jobs can often determine how good or bad your day is going to be, and I was so lucky to have been working with them.

Even though it’s an elaborate makeup, it never obscures your performance.

That was definitely one of Alex’s concerns. After designing such a dramatic look for that scene, they wanted to be sure they could still actually see me, so that  the audience could still have a connection to the character. That’s why I really like that part of the film, because by this stage, if you get used to seeing an actor’s face and suddenly that’s replaced with an unrecognizable visual effect, you’re not going to be as emotionally involved.

Have you had much feedback from your fans about the film? It’s a radical departure from anything you’ve done before.

I’ve been getting some really great reactions. For example, recently I was told that Horns is kind of the “Anti-Harry Potter!” I don’t know if that’s quite true, because Ig is also a very good person as well – despite having done some highly questionable things. It’s such a crazy story, and probably not like anything they’ve ever seen recently, but I think there’s always a hunger for that, so… so far so good!

You’ve spent a lot of time in the horror genre lately, between Horns and The Woman in Black, and the new Frankenstein coming out next year. Can you give us any insight on that project?

Frankenstein was very interesting, because of all of the history behind it. While it’s a classic within the horror genre, I would classify this version as an adventure movie with horror elements, with lots of nods to the many previous incarnations of Frankenstein. I’ve seen a very rough version recently, and I’m very happy with it; it’s exciting and fun.

How do you like working in horror in comparison to the pure fantasy of the Harry Potter films?

What I love about horror is how it gives you a chance to explore some very significant themes while having a fun and compelling story on top. For example, The Woman in Black is about a guy dealing with grief, and searching for proof of the afterlife because it will give him some semblance of hope that his wife is still out there in some form or another… but it’s also an hour and a half of getting the shit scared out of you by a ghost. Horns deals with the sense of being an outsider, and of losing someone we love, but it’s also a revenge thriller about a guy with supernatural powers. I love working on a film where both of those aspects are in play at the same time.

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Details For John Carpenter’s ‘Lost Themes’ Released

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:51

On Halloween, horror legend John Carpenter released a stream of “Vortex”, the first track from his upcoming album Lost Themes, which comes out February 3rd on Sacred Bones Records. The track was released through Sacred Bones’ website and featured video clips from several of Carpenter’s film over the years, all of which cycled randomly, creating a unique experience for every visitor. You can enjoy your own experience here.

Jason von Doom, the creator of the “Vortex” video loop, states:

The page takes a bunch of scenes from various John Carpenter films and turns them into a unique video each visit. It was built along with CASH Music, a nonprofit that builds free and open technology for musicians. We start with a list of favorite clips, pull them in a random order, then vary the length of each edit to bring a more unique feel to each visit. Watch long enough and you’ll see the best Kurt Russell movie never made.

Read on for a stream of “Vortex”, a quote from Carpenter, and more.

Carpenter explains Lost Themes:

‘Lost Themes’ was all about having fun. It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scored I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.

Carpenter adds:

Both classical music and rock and roll are part of my musical language, which is riff-driven. So if you listen carefully, I’m sure you can hear some echoes from my past. But I’m sure that’s true of any composer. You just bring your music along with you.

1. Vortex
2. Obsidian
3. Fallen
4. Domain
5. Mystery
6. Abyss
7. Wraith
8. Purgatory
9. Night

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