See an Exclusive Clip from Damien Episode 1.03 – The Deliverer

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 14:00

We’re loving A&E’s “Damien” around here, and right now we have an exclusive – and huge – scene from Episode 1.03, “The Deliverer,” to share in which the unknowing Antichrist comes to grip with his past.

Spoilers abound. You’ve been warned. It’s all for you…

Related Story:  Damien Episode 1.02 – Second Death: Recap and Review with Spoilers

“Damien” Episode 1.03 – “The Deliverer” (3/21/16)
Damien (Bradley James) consults an old friend about Ann Rutledge’s (Barbara Hershey) intentions, while Simone (Megalyn Echikunwoke) turns to the Church for answers. Shay (David Meunier) comes face to face with an unexpected visitor. After a mysterious death, Rutledge gains Damien’s trust.

Check out our clip along with a preview of the episode below.

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[SXSW Review] ‘Pet’ Practically Proves to Be the Perfect Midnight Movie!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 13:01

Pet has been described as being in the vein of Hard Candy and Gone Girl. It doesn’t exactly have the wit or intelligence of those two films, but what it lacks in those qualities it makes up for in pure trashy fun. No one would accuse Pet as being subtle or high art, but as a one of the Midnighters at The SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals, it turns out to be the perfect fit.

When Seth (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), an animal shelter worker, runs into former schoolmate Holly (Ksenia Solo, Black Swan, Orphan Black) on the bus, he attempts to grow closer to her. After stalking her on social media to figure out her likes and dislikes, Seth eventually goes to eat at the diner where Holly works. From there, the stalking gets progressively worse and worse. When Holly finally rejects Seth’s advances, he kidnaps her and locks her in a cage he built in the tunnels under the animal shelter that he works at.

Writer Jeremy Slater’s two previous credits are last year’s Fantastic Four and The Lazarus Effect, so you would be forgiven for entering into Pet with fairly low expectations. What he has done is taken a standard stalker/kidnapping plot and flipped it on its head in a unique way. Pet starts out playing it straight, but as it progresses it morphs into a black-as-night romantic horror comedy. Slater and director Carles Torrens keeps things moving at a pretty brisk pace, and at 90 minutes the film doesn’t overstay its welcome. In fact, just when the film starts to drag during its third act the film draws to a mostly satisfying close.

Around the midway point of the film, the narrative takes a rather jarring turn when a secret comes out about one of the characters. To say any more about it would spoil the entire film and all of the fun to be had with it, but suffice it to say that that moment will make or break the film for many viewers. If you choose to roll with it, then you may find Pet to be the perfect midnight movie that you’ll want to put on late on a Saturday night with friends and plenty of booze.

Unfortunately the insanity of the second half of the film make you realize just how by-the-numbers the first half is. While it’s fun to see Monaghan to play this type of character, it’s not exactly what you would call compelling. The film relies completely on it’s second act twist and that’s not exactly what a film should be striving to do.

Monaghan is appropriately creepy yet sympathetic as Seth, but the real surprise comes in the form of Solo, who simply knocks it out of the park in a role that requires her to play so many different facets of an incredibly complex character. She imbues Holly with a steely vulnerability that when she is able to fight back in her own special way it takes you by surprise, yet still somehow feels believable.

If you try to read into the subtext, you might see a film with a message about people trying to change each other for the sake of a relationship, but it’s best not to view Pet with such a discerning eye. Pet is best viewed as a wacky horror romance filled with enough gallows humor to satiate the Coen Brothers. This will make the film’s more ridiculous plot developments easier to swallow and thus make your enjoyment of it more likely. It’s a perfect fit as one of the SXSW Midnighters and serves as a nice breather between all of the more highbrow films that can populate the festival’s lineup.

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Bloodborne Getting an Official Card Game Spin-off

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 13:00

Eric Lang, the designer of Marvel Dice Masters and the XCOM board game, has taken to Twitter to explain his latest endeavour: an official card game based on last year’s video game Bloodborne.

Have a look at what he had to say in the series of Tweets below:

For those who follow me and have gotten to know my silly codenames for games-in-progress, this is Project Dream.

— Eric Lang (@eric_lang) March 16, 2016

Bloodborne is indeed licensed. It is a simple but highly deep and interactive card game. From @CMONGames. No minis! But sweet components.

— Eric Lang (@eric_lang) March 16, 2016

Bloodborne is a card game based on the Chalice dungeon runs, where players compete to kill monsters and take their blood. But don’t die!

— Eric Lang (@eric_lang) March 16, 2016

Bloodborne: risk management with a bit of groupthink, inventory management/upgrades and tactical play in an intense 30 minute card game.

— Eric Lang (@eric_lang) March 16, 2016

My goal with Bloodborne was to channel the intensity and frustration of the video game into a contest between players. Lots of death.

— Eric Lang (@eric_lang) March 16, 2016

Damn you, Twitter and your stupid 140-character rule! The guy clearly had a lot to say and was frustrated that he had to do it via multiple tweets. Well, whatever… it’s great that Bloodborne is being turned into a card game. Especially for players who found the video game too damn hard to complete.

Apart from the above, we don’t have any more details yet, but we’ll let you know when we find out the release date.

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Chomp on the First Trailer for The Shallows

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:53

The Shallows is heading our way in June from Sony Pictures, and the film’s first trailer has arrived. Check it out along with an international version and the poster, and let us know what you think… does it have enough bite?

Blake Lively stars along with Óscar Jaenada and Sedona Legge. The Shallows (formerly known as In the Deep) was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Anthony Jaswinski.

For more info visit the film’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Nancy (Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a Great White and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills. It’s Jaws for a new generation.

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[SXSW Interview] Fede Alvarez Talks ‘Don’t Breathe’ and What’s Going On With ‘Evil Dead 2!’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:32

Director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) blew audiences away at the 30th Annual SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals with his latest film Don’t Breathe (read my review), which was the festival’s first Midnighter. I was lucky enough to sit down with Alvarez and chat about the film (and maybe a little bit about Evil Dead as well). Check out what he had to say! You can also check out my interview with the films stars Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto here.

Bloody Disgusting: Hi! Nice to meet you.

Fede Alvarez: Nice to meet you as well.

BD: First I just want to say that I loved the film, and I was very happy that I didn’t know anything about it going in.

FA: Thank you I’m glad you watched it! Yeah this was interesting. Nobody knew shit about this movie and you never know what people are going to expect. With this, my goal was that no one would expect anything.

BD I definitely think that’s the best way to watch the movie though. I feel like nowadays trailers spoil so many things that to go in blind is nearly impossible so this was a real treat. But moving on to the film itself: What made you want to write this as a follow-up to Evil Dead? What gave you the idea?

FA: It was just me and Rodo, my co-writer on Evil Dead and this one too. We’re friends and we were just driving from Comic-Con in San Diego back to Los Angeles just trying to think about what we were going to do next. We knew- we kind of imposed some rules based on our experience with Evil Dead.

1) We knew we didn’t want it to be a remake. We wanted to do something fresh and original and new.

2) Because we used so much blood on Evil Dead. It was so much about that, you know? It was for shock value. So we said “Okay, let’s do a movie with no blood.” That was our rule: to not make a bloody film.

3) Let’s make it about suspense. Evil Dead didn’t have a lot of room for suspense so we wanted to make this one all about suspense and not related to the supernatural at all. That was and still is the trend for thrillers and horror right now. It’s always supernatural. We can tell great stories in the world that are not supernatural. If you go back to classics like Psycho, there’s nothing supernatural in there. There’s definitely enough real scary stuff in the world to make a movie out of.

So that was definitely what we wanted to do.

BD: I mean slashers are my favorite sub-genre so I like the reality of the situation.

FA: Cool

BD:  So I may be wrong, but I feel like I read an interview after Evil Dead with Jane Levy where someone asked her if she would do that again and she kind of skirted around the topic. You put her through the wringer on Evil Dead so it must have been tough on her. Did it take convincing on your part to get her back for this film because she gets put through the wringer again

FA: She said yes right away. She had read the script as soon as it was done because we are good friends, but no one had made an offer to her yet. So I called her out of the blue one day and asked her if she wanted to make this movie and she was like “Fuck yeah, let’s do it!” But I think once she got on set and she started to realize what we were doing she asked herself ” Shit, why did I get myself into this mess again?” I think she did an amazing job though. I was watching her on the screen and I was so proud of her. She really delivers.

BD: Yeah she’s two for two with you. I watched her on Suburgatory when it was on and she’s definitely got range, what with being able to do comedy and horror so successfully. 

FA: Yeah, definitely.

BD: So was this an easier shoot for you? Or was it more stressful?

FA: [hesitates] No shoot is easy and if it is then you’re probably making a shitty movie. Like when you watch Evil Dead and you see all of those effects you know that it’s not easy to do and it pays off in that way for the audience. Don’t Breathe had a lot of that too where it wasn’t an easy shoot at all. That doesn’t mean that it’s a negative experience or anything like that. Some of the best movies ever made were very hard to do and have nightmarish stories about how they made them but the audience doesn’t care. They want to see a good movie. That’s all they care about. I don’t mind making things even harder in order to give the audience a good experience.

From Left, Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, Daniel Zovatto and Dylan Minnette

BD: That’s good that you have your audience in mind when you’re making a movie. I feel like it can be easy to forget about them during production.

FA: You can’t make excuses when you’re making a movie. You can’t say “oh we didn’t have enough budget to do this” or “we couldn’t do this because we didn’t have time.” The audience doesn’t want to hear that. You get the shot. You get the moment. You want them to see something unique. Don’t Breathe definitely had many challenges though.

BD: I imagine one of those challenges was telling a story with so little dialogue. What did that script look like? Was it a really short script?

FA: No, it’s probably a 90-page script. It was always the idea that were were going to do something that was almost a completely silent film. It was ambitious though. At first we didn’t want to have any music, but changed our minds. And I think that Roque Baños did a great job with the score. It’s very simple with great moments here and there to hit you with tones but he never overdoes it. Wait, we were talking about the script weren’t we?

BD: Yes.

FA: Right. Well it was a proper script. Everything that you see in the movie was actually in the script. Most of the film’s beats are definitely in there.

BD: Did you have a lot of blocking instructions in the script? Or is that something you thought ahead and brought to the shoot?

FA: Before shooting we sat down at my house with our production designer Naaman Marshall, cinematographer Pedro Luque and costume designer Carlos Rosario and put a big map on the table and drew the house. We made it like a chess game and put the characters on the map and moved them around as we were reading the script to illustrate what we wanted to happen.

BD: So basically it was your version of storyboarding?

FA: Yes, exactly.

BD: I’m getting the cue to wrap up, and I have to ask that question you’re probably tired of answering.

FA: [Looks down] Oh, man. Don’t even start.

BD: Are there any plans for Evil Dead 2

FA: [Laughs] There are no current plans. We’re not talking about it with Sam [Raimi] at all. Like I know right now it’s all about the show and everybody is very happy with that and that’s it.

BD: What’s next for you then?

FA: I don’t know.

BD: Nothing?

FA: I have no clue, man. There are probably things but I just finished this movie. Literally just finished it a few weeks ago and the way I work is I don’t pay attention to any other projects while I’m making a movie. I think I owe that to the audience to really give them the feeling that they’re being taken care of and that I really care about every moment in my film. That’s why I don’t start thinking about doing anything else until I’m done with what I’m working on. Now that we’re finished I’ll go back to Los Angeles and start thinking about what I’m going to do next.

BD: Good! Well again, I think it’s a great film and I’m really excited for people to see it. 

FA: Thank you so much.

Check out Don’t Breathe when it hits theaters on August 26, 2016!
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The Russo Brothers ‘Ghostbusters’ is Confirmed Dead

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:07

Remember there was a period where there were two Ghostbusters films being discussed? There was the one from Paul Feig, which we’re going to see this summer, and then there was one from the Russo Brothers that was going to star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt.

Well, as one might have expected from the deafening silence surrounding that project, it’s completely dead and buried with no chance at becoming a non-repeating phantasm, or a class-5 free roaming vapor.

Joe Russo told Forbes the following:

There is no status with that for us. There was a period there when Paul Feig was engaging Sony in talks about Ghostbusters and we were also engaging them. He was further along with his process than we were and he closed his deal so that’s the only Ghostbusters world that’s being explored right now over at Sony. Once we took Infinity War it [took] us off the table for any kind of any potential work on a Ghostbusters project.

The Russos are gearing up for the release of the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, which comes out May 6th.

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Robert Englund to Play a Blind Man for the First Time in Havana Darkness

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:00

Robert Englund may be turning 69 this year, but the Freddy Krueger actor and one of the most recognisable faces in horror is showing no signs of slowing down, with his next film, Havana Darkness, going into production early next month. Full details below.

From the Press Release:
“Havana Darkness” is a joint production of Bulgarian-based Open Frames and new York’s Golden Celba Productions. Directed by Guillermo Ivan, the film stands out as the first ever English language thriller to be shot in Cuba.

Magi Halvadijan and Loris Curci produce together with Ivan and associate Zair Montes, with principal photography beginning April 2, in New York City. The crew will then move to Havana later in April.

“We are telling a very scary story, loosely based on the discovery of a manuscript that was said to have been written by Ernest Hemingway, during his stay in the Caribbean Island,” says director Guillermo Ivan.

Havana Darkness lines up an international crew and cast from Europe, U.S. and Cuba.
“We are making history here”, concludes Halvadijan.

The project saw life a few months ago in the offices of Open Frames, a subsidiary of Global Group, the largest independent production company in Bulgaria. The very same people that have produced Nightworld, directed by Patricio Valladares (Hidden in the Woods), and starring Jason London and Robert Englund.

A drama that ventures into horror, Nightworld is scheduled to make its official debut at the Cannes film market this coming May.

“I had never played a blind man before”, jokes Englund “It was challenging, fun and my character had some great lines… Nightworld is one of the scariest scripts I have read in a long time. The story is haunting and original, and opens up to possible sequels…”

Jason London, of Dazed and Confused fame, states that “American film makers could learn a thing or three from shooting films in Bulgaria. Top drawer artistry, passion and talent have not been forgotten there…”.

Open Frames is also working on a TV series titled Samodivi.

“It”s about beautiful witches who are the essence of pure evil,” explains CEO and creator Magi Halvadjian, who went out to hire showrunner Robert Parigi, of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and director David Boyd (The Walking Dead, Dark Skies).

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Battle of the Birthdays: ‘Bloody Birthday’ Vs. ‘Happy Birthday to Me’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:31

An interesting phenomenon that can occur in Hollywood is when two movies with roughly the same plot are released in the same year by different studios. These films, as I have recently learned, are called “twin movies.” Look at 1997 when Dante’s Peak and Volcano were released within three months of each other. Or in 1998 when Deep Impact and Armageddon were released within two months of each other (Deep Impact is the better movie by the way. I don’t care what anyone says.).

Anyway, I turned 27 a few weeks ago and rather than go out and party I decided to stay in and watch two birthday-themed horror movies. I’m a rebel, I know. Little did I know that Happy Birthday to Me and Bloody Birthday were released a mere two weeks apart from each other. Bloody Birthday was released on April 28, 1981 and Happy Birthday to Me was released on May 15, 1981. Those of you who are online super-sleuths know that the United States didn’t get to see Bloody Birthday until 1986, but that’s a technicality I’m willing to overlook in the interest of having a hook for this brief piece. My question to you is this: Which is the better film? Let’s begin.

If you want to skip reading the long article, I’ll spoil the verdict for you right now (highlight the text to see): Happy Birthday to Me is the better film. Bloody Birthday is a big ol’ turd. 

***SPOILERS FOR 35-Year-Old Films Below*** Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me is one of the more popular holiday-themed slashers to crawl out of the 80s, and it’s very clearly a ripoff of Friday the 13th, since it was released just over a year later. Interestingly enough, Freddy Vs. Jason would rip off this film in the subplot regarding main character Ginny fighting with her father over her dead mother. Just watch the first scene where they argue after Ginny comes home late and tell me it doesn’t bear a striking resemblance to the scene where Laurie (Monica Keena) argues with her father (Tom Butler). Sporting the catch tagline “Six of the most bizarre murders you will ever see,” Happy Birthday to Me had an interesting hook, though it does spoil the shish kebob death in its poster. As a matter of fact, it spoils three of those six “bizarre” deaths in the poster, though it gets the names mixed up since it’s Etienne who gets killed with his motorcycle and Steven who gets the shish kebob shoved through his head (maybe as a way to throw the audience off, but I refuse to give the marketing team that much credit).

The score is a simple blend of piano tunes, that actually reminded me a lot of the main theme from Valentine. Well, I suppose I should say that the main theme from Valentine reminds me a lot of the main theme from Happy Birthday to Me, but you get what I’m saying. It’s sufficiently creepy though and definitely gets the point across.

That being said, at no point is Happy Birthday to Me particularly scary. That may just be because it hasn’t aged as well as something like Halloween has, but at no point does it ever truly terrify. What the film does do well, however, is provide a decent buildup. At an arguably too-long 110 minutes, Happy Birthday to Me spends a lot of time with its character development. Most of this time is devoted to Ginny, whom the film consistently wants us to believe is the killer, but more on that in a bit.

The plot is inventive yet simple: Ginny (Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Sue Anderson, in a rather controversial bit of casting), is about to celebrate her 18th birthday, and she plans on inviting members of the Top Ten (of which there are less than ten members, so there’s that), an elite clique comprised of the richest and douchiest teenagers at her school. In the days leading up to her birthday, the members of the Top Ten begin getting murdered one by one. As the film progresses, Ginny begins having flashbacks to her previous birthday, where her mother drove them off a bridge after going on a bender when the Top Ten members chose to go to Ann’s (a member of the Top Ten) birthday party instead of Ginny’s.

One surprising (and maybe even commendable) aspect of Happy Birthday to Me is that there is absolutely no nudity of any kind in the film. Maybe it’s because of the casting of Anderson, but whether it was a conscious decision or not to have no sex scenes or nudity in the film, it raises its status in terms of maturity as a slasher film.

The deaths are actually very well done in Happy Birthday to Me. The opening kill is a throat slash, but the real treat in this kill is that the character does something that I always wish characters would do when they are being strangled: pretend to die mid-strangulation and then make a break for it when the killer’s guard is down. It’s something that should happen in more films, but I digress. You’ve got a character who gets his scarf thrown in the spoke of his motorcycle (in an homage to Isadora Duncan’s death). Another gets his neck crushed with weights in what is possibly the film’s most gruesome kill (seriously, the blood sprays everywhere). Then you’ve got a stabbing, the aforementioned shish kebob in the mouth and a supposed drowning that happens off screen.

All of the deaths are quite fun and appropriately gruesome and tons of fun, but I would like to go back to the off-screen death of Ann, whom Ginny finds drowned in the bathtub. It is the film’s major misstep, as Ann is revealed to be the killer. It’s understandable why the creators had thought this wouldn’t be an issue or raise a red flag as to the killer’s identity. After all, we had actually seen “Ginny” murder two people prior to her finding Ann’s body, which brings us to the ending of the film.

Happy Birthday to Me received a fairly negative reception upon its initial release in 1981, but it has since grown a rather large cult following among horror enthusiasts, and this is mostly because of it’s bonkers ending. The ending in its entirety is not available on YouTube, but here is what happens: After “Ginny” kills several people (in what the film tries to pass off as multiple fugue states), her father walks into the cottage that serves as her family’s guest quarters to find a table surrounded by the corpses of all of the deceased Top Ten members. “Ginny” is also at the table, and she proceeds to slit her father’s throat as he cries over what his “daughter” has become. Then, one of the corpses at the table sits up. It’s the real Ginny! After a brief scuffle, Ginny rips off “Ginny’s” face, which turns out to be an elaborate mask (straight out of Mission: Impossible) that Ann is wearing. You see, Ann is all pissy because her mother slept with Ginny’s father years ago and she is actually Ginny’s half sister. It tore her family apart and she blames Ginny for it (this makes no sense, by the way).

It’s all rather silly, but the sheer ridiculousness of it works in the films favor, as it almost makes you forget the moments that dragged before. It is definitely more memorable than the original ending, which had Ginny be possessed by the spirit of her vengeful mother. Is Happy Birthday to Me a good movie? Not particularly, but it is a lot of fun and it is highly entertaining, even at an overly long 110 minutes. The movie even “goes there” by having Ginny go insane in the film’s closing moments as a detective walks in to see Ginny standing over the corpses of all of her friends.

Bloody Birthday

Imagine my surprise to find out that Bloody Birthday isn’t actually a slasher film, but rather an evil child film (the kids are murderers, but I would still consider the film part of the evil child sub-genre over the slasher sub-genre). This was my first time viewing Bloody Birthday and I went in totally blind, but that didn’t necessarily make me enjoy the film. Although I probably could have just looked at the poster and been clued in by its tagline.

In a plot straight out of Village of the Damned (or its source novel The Midwich Cuckoos), three children (Debbie, Curtis and Steven) are born at the exact same time during a solar eclipse. Little do the town inhabitants know that Saturn was also blocked during the solar eclipse, and Saturn is the planet that controls the way a person treats other people. Since it was blocked, those three children were born murderous psychopaths with the inability to feel empathy for anyone else and they go on a murderous rampage for absolutely no reason (I swear I’m not making this up).

Aside: Village of the Damned isn’t the only thing Bloody Birthday rips off, as there are scenes and shots lifted directly from John Carpenter’s Halloween. I’m referring specifically to the scenes where Joyce and Beverly (80s darling Julie Brown) are walking to school. You may be able to get by with calling it an homage, but it legitimately looks like a direct copy of Carpenter’s classic. End of aside.

The rest of the movie shows all of the different ways the kids murder people (the first of which is Debbie’s father, who is also the sheriff), as every other character turns a blind eye to the proceedings. Towards the end of the film, lead character Joyce (Lori Lethin) and her younger brother Timmy begin to suspect the trio of deviants and attempt to let the rest of the town know, but their cries for help frustratingly fall on deaf ears.

Unlike Happy Birthday to MeBloody Birthday features a fair amount of nudity, from both the male and female sexes. It’s actually kind of respectable (ha ha) to see the film feature male nudity as much as they do female nudity. Of course, the bulk of the nude scenes go to Beverly, who is completely game for all of the gratuitous boob shots. None of this is really important to the quality of the film, it’s just an observation.

The kids do a lot of messed up shit, but it’s all rather childish (sorry). Every trick they pull has an easy way out of it and every single one of the teenagers and adults who fall prey to their shenanigans comes off as incredibly stupid for not being able to just kick the crap out of the little bastards. One perfect example of this is when Timmy and Curtis get in a car and chase after Joyce, who can apparently only run in straight lines, in a junkyard. They chase her so, so slowly. It’s absolutely hilarious and has to be seen to be believed, so here:

For being a horror film, there isn’t a lot of carnage that happens on screen. The film certainly lacks the creativity of Happy Birthday to Me. The deaths consist of bludgeonings with baseball bats, gunshot wounds, strangulation by jump rope, etc. The only memorable death of the bunch is Beverly’s death, in which Debbie shoots her in the eye with an arrow. Other than that it’s slim pickings for gorehounds.

Another point of contention many may have with the film is that the sociopathic children don’t even get a comeuppance. Sure, Steven and Curtis get arrested, but that bitch Debbie gets away scot-free! The final shot sets up a sequel (that would never come to fruition), so the viewer is left feeling unsatisfied. I’m not saying all films need a happy ending with closure, but in this case it would have been nice.

One could argue that Bloody Birthday isn’t trying to be a good film. That may certainly be the case. It may be going for more of a midnight movie vibe, but that doesn’t change the fact that it still isn’t very good that quite honestly comes off as pretty lazy filmmaking. It’s really not even that entertaining, as it inspires more frustration in the audience than interest. You’ll be so frustrated with the stupidity of every character over the age of 10 (no one ever suspects the children of being the culprits) that you won’t be able to enjoy the film.

Winner: Happy Birthday to Me

There wasn’t really a reason for me to write 2,500 words on this topic. It’s sort of a no-brainer. Happy Birthday to Me is definitely the better film. Don’t take my word for it though, watch them for yourself! If you’ve already seen them both, what are your thoughts on this debate? Let me know in the comments below or shoot me a Tweet!

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Alexandre Aja Curates a Horror Collection for Shudder

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:30

Last month The Witch director Robert Eggers kicked off Shudder’s “curated” collection of horror films hand-picked by some of the genre’s brightest rising stars, and this month it’s French filmmaker Alexandre Aja’s turn.  Read on for the details!

From the Press Release:
Shudder, the diabolical horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, continues to expand its offerings for horror fans. As part of Shudder’s guest curator initiative, director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes [2006], Piranha 3D) has created a collection of his top five horror films, now live on the Shudder platform.

Aja’s collection is the second part of Shudder’s guest curator program, which kicked off last month with a collection by director/writer Robert Eggers (The Witch). Each guest curator carefully selects his/her top five horror films based on personal taste and impact on the genre. Shudder plans to continue the program on a monthly basis with collections from new guest curators.

Shudder houses a variety of films that span all decades and sub-genres of horror in detailed collections created by lead curators Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman. The full collection by Alexandre Aja, now available on Shudder, is detailed below (with comments from the filmmaker):

“This film is slow burning storytelling, like climbing up the Everest of horror. It’s the most unnerving Takashi Miike movie, deeply sensual and bloody disturbing. This feminist revenge story is every man’s nightmare and fantasy as well. If you can stomach it, she will move you and stay with you long after the end credits roll, making Fatal Attraction feel like a ‘Teletubbies’ episode.”

“Growing up on Akira, Tetsuo was – for me – the perfect development of man’s evolution into machine, or how the industrial world we are living in might ultimately consume us. This Cronenbergian hallucination is graphic, fetishist, expressionist, and a beautiful black and white journey. Somehow – it’s like the Japanese Eraserhead. Definitely cult!”

“It’s been a long time since I had to stop watching a movie because it was too intense! The imagery is so haunting, every frame of that forest is a cinematic painting. The darkness of love stories and human relationships challenge the audience by taking them in the most remote and dark places of our own nature. The film is a provocative experience like a question mark burnt on your skin.”

ROOM 237
“Extreme, conspiratorial, funny – most of the crazy theories might be just pure fiction in this ode documentary, but it’s so exciting to milk the fantasy of the almighty Stanley around the making of The Shining. The idealistic vision of the ultimate filmmaker’s ability to layer subtext, hidden messages in every frame of one of the best movies ever made!”

“The most honest attempt of depicting serial killers. No artifice. Nothing about the deaths themselves. No fear or suspense. Just the casual build-up and the cold aftermath. An immersion into the inconceivable mind of killers, and the performance by Michael Rooker is unforgettable.”


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“Hannibal” Was Cancelled Partly Due to Online Piracy

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:01

NBC’s “Hannibal” was basically a gift from above for horror fans. It had everything we could’ve wanted from such an offering. It was brilliantly acted, featured a rich and intricate storyline, had terrifying music, and some of the most gorgeous yet utterly horrifying bursts of gore and death. It treated the genre with a respect that is rarely seen and even more rarely cultivated. Unfortunately, while “Hannibal” gave us a glimpse of something pure and wonderful, its lifespan was cut short after a mere three seasons, well before the series was set to enter the realm of Clarice Starling and her journey that was originally seen in The Silence of the Lambs, an arc that has a great deal of personal meaning to many lovers of author Thomas Harris’ works.

The question still remains: Why? How could a show that gave us everything we theoretically wanted ultimately fare so poorly? Was it the timeslot? I don’t think so, as NBC made the episodes available to watch the day after it aired. Was it that it was too highbrow? I won’t lie and tell you I understood everything when first presented. Often times I had to rewatch episodes to fully grasp what was going on and to understand the subtleties at play. However, with a show that entertaining and exhilarating, I find myself not really buying that it was “too much”. Could it have been the gore and intense visuals? For horror fans, absolutely not. For the general public, maybe?

But another angle comes from show executive producer Martha De Laurentiis herself, who has penned an op ed on The Hill that tackles “Hannibal” and its cancellation, citing online piracy as one of the main culprits:

When NBC decided not to renew “Hannibal” for a fourth season — a show on which I served as executive producer — it wasn’t much of a leap to connect its fate with the fact that the show was ranked as the fifth-most illegally downloaded show in 2013. When nearly one-third of the audience for “Hannibal” is coming from pirated sites — despite the fact that a legitimate download for each episode was available the following day — you don’t have to know calculus to do the math. If a show is stolen, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to fairly compensate a crew and keep a series in production.

De Laurentiis also writes something incredibly important, something that many people often overlook:

Only so many names can fit onto a marquee, film poster, TV show’s credits or in a movie’s trailer. Maybe the millions of people who illegally download movies and TV shows are thinking only of the top-billed stars, excusing their actions with the notion that one viewing will not do much harm to a superstar.

But on a set, every last crew member and creative — right down to the person who designed that poster or edited that trailer — is affected if the fruits of their labor are stolen.

Did pirates kill “Hannibal”? Unfortunately, that is a cliffhanger that might last for a while. With more than 2 million viewers watching our show illegally, it’s hard not to think online pirates were, at the very least, partly responsible for hundreds of crew members losing their jobs and millions of fans — who watched the show legitimately — mourning the loss of a beloved program.

She ends with a solemn promise, one that she will be tackling when she appears at the Meet the Producers event, which takes place on Capitol Hill:

As I said, this isn’t just about me. This is about the livelihoods of thousands upon thousands of hardworking people who help enrich the lives of millions of fans of films and TV shows. When the plundering is done, even the pirates will have nothing left to watch, let alone steal. That is a dark future I will do my best — as a producer and a fan — to make sure never arrives at a laptop near you.

I know that torrenting and online streaming are topics of hot debate here, so I ask you all to weigh in with your thoughts below. As always, I hope things are kept civil as a rational and logical discourse is what is needed to truly decide where to take this situation.

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Metro 2033 Unleashing Nuclear Horrors on the Big Screen

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:00

It may not be hugely recognisable in the West, but in its native Russia, the Metro 2033 franchise is huge. The original post-apocalyptic novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky would go onto spawn a franchise of over 30 books from various writers, in addition to two acclaimed first-person shooter video games.

A film adaptation of the series has been on the cards for a while, but as Variety kindly informs us, it’s now very close to happening. Producer Stephen L’Heureux and three-time Oscar nominee Michael De Luca have teamed up with Glukhovsky to help turn the novel into a film. Eugene Efuni, who originally bought them the project, is also on board as a producer. And who knows? If it’s a hit, we could have a potential move franchise on our hands.

Set in a post-apocalyptic Russia, the original zombie and monster filled novel, which was published in Russia in 2005, follows a young man called Artyom as he struggles to survive in underground metro stations, which have become havens shelters for what little remains of humanity from the creatures now roaming the wastelands.

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‘The Shallows’: Blake Lively Stranded and Surrounded By a Shark! (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:46

Survival horror is hotter than ever, but you wouldn’t know it since most are bizarre releases that blend things like sharks and exorcisms.

Even though the Syfy-esque Sharknado‘s dominate the business, there’s still plenty of survival thrillers in the works, such as this new one from Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Sony is getting behind the shark craze with The Shallows, which has been described as a cross between 127 Hours and Jaws.

In the taut thriller The Shallows, penned by Tony Jaswinski, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.

While the concept itself is exciting, knowing that it was directed by Orphan and House of Wax‘s Jaume Collet-Serra just adds icing to the cake.

The first trailer, above, is the perfect tease that sets the tone, tension and dilemma Lively’s character faces. It’s sort of like a home invasion movie, only the victim is trapped on a rock instead of in a house. Collet-Serra is going to kill it, I’m sure of it!

And the poster, well, it’s phenomenal. If the film ends up being great, the poster will surely be hanging on a lot of people’s walls.

The Shallows swims into theaters June 24th.

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Upcoming Film Decay Proves that Friendship Is Deadly

Dread Central - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:30

Constant loneliness is the worst thing ever known to man. We’ve all been there, not having anyone by our side, having a ton of things that we want to say but nobody to say them to, even desperately imagining that those who left us, either by their own free will or by circumstances beyond their control, are still accompanying us as we go through life. It must be what solitary confinement in prison feels like.

So when Jonathan, a lonely groundskeeper at a theme park, befriends a young woman, all seems well at last. Too bad that she’s dead and her body’s beginning to decay…

That’s the premise of Decay, which is getting both a theatrical and VOD release next month. Read on for more info.

Featuring a “mesmerizing” performance by Rob Zabrecky, writer-director Joseph Wartnerchaney’s vividly nightmarish film focuses on a middle-aged groundskeeper at a local theme park who suffers from a debilitating case of OCD. One day his routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead. Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Instead, he invites her to dinner. Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begins to decay.

Winner of the True Grit Award at the Denver Film Festival 2015, Decay also stars Lisa Howard (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Jackie Hoffman (Garden State), and Elisha Yaffe (TV’s “Better Call Saul”).

The “meticulous and engrossing” (Ain’t It Cool News) Decay hits theatres and On Demand April 8th from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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There’s a Zombie Western Starring Backstreet Boys And ‘NSync…

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:00

Back in July we told you that Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter developed Dead 7, described as “a zombie Western futuristic horror” film.

Dead 7 was produced by The Asylum, the same company behind films like Sharknado and Transmorphers, which means we have some idea of what to expect. Oh, and it stars some interesting people: Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys), Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), O-Town, and more.

Now, a trailer has been released

The film is described as being about, “…ragtag band of gunslingers operating during a post-apocalyptic zombie plague.

The tentative name and description led Jon Barkan to ponder if the movie is essentially a retelling of The Seven Samurai, which has been remake into several different films, such as The Magnificent Seven. Those movies were about seven warriors who were hired by a village to protect it from ravaging marauders.

If you’re a Sharknado fan, Dead 7 premieres on Syfy Friday, 4/1 at 8PM ET.

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‘Green Room’ Quad Poster Offers No Way Out

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:35

I love this awesome new UK quad poster for Jeremy Saulnier’s uber-violent Green Room (read our review), which is set for a New York and Los Angeles bow April 15th, with an expansion planned for April 22nd and Nationwide opening on April 29th, 2016.

Green Room is said to be a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox also star.

“Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.

Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, GREEN ROOM is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.”

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Enter the Mysterious and Unsettling Art of Michael Macrae

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:28

The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is often more true than it lets on. A picture begs the viewer to wonder what happened leading up to this moment and what came next. It asks us to look and try to understand a story from only a snapshot of a single slice of time. Sometimes that story can bring happiness and joy while other times it brings us sorrow and grief. But then there are times where that image can evoke fear and distress.

Such is the case with digital painter Michael Macrae, who specializes in, “…portraying narrative through one or more images.“. Below are several images of Macrae’s, each a dark moment that raises many questions yet gives us enough information to begin hazarding guesses.

While the images aren’t NSFW, I’d still recommend viewing them away from work. Just in case, y’know?

You can see more of Macrae’s artwork on his official website.

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Germany Is Getting Special Releases Of ‘Cannibal Inferno’ and ‘The Last House On the Left’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:26

Illusions Unltd, the Germany company responsible for releasing some of my favorite mediabooks, has announced a couple new releases coming March 31. The first film is a DVD only release of a film called Cannibal Inferno. This is a 2008 film that is entirely new to me. From what I can tell it looks to also be known as Isle of the Damned and is a horror/comedy. It could be promising. Joining Cannibal Inferno will be a Blu-ray/DVD mediabook combo of 2009’s The Last House on the Left. I’m really excited about this one. The film is a very good remake and I love me some mediabooks!

Cannibal Inferno

In Antonello Giallo’s follow up to the notorious Pleasures of the Damned, private investigator Jack Steele is hired by a mysterious treasure hunter to help find the lost treasure of Marco Polo. Along for the trip is Jack’s adopted son, Billy. Their search brings them to an island off the coast of Argentina… and into the clutches of a primitive cannibal tribe, the Yamma Yamma. Alexis Kinkaid, a mysterious recluse who has made his home on the island amongst the cannibals, may hold the key to unlocking the island’s secret… if they don’t end up in the belly of a savage first! Isle of the Damned, originally released in Italy in 1980, brought Giallo under fire yet again by the Italian government, who were outraged by the shocking and real scenes of primitive tribal rituals and cannibalism portrayed in the film. The film has been long out of print, but is presented here in a digitally remastered form.

– Audio commentary
– Introduction by director
– Audience reactions
– WOW Monster Show
– Self-Promotion Video
– And more

The Last House on the Left

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

– 16-page Booklet
– Deleted Scenes
Limited to 666 copies of each cover

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Get Acquainted With One of the Biomechanical Horrors of ‘Inner Chains’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:00

I’ve realized that my coverage of Inner Chains up to this point has been about 20% informative, with maybe 80% devoted to its sex appeal pleasing visuals. I don’t want to sex this video game, I promise, and to prove it to you, I’m going to talk some other stuff.

But first, a recap. Inner Chains is a horror-themed first-person shooter set in a “dark and deadly biomechanical world” littered with the fragments of a once-glorious human civilization, where nature has “begun to assimilate with the abandoned technology, giving life to biomechanical beings.”

Beings like this guy. Meet the Priest.

Telepaths Tree describes the Priest as a guardian of lost technology, “smarter than subordinate fanatics, he keeps his distance while trying to snipe his target. When forced to grapple however, he’s not entirely helpless. His unique weapons and fiery fanaticism, make him a truly deadly foe.”

The enemies are an extension of nature — or more specifically, the super-evolved and seemingly sentient biomechanical life form that nature has become — as are the weapons you’ll use to destroy them. Even the flora and fauna “lie in wait for your slightest stumble.”

Inner Chains reached its initial funding goal last week, leaving it with nearly three full weeks to hit the various stretch goals that have been set for it, from Linux support to additional enemies, weapons and even an alternate ending. Sadly, console support isn’t among them.

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R.I.P. Larry Drake Passes Away at 66

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 21:35

We are very saddened to hear that Larry Drake, who appeared in the first two Darkman films as “Robert Durant”, has passed away at his home. He was 66 years old.

On top of appearing as the villain of the first two Darkman films, Drake was also known for his iconic performance as Santa in the “Tales from the Crypt” episode ‘And All Through the House’. He was also in the 1981 horror film Dark Night of the Scarecrow and the 1992 slasher Dr. Giggles.

Drake’s first role, according to IMDb, was the 1971 Herschell Gordon Lewis film This Stuff’ll Kill Ya!. His role as “Benny Stulwicz” in “L.A. Law” earned him two Emmy nominations.

We send our condolences to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Mr. Drake.

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Rob Zombie Releases New Track “The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 21:23

Shock rocker/director Rob Zombie has released “The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore”, a new track from his upcoming album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, which comes out April 29th (iTunes).

The track is exactly what one would expect from Zombie. It’s crunchy, it’s crude, and it’s fun! Personally, with the release of “Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.” and this, I’m thinking that The Electric Warlock Acid Witch is gonna be a fun-as-hell album that will satisfy any fan of the Zombie!

Upcoming Rob Zombie tour dates:
Apr 08 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Apr 30 Monster Energy Fort Rock Fort Myers, FL
May 01 Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Jacksonville, FL
May 03 Mississippi Coast Coliseum Biloxi, MS
May 04 Oak Mountain Amphitheater Birmingham, AL
May 06 Aaron’s Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
May 07 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN
May 08 Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC
May 10 Cajundome Lafayette, LA
May 11 CenturyLink Center Bossier City, LA
May 13 KIWR Rockfest 2016 Council Bluffs, IA
May 14 Northern Invasion Somerset, WI
May 15 Fargo Civic Center Fargo, ND
May 17 US Cellular Center Cedar Rapids, IA
May 18 U.S. Cellular Coliseum Bloomington, IL
May 19 FirstMerit Bank Event Park Saginaw, MI
May 20 Rock On The Range Columbus, OH
May 21 Rock On The Range Columbus, OH
May 22 Giant Center Hershey, PA
May 24 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI
May 25 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne, IN
May 27 Rocklahoma 2016 Pryor, OK
May 28 Rocklahoma 2016 Pryor, OK
May 29 Rocklahoma 2016 Pryor, OK
Jul 19 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater Greenwood Village, CO
Jul 20 Usana Amphitheater Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 22 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
Jul 23 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Jul 24 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Irvine, CA
Jul 26 Idaho Center Amphitheater Nampa, ID
Jul 27 White River Amphitheater Auburn, WA
Jul 29 Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, CA
Jul 30 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas, NV
Aug 02 Austin 360 Amphitheater Austin, TX
Aug 03 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
Aug 04 Gexa Energy Pavilion (on sale March 25) Dallas, TX
Aug 06 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
Aug 07 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Aug 09 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Saint Louis, MO
Aug 10 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 21 DTE Energy Music Theatre Village Of Clarkston, MI
Aug 23 Molson Canadian Amphitheater Toronto, Canada
Aug 24 Blossom Music Center Akron, OH
Aug 25 First Niagara Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 27 Lakeview Amphitheater Syracuse, NY
Aug 28 XFINITY Center Mansfield, MA
Aug 30 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
Sep 01 Xfinity Theatre Hartford, CT
Sep 02 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
Sep 03 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA

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