[TV] Marvel’s Agent Carter: The Iron Ceiling Review

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 01:48

Reviewed By Katy Rex. ‘The Iron Ceiling’ is the Strategic Scientific Reserve’s first big “away” mission, plus we get a little of Dottie’s origin story, starting in Russia, 1937, at (presumably) Black Widow Academy. There is a lot going on in this week of Marvel’s Agent Carter.

There’s just something extra awesome and terrifying about adorable little girls with pigtails murdering each other, isn’t there? Dottie is quickly becoming one of the most complex characters on the show, even with so little screen time. She’s clearly skilled in many ways; ninja jumps, marksmanship, playing dumb about tourist traps in the Big Apple, you name it.

If you’re here for girls who aren’t Peggy, though, I’m sorry. Dottie, even with her truly bizarre character development, gets very little actual screen time this week, and we don’t get to check in with Angie.

In a defiant sequence of events, Peggy spends the majority of this episode making Agent Chad Michael Murray eat his words from last episode (“the Natural Order of the Universe is that no man will ever consider her equal”). Despite his condescension and best efforts to exclude her, she breaks the code that the professional codebreaker couldn’t solve and talks her way onto the mission by enlisting her best good buddies, the 107th Regiment. Do we get to see that unsinkable merry band, the Howling Commandos, again?! You bet your sweet ass we do. For the whole friggin’ episode, and it’s glorious. Plus, in the Howling Commandos and in the locker room at the station, we finally get some characters who aren’t white.

Susan is still totally investigating the idea that the blonde is actually a brunette, a possibility he proved last episode by coloring in her hair with a pencil. Very scientific, Susan. Unfortunately for Peggy, he accidentally saw her in her underwear, and that gave him the opportunity to recognize her shrapnel scars from the blonde’s shoulder. So that sucks.

Chief Dooley meets a reporter played by Smallville’s Lionel Luthor in a bar. Just as Susan is getting more and more evidence to doubt Carter, Dooley is getting more and more support to change his mind about Stark’s collaborative role with Leviathan. Is he finally open to admitting he’s wrong? We’ll see! If he isn’t… well, isn’t that just like a man?

Peggy is lucky the 107th were willing to step in and help with the away mission, because now that Agent Chad Michael Murray can see other men treating Peggy decently and respecting her, he starts to realize it’s possible for women to be good at things other than getting coffee. Dum Dum Duggan and Peggy have a really great dynamic which makes it clear that here, out in the field with her compatriots, is her comfort zone. She’s good at this, and even Agent Chad Michael Murray has to admit it; there’s a moment where Chad Michael Murray takes Peggy’s tactical advice infiltrating the Leviathan base.

I’m still reeling from the complete creepy bizarreness of Dottie’s home invasion, by the way. In yet another side story, Dottie has palmed Peggy’s keys and used them to covertly search her apartment for intel. She starts to steal the evidence she needs when she notices Steve Rogers’ picture at Peggy’s vanity table. So of course, she smells Peggy’s lipstick and does a fake British voice, presumably imagining what it would be like to be Peggy? Or maybe this is some Russian spy thing, getting into your target’s shoes. In that case, I do sort of wish she literally put on Peggy’s shoes.

While Susan is unraveling Peggy’s credibility, she’s busy proving her worth to Agent Chad Michael Murray and the team. Unfortunately, in the battle scene, one of our two really visible PoC characters dies, but I guess we still have Happy Sam Sawyer, so that’s something.

 

What do you think? Did you like Chad Michael Murray’s bonding moment with Peggy, where he confesses that he’s not really a tough guy and it’s so hard to keep faking it? Why does Dottie sleep wearing handcuffs? Will Susan turn Carter in?

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

 

 

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‘The Hallow’ Sells HUGE Out of Sundance

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 20:24

Deadline reports that IFC has closed a low seven figure deal for U.S. rights to the horror film The Hallow (review).

Recently attached as the new director of The Crow, Corin Hardy’s Hallow hails out of Ireland, and stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.

When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground, he unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family.

Hardy previously cited classic horrors like The Evil Dead, Alien and The Thing as boyhood inspirations.

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[TV] First Look At Brandon Routh As The Atom on ‘Arrow’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:32

The Hollywood Reporter broke the first look at Brandon Routh fully suited up as The Atom on the CW’s Arrow. The Atom is DC’s answer to Antman, and it looks like we’ll be getting the subatomic hero a little earlier than Paul Rudd is suiting up to shrink down.

Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) is suiting up as The Atom.

The CW has released the first photo of Routh as the superhero, which has been teased throughout this season of Arrow. On the show, Palmer is a billionaire who lost his fiance to Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) soldiers. After taking over Queen Consolidated, he’s been toying with the idea of becoming a superhero — but he has needed Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) scientific skills to complete the suit. Last week, she finally gave in and decided to help, despite her reservations that he might come to harm.

In comic book lore, Palmer’s suit allows him to shrink down to the size of subatomic particles.

Palmer will don The Atom suit for the Feb. 25 episode of Arrow. He will also appear in an episode of The Flash, alongside Felicity, later this season. Meanwhile, The CW is toying with the idea of giving The Atom his own spinoff show.

I’m a huge fan of the suit. I love the cabling holding this thing together. It appears that the suit is jumping out of the world of Arrow, but still feels very grounded. Something I wasn’t sure was possible when The Atom was being toyed with on the show. So far Brandon Routh has been a pleasant addition to the cast, and I for one can’t wait to see the suit in action at the end of this month.

What do you think of the suit?

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Review: Game of Thrones Episode Two – The Lost Lords

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:19

Telltale Games have delivered another stellar chapter of storytelling with Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords. After the shocking events that concluded Iron From Ice House Forrester is reeling from the devastation wrought onto it by The Red Wedding. This chapter sees you playing as some old faces from chapter one in decidedly slower paced adventures, but the real meat of the episode comes with the two new protagonists of the chapter.

Let’s get something out of the way; Rodrik Forrestor is alive, and very badly beaten. His survival proves to be the biggest surprise of the chapter and it happens very early into the whole ordeal. He’s half the man he used to be, and left to be the head of a House in complete shambles after Ethan’s death at the hands of Ramsay snow. Game of Thrones has always dealt with misfortune in interesting ways, but with Rodrik, Telltale puts you in control of a disadvantaged warrior.

You feel great pain as you’re pushed around in almost every scene, and my heart truly broke by some of the choices I felt compelled to make out of weakness. Even a moment longer as the limping leader would have been excoriating, but Telltale makes you languish in his servitude.

Alternatively we have Asher. The banished son of the house who almost took the entire family to war, and you can feel it in his portions of the chapter. He is filled with energy and bloodlust. If he ever makes it back from Yunaki in one piece, he’ll have Ramsay Snow’s balls.

 

Asher’s portions show Telltale further expanding on their action set pieces and making them play like seamless quick time events. At the episode’s introduction you’ll feel your heart pounding as you fight legions of masked guards in an attempt to collect a bounty. It’s some of the best gameplay produced by the company.

Meanwhile Mira’s portions play on the deceptive side of Westeros. Showing that only the most sleuthy can survive in Kings Landing, you get to play everyone around you for your own goals. It’s decidedly different and works to break the mold.

Whereas Gerad’s segments as he joins the Knight’s Watch felt like more of drag than anything in the entire episode, with tasks that seem menial and a story that doesn’t really progress.

It’s hard to fault Telltale Games’ The Lost Lords because its one of the most authentic Game of Thrones experiences out there. Within every moment you feel invested in different parts of Westeros with varying degrees of power. Some stories feel more important than others, and depending on what you’re looking for I reckon you might have a very different experience than I did, but no matter what type of gameplay you’re looking for The Lost Lords has it to offer. The compelling story and masterful attention to detail ensure you’ll be engaging in an adventure unlike any other.

This series has proven once again that Telltale Games have become masters of their own craft. The voice of Game of Thrones feels authentic and substantial. The game plays like the best and worst parts of the series, and I mean that in the highest regard. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and despite a little lull in the back half of the second act, I can’t recommend it enough.

 

And for those of you unable to play the game yourselves, here’s a handy Let’s Play:

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[SXSW '15] Jam-Packed With Genre Films!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 17:51

Marking its 22nd year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features lineup for this year’s event, running March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 slate showcases independent discoveries from emerging directors, auteur-driven comedies and works by master filmmakers.

Oh, and it’s loaded with genre films. The best part? They haven’t even revealed the Midnight titles yet!

Here’s what you can look forward to seeing:

Narrative Feature Competition
The Boy

Director: Craig Macneill, Screenwriters: Craig Macneill, Clay McLeod Chapman
The Boy is an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath’s growing fascination with death. Cast: David Morse, Rainn Wilson, Jared Breeze, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson, Aiden Lovekamp. (World Premiere)

Manson Family Vacation
Director/Screenwriter: J. Davis
The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family. Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue. (World Premiere)

Headliners
Ex Machina

Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller Ex Machina. Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander. (North American Premiere)

Narrative Spotlight
The Final Girls

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson, Screenwriters: M. A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller
Max and her friends are mysteriously transported into a famous 1980s horror movie that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Reunited, they team up to fight the film’s maniacal killer and find their way back home. Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev. (World Premiere)

Visions
Ava’s Possessions

Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Galland
Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she must attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group to figure out what happened. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon; now it’s time to get it back. Cast: Louisa Krause, Whitney Able, Deborah Rush, William Sadler, Zachary Booth, Wass Stevens, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, John Ventimiglia, Jemima Kirke, Stella Schnabel. (World Premiere)

Nina Forever (UK)

Directors/Screenwriters: Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine
A fucked up fairy tale. Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief – even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love. Cast: Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Elizabeth Elvin, David Troughton. (World Premiere)

One & Two
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo, Screenwriters: Andrew Droz Palermo, Neima Shahdadi
Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart. Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Timothee Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler. (World Premiere)

Unfriended (read our review)

Director: Leo Gabriadze, Screenwriter: Nelson Greaves
Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance. Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman. (U.S. Premiere)

Episodic
“iZombie”

Director: Rob Thomas, Screenwriters: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright
From Rob Thomas and based on the comic book, The CW Network’s “iZOMBIE” centers on Olivia “Liv” Moore, a bright young woman who’s also a newly turned zombie. She clings to her humanity by working in the city morgue and helping the police investigate unsolved murders. Cast: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders. (World Premiere)

Festival Favorites
Lost River

Director/Screenwriter: Ryan Gosling
A family tries to hold on to their home in the ruins of a disappearing city. Cast: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Stele, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn. (U.S. Premiere)

The Visit (Denmark/Austria/Ireland/Finland/Norway)

Director/Screenwriter: Michael Madsen
This film documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.

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Exclusive ‘Starry Eyes’ Clip to Make You Gag!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:36

An aspiring actress finally gets a role to die for in Starry Eyes, arriving on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from MPI Home Video on February 3, 2015.

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip that’ll have you gagging, and possibly vomiting (at work?!).

Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe; ‘Passion Play,’ ‘Boy Toy’) spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships with other struggling artists and competing actors, and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a film from a mysterious production company. But this opportunity comes with some bizarre conditions that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful … and altogether terrifying.

In addition to Essoe, the cast includes Noah Segan (Looper, Brick, The Picture of Dorian Gray), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills, Compliance) and Amanda Fuller (The Brittany Murphy Story, Cheap Thrills).

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include commentary with writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (who previously teamed on Absence) and producer Travis Stevens; 10 deleted scenes; a music video by the film’s composer, Jonathan Snipes; Alex Essoe’s audition video; a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and the theatrical trailer.

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Faux 90′s Commercial Taps Into the Spirit of “Too Many Cooks”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:14

Completely riffing on the viral success of Adult Swim’s “Too Many Cooks” comes another mind-twisting trip into suburban hell.

RockJump released a “Big Game” Super Bowl ad for Liquid Slam, a line of snacks and sugary beverages. Titled “Every 90′s Commercial Ever,” this faux TV spot perfectly encapsulates the ads that ran during my favorite cartoons in the 90′s. The sound effects are perfect.

But that’s just the icing on the cake as the video takes a turn to the dark side. Watch as Liquid Slam becomes a liquid monster…

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Tiger Lab To Release Remastered ‘Wicked City’ OST

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:00

While it’s truly fantastic that all these horror scores are getting remastered and reissued, there is a bit of a void when it comes to anime scores. Enter Tiger Lab Vinyl, a boutique record label that focuses on “Cult Anime Soundtracks and beyond.

The label has announced that it will be releasing composer Osamu Shoji‘s soundtrack to the 1987 neo-noir horror anime Wicked City on vinyl. According to Tiger Lab, the “…LP will have all new and original artwork. The masters came directly from composer Osamu Shoji!

There is no official word yet on the release date, but we’ll be keeping an eye out and an ear open for more news.

Head below for the trailer.

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Which “Walking Dead” Character Are You?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:00

This weekend sees the second half of Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead! Taking place after the events at Grady Memorial Hospital, we follow Rick and the remaining survivors as they venture into a zombie-infested world, where death waits around every corner. Basically it’s the same thing as before.

One of the things that The Walking Dead has plenty of are characters, from the cursory secondary characters that are meant to ultimately fill the stomachs of zombies to the main protagonists who drive the series to the villains that we hate with every fiber of our being. Many of us see bits of ourselves in these characters, some relating to Rick and his transformation into the stone cold leader while others relate to Carol, who found strength and purpose.

Why not see which of these characters you are by taking the quiz below! I got Maggie, which reads:

You are confident and can take on most things that come your way. When you have a strong opinion, you stand your ground and won’t cave in to pressure. YOU ROCK

I’m 100% okay being Lauren Cohan.

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Must-See Doc ‘Lost Soul’ Gets Trailer, Theatrical Dates!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:51

We now have the first trailer for the absolutely incredible Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (review), a Severin Films production that will be hitting several screens across the US in February and March (details below).

The best news? Richard Stanley, the subject of the documentary, will be making rare US appearances at Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix dates along with Director David Gregory!

Lost Soul was considered one of the best films of 2014 by both Patrick Cooper‘s and myself.

The filming of the ill-fated 1996 version of H. G. Welles’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is the stuff of legend. For the first time since he was unceremoniously escorted off his longtime dream project, Richard (HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL) Stanley reveals in detail his spectacular original vision and how it was all ripped apart at the seams. Cast members including Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider and Rob Morrow, executives and producers Robert Shaye, Edward R. Pressman and Tim Zinnemann, concept artist Graham Humphreys, members of the Stan Winston Makeup Effects team as well as a host of cast and crew members recall the stories first hand of colossal egos run amok, a production way out of control, and how the original filmmaker was banished from the set but wouldn’t let go. Directed by David Gregory (PLAGUE TOWN, THEATRE BIZARRE, THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO), this is the sensational story of what could have been a science fiction masterpiece which became a huge creative and financial disaster; the story of the outsider artist versus Hollywood machine.

Theatrical engagements have been booked by David Szulkin.

2/7 and 2/11 San Francisco, CA, Roxie (SF Indie Fest) Richard Stanley and David Gregory Q&A (2/7 only) Tickets available here
2/13 Philadelphia, PA, PhilaMOCA Tickets available here
2/25 Austin, TX, Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
2/27 – 3/5 Los Angeles, CA, Cinefamily, Richard Stanley and David Gregory Q&A
2/27 and 2/28 Brooklyn, NY, Nitehawk Cinema Tickets available here
3/1 Winchester, VA, Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
3/6 and 3/7 Boston, MA, Coolidge Corner Tickets available here
3/6 – 3/8 Portland, OR, Hollywood Theater Tickets available here
3/6 – 3/12 Houston, TX, Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
3/6 – 3/12 Lubbock, TX, Alamo Drafthouse
3/8 Yonkers, NY, Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
3/9 and 3/10 Minneapolis, MN, Trylon Microcinema
3/18 Ashburn, TX Alamo Drafthouse Loudon
3/26 and 3/28 Gainesville, FL, The Wooly
3/29 Austin, TX, Austin Film Society at The Marchesa
3/30 Phoenix, AZ, Harkins 101 Scottsdale, Richard Stanley and David Gregory Q&A

More locations will be announced soon.

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Trailer For Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River’ Swims In

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:43

Warner Bros. has released the first official trailer for Drive star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which opens April 10, 2015.

Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Barbara Steele.

The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.

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‘The Lazarus Effect’ Trailer Brings Hell to Earth

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:37

You want more of Olivia Wilde getting demonic? Well, then check out this second trailer for Relativity Studios’ The Lazarus Effect, opening in theaters February 27, 2015.

Evan Peters and Donald Glover also star in the pic about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.

David Gelb directs.

Check out the trailer below, with new images here. Oh, and we finally have a synopsis:

THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde) who’ve achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.

Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.

Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life- but rather, the wrath of her return.

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‘Fear Clinic’ Clip Goes On a Killing Spree (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:31

Check out this exclusive clip from Fear Clinic, which will be released on iTunes and XBOX January 30th with a Blu-ray and DVD release slated for February 10, 2015 through Anchor Bay Entertainment.

In it, Robert Englund’s character uses his machine to elicit a memory (or dream?) in which a man in a black mask shoots up a restaurant.

The pic stars horror icon Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker, as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut, and is directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II).

With blood-chilling special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, Fear Clinic is said to take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself.

When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…

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‘The Next Peak Vol. II’ Released: Synth Covers Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Soundtrack

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:23

Retro Promenade has released the second of three volumes in their The Next Peak series, which is a running tribute to the music of the classic TV show Twin Peaks. This volume takes the original tracks and remixes them, courtesy of artists such as Kalak, 20Six Hundred, Gridscape, and more. You can listen to it below.

The album is available via Bandcamp at a Name Your Price model. There is also a very cool “Spooky Bob” poster available for purchase through the same link.

In two weeks, the third and final volume will be released, which will be a series of original tracks inspired by the show and its music.

The Next Peak Vol II (Twin Peaks Tribute) by Retro Promenade

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The First Teaser For Netflix’s “Daredevil” Trailer Hits Wednesday

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:19

Netflix and Marvel released the first teaser for thier forthcoming “Daredevil” series today, which is set to hit April 10th.

Season 1 of “Marvel’s Daredevil” will premiere with 13 one-hour episodes on April 10, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. PT in all territories where Netflix is available.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson with Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.

 

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Get CUT! on Friday the 13th

Dread Central - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:00

Friday the 13th is on its way… no, not the movie; the actual date… and if you’re in or near Los Angeles, you’ll be able to see at least one psychopath get messy on the big screen. Read on for a look at CUT!

From the Press Release:
Psycho Rock Productions and Dog House Post are proud to announce the “Friday the 13th” opening and week-long engagement of CUT! at the Arena Cinema Hollywood.

CUT!, a twisted psychological thriller which won BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST LEADING ACTOR, and the AWARD of MERIT for AUDIO at the 2014 Independent Film and Television Festival, was named by Movie Rankings as one of the TOP 5 HORROR MOVIES of 2014. The film stars David Banks, Dahlia Salem, Sam Scarber, Allen Maldonado, and Suze Lanier-Bramlett. It was directed by David Rountree.

In CUT! the apparent is never the truth as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a film by scaring people for real; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the only way to make a truly terrifying movie.

Suze Lanier-Bramlett co-stars in this movie as a follow-up to her smash hit, original cult classics The Hills Have Eyes 1 and 2. This is also a breakthrough performance for comedic actor David Banks, who won Best Leading Actor for his role as the eccentric serial killer Lane Hayes.

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The Walking Dead – Watch the Opening Scene from this Weekend’s Mid-Season Return

Dread Central - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 13:36

Finally, after weeks and weeks of waiting, the mid-season return of “The Walking Dead” takes place on Sunday; and to reward our patience, AMC has released the opening scene of Episode 5.09, “What Happened and What’s Going On.” Check it out right here, and start counting down the days and hours!

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.09 – “What Happened and What’s Going On” (airs 2/8/15)
After all the recent trials the group has faced, a slight detour might prove to be the solution they’ve been looking for.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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New Godzilla Screens Heat Up Your PlayStation 4

Dread Central - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 13:15

Know what we want immediately? The Godzilla video game for the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait until August 31, 2015, when it arrives on next gen and the PlayStation 3. Still, we have some new screens to tide you over.

Godzilla comes from leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. Developed by Japanese video game studio NATSUME ATARI, Godzilla places players in control of one of the most famous and destructive monsters in entertainment history. As Godzilla, players will trample and lay waste to cities and environments with the goal of taking out each area’s Energy Generator while collecting as much G-Energy as possible. The G-Energy can then be used to power-up Godzilla, increasing both his physical size as well as his offensive and defensive skills.

The game will also allow players to utilize a dynamic Movie-Style Camera Angle System, delivering the most epic camera angles from which to destroy both a multitude of locations as well as classic enemies such as Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla.

“Godzilla has had a long history and is one of Japan’s most famous pop culture exports that have entertained millions of people for generations in the West,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. “We’re excited to continue this great history by bringing the Godzilla video game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 to excited fans. Let the countdown to monstrous destruction and epic battles begin!”

Godzilla will feature multiple game modes including: Mission Mode where players will wreak mayhem through more than 20 different stages of play; a Diorama Mode that allows players to place Godzilla in different settings to capture epic photos; and a King of Monsters Mode where Godzilla must fight his way through the franchises most famous enemies to reach the top of the monster hierarchy and claim the throne as the true King of Monsters.

Currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB, Godzilla will be available in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 system and PlayStation®3 system in summer 2015.



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Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Andrew Kasch and John Skipp

Dread Central - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 13:00

Horror hits like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death have proven that the anthology film format has been revived, and so a new omnibus is afoot for 2015 – assembling the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Bousman (The Devil’s Carnival), and Lucky McKee (The Call) behind their collective cameras.

Epic Pictures Group financed and produced Tales of Halloween, which brings together ten segments from different directors into one unified series of stories, all set in an Anytown, USA, suburb terrorized by ghouls, ghosts, and slashers on one, er, epic Halloween night.

We had a chance to chat with co-directors Andrew Kasch and John Skipp to get the skinny on their super-special segment in the spooky series…

Dread Central: What’s the name of your story, who wrote it, and who is in it?

Andrew Kasch: Our segment is called “This Means War,” and it was an idea I conceived when we were throwing out various pitches. I’m a massive fan of haunted attractions and really wanted to do something in that world. Our first pitch was set in a Christian fundamentalist Hell House, which scared people for a variety of reasons. So we ran with the idea of dueling suburban home haunters, and Skipp came up with the brilliant notion of having it be a generational “old vs. new” clash of horror styles – so we have Dana Gould playing the classy Universal/silent film lover and James Duval as the Rob Zombie gore-loving metalhead.

John Skipp: I rode into horror as part of the splatterpunk wave of the 80s and was immediately swept up in the “loud vs. quiet horror” debate. Which always cracked me up because – while I’m a big fan of deliberately shocking content and overt, crazy-ass imagery – I also love the artistry of atmosphere and mood, subtlety, and suspense in the classic works.

So I came up with Boris and Dante: two guys at very opposite ends of the spectrum, whose yard displays exemplify those extremes. Boris (Dana) does his yard up almost entirely in black-and-white mode, with German expressionist trees and a graveyard/mausoleum set; whereas, Dante (Jimmy) has an explosion of garish color washing over his ramshackle gorehound assembly of mutilated bodies and hot chicks and such.

To me, these are two great tastes that taste great together. And having them fight to the death over which one is “better” struck us as a hilarious way to address this huge rift in the horror community in a way that’s both lampooning and loving. In that sense, we’re trying to do what GALAXYQUEST did with the Star Trek community: showing the absurdity, while embracing the contradictions and having a laugh at ourselves in the process. All in the spirit of fun.

DC: How were you approached to do this project, and what about it made you say ‘Yes’?

AK: The whole thing happened during a dead-celebrity party several of us were at. Axelle, Gierasch, and I were talking about always wanting to do an anthology film, and Axelle tossed out the idea of something Halloween-themed. The three of us met the next morning for coffee and jotted down a wishlist of filmmaker friends. Once our pal Mike Mendez brought on Epic Pictures, it all just snowballed from there. The idea of working with so many people who I respect and the fact that we were given carte blanche to run wild was hugely appealing. The challenge was pulling off an ambitious script on a small budget and two-day shooting schedule, which was pretty grueling.   

JS: I totally rode in on Andrew’s tail feathers with this. We’re always dying to create cool new cinematic weirdness. So when the opportunity came up, we jumped.

DC: What were some of the guidelines given to you by producers? What was the most challenging aspect?

AK: The big thing that I think everyone wanted to do was build in connective tissue for the film, which meant throwing in a lot of fun bits with reoccurring characters so that it all feels like one big cohesive movie. For example, you’ll see several main characters from other segments in the background of our scenes. It makes the movie one giant fun Easter Egg hunt!  

JS: I ain’t gonna lie. This whole thing has been a tussle from beginning to end, which is what you get with this many master chefs in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure I wrote eight thousand drafts of a 10-page script before Andrew jumped in and helped smooth it all out. But I like what we got and love what we shot.

DC: Dip into your story a little bit, and tell us what we can expect…

AK: We wanted our segment to be fast and fun, while lovingly poking fun at the extreme parts of horror fandom. We’re all opinionated genre geeks who live and breathe this stuff, so crafting a movie where two eccentric fans declare war on each other over their tastes was a chance to take our daily Facebook and Twitter debates to the next level. And our hope is that all horror fans can relate and identify with these guys on some level… cause at the end of the day, they’re both doing it for the love of the game. 

JS: Yep! Past that, I think people will have fun with how much we whipped this all into a fucking frenzy. Dana and Jimmy are amazing. Absolutely love what they did. And once the crowd starts gathering to watch these two goofballs slam into each other, the energy blasts off the screen. We had, like, SIXTY PEOPLE lined up on the sidewalk in this nice suburban neighborhood, alternately cheering and cringing at the mayhem unspooling, giving the whole thing a weirdly epic feel far exceeding our modest budget.

And for people who care about oddball cameos, we got oodles. Lombardo Boyar (BIG ASS SPIDER!) is, as always, one trillion percent hilarious. Elissa Dowling (CHEAP THRILLS) is, as always, both hotter and cooler than hell. Felissa Rose (SLEEPAWAY CAMP) screams like nobody’s business. Ricky Grove (ARMY OF DARKNESS) tries to call the cops. Adam Green (HATCHET) plays the vomiting cop. Caroline Williams (TEXAS CHAINSAW 2) cheers wildly. And rising star Graham Denman (THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES) and Thomas Blake (POINT BREAK LIVE) utterly kill as Dante’s roadies.

Speaking of L.A. theater, we’ve got the stars of both of the greatest H.P. Lovecraft plays ever staged on Earth: Graham Skipper (RE-ANIMATOR: THE MUSICAL) and Frank Blocker (THE CALL OF CTHULHU).

On the literary end, our frequent genius collaborator Cody Goodfellow (REPO SHARK), the brilliant Laura Lee Bahr (HAUNT), and Lisa Morton – president of the HWA (Horror Writers’ Association) and an awesome writer herself – staked out their claim. Our STAY AT HOME DAD star, Alisha Seaton, is there. You won’t see Andy Merrill (the voice of Adult Swim’s THE BRAK SHOW), but he’s there. As is cult director Charles Pinion (RED SPIRIT LAKE) and Brian Bubonic of L.A.’s outsider art-fave, The Hyaena Gallery. The list goes on and on.

Bottom line, though: I think what horror fans will dig most is watching Boris and Dante kick the shit out of each other. Everything else is gravy.

DC: What are some of the upsides of an anthology, as opposed to a feature length one-plot film?

AK: The upside is that you get to cut right to the core of a story without the fat. Way too many horror films don’t have enough ideas to sustain a feature runtime, but when you can make the same statement in a short format, it can be tremendously effective. 

JS: I’ve always loved anthologies. Have edited a shitload of ‘em in book form. And what I love most is the diversity of angles of attack. You get a bunch of artists staring at the same thing – in this case, Halloween – and riffing with all their heart and skill at something they care about deeply. It’s the juxtaposition that knocks me out. The fly’s eye view.

Every single writer/director on this thing took their own take on the subject. The result, I suspect, will be a panorama. And I’m deeply excited to see it all cut together into one giant love letter to the horror field and cinema at large.

DC: What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

AK: Aside from the obvious (John Carpenter), I adore Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat. 

JS: Mine is Creepshow, flat-out. It’s the only one I watch religiously, every year. The stories don’t take place on the holiday proper, but the setup with the pumpkin in the window totally places us there. And honestly, I’m hoping that Tales of Halloween is gonna become a party favorite for years to come. The movie I’d annually watch, as a tradition, even if I wasn’t part of it. That’s what we’re all shooting for. And dearly hope people love it as much as we do.

DC: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Do you dress up as an adult on the night of 10/31?

AK: I went as a battle-scarred Terminator one year and really freaked out the neighbors. And I haven’t stopped dressing up for Halloween. This year, I was Will Graham from “Hannibal,” and my best friend, Buz, was the Stagman. We were such a cute couple!

JS: Honestly? I loved being a zombie back in the 70s, long before it was popular, mostly because constantly refreshing my head wound with blood kept it nice and shiny. But my favorite Halloween costume ever was going in bloody Goth leather drag, as a grown-up, taking my kids out trick-or-treating. The fact that nobody knew I was a man until I said, in basso-profundo, “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” at the end was hilarious.

You learn a lot about your neighbors that way!

Andrew Kasch and John Skipp

Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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[TV] Watch the Opening of “The Walking Dead” Mid-Season Premiere!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:54

Excited for this Sunday’s return of “The Walking Dead” on AMC?

Get your fill right now with the opening 2-minutes, which opens with infinite sadness.

After the tragic events of the mid-season finale–as well as losing the possibility of a cure in Washington, DC–Rick Grimes’ band of survivors find themselves on the road, surviving day to day and trying to hold on to their shredded humanity and dwindling hope.

Stripped of security and without a direction for the future, some of the group near their breaking point, some find themselves hardened and cold and some just try to grasp on to what little they have left.

Though they are still breathing, the line between Rick’s group and the dead is starting to blur.

Could there be anything at this point that brings them back to life?

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