The ‘Ninja Scroll’ Movie Would Have Sucked. Here’s Proof (of Concept)!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 09:09

Ninja Scroll, Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s 1993 anime about a mysterious vagabond who goes up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader, is quite possibly my favorite Manga release. It’s action-packed, uber violent, and has one of the coolest endings in the history of cinema.

The idea that this was to be adapted into a feature film was the best news since Warner Bros. also announced Akira. Unfortunately, neither happened.

Now, several years since it was announced that Watchmen writer Alex Tse was attached to the project, it’s been revealed that Gary Shore was up to direct for Warners and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.

Shore, who was behind Universal’s awful, awful Dracula Untold – the first of the planned Universal Monsters resurrection – was allegedly in talks or even attached to direct Ninja Scroll.

The filmmaker, now serving time in director’s jail, shared a “proof of concept” video that he did in 2012. The animated visuals were done using mo-cap, with Shore explaining that it (thankfully) never made it to the next stage.

After toughing through Dracula Untold, it’s clear to me this Ninja Scroll adaptation would have been a disaster as well. Shore found a way to bore me in just 4-minutes, which is probably why this never went any further than the proof of concept stage. This “pitch” lacks storytelling, character, and the action is clearly overly ambitious. All of the problems prevalent in his Dracula rear their ugly head in this short. I’m sure he’d argue, “Hey, this is just an animated pitch,” but he’s the one who released it to the pubic. And if this was made in order to impress the studio heads at Warner Bros., it’s clear why they went in another no direction.

Am I being harsh? You tell me. I think I’m on point…

Categories: Horror News

Get Patriotic with a New ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Clip

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 09:00

Someone do me a favor and collect all the clips released for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and put them together. I have a feeling we’ll have nearly the entire movie.

A new clip for the film has been released and it shows main characters Ben and Carter trying to demonstrate how to fold the American flag. Of course, a zombie interrupts them, so they have to use the good ole’ red, white, and blue to choke it so hard that, well… Check it out for yourself.

In the film starring Tye Sheridan, Joey Morgan, Logan Miller, Sarah Dumont and David Koechner, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

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Windhand’s Garrett Morris Shares His Favorite Childhood Halloween Items

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 09:00

Just recently we premiered the music video for Windhand‘s “Two Urns”. Perfectly crafted for the Halloween season, we decided that we weren’t done with the band and wanted some more from them. That’s why we got guitarist Garrett Morris to compile a list of his favorite childhood horror/Halloween items, a list that is brimming with nostalgia.

Morris explains:

Listed here are 9 of my favorite childhood horror/Halloween items. I still own all of the originals. Some of them even date back to the late 70’s when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I also included Kirk Hammett’s Too Much Horror Business as the 10th item on the list. I think it’s the best book of its kind and showcases an absolutely amazing collection of horror and Halloween related toys. I never get tired of looking through it.

>“Two Urns” comes from the band’s latest album Grief’s Infernal Flower. You can order your copy here.

Horror Sounds of the Night

Made by Topstone Industries in the 1980’s. The greatest Halloween sound effects cassette ever made.

Topstone Industries

They made the best Halloween products in the 1970’s & 1980’s. Available at every 5 & Dime and local drug store.

Mad Magazine: Super Special Summer ’83 Horror & Sci-Fi issue

One of the best issues of Mad Magazine ever. Worth owning just for Sergio Aragones’ “The Vampire”.

Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Illustrated by David Levine: One of my first books as a child. David Levine’s art perfectly compliments both stories.

Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride and memorabilia

One of my earliest and fondest childhood memories. I became obsessed with it from the age of 4 and still search for memorabilia.

Randotti Skulls

My mother bought me a Randotti skull on a trip to Disney World in 1978. I still have it sitting on a shelf over my stereo. Amazing that at one time Disney commissioned these to be sold at their parks.

Edward Gorey artwork

I was always attracted to his art as a child. I would watch the PBS program “Mystery” just to see the opening animation. His cover art for the book “Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural” is a favorite.

‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ soundtrack

One of John Carpenter’s best soundtracks. One of my favorite horror movies. A completely underrated and under appreciated film.

‘The Fog’ soundtrack

Another of Carpenter’s best soundtracks. The music creeped me out so bad as a kid.

Kirk Hammett: Too Much Horror Business

Completely amazing book of Kirk Hammett’s collection of horror memorabilia, movie props, and toys. Probably the best book of its kind. I really hope he does another volume.

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Netflix’s Original Production, “Rebirth,” a Psychodrama with Seduction and Violence

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:47

Netflix has set the cast for Karl Mueller’s “Rebirth,” announcing Fran Kranz, pictured in Cabin in the Woods, Adam Goldberg, Kat Foster, Nicky Whelan, Harry Hamlin, Andrew J West, Sheryl Lee, Pat Healy, Eric Ladin, Luis Geardo Méndez and Steve Agee all part of the cast, says Deadline.

‘Rebirth’ follows a white-collar suburban father Kyle (Fran Kranz) who is surprised at his office by long-lost college buddy Zack (Adam Goldberg). Zack is as wild and crazy as ever, brimming with excitement about the self-actualization program he’s just finished. In fact, there’s a Rebirth seminar this coming weekend. Reluctantly, Kyle goes and stumbles on a bus full of Rebirth participants about to depart. He gets on the bus and hands over his keys, wallet, and phone. Thus begins his journey down an increasingly unhinged rabbit hole of psychodrama, seduction, and violence as a confused and increasingly desperate Kyle tries to escape Rebirth and discover what the weekend is really about. Rebirth is produced by Campfire.

The twisted psychological thriller comes from writer-director Karl Mueller (Mr. Jones) and producer Ross Dinerstein (The Pact, The Nightmare)

“Rebirth” will be available exclusively on Netflix day and date with theatrical and transactional in 2016.

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Momentum Pictures Gets ‘Indigenous’ This December

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:13

Momentum Pictures’ new horror thriller Indigenous, directed by Alastair Orr (Expiration) and starring Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, and Sofia Pernas, hits VOD December 8th.

A group of five young friends travel from Los Angeles to exotic Panama for a week of partying in lush tropical paradise. Befriending a beautiful local woman in their hotel bar, they learn of a secret jungle hike to a pristine waterfall nearby. The woman cautions them strongly against the hike, warning that other gringos in search of the legendary waterfall had mysteriously disappeared into the jungle, never to be seen or heard from again.

Ignoring her warnings, the group convinces the woman to guide them to the picturesque waterfall, thinking that they have nothing to fear with a local as their guide. What begins as a fun outing quickly turns terrifying when their guide mysteriously vanishes after a romantic tryst at the falls. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind her warnings – horrific, bloodthirsty, flesh-eating creatures are now stalking them. The mangled survivors rush to jungle caves for shelter, only to realize they’ve entered the monsters’ lair!”

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[TV Review] “iZombie” Episode 2.04: ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:09

There was so much forward momentum on iZombie this week! Liv and Peyton made up, Major admitted he needed help and Clive had something to do besides just work on a case and look dumb for not knowing Liv is a zombie. It was quite a refreshing turn after last week’s somewhat disappointing episode.

First, let’s talk about Major. iZombie has been a victim of that oft-featured TV trope where characters keep secrets from each other and it becomes a test of the audience’s patience (see the aforementioned Clive comment) to see when they finally come out. Having Major admit his drug problem to Liv after only 3 episodes seems like the show’s way of saying “thank you for watching.” Granted, we didn’t actually hear Major confess to Liv, but hearing him admit to her that he needed help was touching and featured a nice acting moment from Rose McIver and Robert Buckley. Their kiss at the end of the scene was a nice touch, as well.

Major also had to contend with Ravi this week, who finally put him in his place. Major’s behavior has clearly been a little off, and while it’s somewhat understandable that Ravi and Liv would assume it was because he was steal dealing with the fallout from the Season 1 finale, it’s less believable that not one of his friends would comment on his increasingly erratic behavior. The moment when Ravi confronted Major was long overdue. All it took was Major losing the dog (whom Ravi rather hilariously named “Minor”) for Ravi to snap.

Peyton’s return last week wasn’t all for naught. Rather than spend the entire episode making up with Liv, she was directly involved in the utopium case (and even ended up meeting Blaine!). Not that seeing her make up with Liv wasn’t great. It was, but Peyton was often relegated to the “best friend” role last season (much like how we all thought Major would just be “the boyfriend,” boy how wrong we all were with that one), so it’s refreshing to see her playing a part in the major season arc.

Speaking of Blaine, he had his own little B-story this week as he hunted down the man who sold the utopium at the boat party from the pilot. It was pretty brutal, and it’s a little surprising that the guy didn’t just tell them what he cut the utopium with after being turned into a zombie, but that will probably change next week when his brain cravings really start to take over.

What was the most surprising about Blaine this week is that he crossed paths with Peyton. Since he’s intent on becoming the new drug lord of Seattle, it serves his best interest to have Stacey Boss (I still can’t get over the fact that his name is Mr. Boss) incarcerated. Knowing that, he goest straight to Peyton to give her all the information he knows on him in exchange for immunity for his crimes. Not much came from that character interaction this week, but it is clearly going to lead to some problems in the future. How funny was it when Peyton told Liv she met a guy she thought she would like? Not all zombies (or zombie-looking people, in Blaine’s case) like each other, Peyton! Also, why would Peyton even consider trying to hook Liv up with someone she knows has been involved in a drug ring?

The case of the week wasn’t particularly memorable. A waitress at a country western bar was strangled and it turned out that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, being murdered by a criminal who was tied into a bigger case being investigated by the police department. Overall, the amount of screen time devoted to the case seemed a little unnecessary, but the bait and switch reveal of the murderer was a decent moment of surprise.

While the cowgirl aspects of “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues” were downplayed in this episode (with the exception of that admittedly fantastic musical number), it proved to be one of the stronger episodes of the season, with plenty of emotional payoffs and a great setup for future episodes.

Random Notes

  • Sorry for being so late with this one. I was attending the finale party for the From Dusk Till Dawn series when this episode aired. I’ll be on time next week!
  • Chapter Titles of the Week: Weapons of Glass Destruction; Murder She Watched; Pawn of the Dead; A Hands-On Approach; Seattle PDA; Ground Control to Major; Chekhov’s Gun;
  • Brain Recipe of the Week: Southern-Fried Brains with Sriracha!
  • When Minor escaped from the house, he went back to the same park where Major murdered his owner. I think I almost cried at that revelation.
  • “Well, to be fair you did just see me stab someone in the head.” -At least Liv understands.
  • Remember when Liv had a mom and a brother? I know they told her they never wanted to see her again but we haven’t seen or heard from them since the premiere. You would think Liv would at least mention them.
  • “I hate that phrase ‘made love.’ It’s like ‘sex’ went and hired a PR firm.” -I 100% agree with this statement. I’ve never found the phrase “made love” to be appealing.
  • Ravi dressed as a cowboy was incredibly cute and hilarious.
  • Seriously, is there anything Rose McIver can’t do? Country singing? That song was actually pretty good!
  • Blaine’s henchmen discussing whether or not Jesus was a zombie was one of the funnier bits of dialogue iZombie has ever put on screen.
  • Next week, Liv eats the brain of a high school basketball coach. I can’t say I’m looking forward to this one, as sports culture doesn’t really appeal to me, but I’ll withhold judgment until I watch the episode.

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Zombie Strippers Attack in This Prank Video!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:05

Unsuspecting bros get a different kind of surprise at a strip club.

Check out this prank video for Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, in limited theaters October 30th.

Directed by Christopher Landon, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman¸ Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont all star.

Check out two other shocking clips, one in which a scout grabs hold of a zombie penis for support, the other in which a zombie sings Britney Spears.

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Lawrence Rothman Releases NSFW Haunting Video for “Oz vs Eden”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:01

R&B artist Lawrence Rothman has released a NSFW haunting and captivating video for his track “Oz vs Eden”, which has additional vocals from Charli XCX. Directed by the world renowned photographer/music video director Floria Sigismondi, the video is almost like a collection of living photographs, each scene a sentient painting that has its own life.

Rothman explains to BD:

The theme of the song is that honest moment when you push out your most extreme and unflattering corners of your brain and display them uncensored.

The video conjures the age old struggle of the negative and positive voices we all hear when living in our head to long.

We also have an exclusive quote from Sigismondi that reads almost like a poem. You can read her words, as well as see the video, below.

Director Floria Sigismondi exclusively tells Bloody-Disgusting:

When listening to the song “Oz Vs Eden” I was drawn to the image of a grand house. A mash up of the Garden of Eden, with it’s faded floral wallpaper and a house that can be swept away like the will of man as in Oz. A house that had mystery. You can feel it in the wood, the wall paper, the curtains. When i found the perfect house that reflected these two things, the images that emerged were pastel and soft. I wanted to juxtapose the darkness of the song with beautiful colors and dusty light. I imagined that these characters were beings that were stuck in a sort of limbo, something only a dream could conjure. A place between two opposing forces. The angels and the demons. The place inside all of us. The beauty and the ugliness. The known and unknown.

Lawrence Rothman online:

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Finally, An ‘Alien: Isolation’ Bundle That’s Worthy of a Perfect Organism

bloody disgusting - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 08:00

It’s a good thing no one can hear me scream when I’m being murdered over and over and over again by the phallic shadow monster with a sword for a tail that now haunts my every waking moment — or at least the moments I spend playing Alien: Isolation. It’d be better for me if I possessed even a modicum of skill, but I fear the only thing I’m getting better at is receiving mouth-to-mouth from that horrific nightmare creature.

What I mean to say is you should consider checking out Alien: Isolation – The Collection, for it combines one of the best horror games of 2014 with six months’ of DLC, including all seven of the mission packs, from Crew Expendable to The Trigger.

The Collection is available now for $39.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, or $29.99 on PC.

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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Talks Horror and Halloween! [Interview]

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 19:45

When it comes to bringing horror to the masses, perhaps no one has done more for the genre than Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark! Her years as the host of Movie Macabre as well as her own personal films turned her into one of the most popular horror personalities, one that brought humor, sexiness, and terror, all wrapped up in a delightfully charming persona, to audiences around the world.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a few minutes of Peterson’s time to chat about Halloween, horror, and some other fun and spooky topics. Hope you enjoy!

If you were to curate your own Movie Macabre of films that came out in the last 10 or so years, which titles would really stand out for you?

Oh god! Well, I like the ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies, although I think the first one is the best. I also really liked ‘Shaun of the Dead’! I was also a big fan of ‘Deathgasm’ and ‘Housebound’. I like when horror movies have some sort of humor in them. I like the rollercoaster of funny then scary and back and forth.

We know that Elvira loves Halloween but does Cassandra Peterson have the same level of passion for the spookiest of holidays? What’s Halloween like for Cassandra at your house?

Well, first of all, I grew up with my family celebrating Halloween as the biggest holiday, which was kind of bizarre back in the lat 50’s and early 60’s. Halloween wasn’t as big of a deal. It was just kids going out to trick or treat. But the reason that it was so big in my house was that my mother and my aunt owned a costume shop. So, from the time I was in second grade, I was the “costume dressing up-ist freak” you ever met! I was SO into Halloween! And I was the luckiest kid in the neighborhood because my aunt and mom would show me the most awesome costume of whatever was the most popular TV show that was on, like Miss Kitty from “Gunsmoke”, which I wore and entered a contest and won a $500 gift certificate. Later on, it was “I Dream of Jeannie” and Ginger from “Gilligan’s Island”.

So, my mom and my aunt would show me these awesome costumes while all the other kids were wearing these really dopey plastic packaged jobs from Sears. So I was the “Queen of Costumes”! People were always wondering what I was going to be wearing, you know? So, no, this started for me with Halloween being the biggest deal in the world. It continued to be my whole life. I would start putting my Halloween costume together in, oh god, Spring! I was born and raised on Halloween!

Can you tell us what you’ll be wearing this Halloween or is that a surprise?

Oh no, I can tell you right now what I’ll be wearing! I’ll be wearing “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”! [laughs] It’s the only Halloween costume I’ve worn in 35 years! I never get to wear anything else because I always, always, always work on Halloween and I’ve never had a Halloween where I didn’t have a job. So, it’s my only costume. I always talk about if I could just wear something else for a change. I had a fantasy about it on one of my recent Movie Macabre shows where I was dreaming and I saw myself dressed as a nun, dressed in a burqa, dressed in a mumu with flip flops… Something more comfortable! [laughs]

It’s wonderful to hear that your passion for Halloween hasn’t abated after all these years!

Oh yeah! And besides that, because of Halloween connection, I got really into building the Aurora model kits of Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman, all that. I was just so into the horror genre. For me, it was all about Halloween, the spooky, the scary. When horror movies that I was allowed to go see, usually with Vincent Price, I was the the one sitting in the front row. I’ve been into it since I was seven or right years old.

What are some of the most entertaining horror characters that stand out for you?

Vincent Price was my number one idol. I was cutting out pictures of him and putting them on my wall. So his characters, like Dr. Phibes, or anyone that he played in the Roger Corman films that were loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe… Oh! I was a huge Poe fan, too! I had poems and books of Poe.

I did like the Universal characters. I loved the Mummy and the Invisible Man I thought was amazing and, of course, I loved Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. I was raised on the classic movie monsters. Those are the ones I still associate with Halloween and “scary”. I like the whole nostalgia throwback thing.

They all have a charm and elegance to them that I feel like we haven’t seen in horror in a while.

Yeah, there are some great characters that are lasting like Freddy and Jason, but I don’t think they’re as much fun because they’re a little hardcore. They’re great, don’t get me wrong! I love them! But for me? I like the classic horror.

It’s wonderful that you mentioned how Vincent Price was a big idol for you. Do you think there’s anyone today that could take up that kind of mantle?

Wow! Oh man, that’s a tough one! This is like taking a test! [laughs]

I can of looked for that person when I made ‘Haunted Hills’. The character I had in mind for the villain was Vincent Price, period. We were looking at other actors, like Richard Chamberlain, who has an elegant style but isn’t known for horror movies, so I thought he’d make a great choice. Also, believe it or not, Mick Jagger. And then we ended up with Richard O’Brien and I have to say that he ended up being the perfect pick. I wouldn’t really compare him to Vincent Price but he had that whole vibe down. He was elegant, he was English, although Vincent wasn’t English, and I think Richard and I really captured that feeling.

I don’t know if I can think of anyone else that could compare to Vincent Price. I love Bruce Campbell but it’s not the same vibe.

What about you? Do you have anyone you can think of?

Well, I asked the same question on Twitter recently and Stuart Gordon replied that Jeffrey Combs of ‘Re-Animator’ already has taken up that mantle.

Yeah, that’s a great suggestion! He does have that kind of vibe. That is a good one, yeah! He’s such a hard one to replace. He was so unique.

I actually not only met him but we became pretty good friends. He was such a wonderful guy. So funny and delightful and so interesting! I could sit and listen to him talk for hours without getting bored or talking back. So, his loss to me was kind of a double whammy. The loss of an actor and the loss of a friend.

His last performance in ‘Edward Scissorhands’ was just so perfect, so beautiful. What a perfect movie for him to go out on. He played this mad scientist but gentle kind man.

He played a mad scientist with the best of intentions, man with a good heart.


What’s coming up for both you and Elvira?

Well, right now I’m involved with doing my show at Knott’s Berry Farm, which is the largest Halloween venue in the country. The show this year is called “Elvira’s Asylum”, which features singing, comedy, and dancing. So I’m performing four to five nights every week until the 31st. After that, I have Comikaze, which I’m involved in.

And I have a television show that I’m going to be on called “Halloween Wars” on the Food Network and it’s really funny. It has some of the best people in the business when it comes to horror and Halloween. It’s a contest for them to build scenery and food. It’s really awesome and I’m happy to be a judge on that and it’s completely fitting with my appearance.

I also just went to Vegas for the unveiling of my slot machine, which is a pretty freaking state-of-the-art awesome slot machine. It’s going to also entail clips of classic horror films in the slot machine when you hit a bonus. So you’ll see a clip with me commenting on it, which I think is just so awesome!

I’m not a gambler at all…

Neither am I.

…But that might get me to spend a few dollars! [laughs]

I know, right?! I think people are going to come out of the woodwork to play this thing. It’s 10ft tall and it’s just awesome. You can’t imagine. I’ve never seen anything like that.

Sounds like you’re going nonstop!

I definitely am!

Well, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me! It’s been a pleasure and an honor!

Thank you!

Categories: Horror News

STX Burns for ‘Salem Village’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 18:18

STX Entertainment, who distributed The Gift, has nabbed a possession thriller penned by Jeff Richard and Mark Bianculli.

Salem Village is described as an edgy period horror set fifteen years after the Salem witch trials. It begins when, “A young woman starts to show signs of possession. Desperate for the truth, the town’s elders put their faith into a man of science to uncover what is truly happening in Salem and put an end to the terrifying events plaguing the town.

Salem Village draws comparisons to the Sundance smash, The Witch (pictured).

Marc Schmuger is producing for Global Produce. Sheroum Kim will be overseeing for STX.

STX is also releasing thrillers Desierto and Secret in Their Eyes, as well as the heavily buzzed-about first-person POV action/thriller Hardcore.

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Rumor: ‘Outlast 2’ Reveal Coming Tomorrow

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 16:57

Red Barrels may be getting ready to share some Outlast 2 news. We won’t know for certain until tomorrow, but a post on the game’s official Facebook page certainly looks like this mystery announcement will be related to the game we revealed exclusively last October.

The timing couldn’t be any better, and I know most of you are hungry to see more of this legitimately terrifying series. In 2013, Outlast ravaged the competition in our reader-picked FEAR Awards, taking home the awards for Best Gore, Best Indie Horror, Scariest Game and our Game of the Year. It set a high bar that its standalone expansion Outlast Whistleblower raised the following year, when it claimed the award for Best DLC.

If this is Outlast 2, fingers crossed they’ll have some actual footage for us. As fun as CGI trailers can be to look at, they’re not exactly accurate representations of what the game will look and play like. The recent Friday the 13th: The Game reveal is a fine example of how to get it right.

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A Launch Trailer for Funcom’s Psychological Horror Game ‘The Park’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 16:04

Hey stranger, I thought you might like to know that Funcom’s psychological horror game The Park is available now on Steam. You need to be at least this tall before you can ride this emotional rollercoaster of a game, and if it gets to be too much for you, I’ll let you hide your shame in my funnel cake. The powdered sugar doesn’t just absorb your tears, it transforms them into an icing, of sorts. And I will be eating that cake when you’re finished with it. Don’t be weird about it.

The Park can be found on Steam and Green Man Gaming for $10, and on Gamers Gate for $13.

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The 10 Coolest New Horror Movie Halloween Masks of 2015

Dread Central - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 16:13

Halloween masks sure have come a long way over the years, starting off as charming pieces of plastic with strings and morphing into rubbery works of art that look like they belong on movie sets. Your costume options truly are endless these days, and we hope you’re not taking that for granted.

Bursting onto the scene just a few short years ago, Trick or Treat Studios has quickly become the leading mask-maker in the Halloween game, often recreating looks from our favorite horror films. And this year is their most impressive to date, absolutely loaded with awesomely horrific wearables.

In the hopes of giving you a little Halloween inspiration, here are 10 of Trick or Treat Studios’ best new masks for the 2015 haunting season – all of which make for both great costume starters and equally badass display pieces!

There are few modern movie villains who deserve the right to be called horror icons, but Victor Crowley is definitely one of them. It was nearly 10 years ago that Adam Green gave birth to the hatchet-wielding daddy’s boy in 2006’s Hatchet, and Crowley has since gone on to become a full-blown franchise star – with three films, to date, comprising the Hatchet franchise. This one is special because it’s the first mass-produced Crowley mask that has ever been made available.

Another modern horror icon, despite only appearing in one film to date, is Leslie Vernon, played by Nathan Baesel in 2006’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. The meta horror film is one of the most clever and downright brilliant to come along in the last decade, and despite fans latching onto the movie and its villain, a sequel has unfortunately been unable to get off the ground. While we wait, the officially licensed Leslie Vernon mask has finally arrived – made from a flexible resin.

This year has been all about Jaws, the Steven Spielberg classic celebrating its 40th birthday all year long. Not long after swimming back into theaters, Trick or Treat Studios continues the birthday party this month with one of their most unique Halloween masks to date, depicting Bruce the shark in the final moments of the film – right before Sheriff Brody blew the beast into a thousand gory pieces. If you look close enough, you can even see Quint’s undigested hand sticking out of its mouth!


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Smokin’ New “The X-Files” Revival Poster!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 16:02

FOX released a new poster for their revival of “The X-Files,” set to return to FOX on January 24th, 2016.

While Mulder and Scully, played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, respectively, are the central characters, the one-sheet teases the return of the iconic Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis)! It reads, “Trust no one.”

The presumed dead Lone Gunmen – played by Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood – are set to return for an undisclosed arc. Robbie Amell (“The Flash”) and Lauren Ambrose (Psycho Beach Party) signed on as Agent Miller and Agent Einstein, respectively.

The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), and Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”).

Mitch Pileggi returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner in the new short-stack order of 6-episodes. Joel McHale will play Tad O’Malley, a conservative news anchor who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder (Duchovny).

Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Watch the full “X-Files” revival trailer.

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Dread Central and Horrible Imaginings Bring Deathgasm to San Diego in November

Dread Central - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:36

Here at Dread Central we’re all about supporting indie filmmakers. Why? Because they are the backbone of our industry, and you never know when the next Carpenter or Raimi will emerge from the darkness. That being said, we’re also HUGE fans of the film Deathgasm (review), and as a result, we’ve partnered with our friends over at Horrible Imaginings to bring the movie down to our home base: San Diego, California!

The screenings will take place at The Digital Gym theater in San Diego on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 6: 10:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 7: 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 11: 9:45 PM

For more information click here. We couldn’t encourage horror fans more to come down and see this on a big screen! Seize the day, fiends!

Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden, Deathgasm stars Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, and Stephen Ure.

New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal-thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

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2015 Reaper Awards Winners Announced; It Follows and Halloween: The Complete Collection Dominate!

Dread Central - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:22

Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory’s joint release of Halloween: The Complete Collection earned the top honor at the 2015 Reaper Awards competition. The Blu-ray collection of all the films in the Halloween franchise also earned Best Collection.

In addition, Anchor Bay’s It Follows won four awards, including Choice Theatrical Cut, Best Digital Release, Best Scream Queen for Maika Monroe’s Jay, and Best Big Bad for the malevolent “It” force.

Anchor Bay also won for Best TV Collection for The Walking Dead: Season Four on Blu-ray.

Shout! Factory’s Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition won two awards, Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title) and Best Box Art.

The 2015 Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and, honor the top horror and thriller titles released between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015. Studios submitted contenders for consideration by a panel of judges in conjunction with a consumer vote.

2015 Reaper Awards Winners

Horror Title of the Year
Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Shout! Factory

Choice Theatrical Cut
It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Title
ABCs of Death 2, Magnolia Home Entertainment

Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title)
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition, Shout! Factory

Best Collection
Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best TV Collection
The Walking Dead: Season Four, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Indie or Foreign Disc
The Babadook, Shout! Factory

Best Extras
Spider Baby, Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment

Best Box Art
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition, Shout! Factory

Best Packaging
Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Big Bad
“It” — It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Scream Queen
Jay (Maika Monroe) — It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Kill
Barbed-Wire Biker — Wrong Turn 6, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Line of Dialogue
Pam: “Tell you what. Your god and my god can go to a motel and have a circle jerk for all I care. I’ll be in Hell having a three-way with the devil.” — True Blood: Season 7, HBO Home Entertainment

Spookiest Kidvid
Witch’s Night Out, Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Digital Release
It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Digital TV Release
The Strain: Season 1, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Judges’ Award
As Above, So Below, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Open Windows, Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection, Lionsgate

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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Bring Pet Sematary Back to the Big Screen

Dread Central - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:19

This past weekend marked the theatrical release of Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s most visually pleasing effort to date. What’s next for the visionary filmmaker? Several potential projects are in the works, including a sequel to Pacific Rim, but if del Toro has his way, he may soon adapt Stephen King.

In the weeks before Crimson Peak was released, Guillermo del Toro finally created an account on Twitter, and his tweets have served as a fun insight into the brain of a master filmmaker. Del Toro has been tweeting a lot about the books he’s been reading, leading to an eye-catching revelation about Pet Sematary.

Book of the Day: PET SEMATARY by Stephen King,” @RealGDT tweeted out the other day. “Unrelentingly dark and emotional. Compulsive reading. Would kill to make it on film.”

I believe this novel is destined to be made again,” he later continued.

As awesome as this sounds, we must remind you that Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) is currently working on a new adaptation of Pet Sematary, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) attached to direct. That was the plan when we talked to Buhler back in July, but we haven’t heard about the project since then.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pet Sematary. Can you imagine?!

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Korean Star Lee Joon-gi Joins Cast of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Dread Central - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:03

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, currently shooting over in South Africa, will reportedly be the final film in the franchise, and Milla Jovovich returns as Alice. Fighting alongside her, as revealed by the actress this week, will be Korean singer/actor Lee Joon-gi.

Check a new photo from the set below, courtesy of Jovovich’s Instagram account!

Other headline cast includes Ali Larter as Claire Redfield; Iain Glen in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs; Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker; Australian actress Ruby Rose as Abigail; Eoin Macken as Doc; Cuban American actor William Levy as Christian; Fraser James as Michael; and Japanese model and TV personality Rola as Cobalt.

Look for the film on January 27, 2017.

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington, D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

In a race against time, Alice will join forces with old friends and an unlikely ally in an action-packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.

Working for the last few nights with the incredible 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do master and actor Joon Gi @actor_jg has been insanely fun and so inspiring. Makes me want to go back to class and brush up on my martial arts skills!

First Look at War for the Planet of the Apes; Tied to Original Classic?

Dread Central - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:56

Fans of those damned dirty apes have had much to be happy about these last several years, as the reboot franchise has gotten off to a fantastic start. Set for release in 2017, War for the Planet of the Apes will be the third chapter in the prequel saga, and today the very first image has arrived.

Straight from the set, the behind-the-scenes shot was posted by director Matt Reeves on Twitter, and it calls to mind the memorable finale of 1968’s Planet of the Apes. Reeves recently indicated that the new franchise may eventually run into the old one, and this could be our first tease of that.

Check out the image below!

The film stars Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Chad Rood, Terry Notary, Amiah Miller, and Gabriel Chavarria. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar.

Matt Reeves, who directed 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is returning to helm from a script by Mark Bomback. Chernin Entertainment, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver are producing the film, shooting in Vancouver.

The storyline is being kept under wraps.

War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14, 2017.


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