Just the other month franchise star Jessica Lange exited the “American Horror Story” universe, leaving the reigns to the infamous Lady Gaga.
Now, with the fifth season in full swing at FX, co-creater Ryan Murphy has added Kathy Bates to the cast of “American Horror Story: Hotel”, returning this fall. Bates is a returning series regular after appearing as ‘Madame Delphine LaLaurie’ in “Coven”, and ‘Ethel Darling’ in “Freak Show”.
Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson have previously been cast.
We’ve been trying to figure out what “American Horror Story: Hotel” will be about. We came up with three theories, tagged here. Which do you think it is, if any?
In terms of Lange’s previous exit: “Yes, I’m done,” she told the PaleyFest audience. “We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything.”
There is no easy way to talk about “Five Ghosts” anymore. Hyperbole only helps so much, but the stark reality is that this comic has set the bar with creator owned comics so high that it’s difficult to draw comparison to anything else on the shelf. It combines the balls out pacing of Rick Remender with a visceral art style that elevates pulp comics to the modern day.
WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Chris Mooneyham
RELEASE: April 8, 2015
Frank Barbiere pays special attention to the ebbs and flows of his storytelling. Chapters of “Five Ghosts” often strike a meticulous balance of exposition and action. However, issue #16 falls into an explanation heavy trap that it doesn’t really crawl it’s way out of until the final page.
If the expectation of well-motivated visual action with a flawless balance of dialogue, and exposition didn’t already exist than this issue would be easier to swallow. I know that sentence was a mouthful, but it articulates the point. A lot of this issue has characters stating their motivation outright. Subtlety is gone, and in the interest of speed each character tries desperately to catch the others up on the story.
As always, Fabian’s small personal beats are the moments that shine through. We learn a little more about his tormented past, and we’re treated to a moment of connection with the vampire. Moreoever, we’re treated to a Fabian in control. He almost ascends to a new level, and with that we’re carried out of the chapter. Just when it seems he’s unable to find any match Barbiere throws a curveball with the final page.
Chris Mooneyham is, as ever, on top of his game. He never ceases to command the page, and even in the most expository moments of this issue, his work never feels overwhelmed. He does a phenomenal job at bringing us closer to Fabian in the moments spent in his past and absolutely kills it on the final page.
“Five Ghosts” should defy on the nose dialogue. Frank Barbiere letters the book himself, and often his characters speak in short bated breathes. Here, every line feels like a first draft given to a team with the cautionary worry that they “wouldn’t get it.” Instead of feeling like a tribute to the horror genre – it plays as a hokey moment that never really nails the irony of the evil character’s over explanation.
This may sound like the plea of a butthurt fan, but the comic has come to create a certain expectation of quality. This has been especially true in the penultimate chapters of the last two arcs, so it begs the question as to why things feel apart this month, and what could have been done to prevent such a issue from happening.
Despite all of this, “Five Ghosts” #16 still proves to be a damn good comic, that will entertain from cover to cover thanks to stellar character work, and a brilliant final page reveal that will have you salivating for the next chapter.
Scribe Carl Ellsworth is on fire as of late, as the man behind Disturbia, The Last House On The Left, Red Dawn and the forthcoming Goosebumps is set to pen Gremlins, the remake to the 1984 Joe Dante-directed film about the cuddly creature Gizmo who must not be fed after midnight or exposed to water…or else he spawns evil cousins who’ll tear apart your hometown.
The memorable original black comedy was scripted by Christopher Columbus, who’ll produce this along with Steven Spielberg, an exec producer on the original. Deadline also add that Columbus could direct, although it’s unlikely.
The original starred Zach Galligan as a boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton also starred.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. Imperium #3 shows readers how robots, gene-spliced aliens, hard-nosed soldiers and power-hungry groundbreakers start to work together. Not all of them want to be there. It’s a fascinating display of how to assemble a group of deadly characters and aiming them towards an altruistic end goal.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Drysart
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
The cover for issue #3, as striking as it is, is misleading. This Broken Angel doesn’t show up until the very end (Spoiler?) but it looks like the next month will be her turn to take center stage. Instead, we get an overdue peek into mastermind Toyo Harada’s plans, motivations and power levels at his disposal. This would-be benevolent overlord is not be trifled with. Writer Joshua Drysart keeps this absorbing tale growing and building towards a fascinating outcome.
This month, we finally get a glimpse into the killer robot who wants to be called Sunlight on Snow (not Mech Major). This big, intimidating sentient artificial intelligence says all kinds of remarkably engaging things and thinks fascinating thoughts like “…science if more fun than killing.” Therapy sessions, talking to growing alien seeds and glitch memories are just a few insights into this intriguing android. Artist Doug Braithwaite pulls off the arduous task of showing Sunlight on Snow as both intimidating at times and empathic at other times. His aliens look brutal and scary, his wet works agent looks battled ravaged and the battles look grand in scale and intensity.
Harada continues to gather weapons to unleash upon the Valiant Universe. His arsenal gets more and more ominous each chapter. Imperium #3does a great job at thrusting the players into position to really scare the world. I really want to see them change it for the better no matter if people are ready for it or not.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. 1775 is an era of rebellion and chaos in the nascent United States of America. Rebels #1 showcases how tumultuous and truly turbulent a time period it was. Living day to day not knowing what will happen to you home, your land or you kin gives this story a true sense of urgency.
WRITTEN BY: Brian Wood
ART BY: Andrea Mutti
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
Full disclosure time: I’m from Canada. The only things I know of this era are from Hollywood movies like The Patriot. I also know Mel Gibson took his fair share of ‘creative license’ when he made his period piece films like the above mentioned and Braveheart. Therefore, my knowledge base of this point in history is iffy at best. However, I do know writer Brian Wood is a talented scribe and thorough in research and detail of whatever he writes about. Northlanders, DMZ, and The Massive are highlights for me of his previous work. After reading this debut issue, I believe whatever Wood presents to readers as authentic and strong in character.
The series look at Seth Abbott and how rough growing up in this new world has been and will be for the foreseeable future. Life is coarse in every conceivable way here in New Hampshire as the Red Coats continue to push into territory they are not welcome in. Artist Andrea Mutti does a fantastic job of showcasing how bristly, dirty and violent fighting for freedom can be. I get the impression that Mutti could do an admirable job in other time period series. It appears these two have collaborated before and they know how to work well together which bodes well for audiences.
Overall, I really enjoyed the artwork more than the story. I never really was too curious about this time in American history, but I will try out this series based on the pedigree of creative minds involved. It’s worth a try and hopefully the action keeps flying by readers to get people like me invested in this.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
“Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return” #2 fares a bit better than its debut, generating a lot more laughs and character moments that both feel genuinely Bill & Ted. There’s even a couple heartfelt moments that truly resonate, cutting through the bland no-stakes plot and a few confounding choices.
WRITTEN BY: Bryan Lynch & Ryan North
ART BY: Jerry Gaylord & Ian McGinty
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: April 8, 2015
Bill & Ted are never in any real tangible danger here, there’s no sense of urgency, nothing is at stake. They devote a majority of the issue merely following Chuck De Nomolos around, if anyone pushes the plot forward it’s him, not our heroes. He’s also a bit of a conundrum, the book spends it’s opening pages turning him into a sympathetic character, one who I’m sure many readers and even Bill & Ted themselves could relate to. He’s blamed and mocked for the person he grows up to be, it’s unfair and presented as something he can’t escape. He’s an outsider, no one wants to even sit next to him, let alone interact with him. He has no friends and no love in his life, aside from his family.
In these pages he’s built up to be someone put down by the entire world and damned for events that haven’t even come to pass. Now you’re thinking, where did it all go so wrong for this kid? Who or what sent him down this path of universal ridicule? Well as it turns out he’s just plain bad, he was/is/will always be evil. It makes for a dull and tedious villain, who’s got no redeeming features.
On the flip side of this Bill & Ted make it their mission to help him find friendship. Their honest enthusiasm towards trying to improve De Nomolos’s life is makes the story worthwhile. They see someone who they should, by all accounts but instead they see someone whose struggling with loneliness. The principles of being rad to each other, no matter who they are is exemplary of what Bill & Ted are all about. A later page has the two reminiscing about their children, which is an excellent surprise that helps keep the books heart in the right place.
Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return is still a bit clunky but it’s now pointed in a much more promising direction.
“Roche Limit: Clandestiny” #1 brings back the critically acclaimed Image series with a shiny new first issue that’s perfect for new comers and old fans alike. New artist, Kyle Charles, stays true to Roche Limit’s already established space noir atheistic while adding his own unique touch. Clandestiny advances the universe of Roche Limit 75 years since we last saw it, with a lot of change happening in the time.
WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci
ART BY: Kyle Charles
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: May 6, 2015
We’re following an entirely new group of protagonists on a journey that differs greatly from what we’ve already seen in Roche Limit. They’re on a mission to Dispater (the planet from the original Roche Limit series) to investigate the abandoned colony and set up a temporary settlement.
Clandestiny’s finds its lead in Sasha, the science lead on the mission. She’s joined by Elbus, the gruff rough n’ tumble leader of the operation and a real motley crew of mercenaries whose ideals seem to lay somewhere south of loyalty and honour. As their ship nears Dispater the crew congregates for a debrief before landfall. The mission hasn’t even begun in earnest yet but tensions are already sky high. Elbus’s command of the room keeps things civil for the interim.
While bringing everyone up to speed on the task ahead they suddenly receive a transmission from the supposedly abandoned planet, a distress signal no less. The situation quickly escalates and before anyone can even wrap their heads around what’s happening they’re plummeting to the surface. One hell of a rough landing later they’re stranded until they can make repairs. But before they can even start on fixing the ship they’ve gotta find out who and where that surprise attack came from.
It’s a framing device you’ve probably seen before but where Clandestiny shines are in its many nuances and mysteries. Sasha is already incredibly complex, with so many unknowns floating around her it’s hard to even get a bead on her true motivations. She’s an exciting enigma and a worthy successor to Ford. (star of the last series) Clandestiny stands tall, meeting the high bar set by Roche Limit and possibly even raising it a few more notches. Do not miss this dynamite comic on May 6th.
Still not convinced? Check out this in depth interview with writer, Michael Moreci on what to expect in “Roche Limit: Clandestiny”
Editor’s note: Pre-ordering comics is vital to their success. Roche Limit can thrive if you make your desire for it known. Please get out to your local comic book store, and preorder issue one before this Friday April 10th using Diamond Preorder Code: MAR150507
Reviewed By Jorge Solis. As the suspense mounts and the cinematic imagery takes hold, “Southern Cross” #2 is a captivating follow-up to the stellar first issue. This sci-fi thriller succeeds thanks to an immersive world created by Andy Belanger and the cerebral and existentialist mystery, rising from Becky Cloonan’s script. “Southern Cross” isn’t afraid to slowly build tension, which is felt through the claustrophobic menace that lurks within its pages.
WRITTEN BY: Becky Cloonan
ART BY: Andy Belanger
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: April 8, 2015
In the vastness of outer-space, Alex Braith is consumed with grief over the death of her sister, Amber. To start the mourning process, Alex travels in-between the planets and stars to collect her sister’s remains. But on her journey into the never-ending darkness, someone has gone missing in the colossal spaceship. Where could this missing person be hiding? And why does Alex feel like she is suddenly being watched?
On the second day of her voyage, Alex meets some of the crew members and other passengers in her spaceship. I love how writer Becky Cloonan builds the mystery with numerous suspects and red herrings. Because the narrative is told from Alex’s point-of-view, the reader joins the main protagonist as she questions everyone’s motives. It’s an interesting guessing game because we’re not quite sure who’s supposed to be a friend or foe.
Cloonan emphasizes Alex’s strong personality through her snappy dialogue. There is a feistiness to her punkish attitude, as if she’s unafraid to speak her mind. Alex wants everyone on the ship, especially the other female members, to think she doesn’t care, but she really does. Alex has to deal with the external conflict as well as her internal struggle.
Knocking it out of the park, artist Andy Belanger plays around with size and scope as the panels switch from different angles. In a two-pager, we get to see the exterior of the spaceship in all its glory. In these tight close-ups, Belanger captures the claustrophobic atmosphere Alex feels in her cramped private quarters. Notice how the dripping of the faucet is driving her nuts, like “the tapping on her chamber door.”
With her sleeveless jacket and wool cap, Alex looks like she belongs to a tough biker gang. Colorist Lee Loughridge’s vividly paints the cafeteria scenes in yellow tones, emphasizing the foulness of the food. Then Loughridge switches to a pinkish shade, to highlight Alex’s isolation in the vastness of outer-space.
“Southern Cross” #2 continues to be an great read. I cannot wait to get my hands on the third issue.
“Afterlife” showed how seriously descendants take this terragenesis business as Skye is transported to her new home ahem…, Afterlife, and introduced to her vaguely-lightning powered “transitioner”. There is a minor reveal in that Skye’s immortal mother is still alive, and we catch up with her father after being absent the last episode. In one big happy super-powered family. All the inhuman stuff the real conflict that drives the show, and though I don’t desire a “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” without powers, I don’t feel nearly as hooked by what’s going on as I once was.
Meanwhile, Coulson and Hunter are scheming at Banner’s old stronghold while Coulson reminds us that he’s a good guy by not shit talking the “real” S.H.I.E.L.D when Hunter invites him too. Instead he devises a plan to find Skye through Ward by stealing a Quinn Jet with the help of Deathlok. Its so crazy it just might work. The return of Deathlok is most certainly a good thing, and his “upgrades” seem to be suiting him just fine. Plus, he doesn’t look like he’s made of dollar store plastic anymore. The good guys have a serious ass kicker on their side, for now anyway.
The Fitz and Simmons drama was predictable but it was nice to see the two of them reconnecting after all. New S.H.I.E.L.D. is pretty delusional if they think this tight knit group is going to get on their program, and if Mae is joining the cause I have to imagine its to give her a better chance at recovering Coulson.
Alot of moves were made as we barrel toward the end of this season, this second half has been the most disconnected the series has been so far, but I have faith its all going to come together in a satisfying way in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to more Deathlok and Ward and seeing what Fitz has to say to him.
-Deathlok makes his season 2 debut
-Fitz and Simmons finally on the same page
-The Inhumans stuff is starting to get a “Lost” vibe and not in a good way
-New S.H.I.E.L.D must be delusional to think Team Coulson are going to play ball
-Convenient that everything else that typically threatens to world has stopped so S.H.I.E.L.D can sort out their beef.
‘Poltergeist’ Infographic, Interactive Map Show the Most Haunted Places Around the World! (Exclusive)
The Poltergeist campaign is in full swing.
Just a day after having the clown delivered to my doorstep, Fox is launching TheyAreNear.com, an interactive map of over 5k locations of documented poltergeist and paranormal activity in the US. It highlights residencies, hotels, museums and other locations in each major city. For more information about a specific location, a user can visit DiedinHouse.com and enter the promotion code POLTERGEIST.
Be warned, though, spend too much time on the site and they may find out: #WhatAreYouAfraidOf
In addition, we have an exclusive infographic that displays the most haunted places around the world. From possessed fortresses and historic battlefields to grisly legends of suffering, and unexpected death, this is the collection of the world’s most chilling supernatural stories.
We here at Dread Central recently had the opportunity of speaking for a few moments with a face that has been far away from the front end of a camera for far too long. Tamara Glynn, who made her mark in the business with her performance of Samantha in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, has returned after a 26 year hiatus from on-screen performances to co-stat in Patrick Rea’s spooky short, Howl of a Good Time (review).
The film is currently making its rounds through the convention and film festival circuits, and she was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to cover a few topics with us – so settle in for an interview that is both informative and entertaining!
Dread Central – Can you give us a look back at how you got your start in the business?
Tamara Glynn – Actually, I was 10 years old and started out modeling, then did a Gloria Vanderbilt commercial that aired on TV during the Dallas TV show episode where J.R. got shot! That led to more print work, and after an agent from Los Angeles spotted me, and at the time I was a small-town girl from Arkansas. So, he approached my Mom and said “move out to California, where I think your daughter will have an amazing chance at working.” He didn’t promise stardom or anything like that, but he said that I was going to work, so my Mom and I moved out to California. Prior to the move, I went to the local college, where I started getting some speech-coaching, so I could get rid of my “Southern-ness” (laughs), so the accent wasn’t so strong – I started working immediately after the move, and we both had no idea what was entailed, and after a while my Mom got lucky and landed a job at Universal Studios working for the producers of the Alfred Hitchcock Series that returned in the 80’s (she later went on to become the Executive Assistant to Michael Mann of the Miami Vice TV show), and I started working myself, which was amazing.
DC – OK, your return to the big screen in Howl Of A Good Time – what can you tell us about it’s inception and production?
TG – Back in 2013, a former friend of mine introduced me to Director Patrick Rea, and it’s funny how it all came about: one night I’m lying in bed, and I posted on Facebook what I was watching, which was Nailbiter, and the next thing I know, I wake up Saturday morning and I have a message in my inbox from the director, who was Patrick Rea, so he and I started chatting, and he came to my festival in Arkansas (Hot Springs Horror Film Festival), which got started from my love of short films, and watching Patrick work made me very aware of how a story can be written and well-executed in a very short period of time. Most people, even when they attempt this, aren’t very successful in executing getting the point across, so he came to my festival and I explained to him that I was getting all these offers, and I just wasn’t very comfortable in accepting them – it just had to be special, because I was brand new at back to doing on-camera work. I was getting a lot of offers, because in 2012, Justin Beahm had just announced on the Halloween Facebook page that we’d bumped into each other, and in less than 24 hours I had over 4,000 friend requests, and my life changed, because all of the years prior, I’d been in Arkansas, behind the camera as a producer. I knew in my heart that I had to find that one right director that I really believed in, because I knew that this was a rarity, and with all the support I was getting, I knew I couldn’t screw it up. So I called Patrick and said “okay, you are my guinea pig – you’re the one I want to do a project with.” We originally had a totally different concept, which was called Cabin Pressure, and it was supposed to be on an airplane, but due to my location and the logistics, it didn’t work out. I have a historic theater here in Arkansas, so after going back and forth about the plane issue, I said “you write the script, and we’ll have it take place in a movie theater.” So he started this brand-new script, and I’d had some guests coming in for the film festival (last October), and I said “let’s see how many of the guests want to be a part of it.” It’s somewhat of a victory that we covered about 120 different shots over the course of a 3 and a half day period, all the while the film festival was going on, and we had these 6 a.m. call-times, and at night, we had the theater that we opened to the public for a live-speech performance we were doing called The Theatre Of Horror, and it never dawned on me how it was all going to happen. I was feeling very overwhelmed, and exhausted, and I wasn’t thinking very clearly, but I had no idea that it was going to get this much recognition. I hope to possibly be able to someday expand on the backstory, and potentially turn this into a feature film.
DC – The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival: is this something that you came up with, Tamara?
TG – This is something that myself and my business partner, Bill Volland came up with, and back in 2012 we had been planning on holding a festival, and at that time I hadn’t bumped into Justin Beahm yet, and after I did, all of the Halloween fans came on board, and it was like “we’re going to have a horror film festival!” It just made sense – I have a huge love for the genre, and the festival itself covers horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Everything came into perfect alignment, and that’s how it happened. The first year, we had guests like Jeff Burr (director of Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), David Schmoeller (Puppet Master), Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie’s Halloween series),and his wife (and my co-star in Howl) Renae Geerlings, Eric England (Contracted), and a ton of other wonderful people, and we knew that we really had something special, and that we had to do it again, and now we have a short out of it.
DC – So what’s coming up on the horizon for you?
TG – There’s a lot of valid offers on the table right now, both in front of, and behind the camera, and I’m not going to be specific, because there are some potential long-lasting relationships in the process, as far as collaborations, and these are going to be projects that you’ll see on the big screen, or you’ll be able to check them out on your favorite platform.
DC – Okay, it’s time for a little rapid-fire Q&A: I’ll throw a question out there to you, and you come back with the first thing that enters your mind – ready?
TG – Okay.
DC – Last great movie you saw?
TG – Bound (laughs) – I know that’s crazy, but I saw it on Netflix for the first time, and DAMN! – that movie was every way, every dimension, every element…WOW.
DC – Last terrible movie you saw?
TG – Into the Storm, because that movie really sucked – the Hollywood version of tornados?
DC – One actor (either living or dead) that you would love to work with?
TG – I’m going to go all “total fan girl” and say Paul Walker.
DC – Biggest inspiration?
TG – My Mom – may she rest in peace.
DC – Your biggest vice?
TG – Unsweetened decaf tea.
DC – Biggest pet peeve?
TG – Lying…and tardiness!
DC – Tamara, that’s all I’ve got for you – I’ll let you of the hook. Best of luck with the release of Howl Of A Good Time, and we can’t wait to see you back in front of the cameras again.
TG – Thanks to everyone at Dread Central for supporting this, and I’m so glad that you liked it.
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While Record Store Day might be an amazing day for vinyl collectors who love to go shopping, it’s a nightmare for labels and musicians who want to get albums pressed in a timely fashion. The holiday slams pressing plants with orders and makes it damn near impossible for anybody to get something ready.
Unfortunately, such is the case with retrosynth group Wolfmen Of Mars and their upcoming album Gamisu. The album is still on slate for a digital release on June 2nd but the vinyl has been pushed back until July.
I was told the following:
Our album GAMISU got a bit delayed. The whole Record Store Day assault on the pressing plants has pushed it till July unfortunately. Digital is still on tap for June 2nd.
Head below to hear a stream of “All Those Terrible Times”, which comes from the upcoming album.
It’s coming at you faster than a crawling walker with no legs. Actually… come to think of it… that wouldn’t be very fast at all. In any event, we have your chance to score a copy of The Walking Deceased (review) on DVD FOR FREE. The rest of you need to pay for it on April 21st via ARC Entertainment!
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Directed by Scott Dow and written by Tim Ogletree, the film stars Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie, Ghost World), Joey Oglesby (Fruitvale Station, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”), and Tim Ogletree (Supernatural Activity).
It was produced by Jonathan M. Black, Francis Casanova, Philip Marlatt, Derek Lee Nixon, Tim Ogletree, Dave Sheridan, Todd Slater, and Kurt Wehner and executive produced by Tim Fisher and Ken Tayloe.
THE WALKING DECEASED is the Scary Movie of the zombie genre, ripping on the biggest and best of zombie pop-culture, arguably the most crazed genre in the world. The story follows a group of survivors from all walks of the apocalypse – an idiotic Sheriff with definite coma-induced brain damage, his hardass son, and a hobo with only a crossbow to stave off the walking dead, four squabbling friends forced to survive this zombieland together, and a lonely zombie who just needs love to fully regain his warm body – who leave their once-safe mall hideout in search of the rumored Safe Haven Ranch, a refuge untouched by the zombie virus that has ravaged humanity. But despite the comforting name, they discover that this sanctuary may not be as welcoming as advertised.
Tearing apart powerhouses like The Walking Dead, Zombieland, Warm Bodies, World War Z, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and even Romero’s iconic Night of the Living Dead, THE WALKING DECEASED rips the flesh off the spoof genre and infects it with a virus too hilarious not to spread.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve had an update on Jonah Lives, starring legendary scream queen Brinke Stevens, but Wild Eye Releasing has announced an April 21st DVD release of film festival hit. To celebrate, we have a slew of stills, the trailer, and more details to share.
In the film Stevens (Nightmare Sisters, Teenage Exorcist, Bad Girls from Mars) portrays a woman who thought she’d gotten away with murder, until some bored teens with a Ouija board accidentally bring her buried secret back with a vengeance.
Written and directed by Luis Carvalho, Jonah Lives co-stars Cesar Perreira, Jocelyn Padilla, James Barrett, Ryan Boudreau, Nicole LaSala, Rob Roy, and Aaron Peaslee. It was shot in Fall River, Massachusetts, the home of Lizzie Borden and site of the infamous Borden family murders that remain unsolved to this day.
The DVD release of Jonah Lives (SRP $14.95) will exclusively include a behind-the-scenes featurette with Brinke Stevens, a Fall River post-screening celebration featurette, teasers, and trailers.
A group of suburban teenagers find themselves embroiled in a story of revenge from beyond the grave. Foolishly playing with a Ouija board, they contact the spirit of a murdered man. Jonah rips his way out of the earth in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his untimely demise. Before he can rip out the heart of his killer, he must claim the lives of the teens that disturbed his rest.
This episode of The Returned dialed things back a bit, relying a bit too much on adapting Les Revenants as opposed to deviating more like last week’s episode did. So while I thought this episode was just okay, it did have some good moments. Also, many of the returned’s storylines are beginning to merge with each other, so I’ve adapted my review accordingly.Tony & Adam
We finally get some backstory on Tony and Adam. Tony, as you may recall, owns the bar where Lucy works. Lucy was stabbed repeatedly in the pilot by Tony’s brother Adam. Adam did the same thing to Julie seven years ago. One the same night Adam attacked Julie, Tony killed him, and now he’s one of the returned. Still with me?
Maybe I’m crazy, but I just wasn’t that involved with Tony’s story. I thought the moment where he confessed his murder to Adam was a nice bit of acting from Aaron Douglas. We also got some cool gore from Adam eating Julie’s stomach in the flashback, but other than that not much more was revealed about the siblings. I think my disinterest might stem from a slight annoyance with the constant “been there, seen that” from the original. Five episodes in and I’m still waiting for more differences. I find the American version kind of hard to review because many of the scenes are photocopies of the original.Victor & Helen
Helen had the most screen time she’s had all season with this episode. How much do you want to bet that the episode named after her (episode 9) barely features her in it? That seems to be the trend with The Returned. Michelle Forbes did fantastic work (as always) in her scenes with Victor (whose real name we now know is Henry). The reveal that Helen know Henry/Victor and his family back in the 80s is a clever twist, so I’m curious to see where their relationship goes. Their lunch date provided some fascinating insight to Helen’s mindset, as she thinks the town is cursed and that it’s the problem, rather than the newly alive.
Victor is still playing into the standard creepy child trope, and I think it’s starting to get old. Luckily, he did actually speak tonight when he confronted Peter about his part in murdering him and his family. Nikki also receives word from a fellow officer that a boy matching Victor’s description was found by a woman four years prior. This is all well and good, but did anyone else think that cop was a little inappropriate regarding Nikki’s lesbianism or is it just me? Laure’s (Nikki’s French counterpart) sexuality was never an issue on Les Revenants, so I don’t really see why it should be on The Returned, but you know, it’s America.
Meanwhile, Simon gets brought over to Camille’s house to stay after Peter views his presence as too much of a cop magnet (smart move, Peter). This leads to the very interesting pairing of Simon and Camille, two of the returned who both speak and are able to hold a conversation. This was the most fascinating part of the episode for me, as Camille asked Simon how he died and how he feels. I (and the rest of the audience I would imagine) want to see more situations like this. The Returned is not a show that is going to reveal all the answers in the first season, but when we see the characters asking the same questions we are, it becomes more relatable and interesting.
I’m also starting to believe that the returned can’t get drunk, as Camille easily down’s five or six shots in a row with no effect. Her winning prize is a makeout session with Ben, but her joy is short-lived as her telepathic connection to Lena wakes her up at the hospital. Lena rushes over to the bar and slaps Camille, only to run away and pass out in the woods and be found by Adam. Of all the people for Adam to find passed out in the woods, Lena probably isn’t the best choice. It will be interesting to see if this storyline remains the same as the French version, though.
- Julie gets one 30-second scene (and that’s being generous) as she goes to look at Lucy’s stab wounds. I hope Sandrine Holt got paid a lot for this episode.
- The town deer are drowning themselves in the river. It’s appropriately disturbing, especially when we see Helen practically bathing in said river once she sees the deer.
- Is anyone else wondering how all of these dead people have money to buy food and bus tickets?
- Rowan throws all of Simon’s things away and stands him up at the bus stop. Smart move Rowan. She also decides that her wedding to Tommy, the man who spied on her and kept the suicide of her ex-fiance from her, is back on. Dumb move, Rowan.
- I try not to compare The Returned to Les Revenants in my reviews, but I dabbled a little bit in that area with this one. For those of you who have never seen Les Revenants, what did you think of this episode?
In response to the news that David Lynch would not be directing the third season of Twin Peaks, the cast of the show have created a Facebook page to show their anger and frustration that he will not be a part of the series. The cast, which includes Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, James Marshall, Grace Zabriskie, Mädchen Amick, and more, have put together a video explaining how Twin Peaks without David Lynch is simply not right. Each cast member uses an integral part of their own character to explain why this situation is simply not right and must be amended. You can see this video below.
The Facebook page, which is already well over 7,000 “Likes”, has two messages, one which states, “We the blessed cast of TP are united here. Without David Lynch, it’s simply NOT Twin Peaks.” The other is a bit more serious and worrisome: “No Lynch No Twin Peaks.”
It’s amazing to see the cast rally behind Lynch and show their support, especially since his role is so crucial in the series. After all, he, along with Mark Frost, created the show.
Check out this sad new still from Henry Hobson’s zombie film, Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Signs, Final Girl) and Joely Richardson.
In the film, “A Midwestern farmer stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this daring, genre-bending debut feature.”
Maggie will be making its world premiere at the Tribeca FilmFestival on April 22 and hits theaters and VOD on May 8th.
Photo credit: Tracy Bennett
Another dose of demonic indie horror is on its way in the form of the new supernatural flick, Dwelling, starring DC favorite, Devanny Pinn, and ERIN MARIE HOGAN, who’s name will forever live on in DC history in ALL CAPS because we promised it would. Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release:
BeWILdered Media Productions, the independent film production company based in Buffalo, New York, is proud to present the first trailer for their upcoming film “Dwelling.”
ERIN MARIE HOGAN and Mu-Shaka Benson, give us a glance inside the eerie, and spellbinding paranormal thriller, co-starring Devanny Pinn. “Dwelling,” a mysterious and rare slow burn, looks to honor the classic haunts from the genre.
Written and directed by Kyle Mecca, the story follows Ellie (ERIN MARIE HOGAN), a young woman who deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, River (Devanny Pinn), Ellie releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine.
Produced by Brandyn T. Williams and Arlynn Knauff of BeWILdered Media Productions LLC in Buffalo, NY and shot by Matthew A. Nardone of NDstudios Inc.
After premiering in the Midnight section of the SXSW Film Festival, Vertical Entertainment has acquired Mickey Keating’s “Twilight Zone”-esque horror Pod (read our review), with plans to release in limited theaters and on VOD platforms this fall.
Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, and John Weselcouch star in the film in which a family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.
“After receiving a troubling voicemail, estranged siblings Ed and Lyla travel to their isolated family lake house in Maine to hold an intervention on their increasingly paranoid, war veteran brother, Martin. But the situation rapidly spirals out of control when they discover the house completely ransacked and learn that Martin has constructed an elaborate and horrifying conspiracy theory surrounding a sinister entity that he believes he has trapped in the basement.”
Ignore the “box office experts” (there are none), Radius-TWC’s indie creeper It Follows (read our review) has been extremely successful. While it failed to catapult into Paranormal Activity stardom, it opened wide and could become a cult phenomenon.
Deadline caught up with Radius-TWC co-president Tom Quinn, who has been championing the David Robert Mitchell-directed movie, and is already thinking sequel.
“Already the success of It Follows has exceeded our goals,” Quinn told the site. “The ultimate goal for us: We want to see [a] sequel.”
There’s quite a bit of mythology to dig into, and the finale left things open for the viewer to tinker with. I could easily see It Follows going into sequel territory. What would you guys think? What would you want to see? Personally, I would be stoked to see Maika Monroe return.
“Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”