“Squeal like a piggy…cuz you’ve been thunderstruck!”
Finnish bluegrass band Steve’n’Seagulls has released a fantastic cover of AC/DC‘s infamous track “Thunderstruck” and, trust me on this, you have to check it out below! It’s infectiously energetic and just a blast to watch!
One of my favorite aspects of horror is a good story, one that draws me in and builds up the characters and situation, allowing me to become invested and actually care about the circumstances. But when you’ve got a 90-minute run time it’s not always possible for all of that information to be given to the audience. That’s why a TV series can have such a stronger impact. For example, when a character dies in The Walking Dead, it can hurt, like the loss of a loved one.
So, to celebrate the Blu-Ray release of Twin Peaks, one of my favorite TV shows ever, I wanted to pose the question to you readers: What’s your favorite horror TV show?
Below are a few of mine and then I want to hear from you! Let me know which ones you became 100% invested in!
Are You Afraid Of The Dark
Sure it’s childish and cheesy now that I’m an adult but when I was a kid this show freaked me right the hell out! It was definitely a big part in building my love of horror and I still really enjoy popping on an episode or two now and again!
Announced a year ago, Twilight Time is finally unloaded a barrage of horror on Blu-ray this October 14.
Here’s what to except, with all titles getting a 3,000-copy limited-edition releases (except The Blob, which will get 5,000).
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
The Blob (1988 remake)
Man Hunt (1941)
Under Fire (1983)
The Vanishing (1993)
What are you most excited for?
Even though Zac Thompson strongly disliked the pilot presentation of NBC’s “Constantine”, we’re still hoping that things get better in the following episodes.
Here’s an new promo from the series about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine (Matt Ryan), who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series.
“Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”
Progressive metal band Opeth have released a stream of “Eternal Rains”, the opening track from their upcoming album Pale Communion, which comes out August 26th via Roadrunner Records. Much like Heritage, the track leans far more towards progressive rock than the metal stylings they were originally known for. You can listen to the track below. Make sure to let me know what you think as I’m personally digging the hell out of it.
Pale Communion can be pre-ordered via the Roadrunner Store.
It only takes one person to screw up something someone else said to ignite a firestorm of silliness on this crazy thing called the Interwebs. For instance, back in January(!) Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller was misquoted regarding whether or not Jason would return to the Friday the 13th franchise.
The original quote was as follows... When asked if Derek Mears was going to be back for the next film, Fuller replied, "I don't know because I don't know if we're going to have Jason. I don't know which Jason we're going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears; I love working with him, and he's a dream so we'd be lucky to have him."
Recently MovieWeb caught up with Fuller, who clarified.
"It was a misquote. I had just said, 'I don't know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don't know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. 'Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?' I said, 'I don't know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.' Somehow that became, 'He's not going to be in the movie.' But of course he's going to be in the movie!"
Director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) was in talks to helm the new film, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time. Friday the 13th is slated to be in theatres on November 13, 2015.
Reporting on Ghostbusters III news has become as enjoyable as kneeling at the side of the road to randomly rub gravel into your scalp. But alas... we're here to do it for better or worse. Next up... Sony has revealed its first choice pick for director.
According to THR, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has emerged as the frontrunner, and Feig has shown interest in taking on the project. Sources caution that no formal negotiations have taken place, and a lot must be worked out before the casual discussions turn serious and Feig accepts the job. But he is the studio's first choice. Sony declined to comment.
Of course they did.
As always, take this with a grain of salt, and also as always, expect more soon.
Etan Cohen penned the Ghostbusters III script, which is cut from the same cloth as the original films. The original Ghostbusters will have a very small role in the sequel. Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, who played Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, respectively, are expected to return, though Bill Murray's involvement is questionable.
He’s back (the man behind the mask)!
In what is sort of a no-brainer, Movieweb is reporting that while Derek Mears may not be reprising the role of Jason in the new Friday the 13th reboot, the character will definitely be returning to carve up some attractive 20 somethings.
This confirmation comes after Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller was misquoted as saying a new bad guy would be introduced.
Movieweb spoke with Fuller in support of his TMNT reboot and the producer had this to say:
“It was a misquote. I had just said ‘I don’t know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don’t know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. ‘Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?’ I said , ‘I don’t know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.’ Somehow that became, ‘He’s not going to be in the movie.’ But of course he’s going to be in the movie!”
The original misquote stated:
“I don’t know, because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason. I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.”
Friday the 13th is scheduled for release November 13th, 2015. Earlier last month, Fuller explained that he still didn’t know if they’re going 3D or taking the found footage route.
Anyone excited for this? I kinda wouldn’t have minded if they toyed around with someone other than Jason as the baddie.
Variety made huge changes to the announcement that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig would be helming the next Ghostbusters.
Says the site, the movie is to be a total reboot, most likely with female characters played by comedic actresses in the ghostbusting roles.
The script is being written from scratch.
Feig has been in conversation with Sony to direct the project. However, no formal negotiations have taken place yet. Sony declined to comment.
Here’s a bit of history, with a potential bombshell: Ghostbusters 3 was initially supposed to be directed by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters and its 1989 follow-up, Ghostbusters II, but he dropped out in March. It’s unclear whether another director will be chosen for that project or if this reboot will take its place. Does this mean multiple films?!
Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was brought on broad in 2012 to redraft Ghostbusters 3. “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired in 2008 to revive the blockbuster franchise.
Welcome to the world of the Bloody Buseys. An informal Gary Busey fanclub turned comics podcast where myself and members of the Bloody-Disgusting comics staff sit down to discuss horror comics with a great sense of humor. Today we discuss the iconic character and franchise of Predator.
Join us as we talk about our love for Danny Glover, Why the Predator works as a character, Batman VS Predator and other iconic team up stories, the potential of the new Dark Horse comic series with Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham and virtually everything in between. It’s a hell of a ride, and you just may learn a thing or two about Klingon on Predator mating rituals while you’re at it.
The Bloody Buseys are Zac Thompson, Torin Chambers, Brent Hirose, and Eric Swizter. If you’ve got any questions or concerns for the team, email us at Zac@bloody-disgusting.com , we take both fan and hate mail, along with suggestions for future episodes.
The latest in Mignola and Golden’s sporadic adventures of their World War 1 era hero, ‘The Witch of Harju’ is another fine tale for fans of period horror and serves as a worthy addition to the series.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
ART BY: Peter Bergting
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 30, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
Set in Estonia in 1920, our story kicks off strong with Baltimore running across Sofia Valk, a woman pursued by her undead husband. This meeting kicks off an investigation which will delve deeper into the events surrounding both her husband’s rising as well as the plentiful occult happenings in the area at large. And so our hero moves deeper into the territory of the weird, as dangers mount and doom lurks ever closer.
Baltimore manages to make good use of its time period, drawing on the most unsettling parts of the turn of the century, all while maintaining a hero who is at once prepared and game for a fight while also being clearly outmatched on many occasions. His men are brave and do not balk at the undead, but that does not prevent them from meeting grisly ends and from suffering all to human faults of poor judgement and foolhardy courage. This has you rooting for the heros, while at the same time knowing that they may not be long for the world, and this excitement helps propel the story forward even at these early stages.
Peter Bergting’s art works well, bringing to mind the work of Jeff Smith, with bold lines and expressive faces, while the action has suitable heft and weight grounding each movement and making them feel tangible and real. Dave Stewart’s colours present a muted look that evokes the sepia tones of old photographs, helping reinforce the period, although they make the horror elements feel rather pedestrian and mundane.
If you’re looking for another Mignola book, this one will fit the bill, rising to the usual high standard of quality. If you’re intrigued about horror in the early 20th century, this issue promises to deliver on that premise. That said, there is something lacking from this book to make it an absolute must read, which may be resolved as the story continues on to the next issue and the stakes are increased. Still, there is plenty here worth reading and the tight plotting should mean many more twists and turns to come.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com
Things are crawling out of the shadows on a scale we've never seen before in the pilot for "Constantine," or at least that's what this latest promo for the upcoming series claims. Honestly, though, all we needed to know is that it's directed by Neil Marshall. Yep, we'll be tuning in come October!
About the Show:
"Constantine" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.
Matt Ryan stars as the title character. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau, Angelica Celaya, and Charles Halford.
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The "Constantine" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Neil Marshall directs from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone with story by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. "Constantine" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
Dark Sky Films has released the art from the various editions of the September 16 release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary, newly remastered in 4K
Directed by Tobe Hooper, the film is “A tale of five 20-somethings whose free-spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of a monstrous clan of Texas cannibals and find themselves being whittled away by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.”
Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn and Edwin Neal star.
It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse, , as well as raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. Today writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper s dark, visionary tale remains unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original restored film in an all-new 4k scan authorized by Tobe Hooper, featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen outtakes!
Remember when everyone creamed over the announcement trailer for the video game “Dead Island,” and then the game sucked? Yeah, me too.
But they’re still moving forward with a feature film, says Deadline, as it’s getting reanimated for the screen by Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver. The companies have pacted to package, produce, and finance a new film based on the bestselling vidgame played from the perspective of survivors fending off the undead on an island paradise.
Dead Island sold over 8 million units worldwide after its initial release, drawing huge viral buzz from a memorable teaser trailer depicting one family’s dream vacation gone horribly wrong, Memento-style. That video notched a whopping 1 million YouTube views in a day, won the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, and caught Hollywood’s attention. (It even inspired its own live-action recreation.) Lionsgate bought the rights in 2011 but the project stalled when production head Alli Shearmur left the studio the following year in the Summit exec shake-up. When rights reverted back to the publisher, the company sealed a new deal with LA-based Occupant Entertainment, the indie production and financing shingle that launched with 2006 genre slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane – one of the original bidders on the property.
Occupant, meanwhile, is currently in production on horror thriller The Woods from director Corin Hardy, and is in post on the Sophie Barthes-helmed Madame Bovary starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller.
This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, “Illisit”, comes from Canadian industrial legends Skinny Puppy! The video features a law enforcement official with a serious aversion to skulls, a guy with a burlap sack over his head that really doesn’t like body implants, and mechanical spiders, which are creepy in and of itself.
YouTuber Chr0m3xMoDz has uncovered evidence that points at the strong possibility that Grand Theft Auto V may be getting some single-player zombie-themed DLC in the future. After searching through the game’s code, he discovered a “Dead” option on the DLC selection screen which, when selected, checks for “SPZOMBIES”.
It’s no secret that space zombies are the most terrifying kind of undead — a notch above the dreaded deep sea zombies — so if their kind is about to shuffle onto the busy streets of Los Santos, we’ll need to take this time to prepare. I suggest you buy every gun shop you can. You’ll need the ammunition.
Deep Silver has announced their Gamescom line-up, and among the handful of upcoming games they’ll be showing off later this month are two entries in the Dead Island franchise, including a world premiere of Dead Island 2 and more Dead Island Epidemic — both of which will be playable at the event. Zombies aren’t the only thing Deep Silver specializes in, so if you’re planning on making a trip to Cologne in a couple weeks you can also look forward to getting your hands on Metro Redux, Risen 3 and Sacred 3.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Dead Island 2 in action, especially now that Yager’s behind the wheel this time, but I’m a little disappointed we won’t be hearing from Escape Dead Island.
You can find Deep Silver’s public booth in Hall 9.1., B011/C010. Gamescom runs through August 13-17.
Bloody Knuckles is the outrageous debut feature film from writer/director Matt O’Mahoney. Consider it Idle Hands for the indie horror crowd, who like their violence bold and bloody and their humor vulgar. It’s an assured debut with a remarkably talented cast (despite their inexperience). Though rough around the edges, Bloody Knuckles is definitely one of the crowd pleasers coming out of Fantasia.
Not simply a bonkers horror comedy, the film also delivers a strong moral: don’t draw an underground comic about a Chinese crime lord or you’ll get your hand severed with a portable band saw. Keep that in mind, kiddies. That’s the tough lesson learned by Travis (Adam Boys), the pervert behind the offensive comic “Vulgar Invasions.” His latest issue catches the eye of Leonard Fong, a ruthless businessman and the head of a violent street gang.
One of my favorite parts of the movie are the gang members, who seemed ripped out of an ’80s movie, meaning they look awesome decked out in tank tops, bandanas, and other street misfit accoutrement. One of them even wears chainmail!
Fong doesn’t like what he sees in Travis’ comic, so he has him abducted and saws off his good hand. The severed hand is thrown into the sewer and Travis is left physically and emotionally crippled. He turns to malt liquor (a lot of it) for comfort. After one particularly drunken night out, his lost appendage returns to persuade Travis to get revenge on Fong and continue work on “Vulgar Invasions.” With a crude mind of its own, Travis’ undead hand is a friend and an enemy, always with the best intentions in mind (maybe).
Some of the funniest scenes involve Travis arguing with his hand, including great use of a text to speech program and a wicked kitchen fight. The effects for the hand look terrific too (think Thing from the Addams Family). The humor is a finely tuned blend of absurd, gross, and (at times) clever, though at times Bloody Knuckles goes a bit over-the-top for my tastes. For instance there’s a character that’s like Lord Humungus’ homosexual brother. He plays a major role late in the film and was a tad too goofy for me. But hey, that’s just me. I’m sure a lot of people will get a kick outta him. Some of the other gags felt like they were trying too hard to offend, but overall the humor consistently hits hard.
Aside from the gory and funny aspects, Bloody Knuckles has a tender story to tell in its heart. Travis’ relationship with his stepbrother is genuinely endearing as is his blossoming romance with a young journalist doing a story on his comic. Although the human relationships in the film are fully realized, its take on censorship feels kinda superficial, as Travis comes under fire for the content of his comic. I’m not familiar with censorship issues in Canada (where the film’s from), maybe there’s some struggle with free speech suppression up north I’m unaware of, so I could be wrong.
Regardless of its small blemishes, Bloody Knuckles is a satisfying, bloody, and funny tale of friendship and revenge.
A week ago, BioWare teased a new game — possibly called Shadow Realms — that, at first glance, looked like it could be of the horror persuasion. Today, we’ve been gifted with another, and now I’m not as sure that this will be a horror game. Maybe it’ll be horror adjacent.
The only thing this teaser accomplishes is making me even more confused as to what’s going on. Kids are getting weird powers, having nightmares, something about a fake college, maybe a few have gone missing — I’m lost.
Thankfully, we’ll know more at Gamescom, which kicks off in just two weeks.
Is anyone else getting The Secret World vibes from all this?
The post-apocalyptic indie horror game Contagion just got a pretty substantial update. For the unfamiliar, Contagion is a multiplayer horror game with cooperative and competitive modes where you’re tasked with surviving in a world infested with zombies. It went weirdly under the radar for most folks. If you’ve been patiently waiting for Capcom to return to their long dormant Resident Evil Outbreak series, this game manages to scratch that itch.
This latest update brings with it two new maps — a remake of the popular Zombie Panic: Source Biotec map and another called Stone Creek — as well as an improved melee system that should hopefully make the hand-to-hand combat feel a bit more satisfying. Gore hounds should be pleased to hear that you can also now decapitate the undead with bladed weapons.
I called Contagion “a gory, addictive horror game that’s well worth its $20 price tag” in my review.