New Shot of Benedict Cumberbatch as ‘Doctor Strange’!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:39

The most interesting news this past weekend was of Benedict Cumberbatch taking a photo in his full Doctor Strange costume – at a comic book shop.

Now, a brand new hero shot has been released from Marvel’s latest that recently wrapped production under the direction of Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister).

“Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor is Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange.

Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton also star.

Doctor Strange is releasing this year on November 4, 2016.

Image courtesy of Stocklandmartel.com and Michael Muller

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This is How Hardcore ‘Hardcore Henry’ is Going to Be…

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:31

Ilya Naishuller’s first-person actioneer Hardcore Henry, which is “filled to the brim with holy shit moments,” is opening this Friday.

Even though the trailer is off-the-wall insane, this clip is truly the first taste of what you can expect in Hardcore Henry. In the clip, District 9‘s Sharlto Copley gives chase to the enemy as the title character unloads an automatic weapon, and drops a grenade into a van. This is the exact vibe of the film from start to finish…

Hardcore Henry‘s producers include Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch).

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova star.

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“The Gayson Tapes”: Interrogation Over the ‘The Phoenix Incident’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:15

UFO fanatics will know the inspiration behind The Phoenix Incident, as the docu-thriller is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the “Phoenix Lights.”

The Phoenix Incident is set to abduct audiences this Friday, April 8th in select U.S. cities.

The real “Phoenix Lights” was the most-witnessed UFO event in U.S. history, with the craft said to be as large as several football fields.

We now have a second exclusive look at “The Gayson Tapes,” which are videos that offer an intense look at the interrogation of Phoenix Lights witness and alleged suspect, William Gayson, in the 1997 disappearance of four Phoenix-area men.

The tapes reveal news coverage that depicts Gayson’s alleged affiliation with the Heaven’s Gate cult in Phoenix prior to the March 13 incident. The tapes allude to his guilt and align the impact of the disappearances with his present-day suicide.

The Phoenix Incident is the debut feature film (writer-director) of veteran gaming industry talent director Keith Arem, responsible for the talent direction in AAA video game franchises including “Call of Duty,” “Titanfall,” “Saints Row,” “Tony Hawk Pro Skater,” and more!

Starring famed gaming actor Troy Baker, “The Phoenix Incident is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the Phoenix Lights. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the fact based, sci-fi thriller revolves around a military conspiracy and the controversial missing person’s case surrounding the infamous 1997 event. With the support of the victims’ families, along with classified military documentation, cockpit recordings, Air Force pilot interviews, actual FLIR footage, and first-hand recovered video evidence, The Phoenix Incident exposes the military’s engagement with extraterrestrial contact, and the collateral damage of 4 civilians.

Get more at the official website.

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Don’t Talk PSA: ‘Hardcore Henry’ Will Slap You Silly!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:28

Watch as Alamo Drafthouse, Rooster Teeth & Hardcore Henry, in theaters April 8th, have a very important message for those who talk or text in the movie theater.

Alamo Drathouse’s newest PSA was produced in partnership with Rooster Teeth and features Sharlto Copley, Henry and delicious oven baked cookies…

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

From STX Entertainment and director Ilya Naishuller, the first-person POV action film stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev,Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova.

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Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel, ‘Doctor Sleep,’ Getting Feature Film Adaptation!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:21

For those who don’t read, there’s always the movie.

Warner Bros. has tapped Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to adapt Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the horror classic The Shining, The Tracking Board is reporting.

Goldsman is also a writer and producer on Sony’s adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower, as well as Paramount’s Rings.

Originally published in 1977, “The Shining” follows Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their son Danny and their lives at the haunted Overlook Hotel. While there, the hotel possesses Jack and he slowly takes over the hotel and torments Wendy and Danny.

“Doctor Sleep” takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on the the now middle-aged Danny who is still traumatized. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat.

Jon Berg and Jon Gonda will oversee for Warner, while King will serve as an executive producer on the project. No release date has been set.

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[DVD Review] ‘Tango of Perversion’ is the Sleaziest of All Dances

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:12

About a month ago I reviewed The Wife Killer. This was my first foray into the world of Greek exploitation. That film was directed by Kostas Karagiannis and released in 1976. Two years before The Wife Killer Karagiannis directed Tango of Perversion, a film that shares a lot in common with The Wife Killer. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Both films have similar themes, were shot in some of the same locations and feature a lot of the same cast. As I result these two films are naturally linked together.

Tango of Perversion is a very sleazy movie and I think the synopsis on IMDB sums it up pretty greatly:

Joachim is an impotent man who who secretly films his friend Stathis having sex with girls from the Tango Club. When Stathis kills the lesbian that he catches with his girlfriend, the death is caught on film. Necrophilia soon follows.

“Necrophilia soon follows.” That part is particularly great. As weird as that may sound, that does describe the film pretty well. Of course there is more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it.

Joachim, played by Vagelis Voulgaridis who weirdly reminded me of Michael Caine, is such a strange dude. He hangs out at the Tango Club, which is your basic night club where people meet to hook up. He kind of knows everyone at the club and everyone knows him, but he’s generally considered to be sort of nerdy and kind of pathetic. People are mostly nice to him because he allows them to use the various rooms at his house to hook up. Why everyone wants to go to his place to have sex, I’m not entirely sure. Perhaps because he has nice rooms? We quickly find out he enjoys it because every room features a two-way mirror. Behind the mirror, in what is essentially the crawlspace between the walls, he has little hidden rooms with cameras set up. He spies on and records all the action.

One of the coolest guys at the club is Steve (Lakis Komninos), described in the IMDB synopsis as Stathis. Steven is basically the totally opposite of Joachim. He’s a ladies man who sleeps around and sort of has two full-time girlfriends. He and Joachim are “best friends.” They say they’re best friends but you can clearly tell they don’t really care for one another that much. Joachim is obviously jealous of Steve and Steve just doesn’t think highly of Joachim.

When one of Steve’s girlfriend’s decides to hook up with the club lesbian, Rosita (Doorthy Moore), back at Joachim’s place, Steve is none too happy about it. When Steve gets wind of this sexual exploit he immediately heads to Joachim’s. He catches the ladies in the act and his girlfriend runs off leaving her new lover left to suffer the brunt of Steve’s attack. During the fight Rosita is accidentally killed. Not realizing Joachim has recorded the entire event, Steve leaves Rosita’s dead body in the house.

This is when we learn that Joachim is quite the creep. After her confirms Rosita is dead, he proceeds to have sex with her. So maybe it’s not that he’s impotent so much as it is he needs dead chicks to get him going. After Joachim has his way with the body he disposes of it by making it appear that Rosita died in a car crash. Joachim doesn’t do this to help Steve but more to blackmail Steve. Meanwhile Steve attempts to set Joachim up. The results are quite grim, but also darkly amusing.

I really enjoyed Tango of Perversion but I wish I would have watched it before The Wife Killer. My reasoning is that the movies are similar but The Wife Killer is what I consider to be the superior film. Ultimately I’m giving both films a three skull rating, but I do find The Wife Killer to be the more polished entry that shows a nice progression from Tango of Perversion.

Tango of Perversion is without question the sleazier of the two films. There’s quite a bit more nudity and the sexual aspects play a larger role in the story. In some ways it reminded me of Play Motel but a lot more enjoyable.

Just like he did on The Wife Killer, Vasilis Vasileiadis served as the cinematographer. And just like that film he made great use of the zoom option. If it was up to me all movies would be required to have a specific number of zooms. Preferably ten ore more. Vasileiadis seems to operate by this rule.

Tango of Pervision features a dance number similar to that of The Wife Killer. The dance doesn’t involve any main characters, but is just a moment in the club where we watch a choreographed dance routine. I think this may just be a Greek culture thing, which I think is pretty cool. Or maybe it’s just a signature that Karagiannis likes to throw in his films. Either way I think it’s a nice touch that serves as a sort of fun, mini-intermission.

Tango of Perversion is out on DVD from Mondo Macabro. The beginning of the film does let you know that the best possible elements available were used to complete this release. Basically that’s to let you know the film may not look great, but it’s the best version possible. The message also lets you know that most of the film is the dubbed English version but there are a few scenes in which the English track wasn’t available and we instead get English subtitles. All things considered, I think this is another solid release from Mondo Macabro. This is a rare film that no other company is likely to release. I am more than pleased with the overall quality.

At this point I think my opinion is clear. If you’re a fan of exploitation flicks, particularly the European variety, you’re likely to dig this.

Tango of Perversion is available now on DVD from Mondo Macabro.

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We’ve Got Artwork and Pre-Order Links for ‘Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol. 2!’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:12

Earlier this year Arrow Video released Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol. 1, a Blu-ray/DVD combo set featuring three films. The set was fantastic (read my review) and because we knew it was volume 1 we knew there was still more yet to come. In early March they announced Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol. 2 for a June 14th release date. Arrow has now released the official artwork and the pre-order links.

The artwork, which, you can see below comes courtesy of Graham Humphreys and it looks fantastic. It’s much inline with what Arrow typically has for artwork and goes nicely with the first volume.

If you’re in the UK you can pre-order directly from Arrow and if you’re in the US you can do so from DiabolikDVD.

Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril), Ko Nakahira (Crazed Fruit), and Haruyasu Noguchi, who is a new discovery for the West.

TOKYO MIGHTY GUY
In Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy, mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend’s business…

DANGER PAYS
Next, Jo Shishido (Massacre Gun, Retaliation), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in Danger Pays, a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, “Joe the Ace” (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn’t the only one who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash…

MURDER UNINCORPORATED
Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi’s screwball classic Murder Unincorporated. When the mysterious “Joe of Spades” executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. This unique entry showcases some of the most peculiar killing tactics to ever hit Japanese cinema! Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the top of their game.

Bonus Materials
•Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
•High Definition digital transfers of all three films in this collection, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
•Original uncompressed mono audio
•Newly translated English subtitles
•Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi
•Original trailers for all three films
•Extensive promotional image galleries for all films
•Reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys
•Booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling

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Horror Icons Unite in ‘Smothered’ – Out Now!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:10

Horror icons most known for playing baddies have the tables turned on them in Smothered from director John Schneider. Smothered is out now via a number of VOD services (iTunes, DirectTV, Comcast, Amazon Video, Google Play, Warner, Vudu, YouTube) and DVD from Indican Pictures.

Synopsis:
Smothered boasts the largest collection of horror icons on one screen ever and it’s great to see them together. When a bunch of horror icons are at a crappy horror convention, they get offered a bunch of money to scare a bunch of fans at the local park. Easy money for a weekend gig, right? Wrong. When they get there, they meet the woman who runs it, as well as her incredibly well-endowed daughter, Dee Dee, but little do they know that they are not just the stars of the weekend, but the intended victims! Watch as your favorite horror icons fight for their lives…

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‘Flight 7500’ Clip Fights For Air (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:06

After five years of anticipation, Takashi Shimizu’s J-horror on a plane, Flight 7500, is finally set to take off!

Bloody Disgusting now has an exclusive clip for Lionsgate Home Entertainment release set for DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on April 12th.

On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies – and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it.

From the director of The Grudge and the producer of The Ring, Flight 7500 stars Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Johnathon Schaech, Amy Smart and Scout Taylor-Compton.

Extras include a look behind the scenes at the making of the film (the “Inside Flight 7500” featurette).

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Exclusive Clip from Arrow Video’s ‘Death Walks on High Heels!’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:01

Arrow Video has a number of releases coming out later this year that I am eagerly looking forward to with Death Walks Twice: Two Films By Luciano Ercoli leading the way as most anticipated. This limited edition boxset contains two films by Luciano Ercoli – Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight. With the April 5th release date just around the corner, Arrow has kindly provided Bloody Disgusting with an exclusive clip from Death Walks on High Heels!

Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early ’70s, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.

Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma’s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).

Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
Exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father’s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.

Death Walks at Midnight (1972)
Navarro stars as Valentina – a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss – forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone.

Bonus Materials
•Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight
•Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
•Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
•Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs,
•Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
•Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
•Newly-edited archive interview with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro
•Master of Giallo – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks on High Heels and offers up his thoughts as to what constitutes a good giallo
•An interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
•Original Italian trailer
•Original English trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
•Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
•Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
•Extended TV version of the feature [105 mins]
•Crime Does Pay – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks at Midnight and a career script-writing crime films
•Desperately Seeking Susan – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

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Spooky Launch Trailer For Haunted House Game Obscuritas

Dread Central - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:00

Having just been released on Steam, check out the launch trailer for the creepy as hell looking haunted house game Obscuritas.

The first-person horror title has you navigating an ancient country house in an attempt to solve its deep dark secrets. And honestly, that house looks so damn spooky that I don’t even think that I would step foot inside during the day, let alone in the dead of night.

Synopsis
When Sarah inherits her great-uncle’s old country home, she has no idea about the dark secret she has stumbled upon and into what obscure world it will take her to. Help Sarah solve the mystery and escape the malicious clutches of the old mansion. Fear is a constant companion on your journey. No matter the dark shadows lurking behind every corner, creeping beasts or demons from another dimension: You have to face your greatest fears to defeat the darkness.

Creeping shadows, huge spiders or terrifying monsters that are coming for you: Experience your personal nightmare through the game’s “fear recognition mechanic”.

While fighting your way through this nightmare you’ll have to solve various riddles to get to the root of this evil and defeat it.

Face your Fears in 3 different chapters with a total of 29 sequences.

Experience thrilling graphics set in an atmospheric environment which will turn your blood cold.

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‘The Girl In the Photographs’ Clip Teases Kill Sequence

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 08:52

One of Wes Craven’s final films, The Girl in the Photograph is now on VOD and in limited theaters. In light of the release, a new clip is shared that sets up one of the film’s kill scenes.

Our own Luiz found it “…perfect for popcorn-fueled late night viewings” while Pat states that the film is, “…a predictable crawl.”

Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small town natural beauty is bored with her dead end job at a grocery store and is ready to distance herself from her abusive boyfriend. In the midst of her turmoil, a pair of deranged serial killers begins leaving her photos of their mutilated victims. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Peter Hemmings (Penn), a hipster celebrity photographer who has traveled back to his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota with a pack of models, intent on copying the killers’ intense and unapologetic artistry and use it for an important ad campaign. When he learns Colleen is their muse, Peter resolves to make her his own and use her as the centerpiece of a photo campaign in Los Angeles. But before Colleen can leave her old life behind, she must contend with the desires of her murderous stalkers who have chosen her last night in town to execute their most provocative work to date.

Kal Penn stars with Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Luke Baines, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katharine Isabelle, and Mitch Pileggi.

If you want to read another review, Kalyn has weighed in with her thoughts.

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Mildew from Planet Xonader, The (2015)

Dread Central - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 06:00

Starring Wilmar Zimosa, Edward X. Young, Mike Keller

Directed by Giulio De Santi, Neil Meschino

Distributed by Necrostorm

“Body melts, alien mutations, tons of action and geysers of gore await you. The 80’s are back!” exclaims The Mildew from Planet Xonader’s synopsis. Goddamn right they (almost) are!

Throwbacks, homages, and celebrations of magical bygone eras have been the order of the day for a long, long time, many examples unfortunately using such labels to disguise poor planning, ropey acting, lazy FX, and a complete lack of originality. Whilst some of our dearly beloved 80’s trash may very well have been a mish-mash of coarse, economical trials and tribulations, they all shared one significant ingredient: love, ladies and gentleman – pure, potent, and powerful, permeating every frame and warming the coldest of hearts.

By jingo, finances may well have been tight, but (much like the fake blood) enthusiasm sloshed around in abundance!

Necrostorm, the Italian-American visceral visionaries responsible for titles such as Hotel Inferno and Adam Chaplin, have boldly revamped Neil Meschino’s 2012 film Mold!, breathing fresh life into a creature feature that boasts several of the components needed to make this more than an idle, uninspired nod to the good old days.

It’s 1984, the Reagan administration is in full swing, and researchers at the top secret Bentan Labs are celebrating the completion of their latest weapons project: an all-consuming mildew capable of rapid growth – ideal for obliterating stores of enemy rations. But when a political bigwig is accidentally infected, the fungus’ spores are released across the entire complex, and as the infected begin to mutate, survivors must join forces with a mysterious soldier – the aptly named Toxic – to combat the parasitic green god-awfulness before it’s too late.

Flooded with carefully-placed garish light, The Mildew from Planet Xonader looks every inch the classic schlock it’s trying so hard to emulate. Unlike many weaker attempts at tribute, however, it doesn’t stop there; its pounding synth score resonates and transports us perfectly where it knows we want to be – where? Back to a time of punch-the-air practical FX, OTT characters, and shite moustaches, that’s where!

It’s impossible to pay homage to a rather shoddy cinematic sub-genre you love so dearly without purposely making your film look a tad thrown-together, but there are precise ways of creating crudeness, and no corners are cut here where those methods are concerned. Mildew’s ludicrous characters are played admirably in the midst of the mayhem, and the FX set pieces are pretty damn fantastic: pulsating, melting flesh; oozing eyeballs; and glove-puppet mutant mice are a constant and never get boring. Plus, there are two scenes in particular that honestly blew me away: an early hand-washing sequence that was genuinely nauseating and some head-splitting editing that made me shout “FUCK YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!” at my TV.

Of course, some elements don’t quite work as seamlessly. For example, the pleasurable score is virtually continuous, laid over 99% of the visuals and lessening the impact of both. Also, the scenes in between the set pieces meander and can seem dialogue-heavy… although, when we’re being blessed with lines such as “If I can survive a knife fight with a Cambodian jaguar, then this little cigar ain’t got a chance,” should I really be overly critical?!

Necrostorm’s Collector’s Edition includes a graphic novel, posters, postcards, outtakes, featurettes, and the soundtrack and trailer; but it was unavailable for us to review.

Dig out your Deadly Spawn t-shirt, crack open a can of Hubba Bubba, and party with The Mildew from Planet Xonader like it’s 1984!

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Happy SlAyPRIL Fools Day from Mycho

Dread Central - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 04:00

In the spirit of the season, UK production studio Mycho has released the short film SlAyPRIL Fools Day online for free for a limited period. You can watch it right here, right now – no foolin’!

SlAyPRIL Fools Day is a mock trailer for a fake horror franchise, filled with cheesy puns, one-liners, and some in-jokes for fans of cult films that have had many a sequel over the years. It is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to our favorite franchises, with films taking place “In the Hood” and, of course, with the obligatory “In Space” sequel.

It was produced by Anna McCarthy and MJ Dixon, directed by Dixon, and will be featured in the grindhouse anthology Grindsploitation along with many other short films from indie directors around the world. It stars Georgie Smibert, Paris Rivers, William Marshall, Lewis Cooper, Anna McCarthy, Moray Binfield, Bam Goodall, Jason Impey, Michael Lovett, and Richard Fysh as “The Prankster,” the world’s first time-traveling slasher villain.

Check out the film below, and tell your friends!  It’s available today, the 1st of April, ONLY!

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Eli Roth’s Animated ‘Dark Souls III’ Trailer is Here

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 22:31

The Souls series has always done its own thing. From Software thinks exclusively outside the box, eschewing the hand-holdy nature of modern video game design and the way they’re marketed to bring us games that are strange and innovative, punishing and deeply rewarding. The trailers have been particularly memorable for their striking visuals and a brief look at some of the harrowing boss encounters we’ll soon conquer — after a couple dozen tries — because we don’t know any better.

We’re hooked. Addicts looking for that sweet satisfaction that only a new Souls can provide.

This animated trailer for Dark Souls III has the ingredients we’d expect from a Souls trailer, only they’ve been prepared by director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), because why not?

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Catch Up on Fear the Walking Dead Season 1; More Details on Episode 2.01 – Monster

Dread Central - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:16

Season 2 of “Fear the Walking Dead” is set to kick off in just a few more days, but in case you’re a little foggy on what went down in Season 1, AMC has just released a refresher video to get you back up-to-speed.

The second season of “Fear the Walking Dead” debuts on April 10th, just one week after this weekend’s super-sized “The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale.

Set in Los Angeles, “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2 focuses on new characters and storylines. The cast includes Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, Daniel Zovatto, Dougray Scott, and Colman Domingo.

“Fear the Walking Dead” Episode 2.01 – “Monster” (4/10/16)
Our families flee a burning Los Angeles on Strand’s yacht. Strand (Colman Domingo) remains mysterious. Our group encounters danger at sea.

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The Amityville Legacy Leaves Behind an Official Trailer and Image Gallery

Dread Central - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:36

When you think about the “legacy” of a certain very famous house in Amityville, New York, you have to take the good with the bad.  Which side of the fence will The Amityville Legacy fall on?  We’ll find out later this year when it hits VOD and DVD/Blu-ray, but in the meantime, here’s the first trailer and a half-dozen images from the film, which offer up a few clues.

Written and directed by Dustin Ferguson and Mike Johnson and produced by 42nd Street Films and Sinister Studios, The Amityville Legacy follows a cursed antique toy monkey from the original DeFeo home as it wrecks havoc and possesses a father after being gifted during an annual family reunion.

It stars Julia Farrell, Mark Popejoy, Schuylar Craig, Jennii Caroline, Jade LaFont, and Colby Coash.

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Interview with the Grampire: David Blyth Talks Working with Al Lewis and More

Dread Central - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:15

I was totally unaware when I sent a message to Karen Ingenthron Lewis on Facebook (after she accepted my friend request) with questions about her role in the bizarro Frederic Hobbs western/horror film Godmonster of Indian Flats that I was also messaging the widow of iconic vampire character actor Al “Grandpa Munster” Lewis, who passed away in 2006. Prior to this realization I was fixated on learning more about the film that brought the world a gigantic, mutant sheep terrorizing a western town (appropriately stuck in the 1800s).

Upon connecting the dots, however, I realized that this article (which is not about a mutant sheep; sorry, you’ll have to go elsewhere for that one), about the New Zealand children’s vampire movie My Grandpa is a Vampire (known also as Grampire as well as Moonrise), quickly took on a deeper, more significant purpose.

(Note: The author will be referring to the film by its original distribution title of Grampire throughout the remainder of the article and interview.)

That production [Grampire] is a highlight of my life. My memoir, called, funnily enough, I Married a Munster, My Life with “Grandpa” Al Lewis, is now in print. A large section is dedicated to the time Al and I spent together in New Zealand. -Karen Lewis, 2016

There was a brief period during my youth when I began getting really interested in horror films but wasn’t quite brave enough to take the plunge. As a result, I began seeking out films that were – at their heart – for young adults but that possessed some horror elements: Little Monsters; The Witches; Gremlins 2: The New Batch (the first Gremlins film came out before my time); and, of course, Grampire. I have a vivid memory of seeing the VHS box in the local video store and being both intrigued and a little scared of the bright purple and white moon on the front with Al Lewis’ grinning face on it. I’m assuming because it wasn’t rated R, my parents took a chance and rented it for a family movie night.

Lonny (played by the late Justin Gocke) journeys from sunny California to New Zealand in order to pay his Aunt Leah and Grandfather Vernon (played by Lewis) a visit. While getting reacquainted with each other, Lonny and his Kiwi pal (played by Milan Borich) begin to suspect that grandpa’s odd behavior (keeping curtains drawn, sleeping during the day, his aversion to garlic, etc.) may be signs that he’s actually a bloodsucker! Sadly, and before finding any real proof to confirm their suspicions, granddaddy bites the dust – leaving a wake of bereaved family members in his wake.

Immediately following the funeral, however, their suspicions are confirmed as Grandpa rises from his coffin, pleased to see his grandson and full of promises that he’s not dangerous or at all like other dead risers. All is well until Aunt Leah’s boyfriend gets wind of their vampiric relative and sets out – stake in hand – to catch and do away with our the beloved grampire.

What happens next, you ask!? You’ll have to track down a copy and see for yourself. (The film has yet to receive the DVD or Blu-ray treatment, so you’ll have to look for a copy on VHS). Overall, Lewis looks and sounds comfortable in his familiar role of the vampire, cackling and flying about in a way that is actually somewhat spooky and even a little demented at times. There are some really interesting scenes, like the one where the two boys and grandpa are hiding out in some caves near a beach. While out flying around, these three musketeers even make a pit stop at a McDonald’s so Grandpa can sip a pint of cow’s blood. Delicious!

Left to right: Justin Gocke; Al Lewis; Milan Borich

Themes of death and losing loved ones aside, Grampire toys with the viewer’s senses in intriguing, confusing, and even nostalgic ways. It’s intriguing due to some really effective and atmospheric cinematography (there’s lots of lush blue lighting, for example). It’s also, at times, confusing almost exclusively because of the oddly placed funeral scene where we see a woman performing erotic acts on her food directed at our two lead boys during grandpa’s funeral. And I find it nostalgic because director David Blyth is effective at conjuring memories of some classic 1980s monster movie fare, like Fright Night and The Lost Boys — other attempts at diluting the vampire and making him more accessible to children.

Upon revisiting Grampire, I began to wonder whether Lewis loathed assuming the image that had brought him fame three decades earlier. “Unlike Al’s best friend, Fred Gwynne, who was tired of being typecast as a horror show character,” Karen Lewis told me in an email, “Al continued to be grateful for and enjoy the celebrity his fans had given him. He loved to interact with people and kept on entertaining them as Grandpa Munster.”  Clearly, I had assumed wrong!

She continued to explain how Lewis’ role in Grampire had a greater significance for him than maybe even his co-stars realized. “When he was cast in My Grandpa is a Vampire, he felt as if everything he’d done as an actor had gone full circle and he was totally committed to the part.” Admittedly I felt infinitely better learning that Lewis had not only accepted this role with pleasure but that it, for him, signified a kind of exclamation mark on what was an unforgettable career.

Recently New Zealand director David Blyth was generous enough to talk with me about everything from the origins of Grampire to his time with Al Lewis, his darker cinematic side as director of such horror films as Death Warmed Up and Red Blooded American Girl, and finally, his thoughts on what it actually means for a film to look and feel “Kiwi.”

Left to right: producer Murray Newey; Al Lewis; director David Blyth

John Campopiano: Before jumping right into vampires, I want to briefly ask you about a horror film you made in 1984 called Death Warmed Up. Fans of 1980s cult horror may remember this one (thanks, in part, to the fantastic VHS cover featuring a scalpel-wielding skeleton). How did that project come about?

David Blyth: I met screenwriter Michael Heath (writer of the 1982 horror film Next of Kin) at a party hosted by Vincent Ward (director of What Dreams May Come, which featured Robin Williams). Michael revealed to me the outline of a story involving cryogenics and the science of bringing dead bodies back to life — both of which had fascinated me, in a science fiction sort of way. From that outline the script for Death Warmed Up emerged!

JC: How did the idea for Grampire originally come about?

DB: Michael Heath years earlier had written a children’s radio play called Moonrise, which completely subverted the vampire genre, and this really appealed to me. The feature script grew from that source. After making movies with adult censor restrictions, I decided to attempt a more family orientated movie — a vampire genre story with a twist. The original script had more entertaining special effects sequences, which unfortunately were never shot, as in the end an investor did not deliver and we proceeded with shooting a lower budget version of the film than was written.

JC: This film has been known by a few different titles, yes?

DB: The film started out being called Moonrise. The local distributor in New Zealand decided that a name change was in order and came up with the title Grampire. It changed again when the distributor in the US decided to go with the title My Grandpa is a Vampire. We were not party to the decision to change the name in the US. We weren’t really consulted in New Zealand either. To this day the New Zealand Film Commission uses both titles (Moonrise/Grampire) in correspondence with us.

JC: Did you always have Al “Grandpa Munster” Lewis in mind to play the role of Vernon Cooger?

DB: Yes, we were always interested in Al Lewis. “The Munsters” television series had always been a personal favourite and we had heard stories from travelers visiting New York that Al was often seen at a restaurant he owned in town. So we knew he was alive and decided to track him down. Al jumped at the opportunity to come to New Zealand!

JC: What are some of your most vivid memories from working with Al?

DB: Al was a fascinating man, telling stories of his vaudeville days going far back to the 1940s and 1950s. One of his favourite things to say to me regarding the entertainment industry was, “It’s not show business; it’s business show!”

Everywhere Al went, he engaged with people. He loved to entertain! On set he was very easy to work with and he brought a generosity of spirit that swept the cast and crew up into a magical world. He was happy to play a mischievous vampire who hated blood as it was a continuation of his own “outside the box” (almost vaudeville-like) depiction of a vampire character. Al embraced life. He came to New Zealand with his long nails especially grown for the movie!

The big issue on set was not bloodsucking at all — but sugar! Al, Pat Evison (New Zealand actress who played Aunt Leah), and Noel Appleby (also a Kiwi, starring here as Ernie) were all elderly and had to watch their sugar intake (on doctors orders). None of them were immune to breaking this rule on set. Likewise for Milan Borich and Justin Gocke, who were both barely into their teens. We had to watch them around the chocolate cake as the sugar sent them wild!!

JC: Several critics have commented over the years that Grampire feels quintessentially “Kiwi.” What does this characterization mean to you?

DB: Grampire is New Zealand Gothic, utilising Auckland’s wild west coast with its black sand beaches and larger-than-life characters and locations. This backdrop gives the film its unique Kiwi charm. Despite its low budget the film had some very high production values. Two of Grampire’s crew (from the design and costume departments) went on to have successful careers that included Academy Award wins in both of those fields!

JC: In 2014 Justin Gocke (the actor who portrayed “Lonny” in the film) died at the young age of 36. When did you learn of his death and what was your reaction?

DB: I did not know that Justin Gocke had died ‘til our recent correspondence. I was really shocked to hear the sad news. Justin was a professional actor even at such a young age. He had a maturity about him that amazed me at the time. RIP, Justin Gocke.

JC: Just a couple of years prior to Grampire, you directed the Canadian horror/fantasy film Red Blooded American Girl, starring Kim Coates and Christopher Plummer. Was it merely coincidence that your next project would again involve vampiric characters, or was this subject matter of interest to you back in those days?

DB: In terms of vampire films I was particularly fond of Tony Scott’s The Hunger (1983) and Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987). When the opportunity came along to work with Allan Moyle (writer and director of the 1990 film Pump up the Volume) on the script of Red Blooded American Girl with its vampire/AIDS twist, as a director I was hooked. I’m still passionate about the horror/thriller genre, as evidenced by my recent features, Wound (2010) and Ghost Bride (2013). I’m currently working on several horror orientated scripts.

Al Lewis in New Zealand for the filming of Grampire

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Australian Shocker Scare Campaign Secures a Plethora of International Deals

Dread Central - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:05

Fantastic news here at Dread Central for one of the best movies this writer has caught thus far in 2016.

Scare Campaign, the latest venture from the tormented minds behind 100 Bloody Acres, Australian brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, has secured a stream of international deals ensuring it reaches the wide audience it deserves.

As reported by if.com.au, whilst the film gets a home release through Madman Entertainment on the Cairnes’ home turf this July, international deals have now been secured in the UK (Metrodome), Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and Indonesia.

In response to the news, the film’s producer Julie Ryan said, “We are thrilled that the fantastic traction Scare Campaign has gained through positive media reviews, sold out screenings and social media, has translated into an international appetite for the film.”

In a recent interview Dread Central conducted with the writing/directing siblings they openly explained their inspirations behind the flick:

“After 100 Bloody Acres we wanted to do another project with our producer, Julie Ryan, and she was keen to do another horror film, although this time we thought we’d go more straight horror instead of horror/comedy. I think the idea came from us just trolling the internet, looking for ideas and inspiration, and finding these YouTube clips about reality TV programs (prank shows) where people are put into these scary situations, and we thought, “What if the victim were to turn and got their revenge on the TV crew?” So the idea spun from that, and we started looking around for some locations to shoot. Victoria, Australia, has a number of old abandoned lunatic asylums with wonderful architecture and all sorts of nooks and crannies to shoot in. These locations come reasonably cheap, so it’s great for low-budget horror moviemaking, and we’re talking to you from one of those asylums right now.”

But, ahead of all the aforementioned releases, Scare Campaign will be screening as one of the 14 films competing in the official section of Bilbao’s Fantasy Film Festival, FANT, this May. Although Colin Cairnes is unable to attend due to work commitments, Cameron jumped at the chance to be able to hop on over to the fest, commenting, “Spain is home to a large and very passionate horror film scene, and I can’t wait to experience that first hand. Added to which, I hear the Basque Country tapas are to die for.”

Whilst official international release dates are yet to be confirmed, we’ll let you know all the details as and when they roll out. And surely we’ll be reporting on a US deal some time very soon.

Scare Campaign stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Meegan Warner, Ian Meadows, and Josh Quong Tart and we’ll leave you with the latest trailer for the movie…

Synopsis:

Popular prank TV show “Scare Campaign” has been entertaining audiences for the last five years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun. But as we enter a new age of online TV, the producers find themselves up against a new hard-edged web series which makes their show look decidedly quaint. It’s time to up the ante, but will the team go too far this time, and are they about to prank the wrong guy?

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Helmer John Suits Talks POV Apocalyptic Action-Thriller Pandemic

Dread Central - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 18:36

Despite the gaming industry’s long-standing penchant for emulating blockbuster movies and TV series, as video games now offer so much extra bang for the buck, roles are beginning to reverse and it’s filmmakers who are taking heed of the benefits go-to gaming mechanics have to offer when it comes to creating the ultimate immersive cinematic experience.

Ilya Naishuller’s soon-to-be-released POV actioner Hardcore Henry is being touted as THE best action film ever made, but a week before that comes out, director John Suits (The Scribbler) gets HIS gaming geek on as he also tackles the first-person perspective in Pandemic.

To celebrate the film’s release (April 1), we caught up with Suits as he explains how, in his eyes, POV and found footage are two very distinct concepts and just how tough it was to recreate a first-person shooter style movie given the fact there wasn’t a particularly tried and tested formula for shooting a film of this ilk.

DC: Can you tell us how Dustin T. Benson’s script reached your hands and what convinced you that his POV perspective wasn’t going to play out as just another found footage style gimmick?

Suits: It was actually on the 2012 Blood List and was called Viral at the time. We were prowling for our next project and I saw this logline that sounded pretty crazy, but then I read the script and it was incredible. We worked a long time with Dustin developing it and I think what is a lot of fun about it is that it didn’t feel like a gimmicky POV film at all; it actually felt like a story with good characters and art, and that was what we really tried to focus on.

DC: From a directors point of view, what was the biggest challenge in terms of shooting a breed of film that has rarely been tackled before?

Suits: That was definitely the hardest thing. We had to do a lot of research to find things that had been shot in this kind of first-person perspective. There were things like Maniac with Elijah Wood and Into the Void and movies like that that we looked at. Rather than a found footage movie, I consider it more as a POV first-person movie.

An issue I have with found footage is that you have to spend the whole movie kind of justifying why we’re seeing what we’re seeing, but with this first-person perspective you’re on the journey, you’re on the road. In Pandemic it’s not shaky cam either; it’s more trying to emulate what the eye would see and that involved us really exploring how to use camera rigs in a way where, when the character is running, it’s not all crazy and shaky but rather it has more of a bounce to it, more like how you would see everything if you were running. We put A LOT of work into that with photographer Mark Putnam, and we also worked with Radiant Images, who work with all different kinds of rigs and cameras, so we spent countless days there trying to figure out different variations and what worked for each situation. It was a big undertaking but it was a lot of fun trying to unlock the formula.

DC: How many sleepless nights did you spend playing Call of Duty et al, as the film embraces video game aesthetics and narratives in a big way?

Suits: Through my younger years I loved video games and I love that genre. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have kids now [laughs] so my video game days are behind me but I did play some beforehand but it was hard to find time. I have friends who played things like Modern Warfare or Left 4 Dead, and I also went on YouTube to watch those kinds of games to get the look and feel of how it feels to be in that space. We also looked at different kinds of weapons and I asked our stunt guy, “What are fun ways to kill people?” We had a full bunch of meetings just about that.

DC: And how did the cast adapt to the challenge of shooting POV style?

Suits: The way that we did it was we had a male and a female camera operator who would put on the camera suits of whichever character they were going to play. The actors really enjoyed it too, though. They were a really cool group of actors that were really into it. I went into it really nervous, wondering how we would be able to coordinate the actors when we had camera operators working inside their suits, but they were all super professional. They also spent the time to go over each and every movement for every scene with the camera operators to help them mimic their movements in the film.

All of that aside, I think they were phenomenal actors and I think with Rachel (Nichols), you really get invested in her character because she brings us all on this whole journey. I don’t want to give anything away to readers but she really has to play a lot of different things and the way she was able to accomplish that was remarkable.

DC: Let’s talk special effects. It looks to be roughly a 50/50 split between CGI and practical.

Suits: Yeah, there are a lot of visual effects for sure and we had a great team of guys doing that. Doing visual effects in the first-person perspective was tricky. It’s obviously easier when you have a locked down shot so it was essential to have a person on set to guide us through how we were going to do it. And then there was the job of turning Los Angeles into this post-apocalyptic wasteland, all the street design and stuff like that. Our production designer, Yong Ok Lee, would do all the work with our team and he would take us down to LA and turn it into a post-apocalyptic landscape in like two hours. But then we had to add fires and deteriorate things afterwards so that’s where the video effects team was crucial. They really ploughed through it because there were so many complicated shots because of all the camera moves involved and they really crushed it.

DC: Editing Pandemic must have been one hell of a challenge, particularly in the action scenes with hordes of virus carriers in the frame.

Suits: Absolutely! Nicholas Larrabure was our editor and it was very hard because a lot of the scenes involved trying to make the editing feel seamless. Obviously, another thing we had to work really hard on was how to tell a story in first-person because there are scenes where we cut around different perspectives and then there are others where you just stay with one character. So having to choose when to do that was tough. And then we had to figure out exactly how to cut because, again, there’s not really a tried and tested formula for this kind of film.

In the action scenes you mention you’ve got the cameras looking to the left and right and you’ve got to add all the CGI stuff there, or you’ve got an actor whose head is getting smashed in so it was a very tedious process where there’d be something that feels like one long shot where it’s often a bunch of different takes stitched together to really enhance it and bring out the best elements of it. So the editing was definitely extremely crucial, and at the same time we couldn’t really follow habitual editing rules because those rules don’t really correspond to a first-person style film. It was definitely a big challenge.

DC: Aside from Pandemic is there anything you are able to reveal about upcoming projects? I know you have a few things planned with your co-producer, Gabriel Cowen.

Suits: Yeah. Gabriel and I have a production company called New Artists Alliance and we just finished our 20th feature. We also went to film school together and went on to work on movies together. Our next movie is actually directed by Gabriel, and it’s called When the Lights Go Out. It’s a very cool end of days type of realm. And then we have a bunch of other films coming soon such as Fear, Inc., which will be screening at Tribeca in April, and also Jekyll Island.

Pandemic’s vicious virus is all set to spread like the plague this April 1st, and we’ll leave you with the trailer, which we hope persuades you to give it a whirl…

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