Putting aside all thoughts and reservations on the upcoming Ghostbusters, I have to admit that the Sony marketing campaign of working with Snapchat has resulted in a filter that’s playful, entertaining, and surprisingly fun. Additionally, it’s apparently a revolutionary filter because it uses the rear camera as well as the front facing one.
Okay, so here’s what happens: When you use the front facing camera, Slimer appears and dances around the screen while the infamous Ghostbusters theme song plays. Then, a proton blaster appears and tries to zap Slimer. All of this, by the way, is happening while your face is doing whatever it wants to do.
As for the rear-facing camera, supposedly it allows the user to “bust” some ghosts, but all I saw was a spook flying around my screen. It appeared to be the vomiting blue ghost that we’ve seen in all the Ghostbusters trailers so far.
I’m not saying that this filter is something revolutionary or that it is going to convince anyone who’s not interested in the movie to see it. I just enjoyed it for about 20 seconds, which is sometimes all something needs to do.
Anyone who has watched horror from the mid-90’s onwards knows the music of composer Marco Beltrami. That’s not a joke either. Let me run through a few titles you might have heard of: Hellboy, Blade II, Resident Evil, Dracula 2000, The Watcher, Cursed, Red Eye, The Omen, The Faculty, My Soul to Take, and that’s not even the half of it. The man is beyond prolific, having over 100 composer credits on IMDb.
But where the majority of horror fans most likely first heard him was Wes Craven’s meta slasher Scream, of which he composed the music for the whole franchise (but not the TV series). For many fans, his music was an integral part of the Scream experience and,furthermore, stood very well on its own merits. For fans of vinyl, they haven’t been able to experience the joy of the score on wax. But that’ll change on September 16th.
The folk over at Bull Moose have a listing for a vinyl pressing of the scores of Scream and Scream 2, which is going to be pressed on “bone white” vinyl. I’m guessing the marketing team didn’t think to call it “Ghostface White”?
It looks like the pressing will be 1xLP, so there might only be select cues from both films. While that’s disappointing, the cover is anything but! It captures the tone of the movie as well as highlighting the iconic killer. In the gaping mouth is a telephone dialpad while the handle of the hunting knife is the phone itself. As for the house at the bottom, you can barely see Casey’s body hanging from the tree in the front yard. Very cool!
You can see the cover below.
A few weeks ago, we posted that Space Goat Productions was creating a board game based on Sam Raimi’s 1987 horror comedy Evil Dead 2. Well, it just opened up for backing on Kickstarter, so get on in there if you want to secure your own copy!
Evil Dead 2: The Board Game works like this: “[The game] is a tile and miniature based survival horror game for 2-6 Players based on the classic movie. 2-6 players will work together in 60–90 minute sessions to gather pages of the Ex-Mortis while trying to survive demon attacks, supernatural events, and avoid turning into evil deadites themselves.”
The first official press release offers this information:
The campaign offers a standard and deluxe edition for donors to select from. The deluxe edition features exclusive figures of Ash Williams, Deadite Henrietta, and a box based on the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, the Book of the Dead. More figures and features will be added as the campaign goes on, a well as retailer pledge levels. Six lucky fans will also get a chance to get their likeness drawn into either the game or a future Evil Dead 2 comic book.
As much as I love to play board games, I don’t get the opportunity all that often. That being said, this looks like it’ll be right up my alley! It’s clear that a lot of love and care went into creating this game, especially considering the Space Goat is the team behind the Evil Dead 2 comics from the past few years. The design is perfect because every playthrough will be a unique experience, which makes for tons of groovy times!
You can see the pledge video below or fork over your well earned money at the link above!
I hadn’t heard of the Danish thriller Shelley before writing this but it’s now been added to my “must see” list thanks to this oppressive and incredibly eerie trailer, which opens with Aphex Twin’s sublime “Aisatsana” and then descends into madness.
A childless couple make a bargain with their Romanian maid to serve as a surrogate. When the child inside her begins growing too quickly, it becomes clear that a sinister force is overtaking all of them.
Shelley was directed by Ali Abbasi and starring Cosmina Stratan, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Bjorn Andresen, and Peter Christoffersen.
The film will be shown at the 2016 Fantasia Film Festival.
It’s been several months since we last heard anything about Saw: Legacy, the 8th entry in the franchise that was created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell back in 2004. What we reported back then was that Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger – the same scriptwriting duo behind Piranha 3D, Piranha 3DD, and Sorority Row – were writing the script and that Wan and Whannell would be acting as executive producers. No plot was revealed and no other information was provided. It’s been completely quiet…
Today breaks the silence as it looks like the sequel will be filming in Toronto this September, according to a listing found on IATSE873, which is a site that supports a union of stage, theater and movie employees/operators.
Additionally, the listing states that Dan Heffner and Oren Koules will be producing the movie. The two have been producers on every Saw film, so it’s nice to see them come back! Alas, no director is listed but we’re looking into the situation to see what we can figure out!
While we reach out, where would you like to see the Saw series go next? Should it tackle Jigsaw’s beginnings? Should it move to a completely different town where some sociopath takes up the sick cause on his/her own? Personally, I’d love to see it done without a ton of gore and instead focusing more on the horror of the situation, like the first one did. Give me tension over intestines any day of the week!
The London FrightFest will hold premieres of two upcoming genre films that look mighty gory.
The first is Jonathan Straiton’s Night Of Something Strange, which we first reported on here (check out this nasty image). In the film, “Teenage friends out for beach week get unexpectedly detoured to a creepy motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.” Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Wayne W Johnson, Toni Ann Gambale, and Michael Merchant star.
In Jonathan Ford’s Offensive, starring Russell Floyd, Lisa Eichhorn, Fred Adenis, “A retired couple are targeted by a cruel gang of street youths . A new breed of technological psychopath. This is the old generation vs the new.”
The German news site Bild is reporting that a new Metallica album could be released on October 14th. However, they are also quick to say that this was not confirmed by Universal Music Group, who license their albums for international release from the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings, which was formed back in late 2012.
News of a new Metallica album has been brewing for years, especially since it’s been eight years since the release of their last album Death Magnetic. In mid-June, there were reports that the band was actually in the mixing stage, although I have yet to see that being confirmed.
What we do know is that each of the band members have been talking about new music for a while now and they’ve each confirmed that recordings have taken place. We’ll just have to wait and see if there is something to the rumors that we’ll be getting a new album this year or if we’ll be waiting even longer.
Here’s your first look at the second season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” and DAMN does it bring the goods! You want new monsters? You got ’em. How about buckets of blood and gore? Check! Maybe some gleeful violence? Oooooh yeah…
“Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
““The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.”
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem”, “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch”, Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess”, Spider-Man) and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the series this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father, Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend, and Linda, Ash’s high school love, respectively.
“Ash vs Evil Dead” will return to Starz this October!
Earlier today, Mondo/Deathwaltz started taking orders for Giona Ostinelli‘s score for Mickey Keating’s Darling, the Polanski-esque paranoia thriller that has wowed audiences through various festival runs.
This is a limited one-off pressing of 500 copies that is pressed on 180 gram white vinyl with a black and gray twisted stripe effect. It’s house inside of a foil numbered 425gsm sleeve that features artwork by Jay Shaw. You can pick up your copy via Mondo.
‘Darling’ begins as a lonely young woman moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as a caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past. These stories slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness…
Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face, The Mind’s Eye), Brian Morvant, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and Helen Rogers (V/H/S) star in the film.
Produced by Larry Fessenden and Jenn Wexler for Glass Eye Pix and Sean Fowler for Alexander Groupe. Keating and Carter are also producers and composer Giona Ostinelli returns from the director’s previous feature Pod to score this film.
Evil grows on the inside…
Louise and Kasper want to become parents but Louise is unable to have children. She seals a pact with her Romanian maid, Elena, to bear Louise’s child, but things don’t turn out as they planned.
That’s the twisted plot of Ali Abbasi’s Shelley, which stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan, and Björn Andrésen.
IFC tells Bloody Disgusting that Shelley will release in theaters (NY and LA) on July 29 as well as On Demand, iTunes, Amazon, X-Box, Google Play, etc.
We now have the first ever images to go along with the exclusive U.S. poster premiere.
“An unholy force takes root in an expectant mother’s womb in this eerie, dread-inducing shocker. Privileged, nouveau-eco-hippies Louise (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and Kasper (Peter Christoffersen) live off the grid in a remote home in the woods. Unable to conceive, the couple arranges for their immigrant maid, Elena (Cosmina Stratan), to act as a surrogate mother in exchange for payment. But as Elena becomes mysteriously sicker with each passing day, fears mount about what may be growing inside her. The debut feature from director Ali Abbasi is a stylish, atmospheric plunge into primal terror.”
The film is also set to premiere at FrightFest in the UK – keep up with all of our coverage.
Check out the first ever still from House of Salem, which will premiere at FrightFest.
“A group of kidnappers become a child’s unlikely protectors, after finding out they have unwittingly been set up to take part in a deadly game of human sacrifice. As they start to uncover the truth of the safe house they find themselves trapped, they must battle demonic forces in the walls and uncover the terrifying truth of over a hundred years of murder in the name of the Devil.”
James Crow directed the film, which stars Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, and Liam Kelly.
Keep up with all of our FrightFest coverage here.
Ti West is a director that we have come to know and love for this amazing additions to the genre. From House of the Devil to The Sacrament, West creates films that offer something new and terrifying to horror.
However, his next venture takes us into the Western genre with the In a Valley of Violence (review). To give fans a taste of what’s to come, a clip showcasing the tension between John Travolta and Ethan Hawke has been released and can be seen below.
A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey, they cut through the center of a large valley — landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once-popular mining town is nearly abandoned and controlled by a brash group of misfits — chief among them Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s Marshal (John Travolta).
As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton’s remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town’s only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past… there is no stopping the escalation.
West wrote, directed and even edited the film, which stars Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Taissa Farmiga, Karen Gillan, and John Travolta.
A new trailer for Irish writer-director Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ supernatural-thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer (review) has dropped today and there is a very old-school mysterious feel about it. It’s not just in the visual aesthetics, which make the film look grainy and gritty, almost like some kind of documentary, but it’s the way everything is shot. It feels relentlessly bleak and cold.
Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (“Breaking Bad”) star in the feature, “which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.”
Sixteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.
Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) produced alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
A brand new trailer for the upcoming dark horror/comedy Red Christmas has been released and can be seen below.
The first trailer created a strong sense of unease by utilizing only music and purposefully leaving out all dialogue. This time, the trailer is packed to the brim with quippy dialogue and has a far more lighthearted approach, embracing the comedic aspect that I didn’t realize this movie even had!
A troubled matriarch must defend her family when a mysterious stranger turns up at her secluded country mansion on Christmas day. A day of celebration becomes a night of terror, as the stranger reveals a secret from the family’s past, and threatens to destroy their future.
Directed by Craig Anderson, the movie stars Dee Wallace as well as Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, and Janis McGavin.
Get ready for zombie action in the Alps in Dominik Hartl’s Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, where a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.
Gabriela Marcinková, Laurie Calvert, and Margarete Tiesel star in the film, which will premiere at the upcoming FrightFest in London.
In the film, “When a pro snowboarding dude takes a practical joke too far, he loses a lucrative commission, his girlfriend, his job and everyone’s respect. Winning any of these things back would be eas- ier if he and his friends weren’t marooned in a high-alpine ski-tavern surrounded by drunken revellers celebrating the longest night of the year. When the revellers rapidly start turning into zombies, our hero is in serious danger of losing his sense of humour.”
One Way Static has announced that they will be releasing Rick Wakeman‘s soundtrack to the classic 1981 slasher The Burning. The album will be released on September 30th.
In the film, a summer camp caretaker who was horribly disfigured from a prank gone wrong is released from the hospital with severe deformities and seeks revenge on those he holds responsible, starting with the kids at a nearby summer camp.
Wakeman is known to many as the keyboardist for the progressive rock band Yes as well as for his own solo albums. He was also the composer of such films as Creepshow 2, Crimes of Passion, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Pre-orders are open now via Light in the Attic.
Check out this fleshy first image from Templeheart Films’ zombie comedy Ibiza Undead, screening at FrightFest in London.
The cast of writer/director Andy Edwards’ feature includes “Downton Abbey’s” Cara Theobold and Emily Atack, pictured above, best known for playing Charlotte in “The Inbetweeners”. Other cast members include Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Hormudz Todiwala, Ed Kear, Marcia Do Vales and Matt King.
“The film follows a group of friends on their first holiday away from their parents. After only one drunken evening, the friends desperately need to find a way off the island when a zombie outbreak quickly spreads amongst the revelers.”
Producer is Elisar Cabrera of Capital City Entertainment, executive producer is Lyndon Baldock of Templeheart Films.
Keep up with all of our FrightFest coverage here.
July 18th marks the 30th anniversary of Aliens, the action packed sci-fi/horror sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. The film has become a timeless classic that proves that sequels can be just as good if not better (in some ways) than the original.
To celebrate this event, many of the cast and crew will be coming together at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The reunion will feature Sigourney Weaver, writer/director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn, according to EW. The event will take place on Saturday, July 23rd on Hall H.
Cameron told EW, “You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for ‘Terminator’ on its 30th, but there’s something about ‘Aliens’. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”
The nominations were for Best Music, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Actress, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects, of which it won the last two.
Fifty seven years after Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, her escape vessel is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. Back on earth, nobody believed her story about the “Aliens” on the moon LV-426. After the “Company” orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate, however, all communication with the colony is lost. The Company enlists Ripley to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come. [Source]
A 30th anniversary blu-ray for the film has also been announced, although it doesn’t offer too much in the way of new material. It will feature the theatrical and director’s cut of the film as well as “…previously released deleted and extended scenes” and a commentary track.
What is new is that the set will come with, “…collectible art cards featuring concept sketches by Cameron and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics Aliens series.” Pictures of the collection can be seen below.
Here’s your first look at Xavier Samuel (Twilight) and Morgan Griffin (San Andreas) in the Australian suspense thriller Bad Blood, which is directed by David Pulbook.
The film follows “…a woman (Griffin) who accepts an invitation to spend a weekend at a mountain resort with a male friend (Samuel) but quickly realises something is wrong.”
Bad Blood was produced by Anthony I. Ginnane (Screamers) and David Lightfoot (Wolfcreek).
Watch for it to premiere at the upcoming London FrightFest.
Keep up with all of our FrightFest coverage here.
Chicago instrumental post-metal band Russian Circles have released a stream of “Mota”, a new track from their upcoming album Guidance. The track, which you can hear below (courtesy of Stereogum), opens with a beautiful, almost hopeful progression. Once we enter the second minute, things begin taking a turn as the song veers into a more mysterious path before erupting into glorious distortion. Whereas many of the tracks on Memorial felt like the soundtrack to an icy landscape, “Mota” bears a strangely tropical feel, the thick guitars crashing like waves.
Guidance comes out August 5th via Sargent House.
08/26 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
08/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center *
08/29 Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge *
08/30 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
08/31 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
09/02 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
09/03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom *
09/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
09/06 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
09/07 Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *
09/08 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
09/09 Chicago, IL @ Metro *
09/25 Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
09/26 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace ^
09/28 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair ^
09/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
09/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw ^
10/01 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel ^
10/02 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall ^
10/04 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 ^
10/05 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
10/06 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon ^
10/07 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio ^
10/08 Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^
10/09 Dallas, TX @ RBC ^
* with Cloakroom
^ with Helms Alee