To celebrate the release of Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, aka “The best Nazi zombie film ever made,” out on DVD and Blu-ray 12th January 2015 – we have a copy on Blu-ray to give away courtesy of Entertainment One!
Bigger, bolder and bloodier, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is severed heads and shoulders above the first installment and has some of the most inventive zombie kills ever seen on film. Directed by Tommy Wirkola, the film stars Martin Starr and Vegar Hoel.
Perfectly balanced with enough blood to fill an army of tanks, Dead Snow 2 has a wickedly dark sense of humour and is truly one of the funniest films of the year filled with laugh-out-loud moments, outrageous gore and jaw-dropping visual gags that are unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Don’t want to take your chances? It’s available to pre-order on Amazon today!
Having crashed his car after fleeing the ski lodge where his friends were brutally murdered by General Herzog and his squadron of Nazi zombies, Martin wakes up in hospital attempting to convince the local authorities that he is not responsible for their deaths. Little do they know the undead fascists are very much still ‘living’ and marching on the town, and what’s worse: they have a tank!
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We’re entering the middle of our Kissing Candice week and that means another horror list!
This time we’ve got bassist Grippo’s “Top 5 Movies That Will Leave You Scared” list, which features some genre classics and relatively recent favorites. I’ll admit that each film on this list got under my skin in some way or another. One of them is one that I’ll admit is one of my favorite horror films of all time.
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With the biggest holiday of the year upon us, we’d like to take this time to wish all of you a merry whatever the hell you believe in! Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus, it doesn’t matter. Just as long as you have a safe and wonderful time.
Just as we did in past years, we’ve assembled here a bounty of holiday goodies bound to keep you busy in the most disturbing of ways throughout the long Xmas weekend. Some ghosts from Christmas past, some snowbound holiday fun with a sled and a pooch, and of course our absolute favorite yuletide short film from Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener: Treevenge.
Dig into the goodies below, and stay warm, safe, and hopefully a little tipsy!
- Scott Johnson’s Twas the Night Before Krampus
- Doctor Gash’s Six Slays of Christmas
- Dread Central’s Twas the Night Before Christmas
And remember, kids …
Overall, and let’s be honest here, 2014 was a pretty solid year for horror! There were some really interesting and original titles that came out and whether or not you liked them it was still awesome to see our genre get some new and unique entries.
Now, I’m the music guy here and you better believe that a music list will be coming. But I thought I’d share some of my favorite horror movies throughout the year because that’s what got me writing here in the first place!
Let’s venture forth to my selections, which are in no particular order, and then I want to hear yours!
The official synopsis, a few photos, and several promos/sneak peeks have arrived for “Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.12, “Paradise Lost,” which airs early in the new year on January 5th. Everything changes when the show returns; we’re especially interested in a new character to whom Abbie feels deeply connected… sorry, Ichabbie shippers!
Want even more? Then be sure to check out the bottom video, in which Orlando Jones talks about the ultimate sacrifice that Frank Irving paid for a greater cause.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.12 – “Paradise Lost” (airs 1/5/15)
Reeling from the events of their standoff with Moloch, Ichabod and Abbie encounter an angel, Orion (Max Brown), that they believe can help them. Meanwhile, Katrina searches for the humanity in Abraham (Neil Jackson).
Cast: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills; Katia Winter as Katrina Crane; John Noble as Henry Parish; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills.
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Seth MacFarlane’s “American Dad!”is one of my favorite animated sitcoms. Unlike Family Guy, the series has aged gracefully. Sure, it has a weak episode every now and then, but it has many more hits than misses. As I’m sure many of you know, American Dad! has been doing Christmas-themed episodes every couple of seasons and some of them have a bit of a horror twist. They pay tribute to The Omen, Mad Max, The Terminator, I Know What You Did Last Summer and more. Now, I’m a completionist so rather than cover only the horror-themed episodes, I thought I’d just go all the way and talk a little bit about each one. For all you purists that cry foul at a horror site not covering solely horror: sorry! Also, the first eight seasons of American Dad! are available on Netflix so I’ve linked each episode title to their page on Netflix. Enjoy!
One of the more chilling and unnerving shows on television is Comedy Central’s “Mr. Pickles,” an animated series about Mr. Pickles, a deviant border collie with a secret satanic streak.
Last night I caught an early episode entitled ‘The Cheeseman,’ which spoofed the Friday the 13th franchise.
In it, the Goodmans go on a family camping trip and Tommy learns the frightening legend of The Cheeseman.
You can watch it below.
What better way to kick off 2015 than with a brand new horror movie, right? And if your’e into ghost stories, how about checking out The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death, the sequel to the 2012 Hammer Film Productions The Woman In Black?
If you’re like me and you feel that music is an undeniably powerful aspect to the film, why not get a taste of the movie by heading below to listen to samples of the score, which was composed by Marcus Trumpp, Brandon Roberts, and genre favorite Marco Beltrami.
The music in the teaser is reminiscent of older horror movies, bombastic and theatrical, with sweeping strings and rumbling percussion, like thunder in the distance. It also demonstrates haunting, almost ethereal elements, such as what sounds like plucked piano strings.
You can pick up a physical copy of the album on Amazon.com, which will be released on January 6th. A digital version will be released on December 30th.
Few metals are as precious as silver and gold, and few horror icons are more beloved than the Alien from Ridley Scott’s 1979 film of the same name. In honor of said creature’s 35th anniversary, in Q1 2015 Gentle Giant is releasing two new Kenner-inspired Jumbo Alien Figures in a vac-metal silver or gold finish with each limited to just 79 pieces!
Gentle Giant Ltd. is extremely proud of the recent Glow in the Dark version of our Jumbo Kenner Alien that was a huge success as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. With the release of our regular version of the Jumbo Kenner Alien figure, we are adding yet another special edition to the series. We are ecstatic to bring you yet another piece of toy history with our Alien Jumbo Kenner-inspired Figure, 35th Anniversary Silver or Gold vac-metal Limited Edition!
We have taken this massive 24-inch figure and given it an amazing metallic plated finish, and if that’s not enough, we have only made 79 pieces each to commemorate the year that Alien hit theaters. This gargantuan new Jumbo Figure possesses the same features as the original but is plated in a vac-metal silver or gold finish. No detail has been overlooked. This enormous Figure even features mechanically-activated jaws, just like the original! Packaged in a gorgeous black box with silver or gold foil logos and text, the Alien Kenner-inspired Jumbo Figure is a must-have for the dedicated Alien fan!
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Christmas isn’t always the best season for horror enthusiasts. Sure, every now and then we’ll get a Black Christmas or a Silent Night, Deadly Night, but it’s typically a time of year where we are pretty much ignored by movie studios. Nevertheless, I still find plenty of ways to get my horror fix during the holiday season. I watch lots of non-Christmas related horror movies, but the one movie I have to watch every Christmas is Joe Dante’s 1984 classic, Gremlins.
Gremlins, aside from Black Christmas, is probably the most obvious choice for an annual Christmas viewing, so I apologize for not being a bit more original. There really isn’t anything to say about it that hasn’t already been said before. Gremlins is the perfect gateway horror movie for a child and in my opinion should be mandatory family viewing for everyone each Christmas. Maybe put it right in the middle of viewings of A Christmas Story, Love Actually and Christmas Vacation.
Gremlins is one of the first movies I remember really scaring me as a kid (also, Mrs. Doubtfire. I don’t know why. I always used to cry when his fake boobs caught on fire). The exact moment where I had the “oh crap” reaction was when the transformed gremlin escapes from his crate in the school’s science lab and the teacher is reaching under the desk to grab him. As you all know, things do not end well for that teacher. I had nightmares for weeks about that particular scene.
The movie definitely balances comedy and horror pretty well, as evidenced by the infamous kitchen scene (which also freaked me out a little bit as a kid):
That microwave bit gets me every time. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have watched Gremlins at such a young age, but I’m glad I did because I have some great memories showing it to my friends. I’m one of those people who likes to watch other people watch movies I like (weird, I know) and if I ever find someone who hasn’t seen Gremlins I light up like a Christmas tree (sorry) and put it on. It’s just become one of those movies that I feel everyone should have seen. And it’s not easy to find a Gremlins virgin nowadays!
We have a lot of reasons to be thankful for Gremlins. It (along with Poltergeist and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) led to the creation of the PG-13 rating, though some may not see that as a blessing. It led to a fantastic sequel (I still prefer the first one because of all the horror elements but I can’t deny that The New Batch is a brilliant film). It gave us one of the best Christmas monologues of all time. I actually had no idea that some people (Roger Ebert) thought Phoebe Cates’ monologue was supposed to be funny. It always stuck out as the one true depressing moment of the film.
So what horror movie do you watch every Christmas? It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas-themed movie. Maybe you like to go against the grain and watch Halloween every December 25th. Who knows? But feel free to discuss in the comments below and share your Christmas movie with everyone!
If you haven’t taken advantage of the awesome deal Dynamite is doing with Humble Bundle which is ending tomorrow, you should really do so. The amount of content and goodness here is INSANE!
Upon picking the $50.00 level at checkout, it was astounding to see how many titles had been included with the download links. It will take months to get through all these issues. Some of their best titles are bundled in this deal, and right now I’m sitting on over 100 issues that I got for about 50 cents apiece. You just cannot beat that!
Think of this as a public service announcement! These guys deliver. Of all the sales going on right now, this one DEFINITELY gets the Dread Central seal of approval!
I mean, seriously. Just look at this haul. I actually had to make room on my iPad to fit everything.
I’ve been catching up on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” and while I originally wasn’t a fan it’s growing on me considerably.
Yesterday I caught an episode from Season 2 that aired during Halloween, and it opened with this hilariously uncomfortable sketch that spoofed The Exorcist.
The vile nature of the original film leads to the punchline…
Take a look at this art; it is the future. How do you like what you see? Take a look at this art; it belongs to the future… Oh, Alice, how we love you. The Scream Factory has just revealed the cover art for its upcoming release of Mark Lester’s Class of 1984, and yes, the cover is reversible so you have the original punk rock artwork, too!
The flick graduates to Blu-ray on March 21, 2015. Look for special features to be announced shortly.
The film stars Perry King as teacher Andrew Norris, Merrie Lynn Ross (who also co-executive produced) as his wife, Diane Norris, Roddy McDowall as Terry Corrigan, and Timothy Van Patten as Peter Stegman, the leader of the gang of thugs who terrorize the school.
Andy is a new teacher at an inner city high school that is like nothing he has ever seen before. The students have to go through a metal detector when they go through the front door, and everything is basically run by a tough kid named Peter Stegman. Soon, Andy and Stegman become enemies, and Stegman will stop at nothing to protect his turf and drug dealing business.
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AMC gave everyone an early Christmas present today by releasing several dozen never before seen behind-the-scenes images from the fifth season of “The Walking Dead,” and we have every single bit of digital goodness right here for you!
View the gallery below to see images of Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) bidding farewell to Emily Kinney (Beth) during the mideason finale; Christian Serratos (Rosita) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) goofing around on set; Norman Reedus (Daryl) enjoying some time with a mutilated walker; and more.
“The Walking Dead” returns on February 8, 2015.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.
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Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower adaptation may have stalled, but it’s full steam ahead on his In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. A second trailer has arrived to get you pumped up for the film’s spring 2015 release.
In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
Tom Holland also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson with Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
Howard directed from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt, story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
In the Heart of the Sea is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a COTT Productions-Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. co-production, a Roth Films/Spring Creek/Imagine Entertainment Production, in association with Kia Jam.
Opening on March 13, 2015, in theatres and IMAX, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. In the Heart of the Sea has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story.
In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic, and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
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Reddit user ‘bungchung‘ shared an awesome Alien infographic he created that details the infamous Xenomorph.
It shows the various methods of destruction, as well as the creatures’ lifecycle.
And remember, stay frosty!
While studios are focusing on their franchises and remakes, independent filmmakers are building a horror army that’s one to reckon with. This is now the 13th anniversary of our annual Best & Worst editorials, and what makes this year stand out is that the majority of films on my list came from an independent source – even if a studio eventually released some.
On paper, we’re moving the right direction. There’s a plethora of new up-and-coming horror filmmakers, and more and more horror films are being made outside of the studio system. The bad news is that it’s not a sustainable system, meaning we could be living in the golden age of independent horror cinema. Instead of bitching and moaning when a studio announces their next sequel/remake – take that negative energy and focus it in the right place…seek out and support an indie film you’ve been hearing so much about.
With that, let’s take a look at just how good 2014 was…
This is the first time I couldn’t narrow my list down to a top 10. In fact, I’m sitting on 20 films that all deserve some love – and if I can use the site as my own personal soapbox, so be it.
What I present to you are two batches of films, with the first 10 in no particular order, while the final 10 will be shared in the typical countdown format.
Best Horror Films of 2014: 10-1 (coming soon)
Best Horror Films of 2014: 20-11
Big Bad Wolves (Magnet Releasing)
From Israeli writer-directing pair Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, known for Rabies, Magnet Releasing got behind this psychological thriller that showed that the directors could create tension just as well as they could deliver gore. Big Bad Wolves is easily one of the most intense films of the year, and is filled with a wide array of crowd-pleasing surprises.
The Raid 2 (Sony Classics)
The Man In the Orange Jacket (Fantasia)
While Gareth Evans couldn’t top his The Raid – easily one of the best action films of all time – The Raid 2 is two straight hours of martial arts madness that puts Hollywood to shame. It’s almost gluttonous how much violence and mayhem is delivered in this foreign flick that was shot over the course of 100+ days, which is unheard of for an indie. The aforementioned shows on screen with the beautiful locations, incredible choreography, and insane car chases. If anything, it’s almost too much, if that’s even possible.
Playing at this past summer’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, I was shocked by Aik Karapetian’s colorful mix between Lars von Trier and Alex Aja’s High Tension. The Latvian film has strong social commentary about social class, to go along with beautiful visuals – not to mention some intense gore. Orange Jacket feels like the writer/director’s cathartic way of dealing with his own personal rage against the system.
Housebound (Magnet Releasing)
The Purge: Anarchy (Universal Pictures)
The best kind of horror is one that takes itself serious, but also has fun with the audience. Housebound, hailing out of New Zealand, is not only super scary and bloody, but also crazy fun (in the vein of People Under the Stairs.
Starry Eyes (Dark Sky Films)
I don’t know what happened from script to screen, but The Purge was trash, and I can’t even believe they were able to make a sequel. Thankfully, Universal got behind fans of the first and found a way to fix nearly all the mistakes of the first. Anarchy is the producers response to the criticism of The Purge, which resulted in an 80′s homage in the vein of Escape From New York that delivers on its promise. It’s also soaked in relevant social commentary and action. One of the best sequels of all time, Anarchy, which will be forgotten by mainstream moviegoers, will eventually achieve cult status among the horror community.
Mockingbird (Universal Home Entertainment)
A movie about cults and Hollywood? Count me in! Carrying deep-seeded social commentary, Starry Eyes is another slow-burn horror that’s hiding more than a handful of surprises that will shock and awe. Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have arrived, and give horror fans a film that literally has it all, including some of the most shockingly violent scenes of the past few years.
Out of all the years we’ve been running Bloody Disgusting, I’d say the most pissed off you guys were is when I pushed you to check out Mockingbird, the found-footage cat and mouse game from The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino. While the end to the film is disastrous, which is why it won’t be making my top 10, the “meat” on the bone is delicious. Personally, I thought the build was terrifying, as it had me constantly on edge. Sure, it became clear what direction it was headed, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t a fun ride. Surely there are a few of you who agree with me? Back me up, bro…
Oculus is one of those movies that most people seemed to hate, but I really found myself engaged with the retro slow-burn nature of it all. Oculus carries haunting imagery, with classic chills out of an old-school Carpenter film. Maybe expectations were high being that this hit theaters across the country, but for a little indie that could, I found Oculus to be remarkably scary.
Nurse 3D (Lionsgate)
We are so blessed to live in a day and age where a studio can “dump” a movie to VOD platforms, instead of feeling the need to edit the shit out of it for the general masses. After the Weinstein Company fought with director Joon-ho Bong about the U.S. release, Snowpiercer was eventually gifted to us in its full form. Tilda Swinton deserves an Oscar nod for her performance, while Chris Evans plays an awesome badass protag who kicks ass through this steam punk post apocalyptic horror tale. I adore the beak nature of the thriller, and its powerful finale that does not disappoint (although, there were some absolutely naughty alternate ways to end it).
After years on the shelf, Nurse 3D shocked us all by turning out to be an absolutely fantastic horror film that’s jam-packed with boobs, butts and blood! Personally, I found Doug Aarniokoski – who directed one of the worst movies ever made, Animals – had accidentally tapped into an interesting pulp-like fantasy world that any horror fan would enjoy.
Reminder that the above is in no particular order. Top 10 horror films of 2014 coming soon!
This quiz goes out to all of the ladies that frequent Bloody-Disgusting! Well, it’s not just for the ladies but that’s where this quiz’s intentions are definitely set.
We all know that acclaimed horror author Stephen King writes incredibly scary and skin-tingling stories of the macabre and gruesome variety. Oftentimes, the protagonist of these stories is a woman who faces horrific challenges in order to emerge alive and victorious.
Of these characters, who would you be? Based upon the traits that you already live by on a daily basis, which of King’s multitude of strong, powerful women do you most relate to?
Take the quiz below and let us know your results! I got Lisey Landon, which states:
You are absolutely dedicated to the love of your life. Your loyalty knows no bounds.
It’s Frankenstein vs. The Mummy, arriving on both VOD and DVD February 10, 2015 from Image/RLJ Entertainment.
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer premiere for Damien Leone’s horror showdown that stars Robert MacNaughton, Ashton Leigh, Max Rhyser, Brandon deSpain, and Constantin Tripes.
“Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor’s latest grisly “experiment” is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla’s most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Can the murderous rampage be stopped and the carnage contained before it’s too late?“
Another new movie, another new scare prank.
The UK distributor for The Woman in Black 2 is having a little fun with theatergoers.
A typical lighted theater poster display case has been transformed into something a bit more scary. A woman, pretending to be the title character, hides behind a stretchable poster. When people come up to take a look, she pushes through scaring them. It’s incredibly simple, yet astoundingly affective.
The Woman in Black 2 opens January 2, 2015.