More Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Golden Eye Candy

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:36

Almost a dozen stills were released today for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, some old... most new. Doesn't matter; they're all downright pretty. Check 'em out, and then spend the rest of the day drinking scotch and talking like a gangster from the Thirties.

Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.

Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.

Synopsis
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

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Red Thread's Survival Horror Game 'Draugen' Is "Gone Home Meets Amnesia"

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:35

Announced back in October, Draugen is a survival horror game from the studio behind the upcoming Dreamfall Chapters. We haven’t heard much from the game since its initial reveal, but that changes today with our first official look at a game that Red Thread studio head Ragnar Tørnquist describes as “HP Lovecraft meets Dostoyevsky,” or “Gone Home meets Amnesia.”

Draugen is inspired by Scandinavian literature, including its ancient legends and fairytales. The game is set in the 1920′s and takes us to a remote fishing village that sits on the ridiculously beautiful Norwegian west coast. Apparently, the village’s inhabitants have mysteriously vanished. It’s like a Norwegian version of the creepy Roanoke legend.

Draugen is slated to release sometime in 2015.

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There's Predator In My 'Call Of Duty: Ghosts' DLC Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:53

In news that surprises no one, Predator has been confirmed for Call of Duty: Ghosts’ upcoming DLC. Dubbed Devastation, this DLC pack will introduce four new multiplayer maps, including Ruins, Behemoth, Collision, and Unearthed. It also comes with a new “Ripper” weapon, a new episode for the game’s Exctinction mode, and Predator. Naturally.

I’m not sure what Predator’s role will be. He doesn’t look player controlled, so maybe he just roams the battlefield, looking for campers to stealth-stab? Unfortunately, you’ll have to sit through this entire trailer (or skip to 2:25) before he makes his cameo.

Devastation hits Xbox 360 on April 3rd, with other platforms to follow.

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Meshuggah Announce 25th Anniversary N. American Tour Dates

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:52

Swedish tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah have announced a string of N. American tour dates this summer that will be in celebration of their 25th anniversary. The dates run through June, beginning in Los Angeles, CA and ending in New York, NY. The band will be supported on all shows but the two festival dates by Between The Buried And Me.

The band will be touring in support of their 2012 release Koloss, which is a slab of fantastic, brutal metal.

Head below for the full touring schedule.

06/06/14 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
06/07/14 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
06/09/14 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
06/11/14 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
06/13/14 Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN
06/14/14 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
06/15/14 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
06/17/14 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
06/18/18 House of Blues – Boston, MA
06/19/14 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
06/20/14 Amnesia Rock Fest – Montebello, QC – CANADA
06/21/14 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY


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It Waits for a Trailer No More!

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:30

Back in January we told you about the new film from director Robert J. Massetti, It Waits, and today we finally have a trailer for you cats. Was it worth the wait? Knowing Robert, it definitely will be so check it out!

Fear Film and the award-winning filmmakers that brought you Creepy Crawly are teaming up again, this time with the supernatural thriller It Waits.

Written and directed by Robert J. Massetti, It Waits tells the story of two roommates who encounter a mischievous demon. “The film will be a fun and scary ride,” said Massetti. “I’m so lucky to be able to work with an incredibly talented team again.”

The film reunites Massetti with Beware writer/director Jason Daly, who took on producing duties for the film.

Be sure to catch It Waits later this year making the rounds on the festival circuit.

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'Caffeine' Arrives On Indiegogo With A New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:27

The developer behind the gorgeous Unreal Engine 4-powered indie horror game Caffeine has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to help fund this project. So far, much of the gameplay footage we’ve been treated to has been of the exploratory variety, with no real scares. This new video feels more like a trailer, and it sort of introduces whatever it is that’s hunting that poor boy throughout the abandoned caffeine mining station.

If you would like to support Caffeine, you can help it out on Steam Greenlight and/or Indiegogo. If you’re planning on donating to the latter, you should know they’re holding a “flexible funding” campaign, which means even if the $80,000 (AUD) funding goal isn’t reached, they still get the money the campaign raised.

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[Random Cool] Comedian Amy Schumer Farts When Scared...

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:27

This past weekend I drilled through the entire first season of Comedy Central’s sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer”. While most sketch shows are lopsided towards “misses”, I find Amy Schumer’s show to be absolutely hilarious.

One of the sketches in the first season takes on the horror genre, and shows Schumer has a woman who farts when scared. I suppose you can see where this is going.

Below we’ve added someone’s YouTube video upload of the skit, although you should probably just watch the show and see it for yourself (it’s episode 10).

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Exclusive Clip and Artwork Premiere: PMS Cop

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:30

The last RoboCop movie seriously needed some oil, WolfCop is looking pretty deadly, but believe us when we tell you... PMS Cop could be the most lethal of them all! Read on for an exclusive clip and artwork!

PMS Cop premieres exclusively on Full Moon Streaming this Friday, April 4th!

Directed by Bryon Blakey, the film stars Cindy Means, Heather Hall, Mickey Stone, Elaine Jenkins, and Megan Dehart and features Daniel Skinner as the Clown Rapist.

Soak up more information on the PMS Cop website, and then head over to the PMS CopFacebook page!

Synopsis
PMS COP follows the story of police officer Mary Collins, who is informed by her commanding officer that she needs counseling, after being caught on camera brutally beating a clown rapist. Her therapist quickly concludes that she suffers from extreme PMS and enrolls her in a drug trial for the new menstrual wonder drug Corybantic. Mary responds positively until a devastating incident throws her into a monstrous drug-induced killing frenzy. Soon everyone who comes into contact with the PMS cop realizes it IS her time of the month.

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Issue #1 of Reaper Comics' New Release Video Nasty Now Available

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:15

Reaper Comics has launched a new six-issue comic in the UK entitled Video Nasty, and we have a look at it for you here. It's by Mario Covone, hailed as "an exciting new voice in comics with a cool new spin on a provocative subject" by director Jake West (Doghouse).

The comic explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain while still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.

Covone, writer of the award-nominated web strip Circles, makes his published debut with Video Nasty. Mario is the former managing director of Apocalypse Comics and was an integral part of some innovative work with conventions and bringing more comic book variant covers to the UK than any comic shop before or since.

The artist, Vasilis Logios, makes his debut to comics outside of mainland Europe, but he has worked tirelessly for years in his native Greece on many comic book and graphic design works. He is also a member of the Greek hip hop group Tri.p.a under the Imiz Biz label.

All six covers for the series are painted by horror industry legend Graham Humphreys. Graham is responsible for some of the most iconic images in horror, including the movie posters for Evil Dead 1&2, the first five Nightmare on Elm Street films, Return of the Living Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, and many more.

CLICK HERE to download a six-page preview of Issue #1, which is now available from MarioCovone.com as well as in stores though Diamond Comic Distribution and UK on Display. It is also currently under review with Comixology for digital distribution. Issue #2 arrives April 16th, followed by the rest each month thereafter until Issue #6 closes things out on August 6th.

Synopsis:
England, 1983. Police Inspector David Gorely must solve a string of grisly murders in his usually quiet rural town whilst contending with pressure from his superiors to find a link between the killer and the recent influx of horror home videos. The race is on to solve the case before the death toll rises whilst still dealing with the burden of connecting these heinous crimes to video nasties.

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'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Images Break a Mirror For Luck

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:00

TWC-Dimension shared another batch of stills from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, targeted for theaters on August 22, 2014. Thus far, Jessica Alba seems to be the most interesting character…

Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Julia Garner and Stacy Keach star.

The film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Some images courtesy of The Playlist.

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Win a Massive Oculus Prize Package

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:00

In anticipation of the release of Oculus, due out April 11th, we're giving away a prize package to die for which includes a Blumhouse Blu-ray bundle along with other neat goodies! Get ready to win your evil!

Prize Package Includes
- Sinister (Blu-ray)
- Insidious 2 (Blu-ray)
- Paranormal Activity 3 (Blu-ray)
- The Purge (Blu-ray)
- iPhone case
- Eye mask
- Timer
- Stadium cup
- UV color reveal t-shirt (revealing "blood")

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an e-mail to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

Please note that this contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

For the latest news and updates, be sure to "like" Oculus on Facebook and follow @blumhouse on Twitter.

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Poster Protects Their Young

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:57

To go along with last night’s incredible TV Spot, 20th Century Fox gave Collider the first character for poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that gives a hint as to why a war is coming – protection of the young…

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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New 'The Quiet Ones' Clip Wishes For Death

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:53

Olivia Cooke thinks everyone hates her…

Haunting theaters April 25, check out the spooky new clip from The Quiet Ones, which has Cooke wishing for death…

From the producers behind Let Me In and The Woman in Black, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke all star.

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Syfy Shifts Sharknado 2 Premiere Date; Original Sharknado Getting the RiffTrax Treatment

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:45

Syfy's new Thursday night block of "Defiance" and "Dominion," which begins in June, has had a ripple effect on a few things the network had already announced for later in the summer, such as Sharknado 2: The Second One, which received a new premiere date.

You can now expect to see the highly anticipated sequel on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.

And speaking of the original, it's getting the RiffTrax Live treatment on Thursday, July 10th, and Tuesday, July 15th. You can learn more about that below.

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.

As for the RiffTrax event, here's the lowdown LIVE from Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) themselves. Keep your eyes on RiffTrax.com for additional info.

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Chiller Goes 'Deep in the Darkness' (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:43

Based on the novel by Michael Laimo, here’s the trailer and art for Chiller TV’s Deep in the Darkness, starring Sean Patrick Thomas and Dean Stockwell. Produced by Andrew Gernhard and Zach O’Brien for Synthetic Cinema International (Remains, Dead Souls), the film is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys.

Premiering this May, “Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying – and controlling – race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home.

Watch the trailer below.

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Knights of Badassdom Release Has Us Reminiscing about Unexpected Conjurings

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:30

There's nothing worse than finding a cool book or scroll or other form of communique containing a bunch of mysterious incantations. It's always a kick in the ass when you unsuspectingly read one of them aloud, and next thing you know... bad things start happening. Bad things, man.

Such is the case for our heroes in the upcoming film Knights of Badassdom. One little thing goes wrong, and the next thing you know our crew (played by Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) are fighting for their lives against the forces of evil.

This got us thinking back to some other unfortunate souls who did the same thing and found themselves with their asses in a sling when accidentally bringing something to our world from another realm. I can't even get the cable guy to come out to make a service call when I need him, and these guys are conjuring demons from beyond? Figures.

Probably the most famous occurrence of something like that is from The Evil Dead. Five virile young folks out in a cabin stumble across a book that looks like it's bound in human flesh (well, surprise, surprise…that's because it is!) and decide to go poking around in it. When will our movie friends learn that poking around is always a bad thing? No one in a horror movie has ever poked around and found anything positive. No one has ever said, "Let's go down into this dark and dreary basement…Hey look! A big bag of money!" That's never gonna happen. Only bad things happen in dark and dreary basements. And those bad things may include, but are not limited to, the release of an evil spirit that ends up haunting the woods and creating a rape tree that will ravage one of your group. This is the definition of a bad day. No one has ever been raped by a pine tree and had anything but negative things to say about the experience. It's something to avoid if at all possible.

So if you find yourself in a horror movie and some of the more adventurous members of your group want to go poking around in a basement that looks like it hasn't seen the light of day since the Carter administration, be the level-headed one of the gang and do everything you can to avoid this. Suggest you all play a game of Jenga, offer some hot stock tips, hell, pay 'em if you have to, but as Ash and his unwitting group of friends quickly found out, accidentally conjuring up some nasty entities can be much easier than you would expect. And once they're out, they're really hard to put back in the box.

Along much the same lines as The Evil Dead, the enormously popular The Cabin in the Woods reiterated just how dastardly those shuttered basements could be. And, in an homage to all the unwary woodland travelers who graced horror movies in the past, The Cabin in the Woods leads another gaggle of teens into a basement. This particular cellar is filled with all sorts of interesting trinkets to grab their attention in hopes of being the one artifact to be chosen and played with, releasing another monster from beyond. Of course in The Cabin in the Woods, there was big business and planning that went into the conjurings. In fact, according to this story's version of reality, nations depended on the fact that teenagers can, and would, snoop around where they don't belong and touch things that look intriguing. If Ash and company thought they had it bad with the raping tree, they may have considered themselves lucky if they saw the Buckner Family, or as we viewers more commonly know them, the zombie redneck torture family from The Cabin in the Woods. In addition to that ornery clan, The Facility had an entire storehouse of others that could have been conjured, depending on what trinket was selected. So once again, and we can't stress enough, keep your hands off shit that doesn't belong to you, especially when you're in an unfamiliar and spooky environment.

But don't make the mistake of thinking that all evil spirits are summoned via some ancient tome. You would be sadly mistaken there. Oftentimes it's a peculiar object that titillates the fancy of someone enough to get them to pick it up and play with it. Which brings us back to our previous bit of advice: hands to yourself. Geretta Geretta learned this the hard way in her breakout role as Rosemary in the Lamberto Bava film Demons (Demoni). After placing an eerie looking demon mask over her face and cutting her cheek (I can hear her mother now…"Do you know how many people probably had that damn thing on their face already today. Put that down!"), she herself became one of the more memorable demons in horror. Whoops!

And there are so many other things that can cause these problems. Of course the demon mask, but how about the Lament Configuration? That is, of course, the version of Lemarchand's box that summons Pinhead and the Cenobites in the Hellraiser films. You didn't think those guys just showed up on their own, did you? You've got to call for them. And if you think a Rubik's Cube is tough, this thing looked like a real bastard to solve. But in the right hands, it seemed to be a breeze.

Sometimes you have the best intentions in mind when you call up a malevolent force. Sometimes you're just doing a little research. But it's never a good idea to mess with ancient artifacts. More often than not, you're going to find some kind of hex or curse attached to them. In Wishmaster something as seemingly beautiful and harmless as a fire opal (okay, maybe it doesn't sound that harmless) actually held the evil Djinn. A little poke here, a little prod here, and next thing you know, he's out and collecting wishes. "Make your wiiiish." You don't need that trouble.

Sometimes we purposely conjure spirits without knowing what a pain in the ass they're going to be. Pumpkinhead was like that. All Lance Henriksen wanted was a little revenge for the death of his son. That's all. Easy peasy. Three sequels later the bodies were still piling up. And in Sleepy Hollow plenty of backroom dealings were going on while the Headless Horseman was under control. But once the skull that held him in check was no longer a factor, that Hessian became a real sonofabitch.

And finally, there is no easier way to conjure something you do not want hanging around than to use the ol' Ouija board. This is always a bad idea. Always. Let me say that one more time for clarity. The Ouija board is always a bad idea. You're not going to get tomorrow's lottery numbers or talk to your dead grandma. You are going to have an evil spirit crammed up your butt six ways from Sunday, and it's not going to be fun. The Exorcist, Witchboard and Paranormal Activity come to mind immediately, but there are plenty of others. If you own one, throw it away. If you're thinking of buying one, bonk yourself on the head with your laptop until you forget the thought. It's a bad, bad idea.

So as our heroes from Knights of Badassdom do battle with a raving beasty they accidentally set loose on the world, remember this walk down memory lane and try to avoid having the same issues in your own life. Be well, Dreadies… and keep your hands to yourself.

Knights of Badassdom arrives on DVD and Blu-ray TOMORROW, April 1st.

Synopsis
Knights of Badassdom follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting succubus, from the pits of hell.

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

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[BD Review] Run, Hide, Repeat With Found Footage Thriller 'Alien Abduction'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:26

You don’t get more straightforward with movie titles than Alien Abduction. Unless the filmmakers were being cute, you can be fairly certain it’s not going to be about teen vampire romance or polterghouls. Matty Beckerman’s debut film is as direct as its title, which is a double-edged sword. The film follows a tedious pattern of run, hide, abduct, repeat – a motif that becomes quickly monotonous. However, it does lead to some fun set pieces. Based around the Brown Mountain Lights phenomena of western North Carolina, Alien Abduction is a found footage mixed bag of drags and entertaining gags.

After an effective prologue that mixes real interviews with alien enthusiasts and a disorientating bit of “recovered footage” from the U.S. Air Force, Riskay’s hit song “Smell Yo Dick” is played. You can hate on found footage all you want, but any film that uses “Smell Yo Dick” as a way to introduce a family dynamic gets bonus points in my book. The song is being played in the minivan of the Morris family as they drive to their rustic camping destination in the Brown Mountains.

The clan is comprised of Katie and Peter Morris, and their children Corey, Jillian, and Riley, the youngest. Riley is the one filming the whole thing – the cameraman of the footage that is found. Y’know how everyone always wonders why the cameraman keeps filming in found footage movies after shit goes down? Like, when people are getting slaughtered, the goofball behind the camera wouldn’t just drop the damn thing and take off? Well Alien Abduction at least makes an effort to explain why Riley clutches to the camcorder for dear life. He has autism and in order to cope with an overwhelming situation like being out in the woods, he’s taking it in through a lens. It’s a pretty solid reason that adds a nice little dimension.

The ball gets rolling really quickly for the Morris family. Their first night camping, the kids see abnormal lights in the sky. The second day, their GPS goes bonkers and directs them to some shady back roads until they get to the first of the film’s handful of set pieces. This first one is the best and certainly the most potent as far as horror goes. It takes place in a tunnel with a bunch of abandoned cars, á la that great scene from The Stand. It’s dark and claustrophobic, with a great use of suggestion rather than balls out jump scares. It’s a genuinely creepy sequence that builds up with palpable tension.

From there, Alien Abduction starts dragging its heels terribly. It goes from one set piece to the next, and none of them are as effective as the tunnel. The Morris clan high tails it then holes up where they can while the aliens scope out the scenery, then they run to the next place. They do shack up for a while in the hunting cabin of a redneck named Sean (Jeff Bowser), but before long they’re out on foot again – running and screaming. The on location shooting in the woods is done pretty well, although far too many times the camera is too shaky to take anything in.

The aliens themselves are standard greys, with oversized heads and big eyes. We’re only treated to glimpses of them, but they look pretty cool and like they would smell really bad. That’s one of my criteria for a solid alien design – if it looks like it would smell awful. I feel like they missed an opportunity during one of the alien encounters though. Eldest son Corey should’ve yelled “Let me smell yo alien dick!” at one of the greys. Man, that would’ve been great.

It would’ve been cool to delve into the legends surrounding the Brown Mountains as well. Sean talks about his grandma telling stories about the lights, but that’s about it. There’s a missed opportunity there to add some dimension to the narration. It has its fun moments and the tunnel scene is really well done, but overall Alien Abduction keeps repeating the same motif until its inevitable closing act.

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[TV] A "Salem" Image to Make You Go Blind

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:20

It looks like WGNA’s “Salem” took some inspiration from William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” as this new still reveals a what looks to be one of the Three Witches (aka Weird Sisters). We’ve also added a brand new countdown promo…

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem”, premiering on WGNA April 20, explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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Exclusive Images From Oculus Appear to Haunt You

Dread Central - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:15

The release of Oculus is speeding at us and right now we have four exclusive images to get you geared up for this fright fest on April 11th. Look for much more on this one as we inch closer to release!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them! Vol. 3

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:00

Every so often, a beloved horror franchise loses its way. This could happen for a myriad reasons, but sometimes the solution is a fresh perspective. It might not work 100% of the time — as Silent Hill can attest — but it’s rarely a bad idea to see where someone else can take a series. After the break I’ve come up with a list of six games, all of which deserve to see a sequel, and I’ve paired them with six talented developers who I feel could offer a fresh take on the game or franchise.

Read on for my list 6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them!

Red Barrels – Amnesia 3

My first choice would be to see Frictional — the developer behind The Dark Descent, the game that kicked off this series and continues to haunt my dreams to this day — return for a third Amnesia game. The problem is, I’d much prefer to see them do something new, and it just so happens they’re doing just that, so I’ll go with my second choice: Red Barrels.

For the unfamiliar, Red Barrels is the team that brought us Outlast, a shit-out-your-spine terrifying game that proved a simple game can be just as effective, if it’s well done, as a complex one. There isn’t a lot to Outlast — you run, you hide, you explore, you repeat. Even still, it’s one of the scariest games I’ve ever played, and there’s a significant portion of the Internet that’s likely to agree with that.

We need another Amnesia, and since Frictional can’t do it, I vote for the team that made this.

Kojima Productions – Silent Hill 9

This is a tough one. In a previous list I said Silent Hill should go to Ninja Theory, because I feel their penchant for style (DmC: Devil May Cry) and fantastic character development (Enslaved) would translate well to Konami’s longstanding survival horror franchise.

Now I think I’ve found a better option, and that studio is Kojima Productions.

I’ve said it before and there’s a very good chance I’m going to continue saying it until it happens or Konami finds a better choice: Hideo Kojima should take the reins on the next Silent Hill. It’s very much on the verge of happening, I feel like it only requires a gentle nudge before the ball inevitably starts rolling and we get the chance to see what Kojima can do to breathe new life in this series.

Oh, and if they can’t do it, give it to Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Origins, Shattered Memories). I bet they could do something really cool with it (again).

Crystal Dynamics – Resident Evil

Resident Evil needs a reboot, badly, and I don’t think Capcom has the awareness of their community or a firm enough grasp on the intricacies of the horror genre to be successful with it. this is a franchise that is in desperate need of a new perspective, because it clearly isn’t getting that from its current developer.

So why not give it to Crystal Dynamics, the studio that recently — and very successfully — rebooted the Tomb Raider series? Much of what Resident Evil 6 lacked can be found in that game, just replace the island setting with Raccoon City and Lara Croft with someone like Claire Redfield or Jill Valentine.

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