NECA Plays Hockey with NES Jason Voorhees Replica Mask

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:09

Ever since NECA released an NES-inspired Jason Voorhees figure at Comic-Con last year, purple and blue Jason has been absolutely EVERYWHERE, turning in one single year from zero to hero.

And the unexpected revival of the character's most oddball incarnation is showing no signs of slowing down, as NECA has just unveiled a full-size replica mask based on the game.

Teased at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, we've now got a full look and more details about the mask, which will glow in the dark - much like the mask worn by the company's sought after 8-bit action figure.

The hand-painted reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang it on the wall. As a bonus, it comes in unique, game-inspired packaging.

Unfortunately, the mask isn't due out until November, which makes it a no-go for this year's Halloween. Sad face.

I'm typically against cool ideas being milked to death, but in the case of this particular one, I say keep the products coming!

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Stan Lee Gets Fit for Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers

Dread Central - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:56

As he recently announced, Yoga Hosers will be the second film in Kevin Smith's Canada-set "True North Trilogy," which kicks off this year with Tusk. Now that principal photography is under way, Smith has revealed that an old friend is along for the ride. Read on!

Earlier this week Kevin Smith took to his Twitter account to confirm the Yoga Hosers involvement of the legendary Stan Lee, whom he had previously directed in Mallrats.

Per the picture he tweeted out, it looks like Lee will be playing a police officer in the film, though we don't yet know if he'll have a major role or just one of his trademark cameos.

The entire cast of Tusk is returning for Yoga Hosers, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, and Jason Mewes.

Yoga Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, “all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”

The characters of the convenience store clerks appear briefly in Tusk.


20 years ago, I got a chance to direct @TheRealStanLee in MALLRATS. Last night, I got to do it again for @YogaHosers! pic.twitter.com/LTGTB06cYr

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 27, 2014

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[Exclusive Preview] “The Squidder” #3

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:28

By this point we shouldn’t have to tell you that Ben Templesmith’s “The Squidder” is a once in a lifetime comic. It’s a bold mix of The Road Warrior and Cthulhu with everything in between serving as a love letter from Templesmith’s style. Our own Jorge Solis said issue two “…delivers an awesome ass-kicking action hero in the alien apocalypse. The surrealistic artwork will keep readers riveted with it’s striking images giving readers a dose of adrenaline that they will instantly crave more of.”

So we’re pretty psyched to offer an exclusive preview of issue 3, which hits shelves next week.

The Squidder #3 (of 4)

Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)

The Squidder lies broken and battered as the true enemy finally shows it’s face. Can it be killed when a world war couldn’t stop it before? New allies are found and weapons forged. Battle lines are drawn and loyalties tested as the Squidder deals with his past, his old demons and a small group of squiddly rebels who think they actually stand a chance. Also, finally, tentacles! Lots of them. Plus interesting places to put swords.

 FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

 

 

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[Exclusive Preview] ‘Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story’ #1

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:12

Well holy hell. This is exciting. “Silent Hill” love has hit fever pitch, and IDW Publishing has given us the incredibly awesome opportunity to share an exclusive preview of “Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story” #1. The chilling world of Silent Hill is faithfully being adapted into the work of comics from the co-writer of the videogame. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story #1—SPOTLIGHT

Tom Waltz (w) • Tristan Jones (a & c)

IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! In the 2012 hit video game Silent Hill Downpour, players were introduced to Anne Marie Cunningham, the enigmatic prison officer bent on bloody revenge against the game’s main protagonist, Murphy Pendleton. Now, at last, fans can learn what horrors Anne faced during her fateful journey through Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded streets… and what led her to the terrifyingly cursed town in the first place.  Written by Tom Waltz (writer ofSilent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Written by the co-writer of the Silent Hill Downpour videogame.
  • Features popular characters from the video game, including Howard Blackwood, who also appears in Silent Hill: Past Life.

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] So Much Arguing in “Deep Gravity” #2

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:44

“Deep Gravity” #2 picks up with the explosion aboard Vanguard.  All the creatures have escape and the survivors are regrouping and trying to decide the best course of action. There is one page that takes place back on Poseidon but besides that the entire issue follows the hand full of people aboard Vanguard arguing, so much arguing.

WRITTEN BY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Mike Richardson
ART BY: Fernando Baldo
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: August 27, 2014

Reviewed By Epic Switzer

I gave the first issue of “Deep Gravity” a favorable review and expressed a lot of hope for the series.  Unfortunately it seems we’ve gone from “Avatar” to “Deep Blue Sea” in just one issue.  Gone are the imaginative creatures and environments from issue one that intrigued and delighted me.  They’ve been replaced with three people shouting at each other about hierarchy and insubordination.

The focus shift to the wrecked ship doesn’t just sully my interest, it cripples Fernando Baldo’s art.  Because we are stuck on the ship with the survivors, his panels are mostly restricted to gray debris with groups of people standing around.  In one chamber there is a big fire and Baldo’s use of panelling and detail gets to shine through, but for the most part this issue is particularly boring to look at.

This issue has some things going for it: it moves very quickly for one.  Even though most of the dialogue is redundant arguing, the crew is quick on their feet and manages to cover a lot of ground in this issue.  Secondly there is a cliffhanger that, while no unexpected, presents opportunity for some really interesting conflict.

I really liked the first issue, so I will definitely stick with it for the time being.  But the reason “Deep Blue Sea” worked as well as it did wasn’t the sharks, it was Samuel L. Jackson.  This book doesn’t have a Samuel L. Jackson, it doesn’t even have a LL Cool J.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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[Comic Book Review] A War is Raging in “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge” #2

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:31

I have to thank the comic book gods (and my editor) for the sweet streak I have been on reading great books! “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge” #2 (aka The Goon #47) this week gives us another beautifully grimy rendered book of monsters, witch gangs, mobster violence, ghouls and dames. A war is raging on in this town and our big fisted galoot isn’t going to lose…easily.

 

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell

ART BY: Eric Powell

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: 27 August 2014

Reviewed by Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady

Twitter: @MrBradySteele

This saga has been percolating long before this mini-series started. Enemies of enemies have become allies. You know that is never an easy thing to pull off well but creator Eric Powell has woven such compelling characters, motivations and designs that you simply cannot look away from the page. It’s so hard for me to separate the writing and the art for this story. It’s all meshing together so succinctly that it reads as a complete package unto itself.

Again, Powell’s subdued color palette sets a grubby noir tone for each of the storylines herein. Legend Tomb of Draculaartist Gene Colon must have been in Powell’s long box or bookshelf at some point in his life. It shows and it works so well here in this story. You can almost hear the grizzled voice-over narration as you read on through all the doomed souls congregating in this tale of settling of scores. Powell has obviously kept his characters connected enough from past adventures that all of this will come to a head no doubt in explosive abundance. Combine that with the new spirits haunting and gathering and you know something big is going to go down.

I can’t spoil anything because it’s just worth reading and enjoying. Love is found and love is haunting others. There are even poop jokes here so no one takes this too seriously. Powell’s story is sweet when it needs to be, warm and touching when it wants to be, and brutal and gruesome when it has to be. Pick up last issue if you haven’t and treat yourself to a double shot of The Goon this week.

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[TV] Latest “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Teaser Gets Caged

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:44

FX recently set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT., which went along with the first promo.

A fourth has just been released and it’s a bit too small for the cage they built…

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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‘Cub’ Trailer Looks Like Jason Voorhees’ Early Years!!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:10

I was already pumped to see Jonas Govaerts’ Cub, which is World Premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (from Sep. 4-14).

The Playlist has turned that excitement into obsession with the trailer debut that pits a group of scouts against a feral child. Watch the trailer all I could think was that Cub looks like a Friday the 13th prequel that takes place between the first film and its sequel. Cub honestly looks like the younger years of one Jason Voorhees. This trailer is going to blow you away. Scouts honor.

“Cub is a horror adventure in which a young imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child. When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: the boy often tells tall tales and Sam’s mysterious past which he refuses to talk about makes his leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: the Feral Child, it turns out, is the helper of the Poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one…

 

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[In Flames Week] Day 5: Anders Fridén

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:00

Today marks the final day in our In Flames Week. Each member of the band has had the chance to tell us their most memorable moment during the recording of their upcoming album Siren Charms and now it’s time to hear from the frontman himself, Anders Fridén! Head below for this exclusive video!

Make sure to pre-order your copy of Siren Charms.

In Flames will be co-headling the “Communion Of Sirens” tour alongside fellow Swedish band Opeth. Tour dates are below and tickets can be found here.

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Tour dates with Opeth:
12/3 – Riviera Theater | Chicago, IL
12/4 – Mill City Nights | Minneapolis, MN
12/5 – Sokol Auditorium | Omaha, NE
12/6 – Ogden Theater | Denver, CO
12/8 – Warfield | San Francisco, CA
12/9 – Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
12/10 – The Marquee Theater | Tempe, AZ
12/12 – Warehouse Live | Houston, TX
12/13 – Gas Monkey Live | Dallas, TX
12/15 – Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA
12/17 – Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA
12/18 – Terminal 5 | New York, N.Y.
12/19 – Palladium | Worcester, MA
12/20 – Metropolis | Montreal, QC
12/21 – Koolhaus | Toronto, ONT

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Breathtaking ‘Godzilla’ Concept Art!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:59

The other day we shared the final fight sequence from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (review) reboot from director Gareth Edwards.

With the home video releases slated for September 16, another imgur user shares the best part of the movie – the concept art. I could easily frame and hang any of these pieces of art in my house.

Extra features include:

MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
Operation: Lucky Dragon
MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
The Godzilla Revelation
The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
Godzilla: Force of Nature
A Whole New Level Of Destruction
Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

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‘Insidious’ Producer Becomes a ‘Shut In’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:55

Here’s a movie I can relate to…

THR first reports that Beth Riesgraf, pictured, is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, La.

Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Dead Snow 2) and Jack Kesy (“The Strain”) also are starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within).

Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

The production start marks a milestone for the project, whose road began in 2010 when it was written by TJ Cimfel and David White. It won top honors at the 2011 Shriekfest and was on the 2012 Blood List of Hollywood’s top unproduced horror screenplays.

Steven Schneider, whose credits include the horror films WER, Insidious and Paranormal Activity, is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman) and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli).

Executive producing are Christa Campbell, Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto and Vicarious Entertainment.

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Kevin Smith Casts Stan Lee In ‘Yoga Hosers’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:48

Kevin Smith has revealed on Twitter that he’s cast Marvel founder Stan Lee in his forthcoming Yoga Hosers alongside Johnny Depp, Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Harley Morenstein, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes

“Yoga Hosers centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with all seven Charkas, one Warrior Pose at a time.

Principal photography on Yoga Hosers is underway.

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NSFW ‘Moebius’ Clip Stabs a Dude In His Dick (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:43

If you can watch this clip without puking, you’re a better man than I…

RAM Releasing’s fucking crazy Moebius (read our review), the latest from acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring), opens in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago throughout August (details below), and will be available to audiences nationwide via cable and digital VOD TODAY.

We’re pumping you up for the absolutely bonkers movie with this exclusive clip, one that will have you holding your crotch in pain. This is definitely vicious and NOT WORK SAFE!

When she catches her husband having an affair, a woman attempts to castrate the cheater for his wrongdoing. Unsuccessful, she instead inflicts the unspeakable act on her own son, setting off a series of grotesque yet provocative events ranging from a hurried genital transplant to pain-inflicted orgasms that all merge in a continuous thread of delirious storytelling. With both husband and son damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads towards destruction even more horrific than before.

Kim Ki-Duk, whose signature style pushes the limits of challenging filmmaking and often blows right through them, won the Golden Lion with Pieta at the Venice Film Festival last year. The prolific director is set to shock audiences again with Moebius, his latest perverse statement on family tensions, sexual boundaries and society’s issues with each.

The platform theatrical release sees Moebius opening in Los Angeles on August 8 (at The Cinefamily), New York City on August 15 (at Cinema Village) and Chicago on August 22 (at Facets). On August 29, the film becomes available on cable VOD at all major providers (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Verizon, et al) and digital VOD at iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Rovi and Samsung Hub.

In addition, we have (1) official poster signed by star Lee Eun-woo for you to enter to win. All you have to do is put MOEBIUS in the subject line and then send your FULL NAME and address to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winers chosen at random. No PO Boxes. US only.

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Who Will Play Snake Plissken In ‘Escape From New York’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:43

While most remakes don’t make a lick of sense, I’m actually intrigued and excited for the modern day take on John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, especially after what’s been going on in Ferguson. The fear of a police state is a growing concern in this country, and social commentary makes a film that much better (see Night of the Living Dead).

Assuming this long-gestured reboot gets off the ground, who may play the new Snake Plissken?

Pacific Rim‘s Charlie Hunnam, “The Walking Dead’s” Jon Bernthal and The Guest‘s Dan Stevens, pictured below, top Silver Pictures’ wishlist, according to Starlog. This means that no offers have been made, and that Silver hopes to land one of these three growing stars. Hunnam is said to be their top choice, but is my least favorite of the bunch. Frankly, I always thought Bernthal was the only thing good in “The Walking Dead” – and Stevens is just coming off an extremely badass role in Adam Wingard’s The Guest.

Something cool that may end up in the feature is that “Snake’s past will be seen in brief glimpses throughout the film, blending into his reality via Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” says a source to the site.

And although Snake is the protagonist, there will be a team aspect to this new version:

“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”

There’s still no director attached, so I’d say this is seriously premature news and I wouldn’t put any weight into it. But it is fun to imagine Shane blasting through a dark and rotting New York…

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Glow in the Dark Jason Mask: ‘Friday the 13th’ Video Game Replica!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:27

His name was Jason… and this was his mask. Or at least it was in the classic Friday the 13th video game!

NECA reveals this full-size, wearable replica of Jason Voorhees’ mask is based on the 1989 8-bit game.

The hand-painted reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang on the wall — and true to the video game original, it glows in the dark! As a bonus, the mask comes in unique, game-inspired packaging.

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The Renfields Release Mega Man-Inspired 8-Bit Video

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:30

Horror punk band The Renfields have released a music video for their track “Transylvania Fight Song”. Directed by Aaron Romero (Antennas), it comes inspired by two main NES classics: Mega Man and Ice Hockey!

For those looking for a fun horror kick to start off your long weekend, look no further!

Banner image from Mike Winland Studios

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“Truth or Dare 5″ Dares to Return to Madness

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:56

Crowd-funding can be a hot button issue with a lot of people. Some favor the idea, and others staunchly oppose it. The beauty of the concept, though, lies in you, the potential consumer, taking on the role of judge, jury, and – if necessary – executioner of a project’s life. With that said, a “direct sequel” to the cult-classic Tim Ritter film “Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness” has just started an Indiegogo campaign with a set goal of just $8,500, which actually sounds like a pretty high budget for a Tim Ritter film.

Set to co-direct and star in the film is Scott Tepperman (Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters International”, “Don’t Look in the Basement 2″). I had the opportunity to speak with Tepperman at the Monsterama horror con earlier this month, and from my brief exchange with him, he seemed enthusiastic and very passionate about not only this project, but the genre as a whole.

See the interview with him below at the 4:32 mark:

Regardless of whether you love or loathe the idea of crowd-funding (or are just somewhere in between), I feel we should just respect the efforts being made by people to do what they love, because there’s always a risk of failure.

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‘The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill’ Trailer Unleashes Ancient Evil

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:09

From the makers of the Zombie Diaries comes their take on the supernatural with The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

From directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, we now have the official trailer for the pic arrives on home video September 30, 2014 from Image Entertainment.

Based on true events, six investigators head to one of the world’s most haunted places to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined St. Mary’s Church at Clophill plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Obsessed with unraveling the secrets of this “unholy ground,” they venture into the murky darkness armed with cameras, curiosity and a need to expose the truth. However, some secrets were meant to stay buried – permanently. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world.

Mark Andrews, Michael Bartlett, and Criselda Cabitac star.

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‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ Fights Himself In ‘Pivot’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:02

Lotus Entertainment announced today that Ed Gass-Donnelly (The Last Exorcism Part II, pictured) will write and direct the new sci-fi thriller Pivot.

In the flick, “When a scientist’s loving wife is killed, he invents a device to pivot between parallel universes to save her life, but to be with her, he’ll have to kill the parallel version of himself.

Lotus’ Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will produce the film, with D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian of Lotus executive producing alongside Ed Gass-Donnelly.

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[Interview] ‘Guardians of Galaxy’ Star Michael Rooker Talks Conventions, ‘The Walking Dead’, and ‘Henry: Portrait of Serial Killer’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:01

Michael Rooker contributions to the world of horror have earned him legendary status within the genre. His role as a demented ruthless killer in ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ left audiences terrified, while his role as Merle Dixon on ‘The Walking Dead’ became one of the breakout characters on the popular zombie show, and most recently Rooker played Yondu in this summer’s blockbuster breakout ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Rooker will takes part in Toronto’s FanExpo this weekend from August 29th-31st at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

Bloody-Disgusting sat down with Michael about his upcoming appearance in Toronto this weekend at FanExpo, his most bizarre interactions with fans, ‘The Walking Dead’, the longevity of ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’, and why you can expect to see him in the sequel to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Bloody-Disgusting: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with Bloody-Disgusting. We’re big fans of your body of work at the site. Anything gory or disgusting and our audience will love it…

Michael Rooker: You don’t have to tell me about who you are, because I already know all about you disgusting and bloody people!

BD: You are coming to this year’s FanExpo in Toronto on August 29th -30th and you are very active on the convention circuit and very interactive with fans. Are there any fan moments that stand out in your mind where people have gone to great lengths to meet you or show their devotion to you?

MR: There are people that come up all the time and have tattoos. There was one lady in particular that had a zombie Merle tattooed on her upper inner thigh, and it said, “Zombie Merle protects my lady parts.”

BD: It has to be such a strange experience to see your face tattooed on someone else’s body like that.

MR: It is strange. People have me sign their arms, legs, ankles and breasts all the time. Then they go and have it inked into their skin; it’s crazy. Those particular fans are die- hard and since you’re with Bloody-Disgusting then you already know that horror fans are the most extreme and loyal fan base that you can have. That is my core fan base from when I started out in this business with my first movie “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”, which laid the groundwork for my fan base of horror fans.

BD: “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” is now considered to be a classic horror film. Are you surprised at all with how timeless that movie has become more than two decades later?

MR: Good god; No, dude! We were just trying to make a good scary movie. We have no budget whatsoever. I think we had $120,000 budget, and I think the $20,000 was added in the editing and publishing of the movie. We shot it in a less professional manner and to be able to screen it in a professional way, we had to bump up the budget. When I say we, I really mean the director, because as an actor I moved on fairly quickly to my next project.  I have remained friends with the director and producers from that time and they kept me in the loop on what was going on, as they were trying to get this thing out there fighting for it to be seen and reviewed. They were telling me all the horrors that they had to go through with the MPAA, which is the American version of, “I’m going to ban your ass!” As far as I’m concerned all those guys can go jump in a lake.

BD: Actors strive to make a timeless classic throughout their career, and “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” is one of those films that will still be discovered by new fans twenty or thirty years from now.

MR: That is all because we didn’t listen to the MPAA, and we did everything our way. We didn’t have any pre-screenings to determine if the public was going to like it or anything like the crap that they do these days. Obviously you can tell that I’m old school, and my job is not to do a movie that the people have to like. If you’re really doing an art piece, and it’s your baby, you have to do it your way. You cannot care about what the public think or feels about your project. You just have to do it, put it out there, and let the chips fall where they may.

BD: Good art will challenge people, and “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” challenged the limits of what a horror movie was capable of at that time.

MR: When you do a good horror movie, sometimes it’s too unbelievable. It’s horror, so it’s fun, funny, and scary all at the same time. When you’re doing a movie like “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” it’s very realistic, so you’re thinking in the back of your mind, “I don’t know if I want to walk to my car.” It’s just that kind of movie with that guttural feeling, and hell dude when I first saw the movie I walked out of there and my stomach felt hollowed out. Everything inside my gut was just tipsy after watching that. It was such a strange feeling.

BD: “The Walking Dead” just continues to be insanely popular. I’m interested now that Merle is dead, have you had a chance to watch the show as a fan or is that experience is too strange?

MR: I have, finally. We didn’t get a chance to watch any of it while we were making it, but they would offer us the chance to watch the show prior to its release. While we were filming we would have a weekly viewing, but everyone was so damn tired that you would say, “Thank you so much, but I’ve got to get some sleep.” I would only got to see a few of them, and when I finally did watch it when I was off the show and I watched them all in a row. It’s a very cool show and an awesome piece. There were some decisions about the show that I disagree with, such as the editing, but that’s going to be with almost every project. What we’re doing on the show, and I say we because I’m still a part of the show. I’m the one that you go and visit during Decoration Day, because I died twice on the same episode. They’ll still think of me, but they don’t really want to hang out with me because I’m dead. I’m dead, so some of the other living actors on the show may be contaminated by my death on the show. Some of the writers on the show have seen us photographed together and think, “Wow, maybe we should kill him off as well.”

BD: Seeing the reaction to the cast members of The Walking Dead at these conventions, it’s almost like you guys are today’s version of rock stars being mobbed by fans.

MR: We are at times. People are a little afraid to mob me but they do anyways, because Michael Rooker is a pretty approachable and friendly guy in real life. You don’t want to run up behind me, because that’s just not fun. If you approach me from the front I probably won’t bite! (Chuckles)

BD: Well Canadians are notoriously nice people, so I don’t think you will have that problem at FanExpo in Toronto.

MR: Come on now… I’ve watched your hockey, so I know what you’re about. (Laughs)

BD: One of the things that really surprised me about the success of Guardians of the Galaxy was just how much people loved this move from young to old.

MR: I know! The same thing happened with the Walking Dead and Merle. All the characters on that show resonated with a vast range of ages, and Guardians of the Galaxy is the same way. I don’t even think there is a demographic for that movie, because everyone is enjoying it.

BD: Can we expect to see Yondu in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy?

MR: I think it’s pretty safe to say. James Gunn has already expressed his interest in exploring the Yondu character more, so people can find out more about him.

 

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