The Witcher Battle Arena Announced for Mobile Devices

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:15

The countdown to late February and the release of The Witcher 3 is on. I know it’s a long way away, but CD Projekt Red, developer of The Witcher series, has, in the words of Ween, "left a little something to help the time go by."

Cocaine references aside, the Scandinavian developer has just announced The Witcher Battle Arena, an online, multiplayer battle arena game to be released later this year.

Players will gear up for three-on-three battles as a selection of eight characters from The Witcher universe: dwarf Zoltan Chivay, Eithne of Brokilon, The Golem, The Operator, Saskia of Aedirn, Philippa Eilhart, Letho Gulet, and Ivoreth. Developers stress that players’ battle experiences will be balanced and based on skill.

Aside from straight battles, the game will also feature a control point conquest mode.

The Witcher Battle Arena will be using the free to play model. While this is usually used as bait to lure players into paying for additional content, CD Projekt Red was quick to reveal that all content in the game is unlockable through player progression, but the option of paying for content as a means to speed up the process will be available.

The Witcher Battle Arena will be available later this year on iOS, Android, Windows phone, and Windows tablets.

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New ‘Claire’ Trailer is a Thing of Nightmares

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:14

In the latest trailer for the 2D horror game Claire, the eponymous lead finds herself in the middle of a pretty terrifying situation. Creepy rooms filled with candles, monsters chasing her down corridors, and a dog companion that I’ll likely fall in love with only to see it get torn apart by some horrifying shadow demon. I’m onto you, video games.

Claire looks great, and not just because it reminds me of a 2D Silent Hill. Check it out below.

No word on an official release, but you can grab the Claire alpha on Desura right now for $9.99.

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Review: “Nailbiter” #3

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:13

Picking up hot off the tracks of last issues surprise crucifixion and fire, “Nailbiter” #3 is Buckaroo Oregon’s retaliation. The more violent minded citizens subscribe to the old adage of “blood for blood.” They are after Edward “The Nailbiter” Warren for the dead kid strung up in town. It’s an exciting beginning that slowly winds down before an awesome final reveal.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners

 

 

Questions throttle this issue, with answers politely taking a back seat. Framings, lies, graveyards and even a potential supernatural element are brought to attention here. At this point there isn’t any hard evidence against Edward Warren; in fact there isn’t any evidence at all. Warren’s dialogue expertly slithers its way down my spine every time, without fail. It’s impossible to tell if he’s ever speaking genuinely or even telling the truth. He gets a great moment this issue when he tells his own little story that helps emphasize that he’s trying to reform. I have no doubts believing that he fabricated the whole story. He may not have committed the physical crime but there is no way he’s not involved in some capacity. The comic is named after him so I’m excited to see how he’s tangled up in or, possibly, the orchestrator of the whole damn thing.

Warren is crucial and engaging but he’s not the star of this  issue. That honour rests with Sheriff Crane. She takes the reigns, throwing herself headfirst into the action. Finch is along for the ride as Crane drives the plot forward. Sadly we don’t get into her head at any point this issue but her actions more than speak for themselves.

The art continues to awesomely complement the tone of this book. The action is hard and brutal. The terror is eerie. There’s a neat multipage spook near the end that while creative and stirring ultimately falls flat because it’s so damn dark I couldn’t actually tell what happened. Then the way the next scene moves on I felt like it wasn’t intentional for what occurred to be confusing. In fact the whole last part is entirely too dark. I get what they were going for but it’s too heavy handed.

This series has a lot of potential. It’s spinning a large web and not every strand can be perfect, but all together I see them weaving a modern day epic.

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus 

 

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Deliver Us From Evil Review Delivered

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:03

The verdict is in on this weekend's July 4th horror offering, Deliver Us from Evil. Does it possess a great deal of bang for your buck, or does its fuse fizzle out before launching? Read on for our take, and tell us your own in the comments section below.

Read our Deliver Us from Evil review!

The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.

Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana.

Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters now.

Synopsis
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

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#SDCC14: Gentle Giant Announces a 24-Inch Kenner-Inspired Glowing Alien

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:58

Today it's Gentle Giant's turn to reveal another exclusive item the company is bringing to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and it's one that's sure to make fans of the Alien franchise scream... with delight!

Alien Glow-in-the-Dark Vintage Jumbo Figure - SDCC 2014 Exclusive - Product Description:
Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you another piece of toy history with our SDCC Exclusive GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Alien Jumbo Kenner-inspired Figure.

Gentle Giant Ltd. has taken an original 18-inch Kenner Alien figure, rescaled it to a staggering 24 inches, and made it glow! Limited edition size of 250 pieces worldwide.

This gargantuan new Jumbo figure possesses new features based on the original – such as white teeth and a 100% glow-in-the-dark body. No detail has been overlooked. This enormous figure even features mechanically-activated jaws, just like the original! Packed in an Alien-inspired collector box, the Alien Kenner-inspired Jumbo Figure is a must-have for toy hunters from all generations!

Pre-Orders will ship after the SDCC
Regular Price: $499.00
Dimensions: H 24’’x W 7.25’’x D 9.85’’
Release Date: SDCC 2014

Click here for more info and to pre-order your Alien Glow-in-the-Dark Vintage Jumbo Figure. (Note that you need to be a Premier Guild member to access the page.)

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Scream Factory Finds Home Video Release in Hemlock Grove

Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:54

As we eagerly anticipate the July 11th second season premiere of Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove," the show's first season has just been dated for home video release courtesy of the always awesome Scream Factory.

Read on for complete release details, including new bonus content that wasn't available on Netflix!

From the Press Release
Pack your bags and say your prayers — you’re on your way to Hemlock Grove. From executive producer Eli Roth, the Primetime-Emmy© nominated Netflix Original Series Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 7, 2014, from Scream Factory.

Featuring all 13 exhilarating episodes from the shocking first season, the three-disc set also includes all-new bonus features not available on Netflix, including six all new vignettes. Horror aficionados should note that additional bonus features will be announced as excitement builds for this release, and fans can pre-order their copy now at ShoutFactory.com.

In a small Pennsylvania town, something evil has come in search of prey. But who is the true monster in Hemlock Grove? The brutal slaying of a teenage girl sends the townspeople of Hemlock Grove into a desperate search to find her killer. But this sleepy community soon finds itself living a nightmare as secrets and rumors threaten to drive them all down a dark path as they struggle to uncover the truth. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount, and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly-arrived Gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan. In the twisted world of Hemlock Grove, everyone hides a dark secret.

Executive produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy, created by McGreevy along with Lee Shipman, and starring Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Landon Liboiron (Altitude), Penelope Mitchell ('The Vampire Diaries"), and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II), Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season, produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix, is an atmospheric and gripping horror thriller series unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Bonus Features
Vignettes:

  • "Dysfunctional in Every Way"
  • "Anatomy of a Kill"
  • "Fairytales for Adults"
  • "The Rust Beneath the Surface"
  • "The Monster Within"
  • "It Hurts So Good"

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    Review: “Hack/Slash Son of Samhain”

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49

    In “Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain” issue #1, Cassie has abandoned her slasher huntress life for that a different sort – scumbag bounties. It’s not until she’s met by Delroy, a grizzly, old badass-type, who convinces her, rather easily, to reclaim her title as a staunch enemy of the forces of darkness. 

    WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley

    ART BY: Emilio Lasio

    PUBLISHER: Image Comics

    PRICE: $2.99

    RELEASE: July 2, 2014

    Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

     

     

    First, let me say that I’m a newcomer to the “Hack/Slash” universe. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I’ll be staying for very long. For those of you like me, here’s a little backstory: The “Hack/Slash” series began back in 2007 after a string of one-shot comics dating back to 2004. Cassie, the horror-victim anti-heroine of the series, is (or was, according to this new “Son of Samhain” series) a hunter of “slashers”, a collective of undead monsters and those who rally with them. 

    There’s a prologue that introduces us to a primordial evil known as Attan-Soolu who was vanquished by early humans eons ago. But, as Delroy explains, the slashers intend to bring him back. Much like hack and slash genre videogame play through, I expect that there will be a lot of underlings or “level bosses” before we inevitably see Cassie make some tough choices in order to vanquish Attan-Soolu.

    Maybe fans of the “Hack/Slash” story will disagree with me, but even I can say a lot of what seems to be happening in the “Son of Samhain” series is pretty standard, if not recycled. We have a haunted, take-no-prisoners protagonist who is joined by a wise mentor and what may turn out to be a kid sidekick as they battle it out with some baddies to try and save the world. The writing even seems to hint at it’s own cliché’d nature (at one point, Cassie refers to Attan-Soolu sounding like a Star Wars character). Yeah, there are some decent internal monologues from Cassie and some quick banter between her and Delory, but it doesn’t stick.

    The artwork is nice enough and it’s well paced but, again, the word that fits here is “standard.” Based solely off my own ignorance of the “Hack/Slash” plot so far, the one aspect of note is Cassie’s past; the idea of a former female lover who, although not a ghost, follows her as she begrudgingly moves through her life. No doubt, this will be explored in the upcoming issues but my opinion of issue #1 has not inspired me to stick around to find out.

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    UPDATED: Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch Official

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:48

    Well then. We cannot say that we saw this one coming. The Tracking Board is reporting that a sequel to the Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy comedic witch flick from 1993, Hocus Pocus, is officially on its way. Read on for the first details.

    This new Hocus Pocus will focus (see what I did there?) "on a witch hunter who teams up with a magical housewife to stop a power-hungry evil witch.

    The original cast is not likely to be coming back. Allison Shearmur Productions has signed to produce Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are executive producing at Disney.

    The aim for the two protagonist female leads is in the vein of Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy. While the original film dealt with three witch-sisters coming back on Halloween night, this story seems to focus on drawing different people together to fight a common evil.

    UPDATE: According to Deadline, only part of the above story is accurate. They say that Disney is in early development with Tina Fey on a supernatural-themed feature, but it’s not the Hocus Pocus sequel described above. Instead it's currently known as "Untitled Witch Project," which will be produced by Fey and Allison Shearmur with Fey attached to star.

    We'll keep our eyes and ears open for more updates!

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    Telltale Confirms a New Episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ Coming This Month

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:34

    I’ve noticed that many of you aren’t terribly happy with Telltale’s timeliness — or lack thereof — when it comes to getting new episodes of The Walking Dead: The Game out. They certainly take their time, but I’ve also noticed a jump in quality between this season and the last. There are less bugs, an added layer of polish that makes the experience a bit less frustrating this time around.

    If you count yourself among the frustrated, you’ll be happy to know that Telltale is working on bringing the fourth episode, titled Amid the Ruins, this month. That’s a bit earlier than expected.

    The news comes from a tweet posted by Job Stuffer, director of PR at Telltale, so it’s legit. Hopefully they mean early this month, and not like, July 31st.


    Walking Dead fans, thanks so much for your patience! We're expecting Ep 204 to arrive this month and should have news in the coming weeks.

    — Job J Stauffer (@jobjstauffer) July 1, 2014

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    Review: “Lazarus” #9

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:30

    An action-packed sci-fi thriller, “Lazarus” #9 presents readers a futuristic heroine that kicks lots of butt. You don’t ever want to cross paths with Forever Carlyle, but if you unexpectedly do, better not piss her off. You won’t be able to resist the eye-catching action sequences in the “Lazarus” series.

     

     

    WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
    ART BY: Michael Lark
    PUBLISHER: Image Comics
    PRICE: $3.99
    RELEASE: July 2, 2013

    Reviewed by Jorge Solis

     

     

    Forever Carlyle has been genetically altered to serve and be faithful. Since the day she was born, she was trained to obey and protect the Carlyle Family. But lately Forever has been seeing cracks in the political system, which is governed by the wealthy class. As society has been divided by the rich and the so-called “waste,” a rebellion is about to take place. A bomb is about to go off, taking millions of innocent lives, and Forever finds herself in the crossfire. 

    In the opening pages, writer Greg Rucka provides an exciting flashback into Forever’s training days. As a little girl, we see Forever take part in a duel against her sword master. With great skill, we see her dodge, get slashed, and finally take down her trainer. Did Forever let her trainer live because there was still a hint of that little girl in her? Or was she really following her father’s orders to the letter?

    In this installment, we see how citizens are recruited to serve the Carlyle family. Interestingly, a version of the Church is involved in the organization. Right now, Rucka hints that there is some corruption involved there. In order to be approved, the recruiter has to be near-perfect. We are introduced to new characters, who full serve more in future issues.

    I like how artist Michael Lark depicts Forever’s character design in the flashback. Though she’s just a little girl, Lark doesn’t play off her pint-size stature for laughs. Notice how there are so many cuts all over Lazarus’ body during the swordfight. We feel for her loss of childhood innocence.

    Lark mixes the western genre with the sci-fi elements. Notice how Casey is holding a cowboy hat and a poncho in a later scene. In the suspenseful conclusion, Lazarus has a showdown with the mad bomber in the middle of the streets. Lark positions the two like something you would regularly see in a John Wayne movie.

    “Lazarus” #9 is an action-packed romp that’ll take your breath.

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    Review: “Big Trouble in Little China” #2

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:00

    A hilarious action-packed adventure, “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 continues to be an energetic read with tons of kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s have passed, Jack Burton, our goofball hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for, and I’m quite pleased.

     

     

    WRITTEN BY: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
    ART BY: Brian Churilla
    PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
    PRICE: $3.99
    RELEASE: July 2, 2013

    Reviewed by Jorge Solis

     

     

    Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig back. Unfortunately there was a hideous stowaway hiding in the Pork-Chop Express, and now Jack has to return it to its rightful owner. But when the odd couple return, there are still some issues left unsettled. An immortal warlord magician wants revenge for the death of Lo Pan. Jack must follow his orders or lose his best friend’s soul forever.   

    I don’t know how much involvement John Carpenter has in the series, but you can actually tell it’s in there in the pages. Writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat and delivers his laugh-out-loud lines perfectly. In the opening, the banter between the immortal warlord and Jack is spot-on hilarious. Jack is both an idiot and a clever hero at the same time as he aggravates the antagonist.

    I am really enjoying how Powell plays around the structure, placing stories within stories. In the first issue, Jack recounts tales from his previous marriage. This time, it’s about an ex, who turned herself into a vampire. Jack has faced the supernatural many times before, even though he’s too dumb to realize it.

    Artist Brian Churilla does a great job caricaturizing Kurt Russell’s facial features in his illustrations. Jack Burton is presented two ways, as a wannabe tough guy and this goofball. See if you can spot Jack’s teddy bear in one of the flashback panels. Churilla is always aiming for the comedy bits, hitting on the right cartoonish poses.

    In this installment, we move away from the streets and into a Purgatory-like landscape. Churilla lets loose his imagination with these surrealistic wide shots. There are mountain-sized buildings with faces of skulls drawn on them. My favorite of his illustrations is the one old man riding on a giant turtle.

     

    “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 is a great follow-up and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to enjoy the comic book series.

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    Cannibal Corpse Release Details For New Album ‘A Skeletal Domain’

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:00

    Masters of brutal death metal, Cannibal Corpse have announced that they will be releasing their new album A Skeletal Domain on September 16th via Metal Blade Records. The album will feature 12 tracks that were recorded with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios.

    Bassist Alex Webster states:

    At the end of the day, we’re still making a death metal record, no matter where it’s being recorded.
    Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That’s what makes this exciting.

    Lewis adds:

    There are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history.

    Head below to hear the new track “Sadistic Embodiment”. You can pre-order the album here.

    A Skeletal Domain Track Listing:
    01. High Velocity Impact Spatter
    02. Sadistic Embodiment
    03. Kill or Become
    04. A Skeletal Domain
    05. Headlong into Carnage
    06. The Murderer’s Pact
    07. Funeral Cremation
    08. Icepick Lobotomy
    09. Vector of Cruelty
    10. Bloodstained Cement
    11. Asphyxiate to Resuscitate
    12. Hollowed Bodies

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    Get a Sneak Peek of True Blood Episode 7.03 - Fire in the Hole

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:51

    So far HBO has only released one clip from the upcoming "True Blood" Episode 7.03, "Fire in the Hole," but we'll keep our eyes open for more. In the meantime here's a peek at Sookie and Bill... together again!

    As a bonus treat, we have an extra segment from the network's "Farewell to Bon Temps" special that aired June 15th, which you'll find below the preview of "Fire in the Hole."

    Related Story: Visit our "True Blood" archive.

    Episode 7.03 - “Fire in the Hole” (air date 7/6/14)
    Sookie (Anna Paquin) hatches a dangerous plan to take down the H-Vamps, even as Vince (Brett Rickaby) and his armed vigilantes pose an equally serious threat.

    Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets high with James (Nathan Parsons); Jason (Ryan Kwanten) eyes a family future with Violet (Karolina Wydra); Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) is forced to find a new place to stay; Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) sheds her past.

    Meanwhile, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) offers Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) a compelling reason to return to Louisiana – and be the vampire he used to be. Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Lee Rose.

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    Exclusive On Set Interview: Eric Bana - Deliver Us From Evil

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:00

    Eric Bana’s latest role as real-life NYPD Officer Ralph Sarchie finds the accomplished Aussie actor firmly entrenched in a world where evil goes way beyond the typical street crime and routine arrest. As a cop with South Bronx's 46th Precinct in the Nineties, Sarchie had seen it all...

    But it was his involvement with cases concerning the occult the revealed his true purpose.

    On a rainy night on location in the Bronx way back in July of 2013, Dread Central and a few other outlets had the chance to speak to Bana (fittingly, inside an old church) about the responsibility of telling Sarchie’s story in a believable way.

    Dread Central: So it sounds like you’ve been dealing with quite a bit of prosthetics and other things like that on this film. How has that experience been?

    Eric Bana: No, not for me. Not too bad. I mean, I have a reoccurring stitch that comes on and off a couple of times a day, but no, my prosthetic load is almost nothing compared to what some of the other characters have. There is a large prosthetic load on that department, but not for me.

    DC: We just spoke to the real Ralph Sarchie. How have you been getting into this real-life guy’s skin?

    EB: Scott [Derrickson] wrote a really very character-filled script. I mean, that’s why I signed on to do the film. That character was just so strong on the page. So he was really there. And I came out a couple of months before we started shooting. I got to meet Ralph and spent some time with him and just selfishly kind of cherry-picked what I felt would work well for the film. So I have stolen some bits and pieces and some elements, but it wasn’t entirely essential. He was just very giving in his time. There are certain elements to police work in the 46th and in the Bronx. There’s a certain way about them that you can’t get away with not playing. So getting some time with those guys was really helpful.

    DC: For you what was the meat on the bone in this story? What interests you about it?

    EB: A character who is so complex but at the same time really elegantly written. I remember years ago I read Man on Fire. In fact, it wasn’t offered to me. I always read stuff that I can’t even do. I read Man on Fire and it was a great script, but the central character was… You read it and you thought, "‘Wow, how are we going to follow this guy doing all this stuff?"’ And then Denzel... he’s probably out-and-out my favorite actor. I saw the film, and it was probably one of the greatest acting lessons because he was just so good as that character that you never questioned whether or not you were meant to like him or not. You just experienced his trajectory. That was what it was about. The character of Ralph Sarchie in this movie reminds me, in some ways, whether it be likability or complexity, of that because not everything we see him do we’re going to enjoy. But it’s a great challenge as an actor. In Scott’s films the characters are very strong... really, really strong. When I saw Sinister and Emily Rose, I was really intrigued. I thought this script was in keeping with that strong character at the center of these really interesting, scary stories. So, selfishly for me, it was Ralph that really jumped off the page and Scott’s previous work. I’ve not worked in this genre, and I’m really excited about it. It’s potentially a lot of fun.

    DC: Ralph said he was always a true believer in the supernatural, in the occult. Does your version of him in the film have a little bit more of a skeptical edge?

    EB: Very skeptical. So I liked that arc. Without giving too much away, certainly for a majority of the film, I’m playing the role of someone who is selling the supernatural to him[self] when he comes across it. It’s the beginning of that character’s journey. He’s just a 46th Precinct, tough-as-hell cop. So that’s who he is. He has no predetermined belief in the supernatural or anything like that.

    DC: What’s his trial by fire that takes him through the gateway into this weird world?

    EB: Well, I guess that insinuates that he gets there in the end, and I don’t want to give away whether or not he does.

    DC: This is apparently a hardcore, no-going-back R-rated story, and was so even from the script. Were you concerned about the content?

    EB: Definitely, yeah, but there were some really good discussions. At the end of the day, I think you really have to put your total faith in the director in those instances because tonally and visually, that’s really in the edit. They can make it a smorgasbord of material, and it’s up to them then, according to taste and preference, to go and assemble that, because it’s really all in the edit, how that stuff plays out: how brutal or non-brutal, how gory or non-gory. So I’ve really got just complete faith in Scott. I’d met with him a couple of times long before we signed on, and we got along extremely well and saw things very similar. So I have a lot of trust in him.

    DC: As the lead actor, when you’ve got so much blood and gore to deal with and there are so many intense scenes you have to prep for, how do you get in the mindset for reacting to demons and being scared?

    EB: Have you seen some of our locations? The first question I asked Scott when I met him was, “Tell me we’re not shooting this in Toronto, please?” He said, “No, no. We are shooting this in the Bronx.” I was like, “Okay. This is a great early actor-director conversation. I’m going to hold you to that.” Because quite often these movies will end up going wherever it’s going to be best on paper and not best for the movie. In this case the producers and the director were just right from the get-go [saying], “No, we’re shooting in the Bronx.” And it’s absolutely essential cinematically. It doesn’t exactly let the production design department off the hook totally. They’ve had to work really hard as well. This is not you come to work and just chill. Every night it’s pretty full-on for the crew and we’re out on the street at night. And it adds... a certain level of tension amongst everyone without even thinking about it; every day we come to work based on locations that really, I think, will help the film.

    DC: What kinds of accidents – happy accidents or unhappy accidents – have resulted from doing so much on location?

    EB: I’ve got to say the locals have, by and large, been very, very, very good to us.

    DC: Were you at all familiar with this borough before doing this? Or just through the movies?

    EB: The Warriors was one of my favorite films. But, no. So, like I say, I was really excited when they signed off on… every location. When we were on Long Island for the jail, I think that was a real jail, right? We have a tiny bit of stage work the last week, but basically we’ve been out here every night.

    DC: You’re pretty tall and the locations seem pretty cramped. How’s that been working out for you?

    EB: My brother is 6'7" so I’m getting a taste of what life is like for him. Joel [McHale] is taller than me, so… Tight spaces are really interesting. You were talking about before how does [location work] help? It just helps. You pare it down to the bare essentials, but you’re always going to have your A-camera operator and focus puller, your boom operator, one actor, and the way that [cinematographer] Scott Kevan is shooting this film, so much of it is very dark and with flashlight. We sort of self-light ourselves through scenes. Scott will quite often be in there with a torch running bounce in the room whilst we’re in there. So I really like it. That stuff never distracts me. I really enjoy that stuff and I enjoy having another job to do, if it’s like, “Is it possible for you to hit that bounce in the corner in this part of the scene.” It doesn’t take me out of the moment. I really enjoy that sort of stuff. So the shooting style of the film also really adds to the experience.

    Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.

    Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters now.

    Synopsis
    New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

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    Get Entranced by this New Trailer for The Possession of Michael King

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:56

    A few days ago we brought you a gallery's worth of images from the David Jung-directed The Possession of Michael King, heading our way in August from Anchor Bay, and now today we're back with the first official trailer for the film.

    The Possession of Michael King Release Details
    Anchor Bay Films is releasing the highly-anticipated, terrifying supernatural horror film THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING in theaters on August 22nd and available On iTunes, On Demand, DVD, and Blu-ray on August 26th.

    THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING is an intense supernatural spine-tingler from the producers of White Noise and The Haunting In Connecticut, directed by first-time director David Jung and starring Shane Johnson (Starz’ upcoming “Power”), Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Julie McNiven (TV’s “Supernatural”, “Mad Men”), and Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film is written by David Jung from a story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).

    The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Johnson), who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

    THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING was produced by Paul Brooks and executive produced by Scott Niemeyer and Guy Danella.

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    Exclusive Artwork Premiere and New Stills for The Devil Incarnate

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:30

    Indie filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper is back with another tale of terror called The Devil Incarnate, and it's getting set for an October 7, 2014, DVD release from RLJ / Image Entertainment. Read on for artwork, details, and more!

    Graci Carli and Rod Luzzi star.

    Synopsis
    The future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror.

    On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. As the child grows within her, Holly begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. Soon their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within her womb. Desperate to save his wife and unborn child, Trevor searches for answers and discovers Holly may have fallen prey to an ancient curse spawned by an evil demon with an insatiable lust for blood.

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    Disney Moving Forward On ‘Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch’

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:23

    The Tracking Board is reporting that a sequel to Hocus Pocus is in the works with Melissa McCarthy producing.

    According to there site, “The second installment focuses on a witch hunter who teams up with a magical housewife to stop a power-hungry evil witch.

    There’s no word yet whether the original cast will return in any capacity, but they say that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will probably not be resurrected this time around.

    There’s more to report as Allison Shearmur Productions has signed to produce Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch and that Bryan Oh, Stephen Meinen, and Allison Shearmur herself are in charge at the company. Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are executive producing at Disney.

    The aim for the two protagonist female leads is in the vein of Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy.

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    ‘The Possession of Michael King’ Trailer Finds More Footage

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:15

    Anchor Bay Films just sent over the official trailer for the supernatural thriller The Possession of Michael King, another found-footage horror film coming your way.

    From Gold Circle Films (White Noise, The Haunting In Connecticut), it opens in limited theaters August 22 with an iTunes, On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray release set for August 26.

    David Jung directs the movie that “Tells of a documentary filmmaker who does not believe in God or the Devil. When his wife dies, he sets out to make his next movie on religion and spirituality, hoping to prove those things are just myth. But in allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals on him, he unleashes a horrifying force.

    Shane Johnson (Starz’ upcoming “Power”), Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Julie McNiven (TV’s “Supernatural”) and Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy) star.

    The movie was by Paul Brooks and executive produced by Scott Niemeyer and Guy Danella. The screenplay was written by Jung with a story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian.

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    Zombie! “Murder Mansion” Music Video Premiere

    bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:00

    Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with one-man horrorpunk artist Zombie! (aka Eric Weiss) to bring you the exclusive music video for “Murder Mansion”, which is a gory, sexy, blood soaked video that feels almost like an R-rated scene from Scooby Doo!

    Directed by Federico Ichi Scargiali of VisceraVisions, the video follows three vicious villains (each loosely modeled after a classic horror icon) as they try to juggle slaughtering several bikini-wearing ladies while avoiding a priest with a killer Holy Bible and a penchant for gimp masks. Check it out below!

    Make sure to pick up The Outbreak via Zombie!’s online store.

    Zombie!:

    Rampaging from the grave since Halloween of 2008, ZOMBIE! is a solo, multimedia horror project created by artist and producer, Eric Weiss. Hemorrhaging a wealth of horror related entertainment, ZOMBIE! encompasses original Horror Punk music, disturbingly dark humor, gory artwork, horrific videos, and a rabid online fanbase thatís encouraged to be part of the project. Inspired by low budget horror films and Danzig-era Misfits, ZOMBIE! resurrects the true spirit of Horror Punk with a vintage sound, shocking visuals, and blood drenched lyrics. Like a relentless plague, ZOMBIE! has infected thousands of victims and has become a global community of horror fans, zombie enthusiasts, and complete lunatics.

    Visceravisions:

    Visceravisions is a declaration of love, a possessive, perverted and all-consuming kind of love for latex, the dirt and the blood-stained. It’s the mad doctor lab where alembics and retorts give and take away life. It’s a multiple birth delivery gone bad whose sick offspring at their worst strive to scrape the barrel. Visceravisions traces its ancestry to the monstrous, crude movies VHS players used to spit out, still not irretrievably infected with the Pixel curse. Handcrafted, old-school and genuine. Visceravisions likes to wallow in celluloid offal with the ultimate goal of spreading the word of the Viscera cult in the world.

    Zombie! online:
    Official Website
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    Tom Malloy in for a World of Hurt

    Dread Central - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:00

    More talent is on its way to the upcoming anthology film based upon the stories of Thomas Tessier, World of Hurt, and we have all the details you need right here without having to suffer through any pain at all. Well... some pain is okay, but don't blame us if you get really messed up.

    From the Press Release
    Producer/actor/writer Tom Malloy (pictured) has just signed on to bring his extensive and multifaceted producing skills to THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT horror anthology.

    “My whole life I’ve been an avid fan of scary and horror movies,” Malloy said, “and the idea of bringing Tom Tessier’s stories to the screen was exactly the project I was looking for. And when I saw the caliber of the talented directors involved, I was in!”

    Tom not only produces; he also acts and writes. He brought all three skills into play as the producer/writer/actor who starred in THE ATTIC with Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and THE ALPHABET KILLER, which was directed by Rob Schmidt (WRONG TURN, "Masters of Horror"). Tom has worked alongside Eliza Dushku ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," WRONG TURN), Cary Elwes (SAW), Bill Moseley (TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), and Tom Noonan (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL). Malloy has even shared screen time with Betty White.

    “Getting in on the ground floor of a horror franchise like THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, and I can’t wait to see these five very dark and disturbing stories come to life. And then we’ll start right in on WORLD OF HURT 2!”

    In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Tom is an accomplished author whose book BANKROLL: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films is considered the “gold standard” of indie film financing instruction.

    For more information check out Thomas Tessier's blog, and "like" World of Hurt on Facebook!

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