Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Welsh rockabilly punkers Graveyard Johnnys to bring you the exclusive song premiere of “The Poison”, the opening track off their upcoming album Dead Transmission! The band has been kicking ass and taking names since 2008, having been featured prominently on the UK’s “The Radio1 Punk Show” and also getting the chance to head into the studio for four different live BBC sessions.
“The Poison” is loaded with twang, fight, and an in-your-face attitude that is undeniably addictive, not to mention it’s got a wicked bridge that I’m 100% hooked on. Head on in and listen to the track!
Make sure to pick up your copy of Dead Transmission, which comes out May 11th via Bomber Music, here.
24/04 Southsea Live – Sheffield (UK)
25/04 Corner House – Cambridge (UK)
09/05 Frog and Fiddle – Cheltenham (UK)
15/05 The Borderline – London (UK)
21/05 Lady Luck – Canterbury (UK)
22/05 Willemeen – Arnhem (NL)
24/05 AZ – Aachen (DE)
25/05 Backstage – Munich (DE)
27/05 Rosi’s Amusierlokal – Dresden (DE)
30/05 Panic Room – Essen (DE)
31/05 Altstadt – Eindhoven (NL)
05/06 The Louisiana – Bristol (UK)
06/06 The Flag – Watford (UK)
20/06 Midsummer Jambouree – Pori (FI)
11/07 Summertime Is Back In Elm Festival – Elm (DE)
14/08 Boomtown Fair – Winchester (UK)
Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous have released an official music video for their track “The Price”, which comes off their upcoming album The Congregation. The video was directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud and produced by Twitchy Films.
My love for this band is pretty boundless. They’re one of those groups that I constantly try to introduce people to and this track is a damn good indicator of their talents. It’s got fantastic vocals, tons of dynamics, incredibly interesting melodies, and it hooked me from the first second.
The Congregation comes out June 2nd in N. American via Inside Out Music.
When I was younger, my babysitter’s boyfriend snuck into the house we were in and hid in the tub with the curtain drawn. His goal was to scare the girl, but instead he got me. The trauma of that night had me checking empty showers for years. I gradually got over it, but even today, there’s a 50/50 chance that I’ll still check behind any drawn shower curtains.
Whatever I expected to see waiting for me in the tub, even my troubled young mind wouldn’t have imagined a screaming four-armed blood witch. If the things I expected to see behind that curtain were as frightening as this cosplayer’s take on Laura from The Evil Within, there’s a solid chance I’d be writing this story with my finger on the wall of a padded cell.
If the cosplayer looks familiar, I thought so too. That’s why I decided to sift through all my cosplay coverage — turns out, that’s a lot of cosplay — until I found this piece from over two years ago.
Turns out, the woman in the red dress moonlights as a woman in a red tub.
A substantial update recently brought some much-needed tweaks and features to H1Z1, the open-world zombie survival game that passed the coveted million sold milestone on Steam Early Access last month.
Dubbed the “Big Damn Patch”, this update introduces a new playable character that’s been designed to make use of the new customization features developer Daybreak is looking to add in a future update. It also comes with a redesigned Dam area, workbenches for converting ammunition, a revamped Crude Map, a new R380 pistol and a variety of bug fixes.
The full list of changes can be found here.
Previously, on “Bates Motel”: Norma attempted to unlock the secrets of the thumb drive Annika passed on before, well, Annika passed on – even involving Dylan to assist; a group of shadowy thugs descended upon the Bates Motel in search of the device, going so far as to ransack the office and threaten Dylan, who eventually hid the drive at his farm; Dylan also had a heart-to-heart with Caleb about the event that tore him and his sister apart; and, in the previous episode’s final scene, Norman discovered that Caleb was hiding out at Dylan’s farm and promised to tell Norma, threatening to destroy the relationship Dylan has tried so hard to build with her.
Tonight’s Episode 3.05 (“The Deal”) begins with Dylan avoiding his inevitable confrontation with Norma, even as she’s run off the road by one of the men who’d threatened her son the previous evening. Her attacker points out that she has something that belongs to one Bob Paris, who runs the Arcanum Club – and that Norma should meet with him soon.
Dylan eventually returns home, only for Norman to tell him that he’d already spoken with Norma and had spilled the beans about Caleb. Not long after, Dylan is contacted by the hospital to inform him of Norma’s accident. Upon his arrival, he apologizes to his mother – only to realize she has no idea about Caleb.
Romero continues his investigation into the pair of recent murders that have plagued his town and eventually takes a meeting with Paris, who readily admits that he’s missing the all-important thumb drive and suggests that it would be best for Romero to retrieve it from Norma for him.
Dylan confronts Norman about the revelation (or lack thereof) concerning Caleb, pointing out that Norma has no idea about it. Norman insists he told her, but Dylan states that it doesn’t matter as he plans on telling Norma himself anyway. Norman eventually speaks with his mother, gently prodding to see if she remembers him telling her anything important earlier that morning – only to discover that he may have had another blackout and had hallucinated the entire conversation.
Dylan’s housemate and fellow grower Gunner discovers the hidden drive and, in his boredom, cracks the password and opens the files within – revealing a financial ledger that appears to detail the illegal revenue from the drug trade that could take down several of the town’s more prominent and wealthy members. Dylan tells Norma, who races to Romero and admits that she has the device. She points out that she wants to meet with Bob Paris and attempt to trade the drive – but not without getting something in return for her trouble. There’s some great acting from Farmiga in this scene, as she breaks down while discussing all this town has done to her and why she deserves something for that.
Romero, though wary of her plan, accompanies her to the meeting with Paris, where Norma demands the man’s help in rerouting the bypass to better accommodate her business in exchange for her silence regarding the drive’s contents (also, she wants a billboard… and a pool… with a jacuzzi). Paris agrees to everything, delighting Norma even as a still-concerned Romero watches on.
All’s well for Norma by episode’s end, until her sons sit her down to reveal the truth about Caleb and his whereabouts. The revelation that Dylan had been harboring her brother (and the fact that Norman now seems to be supporting his big brother’s decision) drives Norma a bit mad, sending her into a rage that sees her packing up in a hurry and leaving her boys – and possibly her entire life – in her rearview mirror.
It’s another solid episode this week, showcasing some great acting while furthering the plot in interesting ways. At this season’s midpoint things appear to be reaching the boiling point with every character, which will surely play out in fascinating ways. It was nice to see Dylan take a bit of the spotlight this week as well, as the interesting character is occasionally underused (or used regrettably, as with last season’s drug trade subplot). Here’s looking forward to the next installment, Episode 3.06, “Norma Louise.” Check out the synopsis below.
“Bates Motel” Episode 3.06 – “Norma Louise” (airs 4/13/15)
Norma considers a life outside of White Pine Bay, leaving Norman in a vulnerable position. As Dylan and Emma bond over helping their friend through a rough night, Caleb makes a difficult decision, and Romero is confronted by a new threat.
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Kenneth Choi, who most recently appeared on NBC’s series “Allegiance” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”, has joined Universal’s horror-thriller Stephanie, says THR.
“The story centers on a young girl named Stephanie (Crooks) who is abandoned by her parents, forced to survive on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle. When her parents return to claim their daughter, they find dark supernatural forces are wreaking havoc, with Stephanie at the center of the turmoil.“
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who helmed 2014′s Winter’s Tale, is directing the Blumhouse and Chapter One project, which will also star Frank Grillo, Shree Crooks and Anna Torv.
Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski wrote the script for the horror project, which will be produced by Jason Blum and Matt Kaplan alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Adrienne Biddle. Nate Matteson, Eric Robinson and Bryan Bertino will executive produce.
Indiewire shares the official one-sheet for Henry Hobson’s zombie film, Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Signs and Final Girl) and Joely Richardson.
In the film, “A Midwestern farmer stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this daring, genre-bending debut feature.”
Maggie will be making its world premiere at the Tribeca FilmFestival on April 22 and hits theaters and VOD on May 8th.
It took a few years for San Diego filmmaker Oren Peli‘s Paranormal Activity to make it into theaters. After World Premiering at the 2007 Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, CA, the supernatural box office smash played Slamdance in 2008 before finally getting a release through Paramount Pictures in September of 2009. Before then, Paramount, with the help of Steven Spielberg, was working to remake the low budget indie that ended up being the biggest found footage success since The Blair Witch Project. With five sequels since its release (one coming this October), it appears they finally made the right decision in releasing the original (with an upgraded finale, new editing and sound design).
After such a smash, Hollywood always gifts the filmmakers with their sophomore project. Many of our younger readers may not know this but, Mr. Peli, the man behind Paranormal Activity, has actually directed another found-footage feature. An alien abduction movie titled Area 51.
The movie was cast (Sandra Staggs, Roy Abramsohn, David Saucedo, Glenn Campbell, and Jelena Nik) and filmed in 2009/2010, and had additional photography done on multiple occasions (not uncommon with Blumhouse productions) throughout the years.
Allegedly, the footage takes us back to 1994 where three friends travel to the infamous Area 51 in order to learn its terrifying secrets. The group then finds themselves running for their lives as an unprecedented event occurs.
Paranormal Activity discoverers and producers Steven Schneider and Jason Blum were behind the long lost project, which has since become folklore. Blumhouse, who now has various distribution deals, could easily unload the troubled project, which appears to be the case.
Several minutes ago Bloody Disgusting reader Nathan Yocum sent a tweet directly to Jason Blum asking if we’ll ever see Area 51. To his (and our) surprise, Blum responded with some positive news, telling Yocum that we’ll finally see what’s inside Area 51 “very very very soon.” That’s a bold proclamation that should have horror fans in a frenzy.
Back in 2013 Blum told us that they were still tinkering with the movie, but I’ve never heard of a film being toyed with for several year. I am definitely curious to see if Area 51 gets some sort of theatrical run or gets the Mockingbird/The Town That Dreaded Sundown VOD dump.
Oh, and to those who think this is the first found-footage alien movie – you are greatly mistaken…
@nathantexyocum very very very soon. –JB
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 7, 2015
Well, the rumors of a shake-up on set have been rampant since “The Vampire Diaries” co-stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder stopped dating in “real life,” and now it looks like at least one of them is true. As she told her fans just short while ago, Dobrev is indeed leaving the show to pursue other opportunities.
In her own words on Instagram:
I’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there’s still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I’ll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever.
There’s more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you’ll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert’s life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend’s pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for ‘that Twilight TV show.’ I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what’s coming, you don’t.
Nina’s statement was followed up by exec producer Julie Plec’s, who told Deadline:
Saying goodbye to Nina is both bittersweet and beautiful. After six-plus years together, the entire cast and crew of “The Vampire Diaries” has reached a level of closeness that I don’t think any of us ever expected. Nina is excited to spread her wings, get some rest, travel the world and also take it by storm, and we support her a thousand-fold. We will miss Nina and the four hundred characters she played, but we look forward to the insane and exciting challenge of continuing to tell stories of our Salvatore Brothers and our much-loved and gifted ensemble.
She also added with regard to Michael Trevino (Tyler), who was recently cast in a pilot:
Michael has been a beloved member of the “Vampire Diaries” family since day one. Even though he’s also going to be out in the world exploring new opportunities, we look forward to finding creative ways to make sure he and his character, Tyler Lockwood, always remain a part of the show.
“The Vampire Diaries” is currently on a brief hiatus and will return on April 16th.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.18 – “I Could Never Love Like That” (4/16/15)
KILLER KARAOKE – With their humanity turned off, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) begin wreaking havoc at Whitmore, leaving Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to come up with a risky plan involving Lily (guest star Annie Wersching). After rushing to help Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) treat victims of Stefan and Caroline’s latest killing spree, Elena (Nina Dobrev) discovers Jo is pregnant, prompting her to reevaluate her own life as a vampire.
Meanwhile, when Sarah (guest star Tristan Mays) boldly turns the tables on an unsuspecting Enzo (Michael Malarkey), he is forced to open up about his tragic past. Lastly, at Scull Bar, a twisted round of karaoke leaves Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Matt (Zach Roerig) in a dangerous situation. Leslie Libman directed the episode with story by Matthew D’Ambrosio and teleplay by Chad Fivash and James Stoteraux.
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One of the best reviewed films of the year, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review) is finally coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber, and we have a peek at the goodies right here for you. Look for it in stores and online April 21st.
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.
The first Iranian Vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage
- Collectible Graphic Novels with Essay by Eric Kohn
- Deleted Scenes
- Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, part of MoMA’s Contenders Series
- Stills Gallery
- VICE Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
- VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand
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Some quick late-day casting news has arrived for Universal’s horror-thriller Stephanie as THR is reporting that “Sons of Anarchy” star Kenneth Choi has signed up for active duty.
He will join the previously announced Frank Grillo, Shree Crooks, and Anna Torv for the latest film from director Akiva Goldsman. Universal Pictures acquired Stephanie from Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One.
First announced last summer, the film was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, whose script was voted to the 2012 Blood List.
Abandoned by her parents in their remote home, Stephanie (Crooks) survives on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle, while a dark supernatural force looms in the background. When her mother and father return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with Stephanie at the center.
The first clip from Dark Places, the new Charlize Theron flick that’s based on another torrid tale from the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, has arrived. Check it out, and look for more on this one soon.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan, Shannon Kook, and Corey Stoll also star. The film was directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner from his adaptation.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby’s mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw – or didn’t see – the night of the tragedy.
This week: Furious 7‘s touching goodbye (*spoilers*), why an all digital future might suck, how Prey (2006) still holds up, and more!
Are you excited yet about the Dynamite Comics Reanimator and Alice Cooper items in this month’s Box of Dread? Now, you can even get more excited with this survival kit from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that is featured in the Box of Dread’s April 2015 Seventh Box!
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Because Season 5 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” just concluded recently and the new companion series won’t premiere until this summer, this survival kit will be the perfect item to keep your memories (and you) alive until the walkers return to your TV screens.
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Back in mid-February it was announced that James Franco will be both producing and starring in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller 11/22/63, and now one of his leading ladies has been revealed. Canadian actress (and Cronenberg regular) Sarah Gadon has joined the cast as Sadie.
Hulu’s “11/22/63″ is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love, and the past itself… which doesn’t want to be changed. Per Deadline, Gadon’s Sadie is a statuesque, smart, beautiful, and outspoken librarian at the Texas school where Jake works.
Most recently Gadon appeared in three consecutive films directed by David Cronenberg: A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), and Maps to the Stars (2014). In between those she filmed Antiviral (2012), directed by his son, Brandon Cronenberg. You’ll also find her in Dracula Untold and The Moth Diaries.
The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television. Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has not yet been announced so stay tuned!
Techland’s open-world survival horror game Dying Light has a lot going for it, but so much of what it does well is either too subtle or too familiar for most players to fully appreciate. The game’s fantastically old school soundtrack stands out because it’s different. Everything from the memorable tune that plays during the main menu to the anxiety-inducing chase music that triggers when your character’s been spotted at night is effective because of Paweł Błaszczak.
Błaszczak is the composer and audio director at Techland, where he also worked on the Call of Juarez and Dead Island franchises. In this behind-the-scenes video, he discusses the thought that went into forming the unique aural personality of Dying Light.
Dying Light is out now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s our review.
We learn at a young age to fear the few remaining creatures who won’t hesitate to consume us. Humanity is capable of sharing this wonderful planet with all sorts of creatures, including the dangerous ones so long as we know they got the memo that we haven’t been a part of the food chain in quite some time. A few of our neighbors will totally still eat us, if given the chance, and for most folks, I’d argue that sharks have earned the majority of our fear.
This is why a game like Depth, which pits a team of divers against a gaggle of sharks, is so appealing. It plays to our fear of the primal origins of those near-perfect predators. Hell, its first DLC did that literally by introducing the shark’s comically horrifying ancestor, the Megalodon.
Even if you know nothing about sharks, there’s a good chance you know to stay away from the one that has Great in its name. That dickhead took an otherwise harmless term and twisted it to describe something that’s bigger, stronger, faster and more terrifying than its already scary cousins. This, I’m suspecting, is why the new “Ship Wrecked” DLC adds something called the Great Hammerhead.
Depth is currently available on Steam for $24.99. Its “Ship Wrecked” DLC is included in the game as a free update, just like its first add-on, “Big Catch”, which released in December.
An international trailer is here for Burying the Ex, the new film from master of horror Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole), and it looks like lots of dark fun! Look for the film on June 19, 2015, via RLJ/Image Entertainment.
Directed by Joe Dante and written by Alan Trezza (TV’s “Sanctuary”), Burying the Ex stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario. The film follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: He’s too afraid to break up with her.
Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soulmate. But that same night Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared zombie, and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max…
Burying the Ex is produced by Mary Cybriwsky, Carl Effenson, David Johnson, Frankie Lindquist, Kyle Tekiela, and Alan Trezza.
If there was one event horror fans were excited for at this year’s WonderCon, it was the Blumhouse panel, in which footage and information regarding The Gallows, Unfriended, Insidious: Chapter 3 and Sinister 2 were shared. Read on for all the details we collected for you!
The first film to be discussed, The Gallows, was by far the least well known. Previously that weekend I had asked various other press about it, and the general sentiment was, “What the fuck is The Gallows?” After an explosive mood piece trailer, the surprised murmurs and cheers in the crowd promised a much more talked about future. Though short and unlikely to be indicative of the final product, the lighting, tone, and speed of the trailer reflected a horror making talent far beyond the typical capabilities of such an inexperienced director. Aside from a few shorts, this is the directorial debut for the duo comprised of co-directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, and if all goes as expected, The Gallows could catapult them Oren Peli style into the spotlight.
On screen, a girl in a white dress lies crying in a crumpled heap. As the sounds of her sobs build, a figure carrying a noose slowly emerges from the shadows. Cut to black, and the next shot is a close-up of the girl’s neck as she slowly examines new deep and bloody rope marks. A noose tightens into the frame, and with a jolt she is dragged away. While simple and certainly done before, the execution is what really sells it. This sentiment of execution being most important is repeated throughout the panel and will be again later in the roundtable.
Similar to Paranormal Activity (another film from Blumhouse Productions), The Gallows is a found footage film from inexperienced directors. According to Cluff and Lofing, the film involves four friends who break into a school at night. We didn’t get much more out of them regarding the plot but gained significant insight into the production.
The similarities with Peli’s Paranormal Activity continue, as director/editor Lofing moved into co-director Cluff’s condo and edited the whole film in his room. Fresh out of film school, Lofing paired up with Cluff, previously a stuntman and “Wipeout” contestant, mostly out of friendship and creative admiration. Cast in Anaheim using a free service and out of a pool of 200, they found their 4 actors and set to work filming at a high school in Fresno.
It sounds like the perfect recipe for a movie that would come to me on a DVD-R with the title written in Sharpie, sitting in a paper sleeve on my floor until it grows enough mold that the ants take it. By Jason Blum’s own admission at the start of the panel, found footage is a stale format, and it takes a really great one to make any kind of waves. It is the type of movie that people make because they believe it to be easy and by the directors’ own admissions was the reason they set out to make one in the first place.
When talking about what they did to make this film unique, they couldn’t come up with much more than that they used the actors’ real names for authenticity and that they filmed using out of town talent so that the legends they told them about hauntings would scare them more. Not exactly groundbreaking, but it is always difficult to explain what part of the production made a movie really work, so not exactly strikes against it either.
So aside from an excellent mood piece trailer that I admit doesn’t have any bearing on the final product, why am I so excited about this film? Blum himself offered a well thought out explanation for my growing enthusiasm…
“This is a rare instance when that a movie is made like this and a studio releases it. It almost never happens. One of the most fun parts of my job is seeing this happen; it’s why I do my job… the fact that it has come this far is very unusual and really really cool.”
When a new found footage title from the studio that brought you Paranormal Activity arrives, you take notice. Originally seeing the concept trailer on YouTube, Jason Blum contacted the directors and picked the movie up. The budget was shoestring, so at any point the cost of dropping it would have been next to nothing. Still, it made it all the way through production and is seeing release through New Line. Mike Flanagan’s Oculus was similarly a short concept piece before being picked up as a feature film, though his final product came from a more experienced director and a significantly higher budget. Blumhouse isn’t without a couple bad films under its belt but has so far proven a reliable source for quality horror. I also should admit at this point that I didn’t think Ouija was THAT fucking bad, so maybe I’m just a sucker. Look for The Gallows on July 10th.
The Unfriended panel started out with this trailer:
Hey, not a bad trailer. I admit that the concept is silly and the name edging on sabotage, but “setting up a camera to watch two sleeping people while a ghost moves things” also sounds like a terrible idea, and that made almost $200 million. Still, I prefer the super silly original title, Cybernatural.
This segment of the panel was an odd one. Consisting of the writer and major cast members, they kept oscillating between telling us how great the movie was and sharing all of their doubts along the way. I shit you not; there was a moment where they were asked if they ever thought the movie would actually come out, and each of the actors one at a time said some variation of, “No, not ever.” This is strange since the express purpose of these events is to get people amped for your film. Telling everyone in the audience that you never really thought this movie would come out does not instill mountains of confidence.
Likewise, the writer, Nelson Greaves, said a few times that he doubted the film being shot through Skype was a good idea. Much of the film’s completion is credited to producer and spiritual leader of the group, Timur Bekmambetov, who is reported to have come up with the original concept. Greaves stated that at several times throughout the production he doubted such a silly gimmick could actually work, and that only through Timur insisting that he should trust him did he push through. If the quality of your movie during production does not make you think that the movie is working, telling the audience that your producer insisted you finish the film anyway does not exactly instill confidence in prospective fans.
At the same time, the number of times he told this story both in the panel and subsequent roundtable leads me to believe it was a pre-scripted talking point. If I were to guess, they know just how silly this movie sounds and are doing their best to acknowledge that and insist that it is really good despite your doubts. They are going to have to sell this movie on its quality, and in that regard they are off to a good start. Even before the trailer, Jason Blum assured us that the audience at South by Southwest had loved the film. After the trailer, he was quick to emphasize the unique strength of the film’s multiple Skype windows. He made the claim that it was, “Like you’re the director of a live TV event,” giving the film legs for repeat viewings that other films don’t have.
A few times we heard that they focused on really long takes, the longest of which being the whole movie in one shot. The anecdote goes that the lead female, Shelly Henning, was tired of trying to ramp back into dramatic scenes take after take, so suggested that they do the whole thing in one shot. According to Nelson Greaves, the final scene of this take is the one that made it into the final film, so I am interested to see how this unique shooting style plays out in the final product.
In Unfriended the actors would themselves hold the laptops with the camera on top. They are your camera operators. The folks behind the film wanted to go for an authentic vibe, so the actors would move the laptops as they walked around the rooms. Actors were directed to look around and be distracted, text friends, shop online, and do things that people actually do while on Skype. Such a focus on realism can backfire greatly with a boring and poorly shot movie, but I’d be willing to bet at least one of my nuts that there was plenty of technical camera work and direction that went into this that they just aren’t talking about.
The question “Who is Laura Barnes” was answered with “Laura Barnes is everything that is scary about the internet. She is all your secrets…” All right, color me interested, and you will definitely see me in the theater on April 17th.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Clearly the focus of the panel, the amount of time we got with the director and cast of Insidious: Chapter 3 was twice as long as either of the previous two groups. It started off with two clips, the first of which you can watch now:
The second clip, which was an exclusive for the event, shows a significantly more beat-up Quinn attempting to escape the apartment via elevator. Wheelchair-bound from a broken leg and in a neck brace, her situation seems dire as she anxiously presses the call button. In typical horror movie fashion, a cut from a forward angle to back angle shows a sickly and wheezing entity behind her, who pushes her back to the room and violently throws her on the ground. Incapacitated, a grotesque handless and footless female figure without eyes or a mouth crawls towards her. As the figure nears, the clip cuts.
The movie is directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote the original Insidious and played the character Specs, filling the shoes of James Wan, who was busy directing Furious 7. Whannell assured fans in attendance that even without Wan at the helm, he remained absolutely true to the franchise and hopefully true to what fans want out of it. Leading man Dermot Mulroney talked about how this movie is not only terrifying, but the scariest one yet! Yes, we were being given the “Hard Sell” but that’s what events like this are typically for.
From there each actor had a few moments to talk about their respective characters, but honestly speaking, no one really said anything that we hadn’t already surmised. Until Angus Sampson spoke up, that is…
“I think you were just giving the audience what they wanted. Anyone that’s watched one of the Insidious chapters with an audience — and there were lots of audiences — whenever Elise would come on screen, especially in the second chapter, there’s such a special warmth for the character that Lin and Leigh and Jason created. This is almost an origin story about how Elise comes to meet not only Specs and Tucker, but some of the other characters from the previous two chapters.”
Thank you, Angus, for saying what we all secretly knew and just wished they would say. They clearly took the most popular characters from the previous film and put them even more front and center than they were in the second. It is fan service, and fan service can be good.
The last piece of insight we got before fan questions was some info about the film’s villain, the aptronym-named “Man Who Can’t Breathe.” Leigh explained his vision for the character… “[I wanted to create] the physical embodiment of cancer… if cancer were a person, what would he look like?” Whannell continued, “He symbolizes all the pain and misfortune that can visit people in their life.” It was cool to see the panel all light up and chime in about how the The Man Who Can’t Breathe was a very present and violent force in the movie.
The panel loosens up after this, and each cast member interjects with fun little anecdotes about the filming. The set was kept very cold and dark, Stephanie Scott did her own stunts, and Leigh even locked her in a closet for 6 hours blasting death metal. There were a few standard press release statements here and there, but some really wonderful genuine moments were shared and that’s always a breath of fresh air.
My personal impression of Insidious: Chapter 3 comes mostly from the trailer. It is clear that the brutality and unique physicality of the previous films are still here, but whether or not it will keep with the bizarre twists and unpredictable plot is unclear at this point. The first movie really hits a home-run with the mid-film introduction of astral projection and a spirit realm, turning a simple haunting story into something totally new and unique. The second movie sadly went for a more standard serial killer narrative but was still creative enough to stand on its own. There was no talk of twists and turns in the panel, but I managed to ask some of those questions in the roundtable, so check out that article for more intel.
Look for Insidious: Chapter 3 in theaters June 5th.
Things wrapped up with a short but effective clip from Sinister 2 which you can check out below. Afterwards the audience was promised much more would be unveiled for the film at July’s Comic-Con and everyone should stay tuned. Look for Sinister 2 in theatres on August 21st.
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In this cute exclusive deleted scene from Lionsgate’s The Voices, Ryan Reynolds decides it’s easier to pull the tape off a woman’s mouth instead of cutting through.
Ryan Reynolds (The Amityville Horror) plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets – but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices (review), arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The film is currently available via On Demand.
Directed by Marjane Satrapi(Persepolis) and written by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2), the “meticulously crafted genre-bending film” (Indiewire) also stars Gemma Arterton (Runner, Runner, Quantum of Solace), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into The Woods) and Oscar® nominee Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012).
The Voices was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
Jerry (Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist (Weaver), he pursues his office crush (Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.
The Voices bonus materials include deleted and extended scenes, “making of” featurettes, a VFX behind-the-scenes look and a comparison showreel, animatics, a sketch gallery and a recording session with Ryan Reynolds as he creates The Voices of “Bosco” and “Mr. Whiskers.”