[Comic Book Review] “Rumble” #3 Continues To Amaze

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:18

Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga. A great, menacing god. A war of epic proportions. A great quest… for more snacks so we can finally read “Rumble” #3 and get answers to our questions: who the fuck is Rathraq? Why the fuck is he a scarecrow? What the fuck is up with that giant flaming demon dude? Seriously, where the fuck are the snacks?

WRITTEN BY: John Arcudi
ART BY: James Harren
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 18, 2015

After two issues where we where thrown right in the middle of Weird Town in the state of Deal With It, Bobby, Del, and Rathraq finally sit down to get a tell-all on the situation at hand. And with the same casualness Acurdi and Harren had to present all the strange happenings, they manage to pause and unpause a god’s epic tale or revenge and honor. If things were normal they interrupt it with the unusual. Once that becomes the new norm, the table is turned which keeps Rumble #3 fresh and flowing, regardless of the trio being in Bobby’s place for the most part. Mostly this is a setup issue. The exposition is finally presented, giving our guys a goal and Rathraq a clear purpose. But Acurdi and Harren laced it with great, epic storytelling that explains where he comes from and who he was before becoming a wide eyed, non-terrifying looking, deadly scarecrow. Although issue #2 is still my favorite so far, this one comes at a perfect timing, once the hook of the weird world has been cast, it’s time to reel us in with a sweet-ass, ridiculous mission that will involve a scarecrow facing a giant fire monster. All while Bobby will probably continue to bitch and moan about not having a girlfriend, and how dangerous everything is. The art continues to amaze. Now that it is not only about the immediate story but the tale that was before, each panel takes its time making sure you’re well aware of the type of world Rathraq comes from, and Rumble #3 has the best cover I’ve seen in this title so far. Possibly my favorite cover of February. If you’re not reading Rumble yet, the only acceptable excuse for it is that it’s your rent money.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with Juatcast.com. He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sam Raimi Directing “Ash vs Evil Dead” Pilot

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:07

The S-Mart employee with the legendary “boomstick” isn’t done battling Deadites just yet, and is currently preparing to do battle once again in the Starz original series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

Dread Central caught up with Bruce Campbell, who plays Ashley J. Williams in the cult The Evil Dead trilogy, to talk about the new incarnation that will continue the adventures of Ash, with two new sidekicks (played by Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo).

The biggest news to come out of the interview is that Sam Raimi, director of The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, will be getting behind the camera for the pilot presentation of “Ash vs Evil Dead” from a script he wrote with Ivan Raimi, Craig DiGregorio, and Tom Spezialy! Sam Raimi will also serve as series executive producer along with Rob Tapert and Campbell with DiGregorio to serve as executive producer/showrunner.

In first plot details:

We are introduced to a nomadic Ash, a figure who’s not only haunted by traumatic memories but also terrorized by the unwelcome continuance of Deadite attacks, which have followed him to the myriad Midwestern trailer parks he’s been forced to call home. In an effort to eke out an existence and in keeping with his previous choice of career, the character spends his days working at Ted’s Superclub as a stock room trainee and, in true Ash fashion, his evenings chasing skirt in roadside bars.

“I’m bringing everything to the table. It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone,” Campbell says of the older, (not-so-much wiser) Ash.

With ten episodes ordered, principal photography is slated for this April in New Zealand with a planned Halloween 2015 series debut on Starz.

We should all hope for a successful run as there are plans for five seasons: “It’s an epic tale,” said Campbell. “How could you not [plan for that]? I’m a strong proponent of the ‘big picture’ plan, and we are planning for five seasons.”

If they’re lucky, they’ll get their five season, much like “The Walking Dead”, a show they consider their competition.

“We are competitive with ‘The Walking Dead,’ like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] Deadites are very clever. They not stupid shufflers. They can mimic people; they can drive cars. They’re a fun threat. They [‘The Walking Dead’] are right up there [though] with being responsible for the current resurgence [of horror].”

Watch for more groovy casting as it comes in.

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[Comic Book Review] “Bitch Planet” #3 – Proves A Very Special Third Issue

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:06
Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga. This is the first “special” issue of “Bitch Planet” that Kelly Sue DeConnick has planned for every third issue of the series, focusing on a single inmate and exploring them in depth. The first one is Penny Rolle. In case you don’t know who she is, she’s the badass giant who would beat a guard with another guard just because they told her to cover her mouth when she sneezes or some stupid shit like that.

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Sue DeConnick

ART BY: Valentine De Landro

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: February 18, 2015

This issue dives into Penny’s memories, the good ones and the super shitty ones as she goes under review from some kind of disciplinary board that is trying to make her see the “error” of her ways, as they tell her that the way she acts, looks, talks, and lives is completely wrong because she should know better, blah blah blah, “you’re really doing this to yourself,” blah blah blah. I will start by stating right away that I liked this issue. It’s a solid one shot that studies one of the characters of Bitch Planet and delivers a solid story that wraps up in the best way possible, Wilson IV puts some solid panels on the pages, where he makes you feel the anger Penny does when motherfuckers just decided they were better than her. And also feel her pain when you see the consequences to her violence.  With that being said, my first reaction to it was not absolutely positive. While DeConnick promised us an in-depth look at a character, I wasn’t completely prepared for a complete halt in the main story that’s barely two issues in. I was ready to learn more about the MEGATON, yet there wasn’t even a mention of it. But when I stopped and thought about it, I couldn’t help but compare this issue to an episode of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. Whic is not a bad thing, at all. The way DeConnick uses a current situation in the present to trigger a flashback relating to Penny’s attitude at the time, or an event that explains why she reacts so violently to situations.  The difference being that in the show, the plot continues to move as we see more of that character. Now I know a comic doesn’t have the luxury of time or page usage to extend the way the show does, but having it all in a room, where it almost feels like time has frozen for everyone else while we see more of this character, does bug me. I like these “special third” issues, but I don’t want to be in a bubble every other two issues and deprived of the excellent main story. There are things to reflect with the choices of Bitch Planet #3, the fact that the first to be looked into is Penny Rolle, the badass big girl that I want to hug for some reason, even though that would mean the end of me and every single one of my bones, the breaking of my dick, and crushing my skull with her one single head. Point being, that’s all we knew about her for the first two issues, not a major so far in the story, yet that’s the first spotlight given. If I had to guess, it would be two things, one is “don’t just count Penny to diss out the pain when someone fucks with her, she may be more in upcoming issues.” And the second one is “everyone in Bitch Planet has a story. Shut up, sit down, and read.” Kelly Sue likes exploring every aspect of a character so I’m leaning towards the second one. Overall, this is a very solid First “Special Third,” but may have been too detached from the main story to be a great issue #3.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with Juatcast.com. He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.


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[Comic Book Review] “Burning Fields” #2 – Is An Absolute Must Buy

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:54

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. Part 2 of the 8 part “Burning Fields” miniseries is densely packed with new information and new questions about who are what is killing and dismembering people around a middle eastern oil field.  “Burning Fields” is a unique blend of political thriller, body horror, and noir in a setting virtually never seen outside of modern war films (or particular national cinema) and, for my money, is the only book you should absolutely be buying today.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
ART BY: Colin Lorimer
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 18, 2015

There is a lot to like about this book.  The dialogue, for one, is sharp and gritty, the back-and-forth between Dana and Aban serves to distinguish their characteristics and background while having tons of noir style.  Tonally, the book is a blast to read because it feels so carefully and deliberately constructed.  As a reader I appreciate the evidence of the creators’ investment; I can be taken along for the ride because I trust that I’ll end up somewhere that’s worth it.  This is my impression of “Burning Fields” a quarter of the way in.  I feel confident this will be a satisfying journey.

The scope has swelled beyond just the field and those around it quickly, as we are introduced to a cultish group whose involvement is uncertain.  I was confused by the conversation between Verge and their leader.  It was the same kind of setup that confused me in the first issue, because there is such a noticeable lack of exposition in their dialogue and we are being so deliberately thrown into the middle of something with not context that it feels like I missed something.  The other thing that slightly tripped me up was in a classic crime drama moment Dana is clued into a worker abandoning the job site and referred to someone else for more information, only to track down that person and immediately be referred to someone else for more information.  Had it happened one more time I may have tipped my hat to the satire, however out of place it would have been, but as it stands its right on the line between useless and laughable.

For both issues I’m really tempted to give “Burning Fields” a perfect score.  It is shaping up to be a really great story, with sophisticated writing, interesting and engaging artwork, and the kind of originality that makes you crave something you didn’t ever know you wanted.  But along the way I the book has some bumps.  My feeling is when it is all over we will look back at the complete package and see that all the pieces are there.  Issue to issue, however, there are things here and there that take me out of the experience.  The book is ambitious and, if nothing else, supporting it with our dollars means we’ll get more fresh ideas in comics.  I highly recommend it.

Eric Switzer  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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Riddle Teases Hidden Content on UK Home Video Release of The Babadook

Dread Central - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:47

While Scream Factory/IFC Midnight are teaming up for the Stateside home video release of The Babadook (review), Icon Film Distribution is handling that duty over in the UK; and today they’re teasing some tasty hidden morsels. Check out a fun little riddle, which hints at the additional content!

The Babadook UK Release Details:
Are you brave enough to let the breakout horror hit of 2014 through your door? Find out when The Babadook comes tap, tap, tapping onto UK Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms from February 16, 2015, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is the monster he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about – The Babadook – may be real after all…

Directed by visionary first-time director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook looks set to be the most terrifying release of 2015, as well as one of the most critically acclaimed. Discover if you can take it from February 16.

Special Features:

  • Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
  • There’s No Place Like Home: Creating the House
  • Illustrating Evil: Creating the Book
  • The Stunts
  • Alternate trailer
  • Original trailer
  • UK trailer

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International Sweet Home Poster Wields an Axe

Dread Central - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:37

Rafa Martinez makes his directorial debut with Sweet Home, centered on a hooded killer who slashes folks up with a big ass axe. If that sounds up your alley, and it should, then check out the brand spankin’ new international poster!

The film is set to open in Spain on May 8, 2015, courtesy of Filmax International. No word on a U.S. release at the present time.

Written by Martinez, Angel Agudo, and Teresa de Rosendo, Sweet Home stars Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and Bruno Sevilla.

Keep your eyes peeled for more soon!

A couple decide to spend a romantic evening on a floor of a semi-abandoned building. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building… and they have become the new target.

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[Comic Book Review] “Plunder” #1 – Is Damn Good Albeit Familiar Horror

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:33

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Plunder” #1 holds a lot of promise but this initial issue falls short. While you may not care for any of its characters the sense of mystery and dread however are palpable, giving it an eerie and unsettling feel. When the horror ramps up it’s a good read, damn good, but too much of it this issue contains exposition upon exposition of why the pirates we’re following are bad guys.

WRITTEN BY: Swifty Lang
ART BY: Skuds McKinkey
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 18, 2015

The book opens on them attacking another ship so they can steal from them, this alone shows that they’re bad. The problem isn’t that they’re all built up to be really bad, it’s that they are at the expense of the protagonist’s development. It just feels like a waste of space on the page for what are essentially cannon fodder for whatever horror they’re facing, space that the protagonist could be growing in.

Once everything’s set up our pirate party reach a ship that’s dead in the water. This is when the real fun begins and Plunder get’s increasingly more interesting with each passing page. As they descend deeper and deeper into the lifeless ship it becomes incredibly apparent something is not right here. An interesting dynamic early in their decent is how they mostly write off what they’re seeing as the work of another pirate group. It’s not all necessarily shocking to them, which is a cool perspective for a group to have in a horror story such as this.

When the monsters hiding below deck make their appearance they do not disappoint. Unsettling to the nines and creepy as hell, I can’t wait to see more. To see all the different forms they’ll take, there’s a lot of creative potential for monstrosities here.

Visually Plunder is a bit inconsistent at time but nothing earth shattering. The awesome moments definitely outshine the discrepancies overall. The major visual issue I had was that both of the pirates with glasses also both have yellow scarf’s and short sleeved grayish shirts. There’re a few pages where they’re in different parts of the ship and as it cuts between the two scenes I was initially confused as to how this guy was in two places at once. Also on only the first page our lead clearly has a striped shirt for two panels when for the rest of the book he’s wearing a solid white shirt. Those instances aside when it comes to gore and carnage Plunder looks rad.

A slow and clunky start gives way to an original and intriguing horror premise. Plunder is worth a look for any horror fan who’s tired of the same old routine.

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 @TorinsChambers



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Win a Zombieworld Survival Kit

Dread Central - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:30

The living dead will be clawing their way home as our fan-driven anthology with Ruthless Pictures, Zombieworld, releases on February 24th. Good thing we’re giving away these ten kits to help you survive the gory onslaught of lunacy!

Zombieworld was put together for one reason and one reason only… okay, two. First and foremost is to give indie filmmakers a spotlight to get their stuff seen on a worldwide scale, and thanks to RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment, that’s exactly what it’s going to do. The second reason… FUN!

Speaking of fun, the survival kit includes:

  • Belt bag to hold all items
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Flashlight keychain
  • Bloodbag water bottle
  • Poster
  • Emergency blanket

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

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on February 27th.

What we have here is a grab bag of zombie-themed mayhem that’s home to something for everyone. From the insanely absurd to the dead serious, Zombieworld proves it has guts to spare, and hopefully that means you’ll have a great time watching it. You just never know what you’re going to see next, and that’s that beauty of it!

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. Each director brings his or her take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”

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[Comic Book Review] “Ei8ht” #1 – A Visually Stunning Mystery

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:17

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. Visually stunning and mysterious, “EI8HT” #1 hooks its readers with a twisted and nonlinear narrative. With a clever premise, the story kickstarts at a fast pace and doesn’t slow down. The artwork and writing go hand-in-hand so well in the first installment of “EI8GHT,” you will surely become an instant fan.

WRITTEN BY:  Rafael Albuquerque & Mike Johnson

ART BY: Rafael Albuquerque

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: Feb 18th, 2015

In the snowy mountains, a young man has dropped all of a sudden from the sky. The man with no name has arrived in his spaceship for a specific mission. He is lost in the never-ending fields of snow, wondering which direction he is supposed to go. There are fragments of memories inside his mind telling him to do something. A killer has been sent from somewhere in the timeline, but he doesn’t know who his target is.

I really love how writer Mike Johnson played around with the nonlinear structure. Told from the point-of-view of the unreliable narrator, the mystery gains momentum, even while answering its own questions. When the narrator discovers his own real name, the story takes a dramatic left turn and surprises us with a another plot twist. We figure out what’s happening just when he is. I really like how the story makes readers question whether or not they should be rooting for the protagonist.

Artist Rafael Albuquerque captures a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of primary colors. Each color is supposed to have a deeper meaning as the protagonist meanders through his memories. The shades of blue and white enhance the coldness and isolation of the icy backdrop. In tight close-ups. Albuquerque depicts the protagonist’s struggle to understand his role and mission in his facial expressions. Albuquerque mixes elements from the past, present, and future, you keep guessing where in the timeline you’re supposed to be.

“EI8HT” #1 is an interesting sc-fi mystery/thriller with phenomenal artwork. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment.

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[TV] Marvel’s Agent Carter – ‘Snafu’ Review

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:11

“Snafu” has me ever more concerned for the future of Agent Carter. I’m here for female-fronted shows, especially when it relates to my first love (comics), and this is winding up to be too damn good to just fade into obscurity. How can next week be a finale?! We’re nowhere near resolution!

This episode wastes no time on the (albeit enjoyable) fluffy scenes of the past. Any character that we’re meant to care about has already been developed, and much of that work was accomplished in the previous two episodes, so the writers are not spending any of their valuable remaining time on anything more than pure, unadulterated, raw plot. An observant viewer, in fact, may have noticed that Dooley’s character is the only one who remains relatively undeveloped, and a paranoid viewer might even notice that when the action does halt, briefly, to develop his character, that development must be a harbinger of doom. It’s nearly eerie the way in which this episode seemed to answer my (the paranoid viewer’s) internal monologue; as soon as I realized that Dooley was unlikable and not sympathetic, with no attempts to humanize him, he becomes a multidimensional character. As soon as I became suspicious of his humanizing features, his fate became clear: Dooley must die.

Putting that aside for the moment, though, this episode showcases most of our favorite characters (where’s Angie?!) at the peak of their archetypal cores. Sousa is, once again, loyal and sympathetic but righteous.  Agent Chad Michael Murray is brusk, somewhat meatheaded, occasionally wrong-minded, but with an eye for the greater good, and wanting to believe that the people in whom he has placed his loyalty will not abuse that. Peggy is smarter than most of the people in the room, only slightly bitter that she’s been historically considered most valuable to the SSR as a bringer of coffees, and she’s ready to kick ass on the side of moral right no matter what authority figure is in the way. Jarvis is mostly along for the ride, trying to split his loyalties between actual righteousness and Howard Stark, and deeply conflicted by the ways in which those two never seem to meet in the middle. And best of all, Dottie’s lipstick is flawless (and is it the lipstick she stole from Agent Carter a couple episodes ago?), her damsel in distress act is on call at whim, and she’s now demonstrated her ability to literally defy gravity in the face of several flights of stairs in a SSR getaway op.

With complex and consistently developed characters like this, it hardly matters what’s happening in the plot– except when it does. In this episode. the Dr. Vladimir Mindbendoyevsky continues to wreak psychic havoc in the form of very mystical hypnosis business, The Gang explores the abandoned Stark inventions that have been mostly collecting dust in the lab (also, why is there practically security on the laboratory), Sousa stumble across Dr. McPervdentist’s body, Peggy has a hold-your-breath moment in which she first notices and then decodes Dr. Mindbendoyevsky’s morse code, Dooley dreams of a beautiful life with his family as the good Dr. Vlad straps him into an unstable Stark prototype, and the action moves at a mile a minute.

With episodes this engaging, it’s extremely troubling that there is no official word on the future of this series beyond next episode. A finale is all well and good, but if there’s no resolution, all the work this series has done to create multidimensional characters and an engaging story will have been completely wasted on a flash in the pan. Plus, I’m enjoying my own stupid nicknames for the characters, and it would be a shame to only have one more opportunity to use them.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com
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[Kickstart This] Score: A Film Music Documentary

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:00

To say that I’m a fan of film music is a bit of an understatement. I wouldn’t be surprised if 1/4 to 1/3 of my record collection is film scores. Hell, film music is what started me on my path of loving and studying music. I remember watching Legend and then sitting in front of a keyboard trying to figure out the melody from Tangerine Dream.

That’s why I’m here to inform all of you about Score: A Film Music Documentary, which will “…take viewers inside the world’s most-recognized music genre: the film score.

The documentary aims to interview such composers as Danny Elfman, Marco Beltrami, Hans Zimmer, Tyler Bates, Howard Shore, and many more, as well as a slew of journalists, agents, and other industry officials. You can help fund the documentary right here.

I’m a firm believer that the music in a film is an often underappreciated character, one that defines the mood of the film and is yet rarely recognized. This project aims to cast light on precisely those characters, the men behind the curtains.

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Which On-Screen Death Is Difficult For You to Watch?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 14:38

A few weeks ago, I asked all of you what your favorite deaths in horror movies were. Now I’m curious to know which death(s) are the most difficult for you to watch. I touched upon Lizzy Caplan’s death in Cloverfield in that post, noting how it was so disturbing to me that it made it difficult for me to watch the movie again. Last weekend I got to catch Marjane Satrapi’s new film The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick. I loved it, but there is a death in the movie that made me very uncomfortable and disturbed me in a way other deaths in horror films haven’t. If you’ve already seen the film, you probably know what I am talking about. Let’s discuss below!


The Voices tells the story of Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds), a psychotic man who talks to his cat, Mr. Whiskers and his dog, Bosco, and they talk back. Of course, they aren’t really talking to Jerry. He has stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication and his subconscious thoughts are being reflected through his pets. Mr. Whiskers tells Jerry to kill people and has very funny, foul-mouthed one-liners. Bosco reflects Jerry’s good side. After he accidentally kills Fiona (Gemma Arterton), a girl he has a crush on in his office, things start getting out of control.

***Again, DEATH SPOILERS Below***

Marketed as a horror comedy (which is very difficult to do), The Voices becomes much darker than I was initially expecting about 2/3 of the way into its run time, when Jerry accidentally murders Lisa (Anna Kendrick), another girl in his office whom he went on a date (and had sex) with the night before. The entire scene is very uncomfortable and disturbing to watch. Lisa, still incredibly happy after a successful first date with Jerry, decides to go to his house and surprise him with mini-cakes. Eventually she makes it inside his “apartment” (it’s actually a dilapidated building that Jerry imagines as a beautiful apartment) and sees Fiona’s decaying head sitting on the coffee table.  She (understandably) freaks out and hides out in Jerry’s bedroom. After trying to run out, Jerry grabs her and throws her on his bed, causing her to break her neck on his bed frame. The kicker is that she doesn’t die instantly. She lies on the the bed with tears streaming down the side of her face and keeps repeating “Jerry, I just want to go home” as he crawls in the bed and cuddles next to her. Her eyes slowly fill with blood as she stops breathing and dies.

I can handle a lot of carnage in horror films, but it’s not the carnage that makes it difficult for me to watch a character’s death (unless it involves pus). When a character is so sympathetic and so likable, it makes their death incredibly difficult for me to see (which makes the movie more horrifying, so I guess the movie did its job). The fact that Lisa was played by Anna Kendrick, an actress whom I admire a lot, certainly didn’t help matters. I was honestly kind of hoping that Kendrick’s character would turn out to be equally as insane as Reynolds’ so they could run off into the sunset together, but alas, she was doomed to become another head in his refrigerator.

So all of this being said, I just found Kendrick’s death to be incredibly emotional and difficult to watch. What made it so striking is that her death made me sad, which isn’t something I usually feel in horror films. There are a few other on-screen deaths that I find nearly as effective (the aforementioned Lizzy Caplan death in Cloverfield, Heather Matarazzo’s death in Hostel: Part II and Nora Arnezeder’s death in the Maniac remake immediately come to mind) if only because I felt such an intense emotional connection with Kendrick’s character.Do you agree with me? Or are there other deaths that are equally difficult for you to watch? It could be deaths that are too gory for you but I’m really interested in the deaths that connected with you on an emotional level. Let me know in the comments below!

The Voices is currently in limited theatrical release and available on select Video On Demand services.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Fans Only!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 13:24

If you take the best of viral fail videos and insert Jean-Claude Van Damme it thus becomes the greatest viral video ever, right? That math is sound to me…

Recently JCVD released a series of green screen shots for users to utilize.

Marca Blanca used said shots to create “Jean-Troll Van Damme”, a compilation of video fails in which JCVD brings the pain.

This is easily the best thing on the Internet right now. No question.

Categories: Horror News

New ‘Child’s Play’ Still In the Works!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 13:04

While remakes are a plenty, there’s one franchise that’s still wholly intact: Child’s Play.

Child’s Play creator Don Mancini took over the helm of the franchise with Seed of Chucky, the continuation of Bride of Chucky, and then, after Universal mulled a reboot for years, directed the sixth entry, Curse of Chucky.

Curse was everything Child’s Play fans could want, and even wrapped up the franchise with a shocking finale. Even with the geek-plosion, Mancini found a way to leave it open for yet another sequel, one that he’s been very open about (he even revealed one of his defunct plans that placed Chucky on a train).

And while things have been quiet on the Chuckster’s front, Mancini broke the silence this morning via Twitter where he told a fan that he’s still hard at work on the seventh Child’s Play. We can only hope that Tiffany returns as she was teased in the closing moments of Curse of Chucky, which was released through Universal Home Entertainment.

Fans of Child’s Play, what do you want out of the next sequel? It’s pretty remarkable that after all of these years Universal has kept Brad Dourif and Don Mancini involved, which is why Child’s Play may be my favorite horror franchise…

Welcome to Twitter @chuckylivesnet! I am currently working on the script for CHUCKY 7

— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) February 18, 2015

Categories: Horror News

Scarlett Johansson Will Take the ‘Psychopath Test’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:55

They say in order to make it to the top, you need to be a psychopath. This is explored in Jon Ronson’s book “The Psychopath Test”, which is being adapted for the screen by Kristin Gore for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

The Avengers and Lucy‘s Scarlett Johansson is attached to star with Jay Roach directing, says Deadline.

Ronson tackles how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group: remorseless, deadly psychopaths. They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath, devoid of empathy, manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The book explores their world and the madness industry.

Brian Grazer will produce along with Roach and his Everyman Pictures banner, and Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Erica Huggins and Jennifer Perini will be exec producers.

Categories: Horror News

Norman Has a Mommy Fetish In New “Bates Motel” Promo

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:34

While us viewers pine over the beautiful Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga), it’s disturbing to see Norman’s ancestral fantasies realizes on screen.

A&E recently set the premiere for the third season of “Bates Motel” for March 9, 2015, and now has released the most compelling promo yet.

While it’s already known that Norman’s descent into madness is well underway, nobody expected it to progress this quickly. The promo shows a ton of footage from Season 3 that teases just how dark it will go. Watch your skin crawl as Norman obsesses over “mother” in a series of truly disgusting shots.

“Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, and gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years.

Series stars Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman.

After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts. Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons Of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.

Categories: Horror News

‘Sweet Home’ Brings Down the Ax This May (Poster)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:19

Filmax (the [REC] franchise, Summer Camp) has released an international poster for Sweet Home, with Rafa Martinez at the helm. It will open in Spain on May 8, 2015.

Sweet Home is described as a realistic and claustrophobic film that keeps track of the scariest side.

Here’s a translation of the film’s plot: “The plot is situated in a daily environment: a couple decides to spend a romantic evening in a floor of a semi-abandoned building that slip because she works as a consultant for the council house and got the keys. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building…and they have become the new target.

Ingrid Garcia Jonsson (Beautiful Youth) stars with Bruno Sevilla (Mindscape).

Martinez co-wrote the screenplay with Teresa of Rosendo and Ángel Agudo.

The English-language Sweet Home is produced by Julio Fernandez.

Categories: Horror News

‘The Babadook’ UK Release Carries Hidden Features

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:07

The UK distribution of The Babadook (review, review #2) is going all out, having just released the ‘dook onto the London streets, and now teasing hidden content. The film is now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, and we’re told that there’s special features hiding within the disc. Below is a clue…

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is the monster he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about – The Babadook – may be real after all…

Directed by visionary first-time director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook looks set to be the most terrifying release of 2015, as well as one of the most critically acclaimed.

Categories: Horror News

My Enemies & I “Parables” Teaser (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:00

Today brings the 4th entry into our exclusive weekly series of teasing the upcoming My Enemies & I EP Sick World, which comes out March 10th! This is the penultimate teaser, with next week wrapping up this exclusive run!

For this week’s clip, we’re teasing the track “Parables”, which begins with a rather sinister vibe before entering an anthemic chorus, one that will no doubt get fans singing along!

My Enemies & I online:

Tour dates with Arcane Haven and Alaya
Feb 18th | Richmond, VA Canal Club
Feb 19th | Fayetteville, NC The Drunk Horse Pub
Feb 20th | Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Feb 21st | Evansville, IN The Hobo Jungle
Feb 22nd| Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

Categories: Horror News

Relapse Records Releases Massive 184-Track Free Compilation

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:30

Relapse Records is celebrating 25 years of bringing some of the best metal, sludge, hard rock, and more by offering a MASSIVE 184-track compilation that features songs from their entire roster over their career. Clocking in at right around 13 hours of music, this compilation is perfect for anyone seeking new music. You’ll get amazing retrosynth from Zombi, badass sludge metal via Mastodon, experimental noise courtesy of Merzbow (watch your headphone volume level when starting this one up), and a helluva lot more.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s set at a ‘Name Your Price’ model? This is a 100% no-brainer, so get your ass over to Bandcamp and snatch this one up. I also highly recommend picking up a shirt or beanie to show your support and make sure that Relapse is around for another 25 years and longer!

Stream the full collection of music below.

Relapse Records: 25 Years of Contamination by Various Artists

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