[Album Review] Myrkur ‘Myrkur’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:38

I remember a few months ago when I was sent a press release describing a one-woman Danish metal band by the name of Myrkur. Now, even without my belief that women are underrepresented in metal, that alone would’ve been enough to pique my interest. But upon hearing the track, “Nattens Barn”, I was immediately hooked not by the personnel but by the music itself.

Much like Russian CirclesMemorial, there was a cold beauty about the song, calling to mind an endless horizon of glaciers, majestic yet dangerous.

And that was my mindset upon entering Myrkur, my opportunity to hear the full album in one journey.

Myrkur by Myrkur

The album opens innocently enough with “Ravnens Banner”, ethereal vocals that call to mind a choir in a medieval church, light streaming through stained glass windows. It all comes crashing down in a moment as the black metal aspect of the album takes over, drums punching through the mix of hazy, raspy distorted guitars. The track ends by combining the beauty and the rage that were previously separate.

“Frosne Vind”, the next track, sounds like it is a reimagining of “Greensleeves”, creating a lovely waltz that once again showcases the glorious vocal harmonies that this album thrives off of.

These two tracks embody the spirit of the album, some tracks focusing on metal while others focus on acoustic tones.

The atmosphere and images that kept coming to mind as I listened to Myrkur were those of foggy forests, ancient stone castles, winter nights where snowflakes swirled and danced in the moonlight.

While the album is beautiful and ofttimes wondrous, it feels like it never reaches its full potential. I can hear the hunger in this music but the bite wasn’t as fierce as I wanted. A little more risk, a little more daring, and the songs would’ve been stunners, aural journeys that took one’s breath away.

Additionally, a journey is meant to have valleys and peaks, each offering something memorable and unique that stands out as a cherished memory. While Myrkur tries to offer that kind of journey, it falters in creating those stand out moments, instead creating an album where it’s easy to recall certain parts of a song but mistake it for being in a different track.

The Final Word: Myrkur is an example of how metal, in its rawest, most passionate state, can often be unbelievably beautiful. Still, it is unpolished and the songs are difficult to discern one from another. And yet, even with the flaws I mentioned, I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the world of Myrkur.

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See a Trio of Clips from the Under the Dome Season Finale Episode 2.13 – Go Now

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:36

This coming Monday night is home to the Season 2 finale of “Under the Dome,” and if you’ve been sticking with it like we have (lord only knows why!), here are three sneak peeks of the upcoming Episode 2.13, “Go Now.”

“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2 guest stars include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Max Ehrich.

Related Story:  “Go Now” to See Some Stills and a Preview of the “Under the Dome” Season 2 Finale

“Under the Dome” Episode 2.13 – “Go Now” (airs 9/22/14; 10-11 PM)
A potential exit from the Dome is revealed just as the walls begin closing in on those trapped in Chester’s Mill.

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‘Amityville’ and ‘Demonic’ Just Got Delayed…

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:13

The Weinstein Company – or Dimension Films – or TWC-Dimention have just pulled the plug on two major horror releases that were slated for later this year, early next.

The James Wan-produced Demonic, starring Maria Bello, Scott Mechlowicz, Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Cody Horn, was to release in December of this year. It has been pulled from the schedule. In it, a police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts. Wan is the director behind The Conjuring, Saw and Insidious.

The more surprising pull is that of Amityville: The Awakening, the new official Amityville Horror sequel that was slated for January 2, 2015. The film, directed by Maniac‘s Franck Khalfoun, already had a trailer and started to gain heavy PR. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann and Jennifer Morrison.

Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

No word on if and when these dates will be rescheduled. This is a massive blow to the horror genre heading into the fourth quarter.

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ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:12

Starring A Lot of People

Directed by A Lot of People

The first ABCs of Death received the sort of reaction you’d expect from an anthology film comprised of 26 shorts from 26 different filmmakers: “meh.” Some were good (Marcel Sarmiento’s “D is for Dogfight”), and some were bad (Ti West’s lazy “M is for Miscarriage”) so to walk away with anything more than a tepid reaction would be asking for a lot.

In the case of the sequel, however, the credo “learn by doing” was taken to heart with the majority of the shorts proving to be a wicked good time and far surpassing their predecessors.

Above all else, the film as a whole stands out for its wickedly funny, yet haunting intro credits scene: The sounds of a child’s lullaby permeate as a children’s book’s pages turn, revealing the credits as animated children succumb to death in darkly humorous ways. If anything, it helps to tame the preconceived notions one might have about the anthology, suggesting that a bit more thought and care went into making the experience unique, rather than a carbon copy of the first.

It would be a fool’s errand to discuss each and every film, especially in light of the fact that half the fun is discovering that gem in the rough. As such, if half your fun with the first film was derived from guessing the names of the shorts, then beware as spoilers abound in the following paragraphs.

The good far outweighs the bad in ABCs of Death 2. Right off the bat expectation are sent to insane levels with the humorous “A is for Amateur,” directed by Cheap Thrills helmer E. L. Katz and featuring an assassin doing what he does worst. Letter placement aside, it served as a good intro, if only for its clever naming convention. The best shorts typically use an idea or theme as a means of death, rather than an explicit item (either as a tool or as a factor). For example, Alejandro Brugues’ hilarious “E is for Equilibrium” follows a duo of marooned men on an island whose, well, equilibrium is interrupted by the arrival a young woman. They keep you guessing, adding another level of enjoyment to the anthology as a whole.

Conversely, others, such as Julian Barratt’s “B is for Badgers,” which aims for a send-up of David Attenborough’s nature shows, and Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s “X is for Xylophone,” which features Inside‘s Beatrice Dalle, are pretty obvious in their naming convention. From moment one you know exactly what the title is going to be, even if you hope for a bit of cleverness. Thankfully, more often than not the finished product is good enough to allow for this dismissal of naming creativity.

Other standouts among the pack include Larry Fessenden’s “N is for Nexus,” which sees a calamity befall a group of people at an intersection; Robert Morgan’s twisted claymation “D is for Deloused,” which is just… just gross and weird and filled with all sorts of nightmare-inducing madness; and Rodney Ascher’s deviously clever and funny “Q is for Questionnaire.”

The whole shebang is rounded out with Chris Nash’s twisted “Z is for Zygote,” which is sure to give future mothers horrible, horrible nightmares for years to come.

Conversely, there were plenty that elicited little more than a tired shrug, while one, Jen and Sylvia Soska’s “T is for Torture Porn,” just felt lazy and horribly pandering. Others, such as George Plympton’s “H is for Head Games” and Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s “L is for Legacy,” simply didn’t live up to the standard set by their superior brethren.

But such is the beauty of this anthology. While each short has its merits, they will invariably elicit a wide range of responses, and unlike the first film, the good far outweighs the bad. If you can’t catch it in the theater, watch it with a six-pack and a handful of good friends who relish in the absurd.

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Closer to God (2014)

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:54

Starring Jeremy Childs, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, Shelean Newman

Directed by Billy Senese

Human cloning is a divisive subject, and while many films tend to err on the side of science fiction or an already established world where cloning is an accepted reality, it’s rare to come across a film that deals with the ramifications of such groundbreaking science in as real and terrifying a way as Billy Senese’s debut feature, Closer to God.

The film’s protagonist is Victor Reed (Childs), a genetic scientist who holds the distinction of being the first doctor to successfully clone a human being. Using his DNA mixed with another’s, the baby is named Elizabeth and, save for a transponder seemingly inserted directly into her brain, appears to be the picture of health. Almost immediately the ramifications of such a scientific breakthrough begin to weigh heavy on Victor, but the real trouble lies in a dark secret he keeps from his wife, Claire (Hoppe), known only to him and a pair of caretakers named Richard (Alford) and Mary (Newman) living in a guest home on his property.

The problems associated with cloning a human being come to light almost immediately. Obsessed with his groundbreaking work, Reed’s home life begins to suffer as it becomes apparent that he is neglecting not only his wife and two daughters in favor of baby Elizabeth, but also his “son,” Ethan (Isaac Disney), a heretofore unseen child that is the source of major consternation for Richard and Mary. Furthermore, a crowd of protesters begin to gather around his house, shouting religious mantras that decry Reed’s work and make the claim that Elizabeth doesn’t have a soul.

While the stress of keeping Elizabeth out of the public eye begins to build, his secret past is slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks, allowing him to subtly build up the more horrific and Frankensteinian elements without overpowering the film’s strongest points in any significant manner. This “B” story is inextricably linked to the tension that pervades the “A” story, and while sporadic moments toward the end find the film devolving into cliched monster territory, Senese never strays from the real life implications of cloning. He manages to blend the two seemingly conflicting tones in a way that suggests an incredibly assured man behind the camera.

Thus is the beauty of Closer to God. Even when taking detours to focus on the more horror elements, Victor Reed’s reality remains front and center, with Senese placing the focus entirely on his struggle to maintain order amidst the chaos he unwittingly caused. Supported by a stellar performance from Jeremy Childs, his stoic personality and gaunt appearance supports the image of a man whose goal in being at the forefront of one of the most life-changing discoveries in human history has become more important than considering the consequences of it.

There is this beautiful sense of objectivity in Closer to God that makes it stand out as something special.

Dealing with the moral, ethical, legal, and, most importantly, religious ramifications of human cloning, this stellar low-budget thriller doesn’t seek to pick a side but rather explores both as playing an almost equal part in the aftermath of a lone doctor putting ambition before everything else. The consequences of successful human cloning are unknown, but Senese has crafted a unique and fascinating twist on the Frankenstein tale that brings them to light in an incredibly real and poignant way.

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Step Right Up for Another American Horror Story: Freak Show Teaser and UK Promo

Dread Central - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:36

Yep, another day, another “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser… but this time it has some company in the form of a promo that’s airing on Fox UK and combines a little bit of each of the videos we’ve seen so far.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.

It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Related Story: Enter the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Costume Contest

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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‘Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead’ Clip Builds a Zombie Army! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:01

I strongly disliked Tommy Wirkola’s zombie homage Dead Snow when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival all those years ago. I was even shocked that a sequel was to go into production, especially considering Wirkola had reached Hollywood rock stardom with his Hansel and Gretel. Yet, here we are, with Well Go USA Entertainment releasing Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (read Ryan Daley’s review) on VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 10, 2014.

The trailers have been incredible (see below), and I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. I was able to catch an early press screening of the film, and am beyond excited to report that Dead Snow 2 is fantastic. It’s wickedly entertaining, super funny, and jam-packed with gore. I can’t recommend it enough, which is why I’m pumped to share this exclusive clip that gives just a small taste of the film’s tone: it’s serious, big, and funny. But this is nothing, I swear, check it out on October 10…

Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battallion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.

The film is a sequel to Tommy Wirkola’s Sundance hit Dead Snow, which got him the Hollywood gig Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters.

Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer star.

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[TV] More Freakish “Freak Show” Imagery In New Teaser

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:50

The latest “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser swings with frights! FX is set to debut the fourth season on October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.

It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.

A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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[TV] New “The Walking Dead” Trailer: Hunt or Be Hunted

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:41

AMC a new trailer for the fifth season of “The Walking Dead”, which premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Season Four of “The Walking Dead” ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…Who do they become?

It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

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5 Fav Graphic Novel Adaptations of ‘The Scribbler’ Creator Dan Schaffer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:01

XLrator Media has released today – in limited theaters, VOD and iTunes – the highly anticipated The Scribbler, an adaptation of the 2006 popular graphic novel by Daniel Schaffer.

Schaffer, who also penned the screenplay, caught up with Bloody Disgusting to discuss his favorite graphic novel adaptations, which include The Crow to Ghost World.

“The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?

Dan Schaffer’s 5 Favorite Graphic Novel Adaptations:

1. GHOST WORLD. This is my favourite adaptation of any graphic novel because it captures perfectly the melancholic vibe that runs through the blue toned art and deceptively simple panel spacing of Dan Clowes’ book. The characters move through a desolate, directionless limbo between their pasts and their futures and this is expertly translated to the screen by way of a brilliant soundtrack and lead actors who perform with a kind of permanent thousand-yard-stare, like they want to look to the future but can’t see past the moment. I don’t know if it was a wonderful accident or all by design but, either way, it’s a great adaptation.

2. THE CROW. The film’s still great even though it’s looking a bit dated now. O’Barr’s book has a purity that you don’t find in any mainstream comic and, in a rare case of Hollywood integrity, the filmmakers seemed to respect that. Here’s a guy with a pen exorcising his demons, coming to terms with loss, and somehow producing this wonderful story. The film could have ignored all that but, for the most part, it preserved the book’s soul and, through Brandon Lee’s perfectly tuned performance, ended up being much more than the sum of its parts, just like the comic.

3. OLD BOY. If Park Chan-wook is filming your graphic novel adaptation then you’ve struck gold! He’s one of the cleverest filmmakers on the planet and OLD BOY in particular is not only a remarkable film for any genre, it’s also a lesson in complex, intelligent and committed filmmaking that all directors could learn from.

4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Cronenberg changed a handful of details from the John Wagner/Vince Locke graphic novel in his adaptation but he’s always been pretty respectful of his source material – COSMOPOLIS is virtually word for word from Delillo’s novel and NAKED LUNCH is, well, that was unfilmable but he still managed to do something remarkable by getting inside Burroughs’ head. Cronenberg’s a smart guy so if he’s got his fingers all over your work you know that you’re in safe hands and the result going to be something intelligent and not a dumb mess of movie clichés.

5. DREDD. I grew up reading 2000AD, it’s why I got into comics. This film is on the list even though I hated it the first time I saw it. I thought it was a by-the-numbers, two dimensional, video game movie with no soul. But it got stuck in my head so I watched it again to find out why and ended up pulling a complete U-turn. Second time around I thought it was a genius piece of slick, simple, linear storytelling. And I’ve watched it a couple more times since then so figure that out. The two leads were perfect and Lena Headey always rocks. Somebody make a sequel.

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Uni Secretly Developing Out New Monster Franchise

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:16

While Universal Pictures secretly develops out their new Universal Monsters franchise, some news sneakily appeared in an article over at Deadline.

Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of “Fargo,” is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.

No word on which monster will be revitalized on screen, although Uni is working hard on their reboot of The Mummy.

I want to see Van Helsing built up as an awesome character – and to have it all come together in one final Avengers-style epic.

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Zombaby Attacks “Z Nation”! (Exclusive Clip)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:10

We have an exclusive new clip from the widely successful “Z Nation,” airing again tonight on Syfy. In it, you’ll see a zombie baby that gets his fill of gore. This series seriously looks awesome!

Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russel Hodgkingson and Keith Allan star.

‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

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Amon Amarth “Deceiver Of The Gods” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Swedish metal band Amon Amarth to bring you the exclusive N. American premiere of the “Deceiver Of The Gods” video! The video features clips from the upcoming film, Northmen – A Viking Saga, which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features Johan Hegg as Valli. The film is set to be released this Autumn. More information can be found here.

Northmen – A Viking Saga‘s synopsis:

In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his “wolfpack” – a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery – on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…

The video’s track comes from the band’s latest album Deceiver Of The Gods, which came out June 2013 and has generated critical acclaim. You can purchase Deceiver Of The Gods physically via Metal Blade or digitally via iTunes.

Amon Amarth online:
Official Website
Deceiver Sub Site

Tour dates w/Sabaton, Skeletonwitch:
09/25 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
09/27 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
09/29 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
09/30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/01 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/03 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
10/04 Calgary, AB Flames Central
10/05 Saskatoon, SK Louis’ Pub
10/06 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick
10/07 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
10/10 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/11 Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/12 Quebec City, QC Imperial
10/14 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
10/15 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
10/17 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
10/18 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/21 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
10/22 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater
10/24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/25 Jacksonville, FL Freebird
10/26 Birmingham, AL Iron City
10/27 New Orleans, LA The Civic
10/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
10/31 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
11/01 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
11/02 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
11/04 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Street
11/05 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
11/07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
11/09 Tucson, AZ Club XS
End Tour
11/16 Tokyo, JP Knotfest 2014

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Relativity to Open ‘The Disappointments’ Room Next Year

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:23

Deadline reports that Relativity Studios is set for a busy couple of weeks about a year from now as the company today slated its Kate Beckinsale thriller The Disappointments Room for September 25, 2015, and Halle Berry pic Kidnap for two weeks later.

Director D.J. Caruso’s Disappointments Room — about a couple who move into a new house with their young son only to discover a secret room within the attic where terrible horrors are unlocked — will go up against an untitled Blumhouse horror pic from Universal, along with Sony’s toon sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros’ comedy The Intern.

Kidnap, which centers on a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her abducted son, opens October 5, 2015, against Disney’s animated redo of The Jungle Book.

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George A. Romero’s ‘Monkey Shines’ and ‘The Dark Half’ Get Blu Treatment!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:19

This fall, Scream Factory will release The Dark Half and Monkey Shines, two horror favorites from acclaimed director George A. Romero.

Making their Blu-ray debuts on November 18th, 2014, each release also boasts brand new bonus features including all new audio commentaries with George A. Romero, new retrospective featurettes with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes and much more! In addition, fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped three weeks early!

Monkey Shines: Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) is a bitter, angry and vengeful man ever since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He’s fed up with himself and everyone around him. All that changes when he’s given Ella, a monkey trained to meet his every need. But when Ella begins anticipating Allan’s thoughts, strange and deadly things start happening. And as she stalks and wreaks havoc on Allan’s fair-weather girlfriend (Janine Turner), incompetent doctor and meddling mother, Allan realizes he must stop the cunning maniacal creature…before she fully takes over his mind!

Monkey Shines stars Jason Beghe (Chicago Hope), Janine Turner (Northern Exposure), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Kate McNeil (The House on Sorority Row).

Monkey Shines extras will include:

NEW Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero
NEW An Experiment In Fear – The Making of Monkey Shines – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director George A. Romero, actors Jason Beghe, John Pankow and Kate McNeil, Executive Producer Peter Grunwald, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini, Special Make-Up Effects Assistants Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell and Editor Pasquale Buba (49 minutes)
Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes
Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Vintage Making of Monkey Shines plus additional interview clips
Theatrical Trailers & TV Spot
Still Gallery

The Dark Half: Based on the best-selling book by Stephen King, The Dark Half tells the story of horror writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton), who hopes to distance himself from his murder novels and from George Stark, the name he has used to anonymously author them. To achieve this, he cooks up a murder of his own: a publicity stunt that should lay Stark to rest forever. But when the people around him are found gruesomely slain – and his own fingerprints dot the crime scenes – Beaumont is dumbfounded until he learns that Stark has taken on life of his own…and begun a gruesome quest for vengeance!

The Dark Half stars Timothy Hutton (Leverage, Ordinary People), Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Julie Harris (The Haunting).

The Dark Half extras will include:

NEW Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero
NEW The Sparrows Are Flying Again!: The Making of The Dark Half – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director George A. Romero, Producer Declan Baldwin, Actors Michael Rooker, Robert Joy, Rutanya Alda and John Amplas, Composer Christopher Young, Special Make-Up Effects Creators John Vulich and Everett Burrell, Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Kutchaver, Second Unit Director Tom Dubensky and Editor Pasquale Buba (36 Minutes)
Deleted Scenes
Animated Storyboards for the original ending
Behind-the-Scenes Footage – Special Effects and On the Set
Vintage Making of The Dark Half plus additional interview clips
Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
Still Gallery

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Sony Wins ‘In The Deep’ Bidding War; Described as ‘Jaws’ Meets ’127 Hours’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:31

Shark movies continually fail all while Shark Week is the biggest thing on TV. With that, studios will continue to attempt their own Jaws in hopes of breaking through to audiences. First way to achieve this is to focus on a good story and characters – and much like Halloween is the end all of Halloween-themed movies, I’m not quite sure there’s a better shark story than Jaws.

Still, a bidding war just ended on a new Shark-based thriller when Sony Pictures paid high-six figures for In The Deep, a spec script by Tony Jaswinski (Kristy, Vanishing on 7th Street) that had created feeding frenzy all day.

Deadline reports that, tonally, the spec is described as a cross between 127 Hours meets Jaws, with a touch of Gravity thrown in for good measure. “A young woman who is dealing with the recent death of her mother is surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded 20 yards off shore on a buoy. What lies between her and the shore is a huge great white shark.

It’s said to be an emotional piece for a young twentysomething star. Whomever lands the role will probably end up talking to a volleyball with a face drawn on it.

The film will be produced by former Warner Bros executive Lynn Harris; it is the first project she has put together with Matti Leshem in the new producing shingle Weimaraner Republic Pictures.

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How Much Do You Love ‘Annabelle’?

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:16

A second TV Spot for New Line Cinema’s Annabelle has arrived, and talk a bit about demons latching themselves onto objects.

Their quasi The Conjuring prequel haunting theaters October 23.

Annabelle reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring. James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing Annabelle with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, is directing.

John Form thinks he’s found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.

Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) star as the Forms. Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Twelve Years a Slave) stars as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,) as Detective Clarkin.

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Invada Records Releasing Four ‘Hannibal’ OSTs On 2xLP Vinyl (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:00

Invada Records have announced that they will be releasing all four volumes of the Hannibal OST on four 2xLP packages, Bloody-Disgusting can exclusively report.

The music is put together in a rather fascinating fashion:

All of the music featured on the Hannibal LP’s hail from the first and second season of the series and have been sequenced in the chronological order they appears on the show itself, allowing for an essential listening experience as dictated by the music’s creator.

The music, which is composed by Brian Reitzell, has received critical acclaim, with many, including myself, who believe that the music is one of the most critical aspects in creating the atmosphere of the show.

The vinyl details read:

Invada will be issuing HANNIBAL across four double-LPs available individually or as a package. The music will be available on collectors ‘coloured’ vinyl and black audiophile vinyl. Each double LP will be housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and Director David Slade has provided rare photography from his personal collection for the artwork. Each LP will come with a download card

Reitzell is known for his work with director Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation) as well as the recent score to the hit video game Watch Dogs, which Invada released.

Below are samples from each volume of the Hannibal OST as well as two gorgeous images of the album artwork.

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‘Godzilla’ Sequel Has Same Writer As First

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 22:47

I get tons of hate mail and hate-tweets because of my negativity towards Godzilla. And it’s going to continue right now, but with a little positive approach.

Max Borenstein wrote this summer’s remake, and will be reteaming with director Gareth Edwards on the sequel that’s pegged for a June 8, 2018 release.

While I have my qualms about Godzilla, I’d like to offer one plea to Borenstein: I’m on my hands and knees begging for Godzilla to actually interact with the human characters. That’s it; I don’t think that’s too much to ask, is it? I feel like offering some advice is a way of expressing what I didn’t like about the first, while also suggesting how to make it better. I’m looking forward to the sequel because there’s a lot to learn from the first, and by then Edwards is going to be an expert.

Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Kong’s forthcoming origin, Skull Island. The latter was teased at Comic-Con and just got Tom Hiddleston starring and Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing. Borenstein also scripted the upcoming Seventh Son for Legendary.

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Mrs. Voorhees Gets Her Own Printable 8-Bit NES Mask

Dread Central - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:51

Last week we shared with you a fan-made 8-bit Jason Voorhees mask that you could print out right in the comfort of your own home, which was a truly awesome gift for those with nostalgic feelings of lovin’ towards the Friday the 13th Nintendo game. But what about the franchise’s original killer? Doesn’t she deserve the same treatment? Today, she gets it!

What many don’t remember about that oddball game is that Mrs. Voorhees was also in it, depicted as a floating 8-bit severed head. Pamela was a mini-boss that you had to beat off before getting to her vengeful son, and defeating her won you special weapons to better arm yourself for that big boss battle.

Courtesy of Jack’s Attic, the same website that brought us that aforementioned NES Jason mask, comes a FREE printable Mrs. Voorhees mask, based on her appearance in the infamous game. With frazzled 8-bit hair and a purple face of doom, Mrs. Voorhees has never looked more terrifying, and we can’t think of a more unique Halloween costume than this one.

Check out both masks below and remember – all you need is a printer and a piece of string!

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