Sleepwave (Feat. Ex-Underoath Vocalist) Release “Through The Looking Glass” Video

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:00

Florida rockers Sleepwave, which features ex-Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, have released a music video for their single “Through The Looking Glass”. The track comes from the band’s upcoming debut album Broken Compass, which comes out September 16th via Epitaph Records (pre-order here). Check out the video below.

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Review: “Odyssey” Volume 1

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:44

“Odyssey” follows one soldier’s grand disillusionment with the American war machine.  It’s a story we’ve seen countless times before, a regular man turned super solider against his will, but small sadistic twists stand out amongst the heavy handed political message to create something more, albeit a little undercooked.

 

WRITTEN BY: Dave Elliot

ART BY: Garrie Gastonny & Toby Cypress

PUBLISHER: Titan Comics

PRICE: $19.99

RELEASE: August 6, 2014

There is something about this book that I find oddly alluring. It has a similar framework to Captain America but distinctly pursues an alternative route by channeling something more horrific for the origin of the super solider.

And sure – you’ve got a sequence where Blazing Glory rips out Hiter’s heart and makes a mural of his blood, but it’s too much. Don’t get me wrong, typically I’d be all for something like that, but in this story it feels incredibly tonally jarring.

See, “Odyessey” can’t make up it’s mind. It’s unsure of itself and finds a wavering protagonist in Blazing Glory. It’s a story we’ve seen a thousand times before, a super solider turned government tool. It’s got fantastic set pieces including a fantastic reveal that a mission to post 9-11 Iraq was actually to retrieve Dracula, but still it feels incredibly tonally jarring.

Even more still is the stellar work of artists Garrie Gastonny and Toby Cypress. I’m a huge fan of Cypress after his work on “The White Suits” but man oh man are his talents underused in his particular section of the book. He’s got a more surreal and animalistic style that was screaming for a showdown with Dracula. Instead he’s saddled with the most dialogue heavy part of the script, leaving his wild style at the most reserved I’ve ever seen it.

Garrie Gastonny has a beautifully detailed and clean approach that causes the rest of the book to shine. The panels are easily digestible and the character work is vivid and detailed. The above-mentioned scene with Hitler will haunt my mind for some time to come.

The final pages of this first volume come to define Blazing Glory in a brand new way that I found completely captivating but couldn’t help but feel a little shortchanged when it came right down to it, only because I wanted to know more about this huge change of status quo. I craved to know more about it, and just when everything was coming together the book ends.

It’s the tonal shifts that cause this book to falter. Dave Elliot can’t seem to make up his mind between the world of the supernatural and the political, and because of this the book feels lost somewhere in the middle. The supernatural elements complete shine and come to define the book against the whole cavalcade of stories like it, where the political elements feel far too undercooked and under researched to really make an impact.

So the whole experience is rather polarizing. If you’re a fan of either type of story you’ll probably leave a little disappointed, but if you’re looking for something truly unique that swings for the fences with ambition then this is the book for you. Yet, I caution that ultimately both stories fail to deliver on their premise. Proceed with caution.

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Wraps Production

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:40

Director Joss Whedon surprised fans today by tweeting out that production is officially wrapped on Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to Marvel’s smash hit that’s set for release on May 1, 2015.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains…

Word has it that the film adaptation differentiates (thankfully) from the comic, in which Ultron becomes self-aware and destroys the planet (sort of like The Terminator). I don’t like the post-apocalyptic scenario in the comics, and really hope the movie focuses more on Ultron’s rise in power. Post-apocalytic visuals in films don’t work for me – they were horrendous in the otherwise epic X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany star.

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— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 6, 2014

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Ben Meares, Mark Alan Miller, & Victor LaValle Open Up Lemarchand’s Box in “Hellraiser: Bestiary”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:36

“Hellraiser: Bestiary” is a twisted new anthology series set in the world of the Cenobites. It will capitalize on the immense pain the series is known for and allow a wide range of stories that will expand the world of films. BOOM! knows you’ll love it. I know I did, and luckily I was fortunate enough to sit down with Ben Meares, Mark Alan Miller, & Victor LaValle to talk about their stories in the first issue of this incredible collection.

Everything you need to know:

CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #1

Authors: Victor LaValle, Ben Meares, Mark Miller

Artists: Colin Lorimer, Carlos Magno, Conor Nolan

WHY WE LOVE IT: Over the past three years, Clive Barker has re-imagined the HELLRAISER mythos as only he could, building a long-form narrative that became one of the best-received horror comics in recent memory. Now, the Master of Horror takes us into his Bestiary for an anthology series—free of continuity, but full of shocking consequences.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: HELLRAISER: BESTIARY will pick up where classic horror comics anthologies like Tales From The Crypt, Vault of Horror, and the more recent Flinch left off. And not only will some of comics’ rising stars, such as Ed Brisson (Sheltered), and Michael Moreci (CURSE), get a chance to open the puzzle box in this series, but the first issue features the comics debut of award-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver, Big Machine).

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Step into the Bestiary for all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device and its guardians! This first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT) and Ben Meares (HELLRAISER ANNUAL 2013), and drawn by Carlos Magno (DEATHMATCH), where a group of mercenaries are hired to steal Pinhead’s pins. Also, superstar author Victor LaValle teams with artist Colin Lorimer (CURSE) to tell a story set on the outskirts of New York City, as a close-knit community is torn apart by the presence of the puzzle box.

The first issue is divided into three separate storylines: Symphony in Red, Desert Fathers, and The Hunted. We focus on each in a series of three small interviews.

Symphony in Red

Bloody-Disgusting: We don’t often see the cenobites in a moment of vulnerability, what made you want to tell this story?

Ben Meares: For exactly that reason. We rarely see Cenobites acting as anything except tools of torture. But it has been established, both in the films and the comics, that Cenobites are three-dimensional characters; flawed in the same ways as we all are. Exploring that was far too exciting a prospect to ignore.

Mark Miller: And also the fact that we’d just come off of some very intense and often complex narratives. Elliott Spencer/Pinhead had been through the shit. It made sense that he’d have some issues he’d need to work out once he got back into office.

BD: The cenobites don’t seek pleasure in the same way that we do. Symphony in Red is perhaps Pinhead’s greatest creation—what sort of mindset do you have to get in when thinking of new ways to enjoy pain?

BM: I really don’t consider Symphony in Red to be about pain, per se. There’s a lot of torture and blood in it, sure, but it’s about obsession and the potentially devastating effects that can come from pursuing one’s obsessions without regard for responsibilities or duties. As obsessives ourselves, Mark and I both thought it would be an interesting subject to explore. But, to answer the question about a ‘mindset’: I’m a lifelong horror fan. I’ve always got this stuff in my head. I don’t need to be in a certain mindset to come up with gross or scary scenarios. Mark?

MM: Yeah. I’m already there most of the time anyway. It doesn’t take much channeling for me to get to the bloody stuff.

BD: The pages have a whole collection of cenobites we’ve never seen before, laying worship to Pinhead. Why do they follow him, what makes him so special, and why was it so worrisome he’s consumed by his work?

MM: Easy. He’s Pinhead.

BM: Exactly. Pinhead is the Pope of Hell. After the events of The Dark Watch, where Leviathan’s realm was nearly torn asunder, Pinhead’s return to his throne is celebrated… Except he never addresses his own return. Think of it this way: What if the Pope returned to the Vatican after a year-long sabbatical only to avoid addressing his congregants? It would be no small thing.

MM: You better believe there’d be a mass of people, waiting in their own waste until he showed his face. They’d all assume he had something revelatory to say. Pinhead is having a revelations…but it’s a very personal affair.

BD: What goes into exploring small stories within the world of Hellraiser? Is there a constant theme? Or does anything go?

MM: Surprise us. Make us cringe in a good way. Hellraiser is a transgressive playground. We’re up for anything as long as it’s working out some demons, so to speak.

BM: The constant theme is the same theme as the films: lust, obsession and pain (or the obsession of lusting after pain, or the pain of obsessing over lust, etc). Other than that, the Hellraiser world is fit for nearly any genre of story. It’s one of the best aspects of Bestiary: almost any kind of story can work within the Hellraiser mythos.

BD: What’s the most challenging part in trying to create painful spectacles of torture?

BM: Figuring out a fear that is universal in most people, to me, is the most challenging thing. There are plenty of things that scare me that don’t scare other people. These are horror stories, after all, so the intent is always to incite a fearful reaction. The bottom line, though, is that it’s not particularly challenging for me to come up with a torture scene. It’s all fiction, after all, and it’s fun to make things up. Especially things that will make people cringe.

MM: I’m mostly concerned with how to top myself. But when I write myself into a corner, I usually find there’s something terrible waiting for me there. All I have to do is let it in.

Desert Fathers

BD: Where did the inspiration for the story come from?

Victor LaValle: I’ve always loved the Hellraiser universe, but had a particular curiosity about that special class of demon, the Eremite. While there’s obviously and rich and varied history of stories about the Cenobites there wasn’t too much about the Eremites so I thought it would be fun to tell a story about one of them. Since I’m originally from the part of Queens, New York that’s depicted in the story it was an easy choice to set it there. My little shot at immortalizing my neighborhood in the Hellraiser universe!

BD: How does it feel to have your first published comics story be one in the “Hellraiser” universe?

VLV: I read The Hellbound Heart at some point in high school. I’d already been a fan of Barker’s Books of Blood and The Damnation Game. He’s one of the writers who most made me want to start telling stories. The idea that you could flash ahead a couple decades and I’d be pitching a story to him, and getting his go ahead, well it’s one of the true honors of my writing life so far.

BD: How did you craft the look of the gigantic beast in the climax with Colin Lorimer?

VLV: I think all I wrote was something like “the Eremite appears in beast mode” and Colin turned it into the absolutely stunning creature that’s on the page. I’m proud as hell of my writing but I can’t take any credit for the beauty of the art. That belongs to him. I’m just happy I got him to illustrate my first comic story.

The Hunted

BD: What made you want to turn the tables against the cenobites?

BM: That was all Clive. He wanted to see the hunter become the hunted, and we were more than happy to oblige. A good role-reversal story is always so much fun. How could we resist?

MM: This is the question that comes up the most about Bestiary. And it’s a good one. We’ve never really seen Pinhead this vulnerable. It always seems like he’s one step ahead of the game. Clive thought (and we agreed) that it’d be kind of cool to see what happened if Pinhead found himself in a totally helpless situation. He’s a creation of pure will. What would that kind of entity do in such a situation. Fight tooth and nail, if you’ll pardon the pun, to get back what belongs to him.

BD: What was it like working with Carlos Magno?

MM: He just gets it. When we send the script over, we know we’re in good hands and it’s just a matter of having the patience to wait and see what he sends us. That’s the hard part!

BM: Carlos is a genius. He’s a visualist to the umpteenth degree, with a skill for visual storytelling that is, quite frankly, unmatched in the majority of the comics world. He’s remained faithful to our scripts throughout, while always going the extra mile to make sure that the visuals are far deeper and richer than we could ever describe in our scripts.

BD: Did Pinhead enjoy the pain they inflicted upon him?

BM: This is one of those ambiguous moments in the story that I personally would much rather remain ambiguous. I like the idea of leaving some of the conclusions to the reader.

MM: I will go one step further and add that Pinhead definitely finds something to enjoy here.

BD: How will Pinhead exact his glorious revenge?

BM: He defeats his enemies with the help of his lovable robot octopus pal named Slickity Splitz. Slickity, you see, had one of his mechanical tentacles stolen by the same poachers… I’m lying. That doesn’t happen. You’re just going to have to wait and see. Besides, who’s to say if Pinhead gets revenge at all? Who’s to say this isn’t the end of Pinhead as we know it?

MM: I reckon you’ll have to read it to find out.

 

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‘The Devil Carnival 2′ Is Filming With David Hasselhoff and More

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:31

If you follow the socials for director Darren Lynn Bousman and The Devil’s Carnival, it;s no secret that production is underway on the sequel, which will bring us performances by Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Jessica Lowndes, Marc Senter, Terrance Zdunich, Paul Sorvino, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Captain Maggot and J. Larose.

They’ve posted a ton of behind-the-scenes shots, one of which reveals that David Hasselhoff has a role. There’s ton of names yet to be announced, so watch this spot for the big reveals in the coming weeks.

The last Devil’s Carnival teased a trip to heaven.

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Uni’s Horror Nights Adds “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:15

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort breathe new life into history’s most notorious vampire, Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler and inspiration for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” in a terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood.”

Beginning, Friday, September 19, 2014, guests can feast on this immersive preview of Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure Dracula Untold. Starring Luke Evans, the origin story of the man who became Dracula arrives in theaters on October 17.

“Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as “Vlad the Impaler,” who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who chose to embrace unholy powers in order to defeat his enemies. “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will spiral guests through Dracula’s eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” Other announced “Halloween Horror Nights” experiences include, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Face Off: In the Flesh,” “The Purge: Anarchy” and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator.”

In addition to “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” other “Halloween Horror Night” attractions will include “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s hit TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV Series, “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise, “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s TV series, and “Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

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Warner Bros. Building ‘LEGO’ Franchise

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:08

When The Lego Movie hit theaters earlier this year, I was skeptical as all hell – until I saw it. Easily one of the best children films ever made, it also connected with adults, and planted plenty of pop culture references that will still be relevant years down the line. It was so good, in fact, that I welcome sequels. And sequels we shall get.

Warner Bros. is already planning Lego 2 for May 26, 2017, but is looking to add two more in the years following.

According to THR, they could be planning for a threequel for 2019, while a sequel to the Lego Ninjago spinoff could claim the 2018 date. (A first Ninjago film is already set for September 23, 2016.)

Dates to Pencil in: May 25, 2018, and May 24, 2019.

The Lego Movie grossed $468 million worldwide earlier this year. The film, which cost $60 million to produce, featured the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

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9 Minutes of ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ B-roll Footage!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:02

TWC-Dimension shared nearly 10 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes footage from Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.

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[TV] Six Travel to HBO’s “Westworld”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:57

“Boardwalk Empire‘s” Jeffrey Wright, pictured, “Lost‘s” Rodrigo Santoro and “Raising Hope‘s” Shannon Woodward have joined “Westworld,” HBO’s sci-fi drama pilot from exec producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, reports TVLine.

Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) have also been added to the ensemble.

Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, “ ‘Westworld revolves around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests.

As previously reported, Anthony Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s head honcho who has “unorthodox methods” of bringing his visions to life. Evan Rachel Wood co-stars as Dolores Abernathy, a sweet, Midwestern farm girl who is in for a very rude awakening.

Here’s a rundown of who the six new hires will play:

Wright | Bernard Lowe: The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work: creating artificial people.

Santoro | Harlan Bell: Terrifying and brutal, with a dark sense of humor, Harlan is Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.

Woodward | Elsie King: A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.

Berdal | Armistice: A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.

Sarafyan | Clementine Pennyfeather: One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.

Quarterman | Lee Sizemore: The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Character Posters

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:38

Lionsgate released several character posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as shown below.

In theaters November 21, 2014, the worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.

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Scientists Can Now Recover Audio From Silent Videos

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:30

Mind freakin’ blown.

Scientists at MIT have found a way to extract audio from silent videos, where the only information presented is the visual component.

Graduate student Abe Davis explains:

“When sound hits an object, it causes the object to vibrate. The motion of this vibration creates a very subtle visual signal that’s usually invisible to the naked eye. People didn’t realize that this information was there.

We’re recovering sounds from objects. That gives us a lot of information about the sound that’s going on around the object, but it also gives us a lot of information about the object itself, because different objects are going to respond to sound in different ways.

Sound moves at a wide range of frequencies, so the better the camera (meaning the higher speeds it can capture), the better the sound one can achieve from the vibrations. The scientists used cameras that can record up to 6,000 frames per second, which is about 100x more powerful than smartphone cameras but well below the commercial high speed cameras that are able to achieve 100,000 fps.

It’d be pretty amazing to see if they could take older silent films, such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, and recover the audio from those.

There’s an amazing video of the process below and you can get greater details about this research here.

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‘The Babadook’ Haunting Kids This November

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:24

IFC Midnight will releasee the acclaimed hit horror, The Babadook, here in the States on November 28.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review) and will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23 at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.

The French release is closer that anywhere else in the world, which is how we just now landed a new trailer, clip, interviews and featurette that takes you behind-the-scenes of this boogeyman tale.

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 Babadook’ is the creature 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 may be real.

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[Fantastia '14 Review] ‘Preservation’ Is a Primal, Satisfying Thriller

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:14

Christopher Denham won acclaim on the festival circuit back in 2008 with his found footage thriller Home Movie. For his sophomore effort, Denham takes on survival horror with Preservation, which feels a bit like You’re Next by way of The Strangers. But while You’re Next was overtly comic, Preservation‘s humor is much more uncomfortable and actually serves to raise tension, rather than release it. It’s final girl also lacks the survival skills of Sharni Vinson’s character and must fight tooth and claw, relying on primal instincts to get by as masked assailants play out their murderous blood sport.

For a horror film, Preservation also takes a unique approach to cellphones. Meaning, they work. Four bars and everything. Technology and its absence is a theme presented early on in the film, as recently returned veteran Sean Neary is repulsed by his brother Mike’s dependence on his cellphone. Mike’s wife Wit is also annoyed by her husband’s phone being attached to his face all to the time, to the point where it’s affecting their relationship.

Denham gives his character’s a lot of room in the beginning of the film to establish themselves and their relationships, which pays off nicely later on. They travel into the forest for a hunting/camping trip, though the thought of killing an animal turns vegan Wit’s stomach. Sean (The Wire‘s Pable Schreiber) is the consummate huntsman, whose PTSD is just beginning to show. Mike (Aaron Staton) has been neglecting his wife, allowing his business to consume his life. Wit (Wrenn Schmidt) is hoping the trip will rekindle their romance as she prepares to make a big announcement to Mike.

As if tension between them wasn’t already thick enough, they awake the following morning to find all of their belongings gone and Xs drawn on their foreheads. The Xs are such a creepy touch. What follows could easily be a run-of-the-mill stalk and slash thriller set in the woods. How many times have we seen that? Thankfully, Denham knows his horror films and defies the traditional beats of the genre that would typically follow such an introduction.

Besides its refreshing path of direction, Preservation also sports one of the most impressive and sympathetic final girls in a while. Wrenn Schmidt, probably best known as Julia Sagorsky on Boardwalk Empire, morphs her character from a big softie who can’t shoot a deer to a primal killer, drenched in dirt and blood but with wide eyes, like the remaining humanity inside her can’t believe the savagery she’s committing. Early on in the film she admits, “I’m not really the hunting type.” By the time the final shot rolls over our eyeballs, she’s a force of nature. And believe me, the final shot is amazing and grotesque  – it manages to create nervous laughs while making you do a small fist pump at its implications (think the iconic final shot of Death Wish).

The film isn’t without its faults. Early on there are some heavy-handed allusions to the myth of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, which foreshadows Wit’s baptism in blood. It’s appropriate in the hunting context that kicks off the film, but feels ham-fisted presented the way it is. More so because Denham is great at writing dialogue, so the piece about Artemis comes off as a shoddily inserted bit aimed at giving the story mythological implications. It’s unnecessary and doesn’t advance the film in any meaningful way. (Without spoiling anything) there’s a set piece during the final act that threatens to shatter the consistently dreadful tone of the film as well, but Denham quickly recovers for the climax.

Preservation is one of those films you go into expecting the expected. A stalk and slash film in the woods in which an innocent girls faces off against masked assailants – seen it before. But with Denham’s new film, he manages to appropriate tropes from the survival genre and deliver his own bloody beast. It’s a wholly satisfying  and chilling thriller that says something about society without shoving its message in our face. A violent and beautiful film, Preservation proves Denham is one to watch. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait another seven years for his next effort.

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‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’, ‘Game Of Thrones: Season 4′ OSTs Coming To Limited Vinyl

bloody disgusting - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:05

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has been receiving rave reviews since its release, with people stating that it’s not just a summer blockbuster but that it also contains an amazing story, a lot of emotion, and some great characters. Plus, it’s got a score from composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, Cloverfield), which never hurts!

Well, now that score is coming to 2xLP vinyl on September 1st, with 2,000 copies receiving a limited “silverback” variant.

Also coming to vinyl is the season 4 soundtrack to the hit HBO show Game Of Thrones, which is composed by Ramin Djawadi. That 2xLP vinyl will also have a limited variant in the form of “iron throne” silver/gray.

Both can be pre-ordered through New On Vinyl.

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Entombed A.D.’s “Pandemic Rage” Video Is Basically A Short Horror Film

bloody disgusting - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 20:18

Metal band Entombed A.D. have released an official music video for their track “Pandemic Rage” and it plays out like a scene from Wrong Turn or a far more violent Deliverance. The shoot follows a woman who is fleeing from a murderous redneck that loves wearing a burlap sack, a lá Jason Voorhees pre-Friday The 13th Part III. Check it out down yonder!

“Pandemic Rage” comes from the band’s new album Back To The Front, which can be ordered here.

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Indie Screenwriter Pitches Direction for Paramount's Upcoming Friday the 13th Project

Dread Central - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:08

We don't cover pitches on Dread Central, so I debated about this one. In the end, it got me thinking about all the different ways to approach the story of Jason Voorhees, though, and I wanted to share what one filmmaker would do with the opportunity to pen the next Friday the 13th.

This comes from Dale Zawada (A Big Love Story) , an an award-winning indie screenwriter and Chicago-based comedian who's thinking big about his next project.

That project? Paramount's upcoming Friday the 13th film, which is slated to open on March 13, 2015. A feat, considering the studio has had no luck locking down a script as of yet.

Dale Zawada recently produced a comedic horror film called Dirtbags and has put together a pitch for Paramount and production company Platinum Dunes for the 2015 film.

In what would be a re-imagining of the series, Jason Voorhees is the protagonist. A young kid suffering from psychological issues after witnessing the murder of his mother. A sort of "real world" take, if you will. In this pitch, Crystal Lake has been taken over by a corporation that has established a brand of summer camps all over the United States, and the narrative would alternate between the flashbacks of a very human Jason, and the modern day element, which would, presumably, offer fans a glimpse of the slasher they know and love.

This is definitely a different take. Is it too different? I'd love to hear what some of the fans have to say about a Friday the 13th like this. Is it time for something new? Check out Dale's pitch video and let us know in the comments section what direction you're hoping to see the franchise go in when it hits theaters next year.

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Piranha Sharks Unleashed Online This Friday

Dread Central - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:50

Yep. We have reached the point when mockbusters are mockbusting the original mockbusters. Are you ready for Piranha Sharks to get unleashed on the Internet? Wondering why they chose that title instead of Piranhado which is infinitely better? Read on for details.

The US release of Piranha Sharks will happen this Friday, 8/8 exclusively on Vimeo OnDemand. Jose Canseco, Kevin Sorbo, David Shuster and many other familiar faces star.

From the Press Release
Angry Armadillo Inc., an innovative, new distribution company announced today that they will release Leigh Scott's “Piranha Sharks” in the United States on August 8. The film will be available for rent or purchase through a strategic partnership with the video hosting company Vimeo. Audiences can also enjoy an extended, ten minute clip for free starting Wednesday August 6th.

Directed by Leigh Scott, who produced and/or directed fifteen films for The Asylum including “Transmorphers” in 2007, “Piranha Sharks” is a comedy that follows the disaster caused when a genetically engineered bio-weapon, mini-piranha/shark hybrids are sold as children’s toys in big- box retailers, and then unleashed upon Manhattan.

The oddball cast includes TV's Hercules Kevin Sorbo, ex-WWE wrestler Al Snow, former MLB player Jose Canseco, former MSNBC news anchor David Shuster, and reality TV star Gina Marie Zimmerman of the CBS show “Big Brother.” The film was written by Scott, with a score composed by Ramona Mallory, who also starred, co-edited, and produced the film. The film's hero creatures were created by Academy Award winner Barney Burman (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”).

“I helped start the Asylum”, remarked director Leigh Scott, “a lot of the ways in which they make films, in terms of production and development, are based on my ideas. I even presented the idea of giant shark movies long before they made 'Mega-Shark' or any of their other shark epics. And for all of that, let me sincerely apologize to the world. The goal of this launch, and our company Angry Armadillo is to prove the superiority of internet delivered content over traditional cable, as well as the triumph of talented people who care about their filmmaking over money grubbing hacks who prostitute their meager skills to make a quick buck. We want our films to contain jokes, not be jokes.”

Co-Producer and co-star Benjamin Kanes had this to say, “It’s simple really. This is about creating movies that are awesome. Movies that people want to see. Movies that don’t presuppose and rely upon the stupidity of their audiences. And then delivering them in the most inexpensive and convenient possible way.”

Producer Ramona Mallory was a bit more measured in her remarks. “The online revolution is happening, just not fast enough for our tastes. We think this distribution model not only represents the future, but the best way for producers to monetize their investment and continue to produce quality work. The Vimeo service is great, not just for producers, but for audiences. They can enjoy films on HD television sets, mobile devices or computers. It better fits the way people now watch movies and television shows”.

Independent film producer, promoter, and inspiration for the Jeff Bridges character in “The Big Lebowski”, Jeff Dowd, recently declared Angry Armadillo’s strategy and team to be “the future”, noting that they “are the revolution”.

The decision to launch both the film and the company to coincide with “Sharknado 2” is not accidental. The Asylum built their brand on “mockbusters” and piggybacking their productions onto the marketing budgets of studio films. “It’s time to mockbust the Mockbusters”, noted Scott, “you live by the sword, you die by the sword”. In addition to some rather familiar looking posters, Angry Armadillo will be releasing a series of promotional videos and trailers leading up to the release.

“Piranha Sharks” will be available for rental and purchase through the official website PiranhaSharks.com” as well as the Vimeo OnDemand website beginning August 8 and is available for pre-order now.




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Red Band Trailer For ‘Septic Man’ Gets Even More Stinky

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:48

Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man (read our review) this summer.

Here’s the newly minted red band trailer for the film available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and in limited theaters August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

“Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

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Lionsgate Dates ‘Blair Witch’ Director’s ‘Exists’!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:42

With Lionsgate doing min-theatrical runs like Magnolia (see Leprechaun: Origins this month), they’ve set their sights (or sites?) on Eduardo Sanchez’s Bigfoot movie.

Exists, a found-footage movie from the co-director of The Blair Witch Project and V/H/S/2, will arrive on various VOD platforms October 3, a few weeks before it hits limited theaters on October 24.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.

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Red Band Trailer for Septic Man Gets Filthy

Dread Central - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:37

Who's ready for some red band goodness? On tap right now we have a new trailer for Starz Digital Media's upcoming release of Septic Man (review). Check it out and don't forget to disinfect when you're done. You never know what you'll catch from where nowadays!

Septic Man Release Details
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).







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