Behold a New Tale of Teeth & Blood

Dread Central - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:53

Another toothy tale is headed our way from directors Al Franklin and Pamela J. Richardson as Teeth & Blood is getting set to hit DVD on March 10, 2015, via RLJE/Image Entertainment.

Danielle Vega, Glenn Plummer, King Kedar, Michelle Van Der Water, and Sean Christopher star.

Synopsis:
A beautiful diva is murdered on the set of horror director Vincent Augustine’s latest film, Chapel Blood. Somewhere between the crime scene and the coroner’s van, the body mysteriously disappears. Meanwhile, the city’s supply of donated blood is being dangerously depleted.

Suspecting a connection between the events, detectives Mike Hung and Sasha Colfax go undercover at the studio to investigate. Their attempt to crack the case quickly turns into a desperate battle for survival when they uncover an age-old war between rival vampire covens that threatens to consume humanity in a final, grisly assault of Teeth & Blood!


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Get Arrested by WolfCop

Dread Central - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:48

Lowell Dean’s insanely fun WolfCop (review) has still yet to make its way Stateside. That all changes on March 10th, however, when a big ol’ howl will be heard in your DVD and Blu-ray collection thanks to RLJE/Image Entertainment!

Written and directed by Lowell Dean, the film stars Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Aidan Devine, Jesse Moss, Sarah Lind, Jonathan Cherry, and Corrine Conley.

Synopsis:
Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses, and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop… he’s a WOLFCOP.



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Digging Up the Marrow Comes Home in March

Dread Central - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:42

Wondering when you’ll be able to own the new film from Adam Green, Digging Up the Marrow (review)? Well, we have your answer right here! It will be hitting stores online and off on March 24th via RLJE/Image Entertainment!

Don’t wanna wait? We don’t blame you! Read on for the remaining dates for the film’s tour plans!

The “TOURING THROUGH THE MARROW” 2015 tour dates are in! Join writer/director/star Adam Green and artist/executive producer Alex Pardee for a one-of-a-kind special event as they bring DIGGING UP THE MARROW, an audience Q&A, an art exhibit of Alex Pardee’s original artwork that inspired the film, one of their favorite monsters from the film, and exclusive tour merchandise to the following cities:

Thursday, February 12th: San Francisco, CA (Landmark Shattuck)

Monday, February 16th: Boston, MA (Landmark Kendall Square) – Presented by Rock N Shock

Tuesday, February 17th: New York, NY (Landmark Sunshine)

Wednesday, February 18th: Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar) – Presented by Ain’t It Cool News

Thursday, February 19th: Los Angeles, CA (Landmark Regent)

DIGGING UP THE MARROW opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle North Hollywood Cinema on Friday, February 20th, where it will run nightly for the next two weeks. It also hits Video On Demand everywhere that same day (including outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, Sony Playstation, VUDU, GooglePlay, and more).

Tickets for the tour will go on sale soon through each cinema directly. Information about VIP ticket options and the awesome merchandise secured by having a VIP ticket will be coming very soon.

And don’t fear… not only will the film theatrically expand to more cities during the week of March 12th (cities TBA), but more special engagement screenings and appearances will be announced soon! If you live in the USA, there is absolutely a way to see this film in February whether it be on the tour, a special engagement, the theatrical release, or on VOD. And then…

The DVD and Blu-ray (packed with special features) releases on March 24th, and you can support the artists directly by pre-ordering your very own copy autographed by Adam Green right here. Want to know even more about this special tour? Listen to the Movie Crypt podcast where Adam Green spills the details right here.

The monsters are coming! See you soon, America!

Starring, written by, and directed by Adam Green and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee, the film stars Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.

When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.

“DIGGING UP THE MARROW is the result of an incredibly rewarding four-year creative collaboration,” said Green. “It’s a very unique film that doesn’t neatly fit into any specific sub-genre that has come before it. We’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that MARROW has received at early screenings.”

The monsters in the film are vividly brought to life by visionary American artist and trans-media-artistry pioneer Alex Pardee. Under Green’s ArieScope Pictures, the film was produced by Cory Neal and was financed by Neal and Andrew Mysko’s Hacienda Film Co.



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Poltergeist Will Help You Find Out Who Died in YOUR House

Dread Central - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:25

Ever find yourself sitting in your home and thinking, “Man, I wonder if this place has any history… Has anyone died here? Was it violently? Can something… anything still be here?” I know we havem but we’re not wondering any longer.

From the Press Release:
POLTERGEIST the movie, from FOX 2000 PICTURES and METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES, is in partnership with DiedInHouse.com to uncover the secrets buried in homes across the US.

Diedinhouse.com is a first of its kind, web-based service that helps you find out if anyone has died at any valid US address. Died In House™ instantly searches millions of records to determine if a death has occurred at that location.

At the end of the Poltergeist trailer (debuting tomorrow, February 5th, at 9:00 am PT), fans will receive an exclusive promo code. Those who visit DiedinHouse.com will, for a limited time, be able to enter the promo code POLTERGEIST to learn the truth about their home. This promotion will be sponsored by Poltergeist the movie, only in theaters July 24, 2015.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering… No one died here at Dread Central HQ.

In the film, which is to be released in 3D, Jared Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, and Jane Adams also star. Gil Keenan directs. Look for the film to be haunting theatres on July 24, 2015.

Dig on the eye candy below courtesy of USA Today.

Synopsis:
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

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Criminals Get Lost In Survival Horror ‘Carnage Park’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:15

Ritual and Pod director Mickey Keating is taking on survival horror with Carnage Park, which is based on a shocking true story.

After a bank heist goes awry, two criminals and their hostage flee deep into the wilderness only to find themselves in Carnage Park, a remote stretch of desert used by an unhinged ex-military sniper to recreate his own twisted war games.

“The film will be a nod to the mean and dirty crime films of the 1970s, and the intense, unflinching energy of the fight for survival films by directors like Boorman and Peckinpah,” said Keating. “It’s a harrowing story, set almost entirely during the day, against a blinding backdrop of the California desert.”

Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian’s Diablo Entertainment is producing and financing.

Production is slated to begin this spring.

Here’s some really cool EFM art.

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New Fear Clinic Clip Breathes Deep

Dread Central - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:13

On tap right now we have another clip from Rob Hall’s feature-length version of his web series Fear Clinic. Check it out, and start counting the days to recovery.

Fear Clinic Release Details:
After terrifying audiences from coast to coast – Closing Night Event at Screamfest 2014 Los Angeles and Opening Night Screening at 2014 New York City Horror Film Festival – Fear Clinic, the latest excursion into unrelenting terror, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 10, 2015, by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The highly anticipated shocker stars horror icon Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, and Thomas Dekker as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut. It is directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II).

Related Story: Exclusive: FX Legend Steve Johnson Talks Fear Clinic – Part 1

With blood-chilling special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, Fear Clinic will take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $22.98 for the DVD.

Synopsis:
Co-written by Hall and Aaron Drane, the film is based on the critically acclaimed and fan favorite 2009 FEARnet.com series. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…


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Find Out If Someone Died In Your House…

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:12

Talk about a morbid promotion.

Have you ever wondered if someone died in your home? I actually never thought about it, but now I know, nobody has. But what about you?

DiedInHouse.com will uncover the secrets buried in homes across the US.

At the end of the Poltergeist trailer (debuting tomorrow, February 5th at 9:00amPST) fans will receive an exclusive promo code. Those who visit DiedinHouse.com will for a limited time, enter the promo code POLTERGEIST to learn the truth about their home.

Diedinhouse.com is the first of its kind, web-based service that helps you find out if anyone has died at any valid US address. Died In House™ instantly searches millions of records to determine if a death has occurred at that location.

This promotion will be sponsored by Poltergeist the movie only in theaters July 24, 2015.

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Lose Your Innocence on Blu-ray

Dread Central - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:44

Another new supernatural flick is on its way from Cinedigm, entitled Innocence, and right now we have all the details and artwork you need to plan for when you’re finally ready to give it up!

From the Press Release:
Based on Jane Mendelsohn’s best-selling young adult novel of the same name, the chilling story comes to life in the spine-tingling horror film Innocence, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD March 3 from Cinedigm. Directed by Hilary Brougher (Stephanie Daley), the eerie feature stars Sophie Curtis (Arbitrage), Kelly Reilly (Flight, Heaven Is for Real), and Graham Phillips (“The Good Wife”).

Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16-year-old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life. Now enrolled at the exclusive Hamilton preparatory school, her psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students, as does her first love for Tobey Crawford. The discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins becomes the ultimate challenge of Beckett and Tobey’s young lives.

Synopsis:
Terrifying hallucinations. Dubious suicides. Blood rituals. Welcome to Hamilton Prep. When her mother died in a freak accident, 16-year-old Beckett thought that her life couldn’t get any worse. She was wrong. In an attempt to rebuild their shattered lives, Beckett and her father move to Manhattan, where she enrolls at an exclusive school and even meets her first love. But the young couple’s happiness is thwarted by their chilling discovery about a group of beautiful teachers who will stop at nothing to maintain their youth.

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Hayden Christensen Joins Undead Nazi Horror ‘Untot’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:40

Vanishing on 7th Street and Awake‘s Hayden Christensen, pictured, will star in the action/horror film, Untot, it was announced today by Warrior producer Greg O’Connor of Solaris Entertainment.

Untot, meaning “undead” in German, is set towards the end of World War II in December 1944. During a blizzard, an elite military unit headed by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen), is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. The soldiers must face their greatest fears when they encounter something they could never have been trained for. The undead.

Successful video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and will direct from his own screenplay.

Principal photography is slated to begin in March 2015 in New York with further casting underway.

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Comic Book Review: “Superman Earth One: Volume 3″ HC – An Uninspired Routine Superman Story

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:36

Where most Superman stories fail is the inability to make the hero human. “Superman Earth One: Volume 3” fully embodies that storytelling sin, and goes so far as making almost all characters involved wooden, empty, and devoid of character. Making the trade read more like the expository framework of a story, but never amounting to anything compelling in and of itself.

WRITTEN BY: J. Michael Straczynski

ART BY: Ardian Syaf, Sandra Hope

PUBLISHER: DC Comics

PRICE: $22.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

The story follows the contemporary Superman in a world that doesn’t trust him. Rightfully so, he deposed a dictator in another country and is the most powerful being on the planet. So Naturally people like Lex and Alexandra Luthor team with the military to find a way to take out the biggest threat to national security the world has ever seen. Enter Zod.

J Michael Straczynski understands how to make Superman modern. He takes contemporary fears and uses them against a god who walks amongst us. Sadly, he doesn’t treat this God like a human. Through stilted writing and extremely convenient plotting everything in this book feels alien.

Which is part of the charm with an Earth One Graphic Novel. It’s refreshing to see brand new takes on the age-old mythos. Lex Luthor and Alexandra Luthor provide a really compelling force of antagonism that is rooted in modern paranoia. Except their motivations crumble near the final act of the book, they act completely contrary to their established personalities, and somehow end in the same place these characters always do. I know that may seem hard to believe, but trust me Straczynski finds a way.

With Zod, the problems are only multiplied tenfold. Every single line of dialogue he utters is on the nose. After an introductory battle with Superman he outlines the strengths of his armor painstakingly. He never says anything other than what he is overtly thinking, and is often reduced to thinking outloud in order to convey his evil plan. “It looks like there’s something more powerful in the world than me… fear.” YAWN. Zod’s dialogue is horrificly cheesy and on the nose, often explaining everything with near precise precision, like how his suit works intimately, while expressly offering his thoughts to no one.

Most of the dialogue in the trade has little to no subtext. It’s all exactly what people are thinking seamlessly communicated out of their mouths. This makes everything feel alien. People don’t communicate like that, and certainly not when they’re trying to deceive one another. It’s a strange choice for the book, and one that really kills it before it achieves anything worth note.

Ardian Syaf is on art duties and he knocks his work out of the park. He adds his own distinctive lens to Clark, Zod and all the other iconic imagery of the Superman mythos. But, he seems to fail when it comes to packing far too much into action panels. Cramming more on the page isn’t always the answer, and the dynamic flow of good paneling feels disjointed and disrupted when it should flow with grace.

Ultimately “Superman Earth One: Volume 3” is a difficult read. It could have been so much more, but reduces itself to what we’ve seen before, and what has worked in the past. Except none of it works here. It feels lazy and uninspired, much more so than the two volumes that preceded it. Any contemporary issues that are explored are undercut by a all to convenient resolution to the story that ultimately brings the differences between Earth One Superman and New 52 Superman to a startling few. It’s a real shame.

 

 

 

 

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‘Black Lung’ Haunts Amanda Seyfried

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:34

Variety reports that Jennifer’s Body‘s Amanda Seyfried and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) will topline Black Lung, a supernatural thriller from 2929 Prods. and Emily Ziff and Sara Murphy of Cooper’s Town Prods.

Seyfried plays Del, wife of a Utah coal miner (James) whose premonition moves her to save her husband just before an explosion in the mine traps all the other miners, an act that tests her marriage, puts her under suspicion of state officials tasked with the rescue, and stokes the resentment of all the other women in town. With time running out to save the entombed men, Del’s increasingly horrifying visions hint to something darker at play within the iconic mountain that looms over the plateau like an anvil, a darkness she comes to believe will consume them all.

Principal photography begins this summer on the pic, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Chase Palmer, who also wrote the “Black Lung” script.

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‘Cannibal Holocaust’ Valentine’s Day Feast? Serving Up a Vinyl Release!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:17

Mondo is releasing the original score on vinyl for Cannibal Holocaust, the holy grail of gore films, and to celebrate they’ve cooked up a cannibal feast event for Valentine’s Day with the Alamo Drafthouse. The score by Riz Ortolani will be available for the first time on vinyl and comes with incredible original art by Jock and a “Green Inferno” disc. Cannibal Holocaust will be shown at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide, launching a monthly horror screening series with Chiller, programmed by Mondo.

“To kickoff the launch of the Cannibal Holocaust vinyl we reached deep into the reservoir of the most insane screening ideas we’ve ever had and came up with a Valentine’s Day feast to celebrate a horror movie that gives horror fans pause. This is truly an anti-Valentine’s Day event and one we’d recommend if you’re looking for an easy way to break up with a significant other but can’t muster the courage to do it via text,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.

Considered one of the most notorious films ever released and banned in over 50 countries for many years, Ruggero Deodato’s most brutal film (and surely one of the first ‘found footage’ films) still retains the power to shock to this day, it charts a team of documentary filmmakers as they go deep into the jungle to find and film the indigenous tribes of the area.

“One thing that always stuck out like a sore thumb when viewing Cannibal Holocaust was Riz Ortolani’s score, which is beautifully composed, and recorded, offering a mix of traditional orchestration and early synth work. As a stand alone piece of music it’s staggering and I honestly think that if Cannibal Holocaust had a more traditional horror score it would be even more uncomfortable to sit through. As it stands, Maestro Ortolani’s score offers some respite from the violence onscreen and the juxtaposition between the sights onscreen and musical soundtrack have in my opinion never been bettered,” said Spencer Hickman, Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Company Label Manager.

Attendees will be treated to a delicious 4-course cannibal feast during the film:

Thinly Sliced Pickled Tongue (Aperitivo)
Turtle Soup (Primo)
Human Stew (Secondo)
Monkey Brains (Dolce)

The cannibal feast event is taking place in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse on Valentine’s Day and the vinyl will be for sale at the event and online at MondoTees.com. Additionally, Cannibal Holocaust will be shown at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide, launching a monthly horror screening series in partnership with Chiller. Programmed by Mondo, Mondo x Chiller Presents will take audiences on a cinematic journey through over 60 years of horror milestones. Each film will be curated to align with a Mondo poster or vinyl soundtrack release.

Vinyl artwork credit: Jock
Food photo credit: Annie Ray

Tickets available here:

Cannibal Holocaust Original Soundtrack
Music Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by Riz Ortolani
Artwork by Jock
Pressed on 180 gram Green Inferno vinyl
Available for the first time ever on vinyl

Tracklist:

01. Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme) (2:55)
02. Adulteress’ Punishment (3:21)
03. Cameramen’s Recreation (3:11)
04. Massacre of the Troupe (3:52)
05. Love With Fun (2:53)
06. Crucified Woman (2:20)
07. Relaxing In The Savanna (3:08)
08. Savage Rite (3:40)
09. Drinking Coco (3:24)
10. Cannibal Holocaust (End Titles) (3:53)

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Comic Book Review: “Cluster” #1 – Fight For Your Freedom Instead of Life in Prison

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:13

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. “Cluster” #1 is the kind of classic sci-fi that gives you those nostalgic fuzzies from growing up watching “Starship Troopers” and “Pitch Black”.  As far as first issues go, “Cluster” hits the mark right on: it introduces a heroic character with a troubled past, and band of misfits, and a immediate crisis that could mean all of their deaths.  “Cluster” #1 is just what the doctor ordered.

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson

ART BY: Damian Couceiro

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

In the future you can get life in prison for just about anything.  Steal a lipstick?  Life in prison.  Get a YOLO tattoo?  Life in prison, well, hopefully.  But anyway you can imagine how many people are locked up.  Luckily, there is an out: serve 15 years defending a distant planet from hostile aliens while it gets terraformed and you’ll be given your freedom. For most, this isn’t even a choice.

Enter Samara, she apparently killed someone in a drunk driving accident here on Earth, and, years later, is finding it impossible to cope with that guilt.  On Midlothian, she is a natural leader and protector.  But when things go very wrong in their first mission, Samara and everyone else are desperate, scared, and in big, big trouble.

“Cluster” is hearty, straightforward, hard-boiled sci-fi.  Its space marines vs. aliens all the way.  And even if there is some intrigue, as the previews have suggested, all in all I’ve got this series pegged as a pretty easy breezy affair.  I’m not complaining or calling it uninspired though, I need a good mix of this and that to balance my stack.  For every “Intersect”, a “Cluster” makes a great palate cleanser.  And with its solid writing, engaging landscapes, and 2.5 dimensional characters, “Cluster” may be just the this to go with my that.  It isn’t going to blow minds or make you rethink the space opera, but its sincere and fun.  If you are into this genre, there’s no reason you won’t like “Cluster”.

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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Nine Inch Nails Mashed Up With Taylor Swift Actually Works Really Well

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:00

Mashup master Isosine has been known for mixing two wildly different artists and somehow making it work. Remember when he did Slipknot vs. Justin Beiber into Psychosocial Baby and it somehow worked like a goddamn charm? Well, he’s back with yet another odd pairing that just clicks.

Below is a video that mashes Taylor Swift‘s mega hit “Shake It Off” with Nine Inch Nails‘ “The Perfect Drug” (which is one of my favorite videos from the group). Just like “Psychosocial Baby”, the mashup takes the music of the poppier track and overlays it with the more aggressive vocals of NIN.

If you dig enough that you want a copy, you can download it for free right here.

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GosT Is A “Master”: Streams New Track

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:55

Horror-infused electronic artist GosT has released a stream of “Master”, the fourth track from his upcoming debut album Behemoth, which comes April 28th via Blood Music.

The track is a slamdunk, featuring thick bass backdrops punctuated by Psycho-esque stabs of strings. It’s undeniably fun and features some truly badass moments, heavily influenced by the likes of John Carpenter and labelmate Perturbator.

Pre-orders for Behemoth will go live on February 11th. A membership through Blood Music is required, which you can purchase via their online store.

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‘Poltergeist’ Trailer Tease Flickers Horror On Flat Screen

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:40

This morning we shared with you the first ever images from the Gil Keenan-directed Poltergeist, allegedly a pseudo-sequel, that will open in theaters on July 24, 2015.

With the trailer set to premiere tomorrow, MGM released an animated look that teases flat screen horrors.

To be released in 3-D, Jared Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams also star.

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

Behind your screen there is a world of horror. The #Poltergeist trailer debuts in two days. Are you prepared? pic.twitter.com/6nW3Di3NWy

— Poltergeist (@Poltergeist) February 3, 2015

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Comic Book Review: “Wolf Moon” #3 – Is More Of The Same

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:40

“Wolf Moon” #3 begins with one of the most haunting sequences a horror comic has ever put together. It establishes a break neck pace that Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Haun don’t let up until the final page, it may be scarce on story but it’s one helluva great ride.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn

ART BY: Jeremy Haun

PUBLISHER:  Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

I can’t pinpoint where “Wolf Moon” staggers in the execution. On the one hand it’s a great premise that provides lots of action and on the other there doesn’t seem to be much depth outside the deaths on the page. We know that Dillon Chase is driven by vengeance, but we don’t know much else. Every interaction he shares with another person is driven by that vengeance.

In the off chance Cullen Bunn wanted to humanize Dillon he had many opportunities here and really only one of them work. There is a fleeting interaction with the exotic dancer, but he just presses for information. Later, though we see Dillon actually caring about the innocent bystanders in the mall it gives him some personality even as the werewolf tears the place to shreds.

There is a visceral beauty to “Wolf Moon.” Jeremy Huan takes death very seriously, and you can tell. His dizzying assortments of panels depicting death are the highlight of any issue, and he doesn’t really let up here. From the hallucinatory beginning to the final showdown in the mall, the ugly face of dismemberment seems to be a great home for Huan’s art. His clear and expressive work make death a total joy to behold, and I seriously couldn’t imagine anyone better suited for this series.

Every time I pick up an issue of “Wolf Moon” I’m excited. The premise is brilliant, the characters are well motivated, but I’m now starting to see some repetition at three issues in. I haven’t noted any growth in the characters, and there hasn’t really been any major surprises that compel me to keep reading, It’s a shame but the series has told the same story three times over, now.

I hope that the way this issue concludes provides a stage for a shocking turn of events at the midpoint of the series. I’m dying for some progression or reversal of expectations that will challenge everything I thought I knew.

For now, it’s giving me everything I know and love: the visceral action of a werewolf action movie but its forgetting the elements of any good horror story. A character needs to be compelling, challenging, and monstrous for okay horror to become something great. As it stands, “Wolf Moon” relies far too heavily on shock value to tell any sort of compelling story about the nature of man and beast.

It’s a missed opportunity, but not one that has to decide the fate of the entire series. Luckily we’re only three issues in, and the pacing might be the stuff of legend. I’ll stick around for a while yet; I just hope we dig a little deeper next month.

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5 Skull Comic Review: “Nameless” #1 – A Dense And Exotic Horror From Grant Morrison

bloody disgusting - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:31

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. The creative power house behind the critically acclaimed “Batman Inc.” reunite to bring us one of the strangest, most inventive series you’ll ever have the good fortune to be consumed by. “Nameless” #1 is unequivocally the kind of eery, dense, exotic experience that only the mind of Grant Morrison could provide.

WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Chris Burnham

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

Reading Grant Morrison is a lot like trying to see the hidden image in a stereograph: If you try to force yourself to see it you’ll strain your eyes and become frustrated, but if you have patience, work the muscles, learn to recognize patterns, and let go of the normal way you see things the true image will slowly start to present itself.

I’ve read a lot of Grant Morrison’s work (“Animal Man”, “The Invisibles” “Flex Mentallo”) and I haven’t always understood it, but I’ve always found it endlessly intriguing, and meticulously plotted.  The characters in “Nameless” tend to speak in a natural way.  Scenes are disconnected and end abruptly.  It is difficult to follow things in a chronological way because characters seem to disappear and reappear and talk at length about things that don’t really make sense.  I think most of Morrison’s work is kind of hard to follow, and yet I am so invested when I read them.  Embracing the confusion is just something you sign up for when you read Morrison.  You won’t be able to see every detail, but when you step back the big picture becomes clear.  Themes and patterns stick in your subconscious and the book becomes a part of you in a way.  This is the genius of Grant Morrison.

So what is “Nameless” about?  The first 3/4th of the first issue follow a man on a surreal chase through time and space from four fish men.  The man has stolen a dream key from the Veiled Woman.  He meets up with his benefactor, and is told his task was a test to see if he would be capable of protecting a team living on the dark side of the moon that has a plan to save Earth from an asteroid.  Thats the best I can do at describing the plot, but I’m doing the book a huge disservice because there are dozens of other details, places, names, and happenings going on here that bewilder me, and yet, I am completely invested in this story that I really don’t understand at all.  The book sort of hypnotizes you.

Chris Burnham’s work here is equally incredible and hypnotic.  I get really excited about layouts and panelling that contributes to the tone and style of the book and “Nameless” has some really unique and interesting stuff going on.  The juxtaposition between his expressive, sort of cartoony style and the horrific content here is creepy and enticing.

“Nameless” isn’t for everyone.  It is not passive reading, it requires time and investment.  This is the kind of dense, literary stuff that I wish everyone was reading more of.  I’m tempted to call it your vegetables, but its not a chore to read.  I guess its the whole meal: steak, potatoes, whiskey, and some alien looking veggies you can’t quite figure out.  But they’re fucking delicious.

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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Comic Book Review: “Birthright” #5 – Hang On For Final Reveal!

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Reviewed By Katy Rex. The worst part about “Birthright” #5 is that we won’t get a follow-up until April. Williamson has been playing with a balance of simultaneously building two distinct worlds and keeping mysterious secrets, and this end-of-the-arc issue brings it all to a climax.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Andrei Bressan

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

A lot of comics would go from mid-battle in the previous issue to a single panel battle wrap-up so that the old issue can end suspensefully and the new issue can move on and be fresh. It’s a common strategy, and a logical one, and it’s one that I’m glad they completely ignore in issue #5 of Birthright. The issue starts with the battle between Mikey and Rya and the beast, in the past, and the battle between Mikey and the Ward, in the present. Both battles work to characterize Mikey as a whole and complex person; the past shows the boy he was and the innocence and compassion therein, and the present shows how far he’s willing to go, and his motivations for doing so. Plus blood and fire and swords are cool.

This issue also does a lot of work to develop the relationship between Mikey and Brennan. Brennan, in some strange way, still feels like the protective older brother of this full grown warrior man. He’s beginning to realize that Mikey is his brother and also might not be exactly what he seems. He’s dealing with this introduction of moral ambiguity exactly the way a big brother would; he’s not telling their dad, because that’s a tattletale move, and he’s not pushing Mikey on it, because he figures it’s secret for a reason, but he’s going to stand by his brother and protect him and maybe find out a little more about the secrets.

The art in this issue is consistent, and the character designs… I want to talk about the character designs, and the way they develop consistently with the characters as the characters change, but I don’t want to say what exactly I mean by that, because I don’t want to actually prepare you for the last panel of this issue. When you get there, you’ll see what I mean. As always, Adriano Lucas is kicking ass on colors, particularly the palette during the battle in the forest. The panel layout is creative enough to avoid monotony, but not complicated enough to inhibit the plot. The real strength, though, is very much the characters; the details of their appearance, their body language, their facial expressions, it all combines to convey the very real and complex human (and nonhuman otherworldly) characters realistically.

The main flaws I see in this issue are the parents. They are the least interesting, realistic, and believable characters of the series, but development over time could help flesh them out more and make them as engaging as the others. And not to repeat myself, but the last panel. You guys, the last panel. It’s a gorgeous splash, and it’s everything. It’s absolutely responsible for why I’m so mad about waiting two months for the next installment.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. 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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Comic Book Review: “Imperium” #1- Rooting For The Bad Guy Is On The Rise

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Reviewed by Brady Steele. Ever think that bad guys actually DO have good ideas on how to run things? Valiant Next shows readers how to do just this the right way with this week’s “Imperium” #1. It’s such a friendly way to show us all how we need to surrender to our betters that it’s eerily creepy to see how it will happen.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Dysart

ART BY: Doug Braithwaite

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 4 February 2015

Sure, enslaving mankind sounds bad when you say it out loud, but when you see the end results working out so well…maybe they should just take it all over. Thankfully, the Earth in the Valiant Universe has the powerful psiot Toyo Harada to bring about world peace HIS way. His subtle attempt, Harbinger, didn’t work out exactly as planned. Therefore, this time, Harada is employing more…morally loose individuals to achieve peace on Earth. This Imperium includes “an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist”. Sounds like an excellent recipe for heaven on Earth, right?

Writer Joshua Dysart really has cooked up something special here to behold. This first issue shows us the happy ending at the very start. The world has never looked more idyllic and peaceful. It almost feels like the story is backwards but it’s just clever storytelling throughout. Half of this issue is in the future and half in the present. Seeing how the world gets to this utopia in the future looks to be an enthralling ride I’m eager to get into.

The art by Doug Braithwaite is a great choice. Braithwaite is terrific at future-tech scenery and designs as well as grimy war zones. The coloring by Brian Reeber and Dave McCaig really emphasizes the different eras skillfully. Plus the killer robot “Mech Major” who just wants to be called “Sunlight on Snow” looks big and scary and sounds like a comical serial killer. I can’t wait to see the other recruits and how they all mesh together.

Labels can be stifling at times. Hero. Villain. Maniac. Messiah. Psycho. Savior. History ultimately decides who is what. Having all these powerful individuals in one series certainly looks enthralling. Rooting for the bad guys looks like a trend on the rise for 2015 thanks to a book like this. Definitely another feather in the cap of the Valiant Entertainment line worth reading so pick it up.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on. Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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