Ah, like a ripped-from-the-headlines episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” you just knew it would take no time flat for a slew of ebola zombie flicks to emerge. But is it too soon?
The American Film Market saw the appearance of two films (although one is technically a cheat) designed to capitalize on both the oversaturation of zombie flicks and the media’s “Ebolageddon 2015” news coverage.
For the record, if there isn’t a movie titled Ebolageddon before the end of next year, I’ll be stunned.
Wild Eye Releasing struck first with a film simply entitled Ebola Zombies. Two weeks before AFM it was entitled SARS Zombies. Honestly, who remembers SARS? That non-pocalypse was so five years ago – longer, actually. In fact, I’m not 100% certain, but I think this movie may actually be a retitling of the Asian movie SARS Wars from 2004. I can’t tell because they all look alike to me. Asian zombie movies, I mean, not actual Asians themselves. Stop being racist!
Anyway, here’s the trailer for Ebola Zombies, written and directed by, ummm, people.
Then there’s the British flick Plan Z, in which an ebola outbreak leads to the dead rising. The trailer for this rather generic looking zombie movie written by, directed by, and starring Stuart Brennan makes no mention of ebola whatsoever. It’s currently in post and will debut at the Berlin market in February.
According to Deadline, the production company behind Plan Z is purposefully going out of its way not to connect the film to the 24-hour news cycle’s societal death knell of the moment out of fear of being labeled insensitive.
Honestly, if you’re concerned with being labeled insensitive, you probably shouldn’t be making horror movies.
For more be sure to hit up the link to Deadline’s story, which also includes a teaser for Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to 2012′s Iron Sky about Nazis on the moon. This time around Sarah Palin destroys the world as we know it and then descends to a secret netherworld to report to a dino-riding Hitler. Seriously.
Plan Z Synopsis:
Craig has always thought about what he might do in a zombie apocalypse. When a deadly outbreak of Ebola erupts, his planning becomes more serious. As the virus mutates and makes the dead rise again, he must put his plan to action. Barricading himself in his house, his plan quickly unravels, and he must adapt and decide on a new and more aggressive course of action. A Plan Z.
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Okay, so it’s not actually the Predator, but this is still pretty damn awesome!
While playing some DayZ, YouTube user LastStandGamer stumbled upon a forest encampment where two players were attempting to sleep through the night. After all, a long day of scavenging and hunting will get one all sorts of knackered out!
However, instead of letting them enjoy their surely well deserved rest, LastStandGamer cracked open his Predator soundboard and began issuing those signature clicks and roars that made this extraterrestrial beast so terrifying. As one would expect, the two gamers began shooting wildly in any direction they could think and then proceeded to GTFO.
Just another day in the lovely universe of DayZ.
Is Pepper the key to it all?
According to the site, a script from a critical scene of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” has been STOLEN and is being shopped around to media outlets.
The theft occurred on set during a filming last week in New Orleans, and they’re told one of the actors was reading a script and left some pages behind and someone pilfered them.
As for what’s being shopped … it’s only one page but it is hugely important. They say it involves Pepper the pinhead and a scene that reveals how she ended up in the Briarcliff Manor during Season 2, “Asylum.”
It sounds as if the site has read the page that was presumably shopped to them.
We reported on some connections back on November 4 that bring Elsa into the “Asylum” world as well.
What have you guys caught in the past few weeks? Any other major connections?
The ratings are down a bit this season for “Sleepy Hollow,” and while we’re still big fans of the show, we have to admit it’s starting to feel a tad formulaic. Can things get back on track in Monday night’s Episode 2.09, “Mama”? Here are two sneak peeks to give us an idea of what’s ahead.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.09 – “Mama” (airs 11/17/14)
A series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psych leads Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) to discover that an especially surprising spirit is involved.
Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars includes Aunjanue Ellis as Lori Mills and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley.
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After a rocky start, “Constantine” is finding its way, and last night’s episode was the best yet. If you’d like to learn even more about the hunger demon we met in it, check out a behind-the-scenes video of writer Cameron Welsh talking with some cast members and producers about the inspiration behind “A Feast of Friends.”
But first we have a dozen stills from and a promo for next week’s Episode 1.05, “Danse Vaudou,” in which Constantine and Papa Midnite are forced to join together to lay a deadly threat to rest.
Just be warned of the graphic nature of this preview of the ep – as you’ll see above, Constantine can be seen actually SMOKING!
“Constantine” Episode 1.05 – “Danse Vaudou” (11/21/14; 10-11pm)
In New Orleans, Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan (guest star Emmett Scanlan). He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn.
Charles Halford and Angélica Celaya also star.
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up worldwide distribution rights to the thriller A Man In the Dark from Ghost House Pictures and director Fede Alvarez, Bloody Disgusting is told.
“In A A Man In the Dark, three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with a million dollars in hiding. When they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.“
“We’re thrilled to be in business again with the creative team behind Evil Dead, and to back Fede on his next picture,” stated Bersch. “He and Rodo (Sayagues) have crafted a screenplay that keeps you on the edge of your seat and we look forward to bringing the movie to audiences worldwide.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment has a long and successful history collaborating with Ghost House Pictures that includes six #1 box office hits, most recently Alvarez’s Evil Dead, the hit retelling of Sam Raimi’s classic which grossed nearly $100 million in worldwide box office.
Alvarez, who is set to direct, co-wrote the script with partner Rodo Sayagues. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Erin Westerman will oversee for the company.
Developer Techland is looking to recreate the success and comically large piles of money Dead Island made them with a similarly themed zombie bash ‘em up game, Dying Light.
The major difference with this game is it injects the already insanely addictive formula — according to my sources, it goes something like big virtual sandbox + hordes of ghouls + fun ways to kill those ghouls = money — with a bit of freerunning.
Unfortunately, as fun as it is to parkour over a unsuspecting zombie so you can do a majestic pirouette and swivel kick it in the jaw, sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan.
Dying Light arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.
Sometimes all it takes to find something amazing is to turn to your friends and have an open ear. Such was the case when my pal Zach Shildwachter turned me onto Silver Strain, the directing crew behind this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week.
I was particularly drawn to their video for Carpenter Brut‘s “Le Perv”, which is HIGHLY NSFW! Done as an homage to Lucio Fulci, the video is gloriously shot and aged in such a way that I honestly felt like I was watching an Italian giallo/horror film. This really is a fantastic video that is right up the alley of any horror fan.
“Le Perv” comes from the group’s first EP, which you can snag via Bandcamp.
I have a deep, unconditional love for video game concept art. I’ve talked about my obsession before, but you’d have to read my stuff fairly regularly to know that I collect hardcover art books. None of that flimsy cover nonsense, no sir. What do I look like, some sort of peasant? If you’re not willing to drop some extra cash for the premium stuff, you may as well be collecting old newspapers.
This love for video game art makes this video extra special for someone such as myself, as it follows Ikumi Nakamura, lead concept artist on The Evil Within.
And because my shamelessness knows no bounds, below you’ll find my playthrough of the game’s first chapter:
With its arrival less than a week away, Deep Silver has released a launch trailer for Escape Dead Island. This will be the latest spinoff of their popular series of zombie genocide simulators set in tropical locales, following the free-to-play MOBA (I refuse to call it a ZOMBA any longer), Dead Island: Epidemic.
What separates this game from the rest is its cel-shaded art style — a first for the series — budget price ($39.99) and the creative naming of its lead character, a one Cliff Calo.
Escape Dead Island releases on November 18 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
If you needed a reason to check out Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases (in limited theaters November 21), here’s your kick in the ass.
Promised to be a hugely a practical effects heavy werewolf film (Patrick Cooper raves about), the proof is in the pudding. Check out these new images that share your first ever glimpse at the creature, as well as a beautiful gore shot!
Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
Back on October 20 we told you that the new MTV “Scream” television series wouldn’t use the iconic Ghostface mask we all associate with Wes Craven’s franchise.
This is partially true.
While the series won’t use FunWorld RJ Torbert’s design that was utilized in the four Scream movies, something new and fresh has been created for the forthcoming cable adaptation.
In an effort to subvert expectations and create a wholly unique experience, the series has created a mask of its own, explains EW. Similarly inspired by the Edvard Munch painting, the show’s mask will have a more “organic feel.”
What they mean by this is that it’ll be made of flesh(!)…
“It’s a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask,” says Mina Lefevre, MTV’s senior vice president and head of scripted development. “It’s something we’re constantly talking about. How did that mask become that mask? What’s its purpose? How did it evolve? If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version, for a lack of a better description, this one is a more organic looking and frankly darker version.”
Lefevre—who insists not using Ghostface had nothing to do with rights issues— promises that the spirit of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s films are intact. “Scream was incredibly iconic, but we wanted to reinvent that for TV while of course keeping all the main elements that made it so iconic, including a mask, but also the soapy teen stories, pop culture humor, the scares and the killer,” she says. “We’re tonally walking that line, yet delivering the scares in a significant way. The mask was a big discussion creatively. We wanted to get a nod and a wink to what the original was, but we definitely wanted to make it more on par with what horror is now, which is darker.”
Still, that doesn’t rule out never seeing the Ghostface mask. “It’s a little preliminary, obviously because we haven’t even started our writers room, to say that we will never see that other mask or not,” she adds.
The MTV series stars Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Connor Weil (Sharknado) and Joel Gretsch (Witches of East End, V, The 4400). You can read about their characters here.
It’s said to center on a YouTube viral video gone wrong, which leads to adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey Jesen and will also serve as the “catalyst for a murder and opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.”
What do you guys think about the concept for the new Ghostface mask? Tell us below!
Just a few days ago, Swedish hardcore/thrash metal band Dr. Living Dead signed to Century Media Records with the promise of a new studio album, Crush The Sublime Gods, in early 2015! With a band name such as theirs, I knew we had to get their Top 10 Horror Movie list to see what kinds of films inspire them!
Some of these selections are pure classics that have survived the test of time while others may stir a debate on what constitutes horror. Personally, I think every selection on this list works but I want to hear from you in the comments below. Do you think every film on here is horror?
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Dutch alt-rock band De Staat to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Sweatshop”, which comes from their upcoming EP Vinticious Versions. The track is a reimagined version of their original version, which was on their second album Machinery. The new version, for me, sounds like it was heavily inspired by Tom Waits, exuding that odd jazz feel, while also incorporating 60′s and 70′s psychedelia.
Frontman Torre Florim describes the EP:
We started to think of different versions to play. It’s way more fun when you go into a radio station with a little guitar amp and an organ and try to do something a little different. We’re not really a chord based band, so when you take a song to a small setting you have to be creative with it.
Pre-order Vinticious Versions right here.
11 Dec – Charlatan, Gent (Belgium)
22 Jan – Werkplaats, Dordrecht (Netherlands)
23 Jan – Zwitsal Fabriek, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
24 Jan – Timmerfabriek, Vlissingen (Netherlands)
25 Jan – Rotown, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
29 Jan – Grenswerk, Venlo (Netherlands)
30 Jan – Museumzaal Aviodrome, Lelystad (Netherlands)
31 Jan – Huis Verloren, Hoorn (Netherlands)
Releasing TODAY on iTunes and VOD platforms is Dark Sky Films’ Hollywood slasher Starry Eyes (read our review), written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.
The grotesque footage gives homage to David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Anything to do with people removing their nails makes me wanna vomit…
“Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.”
Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer, and Fabianne Therese all star.
We were never alone…
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald’s awesome-sounding sci-fi horror Ejecta, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.
In Ejecta, “reclusive UFO conspiracy theorist William Cassidy is taken prisoner by a secret government agency investigating the arrival of an alien life form. Through flashbacks they uncover the terrifying details of what happened the night the alien returned and changed everything we thought we knew about the universe.”
The film was written by Tony Burgess and stars Julian Richings, Lisa Houle (PontyPool), Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity) and a small cameo by Dee Wallace (E.T.). The film was produced by Jesse Thomas Cook, John Geddes and Wiele and Executive Produced by their indie studio Foresight Features. Ejecta had its world premiere in August at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Sean Berney, Manager of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
Today NECA shared a new look at the last figure in the Aliens Series 3 assortment.
The long-awaited ‘Dog Alien’ is from 1992’s criminally underrated Alien 3, which is fully articulated and has a bendable tail.
Series 3 will be shipping to retail in a few weeks.
In a final push to complete financing on IndieGoGo, the producers behind Dario Argento’s The Sandman have released a detailed synopsis.
“The Sandman tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed “The Sandman”. Nathan killed The Sandman (Iggy Pop) years ago, on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother…until he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey into the night country of his past, his dreams…and the buried secrets of The Sandman. Christmas is coming, and so is The Sandman.”
Djinn‘s David Tully penned the screenplay, with Iggy Pop (Suck, The Crow: City of Angels) starring.
Click the above link to get your perks now!
We were just sent the first teaser and poster for Hasan Karacadag’s english language film, Magi.
What’s so interesting about it is that Magi stars Michael Madsen, Stephen Baldwin and Brianne Davis in what looks like an incredibly nutty and violent genre film. Just take a look at this whacked out teaser.
“The story revolves an American woman relocated to Istanbul, where she works as an English teacher, and her journalist sister slowly coming to realize that all may not be as it seems with her new baby.“
Dear White People star Justin Dobies joins Halloween‘s Scout Taylor-Compton, pictured, Adi Shankar, Jerry Purpdrank, James Landry Hebert, Elizabeth Whitson (“Awkward”), and genre fav Noah Segan in the indie dark comedy Get the Girl, says Variety.
“The story revolves around a wealthy young man who is conned into staging a fake kidnapping in order to be a hero and win the affection of a girl — only to see one of the hired kidnappers accidentally killed.”
Madison County and Contracted‘s Eric England is directing from his own script, based on a story by Graham Denman.
Shooting will start this fall in Los Angeles.