Black Friday Chopping List: Movies

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:01

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! As many of you probably already know, that means Black Friday is right around the corner. While stores aren’t necessarily as packed as they used to be thanks to online deals and events like Cyber Monday, Black Friday is nonetheless a very stressful and busy day for some people. There are just so many deals out there! I don’t know about any of you, but I choose to stay out of the brick-and-mortar stores and stick to online shopping in my pajamas at my home.

Here is a list of some of the must-have horror Blu-Rays that we think you should consider purchasing this Black Friday! For the cheapest prices, check out this page on They show you the best Blu-Ray deals in real time. I have linked to each film’s Amazon listing as well.

Scream Factory! Releases Army of Darkness

Man, Scream Factory really knows how to treat us horror fans. This Blu-Ray of Army of Darkness is about six years overdue since the underwhelming first edition we received back in 2009, and it’s a glorious thing. You will definitely want to add this to your collection this Black Friday.

The Babadook

What some people deemed one of the best films of the year is also one of the prettiest Blu-Rays of the year. This Blu-Ray with deluxe packaging opens up just like the book in the movie. Pop-up and everything! Even if you were disappointed in the film, that’s should be enough of a selling point.

Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall’s fantastic werewolf film finally got a decent Blu-Ray release this year thanks to Scream Factory! Before he directed The Descenthe made this fun roller coaster ride of a film.

The People Under the Stairs

I watched this film for the first time this year after I had heard of Wes Craven’s passing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a helluva lot of fun and quite funny, no matter what some people think. Scream Factory did the film justice this year with this outstanding Blu-Ray release that’s worth purchasing for Craven’s commentary track alone.


Another Wes Craven film, but this one is not as loved as his other films. Shocker gets a great Blu-Ray treatment though with loads of special features. Plus, you gotta love the cover art that Scream Factory has for most of their releases.

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‘A Christmas Horror Story’ Clip Gets Crucified!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:00

We just landed an exclusive clip from RLJ Entertainment’s incredible Christmas-themed horror anthology film A Christmas Horror Story (review), which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, November 24th.

In the anthology, “Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus – the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children – is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins.

Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (She Made Me Do It) and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), the film stars William Shatner (Star Trek) and George Buza (X-Men).

This is must-see holiday horror!

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NECA Announces “Cinemachines”: Starts With Scaled ‘Alien’ Vehicles

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:52

NECA is starting a new series of scaled vehicles that they’ve dubbed Cinemachines and they’re kicking it off with licenses from Alien and Aliens. Although not much has been revealed in terms of sizes of these vehicles, there have been a few photos released of their opening line, which includes the Space Jockey, the engineer’s spaceship, UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship and the M577 Armored Personnel Carrier, which has a lovely skill of running over Xenomorphs.

According to Figures, pre-orders will begin this week and more details will be announced February at the New York Toy Fair.

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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Will Focus On Newt?!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:44

Here’s how to erase all of the Alien sequels from existence…

Right now all eyes are on Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, which is shooting in February/March for release on October 6, 2017.

When Scott decided to focus solely on this franchise, it forced Fox to indefinitely delay Neill Blomkamp’s already announced Aliens sequel, which would bring Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn back, while ignoring the third and fourth films in the franchise.

Biehn spoke candidly with Icons of Fright, in which he reveals that Blomkamp will bring Newt back, while also using her to further the franchise (in a new direction).

They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money.

First of all, this is genius as Blomkmap has found a way to legitimately exit the path that leads to Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection. By bringing Newt back, they can reintroduce her character, and lead her down a separate hallway of sequels that live parallel to the others that already exist. I’m a huge fan of Newt’s character because of what she stands for in James Cameron’s Aliens. I’ve always loved Cameron’s director’s cut, which focused more on the dramatic aspects of Ripley, and how she’s lost her daughter – thus, Newt becomes her motivation. I’m in the extreme minority, but I prefer this cut.

Biehn feels strongly that the sequel will happen, eventually, mostly because it would be an egg to the face of Sigourney and himself:

“I know that Ridley’s focus is on the second PROMETHEUS (now titled ALIEN: COVENANT) and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other, because they’re kind of two different worlds, with ALIENS taking place thousands of years later, which is how they explained it all to me, but at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel. I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie.”

While a studio is a soulless entity that could care less about feelings, it does love its money, and the concept Biehn is sharing sounds like they’ll be swimming in the Benjamins. I think it’s important for Scott to be focused on the producing end, especially if there’s to be a similar feel. I can’t see anyone having the time and energy to both make their own film and produce one on the side. The indefinite delay is the right move here. Still, let’s hope that Blomkamp’s sequel doesn’t get lost in space.

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R.I.P. Rex Reason Has Passed Away at Age 86

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:24

Sad news as it’s come out that Rex Reason (the left actor in the banner) passed away late last week. He would’ve been 87 on November 30th.

Reason’s acting career only lasted just over a decade in the 50’s and 60’s but he was quite prolific during that time. He acted on TV as well as several movies, including the sci-fi/horror films The Creature Walks Among Us and This Island Earth, where he played Dr. Cal Meacham, a brilliant scientist who is captured by aliens to assist them in their own interplanetary struggle.

According to Examiner, Reason made occasional visits to conventions and autograph shows. He also worked as a real estate broker after quitting acting.

We send our condolences to his family on their loss.

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David Plays God in ‘Alien: Covenant’ and Creates New Xenomorph Monsters!?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:11

Even before Ridley Scott’s Prometheus went behind cameras information was leaking out by the truckload. At the time it was all considered rumor and speculation, only at the end of the day most – if not all of it – was correct.

Scott is looking at February/March to begin production on Alien: Covenant, his Prometheus sequel set for launch on October 6, 2017.

While most filmmakers shroud their productions in secrecy, Scott has always been chatty, and reveals all sorts of spoiler-y goodies from his upcoming films. For examples, he’s prematurely announced the title (twice now), explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also revealed plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.

Oh, and he told of a new origin story for the elusive Xenomorphs.

The latter is important here as we dive into the following scoop, which comes courtesy of Scified:

“The movie will have 2 Monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The NEW Monster is a New Event, so it’s nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie…. it’s created by an event in the movie… and this New Monster is going to be based off of the Original Concept that Alien drew influence from, and this idea is something they had planned with Spaights’ Ultramorph and so Gigers Necomonicon 4 is the starting point. This Monster will be transparent like a Jelly Fish to a degree…. and it’s hinted that David plays a part in its creation.

The movie won’t be going the route of an Alien movie, just we will see more clues and things that we can relate and make connection to the Xeno DNA and Bio-Mechanics of the Engineers. The movie will loosely touch up on themes that can connect to the Prometheus Mythos and the Bible but more in respect to the Paradise Lost version of events but again loosely.

They won’t be going a full blown Ancient Aliens in detail on us, just we can make subtle links to themes, such as Rebellion, Order of Creation (that has multiple layers that does not start with the Engineers and does not end with David). Stealing of Forbiden Knowledge and Fire and how playing God and going against God always has dire consequences.”

If this were to prove true, it would connect to my own theory as to what the title Alien: Covenant means.

I also love the furthering of Michael Fassbender’s character, David, who now truly plays God on the Engineers’ planet.

The site further adds another thing to consider – “…the motivation behind this new alienis Spaihts’ ‘Ultramorph’, which played a role in his original draft for ‘Prometheus’ entitled ‘Alien: Engineers.’ In his draft, an Engineer gave birth to an Alien, but because the Engineer is much larger and more powerful than a human – as the Alien draws traits from its host – the spawn was known as the ‘Ultramorph’ and towered over its human-born cousins. The concept was scrapped for the first film, but concept art reveals what the creature would’ve looked like…”


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5 Things We Want to See in ‘Alien: Covenant’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:00

Now that Twentieth Century Fox has officially announced the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant as a real project that is in development, fans around the world can rejoice over the fact that we are finally getting another Alien movie. That being said, many people were disappointed in Prometheus, especially those who were expecting more of an actual Alien film. Personally, I enjoyed the film on its own terms but can’t help but wish for a film with more Xenomorphs (and not this kind of Xenomorph). Here is a list of five things we really want to see in Alien: Covenant. Please listen to us!

1. Horror

With the exception of Elizabeth’s grotesque C-section sequencePrometheus didn’t offer much in the way of horror. It was more a straight science-fiction film that posed many questions and failed to provide any answers. If Ridley Scott is going to title his movie Alien: Covenant, then he better damn well make it an Alien film. Give us some horror! This doesn’t necessarily mean gore, but make the central villain intimidating and scary. The Engineers were interesting villains, but they were hardly scary.

2. Tone Down the Religion

This could be a controversial request, but the overemphasis on religion turned a lot of people off from Prometheus. That film stood apart from the Alien films because it opted to take a different, more religious approach to the mythology. This is all well and good, and had the film not been billed as a prequel to Alien, those aspects may have been better received by the general public. Now that the sequel actually has the work “alien” in the title, the film will most likely tone down the religious aspects and focus more on what so many people love about the original franchise: aliens.

3. Xenomorphs

Speaking of aliens, let’s get more of them in the film! Real xenomorphs though, not whatever that thing was in the closing moments of Prometheus.

4. Winking Tributes to the Original Alien

Part of the problem with prequels is that they feel too compelled to connect the dots between them and the original films. The closing tag of Prometheus, with its non-xenomorph felt tacked on an unnecessary. For the most part, the film did a good job separating itself from the original franchise, which made its epilogue feel even more out of place. Alien: Covenant should feature subtle connections to Alien, but not glaringly obvious ones that take you out of the film.

5. Elizabeth Shaw

The official synopsis for Alien: Covenant mentions Michael Fassbender’s David, but fails to mention Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Show. It’s possible the studio is saving her reveal for a later date, but it’s posible they’re going to go the Alien 3 route and kill her of in the opening credits like Newt at Hicks. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT. It wasn’t cool in 1992 and it won’t be cool in 2017. Like it or not, Shaw is the Ripley of this franchise. After what she experienced in Prometheus, it would be fun to see a hardened Shaw kick some ass. Bring her back Mr. Scott!

What are some things you would like to see in Alien: Covenant? Let us know in the comments below or shoot me a Tweet!

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You Can Be an Ape in ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:52

Are you someone who wishes they could be in movies but never really wanted to be in the spotlight? If that’s the case, the team behind War of the Planet of the Apes has an opportunity that might be perfect for you.

Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Deathwatch) explains that anyone is able to enter to be in the film in a video that can be seen below. All they have to do is video themselves doing their best ape impression. If chosen, they’re flown to set where they’ll be put in a motion capture suit and then filmed for an appearance in the film!

On top of Andy Serkis, who will reprise his role as Caeser, the film stars Woody Harrelson, Gabriel Chavarria, Sara Canning, and Steve Zahn.

War of the Planet of the Apes is set for a July 14th, 2017 release date. Matt Reeves returns to direct after 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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Fox Adapting Rob Liefeld’s ‘Prophet’?!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:51

Back in the 90’s it sucked to collect comics. There were so many astounding artists, but even more awful storytellers. The comic biz was infiltrated by greed, and focused on holographic covers and charging extra for variants and celebrated every 25 issues like it was the ‘Death of Superman”.

In the middle of this was Image Comics, which was a new brand compromised of all of the elite talents, created by the likes of Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino.

One of the most popular series was Liefeld’s “X-Men”-esque “Youngblood,” which featured the first appearance of the character Prophet (issue #2).

The character would go on to have his own series, at one point drawn by the short-lived uber popular Stephen Platt (yes, he exemplified everything wrong with comics in the 90’s).

Now, nearly 25 years after his first appearance in 1992, Prophet is aiming to become a feature film.

And with Fox already adapting “Deadpool,” another of Liefeld’s creations, it’s no surprise that they’re also behind “Prophet.”

There’s no other news at this time other than the new take is being pitched as a mix between The Martian, Mad Max, and Avatar.

Via Wiki:

John Prophet, a poor and homeless man living in the World War II era, volunteered to participate in the medical experiments of Dr. Horatio Wells, a time-traveling scientist from the future who used DNA-enhancing methods to transform Prophet into a supersoldier. He was engineered to serve the evil Phillip Omen and programmed with murderous instincts. Wells had a change of heart though and changed Prophet’s programming from evil to a strong belief in God. Wells planned for Prophet to be placed into stasis for many years and then re-emerge in the future to help Wells’ people fight the evil Disciples. Eventually found by Youngblood, Prophet awakens disoriented, in a world he does not recognize, and he mistakes Youngblood for the Disciples and attacks.

It was later discovered that Prophet was not always in stasis after World War II, and had been used as “a mindless weapon of war” in Vietnam.

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Preview Jason Graves’ ‘Breach & Clear: Deadline’ OST [Exclusive]

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:00

Composer Jason Graves is a name you should know if you’re into horror, thriller, or action/adventure video games. With titles like Dead Space, Tomb Raider, Until Dawn, and more under his belt, his work has earned him multiple well deserved awards, including “Best Original Theme”, “Outstanding Achievement in Audio”, and nominatinos for “Music of the Year”.

We’re thrilled to bring you the chance to listen to two tracks from the upcoming soundtrack to Breach & Clear: Deadline, the zombie-filled action RPG that came out earlier this year. Composed by Graves, the music utilizes a arpeggiated synths and atmospheric pads to create something engaging and sinister, perfect for late nights.

You can pre-order your copy via Sumthing Else Music Works.

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[Sundance ’16] New Image From Rob Zombie’s ’31’!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:36

The Sundance Film Festival just broke the news that they’ll be World Premiering 31, Rob Zombie’s Halloween slasher, in the Park City at Midnight portion of the fest running from January 21-31 2016 in Park City, Utah.

The announcement came bearing a brand spanking new image from the film starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and even Meg Foster.

In 31, which will be released through Alchemy and was funded through, “Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and are held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.

Watch for release plans by the fest.

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[Sundance ’16] Rob Zombie’s ’31’ and Kevin Smith’s ‘Yoga Hosers’ to Premiere!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:19

The Sundance Film Festival has just announced their selections for the Park City at Midnight portion of the fest, running from January 21-31 2016 in Park City, Utah.

Like every year, there’s an insane amount of surprises to go along with some dark horse indies that we’ve never heard of.

The biggest surprises is that Rob Zombie’s Halloween slasher 31 will hold it’s World Premiere, as will Kevin Sith’s Tusk spinoff, Yoga Hosers, Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park and even Richard Bates Jr.’s Trash Fire!

You guys know all about Zombie and Smith, but Keating is an up-and-comer who is behind the astounding indies Darling and Pod, while Bates Jr. directed the Sundance hit Excision.

Here’s the full line-up.

31, Rob Zombie

Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and are held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.

Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Meg Foster.

Antibirth, Danny Perez

In a desolate community full of drug-addled marines and rumours of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a crazy night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions. As she struggles to get a grip on reality, the stories of conspiracy spread.

Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Mark Webber, Meg Tilly, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos.

The Blackout Experiments, Rich Fox

A group of friends discover the dark underworld of the ultra-scary, psychosexual horror experience called Blackout. But what starts as a thrill ride through the unknown becomes deeply personal, developing into an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy.

Carnage Park, Mickey Keating

The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they inexplicably find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper.

Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, James Landry Hébert, Larry Fessenden.

The Greasy Strangler, Jim Hosking

When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie’s Disco Walking Tour — the best and only disco walking tour in the city — a fight for Janet’s heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous Greasy Strangler is unleashed.

Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex, Jesse Keen, Joe David Walters.

Outlaws And Angels, JT Mollner

With a notorious bounty hunter closing in on their trail, a gang of cold-blooded outlaws invades the home of a seemingly innocent frontier family, where an unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues throughout the night, leading to seduction, role reversal, and ultimately bloody revenge.

Cast: Chad Michael Murray, Francesca Eastwood, Luke Wilson, Teri Polo, Madisen Beaty, Nathan Russell.

Trash Fire, Richard Bates Jr.

When Owen is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit, and murder. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be scarred for life.

Cast: Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, AnnaLynne McCord, Fionnula Flanagan, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Santiago.

Under The Shadow (UK-Jordan), Babak Anvari

Tehran, 1988: As the Iran-Iraq War rumbles into its eighth year, a mother and daughter are slowly torn apart by the bombing campaigns on the city coupled with the country’s bloody revolution. As they struggle to stay together amidst these terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment.

Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi.

Yoga Hosers, Kevin Smith

Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store.

Cast: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp, Justin Long, Austin Butler, Tyler Posey.

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Which Horror Movie Props Would You Love To Own?

bloody disgusting - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 16:00

Horror movie prop collecting is expensive, it’s difficult, and it’s incredibly rewarding. There’s something special about having a piece of a film’s history in your home, something that you can look at and recognize from the movie itself. But as we all know, that shit ain’t cheap.

But what if you had a magic wand or a genie or something along those lines that could get you a few of your most desired props? Are there any specific pieces from horror movies that you’ve been craving for a long time?

Below are a few of mine and then I want you to tell me about the ones that have the greatest appeal for you!

Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions – Nix’s Mask

If you haven’t seen this movie in a while, do yourself a favor and grab the director’s cut and give it another chance. The theatrical version is pretty awful. It’s rife with plot holes, awkward edits, and just strange progressions. But the director’s cut adds a ton of content that really takes this movie from a 0 to a 10 real fast.

Nix’s mask is one of those props from this film that just looks incredibly cool and has a fun story mythology it. Again, watch the movie to get the details.

As a quick side note, R.I.P. Daniel von Bargen. I hope you have found peace.

Evil Dead – The Necklace

While everyone is probably clamoring for the necronomicon or the chainsaw, I want the necklace because it’s such an integral part of the story AND it’s just a rather charming little piece. Plus, I can hang it from the neck of a Frankenstein statuette or something similar to mix films.

Alien – Sleeping Pod

Many, many years ago, I had a subscription to Nintendo Power. This was back when it was covering games only on the NES and Game Boy. In one issue, they had a contest where they were giving away one of the sleeping pods from I think it was Alien 3. In any case, I desperately wanted it and I still do to this day. In fact, it’s a prop that I would actually use. I’m one of those people who is comfortable in enclosed spaces, so this would be a great place to get some sleep. For example, whenever I have needed an MRI, I pass out within minutes of being fed into the machine, even with all the loud clanging and scanning.

A Nightmare on Elm Street – Freddy’s Glove

Okay, so this one is probably one of the most obvious choices in horror history. But can you imagine having an actual glove that was used by Robert Englund in your house? How frickin’ cool would that be?! Michael’s mask? Whatever. Jason’s machete? I can live without it. But Freddy’s glove? That’s something unique and creative, something that really stands out

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[Next On] “Ash vs Evil Dead” Episode 105, ‘The Host’ Trailer

bloody disgusting - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:21

I hope you guys are keeping up with “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Starz.

Last night we saw Ash (Bruce Campbell) go on an insane trip, which reveals sidekick Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) is possessed by a demon. But the biggest moment is when Ruby (Lucy Lawless) reveals that she’s in possession of Ash’s hand that he lopped off 30 years prior in Evil Dead II. The was the first time the show has actually connected back to the original films in the series, and it was welcomed with open arms. There was also the tease that Pablo (Ray Santiago) is crafting a brand new hand for Ash, which has me wondering if we’ll eventually see an amped up chainsaw like in the awesome Evil Dead video game (a circular saw, baby!).

Most of all, though, is that I disagree with the majority regarding the special effects. I’ve seen people putting the demon effect on blast, while I personally think it’s a wicked cool look. So far, this season doesn’t have much dead weight, and I expect it to assemble together to create an epic 3-hour long movie.

Until then, we can look ahead to next Saturday’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” Ep 105, ‘The Host,’ which looks like Ash may lose the use of his man-part: “Kelly’s current state puts others in jeopardy. This forces Pablo to make a brave move and Ash to reveal a new side to his character. Ruby and Fisher join forces in pursuit of Ash.

Check out the trailer below.

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[TV Review] “South of Hell” Isn’t Anything New, But Has Potential

bloody disgusting - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:02

It seems as though the world just cannot get enough supernatural TV dramas these days, which is both a good and a bad thing. While this is the golden age of speculative television, channel competition often results in unoriginal shows pandering to some other, better program’s target audience. This is sadly the case with Eli Roth’s South of Hell, though the show hints at a huge amount of untapped potential.

The series begins as a South Carolina based version of CW’s Supernatural, though it focuses solely on demons for now. The story revolves around Maria Abascal, played by Mena Suvari, a troubled woman that shares her body with the demonic entity Abigail. Aided by her drug-addicted brother, David (played by Zacharry Booth), Maria struggles to make ends meet as a kind of freelance exorcist, using her darker side to her advantage when facing otherworldly adversaries. When Reverend Elijah Bledsoe, played by Lamman Rucker, asks for her help, Maria happens upon larger plans for the forces of hell.

The plot here is standard enough for this kind of series, and the execution isn’t anything special either. The budget seems to be way below what is usually considered the minimum to properly convey genuinely scary stories, but it does have a kind of indie charm that’s surprisingly hard to find on modern television. The acting is overall average, but Suvari seems to be genuinely engaged as both Maria and the demon residing within her.

Of course, first episodes alone can’t be used as a basis to judge an entire series, but the case of the week format with a ‘The Exorcist’ spin on it probably isn’t enough to keep audiences invested for an entire season, though it is a fresh enough idea that it might work within an overarching story. The pilot does hint at an overall larger and scarier world that these characters inhabit, where demons plot against hypocritical preachers and common southern folk alike.

Though it can be classified as a horror series, there’s not much to South of Hell that a well-versed fan of horror movies and shows would call scary. The sub-par digital effects and occasionally mediocre acting ruin most of the creepy moments. Despite the lack of scares, however, there is a wonderful southern vibe permeating the entire episode and really grounding the story. If better executed in the future, this could be a big reason to revisit the series every week.

All in all, South of Hell has a great basic idea but stumbles during execution. The characters aren’t memorable enough yet to warrant viewer investment, but it’s very possible that, with enough time and better writing, the series could evolve into something more. This could be the low-budget Supernatural that audiences would devour while their preferred series is on hiatus, though I’m not sure that we need another one of these right now.

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Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell Recreated Using LEGOs

bloody disgusting - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:00

One of the most terrifying yet enduring visions of Hell is Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno“, which is an allegory tale that follows the author as he is accompanied by the Roman poet Virgil on a tour through the fiery pits. It’s an incredibly imaginative and terrifying work that has been around since the 14th century, becoming a timeless classic.

Coming to today, Romanian artist Mihai Mihu, who uses LEGOs to create amazing but also somewhat terrifying pieces of art, has posted photos where he took Dante’s nine circles of Hell and recreated them using the child building block toys. The final result is something that I would absolutely put on my mantle as an art collective. If you’re a fan of the book or even the visual aesthetics of the EA video game, this is something you’ll want to check out.

Below is the gallery and I’ve also included an infographic that explains each level. You can see more of Mihu’s work on his Flickr Page.

The nine circles of hell from Dante's Inferno recreated in Lego by Mihai Mihu

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Vin Diesel Returns as ‘Riddick’ in New Sequel and Television Series!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 18:28

David Twohy‘s 2000 Pitch Black was our major introduction to action star Vin Diesel, who went on to become a household name with The Fast and the Furious.

And even though Diesel has become one of the biggest players in the game, he’s always continued to do projects for himself. It’s one of the things I love about him. While Diesel could take on countless franchise roles, he continues to force projects into production that he personally loves. A perfect example is The Last Witch Hunter, which was an obvious disaster at the box office. But before that, there was Pitch Black, which has been the glue to his roots. Nobody is asking for sequels based on the film, but he continues to back them, presumably because he enjoys the character, and working with Twohy.

Pitch Black was followed by the 2004 The Chronicles of Riddick, and then the surprisingly successful 2013 Riddick (it nearly passed $100 million worldwide). I personally never believed Riddick would happen, so when Diesel stated that another sequel was in the works, I’ve learned to believe him. Talk about a guy who stands his ground and gets shit done.

Anyways, Diesel acts as his own publicist quite a bit, prematurely announcing everything (he uses this to his advantage). So, it comes as an unsurprising surprise that he’s announced that the adventures of Riddick will continue in both a feature film sequel and television series!

Diesel’s One Race Films is behind both, with Twohy starting work on the script for Chronicles of Riddick: Furia next month. The series is tentatively titled “Merc City” and will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe.

Riddick was an astoundingly fun sequel that reignited my love for the character and had me both believing in Diesel’s passion of the franchise, and begging for more.

The franchise began with Pitch Black, in which a commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

Last night Our company had a party to launch Our TV division. Very exciting. MERC CITY is a show that will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe. Next Month, DT begins writing the next Chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick… FURIA. #HappyFurianFriday

A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:18am PST

Categories: Horror News

‘The Crow’ Reboot Will Shoot With or Without a Star

bloody disgusting - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 12:02

Relativity Studio’s reboot of The Crow, which is based on James O’ Barr’s 1989 comic book series, is planning on shooting at some point in the first half of 2016. Meanwhile, the film has no star, having lost Jack Huston earlier this year.

Producer Ed Pressman tells Variety, “Corin and I are discussing as we speak who to go to, to play The Crow. We’ll find The Crow and shoot it in the first half of next year.

Furthermore, Pressman explains, “Relativity is putting up a good amount of money to do that. They are putting up significant holding money. They are moving ahead in a constructive and positive way and Ryan Kavanaugh [Founder and CEO of Relativity Media] seems totally committed to this theme.

Although the project nearly lost director Corin Hardy (The Hallow), he’s still on board and ready to take this project forward.

The role of Eric Draven, aka “The Crow”, has been a revolving door of possible actors, including Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, and the above mentioned Huston. Now, that seat is empty and it doesn’t seem like there is anyone that is in the running for the tortured soul. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what flaps its way into the discussion!

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Shocker: “Gravity Falls” Creator Cancels Series

bloody disgusting - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 11:43

One of the best new animated shows was Disney XD’s “Gravity Falls,” a bizarre amalgamation of children’s storytelling blended with the occult.

Being as popular as it was, it’s shocking how few episodes were made, and how long fans had to wait between each of them.

This year has been cause for celebration as a handful of new episodes began to air. Only now fans will have the rug pulled out from under them.

“Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch made the announcement on Twitter: “Hey guys. Gravity Falls has been an amazing journey, but the rumors are true- its reaching its finale #GravityFinale”

“There’s no easy way to say it so I’m just going to say it: ‘Gravity Falls’ is coming to an end,” he explained in the aforementioned Tumblr post. “There are two more episodes left: ‘Weirdmageddon II: Escape from Reality’ and ‘Weirdmageddon III’ which will be our hour-long series finale. After that, ‘Gravity Falls’ as we know it will be over.”

The shocker is that “Gravity Falls” wasn’t canceled, and that Hirsh is terminating the serious on his own accord.

“This is 100% my choice, and its something I decided on a very long time ago,” Hirsh added. “I always designed ‘Gravity Falls’ to be a finite series about one epic summer- a series with a beginning, middle, and end. There are so many shows that go on endlessly until they lose their original spark, or mysteries that are cancelled before they ever get a chance to payoff.”

The good news is that those readers unaware of “Gravity Falls” can now binge the entire series that follows Dipper and Mabel Pines, who spend the summer at their great uncle’s tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. They think it’s just going to be another usual summer, until mysterious things begin occurring all over town.

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Bold Films Becomes Indestructible in ’13 Days to Midnight’

bloody disgusting - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 11:25

Bold Films is stepping into the YA ring with the acquisition of Patrick Carman’s 2010 novel 13 Days to Midnight, reports Deadline.

Combining themes of super powers, ancient conspiracies and growing into adulthood, the story is a dark morality tale centered on Jacob Fielding, a teenager who receives incredible power when his foster father whispers to him ‘you are indestructible.’ That power however comes with it a dark history that Jacob must discover to keep himself and his friends alive.

There’s a plethora of impressive names attached to this project: Bold Films is financing and will produce the feature film adaptation, and has tapped Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and Kate Siegel (Hush) to write the current draft of the script. An earlier draft was written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop). Trevor Macy (Oculus, Safe House) developed the script and will produce for Intrepid Pictures. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) will produce for the company, with Bold CEO Gary Michael Walters executive producing along with Marc D. Evans.

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