This week, Don and Justin talk “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”, “Sin City” bombing at the box office, and other things like what it means to be “doxxed” and why we hope we don’t regret teaching anyone what that means.
NOTE: Please excuse the audio issues. Equipment was acting up.
Last year 20th Century Fox hired Jack Paglen to write a script for Prometheus 2, Ridley Scott’s follow-up to his Alien prequel that, while performed well, was panned by critics.
Since then, Scott’s been working hard. A bit too hard. He’s got a lot on his plate and it’s chasing the director to have a serious logjam.
In an interview with EW he reveals that he not only has The Martian to deal with, but that both Blade Runner and Prometheus are in the pipeline. In fact, they’re ready to go.
When pressed as to when Blade Runner might happen, Scott says, “Probably after [The Martian].” He furthers his talk by addressing Prometheus, “That’s the problem,” Scott says. “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”
While he doesn’t speak on Prometheus, he had this to say about Blade Runner:“[Blade Runner 2] is written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.”
Watch this spot for more as Scott figures out plans for the future (figuratively and literally).
Although a bit trite, Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island adaptation was a pretty fun flick, although it would be better suited four the small screen.
Deadline reports that HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series. Tentatively titled “Ashecliffe,” the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel that Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in.
“Ashecliffe” is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment use for the mentally ill.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo last directed the horrid 2011 Intruders, although he was behind the incredibly fun 2007 28 Weeks Later, pictured. Now, it appears he’s trapped in development hell.
Always attached to some horror movie (i.e. The Crow and Pet Sematary), nothing has come into fruition.
Now, Variety writes that Twentieth Century Fox is in negotiations with Fresnadillo to develop thriller The Last Witness with an eye to directing. Spoiler: it won’t happen.
“Witness is a ticking-clock thriller about the lone survivor of a bomb attack in Boston.”
Fox set up the project, written by Danish scribe Stefan Jaworski, in 2011 with John Davis’ Davis Entertainment.
As much as I love the horror genre, it’s far from perfect. Much like the SHODAN, this genre is always evolving, learning and adapting. It’s always studying those puny insects who play its games, the same predictable sacks of meat and bone who return year after year looking for their horror fix.
Every once in a while our favorite genre imitates its human creators and does something wrong. The result is something that we — the insects I mentioned earlier who habitually return seeking to satiate our hunger for delicious horror gaming goodness — with a game or even a small part of a game that’s not very good. The level of suck one feels when this happens is made exponentially worse when the game in question is good, or worse, great. How could a mistake like this be made, you ask, as tears of frustration blur your vision and the screen that’s still displaying the mistake that tried to ruin your good time.
Because recognizing the problem is the first step to remedying it, I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be some of the horror genre’s worst offenders. If/when I miss something, I’ll leave it to you to set me straight in the comments.
The 2014 Prime Time Emmy Awards are in the books, and though most of Seth Meyers' jokes fell flatter than Olive Oyl's chest, there were two bright spots for horror fans!
Two of "American Horror Story: Coven's" leads - Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates - each took home Emmy gold for their work as Fiona Goode and Madame Delphine LaLaurie, respectively. Lange nabbed the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie and Bates nailed down the one for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie.
"American Horror Story: Coven" certainly ended on a sour note, but there's no doubt that the witchy duo were the hottest thing going during every second that they had on screen. In her acceptance speech Bates seemed pretty pumped for the upcoming "American Horror Story: Freak Show" so here's hoping for good things!
Season 4 of "American Horror Story" features returning stars Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars, Kathy Bates as Effil Darling, Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson doing double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters playing Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts as Maggie.
"AHS" newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and also joining the show this season is John Carroll Lynch ("Fargo"), who will play a core villain. Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle round out the cast.
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" is set in 1950s Florida and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time. Look for the season premiere on Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00 pm ET/PT.
Ohio industrial metal band Mushroomhead have released an official music video for their track “Out Of My Head”, which comes from their latest album The Righteous & The Butterfly. The video takes place in an almost Nazi-esque storyline, with the bandmembers planning attacks on major US cities and torturing people, all while wearing militaristic outfits in a retro environment.
Watch the video below!
Each member of Mushroomhead submitted a Top 5 list to Bloody-Disgusting earlier this year. You can read each one here.
A very cool image gallery has come to attention that “walks” people through Sighișoara, Romania, which is located in the historic region of Transylvania and is considered to be the birthplace of Vlad Tepes III, who was the inspiration for Count Dracula. The gallery shows beautiful photos of this antiquated town, which is one of the few fortified Eastern European towns that is still inhabited.
The gallery can be seen below, courtesy of Reddit user mega002M.
After the premake of The Thing lots of horror fans wanted to lock Mary Elizabeth Winstead up along with everyone else who botched what should have been a killer flick. Still, it wasn't really her fault, and she's back in a new horror flick, The Cellar.
According to Variety, Winstead is in negotiations to star in Paramount and Bad Robot’s new film which also stars John Goodman. Dan Trachtenberg will direct with J.J. Abrams producing for Bad Robot.
The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe, and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.
Dan Casey wrote the most recent version of the script. Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken penned the original draft.
Elijah Wood's production company, SpectreVision, has another project coming our way soon, this time with Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are) and Zodiac Features. That's right, fiends; get ready for what's being referred to as an "anthropological zombie film" in Curse the Darkness.
Deadline reports that Grau is directing from a script by Brandon Maurice Williams, and Zodiac is funding and co-producing the project. The film is set against the backdrop of the Louisiana sugarcane fields and the systematic exploitation of labor and undocumented workers by large corporations.
Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller will produce for SpectreVision. Curse the Darkness begins lensing in October in Louisiana and marks the latest U.S. project for Grau, who also helmed a segment in anthology The ABCs of Death and makes his American feature debut in the upcoming Big Sky, starring Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgewick, and Frank Grillo.
It’s rare for a series to find its groove three games in, but that’s exactly what developer Yager plans on doing with Dead Island 2. It’s still way too early to tell, but it seems as if Yager has found what worked in the first two games — co-op multiplayer, brutal combat, weapon crafting, open world — and cut out everything that didn’t.
The result is the game you can see in action in the video below, courtesy of Eurogamer. This game is shaping up to be the Dead Island sequel fans have been looking for.
Dead Island 2 arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
Pay for your sins. Especially if that sin is kissing a dead slasher on his lips…
See No Evil 2, which features star wrestler Kane as “Jacob Goodnight” (I laugh every time they use him name in the trailer), a psychopath that goes on a killing spree, will be available on Digital HD and Video On Demand Friday, October 17th, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on Tuesday, October 21st.
Starring Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet II), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs Jason), Greyston Holt (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Chelan Simmons (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Kaj Eriksen and Lee Majdoub, from the pic directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), the first clip show Isabelle unbuttoning her shirt a bit and then seducing a dead Jacob Goodnight. Will her kiss wake Sleeping Beauty?
“A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.“
DVD and Blu-ray special features will include: “Twisted Twins (Soska Sisters)” featurette, “Autopsy: Dissecting the Kills” featurette and “Kane’s Goodnight: An Icon Reborn” featurette
The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead is in negotiations to star in Paramount and Bad Robot’s The Cellar, says Variety. The pic also stars the hilarious John Goodman.
“The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.”
Dan Trachtenberg, who is behind “Portal: No Escape,” will direct, with J.J. Abrams producing for Bad Robot..
Dan Casey wrote the most recent version of the script. Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken penned the original draft.
SpectreVision, the film production shingle founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller, has teamed with Zodiac Features on “anthropological zombie film” Curse the Darkness, reports Deadline.
Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau is directing from a script by Brandon Maurice Williams and Zodiac is funding and co-producing the project.
“The pic is set against the backdrop of the Louisiana sugarcane fields and the systematic exploitation of labor and undocumented workers by large corporations.”
Wood, Noah, and Waller will produce for SpectreVision.
Curse the Darkness begins lensing in October in Louisiana and marks the latest U.S. project for Grau, who made his feature debut with the incredible We Are What We Are, pictured, helmed a segment in anthology The ABCs of Death, and makes his American feature debut in the upcoming Big Sky starring Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgewick and Frank Grillo.
You may not know him by name, but there’s a decent chance you’ve played a game that Joe Fielder had a hand in making. Fielder spent five years at Irrational Games, where he co-wrote BioShock Infinite and its Burial at Sea DLC. When Irrational Games closed its doors in February, a lot of talented developers, including Fielder, were left without work. This had a happy result though, as he and a handful of other ex-Irrational devs decided to form a new studio where they could pursue the kinds of games that appeal to them. Trippy, weird games.
Their new studio is called Day to Night Games, and their debut project — a surreal first person game called The Black Glove — looks both delightfully strange and refreshingly unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
The game is set in a 1920s style theater called The Equinox, in which players are tasked with exploring and altering the pasts of three of its performers, including an artist, a filmmaker, and a musician. How you go about accomplishing this is anyone’s guess, but I imagine it’ll have something to do with a black glove.
Doing so will affect the game’s narrative, and the effect it has depends entirely on you. “The story will tie directly into the gameplay,” Fielder tells Polygon. “Even a wrong turn, even misinterpreting a hint or just experimenting could produce interesting results. You’ll have all these different sites to see, wonders to behold. There’ll be large changes to the narrative and to the world around you.”
Sounds like a real trip, something like Remember Me, if it had been crafted by David Lynch and set entirely in an art deco era theater.
Fielder and his team plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign for The Black Glove on Kickstarter next month, so there’s a good chance we’ll get to see some gameplay footage soon. Until then, enjoy these screenshots.
After years of slaying zombies and then sucking on twisters, Sarah Wayne Callies has a new beast to tame! She's set to Pay the Ghost with Nicolas Cage. We pray for both her sanity and safety.
Deadline reports that Cage will star as a professor whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade in New York City. One year later he begins to sense his son’s presence and uncovers clues leading to a vicious and vengeful ghost that surfaces each Halloween to abduct children.
Callies will play Kristen, Cage’s estranged wife and a whip smart environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to recover their son before he’s lost to the spirit world forever.
Dan Kay (Timber Falls) is handling script duties as he adapts Tim Lebbon's short story of the same name. Kay developed the script with Midnight Kitchen Productions' Ian Levy, which was then acquired by Voltage Films.
The most surprising thing about this story is that Uli Edel is still directing. I haven't seen his name attached to anything since the early 90s, when the director helmed the Madonna thriller Body of Evidence and a Season Two episode of "Twin Peaks." Turns out he's been plenty busy in the interim.
When Deep Silver first revealed Dead Island 2, the fact that it wasn’t another grim CGI trailer made it immediately apparent that this Dead Island will be different. I expected it to be another decent tropical zombie bash ‘em up that would do a sufficient job of keeping me and my friends busy for a few months until something else comes along.
It’s obvious their ambitions are loftier than that with this sequel, and much of that ambition rests on its new developer. Replacing Techland is Yager, the studio that showed us all how awful war can be with the relentlessly grim Spec Ops: The Line.
A talented developer is no guarantee of a game’s quality, and neither is actual in-game footage. The latter is a tough lesson I’ve learned from games like Aliens: Colonial Marines and the 2008 reboot of Alone in the Dark. What we’ve seen of Dead Island 2 so far certainly looks like a Dead Island game, with its vibrant colors, brutal melee combat and undead hordes, but this game also promises to be as different as it is familiar to fans of the series.
I enjoyed Dead Island and, to a lesser extent, its pseudo-sequel Riptide. The addictive co-op helped me overlook the repetition and uninspired quests, but I’ve never been able to fully ignore the series’ wildly inconsistent tone. Both games have struggled with this. Their trailers were serious — bordering on the depressing — but the games they were created to market were lighter and focused more on combat than on delivering effective, emotional tales of human survival.
Jörg Friedrich, Design Director at Yager, addressed this frustrating issue in a recent interview with Wired, where he explained some of the inspirations behind the tone of the upcoming sequel. “We’re not trying to be silly. We’re not Shaun of the Dead or Dead Rising. We’re not running around in pink underpants with a teddy bear hat.”
Friedrich clearly isn’t afraid to throw a bit of shade at the competition, and I’m all for that. It’s interesting though, because Dead Rising 3 also shares the same tonal problems the Dead Island series has struggled with. It’s impossible to take a serious cut-scene seriously when it comes thirty seconds after I deployed a machine gun teddy bear to mow down a few hundred zombies so I could crush a couple thousand more on the motorcycle I outfitted with a steamroller, all while dressed as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.
I called myself the Yellow Mist, by the way, and the newly reanimated citizens of Los Perdidos quickly learned to fear the roaring sound of my modified bike, for they new its thunderous roar meant the imminent arrival of death.
So where is Yager taking inspiration from? It sounds like they’re looking in exactly the right place.
“We’re more inspired by Zombieland.” Friedrich continues. “That’s a serious zombie movie and the scenario’s not fun. But what makes it fun and interesting is that the characters don’t have the usual motivations of just surviving.”
That gives me a lot of confidence in the developer, because it shows they already have a clearer plan for this series than Techland ever had. Zombieland was ridiculously successful in balancing its copious amounts of humor and emotion in a very natural way. Accomplishing that with Dead Island 2 will be no easy feat, but I think Yager is more than up to the challenge.
Dead Island 2 is slated to hit PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
More casting news has come in for the second entry into Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich's surreal wonderland known as The Devil’s Carnival (review). Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) has joined the ever-growing cast of The Devil's Carnival 2: Alleluia.
Moseley joins the previously announced Zdunich, Brea Grant, Paul Sorvino, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Marc Senter, Dayton Callie, Barry Bostwick, Ted Neeley, Adam Pascal, and David Hasselhoff. Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.
Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman. Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.
It’s truly amazing how much the Silent Hill series means to people. Personally, I’ve been a huge fan since the first game came out. I’ve owned each game (except for Book Of Memories and that’s because I don’t want to buy a Vita), multiple copies of the soundtracks, and more.
For musician Benn Down (aka Quiet One), it was an opportunity to connect musically to a feeling he had inside. He did so by covering Simon And Garfunkel‘s infamous song “Sound Of Silence”, albeit giving it a slightly darker twist than the original.
When I originally heard the rumours about ‘Silent Hills’ I felt compelled to write a song for the game. I tried a few different songs and then I heard Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” on the radio. I instantly knew that I could rework it to make a truly special song for Silent Hills. This version of ‘Sound of Silence’ is for you. Thank you so much for your support.
I decided to make a revised trailer for the upcoming ‘Silent Hills’. I understand that the games and the films are separate in regards to storyline (the games are canon) however the imagery from the films was so iconic that I couldn’t resist. Please enjoy this re-imagining and please enjoy the songs.
Below is the trailer featuring the cover. You can download the cover for free here.
Exclusive time, kids! During this past weekend's Film4 FrightFest, footage of See No Evil 2 was shown to the thunderously loud crowd. Even though the majority of you couldn't make the fest itself, we have an exclusive sampling of the goods!
Greyston Holt, Chelan Simmons, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, and Lee Majdoub star alongside Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, and Michael Eklund in the Soska Sisters-helmed See No Evil 2 starring WWE Superstar KANE®.
Lionsgate will handle worldwide distribution of See No Evil 2, while WWE Studios will utilize its extensive global reach through television, digital, and social media and print assets to market the film.
Look for it on VOD & Digital HD begins October 17, 2014 and then on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2014.
Jacob Goodnight (WWE superstar “Kane”) fell to his apparent demise from high atop the Blackwell Hotel in See No Evil, and this terrifying sequel picks up where the last one left off. With Jacob's body lying on a cold sub-basement slab in the city morgue, Amy (Danielle Harris), a mortician, is surprised when a group of friends pay her a late-night visit for her birthday. But the surprise soon turns deadly when the psychopath everyone believed to be dead sets-out on a horrific killing spree, and Amy and her friends must do whatever it takes to survive.