Believe it or not, Paramount Pictures’ 2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was a monster success. Even though it only took in $55M domestically, it turned in $225M worldwide. Not too shabby.
It’s also no surprise that, with a hit like that, Paramount is moving head with a sequel, Paramount Pictures International svp, EMEA Edward Ryan told CineEurope attendees.
Both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are presumably attached to return as Hansel & Gretel, two bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
Tommy Wirkola directed the first film.
If Portal had taken place in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu universe, Magrunner: Dark Pulse would be the end result. Developed by Frogwares — the same studio that’s currently hard at work on a new Call of Cthulhu — Magrunner is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that was ambitious, even if it wasn’t entirely successful in blending two very different genres. I’m all for unusual games, but for some reason this one never managed to keep my interest. Now that it’s free, I may have to give it another chance.
If you’re interested, you can grab it here for free.
Aliens, sex, alien sex and other gruesome goings-on are the can’t-miss ingredients for chilling fun in the truly out-there shocker Almost Human (read our review), which has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group.
Two years ago, Mark Fisher (Josh Ethier; Contracted, Scavengers) disappeared from his home in rural Maine in a brilliant flash of otherworldly blue light. His friend Seth Hampton (Graham Skipper, upcoming in Dementia) was the last to see him alive. Now, Seth is having disturbing premonitions that Mark has returned as something other than human. When grisly, violent murders start taking place in the community, Seth and his girlfriend Jen Craven (Vanessa Leigh; The Last Halloween) discover that Mark is indeed back, and that there is something terribly evil inside of him.
Almost Human, an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, comes packed with special features on Blu-ray and DVD, including commentaries, a full-length making-of feature, a look behind the scenes and theatrical trailer.
“MPH” #2 epitomizes Millar’s “sit back and enjoy the ride” style in more ways than one. After hilariously taking revenge on the thug that got him thrown in jail, Roscoe bestows the gift of MPH on his friends Chevy and Rosa and takes them on a lightspeed romp across the country. The gang discusses the ramifications and potential of their new powers in a way that feels honest and relatable. Millar showcases his ability to ground his characters in reality while living larger than life.
ART BY: Duncan Fegredo
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Reviewed by Epic Switzer
When kids from the Slums get a hold of “MPH”, a drug that allows the user to stop time and move faster than light, they react expectedly; stealing, vandalizing, and taking revenge on their enemies. Roscoe hasn’t necessarily crossed the line, yet, but that idea is certainly something writer Mark Millar has planted in readers minds from the very beginning. How far will they take things? What will be the consequences? These questions will definitely motivate me to keep coming back for more “MPH.”
This book encourages us to have as much fun as the characters. At midpoint Roscoe and his friends have a tongue-in-cheek discussion challenging the physics that allow them to move as fast as they do while still being able to talk to each other. Roscoe literally tells Chevy to sit back and enjoy the ride. This isn’t that type of book, rather, this is a character driven story depicting the rise and (eventually) the fall of our heroes who started with nothing and now have the world at their fingertips.
For a five issue mini-series, it is essential to do all the setup as quickly as possible, and that’s exactly what Millar has done in the first two issues. Issue #3 will undoubtedly depict the trio at the height of their infamy before yanking the rug out from under them in what I’m hoping is a tight, satisfying, and sincerely worth reading series. It seems very likely “MPH” will be adapted into a feature as it is apparent how readily the story lends to the film format. Millar is a master of his craft.
The only thing that really hurts this book is the fact that the last page sting is almost exactly the same as the sting in the first issue. It may seem nitpicky, but it doesn’t do much to heighten the threat of the antagonist when we see basically the same scene play out. Still, a fun read in the “enjoy it for what it is” category and a potentially valuable title for you long box when “MPH” comes to a theater near you.
Our favorite goblin-themed band Nekrogoblikon will be performing this Friday at LA’s infamous Whiskey A Go Go with direct support from “post-neanderthal analogue synthesists” Fartbarf (what a name, right?). To hype up the upcoming concert, John Goblikon and vocalist Scorpion posted a video with a surprise guest appearance from “No One Survives” actress Kayden Kross, which you can check out below.
Tickets are available here.
The mythical monkey's paw grants its possessor 3 wishes, and today, June 17, Scream Factory is granting 3 wishes to celebrate the release of The Monkey's Paw on Blu-ray/DVD. Well, not exactly, but Scream Factory is indeed giving away copies of The Monkey's Paw on Blu-ray to 3 lucky Dread Central readers. Read on for the details.
Dread Central readers can enter this contest by sending an email to email@example.com, including your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
If the above link doesn't work for you, email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Monkey's Paw Blu-ray."
Don't forget to include your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS. Please note that this contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only and will end at 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, June 23rd, 2014. Please note that by entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Scream Factory/Shout! Factory use of your email address.
If you cannot wait, you can buy The Monkey's Paw Blu-ray directly from Scream Factory's website.
One wish. A thousand regrets. Scream Factory presents The Monkey’s Paw from Chiller Films on Blu-ray and DVD on June 17 with bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, a theatrical trailer, and commentary with director Brett Simmons, cinematographer Scott Winig, and actor CJ Thomason.
After Jake Tilton (CJ Thomason, Sutures) acquires a mystical "monkey's paw" talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, he finds his world turned upside-down after his first two wishes result in his malevolent coworker, Tony Cobb (Stephen Lang, Avatar), being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder – forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones.
Also starring Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, Nurse 3D), Charles S. Dutton (Legion), Michelle Pierce ("NCIS"), and Daniel Hugh Kelly (Cujo), The Monkey’s Paw is adapted from the renowned short story by W.W. Jacobs and picks up where the story left off.
Collider caught up with director/producer/writer Paul W.S. Anderson, who unveiled the latest details on the upcoming sixth chapter of the Resident Evil franchise, including its tentative title. Read on for the details.
"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the working title," Anderson tells the site. "It may end up being the final title, but that’s what’s written on the front page of my script… I’m right in the middle of [the first draft]."
When asked if this will indeed be the last chapter in his Resident Evil universe, Anderson replied, "That’s what’s on the title page; it’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so absolutely."
Milla Jovovich will be returning as Alice, and Li Bingbing will be back also as Ada Wong.
More as we learn it!
For those of you who dug The Dead (pictured above) and The Dead 2: India, you’ll be glad to know that writer/director Howard J. Ford (who wrote and directed those films with his brother Jonathan) has been tapped to write and direct the revenge thriller Never Let Go.
Per Deadline, the film in Morocco in September. The plot “ follows an American single mother on vacation in a beautiful but unfamiliar land who takes the law into her own hands when her child is abducted. As her quest for justice continues, her political connections back in the U.S. raise the stakes higher than at first glance.”
Never Let Go is currently searching for its female lead.
Forget eating dinner, Collider scored massive new details about the next installment of Resident Evil, which is tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (a clear reference to Friday the 13th).
The site caught up with franchise director/producer/writer Paul W.S. Anderson, who updates the status of the delayed production, while also revealing the potential title.
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the working title. It may end up being the final title, but that’s what’s written on the front page of my script… I’m right in the middle of [the first draft].”
Anderson also confirms that he’s writing this draft as if it’s the final movie:
“That’s what’s on the title page, it’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so absolutely.”
While the sixth and final film was to be released this September, Anderson did tell the site that there is still no start date as they have to complete the screenplay first.
Milla Jovovich is confirmed to return as Alice. The fifth film, the 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution, ended with Alice and co. taking a final stand at the White House. I’m excited to see this premise come to life – maybe they’ll even go to space?
You’ll find more over at the above link, including talk about filming the finale in 3-D.
A brand new motion one-sheet has arrived for Eli Roth's next film, The Green Inferno (review), and it will make the Germaphobe in you start squealing! Check it out courtesy of Beware the Horror Blog.
Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Sky Ferreira star.
From acclaimed horror director, Eli Roth, THE GREEN INFERNO follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.
We finally have details on FX’s debut episode of “The Strain,” from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
Del Toro directs Episode 1.01, ‘Night Zero,’ airing July 13, 10:00 pm e/p.
“When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC’s Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. Harlem pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian races to the airport, convinced that what looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister.”
“The Strain” stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Roger Cross, Leslie Hope, Regina King, Robert Maillet, Lauren Lee Smith, Miguel Gomez, Kevin Durand, David Bradley, and Richard Sammel.
I love a truly bizarre story, especially one about a copy of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser on VHS!
Explains Time Out London:
For the last few years, a VHS copy of 1987 horror film ‘Hellraiser’ – the moving tale of a chap with a pincushion for a noggin – has sat atop the bus shelter by Lidl on Old Kent Road. You’re thinking, ‘That’s just littering.’ So were we. Until a second copy appeared. And then they both vanished. And then they came back. And vanished again. And returned again. And then a copycat VHS turned up on a Stoke Newington bus stop.
The article recounts the many sightings over the years, via Twitter and Flickr, that eventually lead to the discovery that the Hellraiser 2 was inside the plastic casing.
You can read all about the craziness at the above link – but for now here’s a few of those aforementioned tweets.
There's a VHS copy of Hellraiser (BBFC 18) on top of a bus shelter in Old Kent Road if anyone wants it.
— Martin Gaston (@squidmania) January 3, 2013
this is what Twitter is for – just seen a lone VHS box for the film Hellraiser sitting on top of Old Kent Road/East Street bus stop. #London
— Mike Hemsley (@mikejhemsley) April 18, 2013
On top of a bus stop on the Old Kent Road sits a VHS of Hellraiser. It's been there for at least a year. I now find it strangely comforting.
— Jon Croker (@joncroker) May 24, 2012
Damn! I almost got a shot of the Hellraiser VHS that's been stuck on this Elephant and Castle bus stop for eons! pic.twitter.com/AoYeZIZ2
— Danny O'Dwyer (@dannyodwyer) March 16, 2012
The VHS copy of Hellraiser on top of the bus stop on Old Kent Road was getting worn. So somebody threw ANOTHER VHS Hellraiser up there.
— Danny O'Dwyer (@dannyodwyer) January 25, 2013
There's a bus stop on Old Kent Road that, for a time, had a VHS copy of Hellraiser on it. Getting bleached by sun and rain…
— Tom Wateracre (@wateracre) April 13, 2013
… then it was joined by a second copy of Hellraiser. Two VHS copies of Hellraiser.
— Tom Wateracre (@wateracre) April 13, 2013
This morning, A FRESH VHS COPY OF HELLRAISER HAS APPEARED.
— Tom Wateracre (@wateracre) April 13, 2013
This video slipped past me when it first came out, so I’m bringing it up now because it’s rather hilarious. YouTube channel Legolamb re-scored one of the most iconic scenes in horror by removing John Williams‘ music from the climactic battle in Jaws and instead inserted a musical parody in the style of Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins, The Ring, Hannibal). The end result is a completely changed feel, one that drops the intensity and anxiety and instead completely overpowers the visuals.
Check it out below!
It's hard to believe we're at the midway point of the year already, but alas, Halloween is finally in sight and will likely be here before you know it. Universal is very aware of this and is getting set to have some of its flicks make their Blu-ray debut on September 2nd.
Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is haunted by increasingly terrifying visions of a brutal murder that occurred 15 years ago, and of a woman she's never met. With her personal life spiraling out-of-control, she follows the relentless nightmares to an eerie small town in Texas. There, Joann will discover that some secrets can't be buried and the horrific murder she is trying to solve may just be her own.
The People Under the Stairs
In every neighborhood, there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. Now, director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) takes you inside The People Under the Stairs. Trapped within a fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare he can't escape. The boy quickly learns the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden under the stairs.
After years of pursuing psychotic killers in Los Angeles, FBI agent Joel Campbell (James Spader) wants out. Now his nemesis, serial killer David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves), has tracked him all the way to Chicago, just to torment him. Before each murder, Griffin sends Campbell a photograph of his intended victim (Marissa Tomei) and dares him to find her before he strikes again.
Firestarter chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene "Charlie" McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, "The Shop," that wants her destroyed?
When architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) loses his wife in a tragic accident, he turns to the shadowy, unnerving world of Electronic Voice Phenomenon: communication from beyond the grave. As he begins to penetrate the mysteries of EVP, Jonathan makes a shocking discovery: once a portal to the other world is opened, there's no telling what will come through it.
Open Road is preparing quite the ritual.
Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth returns this fall with The Green Inferno, his cannibal horror that had its poster animated by an unknown fan.
Heading deep into the Amazon are Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, who star in the pic sacrificing audiences September 5.
“The Green Inferno follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.“
After I went crazy for Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show” a reader contacted me and told me that I would love Disney’s cult-inspired “Gravity Falls.”
While it’s no “Regular Show,” the first season of “Gravity Falls” is pretty spectacular, and does have enough horror elements to recommend to anime fans. And those waiting for news on new episodes, they’re finally arriving.
Variety reports that Disney’s cartoon will see the season two premiere air on the Disney Channel on August 1.
The show’s creator Alex Hirsch made the announcement on his Twitter on Saturday.
“Gravity Falls” has attracted a cult following, likely to do the fact that it’s often noted for being unique compared to other Disney Channel offerings. It leans heavily on mythology, for which it has been compared to “Lost” and “The X-Files,” while still offering a broader sense of humor.
Hirsch, Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal and Linda Cardellini provide voice talents in the show that follows a young boy (Ritter) and his twin sister (Schaal) in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, and the adventures they go on during summer vacation.
Let this serve as a reminder! Skybound's (Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics) one-of-a-kind immersive zombie obstacle course experience, The Walking Dead Escape, is once again heading to the San Diego Comic-Con; and tickets are on sale now!
Rolled out as a nationwide experience in April, there will be a few stops before and beyond San Diego's big dance. The remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
Dates TBD at the following locations:
Even cooler? From now until July 4th, there's a special EARLY BIRD rate for tickets:
After its successful 2012 debut at San Diego’s Petco Park, The Walking Dead Escape expanded with three additional events in major cities in 2013, including New York, where the course was integrated aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid. Based on fans’ enthusiastic response, Skybound decided to take the events to the next level with a national tour.
“I’m thrilled to offer fans new and old an even bigger, more interactive experience this time around. It's great to see fans of the comic book and television series live in the world I created so many years ago,” says Robert Kirkman, creator and executive producer of The Walking Dead.
The course, which has already thrilled tens of thousands of participants since its debut, allows fans to participate as “Walkers" or “Survivors" as they climb, crawl, and slide their way through various zombie-infected evacuation zones. Those lucky enough to make it to the decontamination zone will have their level of infection assessed and then participate in the event’s Fan Experience.
Those participating as Walkers will be transformed into the undead by professional makeup artists, and they'll receive “zombie training” prior to their release on the course. Keeping in the spirit of entertainment and accessibility to all, The Walking Dead Escape is not a race, and its participants will not be timed or required to run.
It’s been Jurassic Park month here on Bloody Disgusting, and since it’s one of the best thrillers ever made, we’re going to hammer away anytime there’s something cool to share.
Such the case with this incredible video discovered by /Film. While the following featurette is unfortunately not in HD (it looks awful), there’s a whopping 5-minutes worth of never-before-seen effects work. What you’ll see are before and after shots of a ton of the visual effects work done in Steve Spielberg’s 1993 classic.
Check it out below and watch for Jurassic World in theaters a year from now.
Image Source: stanwinstonschool.com
Blu-ray announced today that Universal Studios Home Entertainment revealed plans to release four more catalog horror films on Blu-ray: Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs (1991), Asif Kapadia’s The Return (2006), Joe Charbanic’s The Watcher (2000) and Geoffrey Sax’s White Noise (2005).
All four films will be available via Blu-ray/UltraViolet combo packs that street on September 2nd.
The People Under the Stairs
“In every neighborhood, there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. Now, director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) takes you inside The People Under the Stairs. Trapped within a fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare he can’t escape. The boy quickly learns the true nature of the house’s homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden under the stairs.”
The Blu-ray edition of The People Under the Stairs is presented in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. No special features are included.
“Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is haunted by increasingly terrifying visions of a brutal murder that occurred 15 years ago, and of a woman she’s never met. With her personal life spiraling out-of-control, she follows the relentless nightmares to an eerie small town in Texas. There, Joann will discover that some secrets can’t be buried and the horrific murder she is trying to solve may just be her own.”
The Blu-ray edition of The Return is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Special features include a single featurette: “The Making of The Return.”
“After years of pursuing psychotic killers in Los Angeles, FBI agent Joel Campbell (James Spader) wants out. Now his nemesis, serial killer David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves), has tracked him all the way to Chicago, just to torment him. Before each murder, Griffin sends Campbell a photograph of his intended victim (Marissa Tomei) and dares him to find her before he strikes again. ”
The Blu-ray edition of The Watcher is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Special features include the film’s theatrical trailer.
“When architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) loses his wife in a tragic accident, he turns to the shadowy, unnerving world of Electronic Voice Phenomenon: communication from beyond the grave. As he begins to penetrate the mysteries of EVP, Jonathan makes a shocking discovery: once a portal to the other world is opened, there’s no telling what will come through it. ”
The Blu-ray edition of White Noise is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Special features include:
Feature Commentary with Director Geoffrey Sax and Michael Keaton
Making Contact: E.V.P. Experts
Recording the Afterlife at Home
Hearing is Believing: Actual E.V.P. Sessions
Two years ago, filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on an unforgettable journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with the critically acclaimed and audience favorite The Dead. Setting a new standard for the zombie film, the Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dead 2.
“A ship docks fresh from Somalia which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson, Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love Ishani (Meenu), a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the dead return to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300 mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed (Anand Goyal), he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell…”
Bonus features on The Dead 2 Blu-ray and DVD include The Making of The Dead 2 and deleted scenes.