I’m not exactly sure where Paramount Pictures stands right now with Paranormal Activity 5, but I know that they were originally having trouble finding a cool new take. It’s also the reason that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones nearly became the fifth film, and was released this past January. Unfortunately, it didn’t perform as well as expected, and now it looks as if the studio is taking a (smart) breather.
Via THR, Paramount Pictures International svp, EMEA Edward Ryan told CineEurope attendees that the fifth official film in the franchise will have to wait until 2016. That’s a long wait considering it was originally slated for release this October.
Now that they have time to find an interesting take, what would you guys like to see from PA5?
Axe Cop, the axe-wielding uber-insanely original hero from the Nicolle brothers, just keeps getting wackier and weirder. “Axe Cop: American Choppers” #2 goes full-tilt from start to finish with action, creativity and axes. There are lots of axes, demonic lumberjacks, stealth rocket flying RVs and axe heads too. It’s pure fun with head-chopping, ham chefs, and morning cereal tests too.
ART BY: Ethan Nicolle
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 18 June 2014
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
I admit I’ve never read any previous stories of Axe Cop. I did thoroughly enjoy the Axe Cop animated series and hoped the comics were close to that. I am happy to report it is so much more from top to bottom entertaining than the TV series ever could be. Thanks to comics being an amazing medium for storytelling, plus young Malachai Nicolle’s unstoppable imagination, this series is so enjoyable. Axe Cop and his team of fellow axe friends have formed the American Choppers team to be even more awesome together than apart. Demonic walking axes keep springing up and attacking people. Anyone that gets chopped by one of them turns into an axe beast, naturally.
The story is so fast paced and dense it’s almost appears scatter-brained. It’s not but at the surface, that’s how it looks. The art by older brother Ethan Nicolle keeps everything flowing attractively. Even when the Choppers are forced to flee, the small and big in each panel is a feast for the eyes. It’s crisp and tight, but not overly so. It doesn’t look too childish or too over-the-top ever which is remarkable given the story.
I don’t know if this is the first time anyone has written down what a little boy’s imagination can do. I doubt it. The fact that this series continues to grow and evolve with Malachai Nicolle’s creativity is a testament to how much talent in this family tree. This feels like a world someone else utterly fun like The Tick or The Goon should appear in. Baring that team-up in the future, there is plenty of fun and action to be enjoyed in this series. Pick it up and find out why Axe Cop is so much cool.
When not enjoying comics of all shapes and sizes, Brady is a moderately successful English teacher living in Daejeon, South Korea. Just like the world around him, he relishes exploring anything new and interesting in the world of comics and graphic novels.
The first clip from The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil feels a bit like The Conjuring in which a little girl is scared by something in her room. It’s a nice tease…
Check out Evan’s report from his visit to the set.
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”
Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014 via Sony Screen Gems.
“Drumhellar” #6 is one of those “between arcs” issues. Comprised of equal parts prologue and epilogue, it introduces us to a trippy new case for our intrepid hallucinogenic detective Drum Hellar. This new mystery looks to send him westward across the country to Whitlock, Washington. But before we’re whisked away on this new adventure we’ve got to “get off” of the previous one.
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners
That was a subtle way to inform you that a majority of this issue is an extended psychedelic sex scene (with some light bestiality on the side.) Pretty much every major character from the last arc gets a “release” this issue. This is the most straightforward and cohesive issue of Drumhellar yet. For the first time, I actually had a solid grasp of everything that was happening. This should be a plus, right? Wrong. If you’re looking for a cohesive narrative that goes from point A to point B in a logical, sensible manner you’ve come to the wrong place.
The erratic and aloof style of storytelling established in the first five issues perfectly reflects the state of Drum’s fragile psyche. It felt like we we’re bumbling through this drug addled fog together, but this issue feels a lot more formulaic and conventional in comparison. There’s still a girl modeling sexy outfits for a possessed dog so this isn’t your grandpapi’s comic, but I found the more scatterbrained approach refreshing and I’d hate to see Drumhellar become conventional.
The hallucinogenic trips here are simply sublime. Riley Rossmo continues to amaze and astound as the visual triple threat of penciler, inker and colourist. I regularly found myself getting lost in the whimsical and mind melting full page spreads which meld time, space, and the human form. This is all offset by the almost Chucky inspired child’s story that bookends the issue quite nicely. Using very subdued blue-grays that feel essentially black and white in comparison to the vivid purples that are one of Drumhellar’s few constants.
Drumhellar’s visuals are at an all-time high. Riley Rossmo’s art can do no wrong and hell, I’d love to see an entire issue consumed by a never ending psychedelic trip. Even with everything I said about this issue feeling a bit more conventional it’s still one of the most creative books on the shelves. Drumhellar oozes originality from every orifice and you’d be a boring fool not to support this stellar book.
Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus
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.