Jasonless Friday the 13th Stupidity Clarified

Dread Central - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 16:17

It only takes one person to screw up something someone else said to ignite a firestorm of silliness on this crazy thing called the Interwebs. For instance, back in January(!) Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller was misquoted regarding whether or not Jason would return to the Friday the 13th franchise.

The original quote was as follows... When asked if Derek Mears was going to be back for the next film, Fuller replied, "I don't know because I don't know if we're going to have Jason. I don't know which Jason we're going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears; I love working with him, and he's a dream so we'd be lucky to have him."

Recently MovieWeb caught up with Fuller, who clarified.

"It was a misquote. I had just said, 'I don't know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don't know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. 'Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?' I said, 'I don't know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.' Somehow that became, 'He's not going to be in the movie.' But of course he's going to be in the movie!"

Director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) was in talks to helm the new film, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time. Friday the 13th is slated to be in theatres on November 13, 2015.

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Ghostbusters 3 Looking to Bust Bridesmaids Director

Dread Central - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 16:07

Reporting on Ghostbusters III news has become as enjoyable as kneeling at the side of the road to randomly rub gravel into your scalp. But alas... we're here to do it for better or worse. Next up... Sony has revealed its first choice pick for director.

According to THR, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has emerged as the frontrunner, and Feig has shown interest in taking on the project. Sources caution that no formal negotiations have taken place, and a lot must be worked out before the casual discussions turn serious and Feig accepts the job. But he is the studio's first choice. Sony declined to comment.

Of course they did.

As always, take this with a grain of salt, and also as always, expect more soon.

Etan Cohen penned the Ghostbusters III script, which is cut from the same cloth as the original films. The original Ghostbusters will have a very small role in the sequel. Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, who played Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, respectively, are expected to return, though Bill Murray's involvement is questionable.

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Jason Voorhees Will, Duh, Be In the New ‘Friday the 13th’

bloody disgusting - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 15:12

He’s back (the man behind the mask)!

In what is sort of a no-brainer, Movieweb is reporting that while Derek Mears may not be reprising the role of Jason in the new Friday the 13th reboot, the character will definitely be returning to carve up some attractive 20 somethings.

This confirmation comes after Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller was misquoted as saying a new bad guy would be introduced.

Movieweb spoke with Fuller in support of his TMNT reboot and the producer had this to say:

“It was a misquote. I had just said ‘I don’t know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don’t know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. ‘Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?’ I said , ‘I don’t know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.’ Somehow that became, ‘He’s not going to be in the movie.’ But of course he’s going to be in the movie!”

The original misquote stated:

“I don’t know, because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason. I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.”

Friday the 13th is scheduled for release November 13th, 2015. Earlier last month, Fuller explained that he still didn’t know if they’re going 3D or taking the found footage route.

Anyone excited for this? I kinda wouldn’t have minded if they toyed around with someone other than Jason as the baddie.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Being Rebooted With Women Rockin’ Proton Packs!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 14:58

Variety made huge changes to the announcement that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig would be helming the next Ghostbusters.

Says the site, the movie is to be a total reboot, most likely with female characters played by comedic actresses in the ghostbusting roles.

The script is being written from scratch.

Feig has been in conversation with Sony to direct the project. However, no formal negotiations have taken place yet. Sony declined to comment.

Here’s a bit of history, with a potential bombshell: Ghostbusters 3 was initially supposed to be directed by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters and its 1989 follow-up, Ghostbusters II, but he dropped out in March. It’s unclear whether another director will be chosen for that project or if this reboot will take its place. Does this mean multiple films?!

Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was brought on broad in 2012 to redraft Ghostbusters 3. “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired in 2008 to revive the blockbuster franchise.

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[Podcast] The Bloody Buseys Episode 1.01: PREDATOR!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:44

Welcome to the world of the Bloody Buseys. An informal Gary Busey fanclub turned comics podcast where myself and members of the Bloody-Disgusting comics staff sit down to discuss horror comics with a great sense of humor. Today we discuss the iconic character and franchise of Predator.

Join us as we talk about our love for Danny Glover, Why the Predator works as a character, Batman VS Predator and other iconic team up stories, the potential of the new Dark Horse comic series with Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham and virtually everything in between. It’s a hell of a ride, and you just may learn a thing or two about Klingon on Predator mating rituals while you’re at it.

 

 

 

The Bloody Buseys are Zac Thompson, Torin Chambers, Brent Hirose, and Eric Swizter. If you’ve got any questions or concerns for the team, email us at Zac@bloody-disgusting.com , we take both fan and hate mail, along with suggestions for future episodes.

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Review: “Baltimore – The Witch of Harju” #1

bloody disgusting - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:39

The latest in Mignola and Golden’s sporadic adventures of their World War 1 era hero, ‘The Witch of Harju’ is another fine tale for fans of period horror and serves as a worthy addition to the series.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden

ART BY: Peter Bergting

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 30, 2014

Review By: Ooknabah

Set in Estonia in 1920, our story kicks off strong with Baltimore running across Sofia Valk, a woman pursued by her undead husband. This meeting kicks off an investigation which will delve deeper into the events surrounding both her husband’s rising as well as the plentiful occult happenings in the area at large. And so our hero moves deeper into the territory of the weird, as dangers mount and doom lurks ever closer.

Baltimore manages to make good use of its time period, drawing on the most unsettling parts of the turn of the century, all while maintaining a hero who is at once prepared and game for a fight while also being clearly outmatched on many occasions. His men are brave and do not balk at the undead, but that does not prevent them from meeting grisly ends and from suffering all to human faults of poor judgement and foolhardy courage. This has you rooting for the heros, while at the same time knowing that they may not be long for the world, and this excitement helps propel the story forward even at these early stages.

Peter Bergting’s art works well, bringing to mind the work of Jeff Smith, with bold lines and expressive faces, while the action has suitable heft and weight grounding each movement and making them feel tangible and real. Dave Stewart’s colours present a muted look that evokes the sepia tones of old photographs, helping reinforce the period, although they make the horror elements feel rather pedestrian and mundane.

If you’re looking for another Mignola book, this one will fit the bill, rising to the usual high standard of quality. If you’re intrigued about horror in the early 20th century, this issue promises to deliver on that premise. That said, there is something lacking from this book to make it an absolute must read, which may be resolved as the story continues on to the next issue and the stakes are increased. Still, there is plenty here worth reading and the tight plotting should mean many more twists and turns to come.

Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com

 

 

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New Constantine Promo Asks: What's On the Way?

Dread Central - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 01:15

Things are crawling out of the shadows on a scale we've never seen before in the pilot for "Constantine," or at least that's what this latest promo for the upcoming series claims. Honestly, though, all we needed to know is that it's directed by Neil Marshall. Yep, we'll be tuning in come October!

About the Show:
"Constantine" follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.

Matt Ryan stars as the title character. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau, Angelica Celaya, and Charles Halford.

Related Story: Visit our "Constantine" Archive

The "Constantine" pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Neil Marshall directs from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone with story by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. "Constantine" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.

The series premieres Friday, October 24, at 10/9c on NBC. For the latest news, like "Constantine" on Facebook and follow "Constantine" on Twitter.




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‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary’ Box Art

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:46

Dark Sky Films has released the art from the various editions of the September 16 release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary, newly remastered in 4K

Directed by Tobe Hooper, the film is “A tale of five 20-somethings whose free-spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of a monstrous clan of Texas cannibals and find themselves being whittled away by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.

Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn and Edwin Neal star.

It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse, , as well as raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. Today writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper s dark, visionary tale remains unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original restored film in an all-new 4k scan authorized by Tobe Hooper, featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen outtakes!

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‘Dead Island’ Game Adaptation Rises From the Grave

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:39

Remember when everyone creamed over the announcement trailer for the video game “Dead Island,” and then the game sucked? Yeah, me too.

But they’re still moving forward with a feature film, says Deadline, as it’s getting reanimated for the screen by Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver. The companies have pacted to package, produce, and finance a new film based on the bestselling vidgame played from the perspective of survivors fending off the undead on an island paradise.

Dead Island sold over 8 million units worldwide after its initial release, drawing huge viral buzz from a memorable teaser trailer depicting one family’s dream vacation gone horribly wrong, Memento-style. That video notched a whopping 1 million YouTube views in a day, won the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, and caught Hollywood’s attention. (It even inspired its own live-action recreation.) Lionsgate bought the rights in 2011 but the project stalled when production head Alli Shearmur left the studio the following year in the Summit exec shake-up. When rights reverted back to the publisher, the company sealed a new deal with LA-based Occupant Entertainment, the indie production and financing shingle that launched with 2006 genre slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane – one of the original bidders on the property.

Occupant, meanwhile, is currently in production on horror thriller The Woods from director Corin Hardy, and is in post on the Sophie Barthes-helmed Madame Bovary starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 146: Skinny Puppy “Illisit”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:30

This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, “Illisit”, comes from Canadian industrial legends Skinny Puppy! The video features a law enforcement official with a serious aversion to skulls, a guy with a burlap sack over his head that really doesn’t like body implants, and mechanical spiders, which are creepy in and of itself.

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Possible ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Zombie DLC Uncovered

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:13

YouTuber Chr0m3xMoDz has uncovered evidence that points at the strong possibility that Grand Theft Auto V may be getting some single-player zombie-themed DLC in the future. After searching through the game’s code, he discovered a “Dead” option on the DLC selection screen which, when selected, checks for “SPZOMBIES”.

It’s no secret that space zombies are the most terrifying kind of undead — a notch above the dreaded deep sea zombies — so if their kind is about to shuffle onto the busy streets of Los Santos, we’ll need to take this time to prepare. I suggest you buy every gun shop you can. You’ll need the ammunition.

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‘Dead Island 2′ World Premiere at Gamescom!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:42

Deep Silver has announced their Gamescom line-up, and among the handful of upcoming games they’ll be showing off later this month are two entries in the Dead Island franchise, including a world premiere of Dead Island 2 and more Dead Island Epidemic — both of which will be playable at the event. Zombies aren’t the only thing Deep Silver specializes in, so if you’re planning on making a trip to Cologne in a couple weeks you can also look forward to getting your hands on Metro Redux, Risen 3 and Sacred 3.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Dead Island 2 in action, especially now that Yager’s behind the wheel this time, but I’m a little disappointed we won’t be hearing from Escape Dead Island.

You can find Deep Silver’s public booth in Hall 9.1., B011/C010. Gamescom runs through August 13-17.

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[Fantasia '14 Review] ‘Bloody Knuckles’ Is a Bloody, Funny Blast!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:15

Bloody Knuckles is the outrageous debut feature film from writer/director Matt O’Mahoney. Consider it Idle Hands for the indie horror crowd, who like their violence bold and bloody and their humor vulgar. It’s an assured debut with a remarkably talented cast (despite their inexperience). Though rough around the edges, Bloody Knuckles is definitely one of the crowd pleasers coming out of Fantasia.

Not simply a bonkers horror comedy, the film also delivers a strong moral: don’t draw an underground comic about a Chinese crime lord or you’ll get your hand severed with a portable band saw. Keep that in mind, kiddies. That’s the tough lesson learned by Travis (Adam Boys), the pervert behind the offensive comic “Vulgar Invasions.” His latest issue catches the eye of Leonard Fong, a ruthless businessman and the head of a violent street gang.

One of my favorite parts of the movie are the gang members, who seemed ripped out of an ’80s movie, meaning they look awesome decked out in tank tops, bandanas, and other street misfit accoutrement. One of them even wears chainmail!

Fong doesn’t like what he sees in Travis’ comic, so he has him abducted and saws off his good hand. The severed hand is thrown into the sewer and Travis is left physically and emotionally crippled. He turns to malt liquor (a lot of it) for comfort. After one particularly drunken night out, his lost appendage returns to persuade Travis to get revenge on Fong and continue work on “Vulgar Invasions.” With a crude mind of its own, Travis’ undead hand is a friend and an enemy, always with the best intentions in mind (maybe).

Some of the funniest scenes involve Travis arguing with his hand, including great use of a text to speech program and a wicked kitchen fight. The effects for the hand look terrific too (think Thing from the Addams Family). The humor is a finely tuned blend of absurd, gross, and (at times) clever, though at times Bloody Knuckles goes a bit over-the-top for my tastes. For instance there’s a character that’s like Lord Humungus’ homosexual brother. He plays a major role late in the film and was a tad too goofy for me. But hey, that’s just me. I’m sure a lot of people will get a kick outta him. Some of the other gags felt like they were trying too hard to offend, but overall the humor consistently hits hard.

Aside from the gory and funny aspects, Bloody Knuckles has a tender story to tell in its heart. Travis’ relationship with his stepbrother is genuinely endearing as is his blossoming romance with a young journalist doing a story on his comic. Although the human relationships in the film are fully realized, its take on censorship feels kinda superficial, as Travis comes under fire for the content of his comic. I’m not familiar with censorship issues in Canada (where the film’s from), maybe there’s some struggle with free speech suppression up north I’m unaware of, so I could be wrong.

Regardless of its small blemishes, Bloody Knuckles is a satisfying, bloody, and funny tale of friendship and revenge.

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Second Teaser Surfaces For BioWare’s Mystery Game

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:12

A week ago, BioWare teased a new game — possibly called Shadow Realms — that, at first glance, looked like it could be of the horror persuasion. Today, we’ve been gifted with another, and now I’m not as sure that this will be a horror game. Maybe it’ll be horror adjacent.

The only thing this teaser accomplishes is making me even more confused as to what’s going on. Kids are getting weird powers, having nightmares, something about a fake college, maybe a few have gone missing — I’m lost.

Thankfully, we’ll know more at Gamescom, which kicks off in just two weeks.

Is anyone else getting The Secret World vibes from all this?

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‘Contagion’ Update Brings New Maps, Melee and More

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:50

The post-apocalyptic indie horror game Contagion just got a pretty substantial update. For the unfamiliar, Contagion is a multiplayer horror game with cooperative and competitive modes where you’re tasked with surviving in a world infested with zombies. It went weirdly under the radar for most folks. If you’ve been patiently waiting for Capcom to return to their long dormant Resident Evil Outbreak series, this game manages to scratch that itch.

This latest update brings with it two new maps — a remake of the popular Zombie Panic: Source Biotec map and another called Stone Creek — as well as an improved melee system that should hopefully make the hand-to-hand combat feel a bit more satisfying. Gore hounds should be pleased to hear that you can also now decapitate the undead with bladed weapons.

I called Contagion “a gory, addictive horror game that’s well worth its $20 price tag” in my review.

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Wizard World Chicago Hosts First Ever “Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:40

Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Wizard World Inc. and horror icon Bruce Campbell, announced today the first ever “Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival,” running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, IL. The four-day event will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!

The festival will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, the Muvico Rosemont, and inside the Dome at Rosemont Ballpark.

Tickets for ALL screenings are free to attend with admission to Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. A limited number of festival badges, with exclusive access to the screenings, are on sale now for only $50.

Here’s a direct link to the ticketing page.

Early next year, March 6-8, 2015, Bruce Campbell will return to Chicago to emcee his recently announced Horror Fest, also presented by Wizard World Chicago. Fans can expect to see some of their favorite genre stars, directors and writes from great television shows, movies, graphic novels, and comics.

Feature Presentations:

ZOMBEAVERS
Chicago Premiere
(Director: Jordan Rubin, Writers: Jordan Rubin, Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan)
An action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers.Yes, really.That’s the plot!

KILLERS
Chicago Premiere
(Directors: The Mo Brothers, Writers: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto) A dark look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo and Bayu, a failing journalist who lives in Jakarta. Connected through a series violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. (Not literally). Co-directors “The Mo Brothers” (Macabre, V/H/S/2) deliver an epic tale that works as action, suspense, and disturbing horror at the same time..

ASMODEXIA
North American Premiere
(Director: Marc Carrete, Writers: Marc Carrete, Mike Hostench) Written by Mike Hostench (Deputy Director of Sitges Film Festival), Asmodexia documents five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter working in the Barcelona area. If you think you’ve seen every exorcism angle imaginable, prepare to be surprised. And a little grossed out.

SUBURBAN GOTHIC U.S. Premiere (Director: Richard Bates Jr., Writers: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Bruner) Raymond can channel the paranormal, but he’s afraid of chatting with a cute girl.. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, Ray recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to help solve the mystery. From the director of the admirably strange Excision, and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, and Kat Dennings.

STARRY EYES Chicago Premiere (Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, Writers: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer) A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame. Leading lady Alex Essoe is an absolute revelation, but there’s a lot for horror fans to get behind here.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL Chicago Premiere (Director: The Vicious Brothers, Writers: The Vicious Brothers) A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors, who promptly chase everyone all over the place. So it’s a slasher movie, a suspense thriller, and a pretty gruesome alien abduction tale all at once. Plus it’s got some solid humor and an amazing final shot. From the directors of the found footage horror flick Grave Encounters. Oh, also Michael Ironside pops up!

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola)
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning. From the director of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and (of course) Dead Snow.

CYBERNATURAL
Special Screening
(Director: Levan Gabriadze, Writer: Nelson Greaves)
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Cybernatural redefines ‘found footage’ for a new generation of teens. From producer Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted).

INNER DEMONS
Chicago Premiere
(Director: Seth Grossman, Writer: Glenn Gers)
Inner Demons follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. Director Seth Grossman was a producer on A&E’s award winning series “Intervention,” which certainly lends an air of authenticity to a gradually more unpredictable horror story.

MEET ME THERE
Chicago Premiere
(Director: Lex Lybrand, Writer: Brandon Stroud)
After several years of sexual dysfunction, Ada and her boyfriend, Calvin travel to her hometown in rural Oklahoma in the hopes of piecing together her fragmented childhood memories. They find their answers, but can they find their way back home? Starring WWE’s Goldust & DC Comic’s Jill Thompson.

Interactive Panels:

BRUCE CAMPBELL VS. THE AUDIENCE
Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, as well as his role as Sam Axe in the hit TV series Burn Notice, Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with as an actor, director, and author. Don’t miss your chance to ask him your most interesting questions as he makes an appearance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.

A CHAT WITH JOHN CARPENTER
Join us for this very special occasion as we honor the Master of Horror with a conversation spanning his entire career.

THE MANY TALENTS OF JON SCHNEPP
(Metalocalypse, Dethklok, The ABC’s of Death, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?)
Death Metal is the horror genre of the music industry and Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse may just be its greatest tribute ever. Join us as we chat with one of the masterminds behind that show (and so much more), as well as his discuss his upcoming feature: The Death of “Superman Lives.”

THE EVIL DEAD MARATHON!
The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2 (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992)
You’ve almost definitely seen the Evil Dead movies before, but we guarantee you’ve never seen them like this! Join us under The Dome at Rosemont Ballpark as we screen the original entire Evil Dead trilogy on a giant 30 foot movie screen.
Special surprises, and guests TBA. This marathon is completely FREE for all to attend! No badges or Wizard World ticket necessary.

A CRITICAL DEFENSE OF B-MOVIES
Panel discussion and Q&A with film critics Steve “Capone” Prokopy (Ain’t It Cool News), Erik “The Movieman” Childress (Chicago Film Critics Association), & Scott Weinberg (FEARnet, The Horror Show). Special guest filmmakers will also be joining the panel!.

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“The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season”: Final Features and Specs

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:35

August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition, when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th. Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time! Below are the final bonus features and tech specs.

Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package.

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October.

TECH SPECS:

Blu-ray:
· Color
· 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
· Not Rated
· 696 Minutes
· English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
· English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
· Spanish Subtitles

DVD:
· Color
· 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
· Not Rated
· 688 Minutes
· English: Dolby Digital 5.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
· English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
· Spanish Subtitles

BONUS FEATURES:

Blu-ray
Extended Episodes:
· Episodes 9 (“After”), and 14 (“The Grove”) are extended on the Blu-ray™ only.

Featurettes:
· Inside THE WALKING DEAD
· The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
· Drawing Inspiration
· Hershel
· The Governor Is Back
· Society, Science & Survival
· Inside KNB EFX
· A Journey Back to Brutality
· Deleted Scenes

Commentaries:
Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor/Director Greg Nicotero
Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
Episode 9 (“After”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Danai Gurira (Michonne)
Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
Episode14 (“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Andrew Lincoln
DVD

Featurettes:
Inside THE WALKING DEAD
The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
Drawing Inspiration
Hershel
The Governor Is Back
Society, Science & Survival
Inside KNB EFX
A Journey Back to Brutality
Deleted Scenes
Commentaries:

Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero
Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
Episode 14(“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Director Michael E. Satrazemis and Actors Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and Melissa McBride (Carol)

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I Want This Custom ‘The Walking Dead’ Themed Xbox 360

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:27

I don’t often boot up my Xbox 360 anymore. So it sits there, hidden behind my other consoles, given nary a glance or an ounce of attention. If I were the proud owner of this ridiculously cool custom The Walking Dead themed Xbox 360, it probably wouldn’t affect how often I turn it on, but it would definitely change its placement in my entertainment center. This gorgeous creation deserves top billing, a featured spot where everyone can see it.

What I’m saying is, I want this bad.

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Magnet Will Sing the ‘The ABC’s of Death’ Again This October

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:25

Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films are ready to share The ABC’s of Death 2 with you guys.

We learned that Magnet Releasing has slated the film for release on various VOD platforms October 2 with a theatrical run set for October 31.

“ABC’s of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

FULL DIRECTOR LIST:

Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH)
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Jim Hosking (commercial director)
Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS)
Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST)
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB)
Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE)
Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
Marcus Dunstan (THE COLLECTION)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (CHEAP THRILLS)
Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
Julian Gilbey (A LONELY PLACE TO DIE)
Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood director)
Jerome Sable (THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, STAGEFRIGHT)
Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH)

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[Review] ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is Out of This World!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:12

Guardians of the Galaxy is the most fun I’ve had at the movies in years. Somehow director James Gunn brings his Troma sensibilities and creates a cinematic experience that rivals A New Hope. Which may sound insane, but I mean it. This high praise is warranted. Gunn pulls out all the stops and makes something more compelling than either Star Trek reboot, and all of the Star Wars prequels combined. This is the best Marvel movie to date, and a new standard of quality for the summer blockbuster.

-Spoiler free-

For a film that seemed like Marvel’s biggest risk yet, the finished product is staggering. This is a tightly crafted piece of cinema that seamlessly transitions between moments of heartbreak, levity, and action. It’ll make you feel like a kid again.

The film follows Peter Quill AKA Star Lord (Chris Pratt) a young rogue who travels the galaxy flipping treasure to the highest bidder. When Star Lord comes into possession of a mysterious orb, he’s placed directly in the sights of Ronin The Accuser (Lee Pace) a genocidal alien maniac who will stop at nothing to get the orb.

Ronin has legions of Kree aliens at his command. He’s power hungry and on personal journey of destruction. Luckily Star Lord amasses a nice team of his own to fight back against the warlord working for Thanos.

Watching Star Lord come together with a talking raccoon, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), A walking tree, Groot (Vin Diesel), a deadly assassin, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and a alien maniac, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Batista), is half the fun of the film. The team dynamics are rough and inspire a ton of comedy. But much like “The Avengers” the team is a well-oiled machine by the end of the two hours.

The story spans planets, introduces a wealth of alien species, and quickly gets tied up in intergalactic politics, but never feels overwhelming. Somehow James Gunn balances each of these delicate points and never slows the pacing. It’s an incredible feat made to look easy. There is emotional depth that isn’t apparent when you watch the trailers. Each character has a very clear arc and finds time to resolve their issues in fantastic ways. This is a story about losers, people who have nobody and find something in each other that they never thought they’d have again.

Visually the film is an absolute spectacle. Deep space has never looked so good. No really. Remember what you wanted the Star Wars prequels to look like? Well this film’s got it in spades. The backdrops of deep space are colorful and engaging. You see the vibrant world in the backgrounds of the scenes and the every piece of this world is unique. Most of the imagery echoes past science fiction films, but it never feels like a tribute to the films that inspired it because the cinematography is clean, well communicated, and makes some fantastic visual gags.

It feels strange to call this film a genuine masterpiece, but it really is. There is a certain confident magic to the execution that makes “Guardians of the Galaxy” the best Marvel movie to date. The script is incredibly tight and features fantastic dialogue. You’ll laugh until your jaw hurts. You’ll feel pangs in your heart when you understand the significance of the 80’s pop songs. You’ll jump out of your seat with some of the action set pieces near the end, and hell you’ll probably be ready to see it all again.

I can only compare the experience to the first time I sat down as a child to take in Star Wars. There is something about a band of misfits who save the day against all odds. Everyone is a force of antagonism here, and the ride couldn’t be more exhilarating. This is the type of film we’ll still love thirty years in the future and the type of excellence JJ Abrams has to strive for when he releases Star Wars VII, although I doubt he’ll touch this.

The film did have some minor nuisances. Ronin The Accuser is often a villain of circumstance in the comics. Sometimes an ally as much as a villain, but the film makes no effort to humanize him. In fact he’s so far removed from anything that there is no real reason to understand his motivation other than the sheer will to destroy and conquer. He’s pretty one-dimensional but still manages to steal the scenes he’s in out of sheer intensity. It’s a shame though because he could have been so much more had he been given more depth.

While Gamora feels like a weak link in the team. She could have had the strongest story. She’s the “daughter” of Thanos and really owes a lot of her development to her complicated history with the mad titan. Yet, a lot of it feels glossed over here, she’s a badass fighter, but doesn’t really get any time to develop her character. I’m on the fence about a scene mid way though the movie with her, and still don’t find it a convincing change for the character.

Everyone else is incredible. Chris Pratt was born to be a leading man. He owns the film as Star Lord. He’s got so much charisma and heart while still being able to snap back to a scumbag at any given moment. Dave Batista actually blew me away with his subtle performance. Drax’s early lines are all hilarious and his character motivation amounts too much more than a fighting brute. He’s an absolute standout among much more seasoned actors. Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job as the voice of Rocket, and Groot has a lot more heart than you’d expect for a tree that can only say it’s name.

This is so much more than a comic book movie. It’s a return to form for the space opera. It’s a smart and stylish blockbuster that tells a great story with a cast of relatively small actors leading the charge. It proves that blockbuster and tentpole films don’t have to be hollow experiences. In fact it proves that we should demand more as audiences.  Guardians of the Galaxy is the best summer movie in years, the best Marvel movie ever, and an instant classic.

Get to the cinema and see it now.

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