Tabletop Terrors: Slap Around Your Enemies and Become King of Tokyo!

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:15

It's been awhile since we've posted an installment in our Tabletop Terrors series, but since we're getting a new Godzilla movie this year, it seems only right to talk about King of Tokyo from Iello Games.

King of Tokyo was designed by legendary designer Richard Garfield. He also created this little game called Magic: The Gathering. You may have heard of it.

What kind of game is KoT? Well, it has the simplest board you'll ever see. The board has two spaces on it.

Unless a whole bunch of people are playing, you'll only use one of those spaces. It also has dice and cards. Is it a dice game? A card game? A board game?

YES!

Each player chooses a monster. These are very cleverly named to avoid all copyright infringement claims but are clearly modeled after big critters we all know and love. The giant ape is The King, the giant radioactive lizard is GigaZaur, the robotic giant lizard is MechDragon, and so on. In the base game the monster chosen really doesn't matter, but in the near-mandatory Power Up Expansion, each one has its own "Evolution" cards that allow them to gain new powers specific to them as the game progresses.

There's also a Halloween Expansion with two new monsters, Pumpkin Jack and Boogey Woogey (which come with their own sets of Evolution cards); "Costume" cards, and lots more.

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When play begins, the first player to roll an attack symbol takes over Tokyo. Once there, when they attack, they attack everyone outside Tokyo. However, everyone else attacks THEM. They can only leave Tokyo once they're attacked; then they can choose to switch with their attacker, putting them in the hot seat.

The problem is, you only score victory points when you're in Tokyo. The first monster to 20 wins the game!

Every player rolls six special dice on their turn. The dice have numbers and symbols. The numbers represent energy, and the symbols represent attacks and health. Roll 3 of a number, and you collect that many energy tokens. Roll an attack symbol, and that's an attack point. Roll a health symbol, and you regain a point of health.

It's the dice that drive the game, but as you'll see from the above photo, cards play into it as well. You use your collected energy token to purchase ability cards. These cards provide their owners with special abilities that make them stronger, healthier, or allow them to do more damage to their opponents. Some stick around for good; others are used once and then discarded.

Using abilities to modify things, players take turns at the dice. You have three chances to finalize your roll. Each roll you can save as many of your dice as you like or re-roll. By doing so, you can shoot for specific goals, such as a focused attack or a gain of many energy tokens.

Since you cannot regain health if you are in Tokyo, the game becomes a fast-paced slam-fest where players try to take down the current King before they score enough points to win. Managing your health while gaining points is the key to success.

KoT inevitably becomes a festival of trash talk. A great game to break out with friends, most of the abilities (and the expansion packs' Evolutions) are effectively dick moves. Much like Munchkin, the name of the game is screwing over your friends for maximum gain. Steal their abilities, knock them out of Tokyo, or force them in when they're hurting and can't survive the focus. Either way, the objective is coming out on top, and giant monsters don't play nice.

Like most of Garfield's games, this is a masterpiece of design. It falls outside most genre staples yet is easy to learn and incredibly fun to play for novice and veteran alike. Once you add in the expansions, you'll quickly find a monster whose style fits yours, and you'll be ripping the limbs off your buddies in no time.

Learn more about King of Tokyo at the Iello Games website.

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Latest 'Oculus' TV Spot Questions Reality

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:10

One of the best horror films of the year now has a new TV Spot that questions reality…

In theater August 11 from Relativity, the new TV Spot for Oculus, from director Mike Flanagan, questions what’s in front of everyone’s eyes. What’s real in this twisted mirror’s evil game?

Bloody Disgusting was one of the first ever to review the film last September out of its TIFF world premiere.

The story centers on a murder that left two children orphans with authorities charging the brother while his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his twenties, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.

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'The Grudge: Beginning of the End' Trailer Clicks With Terror

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:06

When you hear the clicking of her voice, you knows something terrible is about to happen…

Setting up a 15th anniversary celebration, the Ju-on virus continues to spread through Japan.

We revealed a few weeks back that Ochiai Masayuki, who directed Infection, Hypnosis and the absolutely atrocious 2008 remake of Shutter, is set to pen and get behind the camera for Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari, or The Grudge: Beginning of the End. The announcement was made at Tokyo’s Akagi Shrine.

In the latest entry, “An elementary school teacher named Yui visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki who’s been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.

We now have the film’s Japanese teaser trailer for the film that eyes Nozomi Sasaki and Kai Kobayashi to star.

Filming begins tomorrow with a release date already slated for June 28.

Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari marks the seventh Japanese film, making it the 10th in the franchise (if you include the three U.S. The Grudge films).

Ju-on (OV) (2000)
Ju-on 2 (OV) (2000)
Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)
Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003)
Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009)
Ju-on: White Ghost (2009)

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Experiment With This Exclusive Clip From The Dinosaur Experiment

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:00

It's Monday; you're grumpy and already want the week over with. We're right there with ya! So how about we blow off a little steam by digging on this exclusive clip from The Dinosaur Experiment?

It’s kill... or be killed... in The Dinosaur Experiment, aka Raptor Ranch, coming to VOD on April 1, 2014, and DVD on May 6, 2014, from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Fossil Ridge, once believed to be a cattle ranch, is discovered to be a breeding ground for vicious prehistoric velociraptors. When the bloodthirsty dinosaurs escape, the townspeople must fight to survive.

The Dinosaur Experiment stars Lorenzo Lamas (USA’s "Renegade," CBS’s "The Bold and the Beautiful"), Donny Boaz (The Con-Test, Killer School Girls from Outer Space, The Great Debaters), Declan Joyce (Now Here, Six, Scorched), Lexy Hulme (Lord of Tears), and Jana Mashonee.

Synopsis
Fossil Ridge, a quaint little town in Texas, is 100 miles from anywhere... home to one gas station, which doubles as a diner, and not much else. But the sleepy community is abruptly turned upside down when it’s discovered that a local cattle ranch is actually a breeding ground for ferocious velociraptors—bloodthirsty dinosaurs long thought extinct. When the vicious beasts escape, the terrified townspeople must fight to survive the deadly, prehistoric killers.

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Catch 'Midnight Syndicate Live!' At Cedar Point's HalloWeekends

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:45

Midnight Syndicate, the composing duo of Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka who are responsible for some of the most widely used Halloween CDs, have announced that they will be premiering a horror-themed multimedia concert entitled Midnight Syndicate Live! Legacy of Shadows at amusement park Cedar Point during their 18th annual HalloWeekends event.

Douglas comments, “HalloWeekends is the perfect place to launch the first Midnight Syndicate Live! experience. The venue is awesome and will allow us to fully realize the exciting, one-of-a-kind show we envision. We’re also really psyched to be working with a legendary amusement park that Gavin (Goszka) and I both grew up in.

Cedar Point Corporate VP of Enterainment Charles Bradshaw adds, “Working with these industry leading music producers on a live show is an exciting prospect. The final product is going to amaze.

There are also some big names in horror attached to this project, including Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Til Dawn), Gary Jones (Boogeyman, Axe Giant), Beki Ingram (Faceoff), and more.

I’m definitely going to attend as I’m only a few hours from Cedar Point and it’s always a good time there!


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Peta Sergeant Talks Patrick's Chills and Tension, Working with GoT's Charles Dance, Joining The Originals, and More

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:45

Peta Sergeant joins "The Originals" tomorrow night, but maybe you already caught her over the weekend in her saucy nurse’s uniform in the remake of 1978’s Aussie cult classic Patrick.

It’s just now available on VOD (unleashed on Friday the 14th), and I do highly recommend it. I never did see the original – but I love the whole idea of a supposedly comatose patient (the titular Patrick, played by Jackson Gallagher) who’s actually sentient… and maybe even evil.

Deftly directed by Mark Hartley (who previously did the well-received doc on Australian horror films Not Quite Hollywood), Patrick (review here) has a great old-school dread to it I just know everyone will want to see (and here's hoping everyone will want to read this interview with the delightful Ms. Sergeant as well)!

For you "Originals" fans, on Page 2 Peta gives her take on new character Francesca, a beautiful woman from a powerful New Orleans family who approaches Elijah with an intriguing offer of support.

Dread Central: I haven’t seen the original Patrick so I was curious to know if you had seen it before you took this on.

Peta Sergeant: I didn’t before I took it on, but when I was cast, of course, I had to go find it and see what it was all about. And it was fun. It was a fun movie and definitely a product of its time. I think Mark’s done an amazing job. I think he has done a lot more than just remake the original film. He kind of made a whole new film.

The original Patrick is much a product of that 70s era filmmaking, and it's definitely a product of the times it was made. It's very Goth in cinema and the hospital setting and has florescent lighting. It’s a product of its time, and Mark has really taken all of its ideas and some of the images from the original film and translated them into this amazing Gothic thriller. He actually has translated the genre as much as the film.

DC: I have to say, I was really impressed when I saw his remake in the context of how beautiful it is. It’s very Gothic with the lighting and the camera angles.

PS: And it's very chilling too, you know. I think that is something that he struck a balance between - capturing some of the high tension that comes out of that generation of horror films in the past, kind of B-movie. He has kind of enhanced it. He has kept the best parts of that and the worst parts were discarded, and he just reset it in this amazing kind of very chilling atmosphere.

So I think he has done a great job of balancing out the sort of thriller chiller parts of the movie that don’t exist in the original Patrick. And I think that is something he has done really cleverly, which is what people want. And I think he managed with the production design and what he could with Robbie Perkins and Gary Richards, our DP/Cinematographer; they just created something that is so beautiful to look at and thought of as art house. They really created something brand new.

DC: Mark’s documentary Not Quite Hollywood made a pretty big splash about the Ozploitation genre and all those films of the 70’s and how they were influenced by lesser-known Australian auteurs. So I know that he is already an accomplished filmmaker, but this is his first narrative film… what made you decide you wanted to sign up for this?

PS: I believe Mark had become familiar with my work through another film I had just done a year before with Justin Dix called Crawlspace. Justin and Mark were friends and knew each other in long track in Melbourne and from both being huge fans of genre fiction. He contacted me, and we Skyped a conversation. And he really conveyed what he wanted to do with the new film, and a lot of that was in the script as well. You could almost hear the music. But it was very heightened, and I really loved the character. She really drew me in from the beginning. I had a lot of questions about her, but the opportunity to work with Charlie Dance and Rachel Griffiths is something you don’t really say 'no' to.

I was one of those people that started watching "Game of Thrones" in its third season and was like, 'This is too much for me.' But I am a big fan at that point - it was an around Season Two kind of point - and that is a big opportunity for any actor.

DC: So what was Charles Dance like, reality vs. expectation?

PS: Ah, he was amazing! He was fantastic. He's just so delightful. He was just everything you expect a fabulous English gentleman to be. He was absolutely delightful and charming and a bit naughty. He is just a very generous type of guy. I think that was the thing that took me most by surprise. You are just never sure if someone is going to hang out in their dressing room or what they are going to be like, and that’s all fair enough when people are working to be focused and stuff, and there is nothing wrong with that. He was just so much fun and extremely generous, myself and the other actors included, and yes, just a really cool guy to hang out with.

DC: You also hang out with a guy that is so cool and laid back that he is in a coma in this movie! So what was it like to work with Jackson Gallagher? Was that really him lying there?

PS: Yes, there was no double or latex body; it was all Jackson. No dummy body there, ever. He is awesome, but he has this… Actually when I saw the film, when it premiered in Melbourne, I was so delighted to see [something] I didn’t know if they were going to keep in the edit, but they [did]… we all burst out laughing.

I don’t know if you recall it, but there is a scene when we are changing the bed clothes and Patrick is lying in the bed. I am quite rough with him, you know. We just kept doing it, and Mark was like, 'Just be rougher, rougher, rougher,’ and Jackson… I actually never worked horror movies cause I am scared so easily. They are a lot of fun to make, but I just can't watch them. I am so jumpy. And Mark, he said to me, ‘I now know why you keep getting cast in these movies; it's because you have the most epic scream. You just have a scream made for horror pictures. That is one hell of a set of pipes you got on there.’ And when Jackson found that out, he just made it his mission to scare me whenever possible.

So we were shooting that scene, and they would call 'Cut,' and poor Jackson just had to lie there hooked up to these bits and had the art department unhook and hook it up. It was just too much. You know when moving the camera it's going to be ten minutes, and Johnny and Peter, you can step aside; Jackson, sorry, you have to lie there. And he just made it his mission to just scare me, which he did very successfully many times that day. And so as a little payback when the cameras were rolling, you might think that’s funny when the cameras aren’t rolling, but wait, I am going to get you when the cameras are rolling. And so as kind of a little payback, I kind of made it my mission to scare him, which he never did. He never even blinked; it was amazing.

DC: You mentioned that you have been cast in some other horror things. I noticed that you have "The Originals" now. What’s the story on that?

PS: It’s actually a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries"… the same creator and producer. It's werewolves, witches, vampires; and these characters are the Originals, which are vampires that cannot die. They have other powers as well. [One of] the Originals [is] a… hybrid. You know… mixed blood in the lineage... So they have all of the supernatural powers in them. They can't die, they are completely immortal, not susceptible to the same things other vampires are, so they live for like thousands and thousands of years. And it's surrounded around the drama [of] everyone knows that family is tough, but what happens when you have to live with your family for thousands of years? (laughter)

So it's kind of defining the different supernatural elements but also the infighting and betrayal within the Original family. I come in, and when I enter the scene, there are all these different factions and elements all living and plotting…

When I enter... I kind of find my way in and manage to become the person that is around and make myself a kind of integral part of negotiations. Each faction is represented by someone. The werewolve by somebody and the witches and the Originals. So I kind of come in and become the central leader of the human faction. I think it will be fun; as much as everybody loves the supernatural, I think people will love to go, ‘Oh great, there is a human who is going to be in the faction, too.’ It's like the humans don’t have any power, they don’t have anything going for them, so I kind of come in and go, ‘Yes, we do.’ Which is fun.

Patrick Synopsis
When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

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Eric Red's The Guns of Santa Sangre Brings Us Werewolves in the Old West

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:30

Writer/director Eric Red (known for the films Near Dark, The Hitcher, and 100 Feet) decided to take werewolves in a whole new direction in his latest horror novel, The Guns of Santa Sangre, set in old Mexico.

Red's tale revolves around a trio of gunfighters up against a group of particularly hairy adversaries with an Old West background. The Guns of Santa Sangre is Red's second book. He calls it "…the most blood-splattered, furriest, fanged, bullet-riddled, action-packed hell-for-leather ride you've ever saddled up for."

Synopsis
They're hired guns. The best at what they do. They've left bodies in their wake across the West. But this job is different. It'll take all their skill and courage. And very special bullets. Because their targets this time won't be shooting back. They'll fight back with ripping claws, tearing fangs, and animal cunning. They're werewolves...

A pack of bloodthirsty wolfmen has taken over a small Mexican village, and the gunmen are the villagers' last hope. The light of the full moon will reveal the deadliest showdown the West has ever seen—three men with six-shooters facing off against snarling, inhuman monsters.

The book's available now from Samhain Publishing. For more info on The Guns of Santa Sangre and the author, visit the official Eric Red website.

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[TV] "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Gets "Ugly" for Miniseries

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:21

Director Roland Joffe, best known for The Killing Fields and The Mission, has teamed up with FremantleMedia Intl. to develop miniseries “Ugly,” an eight-part adaptation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” reports Variety.

Joffe has moved the action of Victor Hugo’s novel into the late 17th and early 18th century. “The story begins with the birth of a boy to an aristocratic family. The boy is deformed and his family abandons him by the roadside in a basket, where he is discovered by a troupe of travelling actors. They name him Ugly.

The story follows Ugly into adulthood, exploring the nature of beauty and ugliness, what it means to be human, and notions of morality.

FremantleMedia Intl. will introduce the miniseries to buyers at next month’s TV market MipTV in Cannes.

Joffe hopes to move into production next year.

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Doctor Gash and Ms. Vampy Bring You Some Good Luck Tips for a Bloody St. Patrick's Day

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:15

We had such fun bringing you our Valentine's Day pointers that we, Doctor Gash (Scott Hallam) and Ms. Vampy (Brooke Lewis), have reunited to help you find some of that oh, so elusive good luck on St. Patrick's Day.

First, Ms. Vampy provided us with four can't miss tips on how to get lucky on St. Patty's Day. And in a quest to turn absolutely everything horrific, Gash found a way to relate even the most positive self-help tips to your favorite horror movies.

Top o' the mornin' to ya!

Ms. Vampy's Tip #1
CHOOSE IT-Our thoughts create our feelings, so choose and think your luck! Visualize it. Feel it. Law of Attraction it. Tell yourself how lucky you are!

Choose it, indeed. That's great advice. If you see it, you can make it a reality. Such was the case for American Psycho's Patrick Bateman. He was a successful businessman and a stud with the ladies, even the ones he wasn't paying. Sure, all that focusing and visualization may have been one of the factors that contributed to him cracking and becoming a sociopathic murderer, but then again, the seeds for that unfortunate turn were probably planted years before. If anyone knew how to picture it and make it happen, it was Patrick Bateman.

Ms. Vampy's Tip #2
REPEAT THE PAST-Think about some of the luckiest times in your life, and repeat the steps it took you to get there. Lay the foundation. Do your homework. Prepare. Take action!

Again, Ms. Vampy hits it right on the head with another outstanding idea. What better way to create success than to remember what led you to previous successes and proceed thusly? But you have to be sure you are focusing on positive events from the past before you proceed because once you get in that mindset, it's tough to break out of it. Jack Torrance found that out the hard way in The Shining when The Overlook Hotel decided to help Jack reenact the past. Although Jack just wanted to get through the winter and collect his caretaker's money, the hotel was hoping for another round of murder and mayhem, this time by the hand of Mr. Torrance. Grady, Torrance, what's the difference, right? If you can swing an axe, you're a-okay to The Overlook and its ghostly residents.

Ms. Vampy's Tip #3
LUCK BY ASSOCIATION-Surround yourself with lucky people. Surround yourself with successful people. Surround yourself with people who have what you want. Rub these people like you would a rabbit’s foot!!! :)

Success breeds success; this is absolutely true. And who better to show you the way to good luck and good fortune than someone who has managed to find their own way there? Sure, your path to good luck might not be the same as someone else's, but just being with the right people is sometimes a big leg up. Unfortunately, as much as med student Mary Mason tried to surround herself with the best and the brightest in American Mary, things didn't turn out like she was hoping. The surgeons she so looked up to turned out to be a bunch of shits, especially Dr. Grant (although he certainly got his comeuppance), and it wasn't until Mary surrounded herself with a completely different group of people, the body modified, that she was truly elevated to a higher level. I think it was best said by a T-shirt in Walmart…You can't soar with the eagles if you're surrounded by turkeys. Ah, we find wisdom in the strangest places.

Ms. Vampy's Tip #4
WORK FOR IT- Sometimes we create our "luck" with good old-fashioned hard work! Start that business, produce that movie, save your money for a trip to Italy. Luck will come because you made it happen!

Here's a novel idea: work! Unfortunately in our society the idea of hard work to get ahead seems to be becoming an archaic theory, but indeed, there is no better recipe for success than some elbow grease and putting your nose to the grindstone (feel free to insert your own additional clichés here). The examples of this in horror are numerous. In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Drayton Sawyer kept his boys in line and with a little blood, sweat and tears turned himself into a chili cookoff champion. In Psycho, Norman Bates single-handedly ran a successful motel. Martin in Human Centipede 2 truly labored over his dream experiment, and Jigsaw from the Saw series certainly put all possible efforts into his work. But here we must recognize Oh Dae-su from Oldboy. He was imprisoned for 15 years but used that time to better himself. He came out as a lethal weapon. But then he was forced to jump through hoops to first figure out who his captor was, why he was imprisoned, and finally why was he released. Oh Dae-su certainly was a man who worked for it. Unfortunately, when he found what he was looking for, it completely broke him, but you know what they say... Be careful what you wish for!

Happy St. Patty's Day, Dreadies! Hey, how did we get through this whole article without one mention of Leprechaun? What the hell?

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Vitals Interview Series Part 1: Charlene Amoia

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:00

Charlene Amoia, who’s now famous for being “the Mother” on the ever-popular TV sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," had only appeared in an episode or two before we caught up with her on the set of the gory new organ-theft thriller, Vitals.

Far from the cushy network TV gig, she spends her days covered in fake bruises and blood, sequestered in a remote independent studio in the San Fernando Valley. In Vitals, Amoia plays Dr. Jane Carson, a woman whose medical degree gets her nowhere after her husband is kidnapped and surgically plundered for his kidneys right before her eyes. Still, the knowledge does come in handy – read on, to find out what she has to say about that.

Dread Central: So, what sort of doctor do you play in this film?

Charlene Amoia: I’m not sure, because only part that that comes into play is when her husband’s kidney gets removed, she is able by looking through the hole in the wall that she is able to talk him through opening it back up and fixing it because there's massive internal bleeding. So, other than that, that's all that's really dealt with.

DC: These themes are so upsetting to a lot of people, but I think there's a lot to play with the urban myth and the horror aspect and the physical parts of it.. what, among those things, made you want to be in Vitals?

CA: The script is really well written and this role specifically is an amazing role for a woman to play. I mean, I just fell in love with it. It's one of those roles that you would do a theatre piece in because it's really juicy and often times we don't get those roles with TV and film so it was a really easy decision for me, it was something that was going to be challenging and require a lot of emotions and colors and fun in the same time. I'm playing a woman who appears to be a victim who turns out to be not so much the victim. And it's just great. It's really juicy.

DC: What's the tone of the film? I mean, is there any levity in it or is it all pretty harrowing?

CA: It's harrowing. Completely. If there is any levity, it would be with Sachin's character who you just interviewed because you know he's a bad guy but there's a callousness that brings humor with his stuff, so depending on how it's edited and all that, that will bring some funny possibly if they decide to go that way.

DC: Well, he mentioned that you guys had been shooting for almost a week now… so what kind of things have you done on set that you maybe were surprised- as you were reading the script maybe you thought "Oh this is going to be easy" but then it wasn't- is there any scene that kind of stands out that you've shot so far?

CA: Because I'm alone in my motel room, there's no other actual other characters once they throw me in there. The whole movie I'm pretty much talking through the hole in the wall to my husband or on the phone, but I'm with myself. So the first three days of shooting were only me, all of my scenes, just my half, so it was the most amount of material I've ever had to prepare in such a short period of time. Monday, I had 20 pages and three huge scenes. One of them was this huge monologue were I'm pouring my heart out. So I guess that was my biggest surprise was getting the schedule and seeing that I'm going first, and it's all of my stuff, and there's no turn around so there's no time to even breathe, you know?

DC: How did you feel in that moment?

CA: Completely overwhelmed and panicked. Even just memorizing it. And the work goes way further than just the memorization. Just even the task of memorizing a whole script and being ready to go for three days, so that was a great challenge. The benefit of it was I didn't have time to over think anything. I just had to know the material and then let my instincts take over and that was a beautiful thing.

DC: It's so good to have that behind you now!

CA: Oh yeah! Now I just have little bits and pieces. So I feel better.

DC: What is the organ of choice that these people are harvesting?

CA: They harvest his kidney, and then are coming to do his heart.

DC: Ouch! Yeah, he's not going to survive that one, I don't think!

CA: Right, exactly!

DC: Does Vitals have a similar feel to Turistas or Hostel or some of those films? Are you a fan of those?

CA: I'm not a fan of scary things. Just, you know they get into my psyche, so I don't really watch them, but someone had referenced Saw because you know…

DC: Right, you wake up in a strange room.

CA: Yeah, you're in a room. And so I watched it to kind of get an idea of the world, but yeah I don't really jump out to go see those movies.

DC: Well let's hope a lot of other people will!

CA: Yeah, yeah, well there's a huge market! Most people love this stuff.

DC: So what kind of scenes have you got coming up today?

CA: Well, today is where they kind of abduct us and throw us into the room and knock us out. Later today I have the second part of the scene where I actually go and kill someone which you don't really see coming and will require a lot of emotion and stuff. But it's not heavy in the dialogue area, so that's a relief.

DC: I watched you getting thrown around a little bit on the monitor there. Do you enjoy that aspect of it?

CA: No, it's my least favorite part of it. I get scared that someone's going to have an accident. There's just a bunch of big guys whaling around and I don't like to be around it. You know? So this is probably my least favorite.

Vitals comes to us from writer/director Marc Morgenstern. Christopher Showerman, Sachin Metha, Tim Russ, and Claudia Wells co-star. In it Showerman stars as an unassuming electrician who wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. It’s only a matter of time before he finds his wife in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to a horrible organ harvesting organization. Now they must use each other’s wits and skills to escape before their captors return and their dark secrets are revealed.

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Did You Know There's A Large FREE 'Silent Hill' Remix/Inspired Music Collection?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:42

If there’s one thing I know about Bloody-Disgusting readers, it’s that you all are pretty much fans of the Konami survival horror series Silent Hill (which happens to be one of my favorite game franchises ever). And what’s not to love? There’s horrific monsters, nightmarish locations, intelligent story lines, and, one of my favorite aspects, stunning music that terrifies as much as it entrances the player.

What’s great about the Silent Hill community is that it inspires a lot of creativity from the fans. There are great cosplayers, people who create toys, and more. But the purpose of this article is to recognize the people who are inspired to remix or create new music, all to show their love of a small foggy town.

The website SilentHillMemories.net is built around the music of the franchise, paying homage to composers Akira Yamaoka and Daniel Licht. And if you click that link, you’ll be directed to a page that is dedicated to fan remixes and inspired tracks. There are some serious gems there, so I recommend heading on in to get some free music!


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Win a Copy of Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray and Exclusive Pillowcase

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:12

The iconic 80s slasher flick Slumber Party Massacre is coming out tomorrow, March 18, for the first time on Blu-ray, and our good friends from Scream Factory are sponsoring yet another awesome contest.

Scream Factory is giving one Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray AND one blood-splattered pillowcase to each contest winner. This time there will be TWO winners!

This is what the Slumber Party Massacre pillowcase looks like. The pillowcase is out of stock at Scream Factory, but you can also search for the item on eBay to see how much it is worth!

Dread Central readers can enter this contest by sending us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

If the link doesn't work for you (because your browser is not set up with your email program), email us directly at contests@dreadcentral.com with the subject line as "Slumber Party Massacre". 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.

This contest will end on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12 midnight PT. 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 Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray directly from Scream Factory's website.

To find out more about Scream Factory and their upcoming releases, visit the official Scream Factory website, "like" Scream Factory on Facebook or follow them on Twitter (@scream_factory)

From the Press Release
This March 2014, loyal fans and horror enthusiasts are invited to join SCREAM FACTORY™ for the ultimate sleepover when Amy Holden Jones’ THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, starring Michele Michaels (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown), Robin Stille (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama), Michael Villela (Wild Orchid) and Andree Honore (Strange Reality), debuts on Blu-ray™ for the first time on March 18, 2014. This highly collectible Blu-ray edition features new high definition transfer and killer bonus content. A must-have for all slasher fans and movie collectors, this definitive Blu-ray release of THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE is priced to own at $24.97 SRP.

THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (1982) helped define the slasher film ethos of the 1980s. Put together by first-time director Amy Holden from a script, titled “Don’t Open the Door," by celebrated author Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle), the film was an immediate hit for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, eventually spawning two sequels and became a staple in mom-and-pop corner video stores of the 1980s.

When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls’ basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest – an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill – crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.

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Listen To A New Metallica Song!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:10

Heavy metal titans Metallica played in Bogota, Columbia last night and premiered a brand new song entitled “The Lords Of Summer”. Clocking in around 8 minutes, fans are already praising it as a return to the sound and songwriting stylings of …And Justice For All.

Below is a amateur video shot from the crowd of the full song, so head on down to check it out!


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See a Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Episode 4.15 - Us; Go Inside Episode 4.14 - The Grove

Dread Central - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:01

Have you recovered from tonight's episode of "The Walking Dead" yet? When you have regained your strength from the wallop from tonight's emotional episode, take a look "inside" Ep. 4.14, "The Grove," followed by a sneak peek of Ep. 4.15, "Us."

If you haven't watched tonight's episode yet, consider this your spoiler alert warning. Otherwise, grab your tissues and watch the most talked about scene again below and learn how the episode was made.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.






"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.15 - "Us" (airs 3/23/14)
Faith becomes a survival tool for some fighting to stay alive.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.




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[TV] The People of "Salem": Introducing Cotton Mather, Witch Hunter!

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:25

WGN American released the first “People of Salem” featurette, which introduces us to “Salem’s” local witch hunter, Cotton Mather. Driven by secret obsessions and desire, Cotton Mather is the well-educated local aristocrat who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt.

“Salem” debuts on WGNA April 20.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[TV] Next On "The Walking Dead": New Trailer and Sneak for "Us"

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:22

AMC has shared a brand new trailer and sneak peak clip for next weekend’s “The Walking Dead.”

In Episode 4.15, “Us,” “Survivors rely on brutality and faith.

Episode 15 is set to air on Sunday night, March 23 at 8pm central time on AMC.

Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.

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R.I.P. Scott Asheton, Drummer Of Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Dies At 64

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 18:12

Sad news has come out as Iggy Pop posted via Facebook that Iggy Pop & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passed away last night. He was 64 years old. No cause of death has yet been announced.

Iggy posted the following message: “My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.

Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton’s have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.

Aside from Iggy Pop, Asheton was the only consistent member of The Stooges since their inception in 1967. His brother, The Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, passed away in 2009.

Our thoughts go out to Asheton’s friends, family, and to the fans and members of The Stooges.


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[Random Cool] There's Another Band Comprised Of Terminators. The Machines Are Rising!

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 17:49

Remember Compressorhead, the three-piece robot band that covered Motorhead‘s “Ace Of Spades”? Well, looks like they have some competition in the form of Z-Machines, yet another three-piece robot band. But Z-Machines has a little trick up their sleeves (sockets?): UK eclectic composer Squarepusher.

See, Squarepusher (aka Tom Jenkinson) is working with Z-Machine on a 5-track EP titled “Music For Robots”, which comes out April 8th in N. America (pre-order via iTunes). Jenkinson stated, “Part of the appeal of that music has to do with hearing a familiar instrument being ‘played’ in an unfamiliar fashion. For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar.

Head on below to hear the track “Sad Robot Goes Funny”, which is a strangely beautiful acid jazz composition.


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Nine Inch Nails And Soundgarden Announce Summer Co-Headline Tour

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:56

Legendary industrial group Nine Inch Nails have announced that they will be embarking on a summer tour that will be co-headlined by grunge rockers Soundgarden. Direct support comes from experimental hip hop group Death Grips. The tour kicks off July 19th in Las Vegas, NV and finishes on August 25th in Los Angeles, CA.

NIN will be touring in support of their 2013 album Hesitation Marks while Soundgarden will be supporting 2012′s King Animal.

Head below for tour dates.

7/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
7/21 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/24 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/29 – Mansfield, MA @ XFinity Center
7/30 – Camden, NJ @ Bank Center
8/1 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/2 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Lakewood
8/7 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
8/8 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/10 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union
8/14 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
8/16 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
8/21 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/24 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl


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The Second Half Of 'Dark Souls II's' Prologue Is About As Creepy As The First

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 17:19

The second (and final) part of the prologue for the newly released dark fantasy RPG Dark Souls II picks off where the first left off. There are no melting wax people in this one, though it still has its moments. If you’re planning on taking the plunge into this unforgiving series, leave your humanity at home, because this game will tear you up.

I called Dark Souls II a “masterpiece” in my review. It’s “beautiful, horrifying, unforgiving, and is easily one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had during my gaming career.”

Dark Souls II is available now on Xbox 360 and PS3. It arrives on PC on April 25.

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