While reading issue #3 of Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s “Low” I couldn’t help but indulge myself in the use of there “I can’t even!” internet meme. This series is so flippin’ gorgeous.
WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ART BY: Greg Tocchini
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: September 24, 2014
Reviewed by Nick Brehmer
Meanwhile, an imprisoned Marik is left alone with his guilt in accidentally killing the prostitute in issue #2. Surrendering in his own way, suicide seems to be the only way out, but not before his mother can intervene. At odds, the two journey into the wild seas beyond Salus in an attempt to retrieve the probe that may hold the key to humanity’s survival.
I can see the narrative of “Low” run the risk of alienating certain readers. I fear that the stark contrast between Stel’s optimism and Marik’s nihilism might come off as preachy. I’m not overly familiar with Rick Rememder’s work, but his letter to the readers in the back matter of issue #1 indicates that “Low” is new territory for him. He writes, “I’ve realized that in fifteen years I’ve never once written an optimist lead character…Writing Stel’s adventures and what she endures and how she endures it became incredibly cathartic.” We’ve seen just how dark “Low” can go and I think skeptical readers should note that Remender is aiming for a balance of harsh and hopeful.
I think a lot of readers (as one can witness in the back matter letters to the author) find “Low” to be incredibly healing. If anything, the series is preaching that cynicism and despair are easy to fall into. Resilience is the road less traveled. Just as Stel does, we need to put up with a lot of bullshit before we can step into the possibility of breakthrough.
The key word being “possibility.” It helps having an artist like Tocchini bring these sentiments to life in the panels of “Low.” The designs he’s come up with, from the underwater vessels to the gear and attire of the characters, are just brilliant. Not to mention the vast array of sea creatures we are shown in this issue. With that said, I’ll end with this:
A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer
Tim Daniel further expands his world with “Enormous” #4 a pulse pounding story that is filled with action, this may be the best chapter of the book yet. What we get here is equal parts mystery, action set pieces, and character driven drama, in short it’s absolutely thrilling, thanks to incredibly tight pacing.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Daniel
ART BY: Mehdi Cheggour
PUBLISHER: 215 Ink
RELEASE: September 23, 2014
As this point it should come as no surprise that “Enormous” has it all figured out. The book has been crafted with a evident level of care that shows the intimate planning process of building a huge world, but does it through awesome action and character.
This issue begins with a showdown in Tucson Arizona. Everything here seems to be unrelated to Ellen’s journey, but proves interesting thanks to the nature of the showdown on the page. Everything feels completely compelling. The man we’re introduced to gives us a heaping dose of person on person violence and shows the world of “Enormous” isn’t just crumbling thanks to giant hulking beasts.
Ellen’s story reaches fever pitch as she continues to search for her girlfriend. It’s the type of fool’s errand that would have you yelling at your television we’re this a horror movie, but I gives a great sense of her character, she’s driven to a flaw. It’ll be her saving grace, but her it’s almost her demise.
But the real star of this issue is the incomparable Mehdi Cheggour. His stylistic blend of photorealism with gigantic set pieces gives every little panel some heart. He’s able to create an irresistible world thanks to the level of detail in his work with the human characters, but explodes the book outward whenever the beasts are on the page. The result is a finely tuned experimentation in pacing that really allows the visual flow of the book to control the action.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the final pages of the issue. They tease a larger world that’s about to be introduced to the reader. Something else is going on, and it’s not all giant beasts. Humanity is evolving in a response to these new threats. How this will all manifest in the pages of the comic is still unclear, but this month offers a tasty tease.
“Enormous” is quite unlike most other monster stories. It’s got your standard fare Kaiju, and it’s got the destruction porn, but the exception is character. There are actual humans on the ground struggling to survive, and it makes all the difference.
I’m new to these parts so I thought I would introduce myself in list form, specifically my end-all-be-all favorite horror flicks.
By no means are these the best horror movies ever made but they are my favorites. If desert islands had TV and DVD hook up capability these are the ones I would bring with me.
Enough blathering on and let’s get to the movies!10. Candyman:
The 10 spot in my ultimate list goes to the only 90s horror movie that will appear on this list. As a whole I don’t really subscribe to the 90s meta/cynical idea of a horror movie. Of course there are exceptions like Scream and I do love Urban Legend as flawed as it may be but generally my tastes reside in the 70s/80s fare.
What I love about Candyman is it remains socially relevant no matter when you watch it. Every time I turn it on I see bits and pieces of world events today happening within the story, events that hadn’t even happened yet are depicted in this film. In the horror genre it’s hard to make a movie that doesn’t eventually date itself. We all the style of the 80s slashers and 70s psychological hits but most come away dated in some way.
Not to mention I was always the lame ass at slumber parties who refused to do anything related to Bloody Mary lore. I’m 24 and I still refuse to call that bitch out. Obviously Candyman follows in the same vein but instead of scaring you to death or whatever it is Mary does he rips you from groin to gullet with a big tetanus-y looking hook. No fucking thank you.9. Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (aka Blade of the Ripper):
My love for Giallo, and other Italian sleaze, was born of Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, and Ivan Rassimov’s warped love triangle. If you are new to the genre, or looking to indoctrinate your friends to it, I highly recommend starting with this film. It’s basically a step by step guide on how a Giallo formula works.
I fell in love with Strange Vice upon first viewing because I didn’t know there were movies like it, let alone an entire catalogue of them. I always loved the slasher type of film but this made me realize it can also be done with a dash of sex appeal and class. It’s also a great mystery and the twist is almost perfect and brings a smile to my face every time!
End note: Edwige Fenech made me realize one of my two “girl crushes”.8. Videodrome:
What can I say about David Cronenberg that hasn’t been said? The man is a genius of the body horror and was always YEARS ahead of his time and none of his films prove that true as well as Videodrome does. In a world where we are consistently “hyper-stimulated” by social media and portable technology it’s uncanny how close this movie mimics us.
And really, that’s what makes this movie so scary to me. It’s not quite as grotesque as The Brood or The Fly but it taps into the psychology of the modern world so acutely that you can’t help but come out of it worried about what further advances could do to us as a whole. That doesn’t mean I’m going to put down my iPhone or stop gulping down as much media as I can, it just means I know the inevitable consequences of over saturation.
Bonus love: James Woods and Debbie (oh sorry, DEBORAH) Harry are so deliciously sleazy it’s impossible to not acknowledge how perfect they are.7. Suspiria:
Please, oh please let this be one remake idea that remains shelved at least until I am cryogenically frozen somewhere. If Strange Vice was my introduction to Giallo then Suspiria was my introduction to the bat-shit crazy side of Italian horror cinema. Dario Argento has fallen pretty hard off the good-movie-making wagon but his films from the late 70s to mid 80s are something to be adored.
Suspria is a film of its time and I don’t mean it’s dated, actually it shows the type of filmmaking that can never be duplicated in the mainstream. The amalgamation of lighting and sound design are what sets Argento apart from everyone else at this time. Honestly, it’s no surprise Argento generally makes shit nowadays he probably used all of his creative genius to make his early films.
The story does get a bit muddled as we hit the half way point but it never loses the audiences attention. We are constantly worried for Jessica Harper’s character and are just as confused about the surroundings as she is. Suspiria made me realize that a film doesn’t need to be completely linear or coherent to be good and it made way for me to enjoy other directors like David Lynch.6. Creature From the Black Lagoon:
As I’m sure most of you did, my first introduction to horror movies came from the Universal Monsters Collection. As I got older my favorites began to cement themselves and my appreciation for the Monsters grew, especially after learning how they saved Universal Studios from going bankrupt. It’s a goddamn shame that Universal Studios them park is taking out The Universal Monsters attraction because of lack of interest.
Creature From the Black Lagoon is my favorite of the originals, I even got him tattooed on my leg. Though this isn’t one from the “hayday” of the 30s, it still captures the same magic as Dracula and Frankenstein did. In fact if you look at the number of horror movies made in 1954, only 6, you’ll see that Creature is in fair company when it came to monsters sharing the spot with Godzilla and Them!
Though it is the “younger” of the original monsters it still holds that same magical otherworldly feel from the others. Watching the Creature himself interact with the characters is always mesmerizing given he has no dialogue, not even groaning like the Monster in Frankenstein. Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman, the actors who brought Creature to life, are grossly overlooked in their talent. They aren’t even credit for Christ’s sake! From a technological aspect this is clearly the best of the entries but it holds dear to my heart for its simple and beautiful story.5. Hellraiser:
The second Clive Barker story turned horror film to top in my list is Hellraiser. Despite it’s really weird and confounding ending I will forever adore this movie for an array of reasons. Namely: Pinhead. Pinhead is a great character because he isn’t the true villain of the film or really any of the ones to follow. He is simply a minion of Hell who has a job to do and I bet he gets employee of the month every time! It’s really Julia and Frank who are the real villains.
I’m also a big fan of mixing animation and live action so the incredible use of claymation effects is beautiful to watch. Hellraiser is just a fun movie and I even enjoy some of the sequels.4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984):
Unlike Pinhead, Freddy is indeed the villain of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise but there is just something about him that worms his way into our hearts.
Though my introduction to horror was through Universal Monsters , Nightmare on Elm Street was the ultimate test of my loyalty. I was probably about 10 or 11 when I first saw Freddy in all of his glory. It was late at night and I was staying at a friends house and we were searching for scary late night movies on TV. Low and behold this was what happened to be showing on Big Chuck and Little John that evening. As I watched in unending fear while one of my friends laughed at me I knew it was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. From then on all I wanted to watch was horror. I wanted to regain that fear I had first experienced and to this day the scene where Tina shows up in her body bag still gives me chills.3. Carrie (1976):
It’s a damn shame that now whenever anyone wants to search for Carrie they will have to differentiate between 1976 and 2013. Brian De Palma is a great filmmaker but for me Carrie will always be my favorite. Carrie hits close to home for me, and I think many other girls, who were hesitant about going into High School. The psychic aspect of this movie is really the least frightening thing about this film, the scary part are the terrible classmates.
Sissy Spacek is one of the only performances in horror that has ever made me feel really really terrible for what was happening to them. In a lot of horror movies we don’t get a lot of chances to really feel for our inevitable victims. Usually we just eagerly await for them to get picked off one by one. The character of Carrie in the FILM (not the book!) is so heartbreaking that any female, whether you were popular or not, can’t help but feel bad for her. As a 13 year old girl my first experience with Carrie was a terrifying one considering I was just about to go into High School.
Thankfully my school experience was nowhere near as horrible as Carrie’s I still can’t help but feel so emotionally drained after each viewing.2. Creepshow:
Taking the second spot on my list is another Stephen King adaptation and the film that made Anthology Horror my second favorite sub-genre. Creepshow is damn near perfect in my book, it combines horror and humor seamlessly and never favors one over the other. Coming in at 2 hours long it is also probably one of the lengthiest of anthology horrors.
Creepshow is a collection of 5 stories written by Stephen King and directed by zombie grandfather George Romero. It’s one of the few times we get a non-zombiecentric film from Romero and is the best of his King adaptation projects. It also nails it with a great wrap around story featuring Tom “Thrill me” Atkins and King’s son Joe Hill.
This movie made me seek out other anthologies and ultimately led me to my desire to, eventually, write a guide to every single one I can seek out.
Side note: “They’re Creeping Up On You” is my favorite segment despite my crippling fear of cockroaches.1. The Shining (1980):
Okay so I really didn’t mean to make my top 3 horror films of all time Stephen King adaptations, I really didn’t. But looking at the movies I have chosen of his work can you blame me? Although, I almost feel like this isn’t considered to be a real adaptation of his considering he hates it so much.
I find every aspect of this film to be fascinating and every time I watch it I pick up on new things and new feelings. It also gave me the lifelong fear of creepy dead kids. Even though I know exactly when the twins will appear I can’t help but get goosebumps every time Danny starts riding his big wheel over the wooden floor.
Side note: Strangely enough the building I live in reminds everyone of The Overlook.
And there you have it! My personal favorites of this wonderful genre we all love. I’m sure you won’t all agree with everything on my list and probably not the order but I loves what I loves. What are your favorites?
I’ve featured South African hip hop group Die Antwoord a few times here on Bloody-Disgusting. Their insane music videos are 100% right up the alley of any horror fan, thanks to unreal, nightmarish visuals. And with their current US tour, I began thinking about those videos, which are as engaging as they are deranged.
So, to celebrate the group and their incredibly unique visual style, I wanted to grab several of their music clips and drop them into one article as a way to kick off your week. Note that these videos are extremely NSFW due to language, sexual imagery, gore, violence, and a general aura that will have you asking yourself, “What in the absolute fuck was that?”
You think you know weird? Get ready to expand your definition of that word as you watch Die Antwoord.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can go and see Adam Wingard’s The Guest in theatres, please take the opportunity to do so; the rest of us will live through you vicariously. In the interim we can all dig on this new clip.
From the director of You’re Next and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), comes The Guest: a tense, action-packed, and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you’ve ever seen before.
A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
When we first told you about writer/director Mitch Cohen’s zombie comedy project Super Zero, it was in reference to last year’s Kickstarter campaign that sought to secure funds for a feature film. That wasn’t to be, though Cohen forged ahead regardless to create a promising short edition which you can watch right here!
We asked Cohen whether the failure of his Kickstarter project to reach its target influenced the decision to create a short film instead. Not so, he explained, telling us: “The story of the production is that the Kickstarter was also to produce the short film. The idea was to make the short as a teaser and a proof of concept to expand this into a feature film or a series. I have already developed the project out both ways. Even though the Kickstarter was unsuccessful financially, it gave me some promotion and I met some really talented people who helped me get it made for way less money and with even more production value. So in that way the Kickstarter campaign was a success!”
Super Zero stars Umberto Celisano, Giselle Gilbert, Al Bernstein and Tyler White, is written and directed by Mitch Cohen, and is produced by Devon Byers and Alex Moran.
When Josh Hershberg, a 20-year-old introverted geek culture lover, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, he believes he isn’t special and has nothing to offer the world. However, on the day he decides to kill himself and end it all, a vessel carrying the first sample of liquid water discovered on Mars crashes to Earth on re-entry, sparking the Zombie Apocalypse.
One month later, the world has gone to hell and Josh has set off to wander through the madness alone. He stumbles upon his crush, her cousin and a wayward pizza party clown trying to find their way to safety. In the middle of a sudden Zombie attack, the three learn that Josh is immune to being a target of the undead due to his rare illness. Josh, using his comic-book/gaming/movie knowledge and engineering expertise, crafts Zombie killing weapons and heroically saves the lives of his compatriots, earning him a place in their ragtag group.
In the process, Josh discovers, once and for all, you may not know what makes you special, but your time will come. And perhaps, when the biggest epic fail ever to happen to civilization triggers the rising of the dead to kill the living, one may find that there is a zombie assassin in all of us.
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Here’s a clip, trailer and some images from Craig Efros’ Hollows Grove that looks inspired by V/H/S, right down to the editing in the trailer.
“In Hollows Grove, a young filmmaker, Harold Maxwell, is filming a behind-the-scenes documentary about his friends – the Spirit and Paranormal Investigation Team (S.P.I.T) and their ghost hunting reality show. Harold joins the S.P.I.T crew as they head out to their next assignment, to film an old, abandoned and supposedly haunted orphanage, Hollows Grove. Soon after arriving at the orphanage the team begins to realize that what they thought would be a routine investigation is turning into a nightmare from which they can’t escape.“
We also have an exclusive clip that shows the faux opening to the “S.P.I.T.” series.
You can pick the film up on October 3 here.
On tap right now is an exclusive clip from Don Thacker’s flick Motivational Growth (review). That being said, hurry up and disinfect your hands. Get your favorite salve ready!
Motivational Growth Release Details
Indiecan Entertainment, Parade Deck Films, and Devolver Digital have teamed up to release Don Thacker’s sleeper festival hit MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (starring genre legend Jeffrey Combs).
The film will hit VOD worldwide on September 30th (via Devolver in most countries and Indiecan in Canada), Blu-ray and DVD in Canada on the same date, and DVD in the US the following week (via Parade Deck) on October 6th.
The DVD release will include a commentary track (with actors Jeffrey Combs and Adrian DiGiovanni and director Don Thacker), a photo gallery, and trailers. The Blu-ray edition will also include some additional behind-the-scenes material.
In Motivational Growth, Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 70s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine narrative follows, full of colorfully drawn characters and gruesome body horror. “The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.”
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It’s almost time for season 5 of The Walking Dead! We’re finally going to find out what Rick meant when he said, “They’re screwing with the wrong people.” We’re going to see if Daryl can find Beth. Basically, questions will be answered and then more questions will be dumped upon us! Oh, and some zombies will be killed along the way.
Speaking of that, how about we celebrate the vast multitude of zombie kills throughout the series by taking a look at a video set to some wonderful “can-can” music?
Video creator Robert Jones says that he, “…counted around 97 kills” and it definitely shows. There are a TON of kills, far more than I actually remembered from the series.
Now, head on below and let the killing commence!
We have a pretty gross new exclusive clip from Asmodexia, the feature debut of Marc Carrete (short films “Mal cuerpo” and “Castidermia”).
IFC Midnight has slated it for release on VOD September 26, and has since shared the clip that gives homage to The Exorcist. Watch a car crash, and then exorcism, and then a small vomit of pea soup all over someone’s face…
Asmodexia unspools over five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter, working in the Barcelona area.
“Eloy de Palma is an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the country with his granddaughter Alba. Their mission is to help those possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental patients, and drug addicts. There is also a mysterious cult following them, making it more difficult to help those in need. Each exorcism is tougher than the one before, and every battle with Evil reveals a piece of young Alba’s forgotten past – an enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.“
Andrew Adamson, who directed two of the Chronicles of Narnia movies, is attached to helm Breath of Bones, an adaptation of the acclaimed Dark Horse Entertainment comics miniseries, reports THR.
The three-issue story, later collected into a hardback graphic novel, was written by Steve Niles, a known name in the horror comic field (he created “30 Days of Night”), and Matt Santoro. Artist Dave Wachter received a 2012 Russ Manning Award nomination for his gorgeous work.
The unique “Bones” is set during World War II and tells of a British plane that crashes into a Jewish village. The crash brings Nazi attention, forcing the villagers to defend themselves, with one rabbi and his grandson building a Golem creature and bringing him to monstrous life.
“Telling a story can be tough,” Niles said to Heat Vision. “It’s the one monster rooted in religion and mysticism, so I wanted to be respectful. I decided to tell it as a World War II fable. It’s a story of a grandfather teaching his grandson how to make a monster to defend his village against a Nazi invasion.“
2014 Fantastic Fest Award Winners Include It Follows, The Babadook, Spring, Dead Snow 2, and Alleluia
Fantastic Fest 2014 doesn’t officially end until this Thursday, September 25th, but all the premieres are done, which means it’s time to to announce this year’s Fantastic Fest Award winners.
It was an outstanding year for features and shorts, making the job of honoring a select crop all the more difficult, but the Fest’s esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.
The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest. Dell Precision is the presenter of the prestigious “Next Wave” Award, which honors emerging filmmakers. The winners of the “Next Wave” feature awards are presented with a new Dell Precision mobile workstation.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary film critic Leonard Maltin by Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and his longtime friend Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and SXSW.
AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA (director Isao Takahata)
“NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION PRESENTED BY DELL PRECISION
Best Picture: IT FOLLOWS (director David Robert Mitchell)
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (THE TRIBE)
Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS)
Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci (SPRING)
Best Actress: Amy Everson (FELT)
Best Picture: ALLELUIA (director Fabrice Du Welz)
Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA)
Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma (THE WORLD OF KANAKO)
Best Actor: Laurent Lucas (ALLELUIA)
Best Actress: Lola Dueñas (ALLELUIA)
Best Picture: THE BABADOOK (directed Jennifer Kent)
Best Screenplay: Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK)
Best Director: Martín De Salvo (DARKNESS BY DAY)
Best Actor: Noah Wiseman (THE BABADOOK)
Best Actress: Essie Davis (THE BABADOOK)
GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (director by Tommy Wirkola)
Best Director: Hans Petter Moland (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Screenplay: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD)
Best Actor: Pål Sverre Hagen (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Actress: Sylvia Hoeks (BROS BEFORE HOS)
Best Picture: KUNG FU ELLIOT (director Jaret Belliveau)
Best Director: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp (THE CREEPING GARDEN)
SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: THE STOMACH directed by Ben Steiner
Runner-up: INVADERS directed by Jason Kupfer
Winner: THE VOICE THIEF directed by Adan Jodorowsky
Runners-up: MY FATHER IS A BIRD (director Boaz Debby) and SOLITUDO (director Alice Lowe)
DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: THE CHAPERONE (director Fraser Munden)
Runner-up: DAY 40 (director Sol Friedman)
Best in Show: BANANA CHALICE (developed by Kyle Reimergartin)
Gold Prize: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE TURNED (director Andrés Rosende)
Silver Prize: FIERCE (director Francisco Lorite)
Bronze Prize: HURT (director Pablo Proenza)
Special Jury Mention for “Keeping the Spirit of the 80’s Alive”: THE SHADOWDWELLERS (producer Erick Salomon)
Jury Award for Work in Progress and Chemistry Award: FRONDOSO EDEN DEL CORAZON (director Juan Manuel Fodde)
Morbido/Latam Consultation Award: EAT ME (director David Michán)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Beyond the Window Coproduction Meetings: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE SHORE (director Juan Felipe Orozco)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Bloody Work in Progress: SCHERZO DIABOLICO (director Adrián García Bogliano)
KING OF SHAKEYFACE
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This is is, kids! Annabelle will be haunting your local theatre next week, and right now we have your chance to score all sorts of spooky gear on us! Read on for details regarding this mega-sized creepy fiesta of items!
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- Glow in the Dark Playing Cards
- “Annabelle” Cinch Bag
- Heat Changing Mug
- “Annabelle” Eyes Sleeping Mask
- #I Like Your Doll T-shirt
- “Annabelle” Paper Mask
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This contest ends at 12:01 AM PT on October 6th.
Scheduled for release October 3, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed.
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia — a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.
On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.
Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) star as the Forms.
Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Twelve Years a Slave) stars as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,”) as Detective Clarkin.
Annabelle reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring. James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing Annabelle with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, is directing.
Gary Dauberman wrote the script. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter are the executive producers. Also joining Leonetti behind the scenes are director of photography James Kniest, production designer Bob Ziembicki, editor Tom Elkins, and costume designer Janet Ingram. Joseph Bishara composed the score.
New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster/Safran Company Production, Annabelle.
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Go back-to-back with another double-vision look at “American Horror Story: Freak Show”! FX is set to debut the fourth season on October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.
It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.
“A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.“
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
Ridley Scott, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner, is out promoting his latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and tells the story of the legendary Old Testament leader.
Yahoo! caught up with the director who turned his attention to two major sequels in development.
While he may be in the midst of pre-production on The Martian, starring Matt Damon, work on the second Prometheus movie is also well underway. And it won’t feature the famous H.R. Giger Xenomorph…
“Right now, as we speak, it’s being written,” he tells the site. “I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing ‘Prometheus’.
“The beast is done. Cooked,” he added. “I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four (he has conveniently forgotten the ‘AvP’ movies), I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
In a small spoiler, he also reveals a small plot point in the sequel: ““You’ll probably have to go with [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] and [Michael Fassbender’s android David] – without his head. Find out how he gets his head back on!”
In regards to a second Blade Runner, “It’s on the charts,” he reveals, “I can’t say when that would be yet, because of [Ford’s] thing with ‘Star Wars’. It’s a sequel – it’s what happens next. It’s quite surprisingly clever.”
It sounds like fans will be doing the waiting game even more than Scott as he can’t possibly direct three films at once. Which would you like to see next? Martian, Blade Runner or Prometheus?
From the producers of American Pie, Cabin Fever and The Ring comes Zombeavers; the allegedly hilarious no-holds-barred schlock horror releasing in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD October 20, 2014.
Announced earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival, it garnered over 2 million trailer views and became quite the social media and festival sensation. Zombeavers is the horror comedy with hysterical interludes, gross-out gore and old school animatronics.
Check out these pretty hilarious exclusive “Zombeavers” warning signs!
“The film follows a group of college students headed out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife and Zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs and debauchery gets underway, the beavers close in on their prey and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.“
Producers Jon and James Kondelik have debuted the trailer for the horror feature The Divine Tragedies.
The trailer shows the brothers Charles and Thomas LoBianco on a terrible killing spree. Shot in bright colours, the trailer shows more of the film’s characters and the brothers’ terrible motivations – to get away with murder!
The Divine Tragedies is based on a brutal crime. The Leopold and Loeb murder case, of Chicago, would shock the world. Two brothers thought they could commit the perfect crime, the murder of a young boy. But, the authorities were hot on their trail. In the film’s story, actor Ken Foree plays Det. Homer Gaul. Gaul is intent on ending the brothers’ wanton killing; he just has to find them first. But, Charles and Thomas have plans of their own.
The trailer was shot by director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House).
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Dwight H. Little, Fede Alvarez, Nick Copus, Joe Menendez, Eduardo Sánchez
Distributed by Entertainment One
From the beginning, it seemed like a concept that could quite easily be a total disaster: taking the core story and narrative path of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 genre mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn and spreading it out across a full ten-episode television season. Thankfully, a disaster it is not – sufficiently devoted to the source material to remain closely familiar, but packed with enough new and expanded content to make it its own distinct animal.
From Dusk Till Dawn chronicles the exploits of infamous criminal duo Seth (Cotrona) and Richard (Holtz) Gecko, who are forced on the run after a botched bank heist culminates in an explosion-filled shootout with the local police force. Leaving a trail of bodies in their wake as they make their way across the Mexican Border to meet up with their shady ‘employer’, Carlos (Valderrama), the boys take Christian preacher Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his two kids – Kate (Madison Davenport) and Scott (Brandon Soo Hoo) – hostage in an attempt to use their family-style RV as a Trojan horse through checkpoints.
With the worst seemingly behind them, the Geckos and Fullers arrive at the amusingly-titled ‘Titty Twister’ – a biker bar in the middle of the desert that remains open from dusk ’til dawn – and sit down for a few well-earned drinks while awaiting further instruction from Carlos. Unfortunately, the bulk of their troubles have only just begun as it is soon revealed that the bar is in fact just the topmost section of an ancient Aztec temple that serves as the home and feeding ground of a race of vampire-like snake people.
Yes, I said “snake people.”
While the main flow of this particular story’s first time on our screens remains solidly in place here, Rodriguez and Co. have changed a number of things while digging deeper into others – some to greatly pleasing effect and some to needlessly overwrought levels. The aforementioned change from straight-up vampires to snake people (despite Rodriguez’s hints that he originally thought of it that way, the movie’s creatures were distinctly more bat-like) is initially a bitter pill to swallow and in the early stages threatens to undermine proceedings with an overly goofy presentation – but it soon becomes more comfortable in its new skin as the series develops its deeper, fresh mythology.
The character roster is afforded the temporal luxury of the television format for deeper insights into their personalities, and just about every main player gets their time in the sun (not literally, though, depending on their origins). Rather than his tiny bit-part in the original film, the Gecko Bros’ contact, Carlos, is set front and centre as the villain here, their coming together at the ‘Titty Twister’ being just one part of his nefarious plan for domination over not just Seth and Richard, but his own ancient people. As Carlos, Wilmer Valderrama chews up the scenery in a performance that lies just on the wrong side of hammy – obviously having fun with the material, but falling victim to the sporadically wonky script at some of the least appropriate moments.
Much more time is also given to developing the character of sizzling snake-dancer Santanico Pandemonium (González), taking the perspective of her from a seemingly malignant, succubus-like influence on Richard in the early stages through to a rather more sympathetic creature. In fact, one of the largest achievements of this new presentation is the much more intimate relationship between Richard and Santanico – one that stretches back through visions and ethereal visitations to a time much, much farther back than our entry point and serves to better round out the character originally brought to screens by Quentin Tarantino. Rather than simply being a neurotic/psychotic nutcase with a penchant for wanton violence and the murder of defenceless women, Richard here is a tortured and conflicted soul, his impulses toyed with and manipulated by outside forces that regularly leave him confused, mentally drained, and no doubt covered in blood. Zane Holtz is thoroughly excellent in the role – cold as steel, calculated when in control, but regularly overcome by otherworldly influences beyond his comprehension. And yet, ultimately, he’s an individual on little more than a quest for fulfillment and love.
Opposite him, D.J. Cotrona is in full-on Clooney Mode as he does his best to emulate the mannerisms and speech patterns of his predecessor’s original barnstorming performance. Not that that’s a bad thing at all – Seth Gecko remains as badass a character on screen as he did almost 20 years ago and is in very safe hands indeed with Cotrona.
Jesse Garcia also shines as enraged Texas Ranger Gonzalez, determined to put the criminal brothers either behind bars or in the ground for the convenience store murder of his superior, Earl McGraw (Don Johnson). Drawn into Carlos’ sights due to his dogged determination to bring the Geckos down, Gonzalez winds up having to put retribution on the back burner and fight alongside his rivals for the sake of his family. Garcia brings this angel of vengeance to life with a palpable energy and sense of broiling, righteous hatred that makes him very difficult to ignore.
It isn’t all rosy when it comes to From Dusk Till Dawn‘s first season, however. It often finds itself contending with a very janky script and disappointing CGI, its own dedication to straight-faced B-grade schlock keeping it wobbling precariously on the verge of falling into too self-confident, overblown nonsense – something into which it does regularly slip, as the airy-fairy mysticism gets ever more trite. Repetition becomes a factor (yes, we get the point of the snake clan’s symbol, already), and the production constraints of the new format leave the iconic ‘Titty Twister’ massacre and ensuring battles looking far more stagey than the cinematic counterpart. The expansion of the crotch-gun wearing Sex Machine character into a lecherous college professor – played by Jake Busey – who knows nearly everything there is to know about the toothy residents of the bar is also an aggravating move that simply doesn’t pay off at all beyond adding reams of needless exposition.
When it comes to the complete package, all involved do manage to keep the goofiness of the material in check sufficiently; combined with the same kind of reckless rock ‘n’ roll attitude found in its forebear, it remains almost as endearing and full of entertainment value as it did the first time around – better in parts, infinitely dumber in others. Yes, all-told I’d rather watch the original movie again over this new interpretation, but it does bring enough of worth to the table to justify its existence – and that bodes well for continuing the adventures of the remaining bunch of characters in the second season beyond the already familiar material.
Entertainment One’s UK DVD release of From Dusk Till Dawn: Season One sports a commentary for the pilot episode that brings in cast members D.J. Cotrona, Brandon Soo Hoo, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia and Zane Holtz alongside director Robert Rodriguez and writer/showrunner Carlos Goto. Other commentaries (Episodes 2, 6, 7 and 10) draft in various other directors, writers and actors including Wilmer Valderrama and Robert Patrick – all of which are well worth a listen, especially those with Rodriguez on the panel.
Besides the commentaries, the choice of special features on the release may look impressive on paper, but it’s a very different story in practice. Of a total circa 70 minutes of extras, nearly half of the offerings are little more than various quick TV spots and promotional materials for the El Ray Network and the show’s various sponsors. Most egregiously, the “SXSW Featurette” is little more than a commercial despite the name! Besides a lengthy and fun Q&A session with Rodriguez and the cast, the extras here feel like little more than a constant sell, and a world away from the kind of open-door production extras that fans would expect to see. Quite disappointing in the grand scheme, but saved from being genuinely poor by the commentaries and Q&A.
- Audio commentary on selected episodes
- Full length trailer
- ‘Best Kills’ video
- On Set: Episode 1 Day 1
- On Set: The Making of From Dusk Till Dawn
- Behind the Scenes: “On Set: Brought to You by General Motors”
- Behind the Scenes: “On Set: Brought to You by Dos Equis”
- Character Bio featurettes
- General Motors commercial featuring Seth Gecko
- Dos Equis commercial featuring Carlos Madrigal
- Big Kahuna Burger commercial
- ‘What’s in the Briefcase?’ spot
- SXSW featurette
- Q&A from premiere at Alamo Drafthouse with Robert Rodriguez and Cast
The fifth annual Mile High Horror Film Festival kicks off in Denver on October 9th, and the weekend of events will include screenings of films both new and old. In fact, this year’s lineup is downright stacked with delicious goodies, so read on for the full announcement!
From the Press Release:
The Mile High Horror Film Festival returns to celebrate five strong years with our best film lineup yet.
This year, the festival expands to include 80 independent horror films from 18 different countries. From slasher maniacs to supernatural spirits, this year’s film lineup is sure to make your skin crawl.
We have several special events lined up that pay homage to the genre: a 60th anniversary presentation of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D with actress Julie Adams in person, a 40th anniversary presentation of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE with the original ‘Leatherface,’ Gunnar Hansen in person, CANDYMAN with horror icon Tony Todd in person, and a 15-year anniversary reunion for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez in person.
For fans of monster flicks, our films EXISTS (2014 USA), X MOOR, and LATE PHASES (2014 USA) are sure to please. Slasher fans, don’t miss PRESERVATION (2014 USA), DER SAMURAI (2014 Germany), and DEAD SNOW 2 (2014 Norway/Iceland).
If you like psychological thrillers, this lineup is sure to keep the heart pumping all weekend long: THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET (2014 Latvia/Estonia), BLOOD PUNCH (2013 USA), HOOKED UP (2013 Spain), THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO (2014 USA) STILL LIFE (2014 Argentina), and HOUSEBOUND (2014 New Zealand).
Fans of the V/H/S series, we will showcase the Colorado debut of the third installment, V/H/S: VIRAL. To top things off, we will host the 90-year anniversary of the silent classic, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (1924 Germany/Austria) with a live original score performed by Paul Buscarello.
Additional films will be announced soon.
Kick off the Halloween season with us at the Mile High Horror Film Festival. This year’s event takes place Oct. 9-12 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, and includes feature filmmakers, artists, celebrities and of course all the gore and horror that makes our festival a must see.
For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.mhhff.com.
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Metal band Job For A Cowboy have announced that they will be releasing their new album Sun Eater on November 11th via Metal Blade Records. This will be the band’s fourth studio album and follows Demonocracy, which came out in April 2012.
To announce this new album, the band has released a stream of the track “Sun Of Nihility”, which you can hear below. There are some who state that the song sees the band taking on a more “tech death” approach, which many are lauding.
Guitarist Tony Sannicandro recalled:
This album came together very smoothly. We had the concept before hand and I took it upon myself to try and portray that concept through the music. I took a much more melodic approach than “Demonocracy”: focusing on the structuring and the layering that would complement the story to my ears/
Bassist Nick Schendzielos added:
[Guitarist] Al [Glassman] riffs long and hard for greater the good of everyone involved. He really used a lot of foresight in his revisions during the writing process, creating ample room for me to mood-out the tracks with bass that you can actually hear. in the end I think we really brought the character out in each and every song.
Sun Eater is available for pre-order through Metal Blade.