The best thing that happened in last night's episode of "The Originals" is that finally Elijah is back and ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family, including facing the "Ultimate Weapon." Here's a preview of next week's Episode 1.05, "Sinners and Saints."
"The Originals" Episode 1.05 - "Sinners and Saints" (airs 10/29/13, 8-9pm)
Angered by recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) demands answers from Sophie (Daniella Pineda), believing she was involved. Sophie reveals to Klaus and Rebekah (Claire Holt) a troubling secret from her past.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) asks Klaus to accompany him to the bayou after gruesome remains are discovered, while Rebekah, Sophie, and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set off on a mission of their own. Davina (Danielle Campbell) confides in an unexpected ally and reveals shocking information about the witches, ultimately leading to a disturbing revelation.
Daniel Gillies also stars. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Julie Plec.
We first told you about Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs' plans to bring their phenomenal Edgar Allan Poe stage play Nevermore to the big screen a while back, but now the two titans are hoping to see their project become a reality through a Kickstarter campaign.
According to the campaign page: Nevermore is set in 1848, a year after the death of Poe's beloved wife, Virginia (and a year before his own). He had become internationally famous as the author of The Raven and his Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. But his fame did not provide fortune, and so he was constantly seeking financial security and respect from the literary establishment.
This is Poe in his own words. Our text is taken from his letters and essays, and we have based our evening on reviews and reports of his actual appearances. Our goal is to present a sense of the fascinating man behind the poetry and brilliant tales, a man who could be his own worst enemy, and whose life was even more bizarre and tragic than his strangest story.
The film will expand on the stage play by dramatizing some of Poe's most famous works, including The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart and Annabel Lee.
As of this writing, Nevermore is only around 20% funded with a little more than a week to go - a very sad sign given the quality of the project. But horror fans can make all the difference, just like they did with ADI's Harbinger Down project earlier this year. So go spend that $10 you saved by not seeing the Carrie remake and make something really special happen.
Over the weekend I got into a debate with Lonmonster and Mr. Disgusting on Twitter. It all started when Lonnie asserted that Slither was a remake of Night Of The Creeps and pretty soon we got into discussing which one of them might be the better film. A lot of folks I respect have mentioned the Creeps vs. Slither thing to me over the years, so I figured I’d finally weigh in with my thoughts here.
First of all (and with all due respect to my colleagues), I’d like to say that Slither is in no way a remake of Night Of The Creeps. Yes, I will concede the point that the biology of the slug creatures is quite similar (especially when you consider the fact that they “possess” people). Aside from that though, I don’t see a whole lot of similarity. The slugs in James Gunn’s film are part of a host of creatures that all tie into the consciousness of the creature that has taken hold of Michael Rooker’s Grant Grant. While the slug induced infections in both films threaten world domination, the psychology of the creatures is wildly different. The creature inside Grant Grant is a world conqueror, we see through its memories that it has effortlessly toppled more feral planets. But the stumbling block on Earth is that it has to confront one of the elements that makes us well… human. Love.
Grant Grant is feeling love for the first time, which is ultimately his undoing. When he makes love with Starla (Elizabeth Banks), he cries tears of joy at this utterly unfamiliar feeling. Of course he’s still going to be the world conquering creature that he is (and he kills plenty of people in the film) but his affection for Starla is palpable enough to be his downfall. In a way he’s a malevolent, viral, version of King Kong. And the blonde is his weakness.
After that the differences between the two films become even more vast. Night Of The Creeps is more of a collegiate romp, whereas Slither remarkably makes a vast canvas out of a small town. By shifting protagonists in each act, we’re allowed to spend considerable time with the residents of Wheelsy. From cops to farm families, adults to children, rich to poor, politicians to trailer trash. In fact, it seems as though we don’t see any college age characters, a demographic that populates the vast majority of the Creeps cast (Tom Atkins deservedly legendary performance aside).
And, while I love Night Of The Creeps, I’d have to argue that Slither is overall the better film. Both of them are underrated horror comedies, but Slither really sticks the landing. It’s my feeling that Creeps sort of loses momentum at the end. Around the time J.C. tragically checks out (an admirably bold move that unfortunately serves to undercut the fun vibe of the film) I begin to feel my interest waning somewhat. The image of Chris and Cindy armed with a shotgun and flamethrower outside the sorority house is a great one, but the actual payoff of the sequence is sort of slight.
Slither, on the other hand is able to keep us invested all the way until the end credits. Starla offering herself to the monstrous Grant Grant in the name of saving their marriage emotionally reinvests us before the final, violent showdown. The image of the encroaching “zombies” dropping suddenly when their link to Grant’s consciousness is terminated is fantastic. And the final shot of Starla, Bill and Tania limping away is incredibly satisfying.
Both films are great horror comedies, and I wouldn’t fault anyone for disagreeing with me, but Slither sticks to my ribs more. And it’s most certainly not a remake. Disagree? Have a preference? Vote in the poll below!Take Our Poll
Ready to learn a bit more about the title character in NBC's upcoming "Dracula" miniseries? Then read on to watch a new video interview (yes, another one!) with star Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
"Dracula" is a twisted, sophisticated, and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel. The 10-episode series is paired with "Grimm" on Friday nights and will premiere at 10PM on October 25th.
Along with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes, the other cast members include Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Ben Miles as Mr. Browning, and Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport.
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"Dracula" Episode 1.01 - "The Blood Is the Life" (airs 10/25/13)
New to England, Alexander Grayson hosts a lavish party. He becomes fixated on Mina Murray, a beautiful young woman who looks like his dead former love. Newly engaged to Mina, Jonathan Harker grapples with worries over providing Mina the life she deserves.
This October is the first in a few years that we've experienced no Paranormal Activity in theaters, and I admit that I'm kind of missing it. The fourth installment was incredibly lackluster, this is true, but it had become a Halloween tradition to see demonic ghosts terrorize people, and I can't help but feel that Halloween isn't the same without it.
Thankfully, there's plenty of paranormal activity on the internet to hold us over until the next installments in the franchise. Case in point: an allegedly real video that shows a man being attacked by a vicious ghost, captured on security cameras. The man is walking down a long hallway, minding his own business, when suddenly he's forced to the ground and dragged across the floor by a mysterious shadowy figure.
Real? Fake? Decide for yourself by watching the video below!
Writer, director, and actor Elliot Passantino dropped us a line with info on his latest indie project, Unicorn Sky, which he described as "an ecologically conscious paranoid conspiracy thriller/adventure/slasher film inspired by true events." Attention gotten.
The film stars Michael Kashimir, Daria Berenato, Connor Kinsman, Wendy Schribener, Elliot Passantino, Dave Gruisin, Robert Leckington, Joseph Cornacchia, Andrew Matthews, Josh Bacher, Paul Manzella, Matt Visconti, Matt Demarco, Dave Braum, Joy Stevens, and Evi Siskos.
Check out the first images and some additional details below. Look for more soon!
On January 3, 2013, NJ reporter Nicole Startz's car was discovered outside Harriman State Park in New York. Based on recently discovered new evidence and declassified CIA documents, it is believe she died discovering the truth behind a hidden military facility known as Facility 13, a facility responsible for climate tampering, and a Navy Seal's part in a top secret CIA experiment gone wrong. With the aid of local activists, a hippy mystic, and her ex-CIA father, Nicole is believed to have followed the bread crumbs to her doom... the doom behind Unicorn Sky.
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s series thrusts forward this month with an origin story for the second protagonist. It’s a fantastic juxtaposition to last month’s adventure. Hilarious, poignant, and an absolute joy to read, “Sex Criminals” continues to be a hit. You’ll be touched in more ways than one, and you get to take a trip to “Cumworld.” What more could you ask for?
I approached the second issue of this series with minor trepidation, worried that Fraction and Zdarsky wouldn’t be able to stick the landing after their killer first issue. However, I’m happy to report that my worries were in vain, as this issue is absolutely stellar.
The book takes a step forward by taking a step back. This month begins with Suzie and Jon in the bank. Giving us a hint of our current predicament before rocketing us back to the pivotal moment after our heroes first boned.
Fraction takes us back through Jon’s “cuming” of age story. His sexual awakening is just as hilarious as Suzie’s, and it has all of the subtle differences being from the perspective of a guy. Jon’s hilarious term for his power “Cumworld” tells you everything you need to know about his perspective.
The issue is deeply rooted in character moments for both Jon and Suzie. Their relationship evolves through sincerity. Fraction displays two characters who find solace in one another. They are afraid that if they were to stop talking, the other may disappear. It’s a beautiful thing. There is a hint of superficiality to their relationship through the pursued passion of sex, which hints that the relationship may not work out in the future.
Zdarsky’s art continues to be one of a kind. His cartoonish depiction of these heavy sexual situations reminds me of after midnight adult cartoons. His ability to channel sexual energy onto the page while also zeroing in on facial features makes you feel as if you are sitting in on an intimate moment. The awkward feeling fades almost right away.
The art eases you in and makes you feel comfortable. Even if you are watching a big nosed teenage boy discover masturbation. To top it all off, the work in “Cumworld” both its depiction and the location itself are the highlight of the issue. The moment in which Jon finds himself trespassing with an erection gives way to one of the best panels of the month, as Jon rockets around the building we see his path and his multiple roadblocks on the way to his escape – its brilliant.
The dire straights that begin the issue also close it out. There is something more to the events inside the bank that Fraction isn’t giving us entirely. An antagonist looms. There are people who can seemingly pass into “Cumworld” with Jon and Suzie, and that doesn’t bode well for the future.
“Sex Criminals” continues to be a modern classic. The candid look at sexuality combined with razor sharp dialogue and impeccable art make every single page an absolute joy to read. You’ll never feel dirty as you pound through the book, but you may find yourself adjusting your pants a few times. This is tantalizing stuff.
Rating 4.5/5 Skulls.
Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios’ new creator owned series from Image is a surreal western of the best kind. A rollicking adventure steeped in history. Often pitched as “Preacher” meets “Sandman,” “Pretty Deadly” is so much more.
Emma Rios’ incredible sweeping art compliments Deconnick’s wonderful story. Inside this book you’ll find a lyrical adventure that follows a mysterious protagonist. All of the best western elements are here, and they’re given a perfect dream like twist.
Comparing “Pretty Deadly” to other series would frankly do this book an injustice. It is so unlike anything I’ve had the pleasure of reading that I found myself diving into the book a second time immediately after my first read-through. The whimsical tone that begins the book shifts suddenly into a macabre lyrical poem.
A poem that is completely captivating and educational. This book is steeped in history. The past of the protagonist is elaborated through this lyrical style. It’s a refreshing way to experience exposition. Deconnick has us following Death’s daughter.
We learn how she was conceived, and watch as she makes her way across the barren countryside of the west. Deconnick understands western tropes and isn’t afraid to put her own spin on them. The raven imagery is so perfectly articulated by Emma Rios’ art that it comes to define the book.
The stray feathers wandering through the air, the abrasive headdress, and the billowing black cloak say everything about “Pretty Deadly.” Rios finds time within her art to cut her own lease on western imagery. Everything here looks well trodden and decayed. The paneling during the lyrical poem is simply stunning. So many images are overlayed on top of one another, but it never feels overwhelming.
Instead Rios’ command of the page causes the narrative to flow like Sissy’s billowing cloak. The supporting characters feel weathered in comparison to Ginny’s innocence. It’s a fantastic juxtaposition within this world. Her bright eyes will soon fade, but until then Rios has made a point to make her stand out.
Deconnick’s story is one of personal reflection and mystery. The motivations of every character are not entirely clear. Instead, we are engaged in a mysterious adventure surrounded by even more mysterious people. Things get dark and blood is spilt, but for the most part things are rather tame.
The entire adventure feels like an acid western in a similar vein to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work but with a little more focus. The script isn’t comfortable with providing all of the answers up front, nor should it be. Since the narrative weaves unpredictably throughout the west this is a book that is better approached with a more liberal sense of mind.
“Pretty Deadly” is pretty damn unique. It is bold, dark, and engaging storytelling with a surrealistic flavor. The engaging characters and rich sense of history give the feeling of the gigantic sprawling narrative ahead. It’s been entirely too long since we have had a book like this. While it certainly is in a league of it’s own, if you are a fan of good, dark, dream like storytelling than this is for you.
Rating: 4/5 Skulls.
Blumhouse's Incarnate has gone through a bit of a casting shake-up as Rosario Dawson has left the production and Catalina Sandino Moreno has taken her place.
THR reports Dawson left the project due to scheduling reasons. As a result Moreno (pictured) will star opposite Aaron Eckhart. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island's Brad Peyton will be directing a script by Ronnie Christensen.
The movie is due to begin production in November in Los Angeles.
The plot focuses on an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed; he meets his match when a 9-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past.
Blumhouse and IM Global will co-finance the film. Blum is producing, and Couper Samuelson is exec producing with Michael Seitzman and Trevor Engelson.
We now have the trailer for the hotly anticipated “The Returned,” which makes its American debut on Sundance Channel starting on Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT.
“In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.”
Anne Consigny, Frédéric Pierrot, and Clotilde Hesme all star.
From director Tara Anaïse, Bloody Disgusting has a pretty gruesome exclusive look at Dark Mountain, screening at the Austin Film Festival this coming weekend (Saturday, October 26 at 10:15pm at Alamo Village; Thursday, October 31 at 7:15pm at Rollins).
“Somewhere deep within Arizona’s Superstition Mountains lies the most famous lost gold mine in the world–the Lost Dutchman Mine. Its estimated worth is around 200 million dollars. Since the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of people have scoured the mountains in search of it, hundreds have lost their lives in the process, but not one has returned with an ounce of gold.
Legend has it the mine is cursed.
In March of 2011, three filmmakers set out to find the mine and document their entire process. They never made it out of the Superstitions. Eight months later, their camera and cell phones were recovered along the western edge of LaBarge Canyon. No sign of the filmmakers themselves has been found to date. Dark Mountain is the chilling reconstruction of their last days.“
A found-footage thriller inspired by actual events, Dark Mountain is written and directed by Tara Anaïse. Producers included Tamara Blaich, Jennifer Harrington, and Megan Peterson with cinematography by Pyongson Yim and editing by Jennifer Harrington.
Paramount has nabbed writer-director Chris Gorak‘s sci-fi spec script Attach, writes Heat Vision.
Gorak, a longtime production designer who segued to the director’s chair for the awesome 2006 thriller Right at Your Door, also will direct Attach.
Chronicle‘s Adam Schroeder is producing.
Explains the site, the script came with a visual test that Gorak directed and sparked a bidding war, with multiple studios involved.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is described as in a similar vein as Chronicle in that it is a big visual concept with a young cast at the center of it.
If you’re anything like me (and hopefully you’re not) you couldn’t get enough Garbage Pail Kids when you were growing up. I remember getting packages from my Mom at camp full of things like the new Skid Row album and Garbage Pail Kids. Either she wasn’t vetting the contents of these packages or she was just cool and confident that I would grow up without any issues (sorry to prove her wrong on the latter count).
One of the things I kept noticing in those days was how the “Pail” creators would often recycle images (aka make “twins”) for popular characters. You get a little bit of that from this image – but mainly it’s a cool trip down memory lane.
As a bonus I’ve included one of the grosses Garbage Pail Kids below the master image. Check it out below! And if the image still looks small when you enlarge it, it’s just the browser window. Drag it onto your desktop or a new window for the full 3000 wide experience.
It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for a generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with the “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition of Cat People features anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and is packed with a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more!
Also arriving in stores everywhere on January 21, 2014, Scream Factory invites collectors and movie aficionados to dive into the horror classic Die Monsters Die (a.k.a. Monster of Terror). A film by Daniel Haller (The Dunwich Horror) and starring original “Frankenstein” Boris Karloff, Nick Adams (Invasion of Astro-Monster) and Suzan Farmer (Dracula: Prince of Darkness , 1966), this entertaining, quirky cinema classic is a loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Colour Out of Space.”
A remake of the 1942 Jacques Tourneur horror/noir classic, Cat People stars Nastassja Kinski as Irena, a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time only to find that the experience brings tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl’s first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her – including the extraordinary demands of her brother (Malcolm McDowell) – as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. Written and Directed by Paul Schrader , this erotic fantasy about the passion and terror surrounding this first love also stars John Heard, Annette O’Toole, Ruby Dee and Lynn Lowry.
Special Features Include: New interviews with writer/director Paul Schrader, Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O’Toole , Lynn Lowry and composer Giorgio Moroder, Theatrical Trailer, Still Gallery.
WithanO Productions just released the theatrical trailer for Muck.
Muck stars the horror legend Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7-10, Hatchet) and the new Scream Queen, 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Jaclyn Swedberg.
Here’s the massive plot synopsis: “On this Feast of Saint Patrick, the lucky ones are already dead…”
Muck was filmed completely on the Red Epic in Ultra HD over the course of 19 grueling all-night shoots. Shot entirely on location in the swamps and marshes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Besides the Horror Legend and Playmate of the Year, Muck features a cast of up-and-coming actors, led by Australian hunk Lachlan Buchanan (“Newcastle”, “Pretty Little Liars”, and “NCIS: Red”) and Indian beauty Puja Mohindra.
The mix of metal and dubstep is a really tricky blend that can go horribly wrong with much greater ease than it can go right. However, Celldweller‘s “Unshakeable”, which comes from 2012′s Wish Upon A Blackstar, is that rare song that not only gets it right but it flat out knocks it right out of the park (seriously, listen to the song and try not to get pumped when the “drops” hit). And I must not be the only one who thought so as Grammy-nominated EDM musician BT has teamed up with Seamless to remix the track, giving it a much more electronic feel.
Listen to the remix below and then snag it on iTunes!
Way back in 2008 Knott’s Haunt in California hosted a Quarantine maze, which was based on the film remake of Filmax’s [REC] franchise.
With the fourth film in production, [REC] has quite the following in Spain, so much so that they have their own Halloween maze!
Entitled “REC Passage”, the event is part of PortAventura in Europe. Explains the translation, you’ll experience 15 minutes of walking in darkness where characters make you feel the real fear in five different scenarios based on the Filmax series.
There are moments of real panic and awesome effects. “Laser Effects disorient you and large movie screens that will transport you to the most terrifying moments from [REC], [REC]2, and [REC]3. The monsters will chase you and will make the 15 minutes it takes this passage to be a nightmare from which you can not wake up.”
PortAventura TV shared the following video of director Jaume Balaguero walking through the experience.
Thanks to a tip by ‘Chris O.’ we’ve learned that a gruesome Halloween display in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn has drawn heated controversy, with some calling it a work of art and others saying it crosses a line, CBS reports.
As CBS 2’s Tamara Leitner reported Tuesday, some residents called the display “demonic,” while others called it “brilliant and creative.”
The porch of the Bergen Street brownstone with the display has been turned into what appears to be a torture chamber, they explain in the following video. A surgeon with a jack-o-lantern head operates on a bloody baby doll, hooked up to an IV.
Other dolls are impaled, decapitated and mutilated, with knives or nails in their heads or skewers impaling their bodies. Another looks plaintively out of a bird cage, and another still is chained to a chair.
One doll even has a smaller doll emerging from a bloody gash in its belly, reminiscent of the Alien movies.
Before arriving on DVD and Blu-ray December 10 from Asylum, “Zombie Night” will premiere on Syfy Saturday, October 26 at 9/8c as part of the networks “31 Days of Halloween”.
The feature was helmed by Feast and Piranha 3DD‘s John Gulager, and stars Daryl Hannah, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Ruck, Shirley Jones, and Jennifer Taylor.
In it, “Two families in a small American town face off against zombies in a long night of horror, torn between helping each other and saving themselves.“