Today Marks The 20th Anniversary Of Nine Inch Nails' 'The Downward Spiral'

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 17:56

As the headline so eloquently puts it, today marks the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails‘ classic album The Downward Spiral. This album is widely considered the group’s finest release, with such incredible tracks as “Closer”, “Hurt”, and “March Of The Pigs”.

It also featured some notable personnel, including Chris Vrenna (Tweaker, composer of American McGee’s Alice), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Charlie Clouser (composer of Saw), Danny Lohner (Renholdër), and more.

Upon release the album was a critical success, reaching number two on the US Billboard 200 and going on to achieve multiple platinum status. I personally own the deluxe 2xLP vinyl and it’s a joy to put on.

Let’s celebrate this album by you telling me your favorite Nine Inch Nails song (from any album) in the comments below!


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[SXSW '14 Review] One Central Miscalculation Hurts 'Honeymoon'

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 17:00

Writer/director Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon is the rare example of a film that actually does quite a bit right but is critically hobbled by one miscalibrated piece of machinery. It’s not that the machinery in question is in and of itself faulty – it just doesn’t belong in this particular engine. When that happens, you’re left with an engine that is easy to admire but won’t actually get you anywhere.

In its opening moments the film is able to somewhat mitigate the cliche of its two leads delivering testimonials to the camera, on the day of their wedding, by adding a palpable authentic warmth to their chemistry that is all too rare in horror films. Unfortunately, it’s here, swinging for the fences to distinguish and elevate its characters, that Honeymoon makes its gravest miscalculation – it goes too big. The husband character of Paul (played by Harry Treadaway) is a cloyingly earnest presence who becomes pathologically needy by the end of the film’s first act and begins exuding an unwaveringly jealous rapey vibe by the midway point.

The problem is, Paul’s not a villain. He’s the audience’s access point into the entire thing. After his wife Bea (Rose Leslie) goes missing for a few hours during their up-to-that-point idyllic honeymoon, it becomes increasingly clear that she’s not well. She’s not necessarily being unkind towards him, but there’s a wounded sensitivity there that causes her to pull away from Paul. His response to her withdrawing a bit? To whine and needle and attempt to guilt her into sex at every turn. “I’m your husband,” he proclaims after being spurned (to be clear, they have had plenty of sex up until this point – maybe the lady just wants a day off). He equates physical validation with love at every turn and certainly puts a higher premium on it than trying to help her through whatever she’s going through.

Of course, the reason Bea is behaving differently is that she is different. Some kind of Alien presence is inhabiting her body Almost Human style and is trying to ape her behavior (to what purpose, I’m not sure – though there is some admittedly gooey practical body horror that goes along with this that I quite enjoyed). We should be feeling bad for Paul. This is some tragic sh*t, after all. But when he gets angry that she doesn’t enjoy a lame pantomime involving a frog he’s planning on cooking for dinner – it’s hard not to want to punch him.

In fact, midway through Honeymoon I began wondering if this Alien abduction business wasn’t some ingenious plan Rose concocted to distance herself from a husband she clearly made a mistake marrying. There are so many great real life honeymoon horror stories that I truly feel like this would have been fresh and relatable angle.

During the Q&A Janiak, who is clearly both an intelligent film consumer and talented director to watch despite my feelings about this film, said the inspiration for Honeymoon comes from those very moments – the horror of looking at someone you’ve decided to spend your life with and wondering “who is this person?” Unfortunately Honeymoon asks that question from the entirely wrong perspective. Which is a shame, because if this movie had been barking up the right tree it could have made a truly unique impression.

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[Interview] Ryan K Lindsay Talks John Carpenter Inspired 'Headspace'

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 15:51

MonkeyBrain comics has been paving the way for independent digital comics, releasing quality, affordable titles from passionate creators. Ryan K Lindsay, no stranger to indie comics, just released the first issue of his ambitious new crime/horror/sci-fi series “Headspace” through MonkeyBrain on Wednesday, and it falls right in line with the rest of MonkeyBrain’s books. The high-concept series follows Shane, the sheriff of Carpenter Cove, who discovers that his strange town is actually a construct in the mind of a killer. It only gets crazier from there.

I sat down with Lindsay to chat about the crazy idea behind “Headspace”, his love for horror and sci-fi, and getting into the mind of a serial killer.

BD: How did Headspace come to be? How do you pitch such a crazy story?

Ryan K Lindsay: The initial kernel was a thought I had of a prison created inside the mind of a man by the government because of overpopulated prisons and real estate issues. It sat, an idea, not a story, and then Eric Zawadzki sent me a DM on twitter about collaborating and we ended up putting this idea to work for us, albeit in a now much different way.

From there, Eric and I spent months massaging the story, getting the characters and the moments just right, and this was all at the end of 2012 so by the time ECCC rolled around, and I flew over, Eric and I pitched it around. Pitching the book was fun but felt a little difficult. It’s a heady concept (excuse the pun) and one I don’t like dropping in just one sentence because it leaves out layers that I feel are important. I had the story paired down to a soundbite chunk – a concept I feel I’m still doing now as we hit the press and the public – and we were lucky enough to land at Monkeybrain, a literal dream publisher of mine from their very first day.

BD: I know you love The Thing, so I gotta ask, is the name of the fictional city in Headspace, Carpenter Cove, inspired by John Carpenter?

RKL: Ha, man, you know it. Carpenter Cove is such a pivotal setting in the book, it really is another character as it goes through these changes, that I knew I wanted a killer name, yet not something so involved it would isolate or deflect people. I can’t remember exactly how I landed on it but once it was there it never budged an inch. John Carpenter is a man who fuelled the imagination of my childhood and so to nod to him in this way means a lot to me.

BD: The book takes place in a world that is far from normal. How do you go about creating such a bizarre world, yet one that we can understand from the get-go?

RKL: We put in a lot of work defining the parameters and rules of the Cove. Everything had to have a reason and everything had to make sense. We open with Shane, the sheriff of Carpenter Cove, performing his duties even though he doesn’t really know why. He doesn’t know how he got to this place, where he was before, what he should really be doing or thinking so he just goes about this role somehow laid out in front of him. He keeps the peace in the Cove. And all of this will be explained moving forward, there is a reason these people were clouded in their mind, and there is a reason they were given jobs, and even why they were there in the first place. We thought everything through – or, lord, I hope everything, I’m sure someone will pick a major plothole for us in good enough time, ha.

As for making the Cove bizarre and yet understandable, really that’s all Eric Zawadzki. The way he builds locations and moves his players through it is masterful. Through the colours he creates the tone of this town and I felt it was my job to match his lead with the words I dropped. I had to complement his presentation of the Cove. I hope, in the end, we’ve created a memorable landscape but one we can also play in because we’re only just getting started in showing you what the Cove can do and what it has in store for Shane.

BD: You also waste no time showing that violence and murder are a big part of this world.

RKL: The story takes place in the mind of a killer, and the killer’s mind is invading this safehaven. Things are not going to be pretty. His thoughts, fears, memories, everything are just pulsating over Carpenter Cove in waves we can’t even comprehend with modern science. The Cove is not going to be a nice place and putting Shane, a man who states in the opening sequence that he doesn’t believe in killing, against this murder and mayhem is truly going to test him and his stance.

Then we have Max, the killer, in the real world and Chris Peterson and Marissa Louise drop bombs with their art collaboration. Max is a slick and efficient killer, who does what he must, and then he retreats into himself. An introspective man with a hidden world inside him is going to be a man torn apart.

BD: In the first issue Shane starts to realize that there is something very wrong in Carpenter Cove, and also starts to see glimpses of his past life. Can we expect those worlds to collide more in future issues? How does the world start to change around him?

RKL: Yes, Shane’s memories of the real world come back to him and this sparks his quest, he has to get out of Carpenter Cove and back to the real world and his real life. His returned knowledge of his life is obviously a major motivator for him but things also slowly tighten closer as things from the real world really do collide with this headspace. We will learn more about Shane, and then more about Max, and we’ll see that just leaving the Cove isn’t the only complication to be solved.

BD: The concept of literally going into the mind of a killer is intriguing and quite disturbing, yet the world you present is almost quirky. Why did you go in that direction as opposed to making it completely dark and horrific?

RKL: There are two reasons. One, we open on Carpenter Cove and it’s this messed up government facility. My favourite character in the world, Gil the dogheaded cyborg bartender, is a perfect example of how the government were running this place. The Cove was the safehaven, it was this weird little place, and so we play with it quirky because it’s what leaks into it now that is the black tar of the mind. I’m also not overly interested in just writing the bleakest stuff imaginable, I wanted this book to feel a little gonzo.

As for the second reason, well, I think you’ll find that out in issue #5

BD: You’re a huge science fiction fan, yeah?

RKL: Oh, man, so much. I grew up devouring horror and science fiction as a kid because my eldest brother is a decade more mature than I. I saw things no 6 year old should see, and I loved it. I always thought I’d be a horror writer, Stephen King and Clive Barker being the muses, but I’ve found I like playing with the sci fi genre a lot more. I think it’s because it can be more free, more open. Look at Headspace, we make up this entire science idea that we’ll never have to explain because it’s complete fiction. I know how it works, on a layman’s level, and we discuss it in the book as much as the narrative needs it, but otherwise I get to wholly make this up. That’s why I love sci fi. If I can then blend some genuine horror into the sci fi then my job is done.

BD: As a fellow Philip K. Dick enthusiast, it’s clear that he’s a big influence on Headspace. First, how did you first come into contact with Dick’s work?

RKL: I was twelve or thirteen and at a local carpark market sale. My hometown had them every weekend and I’d ride my bike down and touch all the secondhand books. I was filling my King/Barker collection and branching into other places and one weekend I picked up this book and it was 50c. I dug the cover so I took a gamble. The book was A Maze of Death by PKD and while it’s nowhere near his finest it’ll always hold a strong place in my heart. I read this book and it blew the doors off my mind. I really dug it so I started tracking down more PKD, but strangely enough, I don’t know how it is in North America but, in Australia PKD paperbacks are super hard to find. Most secondhand book stores don’t have any, or the ones the have are prices out of their asshole. This has meant that my collection, which is currently at 37 paperbacks in length, has been a bloody hard slog to accumulate.

But it’s worth it because each masterpiece I read reminds me how damn good PKD is.

BD: What about Dick’s specific brand of sci-fi appeals to you? How do you pay homage, but make it your own at the same time?

RKL: I’ve long been floored by PKD’s ability to tell strange stories in other worlds with wide casts of characters that always end up commenting on our society. His brand of social commentary is without peer because you don’t even see it coming. You read things like Clans of the Alphane Moon or The Days of Perky Pat and you can see PKD is just on a whole other level. Parallel to this, I also love how PKD plays with layers of reality, like in Time Out of Joint and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (which I wish wish wish Christopher Nolan would adapt to the screen), and it’s this aspect I think that informs Headspace more than anything else. That idea of not knowing what is real, but having the surreal and non-real be just as dangerous to you anyway is a fantastic conceit to work with.

In the end, I am happy to be informed and inspired by PKD but I don’t want to be PKD Lite. And I don’t think anyone will look at this book and think it’s anything close to PKD (make your jokes about quality level now, people) because I’m really working my ass off to make this feel more like a Ryan K Lindsay written book than anything else. It’s got those blends of horror, and family, that set it out as uniquely being our story. Plus, I’ve also got the secret weapons of Zawadzki, Peterson, and Louise who PKD certainly never had, though his paperback covers were always so damn gorgeous…but Eric is killing it on our covers so I think I can take a run at the champ and feel good about our book.

BD: There are also elements of cosmic horror. How does this tie into everything else going on?

RKL: This is poor Max’s mind showing its true colours. All the things he keeps close to his chest, all the repressed emotional ink he bottles up, is spewing onto the streets of Carpenter Cove and the nasty we see here is some of the worst Max has within himself – though there is worse to come, we promise.

I figured, we’re dealing with an imaginative landscape so why go small? Everything should be big, bombastic, insane, gonzo because, well, basically we can. Plus, Max is a messed up dude so you never know what you’ll find inside him. But just getting to bring to life the fears and terrible shadowy corners of a killer’s mind was too much fun of an opportunity to pass up. Especially when Eric’s doing the heavy visual lifting because flying dragons and a town gone wild look amazing through his mind’s eye.

BD: You’ve worked in creator-owned quite a lot, especially with some of the more independent publishers. Why do you think there’s been such a shift toward creator owned material in recent years?

RKL: I think it’s the freedom offered. I recently said that if you give amazing talent the ability to steer their own ship then they’ll always expand horizons and maps. Right now, we are seeing this. The brightest names and minds in the game are at a place where they can fiscally dive into the CO pool and make a living from it, which is nigh on impossible to do at the start of your career. It’s no secret or surprise that a whole slew of the best books running right now are coming from industry titans, and old school names, doing their CO work. Playing in a sandbox is fun, and oft yields great work, but being the master of your domain, and being allowed to set the rules to your kingdom is just always going to offer up richer narratives with deeper intent. Most creators have done their best work on their own properties, I think most will agree with this in the majority of the statement.

And this has always been the way but the shift now is the readers are truly understanding it and instead of choosing the houses of Marvel or DC like this is some sort of Game of Thrones battle with your money and spare reading time so many readers are branching out, and following names, and trying new things because of online hype and general curiosity and desire to feed upon something new. The readers want it, thus support it, so creators feel supported, and create more of it, so the readers have more and want more. It’s a good spiral for the industry to be in right now. And I’m happy to do my bit because I love CO projects.

BD: What else do you have in the works?

RKL: The good ship Headspace will charge on through all of 2014 and I think people will dig how deep we go with this sucker. Issue #2 really solidifies this world and Shane’s terrible place in it, #3 ends on such a whopping page of glorious artwork from Eric that it’s criminal for him to be this great at delivering the good moments, and then #4-5 lift the game even further until you won’t believe what happens at the end of #6. From there, well…you’ll see.

Later in the year, I have Chum, a beach noir tale that’s my shot at a Gold Medal paperback style killer tale. It’s got Sami Kivela on art with Marissa Louise on colours and Nic J Shaw on letters.

I’m also working two new DIY one-shots: one is this weird crime tale like Polanski made it but it’s got an anthropomorphic lead and it’s also got Sami on art, and the other is a lady kung fu revenge tale from local legend Louie Joyce. Both of these are insanely tight and beautiful books.

BD: Anything else you want readers to know about Headspace?

RKL: I want them to know we have a plan. I want them to know, from the very first page, everything means something. If you pay attention, and stick with us, you’ll be rewarded with a dense story that’ll absolutely shatter your mind and your heart. Plus, y’know, it’s 99c an issue, try the first one with 22 pages and some back matter because that’s a steal and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

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[Random Cool] 'Godzilla' 2014 Trailer Using 1954 'Gojira' Footage!!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 14:34

Making his first appearance in the 1954 Gojira, Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

Last night we revealed a connection between the 1954 film and the 2014 Godzilla remake – but imagine if the newest trailer had used footage from the original film!

Below you can watch a mash-up trailer that takes the 60 year old footage and combines it with the audio from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ remake!

Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directs an all-star cast that includes Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, C.J. Adams, and Gary Chalk.

In theaters May 16, 2014, an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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[SXSW '14 Interview] 'Honeymoon' Director Leigh Janiak On Relationship Terror And Body Horror

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:56

Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon premiered to two full houses on the first night of SXSW last night in Austin, clearly a victory for a first time filmmaker with a unique vision. I sat down with her this morning at the Driskill hotel to talk about the relationship inspiration behind the film, scoring “Game Of Thrones” star Rose Leslie and her love of Rosemary’s Baby and Cronenberg-ian body horror.

In the film, “Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

Check it out below!

Last night during the Q&A you said the film comes from a place a lot of people get to, where they look at the person they’re with and ask, “who is this person?” Is there a specific instance of this that inspired it?

There wasn’t a specific moment before we wrote the script but part of the thing is, and this is going to get weird now, my boyfriend is a twin. We used to all live together, the three of us. And there was a moment when we were all in Vancouver while my boyfriend was shooting his first movie where I woke up and saw my boyfriend standing next to his computer. I didn’t have my glasses on yet and I walked over and touched his back a little bit and he turned around and it was his brother. That moment was so terrible! We were like, “ugh!” To touch someone in this familiar way and have it be completely different… those moments hit home for me.

Even small moments though can drive a wedge between people. “I don’t like this movie.” “What are you talking about? Of course you like this movie.”

You can tell they’re trying really hard to make the honeymoon work. There’s a pressure there to not disappoint the other person.

That’s interesting, I think that’s one of the reasons we went to a honeymoon. It’s this protected space where it’s just you guys away from the world, whether you’re at a resort or a cabin. You’ve made the decision for this little amount of time the blackberries are going away and there’s the pressure of, “we have to make this good.” I’m not sure what it’s like, I’m not married, but it also seems like there’s just a lot of cultural stress.

Where in the “Game Of Thrones” trajectory did Rose Leslie come onboard? That’s quite a get.

I love Rose, she was my first choice. We shot in the spring of last year, after season 2 of “Game Of Thrones.” But her character wasn’t in that season that much. The big John Snow cave scene, that aired while we were shooting. And part of it, I said last night, I had read the “Game Of Thrones” books and Ygritte was my favorite character. I knew her trajectory, I knew where she was going. When Rose started playing her I thought she was amazing and was really nailing that energy. I just thought she was a star. I felt really really lucky to have her.

You mentioned a preference for Cronenberg body horror as well as Polanksi’s Rosemary’s Baby. There’s a scene in the film where both of those elements collide – I don’t want to spoil it for anyone – but what was the process of that like? It’s fairly nightmarish.

There’s an invasive quality there that’s something I probably wasn’t quite as cognizant of as I should have been. There are a couple of scenes that are… invasive, for lack of a better word. We put it later in the shoot a bit so they had time to settle into their characters and it was difficult. She’s very vulnerable in both of those scenes and understood so much of what this transformation was that she was able to feel comfortable doing it. The crew was able to make her feel comfortable as well. The makeup artist was really good about making her feel protected. As an actor you’re always in a vulnerable position, but this was particularly hard.

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[SXSW '14] Lionsgate To Prove Bigfoot 'Exists'!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:43

Bloody Disgusting just received word out of the SXSW Film Festival that Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new horror film from The Blair Witch Project and V/H/S/2 co-director Eduardo Sánchez.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.

Exists is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

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SXSW 2014: Lionsgate Acquires Eduardo Sanchez's Exists for North American Distro

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:42

Good ol' Lionsgate came through today for Sasquatchploitation fans as they just snapped up the North American distro rights for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, following its SXSW Midnighters screening last night.

From the Press Release:
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has acquired North American distribution rights to EXISTS, a new horror film from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin, TX.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. EXISTS, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

Related Story: Four New Stills Exist for Exists

“I’m really excited about working with the talented team at Lionsgate. We’ve had great history together, and they really understand EXISTS and see the tremendous opportunity to reboot Bigfoot for a new generation,” said director Sanchez.

Fleming and Ordesky, who developed and produced the film with Haxan Films through their production company Court Five, said, “It is especially gratifying to sell the film at SXSW in Austin so close to Bastrop, Texas, where we shot EXISTS with an amazing Texas-based cast and crew. We look forward to working with Lionsgate to bring Ed’s vision to the masses.”

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Sam Witwer Talks Being Human's Cancellation, Budget Woes, Resurrection Possibilities, and More

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:30

We learned a few weeks ago that Season 4 of "Being Human" would be its last, but its cast and crew have known for quite some time... and even asked for it! Series star Sam Witwer recently chatted with DweebCast, revealing that and a lot more.

During the course of his below video interview with host Andy Riesmeyer, Witwer explains how he and the rest of the cast have known of the approaching series end for more than a year and wishes the fans had been notified a bit earlier.

He also describes some of the financial reasons for the cancellation once Universal acquired the show and how the producers and actors are happy because they feel they get to end "Being Human" in the best way possible and on their terms.

When asked if the show might possibly be resurrected at some future date a la "Arrested Development," Witwer says absolutely not. "You should see the end of this show; you can’t really bring it back after the end of the show," he says with a laugh, adding, "If you’re going to finish a show right, you shouldn’t be able to continue the show... we have made some very specific, definite, no turning back moves in this season."

Related Story: Right Wrongs with These Photos and Sneak Peek of "Being Human" Episode 4.09 - "Too Far, Fast Forward!"

There are a few other tidbits so check out the whole chat, and be sure to watch the final few episodes; according to Sam, "There were things that we did in this season that Syfy wouldn't allow us to do in other seasons... It will leave us in a different place when it's all said and done."

For more info visit "Being Human" on Syfy.com, join the Syfy Google+ circle, "like" "Being Human" on Facebook, and follow "Being Human" on Twitter.




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New Stills from Scarlett Johansson Alien-Thriller 'Under the Skin'

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:28

Coming to the States April 11 (the UK gets it March 14) is A24′s (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring and The Spectacular Now) hotly anticipated Scarlett Johansson alien pic Under the Skin, which we landed some new (and old) imagery from.

Jonathan Glazer directed the sci-fi thriller about a voracious alien seductress (Scarlett Johansson) who scours remote highways and backroads for human prey. Walter Campbell wrote the screenplay.

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Tara Buck to Serve Up Drinks as a Regular in True Blood Season 7

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:27

After six seasons, everyone's favorite barmaid, Tara Buck's Ginger on "True Blood," is going from a recurring player to a series regular for the show's seventh and final season.

Buck (pictured) made her debut as the character back in the second half of Season 1 (you remember... when the show still had some bite in it) and has been a fan favorite since.

Another familiar face got a similar promotion back toward the end of last year: Bailey Noble, who plays half-faerie Adilyn Bellefleur.

Noble joined the show in Season 6 as the only remaining child of human Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and faerie Maurella (Kristina Anapau) after her three sisters were killed by Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).

"True Blood" returns for its farewell season in June 2014.

For more info visit "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #trueblood.

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Fox Finally Taps New Director For 'Wrong Turn 6' (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:24

Last night we told you that House of Bad‘s Sadie Katz was cast in the lead role of Fox Home Entertainment’s Wrong Turn 6, now filming in Bulgaria for release on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray this fall.

Now, Bloody exclusively learned that Fox has finally gone in a new direction, tapping Re-Kill‘s Valeri Milev to direct the fifth sequel to the outback slasher franchise.

In addition, our inside sources also shared with us the entire cast list: Killjoy Goes to Hell‘s Aqueela Zoll, pictured, leads the cast alongside Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley and Roxanne Pallett.

Wrong Turn 6 was penned by Frank H.Woodward.

Watch this spot for plot details as they come in. We expect some official word next week as we broke the news Saturday morning.

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Cast for Kevin Williamson's New Pilot for CBS Grows by One

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:15

More TV casting news hit our radar today: Kevin Williamson's still untitled pilot for CBS has landed "True Blood's" Mariana Klaveno in the supporting role of a detective. C'mon, Kev - it's been weeks. Pick a title already, please!

Per Deadline, Klaveno joins the previously announced Dylan McDermott in the CBS/Warner Bros. TV project written by Williamson (Scream, "The Vampire Diaries," "The Following") and directed by Liz Friedlander ("The Secret Circle," "The Following").

The psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. McDermott’s Jack Larsen is a recent transfer from New York. His healthy confidence and quick thinking have gotten him into trouble in the past — a past he hopes to leave behind.

Klaveno's Janice is underestimated in her unit because of her somewhat flashy appearance.

Look for more as it comes.

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Take a Look at 'This Season on Bates Motel'; Get a Quick Refresher of Season 1

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:00

A new promo video for "Bates Motel" Season 2 has come in which provides an early look at some of the intense moments ahead. Also, if your memory's a little fuzzy, A&E put together a "Last Season on Bates Motel" clip that offer a convenient rundown of all the twists and turns so far.

"Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt" (airs 3/10/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Remo (Ian Tracey) on edge.

Related Story: Visit Bates Motel After Hours; Another Promo Asks: Who Is Norman Bates?

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666 Park Avenue Alum Robert Buckley Joins the iZombie Pilot

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 12:40

The CW has yet to cast the female lead in its pilot for "iZombie," but another male actor has joined the fray as Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill," "666 Park Avenue") signs on to play a character named Major.

You may recall that "iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories.

With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.

Per THR, Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable. Buckley joins previously announced Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, and David Anders.

Related Story: The Vampire Diaries' David Anders and More File into "iZombie"

"Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero wrote the script and are executive producing alongside Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Thomas will direct the pilot, which hails from Rob Thomas Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot is based on characters created by Chris Robertson and Michael Allred and published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.

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Grab an Umbrella and Get a Sneak Peek of Helix Episode 1.11 - Black Rain

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 12:30

If you've been watching "Helix" on Syfy, you know one thing's for sure: That damn virus wants to be spread! In Episode 1.11, "Black Rain," Peter leads the vectors in a full-on attack of the base... and that's just the start of the problems.

The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.

"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica."

"Helix" Episode 1.11 - "Black Rain" (airs 3/14/14)
Peter (Napier) leads the Vectors in a desperate final attempt to spread the virus while the CDC scientists work together and successfully create a cure just as their lives come under threat from Ilaria Corporation's deadly mercenaries.

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Premiere Date Set for Sharknado 2: The Second One; More Celebrity Cameos Revealed

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 12:00

Just when we thought the cast for Sharknado 2: The Second One couldn't get any stranger, more cameos have been revealed along with the flick's official release date. Read on for the details!

Per THR, Sharknado 2: The Second One will barely make Syfy's previously announced "sometime in July" debut as it arrives on Thursday, July 31st, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original movie aired.

Now, who can we look forward to becoming chum for the beasties? Blogger Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, and Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton). Robert Klein and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle have also signed on and are playing a former New York City mayor and the FDNY fire chief, respectively.

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie.

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It's Chaos in this Promo and New Images from Grimm Episode 3.15 - Once We Were Gods

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 11:30

Much like the Men of Letters injected new life into "Supernatural," so too has the Wesen Council added some spice to "Grimm." They return in next week's Episode 3.15, "Once We Were Gods," and here's a sneak peek via some stills and a preview.

As an added bonus, we have a creature profile of last night's Wesen of the Week: The Aswang, vicious Filipino Wesen who must consume their first-born grandchild in order to prolong their own lives. Kind of makes you rethink that whole "respect your elders" thing, huh?

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"Grimm" Episode 3.15 - "Once We Were Gods" (airs 3/14/14; 9-10PM)
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERY CAUSES CHAOS IN PORTLAND -- Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves thrown into the middle of an ancient battle, and things heat up when the Wesen Council decides to get involved.

Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) fill everyone in on early Wesen history.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) is still reeling from the events he recently experienced.

As things heat up in Europe, one of the Resistance’s most trusted allies gets compromised as he tries to protect Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch and Sasha Roiz also star; Anne Dudek and Richard Lee Jackson guest star.

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'Deliver Us From Evil's' 6 Steps To An Exorcism (International Trailer)!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 11:10

Featuring a ton of new footage, learn the six steps to an exorcism in the international trailer for The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris.

In Deliver Us From Evil, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014 via Sony Screen Gems.

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Government Unleashes 'The Machine' Trailer, Stills and Poster

bloody disgusting - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 11:02

XLrator Media shared with Bloody the official trailer, new stills and theatrical one-sheet for The Machine, on VOD April 8 and in limited theaters on April 25, 2014.

From director Caradog W James, “Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon.

Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, and John Paul Macleod star.

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Play a Game with These Stills and Preview of Hannibal Episode 2.03 - Hassun

Dread Central - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 11:00

Serious doubts are raised about the case against Will in next week's Episode 2.03 of "Hannibal," entitled "Hassun." Have a look at some new images and a preview of the ep for clues about where things are going from here.

"Hannibal" Episode 2.03 - "Hassun" (airs 3/14/14; 10-11PM)
WILL GRAHAM’S TRIAL BEGINS, BUT WHEN AN AVID FAN STARTS RECREATING CRIMES SIMILAR TO THOSE WILL IS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING, EVEN HIS STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM:

Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) trial begins, and he must watch as those closest to him are forced to take sides.

Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge.

To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial, a court bailiff is killed in a copycat-like manner, and those closest to Will start to wonder if they were wrong about him. The outcome of the entire trial hangs in the balance as one last key victim is served up.

Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Raúl Esparza. Guest stars include Cynthia Nixon, Shawn Doyle, Lara Jean Chorostecki, and Maria del Mar.

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