Critically Acclaimed TV Spot Arrives for The Raid 2: Berandal

Dread Central - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:16

The first TV spot for Gareth Evans' sequel to The Raid: Redemption, entitled The Raid 2: Berandal, is primed and ready to kick your ass; and we have the goods for you right here. Please, Lord, give us this movie now. Thanks.

Iko Uwais (The Raid), Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman star.

Synopsis
He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.

And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) acquired the film for the United States, Spain, Latin America, and South Africa; and Sony Pictures Classics will once again release the film theatrically in the United States.




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Update on 'Rosemary's Baby' Writer's 'Veronica's Room'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:09

TWC-Dimension picked up rights to author Ira Levin’s 1973 Broadway thriller Veronica’s Room in December, and now has tapped Mark Bomback (Wolverine) to pen the adaptation, reports Deadline.

The original play from Rosemary’s Baby writer Levin “centered on two students who find themselves invited to a crumbling New England estate for an audience with the last surviving member of the family that once lived there. The purpose of the visit is so that Susan, one of the students, will agree to impersonate Veronica, the long-dead sister of the fading Cissie. And that’s where the line between what’s real and what’s not begins to blur.

Bomback’s credits include Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Unstoppable, and he did work on the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

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Review: 'Afterlife With Archie' #4

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:43

strong>”Afterlife With Archie” #4 continues to be one of the best horror titles out there. The zombie apocalypse has wreaked havoc upon the sleepy and wholesome town of Riverdale. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla know how to pour on the scares with every single panel. This one is simply a must.

WRITTEN BY: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
ART BY: Francesco Francavilla
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

The death toll rose to high numbers when zombie Jughead crashed the Halloween Dance at Riverdale High. Archie Andrews was able to rescue some of his classmates, even the drama queen Veronica and the do-gooder Betty. But the two most important people in Archie’s life are still missing. Rather than stay with Veronica and Betty, Archie made his way through the dark woods to his house. Finally reaching his doorstep, Archie has no idea whether or not his parents are still alive. Will Archie be able to save his mother and father from the zombie uprising? Or have they fallen victim to the zombie infection already?

What’s really interesting about Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s writing is how he develops the character growth for Archie Andrews. In the first installment, Archie is more of a supporting character in the background. At the Halloween Dance, Archie slowly became the reluctant hero in an extraordinary situation. In this installment, Aguirre-Sacasa throws Archie front-and-center into his own coming-of-age tale. Leaving his naiveté behind, Archie is gradually learning what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Aguirre-Sacasa makes excellent use of flashbacks throughout the story. We learn the back-story behind the relationship between Archie and his dog, Vegas. Though the narrative turns incredibly dark, there is a love story about a boy and his dog that feels genuinely heartfelt and honest. Aguirre-Sacasa wants you to care about Archie’s parents before he unleashes the zombies on them.

The imagery from Francesco Francavilla’s phenomenal artwork is truly remarkable. In the opening pages, Francavilla puts so much detail into the facial expressions of Archie’s loving parents. There is a heartwarming vibe of tenderness when the two stand together. I get a kick out of the yellow lighting and the orange color scheme Francavilla uses in his flashback panels. Francavilla then pours in the red ink when violence erupts on the page.

Francavilla does something really fantastic with the panel layouts about midway through the narrative. In a single page, through 15 panels, Francavilla is able to make each image match together so perfectly. There are stories within stories as Francavilla jumps back and forth between the past and present. You understand what Francavilla is saying through his illustrations without the use of captions and dialogue balloons.

Horror fans are in for a special treat with “Afterlife With Archie” #4. An unforgettable installment and an artistic triumph, the “Afterlife With Archie” series manages to combine the teen drama and the zombie genre with great skill.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Review: 'Evil Empire' #1

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:39

Max Bemis’ “Evil Empire” #1 accomplishes exactly what a first issue in a series should accomplish. It introduces the main players, sets up vague and mysterious connections, inexplicitly details what conflicts are to come, and drops an atomic bomb on us in the final panels. If you come away from this issue armed with a list of questions, you’re not alone. But it’s that type of enigmatic opener that makes me clamor for the next issue.

WRITTEN BY: Max Bemis
ART BY: Ransom Getty

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: March 5, 2014

We are dropped into some near future society, corrupt and on its way to full-blown evil empire status. Though, in this first issue, none of that is completely articulated. Candidly, it just looks a lot like present-day America. Immoral and fraudulent national leaders, crime-riddled streets, the bad go free while the good suffer type of society. It’s a page out of our everyday handbook. But we’ve been told that this is an evolving comic, a society that evolves (that’s the operative word) into an evil empire, so if this is truly the case, the set up is superb.

Reese, an underground rapper with very strong anti-establishment, dare I say anarchist, views is approached by Democratic nominee Sam Duggins after one of her shows, and although I found his fangirling a little off-putting (think: young girl meets one of those British pop boy band guys), it quickly becomes oddly charming. And that charm is solidified as he pops up again a few days later during one of Reese’s MTV interviews to support her unconventional political stance. But it’s toward the end of this sequence that his charm feels two-faced. We are left feeling unsure whether or not his intentions with Reese are pure or whether he has other less savory plans in store for her. We are entering an evil empire, after all.

Ransom Getty’s art is excellent. I appreciate the strong realistic bent to the art given the story itself is meant to arouse familiar feelings in us. The pacing is quick and the different stories within the arc flow seamlessly together. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a slow clap for the phenomenal use of literary misdirection in the opening sequence. The use of vague terminology turns into a play on words that leads the reader to believe they are about to dive into a post-apocalyptic comic with zombies and overlord machines, only to find out those terrifying descriptions are in fact being applied to modern society. And frankly, my dear, it’s damn good writing.

As I mentioned, this comic leaves you with buckets of questions, I’ve yet to see the true evil empire, or at least, anything more evil than what I see every day on the news. And more questions abound because at this point, none of the characters can or should be trusted. But Bemis pulls all of this off with perfection and ease, that is, if you enjoy reading some comics with your politics.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Review: 'Bad Blood' #3

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:37

Jonathan Maberry’s “Bad Blood” #3 continues in the same vein of the previous issues, utilizing hyperrealism, meta elements, and ordinary tropes of our daily 21st century lives (mixed with a mild fantasy bent) to make this vampire comic nauseatingly lifelike. It’s going to be the drugs floating through blood that kills off the vampire race. It’s going to be the irresponsible club kids, the partying college kids, the terminally ill who will be their ultimate demise. This concept is so brilliant, it reminds me of T.S. Eliot’s famous line: This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.

WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Maberry

ART BY: Tyler Crook

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: March 5, 2014

Issue #3 picks up right as a vampire attacks Lolly. Much to the chagrin of said vampire, it’s not just Trick’s chemotherapy drugs that hurt and potentially kill vampires but ALL drugs (see also: whatever it is that Lolly is pumping into her veins). The wounded vampires stew over the fact that the world changed while they slept—“The living are different now, they pollute their own blood.” But Lord Sturge—the vampire initially almost killed by Trick’s blood—feels more shame; he sees this as being “defeated by children.” If vampires are to survive as a race, they must study these Bad Bloods and find out how to prosper in a drug-soaked 21st century.

Meanwhile, Lolly and Trick take to Craigslist to find a vampire hunter. After sifting through a ton of crazies, they find one who appears to be legit. Thus begins the hunt, on both ends.

Maberry is killing it with this role reversal which is turing out to be so crucial to the plot and character development of “Bad Blood” #3. Old world vampires are having to learn how to acclimate to the 21st century to survive, while these millennials are seeking out centuries-old techniques and lore such as “vampire hunters” to survive. Instead of going with what they know, all parties involved must step outside of their comfort zone in order to defeat their enemy.

This is a crucial turning point. No one has the advantage here. In most vampire lore, the vampires are drenched in advantage. What with their ability to live forever, their superhuman strength and speed, their ruthless killing machine nature. But not now, now they are reduced to a scared puppy state, realizing they are coming up against starvation if they don’t figure something out very soon. Because this isn’t their ancestors’ world. And it’s this role reversal that makes “Bad Blood” so damn interesting to follow.

Maberry peppers in jokes about Van Helsing, Buffy, Angel, and Hellboy, among others. Adding a snarky meta element to the comic draws the reading in even more because, hey! we relate to those things. We watch those shows. We see those movies. It’s material like that, combined with the reality of Trick’s cancer and Lolly’s abusive childhood that keeps us firmly planted in the now, with present day pop culture and present day issues—despite the fact that a fantastical vampire plot is woven throughout.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Watch, Scream, and Vote as the Hellions Horror Video Contest Begins!

Dread Central - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:00

We told you about the Hellions Horror Video Contest back in January. You read, followed orders, and made movies. Now the time has come for the voting process to begin. Read on for details.

From the Press Release
The submission phase of the Hellions Video Contest came to a close Saturday, March 1st, and now the voting phase begins! New entries will be posted on Monday mornings for the next four weeks on the Hellions website.

Each week visitors will have an opportunity to vote on their favourite entry, and a Weekly Audience Favourite will be elected to advance to the Final Round. The Final Round will be juried by HELLIONS director Bruce McDonald, director and Rue Morgue publisher Rodrigo Gudiño, and Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener.

The winning entry will be shown within the context of the feature film HELLIONS, and the director will be invited to the premiere. The short will appear on a television in a scene of HELLIONS, with the potential to also screen theatrically, in its entirety, along with the feature film and to be included as a special feature on the DVD/Blu-ray release of HELLIONS.

For more info visit the official Hellions website, "like" Hellions on Facebook, and follow Hellions on Twitter (@HellionsMovie).

About Hellions
Hellions, helmed by maverick indie director Bruce McDonald, is a horror-thriller, starring newcomer Chloe Rose ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), about a teenager who must survive a Halloween night from hell when three malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. Joining Rose is award-winning actor Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, "True Blood," "The X-Files") in the role of tough-as-nails cop Mike Corman. The cast also includes Rossif Sutherland (“Reign,” “Crossing Lines,” “ER”), Rachel Wilson (“Republic of Doyle,” “The Kennedys”), Peter Dacunha (Haunter, “Reign”), and Luke Bilyk (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”).

Hellions was penned by Pascal Trottier (The Colony) and produced by Frank Siracusa (Hobo with a Shotgun) of Whizbang Films and Paul Lenart of Storyteller Pictures. The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and in association with Bell Media’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central.

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Linkin Park Release New Song "Guilty All The Same"

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:50

Electornic rockers Linkin Park have released a stream of “Guilty All The Same”, the first single from their upcoming as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, which is the follow-up to 2012′s Living Things. The track was premiered through Shazam and features rapper Rakim. To listen to the track, simply tag any Linkin Park song in Shazam and you’ll get the option to check it out.

The band states, “Millions of people use Shazam everyday to gain an understanding of the music they hear in their own lives, including us. The idea of a musically engaged community hearing our brand new single “Guilty All The Same” (feat. Rakim) early, was extremely exciting to us.

Linkin Park also just announced a tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI. Click here for tour dates.



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Get Comfy With Mezco's New Chucky Collectibles

Dread Central - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:30

For several years now Mezco Toyz has been releasing some of the coolest horror collectibles to hit the market. The best part? They're not showing any signs of slowing down. Child's Play fans... get ready to feel your wallet rumble.

Here's your first glimpse of Mezco's “Good Guy” Chucky.

Unlike the scarred and battle-damaged look Chucky normally displays (people have tried to destroy him in 6 films so far), this version represents the cleaner, earlier Chucky. His trademark outfit is un-slashed, his face is not yet mauled. Just as he did in his films, Chucky has lots to say, from his trademark “My name is Chucky” to far more sinister phrases. The star of the Child’s Play films, Chucky stands 15″ tall and features real cloth Good Guys clothing, 11 points of articulation, and his trademark orange hair and realistic glass-like eyes.

Each Chucky comes packaged in his own collector-friendly window box based on the original box design seen in the films.

That not enough? Then check out these Chucky and Tiffany 16-inch plush figures. Not since Bonnie and Clyde has a couple left such a path of destruction in their wake!

Chucky, the homicidal doll who contains the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer better known as “The Lakeshore Strangler,” is joined by his beloved Tiffany, the doll who contains the soul of his longtime paramour, a misguided and equally homicidal aspiring actress. Chucky and Tiffany are not only one of the most deadly onscreen couples; they are one of the most talkative as well! Both Chucky and Tiffany each speak 7 terrifying phrases, direct from their films.

Both plush figures feature real cloth clothing: Chucky in his well known coveralls and sneakers and Tiffany in her fashion-forward wedding gown. Tiffany also sports her trademark tattoo. Each plush figure stands 16 inches tall and comes with an informative hang tag.

Chucky and Tiffany are each sold separately, but even death couldn’t keep them apart.

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Don't Shoot The Messenger! He Has Photos and a Clip from The Following Episode 2.08!

Dread Central - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:15

A sneak peek and close to a dozen images have arrived for "The Following" Episode 2.08, "The Messenger," and we have another guest star on the way in the form of Gregg Henry (Slither, "The Killing"). Let's hope he sticks around longer than Lee Tergesen did this week!

"The Following" Episode 2.08 - "The Messenger" (3/10/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/15/14, 9-10PM)
RYAN LOOKS TO JOE’S PAST AS JOE PLANS FOR HIS FUTURE - After a tragic turn of events, Ryan attempts to find the man who originally taught Joe to kill in hopes of finding new answers.

Meanwhile, at the compound, Joe tries to get his bearings while Emma and Mandy wait for him to reveal his new plan.

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang

Guest Cast: Shane McRae as Robert; Jake Weber as Micah; Jacinda Barrett as Julia; Gregg Henry as Dr. Strauss

For more info visit "The Following" website, "like" "The Following" on Facebook, and follow "The Following" on Twitter.

CLICK "NEXT" FOR MORE PHOTOS, A PREVIEW, AND A SNEAK PEEK




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[Tribeca '14] Midnight Titles Include 'Zombeavers,' 'Preservation,' 'Extraterrestrial' and More!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:00

The Tribeca Film Festival today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections, as well as the selections for the Storyscapes program. The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

What do alien invaders and chupacabras have in common with a sword-wielding maniac and the ghost of a turn-of-the-century murderer? They can all be found in Tribeca’s 2014 Midnight program, a collection of this year’s most boundary-pushing genre films from around the globe. Opening Night selection, Preservation, is a moody, intelligent take on the maniac in the woods genre, and an apt foreshadowing of the slew of inhuman baddies that emerge from the darkness to terrify sexed-up teens in Extraterrestrial, Indigenous, and sure-to-be-a-conversation-piece special screening, Zombeavers. Meanwhile, a rookie cop takes on his deranged doppelganger in bizarre German horror-cum-arthouse film, Der Samurai, while the conflict takes a team turn in Intramural, a wacky romp about an underdog flag football team that riffs on classic sports movies with a cartoonish comedic sensibility. Too terrifying, strange, or downright hilarious for daylight hours, these seven films wear their Midnight Movie moniker with pride.

MIDNIGHT The Canal


Directed and written by Ivan Kavanagh. (Ireland) – World Premiere, Narrative.

Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder

David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.

Der Samurai


Directed and written by Till Kleinert. (Germany) – International Premiere, Narrative.

A samurai-wielding figure wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads roll with each stroke of his sword. Dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront his own carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress.

Extraterrestrial


Directed by Colin Minihan, written by The Vicious Brothers. (Canada) – World Premiere, Narrative.

The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) return to Tribeca with their latest heart-pumping thriller. Five friends set out to a cabin in the woods for a fun weekend getaway—that is, until extraterrestrial visitors turn it into a fight for their lives. The group is pulled from their reverie when a flickering object crashes deep in the woods. As they investigate, the friends stumble across an alien spacecraft, and its inhabitants have not arrived in peace.

Indigenous


Directed by Alastair Orr, written by Max Roberts. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.

A group of five American friends on the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a local woman in their hotel bar—and despite some ominous whispers—she goes against the specific instructions of her brother and brings the Americans on a daytrip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking them.” In English and Spanish with subtitles.

Intramural


Directed by Andrew Disney, written by Bradley Jackson. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.

There comes a time in every fifth-year senior’s life where they must either accept the impending ‘real world’ of jobs, marriage, and payment plans or shirk that responsibility in favor of playing the most glorious intramural football game your school probably doesn’t really care to see. In this full throttle and hilarious send-up of inspirational sports movies

Director Andrew Disney harnesses every cliché and overused trope to tell the greatest (and only) intramural sports movie of all time.” Featuring an ensemble cast including Kate MacKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Beck Bennett, and Nikki Reed.

Preservation


Directed and written by Christopher Denham, (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.

Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work. Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire).

Zombeavers


Directed and written by Jordan Rubin, co-written by Al Kaplan and Jon Kaplan. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.

You know the story: sexy teens head to a secluded lakeside cabin for a weekend of debauched fun, only to be menaced by a mysterious force picking them off one by one. But here, the culprit proves to be a horde of rabid zombie beavers! The B-movie creature feature is making a comeback, and with 2 million views of its trailer in its first two weeks alone, Zombeavers is a veritable phenomenon. And it’s finally here.” Special midnight screening.

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[Exclusive] Eve To Adam Tour Webisode #3

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:00

As promised, we’ve got the third tour webisode from rockers Eve To Adam, who will be hitting the road in just a few weeks alongside Italian melodic rockers Lacuna Coil! In this video, the band is celebrating their Eugene, OR performance with shots of Fireball.

Speaking of Fireball, TJ and I have found that if you take a big swig out of a Woodchuck Hard Cider and replace that swig with a shot of Fireball, it tastes absolutely delicious AND gets you hammered just that little bit faster. There’s your pro-tip for this weekend.

Make sure you pick up the band’s new album Locked & Loaded via iTunes or Amazon.

Eve To Adam online:
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Official Website
Instagram

Tour Dates:
w/ Lacuna Coil & KYNG:

3/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
3/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

3/24 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
3/25 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
3/27 – Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theatre
3/28 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
3/29 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
3/30 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
4/02 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
4/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
4/08 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Ballroom
4/09 – Shreveport, LA @ Strange Brew
4/11 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

Festivals:
4/12 – Orlando, FL @ Earth Day Birthday
5/24 – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest
5/25 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
5/31 – Kansas City, MO @ KQRC Rockfest
6/20 – Sioux City, IA @ Awesome Biker Nights
7/19 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest


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The Axeman Comes in May

Dread Central - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:00

Wow, that headline sounds a bit dirty, no? I mean, yes, the Axeman is gonna come, but that doesn't mean he's gonna climax. Then again, who knows? Maybe that's how he gets his kicks! One thing's for sure: Axemen is known to be messy so hopefully he'll clean up once he's done.

From the Press Release
Some of horror's most prominent scream queens come together for the razor-sharp fright flick Axeman, available across the US and Canada on DVD and VOD starting May 6, 2014.

Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Elissa Dowling, and Jamie Bernadette join former NBA star Scot Pollard in Joston Theney's blood-stained love letter to classic slasher movies.

Axeman will be available on all major and minor cable VOD channels as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, and more beginning May 6th through Midnight Releasing.

An axe-wielding local legend slices and dices his way through some vacationing twenty-something in a blood-curdling movie experience that's been named "THE movie to see in 2014!"

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[TV] Next on "Bates Motel": Episode 2.02, "Shadow of a Doubt" Imagery

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:30

Is it me or does Norman cry every time he gets a boner?

A&E’s “Bates Motel” is back, and the Bates continue to try and survive in a town that seems to dump all their shit in their lap.

Here’s imagery from next week’s Episode 2.02, “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by joining a play. Bradley turns to Norman for help when she has to escape a dire situation. Romero is pressured to make an arrest for the murder. A new player at work has Dylan and Remo on edge.

Guest stars checking into “Bates Motel” throughout the new season are Michael Vartan (“HawthoRne,” “Alias”), Kathleen Robertson (“Boss”) Paloma Kwiatkowski ( Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Rebecca Creskoff (“The Practice,” “Hung”), Kenny Johnson (“Sons of Anarchy”), Michael Eklund ( 88 Minutes, “Supernatural”) and Michael O’Neill (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”).

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'The Raid 2' TV Spot Blasts Out the Critic Hype

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:25

Opening here in the States on March 28, check out the quote-filled TV Spot for Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal, which Ryan Daley raved about out of the Sundance Film Festival.

Starring The Raid‘s Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Donny Alamsyah, as well as Julie Estelle (Kuntilanak), “Rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Uwais) thought the battle was over and was finally able to resume a normal life. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Formidable though, they may have been Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. With Rama’s triumph over the small fry, he has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. Rama now needs to protect his family, who are at risk, one choice remains, to protect his infant son and wife. To do so he must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.”

In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.

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[TV] Massive "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" Gallery!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:20

El Rey Network gave Bloody Disgusting a massive batch of promotional material from “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” premiering on El Rey Network, Tuesday, March 11th at 9pm ET/PT.

The network’s first scripted original on Robert Rodriguez’s new genre-busting cable network, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is based on the thrill-ride film of the same name.

Below you’ll find 37 images that include all posters, lobby cards and new images. The series premieres at SXSW this Saturday night.

Based on the thrill-ride film, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on an escape route to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family who they take hostage. Using the family RV to make a run for the Mexican border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is unknowingly populated by vampires, and forces them to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

The series deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires.

Categories: Horror News

Devin Townsend Posts Incredible "Willy Wanka" Medley

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:20

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Devin Townsend. The man is not only a genius songwriter and a brilliant guitar player but he’s also one of the nicest and most genuine guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing. He’s really something out of this world and the day that he stops making music is going to be a truly devastating day for the industry.

But let’s not think morosely here, shall we? Instead, let’s celebrate just how awesome Townsend is with a new video that was posted by EMGpickupsTV that shows the crazed musician playing through a nearly 11 minute medley entitled “Willy Wanka”. It’s super enjoyable to watch simply because of how dynamic the piece is. It goes from ambient beauty with lush reverbs and spacious delays to crunchy distorted madness and back again. And what’s even better is that it’s 100% obvious how much Townsend is enjoying himself. He performs for the camera, he smiles along with the music, he not only taps his feet but moves his whole body to the music. This is a man who has given himself entirely into what he does and it’s inspiring.

Go on below. Give it a watch. If you haven’t checked out Devin and his work before, let today be the start of an amazing journey for you.


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[BD Review] 'Dark House' Is a Berserk Blend of Horror Tropes (In a Good Way)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:31

Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva is back with another horror flick, and goddamn he throws A LOT of stuff into this one. Dark House is a whirlwind of twists, gore, and cliches all packaged up in a demented tale of rural carnage. Many of the bits and pieces of the narrative are familiar, but Salva puts these tropes to good use to shape his own brand of terror. Although it doesn’t always work, there are enough fun moments to make Dark House one to watch, especially thanks to its berserk second half.

The movie is longer than it needs to be by about 15 minutes because there is so freaking much going on. In particular, there are some hammy scenes of melodrama that don’t fit and make the dash to the finish line feel a little clumsy. These hiccups distract from the main narrative as well, which is absolutely bonkers and requires no side romance bullshit.

Nick Di Santo is a young, disturbed individual. He’s cursed with the power of premonition. If he touches someone, he can sometimes see their death. His mother is locked up in an asylum, which burns to the ground shortly after he visits her. She leaves Nick an old mansion, so he packs up two buddies and his pregnant girlfriend to go check it out. But first they have to find it.

The locals claim the house was destroyed in a flood years back, but there’s an urban legend about it still intact somewhere deep in the woods. As they’re looking for it, Nick and co. cross paths with a team of land surveyors who show them the way. Once they find the house, the movie unravels a barrage of well-worn horror material, including biblical demons, a creepy cellar, and the titular haunted house. There’s also Tobin Bell of Saw fame playing the creepy caretaker, who may or may not have Nick’s best intentions in mind.

While there’s a lot of familiar territory here, Dark House‘s story plays out in a way I didn’t see coming. When Salva makes this cliche cornucopia work, he makes it work really, really well. I especially dug the axe-wielding henchmen – they’re good for a few nightmares. At times the story is in danger of coming off the rails, but overall it’s a decent tale that’s certainly one of the most original haunted house films I’ve seen recently. Because right when I thought I had it figured out, Salva throws seven curve balls at once.

When the film pulls back from its horror core, it does stumble a bit. Like I mentioned earlier, there’s some melodrama thrown in that feels terribly forced. Those parts could’ve been shaved to create a tighter narrative. But overall Dark House is a fun horror romp that uses its many influences to create its own monster.

Cinedigm is releasing Dark House on VOD and home video on March 14.

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Dir En Grey Release Trailer For Upcoming Live Blu/DVD

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:45

Japanese alt-metal band Dir En Grey have released a trailer for their upcoming live Blu/DVD Tour13 Ghoul. This will be the band’s 4th live concert DVD and will be released April 23.

The description reads, It has been 15 years since Dir En Grey made their spectacular debut, and they are still continuing to progress. Dir En Grey has just announced their fourth video documentary, TOUR13 GHOUL, with footage that documents Dir En Grey face to face with reality, will be released on April 23, 2014. It features their domestic headlining tour beginning at Yokohama Blitz on September 18, 2013, where Kyo revealed his self-created, skull-like make-up that gave him the appearance of a ghoul starved for human flesh. The tour’s stage production invited audiences into the world of Dir En Grey, while the band followed their instincts and laid themselves bare for the crowds. The documentary also includes their month-long American tour, from the fatal shooting at LAX on November 1 for which Dir En Grey were present, to the looming possibility of cancelling shows due to a tour bus breakdown. The three months of filming captures on video anxiety about their new challenges, unimaginable realities, and a ray of hope at the end of hardship. Why take the stage? – This is the film that documents the five members who repeatedly ponder this unanswerable question and fight their way through difficulty. Don’t miss their words and feelings from the inside.

I’m a fan of this band and really enjoyed their last album, Dum Spiro Spero, so I’ll be keep on checking this out. You can watch the trailer below.


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[SXSW '14] 'Home' Clip Terrifies Possessed Babysitter!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:47

After a successful Sundance run with The Pact, director Nicholas McCarthy is taking his newest supernatural horror to its new home at SXSW.

World Premiering March 9 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, here’s the first ever footage from Home, starring Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres.

In this bizarre scene, Rickards looks terrified, then heads over to a couples house to babysit. Before she takes a peak at the baby, she convulses on the staircase. What the hell is going on? I have no clue, but it looks interesting…

In the supernatural horror, “When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

SXSW SCREENINGS
Sunday, March 9 at 11:59pm – Stateside Theatre – World Premiere**
Tuesday, March 11 at 11:59pm – SXSatellite: Marchesa
Friday, March 14 at 11:30pm – Alamo Ritz 1

Categories: Horror News

[SXSW '14] All '13 Sins' Have A Price In This Sick Game (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:38

Who’s pulling the strings?

The Last Exorcism‘s Daniel Stamm is back with another round of terror, this time with 13 Sins, set to premiere at this weekend’s SXSW Film Festival.

The story follows an indebted man who gets a mysterious phone call telling him he’s on a hidden camera game show while also offering him a fortune if he completes thirteen tasks. The man accepts the challenge but is soon over his head as each task is more horrifying than the last.

The trailer kicks it into overdrive as we watch sin after sin after sin delivered in various fashion. How much money would it take for you to sell your soul?

Starring Ron Perlman, Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Tom Bower and Devon Graye, the thriller is the English-language remake of the Thai film 13: Game of Death.

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