‘Blair Witch’ Bombshell Completely Changes the Ending of the Movie!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:31

In my review of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s Blair Witch, I explained that I thought the movie was incredibly tense but ultimately left me wanting, the story and execution all to familiar.

However, Barrett dropped a bombshell last week that has gone largely unnoticed, one that completely changes how many might view the film as well as adding a new layer of depth and intrigue to the story.

Beware reading ahead if you haven’t seen the film as there are spoilers being discussed!

In my review, I made note that the third act was, “…magnificent in so many ways, [but] it’s also where it reveals a bit too much,” explaining that I felt them showing the Witch as a gaunt, spindly-limbed entity was a visual we’ve seen a few too many times. Barrett’s big reveal, however, is that we never actually saw the witch in the movie! The strange humanoid creature towards the end of the film isn’t the Blair Witch, meaning we have yet to get any idea of what she looks like!

Here’s where things get rather interesting: in the film, Lane and Talia talk about Elly Kedward, an Irish woman who lived in Blair in the 1700’s and was accused of witchcraft. She was tortured and left in the woods, supposedly hung from a tree with rocks tied to her limbs, stretching them out from her joints and sockets. Throughout the films, we’ve been led to believe that she was the Blair Witch.

But if who we’re seeing in the film isn’t the Witch, does that mean Elly isn’t the Blair Witch? There are theories on old message boards from The Blair Witch Project days that suggest she was actually innocent and only when she was enduring her horrible fate did she swear allegiance to the power residing deep within the woods.

If you want to have your mind REALLY blown, here’s another potential theory: Remember at the end when James and Lisa are standing in the corner and James thinks he hears the voice of his sister, Heather? What if the creature we’re seeing at the end of the movie actually IS Heather, now fully converted into a servant of the Blair Witch? After 20 odd years of being in the woods, who knows what Heather went through, what kinds of horrible things she was a part of and witness to?

No matter what, Barrett says that his and Wingard’s, “…DVD commentary will explain a lot, but hopefully without ruining anything…

@idiot_teen don't want to get too spoilery but it's just the root moving deeper, and you don't see the witch onscreen, that's someone else!

— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) September 20, 2016

@vinsclortho our DVD commentary will explain a lot, but hopefully without ruining anything, as do we want to leave some elements mysterious

— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) September 20, 2016

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The Harvesters Reaping into L.A. for its Premiere Next Month

Dread Central - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:30

After a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, director Nick Sanford’s The Harvesters  will premiere at the Landmark Regent in the Westwood area of Los Angeles on October 18th. If you live in the area and are intrigued by that news, then read on to get the full picture.

From the Press Release:
They’ve been watching. They’ve been waiting. And now, you finally get to see them…

Broadcast Pictures and Flicks for Fans are thrilled to announce the world premiere of THE HARVESTERS (official website here). This frightening new tale of terror is written and directed by Nick Sanford. After an attention-grabbing $33,000 Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, this modern tale of terror will premiere on October 18, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, at the Landmark Regent in Westwood. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the movie begins at 8:00 pm.

Flicks for Fans will host the premiere of the film, giving fans a “more than just a movie” experience, including a Q&A with the cast and crew, prizes for audience members, and all sorts of Halloween-related insanity for a night that movie fans will never forget. The premiere is FREE  and open to the public.

The film is notable for being set and filmed completely in Oklahoma, writer-director Nick Sanford’s home state, a state not normally known for grassroots, large-scale micro-budget horror films. It was shot in Purcell, Tuttle, Newcastle, Bridge Creek, and Moore, Sanford’s home town.

The film stars Alissa Rose Ford (Army of Frankensteins), Laurie Cummings (The Scent of Rain and Lightning), Adam Hampton (Gremlin), Jason Gwynn (Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection), Andrew McDonald (Elusive), Lucas Ross (Rudderless), Sidney Flack (Gosnell: America’s Biggest Serial Killer, Children of the Corn: Runaway, Hellraiser X: Judgment), Arden Moad (The Lure), and Page Tudyk (Electric Nostalgia, Rough Cut).

The producers include Laurie Cummings (Blueberry Hall), Paul Lister (By Dawn), Andrew McDonald (Thai Food), and James Oster (aka JimmyO, Sick for Toys); the director of photography is Matt Bauske (Hellraiser X: Judgment, Children of the Corn: Runaway), and the composer is Jonathan Paulsen (Hunt the Truth, Tempus Fugit).

On Halloween in Baileyville, Oklahoma, Jane, a journalist who prides herself on objective reporting, discovers that she is trapped in the middle of a series of horrifying murders and disappearances. When the terror intensifies and a countdown begins, the people closest to Jane are put in danger, and her journalistic stance on “not becoming the story” is put to the ultimate test.

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Stoner Horror Comedy Halloweed Lighting Up DVD in November

Dread Central - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:00

With its mix of murder, mystery, and marijuana, horror comedy Halloweed looks to be just what Dr. Feelgood ordered for the Halloween season. It contains appearances by genre faves Ray Wise, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, and yes, even Jason Mewes.

Here’s what else you can expect if you opt to light it up; along with release info, we have the flick’s trailer, several stills, and a trio of posters.

From the Press Release:
He who has the weed has the power…

The official release trailer and three versions of the VOD poster for Halloweed are available now, courtesy of Screen Media Films, and the DVD release date has been set for November 8, 2016, announced the filmmaking team of Roberto Rosario, Jr., and Jayson Bernard of J&R Productions. Rosario executive produced, and Bernard produced the film along with co-producers Tatiana Chekhova, Jamie Trent, and LazRael Lison, who directed.

Halloweed is a comedy/stoner/slasher/mystery genre hybrid, starring Simon Rex, Shannon Brown, Jim O’Heir, Michelle Mueller, Jayson Bernard, Ray Wise, Jason Mewes, Deje Dee, Lester Speight, Danny Trejo, and Tom Sizemore.  Written by Dale Zawada based on a story by Michael Bussan, it will be released on all VOD platforms and Cable On Demand by Screen Media Films on October 18th.

“Halloweed is an homage to the slasher horror films I grew up with combined with the fun of buddy comedies and stoner films, with a bit of classic John Waters-inspired twisted humor added to the mix,” said Bernard. “Roberto and I had been looking for a comedy to produce as our first feature for J&R Productions, and when the project came our way, we knew this was the one,” he added.

“Jayson and I formed J&R Productions in Chicago and moved to California to set up shop when we started production on Halloweed,” said Rosario, Jr. “We have the best of both worlds now, with access to the immense pool of talent LA has to offer in front of and behind the camera, plus our longstanding relationships with the talented people in Chicago. We are thrilled that Screen Media Films is getting Halloweed out in such a big way.”

Trent Modine and his goofball stepbrother, Joey, try to escape the infamy that comes from having a serial killer, The Candy Corn Killer, for a father (Tom Sizemore). Seeking a new start, they find refuge in the small town of Mooseheart. It does not take long before the besmirched family name catches up to them. Joey, a free-spirited stoner, and Trent, a lovesick pessimist, look like the main suspects after a string of murders, similar to a rash of killings 20 years earlier, coincidentally begins just as they arrive in town. It is a race against time because a slash-happy killer clown on the loose, and the bodies are piling up!

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[Interview] Nicolas Winding Refn Talks ‘Maniac Cop’, Dark Rituals and the Plus Side of Polarizing Your Audience

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:43

“Polarizing is the greatest achievement in any art form, even in cinema” exclaims Nicolas Winding Refn, the always controversial Danish filmmaker who brought us such niche gems as Drive and Only God Forgives. His latest foray into the cinematic world is a film called The Neon Demon, a highly divisive project about a girl named Jesse who comes to Los Angeles in search of a modeling career, only to be devoured by her jealous peers as she struggles to claw her way to the top. Some call it brilliant, some call it hollow, but one thing’s for sure – everyone who has seen this visually stunning little movie has felt some sort of strong reaction, whether it be love or hate.

“Artistically you can’t ask for anything higher in a way because it’s very difficult to polarize, you know?” Some directors may be offended by the backlash of one of their features, but Refn doesn’t shy away from the fans and critics who have so harshly judged his journey into the mindset of a narcissistic sixteen-year-old girl. He believes it only proves that he’s doing what he set out to do as a filmmaker – touch people. “You have to penetrate a lot of brains to either be excited or hateful, so of course, I always believe that creativity is about a reaction” Refn says happily. “You know, it’s the reactionary medium”.

Speaking of eliciting a reaction, Refn’s next film seems like it’s going to cause just as much outrage as his highly stylized model movie. The only difference is; this time he’ll be offending viewers from the producers’ position as opposed to the director’s chair.

It’s been fairly well known for some time now that Refn will be producing the upcoming remake of Maniac Cop, the sleazy exploitative thriller originally helmed by William Lustig and starring Bruce Campbell from 1988, but whereas the original sought mainly to excite and shock audiences, the remake will serve as more of a commentary on modern day society and the ever debatable actions of law enforcement in today’s corrupt world. Reimagined by director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning), it will be fascinating to see what his politically-charged version of the cult classic will look like once it hits the big screen.

“My goodness, the election in the U.S.” sighs Refn with an air of exhausted distaste. “I think that one of the point of views that was very important to both John and I, and also Ed Brubaker who wrote the script, was to really find a zeitgeist, you know mirroring the times that we’re living in in the U.S. and what’s happening all around us in the world in a way. So I think that my Maniac Cop should be much more reflective of what’s around us. Again, you know, it’s John Hyams movie, he’s the one who’s directing it, but I also know that he’s very much involved in politics, and so to incorporate that into an action film, or a horror film, thriller, whatever, the mix of that genre is just going to make it more exciting, I feel. You know it’s what’s happening in law enforcement, you know, it’s very terrifying for both sides, and I think there’s a great movie in that”.

Maniac Cop may have gained a reputation as Refn’s most notorious upcoming producing project, but it’s not the only title on his already overworked slate. He’s also producing the remake of the beloved Witchfinder General, also known as The Conqueror Worm, a 1968 splatterfest originally starring Vincent Price and directed by Michael Reeves. Much in the same way that Maniac Cop will be updated with the same sense of shock but a wholly new modern day twist, Witchfinder General will seek to capitalize on the already present paranoia embedded within the original film.

“Well I think with the three films that I own, I kind of, they came to me in strange ways, I never seek them out but they kind of came to me as opportunities” explains Refn carefully. “I felt that each film had a very interesting premises that could be reinterpreted, like Maniac Cop. You know Witchfinder General, which is a very in a way, what we’re experiencing today in our society, the paranoia just to have a conversation, and I think that was the original movie that I think Massimo was very good at catching, the counter culture vehicle, so it’s finding that new version of that, and a gory horror film about religion, and it’s certainly a good time to do that (laughs) with the way the power plays in the United States, it seemed like something very important to touch upon”.

It seems only right that Refn would be behind the scenes on an upcoming film about witches when his most recent endeavor, The Neon Demon, focuses on the dark arts as well – at least according to him. In the film, both the moon and the eye act as recurring motifs throughout the feature. When asked about the symbolism behind their linked presence, Refn explained how his rutilant spectres are derived from Pagan roots.

“The moon is a very important symbol when it comes to anything ritualistic, whether it’s the blood or the cycle or menstrual blood, the moon is very much defined by that, that deity, there is an alien force around us, and kind of supernatural ability. And of course, the eye is also round, and when Jesse tells her boyfriend about how she would always talk to the moon, asking if it saw her, of course the eye is round and it sees, and it’s very much embedded in witchcraft, so the whole film in many ways can be seen as a ritual”.

It’s a fascinating way of looking at things, this unholy perception of the cutthroat world of modeling in Los Angeles. Refn then goes even further to connect the dots of his analysis.

“For example, in the coven there are three women, which makes up the triangle in each corner. Also, the one that sees [Jesse] first is the Ruby character, Jena Malone, and her first words in the film are ‘Am I staring?’ And you see that they see her as something that is an ingredient to their witchcraft, and that the two other models are kind of the lower rank of witches, where you know, Jena Malone is the queen witch, and they all have to go through a process of devouring Jesse, and each one has a different reaction to it”.

From there, considering the notion that the three main girls, Ruby, Gigi, and Sarah, make up the three members of the coven, who then is Jesse in this scenario? According to Refn, she is actually the ‘Neon Demon’, in all her gold-coated glory.

“Jesse is in a way both the innocence and the beauty and the purity that they so desire but at the same time she’s also the force that they need to complete the ritual, so it’s almost like parallel worlds that collide. Because you see, Jesse is herself an entity that has through her own evolution of a ritual of beauty, becomes the ultimate narcissist claiming that she’s dangerous and that her mother always said that she was dangerous. She’s virginity, she’s youth, she’s beauty, she’s all the things that slowly or rapidly disappear as we grow older, and at the same time, she’s also very manipulative, almost like she’s playing everyone against each other. She insults Gigi by asking if she had plastic but when Gigi reveals it, she asks if that’s a good thing. She denounces Jena Malone’s love, she pushes it away even though in a way she’s also very flirtatious with her, so there’s a part of Jesse that’s a deer in headlights, and there’s a part of her that is a demon”.

The Neon Demon hits Blu-ray and DVD everywhere on September 27th, 2016.

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“The Walking Dead” Season 7 Images and Story Details

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:36

AMC shared with Bloody the first official image gallery and synopsis for the highly anticipated “The Walking Dead” Season 7.

The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his will, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.

Some of “The Walking Dead” Characters Had Very Different Fates in the Comics

Here’s the lengthy plot just released:

Up until this point, our characters have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable.

To start Season Seven, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong.

The first half of Season Seven sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.

Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over.

The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.

“The Walking Dead” is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

Don’t miss the Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Indie Surprise Pandorica Heading Our Way in October

Dread Central - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:30

Pandorica, a horror/sci-fi hybrid (and who doesn’t love those?), is crash landing in limited theaters, On Demand, and on DVD next month; and we have all you need to know about it right here, including several stills, character posters, and the official trailer.

From the Press Release:
John Carpenter meets Predator in writer-director Tom Paton’s multi-genre mixer PANDORICA, which combines the classic elements of sci-fi, horror, suspense, and action, resulting in a cocktail of a visually-stunning and relentlessly thrilling indie surprise.

PANDORICA is set in a world that’s plunged into a new dark age where humanity devolves into a vicious, primal state. A trio of youths – Eiren, Ares, and Thade – have been selected to take part in the leadership trials of The Varosha Tribe, with the winner claiming the tribe for him/herself. They must battle dark and mysterious forces if one of them is to win, but not everyone is worthy of becoming a leader, and the trio soon learn that fighting each other may be the only path to victory.

Starring an electric ensemble including Adam Bond, Marc Zammit, Jade Hobday, Amed Hashimi, Luke D’Silva, and Bentley Kalu, PANDORICA is being released in limited theaters, On Demand, and on DVD October 11, 2016.

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Kailey Marsh’s ‘BloodList’ is on the Hunt For Fresh Blood!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:18

BloodList, the popular screenwriter-discovery platform, is now open to submissions from emerging horror and dark-genre writers.

Writers are encouraged to submit a screenplay, pilot, book or short film to BloodList.com for consideration in this year’s Fresh Blood section. Content must be uploaded by Oct. 7. Subissions to BloodList.com are free. The list will be announced on Halloween, Oct. 26, 2016.

“Our business isn’t physically accessible to everyone, and there are plenty of talented writers and creators looking for new ways to get discovered in the horror, thriller and sci fi space. I want BloodList to be their platform,” says Kailey Marsh, founder of BloodList.com and Kailey Marsh Media.

The annual BloodList was founded in 2009 and has become the industry standard in recognizing “dark” voices in the screenwriting world. Working Hollywood executives vote on the list, with an eye toward finding their next project. Produced scripts featured on BloodList include the absolutely phenomenal The Blackcoat’s Daughter, the raved about Arrival, as well as Stoker, The Boy Next Door, Patient Zero, The Voices, Warm Bodies and even Maggie!

“BloodList shines a light on exemplary genre writing, which is where some of the most innovative and challenging work is being done. But like comedy, horror and science fiction are often overlooked as categories for sublime writing. Without this curated list, buyers would miss on writers who’ve built the rare breed of a well-crafted story wrapped in a commercial package. Each year’s top entries are like a masterclass in storytelling” – Eric Heisserer, writer and Executive producer of ‘Arrival’ (FKA ‘Story of Your Life’ from BloodList 2014) and writer/producer of ‘Lights Out’.

Here’s last year’s hype trailer.

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Kane Hodder Stars in the Insanely Gory ‘Crazed’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:10

Horror icons Kane Hodder (Jason Goes to Hell) and R.A Mihailoff (Texas Chainsaw Massacre III) join Michael McCarthy and Jordan Elizabeth in “the wickedest and bloodiest revenge thriller since The Crow,” Bloody Disgusting learned.

On digital October 4 and DVD on November 8, “Crazed is a pulsating tale of justice from the dark alleys of Harbor City, with crazed vigilante cop Ronan Pierce(McCarthy) out to avenge the loss of his family to the evil Luna Cartel. Responsible for both his daughter’s death and his wife’s abduction, the Cartel enslaves thousands of young women from around the world and harvests organs from its other victims. Pierce delivers horrific punishment to an assortment of psychotic criminals on his way to bloody justice.

Scripted by Kevin A. McCarthy and Michael McCarthy and directed by Kevin McCarthy (with guest director Edward Payson), Crazed pierces this October from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Here’s the trailer and some stills.

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‘The Id’ Plays Mind Games This October

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:06

Thommy Hutson‘s The Id is arriving on home video October 25, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Produced by Thommy Hutson and Amityville: The Awakening‘s Daniel Farrands, the pic stars Amanda Wyss of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Better Off Dead and even Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Meridith Lane is truly her father’s daughter. Doting, attentive, obedient. But after years spent confined together in a claustrophobic house, middle-aged Meridith’s relationship to her increasingly cruel and sadistic elderly father is veering toward disaster. When a figure from her past suddenly re-enters her life, Meridith is confronted with the harsh reality of her father’s monstrous nature. Deciding she must set herself free from his dominion, Meridith descends into a terrifying world of horrific visions, after one impulsive and irreversible act plunges her into a waking nightmare of her own making. And she is about to find out that, no matter what, the most important man in a girl’s life… is her father.

Special Features Include:

  • Needs, Wants & Desires: Behind the Scenes of The Id – Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director/Producer Thommy Hutson and Actress Amanda Wyss
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Audition Clips
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailers

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New to Blu – Week of 9/27/2016

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:01

Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.

Finally week of September is here and it’s a good one for the home video crowd. Lots and lots of good stuff hitting shelves this week. Some exclusive stuff coming from both Vinegar Syndrome and Shout Factory that you’ll want to get quick because they’re limited. The Vestron Video Collector’s Series debuts with Blood Diner and Chopping Mall, both wonderful releases. Over in the UK 88 Films kicks off their 88 Asia collection with Hex. And that’s just scratching the surface! All the heavy hitters have new releases this week, so get to shopping!

US Releases

An American Werewolf in London – 35th Anniversary Edition (Universal, Region A)

The tale of a tourist from the U.S. whose stay in London is disrupted when, after being bitten by a wolf, he turns into a werewolf.

Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (Shout Select, Region A)

Bill & Ted’s Excellect Adventure
Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys) deliver “spirited performances” (The Hollywood Reporter) in the original righteous comedy about the two ditzy dudes from San Dimas, California. Also starring George Carlin, this hysterically funny historical comedy is a “snappily directed” (Time), “bouncy good time” (The Boston Globe) and a party that goes on and on! Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) have spent so much time forming their rock band, The Wyld Stallyns, that they’re flunking history. Whoa, duuuude! And when Ted’s dad threatens to send him away to military school, Bill and Ted realize it could mean the most heinous end of The Stallyns! Luckily, a guardian angel from the future, Rufus (Carlin), has come to them with a most bodacious solution: a time-traversing phone booth to take them into the past to learn about the world from some of history’s most influential personalities.

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Complete Series (FUNinmation, Region A)

In 2012, the world allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a human-made virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children untouched. It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be myth. The vampires sweep the earth and claim it in a single violent stroke, subjugating the remnants of humanity and leading them beneath the surface to safety. This “protection” comes at the price of donating blood to their captors. At the age of twelve, Yūichirō and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela plotted to escape along with the children in Hyakuya Orphanage. However, this resulted in their deaths and Mikaela sacrifices himself in order for Yūichirō to escape and be saved by members of the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. Four years later, Yūichirō dedicates his life to destroy vampires and seek revenge against them for murdering his “family”.

Patterns (The Film Detective, Region A)

Fred Staples, the newest executive in a large firm, strikes up a friendship with the vice president to whom he reports and who has devoted his entire life to the company at the expense of his family. Staples is good at his job and the company’s hard-nosed president is pleased with his choice. But Staples finds his ethics and ambition at odds, when the president tells him he’s been recruited to replace the VP.

Kamikaze 1989 (Film Movement, Region A)

In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom (Shout Factory, Region A)

After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s ominous warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who becomes his companion throughout their treacherous journey across the Frozen Kingdom.

Francesca (Unearthed Films, Region A)

Two detectives must catch a serial killer, but their only chance to find him, is to solve the case of missing girl who disappeared 15 years ago.

Corpse Party (Switchblade Pictures, Region A)

Facing goodbyes and graduation, Naomi Nakashima, her childhood friend Satoshi Mochida, and their classmates, are clearing up after their last ever cultural festival, when horror buff class representative Ayumi Shinozaki decides to perform Sachiko Ever After so they will stay friends forever. Instead, they were whisked away to a haunted graduation ceremony for Heavenly Host Elementary School, forced to close after a series of gruesome murders. What fate awaits Naomi and her friends at the cursed school…?

Cabo Blanco (Kino Lorber, Region A)

Offshore near Caboblanco, Peru, an explorer of sea wrecks is murdered. However, local authorities decide that the official cause of death is “accidental drowning.” Among the skeptical is Giff Hoyt, an expatriate American, longtime Caboblanco resident and popular innkeeper. Giff’s interest is further piqued when Marie arrives in town. Her passport is confiscated by the corrupt authority, and Giff protests. Furthermore, a Nazi named Beckdorff lives in a well-fortified compound near town, and he might be responsible for the explorer’s death. Beckdorff himself seeks sunken treasure in the area, as well as protection from local interference. Can Giff Hoyt stifle the evil Beckdorff, save the lovely Marie, and possibly even locate sunken treasure?

Valley of the Dolls (Criterion, Region A)

Straight from the best-selling pages of Jacqueline Susann’s audacious novel comes the unforgettable tale of three glamorous women who will stop at nothing to get to the top. Oscar winners Patty Duke, Lee Grant and Susan Hayward team with Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins for this spectacular, satisfying and well-before-its-time tale of hedonism and one-upmanship on the road to fame! When a small-town beauty arrives in New York, she becomes instant friends with a struggling singer, Neely, and an actress, Jennifer. Together these headstrong, career-driven gals embark on a roller coaster ride of fast-talking men, endless nights of partying, booze…and pills that they call “dolls.” But as they careen down the path to superstardom, one of them may face more self-destructive behavior than she can handle in this riveting and acclaimed hit film!

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion, Region A)

Fun-loving bombshells Kelly, Casey and Pet have a rock band, and they’re headed to Hollywood to make it big. Thanks to Kelly’s well-connected aunt, they soon find themselves at a hedonistic love-in thrown by eccentric music promoter Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell. He takes them under his wing, and a new world of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll unfolds. Superstardom is within reach, if only their newfound distractions don’t get in the way!

Slugs (Arrow, Region A)

People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea after all.

Warcraft (Universal, Region A)

An epic fantasy/adventure based on the popular video game series.

Lady in White (Scream Factory, Region A)

Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White lives. As he discovers the secret of the woman he soon finds that the killer may be someone close to him.

Blood Diner (Lionsgate, Region A)

Two cannibalistic brothers kill various young women to make their flesh part of their new special dish at their rundown restaurant while seeking blood sacrifices to awaken a dormant Egyptian goddess.

The Neon Demon (Broad Green Pictures, Region A)

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Chopping Mall (Lionsgate, Region A)

Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Highlander: 30th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate, Region A)

During a fierce sword battle in the 1500s, Connor MacLeod, a simple Scotsman known as a poor fighter, is mortally wounded — but he does not die. MacLeod learns from the mysterious Ramírez that he is of a race of immortals. These rare knights never age and never reproduce, they can only meet death by the blade of another of their kind. Leaping back and forth through the centuries, MacLeod once again meets the evil Kurgan who nearly killed him 500 years ago. There can be only one.

The Shallows (Sony, Region A)

When Nancy is attacked by a great white shark while surfing alone, she is stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.

Count Dracula’s Great Love (Vinegar Syndrome, Region A)

Paul Naschy as the Amorous Dracula sets out to seduce his one great love with the help of his trio of sexy Vampiric Mistresses. In this tale, four young women, who seek refuge in a castle on a rainy night, only to find themselves in the lair of the vampire king. The great beauty of one of the women leads him to take her as his mate, using the other three as servants to acquire blood for them…

The Shape of Things to Come (Blue Underground, Region A)

Planet Earth is a devastated wasteland, and what’s left of humanity has colonized the Moon in domed cities. Humanity’s continued survival depends on an anti-radiation drug only available on planet Delta Three, which has been taken over by Omus, a brilliant but mad mechanic who places no value on human life. Omus wants to come to the Moon to rule and intends to attack it by ramming robot-controlled spaceships into the domes. Dr. John Caball, his son Jason, Jason’s friend, Kim, and a robot named Sparks embark on Caball’s space battlecruiser on an unauthorized mission to Delta Three to stop Omus.

Grimm: Season Five (Universal, Region A)

In modern day Portland, Oregon, a police detective inherits the ability to see supernatural creatures.

Message From Space (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played a comic actor in drag) rather than the Emperor. King Kaiba sends out eight Liabe holy seeds, each to be received by a chosen one to defend the Gavanas. Each recipient, ranging from hardened General Garuda to Gavana Prince Hans to young Terrans Meia, Kido, and Aaron all have different reactions to being chosen.

Cell (Lionsgate, Region A)

When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

Up from the Depths (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

A series of mysterious aquatic attacks indicate the presence of some huge, previously unknown giant species of shark that has risen to the surface and is preying on tourists, fishermen, researchers, etc. A local beachcomber and scam artist, Sullivan, will have to put out to sea to defeat it.

Horror House on Highway 5 (Vinegar Syndrome Exclusive, Region A)

A van full of college students traveling down a highway is terrorized by a psycho killer in a Richard Nixon mask.

Hellbent (Vinegar Syndrome Exclusive, Region A)

An evil black-clad manager claims the soul of a would-be rock star whose life spins out of control, heading toward heavy-metal doom and folk-rock purgatory

The Velvet Vampire (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

A couple accepts an invitation from the mysterious Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Unaware that Diane is actually a centuries-old vampire, the couple soon realize that they are both the objects of her seduction and cravings…

Time Walker (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

An alien, buried in King Tut’s tomb, terrorizes a college campus.

UK Releases

Hex (88 Films, Region B)

A woman, who believes she has murdered her abusive husband, then sees him return as a vengeful ghost.

Slugs (Arrow, Region B)

People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea after all.

Hannibal (Zoom Steelbook, Region B)

Years after escaping custody, the brilliant but psychotic Dr. Hannibal Lecter settles in Italy and becomes the curator of an art museum in Florence, even learning to curb his appetite for human flesh. Back in the States, FBI agent Clarice Starling has been discredited by the bureau and her nights have been haunted by dreams of her past conversations with Lecter. Mason Verger, a twisted pedophile whose encounter with Lecter left him disfigured and paralyzed, places a bounty on Lecter’s head. When Clarice gets word, she goes in search of Lecter to warn him and unwittingly becomes a pawn in Verger’s plans for revenge.

Death Note: Complete Series and OVA Collection (Manga Home Entertainment, Region B)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

River of Death (88 Films, Region B)

In 1945, with the Allies approaching, two German officers ransack a monastery in Greece and make plans to escape with the loot. However, one of the Germans is left behind by his partner, while the other escapes by submarine from Wilhelmshaven. Forty years elapse, a wealthy millionaire, Smith, hires Hamilton, allegedly an expert on the jungle, to lead him to the ruins of a lost Indian civilization recently discovered in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle in Brazil. The entourage faces giant anacondas, giant spiders, cannibalistic natives, and so on, discovering a settlement of Nazi war criminals and their descendants, living as if the Third Reich had never ended. It is soon clear that Smith’s real purpose has little to do with archaeology, and more to do with revenge.

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Mondo Macabro Releasing a Limited Halloween Release of ‘Suddenly in the Dark!’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:01

Back in August Mondo Macabro announced a few new Blu-ray releases one of which was Suddenly in the Dark. No official release dates were given then but the titles were expected to come out in late 2016 or early 2017. We can now happily announce that Mondo Macabro will be releasing a special limited edition release of Suddenly in the Dark on October 31st! This will be the world exclusive Blu-ray debut of the 80’s Korean horror classic and will be limited to 500 copies. The release will include a numbered red case and an exclusive booklet.*

Fans of Mondo Macabro will no doubt be familiar with these limited edition releases. This is something the company does quite often and to much success. The red cases are always very sleek and the booklet is a nice touch. If you’re a collector this is something you’ll want. The release will be available directly from Mondo Macabro.

Full release details below!

A woman’s idyllic middle-class life is disrupted when her husband brings home a beautiful young orphan to be their maid. At first she welcomes the pretty girl, in fact seems oddly fixated on her, but soon comes to suspect the girl of having an affair with her husband. At the same time odd, unexplained incidents – most involving the maid’s mysterious wooden doll – began to make her question her own sanity. Soon it all spirals out of control as the film climaxes in a fever pitch of sexual jealousy, murder, and supernatural vengeance, all set to a pounding synth score.

Almost completely unknown outside of its home country, SUDDENLY IN THE DARK is one of the best examples of pre-millennial K-horror. It was made at a time when censorship law were being liberalized, igniting a boom in both horror and erotic films. Elements of both are present here, directed with bizarre flair by Go Yeong-nam in a style often compared to the wilder Italian films of the 70s and 80s.

Mondo Macabro is proud to present this classic of Korean horror on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world. Our presentation has been restored from the best available elements from the Korean Film Archive, and features brand new extras produced exclusively for this release.

Special Features
-Interview with producer Suh Byung-gi
-Interview with critic Kim Bong-seok on the history of Korean horror films
-Classic K-Horror VHS Cover Art Gallery
-Teaser Trailer
-Mondo Macabro Promo Reel
-Limited edition booklet with brand new essays on the film by Grady Hendrix and Christopher Koenig
-New Cover Illustration by artist Naomi Butterfield

*A retail release in a standard case without the booklet will be available sometime Spring 2017. If the LE sells out quickly it’s possible that we will do another limited red case run, but no more another 500, and probably un-numbered.

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Camp Sunshine Launching Later This Year: Steam Listing Goes Live

Dread Central - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:00

The 16-bit horror game Camp Sunshine now has a listing on Steam ahead of its release later this year. We interviewed the developers earlier this year, and we’ve been incredibly excited for this retro-style blood-soaked game since, so we’re thrilled that it’s nearly here.

Camp Sunshine is a 16-bit blood-soaked Horror RPG that pits you as Jez, who is dropped off at Summer Camp. He awakes in the middle of the night to discover blood everywhere and a rampaging killer on the loose dressed in a mascot costume. It’s up to you to piece together the puzzle, and relive the past of the Summer Camp Slasher in order to put a stop to this night of terror!

Discover and explore an entire Summer Camp.
Beautiful hand-drawn 16-bit graphics.
A fantastic story-driven narrative.
Unique lighting mechanics that really set the atmosphere.
Don’t run out of batteries for your torch!
Find the diary pages to discover the history of Isaac Illerman.
Avoid the Serial Slasher, two hits and it’s game over!
Lots of scares, spooky scenes and nods to famous franchises!
Devious puzzles to tax your brain box.

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Microwave Massacre’ Melts Some 80’s Cheese

bloody disgusting - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:00

Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre isn’t a good movie. It’s just not. There’s just not a lot that it does well. The script is pretty thin, the acting is so-so at best and the jokes often miss the mark. With that all being said, there is something charming to it and there is some fun to be had as long as you know what to expect.

Comedian Jackie Vernon stars as Donald, a construction worker with a wife who is desperately trying to force him to have more refined taste buds. May (Claire Ginsberg), his wife, wants the two of them to eat what she considers to be healthier and fancier dishes. This dishes are cooked in a comically large microwave that May recently purchased.

I have to talk about this microwave for a moment. It’s massive, basically the size of a small oven. It’s so large that the appliance store has to deliver it. Not only is it comically large, but once May has it all installed and ready to go she uses it to cook all her meals. In and of itself, this isn’t too weird. There’s plenty of people that cook all their meals via microwave – they’re called college students. What makes May’s use bizarre is that she’s apparently cooking healthy, fancy foods and she considers what she’s doing to be slaving away. Say what now?

Donald wants no part of this. He’s a man after all and he wants to eat man food! He comes home drunk one evening and he cares not to eat what May has cooked up. The two getting into a huge argument that ends with Donald bashing her over the head with a pepper grinder until she’s dead. Donald then passes out and when he awakes the next morning he has no idea what happened the night before. He finds May’s dead body in the microwave and this only slightly freaks him out. The moment quickly passes and he goes to work, happily telling his co-workers that he and May split up and now he’s a free man to do as he pleases.

When Donald gets home from work that night he chops May’s body up, cover the pieces in tin foil and places them in the freezer. Later that night he heads to the freezer for a late night snack and ends up eating May’s hand. Much like when he found her dead body this only briefly shocks Donald. He quickly realizes this is the best thing he’s ever had. He soon becomes addicted going on a murderous spree in search of fresh meat.

Microwave Massacre is so slapstick and silly. It aims to grab a lot of the low-hanging fruit. Right from the opening credits (which you can watch here) the film goes for the sleaze factor as the camera is focused dead-center on a girl’s chest as she walks down the street. When it’s not on her chest it switches things up by moving to her butt. She then sticks her chest through a whole in a fence at a construction site to flash some construction workers. Welcome to the 80’s, folks!

If gore is what you’re looking for Microwave Massacre does offer up some but it is of a very low quality. There’s a number of dismembered limbs, but they’re kind of like what you would find at a Spirit Halloween store rather than in a special effects warehouse. So don’t expect to be blown away, but if you are looking for a version of gore it does exist within in this film.

There’s nothing wrong with a film like Microwave Massacre of course. These films serve a purpose and have their place, but they’re just not very good. You could pair this up with something like The Refrigerator and that would be a very enjoyable double feature of bad movies that are fun.

As recently as five years ago I would have said a film like Microwave Massacre would never makes it’s way to Blu-ray, well Arrow Video sees things differently than I. They’ve given this film a gorgeous Blu-ray release. This is an extremely low budget movie and it shouldn’t look this good, and yet it does. The film is a 2K transfer using the original 35mm negative and it looks really great, particularly in scenes that are well lit. I’m guessing the darker scenes didn’t have the best on-set lighting and thus don’t look as good on Blu-ray.

The special features are actually on the low end with regards of what we’ve come to expect from Arrow. Still this is a pretty obscure 80’s movie so the fact that there are any special features is a plus. There’s an audio commentary with Craig Muckler, the man who conceived of the story for Microwave Massacre, and it’s hosted by Mike Tristano. In addition there is a short documentary entitled “My Microwave Massacre Memoirs,” that features interviews Berwick, Muckler and actor Loren Schein. This is a cool little feature that offers some good insight to this low-budget oddity.

Like I stated up top, Microwave Massacre is not a good movie, but it is fun. You’ll know if this movie is for you and if it is you’ll want this Blu-ray.

Microwave Massacre is available now on Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

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Danny Trejo Liberates Humanity in NSFW Cyborg X Trailer; UK DVD Available Now

Dread Central - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 05:00

He may have now been on this planet for 72 years, but when it comes to balls-to-the-wall action, Danny Trejo certainly still has it in him. Who else would you want to lead what remains of humanity against an army of killer robots? Which is exactly what he does in the new film Cyborg X from director K. King.

It’s now available on DVD from Amazon UK, and you can also dig the pretty brutal NSFW trailer below. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything about a US release.

The year is 2018, one year after a deadly Cyber Virus has infiltrated and seized control of X-Corp, a top secret and highly advanced weapons manufacturer. Now the world is an apocalyptic wasteland of death and destruction. What’s left of the human race is hunted down and destroyed by X-Corp’s ground units (an army of Cyborgs and Battle Drones).

In order to save themselves and all of mankind from extinction, a small group of fighters band together in their quest to fight back. Armed with a new piece of counter intelligence, big guns, and lots of bullets, they set off on a suicidal mission to penetrate X-Corp’s head facility and shut the machines down from the source. But once inside they soon discover there may be more to the Cyber Virus than initially realized.

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Shudder Doling Out Exclusive Chills in October

Dread Central - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:09

The horror on demand service Shudder is getting set to bring big scares to its subscribers this coming October, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else, including some new TV series additions.

Read on for the details, and be sure to hit the link below to learn even more about the service.

From the Press Release:
The AMC-backed streaming service Shudder.com is THE entertainment destination for everything you need to watch this Halloween season. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan or simply looking for the scariest films to celebrate this time of year, Shudder has something for everyone in its sweeping library, carefully curated by some of the top horror experts in the world.

As Halloween approaches, Shudder is expanding its database with a variety of new titles including cult favorites, blockbuster hits, and classic thrillers. Additionally, for the first time ever, Shudder will be offering horror TV series to complement its expansive film library.

Premiering October 20th is supernatural thriller “Beyond the Walls.” Shudder’s first exclusive acquisition is a three-part French miniseries that follows a woman who discovers a parallel world behind the wall of her recently inherited home. The series takes viewers on a frightening and mysterious adventure into a world where old wounds never heal.

Additionally, all 83 episodes of the classic George Romero-produced series “Tales from the Darkside” will keep you up at night with an anthology of chilling ghost stories, spooky science fiction adventures, and other creepy features.

For those new to the service or those looking to celebrate the season, the “Horror Essentials” collection includes the must-see titles on Shudder, perfect for the growing horror fan or for your all-night Halloween marathon.

Choose from Shudder’s lineup of upcoming October titles… if you dare:

October 1
Tales from the Darkside” – The Complete Series (1983-1988) – ONLY ON SHUDDER

October 3
Dungeon of Harrow (1962)
Director: Pat Boyette
Cast: Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty

Snapshot (2014)
Director: Eric Etebari
Cast: Angela Little, Zach McGowan, Angela Gots

Soulmate (2013)
Director: Axelle Carolyn
Cast: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers

Tony: London Serial Killer (2009)
Director: Gerard Johnson
Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Greg Kam, Ricky Grover

October 5
Cherry Tree (2015)
Director: David Keating
Cast: Naomi Battrick, Patrick Gibson, Sam Hazeldine

October 6
Demons of Ludlow (1983) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Bill Rebane
Cast: Paul von Hausen, Stephanie Cushna, Carol Perry

Harlequin (1980) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Simon Wincer
Cast: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan

House of the Living Dead (1974) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Ray Austin
Cast: Mark Burns, Shirley Anne Field, David Oxley

Mirror/Mirror (1990) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Marina Sargenti
Cast: Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson

October 11
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
Cast: Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow

Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Ed Adlum
Cast: Norman Kelley, Tanna Hunter, Bruce Detrick

La Grande Bouffe (1973) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Marco Ferreri
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret

Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
Director: Charles B. Pierce
Cast: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman

October 13
Blood Rage (1987)
Director: John Grissmer
Cast: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon

Darklands (1996) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Julian Richards
Cast: Craig Fairbrass, Jon Finch, Rowena King

Funeral Home (1980)
Director: William Fruet
Cast: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi

October 17
Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama

Contamination (1980)
Director: Lewis Coates
Cast: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda

Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
Director: Sergio Martino
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli

October 20
Beyond the Walls” (2016) – ONLY ON SHUDDER
Director: Hervé Hadmar
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Geraldine Chaplin, François Deblock, Lila-Rose Gilberti

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Autopsy of Jane Doe, The (2016)

Dread Central - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:03

Starring Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond

Directed by Andre Ovredal

Screened at Fantastic Fest 2016

Following 2010’s riot of a found footage creature feature Trollhunter, Norwegian director Andre Ovredal returns with his English language debut, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which recently screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Trading in his humor-laden, fantastical approach for more traditional horror fare, Ovredal delivers a film that is mostly effective, though it is not without its problems.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe follows father-son coroner team Austin and Tony Tilden (Hirsch and Cox, respectively) as they receive the body of a beautiful young homicide victim with no clear cause of death. Attempting to uncover how she died, the Tildens begin to perform an autopsy on the deceased, slowly revealing clues that become more and more bizarre as the night goes on. As inexplicable happenings begin to unfold in their family morgue, the coroners begin to suspect that there is something very special about the circumstances that led to their Jane Doe’s death.

Though it is very much a straightforward horror film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is also very concerned with the theme of family, with a story that is heavily focused on Cox and Hirsch’s relationship. Screenwriters Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing do a solid job of developing a believable and enjoyable father-son dynamic between Cox and Hirsch from the get-go as we are introduced to the ins and outs of Austin and Tony’s autopsy sessions and the quirks of their practice. Though it is occasionally the case that such seasoned actors might opt to phone in their performances in such genre projects, Cox and Hirsch both deliver above and beyond here, digging deep emotionally in some of the more intense scenes far more than would be expected in this type of film.

Boasting a plot that is rather unique, The Autopsy of Jane Doe starts off particularly strong; the introduction of the mystery of Jane Doe’s death is immediately intriguing, and as the discoveries grow stranger, it is very easy to find yourself pondering the myriad possibilities that might ultimately explain what the truth really is. Are naturally bizarre or supernaturally malevolent forces at work here? Ovredal’s careful hand initially keeps you unsure, relying on an effective ambiguity that sets a very unsettling tone. Unfortunately, once the truth begins to surface, the script itself becomes one of the film’s most problematic traits. In its second half, some of the exchanges between Cox and Hirsch grow far too expository and even silly, though both actors commit wholly to even the weaker material here. There are also some turns of plot that are much too convenient for a film like this that otherwise has a lot of original ideas going for it.

Given that the film is set almost entirely in the the Tilden family morgue, Ovredal succeeds in establishing a very claustrophobic atmosphere, especially in the more deliberately paced and slowly revelatory autopsy scenes. Though he delivers some truly chilling imagery throughout, the director’s ultimate over-reliance on run-of-the-mill scare tactics is what truly prevents The Autopsy of Jane Doe from elevating to a wholly novel horror experience. There are times when the scares here reminded me heavily of Anthony DiBlasi’s Last Shift run through a “James Wan lite” filter. One particular moment of misdirection in a very intense elevator scene left me feeling especially frustrated, mostly because we have seen it done a million times before (and to greater effect in other films). For a director that gave us such a refreshing and fun take on the genre with his previous effort, it is a shame to see his Stateside debut peppered with so many overly used devices.

Still, what The Autopsy of Jane Doe lacks in genuine jump-out-of-your-seat thrills, it makes up for in outright squirm-inducing practical effects. The autopsy scenes are just the perfect amount of icky, and the accompanying sound design will leave you cringing… in the best way. Ovredal’s marked focus on Jane Doe’s truly terrifying corpse also sets an increasingly menacing tone to the film that helps it overcome its shortcomings elsewhere. Jane Doe herself (Olwen Kelly) becomes a surprisingly commanding presence in the film for a corpse, and you will no doubt see her cloudy, glazed over eyes in your nightmares for weeks to come.

Despite its flaws and occasional moments of directorial regression for Ovredal, The Autopsy of Jane Doe provides enough of a unique spin on the story it ultimately tells to certainly be worth a watch. It is most definitely the kind of horror film that is best enjoyed if you leave your expectations at the door and just commit to taking the fun, quirky, and occasionally surprising ride.

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WORLD OF DEATH EP14 – “Ca$hed” / “El Mariachi Loco”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:00

They’re everywhere! On every street corner, in every store, all over your house, even in your pocket! Video cameras have become a part of our every day life, capturing some of mankind’s best and worst moments to be immortalized digitally. Filmmaking duo Shelly and Michael Doss take a stab at the medium with their short film “Ca$hed”, showcasing an unfortunate individual who chooses the wrong time to make a withdrawal from the local ATM.

Our second tale is one of vengeance, served piping hot! A young couple looking to spend a nice night out on the town is accosted by a disgruntled mariachi who has a guitar and a bone to pick in Oliver Izquierdo’s “El Mariachi Loco”.

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.

SUBSCRIBE https://www.youtube.com/user/bloodydisgustingtv
SUBMIT http://bloody-disgusting.com/wod
WATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HAPLjEB8PI

Meet the Filmmakers

Shelly and Michael Doss from Denver, Colorado started making films in 2012. They’ll be working on some new shorts soon before they tackle their first feature length project. Keep up with Shelly and Michael at www.facebook.com/bloodyhandstudios & www.bloodyhandstudios.com

Oliver Izquierdo of México, México City started working in film in 2003 after graduating college with a major in film directing. Oliver is currently writing the script for his second feature “Axolotl” and is just about to start shooting a new short film titled “The pleasure of the flesh”, written by Manuel Ortega. See more of Oliver’s work at https://vimeo.com/oliverizquierdo

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Open Your Mind to The Id on Blu-ray in October

Dread Central - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 19:46

We really liked director Thommy Hutson’s The Id (review here), which you can soon pass your own judgement on when it hits Blu-ray next month.

From the Press Release:
Hutson Ranch Media and Panic Ventures, Inc., are pleased to announce that the independent feature film The Id will have its Blu-ray home video release on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

The psychological thriller tells the story of Meridith Lane (Amanda Wyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street), a woman who has felt trapped in her home. Thriving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father… until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father’s monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won’t let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts.

“So much passion and energy went into the making of this film, and I am thrilled audiences will soon be able to experience the drama, suspense, and horrors of this story,” says director and producer Thommy Hutson. “I believe it’s a film that will pull viewers in, make them think, make them uncomfortable, and hopefully, have them talking about the events and characters long after the credits have rolled. As a producer, it was a fantastic experience working with amazing talent and an incredible crew. As a first-time director, I’m ecstatic I was able to bring this kind of story to the screen.”

“Working on The Id gave me the chance to play one of the most challenging roles of my career, a character with so many layers and nuances that it was an emotional journey on and off the screen,” admits actress Amanda Wyss. “I can’t wait for people to see the film, go on Meridith’s wild ride, and jump into the delicious stew of madness!”

On producing the film, Daniel Farrands states, “It was a remarkable journey from script to screen. Were it not for the drive, determination, talent, and sheer force of will of Thommy, Amanda, and our incredible cast and the crew, this project simply would not have come to fruition. It was a true labor of love for everyone involved, and it is extremely gratifying to see this mind-bender of a film be brought to audiences around the world.”

In addition to the feature film, the Blu-ray boasts a generous complement of bonus features, including a making-of featurette, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, audition clips, a photo gallery, and trailers.

“We worked very hard to put together a package that would showcase not just the film, but the hard work, dedication, and fun that went into making it,” explains Hutson.

Those looking to get their hands on a copy of the film prior to the general release date can do so by pre-ordering from Dark Delicacies. The genre bookstore will hold signing with cast and crew on Sunday, October 23, at 2pm and will ship signed orders to anyone outside the Los Angeles area. The film is also currently available for pre-order through Amazon.com.

After the pre-release signing event, the film will be released to the general public on October 25th by CAV Distributing Corp. with a list price of $24.95.

The Id is directed by Hutson from a script by Sean H. Stewart and is produced by Hutson and Farrands, who previously teamed up on the romantic drama The Trouble with the Truth starring Lea Thompson and several award-winning documentaries, including Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.


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The Cast of ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Keeps Growing

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 19:08

Adria Arjona, the star of the upcoming NBC series “Emerald City”, has officially joined the war against the Kaiju in Legendary’s Pacific Rim 2. She joins the confirmed cast of John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian and Cailee Spaeny, according to Deadline.

Boyega is confirmed to be playing the son of Marshal Stacker Pentecost, who was played by Idris Elba. Charlie Hunnam, who played Raleigh Beckett in the first film, dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

In the 2013 film that was directed by Guillermo del Toro (read our review), as a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

The film is written by Derek Connolly and will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight. It is set to come out February 23rd, 2018.

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A Look at Some of TV and Film’s Scariest Clowns

Dread Central - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 19:05

Our buddies over at HalloweenCostumes.com have put together an infographic that’s NOT clowning around! Read on for a visual look at some of television and cinema’s most frightening clowns!

They’re all there, kids! From Pennywise to Frowny to Twisty and everything in between. Did they leave someone off? Has an evil clown gone unheralded? Find out by checking out the following sliver of terrifying eye candy that’s likely to send people with Coulrophobia straight to the emergency room!

Dig it below!

Image Created by HalloweenCostumes.com

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