The Death Set Release Official Video For "Soar Away"

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:30

Noise punk rockers The Death Set have released an official music video for their track “Soar Away”, which comes from the King Babies EP (order here). The video stars Zak Zeman, who was the producer on such horror films as V/H/S, V/H/S/2, A Horrible Way To Die, The Aggression Scale, and Under The Bed. Also in the video are Whitney Moore (Birdemic), David Rispoli (the goblin in Nekrogoblikon‘s “No One Survives”), and more. There’s also a guest appearance from EDM artist Steve Aoki, so be sure to keep an eye out for him!

Directed by Brandon Dermer (“No One Survives”), the video follows a beautiful pizza delivery girl through the highs and lows of her day. It’s only when she meets a humanoid that resembles Pizza The Hutt (before he let himself go) that she finds true happiness. Check it out below!

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Say "I Do" To This Awesome 'Death Do Us Part' Trailer! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:26

On April 15, orange blossoms will be replaced by bloody roses when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases a story of shattered trust and broken vows: Death Do Us Part.

From writer/producers Julia Benson, Peter Benson and Ryan Copple, the film was nominated for three Leo Awards and directed by award-winner Nicholas Humphries, Death Do Us Part tells of two people on the threshold of beginning a new life together: a threshold that turns into a precipice of death!

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer premiere, and we’re actually really pumped about this title because it comes from the director of “The Little Mermaid”, an astounding short that won “Best Short Film” at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival!

Kennedy Jamieson (Julia Benson, ‘Stargate Universe,’ ‘That Burning Feeling’) has waited her whole life for her perfect wedding. Engaged to the charming Ryan Harris (Peter Benson, ‘The Killing,’ ‘Arrow’), it looks like her dream is about to come true. Except for one thing – the young couple hasn’t had a chance to celebrate their respective bachelor/bachelorette parties. Ryan’s best man Chet (Kyle Cassie, ‘True Justice,’ ‘Lost Boys 2: The Tribe’) books a remote cabin in the woods to throw them a “Jack and Jill” party that they’ll never forget. It doesn’t take long before things take a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one. Kennedy and Ryan had planned for the celebration of a lifetime – but how long will that lifetime last?

So prepare for a deadly reception from where there is no escape; not until Death Do Us Part!

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[BD Review] 'Skinless' Is A Micro-Budget Gorefest (With Heart)!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:47

Skinless (or, The Ballad of Skinless Pete) is the new film from micro-budget indie auteur Dustin Mills. I’ve seen a couple of his films before (Night of the Tentacles, Bath Salt Zombies) and they weren’t really my thing. They’re really campy with heavy leanings toward gratuitousness, which is cool, but I felt like he was trying too hard. That’s why I’m hyped to say that Skinless is a much more mature outing for him, in regards to his story telling and technique.

Created for only $2,000, Skinless is a solidly made genre flick that shaves off a lot of the shit that turned me off in Mills’ other films. There’s still gratuitous nudity and plenty of hammy moments, but there’s also character development (gasp!), a strong relationship between the leads, and a pretty cool story. Not to mention really, really good looking gore.

Dr. Peter Peele (Brandon Salkil) is a young, cocky scientist who’s been working on a cure for cancer with his partner Dr. Alice Cross (Erin R. Ryan). Peter believes he’s found their breakthrough in some kinda worm that creates a cell-destroying enzyme. They’re denied financial backing by an investor who has a ponytail (so you know he’s a real asshole) so Peter decides to inject himself with the enzyme. Unbeknownst to Alice, Peter’s got skin cancer, meaning the clock is already ticking down on his life. His fatalistic attitude drives him to inject himself with the enzyme with no regard for the danger. It works at first, a lesion he had disappears. But there are some, let’s just say “drastic” side effects.

From here Skinless becomes a shoestring remake of The Fly, but one that has its own tragic relationship driving the film. Peter’s sweet on Alice, but the feeling isn’t mutual. When Peter’s skin rots off, he must loose some of his sanity as well. I mean, who wouldn’t. His advances toward Alice become aggressive, but there’s still some of that tenderness between them. Even though the gore kicks into overdrive during the second half, the compassion between Peter and Alice never dissolves. That’s pretty impressive considering Peter balances his time melting faces off and pining over Alice. It works somehow.

Ryan delivers a really strong performance. She acts as the buoy of the film when Salkil’s over the top shenanigans attempt to sink it. When he’s not being overly melodramatic, he’s being campy. Their whole rocky relationship is the heart of the film, so it helps a tremendous amount that Ryan has some decent dramatic chops.

Skinless is sure to please fans genre fans, gorehounds, and anyone else looking for a sleazy good time. I still feel like Mills inserts too much nudity though. It serves no purpose other than to say “Look! Tits!” But this one is definitely an improvement over his previous films that I’ve seen. What he pulled off with a $2,000 budget is pretty damn remarkable, so hopefully someone backs this kid with some really dough soon. It’ll be nuts to see what he can do with even $25,000.

Skinless is making its theatrical debut on March 8th at the Cedar Lee Theater and on March 15th at the Capitol Theater, both in Cleveland. It’ll be expanding to other venues from there. Keep your eyes peeled!

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6 Crowdfunded Horror Games You Should Be Excited About!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:30

Lately, we’ve seen a veritable avalanche of successful video game campaigns on the popular crowdfunding sites Indiegogo and Kickstarter. An ever-growing number of indie developers have decided to shy away from the traditional third party publishing model to handle it themselves by going straight to us, the consumers. The only real downside to this is it makes it difficult to find the games you should have on your radar. Thankfully, I have a passion for writing lists and a ridiculous amount of time on my hands.

I’ve used that combo to sift through the myriad campaigns to find six of the most promising horror game success stories that you should definitely have on your radar. There’s a good chance we’ll see most (or all) of these this year, too.

Neverending Nightmares

Matt Gilgenbach is an indie developer who has struggled with often debilitating mental illnesses his entire life, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. For many, one or both would likely be enough to throw in the towel, but for Gilgenbach, they inspired him to make the narrative-driven psychological horror game Neverending Nightmares. It also provided an outlet for him both creatively and emotionally. The end result promises to be a thoroughly unforgettable horror game that packs an emotional punch.

Find it on Kickstarter


I’ve given a fair amount of coverage to ROAM here on Bloody Disgusting, but that’s only because it looks amazing. Top-down isometric zombie games started off strong (Dead Nation, Burn Zombie Burn) before quickly devolving into total rubbish (Zombie Apocalypse, How to Survive) and I think this game could bring them back.

You’ll come for the zombies, you’ll stay for the ridiculously well fleshed-out base building and fortification. ROAM cannot come soon enough.

Find it on Kickstarter


While not entirely a horror game, Homesick does place you in the shoes of someone who is both isolated in an abandoned building and plagued by amnesia and horrific, recurring nightmares. It looks like a deeply unsettling game, and thanks to an impressive attention to detail on the developer’s part, Homesick also looks good too.

Find it on Kickstarter

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[BD Review] 'Oculus' Is A Fresh, Unrelentingly Terrifying Supernatural Horror Film!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:09

Originally published September 10, 2013. Every story has pretty much been told. When it comes to supernatural horror, every concept and image has been exhausted. What sets the effective entries apart from the lot comes down to the filmmaker’s personal sensibility he injects into the material. James Wan’s The Conjuring doesn’t break any new ground yet I found myself invested in the family and fearing for their lives. That personal immersion made Wan’s first-rate theatrics all the scarier. Oculus, Co-Writer/Director Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to the impressive Absentia contains all those attributes…and more.

Traumatized siblings Kaylie and Tim Russell decide to take on an ancient, cursed mirror that was responsible for the death of their parents when they were children. The feature was inspired by his 2006 short, Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan which he also co-wrote and directed. I was initially skeptical going into this because of the whole killer mirror angle. The mediocrity of Alexandre Aja’s sole misstep, Mirrors was still fresh in my mind. 105 minutes later, I ate my words.

Elements of Oculus will look familiar to genre fans in some shape or form. What sets it apart from every other supernatural genre picture is the manner in which it tells its story. Flanagan daringly tackles two intercutting timelines from start to finish. He is aware how it may be tricky for an audience to follow so he methodically increases this technique slowly and slowly as the picture progresses. Flanagan allows us to get accustomed to this different way of watching a movie. Once the third act kicks in, Flanagan has successfully got the viewer accustomed to viewing dueling stories, so much so that he increases the intensity to the point that we’re watching the interjecting timelines practically from one shot to the next. It’s an overwhelming, whole new intensity I’ve never experienced before. What’s even more astounding is the fact there was zero confusion with the plot progression. I didn’t leave the film thinking there were logic gaps. Flanagan masterfully makes it all make sense at all times. At the same time he leaves just enough ambiguity at the end to make us theorize, as well as allowing the experience hauntingly linger with us long after it’s over.

Flanagan keeps the violence to a minimum but whenever it does abrupt, it hits its maximum impact on the viewer. One reason for that is the well-developed relationship of the family. The cast which includes Sci-fi fan favorites Katee Sackhoff (Battleship Galactica) and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) are totally convincing at every turn. They successfully ground the supernatural element. It was a quality I enjoyed in Absentia too. Flanagan seems to deeply care about his characters and getting the viewer connected on an emotional level which in turn makes the ride that much scarier. The tension builds beautifully, as the timelines begin to blur. The third act is made all the more terrifying and claustrophobic because of this mash-up. It’s uncharted territory when the audience has no clue where the film will go from edit to edit. It’s a revolutionary way in which to play out a horror set-piece.

It’s great to see more and more filmmakers resisting the use of CGI which has destroyed countless of supernatural horror films. Like Insidious, the ghosts here are played by actors. Any use of visual effects is kept invisible. Mike Flanagan has taken a huge leap to the forefront of today’s genre filmmakers. He proves that with imagination and care for the craft, originality can still happen when telling a familiar tale. The experience of watching Oculus is that of being caught in an unrelenting nightmare you just can’t wake up from. The best horror film I’ve seen in some time.

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[Random Cool] Ari Lehman, The First Jason Voorhees, Has A Band Named First Jason!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:00

Remember the original Friday The 13th and how (SPOILER ALERT) it was actually Jason’s mother that was behind everything? We didn’t get our famed masked killer until Friday The 13th Part 2, the machete-wielding bastard that we’ve all come to know and love! But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t get a taste of Jason and his hideous visage until that movie. Oh no, we have actor Ari Lehman to thank for bringing us the beginnings of horror’s most prolific mass murderer! He was the Jason that burst out of the lake and pulled Alice into the cold, dark, murky waters of Camp Crystal Lake.

But what many of you might not know (and myself included until very recently) is that Ari Lehman has a band that is themed around Jason Voorhees! Aptly named First Jason, it is described as metal/horror rock and Lehman plays a badass keytar that is built from a large machete! Seriously, it’s one of the most metal instruments I’ve ever seen.

Head on below to check out their track “Into The Storm”, their video for “Jason’s Bride”, and to see their cover of Heed My Warning. Also, make sure to pick up your copy of Heed My Warning through First Jason‘s website.

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[Crowd Source This] "The Walking Dead: The Prison" Board Game From Skybound, MegaGigaOmniCorp, & Top8Magic

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:46

“The Walking Dead” has become a multi-media phenomenom. In addition to the best selling comic book series and #1 rated television show, “The walking Dead” has also spawned a best selling video game, three prose novels, and a role playing board game.

MegaGigaOmniCorp and Top8Magic have come together to launch a Kickstarter campaign in support of the creation of “The Walking Dead: The Prison” as a board Game. For fans of the comic book, The Prison is one of the most popular story-arcs within the series. Check it all out below.

The game is being developed by the fine folks at Skybound with the help of Keith Tralins and Matt Wang who have both worked on board games for “Lost”, and the first “The Walking Dead Board Game,” respectively. They have a reputation for staying true to the source material with their board game adaptations, and they have big plans for the “The Walking Dead: The Prison” board game. Gamers will be able to play as one of the six leaders of the group from Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” including Rick, Tyreese, Glenn, Dale, Andrea, and Michonne. The goal of the game? To earn enough Leadership Points to take control of the entire group of survivors. To earn Leadership Points, they must fight their way through the zombie swarm in the prison yard, bash their way through the prison itself, reach their destination and secure the area. Along the way, players will have to collect additional resources, rescue Followers, and as expected…fight zombies.

They are offering fans some killer exclusives for anyone that pledges their hard earned cash via Kickstarter.

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[TV] Promising "Salem" Promos Continues With "Dead Devils"

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:41

“The Devil is never going to let a Promised Land be built here without a battle.”

WGN America gave gave us another promising promo for their April 20 premiere of “Salem”.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[TV] Next On "The Walking Dead": "The Grove" Promo and Sneak Peak Clip!

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:38

AMC has shared a promo and sneak peak clip for next week’s “The Walking Dead.”

In Episode 4.14, “The Grove,” “After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to the way they used to be.

Episode 14 is set to air on Sunday night, March 16 at 8pm central time on AMC.

Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.

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Toronto ComiCon Cosplay Gallery

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:26

Toronto ComiCon took place this past weekend on March 7th-9th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center and photographer Tyler Mitchell was on hand to catch the madness. There was some fantastic cosplay in effect at the show and we caught some great shots of attendees dressed as their favorite characters including Batman, Rick Grimes, Lobo, Saruman, and lots more.

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New Promo for Salem Has Something Worse than a Witch Hunt

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 21:34

We're closing in on the April premiere of WGN America's "Salem," and a new promo video for the show has popped in that ominously states, "The Devil is never going to let a Promised Land be built here without a battle."

In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Related Story: New Photos from WGN America's "Salem"

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “Being Human”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as outcast Isaac Walton.

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See a Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Episode 4.14 - The Grove; Go Inside Episode 4.13 - Alone

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 21:13

The brief synopsis of next week's Episode 4.14 of "The Walking Dead," titled "The Grove," seems to offer some hope for the group, but will it pan out? Here's a sneak peek along with a nostalgic look "inside" tonight's Episode 4.13, "Alone."

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.13 - "Alone" (aired 3/9/14)
As one group finds what may be an ideal shelter, another group comes to realize that the best protection comes from those around them. Written by Curtis Gwinn and directed by Ernest Dickerson.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.14 - "The Grove" (airs 3/16/14)
After finding an idyllic place to establish a new shelter, the group starts to question whether it is possible to go back to the way things were. Written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Michael Satrazemis.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on

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Jennifer Beals Joins Proof - TNT's Supernatural Medical Drama Pilot

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:57

More than likely, TNT's Kyra Sedgwick-produced "Proof" is more drama than supernatural in nature, but the medical-themed pilot has landed its lead actress so we'll keep passing on the news until we get confirmation one way or the other.

Per Deadline, Jennifer Beals ("The L Word," The Bride, Flashdance) will head up the cast as Dr. Kathryn Russo, a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter.

Dr. Russo is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

"Proof" is written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves. Sedgwick exec produces with Jill Littman, Tom Jacobson, Bragin, and Graves.

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French Trailer Found Among the Living

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:19

In honor of the film's premiere at SXSW, an international trailer has come our way for the new film from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid, Inside), entitled Among the Living. Yeah, we'll take this one now please, thanks.

Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle star in the flick, which has been described as a hybrid of Stand By Me and Stephen King's IT.

Youngsters Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon an horrific vision: a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see.

Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them, and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them... One after another... They are going to meet Klarence...

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Apocalypse Kiss Trailer Gets Planted On You

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:12

The first trailer for the genre heavyweight-laden new flick Apocalypse Kiss is here to get you all tongue-tied in the best possible way. Check it out along with a brand new still. Look for more on this one soon!

From the Press Release
The highly anticipated new film from Christian Grillo (Deer Crossing), Apocalypse Kiss, will be available to rent, buy or stream online from April 8, 2014.

The film, featuring a who's who of the horror and science-fiction world including Tom Atkins (My Bloody Valentine 3D, Halloween III), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and D.C Douglas (CHUD), meshes a unique and stylish film noir template - parallel to Robert Rodriguez's Sin City and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - with explosive, thrilling action.

Wet your lips with an Apocalypse Kiss!

Adrian, a serial killer with O.C.D., fights for his place in the media while two nomadic lesbians are getting the credit for his murders. Meanwhile, the world as they know it is about to come to an end.

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Jai Courtney Talks Terminator: Genesis

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:05

Jai Courtney scored the role of Kyle Reese in Paramount and Skydance's Terminator: Genesis, and recently he sat down with IGN to talk a little about the role and the upcoming film. Read on for details.

"I've always had a bit of skepticism about something being rebooted. I remember when [A Good Day to] Die Hard came around a few years ago, I was like, 'Really? They're gonna make another one?' and then I found myself in it and totally invested in it," said Courtney.

"I think it's healthy to have that [skepticism] because you want it to be something [special], you want to keep that eye for quality sharp."

"But when I read this, I was pretty into it and the story's cool," Courtney continued. "It's attached a great cast as well. I think Emilia Clarke's wonderful and she's got a lot of support and stuff behind her. And Jason Clarke as well I'm a big admirer of so, yeah, it's gonna be really cool, man. I'm looking forward to doing that, and running around with Arnie won't be too bad."

Terminator: Genesis begins filming soon in Louisiana under the direction of Alan Taylor (Thor 2) for a July 1, 2015, release.

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Anne Rice Reveals the Title and Theme of Her Next Novel; UPDATED with Video!

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:02

Iconic author Anne Rice selected tonight, March 9th, to exclusively reveal on her son, Christopher's, "The Dinner Party Show" live internet variety series the title and theme of her next novel, and we have all the details for you right here.

As Rice told the "People of the Page," as her Facebook page followers are called, prior to tonight's #AnneRiceReveal: "I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been sitting on this announcement for months now, and my publisher has finally given me permission to go public. It’s a dramatic change of course, that’s for sure, and I hope it will excite you as much as it excites me."

So, what is it? As Rice announced during the show, it's a sequel to the first five installments in The Vampire Chronicles - everything through Memnoch the Devil. The title is Prince Lestat, and it's a "big Vampire Chronicle about Lestat and the other vampires... and what they are doing right now."

"Just about everyone is back," and apparently the others want Lestat as the group's leader. We also get lots more about the Talamasca in the new book.

She had to "wrestle Lestat to the ground" and ask him to let her know what to write. Suddenly he came through and began to talk to her. She finally had his voice again with her. She calls it number one in a new series about the vampires and has already signed the contract for number two.

Look for it on October 28th from Knopf! The cover art and pre-ordering info will be available in about a week.

You can watch the announcement below, but Anne shared lots of other juicy tidbits so be sure to visit "The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn" to hear a rebroadcast of this week's episode along with the show's archive.

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[BD Review] 'Starry Eyes' Is Ambitious, Violent and Thoughtful

bloody disgusting - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 18:56

It’s somewhat ironic that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes, a film that literally singles out ambition as the blackest of human qualities, is the most ambitious film I have seen thus far at SXSW this year. That’s not to say that the film succumbs to the same temptations as its protagonist (an admirably raw and vulnerable Alexandra Essoe), but both the movie and its subject employ a black hearted scorched earth tactic – the efficacy of which is hard to deny.

As you may be able to gleam from the title, Starry Eyes plunges us headfirst into the fame hungry psyche of Sarah Walker – a fragile young actress already irreparably damaged by an unending cycle of rejection. One of the film’s biggest assets is the dimensionality it allows its lead here. A lazier film would be content to portray Sarah as impenetrably deluded and completely unaware of the staggering odds against her. That’s not the case here – while Sarah does possess the requisite blinders necessary for anyone to stake their happiness on the most unlikely of careers, she’s able to be honest with herself and others that she’s not exactly doing that great in terms of prospects. She has a small circle of friends who are also performers, some of them are warmly supportive (Noah Segan’s Danny) while others are harshly dismissive (Fabianne Therese’s Erin), a dynamic that casts her personal existence in the same kind of unending cruel purgatory as her professional life. In short, she’s perpetually trapped, exhausted and on the verge of release – something needs to change.

That change comes in the form of an audition for Astraeus Pictures, a legendary horror production company on the rebound after several years on the wane (think Hammer films with a corporate culture orchestrated by David Lynch). After a series of increasingly risky call-backs, she’s offered the lead role in their new film. The catch? The catch is a story as old as Hollywood itself – she must first submit to the whims of the casting couch (the ultimate deal with the Devil).

While you could probably correctly guess the basic trajectory of the film from here on out, Widmyer and Kolsch do an admirable job of keeping the audience on their toes by constantly shifting the tone of the film depending on which part of Sarah’s life they’re depicting. Her struggles as a waiter at a potato joint with Hooters aspirations alternate between stark and comedic (aided in no small measure by Pat Healy’s turn as a sympathetic manager – an archetype I was pleased to see subverted). The casting sessions and subsequent interactions with Astraeus are, as hinted before, marked by a cold absurdist streak right out of Mulholland Drive. The moments we get with her alone are painful, sweet and quiet while her circle of friends sort of melds the intimacy of mumblecore with the makeshift community of “Melrose Place.”

While more often than not these disparate elements cohere into a surprisingly atmospheric whole, the shifting tone is occasionally problematic. Starry Eyes switches gears so often it develops something of a patchwork quality that threatens to add a sense of bloat to its relatively straightforward arc. It’s hard to reconcile the fact that this universe contains a character as warm and empathetic as Segan’s and one as campily sterile as Marc Senter’s casting assistant. There are also a few moments towards the film’s end where it’s hard not to believe that Sarah’s close friends wouldn’t be a little more observant in regard to her condition.

But perhaps it’s a testament to Starry Eyes’ singularity that the same elements that provide its flaws also supply its strengths, which are far more prevalent. Complex and layered, it definitely leaves you with more to chew on than your typical midnight fare. It is also absolutely unsparing and brutal when it comes to its violence – there are moments in the film that give even the goriest slashers and body horror sagas alike a run for their money. Even if parts of Starry Eyes might not work for you, as a horror fan I suspect most of it will.

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Cover Art Revealed for US Release of Stephen King's Revival

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 18:01

Scribner is releasing Stephen King's new novel Revival on November 11th, and the author's official site has revealed its cover art. It's not gonna make you shout "Hallelujah!," but can I get an "Amen"?

From master storyteller Stephen King comes a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

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The CW Renames its Supernatural Spinoff and Casts Melissa Roxburgh as a Regular

Dread Central - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 17:44

The CW has renamed its "Supernatural" spinoff as "Supernatural: Bloodlines" and found the perfect actress to fill the last remaining vacancy on the show's regulars roster in Melissa Roxburgh, who previously appeared in the "Supernatural" Season 7 episode "Time After Time."

Per The Wrap, Roxburgh will play Violet, a member of Chicago's powerful werewolf pack. She hides her true nature because of her forbidden love for family rival David (Nathaniel Bozulic), a shapeshifter. But when cornered, Violet's inner wolf breaks out.

Fans of The CW's "Arrow" should also recognize Roxburgh from her recurring guest role of Blake; she additionally starred in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise.

Related Story: Cast for "Supernatural" Spinoff Expands by Three

"Bloodlines" follows the various mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, “run” the underbelly of Chicago. They are being tracked by a newly-minted Hunter (Lucien Laviscount), who wants to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural.

The "Bloodlines" backdoor pilot airs as Episode 9.20 of "Supernatural" on April 29th.

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