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.
Fairly light week of releases but some good ones. Lost in Space getting a Blu-ray release for the entire series is pretty exciting plus there’s a few other goodies sprinkled in.
Lost in Space – The Compelte Adventures (Fox)
In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. They are to go there on a ship christened the Jupiter 2. However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship’s robot, but in the process becomes trapped on the ship, and because of his excess weight, the ship and all on board become hopelessly lost and it now becomes a fight for survival as the crew tries to find their way back home.
The Legacy (Scream Factory)
How far would you go to inherit everlasting life? When an American couple (Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott) have a mysterious car accident in the English countryside, the other driver offers to take them to his lavish country estate to make amends. But once there, the suspense deepens when they learn the other houseguests are expecting them! It’s not long before the couple’s fear turns to terror when the guests (including rock superstar Roger Daltrey) begin dying in unspeakable ways. Now it’s clear the true master of the house is a supernatural force that will stop at nothing to find the rightful heirs for an unimaginably horrible legacy.
House of the Long Shadows (Kino Lorber)
An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet: can he write a classic novel like “Wuthering Heights” in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants.
Spaced Invaders (Mill Creek)
When one saucer of an invasion force has engine trouble, it lands on Earth. It happens to be Halloween and it happens the invaders are only about 4 feet tall. As the bumbling aliens wander around the countryside they are taken to be children and they make friends with two children, one of whom is the daughter of the sheriff. As their troubles mount (it’s difficult for five aliens to conquer a world) they begin to give up their plans of conquest, but then there is that nasty killer robot.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (Lionsgate)
Six years after he was presumed dead in a fire, Myers has returned to kill again.
Unforgettable (Kino Lorber)
Unsuccessfully framed for his wife’s murder, Dr. David Krane attempts to find the real culprit by utilizing a new drug that allows him to experience the memories of other people first-hand. As he gets closer to the truth, the injections begin to take their toll on his life. Additionally, a history of alcoholism, a career crisis, and the involvement of police officers in the murder all conspire to prevent Dr. Crane from learning what really happened. The challenge, then, is for the doctor to overcome these obstacles before his time runs out.
Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season (Fox)
Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
Two societies, one intellectual (The Eternals) and the other physical (The Brutals) live side by side but never meet. Sean Connery is a Brutal out to shake things up.
Blastfighter (88 Films)
A former policeman sets out to unleash violent vengeance upon deer poachers when they rape and kill his long lost daughter.
Hard to Be a God (Arrow)
A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place?
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Dog Day Afternoon: 40th Anniversary Edition (Warner Bros.)
The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it’s all true.
The Babadook – Steelbook (Alive)
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
George Armitage’s Vigilante Force is a rad little action flick. Released in 1976, this is the story of a little California town that discovers oil and is soon overrun by the oil-field workers who are quite the rambunctious group. Essentially Armitage created a modern western for the time. I found it to be a bit reminiscent of the Death Wish series, most notably my personal favorite Death Wish III. If you’ve seen Death Wish III you know just how crazy and ridiculous that movie is. Vigilante Force is like that in a lot of ways, but does tend to play it a little more serious at times.
After the town is completely taken over and the police force is whittled down to just police chief Harry Lee (Judson Pratt) and four deputies, some of the townsfolk come together to figure out how to get their little town back. The plan is to recruit Aaron Arnold (Kris Kristofferson) and have him serve up some vigilante justice. Aaron grew up in the town and even though he was a notorious troublemaker he has since gone off to fight in Vietnam where he became a decorated war hero. The thought process is that becoming a war hero may have changed Aaron and for the right price he’d be willing to come back home and help his former neighbors out. Plus Aaron’s little brother Ben (Jan-Michael Vincent) is going to lead the recruiting committee and how can Aaron possibly turn down his little brother?
It doesn’t take much to convince Aaron. He’s thrilled to get the money and the power. He gathers up a team of mercenaries, all of whom have some type of police or military background, and heads off to save the day. Things start off really well. It doesn’t take long for Aaron and gang do restore peace. The police chief doesn’t really care for their methods, but he can’t argue with the results. Unfortunately Aaron has not changed. He’s the same troublemaker he always was and he still hates that town. The difference is that he now has power and authority. Once the oil-field workers are either run out of town or placed into check, Aaron and his gang begin to terrorize the place. They start to run their own shady operations with the hopes of bringing in lots of cash and keeping the town at their mercy. The town’s only hope for survival is Ben, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes even if it means a showdown with his very own brother.
Vigilante Force starts off a bit slow. There’s a little action here and there, but I was a bit worried it was going to end up being a 70’s melodrama that was advertised to be rougher than it really was. There was a little bit of cheesy humor and it felt like the tone was maybe going to lead to a finish that was a little more heartfelt and to be quite honest that’s not what I want with a movie called Vigilante Force. Luckily George Armitage didn’t want to hear any of that noise either. At about the twenty minute mark or so things really begin to pick up. And once it started going, everything just sort of began to snowball out of control.
Aaron is just a cold, ruthless killer. At one point he breaks up an illegal cock fight by shooting both chickens dead. Then he gathers all the money that was up for grabs on the fight. When one of the participates confronts him, he coldly shoots him square in the chest. This is a very public event. There’s tons of people around and Aaron could care less. It means nothing to him to take a life. The longer he is in power the more callous he gets. There’s a few things he does that actually made my jaw drop. I couldn’t believe it.
There’s a character named Little Dee (Bernadette Peters) who just wants to be a singer. She performs at the makeshift casino where Dick Miller, in a nice cameo, serves as her piano player. The man who runs this casino treats her like trash. She doesn’t let it phase her however, and has no problem speaking her mind. She’s such an interesting character. The whole movie she looks completely stoned out of her mind. She just has this blank stare on her face. Yet when she talks she seems quite knowledgeable and very smart.
The western influence in Vigilante Force is very strong. The last 10 minutes or so of the movie is complete madness as a shootout between Aaron’s gang and the gang Ben forms breaks out. This is all takes place during the town’s big 4th of July parade, which is extra big because they are celebrating the 200th birthday of America. The battle rages all over the town and finally concludes in a section of town that actually looks like the Old West. This is a part of the town that I did not remember seeing anywhere else in the movie. It’s like they brought it in specifically to go out with a full fledge western style bang. And boy do they! I can’t tell you how many explosions or deaths occurred during this exciting finale but it was a ton and they were bloody and they were violent.
The transfer on the Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber is actually a bit mixed. At times it looks great with vivid colors that pop but at other times things are a little rough. It’s mostly scenes that take place at night and especially those that takes place at night and indoors. During these scenes there’s just a lot of grain. It doesn’t ruin the movie or anything, I just don’t expect to see this much grain on a Blu-ray. The day scenes with a lot of bright sunlight look fantastic and there’s definitely a lot more of those than there is the dark night scenes, so the good does far out weight the bad.
If you’re a fan of Death Wish III or William Lustig’s Vigilante I would definitely expect you to enjoy Vigilante Force. It’s got a lot of action and Kris Kristofferson. Honestly, what more do you need?
Vigilante Force is now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.
A clip from Joe Begos’ The Mind’s Eye has been released and it brings paranoia, telekinesis, and gore to the table, all within two minutes! The clip has a very fun 80’s feel to it, so fans of that decade of horror should pay attention!
The synopsis for The Mind’s Eye reads:
Following years remaining off the grid, Zack (Graham Skipper) captures the attention of the mysterious Dr. Slovak (John Speredakos), a telekinesis expert with ambiguous intentions. After uncovering Slovak’s nefarious plot to empower himself using a telekinesis-enabling serum harvested from the blood of his “patients”, Zack must stop Slovak and rescue his fellow telekinetic Rachel (Lauren Ashley Carter) before it’s too late.
The Mind’s Eye stars Graham Skipper (from Begos’ feature directorial debut Almost Human), Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod), John Speredakos, Noah Segan (Looper), Matt Mercer, Larry Fessenden, and Jeremy Gardner.
The Silent Hill series is one of the longest running survival horror franchises. Rather than going the Resident Evil route of giving new stories to established characters, each entry that ventured into that foggy town told the tale of a new troubled soul. As such, there are several of these characters, each with their own rich backstory and their own demons lurking within.
This week’s quiz tries to determine which of these pour souls you’re most akin to. I took the quiz and got “You are Henry Townshend”, which describes me as such:
As a young individual, you are great with planning and executing especially with your living situation. Like the great Houdini, no lock or chain can contain you for long and will break off when your pushed to the point of desperation. You have great relationships with your neighbors, even the nasty ones.
Take the quiz below and let us know which character you are in the comments
Frances O’Connor (The Hunter, A.I.) has joined the cast of the upcoming supernatural horror film The Conjuring 2 as the mother of a young girl who is experiencing a haunting. She joins both Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who played Ed and Lorraine Warren in the first film, respectively.
The Conjuring 2 will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.
James Wan is back to return the sequel and he is joined by producers Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, who produced The Conjuring. The film will begin production later this month and is set to haunt theaters on June 10th, 2016.
The Conjuring was a massive hit for New Line Cinema, generating $318 million in worldwide box office off of a $20 million budget.
Today, Capcom made good on their promise to bombastify their flagship horror franchise for the Call of Duty audience with the very first trailer for Call of Evil: Umbrella Warfare Umbrella Corps.
I’m getting strong F.E.A.R. Online vibes from this bizarre new addition to the Resident Evil series. I can’t see it being that bad, but what would be the best possible outcome here? I’m also struggling to understand the reasoning behind celebrating the 20th anniversary of a survival horror series with a multiplayer shooter that has no obvious ties to the genre.
I thought we had moved pass this. So much good has happened this year, with the stellar Resident Evil remaster and surprisingly progressive Revelations 2, and that good work was to continue into 2016 and beyond with the Resident Evil 0 remaster and the Resident Evil 2 remake.
Will Capcom ever get over the creepy obsession they have for the shooter crowd?
Umbrella Corps might surprise me, and I’ll be the first to find a way to call it umbrelievably awesome in my inevitable review. It might also be dead on arrival, making it more of an Umbrella… Corpse (sorry). Either way, we’re getting a new Resident Evil. Sort of. Okay, not really.
We don’t know enough right now for me to spend too much time whining about it. I’m more interested in getting your first impressions, anyway. So, what do you think?
It’s being reported by The Wrap that Woody Harrelson has signed on to appear in the upcoming War of the Planet of the Apes, which is being directed by Matt Reeves.
Harrelson will play a character called “The Colonel”, who is being described as the main villain. The story will also continue the tale of Caesar, who has been the main character of the new generation of films.
War of the Planet of the Apes is set for a July 14th, 2017 release date.
A new image from the upcoming Starz horror comedy series “Ash vs Evil Dead” has appeared and can be seen below. The image shows Bruce Campbell, with chainsaw arm equipped, walking beside Dana Delorenzo with a huge pile of burning logs in the background. You can see the image below.
In addition to this image, we can tell you that several of the cast and crew from the series will be hosting a panel at the New York Comic-Con on October 10th at 3pm in the Hammerstein Ballroom.
In “Ash vs Evil Dead“:
Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
Starz will premiere “Ash vs Evil Dead” on October 31st, 2015.
Jump scares can be an effective, albeit cheap, tactic for keeping a player on the edge of their Cheetos-stained seat. The horror adventure game Albino Lullaby is being considerably more original with its scare tactics by swapping out the gore and jump scares we see in so many horror games these days with a psychedelic color palette and monsters that look like thumbs with teeth.
This “Lynchian psychological nightmare” is set in a Victorian town inhabited by creatures called The Grandchildren. With a twisted narrative and a world that’s constantly changing, Albino Lullaby looks like one of the more original horror games we’ve seen this year.
It also has full VR support, if you’d really like to see the creatures’ butt chins up close.
Albino Lullaby: Episode 1 is available now on Steam for $9.99. For $24.76, you can get all three episodes and the game’s original soundtrack.
McFarlane Toys have revealed Series 9 of their “The Walking Dead” action figure collection. This series contains six different figures, including Daryl, T-Dog, Beth, and more. The collection will infect stores in Spring, 2016.
“The Walking Dead” is returning to AMC on October 11th with a full-length hour and a half season premiere. The show is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse and stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Tovah Feldshuh, Ross Marquand, Alexandra Breckenridge and Austin Nichols.
BETH GREENE – With a kind smile, Beth Greene served as a pillar of hope and strength to the group of survivors. Using kindness, paired with the medical knowledge passed on to her by her father Hershel, Beth helped heal both the body and soul of those around her. Her death shook the very core of the group of survivors; almost as if all hope died with her. This figure features Beth in her outfit at the end of Season 4 and includes approximately 22 points of articulation, assault rifle, and knife.
T-DOG – One of the original Atlanta survivors, T-Dog was a kindhearted and well-intentioned member of Rick’s group. He never hesitated to charge in and help those in need. Even when all seemed lost he put others before himself and ultimately sacrificed himself to save Carol from Walkers overrunning the prison. This heroic T-Dog figure is ready for battle in his removable Riot Gear Vest. Figure also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, pistol, fire poker, and industrial bolt cutters.
CONSTABLE MICHONNE – What job could you possibly give one of the most lethal members of Rick’s group when she arrived in Alexandria? Side by side with Rick, Michonne enforced law and order as constables. Patrolling the streets, Michonne made sure everyone stayed safe, even if that included quelling Rick. This version of Michonne depicts the character in her full constable uniform, Figure also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, iconic katana with sheath, and pistol.
WATER WALKER – The only thing worse than a Walker you see coming, is the one you don’t see! Searching for supplies in an abandoned flooded food bank in Season 5, the survivors are unaware of the real dangers that lurk beneath the water. Trapped in this cesspool of standing water, the Water Walker’s flesh is literally melting off his body as it waits for its next victim. Figure includes approximately 22 points of articulation, food can, and glass jar debris.
GRAVE DIGGER DARYL DIXON (DIRT VERSION) – If the apocalypse has taught us anything, it’s that you are never safe…even from the flu. Daryl Dixon, a long-time survivor within Rick’s group, has become a pillar of support for those who came to rely on him. If that means burying the dead, then so be it. This version depicts a dirt-covered Daryl from the Season 4, wearing his gloves and bandana while digging the grave for another fallen companion. The figure also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, wooden cross/grave marker, and shovel.
DEATH SCENE DALE HORVATH (Exclusive) – Dale always tried to do what was best for his group, even if it meant speaking against them. To him, everyone’s life was important and deserved a chance. After debating with a less convinced Rick, a frustrated Dale left the safety of the Farm to patrol the grounds and gather his thoughts. Out of the darkness, Dale met a gory end by Walker disembowelment and eventual mercy killing at the hands of Daryl. This figure depicts Dale’s moment of death, disemboweled by the roaming Walker. He also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, binoculars, removable bucket hat, and rifle.
While chatting about the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection in a recent livestream, writer Josh Scherr said “all of the Uncharted games and the first The Last of Us.” His wording is what’s intriguing about this, which could be an innocent blunder or another item to pile on the growing list of clues that may be hinting at a potential sequel to The Last of Us.
There may be nothing to this, so take it with a grain of salt. It wouldn’t surprise anyone at this point if Naughty Dog were to just come out and say they’re going to make the game. The first did well in every sense of the word, and I doubt Sony would want to pass up the cross-promotional opportunities for the upcoming film adaptation.
The moment in question can be found below in the video below, just skip to the 21:13 mark.
[Spotted by GamesRadar]
One of the year’s freakiest games is about to get its first expansion with Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, announced earlier today at Sony’s pre-TGS conference. This DLC will let us “experience the nightmare of the hunters who once guarded Byrgenwerth’s darkest secrets,” reads a post on the official PlayStation Blog, which also confirms the game has sold over two million copies worldwide.
Fashinistas will appreciate the expanded wardrobe, while everyone can enjoy the new enemies, as well as the additional weapons we’ll have for causing them lots and lots of pain.
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters hits the PS4 on November 24 for $19.99.
This Halloween season, Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, which Travel Channel dubbed “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions“, will be hosting two attractions based on the films of Michael Dougherty: Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat! The attractions open this Friday, September 18th and ends on Halloween night, so be sure to make it during those weeks if you want to experience these amazing sounding events.
Direct from the official press release, here are the descriptions of both events:
The legend of Krampus is awoken! ScareHouse’s team of scenic and special effects artists have collaborated directly with Dougherty and LEGENDARY to bring many of Krampus’ mischievous underlings from the upcoming film to life within the haunted attraction Krampus: Come All Ye Fearful. Guests will gain the rare opportunity to admire actual props, costumes, and practical creatures from the film before entering a highly immersive attraction that follows the legacy of Krampus, the iconic figure of dark folklore as old as Christmas itself. Visitors to the Pittsburgh haunted attraction will journey through generations of holiday horror and encounters with demonic minions before a final confrontation with the ancient subversive force of darkness that rises to haunts the naughty, bringing terror and mayhem in his wake.
Trick ‘r Treat: Hallowed Grounds is a truly ground-breaking and eye-popping tribute to an iconic figure beloved by Halloween and horror fans across the globe. Guests follow Sam, who represents the true heart of Halloween, as he leads them into a giant black and white pop-up book brought to fiendish life. Those who break the rules of All Hallows Eve risk facing tragic consequences before midnight!
ScareHouse exists within a 100-year-old haunted building where designers, artists, and veteran fear experts combine genuine history with modern technological magic to create a haunted house experience unlike any other attraction.
The price of admission covers both events as well as a third attraction, titled The Summoning, “…an elaborate haunted attraction with a masterful blend of art and the macabre set in October 1932 which explores a hidden world of secret societies, arcane rituals, and demonic visitors.”
For more information about these attractions or if you want to purchase tickets, head over to the official website.
Johnny Depp was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his upcoming gangster film Black Mass the other day and did a rare public Q&A. During that time, he was asked by a fan for his thoughts on the passing of Wes Craven, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 76 due to brain cancer.
Depp’s reply, courtesy of Variety:
Wes Craven was the guy who gave me my start, from my perspective, for almost no reason in particular. I read scenes with his daughter when I auditioned for the part. At the time, I was a musician. I wasn’t really acting. It was not anything very near to my brain or my heart, which is pretty much how it remains to this day.
But Wes Craven was brave enough to give me the gig based on his daughter’s opinion. I guess she had read with a bunch of actors, and after the casting sessions, she said, ‘No, that’s the guy.’ I always think of her for putting me in this mess, and certainly Wes Craven for being very brave to give me this gig. But he was a good man — so rest in peace, old Wes.
Depp played “Glen Lantz”, Nancy’s boyfriend in A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was his first acting role. His death is considered to be one of the most memorable Freddy kills in the entire franchise.
It’s rare that a sequel tops the original. It does happen on occasion, but it’s rare. It’s even more rare that the 4th entry in a series, made 20 years later, is better than the original, but that’s exactly the case with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, the fourth and as of now final entry in the Universal Soldier franchise. This was an extremely unexpected and pleasant surprise. I couldn’t understand why roughly three years after it’s release Day of Reckoning was getting a beautiful European mediabook release from Illusions UNLTD. Now I know. It’s because Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is awesome!
The plot is fairly basic on the surface. John (Scott Adkins) is the victim of a home invasion one evening that leaves him in a coma and his wife and young daughter dead. Months later when John awakens from his coma he sets out to track down the man responsible – Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme). It’s during this pursuit of Deveraux that we learn he has started a resistance of sorts with the UniSols. Basically Deveraux is tired of being controlled by the government and doing their dirty work so he has begun to remove the chips of sleeper agent UniSols in order to set them “free.” Of course Deveraux is hardly setting these UniSols free, but instead is reprogramming them to do his dirty work. Deveraux’s second in command is the one and only Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren). As John continues to search for Deveraux, he realizes he’s being hunted himself by Magnus (Andrei Arlovski), who himself is a UniSol who is now working for Deveraux.
From the get-go Day of Reckoning is non-stop extremely violent and extremely bloody madness. Director John Hyams has put together some of the most insane, off-the-wall fight sequences I have ever witnessed. The opening sequence has John being beaten repeatedly over the head with a crow bar. Then just before John is knocked unconscious, he gets to see his wife’s brains get splattered all over the wall. This entire scene is done from John’s point of view. So you’re right there in the heart of the action. Essentially the audience is taking the crow bar shots. It’s quite intense and that’s only the beginning.
Then we head on over to what appears to be a modern day brothel specifically for UniSols. Here we have various rooms each with UniSols have some type of violent sex. Things are going pretty well for all involved until Magnus decides to pop in and proceed to rip the brothel to shreds. In what is probably along the lines of a three minute scene Magnus manages to kill somewhere around 10 people, maybe more. And these are gruesome deaths. Not a single death in Day of Reckoning is along the lines of somewhere getting shot and then maybe a little squib goes off. No, everything here involves gallons of blood spraying everywhere and heads exploding. It’s glorious.
Since John has just come out of a coma his memory is a bit shaky. The only thing he really remembers is that his wife and daughter were killed by Deveraux. Slowly and over the course of time, he begins to realize he is quite the skilled fighter himself. Eventually he fully realizes this and it leads to what is my favorite scene in the movie – an epic fight in the middle of a sporting goods store between John and Magnus. This is probably the greatest scene in a sporting goods store since Gremlins. These two muscle bound dudes go at, making great use of the props available to them. This ends up being one bloody affair.
One thing did bum me out about Day of Reckoning and that was Dolph and JCVD failing to get a scene together. In the context of the movie it made sense, but you still want to see those legends share the screen together. Fortunately both get pretty awesome fight scenes with Adkins that are well worth the price of admission. In fact both are used quite efficiently. Combined they have about 5 scenes total, but great scenes they are. In addition to his battle with Atkins, Dolph also gets a second fight with Arlovski that is equally enjoyable. The best moment from Lundgren however, comes when he gives a speech to all the UniSols about the revolution they are planning. All movies should feature a speech from Dolph Lundgren.
The plot does get a little complicated in the later stages of the movie. It’s a little tough to know what’s real and what’s just a planted memory. There’s a lot of little pieces that need to be put together for the whole story to come together. I feel like this just comes with the territory of the Universal Soldier world. This doesn’t hinder the overall enjoyment of the movie, but it does muddle things up a bit and create a few questions.
Scott Adkins deserves some serious mention. I know he’s been around for a while but this was my first time seeing him, or at least seeing him in such a prominent role. How is he not one of the biggest action stars in the world? He has all the tools to be a first-rate, top billed action star. His acting skills are above average. He’s not likely to win an Oscar or anything, but he did a good job handling the material and was able to convey emotion. Plus he hits a home run when it comes to providing the action. His fights scenes are superb and he does his own stunts. He could easily be as big as Jason Statham. Let’s start moving this man up the action star ladder!
The mediabook release from Illusions UNLTD is awesome. You’ve got a DVD and a Blu-ray, that happens to have a 3D option if that’s your thing. The disc is labeled as Region B but it played just fine in both my Region B and Region A players, so that should come as a big plus for those of us in the US. Also this is the uncut version, which is very important. I haven’t seen the cut release, but apparently it takes away some of the blood and gore. The book itself is nice, even though the artwork is a little cheesy. As far as what’s in the pages of the booklet I can’t comment on that because I don’t speak German. I’m sure after I pick up enough of these mediabooks I’ll start to pick up on the language though.
As far as special features are concerned there is a variety of interviews with Atkins, Van Damme, Lundgren and Hyams. The interviews with the stars are a little on the short side but are very interesting. Lundgren was probably my favorite to listen to. He talked about how he loved the movie because the effects were all practical and didn’t feature a ton of CGI. He mentioned how the movie is “hardcore, balls-to-the-wall action” and that’s exactly the type of movie he likes. Basically Dolph Lundgren is exactly who we want him to be and I find that quite comforting.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is over-the-top action that is never afraid to kick it up to 11. This is the type of gory action I remember watching as a kid. Really this is what I want all action movies to be. Going forward this should serve as the blue print for all future action movies.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is now available in two limited edition mediabook releases from Illusions UNLTD.
In the episode, “Kate hunts down Scott in Bethel before he can exact revenge. In Houston, Richie and Santanico find themselves deep in the flesh trade, while Seth tries to get back in Uncle Eddie’s good graces.”
From the studio:
In Season Two of El Rey Network and Miramax’s® supernatural crime saga, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Our characters are all living in very separate worlds –Santánico and Richie are outside Houston, doing their best Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez is protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
Returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy”); Eiza González (True Love); Wilmer Valderrama (“That ‘70s Show,” To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (“Noah,” “Shameless”); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) and guest star Jake Busey (Motorcycle Gang, Contract) are joined in the show’s sophomore season by Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) as “The Regulator;” Esai Morales (“Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue”) as “Lord Amancio Malvado;” Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” “Justified,” “Texas Rising”) as “Uncle Eddie Cruickshank” and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2) as “Sonja Lam”.
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a Miramax® production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, showrunner Carlos Coto, writer Diego Gutierrez, FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, and Miramax’s Zanne Devine and Daniel Pipski.
Miramax® is distributing “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” internationally in all territories.
To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the channel finder at http://bit.ly/ElReyChannelfinder
We’ve teamed up with dark wave/rock group Johnathan|Christian to bring you an exclusive song premiere of their cover of Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses”, the song made famous to horror fans for its appearance in The Silence of the Lambs. The track comes off the band’s upcoming album The Nothing I Feel, which comes out September 27th.
Christian Granquist states:
When it comes to lyrics, I have, for some time, been using classical horror metaphors to describe topics such as alienation in everyday situations. I think it´s a very useful concept. With “Goodbye Horses”, the connotation doesn’t primarily come from the lyrics itself, but from the feeling you got when you saw the movie, which makes it even more powerful. At the same time, there is an interesting lyrical twist, with it´s own Bhagavad Gita-ish version of a Freudian death wish. So very much a hand-in-glove situation with the whole J|C concept.
Johnathan Mooney adds:
For me, what started as journey into the unknown as to where this (Johnathan|Christian) would be going has become much more of ride down a dark highway. Musically, I’ve found myself going deeper as our sound matures. “Goodbye Horses” always creeped me out a bit, even before I first saw ‘Silence of the Lambs’, so naturally it was one of those songs I knew that we could play with and come up with something even darker.
You can buy the group’s music through Bandcamp.
RLJ Entertainment is getting ready to release their Christmas-themed horror anthology film A Christmas Horror Story (review) and we’ve got our hands on some fantastic exclusive stills, key art, AND the official poster!
A Christmas Horror Story synopsis:
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus – the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children – is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins.
Directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan, the film stars William Shatner, George Buza, and Rob Archer. It comes to theaters and VOD on October 2nd, 2015.
Kevin Williamson, Scream writer and creator of “The Following”, has been busy setting up his next big series project, which will be an adaptation of Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel Time After Time. The novel follows H.G. Wells, who uses a time machine to pursue and Jack the Ripper. It’s not yet certain if this will be the basis of the series or if it will become an episodic show.
The book was adapted into a feature length film in 1979, which starred Malcolm McDowell (Halloween, Doomsday, A Clockwork Orange) and David Warner (The Omen, Time Bandits). A trailer for that film can be seen below.
Williamson is writing the script and will executively produce the show.
It’s been a rough couple of months for us here at BD and for you guys too, I’m sure. Losing Wes Craven to brain cancer shocked and devastated us all. We’ve all written pieces on our experiences with Craven’s films, most notably A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Scream! Factory and Horror Hound artist Nathan Thomas Milliner lives and breathes the series and his incredible fan film comes at a most opportune time. It’s world premiere helped kick off Horror Hound Weekend this past weekend and is a worthy tribute to the legend that is Craven and ultimately, Freddy Krueger.
Milliner’s inspiration was the short story “The Life and Death of Fred Krueger” written by Jefferey Cooper, who also wrote the novelizations for the original films. This short film focuses on Kruger’s capture and confession and, ultimately, why Fred became the iconic Freddy.
But this isn’t a $2 fan film put together in some dude’s basement, far from it. The Confession of Fred Krueger gives fans an insight to their favorite killer and even makes him scary again. The star of the film, Kevin Roach (Volumes of Blood), is mesmerizing. He’s just the right amount of fun to play the character we’ve all grown to love but reminds us that Fred Krueger was, in fact, a vicious child murderer, a detail that somewhat gets pushed under the rug when we think of our beloved Freddy. The most astounding thing about Roach’s performance is the way he talks. I swear to Cthulhu the way he moves his mouth is identical to Robert Englund.
Milliner’s writing and directing is not to be overlooked either. His love for the franchise and character bleeds out of the screen and reels you in. Everything is there, the boiler room, the hat, the dirty sweater, and the glove, all of which were painstakingly created to looks as authentic as possible. Milliner gives us the background for Freddy as told in the original film (no nuns and maniacs here folks) and that’s really the heart of the film. At just 30 minutes long we know Fred Krueger, what his life was like, how he felt killing.
I’ll stop now before I give anything away, but the good news is, you can watch the whole damn thing now! That’s the beauty of fan films, no waiting!
I’ll end with one final note, which I predict will cause me much grief but, oh well! Since another Nightmare remake is on the way there is a lot of buzz as to who should, and should not, play the role. Many say Englund or bust and, of course, I would LOVE for that to happen, but Englund is adamant about not getting into makeup again. So yes, as you may have guessed, I’d totally be down with Roach to play Freddy Krueger in the new film.