There’s a weird thing here on Bloody-Disgusting. Just because I didn’t like The Lords of Salem, readers think I hate Rob Zombie.
The fact of the matter is, I love House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and am in the vast majority who gush over the theatrical cut of Halloween II.
The thing is, I’m sort of tired of the whole redneck-y stereotypical characterizations that make Zombie’s films immediately identifiable. Even his protagonists are always the same, which doesn’t help the juxtapose between the antagonists.
I say this because, with 31, this Halloween-themed slasher arriving later this year, it looks like more of the same. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just hoped to see him go a different direction. With that said, I have no idea what the film’s heroes look like…hopefully they’re different than in the past – you know, the characters that look like they’re at a Rob Zombie concert?
With that, here’s your first look at Lew Temple as Psycho-Head from 31.
Zombie states: “Psycho-Head is a real mean piece of shit best described in his own words… ‘count yourself lucky you got fucked by the best!’ “
31 looks like another dirty, gritty, vicious film from Zombie. And while I always hope for something a bit different, Zombie’s style always delivers, and 31 appears no different. Check out this badass photo below…
“’31’ follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
The Indian film Ludo, co-directed by Q (Gandu) and Nikon, shrugs off cohesiveness and a palpable message in favor of bloody havoc as it hurls its audience into sheer chaos during its latter half. The title comes from the board game of the same name, which originated in India as “Pachisi” (aka Parcheesi). The game is one of the few cultural touches in Ludo. It’s supposed to hold some importance in the mythology behind the narrative, but I’ll be damned if I could grasp the game’s significance amidst all the mayhem.
The film takes place on one rowdy night as Ria and her best friend Payel head out to paint Kolkata red. Running out in the skimpy outfits (by Indian standards), the two young girls meet up with walking erections Pele and Babai. Drinking and dancing ensue and soon it’s time for the four to shack up and do the damn thing. They find no luck getting a hotel room and decide to hide inside a shopping mall until closing so they can run amuck and bang to their hearts’ content. It’s a teenage fantasy we’ve all had, I’m sure.
All four would’ve gotten their rocks off too if it wasn’t for the creepy ass homeless couple lurking in the mall’s shadows. The old hag pulls out an ancient-looking Ludo board and soon Ria and Payel find themselves in the game of their lives.
Ludo goes through a lot of typical horror beats, including the introduction of four shallow teenage characters we never form any emotional attachment to. Then at about the halfway point, the film takes a turn and starts digging into some material that’s promising and off the beaten path. There are gnarly flashbacks to primeval times that introduce new characters who tie into the game (somehow). There are visceral bursts of fanged women and ancient rituals with pounding drums. Coinciding with these flashbacks is the girls’ metamorphoses as the game consumes them, body and soul.
The beginning of Ludo is extremely vibrant and raucous as the girls meet up with their suitors and haul ass through the nightclubs and alleyways of Kolkata. Q and Nikon obviously have a sharp eye for making stuff (like partying teens) we’ve seen a million times before feel fresh and alive. They flirt a bit during this first act with addressing India’s sexual and cultural repression, but it seems like the filmmakers are unsure how to deliver a tangible message.
There’s a lot of promise in Ludo that gradually dissolves when the horror elements kick in. By the end, after we’ve seen guts consumed and other hideous acts occur under the mall’s roof, I wasn’t sure what was trying to be said other than “look at how crazy this shit is!” There’s an edginess to their film trying to find balance with the message, but the two never cohesively mesh. And what the hell is up with the game again?
According to Variety, Benicio Del Toro is being eyed as the main villain for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. Nothing has been locked down however, as the same sources tell the site that another possible contender could be Joaquin Phoenix.
So far, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, who are all starring in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Returns, are expected to return for the sequel, which will hit theaters May 26th, 2017.
Sci-fi fans caught a glimpse of Del Toro in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, where he played “The Collector”.
In a posting on Boston Globe, the new Ghostbusters film has put out a casting call for people 35 and under (although they’ll go a bit older if you look the part) to appear as audience members at a heavy metal concert! The posting says that there isn’t much money to be made doing this but that parking and lunches will be provided.
The scene will be filmed at the historic Wang Theatre, which looks rather beautiful and ornate on the inside. Shooting will occur between July 28th and July 30th.
It’s not confirmed but the listing does say, “…perhaps you’ll see some ghost-busting in action.”
Those who wish to apply can send a clear and recent photo with your name, age, and number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generally speaking, the moment you get someone smoking pot in a horror movie, they end up dead. You also don’t get a frank look at mental illness without someone wearing someone else’s skin, or raving about their dead mother. Of course, there have been exceptions to the rules, and now there’s another one in the form of Richard Cranor’s Star Leaf. Combining pot use and a legitimate reason for it’s use doesn’t sound like much of a horror movie, but then again that would be selling the film short, wouldn’t it?
High school friends Tim Weaver (Tyler Trerise) and James Hunter (Julian Gavilanes) served together in Afghanistan as Marine snipers. While Tim has since left the service to pursue a more laid-back lifestyle, James remains in the field, but struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The two have gotten together with Tim’s girlfriend Martha (Shelby Truax) for a weekend of surfing. However, Tim has other plans and steers the trip towards meeting up with Seth “Guardrail” Slaughter (Russell Hodgkinson) in order to find a grove of marijuana that is purportedly out of this world. However, after failing to follow a strict set of rules, Tim ends up having the group targeted by a variety of dangerous characters.
With such a goofy premise, thankfully Star Leaf has the right amount of seriousness about it, but also doesn’t veer into over-the-top territory. Cranor doesn’t whack you over the head with the weed premise, derailing the entire film and making it into a crutch. There’s also a believable look at the effects of PTSD, which like other topics regarding mental illness, too often gets the “Hollywood” treatment one way or the other. And again, despite what you might think, Cranor throws in some interesting social commentary by juxtaposing James’ way of dealing with the effects of being on the battlefield with his meds Tim’s infatuation with weed. It’s just two forms of coping, and both have their positives and their negatives. Very interesting. As for the horror quotient, Star Leaf is more in line with the adventure-thriller fare. It’s more comedy and tension than gore, which is fine.
Another high spot for Star Leaf (sorry) is our protagonists. Not only do our trio handle themselves well in the acting department, but they also have great dynamic amongst themselves. Gavilanes does very well as James, portraying how PTSD affects individuals and those around them, including its moodiness. While Trerise falls into the horror tropes of the stoner and that guy who does the dumb stuff as Tim, it’s still an admirable effort. Truax makes her debut a good one as Martha, showing her obsession with Twilight, but not to the point that it’s annoying. The trio have some great exchanges and witty banter amongst themselves, and you definitely get a sense of comradery, which also makes the tense moments that much more enjoyable. Hodgkinson does the aging hippy thing very well as “Guardrail” Slaughter, and was a hoot to watch. Likewise, director Cranor’s turn as Ranger Dave was good, showing up at key points to move things along.
Star Leaf isn’t without flaws. The film’s indie origins arise in spots, particularly in the effects. The cheap CGI sticks out quite a bit when it’s used, even when the editing tries to cover it up. There are also some inconsistencies in some of the acting, and there are a few spots where the mics weren’t positioned correctly, resulting in muffled dialogue. But the biggest qualm is in the form of the film’s second half, which is after the trio toke up. It begins the whole weird encounters with aliens, the Taliban, a dude covered in animal furs and so on. It’s unclear whether this is all just a part of the bad trip from the weed (judging from their weird trips after first smoking), or if it’s really happening. As such, there’s a question of whether the situation is a dangerous one or just head games. There’s just never a concrete feeling of real fear for the characters’ wellbeing, which is off-putting when there are aliens and terrorists after you.
Still, the come down from Star Leaf is an enjoyable one. The film is a fun adventure, relying on developed characters and their interactions with some good humour thrown in. It’s not for every horror fan, but given the premise, that’s to be expected. It’s worth a look if you’re into stoner comedies with a bit more adventure flavour to them. Cranor has done an great job on this indie ditty, and it’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with in the future.
Javier Gullon will be adapting The Dark Side for Fox and producers Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch, says Heat Vision.
“The Dark Side is set in a future where the moon is used as a penal colony. When an android goes on a murderous rampage, a down on his luck detective is sent in to investigate.”
Fox picked up the book by Anthony O’Neill late last year. The title was only published as an eBook in June.
Gullon is the Spanish screenwriter who previously wrote Enemy, the Denis Villeneuve-directed Jake Gyllenhaal drama, but it’s his 478 script that has Hollywood execs opening their doors for him. That script is an elevated and prestige-minded revenge drama that attracted Arnold Schwarzenegger to star and Darren Aronofsky to produce.
Buhguul and his children of sorrow will deliver their sacrifice a week later as Sinister 2 now opens in theaters August 28th via Gramercy Pictures.
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Directed by Citadel‘s Ciarán Foy, Sinister 2 is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie.
“In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.“
With the Asian horror craze of the early to mid 2000s, I never really got into it as much as some folks. Sure, The Ring was a fun ride, but after that came The Grudge, One Missed Call, Pulse and so on. Don’t get me wrong, they were good, but the fact that Hollywood remade perfectly good films for an American audience, and in most cases watered them down, it got old fast. So why am I bringing that up in regards to James Cullen Bressack’s Pernicious? While certainly not a remake, Bressack’s film takes the Asian ghost story trope, and throws in a bit of torture porn and other gory moments. You can’t blame ’em for trying.
A trio of young women — Alex (Ciarra Hanna), her sister Rachel (Jackie Moore) and their friend, Julia (Emily O’Brien) — arrive in Bangkok, Thailand to teach schoolchildren English. Upon arriving at their new suburban accommodations, the women discover a life-sized gold statue of a girl draped in a bloody sheet in an upstairs room. Unbeknownst to them, the statue holds the soul of a Kumari, a young girl who is the manifestation of divine female energy or “living goddess”. And after a hard night of clubbing, the three friends wake up to discover that the statue has gone missing. Weird things begin to happen around the women. Turns out that the Kumari is the jealous type, and demands attention in the worst way possible.
Belying its indie origins, Pernicious looks quite impressive. Shot in Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the locales are definitely an enjoyable aspect of the film. Bressack smartly shows off the lush landscape around the house in his shots, as well as a few shots that firmly establish the Thai setting. It definitely gives the impression that this isn’t a film shot on the cheap, and really sells the “stranger in a strange land” aspect that definitely wouldn’t have been as effective had it been shot in some US city.
Another plus is the film’s reliance on practical effects. There are a few CGI shots here, but thankfully they’re kept subtle. The rest of the time, it’s in-camera stuff. And for those looking for the red stuff, the film delivers. As mentioned, there are a couple of sequences that are definite torture porn candidates. A guy’s gouged-out eyeball, him being fed the eyeball, fingernails being ripped off, tongues and teeth being ripped out and more. It’s all done in that style, and the fact that it’s all practical and believably executed results in some pretty squeamish moments.
However, that all becomes moot when you get beyond Pernicious‘ appearance. For starters, our leads are very much interchangeable. There are no real defining character traits that differentiate the women from one another, other than the stereotypical horror tropes. They also do some questionable things, such as instead of worrying about the possibility that they were roofied early on in the first act, they instead immediately turn their attention to the missing statue and the house being ransacked. And if you haven’t already guessed, all three leads are your typical “beach bodies”, who spend a lot of time around the house in skimpy clothes.
The problems get worse. I said that the film looked gorgeous, right? Digging deeper, that exterior hides the issue of pacing. Not only does the aforementioned torture sequence come out of nowhere and is seemingly shoehorned into first act, the rest of the film’s momentum afterwards feels like a stalled car starting and stopping. This is especially apparent when it comes time to dole out exposition. Not only that, but Pernicious lifts a lot of scenes and jump scares from other films, such as a bathroom mirror gag from Mirrors, and the ghostly Asian girl hiding under a character’s bedsheets a la The Grudge. It really does turn into a paint-by-numbers plot you’ve seen in other Asian ghost story films, and aren’t nearly as well executed.
The film’s title should have been a clue. Not only is the word ‘pernicious’ esoteric to many people today (I didn’t miss the irony of using ‘esoteric’, since that’s esoteric in itself), but it also comes off a bit pretentious and superficial. And really, that’s what Pernicious the film feels like. Beyond the external beauty of the leads and the Thai backdrop, the film fails when you discover the lackluster character development, inconsistent pacing and derivative story elements. See it out of curiosity, but don’t be surprised if the film quickly bores you with things you’ve seen before, and done much better.
Pop rock band Twinsmith have released a video for their track “Said And Done”, which comes from their latest album Alligator Years. Directed by Gabe Younes and produced by Brandon Dermer (Nekrogoblikon’s “No One Survives”), the video tells the tale of two couples on a road trip when their car breaks down. They go to a house to get some help and things quickly descend into a violent nightmare.
“Said And Done” also stars Whitney Moore of Birdemic and A Horrible Way To Die fame.
You can purchase the album via Amazon.
The awesome camp-slasher Cub (Welp) is coming to to home video this summer along with a few other genre titles.
Arriving on VOD/Blu-ray and DVD August 18th, we had one of the very first reviews for Belgian director Jonas Govaert’s film that begins camping trip turns into a carnage for a troop of cub scouts as a killer, aided by his feral young assistant, stalks them with deadly traps. Altitude’s UK/Ireland release date is set for July 31st on DVD.
Now, Bloody has an exclusive clip that in where a group of campers are set up for a fright!
This dark, bloody imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘The Devil’s Backbone.’
The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group.
The film is a wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.
A TED video by Matt Kaplan explains the possible scientific origins of the Minotaur of Greek myth fame.
The myth states that Daedalus was commissioned by King Minos to create a labyrinth on the island of Crete which was to house the Minotaur, a beast that is half man and half bull.
The animated video shows that tremendous amounts of seismic activity and earthquakes in Crete might have led ancient civilizations to create this myth, since they believed these earthquakes came from below the island, possibly in Daedalus’ maze.
It’s a rather interesting scientific approach to understanding how myths and legends are created, especially since it compares Crete with Hawaii and the Hawaiian legend of Pele, who is the goddess of volcanoes and capriciousness.
Check it out below to learn something!
Mondo has announced that they will be releasing Gustavo Santaolalla‘s stunning and award-winning soundtrack to 2013’s critically acclaimed survival horror game The Last Of Us on 4xLP vinyl. It will be going on sale this Wednesday at a random time and will cost $75, which is well worth the cost, if you ask me. You get four records in a box with gorgeous artwork on each heavy duty slip case and you’re also getting every single track that was composed for the game, including the DLC. All that at less than $19 per record.
Check out the stunning package and edition details below.
This 4XLP Box set, housed in a heavy duty Slip case featuring original artwork from Olly Moss & Jay Shaw, contains every audio cue from the massive hit game including cues from the 2014’s DLC “Left Behind.”
EW is reporting that the horror/comedy sitcom “Holliston” will be coming back for another season in 2016. The show stars directors Adam Green (Frozen) and Joe Lynch (Chillerama) as the main characters. Also included are their on-show girlfriends, played by Laura Ortiz and Corri English. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame also returns.
The third season will be 10-episodes and will air on the GeekNation digital network, which is also the host of Green and Lynch’s podcast, “The Movie Crypt”.
It’s almost embarrassing to admit but there we were on a quest to find a new outlet for Holliston where we could continue to creatively make the show our way, but also have it distributed on a platform where absolutely anyone who wants to watch it can easily find and enjoy it…and the answer was literally right in front of our noses the entire time.
One of the main characters on the show was GWAR‘s Oderus Urungus, who was played by Dave Brockie. Brockie passed away in March of 2014.
Lynch talks about Brockie’s passing and paying tribute to him by continuing “Holliston“:
It’s crucial to note that Dave was so much more than just a cast member of Holliston. He was a dear friend to all of us and his absence will be deeply felt by everyone in our cast and crew. For Adam especially, he not only writes every single episode but he was also the only actor on the show who shard scenes with ‘Oderus,’ so continuing the series without Dave is an extremely difficult task for him emotionally. It has been a very delicate and slow process to get outselves back to this point. Thankfully, we have an incredibly patient and understanding fanbase that has supported us unconditionally and that has mourned with us through all of this. Our fans appreciate that we’re real people who have to heal from our loss and that we’re not just fictional characters on their screens, despite the fact that we all play versions of ourselves in a way.
As cliché as it might sound, no one would want to see Holliston continue more than Dave. On the season 2 behind-the-scenes-Blu-ray making-of feature, Dave says directly to the camera that ‘Holliston is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.’ It’s been a long heartbreaking road, but we’re at a point now where we’re back on our feet and we’re ready to laugh once again. Last week, the main cast got together to table-read some of the new material for the first time and we could all feel without a doubt that no one was laughing louder or harder than Dave.
“Holliston” returns summer of 2016.
Douglas Aarniokoski is a very bad director. We know this because of Animals, The Day and Lionsgate’s Nurse 3D.
Actress/model Paz de la Huerta did not learn of this truth until the release of the pulp slasher that was dumped straight to home video.
No matter, she blames the filmmakers for destroying her career, and is suing for $55M, according to a report by TMZ.
In Nurse 3D, de la Huerta played a nurse hell-bent on murdering cheating, scummy men.
Sure, the movie was terrible, but that’s only part of the reason as to why she’s suing. This one is a doozy…
Paz claims she was shooting a scene where an ambulance was supposed to speed by, but it ended up clipping her, explains TMZ. Paz says she suffered a spinal fracture and told movie execs she was going to file a worker’s comp claim.
According to Paz, Aarniokoski decided she was a pain in the ass so he had a lousy actress dub her voice in the ambulance scene and other scenes as well.
The site adds that, while the movie tanked, critics panned the flick, pointing to Paz’s monotone performance. So she says her career is cooked, and since she was making around $2 million a year, she believes that would total $55 million, plus punitive damages.
This is the best part, though…
She wants the judge to order the director to re-dub the voice in the movie with hers!
Would you guys re-watch the movie if they redid her audio? Do you think it would have made a difference? As bad as the movie was, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and think it’s far from the worst movie ever made. Animals on the other hand…
Alright, I guess this week is gonna start with something absurd and insane.
Fact is reporting that Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter is working on a script for a “zombie western futuristic horror” that is tentatively titled Dead 7. The film will be produced by The Asylum, the same company behind films like Sharknado and Transmorphers.
The film is described as being about, “…ragtag band of gunslingers operating during a post-apocalyptic zombie plague.” The tentative name and description makes me wonder if the movie is essentially a retelling of The Seven Samurai, which has been remake into several different films, such as The Magnificent Seven. Those movies were about seven warriors who were hired by a village to protect it from ravaging marauders.
If that’s indeed what they’re doing, this might be an interesting premise, although we all know that films from The Asylum are god awful and only worth it if you turn them into drinking games.
Confirmed to appear in the film are ‘NSync‘s Joey Fatone as well as Howie Dorough and A.J. McClean from Backstreet Boys. Apparently there are also hopes that New Kids On The Block‘s Jordan Knight will join.
This week: Ant-Man, God of War 3: Remastered, Godzilla on PS4, Trainwreck, and more!
Vulture has posted two new photos of zombies from the upcoming sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and they show just how disgusting and detailed these rotting corpses are going to be. FX specialist and show producer Greg Nicotero told the site that the zombies are basically, “…pumpkins [that have] rotted into a puddle of goo because of the sun.”
Quick question: Why don’t the zombies have a ton of flies circling them? They’re walking piles of rotting flesh, which seems like that result in a constant swarm of flies. Hey AMC! Maybe we can see some zombies with maggots on them?
“The Walking Dead” comes back October 11th.
Updated with the film’s official one-sheet!
The brainchild of Canadian filmmaking group RKSS (directors Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell), festival favorite Turbo Kid has finally been granted an official U.S. release date by its distributor, Epic Pictures Group. Those who haven’t managed to catch it on the festival circuit this spring and summer will have the chance to do so on VOD and in select theaters a little over two months from now on August 28th.
“In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid (Munro Chambers), an orphaned outcast, meets a mysterious girl (Laurence Leboeuf). They become friends until Zeus (Michael Ironside), the sadistic leader of the Wasteland, kidnaps her. The Kid must face his fears, and journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl.”
Nostalgically set in the retro-futuristic post-apocalypse of 1997, Turbo Kid is another in a recent slew of ’80s throwbacks; following in the footsteps of films like WolfCop and Kung Fury. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of either of those two films, but this one has my interest peaked. From what little I’ve seen, it appears to have a sincerity to it that the others are lacking and doesn’t appear to be as interested in winking at itself in the mirror through, if you catch my drift. I guess we’ll know soon enough! In the meantime, we have also been treated to a new age-locked trailer…
RLJ Entertainment, under it’s Image Entertainment brand, brings you Burying the Ex (review) to home video.
Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs), the film stars Anton Yelchin (Fright Night, Star Trek, Odd Thomas), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Alexandra Daddario (Leatherface) and Oliver Cooper (Project X), and is available on DVD August 4, 2015.
“It seemed like a great idea when all-around nice guy Max (Yelchin) and his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene) moved in together. But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia (Daddario) – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.“
The quality of a film rarely matter, so long as it’s financially successful.
Such the case with Rob Zombie’s terrible 2012 The Lords of Salem, which was visually pleasing, but quite simply a terrible movie (here’s my review).
Releasing straight to video (with an extremely limited theatrical run), it appeared to be one of Zombie’s biggest failures, only that’s far from the truth. It was Zombie’s lowest budget that he’s worked with, allowing for it to be a huge financial success. This is why a sequel could be in the cards.
When a fan asked about a followup on Zombie’s Facebook, he confirmed the film’s success while offering this tease: “Lords was the most successful film I’ve had on DVD…so another one could be done for sure.”
The Lords of Salem told the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?