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Grave Halloween (UK DVD)

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:00

Starring Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Dejan Loyola, Graham Wardle, Jesse Wheeler, Tom Stevens

Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Distributed by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

Ah, vengeful Asian ghosts – can ever we get enough of them? Director Steven R. Monroe hopes not as he dishes up a forest full in Grave Halloween. Set in the real-life Aokigahara Forest in Japan (a strange cultural hotbed of self-termination), Grave Halloween follows a bunch of American students studying nearby who set off to the forest in order to perform a ritual that should lay to rest the tortured spirit of the mother of one of their number. The girl in question, Maiko (Leeb – looking nowhere near as convincingly Asian as the child playing her in flashbacks is), lost her mother to suicide when she was a young girl, and was then adopted by American parents.

Seeking to reconnect with her heritage, she is thus back in Japan with the only physical reminder that she has of her mother – a box of trinkets that she received, supposedly left to her by her late parent.

Accompanying Maiko on her trip are a group of various friends, including film students looking to make a documentary of the ritual, and a further uninvited group of stereotypical party dudes who take none of their activity within the forest seriously. Pretty soon, the theft of a watch from one of the suicide sites by the aforementioned part dudes angers the restless spirits residing in the forest, and the blood begins to flow. Throw in a couple of cops who take care of the forest, and are sick to death of disrespectful tourists, and a wizened old local man and you have a recipe for some ghostly fun, right?

Well… almost. As your typical ‘twenty-something “teens” in peril’ movie, Grave Halloween mostly achieves what it sets out to do via some good use of location (even if completely fails to capitalise on the disturbing nature of its setting), and especially its effectively grim menagerie of menacing ghosts. There’s a surprising amount of convincing gore to be had, most impressive being a particularly nasty sequence involving one unfortunate being quartered by living trees. On the flipside the characters are generally nondescript – usually only making their mark on you when being particularly annoying – and the presentation rarely feels anything beyond the typical Syfy Channel fare amongst which it holds root. Monroe attempts to spice things up a little by chucking in found footage elements using the film crew’s camera, but it merely serves to add to the unambitious feel of the entire affair; a ‘been there, done that’ element that merely adds to the sense of familiarity and really isn’t necessary at all.

The history of Maiko and her mother feels muddled – strange flashback sequences presenting a foreboding element that makes you constantly question why on Earth she’d want to have anything to do with her spirit, restless or not – but does lead to a nice twist in the payoff that unfortunately may be missed, or misunderstood, if you’ve already given up on caring by then. Which would be entirely forgivable, frankly, given the threadbare script. There’s also a secondary twist, quite integral to the story, that is so cack-handed and difficult to believe that it’s a wonder that anyone involved saw fit to keep it in there.

Still, the cast do what they can with the thin script and Monroe sets up a number of tense and creepy set pieces, relishing the manner in which the spirits of the forest toy with and segregate their prey before moving in for the kill. Grave Halloween isn’t great – hell, it’s barely even ‘good’ – but it does what it needs to, ultimately. It’s a relatively inoffensive, if overly familiar, slice of horror sporting a smattering of creepy moments. If anything, at least it’s a step up from Monroe’s odious 2013 effort, I Spit On Your Grave 2. Then again, that’s faint praise indeed.

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment’s UK DVD release of Grave Halloween is a barebones one. Just like the film, there’s nothing special to see here, folks.

Special Features

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UK Readers: Win WolfCop on Blu-ray!

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:30

Good news for our UK fans: we got our furry mitts on two copies of director Lowell Dean’s howlin’ good time, WolfCop (review), on Blu-ray to give away courtesy of Studiocanal. Get in here and enter nooooOOOOOWWW!

Synopsis
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf.
WolfCop is one cop’s quest to become a better man… One transformation at a time.

To be in with a chance of winning, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS; then sit back, crack open a brewski and enjoy some hair o’ the dog. We’ll take care of the rest.

Please note that this competition is open only to UK residents.


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Go Inside American Horror Story: Freak Show to Meet Dandy; See a Preview of Episode 4.03 – Edward Mordrake Part 1

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:46

Is everyone enjoying the sights and sounds of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” so far? Want to learn more about Finn Wittrock’s character, the lovably loony Dandy? Then check out this “inside” look at him along with a preview of next week’s Episode 4.03, “Edward Mordrake Part 1,” which features guest star Wes Bentley.

As a bonus, FX has also released Sarah Paulson’s amazing performance of “Criminal” from last night’s episode.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.03 – “Edward Mordrake Part 1″ (airs 10/22/14)
The Freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition. Jimmy (Evan Peters) is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortune teller. Ethel (Kathy Bates) receives life-changing news.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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See a Clip and Then Go Inside The Originals Episode 2.03 – Every Mother’s Son

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:48

There’s a big dinner happening in N’awlins next Monday night on “The Originals,” and along with a clip from the upcoming Episode 2.03, entitled “Every Mother’s Son,” we also have a new preview hosted by executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci.

“The Originals” Episode 2.03 – “Every Mother’s Son” (airs 10/20/14): When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) receive a cryptic invitation to dinner from their mother, Esther, who continues to inhabit the body of Harvest girl Cassie (guest star Natalie Dreyfuss), they find themselves preparing for the worst.

With the help of a new witch named Lenore (guest star Sonja Sohn), Klaus, Elijah, and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) attempt to stay one step ahead of Esther, but things quickly take an unexpected turn. While Elijah finds himself reluctantly teaming up with Gia (guest star Nishi Munshi), a newly-turned vampire, Hayley is faced with an enticing proposition about her new status as a Hybrid after a startling encounter with Esther.

Finally, Esther reveals a shocking secret about Klaus’ childhood and unveils her ultimate plan for her children. Charles Michael Davis also stars. Dermott Downs directed the episode written by Christopher Hollier.

Related Story: New Images and an Extended Preview of The Originals Episode 2.03 – Every Mother’s Son

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Get a Sneak Peek of Grimm Episode 4.01 – Thanks for the Memories

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:22

We’ve been anxiously awaiting next week’s return of “Grimm” to NBC, and the network has finally released the first clip from the upcoming Episode 4.01, “Thanks for the Memories,” in which Nick, Trubel, Hank, and Juliette face the aftermath of Season Three’s finale.

Evil has a new enemy in “Grimm” Season Four, premiering October 24th on NBC, followed by the series debut of “Constantine.”

“Grimm” Episode 4.01 – “Thanks for the Memories” (10/24/14; 9-10pm)
NICK MUST LEARN TO COPE WITH HIS NEW REALITY AS A NEW WESEN HITS PORTLAND TO STEAL ITS VICTIMS MEMORIES – ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, LOUISE LOMBARD, ALEXIS DENISOF, AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR – After the events at Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) wedding, Nick (David Giuntoli) is faced with losing his identity as a Grimm. Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) join Nick as they try to figure out how to deal with Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) as she faces the consequences of a heinous murder she committed.

Meanwhile, when Wu (Reggie Lee) arrives at the scene, his discoveries bring back images of his traumatic encounter. A new threat arrives in Portland to steal the memories of its victims, leaving them in a state of dementia. Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) life hangs in the balance and Adalind (Claire Coffee) falls into Prince Viktor’s (guest star Alexis Denisof) trap as she desperately searches for her baby.

For more info visit “Grimm” on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, “like” “Grimm” on Facebook, and follow “Grimm” on Twitter.

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In The Heart of the Sea Yields a Whale of a Trailer; First Artwork

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:07

Here at Dread Central we love tales of men vs. beasts. Especially giant beasts. Such is the case pertaining to Ron Howard’s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea. Read on for the first info, trailer, and more!

From the Press Release
Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story.

In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic, and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Rush) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.

Tom Holland (The Impossible) also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson with Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà (Riddick) is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.

Howard directed from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), based on the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

The film is produced by Joe Roth (Oz the Great and Powerful), Paula Weinstein (Blood Diamond, This Is Where I Leave You), Will Ward, Brian Grazer (J. Edgar), and Ron Howard. Serving as executive producers are Bruce Berman, Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel, Erica Huggins, and David Bergstein with William M. Connor as co-producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire, Rush); production designer Mark Tildesley (The Fifth Estate); Oscar-winning editors Michael Hill (Apollo 13, Rush) and Dan Hanley (Apollo 13); costume designer Julian Day (Rush); and composer Roque Baños (Evil Dead).

In the Heart of the Sea is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a COTT Productions-Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. co-production, a Roth Films/Spring Creek/Imagine Entertainment Production, in association with Kia Jam.

Opening on March 13, 2015, in theatres and IMAX, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks Novel Being Released Prior to Showtime Miniseries

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:03

As we weren’t excited enough already about Showtime’s recent announcement of a limited “Twin Peaks” series heading our way in 2016, today we learned that Mark Frost, who co-created the iconic show with David Lynch, is writing a tie-in novel, The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks.

Per The Wrap, the book’s publisher, Macmillan subsidiary Flatiron Books, has said that the novel “reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago.”  It will also offer “a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.”

The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks will go on sale worldwide in late 2015, ahead of Showtime’s revival of the series.

Related Story: 9-Episode Twin Peaks Miniseries Heading to Showtime

“[Flatiron president and publisher] Bob Miller and I have enjoyed a fantastic fifteen-year relationship in publishing,” Frost said of the book. “This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of ‘Twin Peaks’ to life for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

In addition, the site says Showtime will run the first two seasons of the original series. Get those DVRs ready!

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray / DVD)

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:55

Starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, Terri, McMinn, William Vail, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal

Directed by Tobe Hooper

Distributed by MPI Media Group

When Dark Sky/MPI Media Group announced a 40th Anniversary Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you could hear synchronized groans from movie collectors the world over. “What was wrong with the last one?” That question echoed across the digital ether, leaving message boards and horror blogs to wonder if this wasn’t just another cash-grab for a revered title. In this miraculous age where folks like Synapse Films, Scorpion Releasing, Scream Factory, and Vinegar Syndrome (to name a few) are bringing dozens of titles to Blu-ray for the very first time, it’s maybe harder to get excited about a film that, unquestionably, has been treated very well in the annals of DVD and beyond.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about the film itself. At this point, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is inborn in us as horror fans. We know why it resonates, and why it’s a perfect horror film. But I’m not sure I can think of another movie that takes on new layers, discoverable through repeat viewings and, perhaps more importantly, a constantly evolving world view. In my youngest years as a horror fan, Tobe Hooper’s film was easily categorized as sort of a proto-slasher. Yes, it has elements commonplace in the subgenre (kids in rural isolation killed one-by-one by a masked maniac), though I never considered The Texas Chain Saw Massacre a bona fide slasher. It’s too real, trading suspense for primal ferocity, and then focusing on the encroaching insanity of its victim, as opposed to boiling into a battle of wits between hero versus killer. Yes, it has elements of a slasher (namely the second act), but it’s so much more.

There comes a point in any film fanatic’s life when he or she begins digging deeper into the movies they love. And like any good college student, I did that same, reading The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a meditation on the destruction of the nuclear family in post-Vietnam America. The local economy has wilted in the wake of cost-savings and efficiency measures, leading to the closing of the mainstay slaughterhouse, sapping many jobs from an area that needed them. Those who refused to follow the work are left to their own devices, and we get the sense that maybe the Sawyers weren’t always so brazen in their mass-murdering efforts (especially since the Hardesty’s grandfather essentially lived right next door to them).

More recently, Phil Noble, Jr. from Badass Digest tweeted about the film’s astrological aspects, suggesting that the kids were perhaps fated to die that August 18th. It’s something that hung over my head as I watched the film for the umpteenth time and found it gave the movie an even more disturbing quality.

What this says of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is that it works on numerous levels. Yes, it’s grounded in oft-celebrated “gritty naturalism” that makes some fans feel like they need to be watching it on blurry VHS in order to truly ‘experience’ it. But consider the rest of the information presented in the film and it becomes something of a cinematic Rorschach: what exactly was Tobe Hooper trying to say? Some maintain it’s the stuff of parody, while others read it as a broad depiction of personified insanity. After 40 years, this conversation continues unabated, and that’s perhaps the greatest testament to its abilities.

About the transfer

Now I’m sure you want to know if The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary Edition is worth your hard-earned bucks. And since I’ve spent a good chunk of my life consuming all of the content packed onto this disc, and scrutinizing the new 4k transfer, I’ll attempt to provide you with an answer. Let me start by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with the MPI “Ultimate Edition” disc released in 2008, other than the fact that the master was made over a decade ago, and sourced from the 16mm internegative taken from the camera A/B rolls. All things considered, that disc still looks great and it continues to be a respectable way to savor the film.

TCM 40’s transfer was taken from the original 16mm ECO positive, offering a 4k version supervised by Tobe Hooper. Colors pop, grain structure is good, and there’s plenty of detail on display. I think it goes without saying that 16mm looks the way it does, and so the bizarre, ongoing mindset that Blu-ray is going to make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre somehow feel like a new and clean movie is completely asinine. If anything, the added clarity makes the movie feel more authentic and nasty because of the details present. The slightly “warmer” feel of this transfer may be a bone of contention for purists, but it’s not as drastic as some detractors have cited.

There are a few minor tweaks that are raising eyebrows in some corners of the Internet. At the beginning of the film, Tobe Hooper replaced a fade to black with a hard cut to black. Fans have been vocal, and Dark Sky says that Tobe has agreed to restore this to the way it once was in future pressings of the disc. While I’ll talk more about the audio, there’s also a split second glitch that impacts Sally’s scream from the pick-up flatbed at the end of the film. I’ll admit, I didn’t notice this upon my watch, though Dark Sky says it will be addressed in future pressings as well.

Regarding the audio: you choose from four flavors: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0, and LPCM Mono. Generally speaking, I spring for the mono tracks when offered, as I don’t like it when older films are outfitted with rear channel FX simply to give audiophiles a reason to be excited. But I did spin the 7.1 surround in my home theater and was impressed by its quality/clarity. Dialogue is clear, never drowned out by the chaos, and the surround channels are surprisingly active, and never forced. I was thrilled by the ferocity of this audio and have only nothing but good things to say about it—even with half a second less of Sally’s scream at the end.

The extras

Moving onto the supplements, I was supplied with the limited Black Maria edition for review. It includes the chipboard Black Maria truck packaging, a Leatherface apron (complete with blood stains), and a five disc set (two Blu-rays, three DVDs) with alternate Blu-ray packaging that’s only available here. Disc five is a bonus DVD, depicting a conversation between Exorcist director William Friedkin and director Tobe Hooper before a Los Angeles screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s a good discussion that benefits greatly from Friedkin’s gift of gab, handling the crowd with equal parts hilarity and contemplation as he grills Hooper on the film’s legacy. It runs an hour, but I could’ve watched it for another two.

Other than those exclusive supplements, the rest of the extras can be found on the four disc edition (there’s also a barebones single disc set that only houses the four audio commentaries). Anyone familiar with previous editions of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will find some of this stuff to be a case of déjà vu, though it’s nice to have all of these materials housed in one comprehensive package.

What’s new:

  • Audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper: this is a mediocre track, with Hooper lapsing into dry stretches without much insight or info. Honestly, who can blame him at this point?
  • Audio commentary with DP Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll, and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou: pretty nifty and enjoyable discussion, especially getting the chance to hear Nicolaou and Carroll get a chance to speak at length. It’s great to hear some different perspectives and while I had truthfully only intended to skim this track for time purposes, it wound up capturing my attention.
  • Interview with production manager Ron Bozman: a 16 minute discussion from a more business-minded perspective.
  • Interview with actor John Dugan: a 15 minute chat with Grandpa that covers the discomfort of shooting in those conditions. It’s well-worn territory, but what isn’t at this stage in the game?
  • Interview with editor J. Larry Carroll: a 10 minute conversation that covers similar ground as the commentary track.
  • New deleted scenes & outtakes: presented here without sound, sadly, but still worthwhile for archival purposes.
  • Horror’s Hollowed Grounds: I swear I’ve seen this before, but it doesn’t look to be on my 2008 Blu-ray.

What’s back:

  • Audio commentary with author David Gregory, art director Robert Burns, and actors Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, and Allen Danziger: A classic commentary from 2006, which walks the line between fun and informative.
  • Audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper, DP Daniel Pearl, and actor Gunnar Hansen: this commentary dates all the way back to the 1998 Pioneer DVD and is probably even older. It was one of the first commentaries I ever got to listen to and I loved every second then.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth: a 72 minute documentary that exhausts every aspect of the film, from its origins to the arduous shooting and beyond. An excellent complement to the movie itself.  
  • Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw: as the title implies, seven stories (Daniel Pearl, Tim Harden, Edwin Neal, Dr. W.E. Barnes, Gunnar Hansen, a remembrance of those passed, and the film as seen through the eyes of horror fans) help explore the film’s legacy and impact.
  • Off the Hook with Teri McMinn: this was a Blu-ray exclusive on the 2008 release. A quick tour of the infamous house with the lovely actress.
  • Tour of the TCM House with Gunnar Hansen: if you’re eager for another tour, from a different perspective.
  • Deleted scenes & outtakes: these date way back to the 1998 DVD and perhaps go back further to the laserdisc.
  • Blooper reel
  • “Shocking Truth” outtakes
  • W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa” still gllery
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailers, TV & Radio spots

An exhaustive release in every regard. No stone is unturned. I can remember thinking in 1998 that I finally had the definitive release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. 16 years later, MPI Media Group has proven me wrong. We’re fast approaching the point where Blu-ray producers should find it challenging to add anything of value to future releases. As it is, the sheer volume of information housed on these discs begins to feel redundant (especially when consumed in a single weekend).

But it’s everything a Chain Saw fanatic could want, and the audio and picture quality are superb. One of the best horror films of all time is graced with one of the best releases of the year. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with MPI, no matter the edition chosen.

 

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Spider Burrows into a Man’s Sternum

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:37

Having been one of the lucky few who have experienced appendicitis, I can honestly tell you it’s one of the worst minor afflictions anyone could have. However, it could be worse. Especially if a spider decides to burrow into your scar and live inside your chest.

Such was the fate of one Dylan Thomas of Bunbury in Australia. Thomas was in Bali on vacation when he noticed a mysterious red trail stretching two inches from his belly towards his left nipple.

It was like someone had scratched me with a knife,” he told NT News. “It wasn’t really a tickling sensation; obviously once the venom started to affect my skin, it was a really burning sensation like a searing feeling. Well that’s escalated,” he told Bunbury Mail.

Dylan finally put this harrowing ordeal behind him and has announced on Facebook: “After running tests and putting things inside my stomach, they finally found out it was a tropical spider that’s been living inside of me for the last three days; [they] managed to get it out luckily. Spider man is well and truly going to stick as a nickname here. Haven’t felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it’s all over.”

In the end Thomas had an arachnid “a bit bigger than the size of a match head” removed from his body. The creature was already dead as it was plucked out with tweezers.

Thomas is now hoping his friends will chip in to pay for a Spider-Man tattoo to cover up his scar.

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See the New Official Artwork for Fetish Factory

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:24

It’s time for an update on our own Staci Layne Wilson’s upcoming feature Fetish Factory, and on tap today is the film’s official artwork, which was created by artist Aaron Kai. Read on for your first look at the new poster!

From the Press Release
In the gritty, sexy, and scary old school tradition of exploitation and grindhouse art comes the kick-ass poster for Blanc/Biehn Productions’ latest fright flick, Fetish Factory.

BBP commissioned Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Kai to come up with a throwback concept and create artwork that would tell a story – using scenes from the film and building intrigue through visuals just like they did back in the 60s and 70s.

Kai’s meticulously executed, photorealistic film-inspired artwork has been featured globally from Hollywood to Tokyo to commemorate high-profile landmark events including Blade Runner: The Final Cut 25™ Anniversary, The Bette Davis Centennial, and the Jules Verne Film Festival. Prominent collectors of Kai’s original works include Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Clint Eastwood.

Fetish Factory is written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson based on a story by Lony Ruhmann. The plot centers on pin-up vixens vs. bloodthirsty zombies and is set in post-apocalyptic Hollywood.

Related Story: I Love My Zombies… A Mini-Memoir on the Making of Fetish Factory

The film stars Carrie Keagan (“Reno 9-1-1!”), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Jennifer Blanc (Everly, Havenhurst, Hidden in the Woods), Daniel Quinn (Rubber), Stephen Wastell (“Criminal Minds”), Jenimay Walker, (Serpent’s Kiss), Tristan Risk (American Mary), Emma Julia Jacobs (Hitchcock), Ruben Pla (Big-Ass Spider), Diane Ayala Goldner (The Collector), Jesse Merlin (FDR: American Badass), Benjamin Easterday (Poseidon Rex), and Tom Ayers (“Bosch”). Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard rounds out the cast.

Lony Ruhmann is executive producer, and cinematography is by Steve Romano. The original score is by Mars Homeworld and introduces new original songs by guitar superstars The Ventures.

It’s SURVIVAL OF THE FOXIEST! in Fetish Factory, a thrilling and darkly comic horror suspense film with a heaping helping of vintage burlesque bawdiness.

Look for the film in 2015.

Synopsis
Imagine a wickedly saucy by invitation-only stage show and posh private peeps in which your every fantasy can come true, fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating the sex goddesses of yore: Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – you are in for the night of your life at the Fetish Factory. That is, until your life is at stake when the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies, and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts, and spike-heels into deadly weapons.

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UK Readers: Win Zombeavers on DVD!

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:00

To celebrate the release of Zombeavers, out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Download 20th October, we have a DVD copy up for grabs!

From the producers of American Pie, Cabin Fever and The Ring comes Zombeavers: the horror comedy not to be missed with hysterical interludes, gross-out gore and old school animatronics that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Synopsis
The film follows a group of college students headed out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers, a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife, and Zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs, and debauchery gets under way, the beavers close in on their prey; and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.

© 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Mutator (Book)

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:00

Written by Gary Fry

Published by Darkfuse

A somewhat Lovecraftian horror from beyond the stars is unleashed on rural England’s Yorkshire Dales in Gary Fry’s sci-fi/horror novella, Mutator. Having just moved into his beautiful new country home along with his devoted beagle, Damian, recently retired university professor James is looking forward to settling down to his new stress-free existence. His expected serenity isn’t quite to be, however, with the discovery of a hidden laboratory beneath the cottage housing all manner of incredibly strange research tomes and custom stargazing equipment. This, coupled with the whispered rumours regarding the activities of the home’s previous owner operates as prelude to the arrival of a strange silver ball that comes crashing from the sky in the dead of night to punch right through the ground and into the lab.

Seemingly summoned by the apparently dormant equipment beneath James’s cottage, the hieroglyphics-covered ball houses a particularly slimy passenger – one that defies all physical laws of Earth’s organic creatures and will soon be making its presence known in stupendously gory style.

Mutator is a short tale, clocking in at 18 short chapters, but a thoroughly engrossing one that you’re pretty much guaranteed to devour in a single sitting. Fry focuses most heavily on his protagonist, James – a learned man with much prestige, and many a credential, under his belt who simply can’t help himself diving headlong into the mystery of the ball and the research undertaken by his house’s previous occupant. James’s lower-class origins form a strong part of who he is; rightly proud of his wealth of achievements in the face of inherited adversity, but still grounded enough to respect his origins. A particular little moment in which he plays up on his tellingly working class accent in order to have a little fun with the reaction of his newly acquainted, horseback-mounted toff of a neighbour is wonderfully played, and Fry continues to capitalise on little elements such as this in a manner that ingratiates us very, very quickly with the protagonist and his protective canine companion. Thusly, much of the fear in Fry’s tale is generated as James takes it upon himself to dig around in the darkness beneath his abode, following trails of slime and impossibly large tunnels created by God-knows-what as he attempts to get a proper look at the thing that crawled from this interstellar ball.

When the creature is revealed, Fry’s imagination and prose conjures those aforementioned popular Lovecraftian images of insectoid physiology grimly combined with a wealth of slime, deadly pincers, a greater cluster of eyes than could ever be thought necessary for such a being and an expanding maw capable of reducing animals to little more than quivering piles of macerated meat and bone in mere moments. Most surprising, though, is the direction in which Fry sends his tale when the inevitable hunt and confrontation with the beast begins. As James’s vengeful, shotgun-toting neighbour determines destruction of the monster as the only course of action, the professor begins to overcome the overriding terror of the situation insomuch as to consider the wonder of a creature whose physical skills of adaptation and evolution are truly something to behold. And so the stage is quickly set for a denouement which sings not of the more common fear of the unknown (and resultant drive to destroy the ‘other’), but a healthy reverence and, indeed, respect for it and all that it may teach us – even if, of course, it could quite easily have any of us as its next meal in a heartbeat. It’s a refreshing finish that offers much more than the basic ‘beat the monster’ ethos, and one that, in its final moments, sparkles with that same personal sense of awe and wonder found when man turns gaze to the stars.

If anything, Mutator‘s largest failing is its length. It’s very well paced, yes, but over too quickly. Widening the scenario and giving more room for each of his characters to breathe – especially the secondary ones – would have served Fry very well here. There are certainly the makings of a novel-length tale, which would likely have been eaten right up by aficionados of monster fiction and creature features – more carnage, more investigation, and more characters are things that Mutator cries out for, but doesn’t exactly need considering it already works as well as it does. That’s reader’s gluttony talking, perhaps, but it’s disappointing to see the scope that could have been employed here and wasn’t.

Still, maybe we’ll see the return of the professor and his trusty beagle in future tales. That certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.

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Rock And Shock 2014 Offering Incredible Child’s Play Photo Opportunity

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:00

The amazing Rock And Shock convention returns to Worcester, MA for its 11th year this weekend, rocking and shocking from October 17th through 19th. As if the event wasn’t already packed with enough awesomeness, the ultimate Child’s Play photo-op has just been added to the lineup of festivities, which is a MUST for all hardcore Chucky fans. Read on!

As reported tonight over on the Rock And Shock Facebook page, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), Alex ‘Andy Barclay’ Vincent and even Chucky himself will be posing for photos throughout the entire weekend, and fans will have the rare opportunity to take a group picture with all four of the franchise stars.

While Brad, Fiona and Alex will also be signing individually, the meet and greet with Chucky is only included with the group photo-op. And yes, he is an actual screen-used doll!

Prices will range from $30 to $40 for individual shots and group shots will range from $50 to $70, depending on how many actors are in the photo.

For more information, be sure to visit the official Rock and Shock website, “like” Rock and Shock on Facebook and follow Rock and Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

 

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Walking Dead Fan Creates Ultimate Season 5 Premiere Dinner

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 21:13

This past Sunday night kicked off the fifth season of “The Walking Dead,” and good lord was the premiere episode intense. Packed with action, drama and a whole lot of gore, it was an hour of television that was well worth the anticipation, delivering all the goods that hungry fans could’ve possibly desired.

Kim Atkinson Fiorini was one of those fans who was eagerly anticipating the new season of AMC’s hit series, and she celebrated the return in what I can only describe as epic fashion. Kim and her family hosted a little premiere party of their own, and the zombie-themed meal they put together is nothing short of completely awesome.

Laid out buffet style on the family’s dinner table was a whole host of tasty treats, including sausages, chicken wings and ribs. But it’s not the food that’s noteworthy so much as it was the preparation, as each tray was laid on top of a human form, and made to look like the various entrails and bodily organs of an unlucky victim.

Check out the full spread below, which is sure to make you hungry for some brains, guts and leg meat. Job well done, Fiorini family!

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Scream Factory Runs Amok Announcing Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, Jaws of Satan, and Reptilicus for 2015

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:03

Nature must be running amok at Scream Factory seeing as how they decided to follow up their Food of the Gods/Frogs double feature Blu-ray surprise with news that Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, Jaws of Satan, and Reptilicus are also going Blu next year.

Did I call this in my Food of the Gods/Frogs article or what? Substitute Yongary with Jaws of Satan, and I would have nailed all four of these titles.

It probably would have made more sense to pair Bert I. Gordon’s Empire of the Ants with his Food of the Gods, but who am I to argue with how Scream Factory operates? Instead, Gordon’s 1977 H.G. Wells’ adaptation that sees the likes of Joan Collins and Robert Lansing battling giant ants in the Florida Everglades mind-controlling humans into toiling in their sugar plantations will be paired with the more obscure satanic snake flick Jaws of Satan.

Jaws of Satan is what you get when you combine your Seventies satanic panic flick with your even more Seventies nature gone amok flick and then wait until 1981 to release it. Fritz Weaver and an adolescent Christina Applegate star in this tale of a Southern preacher battling a cobra possessed by Satan and a horde of its slithering, venomous minions.

The second double feature Blu-ray they announced is simply mind-blowing. I mean, Tentacles, one of the very worst Jaws rip-offs of all time, is actually getting a hi-def transfer before some of the greatest movies of any genre have made their way to the format? Don’t get me wrong. I have a soft spot for Tentacles simply because it is so astoundingly awful in every conceivable way, but still.

Beyond the Door director Ovidio G. Assonitis somehow managed to wrangle major name actors of the time (John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins, Claude Akins, and even Henry Fonda) to appear in this ineptly assembled, Italian-produced, 1977 Jaws rip-off about a giant man-eating, roaring octopus terrorizing a seaside resort.

Paired with Tentacles will be the finest Danish Godzilla rip-off ever made. Of course I speak of Sid Pink’s 1961 giant creature feature Reptilicus.

After copper miners discover the tail of a long dead prehistoric creature, the serpentine behemoth regenerates and unleashes marionette monster mayhem on the nation of Denmark.

Odds are even Scream Factory will not be releasing the original Danish cut of the film that featured not only silhouette model on string flying monster effects that would make even Edward D. Wood Jr. recoil in horror, but also the movie’s big musical number American audiences have long been denied where a kindly oaf sings a nursery rhyme about the legend of Reptilicus as school children rhythmically frolic.

Even Scream Factory concedes extras will be slim when it comes to these titles for what should be obvious reasons. No matter. Just go ahead and take my money already.

Look for Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan and Tentacles/Reptilicus double-feature Blu-rays courtesy of Scream Factory sometime next summer.

What will Scream Factory announce next? You can pretty much look up what titles MGM previously released as part of their “Midnight Movies” series for a good idea of what’s left to pick from. I’m personally still holding out hope for The Vindicator, The Hidden, Critters, Chopping Mall, Split Second, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, and/or King Kong Lives. Honestly, I’m just tossing out a series of titles in hopes that I get even one correct so I can do the Nikki Finke “Toldja!” again when they announce it.

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Screamfest L.A. 2014 – Opening Night Photos

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:00

With the 14th Annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival having kicked off last night at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA, we were there on the carpet to capture the excitement. Read on for our photo gallery.

In attendance for the prestigious event were directors Kenny Gage and Kevin Downs of the ‘tourists in peril’ Opening Night flick Parlor, as were producers Andrew Pagana, Bill Ceresia, Todd Slater, Thomas Mahoney and Brett Donowho, along with the film’s stars Jordan James Smith, Tiffany Demarco, Sara Fabel, Ben Whalen, Claire Garvey, Anthony Del Negro, Beth Humphreys, Joey Fisher and villainous lead Robert Lasardo (“Nip/Tuck”, Death Race, The Human Centipede III).

Also gracing the carpet were American Mary filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (their latest film See No Evil 2 has its World Premiere tonight at the fest), the cast and crew of Creep Behind the Camera, actress Carlee Baker (The Woman, L.A. Slasher), Filmquest head/filmmaker Jonathan Thomas Martin and many more, along with ABC’s George Pennacchio, who interviewed this Dread Central writer (and co-host of next week’s Screamfest Awards Ceremony), as well as Screamfest’s founder, Rachel Belofsky.

Following the screening of Parlor, the Opening Night Party was held at neighboring Madame Tussauds, where attendees mingled with fellow filmmakers and wax statues alike, well into the morning hours.

For more information and to buy tickets go to the Screamfest website, “like” Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter.

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The Territorial Pissings Trailer Rides the Waves

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:41

“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now…” Oh, Kurt, how we miss you. In any event, a new flick is on the way called The Territorial Pissings and we have stills, the pitch trailer, and artwork.

Directed by Juancho Otalvaro, The Territorial Pissings stars Peter March, Andrés Kaune, Pinoski, Pablo Solano, Juan Valverde, Estefanía Gutierrez, Irene Rossi, Mariana Salazar, and Fanny Moya.

For more info check out the official Territorial Pissings website and “like” Territorial Pissings on Facebook.

Synopsis:
Sometime during the 1980’s a storm began, and for 50 years it did not stop. Now, survivors struggle to thrive in a wild world with most of the past below sea. Surf has become the ultimate rush throughout the known territories. The surf leader of The Squids, Tom Mix, finds his community threatened by the Piranha surf gang after one of his partners gets kidnapped. Surf battling and dirt road motorbike slaughter will not only gush out blood, but uncover the secrets this new world holds.

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Found Footage 3D Seeks Funding

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:47

Given just about everyone’s hatred for the found footage sub-genre I’m not sure how this one is gonna work out for the makers of Found Footage 3D, which is being produced by Texas Chain Saw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel.

From the Press Release

Today, the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D  announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign, to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.

Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

“What Scream did for slasher films, we aim to do for found footage,” says writer/director Steven DeGennaro. “Being the first found footage horror movie shot in 3D allows us to do things that no found footage movie or 3D movie has ever been able to do before.”

The Found Footage 3D team has set its goal at $35,000 on Indiegogo for post-production costs, adding 3D visual effects and festival entries.

Found footage fans can claim rewards that include digital downloads, 3D glasses, props from the film, signed Texas Chain Saw Massacre memorabilia, and private screening invitations.

Jessica Perrin, Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, and outspoken film critic Scott Weinberg star.

Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, and find themselves in a 3D found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film starts showing up in their behind-the-scenes footage.

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Summer of Blood Clip Proposes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:40

Get ready to check out the hilarious opening moments from writer/director Onur Tukel’s vampire comedy Summer of Blood! The flick will be having its premiere in theaters and on VOD on October 17th. Dig it along with our exclusive clip from a couple of days back!

Tukel (Septien, Red Flag) also stars along with Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), and Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip).

Synopsis
Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

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Tremors 5 – First Look and Details

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:22

Around these parts we’re pretty stoked for a new entry into the Tremors franchise and we were delighted to hear that Tremors 5 began production in South Africa on September 22nd. Right now we have the very first image and more details for you!

Tremors 5 stars Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy, Both pictured below. Look for it on Blu-Ray Hi-Def, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.

“The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters. In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.“

The Tremors franchise has built a reputation for high intensity fun and suspense and this installment takes it to a whole new level,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment.

Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.

The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).

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