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When ‘Teletubbies’ Meet ‘American Horror Story’, Nightmares Are Born

13 hours 2 min ago

I’ve never seen an episode of Teletubbies, so I honestly have no idea if it’s entertaining or education (for children, I mean). However, I have seen American Horror Story and I can tell you with 100% certainty that it’s NOT meant for children.

When it comes to mixing and mashing up intellectual properties, the ones that seemingly would never work together are usually the ones that end up being the best. That’s why this mix of footage from Teletubbies with Charlie Clouser‘s intro music of American Horror Story is just so damn perfect. It takes something innocent and corrupts it entirely, which I wickedly love.

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Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler Is Officially The Drummer For Megadeth’s New Album

16 hours 20 min ago

After several days of rumor and speculation, it has now been confirmed that Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler will be recording drums for the next Megadeth album!

Adler states:

Megadeth was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.

About 10 years ago, Lamb Of God toured with Megadeth and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” adds Adler. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the Megadeth legacy.

The as-yet-untitled album will be the followup to 2013′s Super Collider.

Vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine comments:

Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to Megadeth that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Back in 1989, Megadeth originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our Grammy nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace.’ I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.

Bassist Dave Ellefson adds:

Chris has been an endearing friend to us in Megadeth for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in Megadeth’s next chapter.

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“Fear The Walking Dead” Trailer: Get Your Flu Shot!

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 22:01

“A strange virus is going around…”

Tonight’s “Talking Dead” carried the following surprise, a first ever look at “Fear The Walking Dead”, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spinoff from creator Robert Kirkman!

The new zombie series takes viewers to the west coast for two seasons, executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. It’s a prequel that catches up to “The Walking Dead”.

Below is the first teaser trailer, albeit only 15-seconds long, that features a radio DJ speaking to a virus that’s spreading across the west coast – and five other states. We hope you got your flu shot…

The Los Angeles-based “Fear The Walking Dead” focuses on new characters and storylines, with the show’s first season consisting of six one-hour episodes that will premiere on AMC in late summer. Its second season will air in 2016.

AMC president Charles Collier previously revealed that the series will explore “what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’”

The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).

What do you guys think of the first ever promo trailer for “Fear The Walking Dead”?!


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‘It Follows’ Was a Pretty Big Deal At the Box Office

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 20:37

The little indie that could is starting to make waves, and we can only hope word of mouth continues to build.

According to Variety, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (read my review), easily one of the scariest movies in a long, long while, is on pace to be the top-grossing film in Radius-TWC’s history after the low-budget horror film pulled in $4 million in its first weekend of wide release!

The Weinstein Company’s boutique label is releasing the picture along with its sister company, Dimension. It apparently knew what it had, opting to delay a video-on-demand debut in favor of expanding its theatrical footprint from 32 locations to 1,218.

I saw a lot of readers complaining that it was still a 4-hour drive to catch it in a theater. Good news is that Radius-TWC will continue to push It Follows into more venues next week, although it did not provide a specific theater count as of this writing.

Something even more rare is that the film is getting strong vocal support from execs at TWC, which is a rarity when it comes to the genre.

“It’s not only the best-reviewed film of the year, but also one of the best horror films in over a decade,” said co-president Tom Quinn.

I LOVE seeing a fearless executive sticking his head out and showing confidence in one of their company’s films. They know they have something unique and special on their hands.

Even though the finale is leaving some confused (this is a good thing), It Follows is the hottest genre film since the 2007 Paranormal Activity.

Have you been able to catch It Follows at a theater near you? What did you think?

“It’s the stupidest plan ever! [Laughs.] It’s a kid-movie plan, it’s something that Scooby-Doo and the gang might think of, and that was sort of the point. What would you do if you were confronted by a monster and found yourself trapped within a nightmare? Ultimately, you have to resort to some way of fighting it that’s accessible to you in the physical world, and that’s not really going to cut it. We kind of avoid any kind of traditional setup for that sequence, because in more traditional horror films, there might be a clue that would lead them to figure out a way to destroy this monster. I intentionally avoided placing those. Instead, they do their best to accomplish something, and we witness its failure. It’s probably a very non-conventional way of approaching the third-act confrontation, but we thought it was a fun way to deal with it.

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Rob Zombie’s ’31′ Nears Wrap, Announces More Cast!

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 20:26

Rob Zombie nears completion on his Halloween-themed slasher 31, and has shared the above photo from set, as well as two more names joining the annual event.

Pancho Moler will be seen as ‘Sick-Head’. “Trust me once you see this guy on screen you will never forget him,” says Zombie about the actor known from The Bad News Bears to “American Horror Story”. Movie vet Tracy Walter (Rep0 Man, The Silence of the Lambs) was also announced as ‘Lucky Leo.’

As for the lengthy cast already announced:

Jeff Daniel Phillips will play ‘Roscoe’, the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show.

The Devil’s Rejects‘ Ginger Lynn recently was added as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake), as was Jane Carr, who will portray ‘Sister Serpent’, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose

Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.

Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing ‘Schizo-Head’, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as ‘Panda Thomas’, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.

Daniel Roebuck plays ‘Paster Victor’, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.

Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.

“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.”

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Double Murder Ep 56: Willow Creek vs. Exists

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 20:05

Some might say it’s strange that two found-bigfootage* movies were released so close together. Some might say it’s strange that sasquatch horror hasn’t been done more often. But we say forget all that, and listen to Double Murder episode 56: Willow Creek vs. Exists!

In Willow Creek (2013), by Bobcat Goldthwait, a couple heads out into the wilderness in search of the location of the famed Patterson-Gimlin film. Along the way they interview some of the local townsfolk whose livelihood depends on attracting tourists to the area, and some of whom are not too fond of outsiders poking around.

In Exists (2014), made by Blair Witch Project creator Eduardo Sanchez, a group of friends heads up to a cabin in the woods (WHAT COULD GO WRONG!?) to film each other jumping into rivers and making out. They soon realize that there’s a reason the cabin has been abandoned, and that they’re not alone in the woods.

Tune in to hear which movie Danny! and Tim would make a plaster cast of its footprint, and which should remain a hoax on Double Murder! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or listen now in the media player below!  Also, be sure to like the Double Murder Facebook page!

*see what I did there?

 

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What Are Your Favorite Horror Movie Quotes?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:00

How much fun is it to gather a group of friends, order some pizza and lay down a few beers, and watch some kickass horror movies? It’s a chance to cheer, to joke, to mock, to laugh, and to simply have a great time. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to show their obsession with films by pumping out one quote after another.

So let’s talk about some great horror quotes, shall we? As usual, I’ve got a few of my favorites ahead. Check them out and then leave a comment with your favorite below!

Now, these are by no means the most well known nor are they the best of the genre. These are just a few that I happen to love and wanted to share. Believe me when I say that I’ve got hundreds of these in the back of my mind that I could write out!

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David Duchovny Calls Mulder “the Worst F.B.I. Agent of All Time”

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:06

I love when actors are candid, and can reflect harshly on the characters they’ve played. And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the characters flaws that make them so relatable.

If I remember correctly, on the very first episode of “The X-Files” (1993), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is introduced to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), who is the black sheep in the office. The idea is that Mulder is “out there” and basically a nut bag conspiracy theorist. Scully is the perfect compliment, as she’s based in a world of science, and is there to debunk everything he believes. Why? They believe he’s gone over the deep end. And maybe he has, even though thought nine season of the show we find out he’s sorta right.

Anyways, the point is, maybe he’s his own worst enemy, and bad at his job as an F.B.I. agent?

With “The X-Files” officially getting a short-stack order of 6 episodes, Duchovny has begun speaking out about his character that will return, along with many other familiar faces.

Reflecting back on his character with the NY Times, he throws out this incredible bombshell: he believes Fox Mulder is the worst F.B.I. agent of all time!

“The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years. So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder.”

The highlight, though, is his answer when asked if he’ll solve a case this time around:

“I don’t know. I hope not. That would really change the show.”

He’s clearing joking around, but it’s fantastic to be so aware of the character’s flaws. Also, maybe it’s true, maybe having Mulder solving a case destroys what made him so special in the first place? Or maybe, just maybe, his first big resolution will conclude the franchise once and for all…

There’s a lot of other great stuff in the interview, which I recommend reading in full.

GUYS, I’M SO EXCITED!

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‘Rings’ Begins Filming In Atlanta

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:47

“Friday Night Lights” and Scream 4 star Aimee Teegarden, pictured, is the latest to watch the cursed tape in Rings, starring alongside Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe, says Deadline.

The third installment in The Ring horror franchise, about a cursed video tape that unleashes a demonic horror which kills the unwitting viewer within seven days, is officially behind cameras in Atlanta!

F. Javier Gutiérrez directs from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman.

Rings is a sequel to the 2002 The Ring, the remake to the J-horror classic Ringu.

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8 Horror Games We (Probably) Won’t See Until 2016

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:00

It’s not a stretch to say the first three months of 2015 have been lousy with horror games. We’ve been blessed with a steady drip-feed of spooky scary releases, and I’ve enjoyed how consistent the quality has been. With so many games arriving so closely together, you might expect more failures. That’s made this mostly solid bunch of games even more impressive.

The last three months set the bar high enough that I doubt the rest of 2015 will be able to live up to it. Even still, the remaining nine months could be considerably less exciting and I’d still consider the year a success.

As fond as I am of all these new games, the wet blanket in me can’t help but want to take this joyous time of year and bludgeon it to death with something akin to a freshly used toilet scrubbing brush. Until now, you were probably as satisfied with 2015 as I am. Enjoy that feeling while it lasts, because I’m about to show you how much better this year could’ve been.

That’s actually not true at all. The reason I’ve decided to write this piece, which I’ll admit is a bit of a downer, is because there’s a handful of games that I get asked about on a regular basis, mostly from folks who seem to assume one of the benefits I get from working for Bloody Disgusting involves horror game-exclusive Future Sight.

If you think I’m trying to hide my unusually specific superpower from you, I’d like to direct you to a similarly themed list I wrote last year. So far, an impressive zero of the eight games I said we might not see until 2015 — also known as now — are confirmed 2015 releases. Pessimists might see that as a failure on my part, but they’d be overlooking how impressive it is to attain 0% accuracy.

Let’s see how I fare this year!

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 180: GWAR “Gor Gor”

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:30

When it comes to aliens taking over the universe, there may not be a more bumbling team than the ragtag scumdogs known as GWAR. Yes, they manage to cause untold amounts of carnage and destruction, but having a base of operations in Antarctica? A bit too cold for me and it’s definitely too remote to actually get anything of substance done. Also, they’ve been around for a few decades and they still haven’t taken over any country, principality, province… Hell, they haven’t captured a damn zip code.

But you know what they have? Tenacity and tons of it. It’s always exciting to see what theses monstrosities will do, even in the face of terrible adversity. That’s why they’re getting an honorable spot in our Twisted Music Video Of The Week series!

We’re going to showcase their video for “Gor Gor”, which introduced what I thought would be the ultimate weapon against the human race. Alas, Gor Gor hasn’t been able to do much more than eat the occasional GWAR lackey, but that doesn’t make him any less badass!

So, without further ado, face the terror that is Gor Gor!

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Interview: Alice Braga on Being A Female Action Star & ‘Kill Me Three Times’

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:05

Alice has had enough. She’s finally decided that she’s not going to put up with her abusive boyfriend Jack any longer, especially when her lover Dylan is just waiting, ever so patently, to whisk her away to a better life. She puts her foot down and hits the road, but first, she makes a pit stop to see her friends, Nathan and Lucy Webb. Just when she thinks that she’s finally on the path to freedom, she’s yanked back into her nightmare by the people she thought she could trust the most. Kill Me Three Times shows just how far people can go when they need the money badly enough.

Full of life and clearly in love with her craft, Alice Braga is a very mesmerizing and intelligent woman. When we chatted a few days ago about her upcoming film Kill Me Three Times, it felt more like two girls getting coffee than a formal interview. While we sat and giggled our way through the conversation, Alice talked about her instant chemistry with Luke Hemsworth, her love of stunt work, and the importance of taking on fast-paced action roles as a woman in Hollywood.

Kalyn Corrigan: How did you go about signing onto this film? What was the process like? Did your agent ask you to audition, did the director come and speak with you and say he’s seen your previous work and he loves you? What was that whole process like?

Alice Braga: Laurence Malkin, he was one of the producers, one of the American producers, he’s my agent’s brother, and actually I got attached to the project, it came to me like years ago. I can’t even remember how many, but I think like four years ago maybe? It was a long, long, time ago, and they actually had another director attached to it, and we spoke. I was curious about it, it wasn’t certain, but time went by and when they attached Kriv to direct, they called me and said “Look, we have this director, it’s going to happen”, and they started pulling together a bunch of different actors which was super interesting, and I was already ready, in a way, for the project. So it came through the producer, and then it came together with my desire to work with Kriv, I’ve seen Boxing Day and I loved it, and Red Dog so it was interesting how it came about. I think it was meant to be, in a way, because I was the first one to be attached. Before everyone else.

KC: Before anyone? So what was it that drew you to the script? Was it the director mainly that made you want to do this film?

AB: I mean I was curious about the story when they told me a long, long time ago. The script was super different. Well, not super different, but it had changes, and got better and better and better, but when Kriv got attached, and Simon and everybody pulling together, it just became interesting in the sense of not knowing whether it was going to be a drama or a comedy but a halfway through and Simon’s such a phenomenal actor that it was just interesting to see what he was going to bring, and I think he brings it.

KC: Yeah, definitely. So, since you were the first to be attached, what was it like when Luke Hemsworth came along? Was there instant chemistry? Was it something that grew over the course of filming?

AB: I did a chemistry reading with different actors and Luke was one of them, and actually, funny enough I have the same manager that Luke has. I knew Chris [Hemsworth] before because he was around L.A., and I met him a couple of years before meeting Luke, so I knew of him and all that, but it was great, he’s such a wonderful guy. I remember when reading, he was very honest and truthful in the scene that we were doing and I really liked his work, and right away, there was a connection. On set, we became good friends because he was far away from his family, I was far away from my family, even though his family is in Australia, so it just came up like very natural and I think through mutual respect toward how we were facing the characters, I think Luke was very honest with his feelings in the character and in the moment, very truthful. So it was great, it was wonderful to work with him.

KC: Do you think that had a positive effect on the film?

AB: I think so, definitely, I mean I hope so (laughs). People are starting to see it now, because I’ve only spoken to managers and actors and agents and producers so you never know. It’s nice to have other people’s point of view, but I think so, definitely, yeah.

KC: What was it like filming the action scenes? There’s a lot of crazy stunts. Did you do any of those yourself?

AB: I did almost everything. There’s a stunt girl that did some, like she did the rolling down the hill one and all that because I couldn’t do it, she did a lot actually, but some of them I wanted to do myself, especially because of camera-wise and all that. It’s fun to make, especially. Apart from that, you bring more reality to it. I love those things, like for me, it’s like Disneyland. I’m like, “Let’s do it!” It’s like a kid playing in the playground. So yeah, it was a challenge, physically you need to be ready for it and not hurt yourself, but of course, I know my boundaries. But it was a lot of fun. I hope people can notice it’s me, then it’s worth it to go through it.

KC: Were there any stunts that you wanted to do that the crew was like “no, it’s too dangerous, you can’t!”

AB: Rolling down the hill. (Laughs)

KC: Yeah, you wanted to do that? (Laughs)

AB: I mean, it looked fun. I was like, “Let’s roll!” But they wouldn’t let me do it. I mean, there was a lot of rocks, they would never let me do it, and I would never do it. I’m just saying that to be cool. I’m kidding. (Laughs)

KC: So did you go through a lot of training for your action scenes, or was it just something that you did on your own time?

AB: I always train myself and I’ve done a lot of action films, so it was something that was natural for me. I work out normally and all that, even though in Australia I was a bit lazy, because it was just so beautiful I would go to the beach with wine in my bag and that’s it. But normally, I’m kind of ready for it. I did a couple of action films that kind of like made me be ready for these type of things, but for this one, no, I think it was just something that I threw myself into it.

KC: Yeah I’ve noticed, looking at your film resume, that there’s a lot of action films and a lot of fast-paced thrillers, so was is it that brings you back, that draws you to this genre?

AB: I love making films no matter what, I come from independent films in Brazil, very indie, small drama films and since I came to the U.S., that door opened, like I did I Am Legend, then I did Predators, then I did Repo Men. There were some type of films that came in my direction and the doors opened for me to work on these types of projects, and I think, especially being a foreigner, those were the types of films that were open for a foreigner, and that was very interesting. I kind of like doing the auditions and getting the parts so I think it was a happy coincidence. I have so much fun and I love them so much, and it’s great, because I got the chance to work with great directors and actors that helped me to learn a lot about acting, but also about these types of projects, so it’s fun.

KC: It’s really cool that you’re willing to take on those roles.

AB: I love it. And it’s so funny because sometimes I get like very strong and powerful women, and I look at myself, and I’m like, I am like 5’2 or 5’3 (laughs), and I’m like really? Me with a gun? Like in Predators I’m a sniper and I remember when we were filming, I was like “Who is gonna believe this? Guys, come on. Look at this rifle. This is not believable.” And everyone, after the film was released, all the fans and everyone were like “Oh my god!” They believed it! I was like “Oh thank god they believed it.” Because I’m just like 5’3, very short, very tiny girl. It was fun, it was great. I love these types of films. I think physically and emotionally it’s always good when you have to change yourself and mutate yourself through a character.

KC: And that’s so great that you’re willing to do that, and the definition of roles for women in Hollywood is growing and expanding in definition. So, how important is it for you to take on these roles that would normally be reserved for a man in the past?

AB: I think it’s great! I think we’re in a moment that there are so many good female characters, and so many chances, especially like for Latins, to do so many different types of roles. I mean of course there’s Latins in films, but now, it’s not necessarily critical for the character to be Latin, it doesn’t need to be said that this person has to be Latin, a Latin person might just take the role. And I think for women, it’s a wonderful moment. I just did a pilot for a series called Queen of the South that is for USA Network, which we’re gonna figured out if it’s going to get picked up, but it’s a female character and she’s Latin and it’s a very strong character that survives through escaping from the drug dealers that try to kill her and all that, and her own journey starts. You can see nowadays how many strong female characters are coming up as heroes through T.V. and through movies, and I think it’s wonderful. There’s so many ways that you can tell a story with a female lead and it’s wonderful. I think we’re in a nice moment. I hope it keeps going.

KC: Definitely, keep it rolling. What more can you tell me about the show, Queen of the South?

AB: Not much, actually. (Laughs) I told you basically all that I could. No, but, it’s based on a book by this Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte. He’s a really good writer, and it’s a very famous book, it’s been out for a long time. They tried to make a film I think five or six years ago, and it just approved for the series, and that’s it. It’s about this Mexican girl that lives in Mexico and suddenly her life just spins around she goes through a journey of going through the drug dealing, cocaine world.

KC: When can we expect to see this?

AB: I don’t know, I mean, if it gets picked up, I think October, but we’re still not sure. They haven’t started the tests, you know, with pilots it’s like let it float through the universe and pray.

KC: So, I’m very curious, since you worked with Neill Blomkamp before on Elysium, and he attached to direct the new Alien movie, is there any chance that you might make an appearance in this film?

AB: I haven’t talked to him in a long time, so I have no idea. I would love it if I could be attached to it, I would love to work with him again but I don’t know. I don’t know anything, actually. I was filming when I heard that he was attached to it and I was super happy because I think that Neill is such a young, bright talent. I think he’s so unique, and what he brought with District 9, he was so amazing, and having a chance to work with him on Elysium was such an honor because you see a guy that was like, I think 32 on set? But he was so secure and so passionate and so sure of what he wanted that it was inspiring. When I heard that he was doing Alien, I was so happy. One, for him, because I know how much he loves it, and two, for the project because I think he’s gonna bring a lot to it.

KC: Yeah, I think his style is gonna be great for that.

AB: Yes, I hope he hires me. Put it out there. (Laughs) I’m kidding.

KC: Are there any other upcoming projects that you’d like to discuss? I know you have By Way of Helena coming up.

AB: Yes, I did that last year with Liam Hemsworth, funny enough. I am all about the Hemsworth brothers. I love it. Liam is a sweetheart, we did that with Woody [Harrelson] as well. It’s a beautiful story, it’s a period piece so it was wonderful to get the chance to work with both of them, but especially, to do this project. But really, to see Liam in such a different role, I think people are going to be blown away by his performance. He’s a very beautiful, strong ranger and it’s a nice story. Very crazy. And Woody’s amazing.

 

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ECCC ’15: Dark Horse Announces Joe Lansdale’s “Steam Man” For October

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:00

Today, Dark Horse announce from Emerald City Comic Con a new creator-owned work from a concept by Joe Lansdale (Batman TAS) and written by Mark Miller for an October release date: Steam Man. It’s a crazy wild-west premise with some beautiful art by Piotr Kolwaski that blends multiple genres. The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.

Bloody-Disgusting got the chance to sit down with Joe and Mark to talk about this kitchen sink approach to writing horror, and what it’s like to bring more depth to the archetypes we all know and love.

Bloody-Disgusting: Joe, I’m sure there are a number of readers who either know you by now or know of the general path you’ve taken. Writer on Batman TAS to an accomplished novelist. Can you tell me a bit about how that road has taken you to The Steam Man? In what way is partnering with Dark Horse for “The Steam Man” a fulfillment of the new phase for you?

Joe Lansdale: This story is an older story. I’ve been doing comics for a long time. It’s been reprinted several times, and it was in a magazine called Steam Punk I never considered this story steam punk, I just wrote a story. I had no idea that’s what it was. But it was based on a lot of the dime novels that I’d read. In the early part of 20th century there was these dime novels. In those there were science fiction stories that were very steam oriented. People actually built a steam man, and that impressed people so much that writers began writing about the use of steam. There’s even a story where a villain is chasing Jesse James with steam driven horses. So all of that was there in my background, through all my research, and the things I’ve read. So one day I got the idea for this story and I thought, “Lets just see how outrageous we can make it.” Can we alternate universes, or collapsing universes? And let’s just take some known characters from fiction and see what we can throw together. Now we have the story adapted by Mark [Miller], for the world of comics.

BD: Your previous comics projects have been characterized by a love for the west. I get the feeling that “The Steam Man” is born out of some of the same interests, but what can you tell me about the series on the whole, and how does it deviate from what readers of your previous work might expect?

JL: Well if they thought some of the other stuff was weird that was just a warm up. This is a very strange story; in fact we had to restrain some of it to make it work the comic form. And it works beautifully. Not only is writing great, the art is great, and I think what they’re gonna look for and what they’re gonna see is something unique and something powerful. I think it works in the tradition I’ve already established a mixture of genres.

BD: Yeah I wanted ask you a little bit about your writing style, it’s often a kitchen sink approach, how do you tackle writing a project like this?

JL: Well I don’t think the voice is kitchen sink, but the ideas are. The earliest influences on me were comic books. Comic books always mixed things, they always had the kitchen sink approach. There would be mystery, science fiction, and morality lessons. It was everything mixed together. Batman used to use the fantasy idea of a time machine and go back to the old west to solve a crime. A lot of the characters at DC, and Marvel and a lot of the comics that came later use those devices and mixed those ideas naturally. So that impacted me greatly so as I moved into writing more fiction, and a cross hatch of literature, they went into a blender and when they came out they came out this natural mixture. I never sit down and think I’m going to mix western and science fiction; I just naturally gravitate toward that mixture. Even straight crime stories I write have a horrific feel.

BD: On the story side, this series is taking that manga idea of a giant monster-fighting robot to North America. How does a concept like that help push this story out from a sci-fi western on its own and into the world of crazy genre entertainment? 

JL: This just naturally happens. I don’t plot; I don’t sit down and figure out what happens next. In fact I never know from day to day. My subconscious must. I go to bed at night. I get up in the morning and the story is there. I only work about 3 hours a day. I try to always end with a little juice left. So when I pick up where I left off I’ll sort my own problems out. Very rarely do I ever get stymied. It happens, but it doesn’t last long.

The idea comes from the steam man of the prairies. I took the concept and developed it in my way, but of the many influences manga didn’t play a part. All kinds of science fiction, like covers by Frank R Paul combined with the dime novel drawings of the steam man and the things that were written about using steam as our main power. Then of course other technology came along.

BD: The cover of the book is sharp and, I think, establishes an aesthetic for the series. What is the Wild West to you in general, and how does that idea bleed into the look and feel of “The Steam Man”?

JL: The Wild West to me is the idea of having that mythological place you can go that is always expanding west. That Turner idea of always expanding west, its not only mythological, I think it’s a human need. I think especially us Americans I think we’ve always had this longing to expand. I know when you get past the physical expansion you have the interior expansion of the imagination. A lot of writers are having their own expansion mentally. Then there’s the idea that we’ll go to other planets. We’re always trying to go somewhere new either internally or externally, and this is just an extension of that. But mostly it’s to me a hot-wired interesting, at least I hope, story.

Mark Miller: The Wild West, to me, is a great vast landscape of mythological projection. It’s the metaphor people use when they talk about anything that’s unhinged or untamed. Much like “Hitler” is the go-to example of as bad a person can get, the idea of The Wild West as a time of lawlessness and mayhem can be applied to subjects as diverse as the internet to retail. There isn’t really anything else in our consciousness quite like it. And the book very much partakes of that notion; there isn’t anything like it. It’s completely unhinged. The source material, Joe’s original short story The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down did that in spades. So my job was simply to lasso that spirit and adapt it for the illustrated page.

BD: This series is taking the obsession with steam and embodying it in a living weapon. How does steam power change the world of “The Steam Man” and what does it do for the your characters?

MM: Something happens early on in the story that I won’t give away. But it blows the doors off of reality as we know it. From there on out, everything in the world is different. It changes the fabric of our characters’ lives and that’s where we find them; after this event, their lives forever altered. So they harness this power and, with it, try to affect some change in the world and in their own lives.

BD: The Steam Man, obviously drives everything that happens in his series. What about its personality helps to give the comic its identity?

MM: Steam Man is the creation of his maker: Captain Beedle. It’s Beedle’s drive, industriousness, and tenacity that inform Steam Man’s personality. Beedle won’t back down. He’s on the trail of some very bad customers and that he refuses to lose sight of, sometimes against his better judgment. Steam Man goes headlong into battle, often to his own detriment, but he will never back down.

BD: The Steam Man is operated by a team of monster hunters, in what ways do you want to flesh out their archetypes to make them real people with stakes in this story?

MM: The story is rooted in classic literature. There are a lot of references people are going to recognize. There are some that will only be caught by a few. But Joe drew the characters from deep wells, so the flesh was already on them. These are men with unique voices, appearances, and backgrounds. Each has as story to tell. Maybe we’ll get to tell those stories eventually. But they’re all fascinating men who, were it not for the new world order, would not necessarily be drawn together the way that they were.

BD: A big part of establishing the unique feel comes from your collaborators. What does working with Piotr Kowalski do in terms of establishing the world of “The Steam Man?”

MM: Piotr is a dream collaborator. Here’s a guy with so much talent it’s insane. I worked with him before on the Nightbreed comic and fell in love with his style there. So when the chance to work together again came up, it was a no-brainer. I wrote the scripts and handed them in, and then started to get these notes from Piotr about logistics and dimensions and layout and just about everything a writer could ask for when being teamed with a visual artist such as Piotr. I’m not that detail-oritented of a guy, which can be a challenge in comics. And I can say with 100% confidence that the comic book is better for having Piotr attached. Any time he had an idea or made a suggestion, it was always an improvement on what I had done. Joe’s story was all there. I translated it for the comic page. And then Piotr went in and did his thing which blew all of us away. The book is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I wish every collaboration was this much fun!

 

 

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‘It Follows’ Director Explains Unconventional Finale

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:58

With David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows starting its wide release today, many of you are going to want to bookmark this article to revisit once you’ve seen it. Until then, it should be avoided as it contains major spoilers.

The finale to It Follows is both controversial and unconventional. In fact, it’s so bizarre that it has audiences taking sides.

For those of you who need an explanation as to why the protagonists in the film are so fucking stupid, here’s your answer. They’re kids.

Mitchell speaks to Vulture about the final sequence in which the kids surround a pool with electrical devices in hopes of electrocuting? the creature. It’s a really stupid plan, but Mitchell’s reasoning behind it is completely sound.

“It’s the stupidest plan ever! [Laughs.] It’s a kid-movie plan, it’s something that Scooby-Doo and the gang might think of, and that was sort of the point. What would you do if you were confronted by a monster and found yourself trapped within a nightmare? Ultimately, you have to resort to some way of fighting it that’s accessible to you in the physical world, and that’s not really going to cut it. We kind of avoid any kind of traditional setup for that sequence, because in more traditional horror films, there might be a clue that would lead them to figure out a way to destroy this monster. I intentionally avoided placing those. Instead, they do their best to accomplish something, and we witness its failure. It’s probably a very non-conventional way of approaching the third-act confrontation, but we thought it was a fun way to deal with it.

In my review I speak to the fact that Mitchell’s It Follows furthers the genre. And this is exactly what I meant by that. The movie is completely refreshing in every aspect, including the bizarre, buzz-worthy finale that will end in serious theater-lobby discussions.

After you’ve seen the movie, what are your thoughts about the “Scooby-Doo gang’s” failed plan? Does this add a sense a realism to the movie or take you completely out of it?

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“Fear The Walking Dead” Title Has Been Confirmed!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:38

“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman took to Twitter to confirm our previous scoop that the spinoff series to his acclaimed comic adaptation will in fact be titled “Fear The Walking Dead”!

AMC ordered two seasons of a spin-off series to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.

AMC president Charles Collier has stated that the series will explore “what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’”

“Fear The Walking Dead” will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. Its second season will air in 2016.

The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).

You can get your first sneak peak at the series during this Sunday’s “Talking Dead”, which airs after the Season 5 finale of “The Walking Dead”.

IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead

— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015

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Stephen Dorff Joins ‘Leatherface’ As a Texas Ranger! (Exclusive)

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:35

Casting for the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel is revving up.

We exclusively broke the news back on Halloween that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.

Now, we have received exclusive word that the great Stephen Dorff (Immortals, Blade, Judgment Night) is in talks to play ‘Texas Ranger Hal Hartman’ in the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Dorff’s character is described to us as a lean, mean Texas Ranger who has a vendetta against the teen boy who grows up to become Leatherface.

We also learned that the TCM prequel is presented as a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface. Sam Strike was cast as ‘Jackson’, with James Bloor starring as ‘Ike’, a budding young maniac of his. There’s still a third to be cast, and only one will eventually become Leatherface.

Also, we at Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported that Angela Bettis was cast as Mother Sawyer in the film that begins shooting on May 18th.

Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman, alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.

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Mass Hysteria Art: ‘Night of the Living Dead’, ‘Dawn of the Dead’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Thriller’, and ‘The Descent’!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:12

Gallery1988′s latest show takes on “Mass Hysteria”, and has resulted in a series of horror pieces from 100% Soft (Truck Torrence).

100% Soft, who is one of many to partake in the new themed gallery, included his favorite crowd scenes from pop culture – movies, tv, music, etc.

Check out his absolutely remarkable prints inspired by Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Carrie, Thriller, and The Descent.

All of these prints are still available on Gallery1988′s website.

All prints courtesy of 100% Soft.

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MTV’s ‘Scream’ Series Retitled to “Hush”?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:54

When a film or television series goes to casting, they often use a fake name to cloak the production from eagle-eyed reporters like myself. With that said, the casting call for MTV’s Scream remake series isn’t cloaking anything, so maybe it’s actually going by the title “Hush”?

Thanks to Bloody reader Curtis Lord for a link to Project Casting, which states that MTV’s series is holding open casting in New Orleans under the pseudonym “Hush”.

“Hush” aka, Scream TV series, is looking for actors, models, and talent to play high school students, teachers and police. Filming will take place in Baton Rouge and will start in April through July.

Lord makes the observation that “Scream Queens” is set to premiere around the same time, and that maybe MTV is trying to avoid consumer confusion? We’ll update you when we know something firm.

The new MTV series centers around a a YouTube video going viral that soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch, it’s said that the slasher TV series is for the social media generation.

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Reimagines James Cameron’s ‘Terminator’ Films

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:36

Since its inception, we’ve all been trying to understand what Terminator Genisys is, exactly. Is it a remake, a reboot, a retread, a prequel or a sequel?

According to the film’s producers, who spoke with /Film on set in New Orleans during filming, it’s none of the above.

Terminator: Genisys was described as not a traditional remake or a continuation or a sequel, but more of a reimagining — kind of like JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. The film will allow moviegoers to experience the story we have already seen, but in a different way. The story features a divergent timeline that goes off an entirely different direction, and taking is down a road we’ve never been on before. This is not a direct sequel, there is no straight line from A to B.”

Typically, I scoff at such a notion, but with time travel and the way the Terminator films are presented, this makes a lot of sense to me. Had Arnold Schwarzenegger not reprised his role I would have found myself being way more skeptical.

In other news, here’s a brand new TV Spot that shows a ton of Arnie, in various incarnations.

In theaters July 1, 2015, “When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

Terminator Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: Dark World) and is produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions. The screenplay is by Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar) & Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The film also stars J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.

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‘Mad Max’ TV Spot Has Explosion After Explosion After Explosion

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:11

Warner Bros. is delivering the action from their post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road right to your living room. Check out this new TV Spot that’s littered in explosions. They aren’t playing around with the Mad Max sequel, in theaters May 15, 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa, and includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher).

“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is 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 of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), 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 (Theron), 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.

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