I want to believe. It’s hard not to. When you consider how old the universe is, and how young mankind is, can you imagine how evolved we’ll be in the next 100…1,000…10,000 years?
I’m a conspiracy junkie, which means I feast on landfills worth of garbage. One of my favorite topics is UFOs and the military – especially back during the Cold War. Searching Google you’ll come across dozens of stories about UFOs appearing over military bases and disabling – and even shooting down missiles.
Were they alien-manned? Or maybe they were top secret man-made aircrafts being tested across the Nation? Doing your own research, I think you’ll agree that the latter seems highly unlikely considering our technological advancements back then…
With that said, I came across this insanely interesting article over at Mirror Online in which Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, claims that these UFOs were on a mission to prevent nuclear war between America and Russia.
Edgar Mitchell, a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, told Mirror Online that top-ranking military sources spotted UFOs during weapons tests.
The astronaut has been outspoken about his belief in aliens ever since he landed on the surface of the moon, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the worldwide UFO community.
He told us military insiders had seen strange crafts flying over missile bases and the famous White Sands facility, where the world’s first ever nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945.
Mitchell grew up in New Mexico near both the bomb testing zone and Roswell, where believers think one of the world’s most famous UFO encounters took place.
“You don’t know the area like I do,” he said in an interview with the site.
“White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons – and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in.
“They wanted to know about our military capabilities.
“My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”
Mitchell also suggested he had heard similar stories from people who manned missile bases during the most tense parts of the 20th century.
“I have spoken to many Air Force officers who worked at these silos during the Cold War,” he continued.
“They told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles.
“Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft.
“There was a lot of activity in those days.”
Those seeking a naysayer need look no further.
Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO researcher, whether he believed Mitchell’s claims.
“Edgar Mitchell is an honourable and truthful man, who I’ve had the privilege of meeting,” he said.
“But so far as I’m aware, most of his information on this issue comes not from things he’s experienced himself, but from things he’s been told by others.”
What’s more interesting is Pope’s assessment of alien life, if it were to exist.
“Given that the Universe is around 14 billion years old, if we’re being visited, it’s unlikely we’re dealing with a civilization just a few hundred years ahead of us, so stories of aliens managing to disrupt a few of our weapons tests are far-fetched.
“Chances are they’d be millions of years ahead of us and could do anything they wanted to.”
The idea that Pope would be able to theorize the age of an alien civilization visiting us, as well as their motives, is hysterical. Although, if we should listen to anyone it would be Stephen Hawking, the smartest man on the planet. He suggests that alien life would seek us out to exterminate us in order to use our planet for its resources – being that the reason for their trek out into the galaxy is because they’ve probably used up all of their own…
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to extraterrestrials, which is why we obsess over it in pop culture. I guess this is the perfect segue into the return of “The X-Files” this coming January? It sure is…
Before I saw It Follows, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows (read our review) was a shoe-in for horror film of the year.
The film follows an endearingly unhip quartet of vampires, and was winner of the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award. For good reason. It’s both a refreshing new take on vampires, and also absolutely hilarious. It’s a bit inside baseball, meaning only horror fans will get a lot of the jokes, but that’s a good thing because it means they weren’t pandering to general audiences.
Anyways, it felt like a one-shot of a film, but apparently a sequel is already being planned.
Clement confirmed to Stuff in New Zealand that a sequel to the vampire mockumentary is in the planning stages, and that it focuses on Rhys Darby’s control-freak werewolf Anton. The werewolves make a hilarious appearance in the movie and set the stage for a sequel perfectly.
What We Do In the Shadows is now on home video and is a must-must-must see. In it, “Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane—like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming roommate conflicts.”
Watch the opening 6 minutes here:
In my opinions, horror is the most pro-women genre in mainstream Hollywood. Yes, there are absolutely those idiotic bimbos who run up the stairs instead of out the front door when being chased by some crazed psychopath. However, can we also all agree that many of the men in these same films are utter douchebag idiots who, just as much, “get what’s coming to them”?
There are countless essays, opinions, and thought pieces about women in horror. If you want to dive more into that world, I highly recommend checking out BJ Colangelo’s Day Of The Woman, which is all about “the feminine side of fear”.
So, today let’s talk about some of the most awesome leading ladies and their roles in horror! I’ve got a few of my picks ahead and then I want you to tell me yours in the comments below!
We thought with Japan releasing both Attack On Titan films and the accompanying miniseries this coming fall, we’d be waiting a long time here in the States.
Good news from the folks at FUNimation who announced that the live-action adaptation, which premiered at the Fantasia Festival this summer, will open here in the States on September 30th.
The news gets even better as we won’t be waiting long for the sequel, either, as that will then open in limited theaters on October 20th. Ticketing info is already available here.
Oh, there’s more! Check out the official U.S. trailer for both films. Hopefully we’ll get to see the miniseries as well, but, beggars can’t be choosers.
“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet, once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa and for mankind itself?”
In addition to sharing the first ever cast shot from Rogue One, and announcing the director of Star Wars IX, Disney and Lucasfilm released a D23 Expo exclusive poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, designed by the legendary Drew Struzan.
We’re heading 30 years after Return of the Jedi with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18th, 2015.
Producers revealed they’ve seen the first cut of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars and are beyond excited (what else are they gonna say?).
The first film in a new trilogy features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
— Marcus Errico (@MarcusErrico) August 15, 2015
The D23 Expo is lighting up Saturday afternoon with a barrage of huge reveals.
In addition to revealing the first poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the initial bit of breaking news is that Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow is officially directing Star Wars: Episode IX, which is slated for release in 2019. No writer has been named.
While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
“This is not a job or an assignment,” added Trevorrow. “It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”
Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
But wait, there’s more!
In addition, Disney and Lucasfilm released the first cast photo from the now-filming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
Pictured are Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in Rogue One, which is directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.
In theaters December 16th, 2016, Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”
Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.
To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).
“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” said Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”
Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley
Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene in the newly titled Underworld V, which begins filming this October in Prague.
“Outlander’s” Tobias Menzies, pictured, has just landed a lead role and will play the new Lycan leader, ‘Marius’.
The Underworld sequel will also star franchise vamp Theo James, and potentially focus on Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve.
Directing the movie is Anna Foerster, who did 2nd unit work as well as acting a director of photography as Roland Emmerich’s right hand woman on movies such as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.
Screen Gems has slated it for release on October 21, 2016.
This may sound silly to some of you but I was born before there was such a thing as public internet. I clearly remember when getting online required listening to the horrible screeching of a dial-up modem and cycling through AOL chat rooms. Yeah, I’m a member of that generation.
One of the most amazing things, in my opinion, that the internet did was that it, in a way, removed country boundaries. People in one part of the world could suddenly start talking to someone in a completely different country without waiting for letters to be mailed or having to pay absurdly long distance calling fees.
As a result, the cultures, thoughts, and joys of these people became far more readily accessible in ways never before seen. And you damn well better believe that this included movies, especially the horror kind.
So, let’s talk about some great foreign horror films and how to get into them!
WARNING: There Be Spoilers Ahead!!!
Perhaps the greatest joy I get from watching foreign horror films is that I get to see what scares other cultures, other people. It’s fascinating from an anthropological perspective because I simply observe, I don’t interact. This window into another way of life is something I relish.
While I know that many of you want me to recommend films like Martyrs, REC, High Tension, A Serbian Film, and similar titles, I’m sure that by now you know why I can’t do that. Those movies, while amazing, are way too intense and insane for someone who wants to dip their toes into the foreign horror ocean.
Rather, let’s start with Let The Right One In. One, it’s a beautifully crafted film, shot almost like a visual poem. That alone makes it a fascinating journey for any fan of cinema. But it’s how the movie actually plays out, slowly unwinding and earning your love and care for the two main protagonists: Oskar and Eli. The pain and suffering that Oskar goes through is something that many people can relate to while having someone like Eli is something many of us wish we’d had. Seeing Oskar’s bullies meet Eli was one of the most satisfying moments I’ve ever felt watching a film. However, that satisfaction quickly turned into self disgust as I realized what I’d just championed. It’s that incredibly range of emotions that makes me recommend this film.
Moving from Sweden to Spain, I recommend Pan’s Labyrinth. Once again, it’s another movie tat will utterly destroy your emotions. But that doesn’t make it any less horrific. The horrible situation that Ofelia has been thrust into makes her imaginary world beautiful but ever bitter. We know, even though we desperately don’t want to admit it, that her world isn’t real. It simply can’t be, regardless of how fantastical and appealing it is. So when that drop of Ofelia’s blood falls and her small smile slips away, we’re as crushed and broken as Mercedes. All the horrors and pain that she endured and we’re the ones left to pick up the pieces of our broken heart.
After watching these films, you’re gonna need something to prove that foreign horror isn’t all about breaking your heart and wrecking your emotions, right? What better than going to Japan and checking out Ringu? It’s creepy, it’s spooky, and it’s one of the films that really helped bring a wave of foreign horror to the American shores. Plus, it’s a great way to being the dark descent into J-horror, which features some of the most unique and absurd horror films I’ve ever seen.
Venturing down the rabbit hole of foreign horror can be incredibly daunting, so my ultimate recommendation is to go country by country and not try to leap boundaries. Take your time and really go into each culture to see what it has to offer because that’s the only real way to begin seeing patterns and themes, all of which will only enhance your viewing experience.
We’re reaching the 6 month point to the announcement that Fox had tapped Neill Blomkamp to direct the next installment in the Alien franchise.
The news came before Chappie hit theaters, which means we don’t know the studio’s reaction to the film’s weak box office take and poor reviews.
Behind the scenes at Bloody, we already think this project is dead*, and that Fox has internally nixed Blomkamp’s vision.
While we’re being pessimistic, Aliens star Michael Biehn is keeping the faith.
Biehn, who is at the Sheffield Film and Comic Con, told audiences that Blomkamp had talked to him about Alien 5 but he hasn’t read a script or has been offered a role, says AvPGalaxy.
He also confirmed that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will in fact be ignoring Alien3 and Alien Resurrection as if they never happened.
It’s been speculated that Michael Biehn would be reprising his role as Corporal Hicks ever since Neill Blomkamp shared the below Alien 5 concept art at the start of the year, adds the site. It showed a much older Corporal Hicks with the left side of his face burnt by acid.
Being that it’s been 6 months since Blomkamp started developing the screenplay, and that he isn’t attached to any other (announced) projects, I’m beginning to think this project is about to, or has already entered development hell. I found it odd that, back in July, Blomkamp released even more concept art, which was completely unnecessary being that Fox was already committed to the project. Why would he need to reinvigorate hype if the project were happening? That was our first very bad sign.
Now, Biehn saying that he’s yet to read a script or be offered a role isn’t too reassuring. If Fox was as hot on the project as it appeared back February, don’t you think they’d be locking everyone down for a potential shoot in 2016? Although, it looks as if Biehn isn’t doing much outside of producing and starring in some really bad movies… but what about Sigourney Weaver? What about the fact that Fox has yet to announce a date? Game over, man. GAME OVER.
*This is just speculation.
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which serves as a large preview of the films ahead of us for the rest of the year, there is predictably a large section dedicated to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The centerpiece of their spread on the film is an interview with J.J. Abrams that delves further into the film than anything else before. Abrams naturally goes on once again about being approached to do the film, what it was like to work with franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan, what it was like to be on set when Harrison Ford officially reprised the role of Han Solo for the first time in 30+ years, etc. The usual stuff, albeit a bit more candid than in past interviews and statements.
The real meat of the interview, however, was Abrams’ discussion of the characters, their creation, their motivations, and…most importantly in this case…their names. This was the interview that revealed that the “Ren” portion of villain Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) name is a title, not a last name. This particular detail was teased out earlier this week, with an emphasis on Kylo’s full name (as well as the full names of Rey and Finn) being left a mystery on purpose at this time. Other new characters are named after a combination of things. For instance, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is a combination of Abrams’ daughter’s pet and his assistant’s last name. Cute, but not overly important, especially to genre fans.
What is important to the horror-oriented armies of the world? When a character’s name is inspired by our genre…
“How about other members of the dark side: Captain Phasma and General Hux?
J.J. Abrams: Larry [Kasdan] and I would walk all over the place when we were breaking the story, and we would record our conversations. We were walking through a cemetery that was near the Bad Robot offices, and we would often glance at names [on the tombstones] to see if any of them stuck. I don’t believe that Hux came from there, but it may have. Phasma I named because of the amazing chrome design from Michael Kaplan’s wardrobe team. It reminded me of the ball in Phantasm.”
Is this an Alderaan-shattering revelation? No. Is it important to the legacy of Star Wars? No. It did, however, make this fan (or should I say phan?) smile upon reading it. The horror genre rarely gets shown respect, let alone admiration, on a large scale by most filmmakers and large productions. A supporting character in a massive blockbuster sequel to one of the largest franchises in history getting named after a cult horror series might not mean much to most, but it means something to us. It doesn’t mean that the film will be wonderful or that the character of Captain Phasma will be worthy of such inspiration (though with Gwendoline Christie in the role, she likely will be).
Still, it’s a fun little nugget of trivia for this horror fan and one well worth sharing to the lot of you. Besides, it’s always nice to see Phantasm get a little love from the mainstream. That goes double, given that it comes via Star Wars. The original 1977 film was definitely a major influence Don Coscarelli’s signature franchise, so the favor being returned decades later is oddly fitting. Time is a flat circle.
A lot of people found Scott Derrickson’s Sinister a bit confusing, which is why you may find this new clip from Sinister 2 welcoming.
In this footage, we learn the mythology behind Buhguul – the boogyman – and how the children come into play.
Buhguul and his children of sorrow will deliver their sacrifice on August 21st through Gramercy Pictures.
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Directed by Citadel‘s Ciarán Foy, Sinister 2 is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie.
“In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.“
Night-cam is on and the audience is reacting to Eli Roth cannibal horror The Green Inferno, in theaters September 25th.
“I want people to see The Green Inferno and say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that in a movie theater before,'” Roth told Yahoo!
In terms of shocking audiences, I think honesty and believability are key. Roth feels good about this…
“What I am most proud of is [The Green Inferno] looks and feels authentic. I used to think Cannibal Holocaust was real, even knowing it was a movie, it just looked and felt like these people really existed. That’s what I wanted in The Green Inferno: The village has to look and feel like a real, functioning society.”
Heading deep into The Green Inferno with Lorenza Izzo are Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, who star in the pic that “follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.
Dark and primitive customs still rule the Amazon jungle: cannibalism and other mind, body and soul-destroying rituals. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders.”
When I don’t like something, I make it known, and sometimes I even go as far as to beat a dead horse.
Sometimes that rubs you guys the wrong way, I know, but if I didn’t stand by my convictions then how would I be able to stand behind something that I love with the same impact?
With that said, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla was bad. No, no, it wasn’t just bad, it was terrible.
I have shared many reasons why I don’t like the movie – the biggest issue being that the characters don’t actually interact with Godzilla or MUTO. While that’s just the icing on the proverbial cake, there’s a lot of character missteps that also impacted the emotional content of the Gareth Edwards-directed film.
Don’t believe me? Even star Bryan Cranston took issue with the way his character was treated. If the main star of the film is vocalizing his disdain, clearly there were some behind-the-scenes issues that many of us weren’t aware of. With the movie being a resounding success, and a sequel in development, Cranston must really have been frustrated to rain on the parade.
Here’s what Cranston told the Nerdist Podcast:
“That character dying at that time was a mistake. I knew it when I read it. When I read it I said, ‘Oh, page 50 this character who was the emotional core at the center, that was guiding the audience in the story up to that point – he dies?’ What a waste.
They kind of dealt with it poorly, that’s my only criticism of it because I think it was a fun movie, it was a very successful movie. I told them that even if I wasn’t doing this role, that character shouldn’t die at that point. It’s just bad narrative, but they were too far down the road. I was the last guy hired because I was still shooting Breaking Bad and they kept pushing because ‘Breaking Bad’ kept pushing. Finally, I was able to get in and do it.”
He gets even more detailed in his dig on the filmmakers’ decision:
“That character should have been with his son and they would’ve started to bond a little bit more and they went on this journey together to go back home and be reintroduced to his grandson. Just when they’re bonding and it looks like they could have a relationship, the father sacrifices himself to save his son. And that’s the way he should have died.”
The filmmakers behind Godzilla must have thought they were pulling a Scream by killing off so many characters early on in the film, but all they were doing was pulling the rug out from under viewers, and leaving Godzilla callow and soulless.
Still, Godzilla was visually stunning, and I can only hope lessons were learned by the monstrosity of a film. If you can’t learn and get better as a filmmaker, you’ll continually fail the people who need you the most: the audience.
Edwards is currently at work on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, where I hope he had a stronger screenplay to work from. Once completed he’ll be back at work on a sequel to Godzilla, which hopefully gets it right this time around.
We’re using a brand new video for this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week!
Finnish rock band Poets Of The Fall have released an official music video for their track “Choice Millionaire”, which comes from their latest album Jealous Gods. Vocalist Marko Saaresto rattles off verses that are somewhat similar in style to that of Madonna’s bridge in “Vogue”.
The video itself shows four people who are chained, subjugated, and forced to watch propaganda material, vaguely reminiscent of They Live. When they escape, they face their captors and…watch for yourself below!
Horror and sci-fi share a very strong connection in that they both explore the unknown, venturing into darkness to seek what lies beyond, fully understanding that what could be found might not necessarily be what was hoped for. The imagination of the creative minds behind both genres are wild and fascinating and that’s the focus of today’s Aftermath Top list.
This list comes from Stoneburner‘s Steven Archer, who put together an incredible and richly detailed list that goes over his Top 10 Horror/Sci-Fi Artists. Archer explains, “I am using the term “artists” very loosely because I would like to cover a lot of ground and mediums.” Say whatever you want, but this list is representative of true artists in each of their respective fields.
You can check out Stoneburner at the Aftermath Festival, which runs from Aug 27th-30th, in Toronto, Canada. Get your tickets here.
Check out the rest of the lists by following our Aftermath tag here.
This week: In honor of Fant4stic, we talk about some of the biggest movie disasters in recent history, plus fail miserably at playing an internet naming game.
Oculus director Mike Flanagan and and star Annalise Basso are set for Universal’s Ouija 2, says Heat Vision.
Flanagan is co-writing the script with Jeff Howard.
Basso will star as a young girl grieving the death of her father.
Universal, Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro’s Ouija 2, set for release on Oct. 21, 2016, will again revolve around the ancient spirit board that was at the center of the first film.
Flanagan also wrote and directed Before I Wake, a horror film starring Kate Bosworth that was previously with Relativity.
Your week is going to end with your head exploding from laughter.
Simone Rovellini is my Friday hero, using his free time to blow the heads off various Disney characters and celebrities.
Below we’ve added a few YouTube videos that are constantly looping on my TV when guests are over, with many more head-exploding gifs on his tumblr page. The Tidal one is my fav…
Today is a memorable day for fans of movie musicals. You see, 40 years ago in the United Kingdom, a little movie by the name of Rocky Horror Picture Show hit theaters, slightly ahead of the September 26th release in the United States. Starring Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick, among others, the movie is basically a horror comedy version of the B-horror/sci-fi films of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
Quick note before I continue: Also released on this day in film history was Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad.
While Rocky Horror didn’t perform well at first, it quickly became a cult smash, drawing crowds to midnight showings who dressed up as characters of the show, all dancing and singing along to the action on screen. Songs like “The Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite” have become karaoke staples and wedding dances. Well, maybe the former and not so much the latter, although I guess it depends on the kind of wedding.
The impact of this film is still being felt to this day in the entertainment world. Shows like “Glee” take great influence from it and it could be argued that without this film we wouldn’t have had Repo! The Genetic Opera or The Devil’s Carnival.
Plus, can we all agree that regardless of one’s sexuality, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter is pretty goddamn sexy?
Here’s a fact that some of you may not know: Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest-running release in film history. 20th Century Fox has never pulled it from theaters and it still performs insanely well at midnight screenings around the world.
So, let’s all raise a glass to this insane musical that simply refuses to die!
This past Wednesday, we announced that artist Cavity Colors had designed a t-shirt for Bloody-Disgusting, the first new design in over five years! And now, we can officially announce that the shirt is live through Cloak & Coin!
All shirts are printed on tagless, pre-shrunk, super soft 100% ring spun cotton shirts. We will be offering sizes Small through 2XL. All orders will ship in mid-September.
Make sure to check out Cavity Colors for amazing horror merch!