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“Fear the Walking Dead” Goes Through Withdrawal

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:34

A new synopsis has been released from the second episode of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,”, their “The Walking Dead” spinoff that takes to the streets of Los Angeles when the “virus” first spreads.

The pilot follows a highly dysfunctional blended family who are forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.

The second episodes, however, focuses on Madison and her drug-addict son (pictured). “While Madison struggles to keep Nick from crippling Withdrawal, Travis ventures out to find his son before the city of Los Angeles falls.

Check out an insane amount of imagery here, and watch “Fear the Walking Dead” when it premieres August 23rd.

“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.

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Holy F*ck! Puscifer Is Back!

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:30

Puscifer, the project led by Tool-frontman Maynard James Keenan has announced a new studio album titled Money Shot, which will be released October 30th via Puscifer Entertainment. To celebrate this announcement, the group has released an official video for their track “Grand Canyon”, which was directed by Adam Rothlein, and it’s full of stunning, swooping shots of the canyon and surrounding nature.

Talking about Money Shot, Keenan states, “It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes. And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.

Related: [Review] Puscifer ‘Conditions Of My Parole’

Guitarist/programmer/producer Mat Mitchell adds, “It’s such a pleasure to work on music with so many creative individuals. The intermix of influences and ideas made for an album I’m really proud of.

The album once again features singer/songwriter Carina Round as well as Juliette Commagere, Devo Keenan, Tim Alexander, Jon Theodore, Jeff Friedl, and Matt McJunkins.

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“The Nye Incidents” Told As An Episodic Drama

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:28

YRF Entertainment has closed a deal to turn the 2008 comic book miniseries “The Nye Incidents” into an episodic drama, marking the production company’s first venture into television, reports Deadline.

Written by author Whitley Strieber in collaboration with Craig Specter, “the graphic novel centers on an obsessive but rational medical examiner who, investigating an apparent serial killer, becomes consumed with corpses that indicate the existence of extraterrestrial life. As she becomes immersed in the alien abductee community, she must uncover the truth to maintain her sanity.

YRF’s Uday Chopra will produce and serve as executive producer along with with president of production Jonathan Reiman.

Strieber, best known for stories exploring the possible existence of extraterrestrial life, has written and co-written more than 25 novels including the bestseller “Communion,” adapted into a 1989 film starring Christopher Walken.

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New Hitchcockian Thriller Prescribed ‘Bed Rest’

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:25

MGM has acquired Bed Rest, the first script deal for Lori Evans Taylor, says Deadline.

The spec is a Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of Rear Window and What Lies Beneath.

It centers on a pregnant woman who is isolated and confined to bed rest.

Karen Rosenfelt is producing with Chris Sparling, the writer behind Buried and the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-Gus Van Sant film Sea Of Trees.

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Original Chiller Series, “Slasher” Begins Production!

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:16

Chiller today announced casting and start of production for “Slasher,” an eight episode, one-hour psychological thriller series from Shaftesbury (also airing on Super Channel in Canada).

“Slasher,” Chiller’s first-ever original series, will be filmed in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario until October 2015, with an eye towards a 2016 premiere.

Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Dracula, Merlin) stars as Sarah Bennett, a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders based on the widely known, grisly killings of her parents. As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around her a suspect…or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her, including her husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland, The Killing), her grandmother Brenda Merritt (Wendy Crewson, Saving Hope, Revenge), family friend Cam Henry (Steve Byers, The Man in the High Castle) and the town’s police chief, Iain Vaughn (Dean McDermott, Ecstasy, CSI).

“With ‘Slasher,’ I wanted to tell a modern-day monster story – but instead of a mythological creature, the “monster” in our series is all too human,” said Aaron Martin, creator, writer and executive producer, “Slasher.” “The series is a fusion of some of my favorite thriller genres – the classic slasher film, the contemporary murder mystery and the timeless works of my favorite crime writer, Agatha Christie.”

Additional cast include Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Patrick Garrow (Hannibal, Bitten), Christopher Jacot (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Mayko Nguyen (Defiance, Cracked), Rob Stewart (Killjoys, Suits), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (Casino Jack), Shawn Ahmed (MsLabelled, Paranormal Investigators), Jessica Sipos (Dark Matter), Jefferson Brown (Rookie Blue, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Mark Ghanimé (Helix), Dylan Taylor (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Covert Affairs), Booth Savage (Mr. D.), Victoria Snow (Cra$h & Burn), Sabrina Grdevich (Skins) and Rainbow Sun Francks (The Listener).

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[Podcast] Whatever – July 27th, 2015 – “Journey of the Fallen”

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:52

This week: We review the new Napoleonic-zombie flick Fallen Soldiers, Journey gets a remaster on the PS4, and more!

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We’re Looking For Writers Passionate About Horror!

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:43

Bloody-Disgusting is seeking new writers to infect our audience with fresh editorials.

We’re looking for genre enthusiasts who share our passion for horror and are interested in writing for the internet’s largest site for all things horror!

We need help in all sections, and are in need of horror fans wanting to write about anything from movies to television series’, video releases, comics, video games and even music.

The only major requirements are that you are at least 17 years of age and want to have fun.

If you think you can manage that, there’s a form below that you can fill out to let us know you’re interested!

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“The Walking Dead” Is Getting Its Own Beer

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:15

This one is for our readers ages 21 and older!

Terrapin Beer Company has teamed up with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to bring beer lovers the “Blood Orange IPA”, a 6.7 ABV red IPA that’s brewed with blood orange peels. While there is no release date, supposedly the beer will be released sometime this Fall.

Terrapin Beer Company and The Walking Dead have teamed up to brew the official beer of the undead. Made with blood orange peel, and a horrific amount of hops, this bloodthirsty red IPA will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. [Source]

Much of “The Walking Dead” is filmed in Georgia, which is the home state of Terrapin.

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This Makeup Artist Looks Like Something Out Of A White Zombie Video

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:30

Last week, we introduced you to YouTube makeup artist Madeyewlook, who did a fantastic tutorial on how to use basic makeup to turn yourself into Freddy Krueger. Well, we’re back with yet another incredible artist!

I’d like to introduce you to Corie Willet. Below is a gallery of some of the transformations she’s undergone and they’re absolutely incredible! Some of them look like something out of a White Zombie video, boasting strong neon colors that highlight the macabre nature of the design, bones and muscle exposed as though the skin has rotten and decomposed away.

You can follow Willet’s work on Pinsta.me or through her Instagram.

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Bruce Campbell Confirms “The Classic” Will Be In “Ash vs Evil Dead”

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 02:40

Even though we all knew that this was going to be the case, it’s still really great to get confirmation that the ’73 Delta 88 that has been featured in nearly every single Sam Raimi film is back for “Ash vs Evil Dead“, as confirmed by Bruce Campbell himself!

Campbell responded to a fan who was asking about “The Classic” and stated that the original vehicle was shipped to New Zealand for the filming of the 10-episode show.

Ash vs Evil Dead“‘s synopsis reads:

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” (see who’s directing here) is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!

The '73 Delta 88 is still around. We use the original in the show. Had it shipped to New Zealand! #AshvsEvilDead https://t.co/e9YvKVCk3o

— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 28, 2015

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R.I.P. Brock Winkless Dies At Age 56

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:57

Reports are coming in with the very sad news that N. Brock Winkless IV passed away on July 18th at the age of 56. According to MakeUpMag, Winkless, “…suffered from a debilitating neurological condition that caused him rising levels of discomfort and lack of muscular control for more than 15 years. He died as the result of complications due to that condition.

Winkless was an incredibly important figure for us horror fans. His skill at being a puppeteer saw him work with Stan Winston, Rick Baker, and AnimatedFX, Inc. His adeptness at making puppets’ lips look like they were actually saying their lines can be seen in the Child’s Play films as well as Tales From The Crypt‘s Crypt Keeper. He was also the puppeteer for the Xenomorph in Alien3 and was part of The X Files and Congo.

We send our deepest condolences to friends and family. May he rest in peace now.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Dominates the 10 Best-Selling Games of 2015 (So Far)

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:51

Don’t fret, the sickening wet sounds punctuated by the occasional blood-curdling scream that you might be hearing right now aren’t coming from inside your head. You’re not experiencing a psychotic episode, that’s just the sound Mortal Kombat X makes when it’s dominating all the games by ripping their spines out through their recently vacated eye sockets.

Thanks to sales figures tallied by The NPD Group, we now know what the ten best-selling video games are for the first six months of 2015, and some of them may surprise you.

1. Mortal Kombat X
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Battlefield Hardline
4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. Minecraft
6. Batman: Arkham Knight
7. Dying Light
8. NBA 2K15
9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
10. Super Smash Bros.

I did not expect to see the brand new Batman: Arkham Knight on there, especially with the recent delay of the very broken PC version. As impressive as that is — particularly for WB Games, which published MKX, Arkham Knight and Dying Light — it’s overshadowed by the success of the latest installment in the now 25 year-old Mortal Kombat franchise.

Mortal Kombat X is a great game, so that victory is well-deserved. It’s a promising sign for insatiable gorehounds, too, who should be delighted to see a game that celebrates the human, and human-ish, body in such creative ways dominate so completely.

Usually, that place is reserved for White Guys With Guns, Sports 2015, or Grand Theft Auto.

I’m glad Dying Light took a break from finding satisfying ways to free clumsy ghouls of their stupid rotten limbs to grab that #7 spot. That’s fantastic news for a brand new, albeit a very familiar, IP. I suspect we’ll be hearing about a sequel in the not-too-distant future.

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‘Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps’ Confirmed, Still Not Official (Yet)

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 21:07

We won’t know what it is until Capcom is ready to share it with us, but the trademark the company filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) earlier this month is definitely related to the Resident Evil franchise. Umm, surprise?

The confirmation came from DualShockers, which spotted another trademark, this time with the Japanese Patent and Trademark Office. It doesn’t have much else to say about the unannounced project, other than what we should call it, and that’s Biohazard: Umbrella Corps — or Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps, as it’s known here in the States.

Fans have been cautiously waiting to see if Resident Evil 7 will make good on Capcom’s promise to return the series to its roots in survival horror. It has the undesirable position of having to follow up arguably the worst entry in the main series.

After years of quality issues, Resident Evil has made a gradual, if decidedly strategic, comeback with the well-liked Revelations spin-offs, as well as the stunning HD remaster of the GameCube remake that first released in 2002. The only other game we know about right now is the Resident Evil 0 remaster that’s slated to release on all major platforms in early 2016.

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The Graboids Are Back With A ‘Tremors 5: Bloodlines’ Trailer

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 19:34

The first teaser trailer for Tremors 5: Bloodlines has hit the web and shows Burt Gummer traveling to Africa to hunt some graboids. While the film is being released as a direct-to-video fare, it actually doesn’t look too bad. Sure, the CGI right now seems a bit shoddy – and it flashes by so fast that you never can really tell – but the multitude of nods and homages to other films, such as Jurassic Park, Pitch Black, and Die Hard, confirm, at least for me, that this is going to be extremely entertaining popcorn fare.

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 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).

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.

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[Review] ‘Closer to God’ Approaches with Great Acting, Wonderful Tension

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:13

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” has always been relevant in life, and none moreso than in science. Ever before Dolly was first cloned way back in 1996, films and books have taken the whole idea of genetic engineering and cloning of people and come up with some frightening results. With Billy Senese’s Closer to God, which admittedly upon hearing the title, I immediately thought of Nine Inch Nails (+1 to you, Johnny B!), is the latest tale of human cloning gone wrong, and the subsequent fallout of man playing God. Does it make you want to f*ck like an animal?

Through independent backers, genetic researcher Dr. Victor Reed (Jeremy Childs) has succeeded in cloning a healthy baby girl named Elizabeth from his own DNA. Predictably, the resulting backlash has protesters from various sides hounding him day and night, comparing Reed to Frankenstein amongst other things. Reed is not even safe from his own family’s criticism, who have begun to feel the effects of the protests and Reed’s own obsessive work ethic. This all falls to the wayside when a dark secret Reed keeps hidden away from everyone, including his own family, threatens to reveal itself.

Rather than take the typical over-the-top route that many films go when it comes to a topic such as this, Closer to God is a slow burner. The first half of the film is used to set up the piece via flashbacks interspersed with increasing friction around Reed, who reveals his creation and is subsequently bombarded from all sides. The film thrives on the slow but steady trickle of dread that builds itself up into the violent and bloody climax. Credit to Senese for keeping certain aspects of the story away from the audience until the very end, when the tension is almost unbearable. The component to making this all work is some great acting by all principal actors. Childs is superb as a man who struggles with controlling the inevitable chaos he unleashes, but also shows that the character is also blinded by his own work. Shannon Hoppe provides an excellent emotional anchor on the side of Reed’s family as his wife, Claire. Reed’s assistants, Richard and Mary, played by David Alford and Shelean Newman respectively, provide another emotional side to the film, which adds another shade of grey to the dichotomy of the film.

Drawing another Frankenstein comparison, the film puts Reed and his creation in a sympathetic position. And while it’s debatable if Victor Frankenstein deserves sympathy from the audience for his actions, Senese makes the decision much easier in Closer to God for us to eventually lose that sympathy for the creator. Reed, in spite of his dogged determination to find cures for terrible disorders, turns out is not a sympathetic character. He does no favours for himself at the news conference revealing the results of his experiments, lacking all modesty in his achievements. His cold and outright neglect of his wife and his two daughters in favour of Elizabeth is, as we find out later, just the tip of the iceberg. As for Elizabeth, it’s a case of a creation being brought into a world that doesn’t understand them and is subsequently rejected. This leads into a “sins of the father” moment where Reed’s hypocrisy comes back when the topic arises as to what Reed did before he got to Elizabeth.

While Senese has taken care and provided a great genre thriller, there are some drawbacks. The film inevitably plays into the cliche of the creation rebelling against it’s creator trope that we all expect to happen, and as such the last 20 minutes of the film venture into monster territory. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a much-needed release after all of the preceding material winds the tension to the breaking point. It’s just predictable, and much like the rest of the film, doesn’t really stray from the formula that so many other films that have come before it have done.

And while not straying too far from the concept, Closer to God is still very satisfying. The film presents a surprisingly grounded scenario, and expertly turns the handle on the box, increasing the tension through marvellous acting by all participants, until the Jack-in-the-box bursts through, unleashing the payoff that we needed as an audience. Another great thing is that like all good movies, it will ask questions and prompt discussion. If you’re in the mood for a fresh revisiting of a Frankenstein story that remains in reality, check this out.

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‘Extraterrestrial’ Directors Head to the ‘Temple’

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:21

The irony here is special.

Awhile back, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, directors of Extraterrestrial (pictured), slammed our V/H/S films on their Twitter account. We threw some jabs back and forth before hugging it out.

The reason I bring this up is because the duo are now attached to direct Temple, an old script (originally titled “Haunted Temple”) by Simon Barrett, who co-wrote two of the V/H/S films and directed the wrap of the sequel. That’s sort of funny, no?

It’s said to be in the vein of The Grudge and The Ring.

The screenplay was originally written for Hellbenders‘ JT Petty (who also contributed to the screenplay) in 2011, who exited the project some years ago. Barrett has gone on to write You’re Next, as well as The Guest and Lionsgate’s upcoming The Woods (allegedly the next Blair Witch film) for Adam Wingard.

As a tie-in with the film, a book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released. Written by Eiji Otsuka, the book will be featured in the film because one of the chapters focuses on the fictional temple in the project. Toei Animation will also create a 15-part anime series based on this book.

Shooting will take place in Japan.

Neal Edelstein of Hooked Digital Media, Shinya Egawa of Hemisphere Motion Picture Partners, Eric Bassett of Absurda and Mike Macari are producing while Toei Animation in Japan is financing.

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Stunning ‘An American Werewolf In London’ 1:4 Scale Bust Coming In 2016

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:36

Pop Culture Shock has announced via a weekly newsletter that they will be releasing two 1:4 scale busts of the Kessler Wolf from An American Werewolf In London. Both are priced at $399.99 and will be highly limited, one receiving 500 copies and the other getting 300. The latter will feature both closed-mouth and open-mouth switch out heads and will only be available through the official website. Both will be released in the third quarter of 2016 and pre-orders begin August 10th.

Below are two photos that show off just how stunning the design is.

American Werewolf in London – Kessler Wolf 1/4 Scale Statue

Will be available through quality collectible retailers

Price : $399.99
Edition Size : 500 pcs
Size : 21.5″ L x 10.5″ H x 9″ D
Est Ship : 3rd Qtr 2016
Pre-Order Discount : Up to 10% for pre-ordering

Features: Open mouth head

American Werewolf in London – Kessler Wolf 1/4 Scale Statue – PCS EX

Will only be available through popcultureshocktoys.com

Price : $399.99
Edition Size : 300 pcs
Size : 21.5″ L x 10.5″ H x 9″ D
Est Ship : 3rd Qtr 2016
Pre-Order Discount : Up to 10% for pre-ordering

Features: Both closed mouth and open mouth ‘switch-out’ heads!

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Shout Factory’s New Giallo-Inspired ‘The Editor’ Trailer!

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:23

Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on September 8th, 2015 from Scream Factory, The Editor (read our review) comes loaded with bonus features, including an audio commentary with Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney and Matt Kennedy, a brand new “Making Movies Used to be Fun” documentary, deleted scenes, music and poster featurettes and more! Fans who pre-order their copy from ShoutFactory.com will also receive a free collectible poster.

ASTRON-6’s The Editor stars Paz de la Huerta (Nurse 3D, Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Hill (Bad Meat), Laurence R. Harvey (The ABCs of Death 2), Adam Brooks (Manborg), Matthew Kennedy (Father’s Day), Conor Sweeney (The ABCs of Death 2), Tristan Risk (Dark Continents) and Udo Kier (Borgia, Blade).

Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.

The Editor Bonus Features
· Audio Commentary with Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney and Matt Kennedy
· “Making Movies Used To Be Fun” Documentary
· Music and Poster Featurettes
· Astron-6 Film Festival Introduction
· Deleted Scenes

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Buhguul Alert: ‘Sinister’ Sequel Date Change Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:17

Buhguul and his children of sorrow will deliver their sacrifice on August 21st, the original date for Gramercy Pictures’ Sinister 2. It was recently shifted a week before Gramercy pulled it back again.

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.

[Related Post] Bloody Disgusting Visited the Set of Sinister 2 in Chicago

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.

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[Review] ‘Furious’ Is Wacky Martial Arts Cheese Ripe For Ridicule

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:14

Cheesy martial arts action flicks have always been a staple for B-movie fans. No Retreat, No Surrender, Samurai Cop, Story Of Ricky, the list goes on. I’m not a connoisseur of the genre, but that’s certainly not a barrier to enjoying bad acting, ridiculous plotlines and guys kicking the crap out of each other. Tim Everett & Tom Sartori’s 1984 cult favorite Furious personifies those aspects of cult action flicks, seemingly throwing every wacky idea into a blender and hitting “Purée”. And after years of enjoying its status as a cult favorite that’s been circulated for years on the internet, the film finally gets an official release by Leomark Studios. So just what does a film involving martial arts masters, ninjas and wizards that shoot chickens out of their fingers actually like?

Simon (Simon Rhee) is a martial arts teacher who lives in a hut in the woods. When his sister Kim Lee (Arlene Montano) is killed, Simon, after receiving instruction from his sensei, Master Chan (Phillip Rhee), embarks on a journey of investigation and discovery. Retrieval of four pieces of an ancient medallion, betrayal, talking pigs, astral planes, New Wave band members and more await.

If that premise made any sense to you, congratulations. Because I’m not even sure it made sense to Tim Everitt and Tom Sartori, who also wrote this film in addition to directing it. The whole film is a mad libs of a script. For example, the film begins with Kim Lee being pursued by mountain men doing their best Bob & Doug McKenzie routine. Turns out that they’re after Kim Lee for a horn that doubles as a compass. When they corner Kim Lee on top of a mountain, they’re at first dispatched by shuriken to the ass and bo staff, but they end up overpowering her and claiming the horn. After the introduction of Simon (who somehow already knows of Kim Lee’s fate), one of these same mountain men shows up at Simon’s hut, kicks Simon’s dog(?!), gives him a card and leaves. This prompts Simon to head into the city(??) to meet up with his brother, whose dojo is in a skyscraper guarded by members of Devo.

Yep.

It gets better, as it really seems like every scrap of film that was shot during the production of Furious was used, even if the shot didn’t make sense. You literally have Simon battling generic bad guys outside of an office building one moment, running away when reinforcements arrive in hot pursuit, and in the next scene we’re in the middle of the woods as if they just instantly travelled 50 miles out of the city. You also have moments such as Simon and his friends (who initially greet Simon by starting a fight with him) going to a restaurant, only to instantly be thrust into another battle where live chickens are used as weapons. “Quick, we need a shot of introspection!” “Put this Buddha statue on a rock! We’ll have it speak to Simon!” “We need a shot of someone warning Simon of Master Chan’s evil.” “Have one of the bad guys turn into a talking pig.” To say that continuity and reason go out the window with Furious is an understatement.

Predictably, the acting quality is abysmal. Even if we don’t get our first real dialogue until twelve minutes into the film (in the form of Master Chan saying “All riiiiiight!”), that doesn’t stop Simon and pals from being wooden and awkward. But you’re probably asking yourself, “Surely the fighting must be better, and the obvious highlight of the film”. Unfortunately, despite having a few well-choreographed fight scenes, the rest of them suffer from poor timing and botched moves. Even then, the better choreographed fights still suffer from those same problems, but in a less-apparent way. We also get some bad stunts and lame effects, just to cover all the bases.

Look, anyone reading this far knows that Furious is a bad film. Hell, the fans who have been circulating the bootlegs for years knew this. It’s glorified Mystery Science Theatre 3000 material. It’s B-movie cheese that you and your friends laugh at while you get drunk. Its nonsensical and ridiculous plot, terrible acting and badly-scripted fight scenes are ripe for riffing. The entertainment value on that alone makes it a recommendation. Anyone looking for anything else will be sorely let down and outright confused at what they’re watching.

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