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Watch a Whopping 150,966 “Game of Thrones” Deaths!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:58

HBO’s “Games of Thrones” isn’t just the best fantasy drama on television but it’s also the bloodiest. In fact, the adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s books is so gory that we regret not covering the series regularly here on the site.

But just how violent is “Game of Thrones”? While I can remember a handful of vicious fatalities, 150,966 apparently died a horrible death over the course of six seasons.

Here’s a delicious 21-minute compilation to all those who perished. We send our condolences to all of their loved ones.

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[Next On] Look Ahead to Next Week’s “Blood Drive”

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:08

Syfy’s new grindhouse series “Blood Drive” went full speed into the blood and guts last night. Now, we have two images looking ahead to next week’s second episode.

In “Welcome to Pixie Swallow”, Grace and Arthur battle to stay off the menu at the first pit stop; Pixie Swallow Motel & Diner.

In the show, “After Los Angeles’ last good cop (Alan Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Christina Ochoa). Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood!

BLOOD DRIVE — “Welcome to Pixie Swallow” Episode 102 — Pictured: Marama Corlett as Aki — (Photo by: David Bloomer/Syfy)

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Landmarks Destroyed in ‘Sharknado 5: Global Swarming’ Teaser

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:05

The long-running Sharknado franchise goes international this Summer in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, which will take the shark-filled-tornado threat all over the world to destroy iconic landmarks and kill off Z-list celebrities you forgot existed. Yes, this series is somehow still alive.

Today brings the first trailer, which merely teases the mayhem to come.

In Global Swarming, directed by Anthony C. Ferrante…

The mission gets personal for Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tara Reid), when their young son gets trapped in a traveling ‘nado and transported all over the world. From London to Rio, Tokyo, Rome and Amsterdam, the heroes seek assistance from royals, scholars, Olympians and news talking heads in their epic battle.

Confirmed cameos include Fabio as the pope; Charo as the queen of England; Chris Kattan as the British PM; Gilbert Gottfried as storm chaser Ron McDonald; and Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as themselves. Also cast in cameos are Clay Aiken, Tony Hawk, Olivia Newton-John, Bret Michaels and Margaret Cho as a fussy bride whose honeymoon is interrupted by sharks.

On August 6th, Syfy will “Make America Bait Again.”

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Article Blames Tom Cruise for ‘The Mummy’ Woes

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:50

And so begins the finger pointing.

While Universal Pictures’ The Mummy reboot is an international success, it’s coming unwrapped here in the States.  The reason for its failure could be one of many factors including taking on Wonder Woman to the brutal critical assault on the film. But some insiders are directing the blame at star Tom Cruise.

Variety wrote a lengthy attack piece that alleges that Cruise “had excessive control” over the film’s production as if that’s some sort of surprise. I know this may be the unpopular opinion, but Cruise’s involvement was the only reason I had faith in the film. Universal lost me instantly when they released the trash heap Dracula Untold (2014), which was initially to be the first film in the newly-titled Dark Universe. The biggest turnoff, however, was Universal’s decision to hire Alex Kurtzman to direct the film, who may have written and produced a handful of summer blockbusters, but was untested as a director.

The article alleges that Kurtzman was already in the running to helm The Mummy, but Universal didn’t lock him in until Cruise gave his blessing. Herein lies the problem, this union allowed Cruise to take full control of the project without much resistance from Kurtzman. It’s never a good thing when a star is running amok without anyone to give a firm “NO”. With that said, I think Cruise’s track record stands for itself, and it’s well known amongst those in the industry that Cruise always has massive creative control over his projects. Why wouldn’t he? Being that he’s the draw and the star power, why wouldn’t he demand control over his own destiny? Fair or not, that is why he’s taking the blunt of the blame on The Mummy when actually fingers should be pointed at the Universal executives who approved the hiring of Kurtzman.

(L to R) TOM CRUISE as Nick Morton and director/producer ALEX KURTZMAN on the set of “The Mummy”.

But I digress, the article linked above notes how the film was changed after Cruise’s attachment.

There were other ways that The Mummy was transformed from a scary summer popcorn movie into a standard-issue Tom Cruise vehicle. The actor personally commissioned two other writers along with McQuarrie to crank out a new script. Two of the film’s three credited screenwriters, McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, an actor-writer who played small roles in The Mummy and Jack Reacher, were close allies of Cruise’s. The script envisioned Nick Morton as an earnest Tom Cruise archetype, who is laughably described as a “young man” at one point.

His writers beefed up his part. In the original script, Morton and the Mummy (played by Sofia Boutella) had nearly equal screen time. The writers also added a twist that saw Cruise’s character become possessed, to give him more of a dramatic arc. Even though Universal executives weren’t thrilled about the story — which feels disjointed and includes the strange plot twist of Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyl — they went along with Cruise’s vision.

Even through the slander, there are those who back Cruise, including Frank Walsh, the supervising art director.

This is very much a film of two halves: before Tom and after Tom,” said Walsh. “I have heard the stories about how he drives everything and pushes and pushes, but it was amazing to work with him. The guy is a great filmmaker and knows his craft. He will walk onto a set and tell the director what to do, say ‘that’s not the right lens,’ ask about the sets, and as long as you don’t fluff what you’re saying to him … he’s easy to work for.

This aligns with what I’ve heard over the years in that Cruise is not only the utmost professional but everyone loves him. He’s the kind of guy who treats the cast and crew well, taking care of those around him as if they’re family; in fact, Cruise supports local businesses during each production, bringing in his favorite places from around town to cater the cast and crew with food and drinks (on his dime), and whatever else he’s a fan of.

Digressing, again, yes, Cruise had control and thus his vision put on screen, and I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with is that he was given an inexperienced director to boss around. A film’s success or failure begins at the top, and as powerful as Tom Cruise is, he’s not the one who signed the contracts…

Now we wait to see if the Dark Universe continues or if Universal unplugs The Bride of Frankenstein before it’s officially shocked to life.

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No, The Crooked Man Wasn’t CGI in ‘The Conjuring 2’

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 00:38

With today’s announcement that The Conjuring 2 character The Crooked Man will next be getting his own “Conjuring Universe” spinoff film, we’ve once again been inundated with a flood of comments that have left us frustrated. What am I talking about? Well, ever since The Conjuring 2 was released last year, many have criticized the CGI that was used to bring the Crooked Man to the screen… only, CGI actually wasn’t used at all.

Oddly enough, it was exactly one year ago that I wrote a piece here on BD about creature performer Javier Botet, who played the Crooked Man in The Conjuring 2. One of the main goals of the piece was to let everyone know that it was Botet who brought the creepy character to life rather than CGI; alas, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

The Conjuring 2 director James Wan once again took to Twitter earlier tonight to set fans straight, hopefully clearing this whole thing up once and for all…

Crooked Man’s unnatural walk in C2 isn’t CGI,” @CreepyPuppet tweeted. “It was shot in slow mo with walking backwards, then sped up in editing and reversed.”

You may not like the character, but he was NOT computer-generated. Case closed.

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Watch Neill Blomkamp’s New Short ‘Rakka’ for Visionary Sci-fi Insanity!

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 23:37

What exactly is director Neill Blomkamp‘s (District 9, Chappie) new project Oats Studios, which we first heard about last month? Well, even Blomkamp isn’t sure exactly what path it’s going to take his career down, but the basic gist is that the label is going to serve as a testing ground for ideas and creativity, allowing Blomkamp to make experimental shorts that he’s going to be unloading direct to his fans.

Fueled by pure creativity and passion,” the studio’s goal is to, essentially, make cool shit that may someday soon become even bigger cool shit. Get it? Got it? Good, because the first Oats Studios short just hit the net (for free!) and holy shit is it cool.

Set in the year 2020, the short (part of Oats Studios: Volume 1) is titled Rakka, and it takes us into a fully-realized world that’s quickly being taken over by lizard-like alien monsters. They’ve killed millions and are doing cruel experiments on countless others, decorating our landmarks with our dead and making our world their own.

The short centers on a small group of survivors, led by a badass Sigourney Weaver(!), who are taking a stand against the vicious alien invaders.

Check out Blomkamp’s INCREDIBLE new film below!

RAKKA is the story of broken humanity following the invasion of a technologically superior alien species. Bleak harrowing and unrelenting, the humans we meet must find enough courage to go on fighting.

Learn more about the bold new venture on the Oats Studios website.

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‘Resident Evil’ Reboot Could Remain Action-Focused

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 20:18

As much as I enjoy the mindless popcorn-munching nonsense that Paul W.S. Anderson delivered over the past 15 years, I’d really like to see Resident Evil return to its horror roots, especially after playing the absolutely terrifying “Resident Evil 7”. But in looking at the box office numbers for the six films, it’s clear that, even in rebooting the franchise, they’ll probably stick to the same tone.

While absolutely nothing has been decided yet, franchise producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi Collider spoke with about the possibilities for the retooling, revealing that he enjoys the action in the live-action adaptations.

“I personally like Paul W.S. Anderson’s [direction] on the live-action [films]. Stuff like that, I would like to see more action,” he tells the site.

He also confirms a completely new cast and crew, which obviously begins with the hiring of horror director-turned-producer James Wan.

“We will be getting a new director and also the cast members are going to change, too, but I’m looking forward to doing it.”

Wan, who is behind the Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and The Conjuring franchises, was announced a few weeks back to produce the first film in the rebooted series. Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat) will be scripting the franchise-starter. A director for the Constantin, Atomic Monster and Screen Gems film has not yet been hired.

Are you okay with the Resident Evil reboot being action-focused?

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‘Venom’ Will Not Be Part of the Marvel Universe; Shooting This Fall

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 20:00

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed to Allocine that the forthcoming Venom movie will not be part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”

Being that it’s a Sony project, there will be no issues with it receiving an R-rating. However, as Collider notes, Marvel Studios is ultimately owned by Disney, which does not make R-rated movies, so the prospect of an R-rated MCU movie seemed improbable at best. Still, Feige leaves the door open:

“I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now.”

It’s awesome to hear him mention Blade off the tip of his tongue, which lends credibility that they’re working to revive the character. But in regards to Venom, there’s also news on a potential shoot date: According to Omega Underground, Sony will start shooting Venom on September 1 in both Atlanta, Georgia and New York City.

It was announced last month that Tom Hardy will be starring as the title character and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer is directing.

Hardy’s Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the symbiote, which culminates to him becoming Venom.  The character was introduced in 1988 in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #298-300, scripted by David Michelinie and drawn by the legendary Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Venom is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers.

No word on what the film will be about, but a production listing pegged it as an “action/horror/science fiction” movie.

Sony will spin a darker web on October 5, 2018.

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Kurt Russell’s Connection to the Largest UFO Sighting in U.S. History!

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 19:46

In 1997, the “Phoenix Lights” incident was the most-witnessed UFO event in U.S. history, with the craft said to be as large as several football fields.

Authorities were alerted by a civil pilot, whose identity was unknown… until today.

In a new interview with Kurt Russell, the legendary actor reveals that he was the civil pilot who called in the unusual lights spotted in the Arizona sky. Here’s his testimony that aired on BBC in April of this year. Holy. Shit.

He wasn’t aware of the magnitude of the incident until years later when his wife, Goldie Hawn, was watching a television show on UFOs and it was particularly about that event. Over 20,000 people witnessed the event that’s yet to be debunked (no, it wasn’t “flares”).

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Multiple ‘The Walking Dead’ VR Games On The Way!

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 19:24

Remember that VR game based on The Walking Dead that Skybound Entertainment and Skydance Interactive were working on? Well, Variety has posted an update today regarding said VR game. Or games, in this case.

Announced yesterday at E3, the first game is expected to be released in 2018, with subsequent games to follow. The game won’t be another mindless zombie masher, however. According to Skybound’s President of Interactive Dan Murray, the focus will be on the interaction between humans, while the zombies themselves will be “something that happens in the background”. It sounds as if it’ll be akin to Telltale Games’ series based on The Walking Dead.

The announcement yesterday was a tight-lipped affair, with no details as to what the game will actually be like, nor any details on platforms. Skydance Interactive President Peter Akeman did state that the goal will be to bring the games to all of the existing high-end systems, which presumably includes Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR.

Seeing as we don’t have any word on when those VR experiences based on Alien will show up, this sounds like a nice alternative.

This story was originally posted on Plenty Dreadful. Head there for more horror video game goodness!

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‘The Strangers 2’ Director Says the Sequel Has a John Carpenter Influence

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:55

I’m not convinced that any horror filmmaker has influenced other horror filmmakers more than John Carpenter, whose past work has become particularly influential to filmmakers of today. Recent hits such as It Follows and “Stranger Things” were oozing with Carpenter inspiration, and it looks like the sequel to Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers will be cut from a similar cloth.

Johannes Roberts, who unleashes 47 Meters Down this weekend, is currently filming The Strangers 2, and he says that Carpenter was a huge influence on it.

I’m in week two of filming. It looks absolutely incredible,” Roberts told Dread Central. “I love Bertino’s film, I think it’s an amazing movie and tonally this movie is going to fit very well into that universe. It has a real strong emotional heart, which the first one did, and it has a very cool retro feel to it, a lot of sort of references to… I mean, I always bring a lot of John Carpenter with me because that’s what I grew up on, but also maybe going back a bit earlier to the seventies movies, from Don’t Look Now to Duel, the Spielberg movie, even Christine a bit, the John Carpenter movie.”

He continued, “All of these influences are finding their way into the movie, but I think it’s going to be a real fantastic movie. I’m super excited about it.”

In the sequel, scripted by Bertino and Ben Ketai…

The film follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness, three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.

Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman star.

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Excellent ‘Flatliners’ Trailer is Spooky, Tense, and Riveting

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:50
What, were you expecting this?

I felt compelled to revisit the original Flatliners trailer after watching the one for Niels Arden Oplev’s remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 cult thriller. It’s actually surprising how vastly different they are, which I guess is a good thing? We always beg for filmmakers to try something new when revisiting an old property but that doesn’t guarantee it’s going to be any good. 27 years later, Schumacher’s Flatliners, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Julia Roberts as four Medical students who experiment on “near death” experiences, is still awfully unnerving. The film’s original trailer is gritty, earthy, and wickedly lo-fi, not to mention quite scary. Dig it.

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Check Out New Images from ‘To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story’

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:23

We don’t yet have a release date for Masterfully Macabre’s upcoming documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, but we know you guys are as hungry as we are for more information about it. The doc will dig deep into Hodder’s life and career, telling stories you’ve never heard before, and we’ve got four new images for ya today.

Check ’em out below, along with an exclusive clip and the trailer!

The in-depth documentary includes interviews with Kane Hodder, Bruce Campbell, Bill Moseley, Cassandra Peterson, Sid Haig and Danielle Harris, to name just a few.

To Hell and Back is a harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp.

After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back – a uniquely human story about one of cinema’s most vicious monsters.

Masterfully Macabre Entertainment will present both domestic and international premieres and bring the highly anticipated doc to audiences around the world.

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10 Underappreciated Final Girls!

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:15

The final girl trope has long been a staple in horror and refers to the last woman left standing to confront the killer. She’s the survivor left to tell the tale.  Though the term was only coined in 1992 by film professor and author Carol J. Clover, the final girl has persisted for decades prior. The trope is so intertwined with the genre, that the phrase already triggers a long list of popular final girls at its mere mention. Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson, Sidney Prescott, Alice Hardy, and Ellen Ripley are rightfully celebrated as the toughest women in horror. But they aren’t the only Final Girls worth celebrating.  Whether their films were underseen, underrated, or forgotten, here’s 10 more final girls that deserve more love:

Alice Johnson – A Nightmare on Elm Street series

When it comes to this beloved series, most fans fondly recall Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy Thompson as their favorite final girl.  While she deserves every bit of the praise and adoration, there’s another final girl in the franchise that’s often overlooked; Alice Johnson. Alice is introduced in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master as the best friend of Kristen Parker, the final girl from Dream Warriors. Alice begins the movie as a timid girl from a dysfunctional family, using her lucid dreaming as a means of escape.  When Kristen pulled Alice into her nightmare, she transfers her powers to Alice upon her death. As the movie progresses, Alice amasses the power of every one of her friends killed by Freddy Krueger, making her one fierce adversary. No longer the shy girl, Alice becomes a force to be reckoned with.  Her character growth makes her transition into final girl even more fun, but that she survives not one but two rounds with Freddy makes her deserving of far more attention than she’s received so far.

Jannicke – Cold Prey & Cold Prey 2

Cold Prey and its sequel aren’t exactly original; they borrow heavily from American slashers, namely Halloween and Friday the 13th. Fans of slashers will pick up immediately who will and won’t survive. Yet, they’re extremely stylish and brutal. The icy setting of the old, abandoned ski lodge makes for a thrilling location. Then there’s Jannicke, a strong-willed woman that seems a lot like Ginny Field from Friday the 13th Part 2. She’s half the size of the giant killer, but her athleticism and strong desire to live compensates for the massive size difference, resulting in a thrilling head-to-head battle.  The killer isn’t fond of losing, though, and round two commences in the hospital set sequel (sound familiar?). When the staff and police fall violently at the hands of the revived mountain man, Jannicke once again faces off against him.

Barbara – Night of the Living Dead (1990)

The 1990 remake of Romero’s classic is an underrated gem in its own right; George Romero re-wrote the screenplay and persuaded Tom Savini to take on directorial duties after initially being hired to handle special effects. The most revelatory update to the zombie classic, however, was the reimagining of lead heroine Barbara. Unlike her 1968 counterpart, this Barbara doesn’t fall into a state of shock and hysterics upon losing her brother to a zombie in the film’s opening sequence. Instead, she becomes a vital asset to the group of survivors holed up in a farmhouse. Played by Patricia Tallman, this more modern take on Barbara eschews her shrinking violet nature in favor of intelligence and toughness.  This version of Barbara not only outlasts on her wits alone but ruthlessly delivers a satisfying conclusion to the power battle between hero Ben (Tony Todd) and obnoxious jerk Harry Cooper (Tom Towles).

Meg Penny – The Blob (1988)

The amorphous monster at the center of this creature feature proved to be a terrifying match for even the military.  Crash landing from space as a small entity, the Blob quickly amasses into a size that threatens to engulf the entire town. Enter Meg Penny (Shawnee Smith), an unwitting cheerleader that suffers perhaps the worst first date in history, when nice guy Paul becomes one of the first victims to be dissolved and devoured by the Blob. Yet, Meg doesn’t let it keep her down for long. She not only discovers the creature’s origins but also figures out the way to stop it. She also uses her charm to woo the town’s black sheep, Brian Flagg (Kevin Dillon), to assist in saving the day. When an entire town quarantined by the military are helpless, leave it to one pissed off cheerleader to take care of business.

Yasmine – Frontier(s)

Granted, this 2007 entry in the New French Extremity movement feels like countless horror films before it, borrowing memorable plotlines and moments from films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes or Hostel. Yet the balls to the wall level of violence and gore was so over the top that it didn’t matter.  The NC-17 rating slapped on by the MPAA is a giant clue that final girl Yasmine worked harder than perhaps anyone else on this list to earn her final girl status. The Neo-Nazi family that dispatches Yasmine’s friends are brutal, yet Yasmine matches their viciousness by ripping out the throats of her attackers, impaling them on a table saw, and using any means necessary to survive. This blood-soaked final girl takes no prisoners.

Taylor Gentry – Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

A clever mockumentary that lovingly pokes fun at the slasher genre also takes the relationship between final girl and killer in a whole different direction. Unlike most, where the killer stalks the final girl over the course of the film until the explosive showdown, this movie sees its final girl, Taylor Gentry, developing feelings for Leslie Vernon, as he shares his meticulous plan to slaughter teens over the course of one night. Once Taylor and her crew discover that Leslie’s plans for murder weren’t a farce, the film shifts to traditional horror, and the realization that Taylor was always the intended final girl makes for one of the most fun showdowns in slasher history.  The foreplay between these would-be lovers is killer.

Megan Garris – Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

When it comes to this franchise, it’s usually the first two final girls of the series that hog the spotlight; Alice Hardy and Ginny Field. Yet it’s Jennifer Cooke’s sassy portrayal of Megan Garris that makes her my favorite final girl of the Friday the 13th series. Her zeal for breaking rules and rebelling against her father, Sheriff Mike Garris, makes for a lively counterpart to Tommy Jarvis’ (Thom Matthews) serious man on a mission. While Tommy, responsible for reviving Jason Voorhees in the first place, does all that he can to correct his mistake, it’s ultimately Megan that saves the day, both in rescuing a drowning Tommy and taking a boat motor to Voorhees’ neck. Final girls are known for their killer survival instincts, but Megan’s fearless passion for life sets her apart from the pack.

Tuffy – Feast

Tuffy doesn’t have a lot going for her when Feast begins. She’s a down on her luck waitress at a bar who moonlights as a prostitute, and her sole source of happiness is her young son. That happiness is ripped away from her violently, thanks to the gross creatures that descend upon the bar. When the bar patrons and purported heroes can’t seem to get their act together to ward off the creatures, Tuffy gets fed up and takes matters into her own hands. When both life and weird horny man-eating monsters keep Tuffy down, she fights back. Hard.  Her revenge against the creatures earns her the title of “Heroine 2.”

Amy Harper – The Funhouse

Elizabeth Berridge’s Amy Harper begins as just another one of many horror teens that wished they’d obeyed their parents by the time the end credits begin to roll. Despite her father’s wishes, Amy sneaks out of the house to meet her new boyfriend, her best friend, and her best friend’s boyfriend to visit a traveling carnival. Sneaking around where they shouldn’t, the group ends up locked in the carnival’s funhouse for the night with a deformed Gunther in pursuit.  It’s good girl Amy who winds up confronting the terrifying Gunther alone, resulting in one of the tensest final battles in slasher history. Of course, the unique setting helps.  She may have been a simple good girl with a small rebellious streak, but her brutal slaying of her attacker earns her worthy final girl status.

Angela Vidal – [REC] series

What should have been a dull night covering the night shift at a local fire station became reporter Angela Vidal’s worst nightmare. A call results in Angela, her cameraman Pablo, and two firefighters investigating an aggressive woman locked in her apartment. You know the drill. The woman bites an officer, and before you know it this zombie-like rage virus spreads throughout the apartment building just as it’s quarantined.  Just as lone survivor makes it all the way to the top, she seems to fall prey to the virus’ source, a very creepy Tristana Medeiros, and the camera cuts to black. For a final girl, it’s a pretty weak ending, right? Except, halfway through the sequel, REC 2, Angela is revealed to not only still be alive, but she’s kicking butt and determined to finally make it out of the building. Considering the sequel’s final reveal, a case could still be made against the plucky reporter for being a worthy final girl. Except, her return in the final entry in the series, REC 4: Apocalypse, has her squaring off against Medeiros infection once and for all. What should have been an easy reporting job turned into a hell that spanned three films, a possession by way of parasitic worm, an exorcism, and a whole lot of carnage in between.  Perhaps she, more than anyone on this list, endured the longest to earn her spot.

Who is your favorite underappreciated final girl?
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New Video from KREATOR Pays Tribute to Shot-on-Video Slashers

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:59

You’ve heard the song, but the video is brand new.

I’m not sure what the longest span of time between a song and its video is, but German thrash metal legends KREATOR damn sure took their sweet time making a video for their ‘Pleasure to Kill.’ The track, featured on the same-named album that was released way back in 1986, only got a video this week… over 30 years after the song was first heard!

Directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and Rafal Szermanowicz, the long-awaited ‘Pleasure to Kill’ music video is inspired by gory slasher films from the time period in which the song was recorded, and it was whipped up due to the recent re-release of the album and three others from the KREATOR library: “Endless Pain,” “Pleasure To Kill,” “Terrible Certainty” and “Extreme Aggression,” all remastered and available now.

The premise? An attractive young woman meets a murderous madman, of course!

I came up with the idea to add a trashy storyline that captures the vibe of the year 1986,” frontman Mille Petrozza explains. “The album concept was loosely based on a fake documentary called Faces of Death, and everyone in the band was a big fan of early slasher movies made by directors like Hershel Gordon Lewis, Lucio Fulci, and Tobe Hooper. This is our tribute to the glorious times of that genre.”

Check out the decades-in-the-making video below!

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‘Ouija’ Star Boards TNT’s “Snowpiercer”

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:56

Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil, OculusCaptain Fantastic) and Sasha Frolova are set as series regulars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s pilot “Snowpiercer”, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho, Deadline reports.

The hourlong drama pilot, directed by Doctor Strange, Sinister, and Exorcism of Emily Rose helmer Scott Derrickson, explores class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.

The series is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe.

Basso will play LJ Anderson, a quiet, diligent, Midwestern girl, who lives with her parents in a fourth-class cabin and works in the greenhouse car. Poor but not as desperate as those that live in the tail of the train, LJ has made peace with her daily routine until a major event shakes up her world.

Frolova will portray Pixi Aariak. Pixi is strange, mysterious, and inscrutable, a charismatic chameleon and probably inspired the expression “still waters run deep.” She returns to the front of the train after a three-year sentence in the prison car and struggles to acclimate to her old life. You can’t take your eyes off of her. And you probably shouldn’t.

Basso will next be seen in Screen Gems feature The Slender Man opposite Joey King and Julia Goldani Telles.

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Comic Series ‘Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack’ Co-Written by Carpenter!

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:36

The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth.

Via Screen Rant, it was just announced that BOOM! Studios is taking a page out of the Wolverine playbook with upcoming comic series Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack, set to tell the tale of Jack Burton’s final ride in the Pork-Chop Express!

Written by John Carpenter and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2), the four-issue series will be kicking off in September.

In Old Man Jack

The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth. Ching Dai, sick of relying on screw-ups like Lo Pan to do his bidding, has broken the barriers between Earth and the infinite hells, and declared himself ruler of all.

Sixty-year-old Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it manages to pick up a message. Someone is out there in the hellscape, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai.

Check out the main cover for #Issue 1 below, which will have multiple variants!

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Colorful Shots From Indie ‘They Remain’

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:04

Yesterday Variety reported that Paladin had acquired domestic theatrical rights to horror-thriller They Remain, starring William Jackson Harper and Rebecca Henderson. Now, check out some of the first ever images.

Harper and Henderson portray scientists employed by a vast, impersonal corporation to investigate an unspeakable horror that took place at the remote encampment of a mysterious cult. Working and living in a state-of-the-art, high tech environment that is completely at odds with their surroundings, they spend their days gathering physical evidence, analyzing it, and reporting on their findings.

When Henderson’s character discovers a mysterious artifact of unknown origin, the dynamic between them changes: secrets are kept, sexual tensions arise, and paranoia sets in. Having lost all sense of what is real and what is imagined, all he knows is that the horror they have been sent to uncover now threatens his very survival.

Philip Gelatt directed They Remain from his own script, adapted from the 2010 short story by Laird Barron.

Will Battersby produced through his Reno Productions. Gelatt re-teamed on They Remain with Reno Productions, which also produced his 2011 debut feature The Bleeding House.Paladin and Reno are prepping They Remain for a film festival launch and theatrical release commencing in the fall.

Gelatt has worked as a graphic novelist and comic book creator for the Indiana Jones franchise, and for such companies as Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press. He also worked as a video game writer for such companies as Crystal Dynamics and Frictional Games, and on Rise of The Tomb Raider, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Award.

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[Review] “The Mist” Weaves a Web of Drama and Paranoia

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:40

Dimension and Spike TV’s “The Mist” opens with a shot of a spider, which is a metaphor for the web the residents of Bridgeville, Maine are trapped in. It’s also instant foreshadowing that becomes a reoccurring theme throughout the show.

“The Mist”, adapted from Stephen King‘s novel, spends the opening moments of the series intercutting between a soldier and the residents of Bridgeville. The soldier awakens with amnesia but catches a glimpse of a terrifying fog rolling into town. Meanwhile, Eve (Alyssa Sutherland) and Kevin (Morgan Spector) Copeland fight over letting their daughter, Alex (Gus Birney), attend a party.

The pilot takes its time introducing the town’s characters and setting up their series arcs. Penned by Amanda Segel and Christian Torpe, “The Mist” fights hard to wedge in social commentary, from drugs to bullying, sexual preference, and even rape. Yes, the major conflict in the first episode begins when Alex alleges that Jay (Luke Cosgrove), the town football star, raped her. A rift is formed between her parents being that Kevin allowed her to go to the party behind Eve’s back. While the social commentary is commendable, I see many having an issue with how it’s presented; not only do the locals not believe her, but the show eludes to the idea that maybe she’s lying. This, of course, isn’t socially acceptable, yet it’s impossible to know where the writers are taking this arc over the course of the season.

But I digress, the point is that the writers are working overtime to insert drama, conflict and add more than one dimension to a story that needs to be more than a horror show. That’s the difficult task at hand; how do they expand on King’s story without blowing the load too early? “The Mist” is more about people being monsters than the show’s creatures. This hearkens back to George A. Romero’s initial zombie trilogy, especially Dawn of the Dead.

Once the mist actually rolls in, the town’s people are caught in a web and unable to move. One group find themselves trapped in a mall, where they’re fighting fear and paranoia, while unseen horrors outside drive their insanity. Here, shit hits the fan, and it never slows down. Those hoping for monsters are going to have to wait being that it appears the first season will torment the town with “normal” insects. Still, these bugs are vicious as they devour anyone who crosses their path; it’s violent, bloody and absolutely bonkers. The hope is that the filmmakers are able to continually deliver the goods over the course of ten episodes, which will have to be deluded by more character work.

Speaking of, Frances Conroy‘s performance is enough to warrant a weekly return to Bridgeville. She’s being set up as one of the town’s antagonists and single-handedly elevates the quality of the pilot episode. Just wait until you see what comes next…

And while the debut does a solid job of setting up various mysteries, the one thing that bothers me is the opening sequence with the soldier and his dog; it’s a constant reminder that the military has something to do with the mist. With that said, “The Mist” is a beautiful blend of drama and horror that delivers on its immediate promise. Feeling like an episode of “Friday Night Lights” with man-eating insects, “The Mist” is as dense as it’s terrifying and promises to be one of the best new genre shows on television.

“The Mist” premieres Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT on Spike.

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This Evolved Ape Thinks He’s “Bad” in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Clip

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:38

Fox has released yet another stunning piece of footage from War of the Planet of the Apes.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his band of Simian brothers discover an unknown, newly evolved ape named “Bad Ape” (Steve Zahn) – an escapee from a zoo. For the first time in the trilogy, Caesar and his apes discover a new ape outside of their tribe, marking a critical moment in the war between Humans and Apes.

Something interesting that I immediately noticed was that “Bad Ape” is constantly shown standing/sitting in front of fire. I don’t think this is an accident and is foreshadowing Bad Ape quite literally being “bad” – he does give off a Gollum vibe, ironically played by Serkis.

 

In the film, after the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Andy Serkis returns as Caesar, with Judy Greer as Caesar’s wife, with Woody Harrelson added to the growing battle.

War of the Planet of the Apes ends mankind on July 14, 2017.

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