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New Documentary Shines a Light on Flemish Horror

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:03

The basic premise of Steve De Roover’s new documentary, Forgotten Scares: An In Depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema, is a little bit suspect in that it positions Flemish horror as a largely unknown, underground movement. Considering the success of recent imports like Cub, Calvaire and The Ardennes I’m not sure how much I buy that but, okay, I’ll play along for now.

Forgotten Scares: An In Depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the ’70s and shines a bright light on the potential future of horror in Belgium. Through this doc, the filmmakers hope that viewer get a chance to discover long forgotten – and even unfinished – genre gems and learn in-depth info about underrated ‘splatter and gore’-fests, post-apocalyptic movies, slasher-films, nazisploitation, women-in-prison and other fantastical Flemish genre benders through the eyes of the directors, producers, composers, principal actors and genre experts.

“Forgotten Scares” will feature rare behind the scene footage, classic film scenes, production stills, promotional art and even never before seen videos out of the vaults of the filmmakers.

The documentary is currently in post-production, so there is no release date in place for this film at this time.

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Hippies Get Ready – ‘I Drink Your Blood’ is Coming to Blu-ray!

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:02

Grindhouse Releasing is set to follow up their stunning Cat in the Brain Blu-ray release with I Drink Your Blood coming to Blu-ray on November 8th! This absolutely bonkers splatter-fest is getting the Grindhouse treatment it so desperately deserves. Below you can see all the details and in what should be a surprise to no one this release is gearing up to be absolutely loaded. This will be the third Blu-ray release this year from Grindhouse Releasing making 2016 a year for the ages!

It’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD meets Charlie Manson in this gore-drenched 1971 drive-in classic. After consuming rabies-infected meat pies, an LSD-addicted hippie cult goes on a vicious murdering rampage! Heavily censored since its original release, this infamous landmark of cinematic brutality is being presented in all its blood-splattered glory.

Special Features:
•Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR’S CUT
•4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for ’70s audiences!
•Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
•Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
•Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
•New in-depth interview with director David Durston
•The original theatrical trailer and radio spots
•Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
•Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE
•TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES – I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) – presented for the very first time in HD + exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe, BLUE SEXTET (1969) – David Durston’s long-lost uncensored psychedelic shocker – presented for the very first time on home video!
•Liner notes by renowned horror journalist David Szulkin (THE MAKING OF WES CRAVEN’S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT)
•Beautiful embossed slipcover
•BONUS – I DRINK YOUR BLOOD HORROR HYPO – Inject your friends with rabies! Limited to the first 3000 copies!

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High Octane Pictures Acquires ‘Gehenna: Where Death Lives’ (Exclusive)

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:02

Bloody Disgusting has learned that the highly-anticipated creature-feature Gehenna: Where Death Lives, directed, produced, and co-written by makeup and special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri, has been acquired by High Octane Pictures.

The trailer, which you can watch below, hints at a lot of things without actually showing much. It’s enough to have me intrigued and given Katagiri’s history the special effects are sure to be awesome.

High Octane Pictures is a newly-minted shingle, founded by industry vet and CAA Alum Galen Christy. It has acquired the international sales rights for the film, which boasts high-end sets and spectacular effects work from director Hiroshi Katagiri himself, and his friends from the industry. Katagiri’s storied career includes working at Stan Winston Studios and also working with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, A.I and War of the Worlds. Other credits include Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games, and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem. Gehenna marks his debut as a feature film director.

Encompassing horror, suspense and a twist that will blow your mind, Gehenna fixes on five people who enter a hidden bunker from WW2, and realize it’s way more than a bunker. Some fates are MUCH worse than death.

The ensemble cast includes Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), Genre icon Lance Henriksen (TV’s Millennium, Aliens), Eva Swan, Simon Phillips, and Justin Gordon.

Spectral Motion, known for award-winning work on such films as Hellboy and Looper, did the makeup effects on the creature played by Jones.

Gehenna has been accepted at festivals that include Shriekfest and  with the support of High Octane Pictures, will have a major presence at this year’s American Film Market.

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Hush, We Have Some New Images From the ‘Inside’ Remake

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:50

As previously reported, the 49th Sitges Film Festival will be raising its curtain with the European premiere of Inside, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped, Extinction), with screenplay by Jaume Balagueró ([REC]) and his usual collaborator Manu Díez, and starring Rachel Nichols (The Loop, Tokarev, Fantastic Four) and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Punisher). It’s an Adrián Guerra and Núria Valls (Nostromo Pictures) production.

The audience’s worst fears will come to life in Inside, the opening film at the 49th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which will be taking place from October 7-16th. Once again, the Festival is banking on local production for the opening gala, reaffirming its commitment to Catalan cinema.

Inside’s story follows in the footsteps of the film it’s based on, À l’intérieur, directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, and that made an impact on audiences at Sitges 2007 and has become a cult film.

Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated. Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring play the two main roles in this brutal and bloody hand-to-hand combat.

Inside is produced by Nostromo Pictures, a Barcelona based company that’s behind Rodrigo Cortés’ films Buried and Red LightsGrand Piano, that opened the 2013 Sitges Film Festival, or the box office sensation Palmeras en la Nieve. It has the thrillers El Guardián Invisible and Contratiempo well under way.

Thanks to Fabien M.

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“Stan Against Evil” Promises 172, Er…171 Demons That Need an Ass Whooping

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:45

IFC’s upcoming scripted horror/comedy series “Stan Against Evil” has received a trailer that shows off John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”, Office Space) as the title character who takes on the role of a demon slayer. You can watch the action below, courtesy of IGN.

Brad has mentioned that he’s a big fan of McGinley and I have to agree 100% with him. That actor is brilliant with comedic timing and can pull off being a total asshole (Dr. Cox) while at the same time being open, vulnerable, charming, and wildly entertaining (once again, Dr. Cox). Put him in a project and it exponentially increases my interest!

“Stan Against Evil” follows Stanley Miller (McGinley), a sour, aging bulldog of a New England police sheriff who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at a most inappropriate moment — his wife’s funeral. Impatient and judgmental, he’s not exactly accepting or kind towards people from different walks of life. When the new, strong-willed sheriff Evie Barret (Varney) opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, Stan begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off.

A special Halloween night premiere at 10 PM is scheduled, followed on Nov. 2 by the official series premiere with back to back episodes at 10 PM and 10:30 PM. The 8-episode season will then air Wednesdays at 10 PM throughout the fall.

“Stan Against Evil” was created by “The Simpsons” writer Dana Gould.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Trailer Tease Gets Suited Up!

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:44

John Wick: Chapter 2 hits theaters February 10, 2017. Keanu Reeves returns, although the motivation this time around won’t be the murder of his dog given to him by his dead wife. Although, this new image told us that Wick has a new best friend and sidekick…Turner and Hooch are surely going to be leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

As we told you last week, Lionsgate will host a power-packed panel that will feature the stars and filmmakers from the highly anticipated feature films John Wick: Chapter 2 and Saban’s Power Rangers during New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 8. Fans attending the hour-long panel will be treated to Q&A sessions with the cast and producers of Saban’s Power Rangers and John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen footage from both films.

Lionsgate released a trailer tease in which Wick gets suited up for a party that’s also a slight homage to The Shining.

Those who cannot attend will be able to watch the panel LIVE on Twitch.

Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 2:00 PM

“In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.”

Chad Stahelski directs from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad. Co-starring are Thomas Sadoski and Ruby Rose.

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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Fan-made Trailer: Alice vs. Dr. Isaacs

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:33

Dr. Isaacs, played by Iain Glen, returns in this fan-made trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which gives us a look at what it would be like to see Milla Jovovich’s final battle as Alice.

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

[Related] Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Trailer: Alice Returns Home…to Kill Them All

Ali Larter also returns as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen will return as Dr. Isaacs, with Shawn Roberts playing Albert Wesker once again. New additions also include Ruby Rose as Abigail, Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Doc, Cuban American actor William Levy as Christian, Fraser James (“Law & Order: UK”) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.

Sony Screen Gems has Resident Evil: The Final Chapter slated for release on January 27th, 2017.

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Trent Reznor Still Promises New Nine Inch Nails Music By the End of the Year

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:26

Last December, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor took to Twitter to state that a new NIN album would be coming out in 2016, along with other stuff. The other stuff has since been confirmed as the scores to the films Between the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary that he’s scoring alongside Atticus Ross, Mogwai, and Gustavo Santaolalla (The Last of Us), and Patriot’s Day, which is Peter Berg’s take on the Boston Marathon bombing.

However, it’s already several days into October and we still don’t have any word on a new Nine Inch Nails single, much less an album. Fans are beginning to feel like there isn’t hope, although we’ve seen how surprise drops in the horror world can work out tremendously well, a lá 10 Cloverfield Lane.

To put minds at rest, Reznor replied to several comments on a Instagram post he put up yesterday addressing these concerns by simply stating, “2016 is not over yet“.

The last album we got was 2013’s Hesitation Marks, which was reviewed by Lauren Rae back when it came out and didn’t exactly meet her standards. However, I know many people who adored it, so it’ll be interesting to see what kinds of reactions a new album gets!

Source: CoS

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Digital Teaser Unveiled #NYCC

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:10

A digital billboard promoting Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes has made its way online, although anyone hoping it shows new footage is going to be sorely disappointed. Rather, it shows snowflakes forming the rough yet distinct shape of Caesar, with voice over lines from the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes warning of the impending war between apes and humans.

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. 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, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary joining the fight.

War for the Planet of the Apes marches into theaters July 14th, 2017.

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London Restaurant Creates “Stranger Things”-Themed Menu

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:42

London restaurant Lucky Chip has hopped aboard the “Stranger Things” hype train and has added two delicious looking burgers to their menu for the month of October. The first is called the “Eggos Waffle Burger”, which includes “Waffle, beef patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, peanut butter and jelly with a hint of chilli [sic]” while the second is “The Demogorgon” and is a “Demi Gorgonzola [HA!] filled beef patty, Cheddar, pickled onions & Mac sauce”. Both look absolutely delicious!

You wanna know what the problem is with writing posts like this? It’s early in the morning and now I’m craving a burger. It’s barely past breakfast, so this is some bullshit. Someone fly me to London! I’ll convince Brad it’s for investigative journalistic research purposes…or something like that. In reality, I just wanna shove burgers into my face.

Eggos Waffle burger Waffle, beef patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, peanut butter and jelly with a hint of chilli Available for all of October on the STRANGER THINGS MENU at Dalston, Islington & Camden #burgers #strangerthings #strangerthingshavehappened

A photo posted by Lucky Chip Burgers (@lucky_chip) on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:49am PDT

THE DEMOGORGON!! Demi Gorgonzola filled beef patty, Cheddar, pickled onions & Mac sauce part of the Stranger Things Menu

‘Gears of War’ Adaptation Bringing Sera to the Big Screen

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 19:17

It looks like the long-rumored Gears of War movie is officially moving forward! The film was officially announced during a livestream for the upcoming Gears of War 4, with Rod Fergusson, studio head of The Coalition telling Variety, “As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie. We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect.

Fergusson also commented on what kind of story the film will tell, explaining, “I think you have to let the movies be the movies. They’re two different mediums, and two different audiences in some cases, and I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers. If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie.

Universal is behind the game-to-film adaptation, which will be produced by Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

No further details have been released.

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Telluride Horror Show Announces Second Wave of Films

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 18:05

With under two weeks until it kicks off, the Telluride Horror Show has released its second wave of films! Running from October 14-16th, the festival has revealed it will be showcasing the world premiere of #Screamers, the Colorado premieres of Sadako vs. Kayako and The Windmill, and will also be presenting several additional short horror films!

Not content with just showing people a bunch of films, the festival has also put together several events to keep people entertained, such as an Ice Cream Social, a bonfire with horror author Joe R. Lansdale reading creepy campfire tales, a pig roast, and a horror trivia night co-hosted by Brad McHargue and yours truly! Head on down for the full second wave announcement!

Three-day passes have been sold out but individual tickets will be available at the venues should seating be available. More information can be found here.

Feature Length Films BEYOND THE WALLS

France | 2016 | 142 min | Director: Hervé Hadmar
Lisa’s fate takes a dramatic turn when she inherits a mysterious uninhabited old house left to her in the will of its deceased owner. Lisa moves into the house with no inkling of the mysteries that await her.


UK | 2016 | 95 min | Director: Andy Edwards
Three best friends – Alex, Az and Jim – head to Ibiza for their first lad’s holiday. Unfortunately, tagging along is Alex’s unimpressed ex-girlfriend Ellie. Arriving on the island, the lads dump Ellie with Alex’s sister Liz, and her friend Zara, and head to San Antonio to start their week of sun, sea and debauchery. Soon they end up in a club, run by local gangster Karl, where the attractions aren’t all alive – they’re zombies! Due to Jim’s drunken antics the zombies escape, and soon all hell breaks loose and no one on the party island is safe.


UK | 2015 | 99 min | Director: Steven Gomez
When an elite army unit is helicoptered to a remote, off-the-grid island facility, a simple training exercise quickly descends into a terrifying battle to the death as the marines discover the island is overrun by an enemy that transcends the human concept of evil.


Japan | 2016 | 98 min | Director: Koji Shiraishi
After viewing a legendary cursed videotape, Natsumi discovers she has only two days before she will be killed by the demonic entity known as Sadako. The only way to break the curse: Pitting the demon Sadako against Kayako, an accursed spirit possessing a haunted house where everyone who enters disappears.


USA | 2016 | 88 min | Director: Dean Ronalds
When an internet company decides to investigate a series of ‘Screamer’ videos, they are confronted with havoc and hell they could never expect.


Netherlands | 2016 | 85 min | Director: Nick Jongerius
Followed by a Q&A with director Nick Jongerius
A group of unsuspecting tourists awaken a mysterious evil while on a trip through the Dutch countryside.

Shorts DOLL

USA | 2016 | 6 min | Director: Michael Peer
IN PERSON: Michael Peer
A personal fitness trainer has an unhealthy relationship with dolls.


France | 2015 | 11 min | Director: Thomas Vernay
The wind blows, noises of armor resound. A knight escorts a young woman athwart plains. The thunder begins to scold, clouds invade the landscape. The knight, worried, stares at the castle on the horizon. The end is close.


USA | 2015 | 2 min | Director: Thomas Humphreys I hope you like wetting your bed forever.


USA | 2016 | 13 min | Director: Alice Shindelar
An introverted teenager loses her virginity and her boyfriend in one fell orgasm; a sensitive portrait of adolescence that builds to one helluva FX gag that’s both funny and frightening.


USA | 2016 | 10 min | Directors: Alex Kavutskiy & Ariel Gardner
IN PERSON: Alex Kavutskiy & Ariel Gardner
A man opens a door to a robot that boasts exceptional ability and intelligence, but the man has only one thing on his mind: Practiced vulgarity that escalates to a darkly hysterical extreme.


USA | 2015 | 58 min | Directors: Alex Kavutskiy & Ariel Gardner
IN PERSON: Alex Kavutskiy & Ariel Gardner
A man decides to kill his baby. Chaos ensues.


USA | 2016 | 8 min | Director: Anthony Ngo
Orenda is a horror short that tells the story of a babysitter who makes the frightening discovery that her latest job is anything but typical. This film won the Phantom Sway 48 Hour Film Contest in 2016.


USA | 2016 | 3 min | Director: Chris Barron
IN PERSON: Chris Barron
Sometimes you have a reason to be afraid.


USA | 2016 | 14 min | Director: Kyle Morgan
A woman is forced to confront the horrors of the deep forest that haunt her every night.

Animated Shorts YUL AND THE SNAKE

France | 2015 | 13 min | Director: Gabriel Harel
Yùl, 13 years old, goes with his big brother Dino to conclude a deal with Mike, a thug escorted by his Argentinian mastiff. When things go wrong, a mysterious snake appears.


Friday | Oct. 14 | 3:00PM – 4:30PM
Sheridan Opera House
(Open to 3-Day pass holders)
Free ice cream!


Friday | Oct. 14 | 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Elks Park: Across from the courthouse
(Open to public)
Bonfire and author reading!


Saturday | Oct. 15 | 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Sheridan Opera House
(Open to public)
Select works by Lansdale available for purchase courtesy of Between the Covers bookstore.


Saturday | Oct. 15 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Oak: Located at base of gondola
(Open to 3-Day pass holders)
Free pig, cash bar.

Bloody Disgusting Presents: HORROR TRIVIA NIGHT

Sunday | Oct. 16 | 5:00PM – 7:30PM
Oak: Located at base of gondola
(Open to 3-Day pass holders)
Join us for the first annual Horror Movie Trivia Night! Presented by Bloody Disgusting, join hosts Jonathan Barkan and Brad McHargue as they take you through ten rounds of horror trivia madness and mayhem. Win prizes! Drink beer! Get angry at your friends for missing that one question they totally swore they knew! No more than six players to a team.


Sunday | Oct. 16 | 10:00PM – ???
Last Dollar Saloon
(Open to 3-Day pass holders)
If you’re still standing, join us for one last get-together!

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The ‘Lost Highway’ OST is Coming Back to Vinyl

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 17:38

Twenty years ago, Simply Vinyl put out a vinyl release of the soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1997 Lost Highway. Featuring music from Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Angelo Badalamenti, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, and more, it was a wildly popular release, one that got it a Gold certification in the US and even peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. That record became a very rare find and in recent years copies could fetch prices of several hundreds of dollars.

Those days are about to come to an end as Music On Vinyl is putting out a reissue, which has a release date of November 4th, 2016. It features all the same songs and looks like the original packaging. Basically, this is a straight-up reissue without any frills. You know what was so you know what will be.

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Lost Highway stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazaar Getty, Robert Blake, and Henry Rollins.

You can pre-order your copy right here.

Track list:

1. David Bowie – I’m Deranged (Edit)
2. Trent Reznor – Videodrones;Questions
3. Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug
4. Angelo Badalamenti- Red Bats With Teeth
5. Angelo Badalamenti – Haunting & Heartbreaking
6 The Smashing Pumpkins – Eye


1. Angelo Badalamenti – Dub Driving
2. Barry Adamson – Mr. Eddy’s Theme 1
3. Lou Reed – This Magic Moment
4. Barry Adamson – Mr. Eddy’s Theme 2
5. Angelo Badalamenti – Fred & Renee Make Love
6. Marilyn Manson – Apple of Sodom


1. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Insensatez
2. Barry Adamson – Something Wicked This Way Comes (Edit)
3. Marilyn Manson – I Put A Spell On You
4. Angelo Badalamenti – Fats Revisited
5. Angelo Badalamenti – Fred’s World
6. Rammstein – Rammstein (Edit)


1. Barry Adamson – Hollywood Sunset
2. Rammstein – Heirate Mich(Edit)
3. Angelo Badalamenti – Police
4. Trent Reznor – Driver Down
5. David Bowie – I’m Deranged (Reprise)

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Happy 64th Birthday to Clive Barker!

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 15:30

Today marks the 64th birthday of English author/director/artist Clive Barker, a man who probably doesn’t need any introduction to the horror community. But just in case, he’s the man who created perhaps the most evil and dangerous puzzle box in Hellraiser, who mixed noir and horror in the criminally under-appreciated Lord of Illusions, who shaped my early nightmares with “The Thief of Always“, whose game Undying is still to this day one of the most eerie interactive experiences I’ve ever gone through.

You see, Barker is not a traditional horror creator. Rather, he has this wonderful fascination with magic, mysticism, the supernatural, and all things related, finding a way to blend them all into grand, almost epic tales. His stories don’t put only our world in a state of peril, they risk other worlds as well. No plane of existence is safe from Barker’s pen or brush, from “The Kingdom of The Cuckoo” in “Weaveworld” to Mr. Hood’s time warping realm in “The Thief of Always” to Pandemonium, the capital city of Hell, in “The Scarlet Gospels”. It is because of Barker’s seemingly limitless imagination that his works feel vast and limitless, the possibilities of where his stories might go endless and, therefore, always exciting and unpredictable.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, my first encounter with Clive Barker was with his children’s book “The Thief of Always”, which I saved up my lunch money to buy a copy of. A few years later, I got my hands on his game Undying, which only further sealed the deal of my interest in his works. As the years passed, I found myself watching his films, reading more of his novels and venturing into his short stories, and ogling his artwork. His oddities were as fascinating to me as many find the works of David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and Tim Burton. He found ways to marry beauty and horror in unique approaches, which is why he is one of the most recognized horror authors and ranks up there with King, Koontz, and similar contemporary names.

Although he hasn’t gotten behind the camera too many times, Barker’s three studio films that he did direct are each classics in their own right. Obviously we all know Hellraiser and the impact the ensuing franchise has had. Doug Bradley’s performance as Pinhead is so iconic that fans can’t imagine him played by anyone else. Nightbreed has become a cult sensation, one that perfectly exemplifies the imagination and scope that I spoke of earlier. It also turns horror conventions on its head, making the monsters the heroes and humans the villains. However, there is always that shade of gray in the middle, where nothing is falls under simple categorizations. And in Lord of Illusions, Barker took the world of illusionists and magicians and wove a haunting story behind their mystery. Scott Bakula’s portrayal of Harry D’Amour is one of my favorites in the horror genre and Daniel von Bargen brought charisma and foreboding, demonic strength to Nix.

With 16 novels, dozens of short stories, wonderful collections of art and a few video game titles under his belt, Barker is a horror auteur who paves the way with his works. We wish him a very happy birthday and are always excited to see what comes next from him!

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of WGNA’s Third Season of “Salem”

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:38

A new first look at the third season of WGNA’s “Salem” has been released and it includes behind-the-scenes footage and cast commentary, including some from Marilyn Manson. An extended sneak peek will be held this Friday at the New York Comic Con.

The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on earth who can beat the devil — the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is she’s dead. Or is she?

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as Mary Sibley, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as Captain John Alden, Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”) as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as Mercy Lewis, Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as Isaac Walton, Joe Doyle (“Raw”) as Baron Sebastian Marburg, Oliver Bell (“The Saint”) as Mary’s son and renowned recording-artist Marilyn Manson guest stars as Thomas Dinley.

New this season is Samuel Roukin (“TURN: Washington’s Spies”) as The Sentinel.

Created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” is executive produced by Braga, Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson and The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

Season 3 of “Salem” premieres Wednesday, November 2nd at 9pm ET.

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R.I.P. Rod Temperton, Writer of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Dies at 66

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:57

Very sad news as it’s been reported by BBC that Rod Temperton, a British songwriter who is perhaps best known for composing Michael Jackson’s iconic song “Thriller”, has passed away at age 66 “…a brief aggressive battle with cancer,” according to Jon Platt of Warner/Chappell music publishing.

Temperton began playing music from an early age and gained some notoriety when joined the funk/disco band Heatwave. He then went on to become a songwriter, which led to him working with artists like Quincey Jones, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, and many more.

We send our condolences to his friends, family, and all the artists he worked with who are still around to mourn his loss.

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Korn’s “A Different World” Video Hearkens Back to Tool’s “Sober”

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:42

Last week, Korn released a stream of their new single “A Different World”, which features guest vocals from Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. Today, the band has released a video for the track and it’s obviously inspired heavily by Tool’s “Sober” video, utilizing the same kind of unsettling and disturbing stop-motion animation. You can watch it below, courtesy of IMDb.

“A Different World” appears on the band’s upcoming album The Serenity of Suffering, which comes out October 21st via Roadrunner Records. Pre-orders are available here.

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Exact Release Plans For Bryan Bertino’s ‘The Monster’

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:23

A24’s The Monster (read my review) will be available exclusively on DIRECTV on October 6th, and will be in theaters and On Demand on November 11th, Bloody Disgusting confirmed.

Originally titled There Are Monsters, the film was directed by Bryan Bertino, who was the writer, producer, and director of The Strangers, as well as the criminally underrated Mockingbird.

Starring Zoe Kazan (In Your Eyes, Fracture), Ella Ballentine (The Captive), Scott Speedman (Underworld), and Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), The Monster focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature.

A24 has been kicking ass having been behind The Witch, Green Room, Swiss Army Man and the forthcoming The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

“Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (THE STRANGERS) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads – a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave…

A chilling and tension-filled experience, THE MONSTER pits two ferociously strong women against one of the scariest and most shocking monsters you’ll ever see. It will be a battle no one will forget. ”

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‘Paranormal Activity’ Director Scared ‘Half to Death’?

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:16

Nine years ago Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes had tapped Transformers and Jennifer’s Body star Megan Fox to star in a Groundhog Day-esque horror pic about a girl who must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why.

Now, Blumhouse is allegedly behind Half to Death, which is said to be scheduled to begin shooting this November in Georgia.

A quick look around Google revealed that Christopher Landon is supposedly directing from a script he co-penned with Scott Lobdell. Landon, who penned Dusturbia and several Paranormal Activity sequels, also directed Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. He seems like a go-to choice for the production house.

In regards to Megan Fox, she is no longer listed attached to the project, as it’s been almost a decade since it’s been in development. But that long road comes to an end next month, according to the aforementioned link. Hopefully we’ll hear something official soon to go along with some casting. It sounds like a really cool concept….

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After 15 Years, ‘Tremors 3’ Deserves Some Damn Respect

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:01

The Tremors franchise has shown remarkable staying power. Since the first film’s release in 1990, the franchise has seen four sequels and a 13-episode TV series see the light of day. Supposedly, Amazon has another TV series on the way, this time featuring original star Kevin BaconTremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks get most of the praise from fans but Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, which celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this week, deserves some respect as well. It may embrace the comedic elements of the franchise more so than its predecessors, but its heart is in the right place and provides some solid entertainment for a direct-to-video creature feature. 

The Tremors franchise actually has a special place in my heart. Since I wasn’t old enough to watch R-rated movies, I would roam Blockbuster and look for as many PG-13 horror movies that I could. I eventually stumbled across the first Tremors film and it quickly became one of those movies that I rented at least once a month. Tremors 2 eventually joined it and I double-featured them constantly (Critters was the other big PG-13 horror franchise to get frequent air time in my house). Nostalgia plays a big part in my liking for Tremors 3. 

Tremors 3 follows fan favorite Michael Gross’s Burt Gummer back to Perfection, Nevada, the setting of the first film. Since the events of the first film, the town has now become a tourist attraction thanks to “Desert” Jack Sawyer (Shawn Christian), who has created mock-Graboid attack tours for gullible visitors. Though Graboids have been absent from Perfection for over a decade, Burt’s return brings them back. It isn’t long before they begin to evolve again, this time into something even deadlier than Graboids or Shriekers (Except not really; the Ass Blasters are just plain goofy).

Something that has always been admirable about the Tremors franchise has been its regard for continuity. Tremors 3 is even better about that then Tremors 2, seeing several cast members from the first film return. On top of franchise staple Burt Gummer, you’ve got the return of Mindy Sterngood (Ariana Richards, aka Lex from Jurassic Park), Nancy Sterngood (Charlotte Stewart), Miguel (the late Tony Genaro) and even Melvin Plug (Robert Jayne). Screenwriter John Whelpley even introduces Jodi Chang (Susan Chuang), the niece of the first film’s Walter Chang (Victor Wong, who passed away shortly before the film’s release). The actors are game for all of the ridiculousness that is thrown their way, which helps elevate the film above its mediocre script and somewhat limited budget.

Your affinity for Tremors 3 hinges on how much humor you like in your Tremors and how amusing you find the newest Graboid evolution, the Ass Blaster, to be. After all, this creature’s defining characteristic is that it flies after shooting a flame-filled fart out of its butt. Yes, you read that right. Tremors has a comedic element to it, but it mixes in a significant dose of horror to keep it from getting too silly. Even Tremors 2 has some truly frightening moments (the severed arms holding the car window always gave me the willies). Tremors 3 completely eschews the horror elements of the first two films and goes straight for camp. It’s a pure comedy, with the movie emphasizing meta humor even more than the first two (“It’s called a Graboid,” Jack corrects a tourist when he asks to have his picture taken with a “tremor”).

There are some pretty decent set pieces in Tremors 3, the best of which sees Burt hide inside a metal barrel only to be swallowed by a Graboid. Jack proceeds to use a chainsaw to cut Burt out of the Graboid’s stomach. It’s a great bit of gross-out humor, especially for a PG-rated film (and yes, Tremors 3 is rated PG). The climactic battle in the junkyard goes on for a little too long but still contains plenty of amusing moments. Another thing Tremors 3 has going for it is its one-liners. We’re not talking Shakesperean dialogue here, but there’s something inherently funny about Jodi yelling “Ha! Ass Blaster! Blast your own damn ass!” when she kills an Ass Blaster.

It’s not all great in Tremors 3 though. There is some horrendous CGI (close-up shots of the creatures feature practical effects but wide shots and action shots see the aforementioned computer-generated effects) and stilted dialogue mixed in with some questionable acting, but it could be said that that’s part of the movie’s charm. Tremors 3 had a reported budget of $6 million though (pretty high for a DTV release) so it’s disappointing to see the film introduce CGI to the franchise when it probably had the money to get a bit more creative with its practical effects. The pacing of the movie isn’t as tight as that of its predecessors either. It runs about 20 minutes too long (104 minutes) and it takes over an hour for the Ass Blasters to make their first appearance (the Shriekers from Tremors 2 barely factor into the film).

Tremors 3 isn’t high art, but it is a lot of fun and everyone involved has their heart in the right place. You have to admire the commitment and affection everyone seems to have for the film. After 15 years, it’s about time Tremors 3 was shown some damn respect.

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