Last night “American Horror Story: Freak Show” audiences were introduced to the creepy two-faced Edward Mordrake, who is haunting the carnival.
The Halloween-themed two-parter continues next week when Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie. Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown.
Here’s the promo.
In the new season, “‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.“
In honor of Halloween, Whitepages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., today reveals its list of the 13 most common names in the country shared with horror movie villains, as well as a few famously frightening directors and authors.
Taking the top spot on the list – and putting fear in hearts of audiences everywhere – is Michael Myers from Halloween with 4,282 people nationwide sharing the name.
Rounding out the top five are Stephen King (author; 2,068 people), Norman Bates (Psycho; 96 people), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th; 30 people), and Annie Wilkes (Misery; 25 people).
“Many people could say they’ve been scared by a number of the villains on this list, but until now have probably never thought that one could be living next door!” says Liz Powell, culture and trend expert from Whitepages. “For fans of a ‘friendlier ghost’ neighbor, Whitepages data found 2,632 Caspers nationwide, the most living in North Dakota.”
Additional Halloween-centric name data includes:
Carrie (Carrie): 315,711; 23,343 in CA; first name only
Hannibal (The Silence of the Lambs): 6,399; 97 in CA; first name only
Frankenstein: 510; 92 in PA; last name only
Ghost: 38; 14 in PA; last name only
-The Whitepages Top 13 list breaks how many people share the name in the U.S., as well as the states where the most people with these names are living.
Top 13 Most Common Horror Movie Monikers
1. Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282; 333 in OH
2. Stephen King (Author): 2,068; 168 in TX
3. Norman Bates (Psycho): 96; 9 in TX
4. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th): 30; 4 each in PA, CA, NY
5. Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25; 10 in GA
6. Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10; 2 in CA
7. Wes Craven (Director): 7; 2 in NC
8. Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7; 2 each in CA and MD
9. Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6; 3 in FL
10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5; 2 in WA
11. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4; 3 in PA
12. Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2; 1 each in TX and ND
13. Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in CA
If you’re going to do a Halloween mash-up, there are obviously some classic tracks you can use, such as the Halloween theme. However, sometimes you have to go a bit more obscure, a bit more out of the box, in order to create something unique and engaging.
That’s exactly what YouTuber Artificial Fear did. He created a metal mash-up of tracks that don’t normally get love during the Halloween season. Well, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” does but what about “Seizure Of Power” from the first Resident Evil movie? Or how about Killer Instinct‘s “Saberwulf Theme”?
Check out the video and see the track list below.
0:01 – “Night on Bald Mountain”
1:10 – “The Addams Family Theme Song”
2:01 – “Saberwulf Theme” from Killer Instinct
3:30 – “Who are you?” from Final Fantasy 7
4:40 – “Seizure of Power” from Resident Evil
5:56 – “Devil Went Down to Georgia”
Bogota, Columbia hard rockers Dante have released an official video for “Deadman’s Curve”, which you can watch below. The video is inspired by grindhouse road films with a dash of horror, telling the story of a woman who is driving with a medallion only to meet an untimely fate as her ride becomes haunted.
We’ve featured Dante before with their awesome “Swamp Thing” video. Check that one out here.
You can download the song for free via Soundcloud.
Come one, come all! Witness a shocking episode of Male Incompetence! Dell can’t get it up! Dandy can’t kill! Mordrake isn’t terrifying at all! Come and observe the incompetence at the Freak Show! And prepare to be super…bored. Warning: keep your hands and feet inside at all times and buckle in for a flashback episode. Also, hold on tight for an info dump on Ethel’s sordid life history.
In ‘Edward Mordrake, Pt 1.’ we’re introduced to a slew of new characters. Con artist duo Maggie Esmerelda (the completely overrated Emma Roberts) and Stanley (the wonderfully talented Denis O’Hare) arrive in Jupiter to collect something freakish to steal (kill? Capture?) and sell after they found out that the liver of famed conjoined twins sold for $5000 to an oddities museum. Maggie poses as a psychic and easily tricks the increasingly pathetic Elsa into hiring her by appealing to Elsa’s desire to be famous. Meanwhile, Stanley is doing all sorts of weird Viking sex acts that seem to have literally nothing to do with the plot of the show.
We’re also introduced to the legendary Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), a ghost freak with a devil face on the back of his head. Legend is if a freak show performs on Halloween night, Mordrake arrives and takes a freak with him for eternity. Although the freaks go to great lengths not to perform on Halloween, Elsa decides last minute that she must practice some new music, during which Mordrake appears…because I guess that counts as a freak show performance? There’s an odd logical leap there. But I can deal with the skip in logic compared to the ridiculously tawdry way that this famed devil-ghost arrives at the carnival. He practically floats through the tented grounds accompanied by neon green mist and incessant bursts of lightening. The whole scene feels like it’s straight out of one of those old ‘Goosebumps’ television episodes. Then what does he do? But sit down and have a heart-to-heart with Ethel. Such a spooky legend for such a polite and absolutely boring ghost. I hope he brings his a-game in part two of his titular episode because all that hype is leading straight to a whole lot of nothing at this point.
Dot and Bette are emotionally growing apart faster and faster as Dot becomes downright bitchy about everything. She turned into a diva of epic proportions seemingly overnight and poor Bette can’t escape it. I’m so bored with the rest of the characters it doesn’t even seem worth it to mention their stories this week. And what an absolutely depressing lack of Twisty in Dandy. They’ve quickly become my favorite part of this show and they were reduced to all but nothing this week.
It sure didn’t take long for almost every main character to become nauseatingly obnoxious. Dot, Bette, Dell, Elsa…they’ve gone from interesting, multi-dimensional characters to flat, boring, and utterly obvious. One is too bitchy, the other cries all the time, this one is always angry, and that one has completely lost her shit. The tropes and stereotypes abound in ‘Edward Mordrake, Pt 1.’ and I can only hope that the writers work to pull these characters back up to their first episode tenor.
I will say that Kathy Bates had some emotional and powerful moments in this episode (especially the scene in the doctor’s office) that only go to show what a great actress can do with subpar material. She’s making the most out of a paper-thin character. Yes, one could argue that Ethel has a lot going on, but it’s uninteresting and cliché.
I know the musical numbers are discussed quite a bit but it’s hard to get through a review without mentioning them. They completely polarize ‘AHS’ fans. Everyone either loves them or hates them. Unfortunately I still cannot get on board with the performances. I definitely see what they are trying to do, and I think it’s possible to do this whole out-of-place-and-time performance thing well, but they’re missing the mark. One of the biggest issues I have with the performances is that they always arrive late in the episode around the same time; the formulaic nature of the performances is off-putting. Another problem I have is their music video quality. The entire show transforms into a different entity entirely. I’d be much more inclined to sink into these bizarre anachronistic performances if they were more randomly placed and not so pointedly shot and directed. Every week at about two thirds of the way in it feels like someone yells, “cut!” on ‘Freak Show’ and inserts a music video.
I definitely spoke too soon when I said this season was turning out to be one of the most fluid “American Horror Story” seasons yet, because this episode could not pick a solid path to walk on. Other than Ethel, each character showed up for about four (dispersed) minutes of screen time, making it impossible to get involved with anyone’s story. Why in the world would I give two shits about these three new characters when I was merely teased by their presence? This episode clearly wanted to focus on Ethel, so if that’s the case, it should have dropped a few of the superfluous scenes involving superfluous characters.
I’m not giving up on this season yet, it’s allowed to have a few ups and downs. But if ‘Coven’ taught us anything, it’s that ‘AHS’ is fully capable of starting off with a bang only to fall apart a few episodes in, so I’m also not holding my breath either.
What did you think of ‘Edward Mordrake, Pt 1.’? Do you love Dora the Nanny (Patti LaBelle) as much as I do?
Last year’s release of The Purge shocked audiences worldwide in many ways: not only did the relatively low-budget dystopian thriller score impressively at the box office, but its concept of a chillingly realistic future society sparked a wildfire of post-movie conversations, online fan theories and haunting speculations about the possibility of a real-life “Purge Night.” Needless to say, fans hungered for a follow-up, and this summer the grander, more ambitious sequel Purge: Anarchy premiered to even more impressive numbers (taking in $110 million worldwide), expanded the Purge mythos first established by writer-director James DeMonaco to vast proportions, and delivered on the ominous promises of the original.
The basic premise, for those who have yet to experience it, involves a seemingly idyllic USA of the not-too-distant future (the first film is set in 2022), where crime has been nearly eradicated… except, that is, for one selected night of the year during which citizens can carry out virtually any crime – including murder – with absolutely no legal repercussions. The “New Founding Fathers” proclaim that “Purge Night,” a twelve-hour window from 7pm on March 21st to 7am March 22nd, allows every American a chance to unleash their animal instincts any way they like, with the rationale that they would then be more passive and law-abiding during the other 364 days of the year. The even darker side to this policy is revealed in the stipulation that high-level government officials are the only citizens who cannot be targeted during Purge Night; all others are fair game… or are they?
Even now, fans continue to debate the film’s troubling concept of government-sanctioned anarchy and self-imposed class cleansing, with many people speculating as to whether the Purge would actually work in real life… but the epic sequel poses even more ominous questions.
[Here be spoilers!]
While the budgetary limitations of The Purge kept the focus on the upper-middle-class Sandin family, Anarchy has fewer monetary restrictions (though the budget is still low by studio standards), and turns its unblinking eye on the vast legions of poor people who are most vulnerable to the purgers’ roving militias. By the following year (2023), a growing movement of armed anti-purge rebels seeks to expose the genocidal truth behind the New Founding Fathers’ plan, and they cross paths with a secret society of corrupt rich people who round up the poor to auction off as human targets.
Into this bloody conflict comes tormented cop Leo (Frank Grillo), who is using Purge Night to seek revenge on the drunk driver who killed his son. Though he ultimately finds himself unable to carry out his revenge, Leo’s new path as a member of the resistance is temporarily cut short after a bloody confrontation with a government death squad, and he learns the horrible secret behind the Purge: its main purpose is not to give citizens an outlet for their animal urges, but to exterminate the poor – and the Founders are working on new, more deadly efficient ways to implement their plan.
Following the recent announcement that a third Purge film has now been greenlit (with DeMonaco returning as writer and director), the buzz is already escalating to new levels, and the web has caught fire with theory and speculation about the plot of the next installment. In a recent interview, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions told us that Purge 3 may in fact be a prequel, and might focus on the foundation and execution of the first Purge. It’s also expected that Leo will return, having barely survived the final battle with Big Daddy (he’s being taken to the hospital at the end of Anarchy), which would suggest a more direct sequel. Personally, I’d be most interested in learning about the circumstances that enabled the New Founding Fathers to seize power, amend the Constitution and implement the Purge, with a parallel plot focusing on the origins of the resistance. Anarchy opened up the landscape in so many ways, revealing more of the social chaos only hinted at in the original.
It’s not a failing of the first film that we only get glimpses of the national impact of the Purge; it’s a pretty sensible move for a film with a limited budget. Legendary directors like John Carpenter and Quentin Tarantino took a similar approach to their earliest features (Assault on Precinct 13 and Reservoir Dogs, respectively), which are set almost entirely in one location, driven by dialogue and character interaction more than action sequences or special effects. While it’s obviously a practical consideration, this tactic also tightens the focus on a small group of besieged characters, and gives the film an oppressive atmosphere of claustrophobia. The Purge accomplishes a similar goal, as the steel gates covering the Sandins’ doors and windows turn their home from a high-tech fortress into a prison. In the second film, once we’ve seen the impact of Purge Night upon its most vulnerable victims – the poor and homeless – we not only witness the horrifying scope of coast-to-coast anarchy, but discover the diabolical workings behind it.
Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of the Purge films is their basis in history, with murderous purges occurring in both ancient and modern times – and the prospect that history may indeed repeat itself. Back in August, a rumor spread like a virus across social media that a real-life “purge” was about take place in Detroit, Houston, Louisville, New Orleans, and several other cities. It thankfully turned out to be a hoax, but apart from a quick check on Snopes (something I do quite a lot these days), there wasn’t much information out there to dispute the possibility that it might happen… and the current climate of social unrest didn’t exactly put my mind at ease. I won’t dig into the politics of the issue, but I will say that the friction between the haves and have-nots seems to be increasing, and the fears that grow from that realization are the main reason Purge: Anarchy chilled me to the bone.
As more and more dystopian epics (e.g. The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner) are sharing high-profile attention with the franchise, Blum has revealed there could feasibly be a new Purge sequel every year. It’s an interesting prospect, but with the right scripts and more complex world-building, I think there are quite a few more stories to be told. What do you think the future holds for the Purge series, and what would you most like to see happen in the next film… and beyond? Share your views with us in the comments!
We’re four days into our 13 Days of Horror series, so in an effort to keep things interesting, I figured we’d mix things up. Tonight, David and I are playing Left 4 Dead 2, but not your everyday, vanilla version of the game, no sir. We’re playing a community made map called Silent Fear — obviously heavily inspired by Silent Hill. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this video.
Or don’t. See if I care.
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A little late to the party, but at NYCC we were able to get a hands on demo of Telltale Game’s newest adventure Tales from the Borderlands, and it simply doesn’t disappoint.
Going in entirely unsure of how Borderlands would work with Telltale’s distinct form of storytelling, I can with the utmost confidence say that it more than works, it excels. Tales from The Borderlands as a dark sci-fi comedy is refreshing departure from the incredibly serious Walking Dead and the noir of Wolf Among Us. It’s tremendously funny, intriguing and perfectly captures the tone and feel of Borderlands.
The opening alone feels distinctly borderlands, even complete with the running over of a skag. Our protagonist Rhys and his pal Vaughn smash onto Pandora, decimating a bandit in the process and travel to a nearby bandit town.
We relentlessly mocked a bandit with a greasy face who turned out to be their leader that prompted Rhys to deploy a Hyperion Loader. What follows is a thrilling and highly comical action sequence where you control the Loader to some extent and massacre every bandit in town. Selecting targets and riddling them with bullets, rockets and sass has never been so much fun. The Loader delivers a constant commentary that gets progressively funnier and more referential as it’s slowly damaged by gunfire.
As the whole grease face fiasco comes to a close Rhys and Vaughn find themselves in a bizarre museum/house of oddities. You wonder through and experience some genuinely creepy displays. The creepiest of all is the Hunter S. Thompson proprietor, who will catch you way off guard, trust me.
A complicated series of events eventually leads us to a man walking away with the vault key and two choices become available; take the vault key by force or blow his mind. We chose ‘blow his mind’ expecting his head to explode in some manner. What happens is one of the most glorious things we’ve ever experienced, we were literally howling with laughter. I won’t dare spoil it, you’ll have to play it to find out.
The final sequence delivers a surprisingly intriguing twist. What we played was actually Rhys relaying the story to Fiona and a mysterious gas mask wearing individual, who appears to be holding the two hostage.
Fiona buts in, telling Rhys that he’s lying and that she was there. We then took control of Fiona and were given four options of what actually happened, whichever you pick becomes a reality. We picked ‘A Vault Hunter showed up’ and Zero from Borderlands 2 exploded into the scene ending our demo.
We went in skeptical and left true believers. Tales from The Borderlands is an exceptionally funny romp that should be on Telltale and Borderlands fans radar. Hell, even if you’ve never played a Telltale or Borderlands game I still whole-heartedly recommend Tales from The Borderlands.
It’ll premiere later this fall (not this month) and will be available on consoles, PC/Mac, mobile, tablet, and more – all the same content and experience. Owners of Tales from the Borderlands will also unlock content in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
Just when I think I have “Bodies” figured out, a series of plot developments keep me more than guessing, I’m scratching my head raw. But it’s compelling, and almost impossibly intricate, and within that I find myself transfixed. I need to get to the bottom of this.
WRITTEN BY: Si Spencer
ART BY: 1890 Dean Ormston, 1940 Phil Winslade, 2050 Tula Lotay, 2014 Meghan Hetrick
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
RELEASE: October 22, 2014
You’ve got to hand it to Si Spencer. The man knows how to craft a tightly woven mystery, in fact, he knows how to craft four of them. If these stories do start tying into one another as much as it’s alluded to, then I’ll eat my hat. Except I don’t wear a hat, so I have nothing to worry about. Really, though this month the mystery spirals in new and interesting directions that tie threads from the different time periods together in really unexpected ways.
After last month, I figured I knew where things are going, and after this month I conclude I have no idea. Except that I think I might be reasoning far too much about the small details Spencer peppers into the plot. Each timeline is very distinct but has hints of the same troubles going on.
What’s most impressive is how seamless Spencer can slide into the linguistics of the given timeframe. He has no problem inserting slang from any of the periods he’s detailing, and even works to create his own in the future timeline. Color me impressed.
The art in this book is a literal tour de force. There is something genuinely unsettling about Dean Ormston’s work. The color defines it in such a subtle way that I can’t quite resist getting lost in the small splashes of orange on the page. While Tula Lotay proves she can do some incredibly heavy lifting of her own. One of her pages here is so overwhelmingly layered I had to put down the book and take a breather. She masterfully creates a world without reference but makes it familiar all the same. It’s no easy feat, but she makes it look that way.
Meghan Hetrick really sticks out this month, if only for her concluding chapter of the storyline being so important. She handles the casual tone of her scene with relative ease, but breaks into action so quickly that it’ll take you back.
The final revelation in 2014, will leave you scratching your head, but I think that’s a good thing. I feel like an active participant in the story, and that doesn’t really happen often in comics. I have this lust to figure out what the hell is going on, but I have to wait a month for any more clarity on the matter. I suppose for the time being I’ll just pine over these first four issues.
Event Report By @BrianWilkins:
Last weekend, “Rock and Shock” returned to Worcester, Mass. for the eleventh consecutive year.
In addition to celebrity photo ops, autograph sessions, panel discussions, film screenings, costume contests, and a vendor room, “Rock and Shock” distinguishes itself by combining the standard horror con offerings with multiple nights of (primarily) horror-inspired musical acts. While the convention itself is held at Worcester’s DCU Center, the concert portion of the event takes place (within walking distance) at the Palladium — an auditorium-size concert venue with a rich history in the area’s alternative and heavy metal music scene.
This year’s eclectic celebrity lineup included the likes of Brad Dourif (Child’s Play), John Ratzenberger (Cheers, Toy Story), Roddy Piper (WWF, They Live), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Andrew Divoff (the Strain, Wishmaster), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th ’09), Bill Moseley (Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, Hatchet III), Dee Wallace (The Frighteners, Cujo, ET), Jake Busey (The Frighteners, Starship Troopers), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet), William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween ’07), Nivel Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, True Blood), Tom Savini (From Dusk Til Dawn, Machete), Kristina Klebe (Halloween ’07, Chillerama), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons), John A. Russo (Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies), Tony Atlas (WWF), and Tom DeNucci (Almost Mercy, Army of the Damned). Original headliner Tara Reid was pulled from the show two weeks ago, following a scheduling conflict.
The musical portion of the three-day event included GWAR, Life of Agony, Over Kill, Twiztid, Blaze, The Rocking Dead (Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Alan Robert, Ace Von Johnson, Kriz DK, Virus), and several others.
While “Rock and Shock” officially kicked off with some limited programming on Friday, I wasn’t able to attend until Saturday afternoon. So this report will only cover the happenings of the second and third day of the event.
I arrived on Saturday just after 12-noon. After checking in at the ticketing/press area, I headed directly to the vendor room. Greeted by the “Rock and Shock” staff, I laid my zig-zagging plan of the convention floor. I decided to start at the south end of the hall and would systematically weave my way through the aisles of posters, DVDs, t-shirts, artists, and action figures to the north end — where the celebrities are traditionally corralled.
One of the first (and quite possibly oddest) booths I happened upon, was selling giant snakes, turtles, iguanas, a small crocodile (yes, really), and some spiders — including a tarantula, that I was convinced (after some prodding) to let sit in my hand. To be honest, holding a gigantic hairy spider was’t half as weird as you might think. I won’t be calling one a pet anytime soon, but I can now check that off my nonexistent bucket list of “weird shit to do”.
Some of the other standout booths included Horror Decor (who sell the Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees wrestling buddies, sheets with blood splatter printed on them, and a variety of horror-themed candles), the VHS Preservation Society, Troma Entertainment, Full Moon Features, and New England convention and wrestling event staple: Sinners and Saints (wrestling, horror and music merchandise), plus dozens of others offering a wide variety of memorabilia, clothing and art.
After making my way through the dealers and walking by each of the celebrity autograph tables, it was time to head over to the panel area for “The Frighteners” reunion. The panel included Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace and Jake Busey. The trio discussed their time making the 1996 film with Peter Jackson in New Zealand — which starred Michael J. Fox. Wallace explained that while shooting the film, Fox was traveling back-and-forth from New Zealand to the US to meet with doctors — as this is when he was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Wallace went on to talk about losing her husband, who suffered a heart attack, while she was working on the film — which led to her losing a considerable amount of weight.
Next up, “The Rocking Dead” took the panel area stage. After a somewhat rocky start (due mostly to a moderator not being available), the panel — which included Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits, Doyle), Alan Robert (Life of Agony), Wednesday 13 (The Murderdolls), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), Alex Story (Doyle), Kriz DK (Deadstar Assembly) and Virus (Dope) — prodded the audience for questions. Doyle kicked things off by pointing toward the audience and telling them that they’d go down each row, so everyone could ask a question. The somewhat disorganized discussion ranged from hometowns, favorite horror movies, musical inspirations and future projects. Doyle, who is well-known for not getting too in-depth during interviews and Q&As, was especially quiet, offering little more than “yeah” or “nah” answers to most of the audiences’ questions.
After another excursion through the vendor hall, it was time for the Child’s Play panel. Brad Dourif, Fionna Dourif and Alex Vincent discussed the series, their characters, and the legacy of the franchise.
Horror convention favorite Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th (VII-X) and Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series, along with his biographer Mike Aloisi, were up next. The duo discussed Hodder’s acting career, how they went about writing his biography, and their latest project — a video series, that shares the same name as one of Aloisi’s books “The Killer and I” — which follows the antics of the ”odd couple of horror” as they travel around the world.
You can check out a preview of “The Killer and I” below:
Looking back on his career, Hodder explained how fortunate he feels to have had the roles and opportunities that he’s had, telling the audience: “you appreciate it more, when you never expected it.”
“There’s a lot of actors, that I’ve worked with, that I don’t care for as humans,” Hodder admitted. “They don’t seem to appreciate where they are and how tough life can be without the position they’re in.”
Asked about his favorite experience as the iconic Jason Voorhees character, Hodder cited “Part VIII”, saying: “When I was in full costume with the mask on, in the middle of Times Square on a Friday night at 10 o’clock and there’s thousands of people held back by NYPD, watching us film. It was so amazing to stand there in-between shots and do the head turn towards a certain group of people and they’d go nuts and (were) screaming.”
“I felt like the biggest rockstar in the world. It was the only time that I didn’t want the night of shooting to end.”
The final panel of the day was a conversation with Rowdy Roddy Piper. The “Hot Rod” discussed breaking into professional wrestling after living on the street, his early days in Don Owen’s Portland Wrestling, working in the NWA and being an integral part of professional wrestling’s boom period, opposite Hulk Hogan, in the 1980s. Piper also discussed making the 1988 sci-fi/horror classic “They Live”.
Following dinner and catching up with friends, it was time to head over to the Palladium for GWAR.
I arrived just after 11 p.m. as the band took the stage. Quickly slapping the photo pass on my shirt, I headed for the stage — camera in-hand.
If you’ve never seen GWAR, stop what you’re doing, open another browser tab and check these guys (and gal) out on Youtube. Their full stage show includes each member of the band taking on the persona of barbaric interplanetary warriors dressed in over-the-top foam and rubber costumes as they slay celebrities, politicians and monsters alike — all while shooting red and green color liquid toward the audience.
Standing to the left of the stage, I chose my position, avoided the liquid like it was the plague and shot several photos during the band’s first few songs. Aside from my elbow being covered by the blood-colored liquid, projected from Vulvatron’s huge costume breasts, I was able to escape with a dry camera and at least a few good shots.
With the band’s decision to continue, following former lead singer/bassist Dave Brockie’s unexpected death in March, the reaction going into the show seemed mixed — with some fans feeling that “It just won’t be the same without Dave Brockie.”
By the end of the night, GWAR proved that it won’t be the same — and probably shouldn’t be. With vocals now being shared among new members; Blöthar (Michael Bishop) and Vulvatron (Kim Dylla), the group tore through a two-hour setlist — which included a tribute to their fallen comrade Oderus Uriungus (Brockie).
On Sunday morning, I made the trek back to Worcester. After shooting some photos of the costumed attendees and yet another walk through the vendor area, I caught a few minutes of John Ratzenberger’s panel. Ratzenberger, who appeared at “Rock and Shock” this year as a “make good” for having to cancel in 2013, is best known for his portrayal of ‘Cliff’ on “Cheers” and his voice-acting work in Pixar’s “Toy Story” series. He discussed his approach to voice-acting and how he adjusts according to the look, history and his feel for the character. He also talked about the ‘Cliff’, noting that he was responsible for many aspects of character’s personality.
At 1:00 p.m. it was time for “The Sick Man Panel”, which included Twiztid, Blaze, Kane Hodder and Sid Haig. While I only have a surface-level understanding of the whole Juggalo culture, I found both members of Twiztid to be fairly interesting to listen to and extremely personable. Their fans turned out in full-force for the panel — with a packed room that saw every seat filled, for the first time all weekend. As the panel continued more and more Juggalos filled the room, standing ten-deep at the entrance. Both Hodder and Haig, who star in Twiztid’s “Sickman” music video, talked about being fans of the music. Hodder admitted to listening to a lot of their music while filming “Hatchet III”. He said it helped him “get in the zone” to play the maniacal Victor Crowley.
Here’s Hodder and Haig in “Sickman”
On Monday, Rock and Shock organizers posted a “thank you” to their Facebook page:
Everyone here at Rock and Shock would like to give our heartfelt thanks to every fan who came to the show this weekend. We try extremely hard to put on the best show we can, and your continued support over the years not only means the world to us, but keeps us going show to show. We have eleven under our belts now and are planning to finish our first dozen with a bang next year.
“Rock and Shock” returns to Worcester’s DCU Center and Palladium in October 2015.
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Oh my god. Earlier today a few photos from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” leaked, but within a few hours, the entire trailer has leaked ahead of next week’s premiere on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s glorious in every way, and surprisingly way more dark than I had originally anticipated.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015.
What do you think of the trailer? Am I the only one who thinks Ultron is incredibly bad ass?
EDIT: In the wake of this leak, Marvel responded appropriately and released the teaser online. Enjoy it in HD glory.
Face your fears…
Anchor Bay is gearing up for the upcoming release of Fear Clinic, starring horror legend Robert Englund. While we await its world premiere at Screamfest in Hollywood tonight (Wed., October 22nd; tickets here), Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive preview of the brand new Fear Clinic poster.
Making the leap from web series to feature film, Fear Clinic is set for release in early 2015.
Written by Aaron Drane and Robert G. Hall (Laid to Rest) and directed by Hall, the film stars Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), and Thomas Dekker and features the acting debut of Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor.
“When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.
Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his Fear Chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just a hallucination…”
Get full details on tonight’s screening!
For many people including myself, we first knew him as Mr. Futterman in Gremlins. Then we saw him as the shorter guy warning people against horror cinema in Matinee. His face kept popping up everywhere, in so many genre films fans hold dear. Most could recognize the face, but most didn’t know the name. Now the man, the character actor who has appeared in over 150 movies since the mid ‘50s, gets his well-deserved time in the spotlight thanks to the entertaining and charming documentary That Guy Dick Miller.
Director Elijah Drenner (American Grindhouse) gathers an impressive line up of filmmakers, family, friends, and actors (even Corey Feldman) who talk about Miller’s career and personal life. After 90 minutes of listening to them, it’s tough not to argue that Dick Miller is the man.
The film only flirts a little with his pre-acting life. We meet his brothers and they talk about growing up and the impact on Dick’s life their mother had (she was a renowned opera singer). He came up in the Bronx and that New York swagger would become a trademark of pretty much all his roles. As many of the participants point out in the film, Dick makes it look easy and steals the show no matter how small of a role he’s in.
This passion for the art of acting is contrasted nicely in the film with Dick’s workingman diligence for paying the bills. That Guy Dick Miller splits up his career into two distinct categories: Corman and Post-Corman. Roger himself pops up a lot in the doc, providing insight on his work with Dick and just what’s so damn appealing about the guy. His classic portrayal of Walter Paisley in Corman’s A Bucket of Blood is noted as the pinnacle of this era. Not just because Dick kills it as the iconic wannabe-hipster, but because it would be one of the last times he got a leading role, which is a damn, damn shame.
From there the film touches on loads of Dick’s iconic smaller roles in films like The Terminator, Night of the Creeps, and Gremlins. Joe Dante brings particularly deep insight into his love for the man and his frequent collaborations with him (including the blink-and-you-miss-it role in Innerspace). Their relationship really is a joy to hear about and as always, Dante is a terrific orator.
The glimpses into his personal life that Drenner provides show how dedicated Dick really is. They also allow viewers to get to intimately know the man whose face we’ve noticed in dozens of our favorite movies over the past decades. Even at 85, he’s quick with a joke and wildly in love with his wife. That Guy Dick Miller does a remarkable job spotlighting one of film’s great character actors. And it’s about time.
MPI has announced a November 14th release for the incredible Hollywood slasher Starry Eyes (read our review), which will be available on iTunes and other VOD platforms.
We just now scored some hi-res imagery to go with a brand new one-sheet.
Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, who are in talks to helm Leatherface, the new Texas Chainsaw movie, “Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.”
Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer, Fabianne Therese all star.
By the end of “Arkham Manor” #1 your groans of familiarity will wash away with excitement. The Batman universe has go through a huge transformation under group editor Mark Doyle, and Gerry Duggan brings a different type of Batman to the page, one I didn’t think I wanted, but one I’m very happy to have.
WRITTEN BY: Gerry Duggan
ART BY: Shawn Crystal
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: October 22, 2014
It’s very clear to me that “Batman: Eternal” is really trying to change the status quo of Gotham. What better and more twisted way to celebrate 75 years, than tearing down the very sturdy foundations of the old universe. Right for the opening pages, Arkham Asylum is no more. The mad house that elevated Batman to a literary icon in the eighties has closed it’s doors and the insane of Gotham are in need a new home.
Luckily billionaire Bruce Wayne’s home is just laying around empty waiting to be acquired by the city. It’s bought up, it’s secrets are put to rest, and Arkham Manor is born. The gigantic home that gave birth to Gotham’s most twisted mind now houses an entire population of maniacs.
The premise alone should be enough to sell any longtime Batman reader. Gerry Duggen ensures to make it worth your way by bleeding as much heart into the old building that he can. This isn’t a story about Batman, but about the place in Gotham that made him. There is a sense of moving on, and longing on the page here. The transition is handled with a certain sense of trepidation, that breeds excitement.
Shawn Crystal’s distinct style brings Gotham to muddy life, and adds a little rougher edge to the New52’s Batman than you might be used to seeing. He’s a little more rugged, worn down, and weathered. But it’s for the best.
Crystal’s ability to channel the transition and longing in this moment is incredible. A two page spread showing the difference between the Manor then, and now is striking. Bruce’s jaunt down a hall is populated by ghostly flashbacks to his past that tell a deep story about his relationship to the now insane asylum.
It’s only fitting that Duggen bring his story to a boiling point at the end of the issue. But, somehow keeps in grounded in a more street level version of Gotham than we’re used to. It’s something I found in his co-writtten issue of Batman with Synder and something we’re seeing again here. In the wake of an incredible rogues gallery, Duggen opts for something a little smaller and more human. It makes the push of the issue all the more interesting.
Is Batman doing this for the prevention of crime, or does he care more about the building than his own wellbeing. Is he so concerned with petty murderers that he needs to forget about the likes of TwoFace, Scarecrow and the like, or is he just heading inside to check the locks?
I suppose we’ll find out in thirty. Until then, consider me sold.
It’s been a cold, cruel summer without my beloved “Five Ghosts” on the shelves. Luckily Barbiere and Mooneyham return with a thunderous force that will make you forget there was ever a break.
WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Chris Mooneyham
RELEASE: October 22, 2014
Five Ghosts has been incredibly gifted at straddling different genres. Barbiere has done an impeccable job at crafting a world so large, that anything feels possible. So this month with Fabian heading to Romania, the book feels distinctively darker, and is better for it. Within the opening pages were treated to a masterful balance of story and art that introduces the type of undead horde we’ll be seeing a lot of in this arc. It’s grisly and enchanting, and a ton of fun to watch Fabian execute zombies with arrows.
Further in the issue we’re treated to larger more picturesque pages that have an incredible scope and Gothic tone. The result isn’t dizzying but rather seamlessly inserts itself in the book to further establish this world of horror.
Fabian is still haunted by his past and this issue goes to show that even recent events have now been added to his list of sins. His heart weighs heavy but his quest remains the same, however stupid it may be. He’s still not ready to succeed just yet, and Barbiere makes sure to remind us of this.
As if that wasn’t enough we spend some time with a new villain of sorts. The final pages tease what we’re about to be up against, and it seems like one fucked up doctor who absolutely relishes the undead is about to make Fabian’s life hell.
Throughout the issue Chris Mooneyham makes the effort to further diversify his already insane art. He makes large sweeping panels layered unlike anything he’s done before and makes Fabian’s vampire the most chilling ghost of all, within one page. He’s a fucking titan and if you forgot, the opening pages displaying a zombie orgy of death will quickly remind you of his skill. I honestly can’t wait to see where things go next, because the gore in this issue had me on the edge of my seat.
It’s not often a comic can take a few months off without missing a beat, but “Five Ghosts” makes it look easy. The balance between exposition and action creates a tightly paced introduction to this new and horrific chapter that doesn’t forgive or forget past sins.
So relax, “Five Ghosts” is back and better than ever. The world of horror has never felt so fun, but thanks to Mooneyham’s sick pleasure in vanquishing the undead, and Barbiere’s ability to genre shift like a chameleon a genuine terror permeates every page and compels you to read further.
Don’t miss this book, and frankly push it on everyone you know and love.
Keeping up with our onslaught of Halloween Treat articles, reader Chris Cheetham let us know about an article at Bored Panda where they have a feature article on John Neill, a famous sculptor and pumpkin carving master who creates some of the most insane Halloween pumpkin carvings you will ever see.
Neill, who is now a member of the Laguna College of Art and Design, began his career in movies as an artist for clients like Michael Jackson, Jurassic Park, and Universal Studios, explains the site.
He will be holding a live pumpkin carving demonstration on Sunday, Oct. 26th at the Laguna Beach College of Art and Design.
This shit POPS when he adds color to them. I honestly haven’t seen pumpkin carvings that were painted before, and now I think I’m in love.
Photo Credit: John Neill
A special Halloween issue of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” takes readers back to Sunnydale, as the gang pursues the stolen VAMPYR book through a raging—inevitably doomed by an ancient, soul-devouring demon—bash at the Hellmouth. Lending his artistic vision to the series is legendary comic book illustrator Richard Corben, who works alongside Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs to deliver another top tier addition to the Buffyverse.
WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage
ART BY: Rebekah Isaacs, Richard Corben
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: October, 2014
Reviewed By: ShadowJayd
“Return to Sunnydale” Part One is the first of a two-part story arc which opens with the VAMPYR book being missing, and the gang pointing comical and exasperated fingers at one another. After learning that it was Andrew who stole the book, Buffy, Spike, and Willow go on a retrieval mission to Sunnydale, where occult enthusiasts happen to be celebrating the existence of magic. Unfortunately, throwing a party at the Hellmouth is never a wise decision, and quite naturally, chaos ensues.
With the perfect balance of nostalgia, wit, and sincerity, Christos Gage writes in a way that is thoroughly engaging, and not in the least bit pandering. It’s very easy for writers to delve into contrived narratives when the story calls for characters to revisit their shared pasts, but Gage allows the issue to move forward naturally, while seamlessly shifting between present obligations and addressing serious past events that ultimately shaped the characters into who they are today. He seems to have a knack for setting up reflective moments like these, and Rebekah Isaacs has a way of capturing them with her pencils.
With a fluidity that echoes Gage’s narrative perfectly, the artwork by Isaacs is equally impressive. Through conscious choice of apparel to distinguished mannerisms, she actually manages to successfully illustrate the familiar personalities of the main characters on paper. This issue also showcases her ability to effectively create a sense of space and depth as evidenced during Buffy, Willow, and Spike’s excursion through the ruins of Sunnydale. Supporting the kinetic flow of Isaacs’ pencils and livening up the fantasy elements in this installment is Dan Jackson on colours. His style is very much characterized by soft, yet dark, tones and his penchant for utilizing a wide range of hues to capture the richness of Gage’s reality. Together, both Jackson and Isaacs present another great show of interior artwork.
Multi-award winning artist, Richard Corben graces the pages of “Buffy Season 10” #8 with a 3-page flashback feature focusing on this issue’s Demon of the Week Month (the physical appearance of which was inspired by his cover art for Warren Magazine’s“Eerie” #31, first published in 1970). His signature style, though obviously very dissimilar to Isaacs’, lends itself well to the dark and macabre tale Gage has concocted for the ancient demon, and fits nicely within the context of the narrative. Expect his usual incorporation of graphic violence and exaggerated characterizations with fantastically embellished features within the book.
Overall, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” #8 proves to be another solid issue thanks to a phenomenal effort by the creative team, a surprise Halloween treat in the form of groundbreaking comic book artist, Richard Corben, and a cliffhanger panel that will set your soul on FIRE.
ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, began writing for Bloody-Disgusting in July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or praising legendary comic book artists in her art column, Visions of Horror.
Sega has offered up some new details on the first of five planned story expansions for developer Creative Assembly’s thoroughly terrifying survival horror game, Alien: Isolation. The first bit of DLC is called Corporate Lockdown and will follow Seegson executive Ransome as he tries to escape to the Torrens with valuable Nostromo data. The DLC will bring with it three new challenge maps — Severance, Scorched Earth and Loose Ends — where you can show off your sweet survival skills with the help of online leaderboards.
Corporate Lockdown will be available October 28 for $7.99 (€6.99 / £5.59) and will be followed up by four more packs that will each follow a different playable character and unique objectives, maps and game modes.
If you haven’t grabbed Alien: Isolation yet, I suggest you get on that. In my review, I called it “hugely successful” in its attempt to build a survival horror game around one of the most influential films of all time. You don’t even need to be an Alien fan to enjoy this.
“Colder: The Bad Seed” #1 is the second arc in the critically acclaimed “Colder” series written and drawn by the power team behind “Prometheus: Fire and Stone”: Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra. This series picks up some time after the events of “Colder” and follows Declan as he learns to use his abilities to heal the insane. His relationship with Reece has developed, and a new big bad is in town. Nothing at all has been lost from the first volume, this is still the book that will introduce you to the type of horrors you could never have imagined. If this is your first introduction to “Colder”, please don’t miss out.
WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: October 22, 2014
Review By Eric Switzer
In case you missed volume one: Declan was a patient in an insane asylum in the mid-twentieth century wherein horrible chemical experiments were done on the patients. This eventually led chaos and destruction and attracted the attention of a being called Nimble Jack who eats the souls of the crazy. Rather than consume Declan he curses him with certain abilities (including an ever falling body temperature) in anticipation of eating him in the future when he is tender.
To hide from Nimble Jack, Declan goes almost completely comatose and allows a caretaker named Reece from one of his subsequent mental hospitals to take him in. Eventually by happenstance Nimble Jack stumbles upon Declan and Declan decides to wake up and have the most ruckus mind fucking battle of all time with the creature.
“The Bad Seed” has a new bad guy, one that may even surpass Nimble Jack in being disturbing and awful. These are the kind of characters that make you worry about the mental stability of the creators. Swivel collects people’s fingers by slicing them right the fuck off, is made of fingers, and has a weird thing about milk. Its twisted, its hilarious, it makes it hard to sleep at night.
“Colder” always surprises, and each surprise is both horrible shocking and delightfully macabre. Declan has the ability to move in an out of “The Hungry World” a place where the insane live, and what he finds there is all manners of fucked up. Combined with a dose of humor and a healthy amount of romance, this book hits all the bases and establishes itself as a really unique horror entry on your self.
If you long for the style and flavor of “Locke and Key” you’ll want to check out “Colder”. Volume #1 should be around $14.99 at your LCS and in my opinion it is essential reading for volume #2. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.