MondoCon has officially opened up their sale of tickets for the third annual event, which will be taking place October 22nd and 23rd in Austin, TX at the AFS Cinema and Holiday Inn Midtown Conference Center.
Direct from the official press release:
MondoCon is a celebration of everything Mondo loves, including movies, art, comics, music, toys and food. It's a weekend curated with fans in mind, featuring incredible artists & creators from around the world, panels, screenings, food trucks, live score and interactive events.
Dozens of artists and exhibitors will be in attendance, as well multiple record labels, some of which will be premiering exclusive variants and selling hard-to-find titles. For example, Mondo’s official soundtrack for The Monster Squad will make its debut at the festival before going for sale online.
A full list of record labels that will be in attendance can be found below.
Tickets are available now through MondoCon.
Mondo & Death Waltz Recording Company
Death Waltz Recording Company will be debuting the soundtrack for director Jason Lei Howden’s heavy metal zom com DEATHGASM (lower case is for pussies) at MondoCon. The soundtrack is pressed on 180g double vinyl with a very NSFW cover by Sam Turner and features tracks from heavy metal’s finest including Emperor, Axeslasher, Nuslaughter, Beast Wars and many more. The previously announced Monster Squad soundtrack will be available first at MondoCon along with several exclusives yet to be announced!
The Mondo/Death Waltz pop up record store will also have a huge selection of European pressings including international soundtracks and an Italian library section chock full of re-issues. They will also have a very special, super secret re-issue that harks back to the early days of both Mondo & Death Waltz, bringing the labels full circle in 2016.
Le Matos – Live!
Death Waltz is beyond excited to have Le Matos performing at this year’s event. Attendees can rock out live to their killer mix of Electro, Techno, and 80s dance-floor synth attack. They be playing a selection of tracks from Turbo Kid and their debut LP Join Us. Death Waltz will also have a very special version of Join Us for sale on the evening of the performance, limited to just 300 copies pressed on exclusive splatter vinyl.
Enjoy The Toons / Enjoy The Ride Records
New to MondoCon this year, Enjoy The Ride / Enjoy The Toons has released a few super fun soundtracks including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Turtles In Time, Fraggle Rock and Sponge Bob Square Pants – as well as reissuing a few contemporary rock records like Phantom Planet's The Guest.
Lakeshore has been absolutely destroying it this year. Not only with their stellar releases of the Mr. Robot Season One, and Swiss Army Man soundtracks, but just this month, they have released one of the most talked about soundtracks in the last five years: Stranger Things. It is an honor to have Lakeshore come out to MondoCon for the first time.
Lunaris makes a return trip MondoCon for another year. Last year Lunaris bought all manner of exclusives, including exclusive test pressing editions of Night Of The Demons.
Light In The Attic
Once again Light In The Attic will be arriving at MondoCon with a fully stocked shop of soundtrack goodness featuring their great range of distributed labels from around the world.
Milan Records will be attending MondoCon for the first time and will be bringing several exclusives with them as well as a selection of their highly impressive back catalog. With over 30 years experience in the soundtrack business, the label will be bringing their A-Game to MondoCon! Over the last year alone Milan has released some incredible vinyl including The Terminator, The Witch and Neon Demon.
Ship To Shore
Ship To Shore has launched multiple standouts in 2016, releasing a steady stream of Video Game Music and cult classics including Mother and Frank Hennenlotter's Basket Case.
Terror Vision / Graveface Records
Ryan Graveface, who runs soundtrack label Terror Vision as well as Graveface records (a label and a shop), is expected to come armed to the teeth with rare records, VHS tapes and posters as he did last year!
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights is getting a triple dose of “American Horror Story” this Fall as they’ve just announced that there will be a maze that takes themes from three seasons of the popular FX show! You can count on walking through “Murder House”, “Freak Show”, and “Hotel”, the first, fourth, and fifth seasons, respectively.
Direct from the official press release:
For the first time ever, guests will venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core. Twisted scenes from Murder House will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there. In Freak Show, guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister sideshow where they’ll be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown. Finally, guests will succumb to the warped desires of The Countess after checking in to the haunted Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers.
Director of Entertainment Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort Michael Aiello explains, ““American Horror Story” is engaging for so many reasons, one of them being the fantastic way each installment of the series reveals completely new characters and stories for its viewers. It’s that constant evolution that makes this popular series a perfect fit for Halloween Horror Nights – and we can’t wait for our guests to experience some of the horror they’ve seen on the show.”
A video teasing the attraction has been released and can be seen below.
With the wide release of Don’t Breathe fast approaching, interest and anticipation are at peak levels. So, in an effort to give you a little more information, our own Jimmy Champane sat down with director Fede Alvarez to discuss the film, the city of Detroit (where the movie takes place), and what Evil Dead taught him. Check out the interview below!
“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”
Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang, and Dylan Minnette. It was written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues with Alvarez directing. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
Don’t Breathe opens on August 26th.
Actor Mark Duplass tweeted earlier today that he was trying on outfits for Creep 2, the sequel to the 2014 found footage psychological thriller that we raved about. Duplass assures everyone that this film will, “…get a little weird.” Considering the nature of the first movie, I’d say things will have to get a LOT more weird to top what we’ve already seen!
Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: ‘$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.’
Low on cash and full of naiveté, he decides to go for it. He drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef is not who he says, and his intentions are not at all pure.
Starring Duplass and Patrick Brice, with Brice directing, the Creep films are supposed to be a trilogy.
Trying on wardrobe today for CREEP 2.
This one is gonna get a little bit weird.
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) August 16, 2016
Most of the big horror franchises are on the fast track to get brand spankin’ new reboots in the coming years, including Friday the 13th, Predator, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. But what about Nightmare on Elm Street? The franchise has been dead ever since that awful 2010 remake, and six years later, it doesn’t seem to be showing many signs of life.
Back in August of last year, it was reported that New Line was rebooting the Elm Street franchise once more, with David Leslie Johnson (Orphan, The Conjuring 2) attached to pen the screenplay, but we haven’t heard a peep about the project since then. Is it still happening? Did those plans fall through at some point in the past year? At the moment, it’s impossible to tell.
This latest Elm Street tidbit, well, it comes from an unlikely source.
Over on Twitter this past Friday night, a fan posted a tweet that expressed interest in Kevin Bacon playing Freddy Krueger in a future reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and much to her surprise – and ours – Bacon actually responded to the tweet. Not only did he respond but he quoted the tweet on his own profile, and he seemed to express interest in the idea.
“If A Nightmare on Elm Street gets rebooted again can we please somehow get Kevin Bacon as Freddy? I think he’d be fantastic,” tweeted @BettieToxic.
“I like the way you think Bettie,” replied @KevinBacon.
Kevin Bacon is of course no stranger to horror, his career forever tethered to the genre thanks to his role in the original Friday the 13th. Subsequently, Bacon starred in Tremors, Flatliners, Stir of Echoes, Hollow Man, and, most recently, Greg McLean’s The Darkness. Unlike many Hollywood stars who got their start in horror, Bacon continues to embrace his roots, and he’s even set to reprise the role of Valentine McKee in an upcoming Tremors TV series – which he will also produce.
Might Bacon’s next move be to jump from playing victim in Friday the 13th to playing villain in Nightmare on Elm Street? Of course, his tweet should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but the fact that he took the time to reply in the way he did certainly seems to at least suggest that he’d take the role if he was offered it. And knowing that he’s interested, at least on some level, why the hell wouldn’t New Line make that offer? Kevin Bacon as Freddy? Now that would be awesome!
Bacon certainly has the chops (and the look) to play a sinister villain, and he also has experience playing a child predator. He starred as a recovering pedophile in the 2004 film The Woodsman, which is interesting to note given Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley played a similar role prior to being cast as the dream demon. Not saying that really means anything at all, but again, just something interesting to point out.
Would you like to see Kevin Bacon as Freddy Krueger? Sound off below!
We’ve teamed up with Bay Area industrial band Dopesick to bring you the premiere of their video for “Hayes N Webster”. The track comes from the group’s upcoming album The Love and Terror Cult, which doesn’t have a release date as of this post.
Directed by Matt Zane, the video shows frontman Adam Albright (ex-Skinlab, ex-Sebastian Bach) and some guy wearing a mask chilling in a room with a goth model rubbing all over them. Add in some fake blood and a man wearing a pig mask as well as some very mature themes and you’ve got yourselves a more industrial metal version of Eyes Wide Shut. If that’s your thing, then head on down to check out the video! Be warned that this video is highly NSFW, so watch at your own peril!
Adam Albright tells Bloody-Disgusting:
For this track, I thought it would be cool to make a video very different from “Ride the Night”. I’m really into horror and serial killer stuff, and it shows in this video. It was trippy to be covered in blood rolling around with that girl, kind of like an all-night lap dance to be honest, and it was worth it in the end. I think the imagery will hold people’s attention. Oh, and we used a real pig head which was pretty fucking gross! A guy walked out of the room next to ours while she had the leash around the pigman… he looked a little shocked… but it is Hollywood.
Director Matt Zane adds, “At a certain point in the evening I didn’t know if we were shooting a music video or snuff porn. I suppose that’s a good indication of powerful visual art. When the images are so intense the intention and outcome becomes blurred. One must have the courage to continue. Everyone needed to be brave when getting so close to the edge while creating this.”
One of my favorite movies from my childhood was The Monster Squad, the film that saw a group of children face off against the Universal Movie Monsters. There was something magical about seeing children take charge when their parents didn’t believe them and ultimately save the day, winning the respect and belief of their elders.
Unfortunately, the movie was a massive flop upon release and only gained a following once it hit home video. Since then, there’s a cult following that has grown over the years that has resulted in a strong love and appreciation for the film, all of which comes as a surprise to writer Shane Black.
He explains to IGN, “The cult surprised [me]. I didn’t even realise it had been successful. I loved it, I had fun working on it and it was one of the first things I’d ever written. And it wasn’t just that it wasn’t a hit – it was a huge failure. No one saw it. I don’t know how on earth it caught on years later.”
This long growing interest is causing people to ask Black if a return might be in order. And while he has his own passion and love for the film, he’s hesitant about how he could make a comeback.
“It would be interesting to have two movies – one The Monster Squad, and one The Monster Squad and they’re 30 years apart and so are the kids; the characters have aged. As long as people understood that’s what we’re doing, I think that could be fun.”
Black does recognize that this approach mirrors the concept of another famed story: Stephen King’s It. He realizes that if a sequel to The Monster Squad were to happen and if the story were to follow the original characters, then there would have to be a way to differentiate the films.
When you say the kids are grown-up the first thing I go to is the movie, or the book really, It by Stephen King, which is about kids who fight monsters when they’re young, then as grown-ups they’re sort of beckoned and they have to return to their childhood hometown. And I think that’s kind of close to what you’re saying in a way. I don’t know how you would distance yourself from that.
It should be said that all of this is speculation and simple banter. None of this means that a sequel is actually going to happen. Right now, Black is focused entirely on The Predator, the fourth film in the Predator franchise that was last visited with 2010’s Predators.
Arrow Video’s Microwave Massacre is out today on Blu-ray and Bloody Disgusting has gotten an exclusive clip!
This clip is the opening credits to the film and it lets you now exactly what you’re in for, which is some low-grade 80’s sleaze. While the clip doesn’t give you much in the way of story, well nothing in the way of story really, I’m pretty sure it gives you enough to determine whether or not this is a movie for you. The majority of the clip is either focused on the chest or butt of a girl as she walks down the street. So yeah, you know right away what you’re getting. God bless the 80’s!
Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD]
THEY CAME FOR DINNER…TO FIND THEY WERE IT!!
Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife’s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.
Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life – his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals – when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he has a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…
Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as “I’m so hungry I could eat a whore.” Vegetarians need not apply!
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano
– Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
– Original treatment and 8-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content)
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
This week we’re only looking at US releases because really there wasn’t anything from the UK or anywhere else that really stood out to me. Lots of good stuff in the US though! Where to begin, where to begin! This week Olive has released the 4 American Ninja films, Arrow Video is giving us Microwave Massacre but the real excitement comes with the official launch of Shout Select! Shout Select is the new branch from Shout Factory and they’re getting stared with a bang with The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and John Carpenter’s Elvis! Not a bad week!
American Ninja (Olive Films, Region A)
In American Ninja, Michael Dudikoff plays American “GI Joe” who, based in the Philippines, gets hip to a crooked arms racket involving none other than the military itself. There’s no end to the rib-cracking opportunities Dudikoff encounters as he knee-knocks his way through a host of bad guys, rescues a lady in distress, and ventures to thwart the thieving arms vendors.
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (Olive Films, Region A)
On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (Olive Films, Region A)
Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as “The Cobra”, who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no choice but to fight the Cobra and his bands of ninjas.
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (Olive Films, Region A)
The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever (Drafthouse Films, Region A)
After Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Shout Select, Region A)
Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.
Session 9 (scream Factory, Region A)
It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing… abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years is about to receive 5 new visitors.
The ‘Burbs (Universal, Region A)
An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.
Elvis (Shout Select, Region A)
Just two years after Elvis Presley died, Kurt Russell brought him back to life in the original biopic about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Broadcast on ABC in 1979, Elvis marked the first time director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell would work together in what would become a legendary pairing in film history.
Theatre of Blood (Twilight Time, Region A)
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him the Best Actor of the Year award.
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (Kino Lorber, Region A)
This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920’s. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl who reminds her of her daughter and she imprisons her in her attic. Nobody believes her brother, Christopher, when he tells them what has happened, so he goes to rescue her…
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season (Disney, Region A)
Emma Swan gets the surprise of her life when Henry, the son she gave up 10 years ago, arrives on her doorstep. Returning the boy to his adoptive mother becomes complicated when Henry reveals a stunning theory to Emma. Everyone in Storybrooke, Maine is a fairytale character under a curse, and Emma – as the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming – is the one who can save them all. The story unfolds; interweaving scenes of the drama in the sleepy New England town and the the inhabitants’ past lives in the world of fairy tales. The timeless battle of good vs evil is ready to begin again.
Microwave Massacre (Arrow, Region A)
Construction worker Donald is having a hard time getting anything good to eat since his wife has decided to only cook gourmet foods. That and her constant harping cause him to snap, and he whacks her. Somewhere in the confusion he comes up with a new use for the microwave oven, and begins to eat much better. Soon he’s experimenting with different recipes. And different meats.
I’m not sure if I’m alone in thinking this, but Blood Father looks awesome. This latest movie from Jean-François Richet has been on my radar for a while and I’m thrilled that Lionsgate has announced a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD release date of October 11th for this one. A bearded Mel Gibson out to protect his daughter and willing to do whatever it takes to do so? Oh and it co-stars Michael Parks, Diego Luna and William H. Macy? Where do I sign up?! Check out the trailer and full details below!
Mel Gibson delivers nonstop, no-holds-barred action in this dynamic thrill ride. When his estranged teenaged daughter (Erin Moriarty) is targeted by a drug cartel, ex-convict John Link (Gibson) must call upon connections from his criminal past and his own lethal skills to save his daughter’s future. Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and William H. Macy costar in this explosive story of how far one man will go to save his family.
BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES:
-“Lost Souls: On the Road with Blood Father” Featurette
A decade before Tim Story’s Fantastic Four hit theaters Roger Corman, the legendary producer and King of the B’s, produced a movie about the Marvel superheroes. This film, titled The Fantastic Four, was directed by Oley Sassone but it was never released and that was the plan all along. Doomed! is an in-depth documentary that attempts to get to the bottom of what happened with this Corman production. It features never before seen footage from the film’s production as well as new on-camera interviews with much of the cast and crew included Corman, Jay Underwood, Michael Bailey Smith, Joseph Culp, Alex Hyde-White and Rebecca Staab.
This looks well, fantastic. I can listen to Corman talk for hours about anything, so I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about this, a project that he says in the trailer is unlike anything else he’s ever encountered. And that’s saying something because Corman has been at this for a really, really long time. Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four will be available on VOD starting October 11 and on DVD on December 20.
Bloody Disgusting reader ‘Dennis’ linked us to to a brand new still from Blair Witch, which is accompanied by the German trailer for the sequel to The Blair Witch Project.
In Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, “A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.“
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.
Blair Witch will destroy audiences on September 16th.
Here’s a blurb from my review:
” ‘Blair Witch’ is that game-changer horror fans desperately have been waiting for. It will usher in a new breed of genre films that are targeted at creating an emotional experience above all else. “Scary” is probably an understatement as this may just be the first film since ‘The Exorcist’ that will leave younger audiences scarred for life.”
The reveal of Bill Skarsgard as “Pennywise the Clown” in Stephen King’s book-to-film adaptation of It was one of the biggest posts of the year. Clearly, there is something about this vicious clown that draws attention and curiosity. I don’t know if it’s morbid curiosity or hopeful wishes but the overall response to his face and makeup seemed to be quite positive!
Now, director Andy Muschietti is going to test us again as there’s been a full reveal of Pennywise, including costume and, interestingly enough, a rather dirty smile. Complete with a more traditional clown outfit, Pennywise certainly looks like he lives in a sewer and has some rather awful hygiene issues.
Talking with EW, costume designer Janie Bryant explains that the costume, “…definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.” To get this aesthetic, Bryant pulled from Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras, trying to instill the idea that the force behind Pennywise is older than anyone realizes, perhaps even ancient.
Creepily, Bryant says that the aim was to make Pennywise almost a child unto himself in this outfit. “There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
Ultimately, the goal here was to make a Pennywise that prefers to hide. “It makes him almost like a shadow,” Bryant says of the costume.
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.
“In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.“
While the teaser for Arrival looked as if Ridley Scott had directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind and mixed it with The Day the Earth Stood Still, the full trailer is more Independence Day meets Contact.
Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario) is behind this majestic looking sci-fi thriller that stars Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. The trailer has Adams making contact and decoding the alien language, as the beings seemingly invade her sleep. It appears the aliens are there to save mankind, as implied by a voice over, but then something goes wrong…
In theatres November 11, 2016, “When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.”
One of the great aspects of a film festival is the ability to discover fresh new talent. Movies like Paranormal Activity and The Witch are prime examples of an overnight success story thanks to the movie’s inclusion in a prominent film festival. I first heard of Jerry Pyle’s short film, “Trust” when it played at Fantasia Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, two of the more popular genre festivals in North America. Short, sweet, and funny as hell “Trust” is the perfect way to kick off episode three of World of Death!
Our second short film from episode three is “Misfortune” directed by Neil Mackay. Mackay is a Canadian filmmaker who’s short film stood out during the ABC’s of Death 2 “M” contest and I knew instantly that it needed to be a part of WOD. Squib work can be a real pain on a low budget production – if you can afford them – but Mackay’s special FX work is top notch in “Misfortune”; some of the better gunplay I’ve seen from the independent scene.
Make sure to check out episode three right now to check out these great short films and tune in Thursday for episode 4 where we’ll be bringing you one of the funniest animated shorts I’ve ever seen as well as up-and-coming genre queen Gigi Saul Guerrero’s short Dead Crossing.
World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for. Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre. And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go. Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.
Jerry Pyle is from California and has been making films since 2002. He just got back from Frontieres with a project called Sanctum about an architect that goes crazy looking for a missing room in his own home. Keep up with Jerry here – jkpyle.com
Neil Mackay hails from Ontario, Canada and has been making films for over 20 years. He is currently in pre-production on a film titled “Greed Inc.” a remake of a short film he did 15 yrs ago… “A down on his luck construction worker comes across a bizarre game show on his television that hunts its contestants down and kills them, and becomes an unwilling participant.”
Bethesda has made good on its promise to have the paid expansion pack, Doom: Unto the Evil, ready to spread its demonic seed — eww, sorry — this month on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and now it’s officially begun. You can experience The Spreadening firsthand for a manageable $14.99 (£11.99/€14.99), just make sure you own a copy of the ridiculously awesome new Doom first.
Unto the Evil features a lot of content for the game’s multiplayer mode, including a trio of new maps — Offering, Cataclysm and Ritual — the UAC EMG Pistol, Kinetic Mine, a playable Harvester demon, and even more personalization options so your marine can look just right.
In related news, the Doom reboot will is just $29.99 (that’s 50% off!) in the QuakeCon 2016 Sale the Humble Store is hosting for the duration of the convention. You can also earn twice as much XP in the Doom multiplayer this weekend, if you’re into that. And don’t dawdle. The Humble sale and Double XP weekend both end on Monday, August 1.
A very brief video from the set of Alien: Covenant reveals actress Katherine Waterston passed out in a hypersleep chamber, similar to the one we’ve seen in Alien and Aliens, only this one is constantly flashing lights, which I know would give me a restless night’s sleep. If it’s not as close to pitch black as possible, I’m waking up in a crabby mood.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ‘Alien’ with ‘Alien: Covenant’, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with ‘Prometheus’ — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Michael Fassbender is returning as Prometheus‘ android David, with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters) leading a new crew that includes Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills).
Alien: Covenant will come to theaters on August 4th, 2017.
Mark Wahlberg (The Happening, Planet of the Apes) has joined the cast of Paramount’s Home Invasion, according to Tracking Board. Wahlberg will also be acting as producer alongside Stephen Levinson. The film is written by Aaron Guzikowski.
Pitched as ‘Panic Room’ meets ‘Die Hard’, Wahlberg will play a contractor whose artist wife suffers from an illness that prevents her from being in the sunlight and, as such, he builds a futuristic house that blocks out any natural light. When a band of criminals attempts to break into the house to steal one of his wife’s valuable sculptures, he must evade and outsmart them to protect his home.
Look, they can say Panic Room meets Die Hard all they want but you can’t tell me this doesn’t sound like they watched The Others and said, “That is an awesome concept and we need to use that…with Mark Wahlberg kicking ass.” And you know what? I’m in.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in the book-to-film adaptation of Patrick Ness’ post-apocalyptic YA triology Chaos Walking, according to THR. The film will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) and produced by Doug Davison and Allison Shearmur.
Adapted by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the draft script was written by Jamie Linden.
Chaos Walking, “…takes place in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.”
The series began in 2008 with “The Knife of Never Letting Go”, continued in 2009 with “The Ask and the Answer” and culminated in the final book “Monsters of Men”, which came out in 2010.
The Jewish horror tale Demon is something we’ve been covering for over a year, intrigued by its supposedly original take on the dybbuk mythology. Our own Trace says that he loved it until its ambiguous ending in his review. To get a taste of it for yourself, I highly recommend you watch the trailer below. It’s got an absolutely delicious atmosphere pervading across every frame.
Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta, Peter has been given a gift of her family’s ramshackle country house in rural Poland. It’s a total fixer-upper, and while inspecting the premises on the eve of the wedding, he falls into a pile of human remains. The ceremony proceeds, but strange things begin to happen… During the wild reception, Peter begins to come undone, and a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure from Jewish folklore, takes a toehold in this present-day celebration-for a very particular reason, as it turns out.
Demon was directed by Marcin Wrona, who tragically passed away last September.
Starring Itay Tira, Agnieszka Żulewska, and Andrzej Grabowski, the film is being released on September 9th.