THR reports that Grammy Hall of Famer Patti LaBelle has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series “American Horror Story” from “Glee” co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
Season four of the series, subtitled “Freak Show,” will focus on the last American freak show and be set in Jupiter, Fla., in the 1950s, with Jessica Lange in the lead role.
The Emmy winner will portray a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country.
Returning stars set for “Freak Show” include Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters, among others, as well as “AHS” newcomers Michael Chiklis, The Hunger Games‘ Wes Bentley, “Fargo’s” John Carroll Lynch and The Normal Heart‘s Finn Wittrock. Chiklis is playing Bassett’s husband and Bates’ ex-husband.
LaBelle will play a local townie who begins to unravel the deadly secrets of Twisty the clown killer, the mother of Sidibe’s character.
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Avant-garde doom band Obake have surprised and delighted metal fans by announcing their return, which will be ushered in by a new album this October by the name of Mutations (to be released by Rare Noise Records). Featuring Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (vocals, piano, electronics), Eraldo Bernocchi (guitar, electronics), Balazs Pandi (drums) and Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree (bass), the group will also be touring Europe this fall, although no official dates have been confirmed.
The band has also released a stream of a new track entitled “Seven Rotten Globes”, which you can listen to below. It’s an ominous slab of doom that is absolutely crushing while still being dynamically fascinating.
Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris has landed a pivotal role in HBO’s “Westworld,” the cabler’s adaptation of the sci-fi hit, THR has learned, while Variety reports The Box‘s James Marsden is set to play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey. Harris (The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show, Apollo 13) will star as ‘The Man in Black’ (see below), described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man.
Eddie Rouse has also been cast for the role of Kissy, a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon.
Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
They join a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Kyle Bornheimer and more.
Tuesday morning the Toronto International Film Festival added 7 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its highly anticipated 2014 lineup. Audiences can expect a robust slate of international titles and diverse genres representing works from around the globe – but one stands out more than the others.
Henry Hobson’s zombie film, Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Signs and Final Girl) and Joely Richardson, will have its World Premiere next month!
“A Midwestern farmer stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this daring, genre-bending debut feature.”
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014.
John Romero, co-founder of famed developer id Software, designer on games like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, and the guy who’s largely credited with coining the term “deathmatch” has announced he’s working on a number of new games, with one of them being a brand new first person shooter. Romero made the big reveal during an episode of the Joystiq podcast, where he said “I haven’t made a shooter since 2000. So I’m basically starting to work on another one.”
Romero’s last shooter was Daikatana, which released to middling reviews back in 2000 and has a legacy that largely revolves around the infamous claim that with it, Romero would make us his bitch. There certainly isn’t a shortage of shooters out there right now, but even still, I’m looking forward to seeing what Romero has in store for us.
Hardcore outfit Beartooth has released an official video for their track “The Lines”, which comes from their debut album Disgusting. The video, which was directed by Drew Russ, can be seen below.
The band has also announced a headline tour that will take place this October and will see support come from Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar, and Alive Like Me. Afterwords, the band will take a week off before hitting the road again, this time touring with Piece The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens.
All tour dates can be seen below.
Headline tour dates:
10/03 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
10/05 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
10/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (Upstairs)
10/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
10/08 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/09 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
10/10 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
10/11 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
10/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/14 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/15 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
10/17 Houston, TX – Walters
10/18 Dallas, TX – The Door
10/19 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
10/21 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
10/22 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
10/23 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/24 Sacramento, CA – Assembly Music Hall
10/26 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
10/28 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
10/30 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
10/31 Columbus, OH – The Basement
With Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil:
11/05 –Fresno CA – Woodward Park Amphitheater
11/07 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theatre
11/08 Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11/09 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/1 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavillion
11/13 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/14 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/15 North Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB Myrtle Beach, VA
11/16 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/19 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall
11/20 Toms River, NJ – Pine Belt Arena
11/20 Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory
11/22 Hartford, CT – The Webster
11/24 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/25 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/29 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11/30 Plymouth, MI – Compuware Arena
12/01 Clive, IA- Flags Event Center
12/03 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12/05 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
12/6 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel
Note to game developers: setting children on fire will get you a Mature rating. It would seem the folks at the ESRB saw The Evil Within’s abundance of impalement, dismemberment, mutilated bodies, exposed organs, copious amounts of blood, and a flashback scene where kids are being burned alive as something that should be kept from the innocent eyes of anyone under 17. I can’t say I’m surprised. After my hands-on time with it back in May, I saw enough in the first five minutes to warrant an M rating.
Even still, their rundown of the game’s more violent bits is a fun read.
This is a survival-horror action game in which players assume the role of a police detective investigating murders at an insane asylum. As players investigate and explore the mysterious environments, they use knives, pistols, shotguns, and explosives to kill human-like creatures and monsters. The frenetic combat is accompanied by screams of pain and realistic gunfire. Some attacks result in impalement and dismemberment/decapitation, with large blood-splatter effects; some environments also depict blood-splattered floors and mutilated bodies with exposed organs/viscera. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a flashback of children being burned alive; a character decapitated by a guillotine; a man set ablaze while bound to a chair. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.
The Evil Within is scheduled to arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Kano, but that might change with Mortal Kombat X, which has done a fine job at improving him. Like every other fighter, Kano will come with three different variations — Cutthroat, Cybernetic, and Commando — which offer unique play styles. I’m not particularly skilled at fighting games, so I’ll probably end up using the Cybertnetic variation to attack from afar. Yeah, I’m that guy.
Mortal Kombat X is scheduled to arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2015.
Ahead of its debut at Gamescom later this week, Deep Silver has released the first ever gameplay footage from Dead Island 2, which is now in the hands of Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager. The trailer really drives home the new direction, which is set firmly in over-the-top action and carnage, both of which can be unleashed with the game’s assortment of crazy weaponry. I’m really digging this, it looks like this series has finally found an area where it shines.
Dead Island 2 is scheduled to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
Tragic news has hit the web as it’s being reported that Oscar-winning actor/comedian Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63. There is no cause of death being reported, although a message from his publicist hints that it may have been suicide.
Williams’ publicist has stated:
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.
Williams’ career has spanned nearly four decades, with appearances in film and TV as well as live comedy shows. He was known to horror fans for his roles in 2002′s One Hour Photo and Insomnia.
A .PDF posted by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division has been found and corroborates the news. It can be viewed here.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends in this terrible time of loss.
Over the last few weeks, Sony has been teasing a game that is almost definitely Supermassive Games’ long dormant teen slasher game Until Dawn. With the latest teaser, titled “Watch Horror Reinvented”, Sony has gone from ominous teasing to making bold promises.
Hopefully they can deliver.
We’ll find out when the game is revealed tomorrow, August 12, at 18:00 BST (10am PST / 1pm EST).
With Gamescom just around the corner, Deep Silver has released a fresh batch of screenshots from the upcoming Yager-developed Dead Island 2. The game looks colorful and the zombies look super nasty, so I’m on board. Seriously, the detail in the faces is just fantastic, it really makes me want to take a boat propeller to those glassy, dead eyes. How about you?
Sometimes a band suggestion comes along that just makes me sit up straight and enjoy every second that they have to offer. San Francisco’s Sit Kitty Sit just so happened to be one of those suggestions that came into my inbox a few days ago and their new album, Everlasting Fire, has me 100% hooked.
Described as “…Dresden Dolls mixed with King Crimson, & Fiona Apple…”, the two-person group of Kat Downs and Mike Thompson have crafted a fantastic album that is built around the epic Inferno by Dante Alighieri. It’s poppy, it’s catchy, and it’s just a lot of fun!
You can listen to the full album below.
After being on hiatus due to debilitating migraine headaches, it is humorous to me that my return to reviews for Bloody Disgusting would start with the recent Criterion release of Scanners. After all, the film is best known the iconic scene of a man’s head exploding.
The 1981 film by David Cronenberg centers around: individuals with telepathic abilities, agencies that want to research and introduce them to the world, some of those individuals that, of course, want to use their gifts for good and those who want to use them for the evil. Along with an overall sense of panic, times of isolation, dread, fear of world dominance (of those evil ones) and a haunting soundtrack, Cronenberg’s film easily is considered a cult classic.
The new Criterion release definitely delivers something that caters to fans of the entire horror genre. The restoration of the film itself, is nice. Dark scenes play with clarity and the score is unsettling as it is uncompressed and uncompromised. (This is my return to writing, I want to sound like I just discovered my thesaurus). The plethora of extras and the extent of their content is highly valuable. ‘The “Scanners” Way’ is a documentary about the special effects in the film, and will be a favorite by many – even if just due to the few minutes dedicated to the exploding head scene. ‘Mental Saboteur’ is 20 minutes of Michael Ironside and the development of his character – which was intitially just contained in the reel footage shown to the character Cameron Vale. What movie would it have been without the incorporation of Ironside’s Darryl Revok? The same could be said for actor/artist Stephen Lack. ‘The Ephemerol Diaries’ is a candid 2012 interview that covers Lack’s recollection of shooting the film, with lots of love given to Dick Smith. There is also an excerpt from ‘The Bob McClean Show’ with Cronenberg as a guest. The 12 minute segment covers Cronenberg’s career up to Scanners. It is quite interesting to watch “Canada’s Master of Horror and Baron of Blood” speak freely about his work of the time. Also included is Stereo, Cronenberg’s first feature film from 1969. The hour long film has been restored to the point that it looks like it is a brand new student film. There are trailers and radio spots and a very nice booklet with an essay by Kim Newman.
Scanners has esthetic elements that definitely validate its place in the horror genre. The exploding head scene alone can be considered, at face value, enough to hold such a spot on gore alone. However, elements like scanner Cameron Vale’s panic as he is strapped to a bed and being observed by an increasing number of individuals – all shown in a series of quick cuts – could almost be viewed as a state of cerebral horror as it inflicts the same sense of dread upon the viewer. This borderline unsettling nature of the film is delved into even more so with a simple facial expressions from actor Michael Ironside’s Revok. With spectacular extras and the option of both DVD and Blu-ray in one package, this release is not just for the diehard fans. Scanners is a groundbreaking horror classic in its own right.
Two years ago, filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on a journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with The Dead. The Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dead 2, which we now have the following exclusive clip from.
“A ship docks fresh from Somalia which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson; Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love Ishani, a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the dead return to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300 mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed, he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell…“
Bonus features on The Dead 2 Blu-ray and DVD include The Making of The Dead 2 and deleted scenes.
These days, it’s almost expected that a best-selling book gets turned into a film/TV series. Sometimes (not to slight the author’s efforts), it doesn’t even have to be a best-selling book, as in the case of Todd Rigney’s “Found”. Granted, I’d previously never heard of Todd Rigney or read any of his previous independently-published work (go figure), but I figured that there must be something in this book that caught director Scott Schirmer’s attention. Why else would he make a film based on this book? Suppress your cynicism, folks. Found is a disturbing little gem that is definitely a surprise.
Marty is your exceptional fifth grade student. He gets good grades, keeps quiet, and on the side, has a love for horror movies. Unfortunately for Marty, he’s bullied relentlessly at school, and his parents aren’t exactly the most supportive. Even Marty’s only friend, David, has started to become embarrassed being around Marty because of bullying by association. Marty also has an older brother named Steve, who shares the same fascination and love of horror as he does, even showing Marty his first horror movie. However, Marty soon discovers that Steve carries a dark secret with him, starting with the ever-changing severed head in Steve’s bowling ball bag.
In spite of being shot on a shoestring budget, Schirmer manages to bring out some good performances, particularly from Gavin Brown, who plays our protagonist. Brown is able to accurately portray a boy who is juggling a myriad of emotions and feelings, and do it in a realistic way. Often, I hate it when films (horror and otherwise) cast young actors who are in over their heads, and are nothing more than vehicles for plot advancement and almost devoid of acting chops or character. Thankfully, that’s not the case in this film. Complementing Brown’s performance is Ethan Philbeck as Steve, who delivers some truly creepy moments while also throwing in a few humourous ones to broaden the character. While he does feel a bit forced in parts, Philbeck still delivers an admirable performance.
Speaking of the two brothers, the chemistry between Steve and Marty really feels genuine. Well, as genuine as a younger brother and his serial killer brother can get. Brown and Philbeck really do come across as siblings, displaying emotion and attachment to one another that really does remind me of my relationship with my younger brother. I’m not a serial killer, mind you, but you get what I’m saying in regards to the seemingly authentic bond between two brothers who show concern for one another.
On the downside of things, the film does show it’s low-budget roots in a few ways. While the gore is delightful and at times very realistic, the initial shot of Marty with the severed head kind of took me out of things as it didn’t look all that convincing. Shooting close-up shots didn’t help things, either. In spite of Philbeck and Brown’s performances, their parents (Louie Lawless and Phyllis Munro) tended to be on the stiff side, and delivered dialogue that really sounded more rehearsed than natural. Lastly, the final act of the film does threaten to take you out of things thanks to the over-the-top violence, since it really comes out of nowhere. It’s definitely a squeamish part that makes my inner gorehound happy, but at the same time, it feels a little out of place with what’s happened so far.
Nonetheless, a few missteps doesn’t hinder this indie gem in the slightest. The narrative is excellent, with some serious commentary on family dysfunction and bullying, with showcasing some excellent acting by a couple of promising young actors. Kudos to Scott Schirmer for taking the leap and putting the right people in place to create a creepy and striking film. If you’re in the mood for an intelligent horror film that impresses on a variety of levels, Found is definitely that film, and deserves to be seen at least once.
World Premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival is the Spanish horror [REC] 4: Apocalypse, which now has an official one-sheet shared exclusively with Bloody Disgusting.
Out of Spain, “Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.”
We’re assuming Magnet Releasing will acquire again, so hopefully it arrives soon after the Halloween release in Spain.
Check out a ton of images here.
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory aren’t even close to finished announcing goodies related to their hotly anticipated Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set.
While the finishing touches are being made as of this writing, they are still adding new bonus features and supplemental materials to the release.
Also, as a small taste of what to expect, check out these astounding comparison photos from an previously unauthorized VHS release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and a screengrab from the all-new high-definition master from the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Producers’ Cut Blu-ray – available for the first time on September 23rd!
You’ll find the full Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray release details, along with updated specs, by clicking here.
Mind blown, no?!
It’s Monday, so that means we’ve got some amazing music recommendations for you lovely readers! This week comes from comic section contributor Bree Ogden, who has put together a great list of music you should all check out! From electronic to rap, indie to emo (kinda), Bree has whipped up a great list of music that you should be checking out, so get below and hit ‘Play’!
Girl Talk – All Day
My brain is so wired with Girl Talk that it’s fairly common for me to be halfway through this song before I realize how instinctual it was to start playing it in the first place. Most everything that Girl Talk plays is unreal—capturing the most insane musical ear—but Jump on Stage, in particular, essentially interprets every single emotion you could conceive of experiencing in one day. Sometimes I listen to it and it feels like a Jock Jam, other times I listen and it feels like an emotional kick in the balls. Whatever. I want it all the time.
Adrián García Bogliano is the hardest working director, and you wouldn’t even know it.
García Bogliano, who directed the festival favs Late Phases, and Here Comes the Devil, has directed 18 films (this includes shorts), and is already filming his next.
We have the first look at Scherzo Diabolico, from Salto de Fe Films, which brings Bogliano back from the supernatural realm to a wild black comedy about a bored and frustrated accountant who decides to kidnap a teenage girl who will become his worst nightmare.
It stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Daniela Soto Vell, and Cuban actor-director Jorge Molina (Juan of the Dead).
Filming is underway in Mexico City.