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[Review] ‘Muck’ Is An Incoherent Waste of Time

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:28

Written and directed by Steve Wolsh, Muck, according to it’s Wikipedia article (yeah, I know), had an interesting production. Shot on a shoestring budget, Wolsh and company endured “19 grueling all-night shoots” as well as having to perform stunts in a single take due to the budget and schedule. Sounds like independent filmmaking at its finest. What’s even more interesting is that a prequel is already underway, thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign that raised a little over $266k. The key thing is that this money was raised before the backers had even seen the original film. That’s quite a gamble, especially if the original film turns out to be a steaming pile. Well, with a bevy of stars like YouTube star Lauren Francesca, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg and horror legend Kane Hodder, you would hope that wouldn’t be the case.

After escaping an ancient burial ground underneath the Cape Cod marshes, Mia (Lauren Francesca) and her friends take shelter in an abandoned house. With Billy (Grant Alan Ouzts) in need of a doctor, Noah (Bryce Draper) decides to go for help, despite whatever was lurking in the marsh still being out there. Unfortunately for the remaining friends, the house isn’t abandoned or safe, as another evil is lurking inside.

According to Wolsh, Muck is a throwback to a time before CGI was used for effects, and as such, all of the effects done in the film are practical. I know that I’m not the only one who enjoys in-camera effects and creature makeup, so this was a pleasant surprise. Add in the above-mentioned stunts performed in a single take, and you can’t help but admire the effort that went into stretching the budget while also maintaining a “pure” look to the effects that are many times wiped over with studios using CGI as a crutch. True, it’s safer and you get it exactly as you wanted it every time, but let’s be honest: Often times, it makes a film look artificial and lazy if it’s done poorly. So kudos for that.

In all honesty though, that’s about as positive as I can get with this film: Muck is terrible. Starting with the script, we have characters that are either woefully underdeveloped or just designed for us to hate them (unintentional or otherwise). Nobody acts or talks like a real person would, instead choosing to display crudeness of the worst degree (if a guy acted like Bryce Draper’s Noah in the film around a woman, someone would cave his face in), do stupid things (Bleeding out? Let’s get drunk!), pull a Scream and do the whole “this is what happens to certain people in horror movies” spiel that is delivered ham-fisted at best, and generally piss you off with their actions (don’t call the cops, call your cousin instead to pick you guys up). You’d think that having Kane Hodder show up to butcher these people would be a relief. It’s not, as he’s just as underdeveloped as the rest of them, and isn’t even in the film for that long, either.

Then there’s the story. I get that this is supposed to be an exploitation film with the boobs and all (slow motion, close-ups, etc), but I don’t want one written by a high schooler. It takes nearly a half-hour from the start of the film for someone to actually make a phone call for help. In the meantime, two female characters decide to take showers (complete with time devoted to them undressing), Noah jogs to a bar for help, cleans himself up, buys a girl a drink at the bar, and then makes the phone call. Of course, to top it all off, the assclown makes no mention of how serious the situation is, and just says “Hey man, I need a ride, ok? Thanks.” Oh, and naming the town Wes Craven (yes, he did) and proceeding to take veiled shots at Wes by citing the town as “boring” and that it “used to be pretty cool”? Way to not get people on your side, Wolsh.

Saying that Muck is meant to be a throwback to old-school horror is an insult. While the choice to use practical effects is one I can applaud, the frustrating story, downright detestable characters and lame attempts at scoring brownie points with your viewers makes this film a joke. It seems Wolsh forgot the reasons behind certain aspects of past classic horror movies (and storytelling), and instead just decided to get hot women to oogle while having Kane Hodder toss around the plasma. Uh, no. That only works when your film is entertaining. Leave this muck with the rest of the crap in the bargain bin where it belongs.

Video/Audio:

In spite of the film being overly dark, the 4K Ultra HD-filmed 1.85:1 AVC-encoded 1080p transfer looks really good. The overall image is crisp and clean, with great detail and accurate colours. Black levels are appropriately strong, and the image itself has some depth to it, despite it again being primarily dark.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless track is immersive and nicely balanced. Dialogue is kept to the centre channel, while ambient effects do a great job in the surrounds. The music is particularly aggressive, but doesn’t overwhelm the action.

Extras:
You’d think that they would’ve sprung for some making-of stuff to justify what they’ve put on screen, but no. Perhaps it’s for the best. Hell, the Wikipedia article for the film has enough trivia and production notes from (presumably) someone who worked on the film.

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‘Leatherface’ Is a Road Trip/Revenge Horror Movie…

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:02

In addition to our exclusive breaking news from last week that Stephen Dorff will play ‘Texas Ranger Hal Hartman’ in Leatherface, the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, we now have an even more detailed plot breakdown.

The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.

Dorff’s plays said lawman, who was described to us as a lean, mean Texas Ranger who has a vendetta against the teen boy who grows up to become Leatherface.

We had also previously reported that the TCM prequel is presented as a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface. Sam Strike was cast as ‘Jackson’, with James Bloor starring as ‘Ike’, a budding young maniac of his. There’s still a third to be cast, and only one will eventually become Leatherface.

Also, we at Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported that Angela Bettis was cast as Mother Sawyer in the film that begins shooting on May 18th.

Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman, alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.

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UK ‘Poltergeist’ One-Sheet Knows What Scares You

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:54

This new UK poster for Poltergeist knows what scares you – and one of those things is a possessed clown.

In theaters May 22, 2015, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

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‘Ashen Falls’ is an Eerie Tribute to ‘Silent Hill’

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00

This has been a generous couple of weeks for discovering promising indie projects. Joining Hunger, Oxenfree and Through the Woods on my growing list of games that have recently caught my eye is something called Ashen Falls.

Conceived by artist Gilles Ketting, Ashen Falls is still very much in the conceptual stages of its development. I don’t usually cover games that aren’t quite games yet, but I was willing to make an exception for this one for the simple fact that I believe it has potential.

The concept was heavily influenced by the Silent Hill series — a popular source of inspiration for developers of upcoming horror games these days — as well as Ketting’s desire to find out what his own take on the survival horror franchise might look like. You can see some of that below. For the rest, head on over to the Ashen Falls Facebook page.

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[Podcast] Whatever – March 30th, 2015 – “A Return to Normalcy”

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:29

This week: Don has a huge announcement, why “Bloodborne’s” been costing Justin sleep, the greatest thing to happen to “Resident Evil” in a long time, and more!

Talk to us! Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts!

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‘Dearest Sister’ Can Communicate With the Dead

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:23

Toronto genre specialist Raven Banner has acquired international rights to Mattie Do’s Dearest Sister.

Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature “tells of a village girl who travels to the Lao capital Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has lost her sight and gained the ability to communicate with the dead.

ScreenDaily says that music and radio celebrity Vilouna Phetmany and Estonian theatre and screen veteran Tambet Tuisk play the couple while newcomer Amphaiphun Phommapanya portrays the village girl.

The Laos-France-Estonia co-production is set for a late spring shoot.

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The Stanley Film Festival Reveals Side Show Experiences and Immersive Events

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:13

Set at the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, the Stanley Film Festival, showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The SFF will take place April 30-May 3, 2015. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans.

The SFF will host a series of events sure to satisfy even the most dedicated horror fans, while providing an opportunity for casual onlookers to experiment with what the festival has to offer. Last year, the Festival launched a variety of events to create a fully immersive experience. Many of those events will return this year, including the Immersive Horror Game. The game uses multiple media platforms and game elements to delve deep into a mystery/horror narrative that uses the Stanley Hotel and the Festival as a vehicle to engage its participants in a story that seamlessly exists concurrently with everyday life.

“The Stanley Hotel has always been an inspiration for so many great stories, it is the perfect backdrop to create a truly immersive horror retreat for those looking to celebrate the art of horror in all forms,” says Denver Film Society Festival Director Britta Erickson. “We are looking forward to providing a platform for artists and attendees to tell their story and experience our four day carnival of curiosities.”

Adding their unique brand of horror storytelling to this year’s festival, Clay McLeod Chapman and Hanna Cheek return with The Pumpkin Pie Show, a pure campfire story experience for adults. Back for a second year in a row, Glass Eye Pix will present The Stanley Edition of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE with hosts, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid. Tales will feature two brand new radio plays, recorded live at the Historic Park Theater, performed by special guests of the Festival. Local band, Munly & the Lupercalians will provide musical accompaniment for the radio play.

Additional local musical acts include Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, who will bring their seductively venomous pulsing rhythms to Opening Night at the SFF along with Bad Luck City. The itchy-O Marching Band, a throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos, will perform as part of a special Friday night event at the Stanley Hotel. Also on Friday, a special 40th Anniversary screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Historic Park Theatre with Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient Shadow Cast. Closing out the Festival, Ian Cooke will perform Saturday evening at the Closing Night Party.

Throughout the weekend, the 13th Floor Haunted House will transform the hotel grounds by bringing their terrifying experience from Denver to Estes Park. The haunted house, voted scariest haunted house in the country by Fangoria (an official SFF Media Partner) will create a custom photo booth and happy hour scare zones for the third annual SFF. On Friday evening, Fangoria and ShockTillYouDrop will bring Dead Right Horror Trivia from Los Angeles to Estes Park.

2015 SPECIAL EVENTS

IMMERSIVE HORROR GAME, bleeding seamlessly into the atmosphere of fear and suspense we are excited to announce the return of Stanley Film Festival’s Immersive Horror Game. Bigger and better, this all-new interactive story is a real life horror/mystery narrative using the Festival itself as its medium. Those who follow the clues become the protagonists of an engaging and creepy thriller featuring irreproducible characters and events that you can never unsee. This event is free and open to the public.

Glass Eye Pix Presents TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: The Stanley Edition is an ongoing series of audio dramas penned by luminaries from the world of contemporary horror from JT Petty (HELLBENDERS) to Simon Barrett (YOU’RE NEXT), and Kim Newman (ANO DRACULA), featuring players from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), to Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM), and Mark Margolis (AMERICAN HORROR STORY). The Stanley edition will feature performers culled from the film lineup as well as local band, Munly & the Lupercalians. Join horror impresarios Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden as they invite you to close your eyes and… listen. Learn more at talesfrombeyondthepale.com. This event is open to SFF Redrum & Horror Marathon badge holders, individual tickets can be purchased beginning April 2 for $13 DFS member and locals / $15 non-members.

DEAD RIGHT HORROR TRIVIA HOSTED BY FANGORIA, BLUMHOUSE AND SHOCKTILLYOUDROP.COM Do you consume horror as voraciously as zombies eat flesh? The hit Los Angeles horror event comes to the Stanley Film Festival! Join Shock Till You Drop’s Sam Zimmerman and Ryan Turek from Blumhouse and test your horror knowledge in eight rounds of terrifyingly titillating trivia. Scare yourself with how much you actually know about horror. Registration for this event is free and open to the public, SFF badge holders receive priority registration.

THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW is part ghost story, part shamanistic ritual. Stories by Clay McLeod Chapman, performed by Champman and Hanna Cheek, the Pumpkin Pie Show has established itself over the last two decades as the bastard love-child of spectral luminaries Poe and Lovecraft. Packed with the emotional intensity of a rock concert, the Pumpkin Pie Show is a pure campfire story experience for adults. This event is open to SFF Redrum & Horror Marathon badge holders, individual tickets can be purchased beginning April 2 for $10 DFS member and locals / $12 non-member.

HORROR BRUNCH AND AWARDS CEREMONY, curated by Chief Coroner of the Stanley Film Festival, Andrew Novick, brunch-goers will have several “horrific” culinary options to choose from. Ballots will be tallied and the 2015 Audience Winners for Feature Film and Short Film will be announced. Andrew Novick has been behind such temptations as: The Surgery Dinner, Thanksgiving-on-a-Stick, Andrew Novick’s X-Treme Pancake Breakfast and is the “Griller-in-Residence” for tailgate parties at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This event is open to SFF Redrum badgeholders and invited guests only.

40th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH COLORADO’S ELUSIVE INGREDIENT SHADOW CAST (CEI) who has been Shadowcasting the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Denver since 2000. Based at Landmark’s Esquire Theatre, CEI provides the full RHPS experience with audience participation, costumes, props, and tons of airborne toilet paper! CEI holds the world’s record for largest RHPS performance, with over 8,500 people turning out to see the film at Red Rocks in 2013. Raunchy, rowdy, and risqué, mixes old school with modern debauchery. Come be offended all over again! This event is open to SFF Redrum & Horror Marathon badge holders, individual tickets can be purchased beginning April 2 for $10 DFS member and locals / $12 non-member.

13TH FLOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Considered one of the most terrifying haunts in the country, the infamous scare-mongers at 13th Floor Haunted House (www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com) will bring their unique brand of fear to the Stanley Film Festival by hosting an elaborate photo booth throughout the weekend, transforming the grounds into happy hour scare zones on Friday & Saturday, and providing assorted secrets hidden throughout the hotel if you dare to find them….These events are free and open to the public.

THE ITCHY-O MARCHING BAND, a throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos invites you to dissolve the performer/audience divide and melt into the Bedlam that is the disorienting power of Itchy-O. The Itchy-O Marching Band (IOMB) is a Denver-based percussion-centered electronic marking band. IOMB brings a sophisticated savage sound and the sheer ecstasy of instruments untethered and running free. With a driving drum corps battery, taiko drummers, an arsenal of electronics including synthesizers, theremin, vocoders, and many other special devices, the IOMB completely engulfs and immerses an audience from every angle in a pounding electric bog of music, ephemera, and spectacle. This event is free and open to the public, Stanley Film Festival Redrum badge holders will receive priority entry.

BAD LUCK CITY crafts lurid tales of lost souls hitting rock bottom in search of redemptive truth, only to realize that such a thing is tantalizingly out of reach. There’s an inherent dark, fiery intensity to the music of Bad Luck City that conjures images of traipsing through the worst dive bars imaginable late at night. This event is open to SFF Redrum badge holders, individual tickets to the Opening Night Film and Party can be purchased beginning April 2 for $33 DFS Member / $35 non-member.

SNAKE RATTLE RATTLE SNAKE began in late 2008 when veterans of the Denver underground scene pursued a mutual interest in darkly atmospheric music with grounding in pulsing rhythms. With severe yet ethereal guitars chiming over the top of tribal percussion and shot through with singer Hayley Helmericks’ caustic lyrics, Snake sounds like a vital combination of spooky surf band, dark-wave rock and Siouxsie Sioux fronting a synth-driven New Order. For more information, visit www.snakerattlerattlesnake.com. This event is open to SFF Redrum badge holders, individual tickets to the Opening Night Film and Party can be purchased beginning April 2 for $33 DFS Member / $35 non-member.

IAN COOKE is a Denver-based musician who uses a loop pedal to layer his cello and voice. His progressive style of music can be described as classically infused pop, or pop-sical. Visit iancookemusic.com for more information. This event is open to SFF Redrum badge holders, individual tickets to the Closing Night Film and Party can be purchased beginning April 2 for $33 DFS Member / $35 non-member.

IN-ROOM CHANNELS are exclusive to guests of the festival staying at the Stanley Hotel. The Festival features special in-room only programming content, extending the scares and thrills of the films 24 hours a day beamed directly into your bedroom. Showcasing feature films, secret screenings, sponsored content, short films, specials, rarities and hidden surprises, there’s something for every kind of horror fan buried within.

Screenings and special events at the Stanley Film Festival will take place at The Stanley Hotel and throughout Estes Park. All access packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival and stay at the historic hotel for all 3 nights of the festival are on sale now, starting at $666/person. Festival patron and ticket passes range from $95.00 (movie pass) to $295.00 for an all access patron pass. Space is limited on all packages, so guests are encouraged to book early. For more information regarding ticket and hotel packages, visit www.StanleyFilmFest.com.

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Julie Benz Joins ‘Circle’ of People Who Decide the Fate of Each Man

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:03

Coming completely out of left field is a new psychological horror thriller written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione.

Described as “an intense real-time thriller which uniquely examines humanity under the worst possible circumstances”, Circle stars Saw V and “Dexter’s” Julie Benz, The Collection‘s Michael Nardelli and Autumn Federici.

In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes one of them must die… executed by a strange device in the center of the room. At first the attacks seem random, but soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. A vote. A chance to control the machine. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there is only one person left?

Circle was inspired by 12 Angry Men and “The Twilight Zone”. We have some images to share, with a trailer coming soon.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Trailer Shows Off More Brutal Fatalities

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:00

Taking the spotlight in this bloody new trailer for Mortal Kombat X is the butt-kicking, staff-wielding and stylish hat-wearing Shaolin clan. Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Kung Jin spend much of its nearly two-minute-long running time finding creative ways to break bones while optimizing them to achieve a maximum cringe factor. If that was the goal, I do believe they were successful.

It looks gruesome, but if you’re perusing this site, I imagine gruesome is your middle name. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Finley Gruesome Macabre (aka “Bonecrunch”).

Mortal Kombat X releases on April 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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The Future Belongs to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (Poster)

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:56

Warner Bros. shared this new one-sheet for their post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, in theaters May 15, 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa, and includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher).

“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

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Warner Bros. Takes Their Performance of ‘The Gallows’ to WonderCon

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:51

Warner Bros. is heading to WonderCon with Gallows (formerly Superstition), their new found-footage horror in theaters July 10, 2015.

They will show the first footage from the film said to be in the vein of I Know What You Did Last Summer but with a found-footage element.

The project appeared on Management 360′s radar when first-time directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff posted rough footage from Superstition on YouTube, where manager Dean Schnider stumbled upon it. The Fresno-based directors then shot the film on a micro-budget with an unknown cast (Cassidy Gifford, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown).

Here’s an official synopsis.

“Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone. ”

The footage shows this Saturday, April 4th in Room Arena at 5:00 p.m. Producer Jason Blum will also present footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3.

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Is It Bad For A Movie to “Devolve Into A Slasher?”

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:03

Slasher films are one of the most profitable sub-genres of all horror films, but critics tend to criticize them a lot. On a certain level I get it. By the early 90s, the market was so saturated with slasher films that it became difficult to tell each film apart. It was clear that filmmakers and studios were becoming lazy, trying to churn out as many films as possible for maximum profit (since horror films are usually less expensive to make). Lately (and by lately I mean in the past 10 years), there have been many great horror films that have been criticized of “devolving into a slasher” in their final acts. I don’t fully understand why that is a bad thing. Spoilers for a few of the films I mention below will be discussed. You’ve been warned.

The film that immediately springs to mind when I read this phrase is Danny Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi/horror film Sunshine. I love that movie but many of the negative reviews for it all agreed on one thing: the film loses it’s way around the 2/3 mark when it resorts to standard slasher tropes. In case you haven’t seen it, Sunshine is about the crew of “Icarus II,” who are heading to the dying sun in an attempt to reignite it with a nuclear bomb. Along the way, they discover the “Icarus I,” which was lost seven years prior. The first two acts of the film are beautiful and thought provoking, but once the crew finds the “Icarus I,” a killer boards their ship and starts to kill them off one by one.

Now I can understand why some would see this as a bad thing. Sunshine starts out as an original science-fiction film with a focus on character development, but once they find the “Icarus I” all hell breaks loose and the film literally turns into a horror movie. Being a horror fan, I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing. Yes, Sunshine takes a rather unexpected turn, but it doesn’t hamper the enjoyment of the film. I’m sure that people who went in expecting a strictly science-fiction film were taken aback, but does it mean that a movie automatically takes a turn for the worse when it starts killing off its characters in rapid succession in the final reel?

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is another film that I feel is unjustly criticized for turning into another slasher film in its final act. I’m sure many of you have seen this but just in case: Behind the Mask follows a news crew making a documentary about rising slasher Leslie Vernon as he explains how to become the perfect serial killer. The entire film is a love letter to slasher films like Halloween and Friday the 13th, but it was criticized for the moment when the documentary cameras turn off and the documentary becomes an actual movie (it makes more sense if you see it). Leslie goes on his killing spree, and the film becomes and actual slasher movie.

Why is this a bad thing? It seemed fairly obvious that that would be the direction the film would go for it’s climax (actually, I may have just answered my own question). Regardless, I disagree with the consensus that the last act doesn’t live up to all that preceded it. The first two acts are stronger, but just because the ending of the film is a bit more predictable doesn’t make it bad. In fact, I believe that was the whole point of the ending: to show that a classic slasher formula is what people want to see.

A few other  films spring to mind when discussing this topic: The Lazarus EffectThe Purge, Donkey Punch, Severance, and Grace, among others, but Sunshine and Behind the Mask are the two big ones for me, if only because they are both great films that are not made worse by third act bloodbaths. There is probably a lot I haven’t said here that could be covered ad nauseum in a research paper, but the purpose of this post was to start a discussion. Do you agree with critics that films like these need to stick with what they are already doing so well and not resort to standard slasher tropes? Or do you, like me, think there is nothing wrong with it? Sound off below!

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Fable Cry “The Zoo Of No Return” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Nashville, TN avant-garde band Fable Cry to bring you the exclusive song premiere for “The Zoo Of No Return”. If you’re a fan of Danny Elfman or Tom Waits, this song is going to be right up your alley! It’s got a delightfully eerie gypsy-esque feel and the instruments playfully accentuate and accent the lyrics.

The band explains the song, commenting:

This song takes you into a future world where nearly everything has been replaced by machinery, including all of the once-cuddly zoo animals! But in this rusty future, we might gather that a hodgepodge of recycled parts are required to make up the intended beasts, resulting in a junkyard heap of wildlife mimicry. The terrible events of a zoo break, in which the animals all break free from their cages and run rampant through the city, are told from a radio broadcaster who relates the events as they happen – spectacles both wonderful and terrible to behold!

“The Zoo Of No Return” comes from the band’s upcoming album We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are, which comes out later this summer. Head down to stream this exclusive premiere!

Fable Cry online:
Official Website
Facebook
Twitter

Tour dates:
3/31 – The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
5/17 – The East Room – Nashville, TN

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Player Bests ‘Bloodborne’ in Under an Hour

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:00

I know that there are people that operate on much higher levels than where I currently am. If we weren’t all beautiful snowflakes and every person on the planet worked on the same level as I do, humanity would die a much quicker death than the slow(-ish) one we’re currently enduring.

I also know that if I had beaten Bloodborne as quickly as YouTuber Oginam_tv did in his 44-minute playthrough, I’d be in the White House right now demanding they classify me as an X-Man.

The only way I could accomplish this is through the use of black magic, and I vowed to leave that life behind me many years ago.

To recap, Bloodborne is a horror RPG inspired by the Dark Souls games that also happens to be arguably the best reason to own a PS4 right now. It’s terrifying, merciless, beautiful and absolutely a must-play, if you have the patience for it.

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First Look at NECA’s ‘Alien: Isolation’ Amanda Ripley Figure

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:00

Ripley’s daughter Amanda probably didn’t have as much fun in Alien: Isolation as we did, but she survived the Sevastapol’s numerous horrors, and now she’s being immortalized in plastic and paint as the newest addition to NECA’s growing line of toys that I, as an official adult, want to own.

Spotted by Toy News International, this 7″ figure of Amanda Ripley is one of what could become a line of Isolation figures. A figure in a spacesuit was also spotted, but who or what that one is has yet to be announced. If NECA is taking requests from future birthday boys (July 11), I suggest they tackle the Working Joe next. I’d very much like to take two of those home with me so I can set one on the mantle while I melt the other’s stupid plastic face for causing me so much grief.

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Play ‘Dying Light’ Tomorrow, Get Superhuman Strength

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:00

Developer Techland is celebrating the Internet’s favorite holiday by gifting everyone who’s still playing Dying Light with temporary superhuman strength. When the Bad Batch update goes live on April 1 every runner in Harran will have 24 hours to make use of their newfound powers before they’re taken away. The limited time ought to make giving unsuspecting ghouls bare-handed bludgeonings before dropkicking their ugly butts halfway across the city all the sweeter.

April Fools is one of those magical non-holidays that can either be a massively frustrating or hugely entertaining day. Aside from that one time when EA got super pissed with me about a harmless Dead Space joke, I usually look forward to seeing what the Internet comes up with.

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‘Outlast’ and its Expansion Are Out Today On Mac, Linux

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 01:54

No longer will the users of fringe operating systems be left outside in the cold, all-encompassing darkness, away from The Groom’s loving embrace. Developer Red Barrels has confirmed that Outlast and its story expansion Outlast: Whistleblower will be rolling out on Mac and Linux today through Steam. So if your chosen platform is what’s been keeping you from trying one (or two) of the scariest games in recent memory, that excuse disappears today.

You may want to get on this, if only to make sure you’re adequately prepared for the arrival of Outlast 2. Sure, they’re terrifying, but as the montage video I have waiting for you below clearly demonstrates, they can also be incredibly entertaining.

Categories: Horror News

Get Your Survival Horror Fix With ‘Forgotten Memories’

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:20

Okay, first off, I can’t believe Forgotten Memories is an iOS game. The footage in this launch trailer has me excited about the graphical fidelity of my phone, which I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never used for gaming, and for the simple fact that this game looks genuinely freaky. It has some strong Silent Hill vibes, and those mannequins are starting to give me Condemned flashbacks.

As a “third person Psychological Survival Horror game combining exploration, reflection, puzzles, action and survival where the gameplay is focused on fear mechanics,” Forgotten Memories aspires to bring quality survival horror gaming to a platform that lacks it: mobile.

Giving this mobile horror game some solid survival horror credibility are Silent Hill 2 veterans Guy Cihi and Dave Schaufele — the voices of Silent Hill 2′s James Sunderland and Eddie Dombrowski, respectively — who signed on last month.

Forgotten Memories releases April 23 for iOS.

Categories: Horror News

Indie Horror ‘Kholat’ Has Been Delayed

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 21:08

The makers of the upcoming horror game Kholat have moved its release date back a few months to June 10 to allow them some time to polish it up. An announcement on its Steam page says the “additional time will be spent on testing, optimizing and debugging.”

It looks like an early build was sent out to several gaming outlets earlier this month. I decided to skim through a few of them about a week ago, and the impression I got was that Kholat seems to be suffering from a serious bug infestation. Hopefully they’ll be able to patch it up by June, because I’d very much like to find out what caused the deaths of those nine skiers back in 1959.

Categories: Horror News

When ‘Teletubbies’ Meet ‘American Horror Story’, Nightmares Are Born

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:00

I’ve never seen an episode of Teletubbies, so I honestly have no idea if it’s entertaining or education (for children, I mean). However, I have seen American Horror Story and I can tell you with 100% certainty that it’s NOT meant for children.

When it comes to mixing and mashing up intellectual properties, the ones that seemingly would never work together are usually the ones that end up being the best. That’s why this mix of footage from Teletubbies with Charlie Clouser‘s intro music of American Horror Story is just so damn perfect. It takes something innocent and corrupts it entirely, which I wickedly love.

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