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[BD Review] 'Fractured' a Sexy Blend of Nightmarish Horror and Mystery!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06

Fractured (the film formerly known as Schism) is a sexy blend of nightmarish horror and mystery that’s as consistently intriguing as it is disturbing. It takes a while for the film to build up steam as it piles up its clues and puzzles, but once it gets going Fractured delivers a haunting portrait of a normal guy trying to save his soul from damnation. Amnesia’s a bitch, man, especially when your former boss is a vicious human trafficker who’s prone to use his associates for target practice. Or just Vinnie Jones in general.

After awakening from an eight month-long coma, Dylan White (Callum Blue) has no memory of what put him in the hospital. He can’t remember his life before the past three years, in fact. Despite this mental fog, Dylan finds work as a cook in a Baton Rouge restaurant, starts dating a frisky girl, and is trying to lead a normal life. Then his violent past starts catching up with him in ways that’ll really fuck up a “normal life.” Sinister visions of blood-drenched women hammer his brain as he sleeps, works, and even when he’s at the damn convenient store. So much for normal.

Patterns start to appear in these visions and as Dylan starts to connect the dots, he’s led to old haunts where his former boss Quincy (Vinnie Jones) is still trafficking women under work conditions that clearly don’t meet OSHA standards. Jones plays his usual hard-ass geezer self, but he’s perfect at it so no complaints of typecasting here. Battling dark visions, Quincy, and amnesia, Dylan makes his way through the underworld – leaving behind a trail of gore and graphic sex. He meets a seductive femme fatale played by Nicole LaLiberte (Dexter) who drops clues for him in between bouts of booze-fueled kinky encounters.

Speaking of femme fatale, there’s a thick neo-noir vibe to Fractured. We follow a doomed hero as he travels through a world of perpetual night highlighted with neon and morally ambiguous characters. There’s also a jazzy soundtrack that cues brief moments of respite for Dylan. The cinematography is fantastic too and heightens the claustrophobic, menacing mood. The New Orleans backdrop offers up plenty of dark dives and shady corners for Dylan to get lost in as he stumbles towards his fate of either eternal damnation or salvation.

Fractured never wholly lets the audience in on its actual nature. Fantasy and reality hop in bed and have filthy sex until Dylan and the viewer have no clue what the hell to believe. Callum Blue, who many will probably know from Dead Like Me or Smallville, is an understated lead who strongly carries the film through its myriad of bizarre twists. There are a lot of ideas and genre elements at play here, and director/co-writer Adam Gierasch never loses control of the reins. If you enjoy a good mind-fuck, definitely check this one out.

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Don't Drink Lost Society's Beer Or They Will Stick A Machete In You

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:00

Finnish metal band Lost Society has released an official music video for the title track of their sophomore album Terror Hungry (out now via Nuclear Blast Records). The video shows the band rocking out in a skate park, some guys in full red body suits, and a lot of blood. Moral of the story? Don’t mess with someone and their beer. That’s just rude.

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[BD Review] Revisiting the Found-Footage 'Afflicted'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:05

Since its world premiere at Toronto last September, we’ve had two very opposing reviews for CBS Films’ Afflicted, which is now in theaters and on VOD platforms.

In the film, two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.

Mike Pereira says the film is well crafted, but would have made a better short. The Wolfman explained in his positive review that Afflicted is like a horror version of Chronicle. You can read either review by clicking the aforementioned links.

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Top 10 80's Horror Movies From The Amatory Murder (Exclusive)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:00

Brooklyn, NY goth rockers The Amatory Murder have just released their new album Exploiting Our Dreams. When I heard it I got a strong 80′s vibe from it, the electronic tinges reminiscent of that glorious era. So when I was told that vocalist Christian Peppas was a horror fanatic, I had to know his top 10 80′s horror movies. And he delivered in spades! Below is a list that covers pretty much some of the very best that the 80′s had to offer, from zombies to psychological to B-horror to supernatural, it’s got a little bit of everything! Check out the list and leave your favorites in the comments.

You can snag your copy of Exploiting Our Dreams for only $5 via Bandcamp.

Christian Peppas states, “It is my belief that the best horror movies were made from the 1930′s through the 1980′s; but there’s something about horror films from the 80′s that stand unchallenged by any other decade. Producers and directors hired more makeup and special effects artists to actually make props as opposed to relying on computer technology. Stop-motion animation was big, so art departments were much more hands-on and creative. Much of the time, these films were low-budget B movies; but for a kid like me that grew up when snoozers like Scream and Urban Legend were big, that actually added to the greatness. I think there’s something much cooler knowing that the puss spewing out of someone’s rubber neck is obviously corn starch. That being said, compressing my favorite 80′s horror movies into a Top 10 was a trying task and I know I’ll be kicking myself later on for forgetting things…

The Shining: I don’t even know where to begin. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and in my opinion one of Jack Nicholson’s best performances. This film has EVERYTHING: suspense, horror, action, great acting…such an amazing thriller. Kubrick was an absolute genius.

Poltergeist: I LOVE this movie. It’s so quotable and scared the crap out of me when I first saw it. The special effects are awesome–and that mirror scene is GROSS. “This house is clean!”

Return Of The Living Dead: This movie is just hilarious and campy. Also, I believe it’s one of the first zombie movies that focuses on eating the brains of the living. The scene with the two security guys in the beginning is the best.

The Evil Dead: I love over-the-top movies where the gore is obviously home-made and low budget and the acting is horrendous. I LOVE Bruce Campbell. This movie set a standard for me in terms of what I expect from a “horror” film.

Scanners: I love when horror and sci-fi mix and take themselves too seriously. Such is the case with Scanners. The end result always makes it great in a different way, and this film does not let you down.

The Evil Dead 2: More Evil Dead? YES! Another thing I love about these flicks is that you can put ‘em on and it’s blatantly obvious what period they were filmed in. Raimi needs to do more stuff like this.

The Stuff: C’mon, it’s called ‘The Stuff’. And people are obsessed with it. Again, another quotable and hokey movie that I will never get bored of. I love that horror movies from these period relied on actual, physical props for effect as opposed to CGI.

Cheerleader Camp (Bloody Pom Poms): This one has more of a cult following. It’s another one of those films that’s so bad it’s good. It was directed by John Quinn who now directs late night “movies” and “TV shows” on Cinemax. So yeah, there’s that.

Ghostbusters: Yeah, yeah yeah…I know it’s not technically a horror film. But let me tell you, this movie is probably what got me interested in horror movies in general. I used to beg my parents to bring me to the local video store and rent it for at least once a week. And don’t get me started on how awesome Ghostbusters 2 is…

Maniac Cop: More fine acting from horror movie icon Bruce Campbell. They really don’t make ridiculous thrillers like this anymore. It’s a cop who is a murderous maniac. ‘Nuff said.

The Amatory Murder online:
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'The Veil' Hires More to Document Cult Activity

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 21:16

Deadline reports that Meegan Warner, pictured, has been cast in Universal’s horror pic The Veil.

She joins Jessica Alba, Thomas Jane and Lily Rabe in the horror pic about the lone survivor of a cult’s mass suicide who returns to the scene with a documentary film crew 30 years later. It sounds like it echoes V/H/S/2 and The Sacrament.

Warner will play Ann, one of the members of the documentary film crew led by Alba.

We’re told that Kyla Drew Simmons, Lenny Jacobson, Stacey Turner, and Chet Grissom also star.

Shooting begins this month.

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'Jurassic World' Adds Three Females to Cast

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 20:07

Heat Vision got the late night scoop on three new female actresses joining the cast of Jurassic World.

Just off Carrie (pictured above), Judy Greer has closed a deal to join the cast of the newest installment of Universal’s rampaging dinosaurs movie series. Also boarding the movie are Katie McGrath (NBC’s “Dracula”) and Lauren Lapkus.

The cast already includes Bryce Dallas Howard as a corporate scientist who works at the park, while Chris Pratt is a dino-wrangler with a cowboy attitude.

Other actors on the roll call are Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Ifran Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio and B.D. Wong.

Universal has scheduled for a June 12, 2015, release.

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Los Angeles!! See 'Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III' On 35MM For The First Time!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:47

I’d bet money 99.9% of you haven’t seen Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III in a theater. I’d bet more money that even less of you have seen it on film. But BD alum Brian Collins is here to fix that shit as part of his HMAD branded series of midnight shows. Per Collins, the screening of this old school Viggo Mortensen joint is extra special. It’s “more than likely the first time it’s shown on 35mm since it’s aborted theatrical release in January of 1990, dumped with almost no advertising and a lot of bad press due to the recuts.

As always, tickets are a dirt cheap $8. There are whispers of special guests but, as always, it’s best to be surprised,

It all goes down this Saturday, April 5th at 11:59 PM at the New Beverly Cinema.

The theater is at 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036, two blocks west of La Brea. You can get tickets here.

Poster by Jacopo Tenani.

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Original Producer Rebooting 'Pumpkinhead' Series!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:08

Effects legend Stan Winston could see his 1988 Pumpkinhead rebooted, according to The Tracking Board.

The original Pumpkinhead was produced by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group headed up by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis went on to produce Hannibal and Red Dragon. For the rest of the franchise, the Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA) headed up by Brad Krevoy took the reins and is now back to produce the rebooted series, explains the site.

The ’88 film starred Lance Henriksen as a man who conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

The franchise also saw three horrendous sequels released over the years: Pumpkinhead II: Blood and Wings, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud. I guess a reboot is the way to go?

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'The Sentinel' Remake Opens Gateway to Hell

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:01

The Tracking Board is also reporting that Universal Pictures has turned to their in-house low-budget maven Jason Blum to steer their planned remake of the 1977 film The Sentinel back on track.

The original, which was based on the book of the same name from author Jeffrey Konvitz, centers on a young woman who moves into a NYC apartment, only to discover that it may be the gateway to hell.

The original film, which was directed by Michael Winner was set to be remade by Universal back in 2003, but the studio struggled to find a way to get the project out of development hell.

Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Purge) will produce alongside Kevin Misher and his Misher Films.

This project is currently out to writer/directors.

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'Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls' Boasts 2.7 Million Copies Sold

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:53

It looks like there are plenty of gamers out there who have been aching for more Diablo III. Blizzard announced earlier today that the game’s first expansion, Reaper of Souls, has sold 2.7 million copies. That’s in just over a week, and on one platform. The expansion has only been announced for one other platform (PS4), but if you own the PS3 or Xbox 360 version, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see it elsewhere, eventually.

Reaper of Souls is available now on PC and Mac.

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The Stanley Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:08

The Stanley Film Festival announced today its full line-up and schedule.

As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open SFF. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, SFF will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, special events and awards presentations at the historic haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

Individual tickets and the full program are now available at


The Babadook – Australia/2013 – (Director: Jennifer Kent, Featuring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney ) – A break-out hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s terrifying debut about an unhinged child, his suffering mother and a sinister spectre that may or may not exist offers sophisticated scares and commanding tension.

Blood Glacier – Austria/2013 – (Director: Marvin Kren, Featuring Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hille Beseler, Peter Knaack) – A group of scientists stationed in the German Alps discover a melting glacier that leaks a strange red liquid. When that liquid begins producing rapidly increasing biological monstrosities, all hope may be lost in this environmental chiller.

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead – Norway/Iceland/2014 – (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Featuring Vegar Hoel, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas) – In the follow up to his cult hit, director Tommy Wirkola brings back Colonel Herzog to lead his Nazi zombie army on their unholy quest. Although this time, a Russian battalion is wakened for the fight.

Doc of the Dead – USA/2014 – (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe, Featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, Max Brooks, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman)- Could there be a real zombie outbreak? If so, Doc of the Dead can help you prepare. This definitive guide to all things undead delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in film and literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture, to deliver a comprehensive, fast-paced, highly entertaining look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions.

Housebound – New Zealand/2014 – (Director: Gerard Johnstone, Featuring Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru) -An unruly hooligan sentenced to house arrest at her childhood home must contend with her family, police-handlers and the spectral frights that may be haunting the property in this tautly written comedy-thriller.

Late Phases – USA/2014 – (Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Featuring Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda) -When a no-nonsense war vet moves into a secluded retirement community that’s fallen victim to a series of violent beast attacks, he vows to stop the creature once and for all. Stanley Film Festival alum Adrien Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil) returns with his English-Language debut.

Lesson Of The Evil – Japan/2012 – (Director: Takashi Miike, Featuring Ruth Sundell, Takayuki Yamada,Fumi Nikaidô) -The notorious and prolific Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer), one of the living legends of genre, tackles his most controversial subject matter yet in this story of a charismatic teacher with an extreme and violent plan to stop the rash of bullying at his school.

Moebius – South Korea/2013 – (Director: Kim Ki-duk Featuring Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo ) – Kim Ki-duk’s Freudian breakdown of the family unit sees a wife take revenge upon her adulterous husband by dismembering their son. And then things really take a turn to the extreme as the family falls into complete destruction.

Nothing Bad Can Happen – Germany/2013 – (Director: Katrin Gebbe, Featuring Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof) – Christian devotee Tore has his faith put to the ultimate test after moving in with a religious skeptic and his family. This tension building game of cruelty explores just how often one can turn the other cheek.

Open Windows – Spain/USA/2014 – (Director: Nacho Vigolando, Featuring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell) – This year’s Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award co-recipient Elijah Wood stars in an otherworldly new thriller from cult filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Time Crimes). Extreme technical bravado and frenetic energy create the sensation of Rear Window for the digital age.

Ragnarok – Norway/2013 – (Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, Featuring Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd) – An archeologist obsessed with ancient Viking myth stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime in this good old fashioned creature feature adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

R100 – Japan/2013 – (Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Featuring Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri) – Renowned cult director Hitoshi Matsumoto crafts a bizarre tale of a mysterious S&M club where dominatrixes can strike at any time and its participants can’t escape their leather clad relentlessness

Rigor Mortis – Hong Kong/2013 – (Director: Juno Mak, Featuring Anthony Chan, Siu-hou Chin, Kara Hui, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng) – Produced by the director of the J-horror sensation series The Grudge comes a viscerally charged, beautifully realized and relentlessly surreal interpretation of traditional tales of supernatural forces guaranteed to attack the sense

The Sacrament – USA/2013 – (Director: Ti West, Featuring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones) -Stanley Film Festival’s inaugural Visionary Award winner Eli Roth produces indie horror icon Ti West’s slow-burn take on the Jonestown Massacre, a smart blend of found-footage style with excellent performances that instill true fear.

Starry Eyes – USA/2014 – ( Directors: Dennis Widmeyer & Dennis Kölsch, Featuring Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy) – From the producers of Cheap Thrills and Jorodowsky’s Dune, struggling actress Sarah will give anything to land her dream role in cutthroat Hollywood. But when a storied production company gives her that chance, she learns the true cost of fame.

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears – Belgium / France / Luxembourg/2013 – (Director: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Featuring Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew) -In this visual bounty of a thriller, a man searches for his wife through a kaleidoscope of stained glass windows, sliced flesh and sexual intrigue.

Witching and Bitching – Spain/2013 – (Director: Alex De La Iglesia, Featuring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang) – Cult director Alex De La Iglesia (The Last Circus) is in top form with this hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.

What We Do In The Shadows – New Zealand/2014 – (Directors: Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, Featuring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh) – Living with roommates can always pose quirky challenges. But when you’re a vampire cohabitating with your fellow kind for a few hundred years, things get a bit tricky. From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) comes a hilarious mockumentary of a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society.

Who Can Kill A Child? – Spain/1976 – (Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Featuring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros) – Presented by SpectreVision, in cooperation with Channel Z, this rarely seen Spanish horror finds an English couple vacationing on an island where the children are murdering all the adults.

SECRET SCREENING: The Stanley Film festival presents a highly anticipated new film from a modern master of gore.


Eyes Wide Shut – USA/1999 – (Director: Stanley Kubrick, Featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Madison Eginton, Sydney Pollack, Jackie Sawiris) -Longtime Kubrick collaborator and Stanley Film Fest alum Leon Vitali presents a 15th anniversary screening in its European cut of the legendary auteur’s final haunting masterpiece.

The Fall of the House of Usher – France/USA/1928 – (Director: Jean Epstein, Featuring Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard) – Silent film with live score. Based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, this rarely seen macabre silent film continues the Festival’s tradition of live score accompaniment to horror of the past.

Gremlins -USA/1984 – (Director: Joe Dante, Featuring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman) – Channel Z and horror luminary Joe Dante present a 30th Anniversary screening of the great 80s classic about what happens to irresponsible little Mogwais who eat after midnight.

Sleepwalkers – USA/1992 – (Director: Mick Garris, Featuring Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie, Ron Perlman, Cindy Pickett) – Mick Garris (“The Shining” and “The Stand” and “Masters of Horror”) presents his Stephen King penned cult favorite. A mother and son who are not what they seem move to a new town in order to feed.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Restoration – USA/1974 – (Director: Tobe Hopper, Featuring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail) -
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original film restored from an all-new 4k scan authorized by director Tobe Hooper and featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix.


The Nightmare Before Christmas – USA/1993 – (Director: Henry Selick, Featuring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara) – Join Jack Skellington as he discovers the strange new world of Christmas Town. Preceded by Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!

Shorts Program I

JONATHAN’S CHEST, USA, directed by Christopher Radcliff: Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother — who disappeared years earlier. UNICORN BLOOD, Spain, directed by Alberto Vazquez: Two teddy-bears go hunting unicorns, for their tender flesh and delicious blueberry-flavoured blood which the bears need to stay cute-looking. ANIMALS I KILLED LAST SUMMER, Sweden, directed by Gustav Danielsson: A young boy kills small animals and his father can’t deal with it. GHOST TRAIN, Australia, directed by James Fleming and Kelly Hucker: An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife’s dementia is drawn into a macabre cabaret restaurant where he becomes enchanted by the lead actress. KEKASIH, USA/Malaysia, directed by Diffan Sina Norman: In pursuit of his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever. BOX ROOM, Ireland, directed by Michael Lathrop: Behind Jerry’s bedroom wall he discovers a seductive alien creature with which he has sex, leading to a horrific outcome. FLESH, Colombia, directed by Carlos Gómez Salamanca: FLESH reveals the sacrifice of an animal during a countryside celebration in Colombia. THE OBVIOUS CHILD, UK, directed by Stephen Irwin: Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.

Shorts Program II

HERE BE MONSTERS, New Zealand, directed by Paul Glubb and Nic Gorman: He only has one chance to live the last day of his life. BASKIN, Turkey, directed by Can Evrenol: Four cops, go to hell. THE PRESENT, Taiwan, directed by Joe Hsieh: A hotel manager’s daughter falls for a married man at first sight. Rejected by the man, she embarks on a journey of revenge. THE GUEST, Canada, directed by Jovanka Vuckovic: In this existential thriller, a man must face the consequences of a mysterious bargain he has made. WHITE MORNING, UK, directed by Paul Barritt: Six naughty boys carry out an act of violence exploding into a visual investigation of the war machine the boys become. WAWD AHP, USA, directed by Steve Girard: A man raps in front of the mirror, cuts his head off and has sex with it. There is also a cartoon. ANGST, PISS & SHIT, Norway, directed by Fredrik S. Hana: A young couple that once shared a fascination for mass murder and torture, now resemble a sad and lifeless parody on relationships. PERFECT DRUG, Belgium, directed by Toon Aerts: A heist of strange chemical substances goes wrong when one of the thieves can’t resist drinking the glowing elixir.

Shorts before features

“THE MUCK”, USA, directed by Tony Wash: Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last… or so she thought!

“PAYADA PA’ SATAN”, Argentina, directed by Antonio Balseiro and Carlos Balseiro: A Gaucho lives peacefully in the countryside with his wife until one day they hear explosions and the earth starts to shake.

“TOY STORY OF TERROR!”, USA, directed by Angus MacLane: From Disney*Pixar comes a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films.

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Thine Release Teaser Video For Upcoming Album 'The Dead City Blueprint'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:45

Melancholic UK rockers Thine have released a teaser video for their upcoming album, The Dead City Blueprint, which is set for a May 13th release date via Peaceville Records. You can pre-order the album here.

The band comments, “We’ve been toiling away for over a decade on shaping our latest monster. It has been such a long and grueling process with countless collapses and relapses and a traumatic voyage on numerous levels, but this opus is finally in the flesh so to speak. It is an encapsulation of all those glorious tragedies we all find ourselves overcoming along the way, and essentially for us, a welcome catalyst. Sometimes the best art comes only through being unexpectedly forced through the city’s darkest avenues, so hope you’ll find us there.

The band is compared to acts like Katatonia and Anathema, so my interest is super high. I’ll definitely be checking this album out.

Head below to check out the teaser video.

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[TV] "True Blood" Provides A Premiere Date and Teaser For the Final Season!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:43

Well now we know the date we can start saying goodbye. HBO has announced that the final season of “True Blood” begins its ten-episode run on Sunday, June 22nd at 9PM.

I’m pretty sure the last episode I saw of the show was during Season 4 or 5. Is Deborah Ann Woll still on it? She’s reason enough for me to tune in and give it one last shot. Here’s hoping the end with the grace that they could not find in the past few years.

For what it’s worth, HBO president Michael Lombardo says it’s “a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.” We’ll see! Check out a teaser below!

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Latest 'SOMA' Trailer Emerges From The Murky Depths

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:38

I always assumed that SOMA, the don’t-hold-your-breath-because-it’s-still-a-long-ways-off survival horror game from the makers of Amnesia, would take place in outer space. This new trailer proves otherwise, as it shows some sort of underwater outpost that’s been taken over by the sea. I’m always itching to return to the deep blue, and now SOMA is taking me one step closer to my life-long dream of fighting Cyborg Jaws.

SOMA arrives on PC and PS4 sometime in 2015.

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[ECCC ’14 Interview] Frank J Barbiere - The Pulp King

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:50

Frank J Barbiere emerged into the comics scene last year with an incredible creator owned series called “Five Ghosts.” The pulp sensibilities of the series have created strong sales and a fan base willing to walk into hell for Fabian Grey. Despite magnetic characters, it’s been a sense of tribute and pulpy originality that creates the major draw for the series.

Frank has a certain voice that channels the pulpy adventure comics of old. His work is exciting, limitless, and face paced. It has garnered a lot of positive press, and lead to a variety of new projects.

Now, after an incredibly successful year, Frank was kind enough to sit down with Bloody-Disgusting to talk about his unique voice, his multitude of projects on the go, and what’s next for “Five Ghosts.”

Bloody Disgusting: Let’s Talk About The Current Arc of “Five Ghosts,” Lost Coastlines.

Frank J Barbiere: We’re excited to be wrapping up. The collection will be out in June, and it’ll have issue six. Which is the standalone where Fabian goes to Japan. Then “Lost Coastlines” is the six-issue arc. Ten just came out, eleven hits in April, twelve in May, and the trade in June. I’m really happy with these final issues. It’s really cohesive. I mean, the end of the first arc was great. I have no regrets in that, but at the end of issue five we didn’t know the final fate of the series. So now I’ve become really obsessed with keeping pacing, having each issue feel like a whole arc. With this I felt like we really achieved that. It’s been real fun, especially now with the trippy stuff on the island. Issue eleven delves into the horrific side of things. We’re not going to do anything that’s difficult to read but now that we know the fanbase is there we can take some chances.

BD: Fabian is a roguish character who seems like a shining beacon, but he’s not motivated by the right things at all.

FJB: That’s the nice thing about having twenty-five issues to tell your story. We don’t have to make him take that turn, and say “oh I’m a good guy now!” As we dig more and more into his past you’ll learn that he’s been a pretty big bastard. We’re going to learn a lot more about who he was in the past. The big conceit of the series is his quest for Silvia, and his love for his sister. He’s starting to change, but we’re not going hit a button and make him a good guy.

You never know when you write something. It all feels like equations when you first write his character drive, and figure out his arc. It’s really cool to see the notes on the page evolve into something more dynamic and something you couldn’t have foresaw.

I joke, but it’s the one book we could do forever because we have so much to draw from, and so much room to breathe. We have a fun character with a great hook where we can do anything.

BD: What’s the main framing story for Five Ghosts?

FJB: Definitely Fabian’s quest to get Silvia back. No spoilers. That’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. There are going to be twists and turns as we go. It’s a redemption story. The final redeeming action will be a long road away. It’s been a story where we’ve found some natural merit. The opposition aren’t just mustache twirling bad-guys, either.

BD: The book is taking a break after Lost Coastlines?

FJB: We’re taking two months to get back on schedule. So July, and August “Five Ghosts” won’t be on the shelves but we’ll be back in September with issue thirteen that begins a horror arc. It’s a three-issue story; I don’t want to say what’s happening because it really depends on a cliffhanger from issue twelve. But it’s an set in Eastern Europe, and the really robust cast from Lost Coastlines are going to sit out. This one’s all about Fabian.

Then out of that we’re going to do five before we go to trade. The last two issues that make up volume three are going to delve into the past. Year One is the wrong term but we’ll deal with who Fabian was. The plan is then to go straight through to issue 25 after another 2-month break. That would be the end of the first storyline.

BD: Twenty Five issues?

FJB: And we still want to keep going after that. But we’ll see where people are. They get tired, get bored, but we love doing the book. Thankfully we can do it quickly and everyone is happy. So we’ll do it as long as we can. Our trades are doing well, and we don’t need to re-launch.

BD: What can you tell me about your creator owned series with Dark Horse, The White Suits?

FJB: That book actually landed with Dark Horse before Five Ghosts. Now that it’s coming out, I’m so happy with it. Toby Cypress has totally brought his A-game. It’s been a ton of fun. Issue two came out two weeks ago. Then we’re going through monthly. It’s been a story we’ve been working on for a very long time, and having Toby involved is amazing. He’s just getting crazier and crazier. One was good, two got a little more crazy, but trying to speak objectively the stuff he’s done in three and four is just apeshit. He’s quick too! The fact that he’s doing the book monthly contributes to this nervous energy of doing it. When you know you have to turn something in and ship it, you just push it out there. I’m personally an impulsive creator like that. I’m just very used to pumping things out.

BD: I think that comes across in your writing. It seems like any time a story is boring you force it into a hard left turn.

FJB: I try to. It’s definitely one of those things where you have to entertain yourself first. I try to approach my work, not in a totally narcissistic way like would I read this? Do I think this is exciting? I think comics are awesome because you get to see someone draw your work. You get to see it be executed and that’s really the moment when it all comes together. Doing my own lettering helps too. I get to steer the narrative again after the art comes back. It’s a breakneck pace, but I love the craziness. Always being busy, but in a good way.

BD: What else are you working on?

FJB: “Five Ghosts” will always be my baby but I’m doing the “Solar: Man of the Atom” reboot, now Woman of the Atom. We do have male Solar as well but you’ll find out around issue three what exactly is going on. We’ve been sitting on this one a while now. It was in the original pitch and the original outline. I think people are ready to roll with it. The character becomes Solar, in a much more interesting story. She’s more than a scientist in a lab who just blows up. She’s been great. We’ve added some diversity into the book. It’s cool to read, because it feels a lot more like a creator owned book.

I’m doing “Black Market” with BOOM! Studios. Victor Santos of “Polar” and “Mice Templar” is doing it with me. It looks ridiculous. It’s about a guy, Ray Willis who used to be a medical examiner. His life starts to fall apart. He’s stuck in a funeral home preparing corpses for wakes until his estranged brother Denny reappears in his life. A criminal, Denny has a plan to cure all disease, which happens to rest in the very genetic makeup of superheroes — known as Supers — who literally float above humanity. So he turns to harvesting the organs out of dead superheroes to make a living. It’s out in July. It’s something I’ve had and wanted to do for quite some time, but haven’t had a platform to do it on.

A lot of people say why not Image? Listen, I will do books with Image until I die. But, BOOM! Has a real great editorial staff with them. They took something that really was just a concept and helped build it with me. They have a little more development there. They worked with me, and they got me Victor.

I did the New Avengers Annual with Marco Rudy. He is absurd. This is a total Dr. Strange story. He just got super powered up in the Marvel Universe. We’ve got fifteen page Strange fight scene that was a total blast to write.

It’s been a good year. Now it’s all about keeping momentum.

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[Indie Horror Spotlight] You Won't Survive The Night In This Open World Horror Game

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:32

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Tristan Parrish Moore, lead designer on the upcoming open world horror game Grave. Its idea of a surreal horror survival game with elements taken from the stealth and roguelike genres sounds like a fantastic concept for a horror game. Tristan shared the demo with me, so I put on my brave face and jumped in. Watch me spend some time with Grave after the jump.

If you would like to play the demo yourself, it’s currently limited to the press and backers of its crowd-funding campaign. So you’ll need to donate a minimum of $5 to its Kickstarter for access.

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Review: 'Bad Blood' #4

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:31

Jonathan Maberry’s “Bad Blood” is hands down, one of the coolest, freshest vampire stories on the market. Each month this comic gets more intelligent, more unique, and more exciting. With its brand new vampire mythology and hyper-real human elements, it’s a comic that stays with you long after you read it.

WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Maberry

ART BY: Tyler Crook

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: April 2, 2014

When last we saw our heroes, they had found their world-weary vampire hunter, Jonas Vale, via Craigslist and they began their journey in learning how to fight their foe. Issue #4 picks up mid-fight with Vale watching over, guiding, and ultimately stepping in to save Trick and Lolly.

Vale is the Mr. Miyagi of Vampire Hunting. He’s the strong, philosophical-type. He has all the information and skill to back it up. He’s not going to put up with any irresponsible, 21st century bullshit and Trick and Lolly are extremely lucky for it. Without Vale and his wise guidance, they’d be toast. Although the vampires can no longer safely feed on humans, Vale has had to step in several times to kill the vampires mid-fight.

We spend the majority of this issue watching our heroes train and it’s honestly super fun. There’s a certain amount of humor and heart in the training scenes. It’s like a really well done film montage. It swiftly moves us through a natural progression of the characters, taking us from sickly, drug-addicted kids to smart, strengthened adults ready to fight for something important. Maberry excels at character development. He writes the hell out of these characters, making it impossible not to care.

In true form for Maberry, he even excels at making us care about the villain. Not care FOR but care about. Lord Sturge is a fantastic villain. He’s exciting to watch on the page and interesting to get to know. Sturge is getting worse from his initial attack on Trick and the subsequent illness he’s inflicted with. He’s afraid to hunt which, as I’ve mentioned in earlier reviews, is truly the brilliance of this comic. The idea that a vampire’s very drive in life—to drink blood—is the one thing that will kill it is phenomenal.

Toward the end of this issue, we get to the real heart, Trick says, “Becoming strong is scary as hell. Facing vampires is easier.” Out of context, it sounds a bit cliché, I’ll admit. But in the world of Trick and Lolly, it’s heartbreaking and hits a nerve. I can only pray that Maberry explores this sentiment a little more in next month’s issue—the final issue.

The ending of this issue is so strong it makes me want to weep. Not out of sorrow but out of pure excitement. It’s one of those satisfying cliffhangers that makes you want to laugh like a maniac, it’s so good. Though I understand the need for this comic not to drag out forever, the fact that there is only one issue left leaves a little hole in my heart.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

Categories: Horror News

Review: 'Monster & Madman' #2

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:28

Steve Niles incredible tale of “Monster & Madman” continues to blow my mind. The first issue focused on the Monster while this one has seamlessly brings in the presence of the notorious serial killer of old. Damien Worm works works in tandem with Niles’ script to bring a stunning, dark, and twisted tale of elegant horror.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Damien Worm
PRICE: 3.99

Issue #2 takes off right where its predecessor left off; the monster awakens in a strange place and takes to the city, a thing he is most unfamiliar with, and curiosity is soon overruled by terror. It is at this point we are introduce to John Moore, but his friends call him Jack. This is where the story begins to open up as the monster seemingly stumbles upon a friend. As the story rolls on it becomes clear to the monster that this Jack fellow isn’t exactly what he seems, but knowing he could destroy the man at a whim, he chooses to let the chips fall where they may. As the book closes out we are finally given a brief view of the man who becomes the legend of Jack the Ripper.

Steve Niles has the ability to create empathy for the monster, giving him human emotions that the reader is able to identify with. Everyone has felt like an outcast at one point or another and this lonely feeling secretes from the pages. As the story unfolds it’s interesting to see how Niles depicts Jack the Ripper as seemingly a harmless man with curiosity that borders on psychosis. There have been many renditions of Jack the Ripper throughout the years, but this is a particularly interesting one, coupled with his interactions with Frankenstein’s monster we are really able to see the quirks of Jack’s character.

The story itself starts off quickly as the monster strolls through the crowded city streets but it tones down in pace once the interactions begin between the two characters. By the end of the book I could feel more kinship with the monster than the madman which really is the core of Frankenstein’s monster, even though he’s a creature of dark science, he is really more human than most people.

The art by Damien Worm is breathtaking. The images appear so sketchy and out of focus at times but then suddenly are clean and crisp as though they could leap off the page. This artistic style, dark and gritty, really adds to the overall feeling . When I reflect on the first issue I see many similarities between the two, but this book has something the previous issue did not. It feels as though Worm changes his style and I’m interested to see what he cooks up for the third installment.

Overall, a brilliant second issue to the story arc; both characters are developing quickly along with the plot. This is a must for horror fans.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GreenBasterd

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Review: 'Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:19

“Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World” takes readers on a fast-paced and action-packed trip to an apocalyptic future. Usually when the end of the world is here, it’s brain-eating zombies that have taken over. This time around, the “Hinterkind” series offers a glimpse at how the human race fights to survive against ogres, trolls, and elves.

WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ART BY: Francesco Trifogli
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $9.99
RELEASE: April 2, 2013

After “The Blight” wiped out the human race, the last threads of civilization have wandered around alone, searching for others like them. The apocalypse has brought something back, from the lost corners of the world. Creatures from a forgotten time have suddenly come back. Dwarves, elves, trolls, and ogres have now become the new evolutionary leap. Curious about the outside world, Prosper Monday has to step out into the ever-growing forests and never-ending deserts to find her missing grandfather. Prosper has to save him before these mythological creatures get to him first.

Using elements from American folklore and children’s tales, writer Ian Edginton presents his apocalyptic vision through the eyes of Prosper Monday, a naive but confident archer. Readers will instantly think of Katniss in their minds, but Prosper also carries the quick wit of Robin Hood. Prosper has to move away from the safety net of her home and wander into the wilds of the outside world. It’s an interesting coming-of-age tale where Prosper has to travel across broken bridges and deserted highways to find herself.

Edginton delivers top-notch action sequences that keep the plot moving forward. In the first chapter, Edginton uses the animals that have escaped from the zoo. Prosper has to outrun the savage lions as she tries to jump on top of one car to another. The most suspenseful of these scenarios is when Prosper singlehandedly has to take down a huge ogre. With her crossbow, Proper aims the arrows at the ogre’s eyes to blind him, which just makes things worse for herself. All of a sudden, the blind ogre won’t stop thrashing his arms around until he grabs Prosper with his bare hands.

Using wide shots, artist Francesco Trifogli captures the vast jungle atmosphere and forest setting to depict the apocalyptic world. We see giant trees are growing out of the rooftops from abandoned buildings. There is so much detail in Trifogli’s backgrounds, especially when Prosper marches across the Queensboro Bridge. Thousands of empty cars have been left to rust on the bridge, which is now a giant garden.

Trifogli has done an impressive job with the character designs of the mythological creatures. The ogre has horns on his chin, as if that is supposed to resemble a goatee. Each of the ogre’s arms has a weird symbol tattooed on them. The antagonist, Star, has bat wings on her back and piercings circling down her ear.

“Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World” takes readers on an epic journey into the past where giants, elves, and dark magic reigned supreme. The last page gets readers psyched for the upcoming story arc.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

Categories: Horror News

Review: 'Revival' #19

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:16

With a bizarre crime to solve, “Revival” #19 keeps readers glued to the page with its whodunit mystery. How do you solve a murder when the person isn’t even dead? New characters continue to pop up in breathing new life into “Revival.”

WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ART BY: Mike Norton
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 2, 2013

For one day, the dead members of rural Wisconsin came back to life. Now, government agents, the press, and some baffled scientists are trying to understand why the “Revivers” have returned. While Sheriff Dana Cypress is trying to control this zombie crisis, she is also investigating the murder of her sister, Em. Her investigation led to a masked man who may have resurrected while being cremated. This masked man may also be stalking Dana’s son while he soundly sleeps in his bedroom.

Tim Seeley surprisingly starts the narrative with a major gross-out sequence that must be seen. Seeley isn’t just putting that sickening sequence to make the squeamish squirm, but also to reveal a major clue. In the storyline, different characters have come up with many theories about what caused the resurrection. Some are basing their theory on science, while others are looking at it from a religious perspective. Seeley is able to put in more red herrings while making your stomach freak out.

The best part about Seeley’s dialogue is how he is able to make personal connections through character growth. Since the beginning, Dana has been the lone wolf in her murder investigation. In the previous issue, it took Dana’s young son, Cooper, to remind her how alone she is really is. In this installment, Dana reluctantly talks to an outsider because she actually needs help.

Major applause must go to artist Mike Norton for the gross-out sequence that occurs in the opening pages. Norton makes the situation seem normal as it starts out with a sick-looking dog. Then Norton keeps moving the camera closer and closer towards the dog’s mouth. In a graphic close-up, Norton illustrates everything, the blood and gore, as the dog vomits uncontrollably. This is only half of what’s going on and the best part is, there’s still more going on.

Norton nails the right facial expressions during Dana’s well-written monologue. Norton focuses just on Dana’s sorrowful face as she remembers struggling to keep her family together after her mother died. There is tremendous heartache and failure in Dana’s reactions, which Norton perfectly illustrates for the emotional moments. As readers, we understand how tough Dana had to become, but also how lonely she must really be.

Prepare to be so grossed out and moved by “Revival” #19. The “Revival” series sure knows how to hook in its readers.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

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