Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
Welcome to the first week of August releases! We’ve got some good ones. Here in the US we get Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Batman: The Killing Joke to lead this week’s releases. And over in the UK Arrow has released a collection of David Cronenberg’s early works. Not a bad way to start the month!
Viral (Starz/Anchor Bay, Region A)
Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.
Saving Mr. Wu (Well Go USA, Region A)
Mr. Wu is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence though as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9pm regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone and a dangerous mental showdown develops between police interrogators and Hua.
Samurai 7: The Complete Series (FUNimation, Region A)
Samurai 7 is set in a futuristic world that has just seen the end of a massive war, many villages are being terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. The Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once men, but during the war they modifed themselves with machines to become living weapons and now apprear as more machine than man. A group of villagers decide to hire samurai to protect their village. These men of valor are as skilled as they are unique.
Lazer Team (Starz/Anchor Bay, Region A)
After billions of years of thinking we are alone in the universe we decode a message (in the 60s) telling us we are not alone, and that the universe is a dangerous place and that we are going to be attacked. Luckily, the coded message came from a friendly alien race that fathered and protected us over the years. And now they are giving us the tools to fight back (in the form power armor). But the delivery service takes a long time (I’m assuming over 30 mins because they get the suit for free), and during those loooong decades waiting for that cargo ship to arrive with their one power suit, they choose a champion of earth to train to wear the suit and defend the earth! Then the ship finally arrives… Only to get shot down by 4 morons who play with the suit and ultimately get one piece each stuck to them. Now they need to work with the government to train these 4 morons with individual pieces attached to them. Will they save the day or will they stand around contemplating life?
Observance (Artsploitation, Region A)
In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. Embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, Parker witnesses bizarre happenings surrounding her, unaware that the derelict building that he surveys her from has birthed a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him.
The Binding (Scream Factory, Region A)
A young woman’s faith is put to the ultimate test when she is forced to uncover the truth behind her husband’s horrific visions.
High-Rise (Magnet, Region A)
An ultramodern skyscraper offers its residents everything they might need, becoming a sort of strongly class-conscious society isolated from the outside world. A false utopia that fragments and culminates in an orgy of violence. With this adaptation of High-Rise, J.G. Ballard’s key work, Ben Wheatley directs his most ambitious film to date, backed by a star-studded cast.
Rawhide (Kino Lorber, Region A)
A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveler find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day’s gold shipment.
The Mark of Zorro (Kino Lorber, Region A)
Tyrone Power stars as 19th century nobleman Don Diego de Vega, whose father, the mayor of Los Angeles, is removed from office by the sinister Captain Pasquale (Basil Rathbone), and a new corrupt “alcalde.” By day, the crooked politicians rob the citizenry at every turn, and at night, Don Diego, wearing a mask, defies their laws and avenges the innocents. As he leaves his trademark – the letter “Z” – wherever he goes, he also leaves an impression on the mayor’s niece, (Linda Darnell), who can’t help but love the hero in disguise.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Scream Factory, Region A)
When filmy sprees fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extra-terrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their Earthly admirers: to slowly clone their bodies- and then dispose of the originals!
Batman: The Killing Joke (Warner Bros, Region A)
The history of the Clown Prince of Crime, from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is.
Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues (Shout Factory, Region A)
Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect… even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what neither god nor demon has been able to do – force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.
The Trust (Lionsgate, Region A)
Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it’s already too late to turn back.
The Night Visitor (VCI, Region A)
A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of “guilty due to insanity,” he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum.
Bite (Scream Factory, Region A)
While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect traits.
David Cronenberg’s Early Works (Arrow, Region B)
A collection of David Cronenberg’s early works.
Hardcore Henry (entertainment in Video, Region B)
Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator Estelle from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, Akan, and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy, who is Henry’s only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore takes place over the course of one day, in Moscow, Russia.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Bros, Region B)
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Assuming the latest installment in the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise doesn’t continue the series’ odd tendency to release ahead of schedule, then Sister Location should enjoy its grand opening on PC in October. Not much as changed since the fourth game released last Halloween, the premise still revolves around a freshly hired night technician — played by you, or a YouTuber of your choosing — must survive a graveyard shift at Circus Baby’s Pizza World without ending up in six feet deep inside an actual graveyard.
This will be the fifth game in developer Scott Cawthon’s series of point-and-click survival horror games for PC and mobile, in which the greatest enemy of them all isn’t the cast of animatronic monstrosities, but your own personal capacity for enduring jump scares.
The makers of Friday the 13th: The Game have rolled out some new content for its standalone Virtual Cabin — a PC-exclusive interactive developer diary that can be purchased here for $15 — which now features a room dedicated to the camp counselors, so we can all remember what they looked like before Jason got to them. I imagine these helpless teen stereotypes will want to steer clear of the Jason Voorhees exhibit that was added last month by the previous update.
“This time we’ve got the counselor models on display with a bevy of new easter eggs and hidden features,” explains a post on the game’s Steam page that announced the update. “This is something our team is doing in our free time, but it’s totally getting the love and attention it deserves, as you’re seeing art/assets and animations from the main game!”
Friday the 13th: The Game releases this October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Minimum recommended specs:
Windows 7, 8, 10
2.0 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
DirectX 11 Compatible GPU with 2GB Video RAM
3GB Hard Disk Space
The makers of Outlast 2 are asking us to outlast a slight delay in the game’s release date, which Red Barrels has moved to Q1 2017. That means we’ll get it by the end of March. The reason for the delay seems to have everything to do with delivering a game that lives up to — and hopefully surpasses — the fairly high expectations fans have for the sequel to one of the more viscerally terrifying video games in recent memory.
We had to make a difficult decision recently. After weighing our options we’ve decided to postpone Outlast 2’s release until Q1 of 2017.
We want you to know that we listen to your feedback, we see your excitement and we know you care about our work. Our mission as an indie studio is to deliver to you the best, most terrifying, most fulfilling experiences possible. That’s why we’re taking just a little bit more time to make sure our vision for Outlast 2 is in no way compromised and is the experience you deserve.
This is not the type of news we ever want to deliver, but we are so fully committed to the world we’ve built and to our awesome community that we could not, in good conscience, release a game who’s limits haven’t been tested to the extreme.
Thank you for understanding. We promise Outlast 2 will scare the crap out of you.
Outlast 2 releases early next year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
In 1990, ABC held a two-part miniseries event where they brought Stephen King’s novel It to the small screen. Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and starring Dennis Christopher, Annette O’Toole, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Richard Masur, and Michael Cole, the film introduced a new horror icon in the form of Tim Curry’s “Pennywise”. While clowns may have scared people before, this movie probably spiked instances of coulrophobia.
After more than a quarter of a century since its airing, It is coming to Blu-ray and it’s just in time for Halloween! The edition comes with Blu-ray and DVD discs as well as a t-shirt. No specifications have been made regarding any sort of special features.
“A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but he’s not clowning around. Instead, he terrifies youngsters and brings some to their untimely doom – until some wily kids fight back. The evil resurfaces 30 years later: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And friends who vividly remember youthful terrors reunite to battle It.”
You can pre-order your copy via Amazon.
The horror/comedy show “Scream Queens” is set to return to Fox on September 20th and a teaser trailer has been released. The clip shows Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd walking down a hallway while Gwen Stefani’s “Spark the Fire” plays in the back.
“Season Two of SCREAM QUEENS graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny murder mystery will begin once again. This time, the show will be set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.”
The show is executively produced by Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk (“Glee”), and Ian Brennan (“Glee”). Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd return and are joined by Taylor Lautner, Colton Haynes, and John Stamos. Jamie Lee Curtis will also be returning.
Earlier this year, we posted about Dan Polydoris’ absolutely stupid and yet incredibly charming faux toy for John Carpenter’s The Fog. The “action figure” was for “some fog” and was hailed as being fully posable. Considering that it was basically nothing more than some Halloween cobweb material bunched together, I can see how it makes this claim.
Now, Polydoris is back and this time he’s tackling the sensation that is Netflix’s “Stranger Things“. His new “figure” is for Will Byer’s bicycle and…that’s it. No Will, no monster, no other accessories. Just the bike and the bike alone.
In an email to BD, Polydoris tells us, “Just in case you thought “The Fog Action Figure” was the stupidest thing I’ve ever made, I might’ve topped it.” He wrote on Instagram, “I’m also an idiot, so I made this stupid custom out of a dollhouse bike.”
You know what? I love Polydoris doing things like this. It’s absurd and puts a huge smile on my face. More power to him!
John C. McGinley is an awesome actor (from Platoon to Office Space), especially when he gets to play a jerk. He’s got amazing comedic timing, and can even pull off a serious role. When he mixes the two together it’s pure bliss.
The “Scrubs” alum will be seen in “Stan Against Evil,” IFC’s new scripted comedy-horror series from “The Simpsons” writer Dana Gould. Deadline reports that a special Halloween night premiere at 10 PM is scheduled, followed on Nov. 2 by the official series premiere with back to back episodes at 10 PM and 10:30 PM. The 8-episode season will then air Wednesdays at 10 PM throughout the fall.
Also cast in the show is actress-comedian Janet Varney (“You’re the Worst”).
“ ‘Stan Against Evil’ follows Stanley Miller (McGinley), a sour, aging bulldog of a New England police sheriff who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at a most inappropriate moment — his wife’s funeral. Impatient and judgmental, he’s not exactly accepting or kind towards people from different walks of life. When the new, strong-willed sheriff Evie Barret (Varney) opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, Stan begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off.“
“Dana has crafted the most deliciously combustible, subversive contrarian on television. And we are going to set it off!” said John C. McGinley when initially announced.
Mike Williamson has concluded his festival run* by releasing his haunting short “Deathly” online in full.
Following the tragic death of his wife, a man (played by Alan Ruck of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and FOX’s upcoming “The Exorcist” series) is unsettled by chilling events in their house.
Kathleen Wilhoite (Road House, Fire in the Sky), Mickey Keating (Director of Darling, Carnage Park) and Christina Elizabeth Smith (“Killer Sisters’ Midnight Hour”) also star.
In filmmaker Mike Williamson’s new horror short Deathly, Alan Ruck plays a widower whose wife may not be resting in peace. “I wanted to make a haunted house film — it’s probably my favorite subgenre in horror,” says Williamson to EW of ‘Deathly,’ which premiered at London’s FrightFest event last September. “It really came from me thinking about when there are couples who have been together a long time, and one of them dies, there’s this phenomenon where the other spouse dies within a year after that of a broken heart — they say. I started thinking, We assume it’s a broken heart. What happens if we didn’t know the whole story? That’s where Deathly came from.”
*Film Fest Screenings:
FrightFest, London – Aug 2015 (World Premiere)
Fantastic Fest, Austin – Sept 2015 (US Premiere)
Beyond Fest, Los Angeles – Oct 2015 (Los Angeles Premiere)
Telluride Horror Show, Colorado – Oct 2015
Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, New York – Nov 2015
Fantasporto, Portugal – Feb 2016
Chattanooga Film Festival, Tennessee – March 2016
CineMartini, Los Angeles – March 2016
Phoenix Film Festival, Arizona – April 2016
Cryptshow Barcelona Film Festival – July 2016
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – September 2016
Three USC students driving back to their dorms get horribly lost in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles. Things go from bad to worse when Marshal’s spiffy new truck gets a flat tire. When they jump out of the truck to investigate, they find a spiked board is the culprit. A booby trap. This was intentional. A gang of homeless people surround the three doe-eyed freshman and strike. The most dangerous game has begun. College football quarterback Marshal is in for the run of his life.
The premise of Chad Ferrin’s Parasites is so brilliantly simple, but the execution is even better. The film had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Festival and it’s one I intentionally went into completely blind. I’m glad I did, because within the first 10 minutes I was knocked flat on my ass. By the time the title card appears over an ominous tunnel, Parasites had already pulled the rug out from under me and was standing over my broken body, laughing.
Inspired by OG explorer John Colter’s capture and escape from the Blackfeet tribe in 1809, Parasites is a survival thriller inhabiting the gutters, homeless camps, abandoned buildings, and every other shadowy corner around Skid Row. Marshal (played with captivating conviction by Sean Samuels) flees from the homeless gang, only to find danger around every corner – yuppies with paintball guns, cops, pimps, prostitutes, the whole kitchen sink of night walking derelicts.
And in a cruel twist of fate, Marshal was stripped naked by the gang when they thought he was dead. He bests the first homeless man who subsequently attacks him and takes his ragged clothes. So now everyone Marshal comes across for help thinks he’s a filthy, piss-soaked bum and treats him cruelly as such.
The homeless gang is led by a megalomaniac named Wilco – played by the prolific as hell Robert Miano. He rules the gang through fear and threat of expulsion – no more shelter, no more shared food, no more protection. When his homicidal approach and dismissive attitude towards their fallen comrades gets to be too much for some of the gang (who are named after the weapons they carry: Rake, Hammer, Spade, Chain), Wilco lets his walls down and expresses his hatred for the modern world, with their condos and Starbucks on every corner. “We’re the last of the Mohicans!” he cries.
His rant mirrors the attitudes towards Native Americans in this country held by many. Just ignore them and that whole genocide thing and it’ll all go away. Ferrin definitely has a lot to say about society in Parasites. Wilco’s rallying speech is really the only time it’s delivered with straight up dialogue, and other times the commentary is delivered subtly. A man with Down’s syndrome is dumped on a curb by a hospital van because he doesn’t have insurance. A friendly homeless man was abandoned after returning home from Vietnam. “Purple heart, purple balls, purple everything!” The social commentary at the film’s close is particularly biting and just plain heartbreaking. Ferrin handles it all with deft hands and a sharp eye.
Speaking of eye, the words “raw” and “gritty” get thrown around a lot in movies and usually the film doesn’t deserve those adjectives. The actor was sweating and had dirt on his face? GRITTY! Central characters die? RAW! But Parasites earns those words in spades for its narrative and photography. Ferrin and DP Christian Janns nail the tone and atmosphere of seedy LA, with all of its dark underpasses and alleyways. It looks like mainly natural lights were used, which at night isn’t much. Headlights, road flares, blinking street lights are the main sources. Every frame just feels dangerous. The Los Angeles River has been done to death in films, but never quite like this. I honestly wonder if they got permits for some of this stuff.
Parasites is intense from the first shot to its harrowing curtain call. Extremely well-acted, well-crafted, well-shot, and proper gritty, it’s hands-down one of my favorites coming out of Fantasia Festival. It’s got something to say without cramming it down our throats and it takes a simple premise and runs with it down to hell. Think Judgment Night meets Escape from NY meets Jeremiah Johnson, then do a shot of Tenafly Viper and run for your life.
The film screened at the ongoing Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
Check out the trailer and AWESOME poster below!
Bloody Disgusting is partnering with filmmaker Tony Wash to launch World of Death, a horror community that celebrates short filmmakers from around the world.
Wash, who directed It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To, High on the Hog and the forthcoming The Rake, is Bloody Disgusting’s official short film curator, and will be searching out and sharing short form genre films from every inch of the globe.
The first episode will launch next Monday, August 8, but for now we have a trailer that gives you a taste of the forthcoming madness.
The World of Death community hub will live right here on Bloody Disgusting. Filmmakers seeking a platform to share their short films can submit their work here. There are no rules as World of Death is all about diversity, ranging from expertise that runs from the youngest filmmaker at the age of 13 to one who has worked on the Lord of the Rings franchise.
You will also find Wash posting regularly on Bloody Disgusting as he shares new World fo Death episodes, speaks with each of the filmmakers, and reveals future projects from alumni.
In addition, Wash will be appearing with BD’s Jon Barkan and Tom Owen at the forthcoming Flashback Weekend in Chicago (Aug. 5-7) to share a handful of shorts prior to Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm on both Friday and Saturday night (full details).Join the WORLD OF DEATH
“My co-producer Jim Petersen and I started World of Death because we had both produced a short film and wanted to do something bigger with them than just let the movies sit on our YouTube channels in perpetuity,” Wash explains of the genesis of WOD. “Along with some additional helpers, we contacted over 600 filmmakers from around the world and secured over 200 short films to create the foundation of World of Death. The idea here is “strength in numbers”; as one film/filmmaking team we are easily lost in the mix that is indie horror these days. But by bringing scores of filmmakers together as a singular entity, we are a force to be reckoned with. The WOD community is the strength of project. Not only are there a large number of people around the world willing to promote and support WOD, but the community has also created multiple collaborations between newfound filmmaking friends. We’ve actually pulled a couple WOD‘ers onto the post production staff of my second feature, High on the Hog and these guys are from England! I never would have met them if it were not for WOD.”
He continues: “The partnership with Bloody Disgusting is a tremendous opportunity for WOD. BD can provide WOD with the exposure it deserves on a larger level and I am excited to see the potential of a dual marketing approach both wide scale through BD and on the independent level via word-of-mouth with the 200 + current WOD filmmakers plus their casts/crews.
“We already have a year’s worth of content for our weekly WOD episodes and I’m excited for horror fans to see what WOD has in store for them! From ghosts, vampires, werewolves, satanic rituals, found-footage, torture, monsters, claymation, slashers and more, there is literally something for everyone in WOD.”
Wash also speaks to joining the WOD community: “WOD is perpetual in that we’ve created a submission form so that anyone can be a citizen of World of Death. Just fill out the form and submit a link to your short film for us to review. As someone who has created a career as an independent horror filmmaker I understand how important exposure is and what’s a more enticing way to promote an independent filmmaker’s work than on Bloody Disgusting.
“I hope the WOD community continues to grow because nothing satisfies me more than seeing newfound filmmaking friends come together to collaborate on a project.”
ABOUT TONY WASH
Wash has spent most of his life in the Chicagoland area. Developing a love for the cinematic experience at a young age, Tony Wash further solidified his desire to be a part of the film industry after working at a few video stores during his teenage years. After receiving an undergraduate degree in communications and art, Wash decided to tighten his focus on the film industry by attending Tom Savini’s Special FX School in Monessen, PA. Wash hoped to give his production company, Scotchworthy Productions the diversity it would need to be successful in the independent arena. Showcasing award-winning video production and practical special FX design, Scotchworthy Productions has become a Midwestern staple for quality, independent, genre-specific projects.
Beginning production in the winter of 2005, Wash’s first feature, the choose-your-own-adventure horror film, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To” created the reputation Scotchworthy takes pride in to this day. “It’s definitely worth checking out, and the type of indie I highly recommend supporting… It’s made with genuine care and love for the genre, which is more than you can say for (at least) half of the films I’ve watched; movies that spent more in a single day than Wash and his crew probably had for the entire production. Kudos to them” (Brian Collins, Bloodydisgusting.com).
Following the completion of “It’s My Party…”, Wash and crew took the movie on the road, hitting up the festival circuit and a number of horror conventions across the country. To date, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To” has won six festival awards including two for Best Feature, has been showcased on AT&T U-verse VOD, and is available on Netflix DVD/streaming.
Between features, Tony produced a number of short films including the award winning Nazi zombie film, “A Chance in Hell” and “The Muck”. “The Muck”, which is Wash’s entry in WOD premiered at SXSW in 2014.
In recent years Wash produced and directed the grindhouse crime/thriller “High on the Hog”, starring Sid Haig. Wash also produced and directed the horror film, “The Rake” starring Shanae Grimes-Beech and Rachel Melvin. Both features are in post and are slated for 2017 releases.
To speak with Tony about your short or for promotional purposes, you can reach him at email@example.com.
With the announcement that Starz will be premiering the second season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Sunday, October 2nd, anticipation is at an all time high. The comic-con trailer blew our minds with its heaps of gore and humor, leaving me desperate to see the return of our strong-chinned lothario.
In an interview with EW, star Bruce Campbell stated that there is a scene in the second season that will go down as one of the most horrific deaths ever put to the small screen.
“There’s an episode that’s basically around the Delta. It’s a pretty interesting episode, with perhaps the worst onscreen death in the history of all visual arts. ‘Worst’ meaning ‘most outrageous.’ Like, ‘Am I really watching this happening? Am I really watching this unfold in front of me?’”
I think I know exactly the scene he’s talking about as it’s flashed in the trailer. I made a GIF of it, which you can see below. It’s bound to give everyone one helluva headache, I’ll tell you that much!
The internet, in many ways, is an absolute marvel of a tool. It allows for information to be spread at record speeds and for connections that could never have previously been made to forge in strong and unexpectedly positive ways. Friendships are created, businesses emerge, and the world moves onwards and upwards.
However, some people use the internet and its allowance of anonymity to cause pain and chaos. These trolls find joy in pushing buttons, inflicting fear, and generally being dicks. Such is the case with Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead“, who says that he’s been receiving death threats for 15 years.
Talking with Aftonbladet, Kirkman explains, “I get feedback on the web every day. Most of the people I work with stay away from it. They cannot cope with the terrible attacks, the negative comments and death threats I get.”
Kirkman acknowledges that there are actions he could take but he’s also thinking that they’re not exactly worth pursuing. “I could ask the police to trace the person but it is probably no danger. … It can be very scary if it is from a 35-year-old man with a lot of knives who knows where I live. But it can also be a 13 year old highly emotional girl…“We’ll see if I survive, but I do not think anyone is going to hurt me here,” he states.
Interestingly enough, Kirkman has taken a rather positive approach to these hateful messages, saying that they actually inspire and inform him of what his audience is craving.
“I can say banana split in social media, and they respond, ‘Go to hell, we want soft ice cream. You will die!’ I take it with a grain of salt. People have been saying disgusting things to me for so long now that I have become desensitized. I use it as a tool. You get a sense of what the audience likes and dislikes, and what path they want the action to take.”
It’s great to see him take this kind of approach to an issue that has long caused discussion and debates on what can and should be done. Personally, I’m all for keeping things the way they are and giving users tool by which they can block and ignore people. This allows for personal ownership in terms of actions taken while at the same time not threatening the value of free speech and open discussion.
Certainly, there are people who take things to far and there need to be consequences. However, we need to be very careful defining those lines and equally careful in what those consequences entail. For me, the internet is so wonderful because it allows for all ideas, good or bad, to be challenged and expanded upon. And when it comes to bad ideas, they’re the ones that should be met with facts, reason, and, when necessary, compassion. If those don’t work, either mute or block the fucker and move on.
Starz announced the highly-anticipated Season Two return of the horror fun-ride “Ash vs Evil Dead”. “Ash vs Evil Dead” scares up its second season premiere entitled “Home” on Sunday, October 2 at 8PM ET/PT.
The second season roars back into action with an extended episode where Ash is forced to leave his cushy retirement in Jacksonville, return to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan, and mount up once again to face The Evil Dead. This time, he’ll have to form an uneasy alliance with his former enemy Ruby as Elk Grove becomes the nucleus to the most dangerous horror Ash has faced to date. The upcoming season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” will include ten half-hour episodes.
“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film, The Evil Dead.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man) and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the cast this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father, Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend, and Linda, Ash’s high school love respectively.
Sam Raimi serves as Executive Producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as Producers.
Universal Studios Japan has announced that they will be opening up a new attraction titled “Godzilla: The Real 4D” on January 13th, 2017, according to EW.
The video and sensory attraction will celebrate Toho’s legendary creature, who is part of the longest running franchise in movie history. There hasn’t yet been an English announcement but you can check out the Japanese post via the official Universal Studios Japan Facebook page below.
Godzilla: Resurgence, which came out this past weekend in Japan, will be coming to US theaters later this year courtesy of FUNimation.
The Friday the 13th series has had its ups and downs. After breaking into the scene in 1980, there was a new installment released almost every year after that. In 1984, Paramount made the misguided decision to kill off Jason once and for all in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (you can always tell when someone isn’t a horror fan because they actually think this is the final entry in the series). The idea came from Frank Mancuso, Jr. (the son of Paramount CEO Frank Mancuso, Sr.), because he wanted to work on different projects. While The Final Chapter (temporarily) killed off Jason, it didn’t stop Paramount from continuing the franchise with Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. This film, as many of you know, tricked audiences into believing Jason was the villain. This was of course not the case and after all of the audience backlash, Paramount decided to resurrect Jason for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, which was released 30 years ago on August 1, 1986.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is the first entry in the Friday the 13th franchise to explicitly state that Jason is a supernatural being, making him an unkillable zombie. Jason Lives is considered to be one of the best entries in the franchise (I ranked it #3 last year), mostly thanks to the self-aware humor it injects into the proceedings. This self-referential humor was a response to reactions to the mean-spiritedness of A New Beginning, which had featured a series-high body count at the time. Mancuso, Jr. was all for this and hired Tom McLaughlin to write and direct the film. The humor in Jason Lives is apparent from the beginning, which features a title card that homages a James Bond film.
Even tough Mancuso, Jr. wanted out of the series, he approved of this new approach to the franchise, even being so kind as to give most of the creative control to McLaughlin (something that is almost unheard of for a big studio release even today). The only requirement he had was that the final girl be an attractive blonde. Everything else was left up to McLaughlin. McLaughlin did receive some pressure from producers to make the film more like the previous Friday the 13th films, but he held his ground, maintaining that his direction would be better for the franchise.
Shockingly, McLaughlin was proved right when Jason Lives turned out to be the first Friday the 13th installment to earn a positive reception from film critics since the original film. Critics appreciated the light-heartedness of the sequel The self-referential humor was ahead of its time and inspired films like Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and the Scream franchise. It even features a sequence in which a woman (Nancy McLaughlin, the director’s wife) uses her horror movie knowledge to tell her boyfriend (Tony Goldwyn) what not to do when face-to-face with a masked man holding a long metal rod. They don’t follow her advice and get killed anyway, but it’s still a fun scene.
By bringing Jason back into the mix, the ending of A New Beginning (in which Tommy Jarvis is revealed to have gone insane) was retconned and all of the actors whose characters survived that film had their contracts terminated. This was going to be a fresh start for the franchise and would arguably be its last truly great entry (though I unabashedly love Jason X). It is also notable for being the only film in the franchise to not contain any nudity. There is only one sex scene in the film and the characters are fully clothed for its entirety (where’s the fun in that?).
Another first for the series was that it didn’t need to be trimmed in order to get an R rating. The franchise had had a history of censorship with the MPAA, who always took issue with the amount of gore in the films. With Jason Lives, the producers actually asked McLaughlin to add more gore. The film originally contained 13 deaths, but McLaughlin went back and added three more kills to gore up the film a bit.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives made $6.7 million ($14.7 million in 2016 dollars) during its opening weekend and went on to gross $19.4 million ($42.6 million in 2016 dollars) domestically. As mentioned above, critical reception was positive for a Friday film, even gaining a mildly positive statement from the late Gene Siskel, who was notorious for trashing the franchise (even going so far as to spoil the ending of the first film in his review). In his review, he called it “the least offensive film of the most offensive film series ever.” It’s not exactly high praise, but it’s certainly an accomplishment for the franchise.
Where does Jason Lives fall in your ranking of the 12 films in the Friday the 13th franchise? Were you old enough to have seen it in theaters 30 years ago? Let us know in the comments below and share your memories of this superb slasher sequel!
Trump or Clinton? More importantly, Boo Berry or Franken Berry?!
Ever since October 1971, General Mills’ “monster cereals” have been a staple of each year’s Halloween season. The first two cereals in the line were Count Chocula and Franken Berry, with Boo Berry joining the fun a couple years later, and all three cereals (and their respective mascots) have impressively stuck around all these years. Of course, the same cannot be said for Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute, which were both discontinued when they failed to capture hearts – they were brought back to life in 2013, for a short-but-sweet return to shelves.
At the end of this month, the big three monster cereals will officially usher in the start of 2016’s Halloween season, and we’ve just learned that General Mills is smartly tying this year’s release into election season. For the first time ever, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry are competing to determine which monster mascot is America’s favorite, and it’s up to you, yes YOU, to place your vote and let your voice be heard. To make things super easy, you can do so from the comfort of your computer chair.
But first, a few words from each candidate – along with the 2016 art reveals!
“I may be afraid of things that go bump in the night, but have no fear, spooky shadows and fearful frights won’t keep me from delivering the goblin’ good chocolate you crave,” promises Count Chocula, who is (at the time of writing this post) ahead in the polls. “So, fly to the polls and choc one up for the Count!”
“For years I have stood tall against Count’s countless accusations that his cereal is better than mine,” Franken Berry notes, tossing his nuts and bolts into the running. “Now I’m ready to take charge and show Count once and for all who’s the berry best. Make the electrifying choice and bank on Frank!”
“While my opponents cry over spilled milk, I’m the only candidate who has stayed true blue to you!” pleads Boo Berry. “Unlike these two scaredy cats, I’ll be fearless in my pursuit to scare up even more frightful fun for you. Don’t be haunted with regret; vote Boo for a ghostly good breakfast!”
Head over to the official Monsters Cereal Election website to meet the candidates, place your vote, and even print/digitally share campaign posters. Though you should vote for the fun of it, we must mention that $5,000 is being offered up to one lucky voter, along with additional daily prizes.
Make America Tasty Again!
Update: A photo from Romika Annabell Osorio posted on Instagram confirms her involvement in the show along with Kathy Bates and Cuba Gooding Jr.
It looks like FX’s “American Horror Story” is going back in time once again as it’s been revealed that the sixth season will tackle the mystery of the Roanoke Colony disappearance. Set photos posted by TMZ reveal period locations and the ace in the hole is a photograph of a tree with the word “Croatoan” carved into it.
The disappearance of 118 colonists in the late 16th century has long baffled historians who are uncertain of where these people could’ve gone. There are theories that the colonists carved the word “Croatoan” into a fence post as a way of letting anyone who stumbled across their deserted outpost know that they moved to Croatoan island, which has since been renamed Hatteras Island. However, that hasn’t been confirmed and there are still rumors persisting of something more supernatural having occurred.
According to FX CEO John Landgraf, the sixth season of the show will be, “…set in two time periods…but principally in the present.” It’ll be interesting to see how these two parallel storylines interact with one another. However, knowing “American Horror Story”, they’ll figure out a rather…interesting way for everything to have some sort of cohesion.
It’s been confirmed that Lady Gaga will be returning to the show but no other casting news has been confirmed. We hope to see Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson and Finn Wittrock return.
My most favorite place after a week of shooting for #americanhorrorstory Coming home from 13-14hr days on #set Meeting amazing people and learning tons of #acting skills from the #topofthetop Thank you to #kathybates #ladygaga and #cubagoodingjr ✈️⛵️I wish you all fun of the world on your vacation. See you back in August #mybalcony #annabellosorio #tvactress #deutsche #schneewittchen #balkon #feeling #enjoy #summer2016 #losangeles #love #cigarette
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Nick Gillespie has worked as a camera operator for Ben Wheatley since 2011’s Kill List. Now for Gillespie’s directorial debut, Wheatley put his weight behind the film, Tank 432 (formerly known as Belly of the Bulldog), as a producer. Like Wheatley’s films, Tank 432 (which had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival) is a cerebral story – one that offers plenty of questions and just enough answers to surely frustrate many. This bad boy is all mood and atmosphere – at times feeling like an exercise in tension and dread more than a narrative. For most of its brief 80 minute running time, the characters of Tank 432 are just as confused as the audience.
Gillespie isn’t interested in holding our hands through his fever dream either. We’re dropped in media res as soldier Reeves (Rupert Evans) is being chased through the woods by an unseen assailant. Whatever it is nipping at his heels – human or supernatural – Reeves is scared shitless of it. He meets back up with his unit, led by no-nonsense Smith (Gordon Kennedy). Everything is in shambles. Capper (played by the always phenomenal Michael Smiley) has an excruciating leg injury. Another guy is losing his mind with remorse – as if whatever the hell just happened is entirely his fault. The medic Karlsson (Deidre Mullins) is doing her best to squash every bit of tension (mainly through sedatives). As they desperately search for some sanctuary, Smith drags two hooded captives behind him.
In their frantic retreat, the unit comes across decapitated corpses and a survivor trapped inside a shipping container. Whatever caused all this carnage, the survivor is left mentally broken by it. After making some tough decisions, the unit finds their salvation inside a broken down tank. They lock themselves inside – captives and survivor included – and are given a brief respite knowing their mysterious enemy cannot huff and puff and blow down this house of iron.
The already claustrophobic situation quickly devolves into paranoia, suspicion, and a litany of others way to say “not good.” Small clues are given – like Smith’s notebook and a cache of files found inside the tank, but just as Gillespie offers up some hints, more questions are presented. A major layer of the mystery is peeled back when one of the captives questions Reeves on what it is they’re running from. If the captive doesn’t know, and Reeves’ unit doesn’t know, then who the hell knows what’s outside the tank? Anybody? Smith? The survivor?
During their second night in the tank, Reeves gets some spooky visions. We’re shown flashes of horrible monsters with black muzzles, hellfire, and other gruesome sights. It’s all part of the nightmare Gillespie is creating. We don’t know if these visions are prophetic or things that already happened to Reeves and the unit in the past. Or are they just a drug-induced vision? What is in those injections the medic keeps giving everyone, anyway? Believe me though, they’re not just superfluous images, these visions. There are payoffs for them.
Like Wheatley’s films, particularly Kill List and A Field in England (also worked on by Gillespie), Tank 432 is more about the atmosphere and world being created, not the story particulars themselves. Gillespie manages this tone remarkably well – from the first disorientating shot to the gloomy, revelatory closer. Along the way the audience is a participant. In my head I started accusing Smith. Near the end, when Michael Smiley is gleefully throwing an unidentified red powder around (what was up with that powder?!), I was pretty sure I had it all figured out. Well, maybe not it all. And yeah, my conclusions were tossed out the window by the end.
The unit exists in a firm command and obey dynamic. Smith commands and Reeves and others obey. Even when everyone mistrusts Smith’s intentions, he refuses to relinquish command. Cramped down in the belly of the bulldog, Smith’s power is his only form of survival. The tension within the tank becomes like this kinetic ball feeding off of everyone’s fear and paranoia. Outside the tank, there’s a great expanse of land, which, considering the unknown entities lurking there, at times is even more terrifying than the powder keg inside the tank.
There is an emotional coldness to the film that makes the revelations rolling over Reeves in the end feel a little hollow. As engaging as the story is, there was still this coldness to the whole thing that kept me at arms’ length. I think a little more characterization could’ve gone a long way in making Tank 432 more absorbing.
Still, its vagueness is its strength at times and Gillespie proves himself a skilled writer/director in his own right with his ambitious debut. If you’re frustrated by ambiguity, you’ll want to avoid this one. But if you can get your rocks off on atmosphere and tension alone, do not miss it.
The film screened at the ongoing Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
IFC Midnight provided us with this exclusive clip from Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil.
In Let’s Be Evil, “Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.”
Let’s Be Evil was written by Martin Owen with story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. It stars Elizabeth Morris, Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon and Isabelle Allen and was produced by Jonathan Willis.
The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Let’s Be Evil will open in select theaters and will be available on VOD and the usual digital platforms on August 5, 2016.