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Get Your First Look At The Second Season Of “The Strain”

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 21:24

FX has uploaded a first glimpse look into the second season of “The Strain“, the sci-fi/horror vampire series created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, off the trilogy of novels by the same name. The video offers some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

The synopsis for the show reads:

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Season two will feature 13 episodes and premieres on July 12th.

I remember watching a few episodes but I didn’t really get hooked. For those of you who really got into the series, is this something I should try again? Does it maybe work better as something that should be binged?

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Michael Bay to Direct Sci-Fi Actioner ‘Time Salvager’

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 17:33

According to The Wrap, Paramount has set Michael Bay to direct Time Salvager, an adaptation of the upcoming Wesley Chu science fiction adventure novel.  Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce, with an eye towards it being Bay’s next project after he completes work on the currently-filming 13 Hours (2016), his Benghazi action thriller.

Courtesy of the book’s synopsis…

Time Salvager: a fast-paced time travel adventure from Wesley Chu, the award-winning author of The Lives of Tao.

Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history. James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen’s highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.

Bay has rightfully caught a lot of flack over the years, specifically for his Transformers sequels, but I still enjoy a few of his older efforts and felt that Pain & Gain was his best film to date.  Here’s hoping he can tap back into that mojo a bit with both 13 Hours and Time Salvager to give audiences something worth watching again.

In addition to his own directorial line-up, Bay is also producing the currently-filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell (2016) and new installments in the Friday the 13th and Purge franchises.  He is also developing a fifth installment in the Transformers franchise, as well as various spin-offs, none of which he intends to direct.

Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager hits store shelves this summer on July 7th.

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“The X-Files” Episode “Home” May Be Getting A Sequel!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 16:24

TVLine is reporting that the second episode of the upcoming six-episode season for “The X-Files” will be a sequel to “Home”, the highly acclaimed episode from the fourth season.

The reasoning for this comes from two pieces of evidence:
1) The episode’s name is “Home Again”.
2) The writer/director of the episode is Glen Morgan, who, along with James Wong, wrote the “Home” episode.

“Home” is considered by many to be one of the greatest episodes in the sci-fi/horror drama series. It follows Mulder and Scully as they investigate the death of an infant born with severe birth defects. This leads them to the home of The Peacocks, a family of deformed farmers. Things get very scary and strange in this episode, which was the first, and apparently only, of the series to warrant a TV-MA rating.

The new season of The X-Files will air in early 2016.

Below is a fan trailer for “Home”.

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Here Are Some Stills From The Upcoming Zombie Horror ‘Extinction’

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 16:05

Earlier today, we poster the trailer for Extinction, a supposedly new kind of horror film that is directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped). Now we have several HD stills from the film, one of which brings the action real close to the chest.

The film’s synopsis reads:

For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?

The film will hit theaters July 31st, 2015 via Vertical.

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Three Posters Reveal Characters From ‘The Uninvited’

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:46

According to Twitch Film, production kicks off this weekend for the Cambodian fantasy/horror film The Uninvited, which is being directed by Jimmy Henderson.

The film’s synopsis reads:

Sometime in the past, in rural Cambodia, there was an isolated village ruled by a hardliner Commune Chief. The village faced misery due to a curse that had plagued the village with poor weather conditions ad minimal food supply. The only hope, is there, over the mountain that back-dropped the village from the near distance.

But the Commune Chief is too proud of his land and too confident in his power. By injecting fear into the villagers’ minds he is able to keep them from any form of rebellion.

Until one day, when things start turning into a different direction by the arrival of a mysterious mute woman that appears from the forest.

Below are three character posters from the film. We’ll bring more as it becomes available.

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This ‘The Nightmare’ Clip Is the Scariest Thing You’ll See All Year (Exclusive)

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:17

Last week I shared an exclusive interview with Rodney Ascher, the director behind Gravitas Ventures’ terrifying The Nightmare, which is releasing on VOD platforms tomorrow.

The documentary-horror film explores the phenomenon of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ through the eyes of eight very different people, and shares reenactments of their accounts.

While there’s a lot of scary stories told throughout, one really stuck with me. In fact, I asked Ascher about it.

Below we have an exclusive clip from The Nightmare that I personally found fucking terrifying. What you’ll see is a young man recounting his first experience with Sleep Paralysis. Now, while most people have isolated incidents, his was passed on from his girlfriend. Yes, just the notion that his girlfriend was experiencing Sleep Paralysis was enough to trigger it within himself. That is scary as fuck.

Here’s his story… and when you go to bed tonight, pray it doesn’t happen to you, too.

We have more info on the film, with images and the trailer here.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” Reinvents the “Twist”!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 13:55

M. Night Shyamalan’s career took a nosedive because he became synonymous with a “twist” ending. After The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan failed to impress viewers with Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water and even The Happening. In fact, his next work – The Visit – carries an incredibly underwhelming finale.

The best thing since the 1999 Sixth Sense was his production Devil, a Hitchcockian thriller from the Dowdle brothers. I say this because Shyamalan is now behind Fox’s “Wayward Pines,” developed for the small screen from Blake Crouch’s novels “Pines,” “Wayward,” and “The Last Town.”

Much like Devil, Shyamalan leaves the director’s chair alone (sans the pilot) and puts on his producing hat.

More importantly, he leaves the storyline to other writers.

I just caught up on FOX’s “Wayward Pines,” which has now aired three mysterious episodes, and couldn’t be more surprised. I was positive I knew where the series was headed, only the third episode threw everything at me, including the kitchen sink. Even though Shyamalan isn’t the brains behind the mystery, it’s showing (delayed) growth and maturity that he would attach his name to a project that has evolved past him (maybe After Earth was a kick in the ass?).

Even though “The Twilight Zone” opened people’s minds to the unordinary, viewers since have forgotten how to think outside of the box. The Sixth Sense reawakened the viewers’ minds, and turned Hollywood into a melting pot of twists and turns. Growing up in the post-Sixth Sense world has turned us all into “movie detectives,” hoping to figure out the end before the first act has even concluded. I’m just as guilty as everyone else.

And being that every idea has already been done in Hollywood (remakes proving this), viewers aren’t going to feel satisfied anymore with just a surprise finale. A major lesson came of Shyamalan’s failures, one that even he’s learned over the years – it’s not about how a project ends, it’s about the journey. It’s something video game developers learned years ago, and Hollywood is just starting to get on the bandwagon.

“Wayward Pines” introduces us to both an evolved Shyamalan and “twist ending.” It takes off the restraints and throws everything at you, while holding one major mystery behind door number 3. By the end of the third episode, “Wayward Pines” screams at you to stop guessing and just go along for the ride. Let the storytellers read you this bedtime story without any interruptions. Will you let them?

For those unacquainted with “Wayward Pines,” the series follows a Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) who goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

You will think you figured it all out. But you haven’t…

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‘Ju-On: The Final’ Trailer Gets Creepy

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 13:13

On June 20th, one of J-horror’s most famous series’ comes to an end when Ju-On: The Final hits theaters. Directed by Ochiai Masayuki and co-written by Ichise Takashige, the film wraps up the story originally brought to us by Shimizu Takashi.

The film’s synopsis reads:

Following the events of ‘Ju-on: The Beginning of the End’, Mai, the older sister of elementary schoolteacher Yui Shono, goes to look for her sister, who disappeared after a visit to her truant student, Toshio Saeki.

The trailer unfortunately does not feature English subtitles, so I couldn’t understand what plot points were offered. However, they’re sticking with the ghost boy in underwear and the trademark “gurgling” sound effect, so we’re in familiar territory.

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Marilyn Manson Might Collaborate With Korn’s Jonathan Davis

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:59

Now that Marilyn Manson has reconciled his relationship with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, he’s begun to turn his attention to Jonathan Davis of Korn. The two’s friendship apparently suffered a serious blow in 2002, supposedly due to drugs.

Manson performed the track “Redeemer”, which was originally written and performed by Davis, so that it could appear on the soundtrack to Queen Of The Damned.

Manson stated to Metal Hammer:

Jonathan and I used to be really close. We hadn’t seen each other in quite some time. Now he and I are talking about doing something completely unexpected together.

A collaboration project between these two has been something people have wanted for a long time, so it could be very interesting to see what comes from this.

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“Fear the Walking Dead” Images Show Calm Before the Infectious Storm

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:21

AMC is already building up hype for this fall’s premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the Los Angeles-based companion series to “The Walking Dead.”

EW landed some character images that show the calm before the infectious storm, with some details from franchise creator Robert Kirkman.

“Madison is a character whose husband died,” Kirkman explains of Kim Dickens‘s character. “And she’s been raising her kids on her own, so she’s a character that has experienced a very abrupt change to her life that she has had to adapt to. So there’s an inherent strength in this single mother that makes her in some ways uniquely adapted to live in the zombie apocalypse. And I think Kim has shown that if you want to have a strong female character, a no-nonsense strong character —but with a lot of warmth, because its hard sometimes to find an actress that can have those two things and can be this leader and also have this warmth and this kindness to her—that’s something that Kim is very capable of.”

He continues talking about Cliff Curtis, who plays Madison’s boyfriend, Travis.

“Travis is a character that represents a sense of stability in Madison’s life, and so he’s really 100 percent on board. With the craziness of her life, he’s her rock. … He’s definitely got a darkness to his past. … He is finding himself torn between Liza, his ex-wife, and Madison.”

The dynamics get complicated with Madison’s nightmare of a son, Nick (Frank Dillane).

“In the face of that, we’ve got Nick—who is played by Frank Dillane—who is pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare,” add Kirkman. “He has flunked out of college, had a lot of trouble, got mixed up in some bad elements, and is definitely the problem child. And it’s exacerbated for him to be next to this perfect sister who seemingly doesn’t have anything going on in her life that is negative. But that’s not really the case, that’s just his perception. So you have these two siblings that are very much at odds with each other.”

Alycia Debnam-Carey and Maestro Harrel also star in “Fear the Walking Dead.”

Check out the first “Fear the Walking Dead” footage with more details here.

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Ghostface Revealed In MTV’s “Scream”!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:42

Here’s your new Ghostface from MTV’s forthcoming “Scream” series, premiering June 30th.

Instead of looking like the iconic Ghostface from Wes Craven’s Scream films, it’s a bit Hannibal Lecter-y, although the eyes look quite similar to the classic look.

But why change it?

“The [original] mask is so iconic. If you were to have that mask in a television series, but you weren’t following any of the characters [from the original], I believe that would be misleading the audience,” exec producer Jaime Paglia told EW.

Craven, creator of the Scream franchise, elaborates on this, while also sharing his thoughts on the new Ghostface mask.

“The new mask is cool and scary and takes the series into a new direction,” said Craven “It also ties into the story, which I won’t give away.”

Exec producer Jill Blotevogel thinks the mask gives image to other classic horror masks: “It evokes some of the Jason hockey mask and the white Michael Myers mask, but it’s still first and foremost evocative of the Scream mask.

“It’s sort of a reinvention while also paying homage,” Blotevogel adds.

What I’m now curious about is the report that the new Ghostface mask would be more fleshy. This is clearly not a fleshy look. But, those leather straps make me wonder what’s going on under the mask. I feel like there’s a second reveal coming, and that Craven is teasing this in his statement above.

THOUGHTS? Do you like the new mask?

In “Scream”, “What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch star in the new “Scream,” inspired by Wes Craven’s film series.

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HD ‘Extinction’ Trailer; Zombies to Freeze Over In July!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:14

Vertical Entertainment has just sent Bloody Disgusting the HD trailer for Extinction, a new kind of zombie movie that’s directed by Kidnapped‘s Miguel Ángel Vivas.

World War Z‘s Matthew Fox stars in Extinction with Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop) and Clara Lago (I Want You).

Extinction is to release in theaters on July 31, 2015 through Vertical.

For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?

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WIN This ‘We Are Still Here’ Poster Signed By the Director and Cast!!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:58

Ted Geoghegan has signed a series of mini-posters (11×17) for his debut feature, We Are Still Here, which is in limited theaters and VOD tomorrow.

Bloody Disgusting has (3) of the below shown poster, also signed by stars Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie and Monte Markham!

TO ENTER: Send your FULL NAME and ADDRESS to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winners chosen at random. No PO boxes. US only.

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.

“After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery.

They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.

An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, ‘We Are Still Here’ is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.”

Watch the new trailer here.

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‘Calvaire’ Director’s ‘Alleluia’ Finally Releasing

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:52

Doppelgänger Releasing, the genre label at Music Box Films, announces the U.S. theatrical and VOD release of Alleluia, director Fabrice Du Welz’s (Calvaire, Vinyan) chilling romantic thriller that won every top award at the 2014 Fantastic Fest, the country’s premiere platform for thrillers and horror films, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor. Also an official selection of Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Films Festival, Alleluia features an unforgettable performance from Pedro Almodovar regular Lola Dueñas in a dark and fascinating love story based on the true-crime story of the Lonely Hearts Killers, which also inspired the 1969 classic The Honeymoon Killers.

Alleluia arrives in theaters and On Demand July 17, 2015. Opening at select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the film will be available nationwide via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Instant and other digital platforms.

“Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I’m So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she’s left completely smitten. Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, but his latest victim has other plans. Basking in the rush of new love, she frantically pursues him, witnessing the true depths of his depravity and offering herself as an accomplice in his seductive crimes. Having truly met their match in each other, the unhinged lovers embark on a deadly odyssey amplified by wild sex, unbridled jealousy, and passionate forays into the dark arts. This smart and gory shocker breathes new life into the lovesick horror genre to serve up a chilling tale of white-hot desperation and terrifying devotion.”

Alongside the release announcement, Doppelgänger premieres a brand new U.S. trailer and poster for this smart, unsettling tale of obsession gone wrong.

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‘The Void’ Monsters Start Spluttering To Life

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:47

After raising an astronomical $82,500 USD on Indiegogo solely to be used on the practical effects elements, The Void has begun making monsters for their feature film in Toronto.  Astron 6’s Steven Kostanski has been busy at work fabricating maquettes & casting the face of associate producer Brooklyn Boehme, who will be integrated into a key creature in the hellish hospital set movie.

Not to be called slack a new expansion of the award winning faux trailer BIO-COP has also been shot to extend the misery of the suicidal melting crime fighter abomination.  With a serious death wish & the promise of ninja stars the video with personalized fourth wall breaking shout outs will be delivered to those who picked up this perk by the end of June.  Some notable film festivals were seen to be taking out this level so expect to see it on the circuit or social media soon.

If you missed out on the project while it was in crowd funding take a look at the concept trailer below to sample the atmosphere & terror that lurks in The Void.

To keep up to date with event in The Void “LIKE” the Facebook page & follow on Twitter + Instagram.

In the spirit of transparency I helped out with the crowd funding on the project & consider the film making team friends.

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[Review] ‘Volumes of Blood’ Is the Best Damn Anthology This Year

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:41

It’s hard to make an anthology that works these days. So few seem to actually be fully fleshed out stories and more like clips of bigger movies. So when I got my copy of Volumes of Blood I crossed all 10 fingers and toes that I wouldn’t be in for another snooze fest. Happily I realized PJ Starks, Nathan Thomas Milliner, and Jim Blanton love the anthology just as much as I do! And let me get one thing out of the way, this flick is super self-referential/meta and you know what, fuck it I love that in horror movies. I like getting the jokes, I like recognizing when characters are named after famous horror icons, I eat that shit up! If you aren’t a fan of that kind of thing…watch it anyway.

If you read my article on its release you’re familiar with the plot but in case you missed it:

Five tales of dread interwoven when a sociology student gathers several of his friends on Halloween night at the local library to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a mysterious stranger that her luck may change… for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she suddenly awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the horrifying truth of what lurks among the stacks of books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book literally falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.

Because this is an anthology I’m reviewing it by segment, let’s start with…

“That’s A Wrap” Dir. Lee Vervoot

As always an anthology needs a wraparound- I’m looking at you ABCs of Death– and this one is pretty damn fun. At the start of the movie, we are psyched out by an 80s overload with a fake movie. The characters are too old for their parts, they are parked in the dark woods making out, there are awesome 80s-isms like “mall maggot” and “road pizza”, they have it covered. We soon realize this is just a movie someone is watching on their phone while in class. I don’t want to give away the end so I’ll just say don’t believe everything you see. “That’s A Wrap” does everything a good wrap around should. It holds the movie together and keeps it going from story to story. It’s pretty damn funny too!

“A Little Pick Me Up” Dir. John Kenneth Muir 

Oh, college life, how I don’t miss thee at all! This first segment featured in Volumes of Blood showcases college in all its glory, late night study sessions. As our lead struggles to keep her eyes open a mysterious man arrives wearing sunglasses indoors – so we know that’s bad right off – and offers her an energy drink called Ka-Pow! to ease her studying needs without jitters and a caffeine crash. I wasn’t blown away by this first segment, I would have preferred it to have slightly less dialog considering we are only following one person a majority of the time. That aside though, it’s a fun gory tale and don’t worry all the gore effects are practical. And Ka! Pow reminds me of the days of Surge, that shit used to make my head explode.

“Ghastly” Dir. P.j. Starks

Starks made this segment specifically for me I think. Obviously as horror fans there are few things in movies that really scare us anymore but we all have one or two things sure to get us every time. For me, it’s the Asian style hauntings and “Ghastly” has a bit of a nod to that which creeps into my brain. A young man is putting books away at the library and comes across one titled “Ghastly”. The cover depicts gnarly looking ghosts and no matter how many times he puts the book back it keeps following him. Not only is the book stalking him we also get glimpses of a woman in black, mouth hanging open like a dislocated jaw. I should mention this segment was shot in black and white which only adds to its foreboding atmosphere.

“Encyclopedia Satanica” Dir. Nathan Thomas Milliner 

Milliner’s segment is just good old-fashioned Halloween fun. We meet our lead as she is being berated by an angry woman on the phone. With tears in her eyes she slams down the phone into it’s cradle (for those of you who don’t know what that is, we used to have phones that had cords attached to them and little holders to put the end you talked in on…ancient technology) and cries. After she and a kindly co-worker discover a tattered book called “The Encyclopedia Satanica” that promises to grant you wishes her friend advises her not to use it no matter what. The urge is too strong and after her co-worker leaves our distraught librarian decides she will risk it and summons her boyfriend- who committed suicide shortly before- back from the dead. “Encyclopedia Satanica” is the most visually fun segment for me. Down the odd clothing worn by lead actress Kristine Renee Farley to the Halloween decorations, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Milliner also does a great job setting up one character only to completely dismantle them later on. The whole time I was watching this segment I could just feel the atmosphere and story oozing from my TV. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a fun one.

“13 After Midnight” Dir. Jacob Bilinski

A young woman is trying desperately to study for an exam when her dude-bro, Jack swilling, loser boyfriend comes to visit. After offering her a shot from his jacket, (this bro is serious about his liquor) she finally manages to get him to leave so she can finish studying. Flash forward to our bookworm who has passed out in her chair, the lights have been shut off, and no one seems to be around. Stumbling through the library in search of help she is met by a giant monster of Bigfoot proportions. For me, I found this story be a tad predictable, but the style of the second half is quite disorienting but in a good way.

Volumes of Blood feels like The Twilight Zone in modern time. It’s simple but effective and the scares really work, not to mention the buckets of fake blood and awesome masks from Richard Mabry made me giddy with glee. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Volume 2, but really I just want to see all of these filmmakers go on and make great movies.

Side note: There’s a pretty sweet death involving pencils and to my knowledge I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pencil death.

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80’s Game ‘It Came From the Desert’ Gets Feature Adaptation

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:39

Finnish Roger! Pictures who has partnered with US-based legendary game developer Cinemaware to produce a motion picture adaptation of the classic 80’s game It Came From the Desert about a giant mutated ants which wreak havoc in New Mexico desert has made big sales in Cannes Film Festival.

The action-horror-comedy film was successfully licence to Germany, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan by Canadian-based Raven Banner Entertainment.

Roger’s producer Teemu Virta comments: ”The ants got very good reception in Cannes with the buyers around the world. We are now very close to secure financing, and targeting to start to shootings by the end of this year.”

Producers also wanted to release a 2 min proof-of-concept video made for buyers in Cannes Film Market. The video gives a sneak peek of the terrifying mutant ants for the upcoming movie. The shoot of the Marko Mäkilaakso -helmed actioner begins later this year for 2016 release.

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Must See ‘Lost Soul’ Doc Dated For Home Video!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:27

The acclaimed Severin Films original production Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Monroe (review) will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on July 14th. Discs will contain over an hour of out-takes, additional interviews with John Frankenheimer and Barbara Steele, concept art gallery with Stanley commentary, Boar Man Diary featurette, location featurette and more.

[Related Post] Review: Lost Soul Is a Fascinating Trip Back to Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

The Special ‘House Of Pain’ Edition of Lost Soul will also contain a DVD of the long thought lost 1921 German version of Moreau The Island of the Lost with English subtitles, plus more interview featurettes. A third disc will contain a brand new audiobook recording of H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Dr. Moreau” read by Richard Stanley.

In 1995, visionary writer/director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) got the green light for his dream project: An epic adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Island Of Doctor Moreau” starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But only days into production, an unprecedented storm of natural disasters, monstrous egos and disturbing imagery – along with chaos, insanity and witchcraft – would trigger perhaps the most infamous behind-the-scenes catastrophe in modern movie history. Now director/producer David Gregory (The Theatre Bizarre, Plague Town) reveals the untold story behind “one of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks” (Variety) in this “wonderfully weird and gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, startling new interviews with actors Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider and Rob Morrow, studio executives, crew members and Stanley himself.

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Gunship Meld ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Terminator’ For “The Mountain” Video

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:21

Remember earlier this year when I posted Gunship‘s “Fly For Your Life”? Well, the 80’s retro pop/synth-inspired group has released a new video for their track “The Mountain” that uses the Grand Theft Auto V engine to create a story that is a mix of Blade Runner and The Terminator. According to member Dan Haigh the video is, “…the first official music video made with the PC version’s 60fps editor.”

Additionally, pre-orders are now open for the band’s self-titled debut album. You can either order the digital version from iTunes or a very cool 16-bit-themed boxset. Both are available here.

Categories: Horror News

New Images From “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:21

El Rey shared new images from their horror/crime drama series “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series“, which will premiere on August 25th.

It will feature 10 episodes, each an hour long.

Season Two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that expands the universe of our story across two borders from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (González) and Richie (Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by in the South of the Border; Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb: and Carlos Madrigal (Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, as changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

The returning cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, Shameless); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) Jake Busey (Motorcycle Gang, Contract); and recent cast additions Danny Trejo (Machete, Con Air); Isai Morales (La Bamba, The Brink); and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2).

“he first season of ‘Dusk’ reimagined the original film to allow us to expand our story and characters for future seasons,” said Robert Rodriguez, director of the original film and founder/chairman of El Rey. “I’m excited for fans to now experience this completely new story arc where they will learn more about the Dusk universe and their favorite characters within this dark, dangerous, crime world with a supernatural edge.”

Categories: Horror News