Si Spencers’ “Bodies” has been one of my favorite reading experiences of 2014. It’s daringly unique, and startlingly different. It’s something that commands your attention and features a painful mystery. How does the same body end up in multiple different timelines? And what is the mysterious marking found on it?
Such is the compelling mystery of Bodies. Featuring a collection of stellar art by a creative team that any one of them would make for a must read book.
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While Whiteman is summoned to the high court, Edmond is busted out of jail, which leads each to very different near-fatal encounters. Shahara has lost the most important part of her case while Maplewood comes face to face with hers. The killers are approaching…and the wind begins to howl.
Art by: Tula Lotay, Meghan Hetrick, Phil Winslade, Dean Ormston
Cover by: Brian Bolland
Written by: Si Spencer
A German tour group, who recently got the chance to walk around the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, CA., came across a photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his T-800 make-up in the forthcoming Terminator: Genisys.
Those paying attention to story rumors (spoilers), this looks to be the Schwarzenegger from Terminator 2: Judgement Day, although there’s also supposed to be an “elder” version of Arnold. It’s been reported that the new film – starring Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Jason Clarke (as John Conner) – will go back parallel to the previous Terminator films.
Alan Taylor shot the film in New Orleans.
— cClinkenbeard (@sicky_south) November 19, 2014
The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places…
And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!
Grindhouse Releasing announced the full specs for Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond Blu-ray, in stores February 10, 2015 and now available for pre-order exclusively at Diabolik DVD.
The Beyond arrives in a lavish 3-disc set with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK artwork housing two Blu-ray discs and a bonus CD of the classic Fabio Frizzi soundtrack, remastered from the original studio tapes. The release is packed with new bonus features, all listed below.
From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. The Beyond is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!
– Spectacular hi-definition digital transfer of the original UNCENSORED director’s cut
– Breathtaking 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottoman
– Provocative commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and genre superstar David Warbeck
– Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
– New in-depth interviews with stars Catriona MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci
– Rare archival interviews with director Lucio Fulci and David Warbeck
– Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR
– Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and EuroHorror expert Martin Beine
– Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes
-AND OTHER SURPRISES!
Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers) and based on the short story “All You Zombies” by the late Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination is said to be an ingeniously constructed puzzle-box, as emotional as it is thrilling.
After making the festival rounds this year, Stage 6 recently announced a January 9, 2015 theatrical run for Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor.
“Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.”
Check out the brand new theatrical trailer below.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with rappers Ho99o9 (pronounced “horror”) to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Da Blue Nigga From Hell Boy”, which comes from the group’s EP Mutant Freax.
The video, which is absolutely NSFW (due to violence, gore, and sexuality), shows two preachers walking through a small desert town, intent on performing the Lord’s work. They then see a woman collapse onto the ground and rush over to help. Turns out she was completely faking and what happens next is a story of mental destruction and manipulation.
Head over heels, eat your heart out, horror love story, potential DP went wrong, da blue nigga from hell boy snorting ketamine off the Devil’s dick.
Also, and this might just be me, but the backbeat reminds me a little bit of Portishead‘s “Biscuit”. Give it a listen and tell me if I’m just hearing things.
You can listen to the full EP via Soundcloud.
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Broad Green Pictures together with filmscience announced last month that Patrick Stewart has been added to the cast of Green Room, written by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Murder Party), who will also direct.
We now have a first look at Patrick Stewart as Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.
Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
In the crime thriller Green Room, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.
Principal photography began in and around Portland, OR. this past October.
Showtime is giving viewers the first look photo from the highly anticipated second season of the network’s drama series, “Penny Dreadful” currently in production in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 debut on the network.
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says, “This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together.”
This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
“Penny Dreadful” is a drama series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions.
One of the most hilarious scenes in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is when Ace gets stuck in a robotic rhino and is forced to disturbingly slip out of its rear-end.
YouTubers “What’s the Mashup?” has brilliantly inserted this scene into Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park – specifically when Doctor Grant first catches a glimpse of a dinosaur. It may just be the most perfect mash-up in years…
Some interesting news comes in via Deadline who reports that NBC has halted production on the inaugural season of “Constantine,” based on the “Hellblazer” comic book.
The freshman season of NBC drama will consist of solely 13 episodes as the cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order.
“Constantine” will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run – and has yet to be canceled. In fact, the site reports that “Constantine” remains in contention for a second-season renewal.
NBC had to make a decision whether to keep “Constantine” in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.
The negative to this story is that it’s unclear how the production stoppage with affect the season finale. Did they complete the story arc they had planned or will fans be left in the dark with a weak cliffhanger? The fact that it was originally a 13-episode order bodes well for the finale.
UK’s ITV has commissioned a 10-part action adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde,” says Deadline.
“Jekyll & Hyde” will focus on the young, attractive and troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor. Newly-qualified, Robert is on a quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’ which is being controlled with medication by Dr Vishal Najaran. One actor will play the lead role, transforming into Hyde in moments of extreme anger and stress, and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
It is set in 1930s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies. It’s also the second time in recent days that ITV has resurrected a classic monster: The network announced last week that Sean Bean is leading its six-part period crime drama “The Frankenstein Chronicles.”
CGI will play a “huge” part in the transformation and subsequent superhero sequences, adds the site. Certain recurring characters, including monsters, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, vampires and general freaks of nature, will also be created by CGI techniques in the ambitious ITV project.
The series, “Jekyll & Hyde,” hails from British actor and author Charlie Higson whose credits include “The Enemy” and the “Young Bond” series of books. He’ll write and executive produce.
Yahoo has some early casting news for the second season of FX’s “The Strain,” writing that “West Wing” alum Ron Canada landed the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor.
In addition, the FX drama is looking to add a series regular in the form of David, an 11-year-old boy who, as the strain spreads, must make a very difficult decision regarding his parents.
After the weak final episodes, it’s going to take a lot to get me to stick with the Guillermo del Toro-created series.
“When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. With help from a mysterious Holocaust survivor (David Bradley), “Eph” and his colleague (Mía Maestro) uncover the outbreak’s ties to vampirism. Now, the only way to stop the terrifying disease from wiping out mankind is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature known as “The Master” – whose evil intent seems more powerful than any other force on Earth!”
This week: Jurassic World teasers, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V: Next-Gen, and a movie called Septic Man, Anything less would be uncivilized.
Thanksgiving is that special day of the year when America celebrates that time when our ancestors traded bigotry and racism for valuable, life-sustaining lessons in agriculture and medicine from the native americans before stealing their lands and murdering them.
We celebrate this horrific moment in history by eating, because ’Merica!
If gathering around a table with your family to explore the warm, tasty insides of the Birdception abomination that is the Turducken doesn’t sound all that appealing, I’ve come up with a way to eschew holiday traditions in favor of something even better. Video games.
As fond as I am of gaming, ignoring the Turducken’s Siren call is no easy feat. This is why I’ve come up with this list, because if we’re going to combat this holiday and its formidable army of delicious meats, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce, we’ll need a weapon.
On this list are five fantastically gruesome and gory horror games that I hope you will use to fight your Thanksgiving appetites.
It’s been eight long months since we last heard from Ashen Rift, a post-apocalyptic survival horror game that raised an admirable $26,500 of its $40,000 goal on Kickstarter back in April. After taking some time to quietly make it a little more presentable, the game has returned with a renewed confidence and a lot more to show us.
Ashen Rift shows a lot of promise, and enough progress has been made where I think it’s reached the point where it has a good chance at raising the funds they need to finish it. $85,000 is a lot of dough, but can you really put a price on the timeless relationship between a man and his dog?
For more on Ashen Rift, check it out on Kickstarter.
If you’re looking for some new music to check out, boy have I got a band for you! I want to introduce you to Bay Area rockers Black Map, which features members of Dredge, A Trophy Fire, and Far. The band released their debut album …And We Explode last month just before Halloween and it’s a damn fine example of infectious alt-rock.
The only way I can describe them is that they sound like a unique mixture of A Perfect Circle, Helms Alee, and even dashes of Death Cab For Cutie. You can listen to their album below. Make sure to pick up a copy via Bandcamp.
There is a shot towards the end of “Crossed” that is a lot more effective than I could have imagined. It’s a simple action, but it says so much about where we are with The Walking Dead. Having Abraham’s bloody hand reach out and finally accept the water offered to him by Maggie is oddly powerful.
The show that was all too often people disagreeing only to make a series of decisions that worsen their chances for survival has ended. It’s no longer about waiting to see the next brutal death. Season 5 has shifted its focus onto the difference between real despair and hope.
Abraham’s struggle perfectly captures this dichotomy. As a man who previously was ready to kill himself was instilled with hope only to have it dashed. He spends what seems like an eternity on his knees awaiting some sort of judgment. The intensity boils off his back, but he can’t find a reason to get up.
Somewhere along the way, we find a reason to get off our knees. For Rick, it’s the push to protect his group with extreme prejudice, for Tyreese it’s a compassionate pragmatism and both aren’t wrong. We’ve been shown that kindness in this world may be your biggest weakness.
Something we’re reminded of with Sasha’s head being smashed into a window. But, oddly enough this didn’t cement the point that kindness is weakness. An aversion to trusting Rick’s group makes sense given the circumstances. But we’re reminded that Bob the cop from the hospital isn’t a bad guy. He even earns Rick’s trust in a moment of connection. But you can’t help but feel betrayed by him in the final moments, but wasn’t he only acting in his best interests?
Speaking of which. Gabriel’s struggles back at the church fail to really drive home a point. As a character he’s acting so contrary to his own well being that I can’t feel sympathy for his plight. He’s lived in this world for long enough to know that compassion and killing are not mutually exclusive. His character is just too illogical to be enjoyable at this moment. But remember! He’s a priest; he spared a zombie because she wore a cross. Blessed be the father.
Hope is a beautiful thing. Something that we’re not often permitted to enjoy on The Walking Dead. But it is something that is becoming a little more common amongst the dread each week. It’s nice to see Beth acting to save Carol in the hospital. A series of scenes that pushes the hospital storyline far enough along to show that our group will have many people helping them from the inside once they reach Atlanta.
The optimism I’m noticing is really encapsulated in a nice scene between Tyreese and Sasha. Tyreese’s lines about holding on to the mere fact that she had something with Bob, really show a growth, both thematically and character-wise. Our survivors are done wallowing – for the most part. Now they’re moving on.
Amidst all the thematic growth we still had time for the blood and guts. The showdown back at Terminus with the cops was thrilling. I sincerely feared for Daryl’s life as the walker’s snapped at his pinned down face. The effects of the melted zombies were disgusting, so much so that I couldn’t look away. While the act of ripping the zombie’s head off and batting his attacker was a little silly, it was too awesome to be inexcusable. I loved it.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the phenomenal work of Bear McCreary’s score. It’s almost as if they waited five years before giving the guy his due, but I found the music this week helped to create the hope I keep talking about. The scenes with Abraham had a beautiful and dare-I-day-it upbeat tone thanks to the music, it just made things so much more effective.
Shifting the focus to each separate group and managing the storylines with care is something The Walking Dead has really earned this year. We’ve certainly had more focused hours, but “Crossed” really did an incredible amount of heavy lifting to get us ready for the mid-season finale.
Are you excited for the mid-season finale?
Have you noticed the hopeful tone in the show’s narrative?
What did you think of Crossed?
The folks at Deep Silver have proven themselves to be a clever bunch, and it’s obvious they want Dead Island to be huge. Normally, that rare combination of talent and passion would lead to something truly great. Only it hasn’t. Missteps are common, expected even, when a series is still developing. That’s what the first game is for, to find out what works and what doesn’t, to make mistakes and learn from them.
Unfortunately, I’m starting to wonder how much Deep Silver has learned from the numerous stumbles they’ve made with this series.
After being catapulted to the world stage by an unforgettable introduction, which enamored the world and broke our hearts, Dead Island was guaranteed an audience long before it would release.
That heart-wrenching trailer sold a lot of copies, but it also raised our expectations astronomically high — too high — essentially setting Dead Island up for disappointment. The game didn’t blow many minds, but it did an admirable job in building the foundation for a promising new horror franchise.
Rather than use that reception as a guide, we were given Riptide, a pseudo-sequel that didn’t even try to realize that untapped potential. Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager is in charge of Dead Island 2, and it looks like the series may finally take that long-awaited step in the right direction. But first, we have Escape Dead Island.
This game shouldn’t exist, but it does, and that makes me sad.
A publisher that’s willing to experiment with their IPs can be a breath of fresh air in an industry that’s gradually being overrun by “copy and paste” sequels, usually delivered in annual installments. It’s become increasingly rare for studios to be willing to innovate since we redefined a modest production budget to mean something like $50 million, not including the millions spent on marketing.
Deep Silver took a stab at the MOBA market with Dead Island: Epidemic, and while I’m the last person to be critiquing that genre, I can confirm that it wasn’t terrible. Escape Dead Island is a continuation of this, but where previous games in the series have managed to retain some semblance of a heart and soul, this game is as dead as the ghouls that populate it.
There’s an impressive array of things to hate about Escape Dead Island, and we’re going to talk about all of it, starting with what was supposed to be its selling point — the story. This spin-off wants to be all about that narrative. It wants you to care about what’s going on, even if it fails miserably in offering any real incentive for us to invest anything in this world or its cast of unlikeable characters.
For the unfamiliar, the game follows Cliff Calo, one of the more poorly named video game characters in recent memory. As the son of a wealthy media mogul, Cliff has lived an easy life. “But Adam,” you might say, “How can I care about this guy when he’s such a gargantuan dick?” To which I’ll reply, you can’t. The only thing that’s deep about Cliff is his family’s coffers.
Because this kid is the worst, when his dad hands over the family business to his sister, he throws a tantrum and embarks on an adventure to prove his worth. This takes us to the zombie-infested archipelago of Banoi.
Much like its lead, Escape Dead Island suffers from an identity crisis. This game really wants you to like it, only it’s not willing to put more than a modicum of effort into being more than forgettable. It wants to piggyback on the Dead Island name, even if it strips away everything that was good about these games.
Co-op, crafting, character customization — all gone. In their place is a “survival mystery” played in the third perspective that’s sprinkled with stealth sections and presented in an admittedly appealing cel-shaded art style. The only thing that makes this immediately recognizable as a Dead Island game is the plethora of bugs that inhabit it.
Escape Dead Island is surprisingly unpolished for such an empty game. Characters move with a robotic jerkiness, enemies get stuck in the geometry, and its world lacks the details that would make it feel alive and lived in.
With the crafting, leveling and co-op gone, what we’re left with is a clumsy action game with an underdeveloped combat system. Cliff has a light attack, a strong attack, and a sweeping slash attack. When things get hairy, he can perform a shove or a hilariously useless dodge maneuver. That’s it.
When Cliff sees an enemy, there are only two ways the ensuing fight will play out. He can Sam Fischer his way to an unsuspecting ghoul to execute it, but this move is only to be used when the ghoul is alone. The reason for this is the execution can alert any nearby bro-ghouls who are then free to violently murder Cliff while he’s stuck in the execution animation.
The second way goes something like “See ghoul, shove ghoul, bludgeon ghoul until it falls down. Repeat steps 1-3 on nearby bro-ghouls.” You will be using one of these two tactics on the game’s paltry selection of baddies until you realize you’re better than this and go do something, anything, else.
Have I mentioned the backtracking? There’s a lot of that. The campaign takes roughly six hours to complete, depending on how much time you spend hating yourself for wasting your rapidly diminishing youth on this garbage, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I spent a third of that returning to the same bland environments over and over again.
The Final Word: Escape Dead Island is like winning a vacation to a tropical island you’ve been to before, only instead of spending a few days soaking up a paradise, you’re playing a shitty, soulless video game. That metaphor needs some work, but you get the point.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” heads into holiday break after next Sunday’s mid-season finale, which usually ends in a bombshell.
In Episode 5.08, ‘Coda, “New enemies disregard rules and morals; although Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.”
How was this Sunday’s episode leading up to the finale? There’s a lot to learn about Dawn as Rick and Daryl attempt their rescue.
Here’s a first look in the following promo that just aired on AMC, as well as a newly minted sneak peak! Say your prayers…
Columbia Pictures is hoping you’ll create memes to promote their upcoming Goosebumps adaptation, in theaters August 7, 2015. In doing so, they’ve revealed all of the film’s creatures that will be arriving from book to screen! Who are you most excited to see (we all know the answer is Slappy)?
Directed by Rob Letterman, it Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee.
“Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.”
Watching a good horror movie (or even a terrible one, so long as we enjoy it) is a great experience and one that we obviously love on this site.
But sometimes we want to watch a movie that is outside of the horror genre. Sometimes we want to watch an uproarious comedy, be moved by a touching drama, expand our horizons with a fascinating documentary… Whatever it is that you enjoy, there are definitely other genres that we enjoy diving into.
Much like horror, many of these genres also have villains that are just an absolute delight to watch. These villains charm us with their character and charisma, very much like Freddy or Pinhead. So let’s take some time to recognize these villains and show them our appreciation!
Now, in an effort to keep things somewhat related, I decided to go with villains from films that should appeal to horror fans, for one reason or another. Head on in for my list and then leave some comments with your favorites below!