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‘Everly’ Director Joe Lynch On ‘Die Hard’, Yakuza and Insane Action!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:07

Everly, Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS’s high-octane thriller starring Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek as a femme fatale unleashing the ultimate vengeance, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The action begins when Everly (Hayek), trapped in her apartment, is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her former lover – a dangerous Yakuza mob boss who wants her dead after he learns she is no longer loyal to him. Desperate to be re-united with her mother and young daughter, Everly must fight to kill her attackers before they destroy her and her family.

We caught up with director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, The Knights of Badassdom) who talked about the genesis of the film, how Die Hard inspired the film, and how his love for 80’s action cinema challenged him into trying something brand new.

BLOODY: What was the genesis of EVERLY?

JOE LYNCH: “EVERLY was the by product of my love for Siege movies like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 where a character is stuck, cornered and we are forced to watch them fight their way out. I also love that whole “Dogma 95” movement where these filmmakers in the 90’s, including Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, gave themselves a set of rules and restrictions, like no score or limitations with the camera, which just created new, fresh ways to shoot a scene. I loved the idea of “rules” for an action movie, especially one where we were stuck in a shitty situation with our lead character so why not use the limitations as a way to ensconce the audience into being stuck WITH that character, to feel trapped like they do. This combined with a more Eastern/EuroTrash sensibility to the story, characters and execution were the ingredients I wanted to use to do something a little different with familiar tropes in an action thriller. So my manager Luke (who ended up producing the movie) challenged me to write something along those lines, so I did a 17 page treatment and then we had my college buddy Yale Hannon help with the script and the rest is infamy.”

There’s a lot of DIE HARD in the movie, can you speak to that as inspiration?

Lynch: “DIE HARD to me is the perfect action movie. It has everything; nail biting suspense, a lead who bleeds so the stakes are higher, 80’s lens flares, Christmas music, albino henchmen (well, not really). DIE HARD to me has everything and is so effectively executed by John McTiernan, and just so happens to be my ultimate holiday flick too. And holy hell is it bloody! The movie still holds up because of this insane blend of action, suspense, humor and character that might be stuck in the 80s but and it always stuck with me how fresh it still feels. Plus, its essentially the 80’s version of a siege movie, but on a “BIGGER! FASTER!!! HARDER!!!” scale that we came to love from Joel Silver and 80’s action movies. That movie is timeless even with the terrible hairdos and outfits. So when we were pitching the film I joked once in the room, as an homage to the 90’s when EVERYTHING had to be “Die Hard on a ______” I thought, what’s left? What variation of the formula could we try? What about one room? DONE!”

Salma Hayek is your Bruce Willis. Again, anything to reference die hard here. What was your own vision for the character?

Lynch: “Originally, the character was kinda different in certain ways. She was more of a junkie who was holed up in the room to tend to the money that Taiko was laundering, so that place was kind of a laundering “bank” and she was kept at bay with a steady stream of smack. She still rats on Taiko and he still sends ALL of his guys after her and she still had her family she was protecting, but she was more frail. The idea was the “girl next door” who is on a downward spiral. So when we cast Kate Hudson, she fit that persona of the role really well (no offense, Kate). When Kate bailed and Salma came in, there was NO WAY anyone would believe she was a junkie! So we tailored the part more to her sensibilities and of course her type, and she brought a strength we would have never anticipated. So while the genesis of the character and what it ended up being evolved, it only made her stronger a figure to fight the night.”

There’s also a lot of Yakuza inspiration, are you a big fan of Japanese cinema?

Lynch: “Absolutely. I grew up on a steady diet of Kurosawa and LONE WOLF & CUB but when I started working at 112 Video in Long Island, which is arguably the best video store on the east coast, my mind was blown when I began devouring Kinji Fukasaku films and Beat Takeshi crime films and of course the madness that is Takashi Miike. The Eastern influence comes from my love of the culture and how the Yakuza is still mysterious to many, it still has a dangerous, exotic mystique. I think its still one of the last formidable foes that’s not supernatural, and it felt like a cool culture clash to bring those sensibilities to a western location and culture.”

The best thing about EVERLY is that there’s no wasted exposition: the audience never has to wait for more action. Can you speak to the difficulty in making such an action heavy movie? Shooting in one location must have helped?

Lynch: “The one location idea was a blessing for the budget…no company moves or location fees! But being in that room the entire time drove us all a little crazy too. But we treated it like a challenge; We (the cast and crew making the movie) NEEDED to shoot our way out of that fucking room to escape and survive ourselves! The last day felt like we could all breath again when we finally left that ravaged, decimated room.

“It was difficult to keep the action going in that we needed to chart it out since the action comes fast and furious at times and then we take a few breaths too. The idea was to treat this like one chapter in this person’s life and to bog it down with the history of Taiko’s Yakuza gang or how EVERLY got there felt like it was going to slow down the roller coaster. We needed to throw the audience into the fire with her and just GO GO GO. But we still needed to balance the drama with the action or it would get boring really quick I felt.

“Every day was difficult since pretty much every day had a “gag” which is a stunt or an effect, etc. These things take time, between the prep and the careful execution so no one gets hurt. The opening gunfight for example; we had to prep that for weeks and then spent a whole day just to get it since it was a dance between the camera, the special effects team, the actors, everyone working in tandem. We got to do that shot 4 times, with the 2nd one the best take and the one in the film. But those kinds of things can really suck up the time in your day and time is money and there’s NEVER enough time. So while it was nice to not have to worry about moving locations that also takes up time, with SO much going on in that room every day, it was a controlled race against time. Im still shocked we got what we did with the time we had!”

What’s next? Exploring outside of the genre or have more gore in store?

Lynch: “I will always have one toe in the wet stuff no matter what genre Im working in. Hell, i’ll strive to make the bloodiest Nicholas Sparks movie ever if given the opportunity! Clearly from EVERLY and even KoB Im not one to hold back on the splatter. Right now we’re prepping and casting a Sci-Fi Erotic Thriller (“Sci-rotica”?) called SWITCH CULTURE which is like if Cronenberg and Verhoeven fucked, if that give you any idea of where we’re going. Its NUTS. There’s also another project that is completely 180 from my past work that might go soon if we’re lucky. And Im writing a horror film now, with my goal being to revitalize a long dormant genre that I’ve always wanted to do. I really want to try to make something stark and scary, its been a while since Ive been creeped out and scared myself. I’d say that is a noble goal, to effectively evacuate my bowels through the power of cinema.”

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[TV Review] “Bates Motel” Episode 3.08: ‘The Pit’

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:03

While this week’s episode of Bates Motel had it’s moments (mostly in the last ten minutes), it was a bit of a letdown after last week’s stellar episode. Not to sound like a broken record, but the best parts came from scenes involving Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, while all of the other scenes kind of dragged on.

It’s probably telling that an episode isn’t going to be the strongest when the main conflict is a large hole being dug in the ground. No seriously, the entire plot of this episode surrounds the “pool” that Bob Paris promised Norma he would dig for the motel. Of course this is no regular pool, it’s 23 feet deep! Needless to say, it’s not all that exciting (or particularly threatening).

The good that comes from all of this is that it distracts Norma enough for Bob to kidnap James and question him about Norma (that nail through the toe made me cringe, I admit). Thankfully (for the audience, not Norma), James tells Bob everything that Norma told him, and Bob tells Romero. I can’t be the only one who was hoping Norma would just break down and tell Romero the truth about how her husband died when he asked (especially since it was so obvious that he already knew), but it looks like Norma will be without a protector as the season heads to its end. Romero never registered much in the first two seasons, but he’s proving to be one of this season’s MVPs. Nestor Carbonell doesn’t get enough praise for his work, and he deserves it here.

Speaking of endings, this episode had a humdinger of one. After Norma discovered that Bob knew all of her dirty little secrets, she had no choice but to tell Norman. It was yet another stellar scene between Farmiga and Highmore, but the best part came when Mother appeared after Normal left the basement. Even though Farmiga and Highmore are not actually related, it was sufficiently creepy to see him slowly start to undress her. Luckily, he came to his senses and ran outside, only to find a stalled car with none other than BRADLEY standing next to it.

Bradley’s reappearance is weird. There’s no better way to put it. She was never a compelling character while she was on it in Bates Motel’s first season. That being said, it may prove to be much more interesting than some of the things going on with Dyland and Caleb (more on that in a bit). If they brought her back only to kill her off (which I suspect might be the case) I will be pretty annoyed, though.

Emma breaking up with Norman feels like something that should have happened a few episodes ago, as their brief romance never rang true to the series. It’s been a long time coming but it does call into question how much longer she will be around as a character. It’s looking like the show is leaning towards setting her up with Dylan, but that will probably not sit well with Norman.

In the (much) less interesting part of the episode (that took up way too much screen time), Caleb and Dylan go on a gun run for Chick and mayhem ensues. It wasn’t particularly surprising that the entire thing was a trap (the buyers were intent on killing Chick which is why he send Caleb and Dylan in his place), it’s just that now that that cat’s out of the bag, it seems that the final two episodes of the season will focus on getting rid of Chick. The level of “do not care” I have for that particular plot line is astounding. I admit that for a second, I thought Dylan might actually be killed, so there was some level of suspense. It just seems like the show would have been better off never introducing Chick and his gun-running subplot in the first place so that Bates Motel could focus on more important (read: exciting) things.

A perfectly average episode of Bates Motel, made only the more disappointing since the series was coming off hot after last week’s spectacular episode. With only two episodes left in the season, here’s hoping they pack a whallop and land a little more smoothly than this one did.

Random Notes

  • “What the hell is goin’ on?” -Norma’s Southern accent slips out upon seeing the “pool” being dug, and it’s hilarious.
  • So Norman is clearly going to kill Bob, right?
  • “You’re the manager just go get some fencing!” -Norma throwing that manager position in Norman’s face just like she did two episodes ago.
  • Norma, it’s not normal for Norman to be turned on by you. Just an FYI.
  • Gunner is still into Emma, in case you were wondering.
  • “You said I could tell you about anything and it would be safe!” -Norma, he had a nail shot into his feet. Cut the guy some slack.
  • Here’s the promo for next week’s penultimate episode, “Crazy”

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New ‘Spiderman’ Has Its Next Peter Parker?!

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:46

Latino Review has the scoop, telling us that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have set their sites on the next Peter Parker.

According to the site, Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner of the previously reported batch of names that included Timothee Chalamet (One and Two, Interstellar), Tom Holland (Locke, The Impossible), Liam James (“Psych,” The Way, Way Back) and Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns).

The site received a “no comment” but have always been one of the forefront of major Marvel scoops. We believe in them implicitly.

[Related Article] They’re Gonna Screw ‘Spider-Man’ Up, Again

As we stated in the above linked article, all of the aforementioned names are too old for the role, and this includes Butterfield. At least with Butterfield, we know we’re getting a seasoned actor who was absolutely fantastic in both Hugo and Ender’s Game (a critically panned movie I actually enjoyed quite a bit).

The new Spider-Man will first appear in Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which will hit theaters May 6, 2016.

THEN, and only then will this new Peter Parker swing into action solo on July 28, 2017. Drew Goddard is rumored to direct with the title also rumored to be Spider-Man: The New Avenger.

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The ‘Poltergeist’ Clown Wants To Sing You A Song

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:23

So, apparently there’s this app that a bunch of people are using called MyIdol, which allows people to place their face on a virtual dancing body for…I have no idea, actually.

But sometimes the most popular apps that bring people the most joy can be used for the most sinister of purposes. And that’s where the social media team behind the upcoming Poltergeist remake come in.

The team put the face of the creepy clown doll from the film into the app and had it sing a Chinese-heavy version of “Happy Birthday”. To say that it’s a little frightening is a bit of an understatement. If you hate clowns, this is the stuff of nightmares. But don’t take my word for it. Head below to see for yourself.

Poltergeist comes out May 22nd and is produced by Sam Raimi.

Straight from your nightmares to #myidol reality. Follow PoltergeistFilm on Snapchat for more #huanshi scares. https://t.co/5yNAa4SjjO

— Poltergeist (@Poltergeist) April 25, 2015

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First Look At Marvel Comics’ “Secret Wars: Battleground” #1

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:52

Marvel’s Secret Wars event is shaping up to be more of a celebration of the publisher’s past continuity than a story driven event in and of itself. Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s main series almost seems like an undercurrent. At least when compared to all of the exciting other titles the publisher will be releasing during the showdown. Of those incredible miniseries “Secret Wars: Battleground” has continually proved one of the most interesting. Written by Ed Brisson and Joshua Williamson, the series will see wall to wall action from the heart of the event.

Take issue one for example – what happens when Dr. Strange possesses the Punisher? Meet the Sorcerer EXTREME! Only Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and Ghost Rider of this land can track this terrible two-in-one down. And things are going to get messy! Then, what happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every M.O.D.O.K. ever from across Battleworld for his evil scheme. We’ll give you a hint – F.I.G.H.T.!

Each issue –  cover-to-cover action, pulse-pounding battles and can’t miss creators. You want action? Look no further than SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 when it explodes in to comic shops and on to digital devices this May!

SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 (of 4) (MAR150638)

Written by JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON

Art by MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN

Cover by PACO MEDINA

Variant Cover by JAMES STOKOE (MAR150639)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150640)

FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15

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Bebop and Rocksteady Confirmed for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:44

Comic Book writes out of Paramount’s Cinemacon presentation that both Bebop and Rocksteady, the two fan-favorite henchmen that first appeared in the 1990 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated series, will be appearing in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, in theaters on June 3rd, 2016.

Paramount allegedly showed renderings of the mutant villains, both created by both Krang and Shredder in the first season of the animated series. Early concept art leaked back in October that revealed the looks of both Bebop and Rocksteady, while also confirming plans to bring Krang to the big screen. Could the alien mastermind behind the Technodrome finally appear in a live-action Turtles movie, too?! We’ve been dying to see Eastman and Laird’s T.C.R.I. (the alien ooze that created the Turtles) arc from the original comics realized on the big screen. Suprisingly, Shredder died in the first issue setting up the alien invasion.

Anyways, here’s a brief recap of Bebop and Rocksteady’s history:

Bebop and Rocksteady were relatively late additions to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mythos. They did not appear in the original Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comic book series, but were created for the uber-popular 1990s animated series so that Playmates would have more mutants to make action figures out of.

Bebop and Rocksteady were recently reintroduced in IDW Publishing’s ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes comic book series, which rebooted the series to include elements of continuity from each of the Turtles’ many incarnations. They recently made headlines for killing Donatello (by cracking his shell wide open), in an effort to prove their worth to Shredder.

All I want to know is when I’ll see Krang. Gimme that and I’ll happily buy a ticket.

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The Oni Press Open Submission Guidelines Are Here

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:30

Just last month Oni Press made waves when they announced they were opening submissions in May of this year. Many people had questions about this process, wondering what type of content the publisher would be looking for. In anticipation of next week’s rollout the publisher documented everything they’d be looking for in one handy guide. So for those of you aspiring creators out there, Oni is looking for your complex character stories.

On May 1st, 2015, Oni Press will be opening submissions to the public. We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us. Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied and original work.

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

PITCHES - Cartoonists and writers, we’re looking for pitches. If you’re a cartoonist who can write and draw we’d love to see what you have. Writers, this is the day you’ve been waiting for—we are looking at story pitches without necessitating an artist attached. If you already have an artist lined up you think is up to snuff, fantastic! But if you’re a writer who needs help finding an artist, if your pitch is THAT good, we will help partner you up.

PORTFOLIOS - Illustrators and colorists! If you think your work is up to snuff and you are looking to be paired up and you think your artwork would fit in amongst some of the best storytellers in comics, now is your chance to prove it.

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT:

Anyone with a unique perspective and a firm grasp of the comics medium.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE:

An excellent sense of storytelling and well-developed characters with a definite perspective.

 

    WHAT ASSOCIATE EDITOR ARI YARWOOD WANTS TO SEE:

I got my start in literary journals and feminist pop culture critique (shoutout to Bitch). I’m looking for complicated and nuanced characters with a developed perspective. I want to see diversity and originality, and I want stories with underrepresented characters—all I had in my formative years was Livejournal and The L Word, and no one should have to rely on The L Word to see themselves reflected in media. I’m a big fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and literary fiction fan, but most of all I want to read something I haven’t seen before. My favorite movie is Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, because life is a rich tapestry.

    WHAT EDITOR ROBIN HERRERA WANTS TO SEE:

I started off in the YA/Children’s book world and I think that world has a lot of crossover with the comics world in terms of story and execution. I want fully-realized characters (not necessarily “strong” or even “likable”) with agency and direction. I want unique perspectives and different takes. I’m into a lot of different genres: high fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, literary, romance, coming-of-age, and anything that has to do with weird food-based Battle Royales. Or Battle Royales in general. (I wrote my graduate thesis about point of view choices in Battle Royale and The Hunger Games.)

    WHAT SENIOR EDITOR CHARLIE CHU WANTS TO SEE:

The biggest thing I would like to see from incoming submissions is more diversity in not only the voices we publish, but also the kinds of stories and characters in our books. For too long a period of time, we’ve seen way too much of the same ideas from the same narrowing demographic of creator get pitched to us, and the only way to change that is to evolve the pool of creators we are talking to. If you are a female writer or artist, someone who identifies as a person of color, or LGTBQ, consider this an invitation and please come pitch us. We’re not looking for affirmative action in our books by any means, but with the readership growing larger by day, it’s important we find space for new voices who bring new ideas to the table while still maintaining the same level of pop appeal that defines the Oni Press library. As the tentpole and genre focused member of editorial, I’m hoping to find fast-paced and ambitious books that center around grounded, believable characters with the same diversity as the world we live in, and most of all, books that are fun, accessible, and original.

    WHAT EDITOR IN CHIEF JAMES LUCAS JONES WANTS TO SEE:

Oni Press has always been a place focused on publishing comics for an audience inclusive of a wide demographic. With other publishers finally catching up, it’s important for us to continue to break boundaries and continue to grow the diversity of our line. Our catalog has always been diverse, but it’s time for that variety to be reflected in the characters starring in our books and the creators making them. I’m looking for inventive stories with rich characters, a thoughtful approach to comic book storytelling, and a dedication to craft. You should be pitching us fully realized, considered pitches that continue the long Oni Press tradition of character-driven narratives that don’t fit in with other publishers’ conventions.

 

WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE:

  • Superheroes! They have their place but their place is not with us.

  • Avoid pitching long-form series or stories in oversaturated genres such as supernatural noir, zombies, vampires and gritty detectives with a dark past.

  • Please also avoid delicate subjects such as rape and sexual abuse as fodder for exposition in genre stories–using rape as a plot point betrays not only a lack of sensitivity but also a lack of creativity when creating compelling female characters.

  • We are not accepting any prose or poetry — we’re a funnybooks publisher!

 

THE NITTY-GRITTY:

- The submission periods will operate on a two-months open, two-months closed schedule. Our first submission period will be open from May 1st to June 30th.

- All submissions should be submitted electronically through our Submittable site, located here:https://onipress.submittable.com/submit. Any physical submissions will be destroyed without reading. Please do not email (or tweet at) editors directly with pitches. It will just make us grumpy.

- All submissions should should have your name, email and phone number on every page. They should also begin with a cover letter telling us who you are, who your project is for and how it fits at Oni Press. Also feel free to include any previously published comics work or comic-related education.

- Expect a response to your submission within one month. Everyone will get a response but not all responses will be personalized—we simply don’t have the time to do so.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Writers:

- Pitches should be:

- A logline - [what’s the idea/concept]

- A one-page synopsis / overview - A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace

- A 3-5 page outline - give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.

- A sample comic script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages. This should be a comic book script, NOT a screenplay.

Artists:

- Submissions should be:

- A portfolio with at least eight sequential storytelling pages with FINAL LINE ART / INKS. No pencils, just final inks [or the digital equivalent] by you.

- No covers, pinups, etc. SEQUENTIALS ONLY. We only care about your ability to tell a story. Adding pin-ups of Marvel/DC superhero characters are not an opportunity to wow us, it’s mostly just wasting our time. Again, SEQUENTIALS ONLY.

- Please make sure your sequentials include characters of both genders and at least one person of color.

Cartoonists or Writers w/ Artists: Combine the two categories above!

- Pitches or submissions should be:

- A logline - [what’s the idea/concept]

- A one-page synopsis / overview - A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace

- A 3-5 page outline - give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.

- A sample script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages.

- At least 8 sample pages of sequentials from the project being pitched.

- Note: The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. No switcheroos!

Colorists:

- Submissions should be:

- A portfolio with at least eight pages, containing at least two different scenes, from at least two different artists.

* Sorry, we are not currently taking submissions from pencillers, inkers, or letterers.

 

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Netflix Orders Season Two Of “Marvel’s Daredevil”

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:17

Well that was fast. Netflix has just ordered a second season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” set to premiere sometime in 2016. After the critical acclaim received by season one this should come as no surprise, and given the recent boom in superhero genre TV, it’s a safe bet. The renewal notice does come with it’s own set of changes, though. The press releases sent out today confirmed a second season premiere in 2016. Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy), who worked closely with Steven DeKnight and Drew Goddard, will serve as show runners for season two.

Ramirez, Petrie, Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) are executive producers.  Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios will produce for Netflix.

For those of you out of the loop: Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York Cit. Marvel’s Daredevil stars Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Scott Glenn, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis Hall, Ayelet Zurer.

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‘Delivery’ Duo’s ‘Shut In’ to World Premiere at the 2015 LA Film Festival!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:53

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive first ever look at Shut In, the latest horror thriller from team that brought you Delivery: The Beast Within, which will have its World Premiere at the 2015 LA Film Festival!

In even bigger news, the film has also been nominated for the fest’s Nightfall Award — honoring those films from the bizarre to the horrifying, and meant to be watched after dark!

In Shut In, “Beth Riesgraf stars as Anna, a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals breaks into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

The film also stars Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Dead Snow 2, HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) and Jack Kesy (FX’s “The Strain”).

Shut In is the debut feature from Adam Schindler, one half of LA based film collective Type AB, which was behind last year’s festival favorite Delivery: The Beast Within. That film also World Premiered at the LA Film Festival back in 2013, where it secured US distribution through Salient Media/Tribeca. TJ Cimfel and David White penned the screenplay.

“It’s such an incredible honor to bring Shut In to this year’s LA Film Fest”, said Schindler. “This represents something of a homecoming for us, as our last film also played LAFF and everyone from the programmers to the audiences were nothing short of amazing. Shut In is not your average home invasion film… it goes to some dark and unexpected places. It was made to play in front of a genre-loving crowd, so for me, June can’t come soon enough.”

Steven Schneider (WER, Insidious, Paranormal Activity) is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman) and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli, Orphan). Executive producers are Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Leatherface), Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto and Rob Van Norden.

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‘Bloodshot’ Being Directed By ‘John Wick’ Duo!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:38

Huge news today as Valiant Entertainment announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures to bring two of its series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen starting in 2017, says Heat Vision.

The bigger news is that Bloodshot, targeted for a 2017 release, will be directed by the John Wick (one of the best movies of 2014) team of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, working from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing, A Nightmare On Elm Street).

For Harbinger, Heisserer will provide the script solo, while potential directors are being kept under wraps for now.

It gets even more crazy as the plan is to create an Avengers-styled universe. Both Bloodshot and Harbinger will receive two features each before a fifth movie, Harbinger Wars, will bring both properties together, inspired by the Valiant comic book series crossover from 2013.

“Harbinger”, created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and David Lapham, is a next-generation “X-Men”-esque storyline about a group of superpowered beings on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, an organization run by mysterious philanthropist Toyo Harada. “Bloodshot”, created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, is a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory.

Both properties were among the first revived by Valiant Entertainment during the company’s relaunch in 2012, leading to 2013′s Harbinger Wars series by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, Clayton Henry, Pere Perez and Clayton Crain.

In addition to Bloodshot and Harbinger, a number of other Valiant properties are in development, including odd-couple action comedy Archer & Armstrong and the badass supernatural thriller Shadowman!!

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‘Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves’ Gets a Red Band Trailer!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:25

FDR American Badass director Ross Patterson is taking on a new historical figure in his indie Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves, which is seeking finishing funds over at Indigogo.

We now have the red band trailer for the historical retelling that stars Jessie Wiseman as Keller, known for being both blind and def. Insidious‘ Lin Shaye portrays an older version of Keller, while Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick stars as ‘Jonathan’.

Bloody Disgusting previously had the exclusive poster premiere that teases the tagline: “She’s A Natural Born Keller“.

“Helen Keller vs Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group Nightwolves terrorized a tiny village taking people’s hearing and eye sight… and the one woman who fought back.

Follow the film on Facebook.

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The Story Of Erma, The Daughter Of ‘The Ring’s’ Samara, Continues

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:21

Earlier this year, we posted Brandon Santiago’s Erma, an ongoing comic that features Erma, the daughter of Samara from The Ring. Brandon’s story follows Erma through being babysat, going to school, and other things that kids do…although not usually haunted.

That story has continued on and a massive gallery of the strips, as well as one-off drawings, has been gathered. So we figured why not share the whole thing with all of you?

It’s rather adorable and the art very innocent, which only makes the more “horrific” moments all the more squeal inducing. Also, how many of us have reacted the same way as Erma in the “Movie Night” strip? My friends may think I’m a little crazy but I’ll laugh all I want when someone gets offed!

Make sure to follow Brandon’s work on Tumblr.

Have some more Erma

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Pulp-ish ‘Suburban Gothic’ One-Sheet

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:17

Check out this really cool alternate poster for Richard Bates Jr.’s Suburban Gothic (read our review), his follow-up to the Sundance success, Excision.

Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.

Suburban Gothic is described as an eccentric comedy/horror that stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs and John Waters, and riffs on everything from classic supernatural horror and outsider teen comedies to the “Hardy Boys” and “Scooby-Doo”!

The film had its World Premiere at Fantasia last July.

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‘Let Us Prey’, Starring ‘The Woman’s’ Pollyanna McIntosh, Dated For Home Video

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:12

A new breed of screen villain takes over in Let Us Prey, about a malignant loner’s chilling effect on everyone he encounters during a night in jail. The supernatural horror film will be available on VOD and Digital Download from Dark Sky Films on May 26, 2015 – it will also be available on Blu-ray/DVD day & date.

Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh, The Woman, Filth), a rookie cop, is about to begin her first night shift in a neglected police station in a backwater town. Surrounded by both disgruntled officers and irate petty offenders, her job becomes all the more difficult and terrifying when a mysterious man (Liam Cunningham, “Game of Thrones’” Davos Seaworth) is brought in and strange things start happening to everyone in the station.

As it becomes clear that the enigmatic stranger, known simply as Six, has something to do with the supernatural, terrifying events, Rachel finds herself in a fight for her life against cop and criminal alike as one by one they turn on each other. Now she must survive the night and uncover the stranger’s true plans for the station’s hapless denizens before she too falls prey to the unholy power that seeks to destroy them all.

Also starring in the film are Hanna Stanbridge (Outcast) and Bryan Larkin (TV’s “Outlander”).

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Now THIS Is What A True Horror Fighting Game Would Look Like!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:16

Let’s be honest, if there were a real mass manufactured fighting game where the characters were iconic horror villains, we’d all be playing it pretty much nonstop. I have a feeling that BD could host tournaments and the vast majority of our readers would be kicking ass left and right. Unfortunately, no such mainstream game exists, due to the licensing nightmare it would take to orchestrate such a title.

However, that can’t stop us from dreaming, right? And that’s precisely what the fine folk over at ScrollBoss have done, creating a badass print that is available to order right now. The print shows a character select screen for a fighting game and Player 1 has picked Freddy while Player 2 has chosen Jason. Other “playable” characters include Candyman, Tarman, The Tall Man, Pinhead, Chucky, Ash, and more.

Check it out below!

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‘The Avengers’ Theme Gets A Must-See Cover

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:00

331Erock, the YouTube guitarist known for his bombastic metal covers of popular songs and themes, has released a cover of Alan Silvestri‘s theme for The Avengers. The best part of the whole video comes at the bridge, when four different guitars all harmonize with one another. It’s very Dragonforce-esque but definitely warrants a few minutes of your time.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron comes out in theaters next Friday.

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‘Pumpkinhead’: A Really Cool Movement Test (Video)

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:59

Stan Winston School of Character Arts shared a gem from their archives, posted back in 2010.

What you’ll see below is an early Pumpkinhead movement test. In it, “Tom Woodruff, Jr. rehearses in a very rough, unpainted Pumpkinhead suit while his SWS cohorts puppeteer the tail with external marionette wires,” they explain. “Notice the holes in the neck that allow Tom to see.”

Stan Winston directed the 1988 film that starred Lance Henricksen as a man who conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

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Early PUMPKINHEAD movement test: Tom Woodruff, Jr. rehearses in a very rough, unpainted Pumpkinhead suit while his SWS…

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“Preacher” Will Have a Terrifying Slaughterhouse Owner In Elizabeth Perkins!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:58

“Weeds” alumna Elizabeth Perkins is set for a co-starring role opposite Dominic Cooper in AMC drama pilot “Preacher”, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic, says Deadline.

Perkins plays Vyla Quinncannon, a genteel but formidable businesswoman who owns the local slaughterhouse in Annville. Ambitious, strong-willed and terrifying, Vyla shares a past with Jesse’s father which gives her a singular hold over Jesse.

Cooper will play Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says.

Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

“True Blood” alumna Lucy Griffiths will play Emily, a no-nonsense single mother of three, a waitress, the church organist, bookkeeper, and Jesse’s loyal right hand.

Ian Colletti was also recently cast as Eugene Root, aka Arseface.

Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind the forthcoming pilot based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s masterful cult 1990s comic, which blows away “The Walking Dead” in every way possible.

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LEGO ‘Haunted Mansion’ Set Needs Your Help!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:52

Want to see LEGO make an official set based on Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion”?

Well, I do, so I’m using my soapbox to point you to LEGO Ideas where you can directly tell the company you want to see 999 happy haunts in LEGO form.

This would be the perfect present for the 45th Anniversary.

The set includes:
The Disneyland Version of the Haunted Mansion
with 6 (possibly 7) minifigs included. (Unfortunately, 999 is just not possible!)

The Mansion is set on a 32×32 base, (the traditional size for a modular build) which folds open for added playability!

The inside of the mansion includes memorable scenes such as:
The Foyer – Contains full versions of the infamous “stretching portraits”
The Library with it’s ever-watchful busts
The Corridor of Doors
Madame Leota’s Seance Room – Complete with Madame Leota
The Grand Ballroom – Includes spinning dance platform, organ, and dueling portraits
The Attic – Has goodies including a piano and several pictures of Constance and her dearly departed(s)

Minifigs –
- The Infamous 3 Hitchhiking Ghosts – A MUST!
- The Bride, Constance Hatchaway
- A Ballroom Dancing couple

Also as an added bonus, if Lego and Disney saw fit, I would like to petition the inclusion of the legendary “Hatbox Ghost”.

There’s only 8 days left – so HURRY!

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‘Fantastic Four’ Images Flame On and Reveal More of Thing and Dr. Doom!

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:33

This past weekend Fox released the awesome full trailer for Fantastic Four, which boasts a phenomenal cast including Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Now, the studio sent us a batch of first official images that put the heroes powers on display, while also giving us a really good look at Dr. Doom, a villainess programmer hellbent on revenge.

In theaters August 7, 2015, “Fantastic Four centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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