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You’d Be Insane To Miss Black Mask Studio’s “Space Riders”

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:53

We already gave the first issue of “Space Riders” from Black Mask Studio a perfect review.  But if that somehow doesn’t convince you that the book is a mind blowing experiment in comics than perhaps this preview will.

From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere: the Space Riders! Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy while searching for the forbidden truths of the universe! Fabian Rangel Jr (Doc Unknown) and Alexis Ziritt (The Package) bring you a new and exciting space adventure that will destroy your brain! (in a good way)

Artist: Alexis Ziritt
Writer: Fabian Rangel, Jr.
In stores 4/1.

SPACE RIDERS is a love letter to the psychedelic space operas of Heavy Metal, Moebius, and EC Comics, but done with a modern twist. Artistic genius and obvious lunatic Alexis Ziritt is doing psychedelic work like no one else in comics, and rising start writer Fabian Rangel, Jr. is making a name for himself with his hugely successful Kickstarters for his pulp adventure series DOC UNKNOWN. Together with designer Ryan Ferrier they form the perfect team to make comics unlike anyone else is making right now.

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[Advance Comic Review] “Uncanny Inhumans” #0

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:46

Marvel Comics resurrects their Inhuman king Black Bolt in “Uncanny Inhumans” #0. The issue reads smoothly enough and holds the reader’s hand working quite well as an introduction to this massive chunk of Marvel’s world, but it’s the art by Steve McNiven that’s worth the price of admission.

STORY BY: Charle Soule
ART BY: Steve McNiven

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2015

PRICE: $4.99 USD

The Inhumans are Marvel’s new mutants that much is certain. Within the last few months the focus on the X-Men has dwindled in favor of these much more interesting and vastly underused Inhumans. Now by virtue of what seems to be licensing rights these weird heroes are edging into the spotlight.

Charles Soule’s writing is standard and serviceable if nothing else. He seems to routinely play it safe with his scripts, nothing too bombastic coupled with smaller moments of action and interesting dialogue. Spending an issue following Black Bolt should be no easy task but thanks to the insanely awesome work by Steve McNiven the story never misses a beat.

The issue starts strong and immersive. Soule tells the reader that things are not going to be easy for the Inhumans. As the story progresses were introduced to a very familiar villain who will surely be one of the primary antagonists in further stories, but here he’s left to his own devices. It’s an odd gamble that pays off well.

Black Bolt has always been a little bit of an anti-hero and Soule seems to be following this thread. He’s done terrible things in the name of peace, and will continue to take chances to protect people. He’s a very absent king but his immense power puts fear on his side.

As a #0 issue goes. This works quite well at introducing the stakes of the world and the characters within it. It’s not hard to tell where the story goes from here, and despite being the story before the story it does a fantastic job at catching readers up to the world of the Inhumans.

Weirdly enough not enough happens. Everything in these pages feels like the filler that was cut out from the first issue. It certainly shows in the opening pages, and the final scene is really the only one that feels necessary to the story. Despite this it’s so pleasing on the eyes that it will make for an enjoyable albeit bland read.

As with most #0 issues this would only be for the diehard fans. Those of you who are not well acquainted with The Inhumans may find something to like here, but may find yourself more confused than engaged. It’s not quite the rollicking beginning to a new age of Inhumans that Marvel has promised but it gives the hint of that to come. So if you’re hungry for more Black Bolt than I’d say go out and grab it tomorrow, but if you can wait another month, you’ll have a much more interesting story to read.


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This 8-Bit Music Video From The Hextalls Attacks Remakes And Sequels

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:30

Punk rockers The Hextalls have released an 8-bit music video for their song “Ouch, My Childhood”, which tackles their issues and concerns with all the remakes and sequels that have been coming out over the past several years. Directed by Aaron Romero, the video shows the band focusing on films such as Prometheus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Star Wars films, and similar. It also shows a serious hatred for Colin Farrell, George Lucas, and Michael Bay.

If you hate remakes/sequels, this video and song are right up your alley!

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[TV Review] “Bates Motel” Episode 3.04: ‘Unbreak-Able’

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:54

Bates Motel’s fourth episode this season didn’t really do much to move Annika’s murder mystery plot along, but it did provide us with some nice character beats for Dylan, and had Norman discover the truth about Caleb’s whereabouts. On top of that, Norma tries frantically (without success) to gain access to the contents of the flash drive Annika handed her while she died last week.

For Annika’s death being the big climax of last week’s episode, not much progress was made in the investigation this week. Romero does some investigating and finds out that the car she was driving was registered to Lindsey, the girl who was found floating dead in the water a few weeks ago. He goes to talk to Bob Parish (aka creepy sex club owner) to no avail, but Bob does ask if Annika had anything on her when she died. Of course, Romero doesn’t know what this could be referring to, so he goes to talk to another hooker. Turns out Annika had a threesome with Lindsey, which may have played a part in both of their deaths. Okay.

Bates Motel seems to have a fascination with secret organizations, and they never really seem to be that compelling. Firsts we had the secret drug trade ring, now we have an evil sex club. Bob hasn’t had enough screen time to merit being seen as a real threat, and that’s hurting this season. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, Bates Motel is at its worst when it’s not focused on Norma and Norman. This episode is no exception.

Speaking of Norma, she spent the entire episode trying to get into the flash drive Annika handed off to her right before she died. Of course Norma doesn’t just hand it off to the police. What fun would that be? Instead, she tries to access its contents herself. When that doesn’t work, she goes to some random Joe Blow in a coffee shop to hack into it. It’s not really the best plan, but it does provide for a few laughs. Eventually she confides in Dylan, which finally pulls him into her storyline and away from his marijuana business.

Sadly, they go about it the wrong way and hide all of their sneaking around from Norman, who of course is on to their game. Freddie Highmore had some more great moments tonight as he starts to (correctly) suspect Norma and Dylan of hiding something from him. I believe Norman is fully in his “rebellious teenager” phase.

The main focus of this episode was the romantic relationships. First, the bearded psychology professor (his name is James, in case you were wondering) asks Norma out for coffee and she accepts. She breaks down to this (mostly) complete stranger about how it is becoming more and more difficult to recognize her son. I’m not really sure if they are setting up James to be a love interest for Norma, but he is infinitely more interesting than Michael Vartan’s character was last season so I’m intrigued by his presence. At the very least, it allows Norma to bare her soul to somebody besides Norman so I’m looking forward to where this relationship goes in future episodes.

Then we have Emma and Norman, whose relationship is starting to tailspin.  It is becoming clear (as Norma points out) that Norman is only dating Emma to make Norma jealous. It’s working, by the way. She seemed pretty livid that Norman didn’t plan on including her on his picnic with Emma and it was pretty hilarious to watch. We did get to see Emma call Norman out on his bullshit after he hesitated to have sex with her (because Norma told him he couldn’t). Olivia Cooke is one of Bates Motel’s strongest assets, and I’m happy to see them utilizing her more this season.

The best part of the episode (and I never thought I would say this), is Caleb and Dylan’s arc. Caleb finally gets to apologize to Dylan for raping Norma and tells him that he wants to make things right. Dylan is finally, mostly happy. he his getting closer with his dad/uncle and working together with Norma. Unfortunately Norma doesn’t know about Dylan’s relationship with Caleb, so when Norman finds them out in the final scene, it’s honestly heartbreaking. I can honestly say that it is the most I have ever cared about Dylan’s character. He doesn’t want to lose the relationship he’s started to repair with Norma, and once she finds out about Caleb he probably will.

Overall this was a solid episode of Bates Motel, devoted more to character development and revelations as opposed to moving the murder plot along. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t that compelling of an episode. What did you think of “Unbreak-Able?”

Random Notes

  • “A girl just died on me but I’m fine.” – Norma has the best way of bluntly describing a terrible situation.
  • One of Norma’s password guesses for the flash drive? “SEXCRAZED.”
  • Norman asking Norma if she still likes him was a great moment for Highmore and Farmiga.
  • That makeout session between Emma and Norman was really….squishy. Please don’t do that again.
  • “My son and I have always been close. Probably too close.” – Well at least Norma is aware.
  • Norman, WHY would you tell Emma that your mother said you shouldn’t have sex with her.
  • Emma referring to Norma and Norman as “two people that wouldn’t know their ass from a handbag if they had a head cold” is amazing. I have never heard this saying before and I want to use it all the time now.
  • “I didn’t think your mother was coming on this date with us.” Amen, Emma.
  • “It’s probably her pimp or whatever.” – Norma, on the man who was rummaging through the motel office.
  • Dylan hides the flash drive inside the timer in his weed room. This will probably be important later.
  • It’s great that Caleb is sorry for raping Norma, but shouldn’t he be apologizing to her, rather than Dylan?
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“The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season” Dated For Home Video

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:51

Anchor Bay writes in with some early news.

From a press release:

“For the past five years, we have followed the amazing tale of survival that is “The Walking Dead.” With the end of every season, comes the knowledge that– for the moment– we must part with the characters we have come to embrace. While it won’t be too long before their story resumes, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly continues the tradition of offering fans one more chance to revisit the exciting season that was…

“The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season” will be released on Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD on August 25th. Just like the award winning previous home entertainment releases, “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season” will dazzle viewers with state-of-the-art video and audio presentations.

More information, including bonus feature content, technical specs, and limited edition will be available soon.

Until we meet again at Alexandria…

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‘Wolf Creek’ Director Teams With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ Writer, James Gunn!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:44

While we all know James Gunn from his days with Troma, and being the writer of Dawn of the Dead and writer/director of SLiTHER, Gunn has become A-list with his Marvel masterpiece, Guardians of the Galaxy. But that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in our genre.

Gunn took to Facebook to announce that they’ve commencing production on a new film penned by Gunn, The Belco Experiment, which will be directed by Wolf Creek‘s Greg McLean!

“The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day,” explains Gunn, “and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.”

It will be produced by Gunn, and Peter Safran, who produced Annabelle and The Conjuring. MGM will be financing.

The film is currently in pre-production and will be shooting in Bogota, Colombia in early June of this year.

Here’s more from Gunn:

“I cannot tell you how passionate and excited I am about this project! It’s a script I wrote a few years ago, for which I have always had a deep love. Believe it or not, it’s a film that first came to me in a dream, and I woke up and wrote the first draft in a two-week fugue state binge. One of the first people to ever read the script, Jonathan Glickman, carried it around with him for years until becoming President of MGM, when he approached Peter Safran and I about financing it. I was all for it, providing two things: 1) Although it has the heart and humor my films have all had, it is also the most intense and uncompromising script I’ve ever written. It would need to stay true to that. 2) I’d only do it if we found the right director – which, in some ways, I thought was unlikely.

Jon promised we’d make the film with full integrity – and, so far, MGM has – awesomely – been true to their word. And, after a long, concentrated search for a director we came to Greg McLean. Greg shares my philosophy about honesty in film, and his naturalistic style lends itself to Belco. The past few weeks we’ve spent working together have been a joy – I don’t know if I’ve ever related to another filmmaker’s sense of aesthetics and love of film more.

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Match The 80′s Thrash Metal Cover To Its Band!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:00

Alright metal heads, heed my call! You think you know thrash metal? You think your torn jeans jacket has the most patches on it? Has your Flying V got enough buckle rash to expose the wood behind the lacquer? If your answers to these questions was a resounding, “Hell yes!”, then you might just have what it takes to beat this quiz!

Below is a gallery of 18 album covers. However, the band’s name on these pictures has been removed or isn’t visible. What you need to do is see if you can guess the right album cover when presented with the band name. There’s only one album cover per band.

Trust me when I say that it starts out easy but definitely becomes a challenge. I’m not going to post my score because I’m rather ashamed. However, I have a feeling that some true metalheads here will hit that perfect 18/18!

Give it your best show below and let us know how you did!

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Marilyn Manson Touring With…The Smashing Pumpkins?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:54

In what is in my mind one strange and odd tour combination, Marilyn Manson will be hitting the road on a co-headlining tour with The Smashing Pumpkins. the tour kicks off on July 7th in Concord, CA and wraps up on August 8th in Cincinnati, OH. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Manson will be touring in support of his latest album The Pale Emperor (review) while The Smashing Pumpkins will tour their new album Monuments To An Elegy.

I really don’t know what to make of this tour combination. I never thought of either band as being something similar to the other. Yeah, there were times when The Smashing Pumpkins got a little weird and added some industrial elements but it was never along the level of Manson. Very strange indeed.

Tour dates:
7/7/2015 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
7/9/2015 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10/2015 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/11/2015 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
7/13/2015 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15/2015 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16/2015 Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
7/18/2015 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/19/2015 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
7/20/2015 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22/2015 Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24/2015 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/25/2015 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26/2015 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28/2015 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29/2015 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31/2015 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1/2015 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2/2015 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4/2015 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5/2015 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7/2015 Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8/2015 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer Is Epic Beyond Belief!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:40

Excuse me while I change my pants…

Warner Bros. just unleashed the full trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, in theaters May 15, 2015.

What I just witnessed is easily one of the most epic trailers I can remember seeing, ever. They speak of “trailer moments”, and those lacking have something to hide. Well, the new Mad Max trailer has so much insanity, and so much energy, I’m not sure there’s going to be a moment to breathe when we all see the final product. Just when I thought I saw it all, there’s a shot of a dude playing a guitar and blasting flames from it. In the background is pure madness. Seriously, this looks like one of the best films of the year…

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa, and includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher).

“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

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10 Horror Films Starring Professional Wrestlers!

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:40

Yesterday, the WWE stock crashed after a record breaking Wrestlemania 31 on Sunday night. Since January, the WWE network has grown in subscribers by 31%. That is insane. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but wrestling is so hot right now. What better time to take a look back at some of the horror genre’s films that have featured some of our favorite wrestlers? After doing a bit of research I was actually surprised to find out that there have been quite a few wrestlers to participate in our beloved genre!

See No Evil 1 & 2 – Kane

This is the obvious one, since its one of the most recent. See No Evil is not a good movie, but it’s sequel is significantly better (even if it is a little generic). Nevertheless, Kane actually does a pretty decent job of playing Jacob Goodnight, a vicious serial killer with mommy issues so serious it would give Norman Bates the chills.

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[Review] ‘Muck’ Is An Incoherent Waste of Time

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:28

Written and directed by Steve Wolsh, Muck, according to it’s Wikipedia article (yeah, I know), had an interesting production. Shot on a shoestring budget, Wolsh and company endured “19 grueling all-night shoots” as well as having to perform stunts in a single take due to the budget and schedule. Sounds like independent filmmaking at its finest. What’s even more interesting is that a prequel is already underway, thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign that raised a little over $266k. The key thing is that this money was raised before the backers had even seen the original film. That’s quite a gamble, especially if the original film turns out to be a steaming pile. Well, with a bevy of stars like YouTube star Lauren Francesca, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg and horror legend Kane Hodder, you would hope that wouldn’t be the case.

After escaping an ancient burial ground underneath the Cape Cod marshes, Mia (Lauren Francesca) and her friends take shelter in an abandoned house. With Billy (Grant Alan Ouzts) in need of a doctor, Noah (Bryce Draper) decides to go for help, despite whatever was lurking in the marsh still being out there. Unfortunately for the remaining friends, the house isn’t abandoned or safe, as another evil is lurking inside.

According to Wolsh, Muck is a throwback to a time before CGI was used for effects, and as such, all of the effects done in the film are practical. I know that I’m not the only one who enjoys in-camera effects and creature makeup, so this was a pleasant surprise. Add in the above-mentioned stunts performed in a single take, and you can’t help but admire the effort that went into stretching the budget while also maintaining a “pure” look to the effects that are many times wiped over with studios using CGI as a crutch. True, it’s safer and you get it exactly as you wanted it every time, but let’s be honest: Often times, it makes a film look artificial and lazy if it’s done poorly. So kudos for that.

In all honesty though, that’s about as positive as I can get with this film: Muck is terrible. Starting with the script, we have characters that are either woefully underdeveloped or just designed for us to hate them (unintentional or otherwise). Nobody acts or talks like a real person would, instead choosing to display crudeness of the worst degree (if a guy acted like Bryce Draper’s Noah in the film around a woman, someone would cave his face in), do stupid things (Bleeding out? Let’s get drunk!), pull a Scream and do the whole “this is what happens to certain people in horror movies” spiel that is delivered ham-fisted at best, and generally piss you off with their actions (don’t call the cops, call your cousin instead to pick you guys up). You’d think that having Kane Hodder show up to butcher these people would be a relief. It’s not, as he’s just as underdeveloped as the rest of them, and isn’t even in the film for that long, either.

Then there’s the story. I get that this is supposed to be an exploitation film with the boobs and all (slow motion, close-ups, etc), but I don’t want one written by a high schooler. It takes nearly a half-hour from the start of the film for someone to actually make a phone call for help. In the meantime, two female characters decide to take showers (complete with time devoted to them undressing), Noah jogs to a bar for help, cleans himself up, buys a girl a drink at the bar, and then makes the phone call. Of course, to top it all off, the assclown makes no mention of how serious the situation is, and just says “Hey man, I need a ride, ok? Thanks.” Oh, and naming the town Wes Craven (yes, he did) and proceeding to take veiled shots at Wes by citing the town as “boring” and that it “used to be pretty cool”? Way to not get people on your side, Wolsh.

Saying that Muck is meant to be a throwback to old-school horror is an insult. While the choice to use practical effects is one I can applaud, the frustrating story, downright detestable characters and lame attempts at scoring brownie points with your viewers makes this film a joke. It seems Wolsh forgot the reasons behind certain aspects of past classic horror movies (and storytelling), and instead just decided to get hot women to oogle while having Kane Hodder toss around the plasma. Uh, no. That only works when your film is entertaining. Leave this muck with the rest of the crap in the bargain bin where it belongs.


In spite of the film being overly dark, the 4K Ultra HD-filmed 1.85:1 AVC-encoded 1080p transfer looks really good. The overall image is crisp and clean, with great detail and accurate colours. Black levels are appropriately strong, and the image itself has some depth to it, despite it again being primarily dark.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless track is immersive and nicely balanced. Dialogue is kept to the centre channel, while ambient effects do a great job in the surrounds. The music is particularly aggressive, but doesn’t overwhelm the action.

You’d think that they would’ve sprung for some making-of stuff to justify what they’ve put on screen, but no. Perhaps it’s for the best. Hell, the Wikipedia article for the film has enough trivia and production notes from (presumably) someone who worked on the film.

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‘Leatherface’ Is a Road Trip/Revenge Horror Movie…

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:02

In addition to our exclusive breaking news from last week that Stephen Dorff will play ‘Texas Ranger Hal Hartman’ in Leatherface, the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, we now have an even more detailed plot breakdown.

The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.

Dorff’s plays said lawman, who was described to us as a lean, mean Texas Ranger who has a vendetta against the teen boy who grows up to become Leatherface.

We had also previously reported that the TCM prequel is presented as a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface. Sam Strike was cast as ‘Jackson’, with James Bloor starring as ‘Ike’, a budding young maniac of his. There’s still a third to be cast, and only one will eventually become Leatherface.

Also, we at Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported that Angela Bettis was cast as Mother Sawyer in the film that begins shooting on May 18th.

Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman, alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.

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UK ‘Poltergeist’ One-Sheet Knows What Scares You

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:54

This new UK poster for Poltergeist knows what scares you – and one of those things is a possessed clown.

In theaters May 22, 2015, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

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‘Ashen Falls’ is an Eerie Tribute to ‘Silent Hill’

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00

This has been a generous couple of weeks for discovering promising indie projects. Joining Hunger, Oxenfree and Through the Woods on my growing list of games that have recently caught my eye is something called Ashen Falls.

Conceived by artist Gilles Ketting, Ashen Falls is still very much in the conceptual stages of its development. I don’t usually cover games that aren’t quite games yet, but I was willing to make an exception for this one for the simple fact that I believe it has potential.

The concept was heavily influenced by the Silent Hill series — a popular source of inspiration for developers of upcoming horror games these days — as well as Ketting’s desire to find out what his own take on the survival horror franchise might look like. You can see some of that below. For the rest, head on over to the Ashen Falls Facebook page.

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[Podcast] Whatever – March 30th, 2015 – “A Return to Normalcy”

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:29

This week: Don has a huge announcement, why “Bloodborne’s” been costing Justin sleep, the greatest thing to happen to “Resident Evil” in a long time, and more!

Talk to us! Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts!

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‘Dearest Sister’ Can Communicate With the Dead

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:23

Toronto genre specialist Raven Banner has acquired international rights to Mattie Do’s Dearest Sister.

Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature “tells of a village girl who travels to the Lao capital Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has lost her sight and gained the ability to communicate with the dead.

ScreenDaily says that music and radio celebrity Vilouna Phetmany and Estonian theatre and screen veteran Tambet Tuisk play the couple while newcomer Amphaiphun Phommapanya portrays the village girl.

The Laos-France-Estonia co-production is set for a late spring shoot.

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The Stanley Film Festival Reveals Side Show Experiences and Immersive Events

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:13

Set at the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, the Stanley Film Festival, showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The SFF will take place April 30-May 3, 2015. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans.

The SFF will host a series of events sure to satisfy even the most dedicated horror fans, while providing an opportunity for casual onlookers to experiment with what the festival has to offer. Last year, the Festival launched a variety of events to create a fully immersive experience. Many of those events will return this year, including the Immersive Horror Game. The game uses multiple media platforms and game elements to delve deep into a mystery/horror narrative that uses the Stanley Hotel and the Festival as a vehicle to engage its participants in a story that seamlessly exists concurrently with everyday life.

“The Stanley Hotel has always been an inspiration for so many great stories, it is the perfect backdrop to create a truly immersive horror retreat for those looking to celebrate the art of horror in all forms,” says Denver Film Society Festival Director Britta Erickson. “We are looking forward to providing a platform for artists and attendees to tell their story and experience our four day carnival of curiosities.”

Adding their unique brand of horror storytelling to this year’s festival, Clay McLeod Chapman and Hanna Cheek return with The Pumpkin Pie Show, a pure campfire story experience for adults. Back for a second year in a row, Glass Eye Pix will present The Stanley Edition of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE with hosts, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid. Tales will feature two brand new radio plays, recorded live at the Historic Park Theater, performed by special guests of the Festival. Local band, Munly & the Lupercalians will provide musical accompaniment for the radio play.

Additional local musical acts include Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, who will bring their seductively venomous pulsing rhythms to Opening Night at the SFF along with Bad Luck City. The itchy-O Marching Band, a throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos, will perform as part of a special Friday night event at the Stanley Hotel. Also on Friday, a special 40th Anniversary screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Historic Park Theatre with Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient Shadow Cast. Closing out the Festival, Ian Cooke will perform Saturday evening at the Closing Night Party.

Throughout the weekend, the 13th Floor Haunted House will transform the hotel grounds by bringing their terrifying experience from Denver to Estes Park. The haunted house, voted scariest haunted house in the country by Fangoria (an official SFF Media Partner) will create a custom photo booth and happy hour scare zones for the third annual SFF. On Friday evening, Fangoria and ShockTillYouDrop will bring Dead Right Horror Trivia from Los Angeles to Estes Park.


IMMERSIVE HORROR GAME, bleeding seamlessly into the atmosphere of fear and suspense we are excited to announce the return of Stanley Film Festival’s Immersive Horror Game. Bigger and better, this all-new interactive story is a real life horror/mystery narrative using the Festival itself as its medium. Those who follow the clues become the protagonists of an engaging and creepy thriller featuring irreproducible characters and events that you can never unsee. This event is free and open to the public.

Glass Eye Pix Presents TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: The Stanley Edition is an ongoing series of audio dramas penned by luminaries from the world of contemporary horror from JT Petty (HELLBENDERS) to Simon Barrett (YOU’RE NEXT), and Kim Newman (ANO DRACULA), featuring players from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), to Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM), and Mark Margolis (AMERICAN HORROR STORY). The Stanley edition will feature performers culled from the film lineup as well as local band, Munly & the Lupercalians. Join horror impresarios Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden as they invite you to close your eyes and… listen. Learn more at This event is open to SFF Redrum & Horror Marathon badge holders, individual tickets can be purchased beginning April 2 for $13 DFS member and locals / $15 non-members.

DEAD RIGHT HORROR TRIVIA HOSTED BY FANGORIA, BLUMHOUSE AND SHOCKTILLYOUDROP.COM Do you consume horror as voraciously as zombies eat flesh? The hit Los Angeles horror event comes to the Stanley Film Festival! Join Shock Till You Drop’s Sam Zimmerman and Ryan Turek from Blumhouse and test your horror knowledge in eight rounds of terrifyingly titillating trivia. Scare yourself with how much you actually know about horror. Registration for this event is free and open to the public, SFF badge holders receive priority registration.

THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW is part ghost story, part shamanistic ritual. Stories by Clay McLeod Chapman, performed by Champman and Hanna Cheek, the Pumpkin Pie Show has established itself over the last two decades as the bastard love-child of spectral luminaries Poe and Lovecraft. Packed with the emotional intensity of a rock concert, the Pumpkin Pie Show is a pure campfire story experience for adults. This event is open to SFF Redrum & Horror Marathon badge holders, individual tickets can be purchased beginning April 2 for $10 DFS member and locals / $12 non-member.

HORROR BRUNCH AND AWARDS CEREMONY, curated by Chief Coroner of the Stanley Film Festival, Andrew Novick, brunch-goers will have several “horrific” culinary options to choose from. Ballots will be tallied and the 2015 Audience Winners for Feature Film and Short Film will be announced. Andrew Novick has been behind such temptations as: The Surgery Dinner, Thanksgiving-on-a-Stick, Andrew Novick’s X-Treme Pancake Breakfast and is the “Griller-in-Residence” for tailgate parties at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This event is open to SFF Redrum badgeholders and invited guests only.

40th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH COLORADO’S ELUSIVE INGREDIENT SHADOW CAST (CEI) who has been Shadowcasting the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Denver since 2000. Based at Landmark’s Esquire Theatre, CEI provides the full RHPS experience with audience participation, costumes, props, and tons of airborne toilet paper! CEI holds the world’s record for largest RHPS performance, with over 8,500 people turning out to see the film at Red Rocks in 2013. Raunchy, rowdy, and risqué, mixes old school with modern debauchery. Come be offended all over again! This event is open to SFF Redrum & Horror Marathon badge holders, individual tickets can be purchased beginning April 2 for $10 DFS member and locals / $12 non-member.

Considered one of the most terrifying haunts in the country, the infamous scare-mongers at 13th Floor Haunted House ( will bring their unique brand of fear to the Stanley Film Festival by hosting an elaborate photo booth throughout the weekend, transforming the grounds into happy hour scare zones on Friday & Saturday, and providing assorted secrets hidden throughout the hotel if you dare to find them….These events are free and open to the public.

THE ITCHY-O MARCHING BAND, a throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos invites you to dissolve the performer/audience divide and melt into the Bedlam that is the disorienting power of Itchy-O. The Itchy-O Marching Band (IOMB) is a Denver-based percussion-centered electronic marking band. IOMB brings a sophisticated savage sound and the sheer ecstasy of instruments untethered and running free. With a driving drum corps battery, taiko drummers, an arsenal of electronics including synthesizers, theremin, vocoders, and many other special devices, the IOMB completely engulfs and immerses an audience from every angle in a pounding electric bog of music, ephemera, and spectacle. This event is free and open to the public, Stanley Film Festival Redrum badge holders will receive priority entry.

BAD LUCK CITY crafts lurid tales of lost souls hitting rock bottom in search of redemptive truth, only to realize that such a thing is tantalizingly out of reach. There’s an inherent dark, fiery intensity to the music of Bad Luck City that conjures images of traipsing through the worst dive bars imaginable late at night. This event is open to SFF Redrum badge holders, individual tickets to the Opening Night Film and Party can be purchased beginning April 2 for $33 DFS Member / $35 non-member.

SNAKE RATTLE RATTLE SNAKE began in late 2008 when veterans of the Denver underground scene pursued a mutual interest in darkly atmospheric music with grounding in pulsing rhythms. With severe yet ethereal guitars chiming over the top of tribal percussion and shot through with singer Hayley Helmericks’ caustic lyrics, Snake sounds like a vital combination of spooky surf band, dark-wave rock and Siouxsie Sioux fronting a synth-driven New Order. For more information, visit This event is open to SFF Redrum badge holders, individual tickets to the Opening Night Film and Party can be purchased beginning April 2 for $33 DFS Member / $35 non-member.

IAN COOKE is a Denver-based musician who uses a loop pedal to layer his cello and voice. His progressive style of music can be described as classically infused pop, or pop-sical. Visit for more information. This event is open to SFF Redrum badge holders, individual tickets to the Closing Night Film and Party can be purchased beginning April 2 for $33 DFS Member / $35 non-member.

IN-ROOM CHANNELS are exclusive to guests of the festival staying at the Stanley Hotel. The Festival features special in-room only programming content, extending the scares and thrills of the films 24 hours a day beamed directly into your bedroom. Showcasing feature films, secret screenings, sponsored content, short films, specials, rarities and hidden surprises, there’s something for every kind of horror fan buried within.

Screenings and special events at the Stanley Film Festival will take place at The Stanley Hotel and throughout Estes Park. All access packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival and stay at the historic hotel for all 3 nights of the festival are on sale now, starting at $666/person. Festival patron and ticket passes range from $95.00 (movie pass) to $295.00 for an all access patron pass. Space is limited on all packages, so guests are encouraged to book early. For more information regarding ticket and hotel packages, visit

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Julie Benz Joins ‘Circle’ of People Who Decide the Fate of Each Man

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:03

Coming completely out of left field is a new psychological horror thriller written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione.

Described as “an intense real-time thriller which uniquely examines humanity under the worst possible circumstances”, Circle stars Saw V and “Dexter’s” Julie Benz, The Collection‘s Michael Nardelli and Autumn Federici.

In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes one of them must die… executed by a strange device in the center of the room. At first the attacks seem random, but soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. A vote. A chance to control the machine. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there is only one person left?

Circle was inspired by 12 Angry Men and “The Twilight Zone”. We have some images to share, with a trailer coming soon.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Trailer Shows Off More Brutal Fatalities

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:00

Taking the spotlight in this bloody new trailer for Mortal Kombat X is the butt-kicking, staff-wielding and stylish hat-wearing Shaolin clan. Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Kung Jin spend much of its nearly two-minute-long running time finding creative ways to break bones while optimizing them to achieve a maximum cringe factor. If that was the goal, I do believe they were successful.

It looks gruesome, but if you’re perusing this site, I imagine gruesome is your middle name. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Finley Gruesome Macabre (aka “Bonecrunch”).

Mortal Kombat X releases on April 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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The Future Belongs to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (Poster)

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:56

Warner Bros. shared this new one-sheet for their post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, in theaters May 15, 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa, and includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher).

“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

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