Warner Bros. is heading to WonderCon with Gallows (formerly Superstition), their new found-footage horror in theaters July 10, 2015.
They will show the first footage from the film said to be in the vein of I Know What You Did Last Summer but with a found-footage element.
The project appeared on Management 360′s radar when first-time directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff posted rough footage from Superstition on YouTube, where manager Dean Schnider stumbled upon it. The Fresno-based directors then shot the film on a micro-budget with an unknown cast (Cassidy Gifford, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown).
Here’s an official synopsis.
“Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone. ”
The footage shows this Saturday, April 4th in Room Arena at 5:00 p.m. Producer Jason Blum will also present footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3.
Slasher films are one of the most profitable sub-genres of all horror films, but critics tend to criticize them a lot. On a certain level I get it. By the early 90s, the market was so saturated with slasher films that it became difficult to tell each film apart. It was clear that filmmakers and studios were becoming lazy, trying to churn out as many films as possible for maximum profit (since horror films are usually less expensive to make). Lately (and by lately I mean in the past 10 years), there have been many great horror films that have been criticized of “devolving into a slasher” in their final acts. I don’t fully understand why that is a bad thing. Spoilers for a few of the films I mention below will be discussed. You’ve been warned.
The film that immediately springs to mind when I read this phrase is Danny Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi/horror film Sunshine. I love that movie but many of the negative reviews for it all agreed on one thing: the film loses it’s way around the 2/3 mark when it resorts to standard slasher tropes. In case you haven’t seen it, Sunshine is about the crew of “Icarus II,” who are heading to the dying sun in an attempt to reignite it with a nuclear bomb. Along the way, they discover the “Icarus I,” which was lost seven years prior. The first two acts of the film are beautiful and thought provoking, but once the crew finds the “Icarus I,” a killer boards their ship and starts to kill them off one by one.
Now I can understand why some would see this as a bad thing. Sunshine starts out as an original science-fiction film with a focus on character development, but once they find the “Icarus I” all hell breaks loose and the film literally turns into a horror movie. Being a horror fan, I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing. Yes, Sunshine takes a rather unexpected turn, but it doesn’t hamper the enjoyment of the film. I’m sure that people who went in expecting a strictly science-fiction film were taken aback, but does it mean that a movie automatically takes a turn for the worse when it starts killing off its characters in rapid succession in the final reel?
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is another film that I feel is unjustly criticized for turning into another slasher film in its final act. I’m sure many of you have seen this but just in case: Behind the Mask follows a news crew making a documentary about rising slasher Leslie Vernon as he explains how to become the perfect serial killer. The entire film is a love letter to slasher films like Halloween and Friday the 13th, but it was criticized for the moment when the documentary cameras turn off and the documentary becomes an actual movie (it makes more sense if you see it). Leslie goes on his killing spree, and the film becomes and actual slasher movie.
Why is this a bad thing? It seemed fairly obvious that that would be the direction the film would go for it’s climax (actually, I may have just answered my own question). Regardless, I disagree with the consensus that the last act doesn’t live up to all that preceded it. The first two acts are stronger, but just because the ending of the film is a bit more predictable doesn’t make it bad. In fact, I believe that was the whole point of the ending: to show that a classic slasher formula is what people want to see.
A few other films spring to mind when discussing this topic: The Lazarus Effect, The Purge, Donkey Punch, Severance, and Grace, among others, but Sunshine and Behind the Mask are the two big ones for me, if only because they are both great films that are not made worse by third act bloodbaths. There is probably a lot I haven’t said here that could be covered ad nauseum in a research paper, but the purpose of this post was to start a discussion. Do you agree with critics that films like these need to stick with what they are already doing so well and not resort to standard slasher tropes? Or do you, like me, think there is nothing wrong with it? Sound off below!
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Nashville, TN avant-garde band Fable Cry to bring you the exclusive song premiere for “The Zoo Of No Return”. If you’re a fan of Danny Elfman or Tom Waits, this song is going to be right up your alley! It’s got a delightfully eerie gypsy-esque feel and the instruments playfully accentuate and accent the lyrics.
The band explains the song, commenting:
This song takes you into a future world where nearly everything has been replaced by machinery, including all of the once-cuddly zoo animals! But in this rusty future, we might gather that a hodgepodge of recycled parts are required to make up the intended beasts, resulting in a junkyard heap of wildlife mimicry. The terrible events of a zoo break, in which the animals all break free from their cages and run rampant through the city, are told from a radio broadcaster who relates the events as they happen – spectacles both wonderful and terrible to behold!
“The Zoo Of No Return” comes from the band’s upcoming album We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are, which comes out later this summer. Head down to stream this exclusive premiere!
3/31 – The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
5/17 – The East Room – Nashville, TN
I know that there are people that operate on much higher levels than where I currently am. If we weren’t all beautiful snowflakes and every person on the planet worked on the same level as I do, humanity would die a much quicker death than the slow(-ish) one we’re currently enduring.
I also know that if I had beaten Bloodborne as quickly as YouTuber Oginam_tv did in his 44-minute playthrough, I’d be in the White House right now demanding they classify me as an X-Man.
The only way I could accomplish this is through the use of black magic, and I vowed to leave that life behind me many years ago.
To recap, Bloodborne is a horror RPG inspired by the Dark Souls games that also happens to be arguably the best reason to own a PS4 right now. It’s terrifying, merciless, beautiful and absolutely a must-play, if you have the patience for it.
Ripley’s daughter Amanda probably didn’t have as much fun in Alien: Isolation as we did, but she survived the Sevastapol’s numerous horrors, and now she’s being immortalized in plastic and paint as the newest addition to NECA’s growing line of toys that I, as an official adult, want to own.
Spotted by Toy News International, this 7″ figure of Amanda Ripley is one of what could become a line of Isolation figures. A figure in a spacesuit was also spotted, but who or what that one is has yet to be announced. If NECA is taking requests from future birthday boys (July 11), I suggest they tackle the Working Joe next. I’d very much like to take two of those home with me so I can set one on the mantle while I melt the other’s stupid plastic face for causing me so much grief.
Developer Techland is celebrating the Internet’s favorite holiday by gifting everyone who’s still playing Dying Light with temporary superhuman strength. When the Bad Batch update goes live on April 1 every runner in Harran will have 24 hours to make use of their newfound powers before they’re taken away. The limited time ought to make giving unsuspecting ghouls bare-handed bludgeonings before dropkicking their ugly butts halfway across the city all the sweeter.
April Fools is one of those magical non-holidays that can either be a massively frustrating or hugely entertaining day. Aside from that one time when EA got super pissed with me about a harmless Dead Space joke, I usually look forward to seeing what the Internet comes up with.
No longer will the users of fringe operating systems be left outside in the cold, all-encompassing darkness, away from The Groom’s loving embrace. Developer Red Barrels has confirmed that Outlast and its story expansion Outlast: Whistleblower will be rolling out on Mac and Linux today through Steam. So if your chosen platform is what’s been keeping you from trying one (or two) of the scariest games in recent memory, that excuse disappears today.
You may want to get on this, if only to make sure you’re adequately prepared for the arrival of Outlast 2. Sure, they’re terrifying, but as the montage video I have waiting for you below clearly demonstrates, they can also be incredibly entertaining.
Okay, first off, I can’t believe Forgotten Memories is an iOS game. The footage in this launch trailer has me excited about the graphical fidelity of my phone, which I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never used for gaming, and for the simple fact that this game looks genuinely freaky. It has some strong Silent Hill vibes, and those mannequins are starting to give me Condemned flashbacks.
As a “third person Psychological Survival Horror game combining exploration, reflection, puzzles, action and survival where the gameplay is focused on fear mechanics,” Forgotten Memories aspires to bring quality survival horror gaming to a platform that lacks it: mobile.
Giving this mobile horror game some solid survival horror credibility are Silent Hill 2 veterans Guy Cihi and Dave Schaufele — the voices of Silent Hill 2′s James Sunderland and Eddie Dombrowski, respectively — who signed on last month.
Forgotten Memories releases April 23 for iOS.
The makers of the upcoming horror game Kholat have moved its release date back a few months to June 10 to allow them some time to polish it up. An announcement on its Steam page says the “additional time will be spent on testing, optimizing and debugging.”
It looks like an early build was sent out to several gaming outlets earlier this month. I decided to skim through a few of them about a week ago, and the impression I got was that Kholat seems to be suffering from a serious bug infestation. Hopefully they’ll be able to patch it up by June, because I’d very much like to find out what caused the deaths of those nine skiers back in 1959.
I’ve never seen an episode of Teletubbies, so I honestly have no idea if it’s entertaining or education (for children, I mean). However, I have seen American Horror Story and I can tell you with 100% certainty that it’s NOT meant for children.
When it comes to mixing and mashing up intellectual properties, the ones that seemingly would never work together are usually the ones that end up being the best. That’s why this mix of footage from Teletubbies with Charlie Clouser‘s intro music of American Horror Story is just so damn perfect. It takes something innocent and corrupts it entirely, which I wickedly love.
After several days of rumor and speculation, it has now been confirmed that Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler will be recording drums for the next Megadeth album!
Megadeth was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.
About 10 years ago, Lamb Of God toured with Megadeth and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” adds Adler. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the Megadeth legacy.
The as-yet-untitled album will be the followup to 2013′s Super Collider.
Vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine comments:
Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to Megadeth that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Back in 1989, Megadeth originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our Grammy nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace.’ I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.
Bassist Dave Ellefson adds:
Chris has been an endearing friend to us in Megadeth for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in Megadeth’s next chapter.
“A strange virus is going around…”
Tonight’s “Talking Dead” carried the following surprise, a first ever look at “Fear The Walking Dead”, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spinoff from creator Robert Kirkman!
The new zombie series takes viewers to the west coast for two seasons, executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. It’s a prequel that catches up to “The Walking Dead”.
Below is the first teaser trailer, albeit only 15-seconds long, that features a radio DJ speaking to a virus that’s spreading across the west coast – and five other states. We hope you got your flu shot…
The Los Angeles-based “Fear The Walking Dead” focuses on new characters and storylines, with the show’s first season consisting of six one-hour episodes that will premiere on AMC in late summer. Its second season will air in 2016.
AMC president Charles Collier previously revealed that the series will explore “what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’”
The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
What do you guys think of the first ever promo trailer for “Fear The Walking Dead”?!
The little indie that could is starting to make waves, and we can only hope word of mouth continues to build.
According to Variety, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (read my review), easily one of the scariest movies in a long, long while, is on pace to be the top-grossing film in Radius-TWC’s history after the low-budget horror film pulled in $4 million in its first weekend of wide release!
The Weinstein Company’s boutique label is releasing the picture along with its sister company, Dimension. It apparently knew what it had, opting to delay a video-on-demand debut in favor of expanding its theatrical footprint from 32 locations to 1,218.
I saw a lot of readers complaining that it was still a 4-hour drive to catch it in a theater. Good news is that Radius-TWC will continue to push It Follows into more venues next week, although it did not provide a specific theater count as of this writing.
Something even more rare is that the film is getting strong vocal support from execs at TWC, which is a rarity when it comes to the genre.
“It’s not only the best-reviewed film of the year, but also one of the best horror films in over a decade,” said co-president Tom Quinn.
I LOVE seeing a fearless executive sticking his head out and showing confidence in one of their company’s films. They know they have something unique and special on their hands.
Even though the finale is leaving some confused (this is a good thing), It Follows is the hottest genre film since the 2007 Paranormal Activity.
Have you been able to catch It Follows at a theater near you? What did you think?
“It’s the stupidest plan ever! [Laughs.] It’s a kid-movie plan, it’s something that Scooby-Doo and the gang might think of, and that was sort of the point. What would you do if you were confronted by a monster and found yourself trapped within a nightmare? Ultimately, you have to resort to some way of fighting it that’s accessible to you in the physical world, and that’s not really going to cut it. We kind of avoid any kind of traditional setup for that sequence, because in more traditional horror films, there might be a clue that would lead them to figure out a way to destroy this monster. I intentionally avoided placing those. Instead, they do their best to accomplish something, and we witness its failure. It’s probably a very non-conventional way of approaching the third-act confrontation, but we thought it was a fun way to deal with it.
Rob Zombie nears completion on his Halloween-themed slasher 31, and has shared the above photo from set, as well as two more names joining the annual event.
Pancho Moler will be seen as ‘Sick-Head’. “Trust me once you see this guy on screen you will never forget him,” says Zombie about the actor known from The Bad News Bears to “American Horror Story”. Movie vet Tracy Walter (Rep0 Man, The Silence of the Lambs) was also announced as ‘Lucky Leo.’
As for the lengthy cast already announced:
Jeff Daniel Phillips will play ‘Roscoe’, the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show.
The Devil’s Rejects‘ Ginger Lynn recently was added as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake), as was Jane Carr, who will portray ‘Sister Serpent’, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose
Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.
Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing ‘Schizo-Head’, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as ‘Panda Thomas’, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays ‘Paster Victor’, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
Some might say it’s strange that two found-bigfootage* movies were released so close together. Some might say it’s strange that sasquatch horror hasn’t been done more often. But we say forget all that, and listen to Double Murder episode 56: Willow Creek vs. Exists!
In Willow Creek (2013), by Bobcat Goldthwait, a couple heads out into the wilderness in search of the location of the famed Patterson-Gimlin film. Along the way they interview some of the local townsfolk whose livelihood depends on attracting tourists to the area, and some of whom are not too fond of outsiders poking around.
In Exists (2014), made by Blair Witch Project creator Eduardo Sanchez, a group of friends heads up to a cabin in the woods (WHAT COULD GO WRONG!?) to film each other jumping into rivers and making out. They soon realize that there’s a reason the cabin has been abandoned, and that they’re not alone in the woods.
Tune in to hear which movie Danny! and Tim would make a plaster cast of its footprint, and which should remain a hoax on Double Murder! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or listen now in the media player below! Also, be sure to like the Double Murder Facebook page!
*see what I did there?
How much fun is it to gather a group of friends, order some pizza and lay down a few beers, and watch some kickass horror movies? It’s a chance to cheer, to joke, to mock, to laugh, and to simply have a great time. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to show their obsession with films by pumping out one quote after another.
So let’s talk about some great horror quotes, shall we? As usual, I’ve got a few of my favorites ahead. Check them out and then leave a comment with your favorite below!
Now, these are by no means the most well known nor are they the best of the genre. These are just a few that I happen to love and wanted to share. Believe me when I say that I’ve got hundreds of these in the back of my mind that I could write out!
I love when actors are candid, and can reflect harshly on the characters they’ve played. And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the characters flaws that make them so relatable.
If I remember correctly, on the very first episode of “The X-Files” (1993), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is introduced to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), who is the black sheep in the office. The idea is that Mulder is “out there” and basically a nut bag conspiracy theorist. Scully is the perfect compliment, as she’s based in a world of science, and is there to debunk everything he believes. Why? They believe he’s gone over the deep end. And maybe he has, even though thought nine season of the show we find out he’s sorta right.
Anyways, the point is, maybe he’s his own worst enemy, and bad at his job as an F.B.I. agent?
Reflecting back on his character with the NY Times, he throws out this incredible bombshell: he believes Fox Mulder is the worst F.B.I. agent of all time!
“The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years. So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder.”
The highlight, though, is his answer when asked if he’ll solve a case this time around:
“I don’t know. I hope not. That would really change the show.”
He’s clearing joking around, but it’s fantastic to be so aware of the character’s flaws. Also, maybe it’s true, maybe having Mulder solving a case destroys what made him so special in the first place? Or maybe, just maybe, his first big resolution will conclude the franchise once and for all…
There’s a lot of other great stuff in the interview, which I recommend reading in full.
GUYS, I’M SO EXCITED!
“Friday Night Lights” and Scream 4 star Aimee Teegarden, pictured, is the latest to watch the cursed tape in Rings, starring alongside Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe, says Deadline.
The third installment in The Ring horror franchise, about a cursed video tape that unleashes a demonic horror which kills the unwitting viewer within seven days, is officially behind cameras in Atlanta!
F. Javier Gutiérrez directs from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman.
Rings is a sequel to the 2002 The Ring, the remake to the J-horror classic Ringu.
It’s not a stretch to say the first three months of 2015 have been lousy with horror games. We’ve been blessed with a steady drip-feed of spooky scary releases, and I’ve enjoyed how consistent the quality has been. With so many games arriving so closely together, you might expect more failures. That’s made this mostly solid bunch of games even more impressive.
The last three months set the bar high enough that I doubt the rest of 2015 will be able to live up to it. Even still, the remaining nine months could be considerably less exciting and I’d still consider the year a success.
As fond as I am of all these new games, the wet blanket in me can’t help but want to take this joyous time of year and bludgeon it to death with something akin to a freshly used toilet scrubbing brush. Until now, you were probably as satisfied with 2015 as I am. Enjoy that feeling while it lasts, because I’m about to show you how much better this year could’ve been.
That’s actually not true at all. The reason I’ve decided to write this piece, which I’ll admit is a bit of a downer, is because there’s a handful of games that I get asked about on a regular basis, mostly from folks who seem to assume one of the benefits I get from working for Bloody Disgusting involves horror game-exclusive Future Sight.
If you think I’m trying to hide my unusually specific superpower from you, I’d like to direct you to a similarly themed list I wrote last year. So far, an impressive zero of the eight games I said we might not see until 2015 — also known as now — are confirmed 2015 releases. Pessimists might see that as a failure on my part, but they’d be overlooking how impressive it is to attain 0% accuracy.
Let’s see how I fare this year!
When it comes to aliens taking over the universe, there may not be a more bumbling team than the ragtag scumdogs known as GWAR. Yes, they manage to cause untold amounts of carnage and destruction, but having a base of operations in Antarctica? A bit too cold for me and it’s definitely too remote to actually get anything of substance done. Also, they’ve been around for a few decades and they still haven’t taken over any country, principality, province… Hell, they haven’t captured a damn zip code.
But you know what they have? Tenacity and tons of it. It’s always exciting to see what theses monstrosities will do, even in the face of terrible adversity. That’s why they’re getting an honorable spot in our Twisted Music Video Of The Week series!
We’re going to showcase their video for “Gor Gor”, which introduced what I thought would be the ultimate weapon against the human race. Alas, Gor Gor hasn’t been able to do much more than eat the occasional GWAR lackey, but that doesn’t make him any less badass!
So, without further ado, face the terror that is Gor Gor!