Kevin Smith has shared the first image from the Charlotte, North Carolina set of his now-filming Tusk. The pic displays newly cast Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez, who is wearing a joke(?) walrus costume.
The pic also star Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Live Free or Die Hard, A Case of You) and cult favorite Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained). Smith will direct his own script, which evolved from Episode 259 of his long-running podcast with Scott Mosier, the award-winning SModcast.
Tusk’s horror story “follows a podcaster who sets out to interview an eccentric, reclusive old seafarer, only to find himself a plaything in the gruesome plot of a deranged killer.“
Valiant have been hyping the release of ‘Unity’ #1 for months now with a fantastic marketing campaign. The company have been talking about the book, previewed it in the back of all their issues, and released countless teasers to coincide with the book’s release. The company’s marketing team even issued a press release revealing that the title’s first issue sales were in excess of 68,000 copies making it the one of the highest charting comic book series to launch in 2013. Now ‘Unity’ is here and it has the to sink or swim on the strength of its creative merits.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Comics
RELEASE: November 13th, 2013
“Unity” #1 is the perfect entry point for new readers into the Valiant universe. Writer Matt Kindt does a great job of framing the overall story of X-O Manowar verses the rest of the world, and connects it to humanity through a photographer covering the battle. From there we get to see the assembly of Valiant’s version of the Avengers as Toyo Harada enlists the help of Ninjak, the Eternal Warrior, and Livewire to bring down Aric of Dacia. Kindt is able to pull all the characters together from various titles in the Valiant universe without it feeling contrived. Seeing these characters together fighting to achieve a common goal of taking down X-O Manowar feels natural and the characters still retain their unique voice throughout. Kindt also does a great job of synching up each character’s unique voice and personality to what we’ve seen in other regular ongoing books.
Artist Doug Braithwaite has been one of comics most underrated talents and it’s great to see him being thrust into the spotlight here on “Unity”. His style is expressive and bold, but he knows his job is to compliment the story that Kindt has set up. Braithwaite beautifully illustrates the opening sequence of the book to show just the massive scale of the war with X-O Manowar and he does a great job at making it appear larger than life.
“Unity” #1 lives up the hype and delivers a strong first issue. Kindt and Braithwaite already have readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the impending war between Toyo Harada’s team of misfits and X-O Manowar and you don’t want to miss a minute of this action.
If “guided-view native comic” sounds confusing, you’re not alone. Essentially, Valiant has teamed up with ComiXology to create a digital-only comic series done in 8-bit, video game style, art that utilizes “Guided View Native” technology (a fancy way of saying the panels move nicely on your digital device. If you’ve read any comic on ComiXology, you’ve experienced this “Guided View”).
Now that we’ve cleared that up, Valiant’s “8-Bit Adventure: Unity” #1 does look pretty damn awesome. It combines that classic video game feeling with comic storytelling, so it’s definitely worth checking out. The story is written by Ben McCool with art Donovan Santiago, who has been doing most of Valiant’s 8-bit variant covers that you’ve seen around.
Official Press Release:
November 13, 2013 – New York, NY – Comics and gaming fans prepare for a whole new level of Valiant 8-Bit greatness with the debut of Valiant’s first-ever digital-first Guided View Native comic – Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1. This all-new Valiant release is out now exclusively on comiXology – the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and the Web at www.comixology.com.
Hot off the heels of Valiant’s best-selling 8-bit covers, Valiant is proud to debut its first 8-bit Guided View Native comic that has been created specifically for digital, showcasing comiXology’s unique digital-only storytelling experience. Written by acclaimed creator Ben McCool with art from Valiant 8-Bit superstar Donovan Santiago and fan-favorite penciller ChrisCross, Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1 is the first, full-length look inside the world of Valiant 8-Bit with an all-new adventure starring X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and the rest of Valiant’s elite super-team, Unity!
“We’re excited to help bring Valiant’s first Guided View Native title to life and look forward to many more of their great stories to come,” said comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts. “It’s amazing to see the kinds of innovative comic story-telling the Guided View Native format has produced and Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1 brings us another stunning example of just that.”
“ComiXology’s Guided View Native format opens up a whole new horizon of storytelling possibilities,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “This is the next step in expanding Valiant’s incredibly successful 8-Bit initiative, and the Guided View Native process has allowed us to capture the best of what traditional comics and old school gaming have to offer for a one-of-a-kind reading experience unlike anything Valiant has attempted to date. Ben, Donovan, Chris and Assistant Editor Josh Johns have delivered something truly innovative here.”
Even the most dreaded team of heroes needs a training day. Before they take the fight to X-O Manowar in the pages of UNITY #1, Toyo Harada is launching his all-star squad of heavy hitters – Ninjak, Eternal Warrior, and Livewire – into the most intense, most unpredictable, most fantastic battle simulation ever undertaken. Can these inscrutable heroes survive a pixel-smashing fight through each of gaming’s greatest milestones? Find out today in Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1!
Also debuting the same day, don’t miss the landmark first issue of the Unity team’s battle against X-O Manowar in the pages of UNITY #1 – the hotly anticipated debut of Valiant’s latest ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite – on sale now at comiXology!
VALIANT 8-BIT ADVENTURE: UNITY #1
Written by BEN MCCOOL
Art by DONOVAN SANTIAGO with CHRISCROSS
Available Now on comiXology
With the recent release of the 10th annivesary of Lamb Of God‘s landmark album As The Palaces Burn (purchase via Amazon), the band has made available a hour plus documentary available to stream online via Qello, home to the largest streaming library of concert films and music documentaries. The documentary goes over the recording process for the album and features interviews with band members, producer Devin Townsend, and more. The film will only be available to view through November 25th, so don’t miss out on this chance to dive into the world of the band!
Director Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy hits theaters on November 27th. Reinterpreting material for the screen is always tricky, but it becomes even more difficult when you move it from one country to another. It’s not the language barrier so much, that’s easy. The cultural divide is much more difficult to bridge. Still, it was a challenge that screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell, I Am Legend) was eager to tackle. I recently sat down with Protosevich to talk about his approach to the material and how something as simple as the notion of revenge can change when shifting a story from one country to the next.
The film starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel Jackson, and James Ransone “is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.”
Check out the interview below!
Kieron Gillen’s revisionist look at Sparta continues this month in a more compelling issue than its debut. Due to a clarification of the narrative, the muddy exposition is out of the way and the story proper can begin.
“Three” is a historian’s dream. It’s a visual history of a place lost to time. Sparta doesn’t have much of its own memories in tact. The ramblings of those who opposed it fill our history books. So Gillen aims to tell a more robust history of the time and state. He succeeds admirably while also delivering a compelling story about slavery.
I wasn’t too sure of anything after I read the first issue of “Three.” A lot of groundwork was laid out, but there wasn’t a clear protagonist rising above the rest. Gillen treated readers to an interesting snapshot of history and didn’t even attempt to hold their hand. The results were a little disorienting albeit historically accurate.
The narrative becomes much more clear, and the title of the book makes a lot more sense. Gillen aims to tell a story about the reality of Sparta. What’s more is that he’s done an amazing amount of research to bring this area to life.
Ryan Kelly’s artwork shows Sparta at its peak. It was like looking into my classics textbooks from my undergrad. The visualization of the city seems spot on, and the character designs are more interesting and accurate than we’ve ever been treated too.
Kelly seems to really enjoy the pages that are soaked in blood, as he should. Here the book hits its full stride as the messy nature of combat translates through the art. Sword fighting was not elegant at this point in history. The Gladius was meant to tear flesh from bone, and make for quick deaths.
Kelly and Gillen give the reader something special in a book about Spartans. They give us civil dispute. That is to say that the Helots are done serving their masters and we get to see a lot of Spartans meet their end by the hand of less skilled warriors.
This is a fantastic device to show the strong society in a new light. The perspective of the disenfranchised is always more interesting within a powerful nation. Gillen seems to know this, and rides this detail to the bitter end. We’re given a fantastic tease as to where things are headed next, but the issue revels in the class dynamics it so powerfully establishes.
There are not many comics like “Three” it straddles the line between history and historical fiction. The interviews featured in the closing pages show the incredible amount of research that went into the book’s creation. I heartily recommend this series for any lovers of history, especially the classical age, as this is a look at Sparta unlike any other.
Rating: 4/5 Skulls.
Geof Darrow’s ‘Shaolin Cowboy’ defies explanation. After the first issue I found myself joyously scratching my head as to where the narrative was heading in issue two. This month I have my answer, and it’s one of the boldest issues of a comic I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, I’m just not sure if it’s good for everyone.
I’m all for over the top action scenes. In fact I’ll be the first guy to pour over them meticulously and enjoy every bit of them after the dust has settled. But, I’ve never seen an issue of a comic entirely devoted to one smooth effort of execution.
This month Geof Darrow solidifies the insanity of ‘Shaolin Cowboy’ by giving an issue entirely centered around exactly that: one continuous action scene.
The titular cowboy finds himself lost in a sea of zombies. Surrounded on every side he does the only thing any of us would do, he picks up his long stick with chainsaws on either end and destroys everything around him.
Darrow’s incredibly detailed art makes this effort a total joy to look at. The cowboy starts to spin on page one, and by the end of the issue he’s still spinning within a circle of corpses. All the while though, we’re treated to an absolute symphony of death that communicates just how powerful the cowboy is.
The entire issue dizzies as you read it, because the motion never stops. Darrow finds new and exciting ways to cut bodies to pieces and the sheer insanity of the premise never lets up for a second. Every page is seemingly more detailed than the last and it’s almost impossible to fathom how Darrow planned this issue out.
Every single page save for the first consisted of two panels spread across two pages working as long horizontal splashes. It creates the feeling of being surrounded but also gives the insane chainsaw tool some room to move. Obviously the issue moves with nothing but the utmost pace, you have nothing standing in your way from blowing through this issue within about 30 seconds.
However, if you take your time and truly appreciate what every panel has to offer you’ll notice a intricately planned action scene with some of the best, most detailed art comics has to offer.
There’s not much more to say than that. Story is non-existent here. Pick this issue up and marvel at Darrow’s work, but don’t expect much more than a visual feast.
Rating: 3/5 Skulls.
All Out War continues in “The Walking Dead.” Rick and his forces push to make the first strike in an incredible issue that ratchets the pacing up to eleven. This is purely pulse pounding stuff that will have you contemplating the next move for everyone. Which is exactly why this year will be absolutely dizzying. Already things are moving faster than they ever have and there appears to be no end in sight.
This issue took me around five minutes to complete cover to cover. There isn’t much dialogue, and not a lot of time is wasted. The result is an issue that never stops moving for better or worse.
All Out War kicked off with a resounding success. Negan’s threat feels large and disastrous but for once Rick actually feels prepared. I’m starting to believe in his leadership again. He brilliantly plans and executes an attack using his knowledge of Negan and the world around them.
Kirkman shines here. As it is clear he is developing a whole new type of warfare. Zombie warfare. Something we’ve never seen before. He aims to give us a full-scale war between these camps within a world gone to shit. It’s totally admirable and it’s working really well.
Adlard’s pencils are on point yet again. He is able to capture the frenzied pace with relative ease. I’ve had my times where I haven’t been his biggest fan. His unclean, hard lines seem to be at home within the flurry of battle. His work shines brightest when he takes a step back. Showing us the grand scheme of the war, pulling out from the intimacy of the frame and showing us the lumbering legions of the undead. Adlard dances this fine line between Rick and the walkers, and in the end it all comes beautifully crashing together.
Small character moments rise to the top of the script. Kirkman makes sure to stop in briefly with all his major players. Showing how they react under stress and how they stick to a plan. Some are more interesting than others.
Negan’s reaction to the events is typical. He is cool, calm, and completely unhinged. It works wonders for his character, but also shows that his sense of confidence may be a little unfounded. As he is not ready or aware of what Rick has just done to him. Ezekiel has a nice moment here as well. Showing him amidst the battle in complete control. He’s a phenomenal character who has only just begun to develop.
So far this arc is truly unlike anything Kirkman has done before. Which is no easy feat after writing the same series for ten years. With any luck the fantastic pacing will keep up and we’ll be treated to a new gold standard of zombie story by years end.
Let the good times roll.
Rating: 4/5 Skulls.
In celebration of the upcoming release of the Dead Rising 3 OST, Capcom and Sumthing Else Music Works is giving away 10 tracks from the expanded 99-track version of the album, which comes out November 19th (order here). The soundtrack features 2.5 hours of music from composer Oleksa Lozowchuk as well as additional music by various artists such as Traz Damji, Sascha Dikiciyan, Brian Reitzell, Celldweller, Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule, Ashtar Command, and Dave Genn.
Snag your free tracks by heading over here.
Fans of director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) will be stoked to learn that Beware the Night, his Jerry Bruckheimer-produced supernatural thriller, is coming out almost a full six months early on July 2nd, 2014. Originally the film was pegged for January 2015, but it seems as though Screen Gems has high confidence that the piece can thrive in the more competitive summer environment. In short, they’re hoping it’s next year’s The Conjuring.
The film stars Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Sean Harris and Olivia Munn. It “centers around a New York street cop (Bana) who has put his faith in religion behind him but now finds himself targeted by the Devil in the form of possessed soldier (Harris).” Derrickson wrote the script with Paul Harris Boardman.
I spent some time on the set of the film over the summer and, while I can’t give any details for probably another 6 months, I’m very much looking forward to checking it out.
Dean Koontz’s newest novel, Innocence (December 10; Bantam), is virtually guaranteed to be a runaway holiday bestseller. With a primo release date and the tried and true name of Dean Koontz stamped on the cover, grandmas everywhere will be salivating to slide this gift-wrapped treasure into the soft hands of their bookworm grandsons. After 30+ years of repeated bestsellers, Koontz is no longer an author, he’s a brand. He represents something you buy because you’ve always bought it, like a particular type of canned chili––he’s not particularly good, but you stick to what you know. And when it comes to Christmastime, a new Dean Koontz hardcover is like a strangely familiar glitter, winking at you from a Barnes and Noble easel rack.
At its core, Innocence is nothing more than a stifling, sluggish retread of Beauty and the Beast. Addison is a 26-year-old recluse who favors face-rags and hidden bomb shelters––the mere sight of his freakish visage results in rabid attempts on his life. Gwynyth is an 18-year-old Goth girl pursued by the man who killed her father, a rare book thief with rape-y tendencies, perhaps one of the most ridiculous villains ever put to paper. The two outcasts join forces in a revenge tale that’s as poorly paced as a health clinic pamphlet, padded out with unnecessarily detailed flashbacks, and capped with an overtly-religious last-minute twist that is certain to leave more than a few readers in an eye-rolling stupor.
Speaking of flashbacks, Innocence is a novel so flashback-driven, nothing ever really happens to the characters––or more accurately, stuff has already happened as the novel begins, and a bunch of boring flashbacks fill in the gaps. Rather than depict a character’s journey in real time, Koontz would prefer to divulge their destination, and then bore the reader with details of how they got there. As a first-person narrative voice, it’s certainly ill-conceived, and if the flashback padding is intentional, it’s downright egregious, an author taking advantage of his doting fan base. This isn’t the Dean R. Koontz behind heartfelt page-turners like Watchers, Lightning, or Strangers. This is latter-day Dean Koontz, a master of treading narrative water.
I have a secret Dean Koontz theory that I’ve been harboring for years. I don’t share it with many people, but what the hell, we‘re all friends here. I hypothize that Koontz actually stopped writing novels back in the 1990s and the rights to his name were purchased by a nameless multinational corporation for millions of dollars. There were two stipulations: Koontz must go into hiding forever, and the middle initial R. could never be used again. This anonymous but undeniably evil Corporation then employed a sweatshop of heavily bearded, hyper-articulate college professors to take little sliver ideas of stories and, through the power of minutia and repetition, transform them into 300-page, triple-spaced Koontz hardbacks that do huge sales over the holidays, particularly amongst baby boomers. I’m telling you, it’s all part of a complex corporate plot. I know in my heart the real Koontz is shackled in some sort of sub-basement, heavily sedated and fed through a tube, occasionally roused to sign various legal documents, even as his good name is being tarnished by a vast corporate conspiracy involving greedy imposters. I’m just saying, when the story finally breaks and the real Koontz emerges in chains, all bearded and squinty-eyed, ready to start writing quality shit again, just remember that you read it first at Bloody-disgusting.com.
I hate double-dips. I hate triple-dips even more. This is why I really didn’t pay any attention to the 25th Anniversary release of the classic Manga Akira, which has been an animated classic since 1988.
Those of you who grew up watching this epic piece of cinematic history on VHS knows that all of the digital releases carry new English dubs, which is like putting a new voice over Michael Keaton in Batman. I haven’t watched Akira in years, and have sworn it off until the original VHS release found its way to digital media.
Well, the wait is over, as of YESTERDAY!
Now on Blu-ray from Funimation, the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Akira is jam-packed with extras, including the original English dubs!!!!
Also included are: Interview with the Japanese Director, Akira Sound Clip, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Japanese Trailers, Original Japanese Commercials, Restoring Akira, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013), and Trailers.
“Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E!
Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the manga became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets – if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain – then you have yet to be initiated. What. Are. You. Waiting. For? ”
Indican Entertainment has acquired Canadian distro rights for the body horror Motivational Growth, a new indie from Don Thacker.
In the film, “Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 30s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (‘ReAnimator’ star Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine-narrative follows, full of colorfully-drawn characters and gruesome body horror. “The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.””
Having its Canadian premiere at Toronto After Dark, the pic stars Jeffery Combs as well as Adrian DiGiovanni, Danielle Doetsch, Ken Brown, Samori Sykes, Robert McConnell, Laura Carlson and Hannah Stevenson.
Check out the trailer!
A new documentary has been revealed from former “Buffy/Angel” star Juliet Landau. It is said to feature the likes of author Anne Rice and Dracula himself, Gary Oldman!
The feature length documentary “A Place Among the Dead”, directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes, is an exploration of the cultural obsession with vampires and what they reveal about the human psyche.
Juliet has a rare vantage point, having portrayed the iconic vampire Drusilla on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spin-off show, “Angel.”
The film delves into myths, movies, television, literature, music, comic books, subcultures, and true crime. It chronicles the fun, imaginative, creative side and alternatively, the dark, disturbing side.
Interviewees are Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Anne Rice (pictured below with Landau; Interview with the Vampire), David Greenwalt, (co-creator “Angel” and “Grimm”), Mariana Klaveno (“True Blood”), David J (Bauhaus), and many others, including a homicide detective who is working on a case directly linked into vampire subculture, where fantasy and death collide.
It was announced out of AFM that LevelFILM has picked up US rights to zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax, ScreenDaily reported.
Check out three new images from the Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire and Shawn Doyle starrer directed by Manuel Carballo. The thriller comes from the producers behind the [REC] franchise.
The Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax follows “a young couple hiding a long-held secret in a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives but their retroviral drug is running out.”
The film recently had its world premiere at Sitges and also played at Busan, Strasbourg, and Trieste.
US theatrical and day-and-date VOD release is set for February 14, 2014.
On March 21st, 1986, a film was released by legendary producer Roger Corman that today still is recognized as a genre classic. Chopping Mall, produced by Julie Corman and helmed by exploitation wunderkind Jim Wynorski, was released during the VHS/home video explosion and would change the way the business perceived the place of genre titles within this emerging marketplace.
“The film tells the story of killer security robots taking over a shopping mall and systematically murdering a group of trespassing teenagers who have broken into the mall for an all-night party. Four couples decide to have a party in one of the furniture stores where three of them work. They all stay after hours at the mall, drinking, partying, and making out, while the fourth couple watch old science fiction films on TV.
Outside, a lightning storm strikes the mall several times and damages the computer controlling the security robots. The robots kill two technicians and a janitor before going on regular patrol in the now empty mall. Two of the teens leave the furniture store and are subsequently killed by the robots. The surviving teens witness the robots kill a girl in via a still talked about head explosion, and the men and women are forced to separate, the men into the mall and the women into the air ducts, when the robots begin their final attack.“
Directed by Wynorski, who co-wrote with longtime friend Steve Mitchell, Chopping Mall was filmed primarily at the infamous Sherman Oaks Galleria, famous for appearing in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The movie stars Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “Ryan’s Hope”) and Tony O’Dell. B-movie icons Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, and Dick Miller, fixtures in the Corman stable, have cameos in the film.
While the film did moderate theatrical business, where it really made an impact was in the burgeoning home video marketplace. Released through Lightning Video, the B-movie label owned by Vestron, Chopping Mall was equipped with compelling box art created by artist Corey Wolfe. It proved to rental outlets that B-movies coupled with great box art could easily outperform mainstream studio-produced fare and could have longer shelf lives. The title’s artwork screamed, “Rent me!” to America’s VHS-hungry public, and they consumed it hungrily. It could be argued that lying within the success of Chopping Mall laid the foundation for the next decade’s video rental industry.
Yesterday I saw something being passed around on Facebook that featured some horrifically bad taxidermy, so I went around looking for the sources of some of this stuff and found a lot of pictures that were even more horrifying. Most of these images come from Tumblr sites Bad Taxidermy and Crappy Taxidermy and I encourage you to head to both sites to check out even more.
What’s crazy, beyond some of the incompetence on display here, is the perverse manner in which some of these “artists” have COMBINED SPECIES. It’s like watching The Collection but with animals. I’m from Texas, so I’ve seen my fair share of stuffed heads on walls (a lot of people in my family hunt) but everything I grew up around is incredibly tasteful compared to this.
Random fact? Whenever I play 20 Questions I’m always “taxidermist.” If you want to win against me, or prove you know me, go that way. Check out the gallery below. I want to see a movie featuring these animals doing battle.
Originally Dracula: Year Zero, Universal Pictures will now release Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, in theaters October 17, 2013, two weeks later than originally scheduled.
Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast earlier this year.
“Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.“
We played nice and didn’t annoy you with each and every character poster released this week, so below we’ve not only added the entire batch, but we’ve also shared the brand new trailer for Summit’s Divergent, which they hope kick starts a brand new young adult franchise in the vein of Hunger Games.
I believe the film takes place in Chicago, which is cool, “In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.”
Based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent is directed by Neil Burger, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold all star.
Divergent arrives in theaters & IMAX nationwide March 21, 2014.
Get infected and check out several new stills from IFC Midnight release of Eric England’s twisted horror film Contracted. Written and directed by England, the film stars Najarra Townsend, Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Simon Barrett, Charlie Koontz, and Caroline Williams.
The film opens in limited theaters and VOD outlets (including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, SundanceNow and more) on November 22 via IFC Midnight.
“Contracted tells the terrifying tale of a young girl who has a one-night stand with a stranger and contracts what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease – but it is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she is sent on a disturbing and bloodcurdling journey sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.“