Hey there! How’s it going? I hope you had a great weekend and are all rested up for another week. But just in case you need that extra little push, Mr. Disgusting has put together a few suggestions of his current music obsessions that will kickstart Monday for you. Listen to his suggestions below and leave some of your personal favorites for us to check out!
Faith No More – Angel Dust
In the new movie Shock Value (directed by Douglas Rath, available now on VOD from Gravitas Ventures), a struggling ‘B’ movie director blackmails a serial killer to be the star of his next film. Shock Value writer/actor Anthony Bravo picks his Top 5 horror movies set in and around the entertainment business.
In the film, “Miles Fowler makes horror movies. Cheap, perverted, blood-soaked schlock-fests that few see and fewer enjoy. Wallowing in obscurity and desperate to make a name for himself, Miles happens upon a bizarre opportunity when he’s the sole witness to a brutal, real-life murder. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime chance at artistic (and financial) glory, the z-level auteur decides to build his next project around his new “discovery” – serial killer Nick. But when he finds that Nick is in no way ready for his closeup, Miles must resort to that grandest of Hollywood traditions: blackmail. Pushed from the shadows into the spotlight, Nick has no choice but to learn his lines, hit his marks, and contain his homicidal urges. When cameras roll, however, “creative differences” might just put everyone’s life in turnaround.”
Check out Anthony’s list below!
5: Theater of Blood
Most actors have, at some point in our careers, fantasized about murdering every critic who’s ever given us a bad review. But then we chew a fistful of kava leaves and do some hot yoga and we’re back to our usual docile, narcissistic selves. Not Vincent Price. Beheading, drowning, electrocution… sure, he’s a hypersensitive bloodthirsty lunatic. But you can’t say he doesn’t commit.
4: Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Even if, like myself, your soul barfs a little every time you hear the words “mockumentary”, “deconstruction” and/or “meta”, it’s hard not to love this movie. Glosserman knows his onions, slasher-wise, and Nathan Baesel is extraordinary. If the world made any sense, this movie would have five sequels and a polarizing Platinum Dunes reboot by now.
3: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Long before TMZ was around to bravely keep tabs on our deranged former child stars, has-been Baby Jane Hudson was tormenting her poor crippled sister Blanche with binds, gags and fresh-from-the-oven rats. The body count may be low here but horror ain’t all teen screams and creature features. Sometimes true horror is having to listen to Bette Davis sing.
A good two decades before Oprah Winfrey coined the term “torture porn”, shady TV exec James Woods happens upon an enthralling BDSM-a-thon and ends up tumbling down a high-tech (for 1983) body horror rabbit hole. Like all early Cronenberg, it’s original, hypnotic and terrifically gross. If you liked Network, but felt it suffered from a lack of stomach vaginas, this one’s for you!
1: Body Double
In lesser hands, this tale of voyeurism, murder and pornography would have been a cheap, seedy Hitchcock rip-off. In De Palma’s masterful hands, however, it’s a slick, seedy Hitchcock homage…only better because it has adult content, adult language, graphic violence, nudity and strong sexual content. It’s everything you could want in a movie! Plus Frankie Goes To Hollywood!
The situation just got deadly (yeah, they went there)…
We now have the trailer for Attack Entertainment’s Jersey Shore Massacre, in limited theaters on August 22.
Written and directed by Paul Tarnopol, below is also the previously released theatrical one-sheet and stack of images from the pic starring Danielle Dallacco, Sal Governale, Richard Christy, Bigfoot and Ron Jeremy
In the horror comedy, “A typical weekend down the shore takes a bizarre turn in the New Jersey Pine Barrens as six girls and five obnoxious fist-pumpers become the unsuspecting targets of a deranged killer.“
The last we heard of the Monster Squad, director Rob Cohen was “kicking Paramount” to get the reboot of Fred Dekker’s 1987 classic off the ground.
Now, two years later, the project is publicly deemed “dead.”
In an interview with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, they confirm the project is deader than dead, and probably won’t be resurrected. I could see it being revived if Universal’s new monster universe is successful, but for now it’s safe to say there won’t be a monster invasion out of Paramount.
Cohen was to direct the remake of the classic, which begins when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.
Mark and Brian Gunn penned the latest screenplay.
Some people never learn.
IMP Awards shared the official one-sheet for Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films’ The ABC’s of Death 2, releasing on various VOD platforms October 2 with a theatrical run set for October 31.
“ABC’s of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.“
FULL DIRECTOR LIST:
Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH)
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Jim Hosking (commercial director)
Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS)
Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST)
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB)
Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE)
Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
Marcus Dunstan (THE COLLECTION)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (CHEAP THRILLS)
Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
Julian Gilbey (A LONELY PLACE TO DIE)
Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood director)
Jerome Sable (THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, STAGEFRIGHT)
Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH)
Finally, a podcast about … Whatever.
This week, Don Allen (who does video reviews for Bloody-Disgusting) and Justin welcome you new listeners to the show, then proceed to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy‘s box office results, “The Last of Us: Remastered,” the Monsterama horror convention, Ebola being just thirty minutes away from Don’s apartment, and, finally, the two reminisce on the 5th anniversary of the release of the “Metroid Prime Trilogy.” All that, plus a message from a new fake sponsor!
Please leave your comments below and let us know what you think of the show.
Are you an aspiring filmmaker who can’t figure out your next step? Between socials, books and other docs, there’s plenty of ways to learn how to get your foot in the door, although some could be a bit dated.
That’s why we’d like to point you to Scream Factory’s upcoming home video release of Jeremy Gardner’s awesome indie, The Battery, which has been receiving rave reviews during its festival run.
Included on the Blu-ray and DVD of The Battery is “Tools of Ignorance,” a full-length 90-minute long documentary on the making of the $6,000 indie zombie film. ” ‘Tools of Ignorance: The Making of The Battery’ shows the whole process of making a feature film on a shoestring budget, with honest interviews by all of the filmmakers involved.”
Here’s the trailer for the doc below. It’s sort of a no-brainer to grab The Battery, especially when it comes rocking a feature doc!
In a world ravaged by the undead, two men must not only survive a zombie apocalyptic mayhem, but also learn to survive each other. Or will they?
On September 16, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY will release writer-director Jeremy Gardner’s enthralling zombie-horror drama THE BATTERY on Blu-ray and DVD. Featuring a general dose of suspense, character tension, and wit, this critically acclaimed movie follows two former baseball players as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead, psychological strain, and their stark personality differences.
THE BATTERY stars Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Boole, Alana O’Brien, Jamie Pantanella, Larry Fessenden, and Kelly McQuade. Packed with insightful special bonus content, THE BATTERY is a must have for movie enthusiasts, loyal fans, and collectors. The Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $19.97 and $14.97 for the DVD.
Two former baseball players, Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), cut an aimless path across a desolate New England. They stick to the back roads and forests to steer clear of the shambling corpses that patrol the once bustling cities and towns. In order to survive, they must overcome the stark differences in each other’s personalities — Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle, while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world. Mickey refuses to engage in Ben’s violent games and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted — a bed, a girl, and a safe place to live.
When the men intercept a radio transmission from a seemingly thriving, protected community, Mickey will stop at nothing to find it, even though it is made perfectly clear that he is not welcome.
Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director/Star Jeremey Gardner, Producer/Star Adam Cronheim, and Producer/Director of Photography Christian Stella
TOOLS OF IGNORANCE: The Making of The Battery (90-minute documentary)
ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL AT THE PARLOR: The Music of The Battery
Some exclusive news out of the Fantasia Film Festival as Bloody Disgusting learned that Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Breakthrough Entertainment will release The Drownsman in the Canadian home entertainment market. This news lands just as the film celebrates its world premiere at the festival in Montreal and is part of a new wave of independently produced horror films.
“After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her, but her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison’s four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.”
The Drownsman was directed by Chad Archibald (Neverlost, Ejecta), written by Cody Calahan (Antisocial) and Chad Archibald, produced by Christopher Giroux (Dead All Night) and stars Michelle Mylett (Antisocial), Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable and in the horrifying title role, Ry Barrett (Neverlost, Kingdom Come, If A Tree Falls).
“Squeal like a piggy…cuz you’ve been thunderstruck!”
Finnish bluegrass band Steve’n’Seagulls has released a fantastic cover of AC/DC‘s infamous track “Thunderstruck” and, trust me on this, you have to check it out below! It’s infectiously energetic and just a blast to watch!
One of my favorite aspects of horror is a good story, one that draws me in and builds up the characters and situation, allowing me to become invested and actually care about the circumstances. But when you’ve got a 90-minute run time it’s not always possible for all of that information to be given to the audience. That’s why a TV series can have such a stronger impact. For example, when a character dies in The Walking Dead, it can hurt, like the loss of a loved one.
So, to celebrate the Blu-Ray release of Twin Peaks, one of my favorite TV shows ever, I wanted to pose the question to you readers: What’s your favorite horror TV show?
Below are a few of mine and then I want to hear from you! Let me know which ones you became 100% invested in!
Are You Afraid Of The Dark
Sure it’s childish and cheesy now that I’m an adult but when I was a kid this show freaked me right the hell out! It was definitely a big part in building my love of horror and I still really enjoy popping on an episode or two now and again!
Announced a year ago, Twilight Time is finally unloaded a barrage of horror on Blu-ray this October 14.
Here’s what to except, with all titles getting a 3,000-copy limited-edition releases (except The Blob, which will get 5,000).
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
The Blob (1988 remake)
Man Hunt (1941)
Under Fire (1983)
The Vanishing (1993)
What are you most excited for?
Even though Zac Thompson strongly disliked the pilot presentation of NBC’s “Constantine”, we’re still hoping that things get better in the following episodes.
Here’s an new promo from the series about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine (Matt Ryan), who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series.
“Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”
Progressive metal band Opeth have released a stream of “Eternal Rains”, the opening track from their upcoming album Pale Communion, which comes out August 26th via Roadrunner Records. Much like Heritage, the track leans far more towards progressive rock than the metal stylings they were originally known for. You can listen to the track below. Make sure to let me know what you think as I’m personally digging the hell out of it.
Pale Communion can be pre-ordered via the Roadrunner Store.
He’s back (the man behind the mask)!
In what is sort of a no-brainer, Movieweb is reporting that while Derek Mears may not be reprising the role of Jason in the new Friday the 13th reboot, the character will definitely be returning to carve up some attractive 20 somethings.
This confirmation comes after Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller was misquoted as saying a new bad guy would be introduced.
Movieweb spoke with Fuller in support of his TMNT reboot and the producer had this to say:
“It was a misquote. I had just said ‘I don’t know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don’t know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. ‘Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?’ I said , ‘I don’t know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.’ Somehow that became, ‘He’s not going to be in the movie.’ But of course he’s going to be in the movie!”
The original misquote stated:
“I don’t know, because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason. I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.”
Friday the 13th is scheduled for release November 13th, 2015. Earlier last month, Fuller explained that he still didn’t know if they’re going 3D or taking the found footage route.
Anyone excited for this? I kinda wouldn’t have minded if they toyed around with someone other than Jason as the baddie.
Variety made huge changes to the announcement that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig would be helming the next Ghostbusters.
Says the site, the movie is to be a total reboot, most likely with female characters played by comedic actresses in the ghostbusting roles.
The script is being written from scratch.
Feig has been in conversation with Sony to direct the project. However, no formal negotiations have taken place yet. Sony declined to comment.
Here’s a bit of history, with a potential bombshell: Ghostbusters 3 was initially supposed to be directed by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters and its 1989 follow-up, Ghostbusters II, but he dropped out in March. It’s unclear whether another director will be chosen for that project or if this reboot will take its place. Does this mean multiple films?!
Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was brought on broad in 2012 to redraft Ghostbusters 3. “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired in 2008 to revive the blockbuster franchise.
Welcome to the world of the Bloody Buseys. An informal Gary Busey fanclub turned comics podcast where myself and members of the Bloody-Disgusting comics staff sit down to discuss horror comics with a great sense of humor. Today we discuss the iconic character and franchise of Predator.
Join us as we talk about our love for Danny Glover, Why the Predator works as a character, Batman VS Predator and other iconic team up stories, the potential of the new Dark Horse comic series with Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham and virtually everything in between. It’s a hell of a ride, and you just may learn a thing or two about Klingon on Predator mating rituals while you’re at it.
The Bloody Buseys are Zac Thompson, Torin Chambers, Brent Hirose, and Eric Swizter. If you’ve got any questions or concerns for the team, email us at Zac@bloody-disgusting.com , we take both fan and hate mail, along with suggestions for future episodes.
The latest in Mignola and Golden’s sporadic adventures of their World War 1 era hero, ‘The Witch of Harju’ is another fine tale for fans of period horror and serves as a worthy addition to the series.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
ART BY: Peter Bergting
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 30, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
Set in Estonia in 1920, our story kicks off strong with Baltimore running across Sofia Valk, a woman pursued by her undead husband. This meeting kicks off an investigation which will delve deeper into the events surrounding both her husband’s rising as well as the plentiful occult happenings in the area at large. And so our hero moves deeper into the territory of the weird, as dangers mount and doom lurks ever closer.
Baltimore manages to make good use of its time period, drawing on the most unsettling parts of the turn of the century, all while maintaining a hero who is at once prepared and game for a fight while also being clearly outmatched on many occasions. His men are brave and do not balk at the undead, but that does not prevent them from meeting grisly ends and from suffering all to human faults of poor judgement and foolhardy courage. This has you rooting for the heros, while at the same time knowing that they may not be long for the world, and this excitement helps propel the story forward even at these early stages.
Peter Bergting’s art works well, bringing to mind the work of Jeff Smith, with bold lines and expressive faces, while the action has suitable heft and weight grounding each movement and making them feel tangible and real. Dave Stewart’s colours present a muted look that evokes the sepia tones of old photographs, helping reinforce the period, although they make the horror elements feel rather pedestrian and mundane.
If you’re looking for another Mignola book, this one will fit the bill, rising to the usual high standard of quality. If you’re intrigued about horror in the early 20th century, this issue promises to deliver on that premise. That said, there is something lacking from this book to make it an absolute must read, which may be resolved as the story continues on to the next issue and the stakes are increased. Still, there is plenty here worth reading and the tight plotting should mean many more twists and turns to come.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com
Dark Sky Films has released the art from the various editions of the September 16 release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary, newly remastered in 4K
Directed by Tobe Hooper, the film is “A tale of five 20-somethings whose free-spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of a monstrous clan of Texas cannibals and find themselves being whittled away by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.”
Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn and Edwin Neal star.
It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse, , as well as raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. Today writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper s dark, visionary tale remains unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original restored film in an all-new 4k scan authorized by Tobe Hooper, featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen outtakes!
Remember when everyone creamed over the announcement trailer for the video game “Dead Island,” and then the game sucked? Yeah, me too.
But they’re still moving forward with a feature film, says Deadline, as it’s getting reanimated for the screen by Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver. The companies have pacted to package, produce, and finance a new film based on the bestselling vidgame played from the perspective of survivors fending off the undead on an island paradise.
Dead Island sold over 8 million units worldwide after its initial release, drawing huge viral buzz from a memorable teaser trailer depicting one family’s dream vacation gone horribly wrong, Memento-style. That video notched a whopping 1 million YouTube views in a day, won the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, and caught Hollywood’s attention. (It even inspired its own live-action recreation.) Lionsgate bought the rights in 2011 but the project stalled when production head Alli Shearmur left the studio the following year in the Summit exec shake-up. When rights reverted back to the publisher, the company sealed a new deal with LA-based Occupant Entertainment, the indie production and financing shingle that launched with 2006 genre slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane – one of the original bidders on the property.
Occupant, meanwhile, is currently in production on horror thriller The Woods from director Corin Hardy, and is in post on the Sophie Barthes-helmed Madame Bovary starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller.
This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, “Illisit”, comes from Canadian industrial legends Skinny Puppy! The video features a law enforcement official with a serious aversion to skulls, a guy with a burlap sack over his head that really doesn’t like body implants, and mechanical spiders, which are creepy in and of itself.