I just click-baited the shit out of you, but it was worth it because this video is fuckin’ hilarious.
Check out an online UFO/conspiracy investigator who believes that he discovered an image – off NASA’s own website nonetheless – that depicts a coffin on the surface of Mars.
While we all know it’s a rock formation or lighting, let’s pretend for a second that it is a coffin. How did it get there, and who or what is in it?!
Go conspiracy on my ass below…
Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps sends everyone Howling holiday wishes with some exclusive behind-the-scenes images from one of their latest projects, Late Phases (review), out now on VOD and select theaters.
The film was picked as one of Patrick Cooper’s favorite films of 2014, and features some absolutely astounding practical effects work.
Take a look below at Kurtzman and his team work with director Adrian Garcia Bogliano on the werewolf movie that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
“Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
One of my most anticipated movies ever was when Universal Pictures had Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean) attached to direct the BioShock video game adaptation.
After sinking due to budget and rating concerns, the project will always be referenced in the “what if?” category of film history.
Thanks to the online portfolio of illustrator Kasra Farahani, we have a look inside what Verbinski has envisioned for Rapture. Farahani worked on films such as Thor and Star Trek Into Darkness, two films that have way too much CGI for atmosphere and not enough real locations. BioShock was headed in the wrong direction, so it seems.
EW, show shared the following poster, also revealed that Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow will be released theatrically February 20, 2015.
Image Entertainment’s Digging Up the Marrow stars, and was written and directed by Adam Green (Froze, Hatchet, Hatchet II), and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee.
The film stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.
“When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Ray Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.”
A poster can be the best marketing tool for a film outside of its trailer. I used to get to the movie theater 45 minutes early so I would have time to walk the halls and look at all of the posters for the coming attractions. There’s just something so fun about looking at posters and horror films arguably have the best ones. There haven’t really been a lot of really awesome posters this year, but I’ve set out to pick ten of the best ones and five of the worst ones for all of you. I chose from a list of around 60 movies that were released in 2014 and I included any film that has horror elements. This includes horror comedy, some thrillers and some sci-fi. Basically, if it’s been covered by Bloody-Disgusting at all in the past, it was a contender for this list. Also, this is a judgment on the poster only. The quality of the movie has nothing to do with the posters included on this list. If you think I missed one, feel free to let me know in the comments below!
So I’m trying this out as a little experimental post to see how it goes over. I thought it might be fun to start off my end of the year posts by sharing my best horror experience of the year. I thought it might be fun to just talk about something positive before I head into my worsts of the year. Also, I’m quite interested to know some of your best horror experiences in 2014. There are no rules for this. Your best experience can be seeing a particular movie (or showing someone a particular movie for the first time), meeting an actor/actress from one of your favorite shows or movies, going to a haunted house, etc. Anything is fair game for this. For me, it was attending Dallas’ annual horror convention: Texas Frightmare Weekend.
I live in Austin, and we do have a pretty large film industry here. Lots of festivals come around like South By Southwest, Fantastic Fest, Austin Film Festival, etc. Not a lot of events are geared toward us horror fans, though. We do have the Housecore Horror Film Festival, but I haven’t been able to make it to that one yet. A few years ago I discovered Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas and had an absolute blast. Next year will be my 4th year going (it’s their 10th anniversary!) and it’s become one of my new favorite traditions. If this article seems like a shameless plug, it’s not. I just had a blast this year!
Frightmare weekend is basically like any other convention you would go to (and if you’ve never been to one I highly recommend you try to go at least once in your life). Basically, there are some special screenings, panels featuring actors from certain movies (my first year there was a Carrie panel with PJ Soles, Nancy Allen and Piper Laurie) and of course all of the celebrities sit at booths for meet and greets with their fans. I use the word “celebrities” because they are celebrities to us, but if you ever try to explain to anyone not really into horror why you’re excited to meet some of these people, it can prove to be a challenge. Weekend passes are affordable, but pictures with the celebrities and getting autographed publicity stills will be where you spend all of your money. So if you ever get a chance to go make sure you save your money! I learned that the hard way my first year going.
I got to meet my 2 favorite Lindas: Blair and Hamilton. I got to sit at a Terminator panel and listen to Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Michael Biehn, Thomas Dekker, Jenette Goldstein and Kristanna Loken. Biehn and Goldstein also did a panel on Aliens, which was a blast. I got to pee next to Tom Savini (for the second year in a row). I did miss out on Tobin Bell and Doug Bradley which bummed me out, but c’est la vie.
I would also like to point out that I got to see the original Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street 1 and 3 (two of my absolute faves) on the big screen (in 35mm!) for the first time ever this year. That gave Frightmare Weekend a run for its money as my best horror experience of the year.
So what about you all? What amazing things did you experience this year? Let me know in the comments below!
There are times when you read something, whether its literature or comics, that you actually feel like you’re getting something special. The opportunity happens rarely, which is why when something breaks through, you have to celebrate it. Never looking back, “Clive Barker’s Next Testment” (BOOM! Studios) defined horror comics and went all out to create something extraordinary in 2014.
Before we discuss the narrative, let’s talk about the announcement. When I read on the Bloody-Disgusting site, Barker was working on an original comic, first entitled “New Genesis,” and it was going to be a 12-part miniseries; I was hesitant at first. Because I read a lot of superhero comics, I thought 12 issues were reserved for crossover events, like Batman’s “Knightfall” and most recently “Year Zero.”
What’s the guy who wrote and directed “Hellraiser” going to do in an original title? Well, he’s going to blow away expectations, that’s what. From 2013 to 2014, each issue delivered was carefully mapped out as Barker and co-writer Mark Miller teamed up to deliver something unique with religious horror.
The story begins in the desert wasteland, where eccentric billionaire Julian Demond is searching for something hidden underneath the layers of sand. Waiting to be set free, “The Father” from the Old Testament, wakes up finally from his prison. Julian thinks he has found God but he has actually unearthed a sadistic power-hungry supreme being, nicknaming himself Wick. Julian’s son, Tristan, and his fiancée, Elspeth, are going to witness the coming of the apocalypse.
Metaphors upon metaphors, humanity’s search for God echoes the son’s search for his father’s love. Tristan doesn’t believe in a higher power because his own father abandoned him as a boy. He follows blindly in his love for Elspeth, which is really the same about having faith in something.
What’s truly remarkable about the text is how Miller put a lot of effort into the witty dialogue.Tristan and Elspeth are an ordinary and likable couple who rely on each other in this extraordinary event. The two are given an emotional arc that allows their characters to develop. A mixture of Lori Winston and Kirsty Cotton, Elspeth starts out as the quirky girlfriend and ends up being the badass type.
Artist Haemi Jang had to capture the design of an antagonist who had the eloquence of Pinhead and the bloodlust of a Jason Voorhees. Jang captures both sides of Wick in the dinner scene that goes horribly wrong. From start to finish, there is a thrilling plane crash in the first volume that is unbelievably pulse-pounding, like the one in “Lost.”
Remember in this fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” particularly the episode “The Watchers on the Wall.” It was 10 minutes of dialogue and 50 minutes of nonstop action. That’s the penultimate issue, where Jang depicts the all-or-nothing battle between Wick and the Devil. It’s 5 pages of dialogue and rest of the 22 pages are hard-hitting punches, buildings being knocked around, and a fight in space.
To this critic, the “Next Testament” series ranks up there with the best of Clive Barker’s works, such as “Cabal” and my personal favorite, “Lord of Illusions.” As years pass by, a generation of new readers will say, “This is how you make a horror comic.” Not only is “Next Testament” thought-provoking as it pushed boundaries, it’s one helluva fun read.
Editorial by Jorge Solis
Global warming, the impending ice age, a biological attack, an unstoppable virus… There are so many different ways the world could end. Many great horror films tackle this very subject, always focusing on a small group of people and how they react to their new lives, ones that see a vast change in what is considered “important”.
If that were to happen, do you know what you would do, what would be asked of you? If not, today’s quiz tackles precisely that question!
I got “You’re A Team Leader”, which states:
Team Leaders are those among survivors who’ve stood out in the most positive ways. They’ve shown courage, leadership, and the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. They’re the ones who would put their lives on the line in order to protect their team and everyone around them. Leaders can take on any job depending on their other abilities.
For example they can be a Chef, Doctor, Hunter, Etc… Essentially they can take on any job and lead a team as long as they’re capable of handling it. The role of multiple leaders was created in order to keep a single person from having too much power.
At the end of the day their main goal is to keep other survivors alive.
Take the quiz and let us know your results!
Welcome to part two of my WORST and BEST list. Now that we have reminded ourselves of the crap that littered 2014, let’s check out the good!
*Note: I’m not a superhuman with unlimited time and no life. I did not see every horror movie released to the public (in some form or another) in the year of 2014. So if a film you think should be on this list is not, consider that I may not have seen it, it’s on the other list, or it was too mediocre for either. Thank you!The Babadook
I just recently wrote about The Babadook so I’ll just reconfirm the highlights. The film shows us a different kind of story we haven’t actually seen before, the monster is an original and frightening design, and it will be remembered in horror movie history.
After catching up on some of the movies, I missed upon their original release I have finally compiled my BEST OF and WORST OF horror flicks! So let’s get the bad out of the way and start with the WORST OF 2014. Like always, as technology gets more and more accessible there will always be a slew of shit to pick from. So here we are* and to my pleasure there are less bad ones than good ones this year, or may I just knew what crap to avoid?
*Note: I’m not a superhuman with unlimited time and no life. I did not see every horror movie released to the public in some form or another in the year of 2014. So if a film you think should be on this list is not, consider that I may not have seen it, it’s on the other list, or it was too mediocre for either. Thank you!*Annabelle
If you missed my full review you can read it here, but in short I wasn’t a fan. The story took a doll that is only scary in appearance and tried to interweave a complicated story of occultism. Unfortunately, it fails in being interesting or original, and the writing and performances are wooden and dull.
On New Year’s Day, Showtime will be marathoning Penny Dreadful season one and live tweeting the event from their twitter account @SHO_Penny! We at Bloody Disgusting are stupid excited for this event and if you missed any of season one, plan on staying in this New Year’s–it’s one hell of a show.
Bloody Disgusting has some pretty rad Penny Dreadful giveaways for ten of our awesome readers, so we will also be participating in this event. If you marathon the season and live tweet along with @SHO_Penny (they are using the hashtag #FeelingDreadful) throw our hashtag in there as well (#BloodyDreadful) for a chance to win one of our giveaways (I have it, it’s awesome, you’ll want it).
So…start marathoning at noon on New Year’s Day…
Live tweet along with @SHO_Penny using the hashtag #FeelingDreadful
Use Bloody Disgusting’s hashtag #BloodyDreadful in your tweets as well for a chance to win a super wicked THING. Make us want to send you goodies with your clever and profound tweets. *NO PO boxes & US only
Stay tuned to Bloody Disgusting for more news on season 2, MORE giveaways, cast interviews, and reviews. See ya in a few days, Dreadfuls.
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Check out this new clip from Magnet Releasing’s [REC]4: Apocalypse, the fourth and final entry in the groundbreaking and terrifying [REC] horror series that will release on iTunes and On Demand everywhere on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.
[REC]4 was directed by Jaume Balagueró, co-director of the first two films who returns for the climax of the series. Whereas [REC]3 took a slight tonal detour towards horror-comedy, [REC]4 is a return to the intense thrills and scares that helped make the [REC] franchise one of the most beloved in the horror genre.
“Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to this nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise. Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive. But what they don’t know is that she hasn’t made it out of the building alone; within her she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. A perfect location for the virus to be reborn in all its splendor. It will take on new and even more deadly forms, setting the scene for horrors we could only have imagined, before finally revealing its true nature. The apocalypse has just begun…”
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year in the Midnight Madness section.
Here’s the United States of Horror – with images of each killer added to each State.
The midwest looks scary as fuck…
The “Get Along Gang” is having a party in a warehouse that turns into a night from hell (tell me if you’ve seen that one before).
I’m gonna need some Holy Water to cleanse my soul after watching this trash…
The Chinese trailer for Exeter (formerly Backmask) is “Scooby-Doo” meets Evil Dead meets The Exorcist, and it looks absolutely terrible.
It hails from Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Marcus Nispel, and it opens overseas on January 15, 2015.
In the film, “During a sex, drugs, and rock-fueled party, six small-town teenagers find an old vinyl record and decide to play it backwards in order to listen for any subliminal/satanic messages. Lo and behold, a seemingly malevolent spirit quickly infiltrates the group, wreaking havoc as it moves from one body to another. Eventually, however, it’s revealed that the spirit in question is actually trying to convey a message… and that the real source of horror isn’t particularly paranormal, but rather something (or someone) much closer to home.”
Gage Golightly, Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran, Brett Dier, Nick Nicotera, Michael Ormsby, Nick Nordella, and Stephen Lang star.
Thanks to Johnny A. for the tip. And double thanks to China for this hilariously terrible trailer!
An aspiring actress finally gets a role to die for in Starry Eyes, arriving on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from MPI Home Video on February 3, 2015.
“Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe; ‘Passion Play,’ ‘Boy Toy’) spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships with other struggling artists and competing actors, and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a film from a mysterious production company. But this opportunity comes with some bizarre conditions that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful … and altogether terrifying.”
In addition to Essoe, the cast includes Noah Segan (Looper, Brick, The Picture of Dorian Gray), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills, Compliance) and Amanda Fuller (The Brittany Murphy Story, Cheap Thrills).
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include commentary with writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (who previously teamed on Absence) and producer Travis Stevens; 10 deleted scenes; a music video by the film’s composer, Jonathan Snipes; Alex Essoe’s audition video; a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and the theatrical trailer.
It’s been raining Ghostbusters news over the past few months, but here’s something that’s not hearsay.
As we all should know by now, Paul Feig is directing for Sony/Columbia Pictures, and has opted for the reboot to be an all-female crew. Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan are all alleged to be interested in joining the new quartet of ‘busters.
I love the idea of flipping the script, so to speak, but I’ll be the first to admit it sounded gimmicky – as if the studio wanted to appease the recent screams for more female protagonists in entertainment. Feig, in an interview with Empire Magazine, responds to the accusations perfectly.
“A lot of people accused it of being a gimmick. I guess I can see the cynics’ view of it, but for me I just love working with funny women. People said, ‘Why don’t you do a mix?’ I’m just more interested in the idea of lady Ghostbusters. It’s the way my brain works.”
The aforementioned rumored cast is already enough to get me on board, but it’s nice to know this comes from a good place.
But that’s not the most interesting portion of the interview…
Feig has a very real goal – one I think is going to be extremely difficult to pull off. He wants the reboot to be scarier than the original…
“I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest. Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don’t want to hold back.”
He also speaks to why remake the film, which is actually an interesting perspective:
“There’s also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. There’s something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters.”
Origin stories are getting old, and feel incredibly lazy (especially over at Sony), but there’s a truth to his statement about the world within the movie and how they perceive the extraterrestrial. You can have a lot of fun with that.
Allegedly, the plan is to land “Game of Thrones” fav Peter Dinklage for the villain role. He would play the ghost of a murderer (sort of like Wes Craven’s Shocker, actually) who resurrects a ghost army based on historical characters.
Drive star Ryan Gosling gets behind the camera for Lost River, which Warner Bros. has opted against releasing in theaters.
Instead, the thriller will hit home platforms next April.
Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Barbara Steele.
“The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.“
I had the pleasure of being invited to a few festivals this year. They were mainly horror/genre fests – nothing major like Sundance or Cannes. But the ones I attended were intimate, made for fans by fans. And that’s the way it should be.
I saw a ton of awesome movies at these festivals and many of them found well-deserved distribution. And while I saw a ton of unreleased stuff, there’s still LOADS of worthy films I’ve yet to see. Isn’t that what makes being a horror fan so exciting? There’s always more work to seek out.
Here’s a look at 10 festival flicks that rocked my world, that I can’t wait for everyone else to check out!TIME LAPSE
This clever little chamber play takes typical roommate tension and elevates it into a reality-bending thriller, complete with time paradoxes and enough twists and turns to confuse the most advanced GPS. Driven by a great, young cast, this bad boy is one fun flick that vibes like a 90 minute Twilight Zone episode, with some bursts of the macabre and violence along the way. Time Lapse is a rock solid piece of entertainment.PRESERVATION
Preservation is one of those films you go into expecting the expected. A stalk and slash film in the woods in which an innocent girls faces off against masked assailants – seen it before. But with Denham’s new film, he manages to appropriate tropes from the survival genre and deliver his own bloody beast. It’s a wholly satisfying and chilling thriller that says something about society without shoving its message in our face. A violent and beautiful film, Preservation proves Denham is one to watch.THAT GUY DICK MILLER
That Guy Dick Miller does a remarkable job spotlighting one of film’s great character actors. And it’s about time. Director Elijah Drenner (American Grindhouse) gathers an impressive line up of filmmakers, family, friends, and actors (even Corey Feldman) who talk about Miller’s career and personal life. After 90 minutes of listening to them, it’s tough not to argue that Dick Miller is the man.BLOODY KNUCKLES
Bloody Knuckles is the outrageous debut feature film from writer/director Matt O’Mahoney. Consider it Idle Hands for the indie horror crowd, who like their violence bold and bloody and their humor vulgar. It’s an assured debut with a remarkably talented cast (despite their inexperience). Though rough around the edges, Bloody Knuckles is definitely one of the crowd pleasers coming out of Fantasia.BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE
Black Mountain Side is the debut feature from Calgary native Nick Szostakiwskyj. While it’s sure to draw (much deserved) comparisons to The Thing, this Canadian paranoid horror flick is a beast all its own. It’s a psycho-thriller that taps into Native mythology, archaic archaeology, and even the traditional parlor mystery to establish a strong feeling of existential anxiety that practically drips off the screen, leaving a mess all over your lap.THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET
On the surface it’s a simple tale of violent justice in the slasher vein, but it quickly evolves into a haunting nightmare of paranoia and domestic terror. It’s like High Tension sifted through Lars Von Trier’s filter. If that comparison doesn’t have you excited, might want to check that pulse. Also, it’s apparently the first horror film from Latvia! Welcome to the party, Latvia!LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ‘ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU’
Lost Soul is a severely engaging and entertaining documentary that provides loads of insight about the studio system and its biblical clashes with artists. It also reinforces a lot of garbage we already know about them. I could listen to Stanley talk for hours – the man is deeply enthralling, well-spoken, and has a brilliant artistic mind. The fact that he still hasn’t made a feature film (he has done docs and anthology segments) since the Moreau incident is genuinely depressing.BLOOD PUNCH
Darkly comedic with a seriously warped set of sensibilities, Blood Punch takes us down the road to hell, which here is paved with blood and meth (with some peyote as a stiff chaser). It’s fun as hell and smart enough to pull all the right moves without rubbing its twists in your face. It’s like a supernatural film noir on meth, with heaps of dark humor and a madcap edge that cuts deep. And as its name suggests, Blood Punch is a very, very bloody affair.FAULTS
If Elmore Leonard had written a story about cults, it might resemble Riley Stearns’ debut comedy-thriller Faults. Well, the first half at least. What begins as a hilarious tale concerning a cult expert attempting to “deprogram” a young woman quickly shifts into a contemplative look at faith, exploitation, and skepticism in the face of witnessing the impossible. Don’t sweat the heavy stuff though. Even when Faults gets serious, it manages to maintain its comedic tone. Driven with strong performances and Stearns’ propulsive direction, Faults is a darkly fascinating and biting tale that marks the arrival of a gifted filmmaker.THE EDITOR
I can’t get enough of this movie.
Over the past few years, the Canadian collective known as Astron-6 has churned out a couple films that became certified cult classics: Father’s Day and Manborg. For their latest, The Editor, writers-directors-stars Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy have raised their own bar with a giallo homage that’s easily their best work to date.
The Editor nails the classic giallo tone – infused with gruesome murders, the occult, and, of course, plenty of sex – while also crafting a brilliant comedy that could stand as an entry into the very genre it’s homaging. The familiar themes of madness, paranoia, and sexual obsession are all there. Scene after scene, bit after bit are filled with details harkening back to the ’60s and 70s. From the bold music cues to the stylish fluorescent lighting, The Editor is a riotous feast for diehard giallo fans and laymen alike.
And simply put, The Editor is just a hilarious movie.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, along comes Mac Sabbath, a parody cover band that takes Black Sabbath tracks and reworks the lyrics to discuss fast food, ultimately creating “drive thru metal”. Below are videos for “Frying Pan” (“Iron Man”) and “Pair-A-Buns” (Paranoid).
Listen, I gotta give these guys some serious credit. The costumes are awesome, they stick to the theme like glue (Ronald stays hydrated from a large McDonald’s soda cup), and they legitimately sound tight. So, you know? Party on, Mac Sabbath. Party on.
So rather than do “Best & Worst” lists this year, I thought I would do lists for the “Most Surprising” and “Most Disappointing” movies of the year. So for this post, I thought I would list off movies that I were going to be a lot better than they actually ended up being. Not all of these movies are bad (although most of them are), but they just didn’t live up to my expectations, which means that many of you probably like the movies I’ve listed below quite a bit. So while this list is very subjective, it’s just my personal opinion on how disappointing these films are. I’ve listed the following movies in no particular order. Let’s begin!