Midweek M-M-M-Madness is back on Steam and it’s brought with it a hefty discount on the entire Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise. All four entries in Scott Cawthon’s wildly popular series of indie horror games can be purchased together for just $8.49, or individually for less than $3 each.
If you’d rather get your jump scare fix on consoles, Cawthon confirmed back in May that the series is being remade by a third party developer, though no release date has been given.
We also have the Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location spin-off to look forward to (or not) when it startles PC and mobile this fall.
Alyssa Sutherland (Don’t Look Up), who plays Queen Aslaug on “Vikings”, has joined the cast of Spike TV’s upcoming TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist“. She will play Eve Cunningham, “…a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.”
The show, “…tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?”
The last we heard of this series, which will be getting 10 one-hour episodes, was that Adam Bernstein will be directing the premiere episode.
“The Mist” goes into production this summer and will air in 2017.
Update: I just spoke with Michael Dougherty and I can confirm that this is NOT from ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’. However, I will be able to speak about what it’s from once the embargo I’m currently under has lifted.
Earlier today, director Michael Dougherty posted a photo from set of what appears to be Trick ‘r Treat 2, the sequel to the 2007 anthology horror film that introduced the world to “Sam”, the adorable yet incredibly vicious and violent trick-or-treater who enforces the rules of Halloween with deadly efficiency. The caption also reads 110 days with a hashtag for “Halloween”, although I would be amazed if they managed to release the film by that time.
Now, this photo may be an old behind-the-scenes photo from the original film but Dougherty’s Twitter bio also states that his next film is the sequel, so this strongly suggests that filming is happening as this is being written.
In the original film:
“Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.”
While none of this is confirmed, it’d be incredible to get another Michael Dougherty film! And who can resist the thought of Sam making his comeback?!
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) July 12, 2016
A new poster for 31 features Richard Brake as ‘Doom-Head,’ who Rob Zombie says “runs a perfect game of death and misery.”
Our own Fred Topel reviewed the film, calling it, “…a harrowing ordeal…”
Zombie has been fighting to have this movie released to the public for a long time. He went through a strong crowdfunding campaign only to be hit twice with the dreaded NC-17 rating, which would’ve severely restricted the viewing potential. After some edits, it got dropped to an R-rating, but Zombie assures we’ll see an uncut version. The new edit still bears all the earmarks of a Rob Zombie film, as it features, “…strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.”
31, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Golden Globe Nominee Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle,” A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem), follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
The film is going to be released on VOD platforms on September 16th and in limited theaters on October 21st via Saban Films.
Earlier this year, we reported that usual funnyman Danny McBride (Hot Rod) had joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. The response was, well…let’s just say that there was a lot of skepticism surrounding this casting decision.
However, as many people noted, Brett and Parker in Alien were charmingly funny but without making it a comedy. They were genuine, they were true to themselves, and they added a little bit of light in an otherwise grim story. And after the loss of Brett, Parker became a totally different person, one that was serious, focused, and obviously in pain.
Additionally, we can’t forget that comedian Paul Reiser was in Aliens and he brought forth no comedy whatsoever. Instead, he was a perfect slimy corporate scumbag that deserved every hateful emotion lobbed his way.
So while McBride’s presence may seem strange, it’s not all that surprising once you think about it. And in a recent interview with HitFix, McBride addressed the concerns that he was in the script as some sort of a joker by saying, “This shit is dark. There is no comic relief in this at all. This is a dark horror movie.”
We’ll know for sure when Alien: Covenant hits theaters on August 4th, 2017.
From IFC Midnight comes the U.S poster for Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil.
In Let’s Be Evil, “Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.”
Let’s Be Evil was written by Martin Owen with story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. It stars Elizabeth Morris, Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon and Isabelle Allen and was produced by Jonathan Willis.
The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Let’s Be Evil will open in select theaters and will be available on VOD and the usual digital platforms on August 5, 2016.
The recently announced Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn board game from Space Goat Play blew away all expectations when its Kickstarter hit its goal in seemingly no time at all. As of this post going live, the page has right around 3,200 backers and over $240,000 committed to making it a reality, which allowed it to break five stretch goals and even necessitated a few more being added.
Personally, I’m really excited by the prospect of an official Evil Dead II board game. Hanging out with friends is great but if the same activities are done over and over, it can begin to feel a little stale and even potentially somewhat boring. Having different options keeps things fresh and entertaining for everyone and this board game is perfect for all my horror-loving pals!
Now, I know just how busy the Space Goat people must be with the explosive popularity of their Kickstarter, so color me amazed and very excited to get a chance to do an interview with media coordinator JD Boucher and game designer Taylor Smith!
The duo discuss their thoughts on the success of the Kickstarter, the future of the game, the challenges of making it a reality, and more below!
Lastly, they were kind enough to provide us with some exclusive images from the game. These include 2-D turnarounds of the upcoming Deadite player figures and the complete board! Enjoy!
First of all, congratulations on the already successful Kickstarter! It’s amazing and rather fantastic that for a board game based on ‘Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn’, you were funded within 24 hours! And as of now, you’re about to hit nearly a quarter of a million dollars! At this rate, you’re going to run out of stretch goals! Did you anticipate such a reaction?
JD: Actually, we were funded in just under 8 hours and we were not expecting just quickly we were funded! We were a little blindsided by just how popular it was. We knew Evil Dead fans were out there, but we had no idea how excited they’d be for the board game! We’re just thankful that so many people are as excited and passionate about the game as we are.
The movie is considered one of the great classics of horror. Was there any sort of concern or worry about doing the film justice with your board game adaptation?
TAYLOR: We’ve been making these Evil Dead 2 comics for about a year and a half and have really been digging through the lore for all our stories. There’s a lot of love for the movie here in the office. Events and items in the game are pulled straight from the movie. I’ve just been watching it on repeat with a notebook. Our artist on the game board, Dave Youkovich, is a huge fan too and kept the movie going while working, picking up every little detail for the cabin. There’s always a worry when working with such a beloved property, but we’re confident it’s something the fans will enjoy.
JD: Taylor has actually been playing the movie on repeat in order to get every possible item and scenario he could from it. I’m sure at this point he could recite most of it. Dave also deserves an honorary degree in Evil Dead 2 at this point as well. Our team is just super dedicated to bringing the Evil Dead 2 experience to life in a game. I think the only way we could be closer is if we could send out Bruce Campbell himself out with every box.
Talk to me about the gameplay itself and why you decided to go the route of “tile and miniatures”. What other game styles were considered, if any, before you settled on this one?
TAYLOR: My very first thought was to make a “cooperative until it’s not” game. I know I needed the cabin as the main board and players needed to work together, but occasionally get possessed and try to kill each other. My design philosophy was to make an accessible game that was easy to quickly get into. There are a ton of events that happen throughout the game that makes playing it like a procedurally generated Evil Dead movie. The backers have been wonderful in suggesting more game modes, so we’ll be adding variants in addition to our original plan.
I know that Space Goat has been doing the ‘Evil Dead II’ comics for a while. What was it like going from creating new stories for Ash to finding a way to faithfully recreate the ‘Evil Dead II’ film experience as a board game?
TAYLOR: The comics are great because we can explore the setting, characters, and world in a way the movies could never have the screentime to do. They’re all about building something fun and new on an existing foundation. The board game on the other hand is about returning to that source material and exploring the nooks and crannies as much as possible. We can benefit from the interactivity of board games by letting fans run through the cabin themselves, fight deadites, and dual wield a shotgun-chainsaw combo. It’s an exciting new direction: exploring inward instead of outward.
The film is a great representation of how one can mix horror and comedy with great effect. What kinds of challenges were there in trying to make sure that players would not only feel fear but also have a blast throughout the experience?
TAYLOR: Fear is particularly tough to generate in a board game experience; horror games have stiff competition in building the same atmosphere as horror movies. The board game is designed to escalate in intensity as it goes—more enemies spawn, more friends turn evil, and the stakes get higher. True to good survival horror, there’s a worry whether or not you’ll be able to make it out the other side. Of course, the comedy couldn’t be left out; I borrowed that right from the movie. Events are inspired by classic moments and lines from Evil Dead 2: fight against your own severed hand, get laughed at by a taxidermy head, all sorts of fun stuff!
From the images that are on the Kickstarter, it appears that the game takes place mainly in the cabin. However, the movie also went into the woods and even up to the mangled remains of the bridge. Will players be able to venture outside of the cabin? Hell, could there be expansions that allow players to back in time a lá ‘Army of Darkness’?
TAYLOR: You bet! Our core game takes place in the cabin and the surrounding woods, including the crashed Oldsmobile and the work shed. Players will need to keep scrambling in and out, to and from all these places as they try to fight off evil. Expansions are planned around the comic book series we have: Beyond Dead By Dawn takes place in hell, so you’ll get to go there; Cradle of the Damned takes place in the mirror dimension, so that’s another place to explore. For licensing reasons, we have to tiptoe around Army of Darkness itself, but definitely expect some portal-related mayhem.
Speaking of expansions, many board/card games remain relevant and even gain popularity because of various add-ons. Are there any plans in the works to keep breathing life into ‘Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game’ after its release?
TAYLOR: In addition to the expansions mentioned above, I’m pretty excited about the mini-expansions we have planned around our “Revenge of” characters. For example, Revenge of the Martians (based on War of the Worlds) would come with a Martian tripod figure and extra tiles for inside the ship where characters get abducted to during play. These will hopefully all unlock during this campaign because I want to make them right away! The comic-based expansions will be much more intensive, with a bunch of new figures, cards, tiles, all that. They should totally change and refresh the whole game.
JD: At this point the “Revenge of Hitler” mini-expansion has already unlocked for all deluxe versions of the game. We know how fun it is to punch Nazis, and so now we have a game mode just centered around beating up Hitler! But all of these Revenge of expansions will be Kickstarter Exclusive, so you’ll have to back the campaign now so you don’t miss out.
Now that you know for a fact the game is officially Kickstarted, what’s next on your mind? Is this the main focus for the foreseeable future or do you have another game/idea that you think might be great to start working on?
TAYLOR: I’ve signed a few too many NDAs to talk about how excited I am coming back from the Licensing Expo a few weeks ago. Board games for our own properties and few carefully selected properties we’re really passionate about are in the future. Immediately after the campaign is over, I’m probably going to sleep. I have fond memories of what sleep was…
JD: I’m pretty sure sleep is that thing that people who don’t run Kickstarters do, but I’m not sure.
Sony is moving quickly on their remake of Flatliners, which is being directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Bloody Disgusting can confirm Sony’s plan to dabble in death on August 18, 2017.
Kiefer Sutherland (Mirrors, The Lost Boys), who played Nelson in the 1990 sci-fi/thriller of the same name, has committed to joining the upcoming remake that also stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemens.
The original film follows a group of medical students who purposefully die and bring each other back to life so as to study “near death” experiences. It was released in 1990 and starred Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Julia Roberts.
It is being produced by Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas and will go into production in Toronto in the coming days.
Some parts of a film are so tied into our memories that it’s impossible to see them in real life and not immediately flash back to a scene or a specific moment. How many times have you seen something that suddenly made you think of a movie? I know that it happens to me all the time. Let’s say that this ability is a skill so that we can put it to the test!
Below are 10 images that show two objects which are meant to represent a specific horror film. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to go through all of them and figure out which movies they are?
I got 10 out of 10, so game on! Best of luck to everyone and let us know in the comments how you did!
Night Dive Studios’ long overdue remake of the hugely influential 1994 sci-fi horror game System Shock is well on its way to becoming the genre’s biggest crowdfunding success story. As I write this, its wildly popular Kickstarter campaign is about $50k from its $900k goal, and three full weeks to get there. That’s impressive. For some perspective, System Shock raised more cash in one week than Friday the 13th: The Game did in four.
I suspect System Shock will only need a couple more days to hit its initial target, then it’s all about those stretch goals. Here are the stretch goals we’re privy to (there are four others, but they’re currently hidden):
$1.1M — Support for Mac, Linux and Razer Chroma
$1.2M — Additional localization for French, Italian, German and Spanish
$1.3M — New crew members to meet, audio logs to discover and areas to explore in the Citadel station
$1.4M — Add vending machines, weapon crafting/upgrading, mini-games, puzzles and a “true” RPG character progression system
$1.5M — A full orchestral score
$1.7M — An additional scenario and more detailed death cinematics
$1.9M — Remix the original System Shock OST as a bonus for backers who donate at least $30
It looks like we’re not alone in counting the System Shock remake among our most anticipated sci-fi horror games. Have a look at the game’s HUD — a work in progress — in the gallery below.
Night Dive is celebrating the game’s success on Kickstarter with a giveaway, the details of which you can read about here. The System Shock remake is a part of the studio’s ongoing efforts to revive the beloved franchise, which started with a remaster of the original last September, followed by the remake in 2017, and finally, an actual sequel in System Shock 3, developed by Otherside Entertainment.
We’ve teamed up with rapper Kung Fu Vampire to bring you an exclusive first listen of “Slice of Life”, which appears his new album Look Alive (out tomorrow). The track features horrorcore forefather Brotha Lynch Hung and you can check it out below.
Kung Fu Vampire tells Bloody-Disgusting, “I grew up as a kid listening to Brotha Lynch Hung. We became friends years ago and it’s an honor to work with such an OG on ‘Look Alive’. We both share an affliction for the “dark side” and that comes out on the song we did together called “Slice Of Life”.”
Look Alive comes out tomorrow via Mad Insanity Records and features guest appearances from ¡Mayday!, Locksmith, Ces Cru, and more. You can pre-order it via iTunes.
July 9 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (CD Release party)
Sean Byrne, the director of the Aussie The Loved Ones, is continuing his festival run with his new chiller, The Devil’s Candy, which stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Kiara Glasco.
“In this creepily haunted-house tale a struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas.“
Embry took to Twitter to share a brand new poster, which quite literally rocks.
The Devil’s Candy had its World Premiere at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
It’s crazy how big the San Diego Comic-Con has become, and it’s become the biggest traffic bringer of the year – even more so than Halloween. It’s a time when studios bust out of their big guns, revealing trailers, posters, images and announcing all sorts of cool shit.
This year’s event begins with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 20th, and runs through the following Sunday. For now, we have the genre offerings for Preview Night and and Day 1 (Thursday, July 21st).
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
Kicking things off on Wednesday evening is Warner Bros. TV, which is bringing several new pilots to show off. Only “Riverdale” and “Frequency” fall on the horror-ish side of the fence, but we’ve included the full lineup for you below:
6:00pm: Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings – Ballroom 20
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016-17 television season-Riverdale, Powerless, People of Earth, Frequency, and Time After Time-as well as a new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Riverdale – Things aren’t always what you expect in Riverdale. Based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood), this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom, and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad’s footsteps, despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him-certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray). who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind, as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush, Archie, after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother, Alice (Mädchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble among Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows. Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics). Riverdale premieres midseason on The CW.
- Powerless – It’s a superhero’s world. As the first comedy series set in the DC Universe, Powerless is the story of Emily (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical), a young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused when superheroes and supervillains treat the city like their own personal battleground. Taking care of insurance needs one by one, Emily and her team of co-workers might not have any superpowers, but they are out to make a difference in people’s lives and prove that you don’t need to have powers to be powerful! From Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Ben Queen (Cars 2), Powerless premieres midseason on NBC.
- People of Earth – From Emmy winners Conan O’Brien (Conan), and Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), and creator David Jenkins comes People of Earth, a half-hour single-camera comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac, The Daily Show), who investigates a support group to write about the members’ supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, however, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and possibly even signs that point to his own alien abduction. The onetime outsider now finds himself a part of this eclectic group of misfits, all the while struggling with the idea of knowing that life could exist beyond this world. The series is executive produced by O’Brien, Daniels, Norm Hiscock (King of the Hill), Jeff Ross (Conan), David Kissinger (Eagleheart), and Larry Sullivan; Jenkins is co-executive producer. Produced by Conaco LLC in association with Warner Horizon Television, People of Earth is coming this fall to TBS.
- Frequency – Based on the New Line feature film, Frequency is the story of a father and daughter who are supernaturally reunited two decades after his suspicious and untimely death. New York detective Raimy Sullivan was only 7 when her father, undercover cop Frank Sullivan, abandoned his family in pursuit of a case that led not only to his family’s breakup, but also his eventual death undercover. Always believing her dad died in disgrace as a corrupt cop, Raimy set forth to surpass him in law enforcement, rising through the ranks to detective. But everything she knows changes when somehow Raimy and Frank connect, across two decades, over Frank’s vintage ham radio in the garage. Where once Frank was lost in the shadows of his undercover work in 1996, he has now miraculously been found by his now-grown daughter in 2016. As they forge a new relationship while working together in two time periods to close an unsolved serial murder investigation, their emotional connection transcends time to not only repair the broken bonds of their family but also defy fate and change the course of destiny. From Lin Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, Frequency premieres Wednesdays at 9/8c this fall on The CW. Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), Toby Emmerich (Frequency film), John Rickard (Horrible Bosses), Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes films), Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars), and Brad Anderson (Fringe) are executive producers.
- Time After Time – Using the 1979 novel and movie as a launching point, Time After Time chronicles the epic adventures of a young H. G. Wells. At the age of 28, the 19th-century scholar has yet to publish any of his landmark science fiction novels, but his idealistic thinking and radical ideas have led him to actually create a time machine. When his longtime friend, the charismatic (and secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson, a.k.a. Jack the Ripper, finds himself cornered by the authorities at Wells’ London home, he escapes to present-day New York City using the time machine. Naturally, Wells follows, but instead of the Utopian society he imagined would be in the future, he finds a world more aligned to Stevenson’s temperament. Fortunately, Wells meets up with Jane Walker, an assistant curator at a museum staging an exhibition on Wells. As Wells and Jane come together, they will not only play a dangerous endgame with Stevenson but also find themselves involved with the incredible characters and scenarios that inspired Wells’sWar of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and more. An epic love story charged with danger and adventure, Time After Time gives an unpredictable spin on the mythology of H. G. Wells by looking at the world of today through the eyes of yesterday. Based on the novel written by Karl Alexander and produced by Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television, Time After Time premieres midseason on ABC. Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) are executive producers.
- Teen Titans Go! – The Teen Titans are back at it again, in Teen Titans Go!, with all new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower, and they’ll have you covered by screening a brand new episode. Based on DC characters and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
10:00-11:00am – Room 25ABC
CW3PR’s 3rd Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection
Television’s top composers discuss how their music elevates the high drama, mystery and mayhem in some of your favorite shows. These magicians of the screen will reveal the scoring processes that enliven some of TV’s most popular and thrilling programs. The panel will highlight the music of fan-favorite shows including Mr. Robot, Fargo, The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Horror Story, South Park, Dominion, CSI: NY, Scream Queens, Power, Legion, Manhattan, Tut, and more.
12:00-1:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Geek & Sundry at SDCC
Felicia Day and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know! Join the panel for hilarious discussions on their favorite current and future shows, upcoming projects, and the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry.
12:00-1:00pm – Room 23ABC
Welcome to the Whedonverse
Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 and what’s in store for Serenity from the series’ top talent, with Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage, Buffy the High School Years Kel McDonald, and surprise guests for some big news!
12:00-3:00pm – Ballroom 20
CBS Television Studios Block – including Scorpion, American Gothic, and MacGyver
- Scorpion – Retrieve the inside scoop on what’s happening this fall with Waige, Quintis, and the rest of your favorite band of misfit geniuses. Monday night’s top-rated drama series Scorpion returns to SDCC for the third year in a row with the stars and producers giving fans the first intel on plots, story arcs, and romances before anyone else. The series stars Elyes Gabel (World War Z), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Katharine McPhee (Smash), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Jadyn Wong (Broken Trail), and Ari Stidham (Huge).
- American Gothic – See how the other half kills with American Gothic, CBS’s new summer series centered on a prominent Boston family reeling after a chilling discovery links someone in their midst to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, the mounting suspicion and paranoia threaten to tear the family apart. Get an exclusive sneak peek at what’s behind closed doors at the Hawthorne estate, followed by a panel discussion with the stars and producer. The series stars Juliet Rylance (The Knick), Antony Starr (Banshee), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Justin Chatwin (Shameless), Megan Ketch (Jane the Virgin), Elliot Knight (Sinbad), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out).
- Fan Favorites – It’s Throwback Thursday at Comic-Con! Get ready for special surprise guest appearances by some of your favorite CBS stars as they throwback to the early days of their careers and most memorable moments from the sets of their shows. Don’t miss the fan Q&A where they will share exclusive teases on what’s ahead for their characters in the upcoming season.
- Macgyver – Mac is back! The classic action-adventure drama and fan-favorite MacGyver is coming back to CBS this fall. MacGyver creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. MacGyver and his team take on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip. Join series stars Lucas Till (X-Men), and George Eads (CSI), and executive producer Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a panel discussion.
1:00-2:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
It’s that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central’s @Midnight, AMC’s Talking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Nerdist president Adam Rymer, and a surprise guest or two. Join the gang for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await!
1:00-2:00pm – Hall H
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson’s first-ever Hall H presentation, and his latest foray into science fiction. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis made up of thousands of species from all corners of the universe. Alpha’s 17 million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. But not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; unseen forces are at work, placing their race in great danger. Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns) join moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and special surprise panelists for the first public sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, coming to theaters from EuropaCorp in summer 2017.
1:45-2:45pm – Room 6A
USA Network’s Falling Water: World Premiere Screening
Be the first to see USA Network’s highly anticipated new drama series Falling Water, presented by creators Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Blake Masters (Brotherhood). Ever wonder what would happen if someone could control our dreams? This mind-bending new thriller, starring David Ajala, Will Yun Lee, and Lizzie Brochere, explores this question through the lives of three unrelated people who slowly realize they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream-a dream that just might hold the key to the fate of humanity.
2:30-3:30pm – Room 4
Warhammer 40,000 Panel
This is the world-exclusive first look at Titan’s much hyped new Warhammer 40,000 comic book series, based in the staggeringly popular dark science fiction universe from Games Workshop. Join Warhammer 40,000 writer George Mann (Dark Souls, Doctor Who) and editor Andrew James for a jam-packed panel spotlighting the hotly anticipated comic launch in October. Be the first to see exclusive art by Tazio Bettin and Enrica Angiolini from the comic and upcoming plans for the series. Each attendee will receive an exclusive gift!
3:00-4:00pm – Room 23ABC
H.P. Lovecraft & Steam Engines of Oz: Arcana’s Animation Slate
Arcana’s animation slate continues! Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom is being released fall 2016 and features the voices of Ron Perlman, Jane Curtin, and Christopher Plummer, with Steam Engines of Oz currently in production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this grassroots animation slate that is breaking down barriers into independent filmmaking. They want to hear from you in this very interactive panel. DVDs, comics, plush toys, and shirts will be given away; never-before-seen animated footage and special guests will be on hand. Get your Cthulhu plush toy simply by asking questions and participating. You’ll have a R’lyeh good time!
3:15-4:15pm – Ballroom 20
The Strain: Screening and Q&A
The munchers are back! The Strain, FX’s action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns August 28. Get an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming third season, plus the debut of a Comic-Con exclusive original video that’s sure to go viral. Showrunner/executive producer/director/writer Carlton Cuse, co-creator/executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Fet), Ruta Gedmintas (Dutch Velders), Richard Sammel (Thomas Eichhorst), and Miguel Gomez (Augustin “Gus” Elizalde) discuss the challenges of bringing this chilling world to life.
3:30-4:30pm – Hall H
Under the Radar
An in-depth discussion about the best in genre fare from the festival circuit and beyond, moderated by Fandano’s Erik Davis and featuring the Los Angeles Times’ Marc Bernardin, MTV’s Amy Nicholson and The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato. Special guest panelists include Doug Benson and the team behind SXSW teen fanfic hit Slash, including director Clay Liford and star Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf).
3:30-4:30pm – Room 6BCF
Warcraft: The Road to Legion
A team of Blizzard Entertainment’s veteran designers, writers, and artists talk about World of Warcraft: Legion, and the exciting content that will be leading up to its launch. The panelists include Alex Afrasiabi (creative director, World of Warcraft), Chris Robinson (senior art director, World of Warcraft), Matt Samia (senior creative director of brand marketing), and James Waugh (director of story & creative development). The panelists will also take part in a Q&A session, where you can ask all your burning questions about the Burning Legion.
4:00-5:00pm – Room 7AB
Come party with VIZ Media! And by party, we mean sit in a chair and listen to thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime! VIZ Media has brought you thousands of your favorite titles, including huge hits like Naruto, Death Note, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1⁄2, Tokyo Ghoul, One-Punch Man and more! Warning: panel may include trivia, prizes, yelling, and probably some clapping.
4:30-5:30pm – Ballroom 20
MTV Teen Wolf
Executive producer Jeff Davis and the cast of Teen Wolf return to Comic-Con for the seventh consecutive year. The pack from MTV’s hit series will dish on the upcoming season, answer fan questions, and share the first sneak peek of season 6.
4:30-5:30pm – Room 6DE
Skybound’s The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard, and Skybound Entertainment editorial director Sean Mackiewicz discuss all things The Walking Dead and what’s to come for the comics series as it approaches its 160th issue. This panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
4:30-5:30pm – Horton Grand Theatre
The Enduring Allure of Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Live Reading and Discussion
Award-winning narrators Kirby Heyborne, Jayne Entwistle, and Scott Brick present a live performance from Listening Library’s full-cast audio collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales, followed by a discussion moderated by Dan Zitt (VP, content production, Penguin Random House Audio) that will take listeners behind the scenes of the recording and exploring the enduring popularity of these classic stories.
4:30-5:30pm – Room 8
Find out where some of your favorite titles are heading, and be the first to hear about the new series on deck for the fall from comics’ most innovative imprint.
4:45-5:45pm – Room 6BCF
USA Network’s Colony Panel with the Cast and Creators
Colony fans, whose side are you on: the Collaborators or the Resistance? Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, along with series stars, offer an exclusive inside look at the new season. When USA Network’s critically acclaimed series Colony returns for season 2, mysterious intruders are still in control of a near-future Los Angeles. Will, played by Josh Holloway (Lost), has been cooperating with the Collaborators, but now that he knows his wife Katie’s (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead) secret, have they jeopardized any hope of getting their son back?
5:00-6:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Premiering exclusive first-look footage from Syfy’s new series Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), and Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood) will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producers Simon Barry (Continuum), Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels), and Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a panel moderated by Holly Hines (Dynamic Television).
5:00-6:00pm – Room 23ABC
Video Game Comics: Level Up
With Dark Horse, video game franchises found a foothold in comics. With a line of video game-related comics and deluxe art books, including the bestselling World of Warcraft: Chronicle, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Dark Horse editor Ian Tucker is joined by representatives from DICE, 343 Studios, Microsoft, Blizzard, and BioWare for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!
5:00-6:00pm – Room 7AB
World of Capcom
Calling all Capcom fans! Moderator Matt Dahlgren (Capcom) hosts a panel packed with Capcom team members to present the company’s latest and greatest video games. Capcom has been kicking out your favorite games for over three decades, and this panel is the place for fans of all ages to check out the new games they can look forward to.
5:30-6:30pm – Room 8
Dynamite Entertainment: The Art of the Deal
In 2004, Dynamite Entertainment exploded into the world of licensed comics with the release of fan-favorite Army of Darkness. Since that time, the little publisher that could has grown into the leading publisher that does. The company has become the industry leader in books based on film, television, video games, and more, with such diverse world-renowned brands as Atari, James Bond, Grumpy Cat, Bob’s Burgers and so many more! Dynamite CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci, senior editor Joseph Rybandt, and surprise guests reveal the shape of comics to come!
5:30-6:30pm – Room 6A
Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers
Great TV takes risks, and few people do it as well as the creators of our favorite sci-fi, fantasy, and genre fare. Moderator Alicia Lutes (Nerdist’s managing editor, co-host/creator of Fangirling) and several of your favorite TV creators talk about how some of the small screen’s greatest, most shocking, and exciting turns have paved the way for a better, more binge-worthy future.
5:45-6:30pm – Horton Grand Theatre
Sausage Party Filmmaker Conversation
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been the masterminds behind some of the world’s most outrageous, inventive, and hilarious comedies, and now they are going into the world of animation for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures’ Sausage Party: the world’s first R-rated CG animated comedy. The film is about a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery story. Not only will you hear all about it as Seth and Evan lead a conversation, you can see the movie for yourself. Following the conversation, stay for the pre-party and screening at Horton Plaza.
5:45-6:45pm – Ballroom 20
Marvel’s Luke Cage
The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel’s Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel’s Head of Television).
6:30-7:30pm- Room 26AB
Death and the High Cost of Resurrection
They call it a “Comic Book Death” when a major fictional character is killed off, but the audience doesn’t believe they will stay dead. Does it damage stories when their heroes and villains refuse to remain in the grave? How emotionally invested can an audience be when big consequences are easily reversed? Bestselling horror/fantasy author Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), comic creator and former Marvel/IDW editor Andy Schmidt, and others discuss the ramifications of resurrection with moderator Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living podcast).
7:00-8:00pm – Room 6DE
Dark Matter: Season 2
In the midst of the epic space drama’s second season, cast members Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke (Three), Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Jodelle Ferland (Five), and newcomer Melanie Liburd (Nyx) will discuss new storylines, characters, sets, and behind-the-scenes tidbits. There will also be some exclusive, never-before-seen footage shown.
7:00-8:00pm – Room 7AB
Heavy Metal: This Panel Goes to 11
A year ago, the nearly 40-years-running leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy made news around the convention with the announcement that Grant Morrison would be stepping in as the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Now, following Morrison’s debut issue, which is being called a “renaissance,” Heavy Metal co-CEO Jeff Krelitz, 20-year publisher Kevin Eastman, and the man himself will blow minds yet again with exclusive announcements, surprise guests, and more!
7:00-8:00pm – Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Marvel Goes Steampunk
Crossing over into every genre, Steampunk has transformed some of our favorite Marvel characters into some of the steamiest superheroes and villains in the galaxy. Celebrating the incredible artists who create such wonderful fan art and the cosplayers who make the costumes a reality, come enjoy a walk on the wild side with everyone from Ant-Man and Deadpool to Spider-man and Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as they are re-imagined in Steampunk style! Panelists include C. J. DeAngeles, Diana Given, Christine Quimbo, and a surprise artist guest. Moderated by Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention’s director of programming, Anastasia Hunter.
7:15-8:15pm – Room 6BCF
Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation
Featuring award-winning animated shorts from across the globe. The Festival is best known for theatrically premiering works of Tim Burton, John Lasseter (Toy Story), Bill Plympton (everything), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), and Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit). Focusing on pop culture and hilarious award-winning films, this screening allows the viewer to see the next generation of Hollywood superstars before anyone else. Meet Spike in person: bonus animation vs. animator.
8:00-9:00pm – Room 9
Ghost of Name That Movie: The Sequel
Returning for its fourth straight year of fun, prizes and rare movie clips. A game show where you can be a contestant and win (marginally) valuable prizes! Inkpot Award winner and show creator, John Field has edited a fun-tastic program of 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy film clips, ranging from the 1920s to today. Four contestants will be chosen from the audience to try to guess the names of the movies the clips are from. If any of the panel members cannot guess the clip, the audience gets the chance! That audience member gets a prize as well. Whichever contestant names the most clips will be the grand prize winner. The second to fourth places will get prizes as well.
8:00-9:00pm – Room 25ABC
Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 3
Back by popular request, this panel focuses on the psychology behind the most recent seasons of your favorite TV shows, including Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Castle, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and others. Psychologists Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology) and Travis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology, Star Trek Psychology), TV writer Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), actors Maurice La Marche (Pinky and the Brain, Futurama) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek, Flash), host Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), and surprise guests discuss your favorite TV shows. Alan Kister (Doctor Who: A History, Walking Dead Psychology) moderates.
8:15-10:45pm – Room 6DE
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let’s do the Time Warp Again! Executive-produced by Lou Adler, Gail Berman, and Kenny Ortega, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an all-new star-studded reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution, longer than any other film in history, for broadcast television! Sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCartan) stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist, with the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Reeve Carney) and Magenta (Christina Milian), is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror (Staz Nair), a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Join cast and producers for an exclusive first look at the two-hour event premiering this fall on FOX.
8:30-9:30pm – Room 8
Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends
Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank), Vita Ayala (upcoming Our Work Fills the Pews), Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Services), and other panelists present a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how you can be a part of it.
8:30-10:00pm – Room 6BCF
Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories: Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and “other” character from the show. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” Do not bounce!
9:00-10:30pm – Marriott Grand Ballroom 5-6, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Playback Free Play
Didn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this block that rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest, and it’s a second chance to see these panels. (Please note: These playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)
Chucky is back! Child’s Play hit theatres in 1988, and forever changed the way the world saw dolls. On October 18, 2016, the SCREAM FACTORY home entertainment brand celebrates the landmark film and the iconic character with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and hours of bonus material.
Scream Factory will also have a limited edition set offer complete with an exclusive poster, slipcover and “Good Guys” Chucky action figure from NECA available for pre-order on shoutfactory.com beginning July 7th.
The “chills come thick and fast” (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child’s Play comes complete with “excellent special effects” (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this Blu-ray your “friend to the end!”
Since its release, the killer-doll film, alongside its synonymous character, has proven itself one of the all-time horror classics, and Child’s Play is now offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.
Special features (at press time):
• NEW 2K scan of the interpositive
• NEW Audio Commentary with director Tom Holland
• Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and “Chucky” designer Kevin Yagher
• Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini
• Select Scene Chucky Commentaries
• Evil Comes in Small Packages featuring interviews with Don Mancini, David Kirschner, John Lafia, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, Kevin Yagher (24 minutes)
• Chucky: Building a Nightmare featuring Kevin Yagher (10 minutes)
• A Monster Convention featuring Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chris Sarandon (5 minutes)
• Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play Vintage Featurette (6 minutes)
• The Decade of Darkness – featurette on ‘80s horror films (23 minutes)
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Still Photo Gallery
More exciting special features are currently in progress and will be announced soon at a later date.*** SHOUT FACTORY.COM SITE EXCLUSIVE OFFER***
Fans of the film will want to take note of two exclusive offers on the release—which are only available at www.shoutfactory.com while supplies last.
- Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover
- Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Justin Osbourn
- Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 18th
DELUXE OFFER (Limited to 2,000 orders only – pictured below)
- Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover
- Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from Justin Obsourn
- Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 18th
- Receive a second custom-made “Good Guys Doll” slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion.
- Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the custom-made “Good Guys Doll” artwork
- Receive an exclusive, limited edition 5.5″ tall “Good Guys Chucky” doll by NECA
Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series, Halloween.
The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer, Michael Myers, as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.
At both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael Myers returns in “Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield” – a maze that’s bigger and filled with more menacing scare-actors than the original, top-rated Halloween maze. It will begin with the final scene from Halloween, where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window – only to disappear from the ground. Guests will dodge Myers’ lethal knife at every turn as they step into iconic scenes from the film – all culminating in a horrifying finale!
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.
Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. To purchase tickets and find out more about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. For information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood.
A new clip from the Stephen King book-to-film adaptation of Cell (review) has been released and can be seen below. The scene shows John Cusack and Isabelle Fuhrman resting in a bar at night when Cusack wakes up and sees someone standing idly by. He decides to investigate but things don’t turn out the way he probably hoped.
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) and Cusack (The Raven), Samuel L. Jackson (1408, Pulp Fiction), Stacy Keach (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For), and Fuhrman (Orphan), Cell was written by King with revisions by Adam Alleca.
The film hit “Ultra VOD” on June 10th and will be hitting theaters and VOD tomorrow, July 8th.
We’ve teamed up with Georgia hardcore punk band Machinist! to bring you the exclusive premiere for their new video “The Nail”. Oozing with atmosphere, the band performs in what appears to be a dilapidated, decaying attic, the floor littered with rotting artifacts. Meanwhile, there’s also a nun that grips her rosary beads so tightly that her hands are coated in blood.
Vocalist Jeff Hill tells BD, “This is definitely a darker bleaker feel than anything we’ve done before. The song is about coming to a realization that something you’ve put so much time and effort into is bullshit. Be it a relationship, a religion, a band or whatever its like finding that the room at the top of the tower is empty after you walked up all those stairs, But at the same time even though you know its shit you stick with it. You’re bound to it. its about trying to get out of that headspace and realizing you accidentally let the door slam shut behind you and now you’re stuck.”
You can pick up “The Nail” via Bandcamp.
Co-director Robbie Grantham explains, “When Machinist! reached out to us we knew that we needed to build a dark and disgusting atmosphere to match the frantic nature and lyrical content of the song. Above all, we wanted the video to leave viewers questioning what they’ve watched instead of simply consuming another run-of-the-mill music video.”
July 21 – Valdosta, GA – Ashley Street Station
July 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
July 23 – Norfolk, VA – The Taphouse
July 24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Pharmacy
July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Roboto
July 26 – Louisville, KY – Highland Taproom
July 28 – Bowling green, KY – Turntable*
July 29 – Nashville, TN – Foobar*
July 30 – Auburn, AL – Derailed Bar
* with deathcard
What do you do if you’re going to commit to a football program but you also want to make an impression? Well, if you’re 4-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, you do it by creating a video themed like “The Walking Dead”!
The video shows Herbert, who hails from Plantation, FL’s American Heritage School, fending off various zombies, each of whom are wearing a t-shirt for a university he’s turning down. At the end, he tears his own tattered t-shirt revealing that he will be committing to the University of Michigan, which just so happens to be my alma mater! So, Hail to the Victors and Go Blue!
Alright sports fans, chime in with your favorite team below!
I love Mickey Keating, who is going to be one of your favorite genre filmmakers by the end of this year. If you haven’t already seen his black and white masterpiece, Darling, do so immediately. Then check out his “Twilight Zone”-esque Pod, as well as Ritual, with his survival horror Carnage Park also now on VOD. The dude’s been busy, and has yet to disappoint.
Next up is Psychopaths, described as a sprawling, psychedelic ensemble piece that follows several serial killers over the course of a single night.
Bloody Disgusting was able to nab the first batch of casting, which included all sorts of genre vets from The Battery director Jeremy Gardner to Graham Skipper (The Mind’s Eye, Almost Human), Helen Rogers (V/H/S, Body), Matt Mercer (Contracted, Madison County, The Mind’s Eye), Larry Fessenden (Southbound, The Mind’s Eye, In a Valley of Violence), with Sam Zimmerman, Mark Kassen (Alone, Jobs), Ivana Shein (Meadowland, The Woods), and James Landry Hébert (HBO’s “Westworld”).
It was then announced that Keating would also reteam with Carnage Park star Ashley Bell, while also enlisting The Final Girls‘ Angela Trimbur.
We’re excited to share with you the first ever image from Psychopaths, which puts Bell is an extremely different kind of role. As for the film, well, Keating is once again tackling a new subgenre that touches on Giallo, as well as Altman films!
“This one’s completely different from anything I’ve done before,” Keating told us. “I hope it throws people for a loop. I wrote it right after we wrapped Darling. We definitely wanted to make it like some sort of surreal fever dream. There’s a song and dance sequence, there’s split screens, there’s nods to several Giallo and Altman films. First and foremost it’s an ensemble piece and I’m very excited for everybody to see the performances.”
Watch this spot for more as we find out when and where Psychopaths will World Premiere.
Posting this now is a little odd to say the least. About a week before the tragic accident that took the life of Anton Yelchin way too soon, Bloody Disgusting received an exclusive clip from Lionsgate of Yelchin discussing why he became involved with Green Room. The plan at the time was to hold the clip until today, July 8th, and when the terrible news regarding Yelchin came out I was unsure of what to do with it.
I decided to still hold it until today. I don’t know if it really matters at all or makes a difference or whatever, but to me it felt more respectable to do it this way and follow through with the original plan. Watching the video now is definitely bittersweet, but I do hope that you watch it. It’s rather short, but it’s funny and Yelchin’s natural charm shines through. Even now it’s hard not to laugh when he says why he chose to do Green Room.
Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, and written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the award-winning filmstars Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The “delightfully nasty horror chiller” (Chicago Sun-Times) also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (Secret in Their Eyes), and Callum Turner (Queen & Country).
After witnessing a shocking crime, a young rock band is unexpectedly thrust into a life-or-death battle to escape the clutches of a diabolical club owner (Stewart) and his ruthless henchmen in this white-knuckle thriller.
The home entertainment release of Green Room contains audio commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The Green Room Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
- Audio Commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier
- “Into the Pit: Making Green Room” Featurette