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Comic Book Review: “Birthright” #5 – Hang On For Final Reveal!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:20

Reviewed By Katy Rex. The worst part about “Birthright” #5 is that we won’t get a follow-up until April. Williamson has been playing with a balance of simultaneously building two distinct worlds and keeping mysterious secrets, and this end-of-the-arc issue brings it all to a climax.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Andrei Bressan

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

A lot of comics would go from mid-battle in the previous issue to a single panel battle wrap-up so that the old issue can end suspensefully and the new issue can move on and be fresh. It’s a common strategy, and a logical one, and it’s one that I’m glad they completely ignore in issue #5 of Birthright. The issue starts with the battle between Mikey and Rya and the beast, in the past, and the battle between Mikey and the Ward, in the present. Both battles work to characterize Mikey as a whole and complex person; the past shows the boy he was and the innocence and compassion therein, and the present shows how far he’s willing to go, and his motivations for doing so. Plus blood and fire and swords are cool.

This issue also does a lot of work to develop the relationship between Mikey and Brennan. Brennan, in some strange way, still feels like the protective older brother of this full grown warrior man. He’s beginning to realize that Mikey is his brother and also might not be exactly what he seems. He’s dealing with this introduction of moral ambiguity exactly the way a big brother would; he’s not telling their dad, because that’s a tattletale move, and he’s not pushing Mikey on it, because he figures it’s secret for a reason, but he’s going to stand by his brother and protect him and maybe find out a little more about the secrets.

The art in this issue is consistent, and the character designs… I want to talk about the character designs, and the way they develop consistently with the characters as the characters change, but I don’t want to say what exactly I mean by that, because I don’t want to actually prepare you for the last panel of this issue. When you get there, you’ll see what I mean. As always, Adriano Lucas is kicking ass on colors, particularly the palette during the battle in the forest. The panel layout is creative enough to avoid monotony, but not complicated enough to inhibit the plot. The real strength, though, is very much the characters; the details of their appearance, their body language, their facial expressions, it all combines to convey the very real and complex human (and nonhuman otherworldly) characters realistically.

The main flaws I see in this issue are the parents. They are the least interesting, realistic, and believable characters of the series, but development over time could help flesh them out more and make them as engaging as the others. And not to repeat myself, but the last panel. You guys, the last panel. It’s a gorgeous splash, and it’s everything. It’s absolutely responsible for why I’m so mad about waiting two months for the next installment.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

 

 

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Comic Book Review: “Imperium” #1- Rooting For The Bad Guy Is On The Rise

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:07

Reviewed by Brady Steele. Ever think that bad guys actually DO have good ideas on how to run things? Valiant Next shows readers how to do just this the right way with this week’s “Imperium” #1. It’s such a friendly way to show us all how we need to surrender to our betters that it’s eerily creepy to see how it will happen.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Dysart

ART BY: Doug Braithwaite

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 4 February 2015

Sure, enslaving mankind sounds bad when you say it out loud, but when you see the end results working out so well…maybe they should just take it all over. Thankfully, the Earth in the Valiant Universe has the powerful psiot Toyo Harada to bring about world peace HIS way. His subtle attempt, Harbinger, didn’t work out exactly as planned. Therefore, this time, Harada is employing more…morally loose individuals to achieve peace on Earth. This Imperium includes “an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist”. Sounds like an excellent recipe for heaven on Earth, right?

Writer Joshua Dysart really has cooked up something special here to behold. This first issue shows us the happy ending at the very start. The world has never looked more idyllic and peaceful. It almost feels like the story is backwards but it’s just clever storytelling throughout. Half of this issue is in the future and half in the present. Seeing how the world gets to this utopia in the future looks to be an enthralling ride I’m eager to get into.

The art by Doug Braithwaite is a great choice. Braithwaite is terrific at future-tech scenery and designs as well as grimy war zones. The coloring by Brian Reeber and Dave McCaig really emphasizes the different eras skillfully. Plus the killer robot “Mech Major” who just wants to be called “Sunlight on Snow” looks big and scary and sounds like a comical serial killer. I can’t wait to see the other recruits and how they all mesh together.

Labels can be stifling at times. Hero. Villain. Maniac. Messiah. Psycho. Savior. History ultimately decides who is what. Having all these powerful individuals in one series certainly looks enthralling. Rooting for the bad guys looks like a trend on the rise for 2015 thanks to a book like this. Definitely another feather in the cap of the Valiant Entertainment line worth reading so pick it up.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on. Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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Comic Book Review: “The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time” #1 – Promises Mayhem To Come

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:59

Reviewed by Brady Steele. Look out if you’ve wronged The Goon, especially this week.  The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #1 is as fitting a title you’ll read this week. After the uber-dark turn your favorite ugly-mugged tough guy’s life took in the last miniseries, this looks like he’ll be spiraling into somewhere very nasty.

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell

ART BY: Eric Powell

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: 4 February 2015

The Goon and his gang have been really busy lately defending their town from all kinds of supernatural craziness. His enemies are definitely using some nastier tactics than his old adversary / now ally The Zombie Priest ever did. You break a man’s heart, you break his spirit. Does he now one of the oh-so-many lost that inhabit this mystically cursed, yet highly coveted locale? This new trek has the looks of some of the most dark and depraved seen in The Goon’s long history and that’s saying something.

Mastermind creator Eric Powell has made some perilous choices as the next plan of attack for our lug-headed hero. The lack of color only adds to the bleakness of this battle, its opponents and the general morale of those readers care about. As much of a downer as I’m making it sound, this book isn’t at all.

Powell is showing us how far gone The Goon and his state of mind are after his losses from the Occasion of Revenge storyline. It also shows us how truly terrifyingly dangerous he can be. Nothing is safe and it’s almost glorious to see an unhinged Goon take down everything in his way, including his own friends. Nothing and no one feels safe here which is thrilling to read. Get into this now and enjoy the mayhem and carnage that is sure to come.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on. Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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5 Skull Comic Review: “The Ghost Fleet” #4 – Shit Get’s Really Real

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:48

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Ghost Fleet” #4 gets real this month, swapping out hardcore action for an emotional rollercoaster. The best part? It works, it works really well. With each passing issue and the deeper we get into this story the more it strays from how it was originally presented. From seeing its original announcement at NYCC last year there’s no way I could’ve guessed it’d be going in the direction it now is. Which is in no way a negative, as this series has proven to be superbly intriguing.

WRITTEN BY: Donny Cates

ART BY: Daniel Warren Johnson

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

Initially we’re treated to a flashback showing Ward and Trace in an incredibly different time. Wards been drinking heavily in his car, too ashamed or too scared to enter his own home. Until he hears a scream and goes rushing in, hand on his gun, ready for anything. Except to deal with his wife’s cancer. Turns out Trace and Sara have been waiting for him for hours as he’s been out drowning himself in the drink. Trace takes him outside in the friendliest way possible and lays it all out for him, how he’s gotta step up and really be there for his wife. This whole scene is a real gut punch I was never expecting from Ghost Fleet, but one I welcome with open arms. (maybe that’s how they gut punched me so easily)

Later in the issue things get really gnarly and supernatural but I won’t spoil any of it because it’s totally rad. Another character is also introduced this issue, he beautifully takes care of the balls to the walls action for this month. How he ties into everything isn’t very clear but make sure to keep an eye on his t-shirt, trust me.

Meanwhile Lauren Affe’s colors add a surreal texture to the book that you really can’t find anywhere else in comics. It straddles the line between a old school pulp book and new school awesome.

The concept of this series has evolved into something tremendous and has built with every subsequent issue. Now that we’ve reached the fourth chapter everything that has been teased is coming together beautifully in a way that doesn’t feel forced but organically challenges every thing that came before in brand new ways. This is one stellar read. If you come to the series for amazing action scenes, you’ll find plenty to love this month, but if you linger a little longer you’ll find yourself immersed in an emotional and surprising read.

Donny Cates and Daniel Warren Johnson have truly hit their stride now, this is the best Ghost Fleet issue yet and I’m craving that next issue more than my many chemical dependencies.

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Comic Book Review: “Nailbiter” #10 – Marks A Weak Point For The Series

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:32

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Nailbiter” #10 shows the title has finally stumbled and produced a comparatively weak issue. 9 out of 10 isn’t a bad batting average, in fact it’s stellar, but not all stories are created equal. When stacked up against the incredibly high quality of previous issues this one stands out like a sore thumb. It’s a cramped and entirely too convenient tale that feels completely disconnected from the Nailbiter we’ve come to love. It’s muddled at best and incomprehensible at worst.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4th, 2015

Picking up relatively soon after last issues infinitely unsettling cliffhanger. The children’s bus driver, Mister Crowe, has gone mad and intends to kill all of the kids with the twisted logic that he’s saving their souls, so then they can’t grow up to be serial killers. Sheriff Crane tries to calm the parents who’ve all gathered at the children’s school demanding answers and justice, and rightfully so.

Crane is soon joined by Finch and Agent Barker looking to help in any way they can. This is where the issue goes off the rails. The local priest is going off again as he always does which leads Crane to pressuring him into helping them. He says he might know a place where Crowe liked to pray. Then the next page they’re just there, the hunt for this guy took all of two pages and really one sentence. It’s all much too convenient, not to mention what was Crowe doing that whole time? Was he just patiently sitting there with a bus full of crying kids waiting for the cavalry to show up and try to stop him?

The location must be somewhere out of the way which means it can’t be a hop and a skip away from the school or people would’ve seen the bus. So now that the good guys are perfectly positioned to save the kids Crowe drives them into the lake. Obviously Crane and Finch dive in after to save the bus full of kids, but as they do so Agent Barker does absolutely nothing. This is an entire bus full of kids that just plunged into a lake so Crane and Finch could definitely use help, or not. Somehow they manage to save all of the kids in what seems like an incredibly short amount of time.

Then Crowe somehow manages to save himself but they leave one of the kids out there with him, why? Crane is clearly shown swimming away from the child, who’s out in the water about 5 feet from the psycho who just tried to drown all the kids. It doesn’t make any sense to me. This whole scene is a mess, a tangled mess.

The issue does pick up a bit after this and the ending is totally rad, but not good enough to save the issue. It’s a rare misstep from Williamson but one I’m sure he’ll bounce back from going forward. Nailbiter fans will still find some nuggets of fun here but this is will definitely be remembered as a black sheep.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

 

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[EXCLUSIVE] Kane Hodder Joins 80′s Slasher Game ‘Summer Camp’

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:00

Gun Media has revealed the man behind the mask in their upcoming 80′s themed slasher game Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, and it’s a name that fans of the Friday the 13th films should easily recognize. Kane Hodder — Jason Voorhees himself — will be donning a different mask in this game, but his duty will be the same: kill, kill kill.

“Honestly, who else could we have chosen for the role of the killer?” explains Wes Keltner, co-creator of Summer Camp. “Several people have worn the mask, but in our eyes, there was only one. Kane has the body type, the presence and demeanor that personify the unrelenting, undying killing force we’re after for Summer Camp.”

With Kane Hodder and FX legend Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk till Dawn) involved, I don’t understand why the world hasn’t exploded already.

“Everyone has their own skills. One of mine happens to be killing people on screen. When Wes and the team behind Summer Camp came to me, I jumped at the chance to bring my skills to gamers around the world. Combined with the fact that Savini is on board and Manfredini is doing the soundtrack? This is a no-brainer.”

Hodder gets it.

Summer Camp is one of a handful of upcoming horror games we have to look forward to in what looks like a slasher game renaissance.

It’s getting a little confusing though, with the similarly titled Splatter Camp, the recent announcement of a Friday the 13th video game, and the issues it’s had with Last Year.

This isn’t the kind of mess that slasher fans have come to expect from the genre, but if we can get a few great horror games out of all this, it’ll be worth it. With everything it has going for it, Summer Camp isn’t likely to disappoint.

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Comic Review: “Escape From New York” #3 – Tons Of Action And Severed Limbs

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:00

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. With twisted glee, “Escape From New York” #3 delivers tons of action, guns blazing, and cut-off limbs flying everywhere. The one-eyed Snake Plissken has a whole new set of problems as he attempts to make his latest getaway. I’ve waited a long time  for a sequel to “Escape From L.A.” and it’s finally here.

WRITTEN BY: Christopher Sebela

ART BY: Diego Barreto

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

Trapped in the hellhole state of Florida, Snake Plissken has to raise an army from a bunch of dim-witted recruits. War is coming and the Twins have an actual nuke ready to blast everyone away. With a bomb attached to his collar, Snake has to figure out how to get to the nuke, without getting himself killed. But then, why save the world, when Snake already knows there’s nothing worth living for?

What I really found interesting is how writer Christopher Sebela takes Snake back to his solider days. In the opening pages, Snake gives a beatdown to his recruits, who are nothing more than weaklings. He reminds them that soldiers are meant to fight for the mission and their reward is a trip back home alive. But none of his recruits bother to listen; they just want to know what happened in the Big Apple.

Sebela twists the narrative by having Snake break his own rules. Fighting his destiny to be a leader, Snake has to save the day, even though he’s not interested in doing so. Sebela continues with the themes about an ex-solider finding a mission worth fighting for.

Artist Diego Barreto delivers a military training camp that is reminiscent of recent war movies, such as “Jarhead.” Notice how none of the fresh recruits have any muscle and they look young in their twenties. The recruits are always in awe when they look at the legend himself. The heat blisters as Snake runs around the basic training camp, with no cover from the sun.

Barreto keeps the action moving at a fast pace. You feel the hits as Barreto captures the punches and kicks in extreme close-ups. The best sequence in the issue is when Snake has to break out of a room by riding on top of a chandelier.

“Escape From New York” #3 is a fun and quick read. I’m really looking forward to the next issue.

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[TV] The Flash: “Crazy For You” – Review

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:50

By Brady Steele / twitter: @mrbradysteele.The latest episode of ‘The Flash’ entitled ‘Crazy for You’ has a lot going on in it. Like a good comic book, subplots are coming to a boil and even more subplots are being planted. Viewers finally see some progression on plot points that have been languishing around since nearly the beginning of this series. Plus, our speedster finally has real difficulty against his adversary of the week: Peek-a-Boo! Who is that? Don’t worry, you’ll find out…

The ladies pretty much take over this episode which is a great contrast to see. Ironically, the one character that normally gets a great deal of screen time, Iris West (Candice Patton), is put on the backburner this time out. Barry (Grant Gustin) has finally stopped pining for her and finds out there’s plenty of fish in the sea after all. No spoilers from me, BUT, it is nice to see them include more people from ALL the Flash’s timelines. One spoiler I will give viewers: there is karaoke in this episode. You’ve been warned.

Major geek points and kudos go out to the writers who definitely know their Flash history. Peek-a-Boo was a character created during producer Geoff Johns’ inspired run on The Flash comic book series that, as we can see here, has potential for so much more than robbing banks for gangsters. She’s got a fantastic power (teleportation) and it’s cool to see the creators use it in a different way than others have before.

As I mentioned earlier, subplots are starting to percolate more and more. This show really feels like a comic book with so many things going on herein. One prime example is the slow and methodical discoveries surrounding Martin Stein and Ronny Raymond’s fates. The hook at the end of this episode in particular unquestionably got me very excited as to which Rogue is coming next. Like The Flash himself, you can feel the momentum building and the storylines picking up the pace.

Between this show and Arrow, DC Comics on the CW definitely are doing a bang-up job at world-building. The producers of these shows are channeling a build up to an early 1980s era Justice League of America vibe (no pun intended) with at least four members already on screen in one capacity or another (Green Arrow, The Flash, The Atom and Firestorm). I hope they take their time and that that pipe dream doesn’t mature for another few seasons. This episode wasn’t too mushy or too comic-book-heavy either so I was pleasantly surprised once again how they balance both so well for a new show.

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Watch The First Teaser Trailer For Netflix’s “Daredevil” Now!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:38

This morning marks the release of the first trailer for Netflix and Marvel’s first collaboration “Daredevil.” It’s everything you could want in a teaser, it’s short, sweet and to the point and edited beautifully. It exceeds my expectations and has my excitement for the series at an all time high.

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

This is a grounded, authentic, suspenseful and edgy action drama featuring a great cast that includes:

o Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil

o Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk

o Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple

o Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page

o Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson

o Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich

o Scott Glenn as Stick

o Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna

o Bob Gunton and Leland Owlsey

o Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley

Marvel’s Daredevil is one of the best known properties of the street level heroes and will be the the first of four epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Iron Fist, and Marvel’s Luke Cage, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders) that delves into the backstory of how Matt Murdock evolves into Daredevil.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard ( “Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, in addition to writing the first two episodes of Daredevil), along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The tone of the series is noticeably different than the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s blood here, and lots of it. I had expectations that the series would be a little darker, but this is something else. From this short teaser it looks like we’re getting an uncompromising look at street level crime from Daredevil, and watching as he pushes into a world he doesn’t really understand. I’m kind of bummed we don’t get to see much Kingpin or the use of Daredevil’s senses but I’m sure we will see more in the weeks to come.

Now the biggest question becomes who will be the first to binge all this episodes come April 10th.

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Check Out This Beautiful Acoustic Cover Of Metallica’s “The Call Of Ktulu”

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:30

Russian guitarist Igor Presnyakov has been making a solid name for himself on YouTube, uploading fantastic guitar covers of popular rock, metal, and pop tracks. And now he’s taken on one of Metallica‘s most eerie and sinister tracks: “The Call Of Ktulu”.

The track appears on the band’s 1984 thrash classic Ride The Lightning and the name was suggested by then bassist Cliff Burton, who was inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft novel “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. It is also the last Metallica song to feature writing credit for Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.

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‘Lost River’ Poster a Tunnel of Terror

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:35

Warner Bros. has also shared this awesome one-sheet for Drive star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which opens April 10, 2015.

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.

Also check out the new trailer below.

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[TV] More CW Horror: “Cheerleader Death Squad”

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:30

The CW is going horror crazy, it’s just too bad they aren’t making anything for me (or so it appears). With that said, I really hope some of you are excited!

In addition to “Tales From the Darkside”, which could be insanely cool, they also announced a pilot from JJ Abrams, “Dead People”, and have “iZombie” coming this quarter.

Next up is “Cheerleader Death Squad”, from “Desperate Housewives” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” producers Marc Cherry, Neal Baer, Dan Truly and Sabrina Wind, says Variety.

The one-hour pilot follows a former CIA agent-turned-teacher who realizes that his elite students at a Washington, D.C., prep school have high level access through their personal connections — and trains them to be his eyes and ears in the world of international espionage so he can make his way back into the CIA.

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‘Faults’ Poster Will Fracture Your Mind

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:15

Screen Media Films has set March 6, 2015 as the release for Riley Stearns’ psychological thriller Faults, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser. A nationwide theatrical release accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.

Winstead portrays a cult member whose family recruits a deprogramming specialist played by Orser.

We have two extremely positive reviews here on Bloody, both here and here.

The Playlist has the theatrical one-sheet for Faults, which premiered at South by Southwest, and also stars Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Jon Gries and Lance Reddick.

Snoot Entertainment’s Keith and Jessica Calder produced along with Winstead. The film was executive produced by Brian Joe and co-produced by Chris Harding and Roxanne Benjamin.

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Possessed Clown Highlights ‘Poltergeist’ Sneak!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:00

They’re finally here!

USA Today shared the first ever images from the Gil Keenan-directed Poltergeist, allegedly a pseudo-sequel, that will open in theaters on July 24, 2015.

To be released in 3-D, Jared Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams also star.

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

Poltergeist has been rated PG-13 for “intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.”

Do you think the new clown is scarier than the one in Tobe Hooper’s original?

Thanks to Bloody reader Michael M. for the heads up.

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My Enemies & I “Wolves Teeth” Teaser (Exclusive)

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:00

Today brings another entry into our exclusive weekly series of teasing the upcoming My Enemies & I EP Sick World, which comes out March 10th!

Last week we teased “Victims”, which I labelled, “…one of the heaviest tracks on the album.” If you haven’t heard it, head over here to give it a listen.

For this week’s clip, we’re teasing the track “Wolves Teeth”, which boasts an anthemic chorus before giving us just the briefest taste of a fast-paced verse, complete with pounding drums and raging lyrics.

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Tour dates with Arcane Haven and Alaya
Feb 16th | Pittsburgh, PA Keynote Cafe
Feb 17th | Beckley, WV Muncheez Bar & Grill
Feb 18th | Richmond, VA Canal Club
Feb 19th | Fayetteville, NC The Drunk Horse Pub
Feb 20th | Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Feb 21st | Evansville, IN The Hobo Jungle
Feb 22nd| Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

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[TV] Marvel’s Agent Carter: The Iron Ceiling Review

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 01:48

Reviewed By Katy Rex. ‘The Iron Ceiling’ is the Strategic Scientific Reserve’s first big “away” mission, plus we get a little of Dottie’s origin story, starting in Russia, 1937, at (presumably) Black Widow Academy. There is a lot going on in this week of Marvel’s Agent Carter.

There’s just something extra awesome and terrifying about adorable little girls with pigtails murdering each other, isn’t there? Dottie is quickly becoming one of the most complex characters on the show, even with so little screen time. She’s clearly skilled in many ways; ninja jumps, marksmanship, playing dumb about tourist traps in the Big Apple, you name it.

If you’re here for girls who aren’t Peggy, though, I’m sorry. Dottie, even with her truly bizarre character development, gets very little actual screen time this week, and we don’t get to check in with Angie.

In a defiant sequence of events, Peggy spends the majority of this episode making Agent Chad Michael Murray eat his words from last episode (“the Natural Order of the Universe is that no man will ever consider her equal”). Despite his condescension and best efforts to exclude her, she breaks the code that the professional codebreaker couldn’t solve and talks her way onto the mission by enlisting her best good buddies, the 107th Regiment. Do we get to see that unsinkable merry band, the Howling Commandos, again?! You bet your sweet ass we do. For the whole friggin’ episode, and it’s glorious. Plus, in the Howling Commandos and in the locker room at the station, we finally get some characters who aren’t white.

Susan is still totally investigating the idea that the blonde is actually a brunette, a possibility he proved last episode by coloring in her hair with a pencil. Very scientific, Susan. Unfortunately for Peggy, he accidentally saw her in her underwear, and that gave him the opportunity to recognize her shrapnel scars from the blonde’s shoulder. So that sucks.

Chief Dooley meets a reporter played by Smallville’s Lionel Luthor in a bar. Just as Susan is getting more and more evidence to doubt Carter, Dooley is getting more and more support to change his mind about Stark’s collaborative role with Leviathan. Is he finally open to admitting he’s wrong? We’ll see! If he isn’t… well, isn’t that just like a man?

Peggy is lucky the 107th were willing to step in and help with the away mission, because now that Agent Chad Michael Murray can see other men treating Peggy decently and respecting her, he starts to realize it’s possible for women to be good at things other than getting coffee. Dum Dum Duggan and Peggy have a really great dynamic which makes it clear that here, out in the field with her compatriots, is her comfort zone. She’s good at this, and even Agent Chad Michael Murray has to admit it; there’s a moment where Chad Michael Murray takes Peggy’s tactical advice infiltrating the Leviathan base.

I’m still reeling from the complete creepy bizarreness of Dottie’s home invasion, by the way. In yet another side story, Dottie has palmed Peggy’s keys and used them to covertly search her apartment for intel. She starts to steal the evidence she needs when she notices Steve Rogers’ picture at Peggy’s vanity table. So of course, she smells Peggy’s lipstick and does a fake British voice, presumably imagining what it would be like to be Peggy? Or maybe this is some Russian spy thing, getting into your target’s shoes. In that case, I do sort of wish she literally put on Peggy’s shoes.

While Susan is unraveling Peggy’s credibility, she’s busy proving her worth to Agent Chad Michael Murray and the team. Unfortunately, in the battle scene, one of our two really visible PoC characters dies, but I guess we still have Happy Sam Sawyer, so that’s something.

 

What do you think? Did you like Chad Michael Murray’s bonding moment with Peggy, where he confesses that he’s not really a tough guy and it’s so hard to keep faking it? Why does Dottie sleep wearing handcuffs? Will Susan turn Carter in?

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

 

 

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‘The Hallow’ Sells HUGE Out of Sundance

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 20:24

Deadline reports that IFC has closed a low seven figure deal for U.S. rights to the horror film The Hallow (review).

Recently attached as the new director of The Crow, Corin Hardy’s Hallow hails out of Ireland, and stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.

When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground, he unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family.

Hardy previously cited classic horrors like The Evil Dead, Alien and The Thing as boyhood inspirations.

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[TV] First Look At Brandon Routh As The Atom on ‘Arrow’

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:32

The Hollywood Reporter broke the first look at Brandon Routh fully suited up as The Atom on the CW’s Arrow. The Atom is DC’s answer to Antman, and it looks like we’ll be getting the subatomic hero a little earlier than Paul Rudd is suiting up to shrink down.

Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) is suiting up as The Atom.

The CW has released the first photo of Routh as the superhero, which has been teased throughout this season of Arrow. On the show, Palmer is a billionaire who lost his fiance to Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) soldiers. After taking over Queen Consolidated, he’s been toying with the idea of becoming a superhero — but he has needed Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) scientific skills to complete the suit. Last week, she finally gave in and decided to help, despite her reservations that he might come to harm.

In comic book lore, Palmer’s suit allows him to shrink down to the size of subatomic particles.

Palmer will don The Atom suit for the Feb. 25 episode of Arrow. He will also appear in an episode of The Flash, alongside Felicity, later this season. Meanwhile, The CW is toying with the idea of giving The Atom his own spinoff show.

I’m a huge fan of the suit. I love the cabling holding this thing together. It appears that the suit is jumping out of the world of Arrow, but still feels very grounded. Something I wasn’t sure was possible when The Atom was being toyed with on the show. So far Brandon Routh has been a pleasant addition to the cast, and I for one can’t wait to see the suit in action at the end of this month.

What do you think of the suit?

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Review: Game of Thrones Episode Two – The Lost Lords

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:19

Telltale Games have delivered another stellar chapter of storytelling with Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords. After the shocking events that concluded Iron From Ice House Forrester is reeling from the devastation wrought onto it by The Red Wedding. This chapter sees you playing as some old faces from chapter one in decidedly slower paced adventures, but the real meat of the episode comes with the two new protagonists of the chapter.

Let’s get something out of the way; Rodrik Forrestor is alive, and very badly beaten. His survival proves to be the biggest surprise of the chapter and it happens very early into the whole ordeal. He’s half the man he used to be, and left to be the head of a House in complete shambles after Ethan’s death at the hands of Ramsay snow. Game of Thrones has always dealt with misfortune in interesting ways, but with Rodrik, Telltale puts you in control of a disadvantaged warrior.

You feel great pain as you’re pushed around in almost every scene, and my heart truly broke by some of the choices I felt compelled to make out of weakness. Even a moment longer as the limping leader would have been excoriating, but Telltale makes you languish in his servitude.

Alternatively we have Asher. The banished son of the house who almost took the entire family to war, and you can feel it in his portions of the chapter. He is filled with energy and bloodlust. If he ever makes it back from Yunaki in one piece, he’ll have Ramsay Snow’s balls.

 

Asher’s portions show Telltale further expanding on their action set pieces and making them play like seamless quick time events. At the episode’s introduction you’ll feel your heart pounding as you fight legions of masked guards in an attempt to collect a bounty. It’s some of the best gameplay produced by the company.

Meanwhile Mira’s portions play on the deceptive side of Westeros. Showing that only the most sleuthy can survive in Kings Landing, you get to play everyone around you for your own goals. It’s decidedly different and works to break the mold.

Whereas Gerad’s segments as he joins the Knight’s Watch felt like more of drag than anything in the entire episode, with tasks that seem menial and a story that doesn’t really progress.

It’s hard to fault Telltale Games’ The Lost Lords because its one of the most authentic Game of Thrones experiences out there. Within every moment you feel invested in different parts of Westeros with varying degrees of power. Some stories feel more important than others, and depending on what you’re looking for I reckon you might have a very different experience than I did, but no matter what type of gameplay you’re looking for The Lost Lords has it to offer. The compelling story and masterful attention to detail ensure you’ll be engaging in an adventure unlike any other.

This series has proven once again that Telltale Games have become masters of their own craft. The voice of Game of Thrones feels authentic and substantial. The game plays like the best and worst parts of the series, and I mean that in the highest regard. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and despite a little lull in the back half of the second act, I can’t recommend it enough.

 

And for those of you unable to play the game yourselves, here’s a handy Let’s Play:

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[SXSW '15] Jam-Packed With Genre Films!

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 17:51

Marking its 22nd year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features lineup for this year’s event, running March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 slate showcases independent discoveries from emerging directors, auteur-driven comedies and works by master filmmakers.

Oh, and it’s loaded with genre films. The best part? They haven’t even revealed the Midnight titles yet!

Here’s what you can look forward to seeing:

Narrative Feature Competition
The Boy

Director: Craig Macneill, Screenwriters: Craig Macneill, Clay McLeod Chapman
The Boy is an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath’s growing fascination with death. Cast: David Morse, Rainn Wilson, Jared Breeze, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson, Aiden Lovekamp. (World Premiere)

Manson Family Vacation
Director/Screenwriter: J. Davis
The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family. Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue. (World Premiere)

Headliners
Ex Machina

Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller Ex Machina. Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander. (North American Premiere)

Narrative Spotlight
The Final Girls

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson, Screenwriters: M. A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller
Max and her friends are mysteriously transported into a famous 1980s horror movie that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Reunited, they team up to fight the film’s maniacal killer and find their way back home. Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev. (World Premiere)

Visions
Ava’s Possessions

Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Galland
Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she must attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group to figure out what happened. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon; now it’s time to get it back. Cast: Louisa Krause, Whitney Able, Deborah Rush, William Sadler, Zachary Booth, Wass Stevens, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, John Ventimiglia, Jemima Kirke, Stella Schnabel. (World Premiere)

Nina Forever (UK)

Directors/Screenwriters: Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine
A fucked up fairy tale. Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief – even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love. Cast: Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Elizabeth Elvin, David Troughton. (World Premiere)

One & Two
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo, Screenwriters: Andrew Droz Palermo, Neima Shahdadi
Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart. Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Timothee Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler. (World Premiere)

Unfriended (read our review)

Director: Leo Gabriadze, Screenwriter: Nelson Greaves
Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance. Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman. (U.S. Premiere)

Episodic
“iZombie”

Director: Rob Thomas, Screenwriters: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright
From Rob Thomas and based on the comic book, The CW Network’s “iZOMBIE” centers on Olivia “Liv” Moore, a bright young woman who’s also a newly turned zombie. She clings to her humanity by working in the city morgue and helping the police investigate unsolved murders. Cast: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders. (World Premiere)

Festival Favorites
Lost River

Director/Screenwriter: Ryan Gosling
A family tries to hold on to their home in the ruins of a disappearing city. Cast: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Stele, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn. (U.S. Premiere)

The Visit (Denmark/Austria/Ireland/Finland/Norway)

Director/Screenwriter: Michael Madsen
This film documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.

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