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First ‘Poltergeist’ Clip Echoes Original: “They’re Coming”

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:57

In this first clip eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) is speaking to her HD television set, which is displaying all static. Her brother enters the scene and asks what she’s doing. “They’re coming,” she replies. It’s not quite the same as “They’re here,” but it’s not the same movie, right?

This clip from Gil Kenan’s remake echoes one of the many classic scenes in Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, in theaters May 22nd.

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern Poltergeist, with Jared Harris playing 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.”

“Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.”

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Scream Factory Announces Two Wes Craven Classics And An Italian Double Feature

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:55

Scream Factory has announced three upcoming Blu-Rays that will appeal to the ultimate in horror collectors! Coming this August we’ll be seeing two Wes Craven classics: The People Under The Stairs and The Serpent And The Rainbow. We’ll also be seeing an Italian double feature, which includes Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness. Pre-order links will go up next month for all three titles.

I remember seeing The Serpent and the Rainbow years ago but honestly don’t recall whether or not I liked it. Wasn’t there some kind of spirit animal face off at some point? Readers, if you think I need to revisit the film, let me know!

Our “Summer of Fear Part 2” line-up continues to increase with our plans to release Wes Craven’s fascinating and weird (in the best way possible) cult favorite THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS in an all-new Collector’s Edition release!

Our “Summer of Fear Part 2” line-up increases further with news that we will be releasing Wes Craven’s terrifying 1988 voodoo chiller THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW in an all-new Collector’s Edition release!

Our “Summer of Fear Part 2″ lineup continues to roll out with more retro Italian-made horror films both coming to blu-ray for the first time! 1990’s “mad science” film METAMORPHOSIS will be doubled-billed with the 1990 haunted house-themed BEYOND DARKNESS (and from the Director of Troll 2!) for a planned late August release.

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[Comic Review] “Pisces” #1 Proves Ambitious and Ambiguous

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:26

Reviewed By Taylor Hoffman // @taylorcheckerss

“Pisces” #1 is an ambitious and ambiguous start to a body-horror science-fiction series brought to us by the new powerhouse team Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens) and Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered). Lovers of Wiebe’s ‘Green Wake’ must add this to their pull immediately so this series doesn’t suffer the same fate, and there’s no doubt that it will draw in fans across several off-kilter genres. This is a cerebral story centered around a man’s life who has been to war, to space, and back again. Wiebe and Christmas have promised David Cronenberg inspired body horror and this first issue only shows us a preview of what horrors await.

Story By: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Art By: Johnnie Christmas

Colors By: Tamra Bonvillain

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $3.50

Release Date: 4/29/15

The book opens with Dillion Carpenter driving drunk while generic whiskey drips from the bottle in the passenger seat. His face is already bloody and haphazardly bandaged, hands tight on the wheel as he approaches an emergency room. He stops a second too late and, thud-crash, hits a parked ambulance. It’s late and raining hard, and the man in shadows emerges from behind the shattered windows of the driver’s seat and stumbles into the main lobby of the ER with blood dripping off him. Why? Well, there’s no spoilers in saying that we still don’t know, but it’s one hell of a way to introduce the main character. Soon, we’re in Vietnam during Dillion’s younger years serving as a pilot. Things, as they must, go poorly, and we’re set to a different time. Each new time period establishes this story as very grounded in reality, but as the solicits say, he’ll eventually be going into space on a secret mission for NASA. Well, this is the story of how and why this guy is important.

Truly, there’s none of the Scanners vibe present, but there’s an equally chilling horror of reoccurring trauma bubbling. Obviously, Dillion’s got some issues to work out and the abyss of space keeps whispering to him. Wiebe’s tackling some heavy topics in this story, including war veteran PTSD as a way of both story-telling and character development. We’re putting pieces together as we go along even while completely displaced from any distinct timeline. Wiebe puts a lot of heart into his writing, and it’s no doubt that Dillion’s story will be told truthfully, guts and all.

Johnnie Christmas’ art on Sheltered is fantastic, and his talent really shines on this new project. The paneling is very deliberately laid out for a story that is made up of jarring memories. Christmas uses his space wisely by creating juxtaposition between the vastnesses of space and other unfamiliar territory in which, probably, Dillion doesn’t belong. Christmas’ silent story-telling in a few pages is very Watchmen-esque in its nine-panel structure. The gutters run through equally important memories that are in no particular order and any sequence works. The facial expression work for these characters is superb and depicts a range of emotions from pity to disgust naturally. Tamra Bonvillain’s (Wayward) coloring brings everything together with a constant awareness of the tone of the story at every point and the color palette to match. All together, the story’s timeline is more defined, but not too rigidly that it takes the wandering away.

It’s both exciting and awfully dreadful to feel lost, and its in this dark disconnect that Pisces thrives. The lack of understanding isn’t unsatisfying; it just leaves you hungry for more details in the second issue. There’s an abyss waiting Dillion and plenty of darkness in store for the rest of the series.

 

 

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[TV Review] “The Flash” S1E20 – ‘The Trap’

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:08

By Brady Steele / twitter: @mrbradysteele. There is plenty of drama and tense moments as ‘The Trap’ episode is set in motion this week. The question of blame and who started all of this wackiness is seen through so many character this episode. “This all keep getting crazier and crazier” says Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) and you have to admit it is going that way.

Time travel and Superheroes. Two story elements when done properly can be a ton of fun to explore. The future comes into view quite a few times this outing. Barry Allen / The Flash(Grant Gustin) gets a glimpse of what his future will look like when they discover the hidden A.I. Gideon who has been aiding Dr. Harrison Wells / Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) this whole time. It turns out she was created BY The Flash! What a twist. I loved that part.

Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) lets his guilt be known of letting Dr. Wells help The Flash (before he WAS The Flash) while he was in his coma after being hit by lightning. It’s interesting to hear this moment and see it unfold in flashback moments. Viewers get inside the head of Joe and what he was willing to do get his adopted son back. It’s a nice moment to see how much this cop really cares about his children. This also comes up when he refuses to give his blessing to Eddie when asking to marry Iris (Candice Patton). He knowsBarry and Iris belong together and wants nothing but that for them in the future.

All of this leads the gang to set a trap for Dr. Wells which spectacularly misfires. The person they do end up catching is last week`s villain: Everyman / Hannibal Bates (Martin Novotny). Reverse Flash reminds us all he’s “…always one step ahead.” It’s really enjoyable to see how layered the showrunners are making this arch enemy in the show. The possibilities now that everyone knows who he is make me giddy with excitement for the last three episodes. We finally find out much of a stalker / creeper / obsessed and patient manEobard Thawne has been these last fifteen years. Cavanagh really can portray unsettling very well. What’s next? Unleash the Rogues! Grodd! It’s all ramping up week by week and now we get to enjoy all the cool stuff.

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. 

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The Final ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer Is Here!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:25

Buckle up and strap in because the final trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road has descended upon us! I’d tell you what it’s about except I’m not going to watch it. I’ve seen the first full trailer and that was enough to convince me that I need to see the film. Therefore, I’m not spoiling anything else for myself but watching additional trailers or reading any reviews.

However, I can guess what’s in this trailer and you can tell me in the comments if I’m right: There’s going to be massive explosions, tons of action and violence, super weird looking people who have gnarly teeth, and a desert environment which is the perfect sandbox to house all the chaos in. I’m pretty sure I hit the nail on the head here.

The film stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and is directed by George Miller, the director of each previous Mad Max film.

A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Mad Max: Fury Road comes out May 15th.

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‘Shaun of the Dead’ Zombies…Before and After Transformations!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:23

Reddit user redditmason shares a wonderful discovery in Edgar Wright’s 2004 Shaun of the Dead.

Below is created an image gallery join imgur that shows various recurring extras before and after transformations!

I love that, over 10 years after its release, Shaun of the Dead is such a cult classic that we continue to dissect its brilliance.

How many of these have you noticed already?

Various recurring extras (most become zombies) seen in "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) – before and after transformations.

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[Podcast] Whatever – April 29th, 2015 – “Late To The Party”

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:22

This week: “Silent Hills” is no more, “Mortal Kombat X,” “GTA V” hits PC, comparing cinematic games, and why $60 won’t go away.

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[Comic Review] “Burning Fields” #4 Shifts To Supernatural Horror

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:17

“Burning Fields” #4 makes it very clear that the series is distinctly a supernatural horror.  It isn’t a completely accurate category; nothing in this post-modern landscape is exactly one genre after all.  But if you fancied “Burning Fields” a noirish thriller à la “Silence of the Lambs”, “Burning Fields” #4 pulls a “From Dusk till Down” and goes full monster mash.  I’m not in love with the direction things are taking, but even just four issues in this series has earned my trust, here’s hoping I’m not let down.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
ART BY: Colin Lorimer
PUBLISHER: BOOM!
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 29, 2015

Detective stories, noir, murder mysteries, a serial killer stories commingle with the supernatural relatively often.  The dark themes lend themselves to thoughts of “the other” and vice versa.  Cults and devil worship are often a motivation or interest for a killer but rarely do they completely escape reality and divulge into the satanic and when they do: the story becomes something entirely different.

I’ve really enjoyed “Burning Fields” so far, I think setting a horror noir in an oil field has such a built in tone and tension its one of those things that makes me wonder why no one else has ever thought of it.  And the supernatural doesn’t turn me off either, at least as a theme.  Much of “True Detective” hinged on a cosmic presence that drove the antagonists to insidious acts.  But it was always something suggested, something in our minds.  “Burning Fields” makes the monster in our minds real, and I honestly don’t know how to feel about that.
I guess my reservation is that making “Burning Fields” a demon story takes something away from it.  The book has had character depth and cultural dissonance and gripping noir sensibilities, all the things your common monster mash categorically lacks.  I know that isn’t necessarily the case though, my beloved “Fatale” did hell beasts without sacrificing any of the substance.  I guess I just didn’t see “Burning Fields” going this ways.  Because it isn’t “True Detective”, it isn’t “Silence of the Lambs”, and whatever its going to be I’m fully on board.  I hope the next 4 issues aren’t people running through caves that keep changing shape, but I’m still very much intrigued by whatever comes next.

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Wicked ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Teaser Poster Drips With Blood!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:07

Summit Entertainment just released this beautiful one-sheet for The Last Witch Hunter, recently set for release on October 23, 2015.

With a trailer coming later this afternoon (check out the video tease below), Vin Diesel stars as 13th century Kaulder, the last of witch hunters, alongside Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine. The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directs.

In The Last Witch Hunter, “Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

“Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including KAULDER (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.

Today, he is the only one of his kind–the last witch hunter. With the help of FATHER DOLAN, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is BELIAL, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.

With the help of CHLOE, a goodhearted young witch, Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.”

TOMORROW, catch a sneak peek of #VinDiesel’s The @LastWitchHunter, only on @MTV! #LastWitchHunter https://t.co/VLvmZYeRwB

— Lionsgate Movies (@lionsgatemovies) April 28, 2015

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‘Blade’-esque ‘Sanctuary’ Gets Black List Scribes

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:43

Paramount and producer Joel Silver have hired Black List scribes Nick Creature and Michael Sweeney to rewrite the supernatural action script Sanctuary, TheWrap is reporting.

Originally written by Alan Trezza (Burying the Ex), Sanctuary is described as a cross between Wanted and Blade.

The story follows a young woman who is possessed by a powerful demonic force. She seeks refuge within The Sanctuary, a secret organization run by the Vatican that teaches the possessed to channel their inner demon and use its power as a weapon against evil.

Elizabeth Raposo has been with the project since 2012 and will continue to oversee its development on behalf of Paramount, while Ethan Erwin will oversee the project for Silver Pictures Entertainment.

Sanctuary was the first project Silver set up after leaving Warner Bros.

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[Comic Review] “Headspace” TPB Can’t Be Missed

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:26

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. With a truly dynamic mix of story and art, “Headspace” delivers a compelling read that raises questions about human nature. The thin line between humans and monsters is blurred as premise sinks deep into the physiology of the characters. The trade paperback of “Headspace” collects all eight issues of phenomenal sci-fi thriller.

WRITTEN BY: Ryan K. Lindsay

ART BY: Eric Zawadzki / Sebastian Piriz

PUBLISHER: MonkeyBrain Comics/IDW Publishing

PRICE: $19.99

RELEASE: April 29, 2015

There is a town called Carpenter Cove that thrives on blood and chaos. Filled with killer alligators, kids with guns, and dragons, the only thing keeping the town sane is their sheriff, Shane. A town like Carpenter Cove doesn’t seem to make much sense. That’s because Carpenter Cove doesn’t exist in reality. This town was built inside the mind of a serial killer named Max. Is Shane part of someone else’s imagination? Or is he trapped in his own nightmare he can’t wake up from?

The big “twist” isn’t even a twist; it’s a framing device for insanity and horror. Shane fights his way through the volatile headspace of Max, a serial killer on the run. The script switches between bothPOV’s to fantastic effect. You watch as the nature of Max’s situation is reflected in the madness of Carpenter Cove. Within said insanity, Shane must find a way to define himself and his situation against everything in his way. Shane’s exploration into his own nature provides much of the motivation for reading the series. After a few pages Lindsay makes it clear that while Shane may seem in control of his city, visions of a long lost son cause fleeting moments of inescapable terror.

Writer Ryan K. Lindsay explores the themes of good and evil through fathers and their children. Is Max a sad victim of his harsh environment? Interestingly enough, Max is a guinea pig in a secret government experiment as scientists manipulate his fears and memories to create Carpenter Cove. At what point does a person accept his fate and say he’s a puppet; and life is pulling at the strings?

The narrative moves at a fast pace because of Eric Zawadzki and SebastianPiriz’s surreal artwork.The art is stellar all around. The sequences in Carpenter Cove are cleanly laid out and feature some of the most vibrant creature and character designs around. The town is fully realized. Zawadzki’s style is incredible. He spares no detail and has a knack for incredible perspective. As if this all wasn’t enough he colors his own work. Tonally everything is beautiful and totally soaked in the bleak emotions the script communicates. The momentum never loses a beat as the artwork keeps putting Shane in one action sequence to another. The character design of Max keeps changing to represent the Id, Ego, and Superego. With his cowboy hat and badge, Shane represents the law and authority that’s missing in a town gone wild.

Thank goodness for trade paperbacks, “Headspace” is a highly enjoyable and should not be missed.

 

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‘The Suffering’ Poster and Trailer Fight For Sanity

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:09

Reclusive Cinema has just released a new trailer and this sick ass poster for The Suffering, about a property appraiser who fights for his sanity when he’s trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker.

Directed by Robert Hamilton, the film features Nick Apostolides, Elizabeth Deo, Phil Amico, Lee Hamilton, Chad Eric Smith, and Regen Wilson.

Below you’ll find said trailer and poster, with a lengthy synopsis.

Henry Dawles is at a cross roads in life. A diminished bank account and baby on the way with his estranged wife, has his personal life in shambles. When Mr. Remiel, an elderly shut in, offers Henry a lucrative sum to appraise his rural estate, he accepts without hesitation.

What follows is a harrowing exploration of mind and madness. A journey through an estate as vast and beautiful as it is secretive and horrific. When Henry closes in on the lands’ dark truth, Remiel’s eccentric behavior takes a menacing and unforgettable turn.

In this twisted tale of morality and redemption, Henry must confront the terrors of his present while coming to terms with the horrors of his past.

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IFC Dates Eli Roth-Produced ‘The Stranger’

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:57

Announced last year, Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin fever, The Green Inferno) and Nicolás López (Aftershock) produced a new indie horror that premiered at the Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin, Texas.

IFC Midnight has just announced Guillermo Amoedo’s The Stranger, which stars Luis Gnecco, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Aaron Burns, for release in select theaters and on VOD June 12th.

In The Stranger, a mysterious man arrives in a small Canadian town seeking his wife, though his presence plunges the community into a bloodbath.

Here’s a lengthy festival synopsis:

“Amoedo shows a deft ability to turn a bloodthirsty monster movie on its head, into a slow-burn, character-driven film. ‘The Stranger’ takes its time, building the tension through occasional flashbacks and having the audience sympathize with Peter, who grew up not knowing his father. Peter, like the audience, is kept largely in the dark about his father’s motives or even what he is… because he’s certainly not human. What is apparent is the chaos his dad’s return has on the small town, especially a member of the police force and his violence-prone son.

‘The Stranger’ is ultimately about family, the legacy we pass on to our children and the lengths we go to protect and ensure their survival, no matter how dark and deadly they might become.” (James Shapiro)

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Joe Dante’s ‘Burying the Ex’ Images Rise From the Grave!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:55

We learned today that Gremlins, The Hole and The Howling director Joe Dante’s latest horror pic, Burying the Ex, will be releasing on both UK and U.S. home video June 19th, 2015.

[Related Post] “Top 5 Joe Dante Movies”

To go along with the international sales trailer for the horror comedy that stars Fright Night‘s Anton Yelchin, Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Alexandra Daddario, and The Apparition‘s Ashley Greene, we have the first ever batch of images from the flick that appears to be in the spirit of one of my all-time favs…Robert Zemeckis’ classic Death Becomes Her.

Dante previous directed The Hole, which is actually a really great children’s horror film.

Check out our report from the set here.

“Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Max eventually meets Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate, only to learn that Evelyn has risen from her grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means turning him into one of the undead.

Check out a clip from the movie here.

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‘Delivery: The Beast Within’ Birthed On Hulu!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:42

Delivery: The Beast Within, already on VOD and DVD via Cinedigm and The Collective, is now available on Hulu!

Blending found footage and reality show genres, the feature marks the directorial debut of Brian Netto, who also co-wrote the film with producer Adam Schindler. Their new film, Shut In, is set to premiere at the LAFF.

“Delivery: The Beast Within follows Kyle (Barclay) and Rachel Massy (Vail), a young couple who agrees to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show. The family begins to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child. After production is abandoned, a first hand account of the tragic, and possibly supernatural, story is told through the show’s un-aired footage and testimonials from friends, family and crew members.

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[TV Review] “The Returned” Episode 1.08: ‘Claire’

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:36

This week’s episode of The Returned demonstrated the key difference between this version and it’s French counterpart. The best example of this is when Camille is asking about Lena’s scar on her back, which has now almost completely healed. In Les Revenants, the cause of Lena’s scar is merely implied. In The Returned, Lena explains in detail how she believes the cut began due to the guilt she felt over her sister’s death. This isn’t a bad thing, per se, but it does show how American TV treats its viewers as less intelligent than European TV does.  That was my major aside for this post, so let’s get to the actual review.

Camille

In an interesting turn of events, Claire (the episode’s namesake) began sleeping with Peter a full year before Camille died. This revelation doesn’t do much to make Claire more relatable. In all honesty, it makes her fairly unlikable. Typically, this wouldn’t be a bad thing, as it should add more layers to the character, but since the show has to juggle so many characters, it comes across as a one-dimensional character flaw. Also, the show is running short on likable characters, so removing Claire from the list of potentials

Lena’s decision to not reveal Adam’s existence was perplexing as well. It’s sort of understandable, since she had a connection with him, but it’s also frustrating, since simple communication would solve a lot of problems. That can’t happen though, because conflict, plot, two more episodes in the season, etc.

One effective subplot was the parents of another child who died in the bus crash committing suicide. This, of course, was because Peter convinced Camille to tell all the parents that their children missed them in heaven. The Returned is at its best when it asks difficult questions (it doesn’t necessarily have to give answers). Camille was trying to do something good, but it had a terrible consequence. The sequence where Jack, Peter and Camille all place blame on one another is a great scene that asks some tough questions (What is the best way to help the grieving?) that it can’t really answer.

Adam & Victor/Henry/Zach

A major revelation was made about Henry tonight: he appeared to Camille’s teacher four years ago (though she called him Zach), the same way he appeared to Julie in the pilot episode. After he became too much for her to handle (emotionally), she abandoned him on the side of the road. Presumably, this is what led him to cause the bus crash from the opening moments of the series. Like I mentioned earlier, The Returned is answering a lot of questions explicitly, rather than just implying them. I can’t say I’m upset about this one though, as it’s actually quite intriguing. This series seems to be setting Victor up as even more of a menace than Les Revenants did.

Poor Tony, though. After all the guilt he felt for killing his brother, he wound up confessing for Tony’s crimes and turning himself into the police. Julie must come in to identify him, which of course means Victor tags along. It’s sad to see Tony killed off with two episodes still left in the season. It would have been nice to see him be absolved of some of his guilt, but alas, that was not the case, as he violently crushed his head on the interrogation room table and shot himself in the head with Tommy’s gun. It’s an unsatisfactory end for the character, but maybe he’ll return at some point in the future.

“Claire” was another decent episode of The Returned. It began to offer plenty of answers (thought not the ones most viewers were probably wanting), but is beginning to treat us dumber than we are. Also, relating to the characters is becoming more and more of an issue. That being said, the deviations from Les Revenants are welcome.

Random Notes

  • I actually preferred Tony’s death in this version as opposed to the French version.
  • That receptionist at the police station talked to Victor/Henry like he was a complete idiot. I almost wished he had just killed her.
  • Simon is barely in the episode, but he pops up in the final shot, newly returned (again) after having been murdered by Tommy.
  • No Helen this week! But that’s alright. Next week’s penultimate episode is named after her. Here’s the trailer!

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“Leviathan: The Story of ‘Hellraiser’ ” Doc Arrives On Home Video!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:33

April 13th saw the release of a documentary film fans have been eagerly waiting for.

We now have the press release and ordering info for “Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser, the full and complete history of Clive Barker’s classics Hellraiser (1987) and its sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988). The two part documentary is a six hour fully comprehensive look at the production skills and the creative vision behind one of cinemas classic horror film sagas.

Led by director K. John McDonagh over thirty member of the cast and production team were interviewed during the production of “Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser“. These interviews uncovered all sorts of secrets and either confirmed or disproved many myths and rumours that have existed around the two films for decades.

Following a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter, which raised in excess of £16,000, the team were even able to head to Los Angeles where they interviewed members of the cast, production team and some of Clive Barker’s nearest and dearest.

“It’s be an amazing adventure, we’ve felt like archaeologists at times, uncovering the history of the production. We’ve discovered things that no one else will have ever known about these films and developed a great insight from the people who made them,” said McDonagh.

The DVD is available now and this independent production will meet the demand for the background story created by fans around the world.

You can purchase your copy of this amazing documentary direct from the Leviathan website.

Rotunda Films are an independent film production company based in Birmingham. Their credits range from commercials through to full length features, all independently funded. Their work was showcased at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and recent productions have been nominated and won awards at a number of film festivals worldwide.

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Jack Nicholson Reacts to Jared Leto As the Next Joker In ‘Suicide Squad’

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:20

Jack Nicholson isn’t laughing at Jared Leto’s Joker.

Reaction videos are all the rage – with the latest and greatest being Matthew Mcconaughey’s reaction to the latest Star Wars trailer.

Now, YouTube user ‘ToniEmCee’ uses Jack Nicholson’s tearful moment in About Schmidt to show the star’s perfect reaction to Jared Leto as the new Joker in Warner Bros. Suicide Squad.

Of course, the joke is all the much better when you take into account that Nicholson played Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman.

Did you laugh? Did you cry? Are we all jumping the gun? We’ll find out when Suicide Squad releases on August 5th, 2016.

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Is This The Full Cast List For “American Horror Story: Hotel”?

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:44

IBTimes has posted a full rundown of all the main actors and their roles in the upcoming 5th season of American Horror Story, which bears the subtitle “Hotel”. However, it should be completely noted that this breakdown comes from an IMDb list created by acrazey57, who seemingly loves to create “dream casts” that are in no way confirmed by the actual production.

The 100% confirmed list of actors so far is Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson.

Fan favorite Jessica Lange confirmed that she will not be in further American Horror Story seasons. “Yes, I’m done,” she told the PaleyFest audience. “We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything.

We have three theories for the new season. The first tackles “The Garden Of Allah“, the second The Cecil Hotel“, and the third takes inspiration from H.H. Holmes.

See the unconfirmed list below and weigh in with who YOU’D wish would be cast in the series!

Evan Peters as The Prowler
Peters, who has been a cast-member of the “AHS” since the first season will be seen as a mysterious young man that hangs around the hotel and dark alley ways.

Sara Paulson as Janis Joplin
Paulson has also played prominent roles in all the “AHS” seasons. In “Hotel” she will portray a rock-star who checks into the hotel, unaware of the terrifying events that await her.

Kathy Bates as Claudia DeVeau
Bates plays a devoted agent of Janis who will do absolutely anything in her power to keep Janis’ name untainted.

Finn Wittrock as Chap Newton
Newton is a happily engaged man, who out of some bad luck, decides to spend a night at the Hotel.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Martina McBride
The acclaimed actress would play the role of the Hotel’s previous owner Martina McBride.

Lily Rabe as Annabelle Evergreen
Rabe will play the current owner of the “Hotel”, who is slowly losing her sanity, thanks to the supernatural events that occur there.

Alexander Skarsgård as Joshua Evergreen
Joshua Evergreen is the supportive and loving husband of the young Hotel-owner Annabelle.

Angela Bassett as Lolita Jones
Bassett plays a jazz singer who regularly performs at the bar of the “Hotel”.

Denis O’Hare as Leo Maxwell
Maxwell, who is another known figure among “AHS” fans, will play the role of a bartender at the Hotel, who is a very close friend of Lolita.

Lady Gaga as Elisa Starr
Gaga plays the role of a popular lounge singer, who is pitted against Lolita and is always competing with her for popularity.

Matt Bomer as Terry Castro
Bomer plays a tedious bellboy who is always on the look-out for trouble and keeps an eye out for everyone.

Tammy Blanchard as Theresa Faulkner
Theresa Faulkner is the strict and bitter head maid of the Hotel who secretly has the habit of peeping in on the guests.

Frances Conroy as Maude Madelyn
Conroy’s Maude Madelyn is an imitator of Marilyn Monroe. She has an affinity for younger men and murder.

Cheyenne Jackson as Thomas Seabras
Seabras is a bellboy of the Hotel who loves to gossip and is seen engaging in strange and suspicious behavior.

Grace Gummer as Emma Lam
Emma Lam is a maid at the hotel who is seen engaging in strange activities.

Wes Bentley as Father Dominic Deon
Father Deon is a happy-go-lucky leader of a group who is as curious as they are religious.

Donald Sutherland as Father Abner Gates
Father Gates is a priest that tries to cleanse the Hotel of its impurities and bad spirits. However, his efforts end very badly.

Steven Weber as Ray Ottoman
Weber’s Ottoman is a Hotel inspector, who is despised by the Hotel staff

Chloë Sevigny as Lois Deon
A woman with a dark past, who is now living seemingly happy as a homemaker.

Michael Chiklis as Dr Nelson Brackett
Dr Brackett is an intelligent scientist who is out of work and is desperate to find a job soon.

Christine Estabrook as Abigail White
White is a realtor of the Hotel.

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‘Everly’ Director Joe Lynch On ‘Die Hard’, Yakuza and Insane Action!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:07

Everly, Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS’s high-octane thriller starring Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek as a femme fatale unleashing the ultimate vengeance, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The action begins when Everly (Hayek), trapped in her apartment, is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her former lover – a dangerous Yakuza mob boss who wants her dead after he learns she is no longer loyal to him. Desperate to be re-united with her mother and young daughter, Everly must fight to kill her attackers before they destroy her and her family.

We caught up with director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, The Knights of Badassdom) who talked about the genesis of the film, how Die Hard inspired the film, and how his love for 80’s action cinema challenged him into trying something brand new.

BLOODY: What was the genesis of EVERLY?

JOE LYNCH: “EVERLY was the by product of my love for Siege movies like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 where a character is stuck, cornered and we are forced to watch them fight their way out. I also love that whole “Dogma 95” movement where these filmmakers in the 90’s, including Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, gave themselves a set of rules and restrictions, like no score or limitations with the camera, which just created new, fresh ways to shoot a scene. I loved the idea of “rules” for an action movie, especially one where we were stuck in a shitty situation with our lead character so why not use the limitations as a way to ensconce the audience into being stuck WITH that character, to feel trapped like they do. This combined with a more Eastern/EuroTrash sensibility to the story, characters and execution were the ingredients I wanted to use to do something a little different with familiar tropes in an action thriller. So my manager Luke (who ended up producing the movie) challenged me to write something along those lines, so I did a 17 page treatment and then we had my college buddy Yale Hannon help with the script and the rest is infamy.”

There’s a lot of DIE HARD in the movie, can you speak to that as inspiration?

Lynch: “DIE HARD to me is the perfect action movie. It has everything; nail biting suspense, a lead who bleeds so the stakes are higher, 80’s lens flares, Christmas music, albino henchmen (well, not really). DIE HARD to me has everything and is so effectively executed by John McTiernan, and just so happens to be my ultimate holiday flick too. And holy hell is it bloody! The movie still holds up because of this insane blend of action, suspense, humor and character that might be stuck in the 80s but and it always stuck with me how fresh it still feels. Plus, its essentially the 80’s version of a siege movie, but on a “BIGGER! FASTER!!! HARDER!!!” scale that we came to love from Joel Silver and 80’s action movies. That movie is timeless even with the terrible hairdos and outfits. So when we were pitching the film I joked once in the room, as an homage to the 90’s when EVERYTHING had to be “Die Hard on a ______” I thought, what’s left? What variation of the formula could we try? What about one room? DONE!”

Salma Hayek is your Bruce Willis. Again, anything to reference die hard here. What was your own vision for the character?

Lynch: “Originally, the character was kinda different in certain ways. She was more of a junkie who was holed up in the room to tend to the money that Taiko was laundering, so that place was kind of a laundering “bank” and she was kept at bay with a steady stream of smack. She still rats on Taiko and he still sends ALL of his guys after her and she still had her family she was protecting, but she was more frail. The idea was the “girl next door” who is on a downward spiral. So when we cast Kate Hudson, she fit that persona of the role really well (no offense, Kate). When Kate bailed and Salma came in, there was NO WAY anyone would believe she was a junkie! So we tailored the part more to her sensibilities and of course her type, and she brought a strength we would have never anticipated. So while the genesis of the character and what it ended up being evolved, it only made her stronger a figure to fight the night.”

There’s also a lot of Yakuza inspiration, are you a big fan of Japanese cinema?

Lynch: “Absolutely. I grew up on a steady diet of Kurosawa and LONE WOLF & CUB but when I started working at 112 Video in Long Island, which is arguably the best video store on the east coast, my mind was blown when I began devouring Kinji Fukasaku films and Beat Takeshi crime films and of course the madness that is Takashi Miike. The Eastern influence comes from my love of the culture and how the Yakuza is still mysterious to many, it still has a dangerous, exotic mystique. I think its still one of the last formidable foes that’s not supernatural, and it felt like a cool culture clash to bring those sensibilities to a western location and culture.”

The best thing about EVERLY is that there’s no wasted exposition: the audience never has to wait for more action. Can you speak to the difficulty in making such an action heavy movie? Shooting in one location must have helped?

Lynch: “The one location idea was a blessing for the budget…no company moves or location fees! But being in that room the entire time drove us all a little crazy too. But we treated it like a challenge; We (the cast and crew making the movie) NEEDED to shoot our way out of that fucking room to escape and survive ourselves! The last day felt like we could all breath again when we finally left that ravaged, decimated room.

“It was difficult to keep the action going in that we needed to chart it out since the action comes fast and furious at times and then we take a few breaths too. The idea was to treat this like one chapter in this person’s life and to bog it down with the history of Taiko’s Yakuza gang or how EVERLY got there felt like it was going to slow down the roller coaster. We needed to throw the audience into the fire with her and just GO GO GO. But we still needed to balance the drama with the action or it would get boring really quick I felt.

“Every day was difficult since pretty much every day had a “gag” which is a stunt or an effect, etc. These things take time, between the prep and the careful execution so no one gets hurt. The opening gunfight for example; we had to prep that for weeks and then spent a whole day just to get it since it was a dance between the camera, the special effects team, the actors, everyone working in tandem. We got to do that shot 4 times, with the 2nd one the best take and the one in the film. But those kinds of things can really suck up the time in your day and time is money and there’s NEVER enough time. So while it was nice to not have to worry about moving locations that also takes up time, with SO much going on in that room every day, it was a controlled race against time. Im still shocked we got what we did with the time we had!”

What’s next? Exploring outside of the genre or have more gore in store?

Lynch: “I will always have one toe in the wet stuff no matter what genre Im working in. Hell, i’ll strive to make the bloodiest Nicholas Sparks movie ever if given the opportunity! Clearly from EVERLY and even KoB Im not one to hold back on the splatter. Right now we’re prepping and casting a Sci-Fi Erotic Thriller (“Sci-rotica”?) called SWITCH CULTURE which is like if Cronenberg and Verhoeven fucked, if that give you any idea of where we’re going. Its NUTS. There’s also another project that is completely 180 from my past work that might go soon if we’re lucky. And Im writing a horror film now, with my goal being to revitalize a long dormant genre that I’ve always wanted to do. I really want to try to make something stark and scary, its been a while since Ive been creeped out and scared myself. I’d say that is a noble goal, to effectively evacuate my bowels through the power of cinema.”

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