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Enter Brad Anderson’s ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ (Images)

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:19

No one is what they seem in Stonehearst Asylum, the newly minted title for the film formerly known as Eliza Graves, which now has an image gallery!

Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) directed the film starring Underworld‘s Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Brendan Gleeson.

In the film, “A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.

For those awaiting the latest from producer Oren Peli (director of Paranormal Activity), you won’t have to wait long as Millennium Films will release on October 24.

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Your Guide To Horror On The Small Screen This October

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:13

I don’t know about you but even if I own all of the movies they show on TV during October I still get pissed if I miss out on something. So I decided to make a working list we can all use in conjunction with DVR. Again, this is a WORKING list because the networks haven’t all come out with their full schedules yet. I picked the main networks to cover but if I am missing anything share it in the comments for everyone to see! Happy October!

AMC FEARFEST (Not A Full Schedule Yet) Oct 17th: 9:00am – Graveyard Shift 11:00am – Silver Bullet 1:00pm – Thinner 3:00pm – Cujo 5:00pm – Dreamcatcher 8:00pm – Firestarter 10:30pm – Children of the Corn (1984) Oct 18th: 12:30am – Riding the Bullet 4:00am – Cujo 6:00am - Children of the Corn (1984) 8:00am – Tremors 10:00am – Tremors 2: Aftershocks 12:15pm – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection 2:45pm – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 5:15pm – Tremors 7:15pm – Tremors 2: Aftershocks 9:30pm – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection Oct 19: 2:00am – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2:30am – Creation of the Humanoids 4:00am – Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh 6:00am – The Howling 8:00am – Pumpkinhead 10:00am – Child’s Play 2 12:00pm – Child’s Play 3 2:00pm – Bride of Chucky 4:00pm – Seed of Chucky Oct 20:  7:00am – Friday the 13th (1980) 9:00am – Friday the 13th, Part 2 11:00am – Friday the 13th – Part III 1:00pm – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 3:00pm – Friday the 13th (1980) 5:00pm – Friday the 13th, Part 2 7:00pm – Friday the 13th – Part III 9:00pm – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 11:00pm – Friday the 13th – A New Beginning Oct 21: 1:00am – Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives 3:00am – War of the Colossal Beast 7:00am – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 9:00am – Friday the 13th – A New Beginning 11:00am – Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives 1:00pm – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan 3:15pm – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday 5:15pm – Jason X 7:15pm – Friday the 13th (2009) 9:15pm – Friday the 13th (1980) 11:15pm – Friday the 13th, Part 2 Oct 22:  1:15am – Friday the 13th – Part III 3:15am – Violent Midnight 3:30am – Corridors of Blood 3:45am – Invasion of the Neptune Men 7:00am – Slaughter of the Vampires 7:15am – Invasion of the Neptune Men 7:30am – How to Make a Monster 7:45am – The Funhouse 10:00am – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare 12:00pm – The Fog 2:00pm – Survival of the Dead 4:00pm – Land of the Dead 6:00pm – Lake Placid 8:00pm – House on Haunted Hill 10:00pm – Return to House on Haunted Hill 11:45pm – An American Werewolf in Paris Oct 23: 2:00am – Puppet Master
7:00am – Eight Legged Freaks
9:30am – Lake Placid
11:30am – Cujo
1:30pm – I Know What You Did Last Summer
4:00pm – Thirteen Ghosts
6:00pm – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
8:00pm – Ghost Ship
10:00pm – Scream Oct 24: 12:30am – Deep Blue Seas
7:00am – Scream 3
9:30am – Ghost Ship
11:30am – Firestarter
2:00pm – The Omen (1976)
4:30pm – Damien: Omen II
7:00pm – Omen III: The Final Conflict
11:30pm – Hide and Seek Oct 25: 4:00am – Graveyard Shift
6:00am – Christine
8:00am – Friday the 13th (2009)
10:00am – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
12:00pm – Child’s Play 2
2:00pm – Child’ Play 3
4:00pm – Bride of Chucky
6:00pm – Seed of Chucky
8:00pm – Child’s Play 2
10:00pm – Child’s Play 3 Disney Channel Monstertober (For the little fans) Oct 2: 8:00pm – “Dog With A Blog” “Howloween 2: The Final Reckoning” 8:25pm – “Mickey Mouse” Cartoon Short “The Boiler Room” 8:30pm – “Girl Meets World” “Girl Meets World: Of Terror” 9:00pm – “Jessie” “The Runaway Bride of Frankenstein” Oct 3: 8:30am – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” “Pirate Ghost Story” 9:00am – “Sofia the First” “Ghostly Gala” 9:30am – “Doc McStuffins” “Hide and Eek” Oct 4: 8:00pm – “Phineas and Ferb” One-Hour Episode “Night of the Living Pharmacists” 9:00pm – “Gravity Falls” “Little Gift Shop of Horrors” 9:30pm – “Wander Over Yonder” “The Gift ll: The Giftening” Oct 5: 8:00pm – “Austin & Ally” “Horror Stories & Halloween Scares” 8:30pm – “Liv and Maddie” “Helgaween-A-Rooney” 9:00pm – “I Didn’t Do It” “Next of Pumpkin” Oct 10: 8:30 am – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” “Jake the Wolf” 9:30pm – “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” “Halloween Night at the Museum” Oct 13: 10:00 am-8:00pm – Marathon featuring encore presentations of Halloween-themed episodes and movies. Oct 17: 9:00pm – “Evermoor” Special (Chapter 1 & 2) Oct 24: 9:00pm – “Evermoor” Special (Chapter 3 & 4) Oct 31:  2:00pm-10:30pm – Marathon featuring encore presentations of Halloween-themed episodes and movies. ABC FAMILY (For the whole family!) Oct 19: 7:00am – Casper 9:00am – The Addams Family 11:00am – Addams Family Values 1:00pm – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 4:30pm – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 7:30pm – Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR! 8:00pm – Disney·Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. 10:30pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas Oct 20: 6:30pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas 8:00pm – The Hunger Games 12:00am – The Haunted Mansion Oct 21: 8:00pm – Pretty Little Liars” fan-appreciation special, “We Love You to DeAth” 9:00pm – Freak Out Oct 22: 6:00pm – Beetlejuice 8:00pm – Melissa & Joey “Witch Came First” 8:30pm – Baby Daddy “Strip or Treat” 9:00pm – Freak Out Oct 23:  5:30pm – Freak Out 7:30pm – Corpse Bride 9:30pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas 12:00am – Teen Wolf Oct 24:  5:00pm – Corpse Bride 7:00pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas 8:30pm – Dark Shadows 12:00am – Beetlejuice Oct 25: 7:30am – Batman 10:30am – Batman Returns 1:30pm – Beetlejuice 3:30pm – Dark Shadows 6:00pm – The Addams Family 8:00pm – Addams Family Values 10:00pm – Hocus Pocus 12:00am – Corpse Bride Oct 26: 7:00am – Freak Out 8:00am – Coraline 10:00am – Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 12:00pm – The Haunted Mansion 2:00pm – Corpse Bride 4:00pm – The Addams Family 6:00pm – Addams Family Values 8:00pm – Hocus Pocus 10:00pm – ParaNorman Oct 27: 5:00pm – Freak Out 7:00pm – ParaNorman 9:00pm – Casper 12:00am – Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Oct 28: 5:00pm – Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 7:00pm – Casper 9:00pm – Freak Out 12:00am – The Haunted Mansion Oct 29: 5:00pm – The Haunted Mansion 7:00pm – The Addams Family 9:00pm – Addams Family Values 12:00am – ParaNorman Oct 30: 4:30pm – The Addams Family 6:30pm – Addams Family Values 8:30pm – Dark Shadows 12:00am – Beetlejuice Oct 31: 2:00pm – Poltergeist 4:30pm – Dark Shadows 7:00pm – Beetlejuice 9:00pm – Casper TCM (Great old fashioned horror movies) Oct 4: 12:00pm- The Mummy (1959) 3:00pm- Peeping Tom Oct 10: 4:15am- The Ghost of Yotsuya Oct 11: 12:00 pm- Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb 2:15 am- Blacula 4:00 am- Scream Blacula Scream Oct 12: 8:00 pm- Shadow of a Doubt Oct 13: 1:00 pm- Fingers at the Window Oct 16: 8:00 pm- The Ghost Breakers 9:30 pm- The Old Dark House 11:15 pm- The Smiling Ghost 12:45 am- The Ghost Goes West 2:15 am- Ghost Chasers 3:30 am- Spook Busters 4:45 am- Gildersleeve’s Ghost Oct 18: 12:00 pm- The Mummy’s Shroud 4:30 pm- The Spirit of the Beehive Oct 22: 2:15 am- The Fog Oct 23:  6:00 am- Night of the Lepus 8:00 pm- The Innocents 10:00 pm- The Uninvited 12:00 am- The Woman in White 2:00 am- Night of Dark Shadows 4:00 am- The Others (2001) Oct 25: 12:15 pm- Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb 2:00 pm- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982) 4:30 pm- Mad Love 5:45 pm- The Birds 8:00 pm- The Haunting (1963) 10:00 pm- Village of the Damned (1961) 11:30 pm- The Curse of Frankenstein 1:15 am- A Night At The Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King Oct 26: 8:00 pm- Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1941) 12:45 am- The Monster 2:15 am- Diabolique 4:15 am- Gaslight Oct 28:  6:00 am- Nosferatu (1922) 7:45 am- The Vampire Bat 9:00 am- Dead Men Walk 10:15 am- Isle of the Dead 11:45 am- The Return of the Vampire 1:00 pm- House of Dark Shadows 3:00 pm- Horror of Dracula 4:30 pm- Dracula, Prince of Darkness 6:15 pm- Dracula Has Risen From The Grave 8:00 pm- Dead of Night (1945) 10:00 pm- Twice-Told Tales 12:15 am- Kwaidan 3:00 am- The House The Dripped Blood 5:00 am- Torture Garden Oct 29: 8:00 pm- Psycho (1960) Oct 30:  8:00 pm- House on Haunted Hill (1958) 9:30 pm- The Legend of Hell House (1973) 11:15 pm- 13 Ghosts (1960) 1:00 am- The Haunting (1963) 3:00 am- Burnt Offerings Oct 31: 6:00 am- London After Midnight 7:00 am- Mark of the Vampire (1935) 8:15 am- The Devil-Doll 9:45 am- I Walked With a Zombie 11:00 am- Cat People (1942) 12:15 pm- The Tingler 1:45 pm- Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story 3:15 pm- Dementia 13 4:45 pm- Carnival of Souls 6:15 pm- Repulsion 8:00 pm- Night of the Living Dead 10:00 pm- Curse of the Demon 11:45 pm- House of Wax 1:30 am- Poltergeist 3:30 am- Strait Jacket 5:15 am- Eyes Without a Face SyFy (In case you get desperate)

Oct 2: 

1:30 pm – Night Of The Demons
3:30 pm – Halloween II (2009)
6:00 pm – Freddy Vs. Jason

Oct 3:

12:00 pm – The Bleeding
2:00 pm – My Bloody Valentine
4:00 pm – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
6:00 pm – Resident Evil: Extinction

Oct 4:

2:30 pm – Hellboy
5:00 pm – Resident Evil: Extinction
7:00 pm – The Reaping

11:00pm – Hellboy

Oct 5:

9:00 am – The Cursed
11:00 am – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1
1:00 pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2
3:00 pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3
5:00 pm – The Reaping
9:00 pm – Shutter

Oct 6:

9:00am – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1
11:00am – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2
1:00pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3
3:00pm – Psychosis
7:00pm – Shutter
11:00pm – My Soul To Take

Oct 7:

8:00am – My Soul To Take

Oct 9:

6:00pm – The Uninvited

Oct 10:

4:00pm – The Uninvited
6:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Oct 11:

2:05am – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
2:30pm – Chernobyl Diaries
4:30pm – Halloween II (2009)
7:00pm – Freddy Vs. Jason
9:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake)
11:00pm – Hostel: Part II

Oct 12: 

1:00am – Chernobyl Diaries
3:00am – The Bleeding
10:30am – Night of the Demons
12:00pm – Halloween II (2009)
3:00pm – Hostel: Part II
5:00pm – Freddy Vs. Jason
7:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake)
9:00pm – The Fog

Oct 13:

1:00am – The Haunting in Connecticut
3:00am – Dead Like Me
11:00am – Dracula 2000
5:00pm – The Haunting in Connecticut
7:00pm – The Fog
9:00pm – The Wolfman
11:00pm – Freddy Vs. Jason

Oct 14:

10:00am – Freddy Vs. Jason

Oct 15:

2:00am – Hybrid

Oct 16:

5:30pm – Hellboy

Oct 17:

4:10am – War Wolves
9:30am – Dracula 2000
11:30am – Wes Craven Presents: Dracula II: Ascension
1:30pm – Hellboy
6:00pm – Drive Angry

Oct 18:

1:30am – Dracula 2000
3:30am – Wes Craven Presents: Dracula II: Ascension
9:00am – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1
11:00am – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2
1:00pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3
3:00pm – The Reaping
5:00pm – The Fog
11:00pm – The Fog

Oct 19:

10:00am – The Uninvited
12:00pm – The Reaping
2:00pm – Let Me In
4:30pm – Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
6:30pm – Birth
9:00pm – Lost Souls
11:00pm – The Revenant

Oct 20:

1:30am – Lost Souls
3:30am – The Uninvited
12:00pm – Birth
2:30pm – The Revenant
5:00pm – Hostel: Part II
7:00pm – Saw VII
9:00pm – Starve
11:0pm – Hellboy

Oct 22:

2:00am – My Bloody Valentine

Oct 23:

1:00am – Pulse
3:00am – Psychosis
8:00am – Pulse
10:00am – Haunting in Connecticut
12:00pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1
2:00pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2
4:00pm – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3
6:00pm – Lost Souls

Oct 24:

12:10am – Lost Souls
2:10am – Haunting in Connecticut
4:10am – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
9:30am – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
11:30am – The Dead

Oct 25:

3:05am – Dead Season
9:00am – Dead Season
3:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
5:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
7:00pm – Battle of the Damned
9:00pm – Resident Evil: Extinction
11:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Oct 26:

1:00am – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
10:30am – 30 Days of Night
1:00pm – 30 Days of Night: Dark Days
3:00pm – Battle of the Damned
5:00pm – The Reaping
7:00pm – Resident Evil: Extinction
9:00pm – The Happening
11:00pm – The Fog

Oct 27:

1:00am – 30 Days of Night
3:30am – 30 Days of Night: Dark Days
11:0am – The Cursed
3:00pm – The Reaping
5:00pm – The Fog
7:00pm – The Happening
9:00pm – The Crazies
11:00pm – Lost Souls

Oct 28:

1:00am – The Cursed

Oct 29:

2:00am – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

Oct 30:

4:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
6:00pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake)

Oct 31:

12:10am – Saw VII
2:10am – Hostel: Part II
11:00am – 30 Days of Night
1:30pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
3:30pm – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake)
5:30pm – Halloween II (2009)
1:05am – Halloween II (2009)
3:35am – 30 Days of Night

Categories: Horror News

‘Seventh Son’ Poster Channels Classic Uwe Boll

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:10

Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures long delayed Seventh Son is finally set for release on February 6, 2015, as we previously released. A new one-sheet premiered and it’s sort of funny because it looks like something Uwe Boll would release back in the day (like In the Name of the King).

The action adventure stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore. It is based on the book “The Spook’s Apprentice” (AKA “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch”) by Joseph Delaney.

Directed by Sergei Bodrov, “In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

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Andrew Lincoln’s Hilarious Interpretation of “The Walking Dead” (Featurette)

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:05

AMC released a new “The Walking Dead” featurette that has interviews with the cast and crew discussing their expectations for Season 5.

My favorite part of the video is where Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, interprets the series for us. Why is it so funny? Because it’s the most basic and generic way to explain “The Walking Dead” to someone. After five seasons, you’d think he’d have something more inspired to say.

I see it as a story that keeps moving forward,” explains Lincoln, who apparently has never seen anything, ever. “You start with these character in one place, and over time this world changes them.” Because, you know, in film and television, characters aren’t changed by their environment.

It’s hilarious when actors think they’re being profound and clearly aren’t. Love or hate the show, this shit is funny.

“The Walking Dead” premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

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FEAR Brings ‘The Babadook’ (Trailer)

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:56

Don’t be afraid. Because if you are, he’ll come a knocking.

The Babadook will make you beleive, opening here in the States on November 28, and in the UK on October 24. In this new trailer, we learn that fear is the catalyst for the Dook!

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).

In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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Get Your Jason Voorhees Groove On With Videogram’s “Camp Blood”

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:00

Fans of Friday The 13th, have I got a treat for you! Courtesy of Videogram, we’re bring you the track “Camp Blood” which is, “…a sort of “nudge nudge, wink wink” to fellow horror fans and a mix of the disco theme of Part 3 and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller.”

The song is catchy, it’s total 80′s horror-synth, and it’s perfect for your Halloween party! You can watch a video of the song below, which uses footage from the Indonesian knockoff Srigala.

If you dug the song as much as I did, you can snag it for $1 off of Bandcamp.

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‘Silence of the Sleep’ is Here to Kick Off October Right

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:12

The incredibly creepy 2D survival horror game Silence of the Sleep has finally arrived on Steam, making it the first new horror release of the month. I hate comparing such a unique game to something else, because this atmospheric gem of a game easily stands on its own, but it really does resemble what I imagine a 2D Silent Hill might be like.

Silence of the Sleep is impressive, and it also happens to be the work of one man, who handled everything from the animation, art, coding, music and marketing. I spent some time with its demo back in April; feel free to use it as a sampling of what this game has to offer.

Silence of the Sleep is available now on Steam for $16.99.

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5 Hilarious Cards Against Humanity Plays Inspired By “American Horror Story”

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:39

It’s “American Horror Story Against Humanity”!

This Imgur user imagined playing the widely popular Cards Against Humanity with scenes from FX’s “American Horror Story.”

What you see are 5 cards played that end with the birth of the Antichrist, and a sad, sad hand job.

Can you think of even better cards to play?!

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Become a Monster in This New ‘Dying Light’ Trailer

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:36

Techland has dropped a new trailer for Dying Light, their open-world zombie survival game — a term I’ve been using to describe a lot of games lately — that focuses on the asymmetric multiplayer mode they’ve dubbed Be the Zombie. The mode pits a team of survivors against a player-controlled monster that’s basically an overpowered killing machine, because why not?

I feel like this is a mode I’ll try once or twice to see what it’s like when another player invades my game and subsequently kicks my ass, before disabling it. That’s if I get it at all, seeing as the mode is currently a preorder exclusive.

Dying Light hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.

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‘State of Decay’ Dev Celebrates Another Sales Milestone

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:28

Undead Labs has announced their open-world zombie survival game State of Decay has passed another impressive milestone by selling over two million copies on Xbox 360 and Steam. The game was a runaway success, breaking sales records when it first hit XBLA last June, so this isn’t that surprising. It also happens to be a superb game that they’ve continued to support with numerous updates and two story expansions.

I’m sure this number will see a substantial increase when the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition arrives on Xbox One with brand new content in early 2015.

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Fire Isn’t a Particularly Effective Weapon in ‘Alien: Isolation’

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:59

I hope you’re ready to watch Amanda Ripley die another horrible death, because that’s exactly what we’re about to do. You know, of the paltry selection of weapons Ripley has to defend herself, I assumed the flamethrower would be useful in keeping away all those pesky androids and alien. I figured with that in hand, she’d have a chance at making it.

Unfortunately, it looks like many of the enemies in Alien: Isolation don’t only possess an impressive resilience to fire, but I think I heard the xenomorph laugh when Ripley makes a futile attempt at stopping it in its tracks with her flamethrower.

Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.

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Marilyn Burns: The First ‘Final Girl’

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:20

In honor of Texas Chainsaw Massacre celebrating its 40th birthday (yesterday), I wanted to share my thoughts on the lovely, dearly departed, Marilyn Burns who is criminally overlooked when it comes to “Final Girls”. Sally Hardesty and her friends set forth on that trip in Texas a full 5 years before Ripley survived Xenomorphs and before Laurie Strode escaped Michael Myers.

If there’s anything we know it’s that the making of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was virtually hell on Earth. Temperatures over 90 degrees, the putrid stench of actual rotting meat and often a very volatile set was anything but a glamours life for these actors. Literal blood and sweat created the perfect environment for Burns to craft herself into the perfect “Final Girl”.

Sally Hardesty and her friends are a rare exception in the “kids go on a trip to the boonies and get killed” trope. They are all pretty likable and well meaning kids. They aren’t just walking stereotypes waiting to be killed off in a gruesome fashion. Aside from Franklin being the most annoying character in cinematic history, we really connect with this group and Sally is the most commendable. If it were me I would have left Franklin’s ass high and dry five minutes into the movie but she does her best to help Franklin along the way.

But it isn’t a sweet smile and caring disposition that makes a bad as final girl. Burns was under a lot of stress during the making of this film and it shines through in her performance. You really feel her clamoring for her life against Leatherface and his deranged family, she doesn’t falter for even a second. Hell, she jumps through TWO windows to escape and one of them is on the second floor! I’ve actually turned “Marilyn Burns” into a verb.

For example: “Laurie better start Marilyn Burnsing that shit if she wants to get out of that house!”

And lastly, there is no denying Burns’ ability to knock any scream queen out of the park at the end of TCM. Here scream coupled with her crazy eyes is almost as disturbing as the family itself. All of her anguish and pain comes through in those final moments and if she gave this kind of performance in a Steven Spielberg historical drama she would be a shoe in for at least a nomination. Criminally overlooked, Sally Hardesty easily takes the crown for Queen of the Final Girls. We all miss her dearly but she gets to live on in one of the most shocking and disturbing horror films of all time.

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[Review] ‘The Squad Fades’ In the Fog

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:13

Shout! Factory is known for giving new life to lost treasures in the genre with beautiful transfers and awesome special features. For that I am forever a loyal customer and I’m willing to give their independent movies a chance. I received The Squad in the mail and it sounded like a sort of Dog Soldiers and The Keep hybrid which sounded pretty badass to me. (Warning: Review could contain minor spoilers and major ones are noted within)

The Squad (aka El Paramo) centers around a military group of 9 guys sent to check out a base where another group is supposed to be located. Communication has been lost and the men are sent to find out what happened to them. Upon arrival the men discover everyone has seemingly disappeared except for one gnarled looking woman who has been walled up inside the camp. Surrounding her are numerous symbols to ward off evil including a chicken’s foot and a cross of salt on the ground. When the men pull her out they find she is bound by the hands. The unknown woman screeches when she sees the symbols around the room and the men quickly get rid of them. One of the men, Indio, is convinced the woman is a witch while the others think she is part of the enemy and this begins the whole rest of the plot.

When I said this movie sounded like Dog Soldiers and The Keep I wasn’t lying, it really sounded like a cool concept. After all we don’t see a lot of genuinely good witch movies anymore. But the thing that separates The Squad from a movie like Dog Soldiers is that it never pays off in the monster area. The rest of the movie shows the soldiers slowly (excruciatingly so) going mad and turning on each other but the movie goes out of its way to make it seem like it isn’t a witch at all and that it’s just paranoia.

So my question is this? Why get a truly creepy witch to be in the movie for all of 5 minutes and put so much emphasis on the symbolism only to completely disregard it later? And if it is a story just about paranoia then why (MAJOR SPOILER!!) show us the supposed witch again at the end if you already explained all the creepy happenings sans witchcraft?

It feels like this is two different movies and after a little research on IMDB I understand why. The Squad had 2 writers AND a script consultant. Unfortunately, this is just the result of too many ideas never coming to fruition. Ultimately, we get a really good looking movie visually that never goes anywhere or does anything new. Which is the real tragedy here because, as I said, a really good witch movie is something pretty rare these days. A movie about soldiers being paranoid and turning on each other? Not so much.

As for the Blu-ray itself, Shout! Factory always does a good job visually but for whatever reason I noticed a severe sync issue within the 5.1 sound option. I didn’t notice it for a while because the movie is in subtitles but there is a scene in which one of the soldiers throws open the door and causes a loud bang but the bang doesn’t come for a good 10 seconds or so. However, I found that in the audio settings you can change it to 2.1 and that completely fixes the sync issue. It could just be my copy but fair warning to those who seek this out.

The Squad does have potential and being director Jaime Osorio Marquez’s first feature I am willing to view this as a learning curve. Perhaps next time he should work with one writer and a better editor because I can see hope for him in the future. The movie has out since 2011 but this is, as far as I know, the first time it’s been on BD/DVD. Anyone else see it?

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Rigor Mortis ‘Slaves To The Grave’ Album Stream + Interview (Exclusive)

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with horror-infused thrash metal band Rigor Mortis to bring you the exclusive album stream of Slaves To The Grave, the band’s fourth and final album, which you can pre-order here. We’ve also got a whole lot more, including an interview and song descriptions, direct from the band.

The group is comprised of vocalist Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast), bassist/vocalist Casey Orr (GWAR), drummer Harden Harrison (Speedealer), and guitarist Mike Scaccia (Ministry), who passed away late December 2012.

The band, under the Wizards Of Gore moniker, will be playing at the Housecore Horror Film Festival on October 24th in Austin, TX. They will also be performing at the Double Wide in Dallas, TX on Halloween night!

On the next page we have an exclusive interview with bassist Casey Orr and the third page features the full album stream along with song descriptions of each track! Venture forth into the darkness that is Slaves To The Grave!

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5 Rarely Seen Images From ‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers’!

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:05

By now most of you should own the the complete Halloween collection, a miracle of a Blu-ray release from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory.

Included in the box set, which I binge-watched here, are two very different versions of Joe Chappelle’s 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. The theatrical release, as well as the much-bootlegged Producer’s Cut that boasts an extremely different ending.

During the month of October, we’ll be taking a look back at the franchise spawned by John Carpenter in 1978, and sharing some odds and ends you may have missed along the way.

Here’s something we’re actually pretty excited to post – some rare hi-resolution images from The Curse of Michael Myers that you may or may not have seen.

All of these are perfect for your computer background for the rest of the month…

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[Review] ‘Paranormal Diaries: Clophill’ Flops and Fizzles Out

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:04

The most interesting thing about the new found-footage creeper Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is that it’s centered around an actual allegedly haunted site – the ruins of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Clophill, England, a place with a sordid history of grave desecration and black masses. The second most interesting thing is that I didn’t want to tear my eyeballs out entirely while watching the film, only during the last half. Directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates’ follow-up to their similarly titled The Zombie Diaries parts I and II is a wholly underwhelming thriller that managed to keep my attention by structuring itself like a cable ghost-hunting show. It’s an approach that hasn’t utterly worn itself out yet.

That being said, Paranormal Diaries suffers from the same flaws those ghost hunting shows have – namely, long periods where nothing happens and then sensationalizing these blank moments with gasps, replays, and shrill music. I was genuinely enjoying the first 20 minutes or so, when a group of documentary filmmakers are discussing their interest in Clophill. There’s a bunch of talking head interviews with folklorists, historians, occultists, etc. that add a lot of flavor to the information coming at us. The film works really well here.

The talking heads are non-actors and plenty of real stock footage is used to help ground the story in reality. It’s difficult to tell between the actors and real people, which is a pleasant change from the typical shit acting in found footage. The church’s backstory is pretty damn creepy too (there’s even creepier parts of it if you do some quick internet research) and hearing real people and locals talk about it adds a great deal of weight to the proceedings. One guy even wears a pentagram necklace so you know he’s not fucking around.

Where it starts to go downhill is when the gang arrives at Clophill. Enter the night vision cameras, the handheld shaky-cam, and a whole lotta nothing. They attempt to use EVP meters and Ouija boards to contact the spirits of Clophill, but they get zilch. Like I mentioned, nothing happens for long periods of time, so it’s a slow-burn. They try to spice things up a bit like they do in the ghost hunting shows by replaying footage in slow motion and being like “Did you see that?” (no, I didn’t see a goddamn thing). Other times they find some animal bones or something that may resemble a human tooth (it doesn’t) and everyone loses their cool over it.

The investigation remains tedious until the climax, where the film simply fizzles out. It’s like Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates had a cool premise to wrap a horror film in, with the actual Clophill ruins and all, but going the found footage route didn’t seem to inspire any creativity in them. There’s nothing new here. After an interesting set-up and the historically rich backstory presented in the beginning, the rest of the film is a massive disappointment.

Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is now available on DVD from Image Entertainment.

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[Comic Book Review] “Nailbiter” #6 Is A Much Deserved Breather

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:06

“Nailbiter” #6 slows down, shifting its focus to Alice and to a lesser extent Sheriff Crane. If you were looking for a continuation of last month’s huge developments then you’ll be let down, but only slightly. This is Williamson we’re talking about here, so the quality is still through the roof. It feels very much like a one off, not introducing anything we didn’t already have an idea of. Instead it gives Nailbiter a much deserved breather after that roller coaster of a first arc.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 1, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

Alice is the star of the show this month, becoming our narrator and the lens with which we see Buckaroo Oregon. She briefly summarizes the events of Nailbiter so far, making this an ok jumping on point for new readers. I say ‘ok’ because there’s nowhere you should start Nailbiter other than the beginning, but moving on.

Next we’re introduced to the central conflict of issue #6, Mallory. She’s an about to burst pregnant woman who’s come to Buckaroo to give birth so that her son will become a serial killer which will then in turn make her famous for having birthed him. Definitely NOT the kind of person you want raising a child, or even near one. She tells all of this to Alice before she starts having contractions. Naturally Alice rushes her to the hospital where all kinds of shenanigans begin. There’s a particularly gruesome scene here that had our very own Editor Zac Thompson gagging, so that’s something to look forward to.

Although the hospital gore is awesome, the conclusion to Mallory’s story is a huge missed opportunity and a bit of a bummer. [Spoiler Alert] Mallory does give birth near the end of the issue and it’s incredibly lack luster. She has a couple contractions they get her on the ground and the next page the babies out. No fuss, no nothing. I’m assuming there’s a time gap between the pages but it still feels rushed.

The whole sequence screams of being cut short and would have greatly benefitted from at least a couple more pages. I understand there’s only so much one can do in an issue but I felt this could have been an oversized issue and really give the story it’s trying to tell more breathing room. On top of that it’s also uncharacteristically tame for Nailbiter. I was buckled in for something absolutely horrific to occur during the birth but nothing.

This one off doesn’t satisfy as deeply as Nailbiter normally does but it’s still wholly enjoyable in its own right. Mallory’s tale is an interesting one, even if the payoff is weak. Once again, Nailbiter proves that even when it stumbles its still leagues ahead of other comics.

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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Sony’s ‘Kitchen Sink’ Pumped to Late 2015

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:55

Originally slated for release on January 9, Sony is shifting Kitchen Sink all the way to September 4, 2015.

Robbie Pickering directs based on a Black List script by Oren Uziel.

The action takes place in Dilford, a place where vampires were at the top of the social order, zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. This all goes awry and it’s a battle, and it’s up to three reps of those groups to restore harmony.

Vanessa Hudgens, Mackenzie Davis, Nicholas Braun, Chris Zylka, Patton Oswalt (pictured), Bob Odenkirk, Ian Roberts, and Josh Fadem star.

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[Comic Book Review] “Bucky Barnes: The Winter Solider” #1 Is A Phenomenal Albeit Confusing Read!

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:49

Now this is something I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. As it’s the only good thing that came from the disappointingly frustrating “Original Sin.” Sure Thor’s whole hammer thing happened, but it didn’t really have anything to do with the actual story, or at least doesn’t seem to. While Winter Soldiers new position as the man on the wall is close to the heart of what “Original Sin” was all about.

WRITTEN BY: Ales Kot

ART BY: Marco Rudy

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: October 1, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

All you need to know is that Bucky Barnes AKA Winter Soldier is now Earths secret first line of defense from whatever unimaginable horrors wish to see us all dead and our planet gone. In layman’s terms Bucky is now a space adventurer.

Written by rising star Ales Kot (who also writes the exceptional Secret Avengers) and illustrated by the magical Marco Rudy (responsible for the breath-taking New Avengers Annual #1), Bucky is in amazingly capable hands. Wasting no time we open with Bucky already in the middle of a mission, one that doesn’t seem to be going so great. He’s been taken prisoner and awaits a very unique form of execution by the King of Syro in front of his people.

This is all part of the plan though and his newest comrade swiftly saves him: Daisy Johnson AKA Quake. The one-time director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who’s also on the run. To be honest I know very little about her so I can’t say if this “on the run” is something that has already happened or something we’ll learn more of in the future.

Marco Rudy’s art, where do I even begin? It’s drop dead gorgeous; lets get that straight right away. Each page of this book could be hung in a museum and I’m sure people would eat it up. It’s pure and utter eye candy from start to finish, but it’s not perfect.

There were multiple times that I had to re-read pages many times to have any idea of what was actually happening. Rudy’s layouts are sometimes so abstract that they begin to teeter into madness. Some incredibly abrupt scene changes are jarring to say the least, especially one involving Namor.

I had a hard time telling who was who in most scenes. The pages are so beautiful but so hard to follow, I’m ridiculously torn on this issue. I wouldn’t change the art for a second but I also want to be able to understand what is going on. It’s a tough call and I’m sure there will be many more people who aren’t as forgiving as I am.

In the end if I’d have to choose between Rudy’s spectacular art or being able to clearly appreciate the story I’m going to have to go with Rudy, it’s just too beautiful. “Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier” #1 is a phenomenal, but confusing read.

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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“Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set!

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:46

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of “Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set.

For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking Original Series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s Series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set.

With only 7,500 sets created, this limited edition 41-DVD box set is available on November 11, 2014.

In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined), and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited Edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.

Over 20 hours of bonus features include:

· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboards
· Isolated music scores

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