When ZombiU first released in 2012, it gave Wii U owners the rare opportunity to enjoy a genuinely frightening experience on a platform that, even three years later, doesn’t have a lot of options for fans of the horror genre. It’s been rumored that Ubisoft has been quietly working on updating the game for a multi-platform release, and now it’s been confirmed.
The new-and-improved Zombi will introduce a number of improvements, including a customizable field of view, improved controls, faster load times, and a new shovel and nail bat for crushing soft zombie heads, among other tweaks. Unfortunately, losing the extra screen provided by the Wii U’s GamePad, a required feature for the local multiplayer, forced them to sacrifice it.
“We decided to focus on the solo mode, as we believe this is where the ZombiU experience really lay,” says producer Hélène Henry. What’s more important to him is that they preserve “the general sense of claustrophobia, and not knowing what is coming next – at least for new players.
Zombi releases on August 18 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Remember when Ivan Reitman told Deadline that they were building an expanded Ghostbusters universe in the vein of The Avengers? Now he’s backpedaling.
Yesterday Drew Pearce told MTV that he’s completed the sequel’s script, which was penned with both Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt in mind to star. Pearce also popped up on Twitter to clarify that his Ghostbusters team would be a mix of both male and female, while the Paul Feig-directed reboot features an all-female team (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon).
Now, Reitman is denying this script exists, and that there are plans for several sequels.
“There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise,” Reitman told BirthDeathMovies in an e-mail statement. “As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise.”
Just noise? Well, here’s what he told Deadline back in March:
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment. This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew [Pearce] will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
It’s rare to see a franchise this exposed with so much open chatter, which is why I think Reitman feels the need to jam hard on the breaks. The problem is, now he’s going through a windshield filled with lies and there’s shards of glass everywhere. I think the best thing they can all do is just shut up and finish Feig’s vision, which is set for release next summer.
The slasher from Crystal Lake will be on the loose again soon!
Sideshow Collectibles’ “Jason Voorhees – Legend of Crystal Lake Premium Format Figure” is now available for pre-orders at the official Sideshow website. Hope you have some expendable cash because this bad boy is going to set you back $469.99.
The new figure is a stylized tribute to the horror icon from Friday the 13th Part III, the film in which Jason famously made his first appearance wearing his now iconic signature hockey mask.
Jason comes wielding a blood-soaked machete. Displayed on a base decorated with effigies of his teenage victims hidden among gnarled branches. Exclusive version includes, additional swap-out unmasked portrait and swap-out right hand with Harpoon gun.
SpoilerTV is reporting that their sources are saying the Star Wars universe might be heading to Netflix in the form of three original shows. Disney was apparently impressed with the success of Marvel’s “Daredevil” and is creating a similar deal, much like how Marvel has the upcoming shows for “Jessica Jones, “Luke Cage“, and more.
The supposed goal here would be to expand upon the upcoming films by focusing on individual characters, although nothing has yet been confirmed. Still, Disney is aiming for the cinematic feel that Netflix has been crafting that much of network TV simply can’t offer.
Once again, this is to be seen 100% as a rumor until official word comes down. Still, how fun would it be to have shows with that kind of production value taking us further into a galaxy far, far away?
I remember the first time I watched David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. I was coming off a “Twin Peaks” high and was devouring pretty much anything he had directed, which may have caused a slight bit of sensory overload, but c’est la vie.
What drew me in to the world of Blue Velvet was how terrifying it was in its beauty. It’s a elegantly crafted film that doesn’t shy away from exposing and baring ugliness when necessary, resulting in a film that is hypnotic and nightmarish, a phantasmagoria of the highest caliber.
Now, we’re going to get a chance to dive further into that world with the upcoming Blue Velvet Revisited, a full-length documentary compiled from tons of behind-the-scenes footage and photographs captured by German photographer Peter Braatz. Welcome To Twin Peaks explains that some of this material was used for the 1988 documentary No Frank In Lumberton but that it left out approximately 70% of the footage accumulated by Braatz.
Blue Velvet Revisited will include interviews with Lynch and stars Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Jack Nance, Laura Dern, and more.
Blue Velvet Revisited will feature music by Tuxedomoon, Cult With No Name, and John Foxx. The soundtrack will see a CD/Vinyl/Digital release on October 16th.
A teaser for the documentary can be seen below but it should be noted that while the teaser is in black and white, the final feature will be digitized and shown in color. The premiere is expected sometime late this year, possibly early 2016.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will be once again taking over Universal Studios – both in Hollywood and Orlando – for the annual “Halloween Horror Nights”, which kicks off September 18th.
This year, the zombie-filled attraction is based upon some of the most intense moments from season 5 of the show by starting fans off in “Terminus”, where they will face the demented denizens within. From there, they will face off agains “W” walkers and eventually wind up on the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of zombies.
Greg Nicotero, show producer and SFX makeup supervisor, excitedly exclaims:
I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand ‘The Walking Dead’ universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show. ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.
From the official press release:
This year, when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces the all-original “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” it will come to life as the biggest, longest, most gruesome maze ever built at the West Coast destination of “Halloween Horror Nights.” This all-new experience will feature twice as many, never-before-seen walkers and will be situated within an entirely new theme park location.
The event in Orlando sounds equally as exciting:
Universal Orlando’s “The Walking Dead” maze will feature hordes of walkers and eerily recreate the scenes, settings and terror that guests have seen on their TV screens. The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights team are using first-ever tactics to bring the horror of season 5 to life in this year’s maze – even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.
A video promoting the event can be seen below.
Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of BONE TOMAHAWK with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book “Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing,” which profiles Refn’s collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters.
“We’re very excited about this year’s mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and otherworldly Turkish remakes of classic Hollywood films,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League.
See the full list of first wave films below and stay tuned for news on more films and events in the weeks to come. Fantastic Fest takes place September 24 – October 1 in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
S. Craig Zahler’s existential horror western BONE TOMAHAWK closes out what guarantees to be another furious week of chaos with the director and film’s ensemble cast descending on Austin. “Bringing Kurt Russell back to the Alamo is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time” said League, “And to do it with BONE TOMAHAWK, a quintessential Fantastic Fest film, means we’re in for one hell of a closer. Huge thanks to Caliber Media for making it all happen.”
Turkish genre cinema is at the heart of this year’s Fantastic Fest, inspiring both feature programming and the festival theme. This relatively unknown school of ’70s renegade filmmaking is explored in REMIX, REMAKE, RIP-OFF, which will be receiving its U.S. Premiere with director Cem Kaya in attendance. ”We are delighted to be digging deep into Turkish cinema for a journey of discovery,” said Fantastic Fest Head Programmer, Evrim Ersoy. “With its ‘filmmaking-at-any-cost’ mentality, the sheer insanity of Turkish cinema is a perfect match for Fantastic Fest.”
As part of the Turkish celebration, Fantastic Fest will be screening three seminal films, DÜNYAYI KURTARAN ADAM (aka THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD, aka TURKISH STAR WARS) , YILMAYAN ŞEYTAN (aka THE DEATHLESS DEVIL) and TARKAN VİKİNG KANI (aka TARKAN VS THE VIKINGS). The screenings will be complemented by the attendance of iconic Turkish filmmaker Çetin İnanç and moviestar Kunt Tulgar. “Due to the high cost of exhibiting American movies, Turkish filmmakers created their own versions of these classics, and with it a new universe of madcap cinema was born. I’m proud to say we’ve selected some of their wildest rides.” said Ersoy. In keeping with the Turkish spirit, this year’s poster is comprised exclusively of elements from classic Turkish movie art, of which there will be over 60 original movie posters on display at the festival.Fantastic Fest 2015 first wave film lineup below:
United States, 2015
World Premiere, 133 min
Director – S. Craig Zahler
Kurt Russell stars in this character driven and at times horrific Western about a group of men (including Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins) who set out to rescue a local woman and a young deputy who’ve been kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes.
United States, 2015
World Premiere, 78 min
Director – Mickey Keating
A young woman slowly goes crazy after taking a job as the caretaker for an ancient New York home in the new film from writer/director Mickey Keating.
THE DEATHLESS DEVIL
Repertory Screening, 84 min
Director – Yilmaz Atadeniz
The mysterious Dr. Satan’s nefarious plans threaten the future of everyone on the planet, and the only men who can stop him are the brilliant Copperhead and his assistant Sherlock Holmes!
North American Premiere, 85 min
Director – Nikias Chryssos
A student rents a room from a family in their converted army bunker, and ends up the tutor to the child and a virtual slave to the parents.
FAREWELL UNCLE TOM
Repertory Screening, 123 min
Directors – Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
The first movie based on historical facts about the rise and revolt of slavery in America is one of the most brilliant, misunderstood and reviled of all time.
US Premiere, 111 min
Directors – Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski & Andreas Marschall
German directors Buttgereit, Kosakowski and Marschall unleash this brutal assault on the senses, a surreal three-part horror anthology touching on love and hate and everything in between.
IN SEARCH OF ULTRA SEX
North American Premiere, 60 min
Directors – Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine
A pandemic infects people everywhere with infinite lust, and the only ones who can save us are a group of astronauts in space, desperately looking for a solution.
United States, 2015
Special Screening, 97 min
Director – Karyn Kusama
A haunted man attends a dinner party at the house he once called home, and becomes gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda.
LIZA THE FOX FAIRY
Regional Premiere, 98 min
Director – Károly Ujj-Mészáros
Somewhere in 1970s Budapest, nurse Liza dreams of romance. But as all her suitors die in violent and extreme ways, she begins to fear the worst: maybe she is really a fox fairy, doomed to remain alone forever!
LOVE AND PEACE
US Premiere, 117 min
Director – Sion Sono
Fantastic Fest staple Shion Sono returns once again with a deeply personal (and expectedly odd) film about a lonely businessman with dreams of punk rock stardom and his best friend, a turtle.
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Teemu Nikk
LOVEMILLA is a delightful peek at life and love in Finland, filled with all the usual zombies, black holes, giant pandas and superheros you’d expect from the land that gave us Renny Harlin.
THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD
Repertory Screening, 91 min
Director – Çetin İnanç
There has never been and will never be another film like THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD, and your only chance to discover why is at this special Fantastic Fest screening!
MY BODY HUNGERS
United States, 1967
Repertory Screening, 80 min
Director – Joseph W. Sarno
A roadhouse hostess goes undercover to investigate the murder of her sister in a little-seen sexploiter from grindhouse rebel and master of erotica Joe Sarno.
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – HONG Won-Chan
OFFICE is the story of Kim, the salaryman who one day brutally murders his entire family with a hammer, and Lee, the put-upon intern at his workplace. It’s dark-as-night corporate satire hiding behind a slasher veneer with scares so well timed, you’ll jump out of your seat non-stop.
REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF
US Premiere, 96 min
Director – Cam Kaya
Welcome to Turkey. It’s home to Yesilcam, the Turkish Hollywood where, in the late ’70s, dreams were built on nothing more than a dime. Both a loving tribute to the burgeoning cinema of this young country and a trip into history, REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF brings you the most outlandish story you’ve never heard, about filmmaking so dangerous that you need a safety harness just for watching.
Regional Premiere, 73 min
Director – Khavn de la Cruz
Filipino iconoclast Khavn De La Cruz teams with famed cinematographer Christopher Doyle and Japanese mega star Tadanobu Asano to create a self-described “punk noir opera.”
World Premiere, 82 min
Director – Christian Hallman
Caroline Menard is a woman in her thirties who has lost everything. As she moves into a new apartment searching for a new start, she’s unaware that something ancient is waiting for her.
World Premiere, 89 min
Director – Isaac Ezban
On a dark and stormy night, eight strangers are stuck in a small bus station waiting for a bus to Mexico City. When strange things start happening, they find themselves trapped in a struggle for sanity and survival.
South Korea, 2015
North American Premiere, 104 min
Director – Lee Sang-woo
Four friends navigate sex, love and life in a heart-breaking new film from Korean director Lee Sang-woo.
STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP
United Kingdom, 2015
US Premiere, 65 min
Director – Ross Sutherland
Hypnotically scanning the contents of a VHS tape, this experimental essay-film eulogizes the former custodian of the analog artifact, transforming its recordings of GHOSTBUSTERS and FRESH PRINCE (among others) through rap-infused anecdotal narration, and inscribing both profound and hilarious associations to the tracking-lined images. STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP will be presented as both a traditional screening as well as a live performance by creator Ross Sutherland.
TARKAN VS THE VIKINGS
Repertory Screening, 86 min
Director – Mehmet Aslan
Based on one of the most popular comic strips in Turkey. this rip-roaring adventure sees Tarkan and his trusty wolf companion Kurt take on the despicable Viking invaders after they leave him for dead!
Regional Premiere, 138 min
Director – Sebastian Schipper
Sebastian Schipper’s fourth directorial work is a single-shot tour-de-force that follows a Spanish barista through a dance club, the streets of Berlin, a coffee shop, a bank robbery and her destiny.
THE X-RATED SUPERMARKET
United States, 1972
Repertory Screening, 62 min
Director – Paul Roberts
Want to save money on your weekly sex toy budget? Look no further than the supermarket shelves in some salacious tips and reactions from suburban horny housewives.
This is rather humorous in a very dark, bleak kinda way.
Apparently, a 92-year old German woman woke up in a morgue just hours after a doctor mistakenly pronounced her as being dead. Two days later, the woman passed away at her home from a heart condition, which was completely unrelated to the original misdiagnosis.
A prosecutor has charged the 53-year old physician who made the erroneous call, charging him with negligent bodily harm. If convicted, the unnamed doctor could face a fine or even possibly jail time.
According to NY Daily News, the doctor made the misdiagnosis after the woman’s caregiver found the woman without a pulse and not breathing. She was sent to the funeral home where, a few hours later, she awoke and began screaming, alerting nearby staff.
El Rey Network and Miramax shared with Bloody Disgusting an exclusive character featurette that show of the new faces of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” including Danny Trejo, Esai Morales, Jeff Fahey, and Briana Evigan!
With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will return on Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm ET.
In Season Two, the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Our characters are all living in very separate worlds –Santánico and Richie are outside Houston, doing their best Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez is protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
Returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy”); Eiza González (“Amores Verdaderos” (“True Love”)); Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (“Noah,” “Shameless”); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) and guest star Jake Busey (“Motorcycle Gang,” “Contact”) as “Sex Machine.” They are joined in the sophomore season by Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “Machete Kills”) as “The Regulator,” Esai Morales (“The Brink,” “Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue”) as “Lord Amancio Malvado,” Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” “Justified,” “Texas Rising”) as “Uncle Eddie Cruickshank,” Briana Evigan (Step Up 2) as “Sonja Lam” and a guest starring appearance by Demi Lovato.
A trailer for the upcoming Austrian psychological horror film Goodnight Mommy has been released and is available to watch below.
The trailer is dark and moody, showing twin brothers and their belief that their mother, who returned home from a cosmetic surgery, isn’t who she was before. Things begin to get crazier and crazier with each passing scene as the boys try to determine who is really underneath the bandages.
The Goodnight Mommy synopsis reads:
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences.
Goodnight Mommy is written and directed by Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz and stars Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, and Lukas Schwarz.
Murder in the Dark, written and directed by Dagen Merrill, and produced by Jaime Burke and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt, will be the second of After Dark’s “8 Films to Die For.” Earlier this week the first film announced was Re-Kill.
“When a group of young people camping in the ruins of a medieval Turkish town play a party game called ‘Murder in the Dark’, they soon discover that someone is taking the game too far… Produced in an experimental shooting style, this murder-mystery features a cast of actors who were not allowed to see the script. The actors’ choices interactively changed the shape of the story. They had to use clues to solve the mystery laid out before them by the filmmakers.”
The film stars Luke Arnold (Black Sails), Phil Austin (The Final Destination, The Pursuit of Happyness), Yann Bean (Out of the Woods), Samrat Chakrabarti (Extinction), Kiran Deol (Seven Psychopaths), Eme Ikwuakor (The New Republic), Simone Tang (Sorrow and Joy), Mary Kate Wiles (Into the Night), and Murielle Zuker (Ocean’s 7-11).
‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16th, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD, DVD and VOD.
Check out the Murder In the Dark trailer and poster below.
Following up their debut Blu-ray/DVD release of Some Call It Loving, Etiquette Pictures will proudly be releasing the Dennis Hopper documentary The American Dreamer on Blu-ray/DVD on September 22, 2015. This is a release that I am beyond excited for! Documentaries on filmmaking always fascinate me because you never know what kind of crazy things go on behind the scenes. The fact that this documentary follows Dennis Hopper is all the more intriguing! If your average Hollywood film set encounters crazy madness on the regular, one can only imagine what went down on a Hopper film set.
The wild, unexpected success of Easy Rider ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making pathologically rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King Of Hollywood for a day. Hopper’s follow-up work, The Last Movie, a deeply personal, but ultimately disastrous, meditation on the meaning of cinema, found Hopper drifting further and further into foolishness. Captured by co-directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, The American Dreamer is a multi-faceted document of the life and mind of one of the 20th century’s great cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. Shifting between being an insightful document of a complex artist in the midst of his creative process and a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes, The American Dreamer is a mesmerizing journey into the private world of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic directors/stars. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great ‘70s film documentary you always wished existed.
Etiquette Pictures, in partnership with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, Director approved 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Major support to preserve, digitize, and present this film and the entire Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.
Special Features & Specs:
Disc Region: All Region
Subtitles: English HD
Run Time: 81 min
Scanned & Restored in 2k from 16mm Vault Elementss
“Fighting Against the Wind” – 30min Making-of Featurette
“A Long Way Home” – 7min Preservation Featurette
Extensive Photograph Gallery
Booklet & Essay by Chris Poggiali
Last October a partnership between Olive Films and Slasher//Video. This was music to the ears of horror fans everywhere. Since that time only Satan’s Blade has been the only release fro the partnership as fans have eagerly awaited the announcement of the next titles to follow suit. Wait no more, as Olive made that shared that news earlier this week and what glorious news it was! All total, 11 new Slasher//Video titles will be hitting shelves on September 29, 2015, with 6 of them being Blu-rays. ELEVEN! That’s insane! And the best part is that Killer Workout is one of the Blu-rays! Let’s take a look at the rest!
First up, the DVDs…
Slasher // Video presents Boardinghouse, directed by and starring John Wintergate (Terror on Tour) and co-starring Alexandra Day (Double Heat), Joel Riordan (A Prize of Gold), and Brian Bruderlin (Venice Beach).
The Hoffman house has what one would call a “haunted history.” Shuttered after a series of mysterious deaths in the early 1970’s, ten years later Jim Royce (John Wintergate, Terror on Tour), a relative and clairvoyant, has reopened his inheritance as a boarding house for young women. But beware … the dark forces are not to be trifled with. Murder and mayhem soon return and no one, and we mean NO ONE, is safe.
Cemetery Sisters, directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2), stars real life sisters Joan Simon and Leslie Simon in their one and only film appearance, Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2) and Irmgard Millard (The Terrorists).
“Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” – Irving Berlin
Sisters Joan and Leslie (Joan Simon and Leslie Simon) are no strangers to the dead. Having grown up around the family mortuary business, they have a comfortable appreciation for that fact of life. Being goal-oriented siblings, they, too, would like to start their own mortuary business. But, how? A plot to provide a healthy client roster (as well as a means of funding the enterprise) will involve multiple marriages, multiple murders and multiple corpses in the never-less-than-entertaining Cemetery Sisters.
Slasher // Video presents Death Nurse, directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and starring Priscilla Alden (Death Nurse 2), Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and Royal Farros (Criminally Insane 2).
Patient care is priority number one at the Shady Palms Clinic, where patients check in but never check out.
Owned and operated by nurse Edith Mortley (Priscilla Alden, Death Nurse 2) and her brother Dr. Gordon Mortley (Cemetery Sisters, Death Nurse 2), Shady Palms attends to your every need. And if you should expire (or be dispatched) … free burial service!
Death Nurse 2
Slasher // Video presents Death Nurse 2 directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse, Cemetery Sisters) and starring Priscilla Alden (Death Nurse 2), Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and George ‘Buck’ Flower (The Fog, They Live).
The Hippocratic Oath is clearly not required reading at the Shady Palms Clinic run by Nurse Mortley (Priscilla Alden, Death Nurse) and her brother, Dr. Gordon Mortley (Albert Eskinazy, Death Nurse, Cemetery Sisters) in this sequel to the horror film Death Nurse.
The patient survival rate is nil as the body count rises thanks to Nurse Motley, the Florence Nightingale of the cemetery set. At turns shocking and terrifying, yet filled with grim humor, Death Nurse 2 gives fans of horror films more than they could ask of the genre.
Splatter: Architects of Fear
Slasher // Video presents Splatter: Architects of Fear, directed by Peter Rowe, produced by Don McMillan, photographed by Robert Bergman with George Niblett and William J. Smith serving as executive producers.
An informative and entertaining “peek behind the curtain,” Splatter: Architects of Fear is a documentary that gives both the genre fan and the casual viewer alike a bird’s eye view of special effects and make-up wizards at work.
Splatter: Architects of Fear offers that rare opportunity to witness a film as it’s being shot – in this case battling zombies, mutants and amazon women – as well as a chance to see the action on the other side of the camera by watching the talented craftsmen do what they do best to make audiences jump in their seats.
And now the Blu-ray releases…
Cinco de Mayo
Slasher // Video presents Cinco de Mayo, directed by Paul Ragsdale and starring Lindsay Amaral (Johan Jello: Attack of the Killer UFOs), Juan Botello (George Bidell, CPA), Kyle Duval (Alleycat) and Anthony Iava To’omata as “El Maestro.”
Never give a recently fired professor a knife and a Day of the Dead mask. You’re just asking for trouble. But, let’s back up …
Humberto Valdez AKA “El Maestro” (Anthony Iava To’omata) is teaching at a small town junior college and he takes his Chicano studies course seriously … perhaps a bit too seriously. With the exception of a lone student, El Maestro is considered by the pupils and faculty alike to be a joke and out of touch with the real world. “El Maestro” comes down with a bad case of “Aztec Blood Lust” after being fired. It’s a malady that has tragic side effects … for others. Possessed by a spirit to wreak havoc upon those who have taunted him, “El Maestro” becomes a one-man killing machine. Has an evil spirit truly possessed “El Maestro?” Or, has the pressure of entertaining on the holiday caused him to snap? Can he be stopped? To find out you’ll have to watch Cinco de Mayo … if you dare.
Slasher // Video presents Killer Workout, directed by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey) and starring Ted Prior (Deadly Prey), Marcia Karr (Maniac Cop), David James Campbell (Scarecrows) and Fritz Matthews (The Deadliest Prey).
Going to the gym may be hazardous to your health. In fact, it could kill you.
Valerie, a model with a promising career, Valerie heads out to the local fitness club to use their sun-tanning bed. She needs to look her best for her Cosmopolitan magazine cover shoot. Alas, Valerie’s visit will end in tragedy when the machine malfunctions, burning her to death. Despite Valerie’s death being a public relations nightmare, things are back up and running at the club with the iron-fisted Rhonda (Marci Karr, Maniac Cop) in charge. But tragedy is lurking just around the corner when another club member is soon found stabbed to death. Enter Lieutenant Morgan (David James Campbell, Scarecrows), the cop on the case. Tasked with solving the crimes, he’s in for more than he expected as the body count rises. Who’s behind the grizzly slayings? What’s their motive? And, who will be the next victim?
Shock ‘Em Dead
Slasher // Video presents Shock ‘Em Dead, a film about rock & roll and soul(s) directed by Mark Freed (Lovers and Liars) and starring Traci Lords (Cry-Baby), Troy Donahue (Imitation of Life), Aldo Ray (We’re No Angels) and Stephen Quadros (The Lost Platoon).
Manager-on-the-rise Lindsay Roberts (Traci Lords, Cry-Baby) has a rock band in the spotlight with guitar god Angel Martin (Stephen Quadros, The Lost Platoon) as its newest member. Lindsay and the band are on the road to success. But all is not as it seems. Angel, as it turns out, has made a pact with the dark forces to make him a rock star having quite literally sold his soul for his talent. But there’s a catch, fame and fortune come at a price. In order to sustain his talent Angel must feed on the souls of others.
Lindsay’s growing attraction to Angel soon turns to fear as she finds herself pulled further and further into a terrifying world of unspeakable evil.
Slasher // Video presents Trashology, written and directed by Brian Dorton (Theatre of the Deranged) and starring Laura Lee Black (Preexisting Conditions), Jenny Coulter (Preexisting Conditions), Rodney Horn (Tales of Poe) and Douglas Conner (Theatre of the Deranged).
A college writing assignment leads Tracy (Laura Lee Black, Preexisting Conditions) to explore her passion for film, especially the “trash” genre made infamous by John Waters. Her research leads her to the book Trashology, firing her imagination and guiding the viewer through a trilogy of horror, revenge and vigilante justice tales (The Vat, Big Debbie and Inglorious Bitches) paying homage to the man that started it all.
Human hunting for sport is the twisted premise of Deadly Prey, written and directed by David A. Prior (The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice) and starring Ted Prior (Killer Workout, The Deadliest Prey).
The sadistic and psychopathic Colonel Hogan (David Campbell, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice) is a mercenary for hire who finds a benefactor in Don Michaelson (Troy Donahue, Shock ‘Em Dead, Cry-Baby), a ruthless businessman in need of skilled killers for a special assignment. It’s a win-win for both sides. Michaelson will finance Hogan’s training camp and Hogan will use his trained mercenaries to help out Michaelson. Hogan has the manpower. What he doesn’t have is the prey to hunt in preparation for the big day. His solution: troll the streets of Los Angeles and randomly abduct people. What Hogan didn’t count on was that one of those people would be Mike Danton (Ted Prior, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice). Danton, a Marine with killer skills, doesn’t take too kindly to being kidnapped. Hogan, Michaelson and the mercenaries are in for a world of pain in the action-packed thrill ride Deadly Prey. Deadly Prey co-stars Cameron Mitchell (Hombre, Klansman), Dawn Abraham (Mike’s Murder) and Suzzane Tara (TV’s General Hospital).
The Deadliest Prey
Sadist, psychopath, and a damn fine solider, Colonel Hogan (David Campbell, Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice) and his merry band of mercenaries are back for more in the sequel to writer/director David A. Prior’s Deadly Prey. Will Mike Danton (Ted Prior, Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice) ever learn to let someone else take out the garbage? Kidnapped from in front of his home while emptying the trash, Danton finds himself back in familiar territory as prey in Hogan’s twisted game of cat & mouse.
It’s obvious that Hogan is also a slow learner. When will he understand not to mess with Danton, a U.S. Marine who learned to be “all that he could be” in ‘Nam? The action and kills are amped up in The Deadliest Prey co-starring Fritz Matthews (Deadly Prey, Born Killer) and Cat Tomeny (Flesh Wounds, Enemies Among Us).
Olive Films didn’t stop with the Slasher//Video titles either, they also announced some new Blu-rays to their line hitting stands a week prior to the Slasher//Video titles on September 22, 2015. It’s a good lineup from Olive and especially nice to Lucky McKee’s The Woods finally making it’s Blu-ray debut!
The Woods co-stars Academy Award-nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) as Falburn’s dean, Ms. Traverse; Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) as Heather’s father; Lauren Birkell (The Babysitters) as friend and schoolmate Marcy; and Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) as the bullying student, Samantha Wise.
Gothic chills abound in the thriller The Woods directed by Lucky McKee (May) from a screenplay written by David Ross (The Babysitters). Amidst the splendor of rural New England sits Falburn Academy, a boarding school for young, impressionable and in some cases, troubled girls. Isolated from the outside world, Falburn sits near the woods – a sinister cluster of trees that appears to act as a protective wall. Heather Fasulo (Agnes Brucker, The Aviator) is the school’s newest student. After setting fire to a forest, rebellious Heather is sent to Falburn to provide her with a sense of stability. Heather’s increasing nightmares prove to be more than homesickness when she discovers that the woods hold a chilling and terrifying secret.
Larry Cohen (Hell Up In Harlem), working from his own script, directs the blaxploitation film Black Caesar that co-stars Art Lund (Bucktown), Val Avery (Donnie Brasco) and D’Urville Martin (Sheba, Baby), featuring a score by James Brown.
The brutal assault at the hands of a racist cop will inform the life of Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson, Hammer), who will grow up to become the reigning head of Harlem’s black mafia in Black Caesar.
Establishing a mob empire that challenges the New York mafia’s stronghold on the city, Tommy will prove himself a worthy opponent and a natural born enemy. His volatile romance with chanteuse Helen (Gloria Hendry, Live and Let Die) will set in motion a series of deadly events that the self-proclaimed criminal kingpin, the Black Caesar, may not escape.
Gunplay, fist fights and all-out action lies around every corner in Slaughter, co-starring Cameron Mitchell (The Klansman) and Don Gordon (The Mack) and written by Mark Hanna (Gunslinger) and Don Williams (Blood, Black and White).
This Jim Brown blaxploitation vehicle directed by Jack Starrett (Cleopatra Jones) is the tale of an ex-Vietnam, ex-Green Beret captain known to his friends and enemies alike by one name … Slaughter. He’s out to avenge the murder of his parents by the psychotic Mafioso Dominic Hoffo (Rip Torn, Men In Black). Slaughter’s thirst for vengeance will not be sated, even after a sympathetic mobster’s girlfriend, Ann (Stella Stevens, The Poseidon Adventure) is presented to him as a peace offering.
Deuces Wild co-stars Fairuza Balk (The Craft) as Annie and Drea de Matteo (TV’s The Sopranos) as Betsy, the women in Leon and Bobby’s lives, whose lives will be irrevocably changed by circumstance. Deuces Wild is photographed by John A. Alonzo (Chinatown) and features a musical score by Stewart Copeland (Rumblefish) of The Police.
Set in 1958 Brooklyn. N.Y., Deuces Wild, directed by Scott Kalvert (Basketball Diaries) and written by Paul Kimatian (The Wharf Rat) and Christopher Gambale (House Arrest Starring Christopher Colomobo) stars Stephen Dorff (Blade) as Leon and Brad Renfro (Apt Pupil) as Bobby, brothers and members of the local street gang known as the Deuces, who rule their ‘hood.
Tensions escalate when the Deuces come into conflict with rival gang leader, Marco (Norman Reedus, TV’s The Walking Dead). With a turf war all but inevitable, neither side can anticipate the tragic consequences of their actions.
RLJ Entertainment is bringing The Invoking 2 to DVD and VOD on October 6th.
Bloody Disgusting has landed the exclusive trailer premiere for the haunter that stars Allen Lowman, Andrew Fleming, Meghan McNicol, Chara Gannett, and Jessica Fratus.
This is an anthology series of 6 short films are directed by Jamie DeWolf (OK Monster), Jay Holben (Jack Frost, Paranoid), Corey Norman (The Hanover House, Natal), Adam O’Brien (Insane, ZombieWorld), Patrick Rea (Nailbiter, Time’s Up, Eve), and Jamie Root.
“Although hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year, most of these chilling encounters go unreported… until now. Bear witness as hapless victims experience the unspeakable terror of confronting demonic forces, murderous poltergeists and other evil entities that are dead set on claiming their souls. Descend into an abyss of waking nightmares as these bloodthirsty, malevolent spirits seek to possess their prey and drag them—kicking and screaming—to hell.“
Zombies stumble into these new promos from “Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC’s spinoff of “The Walking Dead.”
The prequel takes place in Los Angeles at the beginning of the epidemic. The promos keep showing people enjoying the sunny California weather, unaware of the danger that shambles up to them in the background.
The pilot follows a highly dysfunctional blended family who are forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.
“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.
Check out an insane amount of imagery here, and watch “Fear the Walking Dead” when it premieres August 23rd.
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Aleksander Bach, the director of the upcoming action movie Hitman: Agent 47, pictured, is coming on board to direct Revoc, an alien invasion movie set up at Lionsate’s Summit, says THR.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV are producing.
Joe Robert Cole wrote the script for the project, whose plot details are being kept under wraps. It is, however, described by insiders as a grounded sci-fi epic and unique take on the genre.
The project is still in the development stages.
Saying a movie is ahead of its time can have two different meanings: 1) The film pioneered a specific filmmaking technique or 2) The film was maligned upon release and is now considered a classic. What I’ve done is look at horror films released over the past few decades and see what films I believe to truly be ahead of their time.Psycho
First the funny bit of trivia: Psycho was the first film to show a toilet flushing on camera! Now for the serious bit of trivia: Psycho was not universally praised upon its initial release (nearly all British film critics panned it)! Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, “There is not an abundance of subtlety or the lately familiar Hitchcock bent toward significant and colorful scenery in this obviously low-budget job.” Interestingly enough, Psycho didn’t garner widespread critical acclaim until after the film’s popularity with general audiences skyrocketed it to box office success, prompting many critics to revisit the film.
While it’s a well-known fact, it still merits mentioning that John Carpenter’s The Thing was much-maligned when it was released in 1982. Another New York Times critic (Vincent Canby, this time) called it “a foolish, depressing, overproduced movie that mixes horror with science fiction to make something that is fun as neither one thing or the other. Sometimes it looks as if it aspired to be the quintessential moron movie of the 80s.” The score was even nominated for a Razzie award! Add to that the fact that The Thing was released the same summer as E.T., audiences just weren’t in the mood for an intense killer alien film. It was a box office flop, taking in only $19.6 million (on a $15 million budget). Here is more of Canby’s review:
I’m sure many of you re-watched Jurassic Park recently, and if so then you probably noticed that the CGI effects are better than about 90% of the films that come out nowadays (they even look better than the CGI effects in Jurassic World!). I have no idea how that is possible, but Jurassic Park has definitely stood the test of time.
Thank God for international box office, otherwise Starship Troopers would have been a major flop. America just wasn’t ready for an anti-war dark satire film in 1997. Had it come out after the Iraq war had already begun, it might have been slightly better received. To be clear, Starship Troopers is a brilliantly entertaining film, it just came out a few years too early. Like Jurassic Park, the special effects are top notch, and still look good today.
While not as acidic as the Brett Easton Ellis novel it is based on, Mary Harron’s American Psycho adaptation was incredibly polarizing in 2000. Making only $15 million (on an admittedly low $7 million budget), the film’s humor wasn’t interpreted very well by audiences at the time. Had the film come out today, it might have clicked more with audiences.
I don’t like Videodrome (don’t hate me!), but I can’t deny that David Cronenberg was really on to something when he wrote it. The film essentially boils down to the idea that people are obsessed with their television (this is a very simplistic explanation for the film). This idea is more timely than ever right now, with DVR and the ever-growing presence of TV as a discussion topic. I write TV reviews for Bloody-Disgusting. I get it. The topics of violence and sex on our TV screens was also ahead of its time in 1983, with TV today pushing more boundaries than ever. Videodrome probably makes more sense today than it did to anyone in the 80s. The fact that it is more relevant today than it was back then earns it a spot on this list.
We all know how Stephen King hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel The Shining, but what you may not know is that many critics weren’t too keen on the film upon its release either. Variety complained that it “destroy[ed] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” Kubrick and Shelley Duvall were nominated for Razzie Awards for Worst Director and worst Actress, respectively. Roger Ebert even claimed that it was hard to connect with any of the characters. Oh how time changes things.
The Mist is notable for having one of the most depressing endings in film history. Released back in 2007, mainstream audiences just didn’t want to be depressed. That’s not to say people want to be depressed now, but with shows like Hannibal, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead preparing them for major character deaths, they’re a bit more prepared for it. Had The Mist come out this year, it probably would have done much better at the box office. Needless to say, many people walked out of the theater wanting to do this:
What other horror films do you believe were ahead of their time? Let me know in the comments below!
Pucker your butts, because we’re nearing the end of another quiet summer. August is where things start heating up, then September brings SOMA and I’ll have to disappear with it into the murky depths for a few weeks. There aren’t very many horror games that have been confirmed to be arriving in what’s left of 2015, but that can change rather quickly, especially with Gamescom coming up in August and Tokyo Game Show in September.Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
The Chinese Room is returning to their roots in thoughtful, story-driven games with their next project, a spiritual successor to Dear Esther called Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Unlike the large majority of apocalypse-themed video games we get each year, this is a quiet apocalypse. Fans of atmospheric games should keep an eye on this one.
Release Date: August 11 (PS4)Zombi
The rumors are true — Ubisoft is bringing their Wii U exclusive survival horror game ZombiU to current-gen consoles. It doesn’t look like a complete overhaul, so I’m just going to call Zombi an improved port. Sadly, the multiplayer was dropped, so this apocalypse just got considerably lonelier.
Release Date: August 18 (PC, PS4, XBO)Resident Evil Revelations 2
It took longer than I would’ve liked for Capcom to start working toward earning back the trust of their fans who had endured the hugely disappointing Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City, and for the most part, they’ve done a stellar job in cleaning up the series’ tarnished reputation.
One of the best things to come out of all this has been the episodic spin-off, Resident Evil Revelations 2, which released earlier this year on nearly every platform except the PlayStation Vita. That changes in just a few short weeks.
Release Date: August 18 (VITA)Until Dawn
Continuing the string of PlayStation exclusive horror games coming up in August is the long-awaited arrival of Supermassive Games’ teen slasher Until Dawn. This will be the first of the slasher games to release, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares as that will set the bar for what comes next, including Summer Camp, Splatter Camp, Last Year and the Friday the 13th game.
Release Date: August 25 (PS4)Fran Bow
The 2D horror adventure game Fran Bow is one of my most anticipated indies of the year. Killmonday Games started working on the game three years ago, and when it releases, it’ll be almost exactly two years after its crowdfunding campaign successfully raised over $28,000. I’m sure the 1,099 backers who helped fund it won’t be disappointed.
Release Date: August 27 (PC, Mac, Linux)Unloved
I had no idea Unloved was a thing until I started putting together this article. This reimagining of the popular Doom 2 mod of the same name brings with it vastly improved visuals — courtesy of Unreal Engine 4 — as well as co-op that will support up to four players.
Release Date: TBA August (PC)
At this year’s annual Mile High Film Festival, a special event will take place to celebrate the achievements of Lon Chaney Sr. and Lon Chaney Jr. Great grandson/grandson (respectively) Ron Chaney, who has starred in films such as Coffin Baby and The House Of Wolf Man, will be on hand to accept the two Lifetime Achievement Awards for these two actors, who have portrayed characters such as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Wolf Man, Dracula, the Mummy, and much more.
After the awards are presented, there will be a special screening of The Phantom Of The Opera with live musical accompaniment from festival veteran Paul Buscarello.
This year’s festival takes place Oct. 1-4 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. More information can be found at the official website.
Yager has filed for insolvency (a form of bankruptcy) in an effort to make sure they’re able to pay the team that was, until recently, developing Dead Island 2. Deep Silver and Yager parted ways due to a difference in “creative vision”. That cost the developer three years of work, and now it will likely mean the end of the team that had been tasked with making the game.
In a statement sent to GamesIndustry.biz, Yager managing director Timo Ullmann confirms what we all know, that the “insolvency filing is a direct result from the early termination of the project and helps protecting [sic] our staff. In the course of the proceedings, we gain time to sort out the best options for reorganizing this entity.”
This is an awful situation for the talented folks who worked countless hours bringing what looked like an incredibly promising video game to life. If they can survive this, I hope we’ll eventually learn what that creative difference was.
Deep Silver still hasn’t announced a new developer for Dead Island 2