We know Chris Pratt has tamed the Velociraptors in Jurassic World, now we get to see him in action. Below is a new clip from the Jurassic Park sequel in which Pratt’s character saves little Timmy from certain death. There’s still not enough context to decide if I hate this or not.
“Twenty-two years after the events of ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Nick Robinson all star.
This week: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Poltergeist, and Tomorrowland. Witch’er good, and which aren’t?
Focus World is planning an August 7th limited theatrical and VOD release for Cop Car, a thriller that had its World Premiere at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Today, we have the trailer from the movie that stars Kevin Bacon, as well as James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim.
Jon Watts directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher D. Ford. It follows two 10-year-old boys who steal an abandoned cop car and take it for a joy ride. They find themselves on a wild ride when the owner, a corrupt cop (Bacon), begins to hunt them down.
The tragic Dyatlov Pass incident which claimed the lives of nine hikers in 1959 serves as the basis for Kholat, a supernatural horror game that’s slated to hit Steam next month. Its developer has really nailed down the visuals, and with vocals from Silent Hill veteran Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, at the very least, this ought to be an atmospheric experience.
With its arrival on Steam less than two weeks away, the makers of Kholat have released a launch trailer narrated by Sean “The Bean” Bean — am I the only one who calls him that? — to get us sufficiently pumped.
Kholat releases on June 9 for PC.
Oren Carmi’s award winning thriller Goldberg & Eisenberg (read our review) will finally be released on DVD and VOD in North America by Jinga Films and MVD June 23rd 2015, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Following in the footsteps of recent genre films from Israel (Rabies, Cannon Fodder, Big Bad Wolves), Goldberg & Eisenberg won Best Director at Austin Fantastic Fest, Best Actor and Best Music at Screamfest LA and is a welcome addition to the so called new wave of Hebrew Horror.
“Goldberg is a lonely computer programmer who searches the internet for a girlfriend. After being stood up for a date, he meets Eisenberg, a thug who decides to amuse himself at Goldberg’s expense. As Eisenberg stalks Goldberg, his intrusions become increasingly menacing until Goldberg’s actions to get rid of him spin dangerously out of control.“
Yesterday, we were treated to a new teaser for Frictional Games’ upcoming undersea horror game SOMA that was basically a minute of a woman sobbing while a couple of whales made sensual whale love. Today, we have something a little more substantial, albeit just as maddeningly strange as that last video. I’d even call it moderately unsettling.
This steady drip-feed of strange live-action videos has been undeniably fun to watch, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some footage sometime soon. Maybe Frictional is saving the relevant stuff for E3.
Sometimes, the simplest ideas turn out to be the best ones. Such is the case with NECA and their upcoming Alien facehugger egg toy, which places six eggs in an egg carton, complete with instructions!
The toys are simple enough, 3 eggs hatched and 3 unhatched, the hatched ones including little yet highly detailed facehuggers. They’re placed inside of an egg carton that features instructions on how to handle the eggs should they hatch.
Overall, it’s definitely one of the coolest and most clever ideas I’ve seen for this franchise. I’m absolutely planning on getting a set when they’re available, which NECA says should hopefully be in August!
— NECA (@NECA_TOYS) May 22, 2015
I remember being a kid and refusing to watch anything if it was “in gray.” Now, I absolutely cherish those “gray” films. Black & white is an art form in and of itself that too many people take for granted. With the news of a black & white version of Mad Max: Fury Road being included on the Blu-ray release, it got us thinking about some other films that could use a black & white edition. Are there any films out there you would add to this list?
Reviewed by Brady Steele. Divinity #4 ends this epic odyssey. Omnipotent astronaut Abram Adams came back searching for what he left behind on Earth twenty-seven years earlier. The Valiant Universe tries furiously to contain an unknown variable more powerful than anyone on the planet. All of this makes for greater storytelling herein and more to come in the future.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Trevor Hairsine
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 27 May 2015
This is one series that has been thoroughly crafted and designed from the concept to this final issue. The power Divinity has put on display is truly frightening and innovative at the same time. Writer Matt Kindt seems to have only scratched the surface with the potential Abram Adams displayed so far. Unity, the Valiant Universe’s top team, were initially swept away with minimal effort by Divinity. The skillful way that both sides walk away from this tilt without looking weak is an attack through his heart. Readers finally see how human and delicate even all-powerful characters can be.
Once again, artist Trevor Hairsine conveys heart, menace and scope effortlessly in this final chapter. The emotion shown in Abrams’ family reunion. The ache in the eyes and aged faces. The spectacle of battling four of the most dangerous characters at once. The futility of the actions taken. It’s all so striking to look at.
Thankfully, there are lasting repercussions coming out of this series. No one lost but no one really won either. Divinity let his foes think they won the day. Not only those, but the followers of Divinity are rising so the imagination begins to wonder how much power will the people have without their leader? Again, this series makes you think about so many different things all at the same time every time you read and re-read it.
The extra pages and insight from writer Kindt at the end of the story only enhance the overall experience of the entire miniseries. We are assured that there is more Divinity to come this year which is magnificent news. I’m eager to see how this mighty character will interact with the other power players touring around the Valiant Universe. This series established something new, potent and potentially dangerous into their world. I can’t wait to see where they take him next.
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.
“Mayday” #2 does not for one second let us forget its time and place. Curt Pires’ books are very much a product of the present. They have a here and now quality that elevate them to the status of historical document; future generations that study the attitudes and sensibilities of the early 21st century would find in “Mayday” a perspective widely acknowledged but rarely articulated as perfectly as Pires is able to say it. What’s more, this issue is good old fashioned grindhouse fun with just enough surreal horror to haunt your dreams. If you haven’t got the message yet: “Mayday” #2 is really good.
WRITTEN BY: Curt Pires
ART BY: Chris Peterson
PUBLISHER: Black Mask
RELEASE: May 27, 2015
This issue begins at a hollywood party, reminding us of the most prevalent themes from issue one (loneliness, disillusionment with the Hollywood social scene, art vs. identity, death) briefly before giving most of the attention to Terrence and Kleio. As the unlucky duo races across town, forming a plan, gun shopping, and filling up on liquid courage, I’m reminded of an concern I had about “POP”, Pires last mini-series: the characters that drive the story forward are the least interesting characters.
All of their dialogue serves the plot, and we really don’t have anything to hold on to or any reason to like them. They are the heroes because they are fighting evil, but when I think back on these books the “protagonists” are never what I think of, that may be very well be intentional, but if the villains represent forces that oppress and cultures that poison us, the protagonists should be more relatable and empathetic, because they’re us. By the end of the issue this may be a moot point, we’ll see.
Chris Peterson does some fantastically subtle things with the billboards as they are driving around, some that I didn’t catch until my second pass, and the two page blood spider bit was incredibly effective at attaching itself to my brain even if I don’t know what the fuck is going on. This may just be a matter of taste, but I find his character work to be a little distracting.
They aren’t bad and the detail is fantastic, but they are overly emotive, almost to the point of mugging, especially Kleio in the car. It looks too cartoonish and comes across like he doesn’t trust dialogue and context to convey the emotion and really has to plaster it on their faces.
I love occult stories, and Benecio Del Cocaine is that perfect level of passion and mania, every time I see him I want more, I want to know what kind of sick shit he does all day and what his master plan is. “Mayday” is such a surreal visual spectacle and strong sense of identity I guarantee you’ll want to revisit it again and again as the world around us gets stranger and stranger. “Mayday” pulls the velvet curtain back to reveal madness and desperation behind what we all fantasize about.
Reviewed By Taylor Hoffman.
In “Pisces” #2 Kurtis Wiebe and Johnny Christmas dig deeply into the mind of a haunted veteran whose ghosts of war follow him throughout the rest of his fractured life. After reading this issue, it seems clear that all the pain that Dillon Carpenter, our main character, harbors is as existential as directly related to his air-force experience. As we travel through his life in flashback and flash-forward, we’ve already seen how much he’s treated as a villain and a failure by his father, his country, and the mystery woman from the first issue. In this second issue, Wiebe and Christmas take the horrors inside of Dillon’s mind and spreads them onto the pages like the plague.
Story by: Kurtis Wiebe
Art by: Johnnie Christmas
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 5/27/15
The majority of this issue focuses on trust issues: can others trust him, can he trust anyone else, and, most importantly, can he trust himself?
We are thrown into the darkest memories of Carpenter and our eyes can’t help but dwell on his misery in an attempt to understand it all. Christmas draws nightmare demons like thick, black tar with worlds inside each smooth bubble that pops into a puddle of ink. He isn’t alone in his plight and a fellow veteran reassures him that there’s some, albeit very little, help and hope left for them. Both confide their shame and nightmares at a late night diner stop which gives readers a new level of depth to our main character.
There’s a lot to unpack in this scene, but reading it might motivate readers to understand the harsh reality of those who can’t speak out in fear of being silenced completely. Dillon is a survivor of war with no idea how to cope with the guilt through life with more than the simple takes that keep him going day by day, which is a rough routine that sedates, but never satisfies him. In the most lucid moment of his panic attacks, he’s blinded by the sheer violence and extreme loss in his life. We’re seeing his stream of consciousness wildly malfunction and flood with fears.
Wiebe proves he did his research on PTSD and war veterans, which clearly shows in the dynamics of Dillon’s relationships in this issue. It’s a stunning piece to examine, and it’s an opportunity to delve into taboo topics in war without celebrating war itself. It’s hard to articulate the absolute beauty of this issue because reading it is an intensely emotional dive into a mind scared and interrupted by reality. Each reader will find something deeply personal while staring into the starry abyss of death’s secret devils screaming in unison to be freed. Will anyone listen to Dillon when he’s finally in space? Who or what will hear his screams?
Pisces is an unfolding masterpiece that’s pushing the boundaries of comics past a point of ignorance and into a mind of real horror. While it’s only on the second issue, there’s so much ground and space left to explore. Wiebe and Christmas are the perfect team to fill out this grotesque and truly upsetting horror story of silence and mental illness. Dillon’s nightmares are getting worse, but are they just in his head or is there something extraterrestrial in the same form lurking beneath?
“Negative Space” #1 is weird and different, which’ll put some people off while at the same time deeply connecting with others. It almost felt like I was reading a Philip K. Dick novel at times. The brilliantly cerebral story paints a picture of a subtly horrifying dystopia. Corporations controlling people’s lives like giant puppet masters, ruling and influencing the world through staged events. It’s nightmare inducing stuff, that’s a little too close to reality.
WRITTEN BY: Ryan K Lindsay
ART BY: Owen Gieni
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 8, 2015
The protagonist, Guy Harris, is struggling with some serious writer’s block when we first meet him. Unbenounced to him his current inability to write has much farther reaching consequences than he could ever imagine. A mysterious organization are monitoring him and his current lack of creative output has thrown a bit of a wrench into their plans. Though they may be mysterious to us readers, they’re hardly shadowy as they’ve got a massive tower with their logo on it as a base.
This organization has enough power to do whatever they need to and they will exercise it to the fullest extent get what they want. That is bad news for the poor and unsuspecting Guy Harris, as they systematically break him down in an attempt to force his writer’s block away. Each fabricated scenario is more cruel than the last as Guy is put through the ringer. We slowly learn bits and pieces about the organization’s motives, although every answer only raises a plethora of questions.
Who’s behind this organization, what do they want, when/where does this story take place, why’s Guys writing so important and how’re they doing what they do? All these and many more are raised but not answered, at least not in a way that’s desirable right now. Don’t take this as a negative though, as it’s one of the book’s most appealing factors.
Intrigue is thick in Negative Space #1, the future of this book interests me greatly. It’s out there, way out there, and it’s not afraid to venture even further out.
Negative Space hits finer comic shops inJuly, but make sure to preorder the book now using code: MAY150012
While companies brand their movies and television shows on food products all the time, usually it’s just a stupid photo on a can of soda.
It’s a rare treat when an character or property is used as the actual product, which is why is was so cool to have things like Pac-Man cereal or Hi-C’s “The Real Ghostbusters”-themed Ecto Cooler. Yes, Ecto Cooler was so awesome that people have created their own recipes to keep the spirit of the fruity drink alive.
Ecto Cooler was such a massive success for the company, so much so that it’s sort of surprising they never attempted to brand another franchise with their juice boxes.
Thanks to The-Holidaz Blog we can now imagine a world with various Hi-C juice boxes themed with horror icons. John Squires dug up the following images that were created and shared multiple times back in 2013, and are still floating around the site’s Facebook page. The really cool blog created three series, one of which imagines Hi-C themed after the Universal Monsters Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman, Dracula and more!
Check out all of the boxes below, with some of the highlights being Rosemary’s Berry, Evil RedHannibal Nectar and of course Grape White.
Even though Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is overhyped, it’s still a fabulous movie with a iconic new villain.
The Babadook character is so popular it’s starting to cross over into pop culture, although it never has nearly the same impact as The Human Centipede.
Still, there’s all sorts of cool costume tutorials and art being shared, such the case with this incredibly realistic and creepy digital piece created by Conzpiracy on Deviant Art.
In The Babadook, a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Between the infamous “book” and the Babdook, this film will easily gain cult status.
Blood moon, total lunar eclipse, Samhain (Halloween), and Sabrina’s 16th birthday. It’s a perfect night for a witch baptism…a perfect evening for a young Sabrina to get in bed with Satan. But before the ritual can be complete, our cute little blonde witch must deal with some boyfriend issues…because frankly, Harvey’s in deep shit.
WRITTEN BY: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
ART BY: Robert Hack
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
RELEASE: May 27, 2015
“Sabrina” issue #3 focuses on the most important night of her life in two distinct ways, her human Sweet 16 and her inhuman baptism. The comic starts off with a quickly paced and fascinating flashback “field trip” to the woods where Aunts Hilda and Zelda continue their witch schooling with 11-year-old Sabrina. I loved this scene particularly because in their schooling, they mention real Salem witch trials, even going so far as to teach the comic’s readers a bit about an actual historical figure, Giles Corey, a man accused of witchcraft during the trials and pressed to death. This was a very nice touch on the part of writer Aguirre-Sacasa. It added a sense of realism I wasn’t expecting. And when realism is paired with a book like “Sabrina,” it’s only more haunting in the end.
Before the witch trials, witch babies were baptized at infancy, after the witch trials however, the rules were changed. A witch needed to be of an appropriate age to understand the decision to be baptized and accept the Dark Lord’s “gift” –fully embracing their witchhood…this age is 16. Sabrina can actually choose to live as a mortal because of her mother being mortal, something her father made sure of, so she has a unique and difficult decision ahead of her: go to the pep rally, celebrate her birthday with her hot boyfriend, get it on with her hot boyfriend…you know, the normal teenage shit we think is the most important thing that will ever happen in our life, OR…sign her name in Satan’s book, becoming a full witch and forgoing many of those epic teenage pleasures and hardships.
On the day before Sabrina’s 16th birthday, Halloween, and a lunar eclipse, Sabrina has just been informed by her new drama teacher, Madame Satan (see issue #2) that she and her dreamy love, Harvey, will be the leads in Bye, Bye, Birdie. When she presents the news to Harvey, he suggests celebrating, then proceeds to pressure Sabrina into going all the way with him on her birthday. He pulls all the classic lines as Sabrina tells him “no” over and over. Which pretty much makes me want to cut his dick off. But regardless of what Sabrina wants, she continues to say no because there must be “no defilement” before a young witch’s 16th birthday. They must be pure for Satan (one of the most ironic things I’ve every typed).
Madame Satan (in teacher form) pops up here and there with her crow familiar who spies on Sabrina, causing trouble all over the place. Specifically, she sees to it that Harvey doubts his relationship with Sabrina and manipulates him into seeking out Sabrina in the dark woods on the night of her baptism.
Like I said, deep shit.
As usual, the creators of “Sabrina” completely nail it. One of the truly wonderful aspects of this comic is that both the witch plot and the growing-up-as-an-everyday-high-school-student plot are hyper-realistic, dark, and challenging. Because Sabrina’s human side of things is written so genuine and deft, it makes the supernatural side of things feel just as real. One might think there would be a stark juxtaposition, but instead, the entire story blends flawlessly into a truly haunting and believable comic.
One of the most obvious things I’ll say in this review is how stunning Hack’s art is. We’ve long praised Hack in the comic community for his intensely gorgeous art, but good lord, he does something entirely unique with “Sabrina” that makes it almost impossible to tear your eyes from each page. The colors are calm and somewhat muted, but within each panel there’s a pop of brightness, usually red, usually lips, something to give the page a bit of sexuality and danger.
This combination of creators has delivered yet again. They’ve given us so much in one issue without confusing us or rushing the story. And so I ask…are you reading this dark matter?
I guess because of the holiday, the news has been insanely slow. So, instead of sitting on my ass I figured I may as well share with you this fantastic piece of art I discovered over on reddit.
RearNakedChode is behind the 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas that shows Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street in all of his glory.
It’s seriously a stunning piece of work I would be proud to hang on my wall – as long as it’s not in my kitchen.
Arriving on DVD June 16th, 2015 via Artsploitation Films is The House With 100 Eyes, which is described as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap.
The gory mockumentary The House with 100 Eyes is said to be the grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable.
In it, “Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned.“
The one thing that’s so scary about FX’s “American Horror Story” is that it’s based on some level of realism. While the stories are a complete fabrication, they’re inspired by something much like Leatherface was inspired by Ed Gein.
Following an episode of the now-concluded “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Philly Now made the connection between a real-life “freak show” museum and the one in the show.
“American Morbidity Museum,” which the show locates in Philadelphia, is clearly inspired by Philadelphia’s “Mütter Museum,” which displays the nation’s most famous collection of fascinating anatomical specimens.
The site was so curious that they contacted J. Nathan Bazzel, director of communications for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, which owns the Mütter.
While Bazzel hasn’t seen the show himself, he acknowledges that “people really enjoy the program, and if it opens people’s minds to better understanding of what it means to be human, we certainly welcome that.” But he’s eager to stress that, unlike the grotesquerie portrayed on American Horror Story, the Mütter Museum is a place of education and, above all else, empathy for the human condition.
“All of the specimens from the collection have a very human story to them,” Bazzel says. “That was really one of Dr. Mütter‘s primary goals [when he gifted his collection to the college]: It was to better enable medical students to develop in the realm of compassion.”
Whereas American Horror Story‘s fictional Morbidity Museum might have acquired Ma Petite’s body through questionable means, the Mütter, of course, does not act like a plot point in a horror show. “One thing we do not — we do not — do is purchase specimens,” Bazzel stresses. “We don’t. We receive specimens from other institutions if they’re getting rid of them. For instance, we received approximately 670 brain slices and segments embedded in acrylic from St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York when they were shutting down. Other specimens we receive from private donations, such as doctors who may have various specimens from their teaching collections, and they’re retiring and decide to donate them to us. It’s very diverse.”
Celebrating the diversity of human physical existence, in fact, is a big part of the point. “The human form is not one specific form,” Bazzel says, “and that’s one of the things we hope that people understand when they come to the Mütter. It attracts people for many different reasons, but it doesn’t matter why they come. What does matter is that they walk away with an understanding of compassion, and we hope that visitors walk away with a better understanding of what it means to be human.”
Just browsing Google images you’ll find all sorts of connections to “American Horror Story”, just take a look above and below.
One of the coolest fan films we’ve seen in awhile was the “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness,” courtesy of “Slash/Up,” a multiverse fanfilm web-series that was also behind “Sarah Connor vs. Jason.”
Now, they’ve informed us that they’re hard at work on “Ash vs. The DC Dead,” which they say “is basically a gigantic middle finger to the house of mouse.”
Why? Well, they were forced to remove “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness”, which has now returned to YouTube in all of its glory!
It features Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, oh, and Ash using Iron Man’s repulser beam on a zombie. Fuk yeah!
If you thought the 80s were dead — think again! On September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. The directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, Lost After Dark is said to feature visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat.
“Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It”), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group’s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?”
Produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and co-written by Bo Ransdell, Lost After Dark features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn), Eve Harlow (“The 100″), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Black Widower), as well as fun cameos from Sarah Fisher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Rick Rosenthal (Director of Halloween II & Halloween: Resurrection).