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Review: “Hack/Slash Son of Samhain”

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49

In “Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain” issue #1, Cassie has abandoned her slasher huntress life for that a different sort – scumbag bounties. It’s not until she’s met by Delroy, a grizzly, old badass-type, who convinces her, rather easily, to reclaim her title as a staunch enemy of the forces of darkness. 

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley

ART BY: Emilio Lasio

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

 

 

First, let me say that I’m a newcomer to the “Hack/Slash” universe. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I’ll be staying for very long. For those of you like me, here’s a little backstory: The “Hack/Slash” series began back in 2007 after a string of one-shot comics dating back to 2004. Cassie, the horror-victim anti-heroine of the series, is (or was, according to this new “Son of Samhain” series) a hunter of “slashers”, a collective of undead monsters and those who rally with them. 

There’s a prologue that introduces us to a primordial evil known as Attan-Soolu who was vanquished by early humans eons ago. But, as Delroy explains, the slashers intend to bring him back. Much like hack and slash genre videogame play through, I expect that there will be a lot of underlings or “level bosses” before we inevitably see Cassie make some tough choices in order to vanquish Attan-Soolu.

Maybe fans of the “Hack/Slash” story will disagree with me, but even I can say a lot of what seems to be happening in the “Son of Samhain” series is pretty standard, if not recycled. We have a haunted, take-no-prisoners protagonist who is joined by a wise mentor and what may turn out to be a kid sidekick as they battle it out with some baddies to try and save the world. The writing even seems to hint at it’s own cliché’d nature (at one point, Cassie refers to Attan-Soolu sounding like a Star Wars character). Yeah, there are some decent internal monologues from Cassie and some quick banter between her and Delory, but it doesn’t stick.

The artwork is nice enough and it’s well paced but, again, the word that fits here is “standard.” Based solely off my own ignorance of the “Hack/Slash” plot so far, the one aspect of note is Cassie’s past; the idea of a former female lover who, although not a ghost, follows her as she begrudgingly moves through her life. No doubt, this will be explored in the upcoming issues but my opinion of issue #1 has not inspired me to stick around to find out.

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Telltale Confirms a New Episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ Coming This Month

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:34

I’ve noticed that many of you aren’t terribly happy with Telltale’s timeliness — or lack thereof — when it comes to getting new episodes of The Walking Dead: The Game out. They certainly take their time, but I’ve also noticed a jump in quality between this season and the last. There are less bugs, an added layer of polish that makes the experience a bit less frustrating this time around.

If you count yourself among the frustrated, you’ll be happy to know that Telltale is working on bringing the fourth episode, titled Amid the Ruins, this month. That’s a bit earlier than expected.

The news comes from a tweet posted by Job Stuffer, director of PR at Telltale, so it’s legit. Hopefully they mean early this month, and not like, July 31st.


Walking Dead fans, thanks so much for your patience! We're expecting Ep 204 to arrive this month and should have news in the coming weeks.

— Job J Stauffer (@jobjstauffer) July 1, 2014

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Review: “Lazarus” #9

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:30

An action-packed sci-fi thriller, “Lazarus” #9 presents readers a futuristic heroine that kicks lots of butt. You don’t ever want to cross paths with Forever Carlyle, but if you unexpectedly do, better not piss her off. You won’t be able to resist the eye-catching action sequences in the “Lazarus” series.

 

 

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Michael Lark
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 2, 2013

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

 

 

Forever Carlyle has been genetically altered to serve and be faithful. Since the day she was born, she was trained to obey and protect the Carlyle Family. But lately Forever has been seeing cracks in the political system, which is governed by the wealthy class. As society has been divided by the rich and the so-called “waste,” a rebellion is about to take place. A bomb is about to go off, taking millions of innocent lives, and Forever finds herself in the crossfire. 

In the opening pages, writer Greg Rucka provides an exciting flashback into Forever’s training days. As a little girl, we see Forever take part in a duel against her sword master. With great skill, we see her dodge, get slashed, and finally take down her trainer. Did Forever let her trainer live because there was still a hint of that little girl in her? Or was she really following her father’s orders to the letter?

In this installment, we see how citizens are recruited to serve the Carlyle family. Interestingly, a version of the Church is involved in the organization. Right now, Rucka hints that there is some corruption involved there. In order to be approved, the recruiter has to be near-perfect. We are introduced to new characters, who full serve more in future issues.

I like how artist Michael Lark depicts Forever’s character design in the flashback. Though she’s just a little girl, Lark doesn’t play off her pint-size stature for laughs. Notice how there are so many cuts all over Lazarus’ body during the swordfight. We feel for her loss of childhood innocence.

Lark mixes the western genre with the sci-fi elements. Notice how Casey is holding a cowboy hat and a poncho in a later scene. In the suspenseful conclusion, Lazarus has a showdown with the mad bomber in the middle of the streets. Lark positions the two like something you would regularly see in a John Wayne movie.

“Lazarus” #9 is an action-packed romp that’ll take your breath.

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Review: “Big Trouble in Little China” #2

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:00

A hilarious action-packed adventure, “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 continues to be an energetic read with tons of kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s have passed, Jack Burton, our goofball hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for, and I’m quite pleased.

 

 

WRITTEN BY: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
ART BY: Brian Churilla
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 2, 2013

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

 

 

Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig back. Unfortunately there was a hideous stowaway hiding in the Pork-Chop Express, and now Jack has to return it to its rightful owner. But when the odd couple return, there are still some issues left unsettled. An immortal warlord magician wants revenge for the death of Lo Pan. Jack must follow his orders or lose his best friend’s soul forever.   

I don’t know how much involvement John Carpenter has in the series, but you can actually tell it’s in there in the pages. Writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat and delivers his laugh-out-loud lines perfectly. In the opening, the banter between the immortal warlord and Jack is spot-on hilarious. Jack is both an idiot and a clever hero at the same time as he aggravates the antagonist.

I am really enjoying how Powell plays around the structure, placing stories within stories. In the first issue, Jack recounts tales from his previous marriage. This time, it’s about an ex, who turned herself into a vampire. Jack has faced the supernatural many times before, even though he’s too dumb to realize it.

Artist Brian Churilla does a great job caricaturizing Kurt Russell’s facial features in his illustrations. Jack Burton is presented two ways, as a wannabe tough guy and this goofball. See if you can spot Jack’s teddy bear in one of the flashback panels. Churilla is always aiming for the comedy bits, hitting on the right cartoonish poses.

In this installment, we move away from the streets and into a Purgatory-like landscape. Churilla lets loose his imagination with these surrealistic wide shots. There are mountain-sized buildings with faces of skulls drawn on them. My favorite of his illustrations is the one old man riding on a giant turtle.

 

“Big Trouble In Little China” #2 is a great follow-up and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to enjoy the comic book series.

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Cannibal Corpse Release Details For New Album ‘A Skeletal Domain’

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:00

Masters of brutal death metal, Cannibal Corpse have announced that they will be releasing their new album A Skeletal Domain on September 16th via Metal Blade Records. The album will feature 12 tracks that were recorded with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios.

Bassist Alex Webster states:

At the end of the day, we’re still making a death metal record, no matter where it’s being recorded.
Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That’s what makes this exciting.

Lewis adds:

There are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history.

Head below to hear the new track “Sadistic Embodiment”. You can pre-order the album here.

A Skeletal Domain Track Listing:
01. High Velocity Impact Spatter
02. Sadistic Embodiment
03. Kill or Become
04. A Skeletal Domain
05. Headlong into Carnage
06. The Murderer’s Pact
07. Funeral Cremation
08. Icepick Lobotomy
09. Vector of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate to Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies

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Disney Moving Forward On ‘Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch’

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:23

The Tracking Board is reporting that a sequel to Hocus Pocus is in the works with Melissa McCarthy producing.

According to there site, “The second installment focuses on a witch hunter who teams up with a magical housewife to stop a power-hungry evil witch.

There’s no word yet whether the original cast will return in any capacity, but they say that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will probably not be resurrected this time around.

There’s more to report as Allison Shearmur Productions has signed to produce Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch and that Bryan Oh, Stephen Meinen, and Allison Shearmur herself are in charge at the company. Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are executive producing at Disney.

The aim for the two protagonist female leads is in the vein of Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy.

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‘The Possession of Michael King’ Trailer Finds More Footage

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:15

Anchor Bay Films just sent over the official trailer for the supernatural thriller The Possession of Michael King, another found-footage horror film coming your way.

From Gold Circle Films (White Noise, The Haunting In Connecticut), it opens in limited theaters August 22 with an iTunes, On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray release set for August 26.

David Jung directs the movie that “Tells of a documentary filmmaker who does not believe in God or the Devil. When his wife dies, he sets out to make his next movie on religion and spirituality, hoping to prove those things are just myth. But in allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals on him, he unleashes a horrifying force.

Shane Johnson (Starz’ upcoming “Power”), Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Julie McNiven (TV’s “Supernatural”) and Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy) star.

The movie was by Paul Brooks and executive produced by Scott Niemeyer and Guy Danella. The screenplay was written by Jung with a story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian.

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Zombie! “Murder Mansion” Music Video Premiere

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with one-man horrorpunk artist Zombie! (aka Eric Weiss) to bring you the exclusive music video for “Murder Mansion”, which is a gory, sexy, blood soaked video that feels almost like an R-rated scene from Scooby Doo!

Directed by Federico Ichi Scargiali of VisceraVisions, the video follows three vicious villains (each loosely modeled after a classic horror icon) as they try to juggle slaughtering several bikini-wearing ladies while avoiding a priest with a killer Holy Bible and a penchant for gimp masks. Check it out below!

Make sure to pick up The Outbreak via Zombie!’s online store.

Zombie!:

Rampaging from the grave since Halloween of 2008, ZOMBIE! is a solo, multimedia horror project created by artist and producer, Eric Weiss. Hemorrhaging a wealth of horror related entertainment, ZOMBIE! encompasses original Horror Punk music, disturbingly dark humor, gory artwork, horrific videos, and a rabid online fanbase thatís encouraged to be part of the project. Inspired by low budget horror films and Danzig-era Misfits, ZOMBIE! resurrects the true spirit of Horror Punk with a vintage sound, shocking visuals, and blood drenched lyrics. Like a relentless plague, ZOMBIE! has infected thousands of victims and has become a global community of horror fans, zombie enthusiasts, and complete lunatics.

Visceravisions:

Visceravisions is a declaration of love, a possessive, perverted and all-consuming kind of love for latex, the dirt and the blood-stained. It’s the mad doctor lab where alembics and retorts give and take away life. It’s a multiple birth delivery gone bad whose sick offspring at their worst strive to scrape the barrel. Visceravisions traces its ancestry to the monstrous, crude movies VHS players used to spit out, still not irretrievably infected with the Pixel curse. Handcrafted, old-school and genuine. Visceravisions likes to wallow in celluloid offal with the ultimate goal of spreading the word of the Viscera cult in the world.

Zombie! online:
Official Website
Facebook

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The Dames of ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ (Images)

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:35

Dimension Films’ Sin City: A Dame To Kill For unveils two new images of Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung for the anticipated sequel from co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.

In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.

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[TV] Trailer For the Conclusion of “The Killing”!

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:31

Netflix just sent us the official trailer for “The Killing,” which premieres exclusively on Netflix on August 1. I refuse to watch the trailer because of spoilers, but damned if I can’t highly recommend you catching up on the previous seasons on Netflix Instant.

Joel Kinnaman will return for a final season, along with his partner, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos).

In the slow-burn series, a police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

The fourth and final season of ‘The Killing’ picks up right after the season 3 finale. As Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fallout from their rash actions at the end of last season, they are assigned a new case — a picture perfect family is murdered, survived only by the son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre. Joan Allen guest stars this season as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy where Kyle attends. The new season also stars Gregg Henry, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden.

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Artwork And Details Released For ‘Looper’ Vinyl OST

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:00

The full artwork for the upcoming Looper vinyl OST has been unveiled by director Rian Johnson via his Twitter feed and it looks rather stunning! Put together by Jay Shaw, the double gatefold limited 7″ comes wrapped in “blasted” burlap, which reveals the gold bar artwork underneath (those of you who have seen the movie will understand this reference). The movie was scored by Nathan Johnson (Brick).

Head below for images of the vinyl and keep your eyes peeled on Mondo for news on the release of this record, which is said to be highly limited.

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Tattooist Creates Horror Works of Art

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:53

Bloody Disgusting reader Efrain Franco tipped me off to this Facebook page i which a tattoo artist has created some of the greatest works of art ever to hit the skin of a human being.

Paul Acker is the main artist and owner of Deep Six Tattoo in Philadelphia, PA, where he creates some astounding works of horror art from Freddy Krueger to Snake Plissken.

Check out some of his work below and get more at the above links.

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[Video Review] Scarlett Johansson Gets ‘Under the Skin’

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:40

Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress in the thriller Under the Skin, now on VOD platforms and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD July 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Don Allen, our regular video reviewer, took a look at the film from visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth).

A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.

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Bigfoot DNA Samples Prove People Will Believe Anything

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:21

Back in October we reported on a group who claim to have found proof of the existence of Bigfoot, which became a household name in 1967 with the Patterson–Gimlin film (footage I’ve personally heard was faked by an unconfirmed horror legend).

Bigfoot is so famous that he’s been spoofed all over in Hollywood, while also inspiring in a wide variety of films from Harry and the Hendersons to the upcoming Exists. But what if he isn’t real, and mankind would believe just about anything (no way, right?).

Science Magazine took historical evidence and embarrassed believers across the globe by reporting that these humanoid creatures are nothing more than bears, horses, and dogs.

In North America, they’re called Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the Himalayan foothills, they’re known as yeti or abominable snowmen. And Russians call them Almasty. But in the scientific laboratory, these elusive, hairy, humanoid creatures are nothing more than bears, horses, and dogs. That’s the conclusion of a new study—the first peer-reviewed, genetic survey of biological samples claimed to be from the shadowy beasts.

“There are very few reputable scientists who have ever been willing to go publicly on record as far as Bigfoot and yeti,” says anthropologist Todd Disotell of New York University in New York City, who was not involved in the new work but has performed unpublished analyses of anomalous primate samples in the past. “This study did it right, reducing contamination and following all the standard protocols.”

Supposed evidence for Bigfoot and its ilk comes from observers who spot apelike creatures darting through the woods or who find giant footprints in the mud. Bigfoot believers have various ideas about what the animals are, often revolving around the survival of a prehistoric humanoid. Yet many sightings have later turned out to be hoaxes, and scientific support for the existence of the primates is scant.

Click the above link for the entire article and tell me, do you still believe?

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[TV] “Nathan For You” Helps Haunted Realtor With An Exorcism!

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:08

I’m going to jump at any reason to write about Comedy Central’s “Nathan For You”, easily the funniest show on television.

For those of you unacquainted, the gimmick is that comedian Nathan Fielder uses his “business degree” to help local mom and pop shops with their promotions. If you’ve never seen the show, I highly recommend hunting down last season’s episode in which he helps a gas station offer a rebate.

Anyhow, last night was the Season 2 premiere, which saw Nathan helping a Los Angeles-based realtor by turning her into the first ever Haunted Realtor, in which she sells houses “guaranteed free of spirits and demons.” Shit gets crazy when he he hires an exorcist to rid a house of an incubus, which rapes women to death. Six minutes of the segment is available online below. You’re about to get hooked.

In a house Nathan hopes to advertise as ghost-free, a psychic discovers an evil presence.

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White Sea Release Mysterious, Creepy Video For “Prague”

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:00

I’m not sure if this video falls under the “horror” category or not but I spent enough time thinking about it that I wanted to get your opinion. It has a serious David Lynch dream-like vibe, with slow, sensual shots mixed with strange visuals. So, below is “Prague”, the newest video from White Sea (Morgan Kibby of French electronic group M83).

The track comes White Sea’s debut album In Cold Blood, which you can snag on iTunes.

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[BD Review] ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is Striking But Uneven

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:00

I’ve been thinking about this review for the past two weeks, so I guess you could say that it’s been haunting me. But, with the film’s release merely hours away at the time of this writing, I have to finally put pen to paper. Let’s see how it goes.

With Deliver Us From Evil writer/director Scott Derrickson (sharing a screenplay credit with Paul Harris Boardman) has delivered a hugely ambitious horror film that (largely successfully) sets out to balance supernatural horror with a gritty widescreen police procedural. It’s a film that works in many ways, but I emerged from my screening split down the middle. I had been looking forward to this movie for over a year since visiting the set, and what I wanted it to be kept butting up against what it actually is. As a fan of the imagery and tone of Sinister (Derrickson’s prior film), I was looking forward to a bigger budget extrapolation of that exact aesthetic. And that’s not what Deliver Us From Evil is.

But is Deliver Us From Evil good on its own terms? Mostly. From a technical standpoint, it is certainly better constructed than most horror movies. It also follows through on its thematic intent with a clarity that’s lacking in most genre films. But it still kept me at arm’s length. It’s hard to chalk this up to any one element though some of the film’s expository dialogue lands poorly and there’s a music cue at the end that robs a climactic scene of some of its mysticism. There’s also a great Indiana Jones character beat that’s paid off and then set up, which kind of made me gnash my teeth at the missed opportunity. But, ultimately, at 118 minutes, there’s simply too much stuff that works “well enough” intermingling with the stuff that actually works really well. It’s this oscillation between compelling and competent that lends Deliver a somewhat lurching quality that I couldn’t quite embrace.

The good news is that the stuff that’s compelling is truly effective. An opening raid on Iraq (a nice hat tip to The Exorcist that also manages to achieve its own significance) is excitingly staged and provides a more epic sense of scope than you’d expect. And, as with Sinister, there’s no shortage of haunting and effective imagery. Almost any scene with Sean Harris (playing a discharged veteran who didn’t quite emerge from Iraq the way he went in) pops with admirable menace. There’s a decency and compassion in the handling of Eric Bana’s arc (playing a fictionalized version of Sergeant Ralph Sarchie) that I really admired. And the buddy cop element works almost exactly as you’d expect in a Jerry Bruckheimer production, which is to say brisk and fun.

As I said earlier, I left Deliver Us From Evil split down the middle to the extent that I wanted to see it again to truly find out which side of the fence I fell on. While I haven’t been able to make that happen, two weeks have passed and I’m not mad at it the way I normally am with films that betray the audience or take them for granted. Deliver Us From Evil isn’t lazy. Its aim is true. And it has enough good, nasty stuff bubbling up inside of it to recommend to the vast majority of horror fans. I have a nagging suspicion most of you guys will embrace it and wonder what the hell my problem is.

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I Hope You Weren’t Excited for That ‘Doom 4′ Reveal

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:16

In news that’s likely to cause a bit of frustration for eager Doom fans, Bethesda has announced that the Doom 4 reveal they teased us with last month will be exclusive to QuakeCon attendees. This means unless you’ve booked a trip to Dallas, TX on July 17, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us to see what id Software has been working on for all these years.

Or I suppose we could all just wait for the inevitable leak onto the Internet, likely courtesy of a shaky mobile phone. That works too.

“This an exclusive thing we are doing for attendees as part of our annual QuakeCon Welcome presentation,” Bethesda explained in a post on the Bethblog. “We’ll have plenty more to show everyone at a later date, but we didn’t want another QuakeCon to go by without doing something special for the amazing QC community and id supporters that have been with us for more than 20 years.”

That’s it, folks. I suggest you smother any pent-up excitement you may have had for seeing something from the next Doom later this month, because Bethesda won’t be sharing it with us after all. How does this make you feel?

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And here’s the game’s E3 debut, if you missed it or simply want to watch it again (I wouldn’t blame you if it’s the latter).

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[Interview] Scott Derrickson On ‘Deliver Us From Evil’!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:15

Writer/director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) sees his new, ambitious horror film Deliver Us From Evil hit theaters tomorrow, July 2nd. The film stars Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, Edgar Ramirez and Sean Harris.

By the time I saw Deliver Us From Evil it had been almost a year since I visited the set of the film. And… without getting into a review (still working on that one), I was mixed. There’s a whole lot to like about the film and I think Derrickson takes some interesting risks, but it didn’t click for me 100% right away. I say this not to steer you away from the movie (I think most of you guys will really like it), but to give you some context for the following interview, because it starts out with a conversation I wasn’t expecting to have.

Derrickson had heard that I was mixed on the film, and he brought it up. I don’t think he jumped on the phone expecting to have this conversation either, it just kind of came about organically. What follows is easily one of the most frank interviews I’ve ever conducted, and therefore one of my favorites. In the interest of full disclosure I should note that Derrickson and I are on friendly terms. We don’t hang out socially, but we occasionally discuss books and movies via email and this conversation actually felt a little bit like an extension of that.

Check it out below. There are some slight spoilers.

I’m having kind of a Scott Derrickson week actually. I just watched Devil’s Knot on Netflix.

How was that?

I liked it.

So you liked Devil’s Knot and not Deliver Us From Evil?

What do you mean?

I had heard that you’re not a big fan of Deliver Us From Evil.

There’s a lot about it that I like. And I certainly respect it because I know what your intentions were with it. There are just some elements that didn’t work for me.

Believe me, I don’t mean to put you on the spot. I am plenty comfortable with this conversation. This is what we do. Those of us who talk online about movies, this is what we do.

My issues, and this is still a movie I support, are with some exposition and tonal stuff. The Doors thing at the end threw me a bit, even though you were building to it in the rest of the film.

Are you talking about in the exorcism?

Yes.

I almost pulled that out. It’s in there for a very short amount of time. So far everyone seems to like all the Doors stuff but, for whatever it’s worth, that’s something that the test screenings proved people genuinely liked. So I left it in. But I also had mixed feelings about it.

I do like the “People Are Strange” moment in the hallway quite a bit.

That’s my favorite use of it. That’s the one I was the most protective of. That and the end credits.

It’s the kind of movie that’s super ambitious and I may need to see it again before I can soak it all in.

I think the thing I would say about it, and this is a good jumping off point for the discussion – and this is where I’ll disagree with you – is that it definitely achieves what I was going for. You might not like the target, but I hit the target I was aiming for. When I got into the process of working on this and working on the script with Bruckheimer and coming back to it after several years of being away from it, what became interesting to me was taking a little bit of the kitchen sink mentality. Maybe this is a movie where I can not only cross genres between a police procedural and a horror film, which is the obvious part, but also imbue it with some real action, like the knife fighting. And some real humor. And a 4 minute dialogue conversation about God in a bar between a priest and a cop.

Which I quite liked.

That was the goal. And to do it all in a sort of glossy Bruckheimer date movie kind of way. It’s certainly intended to be a much louder, faster and thrilling kind of horror film than something like Sinister, which is a much more quiet, artful introspective movie.

Absolutely. And before we go further I should note that some of the contrast between my opinions on Devil’s Knot and Deliver is due to expectation. Devil’s Knot is a quiet movie I caught up with on Netflix, whereas Deliver Us From Evil is something I’ve been thinking about since I visited the set a year ago.

Isn’t that the way it is? If only all movies were seen within a certain context.

I didn’t expect for the conversation to start out like this.

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to catch you off guard. I got emailed a thing this morning that had different reactions and I read through them. Because we’re friends and have a history, it doesn’t bother me at all.

Oh so you read the brief thing I sent to Sony after the screening. That had some good stuff in it too.

Yeah.

One of the things I liked was the imagery. Like Sinister, there’s some really striking stuff. Like that shot of Sean at the zoo, and keeping him almost a silent presence through the rest of the film.

A lot of that was designed after Sean had come over from the UK. Casting Sean Harris was probably the best bit of casting I’ve ever done because I cast him without reading him and I cast him off of Harry Brown. And I just knew the guy could do it. And boy does he just deliver in the exorcism scene. The look of him was really just based off of meeting him and seeing up close the angularity of his face and the intensity of who he is. And conceptually, with the character, one of the reasons I was interested in doing the movie is that I was fascinated with the idea of having a character where it’s not the typical possession movie where you have the girl in the bedroom. Where weird paranormal things happen and she gets freakier and twistier. It wasn’t that. It was this man who is calculated and dangerous and lethal. And so, starting with the face paint in Iraq, Sean and I talked about the idea that he was still painting it. That the paint was almost blending with his face.

I had written in the script for him to have body paint when he’s shirtless. And Sean was like, “what if he’s cut himself up?” And I said, “what if he’s carved all of the runes into his body?” And little did we know that was going to be 245 prosthetics. But we just went and did it.

The Bruckheimer element really sticks out to me. I was curious to see how his influence would play beyond protecting you from the studio, but I could feel a stylistic presence as well. To me a lot of the car stuff, a lot of the transitions and a lot of the energy in the first act feel like a Bruckheimer film.

Everything you said, and I’m not just being flattering, is incredibly incisive. Because the things that you name are exactly the things that he really focussed on in the making of and the editing of the movie. The car scenes, the transitions. The speed of the first act, the speed with which you get into the story – that was all incredibly important to him. His quality control is focused on the director of photography, the costume designer, the art director… he was so deeply committed to vetting those people and getting the best ones possible for the budget. The movie’s only like $18million below the line. It feels bigger than it is. But he approached it like he does all of his movies. And I wanted it that way. Because it has all of the horror and suspense and action, I wanted it to have kind of a glossy feel to play off the gritty qualities of the Bronx. That was something we talked about specifically and we definitely achieved it.

I haven’t read “Beware The Night” yet, but I have to imagine the specifics of this film are not present in Sarchie’s book. The Iraq stuff and this particular demon.

It’s all a fictional narrative used to tie together certain mood pieces from his book.

Was that added in your pass on the script?

You know it was actually David Ayer who came up with the Iraq stuff. David Ayer did the first rewrite after my draft in 2003 or 2004. Then there were three writers and a dozen or so drafts over the next 7 or 8 years. Then I came back and read all of those drafts and the Iraq opening was one of the few things that I kept. I thought it was an interesting way to justify the origin of this demonic presence.

It’s a nice tie to The Exorcist in a lot of ways.

Totally. Some people, Jerry included, were a little nervous that it was too direct. People will get it. And Iraq means something different now. This isn’t an excavation, this is an invaded country.

There’s so much going on in the exorcism scene, how did you construct it?

It was very difficult because we were in such a tight space and there were all of these beats we had to get through. We had to control the escalation and pacing of it. The idea was always to make it kind of a boxing arena where these three thoroughbred actors could unleash and do what they do best. I think the big surprise of it was Sean Harris. From the night that we shot the stigmata scene all the way through to him speaking all of those Spanish lines, the guy literally went into a trance. He went into a weird trance state and he was not himself. He was retching between takes and he very was sleep deprived. It was scary. What he was playing was scary, even though he was dying the lines it was really weird. When they were taking off his prosthetics he was speaking in tongues and freaking out the makeup guys. I had them take him home and he fell asleep and, the next morning, he didn’t remember shooting the scene.

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[Fantasia '14] Love ‘Summer of Blood’ to Death

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:35

The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and excitement starting July 17 until August 5, 2014. The full 2014 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed shortly, but in the meantime, here’s some new imagery to whet your appetite.

Here’s one new look at Summer of Blood, the hilarious hipster horror film that Patrick Cooper raved about out of Tribeca.

Directed and written by Onur Tukel, “Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature mid-life crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems like this loveable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can only be cured by one thing…blood.

Onur Tukel also stars in this dark comedy about love, lust, and humanity.

For the full list of Fantasia titles announced thus far, click here and here.

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