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Wanna See a Zombie Kangaroo?

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:27

Australian zombie kangaroo short, “Waterborne,”,has been awarded Best Australian Short at the Monster Films’ ‘Monster Fest’ in Melbourne.

While Monster Fest was Waterborne’s first home-town screening, the short has received rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences at numerous international genre festivals including Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal), Fantastic Fest (Austin) and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

The film has also recently won several international awards including Best Short at the Abertoir Horror Festival in Wales, Best Microshort Zombie Film at Fear Fete in Missouri, and Best International Horror Short at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Fest.

“It has been amazing to see the reaction of international audiences to the film over the last few months,” said director Ryan Coonan, “but it was an even greater honour to be recognised with this award in our home town”.

The film, which features a ‘zombie kangaroo’ that attacks a ranger on a deserted bush road, was produced by Melbourne producer Marisa Brown, and was written by Ryan Coonan and Richard Barcaricchio. It had its world premiere at Fantasia Fest in Montreal in July, and has since screened at over 40 festivals internationally.

Whilst “Waterborne” is a stand-alone short, it is being used as a proof-of-concept for a feature length film and has already attracted international production interest.

Count us in!

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Sneak Reveals Mass Destruction, New Characters!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:17

Included on tomorrow’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, check out this sneak peak behind-the-scenes look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, which promises tons of action and mass destruction! Also, you’ll get to see a new look at two fresh Marvel characters teased in a previous epilogue: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver!

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015.

Watch the first trailer here:

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HACK/SLASH Returns In 2015 With “Son of Samhain”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:32

Image Comics is releasing the return of HACK/SLASH, “Son of Samhain” to ring in the new year this January. The story takes the fan favorite serial killer-killer Cassie Hack and pits her against a whole legion of new monstrosities. It’s a few years after Tim Seeley’s original series, but Cassie Hack has no shortage of insanity in her life. Luckily writer, Michael Moreci is adept at bringing the batshit insanity of her world to life, and does it in a new a dare I say more grounded way.

After Cassie Hack was the lone survivor of the killing spree of a slasher nicknamed “The Lunch Lady” — who was also Cassie’s mother — she committed her life to hunting down killers and supernatural evil. She thought she left that life behind, but in HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN, she’s drawn back into the slasher-fighting life when a cult of monsters plot to unleash an ancient evil on the world. With the help of a new partner, Cassie must confront a darkness like she’s never encountered before — and the darkness in her own life.

Created by Tim Seeley, the popular HACK/SLASH series debuted in 2004. The newest chapter of Cassie’s life, SON OF SAMHAIN, written by Michael Moreci (ROCHE LIMIT, HOAX HUNTERS) and Steve Seeley (HOAX HUNTERS) and drawn by Emilio Laiso (3 Guns), will appeal to long-time fans as well as readers just jumping on the series.

“We pick up a few years after the final arc of Tim’s series,” Moreci explained in an interview at Comic Book Resources. “A lot has changed for Cassie, and we’re going to see her in a whole new way. She’s older here, more mature, and her life is shaded by everything she went through and what’s happened to her in the intervening years.”

HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN Volume 1 will be in comic book stores onJanuary 14 and in bookstores on January 27. It is available for pre-order now.

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BD Playlist: Bree Vol. 4 “The 7 Stages Of Post-Breakup Grief”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:00

‘Tis the season for joy, for presents, for family, and for…breaking up?

As sad and unpleasant as that thought might be, the few weeks leading up to Christmas happens to be the most popular time of the year for relationships to end [Source: Time]. It’s one of the worst ways to go through the end of the year. You’ve got family trying to console you, you’ve got friends trying to distract you, and, more likely than not, you feel like you just want to be alone to stew in your misery. But what if I said you don’t have to go through the post-breakup process alone?

BD regular Bree Ogden has put together a BD Playlist that will help any person make it through this painful time by walking you through the 7 Stages Of Post-Breakup Grief. For the heartbroken readers, head on in to blast through the shock, denial, and anger, pass through the bargaining and guilt, wade through the depression so that you can ultimately make it through to acceptance, where you can move on to better things. After all, fuck that ex.

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You’ll Never Guess Which “Scream Queen” Is Returning to Horror!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:28

Fox’s Ryan Murphy comedy horror anthology has cast its first two leading ladies, says THR, writing that Scream 4 and “American Horror Story’s” Emma Roberts, pictured below, and horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis (pictured above; Halloween, Halloween II, The Fog, Terror Train, Prom Night, Halloween: H20) will star in “Scream Queens”!

The 15-episode hourlong comedy will premiere in fall 2015, with season one revolving around a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders. New settings and storylines will be featured in subsequent seasons of the anthology series.

Character details — as they are on Murphy and Falchuk’s “American Horror Story” — are being kept under wraps. Roberts is set to topline the comedy, with a second young actress set to co-star. A casting breakdown indicates the series will center on three young women, Curtis’ role and a father.

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10 Years Later: Remembering Dimebag Darrell

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:21

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the murder of heavy metal guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was best known for his work in Pantera and Damageplan. It was a loss that sent waves of shock and grief through the music world that were most keenly felt, for obvious reasons, in the metal world.

I had written a piece regarding my personal experiences with Dimebag that has unfortunately been lost in the transitions that Bloody-Disgusting has gone through over the past few years. But the gist of it was that I had the pleasure and amazing chance to hang out with Dimebag not once but twice. I partied with him after a show at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI by doing Black Tooth Grin shots, partying on the tour bus, and basically seeing a man who was completely down to earth and without ego, even though he was, and in many ways still is, one of the greatest guitar players to ever lay down a riff.

To this day, there are bands that will play their first show and cite Dimebag and Pantera as the reason for their existence. To this day, there are YouTube videos of guitarists in their bedroom covering solos and riffs. To this day, the work of Dimebag Darrell lives on through his own music and through the bands who put his spirit into their music.

Pour yourself a shot of Crown and pop on your favorite Dimebag album. Today we celebrate like we’re cowboys from Hell.

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[Podcast] Whatever – Dec. 8th, 2014 – “Classing It Up”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:29

It’s all gaming this week, with The Game Awards, and “Uncharted 4” at the PlayStation Experience take center stage. We sprinkled some other stuff on top for that extra kick, too.

As always, you can find us on iTunesSoundCloud, or YouTube.

Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts.

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IFC Plans a ‘Dark Summer’ This Winter

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:27

From Paul Solet, director of the acclaimed hit Grace, comes Dark Summer, a suspense thriller said to combine the supernatural terror of classic horrors The Shining and Poltergeist, with the tension and modern cool of Disturbia.

Not only do we have the first look still, but Bloody has learned IFC Midnight is to release in limited theaters and on VOD platforms January 9.

Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Stella Maeve (Chicago PD), Maestro Harrell (The Wire, Ali), Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries) and Peter Stormare (Arrow, The Last Stand, Fargo) star.

“Summer is a time to relax, unwind, take a vacation, and be free. But 17 year old Daniel Austin gets none of that because his obsessive online stalking of his classmate and crush, Mona Wilson, got him put on house arrest for the whole summer. So, no cell phone, no Internet, no leaving the property, and especially no Mona. Then Daniel’s single mother has to go on a long business trip, and Daniel has the place to himself.

Daniel figures out a way to piggyback onto his neighbors’ wireless signal and
believing he’s surfing off the grid, uses his time to check in on his friends – and Mona… But what Daniel didn’t expect is for Mona to check up on him. And what she does next shakes him to his very core.

And then things start to happen. Daniel receives mysterious packages in the
mail, hears phantom noises, sees inanimate objects move, and feels a strange presence in the house…”

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Say “No” to ‘Ouija’ On Home Video

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:35

Inspired by the classic occult board game, a group of teens accidentally unleash a dark power from the other side in Ouija (review; review #2) coming to Digital HD on January 13 and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet, and On Demand on February 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge), Ouija delivers exclusive bonus content including a deeper look inside the mystery of the Ouija board, film commentary and much more.

After Debbie (Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”) suddenly dies, her best friend Laine (Olivia Cooke, “Bates Motel,”) attempts to contact her using an antique Ouija board she finds in Debbie’s room. When the curious teen begins asking the board questions and stumbles upon the mystery of her friend’s death, Laine discovers a resident spirit calling itself DZ, and eerie, inexplicable events begin to follow her. The group of friends digs deeper into the history of Debbie’s house and are shocked to find that Debbie wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be be the last if they don’t figure out how to close the portal to the spirit world they’ve opened.

The otherworldly thriller also stars Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Bianca A. Santos (“The Fosters”), Ana Coto (“DISconnected”) and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray: The Spirit Board: An Evolution – Journey back in time and trace the history of “automatic writing” and “talking boards” as it goes from ritual to novelty act to board game and now movie.
Icon of the Unknown – A look at the mystical and scientific explanations for how the Ouija board works.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD: Adapting the Fear – Join the cast and crew on set to learn how they adapted this portal to the spirit world into a feature film.

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‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ to World Premiere at Slamdance

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:26

Slamdance Film Festival unveiled the remainder of its 2015 lineup on Monday, including its Special Screenings, Beyond and Shorts programs.

Says TheWrap, the Park City, Utah festival kicks off on Jan. 23 with the world premiere special screening of Bloodsucking Bastards, pictured.

Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Pedro Pascal (Ben Hur) star in the Brian James O’Connell film, which will be followed by Slamdance’s Opening Night Party.

In the film, “When an office worker at a soul-crushing company loses his coveted promotion to his longtime nemesis, he begins to fear for more than his job as strange disappearances and bizarre deaths suggest the office is turning into a haven for the undead.

Bill Plympton’s Footprints – about a gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation – will also premiere.

Out of Canada comes Santiago Menghini’s Intruders, starring Joshua Young, Charles Sirard Blouin, Sarianne Cormier, and Alain Gendreau.

In the aftermath of a deadly haunting in a small suburban home, an omnipresent entity causes havoc in the private lives of a young boy, an unsuspecting teen and an absent minded inspector.

Lastly is Jason Kupfer’s Invaders, starring Ricky Wayne and Jordan Woods-Robinson, in which “a pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

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‘Muck’ Poster Digs Itself a Grave

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:09

Anchor Bay Entertainment has unveiled the first theatrical trailer for Muck, as well as new poster art shown below.

Horror and gore fans alike should feast their eyes on this freshest take yet on the Muck trailer, viewable on the main page of the Muck Kickstarter.

Speaking of Feast, the Muck Kickstarter campaign to fund the prequel, Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick, is still under way, and recently surpassed the $200,000 mark on the way to the goal of raising a quarter of a million dollars. Just like the original, the Muck prequel will “boast death-defying stunts and practical effects, shot without the use of CGI – all in 4K Ultra HD.”

As a production company, WithAnO wanted to give fans and Kickstarter backers alike an insight into what they’re supporting, and so recently released this exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of one of Muck’s incredible stunts:

The daring stunt-woman in this case is Alexa Marcigliano, and her courage is palpable in the clip, sprinting O.S. through the pitch-black living room before bouncing on a trampoline, then hurling herself through the 4 x 6 picture window, out into the night. To say that hitting her mark was highly important is obviously an understatement. Jump too short, and Alexa would land head-first on the edge of the porch outside; too high, and she would hit window frame; too long, and she would overshoot the padding buried beneath the grass outside. And, since there was only room in the budget for one window, it had to be done in a single take.

These are the kinds of stunts that Steve Wolsh lives to shoot as a writer/director, but these kinds of stunts take time, money, and not least of all, the ultimate creative control that can only be afforded by independent financing. So remember, any mention or write-up on the Muck Kickstarter campaign directly furthers our goal of making another epic, independent horror film for true horror fans. The Muck franchise is so close to this goal – a goal that at one time seemed insurmountable! – and we have all of you, our loyal supporters to thank.

Muck stars horror legend Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part VII, VIII, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X), Lachlan Buchanan (Pretty Little Liars), and Bryce Draper (Bound), and co-stars 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, Puja Mohindra, and Laura Jacobs. The middle chapter of an independently financed horror trilogy, Muck will be unleashed in theaters on Friday the 13th, March 2015.

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In Defense Of ‘Sorority Row’

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:07

A common complaint about this series of editorials is that we are apparently defending movies that don’t need a defense. I would just like to point out that we are writing these “In Defense Of” pieces not because we think they are bad movies, but because we really enjoy them and have had personal experience with people bashing them to our faces (or in the comments section of a message board). So today I will defend Sorority Row, a movie that is not beloved by even those of us in the horror community. It received a slightly above-average review right here on Bloody-Disgusting but it currently stands at a paltry 22% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 24 score on Metacritic. And I love it. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

Sorority Row has a pretty generic plot that has been use several times before (think I Know What You Did Last Summer), but the plot isn’t really the point of the film. This is a funny, bitchy and gory film that exists solely to entertain and I would argue is better than about 80% of the slashers that have come out in the past decade. I know the whole “it’s not trying to be good” is kind of a lame defense but hear me out: if you think of this movie as a cross between Mean Girls and Scream I think you might be able to see it in a different light and really enjoy it. I believe Sorority Row suffers from the same issue that Drag Me to Hell suffered from upon its release earlier that year: being marketed with a trailer that made it look like a legitimate horror film. Also, The Hills alum Audrina Partridge was in it (although she dies about 15 minutes into the film).

I really love the trailer, but it definitely makes it look like more of a straightforward slasher than it actually is. Like I mentioned in my defense of Drag Me to HellSorority Row is a horror comedy that was marketed as a scary movie. Studios need to learn that you cannot do that because, while the horror fans may get it (though clearly they didn’t make it to the theater for this one), the mainstream does not. At least DMTH made some money. Sorority Row only made $11.96 million domestically on a $12.5 million budget (international box office was $15.24 million which is something, I guess).

I only happened to catch Sorority Row in theaters because I got free tickets for it. I took two of my friends and we pretty much all went in with zero expectations. Once the credits started rolling I looked at one of my friends and asked him if he thought it was as much fun as I did. His response was a very reluctant (but equally enthusiastic) “YES. But no one is going to believe me.” True story. The film never caught on and it has yet to become a cult hit (and I don’t think it will).

The cast is mostly great, thanks to all of the female actresses involved (they certainly look the part of sorority girls). The male characters in the film are reduced to horny douchebags but the girls all have their own distinct personalities (or stereotypes if you want to go negative) and none of them got on my nerves (except maybe Rumer Willis’ Ellie, but at least the movie makes fun of her constant whining). I get that self-aware films are not to everyone’s taste but I think it’s better when a movie can take the criticisms that an audience member would throw at it and lampoon them. Sorority Row does just that.

Leah Pipes is a revelation in Sorority Row and I’m kind of bummed she hasn’t gotten more steady work. She channels her inner Heather Chandler/Regina George to play  Jessica and delivers most of the film’s acidic one-liners. My personal favorite being this exchange when her and Cassidy (Briana Evigan) are hiding in a bathroom only to find Megan’s (Audrina Partridge) rotting corpse in the shower:

Cassidy: Oh my God it’s Megan!
Jessica: Oh she looks terrible…

That doesn’t really do the scene justice but I busted out laughing the first time I saw that. The dialogue is fantastic in this movie and there are SO MANY biting quips that I don’t know how anyone is not entertained by it. Then again, that may be part of the reason why people weren’t such huge fans. I actually thought the dialogue was really witty and clever, but maybe I’m just easy to please.

One thing I would like to suggest all of you do (if you like the movie) is watch the commentary with director Stewart Hendler and actresses Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis and Margo Harshman (Jamie Chung was unable to attend because she was filming Grown Ups, of all things). It’s very conversational and shows that the crew had a good time working on it. I just think it’s refreshing to see the actresses be so down to earth and really into the film.

***SPOILERS***

Oh and the KILLS! One thing that I’ve found in a lot of post-2000 slashers are that the deaths aren’t really that creative (excluding the Final Destination series, of course). While the deaths in Sorority Row aren’t the best ever, they at least show some imagination. Also, since it’s R-rated, they can actually show some gore (though the film isn’t really what I’d call super gory). Sadly, the film does peak early with Chugs’ death, involving a Riesling bottle being shoved down her throat. It’s shame this moment was ruined in the trailer (and that Chugs was the funniest character in the film). That aside, there are flares in mouths, axes in heads and tire irons blades in mouths and shoved up chins. They didn’t hold back on this one.

As for the ending, I can honestly say that I did not see the reveal of the killer coming. The entire time I was in the theater I thought it was going to be Kyle, Jessica’s politically-motivated boyfriend who had clearly been set up to be the killer. Looking back, this was obviously a red herring, but because I went into Sorority Row thinking that it was going to be another dumb slasher I thought that was all the ambition the filmmakers had so they were just going to take the obvious route. They even have a whole bit at the end with Kyle actually having a mental breakdown and chasing Jessica and Cassidy with an ax. When Cassidy’s boyfriend Andy “saves the day” and kills Kyle with said ax, I was really let down and kind of bummed that that was the big reveal I had spent the whole movie waiting for. Then BAM! Andy’s actually the killer and his motive is that he wants to get rid of all the people involved in Megan’s murder so she can have a bright future with him.

It is completely ridiculous makes no sense but I think it’s fantastic. It’s not the best motive or reveal ever but I think that because I was really expecting something predictable, I had the rug pulled out from under me. I read a lot of reviews and comments saying that the movie was predictable and I just didn’t feel that way. But maybe it’s just me? I hope you don’t think I’m a fool for falling for Sorority Row’s trick, but I confess to being taken completely off guard.

So what say you? If you have seen the Sorority Row but weren’t that impressed, feel free to tell me why. And if you saw it and were as surprised as I was at how much fun it was, feel free to offer me some validation in the comments. Let’s try to be nice and avoid any rudeness or sarcasm though, because:

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‘The Woman In Black’ Has Got Your Eyes!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:03

Here’s a really, really cool new poster for The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe.

The fright sequel, directed by Tom Harper and stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory, takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.

It opens in theaters January 2, 2015.

“During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to protect the children and discover the truth behind the Woman in Black.”

Watch the new trailer here.

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Blue Eyed Christ “Freakshow” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with LA industrial electronic rocker Blue Eyed Christ to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Freakshow”! The video is, “…optical narrative of John Norten’s observation of The Santa Monica Blvd Halloween Party interspersed with fan submitted footage.”

“Freakshow” comes from the brand new album A Rush And A Thrill, which you can snag via CD Baby or via iTunes.

Head below for this exclusive video premiere!

Blue Eyed Christ states:

As to be expected the Feakshow Video Shoots in Los Angeles were Epic and Chaotic. We started at a big Goth Club’s party the week before Halloween shooting renegade style from the inside. The director, Eric Zimmerman (NIN, Ministry, Soundgarden), got kicked out pretty quickly cause someone complained he was shooting up girl’s skirts, which I’d love to say was true but it wasn’t. Then he got attacked by a hipster on drugs in a Jockey costume outside the club.

This was just the beginning cause all the Freaks came out for the Halloween Video Shoot at one of the largest public gatherings in the world, The Santa Monica Blvd Halloween Party. They shut off the streets of Hollywood for the Freaks and we captured it all! Everything from Real Girl Fights, to Fetish Goth Freaks, to Transexuals is packed into this video. Welcome to the Freakshow!

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[Review] ‘Phobia’ Fears to Be Different

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:59

Phobias are a safe go-to for horror films. Capitalizing on people’s irrational fears has worked for a lot of directors in the past, even though the concept has gone by the wayside in favour of other trends. As such, in the case of Rory Douglas Abel’s low-budget Phobia (formerly known as Alone), throwing in a ghost haunting mechanic seems like a smart way to go. The character is essentially trapped inside their own home, which is no longer considered a safe refuge. Sounds like a promising start, but what about the execution?

Jonathan (Michael Jefferson) is a man suffering from agoraphobia brought on by the death of his wife Jane in a car accident. A year on, and he still can’t bring himself to leave the house, forcing his therapist, Dr. Edmondson (Peter Gregus) to make house calls, and his friend Taylor (Andrew Ruth) to bring him groceries. Things aren’t made easier when Jonathan starts seeing visions of his dead wife, mixed with visions of another woman dressed in black (Sandra Palmeri). Things really start getting hairy when Taylor goes on a trip, and leaves him with Bree (Emma Dubery). Bree manages to get Jonathan to open up, but in doing so, causes his visions to become stronger and deadlier.

Having almost the entirety of a film shot within within one location is often a difficult thing to do, especially with very few characters. Of course, it works in the film’s budget, but that’s not why you’re watching the film. The one location not only creates the sense of isolation, restlessness and a sense of going crazy that Jonathan feels, but Abel is also able to impart those same feelings to the viewer. Honestly, the idea is pretty terrifying to not only fear what would happen if you leave your home, but also the fear of going stir-crazy and having no safe place to go. What makes it even better is that we’re not entirely sure if Jonathan’s sane, and if this is all inside his head.

As far as the acting goes, it’s a mix of amateur talents. Admittedly, Michael Jefferson has a lot on his plate to be carrying the film by himself, and he succeeds in being a sympathetic character, even if the delivery is kind of flat. The same can be said for Emma Dubery, who is also suspect with her delivery. Also, Debbie Rochon in a cameo? Bonus. In terms of the gore, there’s a some light blood with a couple of creepy makeup effects, but it’s just ‘meh’, which ultimately describes Phobia.

Despite what seems like the potential to be a good indie horror film, Phobia fails to capitalize on it’s opportunities. Despite the premise, the film just doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and instead just presents all of these elements and hardly does anything with them. The film just has the persons in his apparitions appear at random, with no reason for them popping up. Worse, the tension suffers because of this, and while it isn’t nonexistent, it does dip into the territory when you start thinking of doing the dishes instead. The last swerve is the cover for the film. While it harkens back to those cool 80s VHS covers, it’s all a lie: it has nothing to do with the film at all. It’s a bait and switch that many low-budget movies have gone in order to grab viewers’ attentions, and it’s really annoying when it does happen.

Phobia is not a bad film. It’s not a great film, mind you, but it falls somewhere in the middle of the road. There were some good ingredients for a spooky haunted house/psychological horror film, but Phobia just goes through the motions that we’ve all seen before and from which we’ve all moved on. It’s a fire-and-forget type of film out of which you’ll get some enjoyment, but you won’t be wanting to watch it again.

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, the image looks good for a film of this budget. Details are adequate, with the overall colour palette being subdued and not overly bright (a directorial decision). Black levels aren’t as strong, and as a result, details in the lower-lit scenes tend to be swallowed by the background.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is again pretty standard, although there were some instances of the actors’ dialogue not coming through as clear as it did in a previous shot. Surrounds do an adequate job for certain ambient effects and offscreen characters.

Extras:

First up is an Audio Commentary with Producer Elias Ganster and Director Rory Abel. The duo’s friendship certainly comes through with an energetic track, covering things like the origins of the project, never actually meeting the co-writer of the film, Matthew Barnes (he lives in New Zealand), reshooting specific scenes, how to make your dick bigger when it comes to nude scenes (yeah, I don’t know, either), and other production-related tidbits that make the commentary far more interesting than the actual feature.

Following that is a collection of Deleted Scenes. Nothing too exciting, unless you like watching Emma Dubery’s character making the cliched faux pas of “mistaking ‘x’ for ‘y’ when ‘x’ was dead” routine.

Rounding things out is a gallery of Concept Art, including sketches of effects and photos of the actors and actresses overlaid with sketched-out concepts of their effects makeup with notes.

There’s also a slipcover included that replicates the cover art, with a few embossed areas.

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The Real ‘Godzilla’ Returns to Japan!

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 20:29

Fan site The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla has been compiling breaking news from the Japanese equivalent of the Wall Street Journal, Nikkei, and the respected movie website, Eiga.com, in which a new Japanese Godzilla movie has been announced!

In the first “Domestic Godzilla” since the 2004 Godzilla Final Wars, Toho Company Ltd. will be producing an all-new Godzilla film to be released in 2016.

“The screenplay is currently in development and we plan to start shooting next summer. We cannot announce cast or staff selections at this time. And we’re still deliberating whether to bring Godzilla to life via CGI or man-in-suit,” said Taiji Ueda (producer of Trick: The Movie ~ Last Stage), who will oversee the new “Godzicon” group – an organization to discuss and decide a wide range of strategies for promoting Godzilla – as Project Leader.

“This resurrection will be the centerpiece for ’16, and this is the force of our words.”

They plan on making something bigger and better than Hollywood’s version.

“The passionate voices of the fans clamored for a resurrection (of the Japanese Godzilla). We will bring the monster back to Japan, with the same high-quality, by bringing together our collective know-how, which we’ve been striving for, so we can’t lose to Hollywood,” he said with confidence.

This shouldn’t be too hard, although I am interested in seeing if they decide to take on Godzilla in digital form.

No matter, this is big news for purists looking for a new Japanese Godzilla film.

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Which Horror Icon Is The Most Fun To Watch?

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 16:00

There are countless icons that come to mind when thinking of the horror genre. You’ve got the slashers, the aliens, the psychological villains, the supernatural, etc… All of the characters in these subgenres are fantastic because they are memorable, they stand out, they make us smile and, sometimes, we cheer for them rather than for the protagonist.

So let’s take a minute to pay thanks to these icons that make our genre so entertaining! I’ve got a few of my personal choices listed and then I want you to write out yours in the comments below. Let’s hear about your favorites!

Note: The banner art was done by Tedakin. You can see more of his art here.

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Will Pamela Voorhees Be In New ‘Friday the 13th’?!

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 14:01

You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday…

There’s a bit more in the Omelete interview with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, who revealed that the new Friday the 13th will take place in the 1980′s.

“Sex, Drugs, always beautiful people dying, these things do not change. And we can develop more problematic relationship [Jason] with the mother,” they explain.

The statement is massively important as it reveals that the new Friday the 13th will not only feature Jason Voorhees, but also his mother Pamela. It’s also interesting the way that the response is phrased (although, this is a translation), which implies that there will be actual interactions between Jason and his mother.

Does this mean that the filmmakers will be echoing the sequels in which Jason hallucinates his mother’s presence? Or, will we see a living, breathing Pamela Voorhees controlling her son? If she is alive, it definitely changes Jason’s motivation for murdering the campers…

Frankly, all of this artistic chatter is exciting to me as it shows that Platinum Dunes, Paramount Pictures and director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) are trying to do something new and different with the franchise that’s stuck in quicksand.

Oh, and there’s this little bit of news: Friday the 13th will be rated “R”.

“There is no PG-13 version in the world of Jason Vorhees,” they exclaimed.

Duh.

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‘It Follows’ Trailer Teases Scariest Movie of 2015!

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 11:17

Right now the talk of the town is David Robert Mitchell’s indie It Follows, a horror film that’s so goddamn good it’s playing nearly every single festival (next up is Sundance this coming January).

We nearly gave it a perfect score – calling it “a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” – when reviewed out of the TIFF this past September.

Now, thanks to Bloody reader ‘Alexander B.,’ we have the official French teaser trailer (in English) that’s crazy tense, and shows just how terrifying the film will be. It could possibly be next year’s The Babadook, assuming Radius-TWC (who acquired the film) actually releases it.

Here’s what it’s about:

“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

If the video doesn’t work click here to view it.

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This Is The Most Terrifying Sounding Instrument I’ve Ever Heard

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:31

I love unique instruments and the unorthodox sounds that they create. Hearing an instrument that is strange or unusual is something that delights me, simply because I thoroughly enjoy the sensations my ears and body goes through when hearing new sounds. However, nothing could have prepared me for the Aztec Death Whistle.

In the videos below, you can hear the Aztec Death Whistle and how it sounds, no joke, like someone screaming. Imagine hearing hundreds of these, all at once, as though a sea of people were all crying and shrieking in agony. Then imagine that you see an army of Aztec warriors and the screams are coming from them. I’d lay down my weapons, throw my hands up and walk away, no questions asked.

Listen below and prepare to feel chills run up and down your spine.

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