Dean Koontz’s newest novel, Innocence (December 10; Bantam), is virtually guaranteed to be a runaway holiday bestseller. With a primo release date and the tried and true name of Dean Koontz stamped on the cover, grandmas everywhere will be salivating to slide this gift-wrapped treasure into the soft hands of their bookworm grandsons. After 30+ years of repeated bestsellers, Koontz is no longer an author, he’s a brand. He represents something you buy because you’ve always bought it, like a particular type of canned chili––he’s not particularly good, but you stick to what you know. And when it comes to Christmastime, a new Dean Koontz hardcover is like a strangely familiar glitter, winking at you from a Barnes and Noble easel rack.
At its core, Innocence is nothing more than a stifling, sluggish retread of Beauty and the Beast. Addison is a 26-year-old recluse who favors face-rags and hidden bomb shelters––the mere sight of his freakish visage results in rabid attempts on his life. Gwynyth is an 18-year-old Goth girl pursued by the man who killed her father, a rare book thief with rape-y tendencies, perhaps one of the most ridiculous villains ever put to paper. The two outcasts join forces in a revenge tale that’s as poorly paced as a health clinic pamphlet, padded out with unnecessarily detailed flashbacks, and capped with an overtly-religious last-minute twist that is certain to leave more than a few readers in an eye-rolling stupor.
Speaking of flashbacks, Innocence is a novel so flashback-driven, nothing ever really happens to the characters––or more accurately, stuff has already happened as the novel begins, and a bunch of boring flashbacks fill in the gaps. Rather than depict a character’s journey in real time, Koontz would prefer to divulge their destination, and then bore the reader with details of how they got there. As a first-person narrative voice, it’s certainly ill-conceived, and if the flashback padding is intentional, it’s downright egregious, an author taking advantage of his doting fan base. This isn’t the Dean R. Koontz behind heartfelt page-turners like Watchers, Lightning, or Strangers. This is latter-day Dean Koontz, a master of treading narrative water.
I have a secret Dean Koontz theory that I’ve been harboring for years. I don’t share it with many people, but what the hell, we‘re all friends here. I hypothize that Koontz actually stopped writing novels back in the 1990s and the rights to his name were purchased by a nameless multinational corporation for millions of dollars. There were two stipulations: Koontz must go into hiding forever, and the middle initial R. could never be used again. This anonymous but undeniably evil Corporation then employed a sweatshop of heavily bearded, hyper-articulate college professors to take little sliver ideas of stories and, through the power of minutia and repetition, transform them into 300-page, triple-spaced Koontz hardbacks that do huge sales over the holidays, particularly amongst baby boomers. I’m telling you, it’s all part of a complex corporate plot. I know in my heart the real Koontz is shackled in some sort of sub-basement, heavily sedated and fed through a tube, occasionally roused to sign various legal documents, even as his good name is being tarnished by a vast corporate conspiracy involving greedy imposters. I’m just saying, when the story finally breaks and the real Koontz emerges in chains, all bearded and squinty-eyed, ready to start writing quality shit again, just remember that you read it first at Bloody-disgusting.com.
I hate double-dips. I hate triple-dips even more. This is why I really didn’t pay any attention to the 25th Anniversary release of the classic Manga Akira, which has been an animated classic since 1988.
Those of you who grew up watching this epic piece of cinematic history on VHS knows that all of the digital releases carry new English dubs, which is like putting a new voice over Michael Keaton in Batman. I haven’t watched Akira in years, and have sworn it off until the original VHS release found its way to digital media.
Well, the wait is over, as of YESTERDAY!
Now on Blu-ray from Funimation, the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Akira is jam-packed with extras, including the original English dubs!!!!
Also included are: Interview with the Japanese Director, Akira Sound Clip, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Japanese Trailers, Original Japanese Commercials, Restoring Akira, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013), and Trailers.
“Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E!
Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the manga became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets – if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain – then you have yet to be initiated. What. Are. You. Waiting. For? ”
Indican Entertainment has acquired Canadian distro rights for the body horror Motivational Growth, a new indie from Don Thacker.
In the film, “Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 30s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (‘ReAnimator’ star Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine-narrative follows, full of colorfully-drawn characters and gruesome body horror. “The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.””
Having its Canadian premiere at Toronto After Dark, the pic stars Jeffery Combs as well as Adrian DiGiovanni, Danielle Doetsch, Ken Brown, Samori Sykes, Robert McConnell, Laura Carlson and Hannah Stevenson.
Check out the trailer!
A new documentary has been revealed from former “Buffy/Angel” star Juliet Landau. It is said to feature the likes of author Anne Rice and Dracula himself, Gary Oldman!
The feature length documentary “A Place Among the Dead”, directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes, is an exploration of the cultural obsession with vampires and what they reveal about the human psyche.
Juliet has a rare vantage point, having portrayed the iconic vampire Drusilla on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spin-off show, “Angel.”
The film delves into myths, movies, television, literature, music, comic books, subcultures, and true crime. It chronicles the fun, imaginative, creative side and alternatively, the dark, disturbing side.
Interviewees are Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Anne Rice (pictured below with Landau; Interview with the Vampire), David Greenwalt, (co-creator “Angel” and “Grimm”), Mariana Klaveno (“True Blood”), David J (Bauhaus), and many others, including a homicide detective who is working on a case directly linked into vampire subculture, where fantasy and death collide.
It was announced out of AFM that LevelFILM has picked up US rights to zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax, ScreenDaily reported.
Check out three new images from the Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire and Shawn Doyle starrer directed by Manuel Carballo. The thriller comes from the producers behind the [REC] franchise.
The Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax follows “a young couple hiding a long-held secret in a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives but their retroviral drug is running out.”
The film recently had its world premiere at Sitges and also played at Busan, Strasbourg, and Trieste.
US theatrical and day-and-date VOD release is set for February 14, 2014.
On March 21st, 1986, a film was released by legendary producer Roger Corman that today still is recognized as a genre classic. Chopping Mall, produced by Julie Corman and helmed by exploitation wunderkind Jim Wynorski, was released during the VHS/home video explosion and would change the way the business perceived the place of genre titles within this emerging marketplace.
“The film tells the story of killer security robots taking over a shopping mall and systematically murdering a group of trespassing teenagers who have broken into the mall for an all-night party. Four couples decide to have a party in one of the furniture stores where three of them work. They all stay after hours at the mall, drinking, partying, and making out, while the fourth couple watch old science fiction films on TV.
Outside, a lightning storm strikes the mall several times and damages the computer controlling the security robots. The robots kill two technicians and a janitor before going on regular patrol in the now empty mall. Two of the teens leave the furniture store and are subsequently killed by the robots. The surviving teens witness the robots kill a girl in via a still talked about head explosion, and the men and women are forced to separate, the men into the mall and the women into the air ducts, when the robots begin their final attack.“
Directed by Wynorski, who co-wrote with longtime friend Steve Mitchell, Chopping Mall was filmed primarily at the infamous Sherman Oaks Galleria, famous for appearing in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The movie stars Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “Ryan’s Hope”) and Tony O’Dell. B-movie icons Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, and Dick Miller, fixtures in the Corman stable, have cameos in the film.
While the film did moderate theatrical business, where it really made an impact was in the burgeoning home video marketplace. Released through Lightning Video, the B-movie label owned by Vestron, Chopping Mall was equipped with compelling box art created by artist Corey Wolfe. It proved to rental outlets that B-movies coupled with great box art could easily outperform mainstream studio-produced fare and could have longer shelf lives. The title’s artwork screamed, “Rent me!” to America’s VHS-hungry public, and they consumed it hungrily. It could be argued that lying within the success of Chopping Mall laid the foundation for the next decade’s video rental industry.
Yesterday I saw something being passed around on Facebook that featured some horrifically bad taxidermy, so I went around looking for the sources of some of this stuff and found a lot of pictures that were even more horrifying. Most of these images come from Tumblr sites Bad Taxidermy and Crappy Taxidermy and I encourage you to head to both sites to check out even more.
What’s crazy, beyond some of the incompetence on display here, is the perverse manner in which some of these “artists” have COMBINED SPECIES. It’s like watching The Collection but with animals. I’m from Texas, so I’ve seen my fair share of stuffed heads on walls (a lot of people in my family hunt) but everything I grew up around is incredibly tasteful compared to this.
Random fact? Whenever I play 20 Questions I’m always “taxidermist.” If you want to win against me, or prove you know me, go that way. Check out the gallery below. I want to see a movie featuring these animals doing battle.
Originally Dracula: Year Zero, Universal Pictures will now release Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, in theaters October 17, 2013, two weeks later than originally scheduled.
Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast earlier this year.
“Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.“
We played nice and didn’t annoy you with each and every character poster released this week, so below we’ve not only added the entire batch, but we’ve also shared the brand new trailer for Summit’s Divergent, which they hope kick starts a brand new young adult franchise in the vein of Hunger Games.
I believe the film takes place in Chicago, which is cool, “In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.”
Based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent is directed by Neil Burger, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold all star.
Divergent arrives in theaters & IMAX nationwide March 21, 2014.
Get infected and check out several new stills from IFC Midnight release of Eric England’s twisted horror film Contracted. Written and directed by England, the film stars Najarra Townsend, Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Simon Barrett, Charlie Koontz, and Caroline Williams.
The film opens in limited theaters and VOD outlets (including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, SundanceNow and more) on November 22 via IFC Midnight.
“Contracted tells the terrifying tale of a young girl who has a one-night stand with a stranger and contracts what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease – but it is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she is sent on a disturbing and bloodcurdling journey sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.“
Bloody Disgusting has a gory exclusive new look at Brian O’Malley’s UK horror Let Us Prey, starring Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones,” Hunger), Pollyanna McIntosh (Filth, The Woman) and Douglas Russell (A Lonely Place To Die), Bryan Larkin (Outpost 3), Hanna Stanbridge (Outcast), Brian Vernel, Niall Greig Fulton and Jonathan Watson.
Getting pretty huge hype out of the American Film Market this past weekend, “An enigmatic stranger is detained in the cells of a remote police station one fateful night. From his basement dungeon the charismatic loner begins to take over the minds of his fellow inmates and those of the police officers. He influences them to bend to his evil will and their latent inner demons explode in a crazed night of blood-spilling and mayhem. Only rookie cop Rachel is able to resist him … Will she survive?
Judge, Jury and Executioner are waiting in Let Us Prey.”
Eddie Dick, Brendan McCarthy, and John McDonnell produce.
Alright, you’ve learned how to play guitar and you’re ready to start writing your own death metal tunes. But wait! You suddenly realize that you have absolutely no f*$king clue what to do next! Luckily, vocalist/guitarist John Whitten of Canadian heavy metal band Super Quest is here to teach you exactly how to take that six-stringed axe of yours and whip out the music brutal of metal tunes. Let’s just say that this video is the most direct, the most to-the-point, and the most informative 1:09 on the topic.
Check it out down yonder!
Too bad it’s with the CW…
Things may get even spookier over at the CW, as the network eyes a reboot of 1980s horror anthology series “Tales From The Darkside”, Variety reported Tuesday night,
The good news is that the project from CBS TV Studio currently has a script deal at the net, with Joe Hill — Stephen King’s son — attached as scribe!
“Sleepy Hollow’s” Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will exec produce alongside Mitch Galin, Heather Kadin and Jerry Golod.
The CW is considering the “Darkside” reinvention for a summer 2014 run as a halfhour series.
“Tales From The Darkside” was created by George A. Romero. The pilot for the skein aired in 1983, with the syndie series running from ’84-’88.
Last year, Guillermo del Toro revealed that he was working on a “Justice League Dark” film project that sees Deadman, Etrigan, Swamp Thing, and Constantine working together. While the project is still very much in the initial stages of development, and is by no means a guarantee, del Toro told Italian film site Cinefilos, that the movie will connect to Warner Bros. existing live-action universe, and their plans for for DC Comics properties. He mentions that DC has plans to bring other properties to both the big and small screens in the coming years. Check the video interview below.
“We are still on it,” del Toro said. “Writing. Hopefully it will happen, but there are no developments that are new.”
“Warner Bros. are making plans for the entire DC Universe, all the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark,” del Toro said. “They’re planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.”
It’s question time! We’re back with another question of the week and this time, we dive into the post-apocalypse to find out which superpower would be most useful during a zombie outbrak. But you only get one power! Don’t be greedy! Give us your answer in the comics section… We like when readers are smarter than us.
Bree Ogden: To rightfully and specifically answer this question, I’d have to go with the ability to fly. I think that would solve a lot of issues. Need some food but don’t have a weapon to fend off the hoards of zombies? Fly over them. Problem solved. But honestly…I wouldn’t WANT to survive the zombie apocalypse. Whenever I read an apocalyptic book or comic, or watch The Walking Dead, I always think, “Why the hell are you trying so hard to survive? What is ultimately in it for you? I don’t think your situation is getting any better. Like… ever.” I’m not a pessimist, just a realist. So maybe I should change my superpower to: being-able-to-die-really-quickly-and-painlessly-once-the-apocalypse-begins.
Jorge Solis: Super speed! You know like The Flash. If these are slow zombies, they can’t catch you. And if you’re dealing with hyper zombies, you’re still faster than them. You can save people in the nick of time, if you want to be that person in the zombie apocalypse.
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Brady: Manoman, great minds THINK alike! My first 2 thoughts WERE Flight and Speed. My next one was healing but that seems like an easy-out for this debate. So, I thought a little longer and came up with the BEST one: Resurrection Man! The ability to resurrect one’s self AND gain new powers after each time? BEST POWER EVER. I win this debate NOW! GAME OVER. Thanks for coming out.
Green Basterd: So many choices!! Ahhh just one? Can’t I just be Superman or Martian Manhunter and win everything? I would probably choose flight or speed because they’re the most practical but fuck being practical. Lets go with elemental manipulation. I could use my earth abilities to create a fortress for humanity, fire can incinerate any potential zombie threat, water will feed life into my co-survivors and air manipulation would allow me to fly. Chalk up another one for the GreenBasterd.
Shadow Jayd: Regenerative healing powers, as well as the ability to fly, would be ideal in a zombie apocalypse situation! Though generally, I’ve always entertained the thought of acquiring an evolved ability similar to empathic mimicry, wherein I could manifest the abilities of other superhumans within proximity and retain them indefinitely. Obviously a greedy choice, but I crave power!
Big J: Adamantium claws
Jimbus_Christ: The ability to stop and start time. What zombie apocalypse? I do as I please in the infinite expanse of frozen time.
Got a question you want to ask? Let me know in the comments!
The hit mobile vidogame Temple Run is heading for the big screen, as Gravity producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. are in talks to acquire movie rights, says Variety.
“Temple Run,” which debuted in 2011 from Imangi Studios, is centered on a player being chased by “demonic monkeys after stealing an idol from a temple.”
The game, designed and programmed by Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova, is usually played on mobile devices. Sequels to the original game were released earlier this year.
Lynn Harris will oversee “Temple Run” for the studio.
Twentieth Century Fox’s Independence Day 2, which may or may not star Will Smith, will now open an entire year later than planned, destroying box offices on July 1, 2016.
In the aforementioned link, director Roland Emmerich told Playlist that they are currently drafting two version of the script, one which allows them to continue forth without Will Smith.
In the 1996 pic, “The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.“
Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role that made him a global superstar as Riddick (read our review) blasts its way onto Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet on January 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD December 17, 2013. The third feature film installment of the blockbuster series returns to its hardcore action roots with an all-new, no-holds-barred adventure from writer and director David Twohy, creator of the hit franchise.
Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters. In addition, Riddick will be available in a new collection that includes all three movies in the groundbreaking franchise: Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick plus The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury from Emmy Award-Winning animator, Peter Chung (“Æon Flux”).
“Global action-superstar Vin Diesel reprises his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much-anticipated new chapter in the epic adventures of the most wanted man in the universe. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and pursued by ruthless bounty hunters eager to collect the reward for Riddick’s capture—dead or alive. Savage alien creatures, expansive desert landscapes, monster storms, jet hogs and an arsenal of futuristic weaponry make this the most exhilarating episode to date in writer and director David Twohy’s breathtaking series of futuristic blockbusters.
In an electrifying return to his signature role, Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (“Aliens in America”) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.
Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-ray
The Twohy Touch—In this short film, writer and director David Twohy explains the development of Riddick, the third feature film in his high-concept sci-fi series. Interviews and on-set footage detail Twohy’s vision and inspiration, as well as the creative collaboration between the filmmaker and star Vin Diesel that takes the cult franchise to a new level.
Riddickian Tech—The filmmakers, including Riddick’s amazing effects team, talk about the extraordinary technologies used to create Riddick’s eye-popping sci-fi elements, from the practical effects to the green screen wonders that made it possible to bring this high-intensity, futuristic thriller to the big screen.
The World Of Riddick—Key members of the filmmaking team, including director David Twohy, production designer Joseph C. Nemec III and director of photography David Eggby talk about the inspiration and influences behind the film’s vivid and unique visuals and savage predators.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD
Vin’s Riddick—Vin Diesel, his co-stars and the entire filmmaking team provide an inside look at the superstar’s passion for everything from the film’s production and development to his intensive physical training, as well as just what makes Diesel ideal for the role of the indestructible Richard B. Riddick.
Meet The Mercs—From Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff to Jordi Mollà, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, and Nolan Gerard Funk, this featurette spotlights the dynamic supporting cast of Riddick and the characters they portray, exploring what the actors bring to their roles, as well as the weapons and clothing styles that define them to enhance this heart-stopping thriller.
Riddick: Blindsided—A motion comic prequel to Riddick that fills in the gap since 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick.
FilmDistrict released a new TV Spot for Spike Lee’s Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel Jackson, and James Ransone.
The spot promises that the twist will shock you to the core. Allegedly, for people who have seen the original, there’s some fresh goodies to boggle your minds…
In fact, according to Variety the crowd squirmed about in the AMC Lincoln Square theater from the graphic violence, but the film’s climactic twist moved many to audible discomfort.
“I’ve never been more shocked and surprised by an ending since maybe like The Sixth Sense,” said Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the film’s pivotal character. “No one spoiled it for me. No one hinted at it for me. And I got to experience it with just a blank canvas.”
In theaters November 27, Oldboy was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane.
“Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.“
This new behind-the-scenes featurette will take you “Inside The Coven” to learn the magic behind bringing “American Horror Story: Coven’s” most terrifying creature to life!
In “The Axeman Cometh”, which will air Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. EST on FX. In it, “Zoe, Queenie, and Nan make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia’s new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation.”
Michael Uppendahl directed the episode.