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Budos Band “Aphasia” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with NYC 70′s psychedelic instrumental group Budos Band to bring you the exclusive music video premiere of “Aphasia”. The video, directed by Stephen Pitalo, is montage of 60′s and 70′s horror clips, ranging from supernatural to slasher, cult to demonic possession. What’s great about this video is that the music fits it perfectly, exuding that wonderful giallo style that makes soundtracks stand out as one of the best characters in a film.

Seriously, this video and the song are a perfect way to hype up your Halloween anticipation, so get down there and check it out!

“Aphasia” comes from the band’s brand new album Burnt Offering, which you can purchase in different formats here.

The band explains:

The darkness of Aphasia is apparent in these classic horror clips, which highlight our fascination with the occult, the evil and the bizarre. The demons of the underworld had their way with our new album “Burnt Offering,” which has dropped chillingly close to Halloween. This new video gives a glimpse into the darkness that pervades not only “Aphasia” but every track of the new record.

Budos Band online:
Official Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Tour dates:
10/30 – Exit / In Red Bull Sound Presents – Nashville, TN
10/31 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
11/01 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
11/07 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/08 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/15 – Bear Creek Music Festival – Live Oak, FL
11/21 – The Ballroom at The Outer Space – Hamden, CT
11/22 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA

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[Comic Book Review] “Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland” #2 Reads Like A Fairy Tale

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:57

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #2 reads like part of a fairy tale. It looks great; it reads like a childhood story and keeps the eyes busy on every page. If Jimmy falls asleep, he goes into a magical land called Slumberland. What goes on there is quite the sight to see…

WRITTEN BY: Eric Shanower

ART BY: Gabriel Rodriguez

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 29 October 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

 

Jimmy isn’t Nemo but no one in Slumberland seems to notice. The royal family of this magical realm has invited him to be playmates with the royal princess. Jimmy / Nemo is a young lad who just doesn’t want to play with girls, even if they are a princess. There’s more to the story than this but I think you get the general idea. Writer Eric Shanower has made this chronicle very easy to take in. This adaptation looks like a modern, yet very faithful look of the original in all the right ways.

The story is a straight-forward journey into a wondrous land. A ton of credit has to go to artist Gabriel Rodriguez. His panels look every bit as fantastical as a place called Slumberland ought to be. Everything looks clear and instantly engaging. I can only imagine the rest of this fun tale keeps the visuals popping off the page. I would have no problem sharing this story with children which is sorely lacking in the comics industry ironically.

This edition of Little Nemo in Slumberland is off to a fantastic start. It looks great; it reads smoothly and leaves off on a good hook. I know Shanower from his epic Age of Bronze work and believe he is truly in his element telling a story like this. Rodriguez I know only from reputation from his Locke & Key work. Having heard all the rave reviews for that, I believe this creative team will no doubt give audiences something spectacular here.

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[Comic Book Review] “Sundowners” #3 Is Enthralling

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:46

“Sundowners” started off on the right foot, but stumbled in a meandering second issue. I’m here to say it’s found itself again and is back better than ever in issue #3.

 

WRITTEN BY: Tim Seely

ART BY: Jim Terry

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29 2014

Reviewed by Torin Chambers

Our sorry bunch of ‘heroes’ fall even farther from anyone expectations of a super hero, it’s awesome. It’s an utter joy to read about these incredibly flawed characters and watch them descend further into madness. These aren’t your generic ‘crazy’ people, they’re all struggling with mental illness in a very real way and as awful as that is I can’t look away.

It’s tragic how close these people come to doing some kind of good only to be held back by their crippling illnesses. At the same time this also makes them intimately relatable. No matter how fucked up they are they’re still people, people trying to deal with life in their own – mostly self destructive – way.

Crowlita has been tailing Meghan, a woman she believes has connections to the people who took Volf. She follows her on the el train even though the crowded trains give her anxiety that could lead to a brutal panic attack. She tails Meghan to a church before succumbing to a terrifying panic attack, seeing thousands of horrific meaty shellfish swarming around her.

As Crowlita faces her own demons Citizen breaks into his ex-wifes house. Having had a bad day he just doesn’t want to be alone but we learn he’s been loosing himself to paranoia for a long time. His ex-wife, reasonably, wants nothing to do with it. The whole scene is almost heartbreaking to read. This man has fallen so far into himself and his insane paranoia that even when he genuinely tries to reach out he’s rejected. He’s burned his own bridges.

Later in the issue we’re introduced to Brandon, an astonishingly unhinged man who has some kind of past with Andrea. While our heroes are good people carrying an incredibly heavy weight, Brandon is a straight psychopath. He could possibly have a connection to the people who took Volf, he does ware all black and seems to be far more skilled than our heroes. I’m interested to see how he fits into all of this.

Sundowners is becoming more and more of a character piece on mental illness. The characters are becoming more flawed and unhinged with each issue. It’s an enthralling read that delves deep into the psyche and isn’t afraid to portray deeply troubled characters.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter: Vulgar_Rhombus 

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[Comic Book Review] “Roche Limit” #2 Intrigues With Character Study

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:21

“Roche Limit” #2 opens up its world, giving us plenty of different perspectives from an awesome cast of characters. This is still Alex Ford’s rodeo but it’s very clear that he won’t be the only character we follow. Moreci takes a good helping of new characters plus cameos from issue #1 and gives them each their own moments. Most don’t even include Ford but they are all connected to the overarching plot of Roche Limit. It’s amazing just how much is packed into this issue. In lesser hands it could quickly become a garbled mess, but everything flows perfectly and it never feels over crowded with Moreci and Malhotra behind the wheel.

 

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci

ART BY: Vic Malhotra

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

We open on the infinite beauty of the cosmos before getting down into the gritty Roche Limit colony. Accompanied by especially intriguing narration about the nature of Faith, how it can drive some to do extraordinary things we’re then introduced to people you can never trust. Roche Limit makes you think, constantly. The existential themes from issue #1 definitely continue here, making you question characters motives and the universe at large.

After laying that interesting thought on us we are introduced to Moscow, who then lays another philosophical bombshell on us. Moscow is an older Russian gentleman who’s styled himself after a Japanese samurai, he’s even got the sword. He’s deranged for sure but he’s also fucking awesome and a joy to read, spilling exceptional philosophy every time he speaks. I’m curious to see if he has any actual skills like a samurai or if he’s all talk, but I’ll wager he’ll spill quite a lot of blood before he’s through.

Follwing Gracie’s bodyguard to a bar to get information about a missing girl is an exceptional highlight of the issue. He goes in looking for answers and won’t leave until he gets them. He doesn’t run in gunning or anything silly, he plays it really smart and works the guy over. Moreci once again demonstrates his writing chops by making the bodyguard I once thought was kinda generic into another captivating, stand out and funny character.

In a lot of ways Roche Limit #2 is even better than #1, our cast of characters has been significantly broadened and details of the bigger story are coming into focus. It’s a testament to Moreci that each and every single one are enthralling in their own way. They all feel like genuine people too, who have real personalities  and not stereotypes. Roche Limit is blowing up right now, make sure you don’t get left behind.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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[Review] ‘Play Hooky’ Not a Terrible Found-Footage Horror, Surprisingly

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:10

Like most, I’m growing ever so exhausted by the onslaught of Found Footage movies in the genre. It’s a gimmick that usually serves no purpose and is continuously filled with stupid, stupid plot holes. However, exceptions to the rule are always there to prove me wrong and so we have Play Hooky. This is the first feature from director Frank S. Petrilli and he clearly knows what he’s doing.

Simple is always the best way to go with this sub-genre and you don’t get much simpler than a group of kids skipping school to get high. Play Hooky doesn’t really break new ground for Found Footage but it does fill in the plot holes that plague most of these things. For one, it seems to be set in the 90s (there’s a lot of flannel…) so the “Oh no I have no reception!” trope is eliminated, thank Christ. Also, there is a reason for filming, one of our characters Brad (J. Wright Chester) is hoping to get some action on film for him and his cousin of the girls they bring along. Believable and effective.

Admittedly, Play Hooky is a bit slow going to get to the action (it’s 40 minutes or so before we even get to the asylum) but what it lacks in action is excels in creating true-to-life characters. Shit, I even remember all of their names which is something I attribute to memorable writing. We all know at least one of these characters in real life. Whether it’s the annoying tag along, the couple who never stops fighting, or the girl who wants so much to be the badass, we can relate to this group. Another bonus for identifiable characters is that we tend to feel more invested in them. I didn’t shed a tear or anything for any of them but I did want them to escape.

My favorite aspect of Play Hooky is the non-traditional way these kids are being terrorized. I won’t spoil it for you but it’s incredibly refreshing. This film doesn’t break a whole lot of new ground (except for the aforementioned “twist”) and it isn’t without flaws. Weirdly the worst acting comes from the adult roles in the film, they come off overacted and goofy but there aren’t many to distract us. I’ll be on the lookout for Petrilli’s next film, CAL.12, coming out in 2015. As fans of the genre I urge you to take a look at Play Hooky, it’s not often to find a low-budget found footage that’s actually (gasp!) decent.

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “Southern Bastards” #5 Is Brutal And Beautiful

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:57

“Southern Bastards” continues to be the most brutal and beautiful book about the deep south ever created.  The beginning of the second arc gives us a taste of Coach Boss Rising and delivers a particular flashback scene that managed to horrify me in a brand new way, which is rare.  It really interesting to see the perspective shift to Boss and to see him as more than the super-villain.  “Southern Bastards” #5 presents a novel concept: how does the bad guy cope when he defeats the hero.  This issue is as rich with life as ever and an enthralling new direction for one of my very favorite books.

WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron

ART BY: Jason Latour

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Review By Eric Switzer

Aaron and Latour treat the south with so much tender reverence and harsh indignation that the book almost feels to be in conflict with itself.  These creators are masters of time and place: invocative of Jeff Lemire’s “Essex County”, a love story to rural Ontario, or, in a strange ray, the Coen Brothers’ “Fargo”.  “Southern Bastards” takes a hard light to the south but in a strangely affectionate way.  It is just one of the many things that make this book so complex and interesting.

Losing Earl was difficult, and even starting this issue I sort of hoped Aaron would pull a fast one and raise him, but I’m so glad that he didn’t.  I’m glad that the book isn’t about Earl in the long run.  He was a lens through which we examined Craw County, an outsider for us to take the side of, but at the end of the day he was just another bastard like the rest of them.  This is a character book, certainly, but more than anything I think its a book about an ideology; one that defines the south as much as any one thing can.  The book is about a certain type of pride, an ineffective willfulness that these bastards represent.  It is as admirable as it is pitiful, another complexity of this book.

Being in the mind of Coach Boss is terrifying.  Being party to his brand of chaotic weakness is a hard feeling to shake.  Aaron’s dialogue and narration strikes directly to the core and Latour’s work really drives home the anguish and despair.  There is some really intriguing foreshadowing as far as new players to the series and the flashbacks are perfectly timed and brilliantly depicted.  The first trade is out now so don’t make any excuses.  This is a book that sticks with you long after you finish it.

Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Aliens: Fire & Stone” #2 Is A Bloody Good Time

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:50

I felt a slight sense of fatigue going back into “Aliens: Fire and Stone”, having been through all four “Fire and Stone” titles and “Prometheus” twice now, I had a slight moment of hesitation as I tried to recall what was going on in this book.  Then I opened it and immediately fell back in love.  All you need to recall from issue #1 is spelled out fairly clearly on the first page: a mining crew on another moon got overrun by aliens and escaped to LV-223 where they are trying to survive and avoid the aliens.  This issue makes the biggest leap to connect the series to “Prometheus” the film and does so expertly while maintaining the tension that characterizes the “Fire and Stone” series.  Get ready for a bloody good time.

WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson

ART BY: Patric Reynolds

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Review By Eric Switzer

The narrator of this issue is a Hadley’s Hope crew member that has discovered and captured one of the drones left behind by the Prometheus crew from the film.  He goes about examining the device and starts to discover what had happened and eventually finds the temple and the remaining Engineers cryo-pod.  What I really like about this issue is not only how it connects us to the film but how all the while the rest of the crews story is going on in the background.  The drama between them and their struggle with the aliens hunting them is de-emphasized in favor of the grander plot.  Our narrator is literally separated from them to tell the more important story, and in fact eventually goes back to tell them about the truth he has uncovered and they can’t be bothered; to busy out running aliens and arguing over who is in charge to understand the significance of what he has discovered.  I may be reaching, but I think there are some social implications here worthy of examining.

I can’t get over how brilliantly crafted and connected these four books are.  Even their release schedule seems to be significant, as each issue released gets us a little bit closer to seeing the whole picture.  I can’t say I am enjoying any one title over any other because they all feel like one massive story.  I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time and I’m pinching myself still that we finally have it.

It feels as though now it is sort of a race to see how many answers we will get about the origins of the aliens and engineers between this crew gets completely hunted down.  It gives the aliens a deeper level of implied motive as they hunt our characters seemingly to keep them (and us) from discovering what they really are.  I doubt this is actually the case, but as a plot device it works really well.  Part of the strength of these franchises and what keeps us coming back for more is how enigmatic the creatures are.  I think I want all the answers, but I’m not sure that is what I really want.  Time will tell I suppose, meanwhile I am absolutely loving this series.

Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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Biblical Release Giallo-Inspired Video For “The Quiet Crooks”

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:16

Psychedelic rockers Biblical have released an official video for their track “The Quiet Ones”. Directed by Sean Wainsteim, the video was shot entirely in Italy and is an homage to the giallo films of the 70′s.

The description reads:

In this ode to Italian Giallo films, a mysterious woman haunts macabre streets of an ancient city as she hunts for her wretched consorts. Amidst the leering statues, creeping shadows and licking flames of this primeval game, a young girl stalks the stalker. What is the design of her awful purpose? What will quench the thirst that each woman desires? Who will satisfy the Quiet Crooks?

Head below for the video, which is wonderfully shot and builds layer after layer of atmosphere. Also below are tour dates, which sees the band playing with Death From Above 1979, Eternal Summers, Eyehategod, and more.

BIBLICAL: THE QUIET CROOKS from Sean Wainsteim on Vimeo.

Tour dates:
11/03/14 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre *
11/04/14 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works*
11/05/14 Little Rock. AK Juanita’s #
11/06/14 Houston, TX Warehouse Live *
11/07/14 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest ∆
11/08/14 Dallas, TX Granada Theate *
11/09/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad ^
11/10/14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre *
11/12/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues *
11/13/14 Santa Ana, CA Observatory *
11/15/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl *
11/17/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
11/18/14 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
11/19/14 Seattle, WA Neumos *
11/20/14 Boise, ID Crazy Horse
11/21/14 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue *
11/22/14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre *
11/23/14 Omaha, NE Slow Down
11/24/14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue *
11/25/14 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre *
11/26/14 Pontiac, MI Crofoot *
11/28/14 New York, NY Terminal 5*
11/29/14 Philadelpia, PA Union Transfer *
12/01/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
12/02/14 Boston, MA House of Blues *
12/04/14 Montreal, PQ Metropolis *
12/05/14 Toronto, ON Sound Academy *

* Supporting DFA1979
# Supporting ETERNAL SUMMERS
∆ Supporting WOVENHAND, PONTIAK
^ Supporting EYEHATEGOD, TODAY IS THE DAY

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5 Shows to Binge-Watch This Halloween!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:01

Author: Amber Newberry

If you’re a horror-addict, you’ve probably tapped out a few of your favorite shows and movie series several times over. You’ve watched Dexter through twice, or more, you can recite “Twin Peaks” dialogue on queue, “Tales from the Crypt” is a yearly ritual that repeats itself over and over at your house. I feel your pain. I have a list of must-watch Halloween movies and specials for every October. This year, I decided to tap into some things that had not been a part of my previous tradition because I had to mix it up a little. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t share my picks with you fine folks? So, here it is, a list of five shows for you to camp out in front of the TV and binge-watch this October. Just remember to feed yourself between episodes.

“Todd And the Book of Pure Evil”

Why to Watch:
If you are not familiar with Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, get thee to Netflix and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and dismayed all at once. This cancelled Canadian TV show centers on high school stoner metal head, Todd Smith. Todd and his best friend, Curtis, a one-handed drummer, have formed the band Barbarian Apocalypse in hopes of winning the school talent show and impressing Jenny, the hot rocker girl. When the audition fails miserably, Todd discovers (swelling music) THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL! The book gives him the power to beat nemesis cock-rocker Stewart in a battle of riffs. Of course, the book has its own agenda and causes various havoc throughout each episode up to and including contagious obesity, a ‘stupid’ epidemic, cannibalistic zombified Goth rockers, a killer cake… the list goes on and on. There are some fantastic treats scattered throughout the show… great metal shirts and songs, Jason Mewes as the voice of wisdom (seriously), and no boundaries where content and humor are concerned. While Todd only had two seasons, there is a reasonable wrap-up and a huge cult following, not to mention a movie on the way.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Netflix in all its glory!

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”

Why to Watch:
22 episodes of frightful fun for the whole family is just waiting for you to press play on Netflix. A revival of the made-for-kids horror television, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour takes a fresh look at an old trick. If you recall the Goosebumps show that was popular back in the 90’s, you might have a good idea of what to expect from this show. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique story lines and even a few episodes that were darn scary even to a, dare I say it, adult like me. My favorites included a cemetery episode with a body jumping spirit and another with a creepy monster that lives in the walls. I should express my joy at some of the monster costuming, which I found truly disturbing in one of the aforementioned episodes, I’ll let you find out which. If you enjoyed the 90’s classic ‘kids’ horror shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps, this show is right up your alley.
Where to Watch:
Again, Netflix has got your back. It’s only one season, but that’s twenty-two episodes and there is more to be found on Youtube.

“Masters of Horror”

Why to Watch:
If you’re a true horror fan, you’ve probably heard of the made-for-tv film series called Masters of Horror. With each episode directed by a different person with a history in the horror movie business, Masters of Horror has some gems throughout its two seasons. From John Carpenter to John Landis to Takashi Mikke, this show is certain to have at least one of your favorite directors involved. My personal favorite was Dario Argento’s ‘Jenifer’ which is shown in the above trailer. Of course, you can’t have such a well-rounded group of directors without throwing in some spectacular actors and special appearances; Norman Reedus, Meat Loaf, Fairuza Balk, Angus Scrimm, Robert Englund, (deep breath), Robert Picardo, Steven Weber, Lori Petty– just to name a few. If you haven’t sat down to watch a few of the films from this collection, I highly recommend you do while it is still available online!
Where to Watch:
Hulu!

“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”

Why to Watch:
One part comedy, one party suspense, two parts horror… If you bypassed this classic and chilling TV show, now is your chance to remedy that! Here’s a piece of advice I learned in my earliest days or horror fandom: You can’t go wrong with Hitchcock. The very grandfather of modern suspense himself presented a weekly half-hour of spooky goodness to the masses. Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its debut on October 2nd, 1955 and ranked number 79 on a list of Best Written TV Series by The Writers Guild of America. The shows opening, linked above, is one of the most memorable show openings and is often parodied in cartoons and TV shows even today. There’s something to be said for the added eeriness that comes with black and white television in the middle of the night. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a soda pop and snuggle up with your wife and kids for an evening of classic terror.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Hulu!

“Dark Shadows”

Why to Watch:
If you have a taste for the gothic and supernatural, Dark Shadows is a classic that you must watch. Originally on the air from 1966 to 1971, the show gained so much momentum that it is hailed as one of the most popular daytime TV series of all time. I know what you’re thinking, daytime TV usually means soap opera, and yes, this series does fall into that category. Even with the touch of melodrama, Dark Shadows manages to remain a thrilling and engrossing tale of gothic suspense. The show was even revived as a TV series in 1991 and re-imagined in a Tim Burton film starring none other than Johnny Depp. With decades of popularity attributed to Dark Shadows, it is certainly worth the time of a well-watched horror fan. I can also recommend the 90’s version of the show, which is a campy and fun watch.
Where to Watch:
A ton of the show is available on Hulu, but you can also find various episodes online.

Author Bio:
Amber is a lover of horror and all things creepy. With a taste for 80’s and 90’s pop culture and an infatuation with the macabre, Amber found a niche with the Facebook page ‘Halloween in TV Land’ which is devoted to reminding us all of the Halloween episodes from vintage television shows. Amber also writes gothic fiction and you can find her most recent novel, ‘Walls of Ash’ in print or via Kindle or Nook online.

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Class of the Killer Clowns Infographic!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:47

Fly53.com has created this awesome “Class of the Killer Clowns” yearbook, featuring the finest floppy shoed serial killers that have graced our screens.

From Captain Spaulding (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) to “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” Twisty, they have handpicked the very best masked murderers and mutilators.

Get more Halloween Treat articles by clicking here.

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‘Child’s Play’ On a Train? Freddy Vs. Chucky? Don Mancini Dreams…

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:13

Crave Online posted a really fun online exclusive commentary track for Richard Attenborough’s killer doll movie Magic, which featured Child’s Play creator Don Mancini.

It’s no secret that Mancini is working on a follow-up to his Curse of Chucky, which Universal Home Entertainment released last summer. And while he’s keeping his cards close to his chest, he does share an idea he had that would put Chucky on a train with an old woman with Alzheimers.

“One of the ideas that I once had… I just have a whole file of different Chucky scenarios. I probably shouldn’t give this away because who knows, I might end up doing it somewhere, but why not?” Mancini said.

“The notion of Chucky on a train… I thought it would be interesting to do something where you’ve got this archetypal or certainly stereotypical notion of the kid who says, ‘The doll is alive and he’s doing this,’ but the kid befriends an old lady who’s also on the train. Like the old lady is the only one who will listen to this kid, and she’s like, ‘Okay, tell me what you’re thinking. I believe that you believe it and let’s investigate it.’ As the story goes on it turns out that the old lady… and also the old lady has early onset Alzheimers. There’s just something, another reason [why] other people aren’t listening to her either. But she turns out [to be] a charmed confidant of Chucky.”

Earlier this month, Mancini playfully talked about how he would pit Chucky vs. Annabelle, but now dreams of how Chucky could end up in a battle with A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger.

“I would like to do Freddy and Chucky, just because I think they would be a fun double act,” he explains. “I’m more really interested in the characters.

My pitch for Freddy vs. Chucky is Child’s Play on Elm Street. Chucky ends up in some kid’s house on Elm Street, and Chucky and Freddy inevitably meet in the dreamscape. Chucky sleeps. Why not? Chucky sleeps, Chucky dreams. And they have this admiration for each other. But they realize quickly that Elm Street isn’t big enough for the two of them, so in a riff on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels they have a contest: who can kill the most teenagers before the sun comes up?”

What do you guys think?

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‘Beetlejuice 2′ Being Developed With Natasha Lyonne

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:29

In this Funny or Die spoof, American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne is tapped to star in Beetlejuice 2, but the unfunded project needs investors.

It’s incredibly stupid but also charming, which is why I felt like sharing this “pitch video.”

I love that Lyonne is able to poke some fun at herself, and the make-up is pretty special.

Just give them the money to make this, cool?

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Dark Sky Pulls the Muck Out of ‘The Well’

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:04

Dark Sky Films has acquired Tom Hammock’s post-apocalyptic thriller, The Well, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past June.

At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.

The Well stars Haley Lu Richardson in a breakout role as a young woman with grit, smarts, and an incredible will to survive.

Additional cast includes: Booboo Stewart (Twilight), Jon Gries (Taken), Nicole Fox (America’s Next Top Model winner), Michael McCartney (The Amazing Spider-Man), Michael Welch (Twilight), Rena Owen, Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Michael Massee (Seven).

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‘[REC]4: Apocalypse’ Motion Poster Screams for Help

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:02

After world premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (read Mike’s review here), the Spanish horror [REC]4: Apocalypse is set to open this week in Spain.

Bloody Disgusting landed this new motion poster that has Angela screaming for help.

In the fourth film, “Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

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Top 10 Possession/Haunting Films By WVM

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

If ever there was something that screams “Halloween”, it’s got to be haunted houses and demonic possessions! After all, don’t we wear costumes to channel our favorite characters? Don’t we go to haunted attractions, seeking out thrills and scares?

That’s what drove LA-based electronic artist WVM to whip up this great list of his Top 10 Possession/Haunting Films that feature some great titles! Culled from over four decades of cinema, this list has some great titles that you can definitely use for this weekend’s movie marathons.

Head on in to see the list and make sure you leave a comment with some of your favorites!

Make sure to pre-order a copy of WVM’s upcoming album Waves Of Nothing via Bandcamp.

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Universal Monsters Return In This Awesome Stop-Motion Short Film (Halloween Treat)

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:58

Trick or treat!

Diamond Selects Toys is using stop-motion animation to bring their new Universal Monsters action figure line to life!

The action figures of Diamond Select Toys’ Universal Monsters Select line are at home for Halloween, as three costumed kids come around looking for candy! See how each famous monster responds to the little monsters at their doorstep!

Stop-motion animation by Alex Kropinak.

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‘The Screaming’: The Latest “Fun Size Horror” Treat

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:51

Mixing in with our bag of Halloween Treats is a daily goodie set to release each day leading up until Halloween.

“Fun Size Horror” is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween!

We continue this morning with Dick Grunert’s “The Screaming,” about a girl who hears someone screaming for help.

Dick Grunert is a writer on the hit Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time.” In 2013, his feature-length screenplay “Community Service of the Damned” was named one of the “Top 5 Best Un-Produced Screenplays” at the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival. His other credits include “Birthright,” “Scary Mask” and “House Call.”

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[Review] ‘The Scribbler’ A Better Origin Story Than Most

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:45

“Stylized” is often a hit or miss term for me in film because it habitually becomes the prime focus of the film itself with only a bare thread of story sewn in. However, The Scribbler manages to get it right while also bringing to life an origin story of a graphic novel that I had previously didn’t know existed.

Suki (Katie Cassidy) has Dissociative Identity Disorder and is sent to live in a sort of high rise half way house for the “recovering” mentally ill. I use “recovering” lightly here considering most of the patients have seemingly been throwing themselves off the top of the high rise. Suki arrives and meets a variety of interesting characters including a pseudo-gypsy named Cleo (Gina Gershon), Emily (Ashlynn Yennie) who has a crippling fear of wearing clothes, Hogan (Garret Dillahunt) who happens to be the only male in the high rise, and Alice (Michelle Trachtenberg) who makes it almost impossible to use the stairs.

With a great cast of characters, The Scribbler keeps an ongoing entertaining narrative without ever really getting caught up in its visual style. While I was watching I couldn’t help but compare it to Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch which failed unendingly in narrative. Each character has their own personality and quirk that differentiates them from the others. No one is completely crazy but in a way they are far more in touch with themselves than “the mundanes” as Hogan refers to regular people.

Upon some research I realized director, John Suits, also wrote the film Static which I happened upon about a month ago. Had I known that going in I would have realized that I was getting into a relatively original story, as original as an adaptation can be anyway. Suits has a clear voice and he seeks out projects that give a slightly different spin on traditional story telling. His talent is not only backed up here but he proves himself as a decent director who can give over the writing work to others.

As an origin story goes The Scribbler is up there with the best of them though while some become too bloated-Captain America- this comes in at a lean 88 minutes and doesn’t waste a single one. Suki is being treated to get rid of her “alters” with an experimental machine called “The Siamese Burn” (which does exactly what it says), a souped up version of electroshock therapy that is meant to burn out the other personalities. Instead it seems to be making them stronger and Suki is unable to decide which personality is really her or if she is actually all of them.

Katie Cassidy does an excellent job of portraying the confused and ever cynical Suki, whether she is stone cold serious or sarcastically hilarious I never found myself getting annoyed with her. I’ll also give her some major credit for being a character that has virtually no love angle. She has Hogan but he is her friend, someone who understands her. Of course, I haven’t read the graphic novels so I can’t speak for her future love life but it was nice to see it more or less dispensed with here.

A movie that can’t be understood unless you have read the book is fundamentally flawed as a movie, but a movie that makes you want to read the book is an overwhelming success. It’s a damn shame that The Scribbler, which is a part of the extremely popular Superhero phase that’s currently happening, was not given a wider release. It’s a great story and extremely fun to watch, I only hope Suits comes back for more because I would love to see where he can take it. The Scribbler is a great example of how you don’t need a few million dollars to make an entertaining superhero movie. Oh, and if any of the female readers are into cosplay I would recommend going as The Scribbler next con.

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‘Midnight’ A New Indie In the Vein of ‘I Know What You Did’ and ‘Prisoners’

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:44

Radar Pictures is getting behind Midnight, a spec script from screenwriters Travis Baker and Richard Tanne, writes Deadline.

The horror-thriller described as I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Prisonerscenters on a small-town mayor’s daughter who goes missing and the detectives, family and friends who discover she’s just the latest in the town’s dark history of mystery and murder.

Baker and Tanne will serve as exec producers on Midnight, which Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce and Alexandra Eason will co-produce.

Longtime pals and collaborators Baker and Tanne started out in horror working on Eli Roth’s Hostel before co-writing series “Cinema Cool.” They teamed up last year on Halloween-set slasher Mischief Night, which Baker wrote and directed, Tanne produced and Lionsgate released.

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‘Get Out!’ “Key & Peele’s” Jordan Peele Directing Urban Horror!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:37

Here’s weird news break that came off Playboy.com, who report that “Key & Peele’s” Jordan Peele is writing and directing a horror movie!

“I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies,” reveals Peele. “I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called Get Out – I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies.”

First, it’s awesome that he’s working with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly. Second, I have been saying this for years that we need more urban horror. I would love to see another movie in the vein of Candyman. It makes me beyond excited to know that Peele will be playing in that area, only I beg that it’s not a fuckin’ comedy.

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