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Cover Art for Shout Factory's 'Motel Hell' Blu-ray

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:12

Shout Factory shared the art for their the summer release of Kevin Connor’s 1980 Motel Hell on Blu-ray.

Motel Hell will be getting the “Collector’s Edition” treatment with slipcover and the newly-designed artwork. In the film, “Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters…to make Farmer Vincents fritters.

Full specs and release details forthcoming.

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Amy Adams Will Speaks to Aliens in 'Story of Your Life'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:11

Sounding like a modern spin on The Day the Earth Stood Still, Deadline reports that Amy Adams is in early talks to team with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve on Story of Your Life, the sci-fi thriller based on a short story by Ted Chiang, a top contemporary author in the genre.

Scripted by The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Eric Heisserer, “the thriller takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, is financing, producing and handling worldwide sales for the project.

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The Tale of 'Borgman' Will Be Told This June

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:06

After premiering at last year’s TIFF, a June 6 release has been set for Alex van Warmerdam’ Borgman.

Starring Jan Bijoet, Jeroen Perceval and Hadewych Minis, “Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.

Check out the official poster, courtesy of The Playlist:

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'Candiland' Descends Into Madness

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02

Rusty Nixon is hard at work on Candiland, a new indie starring Gary Busey, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal.

In it, “Recently divorced and heartbroken, Tess finds herself abandoned at a bar on her girl’s night out. There she encounters the eccentric and rich Peter – a man cursed with the condition of heightened sensory perception and desperately searching for a moment’s peace. The two instantly fall in love and withdraw to Peter’s apartment for a lengthy and addicting love affair. Days of bliss pass by but when Tess realizes she should leave and resume her life, Peter proposes a dangerous idea – isolate each other in his apartment to create their own pure reality; one free of pain and the dictates of society. Now, cut off from the world and locked inside what Peter calls Candiland, the lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But slowly, they begin to descend into madness – turning the once lovers into mortal enemies.

Shooting begins later this month.

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Fresh Concept Art Enters the New 'Jurassic World'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:54 scored two more pieces of Jurassic World concept art, with the first two that were hiding within the online portfolio of Nathan Schroeder, an artist whose recent work includes Avengers Assemble, Star Trek and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Below you’ll see some images of a fully-operational dinosaur theme park, which will be operated by director Colin Trevorrow.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard will star, alongside Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins and BD Wong, who returns as Dr. Henry Wu, a scientist from the first film.

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'Godzilla' Leaves An Insane Path of Destruction! (TV Spot)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:50

Warner Bros. shared a second TV Spot for their forthcoming Godzilla, this time focusing on the destructive path of the lizard king, and his nemesis!

Gareth Edwards directed the reboot in theaters and IMAX May 16.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.

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5 Favorite Alien Movies From 'Alien Abduction' Director Matty Beckerman!!

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:47

Matty Beckerman’s Alien Abduction hits select theaters and VOD platforms Friday, April 4, so we figured now would be as good a time as any to have him weigh in the films that inspired him to choose this subject matter for his directorial debut.

In the film, “A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.” Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Peter Holden and Riley Polanski star. Beckerman’s film is produced by Shark Night 3D, Hostel, Hostel: Part II and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)‘s Mike Fleiss along with Reservoir Dogs‘ Lawrence Bender.

Check out his 6 Favorite Alien Movies below!!

6: The Fourth Kind

“I love this movie. They use a technique I like to call squiggle porn. I’m sure you all remember watching cable tv and seeing the scrambled spice channel. If you stared at it long enough you might make out a boob or a butt. That is squiggle porn. I watched my fair share of it before the days of the internet. The Fourth Kind does a brilliant job of never showing what is actually happening yet you catch glimpses of images that freak your senses out. You never actually see anything but it scares the crap out of you.”

5: Communion

“Christopher Walken is amazing. The first hour of Communion is captivating, and freaky. Then somehow it goes completely off the rails. When he’s at a dance party with the aliens it’s straight out of an SNL sketch. I hear “more cowbell” in my mind. This movie is equal parts interesting and hilarious.”

4: Signs

“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, some people hate the twist at the end of this film with the glasses of water, but there are moments that just kick ass. When the group of kids at the birthday party in Mexico see the alien walk across the alley, a friend next to me in the theater grabbed my arm so hard that she left claw marks that wouldn’t go away for a week.”

3: Alien

“I was not allowed to see Alien as a kid – my parents thought it was too scary for me. But tell a kid NOT to watch something and it’s like telling a junkie that he can only have half a hit of the crack pipe. The plan was in motion. I went to a friend’s house (Dan Goodman) and our parents were going out to dinner, it was on HBO and he taped it. As soon as they left the driveway we raced upstairs and started watching. When my parents came back from dinner I was pale as a ghost and jumpy, they thought something happened to me, my dad caught on quickly and decided to hide in the bushes and jump out at me any moment he could. I’m still not ok. I should have listened.”

2: Fire In The Sky

“This movie completely freaked me out as a teenager. The scenes on the ship were incredible. I still never enter the woods without looking into the sky. Travis Walton’s story influenced me so much that I sought out the same editor, Steve Mirkovich, to edit Alien Abduction. His credits also include Big Trouble In Little China and Con Air, how bad ass is that shit? Steve is an incredible talent and thank God we had him on board to help me organize my madness. Thanks to Steve, I was given one of the original Alien heads from the ship of Fire In The Sky and I sneak around my house with it scaring the crap out of guests.”

1: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

The master, Spielberg at his very best. I have watched Close Encounters over 300 times. It’s one of those films that I buy every time a new format comes out. Growing up we had it originally on BetaMax, then VHS, Laser Disc, DVD, iTunes, and when the holographic virtual reality chamber comes out it will be the first film I get implanted directly into my cerebral cortex. DA,Da,Da,da,daaaa – The song is the first thing I played on a piano, guitar, banjo, and harmonica. I know each scene so well I feel like I lived it. Check out the banjo in Alien Abduction it’s a not so small nod to one of my all time idols. Growing up as the only Jewish kid in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, Mr. Spielberg gave me hope.”

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'Daylight' Delayed To Ramp Up The Scare Factor

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:51

Atlus has confirmed they’ve delayed Zombie Studios’ supernatural horror game Daylight a few weeks in order to make the game even scarier. The few extra weeks of development time will only help, and April 29th isn’t that far away.

The reasoning behind the delay is related to one of Daylight’s most exciting features. “The way Daylight is developed is completely different because of its procedural generation. In a lot of ways it really helped the team by streamlining the environment creation, but it’s taken extra time to make sure all the scare cues are properly implemented for maximum player effect.” the dev wrote in a post on the game’s Steam page.

If you’re feeling a bit unhappy about all this, Atlus wants to make it up to you. They’ll be selling the game at a discounted price for two weeks following its release. PS Plus Subscribers can get it for $9.99, while other non-subscribers can get it for $11.99. It’s also available for pre-order on PC for $9.99.

Daylight arrives April 29th on PC and PS4.

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5 Skull Advance Review “Southern Bastards” #1

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:20

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s new series “Southern Bastards” is morally questionable mayhem. It’s breaded in violence, peppered in history, and deep fried in a perfectly developed and unique voice. It’s also one of the most visually descriptive books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Despite having a stoic protagonist, Aaron and Latour set their series up to beautifully show how a man can never truly escape his past.

WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ART BY: Jason Latour
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: April 30th, 2014

Earl Tubb is a lonely old man with daddy issues. He don’t talk much, and he’s pretty matter o’ fact when he does. He returns home to Craw County, Alabama to clean up his family’s estate. He plans to be in and out in three days, but home has a way of sucking you back in.

Tubb’s a bastard, and he’s the son of a bastard. Aaron’s script plays around in Tubb’s life. The story has a clear sense of the past with fleeting flashbacks to Earl’s father and his exposure to violence. There is a progression into the future, and a lot of simple symbolism. It’s something as mundane as a tree that comes to define this issue. It has a totemic purpose in the script, and comes to characterize both Earl and his relationship to his father in a heavy way.

Despite all this, meth soaked mayhem is still the name of the game. Earl can’t keep his hands out of other people’s business. In an act of kindness manifested in extreme violence, he gets himself involved in a pissing match against a local gang of bastards. It’s sure to end horrifically for both parties.

Jason Latour has captured the Dixie-fried south in a way that no comic has previously. The small BBQ shacks ooze personality, and the characters who frequent these places are despicable. Latour is able to draw a desperate red-eyed methhead as a vile creature with an incredible amount of vulnerability. His use of paneling is a revelation for how to tell a story clearly, and without the use of a dense script. Thanks to an incredible intercutting of panels that are seemingly unrelated Latour communicates the major beats of the town, the characters, and the past without a single word from Aaron.

So “Southern Bastards” is totally worthy of insane hype. This is a book crafted with care on every level. It’s poignant and brutal. It’s over the top in all the right ways and completely subdued at the same time. It’s a beautiful dance in pacing that effortlessly shows how comics should be and need to be done. It’s more delicious than fried chicken but still manages to hit you like a pickup truck to the head. It needs to be on your pull list ASAP because by the end of April you need to be part of the conversation.

Rating: 5/5 Skulls.

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Review: “Veil” #2

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:11

Rats. Rats are very important. These vile little creatures skitter through life unknowingly breeding disease and disgust. Yet, Veil embraces them entirely. The mystery of “Veil” is deepened, the world is fleshed out, and the stakes are raised even higher in this second issue of Greg Rucka’s mystery about the objectification of beauty.

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Toni Fejzula
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: April 2, 2014

Rucka said himself that the story of “Veil” would become much clearer with issue two. Bullshit. Not that I’m calling him a liar, because it does, but only somewhat. I mean the larger world of the comic comes into play, and now we know nefarious people are after Veil. That’s it though. We don’t know much else.

Which is part of the charm. Dante is our conduit for this beautiful and haunting journey. He’s a bad dude caught between his reputation and trying to do the right thing. He can’t understand Veil for the life of him, and the harder he tries the harder she pulls away.

The real magic in this issue comes with well… literal magic. We’re treated to some nefarious dudes who have performed sacrifices seemingly in their quest for Veil. One dude in particular harnesses power much like Veil’s. Rucka does a fantastic job at expanding his world and deepening the mystery of how this beautiful and lost girl relates to it.

There is a moment here that shows even the most “upstanding” of people find something magnetic about Veil. It stands to reason that most people lose control around her, and cannot resist her otherworldly charm. Although its not clear why Dante seems immune. In any event Rucka manages to make it all compelling by never answering these things. It’s not important to the story, at least not yet.

Toni Fejzula’s art has apparently gone through some progression before reaching the look that has come to define this book. Everything feels like a neon soaked fever dream that is captured in stained glass. It’s absolutely gorgeous and hard to shy away from. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it, but the style imbues the adventure with a distinct otherworldliness that only deepens the mystery. I can’t sing the art’s praises enough. You’ve never seen anything quite like it.

“Veil” is this unique concoction of ideas that might seem a little cliché at first. The amnesiac with great powers has been done before, but never like this. The thematic implications within the narrative tell a story about objectification. Dante is an exciting and almost tragic character who is about more than likely about to enter what Walter Sobchak called “a world of pain.”

Dark things are brewing on the horizon, but the charm of this book far outweighs its grim implications. The mystery still runs rampant through the pages, but the pieces are moving across the board. We know more than we did before, but we still don’t know much.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls.

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Review: ‘Black Science’ #5

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:58

Grant McKay returns to center stage this month as Remender peels back the layers of this complex and pious bastard. As always the root of this month’s issue rests with the characters behind the team. However, the cracks in the entire foundation start to reveal their complexities as Grant is forced to face himself. This is the most exciting and damning chapter of “Black Science” to date.

WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ART BY: Matteo Scalera
COLOR BY: Dean White
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: April 2, 2014

I can’t imagine being a dimension-hopping scientist. You’d have to be one brilliant man, and you’d have to a certain type of asshole, at least according to Remender. Luckily he does a fantastic job at communicating these traits in Grant Mckay. It’s never a dull moment as Kadir recounts how he first met the smug young man who turned out to be his own damnation.

In a roundabout way, even the moments with the masked stranger are all about Grant. This is his series after all, and Remender reminds us that he has done this all before, as he will do it again. Yet, his actions puncture holes in the very fabric of reality. His callous actions threaten the destruction of countless lives. Most notably those of his children, who the masked stranger reminds him, are doomed to be killed by their father.

So in a comic filled with infinite possibilities the fleeting idea of fate somehow worms its way in to throw everything to shit. In a beautiful poetic moment, Grant tries to defy his fate by acting before thinking. Yet, something tells me that this issue of Black Science will be a lot more important than we’re lead to believe here. Something happens within these pages that creates and even more infinite set of possibilities for the narrative. Remender loves seeding ideas, and this will surely spell the beginning of the end for the entire team.

Matteo Scalera really has a lot of time to shine in this issue. He revels in a chase scene that sees our heroes cutting across a bustling alien marketplace and bookends everything with two very senseless acts of violence. It all flows tremendously well and comes to reinforce the frantic pace that was previously established in the first issue of the series. The attention to detail in the characters is beautiful and Scalera really has a lot of fun with the design of the masked stranger.

Yet again, Remender and his team do an incredible job at building their world outward to create a memorable and engaging adventure that never stops to catch it’s breath. The characters while despicable almost across the board are engaging and intoxicating. So watching Grant become his own biggest saboteur is nigh impossible to resist. The onion keeps getting peeled back, and with every new layer comes a multitude of questions. I couldn’t be happier with this book. My only complaint is waiting a month between chapters.

Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.

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Review: “The Field” #1

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:48

Ed Brisson uses his labyrinthine knowledge of trashy grindhouse cinema to craft a tight and engaging mystery. “The Field” oozes tribute and originality, thanks to razor sharp cheesy dialogue, beautifully weird characters, and the stunning dynamic work of Brisson’s longtime collaborator Simon Roy. This is a comic you can’t afford to miss.

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Simon Roy
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: April 2, 2014

For me, there are very few comics that seem self-aware. There is certain reflexivity in the story of “The Field” that allows it to revel in its quirky genre tropes like hyper violence, and cheesy dialogue. Yet, by the last page of the book the whole adventure still feels compelling and completely original.

The story follows a mysterious protagonist who wakes up in a field wearing nothing but his underwear. He’s got a cellphone, and it warns him of imminent danger. From here he’s thrown into an adventure with an insane, drug addled bible salesmen who calls himself Christian. If that wasn’t enough there’s also a biker gang hot on the trail of the mystery hero. Who he is and what all these people want from him is only the beginning of the story.

If that premise doesn’t excite you, then I sincerely don’t know what will. Brisson maximizes his script by constantly layering new questions into the narrative. The cellphone springs to life to remind the reader that they’re in constant danger. It’s a great device that never overwhelms but keeps the script on edge. This is coupled with a brief tease of the larger narrative. Both come together to keep things weird and compelling.

Simon Roy and Brisson have been working together for years and it shows on “The Field.” They seamlessly play off of one another. Roy’s art is moody and compelling. His character designs are humorous, only to become immediately terrifying. His panels ooze his trademark style, and his use of line detailing adds menace to the mundane world of diners and sedans. Within moments of gore, Roy really shines. There is a sequence near the end of this issue that gave me Steve Dillion “Preacher” vibes. Extreme gore never looked so good, or so much fun.

This is an excellent start to a compelling and eerie book that is sure to only get better. The mystery of the book is fascinating, and there is a literal volley of questions within the opening pages that will necessitate picking up issue two. Throw in Roy’s incredibly dark and character driven work, and add in Brisson’s tastefully cheesy dialogue and you’ve got one hell of a series. “The Field” defies comparison; it’s a love letter to grindhouse cinema, and a reinvention of the genre in comics. It‘s steep mystery may leave some out in the cold, but the best stories ask questions of the reader, pushing them to become an active participant in the adventure. “The Field” does exactly that; it sucks you in, and creates an insatiable urge to know more. Bring on issue two. Let’s get weird.

Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.

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Reflect On Nearly 20 'Oculus' Images!

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:41

Relativity has supplied us with the final image gallery for Oculus (review), Mike Flanagan’s indie haunter that’s been impressing all of us on Bloody.

In theaters April 11, “The story centers on a murder that left two children orphans with authorities charging the brother while his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his twenties, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.

Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan all star.

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[TV] Plot Details for "Scream" Series (Exclusive)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:25

Updated with casting breakdown: Ghostface has been spotted on YouTube, and will soon go viral…

Bloody Disgusting has exclusively learned of new Intel for MTV’s “Scream”, their television adaptation of Wes Craven’s classic slasher franchise that spawned three sequels.

I’m told that Craven will actually be directing the pilot(!) this summer from a screenplay by Jill Blotevogel.

Our source explains that the “rules” of slasher movies is at the center of this new series, as it has been for the franchise. The pilot explores a YouTube video that has gone viral and causes problems for the protagonist, Audrey, who is caught in the middle of murder and the town’s troubled past.

Casting should be underway soon.

The Scream franchise has delivered more than $600M worldwide for Dimension Films.

UPDATE: Here’s the breakdown via TVLine.

* Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been annointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

* Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

* Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

* Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

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Goblin Will Tour N. America This Summer And Play The Entire 'Dawn Of The Dead' OST

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00

Italian progressive rockers Goblin will be embarking on an eight-date N. American tour this July. Support will come from avant garde rockers Stolen Babies and metal band Hate Eternal. During this tour, Goblin will be performing the full soundtrack to 1978′s zombie classic Dawn Of The Dead.

Stolen Babies bassist and guitarist Rani Sharone states, “When Goblin came to the states last fall I was bummed that I missed them due to us being on tour. Now we are on this Claudio Simonetti’s Dawn of the Dead run and I couldn’t be more stoked. Been a fan for years. This is going to be a great tour.

If you’re going to be at the Pontiac, MI show, you’ll definitely be seeing me there!

Head below for tour dates.

Tue/Jul-15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Thu/Jul-17 Montreal, QC @ Le National
Fri/Jul-18 Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Sat/Jul-19 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Mon/Jul-21 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
Tue/Jul-22 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Thu/Jul-24 West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Fri/Jul-25 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

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'The Raid 2' Gets a Series of 3-D Animated Gifs!

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:42

On the heels of the 3-D gif explosion, you can check out a series made for Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, expanding into more theaters this Friday (I still haven’t seen it!!).

Check out Ryan Daley’s review and see just how badly you want to check this out.

Picking up right where the first film ends The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

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New Look at Kabuki Horror Musical 'Stage Fright'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:39

Check out this full image gallery for Jerome Sable’s musical horror comedy Stage Fright, releasing on iTunes and On Demand on April 3 and following with a theatrical release on May 9.

Described as Scream meets “Glee,” “Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.

Fright is the feature film debut of writer-director Jerome Sable, director of the absolutely hilarious, award-winning short, “The Legend of Beaver Dam.” Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith star with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.

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Skrillex Gets Down And Dirty With "Ragga Bomb"

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:00

I haven’t been listening to much of Skrillex‘s Recess but I hear from a few people that it’s actually a pretty incredible album. That being said, listening to “Ragga Bomb”, which has a new video below, I can safely say that it’s probably not for me.

I enjoyed Skrillex when he was first becoming popular because it was a sound I hadn’t heard before, something unique that I jokingly referred to as “Transformers having sex”. But that sentiment wore off pretty quickly simply because it was so brash.

In any case, as I said above, there’s a new video out and it’s directed by Terence Neale who shot it in South Africa. The story follows to rival factions in a post-apocalyptic setting who battle it out with lightsabers. It’s a highly stylized video so it’s at least quite pretty to look at. Check it out down below.

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Gary Numan Releases Glitched Out "I Am Dust" Video

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:00

Industrial electronic artist Gary Numan has released an old-school stylized video for his track “I Am Dust”, which comes from his latest album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). Directed by Logan Owlbeemoth, the video was created by, “…using a Tachyons+ video glitch synth effected live via HI-8 camera and a CRT television captured by a modern digital camera. No computer post production was used in the making of this video.

I’m a huge fan of Numan’s latest album. It’s a fantastically dark listen that features some truly sinister tones.

Check out the video below.

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[BD Review] 'Dead Kids' Is a Mind Controlling Teen Slasher Blast

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:10

Severin Films’ boner for Ozploitation flicks has led to some pretty sweet home video releases, including Nightmares (aka Stage Fright) and Australia After Dark. Recently they released Blu-rays of Thirst and Patrick, along with the 2.5-hour jackpot of trailer compilations, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion. Also new to Blu-ray is the ’80s oddity called Dead Kids. Released in the U.S. under the title Strange Behavior, Michael Laughlin’s bizarre amalgam combines a mad scientist flick with a teen slasher, resulting in an absolute genre blast that’s got a few nice tricks up its sleeve.

In the sleepy little suburb of Galesburg, Illinois, a series of stabbings has police chief John Brady baffled. While he tries to get to the bottom of the murders, his son Pete volunteers for a paid psychological experiment at his college. Pete’s not really sure what the hell the experiment is about, all he’s knows is that he gets $100 each time he shows up. For a kid dreaming of life beyond the sticks, that’s a nice chunk of change for the moving fund.

After his first session at the lab, Pete is feeling so good he asks out the receptionist Caroline (Dey Young from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School). As romance blooms between those two, John Brady realizes he may have a personal connection to the killings. In between heavy swigs of Budweiser, he notices that the corpses are pointing to the work of notorious scientist Dr. Le Sange, who Brady blames for the death of his wife. The only hitch is that Le Sange died years ago. OR DID HE?!?!

For an ’80s horror film, Dead Kids is very slow paced. I typically enjoy a slow burn, but there needs to be interesting characters to fill it out. The players here aren’t particularly engaging, though they have a really strong communal vibe going on. John and Pete Brady (Michael Murphy and Dan Shor) have a believable father-son relationship – one that’s haunted by the death of Mrs. Brady. John finds a love interest in Barbara (Louise Fletcher), a woman who wishes he would move on from his troubled past. There’s also Peter’s best bud Oliver and John’s assistant at the police station (played by prolific character Charles Lane). All these characters make up a solid rural community that’s the perfect stage for a bizarro serial killer mind control slasher.

The killings are done very well, with help from makeup effects by Craig Reardon (Poltergeist and a million other awesome movies). In the wake of popular slashers like Friday the 13th, it would’ve been easy (and safe) to simply one-up the gore and sensationalism. Dead Kids‘ murders contain a bit more panache though. Something as simple as a stabbing or as disturbing as a human scarecrow with its eyes gouged out are treated with equal amounts of delicacy. The deaths really get under your skin rather than try to gross you out.

While the butchery is all well and good, my favorite scene involves a failed murder attempt. The killer, wearing a Tor Jonson (Plan 9) mask, chases a girl from the woods to a house party. The revelry inside drowns out her screams as the killer tries to stab her in a pool. The killer waves his knife around as he tries to stab her like 1,000 times, making him look totally inept. He looks really disinterested in actually killing her too, but it’s still a fantastic scene, one that follows up a kick ass costume party dance number scored to Lou Christie’s “Lightin’ Strikes” no less. It’s so ridiculous, I love it.

Dead Kids ends on a surprisingly happy note for an ’80s slasher. There’s none of the cynicism that’s found in many of the genre entries of the time, just another reason its an oddity. A lot of people may be turned off by the languid pacing and overly-serious tone, so it’s probably wise to rent it first.


I’ve never seen the previous DVD releases of Dead Kids from Elite and Synapse, but I’m going to assume they don’t look as good as Severin’s Blu-ray release. It was sourced from the original camera negative, which sports a really drab color palette. There’s minimum damage to the picture and the transfer looks pretty damn clear, though there are random soft spots peppered throughout. The mono track sounds fine, with lots of nice ambiance from Tangerine Dream’s original score.

Special Features:

Severin has included two commentary tracks. The one featuring co-writer Bill Condon and actors Dan Shor and Dey Young was previously on the DVD releases and is a real lively track that covers a lot of fun tidbits of information. This is the one to listen to if you only have the patience for one commentary track. The other track is a new one featuring director Michael Laughlin. His is a much more dull commentary, covering the regular string of behind the scenes info.

Another new feature is a 20 minute look at the film’s effects with Craig Reardon. This is a great interview and really shows how everything was really thrown together last minute for the film. Reardon had to make up a lotta shit as he went along. Reardon also goes into his post-Dead Kids career. It’s a really impressive look at a really talented guy.

Rounding out the disc is an isolated score track if you’re really in the mood for some Tangerine Dream and a couple trailers.

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