Check out this new UK quad for Drive star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which opens April 10, 2015.
Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Barbara Steele.
“The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.“
Also check out the new trailer below.
Get ready for a feature-length “The Walking Dead” episode as AMC announced today that the Season 5 Finale will be extended to 90 minutes, serving up an extra 30 minutes of walker-filled mayhem before the series breaks for the summer!
The Season 5 finale airs on Sunday March 29 at 9/8c.
Season 5 of The Walking Dead continues this Sunday at 9/8c with Episode 512, “Remember.”
What are your thoughts on Season 5 this far? What do you want to see in the finale?
It’s been a few months since we’ve heard any news on the Blumhouse-produced Amityville: The Awakening. After a trailer dropped last August, the film was suddenly shelved in September, changing its release to an ominous TBD. As fans know, those three letters can last a long time in the world of horror.
Finally there’s word on the film’s progress, courtesy of Arrow in the Head, who received a little update from Jason Blum himself:
“We’re still in post on it. I’m very, very happy with it. We’re continuing to have conversations with Dimension and Weinstein about how it’s going to come out, but it’s definitely going to come out. I think people are going to like it, Jennifer Jason Leigh is great in the movie. I’m hoping to do another movie with Franck. I’m really pleased with it, my guess is we’ll announce when it’ll come out sometime in the next twelve months.”
As far as conflicts with distributor The Weinstein Company, Blum said:
“Like a lot of the movies that we do, we’re just tinkering with it and trying to make it better. We’re pretty close now. We went back and forth over the cut of the movie, which we’re happy with now. We’re just tinkering with the movie in post-production.”
The word “tinkering” and The Weinstein Co. in the same breath are never a good sign. Here’s hoping the latest trip to Amityville isn’t shredded in post.
Horror director Rob Zombie has announced via Instagram that actor Torsten Voges (8MM) has signed on to play the character Death-Head in his upcoming film 31. Voges appeared in Zombie’s last film The Lords Of Salem as the character Count Gorgann.
The film’s synopsis reads:
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.
Ther are 74 days left to back the film via Fanbacked.
A photo posted by RobZombieofficial (@robzombieofficial) on Feb 25, 2015 at 11:14am PST
Here’s a new teaser (hot on the heels of the last one) for the second season of WGN America’s Salem. While the first season didn’t make too many waves, it did garner enough of a following to warrant a return to the streets of 17th century New England and a new haircut for Salem’s resident badass, John Alden.
In “Salem” season two, the Grand Rite triggered at the end of last season is now underway and death is in the air, but the Witch War is just beginning — and Salem is at the epicenter of both. In order to bring her plan to completion, Mary Sibley must not only control Captain John Alden (Shane West, “A Walk to Remember”) and the citizens of Salem, but also those lurking in the shadows who seek the power she wields.
Salem season 2 kicks off Sunday, April 5 on WGN America.
This morning Marvel sent out an incredible press release that shows the scope of Secret Wars battleworld, and just how crazy things are becoming. Yet, it all somehow seems to flow with this freedom that is creating one of the most dynamic and exciting versions of the Marvel Universe we’ve ever seen. So, Marvel Zombies will be taking on Age of Ultron in a new series from James Robinson and Steve Pugh.
In the southern wastes of Battleworld, two unholy factions wage neverending war. This June, that war reaches a new level of horror inAGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 – a new Secret Wars series! From Eisner-award winning writer James Robinson and critically-acclaimed artist Steve Pugh comes two new reasons to fear!
There are regions of Battleworld so dangerous, they are walled off from the remainder of this patchwork planet. Here, on the far side of the impenetrable barrier known as the Shield, hope is gone. In these unholy wastes, on the border between two domains, the genocidal robotic armies of Ultron wage unending war upon the domain of rotting, flesh-eating corpses that lies just to the East.
“I had the idea of an area on the border between the domains of Ultron and Zombies,” says writer James Robinson in an interview with Marvel.com. “…where humanity was holding out withstanding these two opposing types of inhumanity.”
Pity those poor souls trapped between these two unstoppable forces, for their end is most definitely assured! Will you choose death by flesh-eating, super-powered living dead? Or by an unending army of indestructible, undefeatable robots? One thing is for certain, neither demise will be quick or painless!
The Vision, Wonder Man, Jim Hammond, and more brave these apocalyptic hellscapes in search of sanctuary, and for survival. This June, two unearthly factions will clash. Anything can happen, but one thing is assured – whoever wins, we lose. You don’t want to miss AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1.
AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by STEVE PUGH
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
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The horror film It Follows has been garnering rave reviews, including our own, which states that the film is, “…a Classical Horror Masterpiece” (read ithere).
Now, to give viewers a taste of what’s coming, Indiewire has scored three tracks from the film’s soundtrack, which was composed by Disasterpeace (a.k.a. Rich Vreeland). The soundtrack will be released digitally on March 10th, CD on March 24th, and on vinyl on April 7th. The film itself comes out on March 13th.
The synopsis of the film reads:
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
Head below for the song streams.
I knew from the moment I caught of glimpse of Lee Bermejo’s “Suiciders” #1 cover that I was in for something special. And as The Running Man is easily one of my favorite movies, I couldn’t help but love the idea of a dystopia Los Angeles who celebrates death in the media, but what I found on these pages was so much more. This book is a dissection of consumer culture articulated beautifully by the incomparable art of Bermejo.
The general conceit of “Suiciders” isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but thanks to Bremejo’s smart storytelling, the first issue isn’t really wrapped around the televised death of gladiators, but one warrior in particular The Saint. As a hero, we hardly get to see his face, and he’s often quite coy about revealing too much of his character. But, he’s an incredible fighter and speaks with a distinct charm that is difficult to resist. The Saint keeps the main narrative moving and as the most prized fighter in New Angeles, one wonders how he’ll come to change his mind about being the people’s champ.
Elsewhere we’re treated to the core defining characteristics of this new world. Bremejo keeps things vague, only speaking about “The big one” in passing, but its clear it was a devastating earthquake. It seems most of Los Angeles was ceded to capitalistic pursuits shortly thereafter with plastic surgery defining the people and the business of the new ruling class. Outside of the metropolis of New Angeles we have the devastated Lost Angeles. This is a graveyard of our society with imperfect people lurking in the devastation and dreaming of a ticket to utopia.
It was this divide that I never quite expected of “Suiciders.” This title could have easily devolved into a gladiatorial combat showcase that would have been digestible and palatable for those still loving superhero comics. But Bremejo gives the comic some real weight by adding in a social conscious, and a huge divide between the have and the have nots. The debut is heavy on exposition, but thanks to serving as both the artist and the writer on the book the exposition flows with a natural perfection. The script and the art compliment each other in a way that allows both to breath.
There is a beautiful example of this late in the issue with how Bremejo tackles the idea of physical perfection in New Angeles. It’s a visual subtlety that builds into a near perfection explanation with each never overshadowing the other. The social issues within these pages are something any self aware consumer should be concerned with, and are ripe for discourse. They do feel a little imbued in the culture of the 80′s, but that’s to the book’s credit.
I can’t tell where this book is headed and I love that. I don’t really know where The Saint will fit into all of this class distinction or if he will simply remain the saint of excess. Part of me wants to see him as the catalyst for change but by the end of this first issue I’m not sure if the character’s capable of it, which is why I can’t wait for #2.
The first casting announcement for the fifth season of “American Horror Story”, titled Hotel, is here and it’s an interesting one. Deadline reports that Lady Gaga has signed on, marking her first major acting role since she made small cameos in Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Details are scarce on the series, but chances are her role is a big one (and it probably takes place in a hotel).
Check out the promo Gaga tweeted below.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. When you think couples counseling, do you think of superheroes? How about drugs, hypnotism and post-hypnotic triggers? I didn’t think so. However, I’m happy someone did! Quantum and Woody Must Die! #2 ups the zaniness and accidental heroics a serious notch or two to show how inadvertently great these two vigilante clowns are, despite their enemies best efforts.
WRITTEN BY: James Asmus
ART BY: Steve Lieber
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 25 February 2015
Writer James Asmus knows funny. You can just feel it in almost every panel of this book. The back-and-forth between Quantum and Woody comes across as two brothers who genuinely get on each other’s nerves. Scenes are peppered all over the series which makes it an unpretentious treat to read. The fact that they are in couples therapy to become a better super team is too comical to not mention.
On top of that, their psychotherapist / fake counsellor Dr. Henrik Skinner is secretly manipulating them into showcasing how actually awful and terrible they are at being heroes. There’s even a tender moment or two to show that these would-be-heroes are not complete sociopaths and have real emotions. Those feelings are buried PRETTY deep, but they are in there somewhere. It feels like an episode of a sitcom that we’ve all seen before but somehow it’s completely fresh and absolutely unconventional.
Steve Lieber’s art keeps the tone light and off-the-wall. There’s comical, there’s ultra-violence, animals shooting and fetching, there’s dark rooms full of nasty, diseased and vengeful folks…there’s even a bed pan toss!
The only thing lacking is The Goat. You always need more Goat.
Once again, letterer Dave Lanphear steals the show by adding so much to the series. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Sweatpants!’ moment. You’ll know when you see it. If you don’t laugh, see a doctor.
So far, it feels like the Super-Human Trauma Coping Group is trying too hard to utterly destroy the World’s Worst Super-team. Their sneak attacks are on par with ye old Willy Coyote vs. The Road Runner. Meep Meep indeed. I can’t wait to see how they try to obliterate them next month.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
WRITTEN BY: Ryan Ferrier
ART BY: Devaki Neogi
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: February 25, 2015
It’s not clear if this is a future dystopia or a slightly warped present; the technology, if it’s different, is not accessible to our protagonists in their lower-socioeconomic-status burrough. The society is clearly different. Unlike today, where areas with a lower socioeconomic status are often some combination of a police state and a chaotic self-policed crime zone, the turf arrangements in this comic made by local gangs seem formal, the guides and codes meaningful, and the police presence nonexistent.
The story follows The Fever, an all-girl gang in Old Beach, a small and generally neglected burrough that they police themselves. These girls will kick your ass for hurting one of their own, but they function very much like a family, even to the extent that the crew members are called “aunt” by Betty’s little sister Sweet Pea. Each of the members has her own intro, all in the internal narrative of Betty Machete, the character this issue follows– but with the gang dynamic, it’s highly possible that next issue will focus on another member. We have:
Violet Volt, a young black convenience store cashier, who jumps on the stage at a punk show to scream Black Flag lyrics and kick over amps, and who cracks jokes because she thinks she’s funny and it doesn’t matter if anyone agrees with her.
Bloody Mary– not as young as Violet, but none of them seem older than 25– who talks herself up in the mirror and who’s taking care of her bedridden mother. Mary is Asian, and even though she would clearly die for the Fever, coping with her mother’s illness is something she seems to carry mostly alone.
Derby Girl, an adorable wild card who combines her slightly psychotic violent streak with cute floral dresses, who’s seen buying drugs from Nikola and who is always willing to launch an ambush on roller skates. Derby’s white, with a chip on her shoulder and a constant need to prove herself.
Daisy Chain, or “Aunt Daisy” to Sweet Pea, seems to be Sweet Pea’s secondary caregiver with Betty. She and Betty are not only raising Sweet Pea together, but they seem to be something like the parental figures to the gang, in a leadership capacity but without being controlling or condescending. Fittingly, her weapon of choice is a thick metal chain. Daisy could be Latina, or like Betty, she could be Indian– this crew is diverse but race never seems to be an issue amongst one another.
And finally, Betty, our narrator, whose family is from Bengaluru and who, despite being a maternal presence to her sister and to her crew, is not always in control of her impulses. Betty incites the narrative arc that this series will clearly jump off on by defending her turf from a rival gang, The Wrath, and getting a little carried away– and that’s where the name of the series comes in.
These characters are amazingly fleshed-out in the writing, but without the character designs, this book would not be such a shining example of comics getting it right. Devaki Neogi’s faces are crucially expressive, the women’s body types are all realistic, their body language tells as much a story of their closeness as the dialogue. A small part of the final fight scene seemed somewhat staged, wooden, but the physicality of the book overall is dynamic. The colors by Neil Lalonde create a neon bright punk-era atmosphere, shifting only slightly from the club scene to the beach. The art combines some traditional ink outlining with very stylistic splashes and cutouts, creating a fresh experience for a comic fan without distracting from the story.
This book is good. It’s not like nothing you’ve ever read before– what is, really?– but it’s new and fresh enough that people will be standing up and taking notice of this series, which it richly deserves.
—Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.com, comicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed By Jorge Solis. As a major antagonist returns, “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #10 picks up the fast pace and unleashes a series of suspenseful plot twists. Based on Clive Barker’s “Cabal” novella, this sequel picks up on the former underground inhabitants of the destroyed city of Midian. Just like the “Hellraiser” series, the “Nightbreed” mythology continues in uncharted and unpredictable territory.
WRITTEN BY: Marc Andreyko
ART BY: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: February 25, 2015
The cause of Midian’s downfall and the prophetic savior of the Breed, Boone seems to have forgotten to find a new home for his lost tribe. With Lori back from the dead, Boone just wants to be with her. But now an old enemy has returned from the ruins of Midian. Ashberry, a former priest damned by the blood of Baphomet, is setting the stage for the next holy war.
Writer Marc Andreyko switches back and forth between Ashberry’s revenge story and the Breed’s search for the promised land. Boone is the reluctant hero who has doubts about his true destiny. I like how Andreyko draws the parallels between Boone’s character arc and Peloquin’s lack of faith in his missing leader. Wondering who he should give his loyalty to, Pelican feels betrayed and abandoned by Boone.
Because there are two artists involved, I always feel torn between artists Emmanuel Xerx Javier and Devmalya Pramanik. Though I enjoy Javier’s illustrations, I am drawn more to Pramanik’s group shots. In a four panel set, there is so much detail in the background and foreground as Pramanik captures Peloquin’s broken faith. It’s more about giving the monsters relatable emotions to express.
“Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #10 will definitely shock readers with its surprising twists. Just reading the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to watch the movie all over again.
Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Roche Limit” #5 closes out its first arc in an absolutely spectacular fashion. It’s a high speed rollercoaster of an issue that beautifully pays off its wonderfully constructed characters. Every page turn was exhilarating, momentous events cascade across every panel. It’ll be over all too fast and you’ll be begging for more, trust me. I thought I couldn’t recommend this series enough before, but now I know I’ll be pushing this until I die.
WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci
ART BY: Vic Malhotra
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: February 25, 2015
Wasting not even a beat we’re thrown back into the story, just as Alex throws himself into space to save Bekkah. Accompanied by some gorgeous cosmic art, Alex plunges headlong into the unknown and returns with an unresponsive Bekkah. In this moment there’s nothing he can do for her but make sure they land safely, relatively safely. Alex’s piloting skills fall more in the realm of “falling with style” than that of a professional. Even if they survive the ‘landing’ they’ve still got to find Bekkah’s soul, and they’re not the only ones.
While our heroes tackle reentry everyone’s favorite homicidal Russian Samurai Moscow is also on the hunt for Bekkahs soul and he’s got an army of mindless husks to do his bidding. Too bad for Moscow those currently in possession of the soul are not going to give it up without a fight. Gracie and her crew are locked and loaded, ready as one can be for what Moscow is about to throw at them. Ready to give their lives in defense of it, if need be.
All of that is only the first 5 pages of Roche Limit #5’s brilliant thrill ride. It only get more and more tense and action packed as the page count goes up. Lives are lost, with numerous casualties on either side and the universe of Roche Limit will be fundamentally changed from this point on.
Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra have out done themselves yet again. This is a series that demands and deserves to be read by any and all Sci-Fi, comic and storytelling fans. Truly and genuinely, Roche Limit #5 is a phenomenal work of art.
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
Reviewed By Torin Chambers. I just want to note that this is my first experience with Spider-Gwen, I’m a fresh faced baby boy here with limited prior knowledge. “Spider-Gwen” #1 is a super rad comic stuffed to the brim with style and class. It’s a near perfect jumping on point, that brings you up to speed fast. This book could’ve easily found itself suffocated by exhausting Spiderverse fallout but thankfully that’s not the case. It strikes out on its own much like its superb protagonist, there’s only one fleeting reference to the Spiderverse and that’s all it needs.
Even though I did not read her edge of spiderverse story, it was so big I ended up gleaming the important detail that Peter Parker is dead by osmosis. Lucky I did because for as excellent a job it does setting up Spider-Gwen it does not mention this detail. It’s almost baffling that there’s no mention of it on the ‘previously on’ page at the beginning. The only other gripe I have is that the first actual page of the issue features a blonde girl in a white hoodie who as it turns out is not Gwen but just some random girl. It’s an incredibly awkward choice that had me flipping between pages to make sure I didn’t miss something. Those gripes aside there is literally nowhere else Spider-Gwen missteps on it’s vibrant and fun journey.
Gwen’s humour is one of its biggest draws, I’d argue she’s funnier than Spider-Man himself, or at least recently. Cracking off great one-liners such as “Death from a butt.” She’s not necessarily carefree but more lighthearted and just plain fun. Becoming an instantly relatable character who’s got strong convictions and a lot of heart.
The visuals are off the chain in this book, reminding me heavily of Translucid from BOOM. With a vivid colour pallet that includes bright neon greens, blues, purples and pinks. Creating an engaging world that’s always a treat to look at and instantly differentiates itself from your mainstream Spider-Man books. It’s doing it’s own thing from top to bottom and it’s phenomenal.
People may have ragged on Latour for his run on Wolverine and The X-Men but if you gave any of them Spider-Gwen #1 they’d think twice about his writing abilities. He totally nails here creating a character who we can identify as being apart of the spider family but one who’s absolutely unique and endearing in her own ways. Spider-Gwen is something special and I hope to see it on the stands for years to come.
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
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Swedish death metal band Vampire to bring you the exclusive music video premiere of “The Fen”! The video, which was directed by Daniel Garptoft, tells the story of several malicious children who blindfold a young girl and take her deep into the woods to torture and ultimately kill her. However, things don’t end the way they expect…
Singer Hand of Doom states:
Working with Daniel Garptoft for the first Vampire video certainly fleshed out the aesthetics already in place on our 2014 album. We wanted something that gives off a classic horror film vibe, and that resonates with the recurring style of ‘Scandinavian Gothic’ present in much Swedish horror and thriller fiction from recent years.
The video for ‘The Fen’ elaborates loosely on the content of the song lyrics, but also does a good job at accentuating the moods of the music. To us in the band, it refreshes one of our favorite tracks off the album, and reinforces the status of a popular live song as an essential aspect of the Vampire experience.
I am proud to say that with the release of Daniel Garptoft’s ‘The Fen’, the Vampire logo not only stands for hair-raising music. This broadens our horizon and raises the bar for future projects.
With strong influences of Village Of The Damned, The Wicker Man, and Evil Dead, this video is 100% up any horror fan’s alley, so be sure to give this a watch!
Director Garptoft states:
The video for ’The Fen’ is where old school horror goes hand in hand with an evil soundtrack of old school death metal. Influenced by Italian horror and classics like ‘The Bad Seed’, it portrays a gang of awkward children with sinister plans in an eerie nature setting. Our goal was to put together something that isn’t your average metal video, but something else. A horror short seemed to be the perfect match to a band like Vampire that dwells anonymously away from the light.
It’s been awhile since I last featured awesome horror cosplay here, so I thought I might fix that with some stellar The Evil Within cosplay from Inuki, a fan and avid cosplayer who decided he’d tackle one of the game’s more unforgettable monsters — the Keeper.
It’s sufficiently intimidating, even if it makes me wonder if the favorite part of the Keeper’s day is when he gets to come home and take that box off his head. It must get heavy.
In the indie horror game NightShift, the world has gone dark after the sun mysteriously disappears, I’m guessing, because of smog or Cthulhu. You’re tasked with finding that elusive star, which doesn’t sound too difficult — wait, no, it’s definitely going to be a challenge.
Between you and what might be the location of our solar system’s brightest asset lies miles of haunted roads, cultish landscapes and eerie forests that have been enveloped in this eerie darkness. The only thing that’s keeping you from falling prey to it is the headlights of your car. A limitless fuel supply also helps.
Night Shift has a retro minimalist look to it that I imagine will pair well with a soundtrack that’s comprised of pulsating electronic tracks from Dance With the Dead.
Night Shift is available on Steam for $4.49 (10% off).
Ahhh, American tourists being slaughtered in foreign lands. It’s a scenario recently made wildly popular in Hostel and carried on in films like Turistas, Wolf Creek, and The Human Centipede. These films typically portray visitors from the U.S. as douchebags who party hard and have their sights set on one thing: ravaging the local female population.
Now Pablo Larcuen’s Hooked Up is carrying the torch, only the douches film their debauchery strictly on iPhones. Yes, it boasts to be the first feature film shot entirely on an iPhone (it was shot in 2011). This actually makes sense – two young tourists in Barcelona filming their exploits on their iPhones. This is totally plausible and for the most part, Larcuen’s film works on a lot of levels. There’s a palpable claustrophobic atmosphere, decent acting, and some real terror. It also sinks in many ways, particularly during the first 20 minutes of the film, where I wanted nothing more in the world than to turn the damn thing off.
One minute into the film, I wanted the two guys to be killed off. Tonio (Jona Ehrenreich) and Peter (Stephen Ohl) are best buds. Well I think they’re supposed to be at least. When they’re not arguing over the fallout of Peter’s recent break-up, in which he was dumped for kissing another girl, they’re whining about whether or not “get pussy.” Tonio has got to be one of the most offensive main characters I’ve seen in a long time. There’s a shot that lasts about five minutes in the very beginning, in which Peter is vomiting into a toilet and Tonio is filming him, trying to explain how awesome going to Barcelona to get laid will be. It took a lot of strength to not turn the movie off at this point.
Once the guys do arrive in Barcelona, they party a lot. And it’s obnoxious. Eventually Hooked Up finally gets rolling when Peter meets a girl who’s overly into him at a club. They follow her back to her grandparents’ house – a confined multi-story place with tightly wound staircases and long dark hallways. It’s a terrific set for a haunted house, as the guys soon find out. Larcuen does a great job establishing the geography. When the guys are running for their lives (which they do a lot), we know exactly where they are and what room they’re hiding in. Hooked Up works really well in this aspect. There are wicked long shots in the hallways, where the masked killer could run down any second. The tension ratchets up a great deal during many of these cat and mouse scenes.
As far as the killer goes, I really wish they had dipped into the mythology behind her some more. There are brief moments when they flirt with her past, but these parts come fast and frantic, giving the audience barely any time to digest what was explained. It would’ve been nice to get a better understanding of why she was going berserk on the guys. Because of the frantic pace, a lot of the supernatural elements of the film get jumbled up. I’m honestly not even sure if there were supposed to be supernatural elements, since the killer’s backstory is blazed through so quickly.
While I wanted to throttle Peter and Tonio during the first third of Hooked Up, once the horror kicks in they actually become tolerable characters. Jona Ehrenreich and Stephen Ohl both do a great job maintaining the intensity and terror. They have a natural “bro” chemistry (bromistry?) on screen and through the course of the film, as motivations shift and crumble, we get to see their friendship take on a whole new life and death.
Hooked Up suffers from some of the trappings of found footage, particularly shaky cam. Holy hell there’s a lot of shaky cam. But for the most part, the violence and drama is front and center, with most of the shakiness reserved for running down stairs. I’m sure people who still insist on getting pissed over why characters continue to film while their lives are in danger will be yelling at the screen. I’m over that argument though. They’re still filming because it’s a movie, be cool about it.
There’s some fine set pieces at play and a few inventive moments, but the conclusion was wholly underwhelming. It builds up a lot of steam only to fizzle out. Though it certainly goes in an unexpected direction, Hooked Up‘s end fails to make an impact. If you can make it past the painful first 20 minutes, I’d say it’s definitely worth renting solely for the great middle chunk.
Hooked Up hits VOD and DVD April 7.
We finally have the first official trailer for The Assignment, the first of three planned story expansions for the nightmare fest that is Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within. The first two add-ons will follow Sebastian’s partner Juli Kidman, as well as “answer some of the questions surrounding her whereabouts” during the main game, while the third will revolve around its hammer-wielding box-headed baddie, The Keeper.
All three The Evil Within expansions — The Assignment, The Consequence and The Executioner — are included in its $19.99 season pass. If that’s too much of a commitment, they can also be purchased individually for $9.99 each.
The Assignment arrives March 10 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Today brings the final entry into our exclusive weekly series of teasing the upcoming My Enemies & I EP Sick World, which comes out March 10th!
For this week’s clip, we’re teasing the track “Toxic”, a track that is as vicious and ferocious as its title. Starting with piercing electronics and aggressively whispered vocals, the teaser builds up to a demonic, monstrous roar. Head below to get a taste.
Tour dates with Arcane Haven and Alaya
Feb 16th | Pittsburgh, PA Keynote Cafe
Feb 17th | Beckley, WV Muncheez Bar & Grill
Feb 18th | Richmond, VA Canal Club
Feb 19th | Fayetteville, NC The Drunk Horse Pub
Feb 20th | Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Feb 21st | Evansville, IN The Hobo Jungle
Feb 22nd| Sauget, IL @ Pop’s