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Honest Trailers Dares to Dive Against ‘Jaws’

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:22

If you haven’t seen the “Honest Trailers” series that Screen Junkies airs, you’re kinda missing out. They take movies and skewer them in the most delightful and hilarious of ways, never really by saying anything negative but more by aiming a spotlight at any sort of glaring error or silly occurrence that pops up.

This week, the series has decided to brave the waters of Amity Island to face the greatest shark horror movie put to celluloid, Jaws! Listen and chuckle along with the review as it pokes fun at Quint’s sea shanties, the town’s despicable mayor, and the gratuitous amount of leg shots!

But seriously, I think we can all agree that Jaws is a prime example of brilliant horror. Likable characters, fantastic suspense, and an iconic score that would clear out a swimming pool in no time flat.

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Wanna See Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chris Evans In ‘Akira’ Concept Art?!

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:01

Getting a live-action adaptation of Akira off the ground has been like World War III for Warner Bros.

It’s publicly been in development since 2002 and has seen a wide array of directors attached (the latest rumor is that Warner Bros. wants Fast & Furious and Star Trek Beyond‘s Justin Lin at the helm).

But among the first was Ruairí Robinson, who is one of my favorite filmmakers. Robinson, who directed the Child’s Play-esque “Blinky,” about a robot that goes psycho, had been in deep development before the project was turned back over to the studio (who then hired Albert and Allen Hughes; see their unused storyboards here).

The live-action version would be set in New Manhattan and follow the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, Tetsuo, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.

While I just came across this treasure trove, Robinson apparently had shared incredible concept art back in 2014.

The art imagines Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tetsuo (“Travis”), with Captain America‘s Chris Evans as Kaneda, while also diving into what Neo-New York would look like before and after the apocalypse.

Even though Chronicle did up a similar story phenomenally, I’ve been dying to see Akira realized. It’s crazy to think this has been in development longer than us horror fans were waiting for Freddy vs Jason!

Robinson would have been the perfect choice, as would the studio’s other inspired choices like, yup, The Shallows‘ Jaume Collet-Serra.

Anyways, here’s a look at some of the cooler pieces of concept art, while there’s a ton more, with storyboards(!) at Robinson’s official website.

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Atticus Ross & NIN’s Trent Reznor Release New Song “Juno”

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:43

Secrets lie deep within Jupiter, shrouded in the solar system’s strongest magnetic field and most lethal radiation belts. Juno will see Jupiter for what it really is, but first it must pass the trial of orbit insertion.

On July 4th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will be entering the orbit of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. It’s a mission that has been in the making for nearly five years, having launched on August 5th, 2011.

Today, a trailer was released to let people know what’s going on. In that trailer, you’ll hear the music of none other than composing duo Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, who also composed The Social Network and Gone Girl. The track, aptly titled “Juno”, is over 8 minutes meant to mimic the giant planet. The track is described as, “…deeply cinematic — from its feverish atmospherics to its chains of glassy melody to its haunting textures, which sound like the surface of some distant planet must feel.

“Juno” has been made available on iTunes.

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Extremely Rare ‘Vampire Hunter D’ Short Story Being Adapted Into a Comic Book

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:15

While we’re all waiting for more news on the upcoming “Vampire Hunter D” CGI series, Unified Pictures has announced that today they’re opening a Kickstarter that will adapt a nearly never-before-read short story written by D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi for a fan event in Japan but was never reprinted or translated…until now.

Unified Pictures explains, “We’re creating a multi-issue comic book series for “Vampire Hunter D: Message” from Mars. It’s an adaptation of “Message from Cecile”, a Vampire Hunter D short story by Hideyuki Kikuchi. This story was only published for a fan event in Japan and will make it’s English debut in this comic book series published by Stranger Comics.”

The limited edition comic will be written by Brandon Easton (Bad Moon Rising, “Agent Carter”) with page art by Michael Broussard (The Darkness, Captain Midnight, The Walking Dead, Castlevania, Minecraft: Story Mode) and concept art from Christopher Shy (Dead Space: Salvage, Pathfinder, Ascend).

The Kickstarter is hoping to raise X amount and they have some pretty incredible rewards available depending on which tier backers support. These include a printed copy of issue #1 with a Kickstarter exclusive cover, art prints, buttons, patches and even a life sized 3D printed model of the Left Hand.

For those who want to be immortalized, there’s even a tier where you can send in a likeness of yourself and you’ll be put in the comic where you’ll be killed by D! I think we can all admit that that’s a badass way to have a presence beyond the grave!

The campaign will run from June 30th, 2016 (the start of Anime Expo) and conclude on August 8th, 2016 (the last day of Gen Con), so make sure to get your support in before it’s too late!

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Even More Dolls On the Set of ‘Annabelle 2’

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:39

Bloody Disgusting tipster Mike Magnano loves to dig for goodies hiding on social media, and came across shots of Talitha Bateman on the set of Annabelle 2, which is currently lensing in Los Angeles. In the shots, we see Bateman pouting in a room in which she’s surrounded by dolls.

Lights Out‘s David F. Sandberg is helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters.

In Annabelle 2, “Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

[Related] Annabelle Sequel Will Be the Godfather II of Creepy Doll Movies (Exclusive)

The full cast includes Stephanie Sigman (pictured above in Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (upcoming Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Anne Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Fox Catcher, The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle.

Annabelle 2 is slated for release on May 19, 2017.

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Arrow to Release ‘Microwave Massacre’ and ‘The Bloodstained Butterfly’ in August!

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:30

Arrow Video has two new Blu-ray releases lined up for August in Microwave Massacre and The Bloodstained Butterfly. I’ve never seen either film but both are clearly in a battle for best movie title ever.

Check out the full details below!

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)
THEY CAME FOR DINNER…TO FIND THEY WERE IT!!

Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife’s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life – his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals – when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he has a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…

Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as “I’m so hungry I could eat a whore.” Vegetarians need not apply!

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano
– Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
– Trailer
– Original treatment and 8-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content)
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

 

The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 23rd)

Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularized by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces.

When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning… but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s more to the case than meets the eye…

Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!

BONUS MATERIALS
– Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0
– Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
– Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth.
– Mad Dog Helmut, a new interview with actor Helmut Berger
– Exclusive introduction by Helmut Berger
– New interview with actress Evelyn Stewart/Ida Galli
– Interview with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of director Duccio Tessari
– Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
– Gallery of original promotional images
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– Limited edition 36-page booklet (first pressing only) illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs

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This ‘Scorn’ Trailer Isn’t for the Squeamish

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:00

I could list a myriad reasons why you should care about the upcoming PC horror adventure game Scorn, so we’ll begin with its most striking feature. The eye candy you see here might not seem too alien if you’re familiar with the works of Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński, a master of gothic and dystopian surrealism, whose style has guided the look of the game’s “nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry.”

To think, this game almost didn’t happen. An unsuccessful attempt at crowdfunding didn’t stop Ebb Software, and I’m glad for it. With the help of a private investor, the studio was allowed to continue its development, but not without a cost. The Kickstarter campaign forced them to split Scorn into two parts, with the first coming in 2017.

When its finished, that’s it. “There will be no DLC, expansions or sequels. Ever.”

Scorn is a first-person horror game with a “limited” inventory, no HUD or cinematics, and a “lived in” world comprised of interconnected regions. Like Dark Souls, it’s nonlinear so as to encourage players to explore and learn its rules without the aid of a tutorial. You may want to look around anyway, since “every location contains its own theme (story), puzzles and characters,” says Ebb Software. “Throughout the game you will open up new areas, acquire different skill sets, weapons, various items and try to comprehend the sights presented to you.”

Did I mention Scorn has a weapon that resembles that gun from eXistenZ?

For more on this lovely game, check it out on Steam Greenlight.

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Leaked ‘BioShock: The Collection’ Screens Look Great

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 08:30

After months of speculation and leaked listings by two ratings boards and one retailer, it seems as if the existence of a BioShock: The Collection has been leaked again, and this time it came from 2K’s own website. The bundle was spotted by the all-seeing eye of NeoGAF, along with screenshots taken from the site that have all since been removed.

Based on the details we have — all unconfirmed — the collection will include remasters of the full BioShock trilogy when it arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

These screens show off what’s been improved in the BioShock remaster:

And here’s some more…


Would You Buy BioShock: The Collection?
[Source: NeoGAF 1, 2]

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‘The Brookhaven Experiment’ Enters the Reservoir

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 08:00

In the latest teaser for Phosphor Games’ upcoming virtual reality horror game The Brookhaven Experiment we get our very first glimpse at a brand new map called The Reservoir. It might also feature Radscorpions, or something equally terrifying. Unfortunately, we’re given only a brief glimpse at the insectoid abomination before the video ends, leaving us with a cliffhanger we won’t have to put up with for very long. This freaky first-person shooter releases on July 5, exclusively for the HTC Vive.

In The Brookhaven Experiment, the goal is to survive against an onslaught of living horrors using an arsenal of weapons that can be upgraded. Be cautious going in, as its Steam page also mentions “Occasional Pants Wetting” as a feature, and to my knowledge, its $14.99 (reg. $19.99) price tag does not include include a pair of Depends.

And if you missed this video of an elderly man pistol-whipping hordes of monsters because he ran out of bullets, you owe it to yourself to fix that.

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‘Inside’ is Out Now on Xbox One

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:28

It’s been six long years since Playdead gifted us with the acclaimed 2D puzzler Limbo, but its spirit lives on in the studio’s next drearily atmospheric 2.5D puzzler, Inside. The two games even star a lone boy and his harrowing journey through a frightening world inhabited by seemingly malevolent machines and a sedated, almost zombie-like populace.

Inside is available now on Xbox One, followed by Steam on July 7.

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‘Annabelle’ Sequel Begins Filming!

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 19:06

Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s Annabelle 2, with Lights Out‘s David F. Sandberg helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters.

In Annabelle 2, “Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

[Related] Annabelle Sequel Will Be the Godfather II of Creepy Doll Movies (Exclusive)

The full cast includes Stephanie Sigman (pictured above in Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (upcoming Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Anne Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Fox Catcher, The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle.

Filming is taking place in Los Angeles.

The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.

Collaborating with Sandberg behind-the-scenes from his Lights Out team are production designer Jennifer Spence and editor Michel Aller, joined by director of photography Maxime Alexandre (The Other Side of the Door) and costume designer Leah Butler (Paranormal Activity 3 & 4).

Annabelle 2 is slated for release on May 19, 2017.

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Our Most Anticipated Sci-fi Horror Games!

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 17:00

It’s odd that a genre like science fiction would have so much trouble capturing our imaginations, when its imaginative by its nature. It covers some objectively awesome topics, from our always evolving technology to space travel and impossible encounters with extraterrestrial beings. Its fascinating, mind-bending stuff.

Sci-fi has always struggled to deliver hit franchises at the same frantic pace as the competition, with their apocalyptic wastelands populated by hordes of the undead, isolated mansions haunted by restless spirits and elaborate traps built by clever sociopaths. And yet, the genre has only managed to produce a handful of short-lived hits in series like Doom and Dead Space — their relative rarity offset by the disproportionately greater impact these games often have on the rest of the horror genre.

This woefully underappreciated genre has enjoyed a small resurgence in the last few years — particularly among indie developers — led by Alien: Isolation, SOMA, Stasis, Duskers and the ongoing revival of System Shock that have been working to pave the way for a new wave of exceptional-looking sci-fi horror games, starting with…


Phantaruk is likely to be the first game on this list to come out. Or it might not, since none of the following titles have been given firm release dates as I write this. Polish developer Polyslash has spent more than two years building the game and the gargantuan spaceship in which it takes place.

Why We’re Excited: There’s real potential in its narrative and the themes it boldly tackles, like transhumanism and existentialism.

Release Date: August 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)


NYVYE Studios’ beautiful horror game P.A.M.E.L.A. may be the most visually stunning game on this list, in part, because of its bold use of color. The environments remind me of the splashes of color that made the environments in Mirror’s Edge so delightful to look at, only the city of Eden appears to take place much further into the future. That name is horribly misleading, by the way, as the word ‘Eden’ is rarely conjures images of failed dystopian worlds infested by humanoid creatures.

Did I mention the Halo-inspired plasma sword, because P.A.M.E.L.A. has that too.

Why We’re Excited: The enemies we’ve seen (so far) haven’t looked particularly original, but the vivid world they inhabit more than makes up for that. Eden is neon nightmare eye candy, and I’m itching to spend some time in it.

Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC)


The Brotherhood is expanding on the frightening world they first realized in the isometric horror game Stasis, which also happens to serve as the foundation for its latest standalone chapter, Cayne. The game revolves around Hadley, a new mother who wakes up in a seemingly abandoned medical facility that’s been turned into a crime scene. It’ll take about as long as a feature-length film to finish, and it benefits from the Unity 5 engine — Stasis used Unity 4 — so fans can expect an even prettier old-school adventure game when it releases later this year.

Why We’re Excited: It’s reminiscent of Dead Space, which its developer has confirmed to be a source of inspiration for it, and it’s a standalone expansion, so you don’t need to own Stasis to play it.

Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC, Mac)


Aliens haven’t been very scary for a long time, and that’s just wrong. It’s also why I’m thrilled that The Hum: Abductions — one of our most anticipated VR horror games — is a game that’ll eventually exist, because those wee grey bastards and their goofy jellyfish ships are going DOWN. Start sneezing into loaded squirt guns, just in case movies got something right about their weakness, and keep a close eye on your loved ones. No one is who they seem…

Why We’re Excited: It stars classic “grey man” aliens, big heads and all. I can’t even remember the last game about the horrors of an extraterrestrial invasion… Prey, maybe?

Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC, Mac, PS4)


A lack of updates on a game that was announced years ago can mean just about anything, but it’s rarely a good thing. And yet, just when I’m ready to give up on Lunar Software, they usually resurface with another look at their ridiculously scary-looking first-person horror game Routine. It’s been in development for a long time, and though absolutely normal for a team of three to have some difficulties overcoming the myriad obstacles of first-time games development, when it is ready to release, I hope the studio will be able to build up the hype this promising game has lost since its initial unveiling four years ago.

Why We’re Excited: Routine is heavily influenced by the roguelike genre, which can be seen in Lunar Software’s decision to get rid of the HUD, make death permanent, and offer no way to heal yourself should you happen to encounter of the horrors that lurks in that abandoned moon base.

Release Date: TBA 2016 (PC)


Bloober Team could’ve pursued an array of projects after the surprise success of their psychedelic horror game Layers of Fear, but they’ve decided to return to our favorite genre with the cerebral thriller Observer. The game was only revealed at E3 a few weeks ago, so details are scarce, but its first trailer had enough style and unease in its scant 36-second running-time to make a lasting impression.

Why We’re Excited: As much as I enjoyed Layers of Fear, it’s clear Bloober is a developer that’s willing to do something different. They’re experimental and different, and we could always use more horror games that favor strong storytelling over buckets of core.

Release Date: TBA 2016 (PC)


I am deeply impressed with how Night Dive Studios has handled the rights to the System Shock franchise. In just three years, the company has been strategic in their efforts to revive the beloved series. They eased into it with the well-made remaster System Shock: Enhanced Edition that renewed interest in the somewhat obscure survival horror series and laid the foundation for a more comprehensive remake of in next year’s System Shock reboot.

Night Dive turned to Kickstarter yesterday, seeking $900,000 — a third of which it’s managed to raise in its first 24 hours.

Why We’re Excited: Horror classics get remastered all the time. Remakes like System Shock are exceedingly rare things that deserve our support. And more importantly, there’s an entire generation of gamers who never got to experience this thrilling series, and this remake aims to remedy that.

Release Date: Late 2017 (PC, XBO – Possibly Mac, Linux)


The System Shock reboot is a lot for a relatively modest-sized studio like Night Dive to handle, so it’s up to their partners at Underworld Ascendant developer Otherside Entertainment to take the reins on the first real sequel the series has seen in nearly two decades. Voice actress Terri Brosius will return to reprise her role as the rogue AI SHODAN, as will key members of the teams behind the first two games, including concept artist Robb Waters, who’s responsible for the villain’s new look (in the banner above).

Why We’re Excited: It’s a sequel to one of gaming’s most influential franchises that’s been co-developed by several of the developers of the first two System Shock games.

Release Date: TBA (TBA)


We haven’t learned much of anything since Death Stranding was unveiled at E3 earlier this month, but we know it originated from Kojima’s canned concept for Silent Hills and that it’ll star Norman Reedus.

Why We’re Excited: It has Hideo Kojima, Norman Reedus, and one of the strangest trailers I’ve ever seen. Excited doesn’t accurately describe how I feel about it — I’m curious more than anything.

Release Date: TBA (PS4, PC)

So, which of these sci-fi horror games are you most looking forward to?


Which Game(s) Are You Anticipating the Most?

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Jon Bernthal Hints That We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet When it Comes to “The Punisher”

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:56

Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) still has people ranting and raving. He brought emotion, rage, and a ferocity to the role that’s never been done in terms of live action adaptations.

In an interview with Awards Daily, Bernthal explains that The Punisher we witnessed in the second season of “Daredevil” isn’t even his final form*.

I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible.

Remember, The Punisher is a vigilante who goes after criminals that somehow evade the justice system. He is ruthless and doesn’t give second chances. Considering we only saw him in his character arc’s infancy, I’m guessing that Bernthal has a very exciting path set up when it comes to his own show.

Still, that show is itself in infant stages. “We are going to do a show with him next year. I’m really excited about that. We’ll have to see,” Bernthal explains.

To give you a taste of just how vicious The Punisher is, check out this clip from “Daredevil” which proves that Netflix is doing things right.

*I’m on that dank meme kick today, apparently.

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Gotta Admit It, Ice-T’s Body Count Nailed Slayer’s “Raining Blood”

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:35

Gangsta rapper Ice-T has always been one to push boundaries, as evidenced by his band Body Count, which released its first album in 1992 and has since released an additional four. Oh, and that includes a three year hiatus. This year, the group has announced that they signed to Century Media Records and will be releasing their sixth studio album Bloodlust in 2017.

The group has seen its fair share of controversy. Their first album Body Count originally featured a track titled “Cop Killer”, which was the subject of so much discussion and criticism that Ice-T took the song off the record, although not before people like Charlton Heston and even President George H.W. Bush chimed in regarding the topic.

Sadly, Body Count has also seen tragedy in the form of the loss of three members over the years. First, was the passing of drummer Beatmaster V in 1996, who died leukemia. Then, bassist Mooseman died in 2001 in a random drive-by shooting. Lastly, guitarist D-Roc died in 2004 from lymphoma.

Through all the tragedy, the band soldiered on and, as mentioned above, signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. The group will be once again working with producer Will Putney (Upon a Burning Body, Miss May I), who worked on their previous album Manslaughter.

Ice-T explains, “With our last album ‘Manslaughter’, we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact.

To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band recently hosted a Periscope event where they livestreamed a cover performance of Slayer’s infamous track “Raining Blood”. And you know what? They fucking killed it! The band sounded tight and crisp while Ice-T nails that signature Tom Araya syncopated vocal style while at the same time introducing some swagger into the mix.

Fast forward to about 4:40-ish to get to the action and see for yourself.


LIVE on #Periscope: Testing this LIVE feature… BC Rehearsal.. https://t.co/5q909k5BAw

— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) June 22, 2016

[H/T MetalSucks]

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‘Pandorum’ Director Boards ‘The Fox Mission’

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:09

German director Christian Alvart first broke out with the stylish and twisted serial killer procedural Antibodies. The success of that film was enough for America to take note and the filmmaker was quickly attached to a number of Hollywood films, two of which –  the deep space horror film Pandorum and supernatural thriller Case 39 – were released the same year, 2009.

Despite both those films being largely great genre pieces (Pandorum particularly), neither were considered hits at the domestic box office and Alvart’s American career was suddenly stymied.

Similar to the trajectory of Nicolas Winding Refn following his own disappointing first American film, Fear X,  Alvart retreated back to Europe where he kept working in his native Germany directing a number of hit films including the true-crime thriller Bank Lady and the action film Tschiller: Off Duty. 

Alvart’s production company, Syrreal Entertainment, has also been successfully inking deals with various funding partners to produce genre pictures. The latest of these is with China, considered the most important and fastest growing foreign market in the world at the moment (the last I heard had 15 new movie screens a day being erected there). Jiabo Culture has partnered to produce Alvart’s next directorial effort, an ambitious fantasy adventure film, The Fox Mission.

The official synopsis is as follows:

A nine-tailed blue fox is sent from the Spirit Mountain to the human world to kill the evil emperor.

Said to be steeped in Chinese mythology, Alvart will shoot the film in both Beijing and Berlin this autumn.

Besides The Fox Mission, Syrreal Entertainment will release the science fiction thriller SUM1 (directed by Christian Pasquariello) starring Game of Thrones‘  Iwan Rheon later this year.

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AMC Says F**K Ratings, Renews “Preacher” For Second Season!

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:24

Jesse Custer used the Word of God to command a second season of “Preacher”.

Just yesterday I begged you guys to watch this Thursday’s “Preacher” marathon in fear of AMC canceling the series after a weak start. It appears they don’t even give two shits about the ratings, and thus will move forward with an expanded second season anyways. God bless AMC.

AMC made the announced Wednesday that it has renewed its cinematic and critically acclaimed supernatural series “Preacher” for an expanded 13-episode second season, slated for 2017. For those curious, it is currently averaging 3.3 million viewers per episode, including 1.9 million adults 25-54.

“‘Preacher’ is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “What Sam, Seth, Evan and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary. We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”

This Thursday night, AMC will air a “Preacher” catch-up/DVR marathon of the first five episodes of the current season, starting at 9:00 p.m. and running through 2:35 a.m. Friday morning. The sixth episode appears on AMC this Sunday in the show’s regular timeslot at 9:00 p.m.

Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher” is a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands. Once this power attracts the attention of two mysterious angels, Fiore and DeBlanc, Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

“Preacher” was developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“This is The End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).

The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.

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Horror Trailers Need to Stop Giving Away Everything

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:01

The other day, both John Squires and myself were tweeting about the latest trailer for Luke Scott’s Morgan. Admittedly, his tweet became a series of small conversations about the state of trailers but we both had the same feeling: the second trailer gave away far too much. You can see for yourself as I’ve put both side-by-side below.

It’s not a new trend for trailers to give away far more than they should. Just look at the trailer for Friday the 13th, which was a literal count of each death. However, what makes these spoiler-y trailers so much worse is the advent of social media, where the clip can then be circulated and thoughts can be levied to far wider audiences.

For example, when I saw a trailer in my youth (pre-widely available or even usable internet days), I could talk about it with my friends and that’s really about it. We’re talking a small circle of people (I wasn’t the most popular kid in elementary and middle school) and it didn’t go much further than that.

However, now I can tweet my thoughts to nearly 2,500 people who can hit ‘Retweet’ to their followers with a single click of a button. The ease with which spoilers and information can be shared is astonishing. That’s why your Facebook feed is inundated with people saying things along the lines of, “I’m going to be missing tonight’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, so it looks like I’m not going on Facebook until I watch it.” We’ve created a system where the information that people imbibe is out of their control, which has its positives and negatives.

Coming back to the point, horror trailers are guilty of sharing too much, which ruins the purpose of seeing the movie. When I go, I want to be shocked. I want to be terrified. I want to feel unsafe in what’s coming, not certain of impending events.

Last year, Trace wrote about how spoilerific the trailer for The Lazarus Effect was (as well as spoiler-y trailers in general), which gave away a key death. This year, the title for that offender goes to Don’t Breathe.

There are four main characters in that movie and the trailer shows one of them being killed. That death should’ve been a traumatic event to be experienced in the moment. Instead, we got it in a bite-sized trailer, so we experience a bite-size emotion. We will now enter the movie knowing of that character’s fate, so why should we allow ourselves to invest any emotion into that person? The fact is we shouldn’t and that immediately harms the movie as a whole.

The studio I guess doesn’t agree with that concept because they made the death one of the main focuses of their trailer AND they put chunks of the 3rd act sequence (from what I’ve heard) at the end of the trailer, essentially showing us segments of acts 1, 2, and 3. At that point, why do we care about seeing the movie? We’ve been shown enough that we can put together the pieces on our own.

Remember the trailer for Quarantine? Or how about Carrie or Last House on the Left? Each of these trailers had a serious problem of giving away the ending. And when I’m talking about the ending, two of the three showed the final sequences of the movie while one revealed multiple points of the climax.

Coming back to Morgan the first teaser was haunting and mysterious. It used audio to create an unsettling clip that showed almost nothing besides empty rooms and stark hallways. The full trailer however gave nearly everything away. It showed what Morgan looks like, what makes her “special”, exciting events, and created a narrative from which we can with almost near pinpoint accuracy guess what’s going to happen and who’s going to die.

This problem doesn’t just fall in the horror world. Batman v Superman was built up to be a battle between two superhero icons. Then they released a trailer that showed them team up to battle Doomsday. The whole title is now defunct because we know that they’re not against each other. Instead, we’re waiting for them to stop bickering and get to the part where things get interesting.

In closing, let me show you the trailer for Insidious, which I feel is an example of a great trailer from recent years. It barely shows any of the scares and when it does it’s in sharp and fast flashes, too quick for us to fully absorb what we’re seeing. Additionally, the line “It’s not the house that’s haunted…it’s your son,” is fantastic. It takes the haunted house theory and upends it, making the movie far more interesting because this is a concept that hasn’t really been done before. It intrigues and excites without revealing much of what makes the movie so damn fascinating and eerie.

Hollywood, there’s a serious problem with giving away too much in trailers. Instead, we need more teasers. If a trailer is two and a half minutes and a movie has a 90-minute runtime, then the trailer accounts for showing us nearly 3% of the film. That is too much. We need 1% but that amount should hook us and make us drool for more, not giving us enough of the meal that we pass on dessert.

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‘Carrie’ Getting a Deluxe Scream! Factory 40th Anniversary Edition

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:49

Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie is hailed as one of the great horror films of its era, one that stunned critics and has since become one of the household names of the genre. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of the titular character earned her an Academy Award nod for Best Actress, an award she won from the National Society of Film Critics.

Now, that horror is coming to home video in a deluxe 40th anniversary edition from Scream! Factory and it’s a doozy! Including a 4k scan from the original negative, three hours of interviews and featurettes, and a ton of additional features, this is the definitive edition of King’s masterpiece.

At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends… and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her “special gift,” causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!

Carrie will be released on October 11th.

COLLECTOR’S EDITION

NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
NEW Interviews With Writer Lawrence D. Cohen, Editor Paul Hirsch, Actors Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg, Casting Director Harriet B. Helberg And Director Of Photography Mario Tosi
NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film’s Original Locations
Acting Carrie – Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma
Visualizing Carrie – Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch
A Look At “Carrie: The Musical”
Original Theatrical Trailer
Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos
Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery

DELUXE EDITION ALSO INCLUDES
The collector’s edition Blu-Ray with slipcover
A limited edition 18″ x 24″ poster of the newly-designed art from artist Nat Marsh
A second slipcover — made exclusively for this promotion — featuring newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
A limited edition 18″ x 24″ poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
Early shipping to arrive three weeks before the national street date

[H/T EW]

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13 Horror Movies That Need the Scream Factory Treatment!

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:01

If you didn’t snatch up the Deluxe Edition of John Carpenter’s The Thing, which is being released by Shout! Factory subsidiary Scream Factory in September, you really missed out! You can still pre-order the Collector’s Edition though, so never fear! Scream Factory gives loving Blu-Ray released to horror films of all types (both mainstream and cult) and usually loads them with special features. While their cause is a noble one, there are still a bunch of horror films we would love to see get the Scream Factory treatment (including quite a few that haven’t even seen a Blu-Ray release yet). Here are 13 of those films!

Foreign Horror Martyrs

Pascal Laugier’s controversial film Martyrs hasn’t even seen a Blu-Ray release in America yet. You can buy the Region B/2 Blu-Ray on Amazon, but if you live in North America it won’t play unless you have a Region Free Blu-Ray player. And even then, the special features amount to a making of documentary and interviews with Laugier and the special effects artist. This fantastic film deserves a better Blu-Ray treatment and certainly deserves an American release.

Inside

Arguably the best film to come out of the New French Extremity movement, it’s perplexing that Inside has yet to see a Blu-Ray release in the states yet. Honestly, it would be great to get a box set of all of the films from the movement, but obtaining all of the rights might prove to be a bit of a chore. Still, the lack of a proper Blu-Ray release for the film that is essentially every pregnant woman’s worst nightmare is puzzling. Let’s get it done Scream Factory!

[REC] Franchise

Let’s just pretend [REC] 4: Apocalypse never happened, alright? I mean, they don’t have to put it in a [REC] box set. Oh fine, they can leave it in. As long as [REC] and [REC] 2 get a release I’ll be happy. They are two of the best found footage films ever created (and definitely two of the best zombie films ever made) and deserve some Blu-Ray love.

80s Horror Critters

Does anyone else own that DVD with all four Critters films on one disc? It’s awesome, right? Seriously though, why aren’t these films on Blu-Ray yet? Sure, Critters 3 and Critters 4: In Space are subpar sequels, but those first two are on point.

Hellraiser

Hellraiser had a pretty good release from Anchor Bay in 2009 that is now out of print. The Midnight Madness edition from Image Entertainment, which was released two years later, removed all of the special features. Now is the perfect time for Scream Factory to snatch up the film and give its Blu-Ray release a makeover. It would also be nice if they released a Hellraiser box set similar to the one Anchor Bay and Scream Factory did for the Halloween franchise two years ago, but maybe that’s asking for too much.

Demons

C’mon! It’s Lamberto Bava, and you’re going to give it a barebones Blu-Ray release (albeit with perfect audio and video transfers)? Demons deserves better than that. Scream Factory, if you released it as a double feature with Demons 2 (and get some new special features for each one) I’ll love you forever.

90s Horror Candyman

How has Bernard Rose’s seminal horror film (which I am admittedly not crazy about, but I do see the appeal) not made it to Blu-Ray yet? After Hellraiser, it’s the most famous film adaptation of Clive Barker’s work. Scream Factory already released the sequel, but they haven’t been able to snag the licensing rights for the original yet. It’s such a shame.

Dead Alive

Fun fact: the VHS cover for this movie used to scare the crap out of me when I roamed Blockbuster as a kid. Anyway, Peter Jackson’s gory comedy was released on Blu-Ray back in 2011 with so-so video and audio and just a theatrical trailer in the special features. Where is the Peter Jackson commentary? I want an answer! If anyone can make that happen, it’s Scream Factory.

Event Horizon

Event Horizon already saw a pretty decent Blu-Ray release, but there was apparently a lot of footage left on the cutting room floor with tons of horrifying imagery. Methinks Scream Factory and Paul W.S. Anderson need to meet up and put together a Director’s Cut…

The Faculty

Honestly, I just want a cast commentary on this. You’ll laugh, but one of my favorite commentaries is the cast commentary of the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie. They’re just so fun to listen to! I feel like the cast of The Faculty would have the same chemistry. Just imagine feeling like you’re sitting in a room with Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea DuVall, Jordana Brewster, Usher and Laura Harris. Better yet, have one Student Commentary with those actors and one Faculty Commentary with Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick and Jon Stewart. You can’t tell me that wouldn’t be awesome. The current Blu-Ray release of the film doesn’t have any extras so there’s nowhere to go but up!

Recent Horror Slither

Why in the Hell is James Gunn’s masterful creature feature Slither not out on Blu-Ray yet (at least, once again, not in America)? You would think that after Gunn’s rise to fame after Guardians of the Galaxy some studio would have rushed to get this Blu-Ray released. Maybe the awful box office numbers are giving them pause. Either way, it deserves to see a proper Blu-Ray release.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

One of the most meta horror movies of all time saw a disappointing Blu-Ray release in 2009, when the format was still relatively new. Eight years later and a re-issue seems to be in order, especially considering the fact that there were no extra features included on that release. A sequel to the cult favorite has been talked about for some time. A new Blu-Ray loaded with special features courtesy of Scream Factory could certainly reignite talk of a much-needed sequel.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

For God’s sake will someone release this movie already? If you were able to catch it when it received an extremely brief release on DirecTV in 2014 and felt disappointed, it’s understandable. The film was completed in 2007 (I still remember seeing the posters in the AMC Theaters I was working at at the time) and almost no film will live up to expectations that were in place that long. It’s by no means a terrible film, though. While some of the interview sequences come off as incredibly cheesy, the tapes themselves are terrifying. Could Scream Factory be the one to finally let The Poughkeepsie Tapes see the light of day? I certainly hope so.

Many of these films are relatively mainstream, and Scream Factory has an affinity for releasing lesser-known horror films with cult followings as well. Which horror films, mainstream or otherwise, do you want to see get the Scream Factory treatment? Let us know in the comments below!

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Guillermo del Toro Praises Jan Švankmajer: Support the Czech Filmmaker’s Final Film

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:50

Jan Švankmajer is a filmmaker that many of us either know of or have seen movies that were influenced by his works. A master of surrealism and stop motion, movies like Little Otik and Alice have astounded and bedazzled audiences while his shorts have influenced household names like Terry Gilliam and the Quay Brothers.

Right now, the Czech filmmaker is raising funds for what will be his final movie, Insects. The film will be made with his longtime producing partner Jaromír Kallista.

A local pub in a small town. It’s Monday and the bar is closed, chairs are turned up on the tables. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They’ve met to rehearse “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations…

Below is a video of esteemed director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, Pacific Rim) talking about the importance of Švankmajer and of helping fund this film.

You can support Švankmajer’s campaign via Indiegogo.

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