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Rob Zombie’s ’31′ Heads to AFM

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:12

Ahead of the AFM Protagonist Pictures has boarded sales on the latest film from cult horror icon Rob Zombie (read our interview).

ScreenDaily reports that the Halloween-set 31, which is about to complete a 90-day crowd-funding campaign, “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.

“I love movies about Halloween, in fact my first film House Of 1000 Corpses is set on Halloween,”said Zombie. “In looking for a new angle I found that more people go missing and are never found this day than any other in the year. I thought that’s a good premise for a film. Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film.

“Without the fans raising funds and helping to build buzz, a crazy film like this would have been almost impossible to get off the ground,” he added. “I owe the fans big time on this one”

Protagonist is also on board to produce alongside writer-director Zombie, Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, and Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow + Arrow. Eddie Vaisman is producer for Protagonist.

Production is scheduled to begin in February 2015.

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John Carpenter Releases New Track “Vortex” From Upcoming Album

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:11

The horror master himself John Carpenter has confirmed that he will be releasing an album called Lost Themes, which brings us unused tracks from films he’s directed. Now, if this new piece of news that I’m about to talk about tells us anything then these themes will come from such films as Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, They Live, and many other of his works.

See, Carpenter has released a new track entitled “Vortex”. To listen to it, you have to go to this website, which shows scenes from several of his films as the site background. This leads me to believe that the tracks will be coming from these particular films. Now, this hasn’t been confirmed but a man can dream, right?

Listen to the track and let us know what you think!

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[Review] Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Your Skin Crawl In ‘Nightcrawler’!

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:01

LA’s dark side has long been a fascination for filmmakers. Artists such as Michael Mann (Collateral) and David Lynch (Lost Highway) have used the City of Angeles as a predominant character on more than one occasion. Most recently it played the central role in David Cronenberg’s seedy and often shocking Hollywood satire Map to the Stars. In Writer/Director Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, the hypnotic Nightcrawler, the film’s central character is very much embedded within the environment.

Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a driven young man trying to get ahead in life in any manner that he can. The audience is introduced to him as a petty thief. He soon stumbles upon the nocturnal underbelly of freelance crime journalism, a field Bloom soon realizes he has a real knack for. Gilroy does an impeccable job of establishing this grimy world where amoral ethics is a prerequisite. This neo-noir take of LA is expertly captured by Gilroy’s top notch team including Cinematographer Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood and The Town). Like vampires, the “nightcrawlers” seemingly only come out at night to hunt for their next paycheck. The character of Lou Bloom is one of the most fascinating and chilling characters to come around. His unrelenting and abrasive personality is both admirable and genuinely discomforting. We don’t get any real insight into his past. Bloom could very well be a byproduct of the times where it’s becoming increasingly tougher to survive and make ends meet. His survival instincts and single-minded focus to obtain the American Dream at all costs has blinded him completely. The socially-awkward, alien-like Bloom is devoid of anything resembling a moral compass.

Jake Gyllenhaal, one of our finest actors, has an endless stream of memorable performances. His portrayal of Lou Bloom is without a doubt his finest to date. You haven’t seen Gyllenhaal quite like this before. He’s particular great at conveying the artificial perception of affability, the mask Bloom must wear whenever he encounters others. The end totally justifies the means to this guy and he’ll do whatever it takes to reach his goals regardless of the wreckage he leaves behind. Superficiality has never felt so unnerving. Gyllenhaal’s complete commitment to the part is nothing short of remarkable. His emotive eyes draw you in as often as they make you repulsed. This performance sets a new standard in creepiness. His supporting cast is just as memorable. Rene Russo is at her finest as television producer Nina. Her character is similarly unredeemable. Bill Paxton is top of his game as Joe Loder, Bloom’s veteran competition. He’s obviously having a blast playing such a slimy yet comfortable in his own skin type of character. Riz Ahmed gives a poignant, career-making performance as Rick, Bloom’s assistant, the only one who has anything resembling a moral compass. It’s difficult to witness the character’s reluctant tolerance of such inhumanity; all for a lousy thirty bucks a day to make ends barely meet.

Nightcrawler, in particular Gyllenhaal crawls right under your skin and stays there long after it’s over. LA has often been portrayed as a sinister place, waiting to swallow up yet another soul. Here is no exception. Lou Bloom is another shadow within the city you don’t want to waltz into at night. I would be extremely dumbfounded if Gyllenhaal wasn’t up for a plethora of nominations during awards season. He’s that good. Gilroy’s confident first at bat as director deserves as much attention as well. Nightcrawler’s vampiresque-like mood places an intoxicating spell on whoever dares to enter. This is not only one of the best films of 2014 but one of the most haunting character studies ever.

Review originally published on September 12, 2014 out of TIFF.

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Metal Blade’s Top 10 Halloween Music Videos

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:00

We’ve been featuring some amazing music video lists that were culled from the rosters of top level metal labels. Today is no exception as we bring you the Top 10 Music Videos from our pals over at Metal Blade Records! They’ve put together a list that includes bands such as Charred Walls of the Damned, Job For A Cowboy, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, and many, many more!

This list was put together by Vince Edwards, who I’ll let introduce himself:

Hello, Bloody-Disgusting readers! I’m Vince from Metal Blade, the resident publicity, radio, video directing, yelling-obscenities-at-inanimate-objects guru. As a label, we’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most talented directors in music and film, all the way from up-and-coming friends of bands with cameras, up to directors who have worked on feature films (hi, Joe Lynch!). When the e-mail chains, calls, and treatments start to circulate for a music video, directors and bands collaborate for the concepts. Resources are pooled, locations are scouted, and the directors are put to the task of bringing a band’s vision to life, or creating a vision for a band that might not necessarily have one at the moment (video ideas aren’t easy). As is often the case with bands in the metal genre, lyrics and concepts from songs and albums often turn out to be particularly brutal! Between Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, The Red Chord, and many more, we have no shortage of bands with unique ideas and lyrics that invoke grotesque and shocking images. Here is my top 10! Happy Halloween!

Head on in to check out this amazing list!

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Hide Your Wallets, the Steam Halloween Sale is Here

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:10

It’s finally here. The annual Steam Halloween Sale is live, bringing with it deals on all sorts of horror games from now until Nov 3. Just under 500 titles have been discounted, many by 50-75%. There are far too many to list here, but I’ve included a few of the highlights below, so you don’t have to sift through all this cheap gaming goodness. Otherwise, the full list can be found here.

Doorways Collection for $6.39
The Evil Within Season Pass for $9.99
Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99
Outlast for $6.79
The Walking Dead: Season One for $6.24
The Walking Dead: Season Two for $12.49
Killing Floor for $4.99
Amnesia Collection for $8.74
Dead Space Pack for $8.74
Darkwood for $11.24
Alan Wake for $7.49
State of Decay for $6.79
Slender: The Arrival for $4.99
Silence of the Sleep for $11.38
Contagion for $7.99
Paranormal for $7.49
Kraven Manor for $3.99

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Mondo Announces Details For ‘Pet Sematary’ And ‘The Omen’ Vinyl Soundtracks

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:58

Mondo has revealed details for their upcoming vinyl soundtracks for Elliot Goldenthal‘s Pet Sematary and Jerry Goldsmith‘s The Omen, both of which will go on sale tomorrow!

The soundtrack for Pet Sematary comes on the film’s 25th anniversary and is being hailed as, “…the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack to date…”, featuring two tracks from The Ramones that were previously unreleased on the soundtrack. There will be a standard black edition and there will be randomly inserted green/blue vinyl with black haze.

When it comes to The Omen, fans will remember that Mondo released that soundtrack last year. However, what happened was they offered a black/red striped variant that ultimately had audio issues and were not released. Rather, they were used as ammunition at MondoCon’s Shaun Of The Dead “record throwing” booth.

Now, Mondo is happy to announce that they have 700 copies of the striped variant that will go on sale tomorrow. As an owner of a different variant, I can safely say that the packaging and quality is stellar! Definitely worth the investment!

Head below for a gallery and for vinyl details.

Pet Sematary details:

Pet Sematary 2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black & Randomly Inserted Translucent Green / Blue vinyl with Black Haze. Music Composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Featuring “Pet Sematary,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” by The Ramones. Artwork by Mike Saputo. $35

The Omen

The Omen LP Pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Red Vinyl with Black Stripe. Music Composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Artwork by Phantom City Creative. Limited to 700 copies. $25

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Happy Mischief Night! Or Cabbage Night?!

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:58

Tonight is Devil’s Night, the eve before Halloween when kids troll their neighborhood armed with toilet paper and shaving cream. Commonly known as Mischief Night in my home state of Jersey, this is the night for tricks, while tomorrow is the day for fun size candy and boss ass costumes. Hate your principal? Egg his house. Pissed at your neighbor? Soap his windshield.

While tonight’s activities remain pretty much the same across the nation, the eve has different names in different regions. Damage Night, Cabbage Night, Beggar’s Night, hell, even some of the U.S. adorably calls it Goosey Night.

Like Halloween, the 30th traditions go way back to Samhain, the Celtic New Year. But what do all these wacky names mean? Jersey’s website posted a fun and easily digestible article exploring tonight’s many traditions, including Cabbage Night:

Cabbage Night stems from an old Scottish tradition, according to “Framingham Legends,” a history of the Massachusetts town. In Framingham, which apparently also calls it Cabbage Night, girls on Halloween Eve would closely examine cabbages pulled out of their neighbor’s patches to divine the qualities of their future husbands.

“Once the cabbage had served its purpose, the only logical thing to do with it was throw it against the door and run really fast, thus beginning a long tradition of Halloween pranks.”

What do they call it in your hood? What’s your craziest Mischief Night story? Sound off in the comments!

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‘V/H/S: Viral’ Clip Enters Hellish Realm

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:05

V/H/S: Viral is NOW on VOD platforms (with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21st), and Magnet has give our friends at Joblo/Arrowinthehead a new clip from the film, this time from Nacho Vigalondo’s insane demonic segment.

The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).

“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”

Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.

Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.

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Halloween VOD Titles You Should (and Should Not) Rent

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:03

About a week ago I told you guys that The Strangers director Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird was a must-see Halloween film. A lot of you guys didn’t like that, but I stand behind my love for (most) of the movie, which I consider to be frightening and suspenseful until the lackluster and trite finale. Still, it’s a great ride that I thought would be fun to watch on Halloween.

I got ahead of myself and some readers assumed I didn’t have any other suggestions. Well, I do, and I’m going to share them with you now. Thankfully, since Halloween 2014 lands on a Friday, it comes with two bonus days to fill with genre goodies.

First, per request of a few readers, I want to point you to Gerard Johnstone’s People Under the Stairs-esqe Housebound, a hilarious indie film we’ve been supporting since the beginning of time. Patrick Cooper called the film a comical and creepy house of horrors. In the New Zealand-based film, “Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

Much like Mockingbird, The Houses That October Built is a pretty great experimental horror film that falls apart in the final moments. Still, the unique nature of the way it was filmed – at real haunted mazes – makes this a must-see. Bobby Roe directs this new spin on found-footage that stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson.

Also available now is TWC-Dimension’s Horns, the adaptation of Joe Hill’s graphic novel that was directed by Alex Aja (High Tensions, Mirrors, Piranha 3D) and stars The Woman In Black‘s Daniel Radcliffe. It’s not a perfect movie – although Mike Pereira loved it – but it’s a really colorful adaptation that’s got some really cool stuff in it. “Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer.

And how could I not use this opportunity fore a shameless plug? If (and only if) you like the first two V/H/S films, check out our V/H/S: Viral, featuring the works of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment D Is for Dogfight), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring). It’s also glossier as we took the franchise into the “real world”, so to speak, so those who hate the found-footage look may actually enjoy this one.

Let’s see, what else is out there, oh, yeah SAW. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s indie classic that Lionsgate acquired and put into theaters everywhere, thus changing the course of horror last decade. While it is opening in theaters for a one-weekend engagement, it’s feature all over VOD platforms and should be revisited in celebration of the indie horror film. If anything, catch it before Lionsgate announces a remake…

I also really enjoyed the Town That Dreaded Sundown remake/sequel (here’s our review), which reminded me of the early Halloween films with a hint of David Fincher’s Zodiac. The pic takes place “65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.” Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is also getting behind the camera for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” episodes.

Another film that’s a mixed bag is Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists. I really enjoyed the film, but Rodriguez also helmed a V/H/S/2 segment, which sorts of voids out my opinion. The reviews seem to be mixed and our readers also seem to enjoy the film enough that I think it may be worth a Halloween weekend viewing. It’s a found-footage Bigfoot film in which “a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed” after an accident. It’s from the director of The Blair Witch Project, too.

An older film I really, really, really loved is Under the Skin, a super creepy alien horror pic that I’ve been raving about here on the site. Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress who “combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair.” A quick note: From what I’m told, the book is way better.

And while there are tons of great genre films floating on VOD, there are a handful that you SHOULD AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

First and foremost is the terrible Stephen King adaptation (of which he wrote the screenplay) A Good Marriage, which Patrick Cooper called the worst Stephen King adaptation yet. Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. “When her husband (LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

And while we like Blumhouse’s Mockingbird and Town That Dreaded Sundown, you should definitely avoid Mercy, a try and bland haunter from Peter Cornwell, the director of the awful Haunting In Connecticut. In the other bad Stephen King adaptation, “Two mischievous young brothers accompany their single mother to take care of their grandma in her remote and lonely house. What begins as an innocent gesture, leads to the discovery of terrifying secrets about Gramma’s true nature.

Easily the worst movie of the year, and a must avoid VOD rental is WER, an atrocious found-footage werewolf pic from the directors of The Devil Inside. Featuring the worst finale in recent memory, it tells the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.

Two more weak films being pushed heavily on VOD platforms (don’t be fooled!) is both the comedy Life After Beth and the generic thriller Stonehearst Asylum. Patrick Cooper called the Abrey Plaza starrer Life After Beth a muddled zombedy. In regards to the Kate Beckinsale starrer Stonehearst Asylum, Patrick says it’s a so-so period thriller.

There’s literally hundreds of VOD titles released throughout the year, and while we focused on the new(er) stuff, we’d love to know what you guys would suggest to the rest of Bloody Disgusting. Tell everyone below, what should they rent and/or avoid this Halloween weekend?

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New Trailer and Screens Escape from the ‘Haunted House’ Reboot

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:02

Not content to let two of gaming’s oldest horror franchises fade away, Atari is bringing back both Alone in the Dark and Haunted House with “reimaginings” of each slated to arrive this fall.

Of the two, Haunted House: Cryptic Graves is the most mysterious. Until today, we hadn’t seen much of it, with the exception of a small bit of gameplay footage and some screenshots. Today, we’re getting more of each, and first up is the game’s official trailer.

You can pre-order Haunted House: Cryptic Graves for $16.99 (15% off) right now on Steam.

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Live Stream Tonight’s ‘SAW’ Event In Los Angeles!

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:00

To kick off the return of the original SAW in theaters this Halloween Weekend, Arclight Cinemas will be hosting a special Q&A with the original filmmakers and cast of the most successful Horror Franchise of all time.

Join moderator, Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, at the ArcLight Hollywood and reminisce with the cast about this iconic franchise. The Q&A will also be live streamed into four other Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] so get your tickets here now.

For those of you not in the LA area, you can also live stream the Q&A at your own computer. See below!

WHO: Director/Writer James Wan, Writer/Star Leigh Whannell, Producers Mark Burg & Oren Koules, DP David Armstrong, and cast members Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell; moderated by Evan Dickson

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Top 5 Horror Movies From Arms & Sleepers

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:30

Tomorrow is Halloween and we’ve been featuring some amazing content to ensure that you have tons of ideas on what you can do for this special day! But if you haven’t gotten enough movie suggestions to know what to marathon this weekend, how about we turn to ambient trip-hop duo Arms & Sleepers to lend their thoughts!

Member Mirza Ramic states:

Lots of TV/movie memories from our childhood years in the 1980s and early 1990s expressed themselves musically on our new album ‘Swim Team’. The TV show ‘Miami Vice’ brought back a lot of feelings (watching Crockett and Tubbs in action in my father’s arms will always be a special moment in my life), as did Jean-Claude Van Damme’s double role in ‘Double Impact’ (so much so that I watched the film ceremonially while on tour in Hong Kong – which is where the movie takes place – a couple of years back). But as true movie enthusiasts, there are plenty of horror films from this time period that hold a special place in our hearts as well. Here are five of them, in no particular order.

Check out their Top 5 horror films and then make sure to order Swim Team via the band’s Bandcamp.

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Check Out Bennett Slater’s Chilling Halloween Piece “Infernal”

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:57

Just in time for Halloween, artist Bennett Slater has given us a glimpse of his newest piece, and it’s fucking chilling. He created the piece for a Halloween-themed show at Auguste Clown Gallery in Australia opening Halloween night. His style is uncompromising and depicts the terror that I believe is captured by the weird old oil painting portraits of old. This is seriously chilling stuff.

Here’s Bennett’s inspiration in his own words:

For this piece, I delved into Dante’s “Inferno”, from the 14th Century poem “Divine Comedy”. Centered around a man traversing the 9 circles of Hell, there’s one section that always stuck with me, which features a corrupted man (Ugolino) forced to eat his own sons. I combined Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s 19th century sculpture “Ugolino and His Sons” with a contemporary costume depiction of satan. It’s interesting- the difference a century makes. The excerpt from “Inferno” which I based the piece reads:

          “His mouth raised up above his savage meal,           That sinner wiped his lips upon the hair           Of the head that he had chewed on from behind.             Then he began, “You want me to make new           A desperate grief which even to call back           Crushes my heart before I start to speak.             “But should my words become a fruitful seed           Of infamy for this traitor whom I gnaw,           You’ll see me speak and weep at the same time.”

Title: “Infernal” Medium: oil on wood Size: 12″x12″ Artist: Bennett Slater

And for those of you looking to attend the art show, you can find details on that right here:
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6 Creepy Couples Costumes!

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:00

Editorial By: Giaco Furino

So it’s Halloween and you’re in a relationship? Cool! Chances are either you or your significant other (or the both of you) have thought about a couples costume for Halloween. We understand the temptation is strong, but don’t just go as Peanut Butter and Jelly, don’t don mustaches and dress as Mario and Luigi. You’re a reader of this site! You can do better… and by better, of course, we mean creepier! Here are six great ideas to scare in tandem.

Bonnie and Clyde (Deceased)

We’ll start you off with a classic Halloween costume. Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous robbers and leaders of a small gang during the great depression, are perfect candidates for a couples costume. Dress up in Great Depression-era garb, tote around a fake gun, and feel like a badass. But we can do better than that. Remember the final scene from the 1967 movie, where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are riddled with bullets? That’s the costume we’re going for!

What You’ll Need: For the person playing Bonnie, you’ll need an era-appropriate dress and an awesome tommy gun. For the person playing Clyde, you’ll need a handsome suit, a nice hat, and a devilish grin. Both costumers, of course, will need a pair of scissors. Don’t rush this costume; in real life Bonnie and Clyde were reportedly shot fifty times… you’ll have to cut all those bullet holes!

Rosemary and Her Baby

When Rosemary’s Baby hit theaters in 1968 it captivated audiences and critics, and even managed to freak out the church and expectant mothers! Mia Farrow delivered a performance so realistic that some claimed it was too true to life. So now it’s up to you and yours to create a truly terrifying couples costume around this flick. Everyone likes to dress up as a baby for Halloween (well, maybe not everyone), if you’re gonna do it you might as well dress up as the spawn of Satan.

What You’ll Need: For the person playing Rosemary, you’ll need that adorable pixie haircut, a big kitchen knife, and a blue sleeping gown. For the person playing Baby, you’ll need… well… we only really see it’s demonic eyes. So go crazy! Just make sure you nail the eyes.

Frankenstein’s Monster and His Companion

(image source: Illustrated Classics No. 26: Frankenstein)

So you want to go as “Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein”? Well stop right there! Let’s get literary here. Let’s work from the source, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. You’ll be going as Frankenstein’s Monster, and you’ll be going as the Monster’s Companion. And don’t go reaching for that green makeup, either, you’re both made of corpses, and you’ll both be fleshy and rotten and disgusting, just like in the book. In fact, in the novella Dr. Frankenstein can’t even pull the trigger and bring the Companion to life, he’s too worried it’ll turn out just as monstrous as the Monster.

What You’ll Need: You’ll both need to dress in shabby clothing. Better stock up on liquid latex, too, if you really want to get that “just a mound of rotten flesh” look. Remember, keeping these costumes literary is the key to staying creepy and standing out against the flat-topped Frankenstein masses.

Oedipus and Jocasta

Want to really freak out your friends? Dress up as Oedipus and Jocasta from Greek Mythology. Do you remember the classic tale? Here’s a 10th grade English class primer: Oedipus’ father knew his son would one day kill him, so he left the infant out in the wilds. Baby Oedipus was saved and given to the childless king. He later ends up unwittingly killing his father and marrying Jocasta… his mother. And when the couple finally finds out that he’s killed his dad and been chilling with his mom for years she hangs herself and he gouges out his own eyes. Perfect for a couple costume!

What You’ll Need: For the person playing Oedipus, you’ll need greek robes and LOTS of blood around your eyes. For the person playing Jocasta, you’ll need greek robes and a rope. It’s like a toga party… but, you know, terrible and creepy.

King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

If you’ve got a fancy dress and a King’s costume laying around (and who doesn’t!?) don’t just go as a tired old King and Queen. Go as King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn! Their sordid love, marriage, and eventual split make the juiciest soap opera seem dull. Unable to bear the nearly-mad King Henry a son, Anne Boleyn was charged with adultery and conspiracy and sentenced to death. Even after a thoughtful testimony she was walked into the public square and given a swift beheading. So why be a plain King and Queen when you can be a blood splattered maniac King and his beheaded bride!

What You’ll Need: For the person playing Henry, you’ll need a big beard, a big belly, and the blood of your many dead wives on your hands. For the person playing Anne, give yourself as nasty a neck wound as you can muster! And make sure you’re both pasty! Royalty is always pasty!

Chupacabra and Goat

(image source: Michael Lee, 2007)

The Chupacabra, the legendary creature that’s known to suck the blood out of farm animals, was first sighted in Puerto Rico in 1995. The creature, according to witnesses, kills livestock like sheep, cows, and goats, and sucks all their blood from them, leaving them bone-dry. The creature’s name literally translates to “goat sucker” so… Chupacabra and Goat! It’s a match made in heaven and a perfect couple costume.

What You’ll Need: Aside from buckets of blood? For the person playing the Chupacabra, make sure you’ve got nasty fangs, big claws, and a penchant for blood. For the person playing the goat, make sure you’ve mastered the “oh no I’m being drained of all my blood” look.

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There Be Monsters in These ‘Alone in the Dark’ Screens

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:44

Atari has released a fresh handful of screenshots from their Alone in the Dark reboot, and it’s looking good. Too bad Alone in the Dark: Illumination isn’t going to release in time for Halloween, because it’d be perfect for this very spooky time of the year. The game takes a few pages from Left 4 Dead, as four survivors must survive in a world overrun by monsters and a mysterious, omnipresent darkness.

It looks like Left 4 Dead meets Alan Wake, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

You can pre-order Alone in the Dark: Illumination for $26.99 (10% off) right now on Steam.

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Indie Horror ‘Grave’ Confirmed for PS4

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:19

The upcoming indie horror game Grave, which I’ve played a few times now on our YouTube channel — you can find my playthrough of its latest demo below — has been confirmed for PlayStation 4, developer Broken Window Studios announced earlier this week. Its Kickstarter campaign didn’t quite reach the stretch goal that would’ve unlocked PS4 support, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

Good thing too, because everyone deserves to experience this thoroughly freaky game.

Grave hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One early next year.

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Sam Raimi and ‘Evil Dead’ Director Team For ‘A Man In the Dark’

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:16

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will re-team with Evil Dead collaborators Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues on the thriller A Man in the Dark, reports Variety.

The story centers on a trio of teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies and have targeted a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath.

Alvarez directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Sayagues on last year’s “Evil Dead,” the fourth title in the Evil Dead franchise and the first not directed by Raimi. That film grossed nearly $100 million in worldwide box office. It’s unfortunate because it sounds like we won’t be seeing an Evil Dead sequel anytime soon…

Alvarez is set to direct A Man in the Dark and Raimi and Tapert will produce for Ghost House. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will exec produce. Erin Westerman will oversee the project.

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Let’s Talk About ‘The Evil Within’s Four-Armed Blood Witch

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:07

When The Evil Within made its surprise debut last April, one of the first creatures we were introduced to was Laura. She was the most horrific thing about that initial teaser trailer, and now that the game is out and many of us have had the opportunity to play it, she’s arguably one of the creepiest things about the game itself.

In Bethesda’s The Creatures Within video series, Mikami and friends are taking a look at the standout monsters from The Evil Within. In the latest video, they take a look at Laura.

The Evil Within is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Sick/Tired ‘Dissolution’ Album Premiere (Exclusive)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Chicago grindcore band Sick/Tired to bring you the exclusive album stream of their upcoming album Dissolution, which comes out tomorrow via A389 Records. The album follows the band’s 2013 release King Of Dirt and the title track features Japanese noise musician Merzbow.

The band’s music has been described as, “…a maelstrom of whirling slivers intent on rending your flesh, a vortex of unremitting insanity…“.

Bassist Kirk Syrek describes the album:

This record is a bit different for us as where the last one, “King of Dirt”, was really dark, lo-fi, and gritty, on “Dissolution” we added a lot more hooks and memorable riffs, as well as some longer tracks, instead of an all out blast assault. It is still very dark sounding, but it is much more atmospheric in a way. The noise tracks from Merzbow and Marhaug definitely add to the feeling of despair. The entire record is basically about the death of our vocalist’s Grandfather so it is very personal…

You can order Dissolution digitally via Bandcamp or physically through A389.

Sick/Tired online:

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‘Trick ‘r’ Treat’ Director’s ‘Krampus’ Gets Holiday Release

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:54

Universal Pictures will be celebrating Christmas with their evil Santa Claus movie, Krampus, by releasing the Legendary Pictures’ anthology on Friday, December 4, 2015.

This moves it off of the crowded Wednesday, November 25, 2015 date that has set it up for a long Thanksgiving weekend.

The film, a twisted horror comedy set around the Christmas holiday, is to be directed by Trick ‘r Treat‘s Michael Dougherty.

It’s based on an ancient legend about a pagan demon who punishes the wicked.

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