Image Entertainment (Wolf Creek 2 is getting into the Halloween spirit by acquiring the next pic from Paranormal Activity producer Steven Schneider (who is also behind WER and SX_Tape).
The found-footage The Houses October Built premieres this October in 10 markets, including New York and Los Angeles.
“The Houses October Built examines the Halloween Haunted House phenomenon that draws over 30 million visitors every October. Lurking beneath the surface of spooky fun, the film aims to shed light on the dark world of haunting.”
Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe directed the movie, which New Regency produced with Schneider. Variety first reported.
A very cool graph that was posted on Film.com shows the number of kills several movie slashers have accrued over the years of their franchise. There’s good ole Freddy from Nightmare On Elm St., Jason from Friday The 13th, Ghostface from Scream, and several more that are angling to get the number one spot.
Check out the graph below to see who reigns as the most prolific killer in horror cinema history!
Saw V director David Hackl, who is also behind Grizzly starring James Marsden and Billy Bob Thornton, is crowd-sourcing a portion of his next project.
Earthworks is a WWII horror film that follows 5 American doughboys on their first night in the trenches of the Western Front as they experience the living (and dead) hell that is No Man’s Land. It is to be directed by Hackl and produced by UK outfit Bluebeard Pictures.
“Earthworks exists in an isolated trench/ No Man’s Land set and creates a sense of abandonment from the start… 5 young American soldiers enter France and on their first night at an allied trench, everything goes wrong very quickly. Caught up in a beguiling fog, the film follows the young characters as they each come to different but understandable decisions. It is a tense and atmospheric story and the horror/ psychological thriller genres are purposefully chosen to tell their stories as the genre elements of surprise, shock, terror, fear and encroaching anxiety about the unseen all lend themselves to the story well. The film also features all the elements you would expect of a horror film.”
Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids and Adam Butcher (Dog Pound) are attached to star.
The “Ba-Ba Dook Dook Dook” is coming…and he wants the boy.
IFC Midnight will release the acclaimed hit horror, The Babadook, here in the States on November 28. Before then, the UK will release the boogeyman tale in theaters October 24.
Total Film has the UK trailer that is beyond terrifying. The trailer itself is better than most of the films I’ve seen this year. Watch as the Babadook comes for a little boy, and then take a look at your arms because your hair will be standing straight up. The book? Well, you’ll be able to read it soon by clicking here.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).
In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
The EMP Museum in Seattle is hosting the “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” gallery, which is an in-depth look at horror, and how it’s expressed through cinema, biology, history, and contemporary culture.
Open all summer, guests can examine the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience.
Three iconic horror directors — Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth — have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can safely explore the spectrum of cinematic horror, from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.
Visitors can view artifacts that include the script from ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ the alien creature suit from ‘Alien,’ and Jack Torrance’s axe from ‘The Shining’; watch interviews with the directors; and scream bloody murder. Interactive highlights include a Scream Booth, Horror Soundscapes, Monster Timeline, and Philip Worthington’s interactive shadow monster installation.
Beware! Due to the subject matter explored, this exhibition has a suggested rating of PG-13.
Click on over to the official website for tons of photos and information. We’re jealous of anyone who is able to attend.
Pictured: Axe from The Shining, 1980. From the Paul G. Allen Family Collection
Photos courtesy of EMP staff.
This is something that is available over at the Dark Horse website, but I couldn’t resist. These are easily my four most anticipated titles of the fall, and after you dig into this sampler you’ll understand why. They’ve tapped some of the best talent in the industry to come together and reinvigorate a franchise that has terrified many for years.
GET TO DARK HORSE NOW and preorder these bad boys.
Keep your eyes glued to the site in the coming months. My coverage will be relentless.
A quest to salvage a lost ship sets in motion a saga sprawling forward and backward through time, with a universe of horror drawn to one world—and a fantastic team of writers and artists have gathered to tell the tale. Spread across four different titles, with a final chapter coming from Kelly Sue DeConnick, Fire and Stone starts here, in four intro chapters from the first issues of Prometheus, Aliens, AVP & Predator.
Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham are going to give us the best PREDATOR series ever by the looks of it.
- Paul Tobin, Chris Roberson, Chris Sebela, Joshua Williamson
- Juan Ferrerya, Patric Reynolds, Ariel Olivetti, Chris Mooneyham
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Alfred Hitchcock once delivered a disturbing bit of directorial advice: “Film your love scenes like murders, and your murders like love scenes.” Or something like that… the details are a bit vague. Whether Hitch made that exact declaration or not, the concept is still disturbing – and says a lot about artists, storytellers and audiences’ relationship to sex in general. As open-minded and progressive as we often pretend to be as a culture, I suspect that, deep down, Americans are still pretty scared of sex – and even of ourselves as sexual beings. Of course, wherever fear lurks, eventually someone will step in to capitalize on it… and no creative medium captures the collective imagination more completely than the movies. In that light, I’ve selected some significant cinematic examples of physical love taken to its most horrific extremes.
Not all of these scenes come from horror films, but they are all unquestionably the stuff of nightmares… and probably caused many hours of intense therapy among sensitive viewers. Please note that I’m trying to avoid scenes depicting overt rape, as that represents a very different kind of monster (in other words, no Evil Dead tree-porking or rape-revenge scenarios like I Spit on Your Grave). The intercourse in most of these scenes is more or less consensual… or at least within the context of the story. In horror, it’s sometimes hard to define these things.
It probably goes without saying, but I should point out that there’s a few naughty bits on display here, so this post is not entirely work-safe.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar: The Last Pickup
This 1977 drama, based on a novel (and a true story), is the least horror-themed film on this list, but the final minutes are among the scariest I’ve ever witnessed. Diane Keaton’s deeply troubled schoolteacher tries to chase away her personal demons through drugs and a series of rough one-night stands, but when she picks up a disturbed man (Tom Berenger) on New Year’s Eve, she gets far more than she bargained for. Stephen King listed the film’s last scene in his horror thesis Danse Macabre as one of the scariest ever committed to film, and I can see why. It comes out of left field and completely flips the story in the most sudden and nightmarish way possible… and then we fade to black.
Blue Velvet: Frank’s Frightening Fetish
If a director could be singled out for dissecting more of his own mental hangups on film than any other artist, David Lynch would get my vote. There are probably more interpretations of his surreal images than frames of film that comprise them, but I think I’ve mapped at least one tiny fragment of the man’s worldview: he seems simultaneously terrified and attracted to sex. It’s in nearly all of his art in some form or another, but no more obviously than this scene from his 1986 cult classic, in which Dennis Hopper as psychopathic Frank Booth indulges a bizarre sexual fetish with the masochistic Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini), which involves huffing nitrous oxide and a kind of “reverse birth” role-play. No matter how creepy that sounds, Hopper’s performance makes it a hundred times more disturbing.
Basket Case: Belial’s Betrayal
Frank Henenlotter’s insanely sleazy debut feature boasts dozens of memorably whacked-out moments… but the most horrific of these begins as a surreal dream sequence featuring young Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) running stark naked through the NYC streets to pay a nocturnal visit to his girlfriend Susan (Terri Susan Smith) for a little sleepy-eyed nookie. What we soon realize – as does Susan, to her absolute horror – is that Duane is not actually present; it’s his lumpish, telepathic former conjoined twin Belial who’s humping the poor girl to death (I mean that literally; we even get to see the sticky aftermath). Only the seedy grindhouse atmosphere and low-rent makeup effects will protect viewers from losing their sanity after what they’ve just witnessed onscreen.
The Howling: Bill Gets His Furry Freak On
I’ve seen this 1981 werewolf classic a dozen times, and it just gets more entertaining with each viewing. But when I first saw it as a young pup, I didn’t pick up on Joe Dante’s biting satire and genre savvy – not because I didn’t get it, but because I was too busy pissing myself in terror. One of the scenes that freaked me out the most was the savage mating of Bill (Christopher Stone) and Marsha (Elisabeth Brooks), which begins as a fireside grope-fest and shifts quickly into a fit of drooling, hair-sprouting and (natch) howling as the pair transform into beasts – literally “bumping uglies.” In my early adolescence, the idea of sex was both fascinating and terrifying enough, not to mention the notion of sprouting hair in unexpected places, and this image made it very tangible. Sure, it looks a bit silly today, but 33 years ago… damn.
Angel Heart: Steamy, With a Chance of Showers
The dreamy aura of doom that hangs over Alan Parker’s supernatural noir is so tangible you can almost touch it, so you’d think that a sudden burst of unexplained surrealism would not be so shocking. But back in 1987, this sticky-hot blend of eroticism and gallons of gore was just too much for MPAA censors to handle, and a large portion of it was cut from the theatrical print. The intense and explicit bed-wrestling between Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) and Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet) would have pushed the boundaries enough without the blood-flood, but most viewers today are so jaded they wouldn’t bat an eye. Still, there’s something undeniably hot about this scene… and that may be the most disturbing thing about it.
Rosemary’s Baby: “This is really happening!”
Shocking and controversial for 1968, this notorious sequence from Roman Polanski’s classic is pretty PG-13 by today’s standards, but that doesn’t make it any less haunting. The scene finds young Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) in an apparently drugged, half-conscious state, during which her douchey, self-absorbed husband Guy (John Cassavetes) seems to be drunkenly forcing himself on her. That brutish act would be upsetting enough, but as it turns out, Guy may not be the real perpetrator. We catch brief, distorted glimpses of a hairy, demonic beast through Rosemary’s point-of-view, as she is seemingly offered to the thing in a shadowy occult ritual. In the scene’s most chilling moment, she experiences a sudden flash of clarity as she realizes that she’s not dreaming. Up to this point, Rosemary has been depicted as a chaste, childlike girl, which makes this supernatural violation far more unsettling.
Shivers: Parasitic Pool Party
Along with David Lynch, I’d also include David Cronenberg as one of very few filmmakers who splatter their fears all over the screen… and the viewer. At the start of his career, Cronenberg tackled the concept of “body horror” – which, of course, includes fear of our reproductive system and all its parts. I could pick half a dozen films that fit the bill, but his first feature Shivers (a.k.a. They Came From Within) tackles the subject without a filter, holding back nothing in its depiction of a phallic parasite that turns its hosts into ravenous sexual predators. The film climaxes in the swimming pool of a futuristic apartment complex, in which nearly all the residents – from very young children to the elderly – paw and grope each other in an all-out orgy that’s not the least bit sexy.
Teeth: The Jaws of Justice
Ouch. Seriously, guys, don’t be rapin’. If you’ve even considered taking a woman against her will, you should be forced to watch Teeth on an endless loop, with no bathroom breaks. You’ve probably heard this premise – virginal teenager Dawn (Jess Weixler) discovers she possesses a very literal vagina dentata, which severs the offending member (or digits, in one case) of any man who tries to violate her against her will. Lots of would-be molesters get theirs in hideously graphic ways, but my personal leg-crossing fave would have to be the literal revenge sex of the film’s climax, after which the offending wiener is gobbled by a dog. Again, ouch.
Deadgirl: Just Another Hole?
So, is it rape if the victim is dead? How about if she’s undead? In this disturbing but oddly touching horror drama, I’d say the answer is yes… and even more upsetting than the sexual exploitation of the nameless zombie girl (whose contagious condition is never explained) by a group of troubled high school boys is the way it reveals the living characters’ darkest natures. We’re encouraged to choose sides in favor of the mostly sympathetic protagonist Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez), but his willingness to exploit the situation makes him suspect – especially when he convinces his crush’s dickish boyfriend to have a go with the deadgirl… with predictably nasty results.
Cabin Fever: Wrong Time of the Month
Eli Roth’s feature debut plays its central premise of flesh-eating bacteria mostly for laughs… with a few horrific exceptions. One of the film’s most unnerving revelations comes when Paul (Rider Strong) tries to sneak a little finger-banging action with his crush Karen (Jordan Ladd), who in a previous scene is shown drinking contaminated water. Our boy slides into home, so to speak, but soon finds the situation a bit… well, stickier than he expected. For me, the film’s most genuinely horrifying moment comes shortly after, when Karen’s friends give in to their paranoia and abandon her to her grisly fate.
Friday the 13th Part 2: The Sex-Kebab
Yeah, I know they stole this murder scene (and a handful of others) from Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood, but let’s face it: Friday the 13th and its sequels are far more ingrained in American pop culture than Bava’s works, so I’m going with this one. It’s still effective, despite the absence of the MPAA-snipped wide shot showing Jason’s spear penetrating Jeff (Bill Randolph) – mostly thanks to the close-up of Sandra’s (Marta Kober) horrified face and the bloody spear-point striking the floor with a heavy, wet thunk. The fact that the murder is preceded by a fairly tender love scene between a loving couple makes it a bit more jarring than its Italian counterpart.
Trouble Every Day: She Could Just Eat You Up
This cult item from French director Claire Denis features a truly horrifying set-piece: eerie, animalistic beauty Coré (Beatrice Dalle) plays a woman suffering from an unexplained medical disorder which compels her to literally devour her lovers; in the film’s most disturbing and graphic scene, she wordlessly convinces a young burglar to break into her boarded-up room, presumably with the promise of sex, then promptly chows down on his tender young flesh, gnawing away with wild-eyed glee… while he’s still very much alive. The entire grisly scene plays out in real time, contrasting the boy’s dying screams with Dalle’s lip-smacking delight.
Dark singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe has released a video for “Lone”, the title track from her one-hour film, which was directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road). The track is soft, its notes almost whispering across a desert. Very lovely indeed.
The full Lone film is available on iTunes.
Even though Gareth Edwards is developing one of the three Star Wars spinoffs, he’s committing to the return of Godzilla for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, who have slated the sequel for June 8, 2018.
What’s fun about this date is that Legendary’s King Kong prequel, Skull Island, opens in 2016, which could be tied into the franchise and eventually lead to both Kong and Godzilla facing off.
This summer’s Godzilla, which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, recently joined the $500M club.
Latino Review has the spoiler filled goods. So, naturally spoilers here, folks.
DON’T READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW.
So apparently they’ve already filmed the end of Batman V Superman and Geek Tyrant tips us off:
According to the extra, the ending of the film has already been filmed. One of the scenes shot featured Batman breaking into Lexcorp to steal kryptonite, and apparently Lexcorp had somehow gotten ahold of General Zod’s body.
He went on to talk about the timeframe of the movie and where it picks up, saying that it starts “as the battle between Superman and General Zod ends or is ending (which would explain all the damaged buildings and vehicles we’ve been seeing in photos) and Batman/Bruce Wayne is attempting to make his way to the Wayne tower in Metropolis.”
Then Badass Digest comes in to corroborate everything:
I can confirm this. Lex has been gathering pieces and debris from the World Engine and he has used them to synthesize Kryptonite. Meanwhile he has also gotten ahold of Zod’s corpse, and it is the key to his master plan to defeat Superman. He uses that tissue to… well, that would be spoiling. But Superman hasn’t been defeated many times in the past. You can probably connect the dots from here.
Oh we can, and we will…
So we’re getting a live action Doomsday. That’s pretty god damn rad. As long as it’s handled with care, but that would finally allow this team up to make some sense. Especially if Batman wants to kick Supes ass for the ending of Man of Steel and show him how to take of a city, when Doomsday shows up and requires the aid of Wonder Woman. Pure conjecture here but hopefully that’t the direction we’re headed.
Hungarian sludge metal band Apey & The Pea have released an official video for “Abraham”, which comes from their upcoming second full-length album Hellish. The video, which doubles as a lyric video, uses footage from the 1960 classic film Black Sunday, which was directed by the legendary Mario Bava.
These guys are definitely up your alley if you’re into Pantera, Alice In Chains, and Mastodon. You can snag their first LP Devil’s Nectar via Bandcamp.
Dracula isn’t going to die anytime soon as FX’s Guillermo del Toro-produced “The Strain” has been renewed for a second season.
Global News has learned the series will be back in production in Toronto in mid-November.
The sci-fi series about a team of scientists trying to stop an ancient threat to humanity debuted in mid-July and has seen its audience grow slightly from week to week.
Says the site, production of the first 13-episode season took place in Toronto from September 2013 to late April.
The series was created by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and novelist Chuck Hogan, based on the pair’s book trilogy.
“The Strain” stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, David Bradley and several Canadian actors including Kevin Durand and Natalie Brown.
Part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canadian lineup is The Editor, which just gained a retro poster.
In Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy’s film, “A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.”
Giallo legend Udo Kier stars with Tristan Risk and Adam Brooks.
The film is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.
Check out the festival poster, courtesy of AICN.
NECA will be releasing an all-new Freddy Krueger action figure, dubbed “Ultimate Freddy”, which not has some early pack shots, courtesy of Figures.
This deluxe 7 inch collectible celebrates the 30th Anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street with a new fully articulated body and a wealth of accessories.
NECA’s 30th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy features:
Three new interchangable head portraits (closed mouth, open mouth grimace, and skull face)
All new fully articulated legs (ball-hinged thighs and knees)
Alternate severed fingers left hand
New tongue phone
New dead skin mask
The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of “Frankenstein.”
After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)
Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards. More than 40 years later, the film has stood the test of time, ranking at lucky number 13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 funniest films.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary, fans of Young Frankenstein can also enter themselves for a chance to win an autographed set photo from the man himself, Mel Brooks! Beginning on September 1, fans can go to www.YoungFrankSweeps.com for all the rules and a chance to win (when this eventually goes live).
Blu-ray and DVD Special Features:
● Commentary by Mel Brooks
● Interviews with Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman
● “Inside the Lab: Secret Formulas to the Making of Young Frankenstein” featurette
● Blucher Button
● “It’s Alive: Creating a Monster Classic” featurette
● “Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein” featurette
● “Transylvanian Lullaby: The Music of John Norris” featurette
● Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
● Production Photo Galleries and More!
August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition, when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th. Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time!
Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package.
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Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the on-going story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale.
“The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney. New characters introduced this season include Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard, Jr.), Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos) and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermott).
Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October.
Check out the first clip from WWE Studios and Lionsgate’s Leprechaun: Origins, which stars wrestler Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) as the title character, in limited theaters August 22. The prequel is also scheduled to hit VOD on August 26th and DVD/Blu on September 30th.
In the clip, a local talks about Irish folklore before it’s revealed that the group will be heading to a cabin in the woods. Sigh.
Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
“Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.”
Special features on the home video releases include both the “Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn” featurette and “Leprechaun: Behind the Blood” featurette.
This year’s Gamescom has been particularly good for horror fans, especially if you’re looking forward to The Evil Within. We’ve found out the game gleefully sets kids on fire, will take between 15-20 hours to beat, has a trio of DLC coming post-release, and will be getting some snazzy alternate box art. That’s great and all, but it’s lacking some fresh screenshots.
Let’s go ahead and take care of that.
The Evil Within releases on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
In this new video, Guns ‘N Roses’ legend, Slash, announces a brand new maze inspired by his original music coming to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Celebrated Grammy Award-winning musician, Slash, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.
While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of “Halloween Horror Nights,” this collaboration with prolific guitarist, SLASH, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for SLASH, whose new album “World on Fire” debuts on September 16, 2014, on the heels of his “Let Rock Rule” World Tour performing with Aerosmith.
Infused with the rocker’s hell-raising electric guitar riffs, the ominous new “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” haunted attraction is no laughing matter as it unmasks the psychological disorder known as Coulrophobia, a disturbing condition affecting those with an extreme and irrational fear of clowns.
The psychedelic 3D maze will horrify guests, taunting and tempting them with terror and treats as they parade through “Sweet Licks Frozen Clown Pops Family Amusement Center,” a dilapidated roadside attraction and one-time thriving ice cream factory run by deranged siblings and their mad clown father, Sweet Licks. As this demented trio schemes to restore the family business by luring visitors with free ice cream, guests will soon find themselves on the menu as the key ingredient of a sick new high-protein ice cream concoction.
“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever,” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of all-new unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “An American Werewolf in London,” based Universal Pictures’ Academy Award-winning and genre-defining film, written and directed by John Landis; “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series, and “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.
He didn’t drown. He didn’t burn. He’s just a psychopath with a sledgehammer.
Sledge, a ‘bloody’ horror-comedy in the tradition of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Shaun of the Dead, premieres on VOD September 2nd and DVD on October 7th.
A spoof of the horror genre, and littered with nods and references to fright flicks of yesteryear, the film fixes on a psychopath who not only believes he’s in a movie and video game but that he’s the hero of this story.
Sledge is directed by John B Sovie II and Kristian Hanson, and stars Dustin Bowman, Stephanie Tupper, Rachel Cornell and Hanson as Adam Lynch.