While we were among the first to visit old horror movie locations years ago in Sean Clark’s “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” (which has since become part of numerous Blu-ray extras, including on the new Halloween box set), others are tapping into the fun.
Small Town Pictures isn’t the first to visit the Pasadena sets of John Carpenter’s Halloween, and they won’t be the last. Either way, it’s good fun and always interesting to see what the streets of 1978 Haddonfield look like today.
This is where Michael Myers first appeared…
Chicago, IL comedy metal band Psychostick has released a tribute track to the king of B-horror, Mr. Bruce Campbell himself! The song, aptly titled “Bruce Campbell”, describes how the band would like to hang out with the king, even going so far as to get a little stalker-y. If ever there were a song that could pay homage to Campbell, this would be it.
A screen cap of Campbell’s reaction to the video was supplied by BD user Lizard_Brain, which you can see below.
Extras include “The Curse of Annabelle,” “Dolls of the Demon,” “Bloody Tears of Possession,” “A Demon Process” featurettes, and deleted scenes.
Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Ward Horton star with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe also star.
The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.
New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.
On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.
Say “thank you” to imager user mimurph1 who has shared their massive collection of movie stills used for their own person computer background.
Now you can sift through these epic movie wallpapers and use them for your own desktops. The best part? Click over to the imgur page and you can download all of them at once!
We’ve added the entire collection below – including A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, Gremlins (this one’s a winner), Grindhouse, Ghostbusters and more – for a quick scroll.
In UK cinemas November 21, Metrodome shared another fantastic clip from What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).
In the new clip, the vampire clan has a run-in with a pack of werewolves. They hilariously share some words. Horror fans, especially, will get the joke.
“Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.””
The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Back in June we told you about the bizarre story of the Hellraiser VHS haunting a bus stop in London.
Now, after months of speculation, there are answers.
They’ve asked to remain anonymous. Here’s what they had to say…
Have any Hellraisers appeared that haven’t been planted?
When I saw him glaring back up at me from this bus stop there was an unexpected scent of recognition or fear.
I don’t know how or why that first Hellraiser appeared. There’s a Council Estate right above this particular stop and maybe a kid or someone living there threw it off their flat. How do these odds-and-ends find themselves on bus stops? I started seeing it up there on my way to work. That’s if I got a seat on the top deck, in the left front side of the bus. I usually rode the 21 down the Old Kent Road.
What intrigued you about the Hellraiser ‘monument’?
Hellraiser appeared more gruesome or evil looking then all the others to me as a child. I distinctly remember those VHS covers on the rack in the rental store staring me down. When I saw him glaring back up at me from this bus stop there was an unexpected scent of recognition or fear. Some days you might be able to discern moisture was built up between the plastic and the blue and light coloured paper in the case. Other times it might’ve been a while so the image changed its overall hue or texture in a very pronounced way. It seemed nearly alive, and to me, as the object degraded it actually was looking more horrific than ever. Even furthering my surprise was that it then sort of began to emulsify into a softened, white-looking, small box.
When did you start maintaining it?
I like to make visual art and often try to use the everyday environment outside. After awhile I came up with the idea of “21 on the 21″. The first video purposefully placed out there landed right next to that original and was done on the 21st December 2012. It was the night that was supposed to be the Mayan Apocalypse. I think that day was our first real big apocalyptic let down since Y2K. And with the idea of the bus stop being a raised platform, then the elements really erasing the hell off Pinhead’s visage slowly away from the bus riders, I felt the words and numbers were on my side. So I started the process. There’s been other Hellraisers along the route of the 21, one even on an N21. The idea is for twenty-one to be put out over time, hence the name “21 on the 21″.
Recently Hellraiser has been joined by Jack and Toy Story – is this anything to do with the project?
I’ve actually seen Toy Story and never seen the Hellraisers. I don’t know “Jack”, was it a movie about a snowman- but wasn’t he in Frozen? I don’t watch kids movies or horror movies. These others increase the chance of the top being cleared off so I’m not a fan. However, I did the same thing myself, so complaining at this point is futile. I just hope they stop.
What has the reaction been like?
We’ve had actual mayhem ensue on nights when going to place these out. One big surprise is folks even noticing enough to broadcast about these Hellraisers! If people themselves have delighted in seeing Pinhead raising and erasing and raising and erasing out there I’d ask them to please not talk too much about it and not to disturb the cassettes.
They’ve still got a job to do…
Earlier this year, Mr. Disgusting wrote a piece about The Dreaming, a band which is comprised of ex-members of 90′s industrial rock band Stabbing Westward. The band last released an album in 2011 in the form of Puppet and is gearing up for a new album in 2015.
In the meantime, the band has released their new single “Alone”, which you can pick up from Metropolis Records right here. The single comes with the original track as well as two remixes.
Head below for the official video.
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. have dated The Conjuring 2 for June 10, 2016.
The new tale of the Warren family is currently being penned by Carey and Chad Hayes. Both Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be returning as the aforementioned paranormal investigators.
James Wan, who helmed the first film, and produced the spinoff Annabelle, is making a surprisingly return to the franchise and will direct. He is currently in post on Furious 7. He also directed SAWInsidious making him kind of the modern horror franchises.
No word on what story Conjuring 2 will follow, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear.
Based on a true story, Backcountry follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness – where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. It’s an intriguing film we missed during the Toronto International Film Festival announcements, and it stars The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Eric Balfour!
IFC was quick to grab the thriller, with plans to release in limited theaters and on VOD platforms at a TBD date. Until then, here’s the trailer.
“Alex (Jeff Roop) is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn (Missy Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots – the secluded Blackfoot Trail.
On their first night, deep in the forest, they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange alpha male with eyes for Jenn who may or may not be following them. Alex’s desire to quickly reach Blackfoot Trail only intensifies. They push further and further into the woods, Alex stubbornly insisting that he remembers the way. After three days their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, the harsh conditions bringing out the best and worst in them, pushing their already fragile relationship to the breaking point.
When they realize they have entered a bear’s territory, being lost suddenly becomes the least of their problems. Terror, horror, will, and survival become paramount.”
Arriving November 14th from Dark Sky Films is the Hollywood slasher Starry Eyes (read our review), which will be available on iTunes and other VOD platforms.
Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, this first clip will show you why the duo were in the running to helm Leatherface. This is definitely not work safe as you’re about to witness someone getting their head smashed into a bloody pulp.
“Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.”
Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer, and Fabianne Therese all star.
Watch the trailer here.
Think you got what it takes to enter a horror movie and come out the other side unscathed? Well, maybe not unscathed but, at the very least, alive and kicking? Well, why not put that confidence to the test and take this quiz that asks, “Would You Survive A Horror Movie?”
Now, I got, “You’re as dead as it gets“, but when presented with the options I chose the ones I actually believed in! So, I know that if I’m going to die, at least I’ll have died having a good time!
XLrator Media’s horror-thriller Feed the Gods will release on VOD November 25 through its “Macabre” brand from Bleiberg Entertainment’s genre label Compound B. (The film is slated to hit DVD January 27, 2015.)
The film, which stars Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Diary of the Dead), Tyler Johnston (“The Killing,” “Supernatural”), Emily Tennant (Jennifer’s Body) and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), “follows the journey of two brothers in search of their long lost parents. Their quest leads them to Tendale, a small mountain town that is home to mythical Bigfoot-like creature with a “taste for tourists.””
Bloody Disgusting caught up with director/writer Braden Croft who told us 5 of his favorite Bigfoot “films” (including footage).
Harry and the Hendersons
Perhaps the most harmful piece of Bigfoot film ever shot, Harry and the Hendersons successfully altered the public’s perception of an otherwise fearsome, heinous beast into a charming, misunderstood family pet. I say the film is harmful not because it risked taking Bigfoot in another direction, but because if ever a creature existed you could bet a shiny dollar it has enjoyed mauling a few well-to-do families. Their blood is on your hands, John Lithgow.
The Legend of Boggy Creek
It was the best Bigfoot film at the time and earned a buttload of cash on a shoestring budget – I’ll always tip my hat to this film. Embrace the cheese and you’ll find something to like about it.
Inevitable for the found-footage treatment, Bobcat’s Bigfoot tale delivers sufficient scares on a less-is-more level. It’s a welcome change to a sub-genre that almost exclusively relies on the physical exploitation of the Bigfoot creature.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Though not explicitly a Bigfoot film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives earns second place for its spiritual depiction of a Bigfoot-like creature. The film itself – an arthouse drama – accomplishes an unnerving tone by treating its fantastical elements with a strict, somber tone. The film’s themes of transformation prove haunting while also establishing the Bigfoot-like-creature as ethereal and mystical – not just an elusive wild animal. Did I mention their red-glowing-eyed, minimalist man-ape design is fucking great?
An obvious front-runner, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin footage remains the most seminal piece of all Bigfoot lore. Before becoming a pop culture sensation, sightings of an ‘Ape-Man’ or ‘Wild Man’ remained solely as a thing of legend in many cultures around the world. These cultural legends, along with Patterson-Gimlin’s depiction of Bigfoot, were a major influence on the “God’s.”
About Feed the Gods:
Drawing inspiration from early Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and “Cabin in the Woods,” “Feed the Gods” marks the second feature film from writer/director Braden Croft. When slacker/aspiring filmmaker Will (Shawn Roberts, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) finds the parents of his adopted brother Kris (Tyler Johnston, “The Killing”), he sees the opportunity to get some closure for his brother, as well as maybe capture a heartwarming reunion on camera. With Kris’ fiancé Brit (Emily Tennant, “Jennifer’s Body”) in tow, the three of them head out to discover this long-lost family. What they are unprepared for though, is what exactly the cryptic small town has in store for them. Weird locals abound and rumors of a Bigfoot creature haunting the area at first seem silly… but things quickly escalate into a frantic, scary and action-packed nightmare with more than a few casualties along the way.
The below imgur user came across this house listing that carried quite a surprise.
Apparently, the Swedish homeowner is obsessed with Predator.
The house is listed with the following images that show Predator heads mounted on walls (and even a xenomorph from Alien), giant Predator replica statues, and even a home theater built to look like the Predator spaceship.
I don’t care who owns this place so long as I can stay there. Who here is buying it? I’ll bring the honey whiskey and pizza….
UK rock band Rivertairs have released a music video for their track “Jack”, which is inspired by the serial killer Jack The Ripper, who terrorized the streets of London over a century ago.
The band describes the song as, “…a suspenseful sonance plucking the strings of imagination.” If you’re a fan of the movie From Hell, you’ll probably dig this video and track!
You can download the song for free via the band’s website.
Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment has set up feature Pentacle at Lionsgate, based on an original pitch by Black List writer Ian Fried (Gaslight, The Ever After Murders), writes Deadline.
The story is described as a dark, Amblin-style thriller set in the world of magic.
Fried sold his sci-fi pitch Prism to Paramount, which John Davis and Davis Entertainment are producing. He also sold supernatural action pitch Spectral to Legendary, which has James Badge Dale starring for director Nic Mathieu and is already slated for an August 2016 release.
Lightning Entertainment released an unimpressive sales trailer to Louis Mandylor’s thriller The Blackout, being sold at the ongoing AFM. The footage reminds me of poor man’s “Under the Dome”.
Directed by Louis Mandylor (In the Eyes of a Killer, Jimmy Bones) and written by Steve C. Yoon and Jordan Marder, The Blackout stars Lymari Nadal (American Gangster, Battlestar Galactica, America), Costas Mandylor (Saw film series, Picket Fences), Jordan Marder ( American History X, Lord of Illusions), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Dark Knight Rises, Joe, Seven Psychopaths), Bill Sage (American Psycho, Precious, Boiler Room), Abe Benrubi (U Turn, Wristcutters: A Love Story), and Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Save the Date, Geography Club).
Martin and Julia (Lymari Nadal) leave New York City to return to the small town where Martin grew up. The house his father lived in hasn’t been touched since his passing. People in the town recognize the handsome man as his father’s son. Julia, his pregnant wife, likes the cozy countryside and makes herself at home.
Four college kids hike through the woods and camp at the top of a scenic hill. Jim (Costas Mandylor) has lived in the town for years, and since his wife’s passing he has built a comfortable life for himself, fishing and playing chess with friends over his short wave radio.
Then the power goes out.
It doesn’t take long before food and supplies become scarce, fights break out, and people start to panic. The worst of humanity surfaces in only a few days. Things take a turn for the worse when a few men, lead by a convict named Lee (Ronnie Gene Blevins), decide to take what’s left for themselves. The Sheriff makes a stand to try and stop them and regrets it.
Jim gets his weapons ready and prepares for what’s coming. Martin tries to stay calm until his wife’s pregnancy is no longer at risk. The college kids come down from the peaceful woods into the middle of a whirlwind of fear and violence.
Everyone eventually crosses paths and things come to a violent head. Some people live, some do not. It only takes a few days of living in fear, with no power or food or water, for humanity to unravel. There was light. Then there was darkness.
Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.
Lightning Entertainment has just released the sales trailer for Brookstreet Pictures’ horror thriller GirlHouse, directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (Jack Broks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine).
The footage doesn’t really do much for me as it looks like a 90′s horror mixtape that even steals shots from modern films like [REC]. Oddly enough, the premise sort of reminds me of Halloween: Resurrection…
Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrin) is a beautiful young co-ed with cover-girl looks and a desperate need for money to pay her college tuition. Having convinced herself that Internet porn may be the answer to her financial problems, Kylie is recruited to join GirlHouse, a live web-feed broadcasting the sexy antics of a group of stunning young women living in a secluded – and highly-secure – wooded mansion. One night while Kylie is out, one of the other girls insults an online client (Slaine), a deranged psychopathic computer technician, who then hacks in to determine the house’s location, seeking twisted revenge. Kylie returns to the house to find herself cut off from the outside world and in a terrifying fight for survival.
The film stars Ali Cobrin (Neighbors, American Reunion), Slaine (Killing Them Softly, The Town) and Adam DiMarco (Words and Pictures, Date and Switch), and features Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch), and Erin Agostino (18 to Life, You Are So Undead).
The film is being sold as one that gives nods to classic slashers such as Halloween and Nightmare On Elm Street. Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.
XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the American Film Market to the demonic truck horror-thriller Wrecker from IndustryWorks Pictures, which is currently in post-production.
“The story follows best friends Emily and Lesley as they take a road trip to a music festival in the desert. Emily “borrows” her boyfriend’s Mustang GT to make things exciting, but the partying ends when they find themselves pursued by a seemingly psychotic truck driver, who forces them to play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. With an unknown evil force bearing down on them and a long stretch of deserted highway ahead, their idyllic road trip becomes their worst nightmare.”
Wrecker stars Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods) and Drea Whitburn and is directed by Michael Bafaro.
“Evoking such classics as Steven Spielberg’s Duel and Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, Wrecker’s monster-truck-from-hell will thrill and terrify audiences and make them reconsider that summer road trip” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
“Wrecker will revive the classic horror-thriller genre and keep audiences at the edge of their seats,” said Evan Tylor, CEO of IndustryWorks Pictures. “It was fun to create a modern genre film that pays homage to a classic. We don’t see a lot of originality anymore so we wanted to create something a little different this time.”
XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label. IndustryWorks Pictures will release the film in Canada and is selling the international rights at AFM.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to evil, as the horror film Gnome Alone arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand January 20th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Starring Verne Troyer (Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise) as The Gnome, the DVD includes behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew.
“When timid college student Zoe witnesses a hit-and-run, the dying victim gives her a strange amulet. Suddenly, all those who have offended Zoe in her life begin dying horrible deaths at the hands of a malicious gnome (Troyer). When Zoe discovers the horrible history behind the amulet, will she be able to harness its magical power before the gnome begins killing those closest to her?“
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to the Roache-Turner Brothers’ zombie/military apocalypse horror Wyrmwood, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.
“Wyrmwood follows Barry, a mechanic and family man, as he struggles to rescue his sister, who was kidnapped by soldiers on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. He sets out through the harsh, blood-splattered Australian bushland to battle both the undead and the military alike.”
The film, directed by Kiah Roache-Turner with a screenplay from Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner, stars Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey and Leon Burchill. The film was produced by Tristan Roache-Turner and executive produced by Jamie Hilton and Josh Pomeranz. Wyrmwood had its world premiere at the 2014 Fantastic Fest.
The deal was negotiated by Sean Berney, Manager of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Altitude Film Sales will be handling international sales. Raven Banner Entertainment is acquiring Canadian rights and plans to release day and date with IFC Midnight.