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[Review] ‘Project Almanac’ Is One Big Jump to the Past

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:10

When David Raskins was seven years old, he lost his father in a tragic car accident. David doesn’t remember much about his dad, other than he was a brilliant scientist, and he loved his only son. Now, as a senior in high school, he’s quickly following in his father’s footsteps, as he, too, takes on the challenges of being an inventor. When David finds out that the project that he, his sister Christina, and his friends Quinn and Adam have been slaving away on for the past several weeks has only granted him a partial scholarship to MIT, naturally, David is devastated. His mom plans to sell their house and move into an apartment with his sister to come up with the other $40,000 they’ll need to send David to college, but David knows there must be another way. Like an answer to his prayers, clues start popping up in his home that lead him down to the basement, where his dad worked on his creations so many years ago. It turns out that his father had constructed a time machine, which if proven effective, could be the meal ticket David’s been looking for to grant him a full scholarship, and allow his family to keep their home, all at the same time.

At first, it seems like the time machine is the best thing that’s ever happened to this band of outsiders. David has been lusting after Jessie, one of the most popular girls in school, for as long as he can remember, but could never find the courage to approach her. However, once she becomes entangled in this secret “jumping” scenario, their relationship grows, and soon, blossoms into love. The group calls it their “second chance machine”, as it allows them to fix all of the problems of their lives with ease. Quinn failed his chemistry test, but with the help of the machine, he’s able to re-live his test over and over until he aces it, successfully advancing him out of the twelfth grade, and onto the next step of education. David’s little sister is being bullied at school, but with one quick jump to the past, she’s able to bring out her claws, and surprise the school bully with her own act of malice. It seems that the machine can’t steer them wrong, until the freak accidents begin to occur. Planes crashing, bones breaking, people disappearing — it can all be attributed to the ripples these kids are causing. However, cleaning up the messes that these quick fixes have created means erasing everything good that has come into their lives as a result of changing the past. Soon, David will have to decide between the perfect life he’s created for himself, and the rest of the world he’s destroying in the process.

Undoubtedly, the most innovative and intriguing aspect of Project Almanac is its use of found footage in a time travel movie. In the past, with films like Groundhog DayBack to the Future and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the audience was only able to experience time travel from a third person perspective. Now, viewers can see first hand what it’s like to jump through time, as David and his sister film every moment of their adventures with a handheld camera, from their time at Lollapalooza, to actually seeing themselves in the flesh a few days prior. It’s a unique concept that gives an inside look into traveling to the past, and gives a better understanding as to how a person can spend hours in the past, while only wasting a few precious seconds of time in the present. If only they had spent the time in the past on more meaningful events than scamming the lottery so they can pay dozens of food trucks to cater to the kids at their school.

Sadly, other than the new first person perspective on temporal relocation, Project Almanac offers little in the originality department. The truth is, we’ve all seen this movie before, only it was starring Ashton Kutcher, dealt with a much darker subject matter, and used notebooks to travel to the past instead of a time machine. Project Almanac plays like a birth child of The Butterfly Effect and Chronicle, recycling the same storyline and camera angles as its predecessors, and offering up sub-par acting and loud house music in return. However, since it’s clearly geared towards a younger audience, it will probably get away with its copy-catting quite easily, since most teenagers only know Kutcher as the Punk’d guy, and will be too distracted by the half-naked dancing girls at the music festival and pompous attitudes screaming out from the screen to think that this film is anything but “totally awesome”. In a way, the most successful facet of this film is that it waited an appropriately long ten years after Kutcher’s attempt at the dramatics to be released to audiences that were born in the 1990s.

Overall, Project Almanac is a fun, light-hearted movie that at least uses found footage to capture time travel in a way that hasn’t been done to death. In all honesty, it’s probably the most successful time travel film that’s been released in years, even if like many that have come before it, it fails to accurately describe time travel, breaking some of its own rules in the latter part of the film that it set in the opening premise. The final act is messy and contradicts its own guidelines, but if you ignore logic and films of the past, it makes for a pretty entertaining little movie that teens will definitely love. Unfortunately, this writer is too old and experienced to find it anything but one big trip to the past, specifically, 2004.

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‘Neon Demon’ Sucks Out Virginal Youth and Beauty

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 20:13

Max Max‘s Abbey Lee, pictured, is joining Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon, says Deadline who adds that she will play the role of Sarah.

Her role is absolutely bonkers as she’ll play a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. After first creeping Jesse out by sucking the blood out of her wound, she ends up killing and later eating Jesse to absorb her virginal youth and beauty.

I love the retro vamp vibe to this.

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Exclusive Comic Preview: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ #3

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:27

Michael Moreci has proven himself to be a master storyteller over the past year. With series like Roche Limit and Burning Fields he´s telling challenging stories with compelling characters, and you may just not have known he also pens DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES‘ which functions as a stellar buttress to one of this summer’s best films. With incredible art by Dan McDaid, this is one comic you don’t want to miss. Check out the exclusive preview of #3 right here, right now, before it goes on sale next week.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #3 (of 6)
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: Main: Christopher Mitten Variant: “Hazard” Graffiti Design
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: As Caesar’s search group ropes new apes into the fold, Pope begins to implement his siege for power and dominance over his newfound tribe. On the other side of America, Malcolm must decide between two worlds—a community built on stability and support or going back on the road for the rumored cure in Austin.

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Introducing ‘Jurassic World’ Dino, “Indominus Rex”!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:48

The official Jurassic World website just dropped a bomb, teasing a brand new dino that will be seen in the Jurassic Park sequel this summer (June 12, 2015).

The site, which also shared the three visual teases, breaks down the soon-to-be-legendary ‘Indominus Rex,’ which was formerly known as ‘Diabolus Rex’ (or, ‘D-Rex’). This is the hybrid dinosaur that’s alluded to in the film’s trailer, and one that’s allegedly a hybrid of a T-Rex and a Raptor.

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 mph…while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.

You can ppke around the the site to read about other dinosaurs, with more fun stuff waiting to be unlocked in the coming months.

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‘Ejecta’ Trailer Leaves Something Behind

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:43

IFC Midnight released a new trailer for Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald’s awesome-sounding sci-fi horror Ejecta, slated for VOD February 27, 2015.

In Ejecta, “reclusive UFO conspiracy theorist William Cassidy is taken prisoner by a secret government agency investigating the arrival of an alien life form. Through flashbacks they uncover the terrifying details of what happened the night the alien returned and changed everything we thought we knew about the universe.

The film was written by Tony Burgess and stars Julian Richings, Lisa Houle (PontyPool), Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity) and a small cameo by Dee Wallace (E.T.).

Ejecta had its world premiere in August at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival.

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The Alternate ‘Evil Dead’ Ending Aired In the UK!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:36

We’ve been investigating missing footage ever since Fede Alvarez’s insane Evil Dead remake hit theaters back in 2013. Bruce Campbell denied its existence, even though early trailers and stills proved there was in fact a variant finale.

Bloody Disgusting reader Alexis Ekizoglou just tipped me off to an IMDB thread where a user alleges that a UK television presentation of the remake was a never-before-seen extended version that carried a heap of missing footage.

Proof? Ah, we gotcha. Below we not only have the alternate ending, which shows Mia (played by Jane Levy) – arm missing and all – on the side of the road begging for help, but three other scenes clipped from the theatrical cut of the movie! It would be awesome to see this released in an extended version here in the States. After multiple viewings, I’m still a fan of the movie.

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The Hilarious ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Joke You Missed…

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:32

This morning I was reading up on Oscar wins for Jonathan Demme’s 1991 The Silence of the Lambs, and that’s when I came across a shocking discovery.

While I’m sure a few of you smart-asses (I say that with love) already know this, I literally had no idea that Hannibal Lecter’s infamous quote, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” was a joke, as well as a very declarative statement.

Reddit user mrcchapman explains:

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Great line from Silence of the Lambs everyone knows. But most people don’t realise Dr Hannibal Lecter is making a medical joke.
Lecter could be treated with drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors – MAOIs. As a psychiatrist, Lecter knows this.
The three things you can’t eat with MAOIs? Liver, beans, wine.
Lecter is a) cracking a joke for his own amusement, and b) saying he’s not taking his meds.

Another user, bICEmeister, chimes in with another deep thought:

In the book he actually said Amarone and not Chianti. Amarone would be a much better fit for liver, and a such shows off his sophistication and further strengthens just how psycho he is – making sure to pair the liver with the proper wine. The movie execs just thought that people wouldn’t know what amarone was, so they switched it out to a wine that everyone would have heard of.

A huge “thank you!” for making one of the best genre films ever even better!

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Mondo Gearing Up To Release ‘Alien’ Soundtrack?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:02

A gorgeous new poster for the classic sci-fi/horror film Alien has been making its rounds since yesterday. Designed by Tyler Stout, the poster states “Sometimes The Scariest Things Come From Within“, and shows the Xenomorph mouth, the classic facehugger egg, and the spacesuits that the crew wore when investigating the emergency signal.

However, eagle eyed viewers spotted an interesting tidbit on the poster in the bottom left. The poster states, “Soundtrack Available On Mondo Records”. Looks like an upcoming vinyl release for Jerry Goldsmith‘s score is in the works! However, nothing is set in stone, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground on this one.

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Invada Announces ’30 Days Of Night’ Vinyl For Record Store Day 2015

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:53

Invada Records has announced that they will be releasing composer Brian Reitzell‘s score to the 2007 vampire film 30 Days Of Night as one of three releases for Record Store Day. This is the first time the soundtrack will appear on wax and it will be limited to 1,000 copies of 2xLP on blood red vinyl. The artwork was designed by Marc Bessant using director David Slade’s photography.

Invada last year released Reitzell’s score to the incredible TV series Hannibal. I can personally vouch that the care and love they put into that release is unbelievable. Trust me when I say that picking anything up from them is an incredibly safe and sound bet.

Also coming from Invada will be Powerglove‘s debut EP EP 1, which features four tracks of “pure 80′s synth madness never before released on vinyl.” It too will be limited to 1,000 copies, this release on bright red vinyl (download card included). These are the same guys that did the soundtrack to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, so if you enjoyed that music, this is right up your alley!

The last release will be Sleaford ModsTiswas EP (picture disc with print version). The 5-track EP will be pressed on picture disc vinyl and housed in a clear heavyweight PVC sleeve with a 350gram 12″x12″ print of Sleaford Mods ‘Tiswas logo’.

Head below for cover art for all releases.

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Super Bowl Spot Is All Arnold!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:14

It’s time to reset the future…

Arnie teased it and now it’s here, a new official teaser poster to go along with the Big Game Super Bowl TV Spot for Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.

The new TV Spot is basically a highlight reel of Arnold Schwarzenegger, only older (see above), and younger, and who knows. It’s still pretty cool.

Oh and there’s a synopsis, too!

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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5 Skull Comic Review: ‘Bitch Planet’ #2 Demands Your Compliance… Again!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:58

‘Bitch Planet’ #2 continues the strong  debut of this empowered series,  by both fleshing out the hierarchy of the world and developing our hero, Kamau Kogo, as a person. We are introduced to an athletic competition, known as either a Duemila or a Megaton depending on your socioeconomic background, which seems like it might possibly be a horrifically violent sport. It’s not completely clear how it’s played. What is clear, though, is that it will factor hugely into the futures and freedoms of the women at the ACO, in particular Kamau.

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Sue DeConnick

ART BY: Valentine De Landro

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Review by Katy Rex

In contrast to the first action-packed issue, this one has focus. Specifically shifting the narrative to Kamau and the aftermath of the riot. Last issue, Marion proved her naivety about the system with her wailing protests of innocence. This issue we get to see Kamau’s resolve; she knows she’s innocent but that her innocence is irrelevant to her incarceration. The giant pink Welcomebot has been transformed into a giant pink Guiltbot, and the emotional burden of being barraged with her own presumed guilt as a form of punishment says a lot about the way the genders are valued in this world.

The focus of this issue is the Duemila/Megaton, about whether Kamau will put together a team of women from Bitch Planet upon the request/demand of a guard, and about the role that the sport plays in their society. Sports-viewing and athleticism are, according to Kamau, part of the indoctrination their society mandates, but at the same time, the (literally paternalistic) authorities on the world are concerned with the viewership and equally with the engagement of society with this sport. However, the countermovement also seems to place value on it, as the women with the resistance (Lizzie and Keiko, from last issue) encourage Kamau to participate.

The art is stunning, with vibrant colors by Cris Peters and bold textures from Valentine De Landro. The dramatic differences in style and palette between Bitch Planet and the home world are wonderful– the home world is done in a much more traditional house line style, and the palette is a little more muted, while the ACO is awash with white screens and faded, almost-transparent backdrops, lending it an air of the surreal in the face of its brutality.

Whatever the future holds for Kamau, it is your duty to be part of it. ‘Bitch Planet’ is one of the best books on the stands, add it to your pull list now.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics
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Comic Book Review: ‘Gotham Academy’ #4 Is A Game Changer

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:47

‘Gotham Academy’ is getting lukewarm reviews from longtime Gotham fans, but I think this new direction adds some variety. The story so far follows a mysterious high school student named Olive Silverlock, who doesn’t seem to have very many friends, who hasn’t spoken to her boyfriend in months despite not actually breaking up with him, and who can’t remember something cataclysmic last summer.

WRITTEN BY: Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher

ART BY: Karl Kerschl

PUBLISHER: DC Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: January 28, 2015

Review by Katy Rex

If you were wondering if DC was intentionally making an ongoing comic in the tone of a high school romance manga, and Kyle’s weird visor/hair situation wasn’t enough to clue you in, I’ll help you out: At one point in this issue, Olive trips and falls down the stairs, literally into the arms of the mysterious stranger/hot guy who she’s seen hanging around campus. Who is that boy? And does he have a clue about her mysterious missing summer?

Make no mistake, this isn’t a criticism. From a company that has taken dark & gritty to new depths, this is sweet, refreshing, and honest fun. It’s still on the dark side of YA, but it’s so accessible. Maps is easily the most likable character, with her buoyant and infectious enthusiasm serving as the catalyst for many of the major plot points, without her encouragement Olive would probably mope in her dorm room. But while the past issues were about character development and build-up, this issue hits the ground running, facing the mysteries head-on, accumulating more key points in the inexplicable haunting, and confronting some pretty serious shit.

The best part of the art in this issue takes place in the actual art classroom. Remember how I mentioned how Maps is my favorite? Well, it turns out she’s a fantastic artist and a total weirdo. She’s in her class, just casually painting some seriously Lovecraftian monstrosity. It’s just delightful. I could actually probably just write this whole review about how much I love Maps, but that wouldn’t be fair to the book as a whole, which can hardly help the fact that Maps is unparalleled in how great she is. But all of the character designs walk this manga/western line beautifully, and are each singularly appealing in their own way.

If you’re one of the people who have been on the fence about this series, and you’ve been waiting for something to just happen already, jeez, this isn’t the issue to drop. Pick it up, this one’s a game-changer.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics

 

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Quotes Fill ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ U.S. One-Sheet

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:39

We just landed the U.S. poster for What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), which highlights the critics love for the hilarious 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).

The film opens on Friday the 13th of February in NY and LA, although the filmmakers hope you waste your money to help them get a full theatrical run. They’re surprisingly close.

Clement and Waititi co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.

Check out the trailer and huge image gallery here.

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Shout! Factory Nabs ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ Out of Slamdance

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:18

Multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards (review), a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and written by the comedy troupe Dr. God based on an original script by Ryan Mitts, reports TheWrap.

The film’s producers and Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos announced that the rights deal includes theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

Described as an Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as “Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

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Just a Really Cool Shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger In ‘Terminator Genisys’

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:11

Arnold Schwarzenegger teased his return as the T-800 in Paramount’s Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.

Alan Taylor shot the film in New Orleans. It stars Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as a T-800), with Jason Clarke (as John Conner), Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons.

Watch the trailer here, with a Super Bowl spot forthcoming.

The below is poster-worthy.

I'm back.

Ein von Arnold Schwarzenegger (@schwarzenegger) gepostetes Foto am 29. Jan 2015 um 8:01 Uhr

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[TV] “Hannibal” Casts “True Detective” Villain

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:54

“True Detective” villain Glenn Fleshler, pictured, has joined the cast of NBC’s “Hannibal,” writes TheWrap.

Fleshler will portray Cordell, the attentive and creepy doctor in Season 3, they explain. A character from Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal” novels, Cordell cares for the disfigured Mason Verger.\

Here’s how the network describes Cordell: “The personal doctor to a disfigured Mason Verger, quiet, very intelligent, and definitely creepy. He is attentive and gentle with Mason, a professional who cares about his work but we get a sense he might be as sadistic as Mason Verger and a perfect fit to become his potential henchman.”

Richard Armitage was recently cast to portray serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a “The Tooth Fairy.” Rutina Wesley, of “True Blood,” signed on for the role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who is Dolarhyde’s last chance at humanity.

The show also replaced “Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Pitt with Joe Anderson for Verger’s role.

Created by Bryan Fuller and produced by the Dino De Laurentiis Company, the series also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.

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[Preview '15] First Look At Alex Aja’s ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:44

Now in post production via Miramax is Alex Aja’s (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha, High Tension) latest supernatural thriller, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Last House On the Left, Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Empire landed the first ever image, which shows Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan hooked up to some sort of machine.

“It reminded me of films like Vertigo or Bunny Lake Is Missing,” enthuses Dornan’s co-star Sarah Gadon to the mag.

“‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor Allan Pascal (Dornan) finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work. With echoes of ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ is a supernatural thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.”

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, The Road) as Detective Dalton; Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, Falling Down) who will play Violet, Louis’ grandmother; and Aiden Longworth (Hector and the Search for Happiness, A Christmas Story 2) in the title role of Louis Drax.

The feature screenplay, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, was written by Max Minghella.

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‘The Babadook’ Wins Best Film and Director At Australian Oscars!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:37

It’s nice to know other countries take the genre more seriously than ere in America. The Academy Awards are a fuckin’ joke, littered with a bunch of pretentious jerks self-congratulating themselves.

The last time our genre was taken seriously was back in 1991 when Silent of the Lambs won the Oscar gold.

THR has exciting news writing that Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed horror film, The Babadook (review, review), has tied with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent film and TV awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday local time.

Kent also took home the AACTA Awards for best direction and best original screenplay for The Babadook(!), one year after her low budget thriller film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Written and directed by Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

“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 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; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. 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.”

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Odin’s Eye Heads Into Shark Infested Waters With ‘Into the Deep’

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:19

Bloody Disgusting landed an early sneak peak at Odin’s Eye’s deep sea thriller, Into the Deep, which will be selling to the sharks at EFM in Berlin.

Directed by Gerald Rascionato from his own screenplay, “Three American college students head down under to capture Great White Sharks on film. But when a freak wave capsizes their boat mid cage dive they are left fighting for and against each other in the world’s most dangerous shark infested waters.

Above is the first image that looks reminiscent of Open Water.

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Arbitrator “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Calgary metal project Arbitrator to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere for “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene”, which comes from the band’s upcoming album Indoctrination Of Sacrilege (out February 13th).

Arbitrator is the brainchild of Rob Kukla, who handles nearly all aspects of the music in studio, although he did draft Soilwork‘s Dirk Verbeuren for drums and Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) did the mastering.

Kukla states:

I won’t bullshit. ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ is just that – a journey discovering the Arbitrator sound. It’s our first album and not our destined grand opus. It is, however, an excellent piece of carefully crafted music. Those that find satisfaction in ominous and progressive death metal of a grand scale will undoubtedly find something for themselves in here.

Head below for the lyric premiere and head over to Bandcamp to preorder the album.

Rob Kukla explains “Stillborn Bastard Of The Nazarene”:

‘SBOTN’ was the last song written for the album and by far the strongest testament to the future of the arbitrator sound. Upon it’s completion I knew that writing for the album had to be concluded, as it brought about such a strong revelation of musical direction for me. It’s heavy, epic, catchy, and above all unforgivably hateful. Jorgan Redick’s tastefully crafted lyric video brings the track nothing but justice.

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