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‘SAW’ Came Out 10 Years Ago Today; Let’s Take a Look Back…

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:57

Today marks the official 10th anniversary of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Saw, which led to me digging through a decade of Bloody Disgusting content.

I was planning on spreading all of this out of the course of the month but I couldn’t find the time to get my act together. October is fuckin’ nuts here on Bloody!

Anyways, there’s all sorts of goodies here from Adam’s [Ghosts Of Gaming Past] A Review Of ‘Saw: The Game’ to these other editorials:

- 00′s Retrospect: ‘Saw’ Makes 2004 a Game-Changer
- Revisit 10 Most Memorable ‘Saw’ Moments!
- James Wan’s 6 Steps To The A-List!!
- [Halloween Treat] “Living With Jigsaw” the Funniest ‘Saw’ Spoof Yet!
- Halloween Treat #8: Love The ‘Saw’ Theme? Now You Can Sing Along!
- Red Band Halloween Snack: ‘Saw’ Franchise Deaths!
- Special Feature: ‘Saw Revisited: Jigsaw’s Long Journey’
- The Full Interview With Tobin Bell And John Williamson On Saw 2 Flesh And Blood
- Theater Scares for ‘Saw’ Fans

In additional to years of content, we also have reviews of all seven films:

SAW (read the review)
Saw II (read the review, and another)
Saw III (read the review)
Saw IV (read the review)
Saw V (read the review)
Saw VI (read the review)
SAW 3D (read the review)

Next up are tons of images, as well as trailers for all seven films. We really went out of our way to dig up HIGH RESOLUTION images as well as HD trailers:

Image Source: Lionsgate/Twisted Pictures

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New ‘Vampyres’ Trailer Bites Into More Blood and Seduction

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:57

We now have a new international trailer for Victor Matellano Vampyres, starring Marta Flich (Omnivores) and Almudena Leon (Wax), as well as Christian Stamm in the role of Ted, Veronica Bacorn as Harriett and Caroline Munro (Maniac, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad).

The rest of the cast includes Anthony Rotsa, Victor Vidal, Luis Hacha, Alina Nastise and Remedios Darkin.

Matellano penned the film based on Joseph Larraz’s original 1974 movie. Larraz, who died at september 2013, took part in the pre-production of the new movie.

The remake of Vampyres keeps its sensuality, its gruesomeness, its insolence and the twisted atmosphere, but includes more action, more horror and more gore, according to modern times. This is the story of two vamps that “live” in a dark manor where they bring men with the promise of sex orgies that finally become blood orgies.

Vampyres is being produced by Ángel Mora for Artistic Films.

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[TV] Neil Patrick Harris Gets His “Freak Show” Wish!

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:49

Neil Patrick Harris has been openly petitioning for a role on “American Freak Show,” and has finally been granted a wish.

TVLine reports that “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is making Neil Patrick Harris‘ upcoming stint something of a family affair.The site says that Harris and his real-life husband, David Burtka, are set to guest-star on FX’s anthology smash.

Harris will appear in “Freak Show‘s” final two episodes as a chameleon salesman, while Burtka will turn up in the season finale in a sexy storyline with Jessica Lange’s batty chanteuse.

“Freak Show” continues tonight with the second part of their Halloween special.

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Slashers (and Their Victims) Imagined As 80′s Fisher-Price Toys!

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:28

I caught this on Twitter this morning but haven’t had a chance to share until now, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t worth the wait.

Minion Factory imagined some of our favorite horror films as Fisher-Price toys!

Dubbed “Fisher-Price Adventure People Killers,” you’ll find custom 80′s toys from Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, featuring Jason Voorhies, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leatherface, and their many victims – not to mention absolutely gorgeous artwork (I love the price sticker for added effect).

It’s a BLAST FROM THE PAST with the Fisher-Price adventure people. Some of you might remember these from your childhood but probably don’t remember them being so bloody gory. That is my fault, this mash-up just popped into my brain one afternoon and I just had to make them. It is a literally my youth mashed together with toys I have played with as a kid and my love of the horror movies from teen years.

I also chopped up some Backgrounds from “Scoody-doo: Mystery Incorporated” and put them in the illustration to make my drawings look better since My BG skills are lacking. And before anybody asks, they are done entirely in Photoshop and are not real custom figures.

I would absolutely die for the Myers and Krueger victim…

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[Comic Book Review] “Godkiller: Walk Among Us” #1 Can’t Be Ignored

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:33

After finishing “God Killer: Walk Among Us” #1 I was truly moved. It’s an existentialist look at the forces weighing down on our modern civilization, a surrealist nightmare lost in a bleak future, and a dizzying read that will burrow into the core of your being.

WRITTEN BY: Matt Pizzolo

ART BY: Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk

PUBLISHER: Black Mask Studios

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Dystopia is a state of mind. “Godkiller” takes place in a future so bleak that many would consider it the epitome of the apocalypse, yet, somehow amidst all of the insanity that preceded this world’s creation, the characters within are the same as us. That is, they’re trying to thrive despite the circumstances of their society.

The rhetoric is different but the rules of oppression are the same. There are people in control, and others barely pushing to survive. Information is still the most valuable commodity on the market and it’s tearing holes right through the world.

Matt Pizzolo follows a handful of people lost in the chaotic shuffle created by a massive wave of death. Each of them have their own sense of agency, and more than anything try to carry out their own selfish needs. It’s summed up in one phrase in the latter half of this debut issue: “I will not serve.” A bold theme that carries as much weight in a world gone to hell, as it does in our own.

Characters rebel to be selfish. They refuse to be part of something, and in doing so begin to identify with a whole new way of existence. But, I’m not sure if they’re there quite there yet. What I do know, is that this issue is a surreal trip throughout, that pulls at you as you read. This isn’t a passive experience, the narrative will challenge you, and perhaps even require a second read, but inside you’ll find certain kind of idealistic anarchy. The narrative is wild and free, one moment you’re dealing with a collection of whores, where the next they’re being torn apart by some demon like deity who speaks in eloquent sadness.

Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk is a tour de force. Her art is surreal beyond belief, but somehow follows a logical construction on the page. Her color is draining, and adds a certain type of depressing hellfire to the whole affair. Stylistically she’s all over the place without feeling scattered. A page with wild line work and out of focus backdrops can be followed by a clearly paneled and more traditional series of closeups. It’s an unrelenting visual feast.

This book is dense, and certainly not for everyone. I found I had to read it twice and give it a full night of thought before I truly got anything out of it. But, for me I’m tired of reading things and knowing exactly how I should feel by the last page.

This beast of a book, and its importance may be lost on some. But I urge you to check it out, and give it the time that it requires of you. It doesn’t pretend to have any answers and it certainly doesn’t hide its concerns, but it asks questions of you as a reader which is something we should be demanding more of in comics.

This is crucial reading for our consumer generation. Human psychology is a business, and “Godkiller” asks the question: what happens when you stop buying? It simply can’t be ignored.

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Rasputin” #1 Is Legendary

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:26

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

 

WRITTEN BY: Alex Grecian

ART BY: Riley Rossmo

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Reviewed By: Katy Rex

Rasputin is one of those public figures, legends, that has held prolonged public fascination. He’s on a short list of historical figures whose inexplicable life story is more interesting than most fiction; Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth Bathory, Lizzie Borden. There are rumors of dark magic and witchcraft, and those possibilities seem as believable as any other explanation. Where Grigori Rasputin benefits is his connection to another favorite historical mystery, that of Anastasia Nikolaevna.

Alex Grecian and Riley Rossimo seem to know exactly how much fact and how much truth of the legend to include. This is definitely a first issue, and it’s setting up the rest of the arc with backstory and development. The art is a beautiful combination of vintage and otherworldly touches. The story engages even as it explicates. The palette (colored by Ivan Plascencia) plays with the era and adds dashes of the supernatural throughout the book.

This is a really enjoyable read. It would have been significantly more enjoyable, however, with different lettering choices. There’s text-in-panel narration in a scrawling, difficult-to-read font that takes away from the overall story, forcing the reader to spend as much time focusing on the letters as the words. Further, there were opportunities for creative fonts, and with a Russian subject, it was ripe for stylized text.

This is a very good series, and one I will continue to read. It’s what I like about historical fiction, that slight bent toward the speculative, keeping close enough to the facts to create intrigue. This story has all the potential to contain all the elements that I like in a good series. Insanity, supernatural, death-defying mysteries, political turmoil, royalty—there’s so much more to come, and It’ll absolutely stay on my pull list.

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 Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com
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[Comic Book Review] There’s So Much to See in “LOW” #4

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:08

There’s so much to see in issue #4 of Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s series “Low.”

WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender

ART BY: Greg Tocchini

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

 

Marik has been pulled up into his mother’s hope. The third city, Poluma, still exists and they have found it. However, this hub of science and innovation has fallen into the hands of the scurvy horde and now, like Salus, runs the risk of destroying itself through blind indulgence. The disappointment of Stel and Marik is washed away at the sight of Roln who, back in issue #1, killed Johl and kidnapped his young daughters. Tajo, at least, is alive and has become a sort of play-thing/pseudo daughter to Roln who revels in the familial mind games that he plays with her. The mission of discovery quickly turns into a rescue mission. However, the ebb and flow of doubt and hope continues as Tajo turns out to be more of a willful prisoner than anticipated.

The artwork of this issue is so inspiring. I’m left wondering if the two creators even realize the scale of lore that they create in this universe. It’s on an epic level. Just like the narrative, it’s quick to change and full of surprises. Despite the grit of this new city we get to explore as readers, you want to be there, experiencing and the wonder and disgust that our heroes do.

The thematic brilliance of Remender’s narrative lies in his earnest pursuit of balance. I mentioned in the review of the previous issue that I was concerned that some readers may raise the “preachy” flag on this series. Issue #4 demonstrates that while it may be obvious that Remender is curating a keen sense of optimism, his characters aren’t naïve nor are his situations eschewing discomfort. The opposite really. Remender’s optimism thrives off of discomfort. Optimism requires discomfort in order to be intentional and significant. Balance is also laid out in the development of characters through the incorporation of flaws rather than a strict reliance on their qualities amidst their challenges. For example, up until now, Stel has been the picture of hope, but this issue highlights not only her pride but her rashness as well. Marik becomes the collected one in this issue, but his devotion to his mother’s hope leads him to follow her lead.

In the back matter “Lowdown”, Remender writes that they have a 60-issue story arc planned should things continue to go well for the series. This makes me very, very happy.

A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer

 

 

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Budos Band “Aphasia” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with NYC 70′s psychedelic instrumental group Budos Band to bring you the exclusive music video premiere of “Aphasia”. The video, directed by Stephen Pitalo, is montage of 60′s and 70′s horror clips, ranging from supernatural to slasher, cult to demonic possession. What’s great about this video is that the music fits it perfectly, exuding that wonderful giallo style that makes soundtracks stand out as one of the best characters in a film.

Seriously, this video and the song are a perfect way to hype up your Halloween anticipation, so get down there and check it out!

“Aphasia” comes from the band’s brand new album Burnt Offering, which you can purchase in different formats here.

The band explains:

The darkness of Aphasia is apparent in these classic horror clips, which highlight our fascination with the occult, the evil and the bizarre. The demons of the underworld had their way with our new album “Burnt Offering,” which has dropped chillingly close to Halloween. This new video gives a glimpse into the darkness that pervades not only “Aphasia” but every track of the new record.

Budos Band online:
Official Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Tour dates:
10/30 – Exit / In Red Bull Sound Presents – Nashville, TN
10/31 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
11/01 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
11/07 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/08 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/15 – Bear Creek Music Festival – Live Oak, FL
11/21 – The Ballroom at The Outer Space – Hamden, CT
11/22 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA

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[Comic Book Review] “Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland” #2 Reads Like A Fairy Tale

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:57

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #2 reads like part of a fairy tale. It looks great; it reads like a childhood story and keeps the eyes busy on every page. If Jimmy falls asleep, he goes into a magical land called Slumberland. What goes on there is quite the sight to see…

WRITTEN BY: Eric Shanower

ART BY: Gabriel Rodriguez

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 29 October 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

 

Jimmy isn’t Nemo but no one in Slumberland seems to notice. The royal family of this magical realm has invited him to be playmates with the royal princess. Jimmy / Nemo is a young lad who just doesn’t want to play with girls, even if they are a princess. There’s more to the story than this but I think you get the general idea. Writer Eric Shanower has made this chronicle very easy to take in. This adaptation looks like a modern, yet very faithful look of the original in all the right ways.

The story is a straight-forward journey into a wondrous land. A ton of credit has to go to artist Gabriel Rodriguez. His panels look every bit as fantastical as a place called Slumberland ought to be. Everything looks clear and instantly engaging. I can only imagine the rest of this fun tale keeps the visuals popping off the page. I would have no problem sharing this story with children which is sorely lacking in the comics industry ironically.

This edition of Little Nemo in Slumberland is off to a fantastic start. It looks great; it reads smoothly and leaves off on a good hook. I know Shanower from his epic Age of Bronze work and believe he is truly in his element telling a story like this. Rodriguez I know only from reputation from his Locke & Key work. Having heard all the rave reviews for that, I believe this creative team will no doubt give audiences something spectacular here.

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[Comic Book Review] “Sundowners” #3 Is Enthralling

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:46

“Sundowners” started off on the right foot, but stumbled in a meandering second issue. I’m here to say it’s found itself again and is back better than ever in issue #3.

 

WRITTEN BY: Tim Seely

ART BY: Jim Terry

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29 2014

Reviewed by Torin Chambers

Our sorry bunch of ‘heroes’ fall even farther from anyone expectations of a super hero, it’s awesome. It’s an utter joy to read about these incredibly flawed characters and watch them descend further into madness. These aren’t your generic ‘crazy’ people, they’re all struggling with mental illness in a very real way and as awful as that is I can’t look away.

It’s tragic how close these people come to doing some kind of good only to be held back by their crippling illnesses. At the same time this also makes them intimately relatable. No matter how fucked up they are they’re still people, people trying to deal with life in their own – mostly self destructive – way.

Crowlita has been tailing Meghan, a woman she believes has connections to the people who took Volf. She follows her on the el train even though the crowded trains give her anxiety that could lead to a brutal panic attack. She tails Meghan to a church before succumbing to a terrifying panic attack, seeing thousands of horrific meaty shellfish swarming around her.

As Crowlita faces her own demons Citizen breaks into his ex-wifes house. Having had a bad day he just doesn’t want to be alone but we learn he’s been loosing himself to paranoia for a long time. His ex-wife, reasonably, wants nothing to do with it. The whole scene is almost heartbreaking to read. This man has fallen so far into himself and his insane paranoia that even when he genuinely tries to reach out he’s rejected. He’s burned his own bridges.

Later in the issue we’re introduced to Brandon, an astonishingly unhinged man who has some kind of past with Andrea. While our heroes are good people carrying an incredibly heavy weight, Brandon is a straight psychopath. He could possibly have a connection to the people who took Volf, he does ware all black and seems to be far more skilled than our heroes. I’m interested to see how he fits into all of this.

Sundowners is becoming more and more of a character piece on mental illness. The characters are becoming more flawed and unhinged with each issue. It’s an enthralling read that delves deep into the psyche and isn’t afraid to portray deeply troubled characters.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter: Vulgar_Rhombus 

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[Comic Book Review] “Roche Limit” #2 Intrigues With Character Study

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:21

“Roche Limit” #2 opens up its world, giving us plenty of different perspectives from an awesome cast of characters. This is still Alex Ford’s rodeo but it’s very clear that he won’t be the only character we follow. Moreci takes a good helping of new characters plus cameos from issue #1 and gives them each their own moments. Most don’t even include Ford but they are all connected to the overarching plot of Roche Limit. It’s amazing just how much is packed into this issue. In lesser hands it could quickly become a garbled mess, but everything flows perfectly and it never feels over crowded with Moreci and Malhotra behind the wheel.

 

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci

ART BY: Vic Malhotra

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

We open on the infinite beauty of the cosmos before getting down into the gritty Roche Limit colony. Accompanied by especially intriguing narration about the nature of Faith, how it can drive some to do extraordinary things we’re then introduced to people you can never trust. Roche Limit makes you think, constantly. The existential themes from issue #1 definitely continue here, making you question characters motives and the universe at large.

After laying that interesting thought on us we are introduced to Moscow, who then lays another philosophical bombshell on us. Moscow is an older Russian gentleman who’s styled himself after a Japanese samurai, he’s even got the sword. He’s deranged for sure but he’s also fucking awesome and a joy to read, spilling exceptional philosophy every time he speaks. I’m curious to see if he has any actual skills like a samurai or if he’s all talk, but I’ll wager he’ll spill quite a lot of blood before he’s through.

Follwing Gracie’s bodyguard to a bar to get information about a missing girl is an exceptional highlight of the issue. He goes in looking for answers and won’t leave until he gets them. He doesn’t run in gunning or anything silly, he plays it really smart and works the guy over. Moreci once again demonstrates his writing chops by making the bodyguard I once thought was kinda generic into another captivating, stand out and funny character.

In a lot of ways Roche Limit #2 is even better than #1, our cast of characters has been significantly broadened and details of the bigger story are coming into focus. It’s a testament to Moreci that each and every single one are enthralling in their own way. They all feel like genuine people too, who have real personalities  and not stereotypes. Roche Limit is blowing up right now, make sure you don’t get left behind.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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[Review] ‘Play Hooky’ Not a Terrible Found-Footage Horror, Surprisingly

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:10

Like most, I’m growing ever so exhausted by the onslaught of Found Footage movies in the genre. It’s a gimmick that usually serves no purpose and is continuously filled with stupid, stupid plot holes. However, exceptions to the rule are always there to prove me wrong and so we have Play Hooky. This is the first feature from director Frank S. Petrilli and he clearly knows what he’s doing.

Simple is always the best way to go with this sub-genre and you don’t get much simpler than a group of kids skipping school to get high. Play Hooky doesn’t really break new ground for Found Footage but it does fill in the plot holes that plague most of these things. For one, it seems to be set in the 90s (there’s a lot of flannel…) so the “Oh no I have no reception!” trope is eliminated, thank Christ. Also, there is a reason for filming, one of our characters Brad (J. Wright Chester) is hoping to get some action on film for him and his cousin of the girls they bring along. Believable and effective.

Admittedly, Play Hooky is a bit slow going to get to the action (it’s 40 minutes or so before we even get to the asylum) but what it lacks in action is excels in creating true-to-life characters. Shit, I even remember all of their names which is something I attribute to memorable writing. We all know at least one of these characters in real life. Whether it’s the annoying tag along, the couple who never stops fighting, or the girl who wants so much to be the badass, we can relate to this group. Another bonus for identifiable characters is that we tend to feel more invested in them. I didn’t shed a tear or anything for any of them but I did want them to escape.

My favorite aspect of Play Hooky is the non-traditional way these kids are being terrorized. I won’t spoil it for you but it’s incredibly refreshing. This film doesn’t break a whole lot of new ground (except for the aforementioned “twist”) and it isn’t without flaws. Weirdly the worst acting comes from the adult roles in the film, they come off overacted and goofy but there aren’t many to distract us. I’ll be on the lookout for Petrilli’s next film, CAL.12, coming out in 2015. As fans of the genre I urge you to take a look at Play Hooky, it’s not often to find a low-budget found footage that’s actually (gasp!) decent.

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “Southern Bastards” #5 Is Brutal And Beautiful

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:57

“Southern Bastards” continues to be the most brutal and beautiful book about the deep south ever created.  The beginning of the second arc gives us a taste of Coach Boss Rising and delivers a particular flashback scene that managed to horrify me in a brand new way, which is rare.  It really interesting to see the perspective shift to Boss and to see him as more than the super-villain.  “Southern Bastards” #5 presents a novel concept: how does the bad guy cope when he defeats the hero.  This issue is as rich with life as ever and an enthralling new direction for one of my very favorite books.

WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron

ART BY: Jason Latour

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Review By Eric Switzer

Aaron and Latour treat the south with so much tender reverence and harsh indignation that the book almost feels to be in conflict with itself.  These creators are masters of time and place: invocative of Jeff Lemire’s “Essex County”, a love story to rural Ontario, or, in a strange ray, the Coen Brothers’ “Fargo”.  “Southern Bastards” takes a hard light to the south but in a strangely affectionate way.  It is just one of the many things that make this book so complex and interesting.

Losing Earl was difficult, and even starting this issue I sort of hoped Aaron would pull a fast one and raise him, but I’m so glad that he didn’t.  I’m glad that the book isn’t about Earl in the long run.  He was a lens through which we examined Craw County, an outsider for us to take the side of, but at the end of the day he was just another bastard like the rest of them.  This is a character book, certainly, but more than anything I think its a book about an ideology; one that defines the south as much as any one thing can.  The book is about a certain type of pride, an ineffective willfulness that these bastards represent.  It is as admirable as it is pitiful, another complexity of this book.

Being in the mind of Coach Boss is terrifying.  Being party to his brand of chaotic weakness is a hard feeling to shake.  Aaron’s dialogue and narration strikes directly to the core and Latour’s work really drives home the anguish and despair.  There is some really intriguing foreshadowing as far as new players to the series and the flashbacks are perfectly timed and brilliantly depicted.  The first trade is out now so don’t make any excuses.  This is a book that sticks with you long after you finish it.

Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Aliens: Fire & Stone” #2 Is A Bloody Good Time

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:50

I felt a slight sense of fatigue going back into “Aliens: Fire and Stone”, having been through all four “Fire and Stone” titles and “Prometheus” twice now, I had a slight moment of hesitation as I tried to recall what was going on in this book.  Then I opened it and immediately fell back in love.  All you need to recall from issue #1 is spelled out fairly clearly on the first page: a mining crew on another moon got overrun by aliens and escaped to LV-223 where they are trying to survive and avoid the aliens.  This issue makes the biggest leap to connect the series to “Prometheus” the film and does so expertly while maintaining the tension that characterizes the “Fire and Stone” series.  Get ready for a bloody good time.

WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson

ART BY: Patric Reynolds

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: October 29, 2014

Review By Eric Switzer

The narrator of this issue is a Hadley’s Hope crew member that has discovered and captured one of the drones left behind by the Prometheus crew from the film.  He goes about examining the device and starts to discover what had happened and eventually finds the temple and the remaining Engineers cryo-pod.  What I really like about this issue is not only how it connects us to the film but how all the while the rest of the crews story is going on in the background.  The drama between them and their struggle with the aliens hunting them is de-emphasized in favor of the grander plot.  Our narrator is literally separated from them to tell the more important story, and in fact eventually goes back to tell them about the truth he has uncovered and they can’t be bothered; to busy out running aliens and arguing over who is in charge to understand the significance of what he has discovered.  I may be reaching, but I think there are some social implications here worthy of examining.

I can’t get over how brilliantly crafted and connected these four books are.  Even their release schedule seems to be significant, as each issue released gets us a little bit closer to seeing the whole picture.  I can’t say I am enjoying any one title over any other because they all feel like one massive story.  I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time and I’m pinching myself still that we finally have it.

It feels as though now it is sort of a race to see how many answers we will get about the origins of the aliens and engineers between this crew gets completely hunted down.  It gives the aliens a deeper level of implied motive as they hunt our characters seemingly to keep them (and us) from discovering what they really are.  I doubt this is actually the case, but as a plot device it works really well.  Part of the strength of these franchises and what keeps us coming back for more is how enigmatic the creatures are.  I think I want all the answers, but I’m not sure that is what I really want.  Time will tell I suppose, meanwhile I am absolutely loving this series.

Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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Biblical Release Giallo-Inspired Video For “The Quiet Crooks”

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:16

Psychedelic rockers Biblical have released an official video for their track “The Quiet Ones”. Directed by Sean Wainsteim, the video was shot entirely in Italy and is an homage to the giallo films of the 70′s.

The description reads:

In this ode to Italian Giallo films, a mysterious woman haunts macabre streets of an ancient city as she hunts for her wretched consorts. Amidst the leering statues, creeping shadows and licking flames of this primeval game, a young girl stalks the stalker. What is the design of her awful purpose? What will quench the thirst that each woman desires? Who will satisfy the Quiet Crooks?

Head below for the video, which is wonderfully shot and builds layer after layer of atmosphere. Also below are tour dates, which sees the band playing with Death From Above 1979, Eternal Summers, Eyehategod, and more.

BIBLICAL: THE QUIET CROOKS from Sean Wainsteim on Vimeo.

Tour dates:
11/03/14 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre *
11/04/14 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works*
11/05/14 Little Rock. AK Juanita’s #
11/06/14 Houston, TX Warehouse Live *
11/07/14 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest ∆
11/08/14 Dallas, TX Granada Theate *
11/09/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad ^
11/10/14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre *
11/12/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues *
11/13/14 Santa Ana, CA Observatory *
11/15/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl *
11/17/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
11/18/14 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
11/19/14 Seattle, WA Neumos *
11/20/14 Boise, ID Crazy Horse
11/21/14 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue *
11/22/14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre *
11/23/14 Omaha, NE Slow Down
11/24/14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue *
11/25/14 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre *
11/26/14 Pontiac, MI Crofoot *
11/28/14 New York, NY Terminal 5*
11/29/14 Philadelpia, PA Union Transfer *
12/01/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
12/02/14 Boston, MA House of Blues *
12/04/14 Montreal, PQ Metropolis *
12/05/14 Toronto, ON Sound Academy *

* Supporting DFA1979
# Supporting ETERNAL SUMMERS
∆ Supporting WOVENHAND, PONTIAK
^ Supporting EYEHATEGOD, TODAY IS THE DAY

Categories: Horror News

5 Shows to Binge-Watch This Halloween!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:01

Author: Amber Newberry

If you’re a horror-addict, you’ve probably tapped out a few of your favorite shows and movie series several times over. You’ve watched Dexter through twice, or more, you can recite “Twin Peaks” dialogue on queue, “Tales from the Crypt” is a yearly ritual that repeats itself over and over at your house. I feel your pain. I have a list of must-watch Halloween movies and specials for every October. This year, I decided to tap into some things that had not been a part of my previous tradition because I had to mix it up a little. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t share my picks with you fine folks? So, here it is, a list of five shows for you to camp out in front of the TV and binge-watch this October. Just remember to feed yourself between episodes.

“Todd And the Book of Pure Evil”

Why to Watch:
If you are not familiar with Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, get thee to Netflix and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and dismayed all at once. This cancelled Canadian TV show centers on high school stoner metal head, Todd Smith. Todd and his best friend, Curtis, a one-handed drummer, have formed the band Barbarian Apocalypse in hopes of winning the school talent show and impressing Jenny, the hot rocker girl. When the audition fails miserably, Todd discovers (swelling music) THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL! The book gives him the power to beat nemesis cock-rocker Stewart in a battle of riffs. Of course, the book has its own agenda and causes various havoc throughout each episode up to and including contagious obesity, a ‘stupid’ epidemic, cannibalistic zombified Goth rockers, a killer cake… the list goes on and on. There are some fantastic treats scattered throughout the show… great metal shirts and songs, Jason Mewes as the voice of wisdom (seriously), and no boundaries where content and humor are concerned. While Todd only had two seasons, there is a reasonable wrap-up and a huge cult following, not to mention a movie on the way.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Netflix in all its glory!

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”

Why to Watch:
22 episodes of frightful fun for the whole family is just waiting for you to press play on Netflix. A revival of the made-for-kids horror television, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour takes a fresh look at an old trick. If you recall the Goosebumps show that was popular back in the 90’s, you might have a good idea of what to expect from this show. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique story lines and even a few episodes that were darn scary even to a, dare I say it, adult like me. My favorites included a cemetery episode with a body jumping spirit and another with a creepy monster that lives in the walls. I should express my joy at some of the monster costuming, which I found truly disturbing in one of the aforementioned episodes, I’ll let you find out which. If you enjoyed the 90’s classic ‘kids’ horror shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps, this show is right up your alley.
Where to Watch:
Again, Netflix has got your back. It’s only one season, but that’s twenty-two episodes and there is more to be found on Youtube.

“Masters of Horror”

Why to Watch:
If you’re a true horror fan, you’ve probably heard of the made-for-tv film series called Masters of Horror. With each episode directed by a different person with a history in the horror movie business, Masters of Horror has some gems throughout its two seasons. From John Carpenter to John Landis to Takashi Mikke, this show is certain to have at least one of your favorite directors involved. My personal favorite was Dario Argento’s ‘Jenifer’ which is shown in the above trailer. Of course, you can’t have such a well-rounded group of directors without throwing in some spectacular actors and special appearances; Norman Reedus, Meat Loaf, Fairuza Balk, Angus Scrimm, Robert Englund, (deep breath), Robert Picardo, Steven Weber, Lori Petty– just to name a few. If you haven’t sat down to watch a few of the films from this collection, I highly recommend you do while it is still available online!
Where to Watch:
Hulu!

“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”

Why to Watch:
One part comedy, one party suspense, two parts horror… If you bypassed this classic and chilling TV show, now is your chance to remedy that! Here’s a piece of advice I learned in my earliest days or horror fandom: You can’t go wrong with Hitchcock. The very grandfather of modern suspense himself presented a weekly half-hour of spooky goodness to the masses. Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its debut on October 2nd, 1955 and ranked number 79 on a list of Best Written TV Series by The Writers Guild of America. The shows opening, linked above, is one of the most memorable show openings and is often parodied in cartoons and TV shows even today. There’s something to be said for the added eeriness that comes with black and white television in the middle of the night. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a soda pop and snuggle up with your wife and kids for an evening of classic terror.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Hulu!

“Dark Shadows”

Why to Watch:
If you have a taste for the gothic and supernatural, Dark Shadows is a classic that you must watch. Originally on the air from 1966 to 1971, the show gained so much momentum that it is hailed as one of the most popular daytime TV series of all time. I know what you’re thinking, daytime TV usually means soap opera, and yes, this series does fall into that category. Even with the touch of melodrama, Dark Shadows manages to remain a thrilling and engrossing tale of gothic suspense. The show was even revived as a TV series in 1991 and re-imagined in a Tim Burton film starring none other than Johnny Depp. With decades of popularity attributed to Dark Shadows, it is certainly worth the time of a well-watched horror fan. I can also recommend the 90’s version of the show, which is a campy and fun watch.
Where to Watch:
A ton of the show is available on Hulu, but you can also find various episodes online.

Author Bio:
Amber is a lover of horror and all things creepy. With a taste for 80’s and 90’s pop culture and an infatuation with the macabre, Amber found a niche with the Facebook page ‘Halloween in TV Land’ which is devoted to reminding us all of the Halloween episodes from vintage television shows. Amber also writes gothic fiction and you can find her most recent novel, ‘Walls of Ash’ in print or via Kindle or Nook online.

Categories: Horror News

Class of the Killer Clowns Infographic!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:47

Fly53.com has created this awesome “Class of the Killer Clowns” yearbook, featuring the finest floppy shoed serial killers that have graced our screens.

From Captain Spaulding (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) to “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” Twisty, they have handpicked the very best masked murderers and mutilators.

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Categories: Horror News

‘Child’s Play’ On a Train? Freddy Vs. Chucky? Don Mancini Dreams…

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:13

Crave Online posted a really fun online exclusive commentary track for Richard Attenborough’s killer doll movie Magic, which featured Child’s Play creator Don Mancini.

It’s no secret that Mancini is working on a follow-up to his Curse of Chucky, which Universal Home Entertainment released last summer. And while he’s keeping his cards close to his chest, he does share an idea he had that would put Chucky on a train with an old woman with Alzheimers.

“One of the ideas that I once had… I just have a whole file of different Chucky scenarios. I probably shouldn’t give this away because who knows, I might end up doing it somewhere, but why not?” Mancini said.

“The notion of Chucky on a train… I thought it would be interesting to do something where you’ve got this archetypal or certainly stereotypical notion of the kid who says, ‘The doll is alive and he’s doing this,’ but the kid befriends an old lady who’s also on the train. Like the old lady is the only one who will listen to this kid, and she’s like, ‘Okay, tell me what you’re thinking. I believe that you believe it and let’s investigate it.’ As the story goes on it turns out that the old lady… and also the old lady has early onset Alzheimers. There’s just something, another reason [why] other people aren’t listening to her either. But she turns out [to be] a charmed confidant of Chucky.”

Earlier this month, Mancini playfully talked about how he would pit Chucky vs. Annabelle, but now dreams of how Chucky could end up in a battle with A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger.

“I would like to do Freddy and Chucky, just because I think they would be a fun double act,” he explains. “I’m more really interested in the characters.

My pitch for Freddy vs. Chucky is Child’s Play on Elm Street. Chucky ends up in some kid’s house on Elm Street, and Chucky and Freddy inevitably meet in the dreamscape. Chucky sleeps. Why not? Chucky sleeps, Chucky dreams. And they have this admiration for each other. But they realize quickly that Elm Street isn’t big enough for the two of them, so in a riff on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels they have a contest: who can kill the most teenagers before the sun comes up?”

What do you guys think?

Categories: Horror News

‘Beetlejuice 2′ Being Developed With Natasha Lyonne

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:29

In this Funny or Die spoof, American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne is tapped to star in Beetlejuice 2, but the unfunded project needs investors.

It’s incredibly stupid but also charming, which is why I felt like sharing this “pitch video.”

I love that Lyonne is able to poke some fun at herself, and the make-up is pretty special.

Just give them the money to make this, cool?

Categories: Horror News

Dark Sky Pulls the Muck Out of ‘The Well’

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:04

Dark Sky Films has acquired Tom Hammock’s post-apocalyptic thriller, The Well, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past June.

At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.

The Well stars Haley Lu Richardson in a breakout role as a young woman with grit, smarts, and an incredible will to survive.

Additional cast includes: Booboo Stewart (Twilight), Jon Gries (Taken), Nicole Fox (America’s Next Top Model winner), Michael McCartney (The Amazing Spider-Man), Michael Welch (Twilight), Rena Owen, Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Michael Massee (Seven).

Categories: Horror News