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Here’s the First Shot of King Kong in ‘Skull Island’!

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:07

The King Kong franchise has been rebooted with Kong: Skull Island, which is the film that sets up both the Kong and Godzilla universe. EW just debuted the first look at the giant ape in the Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed feature that stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Thomas Mann and John Ortiz.

The shot “comes from a point in the movie where you’re not quite sure who Kong is,” explains Vogt-Roberts, “what his purpose is, how people should be perceiving him. Through the folly of man, where our initial instinct is to attack anything that is not a known quantity, both sides jump the gun, Kong and the humans, and it kicks off a relatively messy engagement. At first, of course you’re going to perceive something like that as a terrible threat and monster — the physicality of him alone.”

[Related] Kong: Skull Island Trailer As Much of a Spectacle as King Kong Himself!

Full plot details are being kept secret but the film is based on the premise of a team of explorers venturing on an island inhabited by giant monsters. The trailer, below, shows an all-out war that ensures.

More from Vogt-Roberts’ interview with EW:

…A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.

We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want and we really wanted to pay homage to what came before…and yet do something completely different.

There’s subtle nods. [The ’33 film] was black and white, so it’s really easy to assume that the fur on the monkey is black, but there’s actually a lot of forums and things that you read and there’s some real poster artwork where Kong’s fur skews more brownish, so we actually pushed his fur in more of a brown as opposed to the traditional black. It really was trying to create this feeling so that when these humans look up at him, they hopefully have a visceral response, saying to themselves, ‘That’s a God, I’m looking at a God.’

If anything, our Kong is meant to be a throwback to the ’33 version. I don’t think there’s much similarity at all between our version and Peter [Jackson]’s Kong. That version is very much a scaled-up silverback gorilla, and ours is something that is slightly more exaggerated. A big mandate for us was, How do we make this feel like a classic movie monster?

[Kong] was a movie monster, so we worked really hard to take some of the elements of the ’33 version, some of those exaggerated features, some of those cartoonish and iconic qualities, and then make them their own…We created something that to some degree served as a throwback to the inspiration for what started all of this, but then also [had] it be a fully unique and different creature that — I would like to think — is fully contained and identifiable as the 2017 version of King Kong. I think there are very modern elements to him, yet hopefully he feels very timeless at the same time.

Kong: Skull Island opens in theaters on March 10, 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.

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New ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Trailer Brings a LOT of Lycans

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:02

A new international trailer for the upcoming action horror film Underworld: Blood Wars has come out and it offers up a lot of werewolves. Like, at least three werewolves*.

No, but in all seriousness the trailer does reveal that the Lycans are using new tactics to take on their Vampire adversaries and they’ve clearly become a bit smarter about their whole approach. Why go hand-to-hand against your enemy when you can use their weakness against them?

Kate Beckinsale once again returns as Selene with Theo James (Divergent) back as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas.

Rounding out the film’s stellar international cast are: James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s upcoming “Damien”) and Daisy Head (the upcoming Fallen).

Anna Foerster is the director of Underworld 5. Foerster, who previously directed episodes of the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Outlander,” is widely known for her work as cinematographer on epic blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.

The ten-week shoot took place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding.

Underworld: Blood Wars comes out January 6th, 2017.

*I was never good at counting.

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AMC Airing ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Marathon This Saturday

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:48

He promised he’d be your friend till the end.

Perhaps inspired by the success of this year’s FearFest, AMC has promised to air franchise marathons every Saturday night going forward, and in the wake of last weekend’s Alien marathon comes what they’re calling the Chuckython: an all-night marathon of (most of) the films in the Child’s Play franchise. Which ones you ask? Well, we’ve got the full schedule for you today.

Unfortunately, the original Child’s Play is not a part of the marathon, nor is direct-to-video sequel Curse of Chucky. We realize this is kind of a bummer, but you could always fill in the blanks with your own DVD/Blu-ray collection. The Chuckython kicks off at 6pm EST with Child’s Play 2, followed by Child’s Play 3 at 8pm, Bride of Chucky at 10pm, and Seed of Chucky at 12am.

Eight straight hours of Chucky. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night!

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Bret Easton Ellis’ “The Deleted” is a Bloody Massacre

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:32

Bret Easton Ellis and his unfiltered mouth is one of my favorite people in Hollywood. He gives no shits and it shows in his work. While he’s best known as the writer of “American Psycho”, “Less Than Zero” and “The Rules of Attraction”, he’s making his directorial debut on a forthcoming television series that dabbles in a cult.

It was reported this past summer that Ellis is directing “The Deleted”, a cult thriller that follows the disappearance of three seemingly unconnected people from Los Angeles, which triggers paranoia among a group of twenty-somethings who escaped from a cult a few years back.

We have it on good authority that “The Deleted” is going to be appease Bloody Disgusting readers in the goriest of ways, with a source telling us that there are scenes in which the walls are quite literally covered in blood.

Streaming video app Fullscreen has picked up the project and is planning an early 2017 premiere. The thriller will join a slate of original series and youth-skewing licensed fare available on the teen-centric app, which costs $4.99 a month.

Vine “star” Nash Grier leads the unknown cast.

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Chevelle Channels ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ in “Door to Door Cannibals” Video (Exclusive)

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:00

We’ve teamed up with alt-hard rock band Chevelle to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Door to Door Cannibals”, which comes from their latest album The North Corridor. The video starts off with vocalist/guitarist Pete waking up in a strange hospital and running for his life. As he goes through the hallways, he passes rooms that contain strange, surreal, and terrifying denizens. The further down the rabbit hole he goes, the more the situation descends into chaos.

There are absolutely nods to Jacob’s Ladder in this video as well as, and this might just be me projecting, some dashes of the hospital scenes from the PC horror point-and-click game Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh. If creepy hospitals give you the shivers, avoid this video!

Related: 5 Horror Films to Make You Feel Isolated from Chevelle

Drummer Sam Loeffler tells BD:

Pete, Dean and I wanted to do a sort of “nightmare/horror” type video for “Door to Door Cannibals,” so we spent some time brainstorming and kicked around the idea of a mental/experimental hospital we find ourselves in and can’t wake up from. We thought it could be killer if we added some messed up elements that would make Pete freakout and question reality on his way looking for an escape, including a few open doorways with questionable events going on inside. I think we achieved a grittiness that created a sense of urgency but still left us with a little bit of creepy tongue-in-cheek style that some horror films are known for.

You can pick up The North Corridor via iTunes.

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Upcoming US tour dates (tickets available here):
Jan 13 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Jan 14 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Jan 15 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Jan 17 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, WA
Jan 18 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Jan 20 Riverside Municipal Auditorium Riverside, CA
Jan 21 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
Jan 22 House of Blues Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Jan 24 The Historic El Rey Theater Albuquerque, NM
Jan 26 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO

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Augmented Reality Captures Ghost in “NightmARes” Short Film

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:39

Giving homage to the “Lights Out” short that made David Sandberg famous, UK-based director James Mansell delivers his tech-horror version entitled “NightmARes”.

Put on a headset and step inside a frighteningly immersive environment, where all is not as it seems.

Its focus is on augmented relate, something touched on in season 3 of “Black Mirror”.

Seth Sherwood (Hellfest, Leatherface) is interested in adapting and turning it into an ‘augmented reality gone wrong’ horror story, but on a global scale.

BloodList founder/producer/manager Kailey Marsh is attached to produce.

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’47 Meters Down’/’In the Deep’ Clip Becomes Shark Bait

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:17

Back in 2014 Dimension Films acquired 47 Meters Down, which stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as a pair of cage-diving sisters whose boat breaks away from them, leaving them in an observation cage trapped at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by hungry Great Whites.

Dimension Films then announced a home video release (Aug. 2), while also renaming it to In the Deep, bizarrely the original title to this summer’s other shark survival film, The Shallows.

Just a week before its release the Freestyle Media acquired the film with plans to release in 2,500 theaters sometime in 2017.

Physical copies did leak into the market place (you can find them on Amazon by second hand sellers) as copies were sent to retailers and press (here’s my review of the film).

THR reported that Entertainment Studios bought the finished film for seven figures from Dimension, adding that the move comes as the financially strapped Weinstein brothers have begun to sell off some of their films.

47 Meters Down is a new shark thriller directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of The Door), and stars Mandy Moore (“This Is Us,” A Walk To Remember), Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Yani Gellman (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Young And The Restless”), and Matthew Modine (Full Metal JacketThe Dark Knight Rises).

“ ‘In The Deep’ dives into a world of two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) who become trapped at the bottom of the ocean when a diving expedition to observe sharks goes horribly wrong. When the cable attaching the observation cage to the boat breaks and the cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the sisters must figure out a way to get back to safety battling injuries, lack of oxygen, and, worst of all, blood thirsty, great white sharks.”

Here’s a clip in which the girls drop a glow-stick and a shark appears to snap it up:

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Naomi Watts Silenced in This ‘Shut in’ Clip

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:11

In theaters November 11, The Ring‘s Naomi Watts stars as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy, played by The Room‘s Jacob Tremblay, before he disappears forever.

Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Oliver Platt (Flatliners, Lake Placid) also star in the thriller directed by Farren Blackburn and written by Christina Hodson.

A child psychologist living an isolated life in rural New England is struggling to put her life back together after the loss of her husband. She’s a strong woman whose courage is put to the test when she’s caught in a deadly storm, trapped in her home, and cut off from the world around her.

Here’s the film’s first clip in which Watts is frightened by something opening her door, only to be shocked when a hand grabs her from behind to silence her.

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“American Horror Story: Roanoke” Finale Teaser Reveals Huge Past Season Connection

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 00:26

You can never have too much Sarah Paulson.

Believe it or not, the 10-episode season “American Horror Story: Roanoke” is already coming to a close next Wednesday night, November 16th. Tonight’s penultimate episode saw the series return of actress Taissa Farmiga, who played an internet journalist obsessed with the show-within-the-show, “My Roanoke Nightmare.” By episode’s end, Farmiga’s character was brutally butchered, Cannibal Holocaust-style, by the Roanoke ghosts, and so too was, well, everyone who was still living going into Episode 9. The only one who made it out alive? Lee Harris.

After eating a pig heart given to her by a mysterious woman out in the woods – the real life version of the character Lady Gaga played in the re-enactment series – Lee became possessed and went on a murderous rampage, essentially becoming the new Butcher. At the end of the episode, the cops “rescued” Lee, believing her to be the sole survivor of the gruesome carnage.

So what comes next? In a teaser clip shown at the end of tonight’s episode, we saw that Sarah Paulson will be playing her third character this season in next Wednesday night’s finale, and it’s one who is undoubtedly a familiar face to fans of the FX series. “Roanoke” will officially cross over with “Asylum,” as Paulson is reprising the role of Lana Winters in the Season 6 finale.

Allow Wikipedia to refresh your memory:

Lana Winters is a journalist who is committed to Briarcliff Manor under false pretenses by Sister Jude, for trying to expose its darkest secrets.

Check out the teaser below!

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[TV Review] “Salem” Episode 3.02: ‘The Heart is a Devil’

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 23:11

One thing Salem has always excelled at is not dawdling for too long on one singular storyline. Take Mary’s undercover mission into her son’s house. That is something that could have easily occupied half of the season, but Salem is impatient as ever and decides to have Mary’s ulterior motives discovered in one episode. This could have felt rushed in the hands of a less talented writer (the screenplay is credited to co-creator Adam Simon), but Salem somehow makes it work. “The Heart is a Devil” belonged to Janet Montgomery, and she brought her A-game.

Resurrection couldn’t be that easy, could it? While poor Mary Sibley was brought back to life in the closing moments of last week’s episode, it came with a price. Confining Mary to Salem for the rest of her life is a cruel plot twist for the character, but at least it ensures that she’ll never leave the show, right? Before she does anything (even bathe), she heads straight to John Alden for a quick lovemaking session. Their reunion was a touching one, and solidified their relationship as one of the more stable parts of the series, even if John is still lacking as a character (more on that in a bit).

It wasn’t long before Mary was put through the wringer again. The episode jumped right into her infiltration of the Dark Lord’s house, with quickly arousing the suspicion of his brother (apparently named the Sentinel).  Screenwriter (and co-creator) Adam Simon did a commendable job building suspense with every scene in the Dark Lord’s house. The Sentinel is proving to be a more formidable opponent than the Dark Lord himself, and it was a nice callback to the pilot episode to have him be all of the bugs that crawled over Mary when her baby was snatched from her womb.

Oh, and he can pull giant millipedes out of his mouth and shove them in people’s ears to get the truth out of them. It’s a grotesque form of torture, but for some reason didn’t work on Mary. Her failure of the Dark Lord’s final twist was a good one (though it would have been preferable had the twist been that she actually did kill the right person), so it’s alarming to see that for once, Mary is in over her head.

John spends the majority of the episode drinking and sexing (see above). The sub-plot involving people flooding the town because of invading French and Indians was put on the backburner this week, with screen time favoring Mary. Because of that, John’s storyline didn’t get to evolve much in “The Heart is a Devil.” It will undoubtedly become a more central aspect of the season (and no doubt affect the Dark Lord’s master plan) in future episodes, but this episode seemed more focused on getting John out of the bar. It’s about as interesting as it sounds.

Shane West is a fine actor in other things, but he’s never fully succeeded at making John Alden a compelling character (the writing does him no favors either). Were it not for Mary’s feelings for him, he would be completely useless. One would hope that in its third season Salem would be able to make him more than just Mary’s love interest, but it hasn’t been able to do that yet. His scenes end with him training the local militia to fight off the refugees, so maybe that will lead somewhere, but when the Devil is in town, a war between mortals just doesn’t seem all that exciting.

One of the more interesting sub-plots of the week saw Cotton (poor, poor Cotton) wise up and start playing along with Anne’s game. It isn’t believable for one second that Cotton is actually turning a corner and falling for Anne again, but it’s nice to see the character stop acting like a whining child. You don’t make it out of Salem alive unless you play the game properly, and Cotton has just entered the playing field. Once again though, it’s all setup with very little payoff (unless you consider him taking a lock of Anne’s hair “payoff”). That is to be expected in the second episode of the season though, so the episode can’t be faulted too much for it.

“The Heart is a Devil” essentially served as Part 2 of the premiere. It finished moving all of the pieces into position to set up the rest of the season. While we got more Mary and a more satisfactory Cotton storyline, the rest of the episode failed to make much of an impression. That being said, it has set up enough storylines to keep you interested.

Random Notes

  • Grossest Moment: Definitely that giant millipede crawling into Mary’s ear. The runner up was Tituba pulling the eyes out of that poor cat.
  • Number of times Tituba was called a bitch: 2
    • “What have you done to me now, Queen of Bitches?” -Oh how I’ve missed Mary’s acid-tongued barbs.
    • “You conniving bitch.” -John Alden, upping his insult game.
  • So what’s up with that boy who is actually a girl that kept trying to buy John a drink? She’ll probably be important later, right?
  • Not a lot of Mercy tonight, but she did give Hathorne a wicked case of the boils. Go Mercy!
  • Isaac is playing detective with Marilyn Manson’s mortician, leading him straight to Alice. Might he cross paths with Mercy soon? Methinks he will!
  • I yelled “Take a bath first!” during Mary and John’s sex scene. So unsanitary.
  • Sebastian’s face when he saw a very much alive Mary was priceless.
  • “You lying filthy whore!”
  • “Lay a finger on Cotton and I will paint these walls with your insides. That boy be damned.”
  • “I’ve been alive, dead and alive again and right now all I want is to feel you inside me.”
  • “Welcome to my bird’s nest. Do you see any birds you’d like to share a nest with?” -This was a terrible line of dialogue, even for Mercy.
  • “As an unmarried man you cannot hope to understand the unbreakable bonds that hold a man to his wife.” -Was this Cotton trying to let John know that he was trapped? I couldn’t tell.
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Netflix’s “Black Mirror” Trailer is Here and It’s

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:39

In this world, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s real… Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror” returns on Netflix October 21.

Netflix has sent us the official trailer, which boasts its “Twilight Zone” appeal, while also showing us what the future may hold. “Black Mirror” is one of the best television series on the planet, and tackles social issues in the digital space from Twitter to gaming and National Security. The original series was dark, and carried horrific finales (one episode had a political leader fuck a pig), while there’s rumors this new revival is a bit more light-hearted. I hope this isn’t true because the worst “Twilight Zone” episodes were the ones in the 1980’s that ended with a fucking rainbow.

There’s huge potential here, anyhow, with directors ranging from 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Dan Trachtenberg (starring the infinitely awesome Wyatt Russell) to James Watkins, Joe Wright, Jakob Verbruggen, Owen Harris and James Hawes. The six episodes feature performances by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Jerome Flynn, Alex Lawther, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton and more.

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Sheriff Murders the “Freaks of the Heartland”, from Steve Niles

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:53

MTV has put in development “Freaks of the Heartland”, a dark fairy tale drama series from Dark Horse Entertainment, the film and TV division of comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics, and Universal Cable Prods, Deadline reports. David Gordon Green is attached to produce and direct, subject to availability.

“Freaks of the Heartland” is set in a rural town in America’s heartland that has harbored a terrible secret. Trevor’s family had been hiding his deformed little brother Will in the barn, hidden from the world by their father. When the local sheriff discovers Will and kills their father in the subsequent struggle, the boys go on the run, framed for the murder, and uncover that Will isn’t the only one, that “freak” children were born to other families in this town, and that the sheriff killed many of them years ago. Now he wants to finish the job, and only Trevor stands in his way. Trevor will do whatever it takes to keep his brother – and all the other innocent freaks still in hiding – out of harms way.

Written by Geoff Davey and Peter Sattler (Camp X-Ray), the project is based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel by Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night”), with art by Greg Ruth.

Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson & Keith Goldberg executive produce along with Niles and the Gotham Group. Davey and Sattler co-executive produce.

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Film Movement Classics’ October Releases Highlighted by ‘Violent Cop’

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:46

New York-based arthouse distributor Film Movement has an exciting batch of releases in store for the month of October starting with a couple of films from Japanese actor/director Takeshi Kitano on October 11th. Kitano’s Violent Cop and Boiling Point are both arriving on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time and they’ll be loaded with bonus content included original artwork from comic book artist Ben Marra.

Film Movement will keep the good times rolling two weeks later on October 25th when they release Vampire Ecstasy and Sin You Sinners, both films from sexploitation pioneer Joe Sarno. The Sarno films will be available on DVD and Blu-ray and come as a double feature.

VIOLENT COP & BOILING POINT

In his breakthrough classic, VIOLENT COP, “Beat” Takeshi directs and stars as vicious rogue homicide detective Azuma who takes on a sadistic crime syndicate only to discover widespread internal corruption within the police force. Kitano’s debut feature marks his transformation from motor-mouth comedic star of stage and screen to art house auteur – consciously playing with the schizophrenic nature of his public persona, both in his films and in public. The San Francisco Chronicle called VIOLENT COP “exhilarating,” and Lawrence van Gelder of The New York Times said the film “packs a punch,” when it was released in the U.S. in 1999, ten years after it was made and following the success of Kitano’s other films, HANA-BI (FIREWORKS) and SONATINE. VIOLENT COP was in the official selection of the Yokohama Film Festival, where Kitano won the Best Director award; Karlovy Vary; and Moscow Film Festival.

BOILING POINT, the second film from Renaissance man Kitano follows two members of a junior baseball team who get mixed up with yakuza gangsters, haphazardly stumbling into a journey for revenge. For the first time Kitano wrote as well as directed, carving out his unique genre blend of crime, action and comedy. The Chicago Reader observed that “Takeshi Kitano’s handling of tones, which range from the grimly depressive to the irreverently hilarious, is amazing,” and Time Out called it “the funniest film to date from a key ’90s filmmaker.” BOILING POINT received a Special Mention at the Torino International Film Festival and gained recognition at Karlovy Vary and Mumbai International Film Festivals.

Blu-rays and DVDs of VIOLENT COP and BOILING POINT, which will be available on October 11th, will each include an essay by Tom Vick of The Smithsonian Institution, as well as a 20-minute bonus featurette. THAT MAN IS DANGEROUS: THE BIRTH OF TAKESHI KITANO will be paired with VIOLENT COP, and OKINAWA DAYS: TAKESHI’S SECOND DEBUT will be included with BOILING POINT. The featurettes will include interviews with the filmmakers, actors and producers; clips from the films; and a survey of graphic images and posters.

VAMPIRE ECSTASY & SIN YOU SINNERS

Called “an undercurrent of poetic melancholia and surrealism” (Offscreen.com) and dripping with gothic atmosphere, VAMPIRE ECSTASY is Joe Sarno’s mesmerizing foray into the horror genre. When a trio of beautiful young women journey to their ancestral home to claim an inheritance, they fall prey to a coven of witches, intent on trying to reincarnate their deceased vampire leader. Meanwhile, SIN YOU SINNERS, from the first wave of sexploitation films by Sarno, the “Chekhov of soft-core” (The Village Voice) is a hypnotic noir about a medallion forged in a voodoo ritual that preserves an exotic dancer’s youth and beauty. When the dancer’s jealous daughter and employer hatch plots to steal the amulet for themselves, it sets off a chain of events ending in murder.

“SIN YOU SINNERS….finds (Sarno) already occupying the unconscious position of a genuine grindhouse auteur,” wrote film critic Tim Lucas. This inaugural home video release will also include a bonus essay by Lucas.

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‘Shin Godzilla’ Images Get Up in the Monster’s Face

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:43

The iconic science fiction monster Godzilla makes land fall in the U.S. and Canada this October with the North American theatrical release of Shin Godzilla (read our review) from Toho Company, Ltd.

Shin Godzilla will roar into theaters for a limited engagement on October 11 – 18. The movie will screen in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Here are a ton of official images, with only one showing Godzilla, but the others displaying his path of destruction.

Co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of “Evangelion”) and Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 “Attack on Titan” live action movies), Shin Godzilla is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho and represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this celebrated movie monster. The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both also from the “Attack on Titan” live action movies – as well as Yutaka Takenouchi.

[Related] Shin Godzilla is Surprisingly Grounded and Compelling

In Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence), “An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named “Godzilla”.

To purchase tickets to or find more information on Shin Godzilla, visit the official site.

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‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Posters Protect the Bloodline

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39

On the heels of sinking their teeth into a trailer, Screen Gems/Lakeshore Entertainment has shared four character posters for Underworld: Blood Wars, opening in theaters on January 6, 2017.

Kate Beckinsale once again returns as Selene with Theo James (Divergent) back as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas.

Rounding out the film’s stellar international cast are: James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s upcoming “Damien”) and Daisy Head (the upcoming Fallen).

Anna Foerster is the director of Underworld 5. Foerster, who previously directed episodes of the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Outlander,” is widely known for her work as cinematographer on epic blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.

The ten-week shoot took place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding.

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Universal’s Second ‘Death Race’ Remake Revs Into the New Year (Trailer)

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 22:32

A “delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem”, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 arrives on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD January 17, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home chntertainment, Bloody Disgusting just learned.

A reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience.

Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.

Produced by Roger Corman, the king of cult classics, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 stars Manu Bennett (The Hobbit) as Frankenstein and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as the Chairman. The cast also features Burt Grinstead (“NCIS”), Marci Miller (Viper), Folake Olowofoyeku (The Beaver), Anessa Ramsey (Footloose), Yancy Butler (Hard Target) and Charlie Farrell (Cantar).

The film is directed by G.J. Echternkamp from a script by Matt Yamashita (Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda) and G.J. Echternkamp, and produced by Roger Corman (Death Race 2000) and Luis Llosa (Anaconda).

Bonus features reveal how filmmakers transformed the deadliest competition on wheels into a hair-raising, savagely funny game of life or death.

BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL HD’s exclusive BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of 2050 – This featurette goes behind the scenes of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 to explore why, over four decades later, the original Death Race 2000 has been remade, including what made this project appealing to cast and crew, what changes have been made, and what fans of the original will still love. Discover the movie magic behind the deaths, stunts and of course — the cars! Includes interviews with stars, director G.J. Echternkamp and Corman himself.
  • Cars! Cars! Cars! – Go on the set with the drivers of Death Race 2050 as they introduce their one-of-a-kind killing machines: Frankenstein and his Monster, Perfectus and his Piece of Art, Tammy and the Tank, Minerva and her Sound Box and ABE.
  • The Look of 2050 – An insider look at how the film’s visual style came together, including how shooting in Peru helped set the tone of the picture and how the costumes became stars in and of themselves.

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“The Walking Dead” Star Norman Reedus Jammed With Anthrax the Other Night

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:16

Last night, “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, hopped on the stage of the Tabernacle in Atlanta to jam along with thrash metal legends Anthrax for their song “Indians”, which comes from their 1987 album Among the Living. Reedus played bass alongside the group, standing next to bassist Frank Bello.

The band is known to be big fans of the series, with Bello and guitarist Scott Ian visiting the set the night before the show. Ian has also been an extra on the show as a zombie.

You can see photos of Reedus rocking it up below.

Remaining tour dates:
6 Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12 Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14 The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15 Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA* (offer)
17 ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19 S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21 Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22 Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22 Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25 Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26 Top Deck, Famington, NM* (offer)
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**
* Anthrax & Death Angel

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Meshuggah Astonish With ‘The Violent Sleep of Reason’ (Review)

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:01

Next year, Swedish tech metal band Meshuggah celebrate their 30th anniversary. Few bands can lay such a claim. Hell, most give up before reaching a tenth of that. So I feel that some respect must be presented to any band that offers forth new music after such a career. The Violent Sleep of Reason marks the band’s eighth studio album, following 2012’s Koloss (review), and offers 10 new tracks of social, political, and religious commentary (more about that here) couched in blistering, disjointed metal that’s so fierce, it practically begs to rip and tear into your body.

“Clockworks” masterfully opens the album, immediately making it clear that fans are going to get what they want, which is masterful performances and deep, crunchy riffs. It mixes rage and technical mastery with the staggered dissonance that the band is known for, although it must be said that the chorus is surprisingly melodic and almost beautiful amidst the ugliness of the chaos that surrounds it, while also acting as the longest song of the album. From here on out, everything will be shorter but under no circumstances will it be forgiving.

“Born in Dissonance”, a song about religion taking the form of a massive asteroid that will eventually smash into Earth, destroying it, is a mid-tempo track that feels as huge as its topic. It simply thunders across your ears, laying waste to all in its path. “MonstroCity” brings forth a strange kind of groove, dare I say something almost funky? Let me be clear that there is no funk in the song. Rather, it simply has this swagger, this kind of attitude that I would call “funky” and goddamn do I love it. It’s the kind of track that will annihilate any unsuspecting soul who finds themselves in the mosh pit when this plays.

“By The Ton” feels as heavy as its name implies. There is an quality, an air about this song that sets it apart from the others. It’s still 100% Meshuggah but it feels different from the other songs, as though it’s its own beast.”Violent Sleep of Reason” opens with a psychedelic, swirling chaos before locking down into a vicious, snarling riff. Towards the end, vocalist Jens Kidman pulls back on the growls and recites vocals almost like some terrifying bedtime story, angrily whispering them into the mic before roaring back.

Throughout these tracks, I couldn’t help but notice that Kidman’s voice sounds different from Koloss. It’s a bit raspier, a bit more harsh. It’s not a bad thing because it matches the style of the album perfectly. He still sounds absolutely enraged when he sings, his growl not being used simply because the music calls for it. It’s also by this point that I realized that the album sounds glorious. The production is crisp and tight, each instrument clearly heard.

As the album progressed, I came to another realization: I was having a blast. Meshuggah have crafted an album that is just as much fun to listen to as it is heavy. It may be an assault on the senses but to paraphrase Frank from Hellraiser, “Meshuggah gave me an experience beyond limits… pain and pleasure, indivisible.”

I could go on about the rest of the tracks, such as the beautiful (no, I’m being serious) outro to “Stifled” or the sludgy, almost filthy tones used on “Into Decay”, but I feel like I’d be ruining the experience you’d get by listening to it yourself. Do yourself a favor and get this.

The Final Word: There is no denying that Meshuggah are trailblazers in the metal genre. They pave the way with each new release and The Violent Sleep of Reason only furthers this tradition, proving that there is no band that can write music like this except Meshuggah. Expect this to show up on nearly every “Best Metal Albums of the Year” list.

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[Beyond Fest Review] ‘Beyond the Walls’ is an Incredible Mystery from Start to Finish

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 15:44

I had no idea what to expect when I sat down in the Egyptian Theater to watch a full screening of the three-part Shudder-exclusive French miniseries, Beyond the Walls (‘Au-Dela des Murs’ in its homeland). I knew it was French with English subtitles, that it was two-and-a-half hours long and that’s about it. As the credits rolled at the end of the third episode, I was completely blown away. Beyond the Walls is a confident, visually gorgeous and most importantly ruthlessly coherent adventure that mixes a Del-Toro-esque labyrinth, time travel and everything in-between.

The show follows Lisa (Veerle Baetens), a Speech Therapist in France who inherits the house across the street from her apartment despite never having met the deceased owner. After moving into the house, she hears scratching on the other side of the wall and breaks through only to find a dingy hallway that leads her to parallel universe.

Despite the language barrier, Beyond the Walls is easy to follow thanks to the incredible world-building at play. You’re never flat out told Lisa has had trauma in her life, but you’re certain of from the middle of the first episode thanks to a few factors.

Lisa lives alone in a tiny apartment that she hasn’t bothered to furnish or unpack. She wears a wedding ring despite not having a husband, and uses it as an excuse to avoid hanging out with her friends after work. Finally, she’s tormented by night terrors of a shallow pond that cause her to wet the bed almost nightly.

This almost definitely stems from the show’s co-writer and director, Hervé Hadmar, doubling as a graphic novelist. Each shot feels like a panel of a comic book, filled to the brim with details that give you insight into Lisa’s life. If something is in frame during a scene, it’s put there on purpose.

Soon after stumbling into the world within the walls, she gets horribly lost and meets a man roughly her age named Julien (François Deblock). He reveals that he’s been trapped in the house what he determines to be about three years. Their conversation is cut short by monsters that Julien calls ‘Others’ and they’re forced to hide in the floorboards

Others are men that have been lost so long in the house that they no longer require food or water. The animalistic creatures wander in packs, lead by men with glistening, oily black skin called the First Men. They search for those who haven’t succumbed to the house to finish them off.

The Others aren’t scary to look at, they actually look just like people except for their completely blacked out eyes. That’s what makes them creepy though. They’re so close to human it’s heartbreaking, They can speak and eat, and at times it seems like the only reason they became Others in the first place is that they just simply gave up on getting their lives back.

The labyrinth itself is one of the most beautifully designed worlds I’ve ever seen in film. It never lingers too long on a certain environment, and it’s not entirely made up up dark, winding hallways. Rooms shift from elaborate Victorian parlors, to chapels eerily reminiscent of the Undead Asylum in the video game Dark Souls, to a haunting forest shrouded in thick fog.

The plot never gets lost in the maze of its world, however since Julien has spent his time in the walls meticulously mapping them out. He knows exactly where to go when Lisa brings up clues she gleaned from the will of the man who left her the house. It never feels cheap either, because the places they’re forced to go are teeming with Others, so Julien never had reason to go there.

Beyond the Walls’ coherence lasts through the entire series, and despite dragging a bit at the beginning of the third episode, it luckily kicked into gear as soon as I started to get bored. I was genuinely surprised at how easily I was able to recite the entire narrative to my girlfriend a full 24 hours later and I don’t think there’s a better testament to a film that’s literally about being lost than that.

Finally, the finale is simple yet satisfying, and even though I caught little clues throughout the story, I hadn’t exactly figured it out by the end. Thankfully the it isn’t a cop out either. Without giving too much away, it’s definitive and emotional and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Nearly everything about Beyond the Walls from the Others to Julien’s stagnation before meeting Lisa lends itself to the message that to have happiness in life, you can’t avoid pain and heartbreak. You need to face it head on and you’ll almost always come out a stronger, better person for doing so.

2016 seems like it’s the year of the horror film with standouts like The Conjuring 2 and Don’t Breathe, and Beyond the Walls effortlessly solidifies itself as one of the best. I’ll re-watching it when it launches on Shudder October 20th, and it’s more than worth the $5 dollars a one-month subscription to the service costs.

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Seductive Poster For ‘SiREN’, Our ‘V/H/S’ Spinoff!

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 15:04

V/H/S breakout star Hannah Fierman is returning to her “Amateur Night” role in SiREN, our non-found-footage spinoff directed by Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead, The Other Side, VHS: Viral).

SiREN, executive produced by V/H/S director David Bruckner, is set for release in theaters on December 2, 2016 with a VOD, Digital HD and DVD date set for December 6, 2016 through Chiller Films. Here’s the first look at the poster that heeds a warning.

The film also stars Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, Beyond the Gates),  Justin Welborn (The Final Destination, The Signal),  Michael Aaron Milligan (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Hayes Mercure (Mascots), and Randy McDowell (Elvis).

Based on a short by David Bruckner, the feature was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski.

“‘SiREN’ is a horror-thriller about Jonah, an apprehensive groom-to-be whose bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural sex club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the sex club will stop at nothing to re-capture his prize. Jonah struggles to rescue the girl only to discover it is he who needs to be rescued as he comes to the realization that she is a dangerous fabled predator who has chosen him as her mate.”

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