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‘Animal’ Trailer Wishes It Were ‘Feast’

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:07
Everyone’s so super serious…

Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen’s Flower Films banner have given EW the following trailer premiere for their new film Animal, which airs later this year on NBCUniversal-owned Chiller after a limited theatrical and VOD run.

The trailer and even poster scream Feast, only without any of the fun. Nearly every single shot in the trailer shows the group staring at “something” with intense fear, and then the shots of this little porcupine-like creature make it all seem so laughable. I don’t even have to see this movie to know I’m not going to like it. Still, I’l give it a fair shake when it’s released.

The pic, “follows a group of close-knit friends who find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a blood-thirsty predator. Holed up in isolated cabin, tensions mount as secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group puts their differences aside and fights for survival.

Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye and Jeremy Sumpter star. Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo penned the script and the film was directed by directed by Brett Simmons. Gary J. Tunnicliffe created the creature effects.

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10 Horror Influenced Groups You Should Be Listening To

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:00

Lately I’ve really been digging instrumental music, especially if it’s got a bit of a horror twist to it. There’s just something nostalgic about hearing something that reminds me of the horror films that I watched when I was a little kid. All those memories come flooding back and I remember the times I was scared to walk upstairs when the lights at the top were off. Or the times that I really thought something was hiding in my closet. Or when I would stare for hours out the window because I just knew that someone, or something, was lurking in the shadows, just beyond where I could see.

So I wanted to bring you 10 groups that evoked those feelings for me in the hopes that they do the same for you! Head on below to enjoy this list!

Cluster Buster

Using samples from several horror films of the 80′s, this throwback is a mix of vintage sounds with a modern approach. It gives homages to films like Maniac, Terminator, Robocop, Friday The 13th, and more.

Maniac 1980 by Cluster Buster

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Includes ‘Dead Snow 2′ and ‘Willow Creek’!

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:57
After a wildly successful launch last year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival is pleased to announce the first wave of titles that will be screening as part of this year’s event. The first film festival to be created and curated entirely by film critics, this year’s lineup will include the latest films from acclaimed directors such as Michel Gondry and Ari Folman and stars like Audrey Tautou, Robin Wright, Hugo Weaving, Jenny Slate and Romain Duris, all of which will be making their local premieres. The festival will run May 9-15, 2014 and will be held this year at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre. Passes will be available for purchase soon.

Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization, the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. The seven titles announced today come from around the globe and offer viewers an eclectic blend of films including raunchy comedy, introspective dram and mind-blowing fantasy.

Schedule
Friday, May 9th

    7:00pm:
    They Came Together

    9:30pm:
    Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

    11:59pm:
    Housebound

Saturday, May 10th

    1:50pm:
    Chicago Critics Film Festival Shorts Program 1

    3:45pm:
    Copenhagen

    5:45pm:
    The One I Love

    7:45pm:
    Calvary

    9:45pm:
    Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead

    11:59pm:
    The Congress

Sunday, May 11th

    2:45pm:
    10,000 KM

    5:00pm:
    The Overnighters

    7:00pm:
    That Guy Dick MillerA Bucket of Blood

    10:30pm:
    Mood Indigo

Monday, May 12th

    5:00pm:
    Chicago Critics Film Festival Shorts Program 2

    7:00pm:
    I, Origins

    9:30pm:
    Frequencies

Tuesday, May 13th

    5:00pm:
    Private Violence

    7:00pm:
    Nick Offerman: American Ham

    9:35pm:
    Starred Up

Wednesday, May 14th

    5:00pm:
    Mystery Road

    7:30pm:
    Willow Creek

    9:45pm:
    El Critico

Thursday, May 15th

    4:45pm:
    I Put A Hit On You

    6:30pm:
    Obvious Child

    8:30pm:
    Animals

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[Exclusive] Preview: “All-Star Western” #30

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:40

Jonah Hex is finally back to his Western roots this month in “All-Star Western” #30. Longtime Hex writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have dragged the gruff gunslinger on a wild journey through time since the launch of the New 52, and they finally decided to bring him home. Expect things to get supernatural as Hex finds out there’s another Hex in town. Sounds like a good old doppelganger tale. Check out our exclusive preview below, courtesy of DC Comics.

WRITTEN BY: Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
ART BY: Staz Johnson and José Luis García-López
COVER: Dan Panosian
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 23, 2014

Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected – especially when he finds out that there’s a NEW Jonah Hex! Plus: This extra-sized issue features a back-up story drawn by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez that introduces Madam 44 to The New 52!

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Is the ‘Nurse’ Still Alive For More Surgery?

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:45
Paz de la Huerta will return as the notorious “Nurse”.

The model/actress star of Lionsgate’s Nurse 3D (read our review) announced via Twitter that a sequel to the direct-to-VOD slasher is on the horizon.

Nurse 2 is on its way

— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014

RT if u want a Sequel to Nurse 3D

— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014

As much as I enjoyed Nurse 3D, it’s tough for me to believe that a sequel is already in the works, and take de la Huerta’s word with a very small grain of salt (especially since she follows up with a desperate plea for a RT). Let’s just hold until something more official is announced. Until then, we always have Douglas Aarniokoski’s soon-to-be cult classic that also stars Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson.

In the film, “By day nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni (Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.

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[TV] HBO Premieres “True Blood” Final Season Footage!

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:34

There’s nobody left in Bon Temp.

Sunday night HBO premiered a new trailer for their seventh and final season of “True Blood,” this time sharing tons of clips from the series, which returns June 22 at 9PM.

Rumors have it that Bill Compton’s past will be revealed, there are new villains, one named “The Figure,” and that there will be flashbacks all the way to 1850s.

Check out the first footage below.

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‘Phobia’ Is A Prime Example Of Slow Build Horror

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:13

The indie horror game Phobia 1.5 blends Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Resident Evil, and the result is a total creepfest that will leave you with sweaty hands as you anxiously wait for the Big Bad to finally reveal itself. When it finally does, you won’t be ready for it. Or, at least I wasn’t. This game is terrifying, a strong early contender for scariest indie game of 2014.

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[TV] “The Walking Dead” Spinoff Unrelated to Comics

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:10
A chance to right the wrongs?

I’ve been a long time “The Walking Dead” fan. Before the series was even announced, I had been reading the comic for years, and loved it. Being that it’s so incredibly drawn out, the announcement that AMC would bring it to series was cause for celebration. Only, everything something went wrong. I understand that a lot of you guys love the show, and I respect that, but I really wish there was a way to make it better (or even better for those of you who tune in weekly).

Unfortunately, after four seasons, I think the nail is in the proverbial coffin for the adaptation of the Robert Kirkman comic series. Even the print version of the show has become long in the tooth, and feels like it’s being stretched for the coin, instead of doing what’s right for the story.

This brings me to AMC’s announced “The Walking Dead” spinoff, which Kirkman already revealed that follow “another group of characters, surviving in another part of the world.” It’s a chance at a clean slate, as Kirkman also revealed that it would not “use any of the core cast from” the current show.

Adding more fuel to the fire, Comicbook.com discovered a bit more info out of the the letter column section of “The Walking Dead” #125. When asked if indeed the comic would start following a new group of survivors in Issue #127, Kirkman did not shoot the idea down. Instead, Kirkman replied, “No comment. Read 127.

However, as far speculation that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spin-off TV series might follow either past or upcoming storylines in the comic book series, it appears that will not be the case. Kirkman wrote, “For the TV spinoff, I’m coming up with that stuff. It’s unrelated to the comics. What’s happening in issue 127 is in no way connected to the spin-off TV show.

So, with this new spinoff, it’s clear that AMC and Kirkman will be starting from scratch, which is just what the doctor ordered. I, for one, am extremely excited!

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‘Grave’ Devs Take a (Hilarious) Stab At Guerrilla Marketing

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:36

The folks behind the surreal survival horror game Grave have released a new video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at their strategy to get unsuspecting strangers to spend their tax returns on their game. In an ideal world, everyone would just buy Grave, because it’s a fantastic game that’s as unsettling as it is weird.

Thankfully, some people need to be sold on it, and it’s because of this that we got this amazing video.

There are only eight days left in the game’s crowdfunding campaign, which, for some reason, is still way short of its $30,000 goal. You can help remedy that by supporting it on Kickstarter.

And here’s my playthrough of the game’s demo, in case you missed it the first time around.

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Jesper Kyd On Composing For ‘State of Decay’ and “Metal Hurlant Chronicles”

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:00

Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy

Jesper Kyd’s distinguished career as a freelance composer spans more than two decades, and his singular style has earned him numerous distinctions, including a 2005 BAFTA for the dark electronic score to Hitman: Contracts.

Kyd has created music for Borderlands 1 and 2, the Hitman and Assassin’s Creed series, and State of Decay, just to name a few. His most recent work can be heard on the second season of the Metal Hurlant Chronicles, which premiered Monday, April 14 on SyFy at 8 pm. Samples of the soundtrack are available on Mr. Kyd’s website and his Soundcloud account.

He was kind enough to grant an interview with T. Blake Braddy, in which he discusses his influences, the evolution of game music over the years, and the differences between composing for games and television.

BD: It has been reported elsewhere that you are mostly self-taught. In what ways do you think that has affected your approach to music and composition?

I think it allows me to constantly push my music forward and mix different music styles and genres together. For me it’s always been about trying to define a score by being creative and unique in order to find a sound that goes deep, which then becomes tailor-made for the project. If you listen to my Assassin’s Creed, Darksiders or Hitman music, for example, and in a few seconds can recognize the scores, then I’ve done my job.

I enjoy composing soundtracks that go beyond the typical orchestration styles and I like to experiment with different sounds rather than relying on traditional orchestral techniques only. For example, Hitman Contracts was a mix of DJ-style electronic music and choir, Assassin’s Creed II was a mix of Renaissance music styles combined with a modern edge (electronics, guitars, drums, vocals), Darksiders II was analog-synth based and not a traditional fantasy score.

BD: Did you decide to be a composer because you loved video games, or did you gravitate to the medium due to the music itself?

Great question! When I started out playing games on the Commodore 64 I didn’t really know much about video game music…Before the C64 all I remember hearing was some “bleeps” and “bloops” instruments that used to play such as the theme from Kings Quest 1 on PC. The C64 music chip was an amazing analog chip and the phrase “chip music” started to be used to describe C64 music.

I was a big fan of Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield in my childhood and once I heard Martin Galway, Rob Hubbard and Tim Follin’s C64 music in games, it was like no music I had ever heard before. To make music like Vangelis was unobtainable, I simply did not have access to that kind of gear, synths etc. But I did have a C64 so I started making music every day, and I have been composing ever since.

BD: Recently, you did the music for the television show the Metal Hurlant Chronicles. What major differences exist between composing for television and composing for games?

I think it’s a bit easier to compose for linear visual media. Once you understand how music works in film/TV, it’s relatively straightforward to apply. But in games there are so many challenges with having to score for something that’s not there (if the game is early in production) or having to kind of guess what the mood needs to be since there are so many ways to play a game.

Basically, for me it comes down to working with creative people who are supportive, who understand that making the music fit the game will not be some miraculous event but that it takes hard work and going back and changing things, trying new things, learning from things that don’t work and taking some creative risks.

BD: What similarities, if any, do you see in your most recent work – Metal Hurlant Chronicles – and some of your earliest? Does going back and listening to earlier compositions show a through-line for how you put together a soundtrack?

With every soundtrack I learn something new and so I feel I keep moving forward. Learning never stops. So perhaps if you listen to my early Sega Genesis work and listen through to my work today, I’m sure you’ll hear where I started to focus on what etc. One thing that has not changed is my love of unique ideas, using creativity (not just technique), mood and atmosphere to tell a story.

BD: I’m sure that designing music for games has changed drastically since the Commodore 64, but how have the lowered constraints opened up the approach to a game’s audio design?

Well, the C64 was 3 channels of pure analog bliss but there were no samples or recognizable instruments. These days we work a lot with live orchestras and choirs. It couldn’t be more different really. Of course the role of music is still the same, to set the mood and enhance the experience/story with music.

BD: How early into the game development process are you brought in to start composing music? Do you play the game at all, or are visuals basically all you need?

I often play the game as there’s just so much guess work involved if you don’t know the feel of the game and how it plays. Sometimes I create an entire score based on concept art, but that can only be done if you are working with a really supportive audio department. Having access to the same visual assets (concept art, for example) can really help you understand what the development team is trying to achieve. Sometimes the game doesn’t come together until the score is almost done, so you have to learn how to write the score without certain elements.

BD: How much freedom do you have in determining the auditory aesthetic of the score? Do the developers give you notes on what they want, or do they give you free reign to design the game’s musical aesthetic?

I find that for most of my projects I get a lot of artistic and creative freedom. I think perhaps that is what I am known for, to bring something creative or unique. But to hire me and say you want it to sound like this or that score, well there are probably better suited composers for that. I often get crazy ideas and try out new things to see what the team thinks.

BD: Video game music seems to be a very challenging field, because it has to command the player’s attention and accentuate the experience without distracting from gameplay. Does that ever influence how you approach a piece of music, and how do you think of music in terms of how it interacts with the on-screen experience?

I think music should enhance and deepen the gameplay experience. It’s there to give the world life and emotion. Imagine Blade Runner with the music playing in the background (at low volume), the movie wouldn’t work – that score is meant to be noticed. So that’s what I try to do as well, write music that grabs the player’s attention and thereby enhance the game world a lot, perhaps put some magic and mystery in there. Like “Ezio’s Family” from Assassin’s Creed II – that music was played loud and clear at a key moment and so people noticed it and reacted to it.

BD: You’ve had a historic career, full of a wide array of projects. In almost every conceivable way, Metal Hurlant Chronicles is way different from, say, State of Decay. How do you adapt to and approach different genres? Is there any sort of learning curve for the kind of instrumentation the game demands?

If you keep challenging yourself there is a learning curve on each score. I love creative challenges and that can add a sense of freshness in the music since you kind of have to be fearless when writing this way. For example, I had never written an orchestral cue before I was asked to write a purely orchestral soundtrack for Hitman 2. That was my first orchestral score and it was an amazing experience to work with a live orchestra and choir.

BD: To build on this, the music on State of Decay is especially eerie. It almost has the jangly vibe of early horror, like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Are you a fan of horror movies and games at all?

Yes, I am a huge horror fanatic! I have probably seen every horror film worth watching from the 1970s and 1980s. 1970s horror is my favorite, especially the early David Cronenberg movies.

BD: Do the PS4 and Xbox One offer even more potential in terms of music? What, if anything, excites and interests you about developing for the new platforms?

I’m really excited about the potential of next-gen games. Music will follow the game experience, so if there is something really crazy in development, I’m sure crazy music ideas will follow along with it.

BD: What can you say about the projects you’re currently working on?

Well, I am working on a new sci-fi game, the Lifeline expansion for State of Decay and some other exciting projects I can’t talk about yet.

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[Tribeca '14 Review] ‘The Canal’ Is Brooding, Dark and Scary!

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:06
One of the least “horror” looking titles at the Tribeca Film Festival is Ivan Kavanagh’s Irish ghost story, The Canal, which is surprisingly dark and scary.

Rupert Evans plays a film archivist who uncovers a film reel that shows that their house was the subject of a multiple murder in 1902. While he explores this reel – The Canal isn’t found-footage, to be clear – his wife is murdered and he becomes the focus of the investigation, as his life tumbles out of control.

The Canal is a classic ghost story, one that burns slow but with might. It requires extreme patients but offers some extremely unsettling rewards. Kavanagh delivers haunting imagery mixed with stunning camerawork. As Evans’ character loses his mind, he’s being haunted by a “shadow” of an old man, one who appears in chilling nightmares and in the background of footage.

Kavanagh’s film relies heavily on the atmosphere and mood to create suspense, and the constant bizarre imagery and tremendous sound design help deliver in spades.

And while The Canal is brooding, it will test the patients of some viewers, and could really use a more impactful finale. Still, it’s refreshing to see a filmmaker show such restraint and put together such an old-school genre haunter.

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Top 10 Kills From the ‘Halloween’ Series!

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:45
Originally published on October 25, 2010.

Of all the slasher franchises that have sprung up over the last 30 years, I find that I have the most personal connection with Halloween. The 1978 original was the first horror movie I genuinely fell in love with – those elegant wide shots, that spine-tingling score, those autumn leaves twirling through frame – and it was a staple of my late-night movie-watching ritual as a teenager. The rest of the series doesn’t hold quite the same nostalgia for me (although Halloween II comes close, due to it so often being screened back-to-back with the first movie in the weeks leading up to Halloween), but luckily every single one of the films – minus the anomaly of the third installment – feature Michael Myers, for my money the greatest of all slasher-movie killers.

And he’s nothing if not prolific. As a matter of fact, in the span of films stretching from Carpenter’s 1978 original to Rob Zombie’s highly polemical Halloween 2 “remake” released just last year, Myers has claimed a whopping 110 victims. And while he’s not as creative a killer as contemporaries Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger (though with Krueger it’s really not a fair comparison – he can manipulate people’s dreams for chrissakes), none of those others are capable of wielding a good old fashioned kitchen knife in quite the same way. Sometimes, simplicity is key.

Now, after much contemplation – and in honor of the quickly-approaching holiday that shares the series’ name – following are my picks for the top ten kills in the Halloween franchise (yes, that includes the Rob Zombie films!), culled from a field of over one hundred. My process was simple – I simply watched every single kill from every single film (ah, such a tough life) while judging them on their creativity, realism, atmosphere, and overall visceral impact – and then narrowed it down, slowly, to my top ten (not an easy task; for me it was kind of like having to choose which child I loved the best). At the end of the day I know many B-D readers will wholeheartedly disagree with my choices, but no one can say I didn’t do my research.

#10

Victim: Karen (Pamela Susan Shoop)
Film: Halloween II (1981)
Method: Scalded/Drowned in Jacuzzi Tub

Instead of watching her infant patients like a good healthcare provider would, smokin’-hot nurse Karen just had to fuck around by taking a skinny dip in the hospital’s Jacuzzi with boyfriend Budd (that’s two “d”s). In other words, she kind of had it coming. Her death – definitely a highlight of the film – is particularly memorable due to the fact that it’s just so damn disgusting. After poor, wolfish Budd is dispatched with a tight cord around the neck, a clueless Karen – following a brief make-out session with Michael Myers’ hand – is repeatedly dunked by the merciless killer into the scalding-hot water of the Jacuzzi tub, until you can actually spot the nasty flaps of burnt skin hanging off her face. I know it sounds bad, but I actually really enjoy watching the final dead-weight flop of her right arm as she’s brought up for the last time and then dumped to the cold, cold floor like a dead fish. Gee, now who’s going to neglect the newborns?

#9

Victim: Doctor (Fred Lerner)
Film: Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Method: Face Smashed Through Bars

This super-raunchy kill just goes to show that even the most minor of characters can sometimes suffer the most heinous deaths. Rushing from an operating room where the rest of his colleagues have just been massacred by Myers, the unfortunate doctor has his head smashed through a set of bars by the maniac after the two hit a dead end and, well…Myers needs to get to the other side. The awesomeness of the kill pretty much speaks for itself, but it does go along with a couple interesting bits of trivia: 1) This scene was part of the extensive re-shoots (an entire new ending was filmed) done on the movie after some less-than-stellar test screenings. Due to an apparent conflict in George P. Wilbur’s schedule, A. Michael Lerner was hired to play Myers for these additional scenes, meaning the Myers you see on screen during this kill is not portrayed by the same actor as in the first 2/3 of the film. 2) Even more interestingly, the man playing the doctor is none other than Lerner’s father Fred Lerner, who was a stunt coordinator on Halloween 4 (patricide!) 3) The original kill scene in the “producer’s cut” was much gorier than what was actually shown in the theatrical version. Due to fears of being slapped with an NC-17 rating, the messiest bits – shots of the doctor’s face actually separating into three sections and flopping to the floor – had to be excised by the director. Luckily, bootleg copies of the producer’s cut have been widely circulated around the Internet for the last several years, and below you can view a side-by-side comparison of both versions of the face-through-the-bars kill scene by one of the series’ (presumably virginal) uber-fans. Ladies…he’s available.

#8

Victim: John Strode (Bradford English)
Film: Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Method: Electrocuted

As quite possibly the worst sequel in the history of the original franchise (though once could also make an argument for both Part 5 and Resurrection), Halloween 6 nevertheless boasts its share of sweet-ass kills. This one features Michael’s relative John Strode, as he’s electrocuted in the basement of the original Myers home in spectacular fashion. Let me lay it out for you, since the below clip doesn’t really do it justice: 1) Michael stabs Strode through the belly and out the other side; 2) Michael lifts the heavy man off the floor (in an incredible display of strength, I might add); 3) Michael stabs the blade poking out of Strode’s back into the fuse box, with Strode caught in the middle; 4) Strode convulses wildly as the electrical current courses through his body; 5) We get an exterior shot of the house, where the lights can be seen flickering on and off rapidly through the windows; 6) Back on Strode, now foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog as sparks shoot out all around him; 7) Close up on Strode’s hand, which now resembles a hunk of meat left too long on the barbeque; BOOM! Strode’s body blows the fuck up. See what I mean?

#7

Victim: Lynda van der Klok (P.J. Soles)
Film: Halloween (1978)
Method: Strangulation with telephone cord

True to the nearly blood-free nature of the first film there’s none of the red stuff to be seen, but this is nevertheless (arguably) the most iconic kill in Carpenter’s original. This one was partially so effective due to the great, suspenseful build-up, as the clueless Lynda can’t see past her need for beer to realize that the dude under the sheet with the glasses is in fact not her boyfriend (he’s downstairs pinned to the kitchen wall, see), and then Myers’ slow, agonizing march toward the poor dumb girl as she gets up to dial Laurie on the telephone (“this night is going nowhere!”). For me, the creepiest element of the scene is the fact that Laurie doesn’t realize that her friend is being murdered at the other end of the receiver (not to mention just across that eerily still suburban street). When you think about it, the scene is really a pure distillation of the unholy alliance between sex and death that’s so often trafficked in by the slasher film; the combination of Myers’ frantic, murderous breathing and Soles’ strangled, orgasmic cries as she fights for her life is the stuff of nightmares.

#6

Victim: Misty Dawn (Sylvia Jefferies)
Film: Halloween 2 (2009)
Method: Face Smashed Repeatedly Against Mirror

I love myself a creative kill as much as the next horror freak, but sometimes there’s no substitute for a good ol’ head-bashing – particularly if its filmed by Rob Zombie, who has few peers when it comes to the bone-crunching fury of his murder scenes. In this one, trashy stripper Misty is grabbed by the back of the head and, well, smashed to a bloody pulp in the nightmarishly red-and-blue-tinged back hallway of a seedy small-town strip club (the swirling lights of the disco ball are also a nice touch). Like most of the deaths in the film, there’s just something so horribly real about it (much of that is due to the top-notch editing job; the first time I watched it the cuts truly never registered). The film itself certainly has more detractors than fans (my opinion lies somewhere in between), but if you watch the kill scenes in isolation they are a triumph of no-holds-barred realism; the fact that you come away from them feeling the need for a scalding-hot shower certainly isn’t something you can say about the kills in most slasher flicks.

#5

Victim: Judith Myers (Hanna Hall)
Film: Halloween (2007)
Method: Stabbed

I know what you’re thinking: how could I have chosen Judith’s death from the remake over the far more iconic P.O.V. kill in the original? My answer: because I can. The 1978 version of the murder is certainly effective, but I actually prefer Zombie’s take on it – and this is coming from someone who absolutely hated the film. It again goes back to my argument that while the director (so far) lacks the focus needed of a great storyteller (not to mention an ear for dialogue that isn’t groaningly hammer-headed), he has a real knack for staging visceral, unsettlingly realistic murder scenes. Watch it again if you don’t believe me. From that first vicious stab to the gut, to the prolonged, bloody stalk down the hallway followed by a vicious slashing from behind (accompanied by great screaming from actress Hanna Hall and some wicked knife-slicing-flesh sounds), it’s hard to deny just how well the scene works in isolation as a slice of pure-blooded, unsentimental horror that couldn’t be much different from Carpenter’s original interpretation.

#4

Victim: Jamie Lloyd (J.C. Brandy)
Film: Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Method: Impaled on a Corn Thresher

Talk about creativity – whoever came up with this kill must surely be some kind of a twisted genius. While it would’ve certainly been great to see Danielle Harris – the original “Jamie Lloyd” – speared through with the blades of a corn threshing machine (I mean that as a compliment), this is still a strikingly effective and horrific murder that lingers in the memory long after the muddled awfulness of the film has subsided. Not to say that its effectiveness was merely due to the creativity of the method – even the most unique of murders can fall flat if not filmed properly – but rather the way in which it was conceived as a rather protracted and multi-layered kill. First there’s the shock of the initial impalement – so surprising due to the fact that the corn-threshing machine isn’t even set up – which is then followed by a deeper impalement (owie), before finally…Myers turns the damn thing on. Now that’s some shit.

#3

Victim: Annie Brackett (Danielle Harris)
Film: Halloween 2 (2009)
Method: Slashed/stabbed to death

Yes, I know the initial “kill” takes place off-screen (though we do witness Annie in her dying, blood-soaked throes later on), but nevertheless it works so well precisely for what we don’t see. One thing I will say for Rob Zombie’s Halloween remakes (particularly the second film) is that he’s able to sporadically wring some genuine pathos from them; despite all of his indulgences as a filmmaker (and there are many, some welcome and many not) he clearly has a soft spot for these characters. Case in point: Annie Brackett, who unlike in Carpenter’s original lives to see the sequel, albeit with facial scars that have rendered her a near-recluse. As a result we get to know her much better than we did in the ’78 film (in which she was essentially written as a clueless victim with no indication of a deeper emotional life), and so when her death actually comes it’s actually kinda heartbreaking, not to mention horrifying. While Zombie certainly deserves much of the credit – that slo-mo shot could have been cheesy but instead seems ripped from a nightmare – some must also go to star Danielle Harris. The Halloween veteran can scream with the best of them, and her painful wailing during the off-screen attack – at one point you can actually hear her bellowing “owowow!” – is undeniably hair-raising.

#2

Victim: Nurse Daniels (Octavia Spencer)
Film: Halloween 2 (2009)
Method: Stabbing

In spite of its uneven overall quality, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 is nevertheless an ambitious piece of work that features some incredibly brutal and disturbing kills; this one, featuring a nurse being stabbed repeatedly in the back by Myers as she crawls along the floor, is possibly the most brutal of all. It’s really a perfect combination of elements – Spencer’s pitch-perfect wail as Myers mercilessly stabs her over and over (and over and over and over) again, the startlingly persuasive sound effects as the knife plunges through flesh and bone, the masterful editing, the convincing heaps of gore (blood has rarely looked so real on screen). I much prefer Carpenter’s original incarnation of Myers as a silent and mysterious killer, but there is also something to be said for the no-holds-barred, brutal honesty of Zombie’s murder scenes. I heard one critic describe the kills in Halloween 2 as being akin to real-life war footage, and I have to agree – they’re nothing if not convincing, and this is the one that has stuck most in my mind.

#1

Victim: Annie Brackett (Nancy Loomis)
Film: Halloween (1978)
Method: Strangulation/Slit Throat

Bitch all you want, but it’s not my fault the character of Annie Brackett has inspired two great kill scenes. I first watched the original Halloween in my early teenage years on broadcast cable, and as a result Annie’s death was edited down to a brief “grab and slash”. Not until I saw the original, unedited version on VHS a couple years later did I realize just how horrifyingly drawn-out her murder really was. The strangulation alone is a full 30 seconds of writhing, gasping, and honking, as Annie desperately attempts to alert the neighbors to her plight, but really the entire scene is a masterstroke of suspense – from the close-up shot of the car door handle (wasn’t it locked just a minute ago?), to the fogged up windshield, to that first burst of nerve-jangling music and then on to the strangle and slice, for my money this is the greatest kill ever in the Halloween franchise. Sure, it might not be the goriest or the most clever, but therein lies a clue to its power – its simplicity and comparative realism puts us right in that driver’s seat with Annie, in those high yellow socks and plaid overshirt, squirming and choking and then…dying. If nothing else it’s that final, brilliant shot through the fogged-up window that truly makes this scene a work of art: Annie’s eyes going wide as Myers opens up her throat…the light leaving them as she slumps to the steering wheel…the final blast of the car’s horn substituting for the awful human scream that never came, and never will again.

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Leigh Whannell Updates ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:02

Leigh Whannell heading back into The Further.

If FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures are going to hit their targeted April 3, 2015 for the Whannell-penned Insidious: Chapter 3, they better get a move on.

Whannell, who co-created Saw with James Wan, penned both Insidious films, and also starred in both as “Specs” (above left), one half of the ghost hunting duo, hit Twitter with a brief update on the sequel.

“Insidious 3 is a lot more like part one than two,” he reveals. “I’m working on it right now, so thought I’d tell those who care where it’s headed.

Word from the inside is that the third film will be bringing back Lin Shaye’s character as well as both ghost hunters Specs and Tucker.

Insidious 3 is a lot more like part one than two. I'm working on it right now, so thought I'd tell those who care where it's headed.

— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) April 18, 2014

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[TV] Next On “Hannibal”: Episode 2.09, “Shiizakana” Promo

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:55

Is the killer a beast?

We now have the promo for next Friday’s “Hannibal”, episode 2.09 “Shiizakana”, which begins when a grisly discovery prompts the FBI to question if the killer was man, beast… or both!

The FBI is called in to investigate the discovery of a truck driver’s body, seemingly torn apart by two separate species of animal working in tandem, neither of which consumed their kill. After one of his therapy sessions, Will (Hugh Dancy) meets Hannibal’s (Mads Mikkelsen) strange new patient, Margot Verger (Katherine Isabelle). Will and Margot compare notes on Hannibal and his unconventional advice. Continually encouraging his patients to revel in what they are, Hannibal aims to determine Will’s true self by sending him a test, the results of which surprise even Hannibal.

Also starring Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson and Jeremy Davies.

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Remake Infection Spreads In ‘Cabin Fever’ (Exclusive)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 22:14

On June 26 RLJ/Image Entertainment will be releasing Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, a sequel to Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever that was produced by Indomina.

Originally, Indomina had planned on shooting back-to-back sequels, with the fourth film in the franchise being the cruise ship-themed Outbreak, penned by Adam and Deborah Marcus. The film was scrapped.

Now, sources at Cannes tell Bloody Disgusting that a remake of Roth’s classic 2002 cabin-in-the-woods splatterfest will go into production – without Indomina.

Evolution Entertainment, who produced the first three Saw films, as well as Dead Silence and Death Sentence, is producing with Cassian Elwes and Evan Astrowsky are producing the remake, without Indomina. No word on Roth’s involvement, but I’m assuming he won’t be actively involved.

The original, released by Lionsgate, followed a group of five college graduates who rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello and Cerina Vincent starred.

Ti West directed the 2009 direct-to-DVD sequel, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.

There will probably be no pancakes in this remake…

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Poster For ‘Animal’ Long In The Tooth (In a Good Way)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:26

Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen’s Flower Films banner has debuted the poster for their new film “Animal”, which airs later this year on NBCUniversal-owned Chiller after a limited theatrical and VOD run.

The film, “follows a group of close-knit friends who find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a blood-thirsty predator. Holed up in isolated cabin, tensions mount as secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group puts their differences aside and fights for survival.

Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye and Jeremy Sumpter star. Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo penned the script and the film was directed by directed by Brett Simmons. Gary J. Tunnicliffe created the creature effects.

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Clip For ‘Preservation’ Gives Ken Cosgrove Back the Eye But Takes Away a Foot!

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:15

Screening as part of the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the indie film Preservation has just shared a new clip. It looks like a bad Ash Wednesday for these injured folks trying to make it out of the woods! And hey! Ken Cosgrove!

Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with whats’s said to be a finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire,” “Orange is the New Black”), Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”), and Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.

Tribeca Screenings

Friday, April 18th at 9:00pm – AMC Village VII 1 (66 Third Ave at 11th St)
Saturday, April 19th at 1:30pm – Bow Tie Cinemas 9 (260 W. 23rd St, btwn 7th and 8th) P&I SCREENING
Thursday, April 24th at 11:30am – Bow Tie Cinemas 4 (260 W. 23rd St, btwn 7th and 8th) P&I SCREENING
Friday, April 25th at 10:00pm – Bow Tie Cinemas 5 (260 W. 23rd St, btwn 7th and 8th)

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 131: Orax “Rockers”

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:30

It’s the first Twisted Music Video Of The Week on the new Bloody-Disgusting and I want to make it a special one. That’s why I’m bringing you the truly odd and nightmarish video for Orax‘s “Rockers”, which comes from their 2012 album Betray (pick it up via Bandcamp). Trust me when I say that the video just gets weirder and weirder as the seconds pass and if you’re into body horror then this video is right up your alley.

Enjoy!

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Dio’s “Holy Diver” Gets All Sexy And Jazzy

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:15

While I will always be willing to state that Ronnie James Dio has an astounding voice, I never really thought of him as a jazz singer. Well, with the power of the internet and a few hours of spare time (probably a lot more than that) my imagination can take a break and I can just listen to some sweet, jazzy tunage with my devil horns still firmly planted high in the sky.

Hear Dio’s “Holy Diver” get jazzed up below.

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‘Stage Fright’ Trailer Gets green Band Cut

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:48

Imagine Phantom of the Paradise on roids…

We now have the green band trailer to Jerome Sable’s musical horror comedy Stage Fright, releasing on iTunes and On Demand on April 3 and following with a theatrical release on May 9.

Described as Scream meets “Glee,” “Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.

Fright is the feature film debut of writer-director Jerome Sable, director of the absolutely hilarious, award-winning short, “The Legend of Beaver Dam.” Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith star with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.

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