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‘Dying Light’ Sure Has a Nifty Intro

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:56

As this introduction video shows, the set-up for Techland’s open-world post-apocalyptic survival horror game Dying Light isn’t very complicated. Something goes wrong, turning everyday people into vicious monsters. The government quarantines the city, lending aid to the remaining survivors now confined within through air drops. I’m not sure what the point of that is, since they plan on bombing the city anyway, but it’s a decent gesture nonetheless.

Warner Bros released another video, which shows off one of the game’s central mechanics: night vs. day. There’s also more of that fantastic electronic music in it, too.

Dying Light hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 165: The Gutter Ghouls “Corpse And Bride”

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:30

This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week brings us some romance on top of violence as we dive into the “Corpse And Bride” clip from Detroit horror-themed psychobilly The Gutter Ghouls!

The video shows a rebellious young woman cavorting with a local bad boy…who just so happens to be a reanimated corpse. The woman’s mother clearly doesn’t take too kindly to her daughter’s life choices and rallies up some of the locals to dispatch this upstanding, rotting gentleman. However, things go wrong when a bullet goes astray and the angry mob understands what it means to be hunted.

“Corpse And Bride” comes from the band’s 2012 release Motor City Murderbilly, which you can snag via Bandcamp.

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‘Alien: Isolation’ Gets Nightmare, Novice Difficulty Modes

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:05

It’s no secret that Alien: Isolation can be an especially brutal game. Like its titular antagonist, it’s merciless, unforgiving and often terrifying. As difficult as the game can be, some folks are really good at it. Where I flee in terror at the sight of that big, black bastard, there are people out there who don’t scream and run away when it comes stomping around the corner.

For these gamers, there’s a new Nightmare difficulty mode that effectively breaks the motion tracker, removes all maps, makes the enemies even more capable than they were previously and further limits the Sevastapol’s already extremely limited supply of resources.

Yeah, have fun with that.

Meanwhile, I’ll be playing the new Novice difficulty, because I’m a big baby. Both modes are available now as a free update.

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[TV] Charles Halford Talks The Future Of NBC’s “Constantine”

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:40

As we approach the Christmas season, our regularly scheduled TV programming prepares itself for hibernation until the New Year. Constantine is no different, but it is in need of your help.

It’s no secret that production is in a little trouble. But the show finds itself in a tough programming slot, against well-established genre competition, and has taken some time to find its voice. Well that all changes tonight with the “Saint of Last Resorts” part one.

I’ve seen both parts of the two parter, and recently sat down with Charles Halford to talk about his role as Chas in the show, what it’s like to play the best friend of a bloody bastard, the pressure of a comic book adaptation, and most importantly the future of Constantine.

Bloody-Disgusting: I just watched both parts of the two-parter and the past plays a huge role for both you and Constantine. What do you know about Chas’ past and why are he and John running away from it?

Charles Halford: We get more into John’s history in episode ten. To go further back to the Newcastle crew is to go back even further. I think a lot of the big traumatizing event in John’s life, Gary Lester’s life, and Richie Simmons’ life was this Newcastle incident. Which is this exorcism gone wrong, it was a summoning in the comics, but we have this girl who we’ve accidently sent to hell. It was a really graphic story in the comics and we’ve got every intention of revisiting it. I don’t know if we’d be able to get quite as dark as that story in the comics, but it definitely messed everyone up.

It sent Anne Marie to a convent, sent John to insane asylum, put Ritchie on pills, and furthered Gary’s problems with addiction. We haven’t reached some of the episodes with the rest of the crew. But that’s the plan for season 2.

Bloody-Disgusting: Why does Chas stick by Constantine despite the fact he’s an untrustworthy bastard? How does he keep Constantine grounded?

Charles Halford: It’s complicated. A lot of it does get sorted out in episode ten. I think John is a lonely guy by choice. He can’t help but hurt those close to him, or worse yet kill them. I think having a best mate, who is always by his side serves to give him some ground. A lot of it has to do with the world our show exists in, and Chas’ abilities. We’re in the ether between Hellblazer, a panel for panel recreation would just be Constantine walking around thinking to himself then bad things happen to him.

I had very little information on Chas coming into this show. So I did a lot of reading. In the comics John effectively takes out Chas’ mother. Who is this evil witch that keep Chas at home, doesn’t let him see light, she’s killed his father, and John finds out. Constantine takes care of Chas mother while he’s crashing on their couch. In so doing makes John Chas’ only family. John being the manipulative bastard that he is knew that in doing that he would have a guy in his pocket. The other variation on the show is that Chas has this survival ability. Now, Chas is part of the adventure. In the comics John made it a point to keep his mate out of danger.

Bloody-Disgusting: That’s an interesting distinction because the show has made you guys effectively partners with your supernaturally abilities, was there any pressure coming into a show, playing a beloved character that’s a little different than what people had come to know?

Charles Halford: Of course. As soon as I got the job, I was fully prepared to lock down a sloppy British accent. I had a dialect coach on the phone. Daniel wanted it to be accessible, for me as a comic fan; I’m in service to the fans. But, the fans are sort of murky when you’ve got comic fans, action fans, and horror fans. We’re trying to give service to everybody.

When the survival skill came into it, it was pitched to me pretty loosely. It became a concern. Chas wasn’t able to die, and that’s fantastic news for my contract. The actor in me said, if he can’t die it’s easy for him to be taken for granted. So we knew we had to answer that question.

I’m really happy with the story they came up with. We’ll soon find out why Chas is so loyal, what happened to his wife and daughter, and so it does pay service to all of those things and gives me a really nice direction going forward.

Bloody-Disgusting: The “Saint of Last Resorts” Part 2 really has some fun stuff for you to do in regard to your healing factor. I couldn’t help but laugh.

Charles Halford: [Laughs] Yeah, every time I get a new script I go “What are they going to do to me this week? How bad is it going to get?” It’s been a lot of fun. I had a great time with the scene you mentioned; it’s a unique brand. This is a genre show that gets compared left and right but it’s really something different.

With our rich history of source material we’re going to stand out within this genre. It’s ours as much as it’s DCs. We’re going to try to make it as authentic as we can.

“Everyone’s sweating, but I think John Constantine has never had it easy.”

Bloody-Disgusting: A lot of people have compared the show to Supernatural or Grimm but I feel like once the second part of this two-parter airs those comparisons will stop.

Charles Halford: I feel the same way. We got off to a slow start. We’re a new show in a tough slot. The show is character driven and incredibly serialized. In the scripts we’re unable to produce this season, we move the history along in inventive ways.

We’re coming into the second season swinging. Everyone’s sweating, but I think John Constantine has never had it easy. [laughs] He’s always in a tough spot and he has to figure his way out. The proof is in the next several episodes. We really hit our stride in the rest of this season.

Bloody-Disgusting: What are you most excited for people to see in this back half of season one?

Charles Halford: I think it’s huge fan service to payoff Chas’ backstory. There is a very evil cult of warlocks that is going to factor into the rising darkness in a huge way. A lot of little things that people will love. We free ourselves up to become more… I don’t know how much I’m at liberty to say. Zed develops more, Manny develops more, and how we go about our mission against the rising darkness really changes.

There’s a lot of really great twists. Everyone’s about to go through some really tough stuff, and pitted against one another in interesting ways. I’m really excited to get to the later seasons. We’ve got every intention of hitting the big storylines from the comics… there are plans of The Family Man storyline or Dangerous Habits.

That’s all in our wheelhouse. Plus DC’s been so supportive of letting us use other characters. We’ve been bringing in as much as the occult universe as we can.

Bloody-Disgusting: How did you and Matt Ryan develop your chemistry?

Charles Halford: Before I met with the network I did a chemistry read with Matt that felt really really good. That continued onto the casting phase, during the pilot we hung out quite a bit. That man has got a ridiculous schedule. Everyone on the show loves the story we’re trying to tell. We’re all really happy to be doing what we’re doing. Matt and I got on really well, even on the episodes that I wasn’t in, coming back was something else, such a warm welcome.

Out of everyone Harold [Prennaeu] got along brilliantly. But it remains to be seen if we’ll ever play against one another.

It’s one big happy Hellblazer family.

Bloody-Disgusting: How did you prepare your role?

Charles Halford: I just went straight to the comics. There is this certain aspect of a very loyal dog. But I really did dig into the comics. I was happy to find out to see Chas has a life.  Chas has this other world, and John is like the worst friend that any family would ever want anybody to have. I did a lot of reading, and a lot of asking questions of Daniel Cerone.

Those first three or four episodes I had to play it pretty close to the hip. I had to figure things out. I could latch onto a friendship, I could latch onto John, and I grabbed onto that. You need something to ground you. Chas without John is just alone, he can’t go back to his life.

With getting uprooted and moving to Atlanta a lot of it came really naturally. I was a stranger in a strange land. This was my first time to be a series regular. It wasn’t until episode eight where I snuck an early draft of episode 10 from one of the production assistants where I really knew my character. Reading it, I couldn’t wait. It grounded me and let me know where I was going.

Bloody-Disgusting: How much do you get to channel your inner Reggie LeDoux?

Charles Halford: Well… [laughs] I don’t know if I have an inner Reggie LeDoux, but there are moments later this season where things get darker. With a show like this it’s bound to happen.

 

 

The Saint of Last Resorts Part 1 airs tonight at 10/9 central on NBC.

 

 

 

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‘Ghostbusters’ Shocker: Cast Interest Leaked, Sony Considered Suing Bill Murray?!

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:51

This Sony hack scandal is making me sick to my stomach, and I absolutely hate even acknowledging the news coming from it- but I must do my job. And this one is a doozy.

It’s no secret that Bill Murray has allegedly been a huge pain in the ass when it came to the long-gestured and now defunct Ghostbusters III. The reports were uncanny, even stating that Murray shredded the script and sent it back to Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Frankly, Murray doesn’t owe it to anyone to reprise his role as Dr. Pete Venkman, even if it would be spectacular.

Apparently, the studio felt otherwise…

Before Paul Feig came aboard to reboot the franchise, the studio brass had allegedly considered using legal action to force Murray into returning to the franchise. Click the aforementioned link to see what was said…

If true, this is some serious shady shit that hurts to read. Although, to pretend Hollywood doesn’t act like this behind closed doors, daily, is to live in a dream world.

Moving on from the negative, and now that Feig is directing the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, let’s see who may be cast. The leaked information shared some shocking names, in addition to the tease that Feig had already reached out to reunite with Bridemaids star Rebel Wilson.

Stars alleged to be interested included The Hunger GamesJennifer Lawrence, The Amazing Spider-man‘s Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, comedian Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan.

I give this an arousing HOLY SHIT.

For me, Emma Stone (Superbad, Amazing Spider-Man) has always been a no-brainer. But the name that excites me the most is Lizzy Caplan, pictured below, who is such a runaway standout in her work, especially “Party Down.” (She was also great in Mean Girls and Cloverfield). And how about the mere mention of Amy Schumer (pictured above)? Have you seen her show “Inside Amy Schumer”? It’s seriously hilarious, and she’s on the verge of a breakout year in 2015. The surprise here is that Jennifer Lawrence is my least favorite of the names, and I think she’s spectacular. If this is the direction Columbia Pictures and Reitman are headed, I really, really, really want to see this all-female ‘busters!

What say you?

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That’s One Spicy Coke: ‘At the Devil’s Door’ Deleted Scene (Exclusive)

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:50

The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy’s newest supernatural horror, At the Devil’s Door (review), will be releasing on home video through IFC Midnight on December 16.

In the supernatural horror starring Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres, “when ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

We now have an exclusive first look at one of the bonus features: a deleted scene. Be careful what you drink…

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Creepy Trailer Comes ‘Out of the Dark’

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:22

Check out the international trailer for Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, which is slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.

Starring “Dexter’s” Julia Stiles, Underworld‘s Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.

The trailer, added below thanks to Fabien M., shows a lot of atmosphere, and has quite a bit of children ghosts and screaming.

“Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.

As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.”

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The Greatest ‘Alien’ Action Figures That You’ll Never Own

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:17

In space no one can hear you scream, “These are the coolest toys that never existed!”

The Verge writes about sculpture and toy collector Dayton Allen, who has been creating some of the greatest action figures you’ll never own.

From the 1979 Alien to Prometheus, and even the vid game “Alien: Isolation,” Allen has been sculpting the toys that he wants – and doing it better than anything you can buy in stores. In fat, he even builds out dioramas to put the toys in their rightful environments. H.R. Ginger would be so very proud!

For Allen, this made Alien an ideal project to tackle: not only was it his favorite sci-fi movie, but he’d also be helping to fill in a gap. “One of things I most enjoy about the hobby is creating figures and environments which the current toy industry would never consider producing,” he tells the site.

Take a sneak peak below at some of his Alien sculpts, with tons more – including Blade Runner and The Dark Knight Rises – over at his official Flickr page.

All photos courtesy Dayton Allen.

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Movies Based On SEGA’s ‘Altered Beast,’ ‘Streets of Rage,’ ‘Shinobi’ and More?!

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:07

Here’s just about the coolest news to break this year.

Variety reports that, as Sega looks to turn more of its videogames into other forms of entertainment, it has hired former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to lead those efforts.

Cholfin now serves as head of development and production at Tokyo-based Stories International, a joint venture of Japanese gamemaker Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group (the world’s seventh-largest advertising agency) that was launched to produce films, TV shows and entertainment for digital platforms in 2011.

Of the vast library of titles that Stories has the rights to adapt, it’s moving forward with “Altered Beast,” “Streets of Rage,” “Shinobi,” “Rise of Nightmares” and even “Crazy Taxi” first as English-language live action and animated spinoffs.

“Virtua Fighter” and “Golden Axe” also are part of the portfolio of properties, says the site.

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Enter the ‘Preservation’ Trailer

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:01

Acquired out of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the indie film Preservation (review) will be opening on VOD platforms January 9, 2015.

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.

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[Comic Book Review] “The Valiant” #1 Is A Monster-Extravaganza

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:49

A terrific monster-extravaganza, “The Valiant” #1  is a top-notch read for anyone who wants their superhero action mixed in with horror.  The heroes of the Valiant Universe are teaming together to fight off an ancient evil.  The first issue is an awesome setup with tons of eye-popping action and bloody kill scenes. This will offer you a one way ticket to the Valiant Universe, with no other required reading it’s the best intro to a thriving world.

WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

ART BY: Paolo Rivera

PUBLISHER:  Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: December 10, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

The Immortal Enemy has been around for centuries, taking on different shapes and names. An unstoppable killer of civilizations, the Immortal Enemy has been recognized by mere mortals as the Minotaur or Grendal. Each time the Immortal Enemy has arrived for the Geomancer, and each time their protector, The Eternal Warrior, has failed. There is a new Geomancer living today in our modern time, and the Immortal Enemy has returned once more for the thrill of the hunt.

I loved what Jeff Lemire did for “Animal Man” in The New 52. Matt Kindt’s “Mind MGMT” is one of my all-time favorite comics. When you put these two creative minds together, they really don’t disappoint. Not only do we get the thrills of a slasher/creature-fest, Kindt and Lemire bring in the wicked humor in their snappy dialogue. In her opening, Kay McHenry, the latest Geomancer, has the most hilarious lines in her witty monologue.

These writers do a fantastic job presenting the Valiant heroes, such as Bloodshot, Armstrong, and X-O Manowar, for newcomers. Each character is given their own solo arc, an introductory piece giving just enough about their origin story. Each of them is appealing for readers in their own way, while none of them steal the spotlight. I liked a lot about Bloodshot. It makes me what to buy more of his comics.

Artist Paolo Rivera delivers different nightmarish designs of the Immortal Enemy. The Immortal Enemy appears much like a Lovecraftian monster in the opening pages. Because the Immortal Enemy can look like anything it wants, Rivera plays around and combines literary, mythological, and alien aspects into the character designs. Rivera gets to let loose his dark imagination whenever the Immortal Enemy shows up on the page.

My favorite part of this installment is Rivera’s action sequences. Bullets and explosions are everywhere in the background as Bloodshot goes on a rampage. Bloodshot doesn’t even flinch when his eye gets shot out by a stray bullet. The one-eyed Bloodshot continues to take down the bad guys and robots with an endless supply of ammo.

A fantastic read, “The Valiant” #1 puts the Valiant heroes into an epic and thrilling crossover event. They’re all fighting an unstoppable killing machine straight out of a horror movie.

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‘Dark Summer’ Trailer Brings the Spooks

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:36

From Paul Solet, director of the acclaimed hit Grace, comes Dark Summer, a suspense thriller said to combine the supernatural terror of classic horrors The Shining and Poltergeist, with the tension and modern cool of Disturbia.

Check out the film’s first trailer with IFC Midnight releasing in limited theaters and on VOD platforms January 9!

Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Stella Maeve (Chicago PD), Maestro Harrell (The Wire, Ali), Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries) and Peter Stormare (Arrow, The Last Stand, Fargo) star.

“Summer is a time to relax, unwind, take a vacation, and be free. But 17 year old Daniel Austin gets none of that because his obsessive online stalking of his classmate and crush, Mona Wilson, got him put on house arrest for the whole summer. So, no cell phone, no Internet, no leaving the property, and especially no Mona. Then Daniel’s single mother has to go on a long business trip, and Daniel has the place to himself.

Daniel figures out a way to piggyback onto his neighbors’ wireless signal and
believing he’s surfing off the grid, uses his time to check in on his friends – and Mona… But what Daniel didn’t expect is for Mona to check up on him. And what she does next shakes him to his very core.

And then things start to happen. Daniel receives mysterious packages in the
mail, hears phantom noises, sees inanimate objects move, and feels a strange presence in the house…”

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Dir En Grey Release Promotional Clip For New Single “Revelation Of Mankind”

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:22

Japanese alt-metal group Dir En Grey have released a promotional music video for their new single “Revelation Of Mankind”, which comes from their upcoming album Arche (out tomorrow).

The video shows a man who is obsessed with the stereotypical nuclear family (mother, father, son, daughter). He then enters their home and begins torturing the parents, convincing the children to join him in the “fun”. the video is also cleverly cut with footage of the band performing live.

Arche is the follow up to 2011′s Dum Spiro Spero, which I felt was a fantastic album, full of dynamic and fascinating songs. I’m very hyped for this new album, especially with this track and the previous single “ASHIOTO of Kukoku” (note: title translated from Google Translate).

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JJ Abrams Plans New ‘Cloverfield’-esque Project!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:30

Remember how much fun it was playing the Cloverfield guessing game? I loved trying to figure out what the movie was. Abrams did it again with Super 8, and even though it wasn’t as good as the aforementioned, it was a blast feeding into the hype.

It begins again, right here, right now, with a new “top secret” project JJ Abrams brought to Sony.

Sony Pictures is putting the finishing touches on a deal for an untitled top secret project that JJ Abrams will produce through his Bad Robot banner, says Deadline. It’s a science fiction film that will mark the feature directorial debut of Chris Alender, who helmed the short “Eye of the Storm.”

The site claims the pic has a Cloverfield feel and a contained budget and that it involves aliens.

Let the speculation begin.

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Here’s a New ‘Scream’ Ghostface Mask!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:29

Today, Scream director Wes Craven tweeted out the following photo, proclaiming it as a new Ghost Face mask, created by Fun World and R.J. Torbert. The new mask, which is green and has cracks throughout, is being introduced publicly at tomorrows Halloween Show in NYC.

Last month we told you that MTV’s new “Scream” series would introduce a new fleshy Ghostface mask. Is this the new “fleshy” mask created for MTV’s “Scream” series? It’s not, as Torbert previously explained that his Ghost Face (he created the iconic mask) wouldn’t be part of the new series.

So what is it?

It’s a new retail version of the infamous slasher’s mask, only this one glows in the dark (and will fade in and out)! More on it as revealed – and hopefully we’ll see the new MTV mask revealed some time soon as well…

Sneak peek of new Ghost Face Mask! Fun World is introducing it tomorrow at the Halloween Show in NYC. @RJTorbert pic.twitter.com/wJwQSbQt57

— Wes Craven (@wescraven) December 9, 2014

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Top 5 Terrifying Horror Smiles From Smacktown

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:00

Chelsea Grin – Typically, two one inch incisions are made at the corners of the victim’s mouth. Then the victim is tortured causing them to scream. This tears the flesh along the sides of the mouth, leaving a “grin”. [Source]

Australian hip-hop/electronica duo Smacktown recently released an official video for their track “Chelsea Grin”, which features Jarren Benton, Jeff Turner, AntiMatter, and Matuse. Both the track and the video are heavily inspired by horror, featuring voodoo, possession, and a dark, industrial setting.

Because they’ve tackled the most terrifying of smiles in song, we had the group put together a list of their Top 5 Terrifying Horror Smiles, which features some damn fine picks! Head on in to check it out.

Make sure to pick up Powerless/Chelsea Grin via iTunes.

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[Review] ‘Dead Snow 2′ Is a Blitzkreig Of Fun and Gore

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:11

The original Dead Snow was a riot and then some. Combining awesome gore and a cool setting, mixed in with some (subjective) comedy and an obvious love for the genre, director Tommy Wirkola hit a lot of the right notes with this Nazi zombie fest. After a so-so response from Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wirkola’s back to bring us more undead goose-stepping mixed with more plasma.

Picking right up at the end of Dead Snow, Martin (Vegar Hoel), despite missing his arm, manages to fend off Colonel Herzog (Orjan Gamst). A car crash later, Martin wakes up chained to a hospital bed. Seems the police found his friends, and Martin’s the prime suspect. All’s not lost for Martin, however, as his arm was found and successfully reattached. Problem is, the reattached arm isn’t his. An even bigger problem? Herzog’s still kicking, and is looking to bolster his ranks by killing Norwegian villagers and raising them for his undead army. What’s Martin to do but make a call to the Zombie Squad for help, along with raising an undead army of his own?

Let’s get this out of the way: Wirkola is an obvious fan of the Evil Dead series. So much so, that like Sam Raimi, Wirkola cranks up the laughs and camp in this sequel to a film that was already leaning in that direction. As such, Dead Snow 2 is pure splatter with a heaping of dark humour and camp. The film definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously, and why would it? You have Nazi zombies rampaging around Norwegian villages in a tank, our protagonist’s new arm having some wicked power and a mind of it’s own, and over-the-top splattering of anyone and everyone that ranks up there with Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive? Yes, the Evil Dead 2 nods aren’t lost on me, either. It’s just a blast.

On the acting front, Vegar Hoel is lots of fun as Martin. The poor guy just can’t seem to catch a break with his arm, as it’s overpowered (I had a genuine laugh when he tried doing CPR) and just downright mean. While not as big on the physical acting front as Bruce Campbell, Hoel elicits as many laughs as he does sympathy. As head of the Zombie Squad, Martin Starr’s Daniel is appropriately geeky (no pun intended for the “Freaks & Geeks” star). His compatriots in the group, Monica (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Blake (Ingrid Haas), are also appropriately geeky in their own right, but also a lot of fun.

If there was anything negative to be said about Dead Snow 2, it’d have to be the film’s constant straddling of the line between the hilarious and the attempts at trying too hard. Aside from a couple of painful attempts at eliciting laughs (a plunger for a leg?), the film’s subplot about the cops trying to figure out just what the hell’s going on threatens to grind things to a halt. Things start to peter out once the third act rolls around, but Wirkola switches things up to keep things going with the giant zombie brawl as the climax.

So, is it fair to say that Dead Snow 2 surpasses the original? In many ways, yes. The absurd and and over-the-top humour and gore in this film far outshines the original, and the cast is far more likeable. And while the first film may have felt uneven to some, things are better-paced this time aroun. The obvious gross-out gore and political incorrectness of some of the humour won’t appeal to everyone, but Dead Snow 2 is still a fun ride to take, and definitely worth the watch. Heil Wirkhola!

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1.85:1 AVC-encoded 1080p widescreen, the film looks damn gorgeous. Iceland looks absolutely beautiful (and was cheaper to film), with vibrant colour and great detail. Fleshtones (the living and the undead ones) look natural and consistent. The night scenes are appropriately dark, although details are kind of hard to discern because it’s perhaps a bit too dark (more of a lighting issue, really). Top marks all around.

Things are pretty solid with the English 5.1 DTS Master Audio track. The sound gets appropriately busy with the frenetic action, and the surrounds do a great job of immersing the viewer in the heat of the fights. Dialogue is clear and free of any distortion. The same can be said for the other language tracks included (English 2.0 Stereo, Norwegian 5.1, French 5.1).

Extras:

In what you definitely don’t see everyday, Dead Snow 2 is available in two cuts. The International Cut is essentially the same film, however with some differences. Being that this is a Norwegian film, Dead Snow 2 had scenes filmed twice: once in English, the other in their native Norwegian. As such, we get the same scene, but with two very different takes. Definitely a cool feature. Some people will want to stick with the English version, but it’s pretty cool to have both versions on the same disc. The International Cut is available in Norwegian or French 5.1 tracks, with optional English subtitles.

For the English version, we get an Audio Commentary by Director Tommy Wirkola and Writer Stig Frode Henriksen. The duo obviously had a hoot doing this commentary (Stig providing more of the humourous comments while Tommy dished more info), and cover a wealth of trivia and production notes. Very enjoyable and informative, there are few dead spots while they’re watching the film, but it’s a minor nitpick.

Following that is a short film called “Armen”. The short follows a man (Jan Martin Johnsen) who loses an arm in an industrial accident, but then regrows the arm. Problem is, the arm doesn’t quite behave as the man wants to. It’s actually a pretty funny short with some great physical acting by the man, and serves as a great little companion to the main film.

“Dead Snow Comic Book” is a prequel slideshow comic book that details the origins of just how Herzog and his troop received all that gold, and how it became cursed. It’s all done in black and white with red being the only colour used for the blood and Nazi armbands.

“VFX Breakdown” is a short piece that goes over the compositing work done for the film, which is pretty cool, though me being an effects junkie, I would’ve loved to have seen more than just one minute and a half of this stuff.

Rounding things out is the film’s trailer, as well as some other previews that play when you first start the disc.

There’s also a nice slipcover for the case, replicating the cover, but with some reflective red foil.

Overall, the disc should please fans of the film, but the extras could’ve used a little more meat.

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Are You The Killer, The Victim or The Survivor?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:00

How many of us have watched a horror movie and put ourselves in the shoes of the characters on screen, no matter who they are? Trust me when I say that my hand is raised high up above my head. After all, it can be rather fun to envision ourselves as the killer, the villain who stalks his prey. Or seeing ourselves as the victim, especially when our death has meaning as we saved the life of someone else. Or maybe we can be the survivor, the one who weathered through the trials and tribulations to make it through all the violence to emerge victorious.

Well, to find out which one of these you would be, why not take the quiz below? That’s right, just head on down, answer a few questions, and you’ll know which role best suits you!

I got “The Killer”, which reads:

You are the killer in your movie. You have some serious demons playing in your head and you let them roam free in your thoughts. You more than likely have a quick temper and are more likely to respond to a hostile situation with violence than with logical thinking. Perhaps you should seek some psychological help if you’re not getting it already.

Which of you will be my victims?

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‘San Andreas’ Trailer Is THE BIG ONE

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:46

I’m about to live vicariously through Warner Bros. Pictures’ new disaster pic that imagines the long-gestured “BIG ONE” – an earthquake of biblical proportions – sinking California so deep into the ground it’ll be gone forever.

Warners just released the film’s first trailer, and it’s pretty spectacular. We get a few shots of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but mostly a lot of atmosphere of the damage the earthquake causes. California will sink – and the quake will shake so hard that people on the east coast will feel it. CRAY.

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

The film also stars Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum, TV’s “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, TV’s “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Archie Panjabi (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s “Home and Away”), Art Parkinson (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man).

San Andreas is slated to open in theatres in both 3D and 2D format on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Bebop and Rocksteady Confirmed For ‘TMNT’ Sequel!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:36

If it weren’t cool enough news that Earth to Echo‘s Dave Green will be directing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel, Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form revealed monstrous news in the interview over at Omelete.

“We can say that Bebop and Rocksteady are in the film, and Casey Jones is a character that we love and we’re trying to fit him in as well,” Form told the foreign online mag.

For those unacquainted, Bebop and Rocksteady, pictured above, are two gang members that were mutated by Shredder and Krang, thus becoming his henchmen.

They were exclusive to the cartoon series, which is why they previously had not been included in any movie. Now, it seems, Paramount and Platinum Dunes have acquired said rights, which makes me even more excited to see Krang and the mother fucking Technodrome!

Casey Jones, pictured below, has been a fan fav sidekick to the turtles. He’s a badass street vigilante that was played by Elias Koteas in the first TMNT films.

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