This week: we review Techland’s “Dying Light,” the “Metroid Prime Trilogy” hits the eShop for $10(!), BD turns 14, and more!
Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller, Black Fly, and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM, says ScreenDaily.
Jason Bourque makes his feature directorial debut on Black Fly, which fictionalizes the story of serial killer Noel Winters. The film tells the story through the eyes of Winters’ estranged younger brother.
The film is inspired by Bourque’s experiences growing up next to a serial killer in rural New Brunswick.
Check out some images and a poster below.
Jake and Noel Henson are two estranged brothers haunted by a troubled past. Their father died in a hunting accident, their mother committed suicide and over the years they lost touch. After escaping from his abusive uncle, Jake seeks refuge with Noel who now lives with his girlfriend Paula in the old family farmhouse. Located on an isolated island, it’s the perfect place to find solace and re-connect after years of separation. Or so Jake thinks…
Soon after his arrival, Jake realizes his older brother has become a hard drinker with an explosive temper. A short fuse of paranoia and abuse has been ignited in the farmhouse and the days unfold with creeping unease.
It’s family versus morality as Noel’s psychopathic tendencies propel them all into a nail-biting nightmare. For Jake, he must question “the ties that bind”. Will he be strong enough to stop his brother’s terrifying rampage?
Arriving on DVD February 3 via Cinedigm is the insanely gory indie Demon’s Rook (review), which is an ode to the DIY creature-feature classics of the 1980’s
In addition, CavityColors.com will be releasing an awesome Demon’s Rook shirt on Thursday, February 5th. It’s going to be their first 10 color print and will be limited to only 150 shirts, never to be printed again. And each order comes with a free vinyl sticker of the Manbeast seen on the shirt!
“It was a little over four years ago, the genesis of The Demon’s Rook,” said James Sizemore, director of The Demon’s Rook. “In January of 2013, shooting concluded, and we were ready for film festival submissions by the springtime. Two years since the birth of my firstborn beast, and we’re now finally ready to pass the placenta into this pretty plastic case. I couldn’t be happier.
“I wanted to make sure we marked this event with something celebratory. Something that hardcore fans could hold on to. I had been talking with my friend Aaron Crawford (the brilliant maniac behind CavityColors) for quite some time about collaborating on a limited edition shirt for the movie. I just thought what better time than now to have something like that made for the fans. He really nailed it with the design. Captured the spirit of the movie perfectly. We’re releasing the shirt online two days after the DVD release.”
“IN THE FILM: Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Armed with demons’ magic, Roscoe is the only fighting chance to put an end to their eternal path of destruction. “
Before V/H/S (and V/H/S/2) there was Paranormal Activity, and before that was The Blair Witch Project. But there’s a film that pre-dates them all…
Most journalists cite Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s 1999 The Blair Witch Project as the first ever found-footage horror film. This may shock many of the younger readers here on Bloody, but there’s a horror film that pre-dates it by a decade.
Below we’ve added the rare, restored and uncut VHS rip of the 1989 “McPherson Tape,” which was a famous bootleg that circulated around the UFO community in the late 80′s and early 90′s.
Also known as UFO Abduction, Dean Alioto wrote, directed, filmed, and produced the film through IndieSyndicate Productions for a mere $6,500.
It was created to appear as a genuine 1983 home video recording, according to Wiki, and is believed (erroneously) by many to depict a real alien abduction of a Connecticut family named “the McPhersons” as they celebrate their relative’s 5th birthday.
While this movie is absolutely shit – I recommend watching until you see the UFO before fast-forwarding to the final seconds – it’s incredible to see how far ahead of its time it was. I mean, this pre-dated Blair Witch by 10 years, and has some really cool stuff hiding within. What’s hilarious, though, is the thought that anyone would believe it’s real. What you’re about to see below is some of the worst acting I’ve ever witnessed, not to mention how illogical all of the characters act (hey, we just saw a UFO and aliens, let’s open presents and play poker!).
Anyhow, if interested, Dean Alioto and Paul Chitlik remade the film in 1998, with a larger budget and professional actors, known as Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County. It’s also trash.
Reviewed by Fred Topel
Reversal kind of solved the whole conundrum of rape/revenge movies by skipping the rape entirely. Did no one think of this before? Although to be fair, doing that would have reduced Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave to 45 minute movies, but the point being Reversal is not the exploitation version of this story. It’s got a clever take on the genre that moves it a little bit forward from the storied history of rape/revenge.
Eve (Tina Ivlev) is a happy girl with a loving boyfriend. Then she wakes up chained to a dank bedroom floor. Phil (Richard Tyson) comes down to feed her when she turns the tables and knocks him out with a brick. She breaks free but learns Phil has kidnapped other girls too, so she forces him to help her find and free them.
I do respect the grueling nature of earlier rape/revenge films but it is nice not to be subjected to the rape this time. Eve still was, so it’s just as terrible, but perhaps it is appropriate not to focus on that since the point of Eve’s story is more of a rescue mission than her own revenge.
Now, you can imagine these girls are in no condition to be escape when Eve finds them. Reversal explores the twisted psychology of victims. Some of the responses will bother you, and it’s probably valid. Nobody responds to trauma the exact same way.
Some of director Jose Manuel Cravioto’s techniques work better than others. A series of freeze frames works for the scene in which it’s featured. Intercutting found footage of Eve before her kidnapping feels very Cloverfield, even though it puts a twist on it.
It’s a solid introduction to Ivlev as a lead. She can certainly carry a movie, be tough and relatable. Tyson lingers on syllables so that everything he says sounds more creepy. The actresses playing the other victims are good too, each given a different psyche to portray, and illustrating the myriad impacts of brutal, sexual trauma.
Reversal succeeds at bringing new perspective to a tried and true genre. It remains just as satisfying to see Phil get beaten up and his world torn apart, but the real meat of Reversal lies within Eve’s encounters with each of Phil’s victims.
Get more Sundance reviews here.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with industrial electronic artist En Esch to bring you the song premiere for “12345″, which comes off the upcoming album Spänk!. The track features ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist Tim Skold (KMFDM, Ohgr).
En Esch explains the song:
A very cool collaboration with Tim Skold. Tim had started this song a few years ago in Los Angeles. He sent me the raw track when I was in New York, where I sang the chorus. The track was eventually put on hold. Recently I came back to the song and decided to use it for my new solo album Spänk! I worked on it further when I was in Berlin and I also recorded the German vocals.
The track, which you can hear below, will be available as a free download for this week only, so make sure you snag it before it goes down!
En Esch was the original singer for KMFDM and was also a member of Pigface. Spänk! comes out out February 10th via Distortion Productions. You can pre-order it here.
Olivia Wilde gets demonic in these new images from Relativity Studios’ The Lazarus Effect, opening in theaters February 27, 2015.
From what I gathered out of the film’s first trailer, the Flatliners-esque film begins when Mark Duplass (Creep) resurrects Wilde in sort of a throwback to Pet Sematary. Only, in a very Event Horizon-like scene, it appears that Wilde’s character is brought back from Hell, and brings along everyone’s own personal demons. It looks pretty cool, and was penned by hot up-and-coming writer Jeremy Slater.
Evan Peters and Donald Glover also star in the pic “about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.”
David Gelb directs.
Inspired by the lands within Disney World and Disneyland comes Tomorrowland, in theaters May 22, 2015.
The Big Game Super Bowl TV Spot just dropped, which shares just enough new footage to make it worth a look. It’s also a bit different than the launch trailer, but is just as magical.
Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by Prometheus and “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
Universal Pictures just aired the Super Bowl TV Spot for Jurassic World, and it had quite a few surprises.
The first was an answer to the weird trailer in which star Chris Pratt rides a motorcycle with a pack of Velociraptors. Apparently, he trains them. Yup, you’ll see that here.
Also, I love the last shot that echoes the T-Rex attack from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
Lastly, in the spot below you’ll catch a sneak at the hybrid dino, the Indominus Rex.
The bait this time around: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015.
I’m going to be completely honest with you all here and say that ghost movies are one of the few horror subgenres that really gives me the creeps. Something about a malevolent spirit that uses its power to bring terror to people, most often from a dark, shadowy place, sends chills running up and down my spine.
Films like The Conjuring, One Missed Call (the original, of course), and even Beetlejuice are movies that I can happily watch multiple times and not get sick of them.
So I wanted to take today to show some love and appreciation to this subgenre that has been getting quite a bit of love over the past few years! Head on down for several of my favorite entries and then tell me yours!
When David Raskins was seven years old, he lost his father in a tragic car accident. David doesn’t remember much about his dad, other than he was a brilliant scientist, and he loved his only son. Now, as a senior in high school, he’s quickly following in his father’s footsteps, as he, too, takes on the challenges of being an inventor. When David finds out that the project that he, his sister Christina, and his friends Quinn and Adam have been slaving away on for the past several weeks has only granted him a partial scholarship to MIT, naturally, David is devastated. His mom plans to sell their house and move into an apartment with his sister to come up with the other $40,000 they’ll need to send David to college, but David knows there must be another way. Like an answer to his prayers, clues start popping up in his home that lead him down to the basement, where his dad worked on his creations so many years ago. It turns out that his father had constructed a time machine, which if proven effective, could be the meal ticket David’s been looking for to grant him a full scholarship, and allow his family to keep their home, all at the same time.
At first, it seems like the time machine is the best thing that’s ever happened to this band of outsiders. David has been lusting after Jessie, one of the most popular girls in school, for as long as he can remember, but could never find the courage to approach her. However, once she becomes entangled in this secret “jumping” scenario, their relationship grows, and soon, blossoms into love. The group calls it their “second chance machine”, as it allows them to fix all of the problems of their lives with ease. Quinn failed his chemistry test, but with the help of the machine, he’s able to re-live his test over and over until he aces it, successfully advancing him out of the twelfth grade, and onto the next step of education. David’s little sister is being bullied at school, but with one quick jump to the past, she’s able to bring out her claws, and surprise the school bully with her own act of malice. It seems that the machine can’t steer them wrong, until the freak accidents begin to occur. Planes crashing, bones breaking, people disappearing — it can all be attributed to the ripples these kids are causing. However, cleaning up the messes that these quick fixes have created means erasing everything good that has come into their lives as a result of changing the past. Soon, David will have to decide between the perfect life he’s created for himself, and the rest of the world he’s destroying in the process.
Undoubtedly, the most innovative and intriguing aspect of Project Almanac is its use of found footage in a time travel movie. In the past, with films like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the audience was only able to experience time travel from a third person perspective. Now, viewers can see first hand what it’s like to jump through time, as David and his sister film every moment of their adventures with a handheld camera, from their time at Lollapalooza, to actually seeing themselves in the flesh a few days prior. It’s a unique concept that gives an inside look into traveling to the past, and gives a better understanding as to how a person can spend hours in the past, while only wasting a few precious seconds of time in the present. If only they had spent the time in the past on more meaningful events than scamming the lottery so they can pay dozens of food trucks to cater to the kids at their school.
Sadly, other than the new first person perspective on temporal relocation, Project Almanac offers little in the originality department. The truth is, we’ve all seen this movie before, only it was starring Ashton Kutcher, dealt with a much darker subject matter, and used notebooks to travel to the past instead of a time machine. Project Almanac plays like a birth child of The Butterfly Effect and Chronicle, recycling the same storyline and camera angles as its predecessors, and offering up sub-par acting and loud house music in return. However, since it’s clearly geared towards a younger audience, it will probably get away with its copy-catting quite easily, since most teenagers only know Kutcher as the Punk’d guy, and will be too distracted by the half-naked dancing girls at the music festival and pompous attitudes screaming out from the screen to think that this film is anything but “totally awesome”. In a way, the most successful facet of this film is that it waited an appropriately long ten years after Kutcher’s attempt at the dramatics to be released to audiences that were born in the 1990s.
Overall, Project Almanac is a fun, light-hearted movie that at least uses found footage to capture time travel in a way that hasn’t been done to death. In all honesty, it’s probably the most successful time travel film that’s been released in years, even if like many that have come before it, it fails to accurately describe time travel, breaking some of its own rules in the latter part of the film that it set in the opening premise. The final act is messy and contradicts its own guidelines, but if you ignore logic and films of the past, it makes for a pretty entertaining little movie that teens will definitely love. Unfortunately, this writer is too old and experienced to find it anything but one big trip to the past, specifically, 2004.
Max Max‘s Abbey Lee, pictured, is joining Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon, says Deadline who adds that she will play the role of Sarah.
Her role is absolutely bonkers as she’ll play a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. After first creeping Jesse out by sucking the blood out of her wound, she ends up killing and later eating Jesse to absorb her virginal youth and beauty.
I love the retro vamp vibe to this.
Michael Moreci has proven himself to be a master storyteller over the past year. With series like Roche Limit and Burning Fields he´s telling challenging stories with compelling characters, and you may just not have known he also pens ‘DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES‘ which functions as a stellar buttress to one of this summer’s best films. With incredible art by Dan McDaid, this is one comic you don’t want to miss. Check out the exclusive preview of #3 right here, right now, before it goes on sale next week.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #3 (of 6)
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: Main: Christopher Mitten Variant: “Hazard” Graffiti Design
Synopsis: As Caesar’s search group ropes new apes into the fold, Pope begins to implement his siege for power and dominance over his newfound tribe. On the other side of America, Malcolm must decide between two worlds—a community built on stability and support or going back on the road for the rumored cure in Austin.
The official Jurassic World website just dropped a bomb, teasing a brand new dino that will be seen in the Jurassic Park sequel this summer (June 12, 2015).
The site, which also shared the three visual teases, breaks down the soon-to-be-legendary ‘Indominus Rex,’ which was formerly known as ‘Diabolus Rex’ (or, ‘D-Rex’). This is the hybrid dinosaur that’s alluded to in the film’s trailer, and one that’s allegedly a hybrid of a T-Rex and a Raptor.
We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.
Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 mph…while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.
You can ppke around the the site to read about other dinosaurs, with more fun stuff waiting to be unlocked in the coming months.
IFC Midnight released a new trailer for Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald’s awesome-sounding sci-fi horror Ejecta, slated for VOD February 27, 2015.
In Ejecta, “reclusive UFO conspiracy theorist William Cassidy is taken prisoner by a secret government agency investigating the arrival of an alien life form. Through flashbacks they uncover the terrifying details of what happened the night the alien returned and changed everything we thought we knew about the universe.“
The film was written by Tony Burgess and stars Julian Richings, Lisa Houle (PontyPool), Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity) and a small cameo by Dee Wallace (E.T.).
Ejecta had its world premiere in August at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival.
We’ve been investigating missing footage ever since Fede Alvarez’s insane Evil Dead remake hit theaters back in 2013. Bruce Campbell denied its existence, even though early trailers and stills proved there was in fact a variant finale.
Bloody Disgusting reader Alexis Ekizoglou just tipped me off to an IMDB thread where a user alleges that a UK television presentation of the remake was a never-before-seen extended version that carried a heap of missing footage.
Proof? Ah, we gotcha. Below we not only have the alternate ending, which shows Mia (played by Jane Levy) – arm missing and all – on the side of the road begging for help, but three other scenes clipped from the theatrical cut of the movie! It would be awesome to see this released in an extended version here in the States. After multiple viewings, I’m still a fan of the movie.
This morning I was reading up on Oscar wins for Jonathan Demme’s 1991 The Silence of the Lambs, and that’s when I came across a shocking discovery.
While I’m sure a few of you smart-asses (I say that with love) already know this, I literally had no idea that Hannibal Lecter’s infamous quote, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” was a joke, as well as a very declarative statement.
Reddit user mrcchapman explains:
“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Great line from Silence of the Lambs everyone knows. But most people don’t realise Dr Hannibal Lecter is making a medical joke.
Lecter could be treated with drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors – MAOIs. As a psychiatrist, Lecter knows this.
The three things you can’t eat with MAOIs? Liver, beans, wine.
Lecter is a) cracking a joke for his own amusement, and b) saying he’s not taking his meds.
Another user, bICEmeister, chimes in with another deep thought:
In the book he actually said Amarone and not Chianti. Amarone would be a much better fit for liver, and a such shows off his sophistication and further strengthens just how psycho he is – making sure to pair the liver with the proper wine. The movie execs just thought that people wouldn’t know what amarone was, so they switched it out to a wine that everyone would have heard of.
A huge “thank you!” for making one of the best genre films ever even better!
A gorgeous new poster for the classic sci-fi/horror film Alien has been making its rounds since yesterday. Designed by Tyler Stout, the poster states “Sometimes The Scariest Things Come From Within“, and shows the Xenomorph mouth, the classic facehugger egg, and the spacesuits that the crew wore when investigating the emergency signal.
However, eagle eyed viewers spotted an interesting tidbit on the poster in the bottom left. The poster states, “Soundtrack Available On Mondo Records”. Looks like an upcoming vinyl release for Jerry Goldsmith‘s score is in the works! However, nothing is set in stone, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground on this one.
Invada Records has announced that they will be releasing composer Brian Reitzell‘s score to the 2007 vampire film 30 Days Of Night as one of three releases for Record Store Day. This is the first time the soundtrack will appear on wax and it will be limited to 1,000 copies of 2xLP on blood red vinyl. The artwork was designed by Marc Bessant using director David Slade’s photography.
Invada last year released Reitzell’s score to the incredible TV series Hannibal. I can personally vouch that the care and love they put into that release is unbelievable. Trust me when I say that picking anything up from them is an incredibly safe and sound bet.
Also coming from Invada will be Powerglove‘s debut EP EP 1, which features four tracks of “pure 80′s synth madness never before released on vinyl.” It too will be limited to 1,000 copies, this release on bright red vinyl (download card included). These are the same guys that did the soundtrack to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, so if you enjoyed that music, this is right up your alley!
The last release will be Sleaford Mods‘ Tiswas EP (picture disc with print version). The 5-track EP will be pressed on picture disc vinyl and housed in a clear heavyweight PVC sleeve with a 350gram 12″x12″ print of Sleaford Mods ‘Tiswas logo’.
Head below for cover art for all releases.
It’s time to reset the future…
Arnie teased it and now it’s here, a new official teaser poster to go along with the Big Game Super Bowl TV Spot for Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015.
The new TV Spot is basically a highlight reel of Arnold Schwarzenegger, only older (see above), and younger, and who knows. It’s still pretty cool.
Oh and there’s a synopsis, too!
“When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…“