Readers are in for one helluva super-trippy ride filled with scares and suspense in Southern Cross #4. With images upon images, the fourth installment proves why this series is a smart and entertaining reading experience. As a cerebral and existentialist mystery, “Southern Cross” is an awesome accomplishment when story and art work side by side.
WRITTEN BY: Becky Cloonan
ART BY: Andy Belanger
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: June 24, 2015
In the vastness of outer-space, Alex Braith is starting to feel consumed by the dark and empty hallways of the spaceship, Running away from the dead, Alex finds herself swallowed up by memories of her dead sister. Never knowing which is which, Alex doesn’t know if she’s being given a warning, or if it’s all just a hallucination. Could someone on board the ship be actually trying to kill her?
I love how writer Becky Cloonan builds the main character’s backstory through flashbacks. Because of sibling rivalry, is Alex trying to redeem herself from what happened in the past? But we’re left to question if the main protagonist is making up a false childhood memory?
Cloonan adds more to Alex’s strong personality as her punkish attitude breaks down bit by bit. Alex is afraid that her vulnerability will somehow get her killed. As the list of suspects grow, readers will get a chance to pick and choose who might be a red herring.
Artist Andy Belanger captures images on top of images as a visual metaphor for something grand. With Belanger playing around with the panel layouts, are the visuals meant to ask about humanity’s place in the universe? Or is the surreal imagery supposed to represent Alex’s mindset? You can’t go wrong with either interpretation, which is why Belanger is at the top of his game.
When the imagery turns surreal, colorist Lee Loughridge breaks away from the dark pinkish tones and adds a more vibrant scheme. Notice how the panels are brighter and intense as Alex continues to hallucinate.
“Southern Cross” #4 keeps getting better and better. There are two issues left before the first story arc closes.
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
Screen Junkies has posted an honest trailer for the 1991 sci-fi action/thriller Terminator 2, which goes over its numerous pros and a few of its cons. The trailer extols while simultaneously poking fun at the overly complex timeline dilemma while making sure to show reverence to the dichotomy of being an incredibly violent film that was marketed, in its own ways, to children. Perhaps my favorite moment was the side by side comparison of the CGI for the T-1000, which looks nearly exactly the same, even with a 24 year difference.
Terminator: Genisys comes out July 1st. The synopsis reads:
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…
It’s being reported by Deadline that Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) is in talks to direct In The Deep, the shark film written by Tony Jaswinski and purchased by Sony Pictures. Nothing has been locked down as the studio and Collet-Serra are simply in the opening stages of negotiations.
The film is being described as the melding of 127 Hours with Jaws and follows a young woman who gets stranded on a buoy with a great white shark between her and the shore.
Tom Six’s Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence) (read our review) is already on VOD, yet a series of new posters just popped up online, one of which is very NSFW. The one-sheets are insanely cool, unlike the yawn-inducing sequel that assembles a 500-person centipede. Not only are they cool, but they’re pretty disgusting, one peaking out of an anus, while another looks like an orgy from hell. Crazy stuff.
Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, who played the villains Dr. Heiter and Martin in the first and second films, respectively, are featured. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, and director Tom Six also star.
“Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.
Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”
Check out this international one-sheet for Extinction, a supposedly new kind of horror film that is directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped).
“For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?”
The film will hit theaters July 31st, 2015 via Vertical.
According to Latino Review, a new Batman film is set for a potential November 2018 release and it’s looking like it’ll be directed by Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
The standalone film, as of this writing, is simply titled The Batman, and will be written by, get this, Chris Terrio, who previously worked with Affleck on the award winning Argo!
In addition, Affleck has signed on to play Batman for a minimum of three films, which includes to Justice League films. According to Collider, the three film deal included an opportunity for Affleck to write and direct a film for Batman.
Terrio is heavily involved in the DC universe. He came onboard the Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice team to tidy up David S. Goyer’s early script drafts and is scribing both of the upcoming Justice League films. Furthermore, Affleck may very well join Terrio in writing The Batman, so the future of the DC cinematic universe seems to have a very steady and cohesive voice.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, opening March 25, 2016:
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
YouTuber Adam Eyster has created a modernized trailer for Tobe Hooper’s classic horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The fan edit uses music from Timbre Timbre as well as a karaoke version of “Midnight In Montgomery” over scenes from the film, which are spliced in the more “in your face” style of today’s trailers.
Give it a watch below and maybe share your favorite fan-made trailer in the comments!
Legendary will show footage and present cast members from Crimson Peak, Krampus and Warcraft at its July 11 panel in Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego, says Variety.
Crimson Peak, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is a gothic horror story starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. Legendary Pictures produced, with Universal set to release Crimson Peak at the height of the Halloween season on Oct. 16.
Krampus is a comedy horror film directed by Michael Dougherty from his own script about the demon who is the opposite of Santa Claus in German folklore. The film stars Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, David Koechner and Stefania Owen with a Dec. 4 launch from Universal.
Universal has set Warcraft, based on the videogame series of the same name, for release on June 10, 2016. Duncan Jones is directing from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt. The film stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky.
“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington is joining Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce in the upcoming thriller Brimstone, says THR.
In Brimstone, Harington will play an outlaw who has a crucial role in the tale of retribution, replacing Robert Pattinson who was announced as taking on the role during the Berlin film festival and market.
Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by the evil Preacher (Pearce).
Carice van Houten (Valkyrie, “Game of Thrones”) is also part of the cast of the movie by writer-director Martin Koolhoven.
The project from Dutch filmmaker Koolhoven has also added to its cast Paul Anderson (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Jack Roth (The Great Train Robbery) and Carla Juri (Wetlands).
Principal photography started recently.
Every since Akira, Fist of the North Star and Ninja Scroll, I’ve been dreaming of a live-action anime/manga adaptation on the scale of a Godzilla film.
With Japan’s Attack On Titans, in theaters internationally September 19th, it looks like I’m finally getting my wish.
The new Attack On Titan trailer has been released and it’s a Manga fan’s wet dream. In fact, it looks like the most realized adaptation ever, while also appearing to be about infinity times cooler than the latest Godzilla.
For those who haven’t yet seen the awesome anime, it’s now on Netflix.
Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind the two-part live-action adventure that features “Titans” that are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla (120m vs. 108m in Gareth Edwards’ remake). And unlike most movies these days, the Titans will be a mix of both CG and practical SFX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro – much like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Take a look at the shot above and try not to orgasm. Oh, and if this isn’t cool enough, there’s also a tie-in series in the works.
In Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese Attack On Titan:
“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
But, after all of these years, could the remake have found new life?
Green, best known for films like Pineapple Express, Joe and George Washington, joined William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold of the Crave B-Movies Podcast where he revealed he’s looking to have someone else direct.
“I’m actually hopeful that it’s happening with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week,” he stated, basically revealing that they’re looking to find another director to take the reigns. In fact, one of the holdups years ago was that financiers weren’t confident Green could pull off a genre film (seriously).
With a new director comes a new story, which i why Green decided to share some of his vision for the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic that took place in a fancy ballet academy that’s a front for something far more sinister.
“I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento’s film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera, basically of [Suspiria],” said Green. “I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets. Isabelle Huppert was going to be in it, [and] Janet McTeer. We had an amazing cast of elegance and prestige that we were engineering for it.”
Natalie Portman and Orphan’s Isabelle Fuhrman were both at one point attached to Suspiria.
Screen Gems will premiere exclusive first look footage from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Patient Zero during its Hall H film panel on Saturday, July 11th, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies panel will feature talent from the film including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, and Matt Smith, along with director Burr Steers, and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith.
Screen Gems will also be debuting exclusive first look footage from Patient Zero during the same panel which the film’s stars Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer will present along with the film’s director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, pictured above, opens in theaters February 19th, 2016. “This mash-up that begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies.“
In Patient Zero, “An unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.“
Nerdist Industries has acquired The Hive, a sci-fi horror flick from rookie feature director Dave Yarovesky, Deadline reports.
The film, which premiered at last year’s Fantastic Fest, stars Gabriel Basso as a counselor at Camp Yellow Jacket. The place has descended into chaos, and Adam wakes up in a boarded-up cabin with no memory of who or where he is. His only clues are the notes he’s scrawled for himself on the walls and the disturbing physical transformation he must overcome. And the only memories he has are not his own.
Kathryn Prescott, Jacob Zachar and Gabrielle Walsh co-star in The Hive, which Yarovesky wrote with Will Honley.
The company plans a fall release for The Hive in theaters and digital.
Check out the first look at the film below.
This October the Paranormal Activity franchise comes to an end.
Greg Plotkin’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters October 23, 2015, will be the final film in the franchise. In fact, the finale will finally reveal Toby, and answer all of our questions, as it was revealed yesterday, along with the first images.
With the newly released trailer, we get a glimpse inside the grand finale that’s set to take spirit photography to a new level.
For the first time ever it appears that the filmmakers aren’t holding anything back. The trailer is jam-packed with frights, and teases all sorts of insanity that could finally pay off. I’m dying to get some resolution with the coven of witches, and even more curious to see what the “ghost dimension” looks like, as well as how they integrate 3-D into a found-footage movie.
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, directed by Gregory Plotkin, follows a new family, the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage.
When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.” (USA Today)
Let Toby take you away this October. But for now, talk about the trailer below…
Unlike the other main heroic members of the Justice League, Green Lantern doesn’t really have a definitive incarnation for the general public. While we always look to Kal-El, Bruce Wayne, and Princess Diana as THE Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, there isn’t a singular Green Lantern that people completely identify with. Hal Jordan is probably the most popular overall and is the incarnation that was brought to the silver screen by Ryan Reynolds in 2011, but there are generations that grew up loving the likes of Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and John Stewart as well. The latter sticks out in particular due to his usage in the popular Justice League animated shows in the early 00s. So which will Warner Bros. roll with for their pending DC Movieverse? Virtually all of the above, if rumors prove true…
According to Collider, the Untitled Green Lantern Reboot that is currently scheduled for 2020 will actually be a Green Lantern Corps film…
Keep in mind that the movie is still in early development and a lot of things can change, but we’re hearing that the new Green Lantern movie will focus on more than one human Green Lantern. There are plenty of “Green Lanterns” across the universe, as they’re an intergalactic police force who wield powerful rings whose energy is derived from their user’s willpower. Their only weakness is the yellow energy of fear.
The most popular Green Lantern is Hal Jordan, who was the main character in the 2011 movie. However, Guy Gardner and John Stewart later followed Jordan, and they weren’t the last in the comics. But we’re hearing possibly two or all three—Jordan, Stewart, and Gardner—could be the leads of Warner Bros’ Green Lantern reboot.
Furthermore, the franchise will continue to focus on different Green Lanterns and never on just one, so really the Green Lantern movies look like they’ll be more about the Green Lantern Corps, which is an interesting approach.
This fits with what we have heard as well. It actually makes a lot of sense, both given the splintered nature of fandom preferences and the failure of the 2011 film. Why anchor yourself to one iteration of the character when you can have your cake and eat it too in this particular area? After all, the Green Lanterns are an intergalactic peacekeeping force, as opposed to a singular hero. That’s something that even the multiple iterations of The Flash cannot claim.
Inevitably one particular version will arrive first and serve as a defacto lead in such an ensemble solo spin-off. It’s highly likely that John Stewart will be that Lantern, even if only to further diversify the Justice League and (at least initially) offer up a different version of the character from Reynolds’. Word is that our emerald hero is likely to cameo in Justice League: Part One (2017) ahead of a more substantial role in Justice League: Part Two (2019), so don’t be surprised if at least one of these fellas is cast sometime in the next 12 months.
Who would you like to see as John Stewart, Hal Jordan, and Guy Gardner? And are you bummed that Kyle Rayner appears to be left out of the proceedings, at least for now? And what villains, beyond Common’s The Tattooed Man (appearing in Suicide Squad next year), would you like to see utilized in this potential Green Lantern Corps film?
This year’s E3 has come and gone, ushering in the second half of what so far has been a ridiculously good year for horror games. It’ll be interesting to see what the latter half of 2015 has in store for us, and whether or not it’ll be able to match the deluge that we insatiable fans of the genre have enjoyed for a solid six months.
Unfortunately, as spectacular as last week was to be a gamer, there were some notable absences that left me wondering if we’ll see all of the horror games that were previously confirmed for 2015.
Arguably the biggest surprise of them all is a game that’s just three months away.Friday the 13th: The Video Game
Where you at, Jason? We’ve heard nothing from him in the six months that have gone by since it was revealed that a mysterious developer would be bringing us our first Friday the 13th game in over two decades. This game was supposed to join Until Dawn in kicking off a new era of slasher video games, but I don’t see that happening this year seeing as we still know very little about it.
Unofficial Status: Quiet. Too quiet. Don’t be surprised if this gets moved to 2016. Maybe it’ll be ready in time to catch the first Friday the 13th of the year (May 13).Last Year
Last Year has been quiet since its developer ran into copyright issues back in January. How much of an impact that whole mess had on its development remains to be seen. The team behind it has been fairly consistent in providing updates to their backers on Kickstarter, where the game raised about $83,000 last year.
Summer Camp wasn’t at E3 either, but I’ve been assured that it’s still coming.
Unofficial Status: Backer rewards mention a November 2016 ETA, so it may be aiming for something closer to a fall 2016 release.Frogware’s Call of Cthulhu
When Magrunner: Dark Pulse developer Frogwares first announced their plans to make a new Call of Cthulhu two Januaries ago, they did so quietly, with concept art. Clearly, the game wasn’t far enough along for a trailer, but I would’ve expected it to have reached that point by now, 18 months after its initial reveal. I fear this game has been cancelled.
Unofficial Status: Worried. Frogware hasn’t mentioned canning it, even if that does seem to be the fate that befalls most Lovecraftian games. I’m going to take the wait and see approach with this one.
In my opinion, one of the funniest scenes in Jaws is when Quint opens a can of beer, downs it all, and crushes the can in front of Matt Hooper. Feeling emasculated, Hooper then finishes his water (?) and crushes the plastic cup, as though he’s as much of a badass. I can’t put my finger on why I love that scene so much but it just illustrates the absurdity of their love/hate relationship so perfectly. They’re like two brothers who constantly squabble but, at the end of the day, can have a great time together.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Jaws, Narragansett Beer is bringing back the design of that very same beer can for the entire summer! According to their site, “…all 12-, 18- and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans of Narragansett Lager will replicate the 1975 can famously crushed by Captain Quint in the shark-infested thriller!”
I have no idea where to get my hands on some of these, so if anyone has any clues, tell me in the comments so I can pick up a pack!
After triumphant collaborations on 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012’s The Devil’s Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise.
This afternoon a trailer has been released for Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, in which Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose.
Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival stars Victoriandustrial rocker Emilie Autumn, Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), heavy metal hotties the Butcher Babies, Chantal Claret (Morningwood), Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy), Briana Evigan (Step Up franchise), Brea Grant (Heroes), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), J Larose (Insidious), Mighty Mike Murga (Mini Kiss), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), Adam Pascal (Rent), rap icon Tech N9ne, Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Marc Senter (The Lost), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera).
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Terrance Zdunich with music & lyrics by Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival is produced by Execution Style Entertainment and Cleopatra Music & Films.
For tickets and information on Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, visit http://www.TheDevilsCarnival.com.
3D artist Oliver Pabilona has created a beautiful marriage of Jurassic Park and Aliens by creating the “Xenomorph Rex”, a cross between a Xenomorph and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The creature looks big and mighty pissed off, spikes running along its tail and incredibly powerful legs carrying its twisted body.
One has to wonder, how would a facehugger be able to wrap itself onto a T. Rex, though. Maybe when one is an infant? The baby T. Rex in The Lost World WAS small enough to make that a seemingly likely situation. Then again, I’m trying to add logic to a sci-fi/horror world AND to a piece of fan art, so maybe something’s up on my end…
Check out the amazing illustrations below and see more of Pabilona’s art on his Art Station page.
Think you know your movie monsters? Think you have what it takes to identify them when they’re up close and personal? CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH???
Sorry, I got a little carried away there. However, the challenge stands and you get to show off your monster movie knowledge by taking this week’s quiz! Below are 12 pictures and each picture has four options. Today is your chance to show off your love of movie monsters, so get down there and show off your skills!
I got 12 out of 12, although I’ll fully admit that I did some guessing on a couple.