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[Interview] Jonathan Ross Goes Grindhouse & NSFW With 'Revenge'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:20

Image Comics new horror series “Revenge” by writer Jonathan Ross (“Turf”, “America’s Got Powers”) and artist Ian Churchill (“Cable”, “The Coven”) is unexpectedly insane. Most people would expect the creative duo to produce a superhero tale, but instead they are turning in a twisted revenge tale that overflows with sex, violence, and sheer brutality. “Revenge” is a book that revels in the trauma that it causes readers who are depraved enough to open its pages.

The book centers around Griffin Franks, a washed up action star that has seen his stardom slowly fade away with age. Franks decides his only option is to undergo a risky surgical procedure that will make him look decades younger. During the surgery things go completely awry Franks is stuck paying for his past transgressions in a very grotesque Grindhouse manner.

Bloody-Disgusting caught up with writer Jonathan Ross just prior to the release of “Revenge” #2, which hits stores this week, to talk about his twisted and downright vile horror series.

Bloody-Disgusting: You’ve written a couple series for Image Comics now, but you’ve never really dabbled in the horror genre prior to this. What was it about the horror world that was appealing to you as a creator? Were you always a horror fan?

Jonathan Ross: Yes. Always have been, always will be. As a kid I loved the “Pan Book of Horror” series, and would devour any horror anthologies I could find. My parents bought me a collection of stories by Algernon Blackwood that I loved. Then in the ‘80s, I discovered Clive Barker, James Herbert and Ramsey Campbell, and of course Shaun Hutson. I have always loved horror films. In fact, one of the things that my wife and I bonded over way back when we first met was horror. I had been sent a copy of re-Animator to watch and I lured her back to my flat with it!

BD: Reading the first issue #1 of “Revenge”, this book feels a Grindhouse movie than a comic book. Were you striving to give it that kind of feel or did it simply come out that way?

JR: Very much so. I have a lot of affection for the sleazier end of exploitation cinema. In the ’70s movies like “Mr. No Legs”, and even the outrageous “Enema Bandit” had short lived theatrical releases. I miss that kind of stuff, even if you does make you feel like you need a shower after watching it. This is sort of an homage to them, but I actually held back in the sleaze a bit, because I think when it’s an image in a comic book it has a more lasting impact then a fleeting moving shot in a movie.

BD: The protagonist of this book Griffin Franks does some despicable things in this first issue. Is it hard to write a lead character that is somewhat deeply flawed or is that what makes it compelling for you as a writer?

JR: I have much more fun trying to imagine shitty people then good ones. And normally even complete dicks have a way of justifying their behaviour. But villains of course are always more compelling. Take a look at the Thor films. Who do you want to see on screen, Thor or Loki? It’s Loki every time….

BD: It’s been said that the best writers put a little bit of themselves and their own experiences into the characters. Was any of Griffin Franks back-story inspired by any of your own experiences in Hollywood and the entertainment industry?

JR: Not really; I just like the milieu a lot, and I met and interviewed Stallone last time he was in town, he’s a super lovely guy by the way, and in no way an inspiration for anyone in this book, but I margined what it would have been like to have just the littlest bite of the cherry that is success and spend decades craving more. That’s the need that drives Griffin at the beginning of the story.

BD: You are working with Ian Churchill on this book, while is just coming off working on his all-ages book “Marine Man”. How did you manage to talk him into illustrating the most depraved and disgusting book of his career on “Revenge”?

JR: Ian has done a remarkable, brilliant, awe-inspiring job. He’s also incredibly easy to work with and we’ve had a lot of fun together. I think he really relished the chance to stretch his creative muscles in a different direction. But it’s kind of weird when we are signing at conventions and we have to keep “Revenge” as far away from “Marine Man” as possible!!

BD: Ian’s splash page with the face being ripped off should make year-end lists for most insane page. Was there ever a moment where you thought maybe the violence might be a too much, or were you trying to push things to the limit?

JR: Well, it was scripted just like that but Ian took it to another level. In fact, there is an earlier version of that splash that was great, but then he redrew it for maximum impact. All of the same components are there, every last one, but it’s the size and angle of the main image that he worked on and its much better. I just wanted a very bold strong crazy image right up front so people would know where we were heading. I love that splash and it’s kind of why I love comics; it’s just crazy over the top fun.

BD: Issue #1 sold-out almost instantly the day it went on sale. Is it frustrating as a creator to have a book sell-out so quick and know that more copies should have been printed, or is it rewarding to know that your book is reacting with comic readers?

JR: It’s neither really. We just try to make something that we would like to read and hope others will too. But it’s a crowded market place so you go out there conservatively when it comes to print runs. No one wants to get stuck with a warehouse full of mouldy unsold comic books! The nice thing is that it does seem to have clicked with a lot of people, and Ian had already drawn that fabulous homage to 1970′s Marvel cover that we were holding onto, which is now the cover to the second print of book one. But it’s a pragmatic, supply and demand equation so I try not to take it personally too much either way! I just want to try and write fun exciting comics.

BD: Give us some insight into where the series is heading with issue #2 and beyond. What can readers expect?

JR: Well it starts to get weird. Griffin breaks out of his tank and out of the drug paralysis they have him in, with help from Ignacio, the put upon dwarf with horns, but he needs skin to cover his bleeding skinned face, and there isn’t any spare laying around, so they opt for a radical short term solution. People will either think we have gone completely nuts or really love it I think. I love it, and again, Ian has turned in some incredible pages. So hope you stick with it for the big, gruesome twists in Book three and the somewhat stomach-churning finale in Book 4!!

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[TV] "American Horror Story" Reveals Its Season 4 Title!!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:49

Last week ago series writer Douglas Petrie revealed that the overall arc for the fourth season of FX’s “American Horror Story” would take place at a carnival. “We just started season 4,” Petrie stated on the cast before confirming that the setting will in fact be carnival-themed, “Yes, it does not have a title. That’s the idea, very roughly that’s the idea.

But that not having a title thing changed quickly, as series creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that it will be called “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. The only other details at this time is that the series will take place in the 1950s and that Jessica Lange will return with a German accent. It will be her last appearance on the series.

As with every other season of AHS, “Freak Show” will debut on FX in October.

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'Underworld: Next Generation' In Development (Exclusive)

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:36

With the introduction of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve (pictured above; India Eisley), in the 2012 Underworld: Awakening, Screen Gems passed the torch to another star in hopes of continuing the franchise.

After a decade-long battle between vampires and werewolves, like it or not, the Underworld franchise is legit. After four successful films, I’m told by my studio Intel that Screen Gems is actively developing the fifth, currently titled Underworld: Next Generation.

While the title could change by the time they go into production, right now they’re seeking a writer and director for the fifth film, although Len Wiseman remains producer. It’s also unclear what direction they will be going as Beckeisale is not attached yet, officially. Hence the title, Next Generation, it’s implied that the new film will follow Eve as the film’s protagonist.

Again, since a director and writer have yet to be assigned, things could change. But in the early stages of development, this is where the studio hopes to take the franchise come 2015.

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Life Of Agony Announce First Stage Performance Since Singer's Transformation

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:07

Hard rock group Life Of Agony have announced that they will be performing at Belgium’s Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival on August 8th. This will be the band’s first stage performance since 2011, when singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender. The lineup will feature guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Sal Abruscato (A Pale Horse Named Death), which the lineup of the band’s River Runs Red album.

Robert comments, “We’ve helped so many people around the world cope with their emotional struggles through our music, it was time to get back out there. Our songs connect with people on an emotional level because they were written out of real pain and hardship. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, blue, green, gay, straight, trans or whatever. Our fans know it comes from a real place and have stood by us. We’ve always worn our hearts on our sleeves. That is just who we are and that is something that will never change.

More information on the Belgium Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival can be found here or at the band’s official website.

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Some Incredible 'Diablo III' Cosplay To Celebrate The Arrival Of 'Reaper Of Souls'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00

Did you hear? The long-awaited expansion for Diablo III hits tomorrow and it’s bringing with it a ton of new content. Reaper of Souls introduces a whole new act to the main storyline that follows the fallen angel Malthael who’s on a quest for the Black Soulstone that contains within it the essence of Diablo and his ilk. You can be sure my review is incoming, I only ask that you be patient — this expansion is huge.

To celebrate the arrival of Reaper of Souls, let’s take a minute to enjoy some intensely cool Diablo cosplay. This must’ve taken forever to make, because the attention to detail is ridiculous. Thankfully, we already have a warrior to fight for us, so you don’t need to worry about this well-crafted Diablo running loose.

This is the work of Filipino cosplayer Krizdel Ingreso. You can see how it was made on Facebook.

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This 'Godzilla' Poster Shows All!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:56

This new poster for Warner Bros. Godzilla is the best look at the creature yet, showing a full-frontal look at the giant lizard presumably awakened to save mankind from another giant monster.

In theaters May 16 from Gareth Edwards, the pic is an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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New 'Purge: Anarchy' Image Arrives at Your Door

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:50

Via the official Instagram, here’s a new look at The Purge: Anarchy, now opening in theaters July 18, 2014.

The still shows star Frank Grillo arriving at someone’s door, with Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield also starring in the sequel that will finally take to the streets (watch the trailer below).

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

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[Exclusive] Nexilva Share Their Top 10 Horror Films

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:00

Hailing from Sunderland, England, Nexilva are bringing their own take on what constitutes a horror movie. The band has submitted their own Top 10 Horror Movie list and some of the choices on here might make some readers cry, “Those aren’t horror!” However, with a little bit of an open mind, it’s actually very obvious these selections fall under the umbrella of our genre. Several of these films deal with truly horrific ideas/themes and, at the very least, they have some super creepy imagery contained within. You can check out the list below.

Also, make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Eschatologies via iTunes.

1. The Matrix – This film is the main inspiration for our track ‘Cybernetic Lucidity’. Humans being harvested for energy by sentient machines while existing inside a simulated reality? It doesn’t get much cooler than this!

2. Alien – Intense, terrifying and claustrophobic. Alien is without a doubt a staple film in the sci-fi horror genre, that also paved the way for badass heroines as lead roles.

3. The Book of Eli – Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis and one hell of a plot twist. That is all… oh, and Mila Kunis…

4. 28 Days Later – This film definitely reinvigorated the zombie genre at the time. As gritty and British as they come, 28 Days Later depicts the breakdown of a country a month after a highly contagious virus is accidentally released. Turning humans into rage filled killing machines. The realistic possibility of an outbreak like this actually occurring is what makes this film all the more grim.

5. Resident Evil – Unlike “28 Days Later”, Resident Evil steers clear of the gritty realism and goes for a Hollywood blockbuster feel, which in turn means that the possibilities within the feature are limitless. The first installment of the sequence of films is particularly chilling. Let’s just try and forget they ever made the second film, or the third, or the fourth… or fifth.

6. The Road – A strong contender for one of the most depressing and realistic post-apocalyptic films out there. No zombies or crazy mutants in this one, just the darkest sides of the human condition coming out to play when an ‘every man for himself’ situation arises. This film really shows the dark side of humanity and how prone we are to destroying ourselves. Which is a prevalent theme in the lyrical content for many songs on the album.

7. The Thing (1982) – An 80′s classic. Kurt Russell battles against a parasitic alien life form that can imitate other organisms, in a remote Antarctic research station. The films induces a feeling of paranoia in a claustrophobic environment much like Ridley Scott’s Alien, and it’s use of practical special effects are second to none.

8. Blade – This film features Wesley Snipes as a vampire, who hunts vampires, and doesn’t pay taxes. This action based horror holds jump scares and a deep storyline which pans over 3 gory films. With many a gruesome vampire death, the Blade trilogy holds its place high amongst critics, with an almost comic book level of accentuated violence.

9. Dawn of the Dead (2004) – This modern remake of George Romero’s classic has been dubbed as one of the best modern zombie/horror films of all time. It incorporates both classic shock horror, jump scares and a sprinkling of black comedy, with a terrifyingly intrusive story which thrusts you into the mindset of the characters, and what you yourself would do in the situation of a zombie apocalypse.

10. Black Death – Another gritty British horror/thriller. Set during the time of the bubonic plague in Europe, a group of knights are on a mission to investigate a village that are supposedly bringing the dead back to life. A concept that our new single ‘Necromancer’ is based on. Spoiler alert: Sean Bean dies… surprise surprise.

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Yep, This Is Pretty Much What 'Rust' Is All About

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:00

YouTuber AndrewMFilms has found a hilarious way to wrap up the entirety of what the survival game Rust is all about. This two minute-long video shows a day in the life of the average Joe who makes the unfortunate decision to travel to its unforgiving world, from scavenging for resources to building a base. It ends as it always does, with a random dick’s bullet planted firmly in his head. In Rust, it’s inevitable.

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30 Upcoming Indie Horror Games You Should Be Excited About!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:00

Big budget, AAA horror games are so 2012. This is the year of the indies, and to prove it, I’ve gathered a couple dozen upcoming titles — all from small studios, with many being the dev’s first project — that prove you don’t need big teams and mountains of cash to make a horror game that’s worth being excited about.

Dying Light, The Evil Within and Doom 4 are all on my radar, but the following games aren’t afraid to push the envelope and be daring with their concepts, mechanics, and stories.

Read on for my list of 30 Upcoming Indie Horror Games You Should Be Excited About!

If you’d prefer a more in-depth look at five of the following thirty horror games that I, personally, am most excited about, you can get all that and more in the video below.

Among The Sleep (PC, maybe PS4, Xbox One)

What makes it exciting: From Krillbite Studio, Among the Sleep follows a two year-old boy who wakes up alone in his home during a thunderstorm. A familiar setting is warped by the child’s imagination until it resembles a waking nightmare. Not many games place you in the footie pajamas of a toddler — that unique idea alone makes this worth checking out.

When you can expect it: Spring 2014

Ashen Rift (PC)

In the horror FPS game Ashen Rift, it’s you and your pitbull against a crumbling, post-apocalyptic wasteland that’s brimming with monsters. Your goal is to close something called the “Rift,” which is supposedly the cause of the Earth’s falling apart. If it was me, I’d be too busy teaching my dog how to go for the nuts on command to close any rifts. That’s probably why I’ll never be a video game hero.

Unfortunately, hordes of monsters known as Feeders stand in your way, but it’s okay, because you have man’s best friend. See this game in action after the jump.

When you can expect it: TBA

Asylum (PC)

What makes it exciting: Agustín Cordes is a game designer who’s perhaps best known for his creepy horror game Scratches. His next project, the psychological horror game Asylum, takes the terror to a much larger scale, as it’s set in a massive, decaying mental institute. On top of that, it’s story is inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

When you can expect it: TBA

Caffeine (PC)

What makes it exciting: This one caught my attention only recently, but a series of unsettling teasers have only managed to grow my excitement for this unusual game. Like Among the Sleep, Caffeine follows a young boy who finds himself alone in an eerie environment, only this time the locale is a caffeine mining station in outer space and the horrors that hunt him are most definitely real.

When you can expect it: TBA 2014

Claire (PC)

What makes it exciting: The idea behind Claire is simple: it’s like Silent Hill, if that series was in 2D and had a gorgeous pixelated art style. If you need to be sold after that elevator pitch, I’m afraid I can’t help you.

When you can expect it: TBA 2014

Daylight (PC, PS4)

What makes it exciting: From the makers of the Saw video games, the next horror game from Zombie Studios is the procedurally generated Slender-esque horror game Daylight. It follows a young woman who upon being trapped in a long-abandoned hospital realizes she might not be alone. It’s a horror game of the supernatural variety and it actually finds a novel use for the PS4′s integration by allowing players to trigger in-game scares through the live-stream chat.

When you can expect it: April 8, 2014

Darkwood (PC)

What makes it exciting: Like Daylight, Darkwood uses procedural generation to ensure each playthrough is different from the next. Every time you dive into its creepy, desaturated world, it will be unfamiliar. It also brings with it some of the unforgiving elements of roguelikes, including permanent death.

When you can expect it: TBA 2014

DreadOut (PC)

What makes it exciting: What makes DreadOut exciting? If you’ve been waiting patiently for a new Fatal Frame, it’s mere existence is exciting. More than that, it looks terrifying and comes with a distinct Indonesian flavor.

When you can expect it: TBA 2014

Faceless (PC)

What makes it exciting: This will be the only Slender Man game on this list, but even if you’ve grown tired of the myriad Slender clones we’ve been inundated with over the last two years, Faceless is intriguing because it introduces four-player co-op into the mix. Now you have a friend (or three) to *accidentally* trip as you run from everyone’s favorite Internet-born Cryptid.

When you can expect it: TBA

The Forest (PC)

What makes it exciting: As I said in the video above, The Forest may very well be my most anticipated horror game of 2014. That’s because it looks horrifying, blends two of my favorite movies — Cannibal Holocaust and The Descent — and mixes in an element of Minecraft through base building and resource gathering. Did I mention it looks horrifying?

When you can expect it: May 22, 2014 (Alpha), Full release TBA

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'The Laughing Mask' Completes Filming (Trailer)

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:59

Two years after announcing, The Laughing Mask has completed production.

Here’s a new trailer from the indie horror co-production from America and Brazil from writer/director Michael Aguiar and production house Bravestarr Pictures.

“The Laughing Mask begins with Jake Johnson. After the brutal death of his wife, Jaycee, and the disappearance of his daughter, Barbara, Jake will do whatever is necessary to capture the man the media has dubbed “The Laughing Mask.” As the corpses begin to pile up, Jake has to find help in the detective skills of Kate O’Malley. Together they will play a deadly cat and mouse game with a killer in order to find Jake’s daughter and avenge the death of his wife. But The Laughing Mask knows of Jake’s desires for revenge, and he has plans of his own.

The cast is compromised of several rising stars including Fran Rafferty, Inge Uys, Gabriel Lee, Sheyenne Rivers, Matt Ganey, and Thomas Noel Smith.

The Laughing Mask was shot and completed in Florida over a rigorous 28-day shooting schedule.

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[TV] Kissy New "Rosemary's Baby" Images

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:54

TV Line has a not-so-exciting new look at Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) and Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”) getting it on in NBC’s “Rosemary’s Baby” four-hour miniseries.

We’ve shared the new images, as well as the poster and teaser trailer from the adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Zoe Saldana plays the new Rosemary.

Red Lights‘ Carole Bouquet, Doghouse‘s Christina Cole and Jason Isaacs also star in the series directed by Agnieska Holland and produced by Lionsgate TV.

It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Motion Capture Battle

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:45

Empire posted a pretty cool behind-the-scenes look at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

What you see is a mo-cap action sequence coming together, with Toby Kebbell’s alpha ape, Koba, tearing his way through a scene at the Ape Village.

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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[Exclusive] Go First Person Shooter With A Breach Of Silence's "Night Rider" Video Premiere

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Australian metalcore band A Breach Of Silence to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Night Rider”, which comes from the band’s 2012 album Dead Or Alive. The video, directed by Steven Caldwell, is a heavily stylized first person shooter set in the wild west. Full of six-shooters, spurs, blood and death, you can watch the video below!

You can buy the album via CD, iTunes, or GooglePlay.

From director Steven Caldwell:
Every so often as a filmmaker you get an opportunity to work with an amazing team and create something really special. One of my opportunities came when sitting waiting for a disgustingly boring marketing event to start. I was sitting on one of the top levels of one of the Gold Coast’s tallest buildings while a storm lashed around us when my phone buzzed with a new email. It was an invite from my friend and fellow filmmaker, Caleb Graham, asking me if I’d be interested in Directing and Producing a music video for A Breach Of Silence (ABOS). Having not been familiar with their work, Caleb sent me the link for their previous video, “There Will Be Blood” which I thought was masterfully directed by Caleb and backed up by an incredible sound from the band. I knew this was one of those rare opportunities straight away as this was a band going places.

Now, I was warned going into the meeting that they wanted something ambitious, but then I discovered just how ambitious it was. The boys wanted a “Western” Movie/Video Game style with a large number of extras, all in costume along with an old looking town and great effects, on a budget. I quickly called my usual wardrobe person, Kelly Somers who assured me it could be done and our VFX guy, Kerrod Cooper who was happy to work for a solid week on a tiny budget for the fun of it! Thankfully Blair (from ABOS) had remembered going to the Caboolture Historical Village when young so we quickly locked that in and I went there myself on at least one or two occasions to confirm a deal and also with the band a few times prior to the shoot to go over the creative.

The story of the clip is all the band’s and I take no credit for that. What I did was guide the ship and give the clip that epic feel on a shoestring budget. With about 60 people all in period costume, real guns (many of them), an incredible 1st AD in Darwin Brooks (Australia, Great Gatsby) and a beautiful looking clip (thanks Dave Wayland, DOP) I think we achieved that! 

I’ve always looked to film for inspiration when crafting music videos, giving the clip a genre (love story, crime, etc)  and basing colour palettes, shots and intended cutting rhythm, etc with what is often associated with films in that genre. For “Nightrider” I watched films including “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” for the Western vibe and referenced a lot of comic book movies to give it a slight video game look which is what ABOS was after. I always reminded our crew to think of it as we’re making an epic Western, not a heavy metal clip, so shots needed to hold for a long time with the camera locked off on a tripod with the occasional long, sweeping stedicam shot. Otherwise it would have looked like every other rock/heavy metal clip, just with everyone dressed differently.

Thinking as filmmakers doing a Western, we felt we had a chance to contribute to a reintroduction of the genre to our generation who haven’t seen too many Westerns at all. The video game vibe (i.e. 1st person POV, digital blood, etc) was one way to put a new coat of paint on and the other was a camera & edit technique that I’ve never seen used in film before. The technique makes the video appear as if all is still in the frame except for one element that moves.

As I write this and work putting the finishing touches on the music video, I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’ve done a lot of music videos over the last few years and this is definitely right up there as one of, if not the best. Together with ABOS, we’ve reinvented the Western, making it cool for video game and heavy metal loving Gen X & Y’ers. I am forever grateful to the boys for inviting me along with them into the Wild West!

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R.I.P. Dave Brockie (AKA Oderus Urungus Of GWAR) Dead At 50

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:15

UPDATE: There is a statement from the band’s manager below.

Incredibly shocking news has hit the internet as it’s being reported and apparently confirmed that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR, has been found dead in his home at age 50. No cause of death has yet been released.

I’m in complete disbelief. I interviewed Oderus just a few months ago when I saw them play in Harpos. He was hilarious, vivid, and full of life. He was impatient at the time it was taking to set up the recording equipment. I watched as he beat the unholy hell out of some crazed fan who climbed up onto the stage (who had been given several warnings).

I can’t even imagine what is happening within the GWAR camp right now. I send my deepest condolences to his friends and family, as well as the fans of GWAR. This is a horrible day for metal.

Dave, you brought more humor and theatricality to metal in one show than most bands did their entire career. Rest in peace, sir. You will be missed.

Below is one of Brockie’s last tweets as well as a statement from Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued an official statement:
It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.

Blythe wrote via his Instagram: “I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR. My friend Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building and taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old.

“I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home and his roommates found him.

“When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say, ‘Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original.’ Most of these people no idea of what they are talking about; they obviously had never met Dave.

The idea of Slayer protesting Westboro church dudes funeral makes about as much sense as the opposite. Hate begets hate, morons. #publicity

— Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) March 22, 2014

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[TV] Next on "The Walking Dead": Season Finale Promo and Sneak Peak Clip!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:28

AMC will conclude the fourth season of “The Walking Dead” next Sunday, March 30.

We now have a promo, clip and new poster for the final episode, “A”, in which “many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive.

Michelle MacLaren directs the 16th episode that promises a shocker of a finale.

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[TV] The Bell Tolls for "Salem" in Latest Promo

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:25

The bell tolls for God, love, and death…but never for mercy.

WGNA continues to unroll promos for “Salem,” debuting on WGNA April 20. Check out the latest entitled “The Bell Tolls”.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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Disney Star Also Moves into 'Amityville' Horror House!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:06

The floodgates have been opened for Amityville news this Sunday.

Bloody exclusively broke the news here that Maniac and P2‘s Franck Khalfoun would be directing the new Amityville Horror, while also sharing in a fresh story here that Jennifer Jason Leigh will star.

Our friends at TheWrap shared a fresh nugget of casting revealing that Disney Channel sensation Bella Thorn, pictured above, has also moved into the horror house! She will also soon be seen in Voltage Pictures’ thriller Home Invasion.

I’m told that Leigh will be playing Joan, a single mother raising three kids all on her own. The family move into the infamous “Amityville” house, only to learn that it has a very dark history.

It’s also looking as if the found-footage angle has been dropped from the film, to be distributed January 2, 2015 by TWC-Dimension.

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Exclusive: First 'Amityville' Casting News; Director Confirmed!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 15:00

Since I broke the news exclusively here on Bloody Disgusting that Franck Khalfoun would be directing the new Amityville movie, I’ve been making a bunch of calls trying to confirm the news.

Not only have my sources confirmed that the director of Maniac and P2 will be getting behind the camera for the Blumhouse production, but I’m also being told that Jennifer Jason Leigh (pictured; Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “Weeds”) is starring!

Explains our regular tipster, Leigh will be playing Joan, a single mother raising three kids all on her own. The family move into the infamous “Amityville” house, only to learn that it has a very dark history.

It’s also looking as if the found-footage angle has been dropped from the film, to be distributed January 2, 2015 by TWC-Dimension.

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[Exclusive] Preview: 'Justice League Dark' #29

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:42

J.M. DeMatteis has been packing the pages of “Justice League Dark” with loads of supernatural goodness, something we don’t get enough of in the DCU. DeMatteis also makes sure his characters have real stakes in the story, making this title on of the more interesting books during this Forever Evil event. While I must admit I miss Mikel Janin’s art on the book, Vicente Cifuentes stepped in quickly and it will be interesting to see how he continues with the series. We’ve got an exclusive look at “Justice League Dark” #29 for you after the break.

WRITTEN BY: J.M. DeMatteis
ART BY: Vicente Cifuentes
COVER BY: Vicente Cifuentes
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 26, 2014

“FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT” conclusion! Witness the self-destruction of John Constantine, who might just be more vile than any of the villains in FOREVER EVIL!

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