David Lynch’s first full length film Eraserhead is still one of his most discussed works. The surreal imagery and dark story still resonate with viewers nearly 40 years later.
Perhaps one of the more enduring aspects of the film is the song “In Heaven”, which was written and performed by Peter Ivers. The song has become a cultural icon and has since been covered by a multitude of bands and performers.
In the below video, YouTube user SlowMotionTV has taken that track and stretch it 10x to create an ambient, ethereal piece that is hauntingly hovers as a soothingly beautiful soundscape. Definitely a way to relax your way into the week.
The Walking Dead abandons the momentum of it’s previous chapter to explore something truly tedious. “Self Help” details Abraham and company’s foolish “mission.”
From the very introduction of Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, it was painfully clear that their ‘mission’ was nothing more than a fools errand. I can maybe see some of the more naive viewers taking this outlandish proposal (a reversal of the zombie plague) at face value, but for our established characters, as presented, it was downright insulting.
When this part came around in the comic, while Eugene’s story was obviously a load of shit, I didn’t even give it a second thought, as it’s a medium where suspension of disbelief is much, much easier to maintain. It helped that Eugene feigned contact with Washington via his battery-less radio, lending a shred of credibility to his claims. But without that, something about seeing this unfold in the show was immediately, and strikingly silly. A fact only compounded by the amount of time it’s been allowed to go on, coupled with the poor development of the aforementioned trio of newcomers.
But If there’s one good thing I can say for tonight’s episode, it’s that it closed the book on this particular detour, while attempting to add some much needed depth and purpose to the character of Abraham. Did it succeed in the latter? The answer, from where I see it, would be neither yes or no.
From the onset of the episode to it’s conclusion come countless instances of steadfast, almost laughable exposition from Abraham. He really doesn’t want to turn back on the mission. The intermingling scenes depicting the flashback scenario in which Abraham is left behind after brutally defending his wife and children. When he later discovers their eviscerated remains, he decides to take his own life, he comes upon Eugene, and is bestowed with a new sense of drive and purpose.
While it did lend some weight to Abraham’s personal position, it did little to excuse the others who followed him, or to make him a likable character. And, while were on the subject of likability, Eugene was also in top form, never missing a chance to irritate. However, with that being said, his saving of Tara, sabotaging of the bus, manning of the fire hose, and owning up to his lies, made him a much more sympathetic character that I thought possible.
There was certainly some progression here in terms of character development, and while I wasn’t particularly moved by any of it, it does excite me to see what might be around the corner. Did the unwavering ridiculous dedication to Eugene’s mission cause the disconnect for me with these characters? Only time will tell.
There was certainly some gory and satisfying walker killing on display here though, in both the opening bus crash escape, and in the scene involving the fire truck. The latter of which was actually one of the more awesome and creative zombie destruction scenes this show has served up. I never would’ve imagined using the immense pressure of a fire hose to blast chunks from softened zombie bodies. A truly spectacular scene in an otherwise rough episode.
It takes a hell of a lot more than a few simple scenes of undead brutality to make an excellent Walking Dead episode. It’s always nice to see, especially when treated to viewing a herd so large it was smelled before it was seen. But when the narrative driving the characters from set piece to set piece feels so underwhelming and unimportant, all the gore and action in the world couldn’t save it from mediocrity.
I’d be a liar if I said the final scene depicting the culmination of Abraham’s misguided dedication didn’t get my blood pumping, but it was a very small amount of excitement in an episode rife with pointless expository scenes about missions and mullets. My only hope now that this meandering plot thread has snapped, is that these characters can find a mission worth taking on. Not to mention one that will raise Abraham to the ranks of greatness his character deserves.
What did you think of “Self Help?” Did you believe Eugene’s lies? Is Abraham too dedicated?
Sad news in the metal community as Jonathan Athon, bassist for Savannah, GA band Black Tusk, has passed away after being involved in a motorcycle accident. He was on life support but, per his wishes, he was taken off.
The band states:
It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.
The band’s last full length album was 2011′s Set The Dial, which was released via Relapse Records. The band then released a two-song EP entitled Vulture’s Eye earlier this year (Bandcamp).
Thirty two years old. What a tragedy and what a loss. Rest in peace Jonathan. Our deepest condolences to your friends and family as well as your fans.
I always wondered why Monster Energy Drinks filled me with such vitality, drive, and optimism. It’s because every little sip comes from the nectar of Satan’s bosom.
Watch as this woman hilariously breaks down the symbolism and meaning behind the marketing of Monster Energy Drinks. Without a shadow of a doubt she proves that THE DEVIL is behind it. Or, maybe Monster brilliantly branded their product in a way that represents what it wants to be.
Is there a demonic agenda, or is it just evil how much cooler Monster just got?
Art by Elma.
A lot of horror movies have great marketing campaigns that build the flicks up to be some terrifying, horrifying, inventive entry into the genre. However, as we all know, a lot of these do not exactly pay off. In fact, these movies would wind up leaving a bad taste in the viewer’s mouth, making them wonder, “What went wrong?”
So let’s talk about some of these movies today. I want to bring up some movies that really disappointed me and then I want to know some of yours! Head on in for my list.
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson‘s latest album has had pretty much all details released, including the track listing, the release date, and the title, which is set as The Pale Emperor. The album will feature 13 tracks, with titles such as “The Devil Beneath My Feet”, “Killing Strangers”, and “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” and it will be released on January 16th, 2015 via Hell, Etc. (under Cooking Vinyl). The album can be pre-ordered via iTunes.
The Pale Emperor is the follow up to 2012′s Born Villain.
Head below for a stream of “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” as well as .
1. Killing Strangers
2. Deep Six
3. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
4. The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
5. Warship My Wreck
6. Slave Only Dreams To Be King
7. The Devil Beneath My Feet
8. Birds of Hell Awaiting
9. Cupid Carries a Gun
10. Odds of Even
11. Day 3
12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal
13. Fall of the House of Death
Out of AFM we learned that The Raid stars Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian will star alongside Captain America and Purge: Anarchy‘s Frank Grillo in Beyond Skyline.
The sequel/spinoff to Colin and Greg Strause’s Skyline is to be directed this time by Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Iron Man 2. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.
The sequel’s storyline allegedly takes place at the same time the first one did.
Hydraulx Entertainment is behind Beyond Skyline, and do some seriously badass effects work.
With as much time as I’ve spent covering them here, it must have taken a monumental amount of effort on your part to not give in and grab the indie horror game Outlast, and/or its sufficiently terrifying Whistleblower expansion. If you have yet to add one or more of these games to your library, this is where you should start paying attention.
Because the folks at Red Barrels are the very best, they’ve gifted me with 5 Steam codes for Outlast and another 5 for Outlast: Whistleblower, which I’ll now be giving away to some lucky readers.
For a chance at taking one of these codes home with you, all I’ll need you to do is:
1. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
2. Comment below with your YouTube name (so I can make sure you didn’t skip step #1) and which game you prefer a code for.
Enter by Saturday, November 15 for a chance to win!
This is just our way of celebrating the recent news that developer Red Barrels is currently working on Outlast 2. For bonus points that don’t mean a thing because I’ll be choosing the winners at random, let me know in the comments what you’d like to see from the upcoming sequel.
Primus. What a weird fucking band. Absolutely insane music that shouldn’t work and yet it does. I don’t know why I love this band but goddammit I do.
Because I don’t get to talk about them nearly enough on BD, I wanted to feature their music video for “Mr. Krinkle”, which comes from their 1993 album Pork Soda. The video is a one-take shot and shows Les Claypool dressed as a pig in a business suit playing a standup bass. In the background are tons of different entertainers, from slave drivers to girls jumping rope, fire breathers to contortionists. It’s just a crazy video that makes little to no sense and yet, as a result, is absolutely perfect for Primus.
Enjoy it below and have an awesome weekend!
BOOM! Studios have made a name for themselves in the world of comic book horror thanks to teaming with the mastermind that is Clive Barker, but they also have been pushing to show people that Barker isn’t all they have. “Hexed” is a surreal fantasy that has a horrific tone, and unique world. It’s a truly original take on the genre.
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Emma Rios
Synopsis: It’s a battle of the millennia in the making as Yves and Madame Cymbaline face off for the control of the Graeae family, with Lucifer, Raina, and Val caught in the middle. Equipped with the Binding Frame and Michaelangelo’s Torque, the Brisendine Gallery Gala turns into a worlds-spanning warzone as Lucifer makes the ultimate sacrifice.
Sometimes when you listen to music you realize that what you’re hearing moves beyond the simple definition of “music” and transcends into “art”. Now, art is a bit subjective but I feel very comfortable applying that label to the music of Elizabeth Motzell, whose album Evidence And is a haunting mix of eerie music and spoken poetry.
The combination results in something that is far more cerebral than everyday background music. It demands your full attention, asking you to think and devote a little bit of time to introspection.
Next Thursday Iam8bit (2147 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026) is hosting a spectacular gallery of art that imagines movie sequels that were never made.
Below you can check out some samples from “SEQUEL,” an exhibit featuring the works of more than 40 artists.
Among the gallery of art you’ll find incredible art for never-made films such as Hellboy III, Sleepy Hollow 2, The Rocketeer: Crimson Skies (my personal favorite), Fight Club 2 and more!
Celebrating the anniversary of Repo!, director Darren Lynn Bousman is currently in New Orleans shooting his long-gestured haunted house thriller, Abattoir.
Bousman is reteaming with his Saw III and star J. LaRose (pictured), sources exclusively tell Bloody Disgusting, with Bryan Batt of “Mad Men” fame also taking on a role.
Joe Anderson (Hercules), Dayton Callie, Jessica Lowndes (Altitude, Autopsy) and Lin Shaye (Insidious) also star.
Bousman is directing from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum and Christopher Monfette.
“The story centers on a real estate reporter who unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone and the answer to the terrifying question, ‘How do you build a haunted house?’ ”
As part of Image Entertainment’s “Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set, we have an exclusive clip from Part 2 of the documentary (‘The Legacy of “The Twilight Zone”‘) in which they speak about honoring creator Rod Serling.
For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking Original Series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s Series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set.
With only 7,500 sets created, this limited edition 41-DVD box set is available on November 11, 2014.
In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined), and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited Edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.
Over 20 hours of bonus features include:
· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboards
· Isolated music scores
The horror adventure game Asylum has been in development for half a decade now. It’d be about a year short of qualifying as vaporware if developer Senscape didn’t offer the occasional reminder that it’s still very much alive and on track to release when it’s damn good and ready. So far, each update has offered a painfully glimpse look at the upcoming game, but that changes today thanks to a substantial update on its Kickstarter.
For starters, they’ve announced they’re making a documentary called “A Tour of Hanwell” that will chronicle the horror game’s longer-than-usual development time. The film will cover some of the things we’ve come to expect from “making of” films, including a look at early concept art and some behind the scenes footage. It will even follow the team as they visit a real asylum.
You know, for research.
The developer also offered some details on the official Asylum art book, which they’ve crammed full of “concept artwork, storyboards, early renders of locations, outtakes, the story and blueprints of Hanwell, trivia, the register of inmates including many [backer] names” and dubbed it the Record Book of the Insane Department.
Oh, and if you’re a backer who donated $100 or more to its Kickstarter campaign, Senscape is working on a VIP exclusive demo they hope to have ready later this month.
Senscape also offered a glimpse of the redesigned interface.
Despite my getting into video games at an early age, back when the point-and-click genre was at its most popular, I’ve never been able to discover a hidden enthusiasm I might possess deep within me for the beloved genre. Granted, this is almost entirely due to a lack of trying on my part, as I have limited free time now and there are so many games I’d like to play. If ever there was a game that could finally draw me in, it’d be the sci-fi horror game Stasis.
There’s a lot to love about the bleak world developer Chris Bischoff has created for Stasis, from its impressive graphical fidelity to the smartly crafted scares, which are made more effective by its atmospheric environments and a haunting soundtrack from Fallout composer Mark Morgan.
It may borrow some ideas from Dead Space, mostly in regards to its art style and setting, but what it takes as inspiration is woven into the game world until it feels familiar, but not necessarily borrowed.
I’ve spent some time with its demo, which you can download free of charge over here. Otherwise, you can see my first impressions of this promising horror game in the video below.
We still don’t know when Stasis will release, but when it does it’ll come to PC.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Barrie, ON black metal band Idol Of Fear to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Morningstar”, which comes from their upcoming album All Sights Affixed, Ablaze (out November 18th).
Vocalist/guitarist Austin Myers describes the song:
“Morningstar” was inspired by and is in tribute to the allure of dark art, and the path taken by individuals who choose to explore its depths.
The track reminds me of a mix of Behemoth and Opeth, which is a very high compliment. I’m really enjoying the layering and texture of the song as well as its dynamics. To paraphrase Special Agent Dale Cooper, this is a some damn fine metal.
Head on down to check out the track and make sure to pre-order the album via Bandcamp.
The Iron Sky franchise has gone from stupid to stupid good in just 1-second flat.
Running yet another crowd funding effort through IndieGoGo, this teaser for Iron Sky: The Coming Race has sold me in a single shot – Adolf Hitler riding a dinosaur.
Check out this nearly 4-minute long teaser that’s about as good as any well-made short out there. The scope looks massive and I love that it begins in “the real world,” adding to the film’s potential realism.
Also, I’m a huge conspiracy fan, so the fact that Iron Sky follows insane Nazi conspiracy theories only makes me even more intrigued (the sequel takes place 20 years after WWII and enters “Hollow Earth.”)
I want this NOW.
Because horror is a juggernaut that cannot be stopped, Breach & Clear: DEADline developer Gun has revealed a new horror game inspired by teen slasher films. Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp is basically Friday the 13th: The Game, as it follows a gaggle of horny teen counselors who find themselves being hunted by some woods-dwelling psychopath — played by you.
If you have the nagging feeling you’ve heard of this game before, you’re probably thinking about Splatter Camp, the other teen murder simulator from Babysitter Bloodbath (formerly Halloween) developer Pig Farmer Games.
This isn’t Splatter Camp, this is Summer Camp. Get to know it in the trailer below.
Bloody Disgusting is excited to share the latest sales trailer for Steven C. Miller’s (Silent Night, Under The Bed, Aggression Scale) Submerged, which features Tim Daley, Mario Van Peebles, Jonathan Bennett and Rosa Salazar in a heap of trouble.
Penned by Mother’s Day‘s Scott Milam, “the film sees a limo ride home from a party turning into a terrifying ordeal for a group of college kids. A young woman and her friends have been targeted by a ring of vengeful kidnappers and must do everything they can to survive after their limo is forced off the road and plunged into a canal.”
Watch as a great night turns into a limo ride from hell…jam-packed with gun fights and limo chases!