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What Horror Theme Songs Do You Jam To?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:06

Have you ever been in a car with a friend who isn’t as into horror as you are, and a random piece of music from one of your favorite horror movies (say, the theme from Halloween II) pops up on you iPod? Personally, I love it when that happens because my friend usually looks at me like I’m insane for listening to whatever is playing, thus giving me a reason to tell them what it is, what movie it’s from and to watch it.

I’m not what you’d call a “music person.” I like music, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t really get the same pleasure most people do from it, and my taste is very limited. I know a lot of songs but I could never tell you who sang it and I know a lot of musicians/bands but I couldn’t tell you any of their songs. The only place I really listen to music is in the car and the songs I listen to are either showtunes, oldies or random songs that I heard from movie soundtracks. I realize that makes me a little odd but I’ve always just been more of a movie/TV/video game person. Music is the one area that never really clicked with me. All of that being said, I LOVE the theme for Halloween II.

Is it weird that it’s not the theme from the original Halloween? Maybe, but there’s just something so awesome about the synth score of Halloween II. I remember watching it for the first time and after Loomis delivers that iconic (and admittedly cheesy) “You don’t know what death is” line, the new 80s-ified theme commences and you are suddenly transported into the world of Halloween again.

I finally got to see Halloween II on the big screen back in October and it was magical. Listening to that piece at a very high volume in a movie theater is incredibly satisfying. I probably listen to orchestral pieces more than any other type of music, but I get that I’m a little weird in that aspect.

I also love listening to Pino Donaggio’s Bucket of Blood” from Carrie, Goblin’s Suspiria theme and Charlie Clouser’s “Hello Zepp” from Saw. So to help me not feel like a total geek (not that I’m ashamed of that, mind you), let me know what horror themes/scores you jam out to in your car! While you do that, I’ll be blasting the Halloween II theme in my car, but for now I’ll leave you with this:

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Here’s the First 7 Minutes of ‘Predestination’!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:17

Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers) and based on the short story “All You Zombies” by the late Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination is said to be an ingeniously constructed puzzle-box, as emotional as it is thrilling.

After making the festival rounds this year, Stage 6 recently announced a January 9, 2015 theatrical run for Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor.

Now, below you can watch the first 7 minutes of the film, courtesy of The Playlist.

“Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.

Check out the brand new theatrical trailer here.

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‘Hallow’ Poster, From the Director of ‘The Crow’

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:08

Just a week after being announced as the new director of The Crow, Corin Hardy’s Hallow was announced to World Premiere at this coming January’s Sundance Film Festival.

Hailing out of Ireland, Empire scored the official festival one-sheet for the film, starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, and Michael Smiley.

When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground, he unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family.

The site says Hardy cites classic horrors like The Evil Dead, Alien and The Thing as boyhood inspirations.

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‘Iron Sky’ Sequel Crucifies Jesus…With Machine Guns!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:55

First, Hitler rode a dinosaur. Now, Jesus is rockin’ a machine gun.

Continuing their crowd funding effort through IndieGoGo, this new teaser for Iron Sky: The Coming Race crucifies Jesus…with a pair of machine guns!

The sequel takes place 20 years after WWII and enters “Hollow Earth.”)

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‘Birthright’ Bringing J-Horror Back to the States

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:48

The little seen but critically acclaimed Japanese horror thriller Birthright (known in Japan as Saitai; Umbilical Cord) is getting an American remake, says THR.

“Birthright tells the story of a housewife who invites a young woman to interact with her family, only to learn she may be the daughter that the woman secretly abandoned at birth. As the movie progresses, it becomes clear the young woman is hiding dangerous secrets and is seeking revenge. That has an impact on the woman, her husband and their 15-year-old daughter.

The original Birthright was produced, written and directed by Hashimoto. It first screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010. At the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival, it earned a special jury honor in the Asian New Talent competition. It got a release in Japan in 2011 but was not distributed in other countries.

This will be the latest project from All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW). This time it is being done in association with the Japanese filmmaker Naoki Hashimoto’s Wilco Co. Ltd and Hollywood filmmakers at Depth of Field.

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[TV] M. Night’s “Wayward Pines” Gets Premiere Date

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:39

It was announced today that Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox International Channels will premiere M. Night Shyamalan’s 10-episode psychological thriller “Wayward Pines” at 9PM May 14, 20145 domestically and in 125 countries.

The event series is based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan.

Matt Dillon (Crash) stars as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic Idaho town of Wayward Pines.

The cast also includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Terrence Howard (Crash), Carla Gugino (Entourage), Shannyn Sossamon (How To Make It In America), Toby Jones (Infamous), Reed Diamond (24), Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud) and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).

The global debut will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series.

“Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon; Crash, City of Ghosts) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. Ethan is the logical choice for the mission. He’s one of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office. He’s also the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino; Watchmen, “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were partners. They were more than that. Their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.

Everything changes when a truck slams into his car and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo; The Fighter, “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam may be more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.

As the mysteries within the town pile up and clash with his own version of recent events, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones; The Girl, the Harry Potter franchise, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond; “24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Ethan forms a bond with BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis; Hysterical Blindness, Cape Fear), a bartender who doesn’t mince words and is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.

Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon; 40 Days and 40 Nights, “How to Make It in America”), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, gets a call from Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin; “Prime Suspect”). He informs her that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car that was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. Along with their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan; The Harvest, Charlie St. Cloud), Theresa sets out on her own search for Ethan.

Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents and especially the town’s sheriff, SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard; Crash, Hustle & Flow), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf and telling him what to do. Ethan believes Pope is out of his mind and visa versa. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?”

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Christopher Lee Releases New Christmas Heavy Metal Singles

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:00

In 2012, renowned actor and horror regular Christopher Lee (The Wicker Man, Horror Of Dracula) released his first set of heavy metal Christmas singles in the form of “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night”. A year later came the distorted versions of “Jingle Hell” and “My Way”.

Now, just in time for Christmas 2014, Lee has released a new Christmas single that we can all head bang along to: “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing”. The 3-track EP includes an extended vocal version as well as an instrumental.

Below is a sample of the new track.

You can snag the singles via iTunes.

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Öxxö Xööx Release Hypnotizing Video For “LMDLM”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:30

Experimental metal band Öxxö Xööx has released an official music video for their track “LMDLM”, which stands for “Le Marécage De La Mélancolie (The Swamp Of Melancholia)”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming sophomore album Nämïdäë, which is being released by Blood Music in early 2015. The video uses heavy amounts of filters as well as strong colors to create a hypnotizing, strange effect, while the lyrics are listed below.

The album will be available for pre-order in the near future.

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Wanna See a Zombie Kangaroo?

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:27

Australian zombie kangaroo short, “Waterborne,”,has been awarded Best Australian Short at the Monster Films’ ‘Monster Fest’ in Melbourne.

While Monster Fest was Waterborne’s first home-town screening, the short has received rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences at numerous international genre festivals including Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal), Fantastic Fest (Austin) and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

The film has also recently won several international awards including Best Short at the Abertoir Horror Festival in Wales, Best Microshort Zombie Film at Fear Fete in Missouri, and Best International Horror Short at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Fest.

“It has been amazing to see the reaction of international audiences to the film over the last few months,” said director Ryan Coonan, “but it was an even greater honour to be recognised with this award in our home town”.

The film, which features a ‘zombie kangaroo’ that attacks a ranger on a deserted bush road, was produced by Melbourne producer Marisa Brown, and was written by Ryan Coonan and Richard Barcaricchio. It had its world premiere at Fantasia Fest in Montreal in July, and has since screened at over 40 festivals internationally.

Whilst “Waterborne” is a stand-alone short, it is being used as a proof-of-concept for a feature length film and has already attracted international production interest.

Count us in!

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Sneak Reveals Mass Destruction, New Characters!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:17

Included on tomorrow’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, check out this sneak peak behind-the-scenes look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, which promises tons of action and mass destruction! Also, you’ll get to see a new look at two fresh Marvel characters teased in a previous epilogue: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver!

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015.

Watch the first trailer here:

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HACK/SLASH Returns In 2015 With “Son of Samhain”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:32

Image Comics is releasing the return of HACK/SLASH, “Son of Samhain” to ring in the new year this January. The story takes the fan favorite serial killer-killer Cassie Hack and pits her against a whole legion of new monstrosities. It’s a few years after Tim Seeley’s original series, but Cassie Hack has no shortage of insanity in her life. Luckily writer, Michael Moreci is adept at bringing the batshit insanity of her world to life, and does it in a new a dare I say more grounded way.

After Cassie Hack was the lone survivor of the killing spree of a slasher nicknamed “The Lunch Lady” — who was also Cassie’s mother — she committed her life to hunting down killers and supernatural evil. She thought she left that life behind, but in HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN, she’s drawn back into the slasher-fighting life when a cult of monsters plot to unleash an ancient evil on the world. With the help of a new partner, Cassie must confront a darkness like she’s never encountered before — and the darkness in her own life.

Created by Tim Seeley, the popular HACK/SLASH series debuted in 2004. The newest chapter of Cassie’s life, SON OF SAMHAIN, written by Michael Moreci (ROCHE LIMIT, HOAX HUNTERS) and Steve Seeley (HOAX HUNTERS) and drawn by Emilio Laiso (3 Guns), will appeal to long-time fans as well as readers just jumping on the series.

“We pick up a few years after the final arc of Tim’s series,” Moreci explained in an interview at Comic Book Resources. “A lot has changed for Cassie, and we’re going to see her in a whole new way. She’s older here, more mature, and her life is shaded by everything she went through and what’s happened to her in the intervening years.”

HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN Volume 1 will be in comic book stores onJanuary 14 and in bookstores on January 27. It is available for pre-order now.

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BD Playlist: Bree Vol. 4 “The 7 Stages Of Post-Breakup Grief”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:00

‘Tis the season for joy, for presents, for family, and for…breaking up?

As sad and unpleasant as that thought might be, the few weeks leading up to Christmas happens to be the most popular time of the year for relationships to end [Source: Time]. It’s one of the worst ways to go through the end of the year. You’ve got family trying to console you, you’ve got friends trying to distract you, and, more likely than not, you feel like you just want to be alone to stew in your misery. But what if I said you don’t have to go through the post-breakup process alone?

BD regular Bree Ogden has put together a BD Playlist that will help any person make it through this painful time by walking you through the 7 Stages Of Post-Breakup Grief. For the heartbroken readers, head on in to blast through the shock, denial, and anger, pass through the bargaining and guilt, wade through the depression so that you can ultimately make it through to acceptance, where you can move on to better things. After all, fuck that ex.

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You’ll Never Guess Which “Scream Queen” Is Returning to Horror!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:28

Fox’s Ryan Murphy comedy horror anthology has cast its first two leading ladies, says THR, writing that Scream 4 and “American Horror Story’s” Emma Roberts, pictured below, and horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis (pictured above; Halloween, Halloween II, The Fog, Terror Train, Prom Night, Halloween: H20) will star in “Scream Queens”!

The 15-episode hourlong comedy will premiere in fall 2015, with season one revolving around a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders. New settings and storylines will be featured in subsequent seasons of the anthology series.

Character details — as they are on Murphy and Falchuk’s “American Horror Story” — are being kept under wraps. Roberts is set to topline the comedy, with a second young actress set to co-star. A casting breakdown indicates the series will center on three young women, Curtis’ role and a father.

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10 Years Later: Remembering Dimebag Darrell

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:21

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the murder of heavy metal guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was best known for his work in Pantera and Damageplan. It was a loss that sent waves of shock and grief through the music world that were most keenly felt, for obvious reasons, in the metal world.

I had written a piece regarding my personal experiences with Dimebag that has unfortunately been lost in the transitions that Bloody-Disgusting has gone through over the past few years. But the gist of it was that I had the pleasure and amazing chance to hang out with Dimebag not once but twice. I partied with him after a show at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI by doing Black Tooth Grin shots, partying on the tour bus, and basically seeing a man who was completely down to earth and without ego, even though he was, and in many ways still is, one of the greatest guitar players to ever lay down a riff.

To this day, there are bands that will play their first show and cite Dimebag and Pantera as the reason for their existence. To this day, there are YouTube videos of guitarists in their bedroom covering solos and riffs. To this day, the work of Dimebag Darrell lives on through his own music and through the bands who put his spirit into their music.

Pour yourself a shot of Crown and pop on your favorite Dimebag album. Today we celebrate like we’re cowboys from Hell.

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[Podcast] Whatever – Dec. 8th, 2014 – “Classing It Up”

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:29

It’s all gaming this week, with The Game Awards, and “Uncharted 4” at the PlayStation Experience take center stage. We sprinkled some other stuff on top for that extra kick, too.

As always, you can find us on iTunesSoundCloud, or YouTube.

Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts.

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IFC Plans a ‘Dark Summer’ This Winter

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:27

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

Not only do we have the first look still, but Bloody has learned IFC Midnight is to release in limited theaters and on VOD platforms January 9.

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

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

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

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

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Say “No” to ‘Ouija’ On Home Video

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:35

Inspired by the classic occult board game, a group of teens accidentally unleash a dark power from the other side in Ouija (review; review #2) coming to Digital HD on January 13 and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet, and On Demand on February 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge), Ouija delivers exclusive bonus content including a deeper look inside the mystery of the Ouija board, film commentary and much more.

After Debbie (Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”) suddenly dies, her best friend Laine (Olivia Cooke, “Bates Motel,”) attempts to contact her using an antique Ouija board she finds in Debbie’s room. When the curious teen begins asking the board questions and stumbles upon the mystery of her friend’s death, Laine discovers a resident spirit calling itself DZ, and eerie, inexplicable events begin to follow her. The group of friends digs deeper into the history of Debbie’s house and are shocked to find that Debbie wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be be the last if they don’t figure out how to close the portal to the spirit world they’ve opened.

The otherworldly thriller also stars Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Bianca A. Santos (“The Fosters”), Ana Coto (“DISconnected”) and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray: The Spirit Board: An Evolution – Journey back in time and trace the history of “automatic writing” and “talking boards” as it goes from ritual to novelty act to board game and now movie.
Icon of the Unknown – A look at the mystical and scientific explanations for how the Ouija board works.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD: Adapting the Fear – Join the cast and crew on set to learn how they adapted this portal to the spirit world into a feature film.

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‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ to World Premiere at Slamdance

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:26

Slamdance Film Festival unveiled the remainder of its 2015 lineup on Monday, including its Special Screenings, Beyond and Shorts programs.

Says TheWrap, the Park City, Utah festival kicks off on Jan. 23 with the world premiere special screening of Bloodsucking Bastards, pictured.

Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Pedro Pascal (Ben Hur) star in the Brian James O’Connell film, which will be followed by Slamdance’s Opening Night Party.

In the film, “When an office worker at a soul-crushing company loses his coveted promotion to his longtime nemesis, he begins to fear for more than his job as strange disappearances and bizarre deaths suggest the office is turning into a haven for the undead.

Bill Plympton’s Footprints – about a gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation – will also premiere.

Out of Canada comes Santiago Menghini’s Intruders, starring Joshua Young, Charles Sirard Blouin, Sarianne Cormier, and Alain Gendreau.

In the aftermath of a deadly haunting in a small suburban home, an omnipresent entity causes havoc in the private lives of a young boy, an unsuspecting teen and an absent minded inspector.

Lastly is Jason Kupfer’s Invaders, starring Ricky Wayne and Jordan Woods-Robinson, in which “a pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

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‘Muck’ Poster Digs Itself a Grave

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:09

Anchor Bay Entertainment has unveiled the first theatrical trailer for Muck, as well as new poster art shown below.

Horror and gore fans alike should feast their eyes on this freshest take yet on the Muck trailer, viewable on the main page of the Muck Kickstarter.

Speaking of Feast, the Muck Kickstarter campaign to fund the prequel, Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick, is still under way, and recently surpassed the $200,000 mark on the way to the goal of raising a quarter of a million dollars. Just like the original, the Muck prequel will “boast death-defying stunts and practical effects, shot without the use of CGI – all in 4K Ultra HD.”

As a production company, WithAnO wanted to give fans and Kickstarter backers alike an insight into what they’re supporting, and so recently released this exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of one of Muck’s incredible stunts:

The daring stunt-woman in this case is Alexa Marcigliano, and her courage is palpable in the clip, sprinting O.S. through the pitch-black living room before bouncing on a trampoline, then hurling herself through the 4 x 6 picture window, out into the night. To say that hitting her mark was highly important is obviously an understatement. Jump too short, and Alexa would land head-first on the edge of the porch outside; too high, and she would hit window frame; too long, and she would overshoot the padding buried beneath the grass outside. And, since there was only room in the budget for one window, it had to be done in a single take.

These are the kinds of stunts that Steve Wolsh lives to shoot as a writer/director, but these kinds of stunts take time, money, and not least of all, the ultimate creative control that can only be afforded by independent financing. So remember, any mention or write-up on the Muck Kickstarter campaign directly furthers our goal of making another epic, independent horror film for true horror fans. The Muck franchise is so close to this goal – a goal that at one time seemed insurmountable! – and we have all of you, our loyal supporters to thank.

Muck stars horror legend Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part VII, VIII, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X), Lachlan Buchanan (Pretty Little Liars), and Bryce Draper (Bound), and co-stars 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, Puja Mohindra, and Laura Jacobs. The middle chapter of an independently financed horror trilogy, Muck will be unleashed in theaters on Friday the 13th, March 2015.

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In Defense Of ‘Sorority Row’

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:07

A common complaint about this series of editorials is that we are apparently defending movies that don’t need a defense. I would just like to point out that we are writing these “In Defense Of” pieces not because we think they are bad movies, but because we really enjoy them and have had personal experience with people bashing them to our faces (or in the comments section of a message board). So today I will defend Sorority Row, a movie that is not beloved by even those of us in the horror community. It received a slightly above-average review right here on Bloody-Disgusting but it currently stands at a paltry 22% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 24 score on Metacritic. And I love it. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

Sorority Row has a pretty generic plot that has been use several times before (think I Know What You Did Last Summer), but the plot isn’t really the point of the film. This is a funny, bitchy and gory film that exists solely to entertain and I would argue is better than about 80% of the slashers that have come out in the past decade. I know the whole “it’s not trying to be good” is kind of a lame defense but hear me out: if you think of this movie as a cross between Mean Girls and Scream I think you might be able to see it in a different light and really enjoy it. I believe Sorority Row suffers from the same issue that Drag Me to Hell suffered from upon its release earlier that year: being marketed with a trailer that made it look like a legitimate horror film. Also, The Hills alum Audrina Partridge was in it (although she dies about 15 minutes into the film).

I really love the trailer, but it definitely makes it look like more of a straightforward slasher than it actually is. Like I mentioned in my defense of Drag Me to HellSorority Row is a horror comedy that was marketed as a scary movie. Studios need to learn that you cannot do that because, while the horror fans may get it (though clearly they didn’t make it to the theater for this one), the mainstream does not. At least DMTH made some money. Sorority Row only made $11.96 million domestically on a $12.5 million budget (international box office was $15.24 million which is something, I guess).

I only happened to catch Sorority Row in theaters because I got free tickets for it. I took two of my friends and we pretty much all went in with zero expectations. Once the credits started rolling I looked at one of my friends and asked him if he thought it was as much fun as I did. His response was a very reluctant (but equally enthusiastic) “YES. But no one is going to believe me.” True story. The film never caught on and it has yet to become a cult hit (and I don’t think it will).

The cast is mostly great, thanks to all of the female actresses involved (they certainly look the part of sorority girls). The male characters in the film are reduced to horny douchebags but the girls all have their own distinct personalities (or stereotypes if you want to go negative) and none of them got on my nerves (except maybe Rumer Willis’ Ellie, but at least the movie makes fun of her constant whining). I get that self-aware films are not to everyone’s taste but I think it’s better when a movie can take the criticisms that an audience member would throw at it and lampoon them. Sorority Row does just that.

Leah Pipes is a revelation in Sorority Row and I’m kind of bummed she hasn’t gotten more steady work. She channels her inner Heather Chandler/Regina George to play  Jessica and delivers most of the film’s acidic one-liners. My personal favorite being this exchange when her and Cassidy (Briana Evigan) are hiding in a bathroom only to find Megan’s (Audrina Partridge) rotting corpse in the shower:

Cassidy: Oh my God it’s Megan!
Jessica: Oh she looks terrible…

That doesn’t really do the scene justice but I busted out laughing the first time I saw that. The dialogue is fantastic in this movie and there are SO MANY biting quips that I don’t know how anyone is not entertained by it. Then again, that may be part of the reason why people weren’t such huge fans. I actually thought the dialogue was really witty and clever, but maybe I’m just easy to please.

One thing I would like to suggest all of you do (if you like the movie) is watch the commentary with director Stewart Hendler and actresses Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis and Margo Harshman (Jamie Chung was unable to attend because she was filming Grown Ups, of all things). It’s very conversational and shows that the crew had a good time working on it. I just think it’s refreshing to see the actresses be so down to earth and really into the film.


Oh and the KILLS! One thing that I’ve found in a lot of post-2000 slashers are that the deaths aren’t really that creative (excluding the Final Destination series, of course). While the deaths in Sorority Row aren’t the best ever, they at least show some imagination. Also, since it’s R-rated, they can actually show some gore (though the film isn’t really what I’d call super gory). Sadly, the film does peak early with Chugs’ death, involving a Riesling bottle being shoved down her throat. It’s shame this moment was ruined in the trailer (and that Chugs was the funniest character in the film). That aside, there are flares in mouths, axes in heads and tire irons blades in mouths and shoved up chins. They didn’t hold back on this one.

As for the ending, I can honestly say that I did not see the reveal of the killer coming. The entire time I was in the theater I thought it was going to be Kyle, Jessica’s politically-motivated boyfriend who had clearly been set up to be the killer. Looking back, this was obviously a red herring, but because I went into Sorority Row thinking that it was going to be another dumb slasher I thought that was all the ambition the filmmakers had so they were just going to take the obvious route. They even have a whole bit at the end with Kyle actually having a mental breakdown and chasing Jessica and Cassidy with an ax. When Cassidy’s boyfriend Andy “saves the day” and kills Kyle with said ax, I was really let down and kind of bummed that that was the big reveal I had spent the whole movie waiting for. Then BAM! Andy’s actually the killer and his motive is that he wants to get rid of all the people involved in Megan’s murder so she can have a bright future with him.

It is completely ridiculous makes no sense but I think it’s fantastic. It’s not the best motive or reveal ever but I think that because I was really expecting something predictable, I had the rug pulled out from under me. I read a lot of reviews and comments saying that the movie was predictable and I just didn’t feel that way. But maybe it’s just me? I hope you don’t think I’m a fool for falling for Sorority Row’s trick, but I confess to being taken completely off guard.

So what say you? If you have seen the Sorority Row but weren’t that impressed, feel free to tell me why. And if you saw it and were as surprised as I was at how much fun it was, feel free to offer me some validation in the comments. Let’s try to be nice and avoid any rudeness or sarcasm though, because:

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