One thing that is certain about FOX’s upgraded version Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s classic haunter Poltergeist is those who haven’t seen the original are in for some frights. We have yet another TV trailer, this one showing a handful of jump-scares, most that would be impressive had they not already appeared in the 1982 classic. Though, the new spot does deliver one insane WTF moment that we put on display above. Going into the movie with the mindset that this reboot is for a younger generation, I think there’s real promise. You guys?
In theaters May 22nd from Fox and MGM, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern take, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
Raimi reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
A quarantine is now in effect.
Netflix has provided Bloody Disgusting with a bunch of stills and the trailer for “Between,” a new drama that looks like a cross between “Lord of the Flies” and “The Walking Dead.”
“‘Between’ is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.”
An original survivalist thriller series, “Between” was created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan and stars Jennette McCurdy. The series is executive produced by McGowan, Don Carmody, David Cormican, and Naveen Prasad.
The six episode, one-hour drama will be available for streaming on Netflix on Thursday, May 21 at 8:30pm PT, followed by every Thursday at 8:30pm PT.
Variety is reporting that Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, have signed on for the period ghost drama Planetarium.
The film, which is directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, is set in the 1930’s and follows Portman and Rose Depp as sisters who, “…are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.”
According to the site:
The political context of “Planetarium” will have a modern resonance with the current crisis and rise of extremism in Europe. The character of the producer is freely inspired by Jewish producer Bernard Natan, one of the biggest French film industry figures of the ’20s and ’30s, who eventually died in Auschwitz.
The film is expected to be released in May, 2016.
It was surprisingly difficult choosing just five memorable moments from Alan Wake, because it’s one of those rare games that keeps upping the ante as the story progresses. I did it though, so that’s something. I eventually had to play through the game a fourth time, because I’m old and my brain hurts all the time, but that was a sacrifice I was willing to make. For you. It’s all for you.
These are the five moments that most defined my experience with Alan Wake. You might have different, possibly even superior scenes in mind, and if you do, I invite you to share them in the comments. But first, let’s kick this thing off, Barry style.It Was Just a Dream
Alan Wake opens with some narration from the eponymous author, before making a sudden descent into a lucid nightmare. This is our first brush with the Darkness that causes all of the bad stuff that happens to Wake and the quiet town of Bright Falls over the next five episodes.
Alan meets the axe-wielding Hitchhiker — first with the hood of his car, followed by a more personal encounter when he leaves to investigate. Lots of questions are brought up in this brief introduction to the outlandish world of Alan Wake, questions that will eventually get answered, some more clearly than others, later on. Few games are willing to throw as much at the player as this one does, but I can’t think of a more fitting opener than one that’s populated by some familiar horror tropes, shadow twisters and a wise, floating marshmallow men who gifts Alan with flashlights that descend from the heavens.
Polish artist Sacabria uses a slightly odd medium for many of her paintings: Blood. She uses this, “…besides ink, watercolours, acrylics…” to highlight the grotesque nature of many of her pieces, which are as macabre as they are gorgeous.
One of the pieces she did was a reimagining of the famous Pyramid Head painting “Misty day, remains of the Judgment” that is found in the Historical Society of Silent Hill 2. It is the first time that the player gets hinted at the town’s past as a place of execution, with Pyramid Head being the executioner.
Sacabria’s piece is a bit of a mix between the painting from the game and the iconic image of Pyramid Head from the 2006 film. While Pyramid Head is holding the blade and body from the film’s image, the helmet and background are more representative of the game’s painting. In any case, it’s a beautiful piece of work that is all the more eerie in that real blood was used in its creation.
You can see the image below and then follow Sacabria’s work on DeviantArt.
A very cool wall piece has gone online that depicts the famous scene from Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan when Jason bursts through a porthole and attacks the heroine, Rennie (Jensen Daggett).
According to FridayThe13thFranchise, the pictures were uploaded to Facebook by F13th fan Alex Niven, who is making this in a highly limited quantity of only 10 pieces. If you’re interested in getting one, which are apparently priced around $400, you can contact Alex via his Facebook page. He also has a Facebook brand page that you can follow.
Head below for a gallery of the images.
In the history of cinema there are only a handful of iconic horror sounds that you can immediately identify when heard.
One that many forget is the “gurgling” sound from The Grudge films.
The absolutely horrifying gurgling sound preludes the curse’s arrival in the films, which started as a made-for-TV movie in Japan (Ju-On) all the way back in 2000.
Now, thanks to the below YouTube user, you can find out just how long you can stand this grotesque noise before you loser your mind. Listen as the gurgling loops for 12 straight hours. “I thought you might want to put this on to sleep at night, or study, creep people out, pull some pranks, whatever,” jokes crysknife007.
Last year’s Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari (The Grudge: Beginning of the End) marked the seventh Japanese film, making it the 10th in the franchise (if you include the three U.S. The Grudge films). A re-remake is in the works here in the States.
Ju-on (OV) (2000)
Ju-on 2 (OV) (2000)
Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)
Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003)
Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009)
Ju-on: White Ghost (2009)
Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange, announced today the acquisition of international sales rights of star-studded animation movie Hell and Back.
Captured in high quality stop-motion, Hell and Back follows two best friends who must rescue their friend after he’s accidentally dragged to hell.
In the vein of South Park and Team America, Hell & Back is an irreverent R-rated comedy which stars Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted), Danny McBride (This Is the End), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”), Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Jennifer Coolidge (American pie), Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street, The Hangover) and) directed by Tom Gianas (“SNL”) and Ross Shuman (“Robot Chicken”), produced by Corey Campodonico (“Robot Chicken”), Alexander Bulkey (“Robot Chicken”) and Eric Blyler (“Robot Chicken”).
The Exchange will introduce and screen the title at the 2015 Cannes Film Market to international buyers.
Hell & Back will be released this fall theatrically nationwide.
Universal and Legendary Pictures just alerted Bloody Disgusting that tomorrow will see the release of the second chilling trailer to Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited gothic horror Crimson Peak!
But first, they shared with us these stunning new photos to go along with the below motion poster from the pic starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.
“When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.”
Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, in theaters October 6, 2015, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro & Matthew Robbins.
Even though I personally believe most of his later films are pretty terrible, I still believe that director Tim Burton has offered an enormous amount to the horror genre, creating such amazing characters as Beetlejuice, Jack Skellington, Large Marge, and a slew of others that live in film infamy. So, to pay homage to the director who truly helped nurture my adoration of the dark and macabre, I wanted to bring about this quiz to test YOUR knowledge on him and his films!
Below are 15 questions that go over several of his works. I got 14/15 (I misread one of the questions) and this was my result:
Creepy Queen! You know Tim Burton is awesome and have the knowledge to prove it.
Take the quiz below and post your results!
Director/writer Alex Garland is heavily promoting his latest film Ex Machina, the sci-fi/thriller that stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. However, during a recent interview, Garland let out that the long-awaited 28 Months Later is still something that is brought up and might currently have some forward momentum.
In an interview with Indiewire, Garland states:
About two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make ‘Trainspotting 2,’ another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for ’28 Months’ arrived. I had a funny idea. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.
Discussing the wait for the third film, Garland explains:
The rights to ‘28 Days’ were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and Fox. After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don’t know.
No further details have been released. We’ll be keeping a very close eye on this situation.
Midnight Syndicate, the famed gothic music duo responsible for their CDs that are widely used during Halloween and in haunted houses, have announced that their 18th studio album will be based around the themes of Christmas and the Winter Solstice.
Edward Douglas, one member of the group, explains this decision:
I think there’s a rule that after a band’s been around for ‘x’ years they are required to produce a Christmas album. So, that’s how we got here. In all seriousness though, a Yuletide-themed Midnight Syndicate album is something our fans have been asking us for since we began; this album will not disappoint them.
The other half, Gavin Goszka, adds:
I will say that this album has been particularly challenging because we’re taking songs that are SO familiar and that have been treated in so many different ways throughout the years and trying to make them uniquely our own. We don’t want to make yet another Christmas album – we really want it to stand on its own as something truly original. We hope that it will evoke the spirit of the Yuletide season while also reflecting our ongoing musical style and vision.
Goszka explains what we’ll be hearing on the album:
I’d describe most of the covers on the album as being reinvented, rather than simply adapted. I’ve found myself approaching this material with a very wide palette and a limited sense of allegiance to convention. That being said, it still has to make sense in some way and stay grounded in the familiar. I think we’re stretching our creative wings more than ever here, but there’s still a consistency and overall purpose to it.
The original songs have been a lot of fun to work on. I think the fans are in for a lot of pleasant surprises.
The album will be released at this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, which runs September 4th-7th (Labor Day Weekend).
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…”
When it comes to horror, more often than not it’s women that hold the power and bring about the most devastating of punishments. And when it comes to hard rock, few women are as in-your-face or aggressive as Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey of the hard rock band Butcher Babies, who are gearing up for the upcoming release of their sophomore album, supposedly out later this year.
Both Shepherd and Harvey are huge horror fans, basing much of their lyrics and looks off of the strongest and fiercest women that the genre has to offer. So, when I asked if they’d be interested in each coming up with their own list of the Top 5 Badass Women In Horror, they couldn’t have been more excited!
Now, with their results in, we invite you to see which characters they see stand above all others. It’s a damn good pair of lists, each member offering characters that are iconic in their own rights, all well deserving of the praise they are being given.
Make sure to pick up the band’s music via iTunes.
The next two thousand years of history collide with the most powerful heroes of today in the must-read event of the summer! Here’s your first look inside BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – the 40-page first issue of the blockbuster Valiant event of 2015 from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, Green Lantern) and the twin artistic talents of rising star Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER, Batgirl) and Valiant heavyweight Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice)!
The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world.
Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?
Beginning in BOOK OF DEATH #1, each 40-page chapter of Valiant’s cataclysmic event epic features a full-length installment of the Valiant heroes quest for the Book of the Geomancer, illustrated by Robert Gill. Then, discover essential visions of tomorrow with never-before-seen sequences of the future, torn directly from the pages of the Geomancer’s book and featuring artwork by Doug Braithwaite! Featuring the last stands of Valiant icons, the first appearances of all-new heroes, and tantalizing clues of future events, BOOK OF DEATH is the gateway to the next decade of the Valiant Universe that will have fans returning to each issue for years to come!
On July 15th, the Book of the Geomancer spells doom for Valiant’s most powerful forces in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Robert Gill (ETERNAL WARRIOR), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR, Conan), Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT, Daredevil). Start reading here as all-star creators Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today, only in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)!
BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
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Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
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Alan Wake is a game that’s full of clever ideas, and among the best of them is a fictional series called “Night Springs”. The show is clearly meant to be a not-so-subtle homage to “The Twilight Zone” as everything from the opening tunes to the narrator who introduces each new episode shamelessly rips it off.
Today I realized I haven’t actually watched the series in its entirety, from start to finish. Chances are a solid percentage of you haven’t either, so I figured we might Remedy this with a “Night Springs” marathon. I’m going to assume you’re super excited to get in on this with me, so without further adieu, let’s dive into episode one…
German director Marcus Nispel has seemingly made a career in film doing remakes/reinterpretations. While I thought that the initial outrage at his Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was unwarranted (even if the film helped set off the whole horror remake circus), I was lukewarm to his Friday The 13th remake. Now as a switch, Nispel has directed (and written) an original property with The Asylum, aka Exeter, aka Backmask. With Nispel’s eye for interesting visuals (that background in music videos helps), my interest was piqued as to just what the man would show this time around.
Patrick (Kelly Blatz) has been hired by Father Conway (Stephen Lang) to restore a burned-out asylum owned by the clergy. According to his little brother Rory (Michael Ormsby), however, that equals having a all-night, drug-fueled party while Conway is away for the weekend. As is seemingly bound to happen, a few of the teens decide to mess around and conduct an experiment involving the dark arts. Unfortunately, the results disturb the vengeful spirits of the asylum, which proceed to possess and slaughter the teens one by one.
As expected, Nispel works his magic with the environment, showing off a suitably grimy and inhospitable asylum. It feels very much like the asylum from Session 9 (which definitely deserves a Blu-Ray release, by the way). The film also exhibits that desaturated look Nispel has used in his other horror films, so you also get grimy-looking but shiny-with-sweat teens. Being that this is a possession film, Nispel also thought enough to sprinkle in a few references to The Exorcist, most notably a spider-walk scene. While that immediately screams ‘cliche’, the film has a few of those moments that poke fun at itself (the do-it-yourself exorcism smartphone app, for instance), which when you approach the film from the right angle, is kind of fun.
Speaking of cliches, the film’s acting certainly qualifies. Apart from Blatz, who plays Patrick as the obvious on-the-ball, take-charge hero protagonist, the rest of the teens are as unlikeable as you could get, complete with lame dialogue. Horny teen couple who plays strip Russian Roulette, the stoner, the best friend who organized the party against the hero’s wishes, and the kid brother who gets possessed. As a result, expect that cockiness and arrogance that leads to deaths that are celebrated, rather than mourned. Speaking of the deaths, while there are plenty of gore scenes that should please, Nispel took the quick cut route and we’re seemingly cheated out of getting an extended look at the after effects.
This ‘cheating’ of gore isn’t the only problem for The Asylum. Going back to those ‘poke fun’ moments, the film’s tone is really out of whack. One moment we have a particularly brutal scene, and in the next it’s more comedic. Granted, Nispel has done this before in his films (the possum bit in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the implied mannequin sex in Friday The 13th), but here it seems that he’s gone a bit overboard. Also seemingly unbalanced is the film’s pacing, which starts to lose itself midway through, and eventually stumbles over the finish line with an awkwardly-constructed finale. Coupled with the fact that you really only care about Blatz and his brother, it doesn’t make sitting through the film waiting for the teens to get possessed/die any easier.
However, as I said previously, there’s a bit of fun with The Asylum if you come at it with a certain level of expectation. Given Nispel’s past with remakes, those of you who had low expectations with those films will probably get more out of this film because of low expectations. The film isn’t going to scare the crap out of you, nor will it wow you with gore. Nispel’s visuals and camerawork are consistent with his previous work, and the characters aren’t incredibly deep. Simply put, The Asylum is one of those films where you turn your brain off and just let it play with a couple of friends and a case of beer. In spite of all that, here’s hoping Nispel continues to branch out more with his writing and develop it further.
[Interview] Ted Geoghegan Talks Bucking Trends While Honoring His Influences for ‘We Are Still Here’
Ted Geoghegan has been in the horror business for over a decade now. Initially a producer and writer, Geoghegan has moved himself behind the camera for his first feature as a director/writer for the deeply chilling creeper We Are Still Here (our review here). Starring genre staples Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden (who Geoghegan fondly refers to as his “drinking buddy”), We Are Still Here is an icy ghost story of the highest order – one that rejects many trends of popular horror films while also paying its dues to the godfathers like Lovecraft and Fulci.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Ted at the Stanley Film Fest…
ON WHY HE CHOSE THIS FILM TO DIRECT:
I was never really bit by the directing bug. And I had written this initially for someone else to direct – like most projects I’m a part of. The longer I worked on it, the more I fell in love with it. So I asked the director that I had initially intended on working on the film with if he wouldn’t mind if I took it on as something I could potentially direct. He was extremely cool about it.
I felt very passionately about it. I brought it to my good friend Travis Stevens at Snowfort Pictures and he brought it to Dark Sky who ultimately financed the film and off we went.
ON SETTING IT IN NEW ENGLAND:
I like sleepy New England ghost stories, mainly because I’m a huge Lovecraft fan. His whole mythos is based around New England. The whole idea of strange things happening underneath a seemingly idyllic community, there was a lot of that going on in this film. There are a lot of subtle Lovecraft references throughout the movie, so small that I don’t think the casual person would ever catch any of them. It’s a part of America I think is quite beautiful and I think there’s something creepy about its beauty. And the idea of shooting it under blankets of snow also just seemed like something that had not been done before.
ON BUCKING TRENDS:
I was very adamant about using as little CGI as humanly possible. I wanted it to feel like the films I grew up watching, which to me felt very real. And to me CGI is so fake that it tends to take away from how I feel about films.
But from a storytelling perspective, I wanted all of the main characters to be in their 50s or later. The four main characters, the youngest of them is in their mid-50s, and the nest supporting character, Dave McCabe (Monte Markham), he’s 82. I feel like the majority of films that I really grew up watching and that had an effect on me were about adults making adult decisions in a completely unreal environment. To me, there’s something really scary about that.
I mean you look at something like The Changeling and it’s George C. Scott with a ghost! I’m currently 35 and for me, I don’t believe in ghosts. But if I suddenly met a ghost today, how I would react to that encounter is monumentally different than how I would’ve reacted when I was 15. And I like to believe that it would be more shocking and amazing if I had a ghost encounter at 55 or 75. There’s so much wisdom that comes with age, but it’’s still fun to stick the wrench in the works. So I think more than anything that’s the trend I wanted to buck the most. I wanted my film to be about smart, likeable adults who are making wise decisions in a totally unreal scenario.
Photo via the Stanley Film Festival
The marketing campaign for “Deadpool” has really been nailing it. We’ve seen glimpses of Ryan Reynold’s title character in all varieties of promotional pieces. It seems the team behind the film is truly embracing the high insanity action and meta nature of the character. Yesterday, Ryan Reynolds took to Instagram to show off his Merc with a Mouth in full-blown action. Looks like a ton of fun.
Armed with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor, former mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) goes in search of the man who nearly destroyed his life. Deadpool hits February 12, 2016.
So now the only question remains… does this Deadpool exist in our world or the MCU. Because the next step for the marketing campaign needs to go bigger, and what better way than to have the Merc run his mouth about the “horrible” Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A photo posted by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on May 11, 2015 at 11:13am PDT
Bleiberg Entertainment will introduce Manhattan Undying to Cannes buyers, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Luke Grimes (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Fifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper and Sarah Roemer (pictured above; The Grudge 2, Disturbia, Fired Up) are starring in the vampire film helmed by Babak Payami.
Matt Deller pens this taut thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Babak Payami. “A beautiful vampire (Roemer) seeks out an artist (Grimes) to paint her portrait so she can truly see herself for the first time. Their relationship quickly escalates, as does a police investigation into a series of grisly crimes that seemly point back to her.”
Tyler Boehm, Mike Leandro, and Babak Payami produce.
Check out the sales art below.
Will Clarke’s Altitude Film Entertainment is re-teaming with the Tea Shop & Film Company to launch The Plague on Cannes buyers, reports Deadline.
Johannes Roberts (Storage 24, Hellbreeder, Forest of the Damned, F, Roadkill) will direct from a screenplay by Roberts and Ernest Riera.
“The Plague shows how mankind’s insatiable appetite for cheap food and consumer goods has pushed many species, once geographically contained, to the brink of extinction. Spanning the Brazilian rainforest to London streets, The Plague tells the story of a devastating, unstoppable outbreak that sweeps the globe.”
The project reunites the writer, director and producer team behind underwater thriller 47 Meters Down, which Altitude handles sales on and starts production this summer.
Roberts recently completed supernatural thriller The Other Side Of The Door for Fox International, which was produced by Alex Aja as well as 42’s Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh.
James Harris and Mark Lane will produce through their Tea Shop & Film Co. banner. Principal photography will begin in summer 2016.