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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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'Frozen State' Dev Diary Details Tweaks, New Features

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 21:10

The extremely promising top-down indie horror game Frozen State might not have seen the success it deserved with its crowdfunding efforts, but that isn’t keeping its developer from continuing work on the game.

I’m admittedly a little late on covering this dev diary — the first of many, I hope — in it, we get a look at some of the tweaks and additions they’ve made to the game. Among them is an updated camera, which can be rotated and zoomed in our out, depending on how much of this barren, frozen wasteland you’re interested in seeing. They’ve also implemented a neat effect where frost accumulates on the camera over time. More after the jump!

If you’re still not sold on Frozen State, let me introduce you to Jim, the zombie pig. He enjoys long walks in the frozen Russian wilderness, stalking unsuspecting prey and haunting your dreams.

You’re welcome.

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It's Kill Or Be Killed In The Ambitious Open World Survival Game 'Miscreated'

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 20:00

Last year fostered an unusual trend. I don’t fully understand the appeal of it, but I can’t help but find the games and gamers who enjoy it fascinating to study. That trend was video games that starve and dehydrate their players. Survival simulators. DayZ and Rust are the two biggest success stories so far, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say a startling portion of their communities are borderline psychopaths.

As we wade further into 2014 and games like these continue to see massive success, we’ll undoubtedly start seeing more developers take a stab at creating unforgiving, post-apocalyptic worlds for gamers to set aside their humanity and jump in. One of the more promising contenders is Miscreated, and so far it looks like a worthy addition to this genre.

Miscreated looks to feature many of the things fans have come to expect from games like these, including a massive persistent open world (over 64km²). It will also feature weapon and vehicle customization, a dynamic weather system, and yes — PvP.

According to the game’s IndieDB page, there will be “no safe zones or game rules exist allowing you to kill anyone at any time for any reason.”

For more on Miscreated, follow it on IndieDB.

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'Walking Dead's' Clem Sees Something She'll Never Forget

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 19:19

I wouldn’t normally post something like this, but it’s a slow news today, so I figured why not? A zombie infested world is a harsh one. It’s merciless, dangerous, and one bad move can get you killed. It’s also a place where you’re likely to see some truly horrifying things. This is something we’ll all learn when the zombies inevitably come, and it’s something Clementine, the star of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Game, just learned the hard way.

If you’re itching for some more Walking Dead, the second season in Telltale’s episodic series debuted back in December and its second episode released earlier this month.

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Tom Savini Isn't Directing 'Friday the 13th'

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 19:10

Allegedly, special effects legend Tom Savini was at the Mad Monster Party in North Carolina this weekend telling fans that he’s “being courted” to direct the next Friday the 13th.

Instead of rushing to post false news for the traffic bump, we did the work, checked with our sources, and were able to learn that this is completely untrue.

What we did find out, however, is that Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes are currently in discussions for a director to bring the Voorhees family back from the grave.

Watch for news on that soon here on Bloody Disgusting.

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According To This Infographic, A Zombie Apocalypse Will Make A LOT Of People Happy

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 18:55

The zombie apocalypse is coming. You know it, I know it. Movies and television are preparing us mentally, while video games are giving us the skills to survive it. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re undoubtedly already fully aware of how popular the zombie genre has become across all forms of media. Most of the time, a zombie apocalypse scenario is presented as a horrible thing — people are eaten alive, it’s every man, woman, and child for his or herself, and when there are no laws or rules, humans become the real threat.

All that didn’t stop a massive percentage (33.56%, to be exact) of 800,000 people polled from saying they’d be more than cool with a zombie apocalypse — they’d be happy. See the full results in snazzy infographic form after the break.

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[TV] "Penny Dreadful" Teaser Stitched Together

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 17:14

After sharing actual show footage, I’m confused as to why Showtime is reverting back to promoting “Penny Dreadful” with teasers? Still, it’s cool to see this one get stitched together.

Premiering May 11, the show is said to feature some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. Dalton will be playing African explorer “Sir Malcolm,” while Carney has snapped up Dorian Gray. Hartnett will play the role of “Ethan Chandler,” a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Green will play “Vanessa Ives,” a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. Treadaway will be assembled as “Victor Frankenstein.”

Oscar-nominee Logan created and wrote the series with the first two episodes to be helmed by The Orphanage and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona.

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Dive Further Into 'Hannibal' With Halia Meguid's "The Ravenstag"

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:00

If you’re not watching NBC’s Hannibal, then you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s probably the most visceral, intense, and shocking show on network TV right now (and possibly ever). It’s beautifully shot and features some stellar acting, along with some truly haunting music. In short, I love it. I can’t get enough of it. I just really hope that they don’t f*ck it up.

But while things are still good, let’s keep celebrating it! Below is a beautiful acoustic track entitled “The Ravenstag” by Halia Meguid, which features a ton of scenes from the show. The track was originally a fan song but it appears to have caught the attention of the producers as they went all out creating the below video, which features Meguid.

Head below for the video and lyrics.

blue as night, the ravenstag was flying
as you plucked the hyde, the beast stood crying
was it ever not enough to torment enough, cried out the blood in the veins
of the ravenstag who told me your name

i’ve started dreaming the most peculiar pictures
the blacks and whites and colors are richer
did you feel it kind enough, yes kind enough to plant the seed in my brain
of the ravenstag whispering your name

vulgar fruit, it gleams like vulgar diamonds
a picture of my own designing
wish they’d said, “beware the signs, the meats and wines of the velvet joy and the pain
of the ravenstag when he calls your name”

come into my parlor says the spider
close my eyes, the space between heartbeats grows wider
maybe i’m not brave enough or sane enough to steady the knife of the gaze
of the ravenstag as it whispers my name

morning’s come and the ravenstag’s behind me
i’m a crimson stain and no wind can dry me
is an enemy enough to keep the love of a monster that swallows and maims
the same ravenstag who knows my name?

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[TV] Next On "Hannibal": Just How Dark and Dreary Will They Go?!

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 09:38

I’m just now watching last night’s “Hannibal” and can’t believe how dark, dreary and daring they’ve gone. This episode carries some of the most disturbing imagery I’ve ever seen on television; I can easily see this causing casual viewers to tune out. Unfortunately, this is what makes this show a million times better than “The Walking Dead,” yet millions more people watch that. Go figure…

Anyways, Will Graham’s problems continue next Friday in Episode 2.5, “Mukozuke”: “When Will assists with a profile he reveals the Chesapeake Ripper and the Copycat Killer are the same person; Will asks Freddie Lounds to help him contact his admirer; Alana becomes suspicious of Will.

Check out the promo and images below.

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M. Night Shyamalan's 'Sundowning' Cast and Plot Details...

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 23:50

Finally some word on that top secret M. Night Shyamalan project, which is being pegged at the director’s first micro-budgeted feature.

TheWrap scored first casting news, revealing that Shyamalan’s Sundowning stars Tomorrowland‘s Kathryn Hahn, pictured, and rising child actor Ed Oxenbould.

In some very early, but vague plot details, Hahn plays a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents… and things go very wrong. Oxenbould plays her son, who is protective of his sister.

Doing some research, “sundowning” is described as a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Symptoms also include agitation and mood swings.

Shyamalan is producing with Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan, while Steven Schneider of Room 101 is executive producing. Production has nearly wrapped in Shyamalan’s home base of Pennsylvania.

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[Indie Horror Spotlight] There's 'Alien' In My 'Dead Space'

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 23:00

The last few years have seen a bunch of indie developers turning to crowdfunding to make their games a reality, and the top-down isometric sci-fi horror game Stasis is one of the success stories. Its Kickstarter reached raised enough money (and then some) and for good reason. It feels like Dead Space meets Ridley Scott’s Alien, with a little of LucasArts’ classic adventure game The Dig thrown in. I got my hands on the demo, read on to watch me play it.

If you’d like to play Stasis yourself, you can download it here for free.

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