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[TV] The Twins Have Their First Day In the “Freakshow”

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:46

Shooting is underway on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freakshow,” the fourth season of the anthology series.

Co-creator Ryan Murphy just tweeted out a backside tease of Dot and Bette’s first day on set. The two are actually one, played by Sarah Paulson in the new season that is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.

Michael Chiklis, also stars with Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts returning.

Dot and Bette's first day pic.twitter.com/ZKFS1pEGed

— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 17, 2014

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Are There Monsters In Your Washing Machine?!

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:44

Photographer Yvette Meltzer answers this question with an emphatic “YES!”

In her new photo series “Revolutions” her eagle-eyed work catches glimpses of why socks go missing from our laundry.

Here’s what she had to say about the genesis of the project, which took place in Chicago (I need to move, ASAP!).

I enjoy the convergence of color, light and form that emerges through photography. And I am continually thrilled by how photography often takes me further than my eye can see and sometimes in unexpected directions.

After taking multitudes of outdoor laundry images over the years, it was in Chicago in the cold of winter when my curiosity led me into local Laundromats where, drawn to the colors of laundry spinning in the dryers, I began taking photos. I never imagined the mandalas I would ultimately see when I went to the computer to view the digital images of this spinning laundry. Therein I saw faces and forms – both human and animal-like. Thus was born my revolving laundry series which I call “Revolutions.” What has been most exciting for me has been capturing the abstract forms that have emerged on this journey.

As Picasso said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” I believe that is what this series does. I start with fabric in a dryer and in collaboration with my camera the concrete reality is transformed.

Photo Source: Yvette Meltzer

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘All Cheerleaders Die’ Disc Highlights the Young Cast

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:39

RLJ and Image Entertainment are bringing Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s outrageous horror-comedy All Cheerleaders Die to Blu-ray and DVD This Tuesday, July 22. I dug the film (read our review here) and thought it was very entertaining despite some hiccups in the satire department. The mix of high school dramatics and the supernatural are handled really well without seeming ridiculous.

The film follows a group of attractive cheerleaders who bring in a new member of the squad, Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), who only joined to avenge the death of her former best friend. She infiltrates the squad and starts turning them against one another. Typical high school drama plays out, until tragedy strikes and the girls find themselves granted supernatural powers that help them all wreak havoc on a band of loathsome jocks. There’s a lot of fun aspects that come into play, like Wiccan stones, soul-switching, and sweet revenge.

Upon a second viewing, I want to note how great the acting is across the board. I didn’t talk about it in my review, but the filmmakers banded together a talented group of young folks to play both the cheerleaders and jocks. The head jock is played by Tom Williamson, who is filled with charm and venom. Other folks like Stasey, Brooke Butler, and Michael Bowen, they all bring their A game here. It’s rare to be able to enjoy so many teenage to early 20 actors without hating on at least a couple of them. I’ve got no complaints about the talent on display here though.

The behind the scenes feature on the Blu-ray and DVD give lots of insight on the casting and how these young actors got into their characters. That’s actually the bulk of what the 23 minute feature is made of – casting and characters. Turns out about half the cast was from Australia or New Zealand. This was purely coincidence and helped boost camaraderie on the set. Many of the actors talk about what it was like to work with McKee and Sivertston, how the two directors worked together, and other small insights. It’s a decent little doc that fans of the film will have fun checking out.

That’s the only feature on the disc, which boasts a crispy 1080p transfer (the Blu-ray I mean, naturally). Colors really pop during the daytime scenes and at night, details remain clear. The 5.1 sounds great as well, with dialogue and the soundtrack balanced nicely.

All Cheerleaders Die hits home video July 22.

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‘Friday the 13th’ Reboot Waiting On Script and Not Committed to Found Footage Or 3D (Exclusive)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:52

With both The Purge: Anarchy (read my review) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting screens within two weeks of each other, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has a lot on his plate but took some time out of his schedule earlier this week to speak with us about a few of his companies projects. Our full interview with him will be hitting tomorrow, but first we wanted to clear up some stuff concerning the upcoming Friday the 13th film, which is due in theaters November 13th, 2015.

Let’s get it out of the way. I’m a huge fan of the 2009 reboot. Last month I went on the record by saying, “for those of you who think that the most recent entry is cynical, I actually don’t think it is so much. Remember, the studio had zero respect for the franchise during its first incarnation, these were turn and burn gigs that people were turning down left and right because there was no money and the powers that be insisted on unrealistic schedules to keep the money flowing in. I’d argue that the folks behind the 2009 version actually cared more about the quality of the film than most of the people involved in the original sequels (especially later on).” While I don’t love all the rumors that have been circulating, the goodwill from the 2009 entry alone has me very much in an optimistic wait and see mode.

And Fuller’s quotes today only help that:

What’s the status of the 2015 Friday the 13th? We’ve heard found footage and we’ve heard 3D. Have either of those shifted? 

I can’t make any determination about found footage or 3D until we have a story that we all agree on and that we all like. The story is the most important thing and the way you tell the story, to me, is secondary. We have some writers writing but, because we don’t have a script that everyone has signed off on, I can’t speak to how the story is meant to be told. All of those things have been considered. But no decisions have been made. We don’t know what story is being told.”

Fuller also confirmed to me that the very talented David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) is still onboard which has me just as hopeful as the news that all avenues seem to apparently be open for the film.

Check back tomorrow for my entire interview with Fuller.

 

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The Original ‘RoboCop’ Has the Best Ending Ever

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:45

Just the other day I went on a rant about how much I hate epilogues, and referenced the 1987 RoboCop as an example of a movie with a perfect ending.

Well, today marks the 27th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s classic that starred Peter Weller as the title character, which means I get to share said finale with you!.

The sci-fi horror takes place in a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit where a terminally wounded cop (Weller) returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

There’s nothing more satisfying than RoboCop‘s conclusion in which Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) reminds RoboCop that he can’t hurt an employee of Omni Corp. The hostage then exclaims, “Dick, you’re fired,” which allows RoboCop to fill Jones with a round of bullets sending him through a window!

Thank you,” says Murphy.

THE. FUCKING. END.

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‘Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge’ Trailer Premiere (Exclusive)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:03

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer premiere for Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge, Marcel Walz’s slasher sequel to Uwe Boll’s Seed that’s got a Hills Have Eyes vibe to it.

Starring both Christa Campbell (Drive Angry, Homefront) and Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Days of Thunder), the pic will drop on DVD October 7, 2014 via Phase 4 Films.

While driving home from a bachelorette party, Christine and her friends come across a mysterious woman who leads them straight into mass murderer Max Seed’s trap. Seeking revenge from a mishap years ago, the blood soaked madman is determined to inflict an insufferable pain to anyone who crosses his path.

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Another Asylum Horror Pic, ‘Facility 31′

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:22

Empress Road Pictures is to handle international sales on Facility 31 from UK based horror production company Bad Blood Films, reported ScreenDaily yesterday. We’ve now updated the story with the film’s first look trailer!

The horror film centres around an army prisoner who has to lead a group of detainees to safety from an abandoned asylum.

LA sales and finance company Empress Road Pictures is fronted by Faisal Toor and Galen Christy, both formerly of the CAA.

We’re looking forward to working with Empress Road Pictures to bring the horror fans an original, high quality horror production with a story that will grab them from the opening scene,” said Mark Kenna, CEO & Producer – Bad Blood Films.

Facility 31 will be represented by Empress Road Pictures at AFM in November 2014 for a 2015 release.

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One-Woman Metal Band Myrkur’s Self-Titled EP Available For Pre-Order

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:15

Danish one-woman black metal project Myrkur has opened up pre-orders for her self-titled debut EP, which can be snagged physically through Relapse or digitally via Bandcamp.

The EP is described as the combination of, “… the rawness of second wave black metal bands like Ulver and Darkthrone with the natural sonic beauty of Sigur Ros.

Mrykur adds:

Nature is a big part of the reason black metal even exists. And all types of pure music that comes from a pure place. The word ‘Myrkur’ means ‘darkness’ in Icelandic. The place where there are no boundaries, where no one can hurt me. And when I have sung the screams it, physically hurts but it feels like something is leaving my body. I can’t remember it afterwards.

You can listen to the single “Nattens Barn” below.

Myrkur by Myrkur

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‘Annabelle’ Trailer Reveals Genesis of the Haunted Doll!!

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:07

This morning we shared a tiny teaser for New Line Cinema’s Annabelle, their spinoff of The Conjuring. Now, the studio has released the full trailer that completes one hell of a doll collection.

Haunting theaters October 3rd, the trailer is pretty fantastic, showing the genesis of the haunted doll. It looks as if the footage takes from the opened scene of the movie, where a couple is murdered by some psychopaths. While dying, the blood of the owner drips onto the doll, presumably infecting “Annabelle” with her owner’s anguished soul. It’s very classic horror and I can’t even contain my excitement about that. This looks SO COOL.

Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Ward Horton are starring in Annabelle with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe also star.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Speaking of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 is still penciled down for release on October 23, 2015, taking that weekend away from a potential sixth Paranormal Activity. Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are penning the sequel.

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It’s Jack Black As R.L. Stine In ‘Goosebumps’!!! #SDCC

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:31

Before Jack Black takes the San Diego Comic-Con stage Thursday, July 24 for Columbia Pictures‘ Goosebumps panel, EW has the first ever stills from the adaptation directed by Rob Letterman, who Black worked with on Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels.

In Goosebumps, in theaters August 7, 2015, Black plays the book’s author R.L. Stine.

The adaptation of the R.L. Stine books series follows a young boy who moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Greendale, Maryland. There, he meets veteran Young Adult horror author R. L. Stine, played by Jack Black. The infamous Slappy – a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy – comes into play and sets free the many many demons of Stine’s mind. Stine’s niece teams with the boy to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

Black tells EW that he chose to do the movie because “It’s funny and scary—something that would be great to take my kids to.,” adding, “and something that would be fun to make.

Kids like scary movies, but you can’t take them to what are the big scary movies now where Satan comes out and bites your genitals off,” he joking continues. “Those movies can actually leave you mentally scared; that’s not for kids. But kids still like to get a little thrill and a little danger, so you need projects like this.

Hopefully a trailer will debut next week at the Comic-Con!

Image Source: EW and Columbia Pictures

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[TV] Sony’s “Powers’ Adds Three to Cast

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:15

Coming off a recurring role on the Fox drama “The Following,”Susan Heyward has been tapped as the female lead in “Powers,” the Sony Playstation Network series based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, reports Deadline.

Also cast in the direct-to-series project, whose first two episodes will be directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night) from scripts by Charlie Huston, are Max Fowler (pictured left in “The Killing”) and Adam Godley (“Breaking Bad,” “Suits”).

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, “Powers,” produced by Sony Pictures TV, “is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.

Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful and loyal but may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy. In the project’s previous incarnation as a pilot at FX, Pilgrin was played by Lucy Punch, Cross by Charles S. Dutton.

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[SDCC '14 EXCLUSIVE] Bill Morrison Gets “Dead Vengeance” with Dark Horse!

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:10

Bill Morrison has had an eclectic career. I mean the man co-founded Bongo comics with Matt Groening, served as an illustrator at Disney, and even designed the iconic poster for 1986′s House. So it’s rather cool for me to announce that in 2015 Morrison will be launching a creator owned comic at Dark Horse. This book is a complete labour of love that combines Morrison’s passion for horror, with his passion for history.

This unique mix promises something completely unique called “Dead Vengeance.” As described by Dark Horse: It’s 1940 and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all, he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead?

Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Bill to talk about his exciting return to horror and squeezed some intriguing details out of him about this amazing new project. So check out Bill talking about the allure of the forties, pulp crime fighters, and why horror is in his veins.

Bloody-Disgusting: The 1940’s were a vulnerable time, but also a world before modern science and technology, what interests you most about the timeframe and why set your story in it?  

Bill Morrison:  I think I was born too late because I’ve always been fascinated by the 40’s. I wear 40’s clothes, I own a 1948 Buick, and my favorite Batman is the 1940’s version. I love the way everything looked back then, the fashion, cars, architecture, signage, etc. And I also love the movies, the music, the slang – - basically everything in the popular culture from that time turns me on. Originally I had planned to draw Dead Vengeance myself, and like most artists I wanted to have fun drawing the sort of things that are eye candy to me, so that was one reason.

But I think the main reason I chose this time period for this particular story is because I initially wanted to create a new twist on the pulp adventure characters of the ’30’s and ’40’s like the Shadow and the Spider. As I developed the story, the character sort of wandered away from the idea of being a masked adventurer, but the time period stuck.

BD: John Doe is a name that carries a surprising amount of weight, we know many missing person’s get saddled with it when we can’t dig up their past, why give that name to your main character?

BM: John Doe’s real name is Johnny Dover, and he’s a radio commentator in Detroit in 1930. Sort of a local Walter Winchell. He uses the moniker “John Doe, the everyman” on his radio program as a way of connecting with his audience. It’s a generic term for an average guy…sort of like John Q. Public. Also as you pointed out, it’s a name that is used to identify a person who’s past is a mystery or who’s identity is unknown. And of course, we refer to an unidentified male corpse as John Doe. Throughout the course of this story, the name John Doe fits Johnny Dover in all three of those definitions.

BD:What can you tell me about the supporting characters of “Dead Vengeance?”

BM: First there’s Joe Preston, a childhood friend of Johnny Dover and small town cop in a suburb south of Detroit. Joe helps Johnny break out of jail in 1930, and then in 1940 it’s Joe, now a mechanic and inventor, who helps Johnny remember his past. He’s based loosely on Preston Tucker who was actually a cop during prohibition in my home town of Lincoln Park. He used to run down bootleggers who brought illegal booze over from Canada across the Detroit River in small boats. He went on to become a car designer and inventor, and is most famous for the ill-fated Tucker automobile.

The female lead is the exotic Madame Cansino, a beautiful carnival fortune teller. Johnny meets her after his jail break while he’s lying low. They have a steamy love affair and she teaches him the secret of astral time travel.

The main villain of the story is Clarence Bowden, the mayor of Detroit in 1930, and owner of the hot Detroit night spot the “Aztec Club” in 1940. Bowden is in league with the Purple Gang, Detroit’s notorious mob who had their fingers in every criminal activity you could think of back in the early part of the 20th century. When John Doe gets evidence of the Mayor’s connection to the Purple Gang’s bootlegging activities and threatens to expose him on his radio program, the Mayor retaliates resulting in Johnny being framed for his wife’s murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair.

BD:What were your sources of inspiration for the story?

BM: As I mentioned, I was inspired by the pulp crime fighters of the 1930’s, but also Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer always seems to influence me. It was a big inspiration for me when I was developing my Roswell series, and even though it may not be apparent, it inspired Dead Vengeance as well. Todd Browning’s 1932 film “Freaks” also had an impact on the story, likewise Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson’s “Freakshow” graphic novel. And because I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the city itself was an inspiration. Dead Vengeance is set in Detroit which seems to be a punchline more than a city to most Americans these days. But back in the ’30’s and ’40’s it was a major city, right up there with Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and I’m excited to have the story play out in that version of my town.

BD: How does your comedic past at Bongo work into telling this story, which seems much more horrific?

BM: My first work in comics, both writing and drawing came when we started Bongo, so most of my work as a writer since then has been in humor. But I was never a natural at writing comedy. I could come up with interesting story ideas pretty easily, but then had to work very hard when it came to adding the jokes.

But I grew up reading Creepy and Eerie magazines and watching horror movies. When I was nine or ten I kept a running list of all the monster movies I had seen, so horror is in my veins. Not many know this but prior to Bongo I was an illustrator and painted a lot of movie posters. Many of those were for Disney animated films, but I also did a lot of low and medium budget horror movie posters. One of the most famous is the poster for “House,” which depicted a severed rotting hand pressing a door bell. So I guess I’d have to say that writing horror actually comes easier to me than comedy, even though I’ve devoted so much of my career to humor.


BD: What goes into weaving a good and complex conspiracy story like “Dead Vengeance?”

BM: I think the story started out reasonably simple, but because it’s a time travel story I eventually realized that I had a whole set of paradoxical problems that had to be solved in a logical way. My wife, Kayre was instrumental in helping me with that. She gave me a lot of notes about things that weren’t working or didn’t make sense and offered solutions. I finally realized that I needed to give her credit as co-creator because she added so much to the integrity of the story by making sure that everything was solid.

I also think you have to dislike your hero enough to make things difficult for him. You have your basic story that goes logically from A to B to C, but if it happens too easily it’s not satisfying. I tend to like my characters too much and want them to have an easy time, but that’s boring so I have to force myself to be a jerk and put obstacles in their way.

Another thing that I think that adds interest to this story are the limitations that existed back then. Earlier you mentioned that the story takes place in an era before modern science and technology, and that fact creates more problems for the characters. In 1940 there was no internet, cell phones, DNA identification, etc., so the characters have to work harder to fulfill the needs of the story. I was watching 24 the other night, and in the current season Jack Bauer and everyone he’s working with all have these wireless com-link devices in their ears so they can talk to each other no matter where they are. I don’t know if that’s real technology or just something the writer invented out of convenience to keep the story moving, but in 1940 they didn’t even have cell phones so if a character in my story needs to contact another character he has to find a pay phone and hope he has a dime because guess what? Pay phones didn’t take credit cards back then. And by the way, the credit card as we know it today didn’t even exist!
BD: What else can we look forward to with this series?

BM: Well, I haven’t even mentioned the art work yet, which is fantastic! Like I said earlier, I was originally planning to draw the series myself. Well Scott Allie at Dark Horse took the series on in 2008 with that in mind, but I was so busy that I couldn’t seem to find time to start drawing and the project languished and was eventually shelved. Scott graciously invited me to pitch it again if I ever found the time to commit to it, but years went by and I never did.

But last year at Comic-Con I had the good fortune to get a dinner invitation from my pal Paul Dini, and one of our fellow diners was Paul’s friend and collaborator Stephane Roux. We were seated side by side and got to know each other, and by the end of the evening I felt that he, not me, might be the perfect artist to draw Dead Vengeance. He loves the ’30’s and 40’s like I do and is also a huge fan of Dave Stevens and the Rocketeer. I briefly explained the idea for Dead Vengeance to his jaw dropped. He loved it! Later I sent him my full outline for the story and his level of enthusiasm was so high I decided to pitch it to Dark Horse again with Stephane as the artist. So that’s what else you have to look forward to! Stephane’s art is just stunning. He’s doing pencils, inks, and colors, and you can tell it’s a labor of love. He’s having a fantastic time and it shows!

BD: You’ve got me intrigued. What did you say to Stephane, what was your pitch?

BM: Well, you might want to issue a SPOILER ALERT here, but the thing that takes this crime story into the realm of horror is this; Johnny’s lover, Madame Cansino learns of his desire to get revenge on his wife’s killer and to clear himself of the murder charge, but unfortunately the real murderer, Izzy Shapiro, has been sentenced to ten years in Joliet prison for having sex with a minor during a party thrown by Al Capone. She convinces him that he can project his spirit ten years into the future to inhabit his future body. Then he can get his revenge on Shapiro, clear his name, do whatever he needs to do in 1940, and come back to his body in 1930 just seconds after he left. After some demonstrations, Johnny is convinced and decides to try it, but in his haste he fails to consider one devastating thing. In 1940, his body is dead and when his spirit arrives at its destination, Johnny reanimates his own corpse.

BD: Surely you had conceived of a specific look and feel for the book when you planned to draw it, how did that look evolve once Stephane came in? and how do you two collaborate on creating this world?

BM: Yes, the look I had in mind was along the lines of the 1950’s Harvey horror comics by Lee Elias. I have many horror heroes like Bernie Wrightson, Steve Ditko, Graham Ingels, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Michael Kaluta…but I’m aware of my own capabilities and felt that the Caniff-like style of Elias was something I could get close to.

Once I brought Stephane in and saw some of his preliminary designs for the characters I realized that this book was going to look WAY better than what I could do on my own. It’s more lush and realistic, and very cinematic. When the movie version comes out I know it’s going to look exactly the way Stephane drew it!

The collaborative process is that when I’m scripting I gather reference that I think will be helpful, basically what I would use myself if I was drawing it. Then I send it to him or send him links to web pages. He’s free to use what I send him or gather his own reference, but he does send me his roughs so I can give him input and let him know if something isn’t right. Because it’s an historical piece, I’m concerned with things like fashions of the time, hair styles, autos, local Detroit buildings, etc. I want it to be authentic and accurate, so I’m a bit of a stickler on those things. But beyond that I want Stephane to have fun and not feel restricted. I know from experience that if you’re having fun as an artist, the work will look fantastic, and that’s what we all want!

Dead Vengeance #1 is Written by Bill Morrison with Art by Stephane Roux and hits finer comic shops on 01/21/2015

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[TV] Gris Grimly Animating “The Haunted Mansion” Special For Disney!!

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:09

Just days after learning that Guillermo del Toro is having troubling cracking a feature-length screenplay, THR writes that Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s “The Haunted Mansion” attraction in a big way.

Says the site, the studio is developing a Disney Channel and Disney XD animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction!

“The Haunted Mansion” special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (“Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes”), who also will exec produce and art direct!!! Scott Peterson (“Phineas and Ferb”) will serve as writer, EP and story editor. Joshua Pruett (“Phineas and Ferb”) is on board as a consulting producer and writer.

Art courtesy if Gris Grimly

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Who Will Make the ‘Raw Cut’? (Trailer)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:01

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming indie thriller Raw Cut from director Zoe Quist (Mining For Ruby, Fetch) which opens theatrically in Los Angeles on August 1st and is available around the country on VOD August 5th.

Starring Daniel Ponickly (Mining For Ruby, Mona Lisa Smile) and Christopher Kelly (Ink, August Falls) and C. Ashleigh Caldwell (Ashes, Not In My Backyard), “When Adam Cohen invites his best college friends, Jack and Amanda, to his new Wyoming home for a week’s getaway to meet his new fiance, Stephanie, the two couples get much more than the peace and solitude they were hoping for. Stephanie asks for help with her thesis film, a ‘found footage’ piece. The friends are going to play-act a traditional horror story: two ingenues are stalked and murdered by two crazed hillbillies. But who is stalking whom? How far are we willing to go for our art? How much will people take before they burst? Raw Cut explores the meta world between found footage and reality. What starts as a traditional horror film turns into something far darker, more suspenseful. How well do any of the friends really know each other? And who will survive the cut?

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‘Annabelle’ Video Teaser Asks, “Miss Me?”

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:11

With New Line Cinema’s Annabelle, their spinoff of The Conjuring, haunting theaters this October 3rd, the studio has shared this brief teaser. The video, featuring the creepy doll from The Conjuring, asks, “Miss me?” We sure did!!!

Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and Ward Horton are starring in Annabelle with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe also star.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Speaking of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 is still penciled down for release on October 23, 2015, taking that weekend away from a potential sixth Paranormal Activity. Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are penning the sequel.

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Cavity Colors Releasing Four Amazing Turntable Slipmats

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:45

BD fave horror artist Cavity Colors will be releasing four incredible turntable slipmats today, each one featuring different artwork. The four films that inspired the artwork on these slipmats are Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch, Videodrome, Scanners, and The Fly. Only 25 of each slipmat will be released, each at $20. Pre-orders will open up at 5pm EST on the official Cavity Colors website.

Personally, I kinda want each one. I know that I wouldn’t swap them out all that often but does that really matter? They’re badass!

Head below to see an image of the four slipmats.

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[BD Review] ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is Exactly What You Want It to Be!

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:07

James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy is almost exactly the movie general audiences had in their head when they became intrigued by the premise of The Purge over a year ago. And intrigued they were. Fascinated, even. The word “purge” has now taken on an additional meaning in our vernacular despite the fact that the first film wasn’t especially memorable, trading in much of its promise in favor of a serviceable home invasion thriller.

But I’m glad that the initial Purge was a hit, because now we have a sequel that so fully embraces the lunacy of its central conceit its almost impossible not to find it just a little bit satisfying. Is it perfect? No. There’s some goofiness here and there (such as a character trying to engage someone she’s never met in a socioeconomic discussion during a gunfight), but Anarchy never rests on its laurels in its attempts to explore the urban jungle of a purge night via three intersecting stories. Bonus? The film is boldly political. Especially for a summer “blockbuster” (even if it only makes $50 million its return on investment will still trump every wide release this season). I’m not comparing this movie to Snowpiercer in the quality department, but if you showed the two films to an objective sociology class they could easily diagnose the United States as an entity grappling with staggering economic inequality issues.

Getting away from the admirable all caps surface text, The Purge: Anarchy knows exactly the right tone to strike. Severe, gory and (this is a compliment) full of silly swagger, the movie marches through the chaotic streets of downtown Los Angeles putting its protagonists (a revenge-bent Frank Grillo chief among them) through the ringer. While there’s a bit too much in the way of convenient circumstance to fully suspend your disbelief, that hardly impinges upon the entertainment factor. Even when the second half of the film’s third act devolves from striking to rote, it’s kind of hard to complain. After all, purging is sometimes a little sloppy.

In pretty much the best of ways, The Purge: Anarchy is exactly the movie you think you’re signing up for when you buy your ticket. If you walk out of it unsatisfied, you might want to reconsider what you were expecting from such a thing.

The Purge: Anarchy is out on Friday, July 18th.

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Strange Disc Previews Upcoming ‘Surf Nazis Must Die’ Vinyl Reissue

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:10

Strange Disc will be opening up pre-orders today for their vinyl reissue of the Surf Nazis Must Die score, which was composed by Jon McCallum. This is the first time that the score will be released on vinyl.

There is no determined time when these pre-orders will open. Rather, the Official Website states that they will go up at a random time and that orders from Europe should be ready to order from fellow horror vinyl label One Way Static. The record is expected to come out on September 2nd.

To preview the upcoming album, you can watch a video below as well as stream one of the tracks.

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Dark Horse Announce Mike Richardson’s FATHER’S DAY

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:29

Dark Horse sent out their October solicits today and it’s looking like this is truly the year of the horse. Among the incredible releases of Alien VS Predator, Predator, and the continuation of many other titles, they’ve added another surefire success in Mike Richardson’s Father’s Day.

I grew up reading Richardson’s stories and I’m pretty damn excited to see him behind the wheel of a thriller.

From Dark Horse:

Coming this fall from Dark Horse Comics is a brand-new, action-packed crime thriller written by Dark Horse publisher and Eisner Award nominee Mike Richardson (47 Ronin, The Secret, Cut, The Atomic Legion).

Illustrated by Gabriel Guzmán (Star Wars, Cable, Kull), Father’s Day takes family matters to a whole new level. 

As a mob enforcer, he was called the East Side Butcher, but twenty years later Silas has found peace. That is, until his abandoned daughter shows up to give him a piece of her mind…and unwittingly leads a legion of hit men to settle accounts with Silas!

“I’ve always loved crime stories. I’ve had this story in my head for years…It’s great…Crime fans are gonna love it,” noted Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. 

Father’s Day #1 (of 4) is on sale October 22! Preorder your copy today!

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XLrator Has ‘Found’ A Head In a Bag

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:24

XLrator Media has acquired indie horror pic Found, a coming-of-age slasher about a fifth grader (Gavin Brown) grappling with the secret knowledge that his beloved older bro (Ethan Philbeck) is a serial killer, says Deadline.

Found is the directorial debut of Scott Schirmer, who’s won numerous awards for the pic from indie genre fests including plaudits from the New York City Horror Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head, and Elvira’s Horror Hunt.

After screening on the horror circuit for two years Found will get an August 15 theatrical, VOD and iTunes release via XLrator’s Macabre genre label.

Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.

Author Todd Rigney adapted the script with Schirmer from his own novel.

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