Devin Townsend is perhaps the very embodiment of the “mad scientist” when it comes to the metal genre. From Ziltoid The Omniscent to his Devin Townsend Quadrilogy, Townsend’s approach to music is less that of a standard album and more of a theatrical experience where each album has a theme, a continuous string that can be followed so as to make the entirety feel like a journey.
And such is the case with The Retinal Circus, Townsend’s new live album, which takes music from the 20+ year history of his work and sets a story behind it, all to the visual and aural delight of a sold out crowd at the Roundhouse in London, England in a special one-night only event.
Now, this retrospective concert has been released and we take a look at it to see if Townsend’s work is as epic as he aimed for of if he strives for the stratosphere only to come crashing and burning to the ground.
The first thing that should be noticed about this setup is the multi-storied stage production, which allows for the “story” to take place both above the group and in the midst of them, creating a dynamic experience where we’re not sure if the band is part of the narration or are themselves characters in the arc.
Secondly, it’s amazing to see how Devin doesn’t so much perform, rather conducting the entire show, engaging with the audience and the stage cast equally. His charm and enthusiasm are incredibly evident and infectious, his joy-filled smiles nearly splitting his face in half. His jokes and commentary mock the somewhat cheesy nature of the event, poking at the absurdity and joining the audience in on the laughter while still being the master of the joke.
Third, the editing of the DVD is aimed at creating an immersive experience for the viewer. There are times when the edits are specifically done to further the narrative rather than just cut from one band member to another. This allows for the viewing experience to be something far more than just a concert; it becomes a captivating journey, each song a chapter in a book that won’t let you put it down.
The concert opens with legendary guitarist Steve Vai (Townsend was Vai’s vocalist on Sex & Religion) offering a monologue that sets up the story of Harold, the main character of The Retinal Circus. Injecting humor through visuals and cheeky commentary, Vai becomes an integral part of the show, appearing very often before a song to explain the meaning of the next track and how it relates to Harold. Also, creepy clowns come out and pantomime to the audience.
Suddenly, the choir, which is broken in half by the drum kit, burst into “Effervescence” and frequent Townsend collaborator Anneke Van Giersbergen comes onto the stage, her glorious voice soaring as our ringmaster, Devin himself, emerges clad in white. While it’s basically impossible to miss, it does need to be stated that the vocal chemistry between Giersbergen and Townsend can only be described as magical. It’s rare that two voices can mesh so well, even with Townsend shifting from soaring opera to vicious growls, and yet they do.
When the band breaks into “Lucky Animals” it becomes wholly obvious the scope and insanity that is in store for the viewer. Half of the choir cast aside their robes to reveal that they are dressed as animals. They begin prancing around stage, many of them sinuously slipping and sliding on their hands and knees, tails and noses twitching. These animals then face capture and are caged during “Planet Of The Apes” by, you probably guessed it, people in ape costumes, a subtle commentary on how evolution seems to come with a sense of superiority and need to control and contain those that are “below us”.
The audience is given more attention in the next track, “Truth”, while the light show is also on full display. The two choir halves take off their robes to show the one half are wearing DTP shirts while the other half are wearing Ziltoid shirts. This causes the two to mock and taunt each other, the beginnings of a battle that explodes into full force in “War”. It is in “War” that the term “musical theater” fully applies. This is where the concert truly cements its place as an event and not just another gig.
I could go on and on through each song but that would ruin the surprises that are in store for you, the viewer. I’ll say that there are more amazing and bewildering visuals and that things only get crazier from there on out. There is a giant inflatable penis, a large vagina that “births” a Ziltoid baby, skeleton dancers, she-devil temptresses, fire breathers, pole dances, silk acrobats, fascinating aliens that have the same back spires as the Xenomorphs from the Alien series, acoustic performances (“Ih Ah” is nothing short of stunning), and so much more. There isn’t a dull moment in the whole DVD.
Audio-wise, the only gripe I have is that there are times where I wished the vocals of each singer were turned up just a bit. I would also have liked there to be a bit more of the audience in the mix, something to make me feel like I was actually there. Visually the show is crisp and the camera angles plentiful.
A short documentary goes over the process of the event, from inception to actual performance. It’s rather amazing how much of the show was done in the 24 hours leading up to doors opening. It’s also a testament to the madness of Townsend but also to the trust that his band and crew have in him. Instead of worrying that it could not have been pulled off, they gave everything, their full energy and more, to make sure that everything would go as planned.
The Final Word: For fans of Devin Townsend, purchasing a copy of this is a no-brainer. However, for people who aren’t that well versed in Townsend’s work, The Retinal Circus is a perfect entry into the world of his music. It showcases his passions, his theatricality, and, yes, his insane genius while being entirely playful and charming.
IFC Midnight releases Eric England’s twisted horror film Contracted on Friday, November 22nd. Written and directed by England, the film stars Najarra Townsend, Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Simon Barrett, Charlie Koontz, and Caroline Williams.
While it will be available on plenty of VOD outlets (including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, SundanceNow and more) for folks outside of reasonable driving distance to a theater, you should see it on the big screen if you get chance. And if you live in LA – there’s no excuse not to! We’ll be hosting a special screening on the 22nd at The Downtown Independent (251 S. Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012) at 10PM! I’ll be conducting a Q&A after the film with England and some of the cast! There will also be booze if you’re over 21. You can buy tickets HERE!
I’m also giving away 5 Pairs of tickets! All you have to do to win those is email me at email@example.com and tell me the worst disease you’ve ever had!
See ya there!
A charming ode to Halloween and all things spooky, “Captain Ultimate” #4 is a hilariously fun superhero tale that mixes scares and laughs. Get ready for lots of entertaining action and adventure with the “Captain Ultimate” series. There’s a lot to enjoy in a comic book that has costumed freaks, tricked-out cars, and a psycho punk band.
WRITTEN BY: Benjamin Bailey & Joey Esposito
ART BY: Boykoesh
PUBLISHER: MonkeyBrains Comics
RELEASE: October 30, 2013
Captain Ultimate is babysitting his number one fan, Milo, while his parents are off to their own adult Halloween parties. While Milo is going around, knocking on every door in sight, something else is wandering the streets on Halloween night. A punk band, The Pumpkills, is driving around in their hot rod, causing tons of trouble to the kids. The Pumpkills are really looking for a fight and they’ve got one with Captain Ultimate. The only problem is, Captain Ultimate has to keep himself in disguise during the battle of the bands.
Writers Benjamin Bailey and Joey Esposito develop more of the hero/sidekick relationship between Milo and Captain Ultimate. When the Pumpkills arrive, that’s when Milo jumps into the spotlight. Because he wants to be a hero himself, Milo acts with confidence while being put under pressure. Being a parental figure, Captain Ultimate knows exactly when to step in, without overshadowing Milo. Bailey and Esposito want to show how Milo can defend himself, without getting in over his head.
What’s interesting about the writing from Bailey and Esposito is how they bring back previous characters into the fold. There are a few returning characters that were introduced in the first installment. Continuing with its anti-bullying theme, it turns out Captain Ultimate is protecting the child of one of his hated enemies. Bailey and Esposito are slowly building the mythology with the people Captain Ultimate meets.
I really enjoyed the character designs for the punk band, The Pumpkills, from artist Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman. The drummer’s entire head is a carved jack o’ lantern. The drummer is always smiling, as if he only has one facial expression. The guitarist has a tattoo right across her knuckles, which spells out, “Rock.” I thought it was really hilarious that these rock stars are getting drunk on root beer backstage.
My favorite of Akkerman’s illustrations is the splash page where Milo, Captain Ultimate, and Mutt are all going trick r’ treating. With a lot of references to popular culture, see if you can spot them all. The children are dressed up as Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Ed Ryzowski pays around with color of their body tones, so that the eye can spot the trio as they cover the entire block in one shot.
“Captain Ultimate” #4 is such an enjoyable read with a real message at its heart. Halloween is a fun time to dress up and eat candy, but it’s not cool to act like a bully in front of others. This is not a bad way for kids to be introduced to comics.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis
Riley Rossmo has made quite a reputation for himself in the comics industry over the past few years. So much so that we recently spotlighted the Canadian artist’s work on “Green Wake” in our Visions of Horror editorial, and we see no reason to stop talking about Riley now. Debuting this Wednesday from Image Comics is a “Drumhellar”, a new surreal/supernatural mystery series from Riley Rossmo and Alex Link (review here).
“Drumhellar” follows the story of a bohemian supernatural investigator and the bizarre world that he inhabits. Riley Rossmo chatted with Bloody-disgusting about his trip to Alberta to find inspiration, his love for small towns, and how surrealism fits into the world of “Drumhellar”.
Bloody-Disgusting: You visited the town of Drumheller, Alberta to find inspiration for the series. What can you tell us about that trip? Did you go with the intention of developing a supernatural mystery?
Riley Rossmo: I went to gather research for a ghost story and to clear my mind and refocus. I spent my days drawing, taking photos, walking, meditating and interacting with locals. I went with the intent of developing a series around what’s in small towns.
BD: What about those rural towns and their inhabitants that appeals to you so much?
RR: I think some of my interest in smaller communities started with Twin Peaks and Green Wake. The idea of smaller communities, especially rural ones, has ingrained itself in my work. I feel more confident building worlds around smaller communities. Some of it is from growing up in a smaller city I think. But a lot is just a feeling I get sometimes visiting smaller towns.
For our anniversary my wife and I visited Nelson BC, which is right in the middle of the rocky mountains. Almost as soon as we got there I had story ideas.
BD: Of the reference photos and sketches you do, how much of that makes it into the book?
RR: A third maybe. Mostly it ends up as atmosphere or something I can go back to if I’m stuck on a page. Also I used a lot for color reference.
BD: You mentioned in your interview with USA Today that have a certain affinity for nature, and how Hayao Miyazaki’s work inspires you. Can you expand on this? Do you feel that there’s something about the supernatural and nature that goes hand in hand?
RR: Spirited Away is one of my favourite films of all time. I love the environmental themes in Miyazaki’s work. His creatures have so much depth and weight to them, every time I watch Spirited away, or Princess Mononoke I feel the need to draw water dragons and stink spirits. It really moves me. Pan’s Labyrinth mixes the natural world with the magical well, as does the Blair Witch Project.
In terms of comics, Swamp Thing is one of the best examples of how well nature can be entwined with the paranormal.
BD: Drum is such a unique character. Can you tell us a bit more about him?
RR: Well initially he was inspired by Peter Venkman but personality wise he’s drifted into a bit more of the Dude from The Big Lebowski mixed with Jiddu Krishnamurti.
BD: There are a few super surreal moments in the first issue. How much of this will come up in later issues? How does it tie to the real world? What’s the deal with the peacock and the golden egg?
RR: Oh it keeps coming up. There are both psychedelic and surreal elements woven through the series. We have to make efforts to ground things in the material world so they don’t get too surreal. Both Padma and Harold act as anchors for Drum. The egg and birds are important. No, as to what’s in the egg…
BD: You and Alex Link manage elements of romance, horror, comedy, and mystery so well. Is it a challenge to draw a book that jumps across so many genres?
RR: Nope, so far it feels right for the kind of world the narrative is building for itself, how it looks, and how the characters behave.
BD: I love Harold the ghost cat. But I also love the bi-sexual werewolf, and the bog man. Because of all these bizarre aspects, the book feels like it is a story that wouldn’t work in any medium other than comics. Is this something you and Alex strive for?
RR: Again the story just kind of built itself. The more we spitballed the more elements presented themselves, but now that you mention it the surreal elements and supernatural elements work easily in the comics medium.
BD: I know you read a lot, and specifically for this you read a lot about consciousness, crime, and the paranormal. How do you sift through all the literature and pull out various elements for your own story?
RR: I make lists of ideas, If one is right for Drum I send it to Alex, then Alex blends em up sends em back I blend em again and regurgitate em and that’s kind of how we’ve been making the book.
BD: While not all your work is horror, it often falls on the darker side of things. Why do you naturally gravitate toward darker stories?
RR: I think for a while it was just a good outlet for all the horrific images and negative thoughts I have. I think lately I’ve been more interested in the surreal punctuated by the horrific.
Marvel has plans to make an Inhumans film sometime in the next few years, likely after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy. Much like how they are setting up the Guardians film with the recent comic series from Bendis, Marvel is launching the “Inhumanity” series in December. Check out the first teaser below.
[Random Cool] Trailer For The Lost 'Halloween' Movie Between 'Season Of The Witch' And 'The Return Of Michael Myers'!
This is pretty cool and the VHS look really works save for the fact that these actors don’t look like stars from the 80′s. Director Jay Burleson has teamed with actor V/H/S and You’re Next actor Lane Hughes to create a trailer for the “lost” film Halloween: Harvest Of Souls.
Just as good as the trailer is the backstory they came up with for this thing, which is specific enough to almost be believable. “After the failure of ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’, the rights to the ‘Halloween’ franchise were lost in the shuffle of a merger, and a sequel to ‘Halloween II’ was quickly rushed into production by a new team of producers. The new installment, ‘Halloween: Harvest of Souls’, was viewed as a direct sequel to the second film and would be a true ‘Halloween III’ with Michael Myers.
The film was made on a shoestring budget, even less than Carpenter’s original, and did not feature a return by Jamie Lee Curtis. The character of Loomis returns, still played by Donald Pleasence, but in a limited capacity. To keep pace with the height of the ’80s slasher craze, Harvest of Souls featured extreme nudity and gore, and had yet to receive better than an X-rating before it was canned.
Original series producer Moustapha Akkad tied the rights up with a long legal battle, which he ultimately won, and ‘Harvest of Souls’ was shelved altogether in favor of ‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers’, which was released in 1988, three years after Souls was filmed. Until recently, ‘Harvest of Souls’ was nothing more than an urban legend, the original film print long lost, the knowledge of its very existence scarce. A lone VHS tape, found in an abandoned storage locker, containing the X-rated cut of the film and a very tame ‘PG’ trailer, recently surfaced and that brings us to the here and now. The release of the aforementioned trailer and proof that this urban legend is real.”
Check out the AFM sales art for the Kane Hodder starrer Alice D!
“In the late 1890s the Davenport House was a famous and successful brothel, until a young prostitute named Alice killed herself there. After her death the brothel became haunted by Alice’s ghost and was eventually abandoned. More than a century later, the old structure is renovated into a beautiful mansion. It is still rumored to inhabit the ghost of Alice. Despite this the new owner, the rich and arrogant heir to the Davenport fortune, decides to throw a wild party for his first night in the house.”
Alice D is an independent film written and directed by Jessica Sonneborn and produced by Kristina Page and Christopher D. Maltauro, with cinematography by Eric Latek.
It stars Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Al Snow (WWE wrestler), Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers II), Juan Reidinger (Jennifer’s Body), Eliza Swenson (Dorothy and the Witches of Oz), Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go to Hell), Michael Reed (Exhumed), Sarah Nicklin (The Disco Exorcist), Julianne Tura (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), Megan Hensley (The Crazies), Aaron Massey (On a Dark Stormy Night), Barry Ratcliffe (“Army Wives”), and Kaylee Signore (The House Across the Street).
After playing a few fest, here’s the official AFM sales trailer for Matthan Harris’ The Inflicted, being sold by TomCat Films.
The indie stars horror icons Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), and Giovanni Lombardo Radice (City of the Living Dead).
Harris also appears as the film’s serial killer, David O’Hara. Lindsay Hightower, Charles Duran, Gerardo Davila, Amy Erin Amory, Matt Socia, Terry Spector, Ka Beesler, Allison Victoria, and Ian Maurer co-star.
“In 1992 six-year-old David O’Hara witnessed his father, Richard O’Hara, murder his two-year-old sister in Waco, Texas. David also lost his mother two years prior when she died while giving birth to his sister. In adulthood David becomes a psychopath, like his father, and starts kidnapping young women while enrolled in a medical school in Dallas.
David rapes and impregnates one of his victims, Melissa Daniels, in an attempt to replace the family that he lost as a young boy. However, the Dallas Police track down the location of David’s warehouse and rescue Melissa. Enraged, David seeks guidance from his estranged father, and they devise a plan to reclaim David’s “family.” Meanwhile, the FBI has added David to their Most Wanted list and joins forces with the Dallas Police in order to catch him. David is hell-bent on getting custody of his baby, Jessica, and he goes on a murderous rampage in an attempt to get her back.“
Here’s the AFM trailer for Morning Star from Luca Boni and Marco Ristori.
Adrian Bouchet, Mike Mitchell, Daniel Vivian, Ivy Corbin, David White, Rosella Elmi, and Ally McClelland star.
“After a pitched battle a man is on his way back home, but it is just the beginning of a journey in a forgotten and dark world. He will meet weird and evil characters and fight for his freedom. Only at the end of his path the man will discover that the world in which he lived has changed forever.“
Behold the glorious first image from Rat Pack Filmproduction and XYZ Films’ Stung, courtesy of Twitch.
Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) all star in the horror comedy for sale at this week’s AFM in Santa Monica, CA.
Adam Aresty wrote the screenplay: “A fancy garden party goes terribly wrong after a local species of wasps mutate into giant predators. It’s up to Paul and Julia, two catering staffers at the high-society event, to stop the killer creatures – an effort that kickstarts a budding romance between the two.”
Benni Diez will direct and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce the story of a two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp.
We now have the trailer, art and first still from the UK sci-fi horror Scintilla, directed by Isolation‘s Billy O’Brien!
Producers include Lionel Hicks and Craig Conway for Forefront Features and Liquid Noise Films with co-producers Doug Abbott and John Wolstenholme.
The film’s cast includes John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Ned Dennehy, Craig Conway, Beth Winslet, and Antonia Thomas.
“A double cross left mercenary Jim Powell (Lynch) in a hellhole African prison. Now his release has been paid for by a corporate sponsor, but only so he can be given a new, even more dangerous job. Powell is hired to lead a team deep into a former Soviet state, now in the grip of an illegal uprising. Here they must infiltrate an armed militia base and get into the secret tunnels which lie underneath.
Half a mile underground in this former Soviet nuclear bunker there is a secret bio-tech laboratory. Paid for by unlimited oligarch dollars, it houses one very special scientist: Dr. Irvine (Winslet). Her research is revolutionary. It breaks every law. The results are extraordinary; the potential applications are worth billions.
Powell and his team have six hours underground to kidnap the scientist, steal her research, and get back to the surface. Only thing is, nothing Powell has been told is the truth, and the secret held within the lab is unlike anything he has ever seen before.
He will be lucky to get out alive.”
Satan’s Playground director Dante Tomaselli’s Torture Chamber is getting a DVD release on January 28th through Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment.
“A shocking family portrait. A boy oozing blood and saliva, bound by ropes and handcuffs, imprisoned in an animal cage. A deeply religious mother who believes her son is controlled by the devil. A Catholic priest devoted to saving his family, who tries to cure his deranged younger brother – but 13-year-old Jimmy Morgan is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcised by any religion.”
Vincent Pastore and Lynn Lowry star.
By Zena S. Dixon.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we all know what that means! Time to give thanks? No! It’s time to beware of cannibals! In the world of horror the most appropriate thing to do around Thanksgiving is to prepare a guest list of whom to not to invite–for obvious reasons. And I just don’t just mean your Aunt with the high socks who talks too loud and smells like canned milk, or even your bald spotting Uncle who is missing a tooth and often whistles when he talks. No, no, this list is more in depth and could possibly save your life as well as others.
Hopefully with this list, you’ll be able to look at the traits of these individuals and know who to avoid, specifically around this feast eating time!10: Gregory Tudor – Ice Cream Man (1995)
Yes, this movie was just plain terrible, but that’s not the reason why Gregory made the list. Truthfully, Gregory wasn’t a cannibal, he just killed people and put pieces of their bodies in the ice cream he’d serve to people. But that’s not the reason I refuse to give him an invitation.
No, I do not want him and his diastema smile, huge owl eyes, and masturbating hands passing me the mashed potatoes. I wouldn’t even want to touch anything he made. You and your butter brickel can get out and go back to your filthy ice cream truck, Mr. Gregory.
Although Ice Cream Man was a horrible movie with horrible acting, I often wonder if the movie was based off of Clinton Howard’s real life. The mysteries of life…9: All of the C.H.U.D.s – C.H.U.D. (1984)
8: Rose Parker – We Are What We Are (2013)
I know it’s the season of giving, sharing and what not, especially to those who are less fortunate than us. So, if you don’t know what a C.H.U.D. stands for, allow me to share it with you: cannibalistic humanoid, underground, dwellers who eat people. Still not too sure if you know or seen any C.H.U.D.s? Well, how about this. BUMS; bums who have been infected by toxic waste and ultimately mutated. Your local bum could eat you. So beware!
Well…I saw the way she chomped down on her Dad for not getting her way. What if during dinner we run out of gravy? I don’t want to get chomped down on…nor do any of my guest.7: Papa Hades – The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)
5: The Sawyer Family – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
I somewhat understand how these three cannibalistic mountain men act when people aren’t trespassing on their property, but I couldn’t imagine being invited to their dinner gatherings. I’m sure everyone would lose their appetite when around these three, not because of their disfigured faces, but for the middle one’s annoying laughter.
4: The Parents – Parents (1989)
It’s really too bad that this family is twisted and are cannibals because they seem like they would actually be a lot of fun to be around…minus the violent murdering of course! They could definitely improve the dining atmosphere by shutting your loud Aunt up!
Sure, they look like a normal family but don’t fooled! It’s always the normal ones that trick you. I wouldn’t want these parents around my parents because I don’t want my parents converted to cannibals!
And, I definitely wouldn’t want any of their tin foiled wrapped meals.3: Dr. Yuji Kotorida – The Last Supper (2000)
It’s unfortunate that I can’t invite the attractive, charming, talented ‘God sent’ of a plastic surgeon Dr. Kotorida to be the eye candy of the night. Then again, at least I won’t have to worry about him seducing the women guest or trying to massage them with baking oil.
Even if he was invited, I doubt he would come anyway, sex and death is not on the menu.2: Cannibal Inhabitant in the Jungle – Eaten Alive! (1980)
These wild natives clearly knew how to enjoy a meal with each other, smiling and staring at each other. Sure that’s nice, but not while they were enjoying people’s entrails. This wild bunch isn’t invited because I don’t want my guest to go to the bathroom and never return. These animalistic guys may even hide under the table and attack anyone who isn’t them.
Either way, they’re definitely not coming.1: The Whole Cast – Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Yep, the whole cast. No, not everyone in this film was a cannibal, but this was one the most disturbing films I’ve ever seen. I just want to enjoy the evening and not be disturbed…is that too much to ask?
Who would have made your list?
Syfy is firming up the cast and producers on “12 Monkeys” as THR writes that “Nikita” and X-Men: The Last Stand‘s Aaron Stanford, pictured above, and Pretty Little Liars‘ Amanda Schull, below, have been tapped to star in the drama pilot based on Terry Gilliam’s feature film of the same name. Additionally, In Plain Sight‘s Natalie Chaidez has boarded the drama as showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner has been tapped to direct and exec produce.
Based on Universal Pictures’ feature film that starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, “the drama centers on a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.”
Stanford will play Cole, a desperate and haunted man from the near future who travels to the present day to stop the deadly plague from being released upon the world. Schull will play Cassandra Railly, a brilliant doctor forced to choose between her idyllic life or join Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy.
Terry Matalas (“Nikita,” “Terra Nova,” “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and Travis Fickett (“Nikita,” “Terra Nova”) will pen the script for the Universal Cable Productions venture. Production will begin in November.
The famed horror team of director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and writer Leigh Whannell (Saw, Saw III) reunite with the original cast in the highly anticipated, spine-tingling follow-up Insidious: Chapter 2 (read our review), debuting December 24 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Fans can delve deeper into “The Further” with more than an hour of bonus materials exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a three-part webisode called “Insidious: Spectral Sightings,” which gives an inside look at the business operations of Specs and Tucker from their early days as paranormal investigators through their investigation with Elise. Cast and crew highlights are also included in the three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes available exclusively on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a discussion about making Insidious 2 and what it was like to film at a haunted location. Fans can unlock secrets from this suspense thriller through two additional featurettes available on both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. “Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes” takes fans onto the set of the film to see how it was created, and “Ghostly Transformation” follows the make-up effects used to create the ghosts in The Further.
“How deep into the darkness will you go to discover the truth? The terrifying sequel to Insidious follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. They must rely on familiar allies to exile the demons that follow them and unearth the secret before the evil continues its deadly rampage.”
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey reprise their roles in the film directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring). Directed by Wan from a story by Wan and Leigh Whannell and a screenplay by Leigh Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 2 was produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli. The executive producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, and Steven Schneider.
Special Features Include:
“Haunted Hospital: On Location” — Cast and crew discuss what it’s like to film at a haunted location (Blu-ray exclusive)
“Leigh Whannell’s Insidious Journal” — A look at making the film through the perspective of writer/actor Leigh Whannell (Blu-ray exclusive)
“Work in Progress: On Set Q&A” — Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Jason Blum, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell discuss their experiences filming
“Insidious: Spectral Sightings” 3-Part Webisodes — Specs & Tucker find an unexpected ally in their early days as paranormal investigators (Blu-ray exclusive)
“Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes” — Go on the set and see how the second installment was created
“Ghostly Transformation” — Discover how actors were transformed into ghosts in The Further through make-up effects
Director Patricio Valladares released the official red band sales trailer for her Hidden in the Woods, which sells Michael Biehn’s rugged face to audiences.
“Hidden in the Woods tells the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.”
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci and Hackybox Pictures. The film’s co-stars include MMA fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning (“Sons of Anarchy,” The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens), Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, “True Blood”), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills), Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops), and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”) along with Caitlin Keats (Broken English, Kill Bill Volume 2, Treachery), Mark Gantt (The Night Visitor, Among Friends), Evie Louise Thompson (The Call, Heebie Jeebies), Nick Bateman (Hobo With a Shotgun), Cody Hackman (Tapped), Grace Powell (Jacob), Larry Carroll (Dark Horse, Jacob), Cheryl Hawker (“My Name Is Earl”), and Greg Ingram (Machete).
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Detroit black metal-infused rave techno group Phuture Doom to bring you an exclusive first listen to their self-titled album, which drops tomorrow via OWSLA. The group has chosen to remain enshrouded in darkness and the occult, issuing sounds that incorporate their views on futurism and transhumanism.
Also, we’ve got a Phuture Doom shirt for one of you lucky readers to win! Below are all the details!
Head on below to get your exclusive first listen and be sure to check out the band’s audiobook The Book Of Nightfall here (Warning: those prone to seizures should avoid this site).
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In theaters July 18, 2014, “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.”
Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer, and Jocko Sims starring.
“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” writer Max Brooks saw his “The Extinction Parade” released this tear through Avatar Press.
Now, Bleeding Cool is reporting that it is currently in the process of being signed as a TV series for one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood (although they don’t say who).
In the first issue, “As humans wage their loosing fight versus the hoards of the subdead, a frightening realization sets in with the secretive Vampire race: our food is dying off. This is the story of Vampires decent into all-out war with the mindless hungry hordes of the zombie outbreak as humanity tries to survive them all. Three species in mortal conflict. This is how a species dies. “
Next On AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Episode 4.05, “Internment”, “Assorted enemies pressure Rick and the group; the survivors and the prison may reach a breaking point.”
Below we have the official promo as well as a sneak peak and two images from the fifth episode of the ongoing zombie series.