When I started the FEAR Awards back in 2009, I didn’t even bother announcing the nominees, and the winners of each category were chosen by me. I should’ve just called them God-King Adam’s Personal Preference Awards. Thankfully, it didn’t take me long to realize how lame that was, so in its second year I started staggering the categories to give each batch of nominees more time in the spotlight, and left the picking and choosing of each winner to you.
This has worked so far, but it isn’t perfect. The problem is you have lives, and sometimes life stuff can keep you from embracing Democracy’s pillowy bosom. To keep that from happening to you, vote below before I announce the winners on Friday, January 16.
Showtime is giving viewers a bloody tease from the highly anticipated second season of the network’s drama series, “Penny Dreadful”, beginning Sunday, April 26th at 10PM ET/PT.
This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.
Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.
Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle.
Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
There’s been a lot of Beetlejuice talk as of late, but one whting we do know is that Seth Grahame-Smith has completed the screenplay. Michael Keaton wants to return as Betelgeuse, the “ghost with the most”, while Tim Burton would direct. However, the verdict is still out on Winona Ryder.
In an interview with THR, which also reveals he’s penning the new Gremlins reboot, he explains that the new Beetlejuice will be a modern day sequel, with less being more.
“Grhame-Smith says he is rejecting the idea of rebooting the movie with a new star in favor of bringing Michael Keaton back in a sequel set in the present day. He also took Keaton’s “less is more” advice with the character, noting that in the original Beetlejuice doesn’t appear until almost the midpoint.”
Between those projects, he hopes to start filming his directorial debut in 2015, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. He and Katzenberg also are developing TV shows — the most promising probably is King’s The Things They Left Behind with Greg Berlanti for CBS — and other movies, including Scorpio Races and a teen comedy about three virgins who get a Russian mail-order bride. Producer Dan Lin is also working with Grahame-Smith on adapting King’s It.
Gearing up for its March 9th premiere, A&E shared the first look at “The Returned,” an adaptation of the acclaimed French series.
“ ‘The Returned,’ from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.“
“The Returned” is based on the popular and International Emmy-award winning French suspense series adapted by Fabrice Gobert and inspired by the feature film Les Revenants, directed by Robin Campillo.
“The Returned” stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Smashed), Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”) , Jeremy Sisto (“Suburgatory,” “Six Feet Under”), India Ennenga (“Treme”), Sandrine Holt (“House of Cards”), Agnes Bruckner (“24”), Sophie Lowe (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), Tandi Wright (“Nothing Trivial“), Mat Vairo (“Revolution”), Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”), Dylan Kingwell (“The Tomorrow People”), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), Dakota Guppy (“Rush”), Leah Gibson (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Rhys Ward (“The Strain”), Scott Hylands (“V”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), and Roger Cross (“24”).
Special Agent Dale Cooper is back on the case as, after months of teasing his likely involvement in the “Twin Peaks” reboot, Kyle MacLachlan confirmed the news at Monday’s Showtime panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, THR writes.
“You look like you need damn fine cup of coffee,” he said, sauntering (in character) out onstage to join Showtime president David Nevins. The exec introduced MacLachlan, then saying, “He’ll be leading the show, and there’ll be more cast coming on as we roll through.”
Nevins, who admitted he’s “more or less writing checks and leaving them alone,” wouldn’t talk about any plot elements of the return — but he did talk about Lynch’s decision to bring it back. “I think it’s something they’ve been toying with for a long time,” he said. “I think in David’s mind, 25 years seemed like the magic number.”
That was all that was said about Twin Peaks, likely because it won’t even premiere until 2016, though before MacLachlan left the stage he got a laugh and some rare applause by telling the crowd, “May the forest be with you.”
Richard Corben needs no introduction. As the man who has defined horror comics for the last few decades. His name is sacred in the halls of horror and now he and Dark Horse are adding another amazing chapter to his career with “Rat God.” A comic that shouldn’t need any introduction, Rat God uses Corben’s evolving techniques to tell a brand new tale of horror in the most lovecraftain sense. I just devoured the first issue, and you shouldn’t wait to preorder yours.
RAT GOD #1 | Richard Corben
Terrible things stalk the forests outside Arkham in this chilling original tale from comics master Richard Corben! An arrogant city slicker on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman from the backwoods finds horrors beyond imagining, combining Lovecraftian mutations with Native American legends.
* New from the Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee!
* The gold standard in horror comics for over 40 years!
* An original tale of backwoods terror inspired by Lovecraft.
“He is the mainstay in my collection of original art and one of the most precise and admirable storytellers in the medium.”—Guillermo del Toro
RAT GOD #1 is on sale February 4th.
Eclectic electronic artist Aphex Twin has announced that he will be releasing a 13-track EP on January 23rd entitled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2. The album will be available as a 12″, CD, and digital download through Warp Records. Head below for the track list.
Twin made a surprise return last year with Syro, his first album since 2001′s Drukqs. You can read my thoughts on the album here.
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Just after the announcement of Deadpool’s impending death, Marvel offered another look at “Return of the Living Deadpool” #1. This insane adventure imagines what the world would be like in a zombie apocalypse where any of the zombies that bite Deadpool turn into another Deadpool. It should be crazy fun, especially if it captures the tone of older zombie movies.
I’m loving the black and white art with a spray of red color. I guess we’ll see if it holds up when the comic hits next month.
Prepare for pools full of undead Deadpools as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1 shambles in to comic shops this February! Blockbuster writer Cullen Bunn (Magneto, Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe) joins Marvel newcomer Nik Virella take you to a world overrun with undead Deadpools – each with a snarky mouth of its own.
To stop the zombie apocalypse, Deadpool used his own healing factor to save the world. Only any zombie that ate Deadpool…transformed into another Deadpool. Believe us – hordes of Deadpool’s might just be worse than hordes of flesh-hungry monsters.
“So there are thousands of Deadpools, all of them originating from the one and only Wade Wilson,” says Bunn in an interview with Marvel.com. “Every time a zombie takes a bite of one of these Deadpools, the zombie becomes Deadpool. You know how Deadpool has numerous personalities? Well, these newly created Deadpools start to latch on to different aspects of Deadpools split psyche, forming factions. And these factions don’t get along!”
This February, the dead will rise. And this February, the Deadpools will…er, rise! Be there for the heart-stopping, flesh-eating, wise-cracking
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1!
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1 (DEC140932)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by NIK VIRELLA
Cover by JAY SHAW
Variant Cover by RYAN STEGMAN (DEC140933)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/14
The Slamdance Film Festival -taking place in Park City, Utah – kicks off on January 23 with the world premiere special screening of Bloodsucking Bastards.
Bloody Disgusting has your first ever look at the film, as well as an exclusive poster premiere that will sick the life out of your daily job.
Described as an Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as “Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.”
The pic was written by comedy troupe Dr. God and helmed by Brian James O’Connell.
SLAMDANCE 2015 SCREENINGS
-Friday, January 23rd at 8:00pm LOCATION ADDRESS (WORLD PREMIERE)
-Monday, January 26th at 1:40pm LOCATION ADDRESS
It’s Monday and you clearly need some new tunes in your life! That’s why I’m here with a few selections that I think will expand your musical horizons and also get your head nodding along. So, head on in for a few bands to throw into your playlist!
Also, let me know what you’re listening to in the comments below. I’m always up for new music!
Ryan Reynolds’ best friend is violence…
Lionsgate will hear The Voices (review), a genre film starring Amityville Horror‘s Ryan Reynolds, on VOD platforms and in limited theaters February 6.
Check out the poster premiere for the horror film directed by Marjane Satrapi, and also starring Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver.
“This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.“
On this classic episode of “What’s up with Dr. Ruth”, A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Wes Craven and Hellraiser‘s Clive Barker discuss the psychology behind horror with Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Craven reveals how he scares the audience, Barker talks about sympathizing with the antagonist, all while Ruth jokes about feeling up a date during a scary movie…
Oh, and doesn’t Barker looking mighty comfortable?
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who sprang to national attention in the early 80′s following the beginning of her live radio call-in program, Sexually Speaking. She went on to have her own TV program, appeared on the cover of People Magazine and TV Guide, and is the author of 36 books and counting.
Jason Aaron & John Cassaday’s “Star Wars” #1 is phenomenal. It truly lives up to the hype and deserves the attention of any and all Star Wars fans. I would even urge non-comic readers to give it a shot. The creative team perfectly capture the essence of the original trilogy, making the book feel like a very natural extension of the films we know and love. Han acts and sounds like Han, with dialogue that will have you laugh out loud. Each and every character is spot on. Aaron’s fluidly writes these characters with such apparent ease you could mistake him for George Lucus himself in the throws of writing A New Hope: It’s That Good.
WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ART BY: John Cassaday
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 14, 2015
Reviewed By Torin Chambers
Speaking of A New Hope, “Star Wars” #1 picks up soon after the destruction of the first Death Star at the climax of the original film. With chaos and disorder running rampant within the Imperial Forces, the Rebels begin a massive offensive across the galaxy. There is the hope to put down The Empire once and for all, securing freedom in the galaxy. You learn all this from a beautiful recap page that’s presented like the opening crawl of any of the films. Let’s hope the design sticks.
The whole gang’s here Luke, Leia, Han, 3PO, R2D2 and even Chewie. With a couple iconic vehicles making appearances as well, the whole ride is a thrill and then, a surprise guest makes one hell of an entrance. It’s amazing that the issue never feels cramped even with every character getting their own moment or two. A personal favorite belongs to C3P0, in something I never knew I wanted to see so bad. The story and character development are equally balanced, with appropriate dashes of humor to keep a generally upbeat pace.
“Star Wars” #1 presents itself in a similar fashion to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the 3D CGI animated TV show. Each centres around one of the film trilogies characters at a point when their respective galaxies are experiencing incredibly turmoil. Following the start of the Clone Wars and the Rebel Alliances galaxy wide push after the destruction of the Death Star, respectively. Star Wars: The Clone Wars was well received by fans and critics alike even with its sordid roots. Star Wars #1 on the other hand is spinning out one of the most beloved films of all time and miraculously it’s burning just as bright.
I had a fair amount of concerns when Star Wars moved from Dark Horse back to Marvel. I feared there would be too many restrictions placed on Aaron and Cassaday to create anything good. Who knows how many real restrictions they had or if there were none, either way it doesn’t matter because the final product is exceptional. Now, while I was sad for Dark Horses era to be over, I’m overjoyed to see Marvels run begin.
Star Wars has returned to Marvel in a very huge way.
Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers
Director/musician John Carpenter has released a stream of “Night”, a new track from his upcoming debut album Lost Themes. The album comes out February 3rd via Sacred Bones Records. You can stream the track below.
Carpenter is the director of such classic horror films as Halloween, The Thing, In The Mouth Of Madness, and many more.
You can also read an interview with Carpenter on Nylon Guys Mag.
The first trailer for the Vertigo comic adaptation iZombie is here. Brought to the CW by executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero and stars Rose McIver (Power Rangers, Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex) as Liv. The series follows Liv, a zombie working at a morgue who can grasp the memories of any deceased person after she eats their brain.
The concept is a little different than the book, which managed to grow into something zany and epic thanks to Chris Roberson and Mike Allred. The series is heading in a new and different direction. It’s now more of an undead Veronica Mars, which is far from a bad thing. Roberson himself has taken to twitter to express his fondness for the show. So let’s hope for something that captures that brilliant premise while offering a darkly different take on weekly procedurals.
iZombie will debut on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00pm.
Very much inspire by David Lynch and David Cronenberg, you’ve got to watch this short film from Ray Sullivan.
In “Self-Assembly,” bereaved parents find a monstrous substitute for their dead son.
It’s based on the comic strip story and characters created by Gar Shanley and Cathal Duggan. It was shot on location in Dublin, Ireland on a RED Scarlet-X.
Psyche/Francesco Clemente member David Kristian has joined forces with composer/singer Marie Davidson to form DKMD, which creates retrosynth music reminiscent of the classic giallo synthesizer scores.
Below is a video of their title track “Sacrificio”, which is a bloody, violent tribute to the Italian genre. The EP is described as, “…a cosmic soundtrack to vampire rituals, stalker fantasies and abandoned mansions.”
Pre-orders will go up on Giallo Disco’s Bandcamp.
We’re back! CES, Dead Snow 2, 4KTV, and more.are on the table this week. I’d say this show’s definitely worth the price of admission (it’s free).
Artsploitation has acquired Horsehead Pictures and Starfix Productions’ festival flick, Horsehead (french title FIÈVRE), the first feature-length film by director Romain Basset from a script he wrote with Karim Chériguène. It will open in limited theaters to go along with VOD and DVD releases.
Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Vernon Dobtcheff, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Gala Besson, Joe Sheridan, Emmanuel Bonami and Philippe Nahon star.
It premiered at the Fantastic Fest film festival.
“Since childhood, Jessica has been haunted by recurring nightmares in which she is chased by a mysterious horse-headed monster called Horsehead. In the hope to find peace at last, Jessica has started studying Psychophysiology of Dreams.
Following the death of her grand-mother, Jessica reluctantly returns to the family home for the funeral. Upon her arrival, she finds out that the dead body of her ancestor is lying in the room next to hers for the duration of the wake…
Jessica falls ill after a first rough night during which she had the strangest nightmare. Stuck in bed with a high fever, the young woman decides to make good use of her lethargic state. She experiments LUCID DREAMING and aims to take control of her nightmares, a dangerous exercise from which some never recover.
Jessica wanders in her own dream-world and investigates to solve the mystery that has been gnawing at her and her family for several generations. She will also have to confront the evil Horsehead one last time.“
Last week A&E has set the premiere for the third season of “Bates Motel” for March 9, 2015.
Now, we have the first images from the season premiere, will full details below.
“Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, and gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years.
Series stars Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman.
After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts. Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons Of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.