Celebrate the holidays early when Anchor Bay unloads a 30th Anniversary Edition of Charles E. Sellier, Jr.’s 1984 classic Silent Night, Deadly Night on Blu-ray September 16, 2014.
“After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.”
You can pick that up and then pair it with Steven C. Miller’s remake, Silent Night, also release by Anchor Bay.
HBO released a new “look ahead” trailer for the seventh and last season of “True Blood,” which returned this past Sunday. The trailer asks this one major question, if vampires are immortal, why do they need to drink blood to survive? I guess that ties into this season’s arc?
In the return episode, “Jesus Gonna Be Here”, “A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source.”
It was written by Angela Robinson and directed by the one and only Bill Compton, Stephen Moyer.
It’s sort of weird coming home from the gym and learning that today marks the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman. The reason is that I literally work out where I saw the film all of those years ago (as the theater turned into a gym, clearly). Running on a treadmill in the exact spot where I saw Batman is such a bizarre experience – not to mention that it makes me feel crazy old.
I remember being obsessed with the movie, and that my dad went out of his way to hunt down the first action figure, which was impossible to get because the toy store employees kept grabbing the “Batman” figure for themselves and local comic shops. If you wanted a “Bob the Goon” action figure, you were in luck…
I also have a strong recollection of sort of hating that Batman was all black. I grew up watching the old TV series and always pictures him with the classic blue and grey getup. The explanation that the yellow logo would draw gunfire to his bulletproof vest was enough, though, to sell me on the new look.
25 years later I still believe that Michael Keaton was the best Batman, although Christian Bale is clearly a better Bruce Wayne. Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale, don’t get me started (mmmm mmm mmmm). And let’s not forget how incredible Jack Nicholson was at The Joker, and how Prince’s music stole the show. All of these years later the movie has aged like fine wine, becoming a classic comic book adaptation that is everlasting. If you haven’t picked up the blu-ray yet, I strongly advise doing so because the blacks in the movie are so dense that the HD really amplifies just how incredible it looks.
Batman was money 25 years ago, and it’s still money today.
On DVD June 24 via Entertainment One Andrew Traucki’s (The Reef, Black Water) The Jungle, starring Rupert Reid and Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo.
Below we’ve landed the first clip in which they prepare to catch and tag some animals. Then, they argue over superstitions.
“A team of conservationists sets out to explore the dense Indonesian rainforest in search of the legendary javan leopard. But the deeper into the jungle they journey, the more nervous the group’s native guides become – local legend has it that a deadly werewolf-like creature roams the dense jungle. Determined to complete their mission, the expeditionists venture farther into the darkening forest, only to discover they are being stalked by an unseen predator: one that has no fear of humans.“
Man, it’s weird to say that a movie is actually worse off without Stephen “We’re All Adults Here” Dorff. I don’t mean that as a jab at him, I think he’s a decent actor, but he’s not the type of guy who one typically thinks of as elevating a movie. In the new thriller Heatstroke, he comes off like a Shakespearean veteran compared to his co-stars. His character plays second fiddle to Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) and Svetlana Metkina, two actresses who I’m sorry to say can’t carry a movie. The always great Peter Stormare is criminally underused as well – more of his menacing gait would have done wonders to strenghten this overall drab thriller.
Josie (Williams) is the petulant, estranged daughter of research scientist Paul (Dorff – Space Truckers). When she’s busted with some weed, her mother insists Paul take her along to Africa, where he studies hyenas. A little time in the desert might do this young girl some kid before she falls down a pit of drugs, booze, and hooking, I guess. His girlfriend Tally (Metkina) doesn’t get along very well with Josie, but that’s okay because what better way for a daughter to bond with her dad’s new girlfriend than by being chased by homicidal rhino poachers and hungry hyenas through an African veld?
Heatstroke is a slow build with the first act dealing essentially with the dynamic between Paul, Tally, and Josie. They’re trying to get her interested in hyenas and the stark beauty of the desert, but she’s more interested in her iPad. There’s some nice intimate moments between her and Paul, and I think Dorff is really damn good in these scenes. He’s got a fatherly warmth coming off him, though you can still tell he thinks his daughter is a peevish brat.
Once the action does kick in, the film see-saws between suspense and what basically amounts to down time where Josie and Tally look for water. The poachers, led by Stormare are always one step behind them. The time we spend with him and his crew is interesting enough, but they’re all one-dimensional villains and like I mentioned earlier, not enough Stormare. The ebb and flow of the suspense means that by the time the climax comes around, there’s nothing built up. So what could’ve been a tense moment is just a flaccid fizzle out.
One thing Heatstroke director Evelyn Purcell does a great job is portraying the desert as the harsh mistress (I assume) she is. During Josie’s first ride out to Paul’s camp, she looks out at the landscape and there’s just nothing. “There’s nothing for me here,” she tells her dad at one point. Even when they come across a watering hole, the water’s filled with bacteria, undrinkable. Then, of course, there’s the hyenas, who do a better job playing villains than the humans here.
Heatstroke will available on VOD, iTunes, and in-theaters July 4th.
It’s my birthday and I want to give YOU, the readers, a chance at getting a gift from me! I recently received a CD copy of Perturbator‘s latest album Dangerous Days and I wanted to give one lucky person the chance to enjoy the hell out of this album! The copy I’m going to be giving away has been opened but only played once (I simply wanted to compare it to the vinyl copy I got).
Just read this description and tell me you’re not interested:
Perturbator – the one-man Parisian retrowave powerhouse revisits the eerie and energizing analog oscillations of 1970s and 1980s horror, sci fi, action, and exploitation films.
Taking cues from long-hailed masters in the genre – Director John Carpenter, Goblin, Vangelis – this 21-year-old was weaned on a steady diet of LaserDisc monsterpieces.
Head on below for the rules and entry form!
1) Contest open to residents of the United States only (sorry, I don’t want to pay a ton in shipping)
2) You MUST be 18 or older to enter!
3) No purchase necessary
4) Multiple entries will result in disqualification!
5) The contest will run from June 23rd until July 7th (ending at midnight EST)
If you’re a fan of black and white cinema mixed with a dash of modern flavor, then the upcoming The Phantom Of The Opera vinyl release from One Way Static Records must have you chomping at the bits and salivating an unhealthy amount (please, drink some water and rehydrate). For as many different variations of the story as there have been, there have also been as many, if not more, different scores to accompany the tale.
UK septet The Laze have continued this tradition with their own modern composition for the classic 1925 film that combines 70′s Goblin-esque stylings with instrumental arrangements that are perfect for a film as revered and cherished as this. And now you can hear the whole thing! So head on down below to listen to the full soundtrack (courtesy of FactMag).
Pre-order details can be found here.
Sideshow Collectibles is happy to let all deadites and warriors know that Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn collectibles are coming soon!
Get your chainsaw, Olds Delta 88, ready to get your very own soul-eating collectibles soon!
In the heroic words of Ash, ‘Groovy…’
Watch for potential prototypes at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con in July!
New information has come out about composer Brian Reitzell‘s upcoming Watch Dogs vinyl soundtrack, which is being released by Invada Records UK on July 28th. The vinyl will be a limited release with two variants, one a standard 180 gram black vinyl and the other a black and blue splatter, each limited to 750 copies. There will also be a CD release on the 28th.
WATCH_DOGS presents a dark and dangerous journey through an alternate version of Chicago, where ultra-hacker Aiden Pearce seeks to redeem himself after causing the death of his niece. Using the concepts of artificial intelligence and information warfare, the game brings technological relevance to a Grand Theft Auto-style open world in the tradition of the revered science fiction of William Gibson and Philip K. Dick.
Reitzell is also the composer to the hit NBC TV show Hannibal as well as having worked on many of Sofia Coppola’s films.
Head below for a new sampling of the soundtrack’s music!
Vinyl LP (Version 1) 180 gram Heavy Weight Black Vinyl 750 Units Pressed
Vinyl LP (Version 2) Black & Blue Splatter 750 Units Pressed
Special Features: LPs Come With Download Card
1. ‘The Loop’
2. ‘Ded Sec’
3. ‘Creepy Caller’
5. ‘Revelation Number 3’
6. ‘Computer Underground’
7. ‘Elevated Trains’
8. ‘IP Tracking’
10. ‘Ghosts Of The Past’
11. ‘On The Lake’
13. ‘Escape From Chicago’
Italian giallo/horror director extraordinaire Dario Argento was hurt when he fell at his home in Rome, Italy. He apparently fell down a flight of stairs, which resulted in injuries to his head, neck, back, ribs, and legs. He is currently at home under the care of a personal assistant. He is being ordered to rest until the end of July, which means that he has to cancel his appearance at the “Days Of The Dead” convention in Indianapolis.
Argento is the man behind such films as Suspiria, Deep Red, Inferno, and a great many others. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Steam’s annual reaping of all our wallets continues into a new day, complete with new sales on video games we all want but probably can’t afford. Or, in my case, I can afford a couple new purchases, but I shouldn’t give into the temptation because my pile of shame (i.e. unfinished video games) has grown larger than ever lately.
Those are solid choices, but the real gems can be found in today’s community picked deals. Among them is Betrayer — the atmospheric open-world shooter from some of the folks who brought us F.E.A.R. — for $3.99 (80% off), Lone Survivor for $3.74 (75% off), Metro: Last Light for $6.79 (66% off), and Slender: The Arrival for $2.49 (75% off). As of the time of this writing, these deals will remain active for the next eight hours.
If you like, let me know what games you’ve purchased so far. Day 2 and Day 3 were pretty exciting, I’m sure a few of you have given in to the numerous horror (or non-horror, because those exist too) deals each day offered.
Me? Thanks for asking — so far I’ve grabbed Battleblock Theater, Hammerwatch, and I most recently gave in to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, because it saw a substantial price cut today. I’d love to stay and chat, but I have some games to play and more to ignore.
Remember when Scream came out and suddenly there were a ton of self-referential slashers? Or how about when Paranormal Activity came out and we were suddenly inundated with all the found footage films imaginable? Or what about when we were getting seemingly nothing but J-horror remakes?
Horror follows popular trends, just like the rest of Hollywood. When something is popular we get slammed with nothing but that until they start performing poorly OR there are simply no ways to make it even remotely unique or interesting anymore.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t hope for a specific trend to make a comeback or even a brand new one to emerge! And if you had the decision, if you had the power, what would you want that trend to be?
Well, I’ve come up with a few trends that I’d like to see come back that I want to share below. Check ‘em out and then let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Serious horror that isn’t sadistic
Examples: The Shining and Session 9
Look, we don’t always need horror to be gory, violent, and depressingly bleak or hopeless, right? The struggle for survival is often the best part of a horror film! It gives a feeling of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel that we desperately hope the main characters will reach. By actually having an opportunity to empathize, we, the viewer, get to be a part of the story rather than just a voyeur.
Enough of films like Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Hostel, the Saw franchise (after the first one, of course). Bring on films that ditch the gore and actually make me terrified of what’s coming next.
If you were planning on grabbing The Last of Us Remastered when it arrives on PS4 next month, Sony has dropped the price from its original full retail price of $60 down to an easier to swallow $50. For those who have already pre-purchased the game in full, Sony is offering $10 refunds to make up the difference.
Adam Boyes, vice president of publisher and developer relations at PlayStation, confirmed this via Twitter last night.
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) June 22, 2014
Here’s its latest trailer, for those who may have missed it the first time around.
The Last of Us Remastered releases on July 29.
We now have over 30 images and 3 clips from The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil, in theaters July 2.
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”
In their infinite wisdom, Valve knows what you want — or at least they do if you want zombies — because that’s what we’re getting in the third day of Steam’s annual Summer Sale. Day 2 brought the scares, and today they’re following them up with a handful of deals on a few great zombie-themed games, including 7 Days to Die for $13.74 (45% off), Project Zomboid for $10.04 (33% off), and Contagion for $4.99 (75% off).
I haven’t spent much time with the first two games, but if you’re looking to shoot some good old fashioned Romero zombies in their stupid ugly, rotten faces, then Contagion is definitely worth checking out.
For the full list of deals, head on over to Steam.
Mojang is bringing the sixth skin pack to the XBLA version of Minecraft soon, and this time it will include part of the cast from Undead Labs’ post-apocalyptic hit, State of Decay. It’s a fitting pairing, though I can’t say I recognize any of the character skins, and that’s after spending an inordinate amount of time with State of Decay and both of its expansions.
I suppose none of the characters really stood out to me, at least not in the same way as Telltale’s The Walking Dead, which has also made its way to the popular sandbox game. Check them out below and let me know if any look familiar to you.
Skin pack 6 will be available soon, though we don’t have a price or release date yet.
Waxwork Records has unveiled the details for their upcoming Chopping Mall and Friday The 13th vinyl releases. For the latter, it will be the first time that the soundtrack, which was composed by Chuck Cirino, will be released on vinyl. The release includes a 180-gram fluorescent-pink disc, liner notes by Cirino and screenwriter Steve Mitchell, and full packaging artwork by Australian duo We Buy Your Kids (there will be a limited run of 500 neon yellow variants). This release will drop on July 29th.
For Harry Manfredini‘s Friday The 13th, the album will drop August 29th and feature notes from Manfredini and director Sean Cunningham with artwork by Jay Shaw. There will also be three variants: “Woodland Green and Brown haze with Blood Splatter,” “Deep Murky Green,” and “Blood Filled” (which is limited to just 100 variants).
Head below for artwork and music samples of these releases.
This Tuesday sees the release of Once More ‘Round The Sun, the sixth studio release from Atlanta, GA metal band Mastodon. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I posted my 4-skull review review a few weeks ago and I’m still enjoying the hell out of this album. These guys just know how to rock in all the best ways!
So, with the new album coming out, I figured that it’d be fun to look back at one of their older tracks and appreciate the video that went along with it! That’s why this week I bring you “Divintations” from the Crack The Skye album! Full of human sacrifice, skull goblets, abominable snowmen, murderous Neanderthals, and even a dash of cannibalism, it’s the perfect way to end the week!
Check it out below!
It’s hard to believe that Dead Rising made its debut on the Xbox 360 eight long years ago. It was the first game I ever played on the console, and now, six games later and we’re finally getting a feature-length movie adaptation. Now before you get too excited, you should know that this won’t see a theatrical release. Instead, it will premiere as a timed exclusive on Crackle, Sony’s VOD platform, before it’s made available on-demand elsewhere and on physical media.
The Dead Rising film will be penned by Tim Carter and produced by Tomas Harlan, the co-owners of Contradiction Films, which also produced the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series for Machinima.
“Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand,” said Tom Lesinski, president of content and distribution at Legendary Digital Media. “Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience.”
Crackle apps are available for free on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as mobile devices, smart TVs and media players, including Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.
This really isn’t all that surprising, seeing as the franchise has sold a cool 6.5+ million copies worldwide. Is this something you’re interested in seeing, and if you are, which game in the series — if any — would you like to see adapted? Of the main series, I wouldn’t mind returning to the story teased in Dead Rising 2. I liked the dynamic between Chuck and his sick daughter and I feel there’s plenty there to make a decent film. The other games were a bit shallow, narratively.
Music On Vinyl has posted a video that shows Alexandre Desplat‘s score for the new Godzilla film being pressed onto vinyl. Only 1,500 copies were pressed onto red vinyl while a black vinyl option is available. More information about that release can be found here.
Check out the video below.