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Get the Complete ‘Saw’ Collection For Only $17?!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:39

Can you escape this price trap?!

I’m not sure if this is misplaced or what, but on Amazon you can order Saw: The Complete Movie Collection on Blu-ray for only $17.49.

Arriving on September 23, the collection includes all seven of Lionsgate’s Saw films on Blu-ray or DVD UNRATED.

Is this Lionsgate’s way of telling fans their closing the loop on the franchise and gearing up for a reboot? Odds are this is just a double-dip, which already worked on me (I just pre-ordered).

Now you can re-live James Wan’s 2004 classic, which turns 10 this October, as well as several sequels that became more and more brutal leading up to a shocking finale.

Which one was your favorite? I still love Saw and Saw III.

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[Review] Fans of “Seinfeld” Are Going to Flip for ‘Seinfeld: The Purge’

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:51

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Seinfeld: The Purge, a production put on by the UCB Theater in L.A. that imagined what it would be like if the annual Purge went down on an episode of Seinfeld. Lucky for me, writer and actor John Ford saw the post and was kind enough to send me a video of the performance and I can happily say that Seinfeld fans are in for one helluva lawless night.

The amazing thing about Seinfeld: The Purge is that it actually feels like an episode of Seinfeld. Meaning, what happens is probably exactly what Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer would do during the Purge. Jerry wants to spend the Purge inside his apartment with his new girlfriend. George is accused of being a “Purge racist” for wanting to kill Joe Temple (the man who George watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s with in “The Couch”). Elaine considers a “Purge break up” with Puddy. And Kramer, he buys a soda fountain for his Purge party with the intention of selling extra large cups, the ones that were outlawed in NYC. Some people want to murder, Kramer just wants to sell big sodas. It’s perfect.

Not only is the writing spot-on, so are the actors. Joseph Porter (Jerry), Dave Christenson (George), Madeline Walter (Elaine), and Dax Herrera (Kramer) absolutely kill it is a the fab four. There’s also Jason Wayne Christian doing an incredible Newman (seriously, he sounds exactly like him) and Dan Van Kyrk delivering his best squinty-eyed, dry-voiced Puddy (high five). Writer John Ford gets in on the action as the socially awkward and eccentric J. Peterman. All these Seinfeld regulars on Purge night? Seriously, it’s a stupid amount of fun.

It’s also structured like a Seinfeld episode, kicking off with an NBC commercial promoting their “Purge Programming” and then jumping into a video of Jerry doing stand-up (like how each episode began and ended up until season 8). And like the best Seinfeld episodes, all of the plots collide in a grand schadenfreude of comedy glory. There’s some fun easter eggs and quotes peppered throughout that diehard fans will pick up on.

Both upcoming performances of Seinfeld: The Purge (August 19 and 21) are SOLD OUT, but keep your eyes peeled to the UCB website for more shows. If you’re lucky enough to see it live, DO IT.

Seinfeld: The Purge is directed by Justin Donaldson.

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‘Jurassic Park’ Posters You’ve Never Seen (Because They Weren’t Used)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:35

Experience the past, in the present, at the Theme Park of the future.

We’re heading back to Jurassic Park, thanks to Movies.com, who landed a series of never-before-seen posters for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic.

Explains the site, on August 26, Titan Books is publishing “The Art of John Alvin,” a 140-page collection of not only the posters you already know and love, like E.T., Blade Runner, The Lion King, and Gremlins, but a treasure trove’s worth of works-in-progress the world never got to see!

Check out a bunch below; which is your favorite? I’m a huge fan (pun intended) of the one with the T-rex that says, “Man. Science. Entertainment.Technology.” Even though the tagline is stupid, I find the image striking.

Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc.

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Yoga Butts Shake In the ‘Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader’ Trailer

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:22

Now on various VOD platforms from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is Kevin O’Neill’s Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader, starring Olivia Alexander and Jena Sims.

We now have a trailer for the EPIX original movie in which a college co-ed is transformed into an enormous cheerleader after using an experimental drug. There’s plenty of cheers for girls in yoga shorts!

Cheerleader Cassie Stratford (Jena Sims) downs an experimental drug that’s supposed to enhance her looks and athletic abilities. But instead, it makes her grow into a 50-foot giant!” The film is a modern day take on the great Roger Corman genre pictures.

Mercy Malick, Sasha Jackson, John Landis, Treat Williams, Ted Raimi, Roger Corman, Anne McDaniels, Paula LaBaredas, Paula Trickey, Mary Woronov, Angelina Armani, Madison Dylan, Annie Wood, Betsy Landin, Jennifer Wenger, and Jason Etter also star.

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[TV] Clive Owen Gets Inspirational In “The Knick” Clip

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:15

Premiering tomorrow on Cinemax is Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick,” which stars a nitty gritty Clive Owen living in New York in 1900.

‘The Knick’ centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen, Big Miracle), who wrote the pilot for the series, will serve as executive producers, along with Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra).

Check out these two clips of Owen, one in which he gets all racist on a job applicant, the other where he delivers a powerful speech.

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Chat Live With ’31′ Director Rob Zombie Tomorrow

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:04

Rob Zombie announced today a live video stream this Friday, August 8th at 1pm EST. He will be responding to questions and comments about his new movie, 31, first announced here.

Join me for a live video chat on Friday August 8th at 1pm ET.

Go to RZ-31.com to watch LIVE as I discuss everything concerning ’31′ and how you can be part of it.

You can ask questions on twitter using the hashtag #RZ31, via Facebook under the Live Stream Launches Now post or in the comments section at RZ-31.com. I’ll get to as many as I can.

After months of teasing fans with video clips and mysterious messages, Rob Zombie unveiled a crowdfunding campaign for his new film 31 at RZ-31.com.

Offering up an incredible array of exclusive merchandise, one of a kind collectibles from past movies, original artwork and unprecedented access to both the 31 movie set and his concerts.

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‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Black Maria SE Box Set Detailed!!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:49

It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre appears in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras. The Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will be released at retail in October but will be available exclusively at www.gorgon-video.com for 30 days starting September 16, 2014. Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic ‘Black Maria’ cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty’s rescue when she’s being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of TCSM enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre throughout for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece.’

This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack will include a wealth of extras, including:

-A Leatherface apron
-Theatrical mini-poster
-Five audio options
-Four feature commentaries with the filmmakers and cast,
-Several making-of featurettes
-Deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, trailers and much more

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre received a mixed critical reception upon its initial release – the Los Angeles Times called it “despicable” – but horror fans immediately recognized it has a breakthrough in unbearable suspense. The story, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, is dreadfully simple: Five young people on a weekend getaway in remote Texas countryside fall prey to a chain saw-wielding butcher (dubbed Leatherface because of his mask made of human skin) and his demented cannibalistic family. Thanks to startling scenes such as a woman being impaled on a meat hook, horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational and shockingly realistic, the film terrified audiences and was the most buzzed-about release of its time (a buzz fueled by the marketing campaign that claimed it was based on a true story).

Thrust upon an America disillusioned by the Vietnam War and Watergate, the 1974 shocker faced a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry. But this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone, having opened the (sliding steel) door to the entire slasher genre of the 1980s and beyond.

In addition to the Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , the film will also be released as a standard DVD, Blu-ray and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on September 16 at retail outlets nationwide.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY BLACK MARIA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET
Street Date: Exclusively at gorgon-video.com only September 16, 2014
Street Date: retail outlets nationwide October 14, 2014
SRP: $99.98
Rate R
4K Digital Transfer, 7/1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
A Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD & BD COMBO
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $49.98
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY DVD OR BD
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $24.98 DVD / $29.98 BLU-RAY
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
4 Feature Commentaries:

* Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
* Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns
* NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
* NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou

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Don’t Lie, You’re In Love With ‘Sin City’ Star Alexa Vega (Clips)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:35

We’ve been obsessing ever since we saw the first taste of Alexa Vega in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.

Now, she’s taking on a role in TWC-Dimension’s August 22 release of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

She’ll play Gilda, says this new poster, which rivals any beauty shot of Eva Green and Jessica Alba. I think it’s safe to say the new Sin City features a whole lotta strong women – and we like that.

We also just updated the article with two clips, one that doesn’t carry an empty threat, the other putting Marv’s rampage on display.

The sequel is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.

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Third Cryptic Teaser Surfaces for BioWare’s New Game

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:31

For the last couple of weeks, BioWare has been teasing a new game that may or may not be called Shadow Realms. Each teaser trailer has centered around a kid, some of which seem to have discovered latent powers — or something. This new teaser doesn’t shed much light on the game, as it’s about as cryptic as the first two. Check it out below.

If you missed the other trailers, you can find them here and here.

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Final ‘The Boxtrolls’ Poster a Horde of Characters

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:28

From Focus Features and LAIKA, the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline, comes the latest stop-motion animated 3-D extravaganza, the “Jungle Book” and “Frankenstein”-esque The Boxtrolls!

Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, here’s a new theatrical poster that’s loaded with characters.

In theaters September 26, the film is “A family event movie that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

The voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

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‘Annabelle’ Is Up to No Good In This First Image!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:24

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema has sent Bloody Disgusting the first ever image from Annabelle, their supernatural thriller spinoff to their incredible The Conjuring.

The image shows a pregnant Annabelle Wallis as ‘Mia Form’ with her husband John (Ward Horton), looking oh-so nervously at the infamous Annabelle doll.

Haunting theaters October 3rd, John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman.

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.

The Conjuring 2 is still penciled down for release on October 23, 2015. Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are penning the sequel.

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‘At the Devil’s Door’ Clip Creepily Hangs Out

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:12

The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy’s newest supernatural horror, Home, world premiered at SXSW this past March where it was acquired by IFC Midnight.

Newly titled At the Devil’s Door (read our review), check out this first clip from the film opening pre-theatrically on VOD/digital August 8 with theatrical release to follow on September 12.

In the supernatural horror starring Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres, “when ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

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[Preview] Marvel’s “Original Sin” #8

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:34

JUDGEMENT! That’s what’s coming, in the conclusion to Jason Aaron’s epic Marvel crossover event storyline. Honestly I’m not one for event comics, but “Original Sin” has embraced this wacky b-movie camp that has made it an incredibly thrilling ride thus far. I’m looking forward to seeing how the status quo changes sans The Watcher, when AXIS hits full stride here in a few months.

Honestly, I’m super psyched for Remender to be piloting an event, but I’m getting ahead of myself here.

From Marvel:

It’s all been building to this! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at ORIGINAL SIN #8 – the epic final issue from New York Times Bestselling creators Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Wolverine & The X-Men) and Mike Deodato (Avengers, New Avengers)! The truth behind Dr. Midas’ gambit, Old Nick Fury’s betrayal, the evolution of the Orb and the secrets the Watcher held will be revealed as the remaining pieces of the puzzle fall into place in this can’t miss finale!

Drained of the Infinity Formula, Nick Fury is dying. Aging rapidly and uncontrollably. In his time as the “man on the wall,” he has survived protecting Earth in secret against monsters, demons and other unseen threats. Yet even he cannot escape old age. But the battle-hardened former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will not go down without a fight! He’ll fight to his last breath to protect the Marvel Universe from what’s coming – even if it means going through the Avengers to do it!

Yet nothing could prepare them for what’s next. Amidst the chaos and rage of battle, more Watchers have descended upon the moon! Not to observe, but to render judgment on Uatu’s killer! This is it – all your questions will be answered! And the Marvel Universe will tremble at the truth.                                                                                                                                            

Who will watch us now? Don’t miss the heart-stopping conclusion that will leave the Marvel Universe torn asunder! Open your eyes wide when ORIGINAL SIN #8 hits comic shops and digital devices in September!                                                                                                                                   

Everybody has one. This is Marvel’s ORIGINAL SIN!

ORIGINAL SIN #8 (JUN140609)

Written by JASON AARON

Art by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO           

Variant Cover by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO (JUN140610)

Teaser Variant by JEUN-SIIK-ANH (JUN140612)

Interlocking Battle Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN140611)

FOC – 08/11/14, On-Sale 09/03/14       

 

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[Exclusive Preview] “Clive Barker’s Next Testament” #12

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:23

By now you should know that our own Jorge Solis is a huge fan of what BOOM! is doing with “Cliver Barker’s Next Testament” series. It’s a epic of biblical proportions that aims to undo everything you know about Christian relgion. The whole ordeal is beautiful sacridlidge on every page brought to life by Haemi Jang.

Last month Jorge said “With its mix of shocking scares and twisted black humor, the “Next Testament” series never disappoints.” 

This month is the end, so get on board before it’s too late.

From BOOM!

CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT #12 (Final Issue!)
Author: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
Artist:  Haemi Jang
Cover Artists: A: Goñi Montes 
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: The finale of Clive Barker’s original series is upon us! All the pain and suffering Tristan and Elspeth have gone through has led them to Providence, where they are reunited with Julian…but that’s not the only family reunion taking place, as Wick finally faces his jailers. Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang bring this epic to a shocking conclusion!

 

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Sleepwave (Feat. Ex-Underoath Vocalist) Release “Through The Looking Glass” Video

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:00

Florida rockers Sleepwave, which features ex-Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, have released a music video for their single “Through The Looking Glass”. The track comes from the band’s upcoming debut album Broken Compass, which comes out September 16th via Epitaph Records (pre-order here). Check out the video below.

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Review: “Odyssey” Volume 1

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:44

“Odyssey” follows one soldier’s grand disillusionment with the American war machine.  It’s a story we’ve seen countless times before, a regular man turned super solider against his will, but small sadistic twists stand out amongst the heavy handed political message to create something more, albeit a little undercooked.

 

WRITTEN BY: Dave Elliot

ART BY: Garrie Gastonny & Toby Cypress

PUBLISHER: Titan Comics

PRICE: $19.99

RELEASE: August 6, 2014

There is something about this book that I find oddly alluring. It has a similar framework to Captain America but distinctly pursues an alternative route by channeling something more horrific for the origin of the super solider.

And sure – you’ve got a sequence where Blazing Glory rips out Hiter’s heart and makes a mural of his blood, but it’s too much. Don’t get me wrong, typically I’d be all for something like that, but in this story it feels incredibly tonally jarring.

See, “Odyessey” can’t make up it’s mind. It’s unsure of itself and finds a wavering protagonist in Blazing Glory. It’s a story we’ve seen a thousand times before, a super solider turned government tool. It’s got fantastic set pieces including a fantastic reveal that a mission to post 9-11 Iraq was actually to retrieve Dracula, but still it feels incredibly tonally jarring.

Even more still is the stellar work of artists Garrie Gastonny and Toby Cypress. I’m a huge fan of Cypress after his work on “The White Suits” but man oh man are his talents underused in his particular section of the book. He’s got a more surreal and animalistic style that was screaming for a showdown with Dracula. Instead he’s saddled with the most dialogue heavy part of the script, leaving his wild style at the most reserved I’ve ever seen it.

Garrie Gastonny has a beautifully detailed and clean approach that causes the rest of the book to shine. The panels are easily digestible and the character work is vivid and detailed. The above-mentioned scene with Hitler will haunt my mind for some time to come.

The final pages of this first volume come to define Blazing Glory in a brand new way that I found completely captivating but couldn’t help but feel a little shortchanged when it came right down to it, only because I wanted to know more about this huge change of status quo. I craved to know more about it, and just when everything was coming together the book ends.

It’s the tonal shifts that cause this book to falter. Dave Elliot can’t seem to make up his mind between the world of the supernatural and the political, and because of this the book feels lost somewhere in the middle. The supernatural elements complete shine and come to define the book against the whole cavalcade of stories like it, where the political elements feel far too undercooked and under researched to really make an impact.

So the whole experience is rather polarizing. If you’re a fan of either type of story you’ll probably leave a little disappointed, but if you’re looking for something truly unique that swings for the fences with ambition then this is the book for you. Yet, I caution that ultimately both stories fail to deliver on their premise. Proceed with caution.

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Wraps Production

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:40

Director Joss Whedon surprised fans today by tweeting out that production is officially wrapped on Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to Marvel’s smash hit that’s set for release on May 1, 2015.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains…

Word has it that the film adaptation differentiates (thankfully) from the comic, in which Ultron becomes self-aware and destroys the planet (sort of like The Terminator). I don’t like the post-apocalyptic scenario in the comics, and really hope the movie focuses more on Ultron’s rise in power. Post-apocalytic visuals in films don’t work for me – they were horrendous in the otherwise epic X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany star.

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— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 6, 2014

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Ben Meares, Mark Alan Miller, & Victor LaValle Open Up Lemarchand’s Box in “Hellraiser: Bestiary”

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:36

“Hellraiser: Bestiary” is a twisted new anthology series set in the world of the Cenobites. It will capitalize on the immense pain the series is known for and allow a wide range of stories that will expand the world of films. BOOM! knows you’ll love it. I know I did, and luckily I was fortunate enough to sit down with Ben Meares, Mark Alan Miller, & Victor LaValle to talk about their stories in the first issue of this incredible collection.

Everything you need to know:

CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #1

Authors: Victor LaValle, Ben Meares, Mark Miller

Artists: Colin Lorimer, Carlos Magno, Conor Nolan

WHY WE LOVE IT: Over the past three years, Clive Barker has re-imagined the HELLRAISER mythos as only he could, building a long-form narrative that became one of the best-received horror comics in recent memory. Now, the Master of Horror takes us into his Bestiary for an anthology series—free of continuity, but full of shocking consequences.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: HELLRAISER: BESTIARY will pick up where classic horror comics anthologies like Tales From The Crypt, Vault of Horror, and the more recent Flinch left off. And not only will some of comics’ rising stars, such as Ed Brisson (Sheltered), and Michael Moreci (CURSE), get a chance to open the puzzle box in this series, but the first issue features the comics debut of award-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver, Big Machine).

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Step into the Bestiary for all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device and its guardians! This first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT) and Ben Meares (HELLRAISER ANNUAL 2013), and drawn by Carlos Magno (DEATHMATCH), where a group of mercenaries are hired to steal Pinhead’s pins. Also, superstar author Victor LaValle teams with artist Colin Lorimer (CURSE) to tell a story set on the outskirts of New York City, as a close-knit community is torn apart by the presence of the puzzle box.

The first issue is divided into three separate storylines: Symphony in Red, Desert Fathers, and The Hunted. We focus on each in a series of three small interviews.

Symphony in Red

Bloody-Disgusting: We don’t often see the cenobites in a moment of vulnerability, what made you want to tell this story?

Ben Meares: For exactly that reason. We rarely see Cenobites acting as anything except tools of torture. But it has been established, both in the films and the comics, that Cenobites are three-dimensional characters; flawed in the same ways as we all are. Exploring that was far too exciting a prospect to ignore.

Mark Miller: And also the fact that we’d just come off of some very intense and often complex narratives. Elliott Spencer/Pinhead had been through the shit. It made sense that he’d have some issues he’d need to work out once he got back into office.

BD: The cenobites don’t seek pleasure in the same way that we do. Symphony in Red is perhaps Pinhead’s greatest creation—what sort of mindset do you have to get in when thinking of new ways to enjoy pain?

BM: I really don’t consider Symphony in Red to be about pain, per se. There’s a lot of torture and blood in it, sure, but it’s about obsession and the potentially devastating effects that can come from pursuing one’s obsessions without regard for responsibilities or duties. As obsessives ourselves, Mark and I both thought it would be an interesting subject to explore. But, to answer the question about a ‘mindset’: I’m a lifelong horror fan. I’ve always got this stuff in my head. I don’t need to be in a certain mindset to come up with gross or scary scenarios. Mark?

MM: Yeah. I’m already there most of the time anyway. It doesn’t take much channeling for me to get to the bloody stuff.

BD: The pages have a whole collection of cenobites we’ve never seen before, laying worship to Pinhead. Why do they follow him, what makes him so special, and why was it so worrisome he’s consumed by his work?

MM: Easy. He’s Pinhead.

BM: Exactly. Pinhead is the Pope of Hell. After the events of The Dark Watch, where Leviathan’s realm was nearly torn asunder, Pinhead’s return to his throne is celebrated… Except he never addresses his own return. Think of it this way: What if the Pope returned to the Vatican after a year-long sabbatical only to avoid addressing his congregants? It would be no small thing.

MM: You better believe there’d be a mass of people, waiting in their own waste until he showed his face. They’d all assume he had something revelatory to say. Pinhead is having a revelations…but it’s a very personal affair.

BD: What goes into exploring small stories within the world of Hellraiser? Is there a constant theme? Or does anything go?

MM: Surprise us. Make us cringe in a good way. Hellraiser is a transgressive playground. We’re up for anything as long as it’s working out some demons, so to speak.

BM: The constant theme is the same theme as the films: lust, obsession and pain (or the obsession of lusting after pain, or the pain of obsessing over lust, etc). Other than that, the Hellraiser world is fit for nearly any genre of story. It’s one of the best aspects of Bestiary: almost any kind of story can work within the Hellraiser mythos.

BD: What’s the most challenging part in trying to create painful spectacles of torture?

BM: Figuring out a fear that is universal in most people, to me, is the most challenging thing. There are plenty of things that scare me that don’t scare other people. These are horror stories, after all, so the intent is always to incite a fearful reaction. The bottom line, though, is that it’s not particularly challenging for me to come up with a torture scene. It’s all fiction, after all, and it’s fun to make things up. Especially things that will make people cringe.

MM: I’m mostly concerned with how to top myself. But when I write myself into a corner, I usually find there’s something terrible waiting for me there. All I have to do is let it in.

Desert Fathers

BD: Where did the inspiration for the story come from?

Victor LaValle: I’ve always loved the Hellraiser universe, but had a particular curiosity about that special class of demon, the Eremite. While there’s obviously and rich and varied history of stories about the Cenobites there wasn’t too much about the Eremites so I thought it would be fun to tell a story about one of them. Since I’m originally from the part of Queens, New York that’s depicted in the story it was an easy choice to set it there. My little shot at immortalizing my neighborhood in the Hellraiser universe!

BD: How does it feel to have your first published comics story be one in the “Hellraiser” universe?

VLV: I read The Hellbound Heart at some point in high school. I’d already been a fan of Barker’s Books of Blood and The Damnation Game. He’s one of the writers who most made me want to start telling stories. The idea that you could flash ahead a couple decades and I’d be pitching a story to him, and getting his go ahead, well it’s one of the true honors of my writing life so far.

BD: How did you craft the look of the gigantic beast in the climax with Colin Lorimer?

VLV: I think all I wrote was something like “the Eremite appears in beast mode” and Colin turned it into the absolutely stunning creature that’s on the page. I’m proud as hell of my writing but I can’t take any credit for the beauty of the art. That belongs to him. I’m just happy I got him to illustrate my first comic story.

The Hunted

BD: What made you want to turn the tables against the cenobites?

BM: That was all Clive. He wanted to see the hunter become the hunted, and we were more than happy to oblige. A good role-reversal story is always so much fun. How could we resist?

MM: This is the question that comes up the most about Bestiary. And it’s a good one. We’ve never really seen Pinhead this vulnerable. It always seems like he’s one step ahead of the game. Clive thought (and we agreed) that it’d be kind of cool to see what happened if Pinhead found himself in a totally helpless situation. He’s a creation of pure will. What would that kind of entity do in such a situation. Fight tooth and nail, if you’ll pardon the pun, to get back what belongs to him.

BD: What was it like working with Carlos Magno?

MM: He just gets it. When we send the script over, we know we’re in good hands and it’s just a matter of having the patience to wait and see what he sends us. That’s the hard part!

BM: Carlos is a genius. He’s a visualist to the umpteenth degree, with a skill for visual storytelling that is, quite frankly, unmatched in the majority of the comics world. He’s remained faithful to our scripts throughout, while always going the extra mile to make sure that the visuals are far deeper and richer than we could ever describe in our scripts.

BD: Did Pinhead enjoy the pain they inflicted upon him?

BM: This is one of those ambiguous moments in the story that I personally would much rather remain ambiguous. I like the idea of leaving some of the conclusions to the reader.

MM: I will go one step further and add that Pinhead definitely finds something to enjoy here.

BD: How will Pinhead exact his glorious revenge?

BM: He defeats his enemies with the help of his lovable robot octopus pal named Slickity Splitz. Slickity, you see, had one of his mechanical tentacles stolen by the same poachers… I’m lying. That doesn’t happen. You’re just going to have to wait and see. Besides, who’s to say if Pinhead gets revenge at all? Who’s to say this isn’t the end of Pinhead as we know it?

MM: I reckon you’ll have to read it to find out.

 

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‘The Devil Carnival 2′ Is Filming With David Hasselhoff and More

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:31

If you follow the socials for director Darren Lynn Bousman and The Devil’s Carnival, it;s no secret that production is underway on the sequel, which will bring us performances by Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Jessica Lowndes, Marc Senter, Terrance Zdunich, Paul Sorvino, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Captain Maggot and J. Larose.

They’ve posted a ton of behind-the-scenes shots, one of which reveals that David Hasselhoff has a role. There’s ton of names yet to be announced, so watch this spot for the big reveals in the coming weeks.

The last Devil’s Carnival teased a trip to heaven.

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Uni’s Horror Nights Adds “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood”

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:15

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort breathe new life into history’s most notorious vampire, Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler and inspiration for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” in a terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood.”

Beginning, Friday, September 19, 2014, guests can feast on this immersive preview of Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure Dracula Untold. Starring Luke Evans, the origin story of the man who became Dracula arrives in theaters on October 17.

“Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as “Vlad the Impaler,” who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who chose to embrace unholy powers in order to defeat his enemies. “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will spiral guests through Dracula’s eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” Other announced “Halloween Horror Nights” experiences include, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Face Off: In the Flesh,” “The Purge: Anarchy” and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator.”

In addition to “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” other “Halloween Horror Night” attractions will include “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s hit TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV Series, “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise, “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s TV series, and “Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

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