Metal band Slipknot are being rather silent and mysterious about their upcoming album, the follow up to 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. But now they might be letting some sibilant whispers creep out of the shadows in the form of a brief video teaser that is very dark and horror-fueled. You can watch the teaser below.
Also, make sure to check out their 3-day festival Knotfest. More information can be found here.
Last week we asked “What Kind Of Zombie Are You?” and a ton of you got to figure out what type of undead brain eater you’d end up being. This week, we want to go larger than life and find out what destroyer of cities you’d be! Below is a quiz that asks, “Which Godzilla Kaiju Are You?” Head on below to get your answer!
I got Rodan, which states the following:
A Drifter and a Loner, you’re the definition of ‘cool’ and absolutely ooze charisma. You live life in the fast lane, and are on a constant hunt for the next big thrill. Others find your aura irresistibly magnetic, yet you’d rather just be left to your own devices. The further you push people away, the closer they want to be. Selfish? Maybe… But you’re flying too fast to care.
Basically, I’m the 80′s cool kid who got the hot girl without trying…because he literally did nothing to try and get her.
Bloody Disgusting reader Karl Howell introduced me to an online comic strip that spoofs Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Created in the style of Mad Magazine‘s legendary artist Mort Drucker, renown comic book artist Mark Harrison (“2000AD,” “Durham Red,” “Glimmer Rats,” “Star Wars,” “AVP”) shared “PrometheArse,” a joke strip that takes on Scott’s no-so-well received Alien prequel.
Explains Harrison, on the site where you can read the strip in its entirety:
I assumed MAD would have latched onto Prometheus like the proverbial facehugger given it’s obvious potential for parody, but was surprised to see it had passed them by. With the encouragement of friends, born out of cathartic need and our seemingly endless debate on the film, I decided to do my own version of a MAD magazine strip. I wanted it to look authentic, not just in the writing (keeping the American references, humor) and copying the strip format and art style of Mort Drucker (one of my art heroes) but also the paper texture and the worn fade look of the inks. I worked entirely in PhotoShop, customising brushes and actions to create a traditional pen and ink wash look. After many weekends of work, what started out as a joking promise ended up as what you see here. Hopefully it strikes the right MAD magazine tone of being mildly amusing and irreverent but not cruel and abusive.
Aside from my obvious affection for MAD and the art of Mort Drucker, I do (believe it or not) have an amount of respect for those involved in the making of the film. At the risk of undermining the humor, Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors (principally for two of my favorite films; Alien and Blade Runner). I think the cast are very good actors, (especially Charlize Theron!) The concept art and design of the film is excellent. The directing is mercifully free of camera shake, edit-fu and lens flares. The story is… the story is…. errr …see parody!
Click the above link for the entire strip. Harrison also created concept art for the “Aliens vs Predator” game for SEGA.
Image Source: Mark Harrison
Scream Factory has officially announced the September 9 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead, which includes several bonus features including new interviews.
“When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen; Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.“
Also starring Jeff East (Deadly Blessing), Joel Hoffman (Slumber Party Massacre Ii) and Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge).
Pumpkinhead Special Features:
NEW – REMEMBERING THE MONSTER KID: A TRIBUTE TO STAN WINSTON featuring new interviews with actors Lance Henriksen and Brian Bremer, special effects artists Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and Shannon Shea
NEW interviews with producer Richard Weinman and actors John D’Aquino and Matthew Hurley
Audio Commentary by Co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and Creature & FX Creators Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis
PUMPKINHEAD UNEARTHED (now in HD) – a documentary on the making of PUMPKINHEAD featuring Evolution of a Demon, The Cursed and the Damned, The Torture Soul of Ed Harley, Constructing Vengeance, Razorback Holler
Featurette: Demonic Toys
Couldn’t be happier to offer a preview of Scott Snyder and Jock’s “Wytches” from Image comics. This is the team that worked so beautifully together on a chilling run for Detective Comics and I couldn’t be happier to see the two working together again, and on horror no less. This is easily my most anticipated book of the year. Snyder belongs in horror, he cuts to the human core of characters and exposes fear with relative ease. Jock’s art is sure to get under people’s skin and this preview should show you exactly why. Enough of my talk, just look at this gorgeous book! From Image:
STORY: SCOTT SNYDER
ART / COVER: JOCK
OCTOBER 8 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived. This October, superstar creators SCOTT SNYDER (SEVERED, Batman) and JOCK (SNAPSHOT, Batman) unveil WYTCHES, and introduce you to a world of unimaginable horror in a special EXTRA-SIZED FIRST ISSUE with 30 pages of story and no ads for just $2.99
Scott Snyder says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have this series sit on the shelves with other great Image Books like Lazarus, Manhattan Projects, Southern Bastards and of course The Walking Dead. Forget everything you think you know about witches.”
The last entry in Visceral Games’ Necromorph genocide simulator series might not have been as well-received as the first two games, but that shouldn’t keep you from checking out this awesome — and expensive — Isaac Clarke figure. It features everyone’s favorite Necromorph slaying badass as he was last seen in Dead Space 3.
I like the snow suit, it’s a nice look. You’d think it’d be difficult to clean though, what with all those red and squishy giblets flailing about during every fight. Cleaning the fury bits must be a real pain.
Or maybe that’s something the suit kiosk handles?
Anyway, this 1/6th scale replica will run you $190. It can be preordered now, with shipping expected on July 18th.
Dead Space 3 1/6 Isaac Clarke (Snow Suit version) specs:
*figure stands at 1/6 scale, ~12-inches (30.5 cm) tall
*Isaac snow suit gleams a dull greenish under the lights, and to bring out the texture of the metals & fabric material.
*fully articulated figure based on his latest look in Dead Space 3.
*one pair of relaxed palms, one pair of fists, one right palm for holding gun, one left palm for holding rifle.
*lots of attention to details, inducing incredibly detail mechanic parts, resembling characters as seen in the video game.
*realistic paint application to highlight all the details in armor parts and fabric clothing with impressive weathering effect.
*comes with highly details weapons 211-V Plasma Cutter & Aug Shotgun.
*light-up LEDs feature at front shield of the helmet & backpack.
*AG1 X 6 button cell batteries (battery not included)
Check out all of Isaac’s angles in the gallery below.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Winnipeg, Manitoba melodic death metal band Laika to bring you an exclusive first listen to their song “Escalation Of Terror”, which comes from their upcoming album Somnia (out September 30th). The track features tight riffs with old school influences injected into a modern approach. Head on below to check out this exclusive premiere!
Somnia can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
Somnia track list:
1. Restless Mind (1:31)
2. Escalation of Terror (4:26)
3. Somnia (5:26)
4. Fidelity (3:48)
5. Caligae A Galea (5:29)
6. Dream of Nothing (5:35)
7. The Immortal (3:52)
8. Predictions (Tide Bearer) (5:48)
9. Invaders (4:13)
This is a team up that should have happened a long long time ago. Any child of the eighties already made this happen with countless action figures spread across the floor of their bedroom but today IDW makes it a reality by announcing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters.” The title lacks some creativity, but who cares, this is the team up we’ve been dreaming of for thirty years.
Two teams of legendary heroes will join forces this fall to save New York City and the world from the paranormal and the monstrous when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlescross paths with the Ghostbusters! With both franchises celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, it’s never been better time to team up Proton Packs with Ninjutsu!
Transported to a different universe by a faulty invention, the TMNT find themselves in a New York City much like their own, but with one major exception: a rampant ghost problem! If that weren’t enough, the Turtles and their reluctant new hosts, the Ghostbusters, soon find that the Turtles didn’t come alone…
The crossover is written by two talentedcreators who couldn’t be better acquainted with these unique franchises — Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham. In addition to writing the ongoingTurtles series at IDW, Waltz has also served as editor for the ongoing Ghostbusters series, written by Burnham who, in turn, co-wrote the critically acclaimed series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of The Foot Clan.
“A couple of years ago, Tom Waltz and I chatted like the fans we are about how insanely fun this crossover would be if we ever got the chance to write it,” said series co-writer Erik Burnham. “As I sit here today, my excitement level is at eleven.”
“This is an idea that Erik, series editor Bobby Curnow, and I have bounced off each other for quite a while,” said series co-writer Tom Waltz. “And being as deeply entrenched in both properties as the three of us are gives us a unique perspective on how to bring them together. And what better time to do it than during the combined 30th year anniversary celebration?”
“Both Ghostbusters and Turtles are fun, funny and just a little bit weird,” said Curnow. “So putting the two together is a natural choice, especially when you consider the fact that Tom and Erik have worked on both properties for years. This one should be an absolute blast!”
Long-time Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening will take on cover and interior art duties. Currently showing off the immensity of his talents in the Ghostbusters arc “Mass Hysteria,” Schoening has proven his ability to give this special mini-series the epic scale it deserves. Issue #1 will sport a variant cover byT-Rex Jones, who has provided covers to both series at IDW.
Actively hoped for by fans for years, this epic four-issue event kicks off this October!
This should wash the taste of the new film out of our mouthes nicely.
Easily one of the worst films of the year is Dimension Films’ Vampire Academy (read my review), which was a mega-flop that took in only $7M in the States and $15M worldwide box office.
So many people saw and liked the movie that there’s an strong demand for a sequel (titled Frostbite), so much so that the official Facebook page has announced one – only if you pay for some of it.
“We are excited to announce that we have raised the majority of our funds for FROSTBITE – but there is one small catch (we told you this wouldn’t be easy)…We need proof that the fans truly want to see the franchise continue,” they explain, “And so, we will be launching a crowd funding campaign and putting the power in your hands.”
Frankly, I just wanna see more of Zoey Deutch in tight clothing.
More information is promised later this week.
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if handto- hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks…. This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
Broadcast Thought is the collective name for a creative cabal of three forensic psychiatrists (H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.) who also happen to have a vast and unquenchable thirst for pop culture knowledge. I had a lot of fun with them at our Flashback to the Slash Pack panel at Wondercon, but now we’re beefing that presentation up and bringing it to the hallowed halls of the San Diego Comic-Con.
We’re very excited to present Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael: Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers. It all happens on Thursday, July 24th at 8PM in room 7AB. That’s a big room so help us fill it! I know a lot of you want to punch me, so here’s your shot!
Also on the panel is screenwriter Mark Swift who, along with Damian Shannon, wrote Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 installment of Friday The 13th (one of my personal favorites in the franchise). Swift cares deeply about the mythology of these characters and, as someone who has written several scripts from their point of view, will be a great addition to the evening. He was invaluable last time and can answer many of your questions about the franchise.
I hate epilogues. I HATE them. That’s why I giggle in joy when movies like RoboCop, Rocky and The Karate Kid end with an upper cut and a freeze frame. There’s no need for extra exposition as we don’t need to see the aftermath of Dick Jones being fired, Rocky nearly beating Apollo Creed, and Johnny getting crane-kicked in the face. We get it, audience aren’t as stupid as Hollywood seems to think they are.
With that said, I bask in this report by /Film, who talked with director Matt Reeves about an alternate ending to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In it, the movie never ends, bleeding into an epilogue that would have taken the heart and soul out of the finale, and leaked into sequel territory (like the eye-rolling ending of The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Reeves begins talking about receiving his shots to edit very late in the game, and deciding to recut the entry of the film, while also making a huge trim to the film’s epic conclusion.
As those shots actually finally come in and the backgrounds are in, you suddenly realize oh wait, okay, this shot should be held this long, not that long. And there was a frantic period of editing, literally in the last three weeks. Let’s do another pass on the movie. And I ended up taking out a couple sequences that I loved because I thought the movie played better without them. And we will put those somewhere on the DVD or an extended cut or something.
And what was different about the ending was that after the ending that you see in the final film, the idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships. And I felt that it was taking us too far into the next movie. And almost starting the next movie and not letting the emotion of what had just happened, of what Caesar had just achieved and what Caesar had the price that he had paid. It wasn’t letting that resonate and it wasn’t ending, the final shot with again hopefully not spoiler way, but the final shot was actually in a way the very same final shot. It was actually him on top of the Golden Gate Bridge which was covered in apes, all looking out way, way into the distance and to see this really like messed up armada way in the distance showing up like really like ships in disrepair. And it moved into his eyes as he took in the uncertain future.
Reeves talks a lot more about the epilogue over at /Film, but it’s a little filibuster-y for me.
Marvel took to The View this morning to announce an all new comic “THOR.” Little else is known other than the star of the comic won’t be the Thor we know and love, but rather a new female version. Landing this October, Jason Aaron will shepard in the newest version of the character with art from Russel Dauterman, whose been doing stellar work on “Cyclops.”
Hard to tell what’s going to happen in the Marvel universe, and we’ll cover more on this story as it develops. But it’s a safe bet to assume that Rick Remender is going to take the Thor we currently have to the cleaners in AXIS. His love for the character only means his demise.
This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?
“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This femaleTHOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.
I’m really into this. Marvel is taking some chances. Let’s hope they stick.
Originally Dracula: Year Zero, Universal Pictures has released new stills from Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, in theaters October 17, 2014.
Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.
In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.“
It’s been 8 long years since 10,000 Days has been released and fans of progressive rock/metal giant Tool have been chomping at the bits for any new material. In fact, guitarist Adam Jones tells Rolling Stone, “The fans are pissed at us…”
But there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. What many fans assumed was simply a break for side projects has in fact been a multi-level lawsuit that has embroiled each member, taking years and costing, “…millions and millions and millions of dollars…”
What happened was that back in 2007 a friend of Jones’ claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted appropriate credit. He filed a lawsuit and things got complicated when an insurance company that was supposed to defend the band turned around completely and filed suit over technicalities. The band has since filed a countersuit and this has been going on for years. The case will go to trial in January, if everything goes according to plan.
Drummer Danny Carey states:
The whole thing is really depressing. The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.
…we’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.
Meanwhile, the band has been hard at work on new music and songs are being written. It’s simply a matter of time before they can enter the studio and release a new album. For more information, click on the link above.
I had a weird thought while I was watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this weekend.
There’s a scene in which the power is regenerated and Gary Oldman’s iPad pops on. He excitedly scrolls through long lost images that he thought he’d never see again.
It made me think, if the apocalypse actually occurred, and I could only watch one movie ever again, what would it be?
Now, the game here is this: you need to act quick and tell us the first movie that popped into your mind. Clearly, it does’t have to be your favorite, and there are no wrong answers. Mine was the 1991 Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which would be that “feel good” movie I would need during such a dark and destructive time.
Premiering at this week’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal is The Midnight Swim, Sarah Adina Smith’s indie thriller that now has a trailer, still and festival poster.
“When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June (Lindsay Burge), a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake. Transporting its audience to a place drenched in the supernatural, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is an eerie, atmospheric exploration of the inexplicable pull towards the unknown.”
The film stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Ross Partridge, Beth Grant, Michelle Hutchinson and Shirley Venard.
Ever wonder how they got Louis Del Grande’s head to explode in Scanners? While most people’s first guess would logically be “explosives,” it was actually a lot more tricky (and awesome) than that.
For their new Blu-ray release of the film, the Criterion Collection talked with photographer Mark Irwin, special effects supervisor Gary Zeller, and makeup artists Stephen Dupuis and Chris Wallas about the effect. The guys explain the difficulties in creating the now-iconic moment, saying how they made several attempts to make it look real before finally deciding to do things the old fashioned way.
Check out the video below for the whole, messy story.
Celebrated director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) returns with the tense and brutal crime thriller The Hypnotist, out on DVD September 15, 2014 in the UK through Studiocanal.
Said to be a must-see for fans of “The Killing” and Scandinavian book-to-film adaptations by authors such as Jo Nesbø (Headhunters) and Stieg Larsson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), The Hypnotist is based on the best-selling novel by Lars Kepler and features what is said to be an incredible performance from Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit) as a troubled psychologist.
“In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Mikael Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Tobias Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister, in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.”
Check out the first ever stills to go along with the box art.
Initially, I was given a video from 1989 that shows A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger lighting the Undertaker (known then as “Master of Pain”) on fire. Also in the video is Dustin Rhodes, better known as Goldust and Ricky Morton of the Rock ‘n Roll Express. Doug Gilbert is donning the Krueger mask.
Also, thanks to Adam, we have a video from 1997 with both Freddy and Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Leatherface.
Who would win in a real fight?
This morning I was running on the treadmill when a lady next to me put on “Good Morning America,” a show that makes my blood boil. Out of my peripheral vision I could see all of the asinine shit they were reporting on, and obsessing on how much I hate the show. That’s when they actually popped on something I couldn’t ignore – a story on two chimps who were taken to see FOX and Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters!
While “GMA” doesn’t have a story online, I was able to find a report on ABC News, embedded below, about these two-year-old chimps, Vali and Sugriva, who got to see Apes in a movie theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Daily Mail wrote about the two chimps who were able to enjoy the full cinema experience at the BigD Auditorium at the Carmike Cinema, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, including buying their own popcorn and juice.
The chimps, who live at the Myrtle Beach Safari, regularly watch television as a form of entertainment – and are big fans of the latest movie’s predecessor, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Myrtle Beach Safari director Bhagavan Antle said the trip started as it would for most other people – with a trip to the confectionery stand where they got their popcorn and juice.
Dr Antle said: ‘They are smart – they knew to hand over the money to get their food and drinks.’
After settling down in their seats however it was time for them to turn their attention to the film itself.
Dr Antle said: ‘The older one, Vali, is a very bright guy, he’s watched the Lord Of The Rings many times, and he could follow the whole plot of the movie.’
Dr Antle said Vali was able to judge the facial expressions and actions of the characters to determine which were the ‘good guys’ and which were the ‘bad guys’.
He said: ‘He loves to clap – when he likes something he claps, so he clapped for the good guys, and when chimps don’t like what’s happening they hoot or bark, so when the bad guy came on he was barking.’
The chimps watched the film with some 1,000 other cinema-goers at the IMAX screen in the cinema complex – although not everybody was too comfortable having them present.
Dr Antle said: ‘A couple of people said very clearly “are you sure they should watch this movie, won’t they learn to take over the world?”
‘There were several people actually concerned about that.’
Image Source: Myrtle Beach Safari