“Thanos: The Infinity Relativity” OGN sees Jim Starlin continue his adventures with the Marvel Cosmic universe. I thought Starlin’s last OGN “The Infinity Revelation” was a little substandard. Starlin has a tendency to supplement his art with completely expository writing, but his grasp on the characters is almost irresistible. So once again, I follow them into the abyss. Let’s hope this June’s OGN is a little more appealing than the last.
This coming June, the Mad Titan continues his crusade for untold power! But first, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN, a brand-new, full-length original graphic novel written and drawn by legendary creator Jim Starlin! Following up 2014’s New York Times Bestseller Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, this new original graphic novel marks the second chapter in Starlin’s epic new Thanos trilogy and another stellar offering from Marvel’s all-new OGN line! Featuring the world’s most popular super heroes and super villains brought to life by the industry’s most popular creators, each Marvel OGN debuts in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.
Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone has re-ascended to power, more dangerous and more deadly than ever before. When he and his Negative Zone armies make another, renewed assault on our universe in search of a source of infinite power, a fragile alliance of the universe’s most unlikely protectors will form to stop him.
Now the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, Adam Warlock and more must unite like never before! Only Adam Warlock’s complex cycle of death and rebirth has left him more confused than ever before. What is his purpose in the universe? Why is he here? His Infinity Watch has been reunited alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. Between these two titantic teams, they may hold the key to ending the threat of Annihilus once and for all. But to do so they’ll need to enlist the help of another.
Could it be that the fate of everything lies in the hands…of Thanos?
Find out when comic legend Jim Starlin returns for the next chapter in his cosmic epic this coming June for THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN!
THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN (FEB150842)
Written by JIM STARLIN
Art & Cover by JIM STARLIN
FOC – 03/09/15, On-Sale – 06/03/15
Levitation, dislocating joints, and now puking up demon eggs, Lionsgate has unspooled the trailer for next exorcism horror film, The Vatican Tapes, now opening in theaters on May 22, 2015.
Lakeshore Entertainment is behind the pic directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: With A Vengeance, Crank) in which, “A young woman becomes the spiritual conduit for the forces of darkness, responsible for unleashing unchecked evil in the world…”
It comes in the spirit of films like The Exorcist, The Devil Inside Me, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, among various other recent exorcism-inspired genre films. The footage carries a montage of scenes that depict many of the scary symptoms of being possessed by a demon…or even The Devil.
Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, and Cas Anvar star.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the pic alongside Chris Cowles.
Bloody Disgusting learned today that David Ury (“Breaking Bad”, “American Horror Story”) is the latest to join Rob Zombie’s 31, and will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World.
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
“Barkira” is a strange byproduct of the internet, where artists have been redrawing iconic moments from the seminal manga Akira with Simpson’s characters. Barkira is a crowdsourced project inspired by artist Ryan Humphrey’s art (see below) and spearheaded by cartoonist James Harvey. With over 500 hundred artists worldwide, each contributor works in his or her own style, with the central concept being that this is The Simpsons meets Akira. The project is not for profit, which allows the tumblr to avoid all legal recourse, at least thus far.
So far, Ralph Wiggum is Akira, Bart is Keneda, and Milhouse is Tetsuo. The tumblr is literally something else. It’s achieved the herculean task of finishing the first three volumes, already. Check out how their work compares to the original.
“Ninjak” #1 should fulfill all of your deepest ninja fantasies. Seriously there is nothing like this ninja on the pages of any other comic. Valiant has been building the character in their various other titles for some time now. Despite the insane amount of covers the interior art is something else, it has surreal layouts, action packed narrative, and oozes style. Valiant Entertainment has recently been on a roll, every single #1 they’ve launched has been a winner and “Ninjak” looks no different.
Next week Matt Kindt takes our favorite comic ninja and kicks our ass between the pages. I can’t wait.
NINJAK #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151636)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (JAN151637)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (JAN151638)
Cover D by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (JAN151639)
Blank Cover Also Available (JAN151640)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (JAN151641)
Character Design Variant by CLAY MANN (JAN151642)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151643)
For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men: Legacy, Gambit) and Butch Guice (Captain America, Action Comics)!
Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.
Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.
$3.99 | 40 pages. | T+ | On sale MARCH 11
Why is there no Dredd sequel?
Producer Adi Shankar is sick of being misquoted, and wants Dredd fans to understand how difficult it is to get a movie financed.
As he explains, there’s a complicated answer. It was so complicated that he decided to uploaded a 6-minute long video to break it down. It’s a must-see for aspiring filmmakers, who can learn the simple (ha!) formula to get a movie financed. The hard part is finding the “D-I-S” (watch the video).
For those too damn lazy to learn something today, in short, to get Dredd 2 made, they need to lower budget, get a big filmmaker and bigger star.
This video is so shockingly truthful that it’s sort of a gut-punch for us film fanatics. What we learn is that filmmaking is a business and only a business, and that creative means nothing as long as a project has a hot cast and director. It’s brutal. Long live the indie film.
James Wan has taken the The Fast & the Furious franchise to a whole new level – the mile high club. Only this club is super exclusive.
Check out this clip from Fast 7 in which Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez jump from a plane…in their cars. Holy crap, son.
In theaters April 3, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster and Kurt Russell also star.
Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) have signed on to star as co-leads in The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, the English-language debut of Norwegian director Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter), reports Deadline.
Penned by Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing, “Cox and Hirsch will play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young ‘Jane Doe,’ they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.”
Stuart Ford’s sales-finance-production powerhouse IM Global will fully finance the film through its Octane genre label. Fred Berger (La La Land) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) produce under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Monsters: Dark Continent, Welcome To The Punch).
It begins production in the UK at the end of March.
While it was originally suggested that Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien sequel, which would follow James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens, would be the final entry in the series, the Chappie (review) director now says there could be more.
In an interview with the UK Empire Magazine, via their podcast, Blomkamp explains his process, how he came to develop this new Alien concept, and how it could be more than one film.
“If you go back even three or four years, I’ve wanted to make a film in that genre, in that franchise. I’d come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney (Weaver) on the set of Chappie, I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again. Rightly or wrongly, I had that in my head. I also didn’t know where you could go with her, given Alien 3 and 4,” said Blomkamp.
“So when I started speaking to her, I just wanted to know more about the process of making the first two films. The first two are the ones that I care about. Then I started to realise there was a whole film – at least a film, if not more – that still contained Ripley, which I was really surprised by.”
The article goes on to boast his love for the franchise, which is slightly troubling. I’m not exactly a proponent of a director creating a “fan film,” which typically ends up as an annoying rehash with too many nods to the original films. I would love to see a sequel to Aliens, but I also want it to be Blomkamp’s own vision – something I believe he’s incapable of after seeing his films. Whatever the case, I really do want to see a new Alien sequel, as opposed to Prometheus, and hope he can pull off a miracle. How do you top Aliens? You don’t. Good luck, Mr. Blomkamp.
Part of the SXSW Midnighters, playing from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas, is the crime-horror-thriller He Never Died.
Written and being directed by indie helmer Jason Krawczyk (The Briefcase), He Never Died stars punk icon Henry Rollins as Jack, a mysterious loner who has lived an inexplicably long life fueled by blood lust and filled with crime and violence.
But in-between the battles, he releases his tension playing Bingo. Yup, Bingo. You can see his cathartic release in the exclusive still shown above.
Rollins is joined on screen by the Twilight franchise star Boo Boo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Kate Greenhouse (The Dark Hours), Jordan Todosey (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), and Steven Ogg, who is fresh off his success playing the popular character Trevor in the critically acclaimed “Grand Theft Auto V.”
“He Never Died follows Jack in his battle with cannibalism and mental sobriety. An exceptionally prolonged life has brought depression and detachment. Jack buys stolen blood from a hospital intern, plays bingo, sleeps fourteen hours a day, watches television six hours a day, and lives alone. This is his life – he has shelled himself away from social interactions. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility and self worth. As it turns out, there are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.”
Horror heavy hard rock band New Years Day are kicking off 2015 with a ton of wild information! First, they’re currently on tour with Motionless In White. Next, the band has signed a record deal with Another Century Records. And finally, they’ve announced that they will be writing and recording a new album, which is set to come out later this year!
With all that information, we had to reach out and catch up with vocalist Ash Costello, who answered six questions for us. The topics we covered are touring, signing to a new label, and what horror composer and horror director she would love to work with! Head on below for this exclusive interview.
You can buy the band’s latest EP Epidemic via iTunes.
BD: Talk to me about signing to Another Century Records. What was it about them that you feel made them the right choice for your vision, your goals?
We thought about it long and hard. We had been doing so amazing on our own with our managers label Grey Area Records, that we weren’t sure If we were ready and willing to expand our family, but the team at another century has gone above and beyond to prove that they really want to be a part of our team, and now we are all pretty excited and ready to move forward together.
BD: You’re currently on tour with Motionless In White and then you’ve got Warped Tour this summer. Talk about the differences between those indoor venue tours and festival dates.
The differences are MASSIVE! On Warped Tour your work day starts around 8am, on a venue tour your work day begins around 2 or 3pm. On a venue tour you build a tight family and on a festival tour there’s SO many people to get to know. I personally love doing both!
BD: What should fans expect from your upcoming album? Are there any surprises in store that you think will really stand out?
Well we actually have not begun to sit down and really write it yet. Of course we are always writing and there are some ideas being laid down, but we are really going to get into it this April.
Expect it to stay on the heavy path we’ve been heading down, some amazing music collaborations and of course there’s always a dark twist. I’ve been feeling pretty pissed off so I’m sure the album will reflect that!
BD: The description of your music on your Facebook page references ‘Dexter’ and ‘True Blood’. Take me further into your view of horror and how it influences your sound.
Horror has a hand in EVERYTHING I do. To my hair and make up, the way I dress, the way I decorate my house, the movies and books I prefer, so it would make sense that the music we write would reflect that. Why would I write music that isn’t personal to me?
BD: Let’s say you’re given the opportunity to work with any famed horror composer on a new track. Which composer do you go with?
I’m unsure if he counts as a true horror composer but I would love to do a heavy rock song with Danny Elfman!
BD: Now, let’s take that song from the previous question and say you’re going to turn it into a music video. Which horror director would you want behind the camera for that video?
Hahahaha well I guess you would presume I would say Tim Burton but I think I would go with Rob Zombie actually on that one.
03/06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/07 Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
03/08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/10 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/13 San Diego, CA – Soma
03/14 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
03/15 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
03/16 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
03/18 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
03/20 San Antonio, TX – Kapone’s
03/21 Grand Prairie, TX – QuikTrip Park
03/24 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
03/25 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
03/27 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/28 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
From South Park (18 seasons and counting) to Team America: World Police, Trey Parker’s provocative, politically-incorrect brand of hilarity is as vital as ever. There’s nothing he wouldn’t dare satirize. In 2011, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and conquered Broadway with The Book of Mormon, winning an impressive 9 Tony Awards. Cut to 2015, Director/Co-Writer Christopher Bond, who brought us the amazing Evil Dead: The Musical and Night of the Living Dead Live stage productions, has adapted Parker’s directorial debut, Cannibal! The Musical. It’s presently having its World Premiere in Toronto, Canada at the Panasonic Theatre, followed by a U.S. tour soon after.
Bond once again finds that impeccable balance of staying true to the source material yet at the same time expanding on Parker’s wacky universe. The show is blessed with a terrific ensemble cast including the likes of scene-stealer Marty Adams (Saw IV, The Barrens) and Mike ‘Nug’ Nahrgang (Evil Dead: The Musical, Night of the Living Dead Live). Each performer juggles their multiple roles with gusto. Cannibal! The Musical sees Bond take another cinematic cult classic to the stage, packed with freshness and creativity, without forgetting the foundation that’s made these properties so enduring to fans. This is an absolute must-see whenever it hits your town! This is theatre at its most unhinged fun.
I had the opportunity to chat with members of the cast and creative team to discuss the show and its genesis.
B-D: Where did the idea of adapting Cannibal! The Musical all start?
CHRISTOPHER BOND: Trevor (Martin) and I were looking for something to collaborate together on. We were working on Evil Dead (The Musical) together and become quick friends, realizing we kind of have a unique comic styling. Trevor is the smart joke, I’m the butt joke and together we make lots of good jokes. There was this great audience in Toronto that was really hot on Evil Dead: The Musical and we discovered Cannibal! The Musical. It’s great on its own but we really wanted to take it to the next level. It wasn’t a full blown musical. It needed more music, needed to kind of get some structure. We called up the Trey Parker camp and said: “Hey, we want to make this its own thing, make it a full-fledged Broadway-style musical. It took some talking and negotiating but at the end of the day they were like: “Yah”. This was the first thing Trevor and I collaborated on. We wrote the script, as well as maybe three new songs. We got the approval of Jason McHugh (Producer, as well as played Frank Miller in the film). He’s been our point man. He sends everything up the chain for us which is kind of cool and sneaky. It’s been great. We got the green light then all of a sudden we got a: “Hey guys, you know what? Trey and Matt are working on this other musical and we’ll circle back”. Who knew that would be The Book of Mormon, the biggest theatre success ever. It’s an amazing show. They circled back and said: “Cannibal…you guys want to do that?” Years have passed so we blew the dust off the old script and realized it needed some fine tuning, needed some more music. Long story short, here we are at the Panasonic.
TREVOR MARTIN (Co-Writer, plays Bell, Juror 1, The Undertaker, Prison Guard): Our original intention was to have this really small, comedic cast with a couple of rocks and some cowboys hats. As we were growing, building the songs, we started realizing this is a musical. This is like a musical, musical so we need legit musical theatre people. Aaron Eyre is our other Co-Writer. He was the Musical Director of Evil Dead: The Musical. He composed a lot of the songs and really filled out the existing songs that were in the movie. When we were casting, we wanted musical theatre chops and comedic chops and we’re split 50-50 with those camps. The musical theatre people are funny and the comedic people can sing and dance a little bit. Enough to keep up anyway. Everyone has meshed together really well. It’s been kind of magic.
LIAM TOBIN (Alfred Packer): Jason McHugh, who works with Matt and Trey all the time, came in for a week and kind of worked with us as well in saying: “Yah okay, let’s keep that bit but you know maybe that one isn’t working as well.” It was fun to kind of collaborate and create a new work.
B-D: What was it about Cannibal! The Musical that attracted you to take this project on?
CHRISTOPHER BOND: I saw the South Park movie and it blew my mind. The music from that inspired the music that became Evil Dead: The Musical. When you finally discover Trey Parker, you go on a little Trey Parker pilgrimage: “What this? BASEketball. What’s this? Orgazmo.” Then you finally get to Cannibal which is where it all started. It’s underground, crazy, hilarious, kitschy and campy. I was turned on by it right away.
TREVOR MARTIN: When you watch Cannibal, you can see the beginning. You hear some South Park voices. Movies aren’t silly anymore. They usually take a kind of more serious bent, or it’s very satirical. This is just a fun, silly movie that’s got that comedic sensibility we grew up with and miss.
MIKE ‘NUG’ NAHRGANG (Miller, The Judge, Frenchy, Convict): I’ve owned maybe four copies of this movie in my lifetime and it’s always been stolen from me. Whoever I show it to is like: “Could I borrow that?” and it never comes back. The movie makes me laugh so much. When I first saw South Park, I wanted to know everything so that’s how I found Cannibal, Orgazmo and all that stuff.
B-D: What was the approach to this stage adaptation?
TIM PORTER (Noon, Loutzenheiser, The Preacher, The Cyclops,
Cherub 2): It’s a bit of a take on the cult fame of the movie. We play on the stuff that’s kind of cheesy (in the movie) but at the same time, pay such homage. They (Bond and Martin) obviously love the movie.
LIAM TOBIN: We’ve built on what’s there, as opposed to replacing anything. So a lot of the stuff is straight out of the movie but there are some new elements that are a lot of fun too.
B-D: What were the challenges in bringing Cannibal! The Musical to the stage?
MIKE ‘NUG’ NAHRGANG: While it is a movie musical, a stage musical has to have a logical intermission point and a few songs here and there plus serve several functions. The movie doesn’t have some of those things. It doesn’t have a logical place to have an intermission so that got added to the show. While there are 7 songs in the movie, there are 12 or 13 songs in our show. Aaron Eyre, Trevor Martin and Chris Bond put together some songs and incorporated some lines from the movie into the songs. Lines from The Judge, when they sentence Packer to be hung; I actually full-on sing those lines. It always has to be a little bigger, little better, go a little further. It’s not necessarily Evil Dead. I don’t think we need a splatter zone in every show but there’s some stuff like that here. Fans of Cannibal who loved the gore: there’s a little bit of the gore. There wasn’t much in the movie to begin with but there is some.
TREVOR MARTIN: We’ve taken situations and moments that were scenes and turned them into big songs. We didn’t want to just do the movie on stage. There’s no point. We want to make it fresh, completely different spin. This was his (Trey Parker’s) first movie. The career trajectory of Trey Parker and Matt Stone has gone a lot more irreverent, a lot saucier. So we’ve incorporated that kind of sensibility, more of an edge. Now the bar has been heightened or lowered, depending on your perspective. We wanted to bring it in line with 2015 expectations of what this is going to be.
TIM PORTER: You can do pretty much anything on film. In the film, they did a really good job of being really low budget and making a lot of stuff happen. Even if it doesn’t look as realistic necessarily, they stage things so cleverly in this show that they’ll take people by surprise like the horse and The Green River.
LIAM TOBIN: They’ve been pretty inventive with a lot of the set pieces. It’s doing everything that we can with the things that are possible, as well as finding fun and inventive ways to have alternatives that still create the same results.
CHRISTOPHER BOND: Although we’re in the Panasonic and stuff are pretty slick, we still resort to some very amazing fromage to make magic on stage. The mountains and horse are there. Everything that’s iconic from the film is in our presentation plus we’ve added our own stuff, explore the characters a little bit. We kind of barked up a few different trees that are kind of touched upon in the film, go the extra mile and just made it a full musical theatre experience.
TREVOR MARTIN: The scale of this is so much grander than what we originally imagined. It’s a technically-heavy show.
CHRISTOPHER BOND: Unfortunately it’s been 7 years but we’re putting on the show I think we always dreamed of it being, as opposed to something small. We’re giving Cannibal the grand treatment, something spectacular.
For more information on Cannibal! The Musical, go to www.cannibalonstage.com.
If you’re a fan of collecting horror memorabilia, then let me tell you all about Nerdblock and their amazing horror-themed monthly subscription box Horror Block! Packed to the brim with awesome horror merch, it will net you t-shirts, Rue Morgue magazines, books, action figures, plush toys, watches, and a whole lot more, all for a low monthly cost. In fact, the most expensive option is $19.99 (without S&H), so when you factor how much get in one box you’re still doing incredibly well!
Nerd Block contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more! Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most important – fun factor.
Below we’ve got several pictures of things you can get from Horror Block as well as a video of me unboxing February’s box.
If you’re interested in subscribing, follow this link: http://www.horrorblock.com/r/bloodydisgusting!
Here’s some terrible god-awful news that hurts more and more as I type each and every word… we may lose Harrison Ford is now in stable condition after he crash landed a plane in Venice, Calif. on Thursday, according to several reports.
Variety, who originally misreported that he was in critical condition (and then edited their article to “seriously injured”), writes that the 72-year-old crash landed on Penmar golf course after something apparently went wrong with the small plane. Ford was transferred to a local hospital in critical condition. The actor was the only one aboard the plane and the only person who sustained injuries.
Ford reportedly walked away from the crash, but had multiple head injuries. TMZ states that he suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding. Two doctors who happened to be at the golf course rushed over to treat the actor.
Various sources now report that he is now in fair/stable condition with serious head wounds (Update 4:12PM PST).
Ford is an avid pilot, and has crashed planes before with minimal injuries.
He’s one of the all-time greatest actors having appeared in Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, as well as American Graffiti, Patriot Games, Apocalypse Now, The Expendables 3 and many others.
We’ll keep you updated as news comes in. We’re all praying for him.
Updated headline at 4:19PM PST
Check out this exclusive clip from These Final Hours (review), in select theaters nationwide and VOD platforms Friday, March 6th from Amplify Releasing and Well Go USA.
“In this apocalyptic drama, James is a troubled young man on a mission. He’s desperate to join his girlfriend Vicky at the ‘party to end all parties’ and numb any feelings as the world comes to an end. On his journey however, James is greeted by a lawless and chaotic city, facing a cataclysmic event that will end life on the planet, and he discovers that getting to where he needs to be will not be easy. Along the way, he saves the life of a girl named Rose, frantically searching for her father. Out of options, James invites Rose to join him. Together they discover how they would truly like to spend their last moments on Earth in this world gone mad.”
Zak Hilditch directs Nathan Phillips, Angourie Rice, Jessica de Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Daniel Henshall, Sarah Snook, and Lynette Curran.
Organic is a really good way to describe Title Fight’s evolution. The band has grown from their punk/hardcore roots to embracing a more experimental and shoegaze sound. But this shouldn’t be taken as a negative as those hardcore influences are what gives their sound the depth that a lot of bands that play this style of music usually fall flat of.
Their last LP, Floral Green as well as their last EP Spring Songs should have been a pretty good heads up of what was to come with Hyperview.
The intro to the album, “Murder Your Memory”, comes off as that “calm before the storm” sound. It’s very dreamy and slips silently right into the first single of the album “Chlorine”. The song is almost disruptive with its twangy-crushing guitar intro, almost like someone smacked you awake then hugged you for getting up. It’s a great indicator as a taste of things to come from the album.
From there, every song on this album flows together in a way that comes off as effortless, but still very much thought out. “Mrahc” sounds like a song from The Jesus And Mary Chain’s first length or even a Joy Division B-side from their early years. Quick and punchy but still carries that hollow sound. “Your Pain Is Mine Now” is the epitome of a sad bastard song. It scratches that itch of self loathing and sadness that we all pretend we don’t love to embrace every once in a while.
It shouldn’t go unnoticed the quality in production courtesy of producer Will Yip, who has also produced bands such as Blacklisted, La Dispute and Circa Survive. He also produced Floral Green and Spring Songs. At this point he should really be considered a 5th member of the band. He honestly gets them and has helped them come into their own. It’s very refreshing.
A lot of long time fans might be a little bummed with this album. This is understandable, but at the end of the day they still sound like Title Fight and that is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Many bands that come out of the same genre waste your time and money churning out the same material every year and a half. But not this band. They took their time and put out something you can tell wasn’t just whipped together.
The Final Word: Hyperview is a fantastic album that adds even more substance to Title Fight‘s discography. It is, however, a dividing line. But that should be taken as a positive.
Chicago, IL’s Harm’s Way recently released their video for “Amongst The Rust” via Decibel Magazine last week. Their new album Rust comes out next week (March 10th) through Deathwish Inc., which you can pre order here.
The video shows the band playing in a boiler room, which I think is just a metaphor for how damn heavy this song is. And because the singer is just about as big as the machinery. Enjoy!
Always thrilling and a little bit dangerous, Tribeca’s Midnight section this year features five genre films and one special event for adventurous late night audiences. Creative and unique villains from vengeful anthropomorphic bananas to evil mutant wasps and crazy ass babysitters terrorize the heroes of Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!, Stung, and Emelie. Conversely, it’s antiheroes who take the spotlight in corrupt cop drama Hyena and envelope-pushing kidnapping story Scherzo Diabolico. The program is capped off with a one-night only live performance from cinephile comedy group Rifftrax, who will skewer the reigning king of Midnight Movies: Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.
Stay up late with these scary, funny, surprising tales in Midnight at Tribeca.
Bodyslam: The Revenge of the Banana!, directed and written by Ryan Harvie and John Paul Horstmann. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Ronald McFondle, Eddie Van Glam, and other social outcasts made up the Seattle Semi-Pro (SSP) Wrestlers, an off-kilter family of cabaret fighters that spoofed the pros. When a newcomer Paul, The Banana, fell on the wrong end of the joke, he ran to the government to disband the SSP. Bodyslam: The Revenge of the Banana! captures the wrestlers’ fight to keep the theatrics alive.
Emelie, directed by Michael Thelin, written by Richard Raymond Harry Herbeck. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. After their regular babysitter Maggie can’t make it, the Thompson family turns to her friend Anna to supervise their children while the parents go out to celebrate their anniversary. At first Anna seems like a dream come true to the kids, allowing them to eat extra cookies and play with things that are usually off-limits, but as her behavior becomes increasingly odd, the kids soon find out that her intentions are dark and twisted, and she is not who she seems to be.
Hyena, directed and written by Gerard Johnson. (UK) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) may be a corrupt, coke-addled cop, but he’s a bad lieutenant with a conscience. After years of dodging the same laws he was assigned to uphold, Michael suddenly finds himself trying to change while safeguarding a young Albanian woman from the sex trade. Equal parts grit and neon, Hyena blurs the line between cop and criminal and exposes the illicit underworld inhabited by London’s most ruthless policemen. A Tribeca Film release.
Scherzo Diabolico, directed and written by Adrián García Bogliano. (Mexico, USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Armed with a fine-tuned chokehold and penchant for piano sonatas, a wearied accountant breaks his mild-mannered routine when he kidnaps a young woman. What starts as a carefully calculated plan soon crescendos into his worst nightmare. A delightfully twisted black comedy, Scherzo Diaboloco is the latest opus from director Adrián García Bogliano. In Spanish with subtitles
Stung, directed by Benni Diez, written by Adam Aresty. (Germany, USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. For catering staffers Paul and Julia, Mrs. Perch’s fancy garden party at her remote country villa is nothing out of the ordinary. A mishap with toxic plant fertilizer leads to the most unwelcome of dinner guests: giant killer wasps. Director Benni Diez takes audiences on a thrilling, gory rollercoaster ride from campy to creepy, in this delightful and dreadful creature-feature.
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Backtrack, directed and written by Michael Petroni. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. In this spine-tingling supernatural thriller, troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.
Maggie, directed by Henry Hobson, written by John Scott 3. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. There’s a deadly zombie epidemic threatening humanity, but Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter, Maggie (Abigail Breslin), becomes infected. As Maggie’s condition worsens and the authorities seek to eradicate those with the virus, Wade is pushed to the limits in an effort to protect her. Joely Richardson co-stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions release.
Mojave, directed by and written by William Monahan. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. William Monahan’s second feature, starring Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund, is a delirious trip from the fringes of the desert to the center of the film industry. Armed with little more than a knife and two handles of vodka, an on-edge Hollywood director sets out to the Mojave Desert, where he finds a drifter brandishing a rifle and claiming to be the Devil.
Thought Crimes, directed by Erin Lee Carr. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Convicted yet then acquitted of conspiring to kidnap, rape, kill, and eat several women, NYPD officer Gilberto Valle quickly rose to infamy as New York’s own “Cannibal Cop”. With exclusive access to Valle, Erin Lee Carr’s unflinching documentary asks a fundamental question that challenges our beliefs about the criminal justice system, and even the very nature of right and wrong: Can you be guilty of a crime you only thought about committing? An HBO Documentary Film.
Starting March 18, the Film Guide and screening schedule will be live on www.tribecafilm.com and detail all feature films announced to date; additional programs will be added upon announcement.
The first trailer has gone online for No Escape, an action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan.
In theaters September 2, 2015, “The story centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising (i.e., a coup), they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city.”
Devil, The Poughkeepsie Tapes and As Above/So Below‘s John Erick Dowdle directed the movie and co-wrote it with his brother, Drew Dowdle.
The trailer is pretty intense, and is loaded with incredible set pieces, tons of action and violence, with an insane scope. It’s well surpassed my expectations! Thoughts?
Remember The Darkness and their megahit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”? Well, those high pitched British rockers are back with Last Of Our Kind, a new album that comes out June 1st via Kobalt Label Services. And to hype up this new album, the band has released a music video for their track “Barbarian”, which is as ridiculous yet awesome as you’d expect.
The video plays out like pages from a comic book and tells the tale of viking battles, pillaged villages, and shows more than a few severed limbs.
Frontman Justin Hawkins describes the song as having:
…not one but two dramatic monologues, a guitar solo that has been declared ‘irresponsible,’ a riff that weakens lady-knees and a chorus that makes grown men shit directly into their pants. The lyrics describe the Viking invasion of East Anglia which culminated in the decapitation of Edmund the Martyr. So yeah, classic Darkness.
You can watch the insanity below.