Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with legendary death metal band Aborted to bring you the exclusive N. American music video premiere of “Cenobites”, the final track on their latest album The Necrotic Manifesto! The video is perfect for Halloween as the track is an homage to the Hellraiser films and the video is just as sinister and torturous! While I don’t believe it warrants a NSFW tag, I’d still be careful watching it at work!
You guys need to see What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).
If you can’t wait an extra few weeks Empire has an exclusive clip detailing how the vampires meet their human friend, Stu.
“Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadowsintroduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.””
The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. UK readers can check it out when it opens there on November 21st.
“How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”
Created by Created by Naomi Shaw:
You might never find yourself being attacked by a bear, but knowing what to do if it happened could save your life. Likewise, although a zombie apocalypse might never wreak havoc on the world, it helps to know how you can protect yourself should you or your home be targeted.
Seal Windows and Doors
If you and your family are boarding up your home so that you can be safe within your walls, you’ll want to secure windows and doors as these are the most susceptible to a zombie attack. Make sure you set the alarm to notify you of any security breaks. It could also do you good to nail solid boards on the inside of your windows – don’t secure them on the outside as they’ll be ripped apart easily by a violent zombie.
Although you’re tempted to hide out and shut your eyes until everything blows over, you are going to have to make your home territory more illuminated so that you can see any zombie intruders before they’re traipsing through your home. This means keeping trees and bushes trimmed so that they won’t become handy hiding places for zombies, as well as using spotlights all over the garden, driveway and in any blind spots.
Get the Right Weapons
Remember in Dead Alive where lawnmowers were used to kill zombies? Although this ‘weapon’ or others like it might catch your eye when you’re hiding out in the garage because they promise fast damage, avoid using them. Opt for something more efficient with which you can strike zombies on the head, such as a bat or crowbar. It won’t create such a mess and could save your life by incapacitating them.
Stock up on Essentials
What can we learn from “The Walking Dead”? Besides for having the right weapons, you want to be stocked up on food in your home to prevent yourself from starving. Make sure you have lots of non-perishable foods, such as canned items, as well as foods that don’t expire for years. These include rice, so stock up on many bags of it.
Other than food, you’ll want:
1. Your medications, as well as medical kits in case you need emergency care.
2. Important documents, such as your driver’s license and passport.
3. A utility knife and duct tape. You can use duct tape in a variety of ways, from restricting a zombie should you get up close and personal, to making emergency flip-flops and even repairing a leaking boat.
You could probably make your life a lot easier by getting a tailor-made survival kit from Wise Company that contains all the important things you need when leaving in a hurry, such as a Swiss Army knife, sleeping bags, water filtration bottles, and lots of servings of food to keep you healthy when you’re fighting for your life.
Get to a Safe Zone
Any safety measures you put in place to keep your home secure are going to be short-lived in the case of a full-blown zombie apocalypse, which means you’ll need to move your family to a safe zone sooner rather than later. Some of the best cities to head to include Manhattan which, because it’s an island, can have its bridges shut down to keep people in and banish zombies from its territory.
Avoid Places that Aren’t Zombie-Friendly
Where are zombies going to go to satisfy their hunger for flesh? Stay away from the obvious place: cemeteries. Isolated areas, such as farms, might sound like a good idea, but zombies can walk long distances without getting tired and once they find you, you’ll be unable to get help because you’re far from other people. What about a shopping mall? A study found that such a location could boost your survival rate. That’s because shopping malls often have complex layouts, with many twists and turns, so you have a better chance of dodging the hungry zombie.
Dress to Kill (Literally)
When packing essentials for your move to a safe location, be sure to dress in a zombie-proof way. That means thick, multi-layered clothing made of materials that won’t rip or tear easily (especially if you’re unfortunate enough to become a zombie’s target).
By focusing on these important tips and tricks, you’ll be excellently equipped to outwit, 0utplay and outlive the zombies.
Every year literary manager, producer and genre lover Kailey Marsh compiles The Blood List, a sampling of the most liked horror screenplays in town as voted by 73 industry executives. The annual list is in its 6th year and they’ve decided to add TV Pilots and Books to the mix as well. Past scripts that have been featured and have gone on to be produced include Stoker, The Possession, Black Swan and Warm Bodies.
BLOOD LIST TOP 13
1. BIRD BOX by Eric Heisserer
Logline: A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane upon sight. The tale has echoes of Stephen King‘s “The Stand” and captures a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveling.
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Agents: Rich Cook, Lindsay Dunn, Jason Spitz, & Cori Wellins (WME)
Manager: Julie Bloom (Art/Work Entertainment)
Status: Set up at Universal with Bluegrass Films attached to produce.
2. THE GARDENER by Alyssa Jefferson
Logline: In the 1950s, a neurotic florist’s strict routine is derailed after stumbling upon a murder and finding himself at the center of a conspiracy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Manager: Lee Stobby (Silent R)
3. TAU by Noga Landau
Logline: A woman held captive in the futuristic smart house of a serial kidnapper realizes that her only hope of escape lies in turning the house’s sentient computer against its creator.
Agents: Dana Harris, Ryan Feldman, Meyash Prabhu (WME)
Manager: Adam Marshall (Caliber)
Status: Russell Ackerman is attached to produce.
4. INTO THE DEEP by Tony Jaswinski
Logline: A young woman who has recently lost her mother is surfing in an isolated area when she gets stranded on a buoy, and a gigantic great white shark is between her and the shore.
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Chris Licata, Valarie Phillips (Paradigm)
Managers: Ashley Berns & Lawrence Mattis (Circle of Confusion)
Genre: Dark Drama
Status: Set up at Columbia Pictures.
5. POSSESSION: A LOVE STORY by Jack Stanley
Logline: Edward and Bethany Martin are young, beautiful, rich, and in love. But their enviable lifestyle is upended when Bethany begins exhibiting strange and alarming behavior. As her condition worsens and doctors grow increasingly baffled, it seems as if something supernatural might be responsible. But the truth is far more shocking — and will force Edward to confront a terrifying choice in the name of love.
Genre: Psychological Horror
Agents: Jay Baker, Jon Cassir, John Garvey (CAA)
Manager: Jewerl Ross (Silent R)
Status: Jewerl Ross (Silent R), Russell Ackerman, & John Schoenfelder (Addictive Pictures) are attached to produce.
6. SCARECROW by Mike Scannell
Logline: Set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Agent: Geoff Morley (UTA)
Status: Set up at Screen Gems with Bryan Bertino and Adrienne Biddle’s Unbroken attached to produce
7. THE BRINGING by Brandon Murphy & Phillip Murphy
Logline: In the vein of “The Shining” and “The Conjuring” — based on true events, a private investigator is hired to investigate a mysterious murder at a downtown Los Angeles hotel and uncovers its dark supernatural history.
Agents: Rich Cook, Solco Schuit & Theresa Kang (WME)
Manager: Langley Perer (Mosaic Media)
Status: Set up at Sony with Matt Tolmach & Daniela Cretu attached to produce.
8. BULLIES by Michael Grebb
Logline: An outcast teenager’s revenge plot against high school bullies quickly spins out of control, blurring the lines between bully and victim as his obsession sets off a deadly chain reaction.
Genre: Revenge Thriller
Manager: Jeff Portnoy (Heretic Literary Management)
9. LEATHERFACE by Seth M. Sherwood
Logline: In this prequel to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind; molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.
Agents: Charles Ferraro & Peter Dodd (UTA)
Manager: Kailey Marsh (Kailey Marsh Management)
Status: Set up at Millennium Films. Carl Mazzocone and Les Weldon are attached to produce. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as Executive Producers. Beth Bruckner is co-producing.
10. DEAD ANIMALS by Sawyer Perry
Logline: When a young woman’s estranged uncle comes back into her hometown, she finds herself strangely attracted to him while at the same time suspicious that he might be involved with a series of grisly murders.
Manager: Sarah Smith (Fake Dare Productions)
Status: Ross Putman is attached to produce.
11. UNSETTLED by Jesse Wheeler
Logline: Cole Tanner, one of the millions buried in debt they’ll never be able to pay off, is used to harassment by collection agencies. But nothing has prepared Cole for his new debt collector, Ray Loomis, a man dead set on getting what he’s owed — one way or another.
Manager: Marc Manus (Manus Entertainment)
12. A MAN CALLED DEATH by Matthew Kennedy
Logline: A reclusive author is visited to a stranded motorist, only to find the two are world-renown killers seeking revenge from each other.
Genre: Contained Thriller
Agent: Solco Schuit (WME)
Manager: Brooklyn Weaver (Energy Entertainment)
Status: Set up at Addictive Pictures.
13. THE WILDNESS by Evan Dickson
Logline: A hard partying ski instructor finally gets his dream job in Aspen only to find the town threatened by a malevolent force that must be tamed.
NEW BLOOD CONTEST TOP 6 – None of these writers have representation yet and all of their scripts are available.
1. THE WRECKAGE by Glenn Forbes
Logline: After they crash their car and trailer, a young couple struggles to locate their missing son while fending off an aggressive pack of otherworldly creatures.
2. THE DEVIL’S SOLDIERS by Chad Law & Frank Ponce; Story by Frank Ponce & John Patton Ford
Logline: During an apocalypse of vicious mutants in a Southern gothic quarantine, a battered veteran attempts to rescue his son.
3. THE OSTRICH FARM by Tyler Tice
Logline: ‘Rot’ was the hottest drug on the street. Everybody was doing it and everybody was getting it from Raymond Roper. Then the side effects became much worse than anyone could have ever imagined.
4. Darken Ship by Dee Chilton
Logline: When she is trapped aboard a damaged warship, a ‘by-the-book’ Naval Officer becomes the target of a vindictive crewman’s ‘get even’ game that leaves her fighting against him for her sanity and her life.
5. Xodus by A.Z. Ocoza
Logline: A marine biologist, trapped in her laboratory aboard a research vessel at sea, has hours to find a cure for the blood-drinking parasites that have taken over her crew before the ship runs aground and unleashes the deadly contagion upon her hometown of New Orleans.
6. Immaculate Deception by Bryan Holm
Logline: A distrustful sheriff must confront his dark past and loss of faith to join forces with a hard-nosed priest and defeat a vengeful, demonic entity preying upon his town.
TOP 6 BOOKS
1. THE TROOP by Nick Cutter:
Mini synopsis: It’s “The Lord of the Flies” meets “The Ruins” when a clinical trial for a new diet drug goes disastrously out of hand and a group of young boys camping on a remote island are left to deal with the consequences.
Lit Agent: Kirby Kim (Janklow & Nesbit)
Film/TV: Ashley Fox (WME)
2. HALF BAD by Sally Green
Mini Synopsis: Half Bad is set in modern-day England. Witches and Humans live together. There are the Black Witches and the White Witches. The 16-year-old protagonist, Nathan is half-white and half-black. His mother is dead, and his father is the most powerful and the cruelest Black Witch in the world. Trapped in a cage and abused, Nathan has to escape before his seventeenth birthday, when he will receive three gifts from his father and his magical ability. Otherwise, he will die.
Publisher: Puffin Books (UK) Viking Press (US)
Status: Set up at Fox 2000 with Karen Rosenfelt set to produce. CAA handled the deal.
3. REVIVAL by Stephen King
Mini Synopsis: In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties, addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
Agents: Rand Holston & Andy Patman (Paradigm)
4. AFTERWORLD by Lynnette Lounsbury
Mini Synopsis: Dom is the youngest person ever to arrive in the Necropolis, the ‘waiting place’ between death and what comes after. And it isn’t long before he catches the attention of Satarial, a cruel Nephilim from the beginning of time, who has grim plans to use Dom as entertainment in his vicious gladiatorial games. When Dom’s still-living sister, Kaide, appears in the Necropolis too, Satarial has the leverage he needs, and the stage is set for the biggest shake-up the afterlife has seen in centuries. Dom’s only option is to compete in the Trials and attempt to win the chance to enter the Maze. In his favour he has an enigmatic young Guide, Eva, and a Guardian, Eduardo, who may not be what he seems. But will they be enough?
Genre: Supernatural / YA
Manager: Keith Sweitzer
5. SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf
Mini synopsis: Overseeing the grand opening of a gleaming, still-empty, all-white luxury hotel, beautiful Tessa is initially unaware that a knife-wielding professional assassin – directed by a mastermind “Thinker” who watches via security cameras from the hotel’s top floor – is killing off her staff one by one. When the killer and the Thinker come after her, Tessa and a new lover/former foster brother fight him to the death.
Manager: Joel Gotler (Intellectual Property Group)
6. AS RED AS BLOOD BY Salla Simukka Owen Witesman (Translator)
Mini Synopsis: In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry–splattered with someone’s blood.
Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.
But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business. Being pitched as Fin
As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her–and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.
Genre: Horror / YA
Status: Part 1 of the Trilogy that has just been announced. Larry Kirshbaum at Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape acquired U.S. rights; U.K. and Commonwealth rights were sold to Hot Key Books.
Agent: Elina Ahlbäck (Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency)
TOP 6 PILOTS
1. MONSTER by Alan Mcelroy
Logline: What if a killer like Michael Myers from “Halloween” had been shot, fell into a coma, and survived? He wakes up with no memory, is incarcerated in a mental institution, and twelve years later, is pronounced cured and released back into the community that hates and vilifies him.
Agents: Bob Hohman & Bayard Maybank (Gersh)
Manager: Noah Rosen (Circle of Confusion)
Status: Set up at Sonar Entertainment.
2. ZERO by Ales Kot
Logline: Edward Zero was the best spy the Agency had – and then he realized he was working for the wrong side.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Agents: Ryan Draizin, Roger Green & Philip d’ Amecourt (WME)
Manager: Ari Lubet (3 Arts)
Status: Being packaged by WME with Russell Ackerman & John Schoenfelder are attached to produce (Addictive Pictures)
3. AFTERMATH by Ryan Belenzon & Jeff Gelber
Logline: After a pandemic wipes out 1% of the world’s population, a foreign traveler is discovered dead in his motel room with a new virus strain. A scientist whose been discredited publicly for making controversial accusations about the U.S. government is being quietly enlisted to help save us from this latest threat. Only he is about to discover that his previous claims of a larger conspiracy are about to be substantiated.
Manager: Jeff Silver (Grandview)
Agents: Craig Brody, Joe Cohen, Andrew Miller & Ida Ziniti (CAA)
Status: Color Force is attached to produce.
4. THE DISAPPEARANCE by Nick Antosca
Logline: Alice Grimson is overjoyed when her teenage son Josh shows up seven years after being kidnapped. She and her husband Tom set aside long-simmering tensions in their marriage to help Josh in his struggle to resume a normal life. But when she connects his return to a series of horrific local murders, Alice begins to wonder if Josh knows something he’s not telling them. Determined to protect her son, she digs deeper into what really happened to him while he was missing — and she enters a nightmare that threatens her life and everything she holds dear.
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Agents: Blake Fronstin, Simon Faber, Matt Solo, Lauren Whitney (WME)
Managers: Britton Rizzio & Greg Shephard (Circle of Confusion)
Status: Set up at Starz with Amblin Entertainment attached to produce.
5. MODERN SCIENCE by Anthony Pucillo
Logline: A young woman finds herself trapped in a dangerous kaleidoscope of her own memory.
Agents: Jon Cassir, Jacqueline Sacerio, Chelsea Reed (CAA)
Managers: Mike Dill & Lowell Shapiro (Black Box Management)
6. LOVECRAFT by Andrew Jacobson & Adam Epstein
Logline: A contemporary take on the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft, with the famed author now living with his family in modern day Arkham. When his daughter goes missing, his search for her brings him face to face with supernatural horrors that drive him to the brink of madness.
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Agents: Jason Burns, Max Michael & Tim Phillips (UTA)
Status: Set up at Syfy with Amblin Entertainment attached to produce.
The new incarnation of The Crow is set to rise at the upcoming AFM with F. Javier Gutierrez at the helm and Luke Evans in the title role.
Creator James O’Barr talked with Korsgaard’s Commentary where he fully gets behind the reboot, and reveals that he’s seen Evans in the Crow makeup!
What I like about what he says is that they’e going back to his source material (for the fifth time) with the new film, and leaving the Brandon Lee-starrer in its own world.
” ‘I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is,’ ” Gutierrez told O’Barr. ” ‘I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation. ‘”
“We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book,” he clarifies. “My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the “Crow” comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.”
Speaking to reinventing the character: “Brandon Lee was a friend, and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy. Eric Draven was a creation of the movie – if you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven.”
And speaking to the Evans as new Crow: “I’ve seen him in the make-up too, and he looks great.”
Evans will play a man brutally murdered whom comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
Here’s the UK quad for The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe.
The fright sequel, directed by Tom Harper and stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCroy, takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.
It opens in theaters January 30, 2015.
“As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.
One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and survive the Woman in Black.”
Ahead of the AFM Protagonist Pictures has boarded sales on the latest film from cult horror icon Rob Zombie (read our interview).
ScreenDaily reports that the Halloween-set 31, which is about to complete a 90-day crowd-funding campaign, “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.”
“I love movies about Halloween, in fact my first film House Of 1000 Corpses is set on Halloween,”said Zombie. “In looking for a new angle I found that more people go missing and are never found this day than any other in the year. I thought that’s a good premise for a film. Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film.
“Without the fans raising funds and helping to build buzz, a crazy film like this would have been almost impossible to get off the ground,” he added. “I owe the fans big time on this one”
Protagonist is also on board to produce alongside writer-director Zombie, Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, and Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow + Arrow. Eddie Vaisman is producer for Protagonist.
Production is scheduled to begin in February 2015.
The horror master himself John Carpenter has confirmed that he will be releasing an album called Lost Themes, which brings us unused tracks from films he’s directed. Now, if this new piece of news that I’m about to talk about tells us anything then these themes will come from such films as Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, They Live, and many other of his works.
See, Carpenter has released a new track entitled “Vortex”. To listen to it, you have to go to this website, which shows scenes from several of his films as the site background. This leads me to believe that the tracks will be coming from these particular films. Now, this hasn’t been confirmed but a man can dream, right?
Listen to the track and let us know what you think!
LA’s dark side has long been a fascination for filmmakers. Artists such as Michael Mann (Collateral) and David Lynch (Lost Highway) have used the City of Angeles as a predominant character on more than one occasion. Most recently it played the central role in David Cronenberg’s seedy and often shocking Hollywood satire Map to the Stars. In Writer/Director Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, the hypnotic Nightcrawler, the film’s central character is very much embedded within the environment.
Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a driven young man trying to get ahead in life in any manner that he can. The audience is introduced to him as a petty thief. He soon stumbles upon the nocturnal underbelly of freelance crime journalism, a field Bloom soon realizes he has a real knack for. Gilroy does an impeccable job of establishing this grimy world where amoral ethics is a prerequisite. This neo-noir take of LA is expertly captured by Gilroy’s top notch team including Cinematographer Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood and The Town). Like vampires, the “nightcrawlers” seemingly only come out at night to hunt for their next paycheck. The character of Lou Bloom is one of the most fascinating and chilling characters to come around. His unrelenting and abrasive personality is both admirable and genuinely discomforting. We don’t get any real insight into his past. Bloom could very well be a byproduct of the times where it’s becoming increasingly tougher to survive and make ends meet. His survival instincts and single-minded focus to obtain the American Dream at all costs has blinded him completely. The socially-awkward, alien-like Bloom is devoid of anything resembling a moral compass.
Jake Gyllenhaal, one of our finest actors, has an endless stream of memorable performances. His portrayal of Lou Bloom is without a doubt his finest to date. You haven’t seen Gyllenhaal quite like this before. He’s particular great at conveying the artificial perception of affability, the mask Bloom must wear whenever he encounters others. The end totally justifies the means to this guy and he’ll do whatever it takes to reach his goals regardless of the wreckage he leaves behind. Superficiality has never felt so unnerving. Gyllenhaal’s complete commitment to the part is nothing short of remarkable. His emotive eyes draw you in as often as they make you repulsed. This performance sets a new standard in creepiness. His supporting cast is just as memorable. Rene Russo is at her finest as television producer Nina. Her character is similarly unredeemable. Bill Paxton is top of his game as Joe Loder, Bloom’s veteran competition. He’s obviously having a blast playing such a slimy yet comfortable in his own skin type of character. Riz Ahmed gives a poignant, career-making performance as Rick, Bloom’s assistant, the only one who has anything resembling a moral compass. It’s difficult to witness the character’s reluctant tolerance of such inhumanity; all for a lousy thirty bucks a day to make ends barely meet.
Nightcrawler, in particular Gyllenhaal crawls right under your skin and stays there long after it’s over. LA has often been portrayed as a sinister place, waiting to swallow up yet another soul. Here is no exception. Lou Bloom is another shadow within the city you don’t want to waltz into at night. I would be extremely dumbfounded if Gyllenhaal wasn’t up for a plethora of nominations during awards season. He’s that good. Gilroy’s confident first at bat as director deserves as much attention as well. Nightcrawler’s vampiresque-like mood places an intoxicating spell on whoever dares to enter. This is not only one of the best films of 2014 but one of the most haunting character studies ever.
Review originally published on September 12, 2014 out of TIFF.
We’ve been featuring some amazing music video lists that were culled from the rosters of top level metal labels. Today is no exception as we bring you the Top 10 Music Videos from our pals over at Metal Blade Records! They’ve put together a list that includes bands such as Charred Walls of the Damned, Job For A Cowboy, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, and many, many more!
This list was put together by Vince Edwards, who I’ll let introduce himself:
Hello, Bloody-Disgusting readers! I’m Vince from Metal Blade, the resident publicity, radio, video directing, yelling-obscenities-at-inanimate-objects guru. As a label, we’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most talented directors in music and film, all the way from up-and-coming friends of bands with cameras, up to directors who have worked on feature films (hi, Joe Lynch!). When the e-mail chains, calls, and treatments start to circulate for a music video, directors and bands collaborate for the concepts. Resources are pooled, locations are scouted, and the directors are put to the task of bringing a band’s vision to life, or creating a vision for a band that might not necessarily have one at the moment (video ideas aren’t easy). As is often the case with bands in the metal genre, lyrics and concepts from songs and albums often turn out to be particularly brutal! Between Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, The Red Chord, and many more, we have no shortage of bands with unique ideas and lyrics that invoke grotesque and shocking images. Here is my top 10! Happy Halloween!
Head on in to check out this amazing list!
It’s finally here. The annual Steam Halloween Sale is live, bringing with it deals on all sorts of horror games from now until Nov 3. Just under 500 titles have been discounted, many by 50-75%. There are far too many to list here, but I’ve included a few of the highlights below, so you don’t have to sift through all this cheap gaming goodness. Otherwise, the full list can be found here.
Doorways Collection for $6.39
The Evil Within Season Pass for $9.99
Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99
Outlast for $6.79
The Walking Dead: Season One for $6.24
The Walking Dead: Season Two for $12.49
Killing Floor for $4.99
Amnesia Collection for $8.74
Dead Space Pack for $8.74
Darkwood for $11.24
Alan Wake for $7.49
State of Decay for $6.79
Slender: The Arrival for $4.99
Silence of the Sleep for $11.38
Contagion for $7.99
Paranormal for $7.49
Kraven Manor for $3.99
Mondo has revealed details for their upcoming vinyl soundtracks for Elliot Goldenthal‘s Pet Sematary and Jerry Goldsmith‘s The Omen, both of which will go on sale tomorrow!
The soundtrack for Pet Sematary comes on the film’s 25th anniversary and is being hailed as, “…the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack to date…”, featuring two tracks from The Ramones that were previously unreleased on the soundtrack. There will be a standard black edition and there will be randomly inserted green/blue vinyl with black haze.
When it comes to The Omen, fans will remember that Mondo released that soundtrack last year. However, what happened was they offered a black/red striped variant that ultimately had audio issues and were not released. Rather, they were used as ammunition at MondoCon’s Shaun Of The Dead “record throwing” booth.
Now, Mondo is happy to announce that they have 700 copies of the striped variant that will go on sale tomorrow. As an owner of a different variant, I can safely say that the packaging and quality is stellar! Definitely worth the investment!
Head below for a gallery and for vinyl details.
Pet Sematary details:
Pet Sematary 2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black & Randomly Inserted Translucent Green / Blue vinyl with Black Haze. Music Composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Featuring “Pet Sematary,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” by The Ramones. Artwork by Mike Saputo. $35
The Omen LP Pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Red Vinyl with Black Stripe. Music Composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Artwork by Phantom City Creative. Limited to 700 copies. $25
Tonight is Devil’s Night, the eve before Halloween when kids troll their neighborhood armed with toilet paper and shaving cream. Commonly known as Mischief Night in my home state of Jersey, this is the night for tricks, while tomorrow is the day for fun size candy and boss ass costumes. Hate your principal? Egg his house. Pissed at your neighbor? Soap his windshield.
While tonight’s activities remain pretty much the same across the nation, the eve has different names in different regions. Damage Night, Cabbage Night, Beggar’s Night, hell, even some of the U.S. adorably calls it Goosey Night.
Like Halloween, the 30th traditions go way back to Samhain, the Celtic New Year. But what do all these wacky names mean? Jersey’s website NJ.com posted a fun and easily digestible article exploring tonight’s many traditions, including Cabbage Night:
Cabbage Night stems from an old Scottish tradition, according to “Framingham Legends,” a history of the Massachusetts town. In Framingham, which apparently also calls it Cabbage Night, girls on Halloween Eve would closely examine cabbages pulled out of their neighbor’s patches to divine the qualities of their future husbands.
“Once the cabbage had served its purpose, the only logical thing to do with it was throw it against the door and run really fast, thus beginning a long tradition of Halloween pranks.”
What do they call it in your hood? What’s your craziest Mischief Night story? Sound off in the comments!
V/H/S: Viral is NOW on VOD platforms (with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21st), and Magnet has give our friends at Joblo/Arrowinthehead a new clip from the film, this time from Nacho Vigalondo’s insane demonic segment.
The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).
“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”
Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.
Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.
About a week ago I told you guys that The Strangers director Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird was a must-see Halloween film. A lot of you guys didn’t like that, but I stand behind my love for (most) of the movie, which I consider to be frightening and suspenseful until the lackluster and trite finale. Still, it’s a great ride that I thought would be fun to watch on Halloween.
I got ahead of myself and some readers assumed I didn’t have any other suggestions. Well, I do, and I’m going to share them with you now. Thankfully, since Halloween 2014 lands on a Friday, it comes with two bonus days to fill with genre goodies.
First, per request of a few readers, I want to point you to Gerard Johnstone’s People Under the Stairs-esqe Housebound, a hilarious indie film we’ve been supporting since the beginning of time. Patrick Cooper called the film a comical and creepy house of horrors. In the New Zealand-based film, “Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.“
Much like Mockingbird, The Houses That October Built is a pretty great experimental horror film that falls apart in the final moments. Still, the unique nature of the way it was filmed – at real haunted mazes – makes this a must-see. Bobby Roe directs this new spin on found-footage that stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson.
Also available now is TWC-Dimension’s Horns, the adaptation of Joe Hill’s graphic novel that was directed by Alex Aja (High Tensions, Mirrors, Piranha 3D) and stars The Woman In Black‘s Daniel Radcliffe. It’s not a perfect movie – although Mike Pereira loved it – but it’s a really colorful adaptation that’s got some really cool stuff in it. “Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer.“
And how could I not use this opportunity fore a shameless plug? If (and only if) you like the first two V/H/S films, check out our V/H/S: Viral, featuring the works of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment D Is for Dogfight), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring). It’s also glossier as we took the franchise into the “real world”, so to speak, so those who hate the found-footage look may actually enjoy this one.
Let’s see, what else is out there, oh, yeah SAW. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s indie classic that Lionsgate acquired and put into theaters everywhere, thus changing the course of horror last decade. While it is opening in theaters for a one-weekend engagement, it’s feature all over VOD platforms and should be revisited in celebration of the indie horror film. If anything, catch it before Lionsgate announces a remake…
I also really enjoyed the Town That Dreaded Sundown remake/sequel (here’s our review), which reminded me of the early Halloween films with a hint of David Fincher’s Zodiac. The pic takes place “65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.” Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is also getting behind the camera for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” episodes.
Another film that’s a mixed bag is Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists. I really enjoyed the film, but Rodriguez also helmed a V/H/S/2 segment, which sorts of voids out my opinion. The reviews seem to be mixed and our readers also seem to enjoy the film enough that I think it may be worth a Halloween weekend viewing. It’s a found-footage Bigfoot film in which “a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed” after an accident. It’s from the director of The Blair Witch Project, too.
An older film I really, really, really loved is Under the Skin, a super creepy alien horror pic that I’ve been raving about here on the site. Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress who “combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair.” A quick note: From what I’m told, the book is way better.
And while there are tons of great genre films floating on VOD, there are a handful that you SHOULD AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
First and foremost is the terrible Stephen King adaptation (of which he wrote the screenplay) A Good Marriage, which Patrick Cooper called the worst Stephen King adaptation yet. Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. “When her husband (LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.“
And while we like Blumhouse’s Mockingbird and Town That Dreaded Sundown, you should definitely avoid Mercy, a try and bland haunter from Peter Cornwell, the director of the awful Haunting In Connecticut. In the other bad Stephen King adaptation, “Two mischievous young brothers accompany their single mother to take care of their grandma in her remote and lonely house. What begins as an innocent gesture, leads to the discovery of terrifying secrets about Gramma’s true nature.”
Easily the worst movie of the year, and a must avoid VOD rental is WER, an atrocious found-footage werewolf pic from the directors of The Devil Inside. Featuring the worst finale in recent memory, it tells the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.
Two more weak films being pushed heavily on VOD platforms (don’t be fooled!) is both the comedy Life After Beth and the generic thriller Stonehearst Asylum. Patrick Cooper called the Abrey Plaza starrer Life After Beth a muddled zombedy. In regards to the Kate Beckinsale starrer Stonehearst Asylum, Patrick says it’s a so-so period thriller.
There’s literally hundreds of VOD titles released throughout the year, and while we focused on the new(er) stuff, we’d love to know what you guys would suggest to the rest of Bloody Disgusting. Tell everyone below, what should they rent and/or avoid this Halloween weekend?
Not content to let two of gaming’s oldest horror franchises fade away, Atari is bringing back both Alone in the Dark and Haunted House with “reimaginings” of each slated to arrive this fall.
Of the two, Haunted House: Cryptic Graves is the most mysterious. Until today, we hadn’t seen much of it, with the exception of a small bit of gameplay footage and some screenshots. Today, we’re getting more of each, and first up is the game’s official trailer.
You can pre-order Haunted House: Cryptic Graves for $16.99 (15% off) right now on Steam.
To kick off the return of the original SAW in theaters this Halloween Weekend, Arclight Cinemas will be hosting a special Q&A with the original filmmakers and cast of the most successful Horror Franchise of all time.
Join moderator, Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, at the ArcLight Hollywood and reminisce with the cast about this iconic franchise. The Q&A will also be live streamed into four other Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] so get your tickets here now.
For those of you not in the LA area, you can also live stream the Q&A at your own computer. See below!
WHO: Director/Writer James Wan, Writer/Star Leigh Whannell, Producers Mark Burg & Oren Koules, DP David Armstrong, and cast members Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell; moderated by Evan Dickson
Tomorrow is Halloween and we’ve been featuring some amazing content to ensure that you have tons of ideas on what you can do for this special day! But if you haven’t gotten enough movie suggestions to know what to marathon this weekend, how about we turn to ambient trip-hop duo Arms & Sleepers to lend their thoughts!
Member Mirza Ramic states:
Lots of TV/movie memories from our childhood years in the 1980s and early 1990s expressed themselves musically on our new album ‘Swim Team’. The TV show ‘Miami Vice’ brought back a lot of feelings (watching Crockett and Tubbs in action in my father’s arms will always be a special moment in my life), as did Jean-Claude Van Damme’s double role in ‘Double Impact’ (so much so that I watched the film ceremonially while on tour in Hong Kong – which is where the movie takes place – a couple of years back). But as true movie enthusiasts, there are plenty of horror films from this time period that hold a special place in our hearts as well. Here are five of them, in no particular order.
Check out their Top 5 horror films and then make sure to order Swim Team via the band’s Bandcamp.
Just in time for Halloween, artist Bennett Slater has given us a glimpse of his newest piece, and it’s fucking chilling. He created the piece for a Halloween-themed show at Auguste Clown Gallery in Australia opening Halloween night. His style is uncompromising and depicts the terror that I believe is captured by the weird old oil painting portraits of old. This is seriously chilling stuff.
Here’s Bennett’s inspiration in his own words:
For this piece, I delved into Dante’s “Inferno”, from the 14th Century poem “Divine Comedy”. Centered around a man traversing the 9 circles of Hell, there’s one section that always stuck with me, which features a corrupted man (Ugolino) forced to eat his own sons. I combined Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s 19th century sculpture “Ugolino and His Sons” with a contemporary costume depiction of satan. It’s interesting- the difference a century makes. The excerpt from “Inferno” which I based the piece reads:
Editorial By: Giaco Furino
So it’s Halloween and you’re in a relationship? Cool! Chances are either you or your significant other (or the both of you) have thought about a couples costume for Halloween. We understand the temptation is strong, but don’t just go as Peanut Butter and Jelly, don’t don mustaches and dress as Mario and Luigi. You’re a reader of this site! You can do better… and by better, of course, we mean creepier! Here are six great ideas to scare in tandem.
Bonnie and Clyde (Deceased)
We’ll start you off with a classic Halloween costume. Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous robbers and leaders of a small gang during the great depression, are perfect candidates for a couples costume. Dress up in Great Depression-era garb, tote around a fake gun, and feel like a badass. But we can do better than that. Remember the final scene from the 1967 movie, where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are riddled with bullets? That’s the costume we’re going for!
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Bonnie, you’ll need an era-appropriate dress and an awesome tommy gun. For the person playing Clyde, you’ll need a handsome suit, a nice hat, and a devilish grin. Both costumers, of course, will need a pair of scissors. Don’t rush this costume; in real life Bonnie and Clyde were reportedly shot fifty times… you’ll have to cut all those bullet holes!
Rosemary and Her Baby
When Rosemary’s Baby hit theaters in 1968 it captivated audiences and critics, and even managed to freak out the church and expectant mothers! Mia Farrow delivered a performance so realistic that some claimed it was too true to life. So now it’s up to you and yours to create a truly terrifying couples costume around this flick. Everyone likes to dress up as a baby for Halloween (well, maybe not everyone), if you’re gonna do it you might as well dress up as the spawn of Satan.
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Rosemary, you’ll need that adorable pixie haircut, a big kitchen knife, and a blue sleeping gown. For the person playing Baby, you’ll need… well… we only really see it’s demonic eyes. So go crazy! Just make sure you nail the eyes.
Frankenstein’s Monster and His Companion
So you want to go as “Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein”? Well stop right there! Let’s get literary here. Let’s work from the source, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. You’ll be going as Frankenstein’s Monster, and you’ll be going as the Monster’s Companion. And don’t go reaching for that green makeup, either, you’re both made of corpses, and you’ll both be fleshy and rotten and disgusting, just like in the book. In fact, in the novella Dr. Frankenstein can’t even pull the trigger and bring the Companion to life, he’s too worried it’ll turn out just as monstrous as the Monster.
What You’ll Need: You’ll both need to dress in shabby clothing. Better stock up on liquid latex, too, if you really want to get that “just a mound of rotten flesh” look. Remember, keeping these costumes literary is the key to staying creepy and standing out against the flat-topped Frankenstein masses.
Oedipus and Jocasta
Want to really freak out your friends? Dress up as Oedipus and Jocasta from Greek Mythology. Do you remember the classic tale? Here’s a 10th grade English class primer: Oedipus’ father knew his son would one day kill him, so he left the infant out in the wilds. Baby Oedipus was saved and given to the childless king. He later ends up unwittingly killing his father and marrying Jocasta… his mother. And when the couple finally finds out that he’s killed his dad and been chilling with his mom for years she hangs herself and he gouges out his own eyes. Perfect for a couple costume!
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Oedipus, you’ll need greek robes and LOTS of blood around your eyes. For the person playing Jocasta, you’ll need greek robes and a rope. It’s like a toga party… but, you know, terrible and creepy.
King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
If you’ve got a fancy dress and a King’s costume laying around (and who doesn’t!?) don’t just go as a tired old King and Queen. Go as King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn! Their sordid love, marriage, and eventual split make the juiciest soap opera seem dull. Unable to bear the nearly-mad King Henry a son, Anne Boleyn was charged with adultery and conspiracy and sentenced to death. Even after a thoughtful testimony she was walked into the public square and given a swift beheading. So why be a plain King and Queen when you can be a blood splattered maniac King and his beheaded bride!
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Henry, you’ll need a big beard, a big belly, and the blood of your many dead wives on your hands. For the person playing Anne, give yourself as nasty a neck wound as you can muster! And make sure you’re both pasty! Royalty is always pasty!
Chupacabra and Goat
The Chupacabra, the legendary creature that’s known to suck the blood out of farm animals, was first sighted in Puerto Rico in 1995. The creature, according to witnesses, kills livestock like sheep, cows, and goats, and sucks all their blood from them, leaving them bone-dry. The creature’s name literally translates to “goat sucker” so… Chupacabra and Goat! It’s a match made in heaven and a perfect couple costume.
What You’ll Need: Aside from buckets of blood? For the person playing the Chupacabra, make sure you’ve got nasty fangs, big claws, and a penchant for blood. For the person playing the goat, make sure you’ve mastered the “oh no I’m being drained of all my blood” look.