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My Favorite ‘Friday The 13th’ Moment! What’s Yours?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:00

Happy Friday the 13th! For me, one of the big allures of the franchise is that it takes me back to simpler times. There’s not a single installment I don’t like on some level. I love the atmosphere of the first four installments, not just the woodsy environment but their inherent innocence. Sure the characters had sex and smoked dope, but there was something (usually) innately sweet about the whole endeavor. I also loved the sleaziness of A New Beginning, the cleverness of Jason Lives, the Voorhees design from The New Blood and Creighton Duke from Jason Goes To Hell.

The 2009 remake also hit a lot of sweet spots for me and is among by very favorite of the franchise. For those of you who think that the most recent entry is cynical, I actually think it’s anything but. Remember, the studio had zero respect for the franchise during its first incarnation, these were turn and burn gigs that people were turning down left and right because there was no money and the powers that be insisted on unrealistic schedules to keep the money flowing in. I’d argue that the folks behind the 2009 version actually cared more about the quality of the film than most of the people involved in the original sequels (especially later on).

I’d also argue that Steve Miner’s 1981 installment Friday the 13th Paet 2 had a lot of care put into it. I think Miner really took Part 2 seriously (as evidenced by the bravura finale). And, while it’s not the hands down best F13 movie, in many ways it’s the prototypical one – even without the hockey mask. You’ve got Crystal Lake. You’ve got counselors. The vibe is right (the tone of Part 3 is almost as icky as A New Beginning) and there’s still a sense of mystery about the series.

You’ve also got an all time great F13 kill when Tom McBride’s Mark takes that long tumble downstairs in his wheelchair. Not only is that moment shocking in its (almost literal) willingness to go abruptly off the rails, it’s preceded by one of the most effective pre-kill builds in the franchise. So even with everything else that’s great about this franchise – and there’s a lot – this is probably my favorite moment. Ask me tomorrow and it might be another one.

What’s your favorite moment from the franchise?

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How Are You Celebrating Friday the 13th?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:51

It’s Friday the 13th. Yes, it happens multiple times a year, but that doesn’t mean us horror fans don’t treat it like an annual holiday!

Some of us get warm with Jason Voorhees and revisit the classic Friday the 13th films, others recognize it as a celebration of our genre and go horror crazy, watching anything and everything from Nosferatu to Drag Me to Hell.

Me, personally, I plan on getting myself a deep dish Chicago pizza (with pepperoni, of course), and watching some black and white classics. It’s been a while since I’ve seen films like The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill and maybe even The Tingler. If I’m still alive, I’ll end the night with a game of “F13 Russian Roulette,” where I’ll randomly pick one of the classics, and end my night with the Voorhees family.

What are your plans?

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‘As It Is In Heaven’ Also Drinks the Kool-Aid (Trailer)

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:40

Joshua Overbay’s indie thriller As It Is In Heaven is also drinking the cult Kool-Aid.

We now have a trailer, stills and theatrical details for the latest indie cult movie set for release.

In the pic, “After the death of the Prophet, a man is called to lead his small religious sect as they anxiously await the end of the world they were promised. Director Joshua Overbay deftly leads audiences down a twisting path of passion and devotion, envy and manipulation in this sympathetic portrayal of a modern-day cult leader and his spiritual convictions. Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John Lina) nears death and his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet instead names newcomer David (Chris Nelson) as his spiritual successor.

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Ride the ‘Devil’s Mile’ This August

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:26

Phase 4 Films has announced an August 12 DVD/VOD date for director Joseph O’Brien’s highly-anticipated horror-thriller Devil’s Mile starring David Hayter (writer of X-Men and Watchmen), Maria del Mar (“24″) and Casey Hudecki (Wolves).

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work together in hopes of surviving the deadly evil force.

Check out the art.

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[TV] Meet the Cast of FX’s “The Strain”

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:22

Manhattan. The Country. The World. “The Strain” takeover begins Sunday, July 13th on FX.

From Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, check out these character images that come courtesy of Seat42f.

‘The Strain’ is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

“The Strain” stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Roger Cross, Leslie Hope, Regina King, Robert Maillet, Lauren Lee Smith, Miguel Gomez, Kevin Durand, David Bradley, and Richard Sammel.

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Rob Zombie Guitarist Unveils Details On New Solo Album

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 07:41

Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 has released more details for his upcoming solo album Careful With That Axe, which comes out August 12th via 60 Cycle Hum. The album will be the follow up to 2012′s God Told Me To and will be preceded by its first single “This Is My Rifle” this upcoming Tuesday, the 17th, the same day that preorders for the album go live.

The album features Rodger Carter on drums – who also co-produced the album – and Matt Bissonette on bass.

Direct from the press release:

From his flawless finger picking technique on the Latin flavored “El Cucuy” and his fast, intricate guitar-work on the classic Jerry Reed covers “Jerry’s Breakdown” and “Jiffy Jam,” banjo included, to anthemic “Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers In Hell,” John 5 gracefully weaves in and out of many different styles ranging from metal and rock, to bluegrass, country & western and flamenco, all harmoniously coming together for his magnum opus ‘Careful With That Axe’.

Below is the full track listing as well as all upcoming tour dates.

Careful With That Axe track listing:
1. We Need To Have A Talk About John
2. This Is My Rifle
3. Flight Of The Vulcan Kelly
4. Jerry’s Breakdown
5. Villisca
6. Portrait Of Sidney Sloan
7. Jiffy Jam
8. Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers In Hell
9. El Cucuy
10. The Dream Slayer

John 5’s current European and U.S. tour dates with Rob Zombie are as follows:
6/17 Prague, Czech Republic Incheba Open Air
6/20 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/22 Barcelona, Spain St. Jordi Club
6/23 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
6/26 Rome, Italy Ippodromo Capannelle
6/27 Milan, Italy Ippodromo Del Galoppo Open Air
6/28 ZH, Switzerland Eishalle Wetzikon
6/29 Dessel, Belgium Stenehei
7/1 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli Vredenburg
7/2 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
7/4 Roskilde, Denmark Darupvej
7/5 Saxony, Germany Roitzschjora Airport

7/17 Oshkoch, WI Rock USA
7/18 Clive. IA 7 Flags Event Center
7/19 Grayslake, IL Fuel Arena
7/20 Cadcott, WI Rock Fest
9/8 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
9/9 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre
9/11 Post Falls, ID Greyhound Park
9/12 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
9/13 Central Point, OR Lithia Motors Amphitheatre
9/14 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park
9/16 San Jose, CA City National Civic
9/17 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/19 Scottsdale, CA Westworld
9/21 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheatre
9/23 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre
9/24 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Rec. Center
9/27 Saginaw, MI FirstMerit Bank Event Park

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[Review] ‘Torment’ Is a Slick, Brooding Home Invasion Thriller

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:25

The title and art for Jordan Barker’s Torment suggests some typical torture porn. To my relief, it’s much more in the psychological horror realm, with only a couple bits of actual physical torment peppered here and there. The plot is a familiar one, but thanks to some sharp composition, rapid presentation, and decent performances, Torment makes for an enjoyable little thriller.

After a moody prologue sets the stage for some good ol’ fashioned home invasion thrills, Torment introduces us to our protagonists: newlyweds Sarah and Corey. They’re heading to Corey’s old home in the sticks with his seven-year-old son Liam for some family bonding. Shortly after arriving, it’s clear Liam still isn’t comfortable calling Sarah “mom” and adjusting to her new family isn’t going to be the cakewalk she had hoped for. Like when she tries sitting in his mom’s old favorite chair and Liam flips out. There’s some resentment here, but the widow Corey is nothing but patient.

These intimate moments of family drama work really well to introduce the characters and establish some sympathy for them when the shit hits the fan. The great performances add weight to all of this. Katherine Isabelle (American Mary) is believable as the disgruntled stepmom who’s desperate to show Liam she cares for him and Robin Dunne (TV’s Sanctuary) provides a fine mix of paternal shielding and frustration over his petulant son.

Alright, on to the juicy stuff…

Once the initial domestic drama is over, Torment wastes no time kicking into high gear. The home invasion angle is fairly predictable as it goes through the motions of dark hiding spots, running down hallways, locking doors, making it outside, going back inside, etc. There are some unpredictable elements (particularly concerning the invaders’ motivations), but there’s still nothing in the plot that really hooked me. The theme of abuse and the mental scars they leave behind is hinted at, but never really explored.

But while the plot may lack any stimulating elements, Torment makes up for it with its slick presentation and brooding atmosphere. The old house is set off the road in a rural area and the location is milked very well. Barker has a very keen eye for geography.

My only beef with the look of Torment is that it was too dark in some places – to the point where it was a bit tough to figure out where someone was. I should note that this totally could’ve been due to the lesser-than quality of the screener I was given. If that’s the case, never mind.

Aside from the sometimes overbearing darkness, Torment just looks really damn good. The pace is relentless, the atmosphere is eerie, and thankfully Barker relies more on actual suspense than gore to set the tone. It’s simply a fine indie horror flick. And while I typically roll my eyes over obvious sequel set-ups, I’d be interested to see if Torment becomes a franchise.

Torment is available VOD now and will be hitting DVD July 15th!

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Follow The “Evolution” Of Skyharbor

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 18:00

International melodic progressive tech metal band Skyharbor have released a video for “Evolution”, their first single from their upcoming as-yet-untitled sophomore album. The album is currently being funded through Pledge Music, where you can get a free download of the song if you’ve pledged.

Vocalist Dan Tompkins (ex-TesseracT) states:

We’re delighted to finally push the first single from our second album out…[Evolution] pretty much sums up the journey we’ve been on since ‘Blinding White Noise’, and we feel it’s the perfect introduction to our second album. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

I’m always interested in sharing music that I think some of you might really enjoy, which is why I’m bringing this here. You can watch the video below (courtesy of Prog).

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[E3 2014] ‘Dying Light’ Isn’t About Zombies, It’s About Movement

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:51

Since its reveal last June, Techland’s open-world zombie survival game Dying Light has often been compared to the developer’s previous game, Dead Island. The comparison is an easy one to make, seeing as they each share very similar themes — a post-apocalyptic setting, big open-world, weapon crafting, zombies, etc. — but that’s not how Techland sees it.

Destructoid had the chance to briefly chat with Dying Light producer Tymon Smektala about their next game. According to Smektala, Dying Light is less about the ravenous undead and more about movement. This is a reference to the game’s freerunning system, which is arguably the feature that most sets it apart from Techland’s previous work.

Techland has nothing to do with the Dead Island sequel that was announced on Monday. This was purposeful, as the game the studio wanted to make wasn’t the right fit for the series.

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[E3 2014] 10 Minutes of ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Gameplay

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:28

Sick of Mortal Kombat X news yet? No? Good, because I have another ten minutes of gameplay that comes courtesy of IGN, which recently had the chance to sat down with series creator Ed Boon for a live demo. The new footage shows off some of the possible interactivity between the fighters and the environments, as well as the fighter variations and their mildly brutal executions.

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[E3 2014] Nathan Returns for One Last Adventure in ‘Uncharted 4′

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:04

Earlier this week, Sony debuted the first official trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End made up entirely from footage captured from a PS4. Several years have passed since the events in the third game — which I’m ashamed to say I have yet to play — but now Nathan and friends will need to reunite for one last adventure in order to discover the truth behind a fabled pirate treasure.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will release exclusively on PS4 in 2015.

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[E3 2014] New Footage From ‘Amnesia’ Dev’s Next Game

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:24

Revealed at Gamescom last year, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is the next game from The Chinese Room, the studio that brought us Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It looks creepy, though from what I’ve heard of the game, it’s more of a mystery/adventure game than it is horror — think more Esther, less Pigs — though it will be story-driven, much like their previous games.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a PS4 exclusive scheduled to release sometime in 2015.

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[E3 2014] ‘Alien: Isolation’ Screens Show Off Handmade Weapons

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:05

If I were at E3 right now, finding me among the thousands of attendees would be easy, just look for the Alien: Isolation booth. SEGA is showing off a 25 minute-long playable demo right now to those lucky enough to be on the show floor — for everyone else, including us, we get new screenshots. Better than nothing, right?

Alien: Isolation will arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.

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One Way Static Teases Upcoming ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Vinyl OST

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:23

One Way Static Records has released a few tracks from their upcoming Phantom Of The Opera vinyl release, which you can hear below. Taken from the 1925 film and performed by The Laze, the release has no confirmed release date but more news will be coming in the near future!

I’m personally a member of the OWS member club and I cannot wait to get my hands on this release! It’s going to be incredible!

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer Looks Like “Jungle Book” meets “Frankenstein”

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:15

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

Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, check out the film’s first trailer below.

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

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

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Double the Sarah Paulson In “American Horror Story: Freakshow”

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:08

The new supreme is going to be able to show us her supreme acting talent come this fall.

Sarah Paulson, one of the most compelling actresses in FX’s “American Horror Story” series, revealed her character for the forthcoming forth season.

She tweeted out this afternoon that she’ll be playing a two-headed carny in “American Horror Story: Freakshow.”

So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season,” she reveals. “Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW

EW previously reported that, the seres, returning this fall, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.

Michael Chiklis, also stars with Denis O’Hare and the gorgeous Emma Roberts returning.

So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season. Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW

— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 12, 2014

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Spike Lee’s Boring First Image From ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:42

Our friends at BlackFilm scored the first ever still from Spike Lee’s latest film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which will have its World Premiere on Sunday, June 22 at the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival.

Be warned, the image is crazy boring.

The film stars Zaraah Abrahams, Stephen Tyrone Williams, “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams and Felicia Pearson, Steven Hauck and Elvis Nolasco.

Funded through his Kickstarter campaign, the independent romantic horror comedy is described as “Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).

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[Album Review] Anathema ‘Distant Satellites’

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:00

Two years ago, UK alt-rock band Anathema released their ninth studio album, Weather Systems. To this day, it is an album that I will revisit with great frequency. The opening half of the album is nothing short of heartbreaking, with some of the most poignant and powerful lyrics I’ve heard in a long time. The second half breaks away, creating a series of songs that act almost like an affirmation of the beauty of life and all that it offers, even in the midst of pain.

Now, the band has released their follow up in the form of Distant Satellites, a 10-track album that furthers the evolution of the band, from their beginnings in doom metal to the current electronic-infused rock that they just released. But is this release as strong as their past few releases or has it faltered and failed to reach the same heights? Read on for my thoughts.

Listening to the first few tracks of the album, I was struck by how much it reminded me of the opening tracks on Weather Systems. Both began with a track that built to soaring crescendos (“Untouchable Pt. 1″ vs. “The Lost Song Part 1″), ultimately fading out before entering a “sequel” track that utilized elements of its predecessor in a more mellow manner (“Untouchable Pt. 2″ vs. “The Lost Song Part 2″).

The third track on the album “Dusk (Dark Is Descending)” continued that pattern, reminding me strongly of the combined structures of “The Gathering Of The Clouds” and “Lightning Song”.

“Ariel” reminded me of their eighth studio album, We’re Here Because We’re Here. It’s a soft track, heavily reliant upon the piano, with simple, lovely melodies. As with many of their tracks, it dynamically builds before gently releasing the listener with a soft fade, like slipping into a soft slumber.

As the album progresses, more and more electronic influences start peeking out from behind the curtain, often times drawing them back entirely for a full revelation. Tracks like “You’re Not Alone” and “Distant Satellites” are punctuated with sharp, static programmed loops.

“Anathema” is an intensely beautiful song that echoes with pain and heartache. The end result is a song that is wholly befitting of bearing the band’s name, demonstrating elements throughout the entirety of their career.

The Final Word: While I have extolled many of the virtues that Distant Satellites has to offer, I must admit that the album didn’t grab me by the throat the same way that Weather Systems did. It’s a strong album that will get many replays but my admittedly astronomical expectations were not met.

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Happy Anniversary to ‘Rosemary’s Baby’!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:52

“Pray for Rosemary’s Baby.”

46 years ago today Roman Polanski’s terrifying occult horror Rosemary’s Baby was released in theaters.

Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon, and produced by the great William Castle, “A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.

The pic, which recent was remade as a television minseries, is based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin.

Made for a mere $3M, the film was a blockbuster success taking in over $30M at the box office.

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First Official ‘Jurassic World’ Images!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:05

The AV Club landed the first official images from Jurassic World, now filming under the direction of Colin Trevorrow.

My personal fav of the batch is the above shot of Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, which looks straight out of a Steven Spielberg film!

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015 (exactly one year from today!).

The sequel imagines a fully operational theme park.

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