“Stylized” is often a hit or miss term for me in film because it habitually becomes the prime focus of the film itself with only a bare thread of story sewn in. However, The Scribbler manages to get it right while also bringing to life an origin story of a graphic novel that I had previously didn’t know existed.
Suki (Katie Cassidy) has Dissociative Identity Disorder and is sent to live in a sort of high rise half way house for the “recovering” mentally ill. I use “recovering” lightly here considering most of the patients have seemingly been throwing themselves off the top of the high rise. Suki arrives and meets a variety of interesting characters including a pseudo-gypsy named Cleo (Gina Gershon), Emily (Ashlynn Yennie) who has a crippling fear of wearing clothes, Hogan (Garret Dillahunt) who happens to be the only male in the high rise, and Alice (Michelle Trachtenberg) who makes it almost impossible to use the stairs.
With a great cast of characters, The Scribbler keeps an ongoing entertaining narrative without ever really getting caught up in its visual style. While I was watching I couldn’t help but compare it to Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch which failed unendingly in narrative. Each character has their own personality and quirk that differentiates them from the others. No one is completely crazy but in a way they are far more in touch with themselves than “the mundanes” as Hogan refers to regular people.
Upon some research I realized director, John Suits, also wrote the film Static which I happened upon about a month ago. Had I known that going in I would have realized that I was getting into a relatively original story, as original as an adaptation can be anyway. Suits has a clear voice and he seeks out projects that give a slightly different spin on traditional story telling. His talent is not only backed up here but he proves himself as a decent director who can give over the writing work to others.
As an origin story goes The Scribbler is up there with the best of them though while some become too bloated-Captain America- this comes in at a lean 88 minutes and doesn’t waste a single one. Suki is being treated to get rid of her “alters” with an experimental machine called “The Siamese Burn” (which does exactly what it says), a souped up version of electroshock therapy that is meant to burn out the other personalities. Instead it seems to be making them stronger and Suki is unable to decide which personality is really her or if she is actually all of them.
Katie Cassidy does an excellent job of portraying the confused and ever cynical Suki, whether she is stone cold serious or sarcastically hilarious I never found myself getting annoyed with her. I’ll also give her some major credit for being a character that has virtually no love angle. She has Hogan but he is her friend, someone who understands her. Of course, I haven’t read the graphic novels so I can’t speak for her future love life but it was nice to see it more or less dispensed with here.
A movie that can’t be understood unless you have read the book is fundamentally flawed as a movie, but a movie that makes you want to read the book is an overwhelming success. It’s a damn shame that The Scribbler, which is a part of the extremely popular Superhero phase that’s currently happening, was not given a wider release. It’s a great story and extremely fun to watch, I only hope Suits comes back for more because I would love to see where he can take it. The Scribbler is a great example of how you don’t need a few million dollars to make an entertaining superhero movie. Oh, and if any of the female readers are into cosplay I would recommend going as The Scribbler next con.
Radar Pictures is getting behind Midnight, a spec script from screenwriters Travis Baker and Richard Tanne, writes Deadline.
The horror-thriller described as I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Prisoners “centers on a small-town mayor’s daughter who goes missing and the detectives, family and friends who discover she’s just the latest in the town’s dark history of mystery and murder.”
Baker and Tanne will serve as exec producers on Midnight, which Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce and Alexandra Eason will co-produce.
Longtime pals and collaborators Baker and Tanne started out in horror working on Eli Roth’s Hostel before co-writing series “Cinema Cool.” They teamed up last year on Halloween-set slasher Mischief Night, which Baker wrote and directed, Tanne produced and Lionsgate released.
Here’s weird news break that came off Playboy.com, who report that “Key & Peele’s” Jordan Peele is writing and directing a horror movie!
“I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies,” reveals Peele. “I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called Get Out – I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies.”
First, it’s awesome that he’s working with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly. Second, I have been saying this for years that we need more urban horror. I would love to see another movie in the vein of Candyman. It makes me beyond excited to know that Peele will be playing in that area, only I beg that it’s not a fuckin’ comedy.
Remember Saw: The Video Game? Konami wanted it to be their next big horror franchise. That obviously didn’t pan out, but the first Saw game isn’t to blame for that, no sir — the sequel, Flesh & Blood mucked that right up. Because Halloween is this Friday, I thought we could take a trip down memory lane with a playthrough of what I consider to be a mildly underrated horror game. It isn’t great, but it has shotgun doors. That’s something.
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Fellow music site Metal Sucks has just shared some tragic news with us. We have lost a member of the Bloody Disgusting family.
Although Corey Mitchell hasn’t written for us over the past few years, he will always be considered Bloody family, and we send our deepest condolences and many prayers to his family.
According to the site, Mitchell reportedly suffered a heart attack at Emo’s, the main venue to his Housecore Horror Film Festival, which wrapped up its second year in Austin, TX just last night.
This Halloween make sure to raise a glass to Corey and give him a moment of silence.
Pop on some Pantera in remembrance.
We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Lionsgate’s SAW in style.
Join Bloody Disgusting along with with director James Wan, co-creator and star Leigh Whannell, stars Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes and Shawnee Smith*, and producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg for a special Los Angeles screening of the breakthrough film that introduced Jigsaw to horror fans across the globe!
The event takes place THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 at the Arclight Hollywood theaters (6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028) at 8PM. Get tickets here before they sell out!
The Q&A will follow with Bloody Disgusting’s Evan Dickson hosting and will be live-streamed to all Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] as well as Alamo Drafthouse in Austin!
We’re told that there’s a gorgeous new DCP print that will be on display!
“With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.”
*Guests subject to change.
Killcast has been live for 5 hours now and people have been dying in troves. There’s a holding cell and a main event room where people are tortured and disposed of. There are also tons of perks and interesting ways for you at home to be involved. They’re basically making an indie film live, which is cool.
Below you can watch director Adam Rikfin’s death that set things in motion, as well as another. The event runs through tomorrow at noon central/1PM EST at Fanbacked.
What will Merrick do next?
Kino Lorber has set a November 21st release for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, nearly a year after its world premiere at Sundance (read our review). It will open in New York and Los Angeles.
Shot in black and white, the feature debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, “Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants.”
Argo actress Sheila Vand stars as a vampire along with Arash Marandi and Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali.
The 2014 AFI Film Festival writes in with details about this year’s fest, which has an awesome lineup.
“Ever since the silent era, horror and cinema have gone hand in hand (or should it be “hand in claw?”). Fear and the flickers have always been a natural fit, since both involve engaging with the dark and what lies (or might lie) within it. But then there’s always been the competing idea that horror cinema isn’t exactly art. Despite many examples to the contrary, horror films are, for many critics and “cineastes,” the Rodney Dangerfield of cinematic genres: it don’t get no respect.
The 2014 AFI Film Festival, which runs November 6th – 13th in Los Angeles, features over 150 feature and short films from all over the world. And for this year’s festival, horror is anything but an afterthought. Several horror films are being showcased at this year’s festival, including the highly anticipated New Zealand horror mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows starring Jermaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords,” Men In Black 3). In each case, they make the argument that the language of fear – especially the visual language – is truly universal.
Below are some of the major horror films screening at the AFI Fest 2014:
GOODNIGHT MOMMY (ICH SEH ICH SEH) – Twin boys fear that their mother, whose face is masked with bandages after plastic surgery, has been subsumed by an evil being. Written and directed by aunt-nephew filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Cast: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lucas Schwarz. Austria.
FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (MULA SA KUNG ANO ANG NOON) – Clocking in at an epic 5 ½ hours, the Filipino arthouse sensation Lav Diaz’s latest epic centers on a coastal village haunted by strange and supernatural occurrences. A sensory experience not to be missed. Written and directed by Lay Diaz. Cast: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camañag, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel, Joel Saracho, Reynan Abcede, Ching Valdes-Aran, Mailes Kanapi, Ian Lomongo, Noel Sto. Domingo, Evelyn Vargas, Bambi Beltran, Teng Mangansakan. Philippines. U.S. Premiere.
IT FOLLOWS – A group of friends is plagued by a nightmarish supernatural threat in this coming-of-age horror film from AFI Fest alum David Robert Mitchell. Written and directed by Mitchell. Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe. USA.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – A hit when it played at Sundance, What We Do In The Shadows follows in the footsteps of An American Werewolf in London, in mixing laughs with terror. In this hilarious mockumentary, the undead lives of five flat-mates are thrown into pandemonium when a recently turned hipster tries to join the party. Written and directed by Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, who pull triple duty since they also star. Cast also includes Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie Van Beek, Ben Fransham. New Zealand.
Horror films are just like any other mode of narrative: they seek to illuminate the human condition. Sometimes that requires eliciting a scream instead of a laugh. Sometimes, they can achieve both. But for horror fans, it just proves that, no matter the language or the country, dreaming eyes wide open in the dark is, above all, fun!”
Christine McConnell, who we’ve already featured here on Bloody Disgusting for her “Jason Voorhees goes on a date” photo series, was interviewed for Buzzfeed where she shared photos of herself in absolutely incredible homemade Halloween costumes.
McConnell is an LA-based artist, photographer, and baker (see above) who has been creating incredible handmade Halloween-inspired costumes of characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Catwoman, the Gatekeeper (from Ghostbusters), with Beetlejuice coming up this week. She’s absolutely beautiful and takes even more stunning photos. These are worthy of a Halloween Treat.
All photos owned by Christine McConnell.
#creepy found at hashtagcreepy.com is a website that curates scary videos online, from found-footage clips to short films year round. They’re attempting to post up every scary video you can ever find online.
This week they launched their first piece of original content entitled #CREEPY Halloween; a short film anthology wrapped in a 12-minute package. With stories about psychotic murderous families to a computer virus gone awry they strive to put a different spin on on horror.
The short films have all been produced independently by the creators of the site, who have credits working on films such as Insidious, The Pact and Sinister. The show format is up now and the short films will be released through out the week on the site as well for people who want to catch the shorts on their own.
Dark Sky Films will release The House at the End of Time on VOD and video November 11th.
Check out the first art and trailer, just released.
The top-grossing Venezuelan theatrical release of 2013, Alejandro Hidalgo’s debut feature was nominated for Best Film at Fantasporto 2014 and was an Official Selection at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival.
“Thirty years ago, young mother Dulce (Ruddy Rodriguez, The Living Daylights) was accused of murdering her husband and two children in their home. Despite her pleas that a malevolent force in the house was responsible for the killings, Dulce was sentenced to the maximum penalty of imprisonment. Now, as part of her sentence, Dulce is sent back to her old home and the scene of the crime under house arrest, where she’s forced to confront the horrifying memory of what happened there. But this time around she’s determined to unravel the mystery that has haunted her so for long, and with the help of a local priest, give both her loved ones and her own spirits their much-needed peace. Filled with suspense from beginning to end, The House at the End of Time is a gripping thriller about the demons that follow us and the power we have to vanquish them.”
Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated fantasy film Digging Up the Marrow.
Starring, written and directed by Adam Green (Froze, Hatchet, Hatchet II) and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee, the film stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.
“We’ve had a long, productive working relationship with Adam Green and we are extremely excited to continue to work with him on this film,” said Ward. “Adam brings an uncanny point-of-view to filmmaking and Digging Up the Marrow is one that fans of genre films will certainly rally around.”
When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Ray Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.
“Digging Up the Marrow is the result of an incredibly rewarding four-year creative collaboration,” said Green. “It’s a very unique film that doesn’t neatly fit into any specific sub-genre that has come before it. We’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that MARROW has received at early screenings.”
The monsters in the film are vividly brought to life by visionary American Artist and Trans-Media-Artistry Pioneer, Alex Pardee. Pardee has showcased his fine art in galleries around the world; acted as an art director for numerous bands (including ‘The Used’ and I’n Flames’); worked with film directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright on art-based-marketing campaigns; and provided extensive artwork for director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. In 2007, Alex co-founded “ZEROFRIENDS,” an art and apparel company that he is currently the Creative Director of.
It’s nearly Halloween and the smell of fear and candy is in the air! But for those of us who are a bit more “mature”, our “candy” probably has an ABV percentage attached to it and we’re more interested in a fun party than in trick or treating. But if your party doesn’t have a sweet soundtrack to keep hearts racing, then ya done goofed!
Luckily, I’m here to help out with a few personal selections that I know I’ll be blasting on Halloween to get in the mood and I wanted to share them with all of you! So, head on in and enjoy the tunes!
Once you’re done, let me know what Halloween music you’ll be blasting this Friday!
I can’t think of a better way to kick off Halloween week than with a brand new trailer for the eerie, surrealistic, first person time-manipulating adventure game — that’s a mouthful — The Black Glove. This is the dreamy debut from developer Day for Night Games, a studio comprised of some of the folks that helped bring us BioShock and BioShock Infinite.
The Black Glove is currently on Kickstarter, where its developer hopes to raise $550,000 in order to help bring it to fruition. I hope it reaches that goal, because I want this game bad.
If you’re in need of a last minute Halloween mask, Day for Night Games also sent me this fantastic mask of the game’s boogeyman, the Space Minotaur.
Marvel has reportedly found their Doctor Strange for Scott Derrickson’s forthcoming film based on the sorcerer supreme, and the choice couldn’t be better. Deadline broke the story, which is still developing…
Cumberbatch is coming off a Oscar run from The Imitation Game, but has the personaility that he could likely champion the Robert Downey JR-less leg of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.
More as it develops…
YouTuber Anthony Vincent is back with another edition of “Ten Second Songs”, a series where he takes a song and covers it in multiple styles, each getting ten or so seconds.
This time he’s taken the classic Michael Jackson track “Thriller” and covered it in the styles of Marilyn Manson, The Misfits, Spice Girls, Tom Waits, and more! As always, it’s highly entertaining and well worth a watch!
AOL site Mandatory just shared this awesome time-lapse video that shows the creation of A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger out of various meats. Yes, it’s a full edible Freddy Krueger.
The only thing this video is missing are the Epic Meal Time guys cookin’ him up and tearing him apart…
The Korean steak and beef jerky sound delicious!
Celebrities have been tweeting all morning* that they’re heading for shoots and auditions at the unknown location of the sadistic Merrick, a clown-esque psychopath who has been sending us ransom notes and threatening e-mails for weeks now. We bit, and are following his progress. This shit is too bizarre to ignore…
From what it looks like, the site has multiple cameras set up, with Merrick sharing is circus of terror live with us horror fans. This is an early Halloween treat! I’ve notice that Lexi Love is somehow involved, as is Adam Rifkin. Rifkin was just tied up by a bunch of clowns in a room that looks like it comes out of SAW.
Are they being set up? Will they die? I guess we’re going to find out soon enough. What other surprises await?
Watch or Die, make your choice.
Hush Money is a comedy sketch troop known for their absurd takes on familiar cinematic settings.
This week they are getting into the spooky spirit of Halloween!
“Who doesn’t love a good (crass) horror parody? Creepy puppets, headtraps and dirty bathrooms will all make an appearance when Hush Money takes on the ‘Saw’ universe.”
Play this new game to celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary!
Hush Money is George Coffey, Luke Jensen, Rivers Langley, Brodie Reed, Monika Scott, and Josh Wallace.