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R.I.P. Brock Winkless Dies At Age 56

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:57

Reports are coming in with the very sad news that N. Brock Winkless IV passed away on July 18th at the age of 56. According to MakeUpMag, Winkless, “…suffered from a debilitating neurological condition that caused him rising levels of discomfort and lack of muscular control for more than 15 years. He died as the result of complications due to that condition.

Winkless was an incredibly important figure for us horror fans. His skill at being a puppeteer saw him work with Stan Winston, Rick Baker, and AnimatedFX, Inc. His adeptness at making puppets’ lips look like they were actually saying their lines can be seen in the Child’s Play films as well as Tales From The Crypt‘s Crypt Keeper. He was also the puppeteer for the Xenomorph in Alien3 and was part of The X Files and Congo.

We send our deepest condolences to friends and family. May he rest in peace now.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Dominates the 10 Best-Selling Games of 2015 (So Far)

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:51

Don’t fret, the sickening wet sounds punctuated by the occasional blood-curdling scream that you might be hearing right now aren’t coming from inside your head. You’re not experiencing a psychotic episode, that’s just the sound Mortal Kombat X makes when it’s dominating all the games by ripping their spines out through their recently vacated eye sockets.

Thanks to sales figures tallied by The NPD Group, we now know what the ten best-selling video games are for the first six months of 2015, and some of them may surprise you.

1. Mortal Kombat X
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Battlefield Hardline
4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. Minecraft
6. Batman: Arkham Knight
7. Dying Light
8. NBA 2K15
9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
10. Super Smash Bros.

I did not expect to see the brand new Batman: Arkham Knight on there, especially with the recent delay of the very broken PC version. As impressive as that is — particularly for WB Games, which published MKX, Arkham Knight and Dying Light — it’s overshadowed by the success of the latest installment in the now 25 year-old Mortal Kombat franchise.

Mortal Kombat X is a great game, so that victory is well-deserved. It’s a promising sign for insatiable gorehounds, too, who should be delighted to see a game that celebrates the human, and human-ish, body in such creative ways dominate so completely.

Usually, that place is reserved for White Guys With Guns, Sports 2015, or Grand Theft Auto.

I’m glad Dying Light took a break from finding satisfying ways to free clumsy ghouls of their stupid rotten limbs to grab that #7 spot. That’s fantastic news for a brand new, albeit a very familiar, IP. I suspect we’ll be hearing about a sequel in the not-too-distant future.

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‘Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps’ Confirmed, Still Not Official (Yet)

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 21:07

We won’t know what it is until Capcom is ready to share it with us, but the trademark the company filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) earlier this month is definitely related to the Resident Evil franchise. Umm, surprise?

The confirmation came from DualShockers, which spotted another trademark, this time with the Japanese Patent and Trademark Office. It doesn’t have much else to say about the unannounced project, other than what we should call it, and that’s Biohazard: Umbrella Corps — or Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps, as it’s known here in the States.

Fans have been cautiously waiting to see if Resident Evil 7 will make good on Capcom’s promise to return the series to its roots in survival horror. It has the undesirable position of having to follow up arguably the worst entry in the main series.

After years of quality issues, Resident Evil has made a gradual, if decidedly strategic, comeback with the well-liked Revelations spin-offs, as well as the stunning HD remaster of the GameCube remake that first released in 2002. The only other game we know about right now is the Resident Evil 0 remaster that’s slated to release on all major platforms in early 2016.

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The Graboids Are Back With A ‘Tremors 5: Bloodlines’ Trailer

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 19:34

The first teaser trailer for Tremors 5: Bloodlines has hit the web and shows Burt Gummer traveling to Africa to hunt some graboids. While the film is being released as a direct-to-video fare, it actually doesn’t look too bad. Sure, the CGI right now seems a bit shoddy – and it flashes by so fast that you never can really tell – but the multitude of nods and homages to other films, such as Jurassic Park, Pitch Black, and Die Hard, confirm, at least for me, that this is going to be extremely entertaining popcorn fare.

The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters. In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.

The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).

Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.

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[Review] ‘Closer to God’ Approaches with Great Acting, Wonderful Tension

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:13

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” has always been relevant in life, and none moreso than in science. Ever before Dolly was first cloned way back in 1996, films and books have taken the whole idea of genetic engineering and cloning of people and come up with some frightening results. With Billy Senese’s Closer to God, which admittedly upon hearing the title, I immediately thought of Nine Inch Nails (+1 to you, Johnny B!), is the latest tale of human cloning gone wrong, and the subsequent fallout of man playing God. Does it make you want to f*ck like an animal?

Through independent backers, genetic researcher Dr. Victor Reed (Jeremy Childs) has succeeded in cloning a healthy baby girl named Elizabeth from his own DNA. Predictably, the resulting backlash has protesters from various sides hounding him day and night, comparing Reed to Frankenstein amongst other things. Reed is not even safe from his own family’s criticism, who have begun to feel the effects of the protests and Reed’s own obsessive work ethic. This all falls to the wayside when a dark secret Reed keeps hidden away from everyone, including his own family, threatens to reveal itself.

Rather than take the typical over-the-top route that many films go when it comes to a topic such as this, Closer to God is a slow burner. The first half of the film is used to set up the piece via flashbacks interspersed with increasing friction around Reed, who reveals his creation and is subsequently bombarded from all sides. The film thrives on the slow but steady trickle of dread that builds itself up into the violent and bloody climax. Credit to Senese for keeping certain aspects of the story away from the audience until the very end, when the tension is almost unbearable. The component to making this all work is some great acting by all principal actors. Childs is superb as a man who struggles with controlling the inevitable chaos he unleashes, but also shows that the character is also blinded by his own work. Shannon Hoppe provides an excellent emotional anchor on the side of Reed’s family as his wife, Claire. Reed’s assistants, Richard and Mary, played by David Alford and Shelean Newman respectively, provide another emotional side to the film, which adds another shade of grey to the dichotomy of the film.

Drawing another Frankenstein comparison, the film puts Reed and his creation in a sympathetic position. And while it’s debatable if Victor Frankenstein deserves sympathy from the audience for his actions, Senese makes the decision much easier in Closer to God for us to eventually lose that sympathy for the creator. Reed, in spite of his dogged determination to find cures for terrible disorders, turns out is not a sympathetic character. He does no favours for himself at the news conference revealing the results of his experiments, lacking all modesty in his achievements. His cold and outright neglect of his wife and his two daughters in favour of Elizabeth is, as we find out later, just the tip of the iceberg. As for Elizabeth, it’s a case of a creation being brought into a world that doesn’t understand them and is subsequently rejected. This leads into a “sins of the father” moment where Reed’s hypocrisy comes back when the topic arises as to what Reed did before he got to Elizabeth.

While Senese has taken care and provided a great genre thriller, there are some drawbacks. The film inevitably plays into the cliche of the creation rebelling against it’s creator trope that we all expect to happen, and as such the last 20 minutes of the film venture into monster territory. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a much-needed release after all of the preceding material winds the tension to the breaking point. It’s just predictable, and much like the rest of the film, doesn’t really stray from the formula that so many other films that have come before it have done.

And while not straying too far from the concept, Closer to God is still very satisfying. The film presents a surprisingly grounded scenario, and expertly turns the handle on the box, increasing the tension through marvellous acting by all participants, until the Jack-in-the-box bursts through, unleashing the payoff that we needed as an audience. Another great thing is that like all good movies, it will ask questions and prompt discussion. If you’re in the mood for a fresh revisiting of a Frankenstein story that remains in reality, check this out.

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‘Extraterrestrial’ Directors Head to the ‘Temple’

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:21

The irony here is special.

Awhile back, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, directors of Extraterrestrial (pictured), slammed our V/H/S films on their Twitter account. We threw some jabs back and forth before hugging it out.

The reason I bring this up is because the duo are now attached to direct Temple, an old script (originally titled “Haunted Temple”) by Simon Barrett, who co-wrote two of the V/H/S films and directed the wrap of the sequel. That’s sort of funny, no?

It’s said to be in the vein of The Grudge and The Ring.

The screenplay was originally written for Hellbenders‘ JT Petty (who also contributed to the screenplay) in 2011, who exited the project some years ago. Barrett has gone on to write You’re Next, as well as The Guest and Lionsgate’s upcoming The Woods (allegedly the next Blair Witch film) for Adam Wingard.

As a tie-in with the film, a book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released. Written by Eiji Otsuka, the book will be featured in the film because one of the chapters focuses on the fictional temple in the project. Toei Animation will also create a 15-part anime series based on this book.

Shooting will take place in Japan.

Neal Edelstein of Hooked Digital Media, Shinya Egawa of Hemisphere Motion Picture Partners, Eric Bassett of Absurda and Mike Macari are producing while Toei Animation in Japan is financing.

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Stunning ‘An American Werewolf In London’ 1:4 Scale Bust Coming In 2016

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:36

Pop Culture Shock has announced via a weekly newsletter that they will be releasing two 1:4 scale busts of the Kessler Wolf from An American Werewolf In London. Both are priced at $399.99 and will be highly limited, one receiving 500 copies and the other getting 300. The latter will feature both closed-mouth and open-mouth switch out heads and will only be available through the official website. Both will be released in the third quarter of 2016 and pre-orders begin August 10th.

Below are two photos that show off just how stunning the design is.

American Werewolf in London – Kessler Wolf 1/4 Scale Statue

Will be available through quality collectible retailers

Price : $399.99
Edition Size : 500 pcs
Size : 21.5″ L x 10.5″ H x 9″ D
Est Ship : 3rd Qtr 2016
Pre-Order Discount : Up to 10% for pre-ordering

Features: Open mouth head

American Werewolf in London – Kessler Wolf 1/4 Scale Statue – PCS EX

Will only be available through popcultureshocktoys.com

Price : $399.99
Edition Size : 300 pcs
Size : 21.5″ L x 10.5″ H x 9″ D
Est Ship : 3rd Qtr 2016
Pre-Order Discount : Up to 10% for pre-ordering

Features: Both closed mouth and open mouth ‘switch-out’ heads!

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Shout Factory’s New Giallo-Inspired ‘The Editor’ Trailer!

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:23

Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on September 8th, 2015 from Scream Factory, The Editor (read our review) comes loaded with bonus features, including an audio commentary with Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney and Matt Kennedy, a brand new “Making Movies Used to be Fun” documentary, deleted scenes, music and poster featurettes and more! Fans who pre-order their copy from ShoutFactory.com will also receive a free collectible poster.

ASTRON-6’s The Editor stars Paz de la Huerta (Nurse 3D, Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Hill (Bad Meat), Laurence R. Harvey (The ABCs of Death 2), Adam Brooks (Manborg), Matthew Kennedy (Father’s Day), Conor Sweeney (The ABCs of Death 2), Tristan Risk (Dark Continents) and Udo Kier (Borgia, Blade).

Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.

The Editor Bonus Features
· Audio Commentary with Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney and Matt Kennedy
· “Making Movies Used To Be Fun” Documentary
· Music and Poster Featurettes
· Astron-6 Film Festival Introduction
· Deleted Scenes

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Buhguul Alert: ‘Sinister’ Sequel Date Change Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:17

Buhguul and his children of sorrow will deliver their sacrifice on August 21st, the original date for Gramercy Pictures’ Sinister 2. It was recently shifted a week before Gramercy pulled it back again.

Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.

[Related Post] Bloody Disgusting Visited the Set of Sinister 2 in Chicago

Directed by Citadel‘s Ciarán Foy, Sinister 2 is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.

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[Review] ‘Furious’ Is Wacky Martial Arts Cheese Ripe For Ridicule

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:14

Cheesy martial arts action flicks have always been a staple for B-movie fans. No Retreat, No Surrender, Samurai Cop, Story Of Ricky, the list goes on. I’m not a connoisseur of the genre, but that’s certainly not a barrier to enjoying bad acting, ridiculous plotlines and guys kicking the crap out of each other. Tim Everett & Tom Sartori’s 1984 cult favorite Furious personifies those aspects of cult action flicks, seemingly throwing every wacky idea into a blender and hitting “Purée”. And after years of enjoying its status as a cult favorite that’s been circulated for years on the internet, the film finally gets an official release by Leomark Studios. So just what does a film involving martial arts masters, ninjas and wizards that shoot chickens out of their fingers actually like?

Simon (Simon Rhee) is a martial arts teacher who lives in a hut in the woods. When his sister Kim Lee (Arlene Montano) is killed, Simon, after receiving instruction from his sensei, Master Chan (Phillip Rhee), embarks on a journey of investigation and discovery. Retrieval of four pieces of an ancient medallion, betrayal, talking pigs, astral planes, New Wave band members and more await.

If that premise made any sense to you, congratulations. Because I’m not even sure it made sense to Tim Everitt and Tom Sartori, who also wrote this film in addition to directing it. The whole film is a mad libs of a script. For example, the film begins with Kim Lee being pursued by mountain men doing their best Bob & Doug McKenzie routine. Turns out that they’re after Kim Lee for a horn that doubles as a compass. When they corner Kim Lee on top of a mountain, they’re at first dispatched by shuriken to the ass and bo staff, but they end up overpowering her and claiming the horn. After the introduction of Simon (who somehow already knows of Kim Lee’s fate), one of these same mountain men shows up at Simon’s hut, kicks Simon’s dog(?!), gives him a card and leaves. This prompts Simon to head into the city(??) to meet up with his brother, whose dojo is in a skyscraper guarded by members of Devo.

Yep.

It gets better, as it really seems like every scrap of film that was shot during the production of Furious was used, even if the shot didn’t make sense. You literally have Simon battling generic bad guys outside of an office building one moment, running away when reinforcements arrive in hot pursuit, and in the next scene we’re in the middle of the woods as if they just instantly travelled 50 miles out of the city. You also have moments such as Simon and his friends (who initially greet Simon by starting a fight with him) going to a restaurant, only to instantly be thrust into another battle where live chickens are used as weapons. “Quick, we need a shot of introspection!” “Put this Buddha statue on a rock! We’ll have it speak to Simon!” “We need a shot of someone warning Simon of Master Chan’s evil.” “Have one of the bad guys turn into a talking pig.” To say that continuity and reason go out the window with Furious is an understatement.

Predictably, the acting quality is abysmal. Even if we don’t get our first real dialogue until twelve minutes into the film (in the form of Master Chan saying “All riiiiiight!”), that doesn’t stop Simon and pals from being wooden and awkward. But you’re probably asking yourself, “Surely the fighting must be better, and the obvious highlight of the film”. Unfortunately, despite having a few well-choreographed fight scenes, the rest of them suffer from poor timing and botched moves. Even then, the better choreographed fights still suffer from those same problems, but in a less-apparent way. We also get some bad stunts and lame effects, just to cover all the bases.

Look, anyone reading this far knows that Furious is a bad film. Hell, the fans who have been circulating the bootlegs for years knew this. It’s glorified Mystery Science Theatre 3000 material. It’s B-movie cheese that you and your friends laugh at while you get drunk. Its nonsensical and ridiculous plot, terrible acting and badly-scripted fight scenes are ripe for riffing. The entertainment value on that alone makes it a recommendation. Anyone looking for anything else will be sorely let down and outright confused at what they’re watching.

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‘Extinction’ Clip Goes Outside the Fence

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:10

Check out this exclusive clip from Extinction, a “new kind of horror film” directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped). In the clip, a little girl goes beyond a fence and finds herself face-to-face with a zombie.

For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?

The film will hit theaters July 31st, 2015 via Vertical.

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The ‘Jaws’ Theme Goes Metal

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:05

YouTuber 331Erock has posted a heavy metal cover of the theme song to Jaws, which was originally composed by John Williams.

E writes:

One of the “after the fact” videos haha. I wanted this to be timed with Shark Week but it didnt turn out that way so I figured, every week is shark week. I also dont know how many times I’ve said it but John Williams is a boss haha. I really tried to keep the tune true to movie, building and fading. Thank you guys so much for everything! It means the world. Big ups for ALWAYS rocking my casbah!

Check out this razor sharp cover below.

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[Fantasia ’15 Review] ‘Ojuju': An Engaging, Funny Nigerian Zombie Film

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:24

“70 million Nigerians exist without access to safe drinking water.” Therein lies the premise of director C.J. “Fiery” Obasi’s zombie film Ojuju. Part of Nigeria’s Nollywood movement (the second largest film industry in the world following India), Obasi’s film is an unpolished blend of horror and comedy that’s more enjoyable than most indie DTV fare I’ve seen in the past few years. The pacing and editing are tough to digest, but its colorful characters and mischievous spirit make it an amusing watch. And if you like watching large woman moan as they take a massive dump, do I have the movie for you!

Following a wicked fun intro that involves a drug dealer and a zombie, we meet Romero (Gabriel Afolayan). Yes, his name is Romero. He lives in the dilapidated slums of Lagos, Nigeria, where the entire population drinks from one very contaminated water source. Romero finds himself at a crossroads in his life. His girlfriend Alero (Meg Otanwa) is pregnant and these new responsibilities demand he quit smoking dope and goofing off with his best bud Emmy (Kelechi Udegbe). It’s easier said than done. As Romero explains, “Man must blaze.”

[Related Post] Read all of our reviews from the Fantasia Film Festival 2015

Just as the buddy-stoner comedy vibe is kicking in, Ojuju takes a sharp turn into hell. Villagers turn rabid from the tainted drinking water and begin devouring each other. Romero teams up with his friends to fight off the hobbling zombies and get to safety, but in Lagos, there’s only one way in and one way out.

Once the zombie-ness begins, Ojuju’s pacing does begin to drag thanks to its haphazard editing. Sequences of zombies shuffling along go on forever and nearly the entire middle feels flabby. The film does go in some surprising directions, however, and towards the end it does have something to say about the fear of people from the slums invading the more well to do areas. The mad dashes through Lagos’ labyrinthine alleyways are urgent and nicely shot and as far as zombie mayhem goes, even when it drags it’s at least nicely done. Gore hounds will be satisfied. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the film is the pidgin English and street slang each character delivers in rapid-fire fashion. The language is seriously rich in Ojuju.

While it may not have had the biggest budget (or one at all), Ojuju is still an entertaining film that makes due with the slim resources they had at hand. The story treads some familiar territory, but placing it in cultural context makes it more fresh and vital.

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Another Super Hi-Res Look at “Ash vs Evil Dead”

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:14

After sharing the first two images, Starz sent us a hi-res look at the third still from “Ash vs Evil Dead,” featuring Bruce Campbell and a bloodied up Pablo (Ray Santiago).

ICYMI, we also have a series of 30 screen-grabs from the first “Ash vs Evil Dead” trailer that debuted at the Comic-Con this past weekend to go along with a brand new HD version of the trailer here.

In the 10-episode “Ash vs Evil Dead” series premiering this fall, “Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” (see who’s directing here) is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!

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The Terminator Joins The WWE Universe

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:36

Well, it looks like Mortal Kombat isn’t the only franchise that is getting some sweet pop culture characters added to their universe. It’s been announced that The Terminator will be joining the roster of 2K’s WWE 2K16 and will be a playable character when you pre-order the game.

Gamestop writes that there will be two skins available, one from the original 1984 film and one from the 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

A video with Arnold Schwarzenegger recreating the bar scene from Terminator 2 with several WWE superstars can be seen below.

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[Fantasia ’15 Review] ‘Synchronicity’ Does the Time Warp Again and Again and Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:24

“You scientists and your god complexes.”

When a time travel movie takes its science seriously, it’s easy for a layman like myself to get hung up on the logic. But who cares as long as the film is entertaining. Primer? To a certain degree I have no clue what the hell’s going on in that film, but it’s still enjoyable. Such is the case with Jacob Gentry’s Synchronicity, which recently saw its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. With its retro-future aesthetics and shadowy film noir atmosphere, it harkens back to films like Blade Runner and Dark City. Despite its visual similarities to these films, Synchronicity is its own little beast – one that enjoys toying with genre tropes (particularly the femme fatale) as much as it honors them.

Chad McKnight stars as sleep-deprived physicist Jim Beale, who’s on the verge of opening a wormhole that will prove it’s possible to send objects through time. He’s assisted in the lab by Chuck (AJ Bowen) and Matty (Scott Poythress), two fellow scientists that have a serious C-3PO and R2-D2 vibe going on. Matty’s the neurotic, stats-based guy (3PO) while Chuck is the more passionate, adventurous one (R2). They provide some nice comic relief throughout the film.

[Related Post] Read all of our reviews from the Fantasia Film Festival 2015

Beale’s the brains, but his research relies heavily on the funds of venture capitalist Klaus Meisner (Michael Ironside), who’s far more interested in how he can make bank on this experiment rather than any significant contribution to mankind. After the first test experiment reveals an unidentifiable human running through the wormhole, Beale encounters the seductive Abby (Brianne Davis) outside the lab. Where did she come from? Is she sleeping with Klaus? What does she stand to gain in this whole mind-warping, time-folding debacle? And how come ever since she showed up Beale began suffering from crippling headaches?

To answer these questions, Beale steps through the wormhole, sending himself back in time to the beginning. But is it the same dimension or a parallel one? Does the front gate squeak or not (sorry, it’s hard for me to resist Sliders references).

The story, written by Gentry and Alex Orr, is a very tightly-wound. Like I said, it’s easy to lose your head in the science, but Synchronicity is entertaining as hell from start to finish. The narrative is given a big boost by the Ben Lovett’s synth-laden score that recalls the iconic Vangelis music of Blade Runner. Much of the production design does as well, with venetian blinds to spare. Beale even ascends to his boss’ corporate office in a glass elevator, similar to Roy Batty’s trip to see Tyrell.

While a lot of comparisons can be drawn in the design and sounds, Synchronicity’s script, humor, and overall theme of love and science make it a singular film. Abby herself takes the femme fatale trope and flips it on its head – playing with our expectations. Beale falls into her web, but his actions that follow aren’t that of your typical film noir sucker. Fans of genre-bending time travel flicks will definitely not want to miss this one.

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Make Your Day Creepy With These Horror Audio Atmospheres

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:36

If you’re anything like me, you like having a bit of music or white noise in the background while you work. Somedays it’ll be some high energy EDM while others will see me listening to some gentle classical masterpieces. But there are also the days when I want to freak myself out a bit, to make sure I’m a little unsettled, a little on edge, and a little disturbed.

For that reason, I highly recommend you check out Ambient-Mixer.com, which has a ton of really cool horror-themed audio atmospheres. For instance, there’s a deliciously creepy Haunted Castle theme, complete with rattling chains, droning choirs, doors slamming shut, and more.

What really makes these mixes cool is that you yourself get to mix and match exactly the sounds you want. You do this by using their mixer, which features eight channels, each representing a different part of the audio. Once you have the mix you like, you can save the settings OR you can download the audio so that you can listen to it whenever you’d like!

CLICK HERE to begin the process of mixing your own ambient sonic backdrop.

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An ‘Uncanny’ Image Gallery (Exclusive)

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:01

Things get Uncanny Matthew Leutwyler’s new thriller on DVD and Digital November 3, 2015 via RLJ Entertainment .

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at the first images from Uncanny, starring Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton Rogers, and House of 1,000 Corpses‘ Rainn Wilson.

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one’s motives are easily decipherable.

Photo Credit: Ross Richardson

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Wrestlers Topline ‘Saw’ Parody, ‘SLAW’ (Sigh)

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:43

Whoa! Someone’s finally making a parody of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s 2004 Saw, which went on to have several sequel released through 2010.

Even through the franchise’s hot run for several years, a parody was never needed. Now, nearly 5 years after the release of the final entry, a filmmaker is creating a parody that nobody is asking for.

Wrestlers Joining Kap and Kevin Nash lead the cast of Matt Green’s SLAW: The Movie (to clarify that it is a “movie” and not a side dish), which is filled by Gregory Alan Williams, Aaron Beelner, Berna Roberts, Baby Norman, April Bogenshutz, Josh Mikel, Escalante Lundy, Alpha Trivette, Mark Ashworth, Carlos Aviles, Mike Sanders, Leah Monet Johnson, Charles Bellflower, Brian Troxell, and Niki Davis.

The plot? SLAW follows the antics of two brothers who terrorize anyone who ruins their “dining experience.”

Be careful who you make angry when you’re out to eat – when it comes to food, you only get one chance for a first impression.

Super professional artwork below. You’re better off watching this short spoof, “Living with Jigsaw,” here.

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Original Cursed Video to Appear In ‘Rings’?!

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:10

Director F. Javier Gutierrez has been hard at work on the Paramount lot editing Rings, the third installment in the U.S. The Ring franchise that’s set to curse audiences this coming November 13, 2015.

Gutierrez has been sharing all sorts of behind-the-scenes goodies via his Instagram, a few of which caught my attention.

If we’re to go by what he’s been sharing, it looks as if Rings will use the original cursed video (see below) that appeared in Gore Verbinski’s 2002 horror masterpiece.

At the time, the haunted video was imprinted onto a VHS cassette, which is clearly a bit dated. Now, with digitization such a simple process, I expect to see Samara haunting kids using modern technology – like with smart phones.

Interestingly enough, Gutierrez also shared a photo with him and Jonathan Liebesman, which is interesting considering Liebesman helmed the incredible short, “Rings,” which accompanied the purchase of The Ring 2 on home video in 2005. Could there be a tie-in here?

Rings stars Johnny Galecki, best known as Leonard in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Galecki will play Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden rounds out the main cast.

It’s a direct sequel to The Ring 2, although there were plans on having it be part sequel, which didn’t come into fruition when the filmmakers were allegedly unable to lock down original star Naomi Watts.

With the original almost 15 years old already, can the new incarnation bring younger, newer horror fans into Samara’s world? The Ring, in my opinion, is one of the scariest movies ever made. The Ring 2 was a disaster. Can Rings reinvigorate the curse?

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