Something that I personally feel doesn’t get enough love on BD is anime. I grew up on the stuff, watching Japanimation on the Sci-Fi network when it was hosted by Ralph Bakshi, the insane genius behind Fritz The Cat and Cool World. That’s where I first saw Project A-Ko, Dominion Tank Police, Venus Wars, and, perhaps most important and relevant to this article, Vampire Hunter D.
It was the start of an on-off relationship with animation, one that never faded away but one that I certainly have not fed enough over the years.
When I look at some of the titles that have been released, I’m blown away by the gorgeous animation, the beautiful music, and the amazingly complex and interwoven story lines. Some of the films and series’ have stayed with me for well over half my life, some even longer.
And so I wanted to pay homage to some of the titles that I love dearly. Then, I want to hear from you about some of your favorite titles!
The soundtrack for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth, the rogue-like horror dungeon crawler that’s coming out in just a few weeks on Steam, PS4, and PS Vita, is now available for pre-order. The album, composed by Ridiculon, contains 32 tracks and costs only $3. However, if people, “…humor us by purchasing the OST for $6.66, [they] will have delivered to their inbox an especially-evil BONUS track not available to the general public.”
You can listen to six tracks below and pre-order the album here.
Yesterday Marvel’s head of television and the cast of Netflix’s “Daredevil” took to the main hall of New York Comic Con to showcase the most exciting Marvel TV property. It wowed the audience by playing as an incredibly gritty take on the street level hero, and they show offed some Bourne like fight scenes along with debuting some official photos.
They also debuted some footage, and for now I’m going to go with IGN’s description of what it was like:
It begins with Karen Page coming to her apartment on a rainy night. The door’s ajar and all the lights are out. She enters gingerly, noticing blood stain on the floor. Understandably panicked, she reaches up into a vent to retrieve a cell phone stashed inside. As she turns to hightail it out of there, a man steps out from the shadows. It’s Wesley who proceeds to throw her into the wall a couple of times, knocking her for a loop. He retrieves the phone she dropped in the struggle, whips out a switch blade and approaches her for the kill.
That’s when we see Matt Murdock — dressed in his black pro to-Daredevil suit straight out of Man Without Fear — enter and immediately start brawling with Wesley. The fight is incredibly brutal and vicious, very much like the hand-to-hand combat scene in the Bourne films or the recent Bond movies. The sounds of punches, knife slashes, grunts, and damage act as the soundtrack. Matt and Wesley’s brawl leads to them crashing out of the window together and down to the alley below. Matt tries to get up but he passes out face down on the road as the rain drenches him.
At the end of the panel, they showed us an extended version of this scene that fades to Matt dreaming of himself as a little boy sitting in the kitchen of his apartment with his dad, Battlin’ Jack Murdock. He tells his tired son to keep up his studies so he doesn’t end up like him. “I never studied. Look at how I turned out,” said Jack, immediately noticing the sad look on his blind son’s face. He takes the boy’s hands and lets him feel the lumps and wounds on his battered face. “Come on, Matty. Get to work,” said Jack and the scene cuts back to Daredevil waking up in alley just as Wesley attacks him with his knife. A brutal brawl in the rain ensues, ending with Matt wrapping Wesley up in a chain he’d heard jangling. Matt retrieves Karen’s phone off Wesley just as Karen shows up, shocked at this black-clad rescuer. Daredevil tells Karen he will take this phone and the data on it to people who can help, but she pleads for him not to take it to police because no one can be trusted.
There was another scene featuring Wilson Fisk AKA the Kingpin:
Wilson Fisk at an art gallery where he first meets Vanessa, the woman who will one day become his wife. He’s staring at white painting, his hulking frame and bald dome seen from behind as Vanessa approaches him. She tries making small talk with him (it appears it’s her art gallery or she works there). Fisk seems agitated not by her but by the painting. She asked him what he sees in the painting, how it makes him feel. “It makes me feel alone,” Fisk replied, far more vulnerable than you could ever expect from this legendary villain. Marvel’s Daredevil would seem to be as much Fisk’s origin if you will as Murdock’s as a vigilante.
I should see the footage soon, and when I do I’ll update with my impressions. For now this is all incredibly exciting stuff.
“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”). “Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Professor Nikolai Ovcharov, dubbed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”, has been digging in the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient city in Southern Bulgaria that is believed to have been home to the Temple Of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. The city, found only 20 years ago, is thought to have been inhabited as far back as 5,000 B.C.
However, an interesting find has been discovered as a the body of a 40-50 year old man has been unearthed…with a stake through his heart. The metal was, “…a piece of iron rod used in a plough known as a ploughshare hammered through its chest.” [Courtesty]
Professor Ovcharov states:
We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out. Often they were applied to people who died in unusual circumstances – such as suicide.
A picture of the skeleton can be found below and the story has further details at the link above.
AMC has uploaded the first five minutes of tomorrow’s season 5 premiere for The Walking Dead. The scene shows our captured heroes using whatever they can as weapons, getting ready to take on their captors in Terminus, the supposed “safe haven” that turned out to be the home of a group of cannibals.
One things for certain, Rick didn’t say it lightly when he proclaimed, “They’re screwing with the wrong people.”
Watch the clip below and get ready for tomorrow’s premiere.
Tomorrow night brings the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and we enter Season 5 wondering what will happen to Rick and his crew as they deal with the Terminus folk and their rather unsavory appetites.
But maybe you’re not completely caught up with the show and don’t know the exact circumstances that led to this situation. If that’s the case, why not tune into The Fine Bros. as they take nine minutes to explain the story of The Walking Dead from the very first episode until our current predicament.
Injecting a bit of humor and poking fun at many of the recurring themes and situations, the guys do a solid job of getting you ready for the new season. Head on below and get brushed up!
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Australian industrial metal band Darkc3ll to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Hollywood Scars”, a track that tackles the band’s views on mainstream popular society and its effect on those who feed into it.
Darkc3ll’s vocalist Dracman states:
Hollywood Scars is our visualization of a society so plastic, so fake. Time to stop feeding the youth make-believe bullshit. Fuck the mainstream.
Check out the video below and make sure to pick up the single via iTunes.
Director Dan Jensen of Darklight Studios adds:
After three successful videos I couldn’t wait to make another one with Darkc3ll. Getting the fans involved was such a blast and I think the fun we had making it is evident when you watch the video.
Oct 31 – The Brightside, Brisbane QLD
Nov 8 – Mosh for Daniel Festival, Sunshine Coast QLD
Nov 29 – Metal United, Brisbane QLD
Dec 5 – Grand Hotel, Gladstone QLD
Dec 21 – Alternative Expo, Brisbane QLD
Amok Time just injected green life into the New York Comic Con with the reveal of their next “Monstarz” action figure – Dr. Herbert West from the cult classic film Re-Animator.
Figure.com writes that the 7 inch figure features a great likeness to actor Jeffrey Combs and includes a plethora of movie extras, including:
-Dr. Hill severed head (open eyes and angry face)
-Interchangeable hand holding Dr. Hill’s head. Hill’s head features closed eyes ( pre-re-animation)
-Dissection tray, to put Dr. Hill’s head in
-Jar of Re-Animator Agent
-Hypodermic needle of Re-Animator agent
-Removeable glasses for Dr. West
Amok Time aims to have him released by December.
13 Days of Hellboy continues today at Bloody-Disgusting as we have the exclusive announcement of “Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King” from Dark Horse comics. The next arc in the dark adventures of Lord Henry Baltimore, the continuation of Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola’s vampire slayer story, past the novel they wrote together a few years ago.
Novel? You say. Yes, they wrote a novel, and it’s getting reissued!
We spoke to Dark Horse Editor in Chief – Scott Allie about the reissue.
Bloody-Disgusting: What do fans of Mignola’s previous work, have to look forward to with this novel?Scott Allie: Baltimore has certain similarities to Hellboy, but significant differences, so for me as a fan of Mike, I appreciate both. We all like a hero with a dark side—Hellboy is very goodnatured, but he is half demon, after all … Baltomore is so driven by revenge and bitterness, as well as guilt, he’s much more monstrous than Hellboy, despite being an actual human. However, at the point we’ve now reached in the comics, Baltimore is barely human—that is, he’s lost some part of his humanity—but that’s in the comics … When Mike created Hellboy, you could see he was less interested in drawing the modern world than all the crumbling castles and witch caves and whatnot. He wasn’t interested in portraying a world with cars driving around in it. With Baltimore, Mike and Chris Golden developed a setting made up of only those things, and they populated it with monsters. So it started as a novel, but it had to lead to comics, because Mike wanted people to see that world.And before Baltimore, Mike had collaborated with Chris on a couple illustrated Hellboy novels. But Chris wrote those on his own, with Mike and me just serving as editors. With Baltimore, Mike and Chris really worked on the story together, really cowrote it. So much of what Mike does in comics comes from his reading of old folklore and old horror and gothic fiction—so Baltimore was his first great chance to really DO that himself. Also, on the Hellboy novels Mike had developed ideas about how to do an illustrated novel with the drawings really complementing rather than simply decorating the text. And the Baltimore novel that we’re bringing out now in paperback is the best version of that he’s done.
BD: How much will fans of the comic series get out of the novel?SA: Well, the novel is genuinely a must read for the readers of the comics, and the timing couldn’t be better. The novel spans a very long time in Baltimore’s life, and when we started the comics, they were all meant to take place within that timeframe–that is, between the beginning and end of the novel. But now, in the comics, in BALTIMORE Volume 4: Chapel of Bones, we finally brought the character of Baltimore full circle to resolve the quest that ran through the previous comics and through the novel. The vampire he was hunting for revenge, Haigus, who killed his family, was destroyed in the Chapel of Bones, just like he was destroyed in the novel. The comics and the novel have finally dovetailed, and you have the complete picture now—which, incidentally, beautifully sets things up for the next phase of Baltimore’s adventures.
In the novel, we followed Baltimore’s quest to kill Haigus—Baltimore was hellbent on revenge against the vampire who killed his family. He devoted years of his life to that, in a tragic, epic saga—three words often misused, but totally applicable here. Between the novel and the four existing graphic novels, readers finally have the complete saga of Baltimore’s bloody and self-destructive quest for the vampire Haigus, which costs Baltimore his own humanity.
With volume 5, out soon in hardcover, we begin the post-novel stories, which actually represents a sea change in the story. Volume 6, BALTIMORE, CULT OF THE RED KING is a terrific jumping on point, because now we find Baltimore, a monster fighter who’s lost touch with his humanity, pursuing a mythic being who may be responsible for all the horror in his world. Baltimore has built a company of damaged allies to pursue the Red King, but is the Red King even still in existence…?
BD: How is Sofia joining Baltimore’s company going to change things?SA: Well, she is the first woman to join Lord Baltimore’s merry band of monster fighters, but this is a Mignola comic, so she’s not introduced just to be a love interest, that’s for sure. The terrible stuff that happened with her husband, she’s signed on board to be part of Baltimore’s team to fight the monsters overrunning the world, more, to figure out what the hell is happening. On a personal level, though, Sofia’s been through the ringer, and she’s not afraid to call out exactly what’s going on with people. She sees through Baltimore, and is a little less awed by his gloom than his male companions. This will help push him to proper action more than once.
BD: What is it like having Peter Bergting return to draw this newest arc?SA: When I read the scripts, I see how Ben would draw it, and I have to reset my brain, think about how Peter will do it. Peter provides a fresh set of eyes on this world, at just the right time—it really is a new book, sort of starting from scratch with this arc. Baltimore’s solo adventures are behind him, he succeeded in his original quest to kill the vampire that killed his family. That’s over. Now he’s got a much bigger quest—to find the greater evil behind the vampires and the witches and all this horror. So he’s building this coterie of monster fighters, and Peter gets to introduce these characters as his. We hired Peter based on past work of his that we liked, that did some of these same things, like The Portent. He helps make Baltimore feel like a brand new series for all of us. And Peter is so attuned to the folklore of Europe, which is a key aspect of the series, that he’s really bringing a great mood to the proceedings.
BD: How does Lord Baltimore begin this newest arc, and what is he struggling against this time? SA: His quest is far more complex now. Hunting down and killing that vampire was child’s play compared to this—he’s looking for the sleeping or dead entity behind all this evil, bigger than the vampires, bigger than all of it. He’s not looking for a man on the move—he’s hunting for an idea, a myth. He’ll start by going after the devotees of that myth. It leads to much more complex operations—in fact, this book splits his merry band in two, on separate missions. He literally never could have undertaken this mission the way he did things before.
BD: How far has Mike planned out Baltimore’s story, and can we ever hope for him to fully atone for his sins? SA: Mike and Chris Golden have it pretty well worked out. There’s room to expand or contract along the way, but they know how it ends, they know how they’re gonna get there. And I don’t know thatBaltimore hasn’t already atoned, but I don’t think he’ll ever think that he has.
Scott Tipton, Jonathan MaBerry, Joe Harris, Sarah Gaydos, Kete Leth, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Jim Zub gathered yesterday at NYCC to talk about 2015.
Star Trek Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Scott and David Tipton writing, and they wanted to ensure that it made sense to both worlds. The optimism of Star Trek meets the nihilism of Planet of the Apes. Starfleet arrives in hopes to fix the planet, they want to help, but the apes aren’t ready to accept. They have the approval of the Heston estate, so Charlton vs Shatner.
The X-Files catches everyone up on season 10. Harris talked about wrapping up his latest myth arc, and teased the arrival of a special guest star. The special guest will tie into a new project, “Millennium.” Harris is taking the reigns on Chris Carter’s other series, and he wants to improve on the ending that spins out of The X-Files. Menton3 on covers and Colin Lorimer on interiors.
Kate Leth talked about “Edward Scissorhands.” Her first ongoing project with IDW, she grew up on the property, called the movie perfectly complete. She called it a Nancy Drew teen girl mystery project that also stars Edward Scissorhands. The series takes place years later staring the granddaughter of the original protagonist.
Gabe Rodriguez talked briefly about Little Nemo. Wants to help people recover their inner child and enjoy whimsy again. He believes they captures the magic of the original strip. They showed off some of his art, and his perspective work is staggering.
Jonathan Maberry is about to start his second arc on V-Wars. It’s bloody and completely based on science, it has nothing to do with the supernatural, and he spoke really highly of the incredible visual team. The character Joe Ledger from Maberry’s novels is crossing over into his series, and V-Wars is currently in development for TV with the head writer of Dexter behind the project.
Rot and Ruin is a series of four novels from fourteen years after the zombie war. The comic series takes place between novel two and three in the series, but you don’t need to know the novel to write about the series.
Zombies Vs Robots is coming back in January with art by James Stokoe teased. The first issue will have short stories by Ryall, Steve Niles, and Brian Wood. They nuked the entire planet in issue #2 and the series takes place in the aftermath of that. New robots, new humans, and a new reason for being.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency comic series was announced, Tony Akins will be taking the reigns of the art. The initial sketches are incredible and have a feeling of Doctor Who. Ryall says it’s a huge writing challenge, the loose non-traditional elements do come around.
IDW is moving to expand their relationship with Marvel to bring huge rereleases of the artist editions. They want make huge strides in their releases with the mega publisher, they want to bring older books out of print.
By now I’m sure you’ve seen some press for 20th Century FOX’s Birdman but I assure you, the less you know the better. I was on-hand at NYCC to catch the first ten minutes of the film, along with an assortment of scenes, and the panel with Edward Norton and Michael Keaton. This is is seriously, going to be the best, and trippiest movie of the year. It’s a personal descent into madness or enlightenment, depending on how you look at it, but it’s going to one hell of a horrific ride. This is Keaton going full Beetleguese, and perhaps the performance of his career.
Chris Hardwick started off the panel by talking about how amazing the movie is. He showed us the first ten minutes of the film. It’s an incredibly surreal ten minute shot that showcases Michael Keaton’s character and his disillusionment. It’s a powerful visual feast.
Keaton read the script and discovered really quickly that he wanted to be in the film. Norton was determined to get into the film at any cost.
Hardwick revealed that the entire movie looks like one continuous shot. It’s something they want to keep a little close to their chests, but Norton said they had unbelievable determination to create a visual masterpiece. He says film schools will deconstruct it for a long time to come. We shouldn’t be too quick to unpack it, but the entire crew was heavily involved in every moment of the filming process.
Keaton pitched the film as unlike anything you’ve seen before, literally. That’s no glib expression. He doesn’t often watch his films anymore, but he’s seen this film 2 and a half times, he’s blown away by the intricacies of the film. It’s about an actor who goes to New York and has a breakdown about the play being made from a short story. That’s all they’d say, they want to stay secretive on the film.
Norton says you have to see it to believe it. He hadn’t done a movie with FOX since Fight Club. And it was the second time in his career that he left the first screening not even knowing what he watched. It bends your mind with the technical quality and meta humor. Just go experience it.
Keaton has never backed off his love for Batman. Birdman is a different type of movie, it’s not a superhero movie. But, he approached it like any other role. They left the superhero baggage at the door. He called the film “uncompromisingly bold” and you can smell it in the trailer.
Norton said everyone in the film is the director Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s a twisted reflection of himself. It has a lot of fun sending up everyone. Norton and Keaton need each other in the film, a hate/love/hate relationship.
Hardwick and the guys talked about the cinematography at length, and they described the entire movie as that shot from Goodfellas but for the entire thing. It’s not a superhero film, but its about the superhero genre, and Birdman takes the hero’s journey. The film hits October 17th, and while it may not be traditional horror, I sincerely recommend you go see it.
Birdman is Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo. It stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. With
music by Antonio Sanchez and cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki.
Released on October 17, 2014
Let’s take it back to the early 90′s tonight and have ourselves a marathon! After all, what Halloween isn’t complete without a journey back to the days when we would actually get scared of horror, right?
For many of us, that journey began on Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, a show where several friends called The Midnight Society would gather around a campfire and tell stories to try and scare each other. In the process, we, the viewer, got to see their story come alive, watching the horror that was “The Tale Of Locker 22″, “The Tale Of The Super Specs”, “The Tale Of The Dark Music”, and many, many more.
If you’ve been aching for a trip down nostalgia lane to revisit this show, now is the time! Reddit user R2Teep2 has compiled a full episode guide that you can check out right here.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go and kick off the weekend with a bunch of scary tales!
Buy Costumes has put together a new infographic that takes a look at the 10 most successful horror movie villains…by kill count, of course.
Is Pennywise really number ten? How about ol’ Leprechaun at the 3 spot?
Take a look and tell us, is this list accurate?
Another Blumhouse title now on VOD (iTunes) from Universal Home Entertainment is Stephen King’s Mercy, directed by Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell.
Bloody Disgusting was able to score the official one-sheet to go along with the first ever stills. Also added again is the trailer.
In Mercy, “Mercy is a supernatural thriller of family secrets and suspense. 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.”
The film stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, and Chris Browning.
Play the game. Loser will die.
Bloody Disgusting was excited to share with you the first ever review of Mockingbird, directed by The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino.
The direct-to-video Blumhouse production is now on VOD platforms (get it this weekend on iTunes), which means we now have the first ever stills from the found-footage thriller starring Todd Stashwick (“Justified,” “Heroes”), Audrey Marie Anderson, and Alexa Lydon.
“Three individuals each receive an anonymous, unmarked video camera and a horrific ultimatum to continue filming… or die. Experience the terror through the eyes of these unsuspecting victims, with a chain of found-footage events so real and absolutely dreadful, you’ll have to watch it again to believe it.”
Metal band Slipknot has released a new track by the name of “Custer”. The song comes from the band’s soon-to-be-released album .5: The Gray Chapter, which comes out October 21st via Roadrunner Records. You can listen to the album below.
Personally, the song reminds me a little bit of material from their self-titled debut but I can absolutely hear the elements that tracks like “The Devil In I” and “The Negative One” have brought forth.
What do you think of the track?
With the upcoming release of The Endless River, the first new Pink Floyd album in 20 years, I wanted to venture into the band’s past to their 1975 album Wish You Were Here and to its second track, the gorgeous yet haunting “Welcome To The Machine”. Tackling the subject of the music industry and its focus on money rather than artistic expression, it’s a timeless song, one that resonates today, nearly 40 years after its initial release.
The video, which was animated by Gerald Scarfe, is just as eerie as the track itself, featuring a lumbering mechanical beast, an ocean of blood where waves resemble arms, and a rather shocking decapitation.
Give it a view below and make sure to leave some recommendations for next week!
Here’s the official image gallery for Universal Pictures’Ouija, in theaters October 24. The movie looks nice and polished, but I wish there were some exciting stills. There’s really nothing here but kids with flashlights…
The pic stars “Bates Motel” and The Quiet Ones‘ Olivia Cooke, with Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos.
“In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.“
Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro.
We now have a fresh images from Wolves, X-Men and Watchmen writer David Hayter’s feature directorial debut.
The pic, starring Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson, Stephen McHattie and Jason Momoa, will be released VOD on October 16th and opens in theaters on November 14th.
“Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him — Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves”. And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… A grisly fight to the death, against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.“
This morning we shared the teaser, next up is the UK quad poster for Relativity’s The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe.
In theaters January 30, 2015, the fright sequel directed by Tom Harper stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCroy, and 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.
“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.”