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Scream! Factory Has Unleashed the ‘Nightbreed’ Collector’s Edition!

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:05

Whew! I never thought this day would come! Scream! Factory has already proven itself to be the best spot for getting older horror films but they really hit the jackpot here. Clive Barker’s 1990 cult classic has finally been released in it’s entirety within a pretty bad ass box set on Blu-ray. The new Nightbreed release comes with the original theatrical cut and the brand new director’s cut which Clive Barker himself always wanted (note: this is not the Cabal Cut).

It’s a damn shame that Barker doesn’t direct anymore, it really is. Nightbreed was his second to last commercial directing effort (last being Lord of Illusions) and since then he has gone back to writing various short stories, video games and screenplays. While I’m excited he is writing the remake of Hellraiser and Jacqueline Ess (based on his short story by the same name), I just can’t help but miss his vision especially after watching the complete badassery that comes from this new Director’s Cut …there’s even a musical number!

As always with Scream! Factory the transfer quality is amazing, particularly with the Director’s Cut given they had to piece it back together from previously “lost” footage. But what really makes this Limited Edition set triumph over anything Scream! has previously produced is the amazing box it comes in. You won’t find a flimsy paper box arriving in the mail, you get a hard sturdy case with original artwork seamlessly printed on it. You also get both versions of the artwork created for Nightbreed on the Director’s Cut and the original poster art on the Theatrical Cut. Last but not least the set comes with a nice collector’s booklet explaining the story behind reviving The Cabal Cut as well as glossy pictures featuring all of the main characters. You can pre-order a copy of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut – Limited Edition at Scream! Factory for $79.97 and it is WELL worth the money. If it’s out of your budget you can order Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut for $23.95. Both editions come with one version of the posters created for this item.

It had been awhile since I had seen Nightbreed so it was a pleasure to get to watch both the theatrical and director’s cut back to back. Nightbreed is such a stylish flick and it’s a real bummer that it bombed in the box office because Boon’s story is unlike most leading character’s. Boon is such a tragic character because from the word “go” he is doomed and by the one person who is supposed to be helping him! Now one problem I always had with the original cut is that it didn’t really seem to flow well, it paced along fine in the beginning and then all of the sudden everything involving Midian just seemed rushed.

In the Director’s Cut we get a lot more involving the romance between Lori and Boon, which is actually pretty cool because we get to see more of Lori becoming a stronger character while she searches for Boon. I don’t want to spoil the alternate ending but it was a much better and more fulfilling one than the theatrical ending. I was sort of bummed that Decker seems to be less of the focal point in the Director’s Cut, not that he is there less it just seems like he is because of all the extra footage added.

But really the best part of the Director’s Cut is the expansion of the “Nightbreed vs Human” aspect, which goes back to what I was saying about the end of the film being rushed. It really doesn’t make sense for this aspect to be cut down so much because the movie is titled “Nightbreed” but it always confounded me as to why there wasn’t more monster action. Well now I know and boy is it every glorious and tragic! Morgan Creek really dropped the ball by initially cutting over 40 minutes of footage because Nightbreed becomes an entirely different movie, a better one actually even though it is a bit long in the tooth.

Nightbreed: Director’s Cut will be available October 28th, just in time to host a Halloween party with it! So what’s everybody’s favorite part of Nightbreed? Personally I love anything to do with Decker (David Cronenberg) because it’s fucking Cronenberg being a sadistic freak!

Official Synopsis: 

Multimedia horror maven Clive Barker followed the success of his feature directorial debut, Hellraiser, with this equally surreal effort, based on his novella Cabal. The story involves the plight of Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a young man tormented by visions of monstrous, graveyard-dwelling creatures. Seeking the aid of his clinically cold therapist Dr. Decker (played by Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg) in deciphering his nightmares, Boone becomes convinced that his frequent blackouts are linked to a recent spate of mutilation murders in the area. His frantic search for the truth leads him to the subterranean city of Midian, the dwelling place of a mythical race of undead nocturnal monsters known as the “Nightbreed.” But it is only after he is cornered and shot dead by police that Boone’s real journey begins — he finds himself resurrected as one of the Breed. Though Barker‘s unique and graphic vision is somewhat blunted by choppy editing (thanks to relentless tampering from the studio), this is nevertheless a fine sophomore project from a talented storyteller; the central conceit of presenting the monsters as the “good guys” — at least compared to the gun-and-bible-toting lunatics who hunt them — is handled with verve and originality. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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[Comic Book Review] “Wytches” #1 Stumbles, but Holds Promise.

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:02

It’s October. I like October. Halloween’s in October. I like Halloween. Halloween means witches. I like witches; their history, their depictions in media, culture, and fiction – it’s all good creepy fun. With that said, at this point, it’s tough to take something as established as “the witch” and do something new with it. I applaud Scott Snyder for trying with “Wytches” #1.

 

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder

ART BY: Jock

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 8, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

The first few pages containing the prologue of “Wytches” issue #1 had me pretty intrigued. A mother in the early 1900s has been “pledged” and finds herself trapped inside a knotty tree. After her son bashes her face in with a rock, she’s pulled into the tree’s roots by pale, long-fingered hands. In the back matter of this issue, Snyder divulges to his readers the inspiration for this comic. “Forget everything you know about witches,” he writes – the creatures who the aforementioned hands belong to are something else entirely. Don’t get me wrong, reinvention is great, but “forget everything you know” statements make me nervous. Granted, Snyder’s childhood encounter in the woods does sound like it merits a good story.

The artwork by Jock is exceptional. If you’re reading this review and saying to yourself “what was this guy expecting?” I’ll answer by saying “darkness.” I’m surprised to see the amount of color used in a witch or witch-y themed comic. And I say that with respect. I think it would be “easy” to use dark coloring to help convey elements of horror – expected. Using brightness and pastels as a juxtaposition is a very smart aspect of the collaboration between Snyder, Jock, and colorist Matt Hollingsworth.

Maybe I’m being slightly too simplistic, but the dynamic artwork and coloring of this series seems to be playing off the “everything isn’t so bad” idea – that is until a deer vomits up something on your living room floor and that girl you thought was dead has actually just been trapped inside a tree…waiting.

If you’re looking for a Halloween-timed comic that features a lot of familiar spooky motifs, then you’ll probably enjoy “Wytches” a lot. There’s a weird girl who’s moved schools because of a violent history, trees that hold some pretty dark secrets, and some seemingly inexplicable natural phenomena. “The chosen one”, bullies gettin’ their comeuppance, and loving but powerless parents all have roles to play in this series. Does it work to make something gripping and fresh? Maybe?

I like witches – not too sure if I like Wytches. We’ll have to wait and see what Snyder has in store for us.

A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer

 

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Win An LTD ALEXI-200 Guitar From Children Of Bodom! (Contest)

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:00

Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom were planning on bringing their unique brand of melodic death metal to the States this fall on a tour with Machine Head. Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of their control, the tour was cancelled and the band will not be coming to our neck of the woods.

However, they want the fans to know that they are just as bummed about this and want to make it up by giving one lucky winner the chance to win an LTD ALEXI-200 guitar! Simply fill out the form below and you’re all set!

Details on the guitar can be found here.

Laiho will be hosting two guitar clinics in early November for those of you in the SoCal region. The first will be November 1st at Pitbull Audio while the second will be November 8th Guitar Center in Hollywood.

Make sure to pick up Bodom’s latest album Halo Of Blood via Nuclear Blast.

IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE FORM, CLEAR YOUR CACHE AND COOKIES AS WELL AS TRYING A NEW BROWSER

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Depeche Mode Announce ‘Live In Berlin’ Live DVD/CD

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:03

Electronica legends Depeche Mode have announced that they will be releasing a live DVD/CD entitled Live In Berlin on November 17th via Columbia Records. Directed by Anton Corbijn, who has directed multiple videos for the group as well as for bands such as Metallica and U2, the DVD features two hours worth of never before released footage.

The concerts were filmed on location at the O2 World Berlin on November 25th and 27th as the band was on their world tour celebrating the release of last year’s Delta Machine. The tour saw them play to over 2.4 million people in 32 countries.

A second DVD will include Alive In Berlin, which features the full show inter-spliced with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

Corbijn states:

Alive in Berlin is a record of Depeche Mode visiting Berlin for two concerts and the impact it has on fans following the band. Berlin has a special place in the hearts of Depeche Mode. Likewise, Depeche Mode has a strong following in the German capital and the film tries to capture the highlights of these concerts as well as that special connection through interviews with fans and bands alike.

Head on below for the full specs of the release. Also, make sure to check out my review of their Delta Machine show in Detroit last year right.

Live In Berlin DVD
Intro
Welcome To My World
Angel
Walking In My Shoes
Precious
Black Celebration
Should Be Higher
Policy Of Truth
The Child Inside
But Not Tonight
Heaven
Soothe My Soul
A Pain That I’m Used To
A Question Of Time
Enjoy The Silence
Personal Jesus
Shake The Disease
Halo
Just Can’t Get Enough
I Feel You
Never Let Me Down Again
Goodbye
Credits

Alive In Berlin DVD
Full live show + 15 interview pieces
Bordello Acoustic Session: Condemnation and Judas

Live In Berlin Soundtrack (2 CDs)

CD1
1. Welcome To My World
2. Angel
3. Walking In My Shoes
4. Precious
5. Black Celebration
6. Should Be Higher
7. Policy Of Truth
8. The Child Inside
9. But Not Tonight
10. Heaven
11. Soothe My Soul

CD2
1. A Pain That I’m Used To
2. A Question Of Time
3. Enjoy The Silence
4. Personal Jesus
5. Shake The Disease
6. Halo
7. Just Can’t Get Enough
8. I Feel You
9. Never Let Me Down
10. Goodbye

Delta Machine 5.1 Audio (Blu Ray CD – Deluxe Edition only)
1. Welcome To My World
2. Angel
3. Heaven
4. Secret To The End
5. My Little Universe
6. Slow
7. Broken
8. The Child Inside
9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye
14. Long Time Lie
15. Happens All The Time
16. Always
17. All That’s Mine

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‘The Houses October Built’ Filmmakers Hope to Renew Your Faith In “Found Footage”

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:01

Renew your faith in “Found Footage”
By Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe

Horror already has an advantage over any other genre: you don’t need an A-List star to have a successful movie. Now because of “found footage” you don’t need a studio sized budget either. But have we pushed this 1-2 punch too far? Let’s nip this in the bud right now: people are tired of found footage. The subgenre is watered down, and it’s been abused…maybe even raped. Shooting in this style is a cheap way to make a movie that fits nicely into the low budget horror model.

I know we may come off as Cine-ics, but we’re actually believers. So don’t lose hope in the first person perspective just yet. Story is story and shouldn’t be dictated by camera style. There are many movies out there that have properly used this technique, and it enhanced the overall visceral experience.

Hopefully our execution in The Houses October Built (in theaters, on VOD and iTunes this Friday, October 10th) keeps or renews your faith. We shot this way to keep true to the organic feel of the movie. We used real scare actors and real haunted houses. It would have been a disservice to film it any other way. We’re not saying a movie centered around Halloween haunted houses HAS to be found footage, but a movie that’s actually based in reality…well POV was the only way to get the audience to walk through the haunts and be on the journey with us. Our eyes are now your eyes, and you’re with us in the dark surrounded by all those clowns, too.

Here is a list of found footage movies from the pioneers that started it all to present day interpretations that we believe used the style innovatively to tell a compelling story:

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
This was before them all. They used real natives and went into the heart of darkness for their story. What is staged is for you to decide. Ruggero Deodato, the film’s director, was arrested after the premiere because people thought the murders on screen really happened. And, frankly, after seeing the film, I don’t know if I blame the authorities back then for coming to that conclusion.

The Last Broadcast (1998)
Not saying the movie is by any means perfect. The end falls apart. That said, the filmmakers tried something new and bold. We bring them up because they were nine months before Blair Witch, but disappeared into the ether. This was actually the first movie to be digitally streamed to theaters. If you want to dig deeper, read the chapter on this film in the book Brand Hijack. It’s very interesting and controversial.

Paranormal Activity (2007)
It’s easy to pass over because of the financial success, but PA was a game changer. Specifically, the use of the home camera and the time-lapse made this “ghost” movie feel very authentic. Oren Peli never took it too far which allowed the audience to live through the moment with Katie and Micah. The use of shadows and sounds helped you immerse yourself in some apparition ambience that challenged and frightened your imagination.

Welcome to the Jungle (2007)
Definitely influenced by Cannibal Holocaust, it’s directed by Jonthan Hensleigh (writer of Jumanji, Die Hard: With a Vengeance). The problem with many of these movies is not letting them breathe. For the story to unfold and feel real, moments should be captured that may not necessarily drive the story, but they remind you real life is taking place. WTTJ did this effectively and let the characters develop; because you need to care about someone before you watch them die.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
The rawness of this film sticks with you. A serial killer documenting and stalking his prey. The tapes themselves seem to each have a life of their own. As we discussed before in allowing a scene to breathe, this film allows the killer to flesh out all of his weird and demented fantasies.

Lake Mungo (2008)
An Australian made movie, which really capitalizes on the found footage idea. Probably one of the best looking films in the genre as well. The filmmakers really captured an authentic missing persons story that will keep you guessing until the end.

V/H/S (2012)
This anthology is the definition of found footage. Literally hundreds of found VHS tapes give every reason in the world to have POV. Regardless of the content of these tapes, from psychotic to supernatural, the movie stays grounded, gritty, and feels like you could find really these tapes in some guy’s basement.

The Remaining (2014)
We haven’t seen it yet, but as fans of “The Leftovers,” the idea of people documenting firsthand the Rapture is very topical and a smart way into the genre.

Lastly and the most effective use of actual found footage:

Dear Zachery: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
Disclaimer: This is not a horror film. It’s definitely more doc, but the reveal is definitely worthy of putting this in a suspense category. Dear Zachery really shows how impactful found footage can be. It’s a composite of home movies that tells a story you have to see to believe. Try not to read a synopsis before viewing. We don’t want to give too much away, but we can’t stress enough how powerful this movie is.

Let’s face it. Commercially, found footage movies began with Blair Witch and died with Paranormal Activity. That is to say these movies were probably the first and last times the audience really believed the movie could have possibly been made from literal found footage. So presently, the phrase “found footage” is a misnomer. Now, it should more accurately be called “1st person POV” (although it definitely doesn’t have the alliteration nor the ring of the phrase “found footage”). With that in mind, we chose to shoot The Houses October Built this way, not because we think you will believe someone found our tapes, but rather to give you the perspective and experience only first person camera can do. As we mentioned before, would you rather watch someone walk through a haunted house or be the person walking through?

The Houses October Built

Halloween maze fun turns into slasher horror?

The super fun and unique The Houses October Built is getting a limited theatrical run through Image and RLJ Entertainment October 10, and it may just be the perfect Halloween-time indie to seek out.

Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…

Bobby Roe directs this new spin on found-footage that stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson.

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It’s Bigfoot, and He’s Pissed! Here’s a Crazy New ‘Exists’ Clip!

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:13

From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigfoot. We have a brand new clip that drops you right in the middle of an attack where said Sasquatch is going absolutely crazy!

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.

Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.

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‘Annabelle’ and ‘Toy Story’ Mashup Introduces ‘Woody’ (Halloween Treat)

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:44

Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.

There’s a new trailer mashup that’s sort of a bit lazy and thrown together as click bait (well, it worked didn’t it?). On the heels of the success of Annabelle, this new mashup combines the haunted doll movie with Pixar’s Toy Story.

The faux trailer for Woody is clever in theory, but doesn’t work until the last gag, which is why I decided to share this Halloween Treat with ya!

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‘The Wave’ First Norwegian Disaster Movie

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:34

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, best known for Cold Prey and Escape, is preparing Scandinavia’s first disaster movie, The Wave (Bølgen).

The film, writes ScreenDaily, budgeted at $7.9m (NOK50m), will depict a tsunami that is predicted to hit Norway at some point in the future.

There was a previous instance in 1934 when 2 million cubic metres of rock fell into Norway’s Tafiord, triggering a 85-metre wave, which left 40 people dead.

Currently, a 700-metre crevice in the Åkneset Fjell, aka the Fjell of Death, expands by 10-15cm annually. This will eventually result in a rockslide, creating a tsunami in the fjord and destroying everything in its path before it reaches land in Geiranger.

Filming on Norwegian locations and in Romanian studios, the cast include Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Eili Harboe and Jonas Hoff Oftebro.

The script, about an experienced geologist (Joner) who finds himself separated from his family 10 minutes before he knows the disaster will take place, has been written by John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw-Eeg.

The Wave will be released in August 2015 by Nordisk Film Distribusjon.

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Stephen King’s ‘Mercy’ Dumped to VOD…Today

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:26

Apparently Universal is cleaning house of old Blumhouse films as they’ve dumped not only Mockingbird direct-to-VOD, but now Stephen King’s Mercy. Yes, both can be rented or purchased on various VOD platforms, right now with absolutely zero press. This makes you wonder if we’ll finally see Blumhouse’s Area 51, on shelves since pretty much a year after Paranormal Activity released (although, that’s released through Paramount Pictures)…

Anyways, we now have the trailer for Mercy, directed by Haunting in Connecticut‘s (yuck) Peter Cornwell. It looks sort of like an Evil Dead ripoff, without all the cool deadites.

In Mercy, “Two young boys (“The Walking Dead’s” Chandler Riggs and Super 8‘s Joel Courtney) who move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, they fear she might not be the only one who won’t make it through the summer alive. Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and overcome the evil forces threatening their family.

The film stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, and Chris Browning.

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‘The Ring’ Director Returns to Horror With ‘A Cure For Wellness’

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:11

Ever since we were teased with a “BioShock” movie, I’ve been dying for Gore Verbinski to return to horror. His The Ring remake is of huge inspiration for me, and is part of the genesis of the V/H/S films.

Verbinski is getting paranoid with comedian Steve Carell in an untitled thriller that New Regency will put in production in March. But that’s not all, Deadline reports that the plan is for Verbinski to follow this one by shooting back-to-back projects for New Regency. Those films will be A Cure For Wellness, an elevated horror film written by Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe, and the comedy Passengers.

Verbinski, who signed the deal in April, is coming off The Lone Ranger and before that the Oscar-winning Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films.

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Angelo Badalamenti Discusses Scoring ‘Twin Peaks’

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:00

With the amazing announcement that Showtime has secured a third season of the cult murder mystery TV show Twin Peaks, I thought I would bring back this old interview where composer Angelo Badalamenti discussed how he sat with creator David Lynch and came up with the infamous “Love Theme” that has haunted and entranced listeners for almost 25 years.

What I love about this clip is how passionately Badalamenti recalls the exact circumstances when this piece was composed. His story conveys a deep appreciation of the power of music and how it can be used to enhance what is happening on the screen.

Much of the audio was used as the introduction to this free electronic mix.

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‘ABCs of Death 2′ Director Dennison Ramalho Vs. Religion (Exclusive Interview)

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:42

With Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films’ ABCs of Death 2 now on various VOD platforms, Bloody Disgusting caught up with Dennison Ramalho, who directed one of my favorite of the 26 short films.

In his “J is for Jesus,” a man is kidnapped by his own father and given an exorcism to cleanse his soul only to learn he’s not the demon.

We talked to Ramalho about the genesis of his short, his hatred of religion, and whether or not he fears backlash for spiritual horror fans.

BD: You surprisingly share a very similar view on religion we me, I was wondering what promoted such, hatred?

Dennison Ramalho: “Most religions use fear as a prime tactic. I was raised in a churchgoing environment and saw how huge of a toll the maintenance of dogma made lives horrible for many people around me. So far, that’s ok. Some people choose that lifestyle, all difficulties included. But then things get hairy when extremists articulate themselves in whatever manner — from “politics-politics” to “sexual politics” to “home politics”, and so on… — to impose their beliefs and lifestyle on others using, guess what? Yes. FEAR TACTICS. And LIES. In comes the fear of Hell, the fear of being morally or mentally anomalous, the fear of not having acceptable moral good-standing… That’s where I tell (extreme) religion to fuck off, and make movies against it. To expose all that cruelty. It’s not about spirituality anymore. It’s about mind control, and it’s unacceptable. Brazil is a particularly cruel country when it comes to not being religious, or being gay, or being a humanist or a free-thinker. It’s a mostly-conservative society pretending to be cool and progressive. It’s not my first movie on the subject, btw.”

BD: Are you afraid of any sort of backlash from religious folk?

Dennison Ramalho: I’m damn hungry for it!

BD: Can you talk about the genesis of the short, and the affects of social commentary on film?

Dennison Ramalho: “I can talk about the genesis of the short. About the affects of social commentary on film, well… I don’t feel I know, historically that much about it. Suffice to say Romero is my great idol on this strategy, in all his zombie films. He uses Horror and Death as metaphors of ethical subjects going rotten in American Society. I try to do the same. In my previous short film (NINJAS, 2010) I unleashed a vicious attack against the Brazilian Military Police, showing them as the sadistic monsters they really are. As for the genesis of the short, I created a number of possible stories for the anthology. Some of them with my dear friend, Screenwriter Jeff Bühler (of INSANITARIUM and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN fame). I was pretty outraged at a few evangelical politicians in Brazil at the time (basically media preachers who used their popularity to become congressmen). These fellas proposed a project of law that revoked a decision of the Superior Federal Council of Psychiatry, which banned the treatment of homosexuality in Brazil as a mental disease. In other words, if that law passed (which it didn’t!) gay people would be legally considered mentally-ill and, thus, eligible for psychiatric treatment — a human rights catastrophe!”

BD: Religion and horror always seem to hit the spot, it’s like peanut butter and jelly, can you speak more to this…

Dennison Ramalho: “As I said: it’s all about fear of a deep Evil lurking right around the corner, or inside your mind. Religion, with ethical and compassionate approaches, always zealed for the human soul. Then fanaticism took over, and turned this zeal into hysterical dictatorial lust — you see it from ISIS beheadings to my neighborhood’s chapter of the Assembly of God. But in movies the uses of the religion-horror combo are not that immoral. After all, the Devil — you beautiful! — was always there as a villain to inspire stories about possessions, the Occult, etc. But in movies there is pure evil — and I don’t believe in pure evil in real life. Even Satan was an angel once, after all… However, it’s one thing is to invent a black-metal demon named Baghuul for your movie, or come up with Satan, the absolute evil one, possessing little girls. The other thing is to use Fiction and the mass-media to demonize minorities, which is what these fuckers do. Well, this little movie is my personal answer to that.”

“ABCs of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

Get the full red band trailer here:

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Trailer for ‘The Strangers’ Director’s ‘Mockingbird’

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:31

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, which means we now have a trailer for 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.

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‘Wolves’ Effects On Display (Images)

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:38

Check out these awesome effects-heavy first 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.

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Try Not Laughing At This ‘Summer of Blood’ Clip (Exclusive)

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:01

There’s a new film coming out that nobody is talking about, but should be. It’s Dark Sky Films’ absolutely hysterical Summer of Blood (read our review), arriving on VOD and limited theatrical October 17.

Written, directed by and starring Onur Tukel, I call the vampire comedy “hipster-horror” – so the film may not connect with every viewer. I think this new exclusive clip is a great way to find out whether or not you should be circling October 17 on your calendar (you should). Below we have an exclusive new look at the film in which Tukel becomes a vampire. Another vampire stops him in the street and quizzes him before putting the nail in the coffin. The scene is not only gut-bustingly funny, but also has deep-seeded social commentary, something that I believe makes a movie great. Summer of Blood is easily one of the best films of the year.

Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

Onur Tukel (Septien, Red Flag), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip) all star.

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Which ‘Alien’ Character Are You?

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:00

It’s no secret that the 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien is one of the greatest genre films ever released. The amount of films, characters, and creatures that it has inspired is unfathomable. Plus, it’s scary as hell and the Xenomorph has become an icon of fear, terror, and strangely beautiful horror.

Now, when it comes to the original film, each character was important and had a significant reason for being there. From Dallas, the ill-fated captain, to Ash, the treacherous android, each character brought purpose and developed the story.

In most horror films, characters are disposable, meant to be killed as quickly as possible to keep the action going. But in Alien they took their time and let the viewer see these people, see how they interacted, saw their friendships and their annoyances. They were human, they were real, and their loss was palpable. God, I love this movie…

If you’ve ever asked yourself which character you would be in Alien, look no further as you can test yourself and get the answer below! I took it and got Parker. Now, who’s going to be the Lambert that I sacrifice myself for, huh?

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Really Cool Retrospective On ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (Video)

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:32

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Blair Witch Project, this new “Academy Originals” clip features the untold story of how one small horror film became a worldwide phenomenon overnight.

“Academy Originals”, the Academy’s first official web series that launched in May – examines everything from the creative process, to the moments that changed the course of filmmaking, to the artists who are charting its future. New episodes post every Monday, and the series has already generated over a million views.

In the below behind-the-scenes, they take look at the making of The Blair Witch Project and its impact on the future of movies – from sparking a found footage genre boom to its innovative use of Internet marketing.

Categories: Horror News

Ashestoangels “Run” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:06

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Bristol goth punk band Ashestoangels to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Run”, the group’s upcoming single!

The band states:

We set out to just make a straight performance video for this song, but when we arrived at the location it just spiraled out of control. Before we knew it we were sharpening sickle and chasing the residents around the farm with an axe. As you do. Maybe we watch too many horror movies….

Head below for this exclusive video premiere and make sure to pick up “Run” when it comes out October 16th!

Ashestoangels online:
Official Website
Facebook
Big Cartel

Tour dates:
Thursday 16th – Pontypridd – Clwb Y Bont
Friday 17th – Cheltenham – Hillview Commie
Sunday 19th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Monday 20th – Manchester – Satan’s Hollow
Tuesday 21st Leeds – Key Club
Wednesday 22nd – Sheffield – Corporation
Thursday 23rd – Glasgow – Shadow Sound Live
Friday 24th – Dundee – The Shore
Saturday 25th – Newcastle – Think Tank
Sunday 26th – Doncaster – Diamond Lounge
Monday 27th – Plymouth – Tiki Bar
Thursday 30th – Bristol – Tunnels
Friday 31st – Coventry – The Arches
Saturday 1st Nov – London – The Dome W/Fearless Vampire Killers

Categories: Horror News

Monster Magnet Release Phil Mucci-Directed “The Duke” Music Video

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:30

Sludge psych rockers Monster Magnet have released an official music video for “The Duke”, the latest single from last year’s release Last Patrol. Directed by Phil Mucci (Opeth, High On Fire), the video tells the story of a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing who then undergoes years of scientific experiments. However, there is far more going on and things don’t end the way you’d think.

I personally love Mucci’s style and work. It’s always incredibly unique and visually arresting while telling a story that demands thought and attention. “The Duke” is no different and I know that you’ll love the hell out of it if you give it a chance!

Make sure to preorder the band’s upcoming album Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol via Napalm Records.

Categories: Horror News

Check Out These Official ‘The Walking Dead’ Guitars

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:00

This one goes out to all of the guitarists who enjoy AMC’s The Walking Dead!

If you’re a diehard fan of the zombie horror drama and you also happen to be a guitarist, there are several official guitars crafted by Artist Series Guitar that feature character artwork from the series as well as brand new designs. Several of the guitars are sold out but a few of them are still available and are in highly limited quantities. So, if you want one, you better act fast and head on over to The Walking Dead Shop to snag your axe.

Check below for a gallery of some of the guitars.

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