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‘American Guinea Pig’ Returns In a Bouquet of Guts and Gore (NSFW Trailer)

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:35

Some horror fans can’t get enough of the gore, and seek out the most brutal of films. Eventually they come across American Guinea Pig, who releases “snuff”-esque indie films that display some of the most astounding – and disgusting- effects work.

They’re back with a new series that promises a bouquet of guts and gore, and have thus released the following extremely NSFW trailer.

Directed by Stephen Biro, the synopsis reads as the following.

“Death”

With FX by Marcus Koch, James VanBebber stars and provides DP work. Rogan Russell Marshall, Scott Gabbey, Eight The Chosen One, Caitlyn Dailey, Ashley Lynn Caputo also star.

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Fantômas Resurrected For RockOut Fest

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:30

Avant garde metal group Fantômas has been resurrected after nearly six years for a performance at Chile’s RockOut Festival. The band, which features Mike Patton (Faith No More), Buzz Osborne (The Melvins), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), will be performing their 2001 album The Director’s Cut in its entirety (according to Blabbermouth). The concert takes place December 6th in Santiago, Chile.

The Director’s Cut featured covers of several classic horror and thriller themes, including Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Cape Fear, and much more.

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’7500′ Is Available In Germany, Too…

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:26

As we previously reported, Dimension Films’ Thanksgiving slasher, Kristy, is already on home video in Germany. Thus, we shared this reader review, which should come accompanying a note that we’ve heard that TWC-Dimension is recutting the film for its eventual U.S. release.

Now, we’ve learned that CBS Films’ long-gestured J-horror 7500 is also on German video. And word is, it’s terrible. I have a buddy ordering both so we can get you some official thoughts here on Bloody, eventually. For now, here’s an international trailer and a bunch of new stills.

“True Blood’s” Ryan Kwanten and Amy Smart co-star as married couple Brad and Pia Martin, who board Vista Pacific Flight 7500 with their two longtime friends for a trip to Japan. Leslie Bibb is set to play Laura Baxter, a stewardess on the transpacific liner, who is involved in a complicated and secret relationship.

Scout Taylor-Compton, Johnathon Schaech, Jamie Chung, Nicky Whelan, Christian Serratos, Jerry Ferrara and Alex Frost also star.

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Screamfest Film Festival Announces ‘White Settlers,’ ‘Fear Clinic’ and More!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:16

Screamfest has announced the second round of films packed with chills and thrills to be shown at the 2014 horror film festival.

Screamfest kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14 through October 23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028).

Get your tickets here.

· Cyprian’s War (Bulgaria) – Directed by Dobromir Baychev. An excommunicated Eastern Orthodox priest is the only one who can save a possessed young woman. World Premiere

· Dark Was The Night (US) – Directed by Jack Heller. Starring Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Lukas Haas (Inception). A long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees, outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened it sets its sites on the townspeople, as Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) attempts to overcome the demons of his past, so that he may protect those that he loves. World Premiere

· Fear Clinic (US) – Directed by Robert Green Hall. Starring Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Thomas Dekker. Five desperate patients return to the “Fear Clinic” when their trauma induced phobias that were caused by the same tragic shooting massacre inexplicably stricken them again. Desperate for answers, Sara (FIONA DOURIF) seeks out Dr. Andover to treat them again with his Fear Chamber — a radical form of exposure therapy that manifests and controls their worst fears in the form of scary hallucinations. But what they encounter is something much more terrifying than their worst fears combined. World Premiere

· Girlhouse (US) – Directed by Trevor Matthews & Jon Knautz. A HALLOWEEN-style slasher for the digital age, GIRLHOUSE follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life. US Premiere

· Preservation (US) –Directed by Christopher Denham Wit, a brainy anesthesiologist, heads out on a hunting trip in a forest preserve with her husband Mike, a hedge fund manager, and his brother Sean, a former marine. But when the brothers are stalked and captured by three local hunters, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy. Los Angeles Premiere

· White Settlers (UK) – Directed by Simeon Halligan. Suspense thriller WHITE SETTLERS pitches the modern urbanite dream of starting a simple life in the country against the possibility of a very different and terrifying reality. Set in the borders of Scotland, WHITE SETTLERS takes place over the course of one incredibly tense night and stars Pollyanna McIntosh, internationally renowned for her performance in Sundance horror hit THE WOMAN, Festival favourite LOVE ETERNAL and Irvine Welsh’s FILTH. It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is; come sunset they fall in love all over again as they wander in the beautiful Scottish landscape. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate and quickly, the evening becomes a nightmare. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong here. And they’re certainly not welcome…. US Premiere

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New ‘Ghostbusters’ Just the Beginning of Massive Franchise Reboot

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:00

It’s absolutely remarkable the power of a successful film. Marvel has been on an uphill swing over the past few years, with the company hitting an all-time high with Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that’s changed the course of movie history. Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s biggest film, and also the most unknown of all of their franchises, showing that building a “universe” is the modern approach to franchises and remakes. Universal is doing such with their monsters, Disney is kickstarting the Star Wars franchise, and various other studios are thinking long-term.

Now, Dan Aykroyd has the same ambition for the Ghostbusters franchise, although I don’t know how you build a universe around a few central characters – and I don’t see how you make a movie from the perspective of Slimer or Stay Puft.

Via THR:

Speaking in London where he was in town to promote his brand of Crystal Head vodka, the 62-year-old said that had been looking towards some of the bigger franchise models for guidance.

“It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?” he said. “What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?”

Aykroyd said that the entire Ghostbusters team — “the executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman, the director] and myself” — were now looking at the next 10 years. Earlier in year Reitman exited the director’s chair for the planned 2015 return, although he is still lined up to produce.

He added that the focus must be “not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.”

Using the Ghostbusters car Ecto as an analogy, Aykroyd said that the entire concept was now sitting in the garage without paint, wheels, a motor or transmission. “It’s up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything,” he said. “That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt. That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.”

Aykroyd also added that he thought the idea of a female-led Ghostbusters was a possibility for the third or fourth film. “We need to write it,” he said though.

I really love that Marvel has forced studios and execs to “rethink” their franchise plans; it’s forced them to go lateral instead of straight forward. And since the studio has been struggling on this Ghostbusters sequel/revamp for years, maybe this is just what the doctor ordered – they’re already planning an all-female cast to break the mold.

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Devin Townsend Teases ‘Ziltoid 2′

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:00

Mad scientist Devin Townsend – because what other way is there to describe him? – has released a short teaser for Ziltoid 2, which will be coming out October 28th. The teaser can be seen below.

Townsend explains the album:

So it’s been years I’ve been trying to get the energies in line to do another Ziltoid record, and it’s finally happened! Z2 is my new record, and it’s a multimedia event that has taken a ton of people a ton of effort to bring to you! It’s a double album, (one side DTP, and one side Ziltoid) and the concept expands on Ziltoid the alien, and his sci-fi adventures in a way that kind of throws back to 50′s radio plays… but obviously with complicated, heavy music as its soundtrack. It has taken a great deal of energy to put this all together, and the music is just one of the aspects of it.

A show where the album will be played in its entirety is scheduled for April 13th, 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which is already sold out.

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Exclusive ‘Delivery: The Beast Within’ Preroll Clip

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:14

Delivery: The Beast Within terrifies on DVD and digital HD September 30 from Cinedigm and The Collective. Blending found footage and reality show genres, the feature marks the directorial debut of Brian Netto, who also co-wrote the film with producer Adam Schindler.

The exclusive clip is a never-before-seen preroll of the film which cuts in and out with scenes of the film.

“Delivery: The Beast Within follows Kyle (Barclay) and Rachel Massy (Vail), a young couple who agrees to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show. The family begins to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child. After production is abandoned, a first hand account of the tragic, and possibly supernatural, story is told through the show’s un-aired footage and testimonials from friends, family and crew members.

Extras Include:
· “The Birth of Delivery” – Nine minute making-of featurette
· Audio Commentary with Actors Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay, Producer Adam Schindler and Director Brian Netto
· Audio Commentary with Composer Daniel Cossu, Supervising Sound Editor Darin Heinis Producer Adam Schindler and Director Brian Netto

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WIN ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Black Maria SE Box!

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:06

It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set.

Bloody Disgusting has (1) of these highly desired sets for one lucky reader to win. TO ENTER: Put TCM BLACK MARIA in the subject line and then send YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winner chosen at random. No PO Boxes. US entries only.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre appears in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras.

Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic ‘Black Maria’ cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty’s rescue when she’s being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of TCSM enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre throughout for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece.’

This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack will include a wealth of extras, including:

-A Leatherface apron
-Theatrical mini-poster
-Five audio options
-Four feature commentaries with the filmmakers and cast,
-Several making-of featurettes
-Deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, trailers and much more

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre received a mixed critical reception upon its initial release – the Los Angeles Times called it “despicable” – but horror fans immediately recognized it has a breakthrough in unbearable suspense. The story, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, is dreadfully simple: Five young people on a weekend getaway in remote Texas countryside fall prey to a chain saw-wielding butcher (dubbed Leatherface because of his mask made of human skin) and his demented cannibalistic family. Thanks to startling scenes such as a woman being impaled on a meat hook, horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational and shockingly realistic, the film terrified audiences and was the most buzzed-about release of its time (a buzz fueled by the marketing campaign that claimed it was based on a true story).

Thrust upon an America disillusioned by the Vietnam War and Watergate, the 1974 shocker faced a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry. But this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone, having opened the (sliding steel) door to the entire slasher genre of the 1980s and beyond.

In addition to the Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , the film will also be released as a standard DVD, Blu-ray and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on September 16 at retail outlets nationwide.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY BLACK MARIA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET
Street Date: Exclusively at gorgon-video.com only September 16, 2014
Street Date: retail outlets nationwide October 14, 2014
SRP: $99.98
Rate R
4K Digital Transfer, 7/1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
A Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD & BD COMBO
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $49.98
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
* Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw
* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
* The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman
* New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan
* Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll
* Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
* Blooper Reel
* Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”
* Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM
* Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”
* Still Gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th ANNIVERSARY DVD OR BD
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $24.98 DVD / $29.98 BLU-RAY
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio
EXTRAS:
4 Feature Commentaries:

* Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
* Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns
* NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
* NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou

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Groots Bloody Groots

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:28

It took a while, but one very talented motherfucker named Luke Gibson finally figured out that the name of the most lovable character in Guardians of the Galaxy rhymes with Sepultura’s most well-known album and song, “Roots Bloody Roots.” Pablo Arriaga needs you to check it out.

No word from Sepultura if they will officially change the song lyrics because of this…yet. All we know is that it’s here and that a headbanging Groot is just as adorable as the shimmying original. Check out the video <here> and sing along! Oh yeah, there are lyrics.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with Juatcast.com. He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.

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[Exclusive] Behind The Scenes Look At “Forever Evil: Arkham War!”

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:21

Tomorrow sees the release of the collected edition of “Forever Evil: Arkham War” from DC. So in partnering with them we’re giving a behind the scenes look at the sketches that will be found in the final pages of this collected edition. They offer an incredible insight into the new designs found in the book and the process that goes into crafting such an epic event like this.

Plus we’ve got the exclusive look at Bane in the batsuit from Scott Eaton.

From DC Comics:

Madness and mayhem hit the streets as both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison unleash their prisoners upon the helpless citizens of Gotham. And with no Dark Knight to protect the city, what horrors will follow? Arkham and Blackgate face off in this series featuring Scarecrow, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, and more.

Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN) brings you FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR, detailing the battle for Gotham City in the midst of the epic crossover event FOREVER EVIL from comics superstars Geoff Johns and David Finch. Collects Forever Evil: Arkham War #1-6, Batman #23.4: Bane and Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman Vs. Bane #1.

 

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Which Zombieland Rule Would Be Your Flaw?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:00

Zombieland was one of this millennium’s most entertaining and unique zombie films, mixing humor, story, and gore into a fantastic story of trust and friendship.

It also had several rules, courtesy of Jesse Eisenberg’s “Columbus”, which were rather well thought out, pretty damn practical, and meant to ensure one’s survival.

But that doesn’t mean everyone would be able to follow those rules! And that’s what this week’s quiz aims to ask: Which Zombieland Rule Would Be Your Flaw?

I got “Rule #2: Double Tap”, which states:

You are a smart person and tend to think ahead, preparing for what is to come. This is definitely an important survival skill in the apocalypse. But while preparedness and saving resources can be a good thing… it might also become your downfall. When in doubt, don’t get stingy with your bullets. Nobody likes to turn their back on a “dead” zombie and get a nasty surprise. Maybe bring a baseball bat or a sword to get in that second hit, saving some bullets.

Take the quiz below and let me know which rule would be your flaw!

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[Review] ‘Motivational Growth’ Is a Weird, Thought-Provoking Tale

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:56

Let’s face it: This past summer hasn’t exactly been the most positive. Between the crap going on with war and disease, to the passing of one of the most beloved comedians of a generation, it’s pretty depressing. Depression isn’t the nicest of topics, and it’s talked about even less so (in a realistic fashion) in film. So it’s interesting that director/writer Don Thacker decided to throw that into the mix with his first feature-length film, Motivational Growth. The film made it’s premiere at the 2013 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, where it won Best Feature. It also snagged a couple more awards and festival selections before the year was out. But is it really worth your time?

Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) is a depressed mess. He pretty much crosses off every indication that he’s depressed: he hasn’t left his increasingly messy apartment in a year, hasn’t bathed in months, and hasn’t had any human contact for what seems like forever. His only constant “companion” is Kent, an old cabinet-style television set that’s been really the only thing keeping him going. So naturally, Kent up and dies. Ian is distraught and decides life isn’t worth living. Going to the bathroom to off himself, Ian succeeds in only hitting his head on the bathtub. When he wakes up, Ian discovers that the mold (voiced by Jeffrey Combs) that’s accumulated on the bathroom wall is talking to him. The mold has a plan for Ian, and promises that if Ian follows it, the payoff will be worth it.

Right away, you know a film’s going to be fun when you have Jeffrey Combs involved. The man’s a legend, and like the rest of the cast, are spot on. DiGiovanni is superb as Ian. He comes across as believable, and it’s pretty cool to see him go from the mope on the couch to seemingly turning things around for himself. And yeah, he probably has the same reaction as anyone would have if a fungus (sorry, THE MOLD) started talking to you. The duo wax linguistics in their conversations as if it were second nature, which is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Pete Giovagnoli as Ian’s landlord, Box The Ox, is a treat. The guy threatens Ian with unintentionally-humourous stories over not paying the rent (breaking chimpanzees’ arms is hard), and is stereotypically a goon. Danielle Doetsch is sweet as Leah, the literal girl-next-door and Ian’s love interest. She, like Ian, is a bit quirky herself, which is all the more endearing. I don’t think I’d have the same reaction as she did if someone hurled on me. Everyone else involved is equally impressive.

Thacker also deserves praise for just how he crafted this weird little tale. It’s set in the 1990s, uses chiptunes by Alex Mauer for a soundtrack that sound straight out of a video game, and even has 8-bit video game style cutscenes for certain scenes that add even more character to the film. What’s even more interesting is the film’s budget, and what Thacker was able to do with it. Shot for just over $176K, the limited number of effects that Thacker was able to pull off were quite impressive. As far as the gore goes, there isn’t too much going on, but there are more gross-out moments than gore, such as Ian eating fungus, vomiting various types of goo, rotted dead bodies and more.

On the negative side, the film is understandably weird. While that might not seem like a bad thing, it might be too weird for some people. It keeps itself together for the first hour, but after that, it begins to lag. Compounding things is the acid trip-like happenings that Ian sees or doesn’t see, causing confusion for not only him, but the viewer trying to follow the story. Things only get more confusing once the ending rolls around, leaving you wondering just what exactly happened. I can understand and appreciate Thacker for trying something so out of the box, but it threatens to alienate viewers and limit it’s audience, which is a shame.

Once the cabinet TV doors closed at the credits, I was impressed with Motivational Growth. It sports great acting from all the players, some great touches of humour mixed with it’s weirdness, and who doesn’t love listening to Jeffrey Combs? And while the film may be a little too out there for it’s own good, it’s also what endears it, along with it’s moral message. Thacker definitely deserves to be noticed for his work, and while it may take repeated viewings to just figure out what the hell is going on, Motivational Growth is certainly impressive.

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‘Jessabelle’ Rescued In Latest Imagery

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:53

The dead are back for life this October.

Lionsgate just send us two new images from Jessabelle, their new haunter from Saw VI director Kevin Greutert.

In the film that opens in theaters and on various VOD platforms November 7, “Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, Ana De La Reguera and Amber Stevens star.

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[TV] The Symbolism Behind “Hannibal” Season 2 (Exclusive)

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:19

Go behind-the-scenes of a pivotal moment in the second season of “Hannibal” when Mads Mikkelsen finds himself in a (rare) vulnerable state. The cast and crew talk about the moment in this exclusive clip from the forthcoming home video release of “Hannibal: Season Two.”

“Hannibal: Season Two,” the next chapter of the smash hit series will keep viewers on the edge of their seats when it arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of TV’s “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies,” comes the complete second season of the deliciously dark and twisted show.

Premiering to over 4.8 million viewers, “Hannibal” continues its second season with Will Graham (Dancy) locked in a mental asylum, accused of Hannibal Lecter’s (Mikkelsen) crimes. Jack Crawford (Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack’s new consultant on cases. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show nothing can ever be the same again.

Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks, stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy and Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne. The show co-stars Caroline Dhavernas (TV’s “Off the Map”) and guest stars Hettienne Park (Young Adult), Scott Thompson (TV’s “The Colbert Report”), Aaron Abrams (TV’s “The LA Complex”), Gillian Anderson (TV’s “X-Files”), Raul Esparza (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie), Cynthia Nixon (HBO’s “Sex in the City”), Michael Pitt (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Katharine Isabelle (SyFy’s “Being Human”).

Before Hannibal Season 3 airs on NBC catch up with Hannibal: Season Two, which contains all 13 episodes on three-discs loaded with special features that include select episode audio commentaries with the cast and crew, a feature-length documentary on the making of episode 205, featurettes on the style of Hannibal Lector and the prosthetics and effects in the show, cast and crew reflections on Season 2, webisodes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

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Bloodbath’s New Vocalist Has Been Revealed As…

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:00

Swedish death metal band Bloodbath recently announced their return after several years, unveiling a new album by the name of Grand Morbid Funeral, which will come out November 17th via Peaceville Records. But the question on everyone’s mind was, “Who is the new vocalist?” After all, Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) had left the band in 2012, four years after the release of The Fathomless Mastery.

Well, the answer to that question has been answered and the new vocalist for Bloodbath is none other that Paradise Lost‘s Nick Holmes!

Bassist Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) tells Metal Hammer:

Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in 1990, Nick Holmes has been one of my favourite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!

Lead guitarist Anders Nyström (Katatonia) adds:

Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre-defining Gothic and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath’s grand morbid funeral!

This sounds like it’s going to be one massive record! I loved The Fathomless Mastery, so I’m definitely keeping close eyes on this one.

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Elevated ‘Extraterrestrial’ Poster (Exclusive)

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:24

You won’t have a choice…

From Grave Encounters‘ The Vicious Brothers, we have an elevated new one-sheet for their upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st. The poster shows the legs of a woman, presumably being abducted. The film gives a hefty dose of homage to classics like Close Encounters, Fire In the Sky, Alien and Aliens.

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Image and Poster Vamps Out

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:19

Above we shared a new look at The Orchard’s newest acquisition, What We Do In The Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark). In addition, we scored the first poster that’s found below the previously released trailer.

Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.”

The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘Tusk’ Clip Shows Haley Joel Osment As a Shit-Talkin’ DJ

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:59

Two more clips from Kevin Smith’s Tusk have been released, one with Justin Long in bed with the gorgeous Genesis Rodriguez, the other showing an older Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment as a shit-talking DJ.

In theaters September 19 via A24, Smith’s Human Centipede-esque Tusk (read our review) is about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).

Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea — and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness.

The official website will now allow you to “Tuskify yourself” – upload your picture and go full walrus!

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[Review] Ti West’s Disturbing ‘The Sacrament’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:56

I know that people will give me flak, and others will agree, but I’m not the biggest fan of Eli Roth. Despite being hailed as one of the “Splat Pack”, the guy’s really only done five films in his career starting in 1998. While I know that’s still more than some members of the group, and the fact that Roth has dabbled in producing and acting, he still comes across as more of a spokesperson for horror rather than someone who has broken new ground. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. Roth has had his hand in producing several successful films and helping out younger directors. One of whom is Ti West. Fresh from directing segments in V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, West returned to feature-length work with the Jonestown-inspired The Sacrament.

Patrick (Kentucker Audley) is a fashion photographer who travels to meet his sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) at Eden Parish, a remote Caribbean island commune in which she’s been living since she left her drug rehab program. In spite of Caroline’s lack of details regarding the happenings in the commune, Patrick travels to Eden Parish with his friends and co-workers Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg), who are hoping to score a story for their employer, Vice Magazine. Once there, Patrick is met by his sister, who seems much happier and healthier than she did when Patrick last saw her. Sam and Jake begin filming interviews with Eden Parish’s inhabitants, all of whom sing praises of the commune. However, once they’re introduced to the head of Eden Parrish, a man referred to only as The Father (Gene Jones), the sinister truth about the commune quickly comes out.

Now before some of you moan and rage over another found-footage film, this is one time that it works. Yes, there’s a bit of shaky cam involved, but not to the point that it’s distracting or annoying. And yeah, it’s obvious that the film has been altered in post to have the picture more akin to what you’d see on television, but that’s the point. West’s decision to go the found-footage route gives the film a very visceral feel, upping the tension and those uneasy feelings as if you’re there witnessing the entire thing. It also gives West the excuse for some of the shots to look as good as they do, as the guys who are supposed to be filming those shots? Their jobs are to make it look like that good. It’s almost like they’re reporters or something, you know?

The biggest draw for this film is the cast. Every player is on the ball. Audley not only gets the wheels turning for this film, but you believe in his character’s concern for his sister. Likewise, Amy Seimetz does a great job of portraying a psychologically fragile individual in Amy, who is ripe to be preyed upon. Speaking of which, Gene Jones is definitely the standout for this film as The Father. The way the man talks and acts fits the definition of a cult of personality perfectly. Behind the smiles, there is definitely an evil streak, and Jones has you believing that his character could have his followers literally do whatever he wanted them to do. West also has his mainstays in Bowen and Swanberg, who also contribute nicely to the film. Even though Swanberg is relegated to being behind the camera for much of the film, he still plays a significant role that eventually leads to the film’s climax.

In spite of the cast’s work and how mesmerizing Jones is in his role, the film falters in a couple of areas. One area is the fact that some of the characters could’ve been given more attention past their introductions. Leaving some of them not fully developed was probably a tough decision, since it probably would have disturbed the pacing of the film had we been given more time. Still, it feels like there’s more that we’re not seeing. The other sore spot is that if you’ve been doing your homework and researched what happened in Jonestown, you’re going to be kind of disappointed, since West follows closely what eventually happened there in his film. In other words, you know what’s going to happen. I know, it’s a bit of a spoiler, but even then, you still get the sense of what’s going to happen, even if you didn’t know about Jonestown. It’s still quite disturbing and horrifying, but at the same time, you’ve seen it before.

Regardless, The Sacrament definitely deserves top marks for being one creepy thriller. The cast do a remarkable job in their roles, and Jones is absolutely perfect. The violence is not particularly gory, but it definitely didn’t have to be, since the tension and the emotional quotient take care of the horror part, and I liked it. If you’re in the mood for a found-footage film that takes advantage of the concept and executes it almost flawlessly, or are looking for your doomsday cult fix, then look no further than The Sacrament.

Video/Audio:

Presented in an AVC encoded 1.78.1 widescreen 1080p transfer, The Sacrament looks quite good. Detail is very good, even with the added grain and tweaks to the picture to give it more of a film look. Colour reproduction is great, with the greens of the jungle being the ones that stand out the most. Black levels are good, skin tones look accurate and quite lifelike. The only real drawbacks are in the darker scenes, when the shadows tend to swallow much of the picture and it’s detail.

Audio-wise, the film gets an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. While most of the sound is relegated to the front, the track still puts out some great directionality and immersion. Dialogue is kept in the centre, and is clear and free of distortion. Tyler Bates’ score hits in the right places in creating ominous and tense moments. Bass is appropriate for this type of film and isn’t overpowering. Overall, the track is very good.

Extras:
First up is an audio commentary with writer/director Ti West and actors AJ Bowen and Amy Seimetz. The trio have a lot to say about making this movie, and make this an easy and well-paced listen. Ti talks about things such as the writing process, his experience working with producer Eli Roth, shooting the film in Georgia, the happenings on the set, as well as deleted footage that unfortunately was not included on the disc. Why people do this in commentaries drives me nuts. Bowen and Seimetz chime in with some insightful comments about their experiences in front of the camera, as well as discuss their characters.

Following that is a twenty-one minute featurette called Creating The Sacrament: Revealing The Vision, which includes interviews with producer Eli Roth, director Ti West and some members of the cast and crew. Topics include the experience of filming in Georgia, the film’s references to Jonestown, the characters, the origins of some of the ideas used for the film and more. It’s an interesting chat that compliments the commentary without repeating too much information.

Working with the Director: The Ti West Experience is your typical piece gushing over the director by the cast and crew, saying how wonderful it was to work on the film with West, how great he is, etc.

Preparing for Takeoff: Behind the Scenes Helicopter Sequence is a picture-in-picture sequence that shows the film footage of the aforementioned sequence in a small window, while the rest of the picture is the footage of the sequences being shot. The whole thing just shows the differences between what was shot, and what the final cut looks like.

AXS TV: A Look at The Sacrament rounds out the extras as your typical three-minute EPK puff piece that just functions as a brief overview of the film.

Also included are six bonus trailers, none of which are for The Sacrament.

Overall, the Blu-Ray shows off some great audio and video, with some good extras. Again, the deleted footage that West talks about in the commentary is absent (again, why do they do this?!), along with the film’s trailer. In regards to the deleted footage, this would’ve been a much-welcomed addition, since it would’ve fleshed out those areas of the film that needed development.

And come on, including trailers for your own film are a no-brainer.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Clip Goes Full ‘Matrix’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:50

Universal Pictures sent us this new clip from Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella in theaters October 10, 2014.

The clip shows Luke Evans, as Dracula, forced to be a one man army. He turns on his Dracula “vision” and then goes full Matrix on hundreds of soldiers. It’s pretty cool.

In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.

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