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Review: “Bee and Puppycat” #2

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:55

Bee and PuppyCat is the pudding-covered child of Natasha Alegri who draws and co-writes the book. She also works as a storyboard revisionist for Adventure Time and is the person responsible for the wildly popular Adventure Time gender-swap “Fionna and Cake.” Bee and PuppyCat acts like a spiritual successor sharing the same unique tone and similar lead characters. Originally an animated short, after an exceptional reception by the public and a hugely successful Kickstarter Bee and PuppyCat will now be made into an online show on Frederator Studios’ Youtube channel, Cartoon Hangover.

WRITTEN BY: Natasha Alegri

ART BY: Natasha Alegri

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: June 11, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners

The issue picks up immediately where the first issue left off with Bee and PuppyCat having just arrived in a black void where Temp-Bot lives. It gives them their next temp job: to repair a music box for an unknown client on Snowglobe Planet.

The dialogue here is superb, it captures the characters perfectly. You can really hear Bees distinctly awkward-but-cute voice and the robotic-but-aloof voice of Temp-Bot. A lot of this can be credited to Britt Wilson’s unconventional lettering that naturally flows with the characters and their emotions. It feels like a lot of time and care was put into it unlike the norm of uniform letters in a box. That’s not all this comic does that’s different. I won’t spoil it but this issue in particular has an excellently implemented additional feature that you’re going to want to have your phone at the ready for.

Altogether Bee and PuppyCat #2 feels like an experience rather than simply a straightforward read. It’s got laughs and it’s got tender moments. This first little arc actually wraps up quite nicely and leaves some dangling mysteries for future stories, which I didn’t expect from this series but whole-heartedly embrace. Get on board the Bee and PuppyCat train now so in a couple years you can tell all your friends that you liked it just after it got cool.

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @Vulgar_Rhombus 

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New ‘Dawn’ Promo Arrives In a Blaze of Glory!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:53

20th Century Fox rides in with the “Retaliate” promo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the awesome Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The new footage is absolutely bonkers, and features a cavalry of apes shooting guns like out of an old Western!

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

In the sequel to the prequel, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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#CreepyPaddington Memes Taking Over the Web

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:41

Who knew Michael Bond’s much loved children’s books would eventual come to this?

Just a day after the CG-animated/live action Paddington hit the Web, a new meme has gone viral that puts everyone’s favorite bear in horrific situations. It’s trending as #CreepyPaddington and even has a blog devoted to said memes.

Take a look at a few below and just do a simple search on Twitter for a billion more.

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Review: “Abe Sapien” #13

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:19

Abe Sapien” #13 comes with a fresh jumping on point to encourage new fans to pick up this great ongoing. Scott Allie and Mike Mignola really handed us a curve ball with last month’s issue and this month really shows the type of creative shake up the team injects to keep the story moving. Filled with great story telling and fantastic art work this book should be on everyone’s pull list.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Sebastián Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: June 11
PRICE: $3.50

Review by: GreenBasterd

Abe Sapien has spent the duration of his ongoing series searching for clues and connections to the mass destruction going on in the world and his mysterious transformation. After a run in with a particular scummy piece of man in the previous issue Abe has finally made some headway. Having “feelings” that are reminiscent of Fenix’s (oddly enough the b*tch who shot him) abilities have been leading Abe all around America and now lead to a new destination. After finding a family who have been using horse tranquilizers to subdue their transforming son, the group stumble upon a very eerie situation represents the  sense of foreboding that’s been following Abe around.

The issue begins with the sudden change in Abe’s demeanor; after the terrible situations he has constantly found himself in, all of which have ended badly, he has finally been able to focus on the good he can do. This starts with saving the young woman Grace from a hillbilly psychopath. Since saving Grace, Abe has certainly become more proactive, you can tell that Allie made this change in character purposefully as this issue has been dubbed a starting off point for new fans.

The art of this book is incredible as has become customary when dealing with either of the Fiumara brothers as illustrators and the ever talented colourist Dave Stewart. The images by Sebastián are quite powerful especially at the beginning where the raw monstrous side of Abe Sapien is on full display as he covers himself in the pulp of another man. The story has a dark feel and is reflected through the art as the panels remain highly shadowed and dark. Though the meat of this issue is slow the end of the issue sparks to life again and really allows for the artistic team to display their full repertoire with powerful imagery.

This issue is also special because it has a short story at the end of Abe in days past, this maybe short but it is sweet and reinforces the caring side of him that has been prevalent throughout the series. Making for another powerful issue coming out from Dark Horse this Abe Sapien creative team continues to deliver top notch storytelling with incredible art work.

 

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Review: “Wildfire” #1

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:00

Tackling the issue of genetically engineered food, Wildfire #1 is the story of Dr. Beth Silva and her team of bioengineers who decide to demonstrate an untested new process of accelerated plant growth to show up a group of GMO naysayers called Green Aware, unwittingly starting the greatest wild fire that Southern California has ever known via mass dandelion infestation.  This book is dense, dry, and reads like a sequel to Birdemic with less interesting characters.

 

WRITTEN BY: Matt Hawkins
ART BY: Linda Sejic
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: 3.99
RELEASE: June 11, 2014

Review By: Epic Switzer

 

Sci-Fi-Horror, and more aptly the disaster genre, has a rich history of examining contemporary social fears and then magnifying and exploiting them to amuse audiences.  Those that have been successful rely on metaphor; they create a larger than life threat to represent a real cultural anxiety.  Godzilla as a metaphor for nuclear war and Invasion of the Body Snatchers as a metaphor for communism are just two example of the staying power that a strong character or story can have within the zeitgeist when it is handled with finesse and subtlety.

Then there is Wildfire #1, which follows in the tradition of a divergent path.  One popularized by recent Roland Emmerich fare and the aforementioned Birdemic, in which the disaster it wrought directly by human negligence or, in the case of Wildfire #1, science overstepping its bounds.  These tales are meant to be cautionary and informative, often coming across as heavy handed or preachy.  They can, however, be forgiven by carnage-hungry audiences if the explosions are big enough.  Aside from a rather dull splash on the first page of L.A. on fire, this book has 0% mayhem.

 

Now, to be fair, this is issue #1, so some set up is to be expected.  After all, 2012 doesn’t open with Cusak whipping down the street as volcanic fissures emerge beneath him does it?  No, it starts with scientists in India talking about neutrinos and solar flares and a rapid temperature rise in the Earth’s core and blah blah blah.  This is Wildfire #1.

I found myself skimming the paragraphs found in almost every dialogue bubble because I didn’t understand and didn’t care what the characters were saying.  Here is the dialogue on one page:

“The Time is 3:45 PM, Tuesday August 12th.  This is Dr. Dan Miller preparing to conduct trail A16-4 for ACR.  This trial has a 5% increase in phosphorus in the soil mix. Four of our transgenic beansprout seeds are buried at a depth of three inches in our nitrate treated soil compound.  As in previous trials, adding liquid fertilizer mixed with ACR to stimulate gibberellin hormone growth.”

Did you read all of that?  Neither did I.

Personally, I didn’t find the art interesting enough to drive forward all this sci-babble.  There is some interesting use of border design to accentuate heightened emotion when characters are speaking, but after the 3rd or 4th time you see it it becomes less ingenious and you start to wonder why people are always shouting at each other.

I really did not enjoy reading this book.  That’s not to say that it doesn’t have potential,  but I found there weren’t enough interesting characters in play with unique motives.  There was far too much heavy-handed discussion about the ethics of GE food, and it was almost entirely devoid of havok.  Avoid this one until further notice, unless you happen to be Roland Emmerich.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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Judge Anderson Takes Center Stage In New Series!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:48

Judge Dredd has held the spotlight for many years, but now IDW has announced a brand new series that follows the badass, telepathic Judge Anderson. The book is awkwardly titled “Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division.” I understand they want to keep the Dredd fans involved, but I’m pretty sure they would have been smart enough to realize it fits in the universe if they had just called it “Judge Anderson: Psi-Division”. It will be interesting to see how much Dredd shows up in the series. The book comes at you from writer John Wagner and artist Brian Bolland. No release has been set for the debut issue.

San Diego, CA (June 11, 2014) – This August, IDW Publishing will add a brand-new series to its growing line of critically-acclaimed Judge Dredd titles—Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, spotlighting the eponymous judge and her early days with the unique branch of the law.

Created by legendary writer John Wagner and artist extraordinaire Brian Bolland, the telepathic and precognitive Judge Cassandra Anderson is well-known to Dredd fans, and her popularity has demanded she get her own series. With events taking place prior to IDW’s ongoing Judge Dredd series, “King of the Six Sectors” kicks off with Judge Anderson having a haunting vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum. Shaken to the core, she sets out to prevent the unthinkable.

“Following up his exploration of Judge Dredd’s early career in Year One, Matt Smith turns his keen eye toward defining Judge Anderson for a new generation of readers,” says series editor Denton J. Tipton. “From the halls of the Justice Department, to the galleries of the Megapolitan Museum and swamplands outside Texas City, Anderson will face a trial by fire, forging her into the authoritative Judge we know today.”

2000 AD editor Matt Smith brings his extensive knowledge of the character and lore to the new series as writer. The distinct and eye-catching artwork of Carl Critchlow will be on full display as he handles all of the interior art duties for the series. Matt Haley will provide covers for the series, with issue #1 featuring variant covers by Chris Weston and Mimi Yoon.

‘Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson is one the great, iconic characters from 2000 AD – an irreverent foil to Dredd, her wit and warmth made her an instant favourite with the fans the moment she was first introduced way back in 1980, and she’s been a mainstay of the comic ever since,’ says Smith. ‘Her position as one of the signature figures in Dredd’s world was cemented by her appearance in the 2012 DREDD movie. So I had a lot of fun writing a new case for her for IDW – and Carl has done a phenomenal job, capturing both Cass and the Big Meg beautifully.’

Exploring a whole new corner of Mega-City One, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division is the next essential adventure for Dredd-heads! Judge Anderson also can be found regularly alongside Dredd in the ongoing IDW title Judge Dredd.

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Review: “Starlight” #4

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:48

“Starlight” #4 continues the inter-dimensional adventures of Captain Duke Mcqueen and his teenage side-kick Krish the Space Boy.  Duke is rescued from his malevolent captor Admiral Pindar by the resistance and set to lead them in their rebellion. Writer Mark Millar makes notable strides to add emotional weight and intrigue to this hastily plotted series.  Despite the inconsistent tone between issues, perhaps there is still hope for a unique and complex narrative.

 

WRITTEN BY: Mark Millar

ART BY: Goran Parlov

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: June 11, 2014

Reviewed by Epic Switzer

 

I’m still not sure what kind of book “Starlight” is.  While being uncategorical isn’t always a bad things in comics, I’m finding this series to be more confused than unique.  Going by the solicts you might guess “Starlight” is a throwback to the golden age of sci/fi adventure stories; simple, straightforward, but captivating in their imaginative settings.  “Starlight,” I think, strives to be more than that however.  The book occasionally  has the hyper sexualized and ultra-violent signature of Mark Millar while sometimes slowing down for a moment of catharsis for our deeply troubled protagonist.  The latter moments are where this book truly shines.

 

Gone are the severed torsos and sex orgies from issue #3 and in it’s place is a cartoonish super-villain, cheeky gaffs about Tom Cruise’s love life, and dialogue like “See you later, alligators!” and “Take that, bad guys!”  This tonal shift from one issue to the next makes it difficult to determine what kind of book “Starlight” wants to be.  In this instance that sort of incongruous storytelling ultimately hurts this title: had you asked me after issue #3 if the book would be appropriate for an all ages audience, I would have said absolutely not.  But reading issue #4 as an indication to what the series might be I find no reason not to recommend it to your nephew, and possibly might even suggest its actually geared towards younger readers.

My biggest problem with this particular issue has to do with the narrative principle of delayed gratification.  Twice in this book something is foreshadowed, and by the end both plot points are revealed.  It is important to establish mysteries about characters’ backgrounds; it makes them dynamic and encourages readers to keep reading. It can be fun to look for these clues about what the future may hold, but when the payoff happens 8 pages later, it isn’t much of a payoff at all.  In fact, both reveals have the opposite effect in making the book feel predictable and contrived.

On the other hand this issue returns to the pathos that initially attracted readers back in Starlight #1.  Duke’s central emotional conflict is both unique and interesting: after returning to earth a hero from his first interstellar adventure, Duke becomes a discredited laughingstock in the media.  His identity is challenged and dismissed by everyone, including his own children, and he is forced to fade into obscurity.  Only his late wife believes his story, and it is this idea illustrated so powerfully in one particular scene that in fact warrants pause for consideration.

This is by no means a bad book, just one that hasn’t found its feet yet.  The potential for something more than a alien slugfest is certainly there, and in this instance it would be wise to give Millar the benefit of the doubt.  If he continues to capitalize upon the intriguing premise, and delivers a tonally consistent story, I see no reason why “Starlight” won’t be worthy of the already optioned 20th Century Fox adaptation.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

 

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Full Details On Sci-Fi Mystery “Roche Limit”

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:40

Hype runs high for Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra’s new Image Comics hardboiled sci-fi series, “Roche Limit”. From the teaser art it’s clear the book is rooted in classic sci-fi, “blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner”, which are two of my favorite films of all time. That’s a godly combination that will be tough to pull off, and I am eager to see if they can do it. Check out the skinny on the series below.

Michael Moreci (HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN, HOAX HUNTERS) teams up with Vic Malhotra (X-Files: Year Zero, Thumbprint) to bring readers an all-new science-fiction crime mystery series. Blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner, ROCHE LIMIT is slated for release in September by Image Comics.

Billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more and Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, has become a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind.

“This is a book I feel like I was meant to write,” said Moreci. “If you like great sci-fi, and if you love a good mystery, you cannot miss Roche Limit.”

A mix of hardboiled noir crime and hard science fiction, ROCHE LIMIT is the beginning of a gritty and bold new science fiction noir series that has something for every reader. The first issue of ROCHE LIMIT arrives in stores this September and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code JUL140435.

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Few Surprises in New ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Trailer

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:21

TWC-Dimension just released another, this time longer, trailer for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

To be honest, this looks fairly bad. For me the first film was all about the innovative style, but there’s not much to bring me back. And the visuals somehow don’t look as good to me. Cheaper, maybe.

In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.

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Review: “The Empty Man” #1

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:09

A fast-paced thriller, “The Empty Man” #1 leaves you with an unsettling presence in your mind after you’ve finished reading. This is a twisted police procedural that puts society’s fears under a microscope. I really want to see where “The Empty Man” series goes after its shocking plot twist.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn

ART BY: Vanesa R. Del Rey

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: June 11, 2013

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

A message of hope and belief becomes a sneaky brainwashing scheme by a swindling cult leader. Reverend Markoff promises to heal you, the sinner, if you join his special congregation. His sermons have lead to mass suicides and a rising number of serial killings. Though it would be easier just to incarcerate Markoff, somehow “The Empty Man” disease has been spreading on its own. Two special agents, Jensen and Langford, are about to discover a shocking clue that may change everything about their case.   

Interestingly, writer Cullen Bunn takes an in-depth look at how society becomes brainwashed by cult leaders. I had to read the opening pages twice because Bunn examines the media’s fascination with cults in different perspectives. These cult leaders are preying on the emotionally wrecked and weak-minded. Those fanatical types don’t really care about the members of their congregation; they’re just using them. But for someone who has just lost hope, they’ll do anything to get it back somehow.      

Right off the bat, Bunn delivers some witty banter between special agents Langford and Jensen. Their relationship isn’t really romantic, but their bond does go beyond a  loyal sense of duty. I really like how Bunn steers their conversation from being personal to being about work all of a sudden. What I also enjoyed is that these protagonists are two smart cops, who are definitely good at their jobs.

Artist Vanesa R. Del Rey captures a moody atmosphere that usually comes with gritty police procedurals. Agent Langford has this Clark Gable look to him, especially with his mustache and slick hairstyle. Agent Jensen’s character design also harkens back to an actress from a different time period. Because of her combed-back hairstyle and classy wardrobe, Jensen resembles closely to Dorothy Dandridge’s early film work.  

Del Rey places the camera in interesting spots during interrogation scenes. The shots are always taken from a high angle, as if looking down on everyone. Del Rey also makes sure the space is wide enough to fit in both agents. Like in every police drama, there is a mandatory chase sequence, but this one comes with a few surprises.  

An awesome introductory issue, “The Empty Man” #1 has a lot of potential going for it with the story’s mix of cults, serial killers, and police procedural.  I really want to see what happens the second issue.

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FIGURE “Jason” Music Video Premiere

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with EDM artist FIGURE to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Jason”, his upcoming track that is now available for free download right here. Considering that this Friday is the 13th, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, don’t you think?

FIGURE states:

This video is a sneak peak at my new live visual show “Terrorvision”. Terrorvision will be an intense live show bringing my music to life in concert, on screen, using custom visuals and live performance software to control the music and the video together. It should be really exciting and bring a whole new live element to my shows..

Head below for the video!

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Upcoming Festival Dates
June 25 – Paradiso Pre-Party Seattle, WA
June 30 – Escapade Music Festival Club Series Ottawa, Canada
August 10 – Moonrise Festival Baltimore, MD
August 29 – Ezoo Music Festival New York, NY

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Review: “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #7

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:59

A satisfyingly finale, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #7 delivers one last final scare that will leave readers wanting more. Based on Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed novel, “NOS4A2,” readers get a brand new chapter about its chilling antagonist, Charlie Manx. If you love the novel, you definitely need this prequel comic added to your collection. WRITTEN BY: Joe Hill

ART BY: Charles Paul Wilson III

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: June 11, 2013

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

Charlie Manx, the tortured driver of the haunted 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, was not the mastermind behind Christmasland. Someone else had to come up with the never-ending winter fantasy. Now, readers will finally meet the smooth liar who ultimately sold Manx on the idea of a wonderful place where being unhappy is against the law. Find out how this sweet and innocent concept twisted itself into becoming a new place in Hell.

Writer Joe Hill takes readers into the mind of a different character. We see how Charlie Manx eventually became involved with Christmasland and what led to his inevitable downfall. Was Charlie always destined to arrive at Christmasland? Or did someone had to steer him into that hellish destination? I liked that this installment is an origin story, and that the narrative also serves as an connecting piece to the entire comic series.

Hill divides the well-developed storyline into different sections. We first start off with a coming-of-age tale that ignites into a crime tale. After one heist after another, the main protagonists need to feed their temptations with more money. The consumption of greed is never enough for the flawed characters.

Artist Charles Paul Wilson III succeeds in delivering a visual experiment that captures surrealism and magic realism. Each page looks like something out of a comic strip from the 1950s. You feel like you’ve taken a trip to the past but the themes are still modern today. The decorations of Christmas, with the tall trees and wreaths, are still the same no matter how many decades have passed. I’m impressed with how Wilson is able to deliver facial expressions with such little detail. It’s about saying so much by doing just a small tweak to the smile and eyes. Jay Fotos also adds to the ’50s look with his vibrant colors. The primary colors, such as orange and blue, are faded enough to resemble some lost children’s book.

“Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #7 closes its last chapter on a thrilling note. I can’t wait to read the prequel comic and the novel back-to-back.

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Gross First ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’ Clip

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:41

In addition to our massive batch of exclusive stills, we now have the first gory clip from Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, which will be hitting VOD platforms June 26 and limited theaters August 1 through RLJ/Image Entertainment. The clip is a gruesome girl fight that begins after one of the girls says she needs to take the other to a hospital.

Directed by Altitude‘s Kaare Andrews, and starring Sean Astin, Currie Graham and Ryan Donowho, the sequel was penned by genre writer Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher, Amusement, When a Stranger Calls).

In it, “A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.

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Incredibly Detailed ‘Ghostbusters’ Infographic

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:22

SDRS Creative is getting into the spirit of the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters with this absolutely incredible infographic.

Featured below, the graphic begins all the way back with casting, including nearly hired John Candy, John Belushi and Eddie Murphy, working its way to budget, locations, reviews and details on the bustin’ devices like the proton pack and Ecto-1 car.

Expect tons of Ghostbusters goodies as the summer celebration blasts along.

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[Review] ‘Joy Ride 3: Roadkill’ Lacks Spirit

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:11

Rusty Nail is back! Whether you want him to be or not! I’m not a big fan of the Joy Ride franchise. I thought the first two were okay and that pretty much sums up how I feel about this latest installment, Joy Ride 3: Roadkill. It has its moments but overall feels lifeless and entirely unnecessary. Worst of all, the characters are so lifeless, the film gives the audience no one to root for!

After a prologue in which Rusty takes care of some meth heads who try to roll him, we’re introduced to the real prey. This time around it’s a street racing team that pisses him off. On their way to a race, they decide to test their fate by taking an infamous stretch of highway known for making people disappear. That’s where they run into Rusty, who they narrowly cut off. Like the old school road rager that he is, Rusty trails the team, leading to a bloody game of cat and mouse.

In the last installment, Rusty toyed with the kids a lot, which made the kills a bit more fun. Like the craps game scene. In this one, he just uses various parts of his truck to torture and kill them. That choice works well because it makes the truck almost like its own character, but unfortunately the kills aren’t very inspired. There’s a ton of blood, sure, there’s isn’t any cleverness behind the mayhem though. Rusty Nails himself isn’t an interesting villain either. He’s got no personality and besides throwing some puns around, there’s simply nothing appealing about him.

As far as the street racing team goes (Kirsten Prout, Ben Hollingsworth, Jesse Hutch, Gianpaolo Venuta, Leela Savasta), I did appreciate that none of them are obnoxious caricatures. There’s no wicked annoying pest, no ditz, no dimwitted jock type – just some normal kids. But much like Rusty Nail, they just don’t have much going on. We don’t get to know them or care about them, so it’s nothing but apathy for this lot. Rooting for the villain is common in horror, but since Rusty AND the kids are so hollow, Joy Ride 3 provides us no one to cheer on.

The script makes some really nonsensical decisions as well. In one scene, Rusty tells the kids to meet him at a junkyard, so one of the kids calls 911. Y’know, so he can tell them exactly where this rampaging murderer is. But then another kid, Jordan, takes the phone and hangs it up. When Jordan gets to the junkyard, he tells them to take the car and find a gas station to call the police. The fuck, Jordan? The cops could’ve been there already!

There a couple very good-looking stunts in the film. Car flips, exploding cars, stuff like that. The eye candy is hardly a band-aid for the desolate characters and script though. The prologue is probably the best part of the movie because it manages to be fun. From there, Joy Ride 3 just goes completely flaccid. For a lazy Sunday matinee it’s okay, but if you’re looking for something with some real juice to it, look elsewhere.

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Watch the First 5 Minutes of ‘Witching & Bitching’

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:56

On VOD and in theaters June 13 via IFC Midnight is Alex de la Iglesia’s absolutely bonkers horror comedy Witching & Bitching (read our review), which now has its first 5 minutes online! Also check out a fun motion poster that first appeared at Latino Review.

The pic, which closed the TIFF’s Midnight Madness last September, co-stars teen heart-throbs Mario Casas and Hugo Silva as two ne’er-do-wells who pull a Madrid heist, then flee towards France, only to fall into the maws of local witches at Navarre’s Zugarramurdi, its millennium-old coven center of occult activities.

When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife, and the situation spirals further out of control, heading towards a jaw-dropping climax.

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‘Jennifer’s Body’ Director Receives ‘The Invitation’

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:31

Jeepers Creepers II actress Marieh Delfino will join PrometheusLogan Marshall-Green, pictured below, in Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama‘s indie thriller The Invitation, reports TheWrap.

The film will co-star Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec.

Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script, which stars Marshall-Green “as a man faced with mounting evidence that something sinister has taken hold of his ex-wife, who is hosting a dinner party that harbors a terrifying agenda.

Delfino wil play a UCLA professor in the movie, which Hay and Manfredi are expected to produce with Martha Griffin and XYZ Films.

Production is scheduled to start this month.

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Ernie Hudson Has No Idea When ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Will Begin Filming

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:40

I love Ernie Hudson, who plays Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, but the dude clearly has no idea what’s going on with Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters 3 development hell. I mean, he’s too busy signing autographs at your local comic convention to be in the know, right?

Whatever the case may be, Film Dumpster caught up with Hudson at the Niagara Falls Comic Con (where else?!) and asked him for an update on the long-gestured project that’s currently eyeing Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer to direct.

“I think we’re going to start shooting in the fall, or maybe the spring…once again, it kind of changes a bit…and I’m always reluctant to say anything because they tell me one thing and then it doesn’t happen.”

Hudson also speaks on the passing of Harold Ramis.

“It’s unfortune, you know, Harold is not here. Harold was the glue…he was amazing. He was an icon. So you’re going to get a GHOSTBUSTERS, but obviously it’s going to be a GHOSTBUSTERS without Harold.

It’s going to be different. So it [part 3] has to be original and it has to be something that is worth all the 30 years of waiting.”

Hearing him acknowledge that Ramis was “the glue” isn’t comforting at all. I really, really want a new Ghostbusters film, but I want it to have the heart and soul of the first two. The fact that Fleischer has a relationship with Bill Murray is sort of the only thing giving me comfort right now.

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‘Fear Followers’ Basically ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ Without Michael Myers?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:22

Writing team Adam Mason and Simon Boyes have been hired to write internet-themed horror pic for Relativity Media that reminds me of the plot for the 2002 Halloween: Resurrection.

Deadline reports that Fear Followers will “track four college students who run a blog for fear junkies called Fear Followers, searching for the scariest haunted houses in America. They become trapped in one house and must fight for survival while their followers watch live online.

The script is based off a treatment by Jaime Primak Sullivan, who is also a co-producer.

The duo started out collaborating across the pond on the 2006 UK indie genre feature Broken, pictured, and followed with The Devil’s Chair, Blood River, Luster, and Junkie, which Mason directed and co-scripted with Boyes.

Mason and Boyes last year sold spec Equinox to Paramount Insurge and wrote Not Safe For Work for Blumhouse Productions, which Joe Johnston directed.

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‘Quarantine’ Director’s ‘The Coup’ Set For March 2015

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:16

Speaking of John Erick Dowdle and his brother Drew, not only do they have As Above, So Below arriving this August, but their The Coup, starring Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson, will open in theaters March 6, 2015.

The Thailand-set thriller “centers on an American family that relocates to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves in the middle of a violent coup. They struggle to find an escape route because the new parties in control are executing foreigners as quickly as they can round them up.

The Weinstein Company recently aquired the film for $5M.

The Dowdle brothers, pictured, have directed The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil.

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