Psychedelic rockers Biblical have released an official video for their track “The Quiet Ones”. Directed by Sean Wainsteim, the video was shot entirely in Italy and is an homage to the giallo films of the 70′s.
The description reads:
In this ode to Italian Giallo films, a mysterious woman haunts macabre streets of an ancient city as she hunts for her wretched consorts. Amidst the leering statues, creeping shadows and licking flames of this primeval game, a young girl stalks the stalker. What is the design of her awful purpose? What will quench the thirst that each woman desires? Who will satisfy the Quiet Crooks?
Head below for the video, which is wonderfully shot and builds layer after layer of atmosphere. Also below are tour dates, which sees the band playing with Death From Above 1979, Eternal Summers, Eyehategod, and more.
11/03/14 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre *
11/04/14 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works*
11/05/14 Little Rock. AK Juanita’s #
11/06/14 Houston, TX Warehouse Live *
11/07/14 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest ∆
11/08/14 Dallas, TX Granada Theate *
11/09/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad ^
11/10/14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre *
11/12/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues *
11/13/14 Santa Ana, CA Observatory *
11/15/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl *
11/17/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
11/18/14 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
11/19/14 Seattle, WA Neumos *
11/20/14 Boise, ID Crazy Horse
11/21/14 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue *
11/22/14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre *
11/23/14 Omaha, NE Slow Down
11/24/14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue *
11/25/14 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre *
11/26/14 Pontiac, MI Crofoot *
11/28/14 New York, NY Terminal 5*
11/29/14 Philadelpia, PA Union Transfer *
12/01/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
12/02/14 Boston, MA House of Blues *
12/04/14 Montreal, PQ Metropolis *
12/05/14 Toronto, ON Sound Academy *
* Supporting DFA1979
# Supporting ETERNAL SUMMERS
∆ Supporting WOVENHAND, PONTIAK
^ Supporting EYEHATEGOD, TODAY IS THE DAY
Author: Amber Newberry
If you’re a horror-addict, you’ve probably tapped out a few of your favorite shows and movie series several times over. You’ve watched Dexter through twice, or more, you can recite “Twin Peaks” dialogue on queue, “Tales from the Crypt” is a yearly ritual that repeats itself over and over at your house. I feel your pain. I have a list of must-watch Halloween movies and specials for every October. This year, I decided to tap into some things that had not been a part of my previous tradition because I had to mix it up a little. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t share my picks with you fine folks? So, here it is, a list of five shows for you to camp out in front of the TV and binge-watch this October. Just remember to feed yourself between episodes.
“Todd And the Book of Pure Evil”
Why to Watch:
If you are not familiar with Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, get thee to Netflix and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and dismayed all at once. This cancelled Canadian TV show centers on high school stoner metal head, Todd Smith. Todd and his best friend, Curtis, a one-handed drummer, have formed the band Barbarian Apocalypse in hopes of winning the school talent show and impressing Jenny, the hot rocker girl. When the audition fails miserably, Todd discovers (swelling music) THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL! The book gives him the power to beat nemesis cock-rocker Stewart in a battle of riffs. Of course, the book has its own agenda and causes various havoc throughout each episode up to and including contagious obesity, a ‘stupid’ epidemic, cannibalistic zombified Goth rockers, a killer cake… the list goes on and on. There are some fantastic treats scattered throughout the show… great metal shirts and songs, Jason Mewes as the voice of wisdom (seriously), and no boundaries where content and humor are concerned. While Todd only had two seasons, there is a reasonable wrap-up and a huge cult following, not to mention a movie on the way.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Netflix in all its glory!
“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”
Why to Watch:
22 episodes of frightful fun for the whole family is just waiting for you to press play on Netflix. A revival of the made-for-kids horror television, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour takes a fresh look at an old trick. If you recall the Goosebumps show that was popular back in the 90’s, you might have a good idea of what to expect from this show. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique story lines and even a few episodes that were darn scary even to a, dare I say it, adult like me. My favorites included a cemetery episode with a body jumping spirit and another with a creepy monster that lives in the walls. I should express my joy at some of the monster costuming, which I found truly disturbing in one of the aforementioned episodes, I’ll let you find out which. If you enjoyed the 90’s classic ‘kids’ horror shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps, this show is right up your alley.
Where to Watch:
Again, Netflix has got your back. It’s only one season, but that’s twenty-two episodes and there is more to be found on Youtube.
“Masters of Horror”
Why to Watch:
If you’re a true horror fan, you’ve probably heard of the made-for-tv film series called Masters of Horror. With each episode directed by a different person with a history in the horror movie business, Masters of Horror has some gems throughout its two seasons. From John Carpenter to John Landis to Takashi Mikke, this show is certain to have at least one of your favorite directors involved. My personal favorite was Dario Argento’s ‘Jenifer’ which is shown in the above trailer. Of course, you can’t have such a well-rounded group of directors without throwing in some spectacular actors and special appearances; Norman Reedus, Meat Loaf, Fairuza Balk, Angus Scrimm, Robert Englund, (deep breath), Robert Picardo, Steven Weber, Lori Petty– just to name a few. If you haven’t sat down to watch a few of the films from this collection, I highly recommend you do while it is still available online!
Where to Watch:
“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”
Why to Watch:
One part comedy, one party suspense, two parts horror… If you bypassed this classic and chilling TV show, now is your chance to remedy that! Here’s a piece of advice I learned in my earliest days or horror fandom: You can’t go wrong with Hitchcock. The very grandfather of modern suspense himself presented a weekly half-hour of spooky goodness to the masses. Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its debut on October 2nd, 1955 and ranked number 79 on a list of Best Written TV Series by The Writers Guild of America. The shows opening, linked above, is one of the most memorable show openings and is often parodied in cartoons and TV shows even today. There’s something to be said for the added eeriness that comes with black and white television in the middle of the night. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a soda pop and snuggle up with your wife and kids for an evening of classic terror.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Hulu!
Why to Watch:
If you have a taste for the gothic and supernatural, Dark Shadows is a classic that you must watch. Originally on the air from 1966 to 1971, the show gained so much momentum that it is hailed as one of the most popular daytime TV series of all time. I know what you’re thinking, daytime TV usually means soap opera, and yes, this series does fall into that category. Even with the touch of melodrama, Dark Shadows manages to remain a thrilling and engrossing tale of gothic suspense. The show was even revived as a TV series in 1991 and re-imagined in a Tim Burton film starring none other than Johnny Depp. With decades of popularity attributed to Dark Shadows, it is certainly worth the time of a well-watched horror fan. I can also recommend the 90’s version of the show, which is a campy and fun watch.
Where to Watch:
A ton of the show is available on Hulu, but you can also find various episodes online.
Amber is a lover of horror and all things creepy. With a taste for 80’s and 90’s pop culture and an infatuation with the macabre, Amber found a niche with the Facebook page ‘Halloween in TV Land’ which is devoted to reminding us all of the Halloween episodes from vintage television shows. Amber also writes gothic fiction and you can find her most recent novel, ‘Walls of Ash’ in print or via Kindle or Nook online.
Fly53.com has created this awesome “Class of the Killer Clowns” yearbook, featuring the finest floppy shoed serial killers that have graced our screens.
From Captain Spaulding (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) to “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” Twisty, they have handpicked the very best masked murderers and mutilators.
Crave Online posted a really fun online exclusive commentary track for Richard Attenborough’s killer doll movie Magic, which featured Child’s Play creator Don Mancini.
It’s no secret that Mancini is working on a follow-up to his Curse of Chucky, which Universal Home Entertainment released last summer. And while he’s keeping his cards close to his chest, he does share an idea he had that would put Chucky on a train with an old woman with Alzheimers.
“One of the ideas that I once had… I just have a whole file of different Chucky scenarios. I probably shouldn’t give this away because who knows, I might end up doing it somewhere, but why not?” Mancini said.
“The notion of Chucky on a train… I thought it would be interesting to do something where you’ve got this archetypal or certainly stereotypical notion of the kid who says, ‘The doll is alive and he’s doing this,’ but the kid befriends an old lady who’s also on the train. Like the old lady is the only one who will listen to this kid, and she’s like, ‘Okay, tell me what you’re thinking. I believe that you believe it and let’s investigate it.’ As the story goes on it turns out that the old lady… and also the old lady has early onset Alzheimers. There’s just something, another reason [why] other people aren’t listening to her either. But she turns out [to be] a charmed confidant of Chucky.”
Earlier this month, Mancini playfully talked about how he would pit Chucky vs. Annabelle, but now dreams of how Chucky could end up in a battle with A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger.
“I would like to do Freddy and Chucky, just because I think they would be a fun double act,” he explains. “I’m more really interested in the characters.
My pitch for Freddy vs. Chucky is Child’s Play on Elm Street. Chucky ends up in some kid’s house on Elm Street, and Chucky and Freddy inevitably meet in the dreamscape. Chucky sleeps. Why not? Chucky sleeps, Chucky dreams. And they have this admiration for each other. But they realize quickly that Elm Street isn’t big enough for the two of them, so in a riff on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels they have a contest: who can kill the most teenagers before the sun comes up?”
What do you guys think?
In this Funny or Die spoof, American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne is tapped to star in Beetlejuice 2, but the unfunded project needs investors.
It’s incredibly stupid but also charming, which is why I felt like sharing this “pitch video.”
I love that Lyonne is able to poke some fun at herself, and the make-up is pretty special.
Just give them the money to make this, cool?
Dark Sky Films has acquired Tom Hammock’s post-apocalyptic thriller, The Well, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past June.
“At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.”
The Well stars Haley Lu Richardson in a breakout role as a young woman with grit, smarts, and an incredible will to survive.
Additional cast includes: Booboo Stewart (Twilight), Jon Gries (Taken), Nicole Fox (America’s Next Top Model winner), Michael McCartney (The Amazing Spider-Man), Michael Welch (Twilight), Rena Owen, Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Michael Massee (Seven).
After world premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (read Mike’s review here), the Spanish horror [REC]4: Apocalypse is set to open this week in Spain.
Bloody Disgusting landed this new motion poster that has Angela screaming for help.
In the fourth film, “Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.”
If ever there was something that screams “Halloween”, it’s got to be haunted houses and demonic possessions! After all, don’t we wear costumes to channel our favorite characters? Don’t we go to haunted attractions, seeking out thrills and scares?
That’s what drove LA-based electronic artist WVM to whip up this great list of his Top 10 Possession/Haunting Films that feature some great titles! Culled from over four decades of cinema, this list has some great titles that you can definitely use for this weekend’s movie marathons.
Head on in to see the list and make sure you leave a comment with some of your favorites!
Make sure to pre-order a copy of WVM’s upcoming album Waves Of Nothing via Bandcamp.
Trick or treat!
Diamond Selects Toys is using stop-motion animation to bring their new Universal Monsters action figure line to life!
The action figures of Diamond Select Toys’ Universal Monsters Select line are at home for Halloween, as three costumed kids come around looking for candy! See how each famous monster responds to the little monsters at their doorstep!
Stop-motion animation by Alex Kropinak.
Mixing in with our bag of Halloween Treats is a daily goodie set to release each day leading up until Halloween.
“Fun Size Horror” is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween!
We continue this morning with Dick Grunert’s “The Screaming,” about a girl who hears someone screaming for help.
Dick Grunert is a writer on the hit Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time.” In 2013, his feature-length screenplay “Community Service of the Damned” was named one of the “Top 5 Best Un-Produced Screenplays” at the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival. His other credits include “Birthright,” “Scary Mask” and “House Call.”
“Stylized” is often a hit or miss term for me in film because it habitually becomes the prime focus of the film itself with only a bare thread of story sewn in. However, The Scribbler manages to get it right while also bringing to life an origin story of a graphic novel that I had previously didn’t know existed.
Suki (Katie Cassidy) has Dissociative Identity Disorder and is sent to live in a sort of high rise half way house for the “recovering” mentally ill. I use “recovering” lightly here considering most of the patients have seemingly been throwing themselves off the top of the high rise. Suki arrives and meets a variety of interesting characters including a pseudo-gypsy named Cleo (Gina Gershon), Emily (Ashlynn Yennie) who has a crippling fear of wearing clothes, Hogan (Garret Dillahunt) who happens to be the only male in the high rise, and Alice (Michelle Trachtenberg) who makes it almost impossible to use the stairs.
With a great cast of characters, The Scribbler keeps an ongoing entertaining narrative without ever really getting caught up in its visual style. While I was watching I couldn’t help but compare it to Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch which failed unendingly in narrative. Each character has their own personality and quirk that differentiates them from the others. No one is completely crazy but in a way they are far more in touch with themselves than “the mundanes” as Hogan refers to regular people.
Upon some research I realized director, John Suits, also wrote the film Static which I happened upon about a month ago. Had I known that going in I would have realized that I was getting into a relatively original story, as original as an adaptation can be anyway. Suits has a clear voice and he seeks out projects that give a slightly different spin on traditional story telling. His talent is not only backed up here but he proves himself as a decent director who can give over the writing work to others.
As an origin story goes The Scribbler is up there with the best of them though while some become too bloated-Captain America- this comes in at a lean 88 minutes and doesn’t waste a single one. Suki is being treated to get rid of her “alters” with an experimental machine called “The Siamese Burn” (which does exactly what it says), a souped up version of electroshock therapy that is meant to burn out the other personalities. Instead it seems to be making them stronger and Suki is unable to decide which personality is really her or if she is actually all of them.
Katie Cassidy does an excellent job of portraying the confused and ever cynical Suki, whether she is stone cold serious or sarcastically hilarious I never found myself getting annoyed with her. I’ll also give her some major credit for being a character that has virtually no love angle. She has Hogan but he is her friend, someone who understands her. Of course, I haven’t read the graphic novels so I can’t speak for her future love life but it was nice to see it more or less dispensed with here.
A movie that can’t be understood unless you have read the book is fundamentally flawed as a movie, but a movie that makes you want to read the book is an overwhelming success. It’s a damn shame that The Scribbler, which is a part of the extremely popular Superhero phase that’s currently happening, was not given a wider release. It’s a great story and extremely fun to watch, I only hope Suits comes back for more because I would love to see where he can take it. The Scribbler is a great example of how you don’t need a few million dollars to make an entertaining superhero movie. Oh, and if any of the female readers are into cosplay I would recommend going as The Scribbler next con.
Radar Pictures is getting behind Midnight, a spec script from screenwriters Travis Baker and Richard Tanne, writes Deadline.
The horror-thriller described as I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Prisoners “centers on a small-town mayor’s daughter who goes missing and the detectives, family and friends who discover she’s just the latest in the town’s dark history of mystery and murder.”
Baker and Tanne will serve as exec producers on Midnight, which Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce and Alexandra Eason will co-produce.
Longtime pals and collaborators Baker and Tanne started out in horror working on Eli Roth’s Hostel before co-writing series “Cinema Cool.” They teamed up last year on Halloween-set slasher Mischief Night, which Baker wrote and directed, Tanne produced and Lionsgate released.
Here’s weird news break that came off Playboy.com, who report that “Key & Peele’s” Jordan Peele is writing and directing a horror movie!
“I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies,” reveals Peele. “I have one that I’m working on with Darko Entertainment called Get Out – I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies.”
First, it’s awesome that he’s working with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly. Second, I have been saying this for years that we need more urban horror. I would love to see another movie in the vein of Candyman. It makes me beyond excited to know that Peele will be playing in that area, only I beg that it’s not a fuckin’ comedy.
Remember Saw: The Video Game? Konami wanted it to be their next big horror franchise. That obviously didn’t pan out, but the first Saw game isn’t to blame for that, no sir — the sequel, Flesh & Blood mucked that right up. Because Halloween is this Friday, I thought we could take a trip down memory lane with a playthrough of what I consider to be a mildly underrated horror game. It isn’t great, but it has shotgun doors. That’s something.
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Fellow music site Metal Sucks has just shared some tragic news with us. We have lost a member of the Bloody Disgusting family.
Although Corey Mitchell hasn’t written for us over the past few years, he will always be considered Bloody family, and we send our deepest condolences and many prayers to his family.
According to the site, Mitchell reportedly suffered a heart attack at Emo’s, the main venue to his Housecore Horror Film Festival, which wrapped up its second year in Austin, TX just last night.
This Halloween make sure to raise a glass to Corey and give him a moment of silence.
Pop on some Pantera in remembrance.
We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Lionsgate’s SAW in style.
Join Bloody Disgusting along with with director James Wan, co-creator and star Leigh Whannell, stars Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes and Shawnee Smith*, and producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg for a special Los Angeles screening of the breakthrough film that introduced Jigsaw to horror fans across the globe!
The event takes place THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 at the Arclight Hollywood theaters (6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028) at 8PM. Get tickets here before they sell out!
The Q&A will follow with Bloody Disgusting’s Evan Dickson hosting and will be live-streamed to all Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] as well as Alamo Drafthouse in Austin!
We’re told that there’s a gorgeous new DCP print that will be on display!
“With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.”
*Guests subject to change.
Killcast has been live for 5 hours now and people have been dying in troves. There’s a holding cell and a main event room where people are tortured and disposed of. There are also tons of perks and interesting ways for you at home to be involved. They’re basically making an indie film live, which is cool.
Below you can watch director Adam Rikfin’s death that set things in motion, as well as another. The event runs through tomorrow at noon central/1PM EST at Fanbacked.
What will Merrick do next?
Kino Lorber has set a November 21st release for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, nearly a year after its world premiere at Sundance (read our review). It will open in New York and Los Angeles.
Shot in black and white, the feature debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, “Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants.”
Argo actress Sheila Vand stars as a vampire along with Arash Marandi and Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali.
The 2014 AFI Film Festival writes in with details about this year’s fest, which has an awesome lineup.
“Ever since the silent era, horror and cinema have gone hand in hand (or should it be “hand in claw?”). Fear and the flickers have always been a natural fit, since both involve engaging with the dark and what lies (or might lie) within it. But then there’s always been the competing idea that horror cinema isn’t exactly art. Despite many examples to the contrary, horror films are, for many critics and “cineastes,” the Rodney Dangerfield of cinematic genres: it don’t get no respect.
The 2014 AFI Film Festival, which runs November 6th – 13th in Los Angeles, features over 150 feature and short films from all over the world. And for this year’s festival, horror is anything but an afterthought. Several horror films are being showcased at this year’s festival, including the highly anticipated New Zealand horror mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows starring Jermaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords,” Men In Black 3). In each case, they make the argument that the language of fear – especially the visual language – is truly universal.
Below are some of the major horror films screening at the AFI Fest 2014:
GOODNIGHT MOMMY (ICH SEH ICH SEH) – Twin boys fear that their mother, whose face is masked with bandages after plastic surgery, has been subsumed by an evil being. Written and directed by aunt-nephew filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Cast: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lucas Schwarz. Austria.
FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (MULA SA KUNG ANO ANG NOON) – Clocking in at an epic 5 ½ hours, the Filipino arthouse sensation Lav Diaz’s latest epic centers on a coastal village haunted by strange and supernatural occurrences. A sensory experience not to be missed. Written and directed by Lay Diaz. Cast: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camañag, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel, Joel Saracho, Reynan Abcede, Ching Valdes-Aran, Mailes Kanapi, Ian Lomongo, Noel Sto. Domingo, Evelyn Vargas, Bambi Beltran, Teng Mangansakan. Philippines. U.S. Premiere.
IT FOLLOWS – A group of friends is plagued by a nightmarish supernatural threat in this coming-of-age horror film from AFI Fest alum David Robert Mitchell. Written and directed by Mitchell. Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe. USA.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – A hit when it played at Sundance, What We Do In The Shadows follows in the footsteps of An American Werewolf in London, in mixing laughs with terror. In this hilarious mockumentary, the undead lives of five flat-mates are thrown into pandemonium when a recently turned hipster tries to join the party. Written and directed by Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, who pull triple duty since they also star. Cast also includes Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie Van Beek, Ben Fransham. New Zealand.
Horror films are just like any other mode of narrative: they seek to illuminate the human condition. Sometimes that requires eliciting a scream instead of a laugh. Sometimes, they can achieve both. But for horror fans, it just proves that, no matter the language or the country, dreaming eyes wide open in the dark is, above all, fun!”
Christine McConnell, who we’ve already featured here on Bloody Disgusting for her “Jason Voorhees goes on a date” photo series, was interviewed for Buzzfeed where she shared photos of herself in absolutely incredible homemade Halloween costumes.
McConnell is an LA-based artist, photographer, and baker (see above) who has been creating incredible handmade Halloween-inspired costumes of characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Catwoman, the Gatekeeper (from Ghostbusters), with Beetlejuice coming up this week. She’s absolutely beautiful and takes even more stunning photos. These are worthy of a Halloween Treat.
All photos owned by Christine McConnell.