HBO gave Comic-Con fans a look ahead at the final episodes of the concluding season of “True Blood”, which boats one major question: will Bill Compton survive in the end?
The trailer is about 30-seconds of story build and there rest is a montage of revealing footage.
In addition, those in attendance at the Con included exec producer Brian Buckner and co-stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston, Chris Bauer, Anna Camp, and Nathan Parsons.
Here are some goodies out of the SDCC, reported by Debi Moore:
“This season had to be about Bill and Sookie,” said Buckner. “It’s not going to be exactly what you think it is, but this show started out and worked because of the chemistry they shared… I certainly felt that we had to come back to Bill and Sookie; how we’re coming back to them, we’re not telling you.”
As for what’s ahead in the upcoming episodes, he teased, “It’s not done changing. It’s not gonna slow down any; there’s just a bit more focus on romance… We put last season’s issue to rest early on purpose. We know you love these characters so we landed them in a place where we hope you guys will be okay not with getting them anymore.”
It sounds like we’ll be more than okay with where Camp’s Sarah Newlin ends up. She told the crowd she has a big part to play in the final arc, adding, “I think I get what I deserve.” Buckner concurred, “I had to explain it to her boyfriend when he saw the punishment on set: ‘No, she deserves this!’” Yikes! Sounds like payback’s a bitch for Sarah!
For those who felt robbed of a chance to say goodbye to Tara, Buckner promised, “You haven’t seen the last of Rutina yet.”
Trammell weighed in on Sam’s outcome, “Sam’s story has been about family for the past few years… [Nicole] has a very objective view of this town and how insane it is. We’ll see how committed I am to her and how committed she is to staying.”
Lastly, Preston’s Arlene looks to finally be on track for some happiness as she embarks on a relationship with vampire Keith. “I don’t think you introduce a hot vampire on ‘True Blood’ without doing something with him… I feel like this season I got the real ‘True Blood’ experience, I got a vampire exploding in my crotch… [and] there’s something coming up with Arlene and Keith that’s unlike anything I’ve had to do on camera before.” Oh my!
It was announced by THR back in February that “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman is producing Air, a sci fi thriller to which Norman Reedus, pictured, one of the breakout actors on “Walking Dead,” and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Constantine) top line. We now have the trailer that premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, and it’s great because it sort of lends to the mystery of what the film is about.
Christian Cantamessa, who co-wrote and was lead designer for games such as “Red Dead Redemption” and “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”, penned the script with Chris Pasetto and will make his feature directorial debut with the low-budget pic!
“The story is set in an underground cryogenic facility after a nuclear fallout renders the atmosphere unbreathable. Air centers on its two custodial workers (Reedus, Hounsou), who take care of the cryogenically sleeping personnel that are to re-establish society, but they struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while maintaining the extremely fragile environment of the last livable place on earth.“
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with rock act Strand Of Oaks to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Same Emotions”! The video features four friends at a bar who get far more than they bargained for when trying to pick up some ladies. Mainman Tim Showalter guest appears as the rather evil bartender. If you need further encouragement to check out the video, let me just say that vampires may be coming back in the right way!
“Same Emotions” comes from Strand Of Oaks’ latest album Heal, which you can purchase right here.
Tim Showalter (aka Strand Of Oaks) states:
I was a bit hesitant to tread down the well worn path of vampires when approaching this video. But when I realized I would get to play a vampire pimp that works with vampire woman to lure in vapid fashion kids to kill, I was definitely on board. Who doesn’t want to see that!?!?! Have fun with this everyone!
Jul 29 The Pike Room at The Crofoot (w/ Ryley Walker) Pontiac, MI
Jul 30 House of Blues w/ Interpol (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow) Chicago, IL Sold Out
Jul 31 Beachland Tavern (w/ Ryley Walker) Cleveland, OH
Aug 01 The Basement (w/ Ryley Walker) Columbus, OH
Aug 07 Great Scott (w/ Chris Denny) Boston, MA
Aug 08 Higher Ground – Lounge (w/ Chris Denny) Burlington, VT
Aug 09 Il Motore (w/ Chris Denny) Montreal, Canada
Aug 11 The Drake (w/ Chris Denny) Toronto, Canada
Aug 12 Club Cafe (w/ Chris Denny) Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 14 MOTR Pub (w/ Chris Denny) Cincinnati, OH Free
Aug 15 Russian Recording (w/ Chris Denny) Bloomington, IN
Aug 16 Ignition Music Garage (w/ Chris Denny) Goshen, IN
Aug 17 Schubas (w/ Chris Denny) Chicago, IL
Aug 18 Turner Hall Ballroom (w/ Chris Denny) Milwaukee, WI
Aug 19 7th St. Entry (w/ Chris Denny) Minneapolis, MN
Aug 21 Off Broadway (w/ Chris Denny) St Louis, MO
Aug 22 Riot Room Kansas City, MO
Aug 23 Hi Dive (w/ Chris Denny) Denver, CO
Aug 24 Kilby Court (w/ Chris Denny) Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 26 Tractor Tavern (w/ Chris Denny) Seattle, WA
Aug 27 Biltmore Cabaret (w/ Chris Denny) Vancouver, Canada
Aug 28 Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Chris Denny) Portland, OR
Aug 30 The Independent (w/ Chris Denny) San Francisco, CA
Aug 31 The Crepe Place (w/ Chris Denny) Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 03 The Echo (w/ Chris Denny) Los Angeles, CA
Sep 04 Casbah (w/ Chris Denny) San Diego, CA
Sep 05 Last Exit (w/ Chris Denny) Phoenix, AZ
Sep 07 Three Links (w/ Chris Denny) Dallas, TX
Sep 09 Lamberts (w/ Chris Denny) Austin, TX
Sep 10 The Bottletree (w/ Chris Denny) Birmingham, AL
Sep 11 The Earl Atlanta, GA
Sep 12 The High Watt Nashville, TN
Sep 13 Cat’s Cradle (w/ Hiss Golden Messenger) Carrboro, NC
Sep 14 DC9 (w/ Chris Denny) Washington, DC
Sep 15 Rough Trade (w/ Chris Denny) Brooklyn, NY
Sep 17 Central Market House (w/ Chris Denny) York, PA
Sep 18 The Gild Hall (w/ Chris Denny) Arden, DE
Sep 19 Boot & Saddle (w/ Chris Denny) Philadelphia, PA Sold Out
Sep 20 Boot & Saddle (w/ Chris Denny) Philadelphia, PA Sold Out
Sep 27 EKKO Utrecht, Netherlands
Sep 28 TRIX BAR Borgerhout, Belgium
Sep 29 The Hope Brighton, United Kingdom
Sep 30 The Lexington London, United Kingdom
Oct 01 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, United Kingdom
Oct 02 Mono Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 03 Whelan’s Dublin, Ireland
Oct 05 Deaf Institute Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 06 The Louisiana Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 07 4AD Diksmuide, Belgium
Oct 08 Merleyn Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Oct 09 Privatclub Berlin, Germany
Oct 10 Ideal Bar Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 11 Pustervik Gothenburg, Sweden
Oct 12 John Dee Oslo, Norway
Oct 13 Lilla Hotellbaren Stockholm, Sweden Free
Oct 15 Podnik Prague, Czech Republic
Oct 16 Chelsea Vienna, Austria
Oct 17 Mattatoio Carpi, Italy
Oct 18 Bronson Ravenna, Italy
Oct 20 75 Beat Milan, Italy
Oct 21 Bad Bonn Düdingen, Switzerland
Oct 22 Espace B Paris, France
Oct 23 Blue Shell Bismarck, ND
Oct 24 Paradiso Kleine Zaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 25 Let’s Get Lost Zwolle, Netherlands
While the supernatural romance film Ghost may not be a horror film, it still has some horror elements and some twisted scenes. After all, it’s about a ghost who basically haunts the sh*t out of his girlfriend (ex-girlfriend?) because he’s not willing to move on just yet. And remember the scene where Carl dies and is dragged into Hell? If not, head below because I’ve got that clip ready just for you.
However, another great aspect of the film is the score, which was composed by Maurice Jarre, whose credits include Eyes Without A Face and Jacob’s Ladder. And now that score will be coming out September 15th on a vinyl reissue, courtesy of Milan Records.
You can pre-order a copy through New On Vinyl and through other online retailers.
The games are officially over, and war has begun in the first official trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which initially premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Now online for the first time, we can see that the movie assembles the rebellion, and brings war to President Coriolanus Snow as he continues to try and keep the people in a state of slavery. It’s very Star Wars-y.
Tin theaters this November, “he worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.“
“Gone Smooth” has one of the best cold opens I’ve ever witnessed. We’re given the intimate details of how Herr Eichorst puts himself together accompanied by a piece of classical music that makes everything feel elegant. The old Nazi bastard needs a lot of work and the cinematography lingers on closeups and uses a soft focus until it reveals its full hand in a horrifying fashion.
The CDC is now an interested observer in the whole affair. The military has taken the surviving passengers and Jim begins to lose his shit. Sean Astin gives his best performance yet, but he’s still a patsy who’s getting pushed around in almost every scene.
This episode belongs to the survivors from the plane. Who we watch as the virus starts to take greater hold on their bodies. The physical transformation is happening at an alarming rate, and thanks to the cold open we know what to expect, but the transition isn’t pleasant.
The pest control services desk is bombarded with calls. Vasily gets a weeks worth of extermination requests in one day but despite having a list of places to go, he’s got to see some asshole stock broker who comes first. The story again serves to show why Vasily will be the best man on the ground as this outbreak really kicks into high gear, but moreover it shows that he’s the only one close to actually figuring out what’s going on.
The CDC only spend a few moments wondering why an entire morgue of bodies disappear before going back to see their favorite airline pilot. He’s got those nasty worms in him, and Captain Redford isn’t going to make it. Ephraim gives him false hope, showing that he’s either compassionate or an asshole.
Jim’s whole struggle feels way too convenient to be believable. His struggle is a classic storytelling device to show a man torn between his good nature and deceiving his work to help the woman he loves most. I just don’t buy it and it feels forced. Hopefully he gets a swift and painful death.
Abraham Setrakian gets a little more screen time this week and we watch as he plays a feeble minded man who is capable of so much more. David Bradley gives a great performance with his bold confidence and foreboding nature. He’s just too busy selling doom to those who won’t listen. He sounds slightly insane but we know he’s the only one who’s actually got the hang on what’s going on.
I wish I could care about Eph’s family troubles but we don’t know enough about his relationships other than the fact their broken. Child actors are such a horrible plight in television, they never feel like real characters and every line of dialogue feels melodramatic which isn’t helped by the somber music in the background. All the dialogue here is groan worthy and it’s the worst part of the show so far.
Right about the halfway point this week is where I can pinpoint a distinct change in tone for the show. Eph’s family struggle is behind him. Abraham is done sowing doom, and the survivors really start to fall apart. Everyone starts poking a little too much and the true nature of virus starts to rear its ugly head. It’s not particularly terrifying just yet, but builds to an incredible last ten minutes as everything converges into a point of no return.
The coverup of the airline is cemented. The survivors transformations are grisly, and dizzying. Which leads into a final scene where Jim stupidly approaches a full blown vampire Captain Redford. It leads to a great demonstration of the Vampire’s physiology and power in the series that people have been waiting for and gives way to a perfect final shot that gives us the most terrifying visual of the series thus far: Corey Stoll’s insanely tussled hair piece.
- The dick falling off – gah, really got to me. Every man’s worst nightmare.
- Wanted the little girl vampire to jump out, but the scene in her house was good enough.
- Vasily is still the best story here by far.
- I still hate Nora. Is it possible her acting got even more wooden this week?
What did you think of “Gone Smooth?”
There’s a pretty great video below that shows composer Bear McCreary in the studio conducting an orchestra with footage spliced in of the upcoming TV series Constantine, all overlain with the theme of the show. The music has a decidedly Victorian twist – thanks to the harpsichord-esque twang – but is completely modernized with deep bass lines and almost electronic stylings. From the footage shown, it looks like McCreary nailed it with this theme, fully capturing the visual style of the show. Check it out below!
Constantine premieres October 24th at 10/9c on NBC.
“2015 belongs to the Mad!”
The first full trailer for 2015′s Mad Max: Fury Road has been released and it looks insane! Complete with Frankenstein-ed vehicles, destructive car chases, intense violence, and nasty, nightmarish characters, I have a feeling that the fourth entry into the Mad Max series is going to be nothing short of a pure adrenalized thrill ride! Watch the trailer below!
Directed by George Miller, the creator of the original trilogy, Fury Road stars Tom Hardy (Inception) and Charlize Theron (The Devil’s Advocate).
Horror isn’t just full of badass survivors, people who will do anything to make it through a violent, terrifying situation. Sometimes the most interesting and exciting character is the villain, the person who is causing all that chaos in the first place! So what better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than figuring out who might be the most badass amongst them?
Now, I could go with some pretty obvious choices, such as Jason or Freddy, but what fun would that be? Instead, I decided to go with some villains that might not get as much attention. Check out a few of my choices below and and then let me know some of yours!
Trick R Treat – Sam
Y’know why I love this little pumpkin-headed terror? Because he’s all about Halloween. You abide by the rules of one of the greatest holidays ever and you’re fine. But the second you break even a single one, you’re going to die in one of the most horrific ways imaginable. Plus, he gets creative with his kills. Maybe some dismemberment, maybe stabbing someone with a broken lollipop, maybe summon the ghosts of murdered children… It’s all gravy for him!
I didn’t play either of the first two Doom games until long after their release, but when I did it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the series. There’s something about mowing down hordes of demons and zombies with badass, over-the-top weaponry that appeals to me. I’m sure you understand. I also enjoy getting behind-the-scenes looks at some of my favorite games, seeing how they’re made. It’s one of the reasons why I am in love with art books.
Some Doom II monster models were recently posted on Reddit, and they’re all very cool. I’m especially digging the Arachnotron.
If you really need to get that Doom fix, I suggest you check out the Brutal Doom mod that updates the first two Doom games with modern shooter mechanics and an extra coat of gore. The mod will see a new update soon that will up the brutal factor from 10 to 12, with roughly 200% more giblets and severed limbs.
Remember that amazing monster art that was so good I called it some of the best monster art I’ve seen in a long time? Well, because this world has no shortage of ridiculously talented artists with delightfully twisted imaginations, I just found another talented soul who’s capable of creating some crazy good creatures that look like they were Human Centipede-ed from the flaming ass of hell right into Clive Barker’s mouth, who then proceeded to make them even scarier.
Oh, and everything below is the work of Finnish artist Otto Lehtonen. He’s 19, in case you need help feeling bad about yourself.
For more of Otto’s work, check out his gallery.
Another huge story broke late last night that’s keeping me from enjoying the beautiful weather outside (I do it for you!).
Saturday night hosted the San Diego Comic-Con panel for FX’s “American Horror Story” where they revealed the entire cast for the fourth season of FX’s anthology series. Here’s who’s joining the “Freak Show”, courtesy of EW:
Kathy Bates and Evan Peters will be playing Ethel and Jimmy Darling. Joining them will be Angela Bassett’s Desiree Dupree, Michael Chiklis as Dell Toledo, Sarah Paulson in the dual role of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler, and Emma Roberts as Maggie (no last name as of yet). Finally, series staple Jessica Lange will be playing a character is named Elsa Mars. Chiklis is playing Bates’ husband…and Bassett’s ex-husband.
They also add that one of this year’s core villains will be played by John Carroll Lynch, pictured below, the great everyguy-psychopath character actor. One of Lynch’s best-known performances came as the possible serial killer Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac; executive producer Tim Minear described the tone of “Freak Show” as “Douglas Sirk meets Zodiac.” Minear also said he will rivaled season one’s Rubber Man, Asylum’s Bloody Face and Coven’s Minotaur, calling the character one that will “scare the shit out of you,” THR added.
Watch for the show’s return this fall.
Back on Friday Sam Raimi broke the news out of the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con that he’s been developing a television series based on his The Evil Dead franchise.
He also explained on the “The Last of Us” panel that he and his brother Ivan, along with Bruce Campbell, are currently writing the “Evil Dead” series.
Late last night some mega news hit while I was fast asleep recharging from yet another massive news outing. Campbell responded to a fan, via Twitter, confirming that the intentions are for him to star in said series.
The Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake, which hit theaters in April of 2013, bowed well for Columbia Pictures earning close to $100M worldwide. Said remake is rumored to actually be the third sequel – following The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness – which would eventually tie into the original trilogy. At the end of the movie, they teased Campbell’s return as Ash (below) – does this mean Campbell will play Ash in the new series? Probably. Will it tie into the movie? Hopefully. Will we see another movie? I’d bet on it.
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
Are you sick of The Last of Us news yet? Between the upcoming live-action film adaptation — which might star Arya Friggin’ Stark as Ellie — the announcement of even more multiplayer DLC coming later this year and a live performance of the game to celebrate the arrival of the Remastered version on PS4 — this has been a busy week for fans of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece.
Speaking of The Last of Us Remastered, one of the game’s more intriguing features is a special Photo Mode, which allows players to freeze the game at any time by pressing down on the left joystick. This gives you the time to frame the perfect shot before sharing it with the rest of the world.
Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told
“One of the things that we wanted to include was the share mode, especially after we saw the reaction for the inFamous photo mode,” Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told Eurogamer. The feature is still being tweaked — probably the reason why it’s arriving in a patch — but they want to make it something that players actually want to use.
The Last of Us has a certain cinematic flair, so I imagine lots of folks taking advantage of this feature.
In related news, sometimes retail copies of certain games get shipped out early. The folks who received their copies of The Last of Us Remastered are reporting that the game has a gargantuan 50GB install. That’s a lot of bytes.
The Last of Us Remastered releases on the PS4 on July 29.
You guys like shaky cam movies, right? Good, because a teaser for the upcoming Zack Snyder directed Batman vs. Superman has made its way online. It’s mostly made up of glowing eyes and man-geeks losing their damn minds, but if the latter doesn’t bother you this is definitely worth checking out. You may want to act fast, because I don’t see this teaser remaining online for long.
Assuming you catch this before it’s taken down, what do you think?
In news I’m sure no one saw coming, Telltale Games president Kevin Bruner and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman dropped a bomb earlier today on unsuspecting Comic Con attendees. It’s payload? The confirmation that Telltale’s fantastic episodic series The Walking Dead: the Game has been greenlit for a third season.
We still don’t know how the current season will end, but things aren’t looking too good for Clem and friends. If you missed it, you can (and should!) check out my spoiler free review of the fourth episode below.
The second season will likely conclude either in September or October with the fifth and last episode, titled No Going Back.
If there’s one thing I can say about Australian indie developer Dylan Browne, the one-man team behind the sci-fi horror game Caffeine, is that he does not give up easily. Back in May, Browne launched an Indiegogo campaign, which only managed to raise about $3,200 of its hopeful $80,000 goal. A few months later, Browne returned with another crowdfunding campaign — this time on Kickstarter — that saw essentially the same results after raising $4,000 of its $70,000 goal.
This is where most folks would’ve seriously considered giving up, but not Browne. Content to see his horror game come to fruition, Browne has gone and launched a third crowdfunding effort where his first failed. And now, I do believe it has a significantly better chance at being successful.
The biggest change is the revised funding goal, which has been lowered substantially to a more modest $5,000. I played its demo back in April and really enjoyed the look of it. There wasn’t much in the way of plot or scares, but that’s the nature of ‘proof of concept’ demos.
If funded, Caffeine is now planned to come to PC, Mac, Linux and PlayStation 4. PS4 support was a stretch goal in the earlier campaigns, so including it among the main platforms was a smart idea.
The vibrant, futuristic art style is great, but I’m a fan of the premise, too. Caffeine follows a young boy — played by you — who finds himself alone on a caffeine mining vessel in outer space. Because this is a horror game, he’s totally not alone, though your guess is as good as mine as to what it is that’s stalking the poor kid. Of the numerous trailers that have steadily trickled out over the last three months, the only glimpse we’ve been given was of a shadowy humanoid figure, and I’m pretty sure that was just a placeholder.
If all of the above tickles your fancy, you can support the game here.
Checking in to your worst nightmare.
Guests of the Four Points Sheraton Downtown and DoubleTree San Diego hotels will have special, bloody Wrong Turn 6 door hangars on their doors this weekend, Bloody Disgusting is told. Fans who tweet out a picture of the hangers (using the hashtag #WT6) can come to the Fox booth #4229 and receive their exclusive Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort teaser poster, as shown below.
Wrong Turn 6 will be directed by Re-Kill‘s Valeri Milev, and will release this Halloween.
“A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally, a socially and awkward couple who introduce Danny to the long lost family he’s never known. Soon, Danny is forced to choose between his friends and his bloodline.”
Sadie Katz, Aqueela Zoll, Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley and Roxanne Pallett star.
Legendary Pictures concluded their San Diego Comic-Con panel with footage that everyone expected to be from Jurassic World. However, the footage was actually a surprise announcement – they’re already hard at work on new King Kong film entitled Skull Island!
The island, named for the skull-like rock formations, first appeared in the 1933 King Kong.
Legendary revealed that the film will hit theaters November 4, 2016, and allegedly will feature Kong in some capacity (there were multiple apes featured in the footage). Fans of the King will recall that Skull Island is loaded with primitive creatures and could lead to some epic battles. May we even se Godzilla?
Guillermo del Toro, who was on hand to show Crimson Peak footage, is already rumored to be directing.
Although unconfirmed, this isn’t related to Peter Jackson’s King Kong reboot from 2005.
The big story is that Legendary is clearly building up to a massive battle between King Kong and Godzilla. Who would win?
Epic Pictures Group has announced a September 9 DVD/VOD release for the creature feature, Killer Mermaid (Nymph), from Apocalypse of the Dead director Milan Todorovic, Bloody Disgusting learned.
“The story tells the tale of two young women who go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned fortress.”
Nymph stars screen legend Franco Nero (Tarantino’s Django Unchained), Kristina Klebe (Halloween, Proxy), and Natalie Burn (The Expendables 2).
If anything, Nymph looks like a dark cross between Piranha, Sint (Saint) and Thale.