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[Comic Book Review] “Shutter” #6 Proves Intrigue Isn’t Everything

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 13:35

“Shutter” stumbles this month and has me incredibly torn. On the one hand it’s got a fight scene where someone rides a triceratops and on the other it adds even more uninteresting mysteries. The ambiguity is beginning to wear thin.

WRITTEN BY: Joe Keatinge

ART BY: Leila De Duca

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: September 17, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners

Take for example the mystery of Kate’s siblings; we’re introduced to another one who briefly touches on the fact that there are even more. I’m starting to feel like there’s going to be a revolving door of siblings all with incredibly vague motivations that come into conflict with Kate.

I expected we’d have at least a mild grasp of what’s going on in Kate’s world at this point, but I feel more lost than ever. It’s becoming convoluted to the point of insanity. I like these characters (I like them a lot) and they’re deeply engaging, but the plot they are being pulled through means almost nothing to me now because every machination of it feels random. We’re 6 issues in now and the plot has amounted to Kate learning she’s been lied to about having siblings, she meets one and then decides to run away with him to get answers. It feels like we’re getting nowhere slowly.

One of my biggest issues this month is the way Ekland and Shaw are treated. They’re given a redundant scene that’s just there to make sure you really know these are the bad guys, then SPOILER they’re killed in the next scene. It’s already been thoroughly established that they’re bad; Ekland is even introduced massacring a bar full of people. It makes me question the point of them in the first place. They could have been introduced in this issue, had the scene showing they’re tough shit so you’re worried for Kate and Chris then die and be done with it. What was the point building both of them up in the background of the last 5 issues to have them go out with such a whimper?

While I’ve got my fair share of concerns when it comes to the plot I have no qualms with the stellar art. Leila Del Duca does nothing but kill it every issue of “Shutter” with some of the most beautiful 2 page spreads ever conceived this book is a visual powerhouse. Long after the story’s stopped making sense “Shutter” will be worth it for the art.

Over the last 5 issues I’ve heard and read about a lot of people becoming frustrated with Shutters continued convolution. I used to be on the opposite side of the fence, embracing its perplexing and quirky plot but now it’s pushed me over that fence headfirst. I want to keep enjoying “Shutter” but it’s making that one hell of a challenge.

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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[5 Skull Comic Book Review] “Translucid” #6 Ends A Damn Good Ride

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 13:03

It’s over, it’s all over. “Translucid” #6 has comes to a close and it’s been a damn good ride. This is a supremely solid and wholly satisfying conclusion to a mini series that’s always been a cut above. The finale’s not big on concrete answers, but really this was never about answers.

It’s always been a character study of the connection between a hero and his villain, an unspoken bond. While archenemies, they also all too often become each other’s only true friend. The only person who truly sees the hero for who they are, are their villains.

 

WRITTEN BY: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: September 17, 2014

Reviewed By Torbin Chimners

Upon my initial read I was actually disappointed by how it all ended, but that’s because I was being an idiot. Looking for answers to trivial things and not taking in the grand philosophical machinations at work. I was looking for answers to questions like who The Horse really was; the real answer is it doesn’t matter. He’s whatever he needs to be.

I gave it a second read without worrying about solid answers and enjoyed it for the tale is was spinning. Going into it with the mindset I was blown apart at the seams. They’ve been telling this story since the very first issue, there’s really no other way it could have gone down and god dammit is it superb.

I’ve heard “Translucid” described as the ultimate Batman/Joker, hero/villain story that DC/Marvel wouldn’t and couldn’t ever make. You could make that comparison, but it’d be selling it incredibly short. It’s so much more than that; it’s entirely its own thing. Standing tall and strong on it’s own two legs. No-ones looked at or focused so heavily on the unspoken bond a hero and villain share in the same way as “Translucid.”

I’ve always felt like “Translucid” was operating at an intellectual level above myself. It’s an incredibly smart book that conducts itself on a grand operatic scale at times and at other times slows down to sublime moments of self-reflection. It’s been refreshing to the core, with a seriously psychologically damaged hero, and a villain who at times seems more capable than the hero. I couldn’t be sadder to see it go but I also couldn’t be happier with the ride we’ve shared.

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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[Comic Book Review] “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #2 is Disturbing to its Core!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:46

Gory and disturbing to the core, “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #2 is a must-read continuation of the horror franchise that made Pinhead a household name. After so many lackluster sequels,  “Hellraiser” is back with a worthy installment. In the right hands, “Bestiary” delvers an anthology of shorts that know how to bring in the shocks and scares.

 

 

WRITTEN BY: Mark Miller, Ben Meares, Christopher Taylor
ART BY: Jason Shawn Alexander, Amancay Nahuelpan, Carlos Magno
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: September 17, 2013

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

“Old Hat To The Devil” delivers a gritty and twisted take on the Robert Johnson legend. A blues musician is given a guitar that looks eerily similar to the Lament Configuration. In “Hellbound Desires,” viewers can watch the slaughter of unsuspecting nude, live women on an adult webcam site. In “The Hunted: Part Two,” the captured Pinhead finds himself caught in the middle of a gang war.

Though these are separate stories, all three tales take place right after the events from Brandon Seifert and Tom Garcia’s “The Dark Watch.” Eliot Spencer is back as Pinhead, the Pope of Hell, harvesting human souls for his own sicka musement. In the first installment, I missed Seifert’s witty comic relief, but writer Ben Meares brings back the dark humor in “Hellbound Desires.” It’s a short tale that packs a shocking ironic twist towards the end.

In Christopher Taylor’s “Old Hat To The Devil,” a blues musician wants to make a deal with Pinhead to see his long-lost love. When Calvin performs the music of the puzzle box on stage, his audience becomes fodder for the Cenobites. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander’s watercolors are an impressive sight to see.

In “The Hunted, Part Two,” the Meares and co-writer Mark Miller explores topics such as racism and urban crime, which makes the story feel original and fresh. You have a group of hardcore gang members who show no compassion for the “Devil.” In extreme close-ups, Carlos Magno captures Pinhead in gut-wrenching pain as the gang members operate on his face with machetes and other blades.

“Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #2 will deliver chilling nightmares to the reader. I can’t wait to read the next list of short horror stories.

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[Review] ‘The Guest’: An Exercise In Pitch Black Comedy!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:36

A succinct and accurate definition of nostalgia can be found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again.” In order to feel proper nostalgia, you have to mix the bitter with the sweet, or – as Pinhead might say – the pain with the pleasure. The Guest, which is the latest effort from the creative team of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, evokes such a feeling. The film hearkens back to low budget efforts from the 70s and 80s, and, while it has its merits – pitch black comedy and strong violence among them – I couldn’t help think that I’ve seen these same themes done better before.

Wingard and Barrett are probably best known in horror circles for the feature film You’re Next (2011) and segments in the anthology films V/H/S (2012), V/H/S/2 (2013), and The ABCs of Death (2012), and, like their efforts in these films, The Guest is entertaining but uneven. Part black comedy, part superhero film, part family drama, part suspense thriller, part . . . okay, I think you get my point; The Guest doesn’t fit neatly into any genre category. Strangely enough, that’s also part of the film’s appeal.

Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame) stars as David, a young man who – out of the blue – knocks on the door of the Peterson family’s house. The Petersons are grieving for their son, Caleb, who was just killed in Afghanistan, and David, claiming to be a close friend of Caleb’s, seems to be just what the family needs in their time of sorrow. With a too-white smile and overt politeness, David first endears himself to the family matriarch (played with dewy-eyed sincerity by Shelia Kelley) and eventually the rest of the Peterson clan: father, Spencer (Leland Orser, who genre fans will recognize as “knife-dick” from Se7en); older teen daughter, Anna (Maika Monroe); and high school freshman son, Luke (Brendan Meyer). Although every member of the Peterson household eventually opens up to David in one way or another, he develops special relationships with Anna and Luke. Unlike their father, who’s too busy trying to get ahead at work, David listens when Anna is having a tough time with her drug-dealing boyfriend or when Luke gets made fun of by the jocks at school. In short, David is there for the kids.

David’s a good listener, but he’s a helluva doer as well. When he picks up Luke from school after a particularly tough day of getting picked on, David asks Luke if he wants to go to the bar and grab a drink – a suggestion that Luke (who’s about 15) initially greets with skepticism – at which point David becomes insistent. You can tell that David doesn’t want to simply read Luke’s tormenters a bedtime story. After the two of them arrive at the bar, David cajoles Luke into telling him which group of kids has been attacking him. Luke does so, and David methodically kicks the crap out of them.

Similarly, David gains the trust of Anna, who has finished high school and works as a waitress at the local diner, but she isn’t sure what she wants to do with the rest of her life. One night, after Anna brings David to a party, she and her boyfriend have a fight, and David listens to her troubles. On the car ride home, there is palpable sexual tension between the two, which is further heightened when Anna sees a well-toned and bare-chested David exit the shower. Anna quickly overcomes her infatuation when she starts asking questions about David and getting only vague answers.

The darkly comedic aspects of the film are what work the best, particularly the progressively absurd and violent advice that David gives to Luke and the way that Mr. Peterson “needs a drink” to handle his increasingly stressful day-to-day. The acting is also uniformly good, with Stevens’ performance leading the way. David can be a smiling and sympathetic figure one moment and then an implacable, snarling psychopath the next. The main fault with the film lies in the script, which loses its way about halfway through before gaining momentum again in the finale, which takes place in a Halloween-themed high school maze (which is really the only nod to the horror genre in the film).

This fact brings me back to the nostalgia conundrum: the pleasure I got from the film derives from a well-acted and fun little dark comedy/family drama, written and directed with tongue-in-cheek rambunctiousness by Wingard and Barrett. Films that confront serious situations with black humor­ – think Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket or Michael Lehmann’s Heathers – have to walk a thin line between parody and outright silliness. And there’s the rub: the pain of the nostalgic feeling. While watching The Guest, I wanted it to measure up. I wanted it to achieve the lofty goals that it set for itself; however, I also couldn’t help but wish that I was watching another movie that had already been done – and done better.

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[Comic Book Review] “The Strain: The Night Eternal” #2 Is Breakneck Bleakness At It’s Best

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:31

A brand new chapter continues, “The Strain: The Night Eternal:  #2” brings to life the epic third part of  Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s giant-sized horror novel. The plot moves at breakneck speed delivering one twist after another. If you’re enjoying the TV series on FX, then you better get “The Strain” comic right now.

 

Written By: David Lapham
Art By: Mike Huddleston
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.99
Release: September 17, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

The vampire plague began to spread when Flight 753 mysteriously landed at JFK International Airport. First on the scene, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez, the disease detectives, were too late to stop the biological threat. The Master, the leader of the vampires has now won, spreading eternal darkness all across the entire globe. After triggering a series of meltdowns, the sun was completely blocked by a nuclear cloud. Eph wants to continue fighting the good fight but his spirit cannot keep going after the loss of his missing son.

David Lapham delivers a somber and bleak narrative where our defeated heroes have split apart. Nora has had enough of Eph and can only see him as a wasted drunk. Even The Master sees his opponent as a laughingstock, wishing he had a worthy adversary. Vasiliy keeps the faith because of what Abraham taught him, but he is just one of the few.

Eph’s love interest, Nora, is given more personality in this installment. Just through a conversation on Skype, Lapham has developed her character, who used to be mousy and quiet, to a more verbal and authoritative persona. There is so much resentment in her dialogue towards Eph, as if she blames him for something that happened to her.

In the opening pages, artist Mike Huddleston has given us a vampire apocalypse that is dark, cloudy, and muggy. The moody atmosphere is kept dreary in the panels through the rainstorms. The rain causes all the primary color to fade away, leaving only a gray tone. Almost everyone is drawn in thick shadows. In an impressive wide shot, we see Central Park in ruins.

Eph looks like a homeless bum thanks to his long hair and scruffy beard.  Looks can be deceiving though because there is an action hero in him. Huddleston illustrates Eph taking down one of the vamps, driving a sword through its neck. These are the action sequences that makes this comic worthwhile.

If you’ve been around  since the beginning, there’s no reason for you not to grab “The Strain: The Night Eternal” #2.With great results, the bleak tone and spirit of the novel has been translated into the comic book medium. 

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‘The Devil Incarnate’ Clip Asks For a Reading

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:03

Another Rosemary’s Baby-esque thriller is giving birth on home video this October.

Bloody Disgusting has a first clip from L. Gustavo Cooper’s The Devil Incarnate, on home video October 7 from Image Entertainment.

The future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror. On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. But soon, their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within Holly’s womb. As the child grows within her, she begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. Desperate to save his wife and unborn child, Trevor searches for answers and discovers Holly may have fallen prey to an ancient curse spawned by an evil demon with an insatiable lust for blood.

Rod Luzzi, Graci Carli, and Emily Rogers star.

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Tell Us Your Worst L.A. Horror Stories and WIN Tickets to the ‘Starry Eyes’ Premiere!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:57

So now you know all about the  Los Angeles premiere of the intense new horror film Starry Eyes (read my SXSW review here), but did you know you can win tickets to that premiere? We have 5 PAIRS to give away. You have to be over 18 to win and you must live in or near Los Angeles. Why? Two reasons. We want  you to actually be able to attend… and to win you have to be willing to share your WORST L.A. HORROR STORY.  This is a desperate, broken environment that sees even the most steadfast spirits compromise themselves once their will is chipped away as the rotten carrot of their dream is dangled in front of them. We want those stories.  You came to this town for a reason… what’s the worst thing that’s happened to you (or the worst thing you’ve done)  in pursuit of your dream?  Email evan@bloody-disgusting.com with those stories (use STARRY EYES Premiere the subject header).  The 5 best entries will get two tickets each.

The premiere is part of Beyond Fest (which has an amazing lineup this year) at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) and will take place on Monday, September 29th at 730 PM.  You can get tickets HERE.

The Starry Eyes screening will feature a Q&A with writer/directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer along with the film’s star, Alex Essoe.  And, as a special treat, Kölsch and Widmyer will be hosting a screening of Andrzej Zulawski’s’s Possession  immediately afterwards at 10 PM.  Check out the teaser for Starry Eyes, along with a Beyond Fest trailer, below.

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Get Lost In Nero Di Marte’s “Pulsar”

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:40

Italian experimental metal band Nero Di Marte have released a stream of “Pulsar”, a track from their upcoming sophomore album Derivae, which will be released October 27th via Prosthetic Records.

It’s a dynamic track with many peaks and valleys and is gloriously atmospheric. I really recommend giving it a chance below.

In an interview with Invisible Oranges, vocalist Sean Worrel states:

I think what I’ve fully realized is just to do music for art’s sake. I know it sounds like a given, but today so many bands think in terms of “will this give me exposure” or “will this make money” or “will this appeal to more people”, maybe unconsciously. These shouldn’t be expectations. When I see unknown underground metal bands thinking that way it always begs the question, why are you making music in the first place?

Derivae can be pre-ordered through Prosthetic Records.

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[TV] This “Freak Show” Poster Makes Me Uncomfortable

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:15

I don’t like optical illusions that make people’s body parts look unnatural. This shit makes my skin crawl.

I don’t even want to look at the new poster for FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” that shows a woman’s foot in the shape of high heels.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

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Sideshow’s Epic ‘Godzilla’ Maquette

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:39

“The world’s most famous monster…”

Sideshow Collectibles reveals their massive Godzilla Maquette, based off the 2014 film.

As shown, the King of Monsters towers at 24 inches tall in a dynamic pose. Includes a detailed base featuring destroyed rubble.

It is priced at $799.99, about as large as Godzilla himself. Thankfully, you can install a payment plan.

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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

Categories: Horror News

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.

Categories: Horror News

[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.

 

Categories: Horror News