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“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” – The Most Unforgettable Episodes!

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:03

Author: Amber Newberry

If you grew up in the 90’s, chances are you watched at least a few episodes of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. Nickelodeon’s anthology-style horror show began the same way each week: the blue lighting on an empty boat, creaky swings blowing in a phantom wind, queue the ghostly child laughing. Can anyone forget that hobo clown doll sitting in the attic during a thunderstorm? Certainly the most memorable part of the opening sequence was a sudden fade to black, a hand holding a match that lights itself revealing the show’s title that begs the question, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”? Well, I sure as hell was and if you need proof of why, shut out the lights… Go ahead, do it!

Pretend you are your 10-year-old self and then watch the opening below.

I’m a little tougher these days, and can handle watching the intro on my own… With all of the lights on and another living human being within shouting distance, of course. There are a few episodes that stick out in my mind as being truly haunting and some, even disturbing. Maybe it’s partly that a wussy-pants is still deeply rooted within, but I dare you to watch a few of these alone in the middle of the night and not have your skin crawl just a little.

“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” aired on Nickelodeon, produced by Canadian children’s entertainment company, Cinar, now known as The Cookie Jar Group. A pilot episode aired on SNICK (that was Saturday Night Nick, for those of you who don’t remember) called The Tale of the Twisted Claw. While it was the fourth episode in the first season, it was chosen as the pilot because of its setting on Halloween night. The episode was televised only in Canada, in October of 1990, and was a complete success to both critic and youth viewers. The show held its own for seven seasons of freaky fun, and was even syndicated until 2008 on various channels and had a smattering of cameos and child actors who grew up to be famous. Of course, now you can watch on DVD, or via Youtube. Having been on the air for an awful lot of the 1990s and in syndication for much of the early 2000s meant that it was a part of my childhood, and nightmares, for years and years. In that time, some of the episodes had a lasting effect, and I’ve compiled these episodes below for your horror and enjoyment.

‘The Tale of the Prom Queen,’ Season 1 Episode 12

‘The Tale of the Prom Queen’ is one of my absolute favorite episodes of all time. So much of the episode takes place in a cemetery, there’s a twist at the end, and the story is reminiscent of the well-known urban legend of Resurrection Mary. Like many “AYAOTD” episodes, the acting is sometimes less than stellar, but the cheese-factor doesn’t ruin the plot and sometimes even adds to the amusement. Add a seance on a boat, a Scooby-Doo style scare, and ‘keen’ twist at the end and you have The Tale of the Prom Queen.

‘The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float,’ Season 5 Episode 1

While this also episode has its roots in a vintage setting, The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float has an entirely different level of gruesome. For any kid with even a subtle fear of water, this episode was likely to turn that fear into a full-blown phobia. With a great story-line that includes an abandoned underground pool, the premier of season five was sure to hook the audience and have kids everywhere awake all night and worrying how they’d get out of their next swimming lesson. I’d also like to add that the ghoul’s costuming is sure to give any 10-year-old night terrors for years to come.

‘The Tale of the Whispering Walls,’ Season 2 Episode 8

Another episode that begins with a costumed member of the midnight society, ‘The Tale of the Whispering Walls’ does not disappoint. What happens when a leap year lands on a full moon? Terror ensues, of course! Two kids traveling with their baby sitter have lost their way in the middle of nowhere and stop at The Whisper Inn for directions. Once inside they meet Master Raymond, a creepy fellow with a gothic taste in his clothing choices who gives them ‘directions’. After getting back on the road, the car stalls out beside… Get this… A spooky old mansion! Of course, this was before those newfangled iPhones were available, so our main characters are forced to ‘use the phone’ inside the spook-house. The babysitter leaves the kids and promises to return ‘in a flash’, but wouldn’t you know it, she never comes back, leaving the kids no choice but to go inside and look for her. This house taps into all kinds of childhood terrors with ghosts trapped in mirrors, poisoned banana splits, moving walls, and a soul-stealing caretaker.

‘The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle,’ Season 2 Episode 10

‘The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle’ stayed with me for years just for the sheer simplicity of the story. Two kids, Ricky and Mike, are out riding bikes, a bridge partially collapses, one of them dies and one of them lives. Needless-to-say, years later Mike is still dealing with some major guilt and the opening to the episode is really just a recurring nightmare of the terrible. Mike’s parents believe he just needs to stop blaming himself and he’ll get through the loss, but things start to get worse when Mike starts seeing the shiny red bicycle. When Ricky himself shows up, Mike thinks he’s cracking up. The image of a foggy Ricky, with his pale face and ghostly eyes staring expectantly at Mike is what always prompted me to change the channel when the rerun came on.

‘The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors,’ Season 1 Episode 8

I’ve often referred to this episode as the ‘Fright Night’ episode because of the ‘vampires next door’ story. After re-watching the episode for the first time in years, the similarities are definitely there, but almost in a silly and fun way. The episode really is lacking what Christopher Sarandon brought to the table and the twist is that the vampire neighbors are a family of three. The cameo by Mark Camacho (who played Mike’s father in ‘The Shiny Red Bicycle’ episode) did not make up for Sarandon’s absence.

‘The Tale of the Twisted Claw,’ Season 1 Episode 4 (Pilot Episode)

The pilot of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” begins unlike any other, with the tale-end of an unfinished story in a cliff hanger. There’s a scream, and we see the Midnight Society for the first time, sitting around their camp fire, telling their stories. What better way to kick off a spooky kids’ TV series than to begin with a tale set on Halloween! Two kids go out on ‘mischief night’, October 30th, and prank several houses including an old woman who turned out to have a trick up her own sleeve. When the kids go trick or treating the following night, the old woman treats the children with a vulture’s claw that promises the gift of three wishes. Unfortunately, we all know that wishing always comes with a price! This episode is an obvious homage to W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw, and was the perfect tale to kick of the series.

‘The Tale of the Crimson Clown,’ Season 3 Episode 2

Mike Carter, played by Christopher Redman (Ginger Snaps, CSI: Miami), has a little brother who gets away with absolutely everything. Seriously, his kid brother Sam (who even looks like a little twerp) is rotten to the core and the plot of this episode centers on him stealing his brother’s paper-route money that he was saving to buy their mother a birthday gift. What does little Sammy spend his brother’s hard earned money on? A video game with a clown on the cover, of course! Before heading home, Mike tells Sam about the Crimson Clown, hoping to scare him into guilt. Mike claims that when Sam is snotty, selfish, or hurts someone, the Crimson Clown is watching and that he’d better watch out or the clown would get him. Of course, we don’t see the wholesome quick turn around from Sam. Oh no, he continues being a little jerk, even after he starts catching glimpses of the clown or hears laughter when he does something rotten. When a giant clown arm starts to reach out of the television, Videodrome style, things get really disturbing, and it takes Sam calling his brother a “turd-face” to bring give you a little laugh to help shrug the creepiness off for a second.

‘The Tale of the Midnight Madness,’ Season 2 Episode 2

‘The Tale of the Midnight Madness’ is an episode that is truly meant for the classic horror movie fans out there. Pete works in an old movie theater that’s about to go completely bottom up. While Pete and a coworker prepare to open the theater, a peculiar old ‘nut-bag’ called Mr. Vink, who kind of resembles Hagrid, bursts in exclaiming how everything is ‘perfect’. It turns out that Mr. Vink made a movie about Nosferatu. many years before, that he wants to finally release to the public. He claims the twist in his horror story is that the vampire wins. The lush of a theater manager is against the idea from the beginning but when he realizes he might make a buck or two off the deal, he finally agrees. The audience loves the film but when Mr. Vink pushes for more it gets weird, and here’s where my movie-loving heart flutters, and the movie monster steps out of the movie screen and into real life! It might not be the scariest of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” episodes, but most people I’ve talked to about the show often refer to it as one of their favorites.

‘The Tale of the Super Specs,’ Season 1 Episode 6

‘The Tale of the Super Specs’ is a fun watch that is sure to remind you a little of ‘They Live’ because of the use of sunglasses that give you the ability to see hidden things. While the hidden things that Rowdy Roddy Piper saw in They Live were darn scary on a consumerist level, the hidden things in ‘Super Specs’ are frightening in an entirely different way. Once again we see why it isn’t always the best decision to pick up things from mysterious magic shops. For you TV buffs out there, Weeds is played by Eugene Byrd, known for his role as Dr. Clark Edison on the long running forensic drama, Bones. What made this episode so memorable? Let’s just say wearing special glasses that allow you to see figures dressed in all black with their faces covered is not something easily forgotten.

‘The Tale of the Frozen Ghost,’ Season 2, Episode 7

Here’s an episode that’s sure to give you a chill! ‘The Tale of the Frozen Ghost’ begins when Charles is sent to visit his weird old aunts, along with his babysitter, Daphne, played by special guest Melissa Joan Hart. Upon their arrival, Daphne sees that the aunts live in a big old house with all kinds of troubles, including a draft and a ghost. It isn’t too long before Charles hears the faint sound of a child saying, ‘I’m cold’. Of course, the aunts are very familiar with their ghost but are reluctant to discuss him because of the strange things that inevitably happen at his mention. Charles finally sees the ghost, a small boy standing beneath a tree outside in the middle of the night in the dead of winter. This scene is the one I recall making it very hard for me to sleep the following night and the line, ‘I’m cold’ is constantly quoted between my “AYAOTD”-loving friends.

‘The Tale of the Vacant Lot,’ Season 5, Episode 10

As with many episodes of “AYAOTD,” there is a lesson to be learned in ‘The Tale of the Vacant Lot.’ The episode begins with a show and tell where each member of the Midnight Society reveals their most valuable possession. Shy Catherine can’t seem to catch a break, even though her little sister, Joyce, envies everything she has and does. When Catherine stumbles upon a mysterious gypsy shop in a vacant lot, she is offered everything she could possibly want, in exchange for something she won’t miss. Of course Catherine agrees and can you believe she’s shocked when she discovers the thing she wouldn’t miss is actually something of great value. Yet another episode that teaches us to be careful what we wish for, otherwise we might end up as lepers.

‘The Tale of the Midnight Ride,’ Season 3, Episode 1

In view of the upcoming holiday of horrors, Halloween, ‘The Tale of the Midnight Ride’ seemed a perfect choice for the final episode of this list. Yet another of my favorites, the premier of season three is based on ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and takes place on Halloween, of course! Awkward new kid, Ian, has just moved to Sleepy Hollow where he’s having trouble making new friends. When he meets pretty Katie, it’s crush at first sight, regardless of the scary ex jock boyfriend, Brad always watching. Just like in the old story, Ian is sent into the woods and is chased down by what appears to be the Headless Horseman, but turns out to be Brad. While walking Katie home, they come across a well-costumed fellow who refers to himself as the new school master, Ichabod Crane. When they send him down the wrong path at the fork, the table turns and instead of the real Headless Horseman chasing down Mr. Crane, he’s after Ian and Katie in search of a replacement head. Who doesn’t love a classic spooky story for Halloween, and what is more classic than The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

Author Bio:
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.

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Incredible Front-Loading Poster Frames! (Halloween Treat)

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:46

I just moved into my new place, and with Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been searching for a way to display our various holiday-themed posters.

The worst thing about movie poster frames is they’re both expensive and finite, meaning, you can commit to one poster and one poster only. That’s great if you want your wall to look the same for 10 years. I don’t, which I why I went on a hunt for something different – and came up empty, that is until my buddy Micah pointed me to Spotlight Displays Movie Poster Frames.

The Illinois-based custom framing company has affordable (yes, only $80!) front-loading poster frames made from the highest quality Anodized Aluminum, which means you never have to take the frame off your wall, and can quickly switch your poster from Jaws to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Halloween or Trick ‘r Treat.

Spotlight Displays has various options including border width and size, in case you have older posters you want to put on display. (I also just noticed they have custom frames for Pinball Translites!) My buddy told me that they can even custom cut any size frame. Just e-mail the company through the website.

And for those of you who want a celebrity connection, we also learned that Quentin Tarantino purchased frames from Spotlight Displays for his freshly invigorated New Beverly in Los Angeles, CA.

I’ll snap some shots when I get mine in the coming weeks and share @BDisgusting.

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‘Silent Horror’ Soundtrack Available For Free

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:00

The soundtrack to the 2005 live action survival horror film Silent Horror, which was composed by Dale North, has become available as a free download.

Dale North surprised everyone with his 2005 score to Silent Horror, a film paying tribute to popular silent horror video games produced by X-Strike Studios. His soundtrack captures the essence of survival horror with its dark atmospheres and gritty trip-hop styles. North’s background as a singer/songwriter is also channeled through the score’s emotional character themes, providing listeners with themes that they will cherish and remember alongside the fitting score that makes for perfect late-night listening.

Head below to stream the album and head over to Bandcamp to pick up your free download.

Silent Horror Original Soundtrack by Dale North

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[TV Review] “The Walking Dead” Episode 5.1, ‘No Sanctuary’

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:29

“The Walking Dead” returned last night with ‘No Sanctuary,’ and it was not at all what I expected. I’m mildly shocked that the threat of Terminus started and ended in one episode. After all the hype from last season, all the time spent getting there, I’d have thought—in typical “Walking Dead” fashion—that it would have dragged on for at least three or four episodes. And although I love the idea of ‘the intelligent and thoughtful cannibal,’ I’m happy that Terminus is not going to be this season’s major event.

Bookended with flashbacks, ‘No Sanctuary’ shows us a bit of what used to be the humanity of the now sociopathic Terminants. These flashbacks are quick and dark, so don’t blink or you’ll have absolutely no clue what happened. Other than the 30 seconds spent on flashbacks, we remain completely in the present, following three storylines: Tyreese in a run-down shack with a Terminus member and baby Judith, Carol as she breaks necks and takes names to save the captive survivors, and the rest of the crew being held in Terminus, waiting to die. While Rick, Glenn, Bob, and Daryl are taken from the box car (where they were last seen at the end of season four) to a trough to be killed, strung up, and eventually eaten, the rest of the survivors (Maggie, Michonne, Carl, etc.) are forced to wait it out in the box car, fashioning weapons from…I seriously have no idea what.

Taking a step back. That opener was brutal. In more ways that one. Cannibalism is a tough pill to swallow, but watching weeping men hang their heads over a trough as their throats are slit to drain their blood is the type of behind-the-scenes action I’d rather not witness. That’s “brutal” meaning number one. “Brutal” meaning number two is that it was problematic in the practicality sense. There’s a great idiom for it and an accompanying cheeky 90s TV theme song: saved by the bell. Why are they always saved by the damn bell? This is a disease so many shows suffer from. I’d be thrilled if writers could come up with something other than the cliché of the oh-so-perfectly timed distractions to save a life. Glenn is about to be slain and…oh! The bossman walks in the room with an unimportant, completely non-pressing question for the executioner. Glenn is about to be slaughtered a second time and…oh! Another well-timed distraction! It’s not that I want Glenn to die (in fact I’ve said on many occasions that I’ll stop watching the show the day that he DOES die), it’s that I want the writers to work a little harder to make something, anything, believable in this show. And being saved by the bell over and over again, episode after episode, is just so farfetched.

On the flip side, I will say that for the first time in several seasons, I’m quite impressed with the urgency the writers displayed. They moved us from point A to point B with incredible dexterity and for once didn’t waste our time with long-drawn-out…well…everything. It gives me a lot of hope for the rest of this season. The faster things move, the more excited I become. Last season felt like the movement of frozen molasses.

Lastly, we are finally seeing the emotive results of some major events that transpired last season. Rick has gone full metal jacket. I guess it started with him tearing Joe’s throat out with his bare teeth, but it’s now become completely evident that he no longer has any reservations about anything. It’s a refreshing change. Let someone else be the moral compass for a moment. Second, Carol’s emotional state is very much dictated by the events that happened last season: being cast out and abandoned by Rick, only to end up taking care of his baby girl and eventually having to kill Lizzie, a girl who’d become somewhat of a daughter to her. And because of all this and how it’s transformed Carol, I can honestly say that I’ve never loved her more. She feels like the most realistic character to me. After all she’s been through, she’s arrived in season five showing both a hardness and practicality that will keep her and the others alive, as well as vulnerability about being accepted into the group again. After seasons of being all over the place in her actions and emotions, she seems to have grounded herself in the perfect Zombie Apocalypse survival mode.

‘No Sanctuary’ offered a violent, fast-paced, no-holds-barred introduction to season five and for someone who’s felt continually let down by the previous seasons, I feel confident in saying: Bring it, Season Five. I’m enthusiastic about the future of this show.

FYI: My new favorite thing ever is the ‘zombie torch.’

What did you think of “The Walking Dead” season five premiere? Would you have liked to see more of Terminus? Who is you current favorite survivor badass?

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‘Resident Evil’ Infects Television

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:26

Leading German production house Constantin Film is stepping up its TV series business with TV series spin-offs of the “Mortal Instruments” and Resident Evil movies, reports Variety.

“Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. For instance, we own the rights to the book series ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows,” said Company chairman Martin Moszkowicz.

The only other details are that “Resident Evil” would become a TV series after the next feature film.

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“The Walking Dead” Premiere: What Did You Think?

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:26

AMC has just kicked off the premiere episode of the fifth season of “The Walking Dead” where the survivors find (no) sanctuary. The true motives of the Terminans come to light, while Rick and the others end up in another sticky situation.

What did you think of the Season 5 premiere? Talk about it below and then check out the promo for next Sunday’s Episode 2, ‘Strangers.’

In it, Rick will lead a risky mission for a possible small reward when the supplies run low.

Also check out a sneak peak below!

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Kate Beckinsale Will Return to ‘Underworld’ #NYCC

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 21:49

The Underworld films is surprisingly popular here on Bloody Disgusting, and when news hit that the franchise would spin off into a new, expanded direction, it left a big question mark surrounding franchise badass/babe Kate Beckinsale.

It was just announced that the new film, Underworld: Next Generation, will star franchise vamp Theo James, and potentially focus on Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter, Eve. Thus, implying the end of Selene’s arc. You know what they say about making assumptions…

“There’s a few things being developed right now,” franchise director Len Wiseman told IGN at this past weekend’s New York Comic Con. “There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with Rise of the Lycans, then we have another film in the works with Kate [Beckinsale] as well,” he revealed before dropping another bomb: “…and then there’s a television series.

“So we’re expanding that universe in many ways. They’re all in development. There’s a lot of releases out there that aren’t actually true; it would take too long to wrap up [what we'll see first in one answer].”

A television series makes a lot of sense, and each of the sequels have performed quite well. It’s sort of crazy to me that these continue on and yet Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th are taking forever to slash forward.

In regards to Next Generation, Lakeshore Entertainment hired Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) to pen the screenplay wit a shoot set for spring 2015. Watch for tons more, presumably, soon.

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What’s Your Favorite Horror Anime?

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 15:00

Something that I personally feel doesn’t get enough love on BD is anime. I grew up on the stuff, watching Japanimation on the Sci-Fi network when it was hosted by Ralph Bakshi, the insane genius behind Fritz The Cat and Cool World. That’s where I first saw Project A-Ko, Dominion Tank Police, Venus Wars, and, perhaps most important and relevant to this article, Vampire Hunter D.

It was the start of an on-off relationship with animation, one that never faded away but one that I certainly have not fed enough over the years.

When I look at some of the titles that have been released, I’m blown away by the gorgeous animation, the beautiful music, and the amazingly complex and interwoven story lines. Some of the films and series’ have stayed with me for well over half my life, some even longer.

And so I wanted to pay homage to some of the titles that I love dearly. Then, I want to hear from you about some of your favorite titles!

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‘The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth’ Soundtrack Available For Pre-Order

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 14:59

The soundtrack for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth, the rogue-like horror dungeon crawler that’s coming out in just a few weeks on Steam, PS4, and PS Vita, is now available for pre-order. The album, composed by Ridiculon, contains 32 tracks and costs only $3. However, if people, “…humor us by purchasing the OST for $6.66, [they] will have delivered to their inbox an especially-evil BONUS track not available to the general public.

You can listen to six tracks below and pre-order the album here.

The Binding Of Isaac – Rebirth: OST by Ridiculon

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#NYCC First Look at Charlie Cox in Netflix’s “Daredevil”

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 09:18

Yesterday Marvel’s head of television and the cast of Netflix’s “Daredevil” took to the main hall of New York Comic Con to showcase the most exciting Marvel TV property. It wowed the audience by playing as an incredibly gritty take on the street level hero, and they show offed some Bourne like fight scenes along with debuting some official photos.

 

They also debuted some footage, and for now I’m going to go with IGN’s description of what it was like:

It begins with Karen Page coming to her apartment on a rainy night. The door’s ajar and all the lights are out. She enters gingerly, noticing blood stain on the floor. Understandably panicked, she reaches up into a vent to retrieve a cell phone stashed inside. As she turns to hightail it out of there, a man steps out from the shadows. It’s Wesley who proceeds to throw her into the wall a couple of times, knocking her for a loop. He retrieves the phone she dropped in the struggle, whips out a switch blade and approaches her for the kill.

That’s when we see Matt Murdock — dressed in his black pro to-Daredevil suit straight out of Man Without Fear — enter and immediately start brawling with Wesley. The fight is incredibly brutal and vicious, very much like the hand-to-hand combat scene in the Bourne films or the recent Bond movies. The sounds of punches, knife slashes, grunts, and damage act as the soundtrack. Matt and Wesley’s brawl leads to them crashing out of the window together and down to the alley below. Matt tries to get up but he passes out face down on the road as the rain drenches him.

At the end of the panel, they showed us an extended version of this scene that fades to Matt dreaming of himself as a little boy sitting in the kitchen of his apartment with his dad, Battlin’ Jack Murdock. He tells his tired son to keep up his studies so he doesn’t end up like him. “I never studied. Look at how I turned out,” said Jack, immediately noticing the sad look on his blind son’s face. He takes the boy’s hands and lets him feel the lumps and wounds on his battered face. “Come on, Matty. Get to work,” said Jack and the scene cuts back to Daredevil waking up in alley just as Wesley attacks him with his knife. A brutal brawl in the rain ensues, ending with Matt wrapping Wesley up in a chain he’d heard jangling. Matt retrieves Karen’s phone off Wesley just as Karen shows up, shocked at this black-clad rescuer. Daredevil tells Karen he will take this phone and the data on it to people who can help, but she pleads for him not to take it to police because no one can be trusted.

There was another scene featuring Wilson Fisk AKA the Kingpin:

Wilson Fisk at an art gallery where he first meets Vanessa, the woman who will one day become his wife. He’s staring at white painting, his hulking frame and bald dome seen from behind as Vanessa approaches him. She tries making small talk with him (it appears it’s her art gallery or she works there). Fisk seems agitated not by her but by the painting. She asked him what he sees in the painting, how it makes him feel. “It makes me feel alone,” Fisk replied, far more vulnerable than you could ever expect from this legendary villain. Marvel’s Daredevil would seem to be as much Fisk’s origin if you will as Murdock’s as a vigilante.

I should see the footage soon, and when I do I’ll update with my impressions. For now this is all incredibly exciting stuff.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”). “Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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Researchers Unearth Grave Of Vampire With Stake Driven Through Its Heart

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 20:04

Professor Nikolai Ovcharov, dubbed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”, has been digging in the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient city in Southern Bulgaria that is believed to have been home to the Temple Of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. The city, found only 20 years ago, is thought to have been inhabited as far back as 5,000 B.C.

However, an interesting find has been discovered as a the body of a 40-50 year old man has been unearthed…with a stake through his heart. The metal was, “…a piece of iron rod used in a plough known as a ploughshare hammered through its chest.” [Courtesty]

Professor Ovcharov states:

We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out. Often they were applied to people who died in unusual circumstances – such as suicide.

A picture of the skeleton can be found below and the story has further details at the link above.

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Watch The First Four Minutes Of The New ‘The Walking Dead’ Right Now!

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 19:50

AMC has uploaded the first five minutes of tomorrow’s season 5 premiere for The Walking Dead. The scene shows our captured heroes using whatever they can as weapons, getting ready to take on their captors in Terminus, the supposed “safe haven” that turned out to be the home of a group of cannibals.

One things for certain, Rick didn’t say it lightly when he proclaimed, “They’re screwing with the wrong people.”

Watch the clip below and get ready for tomorrow’s premiere.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Seasons 1-4 Explained In 9 Minutes

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 17:00

Tomorrow night brings the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and we enter Season 5 wondering what will happen to Rick and his crew as they deal with the Terminus folk and their rather unsavory appetites.

But maybe you’re not completely caught up with the show and don’t know the exact circumstances that led to this situation. If that’s the case, why not tune into The Fine Bros. as they take nine minutes to explain the story of The Walking Dead from the very first episode until our current predicament.

Injecting a bit of humor and poking fun at many of the recurring themes and situations, the guys do a solid job of getting you ready for the new season. Head on below and get brushed up!

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Darkc3ll “Hollywood Scars” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 17:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Australian industrial metal band Darkc3ll to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Hollywood Scars”, a track that tackles the band’s views on mainstream popular society and its effect on those who feed into it.

Darkc3ll’s vocalist Dracman states:

Hollywood Scars is our visualization of a society so plastic, so fake. Time to stop feeding the youth make-believe bullshit. Fuck the mainstream.

Check out the video below and make sure to pick up the single via iTunes.

Director Dan Jensen of Darklight Studios adds:

After three successful videos I couldn’t wait to make another one with Darkc3ll. Getting the fans involved was such a blast and I think the fun we had making it is evident when you watch the video.

Darkc3ll online:
Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Tour dates:
Oct 31 – The Brightside, Brisbane QLD
Nov 8 – Mosh for Daniel Festival, Sunshine Coast QLD
Nov 29 – Metal United, Brisbane QLD
Dec 5 – Grand Hotel, Gladstone QLD
Dec 21 – Alternative Expo, Brisbane QLD

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This ‘Re-Animator’ Figure Is Ridiculous! #NYCC

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:05

Amok Time just injected green life into the New York Comic Con with the reveal of their next “Monstarz” action figure – Dr. Herbert West from the cult classic film Re-Animator.

Figure.com writes that the 7 inch figure features a great likeness to actor Jeffrey Combs and includes a plethora of movie extras, including:

-Dr. Hill severed head (open eyes and angry face)
-Interchangeable hand holding Dr. Hill’s head. Hill’s head features closed eyes ( pre-re-animation)
-Poseable body
-Dissection tray, to put Dr. Hill’s head in
-Jar of Re-Animator Agent
-Hypodermic needle of Re-Animator agent
-Removeable glasses for Dr. West

Amok Time aims to have him released by December.

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Lord Baltimore Returns in “Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King.” #13DaysofHellboy

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:00

13 Days of Hellboy continues today at Bloody-Disgusting as we have the exclusive announcement of “Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King” from Dark Horse comics. The next arc in the dark adventures of Lord Henry Baltimore, the continuation of Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola’s vampire slayer story, past the novel they wrote together a few years ago.

Novel? You say. Yes, they wrote a novel, and it’s getting reissued!

 

We spoke to Dark Horse Editor in Chief – Scott Allie about the reissue.

Bloody-Disgusting: What do fans of Mignola’s previous work, have to look forward to with this novel?

Scott Allie: Baltimore has certain similarities to Hellboy, but significant differences, so for me as a fan of Mike, I appreciate both. We all like a hero with a dark side—Hellboy is very goodnatured, but he is half demon, after all … Baltomore is so driven by revenge and bitterness, as well as guilt, he’s much more monstrous than Hellboy, despite being an actual human. However, at the point we’ve now reached in the comics, Baltimore is barely human—that is, he’s lost some part of his humanity—but that’s in the comics … When Mike created Hellboy, you could see he was less interested in drawing the modern world than all the crumbling castles and witch caves and whatnot. He wasn’t interested in portraying a world with cars driving around in it. With Baltimore, Mike and Chris Golden developed a setting made up of only those things, and they populated it with monsters. So it started as a novel, but it had to lead to comics, because Mike wanted people to see that world.And before Baltimore, Mike had collaborated with Chris on a couple illustrated Hellboy novels. But Chris wrote those on his own, with Mike and me just serving as editors. With Baltimore, Mike and Chris really worked on the story together, really cowrote it. So much of what Mike does in comics comes from his reading of old folklore and old horror and gothic fiction—so Baltimore was his first great chance to really DO that himself. Also, on the Hellboy novels Mike had developed ideas about how to do an illustrated novel with the drawings really complementing rather than simply decorating the text. And the Baltimore novel that we’re bringing out now in paperback is the best version of that he’s done.

BD: How much will fans of the comic series get out of the novel?
SA: Well, the novel is genuinely a must read for the readers of the comics, and the timing couldn’t be better. The novel spans a very long time in Baltimore’s life, and when we started the comics, they were all meant to take place within that timeframe–that is, between the beginning and end of the novel. But now, in the comics, in BALTIMORE Volume 4: Chapel of Bones, we finally brought the character of Baltimore full circle to resolve the quest that ran through the previous comics and through the novel. The vampire he was hunting for revenge, Haigus, who killed his family, was destroyed in the Chapel of Bones, just like he was destroyed in the novel. The comics and the novel have finally dovetailed, and you have the complete picture now—which, incidentally, beautifully sets things up for the next phase of Baltimore’s adventures.

In the novel, we followed Baltimore’s quest to kill Haigus—Baltimore was hellbent on revenge against the vampire who killed his family. He devoted years of his life to that, in a tragic, epic saga—three words often misused, but totally applicable here. Between the novel and the four existing graphic novels, readers finally have the complete saga of Baltimore’s bloody and self-destructive quest for the vampire Haigus, which costs Baltimore his own humanity.

With volume 5, out soon in hardcover, we begin the post-novel stories, which actually represents a sea change in the story.  Volume 6, BALTIMORE, CULT OF THE RED KING is a terrific jumping on point, because now we find Baltimore, a monster fighter who’s lost touch with his humanity, pursuing a mythic being who may be responsible for all the horror in his world. Baltimore has built a company of damaged allies to pursue the Red King, but is the Red King even still in existence…?

EXCLUSIVE: Reveal of the Witch of Harju trade cover.

BD: How is Sofia joining Baltimore’s company going to change things?

SA: Well, she is the first woman to join Lord Baltimore’s merry band of monster fighters, but this is a Mignola comic, so she’s not introduced just to be a love interest, that’s for sure. The terrible stuff that happened with her husband, she’s signed on board to be part of Baltimore’s team to fight the monsters overrunning the world, more, to figure out what the hell is happening. On a personal level, though, Sofia’s been through the ringer, and she’s not afraid to call out exactly what’s going on with people. She sees through Baltimore, and is a little less awed by his gloom than his male companions. This will help push him to proper action more than once.

BD: What is it like having Peter Bergting return to draw this newest arc?
SA: When I read the scripts, I see how Ben would draw it, and I have to reset my brain, think about how Peter will do it. Peter provides a fresh set of eyes on this world, at just the right time—it really is a new book, sort of starting from scratch with this arc. Baltimore’s solo adventures are behind him, he succeeded in his original quest to kill the vampire that killed his family. That’s over. Now he’s got a much bigger quest—to find the greater evil behind the vampires and the witches and all this horror. So he’s building this coterie of monster fighters, and Peter gets to introduce these characters as his. We hired Peter based on past work of his that we liked, that did some of these same things, like The Portent. He helps make Baltimore feel like a brand new series for all of us. And Peter is so attuned to the folklore of Europe, which is a key aspect of the series, that he’s really bringing a great mood to the proceedings.

BD: How does Lord Baltimore begin this newest arc, and what is he struggling against this time? SA: His quest is far more complex now. Hunting down and killing that vampire was child’s play compared to this—he’s looking for the sleeping or dead entity behind all this evil, bigger than the vampires, bigger than all of it. He’s not looking for a man on the move—he’s hunting for an idea, a myth. He’ll start by going after the devotees of that myth. It leads to much more complex operations—in fact, this book splits his merry band in two, on separate missions. He literally never could have undertaken this mission the way he did things before.

BD: How far has Mike planned out Baltimore’s story, and can we ever hope for him to fully atone for his sins?
SA: Mike and Chris Golden have it pretty well worked out. There’s room to expand or contract along the way, but they know how it ends, they know how they’re gonna get there. And I don’t know thatBaltimore hasn’t already atoned, but I don’t think he’ll ever think that he has.
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#NYCC14 IDW Publishing’s The Next Big Thing

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:20

Scott Tipton, Jonathan MaBerry, Joe Harris, Sarah Gaydos, Kete Leth, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Jim Zub gathered yesterday at NYCC to talk about 2015.

Star Trek Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Scott and David Tipton writing, and they wanted to ensure that it made sense to both worlds. The optimism of Star Trek meets the nihilism of Planet of the Apes. Starfleet arrives in hopes to fix the planet, they want to help, but the apes aren’t ready to accept. They have the approval of the Heston estate, so Charlton vs Shatner.

The X-Files catches everyone up on season 10. Harris talked about wrapping up his latest myth arc, and teased the arrival of a special guest star. The special guest will tie into a new project, “Millennium.” Harris is taking the reigns on Chris Carter’s other series, and he wants to improve on the ending that spins out of The X-Files. Menton3 on covers and Colin Lorimer on interiors.

Kate Leth talked about “Edward Scissorhands.” Her first ongoing project with IDW, she grew up on the property, called the movie perfectly complete. She called it a Nancy Drew teen girl mystery project that also stars Edward Scissorhands. The series takes place years later staring the granddaughter of the original protagonist.

Gabe Rodriguez talked briefly about Little Nemo. Wants to help people recover their inner child and enjoy whimsy again. He believes they captures the magic of the original strip. They showed off some of his art, and his perspective work is staggering.

Jonathan Maberry is about to start his second arc on V-Wars. It’s bloody and completely based on science, it has nothing to do with the supernatural, and he spoke really highly of the incredible visual team. The character Joe Ledger from Maberry’s novels is crossing over into his series, and V-Wars is currently in development for TV with the head writer of Dexter behind the project.

Rot and Ruin is a series of four novels from fourteen years after the zombie war. The comic series takes place between novel two and three in the series, but you don’t need to know the novel to write about the series.

Zombies Vs Robots is coming back in January with art by James Stokoe teased. The first issue will have short stories by Ryall, Steve Niles, and Brian Wood. They nuked the entire planet in issue #2 and the series takes place in the aftermath of that. New robots, new humans, and a new reason for being.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency comic series was announced, Tony Akins will be taking the reigns of the art. The initial sketches are incredible and have a feeling of Doctor Who. Ryall says it’s a huge writing challenge, the loose non-traditional elements do come around.
IDW is moving to expand their relationship with Marvel to bring huge rereleases of the artist editions. They want make huge strides in their releases with the mega publisher, they want to bring older books out of print.

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#NYCC14 “Birdman” Will Blow Your Mind

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:11

By now I’m sure you’ve seen some press for 20th Century FOX’s Birdman but I assure you, the less you know the better. I was on-hand at NYCC to catch the first ten minutes of the film, along with an assortment of scenes, and the panel with Edward Norton and Michael Keaton. This is is seriously, going to be the best, and trippiest movie of the year. It’s a personal descent into madness or enlightenment, depending on how you look at it, but it’s going to one hell of a horrific ride. This is Keaton going full Beetleguese, and perhaps the performance of his career.

Chris Hardwick started off the panel by talking about how amazing the movie is. He showed us the first ten minutes of the film. It’s an incredibly surreal ten minute shot that showcases Michael Keaton’s character and his disillusionment. It’s a powerful visual feast.

Keaton read the script and discovered really quickly that he wanted to be in the film. Norton was determined to get into the film at any cost.

Hardwick revealed that the entire movie looks like one continuous shot. It’s something they want to keep a little close to their chests, but Norton said they had unbelievable determination to create a visual masterpiece. He says film schools will deconstruct it for a long time to come. We shouldn’t be too quick to unpack it, but the entire crew was heavily involved in every moment of the filming process.

Keaton pitched the film as unlike anything you’ve seen before, literally. That’s no glib expression. He doesn’t often watch his films anymore, but he’s seen this film 2 and a half times, he’s blown away by the intricacies of the film. It’s about an actor who goes to New York and has a breakdown about the play being made from a short story. That’s all they’d say, they want to stay secretive on the film.

Norton says you have to see it to believe it. He hadn’t done a movie with FOX since Fight Club. And it was the second time in his career that he left the first screening not even knowing what he watched. It bends your mind with the technical quality and meta humor. Just go experience it.

Keaton has never backed off his love for Batman. Birdman is a different type of movie, it’s not a superhero movie. But, he approached it like any other role. They left the superhero baggage at the door. He called the film “uncompromisingly bold” and you can smell it in the trailer.

Norton said everyone in the film is the director Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s a twisted reflection of himself. It has a lot of fun sending up everyone. Norton and Keaton need each other in the film, a hate/love/hate relationship.

Hardwick and the guys talked about the cinematography at length, and they described the entire movie as that shot from Goodfellas but for the entire thing. It’s not a superhero film, but its about the superhero genre, and Birdman takes the hero’s journey. The film hits October 17th, and while it may not be traditional horror, I sincerely recommend you go see it.

Birdman is Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo. It stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. With
music by Antonio Sanchez and cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki.

Released on October 17, 2014 

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Watch Every Episode Of ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark’!

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 21:44

Let’s take it back to the early 90′s tonight and have ourselves a marathon! After all, what Halloween isn’t complete without a journey back to the days when we would actually get scared of horror, right?

For many of us, that journey began on Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, a show where several friends called The Midnight Society would gather around a campfire and tell stories to try and scare each other. In the process, we, the viewer, got to see their story come alive, watching the horror that was “The Tale Of Locker 22″, “The Tale Of The Super Specs”, “The Tale Of The Dark Music”, and many, many more.

If you’ve been aching for a trip down nostalgia lane to revisit this show, now is the time! Reddit user R2Teep2 has compiled a full episode guide that you can check out right here.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go and kick off the weekend with a bunch of scary tales!

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10 Deadliest Horror Movie Villains (By Kill Count)

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:47

Buy Costumes has put together a new infographic that takes a look at the 10 most successful horror movie villains…by kill count, of course.

Is Pennywise really number ten? How about ol’ Leprechaun at the 3 spot?

Take a look and tell us, is this list accurate?

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