I’m a dog person. Always have been, and until one decides to go full Cujo on me, that isn’t likely to change. Now, I realize this is a strange post to stumble upon while perusing a site like Bloody Disgusting, but I’m certain that by the time you’re done looking through the gallery below, you’ll agree that these photos are as horrifying as they are comical.
These are some damn eager dogs, you can tell their sole purpose in that very moment, captured by photographer Seth Casteel, is to get that toy. Eyes wide, jaw unhinged, limbs spread — nothing’s going to stand in their way.
For more of Seth’s work, feel free to check out his gallery.
Now that the holidays are simmering down, cool off in a pool of exclusive first look images from jeruZalem, an end-of-the-world horror-thriller from the Paz Brothers (Yoav and Doron Paz)!
Here’s the plot crunch: “Realistic and never before seen footage of the worst prophesy in the bible – Judgment Day. While visiting in Jerusalem, Three American tourists find themselves trapped inside the city walls as an apocalyptic event is spreading all over the city. Will they escape the city before all hell breaks loose?”
Yael Grobglas (known for his role in the Israeli horror Rabies), Yon Tumarkin, Tom Graziani, and Danielle Jadelyn star.
The Paz Brothers spoke to us about their influence and the genesis of jeruZalem.
“Ever since we were kids, we remember our family trips to Jerusalem as a holy, intense, mystical and especially scary experience,” they tell Bloody Disgusting. “Even the non-religious people (like us) are excited from the thought that the Holy Bible is actually buried in the streets of this city. There is a local “joke” in Israel that you shouldn’t dig holes in the ground of Jerusalem because you’ll definitely find some ancient bones of somebody buried there thousands of years ago – a perfect setting for a horror movie.
“Around the time we started working on ‘jeruZalem’, we read about Google’s new ground breaking gadget – the Google Glass,” they continued. “As filmmakers, we thought – this could be a great and interesting way of screenwriting. Using this technology, we can take the audience inside the head of the character (Sarah) and using social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter etc.) as a dramatic engine to the story. This way the viewers can have the real experience of the protagonist (Sarah) running for her life while all hell breaks loose.
“We believe that ‘jeruZalem’ offers the audience an exciting combination of traditional cinema together with a great, new, up-to-date way of storytelling.”
As you can see in the exclusive first images, the scope of this movie looks massive and we couldn’t be more excited to see the final product. The film is currently in post, which hopefully means we won’t be waiting too long.
The Paz Brothers’ first film, Phobidilia, premiered at TIFF and also played in the Panorama section of Berlin.
Those who enjoyed the astounding Big Bad Wolves should be excited to see what comes next from these Israeli horror filmmakers.
We here at Bloody Disgusting are happy to offer an exclusive preview of “Coffin Hill” #9 a wonderful horror series from Vertigo that our own Bree Odgen said “…hits you like a ton of bricks.” This slow burn comic is finally coming to a head with issue 9 seeing a lot of threads coming together while still spinning the central mystery even deeper. Once you read the solicit text from Vertigo, you’ll be sure this isn’t an issue you’ll want to miss.
The interior art is haunting and laid out on the page in a provocative manner that makes this issue nearly irresistible. I love the layouts with the black gutters, they give a huge sense of dread.
Eve’s search for the Ice Fisher has catastrophic consequences when she and Frost make a shocking discovery about the killer’s true identity but fail to find a missing girl in time. Meanwhile, in Coffin Hill, Nate endures a family reunion from hell when his deadbeat brother Patrick resurfaces with an agenda – and some kickass supernatural help – that means more danger and destruction for the town and everyone in it.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has acquired Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, independent filmmaker Turner Clay’s newest sci-fi zombie thriller, and has warned fans to brace themselves for a September 23 Direct-to-Video Blu-ray and DVD release, plus Digital Download — in time for Halloween viewing.
Clay wrote, directed and produced (with John Will Clay) Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here which “tells the story of a group of friends desperately trying to escape the toxic smoke that is the deadly result of a meteor shower strike in the middle of Los Angeles. In its wake, neither friends nor strangers are safe from each other. The only hope for survival is to try to reach the coast before it’s too late.”
Justin Ray and Jerod Meagher star and Stephanie Estes, Ron Hanks, Michael Taber, Dennis Leech, Ali Williams, Morgan Jackson and Kendall Mayhew are featured.
Junji Ito is one of the biggest names in Japanese horror manga. His work has inspired countless people and will continue to serve as inspiration for many years to come. His work in “Uzumaki” is unlike anything North America has to offer, and it is positively haunting and fantastic. So it is with great pleasure that I direct you to the Junji Ito online reader, a database collection on the web that offers all of his horror work for free.
That’s right you can get almost everything the horror author has ever written right now thanks to OpenAwesome. But, there’s a beautiful catch, his best work the aforementioned “Uzumaki” didn’t make it onto the site. I would recommend starting here, and finishing on the newly released hardcover collection of Uzumaki. You won’t regret it.
So remember, if you find some stuff on here that really chills you to your core, be sure to support Ito by heading out to your local comic shop to order some of his manga. Until then there is The Juni Ito Online Reader.
Advance Book Review: “Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven, and George Romero’s Living Dead.”
An interesting and insightful examination of the horror genre itself, Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven, and George Romero’s Living Dead is an ambitious historical textbook of the visionaries who created the most memorable nightmares in our society . This is a great follow-up from the creative co-writer of the epic comic masterpiece, “To Hell You Ride.” This is the book you want to read in the middle of the night.
Written By: Joseph Maddrey
Cover By: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: Bear Manor Media
Release: July 10, 2013
Review by Jorge Solis
No one can deny that the three masters of horror, George Romero, Wes Craven, and Stephen King, are responsible for making the genre what it is today. Through interviews, critical analysis, and in-depth research, we discover what made their nightmarish works a living legend. How did “Night of the Living Dead” become a staple in the zombie norm? What was it about Craven’s sense of spirituality that inspired the resurrection of child-killer Fred Krueger? Why are King’s ordinary characters revered so much by many readers? Maddrey asks these questions and finds his answers through his cinematic breakdown.
What’s really impressive about Maddrey’s writing is how he makes you, the reader, feel for the material. I’m not a huge fan of King’s “Danse Macabre” but I have a better appreciation of the nonfiction book because of Maddrey’s well-developed viewpoints. I was able to see “Danse Macabre” through different eyes because of the evaluation. As the text continues, there is such an underlining passion about each of the three subjects being critiqued.
Just like the events in “To Hell You Ride” were a metaphor to Hurricane Katrina and post 9/11 mentality, Maddrey’s analysis comes from a historical viewpoint. The ’60s were a major influence on Romero when he was starting his first “Living Dead” film. You have to understand more about art house cinema before realizing their significance on Craven’s “Last House on the Left.” I have a better understanding of what it takes for a filmmaker, through their social class and economic standpoint, to make their dark vision come true. You’ll notice that with the first draft of Romero’s “Day of the Dead.”
Saving the best for last, Maddrey dissects King’s growing line of successful books. Each novel gets a spotlight, even the more recent ones. Our author hits on the right spots, discussing the political overtones of “Under The Dome.” I never knew there was connection between Paul Edgecomb of the “Green Mile,” to Johnny Marinville in “The Regulators.” The short story, “Rage,” which is about a school shooting, is even more relevant because of Maddrey’s introspection.
I am such a huge fan of Tom Mandrake’s artwork in “To Hell You Ride.” To see Mandrake’s gritty illustration again on the cover is so worthwhile. This is another reason why you should buy the “Beyond Fear” book.
Readers will definitely have a lot of fun going their favorite subjects in “Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven, and George Romero’s Living Dead.” I even found myself rereading Craven’s sections the most in the book.
Masked metal band Slipknot will be headlining their very own Knotfest, a three day heavy music festival that will also see such acts as Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, and many, many more. The event will take place October 24th through the 26th in San Bernardino, CA at the San Manuel Ampthitheater & Campgrounds.
Slipknot will be closing the festival on the second and third nights, each having their own unique set. Every ticket purchase will also receive a digital download of the band’s new album, which doesn’t yet have a release date.
Slipknot’s Shawn M. “Clown” Crahan states:
Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival–and now we’re coming for you, California. Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level.
Directly from the press release:
In addition to performances from more than 60 of the heaviest bands on the planet, attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 festival attractions including a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and so much more.
Full information for the festival, along with the full lineup and schedule can be found here.
American death metal band Cannibal Corpse has written some of the most violent and terrifying lyrics throughout their history, tackling topics of necrophilia, murder, and worse. Hell, they have a song called “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt”. Need I go on any further?
So with a band that is so intense and controversial, they can’t POSSIBLY be scared of anything, right? Well, it turns out the singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher still has nightmares and they’re actually about werewolves and bigfoots!
I’m doing a side band with Shannon Lucas, who plays in Battlecross and used to play in The Black Dahlia Murder, and Adam [Dutkiewicz], from Killswitch Engage. I was up at Adam’s recording vocals for the project, and he has woods on the edge of his house…They kept telling me I’m gonna see a bigfoot near the woods, or something. And that night, after we were done with the recording, and everyone went to bed, I had these dreams.
I was in between the deck and the woods, like in no-man’s land, and I could see all these glowing eyes coming, like all these werewolves and bigfoots and just fucked up shit coming at me, and I was like, “Oh, fuck! I’m gonna have to sit here and fight!” And I remember I was fighting them. Then I woke up…I didn’t get eaten or nothing. But I wasn’t running from them. I was standing my ground.
You can read the full interview with Corpsegrinder at LA Weekly.
Live in Orlando, FL? The New Founders of America have provided B-D with screening passes to check out The Purge: Anarchy for FREE before it hits theatres on July 18th!
The advance screening will take place at AMC Altamonte 18 (433 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701) on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:30 PM.
If you want to watch twelve hours of anarchy unfold, all you have to do is email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org with The “Purge: Anarchy” in the subject line.
The tickets will be supplied on a first-come, first-served basis and given to the winners in front of the theater on the day of the screening starting at 6 PM. Good luck!
IN THEATERS FRIDAY, JULY 18
Rated R for strong disturbing violence, and for language.
Arriving in UK cinemas on July 18 is Killers, a stylish thriller from The Raid‘s Gareth Evans and directed by the hugely talented ‘Mo Brothers’ (V/H/S/2, Macabre).
The film sees the explosive meeting of two serial killers with contrasting, and sadistic, styles of murder.
It will then arrive on Blu-ray and DVD September 1.
Here’s the cover art and image gallery, to go with a lengthy synopsis.
“Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.
Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.
Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.
Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.
When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.”
Right now this is only in Toledo but it offers a unique experience. Less freaky (and more sanitary) than Blackout, “Trapped” offers a teamwork and cognitive function exercise that could be super fun or really frustrating depending on who you’re trapped in the room with.
Per ABC, “<I>it’s a high-stakes scenario where the pressure is intensified with a countdown and your only means of escape is to solve the clues. You’re trapped in a room and the only way out is to solve puzzles in the room. The interactive experience is part theater and part video game. You’re trapped in a room with up to 11 other people and you have 60 minutes to get out alive. Players can choose either a lab with zombies or a mayor’s office with a bomb.</i>”
You can check out a trailer below.
I like this new guy, Pope Francis. I’m not really religious but I like the overall direction he seems to be taking things in, he seems like a compassionate guy. And now, according to this report he has approved exorcisms as a viable solution to, well… possessions I guess. He has officially made the International Association of Exorcists legitimate (this reminds me of when the Young Guns were deputized).
The Association has over 250 priests in 30 countries ready to battle evil. “Exorcism is a form of charity that benefits those who suffer,” the head of the association, Reverend Francesco Bamonte, said.
Hey, if it works!
Devil’s Mile is a crazy ambitious movie. Which is and isn’t a compliment. It’s a hybrid film, one that attempts to blend a crime thriller with supernatural horror in the vein of Lovecraft. While that sounds like a tantalizing proposition, Devil’s Mile is bogged down by miserable pacing, flaccid scares, and an exaggerated sense of importance. Nearly half the film is consumed by the leads arguing with each other, spouting expletives like it’s going outta style. The few moments of horror are borderline intense, but there’s too much narrative vacancy to make Devil’s Mile worth the watch.
The story revolves around three criminals driving through the Bermuda Triangle of highways, with two kidnapped girls in the truck. Their pseudo-ringleader Toby (played by X-Men screenwriter David Hayter) is a hothead, which leads to some of the film’s most miserable moments. There’s a scene where he says “fuck you” about a dozen times. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be funny, but it’s just comes off dumb. I’m all for hamming it up, but Devil’s Mile‘s acting is just plain terrible.
It takes a long time for the meat of the story to kick in. Meanwhile, flashbacks/flash-forwards serve to make the narrative interesting enough to keep watching. But the pay-off at the end isn’t worth it. There are some terrificly scary moments with fantastic ghost designs, but in the grand scheme these are mere jump scare moments that any casual horror audience would laugh over. They feel intense, but there’s nothing to really get under you skin or stay with you after the film.
The term “Lynchian” has been perverted over the years and gets thrown around a lot, usually when a filmmaker is trying to be weird for weirdness sake, without any real thematic or pulpy endgame in mind. Devil’s Mile certainly falls in this category. It’s like filmmaker Joseph O’Brien is pounding you over the head with his alleged self-importance without having anything to back it up. It’s a frustrating experience.
Back in April I gave Denis Villeneuve’s psychological thriller Enemy a glowing review. I was downright seduced by the film’s eerie atmosphere and ambiguous plot, which has viewers delivering a large variety of theories concerning just what the hell is going on with doppelgangers and spiders. I speculated an Invasion of the Body Snatchers type of deal, but Villeneuve truly leaves it wide open for interpretation. Anyone who’s into dark and twisting mysterious should not sleep on this movie.
Now that the film’s on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate, the film is game for even further analysis from viewers. After my second viewing, I still stand by my initial interpretation of the film. Scouring the internet, it really is amazing how many different explanations viewers are offering up. The film is loosely adapted from José Saramago’s 2002 novel “The Double,” and in the disc’s behind the scenes feature, it’s interesting to note that Jake Gyllenhaal and the rest of the cast had several questions concerning the plot, so Villeneuve asked them to write down questions for the author. Sadly, the day when Villeneuve was going to send the questions, Saramago passed away.
That’s just one of the tidbits of informtation discussed in the feature, which runs about 18 minutes long. It’s a really great feature (and the disc’s only one), containing in-depth and insightful talks with Villeneuve, Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, and Sarah Gadon, as well as screenwriter Javier Gullón, cinematographer Nicolas Bolduc, production designer Patrice Vermette, and producers. So yeah, this bitch is thorough.
For such a brief feature, they manage to cover a lot of ground. Like a lot of viewers, the cast is also unsure what the film means. Villeneuve talks about how he always intended to leave it up for interpretation and that Saramago was cool with the major diversions they made from the book. They also detail some of the filmmaking techniques they used to make the illusion of two Gyllehaals believable. One major trick to pulling it off was making sure his eye line was correct, which they did with the practical use of a tennis ball on a pole. It’s really simple but clever filmmaking.
The Lionsgate 1080p transfer is full of fine details and textures. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is also strong.
Enemy is a hit or miss movie. That being said I suggest renting or streaming it before dipping in for the purchase. I highly recommend it though if you dig ambiguous, mysterious movies that stay with you long after viewing.
It’s Monday, and for many of us, that means a reluctant return to our weekly routine. It’s always especially difficult returning to normal after a long holiday weekend, but we do it because we must. If you need a little help finding your groove, I think these amazing digital paintings by artist Borja Pindado will do the trick. They’re inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and everyone knows a dose of Cthulhu can remedy most problems, even Mondays.
For more of Borja’s work, check out his gallery.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with heavy metal-inspired EDM artist Savant to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Derby”, which features JELO! The video, which you can see below, comes with the release of the track itself, so make sure to pick up a copy!
This is one of those tracks that you need to breathe after you listen to it. Super hard, super fast and not what you would expect from JELO and me. Had a blast making this happen.
You can purchase “Derby” via Bandcamp.
July 16 // Celebrities // Vancouver, BC
July 17 // Yost Theater // Santa Ana, CA
July 19 // Kansas City, KA
July 22 // Emmaboda, Sweden
Aug 29 // Slake // New York, NY
Picturehouse has announced a September 17 release for the Sundance hit The Guest (read our review), from the visionary team behind You’re Next: director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder.
From the director and writer of V/H/S and V/H/S/2, “The film tells the story of a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible.“
The Guest stars Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (“American Horror Story” and “Intelligence”).
We’re really excited about Lee Hardcastle‘s future in the horror world.
While he’s mostly known for his claymation insanity (he won the ABCs of Death contest with his “T is for Toilet”), we still think he’s going to break out one of these days, and create a horror film for the ages.
His early crack at the genre is an impressive one, with the following short film “Fun With Black Bulbs.”
Inspired by V/H/S and the short film “Lights Out”, the short builds suspense with the use of a backlight.
“A simple trick you can do yourself but one you might regret because it can be pretty creepy what you find around the home. Try it, you’ll be surprised,” jokes Hardcastle.
While the world shits on Michael May’s fourth Transformers movie, YouTubeer Harrisloureiro creates his own fan film using stop-motion animation.
Below you can watch this shockingly entertaining “Battle Tanker VS Giant”, which uses the “Transformers” action figures as props.
When a film like 2007′s Grizzly Rage roars right out of the gate with a car filled with some of the most annoying people ever put to the screen, and you find yourself in excruciating pain – your skin crawling with repulsion for low IQ immaturity – the only thing left that might be redeeming is seeing them all torn to graphically, violent pieces. Maybe watch them suffer, or get reduced to shredded limbs. Or meat, just danging in the choppers of a pissed off bear.
So is there any bloody redemption here for your time spent?
Its about four kids who hop into a rover that they completely abuse and beat the shit out of in film historic proportions, before breaking down on their way to Saranac Grotto – an abandoned, chain link fenced, toxic waste dump. Its a barren stretch of woods with, of course, no cell service. Before crashing like idiots for no reason but stupidity, they run over and kill a baby grizzly cub. Momma grizzly immediately gets pissed and the froth mouthed, TV-movie caliber chase is on. All the while, back home, I’m sure whatever parent that owned the truck is hoping they die horrible deaths.
OK, I added that part in there. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. I was.
Your bottom line is, there’s a lot of emo goin around here, while they run aimlessly through the woods, reviving their land rover over and over so they can roll it over the next cliff. A LOT of emo. They brood and pout and argue and pace, wrestling with their ruffled emotions, disturbed by sparse stock footage clips of a bear. Add in a lot of stupid decisions and high fives, guys fighting and rebonding with bro-fists, an independent soundtrack of songs that sound hand picked from American Idol… and supportive hugs. (Is this guy gonna cry!??) I’m telling you, because somebody has to warn you of this shit.
This is an early Sci-Fi production helmed by David DeCoteau (The Brotherhood series), a modern day Roger Corman who, in the last three years, has cranked out more cheese than Wisconsin – so whats to expect? Not much, and you don’t get much. Such an effortless spectacle of young adults attempting to define their feelings amidst their flight to survive. This is why it’d recommend it as intro-horror for younger ones – it doesn’t go over the top in any offensive departments. No nudity, no bad language, no sex, no graphic violence. There’s no visual stimulation here, aside from mud stained shorts and red lines on their faces from accidents in their tortured truck. CGI or otherwise.
The best I can formulate from this 90 minute coping test is that it might be a good intro to horror for the smaller ones, if you have kids. Its energetic, silly, shiny, and edgy, if nothing else. But when the kills go down, its mostly just cheap 70′s style blood splatter stills on the camera lens. For serious horror film goers, don’t go near this. Its like the kid next door got a hold of a camera and went in the woods to make a “run away!” movie with his friends. If that really happens, have mercy and sit thru it, for them. But if you’re gonna choose to watch this after everything we just went through, damn, you’re a self abusive son of a b – and I’ve failed in my efforts to defend your tastes.
P.S. If you’re not a youngster wired to be prejudice against anything pre-2000, I highly recommend seeking out John Frankenheimer’s Prophecy (1979) for some adult caliber, violent, inside-out, monster bear, decapitation action.