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Which Zombieland Rule Would Be Your Flaw?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:00

Zombieland was one of this millennium’s most entertaining and unique zombie films, mixing humor, story, and gore into a fantastic story of trust and friendship.

It also had several rules, courtesy of Jesse Eisenberg’s “Columbus”, which were rather well thought out, pretty damn practical, and meant to ensure one’s survival.

But that doesn’t mean everyone would be able to follow those rules! And that’s what this week’s quiz aims to ask: Which Zombieland Rule Would Be Your Flaw?

I got “Rule #2: Double Tap”, which states:

You are a smart person and tend to think ahead, preparing for what is to come. This is definitely an important survival skill in the apocalypse. But while preparedness and saving resources can be a good thing… it might also become your downfall. When in doubt, don’t get stingy with your bullets. Nobody likes to turn their back on a “dead” zombie and get a nasty surprise. Maybe bring a baseball bat or a sword to get in that second hit, saving some bullets.

Take the quiz below and let me know which rule would be your flaw!

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[Review] ‘Motivational Growth’ Is a Weird, Thought-Provoking Tale

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:56

Let’s face it: This past summer hasn’t exactly been the most positive. Between the crap going on with war and disease, to the passing of one of the most beloved comedians of a generation, it’s pretty depressing. Depression isn’t the nicest of topics, and it’s talked about even less so (in a realistic fashion) in film. So it’s interesting that director/writer Don Thacker decided to throw that into the mix with his first feature-length film, Motivational Growth. The film made it’s premiere at the 2013 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, where it won Best Feature. It also snagged a couple more awards and festival selections before the year was out. But is it really worth your time?

Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) is a depressed mess. He pretty much crosses off every indication that he’s depressed: he hasn’t left his increasingly messy apartment in a year, hasn’t bathed in months, and hasn’t had any human contact for what seems like forever. His only constant “companion” is Kent, an old cabinet-style television set that’s been really the only thing keeping him going. So naturally, Kent up and dies. Ian is distraught and decides life isn’t worth living. Going to the bathroom to off himself, Ian succeeds in only hitting his head on the bathtub. When he wakes up, Ian discovers that the mold (voiced by Jeffrey Combs) that’s accumulated on the bathroom wall is talking to him. The mold has a plan for Ian, and promises that if Ian follows it, the payoff will be worth it.

Right away, you know a film’s going to be fun when you have Jeffrey Combs involved. The man’s a legend, and like the rest of the cast, are spot on. DiGiovanni is superb as Ian. He comes across as believable, and it’s pretty cool to see him go from the mope on the couch to seemingly turning things around for himself. And yeah, he probably has the same reaction as anyone would have if a fungus (sorry, THE MOLD) started talking to you. The duo wax linguistics in their conversations as if it were second nature, which is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Pete Giovagnoli as Ian’s landlord, Box The Ox, is a treat. The guy threatens Ian with unintentionally-humourous stories over not paying the rent (breaking chimpanzees’ arms is hard), and is stereotypically a goon. Danielle Doetsch is sweet as Leah, the literal girl-next-door and Ian’s love interest. She, like Ian, is a bit quirky herself, which is all the more endearing. I don’t think I’d have the same reaction as she did if someone hurled on me. Everyone else involved is equally impressive.

Thacker also deserves praise for just how he crafted this weird little tale. It’s set in the 1990s, uses chiptunes by Alex Mauer for a soundtrack that sound straight out of a video game, and even has 8-bit video game style cutscenes for certain scenes that add even more character to the film. What’s even more interesting is the film’s budget, and what Thacker was able to do with it. Shot for just over $176K, the limited number of effects that Thacker was able to pull off were quite impressive. As far as the gore goes, there isn’t too much going on, but there are more gross-out moments than gore, such as Ian eating fungus, vomiting various types of goo, rotted dead bodies and more.

On the negative side, the film is understandably weird. While that might not seem like a bad thing, it might be too weird for some people. It keeps itself together for the first hour, but after that, it begins to lag. Compounding things is the acid trip-like happenings that Ian sees or doesn’t see, causing confusion for not only him, but the viewer trying to follow the story. Things only get more confusing once the ending rolls around, leaving you wondering just what exactly happened. I can understand and appreciate Thacker for trying something so out of the box, but it threatens to alienate viewers and limit it’s audience, which is a shame.

Once the cabinet TV doors closed at the credits, I was impressed with Motivational Growth. It sports great acting from all the players, some great touches of humour mixed with it’s weirdness, and who doesn’t love listening to Jeffrey Combs? And while the film may be a little too out there for it’s own good, it’s also what endears it, along with it’s moral message. Thacker definitely deserves to be noticed for his work, and while it may take repeated viewings to just figure out what the hell is going on, Motivational Growth is certainly impressive.

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‘Jessabelle’ Rescued In Latest Imagery

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:53

The dead are back for life this October.

Lionsgate just send us two new images from Jessabelle, their new haunter from Saw VI director Kevin Greutert.

In the film that opens in theaters and on various VOD platforms November 7, “Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, Ana De La Reguera and Amber Stevens star.

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[TV] The Symbolism Behind “Hannibal” Season 2 (Exclusive)

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:19

Go behind-the-scenes of a pivotal moment in the second season of “Hannibal” when Mads Mikkelsen finds himself in a (rare) vulnerable state. The cast and crew talk about the moment in this exclusive clip from the forthcoming home video release of “Hannibal: Season Two.”

“Hannibal: Season Two,” the next chapter of the smash hit series will keep viewers on the edge of their seats when it arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of TV’s “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies,” comes the complete second season of the deliciously dark and twisted show.

Premiering to over 4.8 million viewers, “Hannibal” continues its second season with Will Graham (Dancy) locked in a mental asylum, accused of Hannibal Lecter’s (Mikkelsen) crimes. Jack Crawford (Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack’s new consultant on cases. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show nothing can ever be the same again.

Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks, stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy and Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne. The show co-stars Caroline Dhavernas (TV’s “Off the Map”) and guest stars Hettienne Park (Young Adult), Scott Thompson (TV’s “The Colbert Report”), Aaron Abrams (TV’s “The LA Complex”), Gillian Anderson (TV’s “X-Files”), Raul Esparza (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie), Cynthia Nixon (HBO’s “Sex in the City”), Michael Pitt (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Katharine Isabelle (SyFy’s “Being Human”).

Before Hannibal Season 3 airs on NBC catch up with Hannibal: Season Two, which contains all 13 episodes on three-discs loaded with special features that include select episode audio commentaries with the cast and crew, a feature-length documentary on the making of episode 205, featurettes on the style of Hannibal Lector and the prosthetics and effects in the show, cast and crew reflections on Season 2, webisodes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

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Bloodbath’s New Vocalist Has Been Revealed As…

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:00

Swedish death metal band Bloodbath recently announced their return after several years, unveiling a new album by the name of Grand Morbid Funeral, which will come out November 17th via Peaceville Records. But the question on everyone’s mind was, “Who is the new vocalist?” After all, Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) had left the band in 2012, four years after the release of The Fathomless Mastery.

Well, the answer to that question has been answered and the new vocalist for Bloodbath is none other that Paradise Lost‘s Nick Holmes!

Bassist Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) tells Metal Hammer:

Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in 1990, Nick Holmes has been one of my favourite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!

Lead guitarist Anders Nyström (Katatonia) adds:

Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre-defining Gothic and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath’s grand morbid funeral!

This sounds like it’s going to be one massive record! I loved The Fathomless Mastery, so I’m definitely keeping close eyes on this one.

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Elevated ‘Extraterrestrial’ Poster (Exclusive)

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:24

You won’t have a choice…

From Grave Encounters‘ The Vicious Brothers, we have an elevated new one-sheet for their upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st. The poster shows the legs of a woman, presumably being abducted. The film gives a hefty dose of homage to classics like Close Encounters, Fire In the Sky, Alien and Aliens.

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Image and Poster Vamps Out

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:19

Above we shared a new look at The Orchard’s newest acquisition, What We Do In The Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark). In addition, we scored the first poster that’s found below the previously released trailer.

Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.”

The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘Tusk’ Clip Shows Haley Joel Osment As a Shit-Talkin’ DJ

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:59

Two more clips from Kevin Smith’s Tusk have been released, one with Justin Long in bed with the gorgeous Genesis Rodriguez, the other showing an older Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment as a shit-talking DJ.

In theaters September 19 via A24, Smith’s Human Centipede-esque Tusk (read our review) is about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).

Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea — and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness.

The official website will now allow you to “Tuskify yourself” – upload your picture and go full walrus!

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[Review] Ti West’s Disturbing ‘The Sacrament’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:56

I know that people will give me flak, and others will agree, but I’m not the biggest fan of Eli Roth. Despite being hailed as one of the “Splat Pack”, the guy’s really only done five films in his career starting in 1998. While I know that’s still more than some members of the group, and the fact that Roth has dabbled in producing and acting, he still comes across as more of a spokesperson for horror rather than someone who has broken new ground. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. Roth has had his hand in producing several successful films and helping out younger directors. One of whom is Ti West. Fresh from directing segments in V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, West returned to feature-length work with the Jonestown-inspired The Sacrament.

Patrick (Kentucker Audley) is a fashion photographer who travels to meet his sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) at Eden Parish, a remote Caribbean island commune in which she’s been living since she left her drug rehab program. In spite of Caroline’s lack of details regarding the happenings in the commune, Patrick travels to Eden Parish with his friends and co-workers Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg), who are hoping to score a story for their employer, Vice Magazine. Once there, Patrick is met by his sister, who seems much happier and healthier than she did when Patrick last saw her. Sam and Jake begin filming interviews with Eden Parish’s inhabitants, all of whom sing praises of the commune. However, once they’re introduced to the head of Eden Parrish, a man referred to only as The Father (Gene Jones), the sinister truth about the commune quickly comes out.

Now before some of you moan and rage over another found-footage film, this is one time that it works. Yes, there’s a bit of shaky cam involved, but not to the point that it’s distracting or annoying. And yeah, it’s obvious that the film has been altered in post to have the picture more akin to what you’d see on television, but that’s the point. West’s decision to go the found-footage route gives the film a very visceral feel, upping the tension and those uneasy feelings as if you’re there witnessing the entire thing. It also gives West the excuse for some of the shots to look as good as they do, as the guys who are supposed to be filming those shots? Their jobs are to make it look like that good. It’s almost like they’re reporters or something, you know?

The biggest draw for this film is the cast. Every player is on the ball. Audley not only gets the wheels turning for this film, but you believe in his character’s concern for his sister. Likewise, Amy Seimetz does a great job of portraying a psychologically fragile individual in Amy, who is ripe to be preyed upon. Speaking of which, Gene Jones is definitely the standout for this film as The Father. The way the man talks and acts fits the definition of a cult of personality perfectly. Behind the smiles, there is definitely an evil streak, and Jones has you believing that his character could have his followers literally do whatever he wanted them to do. West also has his mainstays in Bowen and Swanberg, who also contribute nicely to the film. Even though Swanberg is relegated to being behind the camera for much of the film, he still plays a significant role that eventually leads to the film’s climax.

In spite of the cast’s work and how mesmerizing Jones is in his role, the film falters in a couple of areas. One area is the fact that some of the characters could’ve been given more attention past their introductions. Leaving some of them not fully developed was probably a tough decision, since it probably would have disturbed the pacing of the film had we been given more time. Still, it feels like there’s more that we’re not seeing. The other sore spot is that if you’ve been doing your homework and researched what happened in Jonestown, you’re going to be kind of disappointed, since West follows closely what eventually happened there in his film. In other words, you know what’s going to happen. I know, it’s a bit of a spoiler, but even then, you still get the sense of what’s going to happen, even if you didn’t know about Jonestown. It’s still quite disturbing and horrifying, but at the same time, you’ve seen it before.

Regardless, The Sacrament definitely deserves top marks for being one creepy thriller. The cast do a remarkable job in their roles, and Jones is absolutely perfect. The violence is not particularly gory, but it definitely didn’t have to be, since the tension and the emotional quotient take care of the horror part, and I liked it. If you’re in the mood for a found-footage film that takes advantage of the concept and executes it almost flawlessly, or are looking for your doomsday cult fix, then look no further than The Sacrament.

Video/Audio:

Presented in an AVC encoded 1.78.1 widescreen 1080p transfer, The Sacrament looks quite good. Detail is very good, even with the added grain and tweaks to the picture to give it more of a film look. Colour reproduction is great, with the greens of the jungle being the ones that stand out the most. Black levels are good, skin tones look accurate and quite lifelike. The only real drawbacks are in the darker scenes, when the shadows tend to swallow much of the picture and it’s detail.

Audio-wise, the film gets an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. While most of the sound is relegated to the front, the track still puts out some great directionality and immersion. Dialogue is kept in the centre, and is clear and free of distortion. Tyler Bates’ score hits in the right places in creating ominous and tense moments. Bass is appropriate for this type of film and isn’t overpowering. Overall, the track is very good.

Extras:
First up is an audio commentary with writer/director Ti West and actors AJ Bowen and Amy Seimetz. The trio have a lot to say about making this movie, and make this an easy and well-paced listen. Ti talks about things such as the writing process, his experience working with producer Eli Roth, shooting the film in Georgia, the happenings on the set, as well as deleted footage that unfortunately was not included on the disc. Why people do this in commentaries drives me nuts. Bowen and Seimetz chime in with some insightful comments about their experiences in front of the camera, as well as discuss their characters.

Following that is a twenty-one minute featurette called Creating The Sacrament: Revealing The Vision, which includes interviews with producer Eli Roth, director Ti West and some members of the cast and crew. Topics include the experience of filming in Georgia, the film’s references to Jonestown, the characters, the origins of some of the ideas used for the film and more. It’s an interesting chat that compliments the commentary without repeating too much information.

Working with the Director: The Ti West Experience is your typical piece gushing over the director by the cast and crew, saying how wonderful it was to work on the film with West, how great he is, etc.

Preparing for Takeoff: Behind the Scenes Helicopter Sequence is a picture-in-picture sequence that shows the film footage of the aforementioned sequence in a small window, while the rest of the picture is the footage of the sequences being shot. The whole thing just shows the differences between what was shot, and what the final cut looks like.

AXS TV: A Look at The Sacrament rounds out the extras as your typical three-minute EPK puff piece that just functions as a brief overview of the film.

Also included are six bonus trailers, none of which are for The Sacrament.

Overall, the Blu-Ray shows off some great audio and video, with some good extras. Again, the deleted footage that West talks about in the commentary is absent (again, why do they do this?!), along with the film’s trailer. In regards to the deleted footage, this would’ve been a much-welcomed addition, since it would’ve fleshed out those areas of the film that needed development.

And come on, including trailers for your own film are a no-brainer.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Clip Goes Full ‘Matrix’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:50

Universal Pictures sent us this new clip from Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella in theaters October 10, 2014.

The clip shows Luke Evans, as Dracula, forced to be a one man army. He turns on his Dracula “vision” and then goes full Matrix on hundreds of soldiers. It’s pretty cool.

In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.

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‘Disaster L.A.’: Zombie Attack Clip! (Exclusive)

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:18

We’re continuing to rollout exclusives for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, this time with a second clip that has your first look at a zombie attack. During an apocalypse, always hope that you have a friend with a gun ready to save your ass…

Independent filmmaker Turner Clay’s newest sci-fi zombie thriller arrives September 16 Direct-to-Video Blu-ray and DVD release, plus Digital Download.

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.

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[Halloween Treat] Enter Cakeageddon, the Edible Horror Farm!

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:16

There are four things that dominate my life: horror, basketball, pizza and cake. Just the mere thought of combining two of those things could make my head explode (if not my heart, first).

I just now learned of Cakeageddon, which is described as an “edible horror farm.” Yes, a farm of horror filled with delicious treats; it’s like treat-or-treating from the gods!

Unfortunately, I’m here in the States, so a trip to Standalone Farm in the UK is out of the question. Those UK readers who Hansel and Gretel the hell out of that shit, be sure to share your photos and stories from the event.

A perverse cake box of fairy tales including deformed Animal Farm characters, ‘Three (Slaughtered) Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and her basket of intestines and the nemesis of Miss Muffet, a giant 7ft spider… all of course in 100% edible form. Cakeageddon is coming… Miss Cakehead presents a twisted fairy tale for your taste buds as the world’s first edible horror farm opens at Standalone Farm in Letchworth Garden City this Halloween.

The event combines live horror action with cake for the first ever time, creating an incredible terrifying edible experience the likes of which have never been seen before. The family farm attraction taken over by renowned creative and food art curator Miss Cakehead for a special event targeted strictly at older teenagers and adults which features some of the world’s most infamous cake makers.

Red Riding Hood chasing you through the woods and the remains of the three slaughtered little pigs strung up and dripping ‘blood’ (strawberry sauce) are just some of the CAKE treats in store for you when the mistress of macabre cake takes over Letchworth Garden City’s Standalone Farm every night from the 29th October to the 1st November. Cakeageddon – the World’s first edible horror farm – will be extreme gruesome cake at its most terrifying.

Scattered around the farm will be a series of large scale cake installations which brave visitors will be able to tuck into if there dare… There will be plenty of nasty surprises in store as they go on their cake-walk though the night… Even the children’s play barn on the farm is touched by Miss Cakehead’s twisted mind, taken over by a nightmarish edible creation of Animal Farm.

Not forgetting her macabre cake roots, Miss Cakehead’s extreme cake shop – Eat Your Heart Out – will be back for the fourth year. In fact this year there are two; one based at Standalone Farm itself (which can be visited without having to enter the farm) and another at The Hoxton Shoreditch.

More information on tickets and the event can be found at www.cakeageddon.com or by following @miss_cakehead on Twitter.

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Meet ‘The Wicked One’ In This New Indie Slasher

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:05

Jonestown Films has announced the start of production on The Wicked One.

The indie slasher is “A story about a girl who claims a monster sized slasher is after her and is admitted into a mental institution. Her psychiatrist is skeptical until the killer shows up.

The Wicked One is directed by Tory Jones and stars Katie Stewart, Jack Norman, Dale Miller, and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th).

Here’s your first look:

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Top 5 Horror Films of the 21st Century!

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:00

We’re nearly 15 years into the 21st century, if some of you can believe that. That’s given us a swatch of horror films and it’s worth making sure that we recognize the great ones that have come out so far.

With that in mind, we’ve got Terminal Gods vocalist Robert Cowlin, who has decided that he’s up for the task of looking into this topic and weighing in with his thoughts.

Cowlin states:

Horror movies, so many to choose from. I spent four years studying and exhibiting them and still you merely scratch the surface. How can one reduce this great swelling tide into one coherent list? The stuff of nightmares, fantasy, story books – and here are my favourite ones loosely tied together under this thing we call genre. No, this is the sort of thing that requires a much larger canvas than I am permitted here. I am restricted to the concept of the list, but that’s it. How to fill it? Well, I once toyed with the idea of a thesis that had post-millennial horror films at its core. I won’t go into the interlinking theories and themes now, but I scoured my archive of popular 21st Century horror and here are five that I always recommend…

Read on for Cowlin’s Top 5 Horror Films Of The 21st Century!

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[Podcast] Whatever – September 15th, 2014 – “Destiny’s Fate”

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:59

Does “Destiny” live up to the hype? In this week’s content-packed show, Don and Justin discuss just that, and also, what will the game’s long-term future look like? And just what parties are Don and Justin late to? Edge of Tomorrow, The Bridge, and even “The Walking Dead” to name but a few.

As always, you can find us on iTunesSoundCloud, or YouTube.

Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts!

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[Halloween Treat] Horror Icons Get LEGO Treatment!

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:45

LEGO is now the largest toy company in the world. The expensive little bricks have captured the imagination of youth for decades, and has since been made into a feature film, the incredible LEGO Movie. Now, people are pushing for the creation of LEGO sets from Jaws to Ghostbusters, which has made LEGO cool even for adults.

Custom LEGO makers Minifigs.me has already been at it for quite some time, creating horror-themed LEGO known as “Oh the Horror!”

They’re hoping to add a little jeapordy to your toy-chest with their second series of custom-printed horror minifigures, depicting seven more iconic horror characters!

With names like ‘Pincushion’, ‘Boomstick’ and ‘Creepy Doll’, you don’t have to be a horror aficionado to see they are a tongue in cheek tribute to some of our all-time favourite horror flicks. All of them are fully custom using LEGO pieces and printed directly with state of the art printing technology.

These creepy-cute little guys can be found over at http://www.minifigs.me/horror.

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‘Lost Time’ Trailer Has a Close Encounter

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:36

From Christian Sesma, the director of Night Crew, comes Lost Time, a new sci-fi alien abduction indie starring Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Lin Shaye, Derek Mears and Jenni Blong.

In the film, “After leaving a doctor visit with the worst news, Valerie Dreyfuss and her sister Melissa come to a stop on a lonely stretch of road. Their car is engulfed by a blinding light….12 hours later Valerie wakes to the horror that her sister is gone, nowhere to be found.

Check out the first trailer, poster and still from the alien abduction film from Spotlight Pictures. The trailer actually looks pretty interesting, mixing in elements of “The X-Files” and Fire In the Sky. I like that possibly the government is working with the extraterrestrial beings?

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‘Honeymoon’ Clip: Something Horrible Has Happened In the Woods…

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:23

In the latest clip from Magnet’s Honeymoon (read our review), now on iTunes, VOD and in limited theaters, “Game of Thrones” star Rose Leslie is discovered deep in the woods naked, bruised and battered.

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

Treadaway and Leslie give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.

Leigh Janiak’s festival fav stars Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”), Harry Treadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Ben Huber and Hanna Brown.

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Alternate ‘The Guest’ Posters Go Retro

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:17

Much like the colorful style of the film (see above), /Film shares these two alternate retro one-sheets for The Guest (review), knocking on your door September 17. We’ve also included the theater listings ICYMI.

Directed by Adam Wingard, “A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Opening day theaters

New York
Empire 25 Theaters
Village Theatre 7

Chicago
River East 21
Showplace Icon 16
Century Evanston 12

Detroit
AMC Star John R 15
AMC Livonia 20

Dallas
Cinemark West Plano 20
Northpark 15
Palladium 19

Los Angeles
Century 15
ArcLight Hollywood 15

Miami
Aventura Mall 24 Theatres
South Beach 18
Cobb Dolphin Cinema 19

Phoenix
AMC Desert Ridge
Tempe Marketplace

Seattle
Pacific Place 11

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[TV Review] “The Strain” Episode 1.10, ‘Loved Ones’

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:25

With the final few episodes of the season, you’d think The Strain wouldn’t waste precious time with plotlines that don’t move the story forward. Would you be surprised to know that “Loved Ones” actually contains no plot progression whatsoever?

That’s right, this episode begins and ends in the exact same place for all of the characters. It’s infuriating. The story feels so padded. It’s stalling against an inevitable conclusion for reasons unknown. It’s almost afraid that the main plot line could be resolved too quickly so it spreads itself too thin for too long.

Let’s get some obvious issues out of the way. The episode begins with Zack magically being able to access the Internet in a world that has had the Internet shut down. (A fact, which we’re constantly reminded of.) He turns on find my iPhone and tracks his mom’s phone with ease. Then Eph says the coming apocalypse can wait, and everyone else is like it’s cool, go find your ex-wife. So he leaves.

It’s amazing too, because he’s looking for this iPhone in a red case, and luckily he’s able to spot it from approximately 100 feet away in the possession of a homeless woman with a badly burnt leg. Hard cut to him wrapping gauze around her burn. Then I hope you like flashbacks! Because this week is like an episode of Pimp My Ride: flashbacks on flashbacks on flashbacks.

What is so important that it requires so many flashbacks to tell the story, why it’s the demise of Kelly Goodweather! As someone who’s familiar the source material, Kelly’s journey should prove interesting, but this week we’re treated to it all at once. We’re constantly reminded of what happened in the past, and this just feels like a last ditch effort to retread old ground in an attempt to stall the major story for one more week.

I enjoy her transformation. I even liked some of her scenes this week. But so much of this defies pacing logic. I feel shortchanged as a viewer. We gained no new information from Kelly’s journey and we didn’t even feel the emotional weight of her demise until the final minutes of the episode. Eph finding the necklace in the basement was enough to know that she was dead. Frankly it would have been more interesting to see Kelly’s story play out last week and have Eph retrace her journey this week. Instead we see it all play out twice, right here, right now.

I digress, but that’s what this episode felt like, a gigantic digression. While I didn’t enjoy most of what last week had to offer I still felt like it inched things along for some of the key players. This week we got no Eichorst, virtually no Abraham, and a couple wasted scenes with Vasily.

The result was a truly painful hour of television that finally got away with establishing the rules of it’s world in favor of focusing on character. But the characters are so scattered and one dimensional that it’s hard to feel anything for them or what they’re going through. The Strain is having a serious identity crisis. It can’t decide on the story it wants to tell, and it’s trying too hard to tell too many  stories. Instead the narrative should take a page from the Dark Horse Comic adaptation and really look at cutting the fat from the bloated narrative.

There needs to be a serious change of focus in these final three weeks for me to stick around into season two. Bring back the horror, and show me the world in chaos.

Stray Thoughts:

-       Matt going to the bathroom before killing Kelly, doesn’t make any sense at all.

-       The quick scene of Kelly seeing the internals of humans passing by was fantastic. Just a walking heart, gimme dat blood.

-       I loved the weird way the Vampires are just walking around in society. The ones that Kelly viewed were terrifying but too few and far between.

-       God damn The Stonehart scenes were useless.

-       Really? No Eichorst, or Gus?

-       Where’s Quinlan?

 

What did you think of “Loved Ones” ?

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