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[TV] A Few New Stills From “The Walking Dead”

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:23

Both Vulture and Variety shared some new images from the Season 5 premiere of “The Walking Dead”.

Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.

“The Walking Dead” returns on Sun., Oct. 12th at 9/8c.

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‘Alien: 35th Anniversary Edition’ Specs and Details

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:12

On October 7 Fox Home Entertainment releases the Alien 35th Anniversary Limited-Edition Set, which includes both the theatrical version and director’s cut on Blu-ray, along with audio commentaries, deleted scenes and more — PLUS — a reprint of the original “Alien” illustrated comic and all-new, collectible art cards as a tribute to the late H.R. Giger, creator of the iconic movie monster that started it all.

When the crew of the space-tug Nostromo responds to a distress signal from a barren planet, they discover a mysterious life form that breeds within human hosts. The acid-blooded extraterrestrial proves to be the ultimate adversary as crew members battle to stay alive and prevent the deadly creature from reaching Earth.

Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver in her breakout performance as Ripley, this legendary first film in the Alien saga will leave you breathless.

Special features:

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Cast and Crew
Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Theatrical Version Only)
Introduction by Ridley Scott (Director’s Cut Only)
Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
Composers Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
Deleted and Extended Scenes

Collectibles:

A reprint of the original “Alien” illustrated comic.
All-new, collectible art cards as a tribute to the late H.R. Giger.

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Stuart Gordon’s ‘Dolls’ Gets Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:07

Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife Hilary have the perfect play toys just for you!

From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun.

The 1987 horror film Dolls is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure. On November 11, 2014, Scream Factory is proud to present Dolls Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on home entertainment shelves everywhere. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this highly anticipated release contains insightful bonus content, as well as a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art.

A precocious girl, her nasty parents, two punk-rock losers and a weak-kneed salesman inadvertently become the guests of two ghoulish senior citizens in their dark, haunted mansion. The old couple makes and collects dolls that, when not sitting still like good little mannequins, creep around in the night, offing the guests one by one! You may laugh at first, but if they turn on you, you’ll regret it…for the rest of your short life!

The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don’t Look Now), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator), Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (From Beyond), Cassie Stuart (The Hunchback), Bunty Bailey (Spellcaster) and introducing Carrie Lorraine (Poltergeist II: The Other Side) as Judy Bower.

Bonus Features

NEW! Toys Of Terror: The Making Of Dolls – An All-New Retrospective Featuring Interviews With Director Stuart Gordon, Producer Brian Yuzna, Stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, Executive Producer Charles Band And More!
Audio Commentary With Director Stuart Gordon And Writer Ed Naha
Audio Commentary With Cast Members Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Wiliams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon And Carrie Lorraine
Storyboard-To-Film Comparison
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Gallery

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Break Out The ‘Resident Evil: Outbreak’ Remake

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00

With the HD update of 2002′s Resident Evil REmake just over the horizon, I can’t help but feel the need to have a few of the more underappreciated RE titles from that era make a similar triumphant return.

An Editorial By Clark and Zac Thompson

Back in 2003, before the core Resident Evil games were forever changed from the classic format, series fanatics were treated to a truly unique and exhilarating experience that was Resident Evil Outbreak.

The game was truly a dream come true for this RE fan in a few pretty big ways. In the early core games of the series, where you routinely bump into, and occasionally fight alongside different support characters, the idea of these characters being controlled by a friend was something I’d routinely daydream about. That was now a reality.

In addition, Outbreak‘s setting, which was Raccoon City during the viral outbreak, gave players the opportunity to experience the area along with the early to late stages of the chaos culminating the the cities ultimate destruction, like never before.

However, the gameplay was a little stilted and disjointed. The core experience had the heart of Resident Evil but something felt off. Now that the online gaming community is exploding, there is no time like the present to make Outbreak a defining multiplayer experience through a crisp remake that would help pull the series back to it’s roots while taking the pulse of more modern gaming experiences.

The besieged Racoon City is the perfect setting to bring the heart of Resident Evil back to the series and the multiplayer experience of terror has yet to be perfected, but with Capcom in the drivers seat, I believe a RE Outbreak Remake could do the trick. There are the minor experiments in Resident Evil 5 and 6, but those feel like cheap examples compared to Outbreak.

To put it bluntly, Outbreak — along with its sequel — deliver on almost every level.

First of all, instead of just you and one other friend, game sessions were comprised of of four characters selected from a group of eight, each possessing their own strengths, weaknesses and special abilities. There was even melee combat and some mild weapon crafting, not to mention the ability to move with your weapon drawn.

The ten scenarios, five for each game, sprawled a great deal of interesting areas over the course the the mayhem. And best of all, it was all presented with the same dynamic camera angles that made the series famous, but in a fully 3D world. The end product feeling very similar to Resident Evil: Code Veronica  in it’s visual aesthetic, with an added polish reminiscent of the Resident Evil REmake. It was a beautifully rich and atmospheric experience.

With all that in mind you’ve got the recipe for the perfect rebirth of the franchise. There is a certain magic to these scenarios that begs to be in a faster paced multiplayer world. With the introduction of full voice communication and tossing the predetermined vocal cues you can help create a more modern experience, but use it is a location based way that only allows those close to you to actually hear the things you’re saying.

That’s true horror, especially if you can’t tell someone’s dead, only to enter a room and hear screams of agony before their mic goes dead.

The game also had you exploring the underground facility from Resident Evil 2, the hospital from Nemesis, the underground tunnels, a burning hotel teeming with Lickers, Raccoon City University, a forest outside the city and my personal favorite, The Raccoon City Zoo.

If we want a rebirth of the magic of the first few installments are retooled Outbreak experience is the only answer. The games have always been about bands of survivors, and elevating the terror through friends will both increase the fear and fun. It allows Resident Evil to evolve in a new way, still keep a more action oriented pace that made it successful as of late, but still keep the roots of what made it great in the first place. Plus, you’ll still have zombies.

At the end of the day, both of these games were classic Resident Evil  experiences that were largely swept under the rug. The gameplay, atmosphere, visuals, enemies and music were all fantastic. These titles truly deserved a wider audience, and with a few tweaks, mainly the addition of voice chat, and perhaps some new content, now would be the perfect time for an HD overhaul. Especially with the current popularity of co-op play, combined with faster connection speeds and the current love of gaming nostalgia.

Clark Thompson is a 31-year-old horror fanatic currently residing in Kelowna B.C. His main goals in life are to one day experience a zombie apocalypse, and/or undergo surgery to have his heart mounted on the exterior of his chest. You can reach him at clarkthomspon@yahoo.ca or on facebook Clorkwork Torange.
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Mick Taylor Stalks “Wolf Creek” Maze In Australia

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:53

While Wolf Creek is basically a home video franchise here in the States, the slasher is a big deal in its home country of Australia.

Mick Taylor will be slashing locals who attend the Fright Nights that takes place at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For the first time, Fright Nights 2014 will feature a maze based on an Australian film, with Movie World partnering with Emu Creek Pictures to create a maze designed around the cult movie Wolf Creek 2 (read our review).

The Wolf Creek 2 Maze will bring the psychotic serial killer Mick Taylor to life and feature terrifying and chilling scenes out of the movie.

You can live the terror by clicking here.

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[TIFF '14] ‘The Editor’ Images Covered In Colorful Gore!

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:40

Part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canadian lineup is The Editor (read our rave review), which now has new imagery thanks to Twitch.

In Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy’s film, “A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.

Giallo legend Udo Kier stars with Tristan Risk and Adam Brooks.

The film is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

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Konami Wants Your ‘Silent Hills’ Demo Reaction Videos

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:30

Ahead of whatever it is they have planned for us at Tokyo Game Show later this month, Konami is offering an incentive for fans to play the Gamescom sensation that was the P.T. “interactive teaser” — the mysterious demo that ended up being a creative reveal of Silent Hills, coming in 2016 from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro.

The publisher is offering those who are willing — i.e. anyone who posses a camera, a PlayStation 4 and some free time — a chance to appear on-stage during the presentation.

All you need to do is record yourself playing it and send your video to them. I’m assuming they’ll then choose some unlucky intern to sift through all the entries, picking the best reactions to present alongside the game’s showing at TGS.

This means your terrified face could be the last thing we see before they give us a new trailer. It could also be the first thing we see after they talk about it for awhile and give us nothing, but I much prefer the first scenario.

TGS 2014 runs through Sept 18-21. Head here for the full list of rules.

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[TV] Gillian Anderson Plays Major Role In “Hannibal” Season 3

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:22

Both “The X-Files” fans and those who have enjoyed Gillian Anderson’s role on “Hannibal” will be excited to learn that she’ll be devouring a bigger piece of the series when the NBC drama returns in 2015.

TVLine is reporting that Anderson — who recurred in Seasons 1 and 2 as the title cannibal’s shrink, Bedelia du Maurier — has closed a deal to be a series regular in Season 3.

The Season 2 finale set the stage for Bedelia to play a more significant role in the show’s third season — something exec producer Bryan Fuller confirmed over the summer at Comic-Con.

In a bit of an old spoiler, the season opener will pick up one year after Hannibal and Bedelia were seen jetting off to Europe, and feel like “a pilot for a new series starring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson,” Fulller previewed to huge applause.

Fuller told the site: “A striking presence on stage and screen, she brings wit, grace and intelligence to every role she embodies. Screenwriting is so much easier when you’re inspired by a great actor and Gillian has filled the Hannibal writers room with wonderful inspiration. I can’t wait for audiences to see her make a bigger meal out of the Cannibal than ever before.

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Babymetal Announce Live DVD/Blu-Ray

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:00

BD favorite Japanese pop metal band Babymetal has announced that they will be releasing a live DVD/Blu-Ray on October 29th. Entitled LEGEND 1999 & 1997 APOCALYPSE, the live set features two concerts, one in NHK Hall and one at Makuhari Event Hall. Each show featured 14 tracks, both well over an hour long.

Pre-orders are open now for the DVD/Blu-Ray, which you can snag here. There is also a special edition Blu-Ray, which comes in a limited box and has two shirts, that can be pre-ordered here.

Check out a trailer for the live concert below.

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‘Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition’ Review: Identity Crisis

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:00

Because Capcom cares about the PC Master Race, earlier this month they brought the latest entry in their zany zombie-infested sandbox series to PC with the Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition. Like a good friend coming over for a slumber party, it brought all its toys with it. That alone should make it the best version of what many consider to be a great time, except for the fact that much of its potential for greatness is still being held back by a number of issues that could have — should have — been fixed with this edition.

Don’t get me wrong. I really like this game. It’s incredibly addictive, sporadically charming, has one of the best arsenals in gaming and is, for better and for worse, decidedly Dead Rising in its flavor.

I spent enough time with the Xbox One version and all but one of its DLC expansions to max out my character and I had no problem returning to Los Perdidos for another go on PC. It was almost like reuniting with a friend I hadn’t spent any time with in nearly a year.

Almost.

I would normally welcome the chance to see how many thousands of zombies that my PC is capable of displaying at once so I could use my arsenal to bring it to its knees by freeing as much gore and viscera as possible. The Apocalypse Edition comes with the unspoken promise that it will let you paint the city’s streets red with the coagulated blood of your enemies, and if that’s all you want then you may as well stop reading now because nothing I say in the following paragraphs is going to deter you.

If it’s praise or a more in-depth examination of its mechanics you seek, there’s plenty of both in our review of the Xbox One version.

It also promised a joyous reunion with an old friend who I haven’t seen in some time, but looks to have changed for the better. Only this friend hasn’t changed, and where I thought I saw the result of ten months of improvement, I only see those same flaws, those frustrating quirks and many of the overarching problems that have permeated Dead Rising since the beginning.

If you haven’t played Dead Rising 3 yet, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a gritty reboot. It isn’t, and that’s a very good thing. We have lots of gritty zombie games to pick from right now with more on the way, so a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously is refreshing. While it may look different, this sequel is just as silly as its predecessors, only where they fully embraced their wackiness, Dead Rising 3 seems to aspire for more.

What it wants to be is a question best left to Capcom. What it is is a conflict of style and substance. Stylistically, and sometimes tonally, this game wants to be taken seriously. Its visuals lean toward realism and much effort went into making its world and its ghoulish population look and feel real. Its core cast was designed to be relatable in an attempt to inspire us to invest emotionally in them and almost everyone else was intentionally exaggerated because that’s how Dead Rising does it.

The flaw in this approach is we’re never given enough substance to make us care about the serious stuff, and I’m not just saying that because I was running around dressed as Uma Thurman from Kill Bill, dropping zeds with teddy bears I armed with machine guns not five minutes before you used a rapidly deplenishing timer to get me to sit down long enough to watch that emotional cinematic. It doesn’t work that way. If you’re going for serious, be serious. If you’re going for comedy, be funny.

Rather than pick a side and pursue it, Dead Rising 3 tries to mix the two in an effort I wouldn’t even call admirable, since both sides were left underrealized and half-assed in their execution. That gritty style might help this game appeal to that Call of Duty audience Capcom so desperately wants to attract, but all it did was make this series’ most glaring issue even more obvious.

Scouring every bloody foot of a big open world that’s brimming with the undead for blueprints to craft insane weapons and vehicles to unleash on those unsuspecting ghouls isn’t likely to ever grow old. Dead Rising has gotten that part right since the beginning and done a fine job at introducing steady refinements to that winning formula with each new game.

What will grow old is having to quit all that fun to make room for what feels like work.

It’s like if your parents gave you an hour to play, made sure you never forgot how much playtime you had left, then forced you to do a chore before you could resume playing. That’s what the campaign feels like to me. I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun until that timer comes perilously close to running out. I’ve made a game out of seeing how much aimless fun I can cram into my limited amount of playtime before I need to progress the story or risk failure.

Even if the tonal inconsistencies don’t bother you, the tiresome dialogue, repetitive quests that rely too heavily on insubstantial filler (or, as I sometimes call it, MMO quest design) and the occasional breaks it takes to let its psychopaths (boss fights, essentially) poke fun at certain types of people. It’s meant to be funny, but it comes off as mean-spirited.

As good as Dead Rising 3 can get — and believe me, it can get good — it has some quirks that can leave a lingering bitterness where there should be childlike glee. Los Perdidos may not have the personality of say, Fortune City, but it’s a fine sandbox to play in and we’ve been given more than enough toys to make ridding it of its undead inhabitants fun for a long time.

This is why I can’t help but look at the Apocalypse Edition as a missed opportunity. Capcom had a lot of time to take the negative feedback the original version received and use it as a foundation for improvement. If using ridiculous weapons to mow down hordes of zombies was all of it, then this review would have an entirely different tone to it.

When the thrill of using a new weapon combo or hunting for every single collectible I could find — I do this, because I’m that guy — start showing signs of turning monotonous, the story should offer a brief a palate cleanse, not something I reluctantly partake in just so I can continue having fun.

Since one of the major draws to getting the Apocalypse Edition is that it comes with all four of the Untold Stories of Los Perdidos expansions, it’d be irresponsible of me to touch on that in this review. I’ve already gone into great detail regarding the many mistakes Capcom made with Dead Rising 3′s DLC, so the gist of it is not one of the expansions is worth your time.

Seriously. Not even one. None raise the level cap, they can’t be played in co-op, they’re short (a couple hours long each), shallow (the quests are copy/pasted from previous expansions or the main game) and add nothing to the story.

The positive score I’m about to give this game may fly in the face of pretty much everything I just wrote. Just know that I’m only critical because I’m a fan of this franchise and I want it to succeed so I can continue using its creative arsenal to eviscerate each and every ghoul that’s dumb enough to get in my way. It’s worth mentioning that Dead Rising is still a relatively new franchise, and that fact comes with a certain amount of leniency for mistakes.

The Dead Rising series has definite potential, a talented developer behind it and plenty of room to grow. If Dead Rising 4 is as much of a step forward as this game was, this series has a very bright future ahead of it.

The Final Word: The Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition may be a missed opportunity for some much-needed improvement, but that doesn’t change the fact that a great time can be had, assuming your PC is up to the task. Just make sure you go in fully aware of its many frustrating quirks.

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‘Neverending Nightmares’ Brings Real Psychological Horror This Month

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:56

We finally have a solid release date for Neverending Nightmares, a crowdfunded psychological horror game that was inspired by developer Matt Gilgenbach’s battle with mental illness — specifically depression and OCD. It’s also another crowdfunding success story, as Gilgenbach managed to raise over $106k to fund its development last September.

Neverending Nightmares will release on PC and Ouya on Sept 26, almost exactly a year after its Kickstarter campaign ended.

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Leaked ‘Sinister 2′ Set Photos

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:59

Barry Lee Caldwell, script supervisor on Sinister 2, leaked out two photos from the set out of Chicago.

One of the pics, clearly taken off the monitor, shows two kids, covered in blood, creepily standing around a bed. Bloody tipster ‘Mike A.’ also alerted us to the Facebook page for Sinister 2 extras that lead to clues of a “messy” scene shot on September 2nd and a need for classic cars from the 1960s. “There was also mentioning of a grain silo, a diner, electrocution, and a Lutheran Church” said Mike, who added: “Something tells me we’ll be getting some Children of the Corn nods in this one.

James Ransone will return to his Sinister role with the beautiful Shannyn Sossamon (“Wayward Pines”). Real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan also star.

“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death. James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff’s deputy in Sinister, will be reprising his character in Sinister 2.“

Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing from a script by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

Focus will unleash Mr Boogie on August 21, 2015.

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Our 5 Favorite Haunted House Games!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:00

It’s impossible not to love a haunted house. I dare you to even try it. Go ahead, walk into one and try not to have a good time. You won’t be able to fight off all that anxious glee, it’s best to just let it wash over you. The same goes for haunted house games, which tend to involve the confinement of a player in a single area — not necessarily a house, it could be an apartment or even a spaceship — that’s filled with horrors.

In a way, haunted house games are superior to actual haunted houses, because unlike the real thing, which takes place in public, these games can be enjoyed without putting your pride in any sort of danger. So when something jumps out at you causing you to emit a sound you didn’t think was humanly possible, it’s okay, because there’s no one around to make fun of you.

Now lock your door, turn off the lights and try your best to ignore the scraping sound at your window, because it’s time to take a look at five of the greatest haunted house games ever.

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival Announces First 10 Titles!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:54

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit. These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Preview all 10 trailers of the announced films at the Youtube Playlist below. Scroll on further down this page for more info on the films.

HELLMOUTH (Canada) World Premiere
From the twisted mind of writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOL) comes a stunning, spectacular ode to classic horror and fantasy. HELLMOUTH tells the tale of gravekeeper Charlie Baker, (WATCHMEN’s Stephen McHattie) assigned to tend to a mysterious cemetery. Charlie’s routine journey to his new place of employment turns out to be a dark and fantastic voyage through a Gothic landscape, filled with demonic forces, and a life-altering encounter with a beautiful woman he must try to rescue from the bowels of hell.

THE BABADOOK (AUSTRALIA) Toronto Premiere
In the scary new horror hit from Australia, single mother Amelia must battle with her son Samuel’s fear of a monster lurking in their house. After a creepy pop-up book called Mister Babadook is found on the doorstep, Samuel begins to sense a sinister presence, and strange things begin to happen around the house. Amelia is at first dismissive, but then begins to question whether THE BABADOOK is a figment of Samuel’s troubled imagination or whether there might be something genuinely evil lurking in their midst.

PREDESTINATION (AUSTRALIA) Toronto Premiere
Based on a story by acclaimed sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein (STARSHIP TROOPERS), the Spierig Brothers (DAYBREAKERS, UNDEAD) direct Ethan Hawke (GATTACA, TRAINING DAY) in this riveting sci-fi thriller in the mold of LOOPER and MINORITY REPORT about a Temporal Agent, tasked with traveling through time to stop crimes before they’re committed. On his final assignment, the agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time, the elusive Fizzle Bomber, determined to unleash mass destruction upon New York City, and who somehow always seems to be one step ahead of the Temporal Agency.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (NORWAY) Toronto Premiere
The gruesome army of awakened Nazi Zombies from fan favourite DEAD SNOW once again return to terrorize the Norwegian countryside! In this crowd-pleasing zombie action comedy follow-up, Martin, the sole survivor of the first movie, must join forces with an American zombie hunter (cult favourite FREAKS AND GEEKS’ Martin Starr) and a reanimated squad of dead Russians if he is to try to defeat the undead Nazi horde and their evil commander! Trailer NSFW Poster

WOLVES (USA/CANADA) North American Premiere
In this coming of age werewolf action movie from David Hayter (writer of X-MEN, X-MEN 2), Lucas Till (XMEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) plays Cayden Richards, a high school senior who awakens one day to find his parents brutally murdered and his body transforming into a wild, savage wolf. In search of the truth behind his animalistic tendencies, Cayden heads to the small town of Lupine Ridge, only to find himself caught between an ongoing war between two opposing werewolf clans, led by Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) and Stephen McHattie (WATCHMEN). As the past begins to reveal itself, so does Cayden’s power to put an end to the savage violence around him and within him.

OPEN WINDOWS (SPAIN/USA) Toronto Premiere
In the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW comes this gripping cyber-thriller from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) that exposes a terrifying dark side to internet voyeurism. When an unwitting celebrity fan-site operator (LORD OF THE RINGS’ Elijah Wood) is persuaded by a mysterious caller to hack into the personal webcam of a movie actress he idolizes (Sasha Grey), he finds himself not only uncovering a dark and sinister plot, but also trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a psychopath.

ZOMBEAVERS (USA) Toronto Premiere
From the producers of CABIN FEVER, THE HANGOVER, and AMERICAN PIE comes ZOMBEAVERS, a crowd-pleasing zombie comedy co-starring Cortney Palm (SUSHI GIRL) that delivers exactly what you’d want from its title and more! A group of college kids’ weekend of sex and debauchery at a riverside cabin turns gruesome when they find themselves menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. Riding the line between scary, sexy, and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the blood-thirsty undead beaver horde!

SUBURBAN GOTHIC (USA) Toronto Premiere
Richard Bates Jr. follows up his acclaimed horror film EXCISION with a supernatural comedy about an unemployed graduate (CRIMINAL MINDS’ Matthew Gray Gubler) who returns to his small-town family home, only to encounter a vengeful ghost and a mystery that must be solved before everyone’s lives are lost. A spooktacular treat of a movie, SUBURBAN GOTHIC features an endearingly quirky script with numerous fan favourites in scene-stealing supporting roles, including Kat Dennings (THOR), Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS), Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) and John Waters (PINK FLAMINGOS).

TIME LAPSE (USA) Toronto Premiere
In this award-winning new sci-fi thriller, three friends, including Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH) discover a mysterious machine in an abandoned apartment that seems to print photos taken 24 hours into their future. The trio conspire to use the device for personal gain, but it’s not long before the images start to reveal a disturbing and dangerous chain of events they must somehow try to avert before it’s too late. Co-stars John Rhys-Davies (INDIANA JONES TRILOGY).

ABCS OF DEATH 2 (USA/New Zealand/Canada/Israel/Japan) Canadian Premiere
Get ready to gasp, laugh, shriek and cheer at this latest anthology of 26 short tales, each punctuated by a different shocking, wickedly entertaining death. Completely one-upping its predecessor, ABCS OF DEATH 2 is packed with outstanding thrills, chills and kills, brought to you by some of the acclaimed film-making talents behind fan favourites CUBE (Vincenzo Natali), AMERICAN MARY (The Soska Twins), BIG BAD WOLVES (Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado), MANBORG (Steven Kostanski), ROOM 237 (Rodney Ascher), INSIDE (Alexandre Bustillo) and JUAN OF THE DEAD (Alejandro Brugues), just to name but a few!

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13 MGM/Fox Horror Films Get Artistic New Releases For Halloween! (Exclusive)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:48

Just in time for Halloween, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment re-release 13 cult classic horror films on Blu-ray and DVD September 9. Each iconic movie will be decked out with an all-new, limited-edition artist-rendered faceplate by Skuzzles.

Major retailers – including Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada and Walmart Canada – will be carrying the product on Blu-ray for only $7-8, with a DVD running only $5-7.

In addition to this exclusive news, Bloody Disgusting has your first look at the absolutely stunning art from films including:

-The Amityville Horror (1979)
-Carrie (1976)
-Child’s Play (1988)
-Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
-Jeepers Creepers (2001)
-Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
- The Last House on the Left (1972)
-The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
-Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)
-Teen Wolf (1985)
-Species (1995)
-Misery (1990)
-The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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Indie Horror ‘Pathologic’ Raises $160k in First Week

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:35

Indie developer Ice-Pick Lodge is looking to return to the game that put them on the map seven years ago. Following its release in 2005, Pathologic flew under the radar for most despite plenty of glowing reviews that praised its atmosphere and creative use of psychological horror. Unlike many other cult classics, Pathologic is being given a second chance. To make it happen, the studio has once again returned to Kickstarter.

This isn’t the first time Ice-Pick has turned to crowdfunding to get a game made. Their last project, the quirky horror game Knock-Knock, raised over $41,000 in 2012.

With the Pathologic reboot, the studio wants to raise $250,000 to help bring it to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The amount sounds ambitious, but the campaign has already accrued over $167,000 in its first five days. Unless the donations slow down considerably, this game is happening.

To learn more about Pathologic, feel free to check it out on Kickstarter.

Categories: Horror News

[TV Review] “The Strain”: Episode 1.09, ‘The Disappeared’

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:24

“The Disappeared” represents a lot of what’s wrong with The Strain’s first season. It’s a bothersome step to the left in terms of character, plot, and exposition. The moments of horror are genuinely terrifying but fail to elevate the episode past the point of mediocre.

The obvious issue in this episode is the heavy focus on Eph’s relationship with his son. The actor playing Zack is bothersome in his performance. I just really wish TV would stay away from child actors, since this is a constant reminder that one of the supposed strongest relationships in the show is so terrible.

Speaking of terrible why the hell would our group of heroes decide to slpit up this week after the hell they lived through last week. It defies all logic and pushes the show into a more make believe world where people don’t seem to react to the world around them.

Hell most of the dialogue is atrociously referencing exposition this week. With most characters dumbfounded and reacting to the chaos of the city around them like it’s something completely normal.

The flashbacks are the only saving grace of the week. They push to add even more to Abraham and Eichorst’s relationship and push the overall conflict of the series in an even more interesting direction. There were a couple reveals inside that added a great deal of complexity to the time in the concentration camp. And the scenes with The Master were terrifying. The immense stature of that creature makes any scene he’s in dominate you.

Everything with Vasily and the hacker girl felt forced bordering on unnecessary. I didn’t quite understand the motivation for having those scenes between them. Especially when the vampire came into her house and she just looked at him with wide eyes. Jesus woman, you just say legions of these things descend upon a gas station. It defies logic.

Which is the biggest problem with “The Disappeared.”  Everything defies logic. Nothing has consequence and everything just feels like it’s stalling to carry us into next week. Don’t even get me started on the sex scene between Nora and Eph. I thought it was profoundly useless and completely out of place. But I digress.

The show was hitting it’s stride only to take a maddening detour in what could be the worst episode of the series. Everything really chugged along this week and barely held my attention. I wanted new developments, I wanted more conflict, and I wanted that insane action from last week. Instead I waited forty minutes for the one scene between The Master and Eichorst.

Let’s hope next week is better.

Stray Thoughts:

-       The bread truck is a amazing set. I just love seeing Abraham take himself so seriously surrounding by loaves of bread.

-       Nora’s mother is the worst, and the feeble attempt at comedy with her as so groan inducing.

-       Are we really to believe anything that our characters did this week, Jesus Christ, these are supposed professionals and they’re acting worse than sexed up teen archetypes from 80’s slashers.

What did you think of “The Disappeared” ?

Categories: Horror News

5 Questions With Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:00

When one thinks of legendary horror punk band The Misfits, it’s hard to think of their music without thinking of guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein, the brooding, monstrous behemoth who wields a vicious spiked axe that emits forth demonic riffs.

Right now, Doyle is on the road touring in support of his solo album Abominator, which you can snag on iTunes.

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to talk with this legend and asked him five questions. They may be short, but his answers cut right to the point, leaving no room for misunderstanding.

Check out our exclusive interview below!

Bloody-Disgusting: Do you find anything terrifying in horror movies anymore?

No. Nothing. I’ve seen it all.

BD: What in horror still inspires you musically?

Movie soundtracks. I find that when I watch horror movies I pay attention more to the music and then I have to watch the fucking movie again to pay attenion to it.

BD: What’s been the biggest change in music that you’ve seen over the years?

People stealing music like a bunch of cocksuckers.

BD: What keeps you going?

I love music, man. That’s why.

BD: What’s next?

We’re gonna book some more shows. We’ve got another record in the can. We’ve got to do the drums because our drummer left us two hours before everybody was getting on the jet from fucking LA. We get word from the manager that he decided not to show, so we got Tiny [Biuso] and he came in on an hour’s notice, got on the plane, flew in, jet lagged, and learned four songs. Dropped him off at the studio the next day for 6-8 hours with myself, learned another four, went through a bunch of Misfits songs he happened to know, and we’re just killing it now!

Remaining Doyle tour dates:
9/8 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
9/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
9/10 – Denver, OR @ The Roxy
9/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/12 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
9/14 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
9/15 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Doyle online:
Facebook
Official Website
Instagram
Twitter

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‘Nightcrawler,’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Getting Huge Festival Buzz

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:56

A film we have not covered here on Bloody Disgusting is Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which stars Donnie Darko fav Jake Gyllenhaal as a self-made journalist in a very dark and violent social commentary on the “American Dream.”

The buzz out of the Toronto International Film Festival is that not only is the film right up Bloody Disgusting’s alley, but that Gyllenhaal could be in the running for an Oscar.

We caught wind of the hype and wanted to push it on over to you. Open Road is releasing in theaters October 31, so maybe it truly is the perfect movie for Halloween night?

“Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

Categories: Horror News

Xbox Head: ‘Alan Wake’ Sequel Needs to Come From Remedy

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:39

Ever since Remedy revealed their Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break last May, people can’t stop asking them about Alan Wake 2. While the game isn’t currently in development, Remedy has said in the past that they’re still very interested in returning to Alan Wake when it feels right, and possibly through a crowdfunding campaign.

When asked for an update on the sequel, Xbox head Phil Spencer said on Twitter that [Remedy] is pretty busy with [Quantum Break] right now. I think any future [Alan Wake] would have to be a Remedy game.”

I can’t imagine another developer taking the reigns on this series, even if it means we’ll have less of a wait for Alan Wake 2. As badly as many of us want to return to that charming blend of Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone, I’m willing to wait for Remedy to get around to it.

Oh, and when our favorite writer returns, he better be joined by Mr. Scratch.

Categories: Horror News