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Colorful Imagery From ‘The Curse of Sleeping Beauty’ (Exclusive)

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 14:27

Underworld: the Awakening actress India Eisley stars in The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, about a young man inherits a mysterious estate that holds a legendary secret within its walls. Eisley will play the role of Sleeping Beauty, aka Briar Rose.

Check out some colorful imagery from the film based on the Brothers Grimm classic, but with a dark, modern twist. The posters are exclusive to Bloody Disgusting with the news that the film will be world premiering at the Brussels IFFF next month.

Pearry Teo directs the Bleiberg Entertainment production, which was acquired by XLrator Media out of the AFM market in November.

“Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck, “Eden”) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations — only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector” — the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay — Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor (Natalie Hall, “True Blood”) and paranormal cleric (Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison, “X-Men”) to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley, “Underworld: Awakening”), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.”

“When working on creating this specific vision of Sleeping Beauty, it’s always been my intention to try something that’s never been seen before,” Teo told THR when the project was announced. “We’re drawing on varied things like Silent Hill, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Cell and Insidious for inspiration, but we are creating something that will be very unique, both visually and in terms of storytelling.”

Curse of Sleeping Beauty was produced by Ehud Bleiberg and executive produced by Nicholas Donnermeyer.

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Seth Rogen Talks “Preacher” From Set (Video)

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 14:20

AMC announced the other day from the SXSW Festival that the highly-anticipated new series “Preacher” will premiere Sunday, May 22nd, and now they’re kicking off the hype with a look behind the scenes with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors).

“Preacher,” which is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular ‘90’s comic book franchise of the same name, is a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production.  The ten-episode season was developed for television by executive producers Rogen & Goldberg, as well as executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).

“Preacher” is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God.

The trio are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Jackie Earle Haley was recently cast as Haley Odin, a member of the local KKK branch and clashes multiple times with Jesse.

Other cast includes W. Earl Brown as ‘Sheriff Hugo Root’, the mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface (Ian Colletti), a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.

Jamie Anne Allman will play Betsy Schenck, a meek wife who appears to suffer beatings by the hand of her husband, Donny. When the Preacher checks up on her, though, she tells a different story. Derek Wilson is Donny Schenck, a Civil War re-enactor and abusive thug who gets into altercations with Jesse Custer but nevertheless shows up to church on Sundays.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Another Sneak At ‘Holidays’ (Exclusive)

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 14:03

We just told you guys that Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films have partnered to acquire the global distribution of the horror anthology Holidays ahead of its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th.

The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release, which will begin the next day on April 15th with worldwide digital and VOD platforms followed by a targeted U.S. theatrical release on April 22nd.

Before the official trailer was released, Bloody Disgusting had shared an exclusive look at Starry Eyes duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s “Valentine’s Day,” which gave homage to Carrie.

Now, we’re celebrating “St. Patrick’s Day” with an exclusive sneak peak at the story from Dracula Untold director Gary Shore, which features Ruth Bradley (In Her Skin) and Isolt McCaffrey.

In “St. Patrick’s Day,” after accepting a cursed trinket from a student, Elizabeth discovers she is pregnant with a something not human. Despite her initial horror, Elizabeth decides to give birth, even if it kills her.

Holidays is an anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved Holidays of all time. The film challenges our folklore, traditions and assumptions, making Holidays a celebration of the horror on those same special days’ year after year. A collaboration of some of Hollywood’s most distinct voices, the directors include Kevin Smith (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet).

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[SXSW Review] ‘Beware the Slenderman’ Will Terrify You, But Not In the Way You Might Expect…

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:47

“Because it was necessary.”

This is the haunting reply 12-year-old Morgan Geyser gives when she is asked why she and 12-year-old Anissa Weier stabbed their best friend, Payton “Bella” Leutner, 19 times and left her for dead in the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This was done in an attempt to appease the internet meme and Creepypasta character Slenderman, an elusive Boogeyman who has no face, wears a black suit and can stand at an intimidating 14′ tall. Leutner survived, while Geyser and Weier were sent to prison after being found on the side of the road walking the 331-mile distance to Nicolet National Forest (the forest has since been cleared).

Director Irene Taylor Broddsky attempts to discover the reasoning behinds the attempted murder, and also study the influence that internet memes can have on society, specifically those of a younger age, in her new documentary Beware the Slenderman.  The film will be broadcast on HBO at some point in the near future, but one almost hopes they wait longer to continue documenting this fascinating story and the not-yet-concluded trial (the final verdict of the two girls is schedule to be determined next month). Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of both Anissa and Morgan (but not Payton), the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and our society’s most impressionable consumers of media: children.

Beware the Slenderman is best watched knowing as little as possible before going in. It will undoubtedly be more effective if you don’t know too much about the trial since the film hinges on the judgment as to whether Geyser and Weier will be tried as adults, so I will keep my review brief and to the point.

Broddsky delves into the childhoods of both Geyser and Weier, as well as the lives/opinions of their parents. It doesn’t take a stance on their abilities as parents, though even the most judgmental viewer will walk out with a glimmer of understanding. It is lamentable that Leutner’s parents are not included in the documentary. While it is understandable that they did not want their grief documented for 18 months, it would have been nice if the film had made a mention as to why they were not included as a part of the documentary.

At nearly two hours, the film does seem to be padding its runtime with certain digressions, though this may be a consequence of airing on HBO, which likely has runtime quotas that must be met. One almost wishes that the film had spent a little less time debating the morality of requiring children to have iPads as part of their school supplies, and more time into the influences of the internet and phenomenons/trends like Creepypastas. Even the fan art devoted to Geyser and Weier is shown quickly but never focused on, and

People may start watching Beware the Slenderman expecting a film that is more about Slenderman himself, but the film is a truly terrifying look at the influence the internet can have on today’s youth. It ends up posing more questions than it answers, but that is forgivable. Can one truly understand why these two girls believed in Slenderman to the point that they would kill for him? The film tries to answer this, but since the story is technically still happening, there are no concrete answers. That doesn’t diminish the impact of the film, but rather make it even more disturbing. It’s difficult to review the film without going into specifics about the case, so I will just leave you with this: watch Beware the Slenderman when it eventually airs on HBO. You won’t regret it.

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Let ‘The Witch’ Into Your Home This May

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:46

The Witch, the ground-breaking horror film “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes and winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, will be available on May 17th on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) from Lionsgate.

A Puritan family banished to the edge of the known wilderness suspects an unseen, unspeakable evil is at work after the disappearance of one of their five children. Drawing from actual accounts of witchcraft and possession in New England, the critically acclaimed film features authentic settings and a creepy atmosphere.

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From debut writer-director Robert Eggers and theatrically released by A24 Films, The Witch stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Viking Quest), Ralph Ineson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Katie Dickie (TV’s “Game of Thrones”).

New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with their five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey to an inescapable evil.

Featuring audio commentary with the director, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more, The Witch will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus digital).

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Slayer’s New Video is a Bloodbath of Epic Proportions!

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:27

Thrash metal titans Slayer have never been known to go light on their aesthetic. They’re an “in-your-face, don’t fuck with us” kinda band and that’s what has made them so successful and notorious over the years. And today, with the release of “You Against You”, their newest music video, the band is showing that they’re still all about violence and havoc.

Directed by BJ McDonnell, the video takes place one week before the prison riots seen in the “Repentless” video (also directed by McDonnell). Jason Trost (Hatchet III) reprises his role as the eyepatched rebel inmate, and the video, “…tells the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt’s erroneous arrest and imprisonment.

When it comes to gore, this video does not skimp one tiny bit. The whole video is basically one gigantic shootout sequence and there’s enough blood and viscera to satisfy even the most bloodthirsty of gore hounds! But don’t take my word for it. Watch the video above (courtesy of Rolling Stone) and revel in the explosion of carnage!

Upcoming tour dates:
Mar 17 REVOLUTION CENTER Garden City, ID
Mar 19 Paramount Theater Seattle, WA
Mar 20 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Mar 22 Warfield Theater San Francisco, CA
Mar 23 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
Mar 25 Rabobank Theater Bakersfield, CA
Mar 26 The Joint Las Vegas, NV
May 28 Dortmund Westfalenhalle Arena Dortmund, Germany
May 29 Rockavaria Munich, Germany
May 31 Sofia Winter Sports Palace Sofia, Bulgaria
Jun 03 Rock In Vienna Vienna, Austria
Jun 04 Sonisphere Festival Luzern, Switzerland
Jun 09 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden
Jun 10 South Park Festival Tampere, Finland
Jun 14 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Jun 15 Live ar the Marquee Cork, Ireland
Jun 17 Hellfest (June 17 – 19) Clisson, France
Jun 19 Hellfest Clisson, France
Jun 24 Den Atelier Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jun 27 Konzertfabrik Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
Jul 01 With Full Force Open Air Roitzschjora, Germany
Jul 02 Volt Festival Sopron, Hungary
Jul 07 Jarocin Festiwal Jarocin, Poland
Jul 14 Bang Your Head Festival Balingen, Germany
Jul 15 Masters Of Rock Vizovice, Czech Republic
Jul 17 Barcelona Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain
Aug 12 Into the Grave Festival Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Aug 14 Bloodstock Catton, United Kingdom
Aug 19 Summer Breeze Festival Wilburgstetten, Germany
Aug 20 Elb-Riot Festival Hamburg, Germany

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‘Hellraiser: Judgment’ Interview: Gary Tunnicliffe Talks Genesis, New Pinhead, and Sequels Being Rushed Into Development!

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:01

Ever since A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Heather Langenkamp revealed she was starring in a new Hellraiser, the questions have been mounting exponentially.

We’ve learned quite a bit over the past month, including that special effects artist Gary Tunnicliffe (who worked on several of the Hellraiser films) was behind the camera on Hellraiser: Judgment for Dimension Films, and that Paul T. Taylor is your new Pinhead. We’ve also discovered a heavy portion of the cast: Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, John Gulagher, Mike Jay Regan, Diane Goldner, Andi Powers, Jeff Fenter, Helena Grace Donald, and Grace Montie (read about their roles).

The biggest question mark, however, was how Tunnicliffe’s Judgment screenplay fit into the world created by Clive Barker all of those years ago. I had originally thought that Judgment was a stand alone project, while Tunnicliffe tells us it was the other way around:

Judgment was always a Hellraiser project (concept), but I didn’t think I would have a shot at directing a Hellraiser movie,” he explained, “so I removed the Hellraiser elements and tried to get Judgment made independently. I met with several producers but they found the material SO outlandish and disturbing they always balked…and usually asked if I would instead be interested in directing a movie about some teens being chased by a masked killer (yawn).

“Some friends suggested I try Kickstarter…we put the site up and then I was told I had to contact everyone on my email list basically ‘begging’ for money…it didn’t sit well with me, so I decided to pull it,” he continues. “I only ever had a pitch, no script was ever written; Revelations was very much a traditional Hellraiser tale with a lot of ‘nods’ to the original and I got reamed for that, so I figured I would ‘swing for the fences’ and make Judgment.”

On how Judgment will fit into the Hellraiser universe:

“This is very much a Hellraiser movie connected at the very core. It wasn’t a script that was adapted in anyway; this script was conceived, written and re-written as a Hellraiser movie. It is different from Hellraiser movies before, since it involves a new mechanism in conjunction with the box for the gathering of souls, and that introduces us to these new characters. But it still very much operates within the mythos of a ‘world within our world’ that I have always felt is the mainstay of Clive’s (Barker) work.”

Speaking of new characters, not all of the cool new creations are Cenobites.

“Actually some of the characters aren’t really ‘Cenobites’ per se – they aren’t the members of the ‘order of the gash’ we are used to,” he explained, revealing some of the new plot. “I don’t want to say too much at this point but we discover that Hell actually has several factions and all have different looks. The Cenobites we have in the movie (Pinhead, Chatterer and the Stitch Twins) are the ‘sharp end of the spear,’ so to speak.”

We’ve been advocating that Pinhead isn’t necessary in making a good Hellraiser movie. Tunnicliffe compares him to the special sauce on a burger.

“I think Pinhead has undoubtedly become the face and centerpiece of the franchise, but I think it’s foolish to let him try to carry the franchise or a movie on his own. To me he’s the special sauce on a great burger; too much special sauce and it makes you sick, not enough and you’re left wanting more.

“What I can reveal is this is a very no nonsense Pinhead,” he continues, “no glib one-liners, he’s a little leaner and a little meaner. We especially tried to incorporate this into the make-up and costume; the cuts are deeper, the pins a little longer, his eyes are completely black and wardrobe is a little sleeker and more visceral. Someone on set described him as the ‘bad ass’ version of Pinhead. Paul (Taylor) certainly relished the role and gave him an icy demeanor.”

In regards to make-up and special effects, Tunnicliffe talks about balancing both directing and overseeing the FX work.

“It’s tricky. It’s even trickier when you write, direct, handle the make-up FX, key props and character costumes! The trick, I think, is to have a great team and amazing support. I had that from both the FX crew that I bought from LA (Mike Regan, Mike Measimer and Adrienne Lynn Booth) and from the incredible shooting crew in Oklahoma…they all worked above and beyond my expectations and were always understanding when I grabbed a brush and joined in or ‘tweaked’ stuff.

The make-up effects and gore were so much, at times, that one of the leads almost passed out.

“Our lead actress almost passed out during one particularly traumatic scene,” he revealed. “Three people left set during one sequence because they were going to throw up (my DP Sam made the strangest noise I have ever heard from a human being with an expression of panic/joy/revulsion) during one of the ‘Cleaner’ sequences.

“I don’t think it’s so much the quantity of blood (or whatever fluid you’re mimicking) but more the nature of the effects, the content and the context. I think some of our blood gags are actually quite beautiful; when you see blood raining down on a naked girl with a skinned face at 300 frames per second you can’t help but be mesmerized by the fluid dynamics.”

As cool as everything sounds, the hardest question to ask was about the perception of the Hellraiser franchise, which has become about rights issues and rushing sequels into production. Tunnicliffe was incredibly candid, talking to the internal dialogue at Dimension, and how Judgment is very different.

“I think there has been a huge gap since Dimension are actually trying to do their best by the franchise,” he stated when asked about the time between each Hellraiser film. “You know everyone sticks it to those guys for the poorer quality sequels but there isn’t any magic formula for making great horror films. If there were, everyone would be making amazing horror flicks, right?! I think [The Weinstein Company is] well aware that Hellworld was rushed into production and suffered for it, and Revelations suffered a similar set of problems (when the rights issue came up fast and furious without anyone knowing). [Revelations] was very much a ‘band-aid’ or field dressing.

Speaking frankly: “Judgment IS a rights issue movie, but has been made with the sensibilities and input given to a regular budgeted Dimension feature. The executives (all the way to the very TOP of Dimension) and producers involved didn’t just say, “Bang this out”; there was an intense development stage, several re-writes and amazing input and guidance on casting, etc. Initially I pitched two concepts: Hellraiser: Judgment and a second idea called Hellraiser: Enter Darkness (I still love that title!). The latter of which was a much more linear, ‘Hollywood’-style horror movie. [Dimension] was very cool and extremely supportive about going with the riskier ‘Gilliamesque, del Toro, Barker, Cronenberg, Fincher’ tone, instead of the more mainstream idea. I have to give them props for that!”

In Hellraiser: Judgment, Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.

“We tried to make the main story (the serial killer story) as compelling as the Hellraiser/Hell elements. If we can make a film that will horrify and shock without all the Hell stuff…then hopefully we’re on to a winner.

“Our mantra has become Se7en meets The Cell, whilst trying to innovate, not replicate.”

Here’s your exclusive look at Paul Taylor as the new Pinhead.

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‘Killing Floor 2’ is Getting a Versus Mode

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:00

Tripwire Interactive shared more of their plans for Killing Floor 2 with the recent reveal of a new versus mode that’ll pit a team of trigger-happy commandos against a gaggle of player-controlled Zeds in a gruesome fight to the death.

A competitive mode like this brings inevitable and obvious comparisons to Left 4 Dead — or less obvious comparisons to that one time Dead Space 2 tried to be like Left 4 Dead — especially since it’s rumored the Patriarch and Hans end-game bosses will also be playable.

Taaaaaaank!

According to Tripwire’s own end-game boss, John Gibson, the Crawler, Stalker, Slasher and Clot will be assuming the role of the Special Infected, each with unique abilities. The Crawlers are skilled hoppers, Stalkers have Predator cloaking technology, Slashers can come frighteningly close to flying, and the Clots can enlist other Zeds to fight with them.

The mode does not yet have an ETA, but it doesn’t appear to be too far off.

In other news, accessing community-created content in Killing Floor 2 got way easier this week thanks to the implementation of full Steam Workshop support. If any of the above bothers you, a steady torrent of custom content should make a competitive mode less troubling.

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