La-La Land Records has just released a limited edition remastered soundtrack of the 1980 sci-fi/horror film Altered States, which was composed by John Corigliano and actually nominated for an Academy Award. The soundtrack is limited to 2,500 copies and autographed copies are already sold out, which means this is moving fast. Snag your copy right here.
Head below for the film trailer.
With nothing but a copy of Grand Theft Auto V, a love for Terminator 2, and some mean editing skills, YouTuber John Chapman has gone and captured my heart. Using all of the above, Chapman recreated one of the greatest scenes in the history of action movies — the canal chase. I can’t tell if watching this makes me want to play GTA V or watch T2 again.
And here’s the original scene, for optional comparison.
Bryan Singer’s production company, Bad Hat Harry, and Geek & Sundry premiered their new paranormal comedy series “Spooked” online yesterday. X-Men’s Bryan Singer acts as Executive Producer with Felicia Day, who also helped to pen the four-episode series with Michael Gene Conti. The first episode is packed with references to popular genre flicks like Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice. They make sure to cover all their bases, throwing in everything from self-stacking groceries to a Ouija board, but none of it adds up to anything horrific. Rather, this is a character-driven comedy infused with the lighter elements of paranormal investigation.
“Spooked” follows the “Paranormal Investigation Team” (P.I.T.), a motley crew of friends and lovers, who are kicking off their careers as investigators of the unknown. The pilot sees the team investigating a potential haunting in the house of a newly married lesbian couple. The speculation is that the ghost is one of their father’s who does not approve of their marriage, an interesting concept that demands the comedic tone they put forward. However, the press release states that the show “features the unpredictable, horrific and often comedic world of P.I.T. as they find themselves dealing with ghosts, aliens and other unexplainable happenings.” There is nothing “horrific” to be seen from the premiere.
I’ve always taken issue to the term horror-comedy. The two words are, in general, mutually exclusive terms that have been put side-by-side for years. However, more often than not the films/shows that claim such a label are all comedy, no horror. Such is the case with “Spooked”. While they have the paranormal plot and the named references to well-known horror movies, there is not one scare in the episode. This is always the struggle with horror/comedy. There are very few works that actually earn that genre split, delivering a mixture of scares and laughs. American Werewolf in London and Dellamorte Dellamore come to mind as two that actually balance the genres. “Spooked” is a comedy and nothing else. If you know this going in, you will enjoy it a lot more. Thankfully, it is a comedy with a heart. The show offers solid characters, a fun plot, and that unique brand of Geek & Sundry humor.
Director Richard Martin keeps it simple and the show is all the better for it. For a series shot on a relatively small budget, it looks great. The shots are crisp, and the lighting aptly fits the dark comedy tone. Martin focuses on the actors and their ability to deliver on the both drama and humor, and they shine through. There are a few jokes that fell flat for me, mostly the references to horror movies that felt like they were trying to hard to appeal to horror audiences. On the other hand, a few lines had me laughing out loud, a rare occurrence when I watch any sit-com.
The best humor (and drama) comes from the character interactions and their painfully awkward relationships. There is clearly a love connection between Connor, the head of the gang, and Morgan, the self-proclaimed shaman, but their obnoxious friend Elliot is clueless and continues hitting on her. The sibling relationship between Connor and his clairvoyant sister, Piper, is the most interesting, and there is plenty of potential for havoc down the line. This is precisely what I appreciate most about the show; they take a character-driven approach, and it feels more authentic for it.
I wish I could say I love the “Spooked” pilot, but I don’t. The show has potential to hit its stride, but with only four episodes that will be a difficult task. Hopefully they will focus less on referencing horror movies, and stick with what is interesting – the characters and their situations.
Watch it here:
After several months of listening to player feedback and tweaking accordingly, Phosphor Games’ survival horror MMO Nether has left Steam Early Access in favor of a full release. I spent a couple hours with it back in February and while I wasn’t terribly impressed with what it had to offer back then, it’s seen some significant improvements and new features since then that make me want to give it a second chance.
Owners of the pre-release version will get a potion that turns the user into a Nether — one of the game’s monsters — as well as keys that can be used to gain access to the rare loot inside golden chests. If you’ve been waiting to be sold on Nether, it can be purchased on Steam for $14.99.
The hunting season has begun. Earth is the new hunting ground for an alien life form that preys on human fear and feeds on human flesh. Beyond any known terror, mankind is about to become the next endangered species in the 1980 sci-fi horror cult classic Without Warning, also known as It Came Without Warning, from celebrated exploitation filmmaker Greydon Clark (Joysticks, Satan’s Cheerleaders). A non-stop ride into extra-terror-strial mayhem, this highly sought-after sci-fi creature thriller stars Oscar® winners Jack Palance (Batman) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Tarah Nutter (Bitter Harvest), Christopher S. Nelson (Roller Boogie), Cameron Mitchell (Blood and Black Lace), Neville Brand (Eaten Alive), Sue Ane Langdon (UHF), Ralph Meeker (Kiss Me Deadly), Larry Storch (F Troop) and featuring David Caruso (CSI: Miami) in an early role and Kevin Peter Hall (Predator) as the alien.
On August 5, 2014, Scream Factory is proud to unleash Without Warning in a special Blu-ray+DVD combo pack on home entertainment shelves in the U.S and Canada. This highly anticipated release from SCREAM FACTORY marks the home entertainment debut of this cult classic movie after three decades. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD, Without Warning Blu-ray+DVD combo pack 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 must-have for horror, sci-fi creature enthusiasts and movie collectors, Without Warning Blu-ray+DVD combo pack is priced to own at $26.99.
“A group of teenagers head out to the lake for a relaxing camping trip in the mountains. They ignore the warnings of the local truck stop owner and head to their destination. Things go terribly wrong when they run into an extraterrestrial who throws deadly discs that suck the blood of their victims. The group heads back to the truck stop for help from the eclectic group of residents – a crazy war veteran (Martin Landau) and a determined hunter (Jack Palance).”
• Audio Commentary with producer/director Greydon Clark
• New Interviews with Cinematographer Dean Cundey, Co-Writer/Co-Producer Daniel Grodnik, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Greg Cannom and Actors Christopher S. Nelson and Tarah Nutter
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
That didn’t take long. Less than a day has passed since Dead Rising 3 was spotted on SteamDB and Capcom has already confirmed its impending arrival on Valve’s platform. The game will be dropping its Xbox One exclusivity and coming to PC this summer. If you’ve had Dead Rising 3 on your radar, I’ve heard it’s pretty good, though I would recommend staying away from its DLC.
Is it just me, or is there suddenly a lot of rap in recent video game trailers?
Even though the Eva Green sideboob/MPAA incident was clearly a PR stunt by TWC-Dimension, it doesn’t mean that the actress was privy to all that happened. In fact, many actors/actresses aren’t consulted on completed films and their promotional materials (unless it’s stated in their contract), and in other cases their too busy working on a new project to give a shit.
What that said, I’m actually interested in seeing what Green had to say about the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster that was rejected by the MPAA “for nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.”
Via Vanity Fair:
“Oh, my God, I heard about that,” she said of the uproar. “I find it a bit odd. It seems like it’s all just publicity—a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I’m not naked. It’s suggested.”
“I find it really sexy, actually,” she said. “It’s kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don’t know what to do about it. I don’t want to upset anybody.”
“I don’t want to be seen as just the femme fatale or put into some silly box. I hope that people will have enough imagination.”
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22.
Posters courtesy of Dimension Films
Here’s yet another video interview from our time at the 2014 Rock On The Range music festival. This time we’ve got bassist Matt DiRito from Grand Rapids, MI rock band Pop Evil as he talks about a new album, the amount of truth behind the saying “Detroit rock city”, and a whole lot more! Check it out below.
A 30th anniversary you shouldn’t be afraid of is about to kick off this summer with a re-release, new Blu-rays and vinyl soundtracks!
We just received a press release announcing that a 4k restored and remastered Ghostbusters will return to more than 700 movie theaters in both the U.S. and Canada on August 29.
I think I just slimed myself.
This is huge news for hardcore fans like myself as we’ll be able to introduce this classic to our younger family members, who will get to experience this masterpiece for the first time in theaters! I just pray to god that this theatrical run isn’t being pushed through Fathom Events, in which case I want nothing to do with it. I expect this new digital transfer to be flawless.
But it gets event better. This isn’t just a re-release of the classic, it’s a major event.
Following the theatrical release of the film, on September 16, fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the long-gestured Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition, as that film makes its Blu-ray debut. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases of the films will also be available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. This special gift set will only be available for a very limited time, with the collectible Slimer figurine being a true must-have for fans. Both films have been fully restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in high definition on Blu-ray from those 4K sources.
Both the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from Ghostbusters II and more. The Ghostbusters anniversary edition features the original music video of the Oscar nominated song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., while Ghostbusters II includes the original music video for “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown. In addition, Ghostbusters will contain all previously released legacy content, commentary and an interactive Slimer Mode, offering fans a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience.
There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine and other select items to help celebrate the occasion. In addition, SPCP partnered with Gallery 1988 to create a once-in a lifetime experience, displaying original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures inspired by the film.
In addition, Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters soundtrack(!) with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.
Today also marks the premiere of the new website, GHOSTBUSTERS.COM, where fans can access new franchise offerings, including collectible merchandise, music, and more. Fans can register for updates, unique video content, as well as Ghostbusters news.
Directed and produced by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes), with the screenplay written by Dan Aykroyd (My Girl) and Harold Ramis (Knocked Up), Ghostbusters is listed as No. 28 on the AFI’s List of America’s Funniest Movies. Bill Murray (Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers), and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) star, along with Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day), and Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk the Kids). Ernie Hudson (TV’s “Oz”) and Annie Potts (TV’s “Designing Women”) also star in the films.
“University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.”
I’m a pretty big fan of Monsterverse’s comics, specifically the “Flesh and Blood” books. Now they have added “Halloween Man vs. the Invisible Man” to their collection, a 106 page story for only $1.99. It seems like Halloween would have been a more apt time for the release, but you can snag a copy now over at Comixology.
Solomon Hitch has battled a lot of strange enemies during his career as Halloween Man — but now a seemingly unstoppable serial killer has a death grip on Solar City. The Invisible Man has blown into town, with murder on his mind and mad science on his agenda. Can America’s favorite undead superhero outwit one of the most famous monsters of all time? Or will Solar City be forever in the thrall of the unseen terror?
Halloween Man vs. the Invisible Man collects the entire critically acclaimed, award-nominated story arc.
Classic monster fans and comic junkies alike, will find much to enjoy in this thrilling tale of good vs. evil!
This digital edition is 106 BIG pages for only $1.99, so be the first of your friends to sink your teeth into this amazing comic!
Brought to you by the creature obsessed minds at Monsterverse!
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MPI/Dark Sky Films will release Willow Creek in theaters and demand on June 6. I finally saw the film yesterday before my interview with director Bobcat Goldthwait and I have to say I really dug it. I’m usually leery of found footage features, but this movie wins out by concentrating on characters that are actually engaging (rather than onscreen camera operating ciphers).
I really enjoyed my conversation with Goldthwait, which covered a number of topics. But I also really want you to see this movie, so I’ve whittled it down to the Willow Creek essentials.
I watch a lot of found footage horror, so I’m always trepidatious. But I think you made the last really good one.
Thanks! Yeah I’m not a fan of found footage but unlike you I’m not forced to watch millions of them. I’m always wondering who found the footage? “I’m sorry your family got raped and murdered but I’ve edited together a beautiful picture here.”
I really liked these characters. Their chemistry plays a huge part in the movie’s appeal.
That was one of the things that interested me in the movie. That you make these real people. That you empathize with them. In genre movies you usually not only hate the characters, you sometimes hate them so much that you hate the actors playing them. I think sometimes we’re supposed to be identifying with and rooting for the monsters to kill the teenagers. I thought it would be more interesting if these were real people you identified with before terrible things happened to them. I’m really not a fan of letting the audience live vicariously through stuff.
Like, in Falling Down, when Michael Douglas’ character kills someone, we find out that the character happens to be an actual Nazi. A Nazi living in Silverlake. And that was so the audience wouldn’t think that Michael Douglas was a bad guy. In God Bless America I just had people being killed and at first I wanted the audience to be going along with it and not rooting for it. But then I kind of wanted the wheels to fall off and make you squirm and question your own self.
It’s so insane to pick and choose which violent behaviors are acceptable. It should either be that none of it is or all of it is.
I know you’ve worked with Alexie Gilmore a lot. Did you write it with her in mind and cast Bryce [Johnson] later?
I was traveling around just for fun, visiting all of these major Bigfoot places in California. And I had a couple of different ideas for a movie. I thought I would do a Christopher Guest type comedy that takes place at a Bigfoot convention. And when I came back I was talking to Joe Lynch and I said, “you know this really lends itself to found footage but I know that’s really played out.” And he said, “I know you’d do a Western and you’re trying to do a Musical, why won’t you do a found footage movie?” That’s what motivated it.
So once I decided on that I wanted to get two actors who I would love working with but who I would also believe as a couple. And the other challenge, I’m a fan of Joe Swanberg, Lynn Shelton and the Duplass Brothers and I wanted to know if I could pull off a film that was just an outline, if I knew enough about making films to do that. That was the other part of this movie.
Also, one of the films that influenced this movie was Grizzly Man.
I was thinking of Timothy Treadwell while I was watching it! These characters aren’t as nuts, but I see that.
His folly is still their downfall. And Paper Heart was also an influence believe it or not. I liked what Charlene [Yi] did by taking real interviews and mixing it in with the narrative. I knew that if I interviewed enough people they would want to tell the characters stories and tell them not to go into the woods.
Did you grow up fascinated by Bigfoot?
I was totally into it as a little boy. And that was from The Legend Of Boggy Creek mainly. I’m a weird mixture of being cynical but at the same time wanting to live in a world where Bigfoot lives. I think all of the movies I make are in that weird area.
UK electronic artist Gary Numan has released a remix of “I Am Dust”, the opening track from his latest album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). The remix was done by thenewno2 and is a sparse, almost noir remix that is incredibly atmospheric and enhances the dark atmosphere the original possessed.
Give it a listen below.
I’d be lying if I said I fully understood the motivation for fast forwarding Marvel titles ahead to their 100th anniversary. That being said I was always a fan of the 2099 series growing up so a glimpse into the titles future can be fun and a little dizzying given the right changes. Hopefully, these titles break the mold and present something incredible an awe inspiring. The preview has a disturbing lack of H.E.R.B.I.E.
This July, do the time warp and fast forward to the year 2061 as Marvel celebrates the upcoming 100th Anniversary of some of its greatest characters in this new head-spinning limited series! Today, Marvel Comics is proud to present your first look at the 100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – FANTASTIC FOUR #1, from fan favorite creators Jen Van Meter & Joanna Estep.
Witness the first family of the future in a way you’ve never seen them before! What does the Fantastic Four look like in the year 2061? Reed Richards, Doctor Doom and Johnny Storm are all gone – presumed dead. The Fantastic Four has been discredited in the eyes of the public – no longer the champions they once were. Now, a new Fantastic Four will rise up – comprised of Doom’s granddaughter and the Richards-Banner twins. But when a key player in the first family’s past resurfaces – it will have earth-shattering effects on their future!
“We’ve had a bunch of anniversaries lately at Marvel,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe, in an interview with Marvel.com. “Most of our character have had their 50th anniversary in the pasts couple years, We’re right in the middle of Marvel’s 75th anniversary as well. It was [former Senior Editor] Steve Wacker’s idea originally that it would be fun to tackle a 100th anniversary, to imagine our characters as they might be in 40 or 50 years.”
Each week in July sees a new 100th Anniversary Special featuring fan-favorite creators and rising stars as they envision the Marvel Universe of the far flung future! Don’t miss the opening salvo in this mind-bending new weekly limited series when the 100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hits comic shops this July!
100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (MAY140819)
Written by JEN VAN METER
Art & Cover by JOANNA ESTEP
Interlocking Variant Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO (MAY140820)
FOC – 06/09/14, On-Sale – 07/02/14
Chris Evans will fight his way to the front…
Vulture shared this sweet character poster for Radius-TWC’s June 27th release of Bong Joon-ho’s absolutely phenomenal Snowpiercer, which puts star Captain America‘s Chris Evans front and center.
It is now confirmed that U.S. audiences will be treated to the original director’s cut, which had caused a rift between director in studio over the past year.
The film takes place, “In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.”
Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Song Kang-ho, Ewen Bremner, and Kenny Doughty all star.
Magnet Releasing has set a July 8 release for Stage Fright (read our review), Jerome Sable’s horror musical starring Douglas Smith, Meat Loaf and Kent Nolan.
“Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.”
Bonus Features Include: Commentary • The Making Of Stage Fright • Outtakes • Deleted Scenes • Interviews: Writer/Director Jerome Sable • Co-Composer Eli Batalion • AXS TV: A Look at Stage Fright • “The Legend Of Beaver Dam” • Trailer.
Check out the first scene is an amazing dialogue-free introduction into the surreal and menacing world of Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman in limited theaters June 6 (dates).
You can read Patrick’s review right here!
Starring Jan Bijoet, Jeroen Perceval and Hadewych Minis, “A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn’t long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.“
Hailing from Tasmania, Australia, electronic artist Animalia (aka Jill Krasnicki) has released her debut full length album Mouth Full Of Teeth yesterday, which features eight tracks of dark pop and electronica (snag it on (Bandcamp).
To celebrate this release, a video for the opening track “Stifling” has been released. Directed by Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), the video features Krasnicki as she presses her face against a piece of glass, flattening her face into strange visages, while an almost Argento-esque use of color creates a disorienting effect.
Head below to see the video.
The BBC is on the run from the zombie apocalypse.
A unique, new twist on the reality game show, BBC Three is taking a group of contestants and putting them through a zombie apocalypse.
The British cabler announced “I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse,” in which eight contestants will begin an apocalyptic adventure trapped together in a shopping mall, surrounded by the walking dead. The contestants must live by their wits, make difficult decisions, and use urban survival tactics. Their ultimate goal is to avoid the lethal bite of a zombie and stay alive.
During their intense stay, they will face tasks that are necessary for their survival. These tasks are potentially dangerous and will put them in close contact with the undead. The threat will be constant: one bite and they will leave the show in grisly style.
It’s a question of teamwork, as the more of them that stay alive the easier it is to thrive in a zombie-eat-human world. The Army is on its way, but how many of the contestants will have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse?
“It’s nice to finally have a game show where if you get a challenge wrong, you get your arms ripped off and your brains eaten out,” joked Tiger Aspect’s executive producer Andrew Brereton.
LA horror-heavy electronic punk rock duo Creature Feature have released a new track entitled “Nearly Departed”, which you can listen to below. The lyric video is chock full of creepy, macabre lyrics that will make this a perfect track for any Halloween party.
RLJ/Image Entertainment has now shared the official domestic trailer for Peter Engert’s Aftermath, a new post-apocalyptic horror starring Edward Furlong (Night of the Demons), Monica Keena (Freddy vs Jason, Night of the Demons), Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason.
“The devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse is now reality and nine desperate strangers find themselves clinging to life in a farmhouse cellar, while radioactive fallout descends on the darkened world above. These would-be survivors face the nightmare of dwindling supplies, poisonous air and the greatest threat of all — the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in. With each dying day, their choice becomes clearer — stay and let the makeshift shelter become their tomb or face the unknown terrors of the world outside.“