Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with horror-infused thrash metal band Rigor Mortis to bring you the exclusive album stream of Slaves To The Grave, the band’s fourth and final album, which you can pre-order here. We’ve also got a whole lot more, including an interview and song descriptions, direct from the band.
The group is comprised of vocalist Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast), bassist/vocalist Casey Orr (GWAR), drummer Harden Harrison (Speedealer), and guitarist Mike Scaccia (Ministry), who passed away late December 2012.
The band, under the Wizards Of Gore moniker, will be playing at the Housecore Horror Film Festival on October 24th in Austin, TX. They will also be performing at the Double Wide in Dallas, TX on Halloween night!
On the next page we have an exclusive interview with bassist Casey Orr and the third page features the full album stream along with song descriptions of each track! Venture forth into the darkness that is Slaves To The Grave!
By now most of you should own the the complete Halloween collection, a miracle of a Blu-ray release from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory.
Included in the box set, which I binge-watched here, are two very different versions of Joe Chappelle’s 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. The theatrical release, as well as the much-bootlegged Producer’s Cut that boasts an extremely different ending.
During the month of October, we’ll be taking a look back at the franchise spawned by John Carpenter in 1978, and sharing some odds and ends you may have missed along the way.
Here’s something we’re actually pretty excited to post – some rare hi-resolution images from The Curse of Michael Myers that you may or may not have seen.
All of these are perfect for your computer background for the rest of the month…
The most interesting thing about the new found-footage creeper Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is that it’s centered around an actual allegedly haunted site – the ruins of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Clophill, England, a place with a sordid history of grave desecration and black masses. The second most interesting thing is that I didn’t want to tear my eyeballs out entirely while watching the film, only during the last half. Directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates’ follow-up to their similarly titled The Zombie Diaries parts I and II is a wholly underwhelming thriller that managed to keep my attention by structuring itself like a cable ghost-hunting show. It’s an approach that hasn’t utterly worn itself out yet.
That being said, Paranormal Diaries suffers from the same flaws those ghost hunting shows have – namely, long periods where nothing happens and then sensationalizing these blank moments with gasps, replays, and shrill music. I was genuinely enjoying the first 20 minutes or so, when a group of documentary filmmakers are discussing their interest in Clophill. There’s a bunch of talking head interviews with folklorists, historians, occultists, etc. that add a lot of flavor to the information coming at us. The film works really well here.
The talking heads are non-actors and plenty of real stock footage is used to help ground the story in reality. It’s difficult to tell between the actors and real people, which is a pleasant change from the typical shit acting in found footage. The church’s backstory is pretty damn creepy too (there’s even creepier parts of it if you do some quick internet research) and hearing real people and locals talk about it adds a great deal of weight to the proceedings. One guy even wears a pentagram necklace so you know he’s not fucking around.
Where it starts to go downhill is when the gang arrives at Clophill. Enter the night vision cameras, the handheld shaky-cam, and a whole lotta nothing. They attempt to use EVP meters and Ouija boards to contact the spirits of Clophill, but they get zilch. Like I mentioned, nothing happens for long periods of time, so it’s a slow-burn. They try to spice things up a bit like they do in the ghost hunting shows by replaying footage in slow motion and being like “Did you see that?” (no, I didn’t see a goddamn thing). Other times they find some animal bones or something that may resemble a human tooth (it doesn’t) and everyone loses their cool over it.
The investigation remains tedious until the climax, where the film simply fizzles out. It’s like Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates had a cool premise to wrap a horror film in, with the actual Clophill ruins and all, but going the found footage route didn’t seem to inspire any creativity in them. There’s nothing new here. After an interesting set-up and the historically rich backstory presented in the beginning, the rest of the film is a massive disappointment.
Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is now available on DVD from Image Entertainment.
“Nailbiter” #6 slows down, shifting its focus to Alice and to a lesser extent Sheriff Crane. If you were looking for a continuation of last month’s huge developments then you’ll be let down, but only slightly. This is Williamson we’re talking about here, so the quality is still through the roof. It feels very much like a one off, not introducing anything we didn’t already have an idea of. Instead it gives Nailbiter a much deserved breather after that roller coaster of a first arc.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Mike Henderson
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: October 1, 2014
Reviewed By: Torin Chambers
Alice is the star of the show this month, becoming our narrator and the lens with which we see Buckaroo Oregon. She briefly summarizes the events of Nailbiter so far, making this an ok jumping on point for new readers. I say ‘ok’ because there’s nowhere you should start Nailbiter other than the beginning, but moving on.
Next we’re introduced to the central conflict of issue #6, Mallory. She’s an about to burst pregnant woman who’s come to Buckaroo to give birth so that her son will become a serial killer which will then in turn make her famous for having birthed him. Definitely NOT the kind of person you want raising a child, or even near one. She tells all of this to Alice before she starts having contractions. Naturally Alice rushes her to the hospital where all kinds of shenanigans begin. There’s a particularly gruesome scene here that had our very own Editor Zac Thompson gagging, so that’s something to look forward to.
Although the hospital gore is awesome, the conclusion to Mallory’s story is a huge missed opportunity and a bit of a bummer. [Spoiler Alert] Mallory does give birth near the end of the issue and it’s incredibly lack luster. She has a couple contractions they get her on the ground and the next page the babies out. No fuss, no nothing. I’m assuming there’s a time gap between the pages but it still feels rushed.
The whole sequence screams of being cut short and would have greatly benefitted from at least a couple more pages. I understand there’s only so much one can do in an issue but I felt this could have been an oversized issue and really give the story it’s trying to tell more breathing room. On top of that it’s also uncharacteristically tame for Nailbiter. I was buckled in for something absolutely horrific to occur during the birth but nothing.
This one off doesn’t satisfy as deeply as Nailbiter normally does but it’s still wholly enjoyable in its own right. Mallory’s tale is an interesting one, even if the payoff is weak. Once again, Nailbiter proves that even when it stumbles its still leagues ahead of other comics.
Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers
Originally slated for release on January 9, Sony is shifting Kitchen Sink all the way to September 4, 2015.
Robbie Pickering directs based on a Black List script by Oren Uziel.
“The action takes place in Dilford, a place where vampires were at the top of the social order, zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. This all goes awry and it’s a battle, and it’s up to three reps of those groups to restore harmony.”
Vanessa Hudgens, Mackenzie Davis, Nicholas Braun, Chris Zylka, Patton Oswalt (pictured), Bob Odenkirk, Ian Roberts, and Josh Fadem star.
Now this is something I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. As it’s the only good thing that came from the disappointingly frustrating “Original Sin.” Sure Thor’s whole hammer thing happened, but it didn’t really have anything to do with the actual story, or at least doesn’t seem to. While Winter Soldiers new position as the man on the wall is close to the heart of what “Original Sin” was all about.
WRITTEN BY: Ales Kot
ART BY: Marco Rudy
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: October 1, 2014
Reviewed By: Torin Chambers
All you need to know is that Bucky Barnes AKA Winter Soldier is now Earths secret first line of defense from whatever unimaginable horrors wish to see us all dead and our planet gone. In layman’s terms Bucky is now a space adventurer.
Written by rising star Ales Kot (who also writes the exceptional Secret Avengers) and illustrated by the magical Marco Rudy (responsible for the breath-taking New Avengers Annual #1), Bucky is in amazingly capable hands. Wasting no time we open with Bucky already in the middle of a mission, one that doesn’t seem to be going so great. He’s been taken prisoner and awaits a very unique form of execution by the King of Syro in front of his people.
This is all part of the plan though and his newest comrade swiftly saves him: Daisy Johnson AKA Quake. The one-time director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who’s also on the run. To be honest I know very little about her so I can’t say if this “on the run” is something that has already happened or something we’ll learn more of in the future.
Marco Rudy’s art, where do I even begin? It’s drop dead gorgeous; lets get that straight right away. Each page of this book could be hung in a museum and I’m sure people would eat it up. It’s pure and utter eye candy from start to finish, but it’s not perfect.
There were multiple times that I had to re-read pages many times to have any idea of what was actually happening. Rudy’s layouts are sometimes so abstract that they begin to teeter into madness. Some incredibly abrupt scene changes are jarring to say the least, especially one involving Namor.
I had a hard time telling who was who in most scenes. The pages are so beautiful but so hard to follow, I’m ridiculously torn on this issue. I wouldn’t change the art for a second but I also want to be able to understand what is going on. It’s a tough call and I’m sure there will be many more people who aren’t as forgiving as I am.
In the end if I’d have to choose between Rudy’s spectacular art or being able to clearly appreciate the story I’m going to have to go with Rudy, it’s just too beautiful. “Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier” #1 is a phenomenal, but confusing read.
Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of “Twilight Zone”: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set.
For the first time ever, Rod Serling’s groundbreaking Original Series (1959-1964) and the classic 1980s Series (1985-1989) are together in one limited edition box set.
With only 7,500 sets created, this limited edition 41-DVD box set is available on November 11, 2014.
In addition to the two beloved series (225 episodes combined), and more than 20 hours of bonus features listed below, The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set contains one of four possible collectible 1960s Twilight Zone comic books. Limited Edition packaging features 3D black and white lenticulars and a serialized number on each of the box sets.
Over 20 hours of bonus features include:
· New featurettes with never-before-seen interviews
· The “American Masters” documentary Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval
· Dozens of audio commentaries previously available only on blu-ray
· Rod Serling interviews, lectures and appearances
· Interviews with cast and crew
· Original sponsor billboards
· Isolated music scores
The latest poster for The Vicious Brothers’ upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving in the States on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st, was just abducted.
“Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is 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 venture out toward the crash site and discover 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 they ever thought possible.“
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).
Just over a week ago (and about a week late) I made a Steam Curator page partly just to experiment with the new feature, but mostly because I know how challenging it can be to find a quality horror game on a platform that’s gradually become inundated by titles of wildly inconsistent qualities. The point of our Curator page is to gather some of the best horror games on Steam so all you have to do is find the game(s) you think may be interesting.
To make up for lost time, I said we’d celebrate reaching a thousand followers with a special giveaway. I assumed it would take a few weeks, maybe longer, for the page to gain steam (sorry). Instead, it took a week.
Because my word is my bond, or whatever, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
The fine folks at Funko have gifted me with some awesome Pop! Vinyl figures of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger to give away to six of you.
TO ENTER: Put I’m Funky for Funko in the subject line and include YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS in the message which I’ll ask you to send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be chosen at random on Friday, October 10. No PO Boxes. All are eligible.
And don’t forget to follow our Curator page!
Ironic that Sony just got behind the long-delayed Zombieland (review) sequel as today marks the 5th anniversary of Ruben Fleischer’s hilarious horror comedy that starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray (who had the most epic cameo of the decade). The film was a monster success taking in $100M worldwide, which is why a sequel was quickly put into development, even if it never came into fruition. One of the best little gimmicks in the film are the “rules”. Which rule would be your flaw? Too bad the Amazon television pilot was so awful because we could have had a world of Zombieland…
Also released in 2009 was Filmax and Magnet’s incredible found-footage sequel [REC]2 (review), which originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This was in the early days of VOD platform pushes, and was considered an exciting moment for horror fans to be able to rent it the same day as it was in theaters. The coolest aspect of the sequel was how Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza evolved the story so that these zombies were actually possessed by demons.
What really makes October 2 so special is it’s the day DreamWorks took a big chance on The Ring, one of the first remakes that started the reboot fad and also the J-horror trend. Nothing ever came close to the success The Ring had both financially and in terms of quality horror. Gore Verbinski’s visual style is what set the tone for this terrifying reboot of the Japanese franchise, Ringu, which racked in $250M worldwide. It’s also one of the rare horror films to break $100M in the states, actually pulling in a shocking $129M. I remember DreamWorks setting up early screenings across the country, which is what started the hype train a rollin’. It’s too bad the sequel was so awful, even though the home video release came with a kickass short film , directed by TMNT and Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning‘s Jonathan Liebesman. If you have no teen this, seek it out immediately. Even though the franchise has gone quiet, a 3-D sequel is in the works (completely bypassing a found-footage one).
October 2 was even better, though, sharing the day with Dee Snider’s criminally underrated, way ahead of its time 1998 Strangeland, about teenage girls who are victimized by a psycho (named Captain Howdy) who lures them using the Internet. The film was a box office disaster, but has found life among us horror fans on home video.
In 1987 Kathryn Bigelow’s revolutionary vamp flick, Near Dark, blasted into theaters. Starring Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar, Bill Paxton, Jenny Wright and Tim Thomerson, “Country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) whittles away the quiet rural nights hunting local girls – but when he falls prey to the mysterious and beautiful Mae (Jenny Wright), Caleb unknowingly becomes the hunted. Mae is no ordinary girl, Caleb soon learns; she is part of an outlaw band of vampires, and their love is about to lure him into a terrifying world of bloodlust, mayhem and absolute horror. Will Caleb pay the ultimate price for love and eternal life – or will he find a way to defeat the evil growing inside him each night NEAR DARK?” The film is insanely bloody and features some wicked special effects work.
Of these aforementioned films, which is your favorite, and which are you going to revisit this coming weekend? I feel like re-watching them all is in order…
From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigfoot. We have this new clip that sets off the movie in the wrong direction. Why is Bigfoot attacking? Find out below…
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.“
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
NBC is taking you behind-the-scenes of “Constantine,” the DC Comics/Warner Bros. TV adaptation starring Matt Ryan as the chain-smokin’ title character.
The new featurette has new footage and interviews from the fantasy vehicle “about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine, who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.”
Harold Perrineau Jr., Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford co-star. Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer exec produce.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series. It has already been adapted into the 2005 feature film starring Keanu Reeves.
‘Scratches’ Dev Reveals Official Adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft Novel, ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’
I’ve often complained about the bizarre lack of games that take from the rich well of unnerving stories that is the works of legendary horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft. Indie developer Senscape seems to have heard my pleas, as they’ve just announced their plans to bring us an official — yes, official — adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short novel, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. The team behind Scratches and Serena have returned to Kickstarter, where they hope to raise an ambitious $250,000 to realize this dream project.
Usually, I’d be fully on board, and, for the most part, I am. I need more Lovecraftian games, and I’d prefer they be in the competent hands of a team that’s familiar with his works and the horror genre, which Senscape clearly is.
The one thing that’s keeping me from fully geeking out over this is their other horror adventure game, Asylum, which accrued an impressive $119k on Kickstarter nearly two years ago. They’ve continued to offer updates on the state of the game since, but donating to a second crowdfunding campaign from a developer that still hasn’t (not that they won’t!) delivered on their first isn’t an easy to choice to make.
It’s a decision that’s entirely up to you. To help you decide, here’s a trailer.
If you’d like to support this game, head on over to its Kickstarter page.
If you’re one of those creative types that makes art or creates remixes, there’s a pretty cool opportunity waiting for you courtesy of Dracula Untold. Fans have the opportunity to either create original artwork for the album cover or remix the title track of the film to win exposure and some cold hard cash.
The film’s soundtrack is composed by Ramin Djawadi, who composes for Game Of Thrones and did Iron Man and Pacific Rim.
Here are the prizing details:
The Album Artwork winner will have his or her work featured as the official cover art for the single release on Back Lot Music; receive exposure across Dracula Untold’s social media channels; receive $1,500.
Remix winner will have his or her remix featured as a digital release on Back Lot Music in connection with “Dracula Untold”; receive exposure across Dracula Untold’s social channels; receive $1,500.
Maya Bogle, co-founder of Talenthouse, said:
This partnership perfectly demonstrates how global brands are using Talenthouse to tap into the world’s creative community for large scale projects. This collaboration will help to liberate creatives everywhere and offer them a unique reason to partner with a global studio such as Universal, whilst providing financial rewards and the opportunity have their work showcased around the world.
To enter the album artwork contest, follow the details here and for the remix, you can find instructions here. Entrants have until have until November 3, 2014 at 6pm GMT to submit and upload their entry.
TentSquare, the first social network and content studio creating Crowd Powered Entertainment, has launched its first TentSquare Challenge where a judge challenges members to create videos no more than 2 minutes on a topic. The 25 videos with the most votes are reviewed and awarded a cash prize, in addition to other prizes.
Final Destination‘s Jeffrey Reddick challenges TentSquare members to create videos on the topic of #ZombieBromance for the first challenge.
$500, copies of Modernciné’s horror library including “All Cheerleaders Die, “Jug Face” and “The Woman,” soundtracks for “The Woman” and “All Cheerleaders Die” on vinyl, in addition to a signed copy of “Final Destination” by Jeffrey Reddick.
Submissions open October 1st – October 30th. The winner will be announced on Halloween, so the sooner you submit, the sooner people can start voting on them!
Good luck ‘Zombie Lovers’
Chris Cold is an artist I’ve featured numerous times before here on Bloody Disgusting. Fun fact: my wanting to share his work with all of you is largely responsible for the creation of Modern Art, my sporadically recurring series that focuses on art, mostly from undiscovered artists, that’s of a macabre persuasion. I first discovered his uniquely atmospheric work on Deviant Art about six years ago, and I’ve been stalking following him ever since.
This made it especially exciting for me when Chris agreed to help me with another recurring series, The FEAR Awards — our annual celebration of the best games the horror genre has to offer — the banner from which he designed.
Now we’ve made it to the part where I shut up so you can soak up some more work from an artist that I admire, even though he makes me feel so woefully untalented. Enjoy.
For more Chris Cold, feel free to check him out on Facebook.
With Will Smith taking his talents elsewhere, Warner Bros. is now seeking to reboot the now dated I Am Legend (the awful digital effects work was dated the day of release).
Deadline reports that the studio is working on a reboot that isn’t meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2.
Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End of the World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the studio by then had talked to the I Am Legend producers and noted enough similarities to the themes and mythology of that film that they asked the scribe to consider a redraft to fit that property.
The studio made a previous attempt to prequelize Legend, hiring Arash Amel to write a script that would have brought Smith’s Robert Neville scientist character back, right before the calamitous events that left him alone on the planet. They just couldn’t figure it out and scrapped the attempt.
The 2007 original grossed $586 million worldwide, $256 million of it domestic.
Pinup art reminds me of the holidays because our family used to litter the house with holiday hangers.
As we shared with you last month, Trevor Henderson has created a series of horror hangers that included Regan, Michael Myers, a Cenobote and Brundle Fly.
Henderson has updated his Esty shop with even more hangers, this time adding the Xenomoprh from Alien, Freddy from A Nightmare On Elm Street (with super long arms!), Jason from Friday the 13th and even the hero zombie from Return of the Living Dead! Personally, I love the demonic templar!
These old-school hangers are printed on 100 pound glossy card stock, connected with brass fasteners, and come packaged in a clear plastic bag with a paper header.
You think you know the real story of Dracula? Well you don’t, idiot. According to the makers of Universal’s new film Dracula Untold, none of us do.
But everyone in the Orlando area can remedy that on Wednesday, October 8, with a FREE preview screening of Dracula Untold, two days before it sinks its fangs into theaters. It’s going down at 7:30pm at Universal City Walk:
AMC Universal Cineplex 20
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
We have 42 passes to give away, so get there early as seating is not guaranteed. Each is good for two people, which makes 84 folks that can get in. The significance of this number is unknown to me, but maybe the mystery will be revealed when Dracula Untold drops some arcane knowledge on us uncultured swine!
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.
Delivery: The Beast Within is now on DVD and digital HD from Cinedigm and The Collective. Blending found footage and reality show genres, the feature marks the directorial debut of Brian Netto, who also co-wrote the film with producer Adam Schindler.
We have (3) copies of the DVD for you guys to enter to win. To enter, put DELIVERY in the subject line and then send YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS to email@example.com. Winners chosen at random. No PO Boxes. US only.
“Delivery: The Beast Within follows Kyle (Barclay) and Rachel Massy (Vail), a young couple who agrees to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show. The family begins to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child. After production is abandoned, a first hand account of the tragic, and possibly supernatural, story is told through the show’s un-aired footage and testimonials from friends, family and crew members.“
· “The Birth of Delivery” – Nine minute making-of featurette
· Audio Commentary with Actors Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay, Producer Adam Schindler and Director Brian Netto
· Audio Commentary with Composer Daniel Cossu, Supervising Sound Editor Darin Heinis Producer Adam Schindler and Director Brian Netto