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'Lords Of Shadow 2' DLC Confirmed, Coming March 25

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:33

Konami has confirmed that the rumored Revelations DLC for the newly released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is indeed a real thing, and it’s coming later this month. As suspected, the expansion will feature a playable Alucard, Dracula’s son, and his arsenal of powers that includes the ability to transform into a bat or a wolf — hopefully not for any stealth-based missions — and time manipulation.

I found Lords of Shadow 2 to be more than a little disappointing in my review. Maybe MercurySteam can remedy some of the base game’s issues with this upcoming expansion.

But seriously, no stealth missions.

Revelations arrives on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on March 25.

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Exclusive 'Grand Piano' Clip Strikes A Bloody Chord!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:14

Elijah Wood must play it perfectly, or people he love will die…

Guaranteed to make my list of favorite movies of the year is Eugenio Mira’s masterful thriller, Grand Piano, which is now creating a symphony of destruction on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters.

Elijah Wood stars in this giallo-esque masterpiece along with John Cusack. It also stars Alex Winter, who you may know from Lost Boys and the Bill & Ted movies. He’s featured in this exclusive new clip that takes a shard of glass to a woman’s throat and… just watch as you’ll see one of the best transitions of the year!

In the film, “Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing…

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Bethesda Confirms 'The Evil Within' Hardcover Art Book

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00

Hello, my name is Adam, and I have an addiction. That addiction is hardcover art books — specifically but not exclusively related to video games — which I adore. My collection is paltry, I’m sure, but I’m no less proud of it. There’s something about video game concept art that really appeals to me. Before it’s translated to a virtual world, unshackled by the limitations that technology brings, it’s raw creativity.

All that is an extremely long winded way of saying Bethesda has announced hardcover art books for three of their upcoming games, including Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dishonored, and our most anticipated horror game of 2014, Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within.

I’m still not entirely sold on Wolfenstein’s latest offering, it looks a little grey, but the other two will soon be added to my collection. If you missed it the first dozen times I’ve posted it here on Bloody Disgusting, below you’ll find the latest gameplay demo from The Evil Within.

The Evil Within arrives on August 26th for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. If you’re interested in its art book, you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

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'Godzilla' Art Without Text Is Absolutely Stunning!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:45

Circulating on the Web are two piece of art from Warner Bros. and Legenary’s Godzilla reboot, one from the first teaser poster, the other the cover of Empire Magazine. What’s so fantastic about these hi-res images are that they feature the gorgeous artwork without all of the text in the way. What you end up with are images that deserve a place on your wall.

In theaters May 16, “Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira) Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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[TV] Quartet of "The Strain" Character Images

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:29

FX shared with Yahoo! four character images from their new drama series, “The Strain,” from Academy Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse.

‘The Strain’ is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather” (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Arriving this summer, the series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Regina King, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.

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[Free Download] Snag CVLT Nation's Black Sabbath 'Master Of Reality' Cover Album

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:00

CVLT Nation, celebrating their third anniversary week, has premiered their second covers compilation in their The CVLT Nation Sessions series. This time they’ve tackled Black Sabbath‘s infamous album Master Of Reality and have gotten some major bands to do take the original tracks and give them a fresh yet faithful spin. The free download includes such artists as Graves At Sea, Cult Of Occult, Rorcal, and more.

Below you can listen to the album and also snag your free download.

FREE DOWNLOAD HERE


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[TV] HBO Asia Gets Into Horror Biz With "Grace"

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:58

Variety says HBO Asia is to kick off its second original production with “Grace,” a contemporary horror mini-series.

The four-part hour-long horror mini-series in English and Mandarin is about a father’s mistake which condemns his family to unspeakable horror. Set in present day urban Asia, “Grace” examines the Asian concepts of family, sacrifice and vengeance.

“Grace” will be directed by Tony Tilse, who co-directed 10-part 1960s detective series “Serangoon Road.” It will star “Serangoon Road” talent Russell Wong as a loving father but unfaithful husband, and Pamelyn Chee (pictured, left) as his mistress. Constance Song, Jean Toh and Vivienne Tseng also star, as does Taiwan’s rising star Teresa Daley, pictured.

Production begins next week.

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Watch the Opening 5 Minutes of 'The Machine'

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:50

In limited theaters April 25 from XLrator Media is the festival hit The Machine, which now has an official trailer. In addition, Empire landed the opening 5 minutes, which you can also assemble below.

With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain’s Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’- an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.

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'The Quiet Ones' Motion Poster Burns the Film

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:41

Haunting theaters April 25, the following motion poster for The Quiet Ones burns through film.

From the producers behind Let Me In and The Woman in Black, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke, pictured above, all star.

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First 'Oculus' Clip Will Give You Night Terrors

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:36

With SXSW getting underway today, MTV scored the first clip from Mike Flanagan’s(Absentia, Ghosts of Hamilton Street) absolutely fantastic horror flick Oculus, opening in theaters everywhere on April 11 from Relativity.

In the clip, a girl looks into “the mirror” only to be attacked by her father. She awakes to learn she’s having a night terror…

Mike Pereira raved about the haunter out of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. The slow burn chiller is jam-packed with scares and is the perfect “date” movie.

It stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick).

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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Is The New Tool Album Completed And Ready For Release?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:11

According to CraveOnline, guitarist Adam Jones of progressive rock/metal band Tool was speaking with a meet-and-greet fan before the band’s Portland, OR show and stated that the new album, the follow up to 2006′s 10,000 Days, is 100% complete and will be released this year. Aside from some talk about strange time signatures, that was the most he was willing to give.

Tool has been known to be pretty good about misdirecting people when it comes to album release dates. One member will say one thing and another will refute it only to say something completely different. So, let’s not get too excited just yet, shall we?

That being said, I seriously hope this is true.

Tool tour dates:
March 7 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
March 9 – Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center
March 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 14 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
March 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
March 16 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Arena
March 18 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio De Los Deportes
March 21 – Veracruz, MX @ Festival Cumbre Tajin 2014
March 24 – Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center
March 25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
March 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center


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[SXSW '14] 'Starry Eyes' Imagery Gathers for Sacrifice

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:04

Getting its World Premiere this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival is Dark Sky Films’ Starry Eyes, from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch.

Twitch landed 5 exclusive new stills that can be viewed below.

In it, “In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.

Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Pat Healy and Shane Coffey star.

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All Hail The 'Blood Queen'!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 23:18

Dynamite just announced a new dark fantasy ongoing series, “Blood Queen”, which is slated for a June release. The series comes at you from writer Troy Brownfield and artist Fritz Casas and follows a young woman with magical powers who is hired to save a princess. It is apparently inspired by the true story of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and combines elements of fairytale with the Renaissance era. Although it sounds steeped in generic fantasy tropes, there are definitely intriguing aspect to “Blood Queen”. The covers are taking a page out of the “Vampirella” tradition with plenty of cleavage and a less scantily-clad red suit. Check out all the information below as well as some preview art.

From the press release:

March 5, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the upcoming June release of Blood Queen #1, the first issue of an ongoing dark fantasy comic book series by the creative team of writer Troy Brownfield and artist Fritz Casas. To commemorate the launch, Dynamite has commissioned artists Jay Anacleto, Ale Garza, and Sergio Fernandez Davila to provide the series’ captivating cover artwork.

“I’m really excited to be working on Blood Queen for Dynamite,” says Troy Brownfield, perhaps best known for his fantasy work on Grimm Fairy Tales. “I’ve always liked books that pull together different genres and manage to work on a few levels, and that’s definitely something that we’re doing here. We’ve got the horror element, the fantasy element, and we have medieval drama and all that entails. That means knights, witches, monsters, warring kingdoms, star-crossed lovers, betrayal, and loads of secrets. Or, as I like to call it: a great time.”

Set against the fairytale backdrop of knights and magic, Blood Queen begins with the heartbreaking plight of a royal child, teetering between life and death. Summoned to save the princess, a young woman of untold power begins a journey that will uncover secrets, reveal forbidden desires, and stoke the fires of war. Inspired by the notorious true story of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Blood Queen imagines the Renaissance era as a colorful nightmare of mayhem, lust, and sorcery.

“In terms of characters, one of the central issues is the idea, ‘How are the evil queens of fairy tales made?’” says Brownfield. “It’s less a deconstruction like Wicked and more of a look at what could make a fundamentally good person go bad. Then again, that’s not to say that it’s always going to be the person that you expect, and it’s not going to happen in the ways that you think you’ll see coming. We want to deliver twists, turns and shocks. We’ll also deal with questions of power: who has it, who earns it, who takes it, and why.”

Writer Troy Brownfield has a lengthy history as a comic book writer, journalist, and college professor. He began working in comics on the journalism side, founding ShotgunReviews.com and notably contributing to Newsarama, The Pulse, Newtype USA magazine, and more. He was Associate Editor for Fangoria Comics and The Scream Factory. In addition to creating the webcomics Sparkshooter (with art by Sarah Vaughn) and Solo Acoustic at Sparkshooter.com, Troy has written for the likes of DC Comics, Dynamite, and Zenescope, where he was the regular writer on Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends from 2012-2013. Blood Queen is his first ongoing series for Dynamite.

Fritz Casas, the artist of Blood Queen, has contributed extensively to the Dynamite line in recent years, depicting dynamic, gorgeous female characters in such titles as Miss Fury, Red Sonja: Berserker, Kirby: Genesis – Dragonsbane, and Queen Sonja. “Fritz Casas is doing amazing work,” says Brownfield. “It looks incredible.”
“Troy’s writing is fresh and brings a great take on the character.” States Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Troy’s first project for us was a Buck Rogers Annual he wrote years ago, which was nominated for an Eagle Award. I can’t say express how pleased I am that we are finally able to work on a new project together. Fans will be amazed by Blood Queen.”

Cover artwork for Blood Queen will be provided by Jay Anacleto (Warlord of Mars, Red Sonja) and Ale Garza (Deadpool, Teen Titans), while Sergio Fernandez Davila (Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure) has created a Retailer Exclusive Variant image that can be tailored to promote individual comic shops.

Blood Queen #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Blood Queen with their local comic book retailers. Blood Queen will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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'Vampirella' Gets Relaunched By Renowned Horror Author Nancy A. Collins

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 23:07

Dynamite will be releasing a new “Vampirella” series in June to be penned by Nancy A. Collins, with art from Patrick Berkenkotter. Vampirella is in dire need of a modernization because, let’s face it, there’s not much going on other than blood sucking and thongs. Collins might be just what the character needs (though the covers haven’t changed) and I’m actually pumped to see where the series goes. Check out all the details below.

From the press release:

March 5, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to announce that Nancy A. Collins, the author of Sunglasses After Dark and Vamps, will revive the iconic horror series Vampirella with a #1 issue in June. Collins will be joined by talented artist Patrick Berkenkotter (Avengers/Invaders) for the new ongoing series. Superstar illustrator Terry Dodson will provide the main cover, while a veritable who’s who of industry talent will provide variant collectible covers.

“I’m very excited about taking over the reins on Vampirella,” says Nancy Collins. “I’ve really been enjoying myself so far. In celebration of her 45th anniversary, I’m returning the book’s focus to its horror roots and giving Vampirella a slightly darker edge. Dynamite has been wonderful to work with, and have given me a great deal of support. It’s been some time since I last wrote for comics, and it feels great to be back!”

As the debut “Our Lady of Shadows” story arc begins, supernatural heroine Vampirella is sent by the Vatican to investigate the kidnapping of a little girl by the Cult of Chaos… only to become the centerpiece of a ritual invoking Lady Umbra, the sister-bride of Chaos. Of the fateful repercussions, Collins says, “Vampirella’s life is turned completely upside down, and she finds herself having to team up with the strangest bedfellow imaginable in order to battle both a demonic threat and an elite Vatican hit-squad.”

Nancy A. Collins has spent the last twenty years writing novels, short stories, and comic books for fans of the supernatural, paranormal, and fantastical. Her prose works include Sunglasses After Dark, featuring punk vampire slayer Sonja Blue, the YA series Vamps, a collection of Weird Western tales called Dead Man’s Hand, and a collection of Southern Gothic stories entitled Knuckles & Tales. Her comic book work includes Swamp Thing, Jason vs. Leatherface, Machina Jones, and Predator: Hell Come A’Walkin.

Artist Patrick Berkenkotter is a staple of Dynamite Entertainment, having contributed artwork to such titles as Red Sonja, Dark Shadows/Vampirella, Project: Superpowers, and two Dynamite/Marvel crossovers, Avengers/Invaders and The Torch. “I cannot sing Vampirella artist Patrick Berkenkotter’s praises loudly of often enough,” says Collins. “His pencils are spectacular, and he’s able to make her sexy, menacing, and bad-ass all at the same time. I think the fans are going to be pleased with his work when they pick up Vampirella #1, and I hope they take me to heart as well.”
“My first exposure to Nancy’s writing was in the pages of Swamp Thing, and I’ve always remembered her run. When Gail (Simone) suggested Nancy to write one of the anniversary stories in Legends of Red Sonja, it was a great reminder of how good of a writer Nancy is. As we were prepping for Vampirella’s relaunch, and were discussing potential writers, Joe (Rybandt, Sr. Editor) commented that since we all liked Nancy’s Red Sonja story, why not approach her. The rest, as they say, is history. Patrick illustrating Nancy’s story, and Terry Dodson coming on board as the main cover artist really compliment the series as we go in to Vampirella’s 45th Anniversary. I’m confident that fans are going to love Nancy’s take on Vampirella, and be in it for the long haul. It’s that damn good.” States Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

Dynamite will celebrate the new Vampirella series with a variety of cover options, including a Main cover by Terry Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), Retailer Incentive covers by Jenny Frison, Sergio Fernandez Davila, Jack Jadson, Mimi Yoon, Ken Haeser, and a Subscription cover by Stephanie Buscema dedicated to those hardcore fans who place preorders with their local comic retailers. Sergio Fernandez Davila (Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure) has also created a Retailer Exclusive Variant image that can be tailored to promote individual comic shops.

Vampirella #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Vampirella with their local comic book retailers. Vampirella will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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'Stage Fright' Trailer Gets Green Band Cut

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 22:38

Imagine Phantom of the Paradise on roids…

We now have the green band trailer to Jerome Sable’s musical horror comedy Stage Fright, releasing on iTunes and On Demand on April 3 and following with a theatrical release on May 9.

Described as Scream meets “Glee,” “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.

Fright is the feature film debut of writer-director Jerome Sable, director of the absolutely hilarious, award-winning short, “The Legend of Beaver Dam.” Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith star with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.

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JURASSIC CATS!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 21:06

This is why I love technology and the internet, and want to marry both…

I just stumbled across this hilarious video that replaces the Raptors in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park with cats.

I’m highly allergic to cats, thus this would be an even more terrifying situation for me…

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'Tommysaurus Rex' A New Spin on 'Frankenstein'

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 19:44

…and nothing like Theodore Rex, I assure you…

THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, the adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.

Taking cues from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” “Rex,” published by Image Comics in 2004, “tells of a boy who, after losing is pet dog, moves in with his grandfather for the summer. Bullies just compound his already miserable existence. When he discovers a T-Rex in a cave, the boy’s life changes as he must prove to the townpeople that this new pet isn’t the harmful beast they think he is.

Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner.

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'Snowpiercer' Shuttles Into Theaters This June!!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 19:03

Radius-TWC is finally releasing Bong Joon-ho’s alleged masterpiece, Snowpiercer, in theaters on June 24, 2014.

It is rumored that U.S. audiences will be treated to the original 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.

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[SXSW '14] 'Housebound' Poster's Awkward Family Photo!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:57

Badass Digest landed an exclusive first look at this creeptacular festival poster for Housebound, which takes awkward family photos to an entirely new level…

In the New Zealand-based film, “Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

Housebound is directed by Gerard Johnstone and stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harper, Bruce Hopkins, Ryan Lampp, Ian Mune and Wallace Chapman.

SXSW Schedule:

Monday, 3/10 @ 9:30 PM – Violet Crown Cinema, World Premiere
Tuesday, 3/11 @ 4:30 PM – SXSatellite: Alamo Slaughter
Thursday, 3/13 @ 9:45 PM – Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

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Full Details, 4K Stills for Restored 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'!!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:43

MPI/Dark Sky Films announced today they will be releasing a restored version The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic. The re-release comes in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary, with the restoration having its unveiling at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas next week.

In 1973, Tobe Hooper, a cast of unknown actors, and a crew of Austin film students and recent graduates headed to Round Rock, Texas in the middle of July. For the next 32 days they worked around the clock in 100 degree weather to make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The movie became a huge hit on the drive-in circuit and eventually grossed $30 million. It was invited to the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight, and was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Since then, it has become the eighth highest-grossing horror franchise of all time. In 2012, Sight & Sound magazine named it one of the 250 most important movies ever made.

The new version of the film will be released in theaters this summer with a brand new 4K transfer, roughly four times the resolution of today’s more commonly used 2K for cinema. This is the only transfer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras.

The restoration of the film, overseen by Todd Wieneke of Dark Sky Films, took place at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago with the use of an ARRISCAN Film Scanner.

Taking 5 months of 40-hour workweeks to complete the color grading and the restoration, NOLO engineer Boris Seagraves stated, “This film probably needed the most restoration of any project we’ve done.

Having been shot on less expensive 16mm film stock and cheaper, tougher “reversal” stock, (which means there is no negative), the restoration started by taking the original 16mm film that rolled through the cameras and transferred all 120,960 frames to a 4K scan.

Scratches, film stains, chemical stains, dirt, torn perforations, rips in the film image and glue splices had to go through a pain-staking correction process frame by frame. “There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame. Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70′s looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element. There were tears in the film that we had to digitally rebuild from adjacent frames. There were tens of thousands of things we were dealing with,” said Seagraves.

Estimating that he spent about 50 hours on the color correction alone, NOLO Colorist Michael Matusek used a previous transfer of the film that had been supervised by Tobe Hooper as his guide to a rough color correction. Tobe Hooper then gave notes on this roughly timed version, and the process of adjusting the color began.

Hooper, who helped score the film and did the sound design, was also deeply involved with the audio restoration.

Todd Wieneke stated, “I’ve seen the film literally frame-by-frame and I’m still hearing and seeing things I never noticed before…it just adds a whole different level.” Matusek added, “This 4K scan delivers such an intense reality that it feels like you’re really seeing through the film to the actual world behind it.

Tobe Hooper stated, “I haven’t seen The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on the big screen for many, many years. This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked. The color and clarity is spectacular, displaying visual details in the film that were never before perceptible. The newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack breathes new life and energy into the film. I am very much looking forward to audiences experiencing this film as they never have before.

Now, 40 years after it’s initial release and coming back home, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s new transfer can be seen with a fresh pair of eyes having its world premiere at SXSW, Monday, March 10th at 9:30pm at the Topfer Theatre.

Details regarding the film’s theatrical re-release this summer will be announced in the coming months.

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