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7 Unbelievable Horror Movie Facts!

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:01

Movies are often full of changes and trivia, but these horror films truly have some remarkable tidbits attached to them!

Everybody loves trivia. Whether you’re using it to be a hero and win some contest at a pub or just annoying your friends with it mercilessly, trivia is great because it’s short, digestible bursts of “Did You Know?” What’s more fun than that? The horror community is also such a fervent, passionate group of people that their enthusiasm towards trivia perhaps goes unrivaled. They can tell you exactly who’s under Jason’s mask in Friday the 13th Part IV or how many deaths take place across the Halloween franchise. However, as fun as trivia is, it’s also everywhere. So you know Reagan’s vomit in The Exorcist is pea soup, so does everyone, buddy! Accordingly, we’ve gone the extra mile to find some especially poignant gems from your favorite horror films that you hopefully have never heard before. And if you have, well then your trivia team, “The Dream Warriors” is going to have a lot more competition next time.

1. Stephen’s King is Spelled Wrong in Carrie’s Trailer

At this point Stephen King might have over a hundred adaptations of his stories filling both your television screens and movie theaters, but there was also a more humble time when he wasn’t the mega-author that he is today. Brian DePalma’s excellent adaptation of Carrie is actually the first Stephen King story to undergo adaptation. While the process would open the floodgates for the author, it didn’t change the fact that he wasn’t a household name yet. As a result, the “burgeoning writer” sees his name misspelled in Carrie’s trailer, going the Steven route. With King arguably being the biggest horror writer that there is, it’s crazy to think of a time when he was putting up with people screwing up the spelling of his name.

2. Psycho Is the First US Film to Show a Flushing Toilet On Screen

A lot of people think of the shower when they think of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and rightfully so. One of the most iconic murders in all of horror happens to take place in one. But while everyone is busy focusing on the shower’s importance in the movie, there’s an unsung hero in the bathroom that’s widely overlooked. That’s right, the toilet. Up until this point, a toilet flushing had never been shown in an American film (a terribly lewd, inappropriate act to depict, obviously). Psycho broke barriers by making toilet flushing possible, and cinema has never looked back since!

3. A Man Sued Warner Bros. For Fainting During The Exorcist …and Won!

We all want horror movies to be frightening. That’s their point. But it’s kind of bizarrely twisted that because a horror film does its job too well, it can actually be penalized for it, which is exactly what happened with William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. After an audience member fainted and broke their jaw from hitting it on the seat in front of them, they brought forth a lawsuit towards Warner Brothers. The victim claimed that due to the use of subliminal images (which the film does employ) he fainted. Warner Brothers settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, but awarded him something! A lot of theaters after the fact even had paramedics on hand to deal with the mass hysterics and fainting that was prone to happen, to avoid this from happening again! It all just sounds like a Nathan For You prank gone wrong to me.

4. The Gauntlet That Shelley Duvall Endured During The Shining

Shelley Duvall’s shriek heavy performance in Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining, is pretty apparent even if you’ve only seen a few minutes of the film’s second half. Duvall’s performance as Wendy Torrance is so shrill and fear-filled, it’s too much for a lot of people, going as far as reading as “annoying” amongst certain circles. Whether Duvall’s work rubs you the wrong way or not is irrelevant, the point is that she genuinely seems to be terrified, which is fundamental to the role. The only stipulation here is that apparently Duvall’s performance isn’t so much a wonderfully channeled piece of acting, but rather the result of the onslaught of torture that Kubrick put Duvall through, in order to get her performance to where he wanted it. Kubrick is known for being an eccentric and filmmaking using unconventional methods, but here Kubrick was constantly dismissive to the actress (going as far as telling her she was wasting everyone’s time), told crew to never show her sympathy, and would have her do hundreds of takes for scenes. By the end of the production Duvall was losing her hair and had to carry bottles of water around for how dehydrated she was from crying. That’s a lot of work to create the most terrified wife in horror.

5. Priests Were Present to Bless Moviegoers Seeing The Conjuring

Audiences were so shaken up after watching James Wan’s The Conjuring, that a special screening in Chicago had a priest present after the movie to cleanse any audience members who felt violated by evil spirits. Naturally, this was a whole lot of showmanship, but so much of horror is buying into an illusion that this gimmick actually worked and incited more fear and paranoia from moviegoers. A special piece of boilerplate was even present, warning that, “The film you are about to see is psychologically and emotionally disturbing.” Maybe for The Conjuring 2 they’ll even sprinkle brimstone around the theater.

6. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s Original Title Was Head Cheese

If you work your way through The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s commentary track with director, Tobe Hooper, you’ll come across the interesting tidbit that the film’s to-the-point title went through a bit of a revision process. Hooper and the film’s co-writer, Kim Henkel, had originally given their film the unusual title, Head Cheese, of all things. From that point the title slowly morphed into Leatherface, before ultimately taking on the title that we’re all familiar with (which wasn’t too popular at first, either). It was likely the lack of impetus and rationale behind Head Cheese as a title that sort of explains why thing’s slowly evolved. But can you imagine if one of the most unnerving films of all time had this as its title instead!?

7. The Skeletons in Poltergeist Are Real Human Skeletons

How expensive would you think rubber prop skeletons are? Well, they’re a whole lot more expensive than the real thing, apparently! Makeup artist on the film Craig Reardon brought up that real skeletons would actually be cheaper than creating something, and so this macabre mix of fantasy and reality was incorporated into the picture to great effect (although the actors weren’t told originally, mind you). While not as prominent, Hooper would employ the same technique on Texas Chain Saw Massacre as well, with the skeletons present there, also being the real deal.

Now spread this knowledge and inform every horror fan you encounter! Perhaps they’ll even have something new and unbelievable to respond back with! But what about you? What do you think the crème de la crème of horror trivia is? Sound off in the comments below!

You know, I had heard that on the set for Oujia 2

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This ‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer Drops the Serious Face, Gets Silly

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:03

Warner Bros. has a superhero problem, not that this is news to any of you guys. Batman V. Superman wasn’t the booming success it should have been*, and tone is pegged as one of the issues (even though there’s chatter of Warners re-releasing the film in theaters with an R-rating to boost the box office gross).

Just last week there were reports of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad going back behind the camera to lighten up the dark, moody DC adaptation. The new direction is all but confirmed in a freshly launched trailer that drops the serious face and gets silly to “Ballroom Blitz” blasting in the foreground. It’s pretty great, even if I don’t like the idea of a studio toying with the tone of the film after the fact.

The new footage is jam-packed with zingers and action, tons of shots of Margot Robbie as the lovable Harley Quinn, and even finds time to reference the fear of Superman in Batman V. Superman.

Yes, Warner Bros. has a DC tone issue, and forcing a dark film to be more kid-friendly is walking on thin ice. I’ve always been an advocate of a film being the tone is needs to be, and not pigeon-holed one way or another. Suicide Squad is a dark, adult storyline that should be targeted as so. It’ll be interesting to see how much the studio over-reacted when it opens in theaters on August 5th.

The insane cast includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jim Parrack, Ike Barinholtz, Common, Scott Eastwood, David Harbour, Corina Calderon, Alex Meraz, Raymond Olubowale, with Ben Affleck returning as Batman.

*Gross box office doesn’t account for the theaters’ take and massive marketing costs that more than often are equal to the film’s budget (Batman V. Superman is listed at $250 million). You can do the math.

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20 Years of ‘Resident Evil’ Box Art

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:00

I’m a fan of good box art. Not a connoisseur, but definitely an enthusiast. Unfortunately, quality box art is hard to come by these days, as the startling majority of what we see plastered on retail shelves is usually just a slight variation of a similarly themed game. It’s an annoying trend that continues to affect most post-Modern Warfare shooters, from the abysmal Medal of Honor reboot to the extraordinary BioShock Infinite. No game is safe.

Since 1996, there have been more than two dozen standalone Resident Evil games — not including the many remasters, obscure spin-offs and digital-only titles.

You would expect a series like this to have box art that’s all over the place, and it does not disappoint. When I was spending an inordinate amount of time compiling these covers, including some UK variants for our friends across the pond, I expected to see more stumbles than successes. Choosing a favorite isn’t easy, but since I’d like to know yours, I suppose I’ll settle on the GameCube remake (sorry, Resident Evil 2). What about you?

Resident Evil (1996)

Resident Evil: Director’s Cut (1997)

Resident Evil 2 (1998) Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)

Resident Evil Survivor (2000)

Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000)

Resident Evil Gaiden Resident Evil Remake (2002)

Resident Evil Zero (2002) Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)

Resident Evil Outbreak (2003) Resident Evil File #2 (2004)

Resident Evil 4 (2005) Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (2006)

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007)

Resident Evil 5 (2009) Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011)

Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)

Resident Evil 6 (2012)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015)

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Trailer Trauma’ Offers a Wonderful Collection of Cult Trailers

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:55

About a month or so ago I reviewed Kung Fu Trailers of Fury from Severin Films. I loved it, it’s a wonderful set of kung fu trailers but I talked about how it’s strange to review trailer sets. I never know where to begin or what to talk about exactly. I ended up making it through that review ok, so I’m going to give it another go with Trailer Trauma, the second Blu-ray release from Garagehouse Pictures.

When Garagehouse Pictures sent out their press release for Trailer Trauma they did so by offering up quite the promise. Here’s the synopsis they give:

Unlike other collections which often recycle the same old previews for the same old genre titles, Trailer Trauma features rare theatrical trailers that have not been previously released on DVD. See over two hours of previously unavailable trailers for some of the most ridiculous films in history: thrill to the action of BLACK FIST, IRON MASTER, and KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL! Quiver in horror as you face the DAWN OF THE MUMMY, the REVENGE OF THE LIVING ZOMBIES, and the INCREDIBLE TORTURE SHOW! Scratch your head at the utter absurdity of DEATH BED, MUTANT WAR, and NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER! For fans and connoisseurs of psychotronic cinema, TRAILER TRAUMA is an essential addition to any collection.

Advertising trailers that have not been previously released on DVD (or Blu-ray for that matter) is quite the selling point. Now I can’t 100% confirm their claim, but I have a number of DVD trailer sets and I can say what Garagehouse delivered with Trailer Trauma is definitely not a duplicate of anything else I own. So yes, it is possible that some of these trailers have appeared elsewhere, but I think it’s safe to take their word when they say they haven’t.

This set is jam packed with trailer goodness. Coming in at over 2 hours (2 hours and 17 minutes to be exact) Garagehouse Pictures managed to squeeze in 65 trailers. At least 65 trailers is what they have listed, although the first one is the animated cat for the old restricted feature warning that you see on some older grindhouse films (or newer films going for that old grindhouse vibe). So if you don’t count that, there’s only 64, however, some trailers are for double bills, essentially giving you trailers for two movies in one. If I remember correctly there are two of these such trailers, so that would give us a final tally of 66 trailers plus the restricted cat trailer. That’s a lot of stuff!

Unlike Severin’s Kung Fu Trailers of Fury, there is no specific theme for Trailer Trauma. The majority of the trailers are horror of course, but not all. A few other varieties are tossed in like a trailer for the martial arts film No Retreat, No Surrender, which I believe was Jean-Claude Van Damme’s debut feature. A few other action-y/ninja trailers make appearances throughout.

Choosing a favorite trailer on this one is not easy. There’s plenty to choose for and a lot of it I had never seen before. Umberto Lenzi’s Sacrifice!, also known as Deep River Savages, makes an appearance. That one is most definitely memorable and maybe the most graphic trailer of the bunch. Mean Frank and Crazy Tony is another one that really jumped out at me. This looks to be a buddy cop film with a more violent edge. It stars Lee Van Cleef and Tony Lo Bianco. I’ve never seen it, but after watching the trailer it’s most certainly high on my list of must-see movies.

If I had one complaint about Trailer Trauma is that there aren’t any special features of any kind included. Not a huge deal but I would have loved to hear more about these trailers. Per the specs the trailers were digitally mastered in 4k (and they do look great) from various 35mm release prints. It would have been really cool to hear about these prints and where they found them. I know Garagehouse Pictures has a very interesting story about how they stumbled upon the print for Ninja Busters, their first feature film release, so I’m curious if something similar happened with these.

The package is really nice for the Blu-ray. Garagehouse uses clear cases which I appreciate because it allows you to show off more art. And the artwork here is spectacular. The incredibly talented Stephen Romano is responsible for this all-new original art and he did a wonderful job. It makes for a nice movie to show off on your shelf with the rest of your collection.

Trailer Trauma is really awesome. If you love movie trailers, especially for older cult/horror movies, you’ll most definitely love this. And better yet, this is just the start for Garagehouse, Trailer Trauma 2 is coming out next month!

Trailer Trauma is now available on Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures.

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Elle Fanning In ‘The Neon Demon’ Delivers Classic Horror Vibe

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:47

Below is a new shot from Nicolas Winding Refn’s supermodel horror The Neon Demon, which opens internationally on June 8th.

The picture is very Argento-esque and features Elle Fanning as ‘Jesse,’ an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles in hopes of breaking through. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by NWR and Mary Laws, the film’s principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

Alessandro Nivola plays Nicolas, a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse.

Composer Cliff Martinez recently stated that the film vibes with Mark Robson’s Valley of The Dolls and Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with the music of Drive.

“I think Neon Demon had some similarities to Drive,” he says to Vice’s Thump, adding “it’s kind of a sparse electronic score.” Noting that the score “is almost all synthesizer,” he adds, “there’s a lot of places where the music is really pushed out more into the spotlight, even more than Drive. I think I got a bigger part in the film, it’s flattering.”

He continues: “We describe the first half as a melodrama like Valley of the Dolls, and the second half is like Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It doesn’t seem to be a traditional horror film to me, but horror is the genre that it’s closest to.

Amazon Studios will release the film in theaters this coming summer.

Bon anniversaire Elle Fanning ! Révélation envoûtante de The Neon Demon, nouveau film de NWR..
Rendez-vous le 8juin. pic.twitter.com/GnsrVRAcrG

— The Jokers (@thejokersfilms) April 9, 2016

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A Look Ahead at This Season’s “Fear the Walking Dead”

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:43

Following last night’s return of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the spinoff companion series “The Walking Dead,” AMC shared a look ahead at the series’ second season that looks like a mix of “Lost” and George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead.

Last season, “Fear the Walking Dead” explored a blended family who watched a burning, dead city as they traversed a devastated Los Angeles.

In Season 2 the group aboard the Abigail is unaware of the true breadth and depth of the apocalypse that surrounds them; they assume there is still a chance that some city, state, or nation might be unaffected — some place that the Infection has not reached. But as Operation Cobalt goes into full effect, the military bombs the Southland to cleanse it of the Infected, driving the Dead toward the sea.

As Madison (Kim Dickens), Travis (Cliff Curtis), Daniel (Ruben Blades), and their grieving families head for ports unknown, they will discover that the water may be no safer than land.

Episode 201: ‘Monster’
Our families flee a burning Los Angeles on Strand’s yacht, Strand remains mysterious and our group encounters danger at sea.
Written By: Dave Erickson
Directed By: Adam Davidson

Episode 202: ‘We All Fall Down’
Our group seeks shelter with a survivalist family. Madison tries to uncover the family’s true motives. Salazar works to uncover Strand’s intentions.
Written By: Brett C. Leonard, Kate Barnow
Directed By: Adam Davidson

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Get a Sneak Peek at ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 00:04

The MTV Movie Awards held a slew of new teasers and trailers for upcoming films and Legendary decided to show off a behind-the-scenes look at Kong: Skull Island amidst that chaos. The footage is basically several interview segments with stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson as well as clips of some intense action that will be seen in the movie, which is set during the Vietnam War.

Speaking with EW, Tom Hiddleston stated:

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed it, had this extraordinary idea. I don’t want to spoil too much… But it’s a whole new re-conception of the mythology. It essentially follows a group of disparate travelers and explorers and soldiers who travel to an undiscovered island in the South Pacific. And it’s set in a time period where you could conceive that there are still undiscovered places on the earth. What they find on the island is surprising, and then every character has a very different response to it. It’s going to be spectacular and epic, but also the human drama is kind of interesting as well.

The movie also stars John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell. Kong: Skull Island comes out May 10th, 2017.

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“Scream”: MTV Welcomes Back Ghost Face (Trailer)

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 21:55

During the MTV Movie Awards the first trailer debuted for “Scream,” now set to premiere on Monday, May 30th, a day earlier than originally announced.
MTV and Dimension TV today announced new roles, casting and premiere date for the second season of their “Scream” TV series.

The new cast includes: Kiana Ledé (Republic Records Recording Artist), Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First”), Sean Grandillo (“Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company) and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan”).

[H/T] Bloody reader ‘doodaderek’

“With production currently underway in New Orleans, LA, MTV and Dimension TV’s second season of “Scream” picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer, but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets—they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And, Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the season one murders. Lakewood’s murderous past, both recent and distant, are once again brought to focus – with this Killer’s psychotic mind-game intent on bringing Lakewood’s heroes down in a storm of betrayal and bloodshed.”

“Scream” stars and series regulars Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke) will return for the second season.

Michael Gans and Richard Register serve as EPs and Showrunners for the second season along with Harvey and Bob Weinstein as EPs under the Dimension TV umbrella.

Here’s a breakdown of who the new characters play:

  • Kiana Ledé (ZOE – Series Regular)– a fellow high school student, Zoe is a driven overachiever who harbors a secret. Credits include: Republic Records Recording Artist
  • Santiago Segura (GUSTAVO ACOSTA – Series Regular) – A high school student, Gustavo is dark and brooding. An outsider, observing from the sidelines, he’s a skilled artist who’s deeply into horror, serial killers and comic books. Credits include: 47 Meters Down and “Silicon Valley.”
  • Anthony Ruivivar (SHERIFF MICHAEL ACOSTA – Recurring) – An outspoken, competent and experienced cop, Sherrif Acosta returns to Lakewood, where he grew up. He is a devoted, if sometimes strict, family man who’s very protective of his son, Gustavo. Credits include: “Banshee” and “American Horror Story.”
  • Austin Highsmith (KAREN LANG – Recurring) – A young, idealistic high school psychology teacher who becomes a confidant and mentor to her students. Credits include: “Murder in the First” and “Criminal Minds.”
  • Sean Grandillo (ELI – Recurring) – Eli is Kieran’s (Amadeus Serafini) cousin. He presents as squeaky clean image, but may have ulterior motives. Credits include: “Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company.
  • Karina Logue (TINA HUDSON – Recurring) – Tina’s proper and polite, but with a grifter’s sense of self-reliance. Credits include: “Ray Donovan” and “Bates Motel.”

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Three Months After His Passing, We Look At David Bowie’s Legacy

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 16:15

Three months ago today, legendary musician/actor/producer David Bowie passed away after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. His passing came a mere two days after his 69th birthday as well as two days after the release of Blackstar, his 25th studio album. To say that his passing sent shockwaves throughout the world is an understatement. Many felt that Bowie was essentially invincible and immortal, destined to provide us with his unique music and his charming and accomplished acting abilities for years to come.

I personally find the thought of seeing Bowie as some kind of deity-like figure somewhat offensive to the memory of him. He was no god and, in many ways, he was no saint either. He was a human being, which meant he was flawed and he was vulnerable. And for me, that’s what made his creative work so special. That’s what made it stand out. By avoiding the starry gaze that many have for celebrities and the work they craft, I find that I’m more amazed and appreciative of their work because it comes with pain, fear, rage, sadness, joy, excitement, and every other gamut of emotion that one can think of. It’s what makes me able to relate to Bowie’s music, to let it really have an impact on my soul.

When a celebrity passes away, there is often a discussion on the legacy they left behind. We look at the movies they made, the art they painted, the music they wrote, the books they’ve written… Whatever their craft, we look at their output for solace and comfort, knowing that we’ll always have those works with us, even though their creator has moved on.

Bowie’s longtime collaborator and producer Tony Visconti wrote a poignant and touching statement after the star’s passing:

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry. [Source]

On January 10th, a small part of me died when I heard of Bowie’s passing. I grew up with Labyrinth, much like nearly everyone else of my generation, and had always enjoyed The Hunger and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Additionally, his music was a staple at one of my neighborhood friend’s home, so I always heard his voice wafting through the rooms and down the hallways whenever I went over.

As I said earlier, I prefer to look at these celebrities as human beings. Yes, Bowie left behind a library of music that can be pored over for years without becoming repetitive. Yes, he starred in movies that are acclaimed and cherished by millions. And yes, he lived a life in a manner that is enviable, never seeming to care what people thought of him, allowing him to be himself. But I think he has a legacy that many are overlooking: his family.

Bowie left behind supermodel Iman, who is known for her charitable works with programs such as Keep a Child Alive, Enough Project, and Save the Children, amongst others. Her efforts in these endeavors have gained her much recognition, all of it well deserved. The couple also have a 15 year old daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones. Many posts have spoken about how the strength Bowie had in his final months were due to his want to “…spend as much time as possible with Lexi. [Source]

And then there’s Duncan “Zowie” Jones, David’s son from his previous marriage with Angie Bowie. Duncan has carved himself as one of the smartest directors in the movie industry, blowing people away with his 2009 feature length debut Moon. The film won 18 industry and festival awards, including the NBR Award for Best Directorial Debut, and was nominated for a further 17. Afterwards, Jones directed Source Code, a sci-fi/thriller that was almost universally acclaimed by critics but was ultimately a sleeper hit, one that fared better overseas than domestically.

But Jones’ biggest project is the upcoming Warcraft, the film adaptation of the wildly popular Blizzard video game series. Coming this summer, the movie tells the origins of the conflict between the humans and the orcs, using lore from the games as well as the novels. With a budget of $100 million, the movie is already generating huge amounts of buzz and could very well become the next fantasy film franchise.

Circling back to David Bowie, I spoke about the idea of leaving behind a “legacy”, leaving something that lives on beyond ourselves. Obviously, Bowie has his collection of music and his films that will be studied, appreciated, and loved for decades, perhaps longer, to come. However, I choose to believe that his legacy lives on not just in the music he shared or the films he created but also in the work and endeavors of his family. After all, what could make a father and husband more proud and feel like his life had meaning than to see his family succeed?

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Baby Terrors! Horror Character as Cute Babies

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:25

Artist Alex Solis is probably best known for his popular art collections Famous Chunkies and Icons Unmasked, but one of my favorites is Baby Terrors where he imagines horror characters as cute little babies.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Solis says “I have a 6 month old baby right now and it was October so I wanted to create something that was inspired by him everyday! I wanted to give them a horrific look but still a very innocent feel to them. I think it makes them cute, you almost want to be murdered by them!

Check out the gallery below, and make sure to check out all of his work at his website!

 

See the rest of the Baby Terrors series here!

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‘The Possession Experiment’ Trailer is Vicious, Gory, and Epic

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 15:20

A new trailer for the upcoming exorcism film The Possession Experiment has been released and really gives a taste of how grand the movie is going to feel.

While it looks like the film primarily takes place in the basement of creepy manor, the premise of the film allows for the exorcism to be streamed online and, therefore, be available for anyone to watch directly in their home. From there, it seems that the movie takes some inspiration from Kairo, where ghosts and demonic entities can invade their host through the power of the internet. That reach really gives this movie an interesting twist as it makes the possession feel almost like a plague sweeping across the globe.

The Possession Experiment stars Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Greg Travis, Chris Minor, Jake Brinn, Nicky Jasper, and Angelo Reyes. It is directed by Scott Hansen and as of now has a release date of October 2016.

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Next Week is ‘Resident Evil’ Week!

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 13:00

Hide the children and take inventory of your dangly bits, because Resident Evil Week is coming back and I’ve heard it’s going to be way better than the original. And yeah, we could’ve done this when the series turned 20 last month, but then I found out April 15 is Tax Day, so I figured we’d try to balance that out with another week-long celebration of all things Resident Evil.

So stick around, stranger. We got somethin’ that might interest ya’.

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What if Horror Icons Used Lightsabers Instead?

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 12:08

The past couple of years have seen a lot of love go to the Star Wars community. More than a decade after the “new trilogy”, which left a very sour taste in many mouths, new films are popping up left and right and, as a whole, are either highly acclaimed or generate such a buzz that it’s impossible not to get at least a little caught up in the fervor.

Us horror fans have some incredibly vivid and wild imaginations, thinking up incredible ways to take a character and give them a clever spin, one that will take them into another universe, perhaps one that’s far, far away.

That seems to be the mentality of the folk over at Halloween Love, who decided to put together a series of images that take iconic horror moments and replace the/add in weapons with lightsabers, the iconic blade of the Jedi and Sith.

Below are several examples and you can see the full series at the link above.The past couple of years have seen a lot of love go to the Star Wars community. More than a decade after the “new trilogy”, which left a very sour taste in many mouths, new films are popping up left and right and, as a whole, are either highly acclaimed or generate such a buzz that it’s impossible not to get at least a little caught up in the fervor.

Us horror fans have some incredibly vivid and wild imaginations, thinking up incredible ways to take a character and give them a clever spin, one that will take them into another universe, perhaps one that’s far, far away.

That seems to be the mentality of the folk over at Halloween Love, who decided to put together a series of images that take iconic horror moments and replace the/add in weapons with lightsabers, the iconic blade of the Jedi and Sith.

Below are several examples and you can see the full series at the link above.

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‘Darling’: The Films That Shaped Mickey Keating’s Hypnotic Classic!

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 10:18

Mickey Keating’s superb new thriller, Darling, is making some serious noise during its first week of release.

Now on VOD and in limited theaters, critics are raving about Keating’s psychological horror story that stars up-and-coming genre titan Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face, The Mind’s Eye), as well as Brian Morvant, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and V/H/S fav Helen Rogers.

Trace reviewed the film, calling Darling a hypnotic, trippy ride, while Luiz raves, explaining that it mesmerizes with minimalist filmmaking.

We are huge fans of this little indie gem and reached out to Keating to talk about the film’s influences.

“My new film ‘Darling’ is out in theaters and available on VOD this week and so I decided to celebrate the only way I know how – by talking about a bunch of movies that I adore,” Keating tells us. ” ‘Darling’ is a love letter to surreal, strange, often nightmarish films that bury themselves deep into your mind and make your skin crawl. Here’s a list of films I love that do just that. Enjoy!”

Roman Polanski’s 1965 Repulsion

  • That Cold Day In The Park – Robert Altman made this film quite early in his career and it so brilliantly captures the quiet descent of a very troubled protagonist. Sandy Dennis is perfectly unsettling from frame one and it makes her increasingly violent obsessions all the more terrifying.
  • Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy (Repulsion, The Tenant, and Rosemary’s Baby) – Three masterworks of crushing paranoia, internalized claustrophobia, and the nightmare world of a fractured mind.
  • Barton Fink – I included this next because it’s a clear love letter to the “Apartment Trilogy,” specifically The Tenant. Barton Fink is another film that throws the audience into the head of a truly untrustworthy narrator and forces them to watch as the world literally goes to hell.
  • The Innocents – What more do I need to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said thousands of times? It’s bliss.
  • Diabolique – A perfect combination of crime and madness. I’d argue that the bathtub scene in this film is the best in horror history. This is a perfectly creeping, atmospheric trip, with beautiful black and white images and a terrorized girl in a white nightgown. What’s not to love?
  • Eraserhead – The perfect nightmare. It seems ridiculous to even mention it on this list because every filmmaker owes some sort of creative debt to Eraserhead, I’m sure. But still, I just can’t resist. It’s perfect in every single way. Shot in LA, it feels like another world. It’s a beautiful hallucination.
  • Tetsuo, The Iron Man – Another upsetting, surreal, nightmare. You can feel it burning itself into your brain as you watch. There are absolutely no rules to the way it’s told and that’s what makes it so dangerous.
  • Images – Another Altman head trip that takes a step even further into the surreal. The soundtrack was created by John Williams and Stomu Yamashta and served as the primary inspiration for the score in Darling. This film is totally intoxicating.
  • Surface Tension – This 1968 experimental short by Hollis Frampton was a huge inspiration for Darling. From the flashing text, to the rhythmic phone ringing, and jarring view of New York City. Frampton’s work is astounding and a standout example of film as an individual art form.
  • Persona – Perfection.

Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo, The Iron Man (1989)

CLICK OVER TO THE NEXT PAGE FOR A NEW CLIP, POSTER AND IMAGES FROM DARLING.
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‘Dear Esther’ Goes for a Walk On PS4, Xbox One This Summer

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 22:21

For the better part of a decade, The Chinese Room has been doing for atmospheric walk ‘n talks what Telltale has done for episodic gaming — and like Telltale, the stories they tell expand on a preexisting universe, rather than create one. It’s an odd approach to game development, but it’s one that gave us narratively ambitious titles like Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, which weren’t at all afraid to get weird.

It was the experimental Half-Life 2 mod Dear Esther that first showcased their ability to make going for a walk while someone talks at you a worthy premise for a video game. There’s a mystery it asks you to solve, but there’s no urgency to it. Without enemies or objectives, the narrative becomes the carrot-on-a-stick that carries its relatively brief 2-3 hour running-time.

Dear Esther won’t click with everyone, but I it’s worth checking out to see if it does for you. It’s available now on PC, Mac and Linux, with a planned release for PS4 and Xbox One this summer.

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‘Killing Floor 2’ Update Lets You Kill Your Friends

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 18:01

We’ve had a whole year to paint every surface in Killing Floor 2 with the red and squishy insides of those nasty Zeds. It’s been fun mulching monsters with my mates, covering their sixes and taking time between each firefight to gently wipe the blood from their face while I give them a friendly pat on the bum. We’re blood brothers and sisters now, and nothing gets between that.

Okay, I fibbed. Friendship is a fleeting, amorphous thing with a definition and value that varies depending on the person. It can erode over time, so it’s totally okay if you’re thinking about speeding that process up a bit with Killing Floor 2’s new versus mode.

Revenge of the Zeds gives players like myself the chance to find our former comrades on the battlefield so we can promptly set about making a messy meat pie out of their tummies. We’ll do this because we’re monsters, and monsters don’t know what it’s like to cup the ass of a friend to give them the strength they’ll need to survive. Monsters can’t understand that, all they know is what the mad scientists at Horzine Biotech designed them to do, and that mostly involves killing things.

The versus mode takes a page from the book Left 4 Dead has yet to finish by dropping two teams inside a locked arena and leaving them in there until they’ve sorted out their differences. The update also comes with various technical improvements, a handful of weapons and a map, the prison, which you can check out below.

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Twisted Music Video of the Week Vol. 226: Jamie T “Zombie”

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 17:30

There are some days where you just feel like a zombie, shambling and aimlessly wandering around, performing your day-to-day task with a certain kind of mindlessness. On days like those, sometimes all you can do is keep going with the blankest of expressions and act like nothing phases you.

Such is the case with Jamie T and their video for “Zombie”, which shows the band performing the song in bar as they slowly turn into the undead. Once the transformation is complete, they begin falling apart, sometimes with the assistance of each other, and the limbs and blood begin flowing freely!

You can hear “Zombie” on Jamie T’s album Carry on the Grudge (iTunes).

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‘Alan Wake’ Epilogue DLC is Free On Xbox

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:47

There’s a lot to love about Alan Wake, from its stunningly atmospheric visuals to the quirky Twin Peaks-esque charm that could be used to describe its narrative, cast and the world they both inhabit. Remedy’s supernatural thriller gave us gaming’s second best Barry, introduced us to “Night Springs”, and then it left us with some wonderfully strange epilogue DLC in The Signal and The Writer, which are now available on the Xbox Marketplace at no charge.

The two episodes pick up where Alan Wake left off, as the eponymous writer struggles to escape from a surreal new prison in the icy depths of Cauldron Lake, where words can be transmuted into the objects they represent using the power of product placement (thanks, Energizer!) and sinister flocks of sentient murder-books seek vengeance for all the times we’ve dog-eared them.

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More Potential Proof of Who Negan Hits in “The Walking Dead” Finale

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:16

The internet community is still buzzing about the season six finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead“. The introduction of Negan was something the comic book readers have been desperately awaiting for a while, knowing full well that his introduction into the series was a turning point that brought violence and death in ways never before seen.

Now he’s in the show and the finale ended with a scene that mirrors a pivotal moment in the comic. Whereas we know what happened in the graphic novels, the show left us on a cliffhanger, one that has fans desperately seeking any clue or piece of evidence that will give them an answer.

While Greg Nicotero has made it clear that no one knows who bit the bat bullet, there are people who are scouring every moment of the finale’s ending to see if they can figure it out on their own. And a new theory uses Negan’s actual motions and movement to see where the bat fell.

Check it out above and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments!

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Slasher Series “Dead of Summer” Begins Around a Campfire

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:51

The slasher motif of a campfire story sets the stage for the new horror series “Dead of Summer,” which will premiere on Freeform Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.

Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”), Alberto Frezza (“Charlie’s Angels”) and Eli Goree (“The 100”) star with Candyman‘s Tony Todd.

Williams will play a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group. Frezza is Deputy Garrett Sykes, a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add up. Goree will play Joel, an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counselor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening. (Deadline)

In addition, the network announced that series creators/executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (“Once Upon A Time”) will direct the first episode. Williams, Frezza and Goree join previously announced cast members Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”), Ronen Rubinstein (“Orange Is The New Black”) and Paulina Singer (“Gotham”).

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