Very sad news as it’s been confirmed by Leonard Cohen‘s official Facebook page that the prolific singer/songwriter/poet/artist has passed away at the age of 82. No cause of death was given.
Cohen began recording music in the late 60’s and continued writing and releasing music as the years went on. Just three weeks ago, Cohen released You Want it Darker, his fourteenth studio album. He also authored several books of poetry and two novels, “The Favorite Game” and “Beautiful Losers”.
In 2008, Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and throughout the years he was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Grammy’s, Meteor Music Awards, Juno Awards, and more. His music was featured in a wide array of films, including Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, the TV show “Scrubs”, Watchmen, and “True Detective”, among many others.
Cohen is perhaps best known for his song 1984 single “Hallelujah”, which was popularized by a cover from Jeff Buckley. Since Rufus Wainwright’s cover was featured in Shrek, the song has gone on to achieve even more recognition and popularity, with over 300 cover versions known.
There are few people who leave behind such a legacy upon their passing. Cohen was more than just a musician, he was the voice for countless people and his music and words touched millions. We send out deepest condolences to his family during their time of grief.
Our first short in today’s episode is one of the creepiest in World of Death. In Michael Crum’s “Malice” a woman suffers from what I can only assume to be a series of deranged fever dreams involving some eerie and torturous Cenobite-like creatures (or alternate representations of herself). Is this sequence drug induced? Is this woman going mad? Has she died? You will find yourself asking the same questions by the end of “Malice”, but I really think you’ll enjoy the cool visuals, moody lighting, and creepy context of this film.
Our second directors Jason Overdorf and Brian Goren bring us back to the lighter side of things (if you want to call it that) with their short film “The Munchies.” A man seems to be feeding quite a few indulgences between the weed he’s smoking, the cannibalistic horror film he’s watching, and the person he’s eating. Wait, what?! That’s right folks, this dude has a BAD case of “The Munchies” and the only thing that can satisfy his craving is YOU!
World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for. Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre. And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go. Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.
Just in time for the new movie!
Alice’s big screen story comes to an end this coming January in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and the beloved video game franchise that of course spawned the film franchise is headed into Funko’s POP! vinyl line in celebration. Six characters from the games get the vinyl treatment in the Resident Evil wave, including humans Jill Valentine and Leon S. Kennedy.
As you might expect, we’re more into the monsters, and the other four POP! vinyl toys bring the series’ various bad guys to the toy shelf. Up top you’ll see Licker, and Nemesis, Hunter, and Tyrant are also joining in the fun. What’s special about both Hunter and Tyrant is that they’re are a massive 6″ tall, and the super-sized toys are respectively exclusive to GameStop and Hot Topic.
Expect all the Resident Evil POP! toys to hit shelves in early 2017.
Hat tip to @FunkoTree for the images.
Centering on a doctor with psychic powers who is enlisted by the police to track a serial killer, Afonso Poyart’s Solace was once intended to be a sequel to David Fincher’s Se7en!
Now, Lionsgate Premiere is behind the film that stars Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, and Marley Shelton. It will be released in limited theaters on December 16th, which also means a VOD release around the same time.
Here’s the first trailer for the film to go along with the trailer and synopsis:
When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.
It may not seem like the best place for a little rest and relaxation, but Darren Lynn Bousman and Clint Sears’ aptly titled ‘The Tension Experience: Ascension’ offers, in its own weird way, an escape from the confines of social media, conventional morality, and reality itself.
“This isn’t as necessarily about freaking you out as it is about making you feel uncomfortable and making you be present. It’s to get them out of the mundaneness. I mean, for me, it’s this: we’re so distracted by our cell phones and our technology. This is to immerse you in the story,” explains the Saw II-IV director and ‘Tension Experience’ creator Darren Lynn Bousman. “To me, it’s to make people present, to be in the moment, and to show that entertainment can exist outside of a TV screen or book. This is a play that requires you to be active, not passive. To me, that’s the future. I want people to be active in the entertainment they consume.”
When entering the premises, each participant is asked to leave their cell phone, purses, glasses, jewelry, and any other item of value or distraction in their cars. Although in this day and age it might seem odd to leave one’s phone behind, the point is to cut off a person’s constant connection to the reality, and fully immerse them in Bousman’s wicked little secret societal universe.
As Bousman himself puts it, “Think about it when was the last time you watched a movie, honestly, and weren’t doing something else. Checking email, texting somebody, tweeting, walking out of the room to grab a snack, I think to force someone to be present, where they can’t do that, we take away everything from you, and you have to be in the moment, your suspension of disbelief is much easier to do because you have nothing to distract you and I think that’s what I want to do.”
It’s very important to Bousman for people to leave what they know behind, and enter his structure with an open mind.
“I love immersive theater, I loved this thing called “Sleep No More” when I went to it in New York, which is, you are a simple character. You are in the production and it requires you to be active. You have to actually get out of your comfort zone and do things that make you feel uncomfortable. [For The Tension Experience], you come here, and come to this weird place, where you can talk to the actors and be someone you’re not, and I think that it does break people out of their shell.”
After your social media outlet has been taken away, it comes time to enter the OOA Institute, and begin the immersion process into the Church of Anoch. Normally, when it comes to haunted attractions, the experience may become a little frightening at times, but you’ll at least have your friends alongside you to laugh with you when someone jumps out and scares you. No such mercy is granted at the Tension Experience. First, you’re told to park your car in a dark and desolate parking lot somewhere in the realm of downtown Los Angeles. You’re then asked to sign a waiver agreeing to allow the actors of the Tension Experience to touch you, while simultaneously agreeing not to touch them. Next, you’re picked up by a stoic driver in a strange van and a bag is placed over your head. You’re then driven to an unknown location and dropped off one by one, separate from your friends, and told to pound on a door just before the van speeds off with everyone else still on board, and you’re left alone in the dark.
“There’s like three different storylines running at the same time, and each of those storylines has numerous things you can do in it”, says Bousman excitedly while describing his horrifying haunted attraction baby. “You can even do one where an actor will take you on a one-on-one. That means you can literally get in someone’s car and end up at a random gas station. So, like, the possibilities are endless, and it’s also a four-hundred-page script. It’s a living, breathing thing, and it continues to shift as you interact with it.”
After the van drops you off and you pound on the door, you enter a ‘50s style stark white waiting room with something akin to church music playing on the radio and a woman behind a desk smiling absurdly at nothing. She asks you to fill out some paperwork featuring some very personal questions, like your religious denomination and views on nudity. She tells you to say “Glory be” while you fill out your sheet and she plays with your hair and feeds you candy and stares at you openly without blinking; always smiling, always somehow seemingly on edge.
You’re then given a safe word (mine was COWARD) and led to another room that looks like a meeting area in a retirement home – if that retirement home happened to exist inside of a psych ward. Slowly, one by one, people you recognize begin to enter the room, but it’s not long before you’re separated from them again, and ushered down a hall with a bag over your head, all the while trusting that these people aren’t leading you to some strange torture chamber. There’s more processing to be done, some of which includes removing your clothing and changing into a hazmat suit, and some of which asks you to close your eyes and describe how you would punish an abusive mother if you were God. In here, it feels less like an organization, and more like an endless labyrinth, filled with twists and turns and unholy secrets begging to be explored.
In one room, I was told my senses were “being removed” as I was blindfolded and given earbuds that played nothing but static while people threw hot wax on me and forced me to eat random items. In another, I stepped into a blood red lit confinement filled with sand and talked openly about my sexual experience with strangers while fully naked people wearing tribal gear stalked slowly around me. At one point, I was even kidnapped and taken off site and forced to bear witness to a man being murdered, as a bag was again thrown over my head and I listened to the man’s pleas while I heard his brain being bashed in and felt bloody brains shoot up onto my arms and chest, all before being escorted back into the institute, which by this point, I thought I might never be leaving. The entire time, I realized slowly, that this was unlike anything I had ever done before. Usually, when it comes to haunted houses, the thrill is all in the seconds where a person or an effect jumps out and scares you. This wasn’t about frightening its audience for a moment, it was more about the creeping dread; the sensation that something was sneaking up behind you, and that you be safe for the moment, but that moment is about to end.
After the experience was through, which took around two and a half hours total, I was brought behind the scenes to speak with the ringleader himself, Mr. Darren Lynn Bousman. Backstage, Bousman stands in front of a monitor that displays thirty different little screens for each individual room, so he can see what is happening every single moment of the way. From there, he conducts his actors, recites instructions, and in the meantime takes little breaks to tell me about his unique immersive experience. It is a true peek behind the wizard’s curtain.
“I think what I love about this is how much it’s evolved from where we started. I think if I were to do this with Abattoir or Saw, there’s already pre-defined character base and what it looks like. There’s not room to for it to grow. With this, we’re constantly building upon to let it change, so it’s gone 180 degrees from where we started. I love that it’s its own thing, but what the idea is that this thing will turn into a movie. The storyline will turn into a film after this closes. And it’s the idea of taking one piece of property and having numerous things. It’s an immersive experience, it’s an ARG, it’s a movie, it’s an online game. That way you’re having one narrative that’s told over three or so different platforms and each platform is furthering the narrative. Not retelling it, it’s furthering it. So if you come in on the ARG you hear the storyline, and then if you start here, it’s a different storyline continuing it, and then the movie would pick up where this thing ends.”
When asked to expand upon the idea that eventually this would all be turned into a movie, Bousman confirmed that he is, definitely, planning on making a ‘Tension Experience’ film. According to him, the movie will begin production in January of 2017.
“The script was written long before this” Bousman tells me matter-of-factly. “The movie is what got this made, so I have a script for this. The script is about uh, it’s quite different, but it deals with an immersive experience gone awry. So the movie actually deals with an immersive experience gone wrong. There are so many things that could go wrong in this that uh – I have blood on my face don’t I?”
I laugh and tell Bousman that yes, he does indeed have blood on his face. After everything I had gone through during the evening, I just assumed he had done it on purpose. He grabs a tissue and begins wiping the blood off of his cheek as he continues to describe his plans for the movie adaptation.
“It’s not a horror film. It’s a kind of psychological heist movie about how an immersive theater company…here’s the thing. What’s so scary about these type of productions is, someone could come in and change the script, do whatever. People submit themselves to this, and they do whatever we ask them to do. Eat this, sniff this, take this, pull the trigger on this gun. How do you know what reality is? So, it deals with [the actors] manipulating people who go through the immersive experience, but it’s very much Reservoir Dogs, which is kind of a departure, and that’s how I got this finalized. The producer, Gordon Bijelonic, read the script and was like, ‘We gotta make this’. I was like, ‘Let’s make the immersive experience first’. And we created the brand name around The Tension Experience. And so now, it’s kind of blowing up.”
All in all, ‘The Tension Experience: Ascension’ was the most immersive and exhilarating haunted attraction I have ever participated in, and if you think you can handle it, you should do so immediately. This is an experience definteily worth checking out – showrunner Bousman is a master of manipulating people into leaving what they think they should know behind and readjusting their sense to accept a new way of thinking, even if it’s just for a few hours. After all, when it comes to the latest event in holiday themed terror, it’s not about the scares, it’s about the tension.
“What kills me and what would kill me is this ends, and it’s written off as just another haunted house. I think that the choreography and the acting ability, I mean these actors are so fucking incredible, that I want to see more of these things, and I think the only way that more of these things exist is if people know about them and know what immersive theater is. This is the type of entertainment that I, personally, as a fan of this stuff, want to see more of” says Bousman with fire in his eyes. “I think that that’s where this is important, as an artist, as a filmmaker, as a director, I think we have to look for new ways to engage an audience. That’s always been my thing as a director. How does an artist engage? This. This is how you do it. You force them to do something that forces them to be present.”
November 12th marks the final weekend of the ‘Tension Experience’, so make sure to get your tickets and get sucked in to this intricate odyssey through the strange and the macabre while you still can. Glory be to the church of Anoch, to the OOA institute, and most of all, to the twisted mastermind Darren Lynn Bousman.
A new clip from the supernatural abduction horror/thriller Shut In has come out and it’s not really all that exciting but it does speak to the level of fear and concern that will be present in the film. If you want something a bit more exciting, I recommend watching this clip from earlier today.
Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Oliver Platt (Flatliners, Lake Placid) also star in the thriller directed by Farren Blackburn and written by Christina Hodson.
“A child psychologist living an isolated life in rural New England is struggling to put her life back together after the loss of her husband. She’s a strong woman whose courage is put to the test when she’s caught in a deadly storm, trapped in her home, and cut off from the world around her.”
Shut In hits theaters tomorrow, November 11th.
After premiering at last March’s SXSW Film Festival, HBO has set a January 23 premiere date for Irene Taylor Brodsky’s Beware the Slenderman documentary.
Based on the iconic character that started on the Something Awful forums years ago, “In this horrifyingly modern fairytale lurks an online Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. The entrance to the internet quickly leads to its darkest basement. How responsible are our children for what they find there?”
Trace reviewed the film out of the world premiere exclaiming it “will terrify you, but not in the way you might expect…”
We now have the trailer for the the documentary from HBO Films, who is also behind some fantastic stuff like last year’s mind-blowing “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”.
BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN tells the story of the internet’s elusive Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times, then set out on an odyssey to meet the tall and faceless man known online as Slenderman. Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers, the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and our society’s most impressionable consumers of media. The entrance to the internet can quickly lead us to its dark basement, within just a matter of clicks. How much do we hold children responsible for what they find there? (SXSW)
Here’s a story we wrote in 2014 about the real-life attempted murders.
Welcome to… the RING OF HORROR.
Horror fans are some of the most creative and talented human beings on this planet, and we’ve got yet another example of that awesome creativity for you today. If you’re a fan of both horror and wrestling, you will absolutely love what one fan has done with the recently released video game WWE 2K17: he literally created an entire federation that’s full of nothing but horror icons.
Appropriately titled Ring of Horror, the custom-made federation was made using WWE 2K17’s community creations mode, which allows gamers to create their own superstars, title belts, shows and arenas. The man behind the massive undertaking is Anthony Sketch, and as he explained to us, he even came up with a brilliant backstory to explain how all the icons came together.
Ring of Horror features a total of 36 Horror icons, both heroes and villains. 20 men and 16 women, all beating the crap out of one another to be the “King of Horror Champion” (Men’s Division), “Queen of Scream Champion” (Women’s Division), or the “Hack and Slash Champions” (Tag Team Division).
The arena is custom made to fit the horror feel, and also has an interesting backstory.
The host of Ring Of Horror, Guile, is using the Necronomicon to bind them all to the arena, unable to kill each other, fighting for the entertainment of others. Currently nobody knows why, but people are too busy enjoying themselves to care.
The roster of horror icons in the Ring of Horror federation includes the big slasher villains like Jason, Freddy, Michael, and Leatherface, and Sketch also created characters such as Ash Williams, Herbert West, Candyman, Cassie Hack, Jigsaw, Pennywise, and Trick ‘r Treat‘s Sam. Coolest of all, this custom content can be downloaded to your own system so you can play along.
Preview the federation below and then feel free to watch a horror icon Royal Rumble!
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but we’ve reached a point where there’s almost too much great horror TV to choose from. Between “Ash vs Evil Dead”, “Scream” and “The Walking Dead”, horror fans have it pretty good. There’s one show that’s being looked over, though and at this point I’m confident in saying that it’s one of the best of them all – “The Exorcist.”
The show’s painfully formulaic first episode coupled with the fact that it airs on Fridays isn’t doing it any favors, but I’ve taken the time every week to watch it with my parents’ cable login online, and each episode has improved on the last markedly. There’s great twists, awesomely disturbing moments featuring insects (and of course vomit) and a genuine care for the original film that most modern re-imaginings wouldn’t take a second to think about.
I could go on all day here, but I already made a video with five of the biggest reasons you need to binge FOX’s “The Exorcist” as soon as possible. You can watch it below.
I realize half this country isn’t in the best of moods, and probably can do without additional negativity, but I’d be remiss to talk about how god awful this season of “American Horror Story” has become.
Weirdly, the sixth season of “American Horror Story”, dubbed “Roanoke”, started off with a whimper. But what it had going for it was the mystery behind it; it was captivating enough to keep this writer tuning in week after week. Co-creator Ryan Murphy then promised a major twist, which actually paid off quite a bit; when it was revealed that the first five episodes were a documentary, it changed how those episodes were perceived, giving them instant value. It was an earth-shattering move that would also up the ante for the following episodes, allowing the filmmakers to get their hands really dirty. Unfortunately, this is when the show fell apart and never recovered.
The season is only 10 episodes long, thankfully, which is why I’m toughing through this. I was hoping that it would eventually come together, but ultimately it’s a disaster that’s worse than any of the previous season finales (they’re all disappointing). I think that one thing is clear now: Ryan Murphy and his team of writers are not horror fans, and don’t understand the genre at all. “Roanoke” started as a typical “American Horror Story” drama, which is why it worked, but once they entered “our” territory, well, that’s when they dug themselves a hole they could never climb out of.
The second half of “Roanoke” is nothing short of mean-spirited trash, void of any social commentary or meaning. It’s bleak, cold, soulless garbage that aims to hurt the audience for the sake of shock value instead of telling a story. The past two episodes were a complete mess, dropping any effort to entertain by forcing audiences to watch nearly two-hours of people screaming, yelling and being tortured for absolutely no reason whatsoever. While the show seemingly delivers on its promise, it’s sloppy filmmaking at best that comes from a place of horror imitation instead of from those who love our genre (see: “American Horror Story: Roanoke” Paid Tribute To Cannibal Holocaust Last Night).
This may be harsh but I hate, no, no, scathe this season of “American Horror Story” and don’t wish it upon anyone. I think it’s time for Murphy and FX to hang it up, but unfortunately they’re now talking about mixing seasons into a super season that will, and I guarantee this, leave us all disappointed (again).
Here’s a look at the season finale boasting yet another unprecedented twist that will surely drop the ball…
Poor Taissa Farmiga. Poor, sweet Taissa Farmiga.
Series creator Ryan Murphy has been known to pay tribute to horror films past in “American Horror Story,” but last night we saw a tribute (or a rip-off, if you prefer to call it that) that we certainly did not expect to see. The latter half of “American Horror Story: Roanoke” has taken on a full-on found footage style, and last night homaged the original found footage horror film.
Long before The Blair Witch Project came along and made the sub-genre popular, director Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust played around with the docu-filmmaking style that wouldn’t become a full-blown sub-genre until many years later. In fact, the film was presented so realistically that many people, at the time, believed Deodato had actually killed his entire cast!
On “AHS” last night, the film’s most shocking moment was recreated.
The ninth episode of “American Horror Story: Roanoke” introduced new characters in the form of your typical found footage victims, one of whom was played by series regular Taissa Farmiga, and two of the adventurous pals were killed by their curiosity when the Roanoke ghosts captured them. They were tossed to the ground and, well, giant skewers were shoved through their butts.
Yes, Farmiga’s character and the character’s friend were turned into human shish-kabobs by the vengeful ghosts, and then posed much the same way as that ill-fated woman in Cannibal Holocaust. They were then set on fire and burned alive, taking that moment from Deodato’s film to a whole new level of shocking and horrifying. If there’s one thing “AHS” loves, it’s shock value.
We screen-grabbed some shots for you below, in case you missed it.
As we’ve noted, this season of “AHS” has also paid tribute to The Blair Witch Project.
In 2000, animation studios Pierrot and Aniplex created a TV anime series called Ghost Stories (Gakkou no Kaidan), which was directed by Noriyuki Abe and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. The story is rather basic: A young girl moves to a new town, befriends some of the local students, and then finds out that pretty much the entire town has ghosts roaming throughout. Yes, there are more details to connect all the dots but that’s the gist of it.
Anyways, the anime pretty much failed miserably, which is why there was only one season that featured 20 episodes. According to TVTropes.org, Pierrot sold the rights to the show in a desperate attempt to avoid bankruptcy back in 2005. When ADV asked what conditions there were for the series, supposedly they only got these three rules:
1. The overall story should be intact.
2. It had to be lip synced correctly.
3. No names could be changed. [Source]
ADV took this as an opportunity to create something wildly different and, in my personal opinion, absolutely fantastic. It was something that I don’t think anyone anticipated, nor could they have. What they did was turn the story into one gigantic running gag line, making things up as they went along. Rather than follow the story perfectly, they kept the overall concepts but then radically changed the characters and their lines simply because they thought it’d be funny. Hell, there are even rumors that the first person in the office on any given day was the person who got to call the shots!
I have to warn you that some of the jokes are not “politically correct”, so keep that firmly in mind if you watch the below compilation. There’s a great description of what happened from voice actor Monica Rial that you can watch on YouTube where she even states that they wanted to be, “…equal opportunity offenders“.
Also, you can watch the first episode of Ghost Stories over at Crunchy Roll.
We’ve got a little something for every horror fan on your list!
One of the most iconic “weapons” in the horror genre’s history is Dr. Herbert West’s needle full of glowing green re-agent serum, which he initially hopes to use to bring the dead back to life. Of course, things don’t quite go as planned, and the re-animated corpses are, well, murderous monsters who mostly just want to kill everyone and everything in their path. Oops.
In the first wave of his officially licensed Re-Animator collection, Cavity Colors artist Aaron Crawford has turned Dr. West’s serum into a candle, and it’s the perfect gift for the Re-Animator fan on your list this year. The 12oz “Re-Agent” candle is made of 100% soy wax, and the lime green wax turns dark green once lit; when it dries up, it takes on a flesh tone. How fun!
The first edition is limited to just 300 citrus-scented candles, and they go up for grabs today, November 10th, at 5pm EST. You can grab one exclusively in the Cavity Colors shop beginning at that time, where you’ll also find the complete Re-Animator collection. Other goodies include two shirts, an ugly Christmas sweater, two enamel pins, and even an embroidered patch.
The Re-Agent Candle is guaranteed to bring you back to life!
Earlier this year, Trace wrote up a great selection of some of cinema’s scariest moments in non-horror movies. The piece collected several scenes that scared Trace and, frankly, I can completely understand why. Judge Doom is a creepy son of a bitch and the face melting scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Yeah, that gave me nightmares for MONTHS as a kid!
Since Trace offered his picks, I thought I’d come in with a few of mine to see if you all relate to them as much as you related to his! So, let’s get to it!Requiem for a Dream – “Feed me, Sara”
I personally feel that this movie is absolutely a horror film. While it doesn’t have a monster or specific villain, per say, it does tackle the horror of addiction and how it can absolutely destroy lives in the most terrifying ways imaginable.
The below scene comes when Ellen Burstyn’s character is in the midst of a complete hallucinatory breakdown and her world is crashing all around her. It’s the beginning of the end and it’s all because of her desire to fit into a red dress. Such a little thing became an obsession and destroyed her life. I honestly don’t remember a movie that punched me in the gut quite like Requiem For a Dream. I do know that I never need to see it again.Krull – That Fucking Spider
I know I’ve made it clear here before but just in case you didn’t know I fucking hate spiders! These little bastards, with their spindly legs and their freaky fangs, can just piss right off and never come back, for all I care.
This fear has been with me ever since I was a very, very young child, so imagine my revulsion and horror when I was watching the incredible fantasy film Krull and the below scene occurred. it was years before I could watch the movie again and even then I had to cover my eyes during this scene. Just finding it to embed it for all of you gave me the shivers.Gravity – Debris
We covered Gravity pretty extensively on here but I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s not really a horror film. Is it one of the most tense and anxiety-provoking movies in recent memory? Absolutely. And the below scene, where all the debris from the destroyed satellites comes flying at (and through) our main characters, really nails down that sense of helplessness and terror. After all, even if they escape that swarm of machinery, where can they go? They’re in freaking outer space!Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – Large Marge
I’m sorry, I thought this was a kid’s movie and not a damn HORROR STORY ‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE URBAN LEGEND FREAKSHOW!
Tim Burton’s first feature-length film was a sign of the surreal and almost magical style that he would bring to titles such as Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. It was also a sign that he absolutely loved horror and darker, more gothic elements. When parents took their children to see this movie, I doubt they were expecting the titular character to run into a ghost whose face goes all “oogedy boogedy” for spooky effect.
Say what you want but any kid that saw that movie will never, ever forget Large Marge.Return to Oz – Princess Mombi
In one sequel, we went from “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to “Sometimes I Get Electroshock Therapy”. Seriously though, how twisted and demented was Return to Oz, the sequel to the timeless classic Wizard of Oz? It’s a rather delightful fantasy film that isn’t a musical like its predecessor but boy did it go dark!
There is perhaps no greater example of how freaky this movie got than Princess Mombi and her hall of interchangeable heads. Even the Wheelers had nothing on this scene, which shows cases of heads all screaming at Dorothy after she steals the powder of life. And to take it over the top, that head that’s guarding the powder is Jean Marsh, who played Bavmorda in Willow, another unsettling and evil character.
With each flicker of darkness we see the silhouette get closer and closer…
This past summer was a great one for the horror genre, and one of the gems that hit the big screen was director David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out. Clever, spooky, and armed with a surprising amount of emotional depth – in his review, Trace Thurman called the film a “frightening study of mental illness” – Sandberg’s feature debut was one of this year’s pleasant surprises.
The film was based on Sandberg’s same-named short from 2013, which quickly went viral here on the internet, and if you dug it as much as we did, you might be interested in reading the director’s original 17-page treatment. Sandberg (@PonySmasher) shared the treatment over on Twitter this week, and included with it a creepy woodcut image he made of villain Diana.
As Sandberg noted, “A lot changed but a lot also stayed the same,” and the most interesting change from treatment to screen was in regards to the ending. In the film’s somewhat controversial finale, Sophie (Maria Bello) kills herself to rid her family of the demon attached to her, but in Sandberg’s treatment, it’s actually a police officer who accidentally shoots Sophie. Furthermore, Diana – a demon who feeds on grief and is essentially a physical manifestation of depression – attaches itself to Sophie’s young son Martin, possessing him much like Sophie herself.
Click the link to check out the original Lights Out treatment!
In the film:When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.
The King Kong franchise has been rebooted with Kong: Skull Island, which is the film that sets up both the Kong and Godzilla universe. EW just debuted the first look at the giant ape in the Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed feature that stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Thomas Mann and John Ortiz.
The shot “comes from a point in the movie where you’re not quite sure who Kong is,” explains Vogt-Roberts, “what his purpose is, how people should be perceiving him. Through the folly of man, where our initial instinct is to attack anything that is not a known quantity, both sides jump the gun, Kong and the humans, and it kicks off a relatively messy engagement. At first, of course you’re going to perceive something like that as a terrible threat and monster — the physicality of him alone.”
Full plot details are being kept secret but the film is based on the premise of a team of explorers venturing on an island inhabited by giant monsters. The trailer, below, shows an all-out war that ensures.
More from Vogt-Roberts’ interview with EW:
…A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.
We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want and we really wanted to pay homage to what came before…and yet do something completely different.
There’s subtle nods. [The ’33 film] was black and white, so it’s really easy to assume that the fur on the monkey is black, but there’s actually a lot of forums and things that you read and there’s some real poster artwork where Kong’s fur skews more brownish, so we actually pushed his fur in more of a brown as opposed to the traditional black. It really was trying to create this feeling so that when these humans look up at him, they hopefully have a visceral response, saying to themselves, ‘That’s a God, I’m looking at a God.’
If anything, our Kong is meant to be a throwback to the ’33 version. I don’t think there’s much similarity at all between our version and Peter [Jackson]’s Kong. That version is very much a scaled-up silverback gorilla, and ours is something that is slightly more exaggerated. A big mandate for us was, How do we make this feel like a classic movie monster?
[Kong] was a movie monster, so we worked really hard to take some of the elements of the ’33 version, some of those exaggerated features, some of those cartoonish and iconic qualities, and then make them their own…We created something that to some degree served as a throwback to the inspiration for what started all of this, but then also [had] it be a fully unique and different creature that — I would like to think — is fully contained and identifiable as the 2017 version of King Kong. I think there are very modern elements to him, yet hopefully he feels very timeless at the same time.
A new international trailer for the upcoming action horror film Underworld: Blood Wars has come out and it offers up a lot of werewolves. Like, at least three werewolves*.
No, but in all seriousness the trailer does reveal that the Lycans are using new tactics to take on their Vampire adversaries and they’ve clearly become a bit smarter about their whole approach. Why go hand-to-hand against your enemy when you can use their weakness against them?
Kate Beckinsale once again returns as Selene with Theo James (Divergent) back as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas.
Rounding out the film’s stellar international cast are: James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s upcoming “Damien”) and Daisy Head (the upcoming Fallen).
Anna Foerster is the director of Underworld 5. Foerster, who previously directed episodes of the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Outlander,” is widely known for her work as cinematographer on epic blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.
The ten-week shoot took place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding.
Underworld: Blood Wars comes out January 6th, 2017.
*I was never good at counting.
He promised he’d be your friend till the end.
Perhaps inspired by the success of this year’s FearFest, AMC has promised to air franchise marathons every Saturday night going forward, and in the wake of last weekend’s Alien marathon comes what they’re calling the Chuckython: an all-night marathon of (most of) the films in the Child’s Play franchise. Which ones you ask? Well, we’ve got the full schedule for you today.
Unfortunately, the original Child’s Play is not a part of the marathon, nor is direct-to-video sequel Curse of Chucky. We realize this is kind of a bummer, but you could always fill in the blanks with your own DVD/Blu-ray collection. The Chuckython kicks off at 6pm EST with Child’s Play 2, followed by Child’s Play 3 at 8pm, Bride of Chucky at 10pm, and Seed of Chucky at 12am.
Eight straight hours of Chucky. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night!
Bret Easton Ellis and his unfiltered mouth is one of my favorite people in Hollywood. He gives no shits and it shows in his work. While he’s best known as the writer of “American Psycho”, “Less Than Zero” and “The Rules of Attraction”, he’s making his directorial debut on a forthcoming television series that dabbles in a cult.
It was reported this past summer that Ellis is directing “The Deleted”, a cult thriller that follows the disappearance of three seemingly unconnected people from Los Angeles, which triggers paranoia among a group of twenty-somethings who escaped from a cult a few years back.
We have it on good authority that “The Deleted” is going to be appease Bloody Disgusting readers in the goriest of ways, with a source telling us that there are scenes in which the walls are quite literally covered in blood.
Streaming video app Fullscreen has picked up the project and is planning an early 2017 premiere. The thriller will join a slate of original series and youth-skewing licensed fare available on the teen-centric app, which costs $4.99 a month.
Vine “star” Nash Grier leads the unknown cast.
We’ve teamed up with alt-hard rock band Chevelle to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Door to Door Cannibals”, which comes from their latest album The North Corridor. The video starts off with vocalist/guitarist Pete waking up in a strange hospital and running for his life. As he goes through the hallways, he passes rooms that contain strange, surreal, and terrifying denizens. The further down the rabbit hole he goes, the more the situation descends into chaos.
There are absolutely nods to Jacob’s Ladder in this video as well as, and this might just be me projecting, some dashes of the hospital scenes from the PC horror point-and-click game Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh. If creepy hospitals give you the shivers, avoid this video!
Drummer Sam Loeffler tells BD:
Pete, Dean and I wanted to do a sort of “nightmare/horror” type video for “Door to Door Cannibals,” so we spent some time brainstorming and kicked around the idea of a mental/experimental hospital we find ourselves in and can’t wake up from. We thought it could be killer if we added some messed up elements that would make Pete freakout and question reality on his way looking for an escape, including a few open doorways with questionable events going on inside. I think we achieved a grittiness that created a sense of urgency but still left us with a little bit of creepy tongue-in-cheek style that some horror films are known for.
You can pick up The North Corridor via iTunes.
Upcoming US tour dates (tickets available here):
Jan 13 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Jan 14 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Jan 15 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Jan 17 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, WA
Jan 18 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Jan 20 Riverside Municipal Auditorium Riverside, CA
Jan 21 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
Jan 22 House of Blues Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Jan 24 The Historic El Rey Theater Albuquerque, NM
Jan 26 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO