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[Random Cool] Polish Movie Poster Art Is Awesome

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 20:40

It’s a crazy slow news day and I’m dying to give you something to look at before you leave work, so here’s a quickie.

Check out this gallery of insanely cool polish movie poster art, which makes the word art have a lot more meaning. I wish domestic posters were this cool…

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'Flu' Season Is Just Beginning (Trailer)

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 20:35

Flu season isn’t over yet and we have something to spread…

Below are some bloody new stills and the official trailer from the upcoming March 18 DVD release of the viral outbreak thriller, Flu from CJ Entertainment.

Directed by Kim Sung-su, and starring Jang Hyuk and Soo-Ae, “The worst epidemic ever seen is sweeping through the suburb of Seoul at a rate of 3.4 Sec. per person. 100% fatality.

Get the trailer and stills below…

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'Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition' Review: There And Back Again

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:54

Over the course of my five-year writing “career” I’ve reviewed Capcom’s seminal action horror masterpiece Resident Evil 4 an impressive three times. This will be number four, and while I’m always happy to return to one of my all-time favorites, I can’t help but wonder why Capcom is so hesitant to stop teasing us with HD remasters and just remake it already. Like Half-Life 2 and BioShock, this is a monumentally influential video game that should be on every gamer’s must-play list.

With its latest re-release, Capcom has wrapped it up in improved textures and a silky smooth frame-rate (60 FPS) and dubbed it the Ultimate HD Edition. If you grab it on Steam, it also brings with it a suite of achievements, leaderboards, trading cards, and Steam Cloud support. Let’s decide whether or not all that’s enough to truly make this the ultimate edition in our review.

The gaming industry is going through a bit of a change right now as we welcome the next generation of consoles and the promise of more fully realized virtual worlds they each offer. Unfortunately, this means Resident Evil 4 is officially last-last-gen, and in terms of visuals, it shows.

When the game was re-released on consoles in HD alongside its predecessor, Code Veronica X, its age was showing. The last three years haven’t treated it terribly well, even with the slightly crisper resolution and improved textures. There’s only so much improvement a now ten year-old game can endure, and I’m afraid this one has reached its limit. Any further improvement would require new models, and I don’t see Capcom doing that anytime soon.

Resident Evil 4 still looks good, and is right about on the border of being able to pass as a last-gen launch title. To me, the tweak that packed the biggest punch is the option to run it at a silky-smooth 60 FPS. It makes a noticeable difference, especially when you combine it with the handful of other graphical perks this version comes with.

(Note: there’s a bug some users are experiencing that drastically slows down the game at 60 FPS, for now the fix is to choose the 30 FPS option until something more official is released to remedy the issue.)

Now, if you have yet to experience the wondrous gaming experience that is Resident Evil 4, it follows fan-favorite Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2. Kennedy’s been tasked with rescuing the President’s daughter, Ashley Graham, who’s been whisked away to a remote European village by a cult called the Los Illuminados. This was the first game in the series to throw those traditional, shambling, moaning zombies out the window in favor of Ganados — a more intelligent and capable enemy.

The Resident Evil series has never been known to control very well, and while this game may have evolved the way the third person genre played back in over the last generation, by today’s standards, the character controls are approaching tank-like. Thankfully, there’s an option to customize them a bit — an incredibly handy feature if aiming with the right trigger and firing with X feels as awkward as it does to write — and, for the most part, it controls all right.

I say “for the most part,” because every so often the controller would be rendered unresponsive. I couldn’t find out what triggered the issue, but it happened twice over roughly 15 hours of play. The only solution that worked for me was to relaunch the game, and that worked both times.

Like the previous HD port, the Ultimate HD Edition comes bundled with all of the extras from the previous versions, including the Mercenaries mode, where you can step into the shoes of several well-known characters from the series to combat waves of enemies and a time limit, the Ada Wong-centric ‘Separate Ways’ epilogue campaign and ‘Assignment Ada’ mission, an unlockable (and unforgiving) Professional difficulty, and a bevy of unlockables. Don’t fret, you’ll get your $20 worth of content.

The Final Word: Resident Evil 4 has been showing its age for some time, but Capcom has put a solid effort into making the Ultimate HD Edition a must-buy for fans of the genre, as well as those who are itching to return to it or anyone who missed it the first (second, third, fourth, fifth…) time around.

On a related note, we’ll be playing this game in all its HD, 60 FPS glory on the official Bloody Disgusting YouTube channel. If you have time, you should consider joining us.

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[Random Cool] The Evolution of Actors Via Their Roles!!

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:34

Artist Jeff Victor has done a really cool set of prints where he shows actors evolving through their roles over the years.

He’s taken actors such as Bill Murray, Kurt Russell, Tim Curry (that Darkness from Legend cartoon is adorable), Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and more, to create a timeline of some of each actor’s most iconic performances.

You’ll see Dracula, Ellen Ripley, R.J. MacReady, Ghostrider, Louis Tully, and many more in these super cute pictures!

You can purchase prints of each of these pictures at Jeff’s website.

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'Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition' Hits PS4 Tomorrow

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:48

If you’re a PS Plus member who hasn’t haven’t taken advantage of Sony’s February free games offering of Outlast (PS4) and Metro: Last Light (PS3), today is your last chance to get them both before they’re replaced by the new-and-improved Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4) and Tomb Raider (PS3).

Dead Nation’s re-release on PS4 comes with next-gen-ified textures and effects, full HD (1080p) support, improved controls, a new mode that lets you challenge your friends with your high scores to see if they can beat them, and the option to live-stream to an audience who can vote to affect the difficulty of the game in real-time. The best part? All of it comes bundled with the equally as fantastic Road To Devastation expansion. Read on for an announcement trailer.

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'The Visitor' Confused Audiences (Exclusive Clip)!

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:52

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25.

In The Visitor, which we now have an exclusive clip from, “John Huston plays an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multidimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced – somewhere between hell, the darkest reaches of outer space and … Atlanta.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi – Fellini’s 8½), the film artfully fuses elements of some of the biggest blockbusters of the time (The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Fury, Star Wars, The Birds) and features a fittingly unique cast that includes Shelley Winters (Lolita), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django), Mel Ferrer (War and Peace), Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch) and, in the leading role, legendary director-actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown).

Special Features on The Visitor include:
• Interviews with star Lance Henriksen, screenwriter Lou Comici and cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri
• Theatrical trailer
• 16-page booklet
• Digital download

The following exclusive clip is from the bonus featurrette on the Blu-ray and DVD with an interview from Lance Henriksen describing how confused audiences were when they saw in theaters in NYC!

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[BD Review] Video Chat Thriller 'The Den' Transcends the Tired Found-Footage Genre

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:27

We all need to come to terms with the fact that found footage is here to stay for the time being. While some fillmmakers are at least trying to be innovative with their approach to the sub-genre, others seem content to wallow in well-worn “and two months later, their tapes were found” territory. The makers of The Den are thankfully among the innovators. Director Zachary Donohue and his co-writer Lauren Thompson present a tense, sometimes downright unnerving thriller told through a Chat-Roulette type of site and lots of phone/webcams. I’m as sick as the next guy of found footage, but The Den manages to present a solid take on the tired genre while adapting to changing technologies (like the shit show that is Chat-Roulette).

Besides the tech involved, the story is pretty damn sharp with loads of wickedly dark twists. It follows Elizabeth (Melanie Papalia), a grad student just awarded a grant for her thesis on social media. She loosely explains that her thesis requires her to be on a video chat site called “The Den” 24/7 so she can meet as many people as possible (something like that), but she winds up talking to the same handful of friends for most of the film. The strangers she does come across are the typical breed of dick swingers, dick puppets, and dicks begging to see her boobs. But hey, man, it’s research.

Then Elizabeth witnesses what looks like an actual murder, but no one believes her. The cops are no help and her boyfriend insists that it must’ve been a prank. Then more disturbing shit starts to go down, with Elizabeth at the eye of the storm. Whoever the killer is, he begins screwing with Elizabeth’s life in varying degrees of awful ways. It seems like a game at first – the work of some clever hackers maybe – but it soon becomes apparent that whoever is fucking with Elizabeth has a terrifying end game planned. Papalia gives a really solid performance, even when the character of Elizabeth is tough to sympathize with. She’s so naive at times it hurts.

Before you know it, the story goes from being a found footage gimmick to a genuine horror film drenched with suspense. It definitely blindsided me by going into some territories I didn’t expect. The third act has a Hostel vibe to it that takes the film beyond its found footage trappings, GoPro style! The majority of the film is set during the day, inside Elizabeth’s bright and cheery home. When the film heads into darkness, particularly during the third act, the shift is jarring. I mean that in a good way – another example of how Donohue and Thompson aren’t just hopping on the found footage bandwagon. They’ve got something sound to say about the internet and the dangers of putting a face on the millions of anonymous voices online.

If the concept of a movie being told entirely through video chats immediately turns you off, then you’ll probably want to stay away from The Den. If you can handle that kinda storytelling, definitely check this one out.

IFC Midnight is releasing The Den on VOD and select theaters March 14.

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"You Only Live Once", So Watch Randy Blythe And Robb Flynn Rock Out With Suicide Silence

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:00

Metal Hammer has premiered a clip from the upcoming Ending Is The Beginning DVD, the tribute CD/DVD to Suicide Silence vocalist Mith Lucker, who died in November of 2012. The clip is of the song “You Only Live Once” and features Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) on vocals and Robb Flynn (Machine Head) on guitars. It’s pretty incredible seeing everyone come together for an event like this.

All proceeds from the CD/DVD go towards funding the education of Lucker’s daughter.

You can watch the video below.

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'Lords Of Shadow 2' DLC Outed, May Feature Alucard

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:28

The first expansion for the newly released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 may have just been outed, thanks to a few text files hidden deep within the game and the sleuth-like nature of the Internet. After a bit of digging, user UbiSergei found information regarding potential Alucard-centric DLC called “Revelations”. In it, we’ll be able to “uncover new plotlines and discover the true extent of Alucard’s involvement.” I wouldn’t mind getting the chance to play as Alucard, even if the base game was more than a little disappointing.

Sadly, I wasn’t very impressed with Gabriel Belmont’s latest adventure. I labelled Lords of Shadow 2 as an exercise in frustration. It could have been so much more — it should have been so much more — but instead we’re left with a hugely disappointing end to what started out as a promising trilogy,” in my review.

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Watch Us Play: 'Resident Evil 4 Ultimate Edition' Episode 3

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:56

And thusly, our heroes set forth and continued their journey through Resident Evil 4!

In this episode, David and I solve the easiest puzzle, wonder who would paint a picture of the Big Cheese, I reveal how deep my inventory OCD goes (the fish must face true north), and we prepare to hunt ourselves some catfish. Or salamanders. Whatever. Video after the jump.

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'Scarygirl' Is Getting Animated Into A Feature!

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:45

Nathan Jurevicius’s popular Scarygirl is getting adapted into a 3-D animated feature film, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.

Now in pre-production, when Arkie’s world is shrouded in darkness she must travel to a city of light, save her best friend from a mysterious scientist and discover the history behind her own unique self.

Matt Everitt, the lead animator on Happy Feet 2, the Lego Movie and Legend of the Guardians, is directing from a screenplay by Polly Watkins.

The film is based on the award winning graphic novel and by Nathan Jurevicius.

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Apey & the Pea Release "Nazareth" Music Video

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:30

Hungarian metal band Apey & The Pea have released an official music video for their track “Nazareth”, which comes from their Devil’s Nectar album (purchase here. You can watch the video below.

These guys were featured on here as part of the Check This Band Out series that we run when we find bands that are deserving of a few minutes of your time. You give them that and you might just find yourself a new favorite band!

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Why Is Supernatural Horror So Hard To Get Right?

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:30

One of my favorite horror movies from last year was James Wan’s The Conjuring. I just watched it for the third time this weekend, showing it to someone who had yet to see it, and I was surprised by how easy it was for me to reinvest in the film. Especially since it can flatly be categorized among my least favorite of the horror subgenres – the supernatural thriller.

Sure, you’ve got classics like The Exorcist and Kubrick’s take on The Shining but those rise so far above the bar I’m not sure I’d include them in the genre. Analytically, of course they belong. But I have to work really hard to even remind myself of that because the bulk of movies where “things go bump in the night” (and it may be the total absence of such a trope that helps elevate the Exorcist and Shining for me) are flat out f*cking boring. Even the ones that work for me generally have very little replay value. Something like 2001′s The Others, I remember how amazing Nicole Kidman was in it – I remember the twist ending – and I remember being fairly engaged by the whole thing. Yet, 13 years later, I have absolutely zero desire to spend another 2 hours wandering around that house being quiet with her family. Will I ever watch The Grudge again? Nope. What about Mama? Probably not.

And those are the really good ones! We get a lot of screeners at the site and the vast majority of them seem to be leaning towards supernatural these days. I’m talking a lot of low budget stuff that makes dreck like The Haunting In Connecticut 2: The Ghosts Of Georgia – one of the most painfully dull “respectable” movies in recent memory – seem like Terminator 2. There are only a handful of greats like Poltergeist, and for every one of them there are thousands of barely watchable forays into the unknown.

“But every genre is like that,” you say. And you’re right. The main difference is almost every other genre has some narrative thrust. Their stories are required to move. Not supernatural horror, which is a genre predicated on being as slow and methodical as possible. Except most times the filmmakers leave out the “methodical” part and concentrate solely on the “slow” aspect. This usually means we get to spend the running length of any given supernatural entry watching the director spin their wheels, setting up long shots with zero significance, lulling us to sleep and expecting us to be thankful the minute something even remotely kinetic happens – like a match blowing out, an occurrence that in relation to the rest of the film is practically the third act of a Michael Bay movie.

Even the very worst slashers, replete with stalk and slash scenarios that never pay off, have more to offer. At the very least they have brighter lighting and the internal obligation to kill off a few characters. Supernatural horror often aims for stately, deliberate and classy pleasures – and falls short on every count. I’d rather watch something incompetent and obnoxious than a polite bore any day of the week. Which sort of dovetails into my new cardinal rule, “don’t be boring.” Even if your movie has ghosts, even if it’s about things that go bump in the night, even if it’s a “slow burn” – it doesn’t have to be dull.

What makes The Conjuring work is the fact that it has a story to tell and it goes through the effort of drawing and developing its characters into three dimensional beings. We invest as an audience, and therefore we care about the peril that is created (it also doesn’t hurt that Wan is a master of making otherwise banal moments suspenseful and terrifying). That’s what makes Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Shining work as well. They have actual stories to tell. That’s it, really.

If you have enough story for a movie, make it. If you don’t, make a short.

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Waxwork Records Teases Upcoming 'Creepshow' Vinyl Artwork

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:15

Waxwork Records has tweeted a teaser of the artwork for their upcoming Creepshow vinyl reissue. The artwork is done by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, who also did the label’s Reanimator release. You can view the teaser below.

There is no set release date but we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears very much peeled to let you know when you can snag it!

Creepshow was composed by John Harrison, who also composed director George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead. The film was written by famed horror novelist Stephen King.

Here's a sneak peek of our upcoming Creepshow release with artwork by @GhoulishGary.

— Waxwork Records (@waxworkrecords) March 3, 2014

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Monkeybrain Monday Review: “The Remains" # 1

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:08

While Monkeybrain comics may not specialize in horror, they do specialize in quality comic books. For those of you looking to expand your palette this is “Monkeybrain Monday” showcasing some of the digital titles this smaller publisher has to offer.

Cullen Bunn has recently taken the comics world by storm with “Sinestro”, and the new “Magneto” ongoing from Marvel launching this week. “The Remains” follows two young girl’s horrific encounter after their struggling father decides to take in a rat-like drifter. The dusty art style of A.C. Zamudio lends the book a homespun feel that is filled with skittering scares.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn
ART BY: A.C Zamudio
PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics
PRICE: $0.99

After reading his stellar short story in “In The Dark” it’s clear the man has an obsession. Cullen Bunn seems to revel in the world of rats. “The Remains” is comfortable in the dirt and grit. Getting low to the ground with a children’s perspective of a terrible and horrific plight.

Birdie and her little sister Abbie don’t know what to think when a rough looking drifter interrupts their playtime. He’s looking for work and their father’s more than willing to oblige. He’s a scarred and scary looking man. He smiles with a certain glint of malice, and from the right angle, he looks remarkably like a rat. Although Birdie is uneasy about all this, she knows her father needs the help, so she keeps quiet.

The girls are ordered to clean out the barn, and what lies in wait for them there makes for one of the most disgusting, engaging, and horrifying sequences in any horror book. If something like this happened to me as a child I think I’d be mute today.

This is just the beginning. Bunn builds a tale of horror wrapped in mystery. The girls don’t get a ton of development, and the characters are somewhat archetypal, but the drifter intrigues enough to keep interest. Something supernatural is going on, and it’s clear this drifter has everything to do with it. Just how it all fits together isn’t clear but the setup is tantalizing enough to tease dire consequences in the future.

Zamudio’s art has a homespun feel that really understands the environment of the book. Characters look weathered and tired. The drifter has an air of otherworldly personification, but only from the right angles. It’s the type of chilling stuff that’ll have you giving the book a second glance. The sequence in the barn is paneled in such a way that feels overwhelming and hopeless. Which only adds to the girl’s plight.

Bunn has crafted a simple tale of horror around a questionable love of rodents to create a chilling tale of lost innocence and threatening strangers. It’s straightforward in its setup and smooth in its execution. It may not do anything new for the genre, so to speak, but it’ll assuredly get under your skin.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls.

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[Interview] Tony Moore Talks About His Love Of Horror & The Longevity Of 'Fear Agent'

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:38

Tony Moore is one of the best artists working in the horror genre today. His detailed, hyper-violent artwork has produced some terrifying and stomach churning images that are now burned into the minds’ of his readers. Moore’s work on “The Walking Dead” and “Fear Agent” are both considered timeless classics.

Moore will be appearing at Toronto ComiCon March 7th-9th and he jumped at the chance to speak with Bloody-Disgusting about his work. Moore spoke in-depth about his love for the horror genre, the longevity of “Fear Agent”, as well as why he thinks Kickstarter will change the whole publishing paradigm.

Bloody-Disgusting: You are coming to Toronto Comic Con in March and you’ve been to the city multiple times for conventions. What keeps you coming back year after year?

Tony Moore: It’s just a really great, friendly city. Generally I don’t like the city and I live out in the country, but every time I’ve been to Toronto I’ve always enjoyed it. The people are friendly, the city is pretty, and I like it. At most conventions you see the same few square inches on concrete where your booth is and whatever is on the path to the bathrooms or hotel room, but I’ve been fortunate to get to see some of the city. Toronto is one of the few cities I have been able to get out to see a little bit of.

BD: Do you notice any difference between American and Canadian conventions at this point or are they sort of the same?

TM: I do and it’s weird for me because I’m from the south where everyone is very nice and courteous. Then there is this chunk of the country where you don’t know if people are going to be nice or not. Then you cross the border into Canada and everyone is nice again, which is part of the reason why I’ve enjoyed all my trips to Canada. It seems like the fans there feel a little less entitled and they are much more respectful. Conventions can sometimes be a bit of a pressure cooker in that people are walking around and they are tired and tense, but in Canada everyone is always so nice. If I’m sitting at my table trying to eat a sandwich I don’t get people rushing up to me with a stack of books to sign. They might seem like simple things that most people would take for granted but you would be surprised at how many other conventions are not like that.

BD: Any time that you’ve come to Toronto there is always a long line for signings and commissions. Are there any fan interactions that stick out in your mind of fans that have went to great lengths to show their admiration for your art?

TM: Well some of our friends are fans that have come up to us at conventions. We’ve had some guys that have done stuff like brought me a coffee in the middle of the convention, but some of the ones that really stick out are the ones that have made huge commitments to show their appreciation for the work I’ve done. The last several times in Toronto I’ve seen guys come up to me with tattoos of my work on their bodies. That’s always amazing for me to see, as I’m someone that has a lot of tattoos and the ink that I have are things that mean a lot to me. For someone to get a tattoo of my work is really an honour, and it still blows my mind when someone likes my work that much that they want to put it on their body forever.

BD: Walk us through your creative process when it comes to creating a page…

TM: As far as work flow goes, I’ve developed a sort of standardized process to allow myself to work through ideas quickly. Generally speaking, I get the script and I read through it while trying to visualize it as if it were a movie. I get a feel for the scene inside my head after reading the script several times, so that when I sit down I can figure out which scenes need more visual weight. I do thumbnail breakdowns of the whole page at 2 inches by 3 inches, which keeps me from getting mired in drawing little details that are not necessary to the storytelling. I just focus on major camera angles and figure placement, and I don’t have to draw every book on a book shelf or anything like that. I lay the whole book out like that so I have it in front of me, so I can make everything flow properly. I then take those thumbnails and scan them into Photoshop so I can blow them up onto an 11×17 art board so I can execute the piece. The breakdowns take me about a week to do, which is where all the hard thinking is done and unfortunately that is where I have the least amount to show. When I’m working with an editor they will often ask, “Do you have any pages?” and I’ll tell them that I have the book broken down into small postage stamp sized images. (Laughs) I put those images on art boards so that I can tighten up the pencils and begin inking. Once the inking is done I scan the finished product and then everything is done.

BD: When you’re working do you listen to music or watch movies? I read somewhere that you listen to a lot of Sirius Satellite Radio…

TM: I like listening to Sirius, because they play a lot of stuff that I don’t own in my music collection and I can only listen to my stuff so much before I get tired of it. I listen to a lot of country music, and not the Toby Keith sort of Top 40 country, but the older honky-tonk stuff and outlaw country. There are a ton of guys out there making great country music, but you just don’t hear them on the radio a whole lot. For me I love good storytelling and good country music does that for me. I keep a lot of that stuff playing while I work, so I can keep part of my brain engaged while I execute a page.

BD: You are a big fan of outlaw country, but I’ve read you are also a fan of the hip-hop label Rhymesayers and even Norwegian black metal, which is a pretty eclectic musical taste.

TM: When I put together a mixtape it pretty much sounds like a crazy person made it because it jumps all over the place. (Laughs) Music is one of the ways I stay engaged while I work, because I can’t languish too long.

BD: Being a fan of Black Metal, did you ever read the book “Lords of Chaos”’?

TM: I’ve never had that chance to read it but I am familiar with all those crazy stories from that era. I love reading about all the crazy stuff that happened with the Emperor guys, Mayhem and Varg Vikernes.

BD: I know they optioned it for a movie quite a few years back, but I think it got stuck in development hell.

TM: Those would be some really cool stories to see and it would make for a pretty engaging movie.

BD: I think at one point they were in talks to have Jackson Rathbone from “Twilight” to play one of the lead roles, which is kind of funny.

TM: I think that would grind that to a screeching halt (Chuckles). I always loved the story of Mayhem when they found the murdered body of guitarist Euronymous and they made necklaces out of his skull fragments. I know it might sound a little bit disrespectful to the dead, but I think it would be an amazing story to see in a movie.

BD: The horror genre has played a large part in your career, what is it about the darker more grotesque things that you seem to find so inspiring as a creator?

TM: I’m not really sure what it is. On some levels something like an old dilapidated “Evil Dead” looking shack is comforting to me because I grew up out in the sticks. I grew up on a farm, so I was familiar with all kinds of dead things and just facts of life type shit. There are things that people see and think are creepy like an old run down house, but I’ve always found comfort in them because that is what the countryside looks like and that’s where I grew up. Even where I live now, I could walk to a collapsed barn right behind my house and there are lots of old abandoned houses all over the place. I like to sneak into those types of places and take pictures or stuff like that. Then, when I was a kid, horror was all over the place. Growing up my Grandmother worked second shift at a factory, so I would wait up watching the “Twilight Zone”, “Tales from the Darkside” or even Elvira. Horror was pretty ubiquitous back then and very accessible to anyone, even kids. I always loved it and I remember inheriting a big batch of horror comics from my uncle, who left them behind when he moved out. I learned to read by reading old MAD Magazines and old EC Comics. I don’t know what it was, but I would sit there white-knuckle gripping the couch watching this stuff, as a sort of endurance test to see how much I could take. There was also a feeling like I was getting away with something by watching or reading that stuff. I felt like I was pulling the wool over someone, somewhere and it was empowering. As a kid that sort of experience really sets you up for thinking like an individual and doing your own thing. Yes, some of it was somewhat goofy, but every once in a while there would be one really creepy concept that would stick with you to the point where you would be laying awake staring up at the ceiling all night. There is sort of this giddy feeling that you get from that, because you know that you’re safe and that you’re not really going to get hurt by any of it. There is just that creepy feeling that you can’t shake and I love that still to this day. Even now, I try and soak in as much horror as I can because it’s still fun for me.

BD: I know you’re a big fan of the old EC Comics and guys like Jack Davis and Wally Wood. What was it about those books that had such a lasting impression on you?

TM: I think it was the mixture of horror and humor. Horror can be so dark and bleak at times, but a little levity can go a long way, which is where EC Comics really shined. I had learned to read from MAD Magazine and that’s where I discovered guys like Jack Davis and John Severin. I saw their work and I immediately wanted to know what other stuff they had done, so I would go to the comic shop and dig through the crate to find the books. That’s how I came to discover the old EC Comics. Jack Davis and John Severin were two of the first artists that I could recognize their work by style. They are two of my biggest formative influences and still to this day they are two of my favorite artists.

BD: I’ve noticed that you’ve referred to yourself as a cartoonist many times, rather than a comic book artist. Is there a distinction between the two in your mind?

TM: Well, honestly, I don’t know that I’ve earned the title of cartoonist in my mind because that’s a sort of all in one package. Guys like Frank Miller, Will Eisner or Mike Mignola are cartoonists because they do everything. I don’t know if I’ve earned the style of cartoonist yet. As far as the style of my work, I don’t feel like there is any shame in cartooning or being overt with body language. I feel like generally the term cartoonist is considered a dirty word in comics, and I don’t know why that is. I think that some people who are praised or want to be taken seriously, they don’t want to see that term when they are reading a book about a person running around with their underwear on the outside of their pants fighting giant robots. There is only so much seriousness I can give those types of things and only so much seriousness I can take in life in general. The work that always spoke to me was a little bit more freewheeling, so that’s the type of work I try to produce. I don’t feel like there is any shame in being a cartoonist and I don’t think that every superhero book should have to be the most dead serious thing you’ve ever read either. We can’t all be “Watchmen” and I think that the more serious that some of that shit gets taken, the more of a joke it becomes.

BD: But you also have guys like Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt that are doing a style of cartooning that is more accepted today than it was in say the 90s.

TM: I think that the stalwart comic book audience grabs onto the thing that they love, so you end up with a decade of DC Comics house style snooze fest books. I think the audience at large can appreciate someone like Cameron Stewart or Darwyn Cooke who can appreciate a bolder style that is a little more outside the box of your standard house style of comics. I feel like the door has been opened up a lot for guys like Jeff Lemire that have an offbeat cartooning style. I think that there is room for that in comics, because that is the joy of comic books and things shouldn’t be narrowed down to make every peg fit into the exact same hole.

BD: Do you ever reflect on the work you’ve created or are you constantly looking ahead to the future?

TM: I look back through my old stuff and as I get older and become a better artist I’ve slowed down. When I was younger I was sort of fearless and just plowed through things a lot quicker. The better I get as an artist I look back at my old stuff and try not to repeat my mistakes, but I also look back at the older work I’ve done and I can see where I didn’t get bogged down with worrying about the piece. Sometimes just doing it and not over-thinking a piece can give it energy. It’s always a constant balance of trying to keep things fresh without worrying about the mistakes, but also learning from the past to make better art. I always want to be cognizant of my growth as an artist, but I also don’t want to rest on my laurels either.

BD: What are you working on at the moment? I know there was talk of you doing a cover for “My Little Pony”.

TM: That was something that I did just for fun. The writer for “My Little Pony” is a friend of mine, and she just had a baby so my wife, daughter, and I went to visit them. While we were there hanging out we came up with the idea to do a sketch cover. We just sat down and doodled it out over the course of a night and just had fun with it. For the most part I’ve been working on this comic convention that my wife and I put together with some friends in Cincinnati where I live. That’s become an endeavour that’s taken up quite a bit of time, but we’re really proud of the way that things are going with it. I’m also always cooking up new comic ideas and I have a book full of outlines for properties that I’m developing. I’ve got some westerns and some horror stuff, so I’ll stick with the genre stuff because it’s typically what I enjoy working on the most. I’m also working on a fine art project where we’re doing a series of large art prints that will sort of be my manifesto in visual format I guess. I don’t really know how to describe it other than that, but that’s the theme of it. I’m trying to branch out and do some things outside of comics until I get a project that I’m pretty excited about.

BD: We’re huge fans of your work on “Fear Agent” here at Bloody-Disgusting and we all love the series. Even though the series wrapped up years ago, it continues to go back to print again and again because new readers keep discovering it. Is it surprising that the book is still in demand and continues to be discovered by new fans years later?

TM: As we were doing the book it would have been a real help to have that readership at the time, but it’s nice that people are still picking it up. As creators the number one goal is for people to pick it up and enjoy it. As Rick and I worked on it we had to start looking at other venues to pay the bills and Marvel was especially attractive to us because they were allowing us to do our own thing in their sandbox. I think that is where a lot of the new readers came from is because Rick has went on to do some of the top selling books at Marvel and I’ve had the chance to work with him and some other guys. I think that some of those readers have gone back and dug through the crate to find other work that we’ve done. We’ve been very fortunate that people have maintained an interest in “Fear Agent” and that the publisher has been willing to go back to press and put out the work in new formats.

BD: I know at one point there was talk of you and Rick coming back to “Fear Agent” to do another story, but is that still an option or is it a completed story?

TM: I don’t like to speak in absolute terms, but as it stands I think we told the story that we wanted to tell it and Heath’s saga plays out as we intended. That’s not to say that we don’t have ideas for things that we would have liked to do with the character and we do entertain these notions when we’re on the phone with each other. That’s just kind of what we do is bounce ideas back and forth off of each other. We’ve kicked around a lot of things and I can safely say that they won’t happen in the immediate future, but maybe at some far flung future date; I don’t know.

BD: I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Kickstarter and artists using crowd-funding sites to get projects off the ground, as there has been a great deal of debate about it in recent months.

TM: Realistically, any time you are putting out a project you are begging. You are either begging the public to buy it or you are begging an editor to look at it, or you’re begging a publisher to roll the dice by putting it out. Shy of taking the reins and public be damned you’re putting it out yourself whether they want it or not, you’re still putting it into someone else’s hands. I don’t think there is any shame in going to a site like Kickstarter and selling it direct to the buying public because you’re asking them if they want to see this project pledge your cash and I’ll use the money to produce it. It’s basically a pre-order and it’s not really that different than the regular system of pre-ordering comics that’s in place now. I really think that it’s great and that it will help change the entire paradigm. God knows how many books have been pitched to publishers and the creators have been told, “Westerns and Sci-fi doesn’t sell.” I can distinctly remember a time when horror didn’t sell. It was not a commercially viable genre that had been proven to be that way time and time again. There was always an audience for it, but the audience didn’t get to decide what came out; the publishers did. If the publishers were looking at the market and decided that horror books weren’t conducive to sales then the book just died on the vine. I think in the not too distant future publishers and editors could find themselves being less and less of a necessity. Kickstarter allows a creator to take a project directly to the buying public and modern digital formats make it so that projects don’t require a lot of overhead for things like printing or shipping. It is a feasible new avenue for creators to come up with new properties and help make them successful.

BD: So to wrap things up what’s next for you as an artist and creator?

TM: Well I’ve got a notebook of ideas that I’ve kept since before I started drawing comics. A lot of these ideas rattle around in my head and I jot them down in a notebook. Some of them get stuck together or just develop into something new over time. I’ve always worked with someone else when I was working in comics, but I’ve always wanted to do my own stuff. That’s never really been much of an option because I’ve always been committed to other projects or I’m just paying the bills doing a mainstream book. Those ideas have been kicking around for a while now and they’ve gotten to the point where they are fully formed, so I just need to sit down and do them. It’s exciting for me to know that I’ve got options for my next project and that I’ve been working on these concepts in the background to the point where I would feel good about doing any one of them. That stuff will be coming in the not too distant future and I’ve got a western, as well as a couple horror stories that I want to work on. I really want to work on genre stuff and I’ve got a couple cool horror things that I think I could really sink my teeth into. In the meantime, I’ve got that fine art project coming up, which will be really cool and cover art for some different books in the meantime. I want to really make a go at being a cover artist because I really enjoy doing that stuff. When you work on the interior of a book you sometimes have to say that it’s good enough, as they can’t always be home runs, but on a cover that’s the one opportunity you have to make it all that it can be in one static image.

BD: Well we are huge fans of your work at Bloody-Disgusting and we look forward to your upcoming new projects as they will be at the top of our reading pile.

TM: Thanks man. I really appreciate that because I started reading the site back when I was doing “Battle Pope”, and I was working at UPS at the time, but I remember reading the site when it was still new. Bloody-Disgusting has been one of my go to sites for horror, so it’s really cool that you guys are enjoying my work.

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Angels Clash In First 'Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls' TV Spot

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:00

Blizzard has revealed the first TV spot for Diablo III’s upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion, and while it’s almost entirely comprised of bits and pieces from that fantastic opening cinematic they showed off at Gamescom last year, it’s more than enough to get me nice and pumped to return to this game.

In related news, Diablo III recently saw a fairly extensive patch on PC/Mac that improved the loot system in preparation of the impending removal of the Auction House, which should be gone forever on March 18th. The update also added a myriad of other tweaks, including new character stats, the addition of Nephalem Glory (previously a console exclusive), and special yellow globes that offer temporary stat boosts, among other changes.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls arrives PC and Mac on March 25th. No word yet on when it will hit consoles.

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[Exclusive] Eve To Adam Tour Webisode #1

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:00

Hard rockers Eve To Adam have been featured on Bloody-Disgusting quite a bit over the years and it’s really incredible to see how far they’ve come. They’ve gone from an upcoming band that few had heard of to sharing stages with some of the biggest names in the industry, including an upcoming tour with Italian melodic hard rockers Lacuna Coil. It’s been pretty incredible to see their growth and, in a small way, feel like we’ve been a part of that.

That’s why we’ve got several upcoming exclusive webisodes for you readers coming this week. The band recently got off a tour with rock/metal group Escape The Fate and they got a lot of footage behind-the-scenes that they want to share with the world! So head on down to check out the first of three exclusive videos!

You can also pick up the band’s new album Locked & Loaded via iTunes or Amazon.

Eve To Adam online:
Official Website

Tour Dates:
w/ Lacuna Coil:
3/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
3/24 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
3/25 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
3/27 – Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theatre
3/28 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
3/29 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
3/30 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
4/02 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
4/11 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

4/12 – Orlando, FL @ Earth Day Birthday
5/24 – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest
5/25 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
6/20 – Sioux City, IA @ Awesome Biker Nights
7/19 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest

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Finally, A Horror Game Where You're Trapped On A Caffeine Mining Station In Outer Space

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:00

In the sci-fi horror game Caffeine, you’re placed in the shoes of a young boy who wakes up alone on a caffeine mining space station. You soon realize that something bad has happened there and the thing that caused it is still very much around. It sounds a little like Among the Sleep meets Routine, and if that’s any indication of the direction they’re going with it, I am fully on board. Check out one of its creepy teaser trailers after the jump.

For more Caffeine, feel free to follow the project on IndieDB.

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Exclusive 'Dark House' Clip Hit With An Ax!

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:30

From Victor Salva, the director behind Jeepers Creepers, Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive first clip from Dark House, starring Saw‘s Tobin Bell! In the footage, a group of older teens are chased into a van, which is then hit with an ax.

Bloody Disgusting is also hosting the World Premiere: GET FREE TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE RIGHT HERE!

On March 11, Cinedigm launches the film in North American across cable, VOD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Paladin will release the movie in New York and Los Angeles on March 14, with additional markets to follow.

“Dark House is a thrilling and horrifying road trip, full of twists and brutal surprises; a suspenseful thriller about a young man and a chilling old house that has survived decades, awaiting the return of its prodigal son… a house that can escalate Nick’s gift to see death before it happens, but holds within its walls the origins of a dark family legacy so horrible it may have already reached out to Nick’s unborn child.

Headlining the cast is Tobin Bell. Up-and-coming young actor Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars, 1000 to 1) stars, along with Alex McKenna (Crossing Jordan”, “Dallas), Zack Ward (Postal) and multiple award-winner, Lesley-Anne Down (Upstairs/Downstairs). Victor Salva co-wrote the script with Charles Agron, based on a story by Agron.

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