Mondo is thrilled to officially announce its inaugural MondoCon event, set to coincide with the first weekend of Fantastic Fest on September 20 & 21 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX. The convention will bring together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world’s finest artists, designers, illustrators, painters, toy creators as well as directors, composers and more. The convention will offer new artwork and products as well as panels and special screenings.
A full schedule of events will be unveiled in the coming months, but for now Mondo is excited to present the first round of guests in attendance, including fan favorite artists & legends like celebrated comics artist & Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola, Basil Gogos, Geof Darrow and Bernie Wrightson. To mark the occasion, Mondo is also announcing Mignola’s poster for The Bride of Frankenstein.
FIRST ROUND OF GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE:
Richey Beckett / Basil Gogos / Gary Pullin
Anne Benjamin / JJ Harrison / Arik Roper
Geof Darrow / Jock / Jay Shaw
Jason Edmiston / Phantom City Creative / Tiny Kitten Teeth
Francesco Francavilla / Mike Mignola / Bernie Wrightson
Mondo has expanded in recent years to include a world-renowned gallery, becoming passionate purveyors of art, vinyl, VHS and a brand new area that was cryptically teased with this Iron Giant tweet. MondoCon will celebrate all of this and more, a chance for fants of film, art, collectibles & music to mix with their creators.
Tickets for MondoCon will go sale Wednesday, June 4 at Mondo-Con.com. Single day tickets will are $35 and full weekend tickets are $70. A full weekend ticket to MondoCon will be included with all VIP badges for Fantastic Fest.
Details for Mike Mignola’s The Bride of Frankenstein print (shown below via EW), on sale Thursday, June 5 at MondoTees.com
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
by Mike Mignola
Edition size: 325
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A lot was going on at The Hero Complex Film Festival including an event honoring Ellen Ripley with a double feature of Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens.
What made this such a special is that Sigourney Weaver was on hand to speak about the 35-year-old franchise that’s spawned multiple sequels and a spinoff.
While you’ll find the nitty gritty over at Collider, the biggest story to break is that Weaver is still open to returning as Ripley in a fifth Alien.
The long-gestured Alien 5 has never been kept secret as it’s always been alluded to that it would send Ripley back to the Xenomorph planet to destroy it, killing the creatures once and for all.
Weaver tells the audience that she would return if the situation were right, and that includes hiring a director that shares her vision.
I feel after going to a couple of these Comic Cons and meeting so many fans who are so passionate about the series, passionate about Ripley — that there’s more story to tell; but I don’t know how to do that. I don’t think Alien belongs on Earth popping out of a haystack, which is where I was afraid it was going to go. I feel it should take place in the far reaches of the universe where no one in their right mind would go. There are very few filmmakers that I can think of that I would want to entrust this to. But I can think of a couple… I feel there’s a longing in certain groups of fans when I meet them for the story to be finished because we really left it up in the air and I feel a bit badly about that because I was part of that decision making process. I didn’t want to make four and five in a bundle. I think it’s hard to make these films all in a big lump. You need time to sort of let things resonate so I can imagine a situation where we could at least finish telling her story. I think that would be very satisfying at least to me — although I haven’t done anything about it; but I can understand why that could happen and I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing that. So we’ll just have to see what happens.
Her attitude hasn’t changed much since the last time she spoke about it, but it’s nice to know that she personally feels a lack of resolve, and would like to see Ripley’s arc come to an end.
The lyrical lunatics over at Epic Rap Battles Of History have released a new rap battle that is perfect for the horror world! They’ve pitted (pun intended) noted poet and author Edgar Allen Poe against the modern day award-winning horror novelist Stephen King in a battle for the aeons! It’s “The Raven” vs. “Cujo”, “The Masque Of Red Death” vs. “The Shining”. It’s all that and more! Check it out down below!
Titan Books released a new novel from Danie Ware today, “Ecko Burning”, which combines fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. James Lovegrove calls it “The Matrix meets Game of Thrones”. We’ve got an exclusive look at the genre-defying epic below.
Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using her forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who’s lost his best friend and wants only to do the right thing.
Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait.
Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted – if he will give up his soul.
When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.
Black Fawn Distribution and Juice have given Bloody-Disgusting an exclusive four minute clip of their latest horror flick “Discopath”.
In the debut feature film from director Renaud Gauthier, a timid young New Yorker in the mid-70s leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: Disco! Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal.
After selling out its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, “Discopath” has traveled the world leaving its ‘70s era disco stamp on festivals from Brazil to Brussels. Now, the award winning slasher has found a home on DVD in Canada through Black Fawn Distribution and on digital and cable VOD via Juice. “Discopath” is set for release in Canada on June 10th.
“Discopath” has been celebrated at film festivals around the world including Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal), Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Brussels, Belgium), Fright Fest (London, UK), and The Blood in the Snow Film Festival (Toronto) where it took home Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay honours.
The “Discopath” DVD will include commentary with director Renaud Gauthier, Actor Ivan Freud and Composer Bruce Cameron as well as an exclusive 24 Minute Behind the Scenes Documentary.
Purchase On DVD: http://blackfawndistribution.com/store/
Purchase On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/discopath/id869548039
Prog-metal band Opeth have released their new single “Cusp Of Eternity” through MetalSucks.net. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Pale Communion, which comes out August 26th via Roadrunner Records. Pre-orders for the album will be open tomorrow with a digital download of the new single available as an immediate download. Head on below to hear the track.
The track is proof that the band is continuously looking forward, pushing on with their foray into the beautiful, artistic world of progressive rock/metal music. It is unmistakeably “Opeth” and it’s a joy to listen to!
If you enjoyed our coverage of the 8-bit version of The Shining, prepare for 28:06:42:12.
CineFix presents Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16-bit) game tech.
Does the game answer the question as to why some dude is wearing that silly bunny suit? Yes. Does it travel back in time? Yes. Does the tangent universe come to an end? Yup…
Jim Casey heads back to 1878 with this astounding new YouTube video that takes you through the evolution of visual effects in film!!
Can you name them all?
Remember when horror posters used to be designed by an artist (most notably the A Nightmare on Elm Street one-sheets)?
If they weren’t so hard to collect, the following imgur gallery may have started me down a dark financial path in hoping to acquire each and ever Japanese horror movie poster on display.
Check out the absolutely stunning and eye-catching theatrical art for films like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Re-Animator, Hellraiser and many more.
I think my favorite part is how cool the Japanese writing looks with the imagery…
The dead never forget.
Having wrapped filming in Australia is writer-director Michael Petroni’s sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring King Kong‘s Adrien Brody and Jurassic Park and In the Mouth of Madness‘ Sam Neill.
“The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.”
Bloody reader ‘Fabien M.’ sent us the film’s official Cannes sales art boasting star Brody in an empty town lottered with ghost people.
Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips also star.
Last July I visited the set of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil in the Bronx area of New York. Unfamiliar with the area and not especially knowledgeable about the material (aside from Derrickson’s involvement), it was a learning experience to say the least.
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”
It’s a freezing, rainy night in the Bronx and, for the first time in my life I’m sort of scared of Joel McHale. He’s one of two NYPD officers questioning someone on the front stoop of their house when a suspect bolts out of the front door. McHale gives chase after the shirtless perp (played by Chris Coy), pursuing him the length of the block as the rain bears down on them both. When he comes back around as the shot is set back up for another take, it’s impossible not to notice how jacked McHale is – something not always evident on “Community.” I wouldn’t want this guy bearing down on me.
Residents of the neighborhood gather on their front porches to watch the shot. This isn’t a soundstage, this is on location – the rain is an unhappy accident – shooting in the very streets where the real life corollary to these events occurred. Director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) has partnered with über producer Jerry Bruckheimer to bring the real-life story of Ralph Sarchie to the screen, and they’re set on making it as authentic as possible. Lots of location shooting, with the real life Sarchie onhand to pipe up if they’re not getting something quite right.
It doesn’t seem like Sarchie would be shy about correcting them either. A 16 year veteran of the NYPD as well as a demonologist – he is nothing if not honestly blunt. Having studied with Ed and Lorraine Warren (the real-life demonologists portrayed in last summer’s The Conjuring), he decided to ply his trade in the same stomping grounds as his day job. A cop by day, by night he would help residents of the neighborhood combat evil supernatural elements (sometimes even assisting in exorcisms) without ever charging for his services. He spent over 10 of his 16 years on the force at Precinct 46 in the South Bronx, marrying policework with God’s work. At the time the FBI had designated his beat as “the most dangerous square mile in America.”
Sarchie complied these experiences in his book, “Beware The Night,” which affected Derrickson so much that he’s been working on this film adaptation on and off for over a decade. In fact, it was research for what would eventually become Deliver Us From Evil that led to The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Derrickson explains, “I wrote the first draft of the script in 2004, and doing research here, I came to visit and I met Ralph, and he was still a cop in the 4-6. A very different guy than the guy you met; the guy you met now has kind of got a winsome manner. He was a very hardcore, angry guy back then, just working in the Bronx, all those guys seem like that, all those cops, you know? He was burned out and ready to retire. But he gave me the non-fiction book The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel, which was written by an anthropologist, that was out of print at the time. It was a photocopy of it, and that was how I learned about that case. And then when Bruckheimer didn’t make the script then I went and made Emily Rose. I optioned that book and went and made that.”
Derrickson is also fond of the location, though not the rain so much. “The rain has been really hard on this show. We’ve lost a lot of time from the rain. It’s been an unusually rainy summer. But I don’t have any regrets, because there’s no place that looks like the Bronx. I mean really, shooting here, you start to go around the neighborhoods, and particularly, the neighborhoods I got to see, because we have a very good location scout, there’s just no place in the world that looks like it. And it’s where the real guy did his work. Ralph Sarchie was a cop in the 4-6 for over a decade, I believe. So it’s all authentic and it feels cool. It’s also free production design, because it’s just so cinematic. It makes the movie look at lot, I think, bigger and more expensive than it is.”
We get a more specific taste of the location when we visit the basement of an adjacent building that is dressed for nefarious purposes. Cloves of garlic and dried peppers hang from the rafters. Bottles of dubious looking home brewed wine adorn the shelves. A bloody mannequin in the corner, a stand-in for a more elaborate dummy the crew is still working on. The first thing that occurs to me, aside from how creepy the setting is, is just how tight the space is. It’s authentic, but probably difficult to shoot in. I feel claustrophobic just being there and can’t imagine further constricting the space by bringing equipment and crew down there.
It seems to work for Derrickson though, “The exteriors of the buildings are the obvious part, but the interiors of the Bronx, the hallways, the basements and the spaces that we’ve found, just these 150-year-old buildings with all these crevices and hallways and pipes. Everywhere we would go I’d go into places and I’d say, “You could look in LA for a year and you’d never find a space like this.”
Back inside the church that serves as the production’s base camp for the day, we sit down with the real-life Ralph Sarchie. He immediately explains his role on set, “The only reason I’m here is for police procedure. As far as how the actors act, it’s up to Scott. He’ll be the first to tell me, “save it for the Police stuff.” It’s just procedure and the way cops act, the tactics. Making it as realistic as possible. I’m honored to be here because it doesn’t happen that often from what I hear. They keep people like me away. “Come down and say ‘Hello’ and get out!””
Derrickson had previously described the current, retired, Sarchie as being much more relaxed and affable than the “angry” guy he met ten years earlier. And while Sarchie is indeed affable now, he’s got a clear zero tolerance policy for bullsh*t that makes me glad I’m meeting the “happy” version. He’s also very much a true believer. “I always believed in the spirit realm. Whether or not I understood it or witnessed it or was involved in it. There wasn’t an incident that made be believe it was real, like I said I had an interest in it and as I grew older I realized that there are some people that are doing this for real. That’s when I realized this isn’t just a Hollywood thing. There’s an element of realism to it. I immersed myself more in the subject as a young adult. And I learned and decided that my Christian charity, what I wanted to do to serve God’s will, was to help people that were ensnared by the demonic. Somebody goes to a soup kitchen and serves the hungry, someone goes to a prison and tries to get people to turn their lives around – those are all Christian charities. This is just another charity the way I look at it. I don’t look at it as being special or different.”
As far as the forces he encounters while performing his “charity” work are concerned, needless to say they’re not all friendly. “There is a primary evil that comes directly from the Devil. Even though all evil stems from the Devil, the Devil sometimes interacts with people in the physical world and the spiritual world and sometimes there’s just plain evil that people do to one another. And I’ve seen plenty of that over the course of 20 years. And I realized that there is something else that is influencing people to behave like that, and that’s the taking of the souls away from God. If you get people to sin, they get pushed further away from God and eventually God doesn’t really own the soul anymore. The Devil owns the soul and that’s where the danger comes in.”
Whether or not Sarchie himself will be in the film is still up for debate, “It’s really not what I’m looking for. I’ve been arguing with Scott over it. He wants me to do it and I don’t want to do it and he says, “you gotta do it. I need you do do it.” But I don’t really want to do it.”
It’s always startling when the Hollywood version of a guy you’ve just been talking to enters the room. In this case, Eric Bana is quite a bit taller than Ralph Sarchie. He’s also Eric Bana. After the pleasantries are out of the way (“how is it playing a real life guy?” etc..) we find out that Bana was initially a little concerned about the script. Not its quality mind you, but its brutality. This is a gory hard “R” rated movie. “At the end of the day, I think you really have to put your total faith in the director in those instances because, I think, tonally and visually, that’s really in the edit. They can make it a smorgasbord of material, and it’s up to them then, according to taste and preference, to go and assemble that, because it’s really all in the edit, how that stuff plays out: how brutal or non-brutal, how gory or non-gory. So I’ve really got just complete faith in Scott. I’d met with him a couple of times long before we signed on and we got along extremely well. We got along extremely well and saw things very similar. So I have a lot of trust, a lot of trust in him.”
And being a fan of Derrickson’s work certainly didn’t hurt. “And Scott’s films, the characters are very strong. Really, really strong. When I saw Sinister and Emily Rose I was really intrigued. I thought this script was in keeping with that strong character at the center of these really interesting, scary, potentially, stories. So, selfishly for me, it was Ralph that really jumped off the page, and Scott’s previous work. I’ve not worked in this genre and I’m really excited about it.”
Back outside. Back in the rain. Back in the real Bronx. Joel McHale is still shooting the chase scene but takes a break to come over and speak with us. He’s… got a lot of knives. And a backwards Boston baseball cap. It’s certainly a look. “My character not only prefers knives to guns, police batons or Tasers, he just wears stuff to piss off other cops. I’m not joking, there’s a whole scene about the hat.” And while McHale might not be doing the kind of comedy he’s known for here, his character still knows how to have fun. In a dark way. “ He has fun, he kills people who are bad and protects people who are good. He enjoys it, he is like a robot, kind of, but a fun-loving robot. My character has zero… he has some fear but he doesn’t really care about a lot of stuff. So he sees bodies and shootings and stabbings, he’s happy to joke and have a warm meal afterwards. Because the movie is pretty dark, there are definitely jokes in it, but I don’t want anybody to think for a second it’s a comedy. It’s not.”
At that point it’s time to leave the Bronx as shooting carries on in the rain. It’s the best of set visits in the sense that I have a real flavor for the type of film Deliver Us From Evil will be, but I’m not completely spoiled on the plot. I walk away intrigued… and a little more wary of Joel McHale.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Denver, Colorado sludge doom metal band Primitive Man to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their track “Antietam”, which comes from last year’s album Scorn. The video is NSFW due to nudity and graphic violence, including actual footage of disfigured and injured people, so be warned that it’s not for the faint of heart!
You can order Scorn through Relapse.
Primitive man w/ Hexis Summer Assault 2014:
7/19/2014 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
7/20/2014 West Wing – Omaha, NE
7/21/2014 Davey’s uptown – Kansas City, MO
7/22/2014 Rail 2 – Peoria, IL
7/23/2014 The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
7/24/2014 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
7/25/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
7/26/2014 SurfinBird Skateshop – Appleton, WI (early show)
7/26/2014 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
7/27/2014 The Triple Rock – Saint Paul, MN
7/28/2014 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
7/29/2014 Local 510 – Calgary, AB
7/30/2014 Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
7/31/2014 Highline – Seattle, WA
8/01/2014 Ray’s Golden Lion – Richland, WA
8/02/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
8/03/2014 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
8/04/2014 Sub Mission – San Francisco, CA
8/05/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA
8/06/2014 Witch House – Santa Cruz, CA
8/07/2014 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
8/08/2014 Holland Project – Reno, NV
8/09/2014 The Sugar Space – Salt Lake City, UT
8/10/2014 TBA – Colorado Springs, CO
Scream Factory announced via Facebook another handful of horror titles getting the much deserved blu-ray treatment!
Both the 1972 Tales From the Crypt and 1973 Vault of Horror are getting HD transfers.
These two classic British anthology films will be a housed together as a double feature on blu-ray (both for the first time) and Vault will be presented in its uncut form!
Also announced is the 1985 The Doctor and the Devils.
This underrated grave robber thriller was produced by Mel Brooks and stars Timothy Dalton, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Rea, Jonathan Pryce…and even Twiggy!
Both will arrive sometime this fall.
More late Cannes goodies, courtesy of reader ‘Fabien M.’, who sent us two one-sheets for Young Ones, starring Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Michael Shannon.
“Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.”
Jake Paltrow directs from his own screenplay.
Enter “Project: Nautilus”, Sean Sumagaysay’s year-long project that would result in the most astounding Godzilla cosplay ever stitched together.
The costume was built leading up to the Puerto Rico Comic Con, which has sine come and gone.
Sumagaysay, a lifelong Godzilla fan, delivered on his promise to unveil his epic cosplay at the convention. Below are shots from the event displaying his interpretation of the new Godzilla, in theaters now.
Since my childhood (finally 2 decades old, I guess that counts lol), I have been a longtime Godzilla fan starting with the Raymond Burr cut at the age of 3. As a 7yr old & already knowing how the Godzilla films worked their magic, I’ve always had the fantasy of actually being the guy inside the suit. I used to make claws, feet & dorsal fins out of construction paper with a former cousin of mine.
But at the beginning of high school I have since abandoned that part of creativity and focused on my drawing skills as a hobby & future career, and have greatly improved as of today. (for those who haven’t, you can check out my art here: http://seansumagaysay.deviantart.com/)
Last year, I became inspired by Jacob Baker’s Hyper Godzilla suit and read more into it at http://becominggodzilla.com/, I saw how easy it was to make a Godzilla suit with the proper resources. So when Legendary’s Godzilla was officially revealed to the public at Comic Con 2013, it then came to me: What better way to celebrate the return of the beast than to make my first costume based on the new flick?
and so, Project: NAUTILUS was born.
Survival is not an option.
Canadian filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews is set to film Save Yourself, which stars Jessica Cameron of Truth or Dare who shared a link to the film’s newly launched Facebook
The pic follows five women on a road trip to LA cross paths with a deranged mad scientist.
Antisocial‘s Ry Barrett also stars as “Chris Sauter”, the film’s villain.
Swedish melodic death metal masters In Flames have announced that they will be releasing Siren Charms, their 11th studio album, on September 9th via Sony/RED. The album will be preceded by the single “Rusted Nail”, which is set to be released on June 13th (although it can be released earlier through <>a href=”http://www.inflames.com/whywait/”” target=”blank”>this website). The album is the follow up to 2011′s Sounds Of A Playground Fading.
The band comments:
We recorded in the legendary Hansa Tonstudios in Berlin over the course of six intense weeks. This is In Flames 2014, all for the fans to use and abuse.
Head below for a sample of “Rusted Nail”, the album track list, and the album artwork.
Siren Charms track list:
1. In Plain View
2. Everything’s Gone
4. Through Oblivion
5. With Eyes Wide Open
6. Siren Charms
7. When the World Explodes
8. Rusted Nail
9. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters in the Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth
The way a horror film opens up can set the tone for the whole movie, creating a sense of unease, dread, and palpable fear. Or it can let you know that you’re in for one helluva ride, that you’re about to embark on a cinematic roller coaster of fun and insanity! Either way, hopefully it leads to something really badass!
Below are a few of my favorite openings to horror movies. After you check them out, do me a favor and leave me a comment with some of yours!
“11:55, almost midnight… Enough time for one more story…”
If you’re going to show me a ghost movie, starting it off with a ghost story is the PERFECT way to open the film! John Carpenter nailed the atmosphere of this movie by crafting a spine chilling opening that still raises the hair on my arms. And that background music? Terrifying!
HBO has just released the second trailer for the upcoming seventh and last season of “True Blood,” which returns June 22 at 9PM. Looks like an episode of “True Blood!”
In the return episode, “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (airing Sunday, June 22; 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), “A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source.”
It was written by Angela Robinson and directed by the one and only Bill Compton, Stephen Moyer.