This summer, the fantastic Metro series getting a makeover with Metro Redux, which will bring Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light to PC, PS4, and Xbox One with improved graphics, brand new content, and it’ll all run at a smooth 60 fps.
On top of all that, 2033 will also see several of the tweaks and improvements developer 4A implemented in its sequel, Last Light. I’ve played them both, more than once, but I do believe I’ll be grabbing this for at least one more go around Moscow’s underground.
I actually kind of have a soft spot for Jaws 3D. It was the first 3D film I ever saw and it doesn’t hurt that I had a huge childhood crush on Bess Armstrong. As a film, it’s not great – though it’s still miles better than Jaws: The Revenge.
However, it features what may truly be one of the worst special effects ever committed to film. Keep in mind, I’m grading against the resources they had at their disposal. This isn’t some home video slasher shot in the woods, this is a studio movie! With a real budget! It came out in the 80′s and featured a shot that would have been deemed too shoddy even in 1920.
See for yourself. This video isn’t slowed down or anything – that’s just the choice they made in the movie.
Kirby Bliss Blanton (pictured; The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (pictured; “Glee”) have been cast in Darrell Wheat’s upcoming thriller Recovery, starting production this summer, Bloody Disgusting learned.
“The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family.”
Alex Shaffer and James Landry Hébert are also on board to star.
The film is written by Wheat and Kyle Arrington (“The Originals”). Eric B. Fleischman’s EBF Productions and Sean Tabibian are producing. Continental Media reps international rights.
After premiering at last year’s TIFF, it was recently announced that a June 6 release had been set for Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, which now has a strange new clip to go along with the first theatrical dates.
You can read Patrick’s review right here!
Starring Jan Bijoet, Jeroen Perceval and Hadewych Minis, “A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn’t long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.“
Hard rock/metal band Mastodon have released a teaser photo from their upcoming “High Road” music video, which shows a few men wearing battle armor and wielding swords and axes rushing into battle. There is no word on when this video will be released but one would assume it would be before or on the release date of the new album Once More ‘Round the Sun. You can head on below to see the photo.
— Mastodon (@mastodonmusic) May 30, 2014
Alt-metal band Stolen Babies may have one of the most unique sounds going on for them in today’s music scene. Their mixture of metal with avant garde instrumentation and theatrical presentation all blend together to form a highly addictive and exciting sound that is as surreal and bizarre as it is enjoyable!
That’s why I’m really excited to host bassist/guitarist Rani Sharone’s Top 5 Italian Horror Films, which comes as a precursor to their US tour with none other than Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin!
I chose these films because they have one thing in common…they have incredible soundtracks!
I was familiar with the scores before ever seeing the films. It’s the music that made me check the films out.
More often than not i’ve found the music to be best part of the films, but i do appreciate the editing, camera work, twisted plots, and the usual swankiness found in Giallo films also.
I’m really stoked Stolen Babies is touring with Claudio Simonetti’s GOBLIN. I’ve got my CD’s on hand for him to sign.
Head on below for the list!
Prolific horror fiction writer Dean Koontz has inked a new deal with Dynamite Entertainment to see the adaptation of a handful of his novels to comic book form. The new agreement covers his books “Frankenstein,” “Christopher Snow,” and “Nevermore”. The deal also includes publishing rights to three brand new Koontz properties. No release dates or creative teams have been set.
May 29th, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment announced today their agreement with New York Times Bestselling author Dean Koontz to extend and expand upon their existing publishing contract with him. The agreement covers three properties in graphic novel format:
- Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein - http://www.deankoontz.com/frankenstein-books/
- Dean Koontz’s Christopher Snow - http://www.deankoontz.com/fear-nothing/
- Dean Koontz’s Nevermore - http://www.deankoontz.com/nevermore/
All new illustrated stories will be coming from Dean Koontz and Dynamite on each of the three properties. Exact details on publication plans and dates will be shared at a later date.
In additional news, Dynamite also announced it is further building its longstanding relationship with the literary icon, and is in discussion with Dean Koontz regarding publishing work based on 3 brand new original Koontz properties.
Under the deal currently being discussed, the 3 original properties are being created exclusively for Dynamite, straight from the mind of Dean himself. Each property will have at least 3 graphic novels published, to create a full program around the new work.
More info on each of the new properties will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned for more details…
“Dynamite Entertainment lives up to its name: a highly charged company full of wonderfully creative people. It’s a pleasure to work with them, and I look forward to going to new and fascinating worlds with them,” said Dean Koontz.
“Working with the entire team at Dynamite continues to be a pleasure,” stated Nancy Cushing-Jones, Dean Koontz’s representative for comic book and graphic novel rights. “Both Dean and I look forward to continuing our relationship with Dynamite over the next several years.”
“It’s extremely exciting to expand our agreement with Dean. We have a fantastic relationship, and have been able to release adaptations of his work to date. We’re honored that Dean is happy with these releases and is allowing us to now create new stories with his full involvement. Dean is overseeing each story beginning with plotting out new stories, choosing each writer and artist, and reviewing every stage of the creative process.
And even more exciting, Dean will be working with us to take our relationship to a new level. We’re creating new characters, in new universes, from the ground up and introducing them to Dean’s dedicated fans. This is an exciting new chapter in our working relationship with Dean, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
Screen Daily reports that Antony I Ginnane, producer of both the 1978 Patrick and its remake, Patrick: Evil Awakens, is planning to redo two more of his films: the 1979 Thirst, pictured, and The Survivor from 1981.
Ginnane has credits as either producer or executive producer on 64 films.
In the Rod Hardy-directed Thirst, Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the “blood cows” kept at the “dairy farm”, and they try to get her to join them.
David Hemmings directed The Savior, which begins when a plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor is the pilot who walks out of the wreckage. He doesn’t remember the explosion or the crash, but 300 passengers & crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.
Here’s trailer for both.
Review by – Bree Ogden
“The Fuse” continues to impress me with its quick-witted, expeditious, and hugely digestible sci-fi crime plot. Johnston tangles up relevant social issues and seedy entertainment to create a nearly perfect 4th installment in this dirty sci-fi drama.
WRITTEN BY: Antony Johnston
ART BY: Justin Greenwood
RELEASE: May 28, 2014
The truly impressive aspect of this comic is the fact that in one issue, not a lot technically happens, but still I’m flipping the pages almost faster than my mind can digest them simply because I cannot wait to see what’s next. For the most part, Ristovych and Dietrich are just pounding pavement, continuing to uncover secrets and lies in their quest to solve the double Cabler murder from issue one. Only a few days have passed in the course of four issues, but the depth at which the characters and plots are explored is remarkable.
Nearly every character has a secret that is investigated in this issue. It’s a weighty issue for emotional exploration. Birch is the center of investigation while the other exterior characters keep the pacing brisk. We meet Ristovych’s son who may or may not be involved in some dirty politics and we’re allowed a closer peek into the office of the mayor and his dysfunctional crew. The balance between main and supporting characters is impeccable. Their individual stories are woven together in a way that makes sense without feeling convenient or obvious.
The clarity that is afforded us as we delve into the unfamiliar world of “The Fuse” is exceedingly generous. I’m constantly inspired by the deftness in which Johnston delivers us into his scenes. He is dealing with a deck of difficult cards: science fiction, cop procedural… these aren’t easily palatable, but he’s dealt them out with remarkable agility.
While I admit, there was a split second of heavy-handedness, a moment where I felt the “secrets revealed” where a tad soap opera-ish, it only lasted a mere minute before it either faded into the continuity or felt justified by the plot, I’m not sure what happened but it worked either way.
For the first time in a long time, possibly ever, I really appreciate the lack of detail in the art. I crave the simplicity. With the plot moving at an impossible speed, detailed, intricate art would slow the pace, completely changing the dynamic of the story. I’m not sure if this was a purposeful decision on the part of Greenwood or a happy mistake but I’m grateful for it. It’s one of the reasons this comic rates so high for me each month.
Review by – Bree Ogden
“Furious” concluded its 5-issue arc with all of the redemption and comeuppance that the previous issues both built up to and demanded. This series has remained spotty for me the majority of its run, and although it rounded out nicely, it may have rounded out a little too nice.
WRITTEN BY: Bryan J. L. Glass
ART BY: Victor Santos
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: May 28, 2014
This issue’s present tense thread remains (primarily) in one place: mid-air. Furious and Perfidious fight it out mid-flight while Furious simultaneously dives after the rapidly plummeting toddler, Christine. It’s exactly the type of adrenaline-filled moment before death that Furious needs to make amends with her past. Previous issues have shown us bits of Cadence Lark’s sordid history but it’s these last twenty pages that delve into the heart of it.
As per usual with the “Furious” modus operandi, it’s the flashback scenes that carry the issue. Cadence Lark has just saved (albeit flippantly) Jodie, a street girl who is on the verge of being killed by her sadistic pimp. Cadence has taken this young girl out of her horrific environment only to give her a place in Lark’s environment, treating her to a heavy life of debauchery and drugs. The girls are lonely, desperate, delirious, and angry at the world when they decide to take their lives together in a suicide pact. When both survive, it’s a turning point in their lives. One gets better and wants absolution, while the other, Jodie, decides to get retribution…becoming Perfidious.
I don’t have much of anything profound to say about this comic. It’s fairly straightforward. Sometimes so straightforward that it feels as if the creators are spelling it out for us. While the last couple of issues have shown a significantly stronger storyline, major character and plot developments, non-clichéd action, and real heart, the overall arc lacks the depth I really craved. All superheroes are seeking absolution while dodging a villainous foe. I wanted more from this.
For example, in issue #4, we are introduced to Detective Christopher McKnight. In McKnight, Furious has finally met her match. He’s not like the other cops. He’s not going to play the blame game; he wants to know why Furious does what she does. He sees the scared girl she is and not the maniac she portrays. I’m genuinely saddened that this ripe character, one of the first well-rounded peripheral characters of the series, was only used in a handful of panels. If the series returns for a new arc, I can only hope they utilize more characters like McKnight.
In the end, this series feels too neat for my taste. Any characters or storylines that would take deeper exploration are cut short or eliminated. While there is a lot about the arc that works—fantastic art, some interesting social commentary, and loads of action—the overall product left me wanting.
We continue our tease of Michael Moreci’s new series. See the previous teasers here, and stay tuned for the big one on monday.
Roadshow and Warner Bros. Pictures shared one final TV Spot/trailer for Edge of Tomorrow, their adaptation of the Japanese novel “All You Need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The pic, in theaters June 6, unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star.
Also discovered today is an international trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in theaters July 11, which boasts some new footage. Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring. In the sequel to the prequel, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”
Clicking over to The Daily Mail will yield a look at Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800 on the New Orleans set of Terminator (Terminator: Genesis), which is currently filming under the eye of Alan Taylor.
There’s nothing all that interesting about the pics other than, wait for it, Schwarzenegger with grey hair. Talk about setting up some early speculation. Frankly, I’m pissed that I know as much as I do as I’m sure it will take away from the impact of the reveals.
Previously he told MTV “Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets a hold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good.”
I can’t wait! I hope to be so invested in the franchise (again) that I want to revisit this gem…
I guess a Pug is bigger than a pint but to paraphrase no one, don’t let the truth get in the way of a decent headline. From Paper Street Pictures comes The El Chupugabra, “an over the top, self-aware genre pic about a young family adopting a Pug and getting far more than they bargained for.”
The short was directed and edited by Aaron B. Koontz (he co-wrote it with Cameron Burns) and stars Jeremy King, Courtney Hans, Dashiell Smith, Spencer Greenwood and Leola L Perez. It was produced by Cameron Burns, Shane Domrongchai, Alex Euting, Cassandra Hierholzer and Aaron B Koontz.
El Chupugcabra first played Mile High Horror Festival in Denver before going on to numerous other fests across the country, and now we have your online debut.
Don’t be intimidated by the runtime, the short itself is 13 minutes and the extra 7 you see in the video below is dedicated to a gag reel.
Recently my wife starting DVRing the 1990′s ABC series “Step By Step”, which has one of the catchiest theme songs to date.
The irony is that “The Wil Wheaton Project” used said opening song as a model for an 80′s styled theme for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (thus, it’s more of a 90′s theme song).
Either way, it’s an instant classic, especially with lines like “…But then you lose your head and you have nothing less to lose,” and “Shoot your mom in your face, and put the girl in her place.”
This is guaranteed viral by EOD.
Swedish progressive metal band Opeth have released the cover art for their upcoming album Pale Communion, which you can see below. The art was done by Travis Smith with art direction by Mikael Akerfeldt. The album will be coming out August 25th via Roadrunner Records.
I’m personally incredibly excited for this album. While Heritage took some time to grow on me I’ve seen come to realize it was a natural progression for the band and actually made a hell of a lot of sense in the grand scheme of their history. From the sound of it, their new album will be right up my alley!
Pale Communion track listing:
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others
Archstone Distribution has unleashed Julia with the following sales trailer.
It looks like another trite I Spit On Your Grave sequel – you know, the whole rape/revenge thing – only with one insanely peculiar moment. In the footage Julia exclaims, “It’s the best thing to ever happen to me.” What was, getting raped?! Okay then… I can only hope this was moment was edited out of context because, well, that was uncomfortable.
Starring The Human Centipede‘s Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy and Joel De La Fuente, the pic is a neon-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames, played by Williams, who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself.
Matthew Brown wrote and directed the pic. Check out the sales trailer below.
For fans of video games and especially the music that they have to offer, YouTube metal cover artist FamilyJules7X has put together a massive 17+ minute history of video games as told through their iconic music. You’ll hear songs from games such as Frogger, Super Mario Bros., Legend Of Zelda, all the way to games like The Last Of Us, Fallout 3, and more.
It’s really incredible seeing everything come together in such a defined, organized manner, especially seeing as how converting them all to metal creates a consistent flow. Check it out below!
Super Mario Bros
Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros. 2 – Character Select
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Super Mario World – Athletic Theme
Sonic – Scrap Brain Zone
Street Fighter II – Vega’s Theme
Donkey Kong Country – Gang-Plank Galleon
Donkey Kong Country 2 – Snakey Chantey
Pokémon – Gym
Ocarina of Time – Intro
Medal of Honor
World of Warcraft – Song of Elune
Civilization IV – Baba Yetu
Twilight Princess – Hyrule Field
Super Mario Galaxy – Gusty Garden Galaxy
Braid – Downstream
Mass Effect 2 – Suicide Mission
Skyrim – Sons of Skyrim
Super Hexagon – Focus
Last of Us
Dark Souls II – Longing
It’s been 17 years since alt-metal band Faith No More has released an album, the last being 1997′s Album Of The Year. Fans have been clamoring for years for a new album with no response. But that may very well have changed with a post yesterday on the band’s Twitter.
Featuring a picture of vocalist Mike Patton making a rather silly face, the tweet reads:
Hey! Stay tuned for more Tweets from Twats!!! The reunion thing was fun, but now it’s time to get a little creative.
While nothing has been guaranteed, it’s the first time in a while that something like this has even been suggested, so it’s incredibly exciting!
Check out the tweet below along with the video for their hit single “Epic”.
Hey! Stay tuned for more Tweets from Twats!!! The reunion thing was fun, but now it's time to get a little creative. pic.twitter.com/6RBFE7aHbd
— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) May 30, 2014
The Reef and Black Water director Andrew Traucki is back with more Amazon horror in The Jungle, which is a found-footage horror said to be “in the vein of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield.”
Starring Rupert Reid and Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo,, Entertainment One will release on home video June 24.
“A team of conservationists sets out to explore the dense Indonesian rainforest in search of the legendary javan leopard. But the deeper into the jungle they journey, the more nervous the group’s native guides become – local legend has it that a deadly werewolf-like creature roams the dense jungle. Determined to complete their mission, the expeditionists venture farther into the darkening forest, only to discover they are being stalked by an unseen predator: one that has no fear of humans.“