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Cullen Bunn Reimagines The Werewolf in New Vertigo Series “Wolf Moon”

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:45

We’ve got some exclusive news to share with you today. Cullen Bunn (Sinestro, Magneto) has been given the reigns to an all new Vertigo series that will reimagine werewolf lore as we know it. Entitled “Wolf Moon” the series sees a man’s family slaughtered by the wolf. Sounds typical, but I assure you it’s anything but.

WOLF MOON is a horrific werewolf hunt unlike any other. When Dillon Chase’s family is slaughtered by the wolf, his life changes forever.  Dillon sets out to destroy the creature, but he soon learns that lycanthropy is far more insidious than the legends ever said. With each full moon, he draws closer to the monster—and with each full moon, he becomes more aware that in order to stop the wolf, he must kill a human being and become a fearful monster himself.

Written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jeremy Haun and covers by Jae Lee, WOLF MOON is a miniseries you’re not going to want to miss.

Cullen puts his on terrible spin on everything we know and love about the beasts. And Bloody-Disgusting sat down to exclusively talk about the nature of this new type of werewolf.

Bloody Disgusting: You’ve certainly created your own take on the werewolf mythology with the host moving between people with each night, what motivated you to make such sweeping changes to something considered so sacred in horror?

Cullen Bunn: I love a good werewolf story, but I knew that if I was going to write one of my own, it needed to be a little different.

When it comes to werewolves, one of the things that is most interesting to me is that when the moon is not full, the afflicted person has to live with the repercussions of the horror they have inflicted upon those around them. Imagine that. You wake up one morning, having been plagued by vivid nightmares of running wild, of butchering people, only to realize that the nightmares were true. That kind of realization would rattle you to the core. The memory of the event would, itself, be transformative.

So, I wanted to explore that, but I didn’t want to see it from the point of view of a single person. That led me to the idea that the Wolf might “jump” from host to host with each cycle of the moon. That opened the door to see how different people might be affected in different ways.

That idea also led me to the idea of tying some very cool folklore elements into the story. Those elements will become key as the series progresses.

Bloody Disgusting: Tell me a little bit about your main character Dillon Chase what motivates him other than revenge, and what is his fatal flaw?

Cullen Bunn: Dillon has a strong connection to the Wolf. The creature cost him everything he held dear. As much as he says he’s trying to put the creature down so it doesn’t hurt anyone else, he’s really on the hunt for revenge. His thirst for revenge, though, is tempered by all the people he has met whose lives were changed by the creature, both those who were afflicted and those who were victims in one way or another. To kill the Wolf, he has to kill the host, and he might not be willing to do so.

Bloody Disgusting: The idea of becoming a monster to defeat a monster is a common theme in horror, what makes “Wolf Moon” different?

Cullen Bunn: Dillon doesn’t want to become a monster. He has seen his world come crashing down around him, and he feels as if he might be able to regain his life and some semblance of humanity if he can rid the world of this creature. But he struggles with the drastic steps he might need to take to accomplish his goals. That is not to say there are not “monsters” in the book other than the werewolf. There are. You see one of them at the end of the first issue, but that is a mystery that will be built up over the course of the series.

Early inks for Jae Lee’s Wolf Moon #1 cover.

Bloody Disgusting: How did you and Jeremy Haun work to create the look of the lycanthrope for the comic? How involved was your collaboration, and what unique touches does Jeremy bring to the world you created?

Cullen Bunn: While writing the script, I sent Jeremy a ton of images of wolves. We both wanted the creature to be “realistic” in terms of its animalistic features. We also wanted the creature to be a nightmarish physical powerhouse, so it’s a huge, incredibly violent monster. I feel like Jeremy really brought out the inhuman and supernatural qualities of the creature, especially in its eyes.

Bloody Disgusting: You’ve become the go-to guy for darker characters and stories lately, what are your sources of inspiration? What intrigues you about anti-hero’s? And would you even use that term to describe them?

Cullen Bunn: I’ve used the term “anti-hero” plenty, although I’m not sure it’s exactly right. In the case of this story, Dillon is a deeply flawed, deeply troubled hero who has a very difficult task ahead of him.

I’ve always felt like these darker stories are the truest representation of me as a writer. I think these are the stories that can surprise you. These are the tales that might provoke the most visceral emotional reaction.

Bloody Disgusting: What is your favorite type of horror, and what type of horror are you trying to tap into with “Wolf Moon?”

Cullen Bunn: I’m a fan of all types of horror. I have been since I was very young and would sneak downstairs to watch Hammer movies on the late show.

If you want to talk werewolves in particular, some of my favorite movies include American Werewolf in London, The Howling, and Dog Soldiers. Favorite books include Animals by Skipp and Spektor and Winter Kill by Mike Oliveri. And, of course, I loved the Werewolf By Night comic when I was a kid.

My favorite stories, whether we’re talking a psychological horror story, a ghost story, or a slasher gorefest, are those that let me connect to the would-be victims on an emotional level. I want to care about the characters so that it hurts more when they meet their terrible fate. That’s what I want to tap into with this piece.

That said, this is a violent story, and I definitely channeled some of the more gruesome aspects of my favorite horror tales. This is not for the weak of heart.

Bloody Disgusting:  What is Dillon Chase most afraid of now that he’s lost his family?

Cullen Bunn: He’s afraid of failure, maybe. This monster is especially hard to track and kill, and with each passing month more people suffer. The closer he gets to making a killing blow, the more the pressure nearly crushes him.

As he learns that he is not the only person hunting the wolf, though, he realizes there is something more that he needs to be scared of.

Bloody Disgusting: Finally, what terrifies you most about “Wolf Moon?” 

Cullen Bunn: The Wolf basically moves from one person to the next, seemingly without connection. That’s pretty scary to me. This isn’t a matter of getting cursed by gypsies. This isn’t a situation where you get bit and infected. One minute, you’re going about your life, the next minute, you’re slaughtering everyone around you.

Wolf Moon #1 Hits This December From Vertigo Comics

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Joe Dante-Produced ‘Dark’ Killers the Lights (Trailer)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:15

Bloody Disgusting has your first look at the trailer for the indie psychological thriller, Dark, executive produce by Joe Dante’s Renfield Productions.

Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah’s Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate’s paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

Michael Eklund (The Divide, The Call) and Brandon Sexton (Boys Don’t Cry) star with Whitney Able (Monsters) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“American Horror Story”).

Nick Basile (American Carny) directs from a script written by Elias (Gut).

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‘The Guest’ Attacked By Military In Third Clip

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:04

In this third clip from Picturehouse’s The Guest (read our review), Dan Stevens is attacked by the military on the hunt for their super killer.

The thriller comes from the visionary team behind You’re Next: director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder.

From the director and writer of V/H/S and V/H/S/2, “David is the perfect guest. Friendly and helpful, this young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible.

The Guest, in theaters September 17, also stars Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (“American Horror Story” and “Intelligence”).

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GosT Releasing Debut Album ‘Behemoth’ In Early 2015: Album Teaser Sounds Huge

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00

Finnish label Blood Music has announced that they will be releasing Behemoth, the debut album from retro horrorwave artist GosT. The album is described as “…equal amounts of influence from 1980s horror films, 1990s black metal, and a touch of 2000s dance club electro.”

Blood Music also confirmed that French synthwave artist Perturbator will be making a guest appearance on the album.

The debut album will be released in early 2015 and should also see a vinyl issue.

Listen to the teaser below, which sounds massive and hooked me from the very beginning!

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‘The Divine Tragedies’ Trailer Terrorizes In Color

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:29

Producers Jon and James Kondelik have debuted the trailer for the horror feature The Divine Tragedies.

The trailer shows the brothers Charles and Thomas LoBianco on a terrible killing spree. Shot in bright colours, the trailer shows more of the film’s characters and the brothers’ terrible motivations – to get away with murder!

The Divine Tragedies is based on a brutal crime. The Leopold and Loeb murder case, of Chicago, would shock the world. Two brothers thought they could commit the perfect crime, the murder of a young boy. But, the authorities were hot on their trail. In the film’s story, actor Ken Foree plays Det. Homer Gaul. Gaul is intent on ending the brothers’ wanton killing; he just has to find them first. But, Charles and Thomas have plans of their own.

The trailer was shot by director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House).

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[Beyond Fest '14] ‘Starry Eyes’ Premiere Tickets Now On Sale!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:00

Last week we announced that we would be hosting the Los Angeles premiere of the intense new horror film Starry Eyes (read SXSW review here). I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the film since I saw it five months ago, so I can’t wait to share it with you guys. And tickets are now on sale.

The premiere is part of Beyond Fest (which has an amazing lineup this year) at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) and will take place on Monday, September 29th at 730 PM.  You can get tickets HERE.

The Starry Eyes screening will feature a Q&A with writer/directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer along with the film’s star, Alex Essoe.  And, as a special treat, Kölsch and Widmyer will be hosting a screening of Andrzej Zulawski’s’s Possession  immediately afterwards at 10 PM.  Check out the teaser for Starry Eyes, along with a Beyond Fest trailer, below.

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Three Winters “Hazard” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:00

We’re teaming up with the Norwegian retro synthwave group Three Winters to bring you an exclusive song premiere for their track “Hazard”, which comes from their upcoming album Chroma (out this month via Termo Records).

Band member Anders B. states:

Hazard is one of our earliest tracks. And one of our most essential ones. It helped us stake out a direction during a time when we didn’t really feel we had one. This is our DNA.

The group’s mix of Giallo-esque melodies and John Carpenter styled synths makes for an intriguing, engaging music that I’m 100% a fan of and this track showcases that. Taking it’s time to build up, with brooding syncopated bass notes, huge, reverbed snare hits, and sci-fi pads, this is a slow burner, so settle in and enjoy!

Check out the track below and make sure to check out Anders’ Top 10 Horror Themes!

Chroma track list:
1 Atrocities
2 At the Centre of Dystopia
3 Daybreak Monuments
4 Animism
5 A Thousand Piercing Lights
6 Aeon Surveillance [mkII]
7 Hazard
8 Rapture
9 Amnesia
10 Lieke
11 Channel 0

Three Winters online:
Official Website
Facebook
Soundcloud
Twitter
Termo Records

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‘Sleepaway Camp’ Reunion In ‘Blood Reservoir’ (Trailer)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:34

There’s somewhat of a Sleepaway Camp reunion in Mark Del Negro’s indie Blood Reservoir.

The pic, described as a classic Bloody Soap Opera Horror, stars Felissa Rose (Angela), Jonathan Tiersten (Ricky), and Max Sorrentino (Peter) from Sleepaway Camp.

The plot outline revolves around a group of young campers with their own motives to go to a place known as the Blood Reservoir. Due to the massive killings that have taken place on the grounds through recent memory. Some are going to persuade a lover, while others are looking for lost treasure believed to have been left behind from decades past. No matter their motives, they must fend for themselves if they run into a group of contract killers who are believed to be hiding out at the reservoir.

It is currently in post-produciton.

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Sex (With Jennifer Lopez) Sells ‘The Boy Next Door’ Trailer

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:25

Who the hell cheats on Jennifer Lopez?

A crappy husband propels a women into making bad decisions, which leads to a young boy terrorizing the family in The Boy Next Door, in theaters January 23, 2014.

Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.

Check out the first still and trailer below. Obsession has never been so close.

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Melanie Martinez’s “Carousel” Featured In ‘American Horror Story: Freakshow’ Teasers

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:15

Melanie Martinez is joining the freakshow!

The Voice alum’s track “Carousel” is being featured prominently in the teasers for Freakshow, the upcoming fourth season of the American Horror Story franchise. You can stream the full track below.

“Carousel” originally comes from Martinez’s EP Dollhouse (iTunes).

Lyrics:

Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go,
will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know,
chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I,
feel like I’m glued on tight to this carousel

Come, come one, come all,
you must be this tall
to ride this ride at the carnival

Oh, come, take my hand
and run though playland
so high, too high at the carnival

And it’s all fun and games,
’til somebody falls in love,
but you’ve already bought a ticket,
and there’s no turning back now

Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go,
will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know,
chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I,
feel like I’m glued on tight to this carousel

This horse is too slow,
we’re always this close,
almost, almost, we’re a freakshow

Right, right when I’m near,
it’s like you disappeared,
where’d you go? My dear, you’re a freakshow!

And it’s all fun and games,
’til somebody falls in love,
but you’ve already bought a ticket,
and there’s no turning back now

Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go,
will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know,
chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I,
feel like I’m glued on tight to this carousel

Why did you steal my cotton candy heart?
you threw it in this damn coin slot,
and now I’m stuck, I’m stuck,
riding, riding, riding

Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go,
will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know,
chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I,
feel like I’m glued on tight to this carousel

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We’re Giving Away the Coolest ‘Resident Evil’ Poster Ever

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:00

If you haven’t heard, this week is unlike any before it. That’s because it’s Resident Evil Week. That means you can look forward to five straight days of what I’d refer to as a Resident Evil extravaganza, as we carve a week out of what’s been a glorious year for horror games to celebrate the most influential horror game franchise of all time.

We gamers celebrate our favorite video games in a number of different ways that share one thing in common: they all involve a massive amount of passion. The cosplayer honors their favorite game by bringing its characters to life, the fanboy spends his or her nights trolling Internet forums aggressively defending their favorite game, the otaku spends countless hours learning every little detail they can, and so on.

There’s a myriad ways to honor the things you love, but to me, few are as personal as using what you love as inspiration to create art.

Remember that spectacular fan-made Resident Evil poster we took turns ogling back in June? It was the work of Marinko Milosevski, an artist, student and gamer based in Detroit. Because Milosevski is a generous man, he didn’t hesitate when I asked if he’d be willing to donate some of his prints to make our week-long Resident Evil celebration even better.

I have fifteen 18×24″ prints to give away, and while I’ve been struggling with the urge to flee the country with them, I’m proud to say that I haven’t. At least not yet.

Before we get into the rules, take a look at this gorgeous thing.

Already picked out a spot on your wall? Good, I like the way you do things. Here’s what you need to do for a chance to take one home:

TO ENTER: Put Resident Evil Week in the subject line and then send YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winners will be chosen at random. No PO Boxes. US entries only.

I suppose the only thing that’s left to say is good luck!

When Milosevski isn’t being accosted online by strangers for free stuff, he can be found using his artistic powers for good. This poster is only a small sampling of his work — the rest, including more video game-related work, can be found on his website.

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Is the PG-13 Rating Ruining Movies?

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:43

The below video takes an in depth look at the MPAA’s PG-13 rating.

From its inception to modern interpretations, the video explores the history of the rating and breaks down why it may be ruining movies. The best part is when they talk about studios tricking audiences with graphic imagery that never ended up in the movie (remember Stay Alive or Cursed?). A lot of people are also unaware that R-rated films aren’t allowed the same kind of advertising freedom as the other ratings, which forces studios to aim for PG-13 in order to get better ad slots.

This all harks back to Poltergeist‘s PG rating, which is still shocking to me.

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These Nightmare Photos From The 20′s Are Terrifying

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:00

Sometimes the tales that we put in the heads of children to make them behave end up being the stuff of their worst nightmares. Take, for example, the Boogeyman. What other specter has inspired as much fear and terror in the minds of children as this creature? Whether he lurks under your bed, in your closet, outside your window, or in the dark corner of your room, he’s the terrifying spirit that haunts you at your most vulnerable.

In the 1920′s, a photographer shot a series of photos entitled The Goblins Will Get You If You Don’t Watch Out that tells the story of a mother warning her child that the boogeyman will get her if she doesn’t fall asleep. The series of photographs then shows terrifying night demons and ends with… I’m not telling you. You can see for yourself down below!

Some say that this series was inspired by James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Orphant Annie, which you can read below.

Sweet dreams!

Little Orphant AnnieJames Whitcomb Riley

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;
An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun
A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Ef you
Don’t
Watch
Out!

Onc’t they was a little boy wouldn’t say his prayers,–
So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An’ when they turn’t the kivvers down, he wasn’t there at all!
An’ they seeked him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,
An’ seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was thist his pants an’ roundabout–
An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you
Don’t
Watch
Out!

An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,
An’ make fun of ever’one, an’ all her blood an’ kin;
An’ onc’t, when they was “company,” an’ ole folks was there,
She mocked ‘em an’ shocked ‘em, an’ said she didn’t care!
An’ thist as she kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,
They was two great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about!
An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you
Don’t
Watch
Out!

An’ little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,
An’ the lamp-wick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!
An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,
An’ the lightnin’-bugs in dew is all squenched away,–
You better mind yer parents, an’ yer teachers fond an’ dear,
An’ churish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you
Don’t
Watch
Out!

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[TV] Full “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Trailer Peaks Behind the Curtain!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:48

Come one, come all, to the greatest horror show on the planet!

FX introduces the cast of freaks in the full trailer for “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Meet Kathy Bates as the “Bearded Lady,” Michael Chiklis as the “Strong Man,” Angela Bassett as the “Two-headed Woman,” and many more!

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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Konami Confirms We’ll See More ‘Silent Hills’ at TGS

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:04

When Konami creatively revealed Silent Hills at Gamescom last month, I was excited. I’m sure you were too. A small amount of frustration crept in when Hideo Kojima told us it wouldn’t arrive until 2016, but I am still, for the most part, brimming with anticipation for what Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro have in store for us. A 2016 release means we have two years of steady teasing to look forward to as Konami will likely take their time revealing what’s still a very mysterious game.

I assumed we wouldn’t hear from Silent Hills again until next year. Had Konami said they were going to make us wait for more on the game until next E3, I wouldn’t have been too surprised. It’s a good thing they aren’t that cruel, because it looks like they’re prepping a new showing of the game for Tokyo Game Show.

TGS kicks off later this month in Japan. At some point during its annual four-day run — Sept 18-21 — we’ll get to see more of Silent Hills. It won’t be playable at the convention, but we’re definitely getting something. My guess is it’ll be an actual trailer, likely CGI, that will hopefully give us a better idea of what to expect in terms of its narrative.

I’ve seen and heard some exciting theories this past month and I’ve even come up with a few of my own — now I’m ready for facts.

Whatever it ends up being, Del Toro seems excited for it and that means we are too.

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[TIFF '14 Review] Kevin Smith’s Gleefully Mad ‘Tusk’ Has to Be Seen to Be Believed!

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 20:16

It’s unreal to think it’s been twenty years since indie comedy classic Clerks surfaced. To this day, it remains in my top five comedies of all time. Since then I’ve been a fan of its Writer/Director Kevin Smith. In 2011, Smith branched off unexpectedly into uncharted territories with Red State, a fast, tense, unpredictable crime horror/thriller hybrid about a religious cult. It’s criticized for its schizophrenic nature, a quality that actually worked for me. It was exciting to see a filmmaker predominantly known for clever yet crass, lowbrow comedies to take such a sharp turn, career-wise. Cut to three years later and Smith is back and bolder than ever with Tusk, a darkly comedic horror flick about a podcaster (Justin Long) on assignment in Manitoba, Canada only to be abducted by his eccentric subject matter (Michael Parks) who’s determined to surgically turn him into a walrus.

At first glance, Tusk sounds similar to The Human Centipede and while it shares similarities synopsis-wise, both films couldn’t be any more different. For starters, Tusk manages to be more accessible yet far more balls out than that cult phenomena. Smith starts the film off from the get-go on a fun, likable note by establishing his familiar brand of humor. Assisting him immensely is the always likable presence of Justin Long, who’s every bit the comedic talent as his director. The real fireworks begin when he encounters the insane Howard Howe, played to perfection by the genius that is Michael Parks. Their scenes together are an absolute delight. What starts off hilariously off the wall eventually descends to even weirder, unfathomable depths where Smith really begins to take the viewer into uncomfortable places. Tusk goes exactly where it promises to go…and beyond. Thankfully Smith sticks to practical make-up effects (except for one atrocious CGI shot very early on). They work far more convincingly than I would have ever imagined. Gruesome stuff.

Smith finds that sweet spot where the viewer laugh’s out loud at the sight of truly outrageous, disturbing imagery without ever descending into self-parody. Tautness is felt at every turn. Long gets to showcase his impressive abilities in the dramatic department, having us feel for him despite his character flaws. Words can’t even begin to describe how brilliant Parks is here. Yes, he’s memorable in everything he does but like the best thespians, he has the ability to still surprise us. The character of Howe is one of the most original cinematic antagonists to date. This could very well be Parks’ finest hour and that’s no small achievement. Everything up to this point is absolutely stellar, unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Smith. While the Tusk is hysterical, it’s uncomfortably so. The horror and the comedy of the situation play out hand in hand without one undermining the other.

Unfortunately that’s until Tusk derails when a certain movie star suddenly pops up, playing “Manhunter” Guy LaPointe. Side-note: If you don’t already know the identity of the actor, I highly recommend you avoid finding out before you see the film. I have nothing against the quirky performance by Guy LaPointe (credited as playing himself). He provides a chunk of laughs. My issue is he overstays his welcome and should have strictly been a cameo. His scenery-chewing comes at the expense of what came before, as well as robbing attention from the strong support work of Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment (welcome back), who should have been front and center from this point onward. Both of these characters are left underdeveloped which is a shame because I would have loved the interesting relationship between all of the protagonists to be explored more fully. Things are hinted upon but are sadly thrown to the curb at this juncture. LaPointe’s effect on the tone of the picture is downright toxic. It’s as if the viewer somehow detoured into a different film altogether. It seems as if Smith just allowed the actor to ad-lib and indulge into a character skit unrelated to the subject itself.

It’s hard not to feel like Smith somehow didn’t trust his ability at sustaining the horror element and decided to fall back into his comfort zone. The tone shifts completely to comedy mode from this point onward, killing the well-earned tension out of the equation. As a result, the third act fails to resonate. To make matters worse, Smith incorporates visual devices such as 70’s style zooms during the climax that are totally played for laughs, in a scene where the stakes should be high. While this stuff may be enjoyable (the audience responded enthusiastically), it ultimately pushed away my previous investment in the material.

Despite my reservations I had with the second half, I have no qualms in recommending Tusk. It’s thoroughly entertaining. The latest installment in the new chapter of Smith’s career is fearless to say the least. I can’t think of any other filmmaker that’s reinvented himself in such a striking manner. Tusk is as gleefully nutty and unsettling of a genre picture as we’ll likely get this year and possibly for some time to come. I just wish Smith kept his foot on the pedal instead of retreating back to his shtick with the LaPointe character. Oh well. Flaws and all, Tusk is one bizarre, unique and genuinely effective horror film. There are definitely images here that you’ll never unsee. Quite the achievement considering Kevin Smith is a comedy guy first and foremost.

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[TV] Massive Zombie Explosion In New “The Walking Dead” Trailer!

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 20:10

It’s not over until they’re all dead.

AMC has released the new trailer, “Hunt or be hunted,” from the Season 5 premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

Never let your guard down, and don’t stop until they’re all dead. “They” being the cannibals who plan to eat you. The trailer is jam-packed with excellent zombie effects, drama and an explosion that sends walker parts across the screen.

“The Walking Dead” returns on Sun., Oct. 12th at 9/8c.

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Join Us On Sept 10 for a 24 Hour ‘Resident Evil’ Live-Stream!

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 18:49

This Wednesday, September 10th Twitch user Bawkbasoup is helping Bloody-Disgusting celebrate Resident Evil week by live streaming Resident Evil games of your choosing. Everything is set to go live at 9AM PST this Wednesday, or 12PM for those of you on the East Coast. Over the course of the 24 hours you can expect to see the likes of Barry Burton, Leon S Kennedy and many a Tyrant vanquished.

Bawk is a dedicated streamer and he’s gunning to get as many followers on Twitch as humanly possible. So make sure to hit the stream this Wednesday and tune in. Meanwhile enjoy these clips of Bawk taking in various horror games, to get a taste of what you’re in for on the 10th.

What Resident Evil titles would you like to see as part of the stream this Wednesday?

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What Horror Prequels Would You Love To See?

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 16:00

Horror sequels happen all the time but it’s rare that we get a solid prequel, a story that explains where the original horror came from. Sometimes, seeing an evil build to its true form is more terrifying than seeing it in action.

That thought got me thinking of some of the horror movies I’ve seen and how I’d love to see the events that led up to them. And below are some of those movies.

So, check out my list of horror prequels I’d love to see and then share a few of yours in the comments!

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[TV] Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Begin Writing “Preacher”!

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 15:03

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and “Breaking Bad’s” Sam Catlin continue to prep for the hotly anticipated AMC adaptation of Garth Ennis’ epic “Preacher.”

But, even though there’s been official talk about this project since this past spring, Rogen and Goldberg are yet to write a single page of the screenplay. With that said, it’s happening, now, and Jesse, Tupip, Cassidy, and the Saint of Killers are on their way sooner than later.

Goldberg tweeted this morning, “We have started writing a script. We met with Garth. He gave us great notes. PREACHER!!!!!!!” Rogen RT’d, thus confirming that the writing process is underway. What’s even more exciting is that the reveal that they’ve been working with comic creator Garth Ennis on the adaptation, which is always a good sign when looking behind-the-scenes of the development of a project.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s ’90s comic book series, “‘Preacher’ centers on Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith and learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. Custer finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, and does so with his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire.

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