A new zombie series is making its way to IDW Publishing. “Rot & Ruin” is based in the world created by the Bram Stoker award-winning Jonathan Maberry in his novel of the same name. Maberry has been making big steps in the comic book realm as of late with “V-Wars”, “Bad Blood”, and now this. Joining the prolific horror writer will be Tony Vargas on interior art.
The series takes place 15 years after the zombie plague begins, and sees a group of children as they are forced to make difficult choices while fending off the undead. There is no release date set.
From the press release:
San Diego, CA (May 29, 2014) – IDW and multiple Bram Stoker award-winning author, Jonathan Maberry bring the untold stories from the zombie post-apocalyptic world of Rot & Ruin to comic books this September.
This all-new series is set in a world fifteen years after the dead have risen and vastly outnumber the survivors of the zombie-apocalypse. In the aftermath, humanity has found a way to live a marginal existence by forming fenced-in towns where everyone has a job to do in order to survive. As in the award-winning novels, the comic series will center on Benny Imura and his friends as they make their way in a world where the zombies aren’t always the greatest danger.
“The Rot & Ruin isn’t about how many zombies you can kill or how much gore you can sling around the page,” said writer Mayberry, “These are stories about real kids making hard choices about their lives. It’s about kids learning how to become powerful in a hard and dangerous world. It’s about finding the value of human life and discovering what it means to be alive.”
The ongoing Rot & Ruin comic book series will follow Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they head east in their journey to find what they thought was impossible, a jumbo jet. In their travels they will encounter countless new dangers that will force them to confront what they and others are willing to do in order to bring humanity back to its former glory.
Maberry’s Rot & Ruin bestselling novels have been winning library and school awards all over the country as heartfelt action books that encourage teens to read. The series is now in development for film.
Rot & Ruin will come alive with the help of artist Tony Vargas (Temple Run) and colorist Oliver Lee Acre, with stunning covers by Alex Ronald (Vampire Vixens, Judge Dredd).
Toronto-based electronic duo Jokers Of The Scene are gearing up for the release of their double LP End Scene on June 10th by releasing a full stream of the album through Spin, which you can hear below. The group had put together an 80-minute mix for White Light Mixes that utilized samples from several horror flicks, including The Hitcher.
Hungerford, a new British horror sci-fi film, directed by 19-year-old Drew Casson, will get its World Premiere at the National Film Theatre in London on 3 May as part of this year’s Sci-Fi London Film Festival.
Produced by talent incubator Wildseed Studios and shot in a vlog style, Hungerford paints a thrilling and visceral portrait of a small English town taken over by aliens, which descends into violence and carnage.
“Hungerford’s teen protagonist is Cowen Rosewell, a media student whose first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. The random acts of violence he films go largely unnoticed, dismissed as the type of trouble to take place in small English towns. However, when one of his best friends is savagely attacked by a stranger a more disturbing reality emerges.
As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a mysterious evil influence which is somehow controlling organised gangs to round people up and take them to a nearby disused factory. The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered. As Cowen makes his way alone to the abandoned factory in search of his loved ones, the malicious force that awaits him there threatens not Cowen, but the entire world.“
I’m personally not a fan of musical theater or musicals in general but I know that a lot of you are big fans of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the 2007 film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Or perhaps you’re a fan of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 stage production that has lived on in multiple productions and tours.
That’s why I wanted to bring you 331Erock‘s cover of “The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd”, which takes the sinister original track and pummels it with distortion. You can check it out below.
NBC’s “Hannibal” is easily one of the most intense shows I’ve ever seen, which is what makes this 8-minute long gag reel so special.
Now that the second season has come to an end, Gaumont International Television has released a mood-lightening wrap reel that’s jam-packed with giggles, laughs and actor flubs.
Watch below as Jack Crawford, Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham do anything but scare you…
Cameras began rolling last weekend on Found Footage 3D, directed by Steven DeGennaro and produced by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel.
“Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, and find themselves in a 3D found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film starts showing up in their behind-the-scenes footage.”
Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin and Scott Weinberg star.
Filming began Sunday in Austin, TX, and continues in Gonzales, TX, over the next three weeks.
Now that Will Smith is officially out of Independence Day 2, Twentieth Century Fox has hired Carter Blanchard to rewrite the script, reports Variety.
James Vanderbilt penned the first draft, and Roland Emmerich is still on board to direct.
Emmerich will also produce along with Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser.
No plot details have been revealed other than that Will Smith will not be returning to reprise his role.
Fairlight Films has released a new behind-the-scenes promo for the upcoming horror-comedy Smothered, which their touting as the “Expendables of horror.”
Smothered, written and directed by Hollywood legend John Schneider (Smallville, Nip/Tuck), sees horror icons Kane Hodder (Freddy vs. Jason, Jason X), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Repo! The Genetic Opera), Don Shanks (Halloween 5, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer), and R.A Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Pumpkinhead 2), playing themselves in a scenario that sees them attending a small, disheartening horror-convention on Friday the 13th. Running out of patience but principally money, the group accept a cash-offer to go and scare-up the local RV park – but things take a surprising, dark turn when they arrive. The tables are turned as the monsters of the movie screen become the prey!
Smothered, filmed in Louisiana, also features Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Brea Grant (Halloween II), John Kassir (‘The Crypt Keeper’), Dane Rhodes (True Detective), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism), John Schneider (Smallville), Adria Tennor (Mad Men), Andrew Bowen (Magic City), and Amy Brassette (Pawn Shop Chronicles).
Watch as they talk about Freddy (spelled “Freddie” in their description, sigh) in the below video.
Ben Ketai’s Beneath, which premiering at the Los Angeles Screamfest Horror Film Festival last October, will be arriving on VOD June 27 from IFC Midnight.
We now have the official poster for the pic starring Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Joey Kern, Brent Briscoe, Mark L Young, and Eric Etebari.
Heading deep underground, “A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another.”
The pic is inspired by true events.
On July 28th, you’ll be able to snag the score for Watch Dogs, the newly released record-breaking video game from Ubisoft that follows vigilante Aiden Pearce as sets out to revenge the death of his niece. The soundtrack will be coming out on vinyl and CD and is composed by Brian Reitzell, the man behind the terrifying tunes on NBC’s Hannibal. The album is out digitally on iTunes.
The release comes from Invada – the label run by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow – in partnership with Ubisoft Music. You can stream three tracks from the release below.
Keep your eyes peeled for more news about this release and other Invada records in the future!
Rumors were once again swirling recently of a possible Pantera reunion after Phil Anselmo, in a recent interview, stated, “…If there was ever a proper presentation, like, OK, Pantera is back together, Zakk’s on guitar, that would be a massive feeling,” and that a reunion could only happen if, “…the situation would have to be correct.” It got a lot of people hyped up and excited that after more than a decade there might be a new opportunity to see the band live once again.
However, in a recent interview with Revolver, ex-drummer Vinnie Paul has made it more than clear that this will not be happening.
If you had an ex-wife, and it was a pretty bitter split, you might not ever want to talk to her again. Who cares if everybody in the family and your friends want you to say hello again? It’s your choice whether you want to do it or not. And I think a lot of people are selfish. They say, ‘Oh, he oughtta just kiss and make up with Phil and everything will be cool. And then they can go get Zakk Wylde and everything’s gonna be great.’ No, everything’s not gonna be great.
Sorry ladies and gentlemen, looks like Pantera has been put to rest for good.
Anchor Bay Films has set release dates for its supernatural horror film The Possession of Michael King, yet another haunter from Gold Circle Films (White Noise, The Haunting In Connecticut).
THR says that the company plans to have the movie in theaters on August 22 in limited release and available on iTunes, On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray on August 26.
David Jung directs the movie that “Tells of a documentary filmmaker who does not believe in God or the Devil. When his wife dies, he sets out to make his next movie on religion and spirituality, hoping to prove those things are just myth. But in allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals on him, he unleashes a horrifying force.”
Shane Johnson (Starz’ upcoming “Power”), Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Julie McNiven (TV’s “Supernatural”) and Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy) star.
The movie was by Paul Brooks and executive produced by Scott Niemeyer and Guy Danella. The screenplay was written by Jung with a story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian.
Indie developer Krillbite’s debut project, a horror game played from the perspective of a toddler, is slated to release tomorrow on Steam. That means there’s only one day standing between us and the potentially terrifying game that is Among the Sleep. In celebration of that fact, Krillbite has released a new teaser trailer for it that shows off a bit more gameplay footage.
We’ve been hearing some pretty crazy rumors about Jurassic World – a movie we’re very excited about – and now director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed some of those rumors in a vastly informative interview over at Slashfilm.
It almost makes me feel kind of bad that we know as much as we do. Trevorrow is surprisingly honest about what’s right (and what’s wrong) about the rumors, but he’s also equally candid about his disappointment in the fact that this info is out there in the first place.
Check out some excerpts below, but only if you feel like opening your presents early. Maybe you want to save a little bit of mystery for this one? You only have to wait until June 12th of next year to see the whole thing.
On his disappointment in the leaks, “That’s the thing about leaks, sometimes they aren’t misinterpreted or false. They’re real story elements that the filmmakers were hoping to introduce to the audience in a darkened movie theater. But unfortunately, in 2014, you read about it on a computer. Last week was discouraging for everyone on our crew–not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because we’re working so hard to create something full of surprises. When I was a kid, you got to discover everything at once, it washed over you and blew your mind. Now it only takes one person to spoil it for everyone else. I hope whoever leaked it is actively trying to undermine what we’re doing. Because if they’re trying to help, they’re doing it wrong.”
The park is fully functional, “[it] takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible.”
On the notion of “bad” dinosaurs, “There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad. This film is about our relationship with animals, how we react to the threat they pose to our dominance on earth as a species. We hunt them, we cage them in zoos, we admire them from afar and we try to assert control over them. Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks.”
That cross-engineered one will be in there, however. “We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists.”
I’ve left a LOT out. If you want to read the whole thing, head over to Slashfilm.
Blood, a sadomaso werewolf, giallo, time travel and insane Tokyo landscapes are what are being promised in this new horror anthology already being filmed (and close to completion).
Entitled Tokyo Grand Guignol, the movie is a completely indie project from Dice Entertainment, born from the passion of Japanese actor/producer Hiro Ishihara and his 2 associates Gilles Landucci and Yann Moreau.
The film boasts an all-French filmmaking line-up including Nicolas Alberny, Francois Gaillard, Gilles Landucci and Yann Moreau. French fav Xavier Gens (Frontier(s)) allegedly is a huge supporter (whatever that means).
You can see footage from one of the shorts below, as well as some really, really cool imagery.
They’re only seeking $10k, which isn’t all that much, so get involved by clicking over to Indigogo.
Variety reports Wednesday evening that Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the sequel to Paramount Picture’s sequel of World War Z.
The Orphanage” and “Penny Dreadful’s” J.A. Bayona is still attached to direct with Brad Pitt, pictured, officially attached to star in the zombie sequel, which has its plot details kept under wraps.
While the first movie wasn’t perfect (read my review), it was such a treat for us horror fans to see the zombie subgenre done in such a massive scope. If anything, it was disappointing to see the final act confine itself to an empty hospital. I’m really hoping they take things to an entirely new level with the sequel.
Pitt will produce along with Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for Plan B.
I almost never ever post about Kickstarter projects, we simply get too many requests and I know that every time I make a post on one it opens the floodgates for more submissions. But the makers of The Mortuary Collection seem to have their sh*t together. And they’re aiming to do it with mostly practical effects.
Directed by Ryan Spindell, the film will be “a stylized (live-action) horror anthology film that fuses the surreal storytelling of “The Twilight Zone” with the goopy aesthetics of “Tales From The Crypt.” Loaded with unexpected twists, dark humor and genuine scares, The Mortuary Collection is classic horror for a contemporary audiences.”
Check out the video and head over to the site for some cool concept art!
Donald Lawrence Flaherty directs this MMA-inspired horror indie, Brutal, which isn’t really my cup of tea. They released a very violent trailer, but there’s quite a bit of CGI, and it just looks insanely violent instead of fun and violent. Maybe you’ll dig it?
“Brutal centers on Trevor (Morgan Benoit) abducted from his backyard at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees inside an unearthly mixed martial arts arena, Trevor has evolved from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine. Derek, (Jeff Hatch) an ambulance-chasing lawyer, is the latest lab-rat abductee forced to fight Trevor. As the two men exchange ever-increasing beatings over the course of weeks and months, the brutality of their existence and the true nature of their humanity is slowly revealed.”
The pic features fight sequences created by two of Hollywood’s top stunt performers, Colin Follenweider and Chris Torres.
A really cool indie that many of you should check out is Lawrie Brewster’s Lord of Tears, which can be picked up over at the film’s official website.
Since it’s an indie release, the filmmakers are pushing hard to gain awareness, thus they’ve created this new “prank” video in which the film’s creature, the Owlman, scares unsuspecting visitors at an abandoned hospital.
This is similar to the promotion they pulled on Chat Roulette this past January.
Patrick Cooper loved the creepy indie – you can read his review here.